Piper Perabo Shares Experiences Of Visiting Syrian Refugees In Greece

first_imgPiper Perabo – in partnership with WhoSay and the International Rescue Committee – recently visited Syrian refugees in Greece, and has written about her experiences.Piper Perabo meets refugees who have landed on the Greek island of LesbosCredit/Copyright: ZEpaminondas/IRC“A few weeks ago, I went to Greece with the International Rescue Committee — (the IRC) — a global humanitarian aid , relief, and development nongovernmental organization — to help out in any way I could,” she wrote. “The Greek island of Lesbos is the closest to the shores of Turkey, so thousands of people arrive on these flimsy, rubber boats each day. On Lesbos, both refugees and inhabitants need all the help they can get.“During the few days I was there, the IRC staff, along with local officials and volunteers, helped register more than 15,000 people. But that’s not all they did. They greeted incoming boats, organized buses for people traversing the mountain roads, cleaned the transit camp, and provided shelter and assistance to the most vulnerable — all the while treating people with dignity and humanity.“What stood out to me most was just how incredibly patient and full of good will the Greek people and the refugees were after all they have been through. I got to know dozens of them during my time on the island and was moved by their kindness, sheer determination, and concern for one another.”To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more

John Legends Lessons Learned From FreeAmerica

first_imgIn 2015, music artist John Legend began a “nationwide listening and learning tour”, visiting actors on both sides of the prison fence to properly examine what he calls the USA’s “prison problem”, which includes mass incarceration and a so-called school-to-prison pipeline.Although the tour is expected to continue for some time, Legend took the opportunity earlier this year to give a TED talk sharing what he has learned thus far. He says a positive future outcome is all about transformation through redemption, “giving hope to those who want to create a better life after serving their time.”Redemption needs to come, however, at the beginning of an inmate’s sentence, says Legend, with rehabilitation as a core value. Freedom is a matter of the mind, which can be experienced even behind bars when one experiences forgiveness, he says, when “we believe that our failings don’t define who we are, that we are all worthy of redemption.”Legend takes to heart the line ‘Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery’ from Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. “What would it look like if we intervened with love and compassion as core values?” says Legend. “We would have a society that is safer, healthier and worthy of raising our children in.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

Resolute says winter transportation backlog may not be cleared up until June

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products says transportation bottlenecks caused by severe winter weather will likely linger for months, making it more difficult to ship pulp, paper and lumber to market.“Generally speaking we’re not getting the (railway) cars we need and obviously now we’re in the spring weight restrictions for the trucks, so it’s going to take probably until the end of June to clear the backlog to bring our inventory down to normal levels,” CEO Richard Garneau said Thursday after reporting the company’s first-quarter results.Montreal-based Resolute, which reports in U.S. dollars, posted its lowest adjusted EBITDA (US$40 million) since exiting from bankruptcy protection in December 2010 after absorbing a US$55-million hit from the extreme weather.The company, formerly known as AbitibiBowater, saw its net loss surge tenfold to US$50 million or 53 cents per share for the period ended March 31.Excluding one-time items, it lost $26 million or 27 cents per share, compared with a net profit of $28 million, or 30 cents per share, in the prior year as total sales fell by $58 million to about US$1 billion.The company had been expected to report a 14 cents per share adjusted loss, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.The weak results caused Resolute’s (TSX:RFP) shares to close down 7.6 per cent at C$18.06 in Thursday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Garneau had warned in February that the results would be hurt by freezing weather across North America, but said Thursday that he hadn’t fully anticipated how deep the impact would be.“I think that it’s really a one-time event. We’ve never seen it before,” he said in an interview.Mills in southern U.S. saw pipes freeze and plants in Canada faced substantially higher electricity and natural gas costs. The transformer at its mill in Mississippi was short-circuited by a snake seeking refuge from the cold.Sixty per cent of the weather-related costs were in Canada, outweighing the US$32-million favourable effect of the weaker Canadian dollar.Resolute was also forced to suspend the use of a ship in Thunder Bay, Ont., because of safety issues for employees.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) has complained that Ottawa’s intervention forcing railways to accelerate the shipment of a bumper grain crop has given it a “super priority” over other shippers, allowing them to “jump the queue.”Garneau isn’t sure if higher grain shipments have delayed forestry shipments, but he said it is taking a lot longer for rail cars to be returned for loading in Canada.“We know that some cars are just stuck in some of the yards (but) I don’t know enough quite frankly to say it’s the cause of the difficulties that we have.”In addition to weather, Resolute faced mechanical failures at several mills, including St-Felicien, Que., that curtailed 25,000 tonnes of production and cost $15 million.Garneau said a better performance anticipated in the second half of the year may not be enough to offset the weather impact.“We may recover some of it but the $55 million of weather impact is pretty difficult to catch up.”Meanwhile, he’s hopeful that a change in government in Quebec, including the fact that Premier Philippe Couillard represents a big forestry region, could prompt policy changes that would make wood costs more competitive.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. Resolute says winter transportation backlog may not be cleared up until June by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2014 2:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

