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first_imgI need not speak audibly but no I must scream thisI need not wail but I must shed the tears for you to witnessI need not snort but I won’t stop if something is bugging meI might be silent but how lengthy can that persist?I might be short-sighted but how extensive will it last?I seek my freedom to move beyond your dominionAllow those blessings come without any interferenceLet my time approaches without a single bidding via youThrough the good and terrible times that befalls meThe harsh lessons to learn as life one must live for enduranceI need not be a remote control the copious knobs for callous tickingToo soon to share a humid seat with the good advice and carefree chatsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Ministry of the Presidency scraps commemorative stamps

first_imgJagan’s 100th birth anniversaryThe Ministry of the Presidency has scrapped the commemorative stamps project that was initiated by the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) to celebrate Dr Cheddi Jagan’s birth centenary.Head of State David Granger stated that Cabinet decided that the commemorative stamps, which are national symbols, must adhere to national criteria. He added that such symbols must not be associated with private, partisan or political purposes.These statements were made in light of the CJRC and the former Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC), Juan Edghill, expressing concerns that the production of the proposed stamps to honour the late President was being hindered because of political interference.President Granger further explained that while there are no objections in honouring the legacy of Dr Jagan, Cabinet has indicated that there should be equity in the printing of such stamps. It was revealed that the Government will announce shortly, national symbols in commemoration of the 100th birth anniversary of both President Raymond Arthur Chung and President Cheddi Bharrat Jagan, which will be set as a criterion to honour eminent Guyanese.Meanwhile, the CJRC slammed the GPOC earlier this week for failure to deliver on its commitment to make the collection of stamps available for Dr Jagan’s birth centenary.In a statement on Wednesday, the organisation blasted the Government for its deliberate attempt to disturb the activities planned on Tuesday to launch the stamps.The CJRC highlighted that despite given assurance by the GPOC and the Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, that the collection would be made available, they were told by the post office that the Office of the President should be contacted in this regard.Furthermore, they believe that this should have been a routine transaction between the two parties, rather than a politically interfered one and view this as a measured attempt to hinder the work of the Centre, amid the Administration’s attempts to seize Red House.Additionally, former Chairman of the Board of GPOC, Juan Edghill, said it is unprecedented for a client, in this instance the CJRC, to be referred to the Ministry of the Presidency for explanations or other information as it relates to this unfulfilled transaction between the Corporation and a client.“This is nothing short of a full and open display of petty, partisan politics influencing a business transaction that could be considered purely an administrative matter,” Edghill noted on Wednesday.The CJRC has reflected this as an “action of assault” against the late President of Guyana who made significant contributions towards the development of the nation. The centenary of the late President was celebrated on Thursday.last_img read more

Anti-gang czar named by governor

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Amid growing concern about gang violence – including in the San Fernando Valley – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed a former federal prosecutor Tuesday to lead new efforts to fight gangs with a coordinated statewide approach. Paul Seave, a former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of California, was named to the post of state director of gang and youth violence policy as the governor also appointed a 10-member gang-advisory committee including two Los Angeles officials. As part of the panel, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent David Brewer III and civil-rights attorney Connie Rice will work with Seave on policy initiatives. “There is much that needs to be done, but I’m absolutely convinced by all of us working together for the first time in a coordinated way we’re going to really attack this problem in a successful way,” Schwarzenegger said at a press conference in Fresno. Schwarzenegger said efforts to fight gangs should still be led at the local level, but that cities can benefit from a statewide perspective. Along with the appointment, the governor announced $2.8 million in grants – matched by local communities for a total of $5.6 million – for