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Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming out

first_imgDETROIT — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs.U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 per cent of sales last month, and he thinks that’s close to the bottom.While Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are cancelling many car models, Lentz doesn’t see that happening with Toyota. He says U.S. consumers still are buying more than 4 million compact, midsize and near-luxury cars each year, so cars are still a huge market. He says Toyota can pick up sales as other companies cut back on car models.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Latest NRA disappointed by bump stock ban

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on the Trump administration’s move to ban bump stocks (all times local):3:55 p.m.The National Rifle Association is “disappointed” with the Trump administration’s plan to outlaw bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire continuously.Spokeswoman Jennifer Baker says the Justice Department should provide amnesty for gun owners who already have the devices.The Justice Department says the attachments will be banned beginning in late March under a law that prohibits machine-guns. The new rule reverses a 2010 government decision that found bump stocks didn’t amount to machine-guns.Baker says the regulation “fails to address the thousands of law-abiding Americans” who followed the government’s previous guidance.Bump stocks became a focal point in the gun control debate after they were used in the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern U.S. history.__12:25 p.m.The Trump administration has moved to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March.The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine-guns, according to a senior Justice Department official.Bump stocks became a focal point of the national gun control debate after they were used in October 2017 when a man opened fired from his Las Vegas hotel suite into a crowd at a country music concert below, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State closes out regular season with 296 domination

Ohio State’s Joey McKenna wrestles Vince Turk in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (14-1, 8-1 Big Ten) dominated No. 6 North Carolina State (15-2, 5-0 ACC) 29-6 in its last dual meet of the regular season on Sunday. Winning eight out of the 10 bouts, Ohio State took control of the meet early when No. 2 Myles Martin beat No. 3 Pete Redna with an 8-1 decision win at 184 pounds. Martin missed the major decision by just three seconds of riding time. No. 7 Michael Macchiavello of North Carolina State upset No. 1 Kollin Moore at 197 pounds in the second match of the night. Macchiavello scored two late takedowns in the third period to give him the 7-5 decision. Moore has now lost two of his past three matches. No. 7 Joey McKenna upset No. 2 Kevin Jack of the Wolfpack 6-2 in the second upset of the meet. McKenna came out aggressive, scoring two takedowns in the first period. Jack was unable to score any attacks on McKenna, partly due to McKenna’s ability to prevent Jack from escaping. Ohio State’s senior No. 2 Kyle Snyder beat No. 19 Michael Boykin 23-8 via technical fall to give the Buckeyes an 8-3 lead, and they didn’t look back. The Buckeyes won the next four matches until NC State’s No. 3 Hayden Hidlay beat No. 7 Micah Jordan 6-3 at 157 pounds. Hidlay remained undefeated in his freshman season, improving to 19-0.No. 6 Bo Jordan won via pin at 1:37 against North Carolina State’s Daniel Bullard to bring the score to 29-6. Ohio State’s No. 4 Nathan Tomasello beat No. 5 Sean Fausz 12-6 in the second top-five matchup of the meet. Fausz opened the scoring with an early takedown against Tomasello, but Tomasello rebounded quickly, scoring a takedown and two back points to take the 5-3 lead into the second period after Fausz got an escape. Tomasello had three takedowns in the third period to seal the decision victory. At 133 pounds, No. 3 Luke Pletcher of the Buckeyes defeated No. 13 Tariq Wilson 7-3. Ohio State’s No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes won against No. 13 Beau Donahue and his teammate, No. 14 Te’Shan Campbell, picked up his first win since Jan. 5.Ohio State’s regular season has concluded, but it will take the mats on March 3 to begin the Big Ten tournament. read more

