The Best Gifts for Men Who Have Everything

first_img 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts How to Grow and Maintain Stubble How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail It’s hard enough to buy the right gift for any one person in your life, but it’s especially challenging to find that special thing for the guy who seems to already have it all. We’ve all been there before: scrolling through long lists of products from our favorite retail websites or spending hours at the mall only to feel more clueless than when we first started our search.More Gift Ideas For:WatchesLiquorStocking StuffersProducts Made in AmericaBook LoversTravelersThe Lady in Your LifeThe Ultimate Luxury ExperienceWhite Elephant Editors’ Recommendations center_img The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain If there’s a popular gadget you’re thinking of getting him, he probably has it. If he’s a sharp dresser, he’s ahead of the fashion trends. And you definitely don’t want to waste your time buying him a smart home speaker or fitness watch. Trust us, he definitely owns both. So, what do you buy him? Look to our gift guide for inspiration. We’ve done the research to find the best available products that he likely doesn’t already own.Of course, everyone has his own passions and hobbies. That’s why we focused our search on different types of men you may be shopping for, from the guy obsessed with his perfectly groomed beard to the man who spends all his free time outdoors to the fellow who’s not afraid to put his hands to work around the house. Is he particular about his food or drink? We’ve got you covered. We’ve also curated a list of great gift options for the dad who will appreciate the thought no matter what you get him, but getting him the right gift will mean so much more.[affiliate-event] A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Satolast_img read more

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HEART/NTA to Invest Millions in Equipping Secondary Schools

first_imgEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said that the HEART Trust/NTA will be investing millions of dollars in equipping secondary schools with laboratories, workshop equipment and required personnel.He said that new high schools are being specifically targeted under the initiative, which is aimed at providing students with technical and vocational skills for the job market.“This is so that the students will not get a smattering of technical education but rather, they have the opportunity of proceeding to level one or level two at HEART and then the workforce colleges for tertiary education, which will take them to the degree level,” Rev. Thwaites said.He was speaking on Wednesday, June 26, at the official opening of a Career Resource Centre at the Kingston Technical High School on Hanover Street, downtown Kingston.[RELATED: Education Ministry Intensifies Push for Uniformed Groups in Schools]Minister Thwaites said that the facility will equip the students to recognise the balance that has to exist between academic excellence and technical and vocational competence.“A wholesome and rounded education is, in fact, the best investment that this country can make,” he said, while expressing the hope that the centre can be opened up to neighbouring schools and the wider community.Vice Principal of Kingston Technical, Marvalin Ricketts, expressed appreciation to the various institutions that provided assistance in the development of the resource centre.“The establishment of this centre here at Kingston Technical High School, makes it a model for schools in Jamaica. We now have all our career services centralised with significant increased efficiency and productivity,” she said.She expressed confidence that the facility will greatly benefit students and will chart a new course with respect to the career development programme at the school.The Career and Resource Centre was established at a cost of $1. 25 million through donations and in partnership with various private sector companies.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

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US trade gap rises 6th straight month to 9 12year high

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit rose for the sixth straight month in February, reaching the highest level since October 2008 and defying President Donald Trump’s efforts to rebalance America’s lopsided trade with the rest of the world.The Commerce Department said Thursday that the trade gap — the difference between what America sells and what it buys in foreign markets — widened to $57.6 billion in February from $56.7 billion in January. Exports of goods and services hit a record $204.4 billion; imports set a record $262 billion.The news comes amid a U.S. trade dispute with China that has rattled global financial markets and raised fears among U.S. farmers and businesses that depend on access to the Chinese market. The trade deficit in goods with China narrowed in February to $29.3 billion from $36 billion in January.The United States ran a $77 billion deficit in the trade of goods in February, the highest level since July 2008. That was partially offset by a $19.4 billion surplus in services such as education and banking, lowest since December 2012. The services surplus was dragged down $1 billion in payments for broadcast rights for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which count as a services import.Exports of cars and auto parts posted big increases in February as did imports of pharmaceuticals, crude oil and civilian aircraft.Trump campaigned on a pledge to take aggressive action to reduce America’s massive trade deficits. In March, he slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum but exempted most major countries except China and Japan. China counterpunched this week with tariffs on $3 billion in U.S. products.On Tuesday, the U.S. proposed slapping tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports, and Beijing responded within hours with plans to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft. The two countries have signalled that they will seek to settle their differences before the tariffs take effect.The president views trade deficits as a sign of economic weakness and as the result of bad trade agreements and unfair practices by America’s trading partners. Most economists say they are caused by bigger economic forces, mainly the fact that the United States consistently spends more than it produces.The trade gap has continued to rise since Trump entered the White House partly because the U.S. economy is strong and American consumers have an appetite for imported products and the confidence and financial wherewithal to buy them.____Follow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaulWisemanAPlast_img read more

