Elton John Reveals Title, Cover Art For Upcoming Autobiography About His “Roller Coaster” Life [Video]

first_imgAfter confirming the upcoming release of his first-ever autobiography earlier this month, Sir Elton John has revealed the book’s title and cover art. Me by Elton John will arrive on October 15th.The legendary singer/songwriter/pianist revealed the memoir’s title and cover art in a tweet posted on his birthday on Monday. Elton John Travels Back In Time In Career-Spanning Holiday Ad [Watch]As Sir Elton explained in a previously shared clip, “I just wanted to tell you I have a book coming out which is my first autobiography. I can’t wait for you to read it, because it’s the truth, and so many books that have been written about me haven’t exactly been truthful. … I can’t wait for you to see what I have to say about my life.” The new Elton John book will come as he continues to tour the world on his extensive final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The new memoir will also arrive soon after the upcoming biopic about Elton John’s life, Rocket Man, due out this May.You can pre-order Elton John’s Me via MacMillan Publishers today. For a full list of Elton John’s remaining Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates, head to his website here.last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Ancient tree discovered has rings that document the reversal of Earth’s magnetic field

first_img190-pound mastiff rescued while hiking in Utah Salt Lake County Search and Rescue officials responded to the call. The dog was loaded onto a stretcher and carried down the mountain. The rescue team wrote on their Facebook page that, “Floyd was a good boy and was happy to be assisted.” You might not eat a burger while orbiting around the cosmos anytime soon, but the scenario is now one step closer to becoming possible. For the first time ever, an Israeli company has successfully cultured lab-grown meat on the International Space Station, 248 miles above Earth.  Meat has grown in space for the very first time Ancient tree discovered in New Zealand has rings that document the reversal of Earth’s magnetic fieldcenter_img It’s not just people that find themselves in need of rescue while hiking. Case in point: a massive 190-pound mastiff named Floyd set out on a hike with his owner up Utah’s Grandeur Peak hiking trail on Sunday. The duo made it about two miles up the trail before Floyd’s owner called the local police department requesting help for the 3-year-old dog who “was not able to move.”  The tree’s rings show a complete record of the near-reversal of Earth’s magnetic field. This is the first time that a tree documenting the full event has ever been found. Reversals in our planet’s magnetic field have been linked to extinction events. Scientists studying the tree say that it provides insight into what we might expect the next time we experience a reversal of Earth’s magnetic field.  An ancient Agathis australis tree with rings that document the near-reversal of Earth’s magnetic field has been discovered on New Zealand’s north island. The tree, which measures 8 feet in diameter and 65 feet in length, was found buried under 26 feet of soil. Carbon dating shows that the tree was alive for 1,500 years and lived between 41,000 and 42,500 years ago.last_img read more

Operation Martillo: U.S., Great Britain seize 680 kgs of cocaine

first_img WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Great Britain’s Royal Navy recently seized 680 kilograms of pure cocaine from a go-fast boat in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Puerto Rico, marking another huge blow against narco-traffickers as the result of Operation Martillo. A United States Customs and Border Agency ship spotted the suspicious vessel and contacted the Royal Navy’s HMS Lancaster, which deployed helicopters to intercept the boat, which was hidden under a tarpaulin. The Royal Navy arrested the three-member crew, who had thrown 22 bales of cocaine overboard, but the narcotics were recovered. The HMS Lancaster destroyed the boat that had transported the cocaine, which had a street value of US$156.4 million. Cmdr. Steve Moorhouse of the HMS Lancaster said it was the third recent bust in which Great Britain and the United States worked together to intercept a vessel carrying narcotics in the Caribbean. “This is a great result, not only for Lancaster but also everyone involved in the multinational effort to stem the flow of drugs in the region,” he told the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail. “My ship’s company can be incredibly proud of what they have achieved, their professionalism and teamwork continue to shine, and our close relationship with our partner nations and law enforcement agencies is proving to be hugely successful.” Moorhouse added his crew also has seized US$1.095 million of marijuana and large amounts of cocaine and heroin during the past three weeks. The United Kingdom is part of Operation Martillo, which is led by the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South and includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain. Operation Martillo’s goal is to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. The operation plays a key role in the counter-narcotics fight, as about 80% of cocaine shipments are moved via maritime routes. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. “This extraordinary quantity of drugs has been stopped from reaching the streets by the swift actions of the Royal Navy, working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard,” Great Britain’s Secretary of Defense Philip Hammond told the Daily Mail. “This is another example of the skills and capability that mean our Armed Forces are held in high regard by our partners around the world.” The bust continued to show how well Operation Martillo nations are working together in the counter-narcotics fight, as the HMS Lancaster is currently on patrol with the U.S. Coast Guard to catch narco-traffickers. From its launch on Jan. 15, 2012 to July 17, 2013, Operation Martillo resulted in the seizure of 207,740 kilograms of cocaine and 37,397 kilograms of marijuana, 472 arrests and the confiscation of 152 assets. The Joint Interagency Task Force South and U.S. Southern Command will continue to work closely with partner nations through Operation Martillo, as 69% of the disruptions made during the past fiscal year were supported by a member nation. During the 2011 fiscal year, 59% of disruptions included a partner nation. “Operation Martillo has been a huge success and demonstrates our clear commitment to work together with our partner nations and interagency community to combat the influence of organized crime and disrupt the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S.,” Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet, said in a prepared statement. “By teaming up with our partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, our goal is to deny them the ability to transit so that the sea lines are not free for illicit traffic.” By Dialogo August 19, 2013last_img read more