Bengals ReSign Marvin Lewis Through 2014

Marvin Lewis has as many lives as, well, a Bengal. A Cincinnati Bengal, that is.The coach that has endured a stingy ownership, myriad player arrests, questionable player development and losing. . . . not only remains standing, but has received a two-year contract extension through 2014.This is testament to the value of not giving up on a coach too soon. Lewis looked to be a goner more than once as players showed up on police blotters (not that it was his fault) fairly consistently and the team struggled to find a rhythm in winning. Instead of running him, the Bengals were patient, and Cincinnati emerged as a strong playoff team last year.The last time Lewis’ contract was running,  both sides seemed content to separate. They did not, and the rewards have been grand for the Bengals.Lewis is the franchise’s most successful coach since Sam Wyche, and has led the team to two AFC North titles in the past three years.As reported that Lewis said negotiating the extension is “a complicated thing” and that he and owner Mike Brown are “comfortable together.”“Coming off a playoff finish last year, with a solid coaching staff and good young players, continuity at the top gives us our best chance to do well,” Bengals owner Mike Brown said in a statement. “We are excited about the team’s prospects and happy to have completed this process with Marvin before the 2012 preseason schedule begins.”Lewis is in his 10th season in Cincinnati, the third-longest current tenure with one team behind Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Bill Belichick in New England.According to, in 2010, Lewis was up front that he was possibly going to explore other options, and it took something of a sales job to keep him. With the growth and development of the team since then, all the young pieces and the playoff appearance last year, the backdrop was much different now. The team has also beefed up its scouting staff and infrastructure since 2010, which were keys for the head coach. read more

How Worried Should Real Madrid Bayern Munich And Barcelona Be

Bars in orange indicate Real Madrid seasons with Ronaldo.Source: Opta Sports 2015-1627.7– In its last three league matches, Bayern has taken only 1 point — a draw against Augsburg — and scored just one goal while conceding six. However, its expected goals difference for those matches is roughly 4.8 to 2.5. These are performances typically good enough to win in the Bundesliga, and the points should come.But even the expected goals numbers do not reflect outright dominance. Bayern has struggled to produce spectacular attacking numbers. In particular, 30-year-old striker Robert Lewandowski is having a surprisingly down season, which comes on the heels of a surprisingly down World Cup. After scoring 27, 29 and 37 nonpenalty goals in the past three seasons between domestic and Champions League competition, with underlying numbers to match, the Polish forward has scored just two nonpenalty goals this season. His expected goals per 90 minutes has been more than 0.8 each of the last three seasons, and it’s down to 0.28 now. Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez have carried the shooting load for Lewandowski so far, but that has meant a decline in their creative passing numbers, which has weakened the whole team. It is possible that this is just an early season slump or World Cup-related fatigue, and Lewandowski will snap out of it. If he doesn’t, Bayern could be in for a disappointing year.Striker problems also have beset Real Madrid, but for them it’s even worse. Real sold Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer and shocked observers by simply not replacing him. The club eventually purchased Mariano from Lyon, but no one expected that to be a like-for-like replacement. In nearly the same number of minutes last season, against weaker competition, Mariano attempted 130 shots, exactly half of Ronaldo’s 260. Mariano has yet to start a match this season for Real; Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have now been promoted to the point men in the attack after serving as Ronaldo’s support crew for years. The results have been as expected. 2010-1125.0– The big leagues in continental Europe have been dominated by their superpowers for years. Bayern Munich won the German Bundesliga title each of the past six seasons. In 13 of the past 14 seasons in Spain’s La Liga, either Barcelona or Real Madrid has taken the crown. The trio has also combined to win the past six Champions League titles. But right now, you can say something about these teams that’s been largely unthinkable for nearly a decade: They look vulnerable.Bayern is sixth in the Bundesliga, 4 points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund and trailing smaller clubs like Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC as well. Sevilla currently tops La Liga, with Barcelona and Madrid trailing close behind, but the two Spanish giants have each won just four of eight matches this season. Over the past decade, both teams have typically won at least 28 of their 38 matches per season, and the lowest win total either has posted was 22. These numbers are well off their pace.How worried should the superpowers of soccer be? The Soccer Power Index suggests reason for both confidence and concern. At the start of the season, Bayern was projected as 82 percent favorites to win the title. That has fallen, but only to 70 percent. Real Madrid has seen its La Liga title chances drop from 41 percent to 37 percent, but Barcelona’s have actually increased to 47 percent from opening at 43. For now, it seems likely that these teams have enough of a head start in talent that they can still win their domestic leagues.The Champions League may be another story. At the beginning of the year, the continental big three plus Manchester City were dead even with one another at the top of the projections. Now City leads, Juventus has caught up, and the gap to Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain is narrowing. And this is particularly striking because all three clubs are still massive favorites to progress out of their groups. What’s changed is that the Soccer Power Index is starting to downgrade its projections.The early season struggles of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are not merely a matter of a few bad bounces. Expected goals, a measure of the quality of scoring chances created and conceded, shows that this is no fluke of hot or cold shooting — these sides’ underlying production numbers are off, too. The following chart shows the goal difference and expected goal difference for Barcelona, Bayern and Real Madrid in their first 10 matches of the season between domestic and Champions League play since 2010-2011, according to data analytics firm Opta Sports. For all three clubs, these are among their slowest starts to the season ever.1Bayern Munich has played only nine matches, so its numbers are prorated to 10 to match up with the rest of the chart. 2018-1919.4– 2011-1232.4– 2012-1330.5– Real has consistently produced about 2.5 or more expected goals per match over its first 10 games of the season, and that number is under 2.0 per match this year. The attack is no longer elite, and it’s hard to see how Real can improve without an injection of talent. Real Madrid looks headed for year in the wilderness as merely one of Europe’s 10 to 15 best teams rather than a top Champions League contender.For Barcelona, the problems are more complicated but perhaps no less severe. And unlike with Bayern and Real, they do not start at the top. Lionel Messi is still Lionel Messi, with 11 goals and four assists. Rather, Barcelona is struggling in the midfield, and that’s leading to defensive problems. Last season, Barcelona conceded just 29 goals, second-fewest in La Liga. It is hardly unusual for the Catalan side to put up dominant defensive numbers, but last year’s effort involved a change in tactics from manager Ernesto Valverde.In 2017-18, Barcelona relaxed the high press that had been a feature of its play at least since Pep Guardiola’s reign ended in 2012. With midfielders content to allow opposition teams to hold possession in less dangerous areas, Barcelona broke up only about 48 percent of new open-play possessions for the other team before they completed three passes. This year, Valverde has brought the old press back, and Barca is breaking up 55 percent of new opposition possessions.This has not worked to their advantage. The 2017-18 team conceded shots at a reasonably high rate — 444 shots, seventh fewest in La Liga. But it prevented quality chances by keeping numbers back and not allowing passes in behind the defense. Barcelona’s 0.087 expected goals per shot was second-best in La Liga after only Atletico Madrid. Valverde drilled his team to defend deeper rather than dominate midfield, and it worked. This year, the new style is having the opposite effect. Barca’s expected goals per shot conceded has exploded to 0.148, the worst in La Liga.Barcelona’s midfield depends on two 30-year-olds, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, and last year Valverde’s tactics already suggested he knew he needed to cover for their deficiencies in the press. The results of the new, more aggressive midfield tactics confirm he was right to pull back.So Barcelona’s problems seem fixable, at least compared to those of Real Madrid and Bayern. If Valverde can accept once more the limitations of his midfield and play the more basic, defensive style he rolled out last season, there should be more than enough talent in the forward line to carry Barcelona deep in the Champions League. But if the team persists with this press, the Catalan side may end up in just as much trouble as Bayern and Real.Check out our latest soccer predictions. SeasonExpected goals through first 10 matches 2013-1425.3– Among all these starts to the season, the only one that was significantly worse than the three this year was Bayern Munich’s in 2010-11, when the club ended up in third place in the Bundesliga on 65 points.These numbers suggest three things. First, Bayern has been better than its table position suggests. Its goal difference is the second-worst of any of these clubs since 2010, but its expected goal differential is merely eighth-worst. Barcelona’s good goal difference, by contrast, is covering up problems in the underlying numbers. And Real Madrid is simply in trouble. 2017-1828.6– 2014-1526.5– 2016-1724.9– Losing Cristiano Ronaldo has zapped Real’s offenseReal Madrid’s expected goals through the first 10 matches of its season, 2010-19 read more

