Findings show ancient birds died in flash flood

first_img Primitive birds shared dinosaurs’ fate ( — During a presentation at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s 71st annual Meeting in Las Vegas, researchers Gareth Dyke and Darren Naish from the University of Southampton presented their findings of the first known Mesozoic bird colony remains. The discovery was made in the Sebes area of Transylvania, Romania and includes a large collection of bird fossils and eggs, both partial and whole, trapped within the limestone. It is believed that this colony of birds was wiped out when a flash flood hit the area some 100 million years ago. The prehistoric birds belonged to the enantiornithines and had claws and saw-like beaks with teeth. They had clawed fingers on their wings but, besides these features, these birds resembled modern day birds. These birds are an extinct branch of modern birds but researchers have been unable to determine why these became extinct while other ancestors lived for much longer.This is the first evidence that ancient birds nested near the water similar to how ducks do now. It is also the first time full, well-preserved eggs have been found and researchers hope this will help them learn about the biology of these animals. Finding whole and preserved eggs, researchers say this will allow them to figure out the size and the volume of the bird’s eggs for the first time.The location where this fossilized nesting ground was discovered has been rich in other remains as well. Researchers have also discovered the remains of a predatory bird-like dinosaur known as a Balaur, small rodent animals, a dwarf plant-eating dinosaur and one of the world’s largest pterosaurs. Back during the Cretaceous period, Romania was a large island and apparently filled with many different species of animals. One thing the researchers do note is that to date, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of the big predatory type dinosaurs in this area. Explore further © 2011 Citation: Findings show ancient birds died in flash flood (2011, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Fermilab documenting construction of NOvA—next generation neutrino experiment w video

first_imgThe NOvA experiment uses two detectors: a 222 metric-ton near detector at Fermilab and a much larger 15 metric-kiloton far detector (pictured here) in Minnesota just south of the U.S.-Canada border. Scientists will detect a small fraction of the neutrinos in a near-detector at Fermilab and in a larger far-detector in Minnesota looking for signals that the neutrinos are changing from one type to another on their trip. Citation: Fermilab documenting construction of NOvA—next generation neutrino experiment (w/ video) (2014, February 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Fermilab sends first neutrino beam to NOvA experiment Explore further Neutrinos are subatomic particles, electrically neutral and still rather mysterious. Scientists believe that studying them may help lead to fully understanding what everything in the universe is ultimately made of—may physicists believe that unlike other particles, neutrinos don’t get their mass from the famous Higgs boson . Another unique thing about neutrinos is that they don’t interact much with other regular matter, instead they tend to pass right through it—billions of them are passing through each of us every second.To better understand neutrinos, researchers would like to know what happens to them as they travel, that’s what’s behind NOvA—a project that has an international team of physicists, engineers, technicians and even students building a massive two part experiment. The first part is essentially a neutrino gun—located in Batavia, Illinois—it will create neutrinos and fire them at the second site located in Ash River, Minnesota—it’s over 500 miles away which means the neutrino beam will have to travel through portions of the Earth to get there. Upon arrival, the neutrinos will be captured by a very large (14,000 ton) piece of plastic that has been fashioned into liquid filled chambers, each with neutrino detecting gear.By all measures it’s a massive project, and Fermilab clearly wants the public to know where its tax dollars are being spent. They’ve hired video professionals to not only document the construction of the two facilities, but to interview many of the people involved in the effort, from physicists, to site managers to students volunteering to help. ( —Fermilab, run by the U.S. Department of Energy is going to great lengths to document and make known the work that is being done to build the country’s next generation neutrino experiment—a twin campus endeavor known as NOvA that will shoot neutrino’s from one site to another located over 500 miles apart. In documenting the project, Fermilab is opening a window into the vast network of people and processes that are needed to undertake building a modern physics research facility. It also helps explain why it’s so expensive, even when there is a lot of free labor provided by students.The basic equipment at both sites is expected to be completed and installed sometime this spring—the electronics will be put in later this summer. © 2014 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

