first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Boosting its corporate appeal, Virgin Australia has unveiled new kerbside valet parking at Brisbane’s domestic terminal.Launched yesterday, the new seven day weekly service will open half an hour before the first flight and after the last service and is part of the airline’s commitment to its guests, according to Virgin Australia group executive product and guest services Martin Daley.“The Premium Valet offering is designed to provide frequent and valued customers with a streamlined, hassle-free experience,” Mr Daley said. “All guests have the convenience of leaving their car with an attendant before stepping into an exclusive reception area. “A dedicated check-in desk will be available for guests with carry-on baggage only.”The new car parking service in Brisbane starts from AU$55 for up to 14 hours and $65 for up to 24 hours.As well as the new valet parking, the airline also announced a new concierge service at Hold Coast and Canberra airports, expansion and upgrade at its Sydney and Melbourne domestic hubs and a new Gold Coast lounge.last_img read more

first_imgAccorHotels principally creates wealth in its host countriesThe Group contributes €22 billion to world GDP, which is the equivalent of a country like Cyprus. This contribution encompasses the value added directly by the Group, plus the value generated by the activities of its suppliers, by household consumption and by public spending.The economic impacts from the Group’s activities correlate with its local presence. France, Germany, Australia, Great Britain and Brazil, for example, enjoy substantial portions of this wealth. This said, in emerging countries like India and Ivory Coast, where the Group has a smaller presence, a very large share of their contributions to GDP remains firmly rooted in the host country (close to 90%).In Asia Pacific*, close to 56,000 direct jobs and about 250,500 indirect and induced jobs are sustained by the activity of AccorHotels. According to the study, every €1.00 in revenue that AccorHotels generates in Asia Pacific* contributes globally to €1.75 of GDP, and Asia Pacific* therefore represents about 20% of the Group’s contribution to worldwide GDP (€22bn).*For the purpose of this study, Asia Pacific countries cover Australia, China, India, Indonesia and ThailandOutlookThis study underscores the fact that the Group’s value creation drive is firmly rooted in local communities, and that it thus needs to continuously step up its economic and social responsibility in its host countries.To that end, in 2014, AccorHotels updated its Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Charter and appointed a Committee to supervise observance and to enhance responsibility in the areas of management ethics, integrity and legal compliance.This footprint also sheds light on the deep interconnections between the Group, its stakeholders and its host countries. AccorHotels’ role as business partner and customer entails substantial responsibility.This has led it to set up monitoring mechanisms throughout its value chain and, in particular, to develop joint innovation initiatives with its key partners in order to improve the sector’s practices.AccorHotels will use these findings to fine-tune the new chapter in PLANET 21, its sustainable development program, which it will be presenting in the second quarter of this year. AccorHotelsSource = AccorHotels AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, has published the findings from its first socio-economic footprint study.This study is embedded in the Group’s corporate social responsibility drive, and its goal is to quantify and analyze its activity’s ripple effects throughout the worldwide and local economies.The findings from this impact map will help the Group to home in on more effective levers to:Strengthen the positive impacts in the communities around its hotels;Limit any negative impacts that may arise from its development.Two key findings: AccorHotels sustains around 880,000 jobs (direct, indirect and induced)Over and above the jobs revolving directly around its core business, the Group’s activity has created or supports some700,000 indirect and induced jobs around the globe, in three main sectors: corporate services (laundry, cleaning, security), agriculture (as a result of its F&B activity) and public services (education, healthcare and transportation).Study findings suggest that every job created in an AccorHotels brand supports more than four other jobs around the world.last_img read more

first_imgMore Brits are booking flights to destinations that offer value-for-money as well as warmth, the latest currency trend from the International Currency Exchange (ICE) has revealed.According to the ICE’s monthly report, the Thai baht has broken into the top three foreign currencies bought by British travellers, while the East Caribbean dollar made the list for the first time.The Brazilian real jumped to seventh position, experiencing an increase in orders of 85 percent.While destinations offering guaranteed sun are proving popular, a number of people appear to have been booking flights to Czech and Swiss ski resorts, with both the koruna and Swiss franc remaining in the lists top ten.Andrew Hamilton, ICE’s head of marketing, said it was a “big surprise” that the Thai baht had managed to push ahead of the Australian dollar.”Even further abroad, Brazil looks set to be this season’s Mexico, as Brits recognise the great exchange rate on the Brazilian real,” he said.The top two currencies bought by UK travellers in February were the euro and the US dollar, while the New Zealand dollar and Polish zloty were the eighth and ninth most popular.Last month the ICE said that Russia, Mexico and Brazil were the destinations where British holidaymakers are able to get better value for their sterling.Related Reading: Don’t Ignore the Eurozone ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThailand is Brits’ third most popular holiday destinationThailand has remained the third most popular holiday destination for Brits, research from the ICE has revealed.More Brits book flights to long-haul destinations this half termThere has been a “surge in demand” for overseas currencies as more people book long-haul flights this half term.More Brits could book flights to Iceland last-minuteIceland, Jamaica and Hungary offer the best value for money for British travellers.last_img read more

first_img Categories: News 09Oct Price, Michigan House support Breast Cancer Awareness Month Rep. Amanda Price (fourth from right) and her fellow female Republican legislators wear pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Price was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 2001.last_img

first_img Categories: Glenn News State Reps. Gary Glenn, left, and Lee Chatfield provided testimony to the House Tax Policy Committee April 15 on their legislation to prohibit Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credits beyond the state’s current $9.38 billion liability. The bills were unanimously approved today by the committee and now go to the House for consideration.Michigan House Tax Policy Committee members today voted unanimously in favor of legislation to protect taxpayers from additional financial liability through Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit extensions.The committee includes state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, who introduced House Bill 4334 to prohibit extensions currently allowed under the Michigan Business Tax Act. The committee also approved HB 4333, which addresses similar language in the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act.“The MEGA credits and program expansion did what was intended at a time when Michigan was struggling through the recession by retaining the key industries and jobs that are now helping our state lead the nation’s economic rebound,” Rep. Glenn said. “While those past financial commitments can be honored with gratitude we must now look to ensure a fiscally responsible and realistic future that is stable and sustainable for Michigan taxpayers.”The MEGA tax credits were greatly expanded in 2008, and even though the program was ended by the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011, there is a taxpayer liability of $9.38 billion projected over the next 17 years, including a $325 million state obligation this budget year.Current state law allows the existing credits to be increased and extended further, but the legislation approved today by the committee will freeze the existing program and its credit liabilities.HB 4333-4334 now go to the full House for consideration. 29Apr House committee approves Rep. Glenn bill to prohibit MEGA tax credit extensionslast_img read more

first_img17Jan Rep. VanderWall attends State of the State Categories: VanderWall News,VanderWall Photos State Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, is joined by his wife, Diane, to listen to the governor’s State of the State address on the House floor on Tuesday evening.###last_img

first_imgMonday, Aug. 218 to 9 a.m. at Daniel’s Restaurant, 55 E. South Ave. in Hesperia;10 to 11 a.m. at One East Main, 1 E. Main St. in Fremont; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Newaygo County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 1087 E. Newell St. in White Cloud.             Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant invites residents to attend his upcoming office hours during the month of August.“Being in touch with residents is one of my top priorities,” VanSingel said. “I encourage anyone who has ideas or concerns about our state government to attend my upcoming office hours.”Rep. VanSingel will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Aug. 149 to 10 a.m. at Iron’s Café, 5408 W. 10 ½ Mile Road in Irons;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Luther Public Library, 115 State St. in Luther; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Lake County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 800 10th St. in Baldwin. No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. VanSingel’s office at (517) 373-7317 or by email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov. Categories: VanSingel News 07Aug Rep. VanSingel announces August office hourslast_img read more

first_img15Mar Rep. Hauck bill addressing drone use passes House committee vote The House Committee on Communications and Technology this week advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township as part of a larger legislative package establishing needed state guidelines for drones.Hauck’s bill, House Bill 5495, highlights facilities where use of unmanned aircraft systems will be prohibited under state law. The language refers to knowingly and intentionally interfering with “key facilities” as defined in the Michigan Penal Code, including manufacturing plants, electric or natural gas utilities, correctional sites and telecommunication facilities. Companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake offers a sentencing guideline making intentional drone interference with a key facility up to a four-year felony.“Over time, improved education will lead to more educated use,” Hauck said. “My bill allows for a lot of prosecutor discretion because of how new this technology is. Knowledge and intent will be two big things within that discretion. A surveyor who flies a drone over a highway or high voltage power line may not know that he is breaking a law. This proposal improves safety, offers clear deterrents for bad actors, grants leeway for hobbyists and puts rules on the books that can be better recognized and accepted the longer we have this technology.”A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million drones were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That number could grow to a projected 7 million by 2020.A 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, began work in April 2017 to develop statewide recommendations on the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft in Michigan. The bills offered largely reflect the task force’s policy recommendations.“There needs to be some definition here where the letter of the law could be clearly identified regarding drone usage,” Hauck said. “There are a lot of hobbyists and recreational drone users and not a lot of education or information on where you can and can’t use them.”The bills within the package, HBs 5494-98, advance to the House floor for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, provides testimony in support of House Bill 5495 before the House Committee on Communications and Technology on Feb. 13. Hauck’s legislation is part of a bill package aiming to regulate unmanned aircraft at the state level. Categories: Hauck News,Newslast_img read more

