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Evidence of invasive grass carp signals threat to Lake Erie

first_imgTOLEDO, Ohio – Researchers have fresh evidence that invasive grass carp are swimming and spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie.Their next step is figuring out how to stop it from gaining a foothold and devouring wetland plants along the shoreline and underwater vegetation in the lake that shelters native fish.Grass carp are one of four Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes, but they’re not as worrisome as the bighead and silver carp, which could devastate fish populations in the lakes.While environmental groups and scientists have put much of their attention on preventing the bighead and silver carp from reaching the lakes, the grass carp already have been found in Lakes Erie, Michigan and Ontario.A look at the efforts to stop the grass carp:___WHAT ARE GRASS CARP?Brought to the U.S. more than 50 years ago to control weed growth, they’re still sold to pond owners. Some states now require that they be sterilized before being released. But recent surveys have found grass carp eggs in Great Lakes waterways. Some made their way into the lakes via rivers, while others were dumped into the waterways. The fish feed on aquatic plants, eating up to 90 pounds a day and damaging areas used by spawning fish and migrating birds. What is not known is how many are in the lakes and where they’ve spread.___HOW BIG OF A THREAT?It’s believed there are still only a small number of grass carp in the lakes. But a report released by U.S. and Canadian researchers warned this year that if effective steps aren’t taken, it’s likely that the invasive fish will be established in lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan and Ontario within 10 years.___WHERE ARE THEY BEING FOUND?The biggest concern is in Lake Erie where grass carp have been found in tributary rivers and along the shoreline. Researchers have been closely watching the Sandusky River, between Cleveland and Toledo, since the discovery of grass carp eggs in 2015. More eggs were found this summer along with eight adults that were netted during a two-day search.___WHAT HAVE RESEACHERS LEARNED?It appears the grass carp spawn after heavy rains or when there’s high water on the Sandusky River, said Rich Carter, who oversees fish management and research for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The fish also seem to like long rivers. All of that is important to know, he said, to help find a potential way to control their populations.___WHAT’S BEING DONE?Plans are being developed to make a more intensive effort to capture and remove the carp from the Sandusky River, where more than 100 have been found since 2012, Carter said. There’s also ongoing work to follow grass carp that have been tagged to determine where they spawn and where they can be found, said Mark Gaikowski, a research director with the U.S. Geological Survey.last_img read more

Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners

PHOENIX — A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups’ wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine others with laws that let winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, and a handful of others allowed trusts to claim prizes.At least eight state legislatures considered measures shielding winners’ names this year. Virginia’s governor signed legislation allowing winners of $10 million or more to remain anonymous. Proposals in Arkansas and Connecticut failed, while efforts in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon are still being considered.New Mexico’s governor last week axed a similar proposal, with a spokesman saying Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham decided to prioritize transparency.“To be sure, the governor is clear about the concerns raised by proponents, i.e., that certain bad actors could take advantage of lottery winners if their names are made public,” spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said in a statement. But “New Mexicans should have every confidence in the games run by the lottery.”Arizona’s governor hasn’t weighed in on the proposal before him.The Arizona Lottery took no official position, but spokesman John Gilliland said “it is important that we have that transparency, because the lottery is nothing without integrity.”“And the only way the public has an absolute guarantee of integrity as far as real people winning these prizes is to be able to know who wins these prizes,” he said this week.Republican state Rep. Nancy Barto introduced the measure, saying she wanted to protect winners from harassment. State Rep. John Kavanagh pushed for current law that shields winners’ names for 90 days but said this week that it doesn’t go far enough.“After 90 days, the person is then subjected to all sorts of people hitting them up for loans, investment advisers trying to make them a client and the potential to be victimized by a burglar or, if it’s a massive amount, having their kid kidnapped,” the Republican said.Balancing those concerns against the Lottery’s interests in transparency isn’t a close call, he said.That’s in line with a New Hampshire judge’s decision last year to allow the winner of a nearly $560 million Powerball jackpot to stay anonymous. The woman signed the ticket before she realized that state law would let her create a trust to shield her identity. The judge noted that she could be harassed or solicited for money.Trusts are allowed in at least two other states besides New Hampshire, while a policy from South Carolina’s lottery board allows anonymity. The winner of a $1.5 billion ticket bought at a South Carolina convenience store last year remains unknown under that policy.Lottery fraud is a concern. In 2017, a programmer for the Multi-State Lottery Association got up to 25 years in prison for rigging a computer program to enable him to pick winning numbers in games in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011.The executive director of the Iowa-based lottery association, which runs the Powerball game in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, said he understands why some states are moving toward winner secrecy.“However, the disclosure of winner names is one way lotteries are working to keep the process transparent,” association Executive Director J. Bret Toyne said. “It shows the public that everyday people are randomly winning the prizes.”___Associated Press reporter Morgan Lee in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Rebecca Santana in New Orleans contributed.Bob Christie, The Associated Press read more

