Qualcomm announces a new family of mobile Snapdragon Chipsets

first_imgToday in Barcelona, Spain Qualcomm Inc. announced its next mobile processor architecture for the Snapdragon family. Offering speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core and delivering 150 percent higher overall performance and 65 percent lower power consumption. (PhysOrg.com) — Qualcomm just announced today its next mobile processor architecture for the Snapdragon family chipsets that will include the single-core MSM8930, the dual-core MSM8960 and the quad-core APQ8064. The single, dual, and quad-core chipsets will feature, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, LTE modem support and NFC (near field communication). Speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core and delivering 150 percent higher overall performance and 65 percent lower power than currently available ARM-based CPU cores. The chipset family will incorporate 28nm technology and designed built CPU’s and GPUs for the best mobile performance at the lowest possible power consumption.The single-core MSM8930 will have an integrated LTE modem designed that will be incorporated into smartphones. It will also include the new Adreno 305 GPU which delivers more than six times the performance of the original Adreno GPU.The dual-core MSM8960 has integrated multi-mode 3G/LTE modem and has been designed for multi-tasking smartphones and tablets. It includes dual asynchronous CPU cores which can be independently controlled for maximum efficiency. The MSM8960 also supports dual-channel LP DDR memory and features the Adreno 225 GPU which delivers eight times the performance of the original Adreno GPU.The quad-core APQ8064 has been designed for the next generation of computing and entertainment devices while minimizing power consumption and meeting the performance requirements. The APQ8064 includes four asynchronous CPU cores which can be independently controlled for maximum efficiency. The Adreno 320 quad-core GPU is being launched for the first time in the APQ8064 processor where the user can experience console-quality gaming and a richer user interface.Qualcomm has integrated the new Adreno 320 GPU with the Snapdragon so that it can have up to four 3D cores and boosts performance 15 times over the original Adreno chip.Samples of the Dual-core MSM8960 chips will be available in the second quarter of this year and samples of the single-core MSM8930 and quad-core APQ8063 chips becoming available early 2012. Citation: Qualcomm announces a new family of mobile Snapdragon Chipsets (2011, February 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-qualcomm-family-mobile-snapdragon-chipsets.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: Press release 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. Marvell announces first triple-core 1.5 GHz mobile processorlast_img read more

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IROS gets earful on Googles selfdriving cars w video

first_img Citation: IROS gets earful on Google’s self-driving cars (w/ video) (2011, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-iros-earful-google-self-driving-cars.html The latest overview about these cars was presented recently in a keynote speech at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco. Stanford University professor Sebastian Thrun, who guides the project, and Google engineer Chris Urmson, who is the project’s tech lead, walked the audience through some performance specifics. Explore further What, then, makes the car so successful in obeying traffic rules and avoiding obstacles? A laser range finder mounted on the roof of the car is a core component. This is a Velodyne 64-beam laser that generates a detailed 3-D map of the environment. The car then combines the laser measurements with high-resolution maps of the world, producing different types of data models. The vehicle carries four radars, mounted on the front and rear bumpers, that allow the car to “see” far enough to deal with fast traffic on freeways; a camera near the rear-view mirror, that detects traffic lights; and a GPS, inertial measurement unit, and wheel encoder, It’s quite possible, however, that some people may find it entirely difficult to believe driverless cars will be a part of the six o clock commute drive home, a part of the wearying ordeal of staying safe from erratic drivers, tricky intersections, and last-second decision makers in neighboring lanes. At the IEEE event, the Google pair showed footage that makes a convincing case for the advantages of riding in self-driving cars. The audience saw the on-board computer and how it detects other cars, pedestrians, and traffic lights. The video shows also how the car behaves at an intersection. After the light turned green, the car starts to make a turn, but if pedestrians cross, the car yields to them. The car also yields to a man who decides to cross at the last minute. At a four-way intersection, the car yields to other vehicles based on road rules; if other cars do not reciprocate, it advances a bit to show to the other drivers its intention. Without programming that kind of behavior, Urmson said, it would be impossible for the robot car to drive in the real world.Thrun, who came to work on the Google project from Stanford, has all along hammered home a message that driving accidents are the number one cause of death for young people and many of the accidents are due to human error. Thrun believes that robotics, not humans, can do the better job in making driving decisions and sparing lives. That does not sound so crazy to the state of Nevada, which earlier this year passed a law authorizing the Department of Transportation to develop rules to govern driverless cars. Nevada’s bill sets the framework for “authorizing… the operation of, and a driver’s license endorsement for operators of, autonomous vehicles.”Thrun and Urmson talk of many challenges ahead in the future of driverless vehicles, including sorting out legal and liability issues. Still, there’s no looking back. © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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.center_img With human behind wheel, Google’s self-driving car crashes More information: via IEEE Spectrum Google’s self-driving car (PhysOrg.com) — Lots of people now know about Google’s self-driving car project. The latest stats find Google’s fleet of robotic vehicles have done over 190,000 miles with only occasional human intervention. The company has welcomed favorable news inquiries, from mainstream TV interviews to newspaper reporters, that their self-driving cars can make it on their own on the roads, even in city traffic. How do the cars maintain safety amongst other vehicles, pedestrians, and traffic lights? What people generally know is that the vehicles are “cloud computing” cars that run along on sensors, cameras, artificial intelligence, and GPS.last_img read more

