Binghamton University student makes petition for pedestrian path near off-campus housing

first_imgShelli Cohen, BU junior, says she was in contact with the Vestal Town Board before starting the petition. After not hearing back for awhile, Cohen says starting the petition would show how this is issue is important to the Vestal community. We reached out to the Vestal Town Board and they said they are aware of this petition. Her goal is to make it safer for students walking home at night from campus. One of her reasons is since buses are limiting the number of riders, due to COVID-19, students that live near the intersection will likely start walking to campus. “We are students are members of the Vestal community,” Cohen said. “We register to vote here. We use our voices. We engage in the community.” VESTAL (WBNG) — One Binghamton University student has started a petition for a pedestrian path to be made on Plaza Drive and Oxford Place. last_img read more

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Sir Ian Botham’s grandson James Botham called up by Wales | Rugby Union News

first_img 0:21 Wales head coach Wayne Pivac says improvement will take time after they crashed to their sixth successive defeat against Ireland – Advertisement – – Advertisement – James Botham could make his Wales debut against Georgia
James Botham could make his Wales debut against Georgia

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Steve McClaren confident he can turn things round at Newcastle

first_img McClaren was drafted into St James’ Park during the summer after owner Mike Ashley had signalled his intention to invest significantly in the squad and target cup success. But eight games into McClaren’s tenure, the 54-year-old has tasted victory only once – against League Two side Northampton – and has shown little sign of being able to mould a team from the players he inherited and the expensive additions made to the squad during the last transfer window. Steve McClaren is confident he can deliver the changes needed at Newcastle, despite a dreadful start to his reign on Tyneside. The Magpies head into Saturday night’s home clash with Chelsea sitting one place off the foot of the Barclays Premier League with just two points from their first six fixtures, and with managing director Lee Charnley having felt the need to back McClaren and apologise for that start in an email to fans. However, the head coach said: “The club wanted it – that’s why we came in. Everyone was clamouring for change at Newcastle United, from the top right the way through. “They have certainly got that from the top in terms of re-iterating about (the approach to) the cups, spending money… I think everything they said about changing Newcastle is happening. What is not happening is results on the field. Change is tough and hard. “Why? Five wins in 32 games, staying up by the skin of their teeth – that’s why everyone is clamouring for change.” Earlier, Charnley had urged patience in a message which McClaren insisted was not a vote of confidence. The managing director said: “Whilst we are all unhappy, we must not panic or make rash decisions. We should not forget we are still relatively early into the season with lots of games to go and points to play for.” McClaren pointed to his five-year spell at Middlesbrough as evidence that his methods work, even if there were some rocky moments along the way. He said: “The first year was…painful. Second year, third, fourth and fifth, we had damn good players. But as I said to the players in there (the Newcastle dressing room), you will be there. “I think February-time, 4-0 against Aston Villa, people came on and starting throwing season tickets at me, and we went on two months later to the semi-final of the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup final. That’s kind of the experience that you’ve got to go through.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Live NBA Finals postgame video: Warriors vs. Raptors Game 6 reactions

first_imgRelated Articles CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the live reactions from Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Raptors coach Nick Nurse as well as the players after Thursday night’s historic Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.The Warriors, playing without injured All-Star Kevin Durant, played their final game at the 53-year-old Oracle Arena. Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts …last_img

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Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:  Astrobiology Takes on I.D.