Fish found to communicate with one another using urine

first_img Prior research has shown that some species of animals use urine as a means to communicate with one another. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn if fish might also do so, because it seemed logical—they are not able to speak and could easily transmit chemicals through water via urine.To find out, they inserted a partition in the middle of a fish tank that prevented fish on either side from interacting physically with one another. In some scenarios, the barrier had tiny holes to allow water to pass between the sides, while in others it did not. Also, some barriers were opaque and others were transparent. In addition, the researchers injected the fish with a blue dye that allowed them to see and measure urine being expelled by the fish once in the tank.The researchers measured how much urine was expelled under a variety of situations—in which only one fish was in the tank; in which there were two but they could not see each other; in which there were two and they could see each other but were or were not able to communicate via urine through the barrier—the team also used a variety of fish sizes and noted fish behavior throughout each test.The researchers looked at their results and noted that when two fish saw one another in the tank, they raised their fins and approached each other in an aggressive manner, and both emitted more urine than when they were not able to see another fish. Also, they found that only when the urine was allowed to move through the barrier was there a noticeable change in behavior of the fish—in such cases, the smaller fish generally reduced its aggressiveness, yielding to the larger one. Interestingly, the researchers also noted that when the urine was not able to pass through the barrier and the fish were able to see one another, both emitted more urine than in any other scenario, apparently aware that their message was not getting through. (—A trio of researchers with the University of Bern in Switzerland has found that at least one species of fish communicates with others of its kind using chemicals in its urine. In their paper published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, the team outlines experiments they conducted with a cichlid fish and what they discovered. Neolamprologus pulcher. Credit: Guérin Nicolas/Wikipedia Citation: Fish found to communicate with one another using urine (2017, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology More information: Dario-Marcos Bayani et al. To pee or not to pee: urine signals mediate aggressive interactions in the cooperatively breeding cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2017). DOI: 10.1007/s00265-016-2260-6AbstractThe communication of aggressive propensity is an important component of agonistic interactions. For this purpose, animals use different sensory modalities involving visual, acoustical and chemical cues. While visual and acoustic communication used in aggressive encounters has been studied extensively in a wide range of taxa, the role of chemical communication received less attention. Here, we studied the role of chemical cues used during agonistic interactions of territory owners in the cooperative cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. During staged encounters, we allowed either visual and chemical contact between two contestants or visual contact only. As chemical information in this species is most likely transferred via urine, we measured urination patterns using dye injections. Furthermore, we recorded aggressive and submissive behaviours of both contestants in response to the experimental treatment. Fish that had only visual contact with each other significantly increased their urination frequency and showed more aggressive displays compared to fish with both visual and chemical contact. Furthermore, appropriate agonistic responses appear to be dependent on available chemical information. This indicates that N. pulcher actively emits chemical signals to communicate their aggressive propensity via urine. Chemical communication thus plays a crucial role in multimodal communication of aggression in these fish, which highlights the need of studying the role of chemical communication during agonistic encounters in general, even if other signals are more obvious to the human observer.center_img Explore further © 2017 Tokyo aquarium baffled by mystery fish deaths 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

Remembering Ghalib in light and poetry

first_imgIn its 12th year of celebrations, Yaadgare-e-Ghalib initiated by the Ghalib Memorial Movement with the support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Delhi Government, will take Delhiites back in time.‘The highlight of Yaadgare-e-Ghalib  this year is the remarkable transformation of Ghalib’s haveli with the objective to make the haveli an important landmark on the heritage tourism trail of Delhi,’ says Dr Suresh Goel, director general, ICCR. Mirza Ghalib spent time at this haveli from 1860 to 1869.The three-day event started from 26 December and conclude on 28 December. The event will mark the birth anniversary of the great poet, Mirza Ghalib. The highlight will also be a film on his life, mushaira by eminent poets from the Indian sub-continent and an exhibition on Ghalib’s rare and priceless memorabilia at his haveli.A candle-light procession from Town Hall to Gali Qasim Jaan, Chandni Chowk started the event. The procession was led by lyricist Gulzar, author and diplomat Pavan Varma, and Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, a Delhi gharana musician, among other leading artists.The final day will have Urdu comic play by Peirrots Troupe –Ghalib in New Delhi at the India Islamic Centre.‘At Ghalib’s haveli, there will be a sound track of works related to Ghalib. Special care was taken to put together historic letters and other memorabilia of the legendary poet.These priceless exhibits will be on display as a permanent feature by ICCR,’ says kathak danseuse Uma Sharma, who is also the founder of the Ghalib Memorial Movement.last_img read more

Recreating shades and moods

first_imgAfter presenting a series of inspiring and astonishing artworks at various exhibitions in India and across the world, Indian contemporary artist Swaraj Das is bringing his current series of work to the Capital. Titled, Light and Life, a solo painting exhibition will showcase various shades of life in colours.The abstracts in Das’s paintings, are the images of his life experiences, through melting and overlapping colours to make his paintings more defining and exuberant. His work aims at capturing various colours, phases and moods, from streets narrowed by building-blocks, morning light, monsoon, afternoon, midday and more to do with various aspects of life and nature. In a nut shell, Das has de-constructed images in order to create them anew. His paintings are recreational in nature encompassing experiences manifesting themselves in melting and overlapping colours, water colours, street scapes and figure work.last_img read more

For the beauty that matters

first_imgThe workshop was to make Indian beauty professionals more educated, advanced and technology friendly so that they can treat their clients with better product and offer better treatments. The event was graced by Ravi Mittal (Managing director of SKEYNDOR India) and many salon owners and beauty professionals from across the country. The first day of the workshop started with brief introduction on Skeyndor products, Skin analysis and the products to be opting for the treatments for different skin types and the use of skincare machines. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anti ageing treatments for professional as well as home care products was the topic to be talked about on the following day. The workshop was carried a practical session on using the corrective line and the mesoscience machine. The closing day got a session for acne prone skin and the treatments for it with clear balance. It also demonstrated the treatments for burning down of fats and getting a perfect body with body sculpt and Skeyndor Spa Line products. The event winded up with distribution of training completion certificate to all the beauty professionals.last_img read more

