Surely one of the great mysteries of human life is how a single fertilized egg cell grows to an adult, with a brain sporting hundreds of billions of functional connections supporting abstract thought.New Scientist discussed how researchers at Wayne State are using functional MRI to study fetal brains as they develop in the womb. it’s difficult, because the unborn baby is “doing backflips as we scan it,” they said. They implied that accurate wiring is essential, because miswiring can result in autism or schizophrenia, even if the baby survives till birth.BBC News reporter Pallab Ghosh submitted his brain to science – while it was still safely operating in his skull. Inside one of the most powerful MRIs in the world at Massachusetts General Hospital, Ghosh sat still 45 minutes while the images were taken. Processed and colorized images and a video within the article show the intricate wiring between lobes, as the magnets focused in on water droplets in the nerve fibers. Then professor Van Weeden gave Ghosh a guided tour of his brain:He showed me the connection that helped me to see and another one that helped me understand speech. There were twin arcs that processed my emotions and a bundle that connected the left and right sides of my brain.Prof Wedeen used visualisation software that enabled him to fly around and through these pathways – even to zoom in to see intricate details.He and his team hope to learn how the human mind works and what happens when it goes wrong.By pointing out the things that can go wrong, Weeden implied that the wiring in a normal brain has a precise, functional order.Weeden erred by saying that the images will help him learn “how the human mind works”. He equated the mind with the brain. The brain is the hardware; studying a computer will never show you how the software works. But if neither were designed, you would have mindless matter incapable of abstract thought (see philosopher Chalmers video on ENV, and ID the Future podcast with neuroscientist Jeffrey Schwartz).You have a mind and the hardware (a brain) to make it productive. The mind is not just the seat of emotions and sensation, but of intellect and will. With your mind you can evaluate evidence, like the sophisticated wiring of the brain. With your mind you can weigh alternatives, such as the merits of evolution or creation. With your mind you can make decisions. Choose life. (Deuteronomy 30; Romans 1-6). (Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
29 July 2011 The initial focus is not only on rural areas, but also includes testing the process in high foot-traffic areas like commuter points, shopping centres and at company premises, factories, and other workplace environments – where there are also opportunities to provide banking access to new customers. High foot-traffic areas Accounts become active once an initial deposit has been made at either an ATM or Point of Sale device. This remote account opening system replaces previous, cumbersome processes involving a bulky set of laptops, barcode scanners, thermal printers and card writers – as well as more than one interaction with the customer. The on-device “app” scans a prospective customer’s ID book to identify and verify details, captures all the relevant information and enables the imaging of supporting documents. It then interfaces with Absa’s systems to conduct the relevant screening processes and complete the opening of the account. Importantly, the app allows us to access and control key functionality on the device – to record the GPS coordinates that allows us to build customer and sales data, and access the camera and data encryption functionalities. “Research into the field of financial inclusion shows that an increase in the number of people interacting with the formal economy stimulates economic growth at a national level, and positively contributes to poverty reduction.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “This innovative use of mobile technology allows us to extend our reach in many of South Africa’s most poorly serviced areas from a banking perspective, and enables greater numbers of our population to access the formal economy and all the associated benefits of having a bank account,” Absa Retail Bank CEO Gavin Opperman said in a statement last week. “The remote account opening facility is a crucial ingredient in our branchless banking strategy – where we seek to provide alternative delivery solutions to customers situated in areas where traditional banking infrastructure is not viable,” notes Opperman. Most appropriate strategy Developing a mobile app of this nature is the most appropriate strategy, adds Opperman, since android is regarded as one of the most dominant mobile operating systems and is used to power a number of different smartphone and tablet devices. The smartphone/tablet apps scales easily to cater for demand, since new devices can be acquired relatively easily and placed “in the field”, while its high-tech imaging and optimised communications technologies dramatically reduce the time it takes to serve the customer. Only one interaction with a client is required. South Africa’s Absa Bank has extended its service reach with the launch of an innovative application for Android-based smartphones and tablet devices that allows its sales consultants to open accounts and issue debit cards to new customers in under 10 minutes.
