Antiinflammatory drugs ineffective at preventing Alzheimers study finds

first_imgMONTREAL — Researchers at Montreal’s McGill University say a recent study appears to refute the hypothesis that anti-inflammatory drugs could help stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.The school tested the effect of the anti-inflammatory drug naproxen on 200 participants who were at risk of developing the disease but were not yet showing symptoms.The study’s authors say the two-year clinical trial turned up no evidence that taking the common drug, which is sold under the brand name Aleve, had any effect on the disease’s progression when compared to a placebo.The school says researchers have known for decades that inflammation accompanies Alzheimer’s brain lesions, which led to the hypothesis that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could help stop or prevent the disease.But the researchers say subsequent clinical trials all point to the conclusion that the drugs don’t make a difference, regardless of whether the patients are already experiencing cognitive impairment.Lead author Dr. John Breitner says the results suggest that researchers will have to look elsewhere in their search for a much-needed way to prevent the disease.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pleasant morning in Delhi 34 degrees likely

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a bright and cool morning in the national capital on Tuesday with the minimum temperature recorded two notches below the season’s average at 16.2 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature was expected to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. “The sky will remain clear throughout the day,” an Indian Meteorological Department official said. At 8.30 a.m. the humidity was recorded at 65 per cent. On Monday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 33.7 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was recorded a notch below the season’s average at 17.6 degrees Celsius, both season’s average.last_img read more

Ohio State playmakers to shoulder offensive load with Braxton Miller out

Then-junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is tackled out of bounds during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Lantern file photoWhen it was announced that senior quarterback Braxton Miller would miss the 2014 season because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, many in Columbus likely held their breath.Not the Ohio State football team.The Buckeyes don’t seem worried about their chances for the 2014 season, especially on the offensive side of the football, even with Miller gone.“I know one thing — we’ve got a lot more playmakers this year,” senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said Wednesday. “We’ve probably got three, four, five more playmakers than we did in years past coming into this season.”Heuerman, one such playmaker, had a breakout season for the Buckeyes in 2013 when he finished third on the team with 26 receptions and tacked on 466 yards and four scores.The 6-foot-5-inch, 255-pound tight end said that even with Miller out, the Buckeyes have full faith in redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett.“He is a great leader. He is super smart, he’s a hard worker and I think that was the case before this happened,” Heuerman said. “He handles his business and does everything right, and we have full confidence in him and full trust.”But not only are the Buckeyes without Miller, OSU lost Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers) and Corey “Philly” Brown (Carolina Panthers) to the NFL, and graduated four of five starters along the offensive line from last year. Two starting spots are still open heading into the first week of the season.Meyer named redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin the starter at right tackle, making Baldwin the third solidified starter along with junior Taylor Decker at left tackle and redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein at right guard.“The good thing is we have a couple names in there,” Meyer said Aug. 16 about the battle for the final two spots on the offensive line. “The bad thing is it’s not solidified yet.”The names Meyer mentioned, amongst others, were junior Jacoby Boren, redshirt-freshman Billy Price, University of Alabama transfer redshirt-senior Chad Lindsay and converted defensive lineman senior Joel Hale.Running behind the inexperienced offensive line will be a stable of backs, headlined by sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliot.Then-freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott gets tripped up during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.Lantern file photoElliot, who is the leading returning rusher besides Miller from last season with 262 yards, said he realizes the competition is tough at the running back position.“I obviously want to secure the starting spot,” Elliot said at OSU’s media day Aug. 10. “We have a lot of great backs here but we’re all doing a good job of pushing each other.”Those other running backs have been pushing Elliot in practice, especially when Elliot missed multiple practices because of a minor wrist surgery.Redshirt-sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-senior Rod Smith, who have combined for 581 yards and six scores in their collective Buckeye careers, have Meyer’s full confidence.“Both (Dunn) and Rod Smith have made every practice and done really well,” Meyer said. “I give credit to (Dunn) and Rod Smith, every day they have shown up and they have worked their tails off so they are in the mix.”Also expected to make an impact is sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson.Wilson, who totaled 460 offensive yards to go along with three scores as a true freshman, said he is excited about being in an expanded role in the offense.“I’m pumped to be back in the running back room a bit. I’m excited about it but I’m happy I can also work with the receivers,” Wilson said Aug. 10. “I think when I become more comfortable with the offense, I can take things to another level. That’s starting to happen so far in camp and since I know the plays, everything flows that much easier.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday against Navy. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

