Hyperion, certified by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest living tree, is officially off limits to visitors.
Hyperion, certified by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest living tree, is officially off limits to visitors.
California's Redwood National Park issued a statement last week that anyone who is caught near the tree can face up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
The tree, which is deep in the park and has no trails leading to it, has faced serious environmental degradation from thrill-seekers who have visited since 2006, when it was found by a pair of naturalists.
The coast redwood (sequoia sempervirens) tree is 115.92 meters (380 feet) tall, and its name is derived from Greek mythology. Hyperion was one of the Titans and the father of sun god Helios and moon goddess Selene.
"Hyperion is located off trail through dense vegetation and requires heavy 'bushwhacking' in order to reach the tree," reads a statement on the national park's website.
"Despite the difficult journey, increased popularity due to bloggers, travel writers, and websites of this off-trail tree has resulted in the devastation of the habitat surrounding Hyperion," the statement says. "As a visitor, you must decide if you will be part of the preservation of this unique landscape — or will you be part of its destruction?"
Leonel Arguello, the park's chief of natural resources, told news site San Francisco Gate that the area has limited cellphone and GPS service, which means it can be very challenging to rescue any lost or injured hikers in the area.
In addition to erosion and damage caused at the base of the tree, there are secondary issues that come from an influx of people.
"There was trash, and people were creating even more side trails to use the bathroom. They leave used toilet paper and human waste — it's not a good thing," Arguello said.
Human visitors are not the only risk to these giant trees.
Wildfires are a growing concern throughout California's national parks.
In 2021, officials at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks took extreme measures to protect some of the world's biggest trees from fire.
General Sherman, considered the world's largest tree (determined by density not height, as it is shorter than Hyperion), was wrapped in an "aluminum-based burn-resistant material" akin to tinfoil as a way to keep it safe during the devastating KNP Complex Fire.
OLYMPIA, WA / ACCESSWIRE / August 2, 2022 / MHHC Enterprises Inc.(“MHHC” or the “Company”) (OTCQB:MHHC) a diversified holding company is pleased to announce that the Company has been approved to trade on the OTCQB Venture Market (“OTCQB”), a quotation system for entrepreneurial and development stage U.S. and international companies. Eligibility to trade on the OTCQB requires companies to be current in their reporting, meet the $0.01 bid test, and undergo an annual verification and management certification process.
The Company’s management believes that trading on the OTCQB is one of the last major activities needed to fuel the planned expansion of MHHC, and continuing to transform the Company into a diversified holding corporation. The Company has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past several years towards meeting regulatory requirements, completing 3-years of audited financials from 2019 through 2021, qualifying for a Regulation A offering, improving corporate infrastructure, and hiring resources and employees to assist in increasing shareholder value and revenue growth.
Over the coming weeks the Company will be introducing new websites, IOS and Android applications, new products and services, new business partners, and additional expansion that will indicate and demonstrate a new direction and vision of MHHC Enterprises Inc.
“We are thrilled to have successfully transitioned to the OTCQB from OTCPINK and are proud to start trading our common shares on the OTCQB Venture Market,” said Frank Hawley, CEO of MHHC Enterprises, Inc. “We recognize this as a significant milestone surrounding our vision to broaden our investor base while increasing liquidity and visibility. Moreover, the Company looks forward to maintaining a higher level of transparency while informing and engaging potential investors and current shareholders.”
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MHHC Enterprises Inc. (MHHC) is a diversified holding company, focused on its core businesses: MHHC Warranty and Services Inc., MHHC Reinsurance, Inc. and ONBLi, Inc. Currently MHHC products are sold through over 1,000 retail locations selling Extended Service Contracts (ESC) across the United States and online. MHHC is a leading national provider of help desk and warranty insurance administration services for a wide variety of industries and consumers. Additionally, the Company’s organization creates and specializes service programs for a variety of manufacturers and commercial construction such as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) industries. The Company’s call center processes claims and service calls offering warranty support solutions for a variety of businesses.
MHHC prides itself in offering troubleshooting solutions over the phone and developing processes to eliminate overhead costs of shipping and timely repairs on approved claims. The highly skilled staff at MHHC consistently provide mission-critical solutions and results that assist industries and manufacturers in driving down warranty support and repair costs for their organization.
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Global drone simulator market size was valued at $612.70 million in 2021, and it is expected to reach a value of $1450.39 million by 2028, at a CAGR of 13.10% over the forecast period (2022–2028).
The use of drones is becoming increasingly popular, both for personal and commercial purposes. As the demand for drones grows, so does the demand for drone simulator software. Drone simulator provides users with the ability to practice flying drones without the risk of damaging or crashing real-world drones. This is especially beneficial for those who are new to flying drones, as it allows them to learn the basics without having to worry about costly mistakes. There are a number of different drone simulator programs available across the global drone simulator market, each with its own unique features and capabilities. Some of the more popular drone simulators include RealFlight Drone, VelociDrone, and DRL Simulator.
The demand for drone simulators is increasing as the commercial and military applications of drones become more widespread. Drone simulators provide a safe and realistic environment for pilots to train in, without the risk of damaging expensive equipment or endangering people or property. Simulators can also be used to test out new drone designs and to evaluate different flight strategies. With the increasing popularity of drone racing, simulator programs are becoming increasingly popular with hobbyists as well.
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Key Trends in Drone Simulator Market
There are a few key trends that are currently shaping the drone simulator industry. One is the increasing demand for better and more realistic simulations. This is especially true for commercial and industrial applications, where users need to be able to replicate real-world conditions as closely as possible. Another trend is the development of more sophisticated hardware, such as controllers that more closely mimic the feel of genuine drones. This allows for a more immersive and realistic experience for the users in the global drone simulator market. Finally, there is a trend toward more affordable and accessible simulators. As the technology continues to develop, it is becoming increasingly affordable for individual consumers and small businesses.
