Ancient Greek ships traded more than just wine

first_img More information: Aspects of Ancient Greek trade re-evaluated with amphora DNA evidence, Journal of Archaeological Science, doi:10.1016/j.jas.2011.09.025AbstractAncient DNA trapped in the matrices of ceramic transport jars from Mediterranean shipwrecks can reveal the goods traded in the earliest markets. Scholars generally assume that the amphora cargoes of 5th-3rd century B.C. Greek shipwrecks contained wine, or to a much lesser extent olive oil. Remnant DNA inside empty amphoras allows us to test that assumption. We show that short ∼100 nucleotides of ancient DNA can be isolated and analyzed from inside the empty jars from either small amounts of physical scrapings or material captured with non-destructive swabs. Our study material is previously inaccessible Classical/Hellenistic Greek shipwreck amphoras archived at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in Athens, Greece. Collected DNA samples reveal various combinations of olive, grape, Lamiaceae herbs (mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage), juniper, and terebinth/mastic (genus Pistacia). General DNA targeting analyses also reveal the presence of pine (Pinus), and DNA from Fabaceae (Legume family); Zingiberaceae (Ginger family); and Juglandaceae (Walnut family). Our results demonstrate that amphoras were much more than wine containers. DNA shows that these transport jars contained a wide range of goods, bringing into question long-standing assumptions about amphora use in ancient Greece. Ancient DNA investigations open new research avenues, and will allow accurate reconstruction of ancient diet, medicinal compounds, value-added products, goods brought to market, and food preservation methods.via Nature News (PhysOrg.com) — While many historians have assumed that Greek sailors were using amphorae, or ancient storage containers, to transport and trade wine, new DNA testing is providing evidence that these containers were used for many different products. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Roman ship carried live fish in tank Greek amphora, National Archaeological Museum of Athens, showing the goddess Athena. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further The research, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, reveals the DNA results of vegetables, herbs and nuts in a sampling of jars tested. Led by archaeologist Brendan Foley from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and geneticist Maria Hansson from Lund University in Sweden, the researchers retrieved DNA samples from nine amphorae that were obtained from sunken ships and dated back to the fifth and third centuries BC.As assumed by historians and the trade of wine, the DNA of grapes was found in five of the nine containers. Six of the jars also showed the DNA of olives, presumably from olive oil. The containers also revealed DNA hits from ginger, walnut, juniper, legumes, mint, oregano and thyme. Each container showed multiple DNA samples suggesting that the containers were reused and carried different products each time.Archaeological and written evidence from the time period shows that trade included such items as wine, oil, honey, resin, fruit, fish and other meats. The results of this study provide more evidence that wine was not the only product traded from these containers.The researchers plan to expand their study and have their eyes on a fully excavated third-century-BC ship wreck which was located near Kyrenia, Cyprus. They hope to test all the amphorae found on the ship to help create a picture of ancient trade. By going on step further and testing containers from different periods, they hope to be able to paint a clear picture of how the containers were used for trade throughout different time periods and when exactly different crops were first introduced. 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. Citation: Ancient Greek ships traded more than just wine (2011, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-ancient-greek-ships-wine.htmllast_img read more

Cadillac testing Super Cruise feature for future cars

first_imgGM readily admits it still hasn’t perfected the technology. A spokesman for the company told reporters that the car will alert the driver if conditions become such that the car can no longer drive itself. That would mean snow, heavy rain, or perhaps even high wind. What’s not clear is how well such a vehicle would respond to such situations as a sudden turn that requires reducing speed beforehand, especially if it occurs just after climbing a hill, making it impossible for sensors to see it coming. In such an instance, the technology would almost certainly have to be able to read a road sign offering a warning, and GM has thus far at least, kept mum on the subject.This announcement from GM comes after news regarding the achievements of other car makers has dominated the headlines, most notably Google, which has been running several self driving cars for a few years. BMW has also made a splash with its own “highly automated” systems to help the driver avoid accidents by taking more control away from the error prone human component.Other car makers are working on their own versions of automated driving features as well, which leads to inevitable questions about if and when humans will relinquish control over their vehicles entirely, a notion that many in the auto industry see as the inevitable result of investments in such technology. Cars that drive people around, rather than vice-versa, would, according to most researchers, be far safer than those driven by people, with far fewer accidents, lower insurance rates and less time wasted by drivers who are forced to focus on the road rather than other more productive pursuits. Citation: Cadillac testing ‘Super Cruise’ feature for future cars (2012, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-cadillac-super-cruise-feature-future.html Buyers this year can already get most of what Cadillac is proposing for the future; brake assist, a blind spot alert, automatic rear braking, collision alerts, etc. What’s new will be adding technology that is able to keep the vehicle centered in the lane all by itself. When adding that to what is already offered, GM will be giving motorists the opportunity to buy a car that essentially drives itself, at least under certain conditions. 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. Volkswagen demonstrates “Temporary Auto Pilot” (w/ Video)center_img Explore further (Phys.org) — Cadillac is reportedly joining the crowd working on features that it says should reduce car accidents by allowing the car to drive itself under optimal conditions, relieving the driver from fatigue, making road trips safer for the driver and passengers. Currently, Cadillac is already offering features that intercede on the driver’s behalf should the vehicle “sense” a dangerous situation. The new technology, which GM says likely will make it into showrooms by the middle of the decade, should make cars even safer by removing the hazard caused by human fatigue. © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more

