The catastrophic flooding in Nebraska and other states along the Missouri River has brought back painful memories of major floods like those in 1993 and 2011. We know that floods are becoming more frequent and causing far more damage. The National Climate Assessment has warned that floods are more likely to occur in the Midwest as the climate changes. Bill McKibben, in an interview with ThinkProgress.com, pointed out that Nebraska’s “current trauma is part of everyone’s future.” The flooding in the Midwest is the latest in a long line of catastrophic disasters that have climate change’s fingerprints all over them. While inland states suffer many more flood disasters than coastal states, they are more localized and usually don’t grab the national spotlight, unless they rise to the level of calamity seen in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. Most people recall the names of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael, while major inland floods tend to quickly fade from the nation’s collective memory. Since 2015, some of the nation’s biggest flood disasters have not resulted from hurricanes and tropical storms. They have occurred miles inland in central Louisiana (2016, $10.6 billion in losses), Houston (2016, $2.8 billion), Texas and Oklahoma (2015, $2.7 billion), Texas and Louisiana (2016, $2.4 billion), and South Carolina (2015, $2.2 billion).RELATED ARTICLESFlooding Is More Than a Coastal ProblemUrban Flooding: A Problem That’s Getting WorseIs It Time to Move Our Cities?Resilience as a Driver of ChangeResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense Storms Even among recent hurricanes — Harvey and Florence in particular — historic levels of rain caused far more damage inland, compared to storm surge or high winds along the coastline. The damages from the 2019 floods are still being tallied, but are expected to exceed $1.3 billion in Nebraska alone. Storms with no names do lots of damage Record disaster years have led to a growing recognition that we need to better prepare for floods and rebuild differently, not to mention adapt to the impacts of climate change. For flooding, attention is often focused on areas where “named storms” (i.e., hurricanes) have wreaked havoc or on coastal cities slowly being overtaken by sea level rise. Sometimes overlooked are the inland areas that are struggling with the increasing frequency and severity of flood disasters, like what’s happened in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. Our national memory does not always recall these “non-named” disasters as time passes. The tragic flooding and resulting damage, trauma, and loss of life that communities are experiencing demand that the nation take long-overdue actions to avoid these types of tragedies in the future. In order to help those who will spend the coming months and years recovering from the Midwest Floods of 2019, the nation needs to move swiftly on the actions below. Reinstate federal flood protection standards President Trump rescinded federal flood protection standards just days before Hurricane Harvey, a major misstep that grows increasingly damaging with each passing flood disaster. The Trump administration said it would propose a new standard, but that has proven to be an empty promise. Federal flood protection standards would ensure that public areas are sited and designed with an additional margin of safety for future flooding and sea level rise. Congress could put a federal flood protection standard back in place and there’s interest in doing just that. Help people move to higher ground A growing number of Americans are tired of being flooded repeatedly and they need assistance to move to higher ground. Unfortunately, that can be hard to come by, as government disaster assistance usually prioritizes rebuilding in the same vulnerable place. Owners of these homes are, in a sense, trapped by the disaster aid programs designed to enable rebuilding. We need to make it far easier for flood disaster survivors to get assistance to move to higher ground when they would prefer to do so. Congress has requested that the Government Accountability Office find out why buyouts and relocation efforts are so inefficient and time-consuming. And the Natural Resources Defense Council has called for making buyouts of flood-prone homes a benefit of flood insurance coverage. Reform the National Flood Insurance Program The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) should be a linchpin in the nation’s efforts to prepare for and recover from flood disasters, but in its current state it’s a liability, especially when you factor in the growing influence of climate change. The NFIP not only provides insurance to millions of Americans, but it is also responsible for mapping flood risks, establishing minimum development standards for the nation’s floodplains, and it is a primary source of flood risk information. In every aspect of the program, it fails to deliver what’s needed. NRDC has long called for climate-smart NFIP reforms that include: Helping people move to higher ground. The NFIP could directly provide funding to