Labrador boys burned in known gassniffing house Innu deputy grand chief says

first_imgNATUASHISH, N.L. – The deputy grand chief of the Innu Nation is pleading for help after two boys were burned in a known hangout for gas sniffing in Labrador.Simeon Tshakapesh says the two suffered burns when the house burned to the ground in Natuashish.RCMP say the two boys — aged 11 and 17 — were seriously injured and are being treated in hospital.It’s the third such fire in the community in less than a month.Tshakapesh says solvent abuse among children and young people in the community has become “an epidemic,” and there is nothing in place to address it.Natuashish was established in 2002 as a new community for the Innu of Davis Inlet, which had been beset by a lack of running water and social problems.last_img read more

Laura Linney Stands Up To Cancer In New PSA

first_imgStand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) have joined forces with a new print public service announcement starring Academy Award nominee Laura Linney.Laura Linney to appear in PSA campaign for the Melanoma Research Alliance & SU2C.Headlined “Wear Your Beauty Brilliantly,” the PSA is designed to raise awareness about the life-saving benefits of protecting oneself from harmful exposure to UV rays that increase the risk of being diagnosed with melanoma and is the first element in a “Protect Your Skin” campaign.The deadliest of all skin cancers, melanoma is the fastest growing cancer globally and its incidence has tripled in the U.S. over the past three decades. While prevention is the first step, early detection of melanoma is key to survival. Through the PSA, SU2C and MRA also encourage people to look for changes in their skin and to speak to their dermatologists or health care providers about signs and risks. When caught early, the five year survival rate for melanoma is 92%.Linney, an SU2C celebrity ambassador, has helped shine a spotlight specifically on melanoma through her role on The Big C. In the series, her character “Cathy” is a Midwestern wife, mother, and public school teacher who is contending with Stage 4 melanoma. With an awareness of cancer from childhood—her mother was a nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York—Linney is well-versed in the preventive measures one can take to reduce chances of a melanoma diagnosis.“All it takes is a single reminder for a person to do a self-exam that could save his or her life. Melanoma and Breast Cancer can often be seen and felt, respectively, and the impact of open conversations about cancer and its prevention cannot be underestimated. So talk about Cancer. Encourage the women you care about to do a self breast-exam regularly, and everyone to look over their bodies for any strange markings. Communication can curtail cancer, so talk it up!” Linney said.MRA is the largest private funder of melanoma research. To date, MRA has awarded $38 million to 97 research programs to make transformative advances in the prevention, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of melanoma, including research in biological causes of carcinogenesis, skin screening, biomarkers, imaging, immunotherapy, molecularly targeted therapy, and combination therapy. MRA’s ultimate goal is to find a cure by funding the most promising melanoma research worldwide that will accelerate progress and improve outcomes for patients and all who are at risk for the disease.“We are honored to have Laura Linney and our friends at Stand Up To Cancer join MRA by raising awareness about melanoma and melanoma research with the ‘Wear Your Beauty Brilliantly’ PSA,” said Debra Black, co-founder, MRA. “Through her support of the cause and her moving performance on The Big C, Laura has kept melanoma at the forefront of public consciousness, and that work is heartening to all of us at MRA. Stand Up To Cancer has helped shake up the culture of cancer research and we’re excited about working with their esteemed scientists and doctors to find better treatments and, eventually, a cure for melanoma.”In December, 2011, SU2C announced its first jointly funded Dream Team in collaboration with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). The SU2C-MRA Melanoma Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant provides $6 million during a three-year period.The Dream Team, led by Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D., president and research director at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix and Patricia M. LoRusso, director of the Eisenberg Center for Experimental Therapeutics at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, is exploring “Personalized Medicine for Patients with BRAF Wild-Type (BRAFwt) Cancer.” The team’s members are working to identify new therapeutic targets to treat patients with BRAFwt metastatic melanoma, an area where historically there has been little progress.“Stand Up To Cancer’s mission is rooted in collaboration, and this campaign with the Melanoma Research Alliance and Laura Linney underscores that brilliantly,” said SU2C co-founder Sherry Lansing. “We all have a responsibility to get the message out far and wide about the importance of protecting yourself from harmful UV rays.”To learn more, visit www.curemelanoma.org/protectyourskin or www.standup2cancer.org/protectyourskin.last_img read more