This Week In College Football The 13 Teams That Still Have A

Florida 10-113%<1%23%68%18% Iowa 11-030%14%46%>99%20% TeamPlayoff ChancesLose nextWin nextWin outWin out likelihood Utah 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%89% North Carolina 10-110%<1%17%39%25% Oklahoma 10-164%7%>99%>99%62% Oregon 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%96% Michigan St. 10-147%<1%61%98%47% Oklahoma St. 10-110%<1%25%25%38% Clemson 11-071%40%77%>99%50% Notre Dame 10-121%<1%49%49%42% Florida State 9-2<1%<1%<1%<1%46% Thanksgiving week: time for turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. And college football, too! For many teams, it’ll be their last game of the year. But some are eyeing the College Football Playoff. Thirteen, to be exact.A baker’s dozen teams have more than a 1 percent shot at one of the four playoff spots, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. For some (Alabama, Clemson), their paths are simple enough: just win out. For others (Ohio State, Baylor), their paths are a chesslike endgame: win the rest of their games and hope for some better-situated team to stumble. And still other teams (Michigan, North Carolina) don’t have a clear line to the playoff: instead they need a messy highway pileup for them to swerve into the mix.The Thanksgiving weekend games are a precursor to the Dec. 5 conference championship matchups, which leaves only two weeks before the College Football Playoff committee makes its final picks. To break down how each of these 13 squads can get in, let’s cluster the teams into five groups according to their playoff chances if they win all their remaining games (including any conference championship game). We’ve grouped them based on their chances if they win out rather than on FiveThirtyEight’s current playoff odds because, at this stage, almost no team can afford to lose, so it’s better to think of playoff odds in the event that they don’t slip up.The odds are presented in our what-if table below: Northwestern 9-2<1%<1%<1%<1%64% Baylor 9-121%<1%43%46%46% Washington St. 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%33% Toledo 9-1<1%<1%<1%<1%61% Mississippi 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%49% Navy 9-1<1%<1%1%2%27% Michigan 9-27%<1%15%16%42% Temple 9-2<1%<1%<1%<1%37% Alabama 10-164%29%78%>99%51% Mississippi St. 8-3<1%<1%<1%<1%45% Stanford 9-216%<1%28%52%30% In control of their destiny (> 98 percent): Clemson, Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Michigan StateAt FiveThirtyEight we have a policy against labeling any prediction “100 percent.” So, sure, for Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Oklahoma, their chances of making the playoff if they win out are “> 99 percent,” and Michigan State isn’t far behind at 98 percent. But that’s just a formality; these teams are locks if they can prevail over the next two weeks.The No. 1 Tigers1All the rankings I use in this article are the College Football Playoff committee’s. will face South Carolina on Saturday (they have an 86 percent chance of winning) and then UNC in the ACC championship (62 percent shot at victory). Alabama has a tougher lineup: the Iron Bowl rivalry with Auburn (’Bama is a 78 percent favorite) and Florida in the SEC title game if Alabama wins the SEC West. Clemson and Alabama — unlike anyone else — have a little wiggle room should they lose this weekend. A one-loss Tigers team that wins the ACC championship gets into the playoff in 72 percent of the 5,000 simulations we run for our model, and a two-loss Tide team that loses to Auburn but beats Florida gets in 65 percent of the time.Iowa, meanwhile, is one of two undefeated teams remaining in the country. And despite their weak schedule (the one knock against them), if the Hawkeyes win out, our model thinks they are a lock for the playoff. They have a tough test, though, at Nebraska on Friday (the game is a coin flip).Another Big Ten team is in this group: Michigan State. If the Spartans beat Penn State (the Football Power Index says that’s an 80 percent likelihood), they’ll face Iowa in the Big Ten championship game. So if both Big Ten teams win out, that conference final becomes a de facto playoff of its own. Michigan State is just a tad behind the Hawkeyes, with a 98 percent shot at the playoff should the Spartans win out. That Ohio State win was a season-maker for them.The last team fully in control of its destiny, by our model’s reckoning, is Oklahoma. The one-loss Sooners can lock up a playoff spot and win the Big 12 with a win against Oklahoma State (they’re favored even though it’s a road game). But if Oklahoma loses on Saturday, their odds fall to 7 percent, effectively eliminating them.A special case (68 percent): Florida The Gators are an odd duck — to mix our species. The committee docked them for being pushed into overtime by Florida Atlantic, so they fell four spots to No. 12. But look at Florida’s remaining schedule: Florida State on Saturday (with a 52 percent shot of winning) and then someone in the SEC championship, most likely Alabama (we estimate that Florida beats the Tide 31 percent of the time). If the Gators win both games, they’ll finish as a one-loss champion of a strong — if not the strongest — conference. In that scenario, our model puts their odds at 68 percent. Good, but not great. It’s not clear whether Florida winning the SEC with one loss would offset the otherwise harsh grades the Gators have received from the selection committee.A matchup of 50-50 chances (49-52 percent): Notre Dame, StanfordNotre Dame and Stanford face off on Saturday, but even the winner won’t control its own destiny. Both teams are probably left out of the playoff if Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and either Iowa or Michigan State win out; in that case, Notre Dame would very likely miss the playoff even if it beats Stanford, for example.Should the Fighting Irish beat the Cardinal — Notre Dame is the underdog — then their playoff odds rise to 49 percent. Notre Dame fans find it unjust that Oklahoma and Iowa leapfrogged them in the committee’s rankings, especially because the Sooners’ sole loss came against Texas, a team the Irish whooped 38-3. But who ever said the cries of injustice would end with a four-team playoff?On the flip side, should Stanford beat the Irish at home Saturday, which they have a 62 percent shot of doing, and then go on to win the Pac-12 title match over USC or UCLA, they’ll have a 52 percent chance of making the playoff. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ( 46-48 percent): Ohio State, BaylorThe Buckeyes and the Bears get crowned with that hallmark of sound statistical analysis: the shruggie. Both teams have contingent playoff paths — that is, either team getting in is heavily dependent on another team losing. There’s high uncertainty over how the committee will judge them should they win out.Ohio State’s playoff picture is complicated. It has two ways in. The team can still win the Big Ten title, but for the Buckeyes to do so, two things need to happen: (1) The Buckeyes beat Michigan at The Big House — which they’re just 58 percent favorites to do — and (2) Michigan State loses to Penn State (not very likely). Should the one-loss Buckeyes have such good fortune and then go on to beat Iowa to become conference champs, our model gives them a 94 percent shot at being picked for the playoff. On the other hand, if Ohio State merely beats the Wolverines, but can’t compete for the Big Ten title because Michigan State takes its place, then its playoff odds will be 38 percent. Those aren’t great odds; but they’re not terrible either.Baylor, too, has a split path. First, the Bears need to beat TCU on Friday (a prospect that’s little better than a coin flip). But Baylor needs Oklahoma State to win over Oklahoma, too. Then if the Bears beat Texas on Dec. 5, they will be one-loss Big 12 champs. In this scenario, Baylor makes the playoff 74 percent of the time. However, if the Bears win out without winning the Big 12, their odds are only 28 percent. Conference championships matter.Need lots of help (16-39 percent): North Carolina, Oklahoma State, MichiganThis is the group of chaos. Take one-loss UNC, for example. Even if the Tar Heels beat NC State on Saturday (a 64 percent likelihood) and No. 1 Clemson in the ACC championship game, it’s not clear they’ll get into the playoff. The Tar Heels’ playoff chances are 39 percent if they win out, but their chances were better last week. That’s because Ohio State lost and Michigan State is ascendant, and either team is now a better bet to be chosen over UNC. The Tar Heels, even if they should win, might be squeezed out by a one-loss Notre Dame or possibly a one-loss Ohio State that misses the Big Ten title game. Stanford, which ranked five slots ahead of UNC in this week’s rankings, could be another concern.Oklahoma State is an even longer shot. To win the Big 12, it needs to beat Oklahoma and have Baylor lose to TCU or Texas. But even if all that happens, our model gives the Cowboys only a 41 percent shot. In addition to Oklahoma and Baylor, Notre Dame probably needs to lose — that’s because a one-loss Irish team looks like a better bet than a one-loss, Big 12 champion Cowboys team.And then there is Michigan, which needs a lot to break its way. Yes, the Wolverines need to beat the Buckeyes, but Penn State needs to also upset Michigan State and then the Wolverines have to win the Big Ten championship over Iowa. If — and that’s a lot of ifs — all that happens, Michigan (as a two-loss Big Ten champ) has a 68 percent shot at the playoff. On top of winning the conference, Michigan — like all the teams in this final group — probably needs Notre Dame to lose, too.Read more: As The Playoff Nears, Notre Dame Is Running Out Of TimeCORRECTION (Nov. 25, 11:09 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the division that Florida Atlantic’s football team plays in. It plays in the FBS, not FCS. The article has also been updated to make clear that Notre Dame, Stanford, Oklahoma State and North Carolina have more difficult paths to the playoffs than the article originally described. UCLA 8-3<1%<1%<1%1%15% Ohio State 10-125%<1%45%48%51% TCU 9-2<1%<1%<1%<1%50% Playoff chances if they … read more

