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Jim Harbaugh Has Brutally Honest Quote About Ohio State

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh didn’t say much following Michigan’s loss to Ohio State on Saturday afternoon, other than saying the program will “take responsibility” for what happened to the Buckeyes.The Wolverines’ regular season is over, so Harbaugh won’t be meeting with the media until after his team’s bowl game is announced, but we got new comments on the Ohio State game thanks to his podcast.Harbaugh opened up a bit about Michigan’s loss to the Buckeyes. He was pretty honest.“Nov. 24, the better team won,” Harbaugh said on his Attack The Day podcast. “Ohio State was the better team. Congratulations to them. Had that been a week later or week earlier, the result might have been reversed.”Harbaugh fell to 0-4 against Ohio State with the loss on Saturday. He’s the first Michigan coach to reach that mark.The Wolverines’ head coach added:“They played better on that day. There’s things in life where they don’t go your way. It almost seems like sometimes life is testing you. I believe the strong end up surviving and the weak end up keep having that happen to them the rest of their lives.”Michigan will learn where it’s heading in the postseason on Sunday. The Wolverines are believed to be a strong candidate for a New Year’s Six game.last_img read more

Boozy Beach Gear: The Essentials For Beach Drinking

first_imgWhat’s a trip to the beach without a little buzz? From cracking open some brews on the beach to sneaking sangrias on the shore, beach drinking has grown from a pastime to an art over the years. Some states openly allow beach drinking, but that doesn’t mean you want to announce your party to your neighbors. Take your home bar on the road with this discreet list of essentials for a boozy beach day.Bottle OpenerThe most obvious and the most easily forgotten item is the humble bottle opener. If your cooler doesn’t have one, you’re not totally out of luck, but it would definitely make your day go a lot smoother if you manage to remember this tool.Cooler DividersYou’ve probably been toting around a low- to mid-range Coleman or Igloo cooler for years. While those may be great for your backyard, YETI and Pelican have the market cornered on off-the-grid coolers, complete with sleek accessories. If you don’t feel like springing for a new cooler just yet, Igloo and Coleman dividers are easy to find or make. By creating different sections in the cooler, everyone knows exactly where the food, booze, and non-alcoholic drinks are.Wire BasketYou can get these wire baskets straight from your cooler manufacturer for a guaranteed fit, or measure your way to cooler perishables at your local office supply store. Now that you’ve sectioned off your cooler, you can submerge any meat and dairy you brought along. Placing the basket above this section keeps cocktail ingredients/garnishes, like oranges and mint, out of the heat and dry.Pre-made CocktailsThe trick to a pre-made cocktail is the packaging. Personal bottles and pitchers are fairly suspicious, especially if there are no children in the group. Ideally, you want bottles or cartons of fruit juice, especially ones that match the color of your drink of choice. Unless you use darker juices, save the dark liquors for a flask.For maximum refreshment, create a nearly complete mixed drink with a juice, liquor, and syrup ratio of 3:2:1 (adjusting the syrup to your preference/liquor quality). Once at the beach, you can innocuously muddle fresh ingredients and top with fizzy mixers to breathe some life back into the drink.Portable BarFor the fearless among you who want to make your own cocktails on the fly, a stealthy bar can come in handy. With only one side of the bar exposed, Tailgaterz Tailgating Tavern offers a concealed organizer for storing a few bottles and space for a small cooler. Optional side baskets keep your tools out of sight to random passersby. Electric Cocktail ShakerWith or without a portable bar, a battery-powered cocktail shaker can go a long way. With the push of a button, you get a chilly cocktail without announcing your mixology skills to the entire beach.Beach BlanketThere are many “sand-free” beach blankets on the market, but the simplicity of fabric choice goes a long way. Page One’s Waterproof Picnic Blanket saves your car from rogue sand with its relatively impenetrable nylon fabric. Protected from tipsy spills and sand, this blanket also provides stability with spaced out anchors that can be filled with sand or held down with pegs. Turtleback Sand CoastersUnlike the various cup stakes out there, turtleback sand coasters keep drinks more stable and close to the blanket. The biggest enemy to beach drinking is sand and the design of these sand coasters helps you win that battle more often than not. They can hold bottles and cans in koozies with no problem, but larger cups and bottles may not fit as well.Silicone GlasswareIf you want a classier look than a red Solo cup, the beachside glassware market is flexible. Jokel offers easy-to-fold, dishwasher safe stemless wine glasses and pint glasses. Just be wary of your grip before you Hulk out on a Negroni. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Beach Gear For Men: What to Wear, Read, and Carry to the Shore 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Pilgrim Surf Supply and Birdwell Beach Britches Just Made the Best New Boardshorts for Summer Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

