Top stories of 2018: No. 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Update on Miami Valley Feed and Grain spill cleanup effortsLate one Sunday night Sam Sutherly got a catastrophic phone call he never wanted.“When I got the phone call I just said, ‘Oh that’s nice.’ I turned to my wife and said, ‘I really don’t want to go.’”The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million. The wave of corn washed over the grounds, leveled multiple buildings and buried Route 571. The road had to be closed. Power was lost but restored fairly quickly by Dayton Power and Light. After much hard work, things were up and running again for harvest this fall at Miami Feed and Grain.last_img read more

Bitcoins … What Are Those Again? [Video]

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… nick statt Bitcoins, the digital currency that’s been making headlines almost nonstop lately, suffered a major price crash yesterday, losing more than half its value in under 24 hours.That shock movement is shaking the peer-to-peer economy and any shred of trust in the currency’s stability. And it’s also making a lot of people stop and realize that they don’t really understand what bitcoins are.Bitcoins were trading at an all time high of $266 (USD) as of Wednesday morning before they suddenly entered free fall. After regaining some strength, they closed the day at $105. The proximate cause: the currency’s biggest exchange, Mt.Gox, buckled under increased demand, causing a slowdown in its systems that ushered a mass panic and massive sell-off.  All this sounds like standard after-the-fact market analysis, except that we’re talking about a digital currency with no central bank or government regulation. Bitcoins can be used to donate to Wikipedia or purchase add-ons to your WordPress page. They can also be used to purchase illegal firearms, hire a contract killer, or buy drugs over what’s known as the darknet—an underground web of sites, like the infamous Silk Road, where users communicate with complete anonymity. That’s where the true value in using bitcoins lies—anonymity. Through complex processes, your recognized currency is transformed into bitcoins and becomes ready for instant peer-to-peer transactions, leaving no trace of where the money originally came from thanks to cryptography. Even more mysterious is the fact that nobody even knows who invented the bitcoin. What are those complex processes? Designer Duncan Elms has created a visually stunning piece, narrated by Australian journalist Marc Fennell, that helps explain what the heck bitcoins are and what their purpose is. Because of the volatile nature of the market of late, some of the numbers—specifically the trading amount of bitcoins—are already outdated, but the step-by-step breakdown is spot-on. It’s a must-watch for everyone who’s been trying to wrap their heads around the currency. Bitcoin Explained infographic Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Bitcoins#Darknet#online payments 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Canelo Alvarez cannot afford slip in Garden bout against Rocky Fielding

