first_imgOn September 4th, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe stopped at Phil Lesh‘s restaurant and concert venue, Terrapin Crossroads, while touring the West Coast. Lesh was in attendance, and, as he tends to do, he sat in as a special guest for a song, joining KDTU for a funky, horn-filled version of “Shakedown Street”.Lesh is just hours away from taking the stage at the new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, where he’ll be joined by Karl Denson, as well as Eric Krasno, Alan Evans, and Neal Evans of Soulive, Jackie Greene, Jason Crosby and Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom aka The Shady Horns to make for a jazzy and unique version of Phil Lesh & Friends.Get pumped for tonight’s show with this awesome video of “Shakedown Street”, courtesy of YouTube user sgibson818.last_img read more

first_imgWearable devices are entering the mainstream, and with increased adoption and usage come greater implications for financial services. Given the potential of these connected accessories to deliver banking information and alerts, as well as enable transactions, it makes sense for credit unions to be aware of developments in this space and the role wearables might have in an overall mobile banking and payments strategy.IDC forecasts that worldwide shipments of wearables will jump 133 percent this year, with the volume of wearables capable of running third-party applications, known as “smart wearables,” projected to grow an astounding 510 percent. As acceptance of these devices continues and market supply increases, the price of the technology is expected to decrease, leading to further adoption and usage.Despite this rapid growth, it doesn’t make sense for most credit unions to immediately jump in and create dedicated wearable apps, due to the fact that the development of dedicated apps can require a significant investment of time and resources. A more practical choice for the majority of credit unions is to extend the existing functionality and convenience of the mobile channel to wearables.Wearables have unique attributes that impact their role in the overall member experience. More than 80 percent of today’s wearables are worn on the wrist. Health trackers like Fitbit are changing the way we measure our health and stay fit. Such smart wearables as the Apple Watch offer broader functionality, allowing users to check email, load a boarding pass or even monitor an account balance. continue reading » 82SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgFrederick, Md. — An NBC affiliate in Maryland is reporting a prominent doctor, his daughter and a family friend have been identified as victims of the Saturday air crash near Hamburg. Dr. Louis Cantilena, Amy Cantelina, Paul Schuda and two dogs were on board the single engine Cessna when it went down in the 5000 block of Hamburg Road around 9 p.m.Cantelina was making a one day trip from Frederick, Maryland to Kansas City, Missouri and back to pick his daughter up from medical school. He was a professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda.last_img

first_img(REUTERS) – Marcus Stoinis scored his maiden one-day century but it was not enough to give an undermanned Australia an astonishing victory in the opening match of their one-day series against New Zealand at Eden Park yesterday.Stoinis, who also took three wickets in New Zealand’s 286 for nine from 50 overs, guided Australia from 54-5 in the 13th over to within sight of victory as he grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.The 27-year-old, playing his second one-day international, shared in an 81-run seventh-wicket partnership with James Faulkner (25) and 48 with Pat Cummins (36) for the eighth before Stoinis exploded for 31 runs in 11 balls to put his side into a position where they needed 19 runs from the final 24 balls.Such was his dominance he and last man Josh Hazlewood shared a 54-run partnership, without the tall fast bowler facing a single delivery.Hazlewood, however, was run-out while backing up too far by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on the final ball of the 47th over to dismiss the visitors for 280, giving New Zealand a six-run victory.Stoinis was left stranded on 146 not out, having hit nine boundaries and 11 sixes.Australia were already missing David Warner (rested), Usman Khawaja (in Dubai preparing for the tour of India) and Steve Smith (injured) but then lost stand-in captain Matthew Wade before play began with a back injury.New Zealand had been well in control of the match as make-shift wicketkeeper Tom Latham repaid the faith of the selectors with three catches and two stumpings.Latham, who was a wicketkeeper earlier in his career, took the gloves ahead of the uncapped Tom Blundell as the selectors looked to build more flexibility in their squad ahead of the Champions Trophy in England later this year.The hosts had been humbled in a 3-0 series loss in Australia before Christmas but showed a marked improvement in their fielding and bowling as they put the visitors under pressure from the start of their run chase.New Zealand’s innings was anchored by Neil Broom’s 73, while Martin Guptill added 61 at the top of the order.The three-match series continues with