Denise Van Outen Launches The First Ever Sainsburys Sport Relief Games

first_imgDenise van Outen has gone from yummy mummy to star athlete to launch the first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.Denise showed her strength in her swimming gear as it was revealed that for the first time ever the public can take part in three sporting challenges for Sport Relief – running, swimming and cycling – all over one epic weekend from 21st – 23rd March 2014.The events will take place in over a thousand locations across the country including landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Those lucky enough to get a place will be one of the first to experience the Park in all its glory as it fully reopens next year, with events and entertainment taking place over the fun-filled weekend.Anyone wanting to guarantee a space at the Park or other venues across the UK and make the most of half price entry can enter at Van Outen said: “I love Sport Relief and even took part in a mile event when I was pregnant! This year I’m going to do something more challenging and swim 5km. My three year old, Betsy, has just started having swimming lessons so I thought it was time for mummy to learn properly too as I’ve never been very confident in the water, so the Sport Relief swim really will be a challenge for me.”As well as accessible events for everyone, the new Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games offer the public even sportier challenges than ever before. Whether people want to cycle 50 miles, swim 5km or run 6 miles, those looking for a challenge need to sign up early, start training and make every mile count by raising heaps of cash for some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.But it’s not all about the tough stuff, there are plenty of options to join in the fun and games during the Sport Relief Weekend: Walk, jog or run the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, choosing from 1, 3 or 6 mile distances Make a splash with the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon, and choose from a range of 
individual and team distances, including 1.5km, 2.5km and 5km or people can choose their 
own distance with SimplySwim People can get on their bikes and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle, taking place 
in Glasgow, Manchester and London’s Lee Valley VeloPark. Participants can cycle 25 miles, 50 miles or get the whole family involved in a 3 mile cycle 
Money raised from Sport Relief will be spent helping some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.
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Where are the women Juno Awards criticized for mens dominance

