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first_imgABC NewsBY: MARK OSBORNE AND MATTHEW FUHRMAN, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A skier has died after being found upside down in several feet of snow at Mammoth Mountain ski resort in California.The man was found by guests of the resort buried head first at about noon on Thursday “in deep snow near the intersection of Redwing and Hully Gully,” Mammoth Mountain said in a statement.The Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol arrived on the scene, where skiers had already begun digging out the man. The ski patrol started CPR immediately and used a defibrillator as the man did not have a pulse, the resort said.The man was taken to Mammoth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The victim was not identified by authorities, but San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV said he was a 52-year-old from Oceanside, California, about a half hour north of San Diego.Circumstances into the skier’s death are still being investigated, authorities said.The Sierra Nevada Mountains are getting hammered by a snow storm this week. Mammoth Mountain said it had received 87 inches — or more than 7 feet — of snow since Tuesday.Mammoth Mountain warned of the danger the weather posed to skiers on the same day the victim was found, and specifically alerted skiers to suffocation danger.“This storm is another reminder about the power of Mother Nature. Conditions are currently dangerous,” the resort wrote on Instagram. “It will take considerable time and extreme caution and care by our team to dig out and prepare the mountain to open the next few days.“Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS) danger will remain a threat through the weekend – ski and ride with a buddy and keep your buddy in sight at all times,” it added.ABC News’ David Herndon contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgUnhappy call centre staff tell TUC of poor practiceOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. TheTUC hotline to investigate workplace harassment in call centres received over600 calls in its first two weeks of operation. Theunion says it has received calls from employees claiming they have to ask forpermission to go to the toilet and are monitored on how long they spend inthere.Therehave also been cases of staff not being able to take more than three days leavein one go, and being forced to go into work to report in sick, claimed the TUC.Theexamples of poor workplace practices will form the basis of a report on callcentre standards and is part of the union’s campaign to improve conditions. ButHilary Campbell, HR director of outsourcing call centre company Vertex, said,“According to my experiences I still believe that these are exceptions to therule.”  However,she added, “We took over a contract in Birmingham and Glasgow where staff hadbeen clocking in and out when going to the toilet.”Callcentre operators have described the TUC campaign as a high-profile recruitmentexercise.Acall centre HR director, who wished to remain nameless, said, “The number ofcalls received by the TUC in the first week amounted to almost 400, which isonly 0.1 per cent of the 400,000 people currently employed in the industry inthe UK.”JohnMonks, general secretary of the TUC, said, “Many call centres already treattheir staff with respect and others are making a real effort to clean up theiract. “Butthese figures show there are still too many centres using bullying tactics topressurise and intimidate employees.”Thehotline closed last Friday. Nelsonlast_img read more

first_imgTrapped beneath the Antarctic ice sheet lie over 400 subglacial lakes, which are considered to be extreme, isolated, yet viable habitats for microbial life. The physical conditions within subglacial lakes are critical to evaluating how and where life may best exist. Here, we propose that Earth’s geothermal flux provides efficient stirring of Antarctic subglacial lake water. We demonstrate that most lakes are in a regime of vigorous turbulent vertical convection, enabling suspension of spherical particulates with diameters up to 36 micrometers. Thus, dynamic conditions support efficient mixing of nutrient- and oxygen-enriched meltwater derived from the overlying ice, which is essential for biome support within the water column. We caution that accreted ice analysis cannot always be used as a proxy for water sampling of lakes beneath a thin (<3.166 kilometers) ice cover, because a stable layer isolates the well-mixed bulk water from the ice-water interface where freezing may occur.last_img read more

first_imgAn adult man and woman were also injured in the fire and they are in stable condition. Eight firefighters were transported by Emergency Medical Services to area hospitals where they were treated for various minor injuries.A preliminary investigation determined that the fire began at 416 25th St. A residential building located at 414 25th St. also sustained damage from the fire. Arson investigators have determined that the fire originated on the first floor of the three-story residence.The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit and the Union City Police Department are actively investigating this incident with assistance from the NJ State Fire Marshals Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office website at All information will be kept confidential. UNION CITY– According to a press release from Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the investigation into the origin and cause of the fire at 416 25th St. in Union City on July 13 continues. It has now claimed the lives of five children.Monday night, July 16, the fifth child, Shamira Lopez, age 4, was pronounced dead. Over the weekend four others passed away: 5-year-old Mayli Wood, two-year-old Jason Gonzalez, seven-year-old Christian Josue Mendez, and 13-year-old Jose Felipe Tejada. Several of them are cousins.last_img read more

