Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTREAL — In an octagonal chamber at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, a spectator in a trance-like state hums Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as numbers on a digital display leap up to 631. That’s how many people on Earth are streaming Cohen’s version of the secular anthem right now, each represented by a recorded voice humming the song.In a nearby neighborhood is Bar Suzanne, a new speakeasy named after one of Cohen’s most celebrated muses and songs. The lyrics “takes you down”are written in bold black letters on the stairs — a playful allusion to the song. Olivier Farley, the owner, said he chose the name because “Everyone in Montreal is proud of Leonard Cohen — the French, the English; he is sacred here.”Then there is the imposing, luridly colorful mural that stretches nine full stories down the side of a building in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood. Pilgrims come daily to pay homage to the painted portrait of Cohen, staring plaintively from under his signature fedora. A second, even more towering Cohen-inspired mural, can be found in the heart of downtown. Login/Register With: Advertisement Photo: CTV New Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Hydro One Q3 profit drops to 194 million from last years strong

first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – Hydro One Ltd. is reporting that its net profit decreased by 11.4 per cent in the third quarter to $194 million.The parent company of Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility says it earned 32 cents per diluted share for the period ended Sept. 30, compared with $219 million or 37 cents per share a year earlier.The prior year’s profits were boosted by regulatory catch-up revenues and a lower effective tax rate.Excluding one-time items, adjusted profits slipped 4.2 per cent to $227 million or 38 cents per share, from $237 million or 40 cents per share in the prior year.Revenues were $1.61 billion, up 3.1 per cent from $1.52 billion, reflecting higher consumption from favourable weather.Hydro One was expected to earn 35 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.61 billion in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more

Opposition confident noconfidence will pass

The opposition today said it was confident the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will pass in Parliament.Former Foreign Minister and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian, Professor G.L Peiris said that while 112 MPs had signed the motion, there are others who could not sign it and so the actual number in the end will be higher. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena will then need to appoint a new Prime Minister who has the majority support of Parliament.“From the time Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as Prime Minister he had a minority Government and not a majority,” he said. Professor G.L Peiris also noted that the term of the current Parliament ends in 2016 and not this year.But the President needs a Government and Prime Minister who has the confidence of Parliament to pass the 20th Amendment to the constitution.Peiris also noted that the new Government has hurt China and relations with some other countries. “Some of those who support the motion could not sign it because they did not get the opportunity. But they will sign it so the number will go up,” he said. He said the concerns over the Port City Project should have been discussed with China and not make it a political issue. Peiris said that once the motion is passed with a Parliament majority, the cabinet and not Parliament, will be dissolved. The former Foreign Minister also noted that some comments allegedly made on Australia could hurt Sri Lanka’s relations with Australia. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Transat says lower loonie offset gains by Canadians escape from winter cold

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jean-Marc Eustache, president and CEO of Transat A.T. Inc., is pictured, March 11, 2009 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Transat says lower loonie offset gains by Canadians’ escape from winter cold MONTREAL – Transat A.T. says the lower loonie is offsetting any financial gains that may have come from more Canadians flying south to escape this winter’s particularly harsh weather.The Quebec-based airline and package tour operator said the sharp currency change in December and January accelerated its losses in the first quarter and will linger through the rest of the winter, a key part of its fiscal year.Transat (TSX:TRZ.B) lost $25.6 million or 67 cents per share in the three months ended Jan. 31, compared with a net loss of $15.1 million or 39 cents in the same year-earlier period.Revenues increased 5.1 per cent to $847.2, compared with $805.7 million a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, Transat lost $23.3 million or 60 cents per share in the quarter, compared with a loss of $21.6 million or 56 cents per share a year earlier. Analysts had on average expected adjusted losses would be 45 cents per share.After the results were announced, Transat’s shares plunged to as low $8.02 before recovering somewhat, closing down $1.91 or 17.35 per cent, at $9.10 Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Volume was very heavy at more than 749,000 shares, compared with a daily average of less than 164,000.Transat said the weaker dollar increased operating expenses by 2.7 per cent or $14 million, mainly for hotel and fuel costs that are largely paid for in U.S. dollars.“We would have cut the losses by half” without the currency hit, CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said Thursday.Meanwhile, Transat said it also expects its second-quarter results to be weaker than last year, despite the imposition Jan. 27 of a $35 currency surcharge on holiday packages that could generate $10.5 million in revenue over the winter.If the currency remains at its current value, the company expects costs would increase 3.7 per cent and reach $40 million for the winter period, although the impact on profits should be mitigated by higher fares, as was the case in the first quarter.Eustache said the surcharge has had no impact on consumer demand, especially as people seek to head to sun destinations.“It’s clear that the colder it is and the more it snows…the more people want to leave,” he told reporters after the company’s annual meeting in which former Quebec finance minister Raymond Bachand was elected to the board.“The worse the winter is the happier I am,” said Eustache, who joked he prayed hard for snow.The surcharge will continue through the summer on sun packages and fares purchased without hotels to Florida. However, the surcharge won’t apply to Europe.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said Transat continues to perform well below potential.“The company should not continue to lose significant money in the winter for the long term,” he wrote in a report which said the potential for a turnaround was “very significant.”“However, the probability and timing of such recovery remain unclear at this point.”The analyst said the impact of Air Canada Rouge’s 15 per cent increase in capacity on leisure transatlantic routes this summer is unclear, although early data suggests the downside may not be significant.Eustache said he sees little impact as fares are up five per cent.During the quarter, North American operations lost $25 million despite a 4.6 per cent increase in revenues. The European segment lost $8.6 million on a 8.7 per cent rise in revenues.Despite the weaker results, Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said higher average selling prices in most markets and a positive outlook for the summer is positive despite the weaker loonie.“We like management’s disciplined approach to achieving superior margins by focusing on capacity management and higher selling prices,” he wrote in a report.Transat A.T., with about 6,500 employees, is an integrated international tour operator offering packaged holidays to more than 60 countries, although it operates mainly in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean Basin. It also operates Air Transat.Follow @RossMarowits on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the currency surcharge this summer won’t apply to flights purchased without hotels. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 6:35 am MDT read more

Cuttingedge tech a doubleedged sword for developing countries UN report

The over-riding message of the report is that appropriate, effective policies are essential, if so-called “frontier technologies” are to change the world for the better, helping us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change: without good policy, they risk exacerbating existing inequality.Amongst several positive indicators, WESS 2018 found that the energy sector is becoming more sustainable, with renewable energy technology and efficient energy storage systems giving countries the opportunity to “leapfrog” existing, often fossil fuel-based solutions.The wellbeing of the most vulnerable is being enhanced through greater access to medicines, and millions in developing countries now have access to low-cost financial services via their mobile phones.Referring to the report, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that “good health and longevity, prosperity for all and environmental sustainability are within our reach if we harness the full power of these innovations.” However, the UN chief warned of the importance of properly managing the use of new technologies, to ensure there is a net benefit to society: the report demonstrates that unmanaged implementation of developments such as artificial intelligence and automation can improve efficiency but also destroy quality jobs.“Clearly, we need policies that can ensure frontier technologies are not only commercially viable but also equitable and ethical. This will require a rigorous, objective and transparent ongoing assessment, involving all stakeholders,” Mr. Guterres addedThe Survey says that proactive and effective policies can help countries to avoid pitfalls and minimize the economic and social costs of technology-related disruption. It calls for regulation and institutions that promote innovation, and the use of new technologies for sustainable development.With digital technology frequently crossing borders, international cooperation, the Survey shows, is needed to bring about harmonized standards, greater flexibility in the area of intellectual property rights and ensuring that the market does not remain dominated by a tiny number of extremely powerful companies.Here, the UN has a vital role to play, by providing an objective assessment of the impact that emerging technologies have on sustainable development outcomes – including their effects on employment, wages and income distribution – and bringing together people, business and organizations from across the world to build strong consensus-led agreements. read more

