Video: Winter Rail Jam at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Boone, North Carolina, Dec. 5

first_imgIt’s officially ski season, and Appalachian Mountain Brewery is here to help you say hello to the snow! The 2014 Winter Rail Jam, hosted at Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone, North Carolina, is ready to put your skills to the test this Saturday, December 5.The competition is open to all skiers and snowboarders of any level, novice and experts alike. The winners of each Beginner and Advanced category in skiing or snowboarding will walk, or glide, away with cash! Even all you klutzes out there have a shot  to win – the best wipe-out earns its own prize.Farm to Flame Pizza, App Terrain Park, and Alpine Ski Shop will join Appalachian Mountain Brewery in sponsoring this breakout event. All competitors can chow down on Farm to Flame cheese pizza and AMB brews after the competition, enjoy App Terrain Park’s rail and box jam designs, and check out Alpine Ski Shop gear.Competition fees are only $10 per person, and all proceeds from the event will benefit local nonprofit organization OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter). Come out to Appalachian Mountain Brewery this weekend for a good cause and good fun.For even more incentive, check out this promo video for the event. Get psyched on snow!last_img read more

Wevers ruins Biles chances of record five golds

first_imgBy Pritha Sarkar RIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-Dutchwoman Sanne Wevers caused a huge upset when she ruined Simone Biles’ chances of scooping a record five golds at a single Olympics by winning the balance beam title in Rio yesterday.The American had been expected to add the beam title to her team, all around and vault triumphs but drew gasps as she lost her footing following a front somersault and had to grab the beam with both hands to save herself from falling off.Her score of 14.733 was only good enough for bronze behind team mate Laurie Hernandez.Biles’ misfortune allowed Wevers to become the first female Dutch gymnast to grab gold in an individual final, with a graceful routine featuring numerous spins, including a triple. She scored 15.466.The Netherlands’ only previous top prize for the women had been in the team competition in 1928.Biles, a double world champion on the beam, was rock solid as she spun around 900 degrees on her right toes. There was not a wobble in sight as she executed her backflip into two layouts.With the gold medal in her sights, she soared high into a front somersault but then it all went horribly wrong as her right foot missed its target on the beam and a routine that had been spellbinding till that moment lost its sparkle.After completing her dismount, her frustration was clear for all to see as the megawatt smile that had lit up the Rio Olympic Arena time and again over the past week failed to materialise.The judges pondered over her score for several minutes and when it was confirmed, Biles rolled her eyes skywards as the mark was almost a point lower than her qualifying effort of 15.633.With five more competitors to go, Biles knew her chances of hanging on to lead with such a modest score were slim, and she was right.Wevers mounted on the four-inch wide wood never having won a gold medal at an international meet but that shortcoming did not stop her from impressing the judges as she avoided any glaring errors to bag the top prize.Biles will be back today when she will be favourite to win the floor exercise.last_img read more

Iowa State leaders talk about UI Marching Band controversy (audio)

first_imgAMES — Iowa State University president Wendy Wintersteen and Athletic Director Jamie Pollard Tuesday addressed the ongoing controversy after members of the University of Iowa band said they were assaulted after the game in Ames September 14th.Wintersteen says Iowa State does not have a crowd control problem. “We have great fans who come to Jack Trice,” Wintersteen says, “I would say that 98 percent of our fans are behaving. They’re doing what we expect them to do — and it’s a few of our fans who have decided to behave inappropriately. And so we are going to work with president Harreld and president Nook to think how we can change that.”Wintersteen says she will work with University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld to make sure the series continues. “At the same time we can’t and we haven’t ignored the actions that were reported after the game. We are saddened and concerned by the reports that some members of the Iowa band were mistreated or harmed during their visit to our campus,” Wintersteen says.Cyclone Athletic Director Pollard says they received a list of five incidents last week from Iowa, including one that a band member who was injured. He says a member of the band who was carrying a ladder suffered broken ribs after being shoved and falling on the ladder as the band member exited the field.Pollard says the problem started when the Iowa band took an exit out of the stadium other than the one recommended. “The Iowa Marching Band marched in formation into the back of that crowd and essentially forced their way through that crowd — there was no place for anybody to move to,” according to Pollard.ISU Police Chief Michael Newton says they have not heard from any of the Iowa Band members who were victims of alleged abuse. “We in law enforce find it very difficult to actually launch an investigation when there are no complainants who come forward. So that does challenge us in this process at this time,” Newton says. ” We can’t investigate from media reports, we can’t investigate from social media reports.”The news conference in Ames comes after U-I president Harreld told the student newspaper he does not want the series to continue until they can work out issues with the security and safety of everyone. Harreld did say he believes they can work it out.Audio: ISU News Conference. 40 minuteslast_img read more

