Man running from Alaska to Florida passing through Fort St John this

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Run Pete Run! A man who has made it his goal to run from Alaska to Florida will be making his way through the Energetic City this Saturday.American born Peter Kostelnick is in the 30th day of his historically long journey. The man is running 65-110 kilometres per day and hopes to reach Key West, Florida by early November.Kostelnick, who was in Pink Mountain this morning, will be one of the first ever to run the entirety of the Alaska Highway. Two years ago Kostelnick broke the world record for running across America in just 42 days, six hours and 30 minutes, beating the previous record by four whole days. He has also won the Badwater 135 twice, a race regarded as the “toughest footrace on the planet.” Kostelnick’s current run is completely self-supported which means he is pushing a stroller with his gear and food. He also enjoys company so residents are encouraged to join his run as he passes through Fort St. John.Residents can track Kostelnick’s location via his Strava on Anyone interested in learning more on his journey can click here.last_img

Least developed countries most vulnerable to climate change – UN official

28 June 2007Efforts must be intensified to assist the world’s least developed countries and small island developing States, the most vulnerable nations in the world to the impact of climate change, a top United Nations official said today. “The UN debate on climate change will lose credibility if the concerns of these countries are sidelined or marginalized,” Anwarul Chowdhury, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), told reporters in New York.Mr. Chowdhury, whose last day in his position is this Saturday, launched a new study entitled “Climate Change Report 2007,” which was presented to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning.While acknowledging that the report is neither academic nor scientific, he said he hoped it would spur interest among the media and support groups to advocate on behalf of these countries and raise awareness of the obstacles LDCs and SIDS face.Aside from the environmental effects, the report said that climate change impacts LDCs and SIDS in the economic, human and social cultural realms as well.Reduced rainfall and prolonged droughts could lead to dwindling water supplies, while subsistence agriculture, on which these countries depend heavily, will be harmed by increased tropical cyclones, droughts and loss of soil fertility. Coastal flooding, droughts and disease could also force many people out of their homes.Due to their limited financial and technical resources, high rates of poverty and – in the case of the SIDS – small size, these countries are not as adept at adapting to climate change, noted the report.At the global level, the study recommended that these countries be provided adequate financial and technical support to better deal with climate change and that partnerships with international organizations be established to aid LDCs and SIDS.Meanwhile, the report suggested that at the national level, these countries demand that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publish a report specific to their situation.

US consumer borrowing rose 138 billion in June to record high despite

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 3:06 pm MDT US consumer borrowing rose $13.8 billion in June to record high despite fall in credit cards WASHINGTON – Americans borrowed more in June to buy cars and attend schools. But they were frugal again with their credit cards, as many remain wary of taking on high-interest debt.Consumers increased their borrowing $13.8 billion in June from May to a seasonally adjusted $2.85 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its monthly report on consumer credit. That’s the highest level ever.The category that includes credit card debt dropped $2.7 billion in June and remains 16.5 per cent below its July 2008 peak.Borrowing for autos and student loans rose $16.5 billion in June. Gains in this category have lifted overall consumer credit to record levels in all but one month since June 2011.Since January 2011, the measure of student and auto loans has risen $312.6 billion. During that same 2 1/2-year period, credit card debt has increased just $16 billion.The Federal Reserve’s consumer credit report does not separate student loans and auto loans. But the Federal Reserve Bank of New York tracks consumer credit on a quarterly basis. Those reports show that student loan debt has been the biggest driver of borrowing since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009. In part, that’s because many unemployed Americans have returned to school for training in hopes of landing a job.More credit card borrowing could help boost consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity. But many consumers have been hesitant to run up high-interest debt since the Great Recession ended. And this year consumers have been hit by higher Social Security taxes.The economy grew at a lacklustre annual rate of 1.4 per cent in the first six months of this year. Economists expect growth is accelerating to an annual rate of around 2.5 per cent in the second half of this year, as the impact of higher taxes and spending cuts begin to fade. Also, hiring gains are expected to boost income, supporting more spending.The economy has been adding jobs this year at a steady but inconsistent pace. In July, employers added 162,000 jobs. While solid, that’s much slower than the average pace of 192,000 new jobs a month so far this year. And many of the jobs added last month were low-paying or part-time.The unemployment rate fell in July to 7.4 per cent, down from 7.6 per cent in June.The Federal Reserve’s borrowing report covers auto loans, student loans and credit cards. It excludes mortgages, home equity loans and other loans related to real estate.

