Shazam, the app that listens and recognizes what song is playing, has been a cutting-edge product since the company’s inception in 1999. The company’s widely useful and universally in-demand audio recognition technology has put them at the forefront of the space for years, and made Shazam one of the most popular apps in the world. To “Shazam” is now widely recognized and utilized as a verb in conversation.According to a report from TechCrunch, the British company is in the process of finalizing a deal to sell Shazam to U.S. tech giant Apple for sums estimated to be north of $400M. The move will allow Apple to further improve their music delivery capabilities and make for a more immersive listening experience for their customers.In recent years, the company has extended the technology beyond helping you remember “who sings that song that’s playing right now” It also integrates with other apps like Snapchat and Apple’s Siri, and it currently sends lots of traffic to other music apps like Spotify and Apple Music, which pay Shazam when those clicks convert to purchases. The Shazam app is now used as an interactive tool for advertisers, bars and restaurants, music venues and more. Shazam’s augmented reality brand marketing service lets you discover content based on pictures that you snap with the app. “You came for music, stay to experience McDonald’s Karaoke, MTN Dew VR Racing and much more,” is the company’s pitch on this feature.It’s not clear which of these operations will carry on post-acquisition, and which of these might be something that Apple would integrate into its own business (and how), but it’s notable that much of what Shazam does is very synergistic with what Apple apple already has in place and in the works. It’s likely that the technology will be used to attract more users to the Apple Music platform.This is not the first large-scale acquisition Apple has made in the music space in recent memory. In 2014, Apple acquired Beats for more than $3B, and absorbed Beats’ executive team–including Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, and Trent Reznor–into the Apple family to continue pushing the limits of the product/service they created with the help of the tech monolith. Beats became the basis for Apple Music, which has roughly 30 million users as of this Fall (Spotify has 60 million paying customers, and 140 million overall).We are excited to see what the inventive minds at Apple will be able to think up to improve the music listening experience using Shazam’s unique technology.[via TechChrunch]
The Howard T. Fisher Prize for excellence in Geographic Information Science (GIS) for the 2013-14 academic year has been awarded to Graduate School of Design master’s candidate Leif Estrada for “Temporal Morphology: Synthetic Growth and Natural Decline of Alameda Island” and Jake Sobstyl for “Zero-touch scale-free and climate independent thermal energy audits.”Both students will receive $500. To view the award-winning poster entries, visit http://gis.harvard.edu/resources/awards/winners.The Fisher Prize was established in 1999 to promote and reward student work in the broad, interdisciplinary subject that is GIS. The prize is named after Howard Taylor Fisher, a geographer and mathematical cartographer who founded the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis at the Graduate School of Design in 1965.
MunicipalityVCDP Funds AwardedOther ResourcesBrief DescriptionBristol$50,000 $771,200 Grant to provide accessibility to the historic Holly Hall and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Georgia$32,885 $32,885 Grant to provide accessibility to the Georgia Town Office building and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Vergennes City$500,000 $5,584,481 Deferred loan to Housing Vermont to construct 25 unit elderly apartment building off Armory Lane which will include services for the tenants. The project will also extend sidewalks that will connect to downtown and nearby shopping center.Montpelier City$17,500 $24,444 Grant to conduct a study to review the combined capacity of the existing Senior Center at 58 Barre Street and the Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street to meet the existing and future needs of the Senior Center. In addition, the study will explore the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street building.South Burlington City$30,000 $64,632 Grant to assist with the predevelopment and design of a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center at the Burlington airport. Work includes architectural services, civil design services and permit applications and fees. Grand Total $630,385 $6,477,642 Source: Governor’s office. 3.5.2010 Governor Jim Douglas today awarded more than $630,000 in Community Development Block Grants to South Burlington, Montpelier, Vergennes, Georgia and Bristol. At a ceremony at the American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes, the Governor announced funding for an affordable housing project for the elderly, as well as money for improvements to make the Georgia and Bristol municipal buildings handicapped accessible. This project will provide much-needed housing for seniors in Vergennes, with on-site services and easy access to nearby services and the community, Governor Douglas said. These kinds of projects are an important part of Vermont s housing stock, particularly as more of our population seeks to remain in their communities as they age. (See list below)The $500,000 Community Development Block Grant will be given to the City of Vergennes, then loaned to Housing Vermont, which will construct the new building and infrastructure improvements that together total nearly $6 million on the 12-acre site. The building will have 20 one-bedroom units and 5 two-bedroom units, and will