We must work together like never before to realize sustainable development says

Addressing world leaders at the Assembly’s annual debate, Marc-André Blanchard, chair of Canada’s delegation called on the international community to find opportunities amidst challenges it confronts.“We have to find new ways of doing things, for silos to be broken between Governments and civil society; between Governments and the private sector; between North and South; and between the traditional so called like-minded and non-traditional like-minded.”In particular, the response to climate change offers potential for new technologies, representing a 26 trillion-dollar opportunity, said Mr. Blanchard“To harness this opportunity, starting with the most vulnerable, small island States, we must all work together with scientists, multilateral institutions, regional banks, investors, and civil society like never before,” he urged.In his address, the Canadian official spoke of the priorities of his country’s G7 presidency, including its focus on strengthening climate resilience and disaster recovery.He went on to inform the General Assembly of the North American nation’s participation in UN peacekeeping efforts, highlighting the “Elsie Initiative” – a practical plan to double the number of women in peacekeeping operations.“We know that having women in the ranks – and in charge – makes peacekeeping more effective and its results more durable,” said Mr. Blanchard.Turning to crises around the world, the Canadian official reiterated that his country’s actions remain guided in its commitment to protect and promote human rights, citing a recent unanimous motion adopted by Canada’s parliament calling on the Security Council to refer crimes against the Rohingya people to the International Criminal Court (ICC).Concluding his address, Mr. Blanchard announced Canada’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for 2021-22, recalling the country’s “proven record” of working with other UN Member States to new ideas and approaches to tackle complex problems of international peace and security.“If elected to the Security Council, we will bring to bear our longstanding dedication to peacekeeping, our over thirty years of service as Chair of the UN’s Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, and our active membership on the Peacebuilding Commission,” he said.Full statement available here. read more

MPP praises Brock researchers Mars work

Mariek Schmidt (right) explains the significance of some of the rocks she is studying to (from left) Gary Libben, Vice-President, Research, Brock President Jack Lightstone, and St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley.Mariek Schmidt is trying to find the answers to big picture questions.The volcanologist, who is part of an international team of scientists helping to direct NASA’s Curiosity mission on Mars, wants to unravel the history of our solar system, and determine the history of life within it, too.Next month, Schmidt leaves for Hawaii with a team of researchers that will analyze lava rocks on two volcanoes there to help figure out whether Mars could have supported life.But Schmidt, an associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, notes the work of her research team and NASA has broader applications here on Earth.The technology used in NASA missions eventually trickles down to the layperson. Take the digital camera, which was used in previous Mars rover missions but is now technology the rest of us use every day to capture everything from lunch to landmark moments.Then there are the skills and knowledge that Alicia Thomas, a master’s student working with Schmidt, will gain and use to land her dream job working in Canada’s diamond mining industry.“There are technologies as well that come out of these big picture missions that have broader application,” Schmidt says.That relevance was feted Thursday when St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley visited with Schmidt, who recently received an Early Research Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation.Inorganic chemist Theocharis Stamatatos also got funding from the program. In total, Brock will receive $280,000 over five years from the province.In Schmidt’s case, the money enables her to expand her research team.The work she and her team do will ultimately improve people’s lives, boost the economy, and help sell Ontario abroad, Bradley said.He praised Schmidt’s efforts, noting the rigorous process and great competition scientists have to go through to receive an Early Researcher Award.“It’s not showing up with your hand out asking for money and you get it,” Bradley said.“We consider these (grants) investments in our future,” he added. read more