job-training programs to keep potential gang members off the streets. He also has proposed several new anti-gang programs, including rotating deployments of California Highway Patrol officers in high gang areas and new summer programs to keep kids out of gangs. Most of his proposals were funded in the budget recently approved by the Legislature. “Law enforcement by itself cannot solve the gang problem,” Seave said. “Any effective approach requires a comprehensive, collaborative, and sustained effort by each affected local community.” Seave served as a U.S. attorney in the Clinton administration from 1997 to 2001. He then worked in the California state Attorney General’s Office as director of the Crime and Violence Prevention Center. Schwarzenegger appointed Seave chief counsel for the state Board of Education in 2005. Seave will start his job with a staff of three, but expects to expand it. Los Angeles Police Department statistics indicated that gang crime in the San Fernando Valley was up about 15 percent in the first half of 2007. Seave’s appointment was hailed by law enforcement and civil-rights advocates. Rice, co-director of the Advancement Project Los Angeles, said Seave was an innovator when he was a prosecutor in the state Attorney General’s Office. Rice said Seave looked for strategies beyond law enforcement to try to keep kids from joining gangs. She said he also was the rare prosecutor who proactively sought her opinion on some issues. Brewer said Seave is an outstanding selection for the post and as an advisory committee member, he said, he intends to urge the state to focus more on prevention and intervention efforts. “Obviously, schoolchildren in this state are the people who are recruited into gangs,” he said. “We’re going to be focused on intervention and prevention and I’m looking forward to sharing some of my ideas with him.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Brom complete club-record signing

first_img Salomon Rondon 1 West Brom have announced the signing of Salomon Rondon for a club-record deal worth around £12million.The striker has joined the Baggies on a four-year deal from Zenit St Petersburg to become their fifth summer signing. The fee eclipses the £10million Albion, who host Manchester City in their opening Barclays Premier League game on Monday night, paid for Brown Ideye last summer.“I am very happy to be here,” Rondon told the club’s official site.“This is a new opportunity in my career. I can’t wait to be with the other players and to play.“The club showed a lot of interest in me. That’s what is important for a player, what you take into account – and there are expectations of me.” Venezuela international Rondon, who has also played for Malaga and Rubin Kazan, scored 20 goals in 37 games for Zenit last season to tempt Albion boss Tony Pulis to splash out.“He’s got a fantastic goalscoring record in some of the top leagues in Europe and for his country,” Pulis said. “He’s 25 years of age and still to fulfil his full potential.“We hope he hits the ground running, of course, but understand it might take him time to settle. I’m sure our fans will help him and get behind him.“But we feel with age on his side and the prices English clubs are asking for their players, it’s a deal worth doing.“He comes highly recommended. I have spoken to Manuel (Pellegrini) and AVB (Andre Villas-Boas), who have worked with him (at Malaga and Zenit, respectively), and they were full of praise for the lad. We are looking forward to working with him.”last_img read more

What Are Human Genes Doing in a Sea Anemone?

first_imgThe genome of a sea anemone has been published, and of all things, this lowly animal has genes common to vertebrates, even humans.  Science Daily began with a conundrum, “The first analysis of the genome of the sea anemone shows it to be nearly as complex as the human genome, providing major insights into the common ancestor of not only humans and sea anemones, but of nearly all multi-celled animals.”  UC Berkeley’s Center for Integrative Genomics deciphered the genome and published the results in Science.1  “Surprisingly, the team found that the genome of the starlet sea anemone, which is lumped with jellyfish and corals into the earliest diverging eumetazoan phylum, Cnidaria, resembles the human and other vertebrate genomes more than it resembles the genomes of such well-studied ‘lab rats’ as fruit flies and nematode worms.”    The starlet sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis, is just a few inches in diameter and has about 16 to 20 tentacles.  It lives in brackish lagoons and marshes and feeds on passing nutrients.  It’s not just that this creature’s genome is as complex as that of humans that was surprising.  It has a comparable gene number, and, “Many of the anemone’s genes lie on its 30 chromosomes in patterns similar to the patterns of related genes on the 46 chromosomes of humans.”  