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Pasadena Ronald McDonald House to Host Annual Walk for Kids to Help Families with Critically Ill Children on Sunday, April 5

first_img More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News center_img Community News Pasadena Ronald McDonald House to Host Annual Walk for Kids to Help Families with Critically Ill Children on Sunday, April 5 Thousands are expected to join together at Central Park Pasadena to help meet $150,000 fundraising goal STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 5:45 pm Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Photo from Last Year’s event.More than 1,000 supporters are anticipated to come together in support of critically ill children and their families at the 2020 Pasadena Ronald McDonald House (PRMH) Walk for Kids. The annual family-friendly event aims to raise $150,000 to provide comfortable beds, hot meals, and a caring staff for the children and families staying at the House.The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House opened its doors 16 years ago as a “home-away-from-home” where families stay while their children undergo life-changing medical treatment. At PRMH, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel and travel expenses.Morgan Stanley group“Healing happens together. We believe that when a child is in time of greatest need, families and communities can come together to create solutions, ultimately changing a child’s life forever,” said the new Executive Director, Mara Leong-Maguinez. “This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and the generosity of so many supporters in the community.”The Pasadena Walk for Kids is sponsored by Bank of America and Councilmember Steve Madison. On Walk day, enjoy a scenic (almost) 5K course surrounded by views of the city’s historic craftsmen style homes, including the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, with hundreds of members of the Pasadena community. After the Walk, stay for music and entertainment, booths filled with food and giveaways from local businesses, and the popular Kid’s Zone featuring fun interactive games for children of all ages.Child with face paintStart your fundraising journey today by registering or finding a team or walker to support at If you are unable to participate, you can still help the children and families staying at PRMH by making a donation to Walk for Kids.Registration tableAbout Pasadena Ronald McDonald HouseNow in its 16th year, the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House provides comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California. The Pasadena House is a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) . Our vision is a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage, and joy. RMHCSC is a regional organization of Southern California Ronald McDonald Houses who provide comfort,care, and support to children and families in Southern California. For more information about any of our programs, please visit our main website at 27 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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Fake ID’s, checks, name stamp, gun, drugs all found in Bristol arrest

first_img Public Domain A 32 year old Michigan man is facing a pair of firearms charges and identity deception after the encounter with police, but that rap sheet could have been a lot longer.Lafiamma Cole Orona was pulled over when a patrol officer noticed his car matched reports of one connected to mailbox thefts in the area. Inside the vehicle police found several checks, a rubber name stamp, an ink pad, and several fake Indiana ID’s that had his photo but different names.Passersby also helped police locate a suspected meth pipe and handgun that were allegedly tossed from the car. Also discovered was some marijuana and prescription pills, and a check written out to one of the fake ID’s.More details about the arrest are available with The Elkhart Truth Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Google+ Fake ID’s, checks, name stamp, gun, drugs all found in Bristol arrest Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – May 11, 2020 0 538 Pinterest Previous articleBall State Economist not sure lifting lockdowns will revive economyNext articleWoman sentenced in April 2018 shooting death in Elkhart Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

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Humboldt Crabs’ six-game winning streak snapped with 6-3 loss to the Seattle Studs

first_imgArcata >> Over the years, the Seattle Studs usually don’t completely find their footing with the bats until their second day in Arcata following their 11-hour trip down from the Pacific Northwest.They bucked that trend on Friday night.Pounding out 14 hits and using a four-run fifth inning to grab the lead in what was previously a seesaw game, the Studs claimed a 6-3 victory and snapped the Humboldt Crabs’ six-game winning streak in front of nearly 900 spectators at the Arcata Ball Park.“We …last_img read more