Sue Abbott

Fannie Sue Abbott- “Granny”- passed peacefully on Saturday the 27th of April 2019, at North Shore Health and Rehab in Loveland, Colorado.Sue was born January 4, 1929 to John Rivers Grimes and Annie Maude Grimes in Milledgeville, GA. She graduated from Peabody High School and attended two years at Georgia State College for Women.She married the love of her life Joe Abbott on April 13, 1952. She enjoyed church activities, family, camping, and golfing.  Joe & Sue lived in Price, Utah for 28 years before moving to Loveland, Colorado.  People who met Sue fell in love with her southern charm and fire.She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Joe; their two children, Dale (Carmen) & Christy (George) and three grandchildren: Melissa Abbott; Daryl (Steph); Andrew (Katie).Internment will be at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Littleton, CO.Condolences may be left at

Ohio State mens basketball getting contributions from more than just DAngelo Russell

Senior forward Sam Thompson (12) drives toward the basket during a game against Purdue on March 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-61.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith just two games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is in a full sprint toward the finish line.The Buckeyes have rattled off back-to-back wins at home, including coming back from 12 points down to beat Purdue on Sunday night, 65-61.The win put the Buckeyes in a three-way tie for fourth in the Big Ten conference and was sparked by freshman sensation, guard D’Angelo Russell.Russell scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half of the game, and while it looked like the Louisville, Ky., native did most of the heavy lifting, he received ample help from three experienced seniors.While it might not have always been in the scoring column, center Amir Williams, guard Shannon Scott and forward Sam Thompson all contributed in their own way.Williams, who took on the Big Ten’s leading shot blocker in Purdue’s junior center A.J. Hammons, matched the 7-footer in rebounds and blocked shots, the last of which helped seal the win for OSU.While Williams has been known to be inconsistent at times, Matta said he was pleased with how his senior played against the Boilermakers.“I thought Amir, with three blocked shots, was as good as he could be,” Matta said after the game.Then came Scott, who has become known for his defense more than anything in his four years in Columbus. While he didn’t light up the scoreboard against the Boilermakers, recording just one assist, block and steal each, it was what didn’t show up on the stat sheet that impressed his coach.“Shannon, nobody would ever see it, but he did some things defensively tonight via scouting that was tremendous and really disrupted them,” Matta said.Scott scored just five points in the win, all coming at the free throw line, three of which came in the final minute to help seal the Buckeye win.Finally there was Thompson, who recorded 14 points in the win while hitting all six of his free throws, three per half.With games against Penn State and Wisconsin remaining before the start of the Big Ten Tournament, Thompson said his performance and the win were important moving forward.“This is the type of win we need to get, especially in the month of March,” Thompson said. “It’s too late for us to be taking steps backwards, and it’s our time to hit our stride, get going and to put together a run.”While Russell still is stealing the show, ranking second in the conference in scoring, he credited his fellow Buckeyes for the team’s success after the win.“My coaches put me in a great position to facilitate for my teammates,” Russell said. “Coaches kept running the same play, and we kept making the best out of it.”And although Russell hasn’t yet played in a postseason basketball game in his college career like most of his teammates have, he said he has already gotten a taste of things to come and wants more of it.“I could get used to this. This is great,” Russell said. “Every win counts and any win can trigger a run, and just getting this win on our home court is great going down to Penn State.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are set to tip off at 6 p.m. Wednesday in State College, Pa. OSU won the first matchup between the two teams, 75-55, Feb. 11 in Columbus.

