Kurashijouzu × MATCHA Mushroom Rice KinokonoOkowa

first_imgWhen you open the rice cooker, the savory scent of mushrooms and soy-sauce fills up your kitchen. Kinoko-no-Okowa of shiny glutinous rice with fall ingredients is a rich item that is easy to make. What is “Okowa”?”Okowa” is made of glutinous rice (Mochi-gome). It is not the ordinary non-glutinous rice (Uruchi-mai) which people eat daily in Japan, but the kind to make rice cakes. It has a nice springy texture when cooked. People used to steam this type of rice with a traditional steamer to make Okowa, but today an easy rice cooker is widely used. Put rice, bonito stock, soy-sauce, a bit of rice wine (Sake), a pinch of salt and mushrooms in a rice cooker, push the button, and it’s ready. Ginko nuts are a special fall flavor which adds some accents to the dish taste-wise and color-wise. The definition of “Okowa” differs depending on the hometown and the age of the person. It also varies by family, but people usually consider glutinous rice cooked with soy-sauce as Okowa. Red rice (Sekihan 赤飯) which people eat on special occasions or at traditional festivals is another kind of Okowa.Don’t skimp on fall mushroomsMushrooms are healthy and inexpensive. Since the seasonings are very simple, the choice of the ingredients makes a difference. Mushrooms cultured on logs have strong flavor and the texture is chewy. We recomend to try them. It is better to tear off mushrooms such as hen-of-the-woods (Maitake) and king trumpet (Eringi) with your fingers so that they have more surface to absorb seasonings better. They can shrink when heated, so don’t tear them into tiny bits.Let’s find a way to enjoy fall flavorsThere are many kinds of Okowa; Okowa with chestnuts, wild vegetables, sea bream, chicken, or mixed vegetables. It is a nice idea to bring out Okowa rice balls (Onigiri) and eat them watching beautiful fall leaves in a beautiful fall day, savoring the sweet taste of the rice.The taste and flavor of Okowa can bring you such a fun imagination. You can find Okowa rice balls at Japanese convenience stores. So why don’t you try them?Collaborator:Ei-publishing “Kurashi-Jouzu” Photo:Ei-publishing「Kurashi-Jouzu」Today’s dinner Reference:Recipe of “Mushroom Rice” cooked by Yukiko Murayamalast_img read more

Refugee influx from Burundi into Tanzania growing UN agency reports

Many of the new arrivals said they left Burundi after a period of internal displacement inside the country, while others said they previously had been in camps in Tanzania and had returned home only to decide to flee again, a UNHCR spokesman told a press briefing in Geneva. Many of the new arrivals have been in poor health condition, with malnutrition noticeable among the children.Refugees continued to report an escalation of the conflict between the Burundian military and rebel groups. “Some say their homes had been burnt by soldiers who accuse them of complicity with the rebels,” spokesman Kris Janowski said. “Some of those interviewed at the weekend said that before fleeing they had seen military helicopters flying around the commune of Kinyinya in Ruyigi province.”Meanwhile, the number of refugees returning home from camps in Tanzania has dropped dramatically, Mr. Janowski said. Last week, UNHCR assisted only 365 refugees in returning to their homes, mainly in northern Burundi. In recent weeks, an average of 600 refugees had been repatriated each week, compared with up to 1,500 a few months ago. Since the beginning of the year, more than 45,000 Burundian refugees have returned home – 25,000 of them with UNHCR assistance. read more

Emails reveal Cokes role in antiobesity group company says exec has retired

FILE – In this March 17, 2011, file photo, Cans of Coca-Cola and Diet Coke sit in a cooler in Anne’s Deli in Portland, Ore. A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the world’s largest beverage maker was instrumental in shaping the Global Energy Balance Network, which is led by a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Coke helped pick the group’s leaders, edited its mission statement and suggested articles and videos for its website. (AP Photo/File) Emails reveal Coke’s role in anti-obesity group; company says exec has retired by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Nov 24, 2015 1:06 am MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A non-profit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work.But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the world’s largest beverage maker was instrumental in shaping the Global Energy Balance Network, which is led by a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Coke helped pick the group’s leaders, edited its mission statement and suggested articles and videos for its website.In an email last November, the group’s president tells a top Coke executive: “I want to help your company avoid the image of being a problem in peoples’ lives and back to being a company that brings important and fun things to them.”Coke executives had similarly high hopes. A proposal circulated via email at the company laid out a vision for a group that would “quickly establish itself as the place the media goes to for comment on any obesity issue.” It said the group would use social media and run a political-style campaign to counter the “shrill rhetoric” of “public health extremists” who want to tax or limit foods they deem unhealthy.When contacted by the AP about the emails, Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent said in a statement that “it has become clear to us that there was not a sufficient level of transparency with regard to the company’s involvement with the Global Energy Balance Network.”“Clearly, we have more work to do to reflect the values of this great company in all that we do,” Kent said.The Atlanta-based company told the AP it has accepted the retirement of its chief health and science officer, Rhona Applebaum, who initially managed the relationship with the group. It said it will not fill the position as it overhauls how it goes about its health efforts. It also said it has stopped working the Global Energy Balance Network.It’s just the latest example of Coke working with outside experts to promote messages that benefit the company.Coke has long maintained that the academics and other experts it works with espouse their own views. But the collaborations can be fraught and blur the lines between advertisements and genuine advice. In February, several health and fitness experts paid by the company wrote online posts with tips on healthy habits. Each suggested a mini-soda as a snack idea.One dietitian wrote five such posts in less than a year.The Global Energy Balance Network came under fire in August after The New York Times reported it was funded by Coke. On Nov. 6, the University of Colorado School of Medicine said it was returning $1 million from the company because of the distraction it was creating. The University of South Carolina said it plans to keep $500,000 it received from Coke because one of its professors is also among the group’s leaders. The school said there was no misuse of funds.On its website, the Global Energy Balance Network says it received an “unrestricted gift” from Coke, but that the company has “no input” into its activities.Behind the scenes, however, Coke executives and the group’s leaders held meetings and conference calls to hash out the group’s mission and activities, according to emails obtained through a public records request. Early on, Applebaum informed the group’s president, James Hill, that those involved would need to be open about collaboration with private industry.“That is non-negotiable,” she wrote.Relatively minor matters, such as the group’s logo, were also covered.“Color will not be an issue — except for blue. Hope you can understand why,” Applebaum.Coke’s cans are red, while Pepsi’s are blue.“It seems like another one of these classic cases of money coming from industry with no strings attached — that’s the official message. But it’s a very different kind of story taking place,” said Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics, who studies academic integrity and conflicts of interest.The exchanges weren’t strictly limited to discussions about the group, and included Applebaum expressing approval or disapproval of health articles, and talk of other work with Coke. In an email to another Coke executive, Hill proposes research on “energy balance” that would be “very specific to coke interests.”Coke has long stressed the idea of “energy balance,” or the need to offset calorie intake with physical activity. It’s a basic concept few would disagree with, but critics say the company uses it to downplay the effects of sugary drinks by shifting more attention to the need for exercise.In an introductory video, one of the Global Energy Balance Network’s leaders said the media focuses on “eating too much, eating too much, eating too much — blaming fast food, blaming sugary drinks and so on.” The video has since been taken down, and the group said the idea that it only focuses on physical activity is inaccurate.Hill declined a request for a phone interview, but said in an email that the group’s strategy benefits “all who are concerned about obesity.” He said Coke provided input into the group’s “organizational structure,” but that it was understood the company would be “hands off.”The group wants to continue its work, he said.Since 2010, Coke said it gave $550,000 to Hill that was unrelated to the group. A big part of that was research he and others were involved with, but the figure also covers travel expenses and fees for speaking engagements and other work. It does not include money from Coke’s overseas divisions or industry groups such as the American Beverage Association.____Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi read more