Fun And Games Expected At Hamptons Paddle And Party For Pink

first_imgThe third annual summer “Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink” fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will be an event in two parts — a multi-skill level paddle boarding race and a benefit party co-hosted by prominent New Yorkers Lisa and Richard Perry and full-time Hamptons residents Maria and Larry Baum.The event will bring together hundreds of competitive paddle boarders, spectators and guests in support of raising critical funds for breast cancer research. The race will take place at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor; the party will take place at the spectacular residence of Lisa and Richard Perry.Co-chair Maria Baum, mother of four, investor, entrepreneur, and a partner of Tutto Il Giorno restaurants, took on paddle boarding as an exuberant activity to help her cope through her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and subsequent recovery. She will once again race alongside longtime paddler Richard Perry and the anticipated 100-plus paddlers. The race will follow World Paddle Association (WPA) racing rules and all racers will be timed with the WPA Blast Race Management System. Following the race, guests will revel at a sunset party.To celebrate the event, you can bid on paddle boards designed and signed by Martha Stewart, Kim Kardashian, Bethenny Frankel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Donna Karan, Tony Burch, Aerin Lauder and more, as well as on the chance to enjoy a private workout with Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow. The auctions can be accessed here.Last year’s event, which drew such guests as Edie Falco, Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, Aerin Lauder, William Lauder, and Donna Karan, raised over $1,200,000 in funds that went directly toward the Foundation. Highlights included heartfelt remarks from the Baums and an inspiring overview of the Foundation’s mission to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime from BCRF Scientific Advisory Board Chairman Clifford Hudis, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MSKCC).Find out more about the event here.The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. This year, they invested $45 million in the work of more than 200 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible charities. They are the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and have been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 12 times since 2002.last_img read more

Saputo reports 342M thirdquarter profit revenue boosted by acquisitions

Companies in this story: (TSX:SAP)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Saputo Inc. says it earned $342 million in its latest quarter, up from $337 million in the same quarter last year.The dairy and cheese producer says the profit amounted to 87 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from 86 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Revenue in what was the company’s third quarter totalled $3.58 billion, up from $3.02 billion a year earlier, as the company benefited from acquisitions.On an adjusted basis, Saputo says it earned 44 cents per diluted share, down from an adjusted profit of 47 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 45 cents per share, according Thomson Reuters Eikon.Saputo also announced the appointment of Martin Gagnon as chief acquisition and strategic development officer, effective April 1. Gagnon joined the company in 2016 as executive vice-president, mergers and acquisitions. read more

Ban voices concern over tensions between Sudan and South Sudan

20 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern over continuing tensions along the border between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the current crisis over oil, saying that the situation represented a worrying deterioration in the relationship between the two countries. The UN fully supported the efforts of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries “based on the concepts of mutual viability, security and peaceful coexistence,” said a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General.Mr. Ban strongly urged the two parties to do everything possible to reach agreement in their current negotiations in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, under the auspices of AUHIP, to defuse the crisis over the sharing of oil revenues, and address other contentious issues that require immediate resolution, according to the statement.“The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Haile Menkerios, remains on the ground, engaged to assist the negotiations in collaboration with the AUHIP,” it added.South Sudan became independent from Sudan last July after southerners voted overwhelmingly early last year to secede after decades of a military campaign for self-determination.There are, however, disagreements over some areas of the border and the sharing of oil revenues that remain unresolved. read more

Annan says parliamentarians hold key to implementing UN antiterror measures

Members of parliaments worldwide have a key role to play in implementing United Nations counter-terrorism measures, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today. Addressing an annual meeting of parliamentarians attending the General Assembly session in New York, Mr. Annan recalled that Security Council resolution 1373 – adopted in the wake of the 11 September attacks – aimed to target terrorists and those who harbour, aid or support them. “Parliamentarians will be responsible for enacting the legislation that must give force to this resolution on the national level,” he said.Noting that many countries would need help in implementing the 12 UN conventions and protocols on international terrorism, the Secretary-General called on those present “to provide this assistance, promptly and generously.” At the same time, he called attention to other pressing issues on the international agenda, such as conflict, poverty, AIDS, environmental degradation and advancing the rule of law. “Your advocacy will be essential to ensure that we do not lose sight of these pressing challenges,” he said.Mr. Annan also urged those present to pay particular attention to the International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in March in Mexico, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, in Johannesburg next September.”These [events] hold great promise for reinvigorating the development process, and ensuring that we do pursue a path of economic growth that will enable our children, and their children, to meet their needs,” he said. “Again, it is your unique legislative power – not least the power of the purse – that can translate international agreements into action at home, in your communities.” read more