also feature a common area; community kitchen; private examination rooms; a meals on wheels storage area; and a business office for a part time resident service coordinator.This project is part of a planned development that also includes the initial permitting of a new daycare center and additional residential development proposed for the future. Five of the units are market rate; the remaining 20 will be affordable housing. In addition to connecting to the city water and sewer systems and construction of a storm water treatment system, the site work will also include new sidewalks that extend to Monkton Road; pedestrian pathways that connect to city sidewalks; parking; and landscaping. This site is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Vergennes and will provide seniors with access to many amenities, social opportunities and community services.Another grant of $17,500 will be used by the City of Montpelier to study the capacity of the former Senior Center at 58 Barre Street, which was damaged in a December fire, and the existing municipal Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street, for their respective uses. In addition, the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street Senior Center building will be studied. Both of these buildings are presently underutilized and are extremely expensive to heat due to the inefficiency of the energy systems and the poorly insulated building envelopes, the Governor remarked. This analysis will be helpful as residents of Montpelier contemplate how these important services will be provided in the future.And two towns, Bristol and Georgia, received grants of $50,000 and $32,885 to make their municipal buildings handicapped accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Built in 1885, Holley Hall serves as both the Town of Bristol s town hall and town offices and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Governor said. This historic building is a vital part of civic and cultural life in Bristol.The first floor of the building, which also hosts town meetings, public hearings, recreational programs, performing arts and other events, will be completely renovated to accommodate the town offices and will include a new vault, electrical upgrades, and energy improvements. The second floor a large auditorium will be made ADA accessible; its floor will be completely renovated and restored; the roof system and balcony will be repaired; and the doors, windows and the bell tower will be weatherized.The Town of Georgia will receive $32,885 to help pay for handicapped accessibility modifications to the Georgia Town Office, which is the town s meeting space as well as its public records repository featuring a vault in the basement. These funds will help install a lift to make the building handicapped accessible to both floors, and complete other improvements to ensure that the bathroom, parking lots, entry ways, and other features of the building are ADA compliant, including way-finding signage; changing handrails; and reconfiguring parking spaces to accommodate side-loading vans, Governor Douglas said.In February, Douglas presented a $30,000 grant to officials from the City of South Burlington to fund preliminary work on a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center.Vermont receives about $7 million annually in federal CDBG funds, which are used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income. The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn. These grants are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities, the Governor remarked. The $630,385 we are awarding will leverage more than $6.4 million in other funds from private and public sources.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)
Whenever I’ve got a few hours for a good long bike ride, it’s the mountain bike I grab, heading to the peace of the woods, leaving my forlorn road bike hanging from its hook.In the back of my mind I know that my road bike is fun, but it seems mentally more difficult, until I actually ride it. That’s when I realize how much I love that mental game of pushing my legs and cardiovascular system to places it’s not used to going. Plus, the road bike can take me so many miles further. It’s the week after the ride that I love the most, when my legs feel stronger as I run up the stairs or do a tumbling pass at gymnastics.This past weekend my girlfriend’s birthday wishes got me back onto the road bike, and I’ve been grinning about it ever since. I felt like it was my birthday too. I actually saw fewer people on that road ride than I’ve gotten used to seeing in the woods over the last year.We chose a few steep mountain passes in the Barnardsville area to suffer on, but it’s hard to suffer when you’re riding through sun-drenched valleys lush with early summer green, grazing cows, happy dogs and bubbling creeks. It’s almost silly, really, so I giggled between the leg-burning climbs and laughed out loud in the swerving descents. It helps to be physically matched with a riding partner. Laura and I always manage to remain in the same ten degrees of fitness, trading off being the carrot. She’s pulled me through many runs and rides, reminding me what my body is supposed to be capable of managing. Her stretches of spin classes and summer races always encourage me to get my butt in gear when I’m leaning more toward a weekend of lying around at the beach with the kids or pulling out the tools to catch up on home maintenance.Although it was an awesome ride for my legs, I felt like my biggest challenge is always my brain. If you don’t know you can climb a mountain, the question burns behind the eyes at every turn of the cranks. We cruised for 25 miles, rolling through small hills before hitting the wall of Paint Fork. I had already