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Sorry Trump, despite higher taxes Harley needs India

first_imgWhen US President Donald Trump hosted Harley-Davidson executives at White House in February last year, he waxed eloquent: “Harley-Davidson is a true American icon, one of the greats… Whenever I go, whenever there’s a motorcycle group, oftentimes it’s a Harley.And the sound of that Harley is a little different.” Later, in his first joint address to the Congress, Trump hinted at a “country” that was slapping 100% import duty on Harley-Davidson bikes.  Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img read more

Wanted Rio Olympics controversy to last long, says Salman

first_imgMumbai, Jun 19 (PTI) Superstar Salman Khan, whose appointment as goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics, had kicked up a storm, says he was not troubled by the controversy as he felt the issue helped spread more about the sports gala.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had announced Salman as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics 2016.His appointment drew criticism from some sportspersons, experts and analysts, who felt a sportsperson would have better suited the job.When asked about the controversy, Salman said, “I just wanted this controversy to last long so that everyone gets to know about Rio Olympics. It fizzled out soon. When Sachin (Tendulkar), who plays cricket and Rahman (A R Rahman) who plays music, were made brand ambassadors, there was no controversy, which is disheartening.”The actor, 50, said he thought the issue would drag for two-three weeks “but that did not happen.””Our generation knew about Olympics as in our books we used to have logo of the Olympics, but its not there today,” he said.Those who were opposing Salmans appointment had also raised the issue of Salmans pending legal cases.”Lot of people said I shouldnt be there because of the court cases. Even though, there are cases in the court, why cant I be made the goodwill ambassador for Olympics? I am not convicted.” he said.The actor will be seen next in Ali Abbas Zafars “Sultan” opposite Anushka Sharma. PTI KKP NP BKlast_img read more

Work hard, avoid sugars: Kidambi Srikanth reveals his fitness mantra

first_imgKidambi Srikanth is now a known name in the nooks and corners of India. Thanks to his four Super Series titles in 2017, badminton has picked up even more in the country.Srikanth dazzled in the past year, decimating his opponents around the world and became the only Indian and just the fourth male shuttler to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year.With victories in Indonesia, Australia, Denmark and France — all four coming in couplet between just two weeks — Srikanth has only risen the stature of the sport. (Viktor Axelsen loves being in India, enjoys audience passion for badminton)While earlier, all the talks in India about badminton revolved around Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, Srikanth, along with HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth and others, have managed to somewhat alter the landscape.WATCH VIDEOSrikanth is now a superstar in the country and even though he marvels in that recognition, he largely sees it as a growth for the sport.Reuters Photo”I feel very happy. I am getting the recognition now and people are recognising me every time I go out. I am just very happy and in a way, it’s like the sport is also growing in the country and I am happy to be a part of this change,” Srikanth told in an exclusive conversation with’s Abreshmina S Quadri.He is just a normal man off court, in fact a shy person largely. You would usually spot him quiet and breezily walking around with a slight smile adorning his face. All his intense conversations and chattiness is reserved for areas in and around the court.advertisementHe says he hardly has a life away from badminton. His intense training leaves only a Sunday to himself and he hardly ever wants to walk out on the lone off-day. However, he is a movie buff and perhaps, that’s his only source of entertainment.”For me, there’s not much other than badminton. It’s like six days a week I train and Sunday is the only off I get and then, I am so tired with training all week that I just don’t want to go out anywhere. May be once or twice a month, I go out for movies and that’s it.”I am more into regional films. There is no real favourite because I watch all the movies, almost all the Telugu movies but it’s more about watching them for some entertainment,” Srikanth shared.Just a look at him on the court and one is forced to marvel upon his smashing abilities. His jump and smash that has become his second name, his down-on-the-knees defence and his wide open eyes as he plays a shot, Srikanth plays an attractive brand of badminton.Pullela Gopichand had said earlier in the year that there are technically better players than Srikanth in India but it is his smashes that make him so watchable. And Srikanth credits Gopichand for his trademark.”All thanks to Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) for training me that way (for smashes). I think it’s all him and we have worked on it for many sessions from many years. I don’t think it’s something that I have got naturally but it’s something we have worked so much on. All thanks and credit goes to him for sure.”Reuters PhotoThat jump-smash and the power that Srikanth puts behind that shot requires immense strength and fitness. Srikanth back in 2015, when he became the first Indian male to win the China Open, was a lean shuttler. He is still not bulky but his muscle development is evident and so is his fitness.Srikanth shared his not-so big a secret with”It’s more about avoiding some sugars and that’s the only thing I take care about. Otherwise, you have to work every day and I think that’s the only way to keep your fitness high. It’s more about working every day and eating less sugars.”With the advent of the New Year, Srikanth is only focusing on getting better. At the moment he is representing the Awadhe Warriors in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) and that is where his focus lies.”I have a match on 2nd (January 2) for Awadhe Warriors and so I don’t have much time to celebrate. So it’s more about doing well in the PBL for my team,” Srikanth said.2018 is going to be a big year. With the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, even bigger for the Indians. Considering the performances Indian players have put in the past year, expectations are only bigger and Srikanth hopes the seniors and the juniors can live up to that.advertisement”Tokyo 2020 is still a far target but next year having the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, it’s really going to be a big year. As you mentioned, everyone is doing very well in the seniors and I think now it’s for the juniors to get inspired by the seniors. They have also done well and we have a few players who have been the world No.1s in juniors and so, it’s upto them to take it from here and perform on bigger stage. It’s for us to do better next year.”The year has begun and so have the challenges. A changed BWF calendar means, three back-to-back Super Series events await the players, including the India Open, starting January 30.Srikanth had lost to world No.1 and eventual champion Viktor Axelsen in the previous edition of the home Super Series and will hope to turn the result around this time and dazzle on the home court as he has around the world in 2017.last_img read more

