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No New Neurons for Smell?

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first_imgDo our brains continue to produce neurons throughout our lifetimes? That’s been one of the most hotly debated questions in the annals of science. Since the 1950s, studies have hinted at the possibility, but not until the late 1990s did research prove that the birth of new neurons, called neurogenesis, goes on in the brains of adult primates and humans. Now a surprising new study in humans shows that in the olfactory bulb—the interface between the nose and the brain and an area long known to be a hot spot of neurogenesis—new neurons may be born but not survive. The finding may rule out neurogenesis in this area, or it might show only that some people don’t stimulate their brains enough through the sense of smell, some researchers say. Previous studies have found evidence of neurogenesis in the olfactory bulb of adult humans. But those studies measured only proteins produced by immature neurons, leaving open the question of whether these youngsters ever grew up to connect with other cells to form functional networks, says neuroscientist Jonas Frisén of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. If new olfactory neurons really reached adulthood throughout a person’s life, researchers should find neurons of a variety of ages in this region. That’s not what Frisén and his team saw. The discovery is based on a technique he and his colleague Kirsty Spalding hit upon in 2005, in which they found a clever way to deduce the age of neurons. The method relies on atomic testing carried out in the 1950s and 1960s, which released massive amounts of carbon-14 into the atmosphere; the atmospheric 14C has been steadily declining ever since. Thus, the later a cell is born after this testing, the less 14C it contains. 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The researchers found that the neurons in the olfactory bulb were all the same age: the age of the individual they came from. “[That’s] evidence that in humans, in this area, neurogenesis doesn’t occur,” says Frisén. The finding may mean that as humans evolved from animals, we lost the ability to produce new neurons in this area because we don’t rely as much on our sense of smell. On the other hand, it may mean that people living in an affluent, Western city like Stockholm aren’t exposed to enough new smells to keep the neurons alive. Neurobiologist Jeffrey Macklis of Harvard University says the study, though elegant and rigorous, doesn’t settle this question quite yet. Macklis’s lab and others have found that in mice, newly born neurons play a unique role in learning novel odors and die unless they are activated by new, unfamiliar smells. Because people depend less than rodents on the sense of smell, we might have comparatively less of these neurons to begin with, Macklis says. And what few we do create may not survive, because we aren’t exposed to the same number of smells as other animals. “In affluent, Westernized areas, we shower every day; we use deodorant, air fresheners. We go out of our way to make sure that the only smells we’re exposed to are the ones we know,” Macklis says. Macklis adds that the absence of neurogenesis in the brain tissue studied doesn’t rule out the possibility in other groups of people. Many of the tissue samples, obtained from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Karolinska Institute, came from donors with a history of substance abuse or psychiatric illness—both of which have been shown to decrease neurogenesis, as the authors note in the paper. So the fact that few new olfactory neurons were found in this group doesn’t mean that such cells aren’t flourishing in healthy people constantly exposed to new scents-chefs, sommeliers, perfumers, or travelers to exotic locales, Mackils says. Neuroscientist Fred Gage of The Salk Institute in San Diego, California, agrees that the population studied may not be the best one. Gage, who first reported evidence of neurogenesis in the human brain, says the decrease in neurogenesis may show that as animals evolved from quadrupeds to primates to humans, the sense of smell became less important for survival. Correction, 31 May: The original version of this article stated that the study donors died at the Karolinska Institute, and it attributed this statement to Jeffrey Macklis. Neither the statement nor the attribution were correct. Macklis did not make this statement, and the tissue was obtained from donors admitted to the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm for autopsy. These errors were introduced by the staff of Science during the editing process. Macklis originally indicated that the donors had a range of premortem diagnoses: some were normal accident victims and some had clinical diagnoses as noted in the original paper. The donors were representative of a range of typical Swedish residents. We have corrected the seventh paragraph to address these errors.last_img read more

WEST ST. BRIDGE PROJECT EXTENDED

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first_imgIt’s going to take a little longer to complete repairs on the West Street Bridge.The city’s Engineering Division has extended the project until November 2nd to allow for bridge deck repairs.The bridge will be opened to local traffic during nights and weekends when work is not taking place.Access to properties southwest of the bridge will remain from the south on West Street.Properties to the northeast will need to access from the north along East Loop Road.last_img

Arsenal charged over Cologne incidents

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first_imgArsenal Arsenal and Cologne hit with UEFA charges over Europa League crowd trouble Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 18:10 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Koln fans Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Köln Köln The Gunners will go before the governing body next week, while the Bundesliga side face a raft of accusations UEFA has confirmed it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal for incidents during their 3-1 Europa League victory over Cologne on Thursday.Thousands of visiting fans gained access to the home end and made their presence felt throughout the encounter, with estimates suggesting that 20,000 German fans travelled to London without tickets for the encounter.Many found their way into the home end of the ground, where they created a boisterous atmosphere, yet UEFA has taken a dim view of the way the fans were controlled by the Gunners and by their own club. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing European football’s governing body has announced that Arsenal face a charge of stairways being blocked in the away supporter sector. Cologne, meanwhile, have several more charges to face, including crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects and acts of damage.UEFA has confirmed that a hearing date of September 21 has been set.Arsenal, meanwhile, have confirmed that they have launched their own investigation into what happened on the evening.last_img read more

You had a great WC Sachin told Kane after NZ loss

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first_imgLondon: “Your game was appreciated by all and you had a great World Cup,” said Sachin Tendulkar to Kane Williamson while handing him the Player of the Tournament trophy after New Zealand lost a thrilling final of the 2019 edition of the showpiece event. On July 14, England defeated New Zealand in a thrilling final on boundary count to clinch their first ever World Cup trophy. The Kiwis missed their chance of lifting the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony due to inferior boundary count after both the 50 overs and the Super Over ended in ties. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open And at the post-match presentation ceremony, Tendulkar did not mention anything about the ill luck, the Super Over or the boundary count rule which denied Williamson the opportunity to have his hands on the coveted trophy. Williamson scored 578 runs in the tournament — the most by a captain in a World Cup — and Tendulkar said it was the calm demeanour of the Black Caps skipper which was responsible for his success. “The best thing about Williamson is ability to stay calm. He doesn’t lose his composure in any circumstance. It was unfortunate that he could not win the World Cup but it did not reflect on his face,” Tendulkar told 100Mb. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery The legendary Indian batsman said Williamson has a unique style of captaincy. “Williamson sees the game from an entirely different perspective. His field placements, bowling changes while defending a low score are commendable. Even when (Ravindra) Jadeja was playing big shots in semi-final, he was calm and in the end, the result was in his favour.” The 46-year-old named Williamson the captain of his favourite XI of the 2019 World Cup, which includes five Indians.last_img read more

