Biggest outage hits Facebook Instagram users worldwide

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO: Facebook grappled on Thursday with a widespread outage, forcing millions of people to taste life without the world’s largest social media platform. It was probably the last thing Facebook needed as it stumbles from problem to problem, including outrage over its use of customers’ private data. The outage began Wednesday afternoon and triggered a flood of gripes on downdetector.com, which tracks trouble accessing online pages, and on rival Twitter. A Downdetector map late on Wednesday showed Facebook service troubles persisting in parts of Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America. As of early Thursday the problem remained in parts of Europe and Asia, although moaning from America and else where kept coming. “You guys should look in the mirror at yourselves and hear how you sound,” a person with the handle Johanna wrote on Downdetector.last_img read more

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Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Tuesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Tue Mon 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2507 1.2512 1.3565 1.3220 British Pound 1.6319 1.6303 1.7407 1.7362 Japanese Yen 0.0112 0.0113 0.0122 0.0125 Euro in U.S. 1.1667 1.1641 1.0938 1.0991 Euro in Cdn 1.4592 1.4565 1.4837 1.4530Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

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McDonalds profit edges up even as global sales figure dips warns of

McDonald’s profit edges up even as global sales figure dips; warns of April decline by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 8:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – McDonald’s managed to eke out a higher profit for its first quarter even as the world’s biggest hamburger chain failed to lift sales with its Dollar Menu.The company said Friday that an important sales measurement fell 1 per cent during the period and warned that it’s expected to dip again in April.That marked the first quarterly decline in a decade in sales at restaurants open at least 13 months and underscored the troubles the company has been facing.As Burger King and Wendy’s have stepped up their marketing over the past year or so, McDonald’s has responded by aggressively touting its Dollar Menu and other value deals to hold onto customers in an industry where imitation is rampant.The strategy has caused concern among analysts who worry that it could eat into profit margins. It’s also rankled some McDonald’s franchisees, who operate the vast majority of its restaurants in the U.S.But in a conference call with analysts Friday, McDonald’s executives insisted that offering cheaper prices was necessary in the current climate. Since the restaurant industry is barely growing, they said McDonald’s needs to steal customers away from rivals to grow.“That battle for market share has become so critical for the long-term health of business, we’re willing to sacrifice that margin,” said Peter Bensen, the company’s chief financial officer.Although profit margins declined during the first quarter, McDonald’s noted that it picked off market share in many parts of the world, including the U.S.But there are signs such deals aren’t sitting well with the independent franchisees who operate restaurants.A survey by Janney Capital Markets released this week found that a sampling of 25 U.S. franchisees who collectively operate 180 McDonald’s restaurants on average rated their relations with the company below their historic levels. Janney said some complained about excessive coupons and discounts.Meanwhile, McDonald’s emphasis on the Dollar Menu, which began last year, has had a ripple effect in the industry. Burger King recently said it’s retooling its strategy and is now touting a deal for a $1.29 Junior Whopper, among others. Wendy’s also revamped its value menu last year, saying it wants to offer customers more options.The focus value menus and deals, which have long a staple in the traditional fast-food industry, is in contrast to attempts by the same chains to evolve and adapt to changing tastes. As more people flock to places such as Chipotle and Panera McDonald’s has also tried to freshen up its offerings and raise the image of its food. In addition to the chicken McWraps, for example, the company is rolling out a version of its Egg McMuffin made with egg whites next week.Such items are generally more expensive, and CEO Don Thompson noted that they could help improve margins in coming quarters.For the three months ended March 31, the global sales drop included a 1.2 per cent decline in the U.S. The sales figure fell 1.1 per cent in Europe, the company’s biggest region by sales.It fell 3.3 per cent in the region encompassing Asia, the Middle East and Africa, reflecting weakness in Japan and a 4.6 per cent drop in China. The company blamed the decline partly on the aftereffects of the recent scare of the chicken supply for KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands Inc.McDonald’s Corp., based in Oak Brook, Ill., has more than 34,000 locations worldwide, about 14,000 of those in the U.S.For the quarter, it earned $1.27 billion, or $1.26 per share. That compares with $1.267 billion, or $1.23 per share, a year ago.Revenue edged up 1 per cent to $6.6 billion.Analysts expected a profit of $1.26 per share on revenue of $6.59 billion, according to FactSet.Shares fell $1.99, or 2 per cent, to close at $99.92 Friday. read more

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In China UN chief stresses importance of resuming dialogue on Korean Peninsula

