Insider Names “Leading Candidate” To Replace Urban Meyer If He Leaves Ohio State

first_imgurban meyer hugs michael thomas during ohio state's win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Michael Thomas #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with head coach Urban Meyer after catching a 13 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)An Ohio State football insider has named a “leading candidate” to replaced head coach Urban Meyer if he were to leave the Buckeyes following the 2018 season.There has been some talk about a potential Meyer departure – ESPN’s Paul Finebaum seems to be leading that charge – though the head coach has said he plans on coaching.Meyer, however, has admitted that he’s dealing with some health issues and many would not be shocked if he ended up leaving Ohio State at some point in the near future.An Ohio State booster has revealed that if Meyer does leave the Buckeyes, it will be his decision. Meyer will not be pushed out.Also, Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Day is likely the “leading candidate” to replace him if he leaves.“Billionaire Leslie H. Wexner, the man most responsible for Urban Meyer being hired by Ohio State — and Jim Tressel’s ouster — will not push Meyer out as Ohio State coach after the 2018 season, sources tell Sports by Brooks,” he tweeted yesterday. “If Urban Meyer elects not to return as head coach of Ohio State in 2019, the current leading candidate to replace him is current Ohio State Co-Head Coach Ryan Day.”If Urban Meyer does not return to coach Ohio State in 2019, it will be his own decision, sources tell Sports by Brooks.— Sports by Brooks (@SportsbyBrooks) October 31, 2018Finebaum, meanwhile, has been saying that he thinks Meyer will be done at Ohio State after 2018.“I’ve been suggesting that Urban Meyer has been done for a while based on the bad marriage and based on body language. The admission by him that he is still struggling with some health issues. On Saturday night, he looked like the saddest man in America, and he probably was because when you think about the potential of that program and of that team and where they are right now, it’s pretty scary,” he said.Finebaum continued:“I just don’t think Urban Meyer has the makeup to deal with much more adversity. I know it’s an easy thing to say, ‘Hey, look what happened at Florida,’ but it’s precedent and it’s who I think Urban Meyer is,” Finebaum said. “When things get tough, he runs away and quits.”Meyer and Ohio State, meanwhile, are set to return to the field on Saturday against Nebraska.last_img read more

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The 10 Best American Dive Bars

first_imgDive bars are the best; they’re chill, unpretentious and they have really cheap drinks. Here are our picks for the best dive bars in the country.DC’s TavernThis Hoboken bar has a pool table, drinks in mason jars, and if you want to hear some crazy old rock and roll stories, just start a conversation with its owner who has plenty of them to tell.505 8th StreetHoboken, New Jersey201-792-5550Shanghai TunnelAccording to our very own Drew Pindle, Shanghai Tunnel is “a place that is both named after and built on top of the city’s historic underground tunnels. It’s a dingy, dank basement of a place, and people sometimes say it’s haunted by the ghosts of people who were “shanghaied” and sold into slavery back in the early 1900s.”211 South West Ankeny StreetPortland503-220-4001Georgia BarGeorgia Bar has all the right ingredients for a good night out — hicks, old men and cheap drinks.159 West Clayton StreetAthens, Georgia706-546-9884George’s LoungeOpen since 1959 Geroge’s Lounge has the cheapest beers in all of Canton, Ohio, so have a ton of them while you watch a band perform. If you’re hungry, this place has one of the best burgers in town.229 Cleveland Avenue North WestCanton, Ohio330-452-0029Bowen’s Island RestaurantYou may come to Charleston for historic homes and James Beard restaurants, but drive a little way out of town and arrive at this old shack that has been serving oysters straight from their backyard since 1946. Feel free to write on the walls and get to shucking with the locals over a cold one.1870 Bowen’s Island RoadJames IslandCharleston843-795-2757Oscar’s TavernPop a coin in the jukebox, grab a few glasses of cheaper than cheap cold beer, and have a Philly cheesesteak at this Philadelphia dive.1524 Sansom StreetPhiladelphia706-546-9884Sophie’sOur favorite dive bar in New York was Mars Bar, but unfortunately that was torn down to build some new condos. Oh, gentrification. Fortunately Sophie’s is still around for cheap beer. Plus, it has a pool table!509 East 5th StreetNew York212-228-5680AlibiFor Brooklynites, this Fort Greene dive has it all: an outdoor space, a pool table, and of course drinks that we can actually afford!242 Dekalb AvenueBrooklyn, New York718-783-8519The Hotsy TotsyThis bar has been keeping students at the University of California at Berkeley inebriated since 1939. It’s also where we spent many a drunken nights during our formative college years.601 San Pablo AvenueAlbany, California510-526-5986 How to Make a Whiskey Sour Spare Your Palate with the Best Things to Drink While Bowling Editors’ Recommendations 5 of the Best Arcade Bars in America The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Beers, Shots, and Friends: Why Everyone Needs a Dive Bar in Their Life last_img read more