Battery dissolves in water holds promise for biomedical implants

first_imgCredit: DOI: 10.1002/adma.201306304 , Nature (Phys.org) —Biomedical engineers are working on drug delivery devices that can be implanted. Now scientists have come up with a way to power such devices inside the body. Their design is capable of breaking up and dissolving in the body. Research team uses melanin to make biodegradable battery anode More information: Yin, L., Huang, X., Xu, H., Zhang, Y., Lam, J., Cheng, J. and Rogers, J. A. (2014), Materials, Designs, and Operational Characteristics for Fully Biodegradable Primary Batteries. Adv. Mater.. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201306304AbstractBiodegradable electronics represent an emerging class of technology with potential to provide advanced semiconductor functionality in temporary biomedical implants. This work reported a biodegradable primary battery as a potential power source for these systems, which uses biodegradable metal foils and polyanhydride packages. Monolithically integrating cells yields battery packs with sufficient power to operate conventional light emitting diodes and radio transmitters. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Battery dissolves in water, holds promise for biomedical implants (2014, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-battery-dissolves-biomedical-implants.html Journal information: Advanced Materials A new battery developed by a team at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was recently reported in Nature which also carried an illustration of a four-cell battery made of biodegradable materials that completely dissolves in water. The article focused on the work of scientists who have now created a fully biodegradable battery designed to dissolve in the body after doing its work as power source for devices embedded in tissue A paper that describes their work was published earlier this month in the journal Advanced Materials. The article, “Materials, Designs, and Operational Characteristics for Fully Biodegradable Primary Batteries,” is authored by Lan Yin, Xian Huang Hangxun Xu, Yanfeng Zhang, Jasper Lam, Jianjun Cheng and John A. Rogers. The latter is known for his research on nano and molecular scale fabrication and materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices.The article in Nature:discussed what they use, nodes of magnesium foil and cathodes of iron, molybdenum or tungsten ,all of which are metals that slowly dissolve in the body. Their ions are biocompatible in low concentrations. “The electrolyte between the two electrodes is a phosphate-buffered saline solution, and the whole system is packed up in a biodegradable polymer known as a polyanhydride.”Interestingly, Jeffrey Borenstein, a biomedical engineer at Cambridge, Mass.-based Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, in 2009 wrote about the implantable drug-delivery device he and colleagues were developing and he was looking ahead to drug-delivery systems in years to come. While the “bedrock of modern medicine” has been an age-old technology, the pill, researchers have searched for better ways to deliver drugs, he wrote. “The ideal method,” he said, “would administer the right dose to the exact area being treated, whether it’s an arthritic knee or a tumor in the lungs.”This month, commenting on the new battery research, Borenstein told Nature that “This is a really major advance.” Until recently, he said, there has not been a lot of progress in this area. Quoted in Nature, Rogers said, “Almost all of the key building blocks are now available” to produce self-powered, biodegradable implants. All versions can maintain a steady output for more than a day, but the team aims to improve the batteries’ power per unit weight, or power density. 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

You cant make one love another

first_imgI’m suffering from depression after I lost my mother last year. I’m unable to cope up.Anjali Mathur, Greater KailashI completely feel what you are going through. Losing a parent/ near one is a very difficult situation. But, life goes on. I suggest, divert your mind on things. Enrol in some hobby, explore an interest, meet friends, plan a vacation. Always remember, your mother is watching you and she gets very upset seeing you unhappy! Your smile is not for you but for her. You will have to control your depression and move on. All the best! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ I’m from a very conservative family. I haven’t ever had a boyfriend. My marriage has been arranged and I’m very nervous about the physical relation with my husband.Gouri, PatnaGouri, for generations and ages we have followed a cycle. Not just humans, but animals in general. Physical need is a very strong need and it has a huge contribution in the bond between two people. I suggest, don’t worry so much. Be relaxed and let your man take charge of it. Men are usually more advanced in this subject. Follow your instincts, reciprocate his actions and if you feel uncomfortable, just ask him to take it slow. Sex is beautiful when you feel ‘love’. Wish you the best always. Let love grow….rest will follow! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy elder brother is a very good student. I’m always asked to ‘be like him’. This irritates me too much. How can I handle this constant stress?Arjun, New DelhiHow to handle? Simple. Just BE YOURSELF. I am not advising you to neglect studies or walk on a dark path which has no light. All I’m saying is – be your best. Put in your best. Study hard because studies have no substitute and will help your career. Use earphones to ward off the words that hurt you and don’t worry about ‘comparisons’. We all go through this! Emerge as a good human being and success will kiss your forehead. My husband is an alcoholic. I’m a mother of two kids, aged 5 and 7. He doesn’t believe in protected sex. I’m scared of pregnancy and unable to communicate this to him. How can I handle my life?unknown, HaryanaPlease don’t sound like a helpless woman of yesteryears! Too many products/ medicines available that will make your sex life peaceful. Please consult your doctor now! Your life is in your hands. Your husband’s desire and demand can never command you to this extent that you feel helpless. Enjoy your physical chemistry but control your own life, you should!I’m in love with someone who has no feelings for me. How can I make him love me?Sangita, New Delhi.You actually can’t ‘make’ one love the other! Yes, a genuine effort to express effectively should be there. So that, you don’t regret later. As they say – love defeated is always greater than what defeats it! If the ‘other’ has to love or reciprocate it will happen naturally. If not, always remember – better and best awaits..just a matter of time and your Mr. Right will take you out of the wrong situation.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Celebrate the season