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Alysha Brilla wasn’t surprised by the lack of female representation when this year’s Juno Awards nominees were announced.Years ago, the Waterloo, Ont.-based musician and producer decided to conduct an experiment. She carefully tabulated the gender diversity among Juno nominees and found there wasn’t much at all, particularly in the technical categories, which were completely dominated by men.After scrolling through this year’s list of contenders — the winners are announced this weekend in Ottawa — she concluded little has changed. “I don’t want to see women take over the industry. I want to see a balance,” says Brilla, a two-time Juno nominee for best adult contemporary album.“(But) there’s a lot of resistance,” she adds, “mainly from folks who don’t think there’s a problem in the first place.” Brilla points to data that shows only four women have won the producer award in the 45 years that Junos have been handed out; the engineer prize has never gone to a woman.Among this year’s nominees selected by CARAS members in categories that aren’t based on sales, the figures show a stark disparity.Album categories including country, adult alternative, francophone, classical, contemporary Christian, rap, R&B/soul and reggae all only have one female nominee each. Both the engineer and producer of the year categories don’t have a single female nominee.When Brilla raised the issue with Junos brass in the past the response she got shocked her.Representatives said better diversity at the Junos would only happen if more women became members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS).“The woman on the phone said to me, ‘We don’t have a lot of female voters so if you could find us some, that would be great,’ ” Brilla remembers.“So I went out and did the work. I solicited every woman I knew who was technically qualified — who works in the industry. I asked artist friends, asked production friends and brought back a couple to them.”She waited until the next year to see if her efforts made a difference in the list of Juno nominees. They didn’t, she says.“A lot of people in the industry would say that everything is fine. You work hard and get where you want to be,” Brilla says.“To some extent that’s true . . . but I’m a very rare example of a woman in the industry who has the platform to voice these feelings. Why aren’t things shifting?”In February, Tegan and Sara published an open letter drawing attention to this year’s lack of female nominees and urged the industry to more actively consider women for technical jobs.Allan Reid, president of CARAS and the Junos, phoned the sisters upon hearing their concerns. He encouraged them to become CARAS members and Junos voters.Sara Quin says the conversation motivated her to write letters to about 250 women in the industry. She plans to urge them to pay the CARAS membership fee, vote and “get more involved.”It’s an initiative that sounds familiar to other prominent musicians.“I did exactly what Sara did — last year,” says Amy Millan, a member of Broken Social Scene and Stars.“I wrote (Sarah) Harmer, Sarah Slean and Jenn Grant and I wrote all these women and said, ‘Are you a member of CARAS?’ Most of them came back and they said, ‘No, because what’s the point?’ ”Millan doesn’t exactly blame the Junos, but she doesn’t think it’s helping matters either.She believes the awards show is emblematic of a bigger problem plaguing Canada’s music industry and that women aren’t getting a fair shake.“(The Junos) are the period at the end of the sentence,” she says.Last year, Millan drew attention to a lack of women among the 2016 Juno nominees with the Twitter hashtag #JunosSoMale, a nod to the #OscarsSoWhite movement. It was quickly embraced by other musicians including electro-pop singer Grimes, who is nominated this year for three Junos including alternative album.“I did not expect it to garner nationwide attention,” Millan says. “It opened a floodgate of questions for all of us.”Her move also pushed the Junos to respond, with the organization’s president saying the Junos are only mirroring the broader music industry.“We simply reflect what comes to us, what’s submitted,” Reid says.Putting the blame on CARAS voters doesn’t necessarily make sense either. Overall its membership is 42 per cent female, he notes.Instead, the problem is reflected more clearly in who submits their work to the Junos, Reid argues.This year, only nine women put their names in for producer of the year among 118 contenders, he says. That’s little changed from last year when women represented seven of 119 submissions, either solo or as part of a team.Winners for the production category are voted on by active members of the Canadian music producer community who are also CARAS members.Reid believes there are bigger questions surrounding why more women don’t submit to the technical categories.“Women aren’t getting into these fields,” he says.“I don’t have the answer to that question of, ‘Why don’t women want to sit inside the studio for 10 to 12 hours without a window?’ Maybe, I don’t know, some of them just don’t want to do that.”Brilla scoffs at the sentiment that women aren’t interested in technical work. She believes responsibility lies with the music industry, which she says does little to encourage young women to pursue fields traditionally reserved for men.In high school, she enrolled in a recording studio co-op that left her feeling like the “weird one.” When she looked around the industry for female production mentors, she found there were hardly any.“Women aren’t making money behind the scenes,” she says. “They’re often the ones simply fronting the whole operation.”Hill Kourkoutis, a Toronto-based producer, takes a more optimistic outlook on the industry.While she used to frequently encounter people shocked to learn she worked behind a mixing console, she’s finding that sentiment is slowly changing.“I don’t look the type to necessarily geek out over gear,” concedes Kourkoutis. “That’s probably been the hardest thing, being taken seriously.”Over the past few years she says she’s witnessed a spike in the number of young women interested in production and believes it signals a “transitional period” for the industry.“There is that stigma to overcome, but that’s been experienced in other industries,” says Kourkoutis. “It’s just a game of catch-up at this point.”Vancouver’s Nimbus School of Recording is an example of where a push for gender diversity appears to be working.Chief executive Mike Schroeder says they’ve reached out to high schools to encourage more girls to consider music production fields and within their organization have made gender diversity a priority.Female enrolment hit 20 per cent among its 154 students last year, an increase from seven per cent in 2011, which is progress but shows there is still plenty of room for improvement.“It takes time to bring gender parity to an industry,” Schroeder says.“I want to make sure that whatever we do is based on equality and not an artificial program.”BY DAVID FRIEND / CANADIAN PRESS Twittercenter_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Curfew imposed in Negombo after violence

A curfew was imposed in Negombo following clashes between two groups, the Police said.The clash broke out over a personal dispute but later escalated, resulting in property, including vehicles being damaged. The Police and military were deployed to bring the situation under control.Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that a curfew was imposed from tonight to 7am tomorrow as tensions prevailed in the area. He also warned that tough action will be taken against anyone inciting communal clashes.

Police investigate armed bank robbery in Oakville

Halton Police are investigating after an armed robbery at an Oakville bank Monday afternoon.According to police, a masked man carrying a long gun entered the CIBC branch at Speers Rd. and Fourth Line around 2 p.m.The man stole money and drove off in a grey older model Dodge Caravan type van, which was last seen travelling northbound on Fourth Line.No one was injured.The man is described  as six-feet tall with a thin build, wearing black baggy pants with two white stripes.He was carrying a red gym bag with “Goodlife Fitness” written in white.Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825 4747 ext. 2216.

