Video: Kansas Head Coach David Beaty Makes Hilarious Recruiting Pitch While Riding A Hoverboard

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first_imgA general view of Kansas' football stadium.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 04: Memorial Stadium sits empty before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 4, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)Don’t accuse head coach David Beaty of not doing everything he can to rebuild the moribund Kansas program. He’ll even record extremely goofy videos to send to recruits. Jayhawks wide receiver commit Reggie Roberson tweeted a video that was sent to him by Beaty, who rides around on a hoverboard.@beaty_david My Head Coach lol!#RockChalk #JayCrew17 pic.twitter.com/VlkbOTnWvi— Loading……..™ (@King_Reggiee) June 25, 2016 We’re not sure hoverboard antics are the thing that will get Kansas back to being competitive in the Big 12, but we certainly can’t knock Beaty’s hustle. Not much else is working.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more


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first_imgDETROIT – It’s the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market.Fiat Chrysler will roll out a redesigned Ram truck, while GM’s Chevrolet brand is showing off the new Silverado. It’s the first time in at least 29 years that show organizers can remember two Detroit automakers unveiling new full-size trucks at the same Detroit event. Also, Ford is re-entering the small pickup market with a new version of the Ranger.It’s all happening in a U.S. auto market that’s shrinking but still expected to remain at healthy levels. Last year sales fell 2 per cent to 17.2 million, still near record highs. Analysts expect sales to be just under 17 million in 2018.Here are some of the vehicles being unveiled at the show, which opens to the public on Friday:FORD EDGEFord Motor Co. is introducing a high-performance version of its midsize Edge SUV this summer. The Edge ST is the first Ford SUV to be specially tuned by Ford’s performance team. It has a 2.7-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 335 horsepower — nearly as much as the base model of the Porsche Cayenne — and 380 pound-feet of torque. That’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission; drivers can also manually shift using the wheel-mounted paddle shifters. All-wheel-drive comes standard, and there’s a specially tuned sport suspension.The Edge ST also has special design cues, including a wide mesh grille, 21-inch wheels and “performance blue” paint. The regular Edge also gets an update this summer, with a more efficient 2.0-litre four-cylinder that puts out 250 horsepower and new safety features, including “evasive steering assist,” which uses cameras and radar to detect slower-moving vehicles and helps the driver steer around them. Pricing on the Edge and Edge ST hasn’t yet been released.FORD MUSTANG BULLITTFord Motor Co. is making a special edition Mustang to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bullitt,” whose unforgettable car chase scene helped turn the sports car into an icon.The 2019 Mustang Bullitt — due out this summer — will have an upgraded 5.0-litre V8 engine that puts out 475 horsepower. It has a top speed of 163 miles per hour (262 kilometres per hour) and a manual transmission with a white cue-ball shift knob. It’s available in dark highland green, the colour “Bullitt” made famous. It’s also offered in black.This is the first Mustang Bullitt Ford has produced since 2008. Molly McQueen — granddaughter of “Bullitt” star Steve McQueen — introduced the 2019 Mustang Bullitt on Sunday at the Detroit auto show. She said McQueen had his pick of cars for the film, but chose a Mustang GT fastback because it was affordable so audiences could imagine driving it themselves.Ford didn’t say how much the special edition Bullitt will cost.VOLKSWAGEN JETTAVolkswagen’s redesigned Jetta offers more room — and a shot at redemption as the automaker tries to recover from a 2015 emissions-cheating scandal. Already considered roomy for a compact car, the German automaker says the 2019 Jetta “grows outside in every direction” — longer, wider and taller than previous models. VW also aims for a sportier look, with a large front grille, higher chrome quotient and LED lighting. The 1.4-litre engine remains, but the car has a new standard six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic transmission is optional on the base model. The Jetta’s revamped interior includes a new storage console large enough to fit a standard iPad.The car is among the first of two new models planned this year — and every year for the foreseeable future. Nearly all of the new models, including the Jetta, will come with a six-year, 72,000-mile warranty — double what it has been. The new Jetta goes on sale in the second quarter.MERCEDES G-CLASSMercedes’ boxy-looking G-Class SUV gets a facelift that the company says will boost performance both on and off the road.The company readily admits that its appearance hasn’t changed much in almost four decades. But the 2019 version gets numerous changes including 2 additional inches (5 additional centimetres) of length and 4.8 inches (12 centimetres) of width. That gives the SUV more leg, shoulder and elbow room in the front and rear seats.The G-Class gets a new independent front suspension as well as a new nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s still powered by a 4-litre V8 with 416 horsepower. It also gets new LED headlamps.The new G-Class will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018, but no specific date was announced, nor pricing or fuel mileage.TOYOTA AVALONToyota has taken the wraps off its revamped Avalon, which features a longer, lower and wider exterior and a rear cabin extends another 7 inches (17.8 centimetres), yet overall height measurements have been trimmed by about an inch (2.5 centimetres).Toyota credits innovative stamping methods that have allowed for shaping complex surfaces, such as door handles designed to coincide with body lines. Inside, the automaker boasts of a “neater” steering wheel, with a smaller switch cluster, enlarged hand grips and cruise control now accessible on the right spoke.The touch screen can be “pinched” or “flicked” like a smartphone. The new Avalon also can connect with a smart watch or Amazon Alexa-enabled device, giving drivers the ability to remotely start the engines, lock or unlock doors or check fuel levels. The car has two new powertrains: a 3.5-litre V6 and 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid system. Toyota says both will provide more power with less gas consumption.The Michigan-designed Avalon will arrive in showrooms in late spring.last_img read more


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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada last Wednesday because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.Last week, officials with the Ministry of Environment said that at this point, it’s not entirely known where the smoke is coming from.Air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams said that the smoke isn’t coming from any local fires in Northeast B.C., but could possibly be coming from fires burning in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and even as far away as Scandinavia and Siberia. “The view at the moment is that it’s likely coming from there. It’s likely that this smoke is coming from Eurasia, but at this point, there’s no agreement.” A map of the current fire danger rating in B.C. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of the current fire danger rating in B.C. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of all active wildfires on the BC Wildfire Service website shows that no new major fires have erupted in the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson regions, where the fire danger rating is currently between very low and moderate.Of the fires that have started in Northeast B.C. recently, most are either in unpopulated areas or are less than ten hectares in size.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk. Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.last_img read more


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first_imgJammu: Three civilians, including two women, were injured Friday when Pakistani troops targeted forward posts and civilians areas with mortars and small arms firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, drawing strong retaliation from the Indian Army. With Pakistan using heavy weaponry and 120 mm mortar bombs targeting civilian areas, people have been advised to stay indoors, officials said. “At about 0830 hours, Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing with small arms along the LoC in Swajian sector of Poonch,” PRO defence said. The Indian Army is effectively retaliating, he said. Three persons, including two women, identified as Tasveer Akhtar, 19, and Shabina Akhtar, 18, of Chapprian village, were injured in the Pakistani shelling and they have been hospitalised, officials said. A house of one Gani Mir suffered damages in Chapprian-Sawjian forward belt, they said. As Pakistani army often targets civilian areas, people of the Chapprian-Sawjian area are demanding construction of bunkers for their safety. We are living along the zero line near the border fencing but have no protective enclosures like bunkers, said Abdul Rashid of Chapprian village. Two persons were injured when Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in the forward area in Digwar sector of Poonch last Friday.last_img read more


