ExBrighton star wary of Eden Hazard threat

first_imgGary Chivers believes it’s essential that Brighton & Hove Albion find a way to stop the ever impressive Eden Hazard ahead of today’s game against ChelseaThe Seagulls will host Chelsea at the Amex Stadium looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley.The last time Brighton faced Chelsea at home came in January, where they lost 4-0 after Hazard’s brace.And Chivers, who played for both teams in his playing career, warned Brighton they must find a way to stop the Belgian superstar this time around.“From Brighton’s perspective it’ll be a tough one because although Chelsea are a side who’ve been a bit indifferent in recent weeks, their last performance in the league against Manchester City was a great one,” Chivers told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The side took their chances last weekend – Eden Hazard playing up front was their trump card in many ways because not many people expected that.“Most would assume that either Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata would play as a striker, but Hazard went into that role. He had pace either side of him and when they had the ball it really looked dangerous.“Hazard drifts into spaces between the back four and middle four, you don’t want him running at you with the ball because he’s one of the best players in the Premier League – if Albion are to get a result then they’ll have to stop him as well as being solid overall defensively.”The Brighton-Chelsea match will begin at 14:30 (CET) today.last_img read more

Massachusetts Agency Launches Economic Diversification Study

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) has launched an economic diversification study to help the state cope with cutbacks in DOD spending by becoming less dependent on defense contracting.The organization recently was awarded a $400,000 grant from MassDevelopment, a state agency that received a $1.5 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. MassMEP will help companies reposition toward commercial markets, Jack Healy, its president, told the Telegram. A large number of manufacturers providing critical systems to the defense industry will have a difficulty surviving when their customers diminish.The grant also will expand an initiative allowing undergraduates from Worcester Polytechnic Institute to teach a training curriculum to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.Of the about 87,000 jobs in the state supported by the defense industry, 43,000 are direct jobs, Healy said. The 87,000 positions do not include research and development or Small Business Innovation Research grant jobs. The study is expected to be completed in March 2016.last_img read more

Google Trips app heads into the sunset

first_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 0 Mobile Apps Phones DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate Comments $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Amazon Share your voicecenter_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See at Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Tags $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Tags Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $999 7 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment Google Trips was designed to take care of all your travel needs, including itineraries. Juan Garzón/CNET It’s the end of the road for Google Trips.The internet giant announced this week that it would discontinue support for the Android travel-planning app in two months. The app debuted in 2016, promising to help users organize their travel arrangements via phones and other devices, even when offline. The app would guide users to particular places of interest and restaurants, as well as consolidate their reservations and tickets.It also let you customize a daily itinerary, laying out how to get to places and figuring out how long your route would take. And if you didn’t have an itinerary in mind, the app could generate one for you.Several travel services already offered this kind of planning, but Trips took advantage of Google’s wide geographical database as well as Gmail, which is where you could send reservations and ticket confirmations. Speculation that Google Trips’ days were numbered began in May when Google announced plans to revamp the Trips web service, making the Trips information more accessible at Google Travel, Google Maps and Google Search. Google said on a support page that it’ll end support for Google Trips on Aug. 5, but users will still be able to access email and trip information until then. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 Read the AirPods review Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)last_img read more

Monty Panesar makes shocking revelation Describes organised balltampering in English team

