Los Angeles: “Deadpool” creator Rob Liefeld has promised the third installment of the popular comic book series will definitely happen.Liefeld, who co-created the Merc With a Mouth with Fabian Nicieza, held a Q&A session with his followers on Twitter on Thursday.A worried fan asked him if a third movie, fronted by Ryan Reynolds, in the franchise was in the works post Disney-Fox merger.”Since we’re desperate and you’re our last hope for answers… do you have any news on a third Deadpool film from Marvel Studios?” the fan asked. Liefeld assured the follower, simply saying, “It will totally happen! Soon!” A third film has not yet been confirmed by the studio.The second part, “Deadpool 2”, released in 2018.
Advertisement Advertisement Twitter What new communities are you connecting with this year?Literary events have not typically paid attention to people in the deaf community in particular, and so this year we’re going to have captions. And we’re talking with the deaf community about having almost like a track specifically for the deaf community — so deaf authors for deaf audience members. A panel holds a discussion last May at The Festival of Literary Diversity in Brampton. The 2018 festival takes place May 3-6. The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) celebrates diversity in literature by promoting diverse authors and stories in Brampton, one of Canada’s most culturally diverse cities. (HERMAN CUSTODIO) Advertisement Up in the northwest end of Toronto next weekend — May 3-6 — you’ll find one of the most exciting literary events in town. Now heading into its third annual event, The FOLD, a festival that focuses on literary diversity, has been making waves. Thirty authors — from Omar El Akkad to Kim Thuy to Sharon Bala — will appear, and they’ve just announced a multi-year partnership with Audible. Going into this third annual FOLD, the Star asked founder Jael Richardson:Are you where you wanted to be at this point?I’m surprised at how well it’s been received on some levels. We get a lot of support, a lot of excitement and enthusiasm; I think we still struggle to get people to buy tickets, (but) some people and some communities are super excited and have latched on very quickly. There have been book clubs, people who said they thought it was for diverse people (only) — diverse authors for diverse communities. For change to really happen we have to get everybody to be seeing this as a festival that they can attend and want to attend. And I think we still have some room to grow in that area.” Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Ottawa’s fall parliamentary session is a couple of weeks away and Canadians are already getting a preview of what could be the season’s main event: a scrap over the Liberals’ proposed tax changes.The Trudeau government’s controversial plan is designed to close loopholes that it says give a growing number of wealthy, small-business owners an unfair tax advantage over other Canadians.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself has rejected criticism over the plan, arguing Friday he “will make no apologies” for his commitment to fairness.But when it comes to the tax proposals, his Liberals have left themselves room to manoeuvre, if necessary.The mid-July announcement launched a 75-day consultation period, ending Oct. 2, to allow people to digest the complex proposals and provide feedback that could lead to adjustments.At the time, Finance Minister Bill Morneau admitted he anticipated some push back.His prediction is coming true.Opposition has been growing through the summer and it’s clear critics of the plan won’t watch the changes go through without a fight.An organized movement argues the tax incentives targeted by the Liberals are critical for Canada’s economically crucial small-business sector. It insists the current tax structure is necessary for entrepreneurs, including those in the so-called middle class, who take personal financial risks when they decide to open a company.The backlash has been led by a coalition of more than 40 industry associations as well as the government’s Conservative rivals. Individuals, including tax professionals, doctors and engineers, have also spoken out against the changes.At the centre of the storm is a three-part plan to eliminate tax loopholes and even out what Morneau describes as an “unfair playing field.”One change seeks to eliminate an incentive that enables small-business owners to use their corporations as a way to shift some their income to family members who face lower personal tax rates, even if those relatives are not active in the business. Ottawa says addressing unfair “income sprinkling” with these changes would provide an estimated $250 million per year in additional federal revenue.Another change would limit the use of private corporations to make passive investments in stocks or real estate. The proposed change is designed to ensure that taxes on passive investments inside a corporation are treated the same way as those outside the company.The third reform would limit the ability to convert a corporation’s regular income into capital gains that are typically taxed at a lower rate.The Liberals have maintained the changes are aimed at creating more fairness in the system, while many opponents have described it as a cash grab.Complaints over the proposals have washed into riding offices of now-jittery Liberal backbenchers, who will explore the issue at this week’s caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C.Last week, Morneau held an hour-long conference call with his fellow Liberal MPs to reassure them that the government is open to adjustments to avoid unintended consequences. He gave them ammunition to fight back against what the feds see as misinformation circulating about the proposals.He has also scheduled a meeting with journalists in Tuesday to confront the uproar.But some tax experts who have studied the proposals closely still have significant concerns.“We’re not misunderstanding this document,” said Joel Cohen, director of Coehn Sanderson Inc. in Toronto, who added he has discussed the document with some of the best tax experts in Canada.“This is a very, very foolish policy. It’s very poorly conceived, it was rushed through.“It was initiated by bureaucrats who have never invested in a business, who have no idea what it’s like to get that next sale and to pay the rent and to have employees and have all this exposure — and to not know what tomorrow’s going to bring.”Cohen, who has been a public accountant since 1969, argues that despite the risks, entrepreneurs don’t have the same protections as employed people, many of whom benefit from severance requirements, pension plans and vacations. He added that small businesses are also often family activities, which make them a “family risk.”He added the tax-deferred, passive-investment portfolio now in Ottawa’s crosshairs provides business owners with a retirement savings vehicle they otherwise wouldn’t have.