Powermat NFC Wireless Charging mats

first_imgIn practice objects equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) chips can contain tags filled with information, this could be either text or web url’s for example. When another NFC device (i.e. a smartphone) comes into close proximity to the latter it can read the data on the tag.The problem with NFC in my opinion is that in terms of the mobile community it has not had much chance to take off, especially with phones like the Nexus S which as most people will know is currently the only Android handset to feature said technology.However, Powermat seems to think there is some long-term potential with it as they have developed an antenna that supports contactless NFC and combined this with their own wireless charging technology. According to Powermat Chief Executive Ran Poliakine such a product should help drive the adoption of NFC whilst boosting Powermat sales in the process.Poliakine also believes that we will cease to use wired power cords for gadgets in the not to distant future (10 years). However, phones that are compatible with Powermat’s new, NFC-enabled silicon have yet to launch, but once they do Poliakine states that you will be able to purchase small items from retailers with a simple swipe of your device.Read more at Forbeslast_img read more

Jellyfish invasion forces closure of UK nuclear plant

first_imgEven after the massive earthquake in Japan that disabled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility there, we tend to think of nuclear plants are largely robust and sturdy facilities with redundancies to handle every eventuality. Until jellyfish invade the cooling water pools of course – which is what shut down a nuclear facility in Scotland last week.EDF Energy’s Torness nuclear power plant is on Scotland’s idyllic and peaceful east coast. That same coast apparently has a jellyfish problem, as the little invertebrates have been working their way through the plant’s cooling water filters all week.AdChoices广告Nuclear power facilities like the Torness plant pull cold water from surrounding bodies of water to fill the polls that cool the nuclear reactors inside. There are filters on the water intakes, designed to filter out marine life or any other obstructions that might make their way to the cooling pools, but a recent jellyfish bloom has completely overwhelmed the filters at Torness.A spokesman for EDF Energy, the plant’s operator, said that they’re working to clear out the jellyfish from the filters and the waters near the plant so they won’t keep getting sucked into the coolant pools. EDF Energy had hoped to have the plant open again by the end of the week, but after the jellyfish reappeared on Wednesday, the operators had to push the opening of the plant back.EDF Energy didn’t want to speak to when the plant would be back online, but the plant’s network operator, National Grid, listed the plant returning to service partially on July 5th, with both reactors online by July 6th.Jellyfish blooms off of Britain are rare occurrences, but marine biologists are pointing to warming sea temperatures due to climate change as one likely reason why the jellyfish are appearing in new areas such as this.Read more at Scientific Americanlast_img read more

McDonalds Japan Replaces the Quarter Pounder With Delicious Gran Burgers

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu McDonald’s Japan is known for their more experimental learning when compared to the United State’s most popular fast food franchise. On April 4 McDonald’s Japan did something that would be unthinkable here in the States, it discontinued the iconic Quarter Pounder line of burgers. Although Japanese fans of the burger were understandably upset, they got a tasty new treat that may fill the gap the Quarter Pounder left in the new “Gran” line of burgers.On April 5 McDonald’s Japan debuted the “Gran” burgers in its restaurants, a move which it hopes will help revitalize the menu. These three new Gran burgers are a bit fancier fare than we in the States are used to, and the Gran Clubhouse, Gran Teriyaki, and Gran Bacon Cheese have me envious of Japanese McDonald’s patrons.All three burgers are served on steamed buns which give the bread a softer and fluffy feel. The Gran Clubhouse uses a host of ingredients to make an explosive taste. Onions, lettuce, tomato, white cheddar cheese, sauce, two slices of bacon, and a beef patty all combine for a succulent taste experience.For those who don’t mind being a little messier, the Gran Teriyaki offers a more traditional Japanese taste. The tomato sets off this burger with texture and tang and gives it an injection of western flavor that makes the sandwich delectable, and to top it off the lettuce accentuates the Teriyaki flavor with a burst of clean aqua taste.The third sandwich rounding out the Gran line is the Gran Bacon and Cheese. As the name implies, the appeal here is the two kinds of cheddar cheese and the thick strip of bacon. This burger hits your tongue with much more force than most McDonald’s offerings and the ketchup, mustard, and onion make a welcome, but not entirely necessary appearance in this burger’s flavor profile.Unfortunately, these Gran burgers are limited to Japanese McDonald’s only, and in the states, the restaurant isn’t exactly known for its willingness to change things up too much. However, with more and more people eating out than ever, perhaps McDonald’s will step up its offerings to help set itself apart from other cheap burger joints.Photos via Oona McGhee/Rocket24 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Reebok Releases 40th Anniversary Alien Stomper Sneaker

