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6 Summer Travel Bags to Save You Time and Frustration

first_img The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze With summer oh so beautifully on the horizon, it’s time to get serious about your warm weather travel plans. Maybe you’re heading up the coast to visit pals at their beach house or jet-setting halfway around the world for a deep-water dive in the tropics — regardless, you’ll no doubt want to prepare for the trip with help of the perfect travel bag.So what makes the perfect travel bag, um … perfect? In our opinion, this pack needs to be functional-yet-stylish, roomy-yet-sleek. It needs to be a chameleon that looks good without sticking out like a sore thumb. Above all, it absolutely must fit snugly in the overhead compartment of an airplane (trust us, you don’t want to be that guy).Still stuck? Never fear! Check out some of our favorite go-to travel bags for men below.Mack Weldon Convertible Backpack – $148If you’re the kind of guy who can’t choose between a briefcase, a messenger bag, or a cool AF backpack, Mack Weldon’s got you. In fact, the brand’s Convertible Backpack was basically tailor-made for you, as it can shift between all three models with stylish ease. Built with a water-resistant fabric, this bag features an impressive nine pockets that can hold everything your heart desires and then some. Plus, the minimalist design makes this bag appropriate for nearly every occasion.See ItPacsafe Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack – $140Carry confidential items in your bag on the reg? Or maybe you’re just super protective of the new laptop you bought with your tax refund? Either way, maybe it’s time for you to invest in an anti-theft pack, and this one from Pacsafe should more than do the trick. With space for all your everyday essentials, this bag is outfitted with security hooks, a slash-guard strap, special blocking pockets, and an internal locking system.See ItAway Everywhere Bag – $195For those on the lookout for the ideal carry-on, look no further than the Everywhere Bag from Away. Its modern silhouette is complemented by water-resistant nylon, six interior pockets, a removable shoulder strap, and an interior compartment able to hold a 13-inch personal laptop. It also sports a back strap allowing you to slide the handle of your wheeled carry-on through and head off hands free. Available in a wide array of muted colors, this bag is sure to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your luggage, making for the ideal fashion-forward travel accessory.See ItMission Workshop Axis Modular Pack – $120In the market for something a bit smaller? Consider Mission Workshop’s contemporary take on the classic fanny pack. Constructed with rugged, weatherproof materials and a floating internal liner, this little guy is as great for a concert as it is for some serious travel. An interior zipped pocket also allows you to separate your most important items from the main compartment.See ItAer Travel Pack – $220Designed for the traveler on the go, this awesome pack from Aer is as attractive as it is practical. Featuring a durable polyester exterior, an assortment of straps for security and comfort, a wide interior compartment that can fit up to a 15-inch laptop, and a number of different sized pockets, this bag is perfectly optimized for your next adventure. See ItSWIMS 24 Hour Holdall – $220SWIMSMade with water-resistant, deluxe nylon with leather hands and zip-down side tabs, the 24 Hour Holdall will do just that for you–hold everything you need for 24 complete hours of travel. Whether for a quick business trip a few states over to an overnight staycation with your significant other, this SWIMS bag can carry it all while looking minimalist and well-designed. You won’t stand out in a crowd with this bag and that’s the beauty of it.See ItThese not big enough for your travels? Check out our guide to the best duffels if you need a little more space for your souvenirs.Article originally published May 4, 2015. Last updated May 22, 2018. How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags last_img read more

Unlike Netflix Apple TV to have only few top shows

first_imgSan Francisco: Unlike Netflix’s content quantity, Apple has indicated that its TV+ service would only focus more on a handful of top-tier shows. According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet software and services, Apple would not create the most number of shows, but create the best of them, Engadget reported on Monday. Eddy did not think that Netflix’s emphasis on quantity was bad, but he said it was just not Apple’s intended model. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app As part of its TV services, the iPhone-maker is planning to release new movies and shows every month, with the first one most likely to be Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Morning Show”, the report added. Other shows would include Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and the “Little America” series from Big Sick creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon. Earlier in March, it was announced that Apple’s on-demand subscription service will start in over 100 countries this fall. Later in May, the Apple TV service began rolling out in over 100 countries, including India which comes bundled with Apple TV+, the company’s original video subscription service.last_img read more

