MLB honors school shooting victims with special caps

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “You can’t put it into words,” he said, fighting back tears. “I think it’s great what Major League Baseball is doing to show support for our community and our school. It’s been a rough week and just being out here … (gives me) a sense of freedom.”Teams had the option of wearing he caps, which are black with “SD” in block letters, during the games or only during warmups. Both the Astros and Nationals wore them during Friday’s game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMLB ordered more than 2,500 of the caps from New Era, league spokesman Steven Arrocho said. Many teams will have players sign them, and they will be auctioned to benefit the victims and families affected by the shooting.Stoneman Douglas, which won a state title in 2016, counts several baseball players as alumni, led by Cubs star Anthony Rizzo. He left camp in Arizona to return to Parkland the day after the shooting, gave an emotional speech at a candlelight vigil and later visited victims in the hospital. He wasn’t in the lineup for Chicago’s game on Friday, but wore the hat bearing his high school’s initials while working out. Washington Nationals pitcher Tim Collins wears the cap of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team before the start of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Players around the league are wearing the caps to remember the victims of a shooting at the school last week. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and his sons were guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday as Major League Baseball honored victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by having its teams wear caps with the school’s initials.Fitz-Gerald said it was a “relief” to get back to the sport he loves and to stop thinking, at least for a moment, about the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others wounded.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Both Fitz-Gerald and his son Hunter, a junior, were on campus during the shooting, in which 14 students and three teachers were slain. The elder Fitz-Gerald wore a crisp white shirt that was adorned with the words “Douglas Strong” as he chatted with Astros manager A.J. Hinch and several other players and coaches during morning workouts. He and Hunter accompanied Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow on the field before the game to hoist the World Series trophy.Down the road in Jupiter, Florida, the rest of the Stoneman Douglas baseball team as well as the school’s softball team were guests of the Marlins before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals.“It’s helping us feel better and it shows that we are one big family,” Douglas center fielder Ryan Shinko said. “It’s not just us.”Douglas pitcher Connor Brian, a senior who will play baseball at Middle Tennessee State next season, had the names of all 17 victims written on the bill of his cap.“It just gives me a remembrance when I’m pitching to do it for them,” Brian said.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Marlins players and staff wore maroon shirts that read “MSDSTRONG,” and CEO Derek Jeter mingled with the teams and posed for selfies with some players. The revered former New York Yankees shortstop drew on his experience in dealing with 9/11, telling players that they can help the community heal.“When I was in New York playing after September 11, obviously you’ll never forget what happened, but at least for those three hours we gave people something they could cheer for,” Jeter said. “We appreciated that and we sort of took that and ran with it as an organization. I think a lot of times professional sports teams, sports teams in general, can help distract people, so to speak.”Before the first pitch, the Marlins and Cardinals observed 17 seconds of silence in memory of the victims. Douglas players and coaches watched from seats behind home plate.“In Parkland, there’s not a lot of smiles,” said Dustin Brian, Connor’s father and a former Douglas assistant coach. “That’s why I think this is so cool, getting them away from the community.”At the New York Yankees’ opener against Detroit, both teams lined up along the foul lines for a moment of silence before the game. A flickering candle was shown on the left-field video board.“You know a community is hurting right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Baseball sometimes can play a part in helping with the healing process.”Back at Astros camp, Hinch said he hopes wearing the caps would let those affected by the shooting know that they’re thinking about them.“The only thing we can do is bring some recognition and offer our support,” Hinch said. “I think around baseball we have heavy hearts that we even have to do this because of the tragedy that happened. For us to wear their hats, for us to tell them that we’re on their side is our way to kind of galvanize everybody, get everybody together in one setting and let them know they’re not alone.”Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder, and authorities said he has confessed to the shooting.“We’re not going to let one individual define who we are,” Fitz-Gerald said. “That’s it. That’s the bottom line … our responsibility is to be strong for our community. And our baseball program has a long tradition of success and we owe it to the students, we owe it to the community to represent them and give them something to be proud about.” FBI probe docs list range of payments to top college basketball players It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Ebola Countries Face US$1.6B in Lost Economic Growth

