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first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Moscow City Court ruled on Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, that Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, should still be considered an Olympic champion, but the International Olympic Committee refuses to recognize the verdict. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)MOSCOW — With a pair of gold medals at stake, a Russian court has issued a ruling that directly challenges the authority of the International Olympic Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The Moscow City Court ruled Wednesday that bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Games, should still be considered an Olympic champion despite having been stripped of his medals because of doping. A CAS ruling upholding his disqualification is not enforceable in Russia, the court said.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Best performance Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Zubkov and his teams remain disqualified in official Olympic results, but the Moscow ruling could make it harder for the IOC to get his medals back.“The decision issued by the Moscow court does not affect in any way the CAS award rendered … an award which has never been challenged before the proper authority,” CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told the AP.“The fact that the CAS award is considered as ‘not applicable in Russia’ by the Moscow court may have local consequences but does not constitute a threat for the CAS jurisdiction globally.”The IOC’s case against Zubkov was based on testimony from Moscow and Sochi anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov, who said he swapped clean samples for ones from doped athletes, and forensic evidence that the allegedly fake sample stored in Zubkov’s name contained more salt than could be possible in urine from a healthy human.Zubkov, who says he never doped, retired after the Sochi Olympics and has since become president of the Russian Bobsled Federation. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation didn’t respond to a request to comment.ADVERTISEMENT CAS, however, is the only valid arbiter for sports disputes at the games, according to the Olympic Charter. In rare instances, Switzerland’s supreme court can weigh in on matters of procedure.“The CAS decision in this case is enforceable since there was no appeal filed with the Swiss Federal Tribunal within the period stipulated,” the IOC told The Associated Press in an email on Thursday. “The IOC will soon request the medals to be returned.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe law firm representing Zubkov said the Moscow court found the CAS ruling violated Zubkov’s “constitutional rights” by placing too much of a burden on him to disprove the allegations against him.Zubkov won the two-man and four-man bobsled events at the Sochi Olympics but he was disqualified by the IOC last year. The verdict was later upheld by CAS. In the two-man event, Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann of Switzerland are due to inherit the gold medal from Zubkov’s team, while a Latvian squad is in line for the four-man gold medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThis is a team that is unquestionably in need of a big shakeup this … The Giants are heading towards a pivotal offseason.Yes, again.After a 98-loss season in 2017, the Giants “ran it back” with a few upgrades in 2018, and, clearly, things didn’t work out.Once the Giants’ already minuscule chances of making the playoffs this year evaporated at the end of August, San Francisco has been the worst team in baseball, losing 11 straight games with Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Braves.last_img


first_imgPaleoanthropologists have a major conundrum on their hands, or feet.  EurekAlert reported about controversial footprints found in Mexico ash deposits that had been thought to be 44,000 years old.  Even that was too old for many to swallow, but new argon-argon dates show them to be 1.3 million years old – far older than those in Africa, where the first modern humans were supposed to come from.  Either the dates are not trustworthy, or these are not footprints.  No resolution to this anomaly seems satisfactory at the moment.  Pictures and additional information can be found at BBC News, National Geographic News, and News@Nature.  A reader found web pages of the discoverers at MexicanFootprints.com and Bournemouth University, UK.  Renne et al. in Nature1 are taking the view they are not footprints, even though toes and heelprints appear in some of them.1Renne et al., “Geochronology: Age of Mexican ash with alleged ‘footprints’, Nature 438, E7-E8 (1 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04425.This will be a good test of the scientific values of the Darwinists.  They always claim to be skeptical of any finding, never taking anything on “faith” like those religious-right fundies.  OK, Darwinists, you’ve got a problem.  Show us some rationality and objectivity.  We seem to recall that creationists quickly withdrew claims of Paluxy human tracks on the first hint of a problem with the data, and have been very cautious ever since.  In their case, however, the find was not a necessary piece of evidence, just a tantalizing one.  In this case, if humans or advanced hominids were in Mexico over a million years before the famed “out of Africa” story, there is a lot of Darwinian storytelling at risk of unraveling.  Either evolutionists cannot trust their fossil skills, or their dating methods (see 11/05/2005), or both.  What would it take to falsify human evolution?  