Ready to Start Task Force Presents Initial Findings to Governor Wolf

first_img December 18, 2018 Education,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s Ready to Start Task Force, established in September to develop a four-year framework of strategies to address health, human services, and education policy for infants and toddlers age zero to three in Pennsylvania, announced its key themes and initial findings today.“The Ready to Start Task Force findings are focused on our youngest Pennsylvanians and their families,” Gov. Wolf said. “Because we know that a child’s brain grows faster from birth to three than at any other point in their lives, this work is truly shaping the future of our state.”The key themes and initial findings were developed following six regional listening sessions with stakeholders representing health care, human services, education, research, businesses and employers, foundations, and research organizations. These initial findings include a need to:Ensure access to high-quality care for all children and families, especially those with the greatest needs;Improve system quality and capacity;Improve coordination and alignment of services and supports;Prioritize outreach, education, and awareness, including building meaningful partnerships with parents, families, and communities;Address the needs of the whole child and whole family through comprehensive supports, including those for mental and behavioral health;Help infants and toddlers get a strong start for school through early literacy and other evidence-based programs.Read the full content of the initial findings here.These initial findings will be used to create a final report for the development of a four-year framework for advancing the well-being of Pennsylvania’s youngest residents and their families. The report is expected to be completed in early 2019.The Ready to Start Task Force was led by six co-chairs appointed by the Governor: Jodi Askins, Executive Director of PennAEYC; Maureen Cronin, Executive Director of The Arc of Pennsylvania; Nyanda Finley De Santos, parent and Director of Family and Community Engagement at Community Services for Children’s Head Start Program; Janet Haas, M.D., Chair of the William Penn Foundation Board of Directors; Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education; and David Rubin, MD, MSCE, Director of Population Health Innovation and PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).Members of the Wolf Administration who supported the work of the Task Force include Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health; Teresa Miller, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; Suzann Morris, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning; and Dr. Loren Robinson, Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.Task Force co-chairs hosted six regional roundtable listening discussions from October through mid-December with members of the Administration and stakeholders. Approximately 150 stakeholders representing early childhood care and education providers, health care practitioners, research organizations, workforce development, state and local government, foundations, employers, and community-based organizations participated in the sessions.At each regional listening session, stakeholders were asked to provide feedback focused on three guiding questions: How can we improve health outcomes of infants, toddlers, and their families?How can we strengthen the home environment for infants, toddlers, and their families?How can we prepare infants and toddlers for future school success?In addition to these face-to-face Task Force meetings, the governor invited the public to share their ideas and thoughts through an online feedback form. The form is still available to those who wish to weigh in on the priorities and key themes.“The Ready to Start Task Force complements my administration’s robust agenda for improving the lives of all children, which includes access to high-quality pre-K through 12 education and access to health and human services programs and supports,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am pleased to see the progress this group has made in developing these key themes and initial findings and I look forward to reviewing a full task force report when it is completed in the very near future.” Ready to Start Task Force Presents Initial Findings to Governor Wolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Science Cannot Rise Above Human Nature