Minister congratulates Colby Jennings

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services has congratulated Colby Jennings on an impressive performance in the track and field event at the IAAF World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya where he won Bronze medal in the final 400m.Hon Malcolm stated; “My Ministry is looking forward to welcoming Colby back home and celebrating his achievement. Colby is still quite young and I’m confident that he will achieve many more records in his career.”“I am elated to see our athletes demonstrating their phenomenal skills competing against larger countries on the world stage performing at the highest level and actually securing medals.”The Minister encourages the public to attend the celebrations when Colby returns to the Turks and Caicos Islands.  “We must come and support our athlete.  I admire the humility of our athletes in both victory and defeat.  Qualities which signifies the making of great athletes”.Colby Jennings will join the team of athletes from Turks and Caicos Islands in Nassau, Bahamas during the course of the week.  The team left the islands on July 16, 2017, to participate in the Commonwealth Youth Games.A representative from the Department of Sports, Mr. Kyle Knowles will also accompany the team.  Hon. Malcolm wishes all the athletes, their coaches and support teams all the best in the Commonwealth Youth Games and will be following the team’s progress with great interest as they perform in the Bahamas.  The government remains committed to providing the necessary resources to help the athletes achieve success.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

21 year old arrested and charged for serious offences

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 8, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have arrested and charged a 21 year old male of Providenciales with Robbery and Possession of Imitation Firearm in connection with a Robbery report made on Thursday 3rd August 2017 in the Blue Hills area.Around 1:37 PM that date, officers were dispatched to the Rooster Black store located on Bay Road where the victim was met and informed officers that an unknown male wearing black hoodie jacket entered the store and pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money.   The culprit then went behind the counter and took a box containing an unknown amount of money and fled the scene.    An investigation was launched.As a result, the 21 year old male was arrested and formally charged.   He will be taken to court later this week.“We want to thank members of the public who assisted us with tips and information. Community support of law enforcement efforts brought the suspect to a quick arrest and off our streets, continued partnership in this manner will help in the fight against crime.”Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

