Matthew Perry is off to make some Friends in London! He will lead the cast in the world premiere of his playwriting debut, The End of Longing. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the bittersweet and comic new show is scheduled to run for a limited engagement February 2, 2016 through May 14. Opening night is set for February 11 at the Playhouse Theatre.This is a reunion for Perry and Posner, who first collaborated on Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the West End’s Comedy Theatre in 2003. “Being on stage makes you feel naked. Being on stage in a play that I have written will make me feel doubly naked,” said Perry in a statement. “So if you’d like to see me doubly naked, tickets go on sale today.”Perry is best known for playing Chandler Bing in Friends; other TV credits include The Odd Couple, Go On, The Good Wife, Mr Sunshine, The Ron Clark Story, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The West Wing. Film appearances include 17 Again, The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards, Three to Tango, Fools Rush In and A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.Meet Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie: four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, their lives become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.Further casting for the four hander will be announced soon. View Comments
In what is a very young season, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team has played in a way best compared to a passage from Ben Barry in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: “They’ve been up, they’ve been down, they’ve been here, they’ve been there, they’ve been a frickin’ one team circus.”While Matthew McConaughey probably knows little about Wisconsin soccer, the quote he yells to Kate Hudson fits the Badgers season like no other line could.The Badgers started the season with a remarkable victory on the road at Memphis, scoring four goals in the final 14 minutes to top the Tigers by a single goal. They then proceeded to go 0-2-1 in their next three games, including a 3-1 loss to Florida International in front of a vocal McClimon Complex crowd in their home opener. But that weekend wasn’t over, and Wisconsin rallied its spirits to a 1-1 draw against No. 13 Georgetown.And all of this in just five games. Time is on the side of the Badgers. With plenty of season remaining, a strong showing this weekend at the Illinois-Chicago Soccer Classic would do wonders in jumpstarting their momentum.Wisconsin will start the weekend Friday night with a matchup against the Western Illinois Leatherbacks – a team coming off a 3-0 drubbing to No. 20 Marquette. The Leathernecks (2-3) own victories over DePaul and Valparaiso, however, and will be no pushover for the Badgers.Western Illinois is no stranger to Wisconsin, as Friday’s match is its fifth meeting with the Badgers in seven years. The past four bouts between these two teams have all ended with 1-0 scores, with the Badgers triumphing in three of the four affairs.Their shared history is one thing head coach John Trask indicates as a reason for their Friday game to be a battle.“Western Illinois is a well-coached team, with Doc [Eric] Johnson and his staff,” Trask said. “We’ve had some great battles with them over the last couple years. We expect they are going to come out firing and play well above whatever their record may be.”Regardless of how well the Leathernecks play, the Badgers are more concerned with how they will perform. After the disappointing home-opening loss to FIU, Trask elected to use a four-back defensive strategy, and it worked against the nationally-ranked Hoyas.Wisconsin took control with an early goal and relinquished just one in its double overtime effort. The Badgers now plan to use that showing against the Hoyas as momentum heading into the weekend and toward the impending Big Ten schedule.“Our game against Georgetown – obviously it wasn’t a win – but in a large sense, it was a success for us,” freshman goalkeeper Chase Rau said. “It made us realize the true potential we have as a team.”A win Friday will keep the momentum going into Sunday’s game against IUPUI. Their official name – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis – may seem lengthy, but their season likely has felt even longer.Thus far, the Jaguars are just 2-5 and are eager to add to their win column. With a newly-defined Badger defense gaining speed, the Sunday match may be a defensive battle.Last weekend, IUPUI shut out Northern Kentucky 1-0 behind seven saves from freshman goaltender Eduardo Cortes. Cortes was later named Defensive Player of the Week for the Summit League. If Cortes is on his game, the sometimes-stagnant Badger offense may meet its match.However, Cortes himself may meet his own match standing in the opposite goal. In his first semester on campus, Rau has seized the starting goalie position and run away with it. Although the victories have not been turning his way, Rau is right on pace with his coach’s expectations.“He’s been pretty solid for us,” Trask noted. “We think a lot of the issues have been in front of him.”With an additional defender on the field, the Badgers’ defense should be in its most bolstered state this weekend, making things easier on the young goalie. It should also help draw attention away from a group that has already surrendered 11 goals.Although two opponents linger on the weekend schedule, Wisconsin is focusing on the things it needs to do to get ready for its conference schedule, which begins next Friday against Penn State. The short list includes staying motivated and playing solid defense.“We’re definitely going in more worried about ourselves [than our opponents],” sophomore defender AJ Cochran said. “We are going to play the game that we know how to play, play with confidence and hopefully things will just fall into place from there.”Without a headliner opponent like Georgetown in the UIC tournament, the Badgers’ confidence is on the rise. For players, returning to Madison with any more losses seems out of the question.“I definitely think the expectation is to go 2-0,” Cochran said. “We’re going to go into both games well-prepared and well- coached. … If we don’t come out 2-0, it will probably be a little bit of a disappointment.”