first_imgMonty Panesar reveals England’s tactics to get reverse swingTwitter/FOX SPORTS CricketThe entire cricket world was left shell-shocked by the ball-tampering scandal last year which led to Australia’s Test captain and vice-captain getting banned for one year. Universal condemnation poured in from the entire world for the ignoble way in which the Aussies were trying to tamper with the condition of the ball. The English were as forthright in their criticism as anyone else.But now, an English bowler, Monty Panesar, has come out with revelations in his book, ‘The Full Monty’ which suggest that the English team were as keen on altering the condition of the ball through external substances as any. In the passages of the book published by the Daily Mail newspaper, Monty gives a candid account of how certain methods were used to make the ball more likely to reverse-swing.”We all tried to change the condition of the ball, because reverse swing has such a huge impact. When I came into the England side, my job was to prepare the ball for the seamers. Whether we broke the laws depends on how you interpret them. We found that mints and sun cream had an effect on the saliva, and that helped the ball to reverse. I might also have ‘accidentally’ caught the ball on the zip of my trouser pocket to rough it up a little,” the spinner wrote in his book. 2018’s ball-tampering scandal became a huge issuePETER PARKS/AFP/Getty ImagesA veteran of 50 Tests, Panesar was also open enough to accept that in the use of this tactic, they may have been tilting towards an iota of unethical conduct. “That was probably a hairline fracture of the spirit of the game, even if the laws said you were allowed to ‘use your uniform,” the star of his team’s famous 2012 Test series win in India admitted.This is not the first time that an English cricketer has talked about the use of a certain substance that supposedly makes their saliva more effective in inducing reverse swing of the ball. Marcus Trescothick too, had mentioned in his autobiography that he found that when he was consuming Murray Mints – a mint-flavoured candy – while being the official shiner of the ball, it would swing more.This calls into question the conduct of the English team and also raises questions about the honesty of cricket teams around the world. Is everyone guilty, to some extent, of trying to use external substances for making the ball move more? Should there be greater vigilance of this aspect of the game? However, one must hand it to Monty for daring to speak the truth. Maybe the Australians getting caught was just the tip of the iceberg.last_img read more

ECs dialogues with political parties begin Thursday

first_imgElection Commission logo. File PhotoThe election commission starts its dialogues with 40 registered political parties on Thursday to take their opinions over its preparation for the next parliamentary elections.The commission will first sit in talks with Sangskritik Muktijote at 3:00pm at the conference room of Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital city.Earlier, a 10-member delegation of Muktijote was invited to join the dialogue to be held with chief election commission KM Nurul Huda in the chair.As per the EC’s schedule, the EC was supposed to sit in the first dialogue with Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) at 11:00am on Thursday, but BNF has asked the EC to reschedule its dialogue saying that it would not be able to join the dialogue in the next one month due to the ongoing flood situation in different parts of the country.BNF president SM Abul Kalam Azad, MP said his party leaders are scheduled to visit the flood-hit areas in Jamalpur on Thursday and they would distribute relief items among flood victims there.“We’ve informed the EC that we cannot join the dialogue halting our relief activities for flood victims. We asked the EC to delay the talks with us at least by one month,” he told UNB.Director (PR) at the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman said the commission has yet to take any decision whether the talks with BNF will be rescheduled.“So far, 12 political parties have been invited to join the EC’s dialogue. Separate dialogues with two parties will be held in a day. The first talks will be held at 11:00am, while the second one at 3:00pm everyday,” he told UNB.As per the schedule, the EC will also sit with Bangladesh Muslim League (BML) and Khelafat Majlish on 28 August, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party and Jagpa on 30 August, Bangladesh Islami Front and Islami Andolan Bangladesh on 10 September, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish and Islami Oikya Jote on 12 September, and Bangladesh Kalyan Party and Islamic Front Bangladesh on 14 September.The commission will seek opinions from the political parties over different issues, including electoral law reform and delimitation of constituencies, updating voter list, fixation of polling stations and awarding registration to new political parties.Earlier, the commission held talks with civil society members on 31 July, media representatives on 16 and 17 August as part of taking opinions of its different stakeholders over preparation of the 11th national election likely to be held in late December 2018.The constitutional body will also sit with election observers, women leaders and election experts.last_img read more

Rohingya men stab 2 Bangladesh coast guards

first_imgNaikhangchhari Rohingya campTwo members of Bangladesh Coast Guard suffered injuries in an attack by Rohingya men at Noyapara Rohingya camp in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.The injured are Md Faruk, 30, and Md Joynal, 28.Tipped off that yaba tablets were being sold, a team of plainclothes Coast Guard went to the room of Sadek at block-H of the camp to arrest the drug traders, said Lt commander Faizul Islam, commanding officer of Coast Guard’s Teknaf station.Noticing their presence, the Rohingya men swooped on the Coast Guard men and stabbed them, leaving two of them injured.The injured were first taken to the Upazila Health Complex and later shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.A deep injury mark was found in the chest of one of the injured while one ear of the other was almost severed, said duty doctor Shovan Das at the hospital.last_img read more