When did marketing become punishment?

first_imgI was a kid in the 60’s. Television was pretty much still black and white, we had four channels, I was the remote control, oh and it went “off the air” around midnight. There was no pausing live TV or recording, or even reruns, so if you missed it, you missed it. And I remember bargaining with my mom when it was my night to do the dishes and the Brady Bunch was on – can I do them on the commercials? A commercial would begin and I would run into the kitchen frantically cleaning and my brothers and sisters (who had my back) would yell, “It’s back on!” Marketing was my friend. The only chance I had to pee, or grab a snack or do the dishes so I didn’t miss the content. Yesterday I was working out on our elliptical trainer at home. I put on my wireless headset, dialed up Pandora Red Hot Chili Peppers station on my iPhone and just a few seconds into the first song Pandora told me that someone else was listening (my husband) and did I want to boot him off? I thought about it – but then said naw, let him listen. I remembered that I had a Spotify app on my phone so I switched to that. I don’t have a monthly subscription like I do with Pandora so the first thing is asked me was if I wanted to watch a 30 second commercial so I could get 30 minutes commercial free listening. It made me wonder just how often they were going to throw ads at me if I said no. So I said yes, and gun to my head I could not even tell you what the ad was about, what company was selling to me because quite frankly I resented it. It got me to thinking about how invasive ads have become. And how pushy and bossy marketing  has become. Like when you get a Google alert for a good article, you click on that link, the article appears and then BAM a marketing message invades your screen. Or watching a YouTube Video now, gotta watch the ad first. It’s like the price we pay to get the content we want. Does this stuff really work? Do people say, “Oh wait, I wonder what this is?” I would love to know their success rate. It just feels like a lot of marketing/advertising, whatever you want to call it these days has become a fly in the ointment. Or that annoying little sister that says “Look at me, pay attention to me” when you know they really don’t have anything important to say. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Denise Wymore Denise started her credit union career over 30 years ago as a Teller for Pacific NW Federal Credit Union in Portland, Oregon. She moved up and around the org. chart … Web: www.nacuso.org Detailslast_img read more