Two decades of a Mistresspiece

first_imgRoughly 21 years back, a younger Nasreen had written, ‘In the name of religion, there has been bloodshed, disturbance and persecution.’ It was then, in 1993, that her celebrated novel Lajja was first published in Bengali. Bangladesh banned it soon after, condemning her to an exile that she has been fighting ever since. It’s been 20 years of Lajja, and Nasreen’s struggle for survival – literary, political, womanly. Marking the 20th anniversary of this seminal text, a fresh translation into English has been published by Penguin recently. Nasreen, who lives in South Delhi and often spends her evenings buying fish from Chittaranjan Park, couldn’t be happier. Her visa has been recently extended by the Indian government for another year. It’s a permanent battle as far as her domicile is concerned, but she’s not afraid to wage it. Bengal is out of bounds: fanatics want her head. But in the relative secular seclusion of South Delhi, Nasreen drowns her sorrows in a late night peg, snuggling along her cat Minoo. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Lajja came right in the heels of Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya. On 6 December 1992, RSS karsevaks brought down the 500-year-old mosque in the contested Ram Janmabhoomi, and the shadow of that historic tragedy fell on neighbouring Bangladesh. Lajja charted how the raging fire of communal anger swept through Dhaka as a Hindu family bore the brunt of the manic event. Translated by activist-turned-writer Anchita Ghatak, the new edition comes with updates. ‘This is like a documentary novel. There are fictional characters but is based on facts. Lajja has been a bestseller for a very long time. It has been published and translated in almost all Indian languages and also many foreign languages like French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, etc,’ Nasreen was heard saying at the book launch. She has been dubbed ‘anti-Islamic’ by fringe lunatics of Bangladesh, particularly those hobnobbing with the Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Jamaat. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe wears it as a badge of honour, flaunting her atheism while declaring compassion for those in Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan and of course Bangladesh.  She says her support was for the late Maqbool Fida Hussain, who was compelled to spend his last days in Qatar. She openly bats for Iranian bloggers who took on the neurotic Ahmedinejad.  Her other works such as Dwikhondito, Amar Meyebela, among others have been subjects of controversy. But her quips are often littered with seething irony: ‘If you don’t hurt people’s sentiments, you don’t need freedom of expression.’ Between The Covers is a weekly column on reading up and rating downlast_img read more

Calcutta HC extends by a day stay on Bengal panchayat polls process

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday extended by a day till Tuesday its stay on the West Bengal’s panchayat election process.A single-judge bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar extended the stay till 2 p.m. on Tuesday in view of an appeal filed before a Division Bench of the High Court against the stay. A Division Bench of Justice Biswanath Samaddar and Justice Arindam Mukherjee is slated to hear the case at 4.30 p.m. on Monday.Justice Talukdar had, on Thursday, stayed the election process till April 16 on a petition by the Bharatiya Janata Party and asked the State Election Commission (SEC) to furnish by that date a comprehensive status report on the polls. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOn Monday, BJP representative Pratap Banerjee furnished a bond of Rs five lakh as fine imposed by the court on the party for “misrepresenting facts” by moving both the Supreme Court and the High Court on the same plea.Justice Talukdar also permitted the state Congress President Adhir Chowdhury to become a party in the case, overruling objections from Trinamool Congress counsel Kalyan Banerjee.The two opposition parties have moved the court, accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of unleashing massive pre-poll violence against their party workers to prevent them from filing nominations for the polls ever since the process began on April 2. The two parties also called the SEC a puppet of the ruling TMC after the poll panel withdrew its earlier order of extending the filing of nominations by a day, within a few hours of issuing the order last week.The panchayat elections were originally scheduled for May 1, 3 and 5, with the counting of votes slated on May 8.last_img read more

Tripura has highest no of manual scavengers

first_imgTripura has the highest percentage of manual scavenger with 2.50 per cent of its rural population still engaged in this menial work, according to the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011.Successive governments since independence have tried to eradicate this through legislation but this is still prevalent, though in very small percentage, across the country.All India average for manual scavenger in rural India is 0.10 per cent, or 18.06 lakh, across the country. Tripura (17,332) is followed by Mizoram with 0.92 per cent of population still pursuing manual scavenging.As many as nine states and one union territory of Delhi has zero number of manual scavenger. The states which have eradicated this are Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Manipur and Assam. As far as percentage of legally released bonded labour is concerned, the all India average is 0.12 per cent or 2.06 lakh.Tripura again has the highest percentage of legally released bonded labour with 7.31 per cent or 50,716. This is followed by Arunachal Pradesh with 0.7 per cent. With regard to Primitive Tribal Group, the census revealed that 0.59 per cent of the total population falls under this.last_img read more

Sex racket busted 4 held

first_imgKolkata: South 24-Parganas police busted a sex racket from Sonarpur and arrested four persons including three women for their alleged involvement in the incident.This comes barely a month after a similar sex racket had been busted in the same district. Acting on a tip off, the police from Sonarpur conducted a raid at a house situated in Bose Pukur area on late Tuesday night.Police came to know that a sex racket was operating from a house situated in the area and decided to carry out an operation. The locals told police that people from outside used to visit the house till late night. On holidays, more number people used to visit the house and this had aroused the suspicion of the locals.The owner of the house Samir Mondal has also been arrested in this connection. The investigating officers recovered some liquor bottles and some hard cash from the possession of the accused. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect illegal activities was going on from the house for quite sometime.Police are conducting raids at various places and bars in the district following the incident. Police came to know that the house owner used to hire these women from various parts of the state and outside for running the business. Police are conducting a detailed probe in this regard. They will crack down on these sex rackets gradually if there is any in the district. The accused admitted their involvement in the racket.last_img read more