first_imgThe full dredging operation can be seen in this image from 41st Street in Ocean City, NJ, on Tuesday, April 21. The hopper dredge “Liberty Island” is offshore and pumping sand from its hold into a feeder pipeline that spews sand and seawater onto the beach. Bulldozers are distributing the new sand, while workers on the platform of a “crab” survey the beach and its new elevations and contours. Check OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the progress of work of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end of Ocean City between 36th and 59th Streets.DATE: Tuesday, April 21PROGRESS: As of Tuesday afternoon, access to the beach remains blocked at the end of the 41st Street and 42nd Street dune crossovers. The feeder pipeline now sits high on an elevated beach at 41st street. The three-legged “crab” platform is surveying elevations and contours from within the surf, and bulldozers and excavators are distributing sand. Work can be viewed from the top of the beach at all blocks.WHAT’S NEXT: The project will proceed northward to 36th Street over the next couple weeks. It appears as if two blocks of beach will be closed at any time as work migrates north. The Liberty Island, a “hopper dredge,” is shuttling back and forth between an area more than 2 miles off the coast of Strathmere (where it’s pumping sand from the ocean floor into its hold) to an area just off 42nd Street in Ocean City (where it’s pumping sand onto the beach through a feeder pipeline). After work is complete to 36th Street, the next phase of the project will be from 42nd Street south to 49th Street.READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for freelast_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – One of the largest summertime economic drivers for the City of Jamestown has been postponed due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.Leadership with the National Comedy Center announced Thursday that the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is rescheduled to August 2021.In a email to subscribers, organizers said the decision is a precautionary measure following consideration of federal, state and regional guidelines for the presentation of large group events.“It is with tremendous sadness that we make the difficult decision to reschedule our Lucille Ball Comedy Festival – for the first time in our nearly 30 year history,” said National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson. “We are grateful for the patience, understanding and continued support of our festival attendees, sponsors, volunteers and staff, and our Jamestown and Chautauqua County community during this challenging time.” “We do not make this decision lightly, understanding that our annual festival draws attendees from over 40 U.S. states and not only has a direct effect on the revenue of our non-profit cultural institution but also affects the business of local hotels, restaurants, attractions and event venues, and retailers throughout our community. We look forward to presenting an outstanding comedy festival experience here in Jamestown in August 2021, as we officially celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary.”Current ticket holders will have their tickets transferred automatically to the same shows and events for the 2021 festival, unless they choose a different option.Ticket holders can:Transfer tickets to the same shows and events for the 2021 festival. New ticket will automatically be issued to ticket holders within the next several weeks.Donate the value of their tickets to the non-profit National Comedy Center as a tax-deductible contribution during this critical time.Exchange the value of their tickets for a National Comedy Center gift card to be used for admission, membership, future event tickets or merchandise.Receive a full refund for their ticket purchase by selecting this option by July 15, 2020.Ticket holders can select their preferred option via the Comedy Center’s Ticketing form at full statement from the National Comedy Center team is posted below:Dear Friends and Festival Ticket Holders,It is with tremendous sadness and disappointment that we announce the rescheduling of the National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival from this August to August 2021 in order to ensure the health and safety of festival attendees, staff and volunteers during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. This precautionary measure has been taken in consideration of CDC, federal, state and regional guidelines for the presentation of large group events.The new festival dates will fall on the same weekend in 2021: August 4-8, 2021. Festival performances by