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first_img By admin – April 19, 2018 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Shred vital docs for free Facebook WhatsApp South West BankSouthWest Bank, 600 W. Eighth St., has scheduled Shred Day to shred all of those documents you no longer need from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.It’s important to discard anything with personal information safely and securely to prevent identity theft.This is free and open to the public.For more information, call 432-582-2622. WhatsApp Local News Twitter Pinterest Previous articleCOLLEGE SIGNINGS: Odessa High’s Rodriguez, Venegas ink with Hutchinson (Kan.) CC soccerNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Fatal airline accident a reminder how fragile life is adminlast_img read more

Scientists use nanotech to prevent heart disease

first_imgUniversity researchers have built nanoparticles designed to cling to artery walls and slowly release medicine – a breakthrough that could help fight heart disease.Scientists at MIT and Harvard Medical School yesterday announced that they teamed up to create what they’re calling “nanoburrs,” nanotechology that sticks to arteries the way that pesky burrs in the woods stick to your clothes. Researchers are hoping the nanoburrs can offer an alternative to surgically implanting arterial stents that, over time, release drugs to treat or prevent plaque build up on artery walls…Read more here (Computerworld)last_img

Local Long Island Charities Fight Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Ryan Dobrin Dozens of people bundled in coats and scarves wait in a line that stretches past the blue awning of the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen and down Madison Avenue in Hempstead.It’s drizzling and cold, and they are hungry and wet.With children out of school for break and the holidays here, this go-to-spot for hot meals and warm clothes is filled within minutes of its doors opening. Inside, all 200 of the seats are claimed, with more guests arriving from the back.Director of Communications Cynthia Sucich, enthusiasm exuding from her smile, greets people she recognizes as she passes table after table of patrons ranging from elders to toddlers. Here they sit, smiling with their families, not because they are receiving presents or meeting Santa, but because they are receiving a piping hot lunch.The holidays are a time for family and celebration, when one gathers with their kin in an exchange of gifts and love. Not all have the luxury of buying presents for each other, however, or even of obtaining a Christmas meal. These seasonal joys are too often taken for granted, especially in a place as affluent as Long Island, with its opulent Gold Coast and myriad affluent neighborhoods.It seems impossible that people here could be living below the poverty line. Yet as many volunteers know from working in soup kitchens, food pantries and participating in clothing drives throughout both Nassau and Suffolk counties, these misperceptions couldn’t be further from the true reality for far too many local families.The INN is just one of several places here on Long Island where those in need can find refuge.Originally a single soup kitchen at a church in Hempstead, the Interfaith Nutrition Network [INN] began spreading in order to reach as many people in need as possible. Now boasting a total of 14 soup kitchens in 21 locations, the INN serves anyone who needs food, while staying true to their motto—that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.The INN expanded its services in 1984, when volunteers noticed many impoverished clients were also homeless. Since then, the INN began opening emergency shelters. The group has continued to be involved in the lives of those who need a place to sleep by offering long-term housing, veteran’s housing and independent living programs.Though the INN’s packed dining room of families on one recent afternoon is testament to the need of such missions during the holiday season, Sucich stresses that theirs is a never-ending quest. Food is a major component of what the guests need, she explains, but so much more is necessary.The Hempstead location provides showers to those in need and a bagged lunch program for those not ready to sit in the soup kitchen, while volunteers constantly work to help in any way possible in order to make guests’ lives even a bit easier.Traditionally, the INN distributed donated toys to families who could not afford Christmas presents for their children, says Sucich. This practice also evolved. For the holiday season, in addition to toy donations for the younger guests, the INN accepts donations of winter outwear and non-perishable food.“This year, we really realized that families are in need all-year round,” she tells the Press during a recent walk-through of the Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen. “And what it is that we do is no different in the holidays and the middle of March.”Hunger is prevalent here, and Sucich explains how, unlike New York City, poverty is not as evident on the streets of Long Island.“The biggest misconception is people can’t see it so they think it’s not here,” she says, adding that there is an ever-changing population of those below the poverty line. “The face of hunger is changing. What people think it looks like, it does not look like. We are seeing middle-class people who are coming in, we are seeing different nationalities that we have not seen before coming into the soup kitchen. There are just more and more people who are in need.”Volunteers provide hot meals to hungry and homeless families at The INN’s dining room in Hempstead. (Photo courtesy of The INN)One need only look out at the faces of those seated around the INN’s dining room tables to see her statement’s truth. The crowd observing a recent lunch’s pre-meal Moment of Silence is as diverse as can be. No person looks like same. The 200 people in the room run the gamut.Toddlers in oversized jackets await their meals alongside the elderly. Mothers calm their children next to single guests. A child shifts uncomfortably in his seat, desperate to get a peek of what’s on the plate today. The only connection between all these people is that they are in need of a meal. This need and the diversity of whom it affects exist throughout Long Island.Long Island Cares is another Island-based organization dedicated to ending local hunger and poverty. It was founded by the late “Cat’s in the Cradle” singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, who was determined to further this mission. Chapin died in a tragic car accident in 1981, just one year after creating its first food bank, but his determination and vision for the future of Long Island continues to inspire Long Island Cares to this day.Headquartered in Hauppauge, Long Island Cares annually distributes more than six million pounds of nutritious food.Determined to not just feed hungry people but to end hunger completely, Long Island Cares also provides educational programs designed to teach students, local businesses and other organizations about food insecurity, poverty and nutrition, as well as distributing free school supplies for children in low-income families.Robin Amato, the group’s chief development officer, echoes Sucich’s explanation that poverty is a year-long issue.“There is a heightened awareness [of hunger] during the holiday season, but I think what we’ve seen is that the need has gotten greater throughout the year,” she tells the Press. “At our Freeport location, [we’ve] been seeing an increase in usage of about 25 percent year to year for the last three years.”Holding true to its mission of helping the community, Long Island Cares is accepting donations of gently used coats, and new hats, gloves, scarves, socks, blankets and sleeping bags until February 1.Sucich stresses that no help to too little.“Anyone can help,” she says. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a monetary donation. If you have time, if you have a smile, everyone has something to give.”This is certainly true at the INN, where a woman, shortly before beginning to serve guests, explains she has been volunteering at the site for eight years.“That’s nothing compared to these two,” she says humbly, motioning to two other women sitting beside her. The pair is on their 20th year of selflessly offering their services to others.The truly altruistic nature of volunteers has astounded Amato as well.“We all meet so many wonderful, giving, generous people here on Long Island that are so willing to help their neighbors who are struggling,” she says enthusiastically. “That’s the best part of working here. That’s the best experience.”Island Harvest, headquartered in Mineola, was similarly founded by a person fed up with the state of hunger on Long Island.The Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN) in Hempstead house a food pantry where donated non-perishables are distributed to hungry and homeless Long Island families in need. (Photo courtesy of The INN)In 1992, Linda Breitstone noticed that local convenience stores threw away uneaten food at the end of the day, despite a safe house for women and children in close proximity. Since then, Island Harvest has delivered surplus food to those in need and marches toward their goal of ending hunger and food waste on the Island.Due to their relentless resolve and commitment, Island Harvest has succeeded in supplementing close to 66 million meals and delivering 71 million pounds of food since its inception.Due to the intense need for food during this season, Island Harvest has been hosting a Turkey and Trimmings Collection Campaign, which began in early November and is running until December 30. All Panera Bread and Bristal Assisted Living locations on Long Island are accepting turkeys and non-perishable items, and all McDonald’s, Roslyn Savings Bank and Nassau County Police Department locations are accepting only non-perishable items toward this cause.The INN, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest are united in a shared mission: to end hunger and poverty on Long Island. Thus, they also share similar needs. There is always a demand for volunteers and donations, and all three’s very existence is testament that hungry and homeless families across Long Island need more help now than ever before.Sucich receives her fulfillment by seeing the guests at the INN enjoying a hearty meal, receiving donated clothes, or anything else that may help make their lives even a little bit easier.“The biggest joy is when you can fulfill the simplest need of a guest, whether it’s for a toothbrush or for a pair of socks, or to see guests come in and be full over a hot meal,” she says. “It could be the only meal they get for the day.”Below are the links to the organizations and their volunteer contact information. Reach out and help if you can. The INN, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest will not forget—neither will those fellow Long Islanders in need.The INNMain Office: 211 Fulton Avenue, HempsteadWebsiteVolunteerDonateLong Island CaresMain Office: 10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way), HauppaugeAdditional LocationsWebsiteVolunteerDonateIsland HarvestMain Office: 199 Second Street, MineolaWebsiteVolunteerTurkey & Trimmings Collection Campaignlast_img read more