first_img21Feb Rep. Hernandez sets local office hours Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez will host local office hours on Friday, March 1 to meet with residents of Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“Input from the people in our community is essential to effectively representing you in Lansing,” Hernandez said. “One of my top priorities as a state legislator is being open and accessible to you. I welcome anyone to attend.”The office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:10:30 a.m. at the Horseshoe Grill, 4000 Main St. in Brown City; and12 p.m. at the Mainstreet Café, 40 S. Elk St. in Sandusky.No appointment is necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Hernandez’s office by calling (517) 373-0835 or by email at ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 9, 2014; StatelineMarsha Mercer writes for Stateline that that Cooperative Extension is in the process of reinventing itself for the twenty-first century. President Woodrow Wilson created the Extension Service in 1914 as a program to share the research of land-grant universities on agriculture, home economics, and rural energy with all levels of government and communities. At the time, America was still a significantly rural community, with half of the nation living in rural communities and 30 percent of the workforce engaged in farming. Today, Mercer says, the numbers are sharply reduced—17 percent of the population living in rural areas, two percent engaged in farming. The Extension Service has shrunk drastically as America’s rural connections declined. Today, Extension relies mostly on volunteers and on its website for the distribution of information.Mercer’s article contends that Extension aims at more than helping farmers and ranchers, having branched into environmental protection, food safety, natural disaster response, energy independence, and workforce development. We would add more. Our experience with Extension in many communities has shown its staff to be often credible and imaginative actors in community development and community organizing—and in both urban and rural communities.Mercer identifies new Extension initiatives such as its establishment of bilingual 4-H clubs for immigrant children and their parents in southwest Kansas, assistance to consumers in choosing health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges in Maryland and Delaware, and Smart Families food choice programs in Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Nebraska, and Washington.Is there a nonprofit connection to the 21st-century Cooperative Extension Service? One is that Extension used to be basically government-funded, one-third each by federal, state, and county government sources. Now, Extension is increasingly dependent on private contributions, ranging from dairy owner Steve Irsik, who came up with the idea of the bilingual 4-H clubs and donated $50,000 to get them started, to the ConAgra Foods Foundation, which provided a $2 million grant for the Smart Families pilots.With federal funding of extension down to about 10 percent of costs, Extension Services have had to reach out to foundations, but the unequal distribution of philanthropy shows up strongly in records of foundation grantmaking. Cornell Cooperative Extension has gotten solid support from a variety of foundations, notably the Park Foundation; Michigan State University’s cooperative extension has received support from community foundations; and North Carolina Cooperative Extension seems to access grants from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Duke Endowment, and community foundations. However, much of the nation’s extension programs reside in areas where institutional philanthropy doesn’t appear to have been much engaged with extension’s distinctive role.Beyond foundations, is there a nonprofit stake in the reinvention, revitalization, and sustainability of Cooperative Extension? Of course. At Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Institute for Non-Profits was created as an educational program of Cooperative Extension of Rockland County in 1995; the Institute evolved from the working relationship of Extension with a variety of local community organizations seeing the need for assistance to help nonprofit organizations grow and thrive. The University of Wisconsin Extension runs the Center for Community and Economic Development, established in 1990, which helps communities recognize and deal with issues of community change, addressing issues such as asset-based sustainable development, community demographic and market analysis, entrepreneurship development, and rural urban business market assessment. Among the HUD-approved foreclosure counseling organizations in Florida are nonprofit CDCs to be sure, but also Cooperative Extension offices in Holmes County, Washington County, Levy County, Brevard County and Pasco County—just to name a few.Most nonprofits are probably unaware of the importance of Cooperative Extension as a partner to their efforts and know even less of the role of Extension as a component of the nonprofit infrastructure serving rural and small communities in particular. Extension should be a component of the national nonprofit advocacy agenda.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare26TweetShare12Email38 SharesBy U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 3, 2017, New York TimesAt “Woodstock for capitalists,” Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting this past Sunday, Warren Buffett said that healthcare, not taxes, is the real problem facing corporate America. Since 1960, corporate taxes as a share of GDP have fallen from 4 to 2 percent, while health care costs have risen from 5 to 17 percent of GDP.A new study published May 1st in Health Affairs suggests that increasing physical activity among children represents a colossal cost savings as well as a necessary public health intervention. Bruce Lee, the director of the Global Obesity Prevention Program at Johns Hopkins and lead author of the study, and his colleagues, including team members from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, developed a computational simulation model utilizing their Virtual Population for Obesity Prevention software platform to represent the current population of U.S. children. They showed how even modest changes in levels of physical activity can positively affect them throughout their lifetime and the resulting economic impact. According to The New York Times:The results were staggering. According to the computer model, the costs of today’s 8- to 11-year-olds being inactive and consequently overweight would be almost $3 trillion in medical expenses and lost productivity every year once the children reached adulthood and for decades until their deaths.But when the researchers tweaked children’s activity levels within their model, the numbers began to look quite different. If they presumed that, in an imaginary America, half of all children exercised vigorously for about 25 minutes three times a week, such as during active recess or sports or, more ambitiously, ran around and moved for at least an hour every day, which is the amount of youth exercise recommended by the CDC, their virtual lives were transformed.There are presently 31.7 million American children aged 8 to 11. Two-thirds of these children rarely exercise. Many are overweight or obese. The computer model created an electronic avatar for every American child today growing up, changing each virtual child’s body incrementally as they grew into adulthood.As the simulated children became adults, the scientists then modeled each one’s health, based on obesity-associated risks for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer, and also the probable financial price of dealing with those diseases (adjusted for future inflation), both in terms of direct expenses for hospitalizations, drugs and so on, and lost productivity because of someone’s being ill.In addition to the priceless physical and psychological benefits enjoyed by healthier living, this first-of-a-kind study indicates that if all sedentary children exercised daily, the United States could save more than $120 billion a year in health care and associated costs.Nevertheless, on the same day this startling study was published, new U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a rollback of school lunch standards, one of Michelle Obama’s signature accomplishments as first lady and which became a lightning rod for criticism by some students and parents. On May 1st, Perdue declared that the new administration would “Make School Meals Great Again.” Obama’s “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” legislation, which authorized funding and set policy for the USDA’s core child nutrition programs, became law in 2010 and was implemented in cafeterias at the beginning of the 2012–13 school year. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign included better food labeling and more physical activity for children as well.The potential future scenarios revealed in this new study at Johns Hopkins, “Modeling the Economic and Health Impact of Increasing Children’s Physical Activity in the United States,” may not be enough anymore. Today, science itself is conditional. Lee and his colleagues, as well as their peers devoting themselves to any number of public health issues, may need to build into their research projects the time and resources necessary to plan a protest march in order to be heard.—James SchafferShare26TweetShare12Email38 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgBelgacom increased its TV subscriber base by 236,000 last year, ending December with a total of 1.2 million.The Belgian telco lost some of the rights it held to broadcast Jupiler League football matches but CEO Didier Bellens said this was not longer affecting churn rates. “In 2011 we had to make some strategic choices, for which we maintained our discipline and opted not to take the easy road but to hold on to our end goal, value creation. As such we were vigilant not to overpay for Belgian football broadcasting rights. This now proves to have been the right choice since football-related churn is back to previous levels, when we had all the rights”Revenue from TV services increased 14.3% year-on-year to €208 million.Belgacom said its bundling strategy was paying off. Last year it added 219,000 multi-play subscribers, ending December with a total of 1.09 million ‘Packs’ customers.The telco reported total revenues of €6.4 billion for 2011, down 3% year-on-year.last_img read more

first_imgThe IBC exhibition had recorded 49,808 people through the door at 10.30 this morning, which IBC CEO Michael Crimp said was comparable with last year’s 50,462 and up on 2010. Crimp said that registrations had fallen a little behind on last year over the Olympics period, but had recovered ahead of the show. “At the end of the day we didn’t seem to be impacted by the Olympics,” he said. “However, it explains why we had a different pattern of registrations.”Crimp said that record space had been sold to exhibitors this year, which saw the introduction of a new hall, Hall 14, outside the Rai building. This introduced 6,000 sq. metres of additional space. IBC had sold 20,000 sq. metres of space for next year’s show as of last night, he said.Referring to the introduction of recording artist and Intel creative director will.i.am as a conference speaker at this year’s event, Crimp said that his session had attracted 500 viewers, filling the main conference Forum space. This year’s IBC marked the second year of the Leaders’ Summit, a closed session for media leaders, this year featuring FremantleMedia CEO Gary Carter as an after-dinner speaker.A ‘Rising Stars’ event for new entrants to the industry and students attracted 120 attendees, while the Innovation Awards had attracted a significant number of nominations from end users as well as vendors, said Crimp.Phil White, director of technology and events, highlighted Japanese broadcaster NHK’s 8K demonstration and the world premier of a movie – Hugo 3D – screened on a laser projector.IBC conference chairman Michael Lumley said this year’s show had seen the introduction of new formats, including breakfast briefings. The IBC Awards had given a genuine representation of the breadth of the industry, he said.last_img read more

first_imgTesco, the UK’’s largest retailer, has started testing its Club Card TV streaming service and is expected to roll it out to its customers soon.The over-the-top service is in beta test mode and only available to Tesco employees. It is being run by Blinkbox, the streaming service that Tesco acquired in 2011.The Club Card programming line-up will include TV series and movies and there is content from Warner Bros. and the BBC among others.TV series include BBC comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Electric Sky-distributed fashion series Fashion Avenue. There are also animated kids series including Care Bears and Justice League.Movie titles include Mazes and Monsters and Cheesecake Casserole. There are also kids animated titles including Superman: Brainiac Attacks and The Return of the King.The service will be free for Tesco customers who are part of the Club Card loyalty scheme. Consumers without a Club Card can get one free of charge and then access Club Card TV.Tesco is the largest retailer in the UK with a nationwide network of supermarkets. It also offers financial and other services under the Tesco brand.last_img read more

first_imgScripps Networks Interactive has secured carriage for its Food Networks and Travel Channel services on Virgin Media’s network. The rebranded Travel Channel will bring content including Jonathan Phang’s Caribbean Cookbook, Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, International House Hunters, Hotel Impossible, Dangerous Grounds and World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides to Virgin Media viewers.The addition of Food Network to Virgin Media’s line-up brings shows including Barefoot Contessa, Man V. Food Nation, Amazing Eats, Diners, Drive-ins & Dives and Guy’s Big Bite to the platform.Both channels were added to Virgin Media’s TV service yesterday, with a variety of programming also set to be made available via the operator’s video-on-demand and catch-up TV services from July.“Scripps Networks Interactive is a leading developer of lifestyle content globally” said Jon Sichel, managing director of Scripps Networks UK/EMEA, “Our strategy is to make our award-winning content accessible to UK audiences via a variety of platforms and devices and we believe Virgin Media’s pioneering TV platform will be the perfect combination to bring Virgin customers the best in lifestyle and entertainment programming.”last_img read more

first_imgMovie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv has launched a new app that will make it available on Windows 8.1 PCs, laptops and tablets for the first time. The free app was developed in partnership with Microsoft, and is available from today.“At Wuaki.tv, we are committed to providing the best possible user experience and HD quality plays an important role within that. Our users are increasingly used to seeing the latest movies in high definition on their Smart TVs, consoles, and other devices, and now they can add their PC or laptop to this list too,” said Wuaki.tv founder and CEO, Jacinto Roca.last_img read more

first_imgAdam SawickiDeutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile Polska has appointed Netia CEO Adam Sawicki as its next chief executive, effective June 1. Sawicki is currently chief exec and president of the management board at Netia, Poland’s second largest fixed line operator. In his new role he will report directly to Claudia Nemat, board member for Europe and technology at Deutsche Telekom.The appointment will see Sawicki take over from Zacharias Piperidis, who has held the T-Mobile Polska top job on an interim basis since November in addition to his role as chief operating officer at Greek telco OTE Group – in which Deutsche Telekom is the largest shareholder.Piperidis stepped in to replace Miroslav Rakowski, who left T-Mobile Polska on October 31 “upon his own request to pursue new challenges outside the Deutsche Telekom Group.”“With Adam Sawicki at the helm of T-Mobile Polska, it is clear that we have the right man to tackle the Polish telecommunications market and industry,” said Nemat.“As a former CEO of GTS Central Europe and with his extensive international experience in the business and residential markets, he is a perfect strategic fit to help us ‘lead in business’ – a key element in our company’s strategy – and integrate the GTS operations we recently acquired.”Sawicki was president of the management board and chief executive officer of Ruch Internet between 2011 and 2012 and was CEO of GTS Central Europe from 2008 to 2011.last_img read more

first_imgPortuguese pay TV operator Nos is to add to its catalogue of Ultra HD content by airing 4K UHD coverage of a tribute concert to ‘30s and ‘40s movie star Carmen Miranda featuring the Real Combo Lisbonsense today at 22:00 local time.Saudade de Você – às voltas com Carmen Miranda em Várzea de Ovelha, a concert from her home town of Várzea de Ovelha to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the star of movies including Down Argentine Way and The Gang’s All Here, will be broadcast in 4K to Nos cable and fibre customers and via the Hispasat satellite position.last_img read more

first_imgLorenz GlatzFormer Kabel Deutschland chief technology officer Lorenz Glatz has joined the board of data analytics specialist Guavus.The company said that Glatz’s appointment is part of its on-going commitment to advance progress for the cable industry, following its strategic investment injection from Liberty Global and the launch of the latest version of Guavus Service Reflex 3, its analytics engine that combines network operations, care operations and field operations.Guavus has also joined the SCTE Standards Programme, where it will collaborate and help shape the future of industry-wide standards for the deployment of network maintenance, service assurance and customer experience management solutions. The company will work with SCTE to ensure that big data analytics products and data assets are available to further initiatives such as the Energy 2020 programme, the Network Operations Subcommittee (NOS) and the Special Working Group on Readiness for DOCSIS 3.1.“I see tremendous promise in Guavus’ products. They have pioneered a new category of service operations analytics that allow enterprises to not only correlate the impact network events have on service quality, but to take action in real-time to positively affect customer experience. This holistic approach, which can be applied to virtually any industry, is exactly what businesses need to compete, grow and succeed in today’s rapidly changing market,” said Glatz.“We are fortunate to have a Board of Industry Advisors that are so effective and engaged and are now privileged to welcome Lorenz to the team,” said Anukool Lakhina, CEO and founder of Guavus.“His expertise and guidance will be instrumental as we continue to extend into new markets around the world and to pioneer new products that allow the cable industry to exceed customer expectations across multiple channels, increase profits and rapidly bring new offerings to market.”last_img read more

first_imgCDN and video streaming services provider, Broadpeak, will showcase a range of solutions for the cable, IPTV, OTT, hybrid TV, and mobile markets at ANGA COM.Broadpeak will showcase version 1.3 of its nanoCDN technology, which is designed to let operators cost-effectively deliver live 4K content. It will also launch of version 2.3 of its BkA100 analytics solution, which lets operators and content providers collect data from users’ devices.An enhanced version of Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN V3.1 promises to enhance quality of experience (QoE) thanks to a new technology called CDN Diversity.Broadpeak said it will additionally demo a series of user experience-focused technologies, including a new video delivery technology aimed at improving video browsing on tablets and smartphones. An extension of Broadpeak CDN services’ footprint for worldwide reach is also listed as another ‘key technology demo’ that will be new at ANGA COM.Overall, Broadpeak will present a number of solutions for operators, including Cloud PVR; nanoCDN multicast ABR demo with 4K content; and its ‘CDN in a box’ solution.For content providers it will present solutions designed to “optimise OTT video delivery through various options”. These include: hosting the origin server; using a CDN selector; deploying local cache servers; CDN services; and a new standalone video analytics solution.Broadpeak will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.1, stand U38last_img read more

first_imgKenya-based Econet Media has launched a free-to-air sports channels that will offer coverage of English Premier League football as well as NBA basketball, Extreme Fighting Championship combat sports and NFL American football.The channel, Kwesé Free Sports, will be available on digital-terrestrial TV and on satellite in Kenya via free-to-air set-top boxes.The channel has exclusive free-to-air rights to air one Premier League match of the week every Saturday.Kenyan content on the channel includes Xtreme Outdoor Africa, Ball N’Africa and Sports Stars Uncovered.Econet Media is a unit of Econet Wireless, a mobile telecommunications operator founded by Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa. Masiwiya revealed at the end of last year that he was planning to launch a broader pay TV service called Kwesé TV, offering a mix of sports and entertainment programming across sub-Saharan Africa, including to mobile users.He said that the company’s satellite unit, Liquid Sat, had built a platform to deliver the service via DTH.“We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone. Our goal is to bring African viewers the very best viewing experience and we are able to provide this for free in a way that is accessible for our viewers,” said Ben Amadasun, CEO Kwesé Free Sports.“Not only will we air local content, but we will also commission the production of original work by local production companies, as part of our commitment to developing the local industry”, said Monicah Ndungu general manager of the channel.last_img read more