help people who live in flood-prone homes to move out of harm’s way, but it doesn’t. For the majority of the most flood-prone homes in the NFIP, NRDC has found it would be cost effective to provide this assistance and help thousands of people relocate now — and help many more in the future. Increase transparency and require disclosure of flood risks. If people are denied access to information, they cannot avoid buying or renting a home in a place that’s at high risk of flooding. Congress should: require past flood damages and other information be disclosed to homebuyers and renters (28 states currently have inadequate or no disclosure requirements at all); require that homeowners have a right to know about past flood damage claims paid by the NFIP or private insurers; and require FEMA to publish much more of the data it collects through the NFIP, most of which is kept out of public view. Produce flood maps that reflect future conditions and climate change. FEMA’s flood maps do not take into account how flooding will get worse in the future due to incidents of extreme weather, sea level rise, and other factors. As a result, the potential for larger floods, like those affecting Nebraska and the Midwest, and those that the National Climate Assessment says are in the future, are not accounted for on official flood maps used for making development decisions. Implement resilience provisions Flooding in Nebraska has caused substantial damage to Offutt Air Force Base, the headquarters for Strategic Air Command. This is the third major military installation heavily damaged by floods and hurricanes in the past year. Last year, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the largest Marine Corps base in the world, was hit hard by Hurricane Florence, and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida was leveled by Hurricane Michael. It would be laughable that President Trump questions the national security implications of climate change, given these damages, if he were not so dangerously off-base. Last year Congress directed the Department of Defense to pursue a suite of actions to ensure military bases were prepared for the impacts of climate change. In light of the damage military bases have sustained recently, that looks like a pretty smart move. The Center for Climate and Security highlighted some of those actions, which include: “Floodplain requirements on new military construction (roughly $10 billion annually): Projects must identify whether they are in the 100-year floodplain, and if so, they must not only include mitigation plans, but be designed to assume an additional 2 feet above the base flood elevation (3 feet for mission critical facilities). This was originally a bipartisan stand-alone bill introduced by Senators Schatz, Moran, and Reed. (Sec 2805) “Inclusion of energy and climate considerations into installation master plans (which govern how a base is laid out and where new construction will occur). (Sec 2805) “Authority to expend Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative funds to protect military installation resilience (Sec 312i) “Expanding Defense Access Roads authority to improve critical roads outside a base that are impacted by sea-level rise and recurrent flooding. (Sec 2865)” Rob Moore is a senior policy analyst with the Healthy People and Thriving Communities program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog and is republished here with permission.
Leicester City 1 Stoke City 1: Butland howler costs Potters Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 22:23 2/24/18 Getty Images Stoke City missed the chance to move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone after Jack Butland’s own goal in a 1-1 draw at Leicester. Jack Butland scored a disastrous own goal as Leicester City came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.Stoke were on track to move out of the relegation zone thanks to a fine first-half strike from Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored his fourth goal from outside the box this season.But Butland misjudged a powerful cross from Marc Albrighton, deflecting the ball into his own goal to extend Stoke’s four-month wait for an away league victory. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez started for the first time in the league since the closure of the transfer window, but he was kept quiet by Stoke’s left-back, Premier League debutant Konstantinos Stafylidis.Shaqiri gave Stoke the lead shortly before half-time, scoring for the third straight Premier League match with a fine arrowed strike from 25 yards after Leicester gave the ball away.Claude Puel’s men did not look as though they would find an equaliser with Butland mostly untested in the Stoke goal, before his horrendous error cost Paul Lambert’s men a vital three points, with Harry Maguire and Matty James almost winning it for Leicester, their efforts both thudding against the woodwork.7 – Since the start of last season, Stoke have scored seven own-goals in the Premier League, more than any other side. Clanger. pic.twitter.com/iImjkNgqV1— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018James smashed an early chance over the crossbar as Leicester started brightly.Kasper Schmeichel made a comfortable save down to his left to keep out Badou Ndiaye’s drive, with a mishit Mahrez effort similarly easy fare for Butland after 25 minutes.Mahrez should have done better when a long ball from Demarai Gray saw Leicester break, but the Algeria international curled a trademark 25-yarder wide of the far post with his left foot.Leicester had lost the ball away in their own half on multiple occasions and they were punished for a lapse three minutes before the break.3 – Xherdan Shaqiri has scored in three consecutive games in Europe’s big five leagues for the first time ever. Trio.