Murakami postpones senior debut

first_imgShe is scheduled to skate at the senior-level Chubu regional meet in Japan that will get under way Oct. 1. NAGOYA (Kyodo) World junior champion Kanako Murakami has canceled her planned senior debut at the Nebelhorn Trophy starting Thursday in Oberstdorf, Germany, due to broken skates, according to figure skating sources.The 16-year-old Murakami is not ready to compete with a pair of new skates, the sources said. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Alaskans’ Life Expectancy Increasing Faster Than Other States

first_imgThe Journal of the American Medical Association reports that life expectancy was low in Alaska in past decades, particularity in more rural areas. In the Aleutians East Borough, a baby born today is expected to live 13 years longer than one born there in 1980. Alaskans are expected to live longer than in the past, and life expectancy rates have been growing in the 49th state faster than in any other region. Similar statistics were recorded in the North Slope Borough, where life expectancy has risen from 65 years in 1980 to 77 years now. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享  As a whole, the state’s life expectancy is now just one year behind the national average; Alaskans are typically living to 78, while Americans live to 79.last_img read more

Hunters coach gives Yoka a go at five-eight

first_imgRugby League BY KEVIN TEME The search for a winning halves combination for the SP PNG Hunters continues. But could the inclusion of Justin Tangue Yoka, a raw talent from Yungili village in Pangia, Southern Highlands be part of the solution? It is one of the problems that has been pondering over SP PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum’s mind over the last couple of weeks or most probably months. However, after contemplating he has brought in Yoka to the side for this weekend’s game. Following the footsteps of his elder brother Felix, a former Mendi Muruks premiership winning backs, Yoka is ready for a big game after Marum named him at the starting line-up at five eight for this weekend’s game against Sunshine Coast Falcons. Yoka replaces Charlie Simon who has been shifted back into the hooking role while halfback William Mone maintains his spot for the third consecutive game. This will be Hunters’ second home game and a must-win is expected after two consecutive losses against Tweed Head Seagulls (10-0) in Brisbane and 24-0 against Northern Pride at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday. For 20-year-old Yoka, he knows the pressure will be on him but the quiet spoken Southern Highlander says he will do his best given the opportunity. “The coach tried some of the halves but I thank him for giving me this opportunity and I will do my best in this weekend’s game,” Yoka said in Tok Pisin. Despite little or no educational background, the youngster from Pangia said rugby league is all that matters and not going to school and coming direct into the Hunters program was a blessing in disguise. Yoka played for the Western Yambi Tarangau in Pangia league and was selected to represent the association competing in the Highlands Confederate Zones Championship in Goroka, Eastern Highlands. From then on, he never looked back when selected into the Highlands Zone select side. He excelled to participate in the National Zone Conference in Port Moresby where he helped his side win the title. Yoka was selected again but this time, directly into the 60-man train on squad for the 2019 SP PNG Hunters team. The rest is history as he looks to make his debut against the Falcons as Hunter No. 73. “Yoka was impressive; a lot of people saw him and have been talking about him so we brought him to the side, SP PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum said. “What we expect from him is to go out there and play and control from the right side.”last_img read more

