Self-proclaimed ‘icon’ Adam Rippon takes final Olympic skate

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adam Rippon of the United States reacts following his performance in the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms to egg them on.Ever the showman, and with his trademark grace and flair, Rippon took his final skate of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday. He finished 10th, a fine result for a 28-year-old who was never expected to medal against a field populated by younger, higher-flying competition.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum He and skier Gus Kenworthy are America’s only two openly gay male athletes, and they’ve flaunted their LGBT pride on social media throughout the Olympics. Kenworthy and his boyfriend were in the stands to watch Rippon on Saturday, waving an American flag with rainbow patterning in place of red and white stripes. Rippon said he plans to watch Kenworthy compete, too.Rippon’s path to Pyeongchang included a public spat with Vice President Mike Pence, whom the LGBT community considers an opponent for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in March 2015 as Indiana’s governor. Critics said the legislation encouraged discrimination against gay people. An amendment with protections for the LGBT community was passed a week later.Rippon criticized the White House in January for choosing Pence to lead its official delegation for the opening ceremony. When a USA Today report said Pence was hoping to sit down with Rippon, the figure skater said he had no interest in meeting with Pence until at least after the games.The “brouhaha” — Rippon’s word — mostly dissipated as he made his Olympic debut. He helped the Americans win a bronze medal in the team event, then put on a pair of clean skates in the individual competition.All the while, he charmed away during interviews with his striking ease and wit. His personality — he proudly told The Associated Press in November he’s “a little trashy, but really fun” — cemented his Olympic stardom, catching attention from stars including Reese Witherspoon and Elmo.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Fellow American skater Ashley Wagner said this week that “he’s like this 24/7. It’s exhausting.”A taste of Rippon’s best work just from Saturday:—On his plans for the rest of the Olympics: “I’m probably going to have like a stiff drink later.”—On the Olympic spotlight: “Sometimes I just get attention, and I really don’t know how it happens.”—On his legacy: “You know, I’m not like a gay icon, or America’s gay sweetheart. I’m just America’s sweetheart and I’m just an icon.”Certainly, this month has opened doors for Rippon. He wouldn’t say for sure Saturday that he’s ready to retire from competition, but at 28, he seems unlikely to keep going much longer.He’d be a hit on television — perhaps following in the footsteps of fellow American skating star Johnny Weir, now a personality on NBC who helps host figure skating and Kentucky Derby coverage. There’s no doubt that if Rippon wants, he can parlay his celebrity into some sort of public post-skating career.With what he showed in South Korea, it’d be surprising if he doesn’t want that. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ The self-proclaimed “icon” didn’t need that hardware to leave his mark on these games.Or for the Olympics to leave its mark on him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They usually say that like, after the Olympic Games, somebody’s life changes forever,” Rippon said. “A lot of times it’s the gold medalist, but I have a feeling that my life has changed forever.”Rippon has been the headline-grabbing darling of the Pyeongchang Games, a status earned in part with his near-flawless skating, but even more with his efforts off the ice. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LATEST STORIES He’s given the world a taste of himself, and even after he’s done skating, it’s going to want more.“I think I’ve shown the world that I’m a fierce competitor,” he said. “But I think I’ve shown them that I’m also a fierce human being.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Premier League: Late Milner Penalty Helps Liverpool Edge Out Leicester to Go 8 Points Clear on Top of Table

first_imgLondon: James Milner scored a stoppage-time winner as Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Leicester, while Mauricio Pochettino’s problems mounted after Tottenham’s 3-0 loss at Brighton on Saturday.Liverpool won for the 17th consecutive league game thanks to Milner’s dramatic contribution to a thrilling clash at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side ruined Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers’ first return to Liverpool since being replaced by the German in 2015.By extending their remarkable winning streak, Liverpool have piled pressure on second placed Manchester City ahead of their home game against Wolves on Sunday.Fair to say the roof came off with that one! 😁#LFC pic.twitter.com/L1nH64IIrD— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 5, 2019 Liverpool took the lead in the 40th minute when Milner’s long ball was misjudged by Leicester defender Jonny Evans and Sadio Mane clinically slotted in his eighth goal of the season.Mane has scored exactly 50 goals in 100 Premier League games for Liverpool, making the Senegal winger the 10th player to reach that milestone for the Reds.James Maddison snatched third-placed Leicester’s equaliser in the 80th minute when he collected Ayoze Perez’s pass and drove his shot under Adrian’s weak attempted save.But five minutes into stoppage-time, Marc Albrighton took the ball away from his own goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and then clipped Mane, with Milner converting the penalty after a VAR review.EVERTON LOSE, ASTON VILLA CRUSH NORWICHEverton manager Marco Silva is also under mounting pressure following a 1-0 defeat at Burnley that left his team fourth bottom.Jeff Hendrick got Burnley’s 72nd minute winner after Everton had right-back Seamus Coleman sent off early in the second half for a crude lunge on Dwight McNeil.It is the first time Everton have lost four successive league games in four years.Aston Villa’s 5-1 demolition of Norwich was given a royal seal of approval with Villa fan Prince William in attendance with wife Kate and his young family at Carrow Road.No words needed.#PL #AVFC pic.twitter.com/649ymOsHyn— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) October 5, 2019 Dean Smith’s side took a 14th minute lead through Wesley and the Brazilian forward struck again for his fourth goal of the season in the 30th minute.Wesley wasted a chance to complete his hat-trick when his penalty was saved by Michael McGovern late in the first half after Kenny McLean fouled Conor Hourihane.It didn’t prove a problem for Villa as Jack Grealish got their third goal in the 49th minute and Conor Hourihane made it four.Douglas Luiz’s 83rd minute goal completed Villa’s biggest away Premier League win for 11 years despite Josip Drmic’s reply for Norwich.Watford remain bottom after a goalless draw with Sheffield United. Aston Villabrighton and hove albionenglish premier leagueeverton First Published: October 5, 2019, 10:10 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Satire: OSU uses cacti to prepare for bowl