first_img There’s something simultaneously inspiring and frustrating about a great fictional shoe. On one hand, when a movie or TV show really nails the design or function of a custom sneaker one of their characters wear it can serve as a killer world-building tool and a standout piece of costume design. On the other hand, it can be frustrating when that shoe isn’t readily available. Some classics like the Space Jam Air Jordan 11 are a bit more readily available but the crème de la crème, the self-lacing Nike Air Mag from Back to the Future Part II received such a limited release that picking up a pair now will set you back at least five figures.Photo Credit: ReebokSomewhere between the two lies the beloved Reebok Alien Stomper. Way back in 1986 when Aliens dropped, Reebok designed some custom uber-futuristic sneakers for the characters in the film to wear. Featuring bold color schemes and a puffy hi-top design, they notably eschewed laces for large velcro straps (who has time to tie shoelaces in the future, you know?). For decades these shoes remained unavailable to the masses, until the film’s 30th anniversary in 2016. To commemorate that landmark, Reebok produced a series of shoes from and inspired by the films. The standouts were by far the Stomper, produced in both a high and mid cut and taken directly from the film. They were an instant sellout and today anyone hoping to cop a pair of the highs is going to have to be willing to throw down a couple thousand bucks.Photo Credit: ReebokBut for those of you who regret missing out on the mid, fear not. In honor of the original Alien film’s 40th anniversary this year, Reebok is rereleasing the Alien Stomper in limited supply this weekend. On April 26, at the stroke of midnight EST, fans of the film (and sneakerheads as a whole) can hit up Reebok’s site and get themselves a pair of Alien Stompers, complete with a series of unique hangtags and a custom Weyland Yutani keychain, for $125.Photo Credit: ReebokEach will also come in a vintage-styled box and include a Bug Stomping guide. While the silhouette is mostly similar to the original Stompers seen in Aliens and released to the public in ‘16, this release is actually based on unreleased designs for the original film that were never put to use. They were discovered recently and Reebok ran with it, building the shoe as originally designed.These are sure to sell out in an instant, so if you’re looking to be well equipped for any future Xenomorph invasions be sure to set your alarms appropriately. The biggest sneaker geek release of the year is here. Don’t miss out.Learn more on Reebok.com.More on Geek.com:Best Shoes of 2019 (So Far) for Sneaker GeeksThe New Nike Air Max 720 Is a Wearable XenomorphNike Kyrie 5 ‘UFO’ Brings Conspiracy Theories to Sneakers Mr. Peanut Is a Hypebeast Now With These Surprisingly Fresh Kicks100% Recyclable Adidas Sneakers Are ‘Made to be Remade’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

WWE planning another free month of the WWE Network

first_img Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Google+ Charlotte Flair to reportedly take on WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus at SummerSlam Facebook Another free month of the WWE Network is expected to take place in February according to a new report this week. WWE held a free month of the network back in November featuring the Survivor Series PPV and the official WWE debut of Sting.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Kurt Angle Videos Articles Pinterest Twittercenter_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Cesaro Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WWE issues statement about Ronda Rousey status, Royal Rumble “By The Numbers” Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015last_img read more

Funds available for traffic calming

first_imgVancouver – If there is a problem with traffic in a city of Vancouver neighborhood, now is the time to try to fix it.Applications for traffic calming projects will be accepted through June 23. More details can be found on the city’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/trafficcalmingprogram.The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is in its fifth year and works closely with the citizen-led Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance. This year’s program will allocate $300,000 for traffic calming projects.last_img

Welbeck confident in Englands setpieces

first_imgEngland forward Danny Welbeck is feeling optimistic about the squad’s set-piece ability after scoring the majority of their goals from free-kicks and cornersThe Three Lions have scored six of their eight World Cup goals from set-pieces with only Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard being the only players in the national side to have scored from open play in their campaign.Head coach Gareth Southgate previously described England’s upcoming knockout game against Colombia as their biggest game in a decade and revealed that he has been training the players specifically for these kinds of matches since March.Speaking to Sky Sports, Welbeck said: “With the formation we play, we like to keep possession of the ball but we also like to create opportunities.“There has been a lot of talk about set-pieces and getting goals from that but in this tournament a lot of goals have been scored from set-pieces.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We have created opportunities but maybe we have been fouled in dangerous positions, which is leading to us not getting as many goals from open play.”The Arsenal player is confident that England have done their homework correctly on Colombia.“We will do our analysis of Colombia. We know the strengths and weaknesses we will be looking to exploit,” added Welbeck.“With the players in our squad, we can hurt any opposition.”England will face Colombia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday.last_img read more