first_imgDilli Haat is all set to welcome the Monsoon with its annual Teej Festival. The Festival will be celebrated with much delight as there are plenty of events lined up to mark the occasion. There will be a Teej Bazaar during the Festival which will offer mehendi, choori and lehria from Jaipur. To entice your taste buds, famous Rajasthani delicacies like ghevar, dal bati choorma and other food items will also be available at the venue.To offer fun and entertainment for the visitors, performances by Folk Artists, Rajasthani performers of Algoza, Nagara from Banchari Village etc. have also been lined up.Various competitions such as rangoli making, mehendi, traditional fancy dress competition and folk songs and dance competition will be held during the festival. Teej enthusiasts will have a gala time at Dilli Haat, INA as the festival is designed in such a way that it will attract one and all.WHERE: Dilli Haat, INA WHEN: 8 – 11 Augustlast_img read more

State moves to help tea workers get dues

first_imgJalpaiguri: The labour department on Friday initiated the process of clearing the dues of workers employed in some tea estates of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar, a month after the Supreme Court passed a directive instructing state governments to clear a portion of such arrears. On Friday, Pashupati Ghosh, the additional labour commissioner of the state and some other officials of his department, held a meeting with tea trade unions here and elaborated on the plan that has been made by the state to pay the dues, mostly wages. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSources said there are 28 tea estates – closed, sick and open – where the workers are yet to get the dues.On April 4 this year, a bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao of the Supreme Court had asked the governments of Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to pay the amount within 60 days.The dues have remained unpaid for as many as 15 years, said sources. Under the order, the total due in Bengal is around Rs 30 crore, of which the state will have to pay Rs 15 crore, said Ghosh.”We have handed over a format to the trade union leaders. They will visit the concerned workers and their families and help them in filling up the form. The forms would be submitted at the offices of our departments,” the official said.last_img read more

Bodies of 8 out of 19 missing fishermen recovered from Bay of

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has recovered the bodies of eight of the 19 fishermen, who went missing on Monday after their trawlers capsized in the Bay of Bengal, a top ICG official said on Thursday. “The bodies have been handed over to the fishermen’s associations for identification,” ICG Inspector General (North East region) K S Sheoran said. Six bodies were recovered today, while two were found yesterday, he added. The bodies were found from an area in the sea, about 35 nautical miles from the Dalhousie island, and a Dornier aircraft and Coast Guard ship “Sujay” were continuing with the search for the remaining missing fishermen, Sheoran said. A hovercraft was also maintaining vigil close to the coast, he added. The fishermen had ventured into the sea from Frazerganj in South 24 Parganas district. Fishing trawler FB Joykishan had capsized amid an extremely rough sea condition and inclement weather on Monday, following which the search-and-rescue operation was launched by the Coast Guard. The members of fishermen’s associations also assisted in the search-and-rescue operation. “The Coast Guard station at Frazerganj is co-ordinating with the fishermen’s associations in the area and is also in touch with the families of the missing persons,” Sheoran said. The search operation would continue till all the missing fishermen were accounted for, he added. Meanwhile, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.last_img read more

Daycare wont make your toddler aggressive

first_img“From a public perspective, our findings are important because they should help ease parents’ fears about the potential harms of early non-parental child care,” said study lead author Eric Dearing, psychological scientist at Lynch School of Education, Boston College in the US.As women entered the workforce in increasing numbers in the 1980s, some child development researchers began reporting that day-care had harmful consequences for children’s social and emotional adjustment. These findings stoked uncertainty and fear among parents, and led to debate amongst researchers in the field. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In this study, researchers interviewed parents of almost 1,000 Norwegian children about time spent in day-care at ages six months and one, two, three, and four years old. Each year, the child’s daycare teacher reported on aggressive behaviours like hitting, pushing, and biting.“One surprising finding was that the longer children were in non-parental care, the smaller the effects on aggression became,” Dearing explained.When the children were two years old, those who had entered day care at earlier ages displayed modestly higher levels of aggression than peers who entered later.  Importantly, these differences in physical aggression diminished over time, regardless of how much time children spent in day-care.The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