Annie Lennox Joins Global Leaders To Fights HIVAIDS

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first_imgOn Monday (June 6), celebrity philanthropist Annie Lennox joined more than 30 mayors and health officials from around the world to discuss a new Fast-Track Cities Initiative aimed to end HIV/AIDS on a city-by-city level by 2030.Annie Lennox joins NYC Mayor de Blasio, Nancy Mahon of the MAC AIDS Fund, Michel Sidibe of UNAIDSAs the UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, Annie shared her vision for a world without HIV/AIDS and the epidemic’s disproportionate impact on women and girls.“We are now at a crucial point where we have the ability to end the AIDS epidemic once and for all in our lifetime. This is the time to drive things through, otherwise all the gains we have made will be reversed. We need action now – more than ever,” said Annie Lennox. “Today’s UNAIDS meeting on “Fast Tracking” the end of AIDS offers an historic opportunity to bring together representatives of cities from all over the Globe to bring about the change we desperately need to see.”“Today offers a unique opportunity to partner and explore how we can work together to educate, treat and prevent the spread of HIV, and here in New York City, we echo those efforts through our work, including increased funding for HIV/AIDS prevention services and health care” said Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio. “We are deeply proud of this work, but we must do more — I commend Mayor Hidalgo and the other mayors of great cities involved for their partnership in the global response to HIV.”“The tools, experience and knowledge needed to end the AIDS epidemic exist,” said Nancy Mahon, Global Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund and SVP of Global Philanthropy, Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability for The Estée Lauder Companies. “Building upon more than two decades of investments in local responses to end AIDS, the MAC AIDS Fund has scaled up our commitment to cities – investing over $6 million in targeted efforts like the Fast-Track Cities Initiative and local public-private partnerships in New York City, San Francisco, Paris and beyond. MAC Cosmetics and the MAC AIDS Fund are deeply invested in supporting men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.”last_img read more

Morocco Moves to Get Rid of Plastic Bags

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Rabat – The Moroccan government is planning to get rid of plastic bags, which are massively used by consumers.Mustapha El Khalfi, Minister of Communications and Government Spokesperson, announced the introduction of a law that aims to eliminate all plastic bags from use in the Moroccan market.According to Telquel, the Government Council adopted a bill banning the use, production, and import of plastic bags at a session on Thursday, October 29, in Rabat. The text was presented by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, and will soon be discussed by Parliament before being put into force.“It is a great challenge to protect the environment, health, soil, and livestock,” the same source quoted Elkhalfi as saying, in a press conference.The Minister added that Morocco, which is “the second country in the world where one finds the most plastic bags, ” will adopt a law “banning the production, use, distribution, sale, and import of plastic bags” all over the country.The Minister said that the government will look for an alternative to replace plastic bags in a way that will protect the environment but also help the industrial sector.“For now, it is unclear what will replace these bags,” the same source added, but the government planned to hold a “national initiative to collect plastic bags” and replace them by another environmentally-friendly product.Plastic bags can take 1,000 years to degrade, and can appear as a blight on the countryside, imposing a real threat to the environment and livestock.According to a study cited by the Telegraph, “when seabirds, sea mammals, or fish ingest plastic particles, blocking of the gut is likely to harm or even kill the organism.”A few years ago, Morocco had prohibited the use of black plastic bags for health and environmental reasons. read more

Abdelkarim Ghellab Pioneer Writer and Politician in Morocco Dies at 98

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Rabat – Abdelkarim Ghellab, a leading Moroccan fiction writer, journalist, and politician died on Monday at the age 98, leaving behind a rich legacy of writing political activism.No details about the circumstances of his death have been provided. His funeral is due to take place in Rabat at midday.Ghellab was born in 1919 in Fez and was actively involved in Morocco’s independence movement, both within the Kingdom and from Cairo, Egypt, where activists from the Maghreb countries joined hands to demand independence from the French occupier. He had also been one of the Istiqlal Party’s historical figures.A prolific writer, Ghellab was a pioneer of Moroccan literature in Arabic. He published over 70 books on literature, journalism, and politics.As a journalist, he was editor of several newspapers and magazines during the French occupation and after Morocco’s independence.With his death, Morocco loses one of its most prominent cultural names, a man that generations of Moroccan politicians, journalists, and writers have looked up to with veneration. read more

Los Angeles music landmark Gibson Amphitheatre to close in September after lease

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Los Angeles music landmark Gibson Amphitheatre to close in September after lease ends AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 12:54 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Concert promoter Live Nation announced Wednesday that a landmark Los Angeles music venue where Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra performed will close its doors this fall.The Gibson Amphitheatre’s lease is ending in September and the venue will close its doors.“It is a tremendous venue with a uniquely intimate setting that has made it a very special place for fans and artists alike,” said Bret Gallagher, Live Nation’s President of North American Concerts for Southern California and Las Vegas.Gallagher said details will be soon announced for a series of summer farewell shows before the closure. Fans who were planning to attend concerts scheduled for after September are advised to hold on to their tickets as Live Nation makes arrangements for performances at different venues.The 6,100-seat space opened as the Universal Amphitheatre in 1972, an outdoor venue at Universal Studios.The mid-sized space with was loved by everyone from head bangers to heads of state for its intimate setting with superior sound. Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Madonna, Kanye West, the Grateful Dead and many other major artists performed there.Other headliners included Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.And the amphitheatre also hosted comedians like Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy and Louis C.K.The closure makes way for the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” an attraction that’s part of a major theme park and studio expansion by property owner NBCUniversal. read more