Bowling Green rolls past Buckeyes on the road

Ohio State senior forward Christian Soldat pushes the ball up the field against Rutgers in a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 18, 2016. Credit: Gene Ross | Lantern PhotographerAfter two straight wins at home, the Ohio State men’s soccer team looked as though it had begun the road to turning its season around.Bowling Green proved to be a bump on that road.The Buckeyes took on the Falcons on Saturday night, where they fell by a score of 2-0, dropping their record to 3-6 on the season.Bowling Green got on the board just eight minutes into the match. After a scramble of players from both sides right in front of the mouth of the OSU goal, Bowling Green redshirt senior midfielder Max Auden was able to sneak one through to give the Falcons an early 1-0 lead.The score would not change until midway through the second period.In the 67th minute, the Buckeyes made an errant pass deep in their own zone. The Falcons gained control of the ball and Bowling Green freshman forward Robert Miller III buried it into the back of the net from 12 yards out, giving Bowling Green a 2-0 lead.It was the fourth time the Scarlet and Gray has been blanked this season.Freshman goalkeeper Anthony Mwembia had a terrific night in net for the Falcons, recording five saves in the shutout performance.OSU outshot Bowling Green 16-9 in the game, with corner kicks even at two a piece.Buckeyes junior forward Nate Kohl led the team in shots with three, with seven different players each recording at least one shot.OSU returns to Columbus on Wednesday to take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. It will be will be the first game in a two game stretch at home for the Buckeyes. read more

Butlers run offers hope for smaller schools

When Gordon Hayward let go of the shot, college basketball fans jumped out of their seats. As the ball neared the basket, it felt like the end of a Hollywood movie, only without the corny music playing in the background. To the disappointment of many, except Duke fans and gamblers, Hayward’s shot clanked off the rim. Duke, the mighty No. 1 seed, won the game 61-59 and took home the National Championship.  Although Butler did not win the game, the effects of this tournament run will not soon be forgotten. As many sports analysts compare this Butler basketball team to a modern-day “Hoosiers,” it is important to recognize that this is not a movie, but reality. The championship matchup featured the NCAA basketball powerhouse Duke versus the mid-major Horizon League opponent Butler. It was 2008 Olympic gold medal coach Mike Krzyzewski against 33-year-old former pharmaceutical salesman Brad Stevens. According to rivals.com, every member of Duke’s starting lineup was at least a four-star recruit. With every advantage leaning toward the Blue Devils, how did Butler only lose by two points? The truth is, Butler’s flair for the dramatic was a common tournament occurrence. The Bulldogs reached the championship because they excelled in two facets of the game. First, they played extraordinary defense. Their tenacious and gritty play helped them limit each NCAA Tournament opponent, except for Duke, to fewer than 60 points. Second, Butler was the better team under pressure. Its first test was in the second round when it inched out a two-point victory against No. 13 Murray State.  The Sweet 16 didn’t get any easier as the Bulldogs faced No. 1 Syracuse. After the Orange went up by four points with 5:23 remaining, the Bulldogs kept their composure and did not allow another field goal until 35 seconds left in the game, securing a 63-59 victory.  In the Elite Eight, Butler led the game most of the way until No. 2 Kansas State tied it at 54 with 3:09 remaining. Butler scored the next nine points to advance to the first Final Four appearance in school history. The Bulldogs then edged out fifth seed Michigan State 52-50 to reach the championship. Each game tested Butler’s strength. On paper, Duke should have rolled away with the victory easily, but Butler’s improbable run was fueled by heart and desire. The team would not go down without a fight. Butler’s journey to the championship game sends a message to mid-major students all across the nation. In the words of Kevin Garnett, “Anything is possibleeeee!” All jokes aside, the reverberations from this tremendous run should impact incoming high school recruits. Not only should it be easier for Butler to lure top prospects, but it might be easier for other mid-major schools to gain some legitimacy, as well. Butler was not only playing for itself, but for all the other smaller schools who could only dream to be in their position. In one of the greatest championship games ever, Butler gave mid-majors hope that they, too, can one day achieve such a goal. It is easy to assume Butler will not be overlooked by tournament time next year. Andy Katz of ESPN.com predicts Butler to be ranked preseason No. 3. The Bulldogs’ tournament run will force sports analysts to pay more attention to smaller schools. In addition, many brackets next year will inherently be filled with many more upset picks than in 2010. The small schools now have the media spotlight to shine on a national stage. read more