Panenka thinks Sergio Ramos is his best impersonator

first_imgThe Czech Republic legend Antonin Panenka, has officially named Spaniard Sergio Ramos as the best impersonator for his famous penalty kick.In the football vernacular, pretty much everybody knows what a Panenka penalty is and it appears that Sergio Ramos is the one who has the style locked down perfectly.The Czech Republic’s former footballer Antonin Panenka, made this style of shooting penalties famous around the world during the 1976 European Championship when his National Team faced Germany in the final and shocked the world by winning the competition with this penalty from Panenka.The special feature about this style of penalty, is the way in which the taker fools the goalkeeper with a soft dink of the ball that seems to stop time for a few fractions of a second.Right after scoring the winning penalty against legendary goalkeeper Sepp Meier, Antonin Panenka never imagined the influence that this career-defining moment had in world football for the rest of eternity.Today, every time a player scores a penalty like this, the shot gets recognized as a ‘Panenka’ attempt and this is one of the reasons why the Czech legend feels so honored every time this happens.There have been many players like Andrea Pirlo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, even Ronaldinho.All of them have scored a ‘Panenka’ penalty throughout their careers, but the man himself has just named the player he thinks does this trick best.Antonín Panenka en @Goal_en_espanol: “@SergioRamos es el que mejor tira los penalties a lo Panenka. Me encanta”. Aquí, mi entrevista 👇🏻https://t.co/RfHilpQK9B— Alberto Piñero (@pineroalberto) November 9, 2018“I love how Sergio Ramos does it. I think that he has done several more times, I remember him doing it at the 2012 European Championship actually,” said Panenka to Goal.“I do think that he can be my best ‘impersonator’, the one who takes the best Panenka penalties out there.”“The most impressive part is that he has already done it several times and the people know he can do it again, and yet he still manages to pull it off. It’s a work of genius.”“I love Spanish football. Even when there are not many goals scored, I always find interesting things when I’m watching a match from La Liga. There is always a great pass, an exquisite ball control technique…”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I was very close to playing in Spain. Real Murcia actually wanted to sign me one time, but the negotiations didn’t go through in the end.”“I had actually practiced that penalty for two years prior to the European Championship in 1976. I just realized that pretty much all goalkeepers chose to go to one side or the other, which made me decide to kick the ball to the center.”“After every training session, I used to compete with our goalkeeper Hruska from the spot. This goalie was very good, which meant that I was always losing bets against him.”“I lost all kinds of things when I wagered with him, money, chocolate bars, etc. The moment I started winning was when I decided to kick the ball like that, suddenly I started winning more and more often.”“My problem was that I also started gaining weight after so many chocolate bars I won. If I had failed that penalty, maybe I would already have over 40 years of experience in the chocolate factory,” he added.Antonin Panenka is one of those players who go through a very strange process, one in which something that he did during his career became a norm for every single footballer after him.Having a signature penalty kick style in your name, is perhaps one of the greatest honors that any athlete can ever have and Panenka knows how lucky he is for that.But we have to disagree on his pick for the best Panenka impersonator out there, although Sergio Ramos does it very well but there are other players who have done it better.The biggest example that comes to mind is Francesco Totti, the Italian did it with his national team back in the 2000 European Championship and redefined the technique.Antonin Panenka: “Me encanta cuando Sergio Ramos tira un penal a mi estilo. Diría que es mi mejor imitador, nadie los ha podido ejecutar mejor que él.” pic.twitter.com/EE0vbgigFo— Mundialistas (@Mundialistas) November 10, 2018But tell us, which player do you think is the best Panenka impersonator out there? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Westfield Health to introduce sleep coaching sessions for its employees

first_imgHealth insurance organisation Westfield Health is introducing sleep coaching sessions for its employees.The sleep coaching sessions, provided by James Wilson, a sleep behaviour and environment expert known as the Sleep Geek, will be available to the 200 employees based at the organisation’s head office in Sheffield.The initiative aims to boost employee wellbeing and improve sleep quality. It will launch in January 2017 with 90-minute ‘Sleep 101’ talks.Employees will be able to take part in group or one-to-one sleep coaching sessions. The group sessions will cover topics such as the fundamentals of sleep, how to create and apply a restful environment, routine and relaxation, and information about common sleep disorders.Smaller group sessions will focus on issues such as waking up in the night and helping employees’ children to sleep. One-to-one sessions will also be available to create a bespoke sleep coaching programme for employees.The sleep coaching initiative looks to complement the current health and wellbeing support Westfield Health provides for its employees, which includes Wellness Wednesdays, free fruit for staff, an on-site gym, and a wellness room.David Capper, commercial director at Westfield Health, said: “We, like James, understand how important sleep is for a person’s health and we believe it is an integral part of helping improve health and wellbeing.”James Wilson, sleep ambassador, added: “Sleep is fundamental to health. When we sleep our bodies have time to heal and repair, and it is crucial for reducing the risk of chronic health conditions.”last_img read more

Appropriations Process Slated to Move Forward in House Senate

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The process of drafting appropriations bills appears set to move ahead in the House and Senate despite uncertainty as to whether either chamber will pass a fiscal 2017 budget resolution.On Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the budget blueprint reported out of committee on Wednesday won’t go to the floor for a vote until after lawmakers return next month from their spring recess that starts next week. Nevertheless, Republican leaders say the House will take up all 12 spending bills, reported CQ Roll Call.“We’re moving full steam ahead,” said Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.Markup of the FY 2017 military construction-VA spending measure, the first appropriations bill scheduled this year, will take place next Wednesday, said Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.).The milcon spending bill also is expected to be the first appropriations bill the Senate turns to. A markup by the full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled for April 14, according to the story.While House leaders still hope to attract broad support from Republican members to pass an FY 2017 budget resolution, it’s not clear that Senate Republicans will pursue passing a spending framework. Earlier this month, the Senate Budget Committee indefinitely postponed drafting its resolution.Even with the appropriations process seemingly moving forward, there is no reason to believe enacting spending bills will be any easier in 2016 than in past years.Disagreement between the two parties over the use of DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to boost base defense spending likely will be a point of contention again this year. At Wednesday’s markup of the House’s budget resolution, Democrats objected to the framework’s assumption that $23 billion would be shifted from the OCO account to the base defense budget, $18 billion more than President Obama proposed.“There are so many hurdles to the appropriations process right now, that that is just one of them,” said Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), ranking member on House Appropriations. “And I do think it’s so important that we can … that we get regular order and get the process moving, that I would hope that the Republican leadership can get serious and really begin honest, clear negotiations,” she said, reported CQ.last_img read more