WOMEN CLAIM SILVER, MEN EARN BRONZE AT U SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgWomen Swimmer of the Year: Kylie Masse, TorontoRookie of the Year: Rebecca Smith, TorontoFox 40 Co-Coaches of the Year: Byron MacDonald, Toronto / Steve Price, UBCStudent-Athlete Community Service Award: Taylor Snowden-Richardson, Victoria Men (Nelson C. Hart trophy) Swimmer of the Year: Markus Thormeyer, UBCRookie of the Year: Alexander Pratt, UBCFox 40 Coach of the Year: Mike Blondal, CalgaryStudent-Athlete Community Service Award: Owen Guyn, Lethbridge Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 53.78 (U SPORTS Record) Robert Hill, Calgary, 56.27 Anders Klein, Calgary, 56.38W 50 Breast Kylie Masse, Toronto, 59.33 (U SPORTS Record) Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 1:01.56 Ingrid Wilm, UBC, 1:01.82M 100m Back W 100m Free1. Rebecca Smith, Toronto, 55.452. Charis Huddle, Western, 56.023. Hoi Lam Karen Lam, UBC, 56.22 Women W 50m Back1. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 27.942. Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 28.783. Ingrid Wilm, UBC, 28.81 W 400 IM1. Emily Overholt, UBC, 4:40.95 (U SPORTS Record)2. Megan Dalke, UBC, 4:48.213. Allison McCloy, Calgary, 4:54.38 1. UBC, 1,075 points2. Calgary, 925.53. Toronto, 6824. McGill, 5505. Victoria, 472.56. Regina, 4707. Ottawa, 442.58. Laval, 397.59. Montreal, 388.510. Alberta, 24911. Lethbridge, 234.512. Western, 16013. Dalhousie, 13414. Sherbrooke, 8715. Manitoba, 6516. Laurentian, 5817. Brock, 4118. Acadia, 4019. Waterloo, 3920. Queen’s, 3421. Thompson Rivers, 2922. Mount Allison, 2823. Guelph, 1024. McMaster, 5DAY 3 INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS Story Links FINAL TEAM STANDINGS Day 1Women 50m Free W 200m Breast1. Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 2:25.50 (U SPORTS Record)2. Renae Ledoux, Alberta, 2:32.503. Jasmine Raines, Laurier, 2:32.98 For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Men M 50m Back1. Clement Secchi, McGill, 26.152. Josh Dow, Calgary, 26.183. Robert Hill, Calgary, 26.23 M 200m Back1. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 1:58.64 (U SPORTS Record)2. Robert Hill, Calgary, 2:02.933. Anders Klein, Calgary, 2:03.76 W 4 x 100m Free 1. Toronto, 3:43.90 (U SPORTS Record)(Aleksa Gold, Ainsley McMurray, Kylie Masse, Rebecca Smith)2. UBC, 3:45.75(Hoi Lam Karen Tam, Quincy Brozo, Mackenzie Gunther, Emily Overholt)3. Montreal, 3:47.20(Katerine Savard, Charlotte Beauchemin, Frédérique Cigna, Ariane Mainville) Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 31.80 Hillary Metcalfe, UBC, 32.26 Marie-Laurence Godin, Sherbrooke, 32.47M 50 Breast Women 200m Free1. Emily Overholt, UBC, 1:57.26 (U SPORTS Record)2. Rebecca Smith, Toronto, 1:59.693. Aleksa Gold, Toronto, 2:01.17 M 4 x 100m Free1. UBC, 3:23.39 (U SPORTS Record)(Alexander Pratt, Josiah Binnema, Araya Therrien, Markus Thormeyer)2. Montreal, 3:26.56(Vincent Laperle, Antoine Bujold, Vincent Taboga, Antoine Bernard-Lalonde)3. Toronto, 3:26.75(Bjoern-Ole Schrader, Matt Dans, Ethan Fazekas, Mitch Ferraro) Men 200m Fly1. Davide Casarin, Ottawa, 2:00.41 (U SPORTS Record)2. Josiah Binnema, UBC, 2:00.953. Dmitriy Lim, UBC, 2:01.16 Kylie Masse earned national swimmer of the year honours for the fourth straight season as the 2019 Odlum Brown U SPORTS swimming championships wrapped up on Saturday night (Feb. 23) in Vancouver.TEAM STANDINGS: The Blues women earn their second straight national silver medal, finishing with 1230.5 points, just 25 points behind the host UBC Thunderbirds (1255.5). The Montreal Carabins placed third with 701 points.”Our women were a distant second last year by nearly 400 points,” said Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald. “To make almost all of that up in one year is incredible. What a finish. After three days and after 17 of the 19 events and the score was only three points apart. It can’t get more exciting than that.”Toronto’s men claimed the overall bronze medal with 682 points, behind the UBC Thunderbirds (1075) and Calgary Dinos (925.5).  “The men’s team deserve some serious accolades,” added MacDonald. “The turnover in the team from last year was the biggest wholesale change I have ever experienced in my 41 years at U of T. We lost 10 of our 18 members from last year’s OUA championship team. The fact that we could still make our way to the national podium was impressive.”WOMEN’S RESULTS: Masse garnered female swimmer of the year honours after finishing the meet with three individual and three relay gold medals.”I’m so proud of these girls,” said Masse. “To have been a part of this team for five years is something really special. This award is quite an honour because there were a lot of very fast swims this weekend.”In her final individual race as a Varsity Blue, Masse earned her third grand slam award in as many days, winning her fourth career 200 backstroke gold medal in a U SPORTS long course record of 2:08.70. That completed the backstroke sweep for the kinesiology major for the fourth straight year.The LaSalle, Ont., native capped off her U of T career by teaming up with rookies Aleksa Gold, Ainsley McMurray and Rebecca Smith to win the 400 freestyle relay in a U SPORTS record time of 3:43.90.”Being a part of a team is so special,” added Masse. “You learn a lot about yourself and there is a lot of personal growth both in and out of the pool. To share that with your teammates and watch each other grow and continue to improve is awesome. Not everyone gets a chance to be a part of a team so to be able to have that honour and to represent your school is something that everyone should be really proud of.””It was sad to see Kylie swim her last race for U of T as she has been such a role model and inspiration for her teammates and I would argue all sports folks,” said MacDonald. “It has been a privilege to coach her as I have mentioned before. She will remain on campus for her Olympic prep so even though her varsity eligibility is gone, she will still provide inspiration and leadership to the Blues.”Smith earned U SPORTS female rookie of the year laurels after amassing three individual and three relay gold medals as well. Smith capped off her first national championships by claiming her third individual gold medal in three days. The Red Deer, Alta., native touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle in 55.45 seconds.Rounding out Toronto’s podium finishes on Day 3 was Hannah Genich, who claimed the 200 butterfly silver medal in 2:13.77. Georgia Kidd was fourth in 2:15.81.Gold placed fourth in the 100 freestyle, while she, Sarah Polley and Genich finished 4-5-6 in the 200 backstroke. Sophia Saroukian also placed seventh in the 800 freestyle in 9:02.94.MacDonald and Linda Kiefer were named co-coaches of the year, alongside UBC’s Steve Price. MEN’S RESULTS: Mitch Ferraro ended his five-year career at U of T with a bronze-medal finish in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 50.94 seconds. He then teamed up with Bjoern-Ole Schrader, Matt Dans and Ethan Fazekas to place third in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:26.75.”Mitch has had a marvelous career at U of T,” said MacDonald. “We could always count on him for his swim performances and his leadership.”Osvald Nitski placed fifth in the 200 butterfly in 2:03.59, while Matthew Mac was sixth in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.02.INDIVIDUAL HONOURS Men 200m Free1. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 1:48.02 (U SPORTS Record)2. Davide Casarin, Ottawa, 1:49.033. Alexander Pratt, UBC, 1:51.41 Josiah Binnema, UBC, 52.89 (U SPORTS Record) Matt Dans, Toronto, 54.21 Clement Secchi, McGill, 54.64W 200 IMcenter_img M 100 Breast1. Jonathan Naisby, Sherbrooke, 1:03.982. Benjamin Blackmon, Calgary, 1:04.343. Ruishen Yu, UBC, 1:04.40 W 100 Breast1. Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 1:08.232. Renae Ledoux, Alberta, 1:10.443. Hillary Metcalfe, UBC, 1:10.60 Women 200m Fly1. Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 2:13.542. Hannah Genich, Toronto, 2:13.773. Megan Dalke, UBC, 2:15.40 Alex Loginov, UBC, 23.21 Matthew Schouten, Laurentian, 23.36 Stephen Calkins, Calgary, 23.42W 100m Back M 200m Breast1. Jaren LeFranc, UBC, 2:16.412. Jonathan Naisby, Sherbrooke, 2:18.393. Benjamin Blackmon, Calgary, 2:19.17 W 50 Fly1. Rebecca Smith, Toronto, 26.842. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 27.183. Marie-Lou Lapointe, Montreal, 27.20 DAY 2 INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS W 4 x 200m Free1. Toronto, 8:07.20 (U SPORTS Record & Canadian Club Record) (Aleksa Gold, Ainsley McMurray, Rebecca Smith, Kylie Masse)2. UBC, 8:10.56(Emily Overholt, Maia Brundage, Megan Dalke, Ingrid Wilm)3. Calgary, 8:19.37(Marit Anderson, Allison McCloy, Danica Ludlow, Robyn Lee) W 800m Free1. Emily Overholt, UBC, 8:46.89 (U SPORTS Record)2. Marit Anderson, Calgary, 8:50.173. Megan Dalke, UBC, 8:51.14 M 400 IM1. Montana Champagne, Ottawa, 4:24.252. Ambroise Petit, Laval, 4:25.733. Brian Palaschuk, Regina, 4:26.05 Charis Huddle, Western, 25.74 Hoi Lam Karen Tam, UBC, 26.05 Ainsley McMurray, Toronto, 26.13Men 50m Free M 4 x 200m Free1. UBC, 7:27.78 (U SPORTS Record)(Alexander Pratt, Markus Thormeyer, Josiah Binnema, Brodie Young)2. Calgary, 7:36.01(Peter Brothers, Stephen Calkins, Teddy Kalp, Emil Goin)3. McGill, 7:39.35(Clement Secchi, Kade Wist, David Brenken, Will Simpson) Rebecca Smith, Toronto, 59.03 Hannah Genich, Toronto, 59.33 Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 1:00.61M 100 Fly W 200m Back1. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 2:08.70 (U SPORTS Record)2. Olivia Ellard, UBC, 2:13.753. Ingrid Wilm, UBC, 2:14.51 M 1500m Free1. Eric Hedlin, Victoria, 15:34.16 (U SPORTS Record)2. Hau-Li Fan, UBC, 15:34.243. Peter Brothers, Calgary, 15:50.47 M 100m Free1. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 48.71 (U SPORTS Record)2. Davide Casarin, Ottawa, 50.733. Mitch Ferraro, Toronto, 50.94 Toronto, 4:05.55 (U SPORTS Record & Canadian Club Record)  (Kylie Masse, Kelsey Crocker, Hannah Genich, Rebecca Smith) UBC, 4:08.24 (Ingrid Wilm, Hillary Metcalfe, Kirsten Douglas, Emily Overholt) Montreal, 4:18.43 (Ariane Mainville, Marie-Lou Lapointe, Katerine Savard, Anais Arlandis)M 4 x 100m Medley Montana Champagne, Ottawa, 2:02.09 (U SPORTS Record) Brian Palaschuk, Regina, 2:02.26 Josh Zakala, Victoria, 2:04.35W 4 x 100m Medley Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 2:13.98 Hillary Metcalfe, UBC, 2:16.87 Georgia Kidd, Toronto, 2:17.79M 200 IM M 50 Fly1. Josiah Binnema, UBC, 24.522. Stephen Calkins, Calgary, 24.713. Matt Dans, Toronto, 24.85 Davide Casarin, Ottawa, 3:53.46 Alexander Pratt, UBC, 3:56.92 Peter Brothers, Calgary, 3:57.95W 100 Fly Cale Kooyman, Alberta, 28.81 Matthew Loewen, Western, 28.93 Jonathan Naisby, Sherbrooke, 29.00W 400 Free Emily Overholt, UBC, 4:06.27 (U SPORTS Record) Megan Dalke, UBC, 4:15.57 Maia Brundage, UBC, 4:16.48M 400 Free UBC, 3:41.62 (U SPORTS Record) (Markus Thormeyer, Jaren LeFranc, Josiah Binnema, Alexander Pratt) Toronto, 3:47.19 (Matthew Mac, Graeme Aylward, Matt Dans, Mitch Ferraro) Calgary, 3:47.59 (Anders Klein, Benjamin Blackmon, Emil Goin, Stephen Calkins) 1. UBC, 1,255.5 points2. Toronto, 1,230.53. Montreal, 7014. Calgary, 5215. Victoria, 3126. McGill, 2997. Ottawa, 2948. Alberta, 237T9. Western, 217T9. Laval, 21711. McMaster, 20612. Dalhousie, 20013. Waterloo, 198.514. Manitoba, 192.515. Guelph, 14116. Sherbrooke, 9617. Regina, 9018. New Brunswick, 7319. Québec à Trois-Rivières, 7220. Wilfrid Laurier, 5821. Laurentian, 4422. Acadia, 2623. Queen’s, 1524. Lethbridge, 925. Memorial, 326. Brock, 1last_img read more