Political myths fog crucial Alberta election debate over carbon taxes economist

first_imgBetween politicians who fog the truth and the ones just in a fog, Chris Ragan wants to fan fresh air into a carbon tax debate that is clouding Alberta’s provincial election and drifting into an upcoming federal campaign.“It’s pretty clear this issue is warming up politically,” said Ragan, head of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a non-partisan group of academics and business leaders focused on economic and environmental solutions.“We have been sorry to see that there’s a bunch of stuff out there that is either misunderstanding or poorly explained. There are a bunch of myths out there.”The commission has just published a report on carbon tax misconceptions.The worst, Ragan said, is that a carbon tax doesn’t work.“If you look at B.C., if you look at California, if you look at the U.K, if you look at Quebec, these policies do work. What they don’t do is work overnight.”At least five different published studies have found British Columbia’s carbon tax, introduced in 2008, has cut overall emissions, reduced per capita gasoline use by seven per cent, improved average vehicle efficiency by four per cent, cut residential natural gas use by seven per cent and diesel use by more than three per cent.Meanwhile, the province enjoyed about three per cent annual economic growth between 2012 and 2017.Other jurisdictions that have successfully used carbon taxes to reduce emissions include Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, several U.S. states, the U.K. and the European Union.Three separate studies found B.C.’s tax either didn’t affect jobs or added them. A fourth found a small decrease in jobs for less-educated workers. Studies in the U.S. or the U.K. found little or no impact on job numbers.The commission’s report finds that far from hurting families, 70 per cent of Canadian households will receive more in carbon tax rebates than they pay.Energy economists such as Mark Jaccard at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University argue that regulations get faster, bigger results and are politically easier to enact. The big cuts to Canada’s carbon emissions, he said, have come from closing coal-fired power plants and clean fuel rules.“Some people will tell you you have to have carbon pricing,” he said on a recent podcast. “That’s not true. You could do it all through regulations.”You could, concedes Ragan. But that would cost the economy more. Besides, he said, bringing in carbon taxes gives governments an opportunity to cut other levies such as income tax.Albertans who believe the province could escape a carbon tax by rescinding provincial legislation may also be mistaken.Martin Olszynski, a University of Calgary law professor, said all Ottawa would have to do is pass an order in council to bring Alberta under the same federal tax that recently came into effect in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. None of those provinces had its own tax.“It’s a matter of getting cabinet together and writing the order,” Olszynski said.Looking to the courts to block Ottawa’s tax is an iffy bet, he suggested.In court hearings on Saskatchewan’s anti-tax constitutional challenge, Olszynski said, judges asked if allowing Ottawa to regulate greenhouse gases as a matter of “national concern” would impede provincial efforts to do the same.“If you recognize this matter as a matter of national concern, you would strip away the provincial ability to regulate these things,” he summarized.But Olszynski notes that courts have recognized that many issues — especially environmental ones — are best managed jointly between national and provincial governments.Other federal arguments in favour of a national carbon tax are backed by decades of case law, Olszynski added.Ragan said the debate over carbon taxes is as important to Canada’s future as debates over the GST or free trade with the United States.“It’s a big policy issue and it’s appropriate that we’re talking about it now.”Ragan just wishes the debate wasn’t so mythical.“We live in a democratic society where people play partisan politics. Those political debates don’t always stick to the facts.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jessica And Jerry Seinfeld Host 2nd Annual GOOD Foundation Halloween Bash

first_imgGOOD+ Foundation founder Jessica Seinfeld and Jerry Seinfeld were joined by Los Angeles-area families for a spook-tacular afternoon at the 2nd Annual Halloween Bash at The Culver Studios in Culver City, CA.Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry SeinfeldThe family-fun day raised nearly $300,000 to benefit the Foundation’s work to help lift families out of poverty in the Los Angeles area.An extension of GOOD+ Foundation’s New York City “Bedtime Bash,” the Halloween Bash featured activity booths and games, carnival artists, a toddler activity area, and delicious treats. All funds raised will go to help Los Angeles families living in poverty.“The Halloween Bash is always one of our favorite days of the year because it allows families to spend a fun afternoon together while supporting our work to provide for families here in Los Angeles,” Jessica Seinfeld, Founder of GOOD+ Foundation, said.Nearly 600 guests, including families the Foundation serves within the Los Angeles area, spent the afternoon engaged in an array of activities for the whole family, which was highlighted by Day of the Dead Face Painting & Make-Your-Own Flower Crowns presented by Delta Air Lines & Aéromexico; Trick-or-Treat bag decorating with Beautycounter; Halloween Jenga Games with Farfetch; donut decorating and coffee sampling for the parents with Dunkin’ Donuts; airbrush tattoos by UPPAbaby; BABYZEN YOYO+ stroller valet; build a windowsill garden with Annie’s Homegrown; cookie decorating with Foodstirs; Fairytale Princess & Price “Meet & Greet” with Fairy Tales Hair Care; spin-the-wheel giveaways with PERVERSE Sunglasses; custom airbrushing on a Trucker Jacket with Levi’s Kids; caricature illustrations with Polo Ralph Lauren; and a petting zoo presented by Serenity Kids Baby Food.Guests at the party included GOOD+ supporters Gwyneth Paltrow, Ike Barinholtz & Erica Hanson, Jordana Brewster & Andrew Form, Baron Davis, Lisa Ling, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., Marsai Martin, Sarah Jane Morris, Raegan Revord, Sean Patrick Thomas & Aonika Laurent Thomas, Aubrey Anderson Emmons, Albert Tsai, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Ilaria Urbinati & Eric Ray Davidson and LA Dodgers Chase Utley andBrandon Utley.This year’s event was presented by Beautycounter, Delta Air Lines and Farfetch, with support from Dunkin’ Donuts and UPPAbaby. Toddler activity area was underwritten by Dr. Praeger’s. Activity level sponsors included Annie’s Homegrown, BABYZEN, Distroller, Fairy Tales Hair Care, Foodstirs, Levi’s Kids, Serenity Kids, Peverse Sunglasses, POLO Ralph Lauren, Munchkin and RXBar. The event was produced by Geffen Events with support from FWR Event Rentals, Los Angeles Party Works, Inc., Balloon Celebrations, Petit Pehr, Accelerated Rentals and Piper Preschool.Co-hosts included Anthony Anderson, Aonika Laurent Thomas & Sean Patrick Thomas, Bill Horn & Scout Masterson, Candice Bieber, Camilla Luddington & Matthew Alan, Courtney & Mario Lopez, Daniela & José Neves, Elsa Marie Collins & Jarron Collins, Gillian Sheldon Heckendorf & Tim Heckendorf, Erica Hanson & Ike Barinholtz, Gregg Renfrew, Hannah Simone & Jesse Giddings, Holly & Ty Burrell, Ilaria Urbinati & Eric Ray Davidson, January Jones, Jason Beghe, Jen Garcia Allen & Jeff Allen, Jordana Brewster & Andrew Form, Kate Angelo & Francois Mobasser, Kathryn Hahn & Ethan Sandler, Kevin Frazier, Kimberly & James Van Der Beek, Laila Ali & Curtis Conway, Mary Kitchen & Jon Orszag, Martel Thompson & Tony Hale, Melissa Abbott, Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Wilkerson, Melissa Magsaysay & Cory Desrosiers, Michael Hackman, Patrick Dempsey, Ryan Michelle Bathe & Sterling K. Brown, Rebecca King-Crews & Terry Crews, Ryan Murphy & David Miller, Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr., Tiffani Thiessen & Brady Smith, Tyler Perry, and Zooey Deschanel & Jacob Pechenik.last_img read more