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes a tour of a climate change exhibit at the Capital Museum in Beijing. On his left his wife, Yoo Soon-taek. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulates Gao Xuan, a student at Beijing Science and Technology University, as the 4 millionth fan of UN Weibo. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Wang Xiaokang (third from left), Chairperson of China Industrial Energy Conservation and Clean Production Association. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets on Clean Energy with Mr. Wang Xiaokang, Chairperson of China Industrial Energy Conservation and Clean Production Association, Jieneng Mansion. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi, State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Wang Xiaokang, Chairperson of China Industrial Energy Conservation and Clean Production Association. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes a tour of a climate change exhibit at the Capital Museum in Beijing. At right is Mr. Ban’s wife, Yoo Soon-taek. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ › Yesterday, Mr. Ban met with President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and discussed how the UN, the international community and the Chinese Government can work together to bring peace and stability to the region. Mr. Ban also met today with State Councilor Yang Jiechi.In remarks to the press, Mr. Ban also expressed the UN’s commitment to continue its activities in Somalia in spite of the attacks to the UN Common Compound in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.“The United Nations will never be deterred by these terrible attacks. We are there to help the Somali government and people to establish political stability and promote development, and promote human rights and human dignity,” he told reporters, and thanked the Chinese Government for its willingness to support the world body following this horrific event. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Beijing’s Mayor, Wang Anshun. UN Photo/Evan Schneider “At this time I’d like to urge again the authorities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to fully comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions with the aim of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Mr. Ban said in a press encounter in Beijing.“I have taken note of the willingness of the DPRK to engage in dialogue. While I welcome such measures, any meaningful dialogue should be firmly anchored in the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” he said. “At the same time, it is absolutely necessary that all pending issues on the Korean Peninsula should be resolved peacefully through dialogue, particularly through dialogue between South and North Korea, who are the directly concerned parties.”Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General met in Beijing with Chinese Oremier Li Keqiang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi.Mr. Ban commended China for its continued progress in the economic and social sphere, saying that “the world increasingly looks to China,” and that the country’s role in South-South cooperation was particularly appreciated. The Secretary-General stressed the importance of China’s continued leadership and active role on sustainable development, climate change, renewable energy and other priority areas. They also discussed cooperation between China and the United Nations on tackling the H7N9 influenza virus.The Secretary-General and State Councillor Yang Jiechi discussed a range of international matters, focussing on developments on the Korean Peninsula and in Syria. The Secretary-General underscored his appreciation for China’s role in defusing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and encouraged Beijing to continue to do so. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes a bicycle break during his state visit. UN Photo/Evan Schneider read more

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Prime minister indicates support for the motor industry

“Employing over 800,000 people and with a £51bn turnover, the automotive sector is critical to the health of the UK economy. The industry faces the current challenges stronger and more resilient than in recent memory but further action to ease access to finance and credit across the economy is essential if long-term damage to valuable industrial capability is to be avoided. Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, Mr Brown said: “There are two issues here (affecting the automotive industry): one is a shortage of demand and the second is the availability of credit for people buying their cars. We have been talking to the various car companies and we will make announcements in due course. But these two problems have got to be dealt with. “The car credit problem is basically a market that is outside the traditional banking industry. And we have to look at what we can do so that market doesn’t freeze like other markets have. This is a detailed technical question about how we get help into the car loan industry. Some firms have already asked for help for training skilled workers during the downturn and we are prepared to do that. In other words we will do everything we can to help.” Following the announcement of a loan guarantee scheme for small and medium-sized businesses, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has indicated specific support for the automotive industry may follow. SMMT’s chief executive, Paul Everitt responded: “While various announcements made at national and European levels, including today’s loan guarantee scheme announcement are all welcomed, they only meet part of the automotive support package proposed to government. “The industry is in constant dialogue with government on these issues and we welcome the comments made by the Prime Minister this afternoon but once again emphasise the urgency of the situation and need for early government support.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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UNEXMINs UX1a robot goes underwater at Kaatiala mine