OMA helps set protocols to capture fugitive dust emissions

first_imgThe Ontario Mining Association’s (OMA) Environment Committee helped set in motion the development of a series of guidance documents on fugitive dust best management practices that are now broadly available. In 2009, the OMA Environmental Committee started looking into this concern and set up a working group to do a study.“This issue was that the management and control of fugitive dust emissions was creeping into conditions for getting Certificates of Approval,” said Nancy Duquet-Harvey, Environmental Coordinator for Northgate Minerals Young-Davidson mine near Kirkland Lake. She is also a member of the OMA Environment Committee and was chairperson of that group in 2009. “We thought why not develop materials to co-ordinate fugitive dust management to meet C of A requirements.”The Sudbury-based Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) also identified the need to better understand fugitive dust emissions. A link between an OMA member-specific tackling of this issue and broader industry-wide approach was Natalie Hamilton of Golder Associates. She is an OMA Environment Committee member and was on the initial working group on fugitive emissions. CEMI retained Golder Associates to develop these best management practice guidance documents. Hamilton and her colleague Sean Capstick did much of the work on the project.At a mine site, fugitive dust could be generated from activities such as rock crushing, material handling, tailings storage and vehicle movements. Fugitive dust is a concern because of potential health impacts of fine particulate matter. The fugitive dust best practices manual guidance documents have been completed and tested and they are now available on the CEMI website www.miningexcellence.ca/.  The five publications are the Fugitive Dust BMPP Guidance Document, Fugitive Dust Risk Management Tool, Fugitive Dust BMPP Template, ACME Mining Example Fugitive Dust BMPP and the Literature Review of Current Fugitive Dust Control Practices in the Mining Industry. The OMA recognizes the funding and the work of CEMI in seeing this project through to such a comprehensive conclusion. “Idea sharing and resource sharing and people working for a common goal is what it is all about,” added Duquet-Harvey.last_img read more