Wednesdays Daily Brief Help for Venezuelans Burundi Ebola vaccine drive Paraguay poison

Humanitarian assistance to be scaled-up for millions of Venezuelans in need Burundi has received doses of the Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV to protect against the Zairian strain of the virus, which is currently affecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).   ‘Palpable reduction’ in violence following Eid truce says Libya Mission, as UN investigates deadly bombing which left 3 dead  Our full coverage here. New Ebola vaccination deployed for health workers in Burundi Further scientific research is required before the vaccine can be licensed.  A collective effort to coordinate and intensify the ongoing humanitarian response, the plan aims to significantly mitigate the impact of the crisis on the country’s most vulnerable populations.  Read our story here. Disarmament discussions must make urgent progress, says UN’s new top diplomat in Geneva Tatiana Valovaya, who’s the first woman Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, as well as the first female UN Director-General in the Swiss city, warned that escalating tensions around the world were “severely jeopardizing” the gains made in the last 40 years at the Conference by Member States.   The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday a new Ebola vaccination campaign in Burundi to protect health and front-line workers there.  In a tweet on Wednesday, UNAMA, said they had died in a search operation carried out in Paktia province, in the east of the country, during the Eid festival earlier this week.      Noting that the plan “only represents a limited number of all people in need”, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that $223 million was required from donors, to achieve this goal.  UN panel urges Paraguay to probe poisonings, contamination from agrochemical sprays   The WHO-supported campaign is being implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control, and financially supported by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.  In a statement at the beginning of the month, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need to avoid what he called “destabilizing developments” and to urgently seek agreement on a new common path for international arms control.   According to the Human Rights Committee, the large-scale spraying of “toxic agrochemicals” in Canindeyú department in the east of the country, has severely-impacted living conditions, health and livelihoods.   The expert panel maintained that water resources and aquifers had been contaminated by industrial soybean production that had caused the loss of fruit trees, the death of farm animals and severe crop damage.   Following the UN’s plea last Thursday, both the forces loyal to the UN-recognized Government and the self-styled Libyan National Army of commander Khalifa Haftar, announced that they would respect a truce.   A UN call for a humanitarian truce over this week’s Eid al-Adha religious holiday led to a “palpable reduction” of violence around the embattled capital of Tripoli, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement released on Wednesday.  Ms. Valovaya’s comments follow the recent ending of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia.   The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday, that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth.   In Geneva, the UN’s top diplomat there has urged Governments at the Conference on Disarmament to be more successful in tackling global threats to peace.   It said in a statement that despite samples being found in people’s homes that showed the presence of banned chemicals many years ago, subsequent investigations had “made no substantive progress”, and had not led to any finding of criminal responsibility, or to the redress of the harm” caused.   Paraguay should take action to prosecute those responsible for the illegal use of fertilizers that allegedly led to the death of one farmer and the poisoning of at least 20 others, a UN-appointed panel of independent experts has said.   The committee also highlighted a court ruling in Paraguay which found that the authorities had failed to protect people from the toxic products, while also calling for a buffer zone between housing and growing areas.    The development, which reportedly claimed the lives of students, comes as UNAMA continues to support preparations for the delayed Afghan-led presidential election, due to take place next month.   Afghanistan: grave concern at reports 11 civilians killed by pro-Government forces The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, says it is gravely concerned at reports that 11 civilians were killed during a State-sponsored security operation.   Accountability is essential and harm to civilians must stop, the Mission insisted.   “For us to move forward and get things done to deliver on the important mandate bestowed on this body, we must ensure that the Conference does what it was intended to do”, she said, “to negotiate and agree new instruments governing complex, sensitive and urgent issues of national and international security, issues that impact on every living being on this planet.”   Although the vaccine has not yet been approved nor has its commercial use been authorized, it has shown itself to be effective and safe during Ebola outbreaks in West Africa.   New scientific, technological developments and dynamics were challenging international security, Ms. Valovaya insisted, while also calling for the Conference to “overcome their differences” in search of results.   Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 14 August on SoundCloud: read more

Andreescu reaches US Open quarters with win over Townsend

Related Stories Nadal not sure if light first week helps or hurts at US OpenTownsend moves to 4th round, Gauff faces Osaka at US OpenAndreescu defeats Wozniacki to advance to fourth round at US OpenMississauga teen Andreescu wins Rogers Cup after Williams retires NEW YORK — As she has done for most of the 2019 tennis season, Bianca Andreescu kept winning Monday night at the U.S. Open.Make that early Tuesday morning, when the 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., won her way into the quarter-finals in her first main-draw appearance at the U.S. Open.Andreescu defeated American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to advance to a final-eight meeting Wednesday with No. 25 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium.The clash between two versatile, all-court players who have so delightfully pushed the boundaries of the women’s game during this final Grand Slam of the season was highly anticipated.And from a tactical point of view, it did not disappoint.“I think I’m a pretty good problem solver on the tennis court”It wasn’t a hitting contest as much it was a chess match, played on a tennis court.It was a match of momentum swings and adjustments, as the Canadian and her 23-year-old opponent threw everything in their considerable bag of tricks at each other.Townsend’s serve-and-volley game plan had gotten her to the second week of the tournament. But she quickly had to go back to the drawing board when Andreescu had an answer for everything.The Canadian teenager had seen Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, one of her role models, fail to counter Townsend’s forward-thinking game in a shocking second-round upset.But Andreescu had solutions.The Canadian tried to keep her first-serve percentage at a high level, so Townsend wouldn’t be able to chip and charge on her weaker second serve. She put more heat on her second serve, which caused some double faults, but also kept the American from attacking as often.“I heard some Canadian fans here and there, which was nice, especially in tougher moments”She jammed Townsend with some body serves to create some awkward returns, thus reducing the American’s opportunities to take the net.Andreescu came to the net herself and finished off points with volleys. She hit drop shots to lure Townsend in under circumstances that were not of her own choosing.The Canadian also hugged the baseline on both the first- and second-serve returns, standing some six feet closer, on average, than Halep had.That positioning robbed Townsend of the element serve-volleyers most covet: those extra nanoseconds of time to get as close to the net as possible for that first volley.Andreescu directed many of her returns down the line. That’s harder to do, but she found areas of the court Townsend couldn’t cover on the volley.Andreescu also established the lob early on — something Halep never conjured up against a player who sometimes, literally, had her nose right over the net.“I think I’m a pretty good problem solver on the tennis court,” she said. “I wasn’t always very good at that. It developed over time, I guess, with practise. I’m glad that showed today.”The crowd, which had to wait more than half an hour after the end of the match between Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic, was sparser then the encounter might have deserved.Those who did stay were mostly on Townsend’s side.“I heard some Canadian fans here and there, which was nice, especially in tougher moments,” Andreescu said. “But no, it’s not easy. I tried not to pay attention to that, but it’s hard when it’s, like, everyone. I’m glad with how I managed to just keep my cool.”Andreescu countered the crowd with an aggressive presence built to quiet those fans whenever she could. The Canadian hit 13 winners and went 7-for-10 at the net in a quick first set, while holding Townsend to just seven winning points in 17 trips.Almost everything she hit went in. But those narrow margins worked against Andreescu in the second.Suddenly, she was making more errors. And it was Townsend who got off to the fast start in the second set by jumping out to a 2-0 lead.As the overhitting continued, the crowd support for her opponent increased. And for the first time in her last few matches, the pressure and stress — and the Grand Slam opportunity that beckoned enticingly — began to show a little bit.A double fault into the net — her seventh of the match — gave the second set to Townsend. And after an hour and 12 minutes, all that great work was neutralized.Townsend was only 6-for-14 at net in the second set — 13-for-31 overall.And yet, the match was dead even.“I tried to take the momentum from the first set into the second set as much as I could. She was just on top of it really in the second set. She played really, really well. She was coming up with incredible shots, just getting me off balance. Obviously the crowd really helped her, I’m sure,” Andreescu said.“But I just tried to stay in my own bubble. I tried to just focus more on myself and my game.”Andreescu was definitely unsettled and a little shaky. But she has known almost nothing but winning in 2019. And that carried her through. She found her rhythm again.Andreescu has now won her last 11 three-set matches. Andreescu defeated American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to advance.Andreescu has now won her last 11 three-set matches. Summary BROWSE Andreescu | tennis | us open read more