first_imgThe UNEXMIN team has come back from a trip to the flooded Kaatiala mine site in Finland excited after the first field trials with its UX-1 robot proved a success.The two-week trial ended on June 22, with the first week involving dry and shallow water trials of the robot followed, in the second week, by deeper trials in the northern part of the Kaatiala lake where the entrances to the underground flooded workings are found.UNEXMIN is an EU-funded project that is developing a novel robotic system, primarily for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe’s flooded mines. The Robotic Explorer platform, made by three robots – UX-1a, UX-1b and UX-1c – will use non-invasive methods for autonomous 3D mine mapping for gathering valuable geological, mineralogical and spatial information. This could possibly open up new exploration scenarios so strategic decisions on the re-opening of Europe’s abandoned mines could be supported by data that cannot currently be obtained by any other way, without major costs.The Kaatiala mine is just one of four sites where the robots will be tested. The team are expected to move onto the Idrija mine in Slovenia later this year, followed by the Urgeiriça mine in Portugal (early-2019) and the Ecton mine in the UK (mid-2019). At Ecton, the robot will resurvey flooded mine floors that nobody has seen for more than 150 years.During the second week of trials at Kaatiala, in June, multiple dives were carried out with the robot (see photo), where UX-1 entered and successfully navigated the underground tunnels.“Divers previously placed calibration objects in the tunnels to help with testing UX-1 capabilities: navigation, movement, control, mapping, amongst others,” UNEXMIN’s Communications Manager Luis Lopes said.The tests allowed the UNEXMIN team to test different navigation sensors such as UV and SLS imaging units, multispectral and acoustic cameras, and laser scanners.“These instruments are essential to gather spatial and geoscientific data,” Lopes said.“The success of the Kaatiala trials is evident,” he said. “The UNEXMIN team is confident in further developing [and optimising] the technology…and that is the next step in the robotic platform development: to use the data acquired from this trial and improve the robot’s capabilities for the next trial at the Idrija mercury mine in Slovenia, in September.”Once put together, the multi-robot platform will represent a new technology line only made possible by recent developments in autonomy research, allowing the development of a completely new class of mine explorer service robots, capable of operating without remote control. Such robots do not exist nowadays and UX-1 will be the first of its kind.last_img read more

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14 wonderfully geeky parents who are doing it right

first_imgGEEK PARENTS ARE the best. Need some proof?1. These gamers, starting their kid off on the proper level Source: Partyviberadio2. The creators of this glorious nursery Source: Imgur3. This copy-pasting dad Source: Imgur4. Vader’s latest victim Source: Imgur5. Building blocks? Science genius Source: Uncle Goose6. The rents who made this room for themselves, more than anything Source: Geekmund.net7. We bet it wasn’t even Halloween Source: Edgecast8. 🙁 Source: Atbreak9. The creator of this must-have baby-grow Source: Think Geek10. The pair that knitted this hat set for a princess Source: Imgur11. These Star Wars fans with an opportune surname Source: Imgur12. Bonus mention goes to this guy who has it all figured outWe won’t even comment on the name hashtag. Source: Imgur13. This dad, who knows that heroes gotta eat Source: The Chive14. This programmer who believes in geek equality Source: Pleated-jeans7 ways your parents TOTALLY ruined your teenage life>15 amazingly innovative parenting tips you never knew you needed>last_img read more

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Modder builds reallife Dead Space plasma cutter that burns through wood

first_imgIf you found Dead Space to be more like Resident Evil than Silent Hill (as in, not scary even a little), you’d still have to admit, the weapons and geometrical enemy dismemberment were pretty cool. What’s even cooler — albeit much more dangerous — than the in-game weapons that caused the dismemberment, are the real life versions of those weapons. Modder Patrick Priebe threw caution to the Necromorph, and created one of those weapons in real life: the series’ iconic plasma cutter.The plasma cutter shoots five laser beams: two 1500-milliwatt blue lasers for the damage, and three 30-milliwatt green lasers for aiming. The device is powered by four batteries: three 14500 series lithium-ions, and one 18650. It weighs about 4.4 pounds, which is around the weight of an average-sized laptop.Thankfully, it doesn’t seem the “tool” will cut its way through your worst enemy or obnoxious friend, but as demonstrated in the above video, it will burn a hole in some wood if the blue lasers are focused on the surface for a bit. It’ll also burn up a standard plastic garbage bag, so at least you can prank your roommates by cutting nearly invisible holes into various parts of the bag, creating weak points for the garbage to fall through when he goes to take the trash out.In total, the project took Priebe over 200 hours. Perhaps because he is a cunning entrepreneur, or maybe because he is trying to prevent do-it-yourself industrial accidents, he won’t make the build plans available, but you can purchase one from him through his website.last_img read more

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Ciaran Kilkenny leads Castleknock to first Dublin SFC final