ST: RS485-networking transceiver simplifies design, saves board space and BOM

first_imgThe STMicroelectronics STR485LV 3.3V transceiver for RS485 applications enhances design flexibility by providing an external pin to select 20Mbps or 250kbps communication and interfacing directly with low-voltage logic down to 1.8V. The user-selectable data rate allows designers to specify the same device and thus simplify inventory management for RS485-networking applications, ranging from high-speed/short-range up to the maximum communication distance (4000 feet) depending on cable performance. It is ideal for a wide variety of scenarios, including telecom infrastructure, high-speed data links, or low-voltage microcontroller communications.Designers get the flexibility to connect low-voltage logic devices from 1.8V to 3.3V directly, without needing level-shifting components, leveraging the 1.65-3.6V supply-voltage range for data and enable signals. By maintaining internal driver-output resistance above 96Ω up to 105°C, the STR485 allows up to 256 transceivers on the same bus in accordance with the RS485 specification.Rich features for safety and robustness include thermal shutdown to prevent bus contention or faults causing excessive power consumption, and a receiver failsafe mode that prevents errors if inputs are idle, shorted, or unconnected. The bus pins withstand over ±8kV contact discharge and ±16kV air discharge without latch-up, exceeding IEC 61000-4-2 specifications, and are resistant to IEC61000-4-4 fast transient burst class-B. Packaged as a 3mm x 3mm DFN10 featuring flow-through logic-to-bus pinning that simplifies board design.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous IBASE: EN50155-TX-certified and IP67-rated railway computer systemNext Anvo-Systems and Mouser sign distribution agreementlast_img read more

India head coach interviews next week but will Ethics officer play third umpire again?

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting in Delhi on Monday cleared the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory committee (CAC) to pick the next head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. Some BCCI officials however, fear this move could be self-defeating if the appointment process of the coach itself is embroiled in conflict.”WV Raman was appointed women’s coach by the ad-hoc CAC. CoA member Diana Edulji questioned the process and now Ethics officer DK Jain has to decide if Raman can continue. One hopes we don’t face a situation again where the Ethics officer has to play the third umpire on whether due process was followed with the head coach’s appointment,” a BCCI official told Indian Today.In Monday’s meeting too, the CoA could not be unanimous on the move to allow the ad hoc CAC to pick the Coach. “I wanted the matter to go to the Ethics officer to decide on the conflict. I also reasoned in the meeting that appointing any ad hoc CAC would be going against the BCCI constitution. I voiced my dissent but the committee went ahead with a 2:1 verdict,” CoA member Diana Edulji told India Today.The three committee members which also include Shanta Rangaswami and Anshuman Gaekwad were told to submit an undertaking declaring their involvement in any other cricketing activities to clear them of conflict of interest charges.CoA Chairman Vinod Rai told the media after the meeting, their declarations were fine. “We are satisfied with the declarations submitted by the CAC. They will now go ahead with the selection of the next Indian CoAch once they receive the shortlist for the post from the BCCI. We are hoping to organize the interviews on August 13 or 14 and we’ll be able to announce the name of next CoAch in a couple of days.”advertisementCurrent head Coach Ravi Shastri starts favourite to keep the job with no high-profile candidates having thrown their hat in the ring. Australian Tom Moody and former Indian cricket manager Lalchand Rajput are amongst the few others who have applied for the top job. A section of the BCCI says the very public nature of talking up Shastri by captain Virat Kohli and CAC members has discouraged big names from applying.”What’s the tearing hurry to pick the head CoAch for two years by an outgoing CoA? The new BCCI dispensation when it comes to power in October can make the appointment. In any case Ravi Shastri and the rest of the support staff have been given an extension for the West Indies tour. They could have been asked to continue for two more months,” a BCCI official said.The conflict charge against Kapil Dev pertains to his Directorial position in Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) and his business that supplies floodlights to some Indian cricket grounds.Anshuman Gaekwad is member of BCCI affiliation committee while Shanta Rangaswami is a director with ICA. Opinions are divided if holding these posts can be seen as conflicts with their CAC role but strictly going by ‘the one person, one post’ principle they could be deemed ineligible.Also Read | BCCI CoA clears Kapil Dev and team to pick next India head coachlast_img read more