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Fear of jejune enthusiasm

first_imgAs India awaits the verdict on the new national government, exactly after 10 days from now, diplomatic circles are worried about a repeat of the same or worse scenario in the corridors of international relations should Narendra Modi return to power. After a microanalysis of the performance of Modi government’s five years in the areas of international affairs, most of the foreign relations experts feel that his comeback as the prime minister would be a huge setback in transforming India into a strong, booming, and associative country. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyDuring the Modi regime, social bickering, and general hostility affected India’s ability to run a successful foreign policy in the neighbourhood. Our shrinking influence in the India Ocean region and in South Asia is a direct outcome of Modi’s lack of foreign policy homework. Modi government’s random and immature dealings with our neighbours have resulted in a serious dislocation in our relationships in our immediate ambit. Be it Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal or Bhutan, we only have alienated friends. Also Read – The future is here!Modi has always been in election mode after becoming prime minister in 2014. For the first two years, he was in the playfulness of a massive election victory. For the next two years, he made himself overburdened with the pleasure of being the sole saviour of his Bhartiya Janata Party in state elections. Finally, his whole focus is on somehow winning the 2019 general elections. Therefore, for a full five years, Modi has been running a mad race for self-gratification. He spared no opportunity to hug fellow world leaders without having any strategic perception. He believed in the self-assumed power of his personal charisma in dealing with foreign policy matters. But his jejune enthusiasm for developing personal chemistry miserably failed, especially with China and with our other immediate neighbours. Modi is not one of those to accept their mistake. He belongs to a breed which does not learn from the mistakes. Foreign policy wizards are of the opinion that unless an alternative diplomatic strategy is adopted, India will not be able to maintain its international position in times to come. It requires a change in the leadership of the government because Modi will again prove to be Modi and it would make any different policy articulation impossible if he is at the helm of affairs for next five years also. Modi will never realise that hugging a world leader does not lead to any pledge in international diplomacy. He will always refuse to accept that personal charisma cannot be a foreign policy tool in dealing with world powers. He is not able to understand the importance of intensive homework when it comes to performing on the global stage. What he has said in a boastful manner in his various TV interviews during electioneering, anyone can predict that Modi will not accept the fact that his hug diplomacy has totally failed and different approaches are crucial in regaining the trust of our neighbours, including Pakistan and China. Only a prime minister with a changed mindset will be able to take India into a new foreign policy direction. Serving tea with own hands, taking to a dinner out in a small isolated restaurant, changing the costumes three times a day and putting forward uninvited one-sided hugs are not something that can be defined as using soft power. In a world undergoing multi-power disorder, you need a more specific, sincere and well thought out approach. But Modi’s perpetual denial mode is the principal hurdle in presenting India as a country with liberal, stabilised and comprehensive ideas in the world rung. I know several foreign policy scholars who were staunch supporters of Modi till five-six years back and expected that his hyperbole of diplomatic reforms would be translated into action once elected. All of them are now lamenting to the wall. They describe the Modi government as a government in which ‘only Modi counts’ and a government that is ‘bowing to the powerful and bullying the weak’. These scholars see Modi as compulsorily deferential to the US and China. The net result of this has been the neglect of old friends like Russia and Iran. According to one of the prominent diplomacy scholars, ‘there is no coherent vision driving the frenzied visiting and eventing that we have witnessed for some time’. In fact, the situation around us and the world over has changed drastically over the past few years with the coming to power of new authoritarians, or “alpha-males” in China, the US, Russia, Japan, Turkey and India. It needs major corrections. India is in a situation where it cannot rely on any other world power to promote its prosperity. Why any other established power would like to see a potential competitor rising? Therefore, our way forward lies in true strategic autonomy. The US nowadays is pulling back and unwilling to underwrite an international order. China is moving in a blankness in an ever-expanding manner. India’s real strategic focus should be on China. The multi-faceted provocations from China require an Indian response across the entire rainbow of power — from economics to politics to military to ideas. Pakistan is a key distraction but unity of the subcontinent requires neutralisation of Pakistan too. Can we hand over the responsibility of facing these challenges to Modi again? Can Modi alter the path of India’s foreign policy? Is his diplomacy track record convincing for India’s bright and sustainable global future? Will he be able to dilute his obstinacy so that India can march in the right direction of foreign affairs? There is a serious wave of apprehensions in the Central Hall of Indian diplomacy. Unless our next government ensures that it will listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten; foreign policy course is bound to be directionless. India has to enhance its economic and border safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. Foreign policy is effectively the assertion of many individual countries intersecting on the global marketplace. It is not something that you can decide on your whims and fancies. You have to figure out how to get your interest served in a way that meets the interests and needs of these other countries you deal with. In international relations, a great deal has to do with historical circumstances and sense and perception of people. Foreign policy summits are no Lady Gaga events. Formal or informal, they always have outcomes in formal shape. When we thump our chests for any surgical or crude strike, we must realise that when diplomacy ends war begins. The next Prime Minister of India has to be vigilant of the fact that the purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for his own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world by safeguarding our national interests at the same time. Modi, therefore, does not qualify for the top job again. (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Alaska village will install new river power generator