Kidnapped girl traced in Hyderabad outskirts

first_imgThe five-year-old girl, Vaishnavi who was kidnapped on Wednesday under Langer Houz police station limits was traced by the police in Kodangal. The police said that the girl’s father enacted the kidnap drama of his daughter following an argument with his wife. The girl’s father hired one Fakirappa who kidnapped the girl from the school in Prashanth Nagar. Based on the CCTV footage near the school, the police launched an inquiry and caught hold of Fakirappa, a native of Angadiraichur in Kodangal. CI Nageshwara brought the girl to the Kodangal police station.last_img

Rachel Held Evans Christian writer of honesty and humor dies at age

first_img Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Catholicism Photos of the Week Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Rachel Held Evans, a popular progressive Christian writer and speaker, died Saturday morning (May 4) at age 37 after a brief illness.Evans had been in a medically induced coma for several weeks and never returned to an alert state.Writer and collaborator Sarah Bessey tweeted that Evans was surrounded by close friends and family at the end, and the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber shared that friends were at Evans’ bedside Friday night, offering “our touch and tears and song. I anointed her with oil.”RELATED: Rest in peace, Rachel Held EvansHer husband, Dan Evans, informed followers and supporters of his wife’s death on her website.“This entire experience is surreal. I keep hoping it’s a nightmare from which I’ll awake. I feel like I’m telling someone else’s story,” he wrote in an update on Evans’ blog.“I cannot express how much the support means to me and our kids. To everyone who has prayed, called, texted, driven, flown, given of themselves physically and financially to help ease this burden: Thank you. We are privileged. Rachel’s presence in this world was a gift to us all and her work will long survive her.”On April 14, Evans, who was particularly gifted at using social media to connect with her readers, tweeted that she had been admitted to the hospital with a “flu + UTI combo and a severe allergic reaction” to antibiotics, asking for prayer and — with the characteristic humor she often used to defuse difficult conversations — lamenting she would miss “Game of Thrones.”Later, in an update on her website, Dan Evans said that she began having “unexpected symptoms” while receiving treatment for an infection and that doctors found her brain was experiencing constant seizures. Doctors had placed her in a medically induced coma while working to determine the cause and treatment, he said.RELATED: Remembering a woman of valor: 4 gifts Rachel Held Evans gave usEvans is best known for her popular blog and best-selling books, including New York Times best-seller “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” ”Searching for Sunday” and, most recently, “Inspired.” She also served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.Rachel Held Evans made homemade matzoh toffee for Passover during her year of living biblically. Courtesy photoIn her books and blog posts, she wrote openly about her faith journey, which led her from Bryan College — a conservative evangelical school known for promoting belief in a literal, six-day creation — to the mainline Episcopal Church. Along the way, she chronicled her faith, doubt, honest questions and evolving beliefs with a sense of humor.That didn’t come without controversy, including pushback from more conservative Christians over “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” which celebrated an egalitarian view of women’s roles in both marriage and the church.But in her writing she rarely lapsed into us-versus-them arguments, instead presenting a vision of the church as a place with room for everyone.“This is what God’s kingdom is like: a bunch of outcasts and oddballs gathered at a table, not because they are rich or worthy or good, but because they are hungry, because they said yes,” she wrote in “Searching for Sunday.”“And there’s always room for more.”Readers shared online that they recognized themselves in her words.A number of women said during an online prayer vigil they would not have pursued ministry if not for Evans, and others said the only reason they had hung onto faith amid doubt was because of Evans.Fellow writers praised Evans for sharing the considerable platform she has built, both on her blog and at “Why Christian?” and “Evolving Faith,” the conferences she co-founded for evolving or progressive Christians who aren’t sure where they belong on the spiritual landscape.Rozella Haydée White, a coach and consultant, tweeted about how Evans had cheered her on as White released her first book, even offering her advice on insurance, and pastor and author Nate Pyle tweeted that as he prayed for Evans, he reflected on “how much of my writing career is because of her encouragement and promotion of my work.”“My guess is that it’s true for many, many people. She embodies graciousness and generosity in amplifying the voices of others,” Pyle said.And in the midst of Evans’ illness, Bessey tweeted she was reminded of her friend’s own words in “Searching for Sunday”:“There is a difference between curing and healing, and I believe the church is called to the slow and difficult work of healing. We are called to enter into one another’s pain, anoint it as holy, and stick around no matter the outcome.”RELATED: In new book, Rachel Held Evans gets ‘Inspired’ by the BibleThe news of Evans’ hospitalization had been met with an outpouring of support from readers, writers and Christian leaders, both conservative and progressive.On Good Friday (April 19), Bessey and writer Jeff Chu, who worked with Evans on the Evolving Faith Conference, gathered friends and fans online to pray for Evans. The hashtag they started for the online prayer vigil, #PrayForRHE, soon was trending on Twitter.A GoFundMe fundraiser to cover medical and related expenses for Evans’ family — including two small children, Henry and Harper — set up the next Monday (April 22) exceeded its goal within a day, even after organizers increased the amount they hoped to raise.Evans was raised in a nondenominational, evangelical Christian family in Dayton, Tenn. — the home, she liked to point out, of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, the watershed case about teaching evolution in schools that caused many conservative Christians to feel alienated from the American mainstream.Rachel Held Evans. Photo courtesy of Maki EvansShe joked about the prizes she won as a kid for having all the answers when it came to Christianity, such as the time she won the “Best Christian Attitude Award.”But as a student at Bryan, Evans began asking tough questions about her faith, like why God would send people to hell, which she wrote about in her first book. “Evolving in Monkey Town” was published in 2010 and later re-released  as “Faith Unraveled.”Evans brought her sense of humor to those questions in 2012’s “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” in which she took the Bible’s instructions for women to hilarious extremes and shared what she learned from women of diverse faiths, including Amish and Jewish women.When she was growing up, the word “evangelical” had seemed synonymous to her with “real” or “authentic,” she told Religion News Service several years ago. She finally abandoned the label in 2014, after a number of evangelical Christians canceled sponsorships for children in need after the charity World Vision announced it would employ people in same-sex marriages. (World Vision later reversed that decision.)That incident “confirmed what I’d been suspecting for a while — that my values were simply out of line with the evangelical culture’s values,” she said. “And by then, I’d just grown weary of fighting for a label that no longer fit.”She wrote about her subsequent journey away from church and what kept leading her back in 2015’s “Searching for Sunday,” and about rediscovering a love for Scripture in 2018’s “Inspired.”She worshipped with her family at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tenn.“Death is a part of life,” Evans wrote this year in a Facebook post at the beginning of Lent, the solemn time of penance and fasting many Christians observe leading up to Easter.“My prayer for you this season is that you make time to celebrate that reality, and to grieve that reality, and that you will know you are not alone. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! News • Photos of the Week Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Tags#BecauseOfRHE #PrayForRHE evangelical Christianity homepage featured obituary progressive Christianity Rachel Held Evans Top Story,You may also like News Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,In African refugee camps, app replaces Bibles left behind By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This!last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday November 11