first_img Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 9:17 PM By Paul Keane Dublin team-mates Ciaran Kilkenny and Kevin MacManamon hug after the final whistle. Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Oct 27th 2016, 9:17 PM 30,639 Views 22 Comments https://the42.ie/3050550 Share317 Tweet Email Short URL Dublin team-mates Ciaran Kilkenny and Kevin MacManamon hug after the final whistle. Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Castleknock 0-11St Jude’s 1-4Paul Keane reports from Parnell ParkCIARAN KILKENNY IS on the verge of making another piece of history after guiding Castleknock to a shock Dublin SFC final place.Dublin’s back-to-back All-Ireland medal winning half-forward pulled the strings from midfield on a famous night at Parnell Park that saw the west Dubliners book a maiden final spot.Kilkenny won three crucial frees that were converted by Des Carlos during a second-half that Castleknock dominated.Carlos finished with nine points in total and kicked two great points from play late in the game that copper fastened an impressive win.Their reward for the breakthrough victory is a final date with powerhouse outfit St Vincent’s on Saturday week back at the Donneycarney venue. Castleknock’s Kevin Kindlon with Seamus Ryan of St Jude’s. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOJude’s were big favourites to win here and Castleknock will fancy their chances of another upset against four-in-a-row finalists Vincent’s.They ground Jude’s into submission with a possession based game that frustrated the Kevin McManamon led outfit.McManamon finished with 1-1 and put Jude’s 0-3 to 0-1 ahead after 10 minutes with a great point but they couldn’t kick on.The teams were tied at 0-3 apiece after a forgettable first-half notable for the amount of possession Castleknock enjoyed as they passed across the pitch, back and forth.They lacked a vital cutting edge up front for spells and it looked as if Judes might make them pay when McManamon scored a trademark solo goal after 46 minutes to put the south Dublin outfit 1-4 to 0-6 ahead.Remarkably, Jude’s didn’t score again and Castleknock finished with five points in a row, four of those from Carlos to progress in some style and keep their eye on the big prize.Scorers for Castleknock: Des Carlos 0-9 (0-7f), Mikey Galvin, Ben Galvin 0-1 each.Scorers for St Judes: Kevin McManamon 1-1, Kieran Doherty, Declan Donnelly, Niall Coakley (0-1f) 0-1 each.Castleknock1. Morven Connolly2. Tom Quinn3. Eoin O’Brien4. Paul Bourke5. Graham Hannigan6. Tom Shiels7. Peter Sherry8. Ciaran Kilkenny9. James Sherry10. Des Carlos11. Shane Boland12. Ben Galvin13. Colin Lynch14. Kevin Kindlon15. Mikey GalvinSubsJohn Kindlon for M Galvin 48Matthew Griffin for B Galvin 58Tom Corcoran for Lynch 58St Jude’s1. Paul Copeland 2. Rob Martina3. Paul Cunningham4. Robert Finnegan5. Mark Sweeney6. Conor McBride7. Billy Sheehan8. Colm Murphy9. Seamus Ryan10. Kieran Doherty11. Ronan Joyce12. Thomas Lahiff13. Niall Coakley14. Declan Donnelly15. Kevin McManamonSubs Enda Dalton for Joyce h/tDiarmuid McLoughlin for Lahiff 40Paul Courtney for Murphy 42Brendan McManamon for Coakley 52Joey Donnelly for Doherty 52Oisin Manning for Courtney 62 BCReferee: James King.The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Ciaran Kilkenny leads Castleknock to first Dublin SFC final A four-point victory over St Jude’s at Parnell Park tonight means they will take on St Vincent’s for the county title. Diarmuid Connolly on fire as St Vincent’s book their fourth straight Dublin SFC finalLee Keegan’s Westport through to Mayo final as Mortimer makes club return Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Add us: the42.ielast_img read more

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La migration des oiseaux un spectacle merveilleux et utile pour les passionnés