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Researchers use math and observation to show neural networks in crustaceans have

first_img More information: Neural mechanism of optimal limb coordination in crustacean swimming , Calvin Zhang, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1323208111 AbstractA fundamental challenge in neuroscience is to understand how biologically salient motor behaviors emerge from properties of the underlying neural circuits. Crayfish, krill, prawns, lobsters, and other long-tailed crustaceans swim by rhythmically moving limbs called swimmerets. Over the entire biological range of animal size and paddling frequency, movements of adjacent swimmerets maintain an approximate quarter-period phase difference with the more posterior limbs leading the cycle. We use a computational fluid dynamics model to show that this frequency-invariant stroke pattern is the most effective and mechanically efficient paddling rhythm across the full range of biologically relevant Reynolds numbers in crustacean swimming. We then show that the organization of the neural circuit underlying swimmeret coordination provides a robust mechanism for generating this stroke pattern. Specifically, the wave-like limb coordination emerges robustly from a combination of the half-center structure of the local central pattern generating circuits (CPGs) that drive the movements of each limb, the asymmetric network topology of the connections between local CPGs, and the phase response properties of the local CPGs, which we measure experimentally. Thus, the crustacean swimmeret system serves as a concrete example in which the architecture of a neural circuit leads to optimal behavior in a robust manner. Furthermore, we consider all possible connection topologies between local CPGs and show that the natural connectivity pattern generates the biomechanically optimal stroke pattern most robustly. Given the high metabolic cost of crustacean swimming, our results suggest that natural selection has pushed the swimmeret neural circuit toward a connection topology that produces optimal behavior. Citation: Researchers use math and observation to show neural networks in crustaceans have evolved to offer optimized swimming (2014, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-math-neural-networks-crustaceans-evolved.html The pleopods (swimming legs, or “swimmerets”) of a krill (here a member of Euphausia superba, the Antarctic krill). Credit: Wikipeida/CC BY-SA 3.0 As the researchers note, common sense suggests that evolution causes more efficient behaviors in organisms. Body types evolve to allow land animals that chase prey to run faster, for example. But few examples exist, they point out, that actually show what is assumed to be true—that neural networks evolve to offer optimized behavior. The researchers in this latest effort sought to do just that, using a relatively simplistic creatures—long-tailed crustaceans.Long-tailed crustaceans swim by means of little paddles called swimmerets—each moves forward in a curled position to avoid drag, then unfurls as it pushes backwards, thrusting the crayfish, prawn, lobster, etc. forward. Each of the crustaceans has several pairs of the swimmerets along its body. As it swims, the pairs move in what the team describes as a Mexican wave—where crowds at sporting events simulate a wave action. The wave action in crustaceans occurs as each pair moves a quarter-cycle behind its adjacent pair.The researchers found that the wave action started at the back and moved to the front of the creatures, rather than the other way around, which was a surprise. To learn more, they dissected several specimens and found that the neural network consisted of two neurons controlling each swimmeret, one to cause forward motion, the other the reverse. The neuron pairs were then connected in line. Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Flow field under three different stroke patterns at Re = 50. The time is normalized by the period of stroke. Free-flowing tracers shown as green dots are introduced at the end of the fifth stroke period. The vorticity of the flow field is shown in red–white–blue color (red denotes positive vorticity, and blue denotes negative vorticity). The natural tail-to-head metachronal wave (0.25 phase difference) is the most effective rhythm among the three stroke patterns in moving tracers toward the tail direction. Credit: Calvin Zhang, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1323208111 The mathematicians then went to work, composing a model to describe which of three modes of transport would be most efficient, a front-to-back wave, back-to-front wave or all swimmerets moving at the same time. They model showed that back-to-front paddling was 30 percent more efficient than simultaneous paddling and was 300 to 550 percent more efficient than front-to-back paddling. Thus, the model showed that the neural network that has evolved in long-tailed crustaceans is the optimal arrangement.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Eroded swimmeret syndrome, a novel disease of the signal crayfish © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A team of researchers made up of one biologist and four mathematicians has found an example of natural selection providing an organism with optimal behavior. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe how they studied the way long tailed crustaceans use their swimmerets and then developed a mathematical model to describe the most efficient way such swimmerets could be used to propel a creature—when compared, the real world method used by the crustaceans matched the optimized method found by the math models. 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

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Loophole in theory offers insight into the lithium problem

first_imgThe scientists found that, in one simple and realistic scenario, the theory accurately predicts the observed amount of lithium (i.e., 1/3 of the current prediction), while at the same time satisfying all of the other BBN constraints and cosmological bounds that have plagued previous attempts.How can higher-energy photons have such a large impact? The scientists explain that, in standard BBN, lithium is produced in a reaction in which the beryllium isotope 7Be decays into the lithium isotope 7Li. The beryllium originally comes from the fusion of two helium isotopes, a reaction that takes place in the thermal medium. When the photons in the thermal medium have higher energies, they favor the reverse reaction, resulting in more helium and less beryllium. With less beryllium, not as much lithium is produced as previously thought.”A consequence of our results is that it is easier to solve the lithium problem in a broad class of new physics models, so to speak,” Serpico said. “More in general, we would say that the importance of the lithium problem is due to its long-standing nature; it goes back to the beginning of the millennium and, despite several alternatives (both standard and exotic), none of them has been conclusively argued to be ‘the one.’ Concerning implications: If the solution is due to new physics, there will be profound implications for theories beyond the standard model as well as their impact on the early universe. Alternative classes of solutions may involve subtle aspects of stellar astrophysics, for instance. Hence, even more mundane explanations are typically not trivial at all.”In the future, the scientists plan to apply the results to other situations that may be affected by the loophole, and consider some of these cases even more urgent than the lithium problem.”In particular, an obvious case is provided by big bang nucleosynthesis constraints on unstable relics, based on deuterium and helium measurements and for photons having a broader energy range (from a few MeV to hundreds of MeV),” they wrote. “This is a calculation we are currently completing.”Of course, given its importance, we are also thinking about particle physics models that may ‘exploit’ the features we have pointed out, in order to provide a more efficient solution to the lithium problem. Linking these results to the problem of the nature of dark matter or other signatures of particle physics beyond the standard model (for instance in the neutrino sector) is certainly on our medium-term agenda.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters 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: Loophole in theory offers insight into the ‘lithium problem’ (2015, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-loophole-theory-insight-lithium-problem.html Figure showing constraints on the primordial lithium abundance. A loophole in the way that electromagnetic cascades are computed opens up the possibility of solutions to the lithium problem. Credit: Poulin and Serpico. ©2015 American Physical Society The problem has frustrated scientists working in cosmology, since almost any modification to the BBN theory that corrects the lithium abundance inadvertently throws off the hydrogen or helium abundances, or contradicts other constraints on the theory. The situation may be compared to trying to solve a Rubik’s cube that has only one square of the wrong color.Now in a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, physicists Vivian Poulin and Pasquale Dario Serpico at Université Savoie Mont Blanc, CNRS, in Annecy-le-Vieux, France, have suggested that the lithium problem may be connected to an overlooked loophole in another theory: that of electromagnetic cascades. Although addressing the lithium problem is not the main result of the paper, it illustrates the potential impact of these broader findings.”The general result we found in our paper is not specifically related to the lithium problem, rather to the inaccuracy of an approximation used to describe perfectly standard physics, related to cascades,” Serpico told Phys.org. An electromagnetic cascade refers to the cascade of particles produced from a collision between photons and/or electrons. Such a collision results in a chain of reactions in which energy is redistributed among larger numbers of particles, where the energy per particle decreases. The standard theory of electromagnetic cascades describes this redistribution of energy by predicting a specific shape of the spectrum of photon energies in the cascade. Many different areas of research, including BBN theory, have used this spectral shape when developing models of various phenomena, such as the production of the light elements. Here, Poulin and Serpico show that, in some cases, this distribution of energy should be computed differently. They point to a previously known but often-overlooked exception to this spectral shape: when the energy of the colliding photon falls below a certain level, the spectral shape deviates from the normal predicted shape. This change could have many consequences, one of which concerns the lithium problem.”More high-energy photons are present in the correctly computed spectrum than in the approximation typically used in the literature,” Poulin said. “Such energetic photons are more effective in destroying lithium, making it easier for particle physics models to solve the disagreement while remaining consistent with other observations or constraints.” Measurement at Big Bang conditions confirms lithium problem © 2015 Phys.org More information: Vivian Poulin and Pasquale Dario Serpico. “Loophole to the Universal Photon Spectrum in Electromagnetic Cascades and Application to the Cosmological Lithium Problem.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.091101 Explore further (Phys.org)—There’s not as much lithium in the universe as predicted, and scientists aren’t sure why. According to the theory of big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN), isotopes of the three lightest elements—hydrogen, helium, and lithium—were created within the first 20 minutes after the big bang. The theory predicts with remarkable accuracy the observed amounts of hydrogen and helium, but its estimate for lithium is three times too high.last_img read more