Wrestling Ohio State opens season with 289 win over Navy

Ohio State’s Myles Martin wrestles Mitch Bowman in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignIn the first match following the losses of some of the greatest wrestlers to ever come through the program, Kyle Snyder, Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan, Ohio State opened the season with a dominant victory over Navy on Saturday. Senior Myles Martin said at media day earlier this week he’s never felt better headed into a season before, and he is looking forward to “literally every single match.” The 184-pounder looked like he meant every word when it was his turn to take the mats, as he was able to get 10 different takedowns and get a technical fall midway through the second period, winning 21-6.Ohio State 157-pound redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes, got things started  with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Navy’s Connor Prince. Heading into the third period, Hayes elected to start from the bottom position and, in doing so, was able to get a quick escape. He was then able to trip Prince, before getting a takedown and winning the match. Redshirt freshman Kaleb Romero made his Buckeye debut and, like his teammate Hayes, was able to make magic happen in the third. Romero was able to shoot for a double-leg takedown with just eight seconds left to win 3-2 .Senior Te’Shan Campbell used his signature tilt two different times in his match, notching six points, hanging on to a smaller 8-5 lead for a decisive victory.  Redshirt sophomore Kevin Snyder was the first Buckeye unable to pull off the victory on Saturday. After a 1-0 start for Navy’s Joshua Roetman, who did a great job of defending Snyder’s takedowns, he was able to catch Snyder in a cradle to cap off the fall at 3:39 for the win.Navy got its second victory of the night in the 125-pound weight class when Jacob Allen defeated Ohio State sophomore Brakan Mead in a decision victory, 5-4. This drew Navy closer, with the total score now 17-9. Ohio State 133-pound junior Luke Pletcher of the Buckeyes started to build off his 2017-18 campaign, grinding out a 7-4 decision to bring Ohio State up 20-9. Ohio State senior and captain Joey McKenna was able to battle hard for a low-scoring 3-2 victory over Navy’s Nicholas Gil. McKenna rode him out for the entirety of the third and final period to achieve a riding point, and receive a 3-2 nod. Ohio State increased their total lead to 23-9 with one match remaining. To wrap the dual up, it was the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 149 pounds, Micah Jordan, battling No. 19, Navy’s Jared Prince. This bout was entirely one-sided, as Jordan came  up with a 16-1 tech fall for the victory. Ohio State’s next match will be on Nov. 11 in the Ohio Intercollegiate Open in Cleveland, Ohio. read more

Army delivers GPSguided mortars to soldiers in Afghanistan

first_imgWhen you think of a mortar most people think of a simple weapon soldiers drop into a tube that launches it when it hits the bottom. Once launched the accuracy of the mortar is dependent on the angle of the tube and the wind conditions, which is why a number of them are typically fired at once. In modern warfare, increased accuracy is key to ensure civilians aren’t injured, especially when fighting in urban environments. That’s why the U.S. Army has now giving soldiers in Afghanistan a new kind of mortar.The Accelerated Prevision Mortar Initiative, or APMI for short, takes a standard M934 high-explosive 120mm projectile body and places a GPS receiver and computer in the nose of it to allow control of the weapon’s directional fins ensuring it remains on its programmed trajectory. The APMI program has a high degree of accuracy, despite it’s short lifespan. In fact, it is required to fall within a circle with a 10 meters radius, 50% of the time, though Peter Burke, PEO Ammunition’s deputy product manager, says that the projectile is exceeding that requirement. Burke went on to say that the APMI is not replacing the standard 120mm mortars used today, but is instead designed to give a commander the ability to hit a target with a higher degree of accuracy in the event there is danger of accidental harm to civilians or non-military property.Besides improved accuracy, APMI also reduces the burden of resupplying soldiers with ammunition. Normally, 25 high-explosive rounds might be carried by a mortar unit to take out a target. That’s because their inherent inaccuracy typical requires volleys of fire in order to compromise a target. With the improved accuracy offered by APMI, it may take only one or two rounds to eliminate the same target.Read more at the U.S. Army, via Navigadget.last_img read more

Dembele has never been late for France – Tolisso insists

first_imgFrance international midfielder Corentin Tolisso has revealed international teammate Ousmane Dembele has never been late for training while on national team duty.The Bayern Munich man has vouched for Dembele’s professionalism as the Frenchman has come under scrutiny for reported off-field antics.The former Borussia Dortmund winger’s career so far at Barcelona has been under constant scrutiny, with stories emerging about his conduct off the pitch, including showing up late to training.Tolisso and Dembele were part of the French team that emerged victorious at the World Cup in Russia this summer and Tolisso has launched a scathing defence of his compatriot’s professionalism.“I have not seen any lateness [from Dembele] while with the French team,” Tolisso told Canal.#10AnsCFC🗨️ @CorentinTolisso dans le #CFC : “Pour moi Ousmane @Dembouz a un potentiel extraordinaire. En @equipedefrance il est apprécié par tout le monde” 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/aXURCHK1CRsamuel umtiti, barcelonaBarca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…— Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) December 16, 2018“Ousmane has extraordinary potential, I have been able to see him every day in training, in everyday life and in the group, he is someone who is appreciated by everyone and has an overflowing humour. He is young, he is 21 years old.”Dembele silenced his critics with his stunning solo effort against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League.last_img read more

56 of UK employees look for a competitive salary from their employer

first_imgMore than half (56%) of respondents based in the UK look for a competitive salary from their employer, compared to 46% of US respondents, according to research by Jobbio.Its Happiness index report, which surveyed 2,000 UK employees and 2,000 US employees, also found that 47% of UK respondents state that flexible working is important to them, compared to 39% of US-based respondents.The research also found:53% of UK respondents think that praise and rewards make a good employer, compared to 44% of US respondents.61% of UK-based respondents state that better work-life balance is a key component for a good employer, compared to 59% of respondents in the US.41% of UK respondents believe that they will retire between the ages of 70 and 74 in 2050, while 36% of US-based respondents think they will retire under the age of 65.41% of respondents in the UK feel their job will be obsolete in 10 years’ time due to the prevalence of technology. This is compared to 37% of American respondents.23% of British respondents are always happy in their current job, compared to 32% of US respondents.Stephen Quinn (pictured), chief executive officer at Jobbio, said: “Our Happiness index shows a clear disparity between the US and UK pool of talent. It seems illogical that US employees are so much happier than [the] UK workforce given they work longer hours and have shorter holidays. What is also intriguing is that even though US talent have less holiday, they use up less of their allowance too, [while] not being as concerned about their work-life balance when compared to UK talent. Perhaps the UK workforce is less happy than the US as they travel further to get to work and often commutes are disrupted by delays and overcrowding. Few people enjoy a January commute in cold weather when [the] train is delayed and [people cannot] get a seat.“It’s interesting to learn how much we think the rise of technology will influence our careers in the future and by how much, as well as what it is that brings us down when at work. With so many Brits thinking they will retire later in life, it’s important to be in a job and [an organisation] that is enjoyable and fulfilling.”last_img read more

