Bhutan is perhaps the world’s most isolated country. But it is at the cutting edge of the philatelic world, introducing over the years the world’s first 3-D stamp, the first metal stamp, the first silk stamp, the first scented stamp – and, now, the world’s first CD-ROM stamp. The 4 sq. in. CD-ROM stamp narrates documentaries on the history of Bhutan’s monarchy. Related Items
TORONTO — David Price got the Blue Jays off to a winning start in Toronto’s most important series of the season.Price pitched seven shutout innings, Jose Bautista had two hits and the Blue Jays used a three-run first inning to beat the New York Yankees 4-2 on Sept. 21.Price improved to 8-1 in 10 starts with Toronto since being acquired in a July 30 trade with Detroit.“Unbelievable,” Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said. “Trades don’t always work out right. This one has worked out right.”Toronto stretched its lead in the AL East to 3 1-2 games in the opener of a three-game showdown between the division’s top teams.With 13 games remaining, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi didn’t downplay the importance of the final two games of the series.“I think they’re as important as any games we’ve played all year when you talk about trying to win the division,” Girardi said.The Blue Jays snapped a two-game losing streak, avoiding their first three-game skid since July 8-10.Facing the Yankees for the fourth time since joining the Blue Jays, Price improved to 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA against New York with Toronto.“That’s a very good team, one of the most storied franchises,” Price said. “They’re tough to pitch against, so it’s always fun to beat them.”Price (17-5) got a scare when Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a liner right back at the head of the star left-hander. Price managed to snare the liner, and smiled in relief as he flipped the ball to third baseman Josh Donaldson.“It kind of caught me,” Price said.Roberto Osuna overcame Greg Bird’s two-out solo homer in the ninth to earn his 17th save.Toronto jumped on Adam Warren (6-7) with a three-run first. Ben Revere singled, Donaldson was hit by a pitch and Bautista grounded an RBI single to center before the runners advanced on a wild pitch. Donaldson scored on Edwin Encarnacion’s RBI groundout and Justin Smoak capped the rally with an RBI double.Warren said he was “too amped up” in the opening inning. “I was trying to make the best pitch in the world instead of trusting my stuff,” he said.New York used an error, a single and a walk to load the bases with one out in the third. Alex Rodriguez struck out on a 3-2 pitch after narrowly missing a two-run double on a ball that landed just foul in right, and Price ended the inning by getting Brian McCann to fly out.“(Price) made his pitches when he had to,” McCann said. “He was good tonight. He was working both sides of the plate, cutting it and sinking it to both sides and keeping guys off balance.”Those were the first two in a stretch of 14 consecutive outs by Price, who finished his outing by fanning Chase Headley and Bird, then applauded the sellout crowd of 47,648 as he walked off the field.Toronto extended its lead to 4-0 on Russell Martin’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Andrew Bailey in the seventh.Aaron Sanchez walked Didi Gregorius to begin the eighth, then left after Dustin Ackley’s single advanced Gregorius to third.Brett Cecil came on and gave up an RBI single to Ellsbury, but escaped the jam by striking out Brett Gardner, Rodriguez and McCann. Cecil called them the three biggest outs of his career.“You can’t give him enough credit,” Gibbons said of Cecil. “He’s one of the better relievers in baseball.”Limited to 85 pitches, Warren left after striking out Kevin Pillar to begin the fourth. He allowed three runs and five hits, walked one and struck out five.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shares
World Cup World Cup could be breakthrough tournament for Rashford, says Ferdinand Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 19:40 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup England Marcus Rashford Manchester United Manchester City Premier League Videos The former England defender has backed the promising youngster to shine in Russia, while also having words of encouragement for John Stones Rio Ferdinand has tipped Marcus Rashford to shine for England during the World Cup and believes it could be a breakthrough tournament for the Manchester United attacker.Rashford is widely regarded as one of the most exciting youngsters around in the game, but he has struggled somewhat to consistently