Gaza crossings from Israel remain closed UN reports

2 December 2008All crossings for goods going into Gaza from Israel remained closed today, with no fuel, humanitarian supplies or commercial commodities reaching the 1.5 million inhabitants, the United Nations reported today. The Kerem Shalom crossing was last open on 27 November, the Nahal Oz fuel pipelines and Karni conveyer belt last functioned on 26 November, and the crossings at Sufa have been closed since 13 September, the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported.UN officials, from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on downwards, have repeatedly called on Israel to urgently permit the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza’s civilians. At the same time, Mr. Ban has reiterated his condemnation of rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in Gaza against Israeli civilian targets, which Israel has cited as a reason for the closures.Meanwhile, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry today stressed the urgency of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement in 2009. “We have genuine international unity and determination behind the drive towards a two state solution. What we may not have is the luxury of time,” he told an international media seminar on peace in the Middle East, held in Vienna.The two-State solution, with Israel and a Palestinian State living side by side in peace, is the goal of the Roadmap plan championed by the so-called Quartet – the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – and was originally slated for attainment by the end of 2005. Another deadline is due to expire on 31 December. Last year at the Annapolis conference in the US, both sides committed to reach an agreement by the end of this year. read more

UN team discusses how to achieve longterm ceasefire with officials in Beirut

A United Nations delegation met in Beirut today with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and other senior officials to discuss carrying out the terms of Security Council resolution 1701, which was adopted just over a week ago and forced a cessation to the hostilities that had engulfed Lebanon and northern Israel over the previous month, with a view to forging a long-term ceasefire. The delegation, which arrived in Beirut last night on a two-day visit, includes Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Advisor, Vijay Nambiar, and Terje Roed-Larsen, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559. Adopted in September, 2004, that text called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, the disbanding of all militias and the extension of Government control over the whole country.In addition to Prime Minister Siniora, the delegation also met Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Elias Murr, and Minister of Interior Ahmed Fatfat.Resolution 1701, adopted by the Security Council on 11 August, brought about a cessation of hostilities in the month-old conflict which led to the deaths of over 1,100 Lebanese and about 150 Israelis.The delegation was also briefed by General Alain Pellegrini, Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), on the situation in South Lebanon and the ongoing withdrawal of Israeli forces.The delegation is going to meet with senior Lebanese politicians and members of Parliament on Sunday before leaving for Israel. read more