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Erdogan says No backtrack on Russia missile deal

first_imgAnkara: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that NATO-member Turkey would take delivery of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system in July – a deal that has created tensions with the United States. “The issue of S-400 is an issue directly related to our sovereignty and we will not backtrack from that,” Erdogan said in a televised speech. “God willing, the delivery of the S-400 will start next month,” he said. “In order to meet its security needs, Turkey… does not need to get permission, let alone bow to pressure.” Erdogan has vowed to use his good relations with US counterpart Donald Trump to defuse tensions when they meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan later this week. The US has given Turkey a deadline of July 31 to drop the purchase of the S-400 system, or face sanctions and removal from the United States’ F-35 fighter jet programme.last_img read more

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Canada 150 proved to be a big draw for tourism operators coast

first_imgFREDERICTON – Canada celebrated its 150th birthday in 2017 but it was the tourism industry that got to collect the presents.Tourism operators from coast to coast were planning for big events and extra visitors, and in many cases the numbers have exceeded expectations even before the year draws to a close.“Double digit increases in every part of the country,” said Gary Howard of the Canadian Automobile Association.“It’s not just international travellers, primarily it was a lot of Canadians who wanted to see more of their country that they hadn’t seen before.”Destination Canada, a federal Crown corporation, ran a campaign aimed at millennials in an effort to instil a “sense of pride” in the country and have them become lifetime ambassadors for Canada both at home and abroad. The organization reported a 16 per cent increase in the number of Canadian millennials who vacationed within the country this year.Jantine Van Kregten, director of communications for Ottawa Tourism, said Canada 150 promotions and advertising did a lot to attract people from other countries, as did Lonely Planet and the New York Times naming Canada as the No. 1 place to visit in 2017.“I think it did lead people to make the decision, out of any year to visit Canada, this is going to be the year. Canada has always been one of those dream destinations for a lot of overseas visitors,” Van Kregten said.Howard said there was a lot of preparation leading up to Canada 150 and tourism operators were ready.“Cruise lines had larger ships, there was an increase in rail capacity, and tour operators created more Canadian-ized packages,” he said.Randy Vogel, the owner/operator of the Granville House Bed and Breakfast in Vancouver, said business was booming this year. He’s on track for the highest annual revenue in the 20-year history of the business.“Canada 150 helped our business out and helped tourism in general,” he said, but added that the value of the loonie was also a big factor.“A weak Canadian dollar will always attract more business than any of the big campaigns. When you’ve got an 80 cent dollar to the U.S., reasonable flights, and 150 birthday as a reason to come — we get business.”At the other end of the country, the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown is also reporting a record year.“We consciously jumped on this opportunity at the Confederation Centre because after all, it is a memorial to the founding of Canada, so we figured it was impossible to ignore. Right from the first of the year we looked for opportunities to promote it and talk about it,” said Carol Horne, the centre’s chief marketing officer.Horne said aside from packed performances inside the centre, there were free shows outside in the evenings and their Confederation players portrayed historic Canadian figures in vignettes throughout Charlottetown — known as the birthplace of Confederation.“The activity level around the building really impressed us,” Horne said.“Canada 150 helped us draw attention to a lot of things, and people were happy to have lots to do when they got here.”last_img read more

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Man wins fiveyear battle over pay lost during Prince Edward Island snowstorm

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – In what might be a moral victory for every Canadian who ever had to go to work in bad weather, a P.E.I. man has won a five-year battle to get 3.5 hours worth of pay after being unable to get to the office.A labour panel granted Leslie Smith leave pay for time missed during a snowstorm, agreeing that the evidence showed roads were not safe for travel.“It would not have been wise for him to endanger his life or physical health by driving in very difficult road conditions from his home to his workplace, which was an hour away,” adjudicator Nathalie Daigle said in a decision from a panel of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board.“Based on the evidence, I am satisfied (he) made reasonable efforts to get to work and that the snowstorm prevented him from travelling to his workplace.”Smith filed a grievance against the Canada Revenue Agency after it refused to provide paid leave for the hours he was not at the Tax Services Office in Charlottetown on Dec. 4, 2013.The panel ruling said the office remained open in the morning, but closed at 1 p.m. due to inclement weather.It said Smith was living in Summerside, about an hour from the office, and left home around 7 a.m. He spent about 25 minutes on unplowed roads before deciding to return home after seeing a four-wheel-drive truck in a ditch.Smith again attempted to drive to work around 11:30 a.m. after seeing a snowplow on his street and clearing his driveway, but after driving around Summerside, he decided the road conditions remained unsafe.The CRA agreed to four hours of paid leave because of the early closure, and one hour for Smith’s efforts to get to work, but refused to pay him the remaining 3.5 hours as paid leave, under a clause he cited in the collective agreement.The clause said the employer may grant leave pay “when circumstances not directly attributable to the employee prevent his or her reporting for duty; such leave shall not be unreasonably withheld.”The panel ruled that Smith established that circumstances beyond his control prevented him from coming to work, and that it was reasonable to grant him leave under that clause of the collective agreement.“Based on the evidence on the record, I find that road conditions were poor and unsafe in Summerside and Charlottetown on December 4, 2013,” the decision said.“The local newspaper reported that a snowstorm had hit the area. In addition, a list of businesses and government offices closed on that day in Summerside and Charlottetown was provided to the board. It shows that many offices opened late and that some remained closed all day.”Smith had been granted sick leave for the time he was not at work, and so the employer has been ordered to credit the sick leave balance by 3.5 hours and grant leave for those hours.The panel also noted that it’s not clear on what basis the employer believed Smith did not make a sufficient effort to get to work.“I understand that employees may be absent due to a snowstorm and that the employer may not want to take every employee’s word for it that he or she was unable to report to duty because of the storm,” the ruling said.“The employer pointed out that (Smith)did not call the Summerside Tax Centre to see if he could work there that day. Nor did he telework. On the other hand, the employer’s representative did not know if those options were considered or even possible at the relevant time.”The grievance had been denied multiple times at various levels of the process.last_img read more