first_img(Visited 299 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 For all its aspirations and achievements, science must constantly drag along with it the ball and chain of human fallibility.The Progress of Science. What a beautiful thought. It inspired the Enlightenment writers who, euphoric with Isaac Newton‘s achievements in solar system dynamics and optics, saw a bright future ahead. The human mind, it seemed, could understand anything it set its heart on, as long as it used the proper method. Much has been learned and applied to our modern, technological world that increases human happiness and reduces suffering. And yet human nature still struggles with its old sins: selfish ambition, dishonesty, and pride. Are preachers obsolete? If they were, the leaders of Big Science wouldn’t have to keep preaching to their own congregations: the scientists.Checklists work to improve science (Nature). Bummed by the ongoing failures of reproducibility and fraud, the Editors of Nature are trying more things.Five years ago, after extended discussions with the scientific community, Nature announced that authors submitting manuscripts to Nature journals would need to complete a checklist addressing key factors underlying irreproducibility for reviewers and editors to assess during peer review. The original checklist focused on the life sciences. More recently we have included criteria relevant to other disciplines.This sounds like problems are endemic to science wherever they look. Survey results show that a substantial number of scientists think more needs to be done.Respondents overwhelmingly thought that poor reproducibility is a problem: 86% acknowledged it as a crisis in their field, a rate similar to that found in an earlier survey (Nature 533, 452–454; 2016). Two-thirds of respondents cited selective reporting of results as a contributing factor.And yet the Editors feel they can’t solve these problems alone. Other culprits (all fallible humans) include laboratory heads, funders, publishers and the scientists themselves. Are their motives always pure? How about the desire to publish spectacular results? What does the ‘publish or perish’ culture do to integrity? What factors direct the flow of money? The Editors end by affirming their faith in Progress, but admit it is built on a foundation of sand— that is, hope:Progress is slow, but a commitment to enforcement is crucial. That is why we make the checklist and the reporting of specific items mandatory, and monitor compliance. The road to full reproducibility is long and will require perseverance, but we hope that the checklist approach will gain wider uptake in the community.Notice the words commitment, enforcement, mandatory, compliance, reproducibility, perseverance, and hope. Those are matters of character. What scientific method could ever guarantee those? How did they evolve from the first single-celled bacterium?Science isn’t broken, but we can do better: here’s how (Alan Finkel at The Conversation). Alan Finkel is Australia’s Chief Scientist. He assures his readers that claims of science’s brokenness are overblown. One could argue that he has to say that, or else he becomes culpable for overseeing a broken institution. He also has to say it could do better, to justify his mission.Point me to the period in human history where we had more brilliant people or better technologies for doing science than we do today. Explain to me how something “broken” so spectacularly delivers the goods. Convince me I ought to downplay the stunning achievement of – say – the detection of gravitational waves.I agree, practising science has its frustrations, like every other human endeavour; and scientists can and do go wrong.But the only place to find the Golden Age of Science is in the future – by making it ourselves.So let’s not tell ourselves that “science is broken”. Let’s agree that we all share in the responsibility to improve it, by keeping open the mental bandwidth to ask and explore hard questions.One might recall Avi Loeb’s reflections about the achievements of the Mayans in astronomy, the Egyptians in architecture, or the Babylonians in mathematics (Evolution News). These were all pagan cultures that worshiped idols, performed human sacrifice, and yet did great things. Their elites were convinced that they understood the world. Without our cumulative knowledge enabled by superior record-keeping techniques, would we be better than they?Finkel lists several troubles in science that need fixing: predatory journals, the pressure to publish, and overloaded peer review. But like the Editors of Nature, his solution is built on the shifting sand of hope: hope that fallible human beings will find ways to fix the flaws in their human nature that lead to these problems.The Matthew effect in science funding (PNAS). Three Dutch scientists analyze trends in science funding, and find evidence of the “Matthew Effect”: the successful get more successful, and others do not. It’s like a rich-get-richer theory in economics. Those scientists who show initial success catch attention of funding sources and get more funding. To their surprise, they find that the converse is also true. Those who fail continue to fail: “Surprisingly, however, the emergent funding gap is partly created by applicants, who, after failing to win one grant, apply for another grant less often.” These are all matters of human nature and personality.For those who disagree with our headline, “Science cannot rise above human nature,” consider the following situation: Scientific institutions are corrupt. Scientists work for ulterior motives, or out of fear of rocking the consensus. Funding sources don’t care about truth, but about spectacular headlines that please their advertisers. Politicians direct funds to the ones that support their Party. Big Science consistently opposes maverick ideas that rock the consensus. Would that situation promote the Progress of Science? And yet all those failings are with us now to some degree. Science cannot work without integrity. How are you going to evolve that?Avi Loeb was struck by the intelligence of ancient civilizations, but disturbed by their overconfidence in their own beliefs. “The only way to work out whether we are on the wrong path is to encourage competing interpretations of the known data,” he concluded. I see some Darwin Skeptics raising their hands and saying, “Look over here for a change.”last_img read more