Nicholas Putnam of the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) of the Department of Energy said, “Many genes close together in the sea anemone are still close together in humans, even after six or seven hundred million years.”    A story entitled, “Surprises in the sea anemone genome,” from The Scientist, added another anemone-human connection: “The researchers also discovered that exon-intron structure is very similar between modern vertebrates and sea anemones.  Both have intron-rich genomes and about 80% of intron locations are conserved between humans and anemones.”  Insects, by contrast, have a 50 to 80% dissimilarity from humans in their intron patterns.  Science Daily added, “This similarity is present in the sea anemone and human genomes, despite the obvious differences between the two species.”  The original paper commented on the “extensive” amount of conserved linkage with muted astonishment, “This is a notable total, given that any chromosomal fusions and subsequent gene order scrambling on either the human or Nematostella lineage during their ~700 million years of independent evolution would attenuate the signal for linkage.”  The team also found that the sea anemone possesses about 1500 novel genes, unique to this animal compared with other eukaryotic groups.    A consequence of the study for evolutionists is that complexity must be assumed to have been present farther back in time, back in the Cambrian when the basic body plans of animals are first seen in the fossil record.  According to the team’s analysis, “The ancestral eumetazoan already had the genetic ‘toolkit’ to conduct basic animal biochemistry, development and nerve and muscular function,” Science Daily said.  Putnam explained, “Basically, the sea anemone has all the basic mechanisms of interacting with the outside world seen in more morphologically complex creatures.”  These traits appeared abruptly and have persisted ever since.  Not only that, the exon-intron structure, chromosome positions and other similarities not usually associated with natural selection would have been conserved (i.e., unevolved) since the beginning of metazoan animal life.    As could be expected, evolutionists are trying to make the most of these surprises and claiming they are “shedding light on evolution”.  Elisabeth Pennisi used that line, titling her commentary in the same issue of Science, “Sea Anemone Provides a New View of Animal Evolution.”2  Daniel Rokhsar (UC Berkeley) said, “Anything the sea anemone has that also is found in humans, flies, snails or any other eumetazoans must already have been present in the common ancestor of eumetazoans.”  Why, then, did more advanced organisms like flies and nematodes lack many of these genes?  It’s “because both the anemone and vertebrate genomes have retained many ancestral genes that flies and nematode worms apparently lost over time,” Putnam said.  “The genes of flies and worms also have been jumbled up among the chromosomes, making it hard to track genes through evolution.”  This does not explain, however, why over much longer periods of time these genes did not get lost or jumbled in the sea anemone for 600 million years – and in the vertebrates, who presumably use the same genetic toolkit as fruit flies and nematodes (e.g., genes for muscles, nerves, senses, reproduction and digestion).    Science Daily also used the word “apparently” based on the assumption of common descent: “The anemone genome, on the other hand, has apparently changed less through time and makes a good reference for comparison with human and other vertebrate genomes in order to discover the genes of our common ancestor and how they were organized on chromosomes.”  Nevertheless, Eugene Koonin of the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland, was surprised at the complexity of this supposed primitive creature.  He told The Scientist that this implies that the common ancestor of all animals “was already extremely highly complex, at least in terms of its genomic organization and regulatory and signal transduction circuits, if not necessarily morphologically.”  The article said this pattern contradicts “the widely held belief that organisms become more complex through evolution.”    The original paper concluded by attempting to put the genetic surprises into an evolutionary context that would allow for both extreme “tinkering” and extreme stasis.  The tension is palpable:Some are the result of domain shuffling, bringing together on the animal stem new combinations of domains that are shared with other eukaryotes.  But many animal-specific genes contain sequences with no readily recognizable counterparts outside of animals; these may have arisen by sequence divergence from ancient eukaryotic genes, but the trail is obscured by deep time.  Although we can crudely assign the origins of these genes to the eumetazoan stem, this remains somewhat unsatisfying.  