No 16 Seeds Are Due

1991Arkansas2034Georgia St.144896.639.0 1997Kentucky2181Montana157897.727.9 1991UNLV2187Montana159298.443.1 1999Michigan St.2112Mount St. Mary’s142898.925.0 1985St. John’s1948Southern163687.783.7 1999Connecticut2140Texas San Antonio146898.625.3 2009North Carolina2103Radford152098.010.8 1986Kansas2059North Carolina A&T151797.179.6 2005Washington1964Montana150495.217.4 2013Kansas2024Western Kentucky149997.76.5 2012Syracuse2054UNC-Asheville161994.97.5 1992Duke2209Campbell134599.738.2 1990UNLV1989Ark.-Little Rock160794.048.0 2007Kansas2063Niagara161395.212.6 This data suggests that No. 16 seeds have in fact been pretty unlucky. On average, Elo would have given the No. 1 seed a 97.6 percent chance of winning each individual game; the range runs from 99.9 percent (Duke against Florida A&M in 1999) to 87.1 percent (Memphis against Oral Roberts in 2006). But given 124 chances to pull a rabbit out of their hats, No. 16 seeds “should” have come away with about three victories, according to Elo. Furthermore, the probability of them having gone winless is only about 5 percent. I wouldn’t call the No. 16s phenomenally unlucky — we’re talking about odds of about 20-to-1 against, not 20,000-to-1 against — but this confirms my intuition that they haven’t caught very many breaks.The good news for No. 16 seeds is that their situation has been improving very slightly. Since the tournament introduced its play-in game in 2001, the average No. 16 to play a No. 1 had an Elo rating of 1504; before that, their average rating was 1470. The play-in games are helpful to the cause of the No. 16 seeds in two ways. First, the truly execrable No. 16s, like Florida A&M in 1999 (which came into the tournament with a 12-18 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), will be routed into the play-in game and will usually lose it instead of wasting one of the 16-seeds’ four opportunities. Second, the play-in winners will have a game of NCAA Tournament experience under their belts. That helps both in real life and for a team’s Elo rating, since Elo weights recent games (and especially recent tournament games) more heavily.So cheer up, Holy Cross, Hampton, Florida Gulf Coast University and Austin Peay State. Yes, you’re probably going to lose by 30 points. But sooner or later, one of you is going to make history.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. 1988Purdue2015Fairleigh Dickinson150297.562.6 1988Oklahoma2043Chattanooga152995.759.9 Embed Code 1999Duke2295Florida A&M124899.925.3 YEARNO. 1 SEEDELONO. 16 SEEDELOTHIS GAMECUM. GAMES 1985Georgetown2135Lehigh125699.7%99.7% 1989Illinois2094McNeese St.150998.553.6 1994Arkansas2001North Carolina A&T136498.932.7 2011Duke2117Hampton147598.78.2 Every No. 1 vs. No. 16 men’s NCAA Tournament matchup, ever 2015Wisconsin2129Coastal Carolina148498.95.1 1990Michigan St.2052Murray St.160794.543.8 1987North Carolina2133Pennsylvania149298.869.3 2007Florida2046Jackson St.136598.712.4 2009Connecticut2024Chattanooga150397.411.1 1995Kentucky2115Mount St. Mary’s144399.031.4 By Nate Silver 2007Ohio St.2084Central Conn. St.155097.713.2 1992Kansas2106Howard141098.937.8 2003Arizona2069Vermont148198.520.3 It’s the sort of statistic that seems ripped from pages of the Washington Generals media guide. Since the men’s NCAA Tournament went to a 64-team format in 1985, No. 16 seeds are winless: an imperfect 0-124 record.No. 16 seeds can be pretty bad basketball teams, of course. Often, they’re teams from small conferences that won automatic bids by winning their conference tournament in a series of upsets after having barely cleared .500 during the regular season. (Small-conference teams that win both the regular season and their conference tournaments will usually wind up with No. 13, 14 or 15 seeds instead.) Furthermore, No. 16s have the misfortune of being matched up against No. 1 seeds, which are theoretically the four best teams in the country.But being bad is one thing; going 0 for 124 is another. My hunch is that No. 16 seeds have been unlucky not to have pulled off at least one upset.Consider that in the 1998 women’s NCAA Tournament, No. 16 seed Harvard (those plucky upstarts) beat No. 1 seed Stanford. And in the men’s tournament, several No. 16 seeds have come close to winning. Two of them, Princeton and East Tennessee State, lost by a single point in 1989 to Georgetown and Oklahoma, respectively. The next year, No. 16 seed Murray State took Michigan State to overtime before losing by four.Meanwhile, plenty of No. 15 seeds have won. Well, not plenty, but seven of them have upset No. 2 seeds. And No. 14 seeds have beaten No. 3 seeds 20 times. These results suggest that 16-versus-1 upsets ought to be possible, especially because there isn’t always a whole lot of daylight separating teams from one seed to the next. As its choices this year made clear, the selection committee is not infallible. Sometimes a team gets seeded as a 16 when it should probably have been a 14 or 15. Sometimes a No. 1 seed should have been a No. 2 seed. If a No. 15 seed can beat a No. 2 seed, then surely a 15-seed that’s mis-seeded as 16 can beat a 2-seed that’s mis-seeded as a No. 1.But we can be more precise about this. In building our NCAA Tournament forecasts this year, we developed an Elo ratings system for college basketball. Although our forecasts for this year blend Elo with several other computer ratings, we can run Elo-based projections for past tournament games going back as far as we like.Here, then, is how Elo would have forecast every past 1-versus-16 matchup on the day it was played. Once we figure out the No. 1 seed’s odds of winning each game, we can simply multiply the probabilities to figure out their cumulative odds of winning all 124. It’s a long table, so scroll down to the bottom for the punch line. 2014Wichita St.2041Cal Poly153997.45.9 1988Temple2058Lehigh152197.258.2 1993Michigan2095Coastal Carolina146398.534.6 1990Oklahoma2101Towson150498.651.1 2013Louisville2124North Carolina A&T145199.06.8 2001Stanford2113UNC-Greensboro145999.123.4 2006Villanova2035Monmouth150597.413.7 2013Gonzaga2032Southern143598.46.7 1992UCLA1959Robert Morris148597.036.6 2006Duke2084Southern143199.116.5 1995UCLA2059Florida Intl.131399.531.2 2009Louisville2059Morehead St.153497.010.1 1993Kentucky2066Rider142798.835.1 1995Wake Forest2077North Carolina A&T136199.131.7 1994Purdue2036Central Florida137399.034.2 2000Michigan St.2125Valparaiso147098.824.7 1991North Carolina2108Northeastern155797.241.9 1987Georgetown2015Bucknell148197.364.2 1994North Carolina2082Liberty145098.433.1 2011Kansas2117Boston U.157098.18.1 1996Kentucky2127San Jose St.157797.830.5 2007North Carolina2097Eastern Kentucky149498.413.5 2010Syracuse1986Vermont161992.68.8 1996Massachusetts2127Central Florida136599.629.4 1998Kansas2144Prairie View131799.626.4 1996Connecticut2134Colgate146698.829.1 2014Florida2086Albany155498.06.0 2010Duke2059Arkansas Pine Bluff142298.79.5 Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. 2008Memphis2023Texas Arlington144298.111.4 2000Duke2161Lamar137299.624.0 1997Minnesota2023Texas St.142398.327.4 1995Kansas2049Colgate147997.732.0 1987UNLV2064Idaho St.150697.367.4 2001Michigan St.2105Alabama St.145098.522.6 2010Kansas2161Lehigh151499.09.7 2002Kansas2066Holy Cross156197.321.9 2009Pittsburgh2021East Tennessee St.153696.210.4 2014Virginia2028Coastal Carolina145197.85.5 2006Connecticut2109Albany153197.916.2 2002Maryland2110Siena154298.321.5 1993North Carolina2147East Carolina148098.936.2 2012Kentucky2105Western Kentucky147698.57.9 2012Michigan St.2029Long Island U.157995.76.9 2003Oklahoma1975South Carolina St.147397.820.6 2004Stanford2041Texas San Antonio145098.418.5 2004Kentucky2085Florida A&M142199.018.3 1992Ohio St.2038Miss. Valley St.147598.138.3 2005Illinois2132Fairleigh Dickinson147599.017.2 1996Purdue2050Western Carolina153996.829.5 2002Cincinnati2055Boston U.149497.821.1 1993Indiana2130Wright St.155797.935.5 2004Saint Joseph’s1941Liberty144896.518.9 2015Duke2028Robert Morris155496.45.2 2005North Carolina2095Oakland151098.417.0 1998Duke2135Radford146298.826.5 2011Pittsburgh2008UNC-Asheville159494.58.3 CHANCE THAT NO. 1 SEED WINS … 2001Illinois2030Northwestern St.147598.023.0 2012North Carolina2059Vermont162996.07.2 1999Auburn1988Winthrop143897.425.7 2008North Carolina2141Mount St. Mary’s156398.311.6 1997Kansas2194Jackson St.145199.228.6 1991Ohio St.1997Towson153096.540.4 2006Memphis1931Oral Roberts162987.114.1 1986Kentucky2029Davidson152495.674.2 1989Oklahoma2028East Tennessee St.151796.254.4 2010Kentucky2029East Tennessee St.152696.59.8 2002Duke2193Winthrop141199.522.5 1989Georgetown2055Princeton153196.751.9 2013Indiana1986James Madison157494.56.2 1985Oklahoma1963North Carolina A&T154495.795.4 2004Duke2037Alabama St.133999.318.8 2011Ohio St.2115Texas San Antonio152398.78.0 1988Arizona2003Cornell149497.756.9 2003Texas1919UNC-Asheville127298.419.6 1986Duke2116Miss. Valley St.160797.577.7 1997North Carolina2099Fairfield143399.128.8 2005Duke2058Delaware St.146998.316.7 1994Missouri2003Navy141498.333.6 2015Villanova2086Lafayette149998.05.4 2001Duke2149Monmouth154498.623.7 2008UCLA2074Miss. Valley St.135099.512.3 1989Arizona2117Robert Morris136099.556.6 2003Kentucky2149IUPUI155998.119.9 2014Arizona2012Weber St.155795.75.6 1998North Carolina2155Navy146498.926.8 1986St. John’s2006Montana St.154094.470.1 2015Kentucky2158Hampton150399.05.4 2008Kansas2102Portland St.169895.511.8 1987Indiana2007Fairfield147398.066.0 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 1990Connecticut2015Boston U.153396.446.3 1985Michigan2024Fairleigh Dickinson146198.082.0 2000Stanford2092South Carolina St.141798.424.1 2000Arizona1982Jackson St.139699.024.5 1998Arizona2159Nicholls St.152198.827.1 read more

