Exit Facebook – Enter Deep Space

first_imgYour Physicists Need You! An Oxford team of astrophysicists is enlisting the public’s help in classifying newly discovered galaxies at http://www.galaxyzoo.org/ The name is whimsically inspired by the huge (and stunningly beautiful) variety of galaxies – one million never before seen by human eyes – milling against the darkness of the universe, a zoo of the new and unknown. Newly discovered galaxies need to be sorted into types – elliptical and spiral – and since the launch of the website a week ago, 40,000 have already signed up. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is taking these images in an attempt to help scientists understand better how galaxies are born, evolve, and die. Volunteers have been recruited from around the world – Japan, New Zealand, and Russia are just a few – and Dr Lintott, a member of the Oxford team, claims the interest has appeal even further afield: “I’m convinced that somewhere out there there is an alien at a computer spending two seconds looking at an image of the Milky Way, saying that’s just another spiral.”But why people (or aliens, for that matter)? Why not use a computer? Because you, yes you, are better than any super-computer can ever be at recognising patterns, shapes and resemblances (try sticking that on your CV for your next interview). The website explains: “Any computer program we write to sort our galaxies into categories would do a reasonable job, but it would also inevitably throw out the unusual, the weird and the wonderful. To rescue these interesting systems which have a story to tell, we need you.”While some unfortunates may argue that facebook too is a collection of the unusual, the weird and the wonderful, if you’re looking for something a little different, the GalaxyZoo awaits. Try your hand at identifying galaxies at http://www.galaxyzoo.org/Tutorial.aspx. Deep space is just a click away. Cherwell24 is not responsible for the contents of external websites.last_img read more

Residents Complain About Brush-Cutting Operation in Ocean City Neighborhood

first_imgNeighbors Carolyn Logan, foreground, and Margaret McGonigle look at a stump from one of the trees that were cut down. By Donald WittkowskiMany of the cedar, cherry and pear trees that had lined a split-rail fence on property overlooking the marshlands along 52nd Street in Ocean City are now gone. Their stumps are all that remain.“To be honest with you, I was stunned when I counted 42,” Carolyn Logan, a resident of Bark Drive, just off 52nd Street, exclaimed of the number of stumps.Logan estimated some of the trees were 15 to 20 feet tall. But they weren’t the only things that were chopped down. Phragmites, bayberry bushes and other native plants that were part of what Logan and her neighbor, Margaret McGonigle, of Anchorage Drive, described as an environmentally sensitive area have disappeared, too.“Before they cut everything down, you could not see through here at all. This was lush,” McGonigle recalled of the thicket of trees, bushes and marsh reeds. “But now, I can see all the way to Super Liquors.”The Super Liquors store she referred to is some three miles across the expanse of marshlands in the neighboring town of Marmora.In late December, a contractor hired by Ocean City cut down trees and vegetation along a nearly half-mile stretch of 52nd Street as part of a maintenance program to keep the tall growth in check, but in doing so, has drawn the anger of some of the neighbors.Trees, bushes and marsh reeds along the fence line on 52nd Street have been chopped down.Logan and McGonigle complained about the tree cutting to Mayor Jay Gillian during a meeting Saturday organized by Councilman Bob Barr for residents of the Fourth Ward. Gillian expressed his regrets for what he said appeared to be an “overzealous” cuttingoperation by the city contractor.“I apologize for that. I own that one,” Gillian told the audience of about 60 residents who attended the meeting at the Ocean City Free Public Library.Most of the meeting focused on a $6.5 million drainage and road project that will help reduce flooding in the Fourth Ward between 28th and 34th streets. But Logan and McGonigle pressed the mayor for answers about the tree-cutting operation when he opened the floor for questions.Gillian said the maintenance project has split the neighborhood “50-50,” noting that half of the residents objected to the loss of so many trees and bushes, while the other half enjoyed getting back their unfettered view of the marshlands.At the same time, Gillian promised to come back to the Fourth Ward residents with a plan for future cutting operations, as well as a strategy to protect the neighborhoods surrounding 52nd Street from floodwaters that come from the marshlands.“That’s on the front burner,” he said.Echoing Gillian’s comments, Barr, who represents the Fourth Ward on City Council, told the residents that the project will remain on “the front page.”Barr has proposed that city officials consult with Ocean City’s Environmental Commission and the Shade Tree Commission on ways to replace some of the trees and bushes that were chopped down.Mayor Jay Gillian promised residents of the Fourth Ward that he is looking into the tree cutting.Logan and McGonigle grumbled that the cutting of so much vegetation has left the area looking barren and stark, depriving the wildlife of valuable shelter and food in the process.“It’s a refuge for butterflies, migrating birds and turtles. It once was a beautiful area. It had been undisturbed before they did this,” Logan said, gazing at the denuded landscape.McGonigle said on the first day of cutting in December, the contractor trimmed just a little bit of the vegetation. She was stunned by what happened on the second day.“Then they came back the next day and it was all gone,” she said. “They came back and cut many, many more feet along the fence line.”During a City Council meeting in January, when residents first complained to city officials about the cutting operation, City Business Administrator Jim Mallon explained that the area was becoming overgrown with phragmites, poison ivy and poison sumac.“The objective of this brush removal will provide improved and clearer access to a historically grassy area,” Mallon said during the Council meeting. “The path near the split-rail fence is commonly used by neighborhood pet owners to walk their animals, and nearby homeowners appreciate the city keeping the area maintained.”Besides complaining about the altered aesthetics, Logan and McGonigle expressed fear that the loss of so many trees and bushes has removed a natural barrier protecting the neighborhoods from the wind-blown flooding that comes from the marshlands.“That was a block, at least, that gave us some flood protection,” McGonigle said.During Saturday’s meeting with Fourth Ward residents, Gillian said he believes the flooding is mainly caused by a deteriorated dirt embankment that was once part of the track for a railroad that served Ocean City years ago. Still visible on top of the embankment are the remnants of old wooden railroad ties that carried the track over the marshlands.The mayor believes that flooding from the marshlands around 52nd Street is caused by an old, deteriorated railroad embankment, seen in background.An engineering consultant for the city is in discussions with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on a flood-prevention plan. Gillian said he would share the plan with the Fourth Ward residents when it is ready.In an interview, Logan said she appreciates that the mayor has pledged to look into the matter and consult with residents.But in the meantime, Logan and McGonigle are not pleased with the newly created, wide-open view of the marshlands – without the trees, bushes and tall reeds that were once there.“If I had binoculars, I could count the number of cars in the parking lot at Super Liquors,” Logan said ruefully.last_img read more