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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. The least you need to know about how these numbers work: Each team is ranked according to a projection of its strength over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the ratings, see our introductory rankings post.(Note: These ratings were calculated before news broke that Chicago’s Jimmy Butler would miss three to six weeks with an elbow injury. Butler carried a strong +3.2 RPM rating, so replacing his 26 minutes per game with a replacement-level player would drop the Bulls from 11th place to a tie for 19th with the Pistons. Chicago’s saving grace might be that the average player below Butler on the team’s depth chart is significantly better than replacement level, but there’s no doubt that this news reduces the Bulls’ rating.)Some observations about the rankings this week:The Oklahoma City Thunder climbed more in the rankings from last week than any other team, leaping from No. 13 to No. 6. The biggest reason? The expectation that Kevin Durant will return in some capacity this week, even if in reduced minutes, was worth 1.7 points per 100 possessions to OKC’s overall rating. The ripple effects of Durant’s return extend beyond his own increased minutes. Our playing-time projections also see Dion Waiters (whose extremely negative RPM falls below the replacement level) getting fewer minutes on the wing — a boon of 0.8 points/100 to the Thunder’s rating. More minutes may also go to plus-minus darling Andre Roberson,1Relative to other metrics at least; from his awful 9.9 Player Efficiency Rating (PER), you wouldn’t expect his RPM to be a strong +2.4. and fewer minutes will go to guard D.J. Augustin, an additional 0.6 point boost for OKC’s rating. The mix of very good and very poor players on the Thunder roster makes the team a great case study in how much effect playing-time reshuffling can have on a team’s overall talent rating.The Atlanta Hawks dropped four spots in this week’s rankings, largely because Al Horford (+2.3 RPM rating), Jeff Teague (+1.3), DeMarre Carroll (+1.2) and Pero Antic (+0.8) are all listed as day-to-day in the team’s injury report. Those slight playing-time downgrades gave more minutes to a host of negative RPM players; chief among them are Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore.Joining the Hawks with a four-slot decline this week are the Toronto Raptors. More than half of Toronto’s 1.8 point ratings drop is driven by an injury to Kyle Lowry — and the resulting uptick in playing time for the man behind him on the team’s point guard depth chart, Lou Williams. Williams’s box-score numbers are very good, and Toronto has played much better with him on the court this season. But Real Plus-Minus isn’t convinced despite his great 2014-15 season to date. His long-term predictive RPM is currently -1.9 — with a -3.6 defensive mark — numbers only slightly improved from his -2.0/-3.7 ratings from the end of last season.For all the changes just outside the league’s top tier — in addition to the rise of OKC and declines of Atlanta and Toronto, the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets both moved up a pair of spots — the top four in our rankings stayed constant. This marks the first time that’s been true since we introduced the rankings in mid-January.With Oklahoma City’s gains, the Western Conference playoff picture is all but set. Seven teams have postseason probabilities in excess of 97 percent, and the Thunder don’t sit too far behind, at 92.7 percent. As for the East, it boasts six teams with playoff odds of 99.6 percent or greater, although there’s some drama to be had with six teams battling for the conference’s final two playoff berths. The Indiana Pacers have the inside track for one of the slots, with a 62.7 percent playoff probability, but none of the five teams behind them are any more than 40.2 percent likely to qualify, which ought to bring at least some tension to the final month and a half of the season.Related to the previous point, it’s worth mentioning that the Utah Jazz have a zero percent probability of making the playoffs despite ranking 12th in talent. What happened? Utah’s record has undershot its Pythagorean expectation by three wins, but the team has also improved its talent rating recently (granted, by too little and too late) by jettisoning Enes Kanter and his -2.5 RPM in a three-team trade with Oklahoma City and the Detroit Pistons.Finally, who on earth is Joffrey Lauvergne? Our projections had the French big man down for 2.8 minutes per game for the Denver Nuggets last week, but he ended up averaging 21 minutes per game instead (and even got a starting nod against the Jazz on Friday). Denver might be toning down Lauvergne’s playing time after he shot 38 percent from the floor and posted a -36 plus-minus in that lone start, but his expected role increase — and -4.4 RPM rating — is still enough to help the Nuggets drop by five slots in the rankings. They’re still not New York Knicks bad, but after their mass talent exodus at the trade deadline, the Nuggets now bring up the rear of the non-Knicks/Philadelphia 76ers division of the power rankings. read more


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Each member of the line must be on the ice for a goal to qualifySource: Left Wing Lock CGYJ. GaudreauS. MonahanM. Ferland251267.6 Goals BOSB. MarchandP. BergeronD. Pastrnak21387.5% TORZ. HymanA. MatthewsW. Nylander24972.7 COLG. LandeskogN. MacKinnonM. Rantanen291467.4 NYIA. LeeJ. TavaresJ. Bailey241955.8 The best among the best lines in the NHLThe top 10 lines in the NHL in goals scored while playing 5-on-5, by percentage of goals for TMLeft wingCenterright wingForVS.For % PHIC. GirouxS. CouturierJ. Voracek231069.7 For the first couple months of the season, the Boston Bruins had more problems than they could handle. They had lost more games than they had won. They were firmly out of the playoff picture. Top-line center Patrice Bergeron and his linemate Brad Marchand had both missed time with injuries. So had second-line center David Krejci. Goalie Tuukka Rask was a husk of his former self, and looked for a moment as though he might lose his starting job. Matt Beleskey, who the Bruins decided to pay $19 million because he had a handful of good weeks during the spring of 2015, had been placed on waivers.1He cleared them and now plays for Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence.This was a team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy as recently as 2013-14, and that had a core made up of several skaters who’d played in two of the past seven Stanley Cup Finals. This was also a team that had failed to qualify for two of the past three postseasons, and that hadn’t won a playoff series since they beat the Detroit Red Wings in the spring of 2014.But since a loss to the Washington Capitals in mid-December, the Bruins have been damn near untouchable: They are 14-0-4 in their last 18 games. The Bruins looked like basement dwellers a few months ago, and now pundits are wondering whether they’re legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. But are they for real, or is this streak just a tantalizing aberration?The Bruins are a balanced hockey team — seven skaters have at least 25 points — but much of their recent form can be attributed to the extraordinary play of a rejuvenated Rask and the top line of Bergeron, Marchand, and David Pastrnak, which has established itself as one of the best in the NHL.In his last 18 starts, Rask has lost exactly zero games in regulation; in his prior 13 starts, he had won just three. During his recent dominant stretch, Rask has stopped 94 percent of the shots he’s faced; during his disastrous stretch, he stopped just under 90 percent of the shots he faced.2Not what you’d expect from the NHL’s all-time leader in save percentage.Goaltender play is notoriously unstable, so these gulfs in Rask’s performance aren’t actually as shocking as they seem on the surface. Even if Rask’s save percentage regresses and he stops roughly 92 percent of the shots he faces for the rest of the season, the Bruins will be in good shape.To explain the dominance of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak, the best place to start is their possession numbers. Bergeron is yet again among the league’s elite faceoff takers, winning more than 57 percent of his draws.3That number drops a bit to roughly 53 percent on power play draws, but Bergeron can be forgiven — unless he’s the man in the penalty box, teams often task their best faceoff man with taking draws on the penalty kill. Among qualifying skaters, all three on Boston’s top line rank in the top 50 in Corsi percentage,4Adjusted for score, zone and venue. which estimates a player’s possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts directed at his opponent’s net versus his own net while he’s on the ice. And because the Bruins’ top troika are sending so many shots toward their opponents’ nets, all three also rank in the top 15 for goals per 60 minutes.Among lines that qualify, only 11 others in the NHL have a higher combined shooting percentage than the combination of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak. And their goals for percentage — which takes the total number of goals scored while a line is on the ice together and calculates the percentage of those goals that were goals scored by the line — is by far the best in the league. LOSA. IafalloA. KopitarD. Brown201360.6 TBLV. NamestnikovS. StamkosN. Kucherov261957.8 DALJ. BennT. SeguinA. Radulov201360.6 VGKR. SmithW. KarlssonJ. Marchessault321666.7 None of this is to say the Bruins are a one-line team — they’re far from it. Rookie forwards Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk have already chipped in with 11 goals each, and rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy5McAvoy recently underwent minor surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, but is expected to return in two weeks. is building a solid case for the Calder Memorial Trophy. And David Krejci is a pretty decent second line center, too: He’s scored 24 points in 29 games, and he’s winning 56.3 percent of his faceoffs, by far the best mark of his career.Boston will lose in regulation again — Marchand, who is serving a five-game suspension, and McAvoy’s temporary absences should ensure this happens sooner than later. But there’s nothing in recent memory suggesting Boston’s top line will cease to be a possession beast any time soon.6All three forwards finished in the top ten in Corsi percentage in 2016-17. If they keep getting (and burying) their chances — and if Rask’s ascendancy holds up, which his dazzling career implies it might — the Bruins might find themselves playing hockey in June again. read more