Green Party candidate apologizing for confusion over abortion issue

first_imgThe candidacy of Mark Vercouteren, the Green Party candidate for Chatham-Kent––Leamington, is being re-vetted by the party after a 2014 survey response he gave regarding abortion was publicized.Vercouteren, a three-time provincial Green Party candidate now running federally for a second time, apologized Saturday for the confusion over a pro-life answer he gave.“I strongly believe in a woman’s right to a safe, legal abortion,” Vercouteren responded in an email Saturday. “In 2014, I said on a Campaign Life Coalition survey that I am pro-life. I meant that I believe in the sanctity of all life, but that this does not override a woman’s right to choose.“I regret the confusion caused by my answers in 2014, and am sorry.”Vercouteren added he believes the coalition “re-used” his answers from 2014 in its 2018 survey without his permission.He has also come under fire not disclosing his answers to the Green Party of Canada when selected as a candidate.Vercouteren said he didn’t make any disclosure “because I agree with the party’s policies on this issue.”He added this includes support for abortion access, preventative measures such as comprehensive sex education, access to contraception, and expanded support for low-income mothers.The Green Party of Canada has not yet responded to a request for comment.Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, however, did indicate anyone who disagreed with a woman’s right to choose would not be welcome as a candidate.“If someone doesn’t hold firmly to the view that woman have the right to a safe and legal abortion, then they will not be a Green Party candidate,” May said during a Friday appearance on CBC’s Power & Politics.After confirming Vercouteren’s candidacy was being re-vetted, May said a Green Party team member had assured her “they are talking with him to try to figure out how it could happen that he doesn’t remember something as recent as 2018.”She added this re-examination is ongoing, saying she is not satisfied with the answers she’s received so far.“But we do give people a chance to explain themselves,” May told the CBC.According to the Campaign Life Coalition, a lobby group that pushes for socially conservative values, Vercouteren indicated in both its 2014 and 2018 surveys – conducted before provincial elections – that he would support measures preventing taxpayer-funded abortions.A Green Party media release issued in late May announcing Vercouteren as the party’s federal candidate in the riding he had a “high level of experience to present Green ideas” through his previous election [email protected]@Chathamnewslast_img read more