Flooding in Thailand could see hard drive prices skyrocket

first_imgAs much as our world is dependent on computers of various sizes and form factors, sometimes the original “computer” of mother nature can conflict with our modern lifestyle in unexpected ways. It turns out that some serious flooding in Thailand of late is seriously effecting worldwide hard drive supplies. As Thailand is a significant center for hard drive manufacturing, this has already put some strain on supplies, and production has already been lowered by 25 percent.The flooding, which has been centered around the Bangkok area of Thailand, has already shut down several notable hard disk manufacturing plants. Toshiba, who makes about ten percent of all hard drives, has been operating at half capacity due to the flooding. Even more significant is the plant owned by Western Digital, which is one of the largest hard drive manufacturers in the world. The company produces 30 percent of the world’s hard drives, so when their two most prominent plants (which combine to make 60 percent of their hard drives) are shut down, alarm bells start ringing.The plants have been shut down for several days already, and are expected to be closed for at least a few more. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that this will all be cleared up within the next week, as the flooding isn’t expected to subside anytime soon.To make matters worse, key component manufacturers have also been hit by the flooding. A company called Nidec, who supplies the majority of worldwide hard drive motors, has been forced to cut 30 percent of its production. Another supplier of drive suspension assemblies, Hutchinson Technologies, has temporarily shut down operations in Thailand and is shifting production to its US plants.What does this mean for us, the consumers? It’s hard to say at this point, but none of this has yet led to higher hard drive pricing. It turns out that hard drive demand isn’t exactly at an all-time high, so dwindling supplies aren’t necessarily going to translate to the cash register. Still, if something hard drive-related is in your future, you may want to look sooner rather than later. The strain has managed to remain behind the scenes so far, but if these floods continue, we could potentially be looking at a new premium on hard drives and the devices that use them.via InfoWorldlast_img read more