“It will seriously damage entrepreneurship in Canada. That’s not good for anyone,” said Cohen.Chris Struthers, who owns an engineering firm in Penticton, B.C., said if the proposed changes had been in place six years ago he doubts he would have quit his job to start his own company.He supports the goal of shutting down abuses of the tax system, but he fears legitimate firms like his will be hurt by the changes.Struthers, who has 10 full-time employees and often even more depending on the season, also criticized the government’s message for making entrepreneurs feel like tax cheats.“A lot of business owners, we’re quite happy paying taxes,” said Struthers, who created a website to fight the proposals.“We pay our fair share, we punch above our weight in contributions to the economy and to suddenly be labelled like that, a lot of us have found that very offensive and insulting.”Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt expects the autumn battle over tax reform will be “huge.”Raitt, who has been holding roundtables on the proposals in different parts of the country, said the issue deserves a longer, more structured consultation period. She warned it could significantly damage the economy.Feeling the pressure, the government has already started countering the criticism.“We’re consulting about closing unfair loopholes. We will NOT raise taxes on small business,” Morneau wrote on Twitter last week in a series of tweets that he began with “To clear some things up”.Kevin Milligan, a University of British Columbia economist who has advised the government on tax reform, said he supports the goal of putting business owners on the same level as everyone else when it comes to taxes.For example, when it comes to passive investments, he said it would only make sense for the small number of business owners who had already maxed out their contributions to both their RRSP and tax-free savings account. Those who can are typically high earners, he added.When it announced its plan, Ottawa released detailed proposals for income sprinkling and capital gains. However, the more complex issue of passive investment was still under development.Since then, the government has sent signals it is open to tweaking its proposals.“I’m happy to have discussions and feedback from interested Canadians who want to make our tax code fairer and we’re going to take all of those reflections into account,” Trudeau said Friday.Milligan thinks there could be room for improvements.“I’m really glad that they’ve set up this period of consultation. And the reason is, when you get into writing the legislation, that’s a really tricky thing,” Milligan said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2013 8:54 am MDT Survey: US homebuilder confidence retreats amid uncertainty over federal budget impasse AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. homebuilders are feeling less confident in the housing market, reflecting their uncertainty over the budget impasse in Washington.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday fell to 55 in October. That’s down from a reading of 57 in September. September’s reading was revised one point lower from its initial estimate.Measures of current sales conditions for single-family homes, builders’ outlook over the next six months and traffic by prospective buyers all declined in October.The partial government shutdown, which began on Oct. 1, has made it harder for some buyers to close on their mortgages, raising concerns that a prolonged shutdown could undercut the strength of the housing recovery. The survey was conducted from Oct. 1 through Oct. 11.Still, builders remain optimistic that the recovery will endure. Any reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.“Once this government impasse is resolved, we expect builder and consumer optimism will bounce back,” said David Crowe, the NAHB’s chief economist.The association estimates that builders broke ground on single-family homes in September at a seasonally adjusted annual rate between 620,000 and 630,000 homes last month, in line with the August pace of 628,000. Official estimates from the U.S. Census haven’t been released because of the government shutdown.“Single-family starts dipped in July but rebounded in August, and we expect continued strength in September,” Crowe said.Builders’ confidence in the market for newly built homes has improved steadily since national measures of home sales and prices began to recover early last year.But some builders reported a slowdown in sales this summer as mortgage interest rates began to tick up in May, stoking worries that rising rates could hinder the housing recovery.Rates began to increase after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signalled the central bank might reduce its $85-billion-a-month in bond purchases. The bond buys are intended to keep longer-term interest rates low, including mortgage rates.But the Fed held off last month, and since then mortgage rates have moved lower.Last week, the average rate on a 30-year loan edged up to 4.23 per cent from 4.22 per cent a week earlier, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. Those are both the lowest averages since July.Now, the partial government shutdown and uncertainty over a possible U.S. debt default are weighing most on builders’ confidence.Furloughs at the Federal Housing Administration are slowing the agency’s processing of loan guarantees for some low- to moderate-income borrowers and first-time homebuyers. About 30 per cent of U.S. home mortgages are insured by the FHA. And some lenders are having a hard time getting confirmation of applicants’ income tax returns and Social Security data because of government agency closures, delaying some mortgage closings.In addition to the uncertainty over the federal government’s budget battle, the survey also highlighted concerns over the cost and availability of construction labour.The latest survey, which is based on 261 respondents, a measure of current sales conditions for single-family homes fell two points to 58, while a gauge of traffic by prospective buyers dipped two points to 44. Builders’ outlook for single-family home sales over the next six months also slid two points to 62.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to data from the homebuilders association.