City Council Supports Mayors Proposal To Reform Houstons Pension System

first_imgListen Al OrtizAt the end of the Council’s meeting, Mayor Sylvester Turner thanked the City Council for supporting his plan to reform the pension system and said it means “a great deal to the people in this city and to every single employee.”The Houston City Council passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pensions system.The debate on Turner’s proposal began with Council Member Michael Kubosh saying he wanted to delay the vote by using a procedure called tagging.Turner emphatically addressed Kubosh, saying that all members of the council had been thoroughly briefed on the plan.He added that credit rating agencies, the Greater Houston Partnership and others had also been properly informed.Turner also made a point of the fact that no Houstonian has spoken against the proposal at the council’s public sessions.After he heard those arguments, Kubosh decided not to tag the vote.During the rest of the debate, several council members praised the way Turner has approached the pension reform.“It’s been transparent, it’s been thorough. If you don’t have the information, ask the questions, because everybody is open and honest. I’ll be proud to vote for you on this, I’ll be proud to support you three years from now ’cause no one, no one, could have gotten this done,” said Council Member Dave Martin, who represents District E.However, Council Member Mike Knox, who holds the At Large-Position 1, was not on board.“This is in fact political theater. It’s not necessary for you to have this resolution to carry this legislation to Austin,” noted Knox, who elaborated on why he is critical of the process the mayor used to design the pension reform.“We’ve not been a participant in the negotiations or any other aspect of this plan,” Knox added “and so we must rely on a proposed piece of legislation that has yet to be written.”Knox was the only council member that voted against the plan.After the council’s meeting Turner expressed his gratitude saying “it was a very strong vote and on a very tough, complicated issue that means a great deal to the people in this city and to every single employee.”The next step is that members of the Texas Legislature introduce bills based on the plan supported by the council.The mayor says he is optimistic the proposal will pass in Austin.However, State Sen. Paul Bettencourt remains skeptical.He insists that he wants more information about how the city and its employees would negotiate adjustments to the pension system if the annual costs are higher than the limits they had agreed on.“There’s going to be a huge question mark.  I mean, at this point in time, without those key events, you know, the data points, I couldn’t vote for it at this point because I don’t even know what I’m voting on,” Bettencourt said.The legislative session will start next January. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /02:33 Sharelast_img read more

Houston Real Estate Icon Turns 90

first_imgFlorian MartinWelcome Wilson Sr., a long-time Houston real estate developer, turns 90 on March 17. Listen Share X 00:00 /03:33center_img Welcome Wilson Sr. turns 90 years old on March 17.The iconic Houston real estate developer was a long-time chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents.Many buildings across the region bear his signature.Among Wilson’s first developments in the region were Jamaica Beach and Tiki Island near Galveston. Both are now incorporated cities.His firm, Welcome Group, now develops industrial facilities.Wilson’s impressive resume also includes government positions. He served in the Executive Office of the President under Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy and was named Special Ambassador to Nicaragua under Lyndon B. Johnson.We sat down with Wilson to talk about how Houston has been evolving over the many years he has worked here. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Google Starts to Monetize Voice By Bringing Paid Digital Goods Subscriptions to

first_imgDevelopers who have built both voice experiences for the Google Assistant as well as an Android app can also let users access paid digital goods in both contexts. Paid digital goods are thus far only available in the U.S., but Google said that it plans to roll them out in additional countries soon.Google announced this path to monetize voice experiences as it unveiled a revamped Google Assistant experience on mobile, where users will now have it easier to switch back and forth between using their voice and touch.“Since the Google Assistant made its debut, we’ve noticed that nearly half of all interactions with the Assistant today include both voice and touch,” said voice actions group PM Tarun Jain in a  blog post Wednesday. “With this redesign, we’re making the Assistant more visually assistive for users, combining voice with touch in a way that gives users the right controls in the right situations.” CREDIT: Courtesy of Google Google is making it easier for developers to earn money with voice experiences: Developers are now able to charge their users for digital goods via Google’s Assistant, the search giant announced Wednesday. These new monetization options will be available both through devices like the Google Home smart speaker, as well as Google Assistant-powered smart displays and phones.One of the companies making use of the new monetization feature out of the gate is meditation services provider Headspace, which now lets users of its service subscribe to its paid tier with simple voice commands.Another scenario highlighted by Google Wednesday: “Castle Master,” an interactive audio adventure for smart speakers and other devices with access to the Google Assistant, now lets users buy add-on packs to unlock additional gameplay through one-time purchases. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