New smartphone breakthrough promises to double battery life

first_imgWireless communication has changed the world in recent decades, but there has been a very basic problem slowing progress this whole time. All wireless devices — from the massive transmission towers you drive by on the road, to the phone in your pocket — have a catastrophically inefficient power amplifier inside that’s used to turn electricity into radio waves. A start-up associated with MIT claims to have solved the problem, and is almost ready to deploy the technology.Eta Devices, a Massachusetts-based company founded by two MIT professors, says its new technology can double the efficiency of wireless power amplifiers. These components are currently sitting at about 30-35% efficiency in modern telecom equipment. As much as 60% of a smartphone’s battery usage can go to the power amplifier, so you can see how this could be a huge leap forward.If you’ve ever used a smartphone to send a large amount of data, the device probably got a little warm in your hand. As your wireless radio shoots bits into the air, all that heat is essentially the wasted energy due to inefficient power amplifiers. The next time your phone runs out of juice halfway through the day, you can probably blame the amplifier.So why does this happen? Power amplifiers use transistors that operate in two basic modes: standby and output. If you’re not actively using your cellular radio, the amplifier stays in standby and uses less power. Output mode will obviously use more power, but the standby mode used in current technologies is abnormally high. The reason: jumping from low to high-power causes signal distortion, but this effect is lessened by using a higher power standby mode. That’s why current power amplifiers waste so much energy.The innovation being worked out by Eta Devices is basically a super-fast voltage regulator. This device will choose the most efficient energy level required for the power amplifier’s activities and sends it across the transistor. It can do this 20 million times per second, resulting in a much more efficient use of available energy. Eta calls this technology “asymmetric multilevel outphasing.”It’s not just the transmission of data that could be made more efficient by this technology, but receiving data too. Even when you’re not sending a lot of packets, your device is transmitting confirmations of packet arrival to the remote server (this is TCP traffic management). That means your power amplifier is still cranked up in high-power mode even though you’re not sending data. Knowing this, Eta hopes to design a single amplifier chip that could handle all the wireless standards currently in use. That would be a boon for smartphones, which often have amplifiers built in for each of several radios.Asymmetric multilevel outphasing is currently on track to get trial runs in 2013, but not in phones. Eta Devices is first targeting cellular bay stations, likely those based on LTE. Fully two-thirds of total power consumed by these units goes to the power amplifier — and they use a lot of power. The opportunity for energy savings is much greater at the infrastructure level, but large scale implementation of this technology will teach Eta how to make it work in pocket-sized packages.For now, you should just leave your phone on the charger.via Technology Reviewlast_img read more

Appeal for witnesses to stabbing in Dublins inner city

first_img Nov 1st 2016, 3:45 PM By Michelle Hennessy Short URL Appeal for witnesses to stabbing in Dublin’s inner city The incident happened last Thursday evening at about 11.30pm in the Smithfield area. http://jrnl.ie/3057079 Smithfield Square Source: Google MapsGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to a stabbing in Dublin city.The assault occurred on 27 October at 11.30pm in the Smithfield area. A 30-year-old man was attacked by a group of youths.Gardaí say the man was chased from Smithfield onto Queen Street and up to Arran Quay before arriving at Church Street where he managed to get assistance.He later presented himself at the Mater Hospital where he was treated for stab wounds. His injuries are non-life threatening.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses, particularly anyone who was in the vicinity of Smithfield, Queen Street, Arran Quay or Church Street between 11.15am and 11.45pm on 27 October.Anybody with information can contact Bridewell garda station on 01 6668200, the Garda Confidential line 1800 666111, or any Garda station.Read: Man stabbed to death in Longford townRead: Schoolboy hurler awarded €15k after beer keg falls on his foot Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 3:45 PM 17,208 Views Share17 Tweet Email1 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Proponents of I-1631 say schools could be among beneficiaries

first_imgLess than 10 years ago, the Camas School District built two schools as efficiently as possible. But already, the compact fluorescent lighting system is outdated compared with the more efficient LED lights that are on the market.Switching over could save the district 30 percent to 50 percent in lighting costs.“Multiply those lights out over 14 school buildings and 18 buildings overall, you multiply those out that’s a pretty significant savings,” said Steve Marshall, director of educational resources for the district.But the district can’t afford to make the switch, not even with the assistance of an incentive program offered by Clark Public Utilities. Marshall said the district explored the possibility of taking out a loan to meet the match, but ultimately decided against it.“There is a payoff, but it’d take years,” he said. “But we’re leaving the incentive on the table and the potential savings on the table.”Lighting isn’t the only place the district would make improvements if given the chance. There’s also water conservation technology, HVAC system improvements and waste-reduction programs.last_img read more

Benitez amazed by Schars brilliant solo goal

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez says he was surprised Fabian Schar’s solo goal in their 3-0 home win against Cardiff City on Saturday.Benitez praised Schar for his moment of individual brilliance after he scored a stunning goal against Cardiff City at St James Park.Schar went on a 40-yard dribble before sending the ball flying into the bottom left corner, leaving Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge helpless.The defender also scored in the second half to complete his brace and to double Newcastle’s advantage. Ayoze Perez completed the scoring in stoppage time to make it 3-0.“Not the first one,” Benitez told Sky Sports when asked if he knew Schar had the ability to score such a goal.“You can expect him to score maybe from a corner but he’s a player with quality and he was going forward. It was a great goal.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Newcastle United climbed out of the relegation zone after their first win in nine Premier League games, and Benitez was delighted with the result.“We played extra-time in the FA Cup and scored four goals – that gave everyone confidence today,” he said.“We could see from the first minute our team wanted to get three points against a rival. We did really well. Everyone has to be pleased.“My message to the fans was to stay calm and support the team – the players did well and the fans enjoyed every minute.”last_img read more