An encore comeback couldn’t be completed and, after the Bears escaped with the 14-9 win, Mullens … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Last December, the 49ers trailed 14-12 to the Bears entering the fourth quarter in Chicago, eventually rallying for a 15-14 win in Jimmy Garoppolo’s first start as the 49ers quarterback.Sunday, the 49ers trailed 14-9, with Nick Mullens in charge of a potential comeback over the Bears.
Add Leakey to Homo skulls and what do you get? Headlines! — with fine print that undermines the celebration.The news media were full of headlines this week about our latest ape-like ancestors. New Scientist announced, “Fossils confirm three early humans roamed Africa.” Pallab Ghosh spoke for the BBC News, “New human species identified from Kenya fossils.” PhysOrg trotted out the ever-ready cliche, “New Kenyan fossils shed light* on early human evolution.” Live Science was slightly more tentative with “New Flat-Faced Human Species Possibly Discovered.” They were reporting latest finds by Meave Leackey, Louis N. Leakey, Fred Spoor and team, announced forthrightly in Nature, “New fossils from Koobi Fora in northern Kenya confirm taxonomic diversity in early Homo” (Nature488, 09 August 2012, pp. 201–204, doi:10.1038/nature11322). Trouble is, seasoned bone analyst Bernard Wood let most of the gas out of the bag in his analysis in the same issue of Nature (“Palaeoanthropology: Facing up to complexity,” Nature 488, 09 August 2012, pp. 162–163, doi:10.1038/488162a).It’s not that Bernard Wood doubts human evolution from apes. He made that clear: “There must have been a ladder-like sequence of species connecting us with that common ancestor,” he said, speaking of “the ancestral species we share exclusively with chimpanzees and bonobos.” Then he added, “but it is unclear whether our section of the ‘tree of life’ is restricted to this ancestor–descendant sequence, or whether it includes other, now extinct, lineages.”The gist of the find is that some new skull and jaw fragments found in Kenya by the Leakey-Spoor team seem to reinforce the idea the Homo rudolfensis, a.k.a. Skull 1470 that made a splash back in 1972, was an odd man out that might have represented an extinct lineage of Homo. The problem, as Bernard Wood explains it, is that the data (as usual) are too fragmentary to confirm any one of several hypotheses. There’s so much wiggle room in the data, he’s not sure what these new fossils mean. Not only that, the other Homo fossils are still in disarray: H. habilis, H. erectus, H. ergaster, H. heidelbergensis, H. neanderthalensis – the whole gang. Are they ancestors, extinct lineages, or all variations on the same human species?Wood believes there are “at least two” Homo species in the data, but he made statements that could make a creationist say “Aha!” (considering that they will deny the evolutionary dates assigned to these bones anyway). For instance, he admitted that back in the 1970s there were questions whether the fossils from Koobi Fora represented different species or just males and females of the same species (he chose the former interpretation). He also assumed back then that a particularly robust jaw went with the face of H. rudolfensis. That has been refuted by the new finds, he said, leaving him to conclude that two or three separate lines of Homo coexisted. His last paragraph, though, leaves enough gap to drive a truck through:So where do we go from here? More work needs to be done using the faces and lower jaws of modern humans and great apes to check how different the shapes of the palate and lower jaw can be among individuals in living species. We also need to find a way to formally estimate the likelihood that the OH 7 lower jaw came from the same species as either KNM-ER 60000 or KNM-ER 1802. If the latter can be accommodated within H. habilis, then all well and good, but if not (which I think is more likely), then could KNM-ER 1802 and its ilk represent a third species? Finally, some researchers have suggested that evidence from the face and jaws of H. habilis and H. rudolfensis, plus what little fossil evidence we have of these species’ other body regions, stretches the definition of the genus Homo too far. Perhaps these two taxa belonged to a different lineage from that from which H. sapiens arose? My prediction is that by 2064, 100 years after Leakey and colleagues’ description of H. habilis, researchers will view our current hypotheses about this phase of human evolution as remarkably simplistic.Did the news media include these confessions? Only New Scientist mentioned Wood’s statement about stretching the definition of Homo too far. Live Science and PhysOrg, decorating their articles with photos of the team looking very scientific with their tools, treated the statements of the discoverers as fact, saying they confirm the notion that there were three separate lineages of Homo living at the same time. Pallab Ghosh at the BBC News was the most reckless, stating as a fact that a new species of Homo has been discovered by the Leakey team. “With the discovery of the three new fossils researchers can say with more certainty that H.rudolfensis really was a separate type of human that existed around two million years ago alongside other species of humans,” he said, completely ignoring Wood’s remark about “our current hypotheses … as remarkably simplistic.” Ghosh captioned the press-release skull reconstruction positively: “A new species of human: One of several co-existing in Africa two million years ago.”Ghosh even included