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Florida State President John Thrasher Releases Statement On FSU’s Decision To Dismiss QB De’Andre Johnson

first_imgFSU President releases statement n support of Jimbo Fisher's decision to dismiss De'Andre Johnson from the football team.FSU President Releases StatementFlorida State president John Thrasher has released a statement on the decision to dismiss Seminoles’ quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the four-star freshman punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month. Thrasher says “there is no question in my mind” that Jimbo Fisher made the correct decision to dismiss Johnson. Here’s the full statement. Statement from #FSU president John Thrasher on decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson. pic.twitter.com/L82ic7yaSD— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 7, 2015Johnson, a true freshman, was ranked one of the top-15 quarterbacks in the 2015 class.last_img read more

Video: Stephen A. Smith Says He Would Have Won The O.J. Simpson Trial As Prosecutor Against Johnnie Cochran

first_imgstephen a smith first take 6-13-16YouTube/ESPN First TakeIn the wide world of hot sports takes, no one quite brings it like ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The winner of our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” bracket may have had an all-time great moment, even by his own lofty standards, this morning when discussing the O.J. Simpson trial, which has leapt back into public consciousness with FX’s fantastic American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and the debut of ESPN’s five-part 30 For 30 documentary series O.J.: Made in America on Saturday.During a lengthy discussion of the first part of Ezra Edelman’s acclaimed documentary, Smith said that he would not have let Simpson walk as a juror, and that if he had prosecuted the case instead of Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, there is “no way in hell” he would have lost to case to Johnnie Cochran and the rest of Simpson’s “Dream Team.” The Big Lead transcribed Smith’s rant.“I have profound respect for the late Johnny Cochran, God rest his soul,” he said. “It might be the cockiest thing I’ve ever said … Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark did an absolutely horrendous job as prosecutors. Because if it were me, there’s no way in hell that Johnny Cochran would have beaten me with that evidence that I, that they, had. I’m telling you right now, I’m not even a lawyer. There is no way that you would have put 12 jurors in front of me with that evidence and I would have lost it, even to Johnny Cochrane. I’d have won that trial. I’ve often said that.”As a reminder, in case this isn’t clear, Johnnie Cochran was a famously successful lawyer. Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden were both lawyers. Stephen A. Smith is not, nor has he ever been, a lawyer.Never change, Stephen A.[The Big Lead]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

John Doyle Nobody will watch TV out of patriotism

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Nobody will watch TV out of patriotism. They might want to see the heavily promoted drama Designated Survivor (coming to ABC and CTV) because Kiefer Sutherland is in it and he’s Canadian, but it’s not quite that simple. He’s a very famous Canadian, and the show sounds like a good thriller. That’s the gist. Nobody will watch a TV series to be patriotic and help claim our cultural identity.That’s a point worth remembering in the context of the current contretemps regarding Canadian content rules and changes made by the CRTC. A lot of wild talk about supporting Canadian talent has been thrown about, as if patriotism is involved in making and watching Canadian TV. Advertisement School’s back, night comes earlier and thoughts turn to television. That’s the way it works at this time of the year.Soon there will be an avalanche of new programs on networks, cable and all the platforms that have emerged in the last few years. A cornucopia with the usual numbers of duds. People will decide what to watch based on several factors. A favourite actor is involved; the new series has been promoted relentlessly with a clever trailer, a friend recommends it or, heaven help us, critical buzz based on reviews in the newspaper or magazine. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Valeant strikes deal to reduce its portion of Allergan settlement to 9625M

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (TSX:VRX) says it has agreed to pay US$96.25 million to settle lawsuits filed in California in the wake of the unsuccessful attempted hostile takeover in 2014 of Botox maker Allergan Inc.The company says in a news release the rest of the agreed settlement of US$290 million, about 67 per cent, will be covered by co-defendant Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.Pershing Square, an American hedge fund, says in a separate release that Laval, Que.-based Valeant had originally agreed to pay 60 per cent of the settlement but the two disagreed on “desirability and timing” of the move and the U.S. investment company will pay more to take control.Both companies say they are admitting no wrongdoing by settling. The lawsuit accusing them of insider trading was brought by shareholders who sold Allergan stock in the two months before the US$51-billion bid was launched.Pershing Square CEO Bill Ackman says he still believes the lawsuit had “absolutely no merit,” but settling now will save resources required for a lengthy litigation.Valeant CEO Joseph Papa said settling the suit will allow it to focus on the “transformation” of the drug company.last_img read more