Google Chrome adding support for game controllers microphones and cameras

first_imgGoogle figures your web browser should do it all, and that includes playing games. According to developer advocate Paul Kinlan, early next year Chrome is going to offer an even better gaming experience: by adding plug-and-play support gaming controllers.Now, there’s already a good chance that your operating system might know what to do with a gamepad. “Might” isn’t good enough when you’re supporting 4-plus operating systems as Chrome is — and possibly adding a fifth by taking over browsing duties on Android as well. Chrome already offers plenty of gaming-related features, like WebGL and Native Client support for web-based gaming that could one day rival a traditional PC gaming experience.Google’s pushed gaming in Chrome before, of course. When support for Chrome Web Apps arrived, Google promoted them by adding Entanglement and Poppit to users’ new tab pages. The company also made a ton of noise about the arrival of the web-based version of Angry Birds, which popped up back in May.Ultimately, this new functionality might be less about gaming in Chrome than it is about providing developers with more direct access to a system’s hardware. That goal is one shared by Mozilla, whose plans for Boot To Gecko include providing web developers with access to a smartphone’s inner workings using standard web code.Plug-in free support is also coming for microphones and cameras, and Google will also finally implement support for its own WebRTC framework. WebRTC uses the VP8 codec and other technology from Global IP Solutions, which Google acquired in 2010.  WebRTC is open source and has support from Mozilla and Opera in addition to Google, and it’s set to bring Skype-like voice and video chat to browsers without the need for a plug-in (think Google Talk).More at Edgelast_img read more