Pioneer Scraps Order for Bulker Trio

first_imgzoom Singapore’s Pioneer Marine Inc., owner and operator of drybulk handysizes, has terminated three newbuilding contracts at Chinese Yangzhou Guoyu Shipyard within the company’s efforts to cut costs in a depressed dry bulk market.The contracts termination will be at no cost to the company, Pioneer said.Pioneer added that the delivery schedule of its eight newbuildings has been delayed spreading over the following two years. Namely, five vessels are now scheduled to deliver before the end of 2016 and the remaining three vessels to be delivered in 2017 “Our newbuilding program continues to represent a strategic partnership between Pioneer and Yangzhou Guoyu Shipyard. We are grateful for their support through the current unprecedented downturn in the dry bulk market. We are being proactive in creating a long runway for the company and the reduction in our capital expenditure commitments strengthens our balance sheet significantly,” said the company’s CEO, Pankaj Khanna.According to Khanna, the cancellation frees up USD 34 million of equity commitments and the delay in deliveries pushes out the capex over an extended period.“We have now delayed our newbuilding deliveries by a total of 96 months and also proactively raised USD 25 million of equity in August,” he added.Pioneer Marine owns thirteen Handysize and one Handymax drybulk carriers with an additional 8 Handysize newbuildings on order.last_img read more

Dispelling Common Myths About H1N1 and the Vaccine

first_imgWhile many Nova Scotians have already been immunized against H1N1, the province is striving to get as many people as possible vaccinated and protected this flu season. There is certainly no shortage of available information on H1N1, and while much of it is from credible Public Health organizations, some of it comes from unreliable sources. This has created some mixed messages that may have people wondering whether or not they should bother getting immunized. I’d like to dispel some common myths about H1N1 and the vaccine. Myth 1: H1N1 is on the decline, so I don’t need to get vaccinated. While we are seeing declining H1N1 activity across the province, H1N1 is still being reported in communities. There is also a very real possibility of another peak in H1N1 activity during the winter season. Getting immunized will not only protect you and your family, it will slow the spread of the virus, and will help prevent a third wave of H1N1 in the province. Myth 2: I’m a healthy person, and never get sick, so I don’t need to be immunized. While regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate sleep, not smoking and limited use of alcohol will help in maintaining a healthy and strong immune system, healthy living alone will not prevent catching H1N1. Everyone is at some risk of getting H1N1. We are seeing otherwise healthy people come down with severe and debilitating illness from H1N1, and some have died. Why gamble with your health? Be safe and get immunized. Myth 3: I’ll get the flu if I get vaccinated. While some people may get mild joint aches and tiredness for a day or two after getting the H1N1 vaccine, the vaccine does not contain live viruses and cannot give a person influenza infection. If a person develops cold or flu symptoms after getting immunized they likely have either been infected with another type of virus (H1N1 vaccine only protects against H1N1) or they may have been infected with H1N1 before they were able to get good protection from the vaccine. It takes about 10 days after receiving the vaccine for the body to develop full immunity. Myth 4: The vaccine isn’t safe, and hasn’t had enough testing. The H1N1 vaccine is safe. Like any other vaccine, research into the safety of H1N1 vaccine was done before it was used. Health Canada reviewed all available test results, including international data, to ensure the vaccine was safe and effective before it was licensed for use in Canada. In addition, Canada is part of a strong system to detect evidence of unexpected or severe adverse effects from H1N1 vaccine as it is used across the world. Millions of doses of H1N1 vaccine have now been given in numerous countries with no serious safety concerns being identified. Myth 5: Gargling with salt water, or cleaning my nose, will protect me from getting H1N1. While gargling with warm salt water has merit in alleviating symptoms such as a sore throat, it does not prevent H1N1. Likewise, using products such as a “neti pot” are effective at clearing sinuses, but again, it will not protect people from getting H1N1. The best way to protect yourself from H1N1 is by getting vaccinated. Along with immunization, there are other tried-and-true preventative measures that can be practiced to keep healthy, such as washing hands often with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. People can help prevent the spread of the virus, by coughing or sneezing into their sleeve, stay home if feeling sick, and regularly disinfecting common surfaces. Staying informed about H1N1 will help keep everyone healthy this flu season. Visit for current information on H1N1. People can also join the Facebook and Twitter pages at or . For health-related questions and concerns, please call HealthLink 811. -30-last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX higher Dow sees 3digit gain as Syria fears ease