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first_img Related Items:creative industries, Minister ANTHONY Hylton Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 6 (JIS): Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the Government is implementing measures to facilitate the growth and prosperity of the creative industries.The initiatives, he said, are in recognition of the creative industries as a generator of wealth for the mass of Jamaicans, and a driver of gross domestic product (GDP) growth.“This is why it is linked to the growth agenda…and captured in a number of things…like the Vision 2030 plan, the national growth agenda, and it is the reason why the Creative and Cultural Industries Commission was created,” Minister Hylton noted, while addressing a recent JIS News Think Tank.Among the measures being put in place to promote the creative industries, is the passage and enactment of the Security Interests in Personal Property (SIPP) Act. The legislation provides for increased access to financing by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME), by allowing personal property (non-real estate assets) to be used as collateral for loans.This means that owners of creative works, innovators and inventors, are now able to leverage their intellectual property (IP), such as copyright, patents and trademarks to be used as collateral.He informed that the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM) has been mandated to work with the Government in order to increase loan access, with other institutions slated to follow suit.“So, the banks need to get very creative and our traditional financial institutions should start soon to work with intellectual capital of various forms whether it be film, music, animation, art, drama,” he said.Minister Hylton informed that talks have been held with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for assistance “to work with the banks and to help them with IP evaluation…so that they can mitigate the risks around that kind of activity to drive sustained growth and build inclusion.”As it relates to copyright, Minister Hylton told JIS News that the Ministry has accepted the Senate’s comments on the Copyright Act.“The amendments to the Act are tremendous and will give this creative economy a significant lift and part of the deliberate strategy to build a framework to move away from real estate-based activity as a source of access to capital,” he noted.The Bill, which was passed on June 9, 2015 in the House of Representatives, extends copyright protection from 50 to 95 years, for content belonging to corporations. Authors of literary works, dramatic, and musical creations will also enjoy the added protection. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


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first_imgSo, how do you get in on the game and win? Here, some guidelines to make the most of your Webinar:1. Build in sufficient lead time. Promoting your Webinar well in advance can create opportunities for viral marketing and additional registrations. Remind the sponsor to promote it to their own client and prospect list.2. Provide lots of promotional opportunities for pre-, post- and live exposure such as:• Linked logos in outbound e-mail efforts (starting six weeks before event)• Branded registration, log-in pages and opening slide for Webinar• Branded registration confirmation e-mail• Logo and sponsor message with 60-second voiceover at beginning of Webinar and/or a short demo at the end of the webinar• Logo and link in final slide of Webinar• Opt-in checkbox for those who want to receive sponsor’s e-newsletters• Access to the registration list3. Create customized content. Webinar registration forms, for example, can provide sponsors with custom-created questions about demographics and decision-making ability, enabling them to target promotions specifically to the audience. 4. Allow downloading opportunities. You’ll get attendees by offering a login and password for a downloadable handout. At a Webinar I recently produced and conducted, the downloaded handouts comprised 25 percent more than the attendee rate, which translates into greater ROI for the sponsor. It also  indicated that several people were watching the Webinar on a single computer.5. When it’s over, archive your Webinar. You’ll get additional viewers, giving sponsors more exposure and longer-lasting bang for their buck. Send monthly reminder e-mails to both registered non-participants and to non-registered audience. Naturally, each reminder should include the sponsor’s link and promotional message.6. Let your sponsor help spread the success. Testimonials and statistics from satisfied sponsors help sell other advertisers on the marketing advantages of Webinars. 7. Take advantage of SEO marketing. Write your promotion copy to be search-engine friendly, incorporating key-words to help Google and Yahoo find you. Get other online media to post your press release on their Web site to multiply your visibility on the search engines.Helen Berman is president of Berman Media Sales Institute. Forced to cut budgets in a crisis economy, smart marketers are turning to selling products and services via Webinars. Because they offer educational content without the hassle and cost of live seminars, Webinars are popular with both attendees and marketers who want to bring in new clients, lessen attrition and build market share. As ad pages and show attendance dwindles, Webinar sponsorships are a win all around.What’s more, publishing, online and event companies are ideal Webinar producers. They reach a loyal  audience, add journalistic credibility and offer sponsors numerous promotional opportunities. Depending on company policies, advertisers can choose to control, contribute to, or simply sponsor a relevant Webinar. They can also choose a solo sponsorship or join with other noncompetitive advertisers to sponsor a Webinar. Either way, advertisers reach thousands of targeted, involved viewers with relevant and comprehensive information. Yielding strong results with less time and marketing effort, sponsorships  have been a hit with corporate marketers. According to a study by sponsorship marketing firm  Performance Research for IEG, Inc., “the average share of overall marketing budgets captured by sponsors has hit a record high of 19.5 percent [of marketing dollars].” A recent Forrest Research and Marketing Professionals study adds: “Webinars are considered one of the top three lead-generating tactics.” One recent Webinar sponsor I spoke with recognized the strong match between its product, Webinar topic, and audience the media company delivers. He described the event as a “grand slam”—the most successful provider of qualified leads and the best ROI marketing effort in months. Adding to these measurable benefits, the company recognized the branding opportunity and positioning of the company as a “thought leader.” last_img read more


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first_imgAt least 20 people were injured when a portion of a dilapidated building collapsed during a temple procession in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district on Wednesday. #BIGNEWS: A part of house falls off during a fair in #Tumakuru injuring 20 people. The incident took place in Kunigal when Goddess Chowdeshwari’s idol was being taken on a procession. pic.twitter.com/3NlrV8niiW— NEWS9 (@NEWS9TWEETS) April 24, 2019According to reports, the incident occurred in Kunigal town when people gathered on the streets and on top of buildings to watch the procession of Goddess Chowdeshwarai’s idol.Several people had gathered on the terrace of the collapsed building to watch the procession when the incident happened. the injured were immediately taken to nearby hospitals.A case has been registered at Huliyurudurga police station in Kunigal.last_img read more


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first_imgEesha AgarwalPR HandoutActress Eesha Agarwal, who is the winner of Miss Beauty Top of the World 2019, says that Bollywood actress Lara Dutta inspired her and she loves the way she shaped up her personality.Eesha Agarwal already has a long list of achievements, but the model-turned-actress says tha she has more dreams to fulfil. So far, she has won titles like Miss India Exquisite 2015, Miss India International 2017, Miss Global International Princess 2017 and Miss Beauty Top of the World 2019.When asked her thoughts on winning the beauty pageant, Eesha said, “It feels amazing to win a pageant where you put so much of hard work in shaping your personality and it gives an opportunity to do something for the society which gives me immense pleasure.”Beauty is not just about how one looks and how they carry themselves, there’s more to it. For Eesha, true beauty means, “For me, beauty comes from within and radiates out into the world. without being comfortable in your own skin and sure of yourself you cant be beautiful.”Eesha Agarwal has won a lot of beauty titles and she said that it was Bollywood actress Lara Dutta who inspired her. She loves how Lara achieved everything with hard-work and charming personality. The Miss India Exquisite 2015 has worked in several Tamil and Telugu movies and she is really keen to work in Bollywood movies too.When asked about her support system throughout her journey, the actress shared, “My parents and my sister has been always been there for me in my life. they have always supported me.”The beautiful actress said that she would love to represent India at an international platform and make the country and people proud.last_img read more


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first_imgElection CommissionSeven candidates from various political parties, vying for the Bogura-6 constituency, received electoral symbols on Tuesday, reports UNB.The by-election is scheduled for June 24.BNP candidate Md Siraj got ‘sheaf of paddy’, Awami League’ SMT Jaman Niketa got ‘boat’, Jatiya Party candidate Nurul Islam Omar got plow, Bangladesh Congress candidate Namsur Rahman got ‘coconut’, Bangladesh Muslim League candidate Mufti Mawlana Rafikul Islam got ‘Hurricane’, individual candidate Syed Kabir Ahmed got ‘truck’ and Md Minhaz got ‘Apple’.The candidates started electioneering right away to make use of the Eid-ul-fitr festival and reach as many people as possible.BNP’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had won the seat in the 30 December election but chose not to take oath of office. Subsequently, the parliamentary seat was declared vacant on 30 April.The election commission announced the polls schedule on 8 May.As many as 387,458 voters are expected to exercise their franchise at 141 stations of 11 unions in Sadar upazila. The last date for the withdrawal of candidature is 3 June.last_img read more