first_imgThe Center for Astrobiology at the University of Boulder is hosting a symposium today entitled, “Fossils and Genes: Exploring the Evolution of Life.”  Douglas Futuyma (State University of New York) calls Evolution the “most important theory in biology.”  By his own admission, though, it is a theory filled with paradoxes:Evolution is both a fact and a theory: the most comprehensive explanation of the features and diversity of living things.  It is the most important theory in biology, yet is surrounded by paradoxes.  Despite the simplicity of its central concepts, evolution has a long history of misunderstandings.  Despite its lack of moral or prescriptive content, evolution has been used to justify social policies that range from the admirable to the appalling.  Despite the increasingly important role evolutionary principles and knowledge play in human biology, evolution is rejected by more than half the American public.  Of all the biological disciplines, evolutionary biology has the most far-reaching philosophical implications and the most diverse applications to society.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He is joined by Warren Allmon (Cornell), speaking on “Evolution, Intelligent Design, and the Uneven Search for a Consistent World View.” Darwin succeeded where others before him had failed in part because he offered the first truly scientific (i.e., purely materialistic and therefore testable) theory to explain the history of life.  He permanently changed the terms on which theories in biology would be acceptable as science.  Yet few of Darwin’s contemporaries or those who followed truly internalized Darwinism into a coherent and consistent world view.  Materialistic science is vastly more important to modern society than it was in Darwin’s time, yet scientists and non-scientists alike still struggle to fully reconcile materialistic science with their personal and social search for meaning in life.  On the one hand, proponents of intelligent design have declared their intention to overthrow “materialism and its cultural legacies”, which presumably would include not just Darwinism but also everything from agriculture to modern medicine [sic].  On the other, many mainstream scientists – both those who claim to be religious and those who do not – have attempted to reconcile their scientific pursuits with their non-scientific personal philosophies.  Can one simultaneously hold two mutually exclusive philosophies of reality – one materialistic and the other not?  If so, how?  And does doing so make one intellectually dishonest?  Is it possible to construct a logically consistent world view that fully accommodates meaningful religious belief with materialistic science?Sounds like Allmon has quite a challenge before him – and so does Futuyma.Notice several flaws, contradictions, and admissions in these abstracts.Charlie Worship:  It is always Big D that is the figurehead of everything wonderful in science. Charlie Science:  Notice that Darwin was responsible for redefining science as materialism.  Before Darwin, creationism and design thinking was common and produced no conflict, but Darwin “permanently changed the terms on which theories in biology would be acceptable as science.”  Changing the terms of acceptability is not a matter of science, but a matter of philosophy about science.Charlie Morals:  Darwinism knows no morals (as Futuyma admits), so it is illogical for him to find anything “admirable or appalling,” or for Allmon to talk about intellectual honesty and meaning.Charlie Truth:  Futuyma and Allmon just shot themselves in the foot (see self-refuting fallacy).  As materialists, they pulled the rug out from under any validity to concepts of truth, while referring to “philosophies of reality.”Charlie Logic:  Allmon asserted that attacks on evolution are attacks on agriculture and modern medicine (see non-sequitur).  Those disciplines were doing just fine before Charlie came along.Charlie Control:  This Astrobiology symposium was only open to evolutionists.  This shows you not only which bed Astrobiology sleeps in, but how evolutionists rig the game to ridicule their opponents while keeping them out of hearing range.Charlie Leadership:  If less than half the population accepts Darwinism, Futuyma should seriously consider the proposition that it would be good for him to get religion, because that apparently confers better fitness.  This would be a win-win situation.  Religion would lose an enemy, and he would necessarily undermine the fitness principle of Darwinism itself – thus burning the bridge behind him.  As a bonus, he might even win Pascal’s Wager.The only question left is which of the two quotes is winner of the SEQOTW prize, or whether it’s a draw.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Internet of Things in Retail: What’s in it for Retailers

first_imgRelated Posts Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and internet marketer with over 9 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization, Creative Writing and Digital Marketing. Internet of Things is transforming and revolutionizing every aspect of our lives. Be it leisure, business, retail or healthcare, almost every industry is settling to adopt new technologies and IoT is no exception. According to McKinsey an estimated of 20 to 30 billion connected devices will be available by 2020 with a total worth of $17 billion.The above statistics clear all the doubts regarding the adoption of IoT in various industries. The growth seems to be undiminished and the overall adoption will be on par. With the competition on the rise, retailers are striving to take necessary steps to offer unique shopping experience and be more profitable, unique and efficient.There is a lot to discuss on IoT in retail, but first, let’s have a brief overview of what Internet of Thing is all about.What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and Use in Daily Life?When we talk about the Internet of Things, it is the term used to describe Machine-to-Machine connectivity, where hardware devices and sensors interact with each other on their settings and whereabouts.Knowingly or unknowingly, many of us have used IoT devices or seen it somewhere. For instance, Nest Thermostat is widely adopted by homeowners to set the temperature at the desired level. After reaching the set temperature, it will turn off automatically, saving you cost on electricity.Moreover, IoT devices have been widely integrated into home appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators dryers, ovens and what not.Talking about the retail sector, IoT allows retailers to track customer behavior and collect data to use it in the future for business decisions. If you are looking forward to implementing IoT in your retail business, make sure to go through this article to know what IoT has to offer to the retailers.IoT in Retail IndustryBefore we discuss what is in IoT for retailers, let’s have a brief overview of benefits reported by early adopters.77% of retailers see IoT as a mean to change the customer’s experience89% of early adopters in retail benefited from the insights about customer preferences and behaviors from an Internet of Things.77% of early adopters of IoT in retail offered better opportunities to interact with new partners in delivering products and services to the customers.Digital Signage to Reach Consumer Device  With the rise in online shopping trend, retail has been largely affected by the way consumers are been affected. People tend to buy more online because the goods are offered at a cheap price. Moreover, comparison-shopping is also one of the reasons to shop online.Due to this, the traditional retailers are prone to a number of challenges. With the ability to save some money, convenience, and comparison-shopping, people still need the help of sales assistant to save some time in researching the goods they tend to purchase.The retail war is increasing at a rapid pace and brick and mortar shop owners have to set the prices to match online prices. This is quite a challenging task for traditional retailers to attract customers to the store.IoT can rescue in resolving this issue. For instance, the traditional retailers can incorporate digital signage that connects with social networks and customers feedback for the customers in the store. It would help customers to view the information about the product instead of using a mobile device.Digital signage as discussed before can also be helpful in displaying related goods, which might be of customer’s interest. Moreover, it can lead the customers in the direction of goods that would complement their purchase.Another aspect of marketing is to understand the customers’ behavior. To attract more customers, an advertisement can be displayed in the mobile phone’s notification bar when they pass the store. Retailers can also use this feature for the customers who are present in the store by displaying the products in real life and introduce them in the best possible way through sales assistant.Sales assistant, on the other hand, can check whether the product is available in stock and complete the transaction seamlessly. This is where IoT can be helpful, offering sales assistant to check the availability of product instore through their smartwatch.The smartwatch is connected to the database of all the products connected to the sensor. Moreover, the sales assistant can also show how the product works using a tablet. In the end, sales assistant could use the same tablet to complete the transaction in no time.Directing Customers to Locate Goods Retailers have to employ staff to assist customers with all that is present in the store. Supermarkets are flooded with products and searching for specific product is not an easy task. This means that customers will have to spend much of their time in the supermarket to search for products they need.However, IoT can help save the time of customers as well as retail owners to save money by hiring extra staff. For instance, by equipping the store with sensors can assist sales person and customer to locate a specific product. Moreover, digital displays with the ability to read sensors can inform the customers about the product description, its benefits and in case of the food item, the nutritional level.In case of food items, many of them have short shelf life. IoT can prove to be helpful by ensuring that the due date is correct before delivering it to the customer.Ecosystem Opportunities Most of the home improvement, general merchandise, and electronics retailers are opting for home automation or smart home sections in their store. Not only IoT is needed by enterprises, but open the opportunities for general consumer as well.Retailers are already availing this opportunity to be players in the ecosystem with service support, sales support and automated orders generated by IoT sensors in consumers’ homes. For instance, Amazon is currently working on the order method of choice for anything you might ask Alexa.Conclusion In this technological era, retailers need to understand the importance of implementing the IoT to stay ahead of the competition, grow revenue and build customers base. However, if you are not well versed in the technology, many IoT Solution providers will help you devise the strategy, plan it and deploy it. 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The Third Wife wins best film award at KIFF