the old “march of progress” icon of apes evolving into humans, with the caption, “The March of Progress had many dead ends” (presumably exempting his own top end). To nail it for Darwin, Ghosh quoted Meave Leakey (hardly a disinterested party), saying, “evolution really does work…. It leads to amazing adaptions and amazing species and we are one of them.” She did not explain whether the truthfulness of her propositions could be derived from random mutations.For those of us who already know that their current hypotheses about human evolution are remarkably simplistic, ignore the latest self-serving Darwin Party infomercial and go back to work doing what good humans do: thinking rationally.For more on Homo rudolfensis, see 3/27/2007, and especially 5/27/2009. For more on Homo habilis, see 8/09/2007, 7/13/2009, and 9/21/2009. For entertainment, follow the “Early Man” category over time.*On “The Five” on Fox News today, Greg Gutfeld urged people to drop the phrase “shed light.” The expression, he claimed, is a dodge. When you have facts and numbers, you present them; when you don’t, you say your guesswork “sheds light” on whatever. We agree: evolutionists, drop this worn-out, tired, useless expression! 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Tags:#Android#Apple#iPhone#smartphones Win-Win-WinWhile it’s not clear exactly why Apple holds this advantage, that 26 minutes per day adds up to 3 hours a week, 156 hours a year – the rough equivalent of a full month of regular workdays for every user. That difference is critical in many ways, helping Apple continue to attract carriers and developers to its platform – and helps make its higher prices more palatable to consumers. For carriers, the iPhone’s advantage in engagement makes it more valuable: more usage = more bandwidth = higher revenues. That will help Apple continue to hold carriers hostage to its hefty subsidy demands. For users, any additional costs of an iPhone over an Android device is more easily justified by in the additional value gleaned from the extra usage. For app developers, the additional usage makes the iPhone a more appealing platform for their products. These numbers should help cement iOS’ pace remain the go-to platform for smartphone app developers. Just as important, as it turns out, iPhone users aren’t just more engaged, they use their devices differently.The Little DifferencesA surprising datapoint from the Experian consumer study reveals that iPhone and Android users differ noticeably in how they use their devices. iPhone owners spend a disproportionately greater share of smartphone time than Android owners texting, emailing, using the camera and social networking.According to Experian, 28% of the time Android users spend on their devices is dedicated to talking, whereas for iPhone users the number is only 22%. Android owners also devote a greater share of time visiting websites on their phone do than iPhone owners.The combination of higher overall daily usage on iPhone, plus the relatively phone and Web-centric usage of Android should continue to mitigate Android’s lead in the number of devices out there and convince app developers to continue to focus first and foremost on iPhone. iPhone is simply more “app centric.”Not For VideoOn average, smartphone users – both Android and iPhone – spend 58 minutes per day on their device. Video watching, Experian noted, comprised a surprisingly small share of daily smartphone use. This is because only a small number – 2.3% – of smartphone owners watch video on their device “during a typical day.” Of those few that do, the average time spent is 5 minutes, spread over 4.2 different sessions. If this pattern holds, it could diminish hopes for smartphones to serve as the “second screen.” Such numbers could also place obvious limits on the revenue potential of mobile video, including YouTube. The chart below reveals the more common smartphone activities and time spent on each: For Tim Cook, Usage Trumps Market ShareAt the recent D11 Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook, when questioned about market share, stated that “winning, for us, has never been about making the most.” Cook focuses instead on engagement and customer satisfaction. Given Apple’s market position, there is no doubt that Cook is wise to focus on such metrics.In market share, Android beats iPhone in the U.S. – and even more so around the world. But iPhone still wins on engagement – and needs to maintain its lead in that area if Apple wants to keep its premium position among carriers, developers and phone buyers. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Even as Google’s Android platform captures a majority of the U.S. smartphone market share, Apple retains one key advantage: iPhone users spend far more time with their devices.A new study, this one by Experian, shows again that when it comes to actual usage, iPhone handily beats Android, with iPhone users spending an average of 26 more minutes each day on their devices. Android users use their devices 49 minutes per day – for iPhone users, that figure is 1 hour and 15 minutes. brian s hall Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