Stamps on show in South Africa

first_imgThis delicately beaded Tsonga love tokenis one of many colourful items featuredin the beads stamp series. The record-breaking stamp mosaic coversan area of 160 square metres. Volunteers from Sapo and the HatfieldTuition College worked diligently tocomplete the mosaic.(Images: South African Post Office)MEDIA CONTACTS • Johan van WykPhilatelic Services, Sapo+27 12 845 2901 or +27 82 557 4242RELATED ARTICLES• Putting the stamp on the World Cup• Coining it for Madiba’s 90th• Chair to unleash South African dreams• SA items in World Digital Library• Meet Zakumi: the 2010 mascotJanine ErasmusSouth Africa is hosting the Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, which coincides with the release of a new definitive stamp series for the country, and also features an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest stamp mosaic.Sponsored by the South African Post Office (Sapo) and the Philatelic Foundation of South Africa, the event takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 27 to 31 October under the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately, to which South Africa is affiliated.The show is sanctioned by world philately governing body Fédération Internationale de Philatélie, and is the first international philatelic event to be held on South African soil since Ilsapex 98.A highlight of the show is the inclusion of the 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition, which has never been seen on the African continent and features over 300 exhibits.Stamp enthusiasts have also been looking forward to an exhibit of an assortment of stamps from the personal collection of Queen Elizabeth II. This priceless selection is chaperoned by Michael Sefi, the Keeper of the Royal Collection.The first Union of South Africa stamp, issued in 1910, will be on display, as well as the Sapo archive. Visitors will be able to buy personalised stamps with an image of themselves or their partner, mom or pet.A number of auction houses and dealers will be on hand for the serious collector, and Sapo will operate a fully functional post office within the exhibition hall.South Africa is expecting to welcome philatelists from 45 countries to the long-awaited event. Entry to the stamp show is free.Cultural traditionTo coincide with the show, Sapo has issued its eighth definitive stamp series.Titled The Beads, the series features examples of the fine beadwork for which South African crafters are internationally renowned, and was snapped by German-born photographer Sasha Lipka, now resident in Pretoria.All featured items are held in the collection of the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Iziko Social History Collections, which works to raise awareness of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage.Head of Sapo’s Philatelic Services, Johan van Wyk, said the series portrays examples of culturally important objects. Both modern and traditional items can be seen, including a traditional Tsonga fertility figure, a necklace made of lions’ claws, and a mobile phone rendered in bead- and wirework.According to National Gallery curator Carol Kaufman, beadwork is as significant in local culture as wood carving is in other African countries.“These stamps will spread awareness of these cultural treasures all over South Africa, and the rest of the world, at an affordable cost,” she said.Instead of showing the entire item, in many cases just a portion of the intricate work is visible, which allows for greater detail.Besides the usual denominations, stamps have also been issued for certain standard formats such as registered letters or international letters. These stamps are not marked with a value and can be used even if the cost of postage goes up.The stamps are available from any post office in South Africa.  International stamp collectors can order them by sending email to [email protected] Sapo will produce the beads series for five years.Biggest stamp mosaicIn another postal first for South Africa, Philatelic Services and an army of volunteers have built an immense stamp mosaic of the Pretoria skyline. The mosaic is now under evaluation by the Guinness World Records organisation to see if it is eligible to break the current record held by Germany’s Leipzig International School.Leipzig established its Guinness world record in 2008 by constructing a mosaic of the city skyline, measuring 100 square metres and containing about 115 000 stamps.The local version contains about 201 000 stamps. Covering an area of 160 square meters, it took the participants weeks to construct. It features the Union Buildings, seat of South Africa’s government, the six-colour national flag, and the century-old Church Square post office, which is a national heritage site.By making the record-breaking mosaic 60% bigger than the previous version, Sapo hopes to fend off attempts to surpass the achievement for some time.