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first_imgTHE LATEST on the Texas church shooting (all times local):LYNDA GONZALEZ / KUT NEWSCommunity members gathered on Nov. 6 in Ball Park in Sutherland Springs to hold a memorial service for the victims.3:20 p.m.Longtime congregants at the small-town Texas church where a gunman’s rampage left more than two dozen dead say they were afraid of the attacker.Husband and wife Rod and Judy Green tell The Associated Press Friday that they are good friends with Devin Kelley’s in-laws, and that Kelley had often exhibited troubling behavior.Authorities have said Kelley’s mother-in-law attended First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and she’d gotten threatening texts from him.Rod Green says that at a Christmas dinner one year, Kelley had “bragged about being armed.” The Greens also said they watched Kelley closely when he showed up wearing all black last month at a festival at the church.Judy Green says Kelley was “completely distant and way out in thought.”Kelley died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after Sunday’s massacre.___12:40 p.m.The sanctuary of the small-town Texas church where a gunman carried out a massacre will be turned into a temporary memorial for the more than two dozen victims.The grounds steward of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs tells The Associated Press Friday that services will never take place there again and the building will eventually be demolished.The gunman shot and killed 25 people at the church on Sunday. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because one victim was pregnant.Grounds steward Rod Green says the building will be scrubbed down and the church will place 26 chairs inside to commemorate the victims.Green says the church plans to build a new structure on church property elsewhere. Green says regular services will be held Sunday at a community hall run by a local association.___12:15 p.m.More than 500 people have attended a private funeral on a San Antonio-area Air Force base for a husband and wife who were among the more than two dozen killed when a gunman opened fire at a small-town Texas church.The San Antonio Express-News reports that the service for Scott and Karen Marshall was held Thursday afternoon at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.Randy Martin, spokesman for the 12th Flying Training Wing, says a traditional military funeral was held for the couple, who were killed Sunday at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. The service was closed to media and the public at their family’s request.Martin told the newspaper that Karen Marshall was promoted posthumously to senior master sergeant. She had been planning to retire from the military soon. Martin said Scott Marshall, already a military retiree, was a civilian employee at the base.___12:05 p.m.Medical officials say 11 people remain hospitalized with wounds from Texas church shooting that left more than two dozen dead remain hospitalized.Conditions of the patients at two San Antonio hospitals range from good to critical. They were among those wounded when a gunman opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs last Sunday. The gunman died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being chased by bystanders and crashing his car.Brooke Army Medical Center on Friday reported having seven patients from the church. The hospital says patients include five adults and two children.University Health System had four patients, two of whom are children.Officials at both hospitals declined to release more specific information on the wounded patients.___10:05 a.m.A weekly food pantry has resumed operations at a site next to the Texas church that less than a week ago endured the state’s worst mass shooting.The pantry’s director, Lula White, was among the more than two dozen killed Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherlands Springs. White was also the 71-year-old grandmother of the gunman’s wife.On Friday, people crowded the small space, tearfully hugging and filling bags with donated bakery goods, groceries and used clothing. As 68-year-old Brandy Johnson walked in, she exclaimed she could “see Lu at the desk.”Husband and wife, Rod and Judy Green, have operated the pantry for 11 years. They were married at First Baptist but didn’t attend the service that Devin Kelley brought to an untimely end with semi-automatic gunfire.___12:04 a.m.Some gave blood. Others stocked the food pantry.Residents and neighbors of Sutherland Springs volunteered Thursday as a way help the tiny Texas community recover from the shooting at a Baptist church that left more than two dozen dead.Twenty-year-old Karyssa Calbert of neighboring Floresville, who is six months pregnant, could not give blood but came to give moral support. She says people are doing what they can, “but honestly everyone feels so helpless.”The pastor of the First Baptist Church says that the church will be demolished. Members and visitors say the congregation should continue but not in the same building. One assistant to the congregation says she and others are trying to figure out a temporary solution to keep it going, perhaps in another building. Sharelast_img read more


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first_img Share Jesse Costa/WBURMady Ohlman, who lives near Boston and has been sober for more than four years, says many drug users hit a point when the disease and the pursuit of illegal drugs crushes the will to liveMady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend’s bathroom looking down at the sink.“I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back,” Ohlman recalls. She doesn’t remember how many she injected before collapsing, or how long she lay drugged-out on the floor.“But I remember being pissed because I could still get up, you know?”She wanted to be dead, she says, glancing down. A wisp of straight brown hair slips from behind an ear across her thin face.At that point, says Ohlman, she’d been addicted to opioids — controlled by the drugs, she says — for more than three years.“And doing all these things you don’t want to do that are horrible — you know, selling my body, stealing from my mom, sleeping in my car,” Ohlman says. “How could I not be suicidal?”For this young woman, whose weight had dropped to about 90 pounds, who was shooting heroin just to avoid feeling violently ill, suicide seemed a painless way out.“You realize getting clean would be a lot of work,” Ohlman says, her voice rising. “And you realize dying would be a lot less painful. You also feel like you’ll be doing everyone else a favor if you die.”Ohlman, who has now been sober for more than four years, says many drug users hit the same point, when the disease and the pursuit of illegal drugs crushes their will to live. Ohlman is among at least 40 percent of active drug users who wrestle with depression, anxiety or another mental health issue that increases the risk of suicide.Measuring suicide among patients addicted to opioidsMassachusetts, where Ohlman lives, began formally recognizing in May 2017 that some opioid overdose deaths are suicides. The state says confirmed suicides are only about 2 percent of all overdose deaths, but Dr. Monica Bharel, head of Massachussett’s department of public health, says it’s very difficult to determine the person’s true intent.“For one thing, medical examiners use different criteria for whether suicide was involved or not,” Bharel says, and the “tremendous amount of stigma surrounding both overdose deaths and suicide sometimes makes it extremely challenging to piece everything together and figure out unintentional and intentional.”Research on drug addiction and suicide suggests much higher numbers.“[Based on the literature that’s available] it looks like it’s anywhere between 25 and 45 percent of deaths by overdose that may be actual suicides,” says Dr. Maria Oquendo, immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association.Oquendo points to one study of overdoses from prescription opioids that found 54 percent were unintentional. The rest were either suicide attempts or undetermined.Several large studies show an increased risk of suicide among drug users addicted to opioids, especially women. In a study of 5 million veterans, women were eight times as likely as others to be at risk for suicide, while men faced a twofold risk.The opioid epidemic is occurring at the same time suicides have hit a 30-year high, but Oquendo says few doctors look for a connection.“They are not monitoring it,” says Oquendo, who chairs the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. “They are probably not assessing it in the kinds of depths they would need to prevent some of the deaths.”That’s starting to change. A few hospitals in Boston, for example, aim to ask every patient admitted about substance use, as well as about whether they’ve considered hurting themselves.“No one has answered the chicken and egg [question],” says Dr. Kiame Mahaniah, a family physician who runs the Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, Mass. Is it that patients “have mental health issues that lead to addiction, or did a life of addiction then trigger mental health problems?”With so little data to go on, “it’s so important to provide treatment that covers all those bases,” Mahaniah says.‘Deaths of despair’When doctors do look deeper into the reasons patients addicted to opioids become suicidal, some economists predict they’ll find deep reservoirs of depression and pain.In a seminal paper published in 2015, Princeton economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case tracked falling marriages rates, the loss of stable middle-class jobs and rising rates of self-reported pain. The authors say opioid overdoses, suicides and diseases related to alcoholism are all often “deaths of despair.”“We think of opioids as something that’s thrown petrol on the flames and made things infinitely worse,” Deaton says, “but the underlying deep malaise would be there even without the opioids.”Many economists agree on remedies for that deep malaise. Harvard economics professor David Cutler says solutions include a good education, a steady job that pays a decent wage, secure housing, food and health care.“And also thinking about a sense of purpose in life,” Cutler says. “That is, even if one is doing well financially, is there a sense that one is contributing in a meaningful way?”Tackling despair in the addiction community“I know firsthand the sense of hopelessness that people can feel in the throes of addiction,” says Michael Botticelli, director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center; he is in recovery for an addiction to alcohol.Botticelli says recovery programs must help patients come out of isolation and create or recreate bonds with family and friends.“The vast majority of people I know who are in recovery often talk about this profound sense of reestablishing — and sometimes establishing for the first time — a connection to a much larger community,” Botticelli says.Ohlman says she isn’t sure why her attempted suicide, with multiple injections of heroin, didn’t work.“I just got really lucky,” Ohlman says. “I don’t know how.”A big part of her recovery strategy involves building a supportive community, she says.“Meetings; 12-step; sponsorship and networking; being involved with people doing what I’m doing,” says Ohlman, ticking through a list of her priorities.There’s a fatal overdose at least once a week within her Cape Cod community, she says. Some are accidental, others not. Ohlman is convinced that telling her story, of losing and then finding hope, will help bring those numbers down.The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with NPR, WBUR and Kaiser Health News.Copyright 2018 WBUR. To see more, visit WBUR.last_img read more