11 Other Late 90s TV Shows That Could Use a Reboot

first_img Everything old is new again, and next week the CW will debut the premiere of Roswell, New Mexico, a sci-fi drama about teens in the notorious desert town where an alien spacecraft is rumored to have landed in the 1950s. Sounds familiar? That’s because back in 1999, the WB (the network that would eventually digivolve into the CW) debuted Roswell, a sci-fi drama about teens in the notorious desert town where an alien spacecraft is rumored to have landed in the 1950s. There are differences between the two projects, because a lot has changed on TV in the last few decades, but it got us to thinking: what other late ’90s shows are ready for a comeback?Let’s dust off the old TV Guides and pick a few winners.Harsh RealmIf you want to talk shows ahead of their time, Fox’s Harsh Realm is your poster child. The sci-fi series about a group of people trapped inside a virtual reality simulation hit the airwaves just a few months after The Matrix debuted in theaters, and it didn’t really hold up in comparison. That’s no insult — the Wachowskis basically redefined modern sci-fi with their take on the same concept. Harsh Realm stood out for the explicitly military setting — instead of the boring real world, the online space was an America ravaged by nuclear bombs and controlled by warlords. Two decades later, we’re more in thrall to the digital world than ever before and the time could be right to revisit the idea in a form longer than a Black Mirror episode.Get the DVDMission HillThe late 90s were a flabbergastingly good time for adult animation — both South Park and Futurama debuted in 1999. One other grown-up cartoon that hit the airwaves the same year didn’t manage to find its niche, but devoted fans have been lobbying for a return for decades. Mission Hill was wildly ahead of its time, a slacker slice-of-life comedy created by a pair of Simpsons alumni. With a unique visual style and some great voice actors, the show had everything it needed for success except the support of its network, the WB, which canned it before the first season was through.Get the DVDPreyNow here’s one that only the diehards will have heard of. Prey only lasted a single season, but it’s got such a bizarre premise that we want to see somebody else take a crack at it. Debra Messing plays an anthropologist who discovers a trove of research by her murdered mentor demonstrating that a new offshoot of humanity is evolving – one without mercy or compassion, willing to dominate normal humans by any means necessary. Also gifted with low-level psychic abilities, these “dominants” are serial killers looking to demonstrate status by racking up body counts. It was a cool idea that didn’t get executed too well, but we could see it finding a home in today’s grislier media landscape.Buffy The Vampire SlayerNo show encapsulated the geek culture of the late 1990s quite like Joss Whedon’s teen vampire-killing epic. Not only did Buffy brilliantly tweak horror tropes on a bologna sandwich budget, it also built a cast of distinctive, complex characters unlike just about any other ensemble of the era. The show’s peak seasons still stand up to the competition, and while the original cast has aged out of high school the universe continues in comic books to this day. There’s been talk of a reboot of the series circulating for some time, with Lost‘s Monica Owusu-Breen attached as showrunner.Watch it on AmazonBatman BeyondOne of the defining characteristics of the DC universe is their embrace of “legacy heroes,” where the man (or woman) behind the mask changes with the times. 1999’s animated offering Batman Beyond was a bold take on that concept, pushing us forward into a Dark Knight Returns-inspired future where Bruce Wayne has hung up the cowl and retired from his lonely crusade, only to be brought back into the game by meeting Terry McGinnis, a high school student who faces his own tragedies before becoming the Batman of 2039. Significantly darker than most cartoons of the era, the show was supposed to go to four seasons but only got three. We can rectify that mistake right now.Get the DVDTenacious DSure, Jack Black is a big-time movie (and YouTube) star now, but the time is right for him to return to the property that made him famous. Along with Kyle Gass, Tenacious D made their series debut on HBO in 1997, releasing two episodes that year, two in 1999 and two in 2000. That’s the kind of release schedule we can get behind, and coming back around to see how the boys are doing in the era of Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber could be a worthwhile use of a little of that Game of Thrones money. The duo have reunited for sporadic appearances, but we want the pure stuff straight into our veins. Make it happen, HBO.Watch it on AmazonMillenniumThe success of The X-Files in the mid-90s opened the door for a flood of conspiracy and supernatural shows. Some of them sucked, some of them were good, and then there was Millennium. Created by Chris Carter, the show starred craggy-faced Lance Henriksen as former FBI forensic profiler Frank Black, a man with an uncanny ability to put himself in the shoes of killers and criminals, for better or for worse. The show got more intense and fantastical as it went, and after it was cancelled an X-Files episode showed Frank in a mental hospital. Henriksen’s 78 and still working, so why not give the guy another shot at the show in a post-millennial world?Get the DVDThe Chimp ChannelThe late ’90s were a wild time for cable television – as HBO was finding success with The Sopranos, other networks tried to find their own angles on original programming, with varied levels of success. We’re not going to try to convince you that TBS’s The Chimp Channel was a landmark in terms of quality, but it was so ridiculous that it had to land on the list. Consisting of dubbed footage of chimps in ridiculous costumes acting out a variety of parodies and spoofs, it’s the kind of thing that would thrive in a post-YouTube world. I’m sure the rights are cheap.Strange WorldBefore Tim Kring burned out all of his goodwill with the last few seasons of Heroes, he was responsible for this oddball ABC show that only saw three episodes air in 1999 (SyFy showed the rest of the season a few years later, for some reason). Protagonist Paul Turner has a rare form of aplastic anemia that leaves him bedridden, but he’s motivated to investigate victims of scientific and medical experimentation when a mysterious woman gives him an experimental medicine that alleviates his symptoms. Complex, dark and grounded in the reality of current-day science, this was a challenging show that didn’t get its due.ProfitOne of the most under-the-radar cult classics of the decade, Fox’s short-lived Profit was just too weird for the gung-ho capitalism of the 90s, but seems remarkably prescient in our world of Elon Musks. Adrian Pasdar starred as Jim Profit, an executive at a multinational corporation obsessed with success to the cost of everything else. A deeply damaged protagonist, Profit was raised by an abusive father in rural Oklahoma who forced him to sleep in a cardboard box. After murdering his family, he reinvents himself as an Ivy League business prodigy, but still carries the scars of his past with him. Fox cancelled the show after just three episodes were aired, but we’d love to see somebody take another crack at it.Get the DVDCleopatra 2525Straight up we’re not saying this was a good show, but Cleopatra 2525, which premiered in syndication in January of 2000 so we’ll bend the rules for it, was so totally bizarre and goofy that it deserves a new audience. When exotic dancer Cleo’s breast implant surgery goes awry, she’s put into a cryogenic freezer and thawed out in the futuristic year 2525, where humanity has moved into underground colonies to escape the attacks of the “Baileys,” mysterious flying machines. It’s absolutely ridiculous low-rent science fiction cheese, and you know what? The world could use a little more of that these days.Get the DVDMore on’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived By Disney‘Nightflyers’ and the History of Sci-Fi HorrorHulu and George R.R. Martin Are Developing New ‘Wild Cards’ Shows Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Stay on targetlast_img read more

White Christmas blankets parts of the West

first_imgNEW YORK — If it’s a white Christmas you’re after, you’d better follow this familiar advice: Go West.Snow will be falling in the western U.S. today, with anywhere from 2 to 6 inches in the valleys up to a foot in higher elevations in northern California, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, according to the National Weather Service.The Dakotas and Minnesota already have accumulations of several inches from Wednesday’s storm.Weather service spokesman Patrick Burke said gusty winds are expected in states such as Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania — but not the snowy weather for which some holiday-minded people are longing.“The place where it’s tranquil is Texas and the Gulf Coast,” he said.Christmas Eve was windy, wet and warm across the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and a storm-battered swath of the South, where at least four people were killed.More than 300 flights were canceled in the U.S. according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was hardest hit, accounting for about 100 of the cancellations.In Michigan, utility companies braced for extremely strong winds a year after a storm put thousands of people in the dark at Christmas. The weather service said the strongest winds would last nearly until dawn on Christmas Day.last_img read more