first_imgThe Third Wife, a film from Vietnam featuring the story of a 14-year-old girl’s arranged marriage to a married man from an affluent family, won the best film award at the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival.The producer of the 96-minute film, Tran Thi Bich Ngoc, received the award presented by KIFF jury members on Saturday at the concluding ceremony of the seven-day film festival.“The film is based on a real-life story witnessed by one of the family members of the crew. At the centre of the story is a 14-year-old who encounters strangers after she is married into a wealthy family,” the producer told The Hindu.Speaking at the concluding event of the festival, director Shoojit Sircar said that the cash award given at the KIFF is one of highest given at any film festival. The award for best director in the international competition category went to Abu Bakr Shawky for the Egyptian film Yomeddine (Judgement Day). The NETPAC (Asian Select) award went to The Sweet Requiem by directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. The film is a drama set within the Tibetan refugee community in India. In the competition for Indian language films, Widow of Silence, a story from conflict-ridden Kashmir directed by Praveen Morchchale walked away with the top honours.last_img read more

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Samsung and Telekom South Africa have a signed an

first_imgSamsung and Telekom South Africa have a signed an agreement to jointly drive the take up of connected TVs in the country.The companies plan to market Samsung Smart TVs bundled with fixed-line broadband in South Africa.“Samsung and Telkom will collaborate in areas that will drive easy access to affordable and bundled data and Samsung’s Smart TV technology which will enable an interconnected home,” Samsung said in a press statement.last_img

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Cablevision has sued Viacom in the US claiming th

first_imgCablevision has sued Viacom in the US, claiming that the channel owner forces it to air less popular networks in order to carry the likes of Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.In an antitrust lawsuit filed in a federal court in Manhattan, Cablevision argued Viacom was illegally coercing it to pay for 14 “lesser-watched ancillary networks” like Palladia, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic in order to access its “must-have” channels.In a move that could prove a challenge to the long-held practise of cable channel bundling, Cablevision argued that Viacom was harming Cablevision and its customers and impairing competition by making it take networks that “many subscribers do not want to watch.”“The manner in which Viacom sells its programming is illegal, anti-consumer, and wrong,” Cablevision said in a statement.However, Viacom defended such channel bundling practises, claiming that it reflected the competitive nature of the cable business and had been found legal by a number of federal courts. It also accused Cablevision of trying to “use the courts to renegotiate our existing two-month old agreement.”In a statement the firm said: “At the request of distributors, Viacom and other programmers have long offered discounts to those who agree to provide additional network distribution.”last_img read more

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Polish broadcaster TVN has agreed a new deal with

first_imgPolish broadcaster TVN has agreed a new deal with Warner Bros., covering the studios TV series and features.The agreement gives TVN the free TV and basic pay rights to a raft of new and catalogue titles.Series included in the deal include Lethal Weapon and Lucifer. Feature films include The Lego Movie, Godzilla, American Sniper, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Suicide Squad.“We are delighted to expand on our deep-rooted relationship with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution,” said Piotr Korycki, vice president of the management board at TVN.“With this deal we are entering our third decade of co-operation. The best productions of the studio will air exclusively on our networks.”Jeffrey Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution added: “We have long enjoyed a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with TVN. We look forward to many more years of our feature film and television titles airing across their channels.”last_img read more

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