first_imgReal cacti, guys. Real cacti. (USATSI)Real cacti, guys. Real cacti. (USATSI)Over the last few weeks, the feeling around OSU football has changed dramatically. From potentially facing their first losing season since 2005 to beating rival OU in a thrilling upset in overtime, the Cowboys are riding surprisingly high for being 6-6.But the feeling around the program isn’t all that’s changed.Over the last few weeks the OSU coaching staff have made significant changes to the practice facilities to prepare the team for their bowl game matchup against the Washington Huskies.Aside from simulating crowd noise and the Huskies’ defensive and offensive schemes, coaches have also added another obstacle to the field: cacti.Head coach Mike Gundy explained that the cacti were installed earlier this week as a motivator and a daily reminder of the hostile environment the team will likely face. He also said the team has risen to the occasion.“I think they’ve done okay,” said Gundy, pouring a bucket of sand around one of the larger plants. “We’ve had a few mishaps, but with young guys that’s bound to happen. Sometimes in life you make mistakes, and you just have to learn to correct those and adjust. We talk about that a lot.”Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said that the offense has found a lot of positives from having the cacti incidentally scattered around the field.“You know we’re just trying to build on the success we’ve found in the last two games,” said Yurcich. “Ever since I changed my allergy medication a month ago, this team has played a lot better and our playcalling in general has found a better way to capitalize on the strengths of the team. It’s the darnedest thing, really.”Yurcich also explained that the offensive line has benefitted from the presence of the cacti, particularly in blocking drills where they line up 5 saguaros as defenders.“Once they get over the initial burning and their bodies aren’t in shock anymore,” said Yurcich, “the drills go really well. Hey, did you know we have five lineman on offense? All year I’d thought we had 6 for some reason, until about a month ago. Go figure.”Yurcich noted that introducing the cacti was defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer’s idea.“There are forty-seven and a half cactus, to be exact,” said Spencer, wiping a carpet of spines off his left forearm. “And yes, cactuses, cacti, and cactus are an acceptable plurals of the word.”Spence went on to explain that aside from using the cacti in various tackling drills, he and the defense also give each one a hug every morning“Its good preparation,” said Spencer, “for wrapping up a squirrely defender and for showing kindness to someone you don’t particularly like.”Mike Gundy admitted that he was skeptical about adjusting their routine or preparation style for this game, but the results have been undeniably positive. When questioned about whether they will add more cacti or swap out existing cacti for new ones if they wear out, Gundy responded that he will not comment on personnel decisions.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Neymar Jr Teams Up With Humanity Inclusion To Make Difference In Childrens

first_imgHumanity & Inclusion has launched an awareness campaign promoting access to school for children with disabilities, with the participation of its global ambassador, international soccer sensation, Neymar Jr.Neymar Jr. teams up with Humanity & InclusionThe goal of HI’s Teacher Kids campaign, supported by Neymar Jr., is to shed light on the talents of every child with disabilities and what they can teach their peers.Teacher Kids is the first virtual school where the teachers are children with physical, sensorial or intellectual disabilities. As an ambassador of the international NGO Humanity & Inclusion, Neymar Jr. wanted to support this cause by becoming its very first student. The soccer star, who has 103 million followers on Instagram, learned origami, sign language, dance steps and relaxation techniques from children with disabilities.Thirty-two million children with disabilities around the world do not have access to school. Inappropriate teaching methods, the absence of support systems, or a staircase that puts a physical obstacle between the child and the school are among the many causes of inaccessibility.HI has been campaigning for all children, whatever their disability, to access education since 2004. By implementing innovative initiatives, such as mobile teachers and inclusive classes in mainstream schools, the NGO enables 150,000 children to be enrolled in school every year in countries like Togo, Burkina Faso, and Nepal.However, the organization wants to go a step further. These children, because of the specific sensitivities they develop, and the work-around mechanisms they acquire, have so much to teach their peers. The NGO is now inviting every child with a disability to contribute to the Teacher Kids teaching community. Using short videos, everyone can pass on their knowledge, an idea, or a great tip to broadcast and share on the platform.Find out more here.last_img read more