resigned myself to what it was going to be like since the gearing on my bike is set up for someone with much gnarlier legs than mine. My heart was racing before the hell even got hot because I was so scared I wasn’t going to make it. It took some mind tricks to calm myself. By the time I finally gained control over my concern for failure I was already half-way up. I was standing in the pedals, convincing myself to quit checking for easier gears. Getting my shoulders over the handlebars made me grateful for all of the pushups and abdominal work I’ve been doing. It was great knowing I had backup muscles so that my legs wouldn’t be the ones take all the brunt.I’ve found that it’s best for me to avoid looking up, seeking the top of the mountain so that I can guess how many pedal strokes are left. What’s far easier is staring directly in front of the wheel, watching it churn the asphalt, telling myself, “We’re gonna be here for a good while, so get comfortable.”It was here that I fell into the paperboy action for a few feet, swerving back and forth to ease the “straight up.” By the time I realized the futility in that I had reached the crest where I had to stop to celebrate. While Laura ate a Cliff bar, I busted out the aluminum foil package stuffed into my jersey filled with the kids’ leftover whole grain pancakes smothered in honey. I thought of Lance Armstrong and those expensive stroep waffles that he sells and laughed.Flying down the other side of the mountain was enough to make me forget the initial cost of this fun. The sun kicked the heat of the day up a notch, leaving me the farmer/cycler tan lines for the week. We cruised along, able to regain conversation when Caroline sailed by on her motorbike and pulled out under a shade tree in the church yard to feed us cold watermelon and lemon-lime spritzers. My girlfriends are the best EVER. She found us again two hours later and complained of being tired of riding her motorcycle. We did not hit her, but I did imagine what it would be like to hold my bike while riding on the back of hers.We did begin seeing other cyclists once we hit the ever popular Town Mountain Road. My irritation over the lack of friendliness between road riders caused me to become overly animated in my efforts to say hello. I began enthusiastically waving like a 4-year-old seeing his mommy, shouting, “WHEEEEE!” in the parts where I was going fast, as they were on the opposite side of the road grinding painfully slowly. This all greatly improved my attitude.It was the River Road back to Weaverville where the slow climb made me the hungriest. We stopped at Ledges Park to eat the remainder of my pancakes, but mostly I wanted to see if I my back could twist from side to side or if it was going to be permanently stuck in this forward bend. Already I looked forward to my Monday morning massage appointment. Thank you Tavis Cummings for knowing how to fix me.So thank you little road bike, for making me love you all over again.For all of Bettina Freese’s posts, visit Spinning My Wheels!
Wendy’s says the list of locations affected by its malware breach now tops 1,000 – more than three times its previous estimate – and it said the malware targeted point-of-sales systems and cardholder names, numbers and verification codes.In June, the franchise admitted that a “significantly higher” number than the previous estimate of 300 restaurants had been affected, and they admitted the threat might not yet be contained. On Thursday, the franchise admitted that card information had been stolen at 1,025 of its locations.“It is an outrage that retailers continue to compromise the safety of consumers’ sensitive financial information and our economy,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “Congress must act to implement national data security standards for retailers. Without these standards, essentially every time consumers use their credit or debit card they are gambling to see when their data will be breached, not if.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Alexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training session
Alexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training session Alexis Sanchez has opened up on his failed stint at Manchester United (Getty Images)Alexis Sanchez admits he wanted to leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal after his first training session with the club.United surprisingly beat Manchester City in the race to sign Sanchez from Arsenal in January 2018 but the Chile international, who was earning £560,000 a week during his time at Old Trafford, will go down as one of the most expensive failures in the club’s history.Sanchez was unable to make an impact for United and scored just five goals in 45 appearances before he was allowed to join Inter on loan last summer.Sanchez admits he was unhappy with the atmosphere in United’s squad under Jose Mourinho and believes that was a major factor behind his struggles at Old Trafford.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd the 31-year-old claims his was so dismayed following his arrival at United that he even floated the idea of returning to the Gunners to his family and agent.‘I want to tell you about my period at United, about many things that have been said which made me look bad,’ Sanchez said in a video on Instagram.‘Before going there, I had an agreement with Manchester City but it didn’t work out and I got the chance to join Manchester United. It was something nice for me, as a kid I liked the club a lot. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Sep 2020 7:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Advertisement Alexis Sanchez made the surprise move from Arsenal to Manchester United in January 2018 (Getty Images)‘I ended up signing without having a lot of information about what was happening with the move. During the first few days that I was with my new teammates, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive.