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Amar’e Stoudemire retires after 14 seasons; does so as a Knick

first_imgAmar’e Stoudemire signed a contract with the New York Knicks and subsequently announced that he’ll retire from the NBA, the club said in a statement Tuesday.“I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] for signing me so that I can officially retire as a New York Knick,” Stoudemire said. “I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that. Carmelo [Anthony], Phil and Steve have continued this quest, and with this year’s acquisitions, the team looks playoff-bound once again. Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick.”Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 846 career games over 14 seasons for Phoenix, New York, Dallas and Miami. The 6-foot-10 forward/center was named an All-Star six times and was selected to two All-NBA first teams. He was also named 2003 NBA rookie of the year.Stoudemire played parts of five seasons in New York, signing as a free agent in the summer of 2010.“For parts of six years, Amar’e Stoudemire was the face of the New York Knicks franchise because of his excellence on the court and his dedication to our community and our fans across the world,” said Mills, the Knicks’ general manager. “When Amar’e asked us to retire as a Knick, we were honored to oblige.”Source: ESPNTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Michael Irvin Fires Back At The Haters Following Miami’s Loss

first_imgMichael Irvin at the NFL Draft.ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: Pro Football Hall of Famer and NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin reacts during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)When it comes to how they feel about their alma mater, few people wear their hearts on their sleeve the way Michael Irvin does. He loves “The U.”Before Miami’s season-opening loss to Florida on Saturday night, Irvin went viral for a fiery pump-up speech he delivered. Even though the game didn’t go Miami’s way, Irvin offered his thoughts on the loss on Twitter this morning.Though he congratulated Florida on the win, Irvin said the Hurricanes “gave it” to them. He remains bullish on his team’s future as well.“Let me send all you peeps out there this message to make sure you understand. I was hurt that my boys didn’t win that game Saturday night. Congrats to Florida for winning that game that we gave y’all a****. We gave it you. But let me tell you, more than hurt, I am encouraged. We had two freshman tackles, one a redshirt freshman and the other one a real freshman. Two freshman tackles. We’ve got a young quarterback and we still had that game in the midst of our hands.“A few (less) mistakes, we would’ve walked away in victory. I’m so encouraged about the future. I hope the rest of those guys are encouraged about the future, because Miami is back. In the midst of a loss, I still way we back. That’s why I’m still wearing my U gear. We will never die, we will never quit and we will never go anywhere. So eat that on your breakfast, lunch and dinner plate.”Here is my response to all out there that is @ me about the ⁦@CanesFootball⁩ vs ⁦@GatorsFB⁩ game Sat night. 🙌🏾4ever!!!!! pic.twitter.com/tRFp6ZcJwk— Michael Irvin (@michaelirvin88) August 26, 2019Irvin does have a point that Miami has a lot to take solace in. The defense looks as strong as advertised and Jarren Williams showed some promising flashes in his first career start at quarterback.The offensive line is very much a work in progress though. If the ‘Canes are to make a run in the ACC Coastal, they will need to get that group in order.[ 247Sports ]last_img read more

HapagLloyd Adds 15000 TEU Containership

first_imgGerman shipping major Hapag-Lloyd has added a new 15,000 TEU containership Afif to its fleet, strengthening its presence in South Korea.The company informed that the 150,800 gross ton vessel “was delivered in perfect condition to Hapag-Lloyd and is already making its way to Pusan.”Featuring a length of 368 meters and a width of 51 meters, the new ultra large containers vessel (ULCVs) is the first ship of this class painted in Hapag-Lloyd colors and design, according to the company.By merging with Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Hapag-Lloyd is strengthening its position as the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world.Its 230 vessels sailing across the world have a total transport capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU. The average capacity of the ships is thereby growing by roughly 1,000 TEU, from 5,860 to 6,839 TEU.With the merger, Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet was strengthened with 15,000 TEU+ ships. Before the move, the largest ships in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet were the ten Hamburg Express-class vessels, each with capacities of around 13,200 TEU.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloydlast_img read more