Ohio State womens basketball team full of question marks ahead of NCAA

Ohio State coaches Mark Mitchell (left) and Kevin McGuff (right) watch OSU’s 82-63 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorNot too long ago, the Ohio State women’s basketball team was a unit with all the answers.OSU had won 11 straight games, the outright Big Ten regular-season title was within its grip and at least a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament was nearly a lock, with a top seed a realistic proposal.Now, just a couple of weeks after those extremely positive outcomes of coach Kevin McGuff’s third season in Columbus seemed inevitable, all of those achievements have been entirely wiped out.With the Buckeyes losing three of their last four games, including an embarrassing 82-63 loss to Michigan State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, the one thing OSU needs before the NCAA tournament begins is what it had an abundance of when it last played in Columbus: an answer.OSU doesn’t have an answer as to what seed it will be when the NCAA tournament begins. It doesn’t have an answer as to how it came up empty-handed in the Big Ten regular-season title despite having a one-game lead with two games left to play. And it doesn’t have an answer as to what happened to one of the best offenses in the nation.The Buckeyes, who average 86.7 points per game, the third most in the country, had a season-low 20 points at the half against Michigan State in a game they trailed in by as many as 36 points.After the game, senior guard Cait Craft chalked much of that up to the ineffectiveness of fellow senior guard Ameryst Alston, who was held back by a sprained right wrist and didn’t score, but said there were still concerns about the way the team played as a whole.“Not having Ameryst hurt a little bit, but at the end of the day, we as a team didn’t come ready to play really until the last quarter,” Craft said. “Not having her does hurt, but it shouldn’t have been that detrimental to us. And I think we let that get in the way more than it should have, obviously.”McGuff said he doesn’t know what Alston’s status will be moving forward after the game, noting only the diagnosis of her injury and that he “hopes” she will be able to accelerate through her rehab and be good to go for the NCAA tournament.But missing Alston’s first-team All-Big Ten production was only a steep section of the mountain the Buckeyes were sliding down, not the point of departure from the top.The night before against Rutgers, in which Alston was perfectly healthy until the closing minutes, the Buckeyes only put up 26 points on the scoreboard at the half. They ended up winning the game 73-58 behind sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell’s tournament-record 43 points, but, especially after losing their previous two games, the concerns were already in the air before the seismic semifinal debacle.A lot of the Buckeyes’ issues in the tournament were inexplicable, such as junior Shayla Cooper, a steady contributor off the bench throughout the year, suddenly being largely absent from the offense.Cooper averaged 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game during the season, but against Rutgers she put up seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, and the next night she had just two points on 1-of-5 shooting through three quarters, including a second period absent from the floor.She ended up finishing off the night strong with 14 points in the garbage-time fourth quarter, hitting all six shot attempts. But Cooper has been one of the Buckeyes’ most valuable players all season long, and the need for her to step up inflated with Alston physically unable to shoot. Instead, she was nowhere to be found.After the Michigan State game, McGuff didn’t have an explanation or assessment for the sorry performance. He simply didn’t have an answer.“It didn’t have anything to do with effort or competitiveness,” McGuff said. “We have to learn from tonight that we’re going to hit some adversity again. I don’t know what it will be. Maybe it will be foul trouble, something. And how we react to it is going to determine everything.”Two weeks ago, OSU was a team that many were pegging as a Final Four contender. It had already beaten Maryland twice — the only two in-conference losses the Terrapins have had since joining the Big Ten — and had lost to powerhouses South Carolina and Notre Dame on the road by a combined 11 points.But now, the Buckeyes are trying to rebuild from the ground up with the NCAA tournament a week and a half away — trying to understand when it all turned around. “That’s the great thing about college basketball, you get a chance to tip it up again here before too long,” McGuff said. “And I think we have a great opportunity ahead of us. We just have to get back to the gym and kind of get back to being who we are.”The Buckeyes will learn their tournament seeding and opponent on Monday, and whether their first-round game will be set for March 18 or 19.

National Trust sitting on reserves of £1bn

first_img​The Trust said: “Around 80 per cent of investments are held in restricted funds , meaning they can only be spent on specific places or purposes. The charity also has to keep a proportion of funds s general reserves… This is good governance.”​The revelations come after the National Trust told hundreds of tenants in leasehold properties that they faced ground rent hikes of up to 10,000 per cent.One 87-year-old man was reportedly told his payments would go up from £148 to £15,000 per year.Meanwhile, the Trust is calling for cash support from the public for a series of “vital” restoration projects, such as the repair of the roof of a Tudor palace in Hampshire. The National Trust is sitting on reserves of more than £1 billion while it continues to plead for donations and hike rents for tenants, it has emerged.According to its latest accounts, the conservation charity boasted an investment pool of £1.008 billion in the year to February 2016.In that period, it received an income of £522 million, which included £51 million left in wills and £178 million in membership fees.The charity spent £540 million in the same 12 months, with a dozen staff earning six-figure salaries, the Mail on Sunday reported. 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