Jinhui Remains in Loss amid Volatile Markets

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based shipping company Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited narrowed its full-year net loss to USD 189.09 million in 2016 from USD 378.74 million seen in 2015.The loss was mainly attributed to the impairment loss on owned vessels and impairment loss on assets held for sale.Furthermore, revenues for 2016 declined by 31% to USD 59.96 million from USD 86.30 million recorded in 2015.During 2016, Jinhui completed the disposal of eight vessels including two Panamaxes, five Supramaxes and one Handymax vessel.“The disposal of the eight vessels represented an opportunity for the group to readjust its fleet profile and reduce our operational risk exposures in current high-risk volatile markets and … will improve the liquidity position of the group,” Ng Siu Fai, Chairman of Jinhui, commented.In December 2016, Jinhui reached an agreement with four major lenders on loans related to 25 of the company’s vessels. It was agreed that only 50% of the installments due until the end of 2018 will be repaid, while the remaining amount will be repaid within two days after the end of the forbearance period in 2019.The company agreed in February 2017 to sell four Supramax bulkers to four entities controlled by compatriot Minyi (Tianjin) Ship Leasing for an aggregate price of USD 48 million.Earlier this month, Jinhui also sold its last Handysize dry bulk carrier to Inui Global Logistics for USD 15 million.“Although the market improved later in the year, we continue to see uncertainty and market volatility remaining as an operational risk to the group. In order to further reduce operational risk and liquidity risk, we believe it is prudent for the group to readjust the fleet size and lower the overall indebtedness and it is vital to remain financially nimble in today’s tough and ever-changing market environment,” Ng Siu Fai said.“The overall recovery in dry bulk shipping market requires a stronger demand and supply rebalance through slowing fleet growth, layups and scrapping of tonnages,” he added.Excluding the vessels sold and scheduled to be delivered to the new owners, Jinhui operates a fleet of two Post-Panamaxes and twenty-one Supramaxes.last_img read more

National Guard on the ground as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe supporters await

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThousands of supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota are anxiously awaiting for a U.S. Federal Court judge to deliver a key ruling on the Dakota Access pipeline whether the construction project will be stopped.People at the camp say the four-state, $3.8 billion dollar project which would carry over 500,000 barrels per day of fracked oil from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota to Illinois threatens the area’s drinking water source and has already disrupted sacred sites.The camp has been in place since April. Last Saturday there was a clash between demonstrators s and pipeline company security forces using dogs and pepper spray.Ahead of Friday’s decision, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrympl called in the National Guard to augment the local county and police force. The National Guard was seen Friday manning a barricade on the highway that leads to the Sacred Stone camp.Although a ruling on an injunction is expected sometime Friday, some are calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to intervene.Obama visited Standing Rock in 2014.Cara Currie Hall, an Obama supporter who campaigned for him during the 2012 election, met the president at the time.“He has the executive authority to intervene and live up to his words,” said Currie Hall. “Because if he doesn’t, he’s going to be like everybody else, you know. It’s all rhetoric.”Currie Hall said what’s happening in Standing Rock is changing the dialogue on energy resources and Indigenous Nations.U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said he’d rule by the end of Friday on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s request to block the project.The lead developer, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, says modern technology allows quick detection of leaks. Pipeline supporters also say it would cut the amount of oil that travels by train.Follow Dennis Ward on Twitter for the latest.last_img read more