Stuff blowing up at 2500 frames per second

first_imgThere are some crazy people in the world, some of whom are paid to be so. Case in point are the two guys behind the epic slow motion video of stuff blowing up you can watch above.January Elhoj and Lasse Spang Olsen are stars of a Danish television show called Stupid and Dangerous. The two men are given a house in a remote part of the country and then set loose on using different products in exactly the opposite way they should be. If a warning label says to not place a bottle of red wine inside a microwave and set it on high, these two go ahead and do it to see what happens.We need to point out here that these two men are professionals working in a controlled environment, please don’t try to replicate their experiments at home.While the video above is certainly impressive to watch, the kit used to capture it is also worth mentioning. Using a camera from Vision Research called the Phantom Flex, the production team for Stupid and Dangerous were able to capture their footage at an astonishing 2,500 frames per second. It’s actually capable of working at 2,800 frames capturing 1080p footage. I would love to tell you how much this camera costs, but every dealer that advertises the device asks you to call for a custom quote.Seeing these guy do things like mow a carpet using an electric lawnmower or drop flour onto a lit candle makes me wish we had a show like this in America. If you happen to know Danish, then perhaps you can catch an episode or two and let us know how it is.via io9.comlast_img read more

La grippe aurait causé 70 décès en France

first_imgLa grippe aurait causé 70 décès en FranceL’épidémie de grippe saisonnière aurait provoqué 70 décès en France cette année. Le bilan n’a pas encore été arrêté alors que l’épidémie continue de sévir dans l’Hexagone.L’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVs) a fait savoir que cette année, l’épidémie de grippe saisonnière aurait causé la mort de 70 personnes. Parmi elles, 54 étaient sous surveillance du fait de leur état grave, 10 ont été déclarées en centre hospitalier à la suite d’une certification électronique, tandis que 6 cas de décès dus à la grippe à domicile ont été spontanément déclarés, rapporte Le Parisien.Cette liste n’est pas exhaustive alors que l’épidémie de grippe est encore très présente sur notre territoire. L’Institut de veille sanitaire explique également que la majorité des individus admis en réanimation après avoir déclaré des symptômes grippaux étaient touchés par le virus H1N1 de la grippe A.Le 3 février 2011 à 19:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Invincible Truly is The Best Superhero Book in the Universe

