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How to Sing a Kick-Ass Rendition of ‘Let It Go’ at Karaoke This Weekend

first_img Star Files Disney’s Frozen SING WITH A PARTNER Not sure you know all the words? Get a pal help you out—if possible, try to look as adorable as these two. DON’T BE SELF-CONSCIOUS (EVEN IF YOU’RE A DUDE) Sure, you’re singing a song from a Disney cartoon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be macho. GRAB A WHOLE POSSE If you’re feeling ambitious, enlist a few more friends and make it a group effort. A little harmony never hurt anyone. TRY KARAOKE BY CANDLELIGHT Disco ball lighting can be so unflattering—turn off that nonsense and add a warm, candlelit glow to your performance. Idina Menzelcenter_img View Comments DRESS UP LIKE ELSA If you’ve got butterflies, try putting on a costume. Embody the character. Put on a tiara—prop work will help ease your nerves. The polar vortex is still upon us, but we’ve got the perfect way to warm up this weekend: Down a few gin and tonics at your local karaoke haunt and belt out “Let It Go” from Frozen! The official song of winter 2014 is being celebrated all over the interweb with some excellent, some cute and some downright strange covers, and there’s a lot we can learn from these brave singers. So grab a cup of cocoa and take notes on technique and style so when they call your name at karaoke this weekend, you’re fully prepared. Channel your inner Elsa with these tips below and get your voice in shape for the group sing-along in theaters January 31! DO SOME SENSE MEMORY PREP WORK IN A CASTLE If you’re having trouble tapping into Elsa’s struggles, why not head to your local castle for a few test runs? LEARN FROM THE MASTER Your rendition will never hold a candle to Idina Menzel’s. The sooner you accept this, the sooner your performance will really soar. Let it go! Let it go…last_img read more

Water Worries.

first_imgAs Georgia enters fall, concerns about the current drought’s impacts on waterresources, wildfire potential and agriculture are mounting.The Palmer Drought Severity Index, a measure of hydrological drought, indicates thatsouthwest and west central Georgia are having an extreme drought. Drought Links PDSI and CMI data from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Yield prospects are reduced by excessively dry soils in southeast, central, and eastcentral Georgia. Abnormally dry soils are found in south central, north central andnortheast Georgia.Bright SpotsThe tourism industry in the north Georgia mountains will be one of the few benefactorsfrom the drought. The leaves this fall should have average to above average color. Thewine industry should also benefit from the dry weather. Updated weather data at the UGA Automated Environmental Monitoring web site. Photo: Dan Rahn The rest of Georgia is in severe drought except in the northwest and north centralregions, which are classified as being in moderate drought.Low River FlowsAccording to the U.S. Geological Survey, several Georia rivers are running near recordlow flows. These include the Flint, Ocumulgee, Altamaha, Etowah, and Tallulah Rivers.Low river flows can imperil municipal water supplies, raise the water temperature,decrease dissolved oxygen levels and increase the concentration of pollutants. Near thecoast, low river flows allow increased saltwater movement upstream and increased salinityin coastal marshes.Wildfires a ThreatWildfires are also a concern across Georgia. The Georgia Forestry Commission has issuedan advisory against outdoor burning.”If it’s absolutely necessary to burn outside, extreme precautions should betaken, because Georgia is undergoing an extreme drought,” said Alan Dozier, GFC Chiefof Forest Protection. “A single spark can set off a wildfire that could burn hundredsof acres.”Because of the drought, all GFC firefighting crews and cooperators are on 24-houralert. In August, GFC reports twice the normal number of forest fires, with 3,522 acresburned.Crops’Condition DecliningMajor crops continued to deteriorate last week, according to the Georgia AgriculturalStatistics Service. GASS rated 47 percent of the soybean crop, 40 percent of the cotton,59 percent of pastures and 25 percent of pecans were rated in poor to very poor condition.Most of the major crops in Georgia have already been made or ruined by the drought.Many farmers don’t want rain now, because it would delay harvesting. Wind from a tropicalstorm would reduce yields by damaging crops that are ready for harvest.Rain Would Help SomeHowever, rainfall would be beneficial for beef and dairy farmers. It would improvepastures, decrease the need for supplemental feeding and possibly allow for another hayharvest.Rain is needed for fall plantings, too. Most soils in the state are too dry for goodseed germination. GASS reports that moisture is short to very short in 81 percent of thestate’s soils.The Crop Moisture Index rates the soils in southwest Georgia as extremely dry, withmost dryland crops ruined. Soils in west central and northwest Georgia are severely dry,with potential dryland yields severely cut. The drought has caused unusually low river flows, as seen in this normally shallow, but not dry, Ogeechee River section in east central Georgia. Drought updates for Georgia and the Southeast at the UGA drought Web site. Or call your county Extension Service agent.last_img read more