How ParentingWeekly Drove Online CPMs Over 30

first_imgAd networks are an easy way for publishers to generate ancillary revenue online, but the ubiquity of those same ad networks is also driving down the price of online advertising. Geo- and demographic-targeting is all the rage, but forcing ads on readers who haven’t requested them can alienate an audience quickly.ParentingWeekly, a registration-based online destination for expecting parents with an audience of more than 1.9 million, has teamed with Pontiflex, an e-mail and social acquisition platform, to leverage its sign-up advertising technology.Users are able to sign up directly within the ad, while staying on the ParentingWeekly site. The Pontiflex-enabled ads appear on the registration “thank you” pages, sweepstakes sections and on the “Steals and Deals” page. Users can receive additional information on the products.“When someone registers on ParentingWeekly, we provide a panel of different offers and the technology collects the data and sends it to the advertiser,” says Zephrin Lasker, co-founder and CEO of Pontiflex. The publisher side requires placing a piece of Javascript. “I’m no Web engineer but I could place the code in the page and get it up and running,” says ParentingWeekly program manager Marlyss Bird. “It’s transparent, we’re not sneaking subscriber names in.”Participating Pontiflex advertisers include brands such as Kimblerly-Clark. Pontiflex operates on a cost-per-lead model. While it won’t reveal the range, Pontiflex pays the publisher for the lead, takes a markup on that, and then passes it along to the advertiser.CPMs have since rise to $31 on ParentingWeekly. “This is not displacing any existing placement, we’re treating this as ‘found money,’” says Bird.last_img read more

Courage On Display at 2015 Neal Awards

first_img Those courageous enough to take on high-profile stakeholders and overcome odds stood out as leaders across the B2B media industry were recognized for editorial excellence at the ABM/SIIA ceremony at Pier Sixty Friday in New York City. Richard Korman, deputy editor at ENR and ENR RiskReview for Dodge Data and Analytics, was one of the individuals honored as winner of The Timothy White Award for Editorial Integrity. Korman has drawn attention for his brave reporting on the construction industry for three decades, including notable recent projects on same-sex bullying and insurance guarantee fraud. Crain took home the most awards (7), the Grand Neal and individual honors for two of its brand leaders. Automotive News won the Grand Neal for its news coverage of General Motor’s ignition-switch recall, while Glenn Coleman, editor-at-large for Crain’s New York Business, was named the 2015 McAllister Editorial Fellow, and Fawn Lopez, publisher and vice president of Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician, took the Gertrude Crain Award for women’s leadership. NEW YORK—In the age of clickbait, the 61st annual Jesse H. Neal Awards were a reminder that courage is still an integral part of good journalism and successful publishing. Korman’s honor was one of several for Dodge Data and Analytics—the company got five Neals, in addition to The Timothy White Award—but Crain Communications was the big winner of the event. Lopez, a Vietnamese immigrant, moved the crowd with her personal journey from a child in the post-war third-world to her current role as a successful media executive. The resolution and leadership exhibited by her father, a former colonel in the South Vietnamese military who worked two jobs to support a family of nine after immigrating to the U.S., continue to motivate her to this day, she said. “My father had big dreams for his children and grandchildren,” Lopez said. “My success is a result of his love, overwhelming commitment to family and a strong belief that we were destined to do great things in life. Since 1975, my life has been filled with struggles, but also many triumphs.” “I’m an investigator, but no Ida Tarbell or Lincoln Steffens or Woodward and Bernstein,” Korman said in his acceptance speech. “I’m an editorial manager attuned to my company’s business goals. We need brilliant websites and fascinating conferences—we need business models that support the resources for Timothy White-, publically-spirited reporting and writing or we won’t be entitled to the trust of our industries. Unless brands treat journalism as a calling, we can’t call it journalism.” ALM also left with an armful of trophies, winning for Best News Coverage, Best Single Issue, Best Range of Work by a Single Author, and several other categories on its way to six awards.More on this topic Connectiv Unveils Neal Award Winners Overdrive Takes Top Honors at 60th Annual Neal Awards ABM’s Grand Neal Goes to IEEE Spectrum ABM Announces Recipients of Crain, Timothy White, and McAllister Fellowship Awards Farm Journal Media Receives Grand Neal award The 52nd Annual Jesse H. Neal AwardsJust In Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered bylast_img read more

Columbia Journalism Review Scales Back Print Version

first_imgColumbia Journalism Review announced that it will reduce its print issues from a bimonthly schedule to two issues per year, citing a need to redistribute resources between its print and digital platforms. “The cost savings—in production, mailing, art and design and just everyone’s time—are significant,” Spayd tells Folio:. “I’d say it comes between a third and half of our budget. I’m pumped up about the idea of taking those marbles and moving them over to the digital side.” With its reduced schedule, the print format will also take on a slightly modified focus, although Spayd promises that the non-profit magazine’s goals of providing high-quality watchdog coverage of the journalism industry will be unchanged. Instead of selections of several types of pieces, the two annual issues—one each in the Spring and Fall—will focus on singular, idea-driven, fundamental-to-journalism themes, says Spayd. In a letter to readers posted on, editor-in-chief Elizabeth Spayd announced plans to boost investment in the magazine’s online operations in response to its increasingly digital audience. While print readers have steadily declined, Spayd writes, visitors to have increased 35 percent. Spayd tells Folio: that there will be no layoffs or staff cuts involved with the transition.center_img Columbia Journalism Review will debut in its new format in Spring 2016. “We went to two print issues because we think it’s possible at that pace to make them truly special, more ambitious and more high-concept than the ones we could manage or afford on a bimonthly basis,” Spayd continues. “Rather, we’re rethinking most everyone’s job and how we can position everyone toward digital in the smartest way.”last_img read more

KU employees pay tributes to Jayashankar in Hanamkonda

first_imgHanamkonda: The Kakatiya University (KU) employees paid floral tributes to their former Vice-Chancellor Prof K Jayashankar, who fought a long battle for separate Telangana. The All India Universities Employees Confederation (AIUEC) Vice-President Dr Pulla Srinivas urged people to work hard to realise Prof Jayashankar’s dreams. It may be recalled here that Prof Jayashankar worked as KU VC from 1991 to 1994. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us “Prof Jayashankar’s fight for Telangana began in 1952 and he continued it till he breathed his last in 2011. He is the one, who propagated the importance of separate State by pointing out the injustice meted out to Telangana by Seemandhra rulers. He guided the movement and played a crucial role during the second phase of statehood movement launched in 2001,” Srinivas said. He said that Prof Jayashankar united the leaders irrespective of their political affiliations to fight for separate State. Prof Jayashankar was also instrumental in inspiring people of all professions stage demonstrations in the region, Srinivas said. SC/ST SDLCE Employees Union Vice-President Dr Sangala Ephraim Raj said that Telangana will never forget Prof K Jayashankar’s contribution and services. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us “Prof Jayashankar who taught economics had in-depth knowledge of problems faced by Telangana people especially those related to regional disparities in the united Andhra Pradesh,” Ephraim Raj said. Prof Jayashankar working as a lecturer had revived the agitation in 1968 and carried out his struggle for Telangana through research, and by bringing awareness about separate State among the people. KU Technical Association Union leaders V Nandaiah, Mettu Ravi, Ch Balaji, Non-Teaching Employees Union president K Chiranjeevi and N Ailaiah were among others present.last_img read more

