Odds & Ends: Kristin! Pippin! The Phantom Visits the Queen!

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. The Phantom of Windsor Castle: Original Phantom of the Opera star Michael Crawford was recognized by the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle March 7, according to the BBC. The Tony winner was made a CBE (that’s Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in case you were wondering), for his work supporting a wide range of charities. Acrobat-Actor Orion Griffiths’ Inspirational Return Journey to Pippin After Injury: Trust us, the CBS This Morning video below is worth watching. It’s an inspirational story to take us into the weekend. Pippin’s Orion Griffiths suffered a serious back injury and managed to make a remarkable recovery using his sister as a role model. Kristin Chenoweth to Play London: U.K. fans are going to get to see Broadway favorite Kristin Chenoweth! The Tony and Emmy winner will play a one-night-only concert, An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth, at the historic Royal Albert Hall on July 12. The star will take fans on a ride of laughter, heartbreak and thrills with an array of her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from Wicked, Glee and Promises, Promises. Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

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Spartans take loss to Shasta; Corning wins over Oroville

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Red Bluff boys tied it up three times in the second and again in the third but couldn’t take over the lead Tuesday night in a 69-59 loss to Shasta.The Wolves took an early lead due to some cold shooting from the Spartans but Red Bluff settled down as the first period went on and scrambled in the second to pull even at 21, 23 and 26. After trailing by seven at the end of the first the Spartans went to the half down just four at 34-30, thanks to a four-point play from Shasta’s …last_img read more

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Draymond Green considers Celtics “the most talented team in the East”

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *BOSTON — Stephen Curry once relayed last year that he “heard the weather is great here in June.” But the Warriors never confirmed for themselves. Instead, they made their seemingly annual trek to Cleveland for the NBA Finals and then collected another Larry O’Brien trophy for the third time in four years.Now that LeBron James has left Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los …last_img read more

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Google Now Warning Surfers of Hacked Websites

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Tags:#Google#news#NYT#security#web Users clicking the warning link will be directed to this page in Google’s Help Center that explains more about the notice and what it means, but Google will not stop you from clicking through on the search result itself, nor does it insert an additional warning after doing so, as it does with sites known to host malware.Google says it will use “a variety of automated tools” to detect signs of hacked sites as quickly as possible and it will then add the notification and alert the site’s webmaster to the issue. Webmasters who are worried that the notices will negatively affect their search traffic can request a site review to accelerate the notification’s removal once this problem has been resolved. There are increasing concerns about website attacks on the mind today, thanks to hackers’ takedown of high-profile sites during the Wikileaks cyberwar in particular, and the website defacements that often accompany political turmoil such as those that hit both Pakistani and Indian government-run sites recently as well as some prompted by political issues here in the U.S. Sometimes the hacks are more akin topranks, while other times they serve as a way for those with strong opinions to express that sentimentanonymously. And sometimes, the hacks are initiated by spammers, instead of these sorts of political hacktivists. To defend against this form of online vandalism, Google has announced it will begin to identify hacked sites, right in the Google search results.According to news from Google’s Webmaster Central blog, the Internet search giant will begin warning Web surfers of sites that may have been hacked with a message that reads “This site may be compromised.” This will help protect those browsing the Web from becoming victims of malware, as is especially the case when sites are compromised by spammers, says Google. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Adam Silver’s annual NBA address keys on competitive balance