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View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES But Alvarez is going from middleweight to super middleweight, which can be dicey.“That’s the risk, to be moving up in weight, to fight somebody who is used to fighting stronger fighters, who is used to taking stronger punches,” Alvarez said. “I know the challenge, but I like the challenge, and I am happy for it.”Inevitably, Alvarez gets asked about a third bout with Golovkin, considering how close their previous two fights were, and the money and attention that would be there. He doesn’t exactly shrug when questioned about it, but it’s clear Triple G is not foremost on his mind.For now.“It is no secret we want to win this fight and then come back to our division, 160 pounds,” he said. “But we can make combinations between 160 and 168. We will see what the future has … but I can guarantee we will go back to 160 pounds.“We had two good fights … maybe in 2019 we can have a third fight. We’ll see. Right now, I am 100 percent focused on Saturday. What I do know is I will fight in May and September next year. What I will do is give great fights to the public.”NOTES: The main undercard fight of Canada’s David Lemieux against Tureano Johnson has been canceled after Lemieux was hospitalized with dehydration issues while trying to make weight.A former middleweight champion, Lemieux always has struggled to make the 160-pound limit. But he was in line for a possible fight with Alvarez if he fought impressively on Saturday. In his last fight, he knocked out Gary O’Sullivan in the first round on the Alvarez-Golovkin card in September. FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, boxers Canelo Alvarez, left, and Rocky Fielding pose for photos at Madison Square Garden in New York. In an odd way, there is more pressure on Canelo Alvarez when he fights Saturday night against unheralded Rocky Fielding than there was in his two matchups with Gennady Golovkin. A loss to the WBA super middleweight champion not only could taint his decision over Golovkin earlier this year, it could significantly muddle the future for the Mexican star. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK — In an odd way, there is more pressure on Canelo Alvarez when he fights Saturday night against unheralded Rocky Fielding than there was in his two matchups with Gennady Golovkin.A loss to the WBA super middleweight champion not only could taint his decision over Golovkin this year, it could significantly muddle the future for the Mexican star.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Alvarez moves up from 160 pounds to 168 in search of a third division title, which would place him in special company among his countrymen — only eight others have held three division crowns. That’s the quest at Madison Square Garden against Fielding, a heavy underdog despite owning the belt.“For me it is very big to enter that select group of Mexicans who have become three-division world champions,” Alvarez said. “It is what is motivating me. It is very important to enter into that list of very big fighters from Mexico … to enter history, that is what I want, to make history. Making history, the door is almost open. So I am very motivated to win this fight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefAs for moving up in weight but down in class — no one is comparing England’s Fielding (27-1, 15 knockouts) to Golovkin — Alvarez insists there are no worries. He’s not going to be looking ahead to his 2019 schedule just yet.“I never like to get overconfident, whether I am the favorite or not,” said Alvarez, who is 50-1-2, the only defeat to Floyd Mayweather five years ago, when Alvarez wasn’t quite ready for such a master boxer. “To me it is not important who is favored. For boxing, one punch can change everything; anything can happen in the ring. I get my confidence in training for what I can do in the ring.” Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño On the cusp of a title What he can do in the ring is punch with power, defend with elan, attack quickly or stealthily. It’s not likely that Fielding, making his first title defense, has seen anything like Canelo in the ring.Fielding upset Tyron Zeuge in Germany on July 14 with a fifth-round knockout. This is his shot at the big time at age 31 — sure sounds like a Rocky story.So while the only time he’s seen a sports event at the Garden was a Knicks game three years ago — Alvarez also is making his MSG debut — Fielding isn’t letting on if he has any stage fright.“You know, I went to Germany and no one gave me a chance there,” he said with a smile. “It’s the same here. No one gives me a chance here, but I’ve prepared well, I believe in myself. I’ve come here as a champion.”Alvarez, 28, comes in as a much more heralded champion. Some consider him the best in the business these days, and he’s got some impressive victories on his resume. In addition to a win and draw over Golovkin, Alvarez has beaten Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley and Austin Trout. More than a few observers question whether Fielding could handle any of them, let alone Canelo.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

TanzanianFlagged Tanker Sanctioned by UN

first_imgzoom The United Nation Security Council’s Committee on Libya has added an oil product tanker Capricorn to its list of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze. The Tanzanian-flagged vessel Capricorn (IMO: 8900878) was listed on 21 July 2017, on the grounds of “illegal” transportation of gasoil, a refined petroleum product.The product was “illicitly exported from Libya” based on information received from the country’s government, the UN said.Due to the sanctioning, the small clean tanker has been prohibited to load, transport or discharge cargo, and has been barred from entering any ports.According to the committee, the designation is valid from 21 July to 21 October 2017.As of 16 July 2017, the vessel was located offshore Cyprus.The 4,400 DWT tanker, built in 1989 is owned by UAE-based Etihad, according to the data provided by VesselsValue. The ship is valued at USD 1.03 million.The company has eight oil tankers in its fleet.last_img read more

