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  • Photos FHMs Sexiest Woman In The UK Says No To Fur

    first_imgDressed in a short red dress and a Santa hat, former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan braved the December chill on Wednesday morning, when she joined a group of PETA members next to the Covent Garden Christmas tree with a sign reading, “Keep It Fur-Free Under the Xmas Tree”, to encourage consumers to leave fur off their holiday shopping lists.Helen Flanagan Says No To Fur This ChristmasCredit/Copyright: PETA UK“Fur is cruel and gruesome, and it belongs squarely in Christmas’ past”, says Flanagan, who was named FHM’s “Sexiest Woman in the UK” this year. “With all the wonderful stylish, fur-free designs available today, it’s never been easier to celebrate with Christmas gifts that are as kind as they are chic.”Helen Flanagan Goes Fur-Free This ChristmasCredit/Copyright: PETA UKlast_img read more

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  • Coast Guard Most fuel spilled from tank farm unrecoverable

    first_imgLess than 20 per cent of a 461,000-gallon (1.7-million-litre) gasoline spill in Texas during Hurricane Harvey was recovered by the company responsible, while the rest evaporated or soaked into the ground, a U.S. Coast Guard official said Thursday.Only a minor amount of the spill appeared to have escaped past containment berms at the Magellan Midstream Partners storage tank farm in the Houston suburb of Galena Park, said Coast Guard Lt. Commander Jarod Toczko. It’s the largest spill reported to date from the storm that made landfall in Texas last month.The Oklahoma-based company reported recovering about 2,000 barrels, or 84,000 gallons (320,000 litres), of gasoline in the days after the Aug. 31 spill, Toczko said. It’s unknown how much of the fuel evaporated and how much seeped into the ground.“We know how much spilled, but it’s difficult to say the exact amount evaporated,” he said.Gasoline is more volatile than oil, meaning it evaporates more quickly after it’s spilled. It’s also more likely to catch fire and can more rapidly penetrate the soil and potentially contaminate groundwater.Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine says a cleanup of contaminated soil at the company’s facility should be completed within a few weeks. He estimated that less than five gallons (19 litres) of fuel reached a small waterway adjacent to the company’s property that drains into the Houston Ship Channel. The rest was contained onsite.“Although we do not have an estimate of the total volume of soil that we will remove and replace at this time, the project will comply with all laws and regulations,” Heine said.State officials were not aware of any health concerns from the spill, according to Texas Commission of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Andrea Morrow.Environmentalists have criticized the official response to the accident, including not notifying the public more quickly about the scale of the spill.Magellan reported the total volume to federal officials on Sept 5. A day later, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official told The Associated Press that the spill was a “2,500-gallon fuel oil spill at the Houston Magellan facility.”The volume was not publicly reported until Sept. 11, in a story by the AP. The EPA said in a statement this week it “provided “the best information it had at the time” when it used the lower figure.The AP has identified at least 34 above ground fuel storage tanks and tank batteries that failed during Harvey and released more than 600,000 gallons (2.2 million litres) combined of crude oil, gasoline and other chemicals.Two storage tanks failed in the Magellan case. Initial indications suggested the massive tanks floated off their foundations as floodwaters swamped the company’s tank farm, Toczko said. That’s what happened at tank farms in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina, when numerous storage tank failures spilled millions of gallons of fuel into floodwaters.Magellan has said only that the spill was “related to flooding associated with the hurricane.” Heine said Thursday that the cause remained under investigation.___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at www.twitter.com/matthewbrownap___HURRICANE NEWSLETTER — Get the best of the AP’s all-formats reporting on Irma and Harvey in your inbox: http://apne.ws/ahYQGtb .last_img read more

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  • Police reject US allegations

    However, the report says there were credible reports that police and security forces tortured and abused citizens. The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) allows for confessions from torture to be admitted as evidence. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO The police have rejected allegations of torture of detainees raised in a US human rights report released by the State Department.Acting police spokesman Priyashantha Jayakody said that the police undergo training in maintaining human rights when carrying out their duties. An annual human rights report released by the US State Department has slammed the police in Sri Lanka for alleged torture and abuse of people while in detention.The Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2012 states that in Sri Lanka the law makes torture a punishable offense and mandates a sentence of not less than seven years’ and not more than 10 years’ imprisonment. “There have not been such reports in recent times,” the police spokesman said. He said that if such alleged incidents of torture or abuse of detainees does take place then complaints can be lodged with the Human Rights Commission or raised in Court. read more

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  • Many Ontarians still without power

    Eastern Canada continues to deal with winter weather woes. 6,800 people in Quebec and about 12,000 in New Brunswick are without power.25,000 others in Ontario are still in the dark. Of those, over 15,000 are customers of Toronto Hydro. It’s been six days since the ice storm, and crews continue to work around the clock to restore hydro. A break from cold temperatures has allowed them to cover a lot of ground today, but the changing weather also comes with complications.Most of Hamilton has had power back since yesterday, but it’s been a much bigger job in Toronto. With a cold snap expected tomorrow night, trees that were weakened by the storm will once again be at risk of snapping, and coming down on recently repaired hydro lines. Before crews can deal with the possibility of further outages, they are trying to address customers who are still without power, some of whom who have been in the dark for 6 or more days.Despite the possibility that more customers could lose power, the CEO of Toronto Hydro is optimistic.Anthony Haines says, “This is the first time in 7 days I have been able to stand here and say I can see the end line now. It’s right there. I can see it coming.”With temperatures dropping to -8 degrees tomorrow night, residents across the Greater Toronto- Hamilton area are bracing for round two. read more

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  • UN urges continued vigilance of locust threat to western Africa