Northern Mali has been occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January between Government forces and Tuareg rebels – just one of several security, political and humanitarian problems the West African nation has been dealing with this year. Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, which allows the Council to use force in the face of a threat to peace or aggression, the 15-member body tasked the Mission with contributing to the rebuilding of the Malian Defence and Security Forces, as well as supporting the Malian authorities in “recovering the areas in the north under the control of terrorist, extremist and armed groups and in reducing the threat posed by terrorist groups.”By the unanimously adopted resolution, the Mission will also be responsible for, among other tasks, supporting the Malian authorities in their primary responsibility to protect the population and to create a secure environment for the civilian-led delivery of humanitarian assistance and the voluntary return of internally displaced persons and refugees.The renewed clashes in the north, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians this year. Over 412,000 people have been forced to flee northern Mali, and an estimated five million people have been affected by the conflict.The Council also urged the transitional authorities of Mali to finalize a transitional roadmap through broad-based and inclusive political dialogue, to fully restore constitutional order and national unity, including through the holding of peaceful, inclusive and credible elections by April 2013 or as soon as technically possible.It demanded that Malian rebel groups cut off all ties to terrorist organizations, and urged the transitional authorities to expeditiously put in place a credible framework for negotiations with all parties in the north who cut off such ties. UN military and police planners have worked closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union, in consultation with Malian authorities, for many months in developing a framework for the new force.Addressing the meeting on behalf of the Chairman of ECOWAS, Youssoufou Bamba, the Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire to the United Nations, said the commendable goals that this “timely” resolution seeks, will not be fully achieved without a strong and consequent mobilization and international support.“The African Union and ECOWAS require a logistical support package, funded by assessed contributions of the United Nations, which should be quickly endorsed by the Security Council,” he stated. In its resolution, the Council called on Member States and international organizations to provide financial support and contributions in kind to AFISMA to enable its deployment and implementation of its mandate. It also expressed its intention to consider the provision of a voluntary and a UN-funded logistics support package to AFISMA, and requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to further develop and refine options within 30 days in this regard.It was previously announced that Mr. Ban intends to establish a full-time UN political presence in the Malian capital, Bamako, which will be responsible for interacting with key stakeholders and report to both the Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, and his Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi.The Council requested him to submit specific and detailed proposals on establishing this presence as soon as possible for further consideration.
The Queen sent condolences to Professor Hawking’s family while Prime Minister Theresa May described the physicist as a ‘brilliant and extraordinary mind’ who was an inspiration to the country. US President Barack Obama posted a picture of himself with Prof Hawking with the message ‘have fun out there among the stars.’Although Prof Hawking’s devastating illness left him unable to walk or talk without a computer assisted device, following a bout of pneumonia, he still continue to work, and in 1988 published the smash hit book A Brief History of Time, which went on to sell more than 10 million copies. Astronomer Royal Martin Rees said Professor Hawking had widened the cosmic horizons of millions Credit:Clara Molden for The Telegraph Eddie Redmayne, the actor who won an Oscar for his performance of Prof Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything said the world had ‘lost a truly beautiful mind.’The University of Cambridge’s Gonville and Caius College, where Professor Hawking was a fellow for more than half a century said they were planning a lasting memorial for the scientist.A spokesman said they were communicating closely with family members. Hundreds of people have already signed a book of condolence at the college. Professor Stephen Hawking will now be enjoying ‘well-earned peace’ after an ‘extraordinary and courageous’ life, his former wife Jane said last night following the death of the theoretical physicist.Professor Hawking, 76, who was given just two years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neuron disease at the age of 22 defied all expectations to become a father-of-three, bestselling author and groundbreaking scientist.His proposal that black holes could lose energy and evaporate by sending out ‘Hawking Radiation’ changed how physicists viewed the universe. If his theory had been observed in his lifetime he would almost certainly have won a Nobel Prize.Ever campaigning, Prof Hawking turned down a knighthood in the 1990s in protest of science funding cuts and more recently was part of a group taking the NHS to judicial review over the commercialisation of health services.Even in the months before his death, Professor Hawking was still attempting to find a grand unified theory which would describe the behaviour of all matter in the universe, from tiny particles to giant gravity-bending planets, as well as lecturing widely and hunting for alien civilisations. Professor Hawking with Barack Obama who presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009Credit:AFP Astronomer Royal Lord Professor Martin Rees said: “His name will live in the annals of science; millions have had their cosmic horizons widened by his best-selling books, and even more, around the world, have been inspired by a unique example of achievement against all odds – a manifestation of amazing will power and determination.” However in the past fortnight his health had begun to fail, and he was confined to his bed at home on a respirator, barely able to blink to indicate he understood what was being said by loved ones. Yesterday his family announced he had passed away peacefully. Jane Hawking, who was married to the physicist for 30 years said: “I am glad to be able to say that he died peacefully in the comfort of his own home.”The peace that he has found is well earned after such an extraordinary and courageous life, but we shall feel his loss keenly for a long time.”In a statement, his children Lucy, Robert and Tim paid tribute to the ‘great scientist and extraordinary man, whose work and legacy will live on for many years.’Tributes also poured in from heads of state around the globe, scientists, politicians, charities and musicians. Jane and Stephen Hawking’s wedding Credit:Martin Pope 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.