Turkey censors The Pacifics Melbourne based episode

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Pacific the 10-episode HBO miniseries about World War II – which hit Australian screens this month – will air in Turkey minus a scene from last week’s episode which featured dialogue about “Turks torching Smyrna” after capturing the Greek Aegean city.The Pacific, which focuses on the U.S. Japanese conflict during World War II, began in April 18 in Turkey without the deleted scene, the Turkish television channel CNBC-e announced.The scene occured in the third episode of the series, which played on Australian screens last Wednesday.  It features a Melbourne Greek woman, Mamma Karamanlis, played by Zoe Carides, talking to American Marine Robert Leckie played by James Badge Dale, where she tells him the Turks “invaded and torched Smyrna” in 1922.Smyrna, now Ismir, was a Greek city, in the then Ottoman Empire. The Turkish channel said it has notified HBO of its decision to delete the scene.A great fire took place in Smyrna in September 1922, lit by Nationalist Turks but this is disputed by sections of the Turkish media and is a matter that has turned into a dispute.Some Turkish columnists have agreed with CNBC-e and official Turkish line, denying the fire in Smyrna (now İzmir) was lit by the Turks and blame the retreating Greek army. Others, however, say the fire started after the recapture of the city by the Turks.Engin Ardıç, a columnist for daily Sabah highlighted that the fire bagan four days after the Greek Army had left the city. “It grew and spread September 14 and reached the 1st Kordon on Sept. 15 and 16.”There are official accounts by American, British and Australian consular officials and military officers at the time, which describe scenes of devastation and the slaughter of Smyrna’s Greeks by Turkish nationalists.The episode censored by Turkish authorities was screened on Channel 7 on Wednesday.last_img read more

Ex Barca Kid Manneh Debuts in Poland

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Gambian midfielder Alasana Manneh yesterday marked his debut for his new Poland Premier League club Gornik Zabrze.The 21-year-old featured only for the first half before being subbed out for attacking playmaker Lukasz Wolsztynski in a game they drew one-all.The Poles league is a new challenge for the Barcelona Gambian outcast whom the Spanish league champions opted not to hand a new contract upon completion of his two term loan spells at Bulgarian club Etar. Gornik signed the central midfielder on a two-year deal running until June 2022 having passed a trial.Manneh was fielded in an attacking role as opposed to the defensive role he is known for.last_img read more

Car drives into Miramar canal

first_imgMIARAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) — A dangerous drive ended when car plunged into a Miramar canal Saturday.The car drove into the canal near the Turnpike and Red Road.Crews managed to pull the driver out of the water, and he is expected to be OK.It is unclear what caused the driver to lose control.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Fort Lauderdale Fire rescue tiny kitten trapped in car engine

first_img**KITTEN ALERT** L13 saved this little fella from a dark and spooky engine compartment #FLFR @JackSeiler @FTLCityNews @peta @TheDaiIyKitten pic.twitter.com/0aSONn6W30— FLFR PIO (@FtLaudFire) April 13, 2017 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – “Kitten Alert!” said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue in a tweet, Thursday, after one of their firefighters rescued a kitten trapped inside the engine of a car.According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, crews from Station 13 saved a kitten who wound up trapped inside of the engine block, or as they called it, a “dark and spooky engine compartment,” of a black Porsche.David Burch had just bought the car.“It’s an amazing car,” he said. “It handles well. It has speed when you need it, it has comfort when you want it.”But this 2016 Porsche Cayenne had a special engine. “Thought I heard a cat meow,” Burch said.He initially thought the cat was outside the car, but realized he kept hearing the sound.“It followed me wherever I went,” Burch said.In the Galleria Mall parking lot, he popped his hood and heard the sound even louder. So he dialed 911.“I saw a piece of the cat in there, just the fur,” said Eric Fillyaw, one of the firefighters who was part of the crew that responded.“This can’t be for real. It’s not happening to me. I just got the car,” Burch said. “They wanted to hear it to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating.”The crew removed dozens of bolts, panels and pieces around the twin turbo engine. center_img “Fortunately enough, the guy did allow us to take apart a $100,000 car.”After nearly an hour of dismantling, they pulled out the kitten.“It was mad,” Burch added. “It was clawing and just didn’t want to be with anybody.”But soon after the rescue, the kitten started warming up to the rescuers, just as they started putting the car back together.“Anything that’s got a heartbeat we try to help,” Fillyaw said.Fillyaw will take home the kitten, now named Porsche, where his 3-year-old daughter will be the happiest one in the house.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Using the deuterium switch to understand how receptors work