Rhett Links Mythical Entertainment in Talks to Acquire Smosh EXCLUSIVE

first_img YouTube Sketch-Comedy Group Smosh Joins Studio71’s Creator Network Smosh, the YouTube comedy brand left stranded after parent company Defy Media went belly-up, may be about to get a new business partner.Mythical Entertainment, the entertainment company founded by top YouTube comedy duo Rhett & Link, has been in talks about acquiring the Smosh brand, sources told Variety. Multiple potential buyers came forward to scope out Smosh following Defy’s abrupt shutdown last November after it failed to find a buyer or secure working capital. But at this point Mythical has emerged as the likely buyer of Smosh, sources said.The combo would be a good fit — it would bring together two of YouTube’s most popular and longest-running comedy teams. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal are the creators and hosts of weekday YouTube series “Good Mythical Morning,” which has 15 million subscribers. There’s also a UTA connection between Rhett & Link and Smosh: McLaughlin, Neal and Hecox are each repped by the agency.A spokesman for Rhett and Link said they were attending VidCon London this week and unavailable for comment. A rep for Studio71, which co-produces and distributes Rhett & Link’s “Good Mythical Morning,” did not respond to a request for comment. Hecox didn’t respond to an email inquiry.Last fall Hecox, in the wake of Defy’s closure, reassured fans that the Smosh team was in the process of “finding a new home.”“The family that we’ve worked to build over 13 years is not going away,” Hecox wrote in a Nov. 6 tweet. “You guys have given so many of us here at Smosh the best jobs in the world, and we’re going to do whatever we can to continue to bring you the same Smoshy goodness we always have.” Hecox became the creative head of Smosh after longtime friend and co-founder Anthony Padilla left the group in 2017.Rhett and Link, who have been buddies since they met in the first grade in North Carolina, have found success with “Good Mythical Morning,” now in its 15th season. Mythical also runs a weekly “GMM” recap show called “Let’s Talk About That,” and Rhett and Link host a weekly podcast, “Ear Biscuits.” The duo also created and starred in two seasons of YouTube original series “Rhett & Link’s Buddy System,” a scripted show in which they played characters based on themselves, and penned a book, “The Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity & Tomfoolery.” Among their brand deals, they appeared as spokesmen in the 2018 Super Bowl ad for website-hosting service Wix.com.The popularity of “Good Mythical Morning” led YouTube to fund an expanded version of the show — patterned on late-night TV shows — that launched in the fall of 2017, featuring multi-part segments running 22 minutes or longer daily. That didn’t last: “GMM” reverted to its original, shorter format last year, with episodes 12-15 minutes each. ‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Settles Defy Media Suit ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety Most recently, Mythical this month teamed up with Patreon to launch The Mythical Society (mythicalsociety.com), a subscription membership program giving “Mythical Beasts” — which Rhett & Link call their fans — access to exclusive content, merchandise, behind-the-scenes footage and other perks. It’s available in three tiers, priced at $5, $10 and $20 monthly.Pictured above: Rhett McLaughlin (l.) and Link Neal Smosh, now led by co-founder Ian Hecox, dates back to 2006 and has over 24 million subscribers on its main channel alone, which features sketches and parodies of internet and pop culture. The crew also runs ancillary channels Smosh Games (7.4 million subs) and Smosh Pit (6 million). Relatedlast_img read more

Fans recreate the Rogue One trailer in Fallout 4

first_imgLast month we brought you a story about a YouTube group named UpIsNotJump that recreated the Captain America: Civil War trailer in Fallout 4. Although it wasn’t a 100% perfect recreation, it was a really fun and quirky video that managed to capture the spirit of the original trailer but with the griminess of the Fallout universe. The same group is back at it again and has given the same treatment to the recently released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer. This recreated video is nothing short of internet gold.Several of Fallout 4‘s locations are used to stand in for those seen in the trailer. For example, the hangars of Yavin-4 are actually the interior of the Brotherhood of Steel’s airship, while the main communication room of the rebel hideout is actually one of the offices of The Institute. Instead of giant AT-ATs attacking the rebels, we see a couple of Liberty Prime robots take their place. There is even a shot of the dreaded Death Star, though it appears to be an image of the planet-destroying battle station instead of something that was rendered in-game.For the sake of comparison, here is the original Rogue One trailer:UpIsNotJump has given the Fallout treatment to the Daredevil season two trailer in addition to Civil War and Rogue One, so let’s hope that we can expect similar videos from them in the future. There certainly are a lot of geek-centric films coming out this year, so who knows what we can expect to see next.last_img read more