If nothing – no amount of contrary evidence or logic – could ever dislodge the idea that humans slowly emerged from primitive ancestors, then your critics are going to stick a note on the seat of your pants: “Kick me; I’m a fighting fundamentalist.”(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgCANADA (660 NEWS) — As the percentage of people paying for food with cash declines, businesses like Walmart are considering going cash-free. There are many benefits for grocery stores to go cashless including shorter checkout times, heightened convenience and a reduction in theft and human error.“No one wants to really wait to pay for their food items and that’s why the cashless food economy is becoming an attractive proposition for both the consumer and the industry as well,” explained Sylvain Charlebois, professor of food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University. He says cashless stores have prompted some backlash with San Francisco lawmakers even considering a ban.A recent survey by Payments Canada, 42 per cent of consumers use cash fewer than four times a month when purchasing food. A year ago, it was only 20 per cent.“Almost a million Canadians don’t have a bank account, or a credit card, or a debit card, and so that’s problematic,” he pointed out. “So, if you are to go cashless, 100 per cent you are excluding a segment of the population that has less means.”While it definitely offers benefits for consumers and businesses alike, opponents argue it discriminates against low-income shoppers who may not have a bank account.“You can basically go in and out of a grocery store without seeing anyone, without talking to anyone, and the money will be withdrawn from your bank account or will be applied to your credit card in an instant,” he said.He also pointed out that digitizing food transactions allows food service companies to increase food prices, partly because it will go unnoticed by consumers who don’t visualize money physically leaving their wallets.Amazon has said its go stores will accept cash eventually, and it also intends to launch a program that will allow anyone to go cashless regardless of their socio-economic status.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced The Tragically Hip Radio – the iconic band’s one and only official channel – live now online and on the SiriusXM app.The Tragically Hip Radio now available exclusively on SiriusXM (CNW Group/Sirius XM Canada Inc.)The new channel, available via SiriusXM Streaming, will feature curated music from across The Tragically Hip’s vast catalogue and will celebrate the band’s musical legacy. Listeners will also have exclusive access to never-been-aired live recordings from the band’s personal vault; archived interviews and track-by-track sit downs with Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair; solo work from all members; plus the band will host and program specialty shows from their iconic Bathouse Studios. The channel will also feature hosted programs with and music from other prominent artists who have been influenced by the band. “The Tragically Hip’s place in history as one of the most influential and important Canadian bands ever cannot be disputed,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “We are so excited to work with the band and give our subscribers access to their incredible catalogue and exclusive content that they cannot access anywhere else.”SiriusXM’s The Tragically Hip Radio is live now on channel 757. SiriusXM subscribers can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to siriusxm.ca/plans/essential to sign up and get access to the channel now.Fans can join the conversation online now and share their favourite The Tragically Hip songs, memories and more using #TheHipRadio.The Tragically Hip Radio is an example of SiriusXM music channels created with iconic and leading artists including The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Eminem, LL COOL J, Elvis Presley and more.For more information on SiriusXM Canada, please visit siriusxm.ca.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers ad-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on Youtube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies ten years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. “It’s an honour to be asked to stand in the same light as some of our heroes,” said the band. “We are thrilled to be a part of the programing and development of The Tragically Hip Radio on SiriusXM.” Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 26, 2017 – Providenciales -FortisTCI (the Company) announced today that there are no additional major damages to the electricity infrastructure across the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) as a result of Hurricane Maria.   Additionally, only minor outages occurred during the passing of the storm, impacting very few of the nearly 4,000 customers whose electricity was restored following Hurricane Irma.On Saturday, September 23, after the ‘all clear’ was issued by the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME), FortisTCI local crews resumed restoration of services, which had been temporarily suspended to prepare for Hurricane Maria.   On the same day, 60 members of the Fortis team visiting from Canada and Grand Cayman returned to Providenciales and joined the local crews across the islands on Sunday, September 24.FortisTCI, supported by its parent Company Fortis Inc., is keen on restoring electricity to the TCI as quickly as possible and has recently signed an agreement to deploy an additional 60 utility workers across the TCI.   These additional crews will assist with repairing and rebuilding the transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure in areas severely damaged or destroyed.