7 Oct

Millard lists items for sale online

Accused triple murderer Dellen Millard has listed cars, Sea-Doos and even a piano for sale on different classified websites.Items for sale, including a Jeep, began to appear on Kijiji, the same website Tim Bosma used to try and sell his truck before he went missing and was ultimately found dead.Millard’s last item for sale was posted a day before police charged him with two more murders: the death of his father and a Toronto woman, Laura Babcock, who had been missing since July 2012.

6 Oct

Sudan UN launches joint humanitarian and development appeal for almost 2 billion

“The investment we are calling for here today will be critical for Sudan’s transition from a conflict-afflicted nation dependent upon the provision of humanitarian assistance to a nation increasingly capable of providing for the needs of its population,” said the Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Sudan, Manuel Aranda da Silva.Most of the funds from the UN Work Plan for Sudan, around $1.26 billion, will go to fund humanitarian activities for large numbers of the population still in need, mostly in conflict-wracked Darfur, while around $563 million is needed to fund recovery and development efforts, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release.“Like any big investment, it’s a high risk and high return – but we cannot afford not to do it: 2007 could be a decisive year for Sudan if peace spreads to all regions,” Mr. da Silva said. The joint appeal was launched with representatives from Sudan’s Government of National Unity.Nearly four million people have been affected by the bloody conflict in Darfur, with most of the two million displaced persons entirely dependent on direct food aid, OCHA said, adding that next year’s humanitarian operation in the region will require more than $650 million.Compared to last year, the amount requested for recovery and development has more than doubled to $563 million, OCHA noted, adding this reflects commitments to projects aimed at rebuilding infrastructure, particularly in Southern Sudan.In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Omar Abdi ended a week-long visit to Sudan earlier today by voicing deep concern at the impact of the Darfur conflict on children and women and the safety of humanitarian workers.UNICEF also issued a statement highlighting gross violations of women’s and children’s rights throughout the troubled region, noting rising malnutrition rates and also describing an “environment of impunity in Darfur, which must be urgently addressed.”“The international community, the Government of Sudan, and all those currently involved in the conflict in Darfur, have a collective responsibility to stop the needless misery faced by millions of women and children. It is imperative that a speedy political resolution to this crisis is found, before more lives are lost,” UNICEF stated.While praising the efforts of around 13,000 humanitarian workers in the region, UNICEF also said that since May it had received reports of 23 incidences of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – essential implementing partners for the agency – being forced to withdraw staff from areas of Darfur because of growing insecurity. Separately, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported that while the security situation in Darfur has been relatively quiet since yesterday, two NGO workers were injured in the West Darfur town of El Geneina when one of their agency’s vehicles was seized at gunpoint.UNMIS also reported that Arab militias were seen moving towards El-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, yesterday morning in more than 70 vehicles.Also yesterday, the Mission’s Officer-in-Charge, Taye-Brook Zerihoun, met with Pekka Haavisto, the Special Representative of the European Union to Sudan, and agreed on the need to help re-energize the Darfur political process, and in particular make the ceasefire operational and effective.More than 200,000 people have been killed across Darfur since 2003 and at least 2 million others displaced from their homes because of fighting between Government forces, allied militias and rebel groups seeking greater autonomy. read more

2 Oct

UN food relief agency extremely worried about missing staff in volatile South

“We are extremely worried about the fate of our missing colleagues and are working hard for their safe return,” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said in a press release issued today. “Our staff take enormous risks every day to bring vital aid to people in critical need.”According to WFP, their disappearance comes after another WFP staff member was abducted at gunpoint in October 2014 from the airport in Malakal in South Sudan and hasn’t been heard from since. WFP fears that worsening insecurity in some parts of South Sudan will make it harder for humanitarian agencies to reach conflict-affected communities with badly needed assistance, just as the lean season is set to begin.The three WFP staff members disappeared on April 1 en route to a food distribution in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state. They were traveling in a convoy from Malakal to Melut, carrying food intended for thousands of conflict-affected people, when witnesses say intercommunal fighting erupted along the road on which they were traveling. WFP lost contact with the three men and has not heard from them since, despite intense efforts to reach them.The agency also noted that because of increasing concerns about staff safety, it is re-assessing its ability to work in some parts of Upper Nile state. According to the press release, WFP plans to temporarily reduce its operations in those areas where it no longer believes it’s safe to work. “We regret that we must temporarily suspend food assistance in Akoka and Fashoda counties,” said WFP Deputy Country Director Eddie Rowe, in Juba, South Sudan. “We hope to resume as soon as we have the necessary assurances that our staff and partners can work safely.”The UN says that 10 humanitarian workers have been killed in Upper Nile state since the start of South Sudan’s conflict more than 16 months ago. “We are equally concerned about the welfare of innocent people, particularly women and children, who are suffering the consequences of this conflict,” Ms. Cousin said. “We are committed to assisting the South Sudanese people the best we can, but we cannot do our lifesaving work unless national and local authorities are willing and able to safeguard humanitarian staff.”According to WFP, 2.5 million people in South Sudan started this year unsure of where their next meal is coming from. Food security analysts believe this number will increase with the start of the lean season in May. WFP aims to assist roughly 3 million people throughout the country in 2015.The WFP has raised its most recent concerns as the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reports that fighting erupted in Malakal on Tuesday evening and continued throughout most of the morning and early afternoon. The residence of the Upper Nile state governor was reportedly shelled by mortar rounds and two of his security officers were also wounded.At least 1,500 unarmed civilians have arrived at the UN protection site outside Malakal, which brings the total numbers of civilians being protected there to that particular site to 28,000 people. read more