5 November 2012The South African Revenue Service’s (Sars’) chief legal and policy officer, Kosie Louw, has been elected chairperson of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, becoming the first African chair of the forum.Louw will hold the post for a two-year period starting in 2013.“On behalf of the South African government, I would like to congratulate Sars and Kosie Louw on his election as chairperson,” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in a statement on Friday.“I am certain that the two years of South Africa’s chairmanship will be beneficial not only to the forum but also to the wider global tax administration community.”Gordhan said the position was important because the forum’s current mandate expires in 2015, and it is during South Africa’s tenure that a decision must be made on the best way forward.“SA’s tenure also coincides with very challenging times for tax administrations globally, especially when it comes to the exchange of information for tax purposes.”Promoting tax cooperation“Optimum transparency and exchange of information are critical for improving tax compliance and increasing the prospects of revenue collection at a time when most countries face fiscal constraints,” Gordhan said.“International cooperation among tax administrations is vital in an era of rapid movement of money and people across borders.”The Global Forum plays a key role in promoting tax cooperation and the exchange of information among revenue authorities.It feeds into the work of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Group of 20 on improving transparency on tax matters.The forum is the largest consensus-based organisation working to facilitate the exchange of tax information between jurisdictions, an important step towards an end to secrecy.“South Africa fully supports the work of the forum, whose peer review reports reflect a very good practice in exchange of information,” Gordhan said.Currently, the forum has a membership of 116 and is in a position to have a significant impact on how jurisdictions cooperate, not only in terms of transparency of information, but putting in more effort to ensure that taxes are collected and used in a way that improves the lives of the citizens of those jurisdictions.Forum members must ensure the integrity and sustainability of tax systems around the globe.“Governments have an obligation to create an environment conducive to economic growth and job creation – and to ensure that the benefits that come from that growth are shared broadly,” he said.“If this does not happen, we will be responsible for creating more inequality.”Source: SANews.gov.za
No. 6 Notre Dame took a 20-14 lead over No. 8 Stanford on a 73-yard touchdown hook-up from DeShone Kizer to big-play wide receiver Will Fuller late in the second quarter.The Fighting Irish took over at their own 27 following a Stanford punt. Kizer then immediately connected with Fuller on a deep ball down the left sideline.Will Fuller 73 yard TD reception to make it 20-14 Notre Dame #STANvsND pic.twitter.com/6Szni9qU95— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) November 29, 2015 Fuller has four receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown already. Notre Dame needs this win to maintain in the CFP hunt, but the Cardinal just scored to re-take the lead.
TORONTO – Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) says it vows to defend itself against misrepresentation claims in a $4-million lawsuit filed by a short seller against the alternative lender and three of its former executives.The company issued a response after California-based short seller Marc Cohodes on Monday filed a statement of claim with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleging that the company’s misrepresentations in its financial reporting cost him millions when he closed his position early.Cohodes, who has been a vocal critic of Home Capital, said he took a short position the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender’s shares in 2014.He adds in the claim that between March and June 2015, based on positive information in Home Capital’s financial reporting, he repurchased 91,800 of those shares at more than $40 each, at a total cost of more than $3.6 million.In June 2017, Home Capital agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit and a matter before the Ontario Securities Commission concerning allegations of misleading disclosure.Home Capital says that holders of more than 1,717,600 million common shares eligible for the global class action settlement have opted out, and it has now received claims from parties representing 1,717,400 shares.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability, saying only a “foolish government” would make such a disclosure and “betray” a defence secret.In an address to the nation, Modi had on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite under ‘Mission Shakti’, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Slamming the announcement by the prime minister, Chidambaram tweeted, “The capability to shoot down a satellite has existed for many years. A wise government will keep the capability secret. Only a foolish government will disclose it and betray a defence secret.” The former finance minister also questioned the motive of the government in making the announcement. “Besides, why was it done now in the middle of an election campaign? Only to boost the sagging fortunes of the BJP,” Chidambaram claimed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KFollowing the prime minister’s speech, several Opposition parties had complained to the Election Commission alleging violation of the model code of conduct. The Election Commission, however, said on Friday night that Modi’s address to the nation on the successful test-firing of an anti-satellite missile did not violate the model code of conduct. Chidambaram also sought answers from the prime minister on high unemployment rate and job losses, citing data from the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).