‘After the first training I had I realised many things. When I got home and I asked my family and my representative: “Can my contract be terminated and can I to return to Arsenal?”‘They were laughing about it but I really felt there were some bad things going on at the club which I did not like.‘We were not united as a team. The journalists would talk without knowing and I would get upset, even ex-players who did not know anything about how things were but they would blame me.‘But as player you need the team to be united, to be a family, and we weren’t. And you could see it on the pitch, but because they had to blame someone they would always blame me. Alexis Sanchez admits he was ‘upset’ after Jose Mourinho left him out of a squad (Getty Images)‘Sometimes I wouldn’t even play or I would only play for 20 or 30 minutes but it would always be my fault.‘Of course I know I could have played better and I didn’t, I got injured maybe because I wasn’t happy and it would affect the team, but according to them it was always my fault and I would feel bad. I wasn’t happy about the whole situation.’Sanchez also recalled the time when he was left out of the squad by Mourinho and gave a special mention to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for allowing him to join Inter on loan last season.‘There was a match against West Ham where I didn’t even get selected and that had never happened to me before, it made me really upset,’ said Sanchez. View 8 comments Alexis Sanchez came close to winning the Europa League with Inter last season (UEFA via Getty Images)More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I needed fresh air, and he said there was no problem with that and I left. I only have kind words to United for giving me the opportunity.‘I’m upset that things didn’t go the way I wanted. If the team was more united and we were more like a family, if everything was more positive, I think we could have achieved better things.‘I’m saying all of this because I have learned from this as a player and as a person.‘Thanks again to United and I am sad because I would’ve liked to win trophies and make the fans happy.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Alexis Sanchez thanked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for letting him join Inter (AFP via Getty Images)‘I couldn’t understand how I had gone from being one of the best players in Premier League five months ago to not even playing.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘After that, I got home, I was really upset and sad, and the next day I did a double training session. That’s how I am and I try to do my best and football is what I love.‘The next season we got a new coach [Solskjaer], I spoke with him and I told him that I needed the opportunity to leave and Inter was as an option. Advertisement
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Kerry Ah Chin of Cairns Property Office sold 11 Rollinia Cl, Manunda, for $280,000. This low maintenance, three-bedroom home is at the end of a cul-de-sac, fully fenced and has drive through access to the backyard.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“We service mainly commercial clients but we get a bit of cross trade from residents too.“It’s pretty community minded, we work closely with a lot of other businesses on this street and bounce ideas off each other. It is a good side of town.”Manunda was named by the Queensland Place Names Board in September 1973 after the Adelaide Steamship Company’s TSMV Manunda, which regularly visited Cairns.The suburb is also home to Trinity Bay State High School, Cairns West State School and St Francis Xavier’s School.Manunda Library opened in 1991 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2007.Residents often say they love the convenience of being so close to the city on a large block with friendly neighbours and a relaxed lifestyle. Gisele George of RE/MAX Real Estate Services Cairns sold 29 James Street, Manunda, for $281,000. On a 504sq m, fenced block, the two-bedroom home is airconditioned, has high ceilings and timber floors.The location is minutes by car from The Esplanade, the city, the airport, Cairns Hospital, the Bruce Highway and the Western Arterial; and is close to shopping meccas DFO or Raintrees, Cairns Central, Stockland or the IGA.The suburb, along with Mooroobool and Manoora, also regularly top the list of Cairns’ most affordable places to buy.Real estate analysts also believe the current low prices, coupled with the area’s proximity to all the city’s attractions, mean it will increase rapidly in value and gradually be a much sought after suburb for investors. Vanessa Robinson from LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill sold 446 Severin St, Manunda, for $330,000. This light and breezy Queenslander is features 3m-plus high ceilings and lots of original touches for those who appreciate quality features.IT’S the suburb with just about everything you could possibly want from shopping to sportsgrounds and is now being sought after by investors.In terms of amenities, Manunda, just a few kilometres west of Cairns CBD, has everything. A tight-knit community of houses and apartments dominate the southern part of the suburb while the north is home to community amenities including sportsgrounds and the Cairns Cemetery, also known as Martyn Street Cemetery. In-between sits an industrial estate along and behind Anderson St. Inspired Signs owner Adam Simes runs a business in Manunda and said the location was just perfect.“It’s really good,” he said. “I’ve heard someone describe Anderson St as being Cairns’ largest shopping centre.