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Amanda Holden Backs First Aid Education In UK Schools

first_imgIn the run up to Mother’s Day, the British Red Cross is teaming up with top British film actress and TV presenter, Amanda Holden, to back first aid education in schools across the UK.Mum of two Amanda is supporting the charity’s Pupil Citizen Lifesaver (PCL) campaign which seeks to build a generation of citizens with life-saving skills.She said: “Emergencies can happen to anyone, so I want my children and future generations to learn the skills to help in a crisis. That’s why I’m backing the Red Cross Pupil, Citizen, Life-saver campaign, which is fighting to make first aid and humanitarian education compulsory in schools.“It’s so important we put these topics on England’s new curriculum. Simple skills learned in just a few minutes – like what to do if someone becomes unconscious – save lives,” Amanda added.A recent ICM poll shows that only 20 per cent of secondary school students in England and Wales say they have learned life-saving skills in the classroom. Worryingly, just 4 per cent of the students would step up in aid of someone needing first aid assistance, according to the same survey.The British Red Cross is encouraging people to visit its webpage redcross.org.uk/pupilcitizenlifesaver to sign up a petition that will urge the government to make first aid a key feature of children’s education.Joe Mulligan, British Red Cross’ head of first aid, said: “This Mother’s Day, let’s do something that’s both special and incredibly important, by signing up the petition to help build a generation of lifesavers.“We have a brief window to take action and make a change. The government’s proposals are now open to public consultation for the next few weeks. We have less than two months to shape the future lives of millions, by getting first aid into schools. Let’s all take action now,” Joe added.last_img read more

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US homes sales improved in June best pace since early 2007

WASHINGTON – Americans bought more homes in June, the fourth straight monthly gain as the sales rate reached its highest level in more than nine years.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 1.1 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million, the best performance since February 2007. Buyers are quickly making offers amid tight supplies of homes on the market, boosting prices as the traditional buying season reached its crescendo. The solid job market and mortgage rates near historic lows have kept demand steady, even though the number of listings on the market has dropped.But continued sales gains appear to be limited this year because of the acute shortage of listings. The meagre supplies have fueled price growth that has eclipsed wage gains while forcing buyers to either save more for down payments or borrow more heavily. The result is that sales likely peaked in June, as data from the Realtors show the pace of signed contracts and open house visits have slipped.Sales rose in the Midwest and West last month, while staying unchanged in the South and slipping in the Northeast.The median home sales price was $247,700 in June, up 4.8 per cent from a year ago. That increase is roughly double the pace of average hourly wage gains.Individual investors are retreating from the housing market, being replaced by first-time buyers. First-timers comprised 33 per cent of June sales, their highest share of the market in four years.Despite the improving prices, the number of listings on the market has fallen over the past year. Many homeowners are still rebuilding equity that vanished when the housing bubble began to burst almost a decade ago. Even though prices are within striking distance of their peaks, these homeowners would be unable to generate enough of a profit from a sale to pay for the expense of purchasing a new home.The number of listings has fallen 5.8 per cent from a year ago to 2.12 million.Many current homeowners are choosing to update their current properties, a possible sign of either their desire to stay put or their plans to list the property for sale in the future. Interest in bathroom and kitchen renovations have picked up this year, according to an index released this week by the remodeling firm Houzz based on the business seen by architects, interior designers and contractors.A separate indicator on remodeling activity by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University is also accelerating at a pace above its historical average.“By the middle of next year, the national remodeling market should be very close to a full recovery from its worst downturn on record,” said Abbe Will, research analyst at the Joint Center. “Annual spending is set to reach $321 billion by then, which after adjusting for inflation is just shy of the previous peak set in 2006 before the housing crash.”Builders have increased the pace of home construction, yet that has done little to relieve supply pressures. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that June housing starts rose 4.8 per cent from a month ago to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million.The employment outlook has also given more Americans the confidence to buy. Hiring rebounded strongly in June to 287,000 jobs added, relieving fears after job growth came close to stalling in May.Mortgage rates near all-time lows have helped increased demand. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.45 per cent this week, down from 4.05 per cent last year. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 21, 2016 8:06 am MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US homes sales improved in June, best pace since early 2007 read more