Reducing debt or investing your tax refund depends on your situation

OTTAWA — Many tax filers recognize that paying down debt or investing are smarter ways to spend their tax refund than splurging on a new big-screen TV or a quick weekend getaway.But with household debt levels near record levels and interest rates starting to climb, the choice between saving or reducing the amount owed has become an increasingly important decision.Those with refunds need to consider their whole financial picture when weighing the choice, said Andy Nasr, director and lead investment strategist at Scotia Wealth Management.“This isn’t just about investing, it’s about really developing a plan to preserve and accumulate wealth and that’s going to vary from person to person,” he said.“It is going to depend on your objectives and your risk tolerance.”If you have high-interest debt such as a balance on a credit card, using your tax refund to reduce or eliminate that debt should be the priority.There’s nothing that will give you a guaranteed rate of return like paying off the balance of a credit card that is charging 20 per cent interest, said CIBC’s Jamie Golombek.“I wouldn’t do any RRSPs, I wouldn’t do any TFSAs, I would primarily direct that money to paying down that debt,” said Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning.The decision is trickier when it comes to debt with less onerous interest rates. Mortgages, home equity lines of credit or car loans may carry much lower interest charges.The Bank of Canada has increased its key interest rate target three times since last summer, moves that have prompted the big banks to raise their prime rates. The prime rate at Canada’s big banks now stands at 3.45 per cent compared with 2.7 per cent at this time last year.And while the timeline is uncertain, economists are predicting rates will go higher this year, further pushing up the cost of variable-rate mortgages and other lending linked to prime rates.Nasr said you have to compare the interest rate you’re paying on your debt with the after-tax rate of return you think you might be able to see if you invest instead and consider what your financial picture would look like if things don’t turn out as you hope and your returns fall short or you end up losing money.“I wouldn’t consider investing unless I thought my expected return on something, whether it is the cash flow from it or the total return, would be enough to service those debt obligations while I have them,” he said.Nasr added it is important to remember that unless you’re investing in something like a GIC, the market can be volatile and there is no guarantee that the principal is secure.“If you invest in stocks, you should expect some level of volatility which can affect the capital that you’re putting to work,” he said.Golombek says if you are able to tolerate some risk and have a long enough time horizon before retirement you may be able to realize a significant benefit by skipping extra payments on low-interest debt and instead making contributions to an RRSP or TFSA account.“It doesn’t necessarily make sense to pay down debt,” he said.You don’t want to be mortgage-free, but have nothing saved for retirement, he added.“Every person is different, but I’m not sure it makes sense to take extra money and pay down low-interest debt when you have a long enough time horizon where you can get a higher rate of return.” read more

Navigato leads Rockets to 101 points for 6th straight win

TOLEDO, Ohio — Nate Navigato made five 3-pointers and led five players into double-figure scoring with 19 points and six assists as Toledo clobbered Detroit Mercy 101-57 Wednesday night, pushing its win streak to six games.Chris Darrington scored 16 points with four assists, Spencer Littleson added 14 points and Marreon Jackson had 13 points, five rebounds, four assists. Willie Jackson had 12 points and 15 boards for the Rockets (8-1) and has six double-doubles this season, 10 for his career.Toledo made 33 of 64 from the field, 52 per cent, and hit 14 from 3-point distance.Freshman Antoine Davis — ranked second in the nation in scoring — led Detroit Mercy with 19 points, which was 10 below his average. Davis was 7 for 26 from the floor with five 3-pointers. The Titans were held to 32 per cent shooting (22 of 69) and outrebounded 54-29Toledo’s Jaelen Sanford scored nine points, ending his streak of scoring in double digits through the first eight games. The win was coach Tod Kowalczyk’s 150th with Toledo.The Associated Press read more

As Sports Data Evolve the Public May Get Left Behind

The world of sports research has grown exponentially over the past decade, a trend nowhere more apparent than at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the industry’s highest-profile exhibition.Sloan has ballooned from 175 attendees at its inaugural event in 2007 to nearly 3,000 visitors a year ago at the sprawling Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. (This year’s attendance was slightly lower because of a smaller space, but that wasn’t a function of decreased demand. According to conference organizer Jessica Gelman, the waiting list ran into the thousands.)The flowering of sports analytics has brought lots of attention, and money, to the field. That’s good and bad. Higher-tech statistics require greater investment, which, in turn, introduces the possibility that leagues will be less willing to share new data with the public.Several notable data projects have been featured in Sloan’s panels over the years. Just last week, Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) announced an optical-tracking technology to replace the PITCHf/x system. What does this portend for the future of open-source analytics?MLBAM CEO Bob Bowman gave assurances that “fans will be able to see these data.” I hope that he means history will repeat itself. The original PITCHf/x data was stored in public files, which early pioneers of pitch analysis quickly learned to use. Bloggers and hobbyists did such good work that teams began hiring them; Mike Fast, Josh Kalk and other PITCHf/x gurus jumped into the big leagues (yours truly was hired by the Atlanta Hawks). Thus began a symbiotic relationship between MLB insiders and outsiders, made possible by a willingness to give smart people free data and let them run with it.But you can’t help but sense the possibility that the next wave of advanced data won’t be as accessible to amateurs. The tug-of-war between intellectual curiosity and monetization serves as a microcosm of what Sloan is about. It exists in the murky territory between trade fairs and academic conferences, a stark change from its earlier, smaller incarnations.Sloan’s growth has mirrored the growth of sports analytics, but it also underscores the increasing ways in which businesses and teams are looking to profit from a new generation of sports data. I just hope they don’t shut out the public in the process. read more