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Solar Systems Defy Theories

first_imgStuart Ross Taylor (Australian National University, Canberra) feels left behind.  The astronomers have their nice, neat H-R diagrams to explain stars, but no such diagram exists for planetary scientists.  Our hodgepodge collection of planets, moons and small bodies defies classification, to say nothing of the extrasolar planets that have been discovered so far, mostly in wild elliptical orbits or close-in to the parent stars.  Writing in the July 29 issue of Nature,1 he compares stellar and planetary astronomy:By contrast, planets are individuals that show few systematic relationships and have resisted attempts at classification or even definition, as witnessed in the furore over the status of Pluto, which is an eccentric dwarf when placed among the planets, but is better suited to be the king of the many icy bodies in the Kuiper belt.  So far, there is no planetary equivalent of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.  Even if we arrive at a satisfactory explanation for the formation and evolution of our planetary system, there is no guarantee that this will apply elsewhere.  Perhaps this is the reason, as Stephen Brush has commented, that the origin of the Solar System represents one of the oldest unsolved problems in science.Taylor says this in spite of mentioning in the first paragraph that Laplace in 1796 had explained the planets as condensing from a solar nebula.  As an example of the difficulties in explaining the origin of planets, he points to the long history of trying to explain Earth, from Hutton (1788) to plate tectonics.  But even today’s theory of plate tectonics may be too specialized to apply anywhere else:But this process is unique to the Earth among the planets of the Solar System and was only made possible by the late stochastic addition of a water content of a few hundred parts per million.  Many of the difficulties in trying to understand the evolution of the Moon arose from the uncritical attempts to apply our hard-won experience with wetter terrestrial rocks to those from our bone-dry satellite.Another example of the difficulty is comparing Venus and Earth.  They should be twins, but “the Earth resembles Venus much as Dr Jekyll resembled Mr Hyde.”  What causes the difference between these twins?  “The short answer is water,” he gives as if a rote answer out of the textbook, but “As we search for terrestrial-like planets elsewhere, we need to find out the reasons for these differences and the conditions that allow these diverse bodies to form at all.”  That can only come from a new interdisciplinary approach, a distinct new mindset “somewhere between the approaches of astronomers – who want to treat planets mathematically like stars – and geologists, who want to generalize from their detective-like experience with the Earth.”1Stuart Ross Taylor, “Why can’t planets be like stars?” Nature 430, 509 (29 July 2004); doi:10.1038/430509a.The fact that Taylor raises these questions means that the typical rote answers given simplistically in textbooks are wrong.  He sounds like astronomers are at square one explaining the planets, despite 208 years since Laplace famously remarked, when asked where God fit into his model, “I have no need of that hypothesis.”  Well, put up or shut up.  We’re still waiting.  We know a lot of things now that Laplace did not, and the trend of recent discoveries has been contrary to the expectations of nebular and planetesimal theorists, so much so that Hal Levison called his own theory a fairy tale, and others crazy (see 05/30/2002 headline).  His subsequent suggestion was the only wise thing he said: “We have to start thinking of alternatives.  Probably there’s a method for their formation that no one has even thought of yet.”  Well, some have, but their views are categorically disallowed by the reigning naturalistic paradigm.    We hate to break it to Taylor, but the stellar astronomers don’t have everything so neatly tied up as he supposes, either (see 07/08/2004 headline).  In fact, does any naturalist have anything neatly tied up? (See next two headlines.)(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Messi finally conquers Buffon as Barcelona beats Juve 3-0

