Advertisement AdvertisementBritain’s WBO middleweight champion now faces an anxious wait to learn his boxing fate after the banned substance oxilofrine, a stimulant, was found in his system ahead of his October 20 defense against Demetrius Andrade which was supposed to be aired on DAZN in US and Sky Sports in the UK.Oxilofrine is a stimulant which is used in some supplements and is claimed to help burn fat, increase adrenaline production, endurance and help with the oxygenation of the blood.After repeatedly slating Canelo, Billy Joe Saunders fails voluntary drugs testBBBoC general secretary Robert Smith told the Daily Mail: “According to our rules and those of UK Anti-Doping, he has not committed a breach. It is down to Massachusetts over what happens next.”Hearn said Andrade will fight in the main event be it against Saunders, another opponent for the vacant title or a nontitle fight if a vacant title but can’t be arranged on such short notice. Andrade has not boxed since he moved up to middleweight and easily outboxed Alantez Fox in a one-sided decision last October.The 29-year-old Saunders hasn’t fought this year, calling off a pair of fights with Martin Murray, claiming injuries. He was last seen in the ring last December in Canada, where he routed David Lemieux in an HBO-televised main event, a big win he’s completely failed to take advantage of or build from.Also Read-Boxing: Oscar DeLa Hoya wants to make Canelo vs Spence in near future
For every three men hopping on a bike, just one woman does the same, according to an analysis by BuzzFeed’s Jeremy Singer-Vine, who collected data from the three largest bike-share programs in the United States — New York, Chicago and Boston — and mapped the gender balance in each. Although slightly more women check out a bike on weekends, overall, they still make up only 24.7 percent of riders.This gender gap isn’t unique to bike-share programs or these three cities. The most recent National Household Travel Survey shows that 24 percent of bike trips in 2009 were made by women. The national data also shows that women are slightly less likely to cycle now than they were in 2001; researchers found “the prevalence of any cycling declined signiﬁcantly for children (by 1.5 percent) and women (by 0.3 percent).” That needn’t be the case: In Germany, 49 percent of cyclists are women. In the Netherlands, that number is 55 percent.Readers were quick to offer explanations for the lack of female cyclers: In fact, most theories fell into one of two categories: fashion or fear.But what’s the evidence for each?For her master’s thesis in urban planning at the University of Washington, Anne Broache examined which influenced women’s decisions about cycling. In 2012, she surveyed 365 women in Seattle — where 28 percent of bike commuters are female, according to the city’s Department of Transportation — about fashion and road safety. One-third of the nondaily riders and one-fifth of daily riders reported general concerns about “grooming issues, bringing spare clothes, helmet hair, and arriving at destinations red-faced and sweaty.” But safety was “by far the leading concern for all riders” — 79 percent of the women cited “distracted driving” as the biggest barrier to them cycling.Although it didn’t ask about fashion, the 2010 Women’s Cycling Survey asked a lot more women about their cycling choices; it, too, found the No. 1 concern was “distracted driving,” which was cited by 73 percent of the 11,453 women questioned.But there’s more to personal safety than the risk of traffic accidents. As @anildash suggests (and Helen Pidd’s personal account on The Guardian’s Bike Blog illustrates), female cyclists might fear sexual assault and harassment. The Women’s Cycling Survey found that 13 percent of women said “stranger attacks” were a concern.And just as fear is a complex issue, so, too, is fashion. Lifestyle barriers affect women’s decision-making around cycling in ways more challenging than footwear or hem length. When the Bikes Belong Coalition surveyed almost 2,000 U.S. adults, they found that women were twice as likely as men to report an “inability to carry children or other passengers” as a factor that discouraged them from cycling. Convenient transport is important for moms, because they spend 3.7 minutes more per day than dads ferrying kids around.Finally, one more reason women aren’t getting on bikes can’t be captured by the fear or fashion explanations; like most lifestyle choices, cycling decisions are affected by wealth. And women earn less than men. As Clarissa Ersoz at the Bicycle Paper explains, “Even a reasonably priced bike is a significant up-front expense for disadvantaged households.” A 2001 report, “The Socioeconomics of Urban Travel,” found that households earning less than $20,000 were no more likely to use bicycles as a mode of transport than those earning $75,000 – $99,999.When it comes to the why of America’s cycling gender gap, the data suggests that fashion really isn’t front of mind for most women. Instead, road safety and practical lifestyle issues are the biggest obstacles to female riders. That makes it all the more disappointing that the recent bike-share data shows that rental systems have been unable to address those concerns.CORRECTION (June 18, 3:59 p.m.): An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that, according to “The Socioeconomics of Urban Travel,” 13.5 percent of households earning less than $20,000 used a bicycle as a mode of transport. The table in the report actually shows that 13.5 percent of all people who use a bicycle as a mode of transport live in households earning less than $20,000.
