Friends rally public support for coworkers undergoing transplant surgery

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — A Calgary woman is giving her coworker the ultimate gift. On Monday, Connie Fluke and Heather McCormick will travel to Edmonton and undergo liver transplant surgery. In late 2018, McCormick was diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells in her bile duct, meaning she would eventually need a liver transplant to survive.She managed to get on the Alberta transplant list but was deemed low priority, as the list prioritizes those whose health is declining.Rather than wait for cancer to develop, lowering her chances of survival, the mother of two young children decided to sidestep the list and appeal directly to the public for a living donor.Little did she know that her colleague Connie, whom she barely knew, would volunteer to be tested to see if she was a match.She is. Now several months later, Connie and Heather are preparing for their surgery and the months-long recovery that will follow. Both women will need to temporarily relocate to Edmonton during their recovery and the costs are expected to be in the thousands.Their co-worker Michelle Hogaboaum has created two gofundme campaigns for the women in the hopes of offsetting financial costs.Links to both campaigns are below.Heather McCormick gofundme campaignConnie Fluke gofundme campaignlast_img read more

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Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for July by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in July. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. per cent 9.0 (8.6)— Halifax 6.5 (6.0)— Moncton, N.B. 6.4 (6.4)— Saint John, N.B. 5.4 (6.2)— Saguenay, Que. 6.8 (6.6)— Quebec 3.9 (3.8)— Sherbrooke, Que. 4.4 (4.7)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 4.8 (5.2)— Montreal 6.1 (6.0)— Gatineau, Que. 4.9 (4.9)— Ottawa 4.3 (4.3)— Kingston, Ont. 5.9 (5.6)— Peterborough, Ont. 3.3 (2.7)— Oshawa, Ont. 4.4 (4.2)— Toronto 6.1 (6.3)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.7 (4.6)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.0 (6.3)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.7 (6.0)— Brantford, Ont. 5.3 (5.9)— Guelph, Ont. 4.3 (4.5)— London, Ont. 5.4 (5.5)— Windsor, Ont. 6.0 (5.8)— Barrie, Ont. 7.0 (6.9)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.6 (6.8)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.0 (5.1)— Winnipeg 6.7 (6.8)— Regina 6.5 (6.5)— Saskatoon 7.1 (7.0)— Calgary 7.9 (7.7)— Edmonton 6.5 (6.6)— Kelowna, B.C. 5.7 (5.6)— Abbotsford, B.C. 4.8 (4.8)— Vancouver 4.4 (4.3)— Victoria 4.2 (4.2)last_img read more

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Probe on journo who covered the war

“I must specify that when humanitarian operations were on, we had to put up with more worse foreign influences. These foreign influences are happening not due to lack of management, but these are the dire needs of several imperialist countries and the Diaspora. As the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment’s motto says any weight is bearable to one who is skilled in vocation and has professional knack. Therefore, this motto is more important to overcome today’s challenges. Our tri-service War Heroes with their humane qualities are a blessing to the country. Your humanity, discipline and patience, is well used for the benefit of people with multi-ethnic backgrounds in redeveloping the country. We have been able to rehabilitate tens of thousands of former LTTE combatants. Those entering north and east will witness two wonders; rescue of north and east from terrorism and the difference the troops have made through post-conflict development roles,” President Rajapaksa said. He said that those who opposed the war and tried to stall its onward march allege that the government’s improper management of foreign relations brought about the current developments in Geneva. “ One such media man has now been bought for dollars by vested interests and we know what he has been doing overseas. We knew in advance such atrocities by Diaspora and anti-Sri Lanka elements would be a reality some day. This attack would not surprise us at all. These attacks would not subdue us, either, nor would they defeat or intimidate us in any way,” the President said. An investigation is underway into a journalist from a television channel who had covered the final stages of the war in 2009 and has later supplied the video material to groups overseas carrying out a campaign against the government.The army media unit quoted President Mahinda Rajapaksa as saying that the media had unrestricted access to cover the military operations in the north. read more

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Honda expands drivers air bag recall in US adding 105000 older Pilots