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Clathrin as a biotech substrate Immobilization and functionalization

first_imgAssembly of clathrin lattices on different surfaces. Credit: (c) 2015 Nature Nanotechnology, DOI: 10.1038/NNANO.2015.206 © 2015 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org)—The base-pairing properties of DNA, combined with our abilities to create synthetic DNA in the laboratory have led to advances in nanoscale architecture and molecular device designs. Less research has been done with proteins, even though proteins, like DNA, are made of individual subunits whose unique chemical properties can be exploited to functionalize protein sheets or immobilize the proteins on a surface. Certain proteins have desirable properties for molecular devices. Scientists solve decades-old cell biology puzzle 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.center_img Citation: Clathrin as a biotech substrate: Immobilization and functionalization (2015, September 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-clathrin-biotech-substrate-immobilization-functionalization.html A group of researchers from Hannover Medical School, University College London, Georg August University, and the Centre for Nanoscale Microscopy and Molecular Physiology of the Brain in Germany have shown that clathrin, a lattice-forming protein complex used for vesicle transport in eukaryotic cells, can be immobilized onto a variety of surfaces and functionalized with nanoparticles and enzymes. Furthermore, the clathrin lattice can be stored and re-activated without losing its functionality, making it a practical substrate for molecular devices. Their work appears in Nature Nanotechnology.Clathrin is employed in vesicle transport across membranes in eukaryotic cells. It forms a lattice structure that can be either a two-dimensional sheet or a three-dimensional cage. Clathrin is comprised of a three-legged protein complex, known as a triskelion. The triskelia self-assemble into lattices which encloses a membrane into a polyhedral cage. The triskelion has heavy chains and light chains. A lattice can be made of triskelia that are both heavy and light chains or just heavy chains. In this study, the light chains are functionalized with nanoparticles or enzymes. Dannhauser, et al. found that two-dimensional clathrin lattices will form on several types of surfaces. They immobilized clathrin using a portion of an adaptor protein, H6-epsin. In the body, clathrin attaches to membranes through adapter proteins, so for purposes of immobilization on a surface, Dannhauser, et al. tested whether the same mechanism can apply to a variety of surfaces in the laboratory setting. They produced immobilized clathrin lattices on graphene, polymers, glass, and metals.The surface-lattice interaction can be controlled using NaSCN. NaSCN is known to impede three-dimensional clathrin assembly, so they used it to disassemble the two-dimensional, surface-bound lattice. After treating with 0.05 M NaSCN, the lattice became disordered. Removal of the NaSCN showed some of the lattice features remained and treating with more triskelia caused the lattice to re-form. Higher concentrations of NaSCN were used to remove the lattice completely. However, the H6-epsin linker remained intact even at higher concentrations of NaSCN, showing that the linker is highly robust while the lattice can be easily removed.Unfortunately the immobilized clathrin lattice is only stable for tens of minutes, which is impractical for use as a device. Therefore, Dannhauser, et al. tested various crosslinking strategies. They found that 4-azido-2,3,5,6-tetraoroenzo acid succinimidyl ester (ATFB) to be a good candidate for crosslinking. It covalently links clathrin to H6-epsin. Additionally, the lattice can be dehydrated by first crosslinking with glutaraldehyde and then using uranyl acetate. AFM studies show that lattice activity can be restored upon rehydration. Crossliniking combined with dehydration allowed them to store the lattices for months at a time.Finally, the clathrin lattice was functionalized with gold nanoparticles and with a co-enzyme called auxilin via incorporating modified light chains to a lattice consisting of heavy chains. Imaging studies confirmed functionalization of both the nanoparticles and the enzyme. Auxilin is used in living cells together with the enzyme Hsc70 to remove clathrin lattices from membranes. Preliminary studies showed that auxilin seems to maintain its enzymatic activity by the way it disassembled the immobilized clathrin lattice. While additional studies are needed, this experiment demonstrates that the lattice assembly can be functionalized with diverse particle types.This research looks at how clathrin can be used for molecular devices and nano assembly. Dannhauser, et al. demonstrate its practicality by immobilizing the lattice on various surfaces, increasing its lifetime through crosslinking and dehydration, and functionalizing it with an inorganic nanoparticle and an enzyme. Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology More information: “Durable protein lattices of clathrin that can be functionalized with nanoparticles and active biomolecules” Nature Nanotechnology, DOI: 10.1038/NNANO.2015.206AbstractBiological molecules that self-assemble and interact with other molecules are attractive building blocks for engineering biological devices. DNA has been widely used for the creation of nanomaterials, but the use of proteins remains largely unexplored. Here, we show that clathrin can form homogeneous and extended two-dimensional lattices on a variety of substrates, including glass, metal, carbon and plastic. Clathrin is a three-legged protein complex with unique self-assembling properties and is relevant in the formation of membrane transport vesicles in eukaryotic cells. We used a fragment of the adaptor protein epsin to immobilize clathrin lattices on the substrates. The lattices span multiple square millimetres with a regular periodicity of 30 nm and can be functionalized via modified subunits of clathrin with either inorganic nanoparticles or active enzymes. The lattices can be stored for months after crosslinking and stabilization with uranyl acetate. They could be dehydrated and rehydrated without loss of function, offering potential applications in sensing and as biosynthetic reactors.last_img read more