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 Joe Allen hustled Wilfred Ndidi out of possession on the touchline and when he shifted the ball inside to Shaqiri, the Swiss star burst into space in front of the Leicester defence and bent a wicked strike into Schmeichel’s bottom-left corner.Leicester, who were unbeaten in five games against Stoke, made a high-tempo start to the second half, but the visitors almost doubled their lead after 55 minutes.Schmeichel’s poor clearance put Leicester in trouble, but an alert Shaqiri fired narrowly wide.Emboldened by Stoke’s fine display, Lambert threw on teenage striker Tyrese Campbell – son of former Everton forward Kevin – for his Premier League debut, with Puel turning to attacking pair Kelechi Iheanacho and Fousseni Diabate to spark life into his side.4326 – Tyrese Campbell made his Premier League debut 4326 days after his father Kevin Campbell last made an appearance in the competition (April 2006 v Newcastle). Generation.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 But it was Albrighton who provided the equaliser for Leicester after 70 minutes, bursting down the right wing and thumping a cross straight at Butland, the England goalkeeper somehow managing to direct the ball straight into his own goal.Butland made a fine save from Mahrez to somewhat make amends, and was on hand seconds later to push Maguire’s thunderous drive against the post as Leicester threatened to snatch all three points.After substitute Charlie Adam’s awful header sent Mahrez through, Butland made another vital save to protect Stoke’s point after Kurt Zouma’s block deflected the winger’s effort, with James heading against the post in a frantic finale. Key Opta Facts:- After winning five of their first eight Premier League games under Claude Puel (D2 L1), Leicester have enjoyed just two victories in the last 11 (D4 L5).- Stoke have won just one of their last nine top-flight games (D4 L4), scoring a total of just six goals in that period.- Since the start of last season, the Potters have scored seven own-goals in the Premier League, more than any other side.- Xherdan Shaqiri has scored in three consecutive games in Europe’s big five leagues for the first time ever.- Tyrese Campbell made his Premier League debut 4326 days after his father Kevin Campbell last made an appearance in the competition (April 2006 v Newcastle United). read more
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.June 16 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmBeads By BarbaraDovetail BeautyGaouette FarmGrateful TastesGrazing Platter BoardsGuilday GlassKC StylesMagic of Yarrow BalloonsPolish Prince PierogisPurple Carrot BreadRed Antler ApothecarySeafood ExpressShawsheen Tech Food TruckSwiss BakersTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Aerial Arts Circus Broadway ShowMASS SAVEMagic of YarrowMake Snake Puppets at the Kids TableLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On Sunday, September 8In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 18In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 25In “Community”
A plane just after takeoff [Representational Image].PixabayFed up with flight delays and a long wait at the airport, then this would be a good news for you. Google Flights has just updated some interesting features to make your travel easier.On January 31, Google announced a couple of new features to its flight search tool. The new feature will predict flights delays and as well as explain the reason behind the delay.”Using historic flight status data, our machine learning algorithms can predict some delays even when this information isn’t available from airlines yet—and delays are only flagged when we’re at least 80% confident in the prediction,” Google said in a blog post. blog.google.comAlong with the delay predictions and explanations, Google has also introduced a new feature which will provide information on the basic economy fares. For example, United’s basic economy ticket doesn’t allow flyers to pick desirable seats or to upgrade and the overhead bin is not accessible for them.”New fare types like Basic Economy are great for people travelling on a budget, but it can be confusing to understand whether important options— like overhead bin space, ability to select your seat and baggage fees— are included in the fare. Now Google Flights surfaces that information for flights on American, Delta, and United,” says Google. blog.google.comHow to check the flight status?The flyer needs to input the flight number on Google Flights or the airline name and the flight route. In the search result, the flyer will see the details of the flight and whether it is delayed or on time. For example, if the flight is delayed, then Google will tell you the delayed departure time as a result.Do remember, you still have to be at the airport on time in case the airline resolves the issue. It’s better to be on the safer side rather than missing a flight.