Nitro FMX World Tour returns to Dawson Creek this January

first_imgAll fans will receive free Pit Passes with advance ticket purchases until November 30, 2018. Pit Passes will allow fans to come on to the floor and Party in the Pits and meet all the stars of the Nitro FMX WORLD TOUR. Pit Party is from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This allows fans the chance to meet the riders and take the opportunity to take pictures and receive autographs. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, October 19 at 10:00 AM PST.  Group packages are available for groups of 9 or more people.  Please call 250-782-7443 for group options.Tickets are priced at $39.00, $29.00 for adults and $15.00 for children ages 12 and under plus applicable fees.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus location at the Encana Events Centre or at Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet in Fort St. John. BC. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Nitro FMX World Tour will take place on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Encana Event Centre Dawson Creek B.C. The NITRO FMX World Tour is an extreme action sports competition that was formed to tour the USA, Canada, Mexico and select European countries.Pro riders will participate in an intense competition, throwing out some of the most death-defying tricks ever seen. Superman Seat Grabs, Cliff Hangers, Kiss of Death, Back Flips and Super Back Flips combinations are just some of the tricks that will be used to fight for the “NITRO FMX World Tour” Championship Title. BACKFLIPS & SUPER BACKFLIPS are guaranteed at the “NITRO FMX World Tour” giving a full throttle explosive display. Watch as high flying FMX PRO’S compete to be on top. They’ll defy gravity and rock the Encana Events Centre on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 through death-defying stunts and HARD-CORE BACKFLIPS.last_img read more

Logan Stieber finishes decorated Ohio State career with fourth national title

OSU redshirt-senior Logan Stieber reacts after winning his 4th consecutive NCAA title by beating Edinboro’s Mitchell Port in the 141-pound championship match during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21 in St. Louis. Credit: Courtesy of TNSEach year, 330 wrestlers compete for a National Championship. Since 1929, when national championships were officially first handed out, only three had won four individual titles.That number rose to four on Saturday when Ohio State redshirt-senior Logan Stieber accomplished the feat for himself. But even after inking his name in the history books, Stieber’s time on the mat isn’t over.The celebration won’t last long as the Monroeville, Ohio, native sets his sights on the World Team and, ultimately, the 2016 Olympics.“I’ll be able to take a week and a half off, and let my body rest and start lifting again and I’ll get three weeks of hard freestyle training in and be ready for the U.S. Open,” Stieber said.His title puts him alongside Cael Sanderson (Iowa State, 1999-2002), Kyle Dake (Cornell, 2010-13) and Pat Smith (Oklahoma State, 1990-1992, 1994) in the elite group of wrestlers to win four NCAA titles. Stieber accumulated a 119-3 record as a Buckeye, and he became the first OSU wrestler to tally four Big Ten individual crowns as well.Logan’s father, Jeff, said he was happy to see his son’s hard work pay off in his last tournament at OSU.“I’m extremely proud and happy for him,” he said. “To see all the hard work he’s put in pay off is amazing. Winning a team title was one of Logan’s biggest goals and he was able to get his fourth along with it. You couldn’t ask for a better ending.”The four-time Ohio state champion at Monroeville High School finished the year 29-0, marking his second undefeated season, and leading OSU to its first team title in school history. He won the NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler and the NWCA Most Outstanding Wrestler awards along the way.As much individual success as Stieber has had, he continued to give credit to those around him and said he wants to do everything in his power to help them achieve their goals.“It means so much,” Stieber said of the team title. “It’s just hard to put into words. It’s something we’ve wanted so bad. Our coaches, they’ve been sick. They’re so anxious, so nervous, they want to win so bad. Everyone wants to win so bad. I’m happy to be a part of this team.”His coach, Tom Ryan, said he wanted to see Stieber leave the program the right way and that he has put this team in the right direction.“To think that this little kid from a small farm town in Monroeville, Ohio, did what he did, is pretty awesome, pretty amazing,” Ryan said. “I’m so happy for him and his family, and they believed early on in the process of us getting to the point we are. And now he can pass the torch to the other guys.”Stieber said people think he’s putting on a front when asked about the pressure that surrounds him, but he continues to block out all nervousness and is never affected.“This has been so much fun,” Stieber said. ”I haven’t been nervous at all. I was nervous for Kyle Snyder, I was nervous for Nathan Tomasello. In my match, if I have an inch of nervousness, I push it out right away. And this is fun. It’s like wrestling in the practice room. I really, really enjoy it. And it’s a little bit of relief to be done and be able to, I guess, celebrate with my family and friends.”After enjoying his individual success and that of the people around him, the four time All-American will go down as the most decorated wrestler to yet don the scarlet and gray. read more