Four ways to get executive buy-in to your creative ideas

first_imgby: Alex CastleySince the Next Top Credit Union Executive competition, people have asked me how to get buy-in from their executive team for some of their creative ideas.  I’m lucky enough that the executive management at my Credit Union allows for creativity to flow and has given us the freedom to execute on some of the zany stuff we have done.  But it wasn’t always so easy.  When we made our first Banks? No Thanks! video, it was met with a certain level of skepticism from most people.  The CEO was encouraging, but there was hesitation from most as YouTube and social media were not ‘things’ we had done before.  To help you get your zany, innovative ideas accepted, I’ve compiled a list of four ways to get executive buy-in to your creative ideas.Hire the right executive team.  Okay, maybe it’s not your choice.  But having a strong supportive executive team to begin with is critical!Do your homework.  Who can you engage with your idea?  What benefits might it have?  What is your Credit Union missing out on? For us, we knew we needed to pay attention to the younger demographic for sustainability.  Yet, all of our existing touch points with potential members were through channels focused on an older demographic (e.g., newspaper).  To attract a younger demographic, we needed to do something different. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Enyeama Cancels Contract with Lille

first_imgVincent Enyeama Nigeria legend Vincent Enyeama has become a free agent after reaching an agreement with Lille today to terminate the contract that binds them, informs the official website of the Ligue 1 Club.The goalkeeper was on the books of Lille for seven years after joining from Hapoel Tel Aviv, though he spent the 2012-2013 season on loan at Maccabi Tel Aviv.Enyeama posted 65 shutouts in 164 first-team games for Lille and conceded 156 goals in the matches. In the 2013-2014 Season, the 36-year-old netminder was very close to breaking the clean-sheet record held by retired Bordeaux numero uno Gaëtan Huard which he set in the 1992 – 1993 Season.He helped Lille qualify for the final of the 2016 Coupe de la Ligue against Paris Saint-Germain and featured for the club in the Europa League and Champions League.Enyeama had spells at Ibom Stars, Enyimba and Heartland before joining Bnei Yehuda in 2005.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NBA free agent rumors: Bucks signing Kyle Korver to 1-year-deal

first_imgAccording to the ESPN report, Korver had a “tough decision” choosing between the 76ers and the Bucks, but his relationship with Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer played a factor. Budenholzer coached Korver in Atlanta from 2013 through 2016 when he made an All-Star team and had some of the best years of his career. In honor of the Bucks getting Kyle Korver, let’s throw it back to the time Korver dropped 11 points in 1 minute against the Bucks. pic.twitter.com/RKoT40s673— Dante 🐻 (@GrindfatherSZN) July 20, 2019Korver split time between the Cavaliers and Jazz last season, averaging 8.6 points per game. Related News NBA 2019-20 win-total projections: Bucks, Clippers lead the way Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo on roster changes around the NBA: ‘It’s insane’center_img The Bucks upgraded their perimeter game Saturday, signing free agent sharpshooter Kyle Korver to a one-year deal worth $2.6 million, according to ESPN.The 6-7 Korver is 38 now and his days as a regular starter are behind him, but he can still knock down the 3. A career 42.9% shooter from long range, he had a down year by his standards last season, shooting 38.4%, but that’s still above the league average.last_img read more