Stop The Clot Fitness Event Hosted in Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 22, 2017 – Providenciales – The second installment of ‘Stop The Clot’ continued this past Saturday, November 18th, 2017 as residents gathered at the Lower Bight Kid’s Park on Providenciales to participate in the fitness walk, run and cycle event hosted by InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital.The fitness event is dedicated to raising awareness of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). Participants clad in the color red started their journey on foot and bicycle shortly after 6:00 am along the Lower Bight road towards The Sands Resort roundabout and returned to the Kid’s Park as the finish line. Members from the TCI Cycling Federation embarked on an even longer journey towards Heaving Down Rock in support of the cause.Prizes were awarded to the first male and female runners to complete the route, the youngest person to participate in the race, and the first male and female cyclers to cross the finish line.   The event also featured Soca Aerobic sessions under the direction of Natalie Danclar-Rodney, a well-known local fitness enthusiast.   Complimentary blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index screenings were also provided to participants at the Providenciales event.During the event, Chief of Medical Services, Doctor Denise Braithwaite-Tennant explained the signs, symptoms and preventative measures associated with VTE and encouraged residents to live healthy lifestyles. An information booth with resources on VTE was also available.A clot in the vein (usually in the leg or pelvis) is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a clot that breaks off and travels to the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE).   Together, DVT and PE make up Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). One in four people worldwide die of conditions caused by thrombosis.Press Release: interHealth Canada Related Items:last_img read more

Inslee visits Vancouver

first_imgWhile on a visit Thursday to Washington Elementary School, Gov. Jay Inslee told a room of education and community leaders they had a “good thing going.” Listening to the leaders from the school district, the region and faith-based community explain how they leverage dollars by working together was akin to “Christmas in January,” Inslee said. But, he said, they should “be concerned that probably all of the public dollars the people at this table are using to partner with the K-12 system, all of your dollars, are at risk,” Inslee said. Inslee was at the Vancouver school to tout his education funding plan and urge locals to reach out to their legislators. The governor is pushing a cap-and-trade proposal on carbon emissions that he hopes would generate revenue to fund the state’s public education system. Republicans, who control the state Senate, have pushed back on Inslee’s proposal. On Thursday, he listened to about a dozen regional leaders, from the Rev. David Tinney of the First United Methodist Church to Elishe Menashe of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, talk about the school’s Family & Community Resource Center.last_img read more

Sonic Temple 2019 Lineup With System Of A Down Lamb Of God

first_img Facebook System Of A Down Reunite For Sonic Temple 2019 sonic-temple-2019-lineup-system-down-lamb-god-more Email https://twitter.com/SonicTempleFest/status/1067059068550828032 Twitter Sonic Temple 2019 Lineup With System Of A Down, Lamb Of God, More News Ohio hosts 2019’s inaugural hard-rock festival experience — its stacked lineup reveals a debut with a pedigreePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 26, 2018 – 1:51 pm Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the lineup for the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival to be held in Columbus, Ohio on May 17–19, 2019, including the reunited System Of A Down, plus other GRAMMY winners  Foo Fighters, Ghost, Halestorm, and Tom Morello.While replacing the successful 12-year run of Rock On The Range, Sonic Temple aims to be more than just a festival with expanded art, comedy and food experiences.”Although in its inaugural year, Sonic Temple’s pedigree is proven, and its roots are strong,” said System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian. “It made total sense for us to be involved.”That pedigree has also drawn GRAMMY nominees Disturbed, Gojira, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Mark Lanegan Band, Meshuggah, and The Prodigy. The exciting array of rockers also includes Action Bronson, Beartooth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bring Me The Horizon, Chevelle, The Cult, Pussy Riot, Yungblud, and many more.The fest’s SiriusXM Comedy & Spoken Word Tent will host, among others, GRAMMY winner Henry Rollins, GRAMMY nominee Andrew Dice Clay and Pauly Shore.Tickets for the inaugural experience go on sale at the Sonic Temple Festival website on Nov. 30 at noon, eastern time.Black Dahlia Murder: For The Love Of Melodic MetalRead morelast_img read more

Amit Shahs criticism on Telangana creation process unwarranted

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Thursday described the criticism by Union Home Minister Amit Shah of the process adopted for the creation of Telangana State as unwarranted. Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan, Uttam Kumar Reddy condemned Amit Shah’s remarks wherein he stated that Telangana State was created by closing down the doors of Parliament. “It is a normal process that the doors of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are closed whenever Bills are passed through voting,” he said adding that Telangana was formed after the then Congress-led UPA Government followed a due process and held wider consultations with all political parties and other stakeholders. He said Telangana was the result of a broader consensus among political parties and groups. Except for CPI (M) and MIM, all other parties had supported the formation of Telangana. However, Prime Minister Narender Modi and Amit Shah repeatedly criticised the process adopted for AP’s bifurcation on multiple occasions. Does it mean that they disapprove the formation of Telangana State?” he asked. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us “It is highly regrettable that TRS MPs remained silent when Amit Shah made those controversial remarks in the Parliament,” he said. He also questioned the silence of Telangana BJP leaders on the issue. Uttam Kumar Reddy also announced that the Congress party’s flag hoisting programme in municipalities has been extended till August 19. He appealed to the party cadre to organise the “Inti Intiki Congress, Vaada Vaadalu Congress Jhanda” programme in all municipalities at a massive scale across Telangana State. He claimed that the programme has been a huge success so far and urged the party leaders to conduct in left-out areas. He also asked them to organise 75th birth anniversary celebrations of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at a grand scale on August 20. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Earlier, Uttam Kumar Reddy held a meeting with senior leaders to review preparations for municipal elections. Strongly condemning Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao for slashing the reservation percentage for Backward Classes in municipal elections, he directed the party cadre to expose the anti-BC face of TRS Government before people. He reiterated that the Congress party would give 50% of tickets in municipal elections to BCs and Muslims. He demanded that BCs should be given reservation in proportionate to their population. He claimed that the Congress was quite strong and had the potential to win a majority of seats in the next municipal elections. CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, AICC Secretaries Bose Raju, Saleem Ahmed and Vamshichand Reddy, TPCC Working Presidents Ponnam Prabhakar and Kusum Kumar, DCC Presidents and other important leaders participated in the review meeting.last_img read more