first_imgStay on target Robert Kirkman’s Invincible boasts that it is “The best superhero comic in the universe.” Certainly a bold statement, but it isn’t unwarranted. Invincible has consistently been one of the very best comics since 2003. It is a comic book fans’ comic in every way imaginable. Invincible is an unabashed love letter to superhero stories, but it isn’t afraid of bucking genre tropes whenever possible. Robert Kirkman’s imaginative scripts, along with Ryan Ottley and Corey Walker’s dynamic drawings, elevate this book above many others in the genre.As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Next month, Invincible will begin its last story arc: The End of All Things. This epic 12-part finale will wrap up all of the storylines from the series’ thirteen-year history. It will no doubt be a spectacular send off for this amazing book.Because Invincible is coming to a close, we thought this would be a perfect time to look back at some of the series’ most memorable moments.Mark Grayson gets his powersMark Grayson (Invincible) is the son of Earth’s greatest hero: Omni-Man. Since childhood, Mark has eagerly anticipated the day his powers would awaken. He discovers his abilities when he accidentally tosses a garbage bag into orbit.What made this moment great was its simplicity. Mark tosses the garbage bag into the stratosphere, silently stares at it, and then says “It’s about time.” He tells both of his parents what happened during dinner. Both nonchalantly reply with “that’s nice.” This is a small event when compared to everything else in the series. Even still, it had a great impact on those who read the book for the first time.Omni-Man’s betrayalThis is the moment that defined not only Mark Grayson as a character, but the entire Invincible book. We learn that Nolan Grayson (Mark’s father) was sent by his race, the Viltrumites, to conquer Earth. After this revelation, Mark and Nolan engage in an epic battle that takes place all across the world. Thousands of innocent people are killed during the struggle.Before Nolan murders the Guardians of the Globe (Invincible’s version of the Justice League), Invincible was relatively lighthearted. The grisly murder and subsequent brutal fight between Invincible and Omni-Man demonstrated that this comic wasn’t messing around. The physical pain Mark endured is nothing compared to the emotional anguish of knowing his father betrayed him, his mother, and all of Earth. This event would haunt Mark for many issues afterward.Facing to face with the ViltrumitesWe saw the might a Viltrumite possesses when Omni-Man killed the Guardians of the Globe single-handedly. This was also seen when Omni-Man utterly defeated Invincible. However, this was just a small sample of what these aliens are capable of. The power and ferocity of the Viltrumites were on full display when Mark and his father faced off against three members of the warrior race.Though Mark trained as hard as he could after fighting his father, it wasn’t enough. After nearly losing his life in battle against them, Invincible fully comprehends the threat Viltrumites pose. He begins to prepare for the day he would inevitably face them again — only now with the aid of his father, who he managed to reconcile with.The Sequid threatInvincible became the most powerful hero on Earth by default after his father left the planet. As such, the Pentagon recruited him to take on tasks previously assigned to Omni-Man. At first, this involved fighting random super villains like the Mauler Twins. Eventually, he was asked to escort a team of scientists to Mars. What was supposed to be a routine mission went array when the scientists were attacked by an alien race known as the Sequids.The Sequids would go on to become one of the series’ recurring enemies. The squid-like aliens became a bigger threat with each subsequent appearance. Even now, it is unclear whether the Sequids have truly been defeated or not.Angstrom LevyLike most superheroes, Invincible has a no-kill policy. Or rather, he had one until he faced Angstrom Levy. Levy isn’t a physical threat by any means. However, his vast intellect made him a formidable opponent. Levy discovers that Invincible is Mark Grayson and goes after his family. That’s when things became personal.Levy trapped Invincible in a dimension that was a deserted wasteland. Invincible can pull Levy into this dimension and threatens to kill him. Levy mocks Invincible because he believes the hero won’t cross that line. After Levy threatens Mark’s family again, Invisible pummels his head mercilessly. All that’s left is a gory, pulpy mess.Levy managed to survive Invincible’s onslaught, but our hero was unaware of this fact for a long time. Killing an enemy, even one as deplorable as Levy, made Invincible hold back during some major fights. He didn’t want to risk killing again, even accidentally.Levy would return several more times to torment Invincible.Invincible WarAfter surviving Invincible’s ruthless attack, Angstrom Levy fixed himself and began to plot his revenge. He traveled to various dimensions and recruited an army of evil versions of Invincible to attack the hero’s Earth. All of Earth’s champions (including the entire Image roster) are called into action. This fight would be known as the Invincible War.This was the book’s first massive war. As such, it was appropriately epic in scale. Levy had the alternate Invincibles attack Earth to stain Mark’s reputation. He was successful on that front. After the Invincible army had been defeated, the populace lost confidence in the hero. After all, if evil versions of Invincible exist, what is to stop the good one from eventually becoming evil?ConquestConquest is arguably Invincible’s greatest foe. Like Angstrom Levy, Conquest threatened the hero’s loved ones. Unlike the physically weak mad scientist, Conquest was a battle-hardened Viltrumite warrior who was more than a match for Mark Grayson.Invincible was utterly defeated during his first encounter with the Viltrumites. Though Conquest was considerably stronger than any foe he had previously faced, Mark’s rigorous training allowed him to hold his own. After seeing the villain kill his beloved, Eve, Invincible summoned the strength to soundly defeat the blood-thirsty warrior.It wouldn’t be long before Conquest and Invincible engaged in one last decisive