Cancers Achilles heel Immunotherapy breakthrough as scientists discover flag to target tumours

first_imgA ground-breaking technique that hunts out cancer cells using the patients own immune system has been hailed as a revolutionary way to treat cancer.A team from University College London has discovered that on the surface of every cell in a patients tumour is a biological flag and also immune killer cells that can target that flag. In effect, they say it is the diseases Achilles heel.Their research has shown that patients could receive bespoke vaccines made from proteins from their own tumours that can spark the immune system to fight the cancer.This would mean that healthy tissue would not be targeted and could work well against fast-mutating forms of the disease like lung cancer, although there is hope it could work on all forms of the disease. Charles Swanton, from the UCL Cancer Institute told The Times: I will be disappointed if we havent treated a patient within two years. Peter Johnson, from Cancer Research UK, which funded the research told the newspaper: We have big optimism about what it will deliver.The research which was published in the journal Science, highlights two possible future treatments.One would be where doctors read the genome from a tumour biopsy and work out which flags are on the malignant cells. They can then use the immune cells inside the tumours that recognise these flags, replicate them in a lab and then inject them back into the patient.The second treatment would see protein flags being used to create a vaccine to be injected into the body. It was likely that these treatments would be used in alongside existing drugs.Bespoke treatment – but it wont be cheapCancer can become resistant to drugs as it evolves. It can also switch off T-cells which are the bodys natural defences. But the researchers think they could reactivate the T-cells which would then attack the tumour.Swanton said: This is exciting. There was evidence that complex tumours with many mutations could increase the chance of the immune system spotting them; now we can prioritise and target tumour antigens that are present in every cell, the Achilles heel of these highly complex cancers.This opens up a way to look at individual patients tumours and profile all the antigen variations to figure out the best ways for immunotherapy treatments to work, prioritising antigens present in every tumour cell and identifying the bodys immune T cells that recognise them. This is really fascinating, and takes personalised medicine to its absolute limit where each patient would have a unique, bespoke treatment.About 160,000 people die from cancer each year in the UK, half of which are from lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancer.The research is still in its early stages and would require trials.Swanton said that that the treatment was not going to be cheap but added: Cancer care is already incredibly expensive. And what if you balance it against getting a patient back into the workplace in their mid-40s? I would hope we can do this in a very cost-effective way.last_img read more

VIDEO Micd up Carson Wentz says hell give rookie kicker his game

first_img Advertisement Eagles’ rookie kicker Jake Elliott became an insta-hero in Philly when he nailed a game winning 61-yard field goal to beat the Giants, and he may have also won around $31,000 in the process.The Eagles released a clip of a mic’d up Carson Wentz on the sidelines during the kick, in which he says he’ll give Elliott his game check if he makes the long game winner. Elliott drilled it. Wentz’s game check for the afternoon is around $97,000.So Carson, will that be a check, or direct deposit?Carson Wentz said he’d give Jake Elliott his game check if he hit FG. Carson’s game check is $97,798.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 26, 2017last_img

Sorry Raptors Won Because of Injuries

first_imgAlso:-RIP Warriors’ dynasty-NBA about to enter a parity stage-KD leaving Golden State makes no sense-Kawhi too quiet to be the face of the league Sorry, the Raptors won because of injuriesThe Raptors clinched their first title in franchise history with a Game 6 clinching win over the Warriors to complete their fairy tale playoff run. The Raptors are a great story, but Colin still thinks there’s no way they win the title without the avalanche of injuries to the Warriors.With KD going down after playing in one quarter of Game 5, and Klay Thompson going down in Game 6 with a torn ACL, it was injuries that decided the series. It may not be a popular take in Canada, but it’s truth. It’s still a title. Enjoy it. Guests:Chris Broussard, Tom Tolbert, Ric Bucher, and Frank Caliendolast_img read more

Soon the Floor in Your House Could Be Your Next Energy Source

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. October 25, 2016 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Enroll Now for Free You know how dragging your feet around on carpeting can create finger-zapping static electricity? Well, thanks to the findings of university researchers, walking around your floor might someday create electricity and help power your house.A team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison says it has developed a technique using wood pulp and chemically treated cellulose nanofibers. Apparently the treated nanofibers produce an electrical charge when they come into contact with untreated fibers.The power of friction! Really.When embedded within flooring, the nanofibers are able to produce electricity that can be harnessed to power lights or charge batteries, the university says. The research team — made up of Xudong Wang, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, and his graduate student Chunhua Yao — recently published their findings in the journal Nano Energy.Related: No Bull! This Robot Could Put Cowboys Out of Work.Perhaps the best part of their finding is the cost. Wood pulp is an inexpensive waste product of several industries, meaning that flooring that incorporates this new technique could be as affordable as conventional materials, the university says.You might get the biggest bang for your buck by installing flooring like this in high-traffic hallways and public places like malls. “We’ve been working a lot on harvesting energy from human activities. One way is to build something to put on people, and another way is to build something that has constant access to people.” Wang said in an announcement. “The ground is the most-used place.”Related: This Gizmo Literally Lets You See Through WallsWang and his team expect that the affordability of such a product could be appealing to regular Joes like me who might someday soon install flooring systems like this in my house, for about the same price as traditional flooring materials. I say, get your Electric Slide on and power up.last_img read more