Scotiabank earnings rise with help from ING acquisition

TORONTO — The acquisition of ING Direct helped push Scotiabank’s second-quarter net income to $1.6-billion — $141-million higher than a year ago — but provisions for credit losses also grew and the bank’s adjusted earnings fell short of analyst estimates.The bank’s adjusted earnings came in at $1.24 per share, up from $1.16 a year in the second quarter of 2012 but two cents below a consensus estimate of $1.26 per share.Scotiabank’s overall provision for credit losses — which banks take in anticipation that some loans won’t be repaid fully — increased by $79-million from a year earlier to $343-million.The bank said it made higher provisions for credit losses across all business lines, but the largest increases were in international retail banking and Canadian commercial banking.International banking’s provision for credit losses was $194-million, up from $145-million a year earlier, while Canadian banking’s provision was raised to $136-million from $120-million in the second quarter of 2012.Nevertheless, Scotiabank’s net income from Canadian banking was up $86-million or 19% from the same time last year — primarily because of the acquisition of ING Direct.“We continue to have very strong results this quarter driven by very good revenue growth. Each business line made a solid contribution to these good results” said Rick Waugh, Scotiabank CEO, said in a statement.“Our diversification and straightforward business model have allowed us to take advantage of opportunities to grow.”Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) says its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $1.23 per share of diluted earnings, up from $1.15 per share in the second quarter of 2012.Canada’s most international bank said its Canadian banking sector produced less than one-third of its overall profit, or $547 million.That was nearly matched by its international banking operations, which had $471-million of net income during the quarter.Wealth management produced about $335-million of Scotiabank’s overall profit while global banking and markets added $361-million.Scotiabank said recent acquisitions contributed $61-million to the year-over-year growth in net income.It said the remaining increase was from higher net interest income, growth in transaction-based fees and wealth management revenues and increased net gains on investment securities. The growth was partly offset by lower trading revenues, increased operating expenses and higher provisions for credit losses.Scotiabank’s overall provision for credit losses was up from $264-million in the second quarter of 2012 and $434-million in the first quarter of 2013, ended Jan. 31.Canadian Press read more

Pakistan President confers prestigious civil award on Sri Lankan

The Government of Pakistan has awarded prestigious civil award Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) to the veteran Sri Lankan broadcaster, media consultant and Chairman Kashmir Study Forum Sri Lanka Mohamed Jamaludeen.He was decorated with Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain in an impressive ceremony on the National Day of Pakistan held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, in Islamabad. The award was conferred on Jamaaldeen in recognition of his commitment to the freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir and his meritorious services to the Kashmir Cause, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today. The Special Ceremony was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, federal ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats, high civil and military officials and people belonging to different walks of life. On retirement from Radio Ceylon, he established “Kashmir Study Forum” in early nineties. The prime goal of this organization was to create awareness in Sri Lankan people about the Kashmir cause. The Forum commemorates Kashmir Solidarity Day on 5th February and the Kashmir Black Day on 27th October every year. He has also published a book titled “Kashmir an Orphan in the United Nations”.During the Special Investiture Ceremony, President Mamnoon Hussain conferred 70 military and 84 civil awards upon various personalities from different walks of life for their meritorious services in different fields on the occasion of Pakistan Day. Jamaludeen, Former Director Radio Ceylon had dedicated his post retirement life in support of Kashmir cause since 1991. Born on 23rd March 1934, he graduated from University of Lucknow, India. During his stay in India he visited Kashmir as a young student and developed sympathy and affection for the Kashmiri people who were compelled to live in oppressed environment. Sitara-e-Imtiaz, is the third highest honour and civilian award in the State of Pakistan, which recognizes individuals who have made “especially meritorious contribution to the world peace, security or national interests of Pakistan, cultural or other significant public endeavors”. It is one of the most distinguished civil decorations to the individuals who have made outstanding contribution in their respected fields such as literature, arts, sports, medicine, or science, which prompted the recognition of the country on international level. This award is not limited to the citizens of Pakistan, and it can also be awarded to foreign citizens based on their achievements and services done to the State of Pakistan. read more