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Christmas on Knob Hill displays over 80,000 Christmas lights Posted: December 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With over 80,000 lights…”Christmas on Knob Hill” is one of the largest Christmas light displays in San Diego County.Bill Gilfillen starts decorating his house the first week of September and it takes him three months to finish, turning on the magical lights Thanksgiving night.Bill served in the Navy for 23 years and retired as senior chief, then making his way into the uniform supply business for nine years. Bill then became project manager a for cable installation company for the casinos.More than 15,000 people visit Knob Hill every Christmas season and KUSI’S Dave Scott was there with a peak at this year’s display!Located at 1639 Knob Hill Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069 December 10, 2018 Updated: 11:29 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
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On this week’s episode of the GRAMMY Museum’s “Required Listening” podcast, the prolific singer/songwriter shared the biggest lesson he learned from performing on the streets for complete strangers.Listen Now: “Required Listening” Episode With Andy Grammer”The number one thing [I learned from busking] is the ability to just act without any guarantee of anything happening in return,” said Grammer. “There’s no greater place to do that every day than [on] the street because there’s nobody there [to see] you. … It’s a great muscle to build.”In a wide-ranging chat with GRAMMY Museum Executive Director/host Scott Goldman, the “Fresh Eyes” singer also shared how fatherhood and collaboration sparked the songwriting process for his latest album, The Good Parts, and why albums provide for a truer snapshot of a musician’s art.”One of the biggest benefits of writing with others is that it makes you write,” said Grammer, who collaborated with songwriters Ian Kirkpatrick and Ross Golan, among others, on the new LP. “If you have a session on the books with somebody else, you’re going to write a song that day. If you have a session by yourself, you might. That’s just real.”Speaking of real, nothing can prepare you for the real emotions that hit you upon becoming a first-time parent. For Grammer, he channeled his feelings into “Always,” an angelic tribute to his newborn daughter featured on The Good Parts.”It definitely opens you up to a whole new area of life, which is fun to write about,” said Grammer. “It’s such a big thing that when you’re able to distill it down to a line, it holds. When you say to your daughter, ‘You and me will be always,’ that’s like a simple little line that means [so much].”As far as the modern debate over releasing songs versus albums? Put Grammer down as “pro-album.””With one song, you can get an idea,” said Grammer. “With 12 songs you can get a real sense of where somebody is.”As you go along creating art, you have a feeling of how you personally feel about it. And you go about the process of trying to get it out of yourself. 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WILMINGTON, MA — The Department of Public Works began site work for the Pickleball Courts at Town Hall (Palmer Park) on Monday morning and is expected to continue all week.On Friday, May 11, a crane will be on site for the purpose of removing larger trees. As a result, the basketball court and playground area will be off limits between the hours of 7am. and 4pm.In the event work is not completed on Friday, work will resume on Friday, May 18.Town Meeting voters approved funding for three pickleball courts at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.Unsure what Pickleball is? Learn more about the sport by watching this video from the Wilmington Recreation Department HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTHE WAIT IS OVER: Pickleball Courts To Open At Palmer Park This Wednesday, September 26In “Community”Wilmington To Build 3 Pickleball CourtsIn “Government”NOW HIRING: Town’s Highway Division Is Hiring An Equipment OperatorIn “Business”
Creative CommonsWith the revamp in the Companies Act, thousands of shell companies now can face criminal action for depositing unexplained high-value notes during demonetisation or for operating bank accounts after their names were blacklisted.According to the Times of India, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) is planning to invoke provisions of section 447 of the new Companies Act against 2 lakh de-registered companies.If found guilty, the firm owners can get imprisonment of three to 10 years for fraud. Moreover, a penalty can be levied on the fraudulent firm, which is equal to the value of the offence.Sources told TOI that the registrar of companies will do a thorough investigation of the de-registered companies to find out the source of funds.Earlier, the ministry had disqualified two lakh directors for holding posts in the companies that have defaulted loans and have failed to file their financial returns for last three years. The government has also frozen their bank accounts to check any siphoning off of funds.Sources said that the revenue department and MCA are jointly working to act against “shell companies”. The revenue department also believes that many of these companies simply exist to launder funds by routing money through a web of companies.Earlier this month, the government had announced that it has received ‘vital information’ from 13 banks on suspicious transactions post-demonetisation. The data provided by banks reveal that suspicious transactions were carried out by 2,09,032 companies, which were already blacklisted by the Registrar of Companies earlier this year.Quoting sources, the newspaper reported that preliminary data accessed by the tax department revealed that Rs 4,600 crore were routed through bank accounts of less than 6,000 companies.”While it is not illegal to have several bank accounts, we need to establish that the funds were beyond the known sources of income,” a tax officer explained.