battle.Viltrumite WarThe Invincible War was merely a prelude to the bigger event known as the Viltrumite War. Up until this point, the Coalition of Planets were on the defensive against the Viltrum Empire. Now that they had Invincible, Invincible’s brother, Oliver (Kid Omni-Man), Nolan, and a host of other warriors (including the fearsome Battle Beast), it was time to take the fight to the Viltrumites directly. As you would expect, things didn’t go well.Invincible missed much of the war after sustaining a life-threatening injury early on. Nolan and Oliver spent months with Invincible on an alien planet while he recuperated. During that time, the two trained and bonded. Just as the Coalition of Planets was on the verge of defeat, Invincible healed and returned to the fight.During the last days of the war, Invincible would face off against Conquest for a final time. By this point, he held no reservations about killing his foes. Invincible ended Conquest’s life by choking him to death. The war ended with the destruction of the Viltrumite homeworld. The remaining members relocated to Earth where they promised to live peacefully among humans.Destruction of Las VegasDinosaurus was one of the series’ more interesting antagonists. This giant, the humanoid dinosaur wasn’t actually evil at all. He genuinely wanted to save the planet. Unfortunately, his methods often resulted in a large number of casualties. There is no greater example of this than the time he destroyed Las Vegas with nuclear bombs.This was a tragic loss of life to be sure. However, it ended up helping the planet. Because Las Vegas was now glass, the government built massive solar panels to collect the excess energy. This required hiring workers, which in turn helped boost the economy. And because Las Vegas didn’t exist, it was no longer a drain on natural resources.Invincible reluctantly teamed up with Dinosaurus to help him on his eco-crusade. He believed in the mission, but his real goal was to ensure Dinosaurus didn’t kill any more people. This made Invincible a terrorist in the eyes of the government, despite the fact he was helping the planet on a macro-level.Robot takes over EarthVillains are almost always thwarted whenever they attempt to conquer the world. This has happened on many occasions within the pages of Invincible. This time, however, the world was successfully conquered, and the heroes defeated. Not by an evil maniac, but by a former hero who had the best of intentions.While attempting to stop another Flaxan invasion, Robot and Monster Girl crossed over into their dimension. Though only a matter of months passed on Earth, Robot and Monster Girl spent thousands of years in that other dimension. During their time there, Robot overthrew the ruling monarchy and became Emperor. His society would become prosperous and peaceful. Things would eventually fall apart, but for a time, he was a good ruler.When he returned to Earth, Robot was dismayed. Nothing had changed during his absence, save for his perspective on how a world should function. He carefully planned a take over of the planet and managed to pull it off after a bloody war with Earth’s heroes.Robot’s rule on Earth was no different than it was on Flaxan. War, disease, and inequality were eradicated virtually overnight. Humanity entered into a golden age it hadn’t experienced before. Ironically, the heroes who opposed Robot after the war were seen as little more than terrorists.Mark Grayson had been away from Earth during Robot’s takeover. When he saw what happened in his absence, his first instinct was to fight. However, none of his former allies were willing to help. Earth’s populace was finally at peace, after all. Even Mark’s dad — who at this point was the King of the remaining Viltrumites — didn’t side with him. Invincible eventually left the planet along with Eve. He was unable to forgive Robot for what he had done.Mark is sexually assaultedInvincible has been subjected to all manner of horrible physical and mental torture. However, our hero suffered the worst assault imaginable when he was raped by the powerful Viltrumite, Anissa.After the Viltrumites relocated to Earth, Thragg ordered them to breed with humans in order to repopulate the race. Anissa refused, feeling that human men were too weak to produce strong offspring. She sought out Invincible and forced herself on him. Though Invincible is one of the strongest warriors in the universe, he was unable to stop the overwhelmingly powerful Anissa.Mark eventually tells Eve what happened and she reassures him that it wasn’t his fault. However, he continues to feel guilt and shame. This moment showed that men, even ones with super powers, can also be the victims of sexual abuse.Thragg vs. Battle BeastInvincible is a book that has a great deal of brutal, one-on-one battles. The greatest of these was the one between Thragg and Battle Beast.These mighty warriors fought for an astonishing five issues. By the end, both had beaten each other into gory heaps of meat. Despite sustaining serious injuries, it was Thragg who emerged victorious. Afterward, Thragg wore the pelt of Battle Beast as his royal cape. Thragg was always an intimidating villain, but seeing him wearing the pelt of one of the universe’s most powerful warriors made him even more terrifying.Time JumpWhen most comics jump forward in time, little changes. Invincible‘s time jump was different. It not only significantly changed the status quo but was also profoundly heartbreaking.Invincible entered a strange dimension that allowed him to go back in time and change key moments from his past. He prevented some of the horrible events that befell him, his loved ones, and planet Earth. However, there was a catch. Because of the alterations made, he and Atom Eve would never get together. This, in turn, meant that their baby daughter wouldn’t be born.Invincible rejected this new timeline and went back to the life he knew. He returned only to discover that years, not weeks, had passed. Shortly afterward, he reunites with his wife and (now four-year-old) daughter. Mark was overcome by feelings of guilt and regret upon seeing his family.This bittersweet family reunion was as powerful as any of the series’ superhero battles. Polaroid Lab Turns Smartphone Snaps Into Instant PhotosAdobe’s New AI Tool Can Identify Photoshopped Faces last_img read more