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A tiny Alaska Native village is adopting an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a renewable energy source.The village council in Igiugig (ig-ee-UH’-gig) is the first tribal entity in the nation licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to harness river water that’s not connected to a dam.An underwater generator will be installed in coming days in the Kvichak River, part of a salmon-rich system that also provides subsistence food for the community of 70.Officials with Portland, Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. say a trial river run of the “RivGen Power System” gives them confidence the system will not harm adult fish.Igiugig Village Council President AlexAnna Salmon says the generator is expected to greatly reduce reliance of costly diesel fuel.Rachel D’Oro, The Associated Press read more

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Liberia Serious challenges remain to ensure peace process remains on track Annan

Despite tangible signs of progress in Liberia – notably its successful voter registration exercise and gains in strengthening the police force – significant challenges still need to be urgently addressed, including dealing with ex-combatants who are now resorting to violence and threatening to disrupt upcoming elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report.“The remaining six months of the transition period are most important for laying the foundations for a peaceful and democratic Liberia. Any efforts to disrupt the electoral process should be expeditiously addressed,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on the work of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).He said that the prolonged delays in providing reintegration opportunities for former fighters and in restructuring Liberia’s armed forces have been primarily due to funding shortfalls. In that regard, he welcomed recent pledges to the reintegration programme by the European Commission, Sweden and the United States and urged other member States to consider providing the necessary technical and financial support to Liberia’s National Transitional Government to ensure the full implementation of military restructuring and retraining initiatives.Mr. Annan said that it was disappointing that the Transitional Government had failed to improve economic governance, and the conclusions reached by a meeting of international partners that financial malfeasance, lack of transparency and an absence of accountability were threatening the transition process were causes for “deep concern.” The Secretary-General recommended that the Council give due consideration to the economic governance action plan developed by Liberia’s international partners, in cooperation with the Transitional Government.He also recommended that the Security Council give favorable consideration to the authorization of an additional formed police unit of 120 officers, for an interim period of six months. “The deployment of such a unit is urgently required so that UNMIL has the requisite capacity to assist in addressing security emergencies during the electoral period,” he said. read more

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Senior officials of small islands call for economic revitalization as sugar prices

After a one-day Summit meeting at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Rome headquarters yesterday, seven Heads of State and Government and some 60 Agriculture Ministers and government officials representing 30 SIDS countries emphasized that the small countries have a right to receive “special and differential treatment.”There must be a lower cut in the price of sugar than the European Commission has proposed under trade rules and that the overall cut must be phased in over a longer period of time, they said. In addition, recognizing the support extended to European Union (EU) farmers and processors, they called for comparable funding to help SIDS adjust to the new challenges.The Rome Declaration also called for increased coherence between trade policy and national development policies. The leaders called for the revitalization of traditional and indigenous food systems, as well as responsible fisheries and sustainable forest management so as to increase their economic, social and environmental resilience. read more