German government pushes plan for 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The German government wants to increase offshore wind power capacity five-fold by 2040 as part of its plan to wean the country off fossil fuels.The Cabinet on Wednesday agreed on a bill that would set a goal of 40 gigawatts of installed offshore wind power capacity in 20 years, from about 7.5 gigawatts at present. It also raised the target for 2030 from 15 gigawatts to 20.Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said the new offshore wind target for 2030 would help Germany achieve its goal of meeting 65% of its gross electricity consumption with renewable energy in a decade. The longer-term target would provide businesses and coastal regions with planning certainty, he added.Germany’s offshore wind generation is dwarfed by the number of turbines installed on land, which already have a combined capacity of 54 gigawatts.Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she supports the goal of making Europe ‘climate neutral’ by 2050 to curb global warming. This ambitious target will require the world’s biggest economic bloc to phase out the use of fossil fuels.More: Germany seeks 5-fold increase in offshore wind power by 2040 German government pushes plan for 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040last_img read more

The 14th Annual Frederick Running Festival

first_imgThe CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival, taking place Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, offers a terrific Health and Fitness Expo, a Twilight 5K and a Kids’ Runs on Saturday; and the Half Marathon and Two-Person Half-Marathon Relay on Sunday.  It’s innovative with numerous medal/race combinations and inventive amenities—an excellent choice for your early May running.THumbsUp-FRED15By Skip CleaverRegional runner convenience:  Corrigan Sports Enterprises was built on the idea of convenience for participants.  From multiple remote packet pickups and the excellent fairgrounds venue to the weekend schedule it is set up for ease and convenience. Even before the weekend begins they have made arrangements for packet pickup in several regional Sports Authority locations.FrederickFrederick is a quaint old town with lots of history and charm, a lot to offer, and is a great venue for running.  It has historically been a crossroads going back to colonial times, with lots of activity during the American Revolution and the Civil War.  It was settled in 1745 and was largely German until the mid 1800s.  Adding to the German founders, a regiment of Hessians was stationed there during the Revolution and most stayed after the war.  Their stone barracks still stands, as do many other historical landmarks.  Yes, this race provides an enjoyable running tour through a wonderful small, scenic, historic city.THumbsUp-BGR-FRED15Frederick is uniquely situated in the Mid-Atlantic for convenience of travel too.  It’s easy to get to from many locations and east coast metro areas.  Frederick is Maryland’s second biggest city after Baltimore and located in what has become a “tri-state” region—close to Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Frederick is accessible from several major airports and arteries (Baltimore and Washington), and at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 270 and US Route 40—and not far from Harrisburg and York, PA and the Virginia border.ScenicStreet-Crowd-FRED15Frederick is home to many historic buildings and institutions, including the famous Maryland School for the Deaf, housed in the old Hessian barracks, built during the Revolution.  It later housed prisoners of war, served as a hospital for Civil War wounded and became the first Maryland School for the Deaf in 1867. Happy-Couple-FRED15Celebrate at the Fairgrounds…All races will finish on the fairgrounds track and there is plenty of seating in the grandstands for family and friends to cheer you on. Medal-Pose-2Ladies-FRED15Finishing participants will receive their premium custom medals and tech shirts and then move on to the Celebration Village, with live entertainment.   There is plenty of room for you and your family to kick back and enjoy.  There will be beer for adults and games for kids; it will be a true celebration. Medal-Bite-Couple-FRED15Visit Frederick and Take the ChallengeRunners of all abilities are welcome at Frederick, and walkers too.  There is something for everyone.  The Kids’ Fun Runs and the Twilight 5K will go on Saturday evening and the CareFirst Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay on Sunday morning.  And of course step up for that Nut Job Challenge- and the big time bonus medal that’s given to anyone who runs the half marathon AND the 5K!  The Frederick Running Festival is Maryland’s hidden gem for runners.  The courses are flat, fast, convenient, historic, and easy to access.NutJob-Medal_FRED15Everything is convenient at the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival.  It’s a well run, well organized race in a scenic and historic place.  Corrigan Sports Enterprises and the city have made changes to make the event even better over the years.  So do not miss the Frederick Running Festival in Frederick, Maryland on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 2016.   This is your kind of spring race—everything is just right.  It’s a great mixture of fun and challenge with just rewards and unique opportunities.  There are many reasons to attend the Frederick Running Festival.last_img read more