    “Countries in West and North-West Africa have made great efforts in controlling the swarms coming out from the Sahel (Sahara border region), but only in March-April 2005 will it be possible to have clear indications on what scale breeding will occur and on what scale the Sahel will be reinvaded in summer,” United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its latest locust update. In North-West Africa, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania continued intensive control operations against immature swarms during December while late forming swarms from summer breeding in the Sahel reinvaded parts of southeastern Mauritania and eastern Senegal, the agency noted. Some of these swarms continued south into Gambia and southern Senegal, reaching central Guinea Bissau and probably northern Guinea. The swarms in Guinea Bissau have caused great concern there. About 880,000 hectares were treated from the air and on the ground in West and North-West Africa during December, compared to 2.2 million in November. The total area treated since the beginning of the upsurge in October 2003 has now reached 12 million hectares, FAO said.At the height last summer’s breeding season, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the crisis was potentially worse than the last plague of 1987-89, with some experts warning of famine and death in rural areas. The 1987-89 plague cost the international community $300 million to eventually bring under control. read more

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  • CN has revenue growth pipeline from potash urea and coal projects says

    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 17, 2012 4:37 pm MDT CN has revenue growth pipeline from potash, urea and coal projects, says analyst MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway has a pipeline of strong growth opportunities over the coming years that should add hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues from carrying potash, gas-based urea and coal, an industry analyst said Monday.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said Canpotex’s option to build a new potash export terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C., got a shot in the arm from a recent favourable report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.It concluded that the project won’t likely cause significant adverse environmental effects and said proposed measures could mitigate those problems.The agency is inviting public comments until Oct. 5, but Poirier said the federal Environment Minister could give his approval by year-end.Poirier said the terminal could generate about $500 million a year in additional revenues for the Montreal-based railway (TSX:CNR) which is the exclusive railroad serving the port and help it capture half the potash market by 2016.Canpotex markets fertilizer abroad on behalf of the three biggest Saskatchewan producers: Potash Corp. (TSX:POT), Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) and the American potash producer Mosaic Co. (NYSE:MOS).The consortium plans to spend about $800 million to increase its capacity at Prince Rupert to 11.5 million tonnes per year by 2020. Poirier estimates CN’s rail costs would be less than $100 million.The agency report highlighted that Prince Rupert, the north coast of B.C., is the closest to Asian markets, which would translate into lower operating costs, transit times and emissions than alternatives in Vancouver, Cherry Point, Wash., and Portland, Ore.Indian fertilizer company IFFCO also recently selected the Becancour Waterfront Industrial Park in Quebec to establish a $1.2 billion gas-based urea plant that would use CN’s network to serve customers in the U.S. Midwest.Construction of the fertilizer co-operative’s fifth ammonia urea plant in the world and first in North America is expected to take about 18 months and be operational in about five years. Shipped volumes weren’t immediately known but the facility would have a capacity of 1.3 million tonnes per year.Railway service to the port was one of the reasons Becancour was selected after IFFCO considered 50 other locations. It also has a year-round deepwater port and access to natural gas supply.Poirier said CN also has opportunities related to coal mining in northern British Columbia and Alberta. Coalspur Mines decision to export thermal coal from Alberta through Port Rupert could net CN $277 million of annual revenue, up from $200 million a year, he wrote.It could reap the benefits from a potential International Longshoremen’s Association strike scheduled for the end of September. A strike would likely divert traffic to Vancouver and Prince Rupert in the west and Halifax and Montreal in the east.CN would be less affected than rival Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) by lower water levels at the Port of Montreal that would reduce freight volumes.“We believe the market could take a more constructive view on CN in light of the company’s impressive growth opportunities and strong outlook for 2012,” he wrote in a report. He has a buy rating with a target price of C$96 per share.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CN’s shares closed up two cents at $90.99 in Monday trading. read more

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  • Why did you shoot me Grandad Last question of boy six killed