Coffee House adda no more

first_imgCoffee House er shei adda ta aaj ar nei, aaj ar neiKothae hariye gelo shonali bikel gulo shei, aaj ar nei(The lively chats at Coffee House have faded away,Where did we lose the golden, vibrant evenings; they too have disappeared)The famous ‘Coffee House’ classic sung long ago by prominent Bengali singer Manna Dey that is dedicated to the ‘adda’ culture at the coffee house truly justifies the present atmosphere of Kolkata’s heritage house – the Indian Coffee House.Today, Coffee House, which is almost at the twilight of its vibrancy, weeps for the bygone era and the great minds. While some of them are now resting in peace, others are experiencing the travails of growing older with the passage of time. The vintage house – where every wall, brick and every corner echoed the charismatic words of Amartya Sen, Mrinal Sen and Satyajit Ray eons ago and saw the magical guitar strummed by D’Souza, today comprises only their imprints.A visit to the present day Coffee House would probably offer you a glimpse of a mere heterogeneous population of common men and CCTV cameras keeping every customer ‘under surveillance’. This gesture has irked Kolkata’s civil society who has thereafter staged protests in front of the heritage Coffee House.According to many customers, such a move, instead of making any sense, made them feel different and uncomfortable. The plan has been initiated for security reasons. However, many questioned the threat to the Coffee House. The iconic Coffee House – which witnessed the who’s who like Nikhilesh, journalists like Moidul, poets like Amol, and various other politicians, converging and detaching themselves entirely from the world – has now been installed with CCTV cameras to keep an eye on you.Heated discourses, unorganised yet spirited prolonged musical evenings, the origin of ideas by the aspiring figures and the ‘very bong connection’ with coffee house, all attributed to giving a new soul to the heritage building.Moreover, the intellectual hub rose as the house of an almost national repute with regular visits of scholars, editors and writers like Ritwik Ghatak, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Narayan Gangopadhyay, Shakti Chattopadhyay, Samaresh Majumdar, Subhash Mukhopadhyay, who were some of the then noted patrons of Bengal.Reminiscing his days of the Coffee House, Arya Bandyopadhyay, a photographer by profession says, “I would visit Coffee House every Saturday with my friends during my college days. With moments full of fun and humour, we would engage ourselves in long-hours of informal discussions on fascism, existentialism, communism, Dadaism, surrealism without a single worry in the world. Works of Kafka, Satre, Friedrich Nietzsche, Kamu, Picasso, Dali, Bunuel, etc. were also part of our discussions. Now, Saturdays pass by, but we do not get to see the brighter part of the weekend at the heritage building. All my friends are settled now and are busy with their personal and professional lives. Also, Coffee House has witnessed so many changes. Wooden chairs have been replaced by plastic chairs, our favourite waiters are no longer a part of the organisation, chowmein and fish finger have been added to the menu. Even the walls have been decorated with paintings and portraits of Rabindranath Tagore. Also and for obvious reasons, the prices of each food item has increased. Today, when I visit the house, I can smell the nostalgia – I could feel the laughter thriving all around. However, it feels good to learn that the younger generation, who has replaced our generation today, is involved in the hourly chats. Although, not so ‘hourly’ as ours… (Smiles)”Standing firm and still even today, taking forward Bengal’s pride, Coffee House, formerly Albert Hall was found during the period of the British Raj in 1876. Kolkata’s very own Coffee House at Central Kolkata’s College Street was the heart of intellectual conversations among the intelligentsia including poets, authors, writers, artists, literati and many others belonging to the arts and culture fraternity. Eminent personalities like Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen, Mrinal Sen, Aparna Sen and the like have all had some brainstorming discussions at least once at this very place.Recounting the golden ‘coffee house tales’, Subhra Chakraborty, a resident of Jadavpur in Kolkata says, “Times spent at the house with my college friends clubbed with hourly chats were superlative. My favourites were pakoda and mutton kobiraji. Today, the definition of Coffee House adda has slightly changed. Now, the mobile culture has dug in its roots in a big way. Technology seems more important than the lively conversations as people visiting coffee house look more interested in selfies, whatsapp, facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. The ambience now exudes an artificial look”.A secretary of Indian Coffee House Co-Operative Society also shared the same views, “The place used to have a different glamour – an all new different flavour of its own solely because of the big names. Today, the crowd has entirely changed. Coffee House does not get a glimpse of such noble personalities anymore. Long-hour informal ‘adda’ was the routine task during their time. They have now been replaced by different types of people including foreigners. Now, it is almost in the downturn of its existence, which might have given shape to an artificial scenario to the house to some extent. However, allowing that would create more congestion at the restaurant,” With the passage of time, Coffee House will make its transition. However, the heritage building symbolises the eternal pride of the city of joy. Echoing names of the notable figures is something that Coffee House will certainly take forward. Kolkata’s love for its Coffee House can never fizzle out – just like its true love for Durga Puja.last_img read more

Fresh bombing puts Bhatpara on boil again ASI injured

first_imgKolkata: Despite repeated measures to reinstate peace in and around the Bhatpara-Jagaddal-Kankinara area, miscreants are still trying to create unrest.On Tuesday night, some miscreants again hurled bombs at Baruipara and Railway Siding number 5 in Bhatpara, which triggered tension in the area. While trying to control the situation, an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of police got injured. After a few minutes, a large contingent of police arrived at the spot and tried to intervene in order to control the situation. However, upon seeing the police, the miscreants hurled bombs targeting their team. An ASI subsequently received serious injuries after splinters from the bombs penetrated his legs. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe was rushed to a local hospital, where he has since been admitted. Following this, police tried to chase and apprehend the miscreants but failed to do so. To control the situation, police reportedly fired a few rounds. However, they have denied the allegation of firing. Despite section 144 CrPC being imposed in the area, problems in and around Bhatpara, Jagaddal and Kankinara are continuing. Police have already launched an extensive search operation to nab the offenders. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn Tuesday, three miscreants were arrested in a case of bombing which took place a few days ago in Bhatpara. Several crude bombs have also been recovered and disarmed. Police pickets have been set up in many places in order to prevent any deterioration of law and order situation. Earlier, police had arrested several more miscreants, whereas one miscreant was reportedly shot dead by police in self-defense a few days ago.last_img read more