first_img“I look at the NFL, which among sports leagues, probably has the best parity and the best system in terms of creating competition than any league I’m familiar with,” Silver said. “Yet the New England Patriots have been in the Super Bowl nine out of the last 18 years. And I don’t think anyone points to that as a sign that the system isn’t necessarily working. What people recognize is you want parity of opportunity.”In some NBA cities, that opportunity is already gone this year.There are four teams — Chicago, Cleveland, Phoenix and New York — who are on pace to win less than 25 percent of their games this season. The last time the league saw so many teams fail to win more than 20 games in the same full season was 1997-98, when six teams went 20-62 or worse. The NBA has tried to combat tanking by changing the odds of winning the draft lottery in an effort to discourage teams from all-out trying to lose.Silver remains unsure if that’s enough to solve the issue entirely.“We’ve seen this in other sports as well,” Silver said. “There’s a mindset that, if you’re going to be bad, you might as well be really bad. I believe, personally, that’s corrosive for those organizations, putting aside my personal view of what the impact it has on the league overall. But, again, we’ll see how this pays out.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWhile Golden State is still widely believed to be the favorite for what would be its fourth title in five years, the Bucks have been a success story all season in the East. Denver was leading the Western Conference two weeks ago, which is why Michael Malone and his staff will coach the All-Star Game on Sunday. And the Kings haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006 and weren’t picked by many to be postseason-bound this year.Those are the examples Silver likes of a balanced system. In other topics addressed by Silver:TAMPERINGSilver said the NBA is “doing a good job enforcing our rules” when it comes to tampering, though stressed that tampering and trade demands — such as the one where it became known that Anthony Davis wants to leave the New Orleans Pelicans — are very different things.“I recognize that there’s very little I’m going to do to ever stop that completely,” Silver said.Silver said he would rather trade demands not be made, or at the very least not become publicly known. But he also said that given the way the current collective bargaining agreement is written, there are “unintended consequences” — such as the Davis situation.DIRK AND DWYANESilver added Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade to the All-Star Game to pay tribute to their careers, and that he didn’t think about using that option annually going forward. He said he likes having the flexibility to do so, though did not say when or if it will happen again.MAVERICKS INVESTIGATIONSilver said Dallas owner Mark Cuban, who pledged to give $10 million to women’s groups after an investigation showed a long-caustic workplace culture within the Mavericks’ organization, is “absolutely meeting his commitment.”“He’s told me he’s doing far more beyond that,” Silver said. “That is his personal decision and not something he’s seeking any publicity around, so I won’t talk more about that.” View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Celtics’ Jayson Tatum wins Skills Challenge ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The 68th All-Star game will be played Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Milwaukee has the best record in the NBA, Denver has its coaching staff at the All-Star Game and Sacramento is in position to end the league’s longest current playoff drought.Overseeing a league that has wanted competitive balance, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver likes what he’s seeing on those fronts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Silver also said he thought the Mavericks are remaining committed to ensuring such situations do not happen again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But he acknowledged during his annual address at All-Star Weekend that there are still ways for the league to have more top-to-bottom competitiveness.“You can point to teams like Milwaukee, teams like Oklahoma City, what’s happening in Denver now and Sacramento as signs that the system is working better than it has historically,” Silver said Saturday. “I’d say we still have work to do, though. … We can still come up with a better system to create more competition.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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SANDAG crime report shows no change in violent crime rates

first_img Posted: May 15, 2019 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo SANDAG crime report shows no change in violent crime rates 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) – Property crime in San Diego County reached its lowest rate in nearly 40 years in 2018, according to a report released today.The San Diego Association of Governments’ Criminal Justice Research Division studied the county’s crime rate from 1980 to 2019 and found that property crimes, including burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft,  declined from 62.63 crimes per 1,000 people in 1980 to fewer than 17 per 1,000 people in 2018.Property crimes peaked at 67.26 crimes per 1,000 people in 1989. The county’s property crime rate has also been at or below the national property crime rate every year since 1994, according to the report.Burglaries declined countywide in2018 for the sixth consecutive year to 8,267, the lowest number since 1980, when burglaries totaled 38,752.Larceny was the most common crime in the county last year, totaling 38,642 — up from 37,942 such crimes in 2017, but still well below the 1989 peak of 85,448, according to the SANDAG report.The county’s 2018 violent crime rate remained unchanged from the 2017 rate of 3.41 per 1,000 people. The region’s violent crime rate — which includes homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults — peaked at 9.76 per 1,000 people in 1992 and bottomed out at 3.28 in 2014.“When considering these statistics, it is important to note that while San Diego remains one of safest parts of the country, increased crime numbers may not always be a bad thing if it means better reporting of such crimes as rape or domestic violence,” said Cynthia Burke, SANDAG’s division director of criminal justice.The number of reported hate crimes declined from 95 in 2017 to 76 in 2018, according to SANDAG. More than half of reported hate crimes, 54 percent, were deemed to be motivated by race or ethnicity, while a quarter were motivated by sexual orientation and 21 percent by religion. Nearly 60 percent of race-motivated hate crimes were targeted at black residents.Lemon Grove had the most reported violent crimes in 2018 among jurisdictions within the county at 5.78 per 1,000 people, according to the report. Del Mar had the most reported property crimes with 27.3 per 1,000 people. Coronado had the fewest violent crimes at 0.83 per 1,000 while Poway had the fewest property crimes at 10.14 per 1,000.Full report: https://www.sandag.org/uploads/publicationid/publicationid_4587_25763.pdf Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 15, 2019last_img read more