first_imgUkrainian broadcaster 1+1 Media Group is to use capacity on SES’s satellite at 5 degrees East to broadcast eight channels.Under a long-term agreement between the pair, 1+1 will lease of one transponder on the Astra 4A satellite positioned at 5 degrees East.The capacity contracted by 1+1 Media will enable the group to host all of its eight channels on SES’s satellite. Seven of its DTH channels serve the Ukrainian market: 1+1, 2+2, TET, PlusPlus, Bigudi, Unian TV and Kvartal TV.The other channel of the group, 1+1 International, is targeted at the Ukrainian diaspora in Europe, and is an international version of the 1+1 channel.1+1 Media Group recentlystruck a deal to add the latter channel to a new OTT service aimed at expatriate and ethno-linguistic groups launched by Cisco in partnership with Sky.“1+1 Media Group is one of Ukraine’s major players in the market. We have already been hosting some of the group’s TV channels. This new agreement brings our long-standing relationship to a new level, and we are very much looking forward to delivering all of 1+1 Media Group’s channels to both Ukrainian and international audiences,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES.“We have been relying on SES’s services over the past several years, and we are very pleased that our collaboration is expanding. SES has extensive experience in the Ukrainian market, and a proven track record in delivering top quality services. We are confident in SES as a partner in bringing our channels to our audiences in Ukraine and abroad,” said Yaroslav Pakholchuk, chief operational officer of 1+1 Media Group.last_img read more

first_imgJames PurnellThe BBC has called for on-demand players like its iPlayer service to be guaranteed prominence on all major TV platforms.In a article for the Telegraph ahead of a House of Lords debate on the issue this week, the BBC’s director, radio and education, James Purnell, said it is important that content from the BBC and other public service broadcasters can be easily found in an increasingly digital age.“Fourteen years ago, Parliament took a far-sighted decision. It insisted that the public service channels including BBC One, ITV and Channel 4 should be at the top of the programme guides on all TV platforms,” said Purnell.“It made our channels easy to find – especially important for the BBC, whose programmes people have already paid for via their licence fee. But the world has changed, with the rapid growth of digital channels and new services.”He said that the new generation of set-top boxes have a limited number of content options on their home pages and that if those places are filled by content from the platform owners like Sky, or from Netflix, Amazon or YouTube, “that leaves little room for the on-demand services from our public service broadcasters”.“Some pay-TV platforms are already making ‘free to air’ services harder to find. On the new Sky box, Sky Q, there is no one button on the remote control that takes you to live TV, the single most popular thing Sky customers do. Instead, ‘Home’ takes you to Top Picks – a set of recommended programmes chosen by Sky,” he complained.Purnell also argued that the BBC’s children’s channels, CBeebies and CBBC, should be moved up the Sky EPG, as they are currently listed behind 12 US cartoon networks.A Sky spokesperson described Purnell’s comments as “blatant self-interest”, adding that “for many years we’ve provided the top five slots on the programme guide to public service broadcasters, making them easily accessible.”last_img read more

first_imgSocial networks’ share of advertising spend in the UK will overtake television ad spend by 2020, according to stats published by eMarketer.The research firm said that come 2020, social network ad spending will account for 20% of all media ad spend in the UK, compared to 17.8% for broadcast TV.As it stands today, social networks’ share of ad spending has overtaken all traditional media formats in the UK, with the exception of TV, and is expected to grow throughout the year.eMarketer estimates that marketers in the UK will spend £3.3 billion on social network advertising in 2018, a 24% increase over 2017.It has also increased its social ad projections since its previous forecast due to diversification in the marketplace, which it says is driving up overall social network user rates and resulting in increased spend.“While Facebook has been losing teen users, Snapchat has been adding them,” said Bill Fisher, eMarketer’s UK senior analyst.“The result is a growing social media market, and one that advertisers are keen to utilise. Media-rich targeting options, with video a particularly big play, make platforms like Snapchat and Instagram especially attractive.”last_img read more

first_imgGiuliano GiorgettiEleven Sports has named Giuliano Giorgetti as managing director for Italy.Giorgetti, who begins his role immediately, will be responsible for expanding Eleven’s growth in Italy, increasing revenues, developing strategic partnerships, and overseeing the day to day operations.He previously worked for football clubs AC Milan and the Inter Milan.At AC Milan he led the club’s digital efforts with a special focus on content strategy, user experience, social media, and marketing. Giorgetti is also credited with helping to deliver a modern entertainment business for Inter Milan by managing the re-brand of the club’s TV channel. He was also responsible for digital partnerships, media rights and fan acquisition across social and owned media platforms.As well as his role at Eleven Sports Italy, Giorgetti will also act as head of digital and commercial partnerships at global investment company and Eleven Sports’ parent company, Aser. According to the company he will offer his expertise in helping Aser become a leading global media innovator in content creation and distribution.Former Eleven Sports Italy managing director Bruno Stirparo will stay as an advisor.Giorgetti will report directly to Eleven Sports Group managing director Danny Menken and Aser managing director Marco Pistoni.Menken, said: “Since we entered the Italian market following our acquisition of Sportube last year, we have made great strides with our rights acquisitions, distribution and popularity amongst the fans. Giuliano’s knowledge and experience of the Italian sports media industry makes him the perfect person to lead our team in Italy as we look to continue our progression.”Giorgetti, said: “I am extremely excited to take on two such interesting roles in a dynamic and fast moving organisation. Eleven Sports has made remarkable progress in Italy, and I am delighted to be joining such a talented team. I am looking forward to applying my skills that I have developed over nearly two decades in the sports and media sectors to help drive innovation and change. We are open to every opportunity in this moment where the scenario changes rapidly.”Separately, Eleven Sports has added live and exclusive coverage of Dutch Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and Allsvenskan football to its line-up of content for UK and Ireland viewers.Coverage of the Eredivisie will start with the upcoming 2018-19 season, while the Chinese Super League will begin on Eleven from the 2019 season, and coverage of the Allsvenskan will start with the currently ongoing 2018 season.last_img read more

first_imgOn Friday ands Saturday night the place will be rocking with the super-pub disco back with DJ Marty Curran spinning the decks.It promises to be yet another SUPER weekend at Sister Sara’s.Check out all the snaps from last weekend below. SUPERB DRINK PROMOTIONS ON OFFER TO CELEBRATE ‘END OF TERM’ PARTY AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by stephenstephen Tags: EntertainmentFeaturesNewsSister Sara’s ShareTweet WEEKEND PREVIEW: Management at Sister Sara’s are providing a real treat to help student’s wind-down after a stressful exam period with a superb drinks promotion.It’s been tough for all you academics at the LYIT and we all know that exams are a stressful and tiring time. However, we all know that when the exams finish you need a MASSIVE party to blow off some steam. At Letterkenny super-pub Sister Sara’s we’re hosting a HUGE end of term party to kick-start your summer.We’re also offering some superb offers on drink to get you in the partying spirit.You can get THREE beers for just €10, FOUR JAGER BOMBS for just €10 and you can buy one get one FREE on our Strawberry Daiquiri’s.last_img read more

first_imgMary Blake Tourism Officer with Council who is leading the local campaign said: “We are delighted that our bid is through to the shortlisted stage. Derry is galvanised under the ‘LegenDerry Food’ mantra, promoting exceptional quality and locally sourced food.“The ancient Walled City has many high quality and independently accredited restaurants along with quality cafes and delis.“Eminent food critics such as Georgina Campbell have claimed that we are now justifiably flagged as the North West’s Gourmet Capital.“Winning Foodie Town Ireland would be a real testament to the food revolution that has been taking place in our city over recent years.“Voting for Derry will support all our hardworking chefs, artisan food producers, fishermen, farmers, restaurateurs and hospitality staff.”Derry has been named among the top ten food destinations in Ireland and two independent assessors will now visit the city in the coming weeks to see what’s on the local menu. A national public vote will carry equal weight in the deciding the overall winner.You can register your support for the local food industry by going to www.foodietowns.ie and voting before 5pm on October 2nd.DERRY HAS A BITE AT FOODIE TOWN TITLE was last modified: September 17th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: DERRY HAS A BITE AT FOODIE TOWN TITLEFOODIE TOWN OF IRELANDMARY BLAKETOURISM OFFICER ShareTweet “The city is undoubtedly establishing itself as a premier food destination and with the success of our recent food festivals, including the Flavours of the Foyle and the Legenderry Food Festival, our reputation continues to grow.“I am a huge supporter of local restaurants and food producers and Council is committed to supporting and growing the food industry here in the North West.“Winning the Foodie Town of Ireland title will gain further national recognition and enhance the city’s profile as a top destination for food tourism.”The Foodie Town of Ireland competition recognises the efforts made to establish a location’s foothold in the food tourism market, through events and activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails and markets, as well as establishing a reputation for dining excellence. THE Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, is calling on people across the district to back an online campaign to have Derry crowned the Foodie Town of Ireland.The city has been shortlisted in the prestigious national industry competition which is organised by the Restaurants of Ireland and a public vote could sway the outcome.With two weeks left to vote, Mayor McCallion urged local food fans to register their support online. “I am thrilled to see Derry shortlisted and I’ve already voted online.last_img read more

first_imgIt states that police have submitted a file on an additional suspect who has been reported to the PPS by the PSNI.The letter says: “The suspect is not a soldier and is not alleged to have shot any civilian. The file relates to alleged Official IRA activity on Bloody Sunday.”In 1969, the IRA split into the Official IRA and the Provisional IRA.The Bloody Sunday Inquiry, led by English judge Lord Saville, was the longest and most expensive in UK history.During the inquiry, former members of the Official IRA – giving evidence anonymously – said the organisation had shot at soldiers very early on in retaliation for the shooting of two of the protesters.They denied that the organisation had fired first on Bloody Sunday.The letter from the PPS reveals that the republican suspect under consideration, will be subject to the same test for prosecution as the soldiers.It also states that they understand that the police are preparing another file on a second person over the activities of the Official IRA, and that file will be based on statements due to be made by some people who have previously not given statements to the PSNI.The PPS is also examining eight further files on Bloody Sunday but adds that the file on the Official IRA suspect is brief and should not take a great deal of time to consider.But, overall, the introduction of the new material will mean that they will not be able to move towards a decision for another six months.A spokesperson for the PPS told BBC Radio Foyle that they have provided regular updates to all the families over the Bloody Sunday case and the PSNI, in the last year, provided about 35 files of material.The PPS added that its focus is on completing examination of those files and all relevant legal issues.It confirmed that one further suspect has been added and another report is expected. But, they don’t believe this will add significantly to the timescale for their decision.The Ministry of Defence said that due to ongoing legal proceedings it was inappropriate to comment.The PSNI confirmed it had sent a number of files to the PPS.OFFICIAL IRA MEN MAY FACE PROSECUTION OVER BLOODY SUNDAY was last modified: September 29th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: THE Public Prosecution Service is considering bringing charges against former members of the Official IRA for their role in the events of Bloody Sunday.The PSNI has forwarded a file to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) on one former IRA member and is understood to be preparing a file on a second.Thirteen people were shot dead when the Army’s Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in 1972. ShareTweet LORD SAVILLEOFFICIAL IRA MEN MAY FACE PROSECUTION OVER BLOODY SUNDAYPPSPSNI Another died of his injuries some months later.The details have emerged in a letter sent by the PPS to relatives of Bloody Sunday victims on 19 September.It outlines why it will take at least another six months to come to a decision on whether or not to bring possible charges, including murder against former members of the British Parachute Regiment.But the possibility of prosecutions against republicans for their activity on the day has also been raised.last_img read more