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Public meetings for week of Jan 21

first_imgMondayCamas school board, District Office, 841 N.E. 22nd Ave.• 4 p.m. workshop: student wellness strategies, funding update.• 5:30 p.m. regular meeting.Vancouver City Council, council chambers, 415 W. Sixth St.• 4-6 p.m., workshops: agenda includes discussion on the Caples Terrace zone change, a proposal for a new downtown entryway and an update to the cultural, art and heritage plan.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: agenda includes a public hearing on an addendum to the Columbia Tech Center development agreement and an amendment to the Multifamily Housing Tax Exemption ordinance.Battle Ground school board, Lewisville Campus, 406 N.W. Fifth Ave.• 4:30 p.m., board work session.• 6 p.m., regular meeting: superintendent report, approval of revision to policy on executive sessions, approval of revision to policy on site acquisition.Washougal City Council, City Hall, 1701 C St.• 5 p.m. regular meeting: results of Washougal conversation board, Stalnaker Annexation, Commute Trip Reduction interlocal agreement and work plan, Washougal Memorial Cemetery code and rate change.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: Steamboat Landing dock emergency declaration.Woodland school board, Room 2203, Woodland High School, 1500 Dike Access Road.• 5:30 p.m., regular meeting: proposal for piloting of dual-language program at Woodland Primary School, Apptegy development update.Hockinson school board, library, Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.• 6 p.m., public hearing: Hockinson School District property determination.TuesdayClark County Council, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 10 a.m., regular hearing: interlocal agreements, professional service contracts with firms for parks and natural resources, approve application for regional representative for VFC and AFIX Site Visit Activities Grant through Washington State Department of Health.Educational Service District 112 board of directors, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver.• 2 p.m., work session.• 3 p.m., regular meting.Vancouver school board, Robert C. Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Road.• 4 p.m., board work session.• 5:15 p.m., regular meeting: agenda includes design showcase; an executive session is scheduled to discuss the performance of a public employee.Ridgefield school board, Room 311, Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road.• 5 p.m., regular meeting: educational specifications for Ridgefield High School addition project, approve surplus van.Evergreen school board, Administrative Service Center, 13501 N.E. 28th St., Vancouver.• 5:30 p.m., special board meeting: monitoring district operational expectations — financial planning, asset protection, facilities; board workshop.Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Heathen Brewing, 1109 Washington St., Vancouver.• 6 p.m., regular meeting: draft 2018 work program, status of workshop request with PSU planning students, news release seeking to fill positions on committee.Washougal school board, District Office, 4855 Evergreen Way.• 6:30 p.m., regular meeting: alterations to the use of state financing assistance.Green Mountain school board, science classroom, 13105 N.E. Grinnell Road, Woodland.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: election of officers.La Center Planning Commission, Council chambers, 214 E. Fourth St.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: election of officers, joint city/council planning commission work sessions, outdoor lighting.WednesdayParking Advisory Committee, Aspen Conference Room, City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.• 7:30 a.m., workshop: parking efficiency study and an update on parking enforcement.Clark County Board of Health, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.• 9 a.m., regular meeting: service animals in food establishments; public health accreditation; flu update.Port of Vancouver commissioners, 3103 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver.• 9:30 a.m., commission meeting.Clark County Council, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 1:30 p.m., council time.Port of Ridgefield commissioners, 111 W. Division St., Ridgefield.• 3 p.m., commission meeting.Clark College Board of Trustees, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.• 3:30 p.m., work session.• 5 p.m., regular meeting.La Center school board, library, La Center High School, 725 N.E. Highland Ave.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: approve engagement letter for bond insurance.La Center City Council, City Hall, 214 E. Fourth St.• 7 p.m., public hearing: gambling tax rates, changing time of city council meetings.ThursdayRidgefield City Council, Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave. • 6:30 p.m., regular meeting.FridayVancouver Housing Authority, board room, 2500 Main St.• 10 a.m., regular meeting: approvals of the VHA Bridgeview contribution, Meriwether Place levy loan, tenant deposit assistance and an increase in contribution to support a day center.last_img read more