by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2015 6:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Honda expands driver’s air bag recall in US, adding 105,000 older Pilots, Civics and Accords FILE – Buyers look over a 2008 Pilot sports-utility vehicle while a 2008 Accord coupe sits in the background at a Honda dealership in the south Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo., in this Oct. 18, 2007 file photo. Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its U.S. recall of driver’s side air bag inflators that can explode with too much force. The added vehicles include nearly 89,000 Pilot SUVs from the 2008 model year, as well as about 11,000 Civics from 2004 and another 5,000 Accords from the 2001 model year. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, FILE) DETROIT – Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver’s side air bag inflators that can explode with too much force.The added vehicles include nearly 89,000 Pilot SUVs from the 2008 model year, as well as about 11,000 Civics from 2004 and another 5,000 Accords from the 2001 model year.Vehicles sold in Canada aren’t covered by the expanded recall. Honda Canada has previously announced a separate program in December that covers about 700,000 vehicles _ including Honda Accords between 2001 and 2005, Civics between 2002-2006 and Pilots from the 2003-2007 model years.It’s the first time that 2008 Pilots are to be recalled to fix potential problems with driver’s air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The inflators can blow apart a metal canister and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least six people have died worldwide due to the problem.Dealers will replace the driver air bag inflators for free. With the added vehicles, Honda has now recalled 5.5 million Honda and Acura cars and SUVs nationwide from the 2001 to 2011 model years because of the air bag problems.So far, 10 different automakers have recalled over 17 million cars and trucks in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide because of the air bag problem. There could be as many as 30 million vehicles with Takata air bags across the U.S.Honda said in documents posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators that it found the additional vehicles by checking Takata inflator part numbers against Honda vehicle identification numbers in its factory records. Some 2001 Accords and 2004 Civics already were included in a recall from last year.After announcing the driver’s side recall last year, Honda started checking part numbers, spokesman Chris Martin wrote in an email. “The process required a significant amount of time to cross-check large databases, but helped to assure that each vehicle had been identified,” he wrote.Honda has no new reports of inflator ruptures and has no reason to believe further expansions will be needed, Martin wrote.The company said it will send letters to owners of vehicles in the expanded recall “over time” as replacement parts become available.The recalls are nationwide for driver’s side air bags. There were separate recalls announced last year for passenger air bags in high-humidity areas including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that quickly inflates its air bags. But government investigators say the chemical can burn faster than designed if exposed to prolonged airborne moisture. That can cause it to blow apart a metal canister meant to contain the explosion. Automakers, Takata and the government all want to find out just how much humidity and time it takes to cause the problem, both of which are unknown.Takata, NHTSA and the auto industry are investigating to figure out just how much humidity over how much time can cause the problem to happen.The 10 automakers, fed up with slow progress by Takata in finding the cause, hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter. Orbital ATK has the ability to quickly simulate the impact of humidity on chemicals over long periods of time.NHTSA began fining Takata $14,000 per day on Feb. 20 for allegedly failing to fully co-operate in the government’s investigation. The fines have grown to $392,000 as of Thursday. The Justice Department also is investigating Takata for possible criminal prosecution. The company has known about the air bag problems since at least 2004.— with a file from The Canadian Press. read more

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Football Hback KJ Hill emerging as latest weapon in Ohio States arsenal

Ohio State redshirt sophomore receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in the first quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTo this point in No. 6 Ohio State’s tumultuous season, many storylines stand out — the re-emergence of quarterback J.T. Barrett, the dominance of the defensive line, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins making his presence felt early and futility of the kickoff coverage.Lost in all the other storylines is Ohio State’s jack-of-all-trades, H-back K.J. Hill. With 40 receptions this season, the redshirt sophomore has been one of Barrett’s favorite targets this season ,and Hill trails only fellow H-back Parris Campbell in receiving yards (399 to 376).Hill had the best game of his career Saturday against No. 7 Penn State, registering career highs in receptions (12), receiving yards (102), average punt return distance (7.7 yards), kick returns (five) and kick return yards (120).Head coach Urban Meyer praised the H-back for his strong showing in the team’s most critical game of the season. “[Hill] was tremendous [against Penn State]. He’s one of our better players. He’s really developed, really matured. He’s a guy that has ball skills that are 10 out of 10,” Meyer said Wednesday. “He’s very spacial aware. He understands football. So just a very good player.”It has taken Hill some time to get to this point. He entered Ohio State as a four-star recruit and the top prospect in Arkansas, but he redshirted his first year in the program. Last season, Hill was used sparingly, never making more than five catches in a game and catching just one touchdown. Hill came into this season with loftier expectations. He took on the role of the punt returner and, just four games into the season, matched his 2016 total in receptions. The third-year H-back said his biggest improvement has been his ability to make defenders miss and do more with the ball after making the catch. “The [improved ability from last season] came from confidence,” Hill said Wednesday. “And then doing it in practice on people, and I knew that would translate to the game.”Hill has never had an issue making catches, but his ability to be a more explosive player with the ball in his hands has put him in a position to receive as many touches as possible. Barrett said he’s always felt comfortable passing to Hill, but Hill’s improved ability from last season has made him a much more exciting player to target.“He’s one of those guys that understands zone and man and spacing on the field and things like that, so he makes it easy for me as a quarterback,” Barrett said Wednesday. “And then, I don’t know, since he’s been here, he’s just kind of developed. Better understanding of those things and what we’re trying to do on certain players. Even if he’s not getting the ball, if he has to create space, he understands that.”The Buckeyes might have to rely on Hill even more heading into their matchup against Iowa. With Campbell questionable for the game, Hill will likely be called upon to serve as kick returner after filling in Saturday for the injured Campbell.Hill seemed confident in his ability to take over the kick return role when needed. After all, he said there’s just one thing he needs to do in that role, and it’s a skill in which he takes great pride.“Run,” Hill said. “You’ve got to run. Because you know people come at you full speed, so you just gotta run by them, try to run by them full speed. Then when you see the seam, you’ve got to make that cut.”The potential to be used as the kick returner, continued reliance as the punt returner and serving as Barrett’s favorite target has put Hill right in the middle of seemingly everything Ohio State does, besides defense. It is a role Hill did not find himself in last season, but one he is not going to shy away from in what has turned into a storybook season for the young receiver.“It means a lot,” Hill said. “I’m just going to do what I can do and do it at my best so I give the best at the time I need.” read more