yooooo @TeamCJCorrea’s tonight! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/9hRH1HzyvL— Houston Astros (@astros) October 31, 2017 Tonight’s key matchup for Game 6. 🔑 pic.twitter.com/dtScc4XpF9— Houston Astros (@astros) October 31, 2017 It’s PACKED at MMP tonight! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/88s0Ez5ogY— Houston Astros (@astros) November 1, 2017___7:31 p.m.Chris Taylor looped an RBI double to key a two-run rally against Justin Verlander in the sixth inning that’s put the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead of the Houston Astros 2-1.Verlander was in complete control until the sudden burst. The Astros ace had allowed just one single and struck out eight in five innings before Los Angeles broke through.Austin Barnes singled to open the sixth, Chase Utley was hit by a pitch, Taylor went the opposite way for his tying hit and Corey Seager delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly.Dodger Stadium was going wild, with fans hoping to extend this World Series to Game 7. Not everyone was screaming with every pitch — looming in the Dodgers bullpen was ace Clayton Kershaw, loosening up just in case.#SpringerDinger!It’s 1-0 @astros in the 3rd. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/YiODVTn5Pw— MLB (@MLB) November 1, 2017 8:43 p.m.Chris Taylor, Corey Seager and the Los Angeles Dodgers sent this twist-and-turn World Series to Game 7, rallying against Justin Verlander to beat the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night.A comeback win in Game 6 on Halloween night gave fans at Dodger Stadium and beyond a true treat: A year after the Cubs beat Cleveland in a Game 7 thriller, the baseball season is going the distance.Yu Darvish will start for Los Angeles. Astros manager A.J. Hinch didn’t announce a starter before Game 6, wanting to see how things went. It will be Charlie Morton or Lance McCullers Jr., most likely.Verlander dominated for five innings, but the Dodgers got him in the sixth. Chris Taylor hit a tying double and Corey Seager had a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.Joc Pederson hit his third Series homer in the seventh for insurance and took an animated trot around the bases. George Springer hit his fourth Series for Houston.OH after top of 8th in bar by Minute Maid: ‘We lost the series, man.’ Some fans headed for the exits #WorldSeries— Michael Marks (@michaelpmarks) November 1, 2017___8:32 p.m.The Los Angeles Dodgers are three outs away from beating Justin Verlander and forcing a decisive seventh game in the World Series.Los Angeles is taking a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went against his pregame instinct and brought in closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning.The Dodgers’ usually dominant closer had struggled in similar situations in Game 2 and again in Game 5. Roberts claimed that he hoped to limit Jansen to three outs in this game.But Jansen mowed down the Astros’ 4-5-6 hitters with seven pitches in the eighth, pushing the Dodgers three outs closer to the 41st Game 7 in World Series history.Charlie Culberson got a leadoff single in the eighth for Los Angeles to extend his improbable postseason run after spending most of the season in the minors, but Francisco Liriano struck out Cody Bellinger to strand two Dodgers.Got a lot of fans of the pitching change here pic.twitter.com/ELnx0yChwx— Michael Marks (@michaelpmarks) November 1, 2017___8:10 p.m.Joc Pederson hit a solo homer in the seventh, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1.He connected on a 1-2 pitch from Joe Musgrove that landed in the left-field pavilion.Kenta Maeda escaped a jam against the Astros in the top of the inning.Tony Watson gave up a leadoff walk to Josh Reddick. Maeda came on and induced a fielder’s choice grounder by pinch-hitter Evan Gattis.George Springer singled when the ball eluded shortstop Corey Seager’s diving backhand stab, putting runners on first and second. Alex Bregman flied out to center before Maeda got Jose Altuve on a groundout to third to end the threat. A look at the crowd at Minute Maid Park watch party for the Houston @astros!#EarnHistory #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/jT4BKEO8V9— KPRCJonathan (@KPRCJonathan) November 1, 2017 The Latest on Game 6 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers (all times local): 6:55 p.m.The Houston Astros have chased Dodgers starter Rich Hill in the fifth inning, and Hill wasn’t happy about it.