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Transitionmetal free carboncarbon bondforming reaction vinylation of azaallyls

first_imgTransition-metal-free vinylation of azaallyl anions. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2760 Journal information: Nature Chemistry 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. More information: Minyan Li et al. Transition-metal-free chemo- and regioselective vinylation of azaallyls, Nature Chemistry (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2760AbstractDirect C(sp3)–C(sp2) bond formation under transition-metal-free conditions offers an atom-economical, inexpensive and environmentally benign alternative to traditional transition-metal-catalysed cross-coupling reactions. A new chemo- and regioselective coupling protocol between 3-aryl-substituted-1,1-diphenyl-2-azaallyl derivatives and vinyl bromides has been developed. This is the first transition-metal-free cross-coupling of azaallyls with vinyl bromide electrophiles and delivers allylic amines in excellent yields (up to 99%). This relatively simple and mild protocol offers a direct and practical strategy for the synthesis of high-value allylic amine building blocks that does not require the use of transition metals, special initiators or photoredox catalysts. Radical clock experiments, electron paramagnetic resonance studies and density functional theory calculations point to an unprecedented substrate-dependent coupling mechanism. Furthermore, an electron paramagnetic resonance signal was observed when the N-benzyl benzophenone ketimine was subjected to silylamide base, supporting the formation of radical species upon deprotonation. The unique mechanisms outlined herein could pave the way for new approaches to transition-metal-free C–C bond formations. Citation: Transition-metal free carbon-carbon bond-forming reaction: vinylation of azaallyls (2017, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-transition-metal-free-carbon-carbon-bond-forming-reaction.html (Phys.org)—Certain functional groups tend to show up often in natural products and biologically relevant molecules. Among those functional groups are allylic amines. The typical protocols for the synthesis of allylic amines involve a carbon-carbon coupling reaction that requires a transition metal catalyst. However, transition metal catalysts tend to be expensive, particularly if a reaction is done at a commercial scale. Furthermore, companies are interested in green alternatives to transition metal catalysis.center_img © 2017 Phys.org Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a mechanism for making allylic amines without the use of transition metal catalysts. Their work is the first reported instance of transition-metal-free C(sp3)-C(sp2) coupling of vinyl bromide electrophiles with azaallyl anions and azaallyl radicals. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry.”This work opens up several new avenues that could affect many types of transformations,” says Professor Marisa C. Kozlowski one of the principle authors of the study. “The formation of the radical species by a carbanion donating an electron shows a non-metallic entry to these important reactive species. In addition, this chemistry adds a distinct mechanism in cross-coupling allowing certain architectures to be generated more efficiently.”Building on their prior work for making allylic amines via a 1,1-diphenyl-3-arylallyl-2-azaallyl anion , Li et al. discovered that when they reacted an ketimine with a vinyl bromide to form their azaallyl anion, the subsequent vinylation reaction occurred without the need for a palladium catalyst. The sp2 carbon on the vinyl halide added to the sp3 carbon on the aryl azaallyl anion (See figure). This type of carbon-carbon coupling reaction typically needs a transition metal catalyst. By using a base that is sterically hindered, [MN(SiMe3)2 where M = Li, Na], the reaction does not deprotonate the product and results in the E-vinylation product in good yield. This mechanism is regioselective, reacting with the imine carbon, and chemoselective for the formation of the allylic amine over the competing reaction that forms a terminal alkyne from the vinyl bromide.Once Li et al. optimized their reaction conditions, they tested the scope of their new mechanism. In general, their mechanism is successful with a range of functional groups on the N-benzyl amine and on the vinyl bromide. The authors report that they did have to adjust some of the reaction conditions depending on the functional groups on the N-benzyl amine, but, overall, the reaction worked for electron withdrawing groups, such as 4-halides and 3,5-di-CF3. Additionally, this reaction worked for electron donating groups, such as 4-methyl and with heterocyclic compounds, such as pyridyl ketimines and thiophenyl ketimines.The authors then looked at the versatility of the vinyl bromide. Their reaction tolerated a broad range of vinyl bromide products including several aryl vinyl bromides and aliphatic vinyl bromides. Importantly, the authors did not detect isomerization and cyclization with any of the vinyl bromides tested.Computational and experimental studies were conducted to better understand the mechanism in hopes of testing other types of functional groups in the future. Li et al. eventually determined a mechanism that involved an unusual radical intermediate formed from azaallyl anion electron transfer after deprotonation of the ketimine. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies confirmed that there is a radical species involved, but further studies are needed to understand the nature of this species and whether the radical(s) is directly involved in the vinylation reaction. The authors believe the radical is likely an azaallyl radical and that both the azaallyl anion and azaallyl radical are intermediates in a mechanism that is dependent upon the substrate on the vinyl bromide. However, additional studies would need to be conducted to confirm this.This research opens the door to the production of natural products without the use of a transition metal catalyst for a reaction that typically requires transition metals. Further research will look at the versatility of this reaction and its subsequent application. 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State govt GTA set to renovate Darjeeling bus stand