first_imgThe World Bank Group has estimated that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will lose more than $1.6 billion this year in economic growth due to Ebola.However, the economic effect on the West Africa region overall is now expected to be much lower than previous forecasts.World Bank Senior Economist Dave Evans, co-author of the latest report on Ebola’s economic consequences, said the three worst-affected countries have seen their economies contract. Prior to the outbreak, good economic growth had been expected.“Essentially, the economic slowdown has been profound. This is a huge change for these economies and a real challenge,” he said.When determining the economic impact of Ebola, the World Bank studies how people react to the disease.“With the economic impact of Ebola it really comes through these reactions based on fear – or what we often call aversion behavior – people taking decisions to avoid any exposure to the disease,” he said. “One of the challenges with that is that even as the disease starts to get under control and we have fewer cases, it doesn’t necessarily mean that investors immediately start making new plans to open new mines or set up new factories. The effects can be quite enduring.”He said that phone surveys show that despite a decline in the number of new Ebola cases, job losses remain high and food insecurity persists.Evans said there are previous examples of the effects of fear on behavior.“I think it’s most reminiscent of what we saw with SARS and in the early days of AIDS where there was a lot of uncertainty about exactly how people could be exposed,” he said. “And as a result, people take sometimes extreme reactions to avoid any interaction with these economies.”In October, the World Bank estimated the West African region could suffer up to $25 billion in losses in 2015. But that estimate is now sharply lower.Evans said, “What we’ve done is we’ve spoken to our economists in every country around sub-Saharan Africa. What we observe now is that the actual impact we’re seeing for all of Africa – not just West Africa – is more on the order of $500 million – very, very small — even if we look at a bad case scenario. So, a scenario where the epidemic does spread more in the region we’re looking at about $6.2 billion for all of Africa. So that’s much, much smaller than the $25 billion we were talking about for just West Africa alone.”The senior economist said the revised forecast is due to – what the bank calls — “intensive global and national responses to the epidemic over the past several months.”“The disease,” he said, “has been controlled significantly within the countries. So, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have taken lots of action to improve safe burials, improve treatments, change behavior — where people are careful to avoid exposure. And at the same time, neighboring countries have taken strong action to protect themselves. And we see this in Nigeria, Senegal and Mali.”Nigeria, Senegal and Mali did have a small number of Ebola cases, but all three have been declared Ebola-free.Evans cautioned, however, that until the number of Ebola cases reaches zero, there is always a chance that the epidemic could grow much worse again.World Bank Group’s Response to Ebola CrisisThe World Bank Group has mobilized nearly US$1 billion in financing for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis. This includes US$518 million from IDA for the epidemic response, and at least US$450 million from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Top Cop wishes Force success ahead of impending challenges

