Month: August 2019

Education specialists argue that ILSA scores should not be used to conduct

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first_img As the authors note, ILSAs such as PISA and TIMSS have, in recent years, become a tool for nationalistic bragging among those with high scores—those with lower scores are more often scorned. But, they note, using ILSA scores in such a way offers little in the way of educational improvement, which is the generally accepted purpose of testing students. They also note that there is a danger in over-interpreting such scores because it can have a dramatic negative impact on education policy. There is a problem, they point out, when journalists and politicians use ILSA test scores as means to serve their own ends rather than to champion the goals of educating the world's children—it can skew how people view their country's education system.Ranking ILSA score results by country, the authors note, is quite misleading—instead of offering a fair assessment of academic abilities, such lists instead offer little except headlines or web clicks. They also note that the rankings do not always give an accurate portrayal of academic achievement—some countries jump around on the list from year to year, for example, without making any changes. Others skew their own results by hiding low-scoring students. They note also that there are vast differences in how hard students try to do well on such tests—for many students in places like Korea or Japan, scoring high on an ILSA is so important that parents spend hours helping them prepare, or spend thousands on tutors. Meanwhile, in places like the U.S., students see little advantage in preparing at all.The authors suggest that all countries view results on ILSAs as a means of learning more about their own system and in so doing discover ways that their own educational systems can be improved. How expectations impact actual exam scores 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. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Science © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Education specialists argue that ILSA scores should not be used to conduct educational policy (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-specialists-ilsa-scores-policy.html Explore further A pair of education specialists, one from Harvard, the other Boston College, have published a Policy Forum piece in the journal Science decrying the use of international large-scale education assessments (ILSAs) as tools for educational policymaking. In their paper, Judith Singer and Henry Braun point out problems with comparing ILSA results between countries and suggest they could be put to better use by local entities looking to improve their education systems. More information: Judith D. Singer et al. Testing international education assessments, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4952SummaryNews stories on international large-scale education assessments (ILSAs) tend to highlight the performance of the media outlet's home country in comparison with the highest-scoring nations (in recent years, typically located in East Asia). Low (or declining) rankings can be so alarming that policy-makers leap to remedies—often ill-founded—on the basis of what they conclude is the "secret sauce" behind the top performers' scores. As statisticians studying the methods and policy uses of ILSAs (1), we believe the obsession with rankings—and the inevitable attempts to mimic specific features of the top performing systems—not only misleads, it diverts attention from more constructive uses of ILSA data. We highlight below the perils of drawing strong policy inferences from such highly aggregated data, illustrate benefits of conducting more nuanced analyses of ILSA data both within and across countries, and offer concrete suggestions for improving future ILSAs.last_img
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French artiste to light up Jantar Mantar

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first_imgThis Valentine’s Day, you can treat yourself to a whole new experience of French art at Jantar Mantar. French light sculptor Patrick Rimoux is lighting up the monument with a huge spectacle titled Lumino City, combining a feast of electronic music, visual arts and fashion.Funded by the Government of France, the show will cost 100,000 Euros and will be the star attraction of the second edition of Bon Jour India, a three-month festival of France in India, beginning January. Also Read - 'Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'‘The couture will showcase light dresses by the Indo-French couture duo Leconaet Hemant and the music will be done by DJs of the band Scratch Bandit’s crew. It’s a 30-minute show but we will play it repeatedly since we are expecting a 5,000 plus turnout at Jantar Mantar on that day,’ Rimoux told Millennium Post.Rimoux, who was in Kolkata to unveil a show titled Under the Sky, said that the Jantar Mantar show will play on the theme of Indian astronomy and depict the sun, the moon, the calendar and various stellar configurations. ‘It took about five months to give shape to the project. I treated it as a building where I was doing the sculpture. But it was an honour to be doing this show,’ said Rimoux, who has also bagged the contract for doing the lights for the City Palace, Jaipur. The French sculptor also plans to work on Bollywood set designs if he gets an opportunity. ‘After all, I’ve used 35 mm film rolls for the Kolkata show and I am a big fan of Satyajit Ray,’ he gushed.In Delhi, Rimoux will also display his installation, Beauty and the Beast at the Delhi Art Fair. Bon Jour India 2013 will be celebrated in 14 Indian cities including Delhi and will host French dance, theatre and culinary art.last_img
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Protect arms from suns rays