Remembering Carol Channing – Broadway Icon for Over 50 Years

first_imgCarol Channing, the bubbly, unstoppable singer and actress best known for her Tony Award-winning role as Dolly Levi in the hit Broadway musical Hello Dolly!, passed away at the age of 97, her publicist, Harlan Boll, told the media on January 15, 2019. Fellow stars of the stage and screen, including Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, paid tribute to Channing on social media.George Takei posted: “One of Broadway’s greatest lights, Carol Channing, has passed on. She rejoins the heavens as a new diamond in the night sky, and as she famously sang, they are a girl’s best friend. Goodbye and farewell, forever our Dolly.”Carol Channing. Photo by Allan Warren CC BY-SA 3.0The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Channing was one of the most recognizable presences in the theater world. Her tousled hairdo, headlight-size eyes and exaggerated mouth were the subject of countless caricatures. For many years her real hair, damaged by bleaching, was covered by a wig.”Channing left her lasting mark in the title role of the 1964 Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly! Over three decades, she appeared as the matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi some 5,000 times on Broadway and on the road.David Burns and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! (1964)She missed exactly half of one performance, when she succumbed to food poisoning in Kalamazoo, Michigan.Channing brought audiences to their feet night after night in a revival of Hello, Dolly! when she was 74 — appearing at the top of the staircase singing, “Wow, wow, wow, fellas, / Look at the old girl now, fellas,” in her scarlet gown and jewels, her blonde hair crowned with red plumage.Peter Palmer and Carol Channing in Lorelei (1973).“Ten years later she was still getting applause, this time for a cabaret act,” the New York Times reported. “Nine years after that, just a few days before her 93rd birthday, she appeared at Town Hall in Manhattan as part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the night “Dolly” opened.”Carol Channing was born in Seattle on January 31, 1921. Her parents were Christian Scientists. Her mother was German Jewish, and her father was biracial.Colour portrait of Carol Channing. Photo by Allan Warren CC BY-SA 3.0She was introduced to show business while helping her mother deliver newspapers to the backstage of New York theaters. Her first job on stage was in the play No for an Answer, starting January 5, 1941, at the Mecca Temple. She was 19.She became a Broadway star at the Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 1949 — the opening night of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a musical based on Anita Loos’s best seller of the 1920s. Channing starred as the flapper Lorelei Lee, singing, ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.’Carol Channing performing with Pearl Bailey in 1973.Channing was replaced by Marilyn Monroe in the film. The show ran almost two years on Broadway; in the next decade, Channing appeared in three other shows and created a nightclub act that toured the country.Carol Channing in 2009. Photo by Greg Hernandez CC BY 2.0Hello, Dolly!, with a score by Jerry Herman, opened  on January 16, 1964. It won 10 Tony Awards, including one for Channing as best actress in a musical.In 2005 a critic wrote: “Although substantially diminished in power, Ms. Channing’s blend of unbridled optimism and ferocious vitality is still a primal show business force field. At 84, she personifies the adult child as natural show-off and clown, brimming with curiosity and humor, accentuating the positive.”Read another story from us: Paul McCartney Reveals John Lennon’s Biggest FearChanning always said age was but a number. When she was in her mid-70s, she said she had not yet peaked. “Shirley Temple peaked at 7,” she said. “I haven’t gotten myself together yet.”She married four times, and had one child, a son, who survived her.last_img read more

Mike Conley Jr is now a 30 million man

first_imgMike Conley, Jr. makes $30 million a year now. This is where the NBA sits today. Conley, who played in 56 games last year and averaged around 15 points and 6 assists per game, has reportedly assented to the terms of an agreement with the Grizzlies for $153 million over 5 years. If Conley is getting $30 million per year today, they may have to pay Steph Curry in land rights to U.S. territories when he comes up for free agency.It’s a good off-season to be an NBA Free Agent. Hell, you don’t even have to be that good. Players are cashing in, and some of the numbers being thrown around defy conventional logic, but it’s hard to blame the players for striking while the iron is hot in a bull market.Some of the most eye popping contracts besides Conley signed so far include:Matthew Dellavadova to the Bucks| 4 years $38 million – Everybody loves :”Delly’s” scrappy demeanor (some don’t). He’s a serviceable defender and an offensive liability. $9.5 mil a year is the market. Joakim Noah to the Knicks| 4 years $72 million – Noah’s ability when he’s healthy is unquestioned. The problem is he only played in 29 games last season and his production has been trending down for 2 seasons. $18 mil per.Chandler Parson to the Grizzlies| 4 years $94 million – Parsons played in 61 games last year and averages 14 points a game for the Mavericks. $23.5 mil per year. Whatever.Jeremy Lin to the Nets| 3 years $36 million – The definition of Linsanity is signing a decent scoring shooting guard who can’t defend to terrible contracts over and over again and expecting different results. $12 million per.For the chorus of complainers in the “NBA players are overpaid” crowd that say the salaries are ridiculous, what kind of dope leaves money on the table in any scenario? Not Mike Conley, that’s for sure.Grizzlies owner Robert J. Para, who committed $247 million to Conley and Parsons, effectively summed up the current free agency period.pic.twitter.com/nJVwA5Z9Qw— Robert J Pera (@RobertPera) July 2, 2016 Advertisementlast_img read more