first_imgDarjeeling: The state government and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration have decided to undertake both long and short term measures to renovate the existing bus stand of Darjeeling, along with the old supermarket and the barrack market, to provide parking space.Incidentally, the bus stand in Darjeeling, a very old structure in a dilapidated state, has around 22 shops and families residing beneath it. Earlier, the Darjeeling Municipality had declared it a “Danger Zone” and moved the bus stand to the area in front of the old supermarket. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHowever, owing to acute space constraint, lighter vehicles plying to Singamari and Lebong are being parked in the old bus stand at present, making it highly vulnerable.A meeting was held between the Transport department of Bengal government, the district administration and the GTA in Darjeeling on Friday, following which an inspection was conducted at the old dilapidated structure.Binay Tamang, Chairman, GTA, Biswajit Dutta, Commissioner, Transport department and Anup Chatterjee, Chief Engineer, Transport department, surveyed the old bus stand. Later, speaking to media persons, Binay Tamang stated: “A Detailed Project Report will be prepared immediately, which will highlight the short term and long term steps to be adopted. The pillars have to be reinforced immediately as short term measures. As a long term measure, we can have a flyover type roof, connecting the old supermarket and the Barrack Market, with a provision to park around 150 vehicles. This will definitely ease the parking problems faced by the town, especially during peak tourist seasons.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe meeting also resolved to revise the taxi fares for Darjeeling Hills and Kalimpong. There has been no revision of the same since 2011.”The District Magistrates of Darjeeling and Kalimpong will sit in a meeting with concerned officials and the stakeholders and arrive at a consensus on the revision. The revised rates arrived at will then be sent to the state government for endorsement,” added Tamang.Along with this, the state government will be forming a monitoring committee with representatives of the Transport department, district administration and the GTA, to address any issues relating to transport, whereby the issues can be brought to the notice of the state government at the earliest, informed Tamang. The recent Secretary level talks between the Transport departments of Bengal and Sikkim had agreed on free movement of taxis between the two states. “The agreement has been renewed. It will be implemented very soon – maybe within a week, whereby Bengal taxis with valid Sikkim permits can ply at all tourist spots and destinations in Sikkim and vice versa,” added Tamang.”The meeting was very fruitful. Many issues resulting from procedural misinterpretations were cleared,” added Biswajit Dutta, commissioner, Transport department, Bengal government.last_img read more

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Selena Gomez gushes about Zedds beautiful eyes

first_imgSinger Selena Gomez feels that her rumoured boyfriend Zedd has “beautiful eyes.” The 22-year-old has been romantically linked to the DJ since they collaborated on her new single “I Want You to Know” a few months ago, and although she won’t confirm if they are dating, she can’t help but gush about his physical features and talent. Speaking on a radio station, Gomez said: “He’s this cute little German, and he’s got really beautiful eyes, and he’s very sweet and funny.”last_img read more

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A musical celebration

first_imgA musical evening Celebrating Karnataka in memory of Janab Zafar Saifullah Saheb was organised by the India Harmony Foundation and The Ministry of Tourism, Govt of Karnataka on April 8 at India International Centre.  Celebrating Karnataka was inaugurated by K Rahman Khan Saheb (former Union Minister of Minority Affairs and presently Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha), Roshan Baig (Minister of Infrastructure, Govt of Karnataka), RV Deshpande (Minister of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka), S A Husain (Chairman – Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation). Celebrating Karnataka was a fulfillment of Janab Zafar Saifullah Saheb’s dream, to showcase the state as a harmonious blend of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Christian and Islamic cultures. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Foundation’s quarterly magazine India Harmony was launched on the occasion. This beautiful fully illustrated magazine, with Karnataka as its theme profiles the region’s unparalleled wildlife and scenic beauty that are an uplifting symphony for the soul.Renowned ghazal maestro Pandit Vithal Rao and Swati Srinivas from Hyderabad, were lead singers in the mesmerising presentation.Vithal Rao Shivpurkar’s repertoire ranges from classic ghazals to devotional bhajans. An exponent of Sufi kalam and geet, one of the last court musicians of the Nizam of Hyderabad, a name that truly epitomises the Hyderabadi classical ghazal tradition. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSwati Srinivas  is a recipient of the National Scholarship of Sangeet Naatak Academy and has a scholarship from Bhatkhande University, Lucknow. Her long-cherished desire to receive taaleem in ghazals, has found fruition at the feet of ghazal Samraat Pandit Vitthal Rao of Hyderabad.The show has been conceptualised, designed and produced by Kulsoom Noor Saifullah (Managing Trustee of the India Harmony Foundation) and Jahanara Saifullah Shahbaaz. Celebrating Karnataka carried the audience on a nostalgic journey through dargahs, forts and palaces of the Bahmani Sultans of Gulbarga, Bidar and Bijapur, whose pulse, era and nuances Shagufta Yasmin brought to life with her magical mastery over Urdu. Kulsoom Noor Saifullah has created musical theatre presentations weaving narratives of bygone eras with interludes of music, poetry, dance and song, against a backdrop of visuals, transporting the audience into another time and place.last_img read more

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Selena Gomez in Neighbours 2

first_imgSinger-actor Selena Gomez has reportedly joined the cast of Neighbours 2.  The sequel will see Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron reprising their roles in the movie, reported the Entertainment Weekly. The 23-year-old actor will join her ‘Spring Breakers’ co-star Chloe Grace Moretz, 18, in the movie.Director Nicholas Stoller is also back to helm the project and write alongside Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jay Cohen, and Brendan O’Brien. The movie is set for a May 20, 2016 release. Gomez also voices Mavis’ character in Hotel Transylvania 2.last_img read more