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Asbestos management program updated

Brock University’s Health, Safety and Wellness department is launching an updated Asbestos Management Program.The university’s new program is fully compliant with the legislative requirements outlined under the Ontario Regulation, Asbestos on Construction Projects in Building and Repair Operations (O. Reg. 278/05).Modernization of the Asbestos Management Program includes an updated Asbestos Management Plan, training and easier access to the university’s Asbestos Inventory.As part of the update, every employee will now have access to the university’s Asbestos Inventory and the Asbestos Management Plan through the portal at my.brocku.ca. Specific training on the plan will be available for applicable departments.As part of the launch of the Asbestos Management Program, Asbestos Awareness Training has been made available to all Brock employees and will be mandatory for employees who perform work that disturbs building materials in close proximity to asbestos containing materials.Supervisors of Brock employees are responsible for identifying those who require training. Training for the Brock community will be predominantly delivered online through the learning management system Isaak/Sakai. Departments can also request an in-class training session by contacting Health, Safety & Wellness via email at besafe@brocku.ca.Information outlining the program, including links to all the different program elements and the emergency reporting procedure in the event of a suspected asbestos disturbance will be available from the Environmental Safety tab via the Health, Safety and Wellness website. read more

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American Justin Gatlin Narrowly Defeats Usain Bolt in 100

ROME – At the Golden Gala meet here Thursday American sprinter Justin Gatlin narrowly defeated Jamaican Usain Bolt, capturing the 100 meter gold with a time of 9.94 seconds.Bolt, who received the silver, finished with a time of 9.95 seconds, suffering his first major loss since his false-start disqualification at the 2011 world championships in South Korea.  Jimmy Vicaut of France finished third with a time of 10.02 seconds.“That was ridiculous – a perfect start and then I just cropped off,” Bolt said. “I think it was this perfect start that threw my game off. I have to do more strength work, I guess. I think it needs just some time to get it all back together. At the end it was just not me.”Bolt, who is a six-time Olympic champion, appeared to have difficulties in the first 50 meters of the race despite getting out of the blocks strongly. He appeared to be catching Gatlin toward the finish, but he was a little too late.“My legs did not have the energy,” Bolt said. “At 50 meters I had some problems, but the rest of the race was not bad.”Despite being the current world-record holder in 100-meter races, Bolt has gotten off to a surprisingly slow start this year. In his first race this year, he won with a slow time of 10.09 in the Cayman Islands, even though he was suffering a hamstring injury. He defeated his training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole in a photo finish, who finished with the same time.Bolt remained positive after his defeat acknowledging that he is going through the motions in the early track season that will prepare him for the world championships in Moscow in August.However, Gatlin presents a formidable hurdle in Bolt’s quest to capture gold in Moscow. Gatlin has won all five of his 100-meter races this year. He ran 9.97 seconds in Doha, Qatar, and a wind-aided 9.88 in Eugene, Ore., last weekend.Thursday was the first time that Gatlin and Bolt had raced each other since last year’s London Olympics final. Bolt won the race with a time of 9.63 seconds, while fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake took silver with 9.75. Gatlin finished third with a 9.79.Gatlin is managing to get back to his winning ways since he was suspended in 2006 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, ultimately leading to a four-year ban. At the time of his suspension he was the reigning Olympic champion, having won the 100 at the 2004 Athens Games.Bolt will now travel to Oslo, Norway, to compete in the 200 and then return to Jamaica for the Jamaican championships. Gatlin will now focus his attention on the U.S. trials this month. read more

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Facebook encourages teenage girls to befriend middleaged men

Facebook has said that was not a typical experience teenagers for signing up for the service and that it has safeguards built into its recommendation system. Teenagers who sign up for the social network are being bombarded with up to 300 friend ‘suggestions’. Facebook is encouraging 13-year-old girls to befriend middle-aged men, a Telegraph investigation has found, as the NSPCC has called for friend recommendations to be suspended for children. Some of the suggestions seen by the Telegraph for accounts registered as 13-year-old girls were for adult men, some of whom were topless in their profile photos. Following the findings, Andy Burrows, NSPCC Associate Head of Child Safety Online, said: “Groomers…

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Windies up for ODI fight with Black Caps claims Law