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first_imgWish to bare arms when the sun shines bright, but scared of putting your tanned arms on display? Save them by using sun protection products.Celebrity dermatologist Kiran Lohia shares tips for keeping your arms gorgeous:* Prevention with sunblock: A lot of tanning and discoloration occurs due to the ravages of UVA and UVB rays. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen will help you do that. Look for SPF 30 with PA++ and above for the best coverage. SPF refers to UVB protection and PA++ refers to UVA protection. Wear copious amount of sunscreen  Also Read - 'Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'and re-apply every four hours for the best result! * Cover up: The fact is that sun exposure is the number one cause of freckles and darkened arms. So if you do not wear sleeveless and instead wear long sleeves when going outside, you will find that your arms will stay smooth. The problem is that it's mighty hard to wear long sleeves in 40-degree weather! So when it's hot, you can instead wear light cotton fabrics in light colours to help provide a physical protection to your arms. Also Read - Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix* The natural solution: For mild pigmentation and for those with patience, there are natural options. ‘Ubtans’ can help get rid of tan because they exfoliate the dull, old and dead skin cells, revealing newer and brighter skin underneath. For an effective ‘ubtan,’ combine buttermilk and chickpea flour. Apply it on your skin and let it dry. Then rub it off and wash. Do this once or twice a week. Another option is to create a natural scrub. For softer arm skin, combine sugar crystals with rose oil. Apply while in the shower using gentle circular motions and then wash off. Do this once a week for the ultimate glow.last_img
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Eat homemade food to cut diabetes risk

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first_imgEating meals prepared at home may reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, a recent study reveals.Eating fast food from restaurants is associated with lower diet quality and higher body weight in children and young adults and is also a major risk factor for heart disease, according to the researchers.“The trend for eating commercially prepared meals in restaurants or as take-out in the US has increased significantly over the last 50 years,” said Geng Zong from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Also Read - 'Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'People who ate two homemade meals each day, or about 11-14 meals a week, had 13 per cent lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes compared to people who ate less than six homemade meals a week. The study included nearly 58,000 women and more than 41,000 men up to 36 years from 1986-2012. None of the participants had diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer at the beginning of the study.The researchers demonstrated that eating homemade meals was associated with less weight gain over eight years in these middle-aged and older health professionals. The research was presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions recently in 2015.last_img
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Blast from the past Zamindar family Puja gives taste of a bygone

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first_imgBALURGHAT: Gun firing in open air during Sandhipujo is a decade-long tradition of this Zamindar Barir Durga Puja — almost since the British era in India.The Puja, popularly known as Baidul Zamindar Barir Durga Puja, is held at the Chowdhury's ancestral premises in Baidul.The puja was first started under the patronage of zamindar late Prasanna Lal Chowdhury in 1811. He had six sons and each family has one licenced gun as legal property, which is used in Durga Puja every year. Also Read - Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Puja is organised rotationally by the family members of six sons once in every six years. Chowdhury family is celebrating the 108th year this Puja uninterruptedly, particularly even in the age of big-budget themed Pujas in South Dinajpur. This puja still remains a crowd-puller along with many revelers visting it for a taste of its unique heritage.Asking about the tradition of gun firing, Prasanna Lal's grandson Mrityunjay Chowdhury who stays in Baidul, said: "The custom of gun firing started from early fifties as I learnt from my uncle late Kshitish Chandra Chowdhur. The area as I learnt from him was dominated by robbers and goons then. They had frequently targeted rich zamindars and landlords of the area. We were their soft target due to lack of proper security measures back then. Also Read - Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAs a result, the rich people were forced to keep licenced firearms to keep goons and robbers at bay. Our forefathers had started the tradition of gun firing during Sandhipujo to send a stern message publicly that they can protect themselves from those anti-social elements. The person who fired the gun in the air during the Puja had to take blessings from Maa Durga, so that he can protect his family from unwanted incidents throughout the year. My father late Baidyanath Chowdhury, who was the youngest son of my grandfather told me that the six brothers had purchased one Belgium made double bore riffle along with four one-shutter India made riffle for self-defence."Baidul is about 9.5 km from Balurghat and located on the banks of Atreyee River. According to the sources, there are about 21 family pujas across the district. "We are proud maintaining our ancestral tradition. The puja days are family reunion for us too as many of them are scattered in different parts of the country and foreign as well," said Mainak Chowdhury, who is another successor and great-grandson of Prasanna Lal Chowdhury.last_img
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A celebration for Book lovers