Asdrubal Cabrera walkoff bat flip has baseball purists reaching for their meds

first_imgGrumpy baseball purists are reaching for their blood pressure medication this morning, after Asdrubal Cabrera displayed genuine emotion when his 11th inning, 3-run walk off home run gave the Mets a thrilling 9 – 8 extra inning win, and a 1-game lead in the NL Wild Card Race.Cabrera knew it was gone from the moment he turned on the hanging breaking ball. In his excitement, he unleashed a two-handed bat flip worthy of the silver medal in the Olympic hammer toss. Baseball traditionalists had to cover their eyes and look away from the horrific scene. Oh, the horror. They aren’t happy unless the game’s fun-level resembles George Orwell’s 1984.Forget them Asdrubal. Don’t let the cranks bat-flip shame you. It’s 2016. Everyone else is reaching for the replay button.This is just the strangest team in quite some time. Asdrubal Cabrera with the 3-run walk-off shot. 9-8 #Mets win. pic.twitter.com/y4mL24xCeS— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) September 23, 2016 Advertisementlast_img read more

5 LowTech Ways to Throttle TimeSucking Mobile Devices So You Can Concentrate

first_img Register Now » 3 min read Do you find yourself losing precious minutes or even hours on your mobile device? Maybe you just check your social media here and there or load up a game once in a while. However, these time-wasters can really add up and prevent you from focusing on what’s important. In just a few years, mobile devices have completely transformed the way we work, play and interact. However, we might not be prepared to deal with the intense time suck that can result from constant information access.According to Facebook figures published by Bloomberg Businessweek, the average American spends 40 minutes a day checking their social media account. Just in case you’re not alarmed yet – that’s over four hours a week and over 243 hours a year. Just imagine what you could accomplish by reducing just your social media usage. Want to cut down on mobile time suck? Try implementing these five tech practices.Related: How Can I Keep Employees From Texting Too Much?1. Take control over notificationsWe’re less likely to become distracted by an app if we can’t see the notifications. It’s time to go digging through your smartphone or tablet notification settings and switch off everything that isn’t vital. Think about your vices. If you obsessively check your new Twitter followers or Facebook comments, maybe it’s time to cut those constant interruptions out of your life, starting with notifications.2. Physically relocate your mobile deviceWhe you are trying to get some work done, switch your phone to “do not disturb” mode, selectively silence certain app alerts and place your phone somewhere away from your workstation. This will help you maintain focus while you complete a task, and you’ll be less likely to fiddle aimlessly with your mobile device.3. Check updates at the end of the dayIf apps are constantly vying for your attention, then do your catching up all at once, rather than intermittently throughout the day. Give yourself 10-15 minutes to catch up on social media updates, personal emails and all of the other apps that are trying to push notifications to you. Go in with a sense of purpose and shut off your screen once you’ve caught up on everything. Don’t get lost in the maze of news feeds.Related: This Man Made His Smartphone ‘Distraction-Free’ — And It Changed His Life4. Build productive habitWe often turn to certain mobile apps when we’re trying to distract ourselves during a lull. You might be waiting in line at the supermarket or trying to kill time on the bus. However, these precious minutes could be used productively. Download informative podcasts, get a language-learning app or use a flashcard app to learn new concepts.5. Delete appsIf you’re spending an inordinate amount of time playing a mobile game or buzzing around social media, then sometimes you just need to remove it from your life. Deleting apps completely can help you eliminate time suck by making it very inconvenient for you to access the app.Related: 5 Procrastination-Busting Smartphone Strategies Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 26, 2014last_img read more

WestJet adds Belize City with exclusive nonstops

first_img Travelweek Group Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Share WestJet adds Belize City with exclusive nonstops Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Belize, New Routes, WestJet CALGARY — Starting Oct. 29 WestJet will offer nonstop service from Toronto to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize, the only Canadian carrier to do so.Flights depart Toronto at 9:15 a.m., arriving in Belize City at 11:59 a.m. Introductory fares start at $267.66 one-way, until Aug. 15.The flight’s departure time will allow guests to connect seamlessly from many cities across Canada to a destination known for its large Canadian ex-pat community, said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “WestJet continues to respond to the needs of the communities we serve by delivering more choice, competition and lower fares to Canadian travellers,” he said.Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism for Belize, cheered the move, saying the new flight “will boost the demand for Canadian travel to our unique destination … this direct flight from Toronto to Belize City will encourage even more Canadians to venture south to our beautiful jewel,” she said. Canada is one of the strong source markets for tourist arrivals in Belize, she added.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJEarlier this month WestJet also began year-round, nonstop service between Calgary and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Both the Belize nonstop and the JFK nonstops come on the heels of WestJet’s recent winter schedule announcement of more than 85 new flights across its growing network.last_img read more