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UN agency urges heightened vigilance after H5N1 outbreaks in West and Central

“We’re looking at a quickly spreading disease that has devastating effects on livelihoods in communities,” said Abebe Haile Gabriel, FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, in a news release today.“H5N1 causes major losses of nutritious food and threatens farmers’ livelihoods, particularly in resource-poor environments where governments have difficulty providing financial compensation for losses,” he added.The agency added that the H5N1 strain of avian influenza has caused the death of tens of millions of poultry and losses of tens of billions of dollars worldwide since the virus first spread internationally in 2013. In Cameroon alone, losses have added up to an estimated $20 million, according to local media reports.The recent outbreak in Cameroon has brought the number of countries that have battled bird flu in West and Central Africa to six, also including Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger and Nigeria.FAO has also called on the governments to include common messaging to the public and data sharing between the public health and agriculture sectors as part of their prevention efforts.The statement further noted that a major concern is that the disease may become endemic in the entire region, particularly in Nigeria where avian influenza has become so entrenched in poultry production and marketing systems that it will be difficult to eliminate.For that reason, FAO said, producers and traders need to be made aware about the clinical signs of the disease symptoms, how and to whom to report it, and implement good hygiene practices to halt its spread.In its response to the outbreak, the agency is working closely with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health to offer assistance such as risk assessments, contingency planning, technical advice and laboratory material. They also help with investigating potential avian influenza cases in animals and humans and locating the source of infection.In Cameroon, FAO is boosting the local veterinary services’ capacity to respond rapidly to new outbreaks and is working with the government to finalize an action plan similar to effective plans applied in other countries stricken by the virus.The agency further said that it will continue to assist governments in mobilizing funds to combat H5N1, in addition to the agency’s own efforts to help boost local veterinary systems, strengthen laboratories, and deploying FAO specialists to affected and at-risk countries. It added that it is seeking $20 million to support its regional response to H5N1. read more

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Brock employees challenged to run and ride to the North Pole in

Brock’s Health Management is challenging staff and faculty to lace up their running shoes and jump on a spin bike to pedal and run the distance to the North Pole this monthStarting Wednesday, Dec. 1, and running until Dec. 21, employees are asked to track their distances in kilometres running, walking or cycling. The goal is for everyone involved to collectively move 10,442 kilometres, the distance from Brock to the North Pole and back again.So far, more than 60 employees have signed up to take part using the Focus on Learning form found on the Race to the North Pole website. After signing up, staff will be sent a simple tracking sheet that can be used to record daily distances.Everyone who returns the sheet at the end of the challenge will be entered to win a prize of a campus store gift card. As with any exercise, however, Health Management recommends consulting a physician before starting a new program. read more

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Total Divas returning with season five starting January 19

first_img Artem Chigvintsev says Nikki Bella is his ‘soulmate’ Videos Articles Nikki Bella: Artem Chivbinstev is a great kiser Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five WhatsApp Nikki Bella: Artem Chigvintsev will make an `amazing` dad Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next John Cena “Total Divas” returns to the E! Network with the season five premiere on 1/19 starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (8:00 CT). E is featuring a preview of the new season at the link below.E! Online: John Cena Tells Nikki Bella ”We Can Talk About Marriage” in New Total Divas Season 5 Preview: Watch!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNikki Bella Opens Up About Life After John Cena SplitVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:43/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 50.75%0:01Remaining Time -0:42 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Twittercenter_img ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Google+ Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Opens Up About Life After John Cena Split Monday Night Raw nominated for TV Show of the Year at the People’s Choice Awards Videos Articles 1/19 WWE Live Results: Abilene and Sioux Falls (Lumberjack Match, Triple Threat)last_img
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Everton closing in on first summer addition

first_imgEverton are closing in on their first summer signing of this transfer window, according to Daily Post.The Toffees are close to completing the signing of Richarlison from Watford FC.Richarlison went through a medical procedure at the club’s training ground on Monday as they look to complete their first summer addition.Reports emerged last week, that new boss Marco Silva wanted the Brazilian forward at Goodison Park and that Everton were close to agreeing terms on a deal to sign him.The 21-year-old and Silva spent time together at Vicarage road last season before Silva was unceremoniously sacked by Watford midway through the season.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…It is believed that Richarlison was at Finch farm earlier on Monday as he looks set to complete a £40million move to reunite with his former boss.The former Fluminense forward had an amazing start to life in the Premier League with five goals in his first 12 games but failed to find the net after that.Everton and Watford were locked in a managerial tussle last season after the Toffees approached then Watford manager Marco Silva in October to replace the already sacked Ronald Koeman.Silva was eventually relieved of his duties as Watford boss in January as results on the pitch deteriorated and the club hierarchy sensing his lack of commitment towards them.The Portuguese gaffer was named as Everton manager last month after the club got rid of Sam Allardyce on May 31.last_img read more