Minnesota Business Magazine To Cease Operations Industry Notes

first_imgMinnesota Business Magazine ShuttersMinnesota Business magazine announced that its November/December edition will be its final issue before ceasing operations. According to a reported statement by executive editor Megan Effertz in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the publication’s nine staffers will be reassigned within Tiger Oak Media Inc.—the Minneapolis, Minn.- and Seattle, Wash.-based owner of Minnesota Business—which is the parent company of several other business, bridal, lifestyle, and meeting and events titles including Minnesota Bride and Minnesota Meetings + Events. The brand’s website will shut down at the end of the year.Effertz also stated that while the magazine is preparing to shutter, there is still the chance that the brand might be purchased and she hopes that it can continue running. “We’ve had a great year, with many inspiring stories, new readers both online and off, and back-to-back sold out events,” she said in the Business Journal report. “We’re still hoping maybe someone steps up.”Representatives from Minnesota Business magazine did not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication. Nature’s Eye Media Absorbs The Journey MagazineThe Journey Magazine, an Eastern Texas regional life and culture publication, and Nature’s Eye Media, a branch of the realty and media company Nature’s Eye, are merging teams beginning with the magazine’s October 2018 issue to create a new nature-based lifestyle publication. Nature’s Eye, which consists of several brands including habitat consulting and wildlife management company Nature’s Eye Consulting, and a real estate holding company for a division of Mossy Oak Properties of Texas, says that the merger with The Journey Magazine is a way for the company to expand its media branch. The magazine, which was founded in 2005 by Kim Ogden in Lufkin, Texas, was established as a lifestyle publication aimed at telling life experiences of locals, and had been individually owned and operated by Ogden since then. Nature’s Eye’s media team and the editorial staff at The Journey Magazine had been working together over the past 17 months to cover stories from Eastern Texas within the magazine’s monthly issues, but starting this month, the staffs will officially combine and will be based out of Nature’s Eye’s corporate headquarters in Lufkin. “Through this new venture, our vision is to bring our stories to an even broader audience, and to bring even more of the world to these pages,” said a spokesperson from Nature’s Eye in a statement. “We’re not only excited to share a nature based lifestyle magazine with you, but to also offer media services.”From the job board…The Miami New Times is looking for a full-time news editor to lead its reporting team and write both short and long form narrative stories. As the number two position in the newsroom, the ideal candidate will possess an instinctual knack for daily digital journalism, along with the ability to write and edit quickly while maintaining high standards. Experience in the Miami area and Spanish language skills are a plus.See this and other current job openings at careers.foliomag.com.Fast Company Reboots With New Logo and a New LookFast Company’s new logo.Fast Company unveiled its new logo as well as announced a plan for a “reinvigorated” design and “livelier” new content and stories starting with its November issue. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Stephanie Mehta, shared in a post that the redesign is “aimed at making our print, online, and live journalism even more accessible and indispensable to you, our valued readers,” as well as offering a more “human-centered design ethos.” The new logo, which was designed by Portuguese type and graphic designer Rui Abreu, plays on the original 1995 stylistic design with a smaller font-size letter ‘A’ and ‘O,’ however Mehta explains that Abreu’s logo features a contrast between thicker and thinner lines that allows “for a more updated feel.” Mehta said that creative director Mike Schnaidt’s goal for the reboot was to incorporate “a broader, bolder color palette, elegant new typefaces, and a welcoming vibe,” as well as focus on the trend that tech-based companies are taking in “embracing a friendly aesthetic over a futuristic one.” Schnaidt’s design also reflects some of the brand’s most engaged with franchises including the Most Creative People in Business list and the Secrets of the Most Productive People, which influenced the mission to establish a humanistic ethos.“Just look at Casper, Airbnb, and Dropbox, to name a few,” Schnaidt said in the post. “Their branding is empathetic, and it doesn’t aim to flaunt the complex technology on the back end of their products.”The reboot will also feature an expanded “Recommender” section that highlights readers’ favorite places, objects, travel tips, and work hacks. “What hasn’t changed?” Mehta posed. “Our passion for and commitment to telling insightful and richly reported business stories that you won’t read anywhere else.”last_img read more

SiriusXMs Coachella Radio With Beyoncé Cardi B The Weeknd More

first_imgSelections from the stellar lineup at Coachella are satcasting now as SiriusXM puts you front-and-center for performances and interviewsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2018 – 1:13 pm On April 11 SiriusXM announced it will be satcasting Coachella Radio beginning on April 12 and continuing through April 25. “Our broadcast will include major artists such as Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Cardi B, Post Malone, Kygo, and St. Vincent, but also an array of emerging artists just beginning to make their mark,” said SiriusXM President/Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein. “We love bringing our subscribers, wherever they may be, inside the vibe, atmosphere, and music of this big festival.”Also available through the SiriusXM smartphone app and on their website, Coachella Radio programming for Days 1 and 2 includes Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Kygo, Angel Olsen, Vince Staples, The Weeknd, and Alison Wonderland. Facebook SiriusXM’s Coachella Radio With Beyoncé, Cardi B, The Weeknd, More https://twitter.com/TheWeekndBible/status/984246083743289345 Additional sets are expected to be available on YouTube livestream and be sure to take our poll on which Coachella 2018 performance you are looking forward to the most.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News center_img SiriusXM’s Coachella Radio: Back On The Air siriusxms-coachella-radio-beyonc%C3%A9-cardi-b-weeknd-more Email Content Not Available Twitter last_img read more

