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Derek Carr’s brother blames Josh Jacobs for fumbled toss

first_imgThe Carr family sticks together.Darren Carr, the brother of Raiders QB Derek Carr and head football coach of Bakersfield Christian High, protected Derek’s good name Sunday with a quick tweet after an Oakland turnover.Early in the third quarter of the Raiders’ game in London against the Bears, Derek Carr threw a toss right past running back Josh Jacobs. The Bears eventually recovered the fumble and scored on the ensuing possession.Khalil Mack recovers the fumble vs his former team!#CHIvsOAK …last_img read more

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Steve Biko Centre aims to inspire

first_img4 December 2012The newly opened Steve Biko Centre in the Eastern Cape will serve as an intellectual resource while providing an economic opportunity for the region, says President Jacob Zuma.“It is meant to be a living monument that utilizes memory to channel local energies towards contemporary development challenges,” Zuma said at the official opening of the heritage centre in Ginsberg, near King Williams Town.This year marks 35 years since the Black Consciousness leader died in police custody in August of 1977.Teaching, practising self-relianceBiko did not only preach self-reliance, he also practised it. This was evident in his work for black community programmes in Durban after his university days.When he was banished to his hometown, he established the Zimele Trust and the Zanempilo Community Health Centre in King Williams Town, which is situated about 60 kilometres from East London.“All these institutions were rooted in the communities, promoting self-reliance projects that sought to affirm that blacks can earn their own keep with dignity and care for one another,” Zuma said.“Our intention, working with the Steve Biko Foundation, is that this centre must serve as the epitome of the values, norms and mores that Mr Biko wanted to inculcate among all the oppressed people of South Africa,” Zuma said.He said the centre would educate people about Biko, his leadership and his contribution to freedom and democracy. It would also contribute to poverty eradication through the development of local cultural industries.Biko Heritage TrailBuilt through a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture and the Department of Tourism, the centre will serve as the cornerstone of the Biko Heritage Trail, a series of Biko-related sites running from Port Elizabeth to King William’s Town.A number of these sites, including Biko’s home in Ginsberg Township, the Biko Bridge in East London, and Zanempilo Clinic, which Biko co-founded in the mid-1970s, have been declared national heritage sites.The state-of-the-art building boasts a museum, archive centre, library resource centre, commemorative garden honouring human rights activists, and a community media centre.Zuma urged the community to ensure that the name of Steve Biko lived on forever in the country, and that the youth fully understood and appreciated his contribution to the liberation of South Africa.Earlier in the day, Zuma visited Biko’s grave, where he laid wreath and led a prayer.Former Unisa vice-chancellor Barney Pityana, a long-time friend and fellow activist of Biko, said that Biko “was committed to the idea that people should take responsibility for their own development. One hopes that this centre will be a focus of development for the region”.Pityana was hopeful the centre would be a place that built and developed young people in a way that reflected Biko’s commitment to young people.“It should serve as a place where young people can think, can be activists and serve the better cause of society,” he said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Can Algorithms Make You Laugh? Laffster Is Counting On It

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Geoffrey Plitt – Standup Demo from Geoffrey Plitt on Vimeo.Altmann and Plitt started hosting think-tank like meetings bringing together creative executives and researchers, dissecting what makes us laugh. “Not looking at what is funny but (asking) what about this is funny,” Altmann told me. It was at one of these talks that they met the lauded cartoonist Mankoff and agreed to work together. Everyone says when you have to explain a joke it’s not funny anymore. But maybe this exception to the rule finally shows us how wrong we might have been… and why no one laughs at our jokes. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts “We know what you think is funny.”That’s what the folks over at Venice, Calif., startup Laffster are claiming. Last week the MuckerLab-accelerated company closed a $750,000 seed round and launched its first product, an online political comedy-discovery app called Mock the Vote. The app features articles and videos on political news, dividing content by red, blue or undecided leanings. Think The Daily Show and The Colbert Report segments, curated to your politics.There may actually be a business opportunity here. Besides CollegeHumor and FunnyOrDie, it’s a relatively small field for such a huge social interest. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that in 2009, 50% of adults watched online comedy videos, up from just 31% in 2007.Learning What Makes You LaughLaffster is confident its special sauce can make those numbers continue to go up. They really do believe they know what you think is funny. The service uses special IP technology that it says learns over time what makes you laugh. This politically satirical app is the first of what will likely be other themed applications the company plans to publish in the near future.“We want to marry someone to content and what would make them laugh based on their social media profiles,” explained chief executive Dan Altmann. “When it comes to (online) comedy, there’s no personalization.”So how do these yahoos come up with laughable content? Believe it or not, it’s all science. And math. Huh? What? That’s not funny. Well…it could be. Laffster, Altmann says, taps into peoples’ comedic sensibilities by the service’s highly detailed software, and by incorporating peoples’ online footprints to help understand what they like, much the same way Facebook uses your likes and friends to make suggestions. In the end, it’s all psychology.Can Algorithms Be Funny?The team behind Laffster created an algorithm that tracks keywords for what makes you laugh. The company hired an academic comedy researcher (A humorologist. Seriously.) at the University of Colorado, a neuroscientist at Dartmouth University, and Bob Mankoff, a long-time cartoonist at the New Yorker. The company’s co-founders have something of a comedy pedigree, too. Chief technology officer Geoff Plitt, is a standup comedian and a former Google engineer (that’s right a code-crunching comic). And chief executive Dan Altmann is formerly of Barry Diller’s InterActive Corp., which owns CollegeHumor. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Funny MoneyThe company’s monetization plan is geared towards in-app advertising, licensing content and sponsorships. Right now Laffster is working with the the comedy club the Laugh Factory, engaging users with political videos coming out of their clubs; it is also feeding and creating custom content with Maker Studios’ POLIPOP YouTube channel. “One third of all Americans 40 years old and younger see satirical sources like Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert as being replacements of traditional news sources,” said Altmann, referring to recent analyst reports. “This is how we source our news, believe it or not, through satirical sources. We wanted to lock into something immediately and see what’s going on in the world but in a way that Stewart or Colbert would do and laugh at it.” Tags:#apps#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adam popesculast_img read more

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HEAT TAKES A TOLL ON AREA HIGHWAYS

first_imgThe excessive heat over the weekend caused roads to buckle around the Siouxland area.In Dakota Dunes, Cottonwood Lane going south and South Derby Lane going North were closed Friday evening when the pavement buckled from the heat.Troy Clouse of the Iowa Department of Transportation says he and his crews were working Saturday evening on five damaged roads in Plymouth and Sioux Counties:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BUCKLE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..with concrete. ;19Clouse says the high heat causes the pavement to expand looking for anopportunity to relieve the pressure under the pavement.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BUCKLE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………our pavement buckle. ;09Some vehicles ended up with punctured tires after driving over the sharp concrete pieces.last_img read more