first_img Previous PostUPDATE: A Man Wanted For Theft At Coal Mine Turns Himself In Tumblr CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday his intention to prioritize road maintenance as the main focus of the West Virginia Division of Highways moving forward.“We’re going to get back to the basics,” Gov. Justice said at a Wednesday press conference. “The Division of Highways is, at its core, a maintenance organization — and maintenance will be our first priority.“I told the people of this state we were going to fix the damn roads,” Gov. Justice said. “I haven’t changed my philosophy in any way, shape, form or fashion.”Gov. Justice also laid out a plan to fix existing issues with West Virginia’s secondary roads system, announcing that state Revenue, Transportation, and other administration officials will analyze every dollar coming in and out of the Division of Highways to find the most fiscally-responsible way to fund all the necessary secondary roadwork, noting that the Legislature has authorized the DOH to shift pay-as-you-go money toward core maintenance funding.The focus on road maintenance will begin immediately, with Gov. Justice announcing that the DOH will begin a spring and summer statewide paving and resurfacing program, which will include a combination of contracted work as well as work done by DOH crews using state equipment.Gov. Justice announced that the repurposed funds will allow the DOH to hire over 100 temporary employees to supplement the maintenance workforce. Some of the new workers will have the opportunity to become full-time employees.The Governor said that the funds will also allow the DOH to purchase new equipment to ensure district offices have the necessary tools to address a backlog that’s been building up since before Gov. Justice took office.“When I walked in the door here, your secondary roads were falling all to pieces,” Gov. Justice said. “We absolutely sold equipment that could have been doing maintenance in the counties. We starved our crews and everything.“I’ve said from day one, it’s a crying pitiful shame the shape of our secondary roads and we need to do something about it,” Gov. Justice said. “And so we embarked on that through our Roads to Prosperity program but we weren’t getting it done at the pace that it needs to be able to have gotten done.”The Governor went on to say all options are on the table to secure the funding, but that officials will look at the possibility of using the bonds from the Roads to Prosperity program in addition to portions of regular annual federal funding while remaining fiscally responsible.Gov. Justice said that all planned Roads to Prosperity projects will still be completed, but the DOH may look to re-bid certain projects that come in over-estimate.On Wednesday, Gov. Justice also announced that he intends to name Byrd White as Acting Secretary of Transportation.In addition to patching potholes and fixing slips on secondary roads across the state, there will also be a focus on preventative maintenance, as crews will also complete piping and ditching work to allow proper water flow near roads to mitigate future damage. Home NewsWatch Gov. Justice announces plans to fix secondary roads and refocus Division of Highways as maintenance-first agency Twitter Facebook Google+ NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories Gov. Justice announces plans to fix secondary roads and refocus Division of Highways as maintenance-first agency By Tyler BarkerMar 13, 2019, 14:32 pm 263 0 Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Next PostW.Va. State Fire Marshals Determine Raleigh County Church Fire To Be Arson, Reward Offered Linkedin Pinterest Maillast_img read more

first_img“We are on the cusp of curing aging.” Those are the words of molecular biologist Dr. William Andrews, founder and CEO of Sierra Sciences, a company with the stated goal to “cure aging or die trying.” In the quote above, which comes from a September 2010 Sierra Sciences press release, Andrews is referring to a nutraceutical (i.e., a natural food-derived product meant to provide health or medical benefits, like vitamin C or folic acid) that his company discovered, known as TA-65. It supposedly slows down the aging process in humans by activating an enzyme called telomerase. Telomerase acts on telomeres—simple repeating sequences of nucleotides (the building blocks of DNA) found at the tips of chromosomes that are important to cell division and replication. Cells must replicate their genes accurately and completely whenever they divide, or the so-called daughter cell will malfunction and die. However, most DNA polymerases (the enzymes that replicate DNA) cannot copy chromosomes all the way to the end. Thus, during each cell division, a small region at the tip of the chromosome (part of the telomere) remains uncopied. So, the telomeres have a crucial function: they act as a buffer zone during cell division, protecting the genes in the chromosome and ensuring that they fully replicate. But there’s a cost: successive divisions cause the telomeres to erode over time. When telomeres erode away, parts of critical genes remain uncopied, eventually spelling death for the cell. Some scientists think that this telomere erosion is what imposes a limit on our lifespans and causes our health to decline as we age; they also think that an answer to this dilemma might be telomerase activation. Telomerase combats telomere erosion by adding telomeric subunits (repeating sequences of nucleotides) to the ends of the chromosome, thereby allowing it to continue to divide intact. The origin of telomerase still remains a mystery. It appears to be critical during human embryonic development, but then fades away. Little is found in the body after birth, for reasons we don’t yet understand. Some scientists, like Dr. Andrews, think telomerase activation could be the cure for aging that his company is looking for, and he views TA-65 as a potential big first step in that direction. According to Andrews: TA-65 is going to go down in history as the first supplement you can take that doesn’t merely extend your life a few years by improving your health, but actually affects the underlying mechanisms of aging. Better telomerase inducers will be developed in the coming years, but TA-65 is the first of a whole new family of telomerase-activating therapies that could eventually keep us young and healthy forever. Well, if proven true, that’s a game-changer, to say the least. Just keep on living until you meet with a fatal accident. Woo hoo! But… hold on. Turns out we shouldn’t get irrationally exuberant just yet. It might not be such a good idea to activate telomerase, after all—because of the role it seems to play in cancer. Cancers can arise when genetic mutations inside a cell cause it to escape from normal controls on replication and migration. The cell and its offspring multiply uncontrollably while invading and damaging nearby tissue. With the presence of telomerase, cancerous cells—which apparently synthesize the enzyme—avoid telomere erosion. They essentially become immortal, dividing for as long as the host survives. A 2012 study by the MD Anderson Cancer Center found that activating telomerase following telomere degradation actually made tumors stronger and more deadly. So alas, TA-65 and telomerase activation might not be the miracle aging “cure” Dr. Andrews was hoping for. But what about other areas of anti-aging/longevity research? There’s a lot of talk these days about humans becoming essentially immortal in the near future, but is the hype supported by any actual research? Let’s see. The Quest for Immortality Continues People have been obsessed with the idea of immortality and living forever for centuries. According to Adam Gollner in The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever: The twenty-five-year old Emperor Ai of Jin died in 365 CE, after overdosing on longevity drugs. He wasn’t the last leader to die trying to live forever. The fascination with chemical immortality reached an ironic apogee centuries later, during the T’ang dynasty (618-907 CE), when elixirs poisoned those hoping for precisely the opposite effect. In the late 1300s, legend has it that alchemist Nicolas Flamel created a “sorcerer’s stone” that was then used to produce a potion, the elixir of life, which is said to make the drinker immortal. The idea was so alluring that despite a complete lack of evidence to support the existence of the stone and the elixir, other scientists, including the great Sir Isaac Newton, later tried to replicate Flamel’s results. To no avail. And of course there’s the fabled Fountain of Youth that became associated with Spanish explorer Ponce de León in the early 1500s. We know what happened to him. People today are no different. Not wanting to die is as natural as life itself. Below we’ll present a few interesting discoveries that may (or may not) mark some progress in our quest to live forever. But first we must answer a question. What Is Anti-Aging Medicine? The telomere erosion we talked about earlier certainly plays a part in aging, but most scientists don’t believe that it’s the only factor. They typically view aging as a sort of ongoing cellular wear and tear, where stresses from the environment and inside our cells (such as errors in DNA replication) accumulate throughout life and eventually wear out our cells and tissues. Scientists who search for a modern anti-aging elixir seek to slow down or reverse this process in order to extend both the maximum and average lifespan of people. And even if that doesn’t pan out, advocates of anti-aging medicine contend that at the least, targeting and altering the underlying mechanisms of aging will bring us more efficient ways to deal with age-related conditions like heart disease and many cancers. Now critics dispute the portrayal of aging itself as a disease, of course, but that’s not for us to debate here. Let’s just agree with the commonly stated goal of anti-aging medicine, to “add more years to your life, and life to your years.” Caloric Restriction Mimetics In 1934, scientists at Cornell University found that mice on an abnormally low-calorie diet lived about twice as long as mice who ate as much as they wanted. Scientists have since found that this caloric restriction also lengthens the lives of fruit flies, rats, and even primates, suggesting that this is an avenue worth pursuing in anti-aging medicine. The going (very basic) hypothesis of why these animals live longer is that their bodies treat food scarcity as an extreme type of stress. So they mount a physiological response to cope with the lack of nutrition. And that toughens them up, promoting health and longevity during the time of deprivation, even if that time is significantly extended. Starving yourself in order to get stronger? That sure seems counterintuitive. But the results from numerous experiments make a compelling case. The problem with caloric restriction is that it’s not a very pleasant way to live if you’re fortunate enough to be able to consume a “normal” amount of food on a regular basis (which is between 2,400 and 3,000 calories a day for active males). So scientists are trying to develop drugs (called caloric restriction mimetic drugs) that re-create the anti-aging benefits of caloric restriction without having to change one’s diet. Resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, was an early favorite in this category. It was first thought to activate a class of enzymes called sirtuins that have been associated with the anti-aging benefits of caloric restriction; but more recent studies have raised serious doubts about whether this compound (and more potent versions of it) actually activates these enzymes and has life-extending benefits. A drug called rapamycin has shown more promise as a caloric restriction mimetic by inhibiting a molecular signaling pathway called TOR. The TOR pathway acts as sort of as a food sensor and helps regulate the body’s response to nutrient availability. Blocking it has been shown on multiple occasions to extend the lifespan of lab knockout mice while keeping them lean and healthy in their later years. Unfortunately, however, the drug’s anti-aging potential in humans is offset by its potent immunosuppressant effects. Overall, research in this field has a long way to go. NAD As we noted above, aging is a sort of cellular wear and tear. According to Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School, there’s a specific biological signal that accompanies aging and tells cells it’s time to check out. It’s triggered when the cell perceives a lack of oxygen. That makes the mitochondria less efficient at converting fuel (such as glucose) into the ATP needed for cells to function properly. But Sinclair and his colleagues recently found a way to counteract that signal. Using a natural chemical compound called NAD, they were able to revive older cells in mice and make them appear energetic and young again. After receiving NAD for just one week, two-year-old mice tissue came to resemble that of six-month-old mice. “When we give the molecule, the cells think oxygen levels are normal and everything revs back up again,” Sinclair explained. “If a body is slowly falling apart and losing the ability to regulate itself effectively, we can get it back on track to what it was in its 20s and 30s.” Let’s hope. FOXO Molecular biologist Cynthia Kenyon thinks she may have found another of the keys to a long life through her study of tiny worms called C. elegans. By tweaking just one gene in these worms (to simply make it more active), she was able to take two-week-old C. elegans (which is a creaky old age for these things) and make them appear about half that age. And her modified worms lived twice as long as the normal worms. “So they’re like 90-year-old people who look 45,” said Kenyon. The gene Kenyon changed: FOXO. FOXO is a sort of master gene that helps C. elegans protect and repair its tissues (and live longer) by controlling a number of other genes. According to Kenyon: You can think of it as a superintendent of a building. So if you have a building, a nice big building, obviously it has to be maintained. What FOXO does, or the building superintendent does, is to keep the building in good working order. It makes sure that the walls are painted, by hiring painters; it makes sure that the floors are swept. The building superintendent would hire workers to do these different things. What FOXO does, in the cell, is it switches on other genes … I’d say, altogether, there are probably about a hundred worker genes that have very important roles. And, together, what you get is a cell or tissue or an animal that stays in really good working condition for a lot longer. What’s particularly exciting about Kenyon’s work is that the FOXO gene is also found in humans, and that a more protective version of FOXO (as in Kenyon’s modified worms) is associated with longer, healthier lives. Molecular biologist Timothy Donlon found in his studies that if you have this more protective version of FOXO, you have a twofold greater chance of living to 100. And if you have two copies of it, you have a threefold greater chance of living to 100, while remaining healthy. So the gene is indeed associated with adding life to your years and years to your life. If scientists could create a drug to tweak FOXO in humans like Kenyon did in her worms, it seems like we’d have an effective anti-aging medicine on our hands. We could go on with other examples of promising research in anti-aging medicine, but that’s a reasonable sample. It’s the ultimate area of scientific research, really. Moreover, it seems likely to bring benefits to humankind (and also be lucrative for savvy investors) whether aging is a disease that can be “cured” or not. And before leaving you today, I do want to remind you once more about the opportunity to get in on Casey OnePass. It’s just open until Monday, and it’s your only chance to get all eight of our newsletters for a huge discount. Click here to learn more and get started.last_img read more