Is dark matter made of axions

first_img Citation: Is dark matter made of axions? (2008, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-dark-axions.html Explore further Tevatron experiments report latest results in search for Higgs boson Aaron Chou and William Wester run their Fermilab experiment looking for axions. Photo Credit: Femilab 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.center_img Wester, a scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, worked closely with Aaron Chou, now at New York University, and a group of scientists from Fermilab and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to design an experiment to test the existence of axion-like particles within a certain range. Their results can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Search for Axionlike Particles Using a Variable-Baseline Photon-Regeneration Technique.”Axions are hypothetical particles that have a small mass in the milli-electronvolt (eV) range, making them 500 million times lighter than an electron. Additionally, an axion should have no spin. “Normally,” Chou points out, “we can only detect these kinds of particles with telescopes, looking out into space. And then it is only an indirect detection.” The idea was to create conditions allowing them to detect particles in the milli-eV range during a lab experiment.“For particles that interact strongly enough for us to detect, there are constraints on where they could exist or not,” Chou continues. “For the specific region of our experiment, no one would have thought to look into it without the PVLAS experiment.”Wester explains that the PVLAS collaboration did an experiment in which a signal that could have been an axion was detected. “We wanted to see if we could get the same results,” he says. The PVLAS experimenters eventually ruled out the signal after Wester and Chou started to work with their peers on this experiment. However, there were still some innovations that encouraged the Fermilab group to move forward.“We set things up a little differently,” Wester says. He points out that the Tevatron magnets used in the Fermilab experiment were stronger and better suited for experiments in the milli-eV range than those used in previous experiments. With the magnetic field in place, a laser was aimed down the middle. A “wall” was placed in the middle of the magnetic field as well. The magnetic field would possibly change some of the photons from the laser into axions. The wall would stop the photons, but the axions would emerge on the other side. “There were four different configurations,” Wester continues. “We also had the blocking mechanism placed off to the side to change the effective length of the magnetic field. We also did it with two different polarizations, vertical and horizontal.”Wester says that, unfortunately, the experiment found “no evidence of new particles.” But, he insists, “It turns out we’re able to exclude any possible particle of this type a little more stringently. It extended the region to be excluded.”Chou thinks that maybe, with a stronger magnetic field, it might be worth re-exploring this region. “The effect we are looking for gets stronger as the magnetic field does.”Both scientists are interested in the future possibilities. “There is a proposal out there that involves putting very precisely controlled optical cavities before and after the wall, and using stronger and longer magnets,” Wester explains.Chou also points out that the data from the Fermilab experiment is still being examined. “There is speculation about particles called chameleons, which take on the properties of their environments.” These chameleon particles would have a small mass in low energy density, and large mass in environments of high energy density. “We are continuing analysis to see if maybe we can find a chameleon particle.”In the search for dark matter particles, Wester is optimistic about the role he and his colleagues are playing. “We did a serious measurement and excluded a region,” he says. “If our small experiment helps heighten awareness and leads to more experimental efforts, even using other techniques as well, it will be a huge benefit that we have done this.”Find out more about the Fermi Lab experiment by visiting gammev.fnal.gov .Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. One of the mysteries of our universe is that of dark energy and matter. Scientists all over the world are attempting to discover what particles make up dark energy and matter. “Axions are one of the particles considered for dark matter,” William Wester tells PhysOrg.com. “We were hoping to get a signal proving that they exist with this experiment.”last_img read more