Pakistan Ban condemns suicide bombing near polio eradication centre in Quetta

“The Secretary-General reiterates that nothing justifies terrorism,” according to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson, in which Mr. Ban urges the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to swiftly bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks. The UN chief also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery. He expressed his sympathies to the people and Government of Pakistan.

UK car manufacturing falls in August as production changes affect summer output

UK car manufacturing declines -12.9% in August, with 89,254 units produced.Production for home market falls -38.8%, but exports remain relatively stable, down -3.8%.1,044,707 cars built YTD, falling -5.2%, with eight in ten destined for overseas markets. UK car production declined for a third consecutive month in August, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 89,254 units left production lines as a multitude of factors, including model changes, planned maintenance shutdowns and preparation for September’s important new emissions standards, combined to slow output.Production for the UK fell by -38.8% to 16,271 units. However, the number of cars built for export remained at a high level, with volumes down by just -3.8% to 72,983 units, accounting for 81.8% of total production.In the year to date, more than one million cars have rolled off British production lines, a -5.2% decline year-on-year, with exports continuing to shore up demand. While almost 850,000 cars were shipped abroad in the first eight months, just 194,887 were built for the home market, representing an -18.6% decline on the same period in 2017.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:The quieter summer months are often subject to fluctuations due to the variable timing and duration of annual maintenance and re-tooling shutdowns. This instability was exacerbated in August, with the industry racing to recertify entire model ranges to meet tougher testing standards in force on September 1. With exports, the majority to the EU, continuing to drive demand, it underscores the importance of a Brexit agreement to safeguard this trade; for our sector, ‘no deal’ is not an option.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Yulia Skripal poisoned spys daughter released from hospital to secure location as

first_imgThe Russian embassy in London congratulated Ms Skripal on her recovery, but said it needed “urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will”.It went on to say the “secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred from any contact with their family will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation”. Russia has denied any involvement in the attack and criticised the British investigation for a lack of transparency, but the Government has said the Kremlin is trying to hide its guilt with a blizzard of conspiracy theories. The daughter of the Russian spy poisoned in Salisbury has been transferred to a secret, secure location after being released from hospital, leading to accusations from the country’s embassy she had been abducted.Yulia Skripal was discharged more than five weeks after being left critically ill by exposure to a nerve agent in an attempted assassination blamed on the Russian state.Doctors said she and her father, 66, had responded “exceptionally well” to treatment and he too was expected to be discharged in the future.The pair had been widely expected to die after they were exposed to a rare nerve agent the British government says came from the Russian military’s novichok chemical weapons programme.Theresa May has said it is “highly likely” Russia was behind the attack on Mr Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer released to the UK in a 2010 spy swap after he was jailed for spying for the British. Moscow has sought consular access to Ms Skripal, but the Foreign Office has said it is up to her if she wants to meet Russian officials.She is expected to be kept under tight security while she continues to recover. Sources said it was too early to speculate on whether she will need lifetime protection.Any ongoing protection will fall to the police. Under the police witness protection programme, called the UK’s Protected Persons Service, she could be given a new identity and relocated.The National Crime Agency, which runs the service, declined to comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Doctors at Salisbury district hospital gave the first indication of how they had managed to save the Skripals and a police detective, DS Nick Bailey, who was poisoned as he investigated.Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director, said they had been given round the clock care, with doctors drawing on advice from experts around the world.The poison had attacked its victims’ nervous systems leaving symptoms including hallucinations and sickness. Dr Blanshard said: “Our job in treating the patients has been to stabilise them – ensuring that the patients could breathe and that blood could continue to circulate. We then needed to use a variety of different drugs to support the patients until they could create more enzymes to replace those affected by the poisoning.”We also used specialised decontamination techniques to remove any residual toxins.”Both patients have responded exceptionally well to the treatment we’ve been providing. But equally, both patients are at different stages in their recovery.”She said Ms Skripal would need more treatment, but her release from hospital was a significant milestone.Sergei Skripal, a former officer with the GRU military intelligence service, was taken off the critical list on Friday and is said to be making good progress.Dr Blanshard said: “Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course.” Secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred from any contact with their family will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation.https://t.co/UuTxgZGKig pic.twitter.com/Ow3d61T3ni— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) April 10, 2018last_img read more