Amazon expands its fleet of planes so you get your package on

first_img Read the Rylo camera preview See It See it $60 at Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $155 at Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 0 Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $6 at Tidal TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo See It $59 at eBay Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $520 at HP $999 Read Google Home Hub review $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo Chris Monroe/CNET Tagscenter_img Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $299 at Amazon See It Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Amazon expanded its fleet to 50 aircraft. Digital First Media/Orange Count More people are using Amazon Prime than ever. The online retail giant surpassed 100 million Prime subscribers earlier this year, and Cyber Monday 2018 was the site’s biggest shopping day yet. So how will Amazon keep up with this demand? Apparently by buying more airplanes.On Friday, Amazon announced that it was expanding its fleet to 50 aircraft (up from 40). Amazon says this is to support the increasing number of Prime subscribers who expect free two-day delivery. (On top of that, Amazon customers bought 2 billion items with one-day delivery this year.)By adding 10 more aircraft, Amazon is expanding its fleet by 25 percent — a sizable increase. But this fleet is still dwarfed by other shipping companies. UPS owns 247 aircraft (and leases more during November and December), while FedEx owns over 650 (ranking it among the world’s largest airlines).If Amazon is to continue offering free-two day shipping to its millions of Prime subscribers, it better have the arsenal to back it up. Boost Mobile Read DJI Osmo Action preview See at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Internet Tech Industry The Cheapskate $999 Amazon Prime Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review Tags 7 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Amazonlast_img read more

Care By Volvo subscription program revs up adds models

first_img Tags Enlarge ImageCare By Volvo started with the XC40, but now encompasses five different model lines.  Volvo Care By Volvo, the Swedish automaker’s monthly subscription program, has arguably been the only such plan to gain significant traction in America’s new-car marketplace. Now, Volvo is doubling down on the program, announcing expansion details that include more markets and more vehicles for its all-in-one, flat-rate monthly payment plan.Developed as an alternative to traditional vehicle leasing and purchase financing, Care By Volvo hasn’t been without its hiccups and controversies. The novel program has labored to overcome regulatory hurdles while slowly expanding state by state, and the plan has even rankled some members of the company’s dealership body. In fact, the California New Car Dealers Association asked the automaker to stop offering CBV in the Golden State back in 2018, and the California DMV is investigating the program for possible violations. Despite these obstacles, Care By Volvo appears to be meeting with greater consumer interest than any other automaker subscription program, and Volvo is understandably keen to capitalize on that momentum. First offered on select versions of Volvo’s entry-level XC40 crossover last year, the program recently expanded Care By Volvo to include the company’s new S60 sport sedan. Now, CBV is adding 2020 XC60 and XC90 SUV models, along with its V60 Cross Country lifted wagon. Interestingly, despite wide spreads in vehicle prices, there’s very little variation in Care By Volvo monthly pricing. For example, an XC40 T5 AWD in Momentum trim retails from $37,340 delivered, and runs $700 a month through CBV. The XC90 T6 AWD in Momentum trim retails for $57.940 delivered, but only costs $800 in installments — just $100 more per month. In other words, if you’re considering joining the program, bigger might be better from a value perspective.Care By Volvo pricingPer monthXC40 T5 AWD Momentum$700S60 T5 FWD Momentum$700XC40 T5 AWD R-Design$750S60 T6 AWD R-Design$750V60 Cross Country T5 AWD$750XC60 T5 AWD Momentum$750XC90 T6 AWD Momentum$800Care By Volvo involves a two-year agreement, with customers given the option to change to a different vehicle in the program after the first 12 months. When CBV was first announced in late 2017, the program started at $600 a month.At a media ride-and-drive event in Banff, Alberta, Volvo spokesperson Jim Nichols confirmed to Roadshow that “…well over 95% of Care By Volvo subscribers are first to the Volvo brand.” Converting first-time customers and so-called conquest buyers (those who presently own vehicles from other brands) is a difficult and particularly sought-after accomplishment among automakers, making 95% a very impressive statistic. 36 Photos 2020 Volvo XC90 is a slicker, safer Swedish SUV According to Nichols, Care By Volvo is now offered in 49 of 50 US states. New York — notoriously viewed as America’s most problematic auto insurance market for regulatory reasons– remains the lone holdout. The program recently launched in Canada, as well.While Volvo officials Roadshow spoke with declined to estimate how many customers are signing up for Care By Volvo on eligible vehicles, Nichols did offer some context, stating, “I will say the percentage is in single digits.”Volvo has been working to remove bottlenecks in the Care By Volvo signup and vehicle selection process, too. For starters, the CBV app, available on Android and Apple IoS platforms, is now a one-stop shop for both credit and insurance approval. According to Volvo, it’s possible to apply and be approved for a subscription within five minutes. 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever Volvo More From Roadshow 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to 1center_img Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 after three months 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact 53 Photos Comment Share your voice Car Industry Mobile Apps Additionally, Volvo is working with its insurance partner, Liberty Mutual, to reorganize and streamline the plan’s insurance component. At present, individual policies are issued to individual customers, and as a result, it takes 24 to 48 hours for a policy to bind, delaying subsequent vehicle deliveries by a day or more. The automaker is working with Liberty Mutual on a new arrangement where an insurance card can be printed out right at the dealer in order to speed up the transaction. Right now, that process is in place in seven states, with plans calling for nationwide rollout by year’s end.Getting an insurance card doesn’t mean much if there are no vehicles available, of course. “We’re continuing to work with our retail partners on not only the subscription process, but also the delivery process,” says Nichols. At present, Care By Volvo vehicles all come from central stocks held at shipping ports. If you’re near to the ports (Newark, New Jersey and Los Angeles, California), you can probably get a car in 24 hours, but for other markets, it can take days. Volvo is working to change its process so that vehicles can be pulled directly from dealer stock for quicker delivery.Care By Volvo Volvo says a vehicle can be applied and subscribed to within five minutes. Volvo Other automakers’ pilot subscription programs have functioned very differently from Volvo’s scheme, including Book By Cadillac, which was halted, only to be rebooted after a cold reception by consumers. The initial program called for hefty $1,800 monthly payments, but allowed users to swap vehicles 18 times per year to suit their needs, from sedans to SUVs. Mercedes-Benz Collection, the German automaker’s subscription plan, has a similar structure, with varying vehicle access by tier, costing between $1,595 and $2,995 a month. While Volvo has not disclosed how many customers have signed on to Care By Volvo, it looks like it will become an increasingly important tool for the automaker going forward. The key to the program’s long-term success may not just be convincing consumers about the merits of the program — it might just be getting more dealers and regulators onboard. Volvolast_img read more