​UK scheme invests £200m in Macquarie infrastructure debt fund

first_imgMacquarie, he said, had identified inflation-linked borrower demand of around £4bn in the three sectors, as well as more potential demand in student accommodation and social housing.The fund will concentrate on investment-grade opportunities on a smaller scale, starting from £10m – for which there is more demand, Wilson added.Macquarie managing director Andrew Robertson said the new fund should address the fact “borrowers don’t think finance exists, and investors don’t think assets exist”.The decision to enter inflation-linked debt provision was, he added, a result of inefficiencies on the part of banks to cut exposure to inflation.In yield terms, Macquarie estimates that, when passed through to pension schemes, inefficiencies of as much as 100 basis points are created.The new fund will target average returns of 250bps above index-linked Gilts.Investors in the fund will be paid semi-annually. Macquarie has been awarded a £200m (€240m) mandate by an unnamed UK pension scheme for a new inflation-linked debt fund.The indexed platform will look to match pension funds with infrastructure borrowers.A first close is set for later this year, said chief executive of Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions James Wilson, who estimates that “several hundred million” could be raised.Wilson said likely target areas would include the UK’s utility sectors, renewables and offshore transmission owners (OFTOs).last_img read more

Sisi: Egypt’s new anti-terror bill not meant to limit freedoms

first_imgEgyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that the new anti-terrorism draft law is not meant to oppress the people or limit freedoms, the state TV reported.“The state must be protected in its great challenge, as we want to succeed and survive while they do not want this for us,” Sisi told the attendees during a fast-breaking ceremony, referring to terrorists who have been launching deadly attacks since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013.The new anti-terrorism draft law recently approved by the Egyptian cabinet has raised debate in the most populous Arab country as well as concerns about freedoms and human rights.The draft law in Egypt that would make it a crime to contradict the official version of terrorist attacks should be scrapped, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, calling the bill a “strike at the very heart of basic freedoms”.The law, which also sets up new courts for dealing with terrorism suspects, was proposed after a June 29 car bomb killed Egypt’s top prosecutor and a series of other attacks killed 17 members of the security forces in North Sinai, the focus of an Islamist insurgency.“The proposed counter-terrorism law vastly expands the Egyptian authorities’ powers and threatens the most fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association,” said Amnesty International’s Said Boumedouha.“If approved, it is set to become yet another tool for the authorities to crush all forms of dissent.” Under one of the measures in the proposed legislation, journalists and others who report on terrorist attacks and contradict the official version of events could face at least two years in prison.Human rights groups have accused Egyptian authorities of widespread violations since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule, and say the government has rolled back freedoms won in the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak.The government denies that and says it is protecting the country from Islamists, including Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State, active in North Sinai, both of which it classes as terrorist groups.Rights groups say Egyptian prisons hold 40 000 political detainees and Amnesty said the new bill would establish special courts to rule on “terrorist” offences and would add new crimes to the list of those punishable by death.last_img read more

Motorist killed in road crash

first_imgThe accidenthappened around 7 a.m. on Oct. 13, the police added. According topolice investigation, Gando fell off his motorcycle after he lost control andhit the gutter./PN The 30-year-oldWillie Jay Gando died of head injuries, police said. center_img ILOILO City – Themotorcycle he was driving hit the gutter along the road in Barangay Cadagmayan,Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. last_img