Key Dynamics Drone Simulator Market
The use of drones has increased exponentially in recent years, with a wide variety of applications ranging from photography and videography to package delivery and agricultural surveying. As the number of drone pilots continues to grow, so does the demand for simulator training.
Drone simulators provide an immersive, realistic experience that allows pilots to practice flying in a variety of conditions and environments. Global drone simulator market has gained immense popularity in the last few years as the simulator training is an important part of becoming a safe and competent drone pilot. It helps pilots learn how to control their drones, understand the effects of wind and other weather conditions on flight, and become familiar with the various sensors and cameras used on drones.
While there are many benefits to simulator training, there are also some drawbacks. One major drawback is the cost of simulator hardware and software. High-end drone simulators can cost thousands of dollars, which may be prohibitive for some pilots. Additionally, simulator training can only take a pilot so far – at some point, they will need to get genuine flight time in order to be truly proficient.
Despite these drawbacks, the demand for drone simulators continues to grow as more people enter the world of drone flying.
North America is the Leading Drone Simulator Market
The United States is the world’s largest producer and consumer of drone simulators. The majority of drone simulators on the market are used for military training, but the use of drones is growing in other sectors such as law enforcement, first responders, and commercial pilots. Currently, the North America drone simulator market is flooded with a variety of different types of drone simulators available on the market, ranging from simple apps that can be downloaded onto a smartphone to more sophisticated systems that use virtual reality headsets. Military training simulations tend to be the most advanced, as they need to be able to replicate a variety of real-world scenarios including combat zones and disaster areas.
While there are many different manufacturers of drone simulators, some of the leading companies include CAE USA, EON Reality Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Textron Systems Corporation. These companies have developed a range of simulator products that are used by militaries around the world.
Technological Development in Drone Simulator Market
Technological development of drone simulators has been a major focus for the drone industry in recent years. There are many different types of drone simulators available in the market, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Some are designed for specific types of drones, while others are more general purpose. The most popular drone simulator is probably the DJI Phantom 4 simulator, which is designed specifically for that model of drone. Other popular options include the Ardupilot simulator, which is open source and can be used with a variety of different drones, and the X-Plane 10 simulator, which is a general-purpose flight simulator that includes support for drones.
There have been many technological advances in drone simulator market over the past few years. One of the most significant has been the development of more realistic and accurate models. This means that users can get a better sense of how their drones will behave in real-world conditions, making it easier to plan missions and avoid potential hazards. Another area where there have been great strides is in the area of graphics. Drone simulators now offer incredibly realistic visuals, which can help users become more comfortable with flying in different environments. This is especially important for those who are new to drone pilots or who want to fly in areas where they are not familiar with the terrain.
One final area where there has been considerable development is in the realm of user interfaces. The best drone simulators now offer easy-to-use controls that make it simple to get started and maintain control throughout your flight. This is critical for ensuring a safe and successful experience when flying a real drone.
Key Players in Global Drone Simulator Market
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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, July 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- United Training, an IT training and professional development company, has partnered with CompTIA as part of its Apprenticeships for Tech program. This joint effort will place aspiring cybersecurity professionals with top employers.
United Training is the latest company to join CompTIA Apprenticeships for Tech, a national initiative to help employers fill current and long-term IT staffing needs through an "earn and learn" apprenticeship program, and to do so in a way that opens employment opportunities for veterans, women and underserved communities.
"We've trained thousands of IT professionals and we continue to hear about the ongoing skills gap that organizations face," said Jamie Fiely, president of United Training & Academy. "Working hand in hand with CompTIA to address those needs, while also supporting DEI&B initiatives, is exactly what we're all about. We're ready to help employers recruit talent from new diverse populations and prepare them for success in these high demand security roles."
United Training is functioning as an intermediary serving both employers and apprentices under a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) standards-based Registered Apprenticeship. Services provided to the employer include screening potential candidates, administration and reporting and the building and delivery of a thorough training plan. United Training will also assume responsibility of the apprentice's success while assisting with any HR issues that may arise.
"Apprenticeships are a proven method for building the technical and durable skills that employers are looking for and to do so in a way that brings a broader diversity of people into the workforce," said Amy Kardel, senior vice president for workforce relationships at CompTIA. "It's a winning strategy for any organization that's looking to grow and diversify its tech team. United Training is a valued partner with a team experienced at successfully transitioning people into careers in technology. We are pleased to welcome them to our apprenticeship program."
CompTIA Apprenticeships for Tech, a collaborative effort between the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and CompTIA, is a USDOL standards-based Registered Apprenticeship program. The USDOL selected AIR and CompTIA to serve as a national Industry Intermediary for expansion of apprenticeship in tech occupations. To learn more about CompTIA Apprenticeships for Tech visit: https://www.comptia.org/content/lp/apprenticeships-for-tech.
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Instead of investing millions, HPCaaS can be accessed for a starting price of as low as Rs 11,000 per month, which could run into a few lakhs depending on the configuration and workload. Yotta’s most basic Eco plan starts at `11,000 with unlimited data transfer and host anti-virus. And its most high-end offering—Baremetal Premium—is available for `1.74 lakh per month (see The Pricing for details). The company says these plans are capable of handling different kinds of workloads. The Eco configuration is targeted at students and academics who use legacy compute (old technology, computer system or application, related to an older or outdated computer system). And premium plans are designed for industrial and enterprise use, for example, manufacturing industries using AI for production, or financial services companies working on analysis of big data and real-time fraud detection, among others.