TD report Growth in shale natural gas saving US consumers billions

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2012 4:38 pm MDT CALGARY – Growing U.S. shale gas production means billions in cost savings for consumers, but the impact is somewhat more subdued north of the border, according to reports released by TD Bank on Thursday.Technological advances have unlocked enormous supplies of natural gas from rock formations across the United States, keeping the price suppressed at around $3.50 per 1,000 cubic feet. The same fuel, by contrast, fetches around $12 in Europe and $16 in Asia.TD says the U.S. price would be in the $10 to $12 range if not for burgeoning production in places such as Texas and Pennsylvania.“Lower prices have cut costs for businesses and consumers and dramatically shifted the economics of power generation,” said the authors of The Shale Shift: Exploring the Impact of Shale Gas on the U.S. Economy.American residential consumers can expect to save around $75 billion in home heating and electricity costs in 2013 — equivalent to about $650 per household — assuming prices average $3.75 over the next year.Just over half of U.S. homes are heated with natural gas, which is also used to run appliances like stoves and water heaters.In an accompanying Canada-focused report on the impact of the shale gas revolution, TD says the cost of natural gas for home heating in Canada over the past year is at a 10-year low. But that comprises only about one per cent of Canada’s Consumer Price Index.“While Canadians are saving money, in terms of an overall household budget, it’s not a huge amount,” said economist Leslie Preston in an interview.In the United States, coal has traditionally been the dominant fuel source for power generation, but that’s changing. Over the past 10 to 12 years, 82 per cent of new plants have been natural gas-fired.Real electricity prices in the U.S. have fallen 7.6 per cent since 2009, the report said.In Canada the energy mix is much more diverse, with hydroelectric power, for example, supplying a large amount of power in Quebec and Ontario. That means the drop in natural gas prices has had a much more muted effect on most Canadian consumers’ electricity bills.“Canadians have traditionally just paid less for electricity, partially because our prices are more regulated,” said Preston.But matters unrelated to natural gas pricing — the need to upgrade aging infrastructure, for instance — have raised prices.On the industrial front, too, the Canadian and U.S. pictures differ.Across the entire U.S. manufacturing sector, TD says $50 billion can be shaved off energy input costs annually as a result of the lower natural gas prices.That’s not a huge amount for the whole industry, and the effect will be concentrated among a limited group of heavy users such as chemicals, petroleum and coal, food and beverage, paper and primary metals.Demand growth from Canada’s industrial sector — driven mainly by Alberta’s energy-voracious oilsands — is expected to be much stronger.Last year, the oilsands sector consumed about 10 per cent of all natural gas produced in Canada — a 14 per cent increase versus 2010. And Preston said that’s only going to grow in the years ahead as expansions come on line.“Canada has a much larger oil and gas sector relative the size of our economy than the U.S., particularly in the oilsands in Alberta,” she said.“There’s very strong production growth in the oilsands and that is going to consume a lot of natural gas and that’s a big difference versus the U.S., which doesn’t expect to see such strong industrial sector growth in natural gas demand.”Although the oilsands are expected to soak up a lot of the shale gas supply from emerging formations in northeastern B.C. and northwestern Alberta, Preston said Canada is going to have to find new markets.As the United States becomes more and more capable of satisfying its own energy needs — an International Energy Agency report earlier this week predicts the U.S. becoming all but energy independent by 2035 — there will be less of a need to import gas from Canada.A number of companies are looking to build multibillion-dollar terminals on Canada’s west coast from which the western Canadian gas — chilled into a liquid state — could be transported to Asian markets by tanker.The gap between liquefied natural gas prices in Japan versus what Canadian suppliers get for the gas currently is about $12, and Canada needs to act quickly if it wants to take advantage of that trend, said Preston.“Canada’s not the only country eager to export LNG to Asia,” she said.“Australia’s a major producer. You also have Qatar and the U.S. does have ambitions of exporting LNG, too. So it really is a bit of a race in Asia right now in terms of who’s going to supply liquefied natural gas to that market.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TD report: Growth in shale natural gas saving U.S. consumers billions read more

Saab launches 95 BioPower

The fuel is produced from a wide variety of biomass, including forest residue, sugar cane and sugar beet, making it a renewable and sustainable fuel source. When mixed with low volumes of petrol, a potent yet environmentally-friendly fuel – E85 – is created. Unlike petrol and diesel, the consumption of E85 does not significantly raise levels of carbon dioxide (CO2). The emissions from the combustion of bioethanol whilst driving are cancelled out by the CO2 removed from the atmosphere, through the natural photosynthesis process, when the crops are grown. Saab Great Britain is to start taking orders for its Saab 9-5 BioPower, a flex-fuel car whose CO2 emissions can be reduced by as much as 70 per cent. Saab BioPower technology means that the 9-5 model is capable of running on either a high-blend mixture of bioethanol and petrol (called E85), or just petrol, without any adjustment required by the driver. Saab’s turbocharging technology and engine management systems make it possible to take advantage of bioethanol’s higher octane rating. When the car runs on E85, it provides a 20 per cent gain in brake horse power (bhp) and 16 per cent growth in torque. Launching Saab BioPower, Elizabeth Lowery, vice-president of energy and the environment at General Motors, said that bioethanol plays a key part in GM’s multi-pronged energy strategy. ‘E85 is a clean-burning, renewable and sustainable fuel. The infrastructure here in Europe needs more investment, and more stations to bring bioethanol closer to everyone. But with the EU targets for biofuel usage, fuel providers will be encouraged to expand the volume and the infrastructure to meet the needs of consumers, just as we are voluntarily expanding our offerings to meet their vehicle needs in line with the biofuel objective.’ Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Prahalis has big shoes to fill