first_imgRecently, the other old hand in this new biochemistry, Craig Venter, asked Church during an interview if everything would still be copacetic—in other words, if mirror drugs and enzymes would really perform the exact same way in the mirror world. While drug companies may be salivating after Church’s short-latency positive answer, there is some intriguing evidence that more subtle symmetry-breaking electron spin effects could be at play. In one such conception, electrons originally in heterogenous spin states are released from an enzyme (like NADH synthase) and are subsequently filtered and polarized as they pass through chiral α-helix structures to the site of amino acid synthesis at the other end. This effectively produces “spin up” electrons that, if you can excuse the jargon, participate in the reductive reaction between α-oxo acid and ammonia with only L-amino acids forming according to the Pauli exclusion principle. In any event, to look in the mirror on the wall and see a biology that does not behave exactly like ours would seem to require some significant new parity breakdown in physics, to say the least.Now, olfaction is probably the space where these deuterium switches and chiral switches most informatively converge to elucidate how receptors might operate. In fact, the authors explicitly highlight the fact that their histamine receptor model may have something to say about olfactory receptors. Importantly, both of these receptor classes belong to the so-called GPCR (G-protein coupled receptor) family that vertebrates use to detect odorants; half of our own 800 GPCRs are provisioned almost exclusively to olfaction.The author’s main comments, here, center on the aromatic groups of molecules, features that are typically associated with delocalized electrons. For example, the imidazole ring of histidine (histamine’s the amino acid precursor) is aromatic at all pH values; four of its pi electrons form two double bonds and two from a nitrogen lone pair. The authors propose that a major fallout of deuteration is that the aromatic moiety shrinks the effective C–D distance relative to its C–H value. Aromatic C–H bonds act as proton donors and form weak hydrogen bonds with water molecules and proton acceptors at the receptor binding site. In other words, that deuterated odorants would be a little different from nondeuterated odorants—something that has actually been appreciated for some time. These comments are pointed straight at recent experiments by Luca Turin, who has advanced the theory of molecular vibration sensing in olfaction in which the nose performs an analysis akin to your favorite benchtop device. Depending on the interpretation, that instrument might be part mass spectrometer, part IR spectrometer, and part scanning tunneling microscope. In particular, they question the conclusion of Luca’s group that flies conditioned with progressively deuterated acetophenone could readily distinguished between the deuterated and nondeuterated varieties.In response, Luca quickly noted a few problems. For one, he fairly observes, ‘then how come the flies transfer learning from one deuterated compound to another, and from C-D stretch to C≡N ? By their lights, there should only be a difference in affinity. Why is there a commonality in smell character?’Perhaps more pointedly, he notes that there are no aromatic CH groups in his deturerated musk experiments, only aliphatic groups—something the authors wisely avoid citing. Furthermore, the authors don’t mention other work that shows very good correlations between vibrational spectra and agonist activity in histamine receptors.In a recent popular article, Luca has made a beginning toward a theory that puts the odor character back into the molecule. While not necessarily drugs, odors can be considered a special class of molecules with a much restricted receptor requirement. Due to inherent limitations in detecting volatiles, olfactory receptors can only expect to see molecules reflecting some trade-off in general stickiness and solubility—a compromise that makes specificity the frequent casualty. Luca proposed that GPCRs and their activators may be thought of as more like electronic components than the mechanical devices of the shape-based receptor paradigm. He suggests that cells could offer them in three styles—vibration (V), tunneling (T), and redox (R):Type V receptors tunnel electrons across a gap that corresponds to an energy jump by binding a molecule that possesses one or more vibrations at the correct energy. Type T have the same circuit topology, but without an energy jump. The receptor is turned on when a molecule binds to it and includes a feature, such as a positive charge, that lowers the barrier to electron tunneling. Finally, type r receptors only have the output half of the circuit where the ligand brings in the electron, and then undergoes an oxidation step when bound. Notably, GPCRs are frequently considered to be a predominantly Eukaryotic innovation. There is certainly evidence for GPCR precursors among the domains and motifs of proteins in lower life forms. However, bacteria generally go for more