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Softball No 17 Ohio State returns from spring break with 83 record

Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 17 Ohio State softball team returns from its 11-game stretch in California with an 8-3 record with two of its three losses coming to No. 3 UCLA and No. 5 Oklahoma. Ohio State now enters Big Ten season with a 19-4 overall record.The Buckeyes competed in both the Louisville Slugger Invitational from March 9-11 and the Easton Invitational from March 16-18 with a pair of games on Tuesday against Loyola Marymount and one game against California State University, Northridge Wednesday that were not part of either invitational.The nine-day stretch of play began with the Buckeyes winning three of the four games that they played in the Louisville Slugger, beating every team but UCLA. In total, Ohio State outscored their opponents a combined 16-14, a number that improves to 16-4 not counting the 11-0 loss to UCLA in five innings.Ohio State then followed up that series with three wins, the first two coming in a double-header against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday and the third coming against California State, Northridge on Wednesday.Two of the seven games lasted eight innings, bringing the total of extra-inning games played by Ohio State this year to six out of the 23 total games played.The Buckeyes won the San Jose State matchup by three runs scored in the top of the eighth that San Jose State was not able to respond to.In Ohio State’s first game against Loyola Marymount, senior catcher Taylor White had a triple in the top of the fifth to put the Buckeyes on the board. Loyola Marymount tied the game at one in the bottom of the seventh, but junior infielder Emily Clark homered in the top of the eighth to put the Buckeyes ahead and secure the Ohio State victory.Ohio State split the Easton Invitational, dropping the series opener to Grand Canyon and the series finale to Oklahoma. It defeated both California State Fullerton and California State University, Northridge in the middle two games.The team as well as head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly foreshadowed that reigning national champion Oklahoma would provide the Buckeyes with a challenge. The Sooners, did just that, holding the Buckeyes to only two hits and winning 5-0. Standouts Starting in all 11 games, junior shortstop Lilli Piper recorded 19 hits and 16 RBI with a batting average of .500. The pitching staff combined to record 59 strikeouts and post a 2.82 ERA.Looking ForwardOhio State open conference play when it heads to Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday to take on the Hoosiers in a three-game series. read more

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Hatton Garden gang benefited to the tune of £14 million court hears

first_imgSmashed safe deposit boxes are pictured in the underground vault of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company The gang behind the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit raid benefited to the tune of almost £14 million, a court has heard.Five of the men jailed for their role in Britain’s biggest ever burglary are the subject of a confiscation hearing which will decide how much each of them has to pay back.They risk losing their homes, cars and other assets and could also have their jail terms extended if they do not meet the terms ordered by the court.The total value of goods taken during the daring heist almost three years ago has been estimated at more than £25 million, with just £ 4 million having been returned to the rightful owners.But at least two thirds of the proceeds – which included a huge haul in gems, jewellery and cash – remains unaccounted for.Brian Reader, 78, John Collins, 75, Terry Perkins, 67,  and 61-year-old Daniel Jones were all jailed for their role in the infamous raid and are being pursued by the authorities to return their ill-gotten gains. A police forensics officer entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company The case against fellow gang member, William Lincoln, is still subject to “conversations” between the various parties, but he is also likely to be forced to pay back a huge sum. A police forensics officer entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit companyCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Philip Evans, prosecuting, said after discussions between the various parties, an overall “benefit figure” had been agreed.After a morning of legal argument, he said: “Our discussions have borne fruit and in relation to the aspect of a benefit figure has been agreed at £13,690,331.75p.”The amount to be repaid by those individuals remains subject to argument, that figure of £13.69m to an amount ordered in terms of benefit for those jointly in relation to Collins, Jones and Perkins.”That figure also could include Mr Reader but that is a subject to an argument.”In relation to Lincoln, matters are still part of negotiations and conversations. He is to be produced tomorrow.” During a hearing at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday prosecutors said the figure they had arrived at, which they were claiming the gang had benefited from was £13, 690, 331.75p. Smashed safe deposit boxes are pictured in the underground vault of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit CompanyCredit:Carl Court/Hatton Garden Properties Ltd via Getty Images It will now be up to the court to decide how much each of the men will have to pay back under the Proceeds of Crime Act.Only Jones and Collins were present  in the dock and they only spoke to confirm their names.Both Perkins and Reader were said to be too ill to attend the hearing, but are expected to be present later in the case, which is expected to last six weeks. The court heard that the £13.7 million included almost £3 million worth of pearls which were still missing. The hearing was told one victim, Mohammad Jabir, who lost around £10 million worth of pearls had since died, but his written evidence is to be submitted anyway.With a combined age of 440, the gang of seasoned criminals  – who became known as the Diamond Wheezers – carried out the audacious raid over Easter weekend 2015.Using a drill to bore a hole into the concrete vault wall, the thieves ransacked 73 safe deposit boxes before making their escape.They were arrested six weeks later and it subsequently emerged that Scotland Yard had placed the gang under surveillance shortly after the raid.The case continues. Show more 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