perform at the highest level.The 20-year-old found himself in and out of the team during England’s qualification campaign, but he impressed in Thursday’s 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The attacker scored the opener and looked lively throughout as Gareth Southgate’s men cruised to victory in their final warm-up game before taking off to Russia.It remains to be seen whether Rashford will start in England’s opener against Tunisia on June 18, but Ferdinand is optimistic he can make an impact in the upcoming weeks.”It could potentially be a breakthrough tournament for Rashford,” Ferdinand told Goal during the BBC media day.”I do not see him starting the first game for England, but I can see him having an impact at some point in the tournament. And I would love that to be the case, because he is a young kid who works hard on his game, is very switched on and very concentrated on improving himself as a footballer. And I think that deserves an element of luck and opportunity.”Rashford was not an undisputed starter at United in 2017-18, but Ferdinand is adamant Old Trafford remains the perfect place for the forward at this stage of his career.”Yes, Manchester United is still the right place for him,” the former defender continued.An impact in Russia this year will set Rashford and Stones up for great careers, says one former England starFerdinand is part of BBC’s punditry team that will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 pic.twitter.com/PAD6Q1R4iA— Goal (@goal) June 8, 2018″I think United are a great breeding ground for young, precocious talent. And Rashford fits that bill perfectly.” Rashford is not the only England international who occasionally endured a difficult year, with John Stones losing his starting berth at Premier League winners Manchester City at some point.Nevertheless, Ferdinand still feels the centre-back has the potential to become one of the best in the world in his position.“Stones has the potential to become world class,” Ferdinand added. “I think he has the platform to get there at Manchester City. It would be great if he can have a fantastic World Cup to set him off on a run on that.”He has all of the fundamental basic things on the ball to be a great. It is about balancing that out with defensive responsibility, defensive nous, and creating or having that instinct as a defender. If he can get all that jigsaw put together, you have the foundations of a top player.”The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama’s quarterback situation was settled on Saturday night, even if Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is refusing to admit it publicly.Tua Tagovailoa started behind center for Alabama in its blowout win over Louisville in Orlando. The sophomore quarterback played extremely well. He made the kind of throws Crimson Tide fans (and the rest of the college football world) are drooling over.Jalen Hurts played, too, but there was an obvious drop-off in Alabama’s offensive potency when he was behind center compared to Tagovailoa.So, while Saban might not be publicly admitting that Tua is clearly his QB1, it would be shocking if that’s not the case moving forward.What does this mean for Hurts? Well, he’ll probably continue to get some playing time, and his running ability is still valuable for Alabama’s offense, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to be starting any games at quarterback.This means the Jalen Hurts transfer rumors are going to heat up like they did this summer. He’s set to graduate this year and that means he can transfer to another school in 2019 and play right away.What school might he transfer to? One is being named a lot – Texas.The Longhorns, after their second straight loss to Maryland, clearly need some help at the quarterback position. Hurts’ dual-threat ability could be special in Tom Herman’s offense.Texas fans are convinced it can happen.Jalen Hurts….Texas needs you young brotha— Ryan Mouton (@RMout29) September 2, 2018Jalen Hurts to Texas?— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) September 2, 2018I’m fascinated to see where Jalen Hurts transfers to next season. Maybe back to his home state of Texas. #RollTide— John C. Frémont (@SaturdaysInReno) September 2, 2018hey @JalenHurts I hear my texas longhorns are looking for a quarterback ?— matty b (@ohhmatty) September 2, 2018This is premature, of course, as any kind of decision from Hurts on his future is likely months away. He seems intent on sticking it out at Alabama this season (and probably winning a national championship).Still, stay tuned for Jalen Hurts transfer rumor season once the year is over.
Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 17:02 IST Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul made sexist remarks on the TV show Koffee with Karan (Hardik Pandya Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have replaced Pandya and Rahul in the ODI team in AusrtaPandya and Rahul have returned home from Australia after being suspended by the BCCIBCCI is currently trying to set up an inquiry committee to look into this caseHardik Pandya and KL Rahul are back home, cooling their heels, suspended for their crass comments in TV show Koffe with Karan. Replacements have been called for the remaining three ODIs in Australia and the subsequent limited-overs games in New Zealand. Five months before the 2019 World Cup, their future remains uncertain.The much maligned duo’s fate hangs in the balance as the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) continue to spar over the composition of the inquiry committee. COA member Diana Edulji wants CEO Rahul Johri out of picture, arguing it would be ‘bad optics’ for Bthe CCI due to the sexual harassment case around him.COA Chairman Vinod Rai wants to administer through the CEO as per the new constitution. “The COA is duty bound to follow the new constitution and what you are suggesting is neither in consonance with the constitution nor is it as per the legal advice received.”It cannot be the case that we follow legal advice only when we consider it, ‘justifiable’. I can’t be party to this decision and process,” he told Edulji in an internal communications accessed by India Today.The letter gets terser. “Also please note that since you do not want to follow the suggestion of legal to have an ad hoc ombudsman, your suggestion runs the risk of your committee being ‘judge, jury and executioner’. Please go ahead and take it forward. I will keep away and leave it to you,” he wrote.Edulji in reply, accused Rai of following the constitution on a selective basis. “COA can’t be duty bound in selected matters and that’s what I have been highlighting all through, that we should act as per the rules and regulations being the new constitution at all times.advertisement”Your point of not going against a Supreme Court Direction/Constitution is what I have been time and again warning about as you have acted against the Supreme Court Direction/Constitution in the matter of Women’s team Head Coach where a committee was appointed inspite of CAC being there and also in the case of sexual harassment matter of Rahul Johri, you unilaterally appointed the independent committee which is not as per the Constitution and I had opposed for that also,” she replied.Edulji’s communication indicates, Pandya and Rahul, currently thrown a seven-day show cause notice, could have to wait until January 17th at least, when the Supreme Court takes up the BCCI case.”As the SC hearing is scheduled for 17th Jan, let the court be informed about this situation and let an Ombudsman be appointed by the court instead of taking a wrong step of appointing the ad hoc ombudsman, which is not as per the new constitution,” she wrote.Meanwhile, BCCI members have asked the acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to call for a Special General Meeting (SGM) for the appointment of the Ombudsman of the BCCI to adjudicate the case, once the investigations are complete.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Sreesanth backs Hardik, Rahul: Others have made bigger mistakes but are still playingAlso Read | As Hardik, Rahul stand suspended, BCCI official questions Harmanpreet in fake degree controversyAlso Read | Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with KaranFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Indian cricket teamFollow BCCIFollow Committee of AdministratorsFollow Koffee With Karan Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s future uncertain, hit by BCCI red tapeThe much maligned duo’s fate hangs in the balance as the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) continue to spar over the composition of the inquiry committee.advertisement
HALIFAX – After decades of being overlooked, human rights trailblazer Viola Desmond is receiving yet another posthumous honour.Desmond, who was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto last year, will be honoured June 29 with a star in her hometown of Halifax.It will be unveiled at the Halifax Ferry Terminal, and later mounted aboard the harbour ferry recently named for Desmond.It is the latest in a series of recent honours that have cemented Desmond’s place as a Canadian civil rights pioneer.In March, a new $10 bill featuring Desmond was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.She is the first black person — and the first non-royal woman — on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.“If Viola were here, she would be humbled and also overjoyed with the recognition,” Wanda Robson, Desmond’s sister, said in a statement Wednesday.“Her remaining family (three sisters) feel Viola’s Walk of Fame induction is well deserved. Her business success, her courage and her push for education for her students and family was and continues to be an inspiration for all young women.”Robson will be on hand for the presentation of the star.Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame, said it is the group’s first ever event in the Maritimes. The new “Hometown Stars” initiative allows for inductees to be honoured at home as well as in Toronto.“We could not be more proud that it is to honour a courageous woman who took a stand for justice and equality,” Latimer said in a statement.Her story went largely untold for a half-century, but in recent years Desmond has also been featured on a stamp, and there are plans for a park in Toronto and streets in Montreal and Halifax to bear her name.Desmond refused to leave the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre on Nov. 8, 1946 — nearly a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama.Desmond, a beautician and entrepreneur who sold her own line of cosmetics, had been headed to Sydney, N.S., when her car broke down. Stuck in New Glasgow overnight, she decided to watch a movie at the Roseland Theatre.The segregated theatre relegated black patrons to the balcony, while floor seating was reserved for whites. Desmond, who was shortsighted and could not see properly from the back, sat in the floor section and refused to leave.She was dragged out of the theatre by police, arrested, thrown in jail for 12 hours and fined.It would take 63 years for Nova Scotia to issue Desmond, who died in 1965, a posthumous apology and pardon.