“Stamps communicate our heritage, our culture, our infrastructure and our achievements,” said Van Wyk, “and this mosaic will put a stamp on our greatness as a country.”World Cup stampsPhilatelic Services has had a busy year – on 11 June, the opening day of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the department issued two sets of Fifa-approved commemorative stamps and a number of covers to mark the football extravaganza.The set depicting the trophy, official match ball and 2010 World Cup logo were football-shaped while the Zakumi series, featuring the tournament’s green-haired mascot, took the more conventional rectangular shape. Envelopes were franked with a special football stamp and contained an information card.According to Van Wyk, the stamps and covers were in huge demand, and served as an inexpensive souvenir of the World Cup.“We think of stamps as the smallest ambassadors of our country,” he said.• Coining it for Madiba’s 90thlast_img read more

Equal number of South African men, women use Facebook

first_img4 November 2014A social media study has revealed that an equal number of men and women in South Africa use Facebook, with 5.6-million men and 5.6-million women logging onto the social network.The SA Social Media Landscape 2015 report which was released on Monday, 3 November, showed Facebook remained the most popular social network in South Africa, followed by YouTube and Twitter.The report was compiled by technology market research organisation World Wide Worx and analytics company Fuseware. The study excludes instant messaging services.The findings of the study reveal the extent to which social media has become mainstream, according to World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck. He said the level of equality is a clear sign of both the maturity of the platform and its mainstream use as an everyday tool rather than as a high-tech choice.Goldstuck said 8.8-million South Africans accessed Facebook on their cellphones. “This means that targeting Facebook users is not a matter only of marketing on the Facebook website — its mobile properties are probably more important.’The biggest phone operating system used in South Africa for Facebook was Android, which grew from 1.26-million users in 2013 to 3.2-million in 2014. BlackBerry fell from the top position to second with a drop from 2.6-million to 2.4- million.Apple’s iOS remained in third place with a relatively stable number of 580 000 users, while the Windows Phone emerged from below the radar with 124 000 to 260 000.“More important than the operating system numbers, however, is the split between feature phones and smartphones,” Goldstuck said, adding that 5-million Facebook users still use feature phones.“While smartphones only just dominate, at 5.6-million, it is clear that a large Facebook user-base is still on a basic device,” he said.Feature phones are low-end and have more limited features than high-tech smartphones.The most commonly used handset for Facebook was the Nokia Asha, with 1.78- million users. In second place was the Blackberry Curve 8520 at 660 000 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 at 400 000.“This statistic is also significant, bearing in mind the S4 is a premium device, underlining its social appeal in South Africa,” said Goldstuck.The Facebook user-base was beginning to resemble South Africa’s urban population, according to Fuseware MD Mike Wronski.“The highest growth in the user-base is seen in three key economic hubs, namely Johannesburg (55%), Pretoria (49%) and Cape Town (44%),” he said, adding that quite interestingly, Nelspruit continues to show high growth at 40%.Wronski said South Africa bucked the global trend of younger users reportedly falling dramatically as a proportion of the user base. “There is much debate about teenagers abandoning the platform, but it’s not yet a factor in South Africa. The 13- 18 age group remains the single biggest on Facebook with 2.5-million users,” he said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Level Up: Video Games Are The New Educational Hack