first_img – NEW WARNING FROM DOUG CASEY – READ IMMEDIATELY Over the years, Doug Casey’s forecasts have caused a lot of controversy… Like during the peak of the dot-com bubble when he warned a major crash in tech stocks was near… Or near 2008 when he warned America’s financial structure would be threatened with collapse. Critics called him “offensive,” “brash,” “irreverent.” But Doug was spot-on, every time. Not only that… Folks who heeded his warnings had the opportunity to make rare and extraordinary gains of 770%, 1,333%, and more. Yet, those could be a drop in the bucket if his latest controversial forecast about President Trump is right. Click here for the full story. Recommended Links — WARNING: Don’t File Social Security Benefits Until You See This We just uncovered something shocking that could mean the difference between collecting a meager $1,000 from Social Security… Or getting up to $6,235 a month you can use for your retirement. That’s real cash deposited in your account… coming from the private sector. But according to a law that governs this special situation, you must act before April 21. Click here to get started today. Editor’s note: The “Greater Depression” has started… Yesterday, Casey Research founder Doug Casey compared what happened in the 1930s to what’s going on today. Below, he breaks down more of these likely differences… By Doug Casey, founder, Casey Research PRICES 1930s Prices dropped radically because billions of dollars of inflationary currency were wiped out through the stock market crash, bond defaults, and bank failures. The government, however, somehow equated the high prices of the inflationary ’20s with prosperity and attempted to prevent a fall in prices by such things as slaughtering livestock, dumping milk in the gutter, and enacting price supports. Since the collapse wiped out money faster than it could be created, the government felt the destruction of real wealth was a more effective way to raise prices. In other words, if you can’t increase the supply of money, decrease the supply of goods. Nonetheless, the 1930s depression was a deflationary collapse, a time when currency became worth more and prices dropped. This is probably the most confusing thing to most Americans since they assume—as a result of that experience—that “depression” means “deflation.” It’s also perhaps the biggest single difference between this depression and the last one. Today Prices could drop, as they did the last time, but the amount of power the government now has over the economy is far greater than what was the case 80 years ago. Instead of letting the economy cleanse itself by allowing the financial markets to collapse, governments will probably bail out insolvent banks, create mortgages wholesale to prop up real estate, and central banks will buy bonds to keep their prices from plummeting. All of these actions mean that the total money supply will grow enormously. Trillions will be created to avoid deflation. If you find men selling apples on street corners, it won’t be for 5 cents apiece, but $5 apiece. But there won’t be a lot of apple sellers because of welfare, nor will there be a lot of apples because of price controls. Consumer prices will probably skyrocket as a result, and the country will have an inflationary depression. Unlike the 1930s, when people who held dollars were king, by the end of the Greater Depression, people with dollars will be wiped out. THE SOCIETY 1930s The world was largely rural or small-town. Communications were slow, but people tended to trust the media. The government exercised considerable moral suasion, and people tended to support it. The business of the country was business, as Calvin Coolidge said, and men who created wealth were esteemed. All told, if you were going to have a depression, it was a rather stable environment for it; despite that, however, there were still plenty of riots, marches, and general disorder. Today The country is now urban and suburban, and although communications are rapid, there’s little interpersonal contact. The media are suspect. The government is seen more as an adversary or an imperial ruler than an arbitrator accepted by a consensus of concerned citizens. Businessmen are viewed as unscrupulous predators who take advantage of anyone weak enough to be exploited. A major financial smashup in today’s atmosphere could do a lot more than wipe out a few naives in the stock market and unemploy some workers, as occurred in the ’30s; some sectors of society are now time bombs. It’s hard to say, for instance, what third- and fourth-generation welfare recipients are going to do when the going gets really tough. THE WAY PEOPLE WORK 1930s Relatively slow transportation and communication localized economic conditions. The U.S. itself was somewhat insulated from the rest of the world, and parts of the U.S. were fairly self-contained. Workers were mostly involved in basic agriculture and industry, creating widgets and other tangible items. There wasn’t a great deal of specialization, and that made it easier for someone to move laterally from one occupation into the next, without extensive retraining, since people were more able to produce the basics of life on their own. Most women never joined the workforce, and the wife in a marriage acted as a “backup” system should the husband lose his job. Today The whole world is interdependent, and a war in the Middle East or a revolution in Africa can have a direct and immediate effect on a barber in Chicago or Krakow. Since the whole economy is centrally controlled from Washington, a mistake there can be a national disaster. People generally aren’t in a position to roll with the punches as more than half the people in the country belong to what is known as the “service economy.” That means, in most cases, they’re better equipped to shuffle papers than make widgets. Even “necessary” services are often terminated when times get hard. Specialization is part of what an advanced industrial economy is all about, but if the economic order changes radically, it can prove a liability. THE FINANCIAL MARKETS 1930s The last depression is identified with the collapse of the stock market, which lost over 90% of its value from 1929 to 1933. A secure bond was the best possible investment as interest rates dropped radically. Commodities plummeted, reducing millions of farmers to near subsistence levels. Since most real estate was owned outright and taxes were low, a drop in price didn’t make a lot of difference unless you had to sell. Land prices plummeted, but since people bought it to use, not unload to a greater fool, they didn’t usually have to sell. Today This time, stocks—and especially commodities—are likely to explode on the upside as people panic into them to get out of depreciating dollars in general and bonds in particular. Real estate will be—next to bonds—the most devastated single area of the economy because no one will lend money long term. And real estate is built on the mortgage market, which will vanish. Everybody who invests in this depression thinking that it will turn out like the last one will be very unhappy with the results. Being aware of the differences between the last depression and this one makes it a lot easier to position yourself to minimize losses and maximize profits. So much for the differences. The crucial, obvious, and most important similarity, however, is that most people’s standard of living will fall dramatically. The Greater Depression has started. Most people don’t know it because they can neither confront the thought nor understand the differences between this one and the last. As a climax approaches, many of the things that you’ve built your life around in the past are going to change and change radically. The ability to adjust to new conditions is the sign of a psychologically healthy person. Look for the opportunity side of the crisis. The Chinese symbol for “crisis” is a combination of two other symbols—one for danger and one for opportunity. The dangers that society will face in the years ahead are regrettable, but there’s no point in allowing anxiety, frustration, or apathy to overcome you. Face the future with courage, curiosity, and optimism rather than fear. You can be a winner, and if you plan carefully, you will be. The great period of change will give you a chance to regain control of your destiny. And that in itself is the single most important thing in life. This depression can give you that opportunity; it’s one of the many ways the Greater Depression can be a very good thing for both you as an individual and society as a whole. Editor’s note: America is about to enter a crisis far more severe than what we saw in 2008–2009. It could all start after Trump’s inauguration and could change everything… in sudden, unexpected ways. This is exactly why Doug and his team put together a time-sensitive video explaining how it could all go down. Click here to watch it now.last_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND — On a night of celebration, there were two surprising, strange sights: LeBron James back on Cleveland’s bench. The Knicks back in the NBA playoff chase.Carmelo Anthony shook off a congested chest and a horrid shooting start to score 26 points, leading New York to its third straight victory, 107-97 over Cleveland on a March 8 when James was briefly reunited with the Cavaliers.Amare Stoudemire added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, whose winning streak began after a seven-game slide and amid reports Phil Jackson may accept a job in New York’s front office.Anthony missed his first six shots, but found his touch in time to help the Knicks in their late-season run at the playoffs. J.R. Smith scored 17 and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 11 boards for New York, which is 3½ games out of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.“You can see something different over the last couple of games,” Anthony said. “It seems like everyone has a sense of urgency right now. We’re playing for something. We control our own destiny. We want to win as many games as we can down the stretch.”Kyrie Irving had 30 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who retired center Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 jersey at halftime. Spencer Hawes had 21 points for Cleveland, which dropped to 0-4 in March.The Knicks were as good as done just a few days ago.But with New York fans ready to write them off again, and coach Mike Woodson’s future looking shakier than ever, the Knicks have responded with wins over Minnesota, Utah and Cleveland. There’s still plenty of work to do, and the Knicks will likely need some help, but a dreadful season to this point has some hope.“There’s no room for error,” Woodson said. “We have to play each possession like it’s our last possession. The mental approach is a little different now. It’s been a tough season for all of us. Now, they’re playing for something.”The Knicks made four 3-pointers during a 14-1 run early in the fourth to take control.With New York down 80-77, Pablo Prigioni drained a 3, Smith followed with a long-range shot and Prigioni dropped another 3 to give the Knicks an 88-81 lead. After a Cleveland turnover, Anthony made his fourth 3-pointer, putting the Knicks ahead by 10 with 7:38 left.Cleveland never recovered and the Knicks outscored the Cavs 30-17 over the final 10 minutes.“We’re fighting for our lives,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “This team was a game behind us and I just feel like we didn’t come out with the right mindset to compete with this team for the eighth spot.”The loss put a damper on an otherwise memorable night for the Cavs.At halftime, they retired Ilgauskas’ jersey during a poignant ceremony. The big man overcame serious foot injuries early in his career to become the club’s career leader in rebounds, games played and blocked shots.Ilgauskas thanked Cleveland fans during the ceremony, which included James sitting again on Cleveland’s sideline.James, who famously left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010, kept a low profile as Ilgauskas’ jersey was raised to the rafters, but afterward he greeted his close friend and then posed for photos on the floor with former teammates Delonte West and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson.Anthony said the long halftime break helped. “It was good for me because I got some rest,” said Anthony, who was unaware James was at the game. “I got a chance to lay on the floor and let Z do his thing. He took some time up. I appreciate him for that.”Anthony couldn’t buy a basket in the early minutes before heating up. He scored nine straight points to help the Knicks open a 45-35 lead, and then made his sixth shot in a row, a 3-pointer, to give New York a 14-point cushion.Hawes made consecutive 3-pointers to get the Cavs within six, but Smith dropped the first of his five 3-pointers and New York pushed its lead to 58-43.Irving, though, closed the second quarter with seven quick points to pull the Cavs to 58-50 at halftime.(Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 15 for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL’s suspension of the star running back.The petition also requested a court order for Peterson’s immediate reinstatement, arguing that Peterson has served far more than what’s allowed by the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players.Attorneys for the NFLPA asked to expedite the case in Minnesota, where the union has often gone to contest labor matters with the NFL.Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson without pay for the last six games of this season and through at least April 15, the result of the child-abuse case that has kept the 2012 NFL MVP out of all but one game this year. Harold Henderson, the arbitrator appointed to hear Peterson’s appeal, affirmed the entirety of Goodell’s decision.The union argued that Henderson’s decision was biased and overreaching, contrary to “fundamental principles of notice, fairness and consistency” and the essence of the CBA.Henderson, the former NFL Executive Vice President for Labor Relations, has heard 88 appeals, according to the league.In the petition, the NFLPA said Henderson “ran roughshod over the required procedural protections of the CBA” and “summarily rubber-stamped the unlawful process and punishment of Mr. Peterson” with his ruling.In his written decision last week, Henderson backed Goodell’s assertion in determining punishment that Peterson lacked remorse for badly injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch in an attempt to apply discipline. Peterson has said he’s sorry and meant no harm.“The fact that Arbitrator Henderson dismissed what Mr. Peterson actually said in favor of unverified and out-of-context news reports speaks volumes about his evident partiality,” the NFLPA wrote in the petition.The union accused Goodell of punishing Peterson to satiate “public calls for his resignation due to prior disciplinary failures” and said he picked Henderson to hear the appeal to “to avoid another embarrassing reversal” of his decision.Goodell initially suspended Baltimore’s Ray Rice for two games and then declared him out indefinitely Sept. 8 after video surfaced of the running back delivering a knockout punch to the woman who’s now his wife. Between those decisions was Goodell’s announcement Aug. 28 of tougher penalties for players involved with domestic violence, including a six-game suspension for a first-time offender.The injuries to Peterson’s son occurred in May. The union said Peterson should not have been subjected to the enhanced personal conduct policy.The arbitrator in Rice’s case overruled Goodell and reinstated him, though he had no team to return to because the Ravens had released him Sept. 8. In the petition for Peterson, attorneys pointed to that arbitrator’s ruling that Goodell lacked the CBA authority to apply the enhanced policy to punish prior conduct.The NFL declined to comment.The case was originally assigned to U.S. District Judge David Doty but referred instead to U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron.The NFLPA again hammered away at NFL executive Troy Vincent, devoting about 10 of the 74 pages in the petition to recorded conversations between Vincent and Peterson informing the player he’d face only a two-game suspension under the previous policy and could rejoin the Vikings in late November.“Mr. Vincent expressed to Mr. Peterson that the NFL believed he had already ‘paid the price’ for his conduct and that, accordingly, his time on the Commissioner’s Exempt List prior to November 4 would be factored into any discipline the NFL would impose,” the union’s lawyers wrote.The transcripts of the phone calls, used in Peterson’s appeal, were provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the case. The person provided the transcripts on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to release them. The talks took place after Peterson reached his plea agreement in Texas on Nov. 4 and before Goodell announced the suspension Nov. 18.The NFLPA also criticized the NFL for keeping Peterson in “continued purgatory” on the exempt list, essentially paid leave, between those dates.Peterson called Vincent to find out how many games he would be suspended, and Vincent tried to convince Peterson to meet with Goodell and other NFL executives to discuss personal progress and expectations for moving forward.Vincent told Peterson that NFL officials responded favorably to Peterson’s suggestion he be suspended an additional two games provided Peterson agreed to meet.In his ruling, Henderson dismissed the contention that Peterson was retaliated against for not meeting with Goodell on Nov. 14.___By Dave Campbell. AP Pro Football Writer. AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner in New York and Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The Russian Olympic body “will coordinate all efforts in Russia to address the issues mentioned” in the WADA report, the IOC said, adding that all athletes, coaches and officials who are accused of involvement in doping will be punished.“All doped athletes will be sanctioned. … All clean athletes will be protected,” the statement said.Bach and Zhukov met Thursday at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Zhukov is also a senior Russian political figure and ally of President Vladimir Putin.“The Russian Olympic Committee is determined that the clean athletes should compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” Zhukov said in the IOC statement. “Anyone found guilty of using illegal drugs or anyone who facilitated or was complicit in their use must be punished.”Monday’s report by the WADA panel accused the Russian federation’s coaches and officials of operating a vast doping program with state backing, while the Russian anti-doping agency, known as Rusada, and the national lab were alleged to have covered up failed drug tests by Russian athletes.A crucial meeting is scheduled Sunday of the Russian athletics federation leadership to discuss the fallout of Russia’s exclusion from competition. It will take place at the Sports Ministry and will be attended by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko in attendance, federation spokeswoman Alla Glushchenko told The Associated Press.Mutko has spoken of his readiness to make personnel changes to ensure Russia can return to competition for the Olympics. To “fire everyone” would be an acceptable price to pay, he told reporters Friday.Also Saturday, the head of the federation said he could appeal the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The track federation’s acting president, Vadim Zelichenok, said Russia is focused on finding “a rational compromise” to have the ban lifted but could appeal to CAS if the IAAF “tells us clearly that it doesn’t accept any of our arguments.”He added that lengthy court proceedings might actually reduce Russia’s hopes of having its ban lifted in time for the Rio Olympics, which are just nine months away.Zelichenok also told Russian media he had considered resigning, but suggested it would not be of use since any successor would not necessarily be better. Under federation rules, the successor would be chosen from among the six vice-presidents rather than being an outsider with no links to the doping scandal.The European track and field association also confirmed Russia was banned from its competitions. European Athletics said in a statement that it would formally notify Russia of the suspension Saturday. The first competition Russia would miss is the European cross country championships in France next month.JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer__This story has been corrected to show that the European cross country championships will be held in France next month.A car is driven past the Anti-Doping Center, Russia’s national laboratory for sports drug testing in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Russian track and field athletes could be banned from next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a devastatingly critical report accused the country’s government of complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups. The World Anti-Doping Agency commission set up to investigate doping in Russia said even the country’s intelligence service, the FSB, was involved, spying on Moscow’s anti-doping lab, including during last year’s Olympics in Sochi. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) MOSCOW — IOC President Thomas Bach said Saturday he is confident Russia will enact the necessary anti-doping reforms in time for its track and field athletes to be cleared to compete in next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Bach gave his backing to Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov, who has been tasked with overseeing reforms to Russia’s athletics federation, anti-doping agency and national drug-testing lab, all of which were implicated in a sharply critical World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission report Monday.The IOC announced the agreement with Zhukov a day after Russia was provisionally suspended from international competition, including the Olympics, by the International Association of Athletics Federations.“We are confident that the initiatives being proposed by the ROC, with the responsible international organizations, WADA and the IAAF, will ensure compliance as soon as possible in order to provide participation of the clean Russian athletes at the Olympic Games,” Bach said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt — and a very familiar spot — as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.Another momentous shot for Durant.And soon, probably another NBA championship.Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their second straight title and third championship in four years.The Warriors are on dynasty’s doorstep.Afterward, the defending champs could be heard loudly celebrating inside their locker room, perhaps a warmup for a bigger party to come.The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are in a hole that might as well be 6 feet deep. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131.It might be time for the guys from Northern California to order some champagne from Napa Valley.With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and almost motionless after dropping his 33-footer — just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 last year — and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.After Durant scored, Curry and Green rushed to his side and the trio walked back toward Golden State’s bench where the other Warriors were hugging and high-fiving.As always Durant stayed cool.“I don’t want to downplay anything, but I don’t want to act like this is the end of the road,” Durant said. “So just get back to work tomorrow and figure out a better game plan.”Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James leaves the court after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Durant said the similarity with last year’s shot — a moment that helped define his first championship — didn’t occur to him.“No, not at all,” he said. “I just took the shot.”There was nothing James or the Cavs could do but think about what might have been after losing two games that were within their reach.“Tonight will be tough,” said James, who scored 33 and rolled his right ankle in the first half. “Tomorrow I’ll replay some plays and some moments and things of that nature. When I wake up Friday morning I’ll be locked in on the game plan of what needs to be done to help our team win. That’s just who I am.”Golden State will now have four chances to wrap up its title starting with Game 4 on Friday night. The Warriors are trying to join a select list of teams to win three championships in four years.Kevin Love added 20 points for the Cavs, who have fallen into a hole in which no team has ever emerged. Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors in the 2016 finals, but that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City and James had a different supporting cast.The Warriors won despite a 3-of-16 shooting performance from Curry, who did come up big down the stretch as the Cavs were trying to salvage their season.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green in the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Now Cleveland could be down to one final game with James, who recorded his 10th triple-double in the finals. The three-time champion can opt out of his $35.6 million contract and test free agency this summer, and it may be time for the 33-year-old to find a team capable of beating the Warriors.These Cavs can’t figure it out.Durant, who tilted this rivalry toward the West Coast when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent before last season, was brilliant from the start. He helped offset a rough night for Curry, who made a finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, but was just 1 of 10 from behind the arc and didn’t score his second field goal until there were under three minutes left.Curry’s scoop shot put the Warriors up 98-97 and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala, who didn’t play in Games 1 or 2 because of a knee injury, came up with a steal under the basket. Curry finally buried a 3 and after James matched him with a long shot, Iguodala drove the lane for a thundering dunk.Moments later, Durant delivered his dagger to silence Cleveland’s crowd.“No, that wasn’t the same shot,” James said when asked to compare Durant’s 3 to last year’s. “The one he made tonight was about four or five feet behind the one he made last year. He’s an assassin. That was one of those assassin plays right there.”Durant scored 24 in the first half, when the Warriors attempted 13 free throws to zero for the Cavs, a disparity that induced further wrath on the officials from Cleveland fans still stinging from the now infamous reversed call in Game 1.Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant celebrates with teammates after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)James arrived at 6 p.m. dressed more casually — camouflage pants, purple hoodie, “Billionaire Boys Club” baseball cap — than on the road where he and the Cavs have been wearing suits during the postseason.Everything is more relaxed and familiar at home for James and his teammates, who were counting on a return to their own noisy building, where they play better and shoot better, to get them back into the series.The Warriors had other plans.TIP-INSWarriors: Green passed Wilt Chamberlain (922) for the most rebounds in Warriors playoff history. … Klay Thompson played in his NBA-high 390th game over the last four seasons. Green is second with 387, while James is third at 381. … Curry has made a 3-pointer in 89 consecutive playoff games, and a record 43 on the road.Cavaliers: Kyle Korver continued to struggle. He missed all four shots and is now 8 of 29 dating to Game 1 of last year’s Finals. … James (238) broke a tie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and moved into fourth place for the most playoff games. Only Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251) and Robert Horry (244) have made most postseason appearances.COMEBACK KIDIguodala, the 2015 finals MVP, scored eight points and made one steal in 22 minutes, but his impact went beyond those numbers.“It was good just having him, settling the game down,” guard Shaun Livingston said. “His defense was strong, whoever he was up against — LeBron or someone else — and his toughness makes everyone out there better.”HOOD HELPSLue gave Rodney Hood a chance and the seldom-used forward came through with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds. Hood only played four minutes in the first two games.“That was Rodney Hood, man,” James said. “It was more than just what he did for the team. For himself, that was just a huge moment.”UP NEXTGame 4 is Friday night.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love shoots during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks to move past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green celebrates after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Organizers of Greece’s top division have called off games scheduled for this weekend after referees announced a two-week walkout to protest the beating of a colleague by unknown assailants.The country’s soccer federation said Thursday that Greek cup matches would go ahead as scheduled. It said top-league referees called the walkout “for psychological reasons” after the “cowardly and unacceptable” assault.Referee Thanassis Tzilos was attacked Wednesday by three masked men near his home in Larissa. He was treated at a local hospital for head and leg injuries and released Thursday.Nobody has been arrested for the attack, which Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis strongly condemned.No top-flight games are scheduled from Dec. 24 to Jan. 11, the league’s winter break. Organizers said games will resume after the protest ends Jan. 4.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgThe North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 7:00pm at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet Street. Variance requests will be heard regarding 431 Hanover St., 25-29 Prince St. (Assaggio), and 5-7-9 Jerusalem Place. In addition, Marquis Health Services will attend to discuss their remodeling plans for the Fulton Street nursing home. A full agenda is shown below.last_img