Casablanca – The police of Casablanca Mohammed V international airport arrested on Tuesday night two sub -Saharan Africans who were in possession of 75 kilograms of cocaine, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The suspects were onboard a flight coming from a Latin American country.This is the biggest amount of cocaine seized recently by Moroccan customs in all border check points in the country. According to Mr. Abdelhadi Siba, chief of the airport’s judiciary police, the drug intercepted was carefully concealed in decorative objects, parts of vehicles, handbags and laptop bags.The perpetrators deliberately used spices to neutralize the smell of drugs.This it is the fifth aborted attempt to smuggle hard drugs into Moroccan soil in less than two weeks. About 22 kg of cocaine were seized recently in similar operations, according to the same source.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
“In a special message to readers last Sunday, we told how we are investing in areas like watchdog reporting, local news and digital publishing,” Kern wrote. “We are able to do this by making clear choices in our priorities and shifting resources to activities that readers and advertisers value most. These changes are part of this effort.”The Chicago Tribune said its paid Sunday circulation average for the six months ending in March was 858,256 copies, putting it behind the New York Times (1.451 million), Los Angeles Times (1.019 million) and Washington Post (868,965). The Chicago Tribune said late last week that it will fold its 55-year-old weekly Sunday magazine on July 5.Instead, the paper will replace the 850,000-circulation Chicago Tribune Magazine with Sunday, a new newspaper section that will include some of the former magazine’s features.”Declining advertising and high costs made weekly publication unsustainable,” Gerould Kern, the Chicago Tribune’s editor, wrote in a memo to staffers.
Racer X Illustrated publisher Filter Publications, on the other hand, wanted a simpler format for its Racer X iPhone app and went with AppMakr software. President Bryan Stealey says he mostly built the app himself, with a little help from a developer, and the service at the time was free. For its widely successful gaming app Mad Skills Motocross, however, Stealey says its partnership with Swedish developer Turborilla, which owns the game and pays a revenue-based fee to Filter in exchange for branding, was essential. “There are partnerships to be made,” he says. “Developers don’t seem to innately be great marketers. They know how to make something that people want to use, but don’t necessarily know how to get it out there.” The game has hit a worldwide rank of number two for paid iPhone apps in the App Store and has reached number one in the racing category, exposing the Racer X logo to millions of people.Tailoring a Strategy The key, says Pedzwater, is to know what best fits your audience and tailor a strategy to that. Spin, for example, has focused only on the iPad for now. “When we made the investment, iPad apps were brand new territory, but we took an approach that said this is where we see our audience going, and we can be successful here. Looking back now and seeing how it has shifted our company in a digital direction and benefited the brand overall, it’s well worth it.” Music magazine Spin partnered with Bottle Rocket Apps for its highly successful Spin Play app, named to the top five in Apple’s Newsstand Rewind for 2011. Brand creative director Devin Pedzwater, who led its development, attributes this to it being more than just a replication of the magazine. “We looked at software options we could have used to build the app ourselves, but we decided to go with Bottle Rocket because they took a different approach, and we wanted that.” Pedzwater agrees: “We set out pretty early and had a long track to think about it. We started with Bottle Rocket on the basics, sketching it out with pencil and paper, until we reached a decision on what we wanted. We ended up with something unique, so that time spent was well worth it.” He warns, though, not to underestimate the time it takes for data conversion, as cleaning up web and content feeds was an unexpected time drain leading up to launch. The Road AheadWhile the trajectory of all this change is hard to foresee, it’s important to be in position to handle them. Pedzwater says his Spin has reworked its entire workflow around digital, without diminishing print. “It actually makes print stronger,” he says. “I think we’ll continue to keep pushing to make this its own product, separate from what a traditional magazine can do. It’s fun to see how far we can push that, and it makes us better able