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AWS Step Functions Gains Callback Patterns to Resume Paused Workflows

first_imgImage: Wait for callback with task token example workflow (via Step Functions documentation)A complete task definition using the Amazon SQS service integration might look as follows:”Send message to SQS”:{ “Type”:”Task”, “Resource”:”arn:aws:states:::sqs:sendMessage.waitForTaskToken”, “Parameters”:{ “QueueUrl”:”https://sqs.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/123456789012/myQueue”, “MessageBody”:{ “Message”:”Hello from Step Functions!”, “TaskToken.$”:”$$.Task.Token” } }, “Next”:”NEXT_STATE”}The .WaitForTaskToken suffix selects the callback pattern, and the $$.Task.Token reference injects the value of the task token from the context object during workflow execution. A consumer of the resulting SQS message can then resume the paused workflow and report the outcome of an external process via the SendTaskSuccess or SendTaskFailure API actions. Because “a task that is waiting for a task token will wait until the execution reaches the one year service limit”, AWS recommends to configure a heartbeat timeout. The heartbeat timeout clock can then be reset via the SendTaskHeartbeat API action to report that “the task represented by the specified taskToken is still making progress”.AWS Serverless Hero Ben Kehoe has just covered a common use case with a blog post on using callback URLs for approval emails with AWS Step Functions. His sfn-callback-urls solution is implemented as a serverless application and published to the Serverless Application Repository (previous coverage). It allows to “generate one-time-use callback URLs” and is exemplified with a workflow that “sends an email containing approve/reject links, and later a confirmation email”. Kehoe emphasizes that it is easy to “expand this state machine for your use cases”, and that this workflow pattern can also be “used as part of a larger state machine”.Netflix has built the conceptually similar JSON DSL based open-source workflow orchestration engine Conductor, which features a wait task that can be updated via HTTP to implement callbacks from external triggers. Microsoft Azure provides an HTTP webhook action to allow pausing and resuming an app via its Logic Apps workflow orchestration service.In related news, AWS Step Functions has recently added support for nested workflows, added access to workflow metadata, and now also supports workflow execution events via CloudWatch Events respectively Amazon EventBridge (previous coverage), which eases building auxiliary serverless workflows by monitoring state machine events like start, success, or failure. Earlier this year, AWS Step Functions Local has been made available as an executable JAR package and Docker image to enable implementing and testing of state machines in development and build environments.The AWS Step Functions documentation features a developer guide, including a section on service integration patterns, the Amazon States Language, and the API reference. The AWS CLI Step Functions commands and the Amazon States Language specification are documented separately. Support is provided via the AWS Step Functions forum. Callback patterns are available at no additional charge beyond the regular usage-based AWS Step Functions pricing. Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced that AWS Step Functions supports callback patterns to “automate workflows for applications with human activities and custom integrations with third-party services”. Workflow executions can now be paused until applications return a token via the Step Functions API, which obsoletes the previously required polling or other workarounds.AWS Step Functions enables application developers to “coordinate multiple AWS services into serverless workflows” (previous coverage). Step Functions workflows are defined in the JSON-based Amazon States Language, which allows to maintain state machines via configuration as code, yet also to visualize state machine diagrams so that they are “easy to understand, easy to explain to others, and easy to change”. Workflows are composed of states and tasks, which initially allowed to use AWS Lambda functions and (potentially long-running) activities for the actual work, and since late 2018 also supports several other service integrations like DynamoDB, ECS, SNS, and SQS (previous coverage).To enable the pausing of workflow executions until an external activity has been completed, Step Functions has so far required to poll the Step Functions API via activity workers. However, besides requiring upfront registration of the activity, and extra care to avoid latency when polling for activity tasks, implementing serverless approval steps also required to work around the polling architecture with a scheduled Lambda function.AWS has now added a dedicated wait for a callback with a task token service integration pattern that complements the default request response and wait for a job to complete patterns to enable purely event-driven serverless workflows with manual steps and third-party integrations. The provided example workflow covers a scenario that needs to “integrate with an external microservice to perform a credit check as a part of an approval workflow”:last_img read more

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Helicopter crashes into Colorado River killing 2

first_imgLOMA, Colo. — Authorities say a helicopter crashed into a river in western Colorado and killed two people aboard.Mesa County chief deputy coroner Victor Yahn tells The Associated Press that the two died in Saturday’s crash, but he didn’t have any other information.Local media reports say the chopper crashed shortly after 6 p.m. MDT into the Colorado River near Loma.Both The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction and Denver’s KUSA-TV report that authorities say at least two people were aboard.Mesa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lisa McCammon tells the Denver Post that the helicopter took off from the Grand Junction Airport, about 20 miles southeast of the crash site.First-responders told the Daily Sentinel that two fishermen saw the accident and pulled at least one victim from the wreckage.last_img read more