When creativity meets architecture

first_imgAmalgamating art and infrastructure to create something new in the field of real estate, not only demands an innovative approach but also a vision to create a better future.  In a unique initiative, Kolkata-based real estate major Hiland Group is tying up with one of India’s best-known artists, Paresh Maity, to set up ‘Bonochhaya’, a 100-crore signature Tagore-inspired real estate project at Santiniketan. The project envisages setting up villas and row houses in a 12-acre gated community. It is situated on the main Illambazar road. In the first phase, the project will have 35 exclusive villas and 167 row houses which will cost between Rs 30 lakh to Rs 55 lakh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This is the country’s first project in which an artist of Paresh Maity’s stature will be directly involved in the conceptualisation and aesthetics. Inhabitants of ‘Bonochhaya’ will be able to enjoy the artist’s creative vision with installations and shared spaces showcasing unique works of art,” said Nandu Belani, Director of the Hiland Group. “Paresh Maity’s vision will help to transform ‘Bonochhaya’ into a unique experience by adding context, aesthetic value, and greater purpose to the environment. We have seen that many home-buyers have a strong knowledge and love for art. ‘Bonochhaya’ will be for them”, added Nandu Belani. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Santiniketan is in my blood. Art is a fundamental aspect of ‘Bonochhaya’. I have been deeply inspired by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and I hope to pay tribute to the genius in his own land in my own way – through my art. I plan to use a lot of locally available materials and showcase local talent in ‘Bonochhaya’ through large-size installations, murals etc. This will be a one-of-its-kind project,” said Paresh Maity.For connoisseurs, ‘Bonochhaya’ will offer a veritable art walk through Paresh Maity’s oeuvre, with sketches that adorn the area around the name ‘Bonochhaya’, and murals and installations all round for residents to enjoy. Maity’s Tagore-inspired creations will give the residents company in the sitting areas.  A treat for the senses, these paintings and sculptures will make ‘Bonochhaya’ unique in every sense and thrill art lovers and create a rich cultural environment.last_img read more

Overly critical parents lead to persistence of ADHD in kids

first_imgUsually, children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), a common behavioural disorder in kids, like poor concentration, hyperactivity and learning difficulties, tend to improve with age.However, the disorder does not improve in some kids and one reason may be the persistent parental criticism, reveals a new research.“Children with ADHD, whose families continued to express high levels of criticism over time, failed to experience the usual decline in symptoms with age and instead maintained persistent, high levels of ADHD symptoms,” said Erica Musser, assistant professor at Florida International University in US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers studied a sample of 388 children with ADHD and 127 without, as well as their families, over three years. Of the children with ADHD, 69 per cent were male, 79 per cent were white and 75 per cent came from two-parent households. They measured changes in ADHD symptoms over that period and measured the parents’ levels of criticism and emotional involvement.Parents were asked to talk about their relationship with their child uninterrupted and were then rated by experts for levels of criticism — harsh, negative statements about the child, rather than the child’s behaviour —and emotional over-involvement — overprotective feelings toward the child, the study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, showed. Only sustained parental criticism was associated with the continuance of ADHD symptoms in the children who had been diagnosed with ADHD, the study concluded.last_img read more

Woman caught smoking in flight detained

first_imgKolkata: A woman was caught smoking inside the washroom of a flight on Sunday afternoon. She was handed over to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport police station and was released on bail later.According to airport sources, the woman is a teacher by profession in a English medium school in South Kolkata and was travelling from Guwahati in an Indigo Airline’s flight. While the flight was in the air, she was caught smoking by the crew members inside a washroom. She was immediately detained. After the flight landed at NSCBI Airport, the pilot of the flight lodged a complaint at NSCBI Airport police station and handed her over to the police. A case was initiated against her based on the Smoking and Tobacco Consumption (Prohibition) Act.last_img

Eating red onions may help combat cancer

first_imgDark red onions, known as the richest source of dietary flavonoids, may help fight off cancer of the colon and breast, a researchers has suggested.”We found that onions are excellent at killing cancer cells,” said Abdulmonem Murayyan, doctoral student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.”Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death. They promote an unfavourable environment for cancer cells and disrupt communication between cancer cells, which inhibits growth,” Murayyan added. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings, published recently in the journal Food Research International, revealed that red onions contain high levels of quercetin — a plant polyphenol from the flavonoid group, found in many fruits, vegetables, leaves, and grains — and include benefits such as lowering inflammation and fighting allergies, among others. Further, red onions were also found to have high amounts of anthocyanin, which enriches the scavenging properties of quercetin molecules. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Anthocyanin is instrumental in providing colour to fruits and vegetables so it makes sense that the red onions, which are darkest in colour, would have the most cancer-fighting power,” said Murayyan.In the first study, to examine how effective onions are at killing cancer cells, researchers have found that not all onions are created equal.The team tested five onion types grown in Ontario and discovered that the Ruby Ring onion variety — that has hard, firm, tall globe-shaped bulbs with dark red colour features — came out on top. When cells of the colon and breast cancer were placed in direct contact with quercetin extracted from the five different onion varieties, the team found them effective at killing the cancerous cells.”The next step will be to test the vegetable’s cancer-fighting powers in human trials,” said Murayyan.While currently this superfood can be included in salads and on burgers as a preventative measure, researchers expect onion extract will eventually be added to food products such as juice or baked goods and be sold in pill form as a type of natural cancer treatment.last_img read more