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended the trading day flat Wednesday as worries surrounding the Syrian crisis eased and there was little news on the economic calendar.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,825.42 +0.94 0.01%S&P 500 —  15,326.60 +135.54 0.89%Dow — 1,689.13 +5.14 0.31%Nasdaq — 3,725.01 -4.01 -0.11%The S&P/TSX composite index recovered from negative territory in the final minutes to post a small gain of 0.97 of a point at 12,825.42.The Canadian dollar jumped 0.31 of a cent to 96.95 cents US.The financial markets settled down somewhat after President Barack Obama said in a television address Tuesday night that the United States would refrain from a military strike on Syria after the Middle Eastern country agreed to a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical weapons.The development followed weeks of tensions after the U.S. threatened military action against Syria for an alleged sarin gas attack on Aug. 21 that killed 1,429 people in a Damascus suburb. The Syrian government has denied it was responsible.With Damascus indicating its support for the Russian plan, investors have largely breathed a sigh of relief that a military strike with all the possible regional repercussions may be averted. Geopolitical uncertainties, particularly when related to the oil-rich Middle East, are rarely conducive to risk-taking in the investing community.U.S. indexes were mixed as the Dow Jones industrial index registered a solid three-digit gain of 135.54 points to 15,326.60, while the S&P 500 climbed 5.14 points to 1,689.13.The Nasdaq was down 4.01 points to 3,725.01, a day after Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) announced two new models of its popular iPhone — including a lower-priced version aimed at emerging markets. It seems investors may have been disappointed by the announcement, as Apple shares closed down more than 5% at US$467.83.Analysts don’t expect much big movement on Wall Street until next week’s two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve, when the central bank may decide when it will begin rolling back its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases.Some believe changes may be coming to the so-called quantitative easing policy, which has buoyed markets. However, Derek Holt of Scotiabank said no one is expecting any drastic announcements.“Part of the debate is how much and when,” said Holt, vice-president of economics at the bank.“We’ve always been in the camp that they do so later for various reasons. I don’t think they need to rush to cut back purchases now because their concerns about froth in financial markets have dissipated somewhat.”Holt said this is supported by recent data from the U.S. that showed the economy is not doing as well as expected.“The bigger issue is we’ve seen some weak data on the U.S. economy going into the third quarter with the falling home sales, the falling durable goods orders (and) weak employment report with the downward revisions,” he said.“The general point is the data is suggesting that the economy is responding negatively to higher interest rates so that might make the Fed a little bit nervous about pulling back on stimulus just yet.”About half of the sectors on the Toronto Stock Exchange were down with small losses. The telcom sector was the leading decliner at 0.57% as shares in Bell Aliant (TSX:BA) fell 1.85%, or 49 cents, to $25.96.The info tech sector saw the second-largest drop, 0.51%, as BlackBerry shares fell more than 5%, or 59 cents, to $10.74. The stock has been turbulent over the last week following rumours of a possible sale of the troubled smartphone maker.Meanwhile, consumer staples was the leading advancer, up 0.64%, boosted by a surge in shares of Dollarama (TSX:DOL). The discount retail chain beat analyst expectations as its second-quarter profit climbed 20% to $59.8 million despite slightly lower margins as a result of expansion.The Montreal-based retailer, which has more than 800 stores focused on items sold for between $1 and $3 each, earned 82 cents per share for the period ended Aug. 4, up from 66 cents per diluted share a year ago. Sales increased 16% to $511.3 million.Commodities were somewhat flat, as December gold bullion fell 20 cents to US$1,363.80 an ounce and December copper was unchanged at US$3.26 a pound. The October crude contract was up 17 cents to US$107.56 a barrel. TOP STORIESApple stock tanks as investors fret iPhone 5C price not low enoughBlackBerry to lobby Ottawa on takeover rules as deal hopes dimCanadian housing prices being propped up by low interest ratesDollarama’s expansion drive pays off as 24% profit boost beats StreetWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.New Housing Price Index (July): Economists expect 0.1% rise from the month before, 1.9% year over year UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 330,000 new claims, up from last week Import price index (Aug): Economists expect 0.5% rise from the month before, 0.4% year over year 2 p.m.Treasury Budget (Aug): Economists expect a deficit of US$147-billion CORPORATE NEWSCANADAEmpire Co ‘a’ Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $1.54 a share Transat At Inc Q32 earnings: Analysts expect 39¢ a share Transcontinental Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 38¢ a share UNITED STATESThe Kroger Co. 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PCs bag high profile candidate

Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives have secured a high-profile candidate for the Toronto riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, in one of five provincial byelections.PC leader Tim Hudak has confirmed Deputy Toronto Mayor Doug Holyday has agreed to be the party’s candidate in the riding held for the last ten years by former Education Minister Laurel Broten. Holyday is a close ally of Mayor Rob Ford. And the Conservatives hope he can give the party a much-needed breakthrough in Toronto, where they have no seats.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Partnerships vital for addressing sustainable development challenges – UN officials