PHOTO Wilmington Sons Of Italy Supports WHS Band Parents Trivia Night

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge recently attended the Wilmington High School Band Parents and Friends Trivia Night event on April 5, 2019 to support the Band Parents and the youth of the Wilmington Band program.Back Row (Left to Right): John Romano (SOI President), Barbara Sica (Band Parents), Doreen Dawson (Band Parents), Andrea DeSario (Band Parents), Steve Sica (Band Parents President), Kevin Caira ( SOI Roncalli Board of Directors President), Joe Martell ( Sons of Italy)Middle Row (Left to Right): Lynne Martle (Sons of Italy), Diane Garrity (Sons of Italy), Cheryl Caira (Sons of Italy), Walter Palino (Sons of Italy), Julie Sbraccia-Manos (Sons of Italy),Seated (Left to Right): Janet Mosey (Sons of Italy), Laura Caira (SOI Lodge Founder), Michele Caira Nortonen(NOTE: The above announcement & photo are from the Wilmington Sons of Italy.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents & Wilmington Sons Of Italy’s Comedy Night A Huge SuccessIn “Community”POSTPONED: Wilmington Flea Market Rescheduled From September 7 To October 19 Due To Expected StormIn “Community”COMING SOON: Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”last_img read more

Wilmington To Receive 768000 From State In Chapter 90 Funding For Road Repairs

first_imgBOSTOn, MA — On Friday, Governor Charlie Baker signed H.69, An act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, which authorizes $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.Wilmington, as a result, will be receiving $768,000 in Chapter 90 funds for Fiscal Year 2020, an increase of more than $6,000 from the current year. This amount is based on a formula involving the community’s number of road miles (95.5 miles), population based on the 2010 U.S. Census (22,325), and number of people who work in town (21,370).“Chapter 90 funding provides cities and towns with critical resources to carry out important projects like highway construction and road paving to improve local infrastructure in communities across Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We thank the Legislature for working with our administration to pass this bill and continue our support for local officials this construction season.”“Investing in local infrastructure helps improve travel for residents and connect them to economic opportunities,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Providing consistent Chapter 90 funding is one of the many ways in which our administration continues to serve as a reliable partner to all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth.”“Chapter 90 funding is a critically important program that provides flexibility to cities and towns to prioritize important local projects,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “We are pleased to continue to support these infrastructure investments through our Administration’s capital investment plan.”“As the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth report pointed out, transportation needs, challenges and solutions vary across the state, so it is appropriate that communities have Chapter 90 funds to use on their specific priorities,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “That is also why the Administration’s additional transportation funding programs are so vital, such as the Municipal Small Bridge Program, Complete Streets Funding Program and Safe Routes to School.”Chapter 90 reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Cities and towns must submit receipts to the MassDOT Highway Division district in which they are located which verifies that the expenditures qualify for reimbursement under Chapter 90. The Highway Districts in turn submit these receipts to the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Department which facilitates the reimbursements to cities and towns.(NOTE: The above modified press release is from Governor Charlie Baker’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBaker Signs Legislation Investing in Transportation InfrastructureIn “Government”Governor Baker Proclaims This Week As ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week’In “Government”Governor Charlie Baker Visits Shawsheen Tech, School Receives $125,000 GrantIn “Education”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Music to Receive Android 412 Jelly Bean Update