24 Sep

ITT launches new XHD heavy duty mining pump

first_imgITT Corporation has announced the launch of the new Goulds XHD extra heavy duty lined slurry pump, a next-generation product that according to the company can handle the heaviest slurry under the toughest conditions. The new XHD pump will enable mines and related operations to move slurry with improved reliability and at lower operating cost, says ITT. The new pump is designed to be maintained even while running, and to require less downtime for service procedures-with parts that are more accessible and adjustable than in other slurry pumps. ITT Goulds Pumps will begin taking orders for the XHD pump in December, and shipping is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2012. Initial shipments will come from the US, however, ITT plans to ship pumps and parts from many of its international sites including Australia, Brazil, China and South Africa.The pump’s short bearing housing is easily adaptable to nearly any existing foundation, so operators can retrofit existing pumps without investing in costly refitting of pipes, electrical lines and concrete base structures. The product is offered by ITT Goulds Pumps, a leading brand of industrial pumps in the chemical, oil and gas, mining, power, and general industries. Key features include an adjustable suction seal ring that enables adjustment even while the pump is running, compensates for wear and maintains optimum impeller clearance for peak performance. It also has a split stuffing box that improves accessibility for easier and faster packing maintenance and dual impeller adjustment that provides quick, easy access for operators to perform impeller corrections. A replaceable wet end cartridge allows operators to change parts more quickly and efficiently, with the help of a unique, tapered impeller shaft. ITT’s proprietary  i-Alert condition monitor technology measures vibration and temperature, and signals users with a blinking red LED when it detects a potential problem. This allows operators to prevent problems before they occur.“The mining industry has seen dramatic improvements in extracting and crushing methods, and now this new pump provides that same leap in productivity for moving slurry,” John Manna, Vice President, Global Marketing, said. “We’ve designed the XHD pump based on detailed customer input and testing. Our field results indicate that the XHD pump will set new industry standards for reliable performance, quick maintenance and efficiency savings.” The XHD pump is designed to work optimally on both Service Class III (heavy) and Class IV (very heavy) slurries as defined by the Hydraulic Institute. The pump is available in six discharge sizes ranging from 80 mm to 300 mm, and in four power frames. Its flow range extends to 2,950 m3 per hour, and discharge pressures to 85 m. The new pump is available in a range of sizes and configurations tailored to operator needs. Target applications include primary metals, mineral processing, non-metallic mining, power utilities, and sand and aggregates. Added features expected in 2012 include expellers and rubber liners. The company also plans to offer additional pump sizes and higher pressure capabilities.last_img read more

19 Sep

Watch Mako Shark Does Backflips Stuns Boat Crew Members

first_img Woman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii BayDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later “That was probably the coolest thing I’ve seen in 20 years of working on boats. The shark was literally only 50 to 70 feet off the stern,” Capt. Kris Karpow, owner of the Sea Watch, told For The Win Outdoors in an interview. “But the video does not do it justice in terms of size – we estimated its weight to be at least 400 pounds.”Karpow said the group was headed to a spot near Torrey Pines and they were at a depth of 120 feet when someone shouted, “Dude, look at that shark!”One of the deckhands, Andrew Warren, obtained a rod-and-reel made for big game and cast a 10-pound bonito in the shark’s direction, which quickly took the bait. However, the mako shark snapped the fishing line during its fourth and last jump and wasn’t spotted again in the water.Sharks have been making appearances all over the U.S. lately: Two weeks ago, a leaping great white shark snatched a fish from a line and shocked a family fishing off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The video, which showed the enormous predator jumping out of the water, scared a young boy who was close to the edge of the boat.More on Geek.com:Watch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape CodFlorida Surfer Bitten By Shark Goes to Bar Instead of HospitalTop Movies to Stream for Shark Week 2019 Anglers and crew members on a boat recently witnessed a breathtaking aerial display when a big mako shark popped out of the water and started performing a series of backflips.Footage of the incident, which was shared on Facebook on Monday, shows the massive marine animal doing its “gymnastics routine” and stunning 19 anglers and three crew members aboard the Seaforth Sportfishing’s Sea Watch vessel. The mako shark video has also become a hit on the social media platform, racking up more than 45,000 views, For The Win Outdoors reported.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

16 Sep

ASAWISHH Hosts Meat Processing Trade Team from Africa

first_imgThe American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program brought participants from Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Senegal to the U.S. last week for a program titled “Applications of Soy Proteins in Meat Extension, Meat Replacement, and Structuring Technologies for Enhanced Carcass Utilization in the Meat Industry.” The activity is funded by the USDA’s Global Broad Based Initiative (GBI), Market Access Program (MAP) and the Cochran Fellowship Program. Participants visited a family-owned meat processing plant early in the week in Utah, followed by a seminar/workshop series at Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho). The team then headed to St. Louis where they visited Solae, the ASA Headquarters and C.W. Gaffner’s farm in Illinois.last_img read more