Cannabis liquid milk and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgDáil: Leaders Questions – Matters of the day will be raised with the Taoiseach by opposition leaders at 3.15pm. Expect property tax to feature in light of events in recent days and possibly gay marriage too.Dáil: Cannabis Regulation – The Dáil debates legalising and regulating the sale of cannabis in Ireland at 7.30pm on foot of a private members’ motion from Luke Ming Flanagan. The government will oppose the motion, but the debate should be interesting.Seanad: Social Welfare Bill – The upper house begins debate on the bill which enshrines the social welfare changes announced in the Budget. There is no indication of a rebellion from government senators but it will be interesting to hear their views.Committees: End of Life Care – The Health Committee continues its hearings on End of Life Care with the Primary Palliative Care Initiative, Nursing Homes Ireland and the Institute of Common Health Nursing and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland in Committee Room 1 at 5pm.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilThe Minister for Justice Alan Shatter takes questions on his portfolio at 2pm.After Leaders’ Question the Taoiseach takes questions on his own portfolio at 3.36pm.An hour later the Order of Business gets under way. TDs then discuss Topical Issues – pressing matters of the day – after that.There are also a raft of motions before the Dáil tomorrow, most of which are without debate. These include the withdrawal of the Betting Bill and a report on the Defence Forces’ service with the UN in 2012, which is being referred to committee.Along with a number of other motions the Dáil will also spend up to 20 minutes discussing the appointment of a new Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall.Then debate on the second stage of the Local Government Bill – which implements wide-ranging reforms to local authorities – resumes.The Dáil adjourns at 9pm after the debate on cannabis.Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadSenators begin their week with the Order of Business at 1.30pm.After that there are a number of motions without debate, including the appointment of the Ombudsman.After lengthy debate on the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill senators discuss Matters on the Adjournment.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Jobs Committee discusses the Companies Bill – the largest piece of legislation to ever come before the house with more than 1,400 sections – with junior minister Sean Sherlock in Committee Room 4 at 10am. The Environment Committee meets at 2.15pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss a number of EU legislative proposals and then the impact of existing and proposed nuclear plants in the UK with Dr Ann McGarry from the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland. Members will then discuss EU construction regulations and their impact on the standards of, er, construction products with officials from the Department of Environment.The Agriculture Committee discusses the problems, impacts and possible solutions to the issue of liquid milk with representatives from the Strathroy Dairy in Committee Room 3 at 3.30pm. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politicspage?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click herecenter_img WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…4 things we’ll be keeping an eye onlast_img read more

More jobs today as online advertising company announces 100 jobs in Dublin

first_imgIN THE SECOND jobs announcement for the capital today, a online advertising company has announced plans to hire 100 people at its Dublin office.Adroll, which keeps track of people who visit an online store and displays targeted ads to them,  said it plans to more than double the staff numbers at its offices in Dublin.The move will bring AdRoll’s Dublin headcount to 220.The jobs are in the areas of sales, account management, business development, finance and engineering.The company set up its headquarters for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in Dublin just last October. It said that its growth has far exceeded expectations since then.CEO Aaron Bell said Adroll was “excited about the target we have found in Ireland and the response we’ve had since entering the European market”.Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who attended the announcement, said it was “a vote of confidence in Ireland”.The company has more than 2,000 customers in more than 15 countries across Europe.AdRoll’s expansion was supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.Read: Good news: Library company to create 25 new jobs at its Dublin HQ > Read: IDA promises to help Bausch & Lomb as workers vote for massive cuts >last_img read more

Ikea introduces Soffa Sans worlds comfiest font

first_imgWhen Ikea first introduced the couch design function last month, customers immediately tapped the online tool to come up with all kinds of outrageously complex and impractical couch configurations. “Behold this couch fortress with a drawbridge me and my roomie made a few months ago,” one tweeted.  More fonts Behold this Couch Fortress With A Drawbridge me and my roomie made a few months ago, yours for the low low price of £3925— Mr. Squidgereen (@Mrsquidgereen) June 22, 2019 Sit back, relax and start typing.  Ikea Pull up a Söderhamn or a Grönlid couch. Ikea has rolled out Soffa Sans, a free font based on its “design your own sofa” tool that lets customers create personalized seating solutions. Or spell giant words in their living rooms. The font’s letters are configured from couches in the modular Vallentuna series and come in white, blue and gray.”Its modular form and relaxed letter-spacing make it one of the most versatile,” Ikea says of the font. “Also available in life-size.” Ikea said the wacky ideas led to Soffa Sans. “We loved your sofa planner creations so much they inspired the comfiest font ever,” the company said.  Sans Forgetica designed to boost your memory Blame Batman and the Watchmen for Comic Sans 54 Photos We loved your sofa planner creations so much they inspired the comfiest font ever. Meet SOFFA SANS. Download here— IKEA UK (@IKEAUK) June 28, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: This robot builds Ikea furniturecenter_img 1:02 Post a comment Check out the latest luxury trends for high-end homes Tags 0 European website The Drum, which is dedicated to marketing, calculated that the 1,434 products that make up the Soffa Sans alphabet would cost approximately $135,027 in dark gray.You can download the font here. Then go fluff some pillows and take a näp.  Share your voice Randomlast_img read more