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Rabat – The terrorist acts committed recently in some countries in the region had a little impact on the Moroccan tourism, said communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.The despicable terrorist acts in some brotherly countries had affected tourism in our country but the impact remains very little, said El Khalfi at a press briefing after the weekly cabinet meeting in Rabat, under the chairmanship of head of government Abdelilah Benkirane, adding that the Kingdom succeeded in keeping its image as an attractive country with a very competitive touristic product.He said that a communication plan was set up to proactively deal with the impact of these attacks against countries that are considered as tourism markets for Morocco, notably in Europe, underlining that government’s efforts touch also on a continued follow-up to curb the negative repercussions of these terrorist attacks.
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:Alcoa Corp., down $1.06 to $26.66Lower prices pushed the aluminum products maker to a first quarter loss and the results fell short of forecasts.United Rentals Inc., up $10.24 to $136The equipment rental company’s first quarter profit and revenue beat forecasts on gains across geographic regions.Skechers USA Inc., down $3.68 to $31.60The shoe company’s first quarter sales fell short of forecasts and it issued a weak revenue outlook for the year.Union Pacific Corp., up $7.38 to $176.66The railroad reported better-than-expected first quarter profit as higher prices mostly offset lower freight volume.Sleep Number Corp., down $8.87 to $39.16First quarter sales fell just shy of forecasts for the seller of beds and mattresses and it warned of cost pressures throughout 2019.Snap-On Inc., up $10.23 to $168.07The tool and diagnostic equipment maker’s first quarter profit beat forecasts and it reported growth in its U.S. franchise network.Atlassian Corp., down $9.25 to $101.94The software company’s fourth-quarter profit forecast fell short of Wall Street’s expectations.Canopy Growth Corp., up $1.71 to $44.56The cannabis company signed a deal giving it the right to buy Acreage Holdings Inc. if the U.S. government legalizes the drug.The Associated Press
31 October 2011A United Nations expert urged world leaders today to put the right to food before industry interests when committing to a food security plan later this week at the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, warning of the negative impacts that biofuels and financial speculation have on this basic human right. “The G-20 made an important statement of intent by placing food security at the top of its agenda. But agreeing on a food security action plan without addressing biofuels and speculation would be like running a bath without putting in the plug. All of the good ideas simply drain away,” said Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, in a statement.Mr. De Schutter called for governments to put an end to biofuel mandates and subsidies as they are a major factor that causes food prices to rise and creates a high demand for farmland in developing countries. “Leaders are yet to prove that they heard the joint recommendations of international organizations five months ago, which urged G-20 governments to stop subsidising biofuels. It is not enough to name-check the issue – the G-20 must put the human right to food before the vested interests of some of its industries,” he said.Mr. De Schutter also called for leaders to put financial regulations in place to stop speculation on food commodity prices, making them rise unnecessarily, and said the action plan agreed by G-20 agriculture ministers in June is too weak and requires a stronger stance to have an impact.“Food commodity markets must not be a refuge when other financial markets have dried up. Speculation on these markets is rife, and instead of allowing producers and buyers to hedge against risk, it has increased risk and led to price changes unconnected to the underlying fundamentals.”In addition, Mr. De Schutter said food reserves can be used to stimulate the growth of small farmers, prevent famines, and bring stability to the food market.“We must be more ambitious, and use food stocks as a tool for stabilizing the market. If we buy from small-scale farmers when supply is plentiful, and release these stocks when markets are tight, we can prevent the volatile price swings and supply shocks which create humanitarian crises in the first place.”The expert warned that unless bolder actions are taken, the world will be unable to feed the nine billion people estimated to inhabit the planet by the year 2050.“Time is running out for world leaders, who must go beyond rhetoric and deliver real change. The hungry cannot wait,” he said.