UW takes conference break to play ND State

first_imgFollowing the Badgers’ first Big Ten loss of the season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team limped out of Columbus, Ohio, quite literally. Playing with only 11 dressed players against Ohio State, UW also watched sophomore Brian Butch go down with an ankle injury, leaving the team with only six regular contributors.Fortunately for Wisconsin, they now have an opportunity to lick their wounds as they prepare to play North Dakota State at home Saturday morning, in what will be the non-conference finale for the Badgers.The Badgers will play the softest remaining spot in their schedule over the next week, as they will follow up their game against the Bison with a home game against traditional conference bottom-feeder Penn State, though the Nittany Lions are certainly improved this season.Although his team is undermanned and ailing, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan is preparing for the game as he would for any other and is not planning ahead to try and get some players more rest time than they might usually see.”You don’t ever go into a contest ever assuming or thinking that something is going to be the outcome,” an incredulous Ryan answered when asked if he saw the game as an opportunity to rest his starters. “You go into each and every game preparing the same way.”The Bison are 10-8 on the season and are currently in transition from Division II status into Division I, and are not affiliated with any conference. The independent school is also in a transition year on the court as the team lost all five starters from a year ago, and only returned three letterwinners.Despite the inexperience, the squad of first-year starters has performed admirably, with four of them averaging double-figures in points.”You can see through the scores, you can see what they’ve been doing, they have just been getting better through the year,” Ryan said of the quickly developing squad.The team’s leading scorer is redshirt freshman Ben Woodside, who is averaging 17.3 points per game. Woodside is also the team leader in assists, dishing out five a game.The game will be a homecoming for Memorial High graduate and Wisconsin’s 2004 “Mr. Basketball” Mike Nelson. The Madison native has been averaging 11.9 points and is shooting three-pointers at a 48 percent clip (28-58).”[Nelson] was a good player coming out of high school. He gets into a system and gets a chance to develop in it and it just makes him even better,” Ryan said.Nelson won’t be the only familiar face to visit the Kohl Center this weekend. One of the assistant coaches for the Bison is Saul Phillips, who is a disciple of Ryan. Phillips was the Badgers’ director of basketball operations for three seasons and also was coached by Ryan at UW-Platteville.”Saul wasn’t going to be part of a program that wasn’t going to be solid, so he was pretty excited [at the opportunity],” Ryan said of Phillips.Freshman forward and South Dakota native Joe Krabbenhoft will also get the chance to revisit some past acquaintances.”I know some of the coaching staff up there,” said Krabbenhaft, who once lived in Fargo, North Dakota. “I’m familiar with them personally.” “We know they are a good team,” Krabbenhoft continued. “They do things the right way.”Regardless of any personal ties between the players and coaches, one prevailing theme rang through the team’s comments. North Dakota State would not at all be taken lightly.”It doesn’t matter what it says on the jersey,” Ryan said. “We prepare for every game the same. Ohio State, North Dakota State, Michigan State or whoever. We are going to prepare for them and we’re going to prepare to play well.”last_img read more

