George Clinton Announces His Retirement From Touring

first_imgYesterday, George Clinton announced that he is going to retire from touring in May 2019. The Parliament/Funkadelic frontman, who turns 77 in July, has more than 50 dates scheduled between now and Near Year’s, including shows in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.“This has been coming a long time,” Clinton told Billboard. “Anyone who has been to the shows over the past couple of years has noticed that I’ve been out front less and less.”The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently underwent pacemaker surgery, however, Clinton emphasized that the surgery had no direct influence on his decision.“Truth be told…It’s never really been about me. It’s always been about the music and the band. That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”In January, Clinton revived his long-dormant funk outfit Parliament for the group’s first album in nearly four decades. Dubbed Medicaid Fraud Dog, the forthcoming record is a long-awaited follow up to the band’s 1980 LP, Trombipulation. With its slow-burning funk groove, female background singers, hand-clapping beat and a guest appearance by Geto Boys rapper Scarface, the song is a hodgepodge of sounds that harkens back to Parliament’s heyday while also embracing more modern musical styles. You can listen to the album’s debut single, “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me” below.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Head to George Clinton’s website for a list of upcoming tour dates.last_img read more

Russia 2018: Medical Consultant Slumps, Dies of Heart Attack

first_imgAccording to an eyewitness, the late consultant was rushed to the hospital after he slumped, but died in the early hours of Wednesday.According to the eyewitness, “He was watching the match at his compound. Unfortunately, when the last goal was scored against Nigeria, he unconsciously shouted and slumped.“He was rushed to the hospital for quick medical attention but he later gave up the ghost. He died of heart attack because he was suffering from cardiovascular disease.”However, Ebirim’s death could have paralysed medical services at the Surgery Unit of the hospital, as surgery slated for Wednesday were postponed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Benjamin Nworie in AbakalikiA consultant in Family Medicine at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA) in Ebonyi State, Dr. Chidi Ebirim, reportedly slumped and died Tuesday while watching the ongoing World Cup match between Nigeria and Argentina which the Super Eagles lost 1-2.Ebirim was said to have collapsed when Argentina scored the second goal against Nigeria.last_img read more

FL 11-year-old stabs mom’s attacker with scissors

first_imgPolice say an 11-year-old from Pinellas County stabbed a 44-year-old with scissors to stop the man from attacking the child’s mother.Deputies say the suspect, identified as Panagiotis Karamanlis, was physically battering the woman before the child took action.Karamanlis was allegedly pulling the mother’s hair, holding her to the ground and punching her in the face multiple times.According to an arrest report, the mother said to Karamanlis, “don’t do this in front of the kids.”In fear that the child’s mother was going to be killed, the 11-year-old grabbed a pair of scissors and stabbed Karamanlis twice in the back.After stabbing Karamanlis, the child was reportedly shaking and said, “Mommy, I stabbed him because I thought he was going to kill you!”The 11-year-old and the child’s 10-year-old sibling who witnessed the incident were hospitalized for anxiety shortly after.Deputies say the suspect admitted to holding the woman down, and pulling her hair but denied punching her in the face.Karamanlis was arrested at the scene.He is facing charges of domestic battery and child abuse.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…And the band ‘wagon’ played on