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts again used an early hook on a starter, pulling Hill with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. Hill had given up Brian McCann’s leadoff single and Marwin Gonzalez’s ensuing double, but then struck out Josh Reddick and Justin Verlander to get to the brink of escaping the jam.Instead, Roberts ordered an intentional walk for George Springer and then came out to pull Hill, who appeared to turn his back on the manager. Hill then went to the dugout and furiously swatted cups off the Dodgers’ cooler, sending them flying.But reliever Brandon Morrow, pitching for the sixth time in eight days, calmly ended the rally with a groundout from Alex Bregman. Morrow has appeared in all but one of the Dodgers’ 14 postseason games, and he was battered in Game 5 in Houston.Verlander doesn’t appear to need much run support, however. He retired the Dodgers in order again in the fifth, giving him five innings of one-hit ball. Houston still leads 1-0.___6:40 p.m.Justin Verlander has seven strikeouts through four innings and the Astros lead the Dodgers 1-0 in Game 6.The right-hander has retired eight consecutive batters since Yasiel Puig’s single in the second.Verlander retired the Dodgers’ top three hitters in the fourth as a light drizzle fell. Corey Seager flied out to left before Verlander recorded back-to-back strikeouts of Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger.Dodgers starter Rich Hill retired the side in the top of the inning.___So far so good after the 3rd at HTX Fan Tavern pic.twitter.com/Zy8YeGaarq— Michael Marks (@michaelpmarks) November 1, 20176:13 p.m.George Springer has homered again, connecting for a solo drive that’s given the Houston Astros a 1-0 lead after three innings.The shot was his fourth Springer Dinger of this Series. He went the opposite way with two outs in the third off Dodgers lefty Rich Hill.Justin Verlander is looking sharp for the Astros. Showing off a mix of heat and hooks, he’s allowed a mere single and struck out five.___5:58 p.m.Dodgers fans have told Yuli Gurriel just what they think of him during Game 6 of the World Series.Dodger Stadium ferociously booed the Houston first baseman during pregame introductions, and it got much louder during his first at-bat in the second inning. Dodgers starter Rich Hill even stepped off the rubber before his first pitch to Gurriel, allowing the booing to increase.The choruses of boos only changed into a raucous cheer when Gurriel fouled out.Dodgers fans clearly were disgusted by Gurriel’s behavior during Game 3 in Houston. While speaking with teammates, the Cuban made a blatantly racist gesture and used an offensive Spanish term to refer to Los Angeles starter Yu Darvish, who is Japanese.Gurriel apologized in a statement afterward, but wasn’t suspended by MLB until 2018.The Dodgers also got their first hit off Justin Verlander in the second inning when Yasiel Puig singled to center. The score stayed 0-0, but the Dodgers got Verlander to throw 23 pitches in the inning.___5:33 p.m.Game 6 of the World Series is scoreless after the first inning at Dodger Stadium, with fastballing Justin Verlander and curveballing Rich Hill in control.It was 67 degrees for the first pitch, way down from the 103 heat for the opener last week. It was cloudy, too, with the San Gabriel Mountains far behind the center field wall completely covered.The fans were loud from the start. There were a few Halloween costumes in the crowd, not a lot. Most people in the park are hoping to see the home team dress up as champions after Game 7.___5:16 p.m.The Dodgers brought out the star power before Game 6 of the World Series.Throwing out the ceremonial first balls were longtime manager Tommy Lasorda and former ace Orel Hershiser. The 90-year-old Lasorda, a lefty who pitched for Brooklyn, underhanded his toss home. Lasorda was the skipper and Hershiser was the ace when the Dodgers won their last championship in 1988.Waving big blue flags on top of the Dodgers’ dugout were Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis. On top of the Astros’ first base dugout were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rob Lowe.___5:11 p.m.There has been a moment of silence at Dodger Stadium for victims of the attack in New York that killed at least eight and seriously injured 11.The Houston Astros, Dodgers and the sellout crowd stood before Game 6 of the World Series.A man in a rented pickup truck drove into pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial earlier in the day.___3:55 p.m.What a difference a week makes in the weather at the World Series.The temperature for first pitch on Tuesday night was forecast to be 67 degrees. That’s 36 degrees cooler than last Tuesday when the mercury hit 103 for Game 1 in Los Angeles.Skies were overcast and drizzle began falling about 1 1/2 hours before Game 6. Earlier in the day, light rain fell on Dodger Stadium and the grounds crew had the tarp covering the infield.___2:52 p.m.A day before playing for a championship, a few of the Houston Astros went to see a team of champions.Catcher Brian McCann bought a luxury suite at the Staples Center and took some Astros to see Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Curry scored 31 points to lead the Warriors to a 141-113 romp.