A big concern that HPCaaS addresses is security, as it typically follows the same checks and balances as any other application being served through the cloud. Using a consumption model, especially through external providers, is a two-way street. “Both the user and the vendor have a significant role to play in securing the cluster. Securing data and IP become key areas that need special attention, and encrypting the data while at rest and in flight play a key role in securing the same,” explains Manish Gupta, Senior Director and General Manager, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell Technologies, India. HPCaaS providers follow a strict security and protection protocol and, as a result, many companies who started with HPC on-premises, tend to supplement their workload with HPCaaS.
Which brings us back to TVS Motor. The company has moved 25 per cent of its HPC workload to HPCaaS, and as the existing HPC cluster reaches the end of its life, the newer clusters will be taken on HPCaaS. Given that TVS has had a history of using HPC on-premise, you would be forgiven for thinking that TVS would be more capable of leveraging HPCaaS. Does that mean others who have not used HPC before, can’t use HPCaaS? Just the opposite holds true. That’s the beauty of the cloud-based approach.
California Department of Justice agents realized they were short-handed just hours after a Los Angeles police officer shot and killed an unarmed man on Hollywood Boulevard.
A 911 caller told police the man was threatening people on the morning of July 15, 2021, waving what appeared to be a pistol in a busy tourist pocket. The object in his hand turned out to be a lighter with a pistol grip.
The fatal shooting was the first test of a law requiring the Justice Department to investigate police shootings of unarmed civilians. The agents would need to interview witnesses, mark evidence and canvass nearby businesses for surveillance footage, according to documents detailing the state’s response.
The department’s budget for these complex shooting investigation teams allotted three agents; the department sent 12.
Even so, justice officials would later say, it wasn’t enough — calling their deployment “inadequate.”
“There were dozens of tasks and assignments that the … special agents could not accomplish because of limited staffing,” the department wrote in a budget request submitted to the Legislature in January.
For decades, police oversight in California began and ended within a local department. Rarely did the state step in.
That has changed. After unarmed Stephon Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento police officers in 2018, state lawmakers began taking a more active role in police accountability, passing several statewide mandates aimed at improving policing in California. Since then, they’ve tapped both the Department of Justice and California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for new duties.
But ambitious deadlines, new job responsibilities and delayed funding are testing the limits of both agencies, officials say.
The shooting investigation on Hollywood Boulevard is still open, as are all 20 other Justice Department investigations into the shooting of unarmed civilians.
California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training missed its deadline this year to get police departments up to speed on newly-required bias screening for police applicants. The commission has also been given new authority to decertify police officers, a responsibility that is reshaping the previously low-profile commission.
Both agencies were redirected by legislation. For the Justice Department, its new role came with Assembly Bill 1506, which mandates that its agents investigate each officer-involved shooting of an unarmed civilian. Beginning next year, upon request of a law enforcement agency, the state is also supposed to begin reviewing the local agency’s use of force policy and make recommendations.
When the Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the officer-involved shooting bill in September 2020 — four months after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police — it was a politically important piece of legislation to the governor and to then Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Current Attorney General Rob Bonta also supported the plan while still in the Legislature.
But months before the law went into effect on July 1, warning signs went up internally at the Justice Department.
“Additional burdens are increasingly being placed on the very limited staff of the (Bureau of Investigation) and (Bureau of Forensic Services),” one Justice Department employee wrote to the Attorney General in April 2021, according to redacted emails obtained by CalMatters.
“We are already stretched incredibly thin.”
The Justice Department asked for $26 million to pay for the new shooting investigation teams. The Legislature allotted half of that, about $13 million.
Becerra complained about that discrepancy to the bill’s author, Democrat Assemblymember Kevin McCarty of Sacramento.
The $13 million budget allocation “is significantly lower than our estimates and not enough resources to stand up professional teams to perform these new investigative and prosecutorial duties,” Becerra wrote to McCarty in January 2021. “As a result, the DOJ will have limited capacity to implement this bill, short of redirecting resources from other essential, mandated work, which could compromise those operations.”
McCarty recently told CalMatters that the Justice Department should be able to find a way to fund the program.
“The Department of Justice is a multi-billion dollar agency,” McCarty said. “They have lots of other funding sources to pay for it, and we can settle up afterward.”
When reminded of the 2021 letter he received from Becerra asking for more money, McCarty was still skeptical.
“That’s ridiculous. That’s why we passed on (adding more money to the DOJ budget),” he said. “As opposed to these hypotheticals, why don’t you do the work for a year and see how much money it actually costs?”
Since 2016, police officers have shot and killed an average of 140 people in California each year. Of the people killed, about 20 are unarmed, 10 have a replica firearm and another 10 have objects that may not qualify as deadly weapons.
That amounts to about 40 shooting investigations of unarmed civilians each year.
The latest shooting took place July 15, 2022, in Anaheim, exactly one year after the first shooting investigated in Los Angeles by the Justice Department.
Dividing the $13 million budget by the number of open investigations – 21 – the cost of each investigation so far would average $619,000, an amount McCarty said is “enough to do the work.”
The department had 5,008 employees in June, according to the Controller’s Office. The Department of Justice declined to provide the number of employees in each job category, including those who would be assigned to officer-involved shooting investigations.
“Implementing AB 1506 has absolutely imposed new demands on the entire California Department of Justice and the entire office has, as necessary, adjusted admirably to the new responsibilities,” a department spokesperson wrote in an email to CalMatters.
California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training has had similar challenges.