Petrol and diesel should be slashed by Rs 10 at least CM

first_imgDarjeeling: The Centre on Thursday announced a Rs 2.50 per litre cut in petrol and diesel prices by reducing excise duty and asking PSU oil firms to take a hit of Rs 9,000 crore, a step that was matched by BJP-ruled states by slashing VAT to double the reduction in retail rates.The price cuts would be effective from Thursday midnight.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while dubbing the Centre’s move an ‘eyewash’, strongly turned down Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s appeal to the states to match the Centre’s Rs 2.50 reduction of fuel prices by reducing VAT. She insisted that the Centre should first roll back the Rs 10 cess they had imposed on fuel prices recently. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Even before you told us we had reduced the fuel prices on our own. What about the Rs 10 cess that has been imposed? First roll back that amount immediately, and then we will talk. You can control BJP-run states but not us. You don’t even give money to non-BJP states,” Banerjee said in Siliguri on Thursday.The Chief Minister questioned why fuel prices were skyrocketing despite the price of oil decreasing in the international market. “The price of essential commodities is increasing because of this. The rupee is being devalued. The price of LPG has increased manifold as well. The economy is in shambles,” thundered Banerjee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Chief Minister is on a two-day visit to North Bengal. On Thursday she attended the “Milan Samaroho” of the Paschim Bangal Hindi Bhasi Parishad in Siliguri, followed by an award ceremony of the Siliguri Journalists Club.Addressing the gathering of Hindi speaking people at Uttar Banga Marwari Bhawan on Sevok Road, Siliguri, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made it clear that she had not come to ask for votes. Without naming any political outfit, the Chief Minister stated that everyone is aware of the party that fomented trouble in Darjeeling. “Your business suffered owing to the trouble in Darjeeling. You have to remember that if there is peace then only there can be prosperity,” stated Banerjee. The Chief Minister added that all communities are safe in Bengal and coexist harmoniously. “Bengal does not indulge in divisive politics. You all know that. You stay here because you are safe and your families and businesses are secure in Bengal,” she added.Later while attending the Siliguri Journalists Club event at the Uttarkanya Auditorium, the Chief Minister gave a clarion call for journalists to unite. “You all have to unite for your security, job security and security of your families,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

Perfectionism in youngsters significantly increased

first_imgPerfectionism – the craving to be perfect in body, mind and career – has significantly increased among today’s college students compared with previous generations, and may be taking a toll on their mental health, a study suggests. Researchers suggest that perfectionism entails “an irrational desire to achieve along with being overly critical of oneself and others.”They analysed data from 41,641 American, Canadian and British college students from 164 samples who completed the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale, a test for generational changes in perfectionism, from the late 1980s to 2016. They measured three types of perfectionism: self-oriented – an irrational desire to be perfect; socially prescribed – perceiving excessive expectations from others; and other-oriented – placing unrealistic standards on others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, found that more recent generations of college students reported significantly higher scores for each form of perfectionism than earlier generations.The rise in perfectionism among millennials is being driven by a number of factors, according to Curran. For example, raw data suggest that social media use pressures young adults to perfect themselves in comparison to others, which makes them dissatisfied with their bodies and increases social isolation.The drive to earn money, pressure to get a good education and setting lofty career goals are other areas in which today’s young people exhibit perfectionism.In another example, Curran cited college students’ drive to perfect their grades and compare them to their peers. These examples represent a rise in meritocracy among millennials, in which universities encourage competition among students to move up the ladder.last_img read more

Festive season style tips for kids

first_imgDressing up children for a festive occasion can be a tedious task for many parents. So how about dressing them differently this time? Experts list down some options in festive dressing for children so that you don’t spend time breaking your head over dressing of your children this festive season: Get playful with colours: There is no second thought about guessing the fact that most children love vibrant colours. Let your children be a reminder of the gaiety and fun of the festivals. Dress them up in outfits that are cheerful and vibrant while being tastefully matched. Monochromatic suits and dresses may look classy but stylish outfits that pop out are the best match for little ones. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfComfort is the key: Festivals are about having fun, run about and playful pranks. Children on the occasion of festivals are particularly happier when they see their cousins and families together and lift the spirits of the house with their indulgence. So stick to dressing them up in comfortable festive outfits rather than heavy ornamental ones which limit their movements and cause exhaustion before they even start their play.Let it be formal: Nehru jacket paired with simple shirt-trousers and dresses or gowns for the little ladies may ooze class while still keeping it festive. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccessorise: Festive outfits are no fun without the accessories that go with it. Spend some time to accessorize your child’s outfit and give attention to detail. Girls have numerous combinations of peripherals according to the occasion while boys can jazz it up with suitable traditional headgear, watches and even matching footwear.Do not hesitate: The number one rule for dressing your loved ones is not to hesitate to try out a few things. If budget is not a constraint, be bold enough to look for festive inspirations from designers or a little Do it Yourself (DIY) will do wonders. Tastefully mixing and matching different aspects of fashion may result in a stand-out outfit for your next occasion and makes your kid the star of the show. Let them express themselves: If your child is used to picking their own outfits regularly, let them taste sensible festive fashion by asking them what they feel like wearing in the next festival. If your little one is above 8-9 years of age, it is great if you let your little one choose his or her next outfit, let them make mistakes and teach them a tip or two about dressing while making it a great occasion for bonding over festive fashion.last_img read more