Compiling celebrities, sports people wishing Sachin for his 47th b’day

first_imgImage Courtesy: TwitterAdvertisement Sachin Tendulkar, the icon of Indian cricket has turned 47 today. Regarded as one of the greatest artists of the Gentleman’s Game, the legendary Team India batsman’s birthday is a grand occasion for all cricket fans across the country, and the master Blaster had no shortage of wishes, as netizens poured greetings and felicitations all over social media. Along with millions of fans, many revered sportsperson and celebrities from the country wish Sachin a happy birthday.Advertisement Image Courtesy: TwitterA number of current and former stars of the Indian cricket team tweeted their best wishes to Sachin. Below are some of the wishes.Happy birthday to the man whose passion for the game of cricket has inspired many. Wishing you an amazing year ahead paaji. 😊🎂 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/Mj7tE9evHgAdvertisement — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 24, 2020Advertisement Wish @sachin_rt a very happy birthday ..have a healthy and happy life …— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) April 24, 2020Wishing @sachin_rt a very happy birthday ! A man who not only has inspired generations to take up the sport but is also a wonderful human being and a thorough gentlemen ! #SachinSachin #SirSachin #GodOfCricket pic.twitter.com/4LNeNCxj0y— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) April 24, 2020To the legend with an eternal sweet spot on the bat & in our hearts, here’s wishing MasterBlaster @sachin_rt a very happy bday. May ur life continue to shine like ur records & may u continue to inspire billions thru ur noble deeds. Loads of love & best wishes #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/l52w5dahA3— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 24, 2020Happy birthday @sachin_rt paji! Wishing you lots of health & happiness always. I have been so fortunate to share many memorable innings with you, specially my debut 100 & when you completed your 100th century.🇮🇳🏏🎂☝️ pic.twitter.com/a5fANuieXl— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) April 23, 2020True that the great man could stop time in India when batting. But the biggest inspiration @sachin_rt Paaji’s career is summed up is in these two pictures. Much needed to remember especially in these difficult times that after every adversity comes victory #HappyBirthdaySachin 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/UODlDjbCEL— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 24, 2020Fondly remember that time during your last test match when you walked up to me to share words of encouragement. The moment was yours, but you still thought of me! I cherish that moment even today. Happiest birthday @sachin_rt Paaji!#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/GKEfb8CgQL— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) April 24, 2020Many happy returns of the day to the great man.Hope you have a great day paaji. My two best moments with him were:1)Sharing the match winning partnership at Sydney against Australia in the first final.2)Receiving my test cap at Eden gardens #HappyBirthdaySachin @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/J9KRMAnNGX— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) April 24, 2020 You have been a constant source of inspiration for us, a very happy birthday Sachin paaji! May god bless you with good health and happiness. @sachin_rt— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) April 24, 2020Happy birthday @sachin_rt paaji, wish you lots of happiness and good health in the years ahead 🤗 pic.twitter.com/HXrlZHdYSx— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 24, 2020Birthday Greetings to dear @sachin_rt . You were and continue to remain an inspiration. Wish you ever more joy and success in all that you do. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/jX7wfyVE7I— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 24, 2020To a true inspiration, on the cricket field and off it, happy birthday Sachin sir, I hope you have a great day. 🎂 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/0iRdZX0FDk— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) April 24, 2020Happy Birthday sir thank you for inspiring many and making people believe that dreams do come true. May god bless you with great health and you continue to inspire and guide us always. 🎂🎂 pic.twitter.com/EdewWhjKZI— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) April 24, 2020Wishing the great @sachin_rt a very happy birthday. So many wonderful memories of watching you play, and so many great cricket lessons you’ve shared with all of us. Thank you and hope you have a great day.— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) April 24, 2020I have seen Magic from the non striker’s end… STRAIGHT DRIVE from the master @sachin_rt paji’s bat.hope you are having a magical time with family on your birthday #HappyBirthdaySachin paji pic.twitter.com/VcuHq3Qk5s— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 24, [email protected]_rt have a great birthday Sachin Paaji ..love and respect to u alwys..May God bless u nd shower blessings on u and famiky nd dear ones…#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/bdeJlQZeVB— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) April 24, 2020Here’s my tribute to the #legend on his big day! Hope you are healthy and safe @sachin_rt#SachinBirthdaySpecial #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/8JYuR6xa7M— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) April 24, 2020Happy birthday Paaji @sachin_rt , May you continue to inspire many..many.. more generations to take up this glorious game #happybirthdaysachin pic.twitter.com/yuZIM2X4U2— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) April 24, 2020To, someone who changed the dynamics of the game and made generations fall in love with the sport. A legend and one of the nicest human beings, happy birthday @sachin_rt paji! 