Weekend Pick: Romp to the Swamp, Columbia, S.C., Oct. 18

first_imgAttention, paddlers! Make Columbia, South Carolina, your destination this weekend, October 18, for the ultimate endurance test.In its second year, the a75c69a44629e7330716897731a6a949Romp to the Swamp sends racers down the long and challenging 51 mile stretch of the Congaree Blue River Trail for a day full of adventure.The river flows beside the Congaree National Park, which makes for some beautiful riverside scenery. Here’s the real kicker, though – 48 miles of the race course offer 905b3516cd9aef70ec51884c7b02434dabsolutely no public access from the bank.From the Cayce public boat landing, very early on in the race, boaters are in it for the long haul. Talk about commitment! But we guarantee that crossing the finish line after all those grueling hours will be worth it. Cash, swag bags, and a whole ton of pride await winners and racers at the end of the course.Both solo and tandem kayakers and canoers are eligible for the Romp the Swamp, as well as team kayakers. Rise to the occasion and tackle the Congaree!Divisions:Solo KayakTandem KayakSolo CanoeTandem CanoeTeam Kayak (Must finish together)Team CanoeRacer Requirements:At least one racer per team must be 18 years of age or older.Each racer must carry a fully charged cell phone.Each racer is required to have on personal flotation device. Children under 18 are required to wear it at all times.Each team member must carry a whistle for emergency use.Please bring adequate hydration and food for a 12-hour paddle.last_img read more

Nancy Pelosi Coming to Long Island Gay Gala

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Congresswoman Pelosi commemorates the LGBT victims of the Holocaust at the “Friends of the Pink Triangle” ceremony at the Twin Peaks Vista Overlook, Calif. (Courtesy of Nancy Pelosi’s office).Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, is accepting an award from the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth at the nonprofit group’s 20th Anniversary Gala on Friday evening.Also being honored are Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in March, and Andrew Stern, the chief operating officer of NARAL Pro-Choice NY.“We are thrilled to be honoring Congresswoman Pelosi for her decades of heroic leadership and advocacy on behalf of the GLBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS,” said David Kilmnick, chief executive officer of LIGALY. “This year’s honorees represent some of the most important voices in the movement for GLBT equality.”Pelosi’s district office is in San Francisco, a leading city in the modern gay rights movement and the first in then nation to elect an openly gay politician—Bay Shore native Harvey Milk.Pelosi, Windsor and Stern will receive the honors before a crowd of more than 400 local civic, political and business leaders at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park.Democratic members of LI’s congressional delegation—including Reps. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola)—will be on hand to show their leader around.last_img read more

Chick-fil-A breached, ‘devastating’ cost likely to mount for credit unions

first_imgThe Atlanta-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A announced last week it is investigating a possible data breach of its payment systems, a revelation drawing the attention of the Credit Union National Association.“It’s devastating to credit unions and their members that merchant data breaches are becoming commonplace,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO. “Chick-fil-A is another example of how data breaches will continue to be prevalent at retailers until they are held to the same data security standards as credit unions and other financial institutions.”CUNA continues to press members of Congress to craft legislation that would require merchants such as Chick-fil-A to meet the same security standards as those imposed upon financial institutions.When data breaches occur, financial institutions are left paying the bill when fraudulent activity takes place, rather than the merchants where the breaches occur. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Fortnite Developer Epic May Bring Hypermeet 3D Facial Expression Technology to the Game

first_imgFortnite developer Epic Games recently bought a real-time facial animation technology company called Hyprsense that could, in the future, bring more facial expressions to the game. While the company has not shared any official plans for this yet, it did state this technology will give creators “full control over expressing their vision.” The team at Hypersense made the Hypermeet app that puts 3D avatars on people’s faces through a regular webcam. Hypermeet is able to simulate more realistic facial expressions in real-time.Last month, Epic Games acquired Hyprsense, a real-time facial animation technology company. Hypersense released an app called Hypermeet back in September that put 3D avatars, similar to Apple’s Animoji, on people’s faces in real-time without having to use specialised equipment. Hypermeet works with a standard webcam and can provide a broader range of expressions for the user. This technology could also be used to put your facial expressions directly onto a video game character, according to a report by The Verge.- Advertisement – Coming to its applications, real-time facial animation and motion capture technology could be used to add more facial expressiveness to the characters in Fortnite, besides the currently available emotes. For now, Epic seems to be focussing more on creators with this new tech. “Bringing on the Hyprsense team enables us to continue pushing digital character innovation even further and approach the goal of giving all creators full control over expressing their vision down to the smallest nuance,” Epic Games CTO Kim Libreri said.Hyprsense website states that this acquisition will help in Epic’s journey to develop better tools and systems for developers and players alike. “It will also give Unreal Engine creators the ability to deploy and drive the most advanced character assets, on any platform,” it adds.Hypersense could make this technology more mainstream as previous attempts by Epic have involved an iPhone’s TrueDepth camera to make a depth map of the face.- Advertisement – Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Cannabis sales soar as Canadians hunker for coronavirus lockdown