Chevron loses appeal against 260 million Australia tax bill

CANBERRA, Australia – An Australian subsidiary of U.S. energy giant Chevron Corp. lost a court appeal on Friday against a 340 million Australian dollar ($260 million) tax bill in a ruling with ramification for how multinational corporations transfer money.Three judges of the Australian Federal Court unanimously rejected Chevron Australia’s appeal against tax assessments for five years ending in 2008.The court found the company had reduced its Australian tax cost through 9 per cent tax-deductible interest payments on a $2.5 billion loan from U.S.-based subsidiary Chevron Texaco Funding Corp., which had borrowed the money at a lower rate.The Australian Taxation Office welcomed the ruling which it said has direct implications for other cases the office is pursuing regarding loans within multinational corporations.Australia has some of the world’s toughest rules to ensure it collects the correct amount of tax on profits made in the country, said Treasurer Scott Morrison.Chevron said it was disappointed and might appeal to the High Court of Australia.“As recognized by the trial court in the dispute, the financing is a legitimate business arrangement and the parties differ only in their assessments of the appropriate interest rate to apply,” a Chevron statement said.Grant Wardell-Johnson, a tax partner at KPMG, described the ruling as a “critical case.”“This is a substantial win for the (Australian Taxation) Commissioner, and many taxpayers will need to review their transfer pricing methodologies,” Wardell-Johnson said.Taxe authorities have said seven global technology, energy and resources companies will receive a combined bill for outstanding tax of AU$2 billion ($1.5 billion) by the end of June. The companies have not been named. Chevron loses appeal against $260 million Australia tax bill by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Apr 21, 2017 6:42 am MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Worlds Largest PrivatelyOwned Star Wars Collection Was Just Robbed

first_imgStay on target Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form I’m sad to report that Steve Sansweet’s privately-owned Star Wars memorabilia collection, known as Rancho Obi-Wan has slowly been robbed over the last two years. Sansweet is best known for owning the largest privately owned Star Wars collection in the world. On Monday Stan reported that the items stolen from the rare collection equal up to a staggering $200,000 and was supposedly done from the inside.Although these days the collector community is stronger than ever. Philip Wise, a good friend of Steve’s posted about an extremely rare rocket firing Boba Fett action figure that was stolen from his warehouse in Texas. Zach Tann, another popular collector in Southern California instantly notified Philip that he purchased the same figure from 45-year-old Carl Edward Cunningham, an R2-D2 builder from Marietta, Georgia. Tann reported that he bought many extremely rare Star Wars collectibles from Carl and turned in a detailed list. It didn’t take long for Sansweet to figure out these were all the missing gaps from his Rancho Obi-Wan collection.After many leads, Carl surrendered after an arrest warrant was put out from the Sonoma County, California Sheriff’s Department in late March. He was charged with a felony and grand theft. He is currently free on bail with a hearing scheduled for a later time. Sansweet had this to say after the incident.“I have known Carl for many years, considered him a good and trusted friend, and played host to him at my home numerous times. I, and the staff at Rancho Obi-Wan are devastated that he is the alleged perpetrator of the thefts. Not only have important items were stolen from the collection, but also our time, energy and ability to trust unconditionally have taken a blow.”I was lucky enough to meet Steve at Star Wars Celebration this year. He is one of the kindest and most humble collectors you could ever meet, and it is a shame that something like this could happen right under his nose. Luckily the collector community is a strong one, and we’re always looking out for our fellow conventionites! Below is a list of items that are still not accounted for. If you have any information about Carl Cunningham’s activities or items that he may have sold, please contact you bought any of these, especially on eBay (user name: winterceltic) or through the forum in the last year from Carl Cunningham, please let us know at tips@ranchoobiwan.orgBelow are the items that haven’t been accounted for with pictures to help. May the force be vigilant.View as: One Page Slides1. Han Solo (Large Head) 12 Back2. Death Squad Commander 12B back Palitoy3. Jawa 12 Back Palitoy4. Sand People 12A-back Palitoy5. Ben Kenobi 12 Back-B Takara Sticker6. Hammerhead SW 21-back card7. Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot SW 21 back8. R5-D4 SW 21-back card9. R2-D2 ESB 31-back card10. Darth Vader ESB 41 Back-A11. Luke Skywalker (Bespin) Brown hair 47-back12. R2-D2 with Sensorscope ROTJ 65-back Palitoy13. Chewbacca POTF 92 Back14. Amanaman Palitoy Tri-Logo15. Hammerhead Palitoy Tri-Logo16. Luke Skywaker (brown hair) Palitoy Tri-Logo17. Princess Leia Organa Palitoy Tri-Logo18. Yak Face Palitoy Tri-Logo19. LEGO Millenium Falcon Set Sealed #1017920. LEGO Super Star Destroyer #1022121. LEGO Rebel Snowspeeder #1012922. LEGO Imperial Shuttle #1021223. Death Star Spherical Cardboard Playset Toltoys box with Palitoy innardslast_img read more