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Eldorado Gold to continue heap leaching operations at Kisladag

first_imgEldorado Gold has decided to resume mining, crushing, stacking and heap leaching at its Kisladag gold mine, in Turkey, and suspended plans to build a $500 million processing plant.The decision comes following the receipt of metallurgical test work on material placed on the heap leach pad last year.Not only will this move defer a significant amount of capital expenditure for the company, it is also expected to help production rise to 390,000-420,000 oz in 2019, compared with 349,147 oz in 2018, a year when Eldorado suspended mining operations at Kisladag due to lower than expected gold recoveries.Eldorado’s President and CEO, George Burns, said: “The decision to restart mining and heap leaching at Kisladag is supported by improved heap leach recoveries and confirmed by a revised heap leaching plan developed in early 2019. The revised heap leaching plan results in favourable economics when compared to milling, without the risks associated with the construction and financing of a $500 million project.”On October 23, 2017, the company provided an update on Kisladag operations based on laboratory testwork undertaken during the September quarter of that year, which indicated that lower recoveries were expected from the zone of mineralisation located around the base of the open pit where mining was underway.Based on available information, in the March quarter 2018, Eldorado elected to suspend mining in order to evaluate processing options. Following a year of engineering and testwork, in October 2018 the company announced that the Board of Directors had approved the advancement of a mill project. Subsequent to that announcement, gold recovery from the leach pad increasingly exceeded expectations. The company then focused testwork and analysis on the viability of resuming mining and heap leaching at Kisladag.In parallel to mill engineering and analysis, testwork to extract maximum value from material already placed on the heap leach pad and the remaining reserves was ongoing throughout 2018.Approximately 900,000 t of ore was placed on an inter-lift lined test pad in the March quarter of 2018. Late in the year, results from this pad were showing recoveries of approximately 58% from an extended leach cycle approaching 250 days (compared with around 40% recoveries from the original 90-day column tests).In early 2019, the company analysed the new data and developed revised heap leaching plans, showing improved economics for the heap leaching scenario, hence the recent decision.Eldorado said mining was expected to recommence by the end of this quarter, with the three-year guidance of 145,000-165,000 oz (2019), 240,000-260,000 oz (2020) and 75,000-95,000 oz (2021) based on mining and stacking an initial 22 Mt of ore grading over 1.1 g/t over this period, as well as continuing to leach the material currently on the pad.This would help overall group production go to 390,000-420,000 oz in 2019, 520,000-550,000 oz in 2020 and 350,000-380,000 oz in 2021.Eldorado said on Kisladag: “While the mill project has been suspended, the project remains viable in the short-term. The viability of the mill project will continue to be assessed in light of the results from ongoing heap leach metallurgical testwork on deeper material and in view of other investment opportunities within the portfolio,” the company said.The other piece of exciting news within the company’s results was developments at its Lamaque mine in Quebec, Canada.The company poured first gold from the Sigma mill at Lamaque in December and, in the March quarter, the mine is expected to declare commercial production. This should set the operation up to produce 100,000-110,000 oz of gold in 2019 from the mining and processing of over 500,000 t of ore at an average grade of 7 g/t Au.Burns said: “At Lamaque, we are very pleased with the performance of our project team who delivered the first gold pour from the Sigma mill in less than 18 months since acquisition.”In addition, exploration success at Lamaque – which includes significant resource conversion in the C5 orebody, in particular – has led the company to review options to increase throughput at the Sigma mill.Eldorado said: “The mill has a refurbished nameplate capacity of 2,200 t/d and the potential to expand to its former capacity of 5,000 t/d with a purchase and installation of a SAG mill. Based on planned drilling and the potential conversion of inferred resources in C4, C5 and C6, the company expects to explore options to increase mill feed.”The Lamaque underground mine is currently expected to produce 125,000-135,000 oz of gold in both 2020 and 2021.last_img read more