Hon Health Minister Recognises Local Lab Techs in Observance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
Sharing is caring! Tweet 162 Views no discussions Share Share The following is a statement by the Hon Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, Dr Irving McIntyre on Medical Laboratory Professionals Week:Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is being observed this year in Dominica from April 19-25th, under the theme “Laboratory Professionals Get Results”.Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of, and appreciation for, clinical laboratory professionals.It is a special time of year when laboratory professionals reflect on the vital role that they play to ensure that patients receive the right tests, the right diagnosis and the right treatment.This year laboratory professionals in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment have had very little time to plan lab week activities, as a result of the significant role that they are playing in the forefront of the fight against the novel corona virus, COVID-19.This is an unprecedented time in the history of not only our nation but of the entire world, as we respond and attempt to mitigate and control the spread of this COVID-19 pandemic.Laboratory professionals are on the front lines 24/7, ensuring that all of the laboratory services continue, machines are functional, resources required are available, tests are conducted maintaining prescribed quality standards, and most importantly, that patients are receiving the appropriate diagnosis and treatment in an efficient manner.Never before has there been greater public focus on this profession since laboratory professionals often work behind the scenes. Few are aware of the critical testing that laboratory professionals perform every day to save lives, reduce morbidity and help control the cost of care.The emergence of new and complex diseases demands that laboratory professionals remain current in their field of work to help determine and diagnose these diseases. This, in tandem with advances in analytical science and automation, makes the work of the laboratory professionals more important now than ever.This global COVID-19 pandemic crisis has brought to the fore the need for well-equipped laboratories with highly trained staff and an unrelenting focus on quality.The ability to turn around quality results in quick time is the key to providing information for rapid and efficient patient management. Without this precise and valuable information, medicine would simply become guesswork.The Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, and by extension the Government of Dominica, has recognized the importance of having a suitable and well equipped laboratory facility and has therefore invested in infrastructure and equipment, an example being the PCR machine that the Ministry has had since 2018. The new laboratory facilities at the Dominica China Friendship, added to the dedicated staff at the Medical Laboratory, has proven to be very beneficial to the country in the fight against COVID-19.I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the laboratory professionals in Dominica, both in public and private settings, for the critical work that they do in the interest of patient care and public health. Beyond meeting the public need, the celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week will help increase recognition for the profession as it improves the individual’s sense of self-worth.Further, as the various professional groups within laboratory practice work together, the sense of unity and purpose necessary to further the goals of all laboratory professionals is reinforced.Whatever the setting — behind the scenes or out in our communities — laboratory professionals are by our side, working as key members of the health care team.From April 19-25, please join the Ministry of Health and our laboratory professionals in celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and let us recognize their vital role in promoting and protecting our health.Hon Health Minister, Dr Irving McIntyre Share LifestyleLocalNews Hon Health Minister Recognises Local Lab Techs in Observance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week by: – April 22, 2020
By Scott Owen SHAWANO, Wis. (June 28) – A high-speed chess match Saturday at Shawano Speedway ended with Tracy Wassenberg in victory lane following the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. Lucas Lamberies shot from fourth to the lead on the first lap while Wassenberg moved into second on the fifth go-around, setting up that high-speed chess match. Lap after lap with Lamberies leading, Wassenberg tried to get inside and get to the front. Wassenberg showed his nose to the Clintonville teenager numerous times and Lamberies showed great poise staying in the lead.Wassenberg kept trying to get inside of Lamberies until lap 18 when he tried the outside and the pair were virtually side-by-side as the white flag waved.Wassenberg pulled ahead on the final lap and scored his fourth win of the year. Lamberies took second. Jordan Bartz started last by taking the challenge and finished third.Tom Schaal led the first five laps of the IMCA Modified feature before Matt Oreskovich snuck underneath Schaal to take over the lead on lap six. Oreskovich was quickly joined by Eddie Muenster and Jerry Wilinski out in front. After a lap seven caution for debris in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main, Jerry Wilinski utilized an outside pass to get around Matt Oreskovich. He continued to race the high line and looked to have the car to beat.Muenster tried multiple grooves to stay with the leader. On lap 19 Wilinski got too high in turn four and kissed the wall, breaking his momentum. Muenster capitalizedand grabbed the lead and went on to win. Wilinski recovered to finish second. Marcus Yarie, who had taken the challenge to start last, passed 15 cars to finish in third. Rookie Trent Nolan paced the first six laps of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature before Travis VanStraten took to the inside exiting turn two and secured the lead. VanStraten led the rest of the wayt for his third straight local feature win. Mike Schmidt finished second in the race. He has finished no worse than fourth in a feature this year. Nolan held on to take third in the race.