Ellen Pompeo on Patrick Dempsey’s Return as Derek

first_img– Advertisement – In the final moments of the premiere, Cormac (Richard Flood) left the hospital for the night and found Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) unconscious in the parking lot — apparently on the brisk of death.In her mind, Grey cut to a different thought: reuniting with Derek (Patrick Dempsey) on the beach. Yes, Derek — her husband, Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, who died years ago. He yelled her name and she spun around and saw him before the episode came to an end.Following the shocking return, Pompeo, 51, and Dempsey, 54, revealed how the reunion came about, which began by her asking her former costar to go on a hike.- Advertisement – Warning: This story contains Grey’s Anatomy spoilers!The promos for the Thursday, November 12, season 17 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy were teased as “shocking” and “jaw-dropping.” Well, ABC wasn’t kidding.- Advertisement – “I had known that Krista wanted to do a beach thing, and I was at the beach. Patrick and I weren’t hiking on the beach, but we were hiking in Malibu, which, you can see the beach. And the idea just struck me so I just said to him, would you ever consider coming and being a part of the storytelling this season?” she revealed in an interview with Deadline. “I know that Patrick has his foundation in Maine where he helps cancer patients and cancer survivors, and that’s a huge effort of his, and I know that it’s important to him, also, to give people hope, and give people joy, and we wanted to bring something to this moment.”Pompeo noted that she explained that having the reunion during a time of “so much darkness” would provide a “ray of light” for fans — and he loved the idea.“We had a ball filming it,” she said. Dempsey echoed the sentiment, adding that they wanted to do something for the frontline workers and to make people feel better.- Advertisement – “I think the whole atmosphere has changed, certainly working at the beach, and seeing everybody again was really a very healing process, and really rewarding, and a lot of fun,” the Bridget Jones’s Baby actor said. “And hopefully, that feeling translates, and the fans enjoy it. I know that they’ve been wanting us to get back together, and I think this will satisfy a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people, hopefully.”The Maine native also explained that it felt “very special” and “really comfortable” filming together again. Pompeo added that the spark came back immediately.“It’s like riding a bike. We just have a chemistry and a dynamic that’s always served us well, and I think we have a genuine affection for each other,” she said. “It was very healing to come back, and know that we’re doing something good, putting out a positive story, a healing story, going to make people smile.”Plus, fans can expect to see more of Derek. “It’s more than the one scene,” showrunner Krista Vernoff said. “Patrick and Ellen and I were all there at the beginning of this; I wasn’t there for the pilot, but I was there for the first seven seasons, and that was 17 years ago. That was, like, a lifetime ago; my kids weren’t alive. It was so wild to walk out on that beach, and just be together again as these different people that we are now. But I can’t overstate how joyful and healing an experience this was.”See photos of the reunion below.last_img read more

Martin Keown predicts Premier League top four and tips Manchester United to miss out on goal difference

first_imgUnited are currently outsiders for the top four (Picture: Getty)And Keown believes that’ll play into the hands of his former side, who he expects to finish fourth behind Tottenham.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think they’re [Manchester United just going to miss out,’ said Keown.‘Arsenal, you may expect me to say that, but I’ve gone through the fixtures and I just think they’re just too tough for Man Utd‘When you look at these games they’ve got play City I think that will be a draw I don’t think they can win that one for me it’s not going to happen’75 points I think they’ll get, same as Arsenal but they’ll finish above on goal difference’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsArsenal take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday but will be without the suspended Sokratis.Unai Emery hinted at changes after his side’s 2-0 win against Napoli on Thursday and they face the Italian giants again three days after their clash with the Hornets.MORE: Barcelona eyeing cut-price deal for Chelsea star Willian Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Apr 2019 9:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link453Shares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Martin Keown’s predicted heartbreak for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Chelsea and Manchester United will miss out on a place in the Premier League’s top four.Tottenham regained third spot from Chelsea with a comfortable 4-0 win against Huddersfield in Saturday’s early kick-off.The Blues face a daunting trip to Anfield on Sunday to play Liverpool, while they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United later this month.The Red Devils are fifth after Saturday’s narrow win over West Ham but have the hardest run-in where they’ll play Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City in the space of seven days.ADVERTISEMENT Martin Keown predicts Premier League top four and tips Manchester United to miss out on goal differencelast_img read more

German schemes outsourcing administration to minimise hassle, study shows

first_imgThree-quarters expected the outsourcing trend to continue, citing the increasing complexity of administration.As much as 90% of respondents said they expected the complexity of the regulatory environment concerning labour and tax legislation to increase over the next 10 years.Additionally, the volume of assets in the pension funds is increasing, and companies want to focus on their core business and other HR issues.Both factors have also contributed to a greater need by pension fund members for information, which 82% of the companies expect will increase.At the beginning of December, Towers Watson announced it had been re-awarded the administration for the pension plans of the Bosch group, including the €2.5bn Bosch Pensionsfonds, after the mandate was tendered at the end of a five-year-term.The outsourced mandate covers pension arrangement for 200,000 employees and is as yet the largest outsourcing mandate of its kind.Bernhard Wiesner, senior vice-president of corporate pensions and related benefits at Robert Bosch, said: “By hiring a qualified specialist service provider, we can ensure very efficient and at the same time lean administration processes for our occupational pension plans.”He added his company could not have set up the administration “as economically” on its own. The number of German pension funds outsourcing administration is growing, Towers Watson has found in a study citing increasing complexity is the main reason.In total, 83% of the 65 companies the consultancy surveyed were already using external service providers for occupational pensions administration.When the survey was last done in 2011, the share was 67%.Another 17% are planning to outsource pensions administration for the first time, or add other services to the outsourced mandate.last_img read more