direct-acting receptors with efficient built-in ion channels as opposed to the laggy and protracted toggling of separate downstream ion channels actuated by messy G-protein cascades. For example, both bacteriorhodopsin and our rhodopsin belong to the ‘seven transmembrane domain’ family of proteins, but while rhodopsin is a GPCR, the ancient light-powered bacterial ion pump is probably not.Why is this the case? If the primary job of sensory neurons is simply to encode incoming information into spikes, then what could be better than speedy ligand gated ion channels? One hint is the observation that if mitochondria generated or otherwise quickly fell out of the advent of eukaryotism, and GPCRs were an integral part of that transition, then the expected intracellular effect from GPCRs might be direct control of the locally resident mitochondria. As possible counterpoint, here, one might point to those rare birds, the infinitesimal fairy flies that inexplicably jettison away much of their own neuronal nuclei and mitochondria and basically run on fumes till they expire. Such creatures might still sense and smell, but how well do they really do it? Explore further Citation: Using the ‘deuterium switch’ to understand how receptors work (2016, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-deuterium-receptors.html The authors measured changes in the binding affinities of histamine receptor ligands after they replaced the normal buffer solution with D20 (deuterium oxide). In contrast to other kinds of studies in which the ligands themselves had deuterium permanently bound to carbon atoms, a heavy water solution would deuterate the ligand at exchangeable N-H and O-H protons. This trick directly targets the hydrogen bonds that presumably control ligand-receptor interactions and associated ligand-water interactions.There is no shortage of ways in which an extra neutron perturbs the life of a molecule. A two-fold mass gain decreases bond length and increases bond strength. This ultimately changes a number of physical and chemical properties, including molar volume, polarity, electron donation, Van der Waal’s forces, dipolar moment, and lipophilicity. For example, deuterated caffeine is known to elute faster in the lab on a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer. One might even imagine trying to capture nature’s most elusive superbuzz by drinking it. Depending on which of caffeine’s methyl groups were originally deuterated, the cytochrome 450 enzymes that kick off its transformation in your liver (ultimately to formaldehyde) would likely balk at the enzymatically more resistant C-D bonds. This will delay the formation of some metabolites, creating a relative preponderance of others.To put this so-called ‘deuterium switch’ into the perspective of a larger business model, consider another devilish operation known in the pharmaceutical world as a ‘chiral switch.’ While often performed in much the same spirit as the deuterium shuffle, the creation of mirrorland molecules is arguably an even more significant, qualitative, and less predictable transformation. A recent radical report documents the creation of a ‘reverse’ DNA polymerase, presumably constructed from mirror image ‘D’ (or right-handed) amino acids. This polymerase has the ability to write mirror image DNA that winds to the left (as opposed to threading like a familiar right-handed screw).The beauty of this emerging “looking-glass” world is that the southpaw polymerase has some unexpected talents—for one, it also writes RNA. Furthermore, researchers like George Church are already on their way to building mirror ribosomes that could be fed this mirror-RNA. Therapeutic mirror RNAs and proteins would have an unparalleled diplomatic immunity in the cell, rendering drugs made from them virtually untouchable by straight enzymes, in many respects upgrading the old Windows 32 cellular OS to 64-bits. Recept concepts. Credit: Luca Turin Plausibility of the vibrational theory of smell More information: Mojca Kržan et al. The Quantum Nature of Drug-Receptor Interactions: Deuteration Changes Binding Affinities for Histamine Receptor Ligands, PLOS ONE (2016). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0154002 (Phys.org)—The market value for deuterated drugs has recently been estimated at over a billion dollars. Such drugs are simply molecules in which one or more hydrogen atoms are replaced with deuterium. While these kinds of manipulations are known to work wonders as far as breathing new life into aging patents, the overall therapeutic value of this medical manna can be contentious. A recent paper published in PLoS ONE seeks to explain the ‘quantum nature of drug-receptor interactions’ under deuteration using a combined experimental and computational approach. Although a tall order, a more comprehensive and predictive theory of receptor interactions is sorely needed. Perhaps a theory in which the molecular character of drug effects are written less into the receptor and more into the drug itself. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: PLoS ONE 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