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Jailbreak your iPhone iPad iPod touch with official JailbreakMe 30 release

first_imgYesterday we got a preview of a new web-based jailbreak that worked with devices running iOS 4.3.3. But that version of JailbreakMe was unofficial and actually a leaked beta. Still, some users didn’t want to wait the extra few days for the official launch, so one developer named Ryan Vanniekerk got it working on his own server.Today, you don’t need that beta version as the official JailbrekMe 3.0 has been released. To be clear, this is an untethered (best kind) jailbreak for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 4.3.3. Once applied you can reboot your device without losing the jailbreak state.AdChoices广告JailbreakMe 3.0 is going to be very popular for a number of reasons. Top of the list is how easy it is to apply as all you need to do is visit on your device. That’s it. Simple.After that you will be able to access the Cydia store and all those apps Apple decided weren’t suitable for the App Store. But if you do want to use the official App Store or iTunes then you may need to revert back to an unjailbroken state. Again, JailbreakMe 3.0 makes this easy by just requiring you to connect your device to a PC and click Restore in iTunes. Once you’re done, just visit the website again to unlock your device.Jailbreaking your device is completely legal in the U.S. due to a DMCA examption approved by the Library of Congress last year. Even so, Apple will not support a jailbroken device and you need to be careful when installing certain apps to ensure they aren’t malicious. Another mistake to make is installing OpenSSH but not changing the password.Here’s a video showing you just how easy this jailbreak is to apply:Read more at JailbreakMe and the iPhone Download Bloglast_img read more

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Loco Hall celebrates 100 years

first_imgThe members of the Panarcadian Association of Melbourne and Victoria ‘O Kolokotronis’, were proud to celebrate the 100-year story of Loco Hall with a cocktail party that was held on Friday 14 November. The historic building at 570 Victoria Street in North Melbourne, which now houses the association’s club rooms, was originally built in 1914. Loco Hall was saved by the association after being acquired by the Arcadians in 1985. It originally served as a movie theatre and then housed the Locomotive Association of Victoria head office. Taking into consideration the building’s design and purpose, the Panarcadian Committee decided not to change its basic structure, yet they refurbished the exterior as well as the interior to help turn it into a cultural centre. The Panarcadian Association president Dimitrios Alexopoulos stressed that maintaining the train figurine on the roofline, preserving the hall’s early 19th century character, was essential during the renovation. Throughout these years, the Arcadians overcame financial and other difficulties, managing to restore the smaller function room on level one and the main function room on level two, as well as the distinctive pressed metal ceiling. The pieces that were damaged are kept within the premises and have been replaced with replicas. The refurbishment project commenced on April 2012 and was completed two years ago. This year’s 100th anniversary was also highlighted by an exhibition of historic photos and documents, along with the presentation of a bilingual book on the building’s history, entitled Loco Hall 1914-2014. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Shin Godzilla Reminds America That Japan Is Still Better At This