Welsh landowner grows Britains first crop of worlds most soughtafter truffles

Such specimens can be sold for hundreds of pounds, But despite this, local restaurants have so far been among the main beneficiaries as part of an an effort to celebrate Monmouthshire’s role in Britain’s emerging truffle story.Mr Sims had already made history in 2016 by growing the first ever summer truffles in Wales, but the chances of successfully growing Perigords were always far slimmer.He began the project in 2008 as a means of putting spare to use, planting 4,800 summer truffle trees and 200 Milano oaks in a sunnier, elevated part of the estate as an experiment.”I have always been fascinated by fungus and mushrooms and all that sort of thing and back then I though if I start growing truffles now I could end up 10 years ahead of everyone else.”Truffles are very expensive and I thought it might be a very good return for the future.” After first making the soil less acidic by spreading more than 300 tonnes of chalk and lyme, Mr Sims settled back for a wait of several years during which he trained up his two dogs to search for truffles, Bella and his Jack Russell-Patterdale terrior-cross, which he named Truffle.The first sign that truffles may be growing came when Mr Sims noticed what is known as areas of brule, patches round the tree where other plants and grass are dying.While the ‘burn’t patch indicates the fungus from which truffles derive is active, it does not necessarily mean a truffle has fruited.”I was just walking the dog as normal and it started truffling. When I saw that the truffle was there I pulled the dog away. “It was fantastic. I gave my wife a ring to video me. It was quite a big moment. I knew straight way it was a Perigord as soon as I smelled it. “While the black Perigord truffle (Tuber malonosporum), from the area of the same name in Dordogne, are generally considered to be the finest examples of their kind in the world, many Italians consider the white truffle (Tuber magnatum) to be superior. In 2016 a large Italian white truffle sold for £45,250. Britain’s first crop of one of the world’s most sought-after truffles has been successfully grown by a Welsh landowner who is now giving them away for free to local restaurants.Matt Sims, with the help of his sprocker spaniel Bella, has now unearthed 25 of the valuabe Perigord truffles in his 11-acre plantation as a result of a 10-year project.Until now UK devotees of the pungent black delicacy have had to source them from abroad, mainly southwestern France.But Mr Sims, 49, says his groundbreaking success in the Monmouthshire countryside proves that, with the right skill, British soil can support Perigord growth.The businessman discovered his first Perigord in March last year, towards the end of winter truffle season, and had to wait for the following winter to find out whether the growth had been a fluke.However, he has since unearthed more than two dozen, including one more weighing more than 100g. Mr Sims' truffles 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. Landowner Matt Sims  Mr Sims’ trufflesCredit:Jay Williams for the Telegraph Landowner Matt Sims Credit:Stephen Shepherd for the Telegraph

Strictly cheats shun romantic dance for second week as Seann Walsh and

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. Seann Walsh will perform a quickstep to avoid a romantic dance with partner Katya Jones when Strictly Come Dancing returns.The comedian and his professional partner were pictured kissing and have been at the centre of a media storm around their behaviour, for which they have apologised.After the “dance of shame” Charleston, which avoided any romantic moves, the pair will continue the competition with yet another safe dance.They will be performing the high-tempo and light-hearted Quickstep to Lightning Bolt, by Jake Bugg.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Walsh’s actions led to the break-up of his relationship with Rebecca Humphries, although his last dance was greeted with cheers from the Strictly audience on the weekend.  Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton will attempt the Samba, Faye and Giovanni have the Foxtrot, while Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec will have the Viennese Waltz.Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden have the Jive, and Charles Venn and Karen Clifton went for Couples’ a Street and Commercial with their couple’s choice.Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse return this week with the Tango, with Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell taking on the Waltz.Sign up for Ballroom Bulletin, your essential weekly companion to this series of Strictly Come Dancing. The average number of viewers was up 1.4 million from last week’s episode.Comedian Walsh and dancer Jones were  scored 28 points for their performance, putting them in fourth place on the leaderboard.The pair had been surrounded by speculation that they would leave the show for the controversial kiss, for which they apologised.Walsh’s now ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries broke her silence soon after, claiming the kiss had happened on her birthday.In a withering statement, actress Humphries claimed that Walsh had called her “psycho/nuts/mental” when she suspected something was going on between him and Jones, who is married to Strictly dancer Neil Jones.Saturday’s Strictly barely made any reference to the furore around the stars’ personal lives, with Walsh and Jones ignoring it completely in their pre-recorded material.However, hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly did make a light-hearted reference to it as they opened the show, quipping about the “odd headline” over the past week.Who is dancing what in week five of Strictly?Week five will also see Vick Hope and Graziano Di Prima dancing a Cha Cha to More Than Friends, by James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh.Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard will be going Contemporary, Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara will be dancing the American Smooth, and Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev are attempting the Rumba. Seann Walsh and Rebecca Humphries pictured in 2015Credit:Getty Saturday saw Strictly score its highest ratings of the series so far as more than 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the “Dance of Shame”.All eyes were on the comedian and the dancer as they performed for the first time since being wrapped up in the controversy around their kiss.Viewers had to wait until nearly the end of the almost two-hour long broadcast to watch Walsh and Jones, the penultimate couple to perform.It peaked at 11.9 million viewers, had an audience share of 51.2 percent and was the most-watched show across all channels on Saturday, the BBC said. Seann Walsh and Rebecca Humphries pictured in 2015

Exclusively on HandballPlanetcom – From my angle EHF F4 BLOG by Antonio

Antonio Carlos OrtegaEHF F4 Blog is proud to announce that our special blogger from the biggest event in European handball, Velux EHF F4 in Cologne next weekend will be Spanish handball legend and the new coach of Hungarian champion, MKB Veszprem, Antonio Carlos Ortega. Exclusively for one of the fastest growing handball community on the Web,, Mr. Ortega will write about his expectations from the event, his memories from the “crucial matches” with F.C Barcelona , semi-final and final matches in “Lanxess Arena”, bad and good sides of the F4 teams, players, things around the court, etc.“FROM MY ANGLE” EHF F4 BLOG BY ANTONIO CARLOS ORTEGAEnjoy in the next few days. Only on ← Previous Story Eurocups Finals: FA Goppingen and SG Flensburg on the “heaven’s door” Next Story → Sonja Barjaktarovic is substitute for Suslina in Rostov!