first_img MMA Fighting RYAN BADER – Bader (16-4) had no trouble beating Anthony Perosh, in a fight where the second and third rounds could have easily been scored 10-8. At 30, Bader seems like a perennial fighter who can run through everyone but top five level guys. The same list of possible opponents for Rua would fit with Bader.The problem with Henderson as a future foe is it would be a fight of big expense due to Henderson’s cost, although he’s a free agent right now, but a fight with almost no box office value. Davis, a fellow high-level wrestler, would be his best breakthrough opponent, but Rua, as a bigger name, would right now seem to be his best next match up. ProMax 440 BJJ GI Standard Ranked Rashguard Good Night Tee King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Latest From Our Partners Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Bradley Kanaris More: Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Alex Garcia (11-1), a lightweight Hector Lombard look alike from the Tristar Gym in Montreal, couldn’t have looked more impressive starting out than in a 43 second win over Ben Wall of Australia. Whenever someone wins that quickly, it is almost always impressive, but always leaves unanswered questions.The other is Justin Scoggins (8-0), a debuting flyweight who has seven stoppages, five in the first round,At 21, he’s one of the youngest fighters on the UFC roster, and in a division known for speedy fighters who often lack charisma, and most usually go the distance.Scoggins made an immediate impression with a skill set deriving a lot from karate, with kicks coming from every angle. He also looked strong with his hands, with his takedowns, and with his groundwork, in finishing Richie Vaculik. The partisan fans were mad about what they considered an early stoppage by Perceval, which they took out on the ref the rest of the show. But Vaculik’s position looked almost hopeless in eating a barrage of punches from back position. It may be early for a first-timer to start talking like he’s the best in the world, as Scoggins did after winning. But in doing so, he immediately made himself something more than another small guy winning a prelim fight. Standard BJJ Gi In the wake of Saturday’s (well, Friday in North America) Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva fight and multiple viewings, there are a lot of thoughts in looking back.Hunt (9-8-1) and Silva (18-5-1) put on a must-see performance. But this has been a year loaded with classics, from Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez, Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice and even Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks. In February, after the Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche fight, I figured with the historical implications and excitement of that fight, it would be a fight of the year candidate and even possible winner. Today, I wouldn’t even consider it for top five.As Dana White likes to say, Hunt vs. Silva is “in the mix,” when it comes to the fight of the year award.In looking back at the best heavyweight fights in UFC history, the one I always favored was the first Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo fight on May 4, 2001. It was a heavyweight title fight, that like with Hunt vs. Silva, went back-and-forth and was scarily close to a draw. Each man won two rounds solidly, so the victory came down to a swing round, and Couture got it. Nobody clearly won that night. Somebody was lucky. But a rematch took place and Couture left no doubt the second time around.This fight didn’t have the “importance” of a title fight, but it had more human drama than all but a few fights in company history. Couture vs. Rizzo saw rounds where one guy steamrolled the other, and after surviving, the other came back. Hunt vs. Silva saw back-and-forth action in every round, with much harder hitting and every bit as strong survival instincts.In the pantheon of major promotion heavyweight fights, this ranks right up there with Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (Pride Fighting Championships, June 23, 2002, Saitama Super Arena) as the best. That fight was more insane. This fight, going 25 minutes of closely-contested action, had far more human drama than six minutes where, as crazy as everything was, it was pretty clear Frye was going to win and Takayama was a huge and rapidly swelling punching bag.You want to call it the best heavyweight fight in UFC history? I’m with you. Best of all-time? Not quite as sure, but it’s nothing I’d argue.With the exception of the second Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard fight, this about the only high-profile draw decision that didn’t come with a multitude of public outrage and arguments. And even Edgar vs. Maynard had people strongly arguing both sides.I think why people were satisfied with a draw had a number of reasons. One is, the fight was close. Another is no championship was at stake, nor even a championship shot. It wasn’t even a fight with any kind of title implications as things will stand for a long time. The people who tuned in to see the fight were expecting a brawl. There wasn’t as much emotional interest in who won as much as, figuring with each man’s style, that it would be hard hitting, and probably end quickly and explosively.Instead, people got something the same in some ways, very different in others, but far more in every way, than they expected. When it was over, it wasn’t about rooting for someone, as much as rooting for both men. Each survived more than would put away five normal fighters. By round five, the goal had switched from wanting to see that impressive knockout to wanting to see both men there at the end. People got that. At that point, they probably didn’t want to see either man lose after the performance each put on.It was a rare fight where a draw was the most satisfying conclusion. Even if either man had won, the decision in the fight would have been far less important than the memories of the fight, which will likely be etched in people’s minds for decades.That said, with the benefit of more viewings, something judges don’t have, and also looking at the judges scorecards themselves, there are no arguments on a few points.Silva won rounds one and four. Hunt won rounds three and five. So we come down to the pesky round two. I felt Silva won it, but it was not so decisive that Judge Charlie Keech, the lone judge going the other way, made a bad call. Hunt had the best punch, but Silva had him in more trouble late with the low kicks that left Hunt limping. It’s still amazing that Hunt’s leg looked almost shot, and he went three more rounds.The 10-8 rounds are more an argumentative point. I thought round three for Hunt and four for Silva could have gone 10-8. I’m not 100 percent sure round four should be 10-8, but would score it that way, and it was the most decisive round of the fight.Round five, which got 10-8 scores from judges Barry Foley and Ron Papaannou, is what led to the draw decision. In that round, Silva got far more offense in than in any 10-8 rounds against someone that I can recall. It was only the third most decisive of the fight. And no judges gave either round three or four a 10-8.The two men who at one point in their careers were training partners, and embraced at the start of round five. The fight’s key moment came in the final stanza.Under normal circumstances, one would say Silva was seconds from being done when referee Steve Perceval stopped action to check on Silva’s cuts, thus giving the big Brazilian a reprieve. Perceval should have waited for Silva to at least survive until the end of the barrage of Hunt blows, or fight his way out of trouble before stopping action to check on a cut that didn’t look like it should end the fight.When action resumed, Silva came back and Hunt was never able to get him in that vulnerable a position the rest of the round.Under normal circumstances, it looked like Perceval’s call saved Silva from almost certain defeat. Given how many times Silva came back in this fight, these weren’t normal circumstances.As far as what comes next for both men, a rematch is in order. For one, neither is anywhere near getting a shot at heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. And neither has a future opponent that would garner as much interest.But this is one situation where UFC officials’ hands are somewhat cuffed compared to a usual immediate rematch. While such a bout could make for a great No. 2 fight on a pay-per-view show, after a five-round war that went the distance, and where a major part of the story was that it went five, a rematch shouldn’t be contested over three rounds.That leaves them in a position where they have to be the main event. Historically, rematches of exciting fights among non-contenders do not kill it as far as pay-per-view goes. In a desperate situation, a pay-per-view where no big stars or champions are available, perhaps this could fill a slot. But it’s best served for television.Here’s a look at how Fortunes Changes for Five on the show.center_img Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Accessories Gloves Lockdown duffle bag Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Sale Latest From MMA Warehouse More From MARK HUNT – The “Super Samoan,” may not have picked up a win, but added to his fan base with the performance. It’s amazing to think it’s been a full dozen years since his unexpected K-1 Grand Prix tournament win that made him into a celebrity in Japan.Hunt’s career resurgence is storybook-like. This is a guy who couldn’t last 90 seconds in four straight losses, one to Alistair Overeem and two to current middleweights, Gegard Mousasi and Melvin Manhoef (who was giving up 94 pounds when he knocked Hunt out in 18 seconds five years ago). In his UFC debut, at the age of 36, he was submitted by Sean McCorkle in 63 seconds.He went from Dana White wanting to just pay off his contract inherited in the Pride buyout just to get rid of him, to a guy that White said after the fight, he’d like to buy an island.He has an interesting next agenda. He heads to Japan in three weeks for a 32 man arm wrestling tournament, a prime time spectacle on the Fuji Network, on Dec 30. It’s a reprise of last year’s tournament of Japanese sports celebrities. Besides Hunt, coming from MMA include Fedor Emelianenko, Overeem, Bob Sapp, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Mighty Mo Siliga and 7-foot-2 Hong-man Choi. It also includes kickboxers Peter Aerts, Francisco Filho and Jerome LeBannner, as well as major stars from sumo, boxing, Japanese baseball, football, rugby and pro wrestling, including MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba.Hunt lost last year in the quarterfinals to Sapp. However, Hunt came back to win a similar celebrity tug-of-war tournament, beating Sapp in the finals. Apparel Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars MAURICIO “SHOGUN” RUA – Coming off his loss to Chael Sonnen on Aug. 17, Rua was one fight away from being written off as a light heavyweight. Dana White had noted that a loss to James Te Huna would mean he’d either have to reinvent himself in a shark-infested middleweight division, or is future in the company was in doubt.The lethargic Rua (22-8) that had shown up in his previous three fights was replaced by a far better conditioned version here. He looked younger and rested, and took little time in flattening his Australian foe.While he left himself open to drop to middleweight, coming off the show, a natural matchup seemed with Ryan Bader, who didn’t win as fast, but did win is an equally one-sided fashion. Other potential next opponents include Phil Davis (12-1), which would be the one in his best interest because a win would have the most upside; Dan Henderson (29-11), to reprise one of UFC’s all-time legendary fights; or Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (12-4), coming off an almost duplicate win over Igor Pokrajac last month. ANTONIO “BIGFOOT” SILVA – Even though Silva came into the fight as the No. 4 contender at heavyweight, and should move up a spot with No. 2 ranked Daniel Cormier dropping to light heavyweight, he’s in a bad position. After his two decisive losses to Velasquez, another title shot is not going to happen for him until the title changes. There are a number of fresh matchups for him, including Roy Nelson, Stipe Miocic, Junior Dos Santos and Josh Barnett. But it makes no sense to put him in with a potential contender because he can only be a spoiler.The fight should up his popularity, and probably grant him another main event. But as far as the title picture is concerned, he’s in a holding pattern that will last until he loses, or until Velasquez loses. PAT BARRY – Barry is at a real crossroads. He’s got an infectious personality. He works hard at promoting fights. Regardless of his record, fans like him. He’s usually a good guy to have in an early main card fight because, win or lose, it’s always entertaining in some form. The heavyweight division always has depth issues and he’s fighter whose name people recognize and like to see.On the flip side, Barry’s 34 years old, has an 8-7 record and has been knocked out early in the first round in three of his last four fights. If you take away his personality, those three stats will end most UFC fighters’ welcome with the company.He was in what looked like a must-win situation with Soa Palelei, and lost in 2:09 via brutal punches on the ground. At best, his tenure in the company is in jeopardy.There are also two other names who deserve mention on a show filled with first-timers underneath.last_img read more