Judge Njagi Marete cleared by tribunal

first_imgEmployment and Labour Court Judge Njagi Marete has been reinstated after Tribunal appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to investigate his conduct cleared him of any wrongdoing. A report given by the tribunal Led by led by Retired Court of Appeal Judge Justice Alnashir Visram found no merit on all accusations labeled against the judge.The complaint against Justice Marete was filed by Kenya Tea Growers Association in a matter involving the Kenya Plantations and Agricultural Workers Union and other parties.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities The tribunal said after thoroughly sieving through all evidence tendered by the witnesses and applying the law of the land of fairness and principle of equity found that the sole allegation of gross misconduct or misbehavior contained in a petition by the Judicial Service Commission presented to the President on May 2019  was not proven and could not stand. The tribunal recommended that the judge not to be removed from office. In June last year Justice Marete through lawyer his Gitobu Imanyara moved to the court seeking to stop the setting up of a tribunal, pending the determination of his petition challenging his allegation. The complaint against the Employment and Labour court judge was filed by Kenya Tea Growers Association claiming the judge had issued orders in a matter that he was well aware that the case had been handled by a another judge rendering the first ruling nugatory, but he defended himself that said the order related to two different application and as such there was no conflict. The suspended judge however lost the case when the court ruled that he had not demonstrated that his rights had been uninfringed. center_img This is after receiving oral submission from 18 witnesses, the tribunal investigating the contact of suspended Justice Njagi Marete of the Employment and Labour relations court has returned a no guilty verdict.  Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Rescue Officials: Shark Bite Victim Flown from Bahamas to PBIA

first_imgCrews stationed at the airport were alerted around 5 p.m. that the victim was being flown in from the Bahamas, fire officials said.The victim was taken to a local trauma hospital for treatment.It is unclear why the person was flown to Palm Beach County, or the circumstances that led up to the shark bite.This is a developing story. A person who was reportedly bitten by a shark was flown to Palm Beach International Airport on Thursday, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.last_img

Indian Premier League IPL 2019, RCB vs CSK: Never expected Dhoni to miss that last ball, says Parthiv Patel

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bengaluru: Parthiv Patel, the man whose direct hit gave Royal Challengers Bangalore an improbable one-run win over Chennai Super Kings, said he was left quite surprised when Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed hitting the last ball of the cliffhanger. Patel wasn’t expecting a marauding Dhoni to miss Umesh Yadav’s slower delivery before his direct throw sealed it for the home team on Sunday night.Dhoni scored 24 off the first five balls of the final over before missing the last ball. A scramble for one run ended in Parthiv’s direct throw leaving Shardul Thakur short of his crease.”We honestly wanted him (Dhoni) to hit through the off-side on the shorter side of the ground. If he had hit it on the leg-side, there were two runs because I don’t think the way he runs, there was any chance of stopping those two,” an elated Patel said at the post-match press conference. “So we wanted (Umesh) to bowl slower and outside the off-stump and surprisingly he missed it. I wasn’t expecting him to miss it but surprisingly he missed it,” he said.Patel said if Dhoni is around then 70 to 80 runs in the last five overs is always gettable at the Chinnaswamy. “Playing in Bangalore or Mumbai, you know that 70 runs in the last five overs is gettable. You need at least have 80-90 runs to get in last five overs to defend. So, we wanted to squeeze him. “We wanted to bowl as many dot balls to him as possible, and put pressure on other batsmen because everybody knows how MS is. He wanted the game to go down to last three-four overs and he almost won the game,” said Patel.The wicketkeeper-batsman scored his second half-century of the season and said that coach Gary Kirsten’s advice of choosing the correct bowlers was key to his success.”Before the game started, I was talking to Gary and he said ‘you don’t have worry of anything you need to choose your bowlers’ and that is exactly what I did,” said Patel.He is happy to open the batting as he can use the Powerplay overs to his advantage. “Honestly, it is great to be playing in the opening slot with Virat and AB coming in at number three. Actually, I don’t have to do much. I try to make sure that I hit couple of boundaries  and try and rotate the strike. “You know, I have been working hard on my game . I have been there in Australia for a couple of months…I have been working hard and I am quite happy with the way I am batting,” he said. last_img read more