Breakthrough GPR survey technology a gamechanger at Blina diamond project Western Australia

first_imgA breakthrough Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey at the Blina diamond project indicates as yet untested alluvial trap sites with the potential to host high grade or bonanza grade diamond deposits within the ancient gravels. Numerous high quality targets have been generated. This latest GPR technology uses state of the art modern electronics to deliver a fast and inexpensive method to generate both bedrock and gravel diamond trap site targets.Some of this recent GPR data correlates closely to historic pitting and exploration data observations of the prospective bedrock-cover contact, which indicates the modern GPR is calibrated and operating correctly, Sections A to E are examples.The 100% owned POZ Minerals Blina diamond project in the West Kimberley region of WA covers a 40 km long diamond bearing palaeo-channel named Terrace 5. The channel drains the central section of the previously mined Ellendale diamond field which is renowned as a globally significant source of rare fancy yellow diamonds. The POZ Terrace 5 ground has previously produced significant quantities of diamonds, including fancy yellows.The company’s GPR survey has generated numerous targets including the Channel 1 Target which is over 3,000 m long and from 100 to 200 m wide, modelled target gravels lie under only 3 to 5 m of cover. It is a diamondiferous channel with previous sampled grades up to 6.03 ct/100 t. The target requires systematic bulk sampling which has not occurred to date.The Pothole target is over 800 m long and from 50 to 170 m wide. Modelled target gravels lie under only only 3 to 5 m of cover. This target could be an ancient waterfall, pothole or scour and represents a large and highly prospective alluvial trap site.There are numerous additional targets which can be modelled from the GPR data and which will continue be identified leading up to the bulk sampling/trial mining program.Blina Project Mining licenses M04/466 and M04/467 were recently granted and an historic Mining Agreement has been secured with the Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corp who represent the Traditional Owners for this area.Permitting is underway to commence bulk sampling and trial mining operations in 2018.last_img read more

Microsoft decides to automatically update Internet Explorer for everyone

first_imgGood news, everyone! Microsoft has decided that the time has come to make sure that all users of Internet Explorer are using the most current version possible. To accomplish that goal, they’re turning on automatic updates.Yes, Internet Explorer patches and new major versions are already available via Windows Update. But to move from one version to the next, it’s never been a fully automatic process. There’s a separate install window that appears for installing, say, Internet Explorer 9. For many users, the additional steps required were often enough to prevent them from installing a new version.And so from now on, Internet Explorer will quietly update itself just as Windows does. Starting in January, users in Australia and Brazil will be the begin receiving automatic IE updates. Microsoft will then gradually extend coverage to other parts of the world as time goes on.Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s senior director for Internet Explorer, pointed out several benefits. The overall security of the Windows user community will be improved as outdated browsers are replaced, developers can focus their attention on building sites using modern web code, and those who surf with IE will be able to enjoy the full Beauty of the Web.But Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about its enterprise customers — there won’t be an admin uproar like the one we saw when Mozilla shifted Firefox to a rapid release cycle. Just as they always have, Microsoft will continue to offer Internet Explorer blocker tools so that network administrators can deploy new browser versions once they’ve been fully tested and won’t cause any application compatibility issues.There also won’t be any changes made to a user’s default search provider or home page. User preferences won’t be touched as part of this new Internet Explorer update process. You’ll simply be bumped to the most current version available for your version of Windows (IE9 on Vista and Windows 7, IE8 on Windows XP).It certainly sounds like there’s no downside here. With today’s internet threat landscape, there’s no question that using an outdated browser is a fool’s errand. And you won’t find a web developer anywhere who’s sad to learn that Internet Explorer 6 (and even 7) will soon disappear from Windows XP machines around the globe.More at Microsoftlast_img read more