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Undergraduate Visva Bharati students protest demanding supplementary examinations

first_imgKolkata: Some undergraduate students of Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan has been staging a protest demonstration on Sunday morning on the campus demanding supplementary examinations.The students armed with posters related to their demands staged a sit-in demonstration infront of the Central Office where the Vice chancellor and other senior administrative officials sit. The agitating students also put the office of the VC under lock and key. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have been requesting the authorities to sit for talks with us so that the issue can be resolved but they are not interested. Hence, we have decided to press for our demand in this manner,” an agitating student said. Officiating V-C Sabujkali Sen found her office under lock. She stayed for a while on the campus and after speaking to the students for less than a minute,she left the campus. “She did not give any assurance of resolving the issue by talks,” a student said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the university, a year back, during the tenure of the earlier V-C, had brought out a notification stating that there will be no supplementary examination at theundergraduate level.But there are students who have not been able to clear one or two semesters. These students have demanded supplementary examinations.They have also made similar demands earlier and had submitted a deputation to the VBadministration .VC Sabujkali Sen said: “I am the officiating V-C and as per the ordinance of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, I cannot take any decision on holding supplementary examination.”A senior VB official said that the students’ demand have already been communicated to the MHRD but there has not been anyresponse as yet.The agitating students’ have threatened to continue their agitation until the V-C sits for talks with them.last_img read more

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In death teenager gives life to 3 others

first_imgKolkata: 15-year-old Mallika Majumdar from Siliguri, who would have celebrated her 16th birthday in November, on Saturday became the youngest organ donor in the state, giving a new spell of life to three people who received her kidneys and liver while one of her corneas and part of her skin have been preserved.The state government’s continuous efforts to promote organ donation has once again brought fruitful results. The incidents of organ donation have increased in the state due to proactive efforts by the state Health department which has been working closely with the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMallika was admitted to SSKM Hospital with an infection in one of her ears. It was learnt from the hospital sources that the infection spread to her brain gradually. The patient was declared brain dead by the doctors at SSKM Hospital on Friday morning.The family members were urged to donate her organs thereby keeping her memory alive in the lives of others who would be saved through the transplants. After counselling, her family members agreed to donate her organs. All the necessary procedures were completed in minimum possible time, including the clearance from the state Health department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA green corridor facilitated by the Kolkata Police ensured that the donated liver reached Apollo Gleneagles Hospital on EM Bypass in less than 20 minutes after it was retrieved from the donor at SSKM Hospital. The process of extracting organs was started at SSKM at around 12.30 am on Saturday. The liver was packed in a temperature-controlled box and put on an ambulance that set out for the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital around 5.30 am.The recipient of the liver is a 44-year-old man from Hyderabad who had been on the transplant wait list. The recipient was flown to Kolkata for the transplant surgery on Friday at midnight. After his arrival at Kolkata airport, he was rushed to Apollo Gleneagles while the retrieval of the donor liver was in progress at SSKM Hospital. The liver was later transplanted in the patient successfully. Two kidneys were extracted and later transplanted into two patients who were undergoing treatment at the SSKM Hospital. They are Moumita Chakraborty, a resident of Khardah and Sanjib Das, a resident of Sodepur in North 24-Parganas.Two separate groups comprising three doctors in each conducted the transplant on both the patients in two different operation theatres. The operations continued till 7 am on Saturday. The retina of the brain dead victim has been kept at the hospital while her skin will be preserved at the skin bank.last_img read more

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South Dinajpur organises short drama to woo voters

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a significant move by South Dinajpur district administration to motivate voters, a short drama by the local artistes of Kushmandi block was performed at the premises of District collectorate building on Wednesday.”We have presented the drama through local folk artistes popularly familiar as KHON of Kushmandi block. It has been our target to motivate voters through our performance. District administration has helped us a lot in this connection,” said KHON organiser, Sourav Roy. District Magistrate of South Dinajpur, Deepap Priya P organised a press conference on Wednesday in connection with ‘Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls of Intensive Nature’ for January 1, 2019. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs per district electors, in connection with the publication of draft Electoral Rolls on January 2019, the total number of electors stands at 11,74,427 for the district.While among them, there are 6,06,558 male voters and 5,67,819 female voters.DM Deepap Priya P said: “We have set a specific target before publishing the draft of Electoral Rolls on September 01, 2018, while the final Electoral Rolls will be published on January 04, 2019. Local folk artistes of Kushmandi played a drama at our office premises on Wednesday which will inspire the voters.”last_img read more

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Doctors issue guidelines for a safe Diwali

first_imgKOLKATA: The city doctors have issued some guidelines for people bursting or lighting crackers on Diwali.Dr Sajal Biswas, a senior doctor from the city advised not to pour water or any ointment on any part of the body that receives burn injuries without consulting a doctor. According to the doctor, there are various chemicals in crackers and application of any ointment or water without taking advice of a physician may complicate the situation. “If one pours water or apply ointment on a burn injury, the water or ointment may directly mix with the stem cells causing more damage. If anyone suffers an injury, he or she must consult a doctor immediately,” Dr Biswas said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe also advised people to hold crackers away from body and then lit them up so that they do not affect the eyes or skin. He also suggested keeping children away from the area where crackers are burst. The doctor also reminded that people must buy those crackers that carry tags of registered manufacturers. “The people should wear cotton dresses while bursting crackers and they must not be of loose fitting and touch the ground. One should not wear a dress that covers his/her hands. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Children must not be allowed to indulge in bursting of crackers as they are vulnerable. A burn injury of a lesser extent is a very common phenomenon during Diwali. People often put water on the burnt portion of the body which causes more damage,” Dr Biswas added. He further said one should avoid the smoke that is produced after bursting crackers. This type of smoke not only affects the respiratory system but also has a far reaching implication. Dr Biswas also suggested wearing a mask to keep oneself safe from the pollution level that is caused due to the bursting of crackers.last_img read more