1. “Is Dynaste as hot as his price suggests?”Short answer: no.There’s no denying that David Pipe’s seven-year-old has been one of the outstanding novice chasers this season but there was a lot of indecision about whether he would run in today’s opener, the Jewson Novices’ Chase (1.30pm), or in the RSA Chase (won by Jim Culloty’s Lord Windermere yesterday).The decision to go for the shorter race was taken on the basis that the ground was soft to heavy earlier in the week, but now that it’s drying out, the scenario has changed a bit. The drop back in trip won’t inconvenience him too much but quite simply, 6/4 is too skinny for a favourite in this race.The upside is that there’s plenty of value to be found elsewhere, not least in Aupcharlie (6/1) from the searingly hot Willie Mullins yard, and in Noel Meade’s Texas Jack (10/1).2. “Is Paul Nicholls finally on to a Winner?”Tuesday and Wednesday have not been kind to Paul Nicholls and the man who might rightly have been considered a good bet for the festival’s top trainer is yet to score, left trailing in the dust of Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson. The closest he came was in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap yesterday where Caid du Berlais and Ptit Zig picked up the place money for second and third.Perhaps his best chance of ending the drought comes in the Pertemps Final (2.05pm) where former Triumph hurdle hopeful Sam Winner will be sent off the heavily backed favourite. In practically every pre-Festival preview, Nicholls and those closest to him tipped this horse as their nap of the festival and they believe that he is perfectly handicapped to strike after impressing since coming back following a year’s lay-off.3. Will Michael O’Leary be flying in the Ryanair?Michael O’Leary has put up the money for one of today’s big races, the Ryanair Chase (2.40pm), so it’s no surprise that he will want to win as much of it back as possible — as well as possibly charging jockeys extra for using their saddles. His classy eight-year-old First Lieutenant might well have taken his chance in tomorrow’s Gold Cup but he goes here instead and looks perfectly set to follow up on his win in the 2011 Neptune and his game second to Bob’s Worth last season.To do so, he will have to dethrone two former winners in the ageing Alberta’s Run and Riverside Theatre, the latter of which won here 12 months ago but has suffered severe disruptions in his preparations this season.4. “Who will step up to take Big Buck’s crown?”For the last four years, Thursday at Cheltenham has always been focused on Big Buck’s, the four-time winner of the feature World Hurdle (3.20pm). Injury means that he cannot be here to defend his magnificent record in the stayers’ race, nor end Paul Nicholls’ wait for a winner, but it does mean that a new king must be crowned — for now, at least.Unsurprisingly the race will be wide open. Oscar Whisky, the pre-race favourite representing Nicky Henderson, is currently 9/2 while you’ll get at least 6/1 about Reve de Sivola and more on the rest. The Irish have four challengers with the Willie Mullins duo of So Young and Zaidpour joined by Charles Byrnes’ Solwhit and the Tony Martin-trained Bog Warrior in the colours of Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.5. “How do you pick a winner in these handicaps?”You’ll need a lot of luck. So far we’ve had winners at 28/1, 16/1, 33/1, and 25/1 which would suggest that you might be well advised to shop around rather than settling on a talking horse from the top of the market. That’s not to say that favourites don’t win and David Pipe’s Ballynagour (Byrne Group Plate, 4pm) and Donald McCain’s Super Duty (Kim Muir, 4.40pm) have been hammered in the markets in recent days.With 24 runners in each race, the best advice is: keep your stakes small.Sprinter Sacre puts on champion display at CheltenhamHow Day 2 of Cheltenham unfolded in 16 images
Borderlands is a wildly popular and successful game. With millions of sales and a wealth of downloadable content, a sequel seems like a obvious move. A source apparently informed Eurogamer that a sequel is more or less confirmed.Borderlands 2 has been the subject of a great deal of speculation as fans having been clamoring for a sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter. Earlier this year in April, “Borderlands 2” was spotted on a game developer’s CV. All fingers pointed towards a statement at this year’s E3, but unfortunately, there was no word about a sequel.Following the CV discovery, though, Gearbox Software head Randy Pitchford said that the developer intended to return to the Borderlands universe, but he did not say when.Borderlands was released in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. It was a new IP that gamers flocked to. Following the success of its new franchise, Gearbox consistently released DLC for the game.The game was so popular and engrossing that a dedicated fan saw fit to reach out to Gearbox to help him with his marriage proposal. Gearbox heard Ben’s request and constructed a video in which Claptrap tells Ben’s girlfriend that he has something important to say.A sequel to Borderlands, should it happen, would be one of the most anticipated video game sequels. Gearbox’s recent release was the long-awaited and largely-disparaged Duke Nukem Forever. Borderlands 2 would definitely help them save face.2K Games returned a request for comment with “No comment.”Via EuroGamer
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Printer R.R. Donnelley today reported first half 2008 revenue of $5.92 billion, up slightly from $5.58 billion during the first half in 2007. Net earnings were $328.8 million, up about 8 percent from $304.9 million during the same period last year.Revenue for the second quarter was $2.9 billion, up from $2.79 million during the same period in 2007. Net earnings for the quarter were $146.3 million, up from a net loss of $69.4 million during the same quarter last year.According to president and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III, Donnelley’s “preparation and diligence in continuously managing our cost structure paid off as operating margins expanded, driven by our U.S. Print and Related Services segment.”Donnelley attributes financial increases during the second quarter to its acquisitions (Van Hoffmann in May 20007, Cardinal Brands in December 2007 and Pro Line Printing in March 2008) and favorable foreign exchange rates offset, in part, by continued price pressure and volume declines.