🎂 There won’t be another 🙌🏼#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/PFreyi7ixx— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 24, 2020Happy birthday God of Cricket 😊 Thank you for always being an inspiration Sachin Sir. #HappyBirthdaySachin @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/IotgsGXSP6— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) April 24, 2020Dear @sachin_rt sir. Wish you a very happy birthday. 🙏🙏— Shafali Verma (@TheShafaliVerma) April 24, 2020Happy Birthday, Bossman. Legacy you’ve left behind in the sport is immortal. God bless Champ 🤗 @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin #SachinTendulkar pic.twitter.com/aqSCso4in2— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) April 24, 2020He converted every stone thrown at him into milestones, turned out to be an inspiration for millions across the globe. Happy 47th birthday @sachin_rt paaji. Thank you for giving many nostalgic moments to us fans. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/QMtP13zH6d— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) April 24, 2020Many happy returns of the day paaji! Wishing good health and happiness always. #happybirthdaysachin @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/OyHn5DYvb1— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 24, 2020Many many happy returns of the day sir .. god bless you @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/mO2uGXJ2z3— IQBAL ABDULLAH STAY HOME (@iqqiabdullah) April 24, 2020Happy birthday sachin paji !Always a inspiration on and off the field to billions of people including me across the world ! Thanku so much for wonderful memories for many years ! ⁦@sachin_rt⁩ #happybirthdaysachin pic.twitter.com/GzqIKphDML— IamKedar (@JadhavKedar) April 24, 2020#HappyBirthdaySachin Thank you for inspiring us. Wishing you good health and happiness throughout the year @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/tagOsil5op— Lakshmi Narayanan (@lakshuakku) April 24, 2020Birthday greetings to one of the biggest legend of cricket @sachin_rt . Have a blast at home Paaji. Lots of love 🎂 #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/WwxVJjVXfi— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 24, 2020Many more happy returns of the day @sachin_rt paijee. The memories of your 100s at Chepauk are still so fresh in my memory and feels like it happened yesterday. May you have great day and beyond. #SachinSachin— lets stay indoors India 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) April 24, 2020Seems like this picture was taken in a different universe altogether!! Happy Birthday buddy …. have a good one! #SachinTendulkar #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/IdUFLiVhUI— Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) April 24, 2020GreatGreatestLegendsAnd then comes the one and only, @sachin_rt! 🙏🏻A man that made cricket famous! Happy birthday Sachin Paaji! 🎂#HappyBirthdaySachin— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) April 24, 2020Foreign cricketers didn’t forget to wish the legend of the game.A very happy birthday to @sachin_rt . Arguably the best batsman in the history of the game. Its a pleasure to have known you, playing with you & against you. The battles against you on the ground are a treasure of my playing days. #HappyBirthdaySachin #SachinTendulkar pic.twitter.com/oJSN9vWCHd— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) April 24, 2020 Wishes also poured in from outside the cricket fraternity.Dear sir wish u a very happy birthday 🥳 🙏🙏 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/8fLCbtOqDm— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 24, 2020प्रिय @sachin_rt आप हमेशा एक प्रेरणा बने रहेंगे। सचिन एक भावना है ।Wishing you a very happy birthday! #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/hjDqHUie2n— Sanjeev Rajput OLY (@sanjeevrajput1) April 24, 2020Happy birthday to Master blaster #SachinTendulkar 🎂👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/BJIXXlTiZV— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) April 24, 2020If inspiration and legendary had synonyms, it would be @sachin_rt. Happiest Birthday to you Sachin Sir. May you keep inspiring like always!#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/NmLUfAItPk— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) April 24, 2020Sachin also received wishes from many renowned Bollywood celebrities.A very happy birthday to you @sachin_rt I wish you the best of health and happiness . Stay amazing 🤗— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) April 24, 2020Happy birthday @sachin_rt. You’re always inspiring people, both on and off the field! Sending you good wishes on your special day. वाढदिवसाच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) April 24, 2020Wishing you many happy returns of this very special day Sachin! May good health, happiness and joy always be with you. Love.a.— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) April 24, 2020Dear Sir SRT. I’ve always prayed for you whenever you walked out to bat. Have witnessed every 100 of yours. LIVE. May you also live a hundred years. Happy bday! 🇮🇳 🏏 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/lGOsD4exMz— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) April 24, 2020After a stellar carrer with Men in Blue spanning 24 years, Sachin bid goodbye to cricket in 2013 at the age of 40, after making 200 Tests and 463 ODI appearances.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-What Sachin Tendulkar is doing during the Covid-19 lockdownCheckmate Covid: Online chess tournament fundraiser to fight against the pandemic  Advertisementlast_img read more