10 Reasons why Broadway Joe Namath was the Coolest Athlete Ever

first_imgForget about New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady, with his six Super Bowl Rings and supermodel wife. Or the NBA’s LeBron James, who signed a four-year, $153 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and started his own production company, SpringHill Entertainment. The coolest athlete of all time for many was Joe Willy Namath, the former quarterback for the New York Jets. An article in the October 17, 1966 issue of Sports Illustrated, entitled “The Sweet Life of Swinging Joe,” proclaimed Namath “a happening.” Yes, he was. Here are ten reasons to prove it.He made big bucksJoe Namath in 1965Today, it’s pretty commonplace to read about athletes pulling in ridiculous amounts of moola. But big salaries weren’t always the norm…until Namath came along. As a rookie, he nabbed a $427,000 contract with the Jets.Though conservative by today’s standards, at the time, it was the largest contract in the history of professional football. And Namath was worth every penny, giving the New York Jets their first (and only) Super Bowl. And he did it with style — read on.He had gutsNamath running a play for the Jets in Super Bowl IIIThe New York Jets, the 1968 AFL (as the American Football Conference was known back in the day) champions were heavy underdogs against the NFL (today’s NFC) champion Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. In those days, it was believed that the NFL/NFC, which had been around longer, had superior teams. (Indeed, they had won the first two Super Bowls by wide margins.) Namath wasn’t buying it. Three days before the big game, he told reporters, “We’re going to win the game. I guarantee it.”Football fans across the country laughed. Jets’ head coach Weeb Ewbank steamed. “I could have shot him for saying it,” he’d say years later. “But Joe always had a way of delivering.” Apparently. Playing at Miami’s Orange Bowl, with millions watching on TV, Namath defeated the Colts, with a 16-7 win — and the legend of “Broadway Joe” was born. What’s more, the Jets’ victory gave the upstart AFL/AFC legitimacy, prompting the two leagues to merge in 1970.He was a bad boyGwynne Gilford and Namath on The Waverly Wonders in 1978Shortly after winning the Super Bowl, Namath opened up a night club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, called Bachelors III. It became the spot for celebrities, hot models, and, uh, various members of organized crime.This didn’t sit too well with then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Pointing to a clause in Namath’s contract prohibiting any association with “notorious persons,” he demanded Namath sell his share in the club or face suspension. Initially, Namath refused to back down, insisting he was going to quit football. But he gave in a month later, joining his teammates at training camp.He scored his own talk showFlip Wilson and Namath in 1972 on The Flip Wilson ShowThe Joe Namath Show aired 13 episodes in 1969. In truth, he was no Carson, though the show boasted an eclectic line-up of guests — among them, Muhammad Ali, Woody Allen, Truman Capote, and Peggy Fleming.He was a movie starPhoto of football player Joe Namath and Mike Lookinland (Bobby) from the television program The Brady Bunch. When Bobby brags to his friends that he knows Joe Namath personally, he has to find a way to prove what he’s been saying.It was only a matter of time before Namath crossed over into movies. His most famous: 1970’s C.C. & Company. In the film, whose tagline read, Loving, brawling and bustin’ it up! Namath played a biker, C.C. Rider, who rescues Ann-Margaret (a fashion writer, whose limo breaks down in the desert!) from an outlaw biker gang.Reviews were not kind, though Vincent Candy of The New York Times offered a (sort of) back-handed compliment, calling the flick: “The picture to name when someone asks you to recommend ‘a good bad movie.’” Namath could also be found on the small screen — most memorably on an episode of The Brady Bunch (airing September 21, 1973). Playing himself, he comes to the rescue when Bobby Brady fakes a serious illness to bring the football star to his house, after telling friends he knows the athlete.He rocked a Fu Manchu mustacheN.Y. Jets football team quarterback Joe Namath speaking at the microphone Fort Lauderdale, FloridaNamath only sported the distinctive facial hair for a few weeks, in 1968, but it caused a commotion nonetheless, particularly from parents who believed he was sending the wrong message to impressionable kids.Namath countered that he wasn’t being rebellious — he just liked the look and people were being way too uptight. He was forced to lose the facial fur, though Namath turned it into a windfall, pocketing $10,000 from Schick to shave it off for a TV commercial.…and a fur coat.Former NFL quarterbacks Joe Theismann of the Washington Redskins and Joe Namath of the New York Jets clown around on stage before the opening of the NFL Kickoff, 2003On the sidelines of a 1971 Jets game, an injured Namath caught the action, dressed in a white, fur-trimmed, full-length coat, which he paired with groovy bellbottoms and a pair of shades.Four decades later, in 2014, Namath showed up for the coin toss at Super Bowl XLVIII wearing another fur — coyote with Norwegian fox trim — creating up a Twitter storm and ticking off the folks at PETA to no end.He was pretty stylish on the field tooNamath was the first pro football player to wear white cleats. Actually, he wore black cleats wrapped with white tape since his days at the University of Alabama and continued the custom after he turned pro.Equipment manager Bill Hampton ordered white cleats to avoid the task of taping the cleats. Namath showed up for a game and found a box of new shoes in his locker.He had commercial appealDraft Town, Chicago. Photo by swimfinfan CC BY-SA 2.0Brut cologne, Ovaltine, Hamilton Beach Popcorn Makers, Double Mac Grills (two burgers in sixty seconds!), Vintage Olivetti Typewriters, Dingo boots, and Noxzema shaving cream (complete with a TV commercial co-starring a pre-Charlie’s Angels’ Farrah Fawcett). You name it, Namath could sell it.His most talked-about commercial, by far: Broadway Joe, stretched out on the floor, modeling a pair of Hanes’ Beauty Mist pantyhose, telling gobsmacked women, “Now I don’t wear pantyhose. But if Beauty Mist Panty Hose can make my legs look good, imagine what they can do for yours.”He scored off the fieldIn one interview, Namath claimed to have been with women the night before his games, including the Super Bowl.Read another story from us: Adidas and Puma Were Created by Two German Brothers who Hated Each OtherIn 1972, he hit the mother load, escorting Raquel Welch to the Academy Awards.last_img read more