    The .22 air rifle – which shot and killed Stanley – was purchased for £90 by Grannon five years ago after he responded to an advert in a local newspaper.Grannon upgraded it by adjusting a spring mechanism which made it more powerful and meant it needed a licence.He told police the reason he had not applied for a certificate was because he knew he wouldn’t be granted one due to the limited use of his right arm as a result of an accident some years ago.Grannon pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Stanley and the possession of a firearm without a certificate last month.He was jailed for three years at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday. He was also given four months for possession of a firearm without a certificate which will run concurrently. Stanley’s mother Jenny Dees said Grannon, her grandfather, was “once respected in the family” but claimed he had not shown any remorse in the 11 months since the fatal shooting.She added: “Not once did he say sorry. Now, if he did it would be meaningless – and too little too late.”Stanley’s devastated father Andrew Metcalf also took to the stand and said: “On the 26th of July our little world came crashing down. Mother Jenny Dees and father Andrew Metcalf Mother Jenny Dees (left) and father Andrew Metcalf holding a photograph of their son after making a statement to media outside Sheffield Crown CourtCredit:Danny Lawson/PA Wire Stanley with his mother, Jenny Mother Jenny Dees (left) and father Andrew Metcalf holding a photograph of Stanley Metcalf, after making a statement to media outside Sheffield Crown Court Police tape around the scene in Church Lane, Sproatley, Hull, where the shooting took place “Tragically, this happened when the family had gathered at your home to mark the 15th anniversary of the death of your son, Andrew.”July 26 this year will mark the anniversary of two deaths instead of one.”No sentence I impose can bring Stanley back. No sentence I impose can undo what you have done and heal the rifts in your family.”In all circumstances, what you did was obviously a very dangerous thing to do. Why on earth did you do it?”I have read your statement and I readily accept that your remorse for what you did to your great-grandson is genuine and profound, although you have not succeeded in conveying that to your granddaughter and her family.”‘Our world has changed forever’During the hearing, in an emotional victim impact statement, Stanley’s mother Jenny Dees said: “Our whole word has changed forever.”It is unbearable, we struggle to live, to eat and breathe. Nothing will make this better, our hearts are totally broken. “The pain in my heart is unbearable, I cry and cry, and sometimes I think I am not going to stop.”The only reason I’m still here is because of (Stanley’s twin sister) Elsie. Life is so hard to carry on with. Everything seems so pointless. Our family is broken beyond repair.” Albert Grannon, seen leaving Hull Crown Court on June 10Credit:SWNS Prosecuting, John Elvidge QC said: “The crown is not suggesting the defendant deliberately killed his great-grandson, but by firing the rifle in close proximity to Stanley he was grossly negligent.”Mitigating, Paul Genney told the court: “These are my instructions – he held the rifle and squeezed the trigger to see if it was loaded whilst pointing the rifle at the child but, of course, not deliberately.”Mr Genney said Grannon was “particularly concerned” about the issue of remorse. He told the court: “He instructs me he has been reluctant to communicate with the parents and the mother because in the early stages of the ongoing police investigation he was told that would be an inappropriate thing to do, probably wrongly.”Mr Genney added Grannon feels remorse and “blames himself totally” and said the “irretrievable division between the family has compounded the tragedy”. Albert Grannon, seen leaving Hull Crown Court on June 10 How did a great-grandfather shoot dead his great-grandson?Stanley Metcalf had attended the family gathering with his twin sister Elsie, mother and grandmother at Grannon’s home in the village of Sproatley near Hull, East Yorkshire, when the incident happened.The boy was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary with serious injuries after the pellet made a hole in his abdomen, but tragically died after resuscitation was stopped just before 5.30pm.Stanley had asked to see Grannon’s gun which he was in the habit of keeping loaded while stored in a cupboard, the court was told.The youngster’s mother, Jenny Dees heard a loud bang and ran into the kitchen where she saw Stanley bent over clasping his stomach.He was then carried outside by Miss Dees who initially thought he was play acting but she lifted his top to see a small hole the size of a 5p piece in the left side of his abdomen.Retired shipbuilder Grannon accompanied Stanley in the ambulance, where the youngster went into cardiac arrest on the way to hospital before he died two hours later. Mother Jenny Dees and father Andrew MetcalfCredit:Danny Lawson/PA Sentencing Grannon, the judge, Mr Justice Lavender said: “You ended a young life and you brought lifelong grief and misery to his parents and to the whole family. Paramedics described Grannon, known as Grandad Sam within the family, as “extremely upset” and “shell-shocked”.A post-mortem found Stanley died as a result of a “single penetrating injury to his abdomen”, which damaged his bowel and a major artery in his pelvis, causing massive blood loss. Stanley with his mother, JennyCredit:Facebook Police tape around the scene in Church Lane, Sproatley, Hull, where the shooting took placeCredit:South West News Service “Stanley, my son and best friend, had his life taken away. Every morning and every night I go into Stanley’s room and still tell him ‘you’re my best friend and I love you’.”There’s no reply, and kissing his pillow is not quite the same as kissing your son goodnight.”The last question Stanley asked was, ‘Grandad, why did you shoot me?’. So I’d like to ask the same. Sam – why you take my little boy away?” The last question six-year-old Stanley Metcalf asked was “Why did you shoot me, Grandad?”His great-grandfather, Albert Grannon, 78, had discharged a single shot from an unlicensed weapon, making a hole the size of a 5p piece in Stanley’s belly as he stood only a few feet away.On Tuesday, the pensioner was jailed for three years after admitting manslaughter at Sheffield Crown Court. Grannon first told police the pellet must have ricocheted as he checked the weapon at his home in Sproatley, East Yorkshire, last year.But expert analysis showed the shot went directly into the abdomen of his football-mad great-grandson Stanley on July 26, the court heard.The fatal shooting took place at a family gathering held to mark the 15th anniversary of the death of Grannon’s son, Andrew Grannon, and the incident has driven a wedge through the family.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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  • EHF EURO 2014 is over for Noddesbo and Atlason

    Two famous players and experienced members of their teams in the last years are replaced before the Main Round battles and for them is EHF EURO 2014 over. F.C Barcelona’s line-player Jesper Noddesbo is replaced by left wing Anders Eggert, who is recovered from the injury and ready to help his team-mates on the golden way. Iceland also made a substitution. Experienced left back Arnor Atlason is out and on his place is coming Arnor Thor Gunnarson, right wing from German Bergischer HC.Furthermore Macedonian line-player Nikola Markoski is out and replaced by centre back Nemanja Pribak from RK Vardar Skopje. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 TOPSCORERS: Lazarov to defend the title? Next Story → VIDEO: Lekai Mate goooal Arnor AtlasonDenmark HandballEHF EURO 2014Handball EURO 2014handball replacementJesper Noddesbo read more

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  • No winner in opener of Danish PlayOff final

    ← Previous Story Tears of Jesper Noddesbo: Don’t cry for me Barca, I will for you Next Story → Draw for TWG 2017 held in Wroclaw last weekend The first match of the Danish Play-Off final ended without winner. Skjern continued their run to the double crown by playing 26:26 (14:11) in away match in Aalborg.The second match is on the schedule on Sunday in Skjern.Aalborg – Skjern 26-26 (14-11)Aalborg: Patrick Wiesmach 8, Sander Sagosen 8, Buster Juul 5, Janus Smarason 4, Martin Larsen 1Skjern: Lasse Mikkelsen 9, Kasper Sondergaard 5, Markus Olsson 4, Bjarte Myrhol 3, Rene Rasmussen 3, Daniel Svensson 2 read more