Crowds within crowd found to outperform wisdom of the crowd

first_imgA team of researchers affiliated with institutions in Argentina, the U.S. and Germany has found that there is a way to improve on the “wisdom of the crowd”—separate the people in a given crowd into smaller groups and let them talk about an issue at hand before an answer is given. In their paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the group describes an experiment they carried out with a large crowd of volunteers, and what they learned from it. Most people have heard of the “wisdom of the crowd,” in which individuals in a crowd are privately asked to give an answer to a question, such as how many jelly beans are in a jar. When averaged together, the answer given by the crowd will generally be better than for any given individual. Now, it appears there may be a way to improve the accuracy of a crowd.Some sociologists have suggested that allowing participants in a crowd to talk to one another before giving “wisdom of the crowd” answers would reduce the accuracy of the final average answer because it would likely lead to a herd mentality. The results of the experiment in this new effort suggest such thinking is wrong.In their experiment, the researchers asked 5180 people at a 2015 TED talk in Buenos Aires to answer several simple questions, such estimating the height of the Eiffel Tower, or the number of goals scored in the 201 FIFA World Cup. Each of the respondents was asked to give an answer privately, and then to join with a group of four other individuals to discuss the question. After one minute on each topic, each of the groups was asked for mutually agreed-upon answers to the same questions.The researchers report that the average answers of the 280 groups of five (not all of those who answered the question individually were willing to join a group) was 49.2 percent more accurate than the average crowd response as a whole. This, the team suggests, indicates that allowing some logical discussion into the equation can improve results. © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Human Behaviour Is that your final answer? Study suggests method for improving individual decisions Explore furthercenter_img More information: Joaquin Navajas et al. Aggregated knowledge from a small number of debates outperforms the wisdom of large crowds, Nature Human Behaviour (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41562-017-0273-4AbstractThe aggregation of many independent estimates can outperform the most accurate individual judgement1,2,3. This centenarian finding1,2, popularly known as the ‘wisdom of crowds’3, has been applied to problems ranging from the diagnosis of cancer4 to financial forecasting5. It is widely believed that social influence undermines collective wisdom by reducing the diversity of opinions within the crowd. Here, we show that if a large crowd is structured in small independent groups, deliberation and social influence within groups improve the crowd’s collective accuracy. We asked a live crowd (N = 5,180) to respond to general-knowledge questions (for example, “What is the height of the Eiffel Tower?”). Participants first answered individually, then deliberated and made consensus decisions in groups of five, and finally provided revised individual estimates. We found that averaging consensus decisions was substantially more accurate than aggregating the initial independent opinions. Remarkably, combining as few as four consensus choices outperformed the wisdom of thousands of individuals. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Crowds within crowd found to outperform ‘wisdom of the crowd’ (2018, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-crowds-crowd-outperform-wisdom.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