In the past five years, many state directives aimed at improving police operations in California landed before the commission. The relatively small agency, with about 120 employees, is known for training and certifying police officers — but that job description is quickly expanding, often under tight deadlines.
For instance, in late 2020, legislators passed Assembly Bill 846, forcing police agencies to screen for bias during a potential officer’s psychological evaluation. The commission was tasked with creating bias screening materials by Jan. 1, 2022.
They missed the deadline. (In a strange twist, a legislative clerical error inadvertently wiped the bias screening mandate from the law, though that is being remedied.)
“A year seems like a long time, but it’s not when it comes to regulations,” said Melani Singley of POST, who manages all regulations and guidance for police officers. “The timeline makes it challenging to develop something that is going to meet the intent of the law.”
In May 2022, the agency’s final changes were approved by its oversight commission. Now, as the Legislature rushes to reinstate the bias screening mandate, the commission is expecting the regulation to go into effect by Aug. 1.
Other new duties are piling up. For years, the commission averaged a few legislative bills a year. Nowadays, said POST executive director Manny Alvarez, “we’re tackling a lot more now than ever before.”
Between 2015 and 2020, lawmakers introduced roughly nine officer training bills a year, almost double the average between 2010 and 2014, according to a study by the Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency.
“It’s a lot of work for a small number of people,” said Singley.
But soon the commission will be larger.
With a new directive giving the commission authority to decertify police officers, which was enacted by Senate Bill 2, the agency is expected to nearly double in size over the next six months after receiving a roughly 32% funding increase earlier this month.
“We’re hiring,” said spokesperson Meagan Poulos.
In just a few months, the agency that almost exclusively dealt with police will interact with the public as well, as citizens and police departments make their cases regarding alleged bad officers. The commission will investigate officers accused of serious misconduct and recommend if an officer should be decertified.
Several states, including Mississippi, Alabama and Montana, already have decertification processes in place.
While police decertification is one of the most significant changes the commission has undergone, some are raising concerns about whether the state is overloading the agency, which is overseen by a board that meets a few times a year.
In a report addressed to the governor and the Legislature, the Little Hoover Commission recommended lawmakers “temporarily refrain” from mandating new training requirements.
“…there is little evidence to demonstrate which types of training actually achieve intended goals and positively impact police behavior — and which do not,” wrote Pedro Nava, chairperson for the Little Hoover Commission.
Instead, the Little Hoover Commission recommended California evaluate its current police training requirements.
State analysts also are concerned the small organization will not be able to make such a drastic shift as quickly and efficiently as the Legislature may expect.
“POST will likely face significant challenges implementing SB 2, primarily due to the fact that the commission’s staffing will need to roughly double by January 1, 2023 — only six months after receiving funding in the budget…” wrote the Legislative Analysts Office in a report earlier this year.
Meanwhile, several commission workers told CalMatters they are still cautiously optimistic they will make their deadline on instituting the first police decertification process in California history.
“One of the big unknowns to us is the volume of data and the volume of reviews and investigations there will be,” Alvarez said. “We’ve never collected that type of data.”
Editor’s Note: We reviewed our shoe selections on July 29, 2022 and have updated our recommendations. The below models now include the top-performing shoes from our most recent rounds of testing.
Ready to hit the trails for your runs this summer? While there’s no bad time to explore off-road, it’s especially fun to escape the baking pavement and retreat to cool and shady singletrack during the hottest months of the year. Of course, if you’re going to conquer mud and technical terrain, it helps to have dedicated trail shoes that bite into dirt and cushion your feet against rocks on your runs. See some of our top-rated trail options below, or scroll down for full reviews of these trail shoes and more of our test team’s favorites—plus buying info on how to choose your next pair.
What trail running means to each of us is as varied and unique as the off-road terrain that we cover. To some, it’s a spiritual, transformative experience. But you don’t have to have a transcendentalist mindset or nirvana to qualify as a trail runner. To lots of us, running a short trail adjacent to a local park is simply an easy way to add extra miles onto a regular neighborhood loop. These benefits are equally legitimate, and they’re what inspire ultrarunners and weekend warriors alike to spend more time outside.
Whatever your preference or personal ideology, we think everyone can be a trail runner, especially with the help of a good pair of shoes. The two main things to consider before purchasing trail running shoes are what type your feet need (think stiff or pliable, neutral or stable, wide or narrow, high or low heel-to-toe drop) and what type of shoes the terrain demands. With the latter, try to think about whether the trails you encounter are technical or smooth, flat or steep, have loose or firm footing, and whether or not you cross water.
Rigid shoes with deep lugs (5mm+) are best on technical trails with poor footing, but they’ll also be far less forgiving, even uncomfortable, on road runs. These shoes will serve you better the more rugged the terrain and may work for day hiking as well. Hybrid shoes have shorter lugs (2mm to 4mm) and a softer on-road feel than their burly siblings, and are well-suited for soft singletrack and local wooded trails that don’t make you slow to a walk due to unsure footing.
Runner’s World has the most comprehensive shoe testing process in the industry. We work with more than 250 local runners of all abilities, ages, and sizes for real-world wear-testing on paved roads, dirt paths, and rocky singletrack trails. After a month of running more than 100 miles, our testers report their findings on features like fit, comfort, performance, and ride. While our wear-testers are putting miles on their shoes, the same models undergo a battery of mechanical tests in our RW Shoe Lab, to objectively measure the cushioning, flexibility, sole thickness, and weight of each. Our gear editors combine their own experience in the shoe with data from the lab and feedback from our wear-testers to create reliable, useful reviews of every shoe we test.
The following are trail shoes that we think deserve special recognition because of their value and overall performance both on foot and in the lab. These 12 shoes were tested by us, and at least one will likely offer the fit and function you need.