Play Dress Up With Doctor Who Paper Dolls Book

first_imgPaper dolls are nearly as old as the Doctor himself.While action figures and Funko toys have dethroned the prone puppets, Whovians can rediscover the joys of parchment with Doctor Who: Paper Dolls.The book, due out in the US this fall, features all 12 Doctors and a “range” of companions (including Tegan Jovanka, Rose Tyler, Donna Noble, and Bill Potts, among other characters (get your steampunk Mary Poppins on with Missy)Play dress up with your favorite Time Lords and more than 50 different outfits, each with captions and behind-the-scenes trivia.Fourth Doctor Tom Baker’s deerstalker hat, for instance, was worn for the Sherlock Holmes-themed episode “The Talons of Weng-Chiang.” And did you know sales of Eleventh Doctor’s signature tweed grew 25 percent after Matt Smith’s costume was revealed?“Learn the secrets behind the costumes, with insights from the actors and producers,” the Penguin Random House book description said. Plus, find out how to take your real-life dress-up to the next level with cosplay tips from Doctor Who: The Fan Show host Christel Dee.Written by Simon Guerrier—co-author of Whographica and The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who—and illustrated by Ben Morris—regular contributor to Doctor Who Magazine—Paper Dolls promises “hours of crafty fun.” Not to mention a killer way to decorate any office space or living room.Pre-order Doctor Who: Paper Dolls on Amazon now for $10.39; the title will be released on Sept. 5 (Aug. 24 in the UK).In the meantime, snag your very own version of the Twelfth Doctor’s red velvet coat, available online for $249.99. Scheduled to ship this spring, the limited-edition Crombie-style overcoat comes with “a bonus gift”—let’s hope it’s a working sonic screwdriver or a guest key to the TARDIS.For the same price, fans can buy the Twelfth Doctor’s other cloak: the blue wool one with red lining. (Black holey sweater and plaid pants not included.)last_img read more

Portland stabbing suspect may be tied to Kelso murder

first_imgPORTLAND — Newly unsealed court documents show why officials think a Portland-area homicide suspect also killed in Washington.At the request of KGW, a Clackamas County judge unsealed search warrants for Erik Meiser.The 38-year-old is undergoing a mental evaluation at Oregon State Hospital for his aggravated murder charge in the September death of Fritz Hayes. Hayes was killed with a machete after he discovered a burglar at his Lake Oswego home.The search warrant information says that after his arrest, Meiser told investigators he stabbed a man in a tent last summer at a campsite along the Cowlitz River at Kelso. The search warrant says DNA tests on bloody evidence links that killing to the machete.Meiser has not been charged yet in the death of the camper, Nick Flickett.last_img read more

East West Magazine Goes on Hiatus

first_imgMalik was named to the 2007 FOLIO: 40 list of influential people in the magazine industry. She launched East West as an online-only magazine in 2003. After eight online “issues,” the brand had attracted enough readers and advertisers to launch in print. “Crafting what EastWest means to our readers, which has changed over the years, has been the biggest challenge,” Malik told FOLIO: at the time, “but I think we’re finally in our groove.” In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Malik explained that the blog is a “a stop-gap to keep the brand alive.” “We need an investor that believes in our mission as strongly as we do,” she wrote. “The operation has run since 2003 on a shoestring, primarily self-funded … we could never invest in that growth to make it efficient and to take advantage of the momentum we had built.” East West magazine—a bi-monthly geared toward Asian Americans and focused on the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures—is going on an indefinite print hiatus effective immediately. “It is the tale of a small, bare bones company that has grown too fast,” founder Anita Malik wrote in a letter posted on the magazine’s Web site. “Our resources have been taxed and this labor of love has become larger than our small staff.” Malik hopes to be back in print by late 2008 or early 2009 but she “can’t say for sure.” In the meantime, East West will launch a blog to keep readers “updated on East West names, faces, places and events.” last_img read more