Maxim Power to sell US electricity generation arm in US112million deal

Maxim Power to sell U.S. electricity generation arm in US$112-million deal by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 7:08 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Maxim Power Corp. (TSX:MXG) has agreed to sell a U.S. subsidiary for US$112 million including the assumption of US$22 million of debt.Maxim Power (USA) Inc. operates five natural gas-fired electric generation facilities in the United States.The sale is part of a previously announced strategic review by Calgary-based Maxim Power, which has been operating power plans in Canada, the United States and France.Maxim Power USA is being sold to Patriot Power Holdings, an affiliate of Rockland Capital.Excluding the assumed debt, Calgary-based Maxim Power will receive US$90 million in proceeds from the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter.Maxim says it will use money from the deal to repay bank operating lines and cash collateralize letters of credit and still have significant cash for strategic corporate purposes. read more

Why College Footballs New AllTime Rushing Leader Isnt Really Its AllTime Rushing

With a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl, San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey became the all-time career FBS rushing leader. Except, no, not really. But, officially, yes.Wait, what?Dieter Kurtenbach offers a good explainer about the situation at Fox Sports. Basically, in 2002, the NCAA started counting statistics from bowl games toward official records. Before then? Nope. So even though Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne ran for 7,125 yards in his career when we include bowl games — games in which the NCAA recorded the exact number of yards he ran for, and games whose yardage would count toward his career total if they occurred after 2002 — Pumphrey is your career “leader” with 6,405 yards.Go figure.This isn’t the first time a counting-stat record has been determined by an arbitrary bureaucratic decision or a data limitation:• Officially, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich picked up his 1,000th coaching win in 2015 — but that’s only because the NBA doesn’t include playoff wins in its ranking of the most victorious coaches. If you count the postseason, Popovich won his 1,000th game two full years earlier. And his “true” 1,000th win even comes with a fun bit of arbitrary accounting: Because Popovich was sick, assistant coach Mike Budenholzer (now head coach of the Atlanta Hawks) coached the team that night in 2013 … but the win still counted toward Pop’s official tally, as per the NBA’s policy on interim coaching records.• In 2015, Ivo Karlovic became the all-time ace leader in men’s tennis, zooming past former leader Goran Ivanisevic. But for aces, “all-time” only means “since 1991,” when the stat was first tracked on the ATP World Tour — and by then, Ivanisevic was already in his fourth year of competing, which effectively gave Karlovic a head start in his record chase. Plus, the ATP doesn’t include any aces recorded during Davis Cup play, even though those games count toward players’ win-loss records.• Nobody can agree on how many hits were racked up by early baseball star Cap Anson and others of his era. Because of both record-keeping discrepancies and disputes over whether the National Association, the league in which Anson played the first several years of his career, should be considered part of Major League Baseball (and therefore be included in MLB’s official stats), we can’t muster much more than an educated guess about Anson’s place on the all-time hits leaderboard. Here’s SABR’s Bill Felber on the topic:More than any other achievement in the statistically obsessed game that is baseball, Anson’s hit totals are subject to debate. The most respected statistical references in the game disagree on how many hits the 19th-century Chicago star actually had … or whether he even reached 3,000. The Hall of Fame credits Anson with 3,081 hits. But The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia gives him 3,012. Baseball Reference says Anson had 3,435 hits. Project Retrosheet accepts both the 3,012 and 3,435 figures, while the Macmillan Encyclopedia gives him an even 3,000. Total Baseball credits Anson with 2,995. Anson biographer David Fleitz puts the figure at 2,995 or 3,418.So the NCAA isn’t alone in matters of head-scratching record-keeping decisions. For what it’s worth, they’ve even tried to offer up some justification for Pumphrey breaking Dayne’s record: They don’t want to retroactively change what was considered official at the time of an earlier season. (Counterpoint: Dayne literally rushed for more yards!!!) In the end, it’s just another example of a sports organization grappling with potentially incomplete data — and making a strange decision as a result. read more