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first_imgStory Links Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team. Walsh (Louisville, Ky.) started all 19 games during her senior season and led the Cardinals with a career-high 11 assists. The exercise science major was recently named to USA Field Hockey’s National Development Squad. Six University of Louisville student-athletes have been named the 2018 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Field Hockey Team, as announced Friday by the conference office. Alli Bitting, Erica Cooper, Mercedes Pastor, Bethany Russ, Taylor Stone and Katie Walsh represent Louisville on the league’s academic team. Pastor is making her first appearance on the conference academic team after a stellar season on the field. The sophomore industrial engineering major from Buenos Aires, Argentina earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America first team honors after starting every in her first season at Louisville. She also garnered 2018 NFHCA all-West Region and all-ACC first team after delivering five goals, including the game-winner in double overtime at No. 15 Syracuse and the deciding goal in overtime against California. Pastor also dished out three assists to bring her point total to 13 in 2018. Bitting (Hummelstown, Pa.) garners all-conference honors for the first time after starting every game for the Cardinals during her sophomore campaign. The sport administration major notched one goal – the equalizer in Louisville’s 3-2 win at No. 15 Syracuse – and stood second on the team with seven assists. While playing in the backfield, Bitting helped the Cardinals to five shutouts. Stone (Herndon, Va.) collects her second All-ACC Academic team showing. The senior marketing major also tallied her second straight NFHCA All-America honor. all-region and all-ACC honors. The midfielder/defender finished her senior season with five goals and 10 points. She is also a member of USA Field Hockey’s National Development Squad. Cooper picks up her first all-ACC academic nod after playing in all 19 games with 14 starts. The forward from Louisville, Ky., finished her freshman campaign with nine goals and 18 points, placing her second on the team in scoring. Russ (Melbourne, Australia), also earns her first all-ACC academic team selection. The accounting major was an NFHCA all-region honoree after leading the Cardinals with 11 goals and 24 points – both career highs. After being sidelined by injury last season, the redshirt sophomore forward returned to form with six of her 11 goals standing as game-winners, placing her second in the ACC in that category. About LouisvilleThe Cardinals finished the 2018 season with a 13-6 overall record and ranked No. 14 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll after earning the No. 3 seed in the 2018 ACC Championship. Three players, Ayeisha McFerran, Mercedes Pastor and Taylor Stone earned NFHCA All-America honors while Alli Bitting, Bethany Russ and Carter Ayars joined them on the NFHCA All-West Region Teams.Fans can follow Louisville Field Hockey on Twitter (@ULFieldHockey) at  https://twitter.com/ULFieldHockey and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ULFieldHockey Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


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first_imgA composite image of the Western hemisphere of the Earth. Credit: NASA Three researchers in France have authored “How ocean waves rock the Earth: Two mechanisms explain microseisms with periods 3 to 300 s,” published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The paper attempts to explain the source of Earth’s ringing sound. Could it be because of earthquakes? Scientists were aware that earthquakes could cause the Earth to ring, for days or months. That reason did not fit other instances. Even in the absence of earthquakes, seismologists said in the 1990s, the planet constantly vibrates at very low frequencies, which they could make out with seismic instruments. But why? Call it the mystery of the Noise—this continuous vibration draws scientists to search for explanations. Wired.co.uk brought out some interesting points about the low-frequency sound, which though inaudible to human ears can be detected by seismic instruments. There was a range of thoughts about why. “Theories suggested everything from electromagnetic radiation to earthquakes and secret military operations might be to blame. Although the sound is almost certainly too faint for humans to hear, some people claim to be plagued by a ‘tinnitus’-like noise—including many residents of Bristol in the 70s, who said the sound caused headaches and even nosebleeds.”Nanci Bompey in the AGU GeoSpace blog reviewed the theories which the authors of the recent paper examined. One such theory had to do with ocean waves moving in opposite directions. Colliding waves make weak, “microseismic” waves that add up to a generalized ringing. They used models and found that opposing ocean waves could initiate a kind of seismic waves – those that take 13 seconds or less to complete one oscillation. The theory did not hold up when it came to slower oscillating seismic waves.The researchers then examined the theory that suggests the movement of waves over the bottom of the ocean generates slower oscillating, very long waves. “Long ocean waves can extend all the way down to the seafloor. As they make their way back and forth to the open ocean from the coast, these long waves travel over the bumpy ocean bottom. The pressure of the ocean waves on the seafloor generates seismic waves that cause the Earth to oscillate, said Fabrice Ardhuin, a senior research scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Brest, France, and lead author of the new research.” So one can also point to pressure of these long ocean waves on the sea floor.The authors’ conclusion, said Bompey, was that “instead of one theory explaining all of the microseismic activity, both theories are needed – one to explain the shorter seismic waves and another to explain the longer seismic waves responsible for the Earth’s hum.”Ardhuin said that understanding where the seismic signals were coming from could help researchers look for fainter seismic signals. That, he said, could allow them to better detect faint earthquakes far away from seismic stations or nuclear explosions. Explore further Citation: Source of Earth’s ringing? French team views ocean waves (2015, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-source-earth-french-team-views.html More information: Ardhuin, F., Gualtieri, L. and Stutzmann, E. (2015), How ocean waves rock the Earth: Two mechanisms explain microseisms with periods 3 to 300 s. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42: 765–772. DOI: 10.1002/2014GL062782AbstractMicroseismic activity, recorded everywhere on Earth, is largely due to ocean waves. Recent progress has clearly identified sources of microseisms in the most energetic band, with periods from 3 to 10 s. In contrast, the generation of longer-period microseisms has been strongly debated. Two mechanisms have been proposed to explain seismic wave generation: a primary mechanism, by which ocean waves propagating over bottom slopes generate seismic waves, and a secondary mechanism which relies on the nonlinear interaction of ocean waves. Here we show that the primary mechanism explains the average power, frequency distribution, and most of the variability in signals recorded by vertical seismometers, for seismic periods ranging from 13 to 300 s. The secondary mechanism only explains seismic motions with periods shorter than 13 s. Our results build on a quantitative numerical model that gives access to time-varying maps of seismic noise sources.center_img © 2015 Phys.org URI oceanography student uses crashing waves on shorelines to study Earth’s interior Journal information: Geophysical Research Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