TORONTO METAL BAND BREAK UP IN THE MOST EPIC AND BRUTALLY HONEST

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement The message was signed by Peter, a member of Witchrot, who later directed fans to his other band, CRAZY BONES. “Thanks for the support, stay heavy,” he wrote.The post was also shared alongside a photo of a broken guitar in a snowy dumpster surrounded by beer cans, empty water bottles, and cardboard. (Are you really a rockstar without gloriously destroying at least one instrument?)But that wasn’t all: at the end of the cringe-worthy post, Peter slid in one final detail. “Also our drummer died…” he wrote.As of right now, it is not clear if the band’s drummer is actually dead and whether the group — who says they are all about “hex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” — has broken up.Though Witchrot has had a Facebook presence since the beginning of November, their Instagram and Twitter accounts were just created on Tuesday. Because of this, followers aren’t sure if this is one of the most savage band breakups of all time or simply one of the most clever musical publicity stunts.Regardless of the truth, the Internet has been going nuts over the brutally honest breakup for a band that many were not familiar with before the announcement.Not only has the post been shared on Facebook over 12,500 times, but it has also garnered over 14,000 reactions — which is pretty impressive considering their page only has 6,726 likes.“This is definitely one of the greatest band breakup announcements of all time, real or not. Also..I’m dead,” wrote one Facebook user.By Joelle Goldstein | People Advertisement They came, they rocked, they split up!On Sunday, Toronto metal band Witchrot posted an announcement to their Facebook page and gave fans an awkwardly blunt status update about the group. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Minecraft summer camp in Iqaluit has kids lining up to get into

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsSummer isn’t exactly the best time to find kids in a classroom.It would take something pretty special to get most kids in a  learning setting – especially when it’s nice outside.Except when the subject matter is Minecraft.That class had kids lining up outside.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img

Moroccan Police Arrest a Couple for Illicit Drug Trafficking

Rabat – Moroccan authorities arrested a 24-year-old woman suspected of trafficking illegal drugs and psychotropic substances.The arrest, which took place on Tuesday, April 30, was based on information provided by the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST). The directorate stated in a press release that the police arrested the suspect at the Meknes train station. Read also: Morocco Bust Criminal Ring Involved in Hacking, Robbing International BanksThe suspect possessed a haul of 1002 pills of ecstasy-based drugs and two doses of cocaine. Further police investigations also led to the arrest of her husband, whom the police suspect to be the major drug dealer. The authorities have placed the suspects under police custody, awaiting further investigations  into the circumstances surrounding the case. read more

Top UN official in Darfur confers with OIC head

24 April 2010The top United Nations official in the Darfur region of western Sudan, who is visiting Saudi Arabia, today had talks with the chief executive of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) during which the two officials pledged to strengthen the relationship between the two bodies. Ibrahim Gambari, the Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and OIC Secretary-General, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, agreed to forge closer cooperation particularly in the field of early recovery and development in Darfur, during their meeting in Jeddah.Mr. Gambari reiterated UNAMID’s willingness to assist the OIC in implementing its projects in Darfur.UNAMIDis tasked with keeping the peace in Darfur, where a seven-year conflict between the Government and rebels has left an estimated 300,000 people dead and driven 2.7 million others from their homes. read more

Uptick in price of crude helps loonie climb despite big trade deficit

Uptick in price of crude helps loonie climb despite big trade deficit by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 6, 2016 9:30 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2016 at 4:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – An uptick in crude prices helped give a boost to the Canadian dollar Wednesday, despite economic concerns arising from new figures that showed Canada hit a record trade deficit in April.The oil-sensitive loonie added 0.34 of a U.S. cent to 77.17 cents US as the August contract for benchmark crude added 83 cents to US$47.43.The S&P/TSX composite index inched up 11.49 points to close at 14,231.06, led by gains in health-care stocks, which were up 3.9 per cent, while the global gold sector rose 2.68 per cent. The metals and mining sector of the TSX was the biggest decliner, slipping 0.84 per cent.The gains on the TSX and in the loonie came in the face of data from Statistics Canada that showed that Canada had a $3.28 billion trade deficit in May. The federal agency also revised the deficit for April to a record $3.32 billion, up from its previous estimate of $2.93 billion.“While the trade figures were disappointing and downbeat, we are hopeful that we will see exports pick up in the second half of the year,” said Paul Vaillancourt, executive vice-president of private wealth at Fiera Capital.Vaillancourt said he is optimistic commodity prices, particularly oil, will rise next year.“We believe that the supply and demand side will rebalance in 2017, and so we’re also constructive on the Canadian dollar.”In New York, markets were higher as investors shook off concerns stemming from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the release of minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting last month showing that most policy-makers wish to keep rates on hold.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 78 points to 17,918.62, the broader S&P 500 composite index gained 11.18 points to 2,099.73 and the Nasdaq composite was up 36.26 points to 4,859.16.“The markets have had to digest quite a lot, with the Brexit vote and the volatility that we’ve seen there,” Vaillancourt said.“The market right now seems to lack conviction,” he added. “Lots of money on the sidelines, having breathed a sigh of relief after Brexit, but just a general lack of conviction.”Minutes from the Fed’s policy meeting on June 14 and 15 showed that policy-makers were divided on how to proceed with interest rate hikes, but ultimately decided to wait for the outcome of Britain’s referendum on the EU.“The last thing the Fed wants to do is destabilize the market,” Vaillancourt said.In other commodity news, August natural gas contracts settled at US$2.79, up 2.2 cents, August gold climbed $8.40 to US$1,367.10 an ounce and September copper contracts fell three cents to US$2.15 a pound.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