first_img Shin Godzilla, which translates to a few things but for the purposes of the film is probably best Americanized as “True Godzilla” as this is the second time the Toho production company has rebooted their Godzilla franchise as a response to an American installment. The 1998 Roland Emmerich Godzilla lead to Toho’s Godzilla 2000 and a run of Godzilla films called the “Millennium Series” that culminated in 2014’s Godzilla: Final Wars, the last Toho Godzilla movie until this year’s new installment. The Millennium Series has no continuity between most of the installments but features a similar Godzilla in all the movies. Shin Godzilla is undeniably a new beginning for the monster, and even though this is the third movie where Godzilla terrorizes Japan without another monster cameo, Shin Godzilla is a film worthy of the “True Godzilla” title.Writer and co-director Hideaki Anno (creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion) delivers a tongue-in-cheek look at the Japanese political disaster response process while presenting Godzilla as a perfect biological specimen that must be reckoned with if it cannot be stopped. Gareth Edwards 2014 American Godzilla reintroduced the character as a monster that fought other monsters while Anno takes the opposite approach. Shin Godzilla is the kind of creature that stands immobile while dozens of tanks and helicopters light him up with everything they have, not the version of the monster that has anthropomorphized reaction shots to hint at what the beast is thinking.In the previous solo Godzilla films, 1954’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters and 1984’s Return of Godzilla (released here as Godzilla 1985), the humans bear the burden of keeping the plot interesting by thematically referencing political issues of the day. The first film uses Godzilla as a large lizard that replicates the devastation of an atomic bomb, irradiating all the land he walks on. Return of Godzilla tracks the international response to Japan’s crisis as America and Russia argue about nuking the monster despite the devastation it would cause the nation. Shin Godzilla smartly combines both of these approaches but substitutes World War II’s atom bomb for the Fukushima meltdown and the 2011 Tsunami and tidal wave. Much of Shin Godzilla’s runtime is devoted to peeking in on the supervisory committees and bureaucrats of the Japanese political system as they debate courses of action to submit for approval. Once Godzilla gets named and makes landfall a second time, the presence of the US as a world power that might not actually “care” about Japan turns into a motivation for our heroes to get the job done.There are precious few amongst our human characters who act more rationally than the others in a movie the audience knows is about Godzilla. Actor Hiroki Hasegawa plays an analyst for the Disaster Prevention Bureau, and Mikako Ichikawa plays a consulting biologist named Ogashira; both seem to know the ramifications of something like Godzilla existing before the Japanese Defense Forces throw everything they have at the monstrosity. Most of the politicians in the movie make blanket statements the audience knows to be false (like “the creature will not come on land”) only to have those thoughts immediately disproven. It’s a device that works well in smaller satires like HBO’s Veep and ends up equally as entertaining in a monster movie, maybe even more so in America where the disasters being referenced were things we only experienced on screen.Then, of course, there’s the other stuff: Godzilla wrecking Tokyo. This version of Godzilla is unique in that it/he is constantly evolving to survive whatever new environment it finds itself in. It feeds off nuclear fission and produces radiation, like previous versions of the monster, and has a recognizable silhouette from the side, but otherwise, expands upon what the monster can be and do. For example, the first version of Godzilla that comes ashore in Shin Godzilla has no arms; it has to evolve those arms after it evolves the ability to bear all of its weight on its hind legs. By the time the “fourth form” of Godzilla shows up (the one in the trailers and on the posters), his skin is hardened to prevent damage from bullets, and he’s learning to use his internal nuclear fission in the Godzilla-trademark mouth ray. Shin Godzilla goes beyond what you’d expect with his mouth fire after some pesky drones start attacking him, unveiling some new Godzilla powers that haven’t been previously part of a Godzilla movie.After firmly establishing that Godzilla probably can’t be stopped, the climax of the movie where our forward-thinking heroes concede they have to try to stop him anyway doesn’t disappoint. Even though most of the movie is spent in conference rooms and hallways, the final showdown plays out over most of the city as Japan gives the monster everything they’ve got to try and stop it from destroying everything and irradiating Tokyo. There’s no oxygen bomb like in the 1950s that can actually kill this thing; there’s just a slim chance they can stop it. It’s a great release after watching characters debate over if scrapping and rebuilding entire neighborhoods is good or bad for the nation of Japan.Shin Godzilla embraces the Godzilla mythos from the inception point of an unstoppable force meeting the determined Japanese people while laying the groundwork for what this franchise could be in this new iteration. In America, our Godzilla is building to a showdown with the rebooted King Kong from Skull Island, in Japan, the “True” Toho Godzilla is reminding us that we are puny humans who create and complicate our own problems until they’re unfixable and we’re all scrambling to deal with the aftermath. The 2014 American Godzilla made the human storyline feel extraneous by having a monster brawl at the periphery, Shin Godzilla puts the monster in the center and watches the ripples tear through human systems. They’re both undeniably Godzilla, but Shin Godzilla renews the argument that any American Godzilla can only be a pretender to the throne. Stay on target Watch These Movies Before ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’Toy Tuesday: The Best Funko Pops last_img read more

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Dyson EV patent drawings hide clever engineering behind familiar forms

first_img Electric Cars Future Cars 29 Photos Dyson V11 Torque Drive up close More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous James Dyson Dyson Comment The man who makes high-art vacuums might one day make your electric car. Dyson’s upcoming electric vehicle is hotly anticipated, yet we haven’t heard much from the company about what to expect. That changes with a new set of patent drawings.Dyson’s patent drawings for its future EV have been published, and while the company is ordinarily known for some revolutionary designs, its car seems almost too traditional by comparison. It mimics a traditional crossover shape, with a long, flat roof, enough interior space for three rows of seats and an overall design that, while efficient, still looks like a car at the end of the day.Of course, what we see is only part of the story, according to an email from company founder James Dyson to his employees regarding the published drawings. “The patents certainly don’t reveal what our vehicle will really look like or give any specifics around what it will do,” Dyson’s email reads. “Rather they show an androgynous vehicle and provide a glimpse of some of the inventive steps that we are considering.”Enlarge ImageBy positioning the seats as low as possible, there can be some semblance of ride height without tall glass eating into the drag coefficient. Dyson There are some interesting touches in there, though. The wheels, for example, seem awfully large for an EV. As the patent notes, while large wheels are traditionally seen as range-sucking chunks of mass, Dyson believes they can confer benefits. “The engineers observed that the decrease in the rolling resistance that is achieved at this wheel size can offset the increase in inertia such that a net gain in the driving range may be achieved,” the patent reads, which is some interesting and unconventional thinking. The wheels and the general shape of the vehicle are both aimed at reducing aerodynamic drag. Usually, that would require the vehicle to be as low to the ground as possible, but Dyson’s engineers believe the car can maintain SUV-like ride height without any negative effect on the drag coefficient. Paired with a raked windshield and a low roofline, and the car is surprisingly sleek for something that’s about the size of a Range Rover.If there’s one thing we have no idea about, though, it’s the powertrain. The patent drawings don’t make any motive-force intimations, but we do know that Dyson is leaning on its strengths and designing its own electric motors for the vehicle. According to Autocar’s report, Dyson hinted that multiple motors might be on offer to expand on the benefits of brake regeneration. The company is also working on solid-state battery technology that it wants to include in the car. With a debut slated for 2021, it shouldn’t be too much longer before Dyson throws out more details of what to expect. Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 Share your voicelast_img read more