To be competitive in the Iditarod, more mushers are migrating onto Alaska’s road system.Though the sport was born on the Seward Peninsula, factors like money, climate, and convenience are pushing it further onto the Railbelt. And with serious sled-dog races getting faster and more specialized, many mushers are leaving the bush behind to train.Richie Diehl drives his team over groomed trails towards Aaron Burmeister’s property during training ahead of the 2016 Iditarod. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)Download AudioOn a recent Sunday morning in Nenana, sunlight spilled between thick stands of birch trees as Iditarod rookie Tom Jamgochian, 38, shoveled up the dog lot.“I live in Nome, Alaska, and I came down here, taking three-and-half months off of work to train for the Iditarod,” Jamgochian said.Jamgochian is a lawyer for the state (and in full disclosure, a personal friend). Though he started his kennel in the bush, this is the second year he’s come onto the road system as part of his attempt at the Iditarod.“Snow conditions out in Nome are pretty unreliable, and it’s a lot cheaper to fly out here to run qualifier races,” he said. “And a heck of a lot cheaper to get food and meat.”A pallet of dog food that costs $100 delivered by road to Nenana can be up to $900 carried by barge to Nome.And not only do coastal snow conditions fluctuate, but storms often wipe out training trails overnight.“If I was doing this on my own in Nome I’d be spending half my time on a snowmachine just keeping the trails in shape,” Jamgochian said.Here in Nenana, Jamgochian is training under conditions that allow him to maximize time on the sled, focusing on his dogs and practicing routines for running and resting them. He’s renting a small cabin on property owned by a top musher with long roots in competitive sled-dog racing.Rookie Tom Jamgochian leaving for a training run. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)Aaron Burmeister was born and raised in Nome, part of a family that helped get the race off the ground in its early years. Now his young son Hunter is being brought up close to the kennel with a hearty outdoor lifestyle. As we talk, Hunter shows off handfuls of dry moss gathered for a bonfire later on.“Thank you, son,” Burmeister said, in between answering questions. “You hold on to it for me.”The sled-dog racing that Hunter is learning is radically different from the small teams and recreational outings that his father grew up with in the ’80s.“As a child, my parents would throw caribou hides in the sled, throw me in my parka in a sleeping bag and send me out on the trail in the basket with them,” Burmeister recalled.The demands and expense of competitive mushing are reshaping traditions like that. In this year’s Iditarod, 52 of the entrants from Alaska list their homes as communities on the road system. Just nine are from the bush. And of those, the majority are like Burmeister and Jamgochian, spending winters training on the roads.Thirty years ago, in the 1986 Iditarod won by Susan Butcher, railbelt mushers were the majority. But the bush was more evenly represented– 48 to 16, or three to one. Among the 22 successful finishers of the race’s inaugural run in 1973 (when the winner took 20 days to reach Nome), half were from rural Alaska — with a solid block of mushers from small Native communities like Sishmaref, Unalakleet, Noorvik, and Point Hope, rarities in recent Iditarods.Burmeister still spends part of the year in Nome, but bought his Nenana property in 1999, shortly after college, when he began competing more seriously and needed to raise his kennel operations to the next level.“If I had a choice, I’d live out in the bush forever, and stay off the road system — away from all the headaches,” he said. But affordability and accessibility make it pretty much a necessity for anyone building a team capable of effectively competing to win the Iditarod. (A recent exception is John Baker’s 2011 victory.)We were interrupted when Burmeister got a call from a fellow musher.“Bear with me a second. That’s Pete,” Burmeister said as his ringtone — Marc Cohn’s “Walking to Memphis” — trickled from a pocket in his parka.“How far out are you, bro?”“Pete” is Pete Kaiser of Bethel, who won his second consecutive Kuskokwim 300 in January. He’s trained with Burmeister the last few years, and just bought property nearby. Kaiser and another musher from Aniak, Richie Deihl, were about a half-hour from the kennel, where they were headed for a short rest in the middle of a training run. Kaiser was able to check in with Burmeister by cell-phone from the runners of his sled, taking advantage of the 4G network in the area — another Railbelt perk.Some of the factors driving mushing onto the road system are external: increasingly variable weather and the rising cost of living in the bush. But internally the sport is speeding up every year, with more refined, regimented training strategies becoming the norm for the top tier of racers. One of the reasons large, healthy teams can make the thousand-mile trip in less than nine days is because of the fanatically focused dietary regimes that mushers like the Seaveys, Busers, and Burmeister feed their elite breeds.“Your typical competitive Iditarod racing dog today is burning 12,000-15,000 calories per day while they’re on the trail,” Burmeister explained.“Forty years ago, you could feed dogs fish year-round and you’ll be just fine. But one pound of fish — you’re averaging 1,800 calories,” he said. A pound of a “premium power product,” by contrast, which might contain beef, fats, and tripe along with vitamins and probiotics for digestion, can pack 4,200-4,400 calories. (One of Burmeister’s sponsors is a specialty dog food company.)Burmeister came in third place last Iditarod, but is taking this year off to spend more time with his family. He wants a first place finish, but beyond year to year battles to win the race, he’s invested in a longer campaign.“I’m competitive, very competitive. My goal is to win the Iditarod,” he said. “But this sport wouldn’t thrive, it wouldn’t survive without up-and-comers like Pete and Richie and Tom and all these mushers that are getting into the sport. My goal is not just to promote myself, I focus more on promoting the sport and promoting mushing.”