first_img– formally bids farewell to Force after 33 yearsWith less than a week before he officially leaves the Guyana Police Force after 33 years of service, Top Cop Seelall Persaud on Wednesday afternoon wished the law enforcement agency success ahead of impending challenges the country is likely to face.This sentiment was expressed at a farewell parade organised in his honour at the Police Sports Club Ground. The event featured much pomp and ceremony as theSeelall Persaud delivering his final address as Commissioner of Police at his Farewell Parade on WednesdayForce formally bid farewell to its 31st Police Commissioner.The ceremony saw the attendance of several senior and junior ranks as well as former members of the Force. In addition, heads of other sister law enforcement agencies and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan were also present at the ceremony.Delivering his final address as Top Cop, Persaud pledged his continued support for the Police Force, as he mentioned impending challenges the organisation will face.“The Force and country at this particularly time, see several factors that will contribute to an environment that is likely to pose a greater challenge to the Force in the future. Those will include the operation of western businesses in Guyana and the raise of terrorist threats within the region. I’m sure the Security Sector Reform study that was conducted recently would have addressed most of those issues, if not all. And so, I want to wish my successor and his team at the topPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was among the gathering of top ranking officials from the disciplined forces who were in attendance at the Farewell Parademanagement, the best for the future… my full support will continue to be with them,” he posited.During his eight-minute long speech before a packed gathering, the outgoing Commissioner reflected on his years of service saying the varying exposures he has had in the Force contributed significantly to his development over the years. He added that the training and interactions he has had locally and overseas have certainly impacted his development through a unique brand of learning experience.Touching on his work over the years, the outgoing Top Cop reflected on the last four years at the helm of the Police Force which saw him crossing unchartered territories, particularly as it relates to building public trust and improving theOutgoing Commissioner Seelall Persaud saluting his final March Pass at the Police Sports Club GroundForce’s welfare as well as capacity.Persaud went on to recognise that he would not have had such a “good journey” in the country’s premier law enforcement agency without the unwavering support of his family and the commitment of both senior and junior ranks he worked with over the years.“I was a long, eventful but enjoyable journey that I have had, and I did not come this distance in isolation. So there are many whom I need to thank for it; highlights of those, I’ll start by thanking God for bring me this far. I’m leaving the Force in good health and with full confidence of facing and going into the next phase of my life,” posited the Commissioner.The Essequibo-born Persaud joined the Force in October 1984 and served in several high ranking positions including Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) before being appointed acting Commissioner in 2014. His confirmation as Top Cop then came the following year. During his three-decades plus years of service, he was awarded the Disciplined Services Medal (DSM) for his “dedication to duty and steadfastness of mind and body”. He also used opportunities afford to him to obtain a Degree in Public Management and Diploma in International Studies.Persaud also served as Chairman of the Caribbean Working Group on Illicit Narcotics, Chairman of the Caricom Standing Committee on Intelligence and Guyana’s Expert on the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism of the OAS (2009-2013) respectively.More recently during his four-year tenure at the helm of the Police Force, the outgoing Top Cop spearheaded several projects aimed at building public trust and boosting not only the Force’s capacity but its welfare as well. These include the highly successful social crime prevention programme, the establishment of the Fallen Heroes Foundation and the procurement of a US$2.6 million donation in vehicles from the Chinese Government, among others.last_img read more

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Residents, Co-op workers clash over demolition of homes

first_imgEnmore Co-op feudAs the spat continues with residents of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) and the Co-Op Society, at least one house was demolished on Thursday and the occupants’ belongings tossed onto the streets after demolition workers were ordered to do so.Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall addressing the residentsBased on reports received, the instruction was given by leader of the Co-op Society. When Guyana Times visited the area, residents claimed that they were awakened by persons trying to dismantle several homes which were on transported land.The Society reportedly attempted to dismantle the buildings on several occasions after transports for the land which persons had occupied for the past 30 years were issued to other persons without their knowledge. This state of affairs, however, would have stemmed from the ongoing feud.The residents also claimed that they were threatened that if they should return to their property, the co-op will send its members to burn the buildings.One of the residents, whose home was ransacked, Nadia Rambarran told Guyana Times that this was the third time that her home was invaded. She noted that a meeting was scheduled for Thursday morning by the Co-op Society to discuss the land issues but that turned into a tragedy.Other residents stood in the rain as Opposition MP Anil Nandlall addresses their concerns“Since 1982, the land was there. My uncle was living there and after he die in 2015, we started to live there…now a man just come this morning, he just show them a transport and they start to break the door down,” Rambarran recalled.Rambarran’s husband, Avinash Chatura, said that they were told that if they entered their house, they would be beaten and killed.The situation had gotten to a point where the residents were completely helpless and, as such, sought the guidance and assistance of the former Attorney General and Member of Parliament (MP), Anil Nandlall.During his visit to the area to hear the plight of the people, Nandlall stated that by law, it is wrongful for those actions to be committed.He is holding out that while the Co-Op is in a process of redistributing the land, they cannot merely give it to another member while noting that when a person is deceased, the beneficiary is supposed to be given the land. However, it is not a case whereby the residents were squatting on the land.“That is not what the law says. The law of cooperative society recognises transmission of interest upon death. If a deceased was a member of a co-op, and would’ve been entitled to a plot of land, when that person dies, that interest passes on to the beneficiary of that deceased person,” the former Attorney General stated.“Those who are administering the Co-Op ought to recognise that and rather than assign the property to another member of the Co-Op, they’re supposed to assign it to the beneficiary,” he added.Furthermore, if the matter is not resolved, Nandlall related that he would represent the residents in the High Court for their lands to be retrieved.“This matter will have to be resolved either amicably at the level of the Co-Op Society or the Chief Co-op Officer. If not, we’d have to engage in a head-on battle in the High Court and I’ll be representing all these people who are affected by this problem,” he said.As residents of the community were fearful for their lives, Nandlall visited the Cove and John Police Station, where the situation was discussed and it was promised that senior officers would be dispatched to the community to provide protection.“I just had a brief meeting with the commander of this division and due to his attention and the seriousness of the situation, which now exists at Enmore North, I explained to him that unless the Police intervene in a firm way, the situation can descend into violence,” said Nandlall.“He has assured me that he will assign two senior Police ranks immediately and deploy them to go to the scene and to have a continuous Police presence,” he added.last_img read more