Sir Ian McKellens greatgreatgrandfather helped invent the weekend

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first_imgSir Ian's father at Striding Edge in the Lake District The programme will show Sir Ian recreating scenes from his great-uncle’s successful play Two Orphans, a melodrama which starred Mr Lowes as a count. Sir Ian as a boy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “This was the sort of thing that no other workers would have had,” he said. “This is something quite new really and quite radical.“This kind of activity could very easily be associated with some of the more dangerous radical movements, which could backfire on him personally. Robert Lowes, however, spent his days campaigning for a better life for workers in the industrial north, working as a warehouse clerk in Manchester and delivering improving lectures at the Salford Lyceum. Sir Ian’s father at Striding Edge in the Lake DistrictCredit:BBC/Wall to Wall/Sir Ian “It’s going to take a slick operator to pull this off.”Mr Lowes, honorary secretary of his committee, persisted with his campaign, changing the appeal for a half-day on a Friday to one on a Saturday.A fragile scroll from November 10th, 1843, reveals how he succeeded,  with bankers, merchants, manufacturers and calico printers agreeing to close their places of business at 1 o’clock every Saturday afternoon “and to allow our servants leave for the day”. Alice McKellen, Sir Ian’s paternal grandmother. Taken in 1937Credit:BBC/Wall to Wall/Sir Ian The details of Sir Ian’s past will be revealed this week in Who Do You Think You Are, the BBC documentary which tracks celebrity family history.The actor will learn of his ancestors, including an engraver who helped entice people to the Lake District with his fine books, and a jobbing actor who died in the workhouse after falling on hard times. Sir Ian has six Oliviers, two Oscar nominations and a knighthoodCredit:BBC/Stephen Perry A working day, experts told the programme, then lasted for up to 14 hours for six days a week.In September 1843, a local newspaper report uncovered by researchers shows Mr R J Lowes leading a meeting to propose business owners close warehouses on Friday afternoons.Prof Martin Hewitt told Sir Ian the movement was about “persuading 300 or 400 of the leading merchant princes of Manchester to allow the clerks and warehousemen to have a half holiday without any reduction in pay. Sir Ian proclaimed it “wonderful”, adding: “I’m very, very impressed with what Robert did. The world changes because somebody has an argument with somebody, a discussion and then an agreement.“One initiative like this doesn’t change the world, but it certainly helps.” Sir Ian as a boyCredit:BBC/Wall to Wall/Sir Ian We can say that not only is Robert Lowes your great-great-grandfather, but he can also be viewed as the grandfather of the modern weekendDr Wilkinson I’m very, very impressed with what Robert didSir Ian Social historian Dr Amanda Wilkinson told the actor his ancestor gave up his job as a clerk up in 1845 to expand his campaign for a half-holiday to needlewomen as well.“The news of the half holiday spreads like wildfire across the country,” she said. “We have cities like Bradford and Norwich very rapidly commencing their own half holidays based on the principles of Robert Lowes and his committee.“We start to see the evolution of the weekend as we understand it now.“So we can say that not only is Robert Lowes your great-great-grandfather, but he can also be viewed as the grandfather of the modern weekend.”Viewers will also learn of Sir Ian’s great-uncle, Frank Lowes, who was an actor in his own right – albeit of the less successful kind.Mr Lowes showed enough promise on the stage that he received top billing at the Queen’s Theatre in Manchester, going on to be reviewed in industry papers and play in Sir Ian’s home town of Bolton in 1876. Alice McKellen, Sir Ian's paternal grandmother. Taken in 1937 Sir Ian has six Oliviers, two Oscar nominations and a knighthood Sir Ian told the programme he had never before heard of his great-uncle’s career, marvelling at the coincidence before wondering: “Why did nobody in the family tell me? Either they didn’t know or they weren’t very pleased about it.”But by his 30s, Mr Lowe had fallen into a “pretty terrible part in a fourth rate play”, taking on roles of “variable quality” before moving to Liverpool and joining variety performances.In 1894 he died in Liverpool work house, separated from his wife Ellen and suffering from TB and exhaustion. Who Do You Think You Are? will air on Wednesday January 25th at 8pm on BBC One. Sir Ian McKellen may be known around the world for his work on stage and screen, with six Oliviers, two Oscar nominations and a knighthood to his name.But his little-known ancestor may deserve even more public acclaim, it appears, after it emerged he helped to invent the weekend.Sir Ian’s great-great-grandfather Robert Lowes campaigned for Manchester’s business owners to allow their workers to take a half-day on Saturdays, allowing more than one day a week off for the first time.Documents from 1843 show how Mr Lowes eventually convinced industry titans to let their staff leave their factories at 1pm on Saturdays, with one expert saying: “He can be viewed as the grandfather of the modern weekend.”last_img read more

Do Hero Stuff With Spheros Interactive SpiderMan Toy

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first_img Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man now comes with animated LCD eyes and motion detection.Toy maker Sphero and Marvel teamed up for a voice-interactive figurine and companion app, inviting users to do all sorts of “hero stuff.”A sort of cross between Funko Pop Vinyls and a semi-intelligent digital assistant, the automated Spidey is a companion, confidant, and champion.via SpheroDouble tap the chest emblem (or open the mobile application) to find out the time, hear a joke or story, and play games. The silicone superhero also reacts to passersby, serves as an alarm clock, and guards your room from snooping siblings.He also connects via Bluetooth to iOS– and Android-based devices, where you can create an alter ego, embark on missions, and help fight some of Spider-Man’s most notorious foes.“Every decision you make creates a new path forward, so your unique journey will continue to evolve,” Sphero’s product description said.When not battling bad guys, hang out and strike up some banter with the toy.“[His] reactions and signature snarky attitude are sure to keep you on your toes. Entertainment is Spidey’s (other) super power,” according to the manufacturer. “The tech in this interactive, immersive, and intellectual Spidey empowers you to be his heroic ally.”The Wi-Fi-enabled doll allows for new missions, villains, and other automatic updates, so you can keep the city safe without missing a beat.via SpheroWeighing in at 1.5 lbs, the palm-sized protector (standing 8.5 inches tall) is on sale now for $149.99.Sphero, known for roving robot of the same name, made headlines two years ago with the launch of a life-like replica of Star Wars‘ roving BB-8 droid. Thanks to a 2016 update, the mini machine now “watches” The Force Awakens with you.The firm also released the $300 Ultimate Lightning McQueen racer, with animated eyes, an animatronic mouth, and emotive suspension for fans of Pixar’s Cars franchise.Let us know how we’re doing Stay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split last_img read more