first_imgLa migration des oiseaux, un spectacle merveilleux et utile pour les passionnésComme chaque année, entre fin août et mi-novembre, les oiseaux migrateurs reprennent la route vers le sud. Et comme chaque année, des passionnés les guettent et les observent, procédant à un décompte.La majeure partie des sites d’observations de la migration des oiseaux, en France, se répartissent sur le front ouest ou sur la diagonale nord-est/sud-ouest. Chaque année, des observateurs amoureux des oiseaux, équipés de jumelles, viennent observer cette migration et s’appliquer à compter les passages. Les décomptes quotidiens sont rapportés sur le site www.migraction.net.Sur ce site, est expliqué que, “grâce à sa géographie, sa diversité et son climat varié, la France est une étape cruciale pour des millions d’oiseaux migrateurs”. Ils sont nombreux à survoler le parc naturel de la Grande Corniche (dans les Alpes-Maritimes) qui possède un “camp de migration” près du fort militaire de la Revère. Installé à 675 mètres au-dessus du village d’Eze, il s’agit d’un des principaux sites d’observation en Méditerranée.En 2010, 130.000 oiseaux migrateurs ont été aperçus au-dessus du parc naturel, rapporte TV5monde. En dix ans, plus d’un million d’oiseaux de 129 espèces différentes y ont été recensés apportant une mine d’informations aux ornithologues. Guidés par Michel Belaud, un expert de la Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux, les observateurs recensent les oiseaux qui les survolent. Une diversité d’espèces étonnante “Ce matin nous avons vu des guêpiers d’Europe, mes préférés aux six couleurs”, s’émerveille le spécialiste. Mardi, 3.210 guêpiers d’Europe, aux touches rouges, jaunes et bleues, ont défilé au-dessus de leurs têtes. C’est “un record” pour le site, souligne le naturaliste. Jacques, un bénévole du camp du fort de la Revère explique “on peut passer deux cents heures sans rien voir”, la récompense suprême étant “une coche” dans son livre d’oiseaux, lorsqu’on aperçoit une espèce pour la première fois. Emu, Jacques vient de cocher le faucon d’Eléonore, une apparition rare.Fin août déjà, “94 cigognes blanches sont passées en vol groupé, telles des grands voiliers” mais il faudra encore attendre un mois pour voir passer, en octobre, des pigeons ramiers (ou palombes) qui peuvent être plus de 20.000 par jour. Ceux-ci volent pendant quatre heures d’affilée, indique l’expert. L’observateur attend surtout avec impatience les circaètes Jean-le-blanc, avec leurs ailes d’une envergure de 1,75 mètres. Ces aigles sont les plus grands à planer ici et à fondre en piqué sur les collines pour attraper des serpents.Des trajectoires différentes selon les oiseaux À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsCes rapaces, qui se servent de la brise marine et des courants dynamiques pour leurs vols planés, arrivent du nord-est de l’Europe et longe la côte jusqu’en Espagne. Comme l’explique M. Belaud, en hiver, lorsque les reptiles hivernent, les circaètes ne pourraient pas survivre. Mais les oiseaux migrateurs sont dotés d’une “mémoire génétique” déterminant les bonnes dates de départ pour l’Afrique et d’un “compas” pour sélectionner une trajectoire sûre, résume le naturaliste.Pour changer de continent, les oiseaux passent par le détroit de Gibraltar, au sud de l’Espagne, où la traversée ne représente que 15 kilomètres. D’autres oiseaux préfèrent cependant passer à l’est, par Eilat, en Israël. Sur une carte, Michel Belaud indique les trajectoires empruntées par dix cigognes suisses équipées de balises. Neuf avaient fait le bon choix en passant par Gibraltar, réussissant à atteindre le Mali ou la Mauritanie pour se reproduire. La dixième avait opté pour une traversée directe de la Méditerranée et était morte près des côtes tunisiennes.Le 11 septembre 2011 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Shire Post Mint Has Launched a Kickstarter to Produce Mistborn Coins

first_imgThere’s nothing like having a little piece of Geekdom traveling with you wherever you go. Shire Post Mint is a small, family-run business specializing in beautifully detailed hand-engraved designed coins. Shire Post Mint specializes in fantasy coins in single or sets, gaming coins, wearable currency and more. They create coins based on the currency in popular book series such as A Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, John Carter of Mars, The Wheel of Time and more!Shire Post Mint has officially launched a Kickstarter to produce licensed Mistborn coins. Mistborn is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. The series involves a world of weaving and interchanging intrigue, heists, politics, and magic. In Mistborn, the coins play a vital part in the world used by the main character of the trilogy.“In the novels, coins are useful tools for the select few “Allomancer” who have extraordinary abilities and can control metals. Vin, the main character of the initial trilogy, often carries a bag of small copper “Clips” and golden “Boxings.” via Shire Post MintThe Kickstarter will launch September 28th throughout October 28th. You a lot of time to obtain these solid copper and brass coins but don’t wait too long. Rewards of the Kickstarter have tons of perks to jump on so your time might come up very soon.Some of the perks include “a single Mistborn coin, a set of coins, or a heavy bag of coins.” A higher leveled backer will be able to obtain a “Near Space” currency. This coin is extremely limited edition and, as Shire Post Mint states, “… has been flown to the stratosphere via a weather balloon.”  The coin will come in its unique box with Certificate of Authentication signed by Mistborn’s author Brandon Sanderson. I mean… how can you pass this up?!via Shire Post MintIf you’d like to know more about Shire Post Mint, check out their Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and of course, their Kickstarter. Our amazing lady of Geekdom, Managing Editor Sheilah Villari wrote up a fantastic article about Shire Post Mint’s Game of Thrones currency.The Kickstarter is currently live here and you have one month to get in on the action.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.last_img read more