Universal Orlando News — Week of April 20, 2019

first_img The cuddly Blast-Ended Skrewt Share This!Prepare for a battle in Universal’s latest Halloween Horror Nights house and catch a glimpse of some Magical Creatures in this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup. Devil’s Snare Fluffy, the three headed guard dog Centaurs in the Mist Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is opening in under two months and Universal is previewing some of those creatures. Along the ride path guests will expect to come face to face with a massive three-headed Fluffy moving figure, dozens of mischievous Cornish Pixies, the thorny Devil’s Snare, protective Centaurs, or fiery Blast-Ended Skrewts.Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at Islands of Adventure on June 13, 2019.Weekly Crowd Levels Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionAdmission prices have increased yet again at Universal Orlando. Single day tickets have increased $1 – $6 per ticket in price depending on time of visit. Two-day, two-park hopper tickets have increased $10 per ticket.Two-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesApril 20: 9:15 p.m.April 21 – 23: 9:00 p.m.April 24: No ShowApril 25: 9:00 p.m.April 26: No ShowUniversal’s Superstar ParadeApril 20: 7:00 p.m.April 21 – 25: 5:00 p.m.April 26: 2:00 p.m.The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleApril 20 – April 25: Ongoing from dusk till park closeApril 26: No ShowComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration: April 29 – May 8Hogwarts Express: May 7Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)Upcoming EventsThe Psychedelic Furs are playing this week at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions. Regular tickets cost $39 plus tax and include valet parking, specialty cocktails, finger foods, and the concert. $1 of each ticket purchased will go to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Cornish Pixies Nightingales: Blood PitOur first “original” house of Halloween Horror Nights has been announced and we are seeing a return of the fan favorite original monsters: the Nightingales. These evil creatures pop up throughout human history during times of war, famine, and drought to devour their victims. This time they are in Ancient Rome where the worst drought in centuries continues. To satiate the gods the Emperor has demanded that gladiators fight non-stop until the rains return. In this maze you will be caught between gladiators and nightingales as they fight and feast.Halloween Horror Nights returns September 6 – November 2, 2019. You can now buy a flex night plus one night free ticket, which lets you attend two nights for the price of one, or a vacation package.The Magical Creatures of Hagrid’s New Coasterlast_img read more

What HR Can Learn from Bill Gates

first_imgSHRM CEO, Hank JacksonBill Gates once said, “Microsoft is always two years away from failure.” This statement is a reminder of the competitive reality that businesses face and a powerful motivator to innovate. Judging from the company’s perch at the top of industry lists—second most valuable brand in the world, according to Forbes, and No. 34 on the Fortune 500—it’s safe to say the tech company has done its share of innovating since it was founded 40 years ago.Today, as HR professionals, we are called on to create and embrace this culture of imagination, while fostering smart risk-taking and developing a staff that stays one step ahead of the next disruption. To do this, we must continually re-examine some of the old ways of doing business. We must improve what is working and take a critical look at what is not. In an environment where we must innovate or fail, adapt or die, we must rethink even some of the most basic people management practices.This month, you will see this theme of looking at old things in new ways throughout HR Magazine. Click here to read more.last_img read more

Is GitHub Selling Out or Moving Up?

first_imgAfter years of adamantly flying solo, one of the industry’s most prominent and successful bootstrappers just took $100 million from a prominent venture capital firm. Why did GitHub do it, and is the company abandoning its principles or making a smart move for future growth?Abandoning BootstrappingSocial coding site GitHub was the poster child for the bootstrapping movement, and it was proud to be fighting the system. One of its founders even passed up $300K and a steady job at Microsoft to start the project. Within a year, the company (which bills its code-sharing platform as “Wikipedia for developers”), had made itself the leader in collaborative development, with a growing staff and a profitable ledger. After a few early stumbles, GitHub has remained securely in the black and continued to build, so the announcement that GitHub was seeking financing from Andreessen Horowitz came as a bit of a shock. Unlike Yammer, which had a good product but faced a crowded market, GitHub really didn’t need the money to continue its climb. So why would a successful company with no one on its tail take the money now, when everything was already rolling just right?GitHub’s official blog post put it this way: “Because we want to be better” and “the resources of Andreessen Horowitz can help us do that.”“ That’s a bit vague (“Who doesn’t,” and “Duh,” respectively). In the end, the deal boiled down to “fit,” which GitHub mentioned, and “a whole lot of money,” which it didn’t.The FitMarc Andreessen is not Henry Kravis. He’s as concerned as anyone with turning a profit and justifying valuations. But at heart, he remains an open-source geek who wants to build things. To that end, he’s invested in enterprise technology companies that play in the same sandbox as his own development efforts. It’s easy to see GitHub sitting alongside other Andreessen Horowitz businesses such as snapLogic and Science Exchange (both of which attempt to manage crowd-sourced components in their own ways). And it’s a pretty good guess that Andreessen already uses GitHub.Since GitHub is already profitable, Andreesen won’t have to try to fix anything, and GitHub won’t have to worry that he’ll try. His presence on the board will likely be focused on guiding GitHub’s growth efforts, and as VCs go, Andreessen is a pretty sympathetic heavy. He also brings a lot of experience to the table, particularly in the realm of partnerships.The Money$100 Million is an awful lot of money – probably enough to fund GitHub’s current staff for a decade. It will certainly help the company branch out into more innovative businesses. But even if GitHub squanders every penny, it has successfully placed a $750 million price tag on the business. Andreessen will sit on the board, but that’s hardly a bad thing to a company whose founders clearly idolize the man. The founders retain control, and they’ve gained a very strong voice with a vested interest in keeping that valuation high in future rounds of funding.So in the end, it’s the best of both worlds. GitHub didn’t sell out, but some day, if and when the founders decide to, they’ll be able to do it in style.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#hack#Venture Funding How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img cormac foster Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Microsoft’s “Magic Wall” Tech on Windows 8 Laptops & Tablets by Next Year