“These guys all create that chemistry among themselves. And I’ve seen more guys, that’s different, going out on the road, to dinners, to the games these guys play behind the scenes. So it doesn’t surprise me at all with what McCann has brought, specifically in those type of things,” manager A.J. Hinch said.___1:55 p.m.Yuli Gurriel wanted to apologize in person. Yu Darvish said it wasn’t necessary.Major League Baseball suspended the Astros’ Gurriel last Saturday, a day after he made a racist gesture toward the Dodgers’ Darvish, a Japanese right-hander, during Game 3.Darvish said before Game 6 on Tuesday that Gurriel contacted the Dodgers about meeting with him to apologize, but Darvish declined because he said he wasn’t that mad at Gurriel.The pitcher says he found out about the Cuba-born Gurriel pulling on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish when a Dodgers employee informed him in the dugout last Friday. Darvish says initially he didn’t think it was going to be a big deal, but then he realized it was after the game. Gurriel also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish.Darvish says that he gets why baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred didn’t impose Gurriel’s suspension until the start of next season. But Darvish says he can’t really judge whether five games is too much or too little.Darvish would start Wednesday if the Dodgers can force a seventh and deciding game.___1:40 p.m.Justin Turner is back at third base and hitting third in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series, while the Astros juggled the bottom of their lineup.Turner served as designated hitter in Game 5 after taking a grounder off a knee during Game 4.Center fielder Chris Taylor leads off Tuesday night for the Dodgers, followed by shortstop Corey Seager, Turner, first baseman Cody Bellinger, right fielder Yasiel Puig, left fielder Joc Pederson, second baseman Logan Forsythe and catcher Austin Barnes. Left-hander Rich Hill starts.Pederson had been the DH in the first two games in Houston before being dropped in Game 5. Kike Hernandez and Charlie Culberson are dropped.Center fielder George Springer tops the Astros’ order, followed by third baseman Alex Bregman, second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, first baseman Yuli Gurriel, catcher Brian McCann, left fielder Marwin Gonzalez and right fielder Josh Reddick. Right-hander Justin Verlander is on the mound. McCann moves from last to sixth in the lineup and Reddick drops from sixth to last. Evan Gattis, who DH’d in the last game, drops out.The Astros won 13-12 in 10 innings Sunday night take a 3-2 Series lead. Share
VRV is now the exclusive subscription VOD home for “Killjoys” catch-up seasons in the U.S., as the multichannel service from AT&T/Chernin Group-owned Ellation looks to put a new sci-fi shine to its content lineup and pull in new customers.VRV is launching all three seasons of the futuristic bounty-hunter series that have aired on Syfy on Tuesday (July 31), under a multiyear deal with NBCUniversal. “Killjoys” was renewed for two final seasons at Syfy, and season 4 premiered July 20 on the cabler. VRV will obtain access to season 4 and 5 of “Killjoys” after they finish their TV run.The full first season of “Killjoys” will be available free, with ads, on VRV — a sampling strategy aimed at enticing fans to buy a full subscription to VRV Premium, on which the subsequent seasons will be available. (Past seasons will continue to be available on-demand to pay-TV subscribers.) Meanwhile, VRV is expanding into a new content category: nostalgic animation. VRV has acquired exclusive streaming rights to two classic Warner Bros. Animation titles — “ThunderCats” and “SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron” — for the premium subscription tier. The 26 episodes of “ThunderCats,” which aired on Cartoon Network in 2011-12, became available July 26; 24 episodes of “SWAT Kats,” which aired on TBS in the ’90s, is launching Aug. 8.“Two of the biggest categories we’ve been working on sci-fi and animation, and they both pair nicely with anime,” said Berman.VRV is looking at debuting a full channel dedicated to nostalgic animation, according to Berman, in partnership with content owners that have large libraries of cult-favorite animated shows.In a similar vein, VRV is in talks with traditional media companies to bring “meaningful brands” from their TV or movie franchises to the SVOD platform. Those, according to Berman, should pass “The T-shirt test”: “You should be able to imagine somebody walking around a mall with the brand on their chest, because it really represents who they are.” Popular on Variety VRV Premium is a $9.99 monthly bundle that includes 11 different channels, spanning anime, animation, horror and other genres: Crunchyroll (owned by Ellation), Rooster Teeth, Funimation, Shudder, CuriostyStream, Cartoon Hangover, DramaFever, Nerdist, Mubi, and Mondo.