The forthcoming genomes of sponges, placozoans, and choanoflagellates will allow more precise dating of the origins and diversification of modern eumetazoan gene families, but this will not directly reveal the mechanisms for new gene creation.  Presumably, many of these novelties will ultimately be traced back, through deep sequence or structural comparisons, to ancient genes that underwent extreme “tinkering”.They ended by reminding everyone that genes have to do something.  Finding that part out, and tracing it back through misty trails of evolutionary ancestry, is easier said than done:The eumetazoan progenitor was more than just a collection of genes.  How did these genes function together within the ancestor?  Unfortunately, we cannot read from the genome the nature of its gene- and protein-regulatory interactions and networks.  This is particularly vexing as it is becoming clear—especially given the apparent universality of the eumetazoan toolkit—that gene regulatory changes can also play a central role in generating novelties, allowing co-option of ancestral genes and network stonew [sic] functions.  Of particular interest are the processes that give rise to body axes, germ layers, and differentiated cell types such as nerve and muscle, as well as the mechanisms that maintain these cells and their interactions through the growth and repair of the organism.  Nematostella and its genome provide a platform for testing hypotheses about the nature of ancestral eumetazoan pathways and interactions, with the use of the basic principle of evolutionary developmental biology: Processes that are conserved between living species were likely functional in their common ancestor.1Putnam et al, “Sea Anemone Genome Reveals Ancestral Eumetazoan Gene Repertoire and Genomic Organization,” Science, 6 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5834, pp. 86-94, DOI: 10.1126/science.1139158.2Elisabeth Pennisi, “Genomics: Sea Anemone Provides a New View of Animal Evolution,” Science, 6 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5834, p. 27, DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5834.27.“Extreme tinkering” – you saw it again right there: the evolutionists bowing to Tinker Bell, their goddess of novelty.  Now, however, they can’t figure out how she could also be the goddess of conservation.    Creation is full of booby traps for those who deny it was purposefully and intelligently designed.  Picture a group of blind men walking barefoot through a minefield of mousetraps in the wrong direction.  It is a measure of fallen man’s stubbornness when every surprise, no matter how painful, assures them that they are making progress.  Each ouch, they confidently claim, is shedding light on their way (whatever “light” means to a blind man).  The way is hard for those who walk by pain, not by sight (Proverbs 4:19), especially when light is readily available to all who choose to see (Psalm 119:130, John 1:1-14).(Visited 512 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Media Club South Africa top 10 photos of the week

first_imgGet a taste of what’s on offer when you register with Media Club South Africa, with our weekly photo essay featuring the best photography from the site’s free image library.The image library is a free public service provided by Brand South Africa – there’s no catch. To view the library, and download photos in high resolution, all you need to do is register with the site. Registration is quick and easy, and gives you immediate access to the photos.But remember you can only republish images if you credit Media Club South Africa, including a hyperlink to the site if they’re published on the web. If you don’t credit the site you are liable for financial damages as set out in the image library terms and conditions of use.Here are our top 10 photos of the week, featuring images from the People section of the library.ABOVE: Dance group competing in a cultural festival in Joubert Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng province.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo in the image library at People 2. (Register and log in first.)ABOVE: Samuel Kalule, Peter Kanyerere and an unnamed friend sell their crafts at Camps Bay beach in Cape Town, Western Cape province.Photo: Jeffrey Barbee Find this photo at People 4.ABOVE: On the road past rural homesteads to Qholora Bay in the Eastern Cape province stand golfers Welcome Tolbadi (left, 18 handicap) and Dickson Mboyi (10 handicap) on their way to the Qholora Bay Golf Course for a round of golf.Photo: Rodger BoschFind this photo at People 14.LEFT: Women on their way home from work, at the Noord Street taxi rank in Joburg, Gauteng province.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo at People 1. ABOVE: Snompi Mnyoni uses red mud to protect her skin from the sun, in the Central Drankensberg, KwaZulu-Natal province.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at People 14.LEFT: A mother comforts her daughter at the HIV/Aids clinic at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg, Gauteng province. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo at People 1.ABOVE: A motorcyclist on Camps Bay Drive in Cape Town, Western Cape province.Photo: Jeffrey Barbee Find this photo at People 4.ABOVE: Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker at Stellakaya Cellars in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, among barrels of maturing wine. Biyela is South Africa’s first black female winemaker. See Black, female and making great wine.Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at People 7.ABOVE: People walking their dogs on the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town, Western Cape province.Photo: Jeffrey Barbee Find this photo at People 4.LEFT: A rickshaw driver in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at People 6.To download these and some 2 000 other free high-resolution photos, register with Media Club South Africa. And don’t forget to read the image library terms and conditions of use. For more information, email us at info@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Marriott targets Africa following Protea acquisition

first_img3 April 2014 Marriott International, the largest publicly traded hotel chain in the United States, said on Tuesday that it would continue its expansion into African markets as it completed its R2.02-billion (approximately US$200-million) acquisition of South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Holdings. The transaction makes Marriott the largest hotel company in the Middle East and Africa region, and Africa’s biggest hotel company by number of rooms in operation or under construction. Marriott’s new Protea portfolio consists of 10 148 rooms in seven African countries, with 79 hotels in South Africa and 37 hotels in Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The company said its pipeline of new hotels in the Middle East and Africa, including Protea’s pipeline, was now more than 65 hotels and 14 300 rooms, including more than 20 hotels and 3 000 rooms in Sub-Saharan Africa. “We have 25 Marriott brand hotels under construction in seven countries in Africa that will come on stream over the next four years,” Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott’s president for the Middle East and Africa, told news agency Bloomberg. “With our existing hotels plus those in the pipeline and those Protea operates today, we will be in 16 countries in Africa by 2017.” “Today marks a new beginning,” Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson told a press briefing on Tuesday. “We can now officially say ‘Molweni!’ [Xhosa], ‘Sawubona!’ [Zulu] and ‘Hello!’ to South Africa and ‘Welcome!’ to our approximately 15 000 new associates at both managed and franchised hotels across Protea’s portfolio.” Kyriakidis, citing a World Bank forecast for sub-Saharan Africa to grow at a more than 5 percent through 2015, added: “With the addition of Protea’s regional knowledge, expertise and infrastructure, we are incredibly well-positioned to continue growing in one of the fastest expanding economic markets in the world.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Obama’s visit to strengthen United States ties to East Africa

first_imgAs US President Barack Obama makes an official visit to Kenya and Ethiopia next week, the two East African nations will have a chance to use the media spotlight to showcase the investment opportunities they offer. The US, in turn, could also gain from the trip. US President Barack Obama waves from the podium at a ceremony to mark the end of his visit to the West African nation of Ghana in 2009. Obama’s trip to Ethiopia and Kenya in late July will be his second official visit to African countries in eight years of presidency. (Image: White House)Scott Firsing, Monash UniversityOn Monday, after seeing off Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari, US President Barack Obama will make his way to Africa. He will become the first American president to make an official visit to each of the East African nations of Ethiopia and Kenya.All four countries – Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and the US – could reap rewards from Obama’s historic trip. So too could the broader community of nations in the African Union.Beneficial economic partnershipsThere are many similarities between East African neighbours Kenya and Ethiopia, and their economic relations with the US. Both could benefit from the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and have huge trade imbalances in favour of the US.In 2014, US-Kenyan trade was US$2.2-billion. American exports to Kenya made up US$1.64-billion of this. The Ethiopian numbers are similar. American exports to Ethiopia were US$1.67-billion in 2014 with US importing only around US$207-million worth of goods from Ethiopia.The US mostly exports aircraft, machinery and agricultural products to the two East African countries. In return, they export mainly coffee, tea and apparel. American investment into the countries