Tourism Boosts employment in Far North

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Employment in the Far North has reached a 12-month high which is largely contributed to an increase in tourism to the region. Property advisors Herron Todd White CairnsWatch reports 136,200 people are currently employed in the Far North, the best figure since June last year.Herron Todd White research director Rick Carr said the healthy employment rate was contributed to a strong tourism season. “Employment in the Far North appears to have rebound from the trough experienced after cyclone Yasi, a trend which is expected to continue as the recovery nears completion,” Mr Carr said. “The region’s unemployment rate fell to 8.6 per cent in June,” Mr Carr said. Further to this Mr Carr said demand in the mining, tourism and construction industries had contributed to a further increase in the number of employment opportunities. “The trend average for June 2011 stood at 315 job vacancies advertised per week, up 17 per cent since December 2010.” Mr Carr said it was clear that tourism was the main reason employment figures had bounced back and the challenge they are facing lies with getting locals to feel confident in spending again. “The town looks a bit more vibrant, if you go to the Esplanade the restaurants are full.” He said the hotel occupancy rate in the Far North has been full for the past four weeks and the next month looks to be the same. CBC Staff Selection recruitment consultant Chris Cunsamy said the Cairns market remains afloat.“More businesses still prefer temporary contract workers with a slight increase in permanent workers in this quarter, which shows a slow increase in market confidence,” Mr Cunsamy said.last_img read more