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first_imgOnce again, countless book enthusiasts will throng the grounds of Pragati Maidan as the India Trade Promotion Organisation hosts the 22nd edition of Delhi Book Fair during August 27 – September 4 in the national capital. The fair is being organized in association with Federation of Indian Publishers and will be inaugurated by Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences.ITPO’s other concurrent events, the 18th edition of Stationary and 2nd Office Automation & Corporate Gift Fair 2016 will be added attraction for the visitors. Over 250 leading companies from India and overseas are expected to participate in these fairs.  Also Read - Add new books to your shelfThis year, the fair aims to showcase the initiatives of the Government under ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’ for higher education and computer literacy. Delhi Book Fair has been playing a pivotal role in reiterating the might of the pen and the printed world and has come to be recognized as the biggest book bonanza keenly awaited by students, teachers, scholars, authors, intellectuals, librarians and book lovers.  Apart from promoting literacy and reading habit, especially among children and youth, the fair presents a vast panorama of Indian books on a wide range of subjects. The fair provides a unique platform for business to business transactions, establishing new contacts, entering into co-publishing arrangements, translation and copy right arrangements, reprinting of old and rare books, apart from providing retailing opportunities as a multitude of visitors come to the fair.   Also Read - Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA number of conferences and seminars, buyer-seller meets, book releases, book discussions, literary activities for children and meet-the-author get together will be organized during the fair.  The fair is also complemented by the Stationery/Office Automation and Corporate Gifts Fair held concurrently with its product profile.The Book Fair will cover a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and academic books besides, children’s literature, classics and other categories of publications including digital innovations.  With view to make these fairs more convenient to the visitors, ITPO will introduce mobile applications by which visitors can access details of exhibitors, products on display, location details and concurrent ancillary activities. Also, the theme pavilion will comprise of the ‘Selfie Stations’ which focuses on the national campaigns of the Government of India. These include: ‘Make in India’, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’,  ‘Digital India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Startup India’, ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Startup India’, and ‘Umang’ (Unified mobile app for New-age Governance). To make the fair more interactive to the visitors, ITPO has planned to introduce book reading session, band performance, on-the–spot competition, screening of films, GK Quiz, Express Yourself, Nukkad Natak and storytelling sessions.last_img
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Over Rs 1 crore seized 4 held in city ahead of 6th

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first_imgKolkata: Over one crore rupees was seized from Burrabazar and Posta area on Thursday night, after multiple teams from the Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police launched a special raid. Four persons have been arrested in this connection till now.According to sources, since the last few days sleuths were getting tipped-off regarding unaccounted money being smuggled into the city for use during elections. On Wednesday, sleuths managed to get hold of information regarding 12 suspected locations where the unaccounted money was kept. Also Read - Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataImmediately, senior Kolkata Police officials formed five teams consisting of personnel from DD and commenced raids in Burrabazar, Posta, Bowbazar and Jorabagar areas. Till 9 pm, raids in four places under Burrabazar and Posta police station's jurisdiction were completed. From there, sleuths recovered Rs One crore six thousand and nabbed four persons. According to sources, sleuths are almost sure that the money was sent to the city for use during the last two phases of Lok Sabha elections 2019. Sleuths also came to know that a hawala racket was being operated to bring the money into the city. The four arrested are also connected with the hawala business. Also Read - Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state"Raids are being conducted on the basis of specific information. In eight more places, raids are still continuing. It is suspected that hawala operators are behind bringing the money to the city for the purpose of use during elections. We are trying to know who are sending this money and to whom," said Praveen Kumar Tripathi, Joint Commissioner (Crime) of Kolkata Police. It may be recalled that during the last few months, huge amounts of unaccounted money have been seized across the city at multiple police stations of Kolkata Police.last_img
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New West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar arrives in Kolkata

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first_imgKolkata: Jagdeep Dhankar, who will take oath as the new West Bengal Governor on July 30, arrived in the city on Monday. Dhankar, who will succeed Keshari Nath Tripathi as the state's 28th governor, was welcomed at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport here by a number of Bengal ministers, including Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Bratya Basu. Chief Secretary Moloy De and Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra were also present at the airport, where Dhankar was given a guard of honour by the West Bengal government. He will be sworn-in as the governor at the Raj Bhavan by the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, along with other dignitaries, are scheduled to be present at the swearing-in programme. The centre appointed Dhankhar, a noted Supreme Court lawyer and former MP, as the next governor of West Bengal governor on July 20.last_img
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The Ancient Greek Philosopher who Got Drunk and Laughed Himself to Death