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u An analysis of last night’s GOP debate in Milwaukee with Tony Campbell, political science lecturer at Towson University. Plus, our regular contributors Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network on Baltimore politics and law enforcement, including thoughts on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s determination to, “stand by her man,” embattled Housing commissioner Paul Graziano. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Battle Report Diablo III beta weekend

first_imgIn order to make sure that their servers are properly configured for launch day, Blizzard needed to open the flood gates completely and allow the entire world to peek into the nightmare world they have been creating for us with Diablo III. As a long time fan of the Diablo franchise, and a player that sacrificed more hours than I am willing to admit on Battle.net, the ability to really dig in and get a feel for the game was very exciting.As promised, at 12 PM PDT on Friday the login page for Diablo III opened up and allowed scores of users from around the world to try the game out, and give the Blizzard staff an idea of how many users each server could handle. Now that the open beta is closed, we wait the seemingly impossibly long wait for the game to be fully released and reminisce the good times on the battlefield.The world of Diablo IIIDiablo III has had a controversial past. In 2008, when the original screens of the game were shown to the world, many fans reacted poorly to the in-game graphics. Many felt that the grim look of the game had been replaced with better lighting, vibrant colors, and even (gasp) rainbows. It didn’t take long for the Art Director to quit, followed immediately by promises from Blizzard that the game would remain the same as it had been. After playing through the entirety of the open beta with all five of the characters offered in the game, I can tell you that I did not spot a single rainbow.Since most of the first act happens in catacombs and a cathedral with a gaping hole in it, at night, I didn’t expect rainbows though. Despite being in a dreary little death town, I found no shortage of vibrant colors. Even the “fallen star” crater was an electric blue. Blizzard did a great job taking the dark things and making them dark, but also introducing plenty of color where it was appropriate. Visually, the game was very well done.The voice acting in this beginning part of Diablo III was absolutely confusing. The Wizard, as voiced by Crispin Freeman, sounds really great throughout the game. The Barbarian and the Witch Doctor both sound horribly stereotypical, in both their male and female counterparts, and seemed to lack the personality found in the Wizard character. The voice of Decard Cain has clearly degraded with his age, turning him into a frail old man that is unlikely to survive the next gust of wind. Each of villagers had a clearly different sound, even if they weren’t different actors. This hit or miss experience in the game was strange, but since you aren’t likely to interact with any one character in the game for very long, it probably wasn’t a huge point of interest for Blizzard.Blizzard does something a little different in the first act, something I haven’t seem in the previous Diablo games. In the beginning of the game, you are pretty specifically guided through the first series of interactions. As if the large golden exclamations weren’t enough, you need to complete these interactions, and even a mission or two, before in-game road blocks are removed for you to explore the game. This removes the early ability to go an force your way through a few level ups to make the missions easier, a tactic that is made wholly unnecessary in the beginning of Diablo III.GameplayIn keeping with the Diablo series, you pick a character, choose a gender, and are thrust in the game. Each character has a health bubble and a “skill” bubble. To make things interesting, the Witch Doctor is the only character that uses mana as we knew it from previous games. The Wizard uses Arcane Power, which is different from mana in that you have a fixed amount of Arcane Power that never increases as you level up. Arcane power refills at an incredibly fast rate, however, which creates a very different gameplay mechanic for the Wizard. The Barbarian has a Rage meter that fills as he fights, and allows him to unleash significantly stronger attacks when he has enough of it. If you are not dealing damage, the Rage meter goes down slowly.Aside from your attacks that require your skill bubble to have some juice in it, each character has a selection of defensive and offensive maneuvers that have a cooldown time that must be reached before you can use them again. By the time you reach level 10, the gameplay switches from a monotonous clickfest to a strategic dance between your skills and your abilities.Each of the attacks and skills have a rune power that can be added to them to increase their effectiveness, or to add functionality. While you are unable to see this in the open beta, the layout creates a system where you can build a character around techniques that you find the most beneficial to your playing style. The added depth here will make PvP fights much more interesting, and in general will create more rounded characters for the rest of the game.Like every other Diablo game, the items you pick up in your conquests will be much better than anything you buy in the shops, which really just become places for you to sell the things you don’t want. As you pick up new items, your inventory will make you aware that you have an item that is either better than an item you currently have equipped, or if you have picked up an item that fits an equipment slot you have yet to fill. So far in the game we’ve seen no signs of the dreaded socket system from past games, but there is a crafting area that allows you to forge better items. You’ll wind up spending lots of gold in order to make crafting fun, which isn’t easy to do in the beta. Crafting will likely not be something most players even consider doing until after level 10.It will be really interesting to see how the “real money marketplace” works out in the game, but it seems like the crafting ability in game will be a useful skill for anyone hoping to take advantage of that system. Since neither PvP nor the marketplace were offered up in the beta, there’s not as much known about how that will work out.There’s been a lot of negativity in the gaming community about Diablo III forcing users to remain online, even when you are flying solo. In exchange for your ability to play offline, Blizzard has given us what I consider to be one of the most flawless systems of multiplayer co-op I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Like all multiplayer games, you have a friends list. If you decide to join a friend, or group of friends in the game, you are presented with their battle banner in the main town of the act. Click on the banner, and you are immediately teleported to their location, where you can immediately join the fight. Loot shows up for both users, giving the same amount of cash and prized to each person, and the difficulty of the game increases appropriately for each user you add. It was quick, painless, and immediately made the game more fun to play. I can’t imagine a better way for Blizzard to have implemented this.Final ThoughtsI was very impressed with what Blizzard has shown us in the Diablo III open beta, though it was far from a perfect experience. I was told by a Blizzard insider that the game was made intentionally easy for the beta, and to expect a greater difficulty in the full game. Any server glitches that I experienced in this open beta — and boy were there a ton of them — I will happily chalk up to the Blizzard team adapting on the fly to the scores of users that descended upon their latest project.Ultimately, Diablo III gave me exactly what I asked for — Blizzard took their years of experience in fine-tuning games like World of Warcraft and used it to evolve one of my top games of all time. After this weekend, I have complete confidence that Diablo III will be my next favorite PC game.last_img read more