first_imgSamsung’s budget Android smartphone, Galaxy Music GT-S6010, is all set to receive the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update.According to reports, the company has started rolling out the update to the UK and the other countries will receive the upgrade in the coming days. Samsung Galaxy Music, which made its global debut in October last year, was launched with Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich operating system.The new update has been released over-the-air and also via Kies app. The latest update will bring user interface improvements, Google Now support, enhanced notifications, Project Butter improvements and more to the phone. Besides this, the battery life of the handset is expected to be enhanced greater and overall performance will improve. There is no official word whether the dual-SIM version of Galaxy Music will receive the Jelly Bean update.Regarding the specifications, Samsung Galaxy comes with a 3-inch LCD touchscreen display with 240×320p resolution and is powered by an 850MHz processor. It houses 512MB RAM along with 4GB internal memory onboard which is expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. On the connectivity front, it comes with WIFI 3G, 2G, Bluetooth 3.0 and micro USB. The device which is designed especially for music lovers hosts a dedicated music key along with a SoundAlive music player and a 3.5mm ear jack. The all-new Galaxy Music Duos has two speakers on the front, stereo FM radio with RDS, built-in FM antenna. It packs a 1,300mAh battery and a 3-megapixel camera.Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 are also next in line to receive Android’s latest 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS update.last_img read more

Lightning kills boy in Kishoreganj

first_imgA boy was killed as a thunderbolt hit him in Katiadi upazila of Kishoreganj on Tuesday. The deceased was Tanjil Hossain, 15, son of Lotu Mia of Pachlipara village under Korgaon union in Katiadi.Chairman of Korgaon union parishad Sharafat Loskar Parvez said Tanjil was hit by a lightning strike while he was going to fishing to a nearby water body around 11:00am.Locals rushed Tanjil to Bagolpur Jahurul Islam Medical College and Hospital where on-duty physicians declared him dead.last_img

BGBBSF conference starts in New Delhi

first_imgRepresentatives of BGB and BSF at border coordination conference in Indian capital New Delhi on Monday. Photo: BSS.A director general (DG)-level conference of BGB-BSF began Monday in Indian capital New Delhi, which is scheduled to go on till 8 September, reports BSS.Curtain of the conference was raised at 4:00pm (Indian time) at Chawla Camp of the Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi.Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) DG Md Shafeenul Islam is leading a 14-member Bangladesh delegation, including representatives from prime minister’s office, ministry of home affairs and ministry of foreign affairs at the conference.BSF DG KK Sharma, is leading a 20-member Indian delegation including BSF senior officials, inspector general of different BSF frontiers, representatives from Indian home and foreign ministries.The conference agendas include incidents of shooting at unarmed Bangladeshi civilians along the border of two brotherly nations, smuggling of arms, ammunition, drugs, detention of Bangladeshis, infiltration into Bangladesh, construction of audience gallery on both sides of the border to witness joint retreat ceremony, increasing border of crime free zone, protection of banks of rivers along the border and taking necessary steps to further increase mutual trust between the two frontier forces.The BGB chief, during the visit, will pay courtesy calls on Indian home minister and secretary. A joint record of discussions (JRD) will be penned on 7 September.Meanwhile, a seven-member delegation of Shimanto Poribar Kalyan Samity (SPKS) headed by its chairperson Shoma Islam also visiting India to further strengthen existing friendship between the two forces.The SPKS delegation will hold meeting with delegation from BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA) on issues related to mutual interests and will visit different activities.last_img read more

3 killed in AL factional clashes

first_imgMap of NarsingdiThree people were killed and 100 others injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League over establishing supremacy in Nilakkha union of Raipura upazila in Narsingdi on Friday, reports UNB.Two of the deceased are Sohagh Miah and Maram Ali, local residents.Zakir Hasan, additional superintendent of police, said former union parishad chairman and former Raipura upazila AL vice-president Abdul Haque and present union parishad chairman and union AL president Tajul Islam had long been at loggerheads over controlling the locality.As a sequel of the previous enmity, the supporters of both the AL leaders locked into a clash around 3pm.Equipped with firearms and fishing spears (teta), they attacked each, leaving three people dead on the spot and 100 others injured.On information, police rushed in and tried to bring the situation under control.However, sporadic clashes continued till filing of this report around 8pm.The injured were taken to different hospitals, said Mohsin Alam, officer-in-charge of Raipur police station.He also said additional policemen were called in to bring the situation under control.Earlier, a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee was shot dead during a clash between two AL groups at Bashgari of the upazila in the early hours.The deceased is Tofazzal Hossain Rana, son of local Abdullah Fakir.The OC said supporters of former Bashgari union parishad chairman and ex-union AL president Shahed Sarkar and current chairman Sirajul Haque, also an AL leader, attacked each other and exchanged gunfire from around 9pm till midnight on Thursday.After a short interval, they again exchanged gunfire early Friday.Tofazzel, who came out of his home to respond to the natural call, sustained bullet injuries to the head around 6am during the gunfight.Later, he died on the way to Narsingdi hospital.last_img read more