Old peoples homes with walls required for elderly prisoners says watchdog

first_imgTo put it simply: is there something that might look more like an old people’s home with a wall around it?Peter Clarke The Government should build “care homes with walls” to house a growing number of elderly prisoners, the chief prisons inspector has said. Speaking at the launch of his annual report, Peter Clarke said that he had raised the idea with ministers in response to a rise in the number of older prisoners who struggle to cope with standard prison facilities. The number of over-70s in prison is predicted to increase from 1,400 in June last year to 1,900 in 2020. The rise is partly down to an increase in convictions for historic sex offences, and partly due to longer sentences. Of the 234 over-80s being held in prison, 204 were convicted of sex offences.  Mr Clarke said: “When you see some very old and disabled people wheeling themselves around Victorian wings of some of our jails, you think: they are not designed for this.”Many of these elderly people can’t be held in open conditions because they still could potentially pose a risk to the public.”So is there some kind of custody facility that we need to think about which sits somewhere between a Category C prison and an open prison, where they can be held securely, in conditions which are more suited to their age? “To put it simply: is there something that might look more like an old people’s home with a wall around it?”Mr Clarke’s report was extremely critical of the prison system, which he described as “violent and dangerous”.It said inspectors had found “filthy and dilapidated” facilities and some prisons had problems with rats and vermin. In the 12 months to December 2016 assaults on staff rose by 38 per cent to 6,844 incidents. Not a single one of the young offender institutions in England and Wales which he had inspected was safe, he added. An MoJ spokesman acknowledged that the prison system had faced “long-standing challenges”. He added: “That is why we have taken immediate action to boost prison officer numbers and put in place new measures to tackle drugs and mobile phones”.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Grenfell Tower Woman charged with fraud over survivors support claims

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Anyone with any information about fraud being committed is asked to contact the team investigating the fire on 0800 032 4539. A woman has been charged with making fraudulent claims for support provided to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.Joyce Msokeri, 46, of Sutton, south London, is charged with six counts of fraud, the Metropolitan Police said.She will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.Msokeri was arrested on July 25.At least 80 people died when flames engulfed the 24-storey block, while hundreds more were left homeless.How the tragedy that killed at least 80 people unfoldedcenter_img The disaster came against a backdrop of repeated fire safety concerns flagged by the tower’s residents.Both the council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police on potential corporate manslaughter charges.last_img read more

Sting set to kick off this Monday’s WWE RAW in Tampa

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Facebook Google+center_img WWE has announced that Sting will be opening this Monday’s WWE RAW live in Tampa just one week after his return when he confronted Seth Rollins.Source: WWE.com WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Kane Spurs must bring home the silverware this season

first_imgTottenham striker Harry Kane believes it’s time for them to end their wait for a trophy and called on his teammates to “step it up”Under manager Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have become regular top-four finishers in the Premier League and are just six points adrift of leaders Liverpool after 21 games this season.Silverware though has continued to elude them with Spurs’ last triumph coming in the 2008 League Cup, where they defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley.But, aside from their promising progress in the Premier League, Spurs are still in the mix for the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and the Champions League.“I’ve said all along that the aim of a professional footballer is to win team trophies,” Kane told Sky Sports.“There will be no better feeling than to win something with these guys.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We’ve all worked so hard over the last three or four years to turn Spurs into a team that contends each and every year.“We’re in a good stage, we’re in a semi-final with a 1-0 lead, we’re in the FA Cup and Champions League and we’re not too far off in the Premier League, although there is a long way to go.“So far, so good, but it’s this stage of the season that we have just fallen behind in the past. It is important this year that we step it up, work even harder and go into these games and try and bring it home.”Kane scored the match-winner in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Chelsea in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie on Tuesday at Wembley.Pochettino’s side will next host Manchester United in a Premier League match on Sunday.last_img read more

Asian Poker Tour and Dafabet enter multievent partnership

first_imgThe Asian Poker Tour (APT) has announced a multi-event partnership with leading online betting site Dafabet.The partnership will see Dafabet sponsor events at upcoming APT festivals, starting with APT Seoul 2019 from 29 May to 9 June at Walkerhill Paradise Casino. RelatedPosts Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Sponsored events are the Main Event, the Head Hunter and the Players Party. Dafabet will also sponsor events at APT Ho Chi Minh and APT Incheon with two more festivals being considered later in the year, the APT revealed.last_img read more