Intels Mobileye bringing autonomous cars to Beijing by 2022

first_img See also 26 Photos Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Intel Mobileye’s autonomous cars in Jerusalem Share your voice More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Industry 0center_img CES 2019 Tags Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Intel Autonomous cars are already here, but the “here” is pretty much limited to the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area — and even then only if you happen to be one of the lucky few granted early access to Waymo’s pilot program. Self-drivers will be everywhere eventually, and thanks to a partnership announced today at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, we got a better idea of when we can expect them to be operational in Beijing: 2022. Mobileye, the driver assistance and autonomy startup acquired by Intel in 2017, is partnering with Beijing Public Transport Corporation (BPTC) to deploy the company’s AV Kit there in some shape by 2022. AV Kit is basically an all-encompassing retrofit kit including everything a car needs to be made autonomous, including sensors, software and processing hardware. By combining an AV Kit with an existing car, you can have it up and driving itself. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous This is the second such partnership for Mobileye, the first being with Volkswagen to launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in Israel sometime this year. No further details are available, except that cars will operate at Level 4 autonomy, which is to say they’ll still rely on human control in some situations. In other words, even in 2022 we humans won’t be quite obsolete yet. So, maybe put down the sticks and stones. last_img read more

Ferraris next hybrid will debut this year EV coming after 2022

first_imgEven a company as committed to the internal-combustion engine as Ferrari can see the writing on the wall, and we’re about to see a big shift in the company’s offerings as we enter the next decade.Ferrari’s next-generation hybrid will be unveiled this year, Automotive News reports, citing comments made by Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri during its latest quarterly earnings call. It won’t debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but rather at a different event later in the year. It’ll make its way to buyers in early 2020.The unnamed hybrid supercar will sport the automaker’s second-generation hybrid system. The first generation found use in Formula One, in addition to Ferrari’s own LaFerrari hybrid hypercar. Unlike the V12-toting LaFerrari, though, this new car will reportedly make do with a V8, and it’s believed to make more power than the 710-horsepower 488 Pista. Furthermore, Ferrari’s CEO said on the call that 60 percent of the automaker’s lineup will carry hybrid variants by 2022.2022 is going to be a very important turning point for Ferrari. Not only will it offer a number of hybrids at that point, it’ll be the earliest point at which Ferrari unveils its first battery-electric supercar. Camilleri didn’t commit to any specific date, saying only that it would arrive after 2022.But Ferrari isn’t done with standalone internal-combustion cars by any measure. Two limited-edition models, the Monza SP1 and SP2, will start reaching customers in the fourth quarter of 2019. There’s also the matter of the “Purosangue,” the current name for Ferrari’s first SUV, which will be available in both gas-only and hybrid variants. 0 Preview • 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast: Super in more ways than one Exotic Cars Hybrids Electric Cars Future Cars Performance Cars 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 75 Photoscenter_img Ferrari’s Monza SP1 and SP2 don’t need no stinkin’ windshields 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice Ferrari More about 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast Post a comment Ferrarilast_img read more

Iditapod Mushers Head Back to the Yukon River

first_imgIn Episode 11, we talk about: How few dogs have been dropped, the rookies are making a run for it,  and Huslia’s mushing tradition.If you have a question about the Iditarod, email us at iditarod@alaskapublic.org.Listen nowlast_img