The Best Geeky Christmas Tree Decorations

first_imgBoba Fett With Han Christmas StatueOkay, so it’s not technically for your tree, but what Star Wars nerd would be without the Boba Fett with Han Christmas Statue? Boba Fett is definitely menacing with that candy cane “gun”. He even wrapped up Han in a nice little package for Jabba. What a thoughtful bounty hunter. It’s also available in snow-globe-form at Amazon. Make sure to check out Gearlog’s roundup of the Best Gifts for Star Wars Fans. I’ll Be Pon Farr Christmas, Star Trek OrnamentIf you’re a Star Trek fan, you don’t need me to tell you that the ornament shown above is from a scene from the episode “Amok Time,” as is the music that plays from the ornament. You also probably don’t need me to tell you that the person playing with the ornament is geek-extraordinaire Wil Wheaton (AKA Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation). The ornament runs about $29 at Hallmark. [Via Nerdbastards]Computer Mouse OrnamentHere’s a good idea for making how-to ornaments. Take an old computer mouse and do it up, Christmas-style! AMoonShadow created this hand-painted ornament and sold it on Etsy. Don’t let these mice go to the Island of Misfit Mice. Save yours and make it part of your Christmas tradition. Motherboard Christmas Ornaments Sticking with the recycling-old-tech theme, ThinkGeek brings us the Motherboard Christmas Ornaments. The set of three are made from recycled motherboards. The shapes and colors vary between bell, tree, candy cane, and star, and red, green, and blue. They’re about 3.5-inches wide and go for $19.99, although they’re on sale right now for $14.99. Merry Christmas.Controller Ornaments I grew up with an older brother who was obsessed with Nintendo. If you know someone in your life that begrudgingly helps his or her family decorate the tree every year, though you know they’d rather be playing video games, then perhaps you can entice them with these controller ornaments. The acrylic ornaments are laser cut and about 4 inches wide. They’re available via UseYourDigits on Etsy. Also available are the console ornaments. If you get the two together, you’ll most certainly have the geekiest TV on the block. R2D2 and Yoda Christmas LightsLight up your tree with your favorite droid, or your favorite old, shriveled, green creature. Amazon has Star Wars Yoda and R2D2 light sets to make your tree glow in warmth of the force. World of Warcraft Mining Ore-NamentsWant to really WoW your friends (I know, that was too easy), then check out the Mining Ore-Naments from Paule Pape, who is known for his hand-sculpted Mii characters. Made with real Swarovski crystals, a single ornament runs at $15. They also come in sets of three for $36, or a complete set of six for $55. Kurt S. Adler Star Yoda Tree TopperAnd to top it all off, why not replace that generic star or angel with the Kurt S. Adler Star Yoda Tree Topper? Amazon has it for about $54. But wouldn’t you feel safe at night knowing that Yoda is looking over you and your family? One of the best parts of the holiday season is visiting all your friends’ houses and checking out their Christmas trees (or Chanukah bushes) covered with unique ornaments that make you ooh and aah. To keep with the holiday spirit, we decided to make an imaginary Christmas tree full of the nerdiest ornaments we could find. Why cover your tree with normal Christmas lights when you could have Yoda lights? And why buy those regular, ol’ ball ornaments, when you can buy a Star Trek Enterprise one? After the jump, we rounded up some of the best geeky Christmas ornaments on the Web. Feel free to share your own nerdy ornaments with us in the comment section below. last_img read more