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New Stoke boss Gary Rowett sends message to wantaway stars

first_imgNew Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has sent a message to the club’s wantaway stars as he prepares to start work on getting the club back in the Premier League.The Potters boss only wants to work with players totally committed to the cause, with a number linked with a move away from the relegated side – including Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool.The relegated Potters have already started to plan for life outside the top flight, releasing former England defender Glen Johnson and midfielder Stephen Ireland, while Austrian centre-back Kevin Wimmer has joined Bundesliga club Hannover.Rowett hopes to be able to retain captain Ryan Shawcross and midfielder Joe Allen but the Championship club are also looking to strengthen, with a surprise move for striker Benik Afobe – less than a week after he joined Wolves from Bournemouth for £10million – in the offing.Switzerland midfielder Shaqiri, meanwhile, says “it is no secret” he will leave Stoke this summer, with Liverpool reportedly ready to stump up £12million for him.Rowett made it clear just what he expects from his squad when the issue was raised during Thursday’s press conference following his first week at the bet365 Stadium.“No player will leave the club that is contractually with the club unless the club feel it is a good deal and the right deal for them,” the Stoke manager said.“That is the most important thing, but on the flip side to that, if players say they want to leave, then I want to work with players that want to be at the club.“I want to put players on the pitch next season that want to be in a different league and understand the challenges of that league.“I want players who are committed to Stoke City – and if players want to leave, I will try and find the best solution to make that happen if that is the case.”Rowett refused to be drawn on specific transfer targets but is determined to only sign the right calibre of player.“There will be changes made before the start of the season, quite a few I would imagine, and we are already working hard to identify the quality of player that we would like to bring into the club,” he said, quoted on the club’s website.“I think when you look at some of the players that we have been linked with – and at this stage of the summer I could look at 100, probably five are true, the others will be agent-led.“It’s the nature of the business, but the standard of some of the players we’ve been linked with are the standard we want to bring to the club, for sure.”Rowett added: “In my opinion we should be trying to sign the type of player that, age-wise, fit the profile we are after and are good enough to play in this division and also the division above should we achieve our goal.” Gary Rowett is aiming to take Stoke straight back up to the Premier League 1last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN ACCUSED OF HYDE PARK BOMB DUE TO APPEAR AT THE OLD BAILEY

first_imgLawyer Gareth PeirceA CO Donegal man charged with killing four British soldiers who died in an IRA bomb attack in Hyde Park, London, in 1982 will appear at the Old Bailey today for his latest legal hearing.John Anthony Downey, 61, is accused of planting the bomb which killed the British soldiers.He is originally from Clare but had been living in Creeslough for more than 30 years. He was arrested while going on holidays. The explosion killed four members of the Royal Household Cavalry as they travelled from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.He was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Sunday and appeared in court earlier this week before being remanded in custody.Mr Downey had been working on peace projects since the end of the conflict in the North.Today human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, pictured, will represent him at the hearing at the Old Bailey in London where she is expected to apply for bail for her client. Sinn Fein has accused the British intelligence services of attempting to damage the peace process by bringing the case.If convicted Mr Downey would serve less than two years under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. DONEGAL MAN ACCUSED OF HYDE PARK BOMB DUE TO APPEAR AT THE OLD BAILEY was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL MAN ACCUSED OF HYDE PARK BOMB DUE TO APPEAR AT THE OLD BAILEYlast_img read more