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “Our T&D systems across the islands suffered considerable damage as a result of Hurricane Irma, and unlike some of our Caribbean neighbors, the TCI was fortunate to have experienced minimal impact from Hurricane Maria, which has allowed the Company to resume restoration very quickly.   While full recovery will take some time due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the additional utility workers expected to arrive this week will provide significant added resources.   It is important that we build and repair the system fast, and it is equally important that we build and repair the system to be strong and resilient.Press Release: FortisTCI Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury).#15) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?First responders are getting the squeeze from all sides today, especially in our two towns. With the growth of greater Boston and greater Lowell, and Tewksbury and Wilmington’s unique positions of overlap between the cities, our emergency services are strapped more than ever. What is certain is that this isn’t just a “peak” in calls, this will be the new norm for both towns due to the growth of the region and our increase in population, and we should dedicate time and resources to prepare for this new normal.First, lets tackle some issues pertaining to our firefighters.Answering the above questions; yes I absolutely support the construction of a new fire substation in North Wilmington. In addition to the issues that have repeatedly occurred at the North Wilmington train station where commuter rail trains have blocked emergency responders at the road crossing, response time to North Wilmington will only grow as first responders have to navigate difficult traffic and congestion. By having a substation, residents will have to worry about losing precious minutes when a loved one or themselves is lying on the floor waiting for 9-1-1 to arrive. I also voted in favor of constructing a new center fire station, and as State Representative would do everything in my power to see that a bond issuance by the state for capital improvements would include funding for Tewksbury’s fire station reconstruction, to put the town in a better financial situation. Of course, I would do exactly the same for Wilmington if the town needed assistance in doing so. I also am a strong proponent of adding a section to the budget that requires the state provide yearly assistance for police and fire departments, as we currently do with roads and schools. These road and school funding lines are mandated, and I believe it would be of great benefit to towns who can use it for local aid.I also want to add that Tewksbury typically goes unreimbursed for responses to Tewksbury State Hospital, but thanks to Senator L’Italien and Representative Miceli, were compensated $180,000 in the previous annual budgets. I was responsible for monitoring and ensuring that provision stayed in the budget during its course in the House of Representatives on a day-to-day basis. As State Representative, I would ensure that Tewksbury would be supported in the same manner.Lastly the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, the union representing the men and women of our fire departments, have proposed a great piece of legislation that supports public fire departments and specifically their EMS services.Local hospitals have begun operating ambulance services that do not have to match the quality of our public paramedics, and can charge Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances in ways that local fire departments cannot. PFFM proposed mandating a portion of these charges be instead given to local fire departments, so that local fire houses can maintain quality responses and more advanced services to those in need, without raising on taxes on local residents. This is a solid piece of legislation that preserves our local fire departments quality of services, allows hospitals to supplement ambulance coverage, and saves the taxpayers money. Talk about a win-win-win. I am already familiar with this bill, and would happily support such a venture on behalf of PFFM and our local fire departments.Our police departments, while facing a different set of challenges, are also facing the same results of higher demand and stretched budgets. Our State Representative needs to continue working with the local chiefs, their departments, and ensure that their capital equipment is up to snuff, as well as continuing to support their training and growing ranks. Again, I believe the state owes it to the towns and their first responders to mandate adding in local support year after year, as we do our schools and roads. We also need to continue bulk purchase of narcan in order to save, as the state has done before.Above all, while supporting firefighters and police officers financially, both towns need a State Representative aware of nuances such as insurance and pay-rates for our first responders work. These are putting pressure on the ability for police and fire employees to provide for their families, and in a competitive market we will lose quality staff and trainees to other municipalities. In addition, I would proudly support PTSD support services for first responders as State Representative, integrated training for potential active shooter events, and more. Not only do I openly state my support for our first responders, I have actively worked on their behalf and will continue to do so. First Responders Day, a state holiday memorializing the fallen, was sponsored by Representative Miceli and the first bill I was ever tasked to work on. I am proud to say it passed, and after meeting dozens of fire fighters and police officers from across the state who testified on the bill, I never felt more proud or safe.