Finding local seafood is getting easier at Americas top fishing port

first_imgBuying local crab gave Rubi Warden an opportunity to show her daughter Pia where their food comes from. (Zoë Sobel/KUCB)Unalaska is America’s fish capital. More seafood is hauled into Dutch Harbor than anywhere in the country, but for residents it’s not easy to find fresh fish unless they catch it themselves.Listen nowAt the local grocery stores even seafood caught in the Aleutians is exported before landing in freezer cases. But it’s getting a little easier to get locally caught seafood on the dinner table.It doesn’t happen often in Unalaska, but fishermen can sell their catch directly to customers. If you’re imagining a fish market, wipe away that image.Buying fresh seafood means going directly to a boat like Roger Rowland’s. On a weekday in January people like Rubi Warden are crowding onto the dock to pick out tanner crab.“Can you help me to carry it to my truck?” Warden asked.” “I’m buying $400 worth for three families.”Fishing is a family affair for Roger Rowland. Here his daughter helps fill an order. (Zoë Sobel/KUCB)Warden and her daughter Pia are buying 48 crab.  She’ll serve some of it to her parents when they visit from Hawaii.Local crab hasn’t been sold on the dock in two years.This is Rowland’s second time selling crab this season. The first time they took pre-orders, but today anyone can buy. It’s $12 a crab or 12 for $100.“This year they’re very nice, very big,” Rowland said. “It’s really encouraging to see the really nice product.”Selling fish off a boat doesn’t involve too much paperwork. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game requires a catcher seller permit to be completed along with a $25 processing fee.Another way it’s getting easier to find local fish in Unalaska is at restaurants – at least at all the dining establishments owned by UniSea, one of the big processing plants in town.Vic Fisher looks forward to Taco Tuesday the way most people look forward to the weekend.“I’m sitting on Monday and I’m thinking about Taco Tuesday,” Fisher said.Fisher is excited to try tonights’ menu: Alaska cod “just off the boat” marinated in chili lime sauce with cabbage slaw, and chipotle creme fraiche.“I love fresh caught anything,” Fisher said. “This is fresh cod and this is absolutely a new thing. I’m down for it.”The person responsible for all this fresh fish at the restaurant is Brett Richardson, the general manager of the Grand Aleutian Hotel. He’s been around for six years and says previous managers served fish from Asia.“I was wondering why we weren’t serving fish that we caught. If only, not having to pay shipping costs,” Richardson said. “Something that’s local and something that I think tastes pretty good should be on the menu.”All the restaurants at the Grand Aleutian Hotel are serving fresh, local fish seasonally. (Zoë Sobel/KUCB)Richardson’s first move was to shift the hotel’s weekly seafood buffet from a cornucopia of products from around the world to just Alaska fish — cod, pollock, salmon and scallops.In some ways it makes his job more difficult. He’s responsible for picking up the fish.“We don’t have a delivery structure,” Richardson said. “I literally just drive my little car over, put it in the trunk, and bring it on over.”Richardson can get fish so fresh it’s been off the boat for less than an hour. Workers process the fish on a slime line and instead of taking it to the freezers as they would for international customers, they walk it out to Richardson.Even with Richardson’s three restaurants at the hotel and a few more nearby starting to serve local seafood, it’s still not easy to find fresh fish on the island.Why is it so challenging? Richardson says it could be similar to why you can’t get good coffee in Java, Indonesia.“The only thing they had there available for anybody was Nescafé,” Richardson said. “They export all of their coffee because other markets will pay much more premium products for that.”Because of the seasonal nature of Alaska’s fisheries, there won’t be fish this fresh available year round. Richardson says the prime season is at the beginning of the year, but he thinks they’ll likely still have local cod through the end of April.last_img read more

Record Heat Facing Astros Dodgers In World Series

first_img Share Gail Delaughter Astros playoff gear in the team shop at Minute Maid Park.The Astros will take the field Tuesday night in Los Angeles looking for the team’s first World Series victory. (The Astros were swept by the Chicago White Sox 4-0 in their only other World Series appearance.) It appears history will be made with the first pitch scheduled for 7:09 CT. According to meteorologist Evan Duffey of Accuweather, Santa Ana winds are creating record heat in LA. “We’re expecting the high today in downtown Los Angeles to be 103-degrees,” he says. “For the game itself, the temperature should be right around 99-degrees.”If the prediction holds true, Game One of the 2017 World Series would set the record for highest game-time temperature. The hottest game temperature currently on record is for Game One of the 2001 World Series between the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, AZ.Typical high temps for this time of year in Los Angeles are in the upper 70’s.last_img read more