Nintendo Hosts Open Online Tournaments For Super Smash Bros Ultimate Splatoon 2

first_img One of the more curious consequences of the Nintendo Switch’s success to me is how Nintendo has basically rebooted its approach to the competitive communities surrounding its games. In the past, the conservative company basically disowned anyone who tried to take games like Super Smash Bros. Melee even remotely seriously, going so far as to try to get the game banned from the EVO fighting game tournament. And while the online scene for the original Splatoon was passionate, it was limited by the failure of the Wii U.However with both the Switch and eSports in general two of the biggest trends of modern gaming, Nintendo is all in on trying to help its best players feel appreciated at events like the Nintendo World Championships and tournaments highlighted on the Nintendo Versus Twitter feed. And now one of those great players could be you because Nintendo is hosting open online North American tournaments for both Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.Granted, there are still some barriers to entry to these “open” tournaments. You need to have a Nintendo Switch and the games, obviously. To get online in the first place you need to be subscribed to the new Nintendo Switch Online service (which this tournament is probably a stealth promotion for). And Nintendo also recommends having a fast wired internet connection, so you can experience matches as smooth as mine have somehow been. Besides that though, anyone can compete. You don’t need to be an invited veteran or work your way up the ladder first. Just hop online at the designated times and defeat all of your opponents. Easy!For Smash Bros. players are split into four regions: Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest. There will be three online events between February and March, with each event getting a qualifying round and finals match. For Splatoon 2, teams of four battle it out in “Ink Pools” on February 10 before the final round on March 2. Spectators can enjoy these online matches from the sidelines and we can all watch the winners be crowned when finalists for both games square off in-person at PAX East on March 30.Check out Nintendo’s page for exact details and times on these online tournaments. You don’t want to miss your chance. For more on Nintendo Switch here are Switch games to play in 2019 and hold your breath for SNES games coming to the Switch online service.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

Chula Vista Police Department says goodbye to K9 Griffen

first_imgChula Vista Police Department says goodbye to K-9 Griffen FacebookTwitter March 26, 2018 Posted: March 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News center_img CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — The Chula Vista Police Department Monday announced the passing of their Chula Vista Police Dog, K-9 Griffen.According to their release, Griffen suffered from a medical condition that took his life over the weekend.“Griffen … passed away peacefully Saturday, March 24 in the presence of his handler, his handler’s family, and other members of the K-9 Program. Griffen will be remembered as a valued member of the Chula Vista Police Department and a loyal and loving partner. It is hard to overstate the bond that a K-9 and his handler have when working long hours in dangerous situations. CVPD’s law enforcement family extends deepest sympathies to his partner officer.”Griffen was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, who worked with the patrol division of the Chula Vista Police Department.“Griffen not only worked to protect his handler, search for dangerous suspects, and deter criminal behavior, but was well known throughout the city as a frequent guest at community events and public demonstrations.On behalf of all the women and men at the Chula Vista Police Department, Thank You Griffen for your service, you will be missed.” KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Xiaomis newest phone costs just over 100

first_img Post a comment 0 Samsung showed off its Galaxy Fold phone-tablet hybrid last February, but it was outshone even earlier than that by Xiaomi’s own foldable effort. The Chinese electronics maker is hoping to show it’s a company that can do even more: Not only compete with super-premium devices from bigger companies, but make phones for those on a budget.Xiaomi on Monday revealed its latest phone, the Redmi 7. Starting at 699 Chinese yuan, or just $105, AU$145 or £80, the slick-looking device manages to be notably inexpensive even in an increasingly crowded field of inexpensive phones.For that price you’ll get a 6.26-inch device powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 632, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s a 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual-camera combo at the back, with an 8-megapixel camera up front. For some extra cash, you can get a Redmi 7 with more memory; 3GB RAM and 32GB storage fetches 799 yuan ($120, AU$170 £89), while 4GB and 64GB will cost 999 yuan ($150, AU$190, £100). 2:51 The phone is a little brother of sorts to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro, which has a 48-megapixel rear camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 675 processor and 6GB RAM.Those looking for a bargain will, as with all Xiaomi phones, have to import one from China, India or Europe, where Xiaomi officially sells its phones. If you’re in the US and looking for a great phone that doesn’t break the bank, check out the Moto G6 or Moto G6 Play. Xiaomi Redmi Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Phones Review • Xiaomi’s ultra-budget Redmi shines for Asia Tags Xiaomi Mi 9 hands-on Xiaomi Samsunglast_img read more

Governor Walker signs bill increasing medical cost transparency access to health services

first_imgA new Alaska law aims to increase transparency about medical costs and expand access to behavioral health services.Listen nowGovernor Bill Walker signed SB 105 into law yesterday. It combines three different pieces of healthcare legislation into one and requires healthcare providers to post signs letting patients know they can request estimates of medical costs in advance. Patients must receive the estimates within 10 days of asking. It also requires providers to post the costs of their most common procedures.In addition, the law allows independent, licensed marital and family counselors to bill Medicaid directly. The goal is to increase the number of behavioral health providers who will accept Medicaid patients. There’s currently a shortage of Medicaid-eligible behavioral health providers in the state.Behavioral health services include treatment for substance abuse, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders and other mental health conditions.last_img read more