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  • This is their opportunity Irelands fringe players handed chance to impress against

    first_img Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO By Ben Blake Mar 28th 2017, 7:30 AM “Seamus will be very hard to replace,” the Ireland manager said. “He’s one of the best full-backs in Europe and he’s been inspirational — particularly since he has taken over as captain. He’s been terrific.“Cyrus Christie is a very talented player — very strong going forward — and it’s really up to him. I think he is capable of making that step and he’s done very well when he played for us before.”Brady has been handed the captain’s armband with Coleman missing, and the Burnley man is proud to act as stand-in skipper for the night.It will be a dream come true for me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to leading the lads out and hopefully putting on a good performance.“I’ve only captained at underage internationally before. That would have been the last time.“But I’ve played under some great captains, and I’ve previously played under a great captain in Seamus Coleman. So I’ll lead the team out and hopefully lead as best I can.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Daryl Horgan heads the ball during yesterday’s training session. The best way to try and impress is to go out there and do it on the international stage.”Tonight’s opponents have shaken off their ‘minnows’ tag in recent years and currently sit one place above Ireland as the 23rd-ranked nation in the world, according to Fifa.After qualifying for their first-ever major tournament last summer, Iceland caused a shock by finishing ahead of eventual winners Portugal and Austria in Group F before sending England packing in the last-16.They went out at the quarter-final stage to hosts France but have continued the impressive form in the current World Cup qualifying campaign. With three wins, one draw and a defeat, Heimir Hallgrímsson’s side sit second in Group I — behind Croatia and ahead of Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and newcomers Kosovo.“The friendly games still have an importance in terms of your positioning,” added O’Neill. “Some international teams don’t play friendly matches at all in case they lose the games and their co-efficient drops.“We’ve taken this game on — we taken some on in the summertime before we play Austria too — and they are tough challenges for us.“Iceland were brilliant at the Euros, they won on Friday night and they will present us with a few problems.“I’m hoping the lads that start in the game and the others who come on will stake a claim for future international matches.” The Iceland players celebrate beating England at Euro 2016. Source: Jonathan BradyWith Coleman sidelined for several months at least, Cyrus Christie will slot into the right full-back and O’Neill has confidence in the Derby County defender’s ability. ‘This is their opportunity’ – Ireland’s fringe players handed chance to impress against Iceland The Boys in Green welcome one of Euro 2016′s surprise packages to Dublin for a friendly tonight. Daryl Horgan heads the ball during yesterday’s training session. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Follow us: the42.ie 21 Comments center_img https://the42.ie/3309225 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THEIR SQUAD MAY be severely depleted, but Ireland return to the Aviva Stadium this evening for the visit of Iceland (7.45pm).Manager Martin O’Neill was already down nine players before the events of Friday night.Since that 0-0 draw with Wales, skipper Seamus Coleman has been ruled out for the foreseeable future with a double leg-break, while Everton club mate James McCarthy has left the group after failing to shake off his hamstring problems.Robbie Brady returns to captain the side after completing his one-match suspension and Stephen Gleeson of Birmingham City has been called up, but with Sunderland defender John O’Shea and Stoke pair Jon Walters and Glenn Whelan gone back to their clubs, it leaves a panel of 22 for tonight’s friendly.Among them is an uncapped quartet — Preston North End duo Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle (formerly of Dundalk), as well as Brentford defender John Egan and Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane.And while O’Neill is unlikely to start all four, you can expect to see most, if not all, play some part. Left to right: John Egan, Callum O’Dowda and Conor Hourihane. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOIt’s also a chance for squad players such as Keiren Westwood, Alex Pearce, Eunan O’Kane, Callum O’Dowda, Jonny Hayes and Kevin Doyle to earn another cap.“This is their opportunity,” O’Neill said yesterday. “It’s an international game of some standing and it’s up to them. 14,139 Views Share3 Tweet Email Short URL A momentous night for LOI alumni and more Ireland-Iceland talking pointsO’Neill hints at handing debuts to uncapped quartet as Brady named stand-in captain for Iceland friendlyShane Long talked Seamus Coleman through broken leg with pregnancy breathing techniques Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 7:30 AMlast_img read more

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  • Ariane 5 lancement enfin réussi

    first_imgAriane 5 : lancement enfin réussi !Kourou, Guyane – Après avoir été reporté à deux reprises, le lancement d’une fusée Ariane 5 a été réalisé avec succès samedi soir. La mission du lanceur consistait à placer deux satellites en orbite.Son vol annulé une première fois mercredi, puis à nouveau jeudi soir en raison de problèmes de pressurisation, la fusée Ariane 5 a décollé samedi à 18h41 locales (23h41 heure de Paris) depuis la base de Kourou, en Guyane française. Il s’agissait du 51e tir d’une fusée de type Ariane 5.À lire aussiGrâce à un satellite éteint, des scientifiques découvrent des structures cachées sous l’AntarctiqueLe premier satellite, mis en orbite pour le compte de l’opérateur Arabsat, s’est séparé de la fusée 26 minutes et 39 secondes après le décollage. Le second, COMS, lancé pour un institut de recherche sud-coréen, a été séparé 32 minutes plus tard.Pour le PDG d’Arianespace, Jean-Yves Le Gall, ce vol était “absolument parfait, c’est-à-dire totalement conforme aux prévisions avec une précision d’injection d’orbite tout à fait remarquable”.Sept autres lancements de fusées Ariane 5 sont prévus cette année par Arianespace qui commercialise et procède aux tirs de la fusée européenne. C’est au 3 août prochain qu’est fixé le prochain tir, avec un satellite africain et un satellite égyptien.Le 28 juin 2010 à 15:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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  • CRISPR Gets More Precise Will Be Used on More Diseases