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Turns out—to no surprise—they can. Here are the winners from the 2013 Challenge, with video game designs encompassing everything from community and literacy, to math, science and health.Through the project, kids learn and take away a myriad of lessons about communication, collaboration, problem solving and systems and computer thinking. The high number of educational Challenge submissions speaks to the interest of youth to see video games with an academic framework. It’s taking a medium already used by students and developing the games in a way that benefits their progress in school. stephanie ellen chan Why You Love Online Quizzes Video games are often at the center of negative press for their effect on children. But that’s not the only story that can be told. Video games used as teaching tools can change lives and impart excellent skills.With news of any youth in possession of a gun or worse being the perpetrator of a shooting, the eyes of the world fall on their consumption of media: What video game did that child play last?  Names like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty have become synonymous with a supposed cultural degradation, the blame of many for the rise of youth violence and gun homicides. But children can also learn from the creation of and interaction with video games dispelling the harsh stigma of the child/video game complex and bringing a revolution to the educational system. A revolution that will be gamified. Related Posts Video games utilized for education can have unique and positive effects. Two programs make this very clear: The National STEM Video Game Challenge is an annual call for middle to high schoolers to submit their own video game designs and compete on the national level with other children their age. By designing their own games, children learn the ins and outs of coding, strategy and digital creation.The Mind Research Institute’s ST Math video game is another example of education gamification, as it utilizes the medium of a video game to teach students to conceptualize math in brand new ways. This lets children have a visual representation of math problems in motion; what was once just numbers placed flat in a textbook now dance to life with a digital companion to aid in figuring out solutions.The gamification of education is radical and effective. Such alternative methods to today’s education system deserve a closer look.The 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge is a call for youth to design and submit their own video games in an effort to increase science and technology learning. This challenge, started in 2010, was created in response to the White House’s push towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The goal is simple—plant an interest in technology and engineering by spurring youth to create their own video games. The question lies in if the students are actually able to build a platform themselves. Matthew Peterson from the Mind Research Institute argues that learning through video games—sans words—is the key to increased learning opportunities. With an emphasis on math education, the MRI aims to forever change how students achieve success in math. For example, MRI’s ST Math software is a video game where each level depicts a new math problem for the player to solve. Problems are presented without words, and instead inferred through pictures and numbers. An animated penguin is the friendly guide throughout each level—users must solve the math problem so that the penguin can cross the screen.In his TED Talk, Peterson speaks about how teaching math through video games is the key to raising test scores, granting educational opportunities and achieving success for the future.Youth thrive in being their own purveyors of their educational journey. Textbooks and paperwork provide only one way for students to engage in mathematics, a method that does not account for the variances in the many ways children learn. ST Math’s utilization of avatars, movement, and interactivity with problem solving grants players the agency needed to acquire a solid command of math skills. MRI’s dataset shows the improvement of math test proficiency in schools across America who used ST Math for one to two years. The conversation surrounding children and video games can be shifted to reveal the hugely positive hack it’s creating in the educational system at this very moment. Kids may be born into the care of screens, but if utilized in the right ways, those screens can create significant improvement in areas like science, tech and math. Images and videos courtesy of gamerenthusiast, National STEM Video Game Challenge, Mind Research Institute, TedxTalks, ELineMedia Tags:#education#math#stem#video games 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Ichiro Suzuki walks off into history in ‘sayonara’ at Tokyo Dome

first_imgKikuchi later took a full minute to compose himself before responding about Ichiro’s impact. And he cried when the two embraced in the dugout after the game.“Since spring training to this day, Ichiro told us it is a gift for him to play in Tokyo,” Kikuchi said speaking through a translator. “But for me, he gave me the greatest gift that I can play with him.”Yet when Mariners teammate Dee Gordon bowed, Ichiro broke into a laugh — like, “not necessary, bro.”Oakland players stood solemnly and watched camera flashes and iPhones catch the historic scene. All over the stadium signs read: “Ichiro we love you” and “Ichiro is Life.” Fans wore his famous No. 51 in all shades, colors and from all eras.The fans got one more chance to salute when he came back on the field after the game and acknowledged their ovations.Ichiro was 0 for 5 in the two regular-season games against the A’s in Tokyo, leaving him with 3,089 hits in 19 seasons — a sure Hall of Fame resume. He had 1,278 before that over nine years in Japan, making him baseball’s all-time hits leader.Ichiro struggled in spring training with only two hits in 25 at-bats. And in two exhibition games in Tokyo against the Tokyo Giants he was 0 for 6.