further matches in Napier on February 2 and Hamilton on February 5. NEW ZEALAND inningsM. Guptill b Stoinis 61T. Latham c Handscomb b Starc 7K. Williamson c Maxwell b Stoinis 24R. Taylor b Head 16N. Broom c Starc b Faulkner 73C. Munro c Finch b Stoinis 2J. Neesham c Head b Hazlewood 48M. Santner c Maxwell b Cummins 7T. Southee c Faulkner b Cummins 0L. Ferguson not out 3T. Boult not out 16Extras: (b-8, lb-5, w-16) 29Total: (for 9 wickets, 50 overs) 286Fall of wickets: 1-13 2-87, 3-128, 4-130, 5-134, 6 -210, 7-246, 8-251, 9-269.Bowling: M. Starc 10-0-59-1 (w-2), J. Hazlewood 10-0-48-1 (w-1), P. Cummins 9-0-67-2 (w-10), J. Faulkner 6-0-29-1, M. Stoinis 10-0-49-3 (w-2), T. Head 5-0-21-1(w-2).AUSTRALIA inningsA. Finch c Neesham b Boult 4T. Head c Munro b Boult 5S. Marsh stp. Latham b Santner 16P. Handscomb c Latham b Southee 7G. Maxwell c Latham b Ferguson 20S. Heazlett c Latham b Ferguson 4M. Stoinis not out 146J. Faulkner b Munro 25P. Cummins stp. Latham b Santner 36M. Starc c Neesham b Santner 3J. Hazlewood run-out (Williamson) 0Extras: (lb-2, w-12) 14Total: (all out, 47 overs) 280Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-10, 3-18, 4-48, 5-54, 6-67, 7-148, 8-196, 9-226.Bowling: T. Southee 10-0-63-1, T. Boult 9-0-58-2 (w-1), L. Ferguson 10-0-44-2, M. Santner 10-1-44-3 (w-1), J. Neesham 5-0-49-0 (w-4), C. Munro 3-0-20-1 (w-2).last_img read more

first_img Comments When Shirley Daniels steps to the plate, she’s already at ease. Leading off, Shirley knows her big sister, Lisaira, has her back no matter what.  With Lisaira waiting in the on-deck circle, Shirley can take her cuts with confidence.‘When she’s behind me I do have a lot of confidence,’ Shirley said. ‘Like if I don’t get it done, she’s going to get it done, or if I’m on base I know she’s going to move me or hit me in.’And with that family support, the Daniels sisters are having remarkable years for the Orange so far. Shirley and Lisaira have recently batted back-to-back in the lineup, with Shirley in the top slot and Lisaira right behind her. And both have produced.Lisaira, a senior, leads the team in batting with a .378 average, and little sister Shirley, a sophomore, is batting .289. Although it’s ironic how the two ended up on the Orange, Syracuse has reaped the benefits of having the Daniels on the diamond.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe siblings will lead Syracuse (9-6) in five games at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., this weekend. SU has a doubleheader Friday against Miami (Ohio) and South Carolina Upstate, and it plays Boston University and Kennesaw State on Saturday before taking on Virginia Tech on Sunday.Although Lisaira is the older sister by two years, Syracuse actually showed interest in Shirley first. Lisaira was a freshman already playing softball at Georgia when Shirley was a junior in high school. The next year, Lisaira was granted her release from Georgia and spent the fall semester looking for a new place to play.On Shirley’s official visit to SU, Lisaira came along. On the visit, Lisaira instantly agreed to play for SU head coach Leigh Ross. And Shirley eventually committed to the Orange, too.‘Shirley didn’t come here because Lisaira was coming at all,’ Ross said. ‘And (Lisaira) didn’t come here because her sister was coming. They both loved Syracuse for different reasons.’Ross said bickering could be common among sisters, but she doesn’t hear that from the Daniels sisters. Both are business-like when they get to the field.They’re also used to playing with each other throughout their athletic careers. Both played some high school softball, travel-team softball, and even track and field together.Despite spending so much time together, neither is sick of the other. It’s an indication of the strong relationship they share.‘Of course I’m going to be a little sister, and I’m going to bother her because I just love doing that,’ Shirley said. ‘But we don’t get completely annoyed with each other where ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t want to be on the same team as her because she’s here.”Shirley said having family so close at college means she always has someone she can confide in.Being the older sibling, with more experience, Lisaira is always offering advice to Shirley. Ross said it can be a delicate situation when helping a sibling, but Lisaira handles it well.‘She doesn’t try to tell Shirley what to do. She helps Shirley through things from her own experience,’ Ross said. And Shirley has thrived putting Lisaira’s advice to use.The sophomore is off to a hot start and moved up all the way from the ninth spot in the lineup to leadoff. When Shirley saw for the first time she was batting right in front of Lisaira, she was shocked she was in the leadoff spot at all. But the fact her sister was right behind her didn’t faze her.Lisaira said that support goes both ways. Lisaira said Shirley has come to her rescue numerous times as well. The two have come to depend on each other.‘It’s all about family. It’s all about supporting each other on and off the field and being there for one another,’ Lisaira said. ‘She’s my blood through think and thin, and I’m always going to have her back. This is truly a gift from God. It’s just a beautiful thing that’s unfolding.