Kiddy Cricket Festival Comes East/Southeast

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 43 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Photo credit: Mervin Thomas.Kiddy Cricket, a ScotiaBank funded initiative and a partner of West Indies Cricket Board and Dominica Cricket Association, has been involved with developing cricket skills among youth on Dominica for more than a decade. Since its inception, Kiddy Cricket has held yearly cricket festivals where primary schools would compete against each other in a spirited yet enjoyable atmosphere. On January 28th, Kiddy Cricket hosted the first annual cricket festival for the east and Southeast. Over 100 youth traveled to Castle Bruce Playing Field to represent their schools. The invited schools from the festival in the east and Southeast included: Atkinson Primary, Lighthouse Academy, Salybia Primary, Sineku Primary, Castle Bruce Primary, San Sauveur Primary, Jones Beaupierre Primary, Morne Jaune Primary, and Grand Fond Primary. Photo credit: Mervin ThomasThe final match was an all Kalinago Territory affair where Sineku Primary defeated Atkinson Primary to claim the first championship of the Kiddy Cricket Festival of the east/Southeast. All of the Sineku Primary and Atkinson Primary team members will be invited to demonstrate their skills during one of the breaks of the West Indies and Australia test match which will be held at Windsor Park 23rd to the 27th of April.Those who assisted in the planning and financing of this first annual youth cricket festival include: ScotiaBank, West Indies Cricket Board, Dominica Cricket Association, East Dominica Children’s Federation – an affiliate of ChildFund Caribbean, Mervin Thomas, the Kiddy Cricket Coordinator, Joseph Bridwell, a Peace Corps Volunteer, and the east/Southeast area sports officers.Mervin ThomasKiddy Cricket Coordinator NewsSports Kiddy Cricket Festival Comes East/Southeast by: – February 10, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

Decatur County Healthy Fair Set For June 25

first_imgDecatur County Memorial Hospital will be hosting their annual Healthy Fair that offers a free lunch to everyone who attends on June 25th.Nearly 800 residents are expected to attend the event that offers vision, skin cancer, bone density and blood screenings. Attendees will also have an opportunity to donate blood during a drive.There will be many door prizes given away and children can enjoy any of the two bounce houses or the newest feature this year, Nine13Sports Bicycle Challenge. This challenge features eight stationary bicycles hooked up to a big screen TV which encourages kids to race across the screen in friendly competition.Also, attendees can tour a LifeLine medical helicopter and Decatur County ambulance, learn about fire safety in the Greensburg Fire Department’s Safety House and enjoy a mini Farmer’s Market.The Healthy Fair serves as a chance for people to interact with the community’s health care professionals and learn how to make the most out of all the resources that are available in and around Greensburg that ensure community well-being. Over 70 booths will be present with thirteen offering free screenings and all booths will provide reliable information on a wide variety of health topics.This year’s fair will be held at Greensburg Elementary School. For more information you can check out the Healthy Fair’s web page.last_img read more