Razer Respawn mental performance drink mix wants to up your game

first_img Post a comment Gaming Culture Wellness See All More from E3 • Most of the ingredients are the various B vitamins found in energy drinks and antioxidants.  But while Respawn is sugar free — it uses the artificial sweetener Sucralose — it has maltodextrin, a complex carbohydrate that allows the powder to stay all powdery. That’s why it has 20 calories. But maltodextrin breaks down into… sugar. And it has a higher glycemic index than… sugar. So you may still get the spike and crash, and you definitely need to factor it in if you’re diabetic or on a keto diet. It really depends upon how much maltodextrin is in it. Share your voice The best new gaming laptops, ranked Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw 6:35 41 Photos reading • Razer Respawn ‘mental performance’ drink mix wants to up your game Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Tags E3 2019 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Get weird with Razer’s new energy drinks How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET E3 2019 Sadly, the Respawn Shaker Cup does not support Chroma. Razer Razer launched an April Fool’s campaign in 2010 for a gamer-focused drink, Project Venom V2. It turns out that seemed like such a good idea to some people that the company turned it into a real product in time for t his year”s E3, Razer Respawn (not to be confused with Jedi: Fallen Order developer Respawn Entertainment). But don’t call it an “energy drink” — it’s a “mental performance drink mix” that “contains premium ingredients that help support increased focus, reaction time, and mental stamina.”Respawn comes in single-serving powder packets that you mix with 16-20 ounces of water. A box with 20 packets of an individual flavor runs $25 (at Razer and Amazon); flavors are green apple, tropical pineapple, pomegranate watermelon and blue raspberry. You can also spring for the $30 custom shaker, which does not support Chroma, but that would be awesome. According to Razer, a serving has 20 calories and 95mg of caffeine. The full ingredient list is:Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Green Tea Extract, Sucralose, L-theanin, Choline Bitartrate, Caffeine, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Ground Ginger, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup solids, Niacinamide, D-calcium Pantothenate, Silicon Dioxide, Blue No. 1, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cyanocobalamin.Razer distinguishes Respawn from energy drinks, saying “they tend to have excessive caffeine and sugar, giving you an initial burst but eventually leading to jitters or a physical crash.”   0 As for caffeine, one serving of sugar-free Red Bull has 80mg; Respawn’s 95mg of caffeine for a single serving is higher, but because the serving size is bigger (16-20 oz vs. 8.5 oz for Red Bull), math makes the amount smaller if you look at it by volume instead of serving size. The equivalent amount of Red Bull has 150mg or so. (In either case, they’re both less than the approximately 330mg in my morning coffee.)Razer does caution not to drink more than three servings per day. Now playing: Watch this: Razerlast_img read more

NGMA showcases Prabuddha Dasguptas legacy

first_imgWhat defines longing? The yearning to return home? The wait for a tiring bus ride to end? The desperation to make love? Or the sheer thrill of being caught in a game of hide and seek? For late photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta perhaps, longing lay in all of these. 90 pictures in all, from his final series “Longing” along with photographs clicked during his short-lived life of 55 years form a part of this exhibition. It was inaugurated on Friday at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Longing,” Dasgupta’s journal of memory and experience, was based on the everyday — family, friendships, places known, spaces occupied, journeys remembered — revolving around the core of a pivotal love affair. With an oblique, non-linear narrative, the work seeks to evoke through the selective memory of personal experience, a journey of the viewer’s own.“His photographs act as a voice capable of luring our senses, instigating the viewer to put his mind, his eye and his heart on the same wavelength. What reinforces these thoughts is the sense of a strong composition and rhythm that is explicit in the images,” Rajeev Lochan, Director, NGMA said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe was in the process of publishing “Longing”, when he unexpectedly passed away in 2012. Bits and pieces from every facet of his career as a photographer, both fine-art and fashion, are on display at the show. Born into a family of artists in Kolkata (1956), Dasgupta grew up in an atmosphere of creativity in the company of painters, musicians, dancers, writers and filmmakers.He also spent several years living on the grounds of NGMA, where his father, Pradosh Dasgupta was the director. A bunch of photographs from the time he spent in Ladakh in 2000, shows the cold desert being shot in the rare monochrome light, bringing out deeper and lesser told stories of the peasant and nomadic life of the land.“There is a sense of lingering familiarity that transcends the atmosphere created by his images. The photographs facilitate a distinct connect between the viewer and the photographer,” Lochan said. He is said to have brought to photography a bold individualistic sensibility, which fetched him a place among the most distinguished photographers in the country. Pictures from “Women,” his controversial collection of portraits and nudes of urban Indian women also form a part of the retrospective.The collection was a result of his realisation that Indian women as subjects of photographic representation were never seen as anything but exotic models of attractiveness. In the collection he featured women “for their interestingness rather than their physical charms.” Dasgupta shot many Indian supermodels like Madhu Sapre, Mehr Jessia and Feroze Gujral.One of his most recollected works include the controversial ad campaign for a shoe brand, featuring Madhu Sapre and Milind Soman wearing only the shoes and a snake. A post-graduate in History, Dasgupta had began his career as a copywriter at an advertising agency, before turning to photography full-time.He had also photographed for many national and international magazines and top-notch fashion brands like Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Elle, Harper Bazaar and GQ among others, several of which can be seen at the exhibition.Lochan said the NGMA is in the process of acquiring over 100 works by the late photographer. The Gallery has brought a publication “Prabuddha Dasgupta, A Journey”. Another publication on the photographer has also been brought out by his family. The show at NGMA is scheduled to go on till November 19.last_img read more