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Variability of Alaskas salmon runs

first_imgSockeye salmon. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo)Salmon runs in Alaska have been defying expectations this season, in both good and bad ways. Why has it been so difficult to meet escapement for some runs while seeing bounty in others? From closures on the Kuskokwim to a puny run on the Yukon, salmon fishing in Alaska is changing and the reasons why remain elusive.Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUEST:Eric Volk, chief fisheries scientist, Alaska Department of Fish & GameStephanie Schmidt, fisheries management biologist – Yukon, Alaska Department of Fish & GameScott Kent, fisheries biologist, Kotzebue & Norton SoundPARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

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Two years on Port Heidens reindeer herd stable not yet large enough

first_imgTwo years on, Port Heiden’s reindeer herd stable, not yet large enough to harvest (Avery Lill/ KDLG)The only sounds in the reindeer paddock were the gusty wind blowing across the tundra and the light click of hooves. The reindeer, slightly smaller than their wild caribou cousins, trotted silently toward the door of their pen. The pen is about the size of a football field and bounded by a tall electric fence. Jake Carlson, 19, walked quietly behind the animals, herding them onto the tundra where they would graze for a few hours.Listen now“You can see they’re calm,” Carlson said. “I just walk them. Some of the other people who work here like to use the bikes to get them in, but they usually listen to what I want them to do.”Carlson works for the village as a farmer, putting in four or five hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to the reindeer, he takes care of pigs, chickens, rabbits and a cow. His job is the primary one the farm provides. A handful of other Port Heiden residents pick up hourly work taking care of the animals, and a few committed volunteers keep the place operational.Chasen Cunitz, an AmeriCorps volunteer, coaxes the last reindeer into the pen.(Avery Lill/ KDLG)The purpose of the farm is two-fold: to provide fresh food and economic infrastructure for the community. Life in Bristol Bay’s villages is expensive. For Port Heiden residents, a gallon of shelf stable milk costs more than $20. Fresh milk is not available because it would take too long to ship. But they are working on improving their access to fresh foods by producing their own.“The farm is one piece in our economic loop that we’re building,” Adrianne Christensen, the Native Village of Port Heiden’s director of business development, said. “We would like to be a sustainable village on our own and to be able to keep those dollars and jobs in our community. We have only 100 people. So if one person is employed, that’s one percent of our community more that has a job.”The Alaska Peninsula has a rich history of animal husbandry. Reindeer herding was a popular trade in the area, beginning the early 1900s. But reindeer herding fell by the wayside with the rise of commercial fishing. Reindeer herding was over for Port Heiden by the 1950s. That is, until 29 reindeer were unloaded from charter planes in 2015.The village decided to re-establish the tradition after wild caribou on the peninsula declined sharply in the 1990s and early 2000s. Hunting was banned from 2005 to 2015. The caribou on the peninsula have now recovered enough for some hunting, but it is strictly limited.“We missed eating good food. We were having to order beef, pork and chicken. It’s not good for our bodies, and we don’t particularly like it. So we were sitting around one day, really, really hungry and we thought, well, we should become reindeer farmers, and so we did,” Christensen said.The herders have been learning as they go. Randy Striker got Port Heiden shortly after the reindeer did. As a part of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, he helps on the farm in return for room and board.“The hardest part was probably in the beginning because I’d let them out and chase them around for eight hours, all over the place. But then after the first month or so, we got it down to where they were used to us and it’s become really easy. We can walk right beside them,” Striker said.(Photo by Avery Lill/KDLG)Right now, the main hurdle is growing the reindeer population. The village will not harvest them for meat until the herd is about 100 strong. The birth rate is good, but bears and wolves have attacked the herd on several occasions.“We really do our best to keep them safe, but sometimes nature is more strong than electric fences,” Christensen said.Right now the herd is stable with about 30 animals. In the meantime, their rabbits, chickens and pigs are supplying the fresh food the village craved.At this point, the farm is not making money. It is funded primarily through donations and grants from organizations, including the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and First Nations Development Institute. But the village is committed to seeing the project through.While the reindeer graze on the tundra during the day, elders keep an eye out for predators. Children pick fireweed during the summer to put away as feed for the winter. Together, the community is working to re-establish a sustainable food source and jobs to keep people and money in Port Heiden.last_img read more

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First phase of UZ polls 10 March

first_img.The first phase of Upazila Parishad elections will be held on 10 March next, reports UNB.Election commission secretary Helal Uddin announced the election schedule at a press conference at the EC secretariat on Sunday.The last date for the submission of nomination papers is 11 February while that of withdrawal on 19 February. The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held on 12 February.On 10 January, EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said the polls would be held in phases starting from the first week of March.The first Upazila Parishad elections were held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014. The last one was organised in six phases.Besides, the election commission fixed 4 March for the elections to the JS reserved seats.The last date for the submission of nomination papers is 11 February while that of withdrawal on 16 February. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on 12 February.last_img read more