Colin The Cavs will get to the Finals even as a 2

first_img Watch Colin’s full rant:It doesn’t matter what seed the Cavs get. They’re still going to the Finals.RT if you agree with @ColinCowherd— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 28, 2017 Advertisement The Cavs and LeBron James are struggling down the stretch, and just dropped to second place in the East after an ugly 29-point loss to the Spurs last night. The headlines this morning are proclaiming that the Cavs are in trouble, but Colin disagrees.Today in The Herd, Colin said that regardless of Cleveland’s struggles, they’ll still breeze through the Eastern Conference playoffs into the Finals, even if they end up as the two seed. LeBron already won a title as a two-seed with the Heat in 2012 with the Heat.Colin pointed out that as a two-seed, the Cavs would likely end up facing the Pacers, who are considerably less dangerous opponent than the Heat would be as the 8-seed.Either way, no one is stopping LeBron and the Cavs in the East, even if they don’t have home-court advantage against the Celtics in the conference finals. It might be a good idea to start playing some defense, though.last_img read more

Defrag Cleanup tool Vopt turns freeware

first_imgDefrag Cleanup tool Vopt turns freeware by Martin Brinkmann on July 29, 2016 in Software – 20 commentsVopt, a once commercial program that allows you to defragment storage devices connected to Windows, and to run clean up operations, is now freeware.The announcement is overshadowed by the death of the author of Vopt, Howard Barry Emerson. Emerson declared in his will that Vopt should become available for all users in the event of his death.Vopt is offered as a free download on the developer website. There you find listed the registration file for the software program which you need to copy to the program folder on Windows to make it fully functional.Vopt’s core feature is the defragmenting of hard drives, but it is not the only feature provided by the application.VoptAs far as defrag functionality is concerned, you may select a target drive using the drive menu. Hit the analyze drive button afterwards to perform a quick check of the drive’s fragmentation state.Vopt displays it visually in the interface and as percent values. The program uses color codes making it easy to distinguish fragmented files from those not fragmented or free space.One interesting option there is to click on the screen to launch a new window that offers detailed information about the state of the drive.Fragmented for instance lists all files that are fragmented on the drive, large the largest files on the disk and their status, and metafiles meta file information.A right-click on a file brings up a context menu with several options.You may open files or the parent folder, delete them, exclude them from operations, or compress or encrypt them from within the program.A click on the defragmenting menu in the program’s main interface displays the available options for the operation to you.You may run a quick defrag or a regular defragmentation, or open the batch option to run operations on multiple drives or partitions one after the other.Furthermore, there is an option to schedule defrag operations, and if you want cleanup as well. An option to defrag the pagefile is provided if the main system drive is selected.Note: it seems that Vopt makes no distinction between different types of storage. It will run defrag operations on a Solid State Drive. It is up to you to select the right hard drive or partition as the program does not warn you or prevent operations on SSDs.A click on status reveals information about the drive after the scan. Vopt lists the total number of folders and files there, and the number of files that need to be defragmented.On the system drive, it furthermore lists cookies, temporary files and such that it can remove when you run the cleanup module.CleanupCleanup is rather basic when you compare it to everybody’s favorite program CCleaner (read our CCleaner 5.0 review here). It concentrates on certain core areas, recycle bin, temporary files or typed run list.You may click on the view button to display the data, or add cookies to a whitelist to prevent them from being deleted.Vopt other featuresVopt’s author added several other features to the program over the years. You find most of them under Health and Tools.Here is a short overview:Check disk for errors.Drive failure prediction (using S.M.A.R.T.)Drive performance.Zap free space (overwrite free disk space to prevent recovery).Network Tools: IP configuration, Ping, Tuneup.System Tools: close applications, system information, system configuration.Closing WordsVopt is a defragmentation software for Windows with other tools attached to it. The program uses a moderate amount of resources when run, and provides you with better defrag options than the default Windows program.It is unfortunate that it does not warn you when you run operations on a Solid State Drive. The additional tools it provides may be useful to some users, but there are usually better tools out there for the job.Still, it is a well designed program that is compatible with all versions of Windows.Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 12 votes Software Name VoptOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SystemLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Let the Browser Battery Wars begin