The fifth grade pupil, shot yesterday at the school in the refugee camp at Khan Younis, is the second youngster in recent weeks to die after being hit by gunfire while attending a UN-run school in Gaza. Ten-year-old Raghda Adnan Al-Assar died on 22 September, two weeks after being struck unconscious by a bullet to the head.Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), decried the deaths, calling them “horrific by anyone’s standards.” He also pointed out that beyond the campuses of educational facilities, “the pace of child deaths in Gaza has been accelerating terribly in recent weeks.”Almost every day, Mr. Hansen said, “The most basic of the rights of the child – to life – is now being violated.”UNRWA has repeatedly called on the Israeli military to stop firing at its schools. There have now been four such incidents in less than two years, which the Agency said was a sign of the Israeli army’s indiscriminate and dangerous military tactics in civilian areas.UNRWA is also concerned that parents are growing increasingly fearful about sending their children to school in Gaza because of the level of violence they experience both during their journeys and once they arrive.
Look inside most mobile devices on the market today and they will be running an ARM processor. There’s a good reason for that. ARM’s range of chips are some of the most energy efficient on the market and a big part of why we can have performance smartphones that achieve decent battery life.As with all processors though, with time comes the demand for more performance and lower power use. And as you’d expect, ARM not only has a next-generation processor in development, it blows even its own existing chips away.Yesterday ARM announced the 1GHz Cortex-A7 MPCore, the company’s successor to the Cortex-A8 and the introduction of a term we’re all going to have to get used to called big.LITTLE.The Cortex-A7 on its own is an impressive chip. It is about one fifth of the size of the Cortex-A8 while at the same time offering a five-fold improvement in energy efficiency. This has been achieved by using a 28nm process to create a chip that measures less than 0.5mm2. So it’s a smaller chip, using significantly less power, but at the same time offers up a major performance gain over today’s mobile processors.ARM believes we’ll see the Cortex-A7 appearing in low-end (sub $100) smartphones in 2013. So in just over a year we’ll be buying $99 smartphones that outperform today’s premium handsets in terms of battery life and system performance.The second, and arguably more exciting part of the announcement ARM made yesterday was big.LITTLE processing. What this refers to is the combination of two processors in one package that offers up high-end performance when you need it, but energy efficiency when you don’t. Think of how Nvidia’s Optimus graphics technology works for an idea of what ARM is doing here.What ARM has done is combine the new Cortex-A7 chip with its Cortex-A15 high-performance chip. That big.LITTLE solution will allow for lots of performance for the tasks that need it e.g. launching a web browser, watching a movie, or playing a game, by using the A15. But then very low power draw for other operating system tasks e.g. making a call, writing a text, changing your phone settings, etc. by using the A7.From the user’s point of view this switching will be transparent and they will just see the end result of a very fast phone with long battery life. This is possible because the switch from one processor to the other takes no more than 20 microseconds. Manufacturers choosing to use this system will just need to support that switching for their handsets, as will operating systems e.g. Android.It won’t be surprising to hear that ARM already has a number of manufacturers on board for the new processors. Broadcom, Freescale, LG, Samsung, ST Ericsson, and Texas Instruments have licensed the new designs, meaning come 2013 they will be available across a range of mobile devices.Check out the video below for a demonstration of big.LITTLE in action using the combination of A7 and A15 processors.Read more at ARM, via GigaOM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Spirit of Soul, a group formed by the late Katerina Tzikas to raise money for various cancer charities, is now back with another fundraiser. Featuring more dancing, more prizes, more fabulous people, while keeping with their 1920s theme, there will also be a Money Wheel and Blackjack table with play money. All proceeds will go to Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and its music therapy department that helped Katerina Tzikas. Prizes will be given to the best dressed, so make an effort.When: Saturday 25 October, 7.30 pm until late Where: The Castle Hotel, 56 Courtney Street, North Melbourne Cost: $35 (adults), $10 (kids), drinks and snacks at bar prices To book tickets visit http://bit.ly/1w8MFnE