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE “People movin out, people movin in why, why because of the color of their skin.  Run, Run, run but you sure can’t hide. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Vote for me and I’ll set you free. Rap on brother, rap on. The only person talkin bout love thy brother is the preacher; and it seems nobody’s interested in learning but the teacher. Fear in the air, tension everywhere, unemployment risin fast the Beatles new record’s a gas; and the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation. And the band played on” (from the Temptations 1970 smash hit. ‘Ball of Confusion).  The Pittsburgh Pirates seem to have “righted” the ship and may be on their first voyage to the playoffs in the new millennium. However, I remain somewhat confused as to how the Pirates allowed their vessel to become vulnerable to the “torpedo” of incompetence and mismanagement in the first place.I said previously that the Pirates slide did not begin when the Atlanta Braves “sloth” footed infielder Sid Bream slid the Braves into the 1992 World Series. Their road to fiscal “iniquity” was paved many years before that fateful run scored by Bream. More than a decade before the Pirates NLCS loss to the Braves Pittsburgh was the first MLB team to start an all African American lineup in a game. They were a talented and confident bunch but you know what? They were not White. These young Black men invented the word “swagger.” However that was not nearly enough to capture the hearts of the Bucco faithful.  In life and in sports people tend to form and maintain support for the things and concepts that are familiar to them regardless of  whether the outcome is positive or negative.   “People movin out, people movin in why, why because of the color of their skin.”  Hey “yaw’ll” that phrase could’ve been easily replaced by; “players are shipped out, players are shipped in why, why, why because of the color of their skin and the color of money.”  The management and ownership of the Pirates has been almost always forced to consider the size and the demographic makeup of the region (at least after 1971).  It makes perfect sense at least from a bean counters point of view because if you look back at the Pirates past management strategy and their conscious decision to focus on and pursue a Eurocentric market it may seem a bit “racially insensitive” to have followed that course but their strategy was and still is perfectly logical to me. Until this season it was like pulling teeth for me to “give” Pirates tickets to Black folks.“Fear in the air, tension everywhere, unemployment risin fast the Beatles new record’s a gas.”last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEAL•    There’s one truth I can assure you of.  Just like all the “I never use the “N-word” people came out of the woodwork, we now have all the do-gooders stepping up to say how disgusting Ray Rice’s attack on his soon to be wife was.  Now all of a sudden, the only people to hit women are NFL players.  What about the steroid and drug users that put on a suit and go to work every day . . . what about the police . . . how about military and war vets?  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am not pointing a guilty finger at anyone.  I’m just telling the truth here.  Statistics will tell you those other groups have a higher rate of domestic violence and lord knows I’m not giving NFL players a pass.  If you’re guilty,  you’re guilty, but let’s be honest here, and for the record, you know the #1 group doing all the damage . . . ?  It’s your next door neighbor.  It’s your family member.  It’s the one everyone knows about and does nothing about!!!•    Just so you know, I’m on record to tell you there’s no lower member of the food chain than a “so called” man who hits women, abuses children or mistreats seniors.  If I were sheriff, I would lock them all up in the same pit bull laced pit and throw away the key.Serena Williams, of the United States, hugs the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)•    Don’t look now, but with her 6th U.S. Open win, to go with all her other worldly titles, Serena Williams is set to become the greatest female tennis player of all time.•    While they’re trying to get to the bottom of the bottom of this mysterious video tape of Ray Rice assaulting his wife, don’t get too comfortable because they put a former FBI guy in charge.  You can go back and start with J. Edgar Hoover’s cross-dressing behavior and make a top 100 list of the things the FBI screwed up.•    Another medical explanation for Pedro Alvarez being out of the line-up because of an alleged bad ankle is . . . “Hey Pedro, you just can’t cut the mustard anymore.”  “J-Hay” is getting it done big time, but thanks for memories (Look, don’t blame me.  I’m just giving you the truth.)•    Man you just gotta love this time of the sports year.  Baseball coming down the stretch, football just cranking up, hockey set to start next week . . .huh?  And NBA, college and high school basketball tips off in 30 days.  You just gotta love it.< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

Three takeaways from A’s extra-inning win over Cleveland

first_imgThe A’s have won three of four … OAKLAND — The A’s are getting the hang of these extra-inning celebrations.For the second time in three days, Oakland players spilled out of the dugout to celebrate a walk-off home run.Matt Chapman did honors Friday night, launching a solo shot over the wall in left field to give the A’s a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians in 12 innings.The winner followed the solo home run Stephen Piscotty hit Wednesday in the 13th to beat the Cincinnati Reds.last_img read more