India close in on victory as Jadeja shines

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyDHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) – Ravindra Jadeja shone with bat and ball to put India in a commanding position to secure a series-clinching victory over Australia in the fourth and final Test yesterday.After two days of fluctuating fortunes at the end of a tight series which is level at 1-1, India moved ahead in the morning session when they fashioned a valuable 32-run lead before being dismissed for 332 on the stroke of lunch.On the liveliest of the four pitches used in the series, Australia’s top order struggled against the bouncing ball before Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared six wickets between them to bowl out the tourists for 137.Chasing 106 to complete a 2-1 series victory, India were 19 for no loss at the close at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium which is hosting its first Test.Openers Lokesh Rahul (13) and Murali Vijay (six) will resume today, with the hosts needing 87 runs to complete a comprehensive win inside four days.“We claimed three early wickets, which was a bonus for us,” Jadeja told reporters.“We had already taken an upper hand with the 32-run lead. From there, the momentum was with us,” added the all-rounder.Jadeja made 63 and featured in a 96-run partnership with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha after India resumed 52 runs adrift and with four wickets in hand.Jadeja was hit on the helmet after deflecting a ball from Pat Cummins, who peppered the batsman with short deliveries. The 28-year-old connected with one to smash his fourth six before dragging a delivery from the same bowler on to his stumps.Steve O’Keefe sent back Kumar in the next over and Cummins (3-94) got rid of Saha, who made 31, with another short delivery.Off-spinner Nathan Lyon (5-92) dismissed debutant Kuldeep Yadav for seven to wrap up the innings and complete his second five-wicket haul of the series.Australia’s top order struggled from the start.Karun Nair spilled David Warner at slip off Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the second time in the match but the opener, who has managed just one fifty in the series, was unable to capitalise and was caught behind for six off Umesh Yadav.Much depended on captain Steve Smith and the highest scorer of the series hit three delectable boundaries before guiding a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery on to his stumps to depart for 17.Umesh (3-29) had Matt Renshaw caught behind as Australia lost three wickets before they had wiped out India’s first- innings lead.Jadeja dismissed Shaun Marsh, Cummins and O’Keefe before Ashwin joined the party, claiming 3-29.Glenn Maxwell top-scored with a fluent 45 before falling lbw to Ashwin.“You can hear a pin drop in the dressing-room,” batting coach Graeme Hick said.“Very disappointing day! There’s always a chance until the final ball is bowled. But it was a hard day today. The boys will be pretty down,” the former England batsman added.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 300 (S. Smith 111, M. Wade 57, D. Warner 56; K. Yadav 4-68)INDIA 1st innings (o/n 248-6)L. Rahul c Warner b Cummins 60M. Vijay c Wade b Hazlewood 11C. Pujara c Handscomb b Lyon 57A. Rahane c Smith b Lyon 46K. Nair c Wade b Lyon 5R. Ashwin lbw b Lyon 30W. Saha c Smith b Cummins 31R. Jadeja b Cummins 63B. Kumar c Smith b O’Keefe 0K. Yadav c Hazlewood b Lyon 7U. Yadav not out 2Extras: (b-4, lb-11, w-5) 20Total: (all out, 118.1 overs) 332Fall of wickets: 1-21,2-108,3-157, 4-167, 5-216, 6-221,7-317, 8-318, 9-318.Bowling: J. Hazlewood 25-8-51-1, P. Cummins 30-8-94-3 (w-5), N. Lyon 34.1-5-92-5, S. O’Keefe 27-4-75-1, G. Maxwell 2-0-5-0AUSTRALIA 2nd inningsM. Renshaw c Saha b U. Yadav 8D. Warner c Saha b U. Yadav 6S. Smith b B. Kumar 17P. Handscomb c Rahane b R. Ashwin 18G. Maxwell lbw b R. Ashwin 45S. Marsh c Pujara b Jadeja 1M. Wade not out 25P. Cummins c Rahane b Jadeja 12S. O’Keefe c Pujara b Jadeja 0N. Lyon c Vijay b U. Yadav 0J. Hazlewood lbw b R. Ashwin 0Extras: (b-4, lb-1) 5Total: (all out, 53.5 overs) 137Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-31, 3-31, 4-87, 5-92, 6-106, 7-121, 8-121, 9-122.Bowling: B. Kumar 7-1-27-1, U. Yadav 10-3-29-3, K. Yadav 5-0-23-0, R. Jadeja 18-7-24-3, R. Ashwin 13.5-4-29-3INDIA 2nd innings (Target: 106 runs)L. Rahul not out 13M. Vijay not out 6Extras: 0Total: (for no loss, 6 overs) 19Fall of wickets:To bat: C. Pujara, A. Rahane, K. Nair, R. Ashwin, W. Saha, R. Jadeja, B. Kumar, K. Yadav, U. Yadav.Bowling: P. Cummins 3-1-14-0, J. Hazlewood 2-0-5-0, S. O’Keefe 1-1-0-0.last_img read more