comedian Jeff Foxworthy have been rescheduled for Friday, August 6, 2021 and the Legends of SNL: David Spade, Kevin Nealon and Rob Schneider performance has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2021. All other comedy performances and Lucy legacy events have also been rescheduled for the corresponding day and time in 2021 as well. A schedule of events is available at More festival events will be added in the coming months.If you have purchased festival tickets, your tickets will be transferred automatically to the same shows, events, and reserved seats for the 2021 festival, unless you choose a different option by Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Ticket holders will have several options to consider.Those wishing to purchase new tickets for 2021 festival events including Jeff Foxworthy and Legends of SNL, without holding existing tickets for 2020, can do so by visiting beginning Monday, June 15, 2020.Although the festival will not be taking place this summer as originally planned, the National Comedy Center will be bringing comedy fans together virtually by presenting a series of online programs and streaming comedy events throughout the summer, including programming to be streamed during the original comedy festival weekend. These events will debut on the Comedy Center’s new online content platform, National Comedy Center Anywhere. Look for more details on our website and social media platforms in the coming weeks.The National Comedy Center does plan to re-open its state-of-the-art comedy museum and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum this summer with enhanced health, cleaning, disinfecting and social distancing protocols — reimagining museum health and safety with the same spirit, commitment and leading-edge technology with which it reinvented the museum visitor experience — once Western New York is given the green light to re-open cultural institutions. We will provide updates on our re-opening date via our website, social media platforms and email newsletter.We are grateful for your patience, understanding and continued support of the National Comedy Center and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival during this challenging time.We look forward to presenting an outstanding comedy festival experience here in Jamestown in August 2021, as we officially celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary.Sincerely,The National Comedy Center Teamlast_img read more

first_img3.  Of course, athletic performance is hindered when under stress, and meditating can help reduce the stress hormone cortisol. When less stressed your body and muscles can relax, oxygen can flow more smoothly, and you can optimize your skills.  Danielle Rottenberg has her Master’s in education and is a licensed massage therapist and Ayuvedic practicioner. She is co-Author of Activate Your Life Vol. 1 and 2, and founder of the Yoga Service Movement. Learn more at The sport I found most challenging and fell in love with immediately was tennis, and the first moment I picked up a racket at age 13, I knew this sport was the one. The feel of the clay courts under my feet and the sound of the ball hitting the sweet spot on the tennis racquet were sensations that mark my happy place. Playing top seed through high school, Division II and Division I tennis in college, I had found my passion. I thought nothing of training three hours a day on and off the courts, and I was filled with excitement every time I had a match. I pumped myself up like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky (cue the Rocky theme song) as he victoriously ran up those 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Sports and athleticism can take you to new heights.  Happy meditating! I have played sports since I was five years old. I tumbled and flipped my way through gymnastics, played softball and track and field in high school, and I cheer-led in a bevy of sports. I love the idea of being an athlete and seeing how my body responds to physical challenges. Sports, in those developmental years, proved to be a great way to make long-lasting friendships, create team-building skills, develop discipline and focus, but it also taught me the importance of hard work, dedication, and concentration.  1. Meditation enhances your focus and concentration. Meditation can help athletes block out what may be going on around them or inside of them during a key moment. Eliminating distractions and meandering thoughts can make a huge difference in your performance. The beauty of meditation, even 10 minutes a day, can have great benefits. Working with your breath, sitting still in a comfortable seat and closing your eyes and ears from outside noise, can begin to calm the nervous system.  What I realized during those college years, however, was that the physical stamina, strength and sheer perseverance could only take you so far if you did not have the mental toughness to handle the competition. I can only speak of what I know, and with tennis, being in the limelight with spectators watching was a heck of a lot of pressure. Back in those days, there wasn’t as much attention being given to yoga and meditation. The ’80s and ’90s were very much the “no pain no gain” decades. It was about absolute will and pushing your physicality to new levels.  