108 More Characters We Want Confirmed for Smash

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first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Stay on target More on Geek.com:‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Goes Full ‘Infinity War’The Ultimate ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Character Guide: MarioThe Ultimate ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Character Guide: Linkcenter_img Another Smash Direct has come and gone, with the Grinch leaks pretty much disproven and the roster rumored to be the biggest ever — 74 characters from all over Nintendo’s gaming history. Super Smash Bros. has always been about abundance, but this is getting pretty ridiculous.If Nintendo is going to go all-out, let’s really go all-out. Here are our picks for 108 MORE playable characters we want to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In keeping with tradition, if a character has appeared on a Nintendo platform we consider them fair game.108. Chubby CherubThe star of one of Nintendo’s first console titles might have a little competitive advantage in Smash because he can fly, but we’re sure Sakurai can come up with a counterpick.107. DanteYou know, from the Devil May Cry series. Dante has shown up in games from other publishers before, as well as fighting games, so why not give him a slot in Smash?106. Stanley the BugmanWhy should Mario be the most famous nemesis of Donkey Kong? The hero of Donkey Kong 3 has appeared as an assist trophy, but we want to control the poison-spraying exterminator for real in Smash.105. RaymanThe limbless platforming hero has been rumored for Smash for what seems like a decade, so why not pull the trigger on him and make his fans happy?104. Chibi-RoboAdmittedly he’s a little smaller than most of the cast at just 10cm tall, but if Olimar can hack it so can the cute little household robot who debuted on the GameCube in 2005.103. Ivy ValentineNintendo loaned Zelda to the Soul Calibur series back in the GameCube days, so Namco should pay back the favor by letting Ivy duke it out with Bayonetta for “least appropriate character in Smash.”102. Weird Skinny MarioThere are tons of different Links in the series, but we need more Marios. Let’s demand the bizarre bug-derived “Skinny Mario” from Super Mario Maker be playable.101. Wonderful 101Hideki Kamiya’s oddball Wii U game let you control a swarm of heroes fighting against giant foes together. It was originally conceptualized as a Smash-like crossover game, so why not go the other direction?100. IsaacThe protagonist of sacrilegious indie hit The Binding Of Isaac has dealt with all manners of horror in his short lifespan, but facing off against pocket monsters, karate fighters and sexy witches might be too much for him.99. Tempura ShrimpBandai’s bizarre 1989 horror parody Monster Party has some of the weirdest bosses ever seen on the NES, and picking just one to play in Smash was difficult, but let’s be honest: it’s the giant evil shrimp tempura.98. Spring ManARMS was an attempt to establish a new fighting franchise that took advantage of the unique controls of the Switch, and while it didn’t set the world on fire it gave us some fun characters to exploit.97. FirebrandCapcom’s gargoyle made his debut as a Red Arremer in Ghouls & Ghosts before starring in a number of other Nintendo platform titles, and he’s also been playable in fighting game form in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.96. Manny CalaveraSticking on the horror tip, how awesome would it be to see the skeleton detective of Tim Schaefer’s Grim Fandango resurrected to beat the bones in a fighting game?95. The PrinceWhich Prince? Why, the ball-rolling workaholic from the Katamari Damacy games, who is tasked by his father the King of the Cosmos with rolling up junk – like other fighters.94. PlokThe red and yellow hero of this oddball SNES platformer loved to throw hands – literally. His main mode of attack was ejecting his limbs at foes at high and painful speeds.93. Cooking MamaThe stern yet loving judge of a series of popular portable and console titles brings knives, frying pans and a massive recipe book into the fray.92. Billy HatcherSega’s egg-rolling hero could use his massive charge for a variety of special attacks in Smash, and it deserves special mention for being one of the first times a Sega game dropped on a Nintendo system.91. SparksterThe Super Nintendo was home to a host of “mascot platformers,” any of which could probably work well in Smash. Let’s go with this armored opossum with a laser sword and jetpack.90. EndirThe gruff mercenary hero of I Am Setsuna would fit right in with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s sword squad while being just different enough to merit inclusion.89. Crash BandicootWith the Crash Bandicoot games hitting the Switch, rumors have been hot and heavy that the platformer character would be popping up in the new Smash. He’d probably work pretty well.88. SteveMinecraft is in many ways the ultimate multi-platform game, and if Nintendo could get Microsoft to allow them to include the game’s default male avatar as a fighter it’d be a coup.87. MinionsThere have been a few Despicable Me tie-in games on the DS, so that officially makes the Minions fair game for Smash. Sometimes that’s all the reason we need.86. OctodadThe protagonist of the hit physics-based indie puzzle stealth comedy is an octopus pretending to be a normal human dad. He’s used to fighting for his life.85. Jack CaymanOne of the absolute weirdest Wii titles, MadWorld was a black and white brawler that starred Jack, a foul-mouthed badass with a chainsaw for a hand and a thirst for ultraviolence.84. GoemonThe lead character of the Mystical Ninja games might not have a ton of name recognition Stateside but he could fill up a box on the character select screen just fine.83. Mr. ShiftySwitch indie sensation Mr. Shifty features a main character with the power of instantaneous short-range teleportation – a skill he uses mostly for crime. It would translate beautifully to the Smash franchise.82. PockleThe protagonist of Giftpia doesn’t seem like a badass, considering that his whole game was about working off a massive debt incurred by oversleeping. But weirder things have happened!81. The AmazonSmash isn’t really the kind of game where grappler characters thrive, but that doesn’t mean the archetype should be ignored. Notorious villain from Pro Wrestling, the mysterious Amazon loves to chomp faces and pin fools.80. Astro BoyOsamu Tezuka’s little robotic hero appeared in a remarkably great Game Boy Advance game, and he’s perfectly suited for Smash – think a Mega Man with more air mobility.79. Shiren The WandererChunsoft’s long-running roguelike hero has made many appearances on Nintendo platforms, so why not let him battle for survival in a game where he has more than one life?78. TurokThe titular dinosaur hunter was the star of a number of very successful Nintendo 64 first-person shooters, and we’re sure the licensing costs to get him back are pretty cheap.77. Bub & BobSmash has already done duo characters with the Ice Climbers, so why not use that