Salomon’s Sense Ride has been a cult favorite among both beginners and longtime trail racers. Its firm, durable cushioning handles daily jogs and long runs comfortably, and the moderate heel-toe offset feels accessible to low-drop and high-drop runners alike. The new Pulsar Trail has similar traits, but adds an energy-return boosting perk—a propulsive TPU plate that Salomon calls “Energy Blade”—for just a $10 price bump. Testers said the Pulsar feels slightly softer and more responsive than the Sense Ride, and praised its reliable traction and secure inner fit sleeve. “The cushioning is protective and bouncy, but not super plush. I didn’t feel sharp rocks underfoot and my turnover still felt fast,” said one tester who logs about 50 miles of road-to-trail running per week. “There’s a slick and mossy flat rock on the Warren Highlands trail that I test every trail shoe on. I’ve bit the dirt many times on it, but not while wearing the Pulsar. I felt super confident bombing down the descent.”
Saucony’s Peregrine line has long been a speedy trail shoe that works well for many types of runners in a wide variety of conditions. It’s just as suited for newbies’ first footprints on a muddy trail as it is for shielding vert-chasers’ toes on rock-strewn singletrack. And, it’s earned multiple awards from our team for its versatility—across terrains, foot shapes, and distances—at a price that didn’t break the bank. It still does all of those things well, though underwent a big change: Saucony shaved over an ounce compared to last year’s Peregrine. Most of that weight savings comes from the upper and topsole. A more durable, sleek mesh keeps the same level of protection without the need for more layered overlays. Underfoot, Saucony peeled off the TPU bead-based topsole and instead used it for the sockliner. The midsole itself still uses less responsive Pwrrun foam, but embedded in it is a new rock plate tuned to be slightly more flexible.
If you’re new to trail running or want to try a lower-drop shoe without fully committing to zero millimeters, the MT-4 is your entry point. Two layers of foam provide all the comfort and protection you’ll need for most off-road excursions. It features a dual-density midsole with a top layer that’s 10 percent softer than the bottom layer. Instead of a rock plate, this denser foam acts as a buffer against hard ground. Still, the overall tester consensus was that, like the MT-3, the shoe lacked enough cushioning for long runs. “As a runner who mostly sticks to the groomed path, I found the MT-4 had nice ground feel with protection from stray rocks and roots over shorter distances,” said gear editor Amanda Furrer.
Previous versions of the Xodus were rugged trail tanks that we’d grab for truly gnarly terrain. That capability and protection in deep mud and muck allowed us to pardon the shoe’s cumbersome and fairly heavy ride, but it still didn’t make for an especially fun shoe for tired legs at the end of a long run. The new Ultra model remedies the issue with a cushioning overhaul—the core of the midsole and entire sockliner are now Saucony’s premium Pwrrun PB foam. Though the lugs aren’t quite as long as earlier Xodus versions, the outsole retains a solid grip on both wet and dry terrain with durability that impressed us over 100 miles of testing. “Through shin-deep water, rocks, and mud, I can’t even find a thread loose on these shoes. The lugs provide excellent traction in all conditions, and the decent spacing between them prevents mud from getting caked on and pebbles from getting stuck. Even on the steepest, slickest trails, they held their own,” one tester who races a couple 50Ks per year said. “What impressed me the most, though, was the overall comfort and fit. I’ve always found the Endorphin line slightly too narrow for my foot. The Xodus Ultra has a wider platform that also adds stability.”
The previous version of this shoe (originally called the TerraUltra G 260) had a firmer ride that our wear-testers liked for short runs. However, the cushioning felt pretty harsh and “a little dead” for covering ultra distances. Their impressions were in line with our mechanical tests at the RW Shoe Lab, where the 260 scored “very hard” in both the heel and forefoot cushioning and ranked in the lowest percentile for energy return. For the 270’s midsole, Inov-8 switched to a new iteration of its Powerflow foam that incorporates more TPU in the mix, which both returns more energy and feels more forgiving. Sitting on top of that new midsole is a fresh footbed to match. (Made from tiny compressed TPU beads, it’s more responsive than a regular foam or gel insole.) Together, those two elements combine for a ride that feels like a firm Salomon with some subtle bouncy Adidas Boost undertones—without losing good connection to the trail.
The Speedgoat 5 builds on its predecessor’s legacy as a fast and furious trail monster known for sticky lugs and soft landings. This time around, Hoka upgraded to Vibram’s MegaGrip Traction Lug outsole for a better hold on loose dirt and gravel, and ventilated the durable mesh upper for more air flow. Some of our testers found the 4’s cushioning too pillowy and less reactive, so Hoka also switched to a new midsole compound—the change helped the shoe drop about half an ounce in weight. Overall, the latest ’Goat is a protective trail runner that feels much lighter and comfier than its ruggedness would suggest. “The new mesh combines just the right amount of structure and stretch. I felt as though the shoe wrapped my foot softly and securely, rather than restrict my motion as the Speedgoat 4 did,” one tester said. “The redesigned tongue in the Speedgoat 5 is very forgiving, unlike the 4’s tongue, which dug into my ankle.”
The Ultra Glide is among Salomon’s most cushioned trail shoes, but don’t be fooled—it’s not a super squishy-soft ride. It is, however, plush and forgiving enough to impress the Hoka fanatics on our wear-test team, thanks to a lightweight midsole made from a blend of EVA and Olefin. This combo of compounds makes the durable foam feel springy yet predictable underfoot. Many tall-stack shoes can feel unstable on technical terrain, but the Ultra Glide feels incredibly planted. The only complaints we had were in regard to wet surface grip. We found the shoe held firm on runnable ground and while climbing over boulders, but the traction didn’t inspire confidence on slick, flat slabs of rock.