The loss suffered by the Ohio State women’s basketball team in the Sweet 16 represented more than the end of the season — it represented the last time Jantel Lavender would don scarlet and gray. The vacancy left by the four-time Big Ten Player of the Year will be coach Jim Foster’s toughest obstacle, as he will look toward Ashley Adams to improve on her solid freshman season and develop into the type of low-post threat Lavender posed. “We have to find someone else,” Foster said. “Sammy (Prahalis is) back — another opportunity for her to lead and help some of our younger players grow over the summer.” Samantha Prahalis will be a senior next season under the expectation that the team will be hers to lead. Her 14.5 points per game were second, behind only Lavender. She finished Big Ten play as the conference leader in assists, with 6.9 per game, ranking third in the country. It’s likely that the majority of her assists next season will be from baskets made by Adams, who shot 61 percent from the field this year. After averaging less than six minutes of playing time over her first nine games, Adams moved into the starting lineup and contributed heavy minutes after senior Sarah Schulze suffered a serious knee injury Jan. 16. From then on, Adams averaged more than 27 minutes per game and started 16 of the team’s last 17 games. At 6-foot-4, Adams presented opposing teams with the challenge of facing two sizeable players in the post when paired with Lavender. After Schulze went down, Adams averaged 8.2 points per game. Before she moved into the starting lineup, she averaged fewer than two points a contest. Guard Brittany Johnson is the other senior starter leaving. Johnson was the team’s most potent threat from beyond the 3-point line, making 42.7 percent of her attempts. Johnson was the 29th player in program history to record 1,000 points, and was second in the Big Ten, averaging 2.9 threes per game. It will be up to guards Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes to fill the void Johnson leaves next year. Hill, entering her junior campaign, earned Big Ten All-Defensive team honors this season, and was voted honorable mention for the conference. She was third on the team in scoring, with 12.8 points per game, and handled the ball when teams looked to shut down Prahalis. Stokes became known as the team’s spark plug off the bench, often providing the Buckeyes with intangibles. Others who will likely see increased roles next season are centers Aleksandra Dobranic and Darryce Moore, forwards Martina Ellerbe, Brianna Sanders and Emilee Harmon, and guard Amy Scullion. Foster has four incoming freshmen signed for next season, including guards Raven Ferguson and Kalpana Beach. Ferguson is rated as the No. 35 overall prospect and sixth among point guards by ESPN. Beach is ranked as the No. 26 incoming freshman guard. “You just sort of reload and get ready,” Foster said after the Sweet 16 loss. “You can’t dwell.” read more

UK weather Temperatures to fall by at least 10C this week as

first_imgBritons have been warned to prepare for a double-digit drop in temperatures from Monday, with the balmy conditions on the hottest day of the year so far giving way to considerably cooler climes.Highs of 25.5C (77.9F) in Cambridge on Sunday set a new record for 2017, comfortably eclipsing the 22.1C recorded last month, as sun lovers were lured to parks and beaches in droves.But those expecting Sunday’s weather to be an indication of the early onset of summer are likely to be brought back down to earth with a bump – with temperatures plummeting by at least 10C (50F) this week. Greg Dewhurst, senior forecaster with the Met Office, said: “Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far, and in fact several places recorded highs of at least 25C – in Lincolnshire, St James’s Park in London, Kew Gardens and Heathrow, for example.”But this week will feel much more like normal for the time of year. We are looking at temperatures of around 14C – that’s 10C lower than on Sunday.”There will be some cooler west to north-westerly winds, which will also help bring the temperature down.” It was very warm once again yesterday, with plenty of sunshine. However, cooler and cloudier weather slowly moved in from the north and west pic.twitter.com/09OIRiFlU5— Met Office (@metoffice) April 9, 2017v And he said early signs showed more of the same for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Mr Dewhurst said: “It looks like there will be a mixture of showers and some sunny spells over the weekend. “In the sun it won’t be too bad, but it will generally feel much cooler than the weekend many of us have just had.”center_img UK weather forecast: Monday, April 10 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Start of construction of Udokan mining and metallurgical plant

first_imgThe Governor of Zabaikalye Region, Natalya Zhdanova, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baikal Mining Co, Valery Kazikaev, and General Director of Baikal Mining Co, Yury Ryabov, have solemnly declared the start of construction of the Udokan Mining and Metallurgical Plant, placing a memorial stone at the construction site, with a message to succeeding generations.Baikal Mining reports that “Kazikaev pointed out that Udokan Project was more than one decade old, and many people viewed its prospects with scepticism, which was well understood. That was the precise reason, in his opinion, why the actual start of construction of Udokan Mining and Metallurgical Plant was so vital for the development of the whole Zabaikalye Region.”“One shall always remember that it is impossible to resolve the issues of such scale without proactive cooperation with the government of the region. Project execution crucially changes the economic, infrastructure and social landscape of the territory. Synchronization of Udokan Mining and Metallurgical Plant development plan with general territory development plans is essential for the efficiency of the Project. We as well as the government of the region are fully aware of it,” he stated.Zhdanova made a special mention of the high social and economic importance of the project under development. “It is clear even at this stage that the project is executed by a highly professional team, the proposed design solutions have been thoroughly studied, and their implementation will provide a serious social and economic impact. Baikal Mining Company that arrived in Kalar District to develop Udokan Copper Project will play a major role in the development of Kalar District and, undoubtedly, Zabaikalye Region on the whole. We are speaking of new jobs and social infrastructure development. We are ready to support our partners in full-scale development of Udokan.”Ryabov informed that site preparation was starting immediately and contracts were being signed with contractors and suppliers of the required machines and equipment. In the coming months the company planned to set up the construction division and road building division right at site. All required project documentation for Udokan Mining and Metallurgical Plant was submitted for state expert review.Stage 1 of the enterprise will operate with the annual capacity of 12 Mt/y of ore (130,000 t/y of copper) with further expansion to 48 Mt/y of ore. Processing of Udokan ore will be based on flotation and the plant will produce cathode copper and sulphide concentrate. Stage 1 of the plant is expected to come online in 2022.The project lies in the north of Zabaikalie Region (Kalar District), Russia.  It is the third largest known undeveloped copper deposit globally, with Reserves (JORC compliant) of 26.7 Mt of copper.last_img read more