first_img“We have noticed an increase in sales in the past few days,” confirms SQDC spokesman Fabrice Giguere, without offering specific sales numbers in accordance with its policy. “The supply is stable, both online and at the branch,” he adds.Another SQDC customer, social worker Kelly Mercer, says she is “not really worried” about the risk of contracting the virus by coming to the store in person, even though nearly 100 cases have been confirmed as of late Wednesday in Quebec, including one death. Nationwide, the count has topped 600 cases, including nine deaths.”As you can see everybody is social distancing, the stores are taking precautions, not handling cash, cashiers are wearing gloves and using sanitizers on their hands. So I feel they are taking as many precautions as anybody could,” says Mercer as she exits the store.”I smoke regularly, just for fun,” she adds. “I just want to make sure I am good for a couple of weeks if my boss gives the word that we’re all going to [have to] stay home.”While SQDC has relied on mitigation measures to reduce the risk, Ontario-based cannabis giant Canopy Growth on Tuesday temporarily closed its 23 Tokyo Smoke and Tweed corporate retail stores nationwide, citing a social responsibility to limit contact between customers.”We encourage people to buy online rather than going to the store,” Jordan Sinclair, vice president of communications for Canopy Growth, told AFP.In Ontario province, the largest market for cannabis in Canada, the company is focused on supplying the Ontario Cannabis Store — a government online portal, which has a mandated monopoly on online pot sales in the province.”The last few days have seen a marked increase in sales volumes at OCS.ca,” said Daffyd Roderick, OCS communications director, citing an 80-100% increase from normal last weekend.”People are stocking up on things that are going to make being at home for a long period of time as tolerable as possible. I think alcohol seems to be fitting into that [category] and certainly cannabis is too,” concludes Jordan Sinclair. He added: “People are making purchases with the assumption that they’re going to have limited options in the weeks ahead.”Topics : To manage stress in the face of the coronavirus pandemic or just to pass the time under quarantine, Canadians and tourists have been lining up for several days at pot shops and flooding online cannabis retailers’ sites to stock up on the mood-altering drug that was legalized here in 2018.In front of the Societe Quebecoise du Cannabis (SQDC) boutique on Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal’s main commercial drive, a long line has formed before it even opens.”We decided to quarantine, we’re just going to look for ‘weed’ for the 15 days,” says Maureen Duflot, 28. She arrived in Montreal Tuesday evening with her partner on the last flight from Paris before Canada closed its borders to foreigners. Canadian public health authorities have urged travellers to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.”We’ll see how it goes inside,” she enthuses. “People are super nice, there is a great atmosphere, in contrast to the situation now in France.”Canada legalized the recreational use of cannabis in October 2018, becoming only the second country in the world after Uruguay to do so.”There are those who panic, others who are not taking the situation seriously enough. I decided to come and manage my stress by smoking cannabis,” says Michel Benoit, a cameraman who had just learned he would be off work for a period “as a precaution against contracting or spreading the coronavirus.”last_img read more

PREMIUMProlonged pandemic could derail Indonesia’s recovery, ADB, economists warn

first_imgFacebook Forgot Password ? ADB Asian-Development-Bank economic-recovery Indonesia economic-contraction GDP-growth recession COVID-19 pandemic Log in with your social account A prolonged pandemic could potentially harm Indonesia’s economic recovery as the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the country adds uncertainty, resulting in a weak economic indicator outlook, economists have said. In a recently published report, titled Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) stated that continued disruption from the coronavirus “will have severe implications for growth” for Indonesia, with domestic demand and export prospects dampened as a consequence.“The main risk for the outlook of Indonesia, and also the [Asian] region, stems from the possibility of a prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, which could potentially derail the recovery process,” ADB’s country economist for Indonesia Emma Allen said during a webinar held by the development bank on Tuesday. As of Wednesday, Indonesia had re… Linkedin Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Child protection bill passes first hurdle

first_imgOneNews 26 Sept 2013A new bill which would see offenders receive tougher sentences if their crime was committed in front of a child has passed its first reading in Parliament.NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor’s Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill was last night voted on unanimously to the Law and Order Select Committee.The bill would see any crime committed in front of a minor, aged 16 years or under, be an aggravating factor during sentencing.Lole-Taylor said too many children were being exposed to danger, and witnessing a crime could cause a child serious emotional and psychological harm.“The evidence is staggering – 460 children were found at crime scenes between 2010-2011,” she said.“What is more disturbing is that children were present in 37% of P-Labs and 73% of drug houses.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/child-protection-bill-passes-first-hurdle-5591266last_img read more

Man United eye £50m-rated Everton star as replacement for Haaland

first_img Promoted Content9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? Manchester United have turned their attentions to Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin after top target Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund. Loading… The Norwegian had been rumoured to join up with compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, but he signed for Bundesliga side Dortmund for a reported £18million. Now, Solskjaer has his eyes on Everton striker Calvert-Lewin, who the Toffees value at £50million, according to The Sun. However, the report details that Everton would be reluctant to let the 22-year-old go.Advertisement Read Also: Everton lead race to sign Real Madrid star for £43m Calvert-Lewin has scored 10 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions this season, including a match-winning double at Newcastle on Saturday. He also scored on Boxing Day against Burnley, in new manager Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge. The Everton gaffer is a known fan of Calvert-Lewin, previously saying while Napoli manager, ‘there are a lot of people who have eyes on him.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

New Football Coach

first_imgLast week the Batesville Community School Corporation announced the hiring of Evan Ulery as the new head football coach.  Evan is a 2009 Ball State graduate and has been teaching at Greensburg Junior High.  He has been one of the assistant football coaches at Greensburg since 2012.  Before that, he was an assistant football coach at Wes-Del near Muncie.Evan will have big shoes to fill since Eric Heppner has developed an excellent program at BHS.  Heppner averaged 7+ wins per year for his 20-year career.  I am sure that Evan will be up to the task since he was part of a very good football program at neighboring Greensburg High School.  Good luck, Evan, as you begin this new undertaking.  Your biggest task might be learning to fill a complete interview on Coaches Corner with as few as 2 questions!last_img read more