“I really wanted to play until I was 50, but I couldn’t do it,” he said. “It was a way of motivating myself and, if I’d never said it, I don’t think I would have come this far.”Ichiro praised his countrymen, who are famous for being reserved. Not tonight. Not on this night.“Japanese people I have always thought don’t in general express themselves,” he said. “But today’s experience blew that away. They were incredibly passionate tonight. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “After the reception I got today, how could I possibly have any regrets?” he said. “I couldn’t play well enough in spring training to earn an extension.”Ichiro went 0 for 4 in his farewell. In his last at-bat, he came up with two outs, a runner on second and a tie score in the eighth. He hit a slow grounder to shortstop and, still hustling the whole way, was barely thrown out at first.He took his spot in right field in the eighth, then was pulled by manager Scott Servais and the walk into history began in front of a sellout of 45,000. He strolled in, turned and waved to the crowd with all of the usually reserved Japanese fans on their feet.To chants of “Ichiro, Ichiro, Ichiro” he was greeted at the dugout — and later in the dugout — by emotional embraces from teammates.Yusei Kikuchi, the Japanese rookie pitcher who started the game in his big league debut, openly broke down crying when he embraced Ichiro.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other “When I look back on my career, I know I will remember today as the most memorable day, without a doubt.”For years, Ichiro’s at-bats were must-see TV in his homeland, with fans tuning in during breakfast and their morning commute. A star before he left, he became an even bigger sensation once he proved that yes, a Japanese hitter could indeed succeed across the ocean in the majors.He said he’d probably train Friday, keeping up his workout routine, but wasn’t sure what comes next. He joked he lacked the “charisma” to be a manager.“I’ll be known as the ‘Man Formerly Known as Ichiro,”” he cracked.Ichiro’s retirement had been anticipated for a while.The outfielder returned to the Mariners before the start of the 2018 season, then transitioned last May into a role as the special assistant to the chairman that allowed him to still be with the team and take part in pregame workouts, but meant he could not play in any games.Ichiro was a 10-time All-Star, an AL MVP and Rookie of the Year and won 10 Gold Gloves. He set the record with 262 hits in a season and wound up with a .311 batting average.He became one of the most important figures in baseball history, and not just because of his stats and awards.Ichiro carried the burden of an entire country in coming to the United States, and his success created opportunity for the countless others who have followed. Whether he wants to accept the label or not, Suzuki was a trailblazer. His influence and importance shouldn’t be understated.He preceded Hideki Matsui, who had a stellar career with the New York Yankees, by two years. In the years since, players like Nori Aoki, Kosuke Fukudome and Kaz Matsui followed. Last year marked the arrival of two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani. Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki returns to the field for waiting fans after Game 2 of the Major League baseball opening series against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Thursday, March 21, 2019. The 45-year-old Mariners star announced his retirement Thursday night, shortly after waving goodbye at the Dome. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO — At times, it seemed as if he’d go on hitting forever.But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director The great Ichiro has said “sayonara.”Now 45, Ichiro Suzuki left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning, waving goodbye to the packed crowd amid hugs from Seattle Mariners teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his monumental run was over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I have ended my career and decided to retire,” Ichiro said, speaking in Japanese at a news conference after a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings.He said his contract was through the two games in Japan, and said he decided before arriving last week to step away. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Ohtani said he watched highlights of Ichiro’s final game when he woke up at Los Angeles Angels’ camp in Arizona.“I still can’t believe it,” he said through a translator. “I won’t be able to see him play anymore but I’ll still have all the memories.”At the New York Yankees’ spring training site, New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said it was hard to describe Ichiro’s legacy on aspiring players in Japan.