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Scientists investigate how electric current flows in multilayer 2D materials

first_img © 2013 All rights reserved. Citation: Scientists investigate how electric current flows in multilayer 2-D materials (2013, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The researchers, Saptarshi Das and Joerg Appenzeller at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, have published their paper on current flow in 2-D layered materials in a recent issue of Nano Letters.”Through our experimental approach, we have devised a new way to understand the current flow through these low-dimensional materials, and we also discovered that the conventional models for carrier transport that apply to bulk materials need to be revised for layered 2-D systems,” Das told their study, the scientists experimentally evaluated the current flow and distribution in a transistor made of 2-D MoS2, which was about 8 nm thick and consisted of approximately 13 layers. As the scientists explained, the current in the individual layers cannot be directly measured. So they devised an alternate method to map the current distribution in the multiple layers, which involves channel length scaling using a scanning electron microscope. The scientists found that the current in 2-D MoS2 is distributed among the 13 layers so that the top layers have the highest mobility and lowest resistances, while the bottom layers have the lowest mobility and highest resistance. By calculating the weighted average of the current in the individual layers, the researchers determined the location of the “HOT-SPOT” as the center of the current distribution, which in this case was at the top layers. However, when the scientists changed the bias voltage applied to the gate, the location of the “HOT-SPOT” also changed. At high gate bias values, the resistance of each layer is low and the “HOT-SPOT” is located at the top layers. But when the gate bias is decreased, the resistance increases and the “HOT-SPOT” migrates to the lower layers. This unusual migration of the “HOT-SPOT” as a function of the applied gate bias also gives rise to an additional resistance that the researchers call “interlayer resistance,” which is not found in 3-D materials and cannot be explained within the conventional model of current flow based on Schottky barrier contacts.The scientists also experimentally evaluated the current flow and distribution in 2-D graphene consisting of about 13 layers, and observed opposite effects compared to the MoS2. Namely, the researchers found that the current predominately flows to the bottom layers in graphene, which is where the “HOT-SPOT” is located, while the top layers have a higher resistance. The researchers explain that this difference occurs because graphene and MoS2 have different physical properties, and the position of the “HOT-SPOT” is governed by a material’s physical properties. By knowing the physical properties of a multilayer 2-D material, the position of the “HOT-SPOT” can be predicted with a 5% error margin.Understanding the current flow and distribution in multilayer 2-D materials—along with knowing that these features differ for different materials—will likely prove very useful when designing future electronics components.”Understanding the carrier transport in low-dimensional materials is not only appealing from a fundamental scientific standpoint, but also equally important in the context of high-performance device design,” Das said. “Our experimental study combined with analytical modeling provides novel insights on the current flow in two-dimensional layered materials like MoS2 and graphene, which will be helpful for many researchers working in this field.”Das added that his future work will focus on the implementation of new device concepts based on novel 2-D materials that utilizes their unique electrical, mechanical and optical properties. More information: Saptarshi Das and Joerg Appenzeller. “Where Does the Current Flow in Two-Dimensional Layered Systems?” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl401831u Explore further (Left) In 2-D, 13-layer MoS2, the “HOT SPOT” (the center of current distribution) is located in the upper layers at a large gate bias. (Right) In 2-D, 13-layer graphene, the “HOT SPOT” is located in the lower layers at a large gate bias. The difference arises because the location of a “HOT SPOT” is due to the material’s physical properties. Credit: Das and Appenzeller. ©2013 American Chemical Societycenter_img ( —Although scientists continue to discover the remarkable electronic properties of nanomaterials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, the way that electric current flows at this scale is not well understood. In a new study, scientists for the first time have investigated exactly how a current flows through multilayer 2-D materials, and found that current flow in these materials is very different than current flow in 3-D materials and cannot be explained with conventional models. This understanding could guide researchers in designing future nanoelectronics devices. Graphene-based transistor seen as candidate for post-CMOS technology Journal information: Nano Letters 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

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Woman injured in traffic accident

first_imgA 51-year-old woman was seriously injured in Limassol on Thursday while standing next to a parked vehicle that was struck by another car.The accident happened around 9.50am, when an 80-year-old driver collided with another car parked on the curb on the left-hand side of the street.The woman was standing close to the car that was struck. She was rushed to Limassol general hospital, where doctors found she had sustained multiple fractures to her pelvis and a blunt-force trauma to the head.She was later taken to a private clinic for treatment. Her condition was described as serious but not life-threatening.The 80-year-old driver and his two passengers were subjected to an alcohol test and found to be in the clear.He was later arrested, questioned and released pending further proceedings.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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