first_imgTwo of soccer’s all-time best players, the 39-year-old Buffon had denied Messi a goal in their previous three meetings, including Juventus’ 3-0 aggregate win in last season’s quarterfinals.But once he found room to work, Messi picked Buffon’s Juventus apart – to take some revenge from last year’s elimination and continue his superb start to the current season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMessi grabbed his 95th and 96th goals in the Champions League, breaking the deadlock just before the end of the first half in the Group D game. After he had hit the post and played a part in Ivan Rakitic’s second goal, Messi rounded off the commanding win.“Tonight (Messi) did score (against Buffon) because we left him too much space,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “(Messi) plays perfectly well in tight spaces, but today he had more space, and I would even say that we made it easier for him, leaving him so open.” Barcelona’s forward from Argentina Lionel Messi (L) vies with Juventus’ defender from Brazil Alex Sandro during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match FC Barcelona vs Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi finally added Italy great Gianluigi Buffon on his long, long list of vanquished goalkeepers.Messi struck two shots past Buffon to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 victory over Juventus in their opening match of the Champions League on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Barcelona defender Gerard Pique cleared a header by Medhi Benatia off the line in Juventus’ best scoring opportunity in the 81st.Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, Messi has now scored eight goals in six games across all competitions this season.In the other Group D match on Tuesday, Sporting Lisbon won 3-2 at Olympiakos.Dembele, who debuted as a substitute in a 5-0 rout of Espanyol on Saturday, showed some of the speed that Barcelona wanted when it signed him, but otherwise had a subdued match.“Dembele was fine. It’s true that he has to adapt to the team, to learn some tactical questions,” Valverde said. “We have to help him come along. He has just arrived, he is young, and he has a long career in front of him.”To pry Dembele away from Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona reinvested a large part of the world record 222 million euros ($262 million) it received from Paris Saint-Germain for Brazil star Neymar. It paid Dortmund 105 million euros ($124 million) in a deal that includes possible add-ons that could bring the total to 147 million euros (about $173 million).Juventus was without injured defender Giorgio Chiellini, forward Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Sami Khedira. Juan Cuadrado was suspended. During the match, the Italian champions also lost De Sciglio to an injury in the first half, when he was replaced by Sturaro. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers in December The first half was dull, apart from long-range attempts by Miralem Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio for Juventus, until Messi struck just before the interval.Ousmane Dembele, the most expensive signing in Barcelona’s history, made his first start for the Catalan club. The 20-year-old France forward helped with a counterattack that caught the Juventus defense off-guard. Messi took the ball from Dembele, worked a quick one-two with Luis Suarez and then rolled a left-foot shot just inside the far post.Messi helped make it 2-0 in the 56th when his dangerous low cross was cleared by substitute Stefano Sturaro back to Rakitic, who fired it home.Messi got his second in the 69th when he took the ball on the right side and cut back to go around two defenders. He left Buffon with no chance against another left-foot strike that smacked into the lower corner of his net.As Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde put it, “when Messi has the ball, anything can happen.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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Stags earn another shot

first_imgAs he took the Mall of Asia Arena floor for the do-or-die clash with Letran on coach Egay Macaraya’s birthday, San Sebastian stalwart Michael Calisaan thought about the time when his mentor had not given up on him despite a motorcycle accident more than a year ago that nearly took his life.For Calisaan, there was no better time to repay the faith shown to him by Macaraya over the past year with the Stags’ season on the line and a first Final Four appearance in four years within reach.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Batang Pinoy: Jabol captures long jump, 100-m dash titles just minutes apart Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Costelo also shone in the final quarter, pouring nine of his 13 points for the Stags, who will clash with third seed Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers in the next phase of the stepladder semifinals on Friday. The survivor of the duel will go up against second seed San Beda with the winner advancing to the finals against unbeaten Lyceum.“I think we deserve to be in the Final Four,” said Macaraya.The Knights tied the game for the last time at 69 before Costelo hit a teardrop with 44 seconds remaining.“One of our concerns this season is that we don’t have an import and we didn’t have the ceiling,” said Macaraya. “But the team showed heart, the character and desire to win and to reach the Final Four.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img “I wanted to win it for coach,” said Calisaan in Filipino. “He took me in and gave me a chance despite my accident last year.”The 6-foot-4 Calisaan gave Macaraya a fitting gift for his 56th birthday as he fired a career-best 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to power the Stags to a 74-69 victory over the Knights that sent San Sebastian to the next round of the stepladder semifinals of NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told him he had to make the most out of his second life,” said Macaraya, referring to Calisaan, who sustained near-fatal injuries due to a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Sta. Rita, Pampanga. “That accident was the turning point for him.”Calisaan nailed the biggest shot of the Stags’ season so far with a triple off a pass from Ryan Costelo with 18 seconds remaining, sealing the win after a nip-and-tuck final period. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:53NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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SUV owners should pay full diesel price: Ramesh