Plan to replace tanker escort in Prince William Sound raises concerns in

first_imgAlyeska Pipeline Service Co., which operates the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, is splitting with its longtime provider of oil spill prevention and response services in Prince William Sound.Crowley Marine Services announced last week that its bid to continue the work has not been accepted. And in a region where the memory of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill remains fresh, that decision is raising concerns.Download AudioU.S. Navy Mechanized Landing Craft anchored along the shoreline as Navy and civilian personnel position hoses during the Exxon Valdez oil spill clean-up on Smith Island in Prince William Sound, March 24, 1989. (Public domain photo by PH2 POCHE)Right now, Crowley provides the escort tugboats that accompany oil tankers out of Prince William Sound; it also manages the oil spill response barges that would be first on the scene were there ever an accident. The company has held at least part of that contract for more than 25 years and has provided all the ship escort and response vessel services for the last decade.As of July 2018, Crowley Marine Services will no longer provide oil tanker escort tugs or oil spill response in Prince William Sound. Screenshot March 22, 2016“It’s a key oil spill prevention and response measure for Prince William Sound,” said Donna Schantz, who heads up the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, a watchdog group set up by Congress after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. What’s at stake is more than just a contract, she said. “It’s a very, very important role.”But Crowley’s contract is up for renewal — and last week, they announced their bid has been rejected. It’s not yet clear who might take their place. The bidding process isn’t complete.Schantz said she and many others in Valdez were taken by surprise. The current system, she said, is working pretty well.“The fact that we haven’t had a major oil tanker incident is a pretty good indicator,” she said. “I think Crowley’s done a really good job.”Crowley has made it clear the break-up isn’t its choice. Representatives wouldn’t speak by phone, citing the sensitivity of the issue. But in a press release, CEO Tom Crowley said his company “bid this contract very aggressively and [is] extremely disappointed.”Crowley also couldn’t offer any details as to why their bid was rejected. Alyeska spokesperson Kate Dugan said she can’t comment while the bidding process is still underway.“It’s a competitive landscape, and that’s all I can really say about that,” Dugan said. “The details of the contract, not just the contract itself, but the whole process of how and why we make decisions like this, is to protect the privacy of the bidders and to get the most competitive deal we can get.”Alyeska operates the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and its Valdez terminal, and is controlled by the pipeline owners, primarily ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips.Dugan said Alyeska is committed to protecting Prince William Sound, which is why it started the bidding process well before the current contract expires in 2018.“We were deliberate in that so that we could make sure that any transition, if there was going to be a transition, would be thoughtful and honor the commitment we have to Prince William Sound,” she said.Dugan couldn’t confirm what company – or companies – are still in the running. But Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore told the Alaska Dispatch News that they are competing for the contract.Edison Chouest has operations worldwide, but they are perhaps best known in Alaska for the Aviq tugboat, which was pulling Shell’s arctic drill rig, the Kulluk, across the Gulf of Alaska in 2012 when the rig broke loose and grounded off Kodiak.Meanwhile, Crowley employs about 250 people in Valdez. In its statement, the company said it would “look for opportunities to redeploy” employees. But Alan Cote, national president of the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, which represents about 150 deckhands, engineers and cooks working for Crowley, said it would be hard for any company to absorb that many people.His members are worried, he said, “especially now, with the reduction in oil exploration and production in Alaska. It’s really a catch-22 for these workers, the union and the company.”Schantz, of the Citizens’ Council, said her group will work with whatever company wins the contract. But, she said, whoever it is will face a steep learning curve.“We don’t know yet, but we are assuming we’re going to have new tugs coming in, new barges, new people,” she said. “And just pulling all those pieces together, and making sure that the prevention and response in place isn’t compromised during that transition process is going to be significant.”Crowley will continue providing services through June 2018. Alyeska expects to announce its new contractor by early summer.last_img read more

Jessore road accident kills one

first_imgMap of JessoreA man died on Thursday of his injuries sustained in a road accident at Bagacchra in Sharsha upazila of Jessore district on Wednesday evening.The deceased is Najrul Islam Naju, 45, son of a certain Dader Ali Dhabak, a resident of Dhabak para village of the upazila, reports UNB.According to eyewitness, Najrul was passing the road when a speeding motorcycle crashed into him, leaving him and two others critically injured.Later, locals rescued them and took them to Jessore Medical College where Najrul was referred to Dhaka. But he succumbed to his injuries early Thursday on the way to Dhaka.last_img read more

Over 42000 river encroachers listed in Bangladesh

first_imgIndustries have been set up encroaching the river banks. the picture taken from the banks of Balu river near the Sultana Kamal Bridge in Demra area. Photo: Prothom AloA list of 42,423 persons has been drawn up by the National River Protection Commission, naming those who have encroached upon rivers all around the country. The list includes tradesmen who have set up small shops as well as industrialists who have set up huge factories on the rivers. The encroachers include well-known persons and politicians. The commission has submitted the list to the parliamentary standing committee of the shipping affairs ministry.The encroachers have not only taken over rivers, but canals and wetlands all over the country. The local administration has drawn up lists of these encroachers upon directives from the river protection commission.The commission has said that the list will be scrutinized further to ensure no encroacher is left out. After that, a crash programme will be taken up to remove all illegal structures from the rivers within a year. The commission, however, has said it does not have adequate funds for the drive.The river protection commission is yet to receive the list of river encroachers in 12 districts including Dhaka, Dinajpur, Panchagarh, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Bagerhat, Mymensingh and Netrakona. The administration of many districts has not given complete lists as yet. The commission has urged the concerned district administrations to submit the lists immediately.The lists indicate that local persons have set up shops and houses on most of the rivers. And in areas near around the capital city, alongside the local people, big industries have also encroached upon the rivers Sitalakkhya, Turag and Balu. In the port city Chattogram, the river Karnaphuli and the Chaktai canal are entangled in encroachments.On 1 July the Supreme Court passed a verdict declaring river encroachment to be a criminal offence. Rivers were declared to be living beings and the river protection commission was given legal guardianship of the rivers.Chairman of the river protection commission, Mujibur Rahman Howladar, told Prothom Alo, for the first time a list has been reared of river, canal and wetland encroachers. The deputy commissioners in the various districts basically carried out this task. This is a continual process and the lists will be scrutinized further to check if there are any more encroachers.He said a dive has already begun to remove the encroachments. A one-year crash programme will be taken up and implemented by the district administrations. He has called upon the government for adequate funds for the purpose.Sitalakkhya swamped by sand traders and dockyardsA look through the list shows that the banks of Sitalakkhya have been taken over by a number of dockyards. These include the Saudia, Shefa, Saud Khan, Abul Hossain and Ibrahim dockyards among others.Then again, sand traders are dumping sand into Sitalkhhya and filling it. The sand traders include HI Traders, Masum Enterprise, Salek Enterprise, Biplob Enterprise, Beauty Enterprise and Jashim Enterprise. Each of these traders has filled around 4800 sq ft of the river near Rupganj.State minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury has told Prothom Alo, the shipping ministry has a task force to protect the rivers. It would look after the rivers in and around Dhaka, but now, upon directives from the prime minister, it would look into all major rivers or the country.He said that the district administration has been told to take action against the encroachers, but this would require adequate funds. However, eviction has already begun in some districts.Industries on Turag, BaluThe rivers Turag and Balu on the outskirts of the capital city have also been illegally encroached upon by large industries. Anontex, Zarina Textiles, Anwar Group and other industrial groups have filled parts of the rivers and set up their structures.Karnaphuli encroachmentsAt least 777 persons have encroached upon the River Karnaphuli. Most of this has been done in the name of Bastuhara Samity (association of the homeless), by the association’s president and members. They have erected structures along the river.And another 2112 persons have occupied parts of Karnaphuli and tributaries. They have set up industries, temples and so on.Commercially important to Chattogram, the Chaktai canal has also been illegally encroached upon by at least 51 persons.And 10 persons have illegally occupied the river Banshkhali in Cox’s Bazar, by setting up fish farms there. Another 48 persons have set up bamboo houses and plantations on 13 acres of the river area. Similarly the rivers Sangu, Loharia, Laukathi, Ichhamati and others all over the country are disappearing under the establishments being set up by these illegal occupiers.Speaking to Prothom Alo about river encroachment, chairman of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Iftekharuzzaman, said that it is a positive move that for the first time a list of river encroachers has been drawn up. More importantly, the list has been handed over to the parliamentary standing committee. The government should evict the encroachers with no discrimination or bias and also take legal action against them.* This report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