Louise Harrison: Keeping the Music Alive

first_imgLouise Harrison, older sister of the late Beatle George Harrison, is working to Help Keep Music Alive—the music her brother spent his life creating.Today, Harrison’s music is being learned and performed by young, aspiring musicians in schools all across the country.Harrison was in New York City this week to promote a recently released CD of music the Beatles recorded 50 years ago when they made their first studio recordings in Hamburg, Germany.And while she is on the media circuit, Harrison is taking the opportunity to raise awareness about her latest effort to promote music education through her organization, Help Keep Music Alive.The nonprofit organization raises money for school music programs via performances by a Beatles tribute band, the Liverpool Legends, which travels to high schools and colleges.Help Keep Music Alive, were George’s words, his sister noted, and this work will be “carrying on in the spirit of what he wanted.”Harrison, who was speaking from New York by telephone on Tuesday (the 10th anniversary of George Harrison’s death from cancer), said this program grew out of a public service announcement George did in conjunction with the 1995 movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, about a dedicated high school music teacher, in which George stressed the importance of education and encouraged young people to take their musical aspirations seriously.The program, still in its very early stages, would like to partner with schools that have performance spaces capable of holding 800 or more, arranging a Liverpool Legends appearance at the school with band members portraying the Fab Four during various stages of their career. The Liverpool Legends will incorporate some of the school’s students into their show, giving the young artists a showcase, and the proceeds from the performances, with the exception of expenses, would go to the educational institution.The band has performed for schools four times so far, with two taking place in Chicago last weekend. And at one of the shows, Harrison said, a 16-year-old musician approached the “George” character afterwards saying, “This is an evening that I will be able to tell my grandchildren.”“It was really, really gratifying,” to hear that, she said.And who knows what that student may achieve one day, she observed.Louise has lived in the U.S. since around 1963, but still possesses that distinctive Liverpool lilt, that, for those of a certain generation, immediately conjures up images of John, Paul George and Ringo in the skinny suits and mop-top haircuts of the early ‘60s. Louise told of her brother’s beginnings in music. When George was about 14 he saw an early performance of Elvis Presley on TV, “with the girls screaming and everything,” and it struck him, Louise said. A few nights later George approached his mother and asked, “Hey, Mum, do you think you could buy me a guitar? I think that is the kind of job I could do.”“A typical 14-year-old boy’s idea, let me do something that would make all the girls scream,” Louise said. With the guitar, he continued to hone his playing his entire life and career. “All the time, his whole life, he was saying, ‘I hope one day I could be good at this,’” she recalled.That early innocence and vitality and raw energy is on this CD, “The Beatles with Tony Sheridan: First Recordings 50th Anniversary Edition, Louise explained. And that is reflected on the CD’s cover with the four band members (with Peter Best, in the days before Ringo joined as drummer), clad as American rockers in Brylcreem-ed hair, leather jackets, white tee shirts and leather jackets, expressing their joy in early American rock and roll.“You get a sense they were starting to get to be pretty proficient musicians,” when you listen to this recording, she said.And from there they grew and matured as artists, spreading a musical message that still resonates today, 40 years after the breakup of the band.“Their message was just so positive,” Louise said, “to encourage people to be loving and caring about each other, to care about the home you live in, the planet that we live on,” she explained, “and to try to live together in peace and harmony.”“All these things, they’re messages that have been given to humanity throughout the ages,” Harrison noted.All you need is love.last_img read more