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Nuestra Mesa elevates Latin cuisine

first_imgWhy: Nuestra Mesa has been serving the flavors of Latin America since 2010 in historic downtown Camas. In a region where many restaurants prefer to focus on Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine, Nuestra Mesa has taken a different approach, consistently focusing on a truly different cuisine, which is at the heart of owners Todd and Tania Moravitz. Atmosphere: The space offers family and bar dining in a comfortable, casual decor that combines rich colors and subtle lighting. Tables and chairs sit atop a beautiful wood floor. A drop-down grid feature adds interest above, and an original brick wall on the bar side of the space lends a well-established presence. What I tried: My dining companions and I tried the queso fundido with chips and blue corn tortillas, the crispy bruselas, the nopales salad, the ora king salmon entree and a pescado pastor taco. The queso fundido consists of melted Oaxacan and jack cheeses topped with black beans, salsa and chopped cilantro. The house-made chips and tortillas were fresh and warm. The cheese cooled quickly and solidified, which was problematic in that it is served, dipping-style, with a spoon. Although the spoon worked well to scoop the beans and salsa, it was useless on the cheese. The crispy bruselas combines charred Brussels sprouts and chorizo. A poached egg rests atop the mixture, and house-made chicharrones and Tajin bring a crunchy and sweet-tangy presence. I enjoyed the cabbage flavor of the sprouts with the spicy meatiness of the chorizo. The crunchy, fried chicharrones are used like croutons on a salad. Overall, this was an appetizing and interesting dish for its flavor, variety and creative use of ingredients with the sprouts.last_img read more

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New automation initiatives driving National Weather Service push to focus staff in

first_imgA weather balloon rises over the new autolauncher in Fairbanks (NWS photo courtesy of Ed Plumb)The National Weather Service is automating weather balloon launches in Alaska as part of a shift that will concentrate staff at the agencies urban forecast offices.Listen nowThe National Weather Service’s first automated weather balloon launcher came on line in Kodiak last fall, and the second recently went into service in Fairbanks.Outside what looks part RV, part Mars base, National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Plumb describes automated steps leading up to a balloon launch.“This beeping starts about 15 minutes before the balloons can release, and this is indicating that there’s hydrogen now flowing and filling up the balloon,” Plumb said.The $700,000 robot sits on a gravel pad near Fairbanks International Airport, the same location where twice daily launches have occurred for decades. The new automated launcher responds to the push of a button at the Weather Service’s Fairbanks headquarters five miles away, sparing staff from twice trips to manually deploy the atmospheric data gathering balloons. Plumb says meteorologists will use the freed up time to work more closely with government agency and industry customers.”So the Weather Service has sorta shifted its paradigm. This is just a little piece where it gives us more time to do that sort of mission,” Plumb said.“Our plan is to reinvest these positions and re-invest the people,” Weather Service regional director Carven Scott said.Scott says positions eliminated by auto launchers at 11 rural Weather Service offices will shift to forecast stations in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau.“We will lose some capability, some operation capability, at these WSOs,” Scott said.Jim Brader is a longtime agency meteorologist in Fairbanks, and Alaska chair of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, which takes issue with the automation and downsizing of rural Alaska offices.”We basically are spending $17 million in Alaska to outsource 30 jobs across rural Alaska, where jobs are highly needed, and reducing services to rural Alaska too.” The Weather Service’s Scott counters that the balloon launch technology needs upgrade and that it’s a struggle to staff the agency’s remote offices.”It’s much easier to fill a position in Fairbanks, Juneau and Anchorage than it is in Kotzebue or McGrath,” Scott said.Scott emphasizes that the Weather Service is not abandoning rural Alaska, and plans to keep one paid caretaker at each station, and train up a base of local volunteer observers.”To help us have eyes in the villages, to report on a severe weather event,” Scott said.Additional stations scheduled for downsize and transition to automated weather balloon launchers this summer include those at Annette Island, Yakutat, Utqiagvik, St. Paul and Bethel. Alaska’s six other stations will convert the following year.last_img read more

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Data from Juno shows Jupiter moons causing footprints in aurorae