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first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Special Report: Record BreakersMeet the entrepreneurs who are reinventing the music business. The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Takes a Leading Role Reinventing the Music IndustryCarving a Niche in Digital Music DistributionAn Innovative Recording Studio Goes MobileA Record Label Mines the Past for Music Aficionados and CollectorsThe Dusty Groove America Record Store Keeps on SpinningIf the founders of online jukebox service Rdio (pronounced ar-dee-oh) are right, the concept of an individual music collection is a thing of the past. “Look at what’s happened with Netflix,” says Rdio CEO Drew Larner. “The same shift is going to happen in music–and faster.” The future of music is streaming, Larner says, thanks to faster broadband access, the proliferation of smartphones and consumer acceptance of on-demand content.Founded in 2010, Rdio joins other music streaming services (Rhapsody, MOG, Apple and Pandora, to name a few), but adds a twist: The service is built around a social experience that helps consumers discover music organically. They “follow” friends and influencers and get a live network activity feed, and they share playlists on Facebook and Twitter–which features an embedded Rdio player in its user interface when you click on an @Rdio link. (There’s an API for developers.)Rdio founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis certainly are no strangers to the game-changing nature of the internet. They previously founded the phone-busting service Skype, the online video service Joost and–how’s this for irony?–the Napster-like music-sharing service Kazaa.A subscription ($4.99 a month for web only; $9.99 a month for mobile and web) gets you unlimited access to a constantly expanding catalog–currently around 10 million songs–that includes everything from the latest Lady Gaga release to the Flaming Lips’ live radio session of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1.” Users can play whole albums and artist-related radio stations, create set playlists and add songs to a virtual music “collection,” queue songs for offline playback and, best of all, see what everyone else is listening to. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the May 2011 issue of . Subscribe » In February, Rdio closed on a $17.5 million investment round, prompting Larner to move from L.A. to headquarters in San Francisco (and throw out about 500 old albums in the process) to head up the next stage of expansion: refining the service, launching in more countries, building up partnerships and hiring up to 15 new employees by the end of the second quarter (there are 35 now, plus a Boston terrier named Duke).In Demand: Rdio CEO Drew Larner, far left, with VPS Todd Berman and Malthe Sigurdsson.”We’re in discussions with everyone–labels, internet service providers, handheld manufacturers, celebrities–you name it,” he says. “The music industry needs a low-cost streaming service as a discovery mechanism that leads to album and ticket sales, and Rdio is a good first step in that direction.”Of course, the main hurdle is getting people to change their consumption patterns from ownership to a pay-for-access model. Based on the subscription numbers since its launch last August, though, Larner thinks Rdio can break more than 1 million subscribers within the next five years, becoming a serious industry player.But first, he has to move again. Rdio is going to need a much bigger office.center_img 3 min read April 26, 2011 Register Now »last_img read more


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first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 30, 2014 Orthotics can be sexy.Kegan Schouwenburg really thinks it’s possible. “We’re not there yet,” she admits. “We’re getting there, though. We’re well on our way.”If anyone can convince you of the latent sexiness of an insole, it’s Schouwenburg. She’s the founder and CEO of SOLS, which creates custom 3-D printed orthotic insoles by scanning customers’ feet. Yesterday, the company announced that it has raised $6.4 million in a Series A round of financing.“Until now, our focus has been on engineering,” Schouwenburg says. With the influx of additional cash, she can hire a branding agency, focus on product management and concentrate on making her insoles look…well, sexier.Kegan Schouwenburg, founder and CEO of SOLSImage credit: Kegan SchouwenburgSchouwenburg is something of a 3-D printing pioneer – before founding SOLS, she was the director of operations and industrial engineering Shapeways, a 3-D printing marketplace which prints objects designed and uploaded by users. While there, she oversaw the 3-D printing of everything from egg cups to lampshades to shoes.So why leave to found a company that just makes 3-D printed insoles?Schouwenburg predicts that as the 3-D printing market evolves, value will shift away from novelty towards usefulness. “Things will really start to get interesting when we stop looking at 3-D printing as technology for the sake of technology and start thinking about how it can impact the things in our lives that matter to us,” she says.Related: 5 Steps to Take Your Product From Concept to RealityA 3-D printed custom coffee mug may be novel, but its impact is small. The ability to walk more comfortably and reduce pain? Schouwenburg is betting that’s something people care about. Our feet are all unique — since founding the company, “I’ve become acutely aware of how different they all are…frankly, I’m amazed shoes even work at all,” she says – and yet the orthotics industry struggles to provide customized orthotics at a reasonable price point. 3-D printing may be the solution, providing a more seamless, accurate and quick solution than traditional manual processes.Image credit: Kegan SchouwenburgHow it worksFor now, SOLS is focusing on working with podiatrists, orthopedics and physical therapists; the company provides each doctor with an iPad equipped with the SOLS app that, using a process called photogrammetry, takes hundreds of photos of a patient’s feet and knits them together to create a detailed virtual model. (“It’s great, because you don’t need expensive equipment, just a camera,” Schouwenburg says.)Doctors can then use a web-based tool to assess problems and make alterations to the 3-D model in order to biometrically correct a patient’s walk. When they’re done, the model is sent to the SOLS manufacturing facility to be printed.Currently, SOLS is working with 50 doctors, a number it hopes to see grow to 200 by the end of the year. (Each doctor, Schouwenburg predicts, should prescribe between 20 to 40 insoles a month.) At $300-$700 – SOLS’ suggested retail price is $500, but the actual price will depend on the doctor — the insoles don’t come cheap, even when you subtract the 15 percent that can be billed to insurance providers. At this point, they’re really only meant for “people have more advanced foot problems and need hands on knowledge of medical professional,” Schouwenburg says.Related: How 3-D Printing Startups Are Shaping the FutureBy next year, however, SOLS plans to offer a separate service for anyone who “feels discomfort, or just wants to feel less tired at the end of the day.” Consumers will be able to scan their feet from home using an smartphone app, and the insoles will cost around $100.Image credit: Kegan SchouwenburgWhat’s nextThe way Schouwenburg tells it, orthotics is simply the first, biometrically correct step along the winding and exciting road of 3-D printing.While Schouwenburg doesn’t envision a world where we’ll all have 3-D printers, she does believe the technology will make our lives more comfortable. “For so long we’ve been shoving our feet and our bodies and our hands into products that don’t fit us because that’s what we have to do,” she says. “You have a set amount of sizes, and so you pick the size that mostly fits you.”We may get hung up on the technology’s ability to print figurines, but the real revolution lies in its potential to dramatically lower the cost of customization. In the near future, everything from intricately customized prosthetics, safety helmets, braces, to shoes will be available at an affordable price point, Schouwenburg predicts. “Mass customization is something that the market wants.”Related: 3-D Printers Take a Step Toward the Mainstream Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more


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first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA man has died after being hit by a train in the West Midlands this morning. Emergency services were called to the railway at Sandwell and Dudley Railway Station earlier today. The incident has led to delays of up to an hour on the railways throughout the rush hour – with commuters from across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire affected. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said they had arrived in seven minutes after being called to the incident shortly after 7am this morning. He said: “Sadly, a man has been confirmed dead at the scene of an incident at Sandwell and Dudley Railway Station. “An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands Ambulance Service Hart team were sent to the scene after a call at 7.10am this morning. “Ambulance staff responded in 7 minutes but sadly nothing could be done to save the him.” Read MoreTeenager arrested after two men stabbed in neck with biro A British Transport Police spokesman said: “A person has sadly died after they were struck by a train at Sandwell and Dudley station this morning (15/02). “Officers were called shortly after 7am and attended alongside paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Officers are now working to identify the person and inform their family. “This incident is not currently being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.” Direct trains from Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Crewe to Wolverhampton and Birmingham were affected by the disruption. A National Rail spokesman said: “Emergency services dealing with an incident between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton caused disruption to journeys between these stations. “Train services running through these stations were delayed by up to 60 minutes, cancelled or diverted via Bescot Stadium. “Disruption was expected until 10am.” Read MoreMum shares sepsis video filmed just hours before her baby almost died For the latest news and travel updates from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit our dedicated traffic and travel channel here. You can also visit our daily live feed, bringing you the latest news, traffic and weather updates from across the region from 6am – you can access that here.last_img read more