VIDEO Isaiah Thomas deleted an Instagram video of him celebrating the Gordon

first_imgCeltics nation broke into a premature celebration when it was reported that Gordon Hayward had agreed to sign with the Celtics. It turns out, Hayward hasn’t made his decision yet, and now Boston must wait on their edge of their seats to see if Hayward is still coming, or if he’ll rip their hearts out and choose Miami or Utah.Among those celebrating the fake news of the signing was Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas, who posted – then deleted – an Instagram video of him celebrating the move that never actually happened. Hayward is expected to announce his move shortly, and could very well still sign with Boston.If Hayward ends up signing elsewhere, this will be the sports equivalent of the Oscars screw up. Never celebrate until the ink is dry.Meanwhile Isaiah Thomas thinks Hayward is certainly Boston-bound pic.twitter.com/7NqWxOo75p— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) July 4, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

Aaron Rodgers played by Colin Cowherd answers the tough questions about Mike

first_imgEver since Mike McCarthy was fired as the Packers Head Coach following Green Bay’s disappointing home loss to the bottom feeding Cardinals, fans and the media have been debating whether the firing was because of McCarthy’s shortcomings or if Aaron Rodgers deserved a large part of the blame.Colin thought that Rodgers’ responses to questions about the firing came off as disingenuous and failed to acknowledge that he played any role pushing out his former coach, so today he put on a Rodgers ‘stache, a Packers hat, and played the role of Rodgers in a fake presser about McCarthy’s firing.Colin took the tough questions in a more direct way that took some accountability for Aaron’s role in the fractured relationship and confronted their difficulties head on.Watch Rodgers, errr Colin take q’s, and let’s all hope he never actually grows that mustache.last_img read more

Colins 5 2019 NFL Draft Predictions

first_imgThe NFL Draft kicks off tonight in Nashville and, as of this afternoon, word hasn’t leaked about which way Arizona will go with the number one pick. Will they turn the franchise over to Kyler Murray, or keep Josh Rosen and draft a pass rusher? Will Daniel Jones be the second QB off the board? Will Belichick trade up in the first? Will Washington blow it, again? What will Gruden do in his second draft with three first rounders?With tons of storylines and drama abound, and a lack of consensus all over the place, today Colin made 5 2019 NFL Draft predictions on some of the biggest burning questions headed into tonight. This draft could be as unpredictable as any we’ve seen in years.last_img read more

Android Lands on TMobile Handheld

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. T-Mobile may be late to the 3G and ultra-smartphone games, but with Google on its side, it might fare well with the new G1. Comparable in many aspects to the Apple iPhone and LG Voyager, the G1–which is actually HTC’s Dream–is the first to be powered by Google’s new mobile OS, Android. Released in October, the user-friendly smartphone implements one-touch Google Search and other popular Google products, including Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube and more. Synch e-mails, contacts, calendar entries and chats seamlessly across the various Google programs, and access any webpage in a full HTML browser over T-Mobile’s 3G and Edge networks as well as Wi-Fi. Download mobile apps from the open-source Android Market and music from the preloaded Amazon MP3 application (but if you want to listen to music via standard headphones, you’ll need a special adapter). The 5.6-ounce handheld also features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, qwerty keyboard, 3-megapixel camera with photosharing capabilities and a preinstalled 1GB MicroSD memory card (expandable to 8GB). The G1 is available for $179 with a two-year voice plan. This story appears in the February 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read January 21, 2009last_img read more

Neimans Hack Attack Is Looking More and More Like Targets

first_img 2 min read January 24, 2014 New details have come to light about the Neiman Marcus security breach, revealing that over 1.1 million consumers may have been victimized by a scheme that appears strikingly similar to the attack that besieged as many as 100 million Target shoppers last month.Investigators have not revealed if the same cybercriminals are suspected in the Neiman Marcus breach as the loose band of Eastern European hackers suspected in Target’s theft, reports The New York Times. However, “security specialists working with the authorities have said that the hackers were considering several major retailers as potential targets.”In both cases, RAM-scraping malware appears to have been installed on point-of-sale terminals using a Trojan tool in an operation that investigators are calling Kaptoxa, reports Wired. “The code is based on a previous malicious tool known as BlackPOS that is believed to have been developed in 2013 in Russia.”In an apology on Neiman Marcus’s website, president and CEO Karen Katz disclosed that hackers attempted to “scrape” credit card data last year between July 16 and Oct. 30. To date, approximately 2,400 cards had been used fraudulently, she said.Related: 37 South Korean Bank Execs Offer to Resign Over Breach. Should Target Execs Follow Suit?However, Katz assured that no Social Security numbers or birth dates were comprised; no Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman cards had been used fraudulently; online shoppers were not affected; and PINs were not at risk. Like Target, Neiman Marcus will offer one year of free credit monitoring and identity-theft protection to anybody who shopped with the store in the last year.According to the Times, this rash of breaches has reignited discussion that the U.S. should adopt the same EMV credit card technology that is pervasive throughout the rest of the world, in which cards have a small chip that generates a new code for every transaction.The only hitch is, “retailers and card issuers have worried that the cost of adopting the technology, usually estimated at $15 billion to $30 billion, would be more than the cost of the fraud it prevented.”Related: Target, Neiman Marcus Credit Card Hacks Could Be More Widespread, Experts Say Register Now »center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Winklevoss Twins Launch Winkdex Bitcoin Index