first_img Citation: Data from Juno shows Jupiter moons causing footprints in aurorae (2018, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-juno-jupiter-moons-footprints-aurorae.html A team of researchers with members from Italy, the U.S. and Belgium has discovered that two of Jupiter’s moons cause “footprints” in the planet’s aurorae. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe what they found and how it helps better understand both the planet and its moons. Journal information: Science All panels are shown in a polar orthographic projection with parallels and meridians overplotted. (A) Footprint of Io on the south pole of Jupiter, as seen on 1 September 2017 at 22:50. The main spot (top-left corner of the image) is followed by a series of regularly spaced secondary spots, which are alternate in displacement above and below the median track (shown in blue). The thin blue arc with dots is the sequence of the predicted Io footprint positions, with dots showing its position every 100 s. Radiances are in mW m−2 sr−1. (B) As in (A), but showing a later image taken at 23:09. The main spot (indicated by a blue arrow) has an oval shape, with an angular offset from the average direction of the tail (median track). (C to E) The Io footprint in the north aurora, observed at 20:43, 20:48 and 20:53 respectively on 1 September 2017. The model is not shown in (C), (D), and (E) as it lies outside of the visible region. The black and white pixels [especially in (D)] are the effect of penetrating radiation affecting the detector. Credit: (c) Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat1450 Old data, new tricks: Fresh results from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft 20 years on © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img On Earth, as the authors note, an aurora is seen as the Northern or Southern lights—dazzling displays of light in the night sky. Jupiter also has aurorae, but they are caused by a different process. Jupiter has a surrounding magnetosphere—plasma carried by the planet’s strong magnetic field. Charged particles from the magnetosphere at times strike the atmosphere of the planet, causing light shows similar to the ones we see on here on Earth. But they have something ours do not—footprints from the planet’s moons. These footprints, the researchers explain, are disturbances in an aurora caused by the presence of a moon—in this case, by Io or Ganymede.The researchers found evidence of the footprints when studying data sent back to Earth by NASA’s Juno space probe. They found that when Io passed close to Jupiter, it caused a double trail of squiggles to appear in a small section of an aurora. The researchers describe it as similar to a Von Kármán vortex—one that streams for hundreds of kilometers. The footprint disappears as the moon moves farther away from the planet.The group also found a footprint created by Ganymede, a spot in an aurora that, upon closer view, turned out to be two spots—the footprint was split in half. The researchers were not able to find a reason for the split, but note that Ganymede is the only moon orbiting Jupiter that has its own magnetic field. This, they suggest, means that the footprint created by the moon represents the interaction of two magnetospheres.The researchers suggest that learning more about the footprints caused by Jupiter’s moons will help to understand how the moons interact with the planet and how strong magnetic forces in a natural environment interact. They also note that neither footprint was in the location that had been predicted, which indicates that models built to describe such events will need to be adjusted. Explore further More information: A. Mura et al. Juno observations of spot structures and a split tail in Io-induced aurorae on Jupiter, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat1450AbstractJupiter’s aurorae are produced in its upper atmosphere when incoming high-energy electrons precipitate along the planet’s magnetic field lines. A northern and a southern main auroral oval are visible, surrounded by small emission features associated with the Galilean moons. We present infrared observations, obtained with the Juno spacecraft, showing that in the case of Io, this emission exhibits a swirling pattern that is similar in appearance to a von Kármán vortex street. Well downstream of the main auroral spots the extended tail is split in two. Both of Ganymede’s footprints also appear as a pair of emission features, which may provide a remote measure of Ganymede’s magnetosphere. These features suggest that magnetohydrodynamic interaction between Jupiter and its moon is more complex than previously anticipated. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Cleaning Disinfection Market – Industry Outlook Size Share Growth Prospects Key

first_imgCleaning Disinfection Get comprehensive research providing detailed regional analysis and growth outlook of the Global Cleaning Disinfection Market in a latest research report added by Big Market Research.The report mainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the Cleaning Disinfection market, as well as investment opportunities, government policy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities), supply chain and competitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used in downstream applications. Moreover, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis (potential entrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) provides crucial information for knowing the Cleaning Disinfection market.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3160360?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=AnilThe report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Cleaning Disinfection industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Cleaning Disinfection industry, followed by industry news and policies.The report performs an industry chain analysis, focusing on upstream raw material suppliers and major downstream buyers. 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Finally, the current market status and SWOT analysis for each region are elaborated, which would assist market players to gain a competitive edge by determining the dominant segments.The research extensively analyses the key market players involved in the global Cleaning Disinfection industry. With the help of tables and figures, valuable insights on production, value, price, and gross margin of each player are offered.Avail Discount on Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3160360?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=AnilTable of content:Chapter 1 provides an overview of Cleaning Disinfection market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Cleaning Disinfection market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. 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It also foresees the Cleaning Disinfection market by type and application.Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study.Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding.Buy Now @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/checkout/sales/473?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=AnilAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. 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first_imgcruiseFranceluxuryno single supplementRiviera Travelsolo travellers Riviera Travel – one of Europe’s leading luxury river cruise lines – has announced 10 sailings in 2020 reserved exclusively for solo travellers – all totally free of any single supplement, saving solo passengers thousands of dollars.An additional just-released 11th solo-exclusive sailing for 2020 will be a seven-night cruise departing March 31, 2020, aboard the five-star river ship, Jane Austen, round-trip from Paris to one of France’s most historic and picturesque regions, Normandy.The cruise follows the majestic Seine River from Paris to the historic town of Les Andelys and one of Europe’s finest medieval cities, Rouen. The pretty villages of Caudebec and Bayeux are also included in the itinerary as are Normandy’s legendary D-Day beaches and the picture-perfect fishing hamlet of Honfleur which provided so much inspiration for Impressionist painter Claude Monet. One of the included excursions is to Giverny to visit Monet’s home and his much-painted garden before the cruise ends back in Paris where a tour of the city’s iconic sights is also included.Solo fares – free of any supplement – are available from AUD$3909, including nine guided excursions, onboard meals and Wi-Fi. Single travellers enjoy a cabin to themselves without the need to share with other passengers. And because each cabin only has one passenger in it on these special sailings, rather than two, solo guests also enjoy the benefits of a more spacious ship. Fares and cabins are subject to availability.Renowned for servicing the needs of solo travellers, Riviera Travel also offers a selection of solo-only cabins on every sailing and every ship all year long.IMAGE: Jane Austen river shiplast_img read more