Gallup Number of Americans who belong to a church or house of

first_img News Share This! Tagschurch membership church membership decline Gallup homepage featured nones,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Most Americans still say they believe in God, but their involvement in organized religion continues to wane.A new Gallup report found that only half of Americans say they belong to a church or other religious body, down from 69% two decades earlier.Most of the decline is tied to the rise of the so-called “nones” — those who claim no religious affiliation. Gallup found that the share of Americans who claim a religious identity declined from 90% to 77% in recent decades.But even those who claim a faith tradition may not belong to a religious congregation or community, according to the report, which compared data from 1998-2000 to data from 2016-2018.At the turn of the century, Gallup said, 73% of religious Americans belonged to a house of worship. That’s dropped to 64% today.“The still-sizable proportion of religious Americans also contribute to declining church membership, as fewer in this group belong to a church than did so two decades ago,” the report states.Being part of a house of worship is no longer necessary for a growing number of religious Americans, said Tim Carney, author of “Alienated America.”“This data confirms what we’ve been seeing for decades: American life is becoming deinstitutionalized,” Carney said. “Americans are less likely to belong to anything. In America, historically, the thing most people have belonged to has been the church, and now more and more people are losing that.”Age and generational differences appear to play a role in whether Americans join a house of worship.“Just 42 percent of millennials are members of churches, on average,” according to the report. “By comparison, 20 years ago, 62 percent of members of Generation X belonged to a church, when they were about the same age as millennials are today.”The poll found that 68% of “traditionalists” — which Gallup identifies as those born before 1945 — are part of a church or other religious body. That percentage has declined from 78% two decades ago.Gallup’s study also found that 89% of traditionalists have a religious identity, compared with 68% of millennials, which it defines as those born between 1980 and 2000.“Not only are millennials less likely than older Americans to identify with a religion, but millennials who are religious are significantly less likely to belong to a church,” according to the report. “Fifty-seven percent of religious millennials belong to a church, compared with 65 percent or more in older generations.”Among other findings:Catholics (63%) are less likely to belong to a church than Protestants (67%).Nondenominational Christians (57%) are less likely to belong to a church than those tied to a specific denomination (70%).Mormons have among the highest affiliation with a church, at about 90%.Jewish membership in synagogues has remained steady at about 50%.Gallup’s new numbers are striking because they suggest a even lower level in religiosity than other recent data on religious affiliation.Last year’s General Social Survey, a poll conducted since 1972 by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, found that those who reported that they affiliate with “no religion” and those that self-identify as evangelicals are the same size — about 23%.The difference is one of wording, explained Ryan Burge, a pastor and political science researcher. While the GSS looked at affiliation, which can be more cultural, Gallup asked about membership, which might suggest a more formal connection with a specific religious body.“A lot of people say they’re Catholic, for example, but they never go to Mass,” Burge said. “Or they went to college, moved away, and don’t attend a church in their new town. So if you ask if they’re a member of the Catholic Church, they’re more likely to say they’re not because they don’t actively attend.”Burge said the gap between the population that claims a religious affiliation and population that claims church membership shows that America is still “marginally attached” to civic religion.“The vast majority of us think we should believe in something, that we should have some religious affiliation,” he said. “They’re not afraid of the label of religion, they’re just reluctant to engage in the activity. That ties into the larger problem in America where people aren’t joining stuff as much as they used to.”That lines up with an overall lack of interest in belonging, according to Harvard University political scientist Robert Putnam, whose 2000 book, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” argued that Americans have been engaging less and less in communal social activities – bowling leagues, Rotary clubs, Boy Scouts, gardening clubs, book clubs and more — since the 1960s.Church attendance, Putnam told Religion News Service, has simply followed this downward trend.In fact, the data on the decline in church membership shares “almost exactly the same pattern of ups and downs” as engagement in secular civil society, he said.While the acceleration of the trend may partially be rooted in the increased politicization of religion, Putnam said, it’s likely much less about religion and spirituality and much more about a general disengagement with organized social activities.That gap has only partially been filled by the rise of online forms of community, researchers say, which has consequences not only for faith groups but for society at large.“This is not a good trend, even from a secular perspective,” Carney said. “People who attend church have more connections, more friends, more support in tough times, and more of a sense of purpose. Families that attend church are stronger. And among the working class, the data suggest that people who drop out of church aren’t joining anything else in its place.”Putnam, though, cautioned against focusing on just the rearview mirror.“Just because a trend is going in a direction, doesn’t mean it can’t reverse course,” Putnam said. “I actually think it’s possible that the millennials will lead a renewal of civil society. There’s a decent chance we’re on the verge of a major change in American society.”And religion, he said, could very well be a part of that.The Gallup study was based on telephone interviews of American adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Trend data on membership came from surveys of 2,000 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.Results for 2016-2018 are based on interviews with 7,688 Americans. Results from 1998-2000 are based on interviews with 7,184 Americans. Both have a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.(This story has been updated.) By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan DIY Faith • News Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Share This!center_img Share This! News About the authorView All Posts How a controversial Muslim figure helped ignite the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar� … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Bob Smietana Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service. By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Bob Smietana @bobsmietanalast_img read more