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IAF officers wives organise sports meet

first_img75 students between ages seven and 18 years, of all special schools supported by the AFWWA (Air Force Wives Welfare Association), received sports training from Special Olympics Bharat from April 2 to 5 at Subroto Park, Dhaula Kuan. The program was a part of Trishul Special Olympics and Paralympics Games for Special Children. While the training was conducted from April 2-5, April 6 will witness a showcase of sporting competitions in the presence of Senior Indian Air Force officials and guests. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe athletes had to undergo sports training and medical screenings along with various indoor activities. The training was conducted by the SO Bharat Resource team in the field of athletics, bocce, powerlifting and roller skating.The grand culmination of the sports festival will see competitions like Finals of Track and Field events (Walk 25 Mtrs, 100 Mtrs. Run 50 meters, 100 meters Relay Race 4X100 meters), wheelchair race with assistance 100 meters, and BOCCE (Single) Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAir Marshal C Hari, (PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM, ADC, AOC IN–C Western Command) will grace the occasion as Chief Guest on Friday.”Conventionally, we work to improve the limitations of differently abled children. The event is a modest initiative to change the mindset of the parents to now work on the strengths of these children,” said Air Marshal C Hari. Air Marshal (Retd) Denzil Keelor PVSM, KC, AVSM, VrC, Founder and CEO, SO Bharat, said, “We appreciate the efforts of the Indian Air Force in this initiative that highlights the importance of sports. Having been part of the Indian Air Force I feel overwhelmed and look forward to nurturing abilities of persons with Special needs, together. We will be happy to take this initiative to other parts of the country.”last_img read more

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Notre Dames new roof proposals include a greenhouse design

first_imgFollowing the fire that ravaged Notre Dame cathedral’s roof in Paris on April 15th, the French government has started to plan the rebuilding of the famous Parisian monument. One of the proposal includes an environmental friendly greenhouse roof. According to The Independent, French prime minister Edouard Philippe has indeed invited several architects to offer plans and solutions for the rebuilding process.Parisian architecture firm Studio NAB has submitted a design that would allow to reconstruct the cathedral’s roof while tackling climate change.Notre-Dame after the fire Photo by Pyb CC BY-SA 4.0Prime minister Philippe said he intends to find a replacement plan that is “adapted to the techniques and challenges of our era.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsStudio NAB founder and creative director Nicolas Abdelkader told Bustle that “even after a tragedy, it is possible to build a project sensitive to the human, a universal project in some ways.”Bustle reports that the architectural firm’s proposal is intended by Abdelkader to spread a positive message for all, focusing on addressing the challenges of our time while fixing and preserving historic monuments.The greenhouse would be filled with planters made from the burnt remains of the roof. https://t.co/GXifFYYCXT— Dezeen (@dezeen) May 1, 2019Studio NAB described its proposal as respectful of “the original profile of the building,” but with an intent to address modern issues. Along with trying to tackle climate change, Studio NAB wants its proposal to offer solutions with regard to social inequalities. The plan involves a full greenhouse roof and a new spire that will be used as an apiary.Beehives had been a part of Notre Dame since 2013, as reported by CNN. These beehives, located on the roof of the cathedral, were in fact spared from the fire. Notre Dame’s beekeeper Nicolas Geant said it was a true miracle that the flames did not touch the hives, which would have otherwise killed all the bees.“They weren’t in the middle of the fire, had they been they wouldn’t have survived,” Geant said in an interview with CNN. “The hives are made of wood so they would have gone up in flames.”The joyful beekeeper explained that wax melts at 63 degrees Fahrenheit, which would have melted and trapped all the bees inside their hives if the fire had been closer. Because bees have a different respiratory system than humans and do not have lungs, the smoke could not kill any of them, Geant explained.Paris-based architects #StudioNAB has proposed a replacement ‘greenhouse roof’ for #NotreDameCathedral. The studio suggests building planters and other facilities from the burnt oak framework salvaged from the church’s old attic. An apiary would replace the spire. pic.twitter.com/n0g674fLCn— IrishTravelTradeNews (@ittn_ie) May 1, 2019Studio NAB will incorporate the beehives in the new spire as part of its design. It also plans to use the burned oak wood from the fire to build its greenhouse roof, making the cathedral “rise from the ashes.”The cathedral had been previously renovated in the 1840s, due in great part to the influence of Victor Hugo’s remarkable novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. At that time, architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc restored the past glory of the iconic Parisian monument, which had gone through troubled times during the French Revolution.Notre-Dame at the end of the 19th centuryViollet-le-Duc was influenced by the ideas of the Romantic literary movement, of which Hugo was a part. This movement emphasized beauty from old medieval buildings, and strongly valued monuments like Notre Dame, whose legacy had been jeopardized following the revolution.French efforts to rebuild the cathedral were started by President Emmanuel Macron, who promised to rebuild the cathedral “even more beautiful” than it was before. President Macron pledged to finish the reconstruction within five years. According to France 24 however, many architects and conservationists urged him to slow down the process to avoid what they referred to as unintended consequences.Notre-Dame after the fire Photo by Pyb CC BY-SA 4.0According to the New York Post, France also faces a shortage of skilled workers and carpenters to work on the project. As a response, Les Compagnons du Devoir, a French organization specialized in training manual workers, is now taking applications from students to help fix this situation.Read another story from us: Beehives Kept on the Roof of Notre Dame Remarkably Survived Through the BlazeWhile a plan for the rebuilding hasn’t been selected, Studio NAB has now submitted a modern and interesting plan for the future roof of Notre Dame. Not all agree on the best way to fix the iconic Parisian monument, but France is determined to find the resources to accomplish this task.last_img read more

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Marlborough police log Aug 30 edition