Agreed upon by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific targets – to be achieved by 2015 – on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS and malaria reduction, and a global partnership for development. As the deadline nears, UN Member States are also working on a blueprint for a post-2015 development agenda that will meet the needs of people and the planet.“Partnerships are essential, not only for accelerating the achievement of the MDGs, but also in the perspective of successfully framing a post-2015 development agenda,” Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), said at a special joint meeting held with the General Assembly committee dealing with economic and financial matters, also known as the Second Committee.“The collaboration of Governments with private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders is vital for achieving economic and social progress. Today’s challenges require all of us to work closely together to ensure synergies and enhance the impact of our work.”He said that the process of defining solutions to address sustainable development challenges provides an excellent opportunity to engage the private sector with the UN’s work. “As Governments are given tremendous responsibilities in implementing national policies to achieve the MDGs, support from the private sector has become even more crucial. Indeed, it is clear that both governments and the international community can benefit greatly from the expertise, resources and capacities provided by the private sector.”ECOSOC places great emphasis on partnerships for supporting the international development agenda, Mr. Osorio added. Since 2008, it has convened an annual Partnerships Forum that has brought together senior private sector and foundation representatives to discuss with governments ways in which partnerships could be strengthened in support of the MDGs.Ambassador Abdou Salam Diallo of Senegal, Chair of the Second Committee, said the world is today at a critical juncture, and is confronted with serious challenges. “Despite progress made in fighting poverty, hunger and diseases, more than a billion people still live in extreme poverty and hunger. Inequalities continue to persist, local and global environmental threats, including climate change and disasters are reaching unprecedented levels of danger, and conflict and insecurity are still widespread in many parts of the world,” he noted.“Fortunately, however, the world also has exceptional opportunities, including tremendous human potential, financial resources, know-how and new innovative tools for social mobilization, to take on and solve these great challenges,” said Mr. Diallo. “The reality is that many of the MDGs are not being met, so it is critical that national Governments and development partners redouble efforts through to the end of 2015 to achieve all of these goals. Only if we do everything within our power to achieve them wherever possible can we credibly transition to a bold post-2015 development agenda.” read more

Securing crop biodiversity is key to feeding worlds growing population – UN

“As the world’s population grows and continues to face a wide range of climate, environmental and other challenges, maintaining a healthy variety of seeds and other plant genetic resources for the benefit of people in all countries will be essential to keeping agricultural and food systems sustainable and resilient, generation after generation,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General Ren Wang said.The FAO publication,Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, outlines voluntary, international standards for the many repositories – or genebanks – around the world that store seeds and other materials used to reproduce plants, as well as for living plants in the field. More than 7 million samples of seeds, tissues and other plant-propagating materials from food crops, along with their wild relatives, are safeguarded in about 1,750 genebanks.“Plant genetic resources are a strategic resource at the heart of sustainable crop production,” Mr. Ren writes in a foreword. “Their efficient conservation and use is critical to safeguard food and nutrition security, now and in the future. Meeting this challenge will require a continued stream of improved crops and varieties adapted to particular agro-ecosystem conditions. “The loss of genetic diversity reduces the options for sustainably managing resilient agriculture, in the face of adverse environments, and rapidly fluctuating meteorological conditions.”The standards are designed to guide users in implementing the most appropriate technologies and procedures for the collection, conservation and documentation of crop diversity. Their wide application also supports research that could stem the loss of biodiversity and boost sustainability in agriculture, both necessary for feeding the world’s burgeoning population.“Genebanks help bridge the past and the future by ensuring the continued availability of plant genetic resources for research and for breeding new varieties that meet the consumers’ continually evolving needs and a changing climate,” said Linda Collette, Secretary of FAO’s Intergovernmental Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.“They help us to conserve plant genetic resources and to improve them; they also help countries to share and exchange genetic resources with each other.” The standards address a wide range of issues, including techniques for collecting samples; consistent labelling; protection from fungi, bacteria, pests and physical stress factors; viability and genetic integrity testing; and, developing strategies for the rapid multiplication of samples for distribution.The world’s genebanks differ greatly in the size of their collections and the human and financial resources at their disposal. The Standards will help genebank managers strike a balance between scientific objectives, resources available, and the objective conditions under which they work, FAO says.“Genebanks play a key role in the conservation, availability and use of a wide range of plant genetic diversity for crop improvement for food and nutrition security,” the publication stresses in its preface. “An efficient management of genebanks through application of standards and procedures is essential for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.”FAO experts consulted with a wide range of partners, including those at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a global partnership whose research is carried out at 15 centres worldwide, in particular Bioversity International; genebank managers; relevant academic and research institutions; and national focal points for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. read more

Facebooks new email service is censoring links to the Pirate Bay

first_imgFacebook‘s new messaging system is meant to make it easy to move seamlessly between instant messages, SMSes and e-mail, but it’s also ready to censor your messages if you decide to link to file sharing sites.To be fair, Facebook’s long been censoriously anti-piracy: try to post a link to The Pirate Bay on your wall or in a private message to your friend and see. That said, as Facebook becomes a webmail portal, it’s surprising to see the social network try to exert even more control over the actual content of what’s being said in e-mail.If you try to send an email to someone using Facebook’s new message system, and if that message has a link to the Pirate Bay, Facebook will unceremoniously refuse to say the message with the following error:Message Failed. This message contains blocked content that has been previously flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this is an error. An error it is. There are numerous legal reasons to link to The Pirate Bay: for example, to link friends to your own copyright-free torrents. Moreover, as a messaging service, Facebook is actually exempt from liability if people share links to illegal download sites using their service, according to the EFF.Mark Zuckerberg keeps on saying Facebook is all about being open and free, but how open and free can you be when you can’t even discuss certain subjects using Facebook’s system, lest you be automatically censored? If this is Zuckerberg’s vision of a free and open Internet, count me out.Read more at Epicenterlast_img read more