Spanish soccer team joins forces with UN agency to score goal against

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that it is teaming up with the Spanish soccer club Atlético de Madrid to promote efforts to overcome hunger and extreme poverty.The two institutions signed an agreement at the agency’s headquarters in Rome to work together to raise public awareness about FAO’s campaign known as “1 billion hungry.” That campaign was launched last month with the aim of gathering one million signatures calling on governments to make eradicating hunger a top priority.Atlético de Madrid – which won the prestigious Europa League title last month – has agreed to use its foundation to promote FAO initiatives as well as the work of other UN agencies such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).“FAO has always attached great importance to sports in general and professional football in particular as a tool for peace and development and an instrument of awareness on the situation of hunger in the world,” said Annika Soder, a senior communications official for the agency. 21 June 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that it is teaming up with the Spanish soccer club Atlético de Madrid to promote efforts to overcome hunger and extreme poverty. read more

Hawkins 27 Jordans key FTs St Francis tops Presbyterian

CLINTON, S.C. — Chauncey Hawkins scored 27 points with four 3-pointers, Jalen Jordan sank a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining and St. Francis (Brooklyn) edged Presbyterian 90-86 Wednesday night in a game that saw five ties and 13 lead changes.St. Francis (4-3) had surged ahead by as many as nine in the second half when the Blue Hose began to chip away with an 18-10 run over five minutes, knotting the score at 81 with 1:59 remaining when Francois Lewis drove, was fouled and converted the 3-point play.Lewis led the Blue Hose (3-4) with 35 points on 12-for-17 shooting with four 3s, five rebounds and just one turnover.St. Francis answered when Hawkins knocked down his fourth 3-pointer and Williams followed with another and the Terriers went ahead 87-82 with 32 seconds to go.Adam Flagler and Cory Hightower responded with a jumper and a pair of free throws and Presbyterian came within a basket with three seconds left.Jordan was fouled and, despite Presbyterian calling a timeout between foul shots, made both and pushed the game out of reach.Flagler finished with 17 points; Hightower 16.The Associated Press read more

A Decent Second Week Saved The US From Olympic Catastrophe

Now that the 2018 Winter Olympics are officially over, it’s time for one last update from our simple model that compares each country’s medal count with what we’d expect it to earn based on its history in each sport. Here’s how it works, in a nutshell: To get a given country’s baseline, we calculated how often it won gold, silver and bronze medals (out of all medals possible) in each Olympic sport from the 1998 Games through the 2014 Games.1With the exception of the Olympic athletes from Russia, who got a discounted version of the Russian Federation’s medal rates over the 1998-2014 span. Then, as things played out in Pyeongchang, we used those historical rates to determine how far every country was above or below its usual Winter Olympic pace. Here are the final numbers from 2018: Who impressed — and disappointed — in Pyeongchang?Actual and expected medal counts by country in the 2018 Winter Olympics 8Switzerland56415+1.4– 17Great Britain1045+2.6– 2Germany1410731-3.6– 12Japan45413+6.1– 18Belarus2103-0.9– Austria53614-7.1– New Zealand0022+2.0– 16Finland1146-3.3– Slovakia1203+1.7– 15Czech Republic2237+1.3– 10Sweden76114+2.5– 4United States98623-12.9– Liechtenstein0011+1.0– Slovenia0112-1.0– Ukraine1001-0.2– Olympic athletes from Russia26917-1.0*– 13Italy32510-0.7– Over the first half of the Olympics, the U.S. produced nine fewer medals than expected. In the second half, it was “only” 3.9 below its usual pace, and that number even briefly crept into positive territory after a five-medal performance on Day 13 that included a thrilling win over Canada in women’s ice hockey. Capping things off with a shocking upset gold in men’s curling (!!!), Team USA ended its stay in South Korea in better shape than it started.And, as Olympic researcher (and friend of the site) Bill Mallon points out, perhaps it was unfair to expect quite so much out of the U.S. this year anyway. The data we used to set America’s baseline included one Olympics with a home-field advantage (2002 in Salt Lake City), as well as another pseudo-home competition in Vancouver in 2010. Certainly, the travel to South Korea was much more grueling. Mallon also points out that the U.S.’s traditional dominance in X-Games style sports (such as snowboarding) might be eroding as other countries devote more attention to them — another reason why expectations based on recent history might have been unrealistic.Either way, the U.S. will leave Pyeongchang with a handful of indelible memories, despite the relative lack of medals overall. And the Norwegians, with their staggering 39 medals, will now have to grapple with their newfound status as an Olympic juggernaut.“We always want to win,” Norwegian sports commentator Fredrik Aukland told The New York Times. “But modesty is a big part of the culture here.”After Norway destroyed the field — and our medal tracker’s expectations — maybe braggadocio is the main thing it should work on going into the 2022 Games in Beijing. France54615+0.4– 14China1629-2.5– Australia0213-0.6– *Using medal rates for the Russian Federation, but with a 25 percent reduction to reflect that fewer athletes are competing this year, compared to previous games.Sources: Sports-Reference.com, International Olympic Committee CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotalvs. Expected 21Poland1012-1.8– 1Norway14141139+11.1– Latvia0011-0.7– Spain0022+2.0– Belgium0101+0.8– Kazakhstan0011+0.0 6South Korea58417+7.6– 5Netherlands86620+5.0– 25Hungary1001+1.0– Unsurprisingly, the record-breaking Norwegians blew away their expected total, nabbing 11 pieces of hardware more than expected based on the country’s track record. Olympic home-team South Korea also cleaned up, for nearly eight more medals than expected, continuing the general trend of host nations getting a major boost in performance at their own party. Meanwhile, others near the top of the table, such as Germany and Canada, medalled at a rate basically in line with what we’d expect (despite the latter’s existential curling crisis).And then there were the Americans. During the games, I wrote about the U.S.’s struggles, and Team USA did end up being the biggest underachiever in medals versus expected, with a -12.9 mark. That sense of letdown can be seen not just via our simple tracker, but also in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s internal projections — which, according to The Associated Press, set 37 medals as the expected target. Team USA is going home with 23 instead, its fewest in a Winter Olympics since 1998. (Interestingly, it did have the same number of golds — nine — as it did in each of the past three Winter Games, but many fewer silvers and bronzes.)A series of disappointing performances by big pre-Olympic favorites contributed to the generally mediocre showing for the U.S. But if there is any consolation, it’s that most of the U.S.’s underperformance happened in its first week or so in Pyeongchang, as Team USA did its best to right the ship in week 2: 3Canada1181029+1.2– read more