first_img Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss just majorly upped their Bitcoin game. The venture capitalist twins, best known for their high-profile legal clash over Facebook, have officially launched the Winklevoss Index, or the Winkdex for short.The Winkdex, similar to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin price index, is a “blended price index that is designed to reflect the true price of Bitcoins,” according to a press release issued by the Winklevii, as the former Olympic rowers are sometimes referred to.  The New York-based Internet entrepreneurs announced the inception of the Winkdex in a regulatory filing the pair made Wednesday to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Related: Cameron Winklevoss: A ‘Sheriff’ for Bitcoin’s Wild West Is a Good ThingThe Winkdex, which, frankly, we think sounds a little too much like the household cleaner Windex, would be used to price the value of the cryptocurrency held by the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, an exchange-traded fund the brothers are hoping to gain SEC approval for. If the fund is sanctioned, it would be the first-ever publicly traded U.S. Bitcoin fund.    Here’s the scoop direct from the filing:”Math-Based Asset Index, LLC (“Index Provider”) [the twins’ firm — ed.] developed, calculates and publishes Winkdex on a continuous basis using a patent-pending mathematical formula developed for such purpose. The formula provides a volume-weighted, exponential moving average market price by blending trading data from the largest Bitcoin Exchanges by volume on a list of Sponsor-approved Bitcoin Exchanges. Bitcoin Exchange criteria for inclusion as a Winkdex constituent include (i) trading denominated in US Dollar, (ii) availability of trading data, (iii) volume criteria and (iv) lack of recent trading halts. The Index Provider maintains a monitoring system that tests for these criteria on an ongoing basis.”Related: Winklevoss Twins: Bitcoin Worth at Least 100 Times its Current PriceAs of 11:52 a.m. ET today, the price of the volatile virtual currency was $583.54, according to none other than the Winkdex, which already has a pretty slick website. February 20, 2014 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min readlast_img read more

4 Foolish Cybersecurity Mistakes Robert Herjavec Is Shocked People Still Make

first_img Robert Herjavec compares hackers to professional burglars. “If they want to break in, there’s nothing you can do,” he tells Entrepreneur during a phone interview. “But you can have an alarm, a safe and a dog to stop them from getting away with anything once they’re in.”(He has all of the above following a recent burglary at one of his homes.)The Shark Tank star views cybersecurity much the same — a game of strategically dodging bad guys and vigilantly keeping valuable data out of their greedy clutches. Through Herjavec Group, the Toronto-based Internet security firm he co-founded in 2003, he and his team of “ethical hackers” help enterprise companies throughout the globe do just that.“Hackers generally don’t want to do hard work,” he says. “They look for the easier targets and our job is to make their job as hard as possible.”Related: Robert Herjavec to Immigrant Entrepreneurs: ‘People Don’t Care About Your Color, Religion or Sex. They Care About the Value You Add.’This might surprise you, but Herjavec entered the technology business on a whim and with zero prior experience some 30 years ago. He was waiting restaurant tables and needed a better-paying gig. “When I learned how much it paid, I jumped at the chance,” he recalled in a Herjavec Group blog post. The self-made multimillionaire has come a long way since. Today, his company is one of the largest and most profitable information technology firms in Canada, with offices in New York City, the U.K. and Australia, and coming soon to Los Angeles.We caught up with the veteran entrepreneur this week to find out which rookie cybersecurity mistakes he’s surprised people, even some of the tech-savviest among us, still make and how to avoid them.1. Using dangerously dumb passwords.You’d think we’d be past floating flimsy passwords by now, but apparently we’re not, with even high-profile (and super techie) founders such as Mark Zuckerberg failing to brush up on their password hygiene enough to keep hackers at bay. “Zuckerberg made some common mistakes when his social accounts were hacked that everyone can learn from,” Herjavec says. “He reused the same password for multiple logins and it was a simple word that wasn’t that hard to guess.” (The stolen password was “dadada,” not exactly an unpredictable one for a new father.)Herjavec admits that he too is “really horrible” at crafting strong passwords. However, he says he generally feels safe anyway, thanks to Herjavec Group’s mandatory two-factor authentication login system. It calls for a standard username and password combo, plus an auto-generated PIN code. Without both, you can come knocking but you can’t get in.The fix: Use different passwords for different accounts. Additionally, Herjavec recommends that you keep two different sets of unique passwords — one for your personal accounts and one for your professional accounts — and change them often.“This may sound too basic,” he says, but be sure to craft your passwords to be at least eight digits and mix it up with an unpredictable garble of numbers, symbols and letters, including upper and lowercase letters. “The harder it is for hackers to guess, the faster they’ll move on to someone else and leave you alone — and please, don’t make your password ‘password’ or ‘1234.’ Really, I don’t understand how people still do that.”  Related: All 7 Shark Tank Stars Share Tips on How to Become a Millionaire2. Doing anything private on public Wi-Fi.If you’re engaging in any online activity involving private data, such as your personal identifying information or credit card number, resist the temptation to do it on public Wi-Fi. “Sure, free and open access can be great and super convenient in a hurry, but it’s also all of those things to cybercriminals,” Herjavec says. Accordingly, he advises: “Don’t go into Starbucks and use their Wi-Fi to buy plane tickets or to do your banking, because, as I always say, the downside of public Wi-Fi is the word ‘public,’ and ‘public’ means you’re much more vulnerable to attack.”The fix: Steer clear of public Wi-Fi whenever possible. When staying at a hotel, for a higher level of protection, Herjavec suggests only using the private Wi-Fi in your room, not the public Wi-Fi likely offered in the hotel lobby.Related: Shark Tank Star Robert Herjavec on the 5 Worst Sales Sins3. Falling for ransomware.  Ransomware attacks are on the rise across the globe. Hackers use ransomware to hold files hostage in the hopes that victims will pay to get them back. Enough people are falling for ransomware traps to make it the most profitable malware in history, per a report Cisco released this week.“What ransomware basically does is freeze your computer,” Herjavec explains, “and then you have to pay money, often in bitcoin, to unfreeze it.” He says he’s “surprised and amazed” at how many “smart people” he personally knows, and that his company serves, who persist in clicking on files, emails and email attachments that they shouldn’t.“I tell our customers, ‘You’re really not that sexy, there isn’t a woman in Russia who wants to meet you and you didn’t win a million dollars,’ because a lot of ransomware is initiated through emails that promise things like that to entice people to open them, which opens up your whole computer in an instant.”   The fix: Resist the temptation to click on or download any links, files, emails or attachments you think look fishy. Also, if you don’t already, make sure you routinely back up all of your files to external hard drives and to the cloud, Herjavec suggests, especially your most most-critical data. Finally, be sure you have the latest anti-malware installed on your computer.Should you accidentally click on and initiate ransomware, Herjavec suggests disconnecting your computer from the network immediately and contacting a cybersecurity expert or online security firm and letting them take it from there.  Related: The Security Threats Small Businesses Must Keep Their Eyes On4. Giving away the keys to your bank account.Identity thieves are increasingly more technically advanced, yet we’re also increasingly more aware of how to sniff out their sneaky phishing scams. “That’s why I’m surprised people still fall for their attacks,” Herjavec tells us. “They’ll send you an email that looks just like it came from your bank, requesting that you verify your account number or credit card status and with your birth date and PIN number.” The request for your account PIN number alone should register as a red flag, he says. “Any time anyone asks you for something like that, it’s not goodness.”The fix: Simple: “Don’t respond, give nothing away and delete the email,” Herjavec says. “Remember, a bank would never ask you for your PIN in an email.” When in doubt, call your bank and ask if it is trying to contact you to confirm account activity and information. If not, report the sketchy character who did. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 28, 2016center_img 7 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Microsoft to Offer Software for Local Governments to Regulate and Tax Legal