(Sportsmax) Windies head coach Stuart Law insists the regional team is eager to send a strong message to hosts New Zealand when the first of three One Day Internationals (ODIs) gets under way on Wednesday.The regional team’s tour has been highlighted by mostly unpleasantness so far as they were badly outplayed in the prior two-Test series, before unravelling against New Zealand XI in a tour match on Saturday. Law is, however, confident that the change of format and influx of new players for the ODIs could produce different results. Chiefly among those players will be the big-hitting Chris Gayle who is fresh from his BPL heroics for Rangpur Riders in the T20 final where he smashed 146 not out off just 69 balls. Law insisted the team was ready to put the disappointment of the Test series aside.“This is a great opportunity for our guys to learn from the Test series … and come out strong on Wednesday morning, make a statement and let New Zealand know that we just not here to make up numbers but we’re here to fight,” Law said.“They (new players) do recharge the others and we’re looking forward to a different format this week and then we move onto another one (format) the following week,” he added.The team will, however, be without Marlon Samuels (hand injury), Alzarri Joseph (back strain), and Sunil Ambris (fractured forearm). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies rue poor batting as New Zealand wins first ODIDecember 20, 2017In “Sports”Windies pin hopes on Gayle force for New Zealand ODIsDecember 18, 2017In “Sports”Worker to open against Windies as Guptill misses ODI seriesDecember 13, 2017In “Sports” read more

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Game of Thrones has people flocking to Northern Ireland

first_imgBy creating a critical mass for film and TV productions it creates a good image for Northern Ireland, which stimulates further production in Northern Ireland, which improves the image of Northern Ireland.That ‘critical mass’ now includes Dracula Untold, a Universal Pictures movie with an October 2014 release date and Ridley Scott’s new Halo feature, which is also expected to be released before the end of the year.These and other features will need best boys, wardrobe assistants, carpenters, camera operators and colourists and Northern Ireland’s new local talent pool will be only too happy to oblige.Read: Queen Elizabeth is going to visit the set of Game of Thrones>Read: Game of Thrones is ending tonight, and its fans are basically inconsolable> Tourists pose for photographs on the North Antrim Coast close to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge lies Larrybane headland. Source: APGIANTS, DRAGONS AND vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland’s folk tales.Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version — on the sets for Game of Thrones.But rather than spells and destruction, they’re bringing an economic boost to a country still healing from its past of political violence.Fans of the HBO fantasy drama would recognise here the landscapes from the fictional land of Westeros — the castle of Winterfell, the seaside cliffs of the Iron Isles and the King’s Road leading to the north.About 75% of the show is filmed in Northern Ireland, both in natural settings and in the Titanic Studios in Belfast. Source: APSince the pilot episode began filming in 2009, attracted by the local government’s financial incentives, the show’s presence has helped foster a film industry that is catching the eye of other Hollywood productions.And Northern Ireland is taking advantage of the attention by promoting the filming locations as tourist destinations.The latest — and perhaps most illustrious — visitor is Queen Elizabeth II, who toured the studio sets last Monday. But thousands have already been visiting from across the globe.Cara and Tom Collins from Springdale, Arkansas, were in Ballintoy Harbour recently to see the rocky coastal setting used in the show for the ‘Iron Isles,’ a kingdom of rugged sailors.“You can just close your eyes and picture everybody there,” said Tom.Millions of viewersThe season four finale of Game of Thrones was watched by 7.09 million viewers in the United States according to prime-time viewership numbers complied by the Nielson Co. That makes it HBO’s most-watched program since The Sopranos in 2007.But the numbers are likely higher since TV audience habits have changed since 2007 and Game of Thrones has fans globally who watch on local networks and via DVD or streaming services. Source: APFor Northern Ireland’s tourism industry, that represents a huge pool of potential visitors.It hopes to use the show’s popularity to increase the number of tourists to over two million annually by 2016, from 1.8 million in 2013 — more than the region’s population of just 1.8 million.Coach operators have created Game of Thrones tours, for which demand hit a record as the show reached its season finale this month.“They are using some of our most iconic scenery in ‘Game of Thrones’ which is excellent,” said Arlene Foster, minister for enterprise, trade and investment.Beyond tourism, the direct employment of local workers has been very important for the local economy, she said.Knock-on effects of the showAt the end of series four, HBO is estimated to have spent about £87.6 million in the local economy making the show.The benefits are likely much higher when including other factors, such as the knock-on benefits from higher employment. Source: AP“This is a sector that we think has the potential to really grow” said Foster. “Around the HBO facility and studios will grow a skills base that others can use.”Holywood is a small seaside town near Belfast that may lack the glamour of Beverly Hills, but is gaining a movie-making reputation of its own.Yellow Moon, a production facility based there, has enjoyed strong growth and doubled its workforce by being involved with Game of Thrones. Source: AP“HBO were a big catalyst in changing perceptions of what could be done in Northern Ireland. As the Americans say, it was a game changer,” said Managing Director Greg Darby.Five years ago, 80% of Yellow Moon’s work was for local broadcasters, and just 20 percent for productions based in the UK or further afield. Now, 70% of their work is commissioned outside Northern Ireland.“‘Game of Thrones’ are directly or indirectly responsible for 80 percent of the people that we have taken on in the last three years, because if they didn’t come we wouldn’t have the other work,” said Darby. Source: APScott Ferguson’s story illustrates what Game of Thrones means for young creative people in Northern Ireland.He dreamt of being a film editor, but his first experience in the industry failed to lead to more work, so he took a job in a bank.Then five years ago a government training scheme lead to a placement at Yellow Moon and he is now a colourist on the show, adding mood and tone to the images in post-production, and on his way to becoming an expert in his field.Ferguson is confident that people like him will no longer need to emigrate to seek work in film and TV, now that Northern Ireland’s reputation as a production hub is growing. Source: AP“We have world class facilities, and we now have a world class crew. We have a shooting crew and we have a post crew who have worked on the biggest, most watched, most successful TV show that has been around for a while,” he said.Statistics can’t do justice to the Game of Thrones effect on Northern Ireland’s economy, said economist Graham Brownlow, from Queens University Belfast.He says the show is helping to improve the province’s international image, which for decades had become synonymous with political violence and economic stagnation. Beech trees at Dark Hedges, 50 miles North from Belfast. The avenue featured in season 2 of the Game of Thrones as Ayra Stark makes her escape from Kings landing. Source: AP Photo/Peter Morrison“The real benefits that Northern Ireland secures are the things that are most difficult to measure” he explained.last_img read more