Ohio State field hockey gearing up for No 9 Northwestern

OSU field hockey players gather in a huddle during a game against Iowa on Oct. 19 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 4-2.Credit: Ban Jackson / For The LanternThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to play its final road game of the season against a top-10 opponent.OSU (6-9, 1-5) is scheduled to travel to Evanston, Ill., on Saturday to take on No. 9 Northwestern at 1 p.m. The Wildcats are coming off a 5-2 victory against Michigan State on Sunday, which helped them regain a share of first place in the conference.Northwestern (11-5, 5-1) used its speed and set plays to take down the Spartans, connecting on two penalty corners to help put Michigan State away.The Wildcats could pose some problems for OSU in the midfield as they boast two of the top scorers in the Big Ten at that position.Sophomore midfielder Dominique Masters scored twice against the Spartans, bringing her season total to 10 goals. That mark is good enough for ninth in the conference to go along with her 26 total points.The Canterbury, U.K., native is joined in the midfield by fellow sophomore Isabel Flens.Flens is tied for second on the team in assists with eight, and is tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 28 points on the season. She hails from Hattem, Netherlands, and is one of six players from outside the United States playing for Northwestern.Regardless of international players or high-scoring attackers, both teams have their sights set on postseason play.The Buckeyes and the Wildcats are gearing up for a run in the Big Ten Tournament where the winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.But before OSU can turn its attention fully to the tournaments, it’ll have one more game remaining on the regular season slate.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field. The game is set to begin at noon before the Big Ten Tournament kicks off on Nov. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Sevenyear jail term upheld for drunk driver who put a grandmother into