Windows Phone 7 Update Reportedly Still Causing Problems for Samsung Owners

first_imgOn the bright side, the Windows Phone 7 update isn’t bricking Samsung phones anymore, but it is still causing headaches – enough that some users are being forced to factory reset their devices. Last week, Samsung and Microsoft pulled the plug on the update altogether, acknowledging that the firmware update – one that’s supposed to set the stage for a larger WP7 feature update later this month – was rendering some devices useless. Yesterday, we reported that Samsung and Microsoft had resolved the issue and Samsung owners would start seeing the update when their devices were eligible to receive it. Today, after that update has started to make its way to users again, many Samsung users are reporting mysterious error codes when trying to apply it. If the user tries to restore from backup to resolve the problem, the process fails – which leaves the phone owner no recourse but to do a factory reset. Ouch. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Support feed on Twitter has acknowledged the problem to several users, and promises that the team is working on a resolution. They stop short, however, of stopping the updates or suggesting workarounds. If you have a Samsung phone running Windows Phone 7, you may want to hold off on that firmware update until this is all worked out. [via Windows Phone Thoughts]last_img read more

Google Glass updated to XE6 gets auto HDR and low light photos

first_imgTrue to their word, the next monthly update from Google has been released for Glass. Version XE6 of the Glass software comes with an overhaul of the photo capture and sharing service, which now includes high dynamic range (HDR) shooting and the ability to add captions to photos before sharing.Glass updates arrive automatically, with very little effort on behalf of the user. When an update is available, Glass will start procedure the next time you connect it to power. The update process is quick and painless, and follows the same basic steps as any other Android device.Once an update is downloaded, and when the hardware reboots you’ll be left with the latest software. If you happen to be wearing Glass while this update is happening — because, for some reason, you’ve decided to try and charge Glass while wearing it — you’ll be given a link to the changelog for the update right in your display. As the display stays on for the entire process and you’re downloading and installing a system update, the titanium band next to the camera button on Glass gets noticeably warm to the touch. Once the update is finished, however, it’s back to business as usual.XE6 doesn’t offer any significant changes to the core Glass functions. Menus are all the same, in fact the only real difference in anything but the camera is a slightly different tone for when you have the head detection sensor active. The noise that is made when you remove the headset is slightly different, making it clear that Glass knows you’ve removed it and making it so the user doesn’t think a notification just arrived on Glass. All the other changes for Glass in this update happen in the camera.Taking pictures on Glass is a mostly automated process. Once you learn how to frame the shot based on the relative position of the camera sensor to your face, you learn to just say “OK Glass, take a picture” or tapping the shutter button and letting Glass do the rest of the work. You can’t focus manually, it’s all done through the Glass software. Now, when you ask Glass to take a photo, it will take three instead. You’ll see the shot appear in your display as usual, but the photo will change slightly based on the results of the other photos that were taken. These HDR shots offer a better picture in most cases, and make Glass actually useable in low light situations.Once you have a photo worth sharing, you can now speak a caption into Glass before posting it to your social network of choice. The caption is just as accurate as every other speech translation service on Glass, which means you can be pretty verbose in your caption as long as there’s not a ton of noise around you. The caption add system allows you to interrupt a share to add the caption, so if you choose not to add one the image will post just like before.For an incremental update, XE6 makes the camera much more useful. Google’s plans to release updates every month for the forseeable future means there will be a lot of little changes like this, based on the experiences gained from the explorer program.last_img read more

HYDE Dresses as Harley Quinn for Halloween Concert Breaks Internet in Japan

first_img DC’s ‘Harley Quinn’ Cartoon Is Going To Make It After All11 Groundbreaking Female Comic Book Artists Stay on target Halloween has taken off as a full-fledged party holiday in Japan, and while we all would like to think of the West as the masters of spooky, this is one of those times we must hang our heads in humbleness. Mega rock star HYDE debuted his Harley Quinn costume yesterday at his band VAMPS’ annual Halloween event in Tokyo, and the combination of what is happening here is enough to blow our minds.HYDE’s Harley Quinn selfie he posted to Instagram on October 22.First of all, HYDE is definitely a dude, and it’s awesome that he’s able to pull off a cute look like this as well. Infamous for his beautiful bishounen looks, HYDE has shamed all others who hope to pull off this cosplay.Second, HYDE is also 47 years old. 47!!! What the heck? I would like to hop onto that sparkling smooth skin train to eternal beauty town also, please!HYDE posing with singer Aya Koshiro.Thirdly, it never ceases being bizarre to me that the Suicide Squad movie did pretty well in Japan, so much so that a rock god like HYDE would be putting in this much effort to cosplay one of its characters. Maybe something was lost, or found rather, in translation.Lastly, the internet sort of lost its shit after these photos were posted. Some funny responses to the photos posted on HYDE’s Instagram account and VAMPS’ Twitter are generally along the lines of, “That’s a 47-year-old man?,” “I guess I’ll quit being a woman. HYDE is doing it better, ” and “This is too perfect.”HYDE with Aki, bassist for the band SID.The photos have been up for just a day, and have already gotten thousands of likes and retweets.HYDE is known for his complicated cosplay and has previously dressed up as characters from Rozen Maiden, Mad Max, and Black Butler.HYDE showed off this bat he had personalized to wear with his costume to the his band VAMPS’  Halloween event.HYDE is most famous for his work as lead singer and songwriter of L’Arc-en-Ciel and founding the band Vamps with guitarist K.A.Z. As an accomplished winter, songwriter, producer, and actor who has performed in sold out shows across the world, we sort of feel like he could throw his hat in the ring to be a leg model, too.Basically perfection.last_img read more