Learn yoga poses to help improve athletic performance HERE 2. Meditation can help improve sleep patterns. What happens if you don’t get proper amounts of sleep? Your body cannot self-correct and heal. Sleep is the time when your body is working the hardest to bring harmony and balance back to those aching muscles and strained ligaments. Without good deep sleep, those cells cannot restore and rejuvenate. With a good night’s sleep, you wake up happier. Sleep and meditation can also boost your immune system.  Another great option is to do a walking meditation. I have found this to be very effective before and after my activity of choice, but mind you, this walking is not for burning calories or for speed. This is a very slow-paced walk with intention on where your feet land on the earth with each step. While methodically walking, the focus should only be on breathing in and out through your nose. Do this for a few minutes, and then a few minutes more, and then a few minutes more!  Of course, meditation apps can also come in handy.  When I first started meditating, I found that it is difficult to sit for even 10 minutes with essentially nothing to do but “not think.” This can be frustrating and challenging at first, but don’t give up. A great way to ease into this concept and practice is to perhaps find an affirmation or a mantra that you can focus on along with your inhalations and exhalations. It can be something personal that you want to focus on or just a word that resonates with you.  Here are just a few reasons why meditation can help you achieve another level of your game: Now, as we have become more influenced by Eastern culture, we realize the importance of the combination of a physical and mental formula to succeed in competitive and non-competitive environments. Most times, our biggest obstacles come from what is going on inside of our heads…self-doubt, stress, negative talk, frustration, and lack of focus are just a few things that can throw off a personal-best race, climb, or ride. There is a lot of chatter that happens in our minds when we are trying to be in the zone:  groceries, to-do lists, weather, and what you’re having for dinner. Top athletes like Novak Djokovic, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant have added meditation and yoga to their training to help with stress, anxiety, and performance.last_img read more

first_imgAfter numerous articles, comments, and post-incident analysis of the various cyber attacks cluttering our media headlines and social feeds, it doesn’t take one too long to conclude that our existing security methodology is broken, backwards, and upside down.I’m a firm believer that, for far too long, we’ve put our focus on protecting our network perimeter, with thoughts of trying to keep “the bad guys” from getting in, rather than focusing on the security of our people and our data, and keeping the sensitive information from getting out. Broken? Backwards? Upside down? Your call, but fixing this is a major paradigm shift in thinking and organization culture.So, you ask, how do we fix it?Let me outline the top 3 most important steps to paving the way for a security model repair.Elevate the cyber discussions to board level. The financial, operational, legal, regulatory, reputational and, therefore, strategic risks around cyber threats are game changers for credit unions, their leaders, their employees, their members, and all their other stakeholders. Executives and boards must be in active discussion and seeking the proper security awareness and education. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe Dimensity 700 SoC also includes multiple voice assistant support including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Baidu DuerOS, among others. There is also support for Voice over New Radio (VoNR) services.MediaTek is aiming to bring the Dimensity 700 SoC to the smartphone market in the first quarter of 2021. Moreover, the chipset is expected to power phones under $250 (roughly Rs. 18,000) price segment.Alongside the Dimensity 700, MediaTek at its Executive Summit announced the MT8192 and MT8195 SoCs for Chromebooks. The 7nm MT8192 is specifically designed for mainstream Chromebook models, while the 6nm MT8195 is targeted at premium versions. Both chipsets come with an AI processing unit (APU) to support a range of voice- and vision-based apps. The APU is designed to process voice ID recognition and voice control, speech and image recognition, speech to text, live translation, object recognition, background removal, noise reduction, image and video segmentation, gesture control, and Google AR Core-based enhancements.