“It’s too grand of an impact. I can’t even put them into words,” Tanaka said through a translator.As for the reception at Ichiro’s finale, he added: “I think that atmosphere, it only happens to special players. You sense respect. Because of who he is, that happened today.”Ichiro became a one-word, household name in Seattle. It was only right his final professional game came with that team.But it was time for Suzuki to step away. Suzuki hit .205 in 44 at-bats and all nine of his hits last season were singles. This year, too often, Suzuki looked like a 45-year-old trying to hang on.Ichiro admitted he badly wanted to get a hit in Tokyo. And his fans always wanted to see him play in the World Series — his teams made it to the playoffs just twice, never advancing to the Fall Classic.He expressed no regrets, however. Well, maybe one.“I had 3,089 hits in America,” he said. “But I think my wife — who always makes me rice balls before games — said she made 2,800 rice balls. So I wish I could have played long enough so she could have hit 3,000 as well.” Kevin Durant helps lead Warriors past Pacers after friend’s death SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Microchip: development kit for Amazon AVS supports far-field voice interaction

first_imgMicrochip, via its Microsemi subsidiary, announces that its AcuEdge ZLK38AVS Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) now introduces far-field voice pickup and the flexibility to build devices with multiple mic array configurations. The solution reduces BOM costs while addressing the requirements of small-form-factor designs.The audio front-end development kit with one-mic hands-free and two- or three-mic far-field configurations qualified by Amazon features the ZL38063 audio processor which includes a 300 MHz DSP and dedicated hardware accelerators for voice processing. It also features Stereo Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), which enables barge-in recognition to improve the consumer experience in extreme audio playback environments.With the flexibility to work with a variety of microphone options and configurations, Original Design Manufacturers and third-party developers can use the development kit to cost-effectively achieve their design criteria across a range of applications and form-factor constraints.The development kit enables far-field speech recognition in the presence of interfering noise sources, including device playback and external noise sources. The field-programmable, field-upgradable solution features signal-processing algorithms proven to improve both local trigger detection performance and cloud speech-recognition accuracy, while the multi-microphone configurations include Direction of Arrival estimation to indicate where the primary voice sound source is located.The development kit includes a ZL38063 audio processor that connects directly to a Raspberry Pi 3B with plastics and mounting hardware to simulate a typical, recommended end-application mic-speaker arrangement. It supports all microphone options and includes an LED ring to report the detected sound location, as well as a high-quality speaker that is representative of a typical smart speaker application. Microchip has audio labs and tuning facilities located worldwide which support customers from design through Amazon certification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Basler presents highlights from embedded portfolio at embedded world 2019Next Wind River: next-gen software framework for connected and autonomous carslast_img read more

10 months agoRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is heating up.Gazzetta dello Sport says Roma are considering an approach for Batshuayi.They are considering an approach for the Chelsea striker in a loan with an option to buy deal.Batshuayi is currently on loan at Valencia but has been linked with a switch to Serie A with AC Milan.Valencia coach Marcelino was non-committal last week when discussing whether the Belgian would still be with the club beyond the January market. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

7 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer insists no problem Pogba meeting with Zidane

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer insists no problem Pogba meeting with Zidaneby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there’s no problem with Paul Pogba speaking to Real Madrid coacn Zinedine Zidane.The two were pictured together last week in Dubai after Pogba travelled to the UAE for a warm weather rehab programme to aid his recovery from an ankle and foot injury.Solskjaer said: “It’s a picture. When you’re at Man United you get pictures taken of you. I don’t have any problem with that at all.”Paul is part of our plans. He’s been playing through the pain barrier but when he came back against Rochdale and Arsenal he wanted to play. “He tried to get back but it was too painful. He had that scan, he’s on the way back, he’s recovering, he’s mending. He’s been off for a few days working.”I’ve not heard Paul say he doesn’t want to be here. Paul wants to stay here and play well.” last_img read more