Ortega leaves KIF Kolding after 18 months

← Previous Story POLISH FINAL: Kielce conquer Plock once again! Next Story → 13 TITLES: HC Tatran Presov extend domination in Slovakia! Antonio Carlos Ortegakif kolding kobenhavn Antonio Carlos Ortega leaves KIF Kolding Kobenhavn after season and a half in Denmark. Spaniards, who came to the Danish giant at the beginning of 2016 as former coach of Telekom Veszprem with whom he played VELUX EHF Champions League Final 2015, couldn’t cope with financial problems in Kolding, influental for two seasons without trophy.If I knew that before, I would never come – said Ortega for Danish TV2.KIF Kolding Kobenhavn ended eight at the Danish Championship, without place at the Play-Off semi-final.With Ortega, all his signings will leave the team as Niko Mindegia, Konstantin Igropulo and Fabio Chiuffa, while Antonio Robledo Garcia did it before by signing for FC Barcelona Lassa in March.Ortega had contract with KIF Kolding until summer 2019.The Danish stars Kasper Hvidt and Lars Jørgensen will retire, while Bo Spelerberg contract can’t be extended as club is blacklisted by Danish Handball Federation. PHOTO: Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Uroš Hočevar.

Boeing plane crashes in Russia 50 believed dead

first_imgA RUSSIAN PASSENGER airliner crashed this evening while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all 50 people aboard, officials said.The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed about 7.20 p.m. local time (15.20pm GMT). There were no immediate indications of the cause.Catching fireReports said the plane appeared to lose altitude as it was making a second landing attempt, crashing and catching fire.Kazan, a city of about 1.1 million and the capital of the Tatarstan republic, is about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, where the flight originated. Weather in Kazan was reported to be light precipitation and winds of about 18 miles per hour.A spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry, Irina Rossius, said there were 44 passengers and six crew members aboard and all had been killed.Read: Ireland pledges additional €1.6 million to Philippines relief efforts>last_img

Howe vows to work on defensive lapses

first_imgBournemouth boss Eddie Howe has vowed to fix the defensive problems in his team after their 3-1 home defeat to Brighton in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.The Cherries have now conceded 15 goals in four games including the latest against the Seagulls from Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissoume and Florin Andone who all found the net.Marc Pugh grabbed the hosts solitary strike in the tie which only proved scant consolation as the Cherries slumped out of this year’s cup.“These games always swing on small moments, and the chance that came our way that we missed just before the goal was key,” Howe disclosed to Sky Sports.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“We haven’t maximised our chances, and we’ve been easy to score against recently, and that must change.“We’ll go away on the training ground and try to put that right now.”Up next for Howe’s men is a trip to Merseyside to face Everton.last_img

Golin introduces unlimited leave and enhances benefits package

first_imgCommunications agency Golin is to introduce an enhanced benefits programme, including unlimited leave, extended family-friendly benefits and new health and wellbeing initiatives.The benefits programme, Life Time, will launch on 4 April 2016. It will run across Golin’s global locations but has been tailored to suit local requirements.The new suite of benefits aims to give staff more flexibility in terms of their benefits and ways of working.In addition to unlimited leave, Life Time will offer extended health and wellbeing benefits in order to enable employees to relax outside of work.Golin’s 150 UK employees will receive an annual wellbeing allowance of £600, and the opportunity to participate in in-house yoga classes and employer-sponsored sports teams.The additional health and wellbeing benefits build on existing schemes, such as discounted gym membership, to give employees greater choice.Staff will receive enhanced family-friendly policies, including up to six weeks paternity leave on full pay. Golin has also extended shared parental leave to 18 weeks’ enhanced pay, in line with the organisation’s adoption and maternity leave policy.The communications agency also offers an ease-in, ease-out policy that provides new and expectant parents with greater flexibility.Fraser Sinclair, HR director at Golin, said: “We recognise that our culture and how we treat our people is one of the biggest pulls for new candidates and existing employees. We want to make sure we recruit and retain the best and most diverse team in the business and continue to treat our team as individuals. This tailored, rather than a one-size-fits-all benefits programme does just that.“For us, the biggest change this year will be a cultural one, we are re-educating all of our line managers and department heads around how to manage a flexible workforce. We recognise that the next year will be a lesson for us all on how to relax and unwind when we are not in the office. It may not be an easy lesson to learn, but it will certainly be a fun one.”last_img

