TINTON FALLSThe Arc of Monmouth has announced it will proceed with its 46th annual Winter Glow Ball at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The event is the nonprofit agency’s most important benefit for more than 1,400 Monmouth County residents with autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.Due to severe damage at the Shore Casino, the event is being moved to the Cultural Center at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1033 West Park Ave., Ocean Township. The hall is managed by restaurateur Chris Mariani of Buona Sera in Red Bank and The Arc is honored to be one of the first guests at the venue.The Winter Glow Ball will feature hors d’oeuvres, a multi-station buffet, silent auction items and dancing with music provided by The Infernos.This year’s honorees are Peter Cancro, owner of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems and in memoriam, Food Circus Supermarket’s Joseph Azzolina, Sr. and Grace and Louis Scaduto, Sr.The Arc of Monmouth offers healthcare, employment, education and other services for over 1,400 individuals in the county.For more information, please call 732 493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.WGIRLS at the Melting Pot for ‘Little Black Dress Night’ MIDDLETOWNSpread some cheer this holiday season as Regal Pointe Independent Living invites the public to a holiday gift auction from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to benefit local children. A $5 donation will allow attendees to participate in the gift auction.Proceeds will be donated to MonmouthCares, Inc. and Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. Attendees can also help by donating clothes or a new, unwrapped toy for a child. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Linda or Elaine at 732-957-0083.MonmouthCares, Inc., is a private non-profit agency whose mission is to ease positive change so children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families have the best opportunity to live, thrive, and develop in their communities. For information, visit www.monmouthcares.org.Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. envisions a totally accessible, individualized, family-friendly system of care for children and their families, which ensures that every family who has a child with behavioral or emotional challenges has the chance to thrive safely within the community. For information, visit www.oceanpartnership.org.* * * * *Middletown Township Public Library presents “Meet the Musician” featuring New Jersey Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Andy Lamy from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the main branch located at 55 New Monmouth Road.Lamy will present an interactive program featuring musical solos and demonstrations on clarinets, recorders and Irish whistles. He will talk about the music, the instruments and answer questions from audience members. The program is for those age 5 and older and is sponsored by the Young People’s Music Program of the Chinese American Cultural Association.Additional information is available by calling the Middletown Public Library at 732-671-3700. RED BANK – The WGIRLS Coastal NJ chapter and local women are joining together from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, For Little Black Dress Night, an evening of fondue, shopping and networking at the Melting Pot Restaurant in the Galleria.The WGIRLS Coastal NJ will use the proceeds to sponsor women who need the services of Alternatives, a Red Bank salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer and scalp disease.Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal for only $35 per person, drinks sold separately. For those seeking a lighter fare, drink specials will be available for $10 per person.Attendees will be able to shop from Red Bank vendors: Sweetest Sin Lingerie Boutique, ICE Jewelry, Embellish Make-Up, Lucki Clover Clothing Boutique and Salon Car Tar Rae.The event is open to the public; tickets are not required.During the event those attending will be able to register to win prizes including a $2,500 Melting Pot gift card, a Tiffany & Co.® Grey Goose® necklace and a Grey Goose® swag bag by entering into The Melting Pot’s Femme Fatale de Fondue Sweepstakes. Only those in attendance qualify. For more information call The Melting Pot at 732-219-0090.Alternatives is a salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer. The WGIRLS Coastal NJ is a network of professional women who volunteer and host fundraisers to assist underprivileged women and children across Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties. The WGIRLS mission is to provide women and children with the support and resources necessary to achieve health, happiness, and the ability to lead productive and successful adult lives. Learn more at www.wgirlscoastalnj.tumblr.com.