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!On Saturday May 13th, 2017 TOGETHER! held their annual Awards of Excellence ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College. Back for the second year following a hiatus and reinvention, Awards of Excellence now honors and celebrates South Sound youth whose paths have been marked with adversity and whose grace and strength continue to shine through. More than 29 different schools and youth centered organizations nominated participants to receive the award. This year 35 awards and 10 scholarships were given, including a 1-year tuition waiver for SPSCC, as well as 2 continuing scholarships to 2016 Awards of Excellence scholarship winners.Aylin Gonzales was a 2016 scholarship winner and won a continuing support scholarship at this year’s awards. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!Honorees were featured in The Olympian newspaper and publicly recognized at the Awards of Excellence ceremony. More than $10,000 in scholarships were awarded thanks to Gateway Rotary (our top scholarship donor), TwinStar Credit Union, Tumwater McDonald’s, and a year tuition waiver from South Puget Sound Community College Scholarship Foundation! Based on the knowledge that supporting and encouraging young people helps our community thrive, TOGETHER! and partners are proud to continue this tradition for another year!Aylin Gonzales, a 2016 scholarship winner is incredibly grateful for the continuing support scholarship awarded at Awards of Excellence 2017. “Thank you so much for supporting my education again this year. Awards of Excellence has been such a great support for me. It’s been a relief not having to stress over paying for my classes, and [the scholarship has] helped me focus more on school. As some of you know, I am working towards becoming a registered nurse and getting my Associates degree is the first step. Awards of Excellence has helped me to be able to go to school and take the classes I need to reach this goal, one step at a time,” Aylin said.Charissa DeWitt., a 2017 and 2017 scholarship recipient spoke at Saturday’s event. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!“Higher education comes with a high price [however], and being an independent youth it’s not easy doing the college process all alone.” said Charissa DeWitt during a speech at the 2017 Awards of Excellence ceremony. “Thanks to the TOGETHER! scholarship I have the opportunity to help people in the near future.” DeWitt, a 2016 scholarship winner also benefitted from continuing scholarship support in 2017. She continued to say, “I want to say thank you [TOGETHER!] for the opportunity to get this award and the good that’s being done here should really be continued for all the other students that are going to need it in the future.”In addition to the heartfelt speeches from Gonzalez and DeWitt, handing out the scholarships and awards, the event also featured a sincere speech, and musical performance from Gryffen Murry, a 2016 Awards of Excellence honoree who also emceed the event with Bobby Williams of The Bridge. CYS’s The Bridge, and the Olympia High School’s UpStanders delivered music and poetry performances.Group photo of the 2017 award recipients who are excited to continue their education with a little help. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!The ceremony was a hit; emotions from TOGETHER!’s staff and nominees were clearly visible. Pride, laughter and applause filled the air. Awards of Excellence was live-streamed on Facebook with 412+ views (despite tech challenges) and growing. Like any great thing, this event is possible only through the collaboration and partnership of many. TOGETHER! would like to especially thank our sponsors and in-kind donors: Gateway Rotary, Tumwater McDonalds, South Puget Sound Community College Foundation, TwinStar Credit Union, The Olympian, Forrey’s Forza, DZines, The Bridge, TAGS Awards and Specialties, Shanna Paxton Photography, Tumwater Safeway, Tumwater Costco, and Ralph’s Thriftway. Thank you also to event emcees Gryffen Murray & Bobby Williams, to The Bridge performers Gryffen Murray, Shanelle Berry, Lelh Inman (a.k.a Shady B & Taw_Nae), and to The UpStanders (Olympia High School) performers Mikayla Fisher-An, Maitlynn Reed, Andrew Pizana, Savantè Givens, and Rose Rinehart. For more information, visit the TOGETHER! website.last_img read more

first_imgMitchell Smith won the English super-featherweight title with a commanding points victory against the previously unbeaten Peter Cope at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.The 21-year-old prospect from Harrow Weald largely dominated the 10-round bout with his hand speed to extend his unblemished professional record to 9-0.He floored Cope in the sixth round – just as the Hartlepool man was having his best spell of the fight.Cope landed with body shots and a straight left to the head before being tagged by a left to the temple which disorientated him and meant a follow-up right was enough to send him to the canvas.To his credit, Cope battled on, had some moments of success and absorbed a number of powerful shots from the former ABA champion.After being caught by a left uppercut in round nine, Smith