focuses on commerce, light manufacturing and tourism.Both countries must use the media spotlight of Obama’s visit to showcase their investment opportunities. Ethiopia, for instance, can ride the momentum of recently being named the world’s best tourist destination by Europe’s key tourism body. Tourism contributed an estimated 4.5% to its GDP last year, which equates to nearly one million jobs and more than US$2-billion in revenue.Kenya can use the spotlight to show international investors it is one of the best African emerging economies to invest in. Its attractions are infrastructure development, a stable political and macroeconomic environment and a stronger services sector compared with other African economies that are largely focused on commodities.Ethiopia and Kenya have big plans for the future. Ethiopia has its growth and transformation plan, while the Kenyan government aims to become a newly industrialising, middle-income country by following its Vision 2030.Powering AfricaKenya and Ethiopia both need more electricity to expand their industries and to diversify into new ones for these plans to succeed. In addition to being beneficiaries of the US’s Feed the Future global food security initiative, both have benefited greatly from Power Africa launched during Obama’s South African visit in 2013.The Eastern Africa Power Pool, established in 2005 to foster interconnectivity between the power systems of the members countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), will soon turn Ethiopia – where it is based – into a renewable energy powerhouse. The country has an abundant amount of renewable energy resources from hydro to wind and solar. But it has minimal experience in such projects and is getting much-needed assistance from the US government as well as American companies.In Kenya, Power Africa provides financing, grants, technical assistance and investment promotion. The goal is to mobilise over US$1 billion in private investment for geothermal and wind projects.In total, around 600-million people – 70% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa – are without electricity. The US government has committed US$7-billion to combat this problem and has helped raise more than US$20-billion in private capital from more than 100 private sector partners.Promoting peace and stabilityEthiopia and Kenya both face challenges when it comes to domestic and regional peace and security and have been working with Washington to overcome the problem. They are long-term partners with the US military through the Africa contingency operations training and assistance programme, one of the most successful long-term American programmes on the continent. Ethiopia joined in 1998, Kenya in 2000.America’s security efforts focus on peacekeeping and preventing conflict, strengthening the security sector of its African partners, and countering terrorism and other international threats to the US. Ethiopia and Kenya support this by contributing to UN and AU peacekeeping missions.Ethiopia is continuously in the top five of countries that contribute to UN missions. It has 8141 personnel in UN missions, with Kenya contributing 956. The country also hosts the international peace training centre in Nairobi.Addis Ababa and Nairobi both allow the US military to operate from inside their borders. The Arba Minch Airport in Ethiopia hosts Reaper flights for the fight against al-Shabaab in Somalia. The US military also has a base in Manda Bay, Kenya, which serves as an all-purpose location. The Pentagon, specifically the US Navy, recently paid to upgrade the runway.The future of US-African Union relationsThe relationship between the US government and the AU continues to expand under the framework agreed in 2013. Last year, an amendment was signed to increase funding.Specifically, the partnership focuses on accelerating the implementation of policies and programmes set out in the AU’s strategic 2014-2017 plan. This includes growing areas of partnership in youth, vocational education and higher education.The AU also has bold plans for the future and has set out priorities for the continent for the next 50 years in agriculture, education, economics and health. The ambitious plan includes a continental free-trade agreement, a customs union and infrastructure for a full regional trade agreement between Africa and the US.Steps are being taken in the right direction. The AU recently formed an African centre for disease control modelled on America’s centre based in Atlanta.Nevertheless, the AU is terribly underfunded. The AU budget was approximately US$300-million in 2013 and US$425-million in 2014. On average, 33% is raised from AU member states and the rest is sourced from international and development partners such as the UN, European Union and US.Expect a large monetary donation announcement during Obama’s speech at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, a building funded and built by the Chinese. The US wants to see improvements in the AU so that African nations can deliver regional peace and security. In the end, Africa also has to invest the necessary resources if the continent is going to rise as many predict it will.This article was originally published by The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