John Carmack joins Oculus VR as CTO role at id Software remains

first_imgThe names id Software and John Carmack have been inseparable since he co-founded the company 22 years ago. However, Carmack is now former founder and technical developer at the company as he has taken up a position at Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.Carmack becomes chief technology officer at the company and will be in charge of development at Oculus’ new Dallas office. It’s unclear whether Carmack has severed all ties with id Software or not at this point. He may retain some form of relationship and role there, but it clearly won’t be technical director anymore.The legendary programmer has been a fan and promoter of the Oculus Rift ever since it appeared. And clearly his enthusiasm for the virtual reality tech went well beyond what he showed in public, to the point where he wants to play an active role in developing it.The plan now is for Carmack to build a team around him to continue development of the Oculus Rift before releasing it as a consumer product. Dev kits have been distributed for a few months now, but there’s work to be done before the headset is ready for the masses. And having John Carmack giving the project his full focus should fill everyone with confidence.While this is a great news for Oculus VR, it’s a major blow for id Software and parent company Zenimax. Carmack has always led the way with his game engines, and set the bar ever higher for others to follow. They have now lost that talent, although he has left behind a very experienced team of engineers at id and could still play some small part in the studio’s future.Update: It has now been confirmed via Twitter that Carmack retains a role at id Software. The tweet states“Happy to say @id_aa_carmack is not leaving id & will continue to provide leadership for our games in development.”last_img read more