Democracy will now strengthen in JK Jitendra Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said that the democracy will strengthen in Jammu and Kashmir now that the special status accorded to it stands abrogated. “Earlier, two-three parties used to fight elections in a closed environment and their leaders used to become the lawmakers with merely 8-10 per cent votes. Now, with the abrogation of its special status, democracy there will strengthened,” said Singh at an event organised to pay homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us The union minister asserted that Vajpayee never approved of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir. “The separatist leaders, who sing praises for Pakistan, used to be taunt us and ask as to why we do not follow Vajpayee Ji’s policy of ‘jamhuriyat’, ‘insaniyat’, kashmiriyat’?” he scoffed. “Vajpayee spoke of ‘Kashmiriyat’. It is a composite concept. When Kashmiri Pandits were ousted, where did their ‘Kashmiriyat’ go? He spoke of humanity but it is not humane to ask your neighbour to turn their child into a stone pelter and let him die in the name of ‘jihad’,” he said, continuing his tirade against them. On August 5, the Central government had announced its decision to withdraw special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated it into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.last_img read more

Climate Change Likely To Increase Volcanic Eruptions Scientists Say

first_img Share Ivan Damanik/AFP/Getty ImagesAn Indonesian farmer passes a field as Mount Sinabung volcano spews thick smoke into the air in Karo, North Sumatra earlier this month. The volcano roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years, after another period of inactivity it erupted once more in 2013, and has remained highly active since.A warming planet due to human-induced climate change will likely contribute to an increase in volcanic activity, according to a recent study in the journal Geology.While a relationship between climate and volcanism might seem counter-intuitive, it turns out that pressure exerted by thick glaciers on the Earth’s crust — what geologists call “surface loading” – has an impact on the flow of magma below the surface.The correlation affects “magma flow and the voids and gaps in the Earth where magma flows to the surface as well as how much magma the crust can actually hold,” the study’s lead author Graeme T. Swindles, an associate professor of Earth system dynamics at the University of Leeds, wrote in an email to Scientific American. In the study published last month, Swindles’ team examined the geologic record of eruptions of Icelandic volcanoes 5,500 to 4,500 years ago – a period in Earth’s history when the climate was cooler, but still not a full-blown ice age. The level of volcanic activity was discerned by looking at the record of ash that settled on the peat bogs and lakes that fell over Europe, Swindles says.Comparing the volcanic record with glacial coverage, the team found that the number of eruptions dropped significantly as the climate cooled and ice cover increased. The eruptions that did occur also tended to be smaller in magnitude.“There’s a big change in the record in the mid-Holocene [epoch], where we see no volcanic ash in Europe and very little in Iceland,” says Swindles. “This seems to overlap with a time where there’s cold climate conditions, which would have favored glacial advance in Iceland.”Swindles says his team found about a 600-year lag between advancing glaciers and diminished volcanic activity. “That’s because it takes a long time to grow ice masses,” he told the magazine.In reverse, the team found that as the climate warmed and glaciers melted, there were more and bigger eruptions.“After glaciers are removed the surface pressure decreases, and the magmas more easily propagate to the surface and thus erupt,” Swindles says.There was also a lag between retreating glaciers and increased volcanic activity, but it was shorter, the team found — although the study cautions there could be other climate-related factors that contributed to the compressed lag time.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Samsung Teases Foldable Phone Ahead of February 20 Unpacked Event

first_imgSamsung further teased its upcoming foldable phone Monday with a video for its upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20. The video is titled “The future unfolds,” and clearly features a two-screen device capable of being folded and unfolded.The Korean consumer electronics giant has been working on a foldable phone for years. It first announced at its developer conference in November that it would launch such a device in 2019, which coincided with an announcement from Google promising Android support for foldable phones.Little is known yet about the specs and features of the device, which is likely going to be premium-priced. Samsung is also expected to announce its new Galaxy S10 phone at the February 20 event. The company’s next flagship phone will likely feature a pinhole front-facing camera, doing away with he need for a notch for an edge-to-edge screen, according to recently-reported leaks. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Use Alexa Anywhere With These AIPowered Smart Glasses