first_imgTraining his guns again on sports utility vehicles (SUVs), Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday asked the users of these fuel-guzzling cars to pay full market price for diesel, which is subsidised for the benefit of farmers.Ramesh, however, made it clear that his “deliberate” criticism of the SUVs need not be seen as him being against the automobile sector.He had recently called SUVs as “criminals” and “Socially Useless Vehicles” for being bad emitters, fuelling a controversy in the auto sector. Germany, which is home to auto major BMW, had also taken strong exception to the remarks.”Why should they get subsidised fuel meant for farmers,” Ramesh asked, while speaking at a conference on 5th Sustainability Summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).”We introduce the (diesel) subsidy for a certain economic purposes but have ended up with a wholly different purpose,” he said, favouring incentives to the firms aiming at sustainable development.Ramesh, however, also made it clear he is not trying to hurt the growth of the auto industry in the country.”I am not knocking the growth of the automotive industry, but those who want to use diesel cars must pay the full market price for the fuel. Why should they get subsidised fuel meant for farmers?” he said.The environment minister also said there was a need for creating an incentive structure from a fiscal point of view, particularly which rewards.”We need to move to a system which looks at rewarding or incentivise those companies that actually promote the objective of sustainable development, that promote energy conservation, water conservation and protection and preservation of natural resources,” Ramesh said.advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy J8 review: To infinity on a budget