first_img 72174 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 2/10/2017, 3:09 p.m. By Kyle Scott Clauss· Gov. James Michael Curley Was the Prototype for President Trump The four-term Boston mayor’s disastrous stint as governor offers an instructive look. center_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Photo via Jamaica Plain Historical Society/Creative CommonsToday’s Bostonians are likely better acquainted with the Downtown Crossing watering hole that bears his name than James Michael Curley himself. And if they have heard his name, it’s because someone gave context to the oft-parroted fact that an incumbent mayor of Boston has not lost reelection since 1949. It was Curley, fresh off a jail stint for mail fraud.He was more than a four-term mayor. Curley was a ward heeler, party boss, state representative, a four-term congressman, and, in a strange turn of events, Puerto Rico’s delegate to the 1932 Democratic National Convention. (The newspapers dubbed the proud Irishman “Don Jaime.”) However, it was Curley’s single term as governor of the Commonwealth that proved his most disastrous—and bears striking resemblance to the frenetic, fledgling presidency of Donald Trump.“When he took office as Governor, he carried with him the highest hopes of Boston and Massachusetts,” the Boston Post wrote. “How he maltreated those hopes is one of the blackest pages in the chronicle of the public life of any man in the history of the Commonwealth.”Curley set his sights on Beacon Hill in 1934 against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Just as Trump made enemies of the sacred cows of the Republican establishment, Curley kicked off his campaign outside a defunct hotel in the Financial District—sans slow escalator ride—calling the Democratic governor, senator, and state party chairman “the Hitlers of the Massachusetts Democracy” and “three card monte men.”Like Trump, he rode to office swaddled in scandal. The Boston Finance Commission was fast uncovering various cases of graft during Curley’s time as mayor. As governor, he would have the power to cripple the watchdog body and avert a serious investigation by stacking it full of cronies. For his own sake, he needed to run for governor.The giant floral arrangement Curley received after his January 3, 1935 inauguration was still fresh by the time he began hacking away at the state’s organs of oversight. The cold celerity of Curley’s housecleaning bears resemblance to Trump’s swift and unceremonious dismissal of acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who refused to defend his controversial Muslim travel ban.Former Gov. Alvan T. Fuller, no friend of Curley’s, told the Worcester Telegram that his vocabulary was “too limited to describe the depths of infamy to which the affairs of Massachusetts have sunk.”Like Trump, Curley enjoyed a close relationship with his daughter, Mary. And just as Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner has consolidated power inside the White House as a senior adviser, Mary’s husband Edward Donnelly (like Kushner, a Harvard alum) used his proximity to the Guv for personal benefit.The CEO of a major Boston outdoor advertising agency, Donnelly “was the state’s billboard king,” wrote author Jack Beatty in The Rascal King: The Life And Times Of James Michael Curley. It was hardly a coincidence when, as Mr. and Mrs. Donnelly enjoyed their honeymoon, Gov. Curley filed a bill before the legislature that wrenched authority away from cities and towns to veto the placement of billboards and delegated it to a state advertising czar, appointed by the commissioner of public works—a Curley appointee.By year’s end, a Donnelly electric sign stood in front of the State House.Curley with his daughter Mary. Photo via Jamaica Plain Historical Society/Creative Commons“There is only one political party in the Commonwealth at the present time—and that’s the Governor,” Curley notoriously declared. But halfway into his two-year term, Curley sat in the desk chair gifted to him by Benito Mussolini and watched as down-ballot candidates across Massachusetts got walloped. A mayoral candidate in Worcester, for example, suffered a dramatic upset thanks in no small part to the hulking eyesore of a Donnelly billboard in town.“The fight to terminate misrule in Massachusetts has just begun. I shall continue it unceasingly until the people have retired this man who would outdo Hitler in private life,” said Boston Mayor Frederick Mansfield.Trump has made the return of long-departed manufacturing jobs a top priority, and through no shortage of theatrics—his pre-inauguration publicity stunts with Carrier, his Twitter shaming of companies like Toyota and Ford—has conjured the appearance of making progress to this end. But just as Carrier plans to use the millions in taxpayer subsidies it received to further automate the plant Trump claimed to save, and more companies recycle their old news of U.S. job creation to placate the president, Curley’s crusade for “work and wages” was, as the saying goes, all sizzle and no steak.Curley boasted on the campaign trail that his relationship with President Franklin D. Roosevelt would help him secure federal grants and New Deal projects for the Bay State. Unbeknownst to voters, FDR’s capos couldn’t stand him, and routinely ignored his requests.“Times without number the Governor has descended on the President, accompanied by his glittering staff with fanfare of trumpets, demanding money for some whimsical purpose which intrigued his fancy at that moment,” Fitchburg Mayor Robert E. Greenwood told the Globe in August 1936, “and no matter how much or how little—and mostly how little—success he might have had, he immediately gave statements to the newspapers regarding nonexistent promises of fabulous amounts.”With his second and final year in office came more vicious diktats—chief among them, a proposal to require all state judges aged 70 and older to appear before psychiatric professionals, elected officials, and Curley himself to test for signs of senility. If they couldn’t pass muster, they would be forced to retire. Such contempt for the judiciary comes naturally for autocrats.SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017“Please will the people of Massachusetts read Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here. It can happen—it is happening,” the Holyoke Transcript pleaded. The 1935 novel, which details a authoritarian fascist’s rise to power in the United States, sold out following Trump’s victory, and remains the 20th most-purchased book on Amazon.The mental exhaustion induced by the Trump administration’s dizzying flurry of outrages can claim a forebear in the exasperated disbelief that observers of Curley’s reign held for the farrago of “things that made the government of Massachusetts ludicrous part of the time, shocking most of the time, and tawdry all of the time,” the Herald noted. It only ceased once he unsuccessfully sought a Senate seat in 1936, losing to Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. For Trump, there is no higher office.To be sure, the comparison between “The Donald” and “The Curley” isn’t a wholly perfect one. Brought up in penury, Curley was a self-made man, irrespective of the legality of the means with which he obtained that new wealth, and a career politician. He was an autodidact who delighted in the classics and loved to quote Shakespeare, while Trump, per reports, prefers Morning Joe to Macbeth.And while the two men differ on their attitudes about immigration, both used the issue to their political advantage. Curley curried great favor among Boston’s immigrants, who, time after time, carried him to office. Inversely, Trump exploited xenophobic anxieties to successfully court the white, working-class voter.Yet Trump, who rushed to the golf course just two weeks into his presidency, would be wise to avoid the example set by Curley, who used state troopers for his caddies. Printlast_img read more