Introducing Firefox Sync centered around user privacy

first_img“Ensure the Internet is a global public resource… where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.”-Team Mozilla Yesterday, Firefox explained the idea behind Firefox Sync as well as how the tool was built keeping in mind user’s privacy. Because sharing data with a provider is a norm, the team found it important to highlight the privacy aspects of Firefox Sync. What is Firefox Sync? Firefox Sync lets a user share their bookmarks, browsing history, passwords and other browser data between different devices, and send tabs from one device to another. This feature re-defines how users interact with the web. Users can log on to Firefox with Firefox sync, using the same account across multiple devices. They can even access the same sessions on swapping devices. With one easy sign-in, Firefox sync helps users access their bookmarks, tabs, and passwords. Sync allows users logged on from one device to be simultaneously logged on to other devices. Which means that tasks that started on a user’s laptop in the morning can be picked up on their phone even later in the day. Why is Firefox Sync Secure? By default, Firefox Sync protects all user synced data so Mozilla can’t read it. When a user signs up for sync with a strong passphrase, their data is protected from both attackers and from Mozilla.  Mozilla encrypts all of a user’s synced data so that it is entirely unreadable without the key used to encrypt it. Ideally, even a service provider must never receive a user’s key. Firefox takes care of this aspect when a user signs into their Firefox account with a username and passphrase which are sent to the server. Traditionally, on receiving the username and passphrase at the server, it is hashed and compared with a stored hash. If a match is found, the server sends the user his data. While using Firefox, a user never sends over their passphrase. Mozilla transforms a user’s passphrase on their computer into two different, unrelated values such that the two values are independent of each other. Mozilla sends an authentication token, derived from the passphrase, to the server which serves as the password-equivalent. This means that the encryption key derived from the passphrase never leaves a user’s computer. In more technical terms, 1000 rounds of PBKDF2 is used to derive a user’s passphrase into the authentication token. On the server size, this token is hashed with scrypt so that the database of authentication tokens is even more difficult to crack. The passphrase is then derived into an encryption key using the same 1000 rounds of PBKDF2. It is domain-separated from the previously generated authentication token by using HKDF with separate info values. This key is used to unwrap an encryption key (obtained during setup and which Mozilla never see unwrapped), and that encryption key is used to protect a user data.  The key is used to encrypt user data using AES-256 in CBC mode, protected with an HMAC. Source: Mozilla Hacks How are people reacting to this feature? Sync has been well received by customers. A user on Hacker news commented how this feature makes “Firefox important”.  Sync has also been compared to Google Chrome since Chrome’s sync feature collects their users’ complete browsing histories. One user commented on how Mozilla’s privacy tools will make him “chose over chrome”. And since this approach is relatively simple to implement, users are also exploring the possibility of “implement a similar encryption system as a proof of concept”. In a time where respecting the privacy of a user is so unusual, Mozilla sure has caught our attention with its approach to be more “user privacy-centric”. You can head over to Mozilla’s Blog to know other approaches to building a sync feature for a browser and how Sync protects user data. Read Next Mozilla pledges to match donations to Tor crowdfunding campaign up to $500,000Mozilla shares how AV1, the new the open source royalty-free video codec, worksMozilla introduces new Firefox Test Pilot experiments: Price Wise and Email tabslast_img read more

Caliber Home Loans Hires Branch Manager Sales Manager in Washington

first_img in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Caliber Home Loans Hires Branch Manager & Sales Manager in Washington Branch Manager Caliber Home Loans Sales Manager 2015-08-18 Staff Writer August 18, 2015 577 Views center_img Mike HombergScott BerngarttCaliber Home Loans, Inc., recently announced that Mike Homberg and Scott Berngartt have joined the company as branch manager and sales manager, respectively.”With Caliber’s proprietary paperless loan origination system, H20, and the Company’s ranking as one of the top 10 largest ‘non bank owned’ lenders in the nation, we have a significant opportunity to attract superior talent like Mike and Scott,” said Jim Foley, regional VP of Caliber Home Loans. “Mike and Scott possess considerable management skills and expertise in mortgage originations, and we are confident that they will play key roles in enhancing Caliber’s presence in the Washington Metropolitan area.”Homberg and Berngartt possess more than 38 years of collective experience in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and several other regions, the company says. Currently, they are licensed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington and will serve the Washington metro area.”We are excited to be part of the Caliber team,” Homberg said. “With the ongoing implementation of TRID, our industry is facing another new challenge. As such, it was imperative for me and Scott to be part of a company that has prepared for such a significant industry change. We believe Caliber is a company with a clear road map for continued success and one that is positioned to provide a great customer experience. We’re enthusiastic about working closely with the Caliber team and helping the Company extend its business in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.””Additionally, Mike and I are impressed with Caliber’s capacity to retain servicing and its ability to control products, overlays, and price—all of which are critical to offering customers the most efficient service and competitive rates. We are excited that we joined Caliber and became part of an organization that provides significant marketing support to its Loan Officers through both its in-house team of marketing professionals and cutting edge resources that will allow us to market effectively and efficiently,” Scott Berngartt noted. Sharelast_img read more