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first_img VANCOUVER — Emerald Waterways has opened Mekong River bookings for the 2020-2021 season ahead of the highly anticipated debut of its new Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony.With the 2019-2020 season nearly sold out, the company is encouraging guests to book the following season early through an early booking incentive: those who book a sailing of 12 days or more will receive free roundtrip airfare to Asia when booked by Aug. 31, 2019. Guests booking the eight-day sailing will receive $500 off the price of the cruise, while all guests who book by May 31 will receive an additional $150 savings per person.With only 84 guests in 42 staterooms and suites, Emerald Harmony, whose debut is just a few months away, will offer an intimate, upscale sailing experience on the Mekong. There will be 32, 273 square-foot Panorama Balcony Suites with drop-down windows; four 398 square-foot Grand Balcony Suites; and two 450 square-foot Owner’s Suites with wraparound terraces with private hot tubs.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe ship will also boast a pool, an Asian-themed Horizon Bar & Lounge, a 2:1 guest-to-crew ration, and locally-inspired cuisine at Reflections Restaurant. But perhaps its most innovative feature is its design; unlike most Mekong ships, the Emerald Harmony is built to allow access to the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. This means guests will disembark in the centre of the action rather than needing to be coached in from outside the city.Emerald Waterways will offer four itineraries on the Emerald Harmony: the eight-day ‘Majestic Mekong Cruise’, sailing between Prek’kdam and Ho Chi Minh City; the 13-day ‘Majestic Mekong Discovery Cruise; sailing between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap; the 17-day ‘Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia’ river cruise and tour with stops in Hanoi and Halong Bay; and the 21-day ‘Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia’ river cruise and tour, featuring stops in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue and Siem Reap.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoCruise fares include all transfers, all port charges, all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited specialty tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, bottled water in cabins replenished daily, continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapes and after-dinner treats served in the top suites, complimentary Wi-Fi onboard, most shore excursions, and all onboard and excursion gratuities. On touring days, hotel accommodations, internal flights and transfers are also included.Part of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways’ eight Star-Ships offer river sailings in Europe and on the Mekong, as well as the MS Rossia along the Volga River in Russia, the Adriatic Princess and Adriatic Pearl yachts in Croatia, and the MS Hamees on the Nile.For more information go to emeraldwaterways.ca. Posted by Share Books open on Emerald Waterway’s 2020-2021 season on the Mekong Tags: Emerald Waterways, Mekong Rivercenter_img Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