Macau hotels record fewer bookings in June

first_imgThe number of guests checking into Macau’s hotel and guesthouses fell 3.4% year-on-year to 1,119,000, impacted by fewer overnight stays from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.As previously reported by IAG, the decline is in line with the recent trend of shorter stays by tourists to Macau, with the average length of stay of visitors over the first six months falling by 0.1 days to 1.1 days. Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts According to information released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) this week, the number of hotel nights booked by guests from mainland China (752,000), Hong Kong (128,000) and Taiwan (38,000) dropped by 1.7%, 6.7% and 12.2% respectively, with the average occupancy rate of hotels and guesthouses decreasing by 0.3 percentage points year-on-year to 89.5%.The occupancy rates of 5-star hotels (90.7%) and 4-star hotels (89.7%) fell by 0.2 percentage points and 1.6 percentage points respectively and the average length of stay of guests who stayed overnight by 0.1 nights year-on-year to 1.4 nights.The figures come despite the addition of three new hotels and guesthouses compared with June 2018, pushing the city’s total to 119. Load More VIP, slots growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent profits soar in 1H19last_img read more

Get a refurbished firstgeneration unlocked Google Pixel XL for 160

first_img CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Now playing: Watch this: Phones Walmart 3 Mentioned Above Google Pixel XL (128GB, Quite Black) Preview • Google’s new Pixel series phones: Which one should you buy? Comments Google Pixel knocks it out of the park 3:44 Google Pixel XL 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. Share your voice $209 $492 Review • Google’s larger Pixel XL whips up an ace Android experience (review) See it See It Josh Miller The original Google Pixel XL debuted just about two years ago, earning mostly raves but firmly establishing itself in the premium-phone category: Its retail price then was $769.Smash-cut to today: For a limited time and while supplies last, Amazon has the refurbished unlocked Google Pixel XL (32GB) for $159.99. Aren’t you glad you waited?See it at AmazonThat model features a 5.5-inch screen — hardly “XL” by today’s standards, but still reasonably big. If you prefer something smaller,  Amazon also has the refurbished unlocked Google Pixel (32GB) for $159.95. That model: 5-inch screen.See it at AmazonTake note that these deals are for the phone only: You get a USB-C cable, but no other accessories. As for the warranty, Google covers you for 90 days (according to the accompanying warranty PDF), but Amazon proper offers a 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee.Also, these are GSM models, so they’ll work with AT&T, T-Mobile and the smaller carriers that use their networks (such as Cricket and Mint Mobile). They won’t work with Sprint, Verizon or any of their licensee carriers.I have no Pixel experience of my own to share, so I’ll turn you over to Lynn La’s highly enthusiastic Google Pixel XL and Pixel reviews.Bottom line: If you’re looking to upgrade an older phone or add a spare to your stable, something like this might be an excellent choice. $160! Tags The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon Googlelast_img read more

Tidal Launches Unplugged 1 Million Program to Support Emerging Musicians

first_img Popular on Variety Tidal, the streaming platform headed by Jay-Z, today announced the launch of a million-dollar artist grant program intended to support emerging musicians. Called Tidal Unplugged and funded by a donation from venture capitalists and philanthropists Mark Lampert and Robert Nelsen, the program will kick off March 1 in Detroit, where Lampert’s grandfather started his musical career. Local artists will have the opportunity to submit their music through Tidal to receive part of the million dollar grant.According to the announcement, the selected artists will each work with the Tidal Unplugged team to create a personalized program aimed to cover resources needed to further their musical career. The grant can cover living expenses, equipment, studio time, and more as well as access to expertly guided recording and creative resources. Beginning March 1, 2019 Detroit residents can apply on TIDAL.com/Unplugged. According to the announcement, “artists from all genres are encouraged to submit, but music must be performed acapella or acoustically and must not rely heavily on digital elements.” The finalists will be announced in May. Following a pilot run in Detroit, Tidal aims to expand the program into other markets.“We recognize the power of streaming and the importance of supporting and encouraging emerging musicians,” said Jason Kpana, Tidal SVP of artist relations. “Being able to expand the program to support musicians in an authentic and substantial way is truly an honor.”Working with Tidal and utilizing the resources provided, the finalists will develop and finish four songs for distribution. Once the tracks are complete, they will exclusively premiere on Tidal and receive promotion through the platform’s Tidal Rising program; finalists will perform their songs at a showcase in November. Artists will maintain 100% ownership of recording masters.center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Flashback Kenyon Martin Explains Why Some Teammates Dont Like Chris Paul