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 14, 2016 Microsoft has quietly entered into the cannabis business, partnering with a California software company to offer governments a system that tracks marijuana sales and compliance issues.The partnership combines Los Angeles-based Kind Financial’s software for tracking production and sales of cannabis with Microsoft’s Azure Government Cloud. The goal is to contract with local and state governments where marijuana is legal, providing officials with a simplified way to keep track of tax payments and cannabis production.Teaming up with Kind made sense for Microsoft, according to Kimberly Nelson, executive director of state and local government solutions for Microsoft. In a statement, she said Kind will utilize the Azure Government cloud, which she called “the only cloud platform designed to meet government standards for the closely regulated cannabis compliance programs.”Related: Steve Wozniak Offers 4 Pieces of Advice for First-Time EntrepreneursGovernment challenges regulating legal marijuana.Government agencies at the state and local level face a complex task with marijuana regulation and tax collection. Not only is the legal marijuana business relatively new, but cannabis remains an illegal drug under the federal Controlled Substance Act. This means few financial institutions will make loans or handle business transactions for marijuana-related companies.Because of this, many cannabis retailers work in cash-only transactions. Some install ATM machines on their property to make it convenient for customers. In this environment, Kind Financial offers its software system to track production and sales, both for private retailers and government agencies.Related: Richard Branson: How to Spot an OpportunityKind’s AgrisoftCalled Agrisoft Seed to Sale, the Kind Financial software allows companies and government agencies to track costs from the production stages of marijuana to the sale of the product in dispensaries. The software also ensures operations comply with government regulations. The software creates “100 percent accountability and transparency for all levels of your organization and through to the government,” according to the Kind Financial site.For government officials, the software allows them to track all licensed marijuana growers and sellers, ensuring a company doesn’t produce marijuana that disappears into the black market to avoid taxation.Kind Financial began in 2013 as a company geared toward providing financial, technological and marketing services to the growing marijuana industry. The company was founded by David Dinenberg, the former COO of Grasso Holdings, a real estate development company.Related: 5 Reasons Businesses Shouldn’t Keep Ignoring Content MarketingPartnership with MicrosoftMicrosoft entered into a partnership with Kind on the government side of the business. The tech giant plans to include the software in the suite of services it offers governments through the Microsoft Azure Government Cloud.The cloud’s offerings include infrastructure, platform and software services. Microsoft partners with a number of software development companies to offer a full suite of services to both private and public entities. For Kind, the partnership is a step toward reaching a wider range of potential clients. Microsoft’s team will help the company make bids for government contracts. The demand, said Dingenberg, will always be present.“No one can predict the future of cannabis legalization, however, it is clear that legalized cannabis will always be subject to strict oversight and regulations similar to alcohol and tobacco;” Dinenberg said in a prepared statement. Free Green Entrepreneur App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. 3 min read Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

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