first_img Image: Shutterstock/juefraphoto AN UNINSURED, DISQUALIFIED driver, who was three times over the legal limit when he caused serious injury to a pedestrian grandmother, has lost an appeal against the severity of his seven year sentence.Maurice Power (33), of Kilmoyler, Cahir, Co Tipperary, had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Fiona O’Connell on the Fethard Road, Co Tipperary on 12 November, 2012.Power was sentenced at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court to seven years imprisonment with the final 12 months suspended by Judge Thomas Teehan on 31 July, 2013. He was also disqualified from driving for 25 years.Dismissing Power’s appeal against sentence yesterday, Justice Garrett Sheehan said the incident occurred about 5am on the date in question.Justice Sheehan said Power had lost control of the vehicle he was driving which drove through the boundary wall of an institution. The injured party, who happened to be walking home at the time, was carried into the grounds of the institution by the vehicle.She could remember saying ‘please don’t leave me here to die’, the court heard.Power remained at the scene and endeavoured to give assistance before he was arrested by gardaí, the judge said.He was three times over the legal limit, was driving while disqualified and without insurance, Justice Sheehan said.The injured party described having to have her leg amputated despite 14 operations in an attempt to save it. She had spent four months in hospital.Severe injuriesShe had been in a wheelchair since coming out of hospital, was attending the National Rehabilitation Centre and was being fitted for a prosthetic leg at the time of sentencing.She also had a fractured nose, cracked ribs, black eyes and was bruised all over.Power was a labourer who was in a relationship and was the father of two young children. He had 51 previous convictions mainly for road traffic matters but which included convictions for assault, possession of drugs and possession of a firearm and ammunition, Justice Sheehan said.Power’s lawyers appealed his sentence on grounds that the sentencing judge placed the offences too high on the scale and gave insufficient weight to the mitigating factors.Justice Sheehan said that in a number of other cases where death and serious injury had resulted from dangerous driving, the appellant had no previous convictions or relatively minor ones.In this case, Power was not only disqualified at the time of driving but had significant previous convictions such as a recorded conviction for drink driving and having been previously disqualified more than once. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThere had been a progressive increase in sentences imposed in dangerous driving causing death cases over the past 15 years or so, Justice Sheehan said, and this remark was applicable to cases involving serious injury also.The judge said the sentence imposed on Power was significant but the Court of Appeal was bound to allow a margin of appreciation to a sentencing judge.Mr Justice Sheehan, who sat with Justice George Birmingham and Justice Alan Mahon, said the Circuit Court judge was entitled to identify seven years as the appropriate starting point having regard to the horrific injuries as well as the aggravating factors in this case.He said the sentencing judge saw fit to mark the mitigating circumstances by suspending the final 12 months. In the Court of Appeal’s view, there was no error in principle and accordingly the appeal was dismissed.Read: Pedestrians urged not to ‘stagger’ home drunk on country roads >Read: ‘I took a husband and dad of four away from his family because of my drink driving’ > The woman had been in a wheelchair since coming out of hospital. Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 6:15 AM Share5 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3057767 18 Comments 12,643 Views center_img Short URL By Ruaidhrí Giblin Nov 2nd 2016, 6:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Seven-year jail term upheld for drunk driver who put a grandmother into a wheelchair Maurice Power had 51 previous convictions. The woman had been in a wheelchair since coming out of hospital. Image: Shutterstock/juefraphotolast_img read more

Les Manning celebrates his 102nd birthday

first_imgLeslie Manning, one of the few remaining Australian WWII veterans who fought in the Battle of Crete, celebrated his 102nd birthday last week.The Pancretan Association of Melbourne hosted a special mention to the veteran during the 20th anniversary of the Cretan radio show on Greek radio station 3XY.Mr Manning was chuffed to celebrate his milestone with so many Cretan Australians, who presented him with a huge chocolate cake.He found himself in Crete just before the German invasion in 1941, two years after he joined the 2/7th Battalion raised in Victoria.One of the actions the battalion took part in during the Battle of Crete was the battle of 42nd Street near Chania, where Anzac troops fought to buy time for other Allied troops to be evacuated. Captured after the Allied surrender, Mr Manning ended up in Germany as a prisoner of war.Along with his 102nd birthday, Les also celebrated his 62nd wedding anniversary with his wife Alma in January. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une télévision Toshiba à la résolution exceptionnelle

first_imgUne télévision Toshiba à la résolution exceptionnelleLa firme nipponne vient d’annoncer la disponibilité prochaine au Japon de son tout nouveau Regza 55XS5, un des premiers appareils à proposer une résolution Quad Full-HD. Toshiba mise sur une résolution exceptionnelle pour son téléviseur Regza 55XS5. Celui-ci sera prochainement lancé au Japon pour la coquette somme de 7300 euros. Mais il faut dire qu’il est un des premiers au monde à disposer de la technologie Quad Full-HD, avec une résolution assez impressionnante de 3840 x 2160 pixels, explique Hdnumerique.Il s’agit d’un téléviseur LCD, Edge LED, qui embarque un processeur CEVO Duo qui assure l’upscaling QFHD des contenus standard Full-HD. Appareil appartenant à la catégorie des télévisions connectées, il pourra effectuer des enregistrements d’émissions de télévision sur disques durs externes via un port USB. Le Regza 55XS5 sortira d’abord au mois de juin au Japon. Le 12 mai 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Little Blue Penguins Stolen in LateNight Raid in New Zealand