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first_imgEnjoying a laugh is thought to be as good as any tonic. Many’s the time a joke has saved someone from a bad day, or worse. Yet the expression “too much of a good thing” applies to laughter as with anything else. The Ancient Greek philosopher Chrysippus is a case in point. A towering figure in the field of Stoicism, he lived from c. 280 – 207 BC. Stoicism came from the teachings of Socrates and Heraclitus.It was described in the Encyclopaedia Britannica as, “one of the loftiest and most sublime philosophies in the record of Western civilization. In urging participation in human affairs, Stoics have always believed that the goal of all inquiry is to provide a mode of conduct characterized by tranquillity of mind and certainty of moral worth.”Roman copy of a Hellenistic bust of Chrysippus.In other words, Chrysippus valued the pure qualities of the mind over base pleasures, believing Man should instead use his brain in tandem with nature. How ironic then that his demise involved alcohol beverages and an innocent donkey.The death took place at the 143rd Olympiad where the drink was flowing and surely even the most stoic thinker was kicking off their sandals and having a good time. Two accounts exist of what transpired, with the first depicting Chrysippus as overcome by strong wine.“Now give the donkey a drink of pure wine to wash down the figs” cried Chrysippus and died in a fit of laughter.The second version is more colorful. Having watched a donkey chomping on figs, an idea occurred to Chrysippus that was far from philosophical. He boisterously suggested giving the creature some wine with its meal. It wasn’t comedy of the highest order but it worked for him. He laughed so much he expired.So a life distinguished by concepts such as propositional logic had ended in a decidedly un-Stoic fashion. Despite this, the death may have made sense to Chrysippus. He was a great believer in fate and the role it played in someone’s destiny.“The Death of Pietro Aretino,” by Anselm Feuerbach. Aretino was an Italian poet who reportedly died from laughter.A quote from De Fato by Cicero, meaning “On Fate,” sums up his thinking: “(But) every proposition is either true or false. Therefore, there is no motion without a cause. And if this is so, then all effects owe their existence to prior causes. And if this is so, all things happen by fate. It follows therefore that whatever happens, happens by fate.”Perhaps the wine and the donkey were there for a reason. Certainly, an unusual philosophical idea but the Ancient Greeks didn’t shy away from difficult questions.The myth of Pandora’s BoxAnother question that would occur to Chrysippus is ‘Can someone die laughing?’ While he died in the midst of mirth, was an underlying condition the real culprit? There are examples throughout history, both ancient and modern, of people keeling over during a fit of laughter.The answer could lie in the death of someone who was watching one of the world’s best-loved comedies. Gizmodo reports, “The most direct death by laughter reported is supposedly audiologist Ole Bentzen who, while watching A Fish Called Wanda, laughed uncontrollably. His heartbeat rose to ‘between 250-500 times per minute’ until he died.”“Gelastic syncope” (or laughter-induced fainting) is a rare but medically recognized condition.John Cleese’s expertly-crafted script aside, the experience put pressure on Ole Bentzen’s heart in the same way a long run or stressful situation might. The list of factors that contribute to heart failure are wide-ranging.An NBC news article from 2011 interviewed Professor of Neurology Dr. Martin Samuels, who provided some insight into possible death by laughter.A partial marble bust of Chrysippus – Roman copy of a Hellenistic original (Louvre Museum). Photo by Sting CC By SA 2.5“Extreme excitement, whether that be sadness or happiness activates the part of the brain that’s responsible for the flight or fight response to threats in the wild… This releases a natural chemical — adrenaline — which in large animals can be toxic to various organs, in particular, the heart.”The article goes on to say, “As a result, extremely strong emotional states — whether positive or negative — can be harmful to the heart, on rare occasions causing an abnormal rhythm which can be lethal.”Read another story from us: Only the Strong Survive: Did Vikings Abandon their Sick Children?So it seems the gift of laughter is actually not such a gift after all. It’s a puzzler that philosophers and comedians will no doubt be thinking about for years to come.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img
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George HW Bushs Service Dog Stood Vigil By His Casket

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first_imgSully, the service dog of former President George H.W. Bush, spent the night of December 2, 2018, lying before Bush’s flag-draped casket in Houston, Texas. Jim McGrath, spokesman for the Bush family, tweeted a photo on Sunday night, captioning it “mission complete.”Bush, who served as the 41st U.S. president between 1989 and 1993, died on November 30th at the age of 94. Sully traveled with the casket on the flight from Texas to Washington D.C. on Monday, December 3rd.The former president’s body is due to lie in state this week ahead of a day of national mourning.Official portrait of George H.W. Bush, former President of the United States of America.The coffin is being flown to D.C. on board Air Force One — temporarily renamed Special Air Mission 41, in homage to the late president – and then back on Wednesday, with Sully accompanying the body throughout.Jeb Bush, the late president’s son, had also tweeted the image, saying, “Sully has the watch.”Sully, a two-year-old Labrador Retriever, is named after the airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River in New York in 2009, saving all of the 155 passengers and crew on board.Sully, the yellow Labrador retriever service dog of former President George H.W. Bush, waits as joint services military honor guard carry the flag-draped casket of the remains of his master during a departure ceremony to Washington D.C. at Ellington Field on December 3, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, who died on November 30, will lie in state in Washington before returning to Houston for his funeral on Thursday. Photo by David J. Phillip – Pool/Getty ImagesThe dog was assigned earlier this year as a service dog to Bush, who used a wheelchair in the last years of his life.During the summer, Bush tweeted, “A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, “Sully,” a beautiful — and beautifully trained — lab from @AmericasVetDogs. Could not be more grateful, especially for their commitment to our veterans.”According to the BBC, “A highly trained dog, Sully can perform a number of commands, including opening doors and fetching items such as the phone when it rings. He will now work as a service dog, assisting with therapy for wounded soldiers.”The former president had been receiving treatment for a form of Parkinson’s disease and had been admitted to the hospital with a blood infection in April.The United States flag is lowered to half mast aboard USS George H.W. Bush on December 1, 2018.The disease caused slow movements and difficulty balancing, among other symptoms. Bush frequently used a wheelchair toward the end of his life, and Sully provided assistance with daily life.“Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help,” The Associated Press reported.According to the Washington Post, “The display of instinctual, animalistic devotion captured the reaction to Bush’s death in a way that the words spilled all weekend over the Internet could not. Dogs, wrote the poet Emily Dickinson, ‘know but do not tell.’ ”A portrait of Bush in the White House is pictured draped in black mourning crêpe on December 1, 2018.Bush and his wife, Barbara, were noted dog lovers.While in the White House, the Bush’s presidential pets were Millie, a springer spaniel, and later one of Millie’s puppies, named Ranger.(Spot, the White House pet of George W. Bush, was also a puppy of Millie’s.)Millie was famously referred to during the 1992 presidential campaign, when Bush said, of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, “My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos.”Bush’s remains will lie in state inside the rotunda of the United States Capitol, pictured here in 2005. Photo by Matt H. Wade CC BY-SA 3.0Sully was part of America’sVetDogs, “a service dog program that assists veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities.”The Washington Post said, “The Labrador was raised by VetDogs, first through its prison puppy program that gives inmates a chance to teach animals the basic tasks of housebreaking and standardized commands, and then at the program’s campus in Smithtown, N.Y.”Sully celebrated his birthday in July “with a bone tied in a bright pink bow. Last week, he was already preparing for Christmas.”That Sully will continue to serve veterans was important to the Bush family. George W. Bush, the late president’s son and 43rd president, predicted that Sully will bring joy to patients at Walter Reed.Read another story from us: The First Dog in American History to be Awarded Military RankPresident Bush will be buried at the presidential library in Texas, alongside his wife, who died seven months ago.last_img
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WATCH Portland Timbers fans unveiled a massive banner of Bob Ross painting