Banner Year for Blue Claw Crabs

first_imgVan Hemmen cited a wide variety of factors which have played a par t in the blue claw crab boom. He said because of this past winter’s mild temperature, the crabs didn’t have to bury into the mud to stay warm. With colder winters comes higher crab mortality.He also noted favorable tides and winds as a secondary reason for the spike.“If a larger number of larvae make their way back into the rivers and the bays,” Van Hemmen said, “you’re going to have more baby crabs.”And just like that, riverside towns like Red Bank have become an epicenter for crabbers to descend upon with their drop lines and long-handled nets.Remaley, the marina owner, said some of the best crabbing in the Navesink hap- pens just past his docks – located along the West Front Street Bridge.The area between that bridge, the NJ Transit train bridge into Red Bank, and the Coopers bridge spanning Middletown and Red Bank, has become the perfect spot for crabs to hide out from the busier waters just up the river, he said.“In this spot, there’s not a lot of boat traffic. It’s smaller boats because the big ones can’t get underneath the bridges,” he said. “The water is not stirred up or murky.”The same can be said for Red Bank’s other premiere crabbing location: Marine Park. Tucked behind River view Medical Center, the public park offers a small fishing pier and spots along the bulkhead to drop lines into the no-wake zone waters.Aberdeen residents Tommy Becker and his dad, Frank, drove down to Marine Park on Friday morning in hopes of catching dinner for that evening. Inside their cooler were about 30 to 35 full size blue claws, which they snagged earlier in the day.The pair of crabbers were using a combination of raw chicken and bunker, two of the most popular crab baits.“It doesn’t matter what you drop,” Tommy Becker said, “they’re going to eat it.”A few hundred feet away, dropping in lines from the fishing pier, was Diana Tauriello, alongside family and friends. Inside their bushel bucket were another 50 or so crabs, set to be cooked in a garlic sauce for a Friday night meal.“Early bird catches the worm,” Tauriello said, with a smirk. “We’re the ones that hit them all because we were out here first.”Both Van Hemmen and Remaley noted that crabbers should be mindful of not over- crabbing. Stay away from undersized crabs, as they could be keepers in less than a month. Also, refrain from taking females, marked by their bright red claws, as it could hurt next year’s crop.With such a bountiful amount this season, “there’s no reason you shouldn’t be catching them,” Remaley said. By Jay Cook |RED BANK – When Keith and Jennifer Kimkowski go on their annual crabbing excursion for Jennifer’s August birthday, the couple packs up three kids and a cooler of food, and ventures to Red Bank, their favorite spot in the state.The Kimkowski family isn’t just driving down Ocean Avenue or coming into town from the Coopers Bridge. They embark on a two-hour drive south to Red Bank Marina from their home in Vernon Township, right at the border of New Jersey and New York.Samantha, Nathaniel and Julia Kimkowski show off their full bushel of crabs after a day spent on the Navesink River.But this year’s trip was different from years past. After docking their rented boat for an afternoon on the Navesink River, they wheeled back an over flowing wooden bushel basket packed with blue claw crabs, claws and legs rustling beneath the wooden cover.“We always come to this spot because we always catch crabs,” said Jennifer, who noted the family caught nearly 50 keepers. “We’ve been coming since (the kids) were little.”This large harvest is far from an anomaly, said Red Bank Marina owner Steve Remaley. In fact, it’s become more of the norm for a season that he dubbed as “the best year of crabbing since Super Storm Sandy.”“I’ve been hearing from the customers that they haven’t caught this much in a short period of time, just as they did many, many years ago,” he said.Known for their sky blue tinted claws and delicate white meat, blue claw crabs have been a regular resident of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers.According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), crabbing is one of the most popular marine activities in state waters. The agency believes approximately 30 percent of all marine fishing comes from crabbing.Per state regulations, all hard-shell keepers must measure 4.5 inches horizontally from tip to tip. There’s no set-in-stone number for catch limits – crabbers are allowed to keep a bushel’s worth.Soft shell crabs, otherwise known as “softies” to seasoned recreational crabbers, must measure 3.5 inches. Softies are commonly found after a full moon once they molt their exoskeletons.Crabbers pull droplines out of the Navesink River, with the West Front Street bridge in the background.The crabbing season, regulated by the state Division of Fish & Wildlife, is open from March 15 through Nov. 30.In the Two River area, the number of blue claw crabs has peaked this season, says Pim Van Hemmen, assistant director of the American Littoral Society, a local marine environmentalist group headquartered on Sandy Hook.“Crabs come in waves – it’s like a roller coaster,” Van Hemmen said. “This year is a bumper crop.” This article was first published in the Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