first_imgLet the Browser Battery Wars begin by Martin Brinkmann on September 07, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 11 commentsRemember the time when browser developers focused on JavaScript speed? This started with the release of Google Chrome, and Google’s initial focus on speed.While that certainly helped, especially since organizations and companies like Mozilla or Opera had to improve their engines as well to provide users with a similar experience, it put other features such as customization or control on the backburner.The focus changed eventually, when all browsers shipped with reasonably fast JavaScript engines. The main reason for that is that while there are still differences in speed, their impact on a user’s experience is minimal except for the odd web application that runs a lot better when a certain feature runs faster.Nowadays, focus seems to have switched to battery live. The past couple of months has seen Microsoft release a battery comparison that saw Edge coming in first and Chrome last, and Opera Software shipping its browser with a battery saver mode that the company claims beats other browsers.And now it is Google’s time to claim that battery life in Chrome 53 has improved significantly over previous versions of the browser.Google demonstrates the improvement with a comparison video that pits Chrome 46 released in 2015 against Chrome 53 released in 2016 against each other.In that video, the device running Chrome 46 dies after 8:27 hours of playing a Vimeo video while the identical device running Chrome 53 dies after 10:39 hours or 2:12 hours longer.Google did not test Chrome 53 against other browsers.  If you remember Microsoft’s tests, it did use Surface Books for the testing as well. The company’s browser Edge came in first with 7:22 hours of battery time while Chrome came in last with 4:19 hours.The tests cannot be compared with each other, as different videos were used in the tests.Update: Microsoft released an update battery test that showed the improvements made in the Anniversary Update compared to the Fall 2015 update.Additionally, Microsoft compared Edge against Chrome and came to the result that Edge is more efficient than Chrome (and Opera and Firefox).The company created a new side by side comparison which Edge one against the other browsers.Closing WordsIt seems clear that battery time is the new battleground for browser developers, with each claiming the coveted “best in class” spot for themselves.Playing a video non-stop until the battery dies is probably not the best “real world” test that one could come up with to test battery life. Most users are probably not using their mobile devices to play videos non stop.What’s missing is an independent test that pits all major browsers using default configurations against each other in real-world scenarios.While one browser may very well be more optimized than others, it is clear that all users will benefit from this new battleground eventually. Browser developers will start pushing improvements to better their software’s battery life; a process that has already started.Now You: Do you care about battery life?SummaryArticle NameLet the Browser Battery Wars beginDescriptionBrowser developers such as Google, Microsoft or Opera have found a new battleground to compete in: battery life of their browsers.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Trchnology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

A look at Ubuntu 1804 Budgie

first_imgA look at Ubuntu 18.04 Budgie by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on July 12, 2018 in Linux – 12 commentsI’ve been really wanting to like Budgie, but haven’t had the best experiences with using it on various systems, as you can read in my look at Solus and an attempt at Manjaro; but when I installed Ubuntu Budgie, I found almost complete harmony.Installation of Ubuntu Budgie was straightforward and there isn’t any sense in getting too deep into it.However, I would like to explicitly point out something I saw in the installation process that I absolutely loved, and that was the inclusion of a choice between a minimal, or a normal installation.The installation says that the minimal installation includes “Web browser and basic utilities” whereas the normal installation is what you would come to expect, Office, browser, music/video applications, etc.So, if you just want to start with the basics or have little storage space on the device, start with minimal.You can download Ubuntu Budgie from the official website. Note that it is recommended to pick 18.04 or whichever release is the newest and not one of the older releases still available for download as the support period is much too short for these releases.As far as requirements go, the developers state that Ubuntu Budgie runs ideal on computers with at least 2 Gigabytes of RAM (32-bit) or 4 Gigabytes of RAM (64-bit).Look and FeelUbuntu Budgie, is gorgeous. Easily the most attractive (in my opinion) distribution I have come across, in its default appearence. The animations, the wallpaper, the inclusion of the Plank dock on the left side of the screen, the themes…Everything is gorgeous. If you’re someone who enjoys eyecandy, you won’t be disappointed.The one thing that killed my experience with using Budgie as a desktop environment in the past, was the sluggishness I had encountered. I’m happy to say that’s almost entirely negated in Ubuntu 18.04 Budgie. I say, “almost” because I did notice the occaisional sluggishness with applications opening even when the system was not under heavy load, however, it wasn’t bad enough to be a total deal breaker, and it wasn’t every app every time. I did notice it compared to other systems I’ve run, but again, not nearly as bad as previous Budgie attempts either.ApplicationsUbuntu Budgie as previously discussed comes in both a minimal and a normal installation, and with the minimal already discussed, I’ll just be discussing the normal installation.Unfortunately, Ubuntu Budgie and I don’t agree on pretty much any of the default software choices, but everything the average user who doesn’t really have preferences, is included. Such examples of included software are:Chromium Web BrowserRythmboxGNOME MPV (video player)LibreOfficeCaffeineGNOME MapsGeary EmailPersonally, I uninstalled quite a few things and installed alternatives (Firefox for example) but all of the included software does its job well.Installing new software via the included Software Manager is a breeze, and I was able to install Snaps of software like Spotify, as well as the obvious inclusion of the massive Ubuntu repositories.Final ThoughtsI like this. I like this a lot. It’s exactly what I’d been hoping it would be, after the previous failures at a happy Budgie desktop. I haven’t used it for long enough to get as deep into messing with it as I probably will in the future, so maybe I’ll find issues at that time; but Ubuntu 18.04 Budgie is seeming to be a quite solid, attractive, and easy to use system for people who want even more eyecandy, or are sick of the usual environments.SummaryArticle NameA look at Ubuntu 18.04 BudgieDescriptionMike takes a look at Ubuntu 18.04 Budgie and shares his experience and the look and feel, and applications, and gives his final thoughts on the Linux distribution.Author Mike Turcotte-McCuskerPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Configure what Firefox does when you close a tab