first_img Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. By Madeline Bilis· Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* The Nichols House Museum photo via Wikimedia/Creative CommonsWhat better way to celebrate women across the globe than by spending this Saturday afternoon in the home of a suffragist? To honor International Women’s Day, the Nichols House Museum will admit female visitors free of charge on Saturday, March 11.Beacon Hill’s Bulfinch-built house museum was once home to suffragist, landscape architect, and female force Rose Standish Nichols. Among her many accomplishments, she was a founding member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in 1915, which has a mission to unite all women for peace, disarmament, and gender equality.Nichols inherited the Federal-style home on Mount Vernon Street from her father in 1935, and ruled the roost until her death in 1960. She never married, but often hosted salons at the house, gathering intellectuals to discuss and debate progressive ideas over afternoon tea. Nichols intended for the house to be left as a museum after her death, and since then, it’s shown Bostonians what life was like in Beacon Hill at the turn of the century.Saturday’s tours will highlight the lives, careers, and activism of Rose Nichols and her sisters, Margaret and Marian. The three women combated the social climate of the early 20th century to push for women’s suffrage, education reform, and labor rights. In addition to their political and social achievements, the Nichols sisters paved career paths in design, education, and carpentry.Free for females, Saturday, March 11, Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., nicholshousemuseum.org. Printcenter_img You Can Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Nichols House Museum This Saturday, admission is free for females—because girl power. 000 3/8/2017, 11:44 a.m. last_img read more

first_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Spencer Buell· BREAKING: video of water “geyser” at Boston Common. We’re checking it out. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/SKDupUeV8w— Stephanie Coueignoux (@StephanieCNews) September 18, 2017 Print 000 News A Huge Geyser Erupted on Boston Common Water burst toward the heavens Monday morning. center_img 9/18/2017, 11:20 a.m. Photo via Patrick McMahon on TwitterA geyser burst out of the grass on Boston Common Monday morning, sending an enormous column of water rocketing into the air above the park’s treetops.Water could easily be seen from distance erupting skyward near the Parkman Bandstand, and the spectacle attracted lots of attention.So who do we have to thank for this unusual display?“Boston Water and Sewer were doing a test on the system and a pipe burst,” says Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of the Friends of the Public Garden. A crew was apparently looking for leaks.I didn’t know the Boston Common got a new fountain pic.twitter.com/yhNixHjnCa— Matt Stout (@MattPStout) September 18, 2017 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Water bursting out from beneath Boston Common, near Parkman Bandstand. Cause/source unclear to me right now. pic.twitter.com/BjYljnvAIp— Colin A. Young (@ColinAYoung) September 18, 2017last_img read more

first_imgAly Raisman Is Partnering with Meal-Delivery Service Purple Carrot Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is partnering with the 100 percent plant-based meal kit company to promote the benefits of plant-based eating. By Tessa Yannone· 9/27/2018, 3:39 p.m. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Printcenter_img Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* 24125 Photo providedEating enough vegetables is hard. Did you know you’re supposed to consume around two to three cups of them per day? If you’re not packing hearty salads for lunch or prepping your food in advance, chances are you might be missing the mark. But local meal-delivery service Purple Carrot and Aly Raisman don’t want you to be missing out on the vital nutrients your body needs from plants.That’s why they’ve come together to announce a partnership to help promote the benefits of a plant-based diet. The meal-delivery system is completely plant-based, offering everything from tempeh tikka masala tacos to scallion creamed corn. And apparently the Needham native and three-time gold medalist is a big fan.“I believe that it is important to prioritize your well-being, both mentally and physically,” Raisman said in a press release. “I recently started incorporating plant-based food into my daily routine and I’ve noticed a major improvement in my overall well-being and energy.”The gymnast is always on the go traveling across the country, so she says cooking has become very therapeutic for her when she’s home. And it’s made even more fun with the Purple Carrot recipes because they’re easy and fast—no more rushing through the grocery or trying to conjure up a tasty recipe from the internet.Each Purple Carrot box comes tailored to what plan you pick: quick and easy, high protein, or chef’s choice, and each one includes a recipe card, with all the ingredients you need to make the meals perfectly portioned out. It’s also all sustainably packaged and comes right to your door.“We are honored to partner with Aly,” Andy Levitt, founder and CEO of Purple Carrot, said in a release. “And we believe that together, we can highlight the value of eating plant-based foods as part of a bigger commitment to yourself and the world around you. Aly is someone who embodies the power of positive change and who represents strength and confidence in all that she does.”With that said, we’ll have whatever Raisman is having, please.last_img read more

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth and his longtime caddie, Michael Greller, have in many ways embodied the 2019 U.S. Open so far.It started during the first round on Thursday. Spieth snapped at Greller after hitting a shot into the water and then another one over the green. He appeared upset with Greller’s club suggestions. Spieth said he hit two “perfect” shots but wasn’t rewarded for them. After his round, both Spieth and Greller brushed off the incident.Fast forward to Friday’s second round. Spieth, finding the greenside bunker off the tee, hit what appeared to be a good shot only to catch the lip of the bunker.These hot Fox mics are doing Spieth ZERO favors this week. Comes across like the petulant child he can be. Hitting awful shots and blaming his caddy. “Yes there is a rake there” – Greller- as we watch their relationship devolve to no fault of Michael’s pic.twitter.com/LmZioVtRoa— The Beaver Invitational (@TheBeavMCC) June 14, 2019He looked utterly bemused after the shot.At first it looked like Spieth had simply hit the lip of the bunker, but replays showed there was indeed a rake planted within the long grass of the fairway bunker. Spieth’s ball cleared the lip and slammed into the rake, which deflected it into the rough.“Yes, there is a rake there,” a frustrated Spieth said to his caddie.last_img read more

first_imgJetlag? What jetlag? A fine showing of the world’s best players took the trip back across the pond to play this week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, right on the heels of the year’s final major, the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.If the players had any issues transitioning from links to parkland golf, it certainly wasn’t evident in their scores. Here’s everything you missed from Round 1 in Memphis, Tenn.Jon Rahm lit it upAfter winning the Irish Open three weeks ago, Jon Rahm was one of the favorites heading into the Open at Portrush. He ended up T-11, but his general good form has continued thus far in Memphis.Rahm shot a bogey-free 62 — 8 under par — to lead the field by three shots after the first round.Much of Rahm’s success could be attributed to a hot flatstick. He made over 140 feet of putts on Thursday, and his Strokes Gained Putting stat was top of the field at +5.28.The eighth birdie of the day.@JonRahmpga made 142’6″ of putts on Thursday at the @WGCFedEx.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/76oGbxjQcc— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 25, 2019Jon Rahm is seeking his fourth PGA Tour victory this week.USA Today SportsWho else played well?Patrick Cantlay, Bubba Watson and Hideki Matsuyama are all tied for second at 5 under after opening rounds of 65. Following them are Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Rose at 3 under par (67).💧@JustinRose99 moves to 3-under through 5 holes.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/ZRFPnxJx6H— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 25, 2019last_img read more

first_img34 Labour MEP candidates, including 13 sitting MEPs, have signed up to a public vote pledge organised by the grassroots group Remain Labour.Almost half of those running in the European parliament elections for Labour next month have made commitments going further than party policy. They have pledged to:Campaign to give the people the final say, with a referendum that offers a choice between a Brexit deal and the option to Remain in the EU.Campaign to Remain in the referendum.They have signed the pledge before Labour’s crucial national executive committee (NEC) meeting being held tomorrow, which will determine the manifesto content for the European elections.A majority of MEP candidates are understood to be in favour of another referendum, but NEC members are divided between those who back a public vote without conditions, and those who (often reluctantly) support a referendum only to avoid a Tory Brexit deal or ‘no deal’.Every Labour candidate on the regional list for Wales has signed up to Remain Labour’s campaign pledge. All four told LabourList last week that they were in favour of another public vote.Jackie Jones, lead candidate for the Labour Party in Wales, said: “Now that we know more about what Brexit would mean for Wales, a confirmatory vote on any Brexit deal, with the option of staying as an EU member must be on the ballot paper.“Mary, Matthew, Mark and I are therefore signing the pledge to give Wales a clear chance to support Labour and Remain in these elections.”Below is the full list of signatories.Sitting MEPs:Alex Mayer (East of England)Seb Dance (London)Claude Moraes (London)Jude Kirton-Darling (North East)Paul Brannen (North East)Theresa Griffin (North West)Julie Ward (North West)Wajid Khan (North West)David Martin (Scotland)John Howarth (South East)Clare Moody (South West)Sion Simon (West Midlands)Richard Corbett (Yorkshire & the Humber)MEP candidates:Anna Smith (East of England)Alvin Shum (East of England)James Beckles (London)Clare Penny-Evans (North East)Erica Lewis (North West)Claire Cozler (North West)Amy Fowler (South East)Emma Turnball (South East)Rohit Dasgupta (South East)Duncan Enright (South East)Lubna Arshad (South East)Simon Burgess (South East)Rachael Ward (South East)Andrew Adonis (South West)Jackie Jones (Wales)Matthew Dorrance (Wales)Mary Wimbury (Wales)Mark Whitcutt (Wales)Eloise Todd (Yorkshire & the Humber)Martin Mayer (Yorkshire & the Humber)Alison Hume (Yorkshire & the Humber)Tags:Labour /Brexit /European elections 2019 /Jackie Jones /Labour MEP candidates /Remain Labour /last_img read more

first_imgAccusing the Tory government of having “shamefully abandoned” the most vulnerable  in society, Labour has revealed plans to increase social care provision for older people and adults with disabilities.In its latest policy announcement, Jeremy Corbyn’s party promises to reverse the impact of Conservative-imposed austerity on support for those with caring needs. Labour estimates that it could offer care to over 160,000 older people who currently do not receive help, including 50,000 dementia sufferers.Of the £8bn put aside for social care in the 2017 manifesto, Labour will spend £2.8bn overall on new home care packages for vulnerable people and people with dementia, plus £350m per year on moving those with autism and learning disabilities from “inappropriate inpatient units” to the community.The next Labour government also plans to spend a total of £350m on training to develop the social care workforce, and aims to increase the earnings threshold for carers allowance in line with the national living wage.Commenting on government failures and Labour’s new spending plans, shadow minister for mental health Barbara Keeley said: “There is still no sign of their social care green paper, which was promised over two years ago, and vulnerable older people have needlessly suffered as a result of the government’s failure.“People with dementia are unfairly punished when it comes to paying for their care needs so Labour will correct this injustice in government. We want care staff to be properly paid and trained, so that they can provide the kind of compassionate care that they want to give. We must offer dignity and security to all vulnerable people.”The party points out that, thanks to squeezed local government budgets, the number of people receiving social care – which is funded by councils rather than the NHS – has fallen by 104,000.Its new plans are designed to prevent avoidable emergencies, which have seen 1,000 elderly people a day needlessly admitted according to NHS figures, by providing reliable and consistent care. The moves could also help with so-called ‘bed-blocking’ often caused by lack of care at home.Tags:NHS /Social Care /Health /Labour /Barbara Keeley /last_img read more

first_imgJAMES Roby is fresh from a week off and is ready to continue his Challenge Cup legacy this evening.Mr Perpetual Motion was rested last week but is back in the side as Saints aim to return to Wembley for the first time since 2008.Roby scored the first try at the new Wembley in 2007 to bring his story full circle after he played at the ‘old’ venue as a schoolboy.The Final is naturally a real lure to the hooker – but he and his teammates will need to overcome Leeds first.“It will be a very tough game,” he said. “We know what we are facing and what we have to do.“We need to be ready and start well like we have done in recent weeks.“They are a quality team and are deservedly top. They have also beaten us twice. We can’t turn up with a poor attitude; we know we are more than capable of getting the result and finding ourselves at Wembley.“It is a huge game for us and we need to turn up and bring the best of what we can bring.”For someone who naturally makes more than 50 tackles and close to 150+ metres, per match, week in week out, it’s understandable that Keiron Cunningham opted to rest his most important asset.Roby found the decision to leave him out ‘surprising’ but admits it won’t do him any harm.“I’m coming in fresh,” he said. “It’s good not to have as many bumps and bruises as usual. I enjoyed the break.“It will be a big battle in the forwards this week and hopefully we will get on top of them.“We know we are 80 minutes away but first and foremost we want to perform well and win the game. The aura of the Challenge Cup is hard to ignore but we have to put it into the back of our minds.“We have a job to do first.”last_img read more

first_imgThe annual event, proudly sponsored by Club partner Totally Wicked, will be held on Tuesday 17 September (6:45pm Arrival for Dinner at 7:30pm.)You are invited to join us for this special occasion to celebrate our 2019 League and Cup campaign. The evening will be hosted by MC Pete Emmett will take place at the Totally Wicked Stadium and you can be part of it.Tickets for the event are strictly limited and priced at £40 for 2019 Members and £48 for non-members.Book your place now at saintssuperstore.com – Hospitality & Events, or you can email us to book or enquire at: helen.emanuel@saintsrlfc.com or call us on 01744 455053.Please note the dress code for this event it smart casual with no replica shirts.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed the Carolina Coin Laundry at 952 S. Kerr Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.The suspect described as a black male wearing a white ski mask, black hoodie, grey hat and partial pink gloves entered the business and took an undisclosed amount of cash.- Advertisement – Anyone with information is asked to call 910-343-3609 or call Crime Stoppers at (910) 763-3888 or​ 1-800-531-9845​.last_img