1 Liverpool celebrate Raheem Sterling’s goal Liverpool progressed into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup – where they will meet Premier League leaders Chelsea – with an accomplished victory against Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium.Raheem Sterling’s brace and Lazar Markovic’s first goal for the club gave the Reds a commanding lead; before Dan Gosling’s powerful finish reduced the arrears for the Cherries.The hosts came close to pegging Liverpool back further when Gosling’s ranging effort cannoned off the woodwork, while Sterling fluffed his lines when presented with a great chance for a hat-trick.It was a deserved win for Brendan Rodgers’ side – their fourth away victory of the campaign – who showed signs of the Liverpool of last season, with slick passing and inventive movement a constant in their play throughout.The Championship leaders who started the brighter as Callum Wilson poked his effort wide after a weaving run inside the Reds area, before Adam Lallana’s fizzing drive was clawed away by Artur Boruc.But it was Liverpool who netted first after 19 minutes as Sterling nodded home his first goal since September to put Brendan Rodgers’ side in front. Lazar Markovic’s sweeping cross found Jordan Henderson, whose cushioned header back across goal fell into the path of the unmarked 20-year-old from six yards out who applied a composed finish.Coutinho’s penetrating run and Bournemouth’s failure to clear their lines, led to the visitors’ second as Lazar Markovic’s lashed the ball past a flailing Boruc with a composed right-footed finish – his first for the club.Yann Kermorgant should have halved the deficit a minute later, but the 33-year-old blazed over the bar from close-range, before Gosling saw his rasping effort blocked by Steven Gerrard. Sterling threatened to add Liverpool’s third with a blistering run into the heart of the Cherries defence, but was thwarted by the alert Boruc.Liverpool’s third did come five minutes after the restart courtesy from Sterling’s accomplished second. Liverpool pinched possession in the middle of the pitch before releasing the England forward, who twisted and turned inside the box before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.But Liverpool’s defensive frailties were exposed ten minutes into a frantic second half, as Gosling fired the ball past Brad Jones to pull Eddie Howe’s side back into contention.The former Everton midfielder eased into the Reds’ area unattended before drilling a low shot into the corner, squirting through the hands of Brad Jones in the process.With wind in their sails, Bournemouth pressed for a second and came close when Ryan Fraser’s looping header bounced wide.Yet Liverpool could, and should, have restored their three goal advantage when Coutinho’s trickery and Lallana’s inventive flick teed up Sterling for his hat-trick, but the former Queens Park Rangers youngster dragged his effort harmlessly wide.And the Merseysiders were almost made to pay when Gosling rattled the post with a bending strike, before Matt Ritchie flashed across the face of goal with a follow up attempt.
We all love a bit of Zlatan (unless you’re Noel Gallagher).American action hero Chuck Norris no longer sets the bar for the peak of hardness and size of cojones – the maverick Swede, who showcased his own kind of roundhouse kick with that insane volley against England, has taken over.And, thanks to our mates Bleacher Report, we now have the video we’ve all been waiting for…Sure, he may be ‘full of crap’, as Gallagher elloquently put it, but we love him for it.Check out Ibrahimovic reading out his favourite ‘Zlatan Facts’ above!
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — I won’t lie, it was strange typing that dateline as I looked out on Stephen Curry and Draymond Green playing on a yellow-and-blue Warriors court.But a new era is upon us — officially — and there’s no going back.Saturday night was the debut for the Warriors at Chase Center — the first opportunity to experience the new building in Mission Bay in the manner it was intended to be experienced. Fi …
Nature June 31 reports on another use for “junk DNA.” A portion of previously-considered “nonsense” genetic code, which does not produce a protein as does a gene, nevertheless has an important role: it regulates the expression of the neighboring gene. This opens a whole new realm of function for portions of our genetic material that were thought to be useless leftovers of evolution: it’s a new kind of gene that regulates other genes (see the Reuters summary on MSNBC News). Molecular biologists have been intrigued by the fact that the DNA translation machinery seems busier than required to produce proteins: “Why is there such a heavy traffic of RNA polymerases, the enzymes that copy DNA into RNA, and the production of large quantities of apparently non-coding and non-functional RNAs?” the reporters say. The new work by Martens et al. reported in the same issue shows that “RNA polymerases are evidently doing more than we thought.” The resulting “nonsense” RNAs produced by reading non-coding segments act as regulators, controlling the amount of protein that is expressed by the true genes by a process of “transcriptional interference.” What was considered nonsense, therefore, actually makes perfect sense on a higher level:Taken together, these studies highlight the importance of intergenic transcription in regulating gene activity, even in the relatively densely packed genome of yeast. It seems that RNA polymerases are not only required for the production of particular RNA species, but by travelling along DNA they can also control the occupancy of regulatory sites by transcription factors. Widespread transcription of intergenic sequences has also been described in the human genome. Surprisingly, many of these non-coding transcripts seem to be regulated in a manner that is intimately connected to the transcription of protein-coding genes. So the high proportion of non-coding regions in the genomes of higher organisms is probably not due to the