    first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend We’ve written about CRISPR before. Namely how it is a coming genetic superweapon that we’ll use to fight everything from cancer and infection to diabetes. In short, CRISPR allows scientists to cut out a section of DNA and replace it with whatever they choose. It works using hijacked bacterial machinery, so we’ve essentially hacked up a chunk of a bacterium and we’re now using that to swap genes around… cool, right?Early tests show that the technique is exceptionally effective (even if some other studies show that it’s a bit less precise than we’d ideally like), and there’s been a big push to keep looking for new applications and new diseases to attack.Right now, we’re limited in our ability to use CRISPR on tissues that are deep inside the body. Something like a white blood cell can be filtered out using a basic machine, edited, and then put back in the body, but you can’t do that with the lungs, for example. It doesn’t help that CRISPR’s basic components are made up of proteins and RNA — two very, very large molecules that don’t usually slip into cells on their own. But, that’s just what researchers have been trying to address — getting these tools into cells so we can start treating more people.Scientists have started using fatty molecules — which are also on the larger end — to sort of sneak the CRISPR into other cells, namely those in the liver. With that, scientists have managed to treat, and possibly cure, things like transthyretin amyloidosis, caused by having too much of one protein. Over time, it can cause loss of neurological function and can be extremely debilitating. Because the liver is responsible for filtering out the protein, scientists ran one test where they used fatty molecules to move CRISPR into the liver, and after the treatment there was a 97% reduction in the problematic protein with no major side effects.Muscular dystrophy too, may soon have a cure. By injecting gold nanoparticles laced with CRISPR into the muscles, scientists were to correct the faulty gene in 5% of targeted cells. It might not sound like much, but even that bit was enough to show marked gains in strength. Irina Conboy at UC Berkeley led the study, and she believes that the technique could see greater results with subsequent injections, but that would still leave them trying to distribute the nanoparticles throughout the body. It can’t just be your biceps, you also need to fix the heart.The one major issue still lingering, though, is the question of just how accurate CRISPR may be. Recently, some scientists have voice concerns that CRISPR could turn on or modify genes that it wasn’t meant to, or could splice in new material halfway between two existing clips of code, making what is, in essence, genetic nonsense. Which… would obviously be really bad for all involved. But progress has been made on that front, too.Nicole Deglon’s team at Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland have engineered a new mechanism that effectively turns off the ability of CRISPR to edit material for a while to prevent mistakes. Along with that system, they were able to treat 65% of target cells for Huntington’s disease in tests. “I was amazed to see how efficient it was,” Deglon told New Scientist.Trials in humans have already started in China, and, combined with more refined delivery methods, everyone who’s watching CRISPR has reason to be very, very excited about the future of health.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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  • The Mystery of Super Mario Odysseys Humans is Solved

    first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Yes, she does. And this is where we break the nature of people in Mario wide open and answer one of the longest-running questions in the series. While Pauline is the mayor of New Donk City and wears a suit most of the time, she is not a native of the Metro Kingdom. This is clear from her facial features. They’re big and cartoonish, just like Mario, Luigi, and Peach’s faces. She looks very different from every other New Donker, even if she has similar proportions. She isn’t from there. She’s a transplant who became mayor.So what is she, if she isn’t a human from the Metro Kingdom? Well, she’s a princess. Or rather, she’s from the same race of people as every other princess in the series, which we’ll call princesses. Princesses are their own unique species, humanoids with implied nobility and cartoonish features, who often rule over kingdoms. Daisy is the princess of Sarasaland. Rosalina is the ruler of the Comet Observatory. And Pauline is the leader of New Donk City.The idea that princesses are their own unique race apart from the natives of different kingdoms doesn’t only explain the “humans” in New Donk City, but the long-running question of Princess Peach. How does a human woman rule a kingdom of noseless mushroom people? Because that’s her thing, as a member of a species that rules. They don’t rule every kingdom, but they are treated as nobility wherever they go, and tend to lead wherever they settle.This concept isn’t unheard of. A race bred for nobility and endowed with powers or characteristics their subjects don’t have is a fairly common trope in fantasy. It’s also a staple concept of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, where princesses aren’t simply monarchical rulers, but physiologically unique from the three main races of ponies (Earth pony, pegasus, and unicorn) and endowed with unique powers. Like Rosalina’s cosmic abilities in Super Mario Galaxy or Peach’s elemental abilities in Super Princess Peach. It fits.This is supported in Super Mario Bros. 3, where Mario and Luigi need to save the kings of different lands. Those kings are all humanoids, turned into different creatures. Those creatures are consistent with the lands they rule. The king of Sky Land is turned into a bird. The king of Water Land is turned into a kappa. The king of Pipe Land is turned into a piranha plant. And when Mario gets the magic wands that fixes them, they become humanoids. Humanoids that, in the case of the Water Land king, look a lot like Mario.So, where does this leave Mario and Luigi? The revelation is shocking. They aren’t humans, but the same race of humanoid nobility that almost every other monarch in the series is.This kingdom-and-princess dynamic has some pretty huge sociopolitical implications in the Mario universe, that cast Bowser in an entirely new light. Bowser isn’t just the king of the koopas and the leader of the Bowser Kingdom. He’s a revolutionary leader who threw off the shackles of rule by racially distinct aristocrats and crowned himself monarch of his own kingdom, a constantly changing land of lava.And, while he does try to kidnap Princess Peach constantly and dominate other kingdoms, he might actually be the most egalitarian leader in the entire Mario universe. In fact, maybe his attempt to marry Peach wasn’t out of romantic interest but a desire to establish legitimacy for his kingdom and encourage an end to the racial homogeneity of the kingdoms.You know how every kingdom has a distinct race of people living in it, whether they’re ruled by a princess or not? That isn’t the case in the Bowser Kingdom. Bowser leads the most racially diverse nation ever seen in the Mario universe, with koopas (presumably his native species), goombas, thwomps, lakitu, and endless variations of all of them. All working together, whether guarding the Bowser Kingdom or marching on the Mushroom Kingdom. That includes goombas, who are a weak and vulnerable race of mushroom people with darker complexions from Toads. Mushroom people who are largely absent from the Mushroom Kingdom, under Princess Peach’s rule.The different kingdoms have plenty of tourists, sure. Toads explore everywhere and there are lots of vacationers. But the population of each kingdom is largely homogeneous. Not under Bowser’s rule, where turtle people live alongside mushroom people. Even in the Mario RPGs (which aren’t technically canon, especially Paper Mario), the most diverse population can be found in Paper Mario: The 1,000 Year Door‘s Rogueport. A derelict town of scoundrels and crime that just happens to have the biggest variety of types of people. A port without a government. A kingdom without a princess. And that’s the world Bowser is fighting for.So, that’s what we now know. New Donk City residents aren’t human, Pauline isn’t a native, Mario and Luigi are princesses, and Bowser is an egalitarian revolutionary pursuing political legitimacy through an arranged marriage. Ever since that first trailer for Super Mario Odyssey showing humans in New Donk City with Mario walking alongside them, the very nature of humanity in the Mario universe has been thrown out of whack. Do Mario and Luigi have some sort of unique dwarfism? Are they even human? Have they been mushroom people all this time?After extensively studding Super Mario Odyssey, I have the answer to those questions. It doesn’t just explain the residents of New Donk City, but a much older question that has gone unanswered ever since Super Mario Bros.As you play through Super Mario Odyssey, you visit different kingdoms on Earth. Well, on Mario Earth, which is clearly not our Earth in any way. Even with similar land masses, national boundaries and the entire ecosystem are completely unlike our Earth. Instead of nation-states, Mario Earth is defined by kingdoms, each with their own unique characteristics. The Cap Kingdom is a foggy felt world. The Lake Kingdom is primarily underwater caves. The Lost Kingdom is a poisonous jungle.And New Donk City is a city, because it isn’t just New Donk City. It’s a city in the Metro Kingdom, a kingdom defined by its urban landscape. Just like Bonneton in the Cap Kingdom and Tostarena in the Sand Kingdom.Nearly every kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey is defined not only by its visual theme but by its population. And outside of the Metro Kingdom, each population has a very consistent physical aesthetic. The Cap Kingdom has hat ghosts. The Wooded Kingdom has watering can robots. The Luncheon Kingdom has forks with chef’s hats. And the Metro Kingdom has humans, right?No. The Metro Kingdom specifically has humans in suits. That’s an important distinction, because it’s consistent through all of Super Mario Odyssey. The New Donk City resident you meet in the Sand Kingdom wears a suit. The New Donk City couple vacationing in the Seaside Kingdom wear suits. And every single person in the Metro Kingdom wears a suit. That’s because the Metro Kingdom isn’t a land of humans, it’s a land of humanoids in suits.They’re always suits. Suit jackets and trousers for men, and suit jackets and skirts for women. No one from New Donk City wears jeans and a t-shirt. They don’t wear swimsuits when they go to the beach. They don’t wear tuxedos when attending a white tie wedding. They wear suits.The conclusion is obvious. The Metro Kingdom isn’t populated by humans in a broad sense, but by humanoids who wear suits. Their proportions and their suit-wearing both define them, just like the residents of the Cap Kingdom are defined by being hat ghosts.“But what about Pauline? She wears a dress in the New Donk City festival!” ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine last_img read more