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first_imgIn advance of their 5-1 opening night smackdown of Minnesota United, Portland Timbers fans unveiled a tribute to everyone’s favorite lover of trees, super-chill cult-hero painter Bob Ross.The giant tifo tribute featured three massive banners of a tree background landscape that ran across the entire fan section and read “Happy Little Trees.” The finale was the unveiling of the giant banner of Ross, who rose from the ground in all his smiling, afro’d glory, calmly painting away. Very calm. Very Calm. There….Standing-O for Timbers’ fans. As Mr.Ross once wisely said, “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.” Advertisement Here’s a video of Bob Ross in action. Painting trees. Enjoy.last_img
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Colin The Warriors and Steph Curry look better without Kevin Durant Video

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first_imgWhen Kevin Durant went down with a sprained MCL, Colin thought they were in danger of not making it out of the Western Conference. Golden State looked lost in the immediate aftermath of the injury, and it wasn’t clear if Steph still had any of last season’s MVP mojo left in the tank.That was then.Since their struggles, the Warriors are steamrolling teams without Durant, and Curry has returned to his pre-KD form.Today in The Herd, Colin said that he thinks the Warriors look more dangerous without Durant. Steph, who has stepped back offensively for most of the year to accommodate Durant, has rediscovered his killer instinct and the team chemistry is reminiscent of their championship team from two years ago.“KD added a layer that they were already filled to the brim with, and it looks like without him their chemistry is better than it’s been the entire year.He added, “Have you noticed Steph Curry’s game in the last two weeks? It’s Steph’s symphony again.”Watch Colin’s full rant on the Warriors:last_img
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The Yankees Lakers and Cowboys all finding young stars is great for

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first_imgThe Yankees, Lakers and Cowboys all finding young stars is great for sportsThe Yankees, Cowboys and Lakers are three of the biggest professional sports franchise brands in the world, and for the last several years they haven’t been winning and had no marketable stars. Suddenly, all three of these blue-chip franchises have found young stars to carry their them forward.The Yankees’ Aaron Judge has arguably become the face of baseball as a rookie. Last season, the Cowboys discovered the rookie duo of Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott, and Lonzo Ball has shattered Summer League attendance records as the new face of the Lakers. All will only get better.Sports is better when these franchises are relevant, and now each has found their stars. And in today’s sports world you can’t be relevant without them.“Lonzo and the Lakers. This will be the least they’ll be talked about for a decade.” Teams should go get stars and figure out the chemistry laterThe NBA offseason has seen the Rockets join the ranks of the superteams when they traded for Chris Paul. Multiple reports they are closing in on a trade for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.Detractors of Houston’s offseason moves have said that Chris Paul and James Harden won’t be able to play together because they are both ball dominant. They also question how Carmelo Anthony will fit into the mix.Colin disagrees with the critics and thinks Rockets GM Daryl Morey has done the right thing by getting the stars to Houston, with the intention of figuring the chemistry out later. It’s impossible to win in the NBA without stars, it’s not impossible to figure out chemistry.“If you can get them in Houston, you figure the rest out later.”Guests: Mark Medina – Lakers beat writer for the L.A. Daily News is in studio talking Summer League; his take on the Lakers first offseason under Magic Johnson; and his take on Lonzo Ball’s Summer League circus.Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss if the Packers expect too much from Aaron Rodgers; and why Mike McCarthy is not a good late game coach.Kevin Iole – Yahoo Sports writer joins the show to talk about the McGregor/Mayweather press tour; and if McGregor’s awful internet workout videos are intentionally bad.Rob Parker –FS1 Analyst is in-studio to the Mayweather/McGregor press tour and why he’s disturbed by the racial overtones so far in the press tour.last_img
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VIDEO Baker Mayfield taunts Baylor in warm ups You forgot who daddy