formula for Taito’s cute dinosaur stars of Bubble Bobble and let them encase their foes in bubbles and float them off the stage?76. AmaterasuThe canine star of Okami made her fighting game debut with Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, but her brushwork attacks and elemental powers would make her a good fit for Smash as well.75. JuanThe masked luchador star of the two Guacamelee games already has a robust moveset perfectly suited to acrobatic combat on a 2D platforming plane, so most of the work is done.74. MaxwellThe Scribblenauts games are famous for their outside-the-box approach to puzzle solving, so what would happen if hero Maxwell tried the same thing in a fighting context?73. Skull KidOne of the fighters rumored in the Grinch leaks, Skull Kid from Ocarina of Time would have been a blast to play. It’s not too late, guys.72. StarfyThe platforming hero developed by studio TOSE, best known for uncredited grunt work on hundreds of other titles, deserves his moment in the sun.71. ToejamToejam & Earl is a franchise that has somehow managed to stand the test of time, stretching from the Genesis original in 1991 to a new installment coming next year. The three-legged red alien is a lock for Smash.70. EarlWell you can’t have one of them without the other, right? Earl is the big beefy grappler to Toejam’s agile striker, and look, we just filled up two spots.69. AmigoNice. The monkey mascot of Sega’s Samba De Amigo rhythm game could use his trademark maracas in a number of offensive ways – or just play a duet with Donkey Kong on the bongos.68. Ryu HayabusaYes, the game already has Ryu from Street Fighter, but the protagonist of the Ninja Gaiden games has been delivering intense, bone-hard action to gamers since the NES days so let’s bring him in.67. NintendogIt’s patently unfair that the cute little puppies from the unexpected DS hit have been relegated to assist trophy status in previous Smash games. Let us be the dogs!66. OtusThe protagonist of Owlboy, the indie hit that took a staggering 11 years to develop, isn’t particularly combat-oriented but his unique movement abilities could make him a comer.65. Kawase UmiharaThe heroine of the Umihara Kawase franchise of innovative platformers traverses space with a fishing line, using it to swing, drop and stun enemies. Sounds like a fighting game character to me.64. Tony MontanaScarface: The World Is Yours was released for the Wii in 2007, which means Al Pacino’s legendary Cuban-born gangster is technically a Nintendo character.63. BirdoThe egg-spitting dinosaur from Super Mario 2 has become a fan favorite character and could stand out in Smash with a mixed of range and melee attacks.62. CupheadThe ceramic-skulled hero of the wildly successful 1930s-look indie run and gunner would be easy to port right into the world of Smash with a few custom shaders.61. Wonder BoyHudson’s mascot character evolved from a shirtless jungle lad into a fantasy warrior over the course of his franchise, so there’s a lot to pick from here.60. GooseThe feathered antihero of Untitled Goose Game is coming to the Switch in 2019, but why not announce him for Smash Ultimate before then? Troll picks forever.59. Mike HaggarThe mayor of Metro City has a long and fruitful association with Nintendo going back to the first Final Fight, but Smash needs more grapplers and more mustaches so let’s get him in.58. Mike JonesStarTropics is one of Nintendo’s lesser-known franchises, and hero Mike Jones has been waiting for his chance at a big comeback for decades. Let him bring his yo-yo to the big stage.57. Earthworm JimThe stretchy boneless hero in the super-suit was a popular platformer franchise during the SNES era, and creator Doug TenNapel is probably cool with you using him.56. GumbyIt’s hard to believe that it took until 2005 for somebody to exploit the Gumby license for a video game, but Gumby and the Astrobots was bad enough nobody will do it again. Give him some redemption in Smash.55. SoraThe hero of the Kingdom Hearts games hoists his Keyblade and joins the fray alongside Squaresoft cohort Cloud Strife and… probably not any Disney characters this time.54. Aries The CheetahmanIf Nintendo really wanted to get sassy and meta they’d grab this character from unlicensed 1991 game The Cheetahmen, included on the notorious “Action 52” cartridge of low-quality efforts.53. Captain ToadIt’s time for Mario to step aside and let his supporting cast have some time to shine. Captain Toad already got his own game, so put him on the Smash roster. So what if he can’t jump?52. Spongebob SquarepantsThe rectangular undersea fast food wage slave has appeared in a number of licensed titles on Nintendo systems, so why not make a grab for that sweet, sweet money?51. Shovel KnightThe Switch has become an excellent platform for indie games, and one of the biggest hits is retro action platformer Shovel Knight. Bringing the titular hero over to the massive fighting cross-over is just good business.50. Taizo HoriYes, the player character of Namco’s Dig Dug games has an actual name, and it’s Taizo Hori. Pac-Man was fun as hell in the last Smash, so why not use another arcade classic with a pumping hose?49. GonThe stubby little T. Rex created by mangaka Masashi Tanaka had his own Japanese SNES game, and also appeared as a hidden character in Tekken 3. That’s all we need.48. BlankaThe Street Fighter series is well-represented with Ken and Ryu, but Nintendo should come to Brazil and throw in everybody’s favorite green-furred wild man so he can Blanka Ball up to the ledge.47. NamakubiObscure and super-weird NES game Zombie Nation had players controlling the disembodied head of legendary samurai Namakubi spitting fire at enemies. Put him in Smash, you cowards.46. TingleThe rupee-obsessed Tingle wants to become a “forest fairy” and thinks the best way to do so is by wearing a skin-tight leotard and acting weird as hell. Imagine winning a major as Tingle. Salt would flow.45. TakamaruThe protagonist of old-school Famicom game The Mysterious Murasame Castle is enjoying a bit of a popularity spurt in recent years, so let’s recognize the samurai here.44. GunvoltOne of the best-received action titles of recent years is Azure Striker Gunvolt, and the lead’s targeting abilities and electrical skills could make for a fun Smash character.43. QuoteThe main character of indie legend Cave Story might look unassuming, but he could deliver a beatdown if he wanted to with his myriad weapons.42. Choir BoysThe Rhythm Heaven games are wildly beloved by hardcore fans and we all wanted to see this trio of goofballs bring their musicality to the big stage.41. Balloon FighterSakurai has stated that the hero of early NES game Balloon Fight was explored for an earlier Smash game but abandoned, so there’s precedent here.40. Doshin the GiantSmash has featured several characters that are smaller than the average, so why not go in the opposite direction with the big yellow hero of this GameCube game?39. Daniel LambWhy exactly Rockstar published Manhunt 2 on the outrageously family-friendly Wii is anybody’s guess, but that means murderous protagonist Daniel Lamb is available to choke Mario out with a