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NASA farewell view of Ultima Thule shows a giant pancake

first_img NASA New Horizons spacecraft completes historic Ultima Thule flyby NASA New Horizons image shows weird Ultima Thule looks like a snowman NASA Space Tags “The new images are creating scientific puzzles about how such an object could even be formed. We’ve never seen something like this orbiting the Sun,” said principal investigator Alan Stern.NASA also offered up a short departure movie showing New Horizons’ view as it zipped by. The movie is compiled from 14 different images of Ultima Thule. Share your voice 15 Photos Enlarge ImageNew Horizons caught these crescent views of Ultima Thule as it was flying away from the oddball object. NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/National Optical Astronomy Observatory NASA must be hungry. The space agency shared the New Horizons spacecraft’s goodbye glance at weird Ultima Thule and decided it looked like a “giant pancake” attached to a “dented walnut.”Ultima Thule is an unusual object found in the Kuiper Belt. It’s located about 1 billion miles past dwarf-planet Pluto, which New Horizons visited in 2015. The pancake and nut comparison is a departure from earlier images that showed the two-lobed object looking more like a snowman.NASA released a graphic showing how our understanding has changed thanks to additional data from New Horizons. nasaultimaEnlarge ImageThis illustration shows NASA’s old and new views of Ultima Thule. NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute The rounded snowman images came within a day of New Horizons’ closest approach on Jan. 1. Images taken 10 minutes after the approach highlighted a view of the object’s crescent, giving scientists a better idea of its actual shape. The blue dashes in the illustration show NASA’s fudge factor. Ultime Thule may fill out those lines, or it may be closer to the flatter shape shown.  Post a commentcenter_img NASA contemplates Ultima Thule 0 New Horizons launched in 2006 and has since traveled billions of miles through space, with notable visits to Pluto and now Ultima Thule. The spacecraft is healthy and its handlers may look into sending it toward another interesting target. We’ll just have to wait and see what it finds out there so far from home. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. NASA spots odd heart-shaped objects on Mars and beyond Sci-Techlast_img read more

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Mallott Raises Most Funds But Parnell Maintains Biggest Bank Account

first_imgDownload AudioDemocratic candidate for governor Byron Mallott was the top fundraiser this reporting period, but Republican incumbent Sean Parnell maintains the most money going into the general election.Mallott has raised $297,000 since February, with $55,000 coming from the Alaska Democratic Party and another $50,000 coming from his own pocket. Parnell hauled in $286,000 in that same period, including a $100,000 contribution from the Alaska Republican Party. Independent candidate Bill Walker raised $259,000, with $170,000 of that self-financed.While Mallott brought in the most money, he also spent the most. His campaign used $277,000 since November, and is left with just $55,000 in the black. The Parnell campaign has $447,000 going into November, while Walker has $116,000 left to spend between now and the general. Mallott’s biggest single expense was a polling contract with the Mellman Group, a D.C.-based political consulting firm. Much of his campaign income has gone to staffing and office expenses, and little has gone toward advertising. The Mallott campaign put $7,000 toward signs and $545 on Facebook advertisements. The campaign issued a press release attributing the amount of cash on hand primarily to travel, but just 6 percent of expenditures went toward airfare, hotel, or car rental.The Walker campaign spent slightly less than Mallott, using up $268,000 of their funds. Walker has put the bulk of his money toward advertising, spending $44,000 on TV ads on KTUU Channel 2 in Anchorage and another $15,000 in the Fairbanks and Juneau television markets. His campaign has also spent nearly $30,000 on campaign signs and $23,000 on Facebook advertising.The Parnell campaign used up just $170,000 of its war chest, dividing up its expenses between staffing, polling, and social media advertising.The other candidates in the governor’s race – Republican challenger and Tea Party activist Russ Millette, Republican Gerald Heikes, Constitution Party candidate J.R. Myers, Libertarian Care Clift, and Democrat Phil Stoddard – raised $15,000 combined.Both Parnell and Mallott may see a slight – even substantial – financial boost once the lieutenant governor nominees are selected in the party primary.Republican lieutenant governor candidate and Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has $15,000 going into the primary. He faces a nominal challenge from Kenai Republican Kelly Wolf, who has raised $50. Once the Republican nominee is selected, his funds are effectively merged with the gubernatorial candidate.In the Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor, State Sen. Hollis French has raised $62,000 and Mat-Su teacher and political newcomer Bob Williams has brought in $30,000 since February. Williams has spent most of his funds, while French has held onto the bulk of his money. French has $69,000 still left on hand, exceeding the amount held in Mallott’s account.last_img read more