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first_imgBaylor is 0-3 with losses to Liberty and Texas-San Antonio so far this season, but, for some reason, they thought it would be a good idea to engage in some pregame trash talk with Oklahoma and Heisman front runner Baker Mayfield before kickoff in Waco today.Mayfield was quick to shut it down and told them their daddy’s in the house:‘You forgot who daddy is. I’m gonna have to spank you today.’This game is about to kickoff, and Baylor might be in for 1/2 a thousand from Mayfield after poking the hornet’s nest. Here’s the video:#Sooners have a history of pregame skirmishes on the road in Big 12 play. Another flare up here in Waco. pic.twitter.com/pVH44Gp8m1— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) September 23, 2017last_img
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VIDEO Teddy Bridgewaters first practice back with the Vikings was an emotional

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first_imgTeddy Bridgewater almost had his leg amputated after the gruesome left leg injury he suffered during the 2016 preseason. He could have died if it wasn’t for the quick response of the EMS staff on the field. The injury was so bad that it reduced many of his teammates to tears.Many said that his career was likely done, and after hearing accounts of his leg essentially folding in half, it was hard to credibly doubt them. Bridgewater has been on the rehab grind since the injury, and yesterday he proved his doubters wrong by returning to Vikings practice for the first time since going down.It’s unknown how far he is from actually being ready to play in a game, or if he’ll be a part of Minnesota’s future plans, but it’s hard to bet against the guy. Most wouldn’t have made it this far.Good to see you back out there, @teddyb_h2o!?: https://t.co/nx5DodNl9p pic.twitter.com/syoRstJYfN— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 18, 2017 Advertisement We were there to see Teddy’s return to the practice field today.See more on Bridgewater’s return here: https://t.co/v6nE0FrzGt pic.twitter.com/2RXEpg2akb— GoMN (@GoMNNews) October 19, 2017center_img Top story: @VikingUpdate: ‘Teddy Bridgewater getting loose at the start of #Vik… pic.twitter.com/qECscfqjnk, see more https://t.co/bvYAD2Cx7S— Lady Viking (@opart15a) October 19, 2017last_img
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What the Future of Fitness Trackers Looks Like

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first_imgDecember 22, 2014 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Fitness activity trackers have come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci sketched a rudimentary gear-and-pendulum pedometer to track the treks of 15th century Roman soldiers.Today’s devices count calories, measure sleep patterns and monitor heart rates as well as steps. Fitness experts predict their popularity and usefulness will grow as they become more sophisticated.“Two big changes to fitness trackers since last year is that more of them now support heart rate monitoring and several of them have smartwatch functionality,” said Jill Duffy, a senior analyst at the computer magazine PCMag.com.She said smartphone functionality means, for example, showing incoming text messages from one’s smartphone on the tracker itself.“The upcoming Apple Watch, which is due out in January, will be both a complete smartwatch and fitness tracker, and will include heart rate data,” Duffy said.Consumers bought an estimated 84 million fitness tracking devices in 2013, ranging in price from $49 to $200, according to the analyst group IHS technology. It predicts that number will grow beyond 120 million by 2019. “Even with all the options for fitness trackers, we’re still early in the game,” said Neal Pire, an exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine.He said tracking information and storing it in the cloud for easy access helps some, but not all exercisers stay on track.“There are people who work really well with keeping a food or exercise log,” he explained. “Others are not only disinterested: they hate it.”Los Angeles-based trainer Shirley Archer agreed but added their use is not always long lasting. “Surveys show that as of September 2013, one in 10 American adults wore a fitness tracker,” said Archer, author of “Fitness 9 to 5.” But 30 percent of people who buy a device, no longer use it within six months. To select a tracker, Archer suggests considering three factors - how it is intended to be used, where it will be worn and how much data will be tracked.She also said novices should begin with a simple model, establish a baseline, and try to gradually increase those levels.Duffy envisions a time when trackers will focus more on overall health than exercise. “Imagine if your doctor had access to your heart rate information over the last 60 days and could see when a change occurred?” she said. “That's why all these trackers are meaningful in the long run.” Enroll Now for Freelast_img
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This Company Wants to Help You Convince Your Boss to Let You