Texas Parks Department Concerned about Border Wall Plan

first_imgVince Smith/FlickrA view of Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in South Texas.The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says it’s concerned about the Trump Administration’s plans for a border wall through a South Texas state park.The Department of Homeland Security says it will waive a variety of environmental laws in order to speed up construction of about 17 miles worth of border barriers and roads in Hidalgo County. This comes a day after the department announced similar waivers for the building of border gates in Cameron County. The government says about 14 miles of the Hidalgo County project will be segments of wall intended to close gaps in the area’s existing border barriers.About 8 miles of wall will cut through the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, a local bird-watching destination.In a statement, a parks and wildlife spokesperson said the department “continues to express concerns to the federal government” about the plan.“We have expressed these concerns to [Customs and Border Protection], both in person and through public comment opportunities,” said Steve Lightfoot. “We are committed to working with the federal government to find alternative solutions that not only minimize potential impacts, but ones that also help accomplish border security goals while preserving the operational viability of the state park.”As The Texas Tribune has reported, the state has previously warned that a wall would limit access to the park and cause safety issues that could make it hard to keep open.Homeland Security maintains there is an “acute and immediate need” for border walls and roads in the area, which the government describes as “an area of high illegal entry.” Sharelast_img read more

New Candidates Face Challenges Unseating DC Incumbents

first_imgFirst-time candidates for political office in the District of Columbia are learning this election year that campaigning is a tough, time-consuming process, but it does have its rewards.There are a number of first-time candidates for offices ranging from the District’s delegate, to the U.S. Congress, to the ward positions on the D.C. Council. During this year’s election cycle, all of the incumbents in office are running for re-election and that presents challenges for candidates in their inaugural run for office.Sheika Reid (pictured) is the running for office for the first time in a race against D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau. (Courtesy Photo)“Beyond name recognition, there is the issue of running against an incumbent and having their staff volunteer with them,” said Marcus Goodwin, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the D.C. Council at-large race.  “That’s a huge thing,” Goodwin told the AFRO.The Democratic primary is June 19 and Goodwin is trying to unseat D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At-Large).Goodwin works as an acquisition associate at the real estate firm Four Points.  He was educated at St. Albans School for Boys on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Northwest, D.C., and University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.Goodwin has been joined by Jeremiah Lowery, a community organizer, as a first-time candidate. During the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade that took place on Jan. 15, Goodwin noticed that Bonds was not there but had a handful of staffers handing out literature and events unrelated to the campaign.“To me that is blurring the line,” Goodwin said. “It is against the law for council staffers to campaign for their bosses on government time and I recognize that during their off period, they are free to do what they want.”Goodwin said that a number of people who are community and non-profit leaders would be happy to support his candidacy but afraid to do so publicly because of repercussions from the council member.“They are afraid that the council member will be vengeful,” he said. “A number of advisory neighborhood commissioners have said they want change in the at-large position but they aren’t willing to take a chance on me because it would jeopardize their relationship with the council member.”Sheika Reid is a Ward 1 resident who, like Goodwin, is running against an incumbent, Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1). Nadeau is also being challenged by first timer Lori Parker.Reid has been holding fundraisers at Ward 1 places like Halfsmoke, a restaurant and bar on 7th Street, and has knocked on thousands of doors in the ward.“When I am out in the ward, I talk to the people about the opportunities residents will have if I am elected,” she said. “I talk to them about affordable housing, the opportunities for growth for small businesses and I tell them I will be their voice on the council.”Reid is a District native and a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in engineering at Howard University. She said that her education at Howard has taught her how to be a problem-solver and “that is what is needed on the council.”Raising money for the campaign is one of the most important jobs for a candidate. In the District, incumbents have a built-in advantage because they have access to the levers of government and can determine who gets government contracts and jobs.“It is very hard to fundraise but we had a good showing [recently],” Goodwin said.The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance’s web site shows that Goodwin has raised $52,206.34, while Lowery had amassed $21,260.75. Bonds had only raised $150 so far according to the web site.In the Ward 1 race, Nadeau had $194,985.80, with Reid at $17,509.78, and Parker with $29, 666.43, according to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance’s report.Goodwin said he realizes that there is an unofficial rule of politics that is working against him also.“Incumbents are generally considered to be safe in this city,” he said. “The conventional wisdom is that if you’re running for the first time, you’re unlikely to win. Some people are telling me to come to them when I run again.”A veteran political operative who did not want to be named told the AFRO that problems first-time candidates face is name recognition and getting their message to the voters.“To beat an incumbent, first-time candidates have to constantly raise money and knock on doors,” the operative said. “The challenge for first-timers is building a good group of community volunteers and campaign workers. They need to bring smart people around them and to get their message to the voters.“Those challenges can be overcome, though.”Goodwin said he is encouraged by District voters history of ousting incumbents who they feel aren’t performing.“In recent years, we have had two mayors to be defeated because the voters thought they were inadequate,” he said, speaking of Adrian Fenty in 2010 and Vincent Gray in 2014. “Defeating an incumbent as a first-time candidate can be done if people see you as genuine,” Goodwin told the AFRO.last_img read more