- Advertisement – Both MT8192 and MT8195 come with a dedicated audio digital signal processor (DSP) to work with voice assistants. Similarly, an HDR image signal processor (HDR-ISP) has been provided along with a hardware depth engine to support up to 8-megapixel, four-cell cameras. The chipsets also support a single 32-megapixel camera or dual 16-megapixel cameras.MediaTek has provided 4K HDR video decoding support on both its new Chromebook chips. There is also support for Dolby Vision, 7.1 surround sound audio, and a Codec AV1 hardware video accelerator for an enhanced multimedia experience. Further, the chipsets come with PCI-Express Gen 3 and USB 3.2 Gen 1 support.The MediaTek MT8192 SoC comes with an octa-core CPU that includes four cores of ARM Cortex-A76 and four cores of ARM Cortex-A55. The CPU is coupled with a five-core ARM Mali-G57 GPU and supports LPDDR4x RAM up to 2,133MHz along with UFS 2.1 storage. The built-in APU 2.0 is also rated to deliver up to 2.4 tera operations per second (TOPS) performance.Chromebook manufacturers can add up to wide quad high definition (WQHD) displays with standard 60Hz refresh rate or full-HD+ displays with up to 120Hz refresh rate. The MT8192 also supports two full-HD displays simultaneously.In contrast, the MediaTek MT8195 SoC includes four ARM Cortex-A78 cores alongside four power-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores. The chipset is paired with MediaTek’s APU 3.0 that is capable of delivering up to 4 TOPS performance. There is also support for LPDDR4x RAM at 2,133MHz. The MT8195 can support up to three displays at once. There are also features including Dolby Vision, 7.1 surround sound audio, and a Codec AV1 video accelerator.Chromebooks featuring the MT8192 will debut in the second quarter of 2021, while the devices powered by the MT8195 will be available at a later date.Why are smartphone prices rising in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. MediaTek at its Executive Virtual Summit 2020 on Tuesday unveiled the Dimensity 700 as the latest 7nm 5G chipset for “mass-market” smartphones. The new system-on-chip (SoC) comes over three months after the Taiwanese chipmaker brought the Dimensity 720 as a solution for mid-range 5G phones. Alongside the new Dimensity SoC, MediaTek launched two new chipsets for Chromebooks — the MT8195 and the MT8192. The company also teased its plans to bring a new high-end, 5G-supporting SoC for smartphones that would be based on 6nm process technology and include ARM Cortex-A78 cores.Architecture-wise, the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC is quite similar to the Dimensity 720. The chip includes two high-performance ARM Cortex-A76 cores at a maximum clock speed of 2.2GHz, along with six Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0GHz. It is also capable of being paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM at a frequency of 2,133MHz and UFS 2.2 two-lane storage, along with up to 1Gbps transfer speeds.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Unlike the Dimensity 720 SoC that comes with an ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, the Dimensity 700 SoC includes a slightly inferior Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. This might be a move to save some cost.Nevertheless, the Dimensity 700 SoC supports full-HD+ display with up to 90Hz refresh rate. The chip is also capable of supporting up to 64-megapixel primary camera sensors, along with artificial intelligence (AI) camera enhancements, such as AI bokeh as well as AI colour and beauty features.In terms of connectivity, the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC comes with a 5G modem that supports carrier aggregation to deliver up to 2.77Gbps download speeds and seamless handover between two 5G connection areas. There is also dual-5G SIM support that will allow users to have two 5G networks on their smartphones simultaneously. For power efficiency even on 5G networks, the chipset includes MediaTek 5G UltraSave that is touted to intelligently manage the operating mode of the 5G modem to enhance battery life.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgMorrison will say that Australia’s defense policy will also pivot to prioritize the Indo-Pacific region, an area that he will describe as the “epicenter of rising strategic competition.””We want an open, sovereign Indo-Pacific, free from coercion and hegemony. We want a region where all countries, large and small, can engage freely with each other, guided by international rules and norms,” Morrison will say, according to excepts sent to Reuters.Morrison will not name China specifically but Australia’s military shift to Indo-Pacific comes amid rising competition between the two for influence in the Pacific.Already elevated by Australia’s 2018 decision to ban China’s Huawei from its nascent 5G broadband network, bilateral ties have in recent months been soured by Canberra’s call for an independent inquiry into the origins of coronavirus. Topics : Australia will boost defense spending by nearly 40% over the next 10 years as Canberra shifts its military assets to focus on the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will say on Wednesday.In a speech that threatens to inflame tensions with China, Morrison will say Australia will spend A$270 billion ($184.8 billion) over the next 10 years to acquire longer-range strike capabilities across air, sea and land.In 2016, Australia promised to spend A$195 billion over the next 10 years.center_img Then in June, Australia said a “sophisticated state-actor” has spent months trying to hack all levels of the government, political bodies, essential service providers and operators of critical infrastructure.Australia sees China as the chief suspect, three sources told Reuters.China denies it is behind the spate of cyber-attacks, but Morrison will on Wednesday commit to spend A$15 billion to bolster its offensive and defensive cyber capabilities.last_img read more