Prime Day Slashes 120 Off Asus TUF Gaming Laptop

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first_imgTC4Shell: handle archives in Explorer by Martin Brinkmann on May 01, 2017 in Software – 12 commentsTC4Shell is a file archiver that lets you handle all archiving tasks such as extractions, browsing or creation, in Windows Explorer.You have a couple of options when it comes to dealing with archives on Windows PCs. Windows itself ships with basic support for some archive formats, most notable zip. You may extract zip archives automatically, but cannot create them or other archive formats using the built-in functionality.Third-party file archivers such as Bandizip, 7-Zip, WinRAR, or Peazip are the answer. They add their own menus to Explorer, and may also be associated with archive file types. The majority supports all major file formats, and the extraction and creation of archives.TC4ShellTC4Shell does so as well, but it handles things in a different way. The program ships without a user interface, as it integrates directly in Windows Explorer (File Explorer on Windows 10).This means that you will handle all archive creation and extraction tasks, as well as archive browsing directly in Explorer once you have installed the program.Installation of the program should not pose any issues. TC4Shell displays a file association configuration screen after installation which is huge.You may use it to enable support for supported archive formats such as zip, rar, 7z, or cab, but also other formats including disk image formats like ISO, lesser used archive formats such as bz2, gz, tar or z, executable files, email mailbox databases, and software packages.You may open the configuration window again from the start menu where you find it under TC4Shell > Associations.You may be surprised when it comes to TC4Shell’s functionality. While you can use the program to extract archives, or create new archives using the right-click context menu, it is probably the browsing capabilities that it makes available that you may like the most.The program enables you to browse any supported file type directly in Windows Explorer as if you’d deal with regular files or folders. So, no prior extraction of the archive before you can browse the contents, and no opening of the archive in a file archivers interface either.All you do is right-click the archive, and select the open in this window option.The content of the archive opens directly in the same Explorer window, and you may navigate and use the folder and its content as if it would be a regular folder.What that means? You can navigate folders to browse the archive with no delay, launch files directly from within the archive, and run any file operation on the files and folders as well.This includes renaming files, deleting them, moving them, adding files to the archive using drag and drop, and all the other file operations that you can think of. This even works for nested archives (archives in archives..).The program displays compression ratios and size of the compressed file automatically when you browse them this way.TC4Shell supports password protected archives. You may open the password manager to add passwords to the list from the program’s Start Menu location.And users of Total Commander may like that the developer created WCX plugins for the software program to add the functionality to the popular file manager.Closing WordsTC4Shell is an interesting free file archiver for Microsoft Windows devices that is a viable alternative to third-party UI-based applications.The program supports all major and many, many minor archive formats, and makes browsing archives as elegant as possible on top of all that by integrating it directly in Windows Explorer. (Thanks Excalibur for the tip)Now You: What’s your take on TC4Shell?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name TC4ShellOperating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page http://www.tc4shell.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe injured lady was stabilised at the scene and taken to hospital for further medical treatment.Traffic passed the scene with caution until the vehicles were towed away.Public Safety and emergency personnel at the sceneMany passersby, on their way to work in the Pieters Industrial Area, stopped to see what was going on.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A Renault Stepway and a bakkie collided on Tuesday morning (November 7) in Protea Drive.The cause of the crash is unknown at this stage. What is known is that one of the vehicles was travelling towards Ezakheni and the other into town when the collision took place.A woman travelling in one of the vehicles was injured.Public Safety, emergency personnel, police and towing services responded to the scene.Also read: Watch: Community loot stationery from truck after crash in EzakheniAlso read: Breaking News: 5 tragically killed in horror crash on Van Reenen’s Passlast_img read more

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first_imgMan charged with trying to extort Kevin Hart with video FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2017 file photo, Kevin Hart arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” in Los Angeles. A man has been charged with trying to extort money from Kevin Hart by threatening to release video he had secretly shot of the actor and comedian with a woman in Las Vegas. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged 41-year-old Jonathan Jackson on Wednesday May 2, 2018, with attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter. Jackson is jailed on $100,000 bail. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2018 11:25 am PDT Last Updated May 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A man was charged Wednesday with trying to extort money from Kevin Hart by threatening to release video he secretly shot of the actor and comedian with a woman in Las Vegas.Los Angeles County prosecutors charged 41-year-old Jonathan Jackson with attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter. Jackson remains in custody on $100,000 bail after his Monday arrest, jail records showed.Prosecutors allege Jackson tried to extort an undisclosed amount from Hart in August then tried to sell the video to celebrity news websites.Jackson’s lawyer, Chad Lewin, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment and more details about his client.Shortly after the charges were announced, Hart tweeted: “Mind blown…Hurt…at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW.”Attorney Lisa Bloom, who said in September that someone secretly filmed “bedroom images” of her client Montia Sabbag with Hart in a hotel suite, praised the charges.“Montia and I are delighted that the alleged extortionist is being brought to justice,” Bloom said on Twitter. “As a crime victim in this case, Montia has fully co-operated with the police since the beginning.”Without giving details, Hart apologized on Instagram when word of the video emerged in September to his wife and kids for what he called a “bad error in judgment.”Emails to Hart’s publicists seeking further comment were not immediately returned.The 38-year-old standup comic-turned-movie actor most recently starred in “Jumanji.”last_img read more

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