CityCenter DC Holiday Tree Lighting

first_imgCityCenterDC is scheduled to kick off the holiday season with an exciting evening of performances from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. and the inspirational viral sensation Cardinal Shehan School Choir from Baltimore. The event is scheduled to be held on Nov. 25 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m at The Park at CityCenter, 10th Street, NW and New York Avenue, NW. Washingtonians will be treated to joyful holiday music and an official lighting ceremony and countdown emceed by NBC4’s Eun Yang. Families will be entertained with balloon artists, face painters, holiday activities and more. 2017 CityCenter D.C. Holiday Tree Lightinglast_img read more

Brysons Passion Keeps PG Countys Spring Sports Awards Swinging

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRODr. Rick Bryson has a passion for baseball, kids and athletes.  The Prince George’s County based podiatrist has worked tirelessly to bring attention to swing sports with little support.  Nonetheless, Bryson continues to spend his time and his money to bring attention to high school baseball and softball in a county where those sports have become an afterthought.The Prince George’s County High School Baseball/Softball Awards celebrated its fourth anniversary at Kentland Community Center in Landover honoring the top “swing sports” athletes throughout the county.  Thirty-five players representing public and private schools were recognized for their accomplishments on the diamond, in the classroom and community service.Prince George’s County baseball and softball players are joined by community leaders after the 2018 Awards Banquet at Kentland Community Center in Landover. (Courtesy Photo)When he started the unsanctioned event in 2014, Bryson was hoping to bring baseball and softball out from the shadows of more popular sports in Prince George’s County.  Football and basketball garner more attention, since the area is heavily recruited and many players leave to become accomplished college athletes and ultimately NBA and NFL stars; as a result baseball and softball athletes are given little recognition.“Programs like this capture something that showcases what happens when families get behind their kids,” Bryson told the AFRO.  “Most parents aren’t used to seeing this kind of exposure for their softball or baseball player.”This event was from the days where Bryson was actively involved with a barnstorming traveling youth baseball team that participated in tournaments throughout the mid-Atlantic region based at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Fort Washington.  The team was a collection of players who were passionate about the game and were looking for a chance to compete on an organized team that traveled like AAU basketball or track teams summer programs. His son Blake couldn’t play at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria and didn’t have his dad’s passion for basketball so he had to make the sacrifice during the late spring and summer to satisfy his enthusiasm for baseball.“Most parents rely on high schools to provide athletes with a platform to compete in sports but if there’s not an opportunity you’ve got to make it happen,” Bryson adds.The awards banquet has grown without the benefit of major sponsorship or the official sanctioning of the Prince George’s County Athletic Association.  While Dr. Bryson’s tenacity and advertisements by elected officials in the souvenir program provide the budget, the banquet may not have survived had it not been for the Bowie Baysox. The Baltimore Orioles AA affiliate legitimized the event by giving it a venue for two previous years that projected credibility to the County’s athletic community.  More coaches have become involved in the process of selecting honorees and parents now see value in exposing their kids to America’s national pastime.“The event works because of the interaction with other entities in the community with the intention of preparing our kids in Prince George’s County for success,” said Bryson.  “Our growth has been helped by getting more support from the coaches as well. We are proving that.”This year’s keynote speaker was Jim Coleman, the president and CEO of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. Coleman, author of the book Cut the Crap and Close the Gap, used that as the basis for challenging this year’s group of honorees to return home from college with degrees and make a lasting impact on the future of the County. His challenge was for them to think about becoming millionaires in the most affluent African American county in the United States.“Our success is a function of interaction with other entities in the community with the mission of preparing [Prince George’s County] kids for success,” said Bryson.last_img read more