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  • 2015 Yukon Quest Purse Over 127000

    first_imgThe Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race organization announced the 2015 race purse Wednesday. The first 15 mushers to cross the finish line next February stand to win a percentage of more than $127,000.Download AudioThat’s a more than $12,000 increase from last year. The extra moneys comes from what was not paid out in 2014. Last year’s race saw only 12 finishers. Official sign-ups for the 2015 race open this coming Saturday, August second. The 2015 Yukon Quest starts in Whitehorse on Saturday February 7th.last_img read more

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  • Anchorage seeks proposals for Transit Center overhaul

    first_imgA People Mover bus. (Anne Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Anchorage is trying to figure out what’s next for the downtown Transit Center. The facility was a central hub for city buses, but problems with loitering, substance abuse, and crime created what some have called a “hazard to health and safety.” Now, officials are reaching out to developers and the business community for ideas on how to re-invent the property.Listen nowOn a relatively quiet Monday morning inside the Transit Center’s bright atrium people read or chit-chat on benches as noisy buses drop people off outside. A small group of city employees, developers, and business owners stood around a man wearing a slim blazer with a neatly folded white pocket square.“Did you want to take a tour?” Andrew Halcro, executive director the Anchorage Community Development Authority, asked. The group did, and eventually headed up a flight of stairs to look at vacant office space on the building’s second level.ACDA is a quasi-governmental appendage attached to the municipal body. It controls all of the city’s parking facilities, including meters, several surface lots, and a few big parking garages, like the one attached to the Transit Center at 6th Avenue. Under Halcro, ACDA has gotten creative with parking and transit resources, treating them less like infrastructure, and more like real-estate. In May, a dance-party DJed by international musicians took place on the roof of the parking garage at 5th Avenue.In 2015, when ACDA announced plans to quote “shut and gut” the Transit Center, it began phasing out the businesses and social service providers that rented space in the building.“A year ago there were 12 tenants in here,” Halcro told the group. “Now there’s only one.”All that’s left is Burger Express. And of course the buses, along with office space used by People Mover. But even those are going away. Over the next couple months, the city is overhauling its bus system, and new routes are designed in a way where the Transit Center will be less like a bus station, and more like a mere hub. So the city is reaching out to private partners, trying to get their ideas and proposals for what to do with the space.“We’re really trying to get the building to a point where developers such as yourselves can come in and take a look at the facility and envision what it could be,” Halcro told the small cluster of people.“Because obviously a building that’s been around for 30 years has gained a reputation, and to some degree a stigma,” Halcro continued, referring to the Transit Center’s low public regard, which many blame for deterring nearby development and investment. When Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s administration announced it would be gradually shuttering the facility, among its most frequently cited reasons were widespread public intoxication, drug dealing and sex crimes.In the broader ambition of revamping downtown Anchorage, Halcro sees the Transit Center overhaul as the first move in a domino sequence that could get nearby parking lots and substandard buildings turned into apartments and businesses.“We’ve spent a lot of time talking with economic development agencies outside, especially in Oklahoma City and Wichita,” Halcro explained. Parking garages are a popular focus of redevelopment efforts across the country, in part because they tend to have prime real-estate in urban centers, according to Halcro. “So they’re doing all kinds of creative things with putting housing on the façade or mixed-use…so those are the kinds of ideas we’re looking for.”Halcro doesn’t mean converting the parking garage itself into condos. The towering structure would stay the same, along with its capacity to store several hundred vehicles. His general idea would be affixing a new building beside the garage, one with around five dozen housing units above one or two floors of retail shops. Adding housing stock downtown is a growing goal for the Berkowitz administration, and something national chains like Walgreens have said they’d need to see in the area in order to consider opening franchise locations.Achillius Gagnon was one of the business people on the tour. He runs AK Business Interiors, a company that rehabs building interiors.“We design and tear down, and put up new Lego’s,” Gagnon laughed.Gagnon thought the idea of potentially adding new shops and residential units to a parking garage was an interesting proposition. He came on this optional tour as he and some business partners were readying to submit a bid under a request for a proposal the city.“We’ll see who we can team up with, and maybe– hopefully–be on the winning team to do something in here,” Gagnon said. “I think it’d be great.”Any eventual redevelopment plan will likely have to involve multiple partners working closely with the Municipality.Halcro expects proposals to be submitted and vetted during the summer, and potentially have a clear vision for what happens to the Transit Center by October.last_img read more