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Azim Premji Foundation offers 100 crore for ZBNF CM YS Jagan

first_imgAmaravati: Members of Azim Premji Foundation met Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at the Secretariat here on Friday offering cooperation and financial help for the zero-based natural farming (ZBNF). The Foundation expressed readiness to extend Rs100 crore in the next five years for the ZBNF and to provide necessary technical knowhow. Chief Minister informed the team that necessary guidelines have to be prepared for the implementation of the natural farming. He also said that the government was ready to provide organic fertilisers on subsidy to the natural farming. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Jagan Mohan Reddy further said that the government had already taken up several welfare measures for the farmers. “Laboratories will be set up for testing the seed, fertilisers, pesticides before distributing them to the farmers,” he said. Anand Viswanathan , CEO of the Foundation, members of the foundation, Agriculture Minister Kanna Babu, Principal Secretary Madhusudan Reddy, Agriculture Commissioner Vijay Kumar and others were present.last_img read more

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Southern Baptist seminary denies request for reparations

first_img Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which released a report last year about its connections to slavery, has denied a request from an interracial ministers coalition to financially support a nearby black college as a form of reparations.EmpowerWest, a coalition of black and white pastors in Louisville, Ky., where the seminary is located, recently contacted school officials with their request.The group suggested Southern Seminary could donate millions to a local Christian college whose students are predominantly African American.In a May 31 letter of response, the president and board chair of the Southern Baptist Convention’s flagship seminary said they would not transfer funds to another institution.“We agree with the policy of the Southern Baptist Convention in this regard, and we do not believe that financial reparations are the appropriate response,” wrote President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and board Chair F. Matthew Schmucker.RELATED: Southern Baptist seminary report ties founders to slaveholding, white supremacyThe seminary released a 71-page report in December that said its early trustees and faculty “defended the righteousness of slaveholding” and espoused white supremacy. Founders of the seminary, which opened in 1859, owned more than 50 slaves.The Rev. Joe Phelps. Courtesy photo“Since the seminary has done a wonderful job of acknowledging what it did, it’s now time to ask ‘What are you going to do about it?’” said the Rev. Joe Phelps, co-chair of EmpowerWest, which seeks to increase economic opportunities in predominantly black West Louisville.Phelps, a 1978 graduate of the seminary and a white Louisville minister, and the Rev. Kevin W. Cosby, a black Louisville pastor and president of Simmons College of Kentucky, were the lead signers of a petition to the seminary “to make an act of repentance and repair to descendants of American slavery for its leading role in crafting a moral and biblical defense of slavery.”Among their recommendations was that the seminary give Simmons College a “biblical tithe,” or 10 percent, of its endowment, which they said is about $100 million.An Association of Theological Schools report about Southern Seminary showed the school had an endowment of $90 million in 2017.R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks“We’re not going to respond to public demands for reparations made, quite interestingly, by the people who demand that the reparations be paid to them,” Mohler told Religion News Service. “And, furthermore whatever we do, this institution will do in keeping with its theological commitments.”Simmons College has partnered with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a group that split from the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1990s over differences about biblical interpretation and women’s ordination, which the SBC does not support.Mohler said his seminary began to address its past long before the report was issued.“For decades the seminary has had rather ambitious efforts to serve African American churches and to educate African American students,” he said.The seminary had 228 blacks enrolled, comprising 4.26 percent of the total student body of 5,354, in its 2017-18 academic year. By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Churches wipe out millions in medical debt for others Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,Latest Catholic scandal spotlights questions of consent in priest-parishioner relation … Catholicism Share This! Tagshomepage featured Louisville reparations slavery Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,You may also like By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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Port Of Houston Back In Business After Harvey Cleaning Up Ship Channel

first_img X 00:00 /00:57 Share Listencenter_img Gail Delaughter | Houston Public MediaPort of Houston Chairman Janiece Longoria chats with Jim Teague, CEO of Enterprise Products Partners at Greater Houston Partnership’s State of the Port address on November 16th, 2017. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Port of Houston Chairman Janiece Longoria said on Thursday that they were back in business about a week after Hurricane Harvey, but the challenge now is dredging all the silt that collected in the Houston Ship Channel. She said that dredging is crucial to maritime safety.Speaking before the Greater Houston Partnership in its annual State of the Port address, Longoria told a packed house that they’re still dealing with what the floods left behind.  She said that silt makes it harder for ships to navigate because they don’t have the proper depth.“When vessels are not able to load fully, that causes increased costs within the supply chain that is ultimately borne by the consumer,” explained Longoria.And port officials are hoping that gets the attention of members of Congress. Longoria says they’re now seeking funds for preventative dredging, to prepare the Ship Channel for the next big storm.“The Ship Channel was closed only five days after Harvey,” added Longoria. “In that very brief time, we had jet fuel shortages. We had gasoline shortages.”Longoria said they need about $50 to $60 million a year to maintain the port’s channels. But they only get about $30 million from the federal government. And she pointed out that shippers are already paying a tax to fund dredging.Despite those challenges, Longoria says business at the port remains strong. She says they’re now handling about 70% of the Gulf of Mexico’s container cargo.last_img read more