first_imgMicrosoft announced its acquisition of Perceptive Pixel just as it was preparing to launch Windows 8, Office 13 and the Surface tablet. The timing wasn’t by chance: The maker of huge multi-touch screens – check out CNN’s eight-foot “magic wall” – is an integral part of software giant’s bet-the-company leap into mobile and tablet computing. Microsoft isn’t likely to spend much time or treasure building giant displays. It’s after much bigger game. And if it succeeds, the Windows experience will never be the same.Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, Perceptive Pixel was famous for multi-touch technology before Apple launched it into the mainstream with the first iPhone in 2007. But the question about Perceptive Pixel’s technology has always been scalability: Can the company’s big-screen tech be shrunk down to the size of a laptop PC?“It’s very scalable,” answers Jennifer Colegrove, a vice president and analyst for NPD DisplaySearch, a market research firm. It’s already possible to incorporate Perceptive Pixel’s technology into displays as small as 27 inches. Scaling it down to laptop or tablet size would require “some adjustment, but it would not be terribly difficult,” she said. Expect to see greatly improve multi-touch capabilities in Windows 8 PCs and tablets in about a year, she says. Perceptive Pixel’s technology is based on the same technology used by Apple’s multi-touch screens, but the implementation is different. It dramatically improves the ability to use an active pen to write on a screen. Unlike a passive pen, the active pen translates the amount of force applied by the user into a thicker or thinner line, making it possible to submit an accurate, electronic rendition of a signature, or to sketch fairly complex objects. On a more sophisticated level, an active pen enables a user to take notes on a tablet and then save them in an editable, searchable format, instead of simply saving the notes as a fixed image. You’ll pay a premium for that technology, but it won’t be large. Incorporating conventional touch technology in a laptop adds about $50 to the cost; adding Perceptive Pixel’s capabilities will cost another $20 or so, Colegrove says. The boost to the display industry, though, will be substantial. Total touch screen module revenue will reach $16 billion in 2012, and nearly double in six years, reaching $31.9 billion by 2018, according to NPD DisplaySearch.Image courtesy of Perceptive Pixel. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement bill snyder Tags:#Microsoft#mobile What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Video: Now You Can Travel Back & Forth Through Time on Google Earth

first_imgjon mitchell Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the Landsat satellite program. It’s the longest-running continuous program capturing satellite images of Earth. Google is working with the U.S. Geological Survey and Carnegie Mellon University to make parts of the archive available to the public. Using Google Earth Engine, you can now travel back and forth in time between 1999 and 2011 and see how Earth has changed.Read more about the partnership on the Google Lat Long blog. Related Posts Tags:#science#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more