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GIVEN: ‘I WANT TO STAY FOR BORO FANS’

first_imgSHAY Given has six days to persuade his club Aston Villa to allow him to stay at Middlesbrough.The Donegal man saved a penalty against today but couldn’t prevent leaders Leicester extending their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.Goals from Jamie Vardy and Ritchie de Laet earned Leicester a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium. Leicester’s seventh win in a row – the first time they have put together such a run since 1993 – gave them an eight-point lead at the top.Vardy scored his 10th goal of the season with a close range finish in the 52nd minute and De Laet netted with a far-post header in the 73rd minute. In between times, Given saved a David Nugent penalty.The Donegal man told The Mirror that Boro fans had taken to him – despite his previous spells with North East rivals Newcastle and Sunderland.“I’ve been delighted to come here and play after 10 months of not being involved at Villa,” said Shay. “It’s nice to be part of a group. The team’s done well, the spirit has been really good and we’re all looking forward to the games ahead.“My loan’s up at the end of February and the rules are that the deal has to be done by the end of January if I’m going to stay for the rest of the season. The Boro fans have been great and it could have gone either way but if you work hard they get behind you.” GIVEN: ‘I WANT TO STAY FOR BORO FANS’ was last modified: January 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GIVEN: ‘I WANT TO STAY FOR BORO FANS’last_img read more

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Exploratorium’s Experience Experts Deliver Awesome iPad App

first_img“Perception is a strong subject for us,” says Sound Uncovered project director Jean Cheng. Designing a museum exhibit at the level of user experience comes right down to perception. “This app is about sound, but it’s really about you.” By causing you to notice weird things about your perception that you usually take for granted, the Exploratorium forces you to think more critically about your environment, and it does so purely through fun.I’m not going to spoil the illusions for you. If you have access to an iPad, you should download Sound Uncovered for free and try it yourself. Right now.But I will tell you about my favorites: I love “Find the Highest Note,” which presents a circular organ and demonstrates the mind-bending auditory Möbius strip known as the Shepard scale. As you move upward and downward in base pitch, the eerie Shepard tone’s partials replace each other at the top and bottom range of hearing. As a result, even though you’re moving up or down in pitch, it ultimately never sounds like it’s getting higher or lower. It’s the auditory version of the barber-pole illusion, where the corkscrewing shape seems to move upward or downward forever while remaining in the same place.What’s also cool about this exhibit in the app is that it doubles as a musical instrument.Another great social exhibit is the “How Old Are Your Ears?” test, which lets you slide down from an inaudibly high frequency into the ranges that humans naturally lose the ability to hear over time. The younger people in the room will start to hear an ear-splitting whine, but the elders won’t hear a thing until lower down.As we ran through the illusions at the museum, the construction crews periodically tested the fire alarm in the building, which pierced through our conversation. It was uncomfortable for a second, disrupting this carefully arranged social situation, but then we realized the building itself was demonstrating the very kinds of sensory and cognitive tricks we were playing with on the iPad. Extending its exhibit design to the iPad is a natural move for the Exploratorium. This museum came online in 1993, making its website among the first 600 in the world. The Exploratorium is like a laboratory for turning things into laboratories. In the same way it is turning its new U-shaped port building and the walkways and docks outside into a delightful maze of science experiments, it can turn flat, pixellated spaces into exhibits as well. And on the iPad, these experiments come to life, gaining the inputs of touch, movement, light and sound.It’s All About PerceptionThe two Exploratorium iPad apps so far are both “buffet-style” collections of short, multi-sensory exhibits. You can select from a table of contents or swipe through like a magazine. The first was Color Uncovered, which uses properties of the tablet’s display to demonstrate properties of light. The new app, Sound Uncovered, uses both the speakers and microphones, as well as text and video explanations, to show off some of the surprisingly bizarre properties of sound. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout jon mitchell 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Simply SocialThe Exploratorium is not afraid to take risks with its apps. One exercise in Color Uncovered asks the user — with plenty of caution — to put a drop of water on the screen, which creates a magnifying bubble in which one can clearly see how pixels work. The team laughs about some of the App Store reviews they got from people who didn’t handle that part carefully.But the apps are simple and magazine-like, going out of their way not to overwhelm people less used to figuring out how iPad apps work. “We don’t want to further mystify people with this tech,” director of online engagement Lowell Robinson says. “Frank [Oppenheimer]’s dream was to demystify people about how the world works.” Accordingly, these apps are not about deep-down, immersive virtual experiences. “We’re trying to give you physical ways to test,” says Cheng. The apps ask you to try things, try them on others, and pass the tablet around.The Exploratorium apps are social, but not in the Facebook way. “Social in the old-fashioned sense where you’re sitting next to somebody,” Robinson says. We had a good laugh about that.Sound Uncovered for iPad is available for free on the iTunes App Store.Photos by Amy Widdowson. Tags:#apps#audio#iPad#music#science#sound Related Posts Everywhere Is A LaboratoryThe design of physical Exploratoreum starts with the goal of creating an experience and builds up from there. An iPad is just as good as a room in the museum if it’s the right place to focus the experience of an exhibit. “What makes the Exploratorium a unique place is that it’s the combination of a museum, a laboratory, and a developmental studio,” says Rob Semper, executive associate director of the museum.Semper is a physicist whose tenure at the Exploratorium goes back to designing some of its original exhibits with founder Frank Oppenheimer (also a physicist, who worked on the Manhattan Project with his older brother Robert Oppenheimer). Semper took a little time off from the Exploratorium to run the collaboration between Apple and Lucasfilm. Now he’s back creating museum exhibits again, both in San Francisco and at partner museums around the world. A museum under construction is an awesome scene. It’s like peeking backstage before the premiere of Broadway play, seeing the outer experience taking shape.The Exploratorium – a unique museum of science, art and human perception – is still two months away from its grand reopening. The lower floor is strewn with half-built exhibits and criss-crossed with caution tape. The upstairs is a buzzing office full of people planning for the big day and beyond. This vast new space on Pier 15 in San Francisco opens to the public on April 17.But on Monday the museum released Sound Uncovered, its second free iPad app, which the creators showed me during a visit to the unfinished museum. As I explored the app’s exhibits, the tablet disappeared in my hands. When you launch this app, you’re in the museum, no matter where you are.last_img read more