plastic bag.38. Meat BoyThe grisly masocore platforming hero doesn’t really have any offensive capabilities, but that hasn’t stopped other fighters from stepping into the arena.37. Dr. Derek StilesThe protagonist of the Trauma Center series of surgery games can use his medical skills to hurt, not heal on the battlefield of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.36. Zack & WikiThe heroes of Capcom’s underrated Wii puzzle adventure are all about working together to navigate ruins full of treasure, and Wiki’s ability to transform objects by shaking them could have cool gameplay uses.35. Bayou BillyThe swamp-dwelling NES survivalist hasn’t been seen since his 1988 debut, but he’s one of the only NES characters to get his own Archie comic so that earns him a spot here.34. David Lee RothThe Wii was home to a lot of shovelware, but it did get Guitar Hero: Van Halen, featuring a digital recreation of the “Hot for Teacher” singer, so that makes him eligible to battle in the Smash Bros. arena.33. SlendermanWhy not? Slender: The Arrival hit the Wii U in 2015, which makes the terrifying predator of creepypasta eligible to be in Smash.32. TailsSonic probably needs somebody to keep him company, and his flying fox friend is the perfect companion. Otherwise he spends too much time with Pikachu and we all know where that leads us.31. SolaireIt’s kind of wild that Dark Souls is on a Nintendo system now, and while we doubt From Software is ever going to lend a character out we’d love to see this goofy knight show up for battle.30. A Boy And His BlobThe protagonists of David Crane’s oddball NES game have a lot of utility – feed the amorphous blob jellybeans and it’ll change into anything you need. Assuming, that is, you have the right flavor.29. MogIt’s fair to say that Final Fantasy III (or VI, depending on how you want to look at it) is one of the SNES’s all-time greats, so why not bring out the dancing moogle for a little fighting fun?28. Scott O’ConnorBayonetta isn’t the first video game fighter to attack with her hair – that goes to the star of 1991’s Kabuki: Quantum Fighter, a digitized hero who whips robotic foes with his bright red mane. Let’s get fierce with a style-off on the Switch.27. ImpaWe dug Hyrule Warriors a lot, so why not bring out one of the biggest badasses from that game – Impa, Zelda’s bodyguard who cuts down suckers like straw with her sword and naginata.26. Dr. KawashimaThe digitized face of this Japanese neuroscientist helped walk you through the Brain Age games on the DS, so let him defend his theories with his fists!25. ShantaeCreated by WayForward, the purple-haired half-genie made her debut on Nintendo portables and even featured in a Wario Ware microgame so she’s on the roster.24. The L BlockThere’s no denying that the success of the original black & white Game Boy was due in a big way to Tetris, so why not commemorate the franchise by letting us fight as the versatile L block?23. King HippoLittle Mac fit in just fine, so why not go back to the Punch-Out well with the massive brawler who has a weak spot in the middle of his behemoth tummy?22. Professor LaytonYes, he might be a little more cerebral than some of the other fighters on the roster, but combat is just another kind of puzzle and this guy slays at puzzles.21. Travis TouchdownNo More Heroes was one of the Wii’s most unusual exclusives, and Suda 51’s foul-mouthed assassin with a deadly beam saber is just waiting for his chance to jump into the melee, especially with a sequel on the way.20. LABO RobotNintendo’s oddball cardboard peripherals don’t seem suited for Smash, but the body motion controlled robot could prove to be a potent fighter.19. MalloThe surprisingly strong sumo at the heart of the Pushmo games doesn’t look too tough, but we learned our lesson from Jigglypuff and won’t be underestimating him.18. Viewtiful JoeCapcom’s big-headed henshin hero has the power of time manipulation and breaking the fourth wall, making him a feared combatant despite the absurdly short length of his limbs.17. Bio Force ApeThe mutated chimpanzee star of a long-lost NES game didn’t see the light of day for twenty years, but maybe he was just waiting for his moment and his moment is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.16. Neku SakurabaThe main character of Square’s The World Ends With You is accustomed to battling bizarre creatures in a dreamlike environment, so let him do it on a whole new platform.15. ShrekOne of the funniest stories to come out of the fighting game community is the growth of a legit competitive scene around 2005 GameCube title Shrek Super Slam. Port the ogre over and let’s see what he can do.14. CubivoreWe already have a character who can swallow foes in Kirby, but the blocky protagonist of cult GameCube title Cubivore evolves and mates, which Kirby certainly does not do.13. FrogIf we’re going to keep Cloud company, why not deal in another swordsman from classic SNES role-playing game Chrono Trigger. There are plenty of human swordsmen in the game already, so Sir Frog gets the nod.12. BombermanHudson’s explosive-planting hero has appeared in dozens of games in his own franchise, but we’d love to see a trap-based character in the frenetic battlefields of Smash.11. GenoThe Grinch leaks felt pretty strongly that this magical puppet from the classic Super Mario RPG will show up in the latest game, but we wanted to express our support here anyway.10. Kunio-kunOne of the most beloved NES games was Technos’s River City Ransom, which let you rampage through the streets knocking the barf out of gang members to buy delicious food. Hero Kunio – called Alex in America, but whatever – is made to bring his stubby arms to Smash.9. Simon BelmontThe whip-wielding Castlevania hero has been associated with Nintendo since the beginning, and he’d fit right in with the motley crew we have assembled here.8. BowsetteNintendo has a real opportunity here to take the fan-created mashup of Mario’s greatest enemy and one true love and make her playable in Smash. Somebody already modded her into Super Mario 64.7. DjangoThe hero of Konami’s GBA adventure Boktai is a vampire slayer who draws power from the sun – the cartridge actually had a light sensor in it to encourage you to go outside and game.6. DoomguySure, this might seem a little extreme, but if Solid Snake can find a home in Smash surely the original FPS hero can show up. Let Doomguy blast his way out of Kirby’s candy-colored hell for a change.5. BonkThe mascots of both Nintendo and Sega’s platforming series are in, so why not give some love to the caveman hero of the late, lameneted TurboGrafx 16?4. GokuDragon Ball Fighterz landed on Switch earlier in the year, and what better way to borrow some of that hype than to put Goku in Smash?3. SansFew games have a fanbase as rabid as Undertale, and after the quirky RPG’s Switch release they immediately began clamoring for the addition of sensitive skeleton Sans to the cast.2. Paper MarioToon Link has been a part of Smash for a while, so why not make a new moveset for the 2-dimensional plumber that starred in the classic RPG series as well?1. WaluigiIf they don’t, we riot.last_img read more