Triangles pintsize speakers are highend masters

first_img Tags Share your voice Speakers Audio Comment The Triangle Esprit Titus EZ speakers Triangle HiFi I’ve covered a lot of American and British audiophile speakers in my time, but French contenders, rarely. This one, the Esprit Titus EZ from Triangle HiFi may be the first I’ve heard from that company, but there will likely be many more. Triangle was founded in 1980 in France, how I overlooked Triangle this long is beyond me. The Esprit Titus EZ is a small, two-way bookshelf design fitted with a 1-inch (25mm) horn loaded titanium tweeter and a 5-inch (127mm) cellulose midrange/woofer. Both drivers are designed in-house. There’s a small bass port on the rear baffle, and some of the most beautifully crafted all-metal speaker cable binding posts I’ve ever seen.  The speaker is nice and compact, just 12 x 6.2 x 10.5 inches (306x167x257mm). My gleaming white Titus EZ samples had attractive, magnetically-attached white cloth grilles, but I listened with the drivers exposed. The Esprit EZ sells for $1,250 per pair in high-gloss black or white, $1,000 in vinyl walnut or black ash in the US; £620 and £740 respectively in the UK; AU$1,399 and AU$1,699 in Australia. I don’t recommend using the Titus EZ with receivers, unless they are rated to handle 4-ohm speakers. The Titus EZ is a small two-way speakers with 5 inch woofers and so you can’t expect it to be a head banger’s or party speaker.  Easy listening with the Titus EZThe Titus EZ arrived on my doorstep right after the Wharfedale Linton Heritage speakers departed. The Lintons are much larger bookshelf speakers that retail for $1,198 a pair, in line with the Titus EZ pricewise. The Lintons make a ton of bass, play loud with ease, and they’re more dynamically alive.  Still, the Titus EZ was enjoyable and wholly satisfying, just on a smaller scale, and it would be a better fit for small to midsize rooms.  The Titus EZ has a sweet, beautiful tone that makes harsh recordings a little easier on the ears. It may be a horn speaker, but it’s not about to threaten the Klipsch RP 600M horn speaker for dynamic “slam” or power, the Titus EZ is more polite than that.One of my musician audiophile pals dropped by while I was working on the Titus EZ review, and while he can be pretty fussy about sound he was quite taken with the Esprit EZ. He was especially impressed with the way these speakers reproduced the sound of drums and cymbals. This speaker digs deep into the quieter detail of recordings, so you hear atmosphere of the recording venue or studio. The Titus EZ tweeter is clear and clean, but it’s not going to make everyday, compressed recordings sound annoyingly harsh.To test the Titus EZ’s low-bass abilities I cued up Fabriclive. 54: David Rodigan, a tasty collection of classic reggae, dance hall and dub music. Definition and fullness were decent, but if you listen to a steady diet of bass-heavy music, plan on adding a subwoofer. Same as you would for any small speaker with a 5-inch woofer. The KEF LS50 speaker is close to the same size as the ‘EZ, but the LS50 is a little less sensitive, but somewhat more weighty-sounding speaker in the bass. Definition was better, too. Still, the Titus EZ sounded richer on male vocals, which subjectively warmed up the overall tonal balance. It’s a mellower, more “relaxed”-sounding speaker. Stereo imaging was wide, but image focus wasn’t as sharp as the LS50s’. I like both of these speakers, and they’re both high-quality mini monitors so there’s no easy call here. I really enjoyed my time with the Triangle Esprit Titus EZ speakers. They’re ideal for buyers craving a very musical, highly refined speaker for use with audiophile electronics in smaller spaces. I’m just starting with Triangle speakers; I hope to report on their higher-end Signature or Magellan series speakers later this year. The Audiophiliac 1last_img