first_imgMarlboroughFriday, Aug. 169:44 a.m. D’Amico Dr. Fraud/forgery.11:30 a.m. Phelps St. Disturbance.2:30 p.m. Edinboro/Maple Sts. MVA property damage only.5:43 p.m. High St. Larceny.6:56 p.m. Farm Rd. Suspicious activity.7:21 p.m. Donald J. Lynch Blvd. Larceny.10:36 p.m. Court St. Suspicious activity.Saturday, Aug. 1712:58 a.m. Monument Ave. Larceny.2:19 a.m. Chestnut/Howland Sts. Disturbance.2:53 a.m. Maple St. Suspicious MV.10:31 a.m. Parmenter Rd. MVA with injuries.1:29 p.m. West Main St. Burglary/B&E past.5:17 p.m. Elm St. Disturbance.6:15 p.m. Pleasant St. Disturbance.8:00 p.m. Francis St. Disturbance.10:22 p.m. Phelps St. Disturbance.Sunday, Aug. 1812:32 a.m. Broad St. Disturbance.12:59 a.m. Boston Post Road East. Disturbance.2:31 a.m. Arrested, Eduardo Fernande Barbosa, 41, of 123 A St., Framingham, for unlicensed operation of MV, OUI-liquor or .08%, marked lanes violation. 11:45 a.m. West Main St. Disturbance.1:57 p.m. Boston Post Road West. MVA property damage only.3:00 p.m. Peltier Rd. Suspicious MV.4:54 p.m. Bolton St. Suspicious activity.5:30 p.m. Gay St. Harassment.7:11 p.m. Front St. Threats.7:31 p.m. Apex Dr. Larceny.Monday, Aug. 191:20 a.m. Cross St. Suspicious MV.7:30 a.m. Paris St. MVA property damage only.10:00 a.m. Johansen Dr. Threats.11:32 a.m. Phelps St. Disturbance.1:59 p.m. Briarwood Ln. Harassment.3:10 p.m. Windsor St. Vandalism.4:57 p.m. Boston Post Road East. MVA property damage only.8:04 p.m. Arrested, Gabriel C. Lebre, 26, of 799 Farm Rd., Apt. 32, Marlborough, for speeding/rate of speed exceeding posted limit, op MV with license suspended.8:12 p.m. Felton St. B&E into MV.9:23 p.m. Briarwood Ln. Auto theft.9:51 p.m. Orchard St. Disturbance.Tuesday, Aug. 201:06 a.m. Hosmer St. Suspicious MV.7:28 a.m. Farm/Broadmeadow Rds. Animal complaint.9:17 a.m. Mechanic St. Medical.1:32 p.m. Chestnut St. Disturbance.2:12 p.m. Emmett St. Fraud/forgery.3:32 p.m. Main St. MVA property damage only.6:07 p.m. Bolton/Reservoir Sts. MVA with injuries.6:48 p.m. Arrested, Byron E. Ordonez-Govea, 58, of 72 Grant St., Marlborough, for fail to stop/yield (2 cts), possess Class B drug, possess to distribute Class B drug.8:10 p.m. Jonas Ct. Disturbance.10:37 p.m. Boston Post Road East/Dicenzo Blvd. Erratic operator.11:32 p.m. Arrested, Orlando Nieves, 66, of 4419 Sandy Dr., Wilmington, Del., for OUI-liquor or .08%, negligent operation of motor vehicle, fail to stop for police.Wednesday, Aug. 211:58 a.m. Callahan State Park. Suspicious MV.2:38 a.m. Broad St. Suspicious activity.6:43 a.m. Bolton St. Suspicious MV.9:36 a.m. Arrested, Armel Jaiyhere Conyers, 20, of 201 Broad St., Apt. 2, Marlborough, on warrant.10:51 a.m. Hastings St. Fraud/forgery.12:48 p.m. Greenwood St. Medical.1:24 p.m. Briarwood Ln. Harassment order violation.2:16 p.m. Hemenway St. Medical.4:39 p.m. West Main St. MVA property damage only.7:07 p.m. Granger Blvd. MVA property damage only.9:05 p.m. Pleasant St. Suspicious activity.9:48 p.m. Church St. Disturbance.10:52 p.m. East Main St. Suspicious activity.11:26 p.m. Huntington Ave. Disturbance.Thursday, Aug. 2212:36 a.m. East Main St. Suspicious activity.1:36 a.m. Concord/Stow Rds. Suspicious activity.4:00 a.m. Arrested, John Kelly, 63, of 720 Park St., Stoughton, on warrant.5:25 a.m. Bolton St. Suspicious MV.The information from the police log is obtained directly from the official records maintained at each police station in our circulation area. It contains arrests and samplings of police activity. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty. The Community Advocate will publish news of acquittals upon notification and a copy of court-issued documentation.last_img read more

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VIDEO High school football ref has wheels like a 5star recruit

first_imgFootball refs get a bad rep for being fat and out of shape, but one high school zebra is trying to change all that.On a long scoring play in a recent game, this guy was the fastest player on the field and chased down a long scoring play like he was the high school official version of The Freeze.This video might get him an NFL combine tryout. The Browns are on line 2.last_img

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Tom Brady hasnt won the MVP yet but hes already written his

first_imgThe NFL MVP award hasn’t been officially awarded yet, but Tom Brady thinks – or knows – he’s about to win it.How do we know?While doing some Super Bowl press, a sleuth reporter spotted a team employee holding a piece of paper titled “Brady Acceptance Speech,” so not much need for speculation here. Apparently Tom’s meticulous preparation also includes preparing speeches for awards that haven’t been officially awarded. That’s some 9-dimensional chess.Maybe he’ll make a documentary about this called Tom vs. New Times Roman. That was bad.NFL MVP will be awarded this weekend, but someone was carrying Tom Brady’s acceptance speech in plain view of media during Pats presser today…. pic.twitter.com/Oxo2DUKSyJ— Brad E. Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) February 2, 2018last_img read more

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Colin Magic should make a strong offer to Toronto for Kawhi

first_imgAnother NBA offseason bomb hit early this morning when news broke that Kawhi Leonard had being traded to the Raptors for DeMar DeRozen. Neither player seems thrilled, with DeRozen taking to Instagram to blast his former team for lying to him, and Leonard already leaking that he doesn’t want to play in Toronto.The first reaction by many was to blast Toronto for giving up an all-star to get a player on the last year of his contract, who is unlikely to re-sign when he hits free agency after next season. Colin disagrees and thinks Toronto is the clear winner of the deal.Not only has Raptor GM Masai Ujiri gotten out of paying DeMar DeRozen – who was benched in the playoffs – $27 million through 2021, they also get the most coveted potential trade asset in the NBA in Leonard. He believes Magic and the Lakers should get aggressive and put together a trade package for Toronto, even if includes giving up Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma to secure LeBron’s wingman and eliminate any chance Jerry West recruits him to the Clippers in free agency.Here’s Colin on why Toronto won the Kawhi deal:“Magic should make a strong offer for Kawhi. If you get Kawhi and LeBron, you don’t need Kuzma and Ingram. I’d move a 1st-round pick, I’d give up one of those two forwards… That’s a 55-win team and No. 2 team in the NBA.” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/zu8IkksYQH— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 18, 2018last_img read more

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