A Thanksgiving Message from ASA President Ron Moore

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first_imgDear Soy Family,Thanksgiving is time for reflection and gratitude. This year I’m especially grateful for your tireless work on behalf of the agriculture industry and soy growers across the country.Agriculture matters; in fact a recent study commissioned by industry groups found that one-fifth of the U.S. economy and a quarter of American jobs are either directly or indirectly tied to food and agriculture sectors.We provide food, fuel and jobs, which is why we must continue to advocate for issues that are important to soy and agriculture, like increased trade opportunities, updated transportation and infrastructure, a farm bill that improves the farm safety net and regulations that help growers farm.As you sit with friends and family this Thanksgiving, I encourage you think about what you’re thankful for and know that my family is thankful for you and the work you do throughout the year.Happy Thanksgiving,The Moore Familylast_img read more

Homemade Sekiro Prosthetic Arm Is Cooler Than The Game

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first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits As expected, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice seems to be a big hit with the same audience that gobbled up FromSoftware’s previous works like Dark Souls and Bloodborne. Despite the change from medieval Europe RPG to medieval Japan action-adventure game, the punishing difficulty that makes these games so… polarizing also means the people who love it really love it.One of Sekiro’s signature gameplay mechanics is the Shinobi Prosthetic, a fake arm you acquire early on giving you access to new projectile weapons and a sick grappling hook. It’s one of the coolest parts of the game and looks like something that could maybe exist in the real world. And now thanks to one enterprising Reddit user, it does. This homemade Sekiro Shinobi Prosthetic is cooler than the game itself.AdChoices广告This masterful example of a video game prop comes from Reddit user GS-alpeR. Apparently the user built the prosthetic to take to various Sekiro launch events. But frankly its quality would put all official marketing to shame, at least compared to the little demon masks at my play session. This straight-up looks like something from a Sekiro movie. It’s so cool.I mean look at it! What makes the fake arm so visually appealing in the game is all of its little almost steampunk details for how a device like this could maybe work at the time. And all of those details are captured in this replica. The way the strings and bandages knot around the metal and bone pieces. The different finger segments with etchings approximating skin. The rough, used texture. Granted, this version isn’t tricked out with all sorts of weapons, but I would still be wary if I ever saw a sword in this hand.You can see more pictures in GS-alpeR’s Imgur page. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the long, hard, and probably tedious work that went into crafting this beauty is way more impressive than beating the game it comes from. But that’s just me. For more on Dark Souls, Sekiro’s ancestor, check out the best Dark Souls toys and t-shirts. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Astronomers identify a mega metalpoor dwarf star

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first_img Metal-poor stars are rare objects as only few stars with iron abundances [Fe/H] below –5 have been discovered so far. Currently, SMSS J0313–6708, with metallicity below –7.1, is the most iron-poor star known to date. Astronomers are interested in expanding the still short list of metal-poor stars as such objects have the potential to improve our knowledge of the chemical evolution of the universe.During recent years, a team of astronomers led by David S. Aguado of the Institute of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands, has been searching for extremely metal-poor stars by analyzing low-resolution spectroscopic data provided by various instruments. This search has already resulted in finding a carbon-enhanced metal-poor red giant with iron abundance of -4.7 and a dwarf star with iron abundance below –5.8.Now, Aguado’s team found an extremely metal-poor candidate in the SDSS/BOSS spectroscopic survey. Next, they conducted follow-up observations of this candidate using the Intermediate dispersion Spectrograph and Imaging System (ISIS) on the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) and the Optical System for Imaging and low-intermediate-Resolution Integrated Spectroscopy (OSIRIS) at the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC).”We have now identified a new mega metal-poor dwarf with [Fe/H]< −6.6, J0023+0307, from SDSS/BOSS spectra (λ/∆λ ~2, 000). Follow-up spectroscopy with the 10.4m GTC and the 4.2m WHT telescopes confirms the metallicity determination based on SDSS data," the researchers wrote in the paper.As noted in the study, the newly detected metal-poor star, named SDSS J0023+0307, has an iron abundance below –6.6. Moreover, the astronomers found that this star has a carbon abundance below 6.3 and an effective temperature of 6,188 K.Although the scientists were only able to set upper limits for the iron and carbon abundances of SDSS J0023+0307, the results indicate that this object is one of the two most iron-poor stars known, and exhibits less carbon that most of stars with iron abundances below –5."The spectrum of this star does not show the usual enhancement in carbon found in all other stars at [Fe/H]< −5," the paper reads.The authors of the paper noted that given that the iron abundance is only an upper limit, and since carbon does not appear enhanced at the levels found in other hyper metal-poor stars, J0023+0307 could well be the most metal-poor star so far identified. However, more observations at higher resolution and signal-to-noise ratio are required to validate this assumption."Newer observations with higher spectral resolution and very high signal-to-noise ratio are required and can only be obtained with the largest telescopes in the world," the researchers concluded. Researchers discover a chemically primitive dwarf star in the galactic halo Upper panel: ISIS spectrum of J0023+0307 and J1029+1729 (black line) and the best fits obtained with FERRE (red line). The bottom panels show a details of the Ca II H & K region (a) and the G-band (b), respectively. Main stellar parameters are shown. Image credit: Aguado et al., 2018. Citation: Astronomers identify a mega metal-poor dwarf star (2018, February 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-astronomers-mega-metal-poor-dwarf-star.html More information: J0023+0307: A MEGA METAL-POOR DWARF STAR FROM SDSS/BOSS, arxiv.org/pdf/1802.06240.pdf Explore further © 2018 Phys.org A group of Spanish astronomers has found a new primitive mega metal-poor star. The object, designated SDSS J0023+0307, is apparently one of the most iron-poor stars known to date. The finding is reported February 17 in a paper published on the arXiv pre-print repository. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Killer Deal Get The Blue Yeti USB Mic For Just 70