first_imgChris Paul is headed to the the Thunder in a swap for Russell Westbrook and his falling out with James Harden only reinforces the narrative that he’s a playoff choker and locker room cancer.FS1 NBA Analyst Kenyon Martin was a teammate of Paul’s in 2012 with the Clippers, and isn’t exactly a fan. He stopped by the show last summer and explained why CP3 rubs some teammates the wrong way.Martin described Paul as a ‘politician’ with his own agenda that teammates felt they couldn’t trust. He added that Paul had a reputation as sneaky in dealing with locker room issues by running to management, which didn’t sit well teammates. The interview is an oldie, but it seems relevant today.Watch K-Mart explain the issues some teammates have with Paul:Donnie ‘The Master of Disaster’ Long boldly predicts easy win over 19-year-old Mike Tysonlast_img read more

The Right Way to Monetize Your Free App

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. In the app business, it typically takes exceptionally high awareness and brand name recognition to actually get users to buy the app.  However, with a free mobile app, companies have to generate revenue through advertisements, which often manifest in the form of disruptive third party pop-ups or prolonged pre-roll, creating major deterrents for regular usage.If more companies learn how to appropriately monetize their free apps, they will retain more users and increase app usage. Proper integration of advertisements into the content of the app is key to avoid unwanted friction for users — a feat that is absolutely possible but rarely witnessed.To profit from a free app while retaining users can be done. Companies simply need to be more strategic with advertising options.Here are a few tips:Related: 3 Strategies for Winning In the Hyper-Competitive Market for AppsDon’t have ads that are disruptive. Once a user has gone through the trouble of downloading and opening the app, half the battle has been won. Now an app has the opportunity to win over a user with unique, interactive content.However, some mobile advertisements are so intrusive that users never have the opportunity to appreciate the content. For instance the pre-roll video advertisements automatically play and force the user to watch before they can access app content. These are entirely too long for the average consumer’s attention span and typically serve as just another opportunity for the user to reconsider his or her interest level in the app. Pop-up ads, while on the screen for a markedly shorter period of time, are equally disruptive to the user experience. They are often difficult to exit out of and can frequently result in the user accidentally tapping on the ad and unwillingly being redirected out of the app altogether.  Further, the accidental tapping of a pop-up ad also creates false data and can skew advertising metrics.Integrate ads into the content.To avoid having advertisements deter regular usage, ads should actually be relevant to the user and integrated into the existing content on the app. Native advertising should be a part of your strategy.For instance, if I am using an app to organize my travel itineraries and tickets, I may not be interested in pop-up ads for a new dating site. It’s possible that the ad could catch my attention, but it tracks far more logically to populate a travel app with travel-related offerings. In addition, if you can integrate the advertisements into part of the app content, the placements will be far less obtrusive to users who are not interested and may become far more compelling for those who are. The advertisements then become part of the app experience rather than fight against it.Related: 7 Musts to Maximize Your Company’s Mobile StrategyEnhance the experience.Advertisements aren’t always a necessary evil. By utilizing placements more as sponsored content within the app, ads can actually enhance the user experience.Returning to the travel app example, the user is far more likely to click on advertisements for hotels or cab services while navigating through the app. Not only does this provide valuable metrics for advertisers but could also create convenience for the user.Other ways in which advertisements can benefit the user include giving the consumer access to exclusive deals or other real-world incentives, or having advertisers sponsor interactive quizzes or polls. Geo-targeting advertisements within an app can help increase engagement by displaying ads that are local to the user. Additionally, deploying remarketing tactics within your app can leverage ad content that the user has already shown interest in, further personalizing the experience.In an over-saturated app marketplace, a user most likely won’t think twice about deleting a free app with intrusive advertising and moving on to a competitor.  In order to be successful, companies must simultaneously keep both advertisers and users happy. It becomes a precarious balancing act in which you cannot have one without the other. But for organizations that take the initiative to properly monetize a free app, the line that must be toed becomes much more navigable. Related: 3 Tips to Help You Stand Out From the App Pack  March 31, 2015 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Inside the Arena Where Drones Battle a Wall of 1300 Computer