Google to start promoting competing services in search results

first_imgWhen you’re the number one search engine in the EU and have a market share of just north of 90%, the antitrust watchdogs keep a pretty close eye on you. Google’s been under scrutiny for quite some time, and now the company has agreed to level the playing field to make things right.The investigation started backed in 2010 over concerns that Google was unfairly promoting its own services — like YouTube, Google Maps, and shopping search — on search result pages. What some call “unfair leverage,” others might call “deep integration,” but Google has decided that the time has come to extend the olive branch.For the next five years, Google will implement several changes designed to highlight when it’s promoting its own services. In some places, Google will also start promoting competitors’ offerings.Where Google currently displays, say, a link to YouTube videos that line up with your search terms, it will also list links to three competing sites once the proposed changes are implemented. The same goes for Maps links, though it begs the question… which three sites will be linked?YouTube is the web’s most popular video destination by a wide margin. In many EU countries, the second most-visited video domain is serving up porn, but it’s hard to imagine Google slapping up links to such sites. Sites like Vimeo and DailyMotion are more obvious choices, but they’re so comparatively low on the traffic totem pole that it’s hard to imagine Google’s concessions having any real impact.Google has also pledged to more clearly illustrate which search results are promotions for its own sites, which, again, probably won’t make any difference to the person staring at the screen.While the first two concessions aren’t going to shake things up, a third might. Google has also agreed to provide newspaper publishers with a tool to control what content appears on Google News.Several big newspapers in the EU have had a beef with Google because of its agregator, believing that the company was profiting from their content. In fact, Google just finished battling German newspapers in court last month over this very issue. Ultimately, the court agreed that since Google doesn’t display ads near Google News snippets (in Europe anyway) there was no profit-making going on.Nevertheless, newspaper publishers that have a problem with Google reusing their content willy-nilly will soon be able to intervene on their own behalf. You’d have to assume the process will be completely manual and somewhat time-consuming (newspapers publish a lot of content every day, after all), so again, there probably won’t be any serious impact from this concession, either.Then again, anti-trust concessions aren’t necessarily as much about actually leveling the playing field as they are about making the field appear more level.last_img read more

It looks like intelligence becomes much less important in a partner the

first_img 19 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 17th 2017, 2:30 PM Neymar was booed by PSG fans against RC Strasbourg, but silenced them by scoring an injury time overhead kick to win the game By Business Insider Tulsi Gabbard says Trump is making the US ‘Saudi Arabia’s b—-‘ with his response to the oil field attacks It looks like intelligence becomes much less important in a partner the older we get The older we get, the less stock we put in our partner’s intelligence a new study has found. Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Ruslan Guzov center_img https://jrnl.ie/3190597 Share48 Tweet Email2 Boris Johnson forced to cancel Luxembourg press conference due to deafening boos from protesters Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 2:30 PM WHEN YOU’RE ON a dating website like Match.com or idly swiping on Tinder, generally you’re more likely to match with – and also speak to – someone who is intellectually similar to you.However, this doesn’t stay true as you age, according to new research. Apparently, we’re more willing to let our standards slide as time passes, as the study found that people get less fussy about finding someone who has the same level of education as they get older.The research, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, analysed the online dating interactions of over 41,000 Australians between 18 and 80 years old from the dating website RSVP. Matches and conversations were looked at from four months in 2016, to find out whether people stayed picky or loosened up a bit.“Selecting a mate can be one of the largest psychological and economic decisions a person can make and has long been the subject of social science research across a range of disciplines,” said Stephen Whyte, a behavioural economist at Queensland University of Technology, and lead author of the study in a statement.He said that traditionally, humans search for a partner who is similar to them in physical attractiveness, personality, culture, education, religion and race. This meant people used to often only meet and end up dating people who were similar to themselves.Internet eraHowever, the internet has dramatically changed this process, and has given us access to more partners than we know what to do with.“The internet has completely changed how people choose dating partners to find love,” Whyte said. “Cyber dating permits multiple partner choices in real time, which allows for a significantly greater available choice of potential mates.”The pool of people we can potentially hook up with has dramatically widened, and this includes partners with lower, similar or higher levels of intelligence to us. It might not be such an important part of dating as previously thought, as how much participants in the study cared about their matches’ intelligence or education level depended on what stage they were at in life.“The more educated cohort tends to care less about matching the same level of education as they get older,” Whyte said. “Older women in particular have a greater likelihood of contacting potential partners who are less educated than themselves but conversely, younger males fall into this category as well.”CompromiseSurprisingly, some psychologists suggest that men are more likely than women to end up compromising as they get older because there are gender differences in these kinds of scenarios.For example, Dr Aaron Ben-Ze’ev wrote in Psychology Today that women are more likely to make compromises on their partner at a young age, rather than when they’re older, because they’re concerned about settling down and having children.Men, on the other hand, he said should generally compromise more in older age, when they’re afraid of being alone. But that’s just one theory, and with so many different personality traits, it can be hard to nail down what exactly it is you’re compromising on and when. The reasons behind why people choose others to be romantically involved with are complicated to say the leastEither way, dating apps and sites have changed things up. Whyte said more research is needed to “have a better understanding of the impacts of cyber-dating on individuals and relationships as well as the psychology employed by people when using the internet.”- Lindsay DodgsonRead: Take a look inside Taiwan’s environmentally-friendly twisting towerRead: Whatsapp denies claims of a ‘backdoor’ into the messages of its 1 billion users US oil firms are skyrocketing after Saudi drone attacks cause record price spike 13,423 Views last_img read more