The Bushido has been around for awhile, but it continues to earn a spot on this list. Why? This burly trail crusher brings plenty of structure and support to a responsive platform. But the outsole is what we like most—sticky, aggressive lugs line the perimeter and bottom of the shoe, making it easy to virtually grab hold of uneven terrain. We also appreciated the heavy-duty toe cap, which protects the foot, should you kick into rocks. A breathable mesh upper and just the right amount of cushion in the midsole make this standout shoe versatile enough to manage long, slow mileage as well as speed workouts.
Over the years, the Moab model has become the most popular and most sold boot in the world, and has evolved over several different iterations. Among the most recent is the Flight, a low pared-down version of the original that gives trail runners a taste of the Moab action. A taller drop and stout build preserve some of that “fast hiker” feel, but also make the Flight more accessible to runners coming from high-offset road trainers like Brooks’s Ghost or Asics’s Kayano. But, the Flight uses none of the dense EVA foam found on the original Moab, and instead recruits Merrell’s new FloatPro midsole. The material feels lighter and softer, and relies on its thickness rather than a rock plate to add protection underfoot. It results in a burlier ride, but offers a seriously appealing amount of cush per dollar. Testers only felt stones poking through the softer midsole on more rugged technical trails.
While VJ models like the Maxx and the XTRM are specifically built for obstacle course racing and trail running, the Ultra is specifically designed for mega-distance. It adds considerably more cushioning underfoot, which feels lightweight yet ample for spending hours to days on the trail. But, the best part of VJ shoes is still the traction, and the Ultra lives up to the brand’s hashtag #BestGripOnThePlanet. The butyl-rubber outsole is studded with 4mm, chevron-shaped lugs, which give the Ultra a really tacky hold on wet, jagged surfaces. “The traction this shoe had in all conditions was insane,” said one tester. “I ran these shoes through everything from bone-dry trails to monsoon summer rainstorms and was blown away—definitely the most grip I’ve had on a trail shoe, hands down. On short road stretches, the feeling is like walking across a dirty dive bar floor on a hot summer day—sticky.”
Our testers loved the Lone Peak 5 for its perfect positioning on a spectrum between minimalism and ultra-cush comfort. Like the Superior, the Lone Peak has a MaxTrac outsole with angled chevron-shaped TrailClaw lugs that can practically stick to the wall. But it’s a bit heavier than that more minimalist model and has more cushion in its new Ego midsole, with better underfoot protection from rocks and roots. Testers definitely noticed. “The midsole provides many happy miles of running on technical trails,” said one, “but it’s not over-cushioned where it adds unnecessary bulk, making the shoe feel heavy or clumsy underfoot.” Altra removed overlays from the quick-drying mesh upper to increase flexibility, and reconfigured the lacing, which gives the 6 a more secure fit. “I try to avoid using ‘slipper-like’ to describe a shoe’s fit, but the Lone Peak 6 feels as comfortable as a pair of moccasins, with a wide toebox for extra wiggle room,” said gear editor Amanda Furrer.
One of Brooks’s speediest trail shoes, the Catamount borrows some road-racing technology introduced in the Tempo and Hyperion Elite 2. The midsole is “DNA Flash,” a compound created by infusing the brand’s ultra-lightweight DNA foam with nitrogen. The process results in a bouncier midsole that also saves weight. Much like the Hyperion Elite 2, the Catamount feels super-fast and firm. From the moment these are on your feet, you’ll want to drop into race pace and surge uphill, thanks to the smooth and nimble ride. The sticky TrailTack outsole and stone guard handle rocky technical terrain well, but still don’t feel too clunky if you transition to stretches of pavement or fire roads. On steep and muddy descents, however, you’ll want a shoe with more aggressive lugs.
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Lots of little girls dream of being Disney princesses.
Sarah Daniels got to be two.
She performed as Ariel for Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World, where she sang in "Voyage of the Little Mermaid," and young Elsa in Disneyland's "Frozen – Live at the Hyperion" musical, which she opened. But that wasn't Daniels' goal.
"Being a princess was almost not on my radar because I knew I was too short," said the actress, singer, professional gamer and ex-Disney princess.
Ever since seeing Fantasmic! at Disney World as a kid, Daniels dreamed of being Mickey Mouse.
"I was a professional dancer when I was like 8 – I started really, really young – so when I saw Mickey dancing his little tush off in Fantasmic!, I was like, 'That is what I want to do. That is all I want to do,'" she said. "I learned the choreography, and I frickin' knew all of it. I was so honed in and pumped to be Mickey in Fantasmic!"
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Daniels got her wish years later. Not only did she perform as Mickey in Fantasmic!, but from 2006 until 2017, she also played Tinkerbell, Alice and Wendy, as well as Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck.
Daniels spoke with USA TODAY about what it's really like to portray a Disney character and what guests don't know.
Responses have been edited for length and clarity. They reflect her experiences and may not represent those of other cast members.
Daniels: The best part about all of it is just seeing the kids' faces light up. It doesn't matter how bad your day is going, as soon as a kid sees you and just rushes up to give you a hug or tell you about their favorite part of your (character's) movie – just anything that relates to you, that relates to them, that makes them feel like they know you – it's just so magical. Those are the most amazing experiences at Disney for sure.
Daniels: Sometimes they're not so sure, and it takes just a hint of magic to change their mind. I mean, I've seen kids who are like, "You're not really Ariel," and then I would say one thing and their whole brain would shift. Add that little extra layer of pixie dust and then, boom, you have them.