first_imgWhat’s a drone, you might ask? We’ve got your complete guide here. Those atmospheric dynamics are going to run smack into future fleets of delivery drones. It’ll be tough enough for engineers to figure out a system that keeps drones from a bunch of different companies like Amazon and Google from colliding. (Don’t worry, NASA’s working on it.) But gusts of wind will complicate that communication—what happens when an unanticipated swoosh blows a drone into a building, or another drone? That’s why engineers have to use wind tunnels like Caltech’s to better understand how different wind conditions affect these vehicles individually, and as a group.And if you think that sounds tough, wait until you try flying on Mars. In addition to its terrestrial experiments, Caltech is working with NASA to test a Mars helicopter, which could accompany future rovers as a scout. The idea is to test in the drone arena, then do further testing in a vacuum chamber to simulate the thinner atmosphere of Mars. “Of course we cannot change gravity,” says Gharib, “but we can test whether this machine can fly in much thinner air,” he says.The future of flight both at home and far, far abroad is taking shape in the Caltech drone arena. Take that, wind.More drone awesomeness Delivery drivers beware: the skies are about to be filled with package-delivering drones. But will this really be any more efficient? Drones are useful for all kinds of things, really, including lifting power lines into place in Puerto Rico.center_img Wind is the worst. It messes up hair, it blows stuff in eyes, and most famously and rudely of all, one time it made a bridge in Washington twist and undulate until it exploded.Alright, maybe that was the fault of the engineers, not the wind. But still, strong gusts have the potential to threaten many technologies, including a new one: drones. If you’ve ever taken a quadcopter out on a windy day, you know the struggle. Now consider that in the near future, our cities will be swarming with delivery drones—and if we don’t want them plummeting out of the skies, they’ll have to learn to survive the elements.For that, engineers have Caltech’s fancy new drone arena, where the machines face terrifying atmospheric disturbances. While your classical wind tunnel uses one or maybe a few big fans to blast air for testing aerodynamics, this system employs a 10-foot-by-10-foot wall of nearly 1,300 CPU cooling fans, each of which can vary in its speed. “That allows us to practically simulate any kind of extreme weather, from gusts to turbulence to a vortex or a sort of mini hurricane,” says Caltech aerospace engineer Morteza Gharib.WiredSo say you’ve got a one-fifth scale model of the drone ambulance you’re developing, which of course Caltech has. The idea being to reach people in forest fires or mudslides, then transport them five or six miles away, thus keeping pilots out of harm’s way. Given the preciousness of the cargo, you’re going to want a smooth ride. As with a full-size rescue helicopter, a traditional quadrotor has to tilt forward to accelerate. Not ideal for the comfort of the patient. This tilting also creates a lot of vibration. Also not ideal. So Caltech researchers are opting for a hybrid design that can lift off and land vertically like a helicopter, yet cruise nice and level like a plane, thanks to fixed wings.Obviously engineers know how fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters work in a wind tunnel. But a hybrid design, that’s more intricate. “When you put them together as a system, it has not been tried before—it’s a very novel design in that respect,” Gharib says. “So this wind tunnel allows us to expose this machine to extreme weather.”Oddly enough, you can find some of the most extreme weather conditions in cities. If you’ve ever walked among skyscrapers and thought it was needlessly gusty, you’re not crazy. It’s thanks to a phenomenon called the Venturi effect, in which winds that are constricted to, say, the space between buildings, end up accelerating. (Try this home with a fan and a cardboard box.)last_img read more

Shocker WhatsApp wants to share your secrets with Facebook

first_imgYou can do it by heading to the settings menu in the app and pressing on the account tab. There you’ll find a “share my account info” button you can un-tick and revoke your permission.For the technically challenged, follow this simple photo guide: DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite There are two main ways of opting out of the new terms: one of them fairly simply, and the other is hidden and has a 30-day time limit which is ticking away as you read this!But never fear: if you’ve already accepted those new terms, you can still opt out.Both Facebook and WhatsApp try and hide this, but this is how you can stop them… It was recently announced that WhatsApp and Facebook want to share your dirty little secrets… Okay, maybe not, but they want to harvest your data.Facebook has a plan that involves using your WhatsApp data to help make its adverts better. That is unless you were clever enough to tell it not to when you installed the last WhatsApp update.My guess is that if you are reading any further, you did not know you gave Facebook access to your WhatsApp data, literally opening a Pandora’s Box of possible data abuses.last_img read more