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first_imgWhether you’re starting a podcast or streaming on Twitch, the right audio equipment makes a massive difference. To produce the best sound, you’ll need a good USB mic and few of them match the value and performance of Blue’s Yeti USB Mic.   For a limited time, Buy Dig via Google Express has the Yeti USB Microphone (in Steel Red) for $74. Normally priced at $129.99, that’s $56 off it’s regular price. Even better,  apply coupon code “UWWUBZ” at checkout to drop the price down to $69.56. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this popular USB mic. (It’s even cheaper than the Blue Yeti Nano).Buy the Yeti USB Mic for $69.56 via coupon “UWWUBZ”The Yeti has a built-in gain dial, volume knob, mute button, and a pattern switch. The latter lets you capture sound in cardioid, stereo, omni-directional, or two-way pattern mode. The mic itself features a mini-USB port, headphone jack, and threaded base, which lets you attach it to any mic stand. In terms of performance, this must-have laptop accessory is perfect for everything from individual users to small groups. Just make sure to act fast as this deal is likely to sell out fast. AdvertisementHow to Start a Podcast: Tips, Tricks and Tech from the ProsHow to Stream Twitch from a Laptop14 Must-Have Accessories for a New Laptop  Laptop Tech Support Showdown! Our 2019 RatingsWhich laptop companies offer the best tech support? We tested top brands such as Apple, Dell and Lenovo to find out.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/this-professional-blue-yeti-usb-mic-is-just-70?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2402:24Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Mortgage Master Opens Fifth Midwest Branch Appoints CoManagers

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first_img in News, Origination March 31, 2014 450 Views Mortgage Master Opens Fifth Midwest Branch, Appoints Co-Managers Mortgage Master Movers & Shakers 2014-03-31 Tory Barringercenter_img Super-regional mortgage bank Mortgage Master announced the expansion of its brand and Midwest infrastructure with the opening of a new retail branch office in Northbrook, Illinois.The new office is Mortgage Master’s fourth branch in the Greater Chicago area and will enable the company to offer lending services to borrowers in Northbrook and the surrounding communities on the North Shore.In conjunction with the opening, Mortgage Master announced the hiring of industry veterans Jorden Brok and Brett Lotsoff as co-branch managers to lead the new location.With more than 17 years of experience in the industry, Brok joins Mortgage Master with more than $1.1 billion in loan closings under his belt. He most recently worked as a loan officer at 1st Advantage Mortgage in Northfield, serving prior to that as a loan officer at Guaranteed Rate Inc.Commenting on the new branch opening, Brok said it represents “a fantastic opportunity not only for me, but for the Midwest region.”Meanwhile, Lotsoff comes to the company with more than 21 years of experience in residential lending, having worked as a leading originator and a manager. Throughout his career, he has been a top originator, clocking in nearly $1 billion in closed loans. Like Brok, he also comes from 1st Advantage Mortgage, where he worked as SVP and branch manager at Northfield. Previously, he worked as SVP and branch manager for Guaranteed Rate Inc.“Jorden and I have worked together for 17 years, and we are excited to become part of one of the leading and most responsible mortgage lenders in the country,” he said.Together, the two men will focus on expanding the firm’s relationships with referral partners such as real estate agents, builders, accountants, attorneys, and the rest of the Midwest team to provide borrowers with best-in-class service and build out the branch.“We are extremely lucky to have Jorden and Brett, both exceptional leaders and mortgage origination professionals, join Mortgage Master to build our business and brand in this important Midwest market,” said Paul Anastos, president of Mortgage Master. “Business and excitement is already building about the Northbrook office, which is off to a fast start in helping borrowers purchase or refinance a home while interest rates are still historically low.” Sharelast_img read more

Ex Coop execs say probe panelist had conflict of interest

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first_imgTHREE former senior officials with the Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB) are taking legal action seeking to have the entire investigation into the bank’s demise declared invalid.Former CCB board chairman George Hadjinicola, former board member Giorgos Kittos, and former CEO Nicholas Hadjiyiannis, have jointly filed a lawsuit against the state, where they allege that one of the members of the investigative panel had a conflict of interest when he was appointed to the position.They claim that Giorgos Georgiou, one of the three committee members, should have been disqualified because twice, in 2013 and then in 2015, he had applied for the job of general manager at the CCB.The fact Georgiou was a candidate for a job at the CCB, they allege, establishes a personal connection between himself and the organisation, rendering him unsuitable to have an objective opinion about the case.The complaint, filed on October 22, is directed at the Republic and attorney-general Costas Clerides who appointed the three-man panel in June of this year.Among others, it claims that Georgiou’s appointment “contravenes the principles of natural justice.”The plaintiffs argue that Georgiou had an obligation to publicly disclose that he had applied for a job at the CCB, but failed to do so.With the lawsuit, they are seeking a court decision that any findings, or even the final report, by the committee shall be illegal and invalid.Moreover, given that the procedure is unlawful and thus causes damage to the plaintiffs, they are seeking damages ranging from €100,000 to €500,000.Hadjinicola, Kittos and Hadjiyiannis have all testified before the committee.The investigative panel is tasked with looking into how the CCB’s non-performing loans came to swell to around €7.5bn, as well as why it required €1.5bn in recapitalisation from the state in 2014.The probe also aims to provide insights into the way the lender was managed, as well as the decisions that led to its eventual sale to Hellenic Bank.Georgiou was a former executive at Alpha Bank and former chairman of the bank association. The panel’s two other members are former Supreme Court judge Giorgos Arestis, and economist Giorgos Charalambous, a former Bank of Cyprus executive.Legal sources familiar with the matter told the Cyprus Mail that the basis of the complaint has no foundation in law or in case law as it stands.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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