15 Sep

Princes music to come to music streaming services

first_img(WSVN) – Some of Prince’s music will soon be available on music streaming services.Beginning Sunday, services like Apple Music, Spotify and more will host Prince’s entire Warner Bros. catalog, which includes albums like 1999, Purple Rain and Dirty Mind.Albums released under other record labels will not be available.The music will be available for streaming beginning Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

15 Sep

Milwaukee bus driver helps shivering young boy lost in neighborhood

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (WSVN) — A bus driver in Wisconsin is being credited for coming to the aid of a little boy in need of help.Fox 13 reports that driver Karen Martinez was driving her usual route on a cold morning in Milwaukee when she spotted a little boy walking alone without shoes or socks.Bus surveillance video shows Martinez pulling over to help the child.Martinez noticed the 5-year-old was cold and shivering, so she picked him up and carried him inside the bus to keep him warm while she called for help.As she waited for police to arrive, Martinez sat with the boy, who was still visibly shaking from the cold. That’s when a bus passenger took off her coat and wrapped it around the child.Martinez helped to distract the boy by having him sit in the driver’s seat, and he drew her a picture while they waited.Investigators did not disclose why the child was on his own, but said he was reunited with his family thanks to Martinez’s quick thinking. last_img read more

6 Sep

Minister Vellampalli visits floodaffected areas in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: With the continuously increasing of floodwater to the Prakasam Barrage, the water entered into low laying localities of Balajinagar, Bhupesh Gupta Nagar, Ramalingeswara Nagar in Vijayawada. This heavy inflow is likely to continue for another 24 hours. In this context, Minister Vellampalli Srinivas has visited the flood-affected areas and reviewed the situation.last_img

5 Sep

Bengaluru woman harassed by delivery boy Swiggy sends sorry note with Rs

first_imgSwiggySwiggy Facebook [Representational Image]Food delivery app Swiggy has taken a woman’s complaint of harassment to another level by sending a sorry note with a Rs 200 coupon. The woman claims that the delivery boy abused her and asked for sexual favours in Bengaluru last week.In the note, the company also encouraged the woman to file a complaint against the wrongdoer. The incident came to light after the woman took the matter to social media.The victim had ordered food via Swiggy on Thursday and as the delivery boy came with the food he said something which was not audible to the victim. He again repeated what he had earlier said and the victim understood that he was abusing her and asking her for sexual favours.The victim quickly snatched the food from the delivery boy hand and shut the door. “I was taken aback… had to literally snatch my food package from him and shut my door on his face. I was… disgusted to let alone eat, but to even look at the food…,” she said, reported Times of India.When the woman made a complaint with the app’s customer service, she was surprised as they sent her a sorry note and a coupon for Rs 200 as compensation for the unpleasant incident.In a statement, Swiggy told International Business Times, India, that, “Customer safety is of utmost importance to us at Swiggy, and we maintain zero tolerance towards any misbehaviour. Since this misunderstanding between the customer and delivery executive came to our notice, we have been in touch with the customer constantly. We have extended our full support to the investigation and the matter has been resolved with all parties involved. Swiggy is committed to bringing in the necessary confidence and control in providing great consumer experience.”Later, Swiggy apologised to the woman and assured appropriate action against the offender.last_img read more

5 Sep

India to host 43rd session of International Pepper Community

first_imgThe 43rd session of the International Pepper Community (IPC) will be held in Mysore (Mysuru) from 22 to 25 November, during which a series of business and technical sessions will be held to discuss the prospects and challenges facing growers and traders.The IPC is currently chaired by A Jayathilak, who is also the chairman of the Spices Board India.The conference will see members deliberate on various related aspects, including recent advancements in pepper cultivation, processing, marketing and research, according to Jayathilak. Presentations will also be made by pepper-consuming countries.One of the sessions, “Pepperexim Meeting”, will see producers, exports, importers, traders and grinders exchanging information about the commodity.Pepper is a significant part of export of spices and spice products from India, with the “king of prices” earning Rs 1,208.42 crore in 2014-15, the volume being 21,450 tonnes.The earnings represented a 29% increase over the previous year of Rs 940 crore from 21,250 tonnes, according to the Spices Board India.The overall export of spices and spice products was valued at $2.43 billion in 2014-15, with the volume being 8.93 lakh tonnes, a 9% increase in volume and 7% in dollar terms ($2.26 billion) over the previous financial year.Kerala accounts for as much as 90% of the pepper grown in India, with the rest coming from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.The IPC was formed in 1972 as an inter-governmental organisation of pepper-producing countries — India, Brazil, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Indonesia.The US is the world’s largest import and consumer of pepper, followed by Singapore, which also imports for re-export. Other major pepper-importing countries include Germany, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.In India, pepper goes by various names, according to the Spices Board India :-Hindi: Kali mirchBengali: Kalo morich, golmorich Gujarati: Kalamari, kalomirich Kannada: Kare menasu Kashmiri: Marutis Malayalam: Kurumulaku, nallamulaku Marathi: Mira, kali mirch Oriya: Gol maricha Punjabi: Kali mirch Sanskrit: Marich ushna, hapusha Tamil: Milagu Telugu: Miriyala tige Urdu: Kali mirch, Siah mirchlast_img read more