2 transgender women gangraped at knifepoint in Bengaluru accused arrested

first_imgGetty ImagesThree men have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping two transgender women at knifepoint in Bengaluru. The incident happened in Koramangala on May 12.The women, who hail from Assam, were scared to approach the police and feared how they will be treated. The News Minute states that with support from their friends and All Manipur Nupi Manbi Association (AMaNA).The incident happened on May 12 when the two victims were at a house in Koramangala. The bell rang and thinking that it was the food they ordered, one of them opened the door to find three men brandishing knives. They forcefully entered the apartment and sexually assaulted the two women for the next two hours. The men held the knives at the back of the victims’ neck to keep them in place, reports TNM.”The three men put their knives on our necks and asked us to remove our dress. When we begged them to leave us alone, they threatened to harm us. We were afraid and we did not do what to do. We had no option,” one of the victims told TNM.”I had seen one of these attackers in the neighbourhood before,” she added saying that they left the apartment immediately to their friend’s place. However, the men, who somehow got hold of their phone number threatened them with dire consequences if they did not come back.The three men were living in the same neighbourhood. One is a driver, the second man is a cook and the third assailant works as a supporting actor in the Kannada film industry.”This is a racial attack targetted towards gender and sexual minority people. This also shows the layers of inhuman treatment that people from the trans community from the North East region who live in big cities across the country face,” Santa Khurai, the president of the All Manipur Nupi Manbi Association was quoted as saying by TNM.last_img

BlackRock to Host Rising Star Gala

first_imgAs BlackRock Center for the Arts will celebrate its growth in the community with its annual gala event “Rising Star” on April 25th. The Gala, taking place in BlackRock’s building in Germantown, will feature live entertainment by BlackRock students and professionals, an awards program, silent auction, Fund-a-Need and a cocktail hour and dinner. The Center will honor three individuals and companies who have been loyal and active stakeholders. Mark Friis of Rodgers Consulting, a former trustee and long-time donor will be honored as Outstanding Community Leader; the Art League of Germantown having provided years of volunteerism, artistic work and hands-on support will be honored with the Rocky Award; and Frank Ferrando, a longstanding and dedicated volunteer will be awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Melane and Tom Hoffmann and Mike and Cassie Knapp are the Gala Co-Chairs, and Montgomery County First Lady, Catherine Leggett is Honorary Chair. The gala is BlackRock’s most important fundraising event of the year, with a goal of $145,000. Proceeds from the evening directly support BlackRock’s arts education programs, outreach and scholarship initiatives, gallery activities, performances, and other programs that engage the community it serveslast_img

Microsoft to launch Election 2012 hub on Xbox 360

first_imgIf there’s anyone who likes watching a grueling competition between two formidable foes unfold, it’s gamers. So for Xbox 360 owners, Microsoft is planning to unveil a digital destination where users can keep up-to-date with the final months of the presidential campaign, participate in interactive polls, and show their support for candidates without turning off their game console.The Election 2012 hub on Xbox Live will provide users with campaign updates syndicated in real-time from It will also offer a whole slate of video features, ranging from live coverage of debates and national conventions, to public service announcements about the importance of voting and what issues are at stake for the next four years.Town hall meetings in local cities will also be streamed through the new Xbox Live channel, which is set to make its formal introduction next week ahead of the Republican National Convention.Interactive polls will be provided by YouGov, a youth-centric destination for presidential election polling and coverage. The entire concept is to turn the campaign process from a passive medium for viewers to something in which users can be active participants.“We want to provide our passionate Xbox LIVE community with a great way to experience the election process with TV that makes them participants and not just viewers. This is a great example of how our Xbox capabilities are making the promise of interactive television a reality,” said Microsoft’s corporate VP Marc Whitten in a statement.This is the latest step in two big emerging trends. One is the expansion of video game consoles into other facets of media. The fact that an Xbox device is being integrated into the election process is something that probably would have seemed like an alien idea seven or eight years ago.The other is the social/connected aspect of politics. There is perhaps no better example of the explosive impact on social media than its interaction with public policy. It is an obvious and very real extension of democracy as we know it, and as more devices have the capacity to connect users together, politics will be a natural part of that process. It might not be time for a presidential debate via Xbox Live, but that is the kind of direction into which society is heading.via Microsoft’s press releaselast_img

Cancer specialist Arthur Porter dies in Panama

first_img Sponsored Stories Sikora said in a statement that Porter’s death was sudden, and that doctors thought the oncologist would live for another two or three weeks. He died alone.Todd said Porter, who had been battling the disease since December 2012, was released from detention in the Central American country six weeks ago to undergo treatment.He was the former head of the McGill University Health Centre and was once appointed by the prime minister to head the Security Intelligence Review Committee, a CSIS watchdog group.In joining SIRC, Porter was also sworn to the Privy Council. He was elevated to SIRC’s chair two years later but resigned in December 2011 following published reports of his business links to an international arms dealer.After moving to the Bahamas, he was arrested along with his wife, Pamela, during a flight layover in Panama. Porter had been detained since May 2013 in Panama as he fought extradition to Canada.Police allege that he accepted a bribe of several million dollars from former executives of SNC-Lavalin for awarding the firm the contract for a hospital project, but Porter denied committing any fraud.The McGill health center issued a brief statement on Wednesday extending condolences to Porter’s family. He leaves behind his wife and three daughters. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Pamela Porter was sentenced in December to 33 months in jail after she pleaded guilty to two counts of money laundering in connection with her husband’s case.Todd called Porter’s death on Canada Day “stranger than fiction” because of his highly publicized standoff with the Canadian authorities for extradition.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up TORONTO (AP) — Arthur Porter, a cancer specialist who was facing fraud charges related to a $1.3 billion hospital project in Montreal, died Wednesday in Panama after a lengthy battle with lung cancer, his biographer said. He was 59.Jeff Todd, who helped Porter write “The Man Behind the Bow Tie,” said Porter died at a hospital in Panama, where he was fighting extradition to Canada. Todd said he was informed of the death by Porter’s friend and physician Dr. Karol Sikora. Top Stories The vital role family plays in societylast_img