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Many have tried—and many have failed—to create actually wearable smart glasses.Last year’s breakout star Vue has probably come the closest, currently developing smart frames designed for everyday use.But the California-based startup has some competition: LET Lab devised a pair of AI-powered specs that meet your fashion and technology needs for half the price.AdChoices广告While early smart glasses prototypes (i.e. Google Glass) focused on unnecessary flourishes like augmented reality, LET VisionAI Glasses address more mundane needs:Bone conduction tech promises an earbud-free experience; voice interaction makes it easy to control smart home devices; and activity tracking records daily health data including steps, distance, and calories burned.Bone conduction tech promises an earbud-free experience (via LET Lab)Unlike Vue, LET Glasses integrate with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, and support Siri or Google Now to streamline the process of searching for information, making phone calls, and following GPS directions.“More than a pair of glasses, LET VisionAI Glasses integrates audio entertainment, telephone communication, and voice interaction and immerses you in a smart world with the most simplified operating mode,” according to the company.Over time, the built-in deep learning system masters your habits and behaviors, eventually proving automatic weather or traffic reports, or updates on a restaurant’s discount options every time you walk by.Motion detection, meanwhile, means the glasses automatically activate when you put them on (and power down when you remove them). A long-lasting battery guarantees up to 10 days on standby; fully recharge in 30 minutes with the included magnetic connector.You wouldn’t even know they’re smart (via LET Lab)Plus, the box transforms into VR glasses (think Google Cardboard) for a zero-waste, two-for-one deal.LET VisionAI Glasses are on sale now via Indiegogo for an early-bird price of $119—more than 50 percent off the expected retail price of $259.Choose from three frames and colors—basic, modern, or vintage in black, red, or blue. A non-prescription blue-light-filtering lens is included with every pair; customers can upgrade to polarized lenses (no prescription) for $1, or photochromatic lenses—plus $15 without prescription; plus $30 with prescription.Worldwide shipping is estimated to begin in May. Stay on targetcenter_img Alexa Lets You Donate School Supplies to Students in NeedAmazon Alexa Provides NHS Medical Advice in the UK last_img read more

Microsoft Surface Go Just Dropped to 350 for Black Friday

first_imgThe Microsoft Surface Go isn’t just the most affordable Surface product you can buy, it’s also one of the best tablets on the market. And now, it’s even cheaper thanks to a killer Black Friday deal.Microsoft is taking $50 off all configurations of the Surface Go, dropping the price of the base model down to $350. If you’re a Prime member, Amazon is price-matching the Microsoft Store sale.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 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Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Buy Surface Go on AmazonThat’s a darn good deal considering the Windows 10 tablet first went on sale in August of this year. This is the second lowest price we’ve seen the tablet priced at (the Surface Go dropped to $339 in August).If you take advantage of Microsoft or Amazon’s Surface Go deal, you’ll spend $350 on a 10-inch, 1800 x 1200-pixel display, an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. The savings are also available on the 128GB model, which drops in price to $449. The top-of-the-line model with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD goes for $499 (you’ll have to add this model to your cart to see the price).The Surface Go’s standout feature is a bright and vibrant display. Capable of reproducing 129 percent of the sRGB color gamut, the Surface Go’s display is more colorful than those on many premium laptops, including the $1,799 MacBook Pro and the $999 12-inch iPad Pro. The display also reached a maximum of 415 nits, outshining the average budget laptop average (245 nits).The Surface Go’s performance won’t blow you away — we found the processor to be slightly underpowered — but it is more than capable of running multiple browser tabs, playing full-HD videos, and loading up your social media pages. In fact, in our review, Laptop Mag Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer said the Surface Go “felt speedy in my everyday use.”He was also a big fan of the $99 Type Cover, the Surface Go’s backlit keyboard accessory. With 0.9 millimeters of travel, the keys are some of the most comfortable you’ll find on a detachable 2-in-1. Better yet, the Type Cover has a responsive touchpad, a rarity on this sort of device.The Surface Go makes for an excellent secondary device or primary travel tablet. While its battery life — around 6 hours — is short, the wonderfully compact tablet feels sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about slipping it into a backpack and taking it on trips.Note, this Surface Go deal does not include the optional keyboard and stylus. Still, $350 is a heck of a price for anyone who wants a capable tablet that won’t break the bank.Best Laptops Under $500Best Laptops for College StudentsBest 2-in-1s – Laptop/Tablet Hybrids – Laptop Mag 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 VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comSerena Williams Definitely Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Firefox 67 password manager improvements