responded with a thunderous right and underlined his class by continuing to pick Cope off with crisp shots.Smith was a clear winner on all three scorecards, with the judges scoring it 99-90, 100-89 and 100-90 in his favour.Earlier in the evening, Wembley’s Gary Corcoran maintained his unbeaten record with a third-round stoppage of Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson.See also:Corcoran maintains his unbeaten record Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery or video on your mobile device.OAKLAND — It’s been an ugly year for the Raiders, but in what was possibly their final home game ever at the Coliseum on Christmas Eve, their fans were gifted the type performance they all envisioned for their team when Jon Gruden was re-hired back in January.A torrential rainfall poured down on the Coliseum for most of the pregame, but that cleared up by kickoff as the Raiders (4-11) then opened up floodgates of …last_img

first_imgGalactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009)Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star where liquid water can exist (10/08/2010)Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (7/21/2007)Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008)Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003)Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (8/15/2006)Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011)Stable Obliquity Habitable Zone (1/12/2012)Stellar Chemistry Habitable Zone (9/08/12)Stellar Wind Habitable Zone (9/19/13)Cosmic Ray Habitable Zone, protected by magnetic field and atmosphere (11/23/13) News media ran with a suggestion that one in five stars has a habitable planet, but they didn’t read the fine print.Here’s how it came out in the mainstream media:“One in five suns has habitable world: Astronomers have estimated how many of the 100 billion stars in our galaxy hosts a potentially habitable planet.” (BBC News)“One in Five Stars has Earth-Sized Planet in Habitable Zone: Scientists from University of California, Berkeley, and University of Hawaii, Manoa, have statistically determined that twenty percent of Sun-like stars in our galaxy have Earth-sized planets that could host life.” (NASA Astrobiology magazine)“How Common Are Habitable Planets? One in Five Sun-Like Stars May Have Earth-Size, Potentially Habitable Planets.” (Science Daily)At least Science Daily’s headline was worded slightly less conclusively.  PNAS just issued a correction to the paper on which the claim was based.  That correction points out the huge error bars in making such estimates:Estimates of the occurrence of Earth analog planets appear in several previous works including Catanzarite and Shao, Traub, and Dong and Zhu. These estimates, which range from 1% to 34%, were built upon early catalogs of Kepler planet candidates (based on less than 1.3 years of photometry). These estimates did not address survey completeness with injection and recovery or uncertain stellar radii with spectroscopy.The paper when it came out also issued a serious caveat about what “habitable” means:Although the details of planetary habitability are debated and depend on planet-specific properties as well as the stochastic nature of planet formation, the habitable zone (HZ) is traditionally defined as the set of planetary orbits that permit liquid water on the surface. The precise inner and outer edges of the HZ depend on details of the model.On Evolution News & Views, Rob Sheldon and Denyse O’Leary criticized the estimate and the news media’s celebrations.Meanwhile, PhysOrg mentioned another factor that could sterilize a habitable planet: “Cosmic rays zap a planet’s chances for life.”  The article begins with artwork of cosmic bullets, traveling at nearly the speed of light, bombarding the planet, splitting into lethal showers of high-energy particles hitting the surface.  Those particles have the power to disrupt DNA.  Enough of them would kill any living thing.Earth gets hit by cosmic rays, too, but it has the right balance of atmosphere and magnetic field to disarm most of them.  A team of astrobiologists estimated that atmospheric thickness is the more effective of the two factors (atmosphere and magnetic field) that protect a habitable planet from getting zapped.  Astrobiology Magazine noted that Mars is probably sterilized by solar radiation, even if the 1976 Viking experiments were to be re-interpreted to permit the possibility of life: “some scientists say it’s probable that high solar ultraviolet radiation hitting the soil makes the surface sterile and hostile to life.”The Astrobiology Magazine article went on to describe new experiments simulating the gamma radiation of cosmic rays on Martian soil.  Richard Quinn of the SETI Institute irradiated the perchlorate that is ubiquitous on Mars with gamma rays, and was able to reproduce the output of Viking’s labeled release experiment that, to some, gave ambiguous results about the possibility of life.  This strongly indicates that at least for Mars, with its “harsh radiation environment on the Red Planet, whose thin atmosphere is not enough to shield the surface from highly energetic particles bombarding the surface,” being in the habitable zone would not help make it lively.Incidentally, one of the brightest gamma ray bursts ever recorded was observed in the direction of the constellation Leo, and Science Daily reported this week.  