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ A group of little blue penguins are missing after thieves broke into their nest in Napier, New Zealand.On Wednesday, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) reported a potential bird smuggling, and said they received information about a late-night raid that occurred on Jan. 24 at 10:30 p.m., according to a New Zealand DOC press release. Officials said two penguins were captured and taken by the thieves, while one was found dead in a nearby area.We’re outraged and disturbed about the reported smuggling of little blue penguins/kororā in Hawkes Bay. The late-night raid occurred last week at Perfume Point in Napier. Anyone who has any information should contact us on 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468): https://t.co/55kRtWF7yM pic.twitter.com/sPwNfcxlnn— Department of Conservation (@docgovtnz) January 30, 2019On the night of the raid, a woman was observed holding a torch, while two men broke into the penguins’ nest with a crowbar to capture the birds. The DOC suspects that the crowbar was used to remove rocks from the penguins’ burrow, and then hook the penguins out around their necks. Two of the penguins were wrapped in towels and taken away by the group, which drove away in a white vehicle, while one was left behind to die.“We are really concerned as we believe this might not be a one off,” Rod Hansen, DOC’s Hawkes Bay Compliance Officer, said in the press release. “We have no idea where these birds are being taken to and we are seeking CCTV footage from the surrounding area and hoping members of the public may be able to come forward with further information.”The DOC is currently working with other government agencies to find the perpetrators. Stealing little blue penguins, which have a declining conservation status in New Zealand, could lead to jail time and fines up to $100,000. The DOC also urged citizens to come forward with any information on the tragic incident, which is still under investigation.More on Geek.com:This Frog Survives Winter by Freezing Two-Thirds of Its BodyScientists Discover New Species of Cave-Dwelling ‘Swimming Centipede’ Scientists Use ‘Half A Mosquito-Worth’ of DNA to Produce Whole Genomelast_img read more

John Terry has left Aston Villa with an emotional message to

first_imgAs we reported earlier that John Terry will leave Aston Villa, the England star defender has taken a bow from his claret and blue team-mates after the play-off final defeat to Fulham at Wembley.The 37-year-old flew out on his holidays having known that he would not be staying at the club but intends to seek a new challenge next year.The captain left an emotional message for his fans via birminghammail saying:“Today I part ways with Aston Villa Football Club.“I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to play and captain this great and huge club.“I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch and I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100% belongs.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“I would like to thank Steve Bruce who was instrumental in me joining Villa.“I have learnt so much from him as a manager this season that will stay with me forever.“Also, I’d like to thank all the staff and players and our owner Dr Tony, who it was a real pleasure and honour to work with every day“Finally, a special thank you to the Villa supporters who have supported us both home and away in their thousands, up and down the country and have been amazing to me on a personal level.“Villa will always have a place in my heart and I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal.“But now going forward, I would like to wish the management, staff, players and supporters good luck for the future” he concluded.last_img read more

Jamaican athlete dies in bike crash

first_img Related Items:#GermaineMasondiesinbikecrash, #Jamaicanathletediesincrash, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, April 20, 2017 – Kingston – Retired Jamaican-born British athlete Germaine Mason died in an early morning bike crash along the Palisadoes road in Kingston.  It has been reported that the Olympic medalist, who is a close friend of Usain Bolt, was leaving a party this morning when he lost control of his motorcycle on the Norman Manley Boulevard in East Kingston at 4:20 AM and died instantly.Traffic Police says Mason was only person involved in the crash and was not wearing a helmet at the time. Bolt and fellow Olympian Michael Frater were among the first on the scene.  Thirty four year-old Mason won Olympic silver for UK in 2008 in the high-jump event.  He retains the Jamaican national record for high jump.Story by: Sheri-kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#Jamaicanathletediesincrash#GermaineMasondiesinbikecrashlast_img read more

Festive air at Saturday in Park Lyles Myles fun run

first_img Two words say it all: change happened.Joy was in the air Saturday afternoon as hundreds of members and supporters of Vancouver’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community, as well as a few curious onlookers, gathered at Esther Short Park, some proudly wearing those two words on their shirts.It’s been a year of whirlwind changes for the LGBT community. They included Washington’s passage of a voter-approved referendum legalizing marriages for the state’s 17,000 same-sex couples and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling mandating federal equality for legally married gay couples.At the 19th annual Saturday at the Park event, it was celebration time.“Everybody is happy now,” saidCorey Eubanks, a Vancouver-based real estate agent. “Even now, around town, I see more same-sex couples walking around holding hands. They’re more comfortable.”Dressed in rainbow tutus and matching leis, a group of 16 participants of the Lyle’s Myles Run/Walk gathered near the park’s gazebo, having just finished the 5K fun run. The event raises money for local and international HIV and AIDS programs. There are an estimated 400 people with HIV or AIDS in Clark County, said Lyle Smith, the 79-year-old organizer of the fundraiser, which partners with Saturday in the Park.At the gazebo, the fleet-footed rainbow warriors said they’d come out in force to show their support for gay rights, one brightly colored piece of clothing at a time. “Rainbow Team” members Sarah Beck and Amy Powell cross the finish line at Lyle’s Myles on Saturday. The two took part to show their support for gay rights.last_img read more