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first_imgJune 27, 2018 In this series, The Way We Work, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger examines how people foster productivity, focus, collaboration, creativity and culture in the workplace.The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, and CyberLink, a company that recently entered the business of video conferencing and messaging apps, feels your pain.For many Americans, Independence Day celebrations happen throughout a long weekend, but when the holiday falls smack dab in the middle of the workweek, the festivities often are shortened. After the fireworks, it’s time for bed to get a good night’s rest before an early-morning, perhaps hungover commute to the office. That is, if the boss makes you come in.For those who want to convince their employer to let them work from home the rest of the week, CyberLink has come up with a marketing campaign dubbed Everybody Works From Home for its new browser-based video chat and messaging apps called U. The company, which recognizes that 44.2 million people traveled 50-plus miles in 2017 to celebrate Independence Day, wants to help workers make the case to post up with their laptops poolside this year.CyberLink launched PC and mobile versions of U late last year, though the Taiwan-based multimedia software company has been around since 1996. U Pro normally costs $10 per month for meetings including up to 50 people and $20 per month for meetings including up to 100 people, with meetings capped off at 24 hours per meeting. (U Basic is free for 50-minute meetings including up to 25 people.) But for this promotion during the week of July 2 this year, CyberLink is offering a three-month trial of U Pro for free.Related: 17 Things You Need to Know About Remote WorkThe Everybody Works From Home campaign, driven by social media marketing, also includes a landing page on CyberLink’s website with suggested email templates that workers can send their bosses, asking for permission to work from home and noting that CyberLink’s software will help them bridge the gap. Additionally, CyberLink has compiled a list of tips to get the most out of working from home, from “get out of bed in the morning and get dressed like you would any other day” to “take breaks at home just like you would in the office.”“On the 5th or 6th of July this year, a lot of people who want to work from home might feel cut out,” Richard Carriere, CyberLink’s senior vice president of global marketing, tells Entrepreneur. “Their managers might feel like they’re not working the same way.”Carriere says CyberLink’s apps are uniquely positioned to serve individual employees who need an easy-to-use, informal platform for remote work, from presentations or webinars to file sharing. Modeled after social media apps, they’re designed with “U,” the consumer, in mind, rather than large IT departments seeking enterprise solutions with “300 features,” as Carriere puts it.“They create these unusable monsters,” Carriere says. “And we’re like, hold on a second, nobody thinks about simplicity, things that just work, things that only have three buttons. That’s what we do.” He also emphasizes that CyberLink is somewhat irreverent, with funny stickers available in U Messenger that “would definitely never show up in apps developed by large companies.”He compares the plug-and-play utility of U to Dropbox, in terms of an employee’s ability to take it upon themselves to use it. It doesn’t have to be the official software at a company for a worker to try it out (though it may be wise to float it by your manager), just as many workers might use Dropbox for storing and exchanging files without consulting the powers that be.U has tens of millions of users so far, Carriere shares, and is best suited for entrepreneurs and small businesses that don’t have an IT department or are looking for inexpensive remote work software. It also has found a market in the higher education space, where virtual classrooms are becoming more common.CyberLink itself is the perfect ambassador for U. While the company’s headquarters are in Taiwan, it has teams scattered across the U.S. As CyberLink’s Los Angeles team grows, the company has questioned its need for a physical footprint.“We’re a perfect example of a virtual company,” Carriere says. “At first we thought, maybe we should have an [L.A.] office.” Then, he says the company decided, “No, we have an office, it’s called the U app.”Outside of U, CyberLink’s software is pre-installed on hundreds of millions of shipped PCs, Carriere says, but “people don’t know Cyberlink necessarily as well as other brands like Microsoft or Google.” The Everybody Works From Home campaign is just the latest marketing effort CyberLink has deployed to boost brand recognition and its user base.In collaboration with YouGov, CyberLink conducted an online survey of 1,154 U.S. working adults to generate its Reality of the Remote Worker Report. Among the findings were revelations about existing remote work software: 42 percent of remote workers have misinterpreted the tone of written communication; 22 percent have been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join; and 28 percent have used the wrong version of a document.A few months ago, CyberLink launched a new version of its media player, PowerDVD. To market the software, CyberLink featured a psychologist who has found that taking breaks to watch videos at work improves productivity. The idea of a doctor endorsing a practice that seems frivolous or unproductive was another appeal to the consumer market.Related: 50 Work-From-Home Jobs Paying as Much or a Lot More Than the Average American SalaryIt was right in line with CyberLink’s irreverent and fun ethos, Carriere says: “Let’s not take ourselves too seriously but at the same time, let’s make sure it works and we’re productive.”Another recent campaign, for PowerDVD’s VR mode, involved CyberLink breaking a Guinness World Record for the longest amount of time -- 50 uninterrupted hours -- spent watching videos using a virtual reality headset last spring. Register Now » 6 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img
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3 Startups That Are Using Technology to Reinvent Entertainment