Infinity Blade Leaves App Store Comes To Fortnite

first_img Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion Stay on target Depending on how long you’ve been gaming, the first game that pops into your head when you think of developer Epic Games will be different. Maybe it’ll be legendary shooters like Unreal Tournament or Gears of War. If you’re real cool it’ll be Jazz Jackrabbit. And if you’re anyone else alive right now you’ll of course think of juggernaut battle royale game Fortnite.But if you ever really got into the mobile gaming scene before it was ruined by free-to-play mechanics, you might remember Epic’s Infinity Blade. Unfortunately, Infinity Blade might soon be nothing but memories as Epic has removed the game from the App Store while simultaneously teasing it in Fortnite.The Infinity Blade trilogy is bizarre to say the least. When it first dropped in 2010 it was a graphical showcase demonstrating the gorgeous, detailed, Gothic fantasy visuals Unreal Engine 3 could spit out on the iPhone. But it was also a smartly designed mobile game, asking players to simply yet strategically swipe with one thumb to slash enemies like a fighting game. And it had a ton of weird lore explaining how players didn’t restart, they just played as the descendant of their previous character in a kind of roguelike bloodline loop. The mixture was quite successful.But that was years ago. In a statement, Epic Games said they can no longer support Infinity Blade “at a level that meets our standards.” If you already had the game you’re good. You can even redownload it. But new players can’t purchase it and no one can make in-game purchases.If you were an Infinity Blade fan this is disappointing. We suspect developer Chair, who also made the similarly excellent Shadow Complex, has just been fully sucked into the Fortnite machine. However, Epic did say Infinity Blade will live on in some way. No, it’s not in the new Epic Game Store. Starting now the Infinity Blade is an item in, you guessed it, Fortnite.As part of its inexplicably ice-themed seventh season, Fortnite players can now explore a frigid castle at the Polar Peak region. Here they can find the mythical Infinity Blade itself, Fortnite’s first sword weapon. Between this and Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet (which also might be coming back to Fortnite in time for Avengers: Endgame), Fortnite just loves endlessness. The player who gets the single sword loses all of their items and weapons but gains double health, regenerating health, health after each kill, faster movement speed, and a leaping strike as an alternate attack. Pretty good for a weapon from a dead video game!Update: Because the Infinity Blade was just so dang overpowered Epic has removed it from Fortnite for rebalancing. So just like that Infinity Blade disappears again. For more on Fortnite watch us get coached by a pro player and read more about the new Fortnite Creative mode.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Incredibly WellPreserved 16th Century Warship Discovered

first_imgExplorers and marine archaeologists have located galleons and warships from the 16th century on the bottom of the sea before. But the discovery of the 97-foot-long Swedish galleon the Mars has gotten people particularly excited for several reasons. First of all, the ship at the bottom of the Baltic Sea is astoundingly well preserved. So much so that looking at it is like a trip back in time.Johan Ronnby, a professor of maritime archaeology at Södertörn University in Sweden, told National Geographic that he would like to leave the Mars on the seafloor and “use three-dimensional scans and photographs to share the wreck with the world.”A drawing of the Swedish warship (ship of the line) Mars, also known as the Makalös (Peerless), which was constructed between 1563 and 1564.Ronnby has gotten help in his research efforts from Richard Lundgren — part owner of Ocean Discovery, a company of professional divers that assists in maritime work.Lundgren had been searching for the Mars for 20 years. He wasn’t alone. Finding the Mars was an obsession with many people because of the fame of the boat — and the supposed curse surrounding its discovery.The Mars was the largest and most feared warship of its time, named after the Roman god of war. The leader of the Swedish navy, it was sunk during its very first naval engagement.Eric XIV of Sweden.It all begins with King Eric XIV of Sweden and his desire to increase the naval power of his country. He ordered the construction of one of Europe’s first large, three-masted ships.The King commanded his admiral to take the Mars out as part of a huge fleet aimed at Denmark and Lubeck (part of modern Germany) and sink ships using its artillery.At first it seemed to dominate with its 800 men and 107 guns. But on the second day of the battle, enemy ships hurled fireballs onto the Mars and disabled it before sending the boarding parties. A fire may have occurred in the Mars‘ gunpowder stores, and that might have set the loaded cannons off.Byrums Raukar on Öland, Sweden.Whatever led to the destruction, the Mars sank on May 31, 1564, off the coast of a Swedish island called Öland. It came to rest on the seafloor tilted to its starboard side.For centuries the curious searched for the wreck without success. Legend has it the Mars was protected by a special curse.The story goes that a specter rose from the depths to guard the Mars against ever being discovered. It was not found until 2011, when some divers located the wreck in 246 feet of water.Take a look at 25 of the best Pirate slang words ever:Lundgren announced that the ship had been found. “The site is virtually littered with cannons,” he said to the press.  The discovery in its hull of silver coins minted the year before the battle by the Swedish king helped confirm its identity.Since then research has focused on studying the wreck, gaining as much information as possible.Sunken old cannon with some fish swimming around.“If this is the Mars, it is a truly significant find,” said Andreas Olson, head archaeologist at the Royal Swedish Maritime Museum, in an interview. “When it comes to maritime history it really can be seen as the ‘missing link’ in the chain of what we know about historic shipbuilding.” Since 2011, research work has been underway, bringing back to life the 16th century.King Eric XIV, while intelligent and inspired, was believed to have suffered from insanity. He was not only warlike but attacked people in his own kingdom, sometimes murdering his enemies with his own hands. For a time, he tried to woo Elizabeth I by long distance, but she declined him.The King was deposed in 1568 by his nobility, held in prison, and died in 1577. Later tests showed high levels of arsenic in his body, leading to the belief that he was poisoned.Portrait sent to Queen Elizabeth I of England, to further the negotiations regarding the marriage. By Steven van der Meulen 1561.Why is his ship so miraculously well preserved?Read another story from us:Unlikely Hero – How a Mother of Eight Rescued 15 Shipwrecked Sailors“Low levels of sediment, slow currents, brackish water, and the absence of a mollusk called a shipworm — responsible for breaking down wooden wrecks in other oceans in as little as five years — combined to keep the warship in remarkable condition,” reported National Geographic.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