5 Sep

India vs West Indies Virat Kohli on the cusp of scripting several

first_imgThe One Day Internationals are here and with it, Virat Kohli, the king of the format, will take the spotlight. The Indian skipper had a consistent World Cup but did not manage to score a century. However, he did look in great form and with a half-century in the last T20I, the captain has certainly shown his intent.Ahead of the first ODI in Guyana, Kohli is on the cusp of breaking multiple records. Well, this has been a norm in recent times with the right-hander. The India skipper is just 19 runs away from becoming the batsman with the most ODI runs against West Indies. Currently, with 1,912 runs, he sits on the second position on the list with Pakistan legend Javed Miandad topping the charts with 1930 runs.Other records in sight Virat KohliDaniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesNot only this, but Kohli will also be looking to breach the record currently held by Ramnaresh Sarwan, which is the most number of runs scored by a batsman in India-West Indies ODIs in West Indies. Sarwan has scored 700 runs from 17 matches while Kohli currently has 556 runs from 12 matches. Another record which can be shattered in this match.He did not manage to score a century in the World Cup and hence, the skipper will be keen to set the record straight. If he does manage to reach the triple-digit score in Guyana, he will zoom past Desmond Haynes for the record of scoring the most number of tons in India vs West Indies ODI clash. Virat KohliTwitter/ICCAfter clinching the T20I series, the captain said that the focus was not on the 2023 World Cup, but the priority was to play good consistent cricket and keep Indian cricket right on top. This series comes at the right time for his side as they try to look at different combinations in ODI cricket.”For us, the priority has always been to be one of the most consistent sides in the world and in the last three to four years, I think we’ve been able to achieve that. We’re the no.2 side in the world and there’s a good reason to that. We’ve been at no.1 as well sometime. It’s the kind of cricket that we’ve played that has gotten us up here,” Kohli said at the end of the T20I series.last_img read more