A1. Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest against his arrest, near the British embassy in Berlin, Germany on 12 April 2019. The signs read: “Prevent the extradition of Julian Assange to the US!” Photo: ReutersUS prosecutors have just under two months to present British authorities with a final and detailed criminal case to justify the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a US government official said on Friday.The official, who asked for anonymity when discussing the case, said US authorities had already sent Britain a provisional arrest warrant regarding Assange’s extradition to the United States.But within 60 days from Thursday, when British police bundled Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he had taken refuge seven years ago, US authorities must submit a formal request outlining all the legal charges Assange would face if he is transferred into US custody.According to a criminal indictment against Assange which prosecutors in Virginia secretly obtained more than a year ago but only unsealed after Assange’s arrest, Assange is charged with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain unauthorised access to a government computer.German MPs Gesine Loetzsch, Sevim Dagdelen and Diether Dehm from the left-wing party “Die Linke” take part in a protest against the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, near the British embassy in Berlin, Germany on 12 April 2019. The signs read: “Journalism is not a crime” and “Asylum for Assange in Berlin.” Photo: ReutersThe US indictment filed in March 2018 said Assange, in March 2010, engaged in a conspiracy to help Manning crack a password stored on Defence Department computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a US government network used for classified documents and communications.Assange’s contacts with Manning led to one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information as WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of US military reports and diplomatic communications.The US official said that within the 60-day period, US authorities could modify or add to the current charges they have filed against Assange. The official declined to say whether further charges were likely, but legal experts have said they are certainly possible.A witness who prosecutors were seeking to interview and an associate of Assange based in Europe who also requested anonymity said that before his arrest Assange had expressed concern that US prosecutors would also bring charges against him related to WikiLeaks’ publication of CIA computer hacking tools, which the website described as its “Vault 7” cache.Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest against his arrest, near the British embassy in Berlin, Germany on 12 April 2019. The signs read: “No extradition to the US”, “Journalism is not a crime” and “Asylum for Assange in Berlin.” Photo: ReutersUS officials have said that as far leaks go, the disclosure of details about the US spy agency’s abilities to perform electronic surveillance and cyber warfare was potentially far more damaging to US government activities than anything Manning made available to WikiLeaks.In a Friday interview with CNN, US vice president Mike Pence said the United States was “going to bring Julian Assange to justice.”Pence denied that statements by president Donald Trump, in which he praised WikiLeaks during the 2016 US election campaign, were in any way “an endorsement of an organisation that we now understand was involved in disseminating classified information.”
Susan Walsh/APScott Pruitt’s comments on carbon dioxide come just over two weeks after he took the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency with the authority to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gases as pollutants. Share President Trump’s head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming.“I would not agree that [CO2] is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” Scott Pruitt said Thursday in an interview with CNBC’s Joe Kernen.“I believe that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact,” Pruitt said.Those statements are at odds with an overwhelming body of scientific evidence showing that humans are causing the climate to warm by releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. The view that CO2 is a major heat-trapping gas is supported by reams of data, included data collected by government agencies such as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Pruitt’s views are consistent with earlier comments he has made on the topic of climate change. As attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt often claimed that there was scientific uncertainty over whether humans are changing the climate.The New York Times reported earlier this week that Pruitt is bringing in similar-minded political appointees to help run the EPA. Many come from the office of Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican and longtime climate change denier.Pruitt’s comments come just over two weeks after he took the helm of the EPA, the agency with the authority to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gases as pollutants. In 2014, the EPA unveiled rules that would require substantial reductions to greenhouse gases from power plants as part of a broader effort to limit global warming. The rule was contested by industry and states, and is currently under review in the courts.Pruitt also said he believed that a major climate agreement reached in Paris was “a bad deal,” and that he would soon be making an announcement about changes to so-called CAFE standards, which set fuel efficiency goals for cars and trucks.Pruitt’s latest statements on climate change come after the second-warmest February in the past 123 years, according to NOAA.Pruitt will be speaking at CERAweek today at noon.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety “Writing the check is easy. Hands-on guidance, time, and strategy is the real investment,” said Katz in announcing the venture. “There has to be consistent collaboration and conversation – we get into the bones of these companies to help them see and reach their highest potential. We will unify the most forward-thinking leaders (the outliers, the out of this world thinkers who feel like they were raised in space) in both music and tech to foster community and ideas that will ultimately catapult the music industry into the future.”Added Braun: “The relationship between music and tech has massive untapped potential. I’m excited to launch a company focused on bridging these two industries in a transformative and actionable manner that raises the value of music.”Zach is a music attorney and the former manager of Sean Kingston and hitmaker J.R. Rotem, with whom he co-founded record label Beluga Heights. He joined BMG in 2012 as chief creative officer and was upped to president of music publishing for the U.S. soon after, eventually taking on responsibilities on the recorded music side.In Dec. 2018, Katz stepped down as part of a larger BMG overhaul. Zach Katz is partnering with Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings on a new venture called Raised In Space. Billed as a “a new investment group for entrepreneurs, start-ups [and] the innovators of tomorrow,” the company will work on identifying tech and music initiatives ripe for investment, with financial commitments ranging from $500,000 to $5 million.The company will be based out of Braun’s offices in Santa Monica with Katz as CEO. Also joining Raised in Space Shara Senderoff, the co-founder of Intern Sushi who was named to Forbes 30 Under 30. Katz most recently held the title of president at BMG.The focus of the venture is to raise the value of music as well as innovated the music-tech offerings. In addition, Raised in Space, in partnership with Ripple’s Xpring, will integrate blockchain and the digital asset XRP. The goal, according to an announcement, is “to create a community of experienced music and tech leaders” and to innovate “across the entire music value chain (creation, registration, distribution, fan-engagement, touring/ticketing, monetization).”