Team says Arctic ice shelf broke up before

first_imgImage: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Citation: Team says Arctic ice shelf broke up before (2011, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Now however, new research by a team from Université Laval in Canada, led by Dermot Antoniadesa, have found, after studying sedimentary material on the bottom of the Disraeli Fiord, created by backup from an ice shelf in Northern Canada, that it experienced a major fracture that resulted in an overall reduction of the ice shelf some 1,400 years ago. Which means this isn’t the first time that the shelf ice has melted and broken apart. The team has published the results of its survey in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Shelf ice is a thick platform of ice that has been pushed out to sea by glacier pressure. As the sea level drops, the ice tends to float even as it’s still connected to the shore. Hence its name, it literally looks like a giant shelf hanging off the land out into the sea. One ice shelf in particular, Ward Hunt, located on Ellesmere Island, lies off the north central coast of Canada and is part of a group of ice shelves that once comprised most of the northwest coast of the Island. Over the past hundred years, the shelf ice in this region has diminished by nearly 90%.Because ice shelves also act as dams, backing up water into fjords, sediments from them build up on the sea floor and in the spaces between the salty seawater and fresh water produced by melting ice. By analyzing these sediments using carbon 14 dating and other techniques, the researchers are able to create a record or timeline of sorts that they can use to look into the past. In this case, the research team found that the ice shelf first appeared approximately 4,000 years ago and hung around for several thousand years. But then about 1,400 years ago, a major fracturing occurred that caused the shelf to shrink. It didn’t fully recover until about 800 years ago. After that, it held steady till the shrinkage that began nearly a hundred years ago and continues to this day.At this point, it doesn’t appear that the shelf ice around Ellesmere Island is any smaller now than it was during the previous period of warming, but because it’s still shrinking, it’s possible it could become, as Antoniadesa writes, an “unprecedented” event. © 2011 More information: Holocene dynamics of the Arctic’s largest ice shelf, PNAS, Published online before print October 24, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1106378108AbstractIce shelves in the Arctic lost more than 90% of their total surface area during the 20th century and are continuing to disintegrate rapidly. The significance of these changes, however, is obscured by the poorly constrained ontogeny of Arctic ice shelves. Here we use the sedimentary record behind the largest remaining ice shelf in the Arctic, the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf (Ellesmere Island, Canada), to establish a long-term context in which to evaluate recent ice-shelf deterioration. Multiproxy analysis of sediment cores revealed pronounced biological and geochemical changes in Disraeli Fiord in response to the formation of the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf and its fluctuations through time. Our results show that the ice shelf was absent during the early Holocene and formed 4,000 years ago in response to climate cooling. Paleoecological data then indicate that the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf remained stable for almost three millennia before a major fracturing event that occurred ∼1,400 years ago. After reformation ∼800 years ago, freshwater was a constant feature of Disraeli Fiord until the catastrophic drainage of its epishelf lake in the early 21st century. ‘Webcam’ from Space: Envisat observing Wilkins Ice Shelf ( — Arctic shelf ice has been in the news of late due to its shrinkage over the past few decades that most attribute to global warning. Thus, its levels and seemingly constant calving have become ecological barometers that environmentalists have come to use to show just how fast our planet is heating up. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

TMC members protest against disinvestment in Rajya Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: Trinamool Congress members in Rajya Sabha on Monday sought to disrupt proceedings of the House by entering the well and raising slogans to protest disinvestment of public sector companies. Some TMC members, including Derek O’Brien and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, were also on their feet and repeatedly asked the Chair to permit them to raise the issue of disinvestment of state-run firms during the Zero Hour. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu did not allow them to raise the issue, saying members should not resort to such measures to raise issues and that he would not succumb to pressures. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Naidu, however told TMC members he would allow them to raise the matter only if there is time left. TMC members continued to raise slogans but the Chair said nothing of that sort would go on record. Some members of the ruling BJP too were seen responding to the sloganeering of TMC members. Just before the House adjourned for lunch, Naidu cautioned members not to enter the Well and use such measures to press for their demands. The last session of the Rajya Sabha, held before the general elections, had witnessed several adjournments due to protests by opposition parties. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state However, the current Budget session has not witnessed any major protest by opposition parties. Members raise important issues of public interest during the Zero Hour after the Chair permits them to do so. Earlier, the issue of rejection of two bills by the President of India, which were sent to his office in 2017 by the Tamil Nadu government, to exclude the state from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) was raised. Arch rivals in Tamil Nadu — AIADMK and DMK — lodged their protest against the rejection of the bills. A Navaneethakrishnan (AIADMK) and Tiruchi Siva (DMK) lodged protests on behalf of their parties. DMK members also staged a walkout. In his Zero Hour mention, Rewati Raman Singh (SP) highlighted the situation in the country due to deficient rainfall. He said 18 states have been hit by deficient rains and it would badly affect paddy sowing.last_img read more