1 Sep

Cold Spots Bunn and Torres Talk About Their Love of Ghostly Tales

first_imgA spectacular thing about comics is that everything and anything can be layered. You can mix and match tons of unusual genres that feel natural, and it burst into some awe-inspiring storytelling on the page. This is something that Cold Spots does so fluidly. It introduces you to a drama, noir type story, but then slaps you with supernatural and paranormal elements as well. It comGeek had the pleasure of talking with writer Cullen Bunn and artist Mark Torres about their upcoming series, experiences with the paranormal and what lurks inside this small town with a lot of secrets.Thank you guys so much for talking with Geek. We were so excited about Cold Spots and after reading the first issue was a ride. It’s bone-chilling and haunting but mysterious and suspenseful. Can you guys tell us a little bit about this new series?CULLEN BUNN: Well, I’m glad you liked it! COLD SPOTS is the story of a little girl who makes ghosts grow restless, the supernatural cold that follows these ghosts, and the estranged father who is trying to rescue her from a group that means to use her gifts for ill purposes. It’s a gothic horror story. It’s a thriller. It’s got hints of cosmic horror. And it’s also the story of a father who has really screwed things up and maybe, in the face of overwhelming terror, has been given a chance to set things.MARK TORRES: COLD SPOTS is an onion. On the surface, it’s a story that deals with the supernatural, but as you peel away each layer, you discover elements of good ol detective noir, cosmic horror, drama, etc…but at its core, it’s about family. How its meaning varies from person to person, and the extents we will go for it.via Image ComicsCullen, you’ve written some badass horror comics over the years, and you’re not slowing down one bit. Where did the idea for Cold Spots come about? What inspired you to tell this story?CULLEN: I’ve always loved ghost stories. A ghost may be the horror story icon that frightens me most. I am fascinated by the idea of cold spots manifesting in the presence of ghosts, and I wondered what kind of cols the presence of HUNDREDS of ghosts might bring about. That was the initial idea for what would become this gothic horror tale.Mark, your art is moody, yet placed in this psychological thriller noir, especially with your heavy inks. What were some of your inspirations in drawing the comic? Did you have anything cool, besides Cullen’s dope script to put you in the mood for it? Also, what inspired the design for the cover? It’s absolutely gorgeous.MARK: Thanks. I tend to play around with my approach, flexing the style to what I feel will complement the story, not overpower it. But by nature, my soul belongs to the deep dark. You can only imagine my excitement reading Cullen’s pitch…being able to jam horror, noir, drama, and some sci-fi. I avoided consuming ghost related materials as I didn’t want to get any subconscious influence, nor comparisons. Just tapped on my accumulated love & knowledge of the genre. If there was one external factor, it’d have to be Music. Always critical in setting my engines to the right mood.For the covers, my design thought is more in the veins of Album Art & Paperback Novels. Symbolic, not flashy, and more emotional. I want them to seduce people’s eyes and tease their souls.via Image ComicsThis story has such mysterious and complex characters that you can see their story, but it’s still so hidden. This is the case with Dan, our protagonist, it seems like he carries a massive history behind him and one that’s going to becomes a little weirder in the future. Can you guys tell us a little more about him and what a little bit about his role in all of this? CULLEN: Dan is not a good person. At least, he’s not a good person at the beginning of our story. He has done the wrong thing for the wrong reasons many times. Now, though, he has discovered that he has a daughter he knew nothing about… and she’s in grave danger. That kind of revelation can change a person. Dan sets out to find the girl. Admittedly, his initial motivation is financial (he’s being paid by the girl’s grandfather to find her), but over the course of the story, it becomes something more. Dan’s starting to experience a connection to someone, unlike anything he’s ever felt before. And that scares him more than ghosts.MARK: Dan’s a major prick. He’s the type of person you could be having drinks with one second, and find yourself brawling with the next. He’s a selfish SOB, but he’s about to discover there’s more to him as he gets engulfed in the rising horror.via Image ComicsOne thing about Cold Spots that’s intriguing is the brilliance of the supernatural touch you guys put into it. This could easily be another noir type story, but you absorbed an entire town in this unexplained mystery. What was it about the phenomenon cold spots that made you want to engulf a whole town in it instead of a small area? (I love paranormal stuff and said “WHOA A WHOLE TOWN?!”) Are you both anything paranormal/supernatural buffs? CULLEN: I love tales of ghostly happenings and paranormal activity.  I’m always looking for ways to tell those kinds of stories in comic book form. With this, though. I really wanted to push the boundaries. I liked the idea that apparitions are appearing throughout the town and a supernatural winter is following. I also liked the idea that this supernatural winter might be spreading and intensifying. If that’s the case, what does that say about these restless spirits? What does that mean for the world as a whole?MARK: I like that you picked that out reading just the first book…the town IS a character. One of my signifiers for great horror is when it actually tells the story of the people living in that world. And how they deal with various challenges…the Human Condition. The monsters, the blood, and death, are just dressing. In COLD SPOTS, we follow Dan on his “quest,” meet his family, and the family behind all his woes, and how that multiplies to a dread that vibrates to other people…the town. And possibly soon, the world. And if it hasn’t been obvious yet, I am indeed a huge supernatural nut.     Something super impressive and a surprise that readers will absolutely enjoy is the music that accompanies each issue. It honestly made the experience so gripping, moody and intense. Your first track is the theme song for the series. What made you guys want to include music with the experience? What were some of the inspirations behind what you did with the music? It sounds so much like Twin Peaks mixed with the style of Mac Quayle. MARK: I held the pages hostage until Cullen agreed for me to do a soundtrack! Haha. Music has always been a constant in my life. It’s a force that defies age, sex, race, religion. It can immediately take you to a time or place…it can influence your emotions with a switch…much like the story, we’re telling in COLD SPOTS. Since I also dabble in Music, I felt it would be a perfect opportunity to share that passion and give readers a fuller (more haunting) experience. Inspiration-wise, just Cullen’s scripts. The first track which is also the main theme, REUNION, is a direct translation of how I felt reading issue 1.    via Image ComicsDid you guys ever have a BIG supernatural experience? If you didn’t, what supernatural experience would you like to have? (Good, bad, indifferent, all ghouls are welcome).CULLEN: I’ve had a few experiences that MIGHT have been supernatural in nature… or might have just been my imagination or a bad dream. Once, when I was pretty young, I saw this roiling white mist floating near the ceiling in the corner of my room. This light seemed to flow into me. The next thing I know, I awake maybe 15 minutes later to hear my mom calling for me. She said she’d been calling for a few minutes. Now, was I napping and dreaming? Or did something weird really happen? I remember that mist clearly, though. It didn’t feel like a dream.MARK: I was very sickly as a child, on and off conditions, that no prescription seemed to remedy. It was until my mom decided to enlist the aid of a faith healer (locally referred to as an “albularyo), that we found out dwarves were slowly trying to take me. After marking all corners of the house with the blood of a white chicken, dripping some on me, and offering a buffet…my health and energies instantaneously improved, and I’ve never suffered major illnesses since.There’s a few more, but I’m glad they didn’t stick with me. Though I still tend to smell…out of nowhere…whatever flowers, or candles, were at a funeral, after days and years even, and immediately remember the person who passed distinctly. Earlier this year, with my late Grandma.via Image ComicsThank you so much again for talking with us. What other projects are you guys working on that our readers should look for? Also, where can our readers find you (via website, social media, etc.)? CULLEN: Thank you! For readers who love horror, I would certainly suggest checking out my other Image book, REGRESSION, which is a surreal tale of past lives and terror. I’m also writing BONE PARISH for Boom. That is a supernatural crime story that deals with a vastly different take on ghostly encounters.MARK: Outside of Cold Spots, I dabble in designer toys, as well as a solo EP album that I hope (ITCH!) to release this year. Folks can check out my Instagram (@towersmarked) for previews & update on all those craziness. Thank you guys for the fun interview, and for having us & Cold Spots. Cheers!COLD SPOTS will be available on ComiXology and your local comic shops on August 22nd!last_img read more