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  • Vodafone Idea treats Nirvana postpaid users with free Amazon Prime membership Heres

    first_imgVodafone Idea, despite being India’s biggest network carrier is facing a stiff challenge from Reliance Jio and also Airtel, as they all fight for the highly competitive market. All are incurring low revenue, as they fight the price-war and if you are unaware, 4G data cost in India is the lowest in the world.Only the player with deep pockets can survive in this cut-throat cellular business in India and as per latest reports, Reliance Jio is doing impressively with a huge influx of new subscribers, while Airtel and Vodafone Idea are losing several lakhs of customers each month. Vodafone Idea offering free Amazon Prime membership to Nirvana postpaid subscribersReuters/file photoIn late 2018, Vodafone Idea started discontinuing cellular services to prepaid subscribers with low currency balance (less than Rs 35) and so far, it has reportedly lost 2.3 million customers.Now, in a bid to win back the trust Vodafone Idea has announced free Amazon Prime subscription worth Rs 999 per year for Nirvana postpaid users, both existing and new.Vodafone Idea users with Amazon Prime subscription will not only able to get the privilege of getting quick delivery of goods on the e-commerce site, but also get early access to top deals on Amazon.in, ad-free music listening through Amazon Prime Music and access to unlimited streaming of the latest and exclusive movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy and Amazon Prime Original series through Prime Video.The annual Amazon Prime membership can be activated through the Idea Movies & TV app. Access to Prime Video is available after downloading the Prime Video app on supported devices, the company said. Amazon Prime VideoAmazon Prime Video India official website (screen-shot)This is second move this week after Vodafone Idea offered free Zomato Gold membership for six months to new Red postpaid service subscribers.With Zomato Gold membership, subscribers can claim exclusive meal offers at highly subsidised cost at partner hotels in Indian metros. Benefits include one meal can fetch free complementary second meal and partner beverage company is part of the hotel, consumers are entitled to get up two free drinks per visit per day.Each partner has a tag that allows the customer to distinguish between Food & Drinks Partners. For food, it is 1+1 and for drinks, it is a 2+2 offer.These initiatives of Vodafone Idea to offer value-added services will certainly help the company to build a more loyal customer base and most importantly attract new users including existing prepaid subscribers. Are British telecoms a good investment? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

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  • Pen draws flexible circuits using halfmeter long carbon nanotube fibers

    first_imgResearchers use a pen to draw half-meter-long carbon-nanotube-based fibers. The technique could be used to fabricate flexible electronic circuits. Credit: Huang, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers report progress in development of carbon nanotube-based continuous fibers Diagram of the writing process and images of the ink, pen, and fibers. Credit: Huang, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society Patterns drawn by hand showing the precision with which the fibers can be controlled. Credit: Huang, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society In the future, the researchers hope to expand the drawing technique to use different types of ink for different purposes.”We are now working on enabling more functions in the fiber,” Wu said. “For example, one possibility is semiconducting fibers drawn from a pen tip for flexible device applications.” (Phys.org)—While it may look like researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing are sketching out an idea for a circuit on a piece of paper, they’re actually using a special pen that draws real circuits using carbon-nanotube-based ink.center_img When writing, the pen is lifted off the paper to stretch and suspend the fibers, which can then be laid down on the substrate in the desired position. The researchers demonstrated that complex fiber patterns can be drawn by hand, and they predict that even greater precision can be achieved using advanced mechanical devices.The researchers also showed that increasing the polymer concentration of the ink increases the diameter of the nanotube fibers from 300 nm to 3 µm. In general, thinner fibers have better conductivity than thicker ones due to their better fiber orientation. Tests show that the highly conductive carbon nanotube fibers also exhibit excellent mechanical flexibility. At first, the researchers expected that the ultralong carbon nanotube fibers should maintain their conductivity after bending and distortion. Somewhat surprisingly, their tests showed that the fibers actually exhibit an increase in conductivity after bending—about a 30% increase after 1000 bending cycles. The researchers propose that the stress caused by bending deforms the polymers and improves nanotube alignment, which in turn increases conductivity. Journal information: Nano Letters More information: Sihan Huang, et al. “Direct Writing of Half-Meter Long CNT Based Fiber for Flexible Electronics.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl504150a Citation: Pen draws flexible circuits using half-meter long carbon nanotube fibers (2015, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-pen-flexible-circuits-half-meter-carbon.html This technique, called “fiber drawing,” has previously been used to construct patterns, but the fiber length is usually very short at just a few millimeters, and the drawing speed is typically very slow. These drawbacks limit its use in circuit fabrication.In the new study, the researchers demonstrated that their new pen can draw carbon nanotube fibers that are more than a half of a meter long with fast drawing speeds of up to 10 cm/second. Their work is published in a recent issue of Nano Letters.Due to the nanotube fibers’ high conductivity and excellent mechanical flexibility, the researchers predict that the fibers could serve as the fundamental building blocks for a wide variety of flexible electronic devices, such as wearable electronics, flexible touch displays, flexible solar cells, RFIDs, and 3D devices.While the pen itself is an ordinary commercial pen, the ink consists of a combination of electrically conductive carbon nanotube fibers and a viscous polymer solution called polyethylene oxide (PEO). The viscous PEO is highly elastic and mechanically strong, which allows it to pull long nanotube fibers from the solution during the writing process. “The drawing technique allow us to achieve very long carbon nanotube fibers mainly due to the high molecular weight of the polymer and high viscosity of the precursor solution as ink,” coauthor Hui Wu, Associate Professor at Tsinghua University, told Phys.org. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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  • Chris Mannix in the Herd KD could reunite with Westbrook and the