accumulation of nonsense DNA, but rather represents the evolution of ever more complicated gene-regulatory systems.EurekAlert puts this finding into perspective:If so, the findings would carry an important message for the post-human genome era-namely, that researchers’ attempts to turn the masses of data churned out by the Human Genome Project into an understanding of what actually happens in the human body may be even more complex than they anticipated. One of the main challenges for that effort is to figure out how and when genes are turned on and off during normal development and disease. Rather than look only at how genes are regulated by proteins, they would have to turn their attention to a new, and possibly more-difficult-to-detect form of control. And given that junk DNA makes up 95 percent of chromosomes, the mechanism could be fairly common.The article gives the bottom line to one of the researchers, Fred Winston of Harvard Medical School: “Every time we thought we understood everything going on here, we have been wrong. There are additional layers of complexity.”1Sabine Schmitt and Renato Paro, “Gene regulation: A reason for reading nonsense,” Nature 429, 510 – 511 (03 June 2004); doi:10.1038/429510a.You are witnessing the collapse of an evolutionary myth, the myth of “junk DNA” and “nonsense” genetic code. We have been chronicling the demise of this mischaracterization for years (see 05/10/2004 headline and work your way back). No less than Nobel laureate David Baltimore and co-discoverer of DNA structure James Watson propounded this myth (see 08/24/2004 headline). Though scientists have not yet found a function for all the non-gene segments, every time they look deeper into the genetic code, they see less nonsense and more design. Evolutionists used to call the vast expanses of non-gene-coding DNA the “gene desert” and supposed it to be the accumulated junk from our evolutionary past. (As we have pointed out before, this assumption effectively shut down scientific research on these “uninteresting” regions for a long time; an intelligent design approach would have, instead, inquired about their functions – see 10/16/2003 headline). The “Central Dogma” was that only genes were important, they coded for proteins, and that was that. Now, the non-gene segments appear to have a coded function of their own, producing RNA molecules that have a key role to play in an even more complex choreography of functional parts working together in a sophisticated ballet. How then, can they say this “represents the evolution of ever more complicated gene-regulatory systems”? I didn’t see any evolution here; did you? Their ending sentence thus qualifies them as winners of Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week, i.e., a claim in support of evolution, based on findings that point to the opposite conclusion.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Want to streamline your video editing deliverable process? FCPX gives you the option to export your project as a bundle, creating multiple files and versions with one export.If you find yourself having to create the same type of files when you export your Final Cut Pro X project, you could save a significant amount of time by bundling the export as one.Do you regularly create multiple versions of a project when you pass it off to a client for a deliverable? In Final Cut Pro X you can specify which files you often export and their corresponding specs (size, frame rate, code, etc). Then simply group these files together as a bundle. Once you save the bundle, you can choose that option when you export and FCPX will automatically create a new file for each of the versions you specified.In the following video tutorial, video production pro Ben Consoli shows how this export feature works in FCPX. Exporting files in one bundle will streamline your post-production delivery process!Looking for additional FCPX tips, tricks, and techniques? PremiumBeat’s Final Cut Pro X archive has you covered!
The Seattle Sounders claimed their first MLS Cup by beating Toronto FC 5-4 on penalties after the Major League Soccer title game ended 0-0 after extra-time on Saturday.After Toronto’s Justin Morrow hit the crossbar, Seattle defender Roman Torres coolly slotted home the decider as the Sounders finally reached the North American soccer summit after seven seasons of near misses.With zero shots on goal after 120 minutes it looked as if the Sounders, who have reached the postseason in each of their eight years in the league, would come up short yet again but they found the target when it mattered most.A spectacular save deep into extra-time by Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei kept Seattle’s championship dream alive as the Swiss dove across the net full stretch and with his left hand tipped away a header from Jozy Altidore that looked a winner.Frei, who spent five seasons with TFC before moving to Seattle, took MLS Cup most valuable player honours after shutting out a high-powered Toronto attack that had produced 17 goals in five playoff contests.It was perfect hockey weather at frigid BMO Field, that in three weeks will host the NHL’s Centennial Classic outdoor game, but the bone-chilling temperatures did little to cool down a fired up capacity crowd of close to 36,000.Toronto made a lively start and enjoyed the run of play in a scrappy opening half but TFC’s was held in check.The Reds’ best scoring chance came early when Altidore squeezed a shot from inside the area that sliced by the post and a diving Frei in the second minute.advertisementAfter the break it was Sebastian Giovinco, the other half of Toronto’s strike partnership, finally finding space down the left wing and ripping a shot that just missed the near post.Despite unrelenting pressure, Toronto FC could not breach a Seattle defence that had conceded just three goals in five playoff matches.Toronto nearly ended the drama with an injury time winner when Michael Bradley sent in a corner that Frei narrowly punched clear just before a diving Altidore could get his head on the ball.