Paywhatyouwant choices appear to be linked to self image

first_img Explore further Corporate social responsibility and profit could stem from pricing strategy 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. In the first experiment riders at an amusement park were given the opportunity to buy pictures of themselves on the ride and were told they could pay whatever they wanted. Some were also told that half the proceeds would go to a charity; in those cases customers quite often paid more than those that weren’t told about the charity, though the number of sales were lower.In a second experiment, some customers on boat rides were asked to pay $15, some $5 and the others whatever they wanted, for pictures of themselves. Not surprisingly, the $15 group had few takers, while the $5 option proved popular, even more so than the PWYW option, as more chose to pass on the photos altogether when given the opportunity to pay whatever they liked.In the third experiment, diners at a restaurant were asked to pay whatever price they chose for their meal, but were split into two groups. One group paid the owner of the restaurant directly, while the other group was allowed to pay privately by dropping an envelope into a box. Surprisingly, the group that was able to pay anomalously generally paid more than did those that paid the owner directly.The researchers say taken as a whole, these experiments show that people are motivated by several factors when presented with a PWYW opportunity; the most basic of which, is the desire to uphold their opinion of themselves. Giving more than is necessary in an anonymous way causes people to feel good about themselves. On the other hand, the offer is less appealing when being asked to pay in view of others, such as fellow patrons or the owner of a restaurant. In such a scenario, people feel forced into paying a certain price. They also shy away from opportunities when they feel pressured to buy at a price that is too high, hence those that choose to not buy at all, even when allowed to pay whatever they wanted. More information: Pay-what-you-want, identity, and self-signaling in markets, PNAS, Published online before print April 23, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1120893109AbstractWe investigate the role of identity and self-image consideration under “pay-what-you-want” pricing. Results from three field experiments show that often, when granted the opportunity to name the price of a product, fewer consumers choose to buy it than when the price is fixed and low. We show that this opt-out behavior is driven largely by individuals’ identity and self-image concerns; individuals feel bad when they pay less than the “appropriate” price, causing them to pass on the opportunity to purchase the product altogether. © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Pay-what-you-want choices appear to be linked to self image (2012, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-pay-what-you-want-choices-linked-image.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org) — Panera, the national restaurant chain most famous for its bread, has been in the news of late because they’ve decided to test the concept of allowing customers to pay whatever they want for bread, sandwiches and salads. The concept has proved so successful that Panera plans to open more restaurants that do likewise. To find out why such an idea might work, a group of researchers put together several field experiments to test their belief that the amount people pay for a pay-what-you-want (PWYW) opportunity, likely depends on their desire to boost their own self image. They have published a paper documenting their findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.last_img read more

Artist to send picture disc into orbit to serve as time capsule

first_img Explore further Toshiba Announces 51GB Triple-Layer HD DVD-ROM Disc (Phys.org)—Multimedia artist Trevor Paglen, part of a group known as Creative Time, has created a gold-plated crystalline silicon disc with bit mapped re-creations of photographs etched onto its surface. The disc is to serve as a form of time capsule that will orbit Earth for billions of years—if all goes according to plan. The disc, containing 100 images and referred to as the “Last Pictures” project, has been attached to the EchoStar XVI satellite, scheduled for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome sometime over the next few months. © 2012 Phys.org The idea behind the project is to provide a record of human existence to intelligent life forms—as yet undiscovered—from other parts of the galaxy. The group at Creative Time notes on their website that they expect human civilization to disappear long before the disc is destroyed by the Sun, five billion years from now when the Sun becomes a red giant. They believe the disc, along with its images, will survive. Because, unlike the copper discs sent with the Voyager spacecraft, it’s made of silicon which has a crystalline structure.Paglen has been assembling the collection of pictures for nearly five years, speaking with scientists, artists, geologists, philosophers and mathematicians about ways in which to represent the history of Earth’s people. Despite his work, Paglen has also spoken publicly about his belief that no one will ever find the disc and view his work. Also, his assumption that the disc will survive in orbit for billions of years might have one fatal flaw: it’s quite possible that scientists will develop a method to clear the space debris circling the planet, consequently removing the EchoStar XVI satellite from its geosynchronous orbit long before we as a civilization go extinct. Which, of course, is also not a certainty. The pictures aren’t meant to offer a chronological history of the planet or of the human beings that evolved to become its dominant species. Instead, they are meant to convey a sense of who we are in the event that “anyone else” ever wants to know. Citation: Artist to send picture disc into orbit to serve as time capsule (2012, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-artist-picture-disc-orbit-capsule.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Color pixels made of nanowires offer new paradigm for digital cameras