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Daniels: Luckily with face characters, they go through a training process with you. You have two full days of training, where the first day, they're really going through the story. They go through the gestures, the way that you carry yourself, the way you speak, you know, just different things to really get you in character.
And then they mention things, some kinds of questions that could be asked that could be more challenging or just the basic things, like "How's Flounder? Where's Flounder? What are your sisters' names?"
There's a lot of ways that you can kind of get around challenging questions. You know, "Where's Prince Eric? Why isn't Prince Eric with you? He's your prince." "Oh, well, he's back at the castle. Someone has to take care of the kingdom while I'm not around." You just have to really be good at working quickly on your toes, so that you don't get yourself stuck in a corner.
Daniels: It's not great. The performers, particularly the face characters, who are interacting face-to-face with you, those are human beings, you know? Those are human beings at their job.
And sometimes people make TikTok videos and film these characters and ask them questions – whether it be out of their universe or something that's political or something that isn't relevant to them – and they try to stump them. These videos get made and then those performers (can) get fired. So people are taking people's jobs away because they wanted to get internet clout. That's not a great thing to do to any human being.
These are people trying to make magic for kids, and adults go to the parks and do things like yell "Andy's coming!" at Woody and Buzz, and they expect them to fall on the floor. Don't do things like that. That's my biggest suggestion: If you saw it on the internet and it got a lot of clout, it's probably not a good thing to do.
Daniels: It's tough. It's really hard because you're not supposed to say "no" to people. You're supposed to reframe. So if someone comes up to you and they say something like when I was Tinkerbell, people would comment on my body, they would say like, "Oh, Tinkerbell has such big hips, she can't fit through keyholes." (Internally) you're like, "OK, I'm a person and that's a weird thing to say," but as Tinkerbell, you say something positive about your body, like "Well, I have to tinker all my dresses myself because nothing else fits me, because I'm shaped perfectly."
Stuff like that you just have to reframe, but I had some gentlemen be very inappropriate with me when I was Tinkerbell, and I had people offer me their hotel room keys and let me know where they were staying. These are people who often are like the weird uncle or like the older brother, but again, it's just remembering that there's humanity.
When you walk through the gates of Disney, you have to remember everyone you encounter is a human being and should all be treated as such. Yes, you paid a lot of money, but it doesn't mean you can say weird stuff to Ariel about her seashells.
(Disney parks reserve the right to deny entry and require guests to leave for offensive behavior.)
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Daniels: Yes and no. During my training, it was pretty much just like don't talk about it. Nowadays I think Disney adults are obsessed with the term "friends with." During my time, no one told me to say, "friends with." They didn't teach it in my time 'cause you would not catch me anywhere going, "I'm friends with Tinkerbell." I would just say I worked for Disney, and I worked in the entertainment department.
When I was singing as Ariel, the lines were a little blurry because you're an Equity actor (a member of the Actors' Equity Association trade union). You're nationally recognized as a professional actor, so you have to be able to take credit for your work, you know what I mean? I did have a couple (of) run-ins where they were like, "Hey, maybe take that video off your website. It says you were Ariel." I'm like, "Yes, but I was."
But when you're currently working there, if you have photos on social media, you have to post things like, please direct all comments to Ariel. If I post a photo of myself as Ariel and I'm currently Ariel, and someone says, "Wow, you look amazing as Ariel," you have to delete it. If you leave it up, like, you can get in trouble.
Daniels: There is definitely a weird thing where people think you just walk into a room and are like "I want to be Cinderella," and they're like "OK." You don't get to pick.
You go to auditions, where it's basically like a "type out." They look at you, and they decide what characters you look like, and they also fall between height ranges. So you can be like 4'11 to like 5'2 for Tinkerbell, maybe 5'3, 5'4 for Alice and Wendy and then princesses start at 5'3.
5'3 to 5'7 is like princess height, so I, technically at Disney World couldn't play princesses. It doesn't matter who I looked like. People are always like, "You must've been Cinderella 'cause you're a blonde," and I'm like, "That's not how it works." I'm too short to be Cinderella because they're all generic costumes. You pick them off a rack. It doesn't matter if you are the perfect Cinderella. If you're not the right height, too bad.
When I did Disney Cruise Line, they like grandfathered me in to be Ariel because I had my own costume, and they took up the costume so that it will fit me.
Daniels: No, thankfully they do that for you. They have a system where they scan out costumes, so it's like going shopping. You go pick your size, you pick your costume out, you pick your shoes, and you go up to the front and then they'll scan them out.
There's little barcodes on the inside of your costume, and they scan them all out to you and then you throw them in a bin at the end of the day, but if they don't scan them back in, then you're responsible to pay for those things.
There's (also) these amazing clothes you wear under character costumes. It's like a gray shirt and black shorts. It's called basics, and they have barcodes just straight across them, so you look like you're in jail or something.
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Daniels: You don't get paid when you're parking and getting on the bus and such, which is not great. So when you get there, if you go to Magic Kingdom, you have to park in a parking lot, and then you get on a bus to go to the tunnel (below Magic Kingdom), and then you have to get to your location and then clock in at your location.
One thing that is nice is that as a character, you get paid to do a warm up, and you have to do warm ups, which is great. And then you have a walk time to get to your location. And usually, it's about an hour like once you get there, to get your costume, to change into basics, to do the warm-up, to get to your location.
You do end up getting paid to put on your make-up and stuff, as face (characters). A lot of girls come ready, but if I was going at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast as Alice, you would see me at 6:30 a.m., rolling in and putting on my makeup there because I was not doing any of that at home.