Zillow Home Values Pick Up Steam in April Rents Cool

first_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Zillow: Home Values Pick Up Steam in April, Rents Cool May 21, 2013 432 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Equity Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Zillow 2013-05-21 Tory Barringer The majority of metros covered in “”Zillow’s””:http://www.zillow.com/ Real Estate Market Reports saw home values inch up from March to April, the company reported Tuesday.[IMAGE]Zillow’s Home Value Index climbed to $158,300 for April, an increase of 0.5 percent month-over-month and 5.2 percent year-over-year. April marked the sixth consecutive month in which home values appreciated more than 5 percent on a yearly basis.According to Zillow, the last time national home values were at this level was in June 2004. However, this kind of growth will likely be short-lived, said Zillow chief economist Dr. Stan Humphries.””April marks the sixth straight month of annual home value appreciation of 5 percent or above, the longest such streak since the height of the bubble in 2006. In the short-term, this has been welcome news for homeowners. But in the long-term, this cannot be sustained, and consumers entering the market today should not expect this kind of appreciation to last,”” Humphries said.Fifty-percent of the 365 metros tracked reported rising home values in April. Of the 30 largest areas, Sacramento experienced the largest monthly increase at 3.4 percent. Other large metros with notable monthly gains include Las Vegas (3 percent) and San Francisco (2.8 percent).On a yearly basis, 29 of the 30 biggest markets posted increases, with more than half going up by double-digit percentages. The largest improvements were seen in Phoenix (25.5 percent), Sacramento (25.4 percent), San Jose (25.2 percent), San Francisco (24.8 percent), and Las Vegas (23 percent). Chicago was the only market to see home values decline year-over-year (-0.2 percent).For the 12-month period ending April 2014, Zillow projects home values will rise a more moderate 4 percent to approximately $164,648, reflecting shifts in supply and demand in some of the nation’s hard-hit markets.””Overall, we expect home value appreciation to moderate as more supply comes on line over the next year, but in some areas, runaway home value appreciation, combined with expected interest rate hikes in coming years, runs a real risk of pricing out many potential buyers. Home values in these areas will have to flatten or even fall to come back in line,”” Humphries explained.Zillow also reported a slight monthly decline in national rents, which were down 0.2 percent from March. Year-over-year, rents were up 3.9 percent in April.The number of completed home foreclosures in April fell to 4.81 homes foreclosed out of every 10,000 homes nationwide, down from March and April 2012. Foreclosure resales represented 12 percent of homes sold in April, down 1 percentage point from March and 4 percentage points from a year ago.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBaltimore, Maryland, deserves far more attention. Thank you, Skift, for recently promoting the fact that the city now has – thanks to a trio of Baltimore success stories – three luxury hotels. I went to visit the two that are in the up-and-coming Fell’s Point area, a newly gentrified cobbled village that apparently has over 120 pubs and almost the same number, it seems, of charming restaurants and boutiques. Both, by the way, are within 15 minutes’ drive of Baltimore Penn station, on the main Amtrak rail line between Boston and New York (to the north) and Washington DC (to the south).First up was the 256-room Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, developed by John Paterakis, whose family bakery, H&S, seems to be one of the biggest manufacturers of burger buns – and more – in the USA. The hotel opened late 2011, right on Patapsco River at the entrance to the Inner Harbor, and it showed that this city does indeed have an appetite for quality. It is a hotel that has many reminders of Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, with water views and internal art. Both hotels are great for those who like to keep fit (they have outdoor pools, and year-round great hikes around).All summer long Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore’s regular Saturday morning yoga classes are held outside, by the pool that seems to float, as it were, on the hotel’s deck. It’s winter, though, and weekenders who enjoy staycations here obviously prefer lie-ins to lie-on-your-back-and-do-contortions, so I had the hour-long session to myself. I had woken up in #807, an end suite with views on three sides over the Patapsco River. (Be prepared for motion sensors in your room; if you do not move for what seems like a short period of time the main lights go off). I was actually still recovering from the 45 minutes I had spent on a Technogym jogger, playing sudoku, last night after an early dinner.The all-purpose restaurant here also reminds me of the Seattle hotels. Both, in destinations that are super-rich in dining opportunities, work with outside specialists. Here, Michael Mina runs Wit & Wisdom, a real old-style tavern with wood tables and a wood-burning oven. The dinner menu is complemented by an oyster hour, from 5pm, which meant our 5.30 start allowed us a preamble to the meal-proper with a tasting of East Coast oysters, which went really well with Stolpman Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2016. Afterwards, following a server’s suggestion, I had red wine-braised short rib with beluga lentils, cauliflower florets and pomegranate seeds.I had earlier seen Julien Carralero, the opening, and current, GM of this friendly and delightfully no-attitude luxury hotel, but he was rushing off somewhere or other. I dined with his deputy, the equally charming Nancy Chacon, a Guatemalan who joined Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco Clift (as it was) after graduating in Business and French in that city. As it happened she too was rushing off – to hear her five-year old son singing during the half-time of a soccer match – so I took off as well, to exercise body and mind. This is, by the way, a hotel that is ultra guest-centric. A personalised note on my bed said the bedding was all hypoallergenic, and I slept like a log. I breakfasted back in Wit & Wisdom where a Tavern Platter means eggs come with bacon and potatoes, and the bill comes with exact suggestions for tipping 18%, 20% or 22%.And then I moved all of six blocks east to Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. This is definitely not lifestyle, says its GM, David Hoffman, but whatever he thinks, it is undoubtedly the style of life that today’s millennially minded travellers love. It is old and new, and oodles of fun. Local entrepreneur Kevin Plank, whose Under Armour headquarters shine prominently across the Patapsco River, paid US$3.4 million for the 1914-vintage Recreation Pier (Red Pier) and then invested over US$60 million in what is certainly one of the top new-look luxury hotels for today. Looking at the building sideways on, the original brick house is now public areas, and what were two floors of basketball court and other sports areas are now, with an added storey, two wings of three floors of bedrooms.The wings form arms for a central courtyard dominated by a Fernando Botero Horse with Bridle sculpture, a 3.6-metre-high twin of the one in the lobby of The St. Regis Hotel & Residences, Kuala Lumpur. That one had its lobby built around it, here the horse was dropped into place by a really heavy crane. At the end of the wings, jutting into the water, is a big deck with inset swimming pool and summer-only bar. Before you go out to this deck you pass the glass-walled, 24/7 Precor gym with, on your right, four old lifebelts, each in a big frame. Go further and on the left, you probably stop at a video art installation by a Zurich-based guy (can one call him an artist?), Marck, who appears obsessed by taking videos of lithe girls in swimming pools.Thanks to designer Patrick Sutton, who apparently lives only a few hundred metres away, everything at this fabulous hotel is emblematic. White waves set either side of the main entrance stand for the ocean; the entrance itself is a reminder of locals’ fascination with stoop-watching, admiring the world outside. To get to the lobby walk the really gradual slope, up all of about 60cm vertically, and you pass likenesses of local symbols and memorabilia, including blue crabs and a thoroughbred (Kevin Plank owns Sagamore Racing). The two-floor-high lobby lounge has a wrought-iron framed mezzanine for private dining. Off the lounge is a closed door speakeasy, the Cannon Bar, with one of the three cannons unearthed during the property’s rebuilding; the other two are on the rear deck. From the third-floor wings’ inner corridors you can look down at the courtyard: last night its trees had thousands of Christmas lights turned on early, plus hundreds of candles, and over 200 wedding guests, mostly in black and all seated on white chairs, waited for the nine bridesmaids, also in black, and finally the bride, in a puff of what looked like white candyfloss, and her small dog, in a white tutu.Patrick Sutton has brought in just enough nautical associations to bedrooms to give a sense of locale; all the newly-built third floor rooms have balconies and I loved looking out over the Fells Point surroundings. Despite the dining opportunities around I would definitely, however, recommend staying put, and dining here, if you can get a table (you can even try such local Maryland craft beers as Union Craft Brewing Balt Altbier, Evolution Craft Brewing Lot #3 IPA, Burley Oak Bunker C Porter). The all-day restaurant, Rec Pier Chop House, and the lounge behind are run by the talented Andrew Carmellini, he of The Greenwich Hotel’s food, in New York.I dined with the exuberant GM David Hoffman who, after years with Four Seasons and then Montage, is exhilarated by the opening and operation of this slightly younger new-look luxury hotel. It is full of culture and history, but also of today. As I left, back to the train station, I was fascinated yet again by an infinity art installation, the changing-colour Two Circles, by Chul Hyun Ahn. I cannot wait to return to this lovely city (next time I will borrow, free of charge, a Taylor Koa GS mini guitar, offered to all guests by Sagamore Pendry Baltimore). This place is REALLY fun.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comGo back to the e-newsletterSagamore Pendry Baltimorelast_img read more

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