Apple tops profit estimates as it wards off smartphone assault

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, California — Apple Inc., maker of the iPhone and iPad, reported third-quarter profit and sales that beat analysts’ estimates, spurring optimism that the company is weathering an attack from low-end smartphone competition.Earnings were $7.47 a share in the period, which ended June 29, the Cupertino, California-based company said Tuesday in a statement. Analysts had predicted $7.30 on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose to $35.3 billion, topping the estimate of $35 billion.The results bolstered the view that Apple can withstand increased competition and saturation in the smartphone market, which have threatened to drag the company into a prolonged slump. Apple earns margins of 50 percent or more on the iPhone 5, almost twice the level of rival models. Investor concern that the company was losing that edge contributed to a 31 percent stock decline over the past year.“We are more encouraged about Apple’s ability to sustain healthy profits over the near and medium term,” Keith Bachman, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets in New York, said in a report before the earnings were released.Apple shares rose as much as 4.7 percent to $438.88 in extended trading after the results were released. They closed at $418.99 earlier in New York. Even after the decline this year, the company has a higher market valuation than any other technology business.The company sold 31.2 million units of the iPhone, its best-selling and most profitable product. Analysts had estimated 26.1 million on average. Apple’s gross margin, the percentage of sales left after subtracting production costs, was 36.9 percent, compared with the company’s target of 36 percent to 37 percent.Sales of the iPad fell 14 percent from the prior year to 14.6 million. Consumers are holding off on purchasing the tablet as they wait for new models later this year, said Ben Evans, an analyst at Enders Analysis in London. Apple forecast sales of $34 billion to $37 billion for the current quarter, compared with an average estimate of $37 billion.The company, which pioneered the market for touch-screen smartphones in 2007, has seen Google’s Android platform gobble up much of the market. Android captured 70 percent of global mobile operating-system sales at the end of first quarter, compared with 17 percent for Apple’s iOS, according to IDC. Samsung, Asia’s biggest technology company, was the No. 1 Android vendor with 41 percent of that market.Even so, Apple has maintained its hold on the high end of the market — especially with U.S. buyers. Its challenge now is developing a cheaper version of the iPhone that can compete with Android for cost-conscious shoppers, said Horace Dediu, an analyst at Asymco, a research company in Finland.“I’ve been waiting for them to do it for years,” Dediu said.Slowing sales and profit growth also have put pressure on Apple to push into new product categories. The company has more than 100 employees working on a wristwatch-like device, people familiar with the matter said earlier this year. In addition, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has said the company is considering television products that go beyond its current Apple TV set-top box.© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

February 22 2003 Alumnus Rohan Loveland attended

first_imgFebruary 22, 2003Alumnus Rohan Loveland attended the May 2002 workshop. He returned for a brief visit with his parents Radon and Mary Loveland and his friend Stephen Ulrich. The discussion in the cafe centers around a project that the Loveland family wants to do during their visit. Scott Riley, head of utilities, Agriculture manager Adam Nordfors and chief of electricity at Arcosanti, Dr. Sparks, suggest to refurbish the old well pump in camp. The Loveland family donated funds to engage a pump-specialist and the time to address the problem and get it solved. We now have a working pump to expand the irrigation system for the gardens and the second field. “Thank You” to Rohan and his family for their time and generous donation. [from left] Scott Riley, Radon Loveland, Adam Nordfors, Stephen Ulrich, Rohan Loveland, Dr. Sparks and Mary Loveland. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more