Cut the buoyant allowances

first_imgGovernments must reform the structure of their economy in order to boost their growth and job creation mechanism, advises the annual OECD report Going for Growth, 2011. For Greece in particular, recommendations include the reduction of regulatory barriers in the Greek market through liberalisation, the abolishment of counter motives for those wishing to prolong their professional activity beyond 65 and finally, the restriction of tax exemption and buoyant allowances (in addition to salary), by reducing the labour tax wedge and broadening the tax base. According to OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurria, “current European fiscal and taxation policies have reached their limits and, therefore, reform appears the only way”. For Greece the report also highlights the importance of two more objectives which will increase the quality of primary and secondary education. The first one refers to enhancing the quality of teaching, by linking it to performance benchmarking. The other objective refers to cutting down on youth and women’s unemployment through “flexicurity” and lifetime employability policies. As far as the “buoyant allowances” Greek public servants, in particular, currently receive a number of these. And it is not a secret that at the very end, public servants earn more than the average employee in the private sector. At least 30,000 euros per year. As part of a plan to fix the nation’s ruined economy, the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced recently that he aims to cut 30 percent of civil servants’ holiday bonuses which are part of Greece’s “14th salary” payment schedule. The 14th salary works like this: Greek workers get their annual salary in roughly 14 instalments. On top of 12 monthly payments, employees receive double their paychecks in December, right in time for Christmas consumerism. They also receive half of their monthly spending in the spring to shell out on goods for Easter. Then they get another half-salary boost in July before their traditional summer vacation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Arianespace prévoit 13 lancements pour 2012