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Bats may use magnetic polarity for navigation

first_img Lunar and solar eclipses make animals do strange things The finding may not only explain bats’ long-distance navigation and foraging abilities, but also may provide insight on when and how magnetic field detection evolved in mammals and non-mammals. So explain the researchers, Yinan Wang, Yongxin Pan, Stuart Parsons, Michael Walker, and Shuyi Zhang, who are from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, East China Normal University in Shanghai, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.“The fact that the only two flying vertebrates, bats and birds, do not derive the same information about direction from the Earth’s magnetic field despite apparently similar navigational requirements has very important implications for the evolution of the magnetic sense in vertebrates,” Parsons told PhysOrg.com. “I think it is likely that other mammals possess the ability to detect the field, i.e. have the physiological and anatomical specialization necessary. However, this does not mean that they actually use this information.”In their experiment, the scientists studied the reactions of Nyctalus plancyi bats in an experimental chamber when exposed to an altered magnetic field. The team recorded the hanging positions of the bats with an infrared camera, and then used Helmholtz coils to generate a magnetic field that aligned with the local geomagnetic axis at Beijing, where the experiment took place, with twice the intensity of Earth’s magnetic field. After exposing the bats to the induced magnetic field for several days, the researchers then altered the horizontal and vertical components of the field, both simultaneously and independently. As the group explained, altering the vertical field affects the magnetic inclination, while altering the horizontal field affects the magnetic polarity. Many birds and other non-mammals are known to react to inclination, meaning that they can use information about the different angles that the Earth’s magnetic field is tilted toward the Earth to determine relative latitude. For example, inclination is 90 degrees at the poles (perpendicular to the Earth) and 0 degrees at the equator (parallel to the Earth)—similar to the pattern that lead filings make when placed around a bar magnet. Some birds, like the Arctic Tern, use inclination to annually navigate all the way from the North Pole to the South Pole and back. However, unlike birds, the bats did not react to a change in the vertical field, implying that they do not use inclination when roosting or navigating. On the other hand, when the researchers altered the horizontal field, the bats changed their hanging positions, switching from the northern to the southern end of their basket. The scientists predict that magnetic polarity may help the bats in thermoregulation, since they choose warmer sites to control lactation and development, as well as to minimize the energy used during torpor (hibernation). If they used magnetic polarity in roosting, the scientists suggest, the bats are also likely use polarity to navigate, such as when Nyctalus noctula migrate up to 1600 km between seasons.How do they do it? The scientists explain that animals which use magnetism to navigate are generally thought to use light exposure, magnetite receptors, or both. For example, birds may use a light-dependent mechanism in the right eye for directional information, and a magnetite receptor in the upper beak for detecting variations in magnetic intensity. Most likely, bats use some kind of magnetite receptor. Why the two animals developed sensitivities to different magnetic information is still a question, however. Parsons speculated that an inclination compass may offer more tolerance for birds crossing the equator. Also, when the Earth’s magnetic field occasionally reverses, the birds will not be confused.“It has been suggested that the ability of birds to detect the inclination of the Earth’s magnetic field means that reversal of the polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field will not affect the ability of birds, particularly migratory birds, to set compass courses because there will be a magnetic pole in each hemisphere and the birds will know the direction toward the near pole and the equator as a consequence,” added Walker. “In contrast, the fact that mammals appear to respond to magnetic polarity suggests they will know where magnetic north is but not which hemisphere they are in and may get misled following a reversal of the polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.”Another significant point from the experiments is that polarity alone is sufficient to navigate long distances. The research also suggests that inclination and polarity detection may have evolved independently in birds and mammals, which means the ability would have emerged after the evolutionary transition from land to air—and would also explain why humans are quite poor at navigating in the absence of a map and a GPS.Citation: Wang, Yinan, Pan, Yongxin, Parsons, Stuart, Walker, Michael, and Zhang, Shuyi. “Bats respond to polarity of a magnetic field.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.0904. Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Researchers have found that bats have a special ability to detect the polarity of a magnetic field, meaning that the creatures can tell the difference between north and south. The only other animal known to have this ability is the mole rat, while birds, fish, amphibians, and all other non-mammals possess a different version of the magnetic compass. Citation: Bats may use magnetic polarity for navigation (2007, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-09-magnetic-polarity.htmlcenter_img Experimental setup showing the bats’ roosting chamber, with the bats gathered at one end of the basket in response to the polarity of the induced magnetic field. Credit: Yinan Wang, et al. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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