More Original Protein Found in Older Bird Fossil

first_imgThe new discovery from China dates back 130 million years on the evolutionary timeline.A few days ago, we reported the discovery of melanin from a fossil bird found in the Liaoning Province, China, that was dated at 120 million years (early Cretaceous) in the evolutionary scheme. Now, another discovery from the Jehol strata of China is said to be 10 million years older: 130 million years.The discovery by Pan et al., “Molecular evidence of keratin and melanosomes in feathers of the Early Cretaceous bird Eoconfuciusornis,” is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Once again, Mary Schweitzer from North Carolina State is listed as a co-author. A laymen’s writeup is on Science Daily, taken from an NC State press release. Schweitzer has been in the thick of reports about soft tissue in dinosaur bones and other dinosaur-era fossils.New research from North Carolina State University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Linyi University has found evidence of original keratin and melanosome preservation in a 130-million-year-old Eoconfuciusornis specimen. The work extends the timeframe in which original molecules may preserve, and demonstrates the ability to distinguish between ancient microstructures in fossils.Eoconfuciusornis, crow-sized primitive birds that lived in what is now China around 130 million years ago, are the earliest birds to have a keratinous beak and no teeth, like modern birds. Previous studies argued that the feathers of these and other ancient birds and dinosaurs preserved small, round structures interpreted to be melanosomes – pigment-containing organelles that, along with other pigments, give feathers their color.Electron micrographs and gold-tipped antibodies that bind to melanin were used to make the identification. Another technique clinched the identity of original protein:Finally, they mapped copper and sulfur to these feathers at high resolution. Sulfur was broadly distributed, reflecting its presence in both keratin and melanin molecules in modern feathers. However copper, which is only found in modern melanosomes, and not part of keratin, was only observed in the fossil melanosomes. These findings both support the identity of the melanosomes and indicate that there was no mixing or leaching during decomposition and fossilization.The paper describes how they avoided contamination. The antibody tests confirm that the proteinaceous is original. In modern feathers, melanosomes are “always surrounded by and embedded in keratin.” The scientists demonstrate this was true in the fossil as well.Our work represents the oldest ultrastructural and immunological recognition of avian beta-keratin from an Early Cretaceous (∼130-Ma) bird. We apply immunogold to identify protein epitopes at high resolution, by localizing antibody–antigen complexes to specific fossil ultrastructures. Retention of original keratinous proteins in the matrix surrounding electron-opaque microbodies supports their assignment as melanosomes and adds to the criteria employable to distinguish melanosomes from microbial bodies. Our work sheds new light on molecular preservation within normally labile tissues preserved in fossils.Confuciusornis was clearly a strong flyer. Artist renditions of Eoconfuciusornis (“dawn Confuciusornis“) show it also equipped for flying.So how did “normally labile tissues” last for 130 million years? The researches speculate about needle-like crystals of calcium they found on the fossil:These Ca-concentrated needle-shaped structures are absent in extant feathers. Thus, we hypothesize that precipitation of calcium, possibly mediated by microbes during the fossilization process, facilitated ultrastructural and molecular preservation of the feathers by stabilizing them at the molecular level before they could completely degrade. It has long been known that the association with mineral substrates greatly enhances the preservation potential of biomolecules. Furthermore, it has been proposed that calcium may incorporate into molecular fragments, conferring stability, and that this process may be microbially mediated. Because the surrounding sediments of this Eoconfuciusornis specimen consist mainly of Al silicates, with little or no calcium detected, the source of the calcium observed in these feathers remains unknown.So while the presence of calcium crystals could “possibly” stabilize the proteins (for support, the team references a 1999 paper by Schweitzer), they don’t know where it came from. They propose another stabilizing influence:Another factor that may contribute to the unique biomaterial properties of feathers is the epidermal differentiation cysteine-rich protein. This molecule has the same gene structure as beta-keratins, and is coexpressed with them at certain stages of development in most keratinized tissues of living birds. However, it is only in feathers that this protein continues to be detected throughout life. The greatly elevated cysteine levels in this protein facilitate intramolecular cross-linking, and contribute to the stability and resistance of feathers to degradation. Further molecular recovery of ancient feather materials may allow direct testing of these hypotheses. It should be possible to measure degradation rates of feather keratin and melanosomes due to the presence of calcium or cysteine. But if either of these processes are so efficient, it would seem original feather material should be common in bird fossils, and we should find preserved fossils over a wide range, from recent kills all the way back. 130 million years is a long, long time to have to account for the preservation of original protein material.Creationists are winning this case. Why? (1) Evolutionists did not predict this, and (2) they are scrambling to explain it away. You just heard them call these proteins “normally labile tissues.” Labile means easily altered, broken down or degraded. But the team hollered, It tastes like chicken!Indeed, if both microbodies and matrix are preserved, tests can be conducted to chemically characterize the composition of each. If these bodies are melanosomes, they should be contained within a keratinous matrix; if they are microbial in origin, this matrix should consist of exopolymeric substances secreted by the microbes and subsequently mineralized. To distinguish between these alternative hypotheses, we applied multiple methods, well-established for molecular and chemical characterization of modern materials, to chicken (Gallus gallus) feathers and to preserved feathers of a new specimen of the bird Eoconfuciusornis [Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature (STM) 7-144] (Pygostylia: Confuciusornithiformes) (Fig. 1A) from the 130-Ma Protopteryx horizon of the Huajiying Formation in Fengning, northern Hebei, China. Our results are consistent with the retention of original organic components derived from both keratin and melanin, thus supporting a melanosome origin for these ancient microstructures.(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Who’s More Annoying, Fanboys Or Fandroids? [Video]