Your Prophetic Brain

first_img(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Your eyes and brain come pre-wired to make predictions, and they are usually right. Even babies know that.How good at you are making predictions? Ask four neuroscientists from Princeton, who figured, “Not bad.” Here’s what they say in PNAS:Prediction is an essential part of life. However, are we really “good” at making predictions? More specifically, are pieces of our brain close to being optimal predictors? To assess the efficiency of prediction, we need to measure the information that neurons carry about the future of our sensory experiences. We show how to do this, at least in simplified contexts, and find that groups of neurons in the retina indeed are close to maximally efficient at separating predictive information from the nonpredictive background. In fact, this capacity goes beyond just the eyes.  “Efficient coding of predictive information is a principle that can be applied at every stage of neural computation,” they say. Did you catch that word “coding”? and “information”? Notice, too, that a “principle” or a “computation” is not reducible to matter in motion.Incidentally, there appears to be an important function for the rapid eye movements called “saccades” that our eyes constantly make, even when staring. Science Daily reports, “Patterns of brain activity reorganize visual perception during eye movements.” The oscillations reset the sensitivity of the neurons, and also support the brain’s representation of space. Bet you didn’t even notice those motions.Baby PhilosophyScience Daily issued this surprise announcement: “Babies can think before they can speak.” Earlier studies showed preschoolers are adept at “relational thinking” and “analogical ability,” but now, tests on infants showed that they can recognize like things even before they can talk.While there is considerable evidence that preschoolers can learn abstract relations, it remains an open question whether infants can as well. In a new Northwestern University study, researchers found that infants are capable of learning the abstract relations of same and different after only a few examples.“This suggests that a skill key to human intelligence is present very early in human development, and that language skills are not necessary for learning abstract relations,” said lead author Alissa Ferry, who conducted the research at Northwestern.How much better are they than supposed primate ancestors? It took only 6-9 trials for an infant to “get” the relationship between like objects. A baboon takes over 15,000 trials, the article claims. (By that time, it would seem indistinguishable from luck or conditioning.)Decision MakingAn article on Medical Xpress finds that the human brain equals or exceeds computers in two types of decision making. Given appropriate feedback, “human decision-making can perform just as well as current sophisticated computer models under non-Markovian conditions, such as the presence of a switch-state. This is a significant finding in our current efforts to model the human brain and develop artificial intelligence systems.”That’s why PhysOrg reports that “Researchers [are] seeking to make computer brains smarter by making them more like our own.” No current computer beats the brain for efficiency and organization of its circuitry. Even if it takes a “trillion memristors vertically integrated on top of each other” to mimic this ability, “There are so many potential applications—it definitely gives us a whole new way of thinking,” one engineer said.Update 5/27/15: An article on Medical Xpress claims, “Brain signals contain the code for your next move.” Studies with rats at the Kavli Institute show the mammals able to generate neural “codes” to choose the best direction in their mental maps.“Planning our movement to a desired location requires more than a map of where we are,” Professor May-Britt Moser says. “We must have a sense of both where we are at the moment, and where we want to go at the same time. It seems that the cells involved in navigation use both internal and external clues to pinpoint exact locations, and on top of the firing pattern there is a code of differential firing intensity that contains information on the next move.”Moser explains that this intensity pattern appears to be under the guidance of the prefrontal cortex, a brain area known in primates for decision making and executive function.“We believe these findings collectively suggest that the new pathway in charge of intended movement is crucial for animals to choose their actions to a desired place in a map,” Moser said. “The data also provide evidence for a role of the thalamus in long-range communication between cortical regions.”Another article from Medical Xpress says that we may be hardwired to say “No.” According to research at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the deck is stacked against “Go” vs. “No-Go” in the striatum of the brain, where neurons and dopamine receptors outnumber the “Go” counterparts, resulting in a natural (but not complete) inhibition against action.However, with this setting, D1 neurons can overcome the No Go pathway only when they receive weak inputs from the cerebral cortex that generates functions such as sensory perception, motor command, conscious thought and language. The switch between Go or No-Go decisions, depending on cortical input, gives rise to the decision transition threshold.It takes a conscious thought, in other words, to overcome the bias. This may be a safety mechanism to prevent rash decisions. Salespeople should take note.Isn’t your brain magnificent? Now use it. Jesus verbally chastised people (including his own disciples) who had eyes but did not see, and ears but did not hear. The same applies to brains: people who have brains but don’t think are not fulfilling the normal function their Creator intended.last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup firsts