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Facebook Is Rolling Out 360Degree Video to News Feeds With a Little

first_img For the first time, Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of virtual reality leader Oculus VR, is starting to bear fruit.The social network has announced that 360-degree videos are now viewable on news feeds. While Facebook led development for 360-degree capability, the team collaborated with its Oculus division in order to create Facebook’s first consumer-facing VR product, the company’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, told The Verge.If you’ve never experienced 360-degree video before, prepare to be blown away. On desktops, the technology allows users to click and drag around a scene in order to see things from every angle. But on mobile (the update is only available for Android devices thus far), the experience is even more seamlessly immersive, as scenery changes in accordance with how users position their phones in space.Facebook is rolling out the technology with a handful of publishing partners including Saturday Night Live, Vice and Star Wars — which even released a brand new scene from the upcoming The Force Awakens film to mark the occasion. See for yourself right here: Related: With an Empathy Button, Facebook Will Be Even More Valuable to AdvertisersWhile anyone can upload 360-degree videos to Facebook, the cameras required to shoot this kind of footage will still set you back a pretty penny.“In the future, imagine watching 360 videos of a friend’s vacation to a small village in France or a festival in Brazil,” writes Facebook’s engineering director of video, Maher Saba, of potential future uses as the technology becomes more mainstream. “You’ll be able to look around and experience it as if you were there.”Facebook isn’t the first platform to foray into 360-degree video. After announcing 360-degree support last March, YouTube recently said it would be adding 3-D capability into the mix.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long been vocal about his enthusiasm for VR, and has said that devices like Oculus could become the next major computing platform after smartphones.“In the future we’ll probably still carry phones in our pockets,” he said in a Q&A last June, “but I think we’ll also have glasses on our faces that can help us out throughout the day and give us the ability to share our experiences with those we love in completely immersive and new ways that aren’t possible today.”Related: Facebook Just Gave Small Businesses a Bunch of New Tools Enroll Now for Free September 24, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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Coachella owner is continuing to donate to antiLGBTI groups

first_imgA new year, a new report about Coachella founder Philip Anschutz donating to anti-LGBTI groups.Last January, it was revealed Anschutz allegedly donated nearly $200,000 to various homophobic groups. The revelation led many music fans to call for a Coachella boycott. Now, a new tax report reveals similar donations from Anschutz.Pitchfork found that between December 2015 and November 2016 he gave money to more troubling groups.Some of them include $40,000 to The Navigators. Their group lists identifying as LGBTI alongside engaging in incest. He also donated $185,000 to Young Life, a Christian youth ministry that says anyone who is ‘sexually active outside of a heterosexual marriage relationship’ cannot work or volunteer for them.Breaking down the numbersThe new report did find that Anschutz did not donate to groups like Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, and National Christian Foundation. These were some of the most offensive to people.Furthermore, after the initial 2017 report came out, Anschutz responded he was not anti-LGBTI. He also added he would no longer donate to groups that are knowingly anti-LGBTI.This new report does not include 2017 numbers so it is unclear whether that will remain true.However, Anschutz’s lawyer gave a statement to Pitchfork.They stated the Foundation ‘has stopped funding certain organizations after it was brought to our attention that some of their activities were inconsistent with our values’. They also described it as an ‘ongoing process’.More calls for boycottsHowever, fans are still calling for Coachella boycotts.#BoycottCoachella https://t.co/YZdNzqwNx9 GAYSTARNEWS- you should honestly just stop going to this. https://t.co/IfBqMzKXCk— Brandon Stosuy (@brandonstosuy) January 31, 2018 — Beavan T (@BeavanT) January 31, 2018 Cara Delevingne refuses to go to Coachella because of anti-LGBT ownerMy sketchy experience emailing this anti-LGBTI authorThis Christian group that ‘loves’ LGBTI people may have ulterior motivesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/coachella-owner-donate-anti-lgbti-groups/ The money people pay at Coachella goes into his pocket. He uses that money to fund anti-LGBT organizations. People who attend Coachella have a moral responsibility to decide if they want their money used that way.— Jason C Grant (@jcharlesgrant) January 31, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… THIS JUST IN: RICH OLD WHITE MAN IS CONSERVATIVE, AND PEOPLE BUYING $300 FEST TICKETS ARE SHOCKED AND APPALLED— Noah Moss (@NoahBossMoss) January 31, 2018https://twitter.com/talia/status/958796501966204928When someone defended having personal views and running a separate business, others quickly shut them down.Since when is it illegal to have personal views and run a business totally separate from those views at the same time? -a fellow liberal. Grow up.— Spiccoli Culkin (@spiccoliculkin) January 31, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) It’s up to artists to not perform and consumers who have a moral responsibility to not monetarily contribute to this mans PERSONAL beliefs if they feel so strongly about them. Simply chastising him or calling for his removal doesn’t change anything. https://t.co/7ezWWkwzJa— Smitty Werbenjagermanjenson (@abduIrazaqaIi) January 31, 2018last_img read more

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