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Check out this “Shit Android Fanatics Say” video. Could this guy be any more grating? Get it out of your system in the comments below. You’ll feel so much better.Hat tip to Android and Me, our sister site, for spotting this video by Mobile Phone Finder in Australia.It appears to be a response to September’s “Shit Apple Fanatics Say, Part 1” from the same outfit: The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan lyonscenter_img Tags:#Android#Apple#iPhone#mobile What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img

ARRI Alexa Mini: All the Alexa Features You Love at a Fraction of the Size

first_imgCodecProRes 4444XQ, 422 (HQ), 422, 422(LT), ARRIRAW ShutterElectronic Shutter 5° to 356°  ARRI ALEXA Mini Test FootageThe following video shows the ALEXA Mini in-action using a Freely MōVI M15 a CineStar 8 multirotor. This video perfectly illustrates the cinematic potential of having such a powerful camera in a tiny body.Here’s a behind the scenes video showing how this video was shot.ARRI ALEXA Mini Pricing and AvailabilityThe ARRI ALEXA Mini will have pricing from $30,000 to $40,000 with a release set for May of 2015. ARRI will start accepting pre-orders in March.If you’re interested in learning more about the ARRI ALEXA Mini check out a few of the following resources:New ARRI ALEXA Mini: Same Image Quality in a Much Smaller Package – NoFilmSchoolAnnouncing the new ARRI ALEXA Mini – ARRI NewsARRI ALEXA Mini – Lightweight Carbon Fibre Camera – Cinema 5DWhat do you think of the new ARRI ALEXA Mini? Will it make a splash in the filmmaking world?Share your thoughts in the comments below. Memory CardCFast 2.0 Memory Cards PowerLemo 8-Pin ViewfinderMVF-1 OLED Viewfinder Dynamic Range14+ Stops Output2x HD-SDI out 1.5G and 3G Crop FactorNone (x1.0)center_img Sensitivity RangeISO 800 Base Sensitivity Sensor35mm Format (4:3) ResolutionHD, 2K and 4K (UHD) FPS.7- 200fps, Up to 60fps in UHD Working Conditions-20° C to +50° C ARRI’s latest ALEXA camera shrinks in size, but not image quality.In an effort to make their cameras more accessible to the modern filmmaker, camera manufacturer ARRI has announced the newest camera to their Alexa line, the ARRI Alexa Mini. The small carbon fiber camera was designed to work with drones and gimbal based stabilizers.The ARRI ALEXA MiniIn a nutshell, the ARRI ALEXA Mini is a smaller version of the popular ALEXA. This pro pocket cam records anywhere from .75 to 200 frames per second in ProRes or uncompressed ARRIRAW to CFast 2.0 cards or an external recorder.One thing that makes the ‘Mini” special is the fact that it has an interchangeable lens mount, similar to the BlackMagic URSA. This means that the ARRI Alexa Mini can accommodate multiple types of lenses from B4 video to Canon EF.ARRI states that images shot on the ALEXA Mini will “perfectly match those from all other ALEXA cameras, making the final grade easier and quicker.” The camera is also fully controllable from WiFi, making it great for drone use. The biggest downside that we can see so far is the lack of full 4K recording. The camera can only record up to 3424 x 1926, which is smaller than the industry defined 3840 x 2160.ARRI ALEXA Mini SpecsHere are the initial specs for the ARRI ALEXA Mini released by ARRI. Weight5 lbslast_img read more