first_imgFirefox 67: password manager improvements by Martin Brinkmann on February 12, 2019 in Firefox – 9 commentsMozilla plans to launch several password manager and password related enhancements in the upcoming Firefox 67 Stable release.The features, which are already implemented in Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development version of Firefox, improve password functionality in three main areas.Firefox’s password manager works similarly to the password manager in other browsers. Users may use it to save logins and auto-login into sites using the saved logins. Firefox users can import and export passwords, and sync them across browsers.Current versions of Firefox lack functionality that other browsers, e.g. Google Chrome, support. Chrome comes with an option to disable automatic sign-ins.Firefox does not support the option right now in the stable version but will include the option when Firefox 67 is released.Just open about:preferences#privacy in the browser’s address bar and click on the “saved logins” option under Logins & Passwords. You find the new “Autofill logins and passwords” option listed there. It is checked by default; Firefox will fill out logins and passwords automatically just like it did in previous versions.Firefox users may still fill out the saved passwords on sites manually if they decide to disable autofill functionality.Firefox 67 highlights auto-filled passwords with a yellow background on sites automatically to indicate to the user that this was done automatically.Saving passwords in private browsing windowsFirefox does not offer to save username and password in private browsing right now; this changes as well in Firefox 67. Firefox prompts you to save username and password when it recognizes login events in private browsing windows just like it does in normal browsing windows.The browser won’t get an option in Settings to disable the functionality. You can change it, however, using a preference.Load about:config in the browser’s address bar.Confirm that you will be careful.Search for signon.privateBrowsingCapture.enabled.Double-click on the preference to toggle its value.A value of True means that Firefox captures login events in private browsing windows and offers to save the login data, a value of False that it won’t. Mozilla plans to release Firefox 67 in May 2019.Now You: do you use your browser’s built-in password manager? (via Sören)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 67: password manager improvementsDescriptionMozilla plans to launch several password manager and password related enhancements in the upcoming Firefox 67 Stable release.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Update 2 dead in N11 crash

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? A horrific accident along the N11 past the Dundee turn-off this afternoon has claimed two lives.Only one vehicle was involved in the accident, not two as originally thought. A Transnet minibus transporting employees veered off the road and down an embankment.Two occupants died at the scene. One person was seriously injured, while another three people sustained moderate injuries.Police, EMRS, Sharaj Ambulance Services and ER24 responded to the scene. The injured were treated and stabilized, before being transported to hospital by the various ambulance services.Traffic is moving cautiously past the scene.last_img read more

Johnny Arayas 5 biggest campaign mistakes

first_img4. Firing shots at the wrong target. Araya and the National Liberation Party aimed their political artillery at the Broad Front Party and José María Villalta, reviving in the process the ghosts of communism in Costa Rica. They promoted a campaign of fear – of which they are well versed – but they targeted the wrong rival. Villalta wasn’t the greatest threat to Liberation’s dream of a third consecutive term, and in their zeal to destroy him, they neglected another candidate who struck a powerful right hook that knocked Araya out in the first round.5. Araya and the PLN seem desperate and reckless. Araya’s Feb. 2 speech had a bitter tone of defeat to it. It seemed haphazardly thrown together, with a poorly worded message of gratitude for supporters, and a weak rally call for a second-round comeback. Araya seemed incapable of inspiring Liberationists to double their efforts heading to April 6. Since then, the actions PLN operators have taken have seemed poorly calculated.The most recent example of clumsy campaign politics by the PLN occurred when Araya was paid a visit by a Tax Administration official accompanied by members of the press who asked Araya for information about supposed purchases. Araya appeared to respond with instinct instead of political calculation, admitting in a press conference that he had personally telephoned Finance Minister Edgar Ayales to demand an explanation.He admitted doing this without a hint of remorse, as if it were normal for citizens with pending tax issues to directly telephone and interrogate a government minister.Araya also failed to take into account that on several occasions he publicly stated he would keep Ayales on his Cabinet should he be elected president. In other words, the future boss was calling the future employee to hold him accountable.We all know the accurate term to describe this practice, and we all know that it is something that occurs daily. What doesn’t occur daily is a presidential candidate confessing to the press that he has just exercised an inelegant form of influence peddling.As a citizen and voter, Araya constantly surprises me. The capacity for error in political strategy that his campaign has shown is astounding, and I don’t see any evidence that they will change course and straighten the ship. In a few weeks, we’ll see at which port the PLN ship arrives. But I doubt there’s any water left at Zapote.Nancy De Lemos is a journalist and former director in Costa Rica for the news agency EFE. A graduate of the University of Costa Rica, she now works in communication for global environmental NGOs. Facebook Comments Related posts:What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Ex-President Abel Pacheco to back opposition candidate Solís Johnny’s historical concession speech A victory for the ages Not only is it a bad concept, but it also refers to a candidate who served as mayor of the capital city for 22 years in an administration that offered more shadows than light; the argument is simply ridiculous. The result of this “creative” publicity: Araya was ridiculed for weeks until he came to his senses and withdrew the campaign. Johnny Araya never fails to surprise me. Like most Costa Ricans, about a year ago I thought itinevitable that he would become President Laura Chinchilla’s successor, and that the opposition had little or no chance of beating him. But sometimes politics is unpredictable.Araya’s resounding descent in popularity among voters is surprising in itself, but even more jarring are the campaign decisions made by the candidate and his group of close advisers, who not only have made him more unpopular, but who also appear to be accelerating the process.Here are some of the biggest errors committed by Araya and his campaign managers in just a few months:1. Patronage. Wife Sandra León’s failed health care caravans, instead of harvesting votes from the humblest sectors, threw Araya into the eye of the hurricane at an early stage in the campaign.It seems that little by little something is changing in Costa Rica. This time around, this type of populist and insolent campaign to which we were so accustomed for many decades, and which always was an indispensible ingredient for electoral processes in the era of bipartisanship, was vehemently condemned.Araya bet on continuity and a traditional form of politics, and by all appearances, he lost. Johnny Araya and wife Sandra León after voting in the national election in San José, on Feb. 2, 2014. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP2. The absent candidate. Johnny Araya was overly confident about his advantage in the polls, and he afforded himself a luxury that is highly unusual in politics. He skipped several debates, particularly at the start of the campaign. The image of the “absent candidate” unwilling to defend his ideas and face questions gained momentum as the days passed, and voters began to question why the ruling-party candidate didn’t show his face – a tactic that had served him well in two decades as San José mayor.3. “Hire me.” “Hire me” is the worst campaign slogan we have seen in a long time in Costa Rica (except for Luis Fishman’s famous “least bad option”). ¡Usted me conoce! #contráteme— Johnny Araya (@Johnny_Araya) October 31, 2013last_img read more