#16) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? Do you personally have any family that serves/served?Did you know Massachusetts is the only state that has a network of local veteran agents, tasked with helping veterans and their families, that reaches as far and wide as it does? Massachusetts has a great veterans support network. That being said, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be even better.Supporting veterans to me is a two-fold mission, and one of my highest priorities. First and foremost is helping them with constituent issues. Over my years working in the state house, I have tracked down numerous DD-214’s (release paperwork critical for veterans applying for their retirement and other benefits), secured VA appointments, and even finding housing vouchers for several homeless veterans around the area. Helping vets with recovery, PTSD services, and chapter 115 (financial assistance for vets in financial dire) is an obligation I have no issue navigating, and I am the only who has done it to the degree or extent of any candidate. I pledge to the veterans, regardless of age, conflict, or branch, to dedicate myself to helping them with their issue, as the bureaucracy from both the state and federal government can be maddening at times. With an intricate knowledge of veterans issues that no other candidate can claim, I stand ready to help them.Aside from the individual attention I would pay to veterans issues as State Representative, I would proudly support them legislatively. Public housing is prioritized for veterans, which is great, except when there is no public housing left for them to move into. This is especially troublesome for our older veterans looking to downsize their housing, but want to stay in the area. Educational support can be made better, and I would love to see online classes offered by the state network of colleges to be discounted to active duty servicemembers and veterans anywhere. In addition, ensuring veterans receive the job training benefits, business contract preferences with the state, and offering tax benefits for their own businesses or businesses that hire them are ideas that I believe are of great importance to the health of our state and those who answered the call of service.Both my grandfathers are veterans, one serving in the Army, and the other in the Air Force. I am also proud to say that I have a number of veterans helping assist me with my campaign, which above all other support honors me that they would put their trust and support in what I believe in.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”last_img read more


first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice More From Roadshow A quick drive (literally) in Tesla’s Model 3 Performance 26 Photos Commentscenter_img Enlarge ImageCalifornia auto insurance companies are no longer allowed to use gender as a factor in determining premiums. urbazon/Getty Images Gender inequality is an incredibly pervasive problem all across the world and affects people in more ways than most of us realize. I, for example, wasn’t aware that a person’s stated gender would affect the price of their car insurance, but the good news is that as of Jan. 1, 2019, in California, that’s no longer the case.California’s Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a statement on Friday that as part of the Gender Non-Discrimination in Automobile Insurance Rating Regulation, insurers would no longer be allowed to use gender to calculate private auto insurance.”My priority as Insurance Commissioner is to protect all California consumers, and these regulations ensure that auto insurance rates are based on factors within a driver’s control, rather than personal characteristics over which drivers have no control,” Jones said.According to a report by the car insurance search engine The Zebra, the gap in price between men and women hasn’t been huge — the national average is around 1 percent — and typically it’s seen men pay more. That trend reversed itself in 2017, and now we see women in most states paying a higher premium.”Gender is one of many factors people consider unfair to be used in pricing car insurance rates because it doesn’t have to do with how someone drives,” said Alyssa Connolly, Director of Market Insights for The Zebra, in a statement. “California is already one of a handful of states that have prohibited the use of similar nondriving factors like credit, level of education or whether someone owns or rents their home.” So while removing gender as a factor in car insurance pricing is pretty far from something like equal pay for equal work, it’s still a step in the right direction. 18 Tags Car Culture Politics 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more


first_img 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. Tags Software Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Lightroom 8 The best new gaming laptops, rankedcenter_img Comments Share your voice Adobe’s latest Creative Cloud offering is Fresco, a painting and sketching app with a high-quality blending engine and the ability to import almost all Photoshop brushes. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET Adobe’s discounts on its Creative Cloud All Apps plan seems to turning into a quarterly event — it ran a 25% discount Black Friday deal last November and a similar 25%-off deal in March, then 40% off in May. Now it’s offering a students-and-teachers-only one-year discount of 44% off the All Apps annual educational plan if you pay upfront ($199.88); it also includes two free months. If you pay monthly, it’s 33% off ($239.88).  