Mordialloc set for a taste of Greece

first_imgGreek food will make a stunning appearance at the Mordialloc food, wine and music festival after it was selected as a ‘must visit’ event as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Apart from Greek, the mouth-watering selection of gourmet foods this year will include French crepes, Dutch poffertjes, ice creams, and Thai, Indian, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, and Australian cuisines. A wide range of regionally made wines and boutique beer are also set to impress.When: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 March Where: Peter Scullin Reserve, Beach Road, Mordialloc. Entry: Gold coin donation Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

This Fluffy Cloud Drink in Kyoto Japan Is The Stuff of Dreams

first_imgStay on target Meet the Buddhist Robot That Gives Sermons at an Ancient Japanese TempleJapan’s first farm run by robots will produce 30,000 lettuce a day Kyoto is a beautiful country all its own, and while it features gorgeous landscapes to take in, it also features several kitschy and cool edible items at special cafes. They’ve all got their own little idiosyncrasies, especially when it comes to Kyoto cafe Alpha foods & drink. Known for several adorable kinds of treats and desserts, there’s a special kind of beverage there known as the Cloud Drink, and it needs to be seen to be believed.The Cloud Drink looks just like a fluffy cloud suspended over a cup of tea. It’s actually white cotton candy, but it evokes the feeling of a cloud hovering right over the tea, with strands of cotton candy appearing to fall right into the cup like a peaceful rain shower. You can choose from different fruit-flavored milks, hot chocolate, milk tea, coffee, or matcha au lait for your base drink, but all of the drinks come with the cotton candy cloud up above it, which lets the sugar fall into whichever drink you’ve chosen for a special sweet treat.You can take a spoon to put some of the “cloud” into the drink, or you can sit and watch it dissolve away until all that’s left is the stick the “cloud” is suspended on. It sweetens the drink you’ve chosen in a manner that doesn’t make for an overpowering taste of sugar crystals, and since you can make it so that the cotton candy falls directly into the cup, there’s little or no cleanup.You’d be able to make this very thing in your home if you bought cotton candy to simulate a cloud, so long as you position it correctly and have a big enough cup for your tea or other warm liquid to sip on. Otherwise, you’ll have to head all the way over to Kyoto to give it a try. It seems like it might be totally worth the trip.last_img read more

Amazon Pledges to Make Half Its Shipments Carbon Neutral by 2030

first_img On the long road to making all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, the company announced a short-term goal to reach 50 percent by 2030.The initiative, dubbed “Shipment Zero,” will rely heavily on progressive technologies like electric vehicles, aircraft biofuels, reusable packaging, and renewable energy.“Amazon has a long-term goal to power our global infrastructure using 100 percent renewable energy, and we are making solid progress,” Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations, wrote in a blog post. “For the first time we can now see a path to net zero carbon delivery of shipments to customers.”Last year, the firm teamed with Procter & Gamble and Hasbro to reinvent boxes, reduce waste, and simplify packaging. It also boasts a network of solar and wind farms, as well as solar fulfillment center rooftops.“It won’t be easy to achieve this goal,” Clark admitted. “But it’s worth being focused and stubborn on this vision and we’re committed to seeing it through.”As part of this journey, Amazon will share its company-wide carbon footprint later this year.Monday’s announcement comes on the heels of a new Greenpeace report, highlighting what it calls Amazon’s “dirty cloud.”The environmental organization denounced Amazon Web Services (AWS) for failing to deliver on its commitment to shifting to renewable energy, claiming the company’s Virginia data centers are powered by only 12 percent renewable energy (compared with Facebook’s 37 percent, Microsoft’s 44 percent, and Apple’s 100 percent).According to AWS, however, Greenpeace’s data is inaccurate.“The report does not properly highlight that AWS has been a major investor in solar projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia and played a leading role in making it easier for us and other companies to bring more renewable energy to Virginia,” the platform said in a statement emailed to Geek.More on Geek.com:Amazon Cancels New York HQ2 Plans Amid BacklashAmazon Boss Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of BlackmailMicrosoft to Cut Carbon Emissions 75 Percent by 2030Editor’s note: This article was updated on Feb. 20, 2019, with comment from Amazon Web Services. Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Girona hoping to upset Real Madrid Eusebio