Mudgal other stalwarts to feature in Jaipur cultural fest

first_imgJaipur will witness a star-studded week when music stalwarts like Shubha Mudgal and Vidya Shah will come forward to perform at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) as a part of Navras 2017 – a performing arts festival, spanning over a period of 9 days from March 18 – 26. The festival will present a series of rich and diverse productions of theatre, contemporary dance and sufi, classical, pop and fusion music. The idea is to give the audiences a chance to experience the arts and its impact in a range of spectacular spaces within the JKK premises. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSays Pooja Sood, DG, JKK, “We are proud to present a variety of nationally acclaimed performances in art, music, dance and theatre to the audiences in Jaipur. If Navras means to have new experiences, then it is our endeavor that the audiences enrich themselves in experiencing theatre, dance and music in new and diverse ways.”Noted singer Shubha Mudgal and her band Koshish, will be opening the festival with a sonorous performance. Equally at ease with popular music and fusion projects, Shubha Mudgal is one of India’s acclaimed vocalists who has specialised in Hindustani classical music. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe days that follow will witness many artistic presentations including dance productions – Ganapati by Adishakti andTimeless by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, theatre productions – Kaumudi by Abhishek Majumdar and White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour. The festival will also witness the premier of ‘Phool Kesula Phool’ – a theatre production commissioned by JKK and directed by Rajasthan’s bright talent Rajendra Panchal. JKK will also be presenting ‘Tilchatteyki Diary’, a play for children that was also commissioned in summer 2016. In an attempt to introduce audiences to alternative viewing strategies, several experimental productions have been invited to Navras. For example, in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, there is nothing between the actor and the audience – no directorial vision and no production design. The script is handed over to the artist on the stage and then he/she has to improvise and make it interactive. Dil-o-Danish, a long durational reading of Krishna Sobti’s celebrated novel about Delhi and the Ganga-Jamuna tehzib of the city will be held in a specially conceived tent outdoors. As the audiences immerse themselves in the story of Delhi they will also get to ‘taste’ ‘Dilli ka khaana’ which will be served as a part of the reading session. Directed by Anuradha Kapur, this work borders between theatre and a reading.There will also be an exhibition, ‘Women on Record’, curated and designed by photographer Delhi-based ace photographer Parthiv Shah on March 26. The exhibition which will run in the Museum Galleries 2 and 3 of Jawahar Kala Kendra till the end of April, is a showcase of a world of incredible women, of black and white era, of the Salon, the Tawaifs, stories, riddles, anecdotes, photographs and songs. This will be enunciated by a performance of classical music by Vidya Shah .last_img read more