first_imgArianespace prévoit 13 lancements pour 2012Jeudi, Jean-Yves le Gall, le PDG de la société Arianespace a donné une conférence de presse pour faire le bilan des activités de l’année passée et présenté les objectifs de 2012.  Le carnet de commandes d’Arianespace est plein pour plus de trois ans et la société entend bien ainsi rester “le numéro un mondial” des sociétés de services de lancement de satellites avec treize lancements programmés pour 2012, a indiqué hier Jean-Yves Le Gall, son PDG. Le lanceur lourd “Ariane 5, Soyouz [lanceur moyen] et Vega [lanceur léger] nous permettent aujourd’hui de lancer des plus petits satellites jusqu’aux plus gros”, tant pour les besoins de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) que ceux des satellites commerciaux, a déclaré M. Le Gall.Pour cette année, Arianespace prévoit ainsi sept lancements d’Ariane 5, dont le premier sera celui de l’ATV3 Edoardo Amaldi, le 9 mars, destiné à ravitailler la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Cinq lancements de fusée russe Soyouz sont également au programme dont trois depuis  Kourou. Quant au lanceur léger Vega, capable de placer 1,5 tonne en orbite basse, son premier tir est prévu fin janvier ou début février avec à son bord les satellites LARES, ALMASat-1 et plusieurs microsatellites. Jean-Yves Le Gall souligne par ailleurs qu’en 2011, Arianespace a réussi neuf lancements au total pour la mise en orbite de 29 satellites, rapporte TV5monde.Le chiffre d’affaires de sa société, dont l’exercice sera clos au printemps prochain, devrait s’établir en 2011 à 985 millions d’euros, “avec un objectif de résultat équilibré”, a indiqué le PDG. Mais au 1er janvier 2012, le carnet de commandes d’Arianespace a tout de même atteint “un nouveau record” à 4,5 milliards d’euros, avec 21 lancements d’Ariane 5 (30 satellites géostationnaires et 6 lancements dédiés), 15 lancements de Soyouz (13 au CSG et 2 à Baïkonour) et deux lancements de Vega.La moitié des lancements de satellites commerciaux À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”L’ensemble garantit à la société plus de trois ans d’activité”, assure Arianespace. L’an dernier, la société s’est ainsi chargée de la moitié des lancements de satellites commerciaux géostationnaires (huit sur seize au total) effectués dans le monde et a remporté dix des 21 contrats ouverts à la compétition, a relevé Jean-Yves Le Gall. “Dans l’année qui vient, si les satellites sont là comme nous l’espérons” et malgré la crise économique, “Arianespace devrait continuer à assurer environ la moitié des lancements de satellites commerciaux et maintenir sa place de numéro un mondial du secteur”, a-t-il estimé.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 14:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sony makes grass grow 6x faster using LED lights

first_imgIf, like me, you have a back garden covered in grass, the last gadget you’d want to buy is one that makes it grow 6x faster. But that’s a gadget Sony has gone ahead and made, and there is a legitimate reason for it not only existing but being an extremely popular purchase.Sony’s LED light system for growing grass really quickly is called Brighturf. It’s aimed squarely at the business side of grass growing, which covers most grass-based sports e.g. golf, soccer, baseball, cricket, rugby, athletics, horse racing, etc. Typically this grass needs to be as perfect as can be before a game starts, but by the end has been torn up and looks a little worse for wear. It then needs to be made perfect again in time for the next sporting event.Brighturf works by mounting LED-based lights on a frame 1.5 meters above the grass that needs to be grown and can be setup to cover an area measuring 90 square meters. The LED lights used are red and blue, using 660m and 450m wavelengths respectively. This combination is optimal for photosynthesis and removes the reliance on the sun doing its job during the day. Brightturf allows uninterrupted photosynthesis for as long as desired.This isn’t the first lighting system developed to help grow grass, but it is the first to use LED lighting. Older systems relied on halogen, which ran hot and could make the newly grown grass wither.As well as finding a market at professional sports fields, I can see turf growers showing an interest in Brighturf. If they can grow grass faster, they can sell more grass, potentially making an investment in the LED kit worth it for the extra sales and profit made possible.Sony demonstrated Brighturf at the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 convention held last week in Japan. It has also been working with the Kashima Antlers football club, Shinshu University, and chemicals company Showa Denko KK.last_img read more

Brothers killed in rafting accident loved trips with father

first_imgPORTLAND — Cash Troyer dreamed of getting his pilot’s license one day.His younger brother Grady longed to score goals on the soccer field.The two young siblings, 9 and 7, died during a weekend rafting trip with their father on the Grande Ronde River in Wallowa County, police and family said.Clinton Troyer fought frigid waters and a swift current in an attempt to rescue his boys after they were launched from the vessel, authorities said.The tragedy occurred near the end of one of the many outdoor adventures the three shared together through the wilds of northeastern Oregon.“Dad loved those little boys with every ounce of his being,” their older sister Remington Frazier, 22, told The Oregonian/OregonLive in an interview Tuesday.Cash was a third-grader at Payette Primary School in Payette, Idaho, where he lived with his and Remington’s mother Toiresa Frazier, the sister said.Grady lived with their father and his mom, Brooke Neal-Troyer. He attended Imbler Elementary School outside La Grande, where his last day of first grade was Friday, according to Frazier.last_img read more