“Killjoys” is available on the VRV Select channel, available only to paying subscribers. The show stars Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore and Luke MacFarlane as a trio of bounty hunters roaming the Quad, a conflict-torn corner of the galaxy, looking to land deadly warrants.The deal with NBCU for the sci-fi series marks the first time VRV has directly licensed a current TV series.“It’s definitely a pivotal deal for us at VRV,” said Eric Berman, head of business development and partnerships at VRV. Content the company acquires for the VRV Select channel is “super-quality content we know is going to hit directly with our audience — which ‘Killjoys’ is.”“Killjoys” is produced by Boat Rocker Studios’ Temple Street (the company behind “Orphan Black”) in association with Space and Syfy. It’s executive produced by creator Michelle Lovretta and showrunner Adam Barken, along with David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, Stephan Pleszczynski and Karen Troubetzkoy. Universal Cable Productions distributes the series worldwide.“VRV is a perfect home for ‘Killjoys’ and we’re excited for this opportunity to expand the show’s audience to VRV’s passionate sci-fi fans,” said Burns McNamee, VP of television and new media distribution for NBCUniversal.The “Killjoys” deal is part of VRV’s broader focus on sci-fi. It recently struck a deal with MGM to bring all the “Stargate” series and movies to VRV Select, as well as Gunpowder & Sky’s “Dust” anthology series of sci-fi shorts. Other content in VRV Select includes shows from NBCU’s now-defunct Seeso service including Dan Harmon’s “HarmonQuest” and “The Cyanide and Happiness Show,” and Warner Bros./Amblin Television’s “Freakazoid.”Also on the sci-fi track, Syfy’s “Channel Zero” horror anthology series is coming to AMC Networks’ Shudder SVOD service, with the first installment to be available on Aug. 9. That means VRV Premium will get access to “Channel Zero” through the Shudder channel on the service, Berman noted. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer July 27, 2016 Parents love trustworthy brands that make their hectic lives easier. That’s nothing new. But today’s busy, progressive and connected young moms and dads expect more than ever from the products and services their families rely on.To guide overwhelmed parents and recognize the companies that are working the hardest to keep their best interests in mind, millennial dad website Fatherly has released its list of the 20 Most Innovative Companies for Kids & Parents.Instead of creating a ranking, Fatherly evaluated the companies qualitatively and divided them into six categories: toys, apps/books, parenting gear, home and community, services and entertainment. To determine which companies were most deserving of a spot on the list, Fatherly enlisted partners with expertise in toys, the science of play, gift registries, ecommerce and more. Fatherly then reached out to the each company to better understand its vision.Related: Check Out This Year’s ‘Best Places to Work for New Dads’The brands Fatherly selected aren’t Kickstarter startups trying to gain momentum, explains co-founder and chief content officer Simon Isaacs. They’re established companies who have been around at least a few years. Even 61-year-old Mattel, which recently released a line of Barbie dolls with varied body types and complexions and developed a virtual reality viewer for kids, made the list.Many companies highlighted reflect how roles within households are shifting. Fifty-two percent of young dads are their family’s primary grocery shopper, Issacs notes. Fatherly, founded to provide parenting resources and a sense of community for dads amid a sea of mommy blogs, values companies that promote gender equity. This includes those that empower little girls and abandon the traditional pink and blue children’s toy color coding in favor of neutrality, such as Target.Millennial parents, according to Isaacs, look for beautifully designed products that they’ll want to display in their homes. They also seek educational kid-friendly tech. Fatherly even recognized Uber for its UberFamily service, which provides on-demand rides in vehicles equipped with Immi Go car seats — and drivers who know how to use them. Missing from the list is Ikea, which Fatherly opted not to feature after it recalled its dressers that have fallen on and killed six children as well as injured at least 19.In general, the companies Fatherly selected all “make parenting more frictionless,” Issacs says. “They’re innovating across multiple products or iterations of a single product — and hopefully across everything they do and stand for.”Related: 10 U.S. Companies With Radically Awesome Parental Leave PoliciesThe following companies fulfill the requirements of young, socially conscious, aesthetically inclined families. To read more about these brands and the solutions they’ve created, view the report on Fatherly.ToysMattelLittleBitsSpheroLoogTegu Apps/BooksTinybopTigglyLost My Name Parenting GearMountain BuggyKiindeCliniCloudHome and CommunityDysonAmazonTargetMonstrum ServicesDonorsChoose.orgUberPleye-Nable The FutureEntertainmentSesame Workshop Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now 3 min read