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first_img Register Now » 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 12, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur's Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. For the first time ever, Netflix received more Emmy nominations this year than any other TV network, as reported by BGR. The video streaming company received 112 nominations from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last month, beating out former Emmy dominator HBO, which received three fewer nominations.The success of Netflix demonstrates the power of technology in the home entertainment industry. When Netflix debuted its streaming service in the early 2000s, it gave users access to thousands of titles with the push of a button. At the time, it was the first service of its kind.Today, the streaming company has changed the way people enjoy and access entertainment at home and it’s led to an influx of similar companies offering new tech innovations in home entertainment with a variety of viewing options for consumers. In 2017, these video streaming services contributed to a 5 percent increase in home entertainment spending, seeing it rise to $20.5 billion in the United States, as explained by Deadline.Related: Don't Understand Blockchain? It Can Work for You Anyway, This Founder SaysNow new tech innovations are being applied to home entertainment, revolutionizing the industry even further.BlockchainThose who have heard about blockchain or are familiar with this innovative technology likely associate it only with the cryptocurrency market and most notably, Bitcoin. But blockchain is being utilized by a growing number of markets. The technology can be used to create a highly secure ledger of transactions, and its potential applications are numerous.Hollywood producer Andrea Iervolino, best known for backing the James Franco film In Dubious Battle, founded a new home entertainment company TaTaTu and is using blockchain to reward customers. TaTaTu pays TTU tokens to consumers for watching movies, playing games and listening to music. And with blockchain,TaTaTu can record each transaction in an open distributed ledger, which ensures users get rewarded. The blockchain also ensures content providers are compensated by using a digital rights management platform to create an accurate record of work for talent, distributors and studios involved in the site. Eventually, tokens will be able to be traded for cash or used in the company’s own ecommerce store.“Blockchain technology is providing the opportunity that rights holders are looking for. No longer will they have to take someone’s word for it when it comes to distribution across different territories," Lervolino wrote in the company's white paper. "Once we bring a system of digital rights management into place, rights holders will be able to see exactly when and how their content has been shown -- via the irrefutable ledger that is the blockchain.”Augmented realityFuturistic settings in movies often feature some kind of augmented reality (AR). The technology lets users apply digital layers to the real world. In science fiction movies these layers often appear in the form of advertisements. Whether through a pair of high-tech glasses or some kind of cortical implant, characters see billboards and pop-up ads wherever they go. It’s like the notifications you receive on your phone when walking near a business, but instead, the advertisements appear before your very eyes. If you follow my articles, you know that I'm a partner of an augmented reality platform called FluffAR, which rewards users with cryptocurrency for viewing AR experiences.Related: Upcoming Pokémon Game on Nintendo Switch Hopes to Capture Huge Mobile Fan Base of 'Pokémon Go'AR is currently being tested in the world of advertising to bring these ideas from the movies to life, but it’s also being used in innovative ways in the area of home entertainment. Tech startup Eyecandy’s augment.tv project lets users access digital overlays while watching sports, documentaries, kids programming and more. In order to see the digital layers, users point AR-enabled smartphones or tablets on a video screen. The digital layer is then overlaid on the content.For example, when it comes to sports, users can see an overlay containing a newsfeed of relevant stats and data about the match, teams and players. And augment.tv will even give users the ability to replay content themselves. Other features will include letting users shop for the clothing and accessories seen in the movies or tv shows they’re watching.3DWhile some companies are using technology to enhance a user’s viewing experience. Other companies are using technology to bring content to life.3D technology has become ubiquitous in the movie industry. With dozens of movies being released in 3D every year, nowadays moviegoers have the option of watching most action blockbusters in 3D. According to recent reports by True Industry News, the global 3D and 4D market are expected to reach $168.6 billion by 2023.Related: 17 Inspirational Quotes from Oscar-Winning MoviesNew startup Urus is using 3D imaging technology to bring the 3D viewing experience home in a new way. The company is working to make movie and other video content scenes appear as if they are playing out in a viewer’s living room. Urus is using 3D technology to modify a user’s home scenery to match the look of the movie they’re watching. Using the technology they already have at their fingertips -- their smartphones -- users take a panoramic photo of their surroundings using their phone’s camera. This image is used to reconstruct a 3D model that then blends in the action on screen.Just as Netflix revolutionized the home entertainment industry more than a decade ago, these startups are ushering in a new wave of home entertainment innovation, bringing technology usually reserved for science fiction movies, to life.last_img
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Global Polydextrose Market 2019 Outlook Growth By Top Companies Regions

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first_imgPolydextrose is a synthetic polymer of glucose. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market.Polydextrose Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).In this report, the Global Polydextrose Market is valued at USD XX million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the period 2019 to 2023.The report firstly introduced the Polydextrose basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on.Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc.In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:Tate & LyleDaniscoCargillThe end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-PowderLiquidOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Polydextrose for each application, including:Nutritional FoodBakery & ConfectionaryBeveragesGet a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3240092?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ShifaliAbout Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img
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