Military site shootings crystallize FBI terrorism concerns

first_imgThe president of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga said Saturday that Abdulazeez’s father called and apologized to him and said that he had not seen any recent changes in his son.Bassam Issa said Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez told him he felt blindsided.“He told me that he had never seen it coming, and did not see any signs from his son that he would be that way and do something like that,” Issa said.GOP Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Friday that officials are looking into whether Abdulazeez was what some at intelligence agencies consider among the “losers to lions,” meaning a young person who is looking “for a cause greater than himself” and commits a terrorist act in the process.Federal officials have warned over the last year that today’s terrorist sympathizers can be difficult to track and predict, in part because their plans are often spontaneous, poorly formed and lack the sophisticated execution that has defined al-Qaida and its operatives.Officials also have expressed concern that potential recruits are using encrypted forms of online communication as a way to evade detection from law enforcement, an issue the Justice Department raised before Congress last week. WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly shootings at military sites in Tennessee illustrate the threat that FBI officials have warned about: violence directed against a vulnerable government target by a lone gunman with apparent terrorist aspirations.The FBI has not detailed a motive, but Thursday’s attacks that killed four Marines and one sailor are under investigation as a potential act of terrorism, with authorities combing through the gunman’s past to look for travel, contacts and online writings. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean In turning away from the grandiose bomb plots of al-Qaida, IS has encouraged followers to carry out smaller-scale gun attacks that cause less carnage but require less planning and are harder to detect.The organization can survive as long as it is able to spread propaganda and find willing recruits, said McCants of the Brookings Institution.“Inspiring people to do it on their own is almost a greater feat than training an operative,” he said.___Associated Press writer Tamara Lush in Tampa, Florida contributed to this report.___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Law enforcement officials describe an ongoing challenge in distinguishing those who merely consume and share messages and those actually motivated to commit violence. Authorities say there’s no question that social media platforms, coupled with the small-scale plots being devised, have made terrorist ideology more accessible than a decade ago. It can be easy for those who read messages, but do not post their own thoughts, to avoid law enforcement scrutiny.“They have now spent a year, maybe a little longer, investing in this strategy,” Comey told reporters last week, in a reference to IS. “And what you’re seeing now is proof that it works. Americans all over the place responding to this constant push and feed and buzz.”The Kuwait-born gunman, who was killed by police, was not under investigation and was not on the radar of federal law enforcement before the shooting, officials have said. He had visited Jordan last year, a U.S. official said Friday, and investigators will review those overseas travels for potential worrisome contacts with militants.Abdulazeez received an engineering degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012 and worked as an intern a few years ago at the Tennessee Valley Authority. Those who knew him described a typical suburban upbringing, though court documents allege an abusive and sometimes turbulent household.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The rampage unfolded as the federal government has raised alarms about the online spread of terrorist propaganda, including repeated exhortations by groups such as the Islamic State for sympathizers to target police officers and military installations.It came two months after two men opened fire outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas before being killed by police, and during a year when several dozen people in the United States have been charged with supporting terrorism, with more than 10 arrested in the month before the July 4 holiday.“This is the new normal,” said Will McCants, a terrorism expert at the Brookings Institution in Washington. If a terrorist group is looking to influence public opinion and generate fear, he said, “this kind of tactic has a lot going for it.”One federal law enforcement official said investigators did not immediately find an extensive online presence involving the gunman, 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, or evidence that he was directly influenced or inspired by the Islamic State. The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.But the line between inspired and directed is blurred in an age of pervasive social media, where anyone with a computer or smartphone can be exposed to what FBI Director James Comey has called “poison” propaganda from terrorist organizations. Top Stories FILE – In this July 17, 2015 file photo, an FBI investigator investigates the scene of a shooting outside a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tenn. The deadly shootings of Marines at two Tennessee military sites illustrate the threat FBI officials in recent months have warned about: violence by a lone gunman with apparent terroristic aspirations against a vulnerable government target. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img