Daniels: Yes, in training you have to learn the autographs. I have horrendous handwriting, so it took me a long time to learn the autographs.
All the autographs have to look the same across the park, so that like if (guests) meet Ariel twice, it's the same autograph.
And you'll know it's me 'cause it's kind of shady looking.
Daniels: At Disneyland, they have the parades and shows people and then they have the meet-and-greet people. So if you're in parades and shows, you're in one department. If you're in meet and greets, you're in another.
Walt Disney World is a free for all. If you're face, you can be fur. If you're fur, you can be face. You can do sets. You can do national commercials. I would do a national commercial as Tinkerbell one day and then the next day, I'd be Donald Duck at character breakfast.
With parades and shows, you get a premium if you're doing what they consider movement. They can't call it dancing 'cause (then) they have to pay you more, so it's movement. I did a parade called Block Party Bash at Disney Hollywood Studios, where I was dancing, sweating for like no money, but I got a little premium. I got like a 50 or 75 cent bump for movement premium, but we're dancing.
When I was a singer, I was a member of the Equity department, so it's a different thing.
Daniels: You just do whatever they tell you. There are things called bidding, and there's casting. So you can bid, like "I want to work in Town Square as Mickey five days a week," and depending on your seniority is what you get to pick. So the best shifts get picked by the people with higher seniority.
Now when it comes to parade and shows, they do a thing called casting, so they would cast you in something. Not everybody gets cast, but if you get cast, that's your thing, five days a week, but it often changes.
Daniels: I think people don't realize that the people inside the costumes want to be there. They're really happy to be there. A lot of people come up and will be like, "Oh, it must be hot in there," and (make) just silly comments. You don't need to say that. Just have the interaction, have a good time.
They're having an amazing time. The people in those costumes love kids. They love the families. They love the interactions.
They also love Disney. Every single person you meet at Disney loves Disney. None of those people don't want to be there. They all want to be there, and that's why they're all so happy all the time. So when you meet Alice, you know she wants to be there. When you meet Mickey, he wants to be there and he's having a great time, and usually it's a girl (in the costume), so she wants to be there.
I was Mickey a lot, and it's because I'm tiny.
There were over 60 characters I could perform in my height range, but the most famous were Mickey, Minnie and Donald.
Daniels: I'd say don't count yourself out if you audition for face and they don't cast you. If you want be a Disney character, go be a Disney character. Go do the fur thing, it's amazing.
If you aren't cast as a face character, it doesn't mean you're not beautiful. It really is about who looks like a cartoon, who looks natural in a wig and who can convincingly be a Disney princess.
I think that in young women's heads, (a) Disney princess is like the pinnacle of beauty, so I think that girls that don't get the job are really hurt by it, and sometimes it's not even about how you look. It's about your height. It's about (what characters) they need to cast right now. Sometimes it's just not the right time.
It does not determine your worth or how pretty you are or how amazing you are as a human.
Daniels: I think the reality of the job is lost on people. People just see photos of beautiful women in parades and are like, "Wow, that looks amazing," but the reality is ... you're competing with a bunch of other women. Your whole job depends on how you look and how young you are.
You know, kids get their boogers on you. You get thrown up on. People aren't very nice to you sometimes. People sure don't treat you like a princess. All sorts of weird things happen because you're meeting thousands of people a week. It's not as glamorous as it looks.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ex-Disney princess reveals what park jobs are really like
The Carolina Panthers were back at it on Tuesday in the friendly confines of Wofford College. Here are the top takeaways from the seventh day of 2022 training camp.
Panthers add another CB
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The Panthers have had some adjusting to do at the cornerback position of late. Eight-year veteran Rashaan Melvin retired, Jaycee Horn was placed on and activated from the physically unable to perform list and Duke Dawson joined the group.
Now, with Keith Taylor Jr. sidelined for a few weeks due to a hamstring strain, they’ve signed another corner—Devin Jones. Jones, who was apart of the team’s rookie minicamp roster, is a Mooresville, N.C. native who spent four seasons at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Ben McAdoo's offense is still downloading
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Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo doesn’t have the simplest plan to learn. (Just ask wideout DJ Moore.)
But head coach Matt Rhule said they’re about 75 percent of the way through installing McAdoo’s offense, which will eventually allow the team to ramp up their quarterback competition.
“We’re still sort of in that install phase,” Rhule said when asked if he plans on mixing up the reps. “So to me, like, when they’re coming in in the morning and getting like 70 plays from Ben, it’s just sometimes a little cleaner to do it the way we’re doing it. So tomorrow, we’ll mix both guys. The plan this week was we have three days in a row and we’ll give the guys a day—you could practice, we’ll walk through that day kinda like we’ve done in the past couple years. So tomorrow, we’ll mix the quarterbacks a little bit more.”
CJ Henderson is experiencing his growth
Henderson, who recently said he feels like he’s started his career over, has been an early standout in Spartanburg. On Tuesday, he told Joseph Person of The Athletic that he still has a lot of room to improve.
“Oh, most definitely,” he said about scratching the surface of his potential. “I feel like I’m still young. A lot of football to play. Still haven’t played corner for a while, so I’m still learning. Still growing—as a man, as a football player as well.”
Damien Wilson won't comment on legal situation
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The 29-year-old defender was arrested in Frisco, Texas earlier this year after allegedly threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend. But Wilson, when asked of the ongoing situation, declined to comment.
“Ah man, you know I can’t say much about these legal issues, man,” said Wilson, who is facing a charge of assault with bodily injury of a family member.
Wilson is currently the favorite to start at middle linebacker, a spot the Panthers have struggled to fill since the retirement of Luke Kuechly.
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