1 Sep

Super Smash Bros 3DS bug causes characters to grow in size forever

first_imgOne of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, Super Smash Bros., makes its return just a few days from now on October 3, with the Wii U version releasing sometime later this year. The portable version of the game has been out in Japan for a few weeks now, and users have noticed an amusing bug that causes characters to grow exponentially. They become giants, and make their normal-sized opponent brawlers look tiny by comparison.One of the iconic attacks from the Smash franchise is when Yoshi swallows an opponent, encases the enemy in a polka-dotted egg, and poops it out. Normally, this attack stuns opponents until they break out of the egg, at which point they return to normal. However, this bug causes characters to increase in size each time they pop out of the egg. If Yoshi’s attack is performed continually, the character will continue to grow in size until they tower offscreen.User reports state that the glitch doesn’t happen in versus mode, and only appears in Solo All-Star Smash, so if you’re afraid of giant opponents, you can just avoid this mode until the glitch is squashed. However, if you want to see giant-sized Smash characters, the glitch appears to work on any character, even though the above video shows a Yoshi-on-Yoshi brawl. As you can see below from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade-style Jigglypuff, continually being pooped out of eggs will cause any character to grow.Image credit: Kiptr_ponzuThe US version of the 3DS installment releases in just a few days, so hopefully Nintendo will have the bug fixed in time for the launch.last_img read more

31 Aug

Stanfords batterylife research steps into economy class

first_img Journal information: Nature Communications © 2012 Phys.org 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. Battery electrode’s 40,000 charge cycles look promising for grid storage Explore further “Several fundamental studies still need to be conducted to develop viable Si electrodes for batteries,” BATT has written in the past. “Yi Cui’s group at Stanford University is working on understanding the properties of various Si nanostructures and is designing new ones based on particles and wires that target improving Si cyclability.”BATT has recognized an important issue addressed by Cui, the conductivity of Si electrodes. “The electrical conductivity of Si is a major factor in determining the power and energy capabilities of an electrode that does not contain inactive materials such as conductive additives and binder. Future work in the Cui group will focus on designing new Si structures and pre-lithiation methods that are amenable to scale up so that large quantities of this anode material can be made at a low cost. Fundamental questions such as the best morphology for electrode packing, the type of surface coating for improving cyclability, and the optimal state of charge for these electrodes still need to be answered.”This month, Prof. Yi Cui and his Stanford team offer more answers in a newly published paper appearing in the journal Nature Communications. To compensate for fluctuating renewables in wind and solar systems, new approaches to storage are needed and Cui’s team present a battery technology that works when the sun or wind falls short, in the form of sharp drop-offs of wind and solar systems. The battery electrodes can run for a thousand charge cycles without degrading, an advancement when typically the electrodes degrade with time. As New Scientist translates, the secret sauce in their battery prototype involves the negatively charged cathode coating in copper hexacyanoferrate and an anode made of activated carbon and a conductive polymer. The compounds allow electricity-carrying ions to move in and out easily.”We demonstrate a new type of safe, fast, inexpensive, long-life aqueous electrolyte battery, which relies on the insertion of potassium ions into a copper hexacyanoferrate cathode and a novel activated carbon/polypyrrole hybrid anode. The cathode reacts rapidly with very little hysteresis. The hybrid anode uses an electrochemically active additive to tune its potential. This high-rate, high-efficiency cell has a 95% round-trip energy efficiency when cycled at a 5C rate, and a 79% energy efficiency at 50C. It also has zero-capacity loss after 1,000 deep-discharge cycles.”As important to the design is the cost factor. A key stumbling block in the search for answers in energy storage rests in viability. Many solutions are promising in the lab but present daunting costs that are eventually branded as impractical. No existing energy storage technology, the Cui team said, can economically provide the power, cycle life and energy efficiency needed to respond to the costly short-term transients that arise from renewables and other aspects of grid operation.”Virtually all of the energy-storage capacity currently on the grid is provided by pumped hydroelectric power, which requires an immense capital investment, is location-dependent and suffers from low energy efficiency,” according to the authors. They said that their battery’s components are cheap and commercially available.via www.newscientist.com/blogs/one … d-scale-battery.html (Phys.org)—Looking for better battery designs and solutions is a priority pursuit for many scientists, and the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program is always on the lookout for worthy contributions. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, BATT is a leader in U.S. research in battery solutions for electric vehicles. They have not missed the fact that Prof. Yi Cui, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, has been leading a team that is coming up with new answers for energy storage. More information: Nature Communications 3, Article number: 1149 doi:10.1038/ncomms2139 Citation: Stanford’s battery-life research steps into economy class (2012, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-stanford-battery-life-economy-class.htmllast_img read more