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test. Reuters file photoNorth Korea fired a missile on Friday that experts said was capable of hitting Los Angeles and other US cities and the United States and South Korea responded by staging a joint missile exercise.North Korea confirmed the launch on Saturday, with its official news agency saying it was a “stern warning” for the United States. President Kim Jong Un said the missile showed that all of the United States was within striking distance but US authorities characterized that as an exaggeration.The administration of US President Donald Trump, which has branded North Korea the “most urgent and dangerous threat to peace,” condemned the launch as reckless.“By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.”South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said at a news conference on Saturday Seoul would prepare independent measures to curb the nuclear threat from the North.“This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is a serious provocation that not only clearly violates the UN Security Council’s numerous resolutions but also threatens the safety of the Korean peninsula and world peace,” Song said. “The joint governments of South Korea and the United States will firmly punish North Korea for its missile provocation.”He said steps would be taken to hasten the temporary deployment of THAAD anti-missile units from the United States.The unusual late-night launch added to exasperation in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo over Pyongyang’s continuing development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Friday’s test prompted US and South Korean military officials to discuss military response options.The North Korean military had already raised alarms early this month with its first ICBM launch.The top US military official, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, and Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, spoke by phone with the top South Korean military official, General Lee Sun-jin, to discuss military response options to the launch.The Trump administration has said that all options are on the table, including military ones, however it has also made clear that diplomacy and sanctions are its preferred course.Following a meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he wanted the UN Security Council to discuss new and stronger sanctions against the North, the presidential Blue House said.Later the United States and South Korea conducted a live-fire ballistic missile exercise in a display of firepower in response to the missile launch, the US military said.The two allies had staged a similar exercise after the North Korean test earlier in the month.The launch from North Korea’s northern Jangang province took place at 11:41 p.m. (1441 GMT), an official at South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew for about 45 minutes before apparently landing in the waters of Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Japanese broadcaster NHK, citing a military official, said the missile reached an altitude of more than 3,000 km (1,860 miles).US CITIES IN RANGEThe South Korean military said the missile was believed to be an ICBM-class, flying more than 1,000 km (620 miles) and reaching an altitude of 3,700 km (2,300 miles). In Washington, the Pentagon also said it had assessed that the missile was an ICBM.US officials said the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon spy agency, has determined that North Korea will be able to field a reliable nuclear-capable ICBM by next year, earlier than previously thought.Jeffrey Lewis of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies said the launch showed Los Angeles was within range of a North Korean missile, with Chicago, New York and Washington, just out of reach.“They may not have demonstrated the full range. The computer models suggest it can hit all of those targets,” he said.The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists said its calculations showed the missile could have been capable of going as far into the United States as Denver and Chicago.Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies said the window for a diplomatic solution with North Korea “is closing rapidly.”“The key here is that North Korea has a second successful test in less than one month,” he said. “If this trend holds, they could establish an acceptably reliable ICBM before year’s end.”John Schilling, an aerospace expert and a contributor to 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring website, said the improved performance over the previous test could have been the result of a lighter payload as part of an effort to demonstrate that the missile could hit the US capital.Los Angeles would be protected by the US missile defense network, which includes four ground-based interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force base, 150 miles north of the city, and a second battery of 32 missiles in Alaska.During a test on 31 May the missile defense system shot down an incoming ICBM missile aimed at the US mainland and a Pentagon spokesman said the military had “confidence in our ability to defend against the limited threat.”Other authorities say the United States may not be able to seal itself off entirely from a North Korean ICBM attack.A DAY AFTER SANCTIONSTrump spoke with Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal this month and has become frustrated that China has not reined in its ally Pyongyang.Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said Friday’s launch had been expected and took place from Mupyong-ni, an arms plant in northern North Korea. It came a day after the US Senate approved a package of sanctions on North Korea, Russia and Iran.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the launch of a “ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range,” his spokesman said.A Russian Defence Ministry official said Moscow’s data indicated the launch was only of a medium-range ballistic missile, Russian news agency Tass reported. Diplomats say China and Russia only view a long-range missile test or nuclear weapon test as a trigger for further possible UN sanctions.The data on the trajectory indicate the missile was fired at a sharply lofted angle but packed more power than the missile launched on July 4 that U.S and South Korean officials said was an ICBM, potentially capable of hitting the US mainland.US intelligence officials say that even if North Korea develops a reliable, nuclear-capable ICBM, which some say it remains several steps short of doing, the weapon would be almost useless except to deter the conventional attacks that Kim fears.“Kim is determined to secure international recognition of the North as a nuclear armed state, for the purposes of security, prestige, and political legitimacy,” the National Intelligence Council’s January Global Trends report said.
Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:57 Harris County Department of Public HealthThe area of Harris County that will be covered y the aerial spraying.Umair Shah is with the Harris County Department of Public Health.He says now is a critical time to fight mosquitoes after Harvey left behind the standing water they breed in.“We generally look at about a week or two after you start to see the water receding, that you start to have the mosquito activity increasing,” he says.The county normally uses trucks to spray but they can only reach certain areas and it’s time consuming.So now, the county is calling in help from the U.S Air Force Reserve.Modified cargo planes will spray 600,000 acres of Harris County with insecticide.“Areas that we can’t get with our ground trucks or areas we see an increased volume of mosquitoes that we feel that it would take to long to be able to do it through ground coverage, that’s where the aerial spraying comes in,” Shah says.He says the insecticide is safe and most people won’t notice it, but it could affect bees so they’re warning beekeepers to cover their colonies.The aerial spraying will begin Thursday evening.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “As VR and AR applications increasingly expand to full-body, spatial experiences, tactile sensation must expand with them,” the researchers write in an abstract about the project. “Even in the real world, very few experiences are conveyed by vibration alone.”The researchers created three different prototype VR applications to test with the Force Jacket: a snowball flight application, in which people participated in a snowball fight with a virtual character where they could throw snowballs and feel the impact of a snowball via haptic cues; the aforementioned snake-crawling-around-your-torso-and-chest experience; and a VR application that used Kinect and Vive controllers to dynamically change the haptic feedback according to users’ actions and “explore the effects of changing the perceived muscularity of the body.”“Beyond our prototype applications, the jacket also has a strong potential for remote communication applications, like a hug delivered from afar,” the researchers write.More detail on the Force Jacket is available in a research paper (available at this link) published by Disney and the other researchers.Other recent Disney Research projects have included Magic Bench, a mixed-reality system that lets multiple users interact with animated characters and other CGI elements together with headsets or handheld devices, and Project Cardinal, designed to turn natural-language scripts into VR pre-visualizations.Watch a video describing Disney’s Force Jacket: Popular on Variety Can you feel The Force?You might soon be able to actually feel full-body physical sensations in conjunction with virtual-reality or augmented-reality experiences, thanks to a new research project from Disney and researchers from MIT and MIT and Carnegie Mellon University.The team developed a prototype for the wearable Force Jacket, which is designed to let someone experience physical sensations — like getting punched, hugged, or, in a somewhat unsettling VR application the researchers created, feeling a “snake moving across the body.”The Force Jacket uses an array of 26 pneumatically-actuated airbags and force sensors to provide precisely directed force and high-frequency vibrations to the wearer’s upper body. The Disney Research-led team noted that existing haptic-feedback technologies largely have been limited to vibrations, like smartphones buzzing in your hand.
The obsession among Indians with anything that people in the West do, has to stop, says young and popular designer Masaba Gupta, who hopes originality gets a fillip in the country.“We, as a nation, are generally very obsessed with the West and anything that they do. Anything that’s a fad, be it in garments or make-up looks, it immediately translates here,” said Masaba.The new-age designer, a former fashion director at the luxury label Satya Paul, says “People should speak up” against designers who blantantly copy others both from India and the West. “There are so many designers who take India as an inspiration, internationally and do such amazing things…I think people and the media should openly speak up about designers who are copying others because it’s very important that they do not give them that stamp of approval,” she added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Masaba especially feels that Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad, who is famous for making gowns, and national designers like Gaurav Gupta and Tarun Tahiliani, who have brought the concept of sari gowns on the runway, have been aped the most. She feels designers who copy “should not even get a place in fashion weeks”.“I think for the layman, it’s not plagiarism…for them it is a similar outfit. But people who are in fashion and people who understand it, should stand up and voice it out,” added the designer. Known for her extraordinary and quirky prints like the lipstick, cow and camera print, which have been one of the most copied print in Indian fashion market, Masaba said it is copying the silhouettes that bothers her more than anyone copying her designs. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“I get irritated when people copy my silhouettes…I do not get irritated when people copy my prints because that’s something I cannot control. It is very easy to copy my prints. You can just take a photograph here on the runway and replicate it in the next 10 days. You will have many fabrics in my print, but silhouettes is something original and that should not be copied. But I think designers should not copy the other designers’ style or print,” she said. Masaba, the daughter of actor Neena Gupta and cricket legend Vivian Richards, had launched her eponymous label in July 2009. Talking about how she came up with her famous quirky prints, the 26-year-old said: “I do not think I know anything else… I just know how to take objects, motifs, a certain theme and just turn it around and make it really fun.” Masaba feels that the youth “are biggest influencers of fashion today” and so she constantly tries to make something that can “define their style statement”.