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Light Pollution Worsens Air Pollution

first_imgLight pollution is the term used to describe the overabundance of light in urban areas. From cars, buildings, and street lights, it’s almost like it never gets dark in the city. And it turns out that this affects air pollution, as well.After measuring the air around the infamously polluted city of Los Angeles, scientists discovered that the extra light during the evening was actually worsening the air pollution. This is because a certain chemical–known as a nitrate radical–that breaks down air pollution, is only active at night, because it’s destroyed by light. But when it never really gets dark, the nitrate radical doesn’t have an opportunity to do its job.AdChoices广告“Our first results indicate that city lights can slow down the night-time cleansing by up to 7% and they can also increase the starting chemicals for ozone pollution the next day by up to 5%,” Harald Stark, from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the BBC.One proposed solution wouldn’t see the removal of lights all together, but instead have them pointed away from the sky so as to not affect the nitrate radical.last_img read more

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Microsofts 99 subsidized Xbox gets a 250GB hard drive option

first_imgBack in May Microsoft offered a cheaper way to get your hands on an Xbox 360 with Kinect. But it was only the initial cost that was reduced as you had to agree to pay a subscription charge for two years in return.The deal saw you get a 4GB Xbox 360, Kinect motion controller, and Xbox Live Gold access for just $99 (usually $199). After that you pay $14.99 a month for a minimum of two years before the console is yours outright. In total, the console costs you $458.76. The same machine bought today on Amazon is $249.96, but that doesn’t include the Xbox Live Gold subscription charge.Microsoft is now expanding the offer to include two more options. For the same $99 up front cost you can select a 250GB Xbox 360 without Kinect. Alternatively you can pay $149 and get the 250GB console and a Kinect. In both cases the $14.99 monthly subscription charge is still required for two years.Kinect isn’t for everyone and a growing number of games require an install larger than 4GB. A perfect example of that is the forthcoming Halo 4, which requires 8GB of storage in order for multiplayer to work.I suspect the $99 250GB Xbox is probably going to quickly become the most popular subsidized option, but it’s easy to forget that this ties you to a 360 until at least October 2014. By then Microsoft may have had its next generation console on store shelves for several months. If that does happen, I’m sure Microsoft will have some kind of early upgrade option available, but it won’t be cheap.More at Xbox, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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ISS la navette Soyouz amène trois nouveaux passagers