first_img © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. In the new study, the researchers successfully fabricated 100 x 100 arrays of vertical nanowires with radii of 80, 100, 120, and 140 nm, allowing the nanowires to absorb different wavelengths of light. The researchers demonstrated that these nanowire-based photodetectors can photograph color images of test scenes and the Macbeth ColorChecker card with a quality that is very similar to that obtained with a conventional camera.The new filter-free color imaging technique has some key advantages compared with the conventional filter technique, with perhaps the most important being a higher absorption efficiency that allows for higher pixel densities and higher resolution. The researchers predict that adding a bottom photodetector to the nanowire array would make it possible, in principle, for the device to absorb all incoming light and convert it into photocurrent. Such a device has the potential for extremely high photon efficiencies compared to filter-based devices, which by their nature absorb approximately half of the incoming light before it reaches the image sensor. The greater efficiency would then pave the way for cameras with higher resolutions. In addition to an improved efficiency, this approach simplifies the fabrication process. As the researchers explain, the pixels with different color responses can be defined at the same time through a single lithography step.Furthermore, the nanowire-based photodetectors also offer the opportunity for multispectral imaging. Cameras use multispectral imaging to capture light at different frequencies of the spectrum, including frequencies beyond the visible light range. With the new method, different parts of the spectrum can be targeted for absorption by fabricating nanowires with specific radii, a relatively simple process compared to fabricating filters and other methods. The researchers plan to work on further improving the photodetectors in the future.”We are currently working on incorporating substrate photodetectors to increase the efficiency as we mentioned above,” said coauthor Hyunsung Park at Harvard University. “In addition, we are developing elliptical nanowire-based photodetectors for polarization-resolved imaging. The major hurdle for commercialization is the higher dark current level of these devices, due to the fact they are produced by etching. This comes from the fact that there are many surface states, due to the large surface-to-volume ratio of the nanowires and damage to the silicon crystal structure from dry etching. We believe that this will be resolved in the future through alternative fabrication process or by adding passivation layers.” More information: Hyunsung Park, et al. “Filter-Free Image Sensor Pixels Comprising Silicon Nanowires with Selective Color Absorption.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl404379w The new approach takes advantage of the unique optical and electrical properties of one-dimensional semiconductor nanowires. Previous research has demonstrated that silicon nanowires absorb wavelengths of light that vary with the nanowire radius, allowing for control of light absorption by fabricating nanowires with controlled radii using a single lithography step. However, no color imaging experiments have been performed with silicon nanowires until now, partly due to the difficulty in assembling large numbers of nanowires into arrays. In the past few years, researchers have been investigating new ways to achieve color in digital cameras that don’t rely on conventional organic dye filters. In a new paper published in Nano Letters, a team of researchers from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Zena Technologies Inc., in Topsfield, Massachusetts, have presented a new filter-free approach to color imaging. The technique uses silicon nanowires with different radii to absorb specific wavelengths, and thus colors, of light and convert the light into photocurrent.”Our nanowire-based approach performs color imaging without conventional color filters,” coauthor Kenneth B. Crozier of Harvard University told Phys.org. “This has two major advantages. First, our approach simplifies the fabrication process. Nanowire-based image sensor pixels with different color responses can be defined at the same time through a single lithography step. This means no additional materials or repeated deposition steps are needed for separating colors. Second, our approach opens the way to increase the efficiency of an image sensor. Each nanowire captures light of a specific color, and converts it to photocurrent. If we add substrate photodetector, we can capture the remainder of the spectrum. In this way, the image sensor can have higher efficiency, as photons would be not discarded by absorptive filters.” Color image of test objects taken by the nanowire-based photodetector. Credit: Park, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society Citation: Color pixels made of nanowires offer new paradigm for digital cameras (2014, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-pixels-nanowires-paradigm-digital-cameras.html Engineers create vibrant colors in vertical silicon nanowires (Left) Schematic of photodetectors based on vertical silicon nanowires. (Center) Magnified view of nanowires with radii of 80 nm, 100 nm, 120 nm, and 140 nm. (Right) Fabricated device mounted on PCB, with a magnified image in the inset. Credit: Park, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society (Phys.org) —Most of today’s digital cameras achieve color by using red, green, and blue Bayer color filters through which light passes on its way to the camera’s image sensors, which then convert the light into electrical signals. Although this color filter technology is very widespread, it has some disadvantages related to durability, low absorption coefficient, and fabrication complexity. In addition, the absorbed light in the color filter cannot be converted into photocurrent. To maximize the efficiency in the trends of higher pixel density, this light needs to be converted to photocurrent. 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. Journal information: Nano Letters Explore furtherlast_img read more