It was detected by the orbiting Swift telescope, “because Earth’s atmosphere absorbs the gamma radiation.”  Scientists are puzzled because it “defies astronomy theories,”’s headline reads.On Evolution News & Views, David Klinghoffer announced that a Canadian initiative called UrtheCast (Earthcast) will soon be streaming live images from space of our beautiful blue Earth, full of life.  “It’s hard not to see this, in some karmic sense, as a rebuke to the ongoing buzz about how many habitable ‘Earth-like’ planets people think are out there sailing through the Milky Way,” he said. “The estimate has been bid up as high as 40 billion — an exercise, as we’ve pointed out, largely of imagination.”Now we can add another factor to our list of constraints on the habitable zone. Although cosmic rays careen throughout space, it is likely there are zones of increased danger, such as the centers of galaxies or locations where gamma ray bursts are more likely to occur (e.g., wherever giant stars are concentrated).  We’re up to 11 factors now: Remember that failure to meet any one of these targets can be a show-stopper.  It does not rule out other winners of the cosmic lottery, but reporters need to be realistic when reporting news about “habitable planets.”  There’s much more to being habitable than simply being at the right radius from a star.  Another misleading thing about the PNAS paper was that it calculated its percentages based on sunlike stars.  Those are a small fraction of all stars, most of which are red dwarfs.  Red dwarfs are more likely to violate all these constraints.  And remember, habitable does not mean inhabited.  The origin of life remains an impossible hurdle for naturalistic ideology (see online book).The Privileged Planet is still an up-to-date video to ponder and enjoy.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgIf you thought aircraft flying to and from Australia are getting more crowded, you were right.New government statistics released on Monday show airlines filled more seats on planes flying to and from Australia in 2015-16 as passenger traffic grew by a healthy 7 per cent compared to the previous year.The statistics show the increase in demand, fuelled by lows air fares that are cutting airline yields, was greater than the 6.1 per cent increase in seats, pushing overall seat utilisation from 79 per cent in 2014-15 to 79.7 per cent last financial year.The increase came as seven airlines started or restarted international services to or from Australia to bring the total number of carriers servicing the country to 59, including five dedicated freight operators.International passenger traffic increased by almost  2.4 million in 2015-16 to 36.2 million after growing over the decade from a 2005-6 base of 21.1 million.At the same time, the mix of the most popular airlines changed markedly over the decade, according to the Bureau of transport and Regional Economics.In the latest year, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market with 15.9 per cent followed by Jetstar with 9.5 per cent, Emirates with 9.1 per cent, Singapore Airlines with 8.4 per cent and Air New Zealand with 7.1 per cent. Compared to 2005-06, Qantas Airways’ share has decreased by 11.6 percentage points, Jetstar’s had increased by 8.6 points and  Emirates’  was up by 2.6 percentage points.Falls were seen by Singapore Airlines (down 2.6 percentage points) and  Air New Zealand (1.8 points) while new entrants in the top 10 since 2005-06 included AirAsia X (3.4 per cent) Etihad (3.1 per cent) and China Southern (2.8 per cent).The market share of Australian designated airlines was 29.4 per cent, down from about a third a five years ago, while the share of low-cost carriers rose  from 16.3 per cent in 2014-15 to 17.5 per cent in 2015-16.Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said the figures indicated Australia’s reputation as a safe and attractive international destination would continue to grow.Chester said the Australian Government was  committed to supporting the growing demand , pointing to a $A181 million concessional loan to help fund a  new runway in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as well as decisions to grant regional gateway status to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Melbourne’s Avalon Airport and Canberra Airport. “The Government also recently introduced a more flexible policy for air services negotiations with our bilateral partners,’’ he said in a statement. “This in turn is delivering clear benefits to local export businesses, our tourism industry, and the broader economy.’’ Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo  said the government was prioritising the negotiation of bilateral air services agreements to ensure we have the aviation capacity necessary to meet the Tourism 2020 goal of $A140 billion in overnight visitor expenditure by the year 2020.This included tripling the gateway capacity between Australia and China, which saw spending by Chinese tourists surge 27 per cent in the last 12 months to reach $A8.9 billion.last_img read more