Three people killed in series of early morning crashes around San Diego

first_imgThree people killed in series of early morning crashes around San Diego Posted: June 30, 2018 June 30, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Three people were killed in crashes on San Diego-area freeways early Saturday morning.The first crash was reported at 12:36 a.m. on state Route 52 at Convoy Street in the Kearny Mesa area. One person died, but no details were immediately available.At 4:21 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers responded to a crash on northbound Interstate 5 near the Cockleburr Road overpass, a couple miles north of the Oceanside Harbor Drive exit. One person was killed in that crash, according to the CHP.Another person died in a three-vehicle accident on eastbound state Route 94 near Federal Boulevard in Oak Park a little before 3:30 a.m., the CHP said. The crash involved a Honda Civic, a Hyundai Sonata and a motorcycle.That crash was under investigation for much of the morning, and only one lane was left open as authorities investigated the accident, snarling traffic back to the Interstate 805 interchange. All lanes were re-opened by 10:20 a.m. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:38 PMlast_img read more

Blazers win streak reaches 10 games

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Wes Matthews had a pretty good seat for Portland’s 10th straight win. It just happened to be in the Trail Blazers’ locker room.One of three players ejected in the third quarter following a scuffle with Golden State, Matthews spent the final 15 minutes watching the game on TV with teammate Mo Williams after both players were tossed.The two players saw yet another dramatic comeback by one of the biggest surprise teams in the Western Conference.LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 21 rebounds and the Trail Blazers beat the Warriors 113-101 on Saturday.“That inspired us,” said Matthews of the altercation that resulted in six technical fouls in addition to the ejections. “We got better from it, we got stronger from it. Mo and I were continuing to cheer. They couldn’t hear us, but we were continuing to cheer.”One night after rallying from 21 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-95, Portland again had to play from behind, but rode a big fourth quarter from Aldridge to keep the winning streak going.Aldridge made 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to highlight his sixth double-double this season. Matthews had 23 points while Bay Area native Damian Lillard added 20 points and nine assists for the Blazers.“We rode LaMarcus in the second half,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “He took it inside, got to the free throw line, made his free throws, offensive rebounds. He did it all and we rode him.”last_img read more

Thirsty crook crashes into SW MiamiDade liquor store

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who crashed into a liquor store to get his hands on bottles of alcohol.Surveillance video captured the scene as the crook used his car to bust through the storefront at Tropical Park Liquors in Southwest Miami-Dade.Once he was inside, he grabbed bottles of liquor and lottery tickets.This happened near Southwest 79th Avenue and 40th Street on Tuesday, but police said he’s done this before with four other businesses in the past week.Police said the same crook hit a Publix liquor store on West Flagler Street twice as well as a Pinero Groceries.If you recognize him, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist Alaskas hottest temp ever matches Hawaiis

first_imgFairbanks hit 90 degrees last week for the first time in four years. The heat was very localized to the Tanana and Yukon river valleys.Graphic courtesy of Brian BrettschneiderListen nowWe asked Brian Brettschneider, with our Ask a Climatologist segment, which areas of Alaska usually see the hottest temperatures in the summer.He says the warmest temperatures are almost always found in the Interior.Interview Transcript:Brian: Somewhere from about Tanana and then eastward to the Canadian border around Eagle. Especially when you get into the Tanana and the Yukon river valleys, those are the places that over the last 100 or so years, they’ve observed the most days in the upper 80’s, the 90’s and even a 100 degree reading occurred at Fort Yukon in 1915.Annie: And what makes that the warm spot?Brian: Well, there are a lot of things that go into it. One is, at our high latitude, we get nearly continuous daylight in Interior Alaska. The sun sets for a few hours but it’s basically at solar heating for nearly the entire day. Also, June is a very sunny month, so you don’t have clouds that are blocking that sun’s energy. Then you also have, in say the Tanana and the Yukon river valleys, those are relatively low elevation, so, as most people know, high elevation is cooler, there’s less atmosphere above you.They’re also far from the coast. Here in Anchorage, along any part of the coastal areas of Alaska, when the sun is out and it starts to heat up the ground, hot air rises and air has to fill in for that air that’s risen and that comes in from all directions. But when you’re in close proximity to the water, the air that’s filling in for the air that’s risen, is relatively cooler. So a lot of things come together to make it warmer in the Interior.Annie: What else do we know about that 100 degree record in Fort Yukon?Brian: That happened in 1915. A number of places in the Interior were in the 90’s and Fort Yukon topped out at 100 degrees. Looking at all the data around it, it may have been a little bit too warm, but it’s plausible that it occurred. Interestingly, it’s the only 100 degree reading ever in Alaska, it also ties Hawaii for their warmest temperature on record. So that’s an interesting bit of trivia, that Alaska and Hawaii share a record for the hottest all time temperature. And it’s also worth noting- the 100 degree reading in Hawaii- some people have looked into it, and it’s probably a bad reading, it probably overstates what their hottest temperature is. Their hottest temperature is probably something in the upper 90’s. So it’s very possible it’s gotten warmer in Alaska than it ever has in Hawaii.last_img read more