What is the G20

first_imgRussia`s President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during their meeting on July 4, 2017 at the Kremlin in Moscow, as part of Jinping`s two-day visit to Moscow. AFPThe Group of 20 leading industrialised and emerging powers hold annual summits on economic governance, with wars and crises often overtaking the official agenda.Grouping the United States and other G7 members with giants such as China, India and Russia, it represents two thirds of the world population, three quarters of world trade and about 80 percent of economic output.The other members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the European Union.The G20, with its ministerial-level beginnings in 1999, first met for a summit in 2008 in Washington to discuss ways to achieve balanced and sustainable world economic growth.Critics charge that the “self-appointed” club undermines the role of the international bodies, such the United Nations, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.The grouping has often been a magnet for protesters, including at this year’s meet in Hamburg, Germany.At the 2010 summit in Toronto, thousands of anti-capitalist protesters clashed with Canadian police, leaving dozens injured on both sides and sparking mass arrests.The list of G20 members does not strictly reflect the world’s 20 biggest economies. Some non-members such as Switzerland have bigger economies than, for example, member Argentina.The leaders mostly meet behind closed doors and lack the power to enforce binding decisions or rules.The heads of global and regional bodies are invited to the summits — among them the chiefs of the UN, IMF, World Bank, WTO, African Union, APEC and Southeast Asia’s ASEAN.Rotating G20 summits also invite guest nations, including “permanent guest” Spain and, this year, partner countries the Netherlands, Norway and Singapore.Next year’s G20 host will be Argentina.last_img

The whole country is a prison

first_imgSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea Tomas Ojea Quintana speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, on 11 January 2019. Photo: ReutersDespite more than a year of international engagement and promises of economic reform by North Korea’s leaders, the human rights situation in the isolated country remains dire, a top UN rights official said on Friday.Blocked by the government from visiting North Korea, UN special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea Tomas Quintana visited South Korea this week as part of an investigation that will be provided to the UN Human Rights Council in March.Noting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has embarked on an effort to improve living conditions by focusing on economic development, Quintana said his preliminary findings showed those efforts had not translated into improvements in the lives of most people.”The fact is, that with all the positive developments the world has witnessed in the last year, it is all the more regrettable that the reality for human rights on the ground remains unchanged, and continues to be extremely serious,” he told reporters at a briefing in Seoul.”In all areas related to the enjoyment of economic and social rights, including health, housing, education, social security, employment, food, water and sanitation, much of the country’s population is being left behind.”North Korea denies human rights abuses and says the issue is used by the international community as a political ploy to isolate it.Human rights were noticeably absent from talks between Kim and the leaders of South Korea and the United States last year, over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.But in December, the United States imposed sanctions on an additional three North Korean officials, including a top aide to Kim, for serious rights abuses and censorship.North Korea’s foreign ministry warned in a statement after the December sanctions were announced, that the measures could lead to a return to “exchanges of fire” and North Korea’s disarming could be blocked forever.While noting he had “no specific information” on whether international sanctions were hurting ordinary North Koreans, Quintana said the sanctions targeted the economy as a whole and “raised questions” about the possible impact on the public.He cited a reference by Kim in his New Year message to the need to improve living standards, saying it was a rare acknowledgement of the economic and social hardships faced by many North Koreans.Still, the United Nations has confirmed the continued use of political prison camps housing “thousands” of inmates, Quintana said, quoting one source as saying “the whole country is a prison”.He said witnesses who recently left North Korea reported facing widespread discrimination, labour exploitation and corruption in daily life.There is also a “continuing pattern of ill-treatment and torture” of defectors who escaped to China only to be returned to North Korea by Chinese authorities, Quintana said.last_img read more

Doctors to Start Prescribing Museum Art for Better Health

Medications and therapy aren’t the only treatments available for medical conditions. In the near future, Canadian doctors will be able to recommend a new wellness fix for patients: painting exhibits.According to BBC, a doctor’s organization and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) are collaborating on a new initiative that will allow physicians to prescribe free museum visits. The initiative, which will launch on Nov. 1, aims to provide patients with a therapeutic art viewing experience.Starting Thursday, doctors members of Médecins francophones du Canada can register in the first phase of the initiative and write up to 50 prescriptions for a visit to MMFA collections and exhibitions. These prescriptions will be issued by doctors as alternative treatments for mental and physical conditions.AdChoices广告Nathalie Bondil, MMFA’s general museum director, told BBC that the “neutral, beautiful, and inspiring space” of a museum setting can improve wellbeing for patients who seek relief from health issues.The ‘fine art prescription’ initiative comes on the heels of MMFA’s ongoing art therapy efforts. MMFA recently hired an in-house art therapist and is taking part in clinical studies looking at how museum visits might impact people with mental and physical health ailments.Is it possible for artwork to improve overall health? We don’t have all the answers yet, but MMFA and Médecins francophones du Canada are demonstrating how a daily dose of paintings can be key for healing, peace, and hope.More on Geek.com:Photos: Superheroes and Villains Assemble at London Comic Con 2018Versace Designer Teases Apple Computer-Inspired SneakersThis Italian City Gives You Free Beer for Riding Your Bike Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall read more