    first_img Advertisement Yesterday, Colin drew an intense  reaction when he predicted that Kevin Durant won’t be in Oakland much longer because he’s the ultimate mobile millennial superstar.”Of course Kevin Durant loved LeBron moving to Los Angeles… He’s not going to be in Oakland much longer.” — @ColinCowherd #Herdin60 pic.twitter.com/Gvjd5dDtvf— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 27, 2018Today, NBA insider Chris Mannix from The Vertical stopped by the show and agreed with Colin that Durant is likely to bolt form the Bay when he becomes eligible for free agency in 2019, but added a surprising twist when discussing KD’s possible next destination. With 3 titles at 30, and his legacy secure, Mannix thinks KD could take a hard look at returning to OKC and trying to win a title with Russell Westbrook to quiet critics that label him a ring chaser.LeBron returned to Cleveland. Why can’t KD return to OKC? Watch Mannix explain why the idea isn’t as crazy as it sounds.“I don’t think he finishes in Golden State… I really believe come the end of the year, he’s going to take a long look at Oklahoma City.”@ChrisMannixYS on Kevin Durant’s future pic.twitter.com/gR1AwyZZSe— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 27, 2018last_img read more

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  • Mozilla to run Firefox Monitor study in the US

    first_imgMozilla to run Firefox Monitor study in the US by Martin Brinkmann on June 26, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: June 26, 2018 – 4 commentsMozilla revealed today that it plans to run a Shield Study in the United States to get data on a new feature that it calls Firefox Monitor.Firefox Monitor is a security tool that gives Firefox users the option to check whether their accounts have been compromised.It is a web service first and foremost that accepts email addresses to find out if they have been included in leaked breach databases. Mozilla’s implementation lists information about the type of breach and data that was exposed.Visitors to the Firefox Monitor website will be able to check (by entering an email address) to see if their accounts were included in known data breaches, with details on sites and other sources of breaches and the types of personal data exposed in each breach.Firefox Monitor may get options to sign up for alerts so that you are informed when an email address is found in new leaks.The service uses Have I Been Pwned as the backend for the functionality and it updates Mozilla’s plan to add breach warnings to Firefox.The organization plans to inform Firefox users if a site was hacked in the past. The feature would allow you to type an email address in the notification prompt to check whether that email address was included in the leak.Mozilla implemented the email checks in a private-by-design way. The organization implemented a method of “anonymized data sharing for Firefox Monitor” which in essence means that the full email address is never submitted to third-parties. Users who are interested in the technical side of the implementation can read up on it on the Mozilla Security Blog.Firefox Monitor will be rolled out as a Shield Study to about 250000 users that Mozilla will invited in the United States in the next week. Whether the feature will land in Firefox at one point depends on the study and other data.Mozilla plans to display security advise on the Firefox Monitor page to provide users with instructions on securing online accounts. The site lists six tips to improve the security of accounts and it is sound advise.Use a different password for every account.Create strong passwords.Make strong security questions (or don’t answer them truthfully)Use a password manager.Use two-factor authentication.Sign up for alerts from Firefox Monitor.Closing WordsFirefox Monitor is an interesting security feature that could attract some users. While you may visit the Have I Been Pwned website directly to find out whether an email address was found in leaked databases, Mozilla’s implementation makes things a bit more comfortable thanks to direct integration in the browser.Now You: What is your take on Firefox Monitor?Related articles Check your passwords against the Pwned Passwords databaseFind out if your email address has been soldPassProtect warns you about insecure passwordsSummaryArticle NameMozilla to run Firefox Monitor study in the USDescriptionMozilla revealed today that it plans to run a Shield Study in the United States to get data on a new feature that it calls Firefox Monitor.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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  • Tongas flagbearer goes topless again for Winter Olympics opening

    first_img— Kris Read (@DesignedToFade) February 9, 2018 He’s back! #tonga #PyongChang2018 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/0khneo6zbZ GAYSTARNEWS- One of the highlights from 2016 Olympics was the site of Pita Taufatofua representing Tonga at the opening ceremony. Taufatofua shot to fame in 2016 when he entered the Maracanã Stadium for the Parade of Nations.He was wearing just a necklace and traditional ta’ovala, a Tongan mat, over his muscled, oiled body. Tonga goes shirtless again in freezing weather. #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/qI4VHumVDk— Brandon Millman (@BrandonMillman) February 9, 2018A lover of sport – and perhaps his moment in the spotlight – he decided to set his sights on the Winter Olympics. He managed to qualify in the cross-country skiing category. This was despite the fact he hadn’t actually seen snow until a few months before his announcement.He put himself through several months of grueling training to bring himself up to Olympic level.Tonga is a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean and Taufatofua is only the second person from the country to qualify for the Winter Olympics. He lives in Australia and is working towards a master’s degree – when he’s not in training.Extreme cold in PyeongchangThe Winter Olympics launch today in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Commentators have expressed some concern that although cold weather is an expectation of the games, current conditions are somewhat extreme.The BBC reported temperatures could plummet to -25C (-13F) when wind-chill is taken into account. The current temperature in the resort during the Opening Ceremony is -2C (28F).Here’s hoping Taufatofua can wrap himself up again soon!Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The 34-year-old represented the tiny South Pacific nation in taekwondo, but was eliminated in his first bout.Well, now Taufatofua is back – competing in the Winter Games and parading himself topless at the opening ceremony.When you’re slowly losing your dick to frostbite but ya gotta smile at the camera.#Tonga#WinterOlympics2018#OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/xKEeVo81Tg— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 9, 2018 Bless you Pita Taufatofua. #Tonga #PyeongChang2018 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/QR5gJqyQPv— Tūmanako Moskal (@HopeMoskal) February 9, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tongas-flagbearer-goes-topless-winter-olympics-opening/last_img read more

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