first_imgBrazil play Chile in their 2010 Fifa WorldCup Round of 16 match at Ellis ParkStadium in Johannesburg on 28 June.(Image: Crystian Cruz, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 [email protected] • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager 2010Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES• A brief history of the Fifa World Cup• 80 pieces of World Cup trivia• 2010 Fifa World Cup team statistics• 2010 Fifa World Cup: final squads• Top marks for SA’s World CupThe 2010 Fifa World Cup broke new ground simply by being held on African soil. It was also Spain’s first global victory. Those were the most obvious milestones set in South Africa this year, but the rest of the tournament also had a number of firsts on the field, from team results to player landmarks.Result firstsSlovenia and Greece both picked up their maiden Fifa World Cup wins in South Africa, with Slovenia downing Algeria 1-0 thanks to a Robert Koren goal and Greece seeing off Nigeria 2-1.Japan also enjoyed a breakthrough win of sorts as their 2-1 victory against Cameroon was their first-ever Fifa World Cup finals success away from home, eight years after they defeated Tunisia 2-0 in Osaka.New Zealand’s 1-1 opening draw with Slovakia earned them their first Fifa World Cup point, after they lost all their group stage matches at their previous appearance in 1982. This year, the Kiwis drew all of their opening games, with a further 1-1 result against Italy and a goalless stalemate with Paraguay.Goal firstsDimitrios Salpingidis’s equaliser against Nigeria finally ended Greece’s World Cup goal drought, his strike coming after 404 minutes and over four games without result. There was a first for Daniel Agger too, but the Denmark defender would doubtless prefer not to be on this list as his own goal against the Netherlands proved his country’s first on the global stage. In another unwanted precedent, Denmark were also on the receiving end of Japan’s first ever three-goal haul in a Fifa World Cup final.Didier Drogba of Côte d’Ivoire became the first African player to score against Brazil in six meetings between A Seleção and teams from the African zone. On a domestic note, midfielder Michael Bradley became the first Fifa World Cup scorer to be coached by his father when he equalised for the United States in their 2-2 draw with Slovenia.Penalty firstsVladimir Stojkovic became the first Serbian goalkeeper to have kept out a penalty at a Fifa World Cup when he saved a strike by Germany’s Lukas Podolski. In contrast, David Villa became the first Spanish player to miss a spot-kick in the tournament when he failed to register against Honduras.The new world champions can nonetheless lay claim to a more desirable landmark as Iker Casillas became the first goalkeeper to stop penalties in two different Fifa World Cups. The Real Madrid number-one player first thwarted the Ireland’s Ian Harte at Korea/Japan 2002 before frustrating Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay in this year’s quarter-finals.On the other side, Asamoah Gyan entered the history books as the first player to miss spot-kicks in separate editions of the competition, following up his failed effort against the Czech Republic at Germany 2006 with another fruitless attempt against Uruguay in 2010’s eight.Player firstsCuauhtemoc Blanco can now boast that he is the only Mexican international to have scored in three different Fifa World Cup final tournaments, having added South Africa 2010 to his list by finding the target against France. On the other hand, Rigobert Song did not register for Cameroon, but he nonetheless returned home with a record as the first African player to have appeared in four Fifa World Cups.Somewhat less distinguished, Nigeria’s Sani Keita and Switzerland’s Valon Behrami became the first players from their countries to collect red cards at the finals when they were dismissed against Greece and Chile respectively.Progress firstsParaguay reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history at South Africa 2010, experiencing a joy not shared by Italy, who exited the tournament without a single win to their name.As for South Africa, they became the first Fifa World Cup host nation to be eliminated at the end of the group stage.Team firstsChile’s pair of 1-0 successes against Honduras and Switzerland were their maiden Fifa World Cup triumphs outside South America, La Roja having only previously secured wins at Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950 and Chile 1962.Algeria’s achievement was to record their first clean sheet in the global arena as they clinched a goalless draw with no less a team than England, while Paraguay topped their group for the first time. Better still, the Netherlands managed a feat beyond all previous Oranje sides by winning each of their three group games.Finally, the quarter-final line-up proved unprecedented with South American teams outnumbering their European counterparts by four to three, but the Europeans came out on top in the end as Spain lifted the trophy for the first time.Source: Fifalast_img read more

Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine’s citizen of the year

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first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cayetano asks Robredo, opposition to stop ‘politicizing’ drug war06:56Magalong drops Albayalde’s name in ‘ninja cops’ probe01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2016, file photo San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams. The free agent quarterback was named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism on Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)NEW YORK — Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ’s magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism.Kaepernick began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of NFL protests by players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump. Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Beltran retires at 40 after winning 1st World Series title MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kaepernick says on Twitter he’s “honored” by the recognition.The magazine ‘s story includes comments from several of Kaepernick’s supporters and confidants. Rapper J. Cole says Kaepernick “sacrificed his dream” to stand for something. Ninety-year-old singer and activist Harry Belafonte says seeing people like Kaepernick taking action is “the greatest reward” he could ask for.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

Perasol believes top Maroons playmaker will get better with Mighty stint

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Press corps honors united PBA board with President’s Award SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “I am sure that whatever experience Juan will gain from the Dubai tournament, he will share to his teammates,” added Perasol.The UP Maroons beat the twice-to-beat Falcons in the semifinals to advance to the Finals for the first time in 32 years, with De Liaño coming up with clutch performances anchored on his hot shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol believes that playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño would become a better player after his stint with the Mighty Sports in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament slated on Feb. 1 to 9.“I personally know the strength of the competition there. I am sure that Juan will gain tremendously from that tournament,” said Perasol of his veteran guard, who made heads turn with his performance during the team’s Final Four duel with Adamson in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

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