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first_imgIn This Issue. * .8% of the 2.6% GDP was ACA. * Currencies try again to rally. * China to widen trading band? * Yellow means go faster! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. 4th QTR U.S. GDP Disappoints! Good Day!…  And a Marvelous Monday to you!  And Welcome to February!  Pitchers and catchers report in a couple of weeks. ? The Beatles greet me this morning with She Loves You. Admit it, you love that song, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, did you watch the Super Bowl last night? I tried. But I was in one of those “spells”, and I actually threw in the towel with 5 minutes remaining. As I had told you, and became quite obvious, I really didn’t care who won the game, and I dislike both teams. When I wrote that a couple of weeks ago, I had a Seahawks fan rip me and say that he hoped the Rams left St. Louis that I deserved that. Whoa there partner! Them’s fightin’ words! Well, looky there! The first estimate of 4th QTR GDP here in the U.S. printed at 2.6% last Friday! WOW! What a drop from the trumped up 5% 3rd QTR print.  But, the kicker here folks, is that if you recall, the 3rd QTR didn’t start out at 5%, in fact the previous estimate before the final revision was 3.9%… So, there will be a couple more “revisions” before we finally put to bed the 4th QTR GDP, and by the time we do so, it will be very stale data.  And I’m sure that the book cookers will do their best to meet the President’s call for a strong 4th QTR GDP.  But for now, 2.6% is a HUGE drop from 5%, and to me, it probably represents pretty close to what it should be.  I had told you last Friday morning that I thought if the beans were all counted correctly before “adjustments” 4th QTR GDP would print below 3%…  So, now that it did print below 3%, my mind is racing with all the questions about how many “adjustments” were made just to get it to 2.6%?  And is this the beginning of the problems that I’ve been talking about for the economy without stimulus? And according to John Williams over at shadowstats.com, at least .8% of that 2.6% was a result of the ACA.  So, not only did we stuff the ballot box of GDP reports last year by adding R&D, and other stuff to the calc, but we also added ACA. And the fun never stops boys and girls! Fun? You call this fun, Chuck? Well, not actually, I was being facetious. Oh, I see now, said the blind man as he spit into the wind, it’s all coming back to me now. So, when the 4th QTR GDP report printed on Friday, all the rate hike campers b’d and moaned, and it appeared that they had left their rate hike cake out in the rain. and I don’t think I can take it, because it took so long to bake it, and I’ll never have that recipe again.  And for those of you thinking I’ve lost my mind. quoting lyrics by Donna Summer, I’m not. I go back to the original. Richard Harris. So, there!   But, the rate hike campers took their bats and balls and went home, leaving the dollar to deal with everything on its own. And when the dollar has its accessories stripped away, it doesn’t look so good. on a funny note, I had a friend, send me a YouTube of an old guy singing a song called: I don’t look good naked anymore. That’s the song for the dollar folks! But the biggest surprise on Friday came when the price of Oil started rallying, and when the day finished the price of Oil had risen to above $50, a more than $5 move in one day! All the stories that attempted to explain this move pointed to the number of Oil rigs that had closed up the previous week which showed that the number of operating rigs was at a 3 -year low now, as the rig count dropped 7% the previous week.  I’ve been told by people associated with Oil in some capacity that this rig count isn’t that big a deal, but I’ve got to say that it has to have something to do with production, because has rigs close, they certainly aren’t producing any longer!  I don’t know where this will go, folks, but to me, it appears to be the beginning of the end. So, the currencies are attempting to rally this morning. The euro is up ½-cent, the Aussie dollar is up about 1/3rd of a cent, and so on.. But Gold is down again this morning sitting on a $7 loss right now. I’ve got some more on physical Gold in Asia later this morning, so I won’t spoil your appetite for that now, except to say the buying, producing and hoarding of Gold in the East just keeps gaining momentum. Other stuff that’s dropping includes Treasury yields. The “bond boys”  sure didn’t like the color of the GDP report last Friday, and said so by dropping yields. The yield on the 10-year Treasury is 1.67%, just to point out on point on the yield curve.. 1.67%, that’s less than even the stupid CPI says inflation is running. So. there you go. back up the truck, buy some 10-year Treasuries and start out in the red. And if yields rise anytime in the next 10-years, you’ll remain in the red. OOOOHHHH, Daddy, can I have some, please, I’ll be a good boy, I’ll go to church, and open the car door for mom, please, oh please? Greece is attempting to mend the bridges they burned during the election process. The Prime Minister and Finance Minister will be touring Europe and having meetings with key people in an attempt to gain support for their plans to come up with a new deal for creditors. Well the PM and FM had better arrive bearing gifts, because they really ticked off the countries that have lent them money the past few years. So, this is what it’s like. Someone in your family borrows money from you.  And they agree to the repayment terms, but then things get tight, and they no longer want to honor those repayment terms, so they go about talking bad about them to all their friends and it all gets back to you. And then the family member comes back to you, all nicey-nicey,  wanting to talk about a new deal.  If I were an European Central Bank (ECB) or Bundesbank (German Central Bank) member, I would tell the PM & FM to go to hello operator, give me number 9, if you don’t connect me, I’ll kick you in the behind the refrigerator was a piece of glass, and so on. I think you get the picture! Speaking of debts.I found this in my weekend reading. The White House will be seeking $561 billion from Congress to run the Pentagon in 2016 – its largest budget ever. However, a research and advocacy director told RT that the budget is closer to $1 trillion, and has been for several administrations. And why wouldn’t we believe what the advocates say? It was just 10 days ago that the President called for an end to “mindless austerity” and called for a surge in government spending, and then actually asked Congress to end the sequestration agreed upon four years ago.   I wondered why this request was made at the time that it was, and now I know! In addition, riddle me this Batman. The U.S. says that their deficit last year was only $560-something Billion. But if you look at the U.S. Debt Clock, it shows that in that same period (actually 13 months) we added $1 Trillion to the National Debt. So, how do they do that? How does $560 Billion turn into $1 Trillion? Oh, that’s right, how could I forget? There are all those “off budget” things that get accounted for in a different room, that’s all smoky, and the accountants all wear green shaded visors, and sleeve protectors, and the adding machine tape is running all over the floor. That’s how! But doesn’t that just tick you off just a bit? They throw a ticker-tape parade in celebration that the Budget Deficit last year wasn’t $1 Trillion, the dollar rallies, and people dance in the street, but in reality, it was the same-o, same-o. But Shhhhhh,  we don’t want to wake up the baby. Well, take me away from this discussion before I begin to yell at the walls, and here in the condo that would not be good for the other people in the condo! Well, the latest IMF Futures Position report from the previous week printed on Friday. And the extreme long position of dollars saw a reduction of 15,000 contracts, but still is quite large at 375,000.  However, the non-dollar currencies remained all with net short positions, which leads me to believe that dollar positions were being sold to buy Gold. But that was the previous week, and not last week, it will be interesting to see the positions report this week for last week when Gold slipped once again. One of the really disappointing currencies in the last 10 days has been the Swiss franc. After going on a moon shot after the franc was untied from the euro, the franc has lost ground on what seems like a daily basis. I guess the “safe haven” status for the franc has either lost luster or, the markets are feeling like everything in the world is copasetic.  It’s been a long time since I used that word, copasetic. My friend, Preston, who was the drummer in our band that traveled the country, used to say that word for everything. Hey Preston, want to stop and get a soda? Hey, it’s copasetic. would be the answer, and his answer to just about everything, so you can see why it’s been a while since I used it! HA! But seriously. what’s up with the markets anyway? Have they gone soft on us? Well, actually I think they have, they have fallen into the trap that the Central Banks set for them, and now the markets are afraid of the Central Banks and their ability to move markets against them. Central Banks rule the world! Can you see them wringing their hands together, and laughing that Doctor Evil laugh, and repeating, We rule the world, we rule the world?   The Chinese renminbi / yuan saw a weakening overnight by the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC).  I was doing some reading this past weekend. By the way, I’m reading a new book, titled:  Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.  I’m only about 1/3rd of my way through the book, but brother let me tell you, it’s good stuff! And a true story to boot!  OK.. back to our regularly scheduled programming.  The stuff I was also reading was about China, and the next steps for the renminbi. And of all the things that were talked about, the only one I saw that made sense was the widening of the trading band for the renminbi, which currently stands at +/-2%…  The band was last widened from +/-1% in March 2014. and before that it was April 2012 that the band was widened from +/-.5%, and before that 2007 when they widened it from +/-.3%..  So, I think it would be the next step.  Of course, widening the band doesn’t turn all the green lights on for renminbi appreciation. notice it does say + or –  and in 2014, it was a case of both! But that doesn’t take away from the plans for the renminbi going forward, which I still maintain is taking away the reserve status from the dollar, and propelling the renminbi to such status. Just to be fair and balanced. James Rickards, doesn’t agree with that idea, and instead he has called for a collapse of the Financial system, at which time countries will created a new Gold backed currency.  As crazy as I sound sometimes, and have been called gloom and doom, I can’t get myself to be that gloom and doom. The U.S. Data Cupboard today, has two of my faves data prints. Personal Income & Spending from December. We’ll also see the ISM Manufacturing Data for January.. Recall that the December ISM index number was weaker than it had been in November, and was a surprise to the markets. So, saying that, I come to the realization that “they” can’t let that happen again! And Gold. Well, I promised you something above on Physical Gold and so here we go! This is from Bullionstar.com and of course is the research of Koos Jansen. “As I wrote last time on data from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), in week 2 of 2015 withdrawals from the vaults of the SGE (that equal Chinese wholesale demand) came in extremely high at 70 tonnes; the third highest amount ever. In week 3 (January 19 – 23), though, the Chinese withdrew even more at 71 tonnes, up 0.89 % w/w, and a new third highest amount ever. Year to date 202 tonnes have been withdrawn from the SGE vaults, up 15 % y/y. Like last week, this was happening while the price of gold was rising sharply, staggering numbers. It’s still a mystery why mainstream media are not tracking weekly SGE withdrawals. I’ve read all over the news that Russia’s central bank has added 152 tonnes of gold in total to its reserves in 2014. In perspective, this is approximately the same amount of gold China has imported in the first three weeks of 2015. In my post China Continues To Drain Global Gold Inventory I have, once again, pointed out that import numbers derived from SGE withdrawals are for 95 % covered by export from the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the US. These countries disclose only non-monetary gold trade, which support my assumption PBOC purchases are an invisible side show from public gold trade numbers and SGE withdrawals.” Alrighty then. Now it’s time to go to the For What’s It’s Worth section for today. And today, I have something from my daily perusals of zerohedge.com, and can be read there in its entirety by clicking here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-30/what-happens-when-markets-realize  To set this up, it’s Charles Plosser, head of the Philly Fed speaking, pay close attention here folks.. “One of the things I’ve tried to argue is look, if we believe that monetary policy is doing what we say it’s doing and depressing real interest rates and goosing the economy and we’re in some sense distorting what might be the normal market outcomes at some point, we’re going to have to stop doing it. At some point the pressure is going to be too great. The market forces are going to overwhelm us. We’re not going to be able to hold the line anymore. And then you get that rapid snap back in premiums as the market realizes that central banks can’t do this forever. And that’s going to cause volatility and disruption.” Chuck again. WOW! A Fed member actually talking about how the Fed has distorted normal market outcomes! For once you get to hear from a Fed member, and not just me, talking and ranting about this stuff, and to this point sounding like the boy who cried wolf. To recap. The 4th QTR GDP first reading was just 2.6%, well below the expectations for a +3% print. And .8% of that 2.6% came from the ACA, so the fun just keeps coming for us!  The currencies tried to rally on the weaker GDP report, but fizzled out on Friday, and they have picked up the attempt to rally again this morning. Greece leaders are touring Europe in attempt to repair the bridges they burned during the election process.  Chuck questions the accounting of the Budget Deficit, and Gold gets sold again. what’s going on? Before I go to the currency roundup today, I wanted to take a minute, and talk about the loss of a baseball legend. Well, they laid to rest one of the top 100 ball players of the last 100 years on Saturday. RIP Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub. I really only saw Ernie Banks play ball at the end of his career, but my dad used to tell me about his ability, which was always a strong sign of respect when someone praised a ball player on a different team than the Cardinals, and add to that a Cub!  He was always recognized by that great smile, and his slogan, “let’s play two”.  I had a Cub fan send me a note last week when it was announced that Ernie Banks had died, and he asked me if I was such a diehard Cardinals fan that I couldn’t bring myself to talk about the passing of Ernie Banks.  WOW, I thought. I don’t think that would ever get in the way, and this is to prove it!  My friend, and retirement guru, Dennis Miller, is a lifelong Cub fan, and he tells me that Ernie Banks the Stan Musial of Chicago. Now that’s high praise!  So, RIP Mr. Cub. Currencies today 2/1/15.: American Style: A$ .7795, kiwi .7275, C$ .7885, euro 1.1340, sterling 1.5015, Swiss $1.0750, . European Style: rand 11.5755, krone 7.7540, SEK 8.2725, forint 274.20, zloty 3.6875, koruna 24.5005, RUB 69.23, yen 117.60, sing 1.3525, HKD 7.7540, INR 61.79, China 6.1385, pesos 14.94, BRL 2.6770, Dollar Index 94.76, Oil $50.06, 10-year 1.67%, Silver $17.15, Platinum $1,230.50, Palladium $777.30, and Gold. $1,272.14 That’s it for today. Quite full-o-words this morning, eh? Well, I was down and out in Beverly Hills most of the weekend, but got a good night’s sleep last night, so all is back to normal this morning! YAHOO! Little Feat is playing: Dixie Chicken on the iPod right now. Love to sing along with that song! Our Blues won in Washington D.C. yesterday, and I got to watch the game! NBC Sports Network aired the game, and just by chance I found that channel that I didn’t know I had! The TV Guide on the TV only goes to channel 98, but this channel was 730!  I guess it pays to just keep clicking “next” until the end, eh? The Blues have picked up where they left off before the All-Star Game break, and that included them playing their best hockey of the year! Let’s hope they don’t peek too soon, like they normally do! I did face time with my grandson, Braden the other day. He cracks me up. I taught him last year, that green is go, red is stop and yellow means “go faster”! And he told Kathy that the other day, as the light turned yellow as she was driving through the intersection. “Mimi, yellow means go faster!”  HA! Hey! Isn’t that my job as his grandfather, to teach him things? Cracks me UP!  Well, we had a plethora of birthdays last week, I hope everyone had a grand day.  And with that, I need to get going. I have a very important date! (not really, but the sun is out!)  I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more