31 Aug

Artwork that depicts splendors of nature

first_imgTaking inspiration from the ethos of the romantic era whence nature became centre for the origin of all creative genius, a group show featuring artworks by artists like Arjun Das, Binay Sinha, Dayananda N, and others is on view at Triveni Kala Sangam.Inaugurated on March 23, in the presence of Adwaita Charan Gadanayak, Director General, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, the art show will go on until March 31, 6.00 pm to 8:30 pm. The late eighteenth century witnessed the emergence of an Also Read – Add new books to your shelfintellectual and artistic movement that transpired a response against the expanding capitalism and a scientific rationale gripping the western world. Spiritual alienation lurked upon humanity. The romantics voiced against such depraved idiosyncrasies through their works In this exhibition, artists have depicted and mimicked the splendors of nature and its overwhelming aspect. The participating artists in this exhibition aspire to forge a discourse upon the shifting relationship between humans and their natural habitation. Their points of engagement are distinct but the premise remains constant around which they weave their narratives.last_img read more

29 Aug

Zika Virus Vaccines Market to Witness Robust Expansion by 2022

first_imgZika Virus Vaccines Market Zika Virus Vaccines Market Report, published by Allied Market Research, forecasts that the global market is expected to garner $18,697 million by 2022, registering a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period 2017-2022.Key opportunities include the need for vaccines for immunization & prevention of further spread of Zika virus infection and for treatment of Zika-linked birth defects.Download PDF Report Sample @https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1817Zika virus belongs to Flavivirus, a genus of the viruses in the Flaviridae family, and it is transmitted via Aedes mosquito, blood transfusion, sex, and from an infected pregnant woman to her fetus. The infection of this virus can cause adverse effects such as neurological problems and congenital birth defects in the fetus.Zika virus is affecting people staying in Zika-infested regions and also the infection is linked with many babies being born with underdeveloped brains. says Hemali Narkhede, Manager, Healthcare Research at Allied Market Research. She further adds, This is attributed to the high risk of infection. Zika virus vaccines are gaining popularity, and FDA has passed priority review voucher system for it.The outbreak of Zika virus infection in Latin American Countries, especially in Brazil, in last two years; its continuous spread in North America, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East & Africa; and lack of effective medicinal solutions for the prevention & treatment are major challenges faced by the healthcare and government agencies. To overcome these challenges, government agencies and various research institutes encourage and support pharmaceutical companies, in terms of investment and funding, for the development & manufacturing of related vaccines. These initiatives have given rise to a renewed interest among companies to invest and capitalize on the available opportunities. Multiple players are in process of vaccine development based on various techniques such as recombinant, live attenuated, whole inactivated, nucleic acids, and viral vectors.LAMEA showed the highest growth rate, accounting for major share in 2015, and is projected to continue this trend. Currently, nearly more than 22 countries of Latin America have reported active Zika virus infection. The market growth in this region is supplemented by large pool of population infected with Zika virus. Asia-Pacific is expected to be the second largest region, in terms of market value.Make an Enquiry before Buying @https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1817KEYFINDINGS OF THE ZIKA VIRUS VACCINES MARKET STUDY:LAMEA accounted for approximately half of the share of the global market in 2015, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0%.Asia-Pacific is the second largest potential market, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6%Brazil has the highest potential and projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period in rapid adoption scenario.Multiple key players in the global pharmaceutical & vaccine manufacturing industry focus on the development of Zika virus vaccine and collaborate with the government organizations for the same. Key players engaged in the development of the vaccine include Immunovaccine Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Bharat Biotech International Ltd., NewLink Genetics Co., Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., GeneOne Life Science Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc., Sanofi S.A., and Hawaii Biotech IncAccess Full Summary @https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/zika-virus-vaccines-marketAbout Us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company applies client’s insight on the factors such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligence support to help clients transform into a prominent business firm.Contact Us:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-114UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1⟨855⟩550-5975last_img read more