To push its demand for special category status for Odisha, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is planning to join hands with the YSR Congress and the JD(U) in Parliament and raise their voice together. The Chief Ministers of Odisha, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh – Naveen Patnaik of BJD, Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy of YSR Congress – have been demanding special category status for their respective State. The BJD, JD(U) and the YSR Congress have substantial presence in Lok Sabha with 12, 16 and 22 members respectively. While the JD(U) is part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the BJD and the YSR Congress are not aligned with any bloc. “Though the idea is in nascent stage, we are in favour of making a move with other Parties in order to make an impact in the Parliament,” BJD Parliamentary Party leader and Puri MP Pinaki Mishra told PTI. Mr. Mishra said it is better to raise the demand in a big way in the Parliament along with the MPs of both YSR Congress and JD(U). “All together, the three regional Parties have 50 MPs in the Lok Sabha and a good number in Rajya Sabha. If we are fighting for a common demand, what is wrong in joining hands and making our voice louder in the Parliament,” Mr. Mishra asked. Replying to a question on whether his Party has started any move to unite the two other like-minded Parties in the struggle for the special category status, Mr. Mishra said, “Not so far. But there is no harm in making an effort. Let the first session of the Parliament begin. We will make a move taking other Parties into confidence.” Mr. Mishra also appealed to all MPs from Odisha, irrespective of their Party affiliation, to join hands and demand special category status for Odisha, which has been frequently hit by natural calamities. Earlier this week, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged him to include natural calamity as an indicator for getting special category status. Since then, Mr. Patnaik urged Mr. Modi to consider ‘Special Focus State’ status to the calamity-hit States and allow them to get the benefits being availed by the States categorised as the special category States. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been raising the demand for special category status for the State for a long time. He had organised public meetings in support of the demand in Patna and New Delhi too in the past. The YSR Congress is also seeking special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
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With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ready for a “give and take” on the Lokpal Bill, fasting activist Anna Hazare on the sixth day of his fast accused the government of “betraying” the civil society on the issue. He warned of “unprecedented revolution” in the country if the Jan Lokpal Bill was not passed by August 30 and said the government will have to “either get the Bill passed or go”.Calling his campaign against corruption as the beginning of “second struggle for Independence”, the 73-year-old Gandhian on Sunday asked the youth to keep the “flame of revolution burning whether Anna is alive or not”. He also asked his supporters to hold dharnas in front of houses of MPs in their constituencies and demand written commitments in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill. (In pics: Brand Anna is hot & hit )Speaking at the Ramlila Maidan, Kiran Bedi asked people to sport ‘Anna cap’ as it symbolises nation’s need for a corruption-free India.There was speculation that the government was trying to engage Hazare in back channel talks and was looking to have interlocutors from his home state Maharashtra, including Umesh Chandra Sarangi, an additional chief secretary to the state government.Spiritual guru Bhayyu Maharaj was another choice for a negotiator with Hazare, according to informed sources in the government. (Video: Delhi bikers join agitation)But RTI activist and Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal rejected the reports. “The government has sent us a new proposal but hasn’t incorporated any of our demands. So, there is no breakthrough in the talks,” he said at the Ramlila Maidan.advertisementMeanwhile, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the government desired “a new chapter of talks with the civil society” and added that the constitution “can accommodate all views”. Anna warns govtAnna Hazare speaks at Ramlila Maidan.Noting that he has been fighting against corruption for the past 20 years, Anna Hazare said the government betrayed them on the Lokpal issue despite constituting a joint committee for drafting the bill.”They constituted a joint committee after my fast in April. But nothing came out of that meeting despite talking for two months. They betrayed the civil society. The government’s intention to fight corruption is not noble,” he said at Ramlila Maidan.He also recalled the struggle in the run up to RTI Act being passed in Parliament and said the legislation has now brought scams like 2G and Adarsh to light.Hazare said there was no “dark spot” in his life otherwise his opponents would have “broken my life”.A corrupt PM threat to nation: Prashant BhushanLawyer and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan also spoke at the Ramlila Maidan and reiterated their demand to bring the prime minister under the ambit of the Lokpal.”The government says if the prime minister is investigated for corruption charges, the government will be shaken. But if the prime minister is corrupt and no investigation is done, this will be a great danger to the country’s security,” he said.Bhushan also said the Team Anna was ready to talk to the government, but would not compromise on its core issues. “We are ready to talk if they are ready. Our Jan Lokpal Bill has been amended 13 times. All suggestions have been included,” he said.He also demanded that the government bring a strong Judicial Accountability Bill along with the Lokpal Bill.India needs Anna: Sri Sri RavishankarSri Sri Ravishankar at Ramlila Maidan with Anna Hazare.Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar on Sunday said the movement against corruption launched by Anna Hazare is making “new history” and pitched for reforms in electoral and other sectors.Addressing the gathering at Ramlila Maidan, the venue of Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast demanding a strong Lokpal Bill, termed the Gandhian as a “saint” who has come to save the country and make it strong.”I congratulate the team, inspite of all the allegations, they held their head high and continued their resolve without bending down,” he said.Thousands march for AnnaAnna Hazare’s supporters march from India Gate to Ramlila Maidan.Rallying behind Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption, thousands of people in Delhi on Sunday marched a distance of five kilometres from India Gate to Ramlila Maidan.Slogans supporting Anna Hazare and opposing the government’s Lokpal Bill could be heard all along the way as people marched peacefully in support of the anti-corruption activist.Team Anna members Swami Agnivesh and Kiran Bedi joined thousands of people at the India Gate and led the rally.Delhiites were not alone in the endeavour as people from neighbouring states like Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh too joined in the long march to send a strong message to the Government.advertisementSocial networking sites like Facebook and Google Plus were abuzz with messages that a grand rally will be organised at India Gate on Sunday evening. The messages also asked people to come out in large numbers.Hazare thanks peopleSupporters of Anna Hazare at Ramlila Maidan.Hazare came to the podium at around 10 am as supporters started pouring into Ramlila Maidan.”I thank all of you for coming here and supporting the movement,” the 73-year-old anti-corruption crusader said in a brief comment.In a setback to the government, the second consecutive night of the Gandhian’s protest witnessed more crowds than the first.
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)The state of Florida showed up big at this afternoon’s Under Armour All-American Game. Florida State commits accounted for 21 of victorious Team Highlight’s 27 points. The other six came on a phenomenal one-handed catch by Dionte Mullins, a four-star wide receiver committed to his hometown Hurricanes.Miami commit @dionte_mullins8 makes an insane catch at the UA @AllAmericaGame https://t.co/nyEsN8szIN— Scout Recruiting (@scoutrecruiting) January 2, 2016Mullins committed to Al Golden back on July 4, 2014, and will take his official visit to The U on January 15. He’s definitely a guy that Mark Richt will want to hold on to.
For his part, Councillor for the Greenwich Town Division, Karl Blake, noted that while the sale of the market will displace some people, “we seize this opportunity to have a proper dialogue with them and let them be a part of the development”. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is to enter into negotiations with the National Land Agency (NLA) for the sale of the Constant Spring Market to facilitate the expansion of the Constant Spring Road corridor.A resolution giving effect to this was approved by the Corporation at its meeting held in the Council Chamber located on Church Street in downtown Kingston on December 12.The KSAMC has commissioned and received the requisite valuations from the NLA and also from a private, duly registered valuator. The private valuation puts the value of the market at $270 million while the public valuation is $186 million.In opening the debate on the resolution, Councillor of the Norbrook Division, Susan Senior, argued that expansion of the roadway will lead to a reduction in travel time for motorists.She said that motorists spend as many as three hours in traffic on a daily basis, and this is “time that could be spent with loved ones and time that could be utilised in the offices”.For his part, Councillor for the Greenwich Town Division, Karl Blake, noted that while the sale of the market will displace some people, “we seize this opportunity to have a proper dialogue with them and let them be a part of the development”.The Government will spend approximately $2.4 billion (US$19 million) under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) to widen and improve Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew.Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, on December 5 signed the contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited to facilitate the road-improvement works.The four-kilometre thoroughfare runs from Norbrook Drive to Red Hills Road/Eastwood Park Road intersection.The works include widening of the road from two to four lanes, improved traffic management, upgrading of storm-water drainage, and construction of two additional bus bays at the transportation terminal in Manor Park, St. Andrew. Story Highlights The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is to enter into negotiations with the National Land Agency (NLA) for the sale of the Constant Spring Market to facilitate the expansion of the Constant Spring Road corridor. The KSAMC has commissioned and received the requisite valuations from the NLA and also from a private, duly registered valuator. The private valuation puts the value of the market at $270 million while the public valuation is $186 million.