Agency says new HIV cases in Solidaridad continue to rise

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Local aids agency says that the HIV growth rate in Playa del Carmen continues, with more than 150 new cases each year.Rudolf Geers, president of Vida Positiva A.C says that the municipality of Solidaridad has approximately 10,000 known cases of HIV, a figure that has continued to increase over the past three years. He says they screen about 7,500 people each year in Playa del Carmen and have found that due to population growth and a decrease in condom use, new HIV cases continue to appear.He explained that during their survey, the organization has found that “50 percent percent of men who are in a stable relationship say that in the last 12 months they’ve had sex with other people who are not their partners.” In regards to women, he says “It is almost 40 percent”.“The sector that uses condoms the most are men who have relationships with men, but only 3 percent use protection. This does not imply that the rest never use it, but that answers were sometimes yes and sometimes no,” he added.As part of their overall survey results, he says that every year there is a downward trend toward the use of condoms, and that they have found only 1 percent of respondents in Solidaridad say they always use condoms during sexual relations.He says that the figure of 10,000 known HIV carriers in Solidaridad was calculated in 2014 when the population was estimated at around 200,000. But due to the high transient rate and fast population growth, no new exact figures over the last three years have been recorded, only that unofficially there are approximately 260,000 people and a likely higher transmission number.Geers explained that each year they apply an average of 7,500 HIV tests with a prevalence rate of 2 percent of new cases, “plus those who do not get tested and who do not know they are carriers.”He explains they have also detected mothers with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), who learn they are carriers after giving birth, and who have infected their children.“Solidarity, like all places in the world, can lower cases, but until the condom is used, it will not happen,” he said.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more June 22, 2010 – Riverain Medical announced this week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for the newest version of the OnGuard Chest X-ray Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) technology. OnGuard identifies solitary pulmonary nodules that may represent early-stage lung cancer on an existing chest X-ray. This improved performance demonstrates a 73 percent reduction in false positive marks and 50 percent higher relative sensitivity compared to the original product. [1]More than 200,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Only a small percentage of these patients will be diagnosed with lung cancer in the earliest stages when it is most treatable. When lung cancer is detected early, five-year survival rates triple. [2] Multiple studies demonstrate that OnGuard can detect 37 to 50 percent of lung cancers that were missed in the initial interpretation. [3, 4]“Our published studies demonstrate that OnGuard can detect up to 50 percent of the lung cancers that were missed in the initial interpretation,” says Dr. Charles White, professor and vice chairman of radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “OnGuard provides physicians with a tool to help identify suspicious nodules in the lungs earlier.”Also cleared by the FDA is SoftView, a new image enhancement technology that increases the clarity of chest X-rays by suppressing bone on the digital image. The software automatically provides a soft tissue image for every chest X-ray.For more information: www.riverainmedical.comReferences:1. Riverain Medical Clinical Trial for U.S. FDA Submission2. American Cancer Society Facts and Figures 20103. White, C.; Flukinger, T.; Jeudy, J. and Chen, J. (2009). “Use of a Computer-Aided Detection System to Detect Missed Lung Cancer at Chest Radiography.” Radiology. 252: 273-281.4. Li, F.; Englemann, R.; Metz, C.; Doi, K. and MacMahon, H. (2008). “Lung Cancers Missed on Chest Radiographs: Results Obtained with a Commercial Computer-aided Detection Program.” Radiology. 246: 273-280. 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first_img11. The MaldivesThe Maldives consists of nearly 1,200 islands spread across 90,000 square kilometres of the Indian Ocean – and when it comes to idyllic isles ringed by white-sand beaches, you’re spoilt for choice.Find cheap flights to The Maldives 7. MadagascarMadagascar’s varied landscape features everything from desert to tropical forests, and some stunning beaches, too. It’s also home to a unique mix of flora and fauna, including some of the world’s most endangered animals.Find cheap flights to Madagascar 14. Bagan, MyanmarThe thousand-year-old city of Bagan in Myanmar consisted of around 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries, of which more than 2,000 still survive today. They provide a mind-blowing spectacle of temples thrusting through the greenery for as far as the eye can see.Find cheap flights to Myanmar 9. Bazaruto island, MozambiqueBazaruto is a sandy island off the coast of Mozambique that’s home to a large population of dugong, or sea cows – the only such population in the Indian Ocean. Bazaruto also happened to be the location for the ITV game show Prize Island.Find cheap flights to Mozambique 5. Cozumel, MexicoLying off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Cozumel’s Caribbean waters are scuba diving nirvana.Find cheap flights to Mexico 15. Goa, IndiaA former Portuguese territory, Goa became a well-known stop on the hippy trail in the 1970s. Nowadays it’s been inundated with British and Russian tourists – but if you head far enough north, you’ll still find the odd hippy enclave next to a perfect, palm-fringed beach.Find cheap flights to Goa 2. Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New ZealandGreat granite cliffs in crazy formations back sandy beaches. Go sea kayaking and find a beach for yourself. And why not extend your stay with a tour around the North Island? Auckland has tonnes of things to do, including the chance to throw yourself off a tower.Find cheap flights to New Zealand Here are a few more ideas for wonderful winter breaks:10 cheap winter sun destinationsThink you have to go far to find winter UV? Think again… Here are 10 places just a few hours from the UK that will let you top up your winter tan – and the off-season flight prices won’t set you back an arm and a leg.Where to go for guaranteed winter sunWinter getting you down? If you can’t stand the cold, why not jet off somewhere the sun is currently shining? Fly south to one of our top picks for winter sun and you’ll be topping up that tan before you know it.Late deals of the weekSometimes it’s hard to find the best deal, so we’ve pulled together cheap breaks, flights and accommodation so you don’t have to do the hard work!*Published June 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 13. Rio Celeste, Costa RicaIn the mountains of northwestern Costa Rica, the Rio Celeste flows down a waterfall and into a pool so luminously blue that it almost doesn’t seem real. The vivid turquoise is attributed to volcanic minerals absorbed by the flow of water.Find cheap flights to Costa Rica 12. Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaAt more than 10,000 square kilometres, the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat. The seemingly unending expanse of white leads to an almost hallucinatory experience – especially after rain, when the sky reflects so perfectly off the flooded plain that it’s hard to tell up from down.Find cheap flights to Bolivia 4. Gili Meno, Lombok, IndonesiaTropical getaway Gili Meno is one of the three Gili Islands off the much larger island of Lombok in Indonesia. And Lombok features as one of our 10 amazing places you won’t believe exist on Earth.Find cheap flights to Indonesia 1. HawaiiHawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world. If you recognise the Na Pali coast, it’s probably because it stood in for Isla Nubar in Jurassic Park.Find cheap flights to Hawaii Related8 best beaches in IndonesiaCheck out these heavenly beaches in Indonesia for some winter sun holiday inspiration.Alternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…10 Best Island HolidaysLooking for an island in the sun? Skyscanner introduces 10 islands offering sand, scuba and seafood amongst other delights. 8. Tam Coc National Park, VietnamWith its surreal karst scenery, Tam Cốc-Bích Động is a much-visited tourist destination near Ninh Bình in northern Vietnam. Guides take you to see the natural sights, including stunning caves, in rowing boats. Vietnam is fairly inexpensive, too: it’s one of our 21 cheap countries to visit for a low cost holiday.Find cheap flights to Vietnam 6. Nassau, The BahamasThe Junkanoo street parade is the mother of all parties. It takes place across the Bahamas at New Year, but one of the wildest happenings is to be found on New Providence Island in Nassau – just one of our picks for where to go in January.Find cheap flights to The Bahamas 10. Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, BrazilFernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands that forms part of Pernambuco state in Brazil. Only one of the islands is inhabited, and the chain has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its environmental importance. It has some stunning beaches, but Brazil has plenty more where they came from.Find cheap flights to Brazil 3. Jeju, South KoreaPerhaps thanks to Loveland, Jeju is a honeymooners’ favourite, but the island boasts natural beauty as well as odd sculptures of people’s bits! Head this way to see more of the world’s best honeymoon destinations.Find cheap flights to South Korealast_img read more