Han Solo Movie Details One About His Name Slowly Smuggled Out of

first_imgWell, maybe not “smuggled,” but “delivered in a semi-official capacity” doesn’t have the same ring to it. We’re all so excited for The Last Jedi later this year that it’s easy to forget that we’re getting another exciting new Star Wars movie in 2018 too. We’re still not entirely emotionally prepared for a world where there’s a new Star Wars every year.That’s the timeline we’ve somehow lucked ourselves into, though, and the few details we’ve heard so far about next year’s Han Solo movie all sound pretty exciting. Yesterday, we finally got some concrete details about the film’s plot. Speaking at a tech conference at the University of Southern California, Disney CEO Bob Iger was forthcoming with details about the future of Star Wars, Variety reports. Most notably, he let slip some story details about the new Han Solo film.Probably the most surprising piece of information to come out of Iger’s talk was that Han Solo might not even be the character’s name. Iger said one of the many events the movie will cover is “how he got his name.” What? All of these year’s his name isn’t Han Solo? Have we been living a lie all this time? What was his real name then? Did he just change it because “Han Solo” sounds cool? Did he pass a fake name onto his kid? (Or kids in the “Legends” universe?) What did you do to us, Iger? Star Wars fans lose enough sleep as it is over questions like this one. Fortunately, we should get the answers fairly soon. If you consider mid-2018 soon. By the way, if you’re counting, that makes two George Lucas characters originated by Harrison Ford whose awesome names turn out to be fake. Did Solo have a dog named Han?Iger said the movie will follow Solo’s life from ages 18 to 24 years old, which should make Disney’s marketing department happy. Iger says it will show the origin of everything we associate with the character. Iger says we’ll see Solo “acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie.” So clearly, the movie will be about Solo’s first speederbike and his brief but meaningful friendship with Gungi. No. Come on Bob; we know what you’re talking about.We also got a little bit more information courtesy of Woody Harrelson. In an appearance on The Tonight Show Wednesday night, Jimmy Fallon tried to get a tiny bit of Star Wars gossip out of the actor. Harrelson was tight-lipped, as you’d expect from any actor who doesn’t want to bring down the all-powerful wrath of Mickey upon themselves. The biggest piece of new information to come out of the interview: His character’s name.“I play a guy named Beckett, who’s kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han… That’s all I can say,” Harrelson told Fallon. He also mentioned that he’d be in London, where the Han Solo movie is filming, until the end of July.So Han Solo had a mentor named Beckett, and now it sounds like “Han Solo” might not even be the character’s birth name? Those details are sure to spark some canon debates amongst die-hard fans. Of course, now that the name Beckett is out there, expect it to start showing up in the new novels and comics. Especially as we get closer to the Han Solo movie’s 2018 release.last_img read more

Testing Your Site

first_img Not long ago, A/B testing was solely available to large companies–it was time-consuming, expensive and required much IT help. But now, many companies offer hosted testing and optimization services affordable to smaller businesses.That’s good news for e-tailers seeking to improve their sites. A/B testing (aka A/B split testing) allows you to test two versions of your website. You can measure how customers respond to both versions and then optimize the site based on that information. Kefta, Offermatica and Optimost are three leading companies that offer A/B testing; services run about $10,000 per month.RingCentral Inc. in San Mateo, California, is one growing e-tailer that’s had success with A/B testing. The multimillion-dollar telecommunications firm targets small businesses and sells its services exclusively online. Last summer, the company worked with Offermatica to run some A/B tests with the goal of boosting the percentage of visitors signing up for its services.RingCentral tested various elements of its site, including the home page. Two versions were prepared: one with a laundry list of features–more graphics, links to a user guide and FAQs–and one with a detailed description of the benefits of working with RingCentral. RingCentral learned that the page with more links to additional information led more people to the sign-up page.After changing the site accordingly, the 35-employee company saw a 46 percent increase in overall sales by year-end. “Thousands of people look at our site each day, and we have many ways we can present information to them,” says Vlad Shmunis, RingCentral’s 45-year-old founder. “A/B testing lets the public vote–basically with their wallets.”To be effective, A/B testing should be ongoing. Some additional tips from Offermatica CEO Matthew Roche:1. Run tests on the registration or shopping cart page. Says Roche, “Improving these areas generally provides the greatest impact on the bottom line.”2. Focus on big elements. Instead of testing text color or font size, says Roche, focus on areas such as product, pricing, primary copy, images, offers and calls to action.3. Test heavily trafficked campaigns in two weeks or less. Says Roche, “This creates better answers fast.” 2 min read This story appears in the April 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 1, 2006last_img read more