Le Royaume-Uni va créer son agence spatiale nationaleRoyaume-Uni – Mardi, le Royaume-Uni a annoncé la création de sa première agence spatiale nationale. Elle verra le jour le 1er avril prochain et prendra en charge les projets britanniques liés à l’espace, jusqu’ici placés sous la responsabilité de différents ministères et organismes de recherche.Baptisée UK Space Agency, cette agence représentera le Royaume-Uni au sein des organismes internationaux. Elle prendra en charge tous les projets britanniques et européens liés à l’espace tels que le GMES et Galileo qui étaient jusqu’ici gérés respectivement par le ministère de l’Agriculture et celui des Transports. L’intérêt britannique dans le Centre satellitaire de l’Union européenne (CSUE) était quant à lui sous la responsabilité du ministère de la Défense.”L’Agence spatiale britannique donnera au secteur l’énergie dont il a besoin pour accomplir ses ambitions. L’industrie spatiale britannique a défié la récession”, s’est félicité Lord Paul Drayson, le secrétaire d’État aux Sciences et à l’Innovation. Et de souligner que cet essor pourrait engendrer la création de quelque 100.000 emplois d’ici les 20 prochaines années, quand aujourd’hui le secteur emploie directement et indirectement 68.000 personnes.Le Royaume-Uni a également annoncé la création d’un Centre international pour l’innovation spatiale (Isic) qui sera chargé d’exploiter les données des satellites d’observation terrestre, de rassembler les données recueillies dans l’espace pour comprendre et combattre le réchauffement climatique, ou encore de donner des conseils en matière de sécurité. Il sera installé sur un site de l’Agence spatiale européenne situé à Harwell dans l’Oxfordshire. Il bénéficiera d’un budget de 40 millions de livres environ, soit 44,42 millions d’euros, et aura pour visée de “fournir un centre unique pour l’activité spatiale britannique et de permettre au Royaume-Uni de maintenir son rang dans le monde en matière de capacités spatiales” a expliqué le ministère britannique du Commerce.Le 27 mars 2010 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
Geek Pick: Neato Botvac D4 Connected Is a High-Tech Robot VacuumGeek Pick: AmazonBasics Microwave Cooks A Smart DinnerGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Wall Clock Tells Time With Tech Stay on target One of the weirdest sights you just get used to while working in a tech office is the fleet of robot vacuums roaming the floors for cleaning tests. You start to humanize them, turning the mild aesthetic differences of these grey plates with wheels into distinct personalities. It’s cute, not annoying, when they bump into your feet.But normal consumers can only pick one robot vacuum child. And while the $500 cost is pricey, the Shark Ion Robot Vacuum Cleaning System S87 is pretty powerful. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls You’ve heard enough jokes about Roomba uprisings to basically know what a robot vacuum is. The Shark Ion Robot Vacuum Cleaning System S87 is a 12.5-inch disc with a short 3.4-inch height for rolling around your dirty floor and underneath furniture into especially filthy corners. While there’s no laser navigation, it still provides a thorough cleaning by bumping into objects. And the suction itself is strong, able to pick up fine grain and large debris in a single pass on carpets when using Max settings.The S87 runs for nearly two hours before returning to its dock for a three-hour charge. Through the mobile app you can make the most of those two hours by checking on previous cleaning cycles, finding where the vacuum is, ordering it to return to the dock, and setting up voice commands through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. However, there is no direct remote control.And for when you need to do some cleaning yourself, the S87 also comes with a convenient hand vacuum for your money. It slots into the same dock and has attachments for dusting, digging into crevices, and cleaning pets. Sometimes you need to reach places a lowly robot can’t.For more on the Shark Ion Robot Vacuum Cleaning System S87 check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. For more on helpful robots check out this blood-powered robot fish and this robot lifter that studies your biceps.More on Geek.com:
FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Pinterest WWE has posted a clip (above) to YouTube from a rare ECW match featuring The Sandman vs. Steve Corino vs. Justin Credible from back in late 2000.The match ended up taking place at the last ECW event from the ECW Arena.“At Holiday Hell 2000, The Sandman takes on Steve Corino & Justin Credible at the last ECW event ever held at the ECW Arena: Courtesy of WWE Network.”WWE in Nielsen’s Top 10 for social mediaWWE.com is reporting that both RAW and Smackdown Live made Nielsen’s “Tops of 2018: Social TV list, which was released on Friday.Monday Night RAW came in at No. 2 for the year, with an average of over 500,000 interactions per week between Facebook and Twitter.Smackdown Live ranked in at No. 5, with an average of nearly 300,000 interactions per week between Facebook and Twitter as well. Google+ Twitter Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
West Ham United have confirmed that both Andy Carroll and Winston Reid will be unavailable for the next three months after sustaining ankle and knee injuriesThis latest injury blow for the Hammers will see the players require surgery and means that they are certainly out of their opening games for next season after returning home early from the club’s training camp in Switzerland.New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini told the club website: “We are obviously very sad to hear that Andy and Winston have suffered setbacks. This is a big blow for them and us, but we hope to see them back in action as soon as possible,”“It does mean that we have lost two players in key areas, though, and we’ll continue to work hard with the owners to make further additions to strengthen the playing squad, beyond the five new signings already confirmed.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…West Ham’s new head of medical Richard Collinge said: “Andy played and scored in Sunday’s match but is still reporting some discomfort in his ankle and further scans have revealed that he requires some minor surgery to provide more strength and stability to the area.“Winston has been suffering some swelling around the knee, following the injury that he sustained at Swansea last season, and he too is in need of explorative surgery to clean up the area. We have decided that this is the best course of action to ensure that both players have a chance of returning to full fitness as soon as possible.”Following Pellegrini’s appointment as David Moyes’ replacement, West Ham have since signed five new players and are now targetting a move for Lazio Felipe Anderson.The Hammers will start off the season with a tricky trip to Anfield on August 12, where they face Liverpool for their opening Premier League game.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioClimate Change Rarely Major Discussion Topic In Alaska CapitalAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauWhen it comes to climate change, Alaska is seen as a bellwether. Temperatures have risen nearly 4 degrees over the past 50 years, a number that’s double the national average. But even though Alaska figures in discussion of climate change nationally, it’s rarely a major topic of conversation in Juneau.Alaska Lawmaker Introduces Right-To-Die Legislation The Associated PressAn Anchorage lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow terminally ill patients the right to decide to end their lives with the help of a physician.North Pacific Halibut Bycatch Limit Could See 50 Percent Cut Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaHalibut harvests have been on the decline in the Bering Sea for years. But the amount that trawlers and catcher-processors are allowed to take [incidentally] has stayed the same. Now, federal regulators have agreed to consider stiffer limits on halibut bycatch.Middle School Teachers Think Planning Time Cuts Are Hurting Students Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageMiddle School teachers in Anchorage fall into two groups – elective teachers and core class teachers. Before this year all of the teachers were given extra time to collaborate and try to ease the transition of students from being kids in elementary schools to young adults in high school. But this year it’s different – elective teachers don’t get time to collaborate. And some say it’s students who are losing out.Economic Group Sees Affordable Housing Shortage As Barrier To Growth For Anchorage Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAffordable housing is an issue across much of Alaska, and Anchorage is no exception. The city ranks in the top 20 most expensive housing markets in the nation. The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation sees it as one of the biggest barriers to improving the city’s fiscal future. And the group wants to start addressing the problem by focusing on homelessness.New EPA Standards Slash Wood-Fired Heater Emissions Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Environmental Protection Agency has issued updated standards for wood fired heaters.Little Green Apple Ends Haines Junction’s Long Grocery Commute Emily Files, KHNS – HainesHaines Junction is a small town in Yukon Territory at the intersection of the Haines and Alaska Highways. It has a couple of restaurants, but no grocery store, until recently when two locals opened the Little Green Apple.Yukon Quest Trail Puts Dog Sled Designs To The TestEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksBrent Sass is leading the Yukon Quest Sled Dog race. He left the Pelly Crossing checkpoint at 3:25 this morning. Hugh Neff followed at 6am. Joar Ulsom, Jeff King and Allen Moore round out the top five.On the Yukon Quest Trail, there are a few things mushers have to be especially picky about including a sturdy sled. Jumble ice near McCabe Creek, half way to Pelly Crossing is testing sled engineering this year.
A Bethel woman has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter for allegedly fatally injecting her father with heroin. 35-year-old Shannon Cooke faces the charges for an incident from September 29th, 2014.The state says that 56-year-old Thomas Tungwenuk was found unresponsive in an Anchorage apartment. Police and medics responded and the man was later pronounced dead at a hospital.Daniel Shorey is an assistant district attorney in Anchorage.“The manslaughter charge is for delivering heroin to her father, Thomas Tungwenuk. She is also charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance for the actual delivery of the heroin,” said Shorey.The state medical examiner found that Tungwenuk had died of the acute combined effects of alcohol and heroin. Police received a report that Tungwenuk had injected himself and then was found by his daughter 30 to 45 minutes later, however the state alleges that Cooke injected him.Cooke was arrested Friday by Bethel police. Bail was set at $20,000 with a third party custodian. If convicted, Cooke faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. A pre-trial conference before Judge Jack Smith in Anchorage is scheduled for May 13th.
Statistics New Zealand figures have revealed that international visitors arrivals are holding steady as the industry heads into the off-peak season. International visitor arrivals were down 0.4 per cent last month, compared to 141,000 visitors in May last year. However, in total, international visitor arrivals have risen by 3 percent for the year to date. The Chinese, Japanese and South Korean markets saw significant growth in visitor numbers compared with last May, when outbound travel from these countries was negatively affected by the Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreak.Tourism New Zealand CEO Kevin Bowler says visitor arrivals from Asian markets are yet to return to the pre global financial crisis levels however they are improving. “We’re unsure of the impact the Shanghai Expo will have on travel from China in the short term, but our work in this market is firmly focused on driving growth beyond 2010,” says Kevin Bowler. Visitation is also improving from the United States, with arrivals up 6.3 per cent (to 11,520 visitors) in May. This is positive news for New Zealand following a drop in arrivals of 14.6 per cent in April from the comparable period in 2009. Growth has come off the back of bargain airfares, returning economic stability and some high-profile PR and advertising campaigns. Arrivals from the UK continue to decline (down 14.7 per cent), with the May general election, ongoing economic uncertainty and the disruptions from last month’s Icelandic ash cloud all impacting travel from New Zealand’s second-biggest visitor market.Kevin Bowler says New Zealand is also likely a change in visitor arrivals over June/July as Europeans watch the FIFA World Cup closer to home, and backpackers watch the World Cup games in a number of different destinations. Arrivals from Australia also dropped 4.7 per cent last month, compared with 2009 when the market was up 15.8 per cent. With 64,300 arrivals, however, New Zealand’s biggest visitor arrivals market is still performing strongly. Arrivals are up 11.2 per cent for the year to date, with holiday arrivals up 19.0 per cent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/20bfb/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>