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Why did Asha Bhosle’s daughter Varsha commit suicide? Police clueless

first_imgA day after noted singer Asha Bhosale’s daughter Varsha committed suicide at her home in Peddar Road, the Gamdevi police in Mumbai still have no clue why the singer’s daughter took such a step. Investigations have been moving at a slow pace as the police have not been able to question Varsha’s family members. According to Gamdevi police officials when ever they tried questioning the family most of them broke down.”The family is still is in a state of shock, and despite our numerous attempts since Tuesday morning, we haven’t been able to get much insight into the reason why she (Varsha) took such a drastic step,” said an officer from the Gamdevi police. Police officials said that they would be looking at two scenarios; whether Varsha had got some news that immediately depressed her or whether she was depressed because of some development that happened a few days back.The police are hence trying to find out whether Varsha, who was depressed, received or made any phone calls before shooting herself. The police would now be scrutinizing her call records to see if any such call acted as the trigger. The calls are important as Varsha’s driver and her maid have told the police that they did not notice anything amiss in her behaviour when they saw her last at 4.30 pm on Sunday. Police officials believe that Varsha committed suicide sometime during the night.The police are also investigating who owns the .22 Browning pistol with which Asha shot herself. The police have a record of two licenced guns in the family. While one .32 pistol belongs to Asha Bhosale’s brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar, her son Anand owns a .45 pistol.The Bhosle family members till now have not been able to shed any light on who the gun belonged to. Police officials said that if the gun was licenced then the owner could face a case under the Arms Act as one of the conditions of the licence is to see that the licensee should keep the gun out of the reach of any one except him. If the gun is unlicensed then the police investigation would concentrate on how did Varsha lay her hands on the pistol.advertisementVarsha commits suicide Varsha Bhosle, daughter of legendary singer Asha Bhosle, allegedly committed suicide on Monday by shooting herself with a licenced gun at her South Mumbai residence.Varsha’s body was discovered in a pool of blood by her maid servant and driver early on Monday morning. Varsha was known to be depressed for a long time and had attempted suicide on two occasions in the past.Varsha, 56, was a singer and a former columnist for web portals and magazines and had a history of depression for which she was undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital. Varsha had reportedly attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills in 2008.However, the family maintained that her previous attempts were actually adverse reactions to medicines.Sources close to the family, however, said that Varsha was indeed undergoing psychiatric treatment for a better part of the last few years.On Monday, Asha’s driver and maid discovered Varsha’s blood soaked body on the sofa of their ‘Prabhu Kunj’ residence at Peddar Road in Mumbai. Asha was away in Singapore for an event on Marathi music.Varsha’s aunt and Asha’s older sister, Lata Mangeshkar, who resides in the adjacent flat was also not at home. It was early morning when Asha’s maid Deepali arrived as usual and knocked at Asha’s door. When no one answered, she went down to the driver to ask him if Varsha was at home.”The driver told her that it is possible that Varsha might be sleeping. Deepali returned a couple of hours later to still find no answer to the door. This is when, worried, she rushed to the driver and asked him to enter the house. The driver then entered Ashaji’s house from Lataji’s flat and found Varsha’s body,” a police officer said.Police have said that Varsha used a licenced gun to shoot herself in the head. They are now investigating who the gun belongs to. Varsha, however, has left no suicide note in the house.”We are awaiting the post-mortem report from JJ Hospital, where the body was taken for autopsy. We are also waiting for Ashaji to arrive. We will be able to get clarity on who owned the weapon and also on the mental state of her daughter immediately before she may have taken the drastic step. As of now, it is the case of an accidental death. When we are through with the investigations, we’ll be able to arrive at the exact nature of the death,” said a senior officer.The police have also said that primary investigation has brought to their notice that Varsha was suffering from severe depression after the death of noted fashion photographer Gautam Rajadakshya, who she was very close to. Rajadakshya passed away last year.Varsha, who was Asha’s daughter from her first marriage to Ganpatrao Bhosle, used to live with Asha at Peddar Road and also their apartment in suburban Khar. She had been living with Asha for many years, especially after her divorce from her husband, Hemant Kenkre, who is a freelance sports writer.Varsha had written a few articles in praise of her mother for websites. Asha arrived in Mumbai late on Monday evening from Singapore.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bucks Hold off Lakers 107-103 After 3 Ejections for Shoving, Giannis Scored 26