Unlock all Windows 10 TTS voices systemwide to get more of them

first_imgUnlock all Windows 10 TTS voices system-wide to get more of them by Martin Brinkmann on August 11, 2018 in Windows – 11 commentsMicrosoft’s Windows 10 operating system comes with a set of voices for each language installed on the device. Only some of the installed voices become available system-wide so that third-party software and services may make use of them as well. The majority of voices are restricted to internal use, e.g. for Cortana or other areas.If you open Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator and select the voice menu there, you get a listing of  voices that are available.When you open a third-party program that uses voices on the Windows PC, only some of these are provided.The screenshot above shows how many voices are available when you select the voice picker in Narrator.The third-party program Balabolka displays only three voices that you may select even though you know that more are available on the device: frustrating.There is a way, however, to unlock all Windows 10 text-to-speech voices so that they become available to any program or app that uses the voices that Windows provides.Note: The method requires Registry editing. I suggest you create a backup of the Registry or even your system before you make any modifications to the Windows Registry so that you can restore the initial state if things don’t go as planned.Here is how that is done:Step 1: Open the Windows Registry EditorActivate the Start menu of the operating system.Type regedit.exe to launch the Registry Editor.Confirm the UAC security prompt that is displayed.Step 2: Open the list of available voicesGo to the Registry key Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\TokensIt lists all the voices that are available (except for Cortana voices, more about that later).Step 3: Export the voicesYou need to export the voice information in the Registry in the first step.Right-click on a key in the Registry Editor, e.g. MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM and select Export.Type a name for the new Registry file, e.g. markm, and select save from the dialog.4. Modify the exported Registry fileOpen the saved Registry file. It needs to be modified so that its values are added to two other locations in the Registry.Copy all information except for the first line (Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00) and paste the information below the content of the file.Replace the location in the first data set with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech\Voices\TokensReplace the location in the second data set with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\SPEECH\Voices\TokensNote: Each set includes two paths that you need to replace. Take a look at the following modified Registry file to better understand the process (for the U.S. voice Mark):Original File:Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM] @=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)” “409”=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)” “CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}” “LangDataPath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,\ 00,70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,\ 65,00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,\ 00,5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,53,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\ 4c,00,6f,00,63,00,65,00,6e,00,55,00,53,00,2e,00,64,00,61,00,74,00,00,00 “VoicePath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,\ 70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,65,\ 00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\ 5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,31,00,30,00,33,00,33,00,4d,\ 00,61,00,72,00,6b,00,00,00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM\Attributes] “Age”=”Adult” “DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022” “Gender”=”Male” “Language”=”409” “Name”=”Microsoft Mark” “SharedPronunciation”=”” “Vendor”=”Microsoft” “Version”=”11.0″Modified File:Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM] @=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)” “409”=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)” “CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}” “LangDataPath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,\ 00,70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,\ 65,00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,\ 00,5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,53,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\ 4c,00,6f,00,63,00,65,00,6e,00,55,00,53,00,2e,00,64,00,61,00,74,00,00,00 “VoicePath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,\ 70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,65,\ 00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\ 5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,31,00,30,00,33,00,33,00,4d,\ 00,61,00,72,00,6b,00,00,00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM\Attributes] “Age”=”Adult” “DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022” “Gender”=”Male” “Language”=”409” “Name”=”Microsoft Mark” “SharedPronunciation”=”” “Vendor”=”Microsoft” “Version”=”11.0″[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\SPEECH\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM] @=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)” “409”=”Microsoft Mark – English (United States)” “CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}” “LangDataPath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,\ 00,70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,\ 65,00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,\ 00,5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,53,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\ 4c,00,6f,00,63,00,65,00,6e,00,55,00,53,00,2e,00,64,00,61,00,74,00,00,00 “VoicePath”=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,\ 70,00,65,00,65,00,63,00,68,00,5f,00,4f,00,6e,00,65,00,43,00,6f,00,72,00,65,\ 00,5c,00,45,00,6e,00,67,00,69,00,6e,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,54,00,53,00,\ 5c,00,65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,5c,00,4d,00,31,00,30,00,33,00,33,00,4d,\ 00,61,00,72,00,6b,00,00,00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\SPEECH\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_MarkM\Attributes] “Age”=”Adult” “DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022” “Gender”=”Male” “Language”=”409” “Name”=”Microsoft Mark” “SharedPronunciation”=”” “Vendor”=”Microsoft” “Version”=”11.0″Step 5: Import the new dataImporting is straightforward. Just double-click on the Registry file that you have modified and accept the warning prompt.Note that you need to switch users, sign off and on again, or restart the PC before you may see the new voice in other programs.Also, you need administrative rights to add data to the Registry using .reg files.Bonus Step: CortanaCortana’s exclusive voices are referenced in another location in the Registry.Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Isolated in the Registry Editor.You find a number of random character values there. Follow one of them to \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\TokensOn my test system, I went to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Isolated\ohDO1Sgy3MzgdEgEb4WYfDS4eikKwN2EBJ1Cyr7HTF0\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\TokensNote that the actual voices need to have LangUpdateDataDirectory listed when you select the folder.Export the data just like you have before.Copy the data of the Registry file so that it exists three times (not two) in the exported Registry file.Replace the first set up to Tokens with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\TokensReplace the second set up to Tokens with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech\Voices\TokensReplace the third set up to Tokens with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\SPEECH\Voices\TokensHere is an example using the U.S. Cortana voice Eva.Original File:Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Isolated\ohDO1Sgy3MzgdEgEb4WYfDS4eikKwN2EBJ1Cyr7HTF0\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_EvaM] @=”Microsoft Eva Mobile – English (United States)” “LangDataPath”=”%windir%\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US\\MSTTSLocenUS.dat” “LangUpdateDataDirectory”=”%SystemDrive%\\Data\\SharedData\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US” “VoicePath”=”%windir%\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US\\M1033Eva” “VoiceUpdateDataDirectory”=”%SystemDrive%\\Data\\SharedData\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US” “409”=”Microsoft Eva Mobile – English (United States)” “CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}”[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Isolated\ohDO1Sgy3MzgdEgEb4WYfDS4eikKwN2EBJ1Cyr7HTF0\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_EvaM\Attributes] “Version”=”11.0” “Language”=”409” “Gender”=”Female” “Age”=”Adult” “DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022” “SharedPronunciation”=”” “Name”=”Microsoft Eva Mobile” “Vendor”=”Microsoft” “PersonalAssistant”=”1″Edited File:Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_EvaM] @=”Microsoft Eva Mobile – English (United States)” “LangDataPath”=”%windir%\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US\\MSTTSLocenUS.dat” “LangUpdateDataDirectory”=”%SystemDrive%\\Data\\SharedData\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US” “VoicePath”=”%windir%\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US\\M1033Eva” “VoiceUpdateDataDirectory”=”%SystemDrive%\\Data\\SharedData\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US” “409”=”Microsoft Eva Mobile – English (United States)” “CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}”[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_EvaM\Attributes] “Version”=”11.0” “Language”=”409” “Gender”=”Female” “Age”=”Adult” “DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022” “SharedPronunciation”=”” “Name”=”Microsoft Eva Mobile” “Vendor”=”Microsoft” “PersonalAssistant”=”1″[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_EvaM] @=”Microsoft Eva Mobile – English (United States)” “LangDataPath”=”%windir%\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US\\MSTTSLocenUS.dat” “LangUpdateDataDirectory”=”%SystemDrive%\\Data\\SharedData\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US” “VoicePath”=”%windir%\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US\\M1033Eva” “VoiceUpdateDataDirectory”=”%SystemDrive%\\Data\\SharedData\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US” “409”=”Microsoft Eva Mobile – English (United States)” “CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}”[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_EvaM\Attributes] “Version”=”11.0” “Language”=”409” “Gender”=”Female” “Age”=”Adult” “DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022” “SharedPronunciation”=”” “Name”=”Microsoft Eva Mobile” “Vendor”=”Microsoft” “PersonalAssistant”=”1″[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\SPEECH\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_EvaM] @=”Microsoft Eva Mobile – English (United States)” “LangDataPath”=”%windir%\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US\\MSTTSLocenUS.dat” “LangUpdateDataDirectory”=”%SystemDrive%\\Data\\SharedData\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US” “VoicePath”=”%windir%\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US\\M1033Eva” “VoiceUpdateDataDirectory”=”%SystemDrive%\\Data\\SharedData\\Speech_OneCore\\Engines\\TTS\\en-US” “409”=”Microsoft Eva Mobile – English (United States)” “CLSID”=”{179F3D56-1B0B-42B2-A962-59B7EF59FE1B}”[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\SPEECH\Voices\Tokens\MSTTS_V110_enUS_EvaM\Attributes] “Version”=”11.0” “Language”=”409” “Gender”=”Female” “Age”=”Adult” “DataVersion”=”11.0.2013.1022” “SharedPronunciation”=”” “Name”=”Microsoft Eva Mobile” “Vendor”=”Microsoft” “PersonalAssistant”=”1″You can download the Registry files to add the Cortana voice Eva and the voice Mark system-wide:  windows-10-voices-add.zipRepeat the steps for any language that you may have installed, the process is always the same. (via Reddit)SummaryArticle NameUnlock all Windows 10 TTS voices system-wide to get more of themDescriptionFind out how to unlock all Windows 10 text to speech voices on Windows 10 PCs so that they become available system-wide.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more