Broomfield Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgBroomfield, Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRockResorts International, LLC – a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc.– announced that it’s expanding and enhancing its luxury resort collection with the addition of Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica, one of the premier Caribbean destinations. RockResorts has been selected to manage all resort operations starting on Jan. 1, 2011 when the property will be flagged as a RockResort with the official name of Half Moon, A RockResort.Situated on two miles of white sand beaches in Rose Hall, Jamaica, the 400-acre luxury resort features 398 rooms, suites, villas and cottages. In addition, Half Moon features the award-winning Fern Tree Spa, a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, 13 tennis courts, a teen centre, an equestrian centre, 54 swimming pools, six restaurants, seven bars, a Children’s Village, a dolphin lagoon and more.“We are excited and honored to welcome Half Moon into our family of RockResort properties,” said Paul Toner, chief operating officer and senior vice president of RockResorts. “Half Moon is internationally known as one of the best Caribbean resorts and we are committed to continuing the legacy of award-winning service, programs and amenities while looking for opportunities to enhance the guest experience in the future.”Founded in 1956 in the Caribbean by Laurance Rockefeller, RockResorts was acquired and re-launched by Vail Resorts in 2001. To this day, the environmental vision continues with RockResorts’ collection of luxury properties in the United States and Caribbean with the focus on providing guests with exceptional experiences in spectacular natural settings. In particular, RockResorts has become known for its innovative environmental programs, superb cuisine using sustainable ingredients, exquisite spas and welcoming hospitality from its friendly and attentive staff.“Since its inception in1954, Half Moon has been an iconic Jamaican destination for discerning travelers who appreciate the relaxed ambiance and amenities offered throughout the two mile long beach-front property,” said Guy Steuart, chairman of the Half Moon Board of Directors. “Our enduring success is due in large part to the Half Moon staff providing genuine and friendly service to our guests, making their stays familiar and memorable. We look forward to our association with RockResorts and firmly believe that together with their experience in resort operations, a commitment to common values and the founding families’ leadership, Half Moon will continue to evolve and thrive.”“I’d like to thank the Half Moon directors, management and staff for their direction and dedication for nearly 60 years in making Half Moon into a world-class destination,” said Toner. “We look forward to building on this success and we are thrilled to welcome this premier Caribbean resort into to our family.”www.halfmoon.comlast_img read more

Cyprus first in absorption of EU research funds

first_imgCyprus ranks first in the EU in terms of per capita absorption of funds from Europe’s largest Research and Innovation Programme, called Horizon 2020, it was announced on Tuesday.Addressing the event for the presentation in Nicosia of the new funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 for the next two years, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades expressed the government’s satisfaction with this successful outcome.“In real terms, this means that for every euro Cyprus contributes to the programme, it takes back more than three,” Georgiades said.So far, 325 Cypriot organisations have absorbed €88.1m, including 96 small and medium size businesses that have received a total of €27m.Georgiades announced that the government will proceed with a series of measures aimed at implementing an integrated plan in the field of research and innovation.“We acknowledge that the framework of governance for research and innovation is flawed and this is why we have prepared a bill pending before the House to set up a Secretariat for Development aiming at integrating all relevant competencies, including research and innovation under one roof,” he said.Georgiades also referred among others to the introduction as of this month of tax incentives for investment in innovative businesses, and the introduction next month of the ‘start-up visa’ programme that enables innovative entrepreneurs from non-European countries to set up operations in Cyprus.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more