first_imgConfigure what Firefox does when you close a tab by Martin Brinkmann on September 12, 2018 in Firefox – 13 commentsWhat happens when you close a tab in the Firefox web browser? If only one tab is open, Firefox will close. If multiple tabs are open, Firefox will open the last activate tab in the browser provided there was one.If there was none, Firefox will load the tab to the left of the closed tab or the tab to the right depending on the closed tabs position in the tab bar of the browser.While you can prevent Firefox from closing windows when the last tab is closed, by setting browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab to false on about:config, it is not possible to change the order which Firefox consults to decide which tab to activate when a tab is closed.Tip: find out how to restore closed tabs faster in Firefox.Select After Closing CurrentSelect After Closing Current is a Firefox extension that gives users full control of the order when a new tab needs to be activated because the current one is closed.The extension displays Firefox’s default order in the interface after installation; means, nothing changes right after installation. You need to open the extension’s settings, by loading about:addons and clicking on options next to Select After Closing Current, to change the order.You can add and remove entries from the list of actions. The extension checks each starting with the one at the top and selects the first that matches the situation.This looks like the following for the default configuration:If there is a last accessed tab, select it.If there is none, select the tab to the left of the closed one.If there is none, select the tab to the right of the closed one.The extension supports the following options:Position: first, last, left, or right.Relation: tab, last accessed tab, parent tab, sibling tab, child tab, unread tab, unread child tab.You combine position with relation to create new rules. Some examples:open the first unread the first unread sibling the first unread tab to the the last child tab.Use the up and down arrow buttons to move a rule and change the order of all rules in the process.Select After Closing Current supports five keyboard shortcuts that you can configure. Select a key on the keyboard and modifiers, and assign each shortcut to a particular rule. Each shortcut closes the current tab and activates the assigned rule afterward.Closing Words and verdictSelect After Closing Current is a useful extension for the Firefox web browser to change processing rules when a tab is closed in the Firefox web browser. The option to assign shortcuts to specific rules is handy as well as it ensures that the particular rule is executed provided that it is possible.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name Select After Closing CurrentSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Samesex couple reach Dancing with the Stars grand final

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Same-sex couples on Strictly and Dancing with the StarsLast year, a well-known lesbian contestant, Susan Calman, on the BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing faced criticism for dancing with a male partner.A BBC spokesperson said at the time: ‘Strictly has chosen the traditional format of mixed-sex couples and at the moment we have no plans to introduce same-sex couples in the competition.’Raimondo Todaro and Giovanni Ciacci dance the tango (Photo: @todaroraimondo | Instagram)Same-sex couples have also not yet competed on the US version of Dancing with the Stars. However, ‘sexually fluid’ model Nyle DiMarco did participate in a brief, same-sex routine in a January 2016 episode of the show. He went on to win the series with dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd.‘A great development in dancing’Bradley Stauffer-Kruse, along with his partner, Soren, are same-sex dance couple the Sugar Dandies. They have featured on Britain’s Got Talent and are current European same-sex Show Dance Champions.‘This is great development in dancing and we wish them both well in the final,’ he told GSN. ‘I think it adds a lot to the show. Broadcasters should be showing more diversity and it would be good to see other networks take note and inlcude same-sex couples in their programmes. If it can happen in Italy, it can happen anywhere!’The grand final of Ballando con le Stelle will air at 8.30pm on Saturday on Rai.See alsoOut-lesbian Susan Calman faces backlash over Strictly Come Dancing partner eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Giovanni Ciacci and dance partner Raimondo Todaro (Photo: @giovanniciacci | Instagram) [embedded content]The current season of the show has featured a same-sex couple. Despite facing some early criticism from the judges, the pair have won over TV audiences and have made it through to the show’s grand final.Giovanni Ciacci is a well-known fashion designer and stylist in the country. He is openly gay. He was paired by the show’s producers with professional dancer Raimondo Todaro.Raimondo Todaro and Giovanni Ciacci (Photo: @giovanniciacci | Instagram)The coupling was always going to provoke reaction in the traditional Catholic country. One of the show’s judges, after the pair’s first dance, controversially gave them zero points.However, he said it wasn’t because of any homophobia on his behalf – he just didn’t think the two men displayed any chemistry whilst dancing together.Coming out fightingIn answer to this, the two men pushed boundaries the following week with an Argentine tango. It’s famed for being one of the world’s most intimate and sensual dances. The routine received applause from both judges and the public – although it almost pushed Ciacci to breaking point.[embedded content]He posted a message to his Instagram on the day of the dance saying he was contemplating pulling out of the competition as he was finding it difficult to handle the pressure.Fortunately, due to public support, he decided not to drop out.This weekend, the two men will compete in the final. They will be up against two opposite-sex couples: Francisco Porcella and Anastasia Kuzmina, and Gessica Notaro e Stefano Oradei.GSN has contacted Giovanni Ciacci for comment. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Dance fans may still be dreaming of the day when a same-sex couple competes on the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing or its US counterpart, Dancing with the Stars. However, the show’s Italian equivalent, Ballando con le Stelle, has quietly been making history. GAYSTARNEWS- Gay Dancing With The Stars finalist: I believe in polyamoryStrictly dancer says he’d have ‘no problem’ with same-sex pairingGay star’s wish to dance with man on Strictly Come Dancing shot down by BBCRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more