Stay on target Scania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle ConceptUS Postal Service Begins Testing Self-Driving Trucks It could still be several years before you ride in a fully autonomous car with no human backup on public roads. Your groceries, however, can take that ride today.That is as long as you live in the Scottsdale area and shop at Fry’s. Autonomous delivery startup Nuro has kicked off a pilot project in Arizona by teaming up with grocery Kroger. Just in time for Christmas, Nuro’s compact driverless R1 “pods” are hitting the roads to save locals from yet another run to the store during the annual holiday craziness.The R1 can handle two deliveries at the same time. Its cargo areas are surprisingly spacious given the R1’s overall size. Each one can hold several bags of groceries, stacks of pizzas, or a luncheon spread that can feed the entire office.AdChoices广告Like some of the other, smaller delivery drones that are rolling around streets and sidewalks, customers gain access to their orders by entering a code on a keypad. When the R1 is empty it returns to the store to recharge and reload.The compact R1 isn’t built for long-range deliveries that require a heavier foot. It’s capped at just 25MPH. Nuro says that gives the pod more time to react to the unexpected and helps minimize the risk of accidents.Its size helps, too. The R1 only occupies about half a lane. Even if a pedestrian rushes out from between cars parked by a curb there’s still almost a one-meter buffer between the person and the pod. That allows plenty of time to put on the brakes and stop or to take evasive action.Among those evasive actions: self-sacrifice. If the only way to avoid a pod-human collision is for the R1 to damage itself (and possibly the cargo it’s carrying), it’ll do just that.More on Geek.com:Food Delivery Robot Catches Fire on Berkeley CampusPostmates’ Adorable New Robot Will Bring You DeliveriesStarship Launches Autonomous Ground Delivery Service in UK
Korean Cultural Centre presents Hanji Impression, an exhibition introducing Hanji to India. By Korean and Indian artists Park Yeo Sang and Sharmi Chowdhury who use Hanji as the base for their artistic interpretations.Hanji literally means ‘the paper of Korea’. The main material is the fibrous skin of the mulberry. Hanji is not simply paper. It is used in a variety of ways, and has a different name according to its use. If it is glued on a door it is called a window paper. Its copy paper if it is used for a family registry book, Buddhist sutra or old books, while it becomes drawing paper. If four gracious plants or birds are drawn upon it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As a part of exhibition, workshops on Hanji making, Hanji book making and Hanji calendar making will also take place on January 15 (11am -12.30pm and 2.30 pm – 4pm), January 23 (10 -11.30 am and 12 – 1.30 pm) January 27-28 (10-11.30am) with school students and interested children) respectively.Indian and Korean artists namely Park Yeo-Sang and Sharmi Chowdhury who uses Hanji as the base for their artistic interpretations believes, “Even with changing times and the dominance of smartphones and digital culture, nothing can completely replace paper. As a medium of expressing emotions, we hope that hanji undergoes a transformation at the hands of the artists to become a valuable piece of artist.”When: January 15 – February 5, Where: Exhibition Hall, Korean Culture Centre , Lajpat Nagar
Shailesh Mehta, founder and CEO of Joybynature.com, shares a few natural and harmless ways to get rid of mosquitoes in your house:* Neem oil acts as a great indoor mosquito-repellent owing to its smell that wards off mosquitoes. One can make an effective insecticide by mixing neem oil and coconut oil in equal proportion and rub it on the exposed parts of a body. * Another natural method to keep mosquitoes at bay is to plant Tulsi near the window panes. The plant has properties that do not allow mosquitoes to breed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* A mixture of lemon oil and eucalyptus oil is extremely effective in warding off mosquitoes naturally. Both have the active component cineole in it carrying antiseptic and insect repellent properties, which makes them effective when applied to the skin.* Camphor is an easily available ingredient that kills mosquitoes in a house. Made from the extract of a tree, this compound has been found to have the longest mosquito repellent effect as compared to other natural products. Burning camphor in a closed room can be extremely effective in keeping mosquitoes at bay.* Garlic might smell bad, but that is exactly why mosquitoes stay away. All you need to do is crush a few pods of garlic, boil them in water and spray the liquid in the room.