first_imgISS : la navette Soyouz amène trois nouveaux passagersDimanche 10 octobre, le centre de contrôle spatial de Moscou annonçait l’arrimage réussi du vaisseau Soyouz à la station spatiale internationale (ISS). La navette est arrivée durant la nuit avec ses trois passagers, les nouveaux arrivants rejoignant pour six mois les trois autres astronautes déjà présents dans la station.L’arrimage à la station spatiale internationale de Soyouz TMA-M, équipée d’un nouveau système entièrement numérique, a eu lieu dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, à 00h01 GMT, confirme le centre de contrôle de Moscou. La navette, partie jeudi à 23H11 GMT du cosmodrome de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan, amènait sur place trois nouveaux passagers. À lire aussiL’étrange comportement d’une flamme dans l’espaceTrois heures après l’arrimage, les cosmonautes Alexander Kaleri et Oleg Skripochka, et l’astronaute Scott Kelly, ont ouvert le sas et rejoint l’équipe déjà présente à l’intérieur de l’ISS, constituée d’un Russe et de deux Américains.  Leur mission devrait durer six mois.En novembre puis en février prochain, la Nasa prévoit deux autres vols pour acheminer de nouvelles cargaisons de matériel, dont un détecteur de particules, qui devraient permettre de terminer l’assemblage de la station démarré en 1998, à 354 km de la Terre.      Le 11 octobre 2010 à 14:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Geico Skytypers practice ahead of Fort Lauderdale Air Show

Geico Skytypers practice ahead of Fort Lauderdale Air Show

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Some aerial daredevils took to the skies above Pompano Beach ahead of their big showcase this weekend.The Geico Skytypers performed a practice run at the Pompano Beach Air Park on Friday, just a day before the Fort Lauderdale Air Show kicks off.The two-day event will feature the Skytypers as well as the F/A-18 Super Hornets and other aircrafts.“You’re going to see airplanes do things that they have never seen [do] before, never thought an airplane could do before,” said pilot Mike Wiskus.Related: Fort Lauderdale Air Show performers honor Stoneman Douglas teacher with flightMany roads in the area are shut down due to the show. For more information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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New York Publishing Veteran James Brady Dies

first_imgJames Brady, a writer, editor and longtime publishing industry veteran who worked at a slew of New York-based publications and founded two of its most popular columns, has died. He was 80.Brady, who worked his way up from a business reporter at Women’s Wear Daily to bureau chief, editorial director and eventually publisher, is credited with creating Page Six, the New York Post’s popular gossip column, and New York magazine’s Intelligencer.His resumé in publishing included a stint as London bureau chief for Fairchild in 1959, then the as the company’s bureau chief and European director in Paris; VP, editor and publisher of Harper’s Bazaar;  editor of Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid weekly, Star; associate publisher of the New York Post; and as editor of New York, succeeding its founding editor, Clay Felker.Brady also was nominated for (and won) several Emmy Awards for his work as a television talk show host, including one he did for New York magazine. As a bestselling author, Brady published several books. The Coldest War, about his time as a Marine, published in 1990, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.Most recently, Brady wrote a celebrity profile column for Parade and a media column for Forbes.com.last_img read more

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1890 killed in road crashes in 5 months NCPSRR