first_imgEusebio Sacristan believes Girona have what it takes to repeat last season’s 2-1 triumph over Real Madrid.Girona host Madrid on Sunday, almost 10 months to the day they astonishingly beat the then-champions, and Eusebio was in a confident mood ahead of the match.“We want to repeat the sensations and results of last season,” the Coach said at a Press conference.“I see it as a good opportunity to get my first win against Madrid, although it’s a statistic that doesn’t worry me too much.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We know that preseasons for teams with many players at a World Cup are somewhat strange, but we must have a lot of respect for Madrid because of their recent history and because they’ll come here hoping to do things well.“For us to have a chance, we must make the most of our quality, stick together and remain as united as we have been in recent seasons.“I don’t see Madrid weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo. Others will take responsibility.”last_img read more

Chernobyl Series Creator Stop Taking Selfies at Nuclear Disaster Site

first_img Chernobyl Vodka Made in Exclusion Zone Coming SoonDrones Detect New Radiation Hot Spots Near Chernobyl Site Following the premiere of the HBO series Chernobyl, Pripyat, Ukraine, has become a new destination for “thirsty Instagrammers” who are snapping pictures of themselves in masks and suits. Craig Mazin, the creator of the show, is now urging people to stop taking selfies and have more respect when they visit the nuclear disaster site.On Tuesday, Mazin wrote a comment on Twitter that acknowledged the wave of tourism at the abandoned city and said people should be more mindful of what happened there, considering many individuals lost their lives due to radiation health complications.It’s wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion. But yes, I’ve seen the photos going around.If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) June 11, 2019“It’s wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion. But yes, I’ve seen the photos going around,” Mazin wrote on Twitter. “If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.”Despite the backlash over Chernobyl selfies, some Instagram influencers decided to transform the Zone of Exclusion into their creative canvases, which some viewed as borderline disrespectful to victims of the nuclear tragedy, the New York Post noted.Meanwhile in Chernobyl: Instagram influencers flocking to the site of the disaster. pic.twitter.com/LnRukoLirQ— Bruno Zupan (@komacore) June 9, 2019One of the most controversial posts was shared by @nz.nik on Instagram, where she’s posing almost nude against a backdrop of deteriorating buildings. Comments below the suggestive picture say it’s “disgusting,” and “repulsive.” This influencer wasn’t the only one to post controversial selfies either: Other people captured footage of themselves exploring the ruins in hazmat-like gear and taking radiation measurements. For now, it looks like some Instagrammers don’t care if their photos of the gloomy Chernobyl site could be disrespectful. Stay on target More on Geek.com:Wildlife Is Actually Abundant at the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster SiteDrones Detect New Radiation Hotspots Near Chernobyl Site Walk Through the Grisly Wasteland of Chernobyl in VRlast_img read more

Report shows data centers not using as much power as projected

first_img Citation: Report shows data centers not using as much power as projected (2011, August 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-centers-power.html A new report commissioned by the New York Times, shows that electricity consumption used by data centers in the United States and around the world grew at a much slower pace then was predicted by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report released in 2007. The slower pace is attributed to both a downturn in the economy and improved efficiency in data servers. More information: www.analyticspress.com/datacenters.html U.S. Data Centers Consume 45 Billion kWh Annually, Study The report, written by Jonathan G. Koomey consulting professor to Stanford University, shows that instead of doubling, as the EPA predicted, energy consumption by data centers (over the period 2005 to 2010) in the United States grew at just 35%, while consumption worldwide grew at the much higher rate of 56%. Koomey attributes the lower than expected results to a downturn in the global economy and to advances in server technology, the result of which was fewer new servers going online during the study period than was predicted by the EPA.Called “Growth in Data Center Power Use 2005 to 2010” the study that led to the report was designed to figure out as much about power use by data servers as is possible using publicly available records. In addition to ascertaining how many servers have been brought online in the past five years, Koomey also learned that data centers now account for approximately 1.7 to 2.2 percent of all electricity consumed in the United States and 1.1 to 1.5 for the world. In an interesting side note, Koomey also discovered that Google, the online search giant apparently accounts for just 1% of the total amount of electricity used by data centers in the United States, a figure that indicates its servers are far more efficient than the standards used by most others in the industry.Koomey notes that increased use of server virtualization (a technique whereby fewer computers are used to run the same number of programs) by many companies implementing cloud computing platforms resulted in fewer servers being installed, and thus less energy use than would have been needed had standard technology been installed. Also, increased attention to cooling methods likely played a part, as cooling typically accounts for up to half of a data centers energy use. The result of these measures, when combined with the lower demand for computing resources due to the slowdown of the economy, resulted in the lower numbers seen in the report; though Koomey points out, it’s still a lot of electricity and data server power requirements are only likely to continue growing as cloud based computing appears to be the wave of the future. One company with its eye on the problem is Microsoft who in a recent paper, proposed installing “Data Furnaces” in the basements of homes across the country.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further 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.last_img read more