100000 migrants fled to wartorn Yemen in 2017 IOM

first_imgChildren look at destruction in a petrol station following an air strike on the outskirts the Yemeni rebel stronghold of Saada in the Huthi movement`s northern heartland on 7 May, 2018. Photo: AFPNearly 100,000 migrants fled last year to Yemen, itself gripped by war and impending famine, to escape poverty and violence at home, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.Some 7,000 migrants entered Yemen each month, with the total number of arrivals in 2017 reaching near 100,000, the IOM said.Fleeing violence and poverty in the Horn of Africa, and at the mercy of smugglers, they hope to ultimately reach the more prosperous Gulf countries.Yemen is bordered to the north by Saudi Arabia.Once in Yemen — where nearly 10,000 people have been killed in three years of war — the lucky ones find “irregular work”, the IOM said.Less fortunate migrants face torture, sexual abuse and death.”Both en route and once in Yemen, many migrants suffer at the hands of cruel smugglers and other criminals, including physical and sexual abuse, torture for ransom, arbitrary detention for long periods of time, forced labour for no pay and even death,” the IOM said.Human Rights Watch last month released a report documenting Yemeni government employees who had “tortured, raped, and executed” migrants and asylum seekers at the Buraika migrant detention facility in the southern province of Aden, where the country’s embattled government is based.Migrants held at the facility — in use since early 2017 — were denied refugee protection and often deported en masse into rough seas, the watchdog said.The United Nations refugee agency has corroborated the report.Scores of migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia have died off the coast of Yemen in recent months.Last summer, dozens of migrants drowned after human traffickers forced them off their boats and into the sea. In January, more than 30 migrants drowned when their boat capsized off the Yemeni coast.In March 2017, a helicopter opened fire on a vessel carrying more than 140 migrants in the Red Sea off the Yemeni coast, killing 42 civilians.A confidential UN report seen by AFP said the attack was most likely carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting alongside the Yemeni government against the country’s northern Huthi rebels, who are linked to Iran.The conflict has unleashed what the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.last_img

Graphene Takes the Heat

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Graphene Takes the Heat (2008, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A schematic of a graphene sheet placed over a trench in a substrate. Explore further Left out to dry: A more efficient way to harvest algae biomass Researchers from the University of California – Riverside (UCR) discovered that a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb pattern, known as graphene, exhibits far better thermal conductivity than carbon nanotubes. Their results open a new window to graphene applications in electronics, where materials that can manage heat are vital.The group’s results are described in a paper appearing in the February 20, 2008, online edition of Nano Letters.“With the continuously decreasing size of electronic devices, materials that can conduct heat efficiently are rapidly growing in importance,” said the paper’s lead author, UCR electrical engineering professor Alexander Balandin, to “Our work increases the range of graphene applications as the thermal management material in optoelectronics, photonics, and bioengineering.” A material’s thermal conductivity is measured in the units W/m•K, read as “watts per meter per degree Kelvin.” A watt is a unit of power equal to a joule per second and a degree Kelvin is a unit of temperature. The meter is, of course, a unit of distance, since thermal conductivity is normalized to the material’s thickness. Thermal conductivity defines how well a given material conducts heat. For example, the value of thermal conductivity of silicon, the most important electronic material, is around 145 W/m•K if measured at room temperature.Carbon nanotubes have a typical thermal conductivity range of 3000 to 3500 W/m•K. Diamond, another form of carbon, comes in between 1000 and 2200 W/m•K. The single-layer graphene studied by the UCR researchers displayed a thermal conductivity as high as 5300 W/m•K near room temperature. “Graphene is particularly promising as a thermal management material because its superior thermal conductivity is supplemented by plane geometry and good integration with silicon,” added Balandin. The interdisciplinary UCR team, which included research groups of electrical engineering professor Balandin and physics assistant professor Chun Ning Lau, measured the graphene’s thermal conductivity in an unconventional way. The usual contact-based methods for measuring thermal conduction are not appropriate for graphene because it is only a single atom thick. Instead, the group used a noncontact approach: They placed a sheet of graphene onto a substrate with a trench carved out of it, such that part of the graphene sheet was suspended over the trench. They then scattered laser light off the suspended portion and measured the graphene’s vibrational response with a technique called Raman spectroscopy (one of several light-based methods used to learn about material properties).By carefully analyzing the graphene’s Raman spectra – its unique response to the light – and the spectra’s dependence on the laser power, the group was able to extract thermal conductivity data. The entire experimental setup is tiny, with the trench just three micrometers (millionths of a meter) in width.Citation: Nano Lett. ASAP Article, 10.1021/nl0731872Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Carbon nanotubes are being touted by many scientists and engineers as the material of the future, with the potential to revolutionize electronic technologies. But a new study shows that nanotubes may not be the only form of carbon with the promise of great things to come.last_img read more