You’re running out of time, though — you’ve only got until 11:59 p.m. PT tonight, Friday, Aug. 30, to take advantage.After the first year, it goes back up to $359.99, the price for the educational plan; the discounts add up to a savings of up to 60% off the standard individual plans, which can run as high as about $640.Read more: Adobe Fresco shows oil and water(colors) do mixIf you were planning on subscribing for the first time or upgrading from your dependable old (old, old) perpetual-license version and you qualify, then this is a good time to do it — But if you just want to kick the tires, there are some other factors to take into account before plunking down your credit card. Let’s explore your options. Need a more basic option that doesn’t require a subscription? Check out Adobe Photoshop Elements, on sale for $60 through September 3.Note that CNET will get a share of revenue from the subscriptions bought through the links on this page — but read the full story before making your buying decision.  What’s the deal? That’s 20-plus Adobe apps, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom and Dreamweaver. You also get access to all of Adobe’s fonts — the service formerly known as Typekit — along with 100GB cloud storage, and all the mobile apps, including Premiere Rush, Adobe Fresco and Adobe Spark. See at Adobe What’s the catch? A few important things to note: The offer is for a year’s subscription paid in monthly installments of $19.99 or for 14 months paid up front for $199.88. The discounts are available in other regions. UK price is £163.20/yr for a year of the prepaid annual plan, going up to £301.90/year (£25.28/mo) for the second year. In Australia, it’s AU$199.88 for the first year, at which point it rises to AU$359.88.If you opt to continue the subscription, the price goes up to $29.99 per month ($359.99 annual).If you want to cancel, do so within the first 14 days or you’ll be out half the annual cost.The discount is only available to new subscribers and it’s limited to one subscription per customer. At the end of the year, it will automatically renew at the full price. And full price is what you’ll be paying in perpetuity because I’ve never seen a discount for an existing customer. What’s not to like? If you just want to see whether you’d like the CC ecosystem or give the 2019 applications a go before committing, you may be better off getting the seven-day free trial and taking it for a spin before the end of the week. You can then subscribe if you want to. Why isn’t a year better than a few days? The tar pit problem. If you really use the system, trying to extract all your work if you choose not to continue is at best an aggravation and at worst, impossible. Remember, if you opt not to subscribe you can’t run the applications at all. Once you’ve got a couple thousand photos cataloged in Lightroom, getting them out with all the metadata — ratings, keywords, captions and so on — is a pain. You can save the metadata for a whole catalog into the individual photos’ sidecar files, but it takes a while. But having Lightroom save the metadata to the file as you update them bogs down the software — choose your poison. And if you take advantage of the coolest new features, like range masking, those don’t travel with the file. You only keep the basic adjustments. Plus, if you give the latest Lightroom a shot as an upgrade from an earlier version, it converts the database — you won’t be able to go back to the version you own. (Back it up, people!). Love the libraries? I do. But you can’t download anything in them or batch-convert and export them to portable format. The only way to use the assets is within Adobe’s apps. Graphics produced by the Adobe Capture mobile app go straight into libraries, and they’re standard SVG files. But to get them out of CC, you can only save them one at a time, and only using the mobile app. Forget about styles, color palettes or patterns. You get the idea. Is any of this unusual? Lots of companies lock their best stuff within a walled garden. But that’s the caveat you have to watch out for before sinking a lot of time and money into an expensive yearlong trial: It may not be as easy to move on as you’d think. 41 Photoslast_img read more


first_imgGame of ThronesHBO Official YoutubeHBO just announced that the end of season 8 of their hit TV show Game of Thrones will be followed by a tie-in movie that will feature as an epilogue to the series.The movie is also set to be the launch pad of a future sequel series if need be. HBO Chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed saying: “Game of Thrones has been a generation defining TV show and it has become a cultural phenomenon. It would be a disservice to end such a revolutionary bit of television programming.”Game of Thrones will reportedly have a ninth season with four epilogue episodes and a tie-in movie with an open-ended future that could set up a sequel series. George R.R. Martin is on board as executive producer. He will also be writing the four episodes in partnership with showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.  Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 8Game of Thrones/Facebook”We were ecstatic to hear that season 8 would not in fact be the end. Even though we were satisfied with the ending to our show. We never felt that we had done justice to the source material. So an additional four episodes and a movie is welcome news, especially working with George on his universe would guarantee a proper ending,” said David Benioff.Season nine of Game of Thrones is set to air in April of 2020, but it is still unknown if all of the cast will be returning. Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams have been confirmed for season nine as well as the movie. The ninth season will four episodes setting up individual adventures for each of the characters that survived at the end of season 8. This could be the launch of four new spin-off series.(Please disregard any and all information in this article as it was meant to be a good-natured April Fools’ prank. We hope you had a laugh and have a wonderful April Fools’ Day.)last_img read more