to take advantage of what print does really well.” Boccia makes a similar point: “You gain momentum when you’re on three or four devices, but trying to cover all of them isn’t possible. You have to ask how many users you’ll bring in from each device, and is it worth it?” He emphasizes the advantage of waiting: “I’ve learned not to be first to the market because typically there’s going to be a bleeding edge. You’re going to get hurt. It’s probably better to wait a couple months to let things settle.” Keeping pace with the dramatic changes on the smartphone and tablet front is no small feat for any publisher, but doing so presents a particular challenge for smaller companies without a safety net of funds for experimentation with platforms that are at once in their infancy and yet increasingly seen as essential. For many, the first question is: do we create the apps ourselves, or partner with vendors? For its iPhone apps, Wells Publishing, a b-to-b media company serving the insurance industry, spent a one-time fee of $4,000 with an outside developer in early 2010 but decided before long to build them in-house. “When you use a vendor, you lose a lot of that control,” says Wells’ VP of design Guy Boccia. Apps for the iPad, though, have been another story. At first, Boccia says his team considered building them in house but soon saw the continuous changes and updates and lack of specifications were too great a challenge. “We realized we were better off buying a product that will give us a guarantee so we wouldn’t have to worry about changing what we built and training every two weeks.” After working with three different vendors within two years, Boccia says he feels the changes have slowed down enough, and his team has learned enough, to bring development in-house. While Boccia has faced greater challenges with developing apps for iPad than the iPhone—and though the iPhone apps have so far yielded a healthier return on investment—he sees real opportunity with the tablet platform, especially in 2013. Average users spend sixteen minutes on his company’s iPad apps versus two minutes on those of the iPhone. “Engagement will become a much more important metric going forward, versus number of downloads,” says Boccia. “Advertisers are still shy about the iPad, but there’s a story to tell, a definite market for it. Sales people just haven’t figured out how to tell it yet.” For this reason, he says, developing a focus on analytics is essential.More on this topic How One Small Publisher Cracked the App Store Top 25 How Smaller Publishers Are Scoring With Apps AARP Goes Mobile Digital Edition Briefs | 9.28.11 Bonnier’s Islands Extends Print with Four Apps Hearst Launches Mobile App ‘Think Tank’Just In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. 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Condé Nast’s Ars Technica has executed Dash’s API site overlay and recommendation engine. The site overlay shows real-time page view data at the top of the Ars Technica homepage, giving editors the chance to adjust article distribution pathways and allowing writers to respond to trends quickly. Jason Marlin, Director of Technology for Ars Technica discussed the site overlay on Parse.ly’s company blog. “I think having it [the numbers] right there at a glance has helped people [editors] tweak how they make their headlines and the types of content that they write about.”For Ars Technica, recommendations appear in the customized “My Stories” space and in a grid underneath posts, allowing Ars Technica to monitor and filter out content for specific users, despite their anonymity. The API also allows Ars Technica to surface content for users that may be older but is currently trending on social networking websites or on Reddit. That way, users that may have otherwise missed the material can become part of the social discovery. Other publishers using Dash include Meredith Publishing, The Atlantic, Mashable, The Next Web and US News. Pricing begins at $499 a month. Dash, the content analytics product of Parse.ly, will now have its API available to the public. The API enables publishers to use Dash’s collected data to personalize reader experience and develop more tools to ease content delivery and editorial management.The API leverages the metadata gathered through Dash to create personalized recommendations to enhance the reader’s experience. It allows access to the real-time data collected through the analytics, including traffic and social data on articles, authors, sections, referral sources and topics discussed in the content. Several Dash API tools used by web publishers include the recommendation engine, a backend site, top stories and a site overlay.