29 Aug

Samsung Launches Notebook 7 Force with Nvidia GTX 1650 Graphics

first_imgSamsung Notebook 7 (13-inch)Samsung Notebook 7 (15-inch)Samsung Notebook 7 Force Size12.2 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches14.1 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches14.2 x 9.4 x 0.7 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisement Samsung’s Notebook 7 lineup will feature up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor, which is disappointing, considering 10th Gen is practically here at this point. The Notebook 7s will also be configurable with up to 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.The 13-inch Notebook 7 will get Intel UHD Graphics, while the 15-inch version has the option for an Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. The Notebook 7 Force is outfitted with a GTX 1650 GPU.The MX250 Notebook 7 gets an expandable SSD slot, while the Notebook 7 Force will get two.DesignSamsung laptop designs have been ho-hum in recent years,, and that doesn’t really change here–at least based on the initial photos. At the very least, Samsung outfits the Notebook 7 lineup with solid metal frames, but the silver on the regular 7 and the black on the 7 Force look straight up bland.To Samsung’s credit, each laptop has slim bezels, but the only noteworthy feature about the design is the blue fingerprint reader that sits between the Shift key and numpad on the 15-inch laptops.They’re all slim and light in their own right as well. The 13-inch Notebook 7 weighs in at 2.8 pounds and 12.2 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches while the 15-inch comes in at 3.7 pounds (4 pounds with Nvidia GPU) and 14.1 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches. The Notebook 7 Force is slightly bigger and heavier than the normal 15-inch, measuring 4.1 pounds and 14.2 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches.The three Notebook 7 laptops feature one USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a microSD card slot and a headphone jack. However, the Notebook 7 Force will exclusively have an RJ45 Ethernet port.DisplayEach of the Notebook 7’s panels are capped at 1920 x 1080, which is disappointing in light of the slew of 4K OLED laptops being announced or released this year. It would have been nice to see some higher refresh rates or even just regular 4K on the Notebook 7 Force. GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics Author Bio It’s hard to imagine the Notebook 7 Force satisfying creators, especially when other premium laptops, like the Gigabyte Aero 15 and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000, we announced to do the same but with higher-res panels.KeyboardThe images released alongside the news of Samsung’s latest Notebook 7 lineup reveal a keyboard that looks akin to the Notebook 9 Pro. If that’s the case, then the keys will be reminiscent of MacBook’s butterfly keyboard, and measure for roughly 0.9 millimeters of travel.While that’s outside of our 1.5 to 2.0 mm of key travel, the Notebook 9 Pro’s keyboard wasn’t bad. The 15-inch Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force will feature a full size numpad, while the 13-inch Notebook 7 does not.Battery lifeThere’s no word on estimated battery life as of yet, but we do know that the Notebook 7 (13-inch and 15-inch) have a 55Wh battery, while the Notebook 7 Force features a 43Wh battery. Combine that with a GTX 1650 GPU, and the Notebook 7 Force’s battery life will likely be much shorter than that of its siblings.OutlookDespite the Notebook 7 lineup lacking a few features that other upcoming premium laptops have, we’re interested to see how Samsung’s revamped line performs when we get these systems into our lab. We’re especially interested in the Notebook 7 Force, considering it has a GTX 1650 GPU. Stay tuned for the full reviews and benchmarks.Laptops with the Longest Battery LifeWhich GPU is Right For You?Which Laptop CPU is Right for You? Rami Tabari, on Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Starting Price (Availability)$999 (July 26)$1,099 (July 26)$1,499 (July 26) StorageUp to 512GB SSD Samsung is revamping its Notebook 7 laptop lineup with an all new clamshell 13-inch and 15-inch version, as well as the Notebook 7 Force, which boasts an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card that’s designed to target creators.Samsung Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force price and availabilityMacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/samsung-notebook-7-force-price-specs?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Both the Samsung Notebook 7 (13-inch) and Notebook 7 (15-inch) start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, while the Notebook 7 Force will start at $1,499. You’ll find the latest Samsung laptops available for preorder starting July 12, and they’ll officially launch on July 26.Samsung Notebook 7 (13-inch / 15-inch) and Notebook 7 Force Specs PortsOne USB Type-C, two USB 3.0, HDMI, microSD, headphone jack Rami Tabari, CPUUp to Intel Core i7-8565U Intel UHD Graphics or Nvidia GeForce MX250 RAMUp to 16GB As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. Weight2.84 pounds3.73 pounds (3.95 pounds w/ Nvidia GPU)4.08 pounds Display13.3-inch: 1920 x 1080 One USB Type-C, two USB 3.0, HDMI, microSD,headphone jack, security slot, RJ45 Up to 512GB SSD and HDD 15.6-inch: 1920 x 1080last_img read more

17 Aug

The Gold Coast proves its still famous for family fun

first_imgThe Gold Coast proves it’s still famous for family funAfter what can best be described as a bumper school holiday period, the Gold Coast has again shone as Australia’s number one destination for families, taking out a host of readers’ choice Awards, including Australia’s Best Beach Holiday Destination, from leading travel publications, Out & About with Kids and Holidays with Kids.According to the Out & About with Kids 2015 Best of Family Travel Awards, the Gold Coast is Australia’s Best Beach/Regional Holiday Destination.  The city is home to Australia’s Best Family Holiday Park (Big4 Treasure Island Holiday Park), Best Family Hotel/Resort (Paradise Resort Gold Coast) and Best Australian Family Attraction (Sea World).According to the Awards, the Gold Coast’s family travel offering is unsurpassed anywhere else in Australia, with 3 of the top 6 family hotels and resorts and four of the top 7 family attractions located right here.  The Gold Coast is also home to 2 of the Best Hotel/Resorts for babies and toddlers worldwide.According to the Holidays with Kids 2015 Top 10 Awards, the Gold Coast is home to the best family resorts in Australia.  Sea World Resort and Water Park earned top spot for Best Family Resort in Australia over 4 stars, with five other Gold Coast properties also listed in the Top 10. Paradise Resort Gold Coast won Best Family Resort in Australia under 4 stars.“While we’ve known it for years, it’s great to see Australian families agree, the Gold Coast really is Australia’s number one family holiday destination,” Gold Coast Tourism CEO, Martin Winter said.Out & About with Kids and Holidays with Kids have a combined circulation of approximately 90,000. Gold Coast TourismSource = Gold Coast Tourismlast_img read more

25 Jan

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