TweetPinShare0 Shares MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks looked sluggish at times coming back from a four-game trip, and the worst team in the Eastern Conference was threatening to knock them off at home.All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo led one last charge to help the Bucks hold on for a 97-92 win on Tuesday night over the Atlanta Hawks. Antetokounmpo overcame a slow start from the field to hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes, and Khris Middleton led a balanced attack with 21 points as Milwaukee improved to 9-2 under interim coach Joe Prunty.They’re a threat again for a top-four playoff seed in the East.“When everything is judged on those last three minutes, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to win,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 15 rebounds.Dennis Schroder scored 18 points for the Hawks, and Ersan Ilyasova had nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Ilyasova spearheaded a late rally in which Atlanta erased a 12-point deficit and tied it at 84 on Kent Bazemore’s 3-pointer with 3:30 left.Antetokounmpo answered with a mid-range jumper and layup to open an 8-0 run following a timeout. Schroder and Bazemore then whiffed on open layups following a steal with less than a minute left that could have helped the Hawks mount one last comeback.“It’s guys making plays, that’s what it came down to. Making the extra effort, trying to get to the right spot defensively to close out,” Prunty said.Better defense has lifted the Bucks since Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd on Jan. 22. They’ve held opponents to less than 100 points eight times during Prunty’s 11-game tenure.While the Bucks are thinking about the playoffs, the Hawks are building for their long-term future. They’ll pull out a few positives from challenging a playoff contender on the road.“We’ve kind of stopped looking at records and the standings,” Bazemore said. “Our coach and our front office likes the nucleus we have here, we’re all growing … it’s getting the pieces in place, getting the experience and we continue to push.”TIP-INSHawks: Second in the league at forcing turnovers (15.8 per game), Atlanta got the Bucks to cough up the ball just 10 times. … Bazemore had 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting.Bucks: Forward Jabari Parker played 18 minutes and scored seven points after missing the previous game for rest. He has shown flashes of the explosiveness that made him a dangerous player before missing a year after suffering the second major left knee injury of his career on Feb. 8, 2017. At one point in the first half, Parker ripped down a rebound before dribbling nearly the length of the court and dishing near the bucket after drawing a double team.ZELLER’S NEW HOMETyler Zeller had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds in his first game in Milwaukee since joining the team on the road before the trade deadline last week.“It was actually kind of nice being on the road for the first five or six days, I could not worry about getting an apartment … or anything like that. I could just focus on basketball,” Zeller said.ON THE RUNA 14-2 run in the third quarter for the Bucks briefly broke open what had been a ho-hum game marked by questionable shot selection and bad misses on both sides. Middleton’s jumper with 2:58 left completed the spurt and lifted Milwaukee to a 65-53 lead.“Besides the third quarter and a couple of situations late, I thought our defense was really improving and getting to the point where we want it to be,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.UP NEXTHawks: Finish up the second half of a back-to-back by visiting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in their last game before the All-Star break.Bucks: Host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday in their last game before the break.By GENARO C. ARMAS , AP Sports Writer
If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations Black Flame is officially the 2018 Color of the Year, and we’re elated. (No more Millennial Pink, please)PPG Paint celebrated the turning over of the year with a new trending color, Black Flame (#PPG1043-7), shedding its whimsical 2017 Color of the Year, Violet Verbena, and moving into a moodier realm away from the 2016 aquatic shade, Paradise Found.The matte charcoal tone is both elegant and industrial, and can be used for a mix of modern and antique design details, sophisticated neutrals, and textures. Black Flame provokes a space that is both masculine and warm, refined and bestial. (Just like you.)“Black Flame acts like a black curtain, allowing your other décor elements to take center stage,” says PPG. “It’s a fantastic blend of black and navy, two classic hues. Black creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while the navy offers possibility and a deep hopefulness. The blend of two colors makes it incredibly versatile — use it on a statement wall; with a matte finish on a ceiling; with high gloss on a naturally-lit staircase; on cabinets, interior and exterior doors; and in many more places.”Get with the trend and renovate your living room around Black Flame. Once you’ve painted the walls, decorate as follows.FurnitureCouch: Stockholm SofaCreamy caramel leather evokes an earthy feel against a Black Flame wall. Ikea’s Stockholm sofa in the Seglora Natural color fits the bill, with durable full-grain leather that maintains its composure under years of wear.Chair: Peppy 1 Seater Lounge ChairMaintain an airiness by adding a chair to your living room furniture set that is simple and ivory. The Peppy 1 Seater Lounge Chair is a lively and humorous lounger inspired by ’60s Scandinavian design. Characteristic buttons give it a seductive, handsome charm, while its modern simplicity balances out heavy hues of gold, black, and caramel