1890 killed in road crashes in 5 months NCPSRR

first_imgAt least 1,890 people, including 242 women and 312 children, were killed and 3,543 others injured in 1,792 road accidents in the first five months of the current year, reports UNB.The National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation, on Sunday revealed the information in its regular monthly survey and observation report.The fatal accidents took place on various highways, national, inter-district and regional roads between 1 January and 31 May across the country.The report was prepared on the basis of 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.According to the report, 411 people, including 53 women and 71 children, lost lives and 725 others received injuries in 383 accidents in January.Some 401 accidents occurred in February when 415 people were killed while 884 others injured. Among the deceased, 58 were women and 62 children.In March, 386 people, including 46 women and 82 children, embraced death and 820 others were injured in 384 road crashes.Some 327 accidents occurred in April where 340 people were killed while 610 others injured.Among the deceased, 38 were women and 53 children.In May, 338 people, including 47 women and 44 children, lost lives and 504 others received injuries in 297 accidents.Ashis Kumar Dey, general secretary of the National Committee, said they identified 10 major reasons behind the rise in road accidents.The reasons are: racing tendency among drivers and reckless driving, contractual leasing of vehicles to drivers or conductors on daily basis, employing drivers without having any licence, lack of awareness of pedestrians and small vehicle drivers, especially motorcyclists, overloading and overtaking tendency of drivers violating traffic rules.Besides, long-time driving without any interval, absence of enforcement of law to stop plying of unfit vehicles, violation of traffic rules on long routes, increase in motorcycles and three-wheelers on roads and highways, and carrying passengers and goods in locally-made motorised vehicles.last_img read more

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What We Do in the Shadows Vampire Comedy Series Is Coming to

first_img Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 SeasonsWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend What We Do in the Shadows, a hilarious TV series about vampire roommates, is coming to FX on March 27.On Monday, FX posted its first What We Do in the Shadows trailer on YouTube. The series, which is based on the What We Do in the Shadows movie directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, follows a group of vampires who’ve “lived” together for many years. After a surprise visit from their dark lord, the immortal squad must dominate the “New World” and adapt to modern-day life at the same time.In the trailer, the audience is introduced to Nandor The Relentless, Laszlo, and Nadja, the three vampire roomies who live in Staten Island, New York, and sometimes annoy each other. There’s also Guillermo, Nandor The Relentless’ protector during the daylight, who cohabits with the kooky vampires.Together, the odd group tries to perform rituals and stay civil with normal humans. Except, it can be a little chaotic when they encounter werewolves or pay cashiers with ancient coins. Along the way, they balance their weird routines with new buddies, including Jenna, a college student who craves human flesh, and Colin Robinson, an energy vampire who doesn’t feast on blood.The 10-episode series, which stars Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, and Harvey Guillén, will hit FX next month. Until then, we’ll have to wait for nightfall to watch What We Do in the Shadows.More on Geek.com:NYCC 2018: What We Do in the Shadows Lights Up on TVAMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Is Renewed for Season 10Amazon’s New ‘Invincible’ Animated Superhero Show Has a Cool Cast Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Bissell Portable Dog Washer Vacuums Pet Like a Carpet

first_img Geek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your PetMan Saves Dog Left Tied to Electrical Cord on Side of Interstate Overpass It is a truth universally acknowledged among pet owners that bath time sucks.But home care company Bissell has a solution: BarkBath.Described as “the next generation of dog bathing,” the portable system makes it easier to clean your four-legged friend virtually anywhere, anytime.For many, bathing Bailey or Bella (the top male and female dog names, respectively, according to dogtime.com) can be a hectic, messy, and frankly environmentally unfriendly chore.Cleaning an 80-pound dog—your boxers, retrievers, setters, poodles—can require up to 19 gallons of water. BarkBath, however, promises to clean hefty hounds with only 48 ounces of water, stored in an attached container.“Bath time can be a huge pain point for both the pet and the pet parent,” Chuck Martin, general manager of innovation at Bissell, said in a statement. “BarkBath helps make pet bath time faster, easier, and less messy than ever before.”Specially designed nozzles, adjustable for long- and short-haired dogs, reach under the fur to shampoo the skin, while a soft suction pulls dirt and water away into a separate tank—instead of Jackson Pollock-ing the walls.“If we can make pet cleanup easy, more pets will be adopted,” Martin speculated.The multi-million-dollar company can’t (at least, doesn’t want to) do it alone: Early this month, Bissell launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, selling 257 units in 72 hours.As of press time, 1,000-plus backers have raised more than $113,000—225 percent of the $50,000 goal. And, with a month left, the project is bound to continue garnering interest from pet owners across the country.Discounted more than 25 percent, the early-bird BarkBath option—with portable bath unit, bath tool, no-rinse shampoo, microfiber mat and cloth, and storage bag—costs $109.For $40 more, customers can snag extras like the FurGet It brush, pet nail reducer, Drydog dual mat, and a second bottle of odor-removing shampoo; only 55 BarkBath Home Groomer units (36 percent off retail price) are still available.All perks are estimated to ship in June. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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