Brexit would threaten economic national security Cameron

first_img Facebook Comments “Leaving Europe would threaten our economic and our national security,” Cameron said in a report to parliament after dozens of MPs from his own Conservative party said they will vote for Brexit, including London mayor Boris Johnson.Cameron has called for an in-out referendum on Britain’s EU membership after securing a deal on reforms at a summit in Brussels last week.“When it comes to people’s jobs it is simply not enough to say it will be all right on the night and we will work it out,” he told parliament.“We need to properly face up to the economic consequences of a choice to leave,” he said, warning that it would be “a great leap into the unknown.”Cameron also warned about global threats from Russia and the Islamic State group, saying: “The challenges facing the West today are genuinely threatening …. In my view this is no time to divide the West.”In a barb at London mayor and Conservative party rival Boris Johnson, who declared on Sunday that he would vote to leave the EU, Cameron said: “I have no other agenda than what is best for our country.”Johnson, who is seen as a potential successor to Cameron as Conservative leader and prime minister, has been accused of pursuing political ambitions with his decision.Recommended: Britons abroad: Don’t miss out on your right to vote in the EU referendum Related posts:Mud-soaked migrants fight for food as Greek border blockade drags on Europe’s pointless exercise in Greek austerity After Greece’s apparent ‘No’ to bailout terms, Germany and France call for a eurozone summit on Greece Obama, Castro hail ‘new day’ for US-Cuba relationscenter_img LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday warned that Britain’s departure from the European Union would threaten its economic and national security, as the pound plunged on Brexit concerns.last_img read more

New General Counsel Announced for ServiceLink

first_imgNew General Counsel Announced for ServiceLink in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2011-11-15 Abby Gregory November 15, 2011 448 Views center_img “”ServiceLink”” has appointed a new general counsel, with the announcement that Donald Blanchard will join the company. The end-to-end origination provider plans to capitalize on Blanchard’s experience in corporate, contract, and real estate law to enhance their legal support.[IMAGE]Having served three national settlement service operations during his 14 year career in the industry, Blanchard most recently operated as the deputy general counsel for “”Lender Processing Services, Inc.”” While with LPS, Blanchard specialized in compliance, regulatory, and government affairs. Prior to his role with LPS, Blanchard worked as the general counsel for “”Landsafe, Inc.””, which was then the settlement service affiliate of now defunct Countrywide Home Loans. Additionally, Blanchard has performed as a member of the executive management group for Landsafe’s Pittsburgh presence.Before entering the mortgage industry, Blanchard also held general counsel positions for a mid-sized commercial bank based in Connecticut, and he was a section chief for the “”Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation””, where he conducted litigation and managed large asset resolutions for the FDIC’s failed banks. Commenting on Blanchard’s addition to ServiceLink, the company’s president and CEO, Jeff Coury, said, “”We are pleased to have Don as part of our team. As the industry goes through these challenging times, we know that both ServiceLink and our customers will benefit from his extensive knowledge in the areas of regulation, compliance and government affairs.””ServiceLink is a “”Fidelity National Financial”” company, and the technology entity currently works with 15 of the nation’s top 20 lenders and servicers. ServiceLink seeks to help lenders optimize the performance of mortgage loans through innovative products and solutions. Sharelast_img read more