Why Teslas Gigafactory Could Be Obsolete Before It Even Opens

first_imgApril 27, 2015 A disruptive shadow looms over Tesla Motors’ giant Nevada “gigafactory”—the threat of rapidly advancing battery technology. While plenty of hurdles face new battery tech, the emergence of a viable and significantly better battery in the next five years could turn Tesla’s $5 billion facility for mass producing lithium-ion batteries into a giga-albatross.In January, Fuji Pigment Co. Ltd. (not affiliated with Fujifilm) announced that it had made a significant breakthrough in aluminum-air battery technology. Aluminium-air batteries have a theoretical capacity more than 40 times greater than the lithium-ion cells Tesla will soon mass-produce, and Fuji Pigment has stated it will commercialize its innovation by the end of 2015. This means that the gigafactory’s products could already be outclassed before its target 2016 opening—and long before the estimated 7-10 years of full production it could take to recoup the factory’s costs.Battery innovation takes place within a rigid structure: every battery has two ‘sides,’ the cathode and anode, which react through an electrolyte medium to produce power. An aluminum-air battery generates electricity from the reaction of oxygen and aluminum, using water as an electrolyte. A standard aluminium-air reaction consumes the aluminum anode, which must be physically replaced rather than electrically recharged. But Fuji Pigment claims that, by adding strategically placed layers of ceramic and carbon, it has managed to suppress corrosion and reaction byproducts, creating an aluminium-air battery that can be recharged multiple times by simply adding water.Dr. Mark Hersam, professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, says that it would be “stunning” if Fuji Pigment hit their target for commercialization. Among other unaddressed issues, he points out that aluminium-air batteries physically contract as they discharge, which can lead to fracturing and make them difficult to integrate into fault-intolerant automotive systems.In an email, Ryohei Mori, Fuji Pigment’s lead researcher on the aluminium-air project, sounded a slightly more cautious note than the company’s January press release. “We are still at developing stage, and maybe in the near future . . . we can work together with large scale.”But Fuji Pigment is not the only company working on a better battery. Israel’s Phinergy is also pursuing the aluminium-air dream, while American startups Pathion and Sakti 3 are looking at an even more radical innovation—solid-state batteries that replace liquid electrolytes with ceramic or crystal. Sakti 3 has successfully demoed a battery that produces 1,000 watt-hours of energy per liter of battery volume, which in practice could more than double the driving range of a current Tesla. Pathion CEO Michael Liddle projects that solid-state battery technology will be market-ready within two years.Of course, the main point of the gigafactory is not to produce cutting-edge batteries, but to produce existing tech on a scale that will bring costs down—Tesla hopes to sell an electric sedan for $35,000. But in this regard, too, both aluminium-air and solid-state batteries have a potential edge. Aluminum is far cheaper than lithium, and solid-state batteries could be ‘printed’ like computer chips, a much more efficient process than the layering and rolling of metal and gel that produces lithium-ion batteries.According to Dan Radomski, vice president for industry and venture development at the consulting firm NextEnergy, it would be very difficult for Tesla to pivot in response to these innovations. “It’s not too much different from us going from VHS to disc. It changes the entire supply chain.”The demands of the automotive sector may buy Tesla some time. Cars are subject to high and low temperatures that have a significant impact on battery performance, and the standard for safety is understandably high. While lithium-ion batteries have shown some problems in responding to high temperatures, decades of testing have gone into gaining it acceptance for use in cars.Tesla will also likely have some options for upgrading the gigafactory’s lithium-ion products. Researchers at Nangyang Technological University have developed a fast-charging titanium dioxide anode, and Mark Hersam’s team at Northwestern has doubled the capacity of a lithium-ion anode by interlacing materials like graphene. Though cathode advances have trailed, integrating new materials would not require a wholesale overhaul of the gigafactory’s lithium-ion production process.Ultimately, the biggest question mark for the gigafactory’s long-term viability are less technological than strategic. An innovation in a lab is not the same as a working product, and Pathion’s Michael Liddle says that the piecemeal nature of battery research has limited real-world advances. Many startups and researchers can produce a better cathode, anode, or electrolyte, but all three must work together perfectly to make a battery. The capital to bring the pieces together, and bring production of new batteries to scale, has been scarce.But that’s likely to change with major manufacturers like Cadillac and BMW moving more aggressively into electrics. With range an ever more vital competitive point, increasing amounts of capital will be chasing the next big battery (GM is a major investor in Sakti 3). That could push the rate of change beyond what even Tesla CEO Elon Musk could have foreseen. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Register Now »last_img read more

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