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 14 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter, Greg Monroe added 12 points before his ejection and the Milwaukee Bucks kept up their furious playoff push with their eighth victory in nine games, 107-103 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.Monroe and Lakers guards D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young were ejected with 36 seconds left in the third quarter after a fracas started by Malcolm Brogdon’s hard foul on Young, who shoved back. Monroe then shoved Young, and Russell shoved Monroe while every player on the court got involved.Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points for the Lakers, who trimmed Milwaukee’s lead from 18 points to 103-100 with 7.9 seconds left.After Brogdon hit two free throws, Clarkson made his fourth 3-pointer, but Middleton hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds left.Click the photo to see the highlights of the game. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Milwaukee’s Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points before fouling out for the Bucks (34-34), who are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings with a good shot at their second winning season in 14 years.Rookie Ivica Zubac had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers (20-49), who have lost 12 of 13. Only Brooklyn has a poorer record than the Lakers, whose fall has increased their chances of keeping their first-round pick this summer.Young scored 16 points and Russell had 14 before their ejections, but the Bucks appeared to be cruising to an easy win before the prolonged scuffle. They had opened up an 18-point lead while Antetokounmpo scored 12 points in the first 6:15 of the third.But the brouhaha inspired the Lakers, who trimmed Milwaukee’s lead to single digits and kept up the pressure down the stretch. Los Angeles cut Milwaukee’s edge to 99-93 with 4:55 left but then failed to score for the next 3 1/2 minutes.Antetokounmpo fouled out with 7.9 seconds left, but Julius Randle made only one ensuing free throw.Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young, center right, gets involved in a shoving fracas with Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15). (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)The Bucks have made their postseason surge even without second-leading scorer Jabari Parker, who is out for the year after tearing a knee ligament last month.Milwaukee leads eighth-place Miami (34-35) by a half-game, and the Bucks opened up a 1 1/2-game lead over the ninth-place Detroit Pistons (33-36), who lost to Toronto.The Lakers were officially eliminated from playoff contention.While Lakers coach Luke Walton praised his players’ response to the skirmish and saw problems with nearly every decision made by the officials in its aftermath, Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said he was pleased by his team’s resilience.“After things like that, there’s always a momentum swing, and it swung their way,” Kidd said. “The guys stayed the course. They kept playing, and we found a way to keep the lead and finish the game.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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