first_imgIt’s easy to write off Samsung in the affordable to mid-range segments in India what with Xiaomi ruling the scene right now, but by no means is the South Korean giant out of the game yet. On the face of it, Samsung may not be bringing real competitors that can take on Xiaomi’s Redmi phones, but the company must be doing something right after selling over 2 million units of the Galaxy J8 and J6 in India after they were launched only recently.The Galaxy J8 is the subject of our review today and I try to find what makes this mid-range phone tick. The J8 does come with a few interesting features such as a tall AMOLED Infinity Display, dual camera setup with f/1.7 aperture and some ‘Make for India’ features like Samsung Mall and ‘Chat-over-Video’ for consumers in the country. Is that enough to justify its price tag of Rs 18,990? Let’s find out.DesignOn the face of it, the Galaxy J8 has nothing spectacular to offer for its price. It comes with a tall display with smaller bezels that has become commonplace to see. The back is made up of plastic rather than metal, which is a little disappointing considering the price and the what the competition is offering at this price. That being said, I got the unit in Black which looks pretty good from a distance. The black color gives it a subtle and sleek look to it and the back is smooth to the touch. There’s a vertical dual rear camera setup and a fingerprint sensor just below.advertisementThe power and volume buttons on the side have a good tactile feel when you press it and you can easily reach it without having to adjust your hand. There are two sim trays, one which hold a nano-SIM and microSD card and another the holds a secondary nano SIM. That’s great to see from a consumer’s point of view especially in India. There’s also a small slit on the right side above the power button for the speaker, which is pretty common to see on a Samsung phone and much appreciated as you’re not likely to cover it when viewing media or playing games in landscape mode. A little bit about the fingerprint sensor on the back. There isn’t enough depth to it or a significant raised border, which makes it difficult to know where the sensor is located. I would often reach for the camera rim and then make my way to the sensor, something that is liable to smudge the lens and will also delay the time it takes to unlock the phone (the fingerprint sensor is pretty slow in itself).Despite its plastic build, the Galaxy J8 is a pretty solid phones and is unlike to bend and break easily. The plastic does remove some of that premium feel that you would find on metal or glass phones, but it does keep the J8 light and easy to carry around. To complete the design, you have a micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom.DisplayIt’s not so much the design as much it is the display of the Galaxy J8 that is really the biggest selling point here. Samsung’s Infinity Display which was once only seen on its premium Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series is now trickling down to more affordable phones and the Galaxy J6 and J8 are among the first to get it. The J8 sports a tall 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. This means the phone comes with a lot of screen and smaller bezels on the top and bottom for a more immersive display. Now, I know what you’re thinking. AMOLED display is nice and all, but you’re still being offered a 720p resolution on a phone that costs close to Rs 20,000. It’s true that the phone’s resolution is low and this means videos and games are not going to look crispy, but the AMOLED panel makes sure that at least the colors on screen look bright and vivid and viewing angles are pretty good as well. And the colours do pop, especially the reds and blues and there’s a general sense of vibrancy which is anything but dull. The reduced bezels also gives a more immersive viewing experience, which is unfortunately undercut by a poor side-facing speaker.AMOLED display is nice and all, but you’re still being offered a 720p resolution on a phone that costs close to Rs 20,000The speaker just isn’t loud enough and not worth listening to in a crowded environment. Even with the volume at peak levels the speaker can only manage to produce only so much sound. But even this isn’t as bad as the fact that the Galaxy J8 has no ambient light sensor, which means you will have to manually adjust the brightness every time. Features like these are small but quite important today and the lack of such basic sensor does make the phone look bad in front of competition.advertisementPerformance and softwarePowering the Galaxy J8 is an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset. Samsung is offering the phone with 4GB of RAM which is sufficient for basic multitasking and gaming needs. This is not the fastest chipset around and you will notice the lack of swiftness when opening apps. But the processor is pretty smooth and will handle basic day-to-day tasks with ease, at least during the initial months. The chipset may not age as well as others so you may start seeing some slowdown after a while. The J8 is also capable enough to run games like Asphalt 9: Legends without stuttering, something that has been noticed on other SD450 phones like Oppo A3s and Redmi 5 as well. That being said, you will notice drops in frame rate and lags on more graphic intensive games like PUBG even on low graphic settings.The Galaxy J8 runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and can be updated to the July Android security patch right now. As far as security updates are concerned, Samsung is doing okay so far. Of course, anyone familiar with a Samsung phone knows that the UI will look quite different from a stock Android phone. Samsung has layered the J8 with its own Experience 9.0 skin on top that brings the typical Samsung icons with a gradient colour design and some preloaded apps like Samsung Health, Galaxy Apps, Secure Folder, Samsung Max, My Galaxy, Samsung Pay Mini and Samsung’s own Internet browser, among others. You also notice Samsung’s custom widgets on screen that can be removed if you’re not too fond of all the clutter. There are some ‘Made for India’ features as well such as Samsung Mall and Chat-over-Video. The former brings up relevant searches on the object that you capture through the camera so you can purchase it from e-commerce platforms. It’s a middling feature where it works accurately sometimes and gets things wrong every other occasion. It also helps using the feature under good lighting conditions.The processor is pretty smooth and will handle basic day-to-day tasks with ease, at least during the initial monthsChat-over-Video is a feature that works as the name suggests. You can chat with your friends and family over WhatsApp or the default messaging service while watching videos on YouTube or any other platform without interruption. When you receive a message, the notification will appear as a chat head while you’re watching a video. You can tap to expand the chat head and view the message which will appear as a translucent overlay on the video, allowing you to type and watch at the same. The feature works exactly as it should, although it is still pretty distracting to message in the middle of a video, so I’m not really sure whether this a feature you’re going to use often.advertisementCameraApart from an Infinity Display, the other feature Samsung has managed to bring to its affordable phones is some impressive cameras, at least on paper. You get a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 16-megapixel primary lens with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture. That’s some wide apertures right there, promising some good low-light shots. Here’s why an AMOLED display is appreciated – photos captured look colourful and vibrant, if not a little too vibrant. Colours look bright and pop and will look oversaturated more often than not. And that’s mostly great if you don’t want your photos to look dull, but remember that this also means you’re not going to see the most accurate colours. Outdoors under bright sunlight, photos look crisp and detailed. In low-light, the f/1.7 aperture kicks in and allows for more light into the picture which means you’ll get some bright shots even in the dead of night. However, the shutter speed will be slow in such conditions so you will need to keep your hands steady to reduce shaky photos.The rear camera gets Live Focus that lets you adjust the background blur while taking a picture. The feature also gives you the option to blur the subject and focus on the background. Bokeh shots look decent and the secondary camera does well to keep the subject in focus, but you will notice some softness around the edges and instances when the gap between the subject and background doesn’t blur well.IMAGE SAMPLESThe Galaxy J8 brings an impressive 16-megapixel front-facing snapper with f/1.9 aperture and mods like selfie focus that uses software to blur the background, stickers and wide selfie that requires you to tilt the phone to capture more room in your selfies. The front camera also lets in a good amount of light which allows for brighter selfies in low-light although the detail will not be too great. Additionally, the front camera is used for facial recognition, but the biometric feature is quite slow to unlock the phone, more so than the fingerprint sensor. It also has trouble recognising your face in low-light conditions.BatteryBattery life of the Galaxy J8 is pretty impressive and that’s largely because of a low HD+ resolution that doesn’t ask for too much juice. The phone houses a 3,500mAh battery which sounds good enough and the device does manage to hold well even with heavy usage. While playing games or watching videos, the battery does not drop rapidly and it also helps that the phone doesn’t heat up too much. I got around a good day and a half to two days on average usage which included messaging, social media browsing and the occasional video streaming.I got around a good day and a half to two days on average usageCharging the J8 from zero to hundred takes about two hours. We’re still waiting for Samsung to bring USB Type-C to its affordable phones but for now you will want to keep some of your old micro-USB cables around if you’re planning to buy the Galaxy J8.Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy J8The Galaxy J8 does offer some good features such as a vibrant AMOLED Infinity Display and a pretty impressive battery life. It’s cameras impress when it comes to low-light photography and the phone manages to perform day-to-day tasks and even the occasional mobile gaming with ease despite a Snapdragon 450 chipset. These, I assume, are some of the phone’s most attractive features and is perhaps why its managing to sell in numbers.That being said, the chipset is one that may age poorly and you’re likely to see it affect your day-to-day usage after a few months. The fingerprint sensor is not only slow but also not the easiest to find and unlock on a single go. Face unlock is slow as well and does not hold well in dimly lit environments, rendering both biometric options pretty disappointing. But perhaps the biggest reason one may ignore the Galaxy J8 right now is because of the Galaxy On8, which is identical to the J8 and is available at a slightly lower price point.Samsung Galaxy J8 review7.5/10Good stuffAMOLED Infinity DisplayImpressive battery lifeDecent camerasBad stuffLacks basic sensorsSlow fingerprint sensor and face unlock720p resolutionlast_img read more