Navi Mumbai Intl Airport to be operational by 2019 Fadnavis

first_imgMaharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has said the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport will be operational by 2019.“As all the environmental-related permissions are cleared for the Airport, this project will be operational by 2019,” Fadnavis posted on Twitter on Sunday morning.The project will be built on public-private partnership (PPP) on a land of around 1,160 hectares, out of which 592 hectares have been acquired and all clearances will be done by January 2015, he said. After the completion of first phase, 10 million people are expected to use it annually. The final phase will have a capacity to accommodate 60 million passengers annually, the CM said. “Seeing the rise in passengers, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will also be extended to accommodate 40 million passengers, annually,” Fadnavis further tweeted.last_img read more

Book Now Beach Later with Transats new promotion

first_img Tuesday, September 4, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by MONTREAL — Clients who book by Sept. 30 pay only a $100 deposit, for travel Jan. 3 – April 30, 2019, with Transat’s new ‘Book Now, Beach Later’ offer.Agents also benefit from the deal, with extra BONBON rewards with every booking:$10/room, so that’s 2x rewards on South, Florida, Spain, Portugal, cruise and Duo packages, as well as guided tours, says Transat$2/passenger, which amounts to 2x rewards on South, Florida, Spain and Portugal air-only bookingsClients who book South packages also get Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee, a $50 future travel voucher and free seat selection, valued at $50 (for Distinction Collection packages), says the tour operator.Clients who book Florida, Spain, Portugal, cruise or Duo packages or guided tours get a $50 future travel voucher.For more details and conditions see Get Connected. Book Now, Beach Later with Transat’s new promotioncenter_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Deals, Transat Travelweek Group last_img read more

RIU celebrates Sunwing as our one and only partner in Canada

first_img Travelweek Group Tweet Posted by KITCHENER — RIU Hotels & Resorts and Sunwing got together to thank their top-performing agents this month with appreciation lunches in Quebec City and Kitchener, ON. On Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 top producing agents were invited to enjoy a complimentary lunch, meet with RIU and Sunwing sales teams and learn about upcoming renovation and expansion plans for RIU Hotels & Resorts.At both events, Director of Business Development for Partner Marketing, Hugo Aguilera, talked to attendees about the latest resorts that opened in Mexico including Riu Palace Costa Mujeres and Riu Palace Baja California. There was also talk of RIU Hotels & Resorts’ plans to expand the chain’s Splash Water World water parks and upcoming renovations planned for 2019 at Riu Ocho Rios, Riu Palace Riviera Maya and Riu Vallarta. Aguilera also took time out to celebrate the longstanding partnership between Sunwing and RIU describing the travel company as their “one and only partner in Canada.”President of Tour Operations for Sunwing, Andrew Dawson, who attended the event in Kitchener along with Executive Vice President of Partner Development, Eric Rodriguez, also commented on the event. “We value our partnership with RIU enormously. It’s unique, there is no other relationship with the same scale, longevity or degree of co-operation in the Canadian industry. We appreciate the opportunity to join together this week to thank the agents that have supported us throughout the year.”As the exclusive vacation provider of RIU Palace Hotels and Resorts, when customers book their vacation package with the Signature Collection by Sunwing they’ll get a host of exclusive RIU-topia perks including welcome cocktails, unlimited reservation-free dining, spa credits and more; in addition to RIU Palace inclusions such as 24-hour room service, daily champagne breakfasts and poolside wait service. Wednesday, December 12, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> RIU celebrates Sunwing as “our one and only partner in Canada” Tags: RIU Hotels & Resortslast_img read more