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 39-year-old Gerta Roets is gifted in baking beautiful cakes, cupcakes and biscuits for any special occasion.Her novelty cakes is the best as she loves being creative when it comes to icing them. Ever since she was a little girl she always wanted to be a good baker when she grew up.She started baking when she was only 14-years-old and never stopped. It became an income after she was retrenched from work in 2009 and started working from home.Being blessed with three beautiful and helpful daughters, she loves spending time in the kitchen with them and learning to create more ideas on her yummy treats.Also read: Ladysmith municipality’s former CFO takes over as interim CEO of embattled SassaShe spoilt the Ladysmith Gazette journalist with some scrumptious cupcakes, which was abslutely divine and fresh and kept our journalist wanting more…She tells us that every character that she uses on her cakes has a skewer to keep the head and body intact and is hand made.For a cake that looks like the one in the photo above, it takes Gerda 22 hours to complete as she makes sure that all the characters are safe and neatly placed on the cake and is stable at all times.Many of her cakes and cupcakes are handmade and she does painting as well, it takes quite a while but the results are outstanding!Gerta does her painting on rolled out fondant using food sage gel colour. She starts off from a photo and sketches it hand free and draws it on rolled icing.Depending on the size and detail it can take up to two hours for the process. Once the cake is done you get your hand drawn copy as well. So if you are interested in having a cake or a yummy treat baked, contact Gerda on 076-029-9814.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Related Content 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more January 11, 2012 – Siemens Healthcare announced that the 2.0 version of the Acuson SC2000 volume imaging ultrasound system has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This latest version of the Acuson SC2000 system elevates volume imaging in echocardiography, delivering significant performance and imaging enhancements to improve workflow and patient outcomes.Release 2.0 offers a host of new applications, including the quantification of the 3-D proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) to assess the severity of valvular disease and volumetric color Doppler. Other applications include a comprehensive package for automated left ventricle analysis (LVA), enabling the auto-detection and tracking of volume contours and Siemens’ IN Focus coherent image-forming technology, which yields a high level of image uniformity and clinical detail. Release 2.0 supports volumetric intracardiac echocardiography (ICE), enabling integration of the Acuson AcuNav ultrasound catheters.Through the advanced volume analysis application, known as eSie PISA, the user of the Acuson SC2000 system can obtain semi-automatic quantification of the PISA from 4-D color Doppler data. This quantification enables the clinician to eliminate the current practice of 2-D PISA assumptions and improve measurement accuracy by using volumetric color analysis for valvular regurgitation, which affects millions of people worldwide. The examination can be performed on almost all valvular disease patients and delivers in seconds more accurate and effective regurgitant orifice area (EROA) measurements than previously possible, resulting in a faster, more confident diagnosis. Also featured on release 2.0 is eSie velocity vector imaging (VVI) technology; a visual representation to display cardiac contraction-relaxation mechanics, which helps to obtain important clinical information for the analysis of cardiac synchrony, strain and strain rate, fetal heart dysfunction as well as atrial and ventricular assessment.Reduced exam time with automated left ventricle assessment The Acuson SC2000 system features eSie LVA volume LV analysis, an automated volume quantitative analysis package designed for left ventricle assessment. This application enables the clinician to detect and track volume contours in one step, reducing exam times and improving consistency. Unlike stitched imaging technology that excludes arrhythmia patients, eSie LVA analysis can be used with all patient types because the Acuson SC2000 system captures the entire heart in one beat, eliminating geometric assumptions. More clinical detail in every image The Acuson SC2000 system’s IN Focus technology acquires and processes information at 2.88 gigabytes per second – faster than any other echocardiography system. This enables the user to focus on the entire field of view instead of a single focal zone, revealing more detailed information in one image and ultimately benefiting a patient’s diagnosis.The latest version of the Acuson SC2000 system also integrates intracardiac echocardiography applications. With the Acuson AcuNav advanced technology, electrophysiologists and interventional cardiologists can obtain critically important ultrasound images from within the heart in real time, enabling them to perform complex procedures with greater precision and confidence.Improving patient outcomes with real-time full-volume cardiac imaging Offering these and other innovations, the Acuson SC2000 system marks is the first ultrasound system that enables the production of real-time, full-volume cardiac images in one heart cycle. This capability eliminates the need for electrocardiogram (ECG) gating or stitching, which improves image accuracy. With a processing speed that is 16 times faster than a premium ultrasound system, the Acuson SC2000 system delivers vastly more diagnostic information than conventional 3-D imaging methods, allowing for wider patient access. Integrated into a routine ECG exam, the Acuson SC2000 system offers new workflow pathways to improve diagnostic confidence and efficiency.For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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