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a month agoAC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Verona

first_imgAC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo refused to get carried away after their 1-0 defeat of Hellas Verona.Mariusz Stepinski saw red in the first-half, but Milan only edged the game thanks to a Krzysztof Piatek penalty.“The team is working well, is finding its balance and I know there are some strengths and weaknesses, but I work to improve the individuals and the teams,” Giampaolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, there is no perfect side. I like the effort and passion we put into the game, then errors can happen.“The team played well in the second half, with the right approach and precision. A team that defends with 10 men in their final third are difficult to break down. Verona played their honest defensive game and we were constantly pushing forward. We didn’t do it perfectly and of course there is plenty to work on and improve, but the victory helps us to work.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Ohio State Sent A Valentine To The Mother Of 2016 4-Star LB Brendan Ferns

first_imgOhio State sends Valentine to mother of recruit.There’s a reason why Urban Meyer is one of the country’s best recruiters. The Ohio State coach and his staff are thorough – ridiculously thorough. The Buckeyes’ recruiting staff sent a Block O Valentine’s Day card to the mother of Brendan Ferns, a four-star linebacker in the 2016 class considering Ohio State. Here it is: Ohio State coaches with a smart mailer. Sent valentine cards to mom of 2016 Brendan Ferns.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) February 14, 2015Ferns, a 6-foot-3, 223-pound linebacker out of Saint Clairsville, Ohio, is ranked the No. 2 inside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. He is reportedly considering OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma and West Virginia, among other schools. [11W]last_img read more