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Three burglary suspects remanded by Larnaca court

first_imgThree men from the Larnaca district were remanded on Thursday for six days in connection with burglaries in a number of shops over the past four months.The three men, two aged 20 and one aged 25, were arrested on Wednesday after police secured evidence linking them with the burglaries during which thousands of euros worth of goods were stolen.The reported burglaries or attempted burglaries – all business establishments in the Larnaca district – took place between November 2016 and this week.Police began following one of the suspects after a tip-off that the car they believe was used for the burglaries was registered in the name of the father of one of the 20-year-olds. According to the same information, police said, the 20-year-old, who lives with his father, had two accomplices.CCTV footage from the burgled shops – six in all – showed three men wearing gloves, with their faces covered, and breaking the door locks with a sharp object. The stolen items included cigarettes worth around €16,500, electronic devices worth around €2,500 and around €2,200 in cash.Following a report on Wednesday from the owner of a kiosk in Dromolaxia, police patrolled outside the 20-year-old’s house and saw the car was missing. The same car was spotted later in another area, driving toward a coffee shop and parking behind two other cars. The drivers of those cars were the other 20-year-old the 25-year-old.When officers walked towards the first suspect’s car, he sped off.  Following the incident, police secured search warrants against the three suspects but found nothing in their homes or cars.Police said the first suspect admitted involvement in the burglaries and that he was the one driving the other two to the place where the break in was to take place. He claimed that the burglaries were being carried out by the other two and that he was just the driver, and that he was being paid €100 each time.The other two suspects deny any involvement. You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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6000 to lose jobs if shops shut on Sundays

first_imgBy George PsyllidesRETAILERS warned on Monday that around 6,000 people stood to lose their jobs if the government decided to terminate its policy of extending shop hours across the island.Decrees extending shop hours to include Wednesday afternoons and Sundays were introduced by the government in July 2013 in a bid to encourage consumerism and boost the economy.The decrees basically said that shop hours that applied in tourist zones now applied everywhere.It did not take long for the scheme to prove successful, with retailers now reporting 6,000 people hired to cover Sundays and a boost in turnover.“Hiring 6,000 fellow citizens meant €470,000 going to the state coffers per month, or €5.6m a year through employers’ contributions,” a statement said.The retailers said there appeared to be an intention not to renew the decree in September, which, apart from the loss in jobs, would kill efforts to stimulate the market and the recovery of economic activity.“It would once more create obsolete distortions in the retail market — condemned by everyone and mainly the EU – through the failed system of tourist zones and the selective operation of shops,” the statement said.The retailers’ association, including supermarkets, small businesses and fruit markets, urged the government to rethink and called on all affected parties to intensify talks to find a solution that would benefit everyone.Workers, who have since formed an association, held a protest on Monday and presented their demand for renewal of the decree in its current form to Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou.The minister said the matter will be decided at the end of the week.Nikoletta Pouli, one of the workers, said they only wanted to protect their right to employment.“We are tired. Thirteen months now, we have to live in insecurity every three months (duration of the decrees).” She urged all sides to intensify the dialogue so that the measure becomes permanent.The liberalisation has been fought since its introduction by various groups led by POVEK, the small business association.POVEK claims the majority of small and medium businesses were suffering as a result of the decision to extend shop hours, which only served a dozen big stores and supermarket chains.POVEK is supported by PEO trade union, which is part of AKEL.The union said the protest had been instigated and paid for by the large companies in the sector who “forced the employees” to participate.PEO said the decrees had increased exploitation of workers and minimum income violations have also risen.“Sunday, as a day of rest and family get-together, has been abolished for thousands of workers in the sector,” PEO said.Convenience stores also reacted along the same lines, accusing retailers of being behind the workers.“We do not want anyone to lose their job, whether they are employed by the large supermarkets or the small and medium businesses in the sector like convenience stores,” their association chairman Andreas Theodoulou said in a statement.“However, our businesses are shutting down one after the other and our workers are left unemployed as a result of the anarchy brought about by the decrees.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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