Researchers show that nucleosomes can inhibit CRISPRCas9 cleavage efficiency

first_img More information: Robert M. Yarrington et al. Nucleosomes inhibit target cleavage by CRISPR-Cas9 in vivo, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1810062115AbstractGenome editing with CRISPR-Cas nucleases has been applied successfully to a wide range of cells and organisms. There is, however, considerable variation in the efficiency of cleavage and outcomes at different genomic targets, even within the same cell type. Some of this variability is likely due to the inherent quality of the interaction between the guide RNA and the target sequence, but some may also reflect the relative accessibility of the target. We investigated the influence of chromatin structure, particularly the presence or absence of nucleosomes, on cleavage by the Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 protein. At multiple target sequences in two promoters in the yeast genome, we find that Cas9 cleavage is strongly inhibited when the DNA target is within a nucleosome. This inhibition is relieved when nucleosomes are depleted. Remarkably, the same is not true of zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), which cleave equally well at nucleosome-occupied and nucleosome-depleted sites. These results have implications for the choice of specific targets for genome editing, both in research and in clinical and other practical applications. A team of researchers at the University of Utah has found that nucleosomes can inhibit CRISPR/Cas9 cleavage efficiency. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes testing the gene editing technique on yeast samples and what they found. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Illustration of Cas9 binding to DNA. The top figure shows two nucleosomes surrounding a nucleosome-free stretch of DNA. Hypothetical PAM sites for Cas9 targets in the central region and the right-hand nucleosome are shown in red. The lower figure shows Cas9 (with sgRNA) bound to the central target, with the PAM and flanking DNA held deep in the protein cleft. The PAM in the nucleosome could not be accessed without dissociating the DNA from the histone core. DNA backbones are blue; the RNA backbone is teal; DNA and RNA bases are white, except for the PAM; histones are green; Cas9 is purple. Credit: Janet Iwasa (University of Utah, Salt Lake City). Citation: Researchers show that nucleosomes can inhibit CRISPR-Cas9 cleavage efficiency (2018, September 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-nucleosomes-inhibit-crispr-cas9-cleavage-efficiency.html © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img The gene editing technique CRISPR-Cas 9 uses guide RNA to find and snip out segments of DNA—but what happens when the targeted segment is part of a nucleosome? Prior research has suggested that in such instances, it is likely that cleavage efficiency would suffer. In this new effort, the researchers have carried out an in vivo test of such instances and found that prior research results were correct—using CRISPR-Cas 9 on nucleosomes may not work very well.DNA strands are tiny, but really long—approximately six feet long if stretched out. Because of that, cells have mechanisms for packing DNA into a cell nucleus. That mechanism involves rolling the strands into bunches around a given protein. Such rolled bunches are known as nucleosomes. Logic suggests that a technique for editing a strand of DNA might encounter difficulty because of accessibility issues. Other researchers have considered the possibility of such problems, but have studied them in test tubes or did their work on known strands that were not part of nucleosomes. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out once and for all if CRISPR-Cas9 would work just as well editing strands that are part of nucleosomes in living tissue as it does on strands that are not.The work involved CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing using different guide RNAs in living yeast, which allowed for editing different targets. Some of the targets were in nucleosomes while others were not. The researchers report that cleavage efficiency was much lower in nucleosomes than in non-nucleosome areas. But they also found something else—when testing the gene editing technique called zinc fingers the same way, they found no such difference. The group suggests that in the future, gene editing efforts should start with nucleosome position maps to improve efficiency. Explore further Two unrelated studies result in discovery of CRISPR-Cas12a inhibitors This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The Chargers are probably headed to LA after stadium tax is rejected

first_imgIn sports related election night news, San Diego voters rejected a proposed increase in the city’s hotel tax from 10.5% to 16.5% in order to fund the construction of a new stadium for the Chargers.Estimates predicted the tax would yield around $1 billion, which would be matched with $650 million from the team. Measure C fell well short of the 2/3 majority needed to pass.The failure of the team and the city to agree on a new stadium raises the obvious question whether the Chargers will begin kicking the tires on relocating the team to L.A.When the NFL approved the Rams relocation, they also approved giving San Diego the first right to join them. The one-year window for the Chargers to decide expires in January. Advertisement It’s decision time for owner Dean Spanos. All signs point to moving trucks heading to Los Angeles.Check out the video of one stadium proposal for Carson City.last_img read more

South Korean lawmakers approve new premier

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s ruling party-controlled legislation on Thursday approved President Park Geun-hye’s choice for prime minster, ending a lengthy merry-go-round at the country’s No. 2 job caused by political wrangling and corruption scandals.The National Assembly on Thursday approved the appointment of Hwang Kyo-ahn by a vote of 156-120. Two lawmakers abstained, parliamentary officials said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Sponsored Stories Hwang has been the country’s justice minister and will be remembered for successfully petitioning the country’s constitutional court last year to disband a small leftist party accused of pro-North Korea views, a decision critics said exposed the limits of freedom of expression in a nation once ruled by military dictators.Hwang will succeed Lee Wan Koo, who resigned in April amid allegations that he was among several members of Park’s administration who received bribes from a businessman who committed suicide weeks earlier.Lee in February had replaced Chung Hong-won who stepped down over the government’s criticized handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people last year. Chung offered to resign shortly after the ferry sank in April last year to take responsibility over the disaster, but two possible replacements abandoned their nominations because of questions over past behavior, forcing Park to retain him.South Korea’s executive power is concentrated in the president, but the prime minister leads the country if the president becomes incapacitated.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Quick workouts for men Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more