Study Finds Multiple Sclerosis Drug Slows Brain Shrinkage

first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems An NIH-funded clinical trial suggested that the anti-inflammatory drug ibudilast may slow brain shrinkage caused by progressive MS. Image courtesy of Robert J. Fox, M.D., Cleveland Clinic.August 30, 2018 — Results from a clinical trial of more than 250 participants with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) revealed the drug ibudilast was better than a placebo in slowing down brain shrinkage. The study also showed that the main side effects of ibudilast were gastrointestinal and headaches.The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.1“These findings provide a glimmer of hope for people with a form of multiple sclerosis that causes long-term disability but does not have many treatment options,” said Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., director of the NINDS.MS occurs when there is a breakdown of myelin, a fatty white substance wrapped around axons, which are long strands that carry messages from and between brain cells. When myelin starts to break down, communication between brain cells slows down, leading to muscle weakness and problems with movement, balance, sensation and vision. MS can be relapsing-remitting, in which symptoms occur then disappear for weeks or months and then may reappear, or progressive, which is marked by a gradual decline in function.Robert J. Fox, M.D., a neurologist at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, led a team of researchers across 28 clinical sites in a brain imaging study. They were investigating whether ibudilast was better than placebo in reducing the progression of brain atrophy, or shrinkage, in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis.In the study, 255 patients were randomized to take up to 10 capsules of ibudilast or placebo per day for 96 weeks. Every six months, the participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. Fox’s team applied a variety of analysis techniques on the MRI images to assess differences in brain changes between the two groups.The study showed that ibudilast slowed down the rate of brain atrophy compared to placebo. Fox and his colleagues discovered that there was a difference in brain shrinkage of 0.0009 units of atrophy per year between the two groups, which translates to approximately 2.5 milliliters of brain tissue. In other words, although both groups experienced atrophy, the brains of the patients in the placebo group shrank on average 2.5 milliliters more over two years compared to the ibudilast group. The whole adult human brain has a volume of approximately 1,350 milliliters. However, it is unknown whether that difference had an effect on symptoms or loss of function.There was no significant difference between the groups in the number of patients who reported adverse effects. The most common side effects associated with ibudilast were gastrointestinal, including nausea and diarrhea, as well as headaches and depression.  “The trial’s results are very encouraging and point towards a potential new therapy to help people with progressive MS,” said Fox. “It also increased our understanding of advanced imaging techniques, so that future studies may require a smaller number of patients followed over a shorter period of time. This leads to increased efficiency of clinical research. These imaging methods may also be relevant to a host of other neurological disorders.”Future research will test whether reducing brain shrinkage affects thinking, walking and other problems in people with MS. In addition, future studies will examine whether ibudilast slows the progression of disability in MS patients.  For more information: www.nejm.orgReference1. Fox R.J., Coffey C.S., Conwit R., et al. Phase 2 Trial of Ibudilast in Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 30, 2018. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1803583 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 30, 2018 Study Finds Multiple Sclerosis Drug Slows Brain Shrinkage NIH-funded trial offers hope for disease with limited treatment options Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical Schoollast_img read more

Costa Rica womens football team buried by US 50 in Olympic qualifying

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican Noelia Bermúdez named best goalkeeper in Spain’s La Liga Las Ticas beat Mexico to make semifinals of Olympic qualifiers Costa Rica women’s Olympic hopes dashed in 3-1 loss to Canada WATCH: Raquel Rodríguez’s first professional score is a beauty The bad news for Costa Rica women’s football team is that it drew the world champion United States in its group. The good news is that it can still qualify for the Olympics if it gets second place.Costa Rica began the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying with an unsurprising 5-0 loss at the hands of the defending World Cup and Olympic champs in Frisco, Texas. Now the Ticas will have to fight to gain the second spot in Group A to advance in the round-robin bracket. They are in a deep hole in terms of goal differential and sit behind Mexico, which beat Puerto Rico 6-0 in the group opener.In Wednesday’s blowout, star U.S. forward Alex Morgan scored the first of her two goals just 12 seconds into the game, which is believed to be the fastest goal in the history of the U.S. women’s team. Then, it didn’t take long for FIFA World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd to respond with a goal of her own in the ninth minute. The former World Cup champions are looking to make a sixth straight Olympic Games, where they won gold the last time around in 2012. Costa Rica’s defense was predictably outclassed by players like Morgan and Lloyd and was unable to mount any rebuttal with its own pair of stars, Shirley Cruz and Raquel Rodríguez. The latter was named the top player in women’s collegiate soccer this past season.Costa Rica will play Puerto Rico on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying consists of two groups of four teams each, and only the top two from the eight total teams are granted a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The Ticas are now 0-13 all time against the United States. Costa Rica had never scored against the U.S. until the last match between the two sides, a 7-2 U.S. win on Aug. 19. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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