Smithsonian Networks and Blue Ant Media are expand

first_imgSmithsonian Networks and Blue Ant Media are expanding the distribution of Smithsonian Channel in Asia-Pacific, Turkey, Israel, the Middle East and Africa.Blue Ant Media will operate the network’s HD and 4K SVOD platforms, free-to-air and pay TV linear television services and branded programming blocks in these territories.The agreement combines Smithsonian Channel’s brand and programming with Blue Ant Media’s affiliate sales, marketing and operations presence, and marks the latest partnership between the two companies.Smithsonian Networks and Blue Ant have previously worked together to launch the Smithsonian Channel in Canada and on their joint venture, Love Nature 4K, which is available via linear TV and to stream in 60-plus countries.“Blue Ant Media is uniquely positioned to seamlessly facilitate Smithsonian Channel’s entry into new territories in Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” said Tom Hayden, president of Smithsonian Networks. “We are very pleased to continue our successful relationship with Blue Ant Media in expanding the brand’s global presence.”Blue Ant Media’s CEO, kids and global networks, Ward Platt, said: “The Smithsonian Channel is an iconic brand committed to extraordinary factual storytelling through documentaries and series covering science, nature, culture, history, air and spacecraft, stemming from the Smithsonian Institute’s impressive 130-plus year history as a cultural hub.”“Blue Ant Media has a suite of global brands, with great programming, that are rapidly growing in popularity all over the world, and a strong team on the ground in multiple territories internationally, which will see Smithsonian Channel grow its footprint even further in markets such as South East Asia, India, China, Japan, Australia, Middle East and Africa.”Smithsonian Networks is a joint venture between Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution, while Blue Ant Media is a privately held content producer, distributor and channel operator.last_img read more

Disney has announced the merger of its media sales

first_imgDisney has announced the merger of its media sales and channel distribution into a single operation with Justin Connolly at the helm.Connoly is a long-serving company man, having spent three years working for Disney in the late 90s-early 00s, before a 12 year stint at ESPN, most recently as senior vice president of programming. He has the new title of president of media distribution and will be based in New York reporting to Disney direct-to-consumer and international (DTCI) chairman Kevin Mayer. Connolly will continue to oversee Disney’s North American distribution, affiliate marketing and affiliate-related business operations for all Disney and ESPN services. He will also have final approval on content sales agreements for brands including Disney, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and National Geographic. In addition, Connolly will lead global app distribution for the company’s DTC streaming services such as Disney+ and ESPN+. Finally, Connolly will be responsible for film and TV distribution via home entertainment, broadcast, digital, SVOD and pay TV. Connolly said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the industry’s best multi-platform sales and distribution teams. Through our combined efforts we will achieve the company’s vision for an even stronger, more agile organisation that is better able to pivot and capitalise on the many opportunities present in today’s fast-changing and increasingly complex global marketplace.”Mayer added: “By combining all of our media, affiliate, content and syndication sales, and distribution efforts into the Direct-to-Consumer & International segment, we continue to transform the ways in which we distribute the great stories and characters created by The Walt Disney Company’s studios and media networks.“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Justin for many years and believe his experience makes him well-suited to drive Disney’s media sales and distribution efforts. He is a consummate professional, a fantastic dealmaker, and a great leader.”The move is the latest in Disney’s ongoing integration of 21st Century Fox assets following the US$71.3 billion (€63.23 billion) acquisition. The company had previously announced plans for layoffs in several areas of the business, and that it estimates US$2 billion (€1.77 billion) in synergies.last_img read more