RWW Readers Agree: Augmented Reality is Important

first_imgAugmented Reality, technology that superimposes a layer of data on top of a user’s view of the real world, is one of the hottest things around these days. Is it for real or is it just hype? We took a poll of ReadWriteWeb readers over the last 24 hours. With more than 400 responses, only 11% of you said it is just hype. 61% said you think it is important, including 21% who think Augmented Reality is both important and hype.Particularly interesting is that more than 50% of the respondents come from North America. Augmented Reality is far more closely watched so far in Europe and Asia. At least among RWW readers, it appears that North Americans are catching on!We hear you loud and clear. We’re glad you think it’s important, because we do too and we intend to write a whole lot more about it. The ability to browse data about the world through an interface that clearly connects the information to a physical place could be a key turning point in the history of the web. And that’s just location-based Augmented Reality — there’s a whole other world of marker-based AR as well. These are early days for the field, but check out some of our key posts from past coverage of this topic so far:Augmented Reality: A Human Interface for Ambient Intelligence (A good introduction)Augmented Reality: Five Barriers to a Web That’s EverywherePrepare Yourself: Augmented Reality Hype is on the RiseFirst iPhone Augmented Reality App Appears Live in App StoreHyperlinking the Real WorldWatch this space for more in-depth coverage and breaking news about Augmented Reality. Thank you also for the thoughtful comments you’ve been leaving on our AR posts. We’re just starting to learn about this, together. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Tags:#Augmented Reality#web center_img marshall kirkpatrick 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Football: Samurai Blue and their fans receive worldwide praise for leaving with dignity after…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementHeartbroken Japanese fans tidy the stadium despite being knocked out of this year’s World Cup. Photo Credits: Getty ImagesThe Blue Samurais and the Red Devils were involved in a thrilling match against each other yesterday in Rostov with each vying for a spot in the quarter-finals. Japan were taking a two-goal lead but were soon undone by a great comeback from Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli as they all netted in the final 20 minutes.With such an outcome, the Japanese players and their supporters in the stadium were heartbroken and shocked as they all were hopeful at one point of time in the game that they might reach the quarter-finals for the first time.Most of the Japanese players and the fans in the stadium were teary-eyed when the match was over but that did not stop them from cleaning up the Rostov Arena.They made a name for themselves for their good manners when they cleaned up the stadium after they beat Colombia in the group-stages.The Japanese squad returned the favour by taking time to clean their dressing-room area and leaving it in impeccable condition.They even left a note written in Cyrillic that simply read ‘Thank You’, ensuring that they leave the World Cup having won plenty admirers for their conduct both on and off the pitch.The “Twitterati” was visibly amazed and praised their actions as is evident by these tweets:😔 Lost 3-2 in the 90th minute to Belgium.🗑 Cleaned the dressing room, left the floor spotless….….and left a “Thank You” note in Russian.👏 Pure class from Japan. pic.twitter.com/SAyppZ5jwW— SPORF (@Sporf) July 3, 2018 Read also: FIFA World Cup 2018 : History beckons as Sweden and Switzerland battle it out for a place in the quarterfinals. This is the Japanese dressing room after losing dramatically to in the 94th minute.100% cleaned. Left with a “thank you” note in Russian.Win with class, lose with class. 🙌We all ❤️ Japan! pic.twitter.com/W9z862Txjx— 433 (@official433) July 3, 2018center_img This was Japan’s dressing room after heart breaking injury-time defeat by Belgium. They left it spotless… and even a note saying ‘thank you’ in Russian. #sweepthedecks https://t.co/91dF07qpXw pic.twitter.com/RTXB4ChHhO— Training Ground Guru (@ground_guru) July 3, 2018 Touch of class from Japan’s dressing room last night They left a note in Russian saying ‘Thank you’#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/ttBQ7czjVY— The F2 (@TheF2) July 3, 2018Japan might have had their hopes crushed of facing Brazil in the quarter-finals at the last moment but an act of this nature is surely deserving of praise.last_img read more