Moon River singer Andy Williams dies

first_img“Moon River” singer Andy Williams died Tuesday after a battle with bladder cancer. ST. LOUIS — With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature “Moon River,” Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the ’60s we usually hear about.“The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t there,” the singer once recalled. “Well, I was there all right, but my memory of them is blurred — not by any drugs I took but by the relentless pace of the schedule I set myself.”Williams’ plaintive tenor, boyish features and easy demeanor helped him outlast many of the rock stars who had displaced him and such fellow crooners as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He remained on the charts into the 1970s, and continued to perform in his 80s at the Moon River Theatre he built in Branson, Mo. In November 2011, when Williams announced that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer, he vowed to return to performing the following year: His 75th in show business.Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo., following a yearlong battle with the disease, his Los Angeles-based publicist, Paul Shefrin, said Wednesday. He was 84.He became a major star the same year as Elvis Presley, 1956, with the Sinatra-like swing “Canadian Sunset,” and for a time he was pushed into such Presley imitations as “Lips of Wine” and the No. 1 smash “Butterfly.” But he mostly stuck to what he called his “natural style,” and kept it up throughout his career. In 1970, when even Sinatra had given up and (temporarily) retired, Williams was in the top 10 with the theme from “Love Story,” the Oscar-winning tearjerker. He had 18 gold records and three platinum, was nominated for five Grammy awards and hosted the Grammy ceremonies for several years.last_img read more

Lorry rams into twowheeler at Bhongir 2 killed

first_imgA lorry rammed into a two-wheeler here on Saturday morning at Bhongir leaving two people dead on the spot. Bala Vinay (20) and Pasala Kranti (21) were heading to Valigonda from Bhongir when a lorry from opposite direction collided with the bike. The accident occurred at Nagireddypalli of Bhongir. Passersby alerted the police, who shifted the bodies to a hospital for post-mortem. SI Raghavendar registered a case and are probing into it.last_img

Chandrababu Naidu to blame for MalaMadiga rift

first_imgSaifabad: Mala Mahanadu national president Chennayya on Wednesday blamed former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s conspiracy for the Mala-Madiga differences.Addressing a meeting in Ambedkar Bhavan, he expressed happiness over the assertion of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the State Assembly that SC categorisation was not possible and that his party would not support it. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Chennayya pointed out that Jagan had struck to the party stand as he had stated during his ‘padayatra’. He threatened not to allow Naidu to move in the Telugu States, while appealing to other States to take Jagan as a model in opposing the categorisation. The Mala Mahanadu chief claimed that there was no change in Naidu despite the Supreme Court rejecting the then TDP government’s Assembly resolution on categorisation. He warned that the organisation would seek to stall the categorisation if the Centre takes up a bill.last_img read more

Online Jewellers Set to Expand Abroad Markets

first_imgOnline jewellery retailers are preparing to strengthen their presence in the international market, after undergoing a tough time in the domestic market.They will have bigger order sizes and exclusive designs which can demand a premium price, if they increase their presence abroad.”Nearly 25-30% of our business comes from overseas markets – the US, the UK, Canada and Australia,” The Economic Times quoted Gaurav Singh Kushwaha, founder of Bluestone. “Ours is a real-time model and the shipments got delayed in August-September 2013 due to the increase in import duty on gold.”The company is targeting a revenue of ₹300 crore in the fiscal year 2015.The shipping cost for abroad markets is about ₹6,000 for each delivery, including the extensive paperwork and logistic issues, according to the report.Indian designs are in great demand in foreign countries but the delivery time of the product is 20-30 days due to paperwork. So easing of regulations will increase the demand abroad, according to Mithun Sacheti, CEO of Chennai-based CaratLane.com.Indian jewellery manufacturers tried increasing their global presence last year as the domestic market went weak even during festive seasons, according to Business Standard. Gitanjali Gems, which had 105 stores in the US, was planning to launch 25 new stores this year, the report stated.”Global markets look more promising than India due to the restrictions in gold supply imposed by the Centre. We plan to hasten our growth in global markets,” Mehul Choksi, chairman and managing director of Gitanjali Gems, said.Both online and offline jewellery shops are trying to bolster their presence in the international market to increase profitability.”We are looking at creating an online experience for the customers to provide information and help them get a look and feel of the products available,” Economic Times quoted Sandeep Kulhalli, senior vice president of Tanishq.The Bangalore-based company is set to launch international shipping in the next quarter.Some of the online jewellery retailers have also introduced cash-on-delivery services, which has increased its demand in the market.last_img read more