throughout the rest of the room. (Match the shade to your velvet sofa pillows to pull together the seemingly polar furniture styles.)Coffee Table: Live Edge Walnut SlabThis custom gem sold on Etsy by AntonMakaDesigns pulls together the brown hues of the Stockholm sofa with the dark tone of Black Flame. The result is a super high-quality and totally unique coffee table made of wood, metal, powder-coated black, and matte black, made to order just. This major design piece lends to the sensation that your home is a cozy cave.Side Table: Tri Brushed Bronze Side TablesBlack Flame calls for the accompaniment of bronze. Add one or two bronze side tables for resting your whiskey while you and guests relax. The triangular shape is bold and modern, and works with the angles of the chandelier. The size is also modest, allowing more eye-catching (read: expensive) furniture to take control of the room.Fireplace: Malm FireplaceThe makers of Malm started experimenting with fireplace designs as a side hobby to their full-time sheet metal manufacturing jobs. Now, the iconic freestanding fireplace brand can transform any living space into a cozy den. Unlike traditional wood-burning stoves, Malm gives you a clear view of the fire from a variety of angles at night. Meanwhile, the design is high enough to make it shine during the day. Alongside Black Flame walls, you’ll provoke the sense of being outdoors even while inside.AccessoriesLighting: The Wright Collection Restoration Hardware’s Wright Collection takes the concept of a grand chandelier and swaps the crystal for steel. Remaining spare and elegant, the Wrights are hand-forged, hammered iron frames with tailored white linen shades. The design works to conjoin light and dark with sharp, organic angles.Art: Bulls, Absracts, MastersThere’s a variety of art styles that can put the finishing touches on your Black Flame living room renovation. Choose according to your personal preferences, but opt for one of the following: large black-and-white animal photographs such as Amy Carroll’s Bull Horns, vibrant abstracts such as Amy Gray’s Fahrenheit that can match other color pops through the room, and old master paintings from the 16th to the 19th centuries along the thread of The Otto Naumann Sale. And remember these hacks for hanging pictures frames and other wall art.Pillows: Leisure Gray PillowWe love CB2’s 23-inch leisure pillow made of gray cotton velvet and cotton canvas for providing us accent pillows that still look manly while being comfy enough to nap on during lazy weekend Netflix binges. The richness of velvet marries with smoky black but adds dimensional tufts of texture. If your personal aesthetic is bold, spice up the room with the plum or copper colorways.Radio: Model One DigitalTivoli Audio’s reimagined radio infuses your walls with beautiful rugged design, smart tech, and rich sound. Listening is made easy (via FM, Bluetooth, and WiFi), and design is made simple. The knitted texture of the speaker, along with the faded ash black box, is a perfect match to accessorize your Black Flame room.Books: Cabin Porn and Hell’s AngelsAdorn your coffee table with the perfect books, one for drooling over and the other for re-reading over and over again. Start with Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere. It’s exactly as sexy as it sounds: images of rural escapes. Top this book with a 1967 first edition of Hunter S. Thompson’s iconic Hell’s Angels. Your street cred will go up for even owning this piece of history, and the cover lends a pop of deep red with dark black and grays that give it a home in your new living room composition.Plant: Potted 60-inch Cardón CactusAdding greenery is one of the quickest ways to infuse a room with no-mess texture, color, and life. For this room, tropical foliage will be too busy. Go sparse and clean with one tall cactus. Tall and lean, CB2’s Cardón Cactus creates new dimensions of height (we suggest positioning opposite your Malm Fireplace for best composition), and the feel of wide-open spaces. Hyper true-to-life, this cactus is actually a faux saguaro, so don’t worry if you forget to water it … or if you lean into the hairs. Want the real thing? Call your local nursery. We also dig these living wall planters that turn your walls into a growing jungle.And for your summer project? Create an outdoor living room. 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THUNDER BAY, Ont. — Two people have been arrested after a string of anonymous threats to schools in Thunder Bay, Ont., led to regular disruptions to classes, police announced Wednesday.Police received at least 13 threats to schools between mid-February and mid-April, most targeting Hammarskjold High School, Lakehead Public Schools has said.In 11 of those cases the alleged threat led to a school closure, with nearby schools often temporarily placed in a hold-and-secure just in case. The other two led to a lockdown or hold-and-secure at the target school.The problem got so bad that the board started posting school work online so students wouldn’t fall behind because of the disruption.Board spokesman Bruce Nugent has said the threats affected the board’s operations, hampering their ability to plan anything.“This is completely uncharted territory for us and I think anybody else,” he said Monday, before the arrests. Thunder Bay police declined to give any information about the accused and did not say what charges they may face. But police noted that the investigation is ongoing.Police have said the alleged threats came in through the Crime Stoppers tip system and involved warnings about suspicious packages and school shootings.Some people urged investigators to view the threats as a hoax, but officers said they had to treat each seriously as a precaution.They said the investigation took up massive amounts of police resources, pulling officers from other cases.The Canadian Press