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells announces run for Congress

first_img Posted: February 20, 2018 El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells announces run for Congress Updated: 6:40 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings February 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, EL CAJON — Mayor Bill Wells of El Cajon Tuesday announced his candidacy for the 50th Congressional District in the presence of family, friends and the media at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon, a city in east San Diego County.Wells brings nearly 15 years of public office experience to his candidacy, including his current tenure as Mayor of El Cajon. The doctor of clinical psychology owns and operates Broadwell Health, a behavioral health care facility.The conservative Republican has been endorsed by more than a dozen notable elected leaders, including Mayor Steve Vaus of Poway and Mayor Richard Bailey of Coronado.“I am running for the 50th Congressional District because I believe I can bring conservative Republican values to Washington, D.C.,” said Wells, 56. “My reputation as a leader and problem solver has lead to incredible business growth and prosperity for my community.”California’s 50th Congressional District serves more than 730,000 constituents and stretches from Temecula to El Cajon and east to the Imperial County line, including communities such as Alpine, Borrego Springs, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Lakeside, Ramona, San Marcos, Santee and Valley Center.Wells, a La Mesa, Calif. native, first joined the political world as an advocate for a hospital employer, both at the local and state level. In 2004, he served as a Planning Commissioner and was later elected to the El Cajon City Council in 2008. When the prior mayor resigned in 2013, then Mayor Pro Tem Wells was appointed to serve out the remainder of the term. In 2014, Wells was elected as Mayor of El Cajon winning 83% of the vote.He has also served as President of the Grossmont Union High School District’s Proposition H Bond Oversight Committee and was appointed to the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).“Here’s what I stand for: limited government, the sanctity of life, property rights, a strong national defense and a secure border,” Wells said. “I will dedicate my time in Washington, D.C., to reducing the national debt, rejecting tax increases, and unburdening workers and small business owners to realize their full potential.”Despite his many accomplishments, Wells did not grow up dreaming of one day running for Congress.“My story is not unlike that of so many other Americans,” he said. “My family legacy was to be an alcoholic, to struggle for every dollar and every single meal, to never realize my full potential.“That was the destiny of my father,” he continued. “I was eight years old when a police office came to my door to tell me my father had taken his own life; finally losing his battle with alcoholism.”At 11, Wells started a paper route in the Rolando neighborhood. Then Jack-in-the-Box at 16. In high school, he had his first dream of a way out: college.Yet, post-college life still posed challenging. His first marriage ended with Wells as a single dad with sole custody of his then two young children. They lived in a small studio apartment.He later married his wife Bettie Wells, a therapist. Together, the Wells have three children and four grandchildren.Oldest son, Matt Wells,29, joined the family business after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a Sergeant in Force Recon. Daughter, Katie Crosby, 28, lives with her family in Seattle where they own a contracting company. Youngest son, Eli, 20, is an Emergency Medical Technician and is working towards becoming a firefighter paramedic. The Wells family belongs to Skyline Wesleyan Church.“It is my deeply held belief that holding public office is one of the greatest, most sacred jobs in America,” Wells said. “And I find it so incredibly American that even a kid like me, from a broken and impoverished family, can dare to dream of service in Washington, D.C. If you elect me to the 50th Congressional District, I will not let you down.”Learn more about Bill Wells at BILL WELLSBills Wells of El Cajon is the conservative Republican running for the 50th Congressional District. He brings nearly 15 years of public office experience to his candidacy, including his current office as Mayor of El Cajon. The doctor of clinical psychology owns and operates Broadwell Health, a behavioral health care facility. He and his wife, Bettie, have three children and four grandchildren.Congressman Duncan Hunter has responded to Wells’ announcement saying, “I’m a Marine who was elected to represent my constituents in Congress. Wells and others are politicians. Politicians are constantly running for higher office, that’s what they do. I fight for my beliefs and principles every day, and that’s what I will keep doing no matter how many politicians run against me.” Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Bill Wells, Duncan Hunter FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly November 6 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioAleutian Communities Brace For High-Powered StormLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Aleutian and Pribilof Islands are no stranger to strong winds and rough seas. And that’s exactly what they can expect Friday night, when a high-powered storm hits the Bering Sea. Communities are gearing up to face the historic front.U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial Races Remain UndecidedAlexandra Gutierrez, APRNTwo days after the election, both Alaska’s senate race and its gubernatorial race remain undecided, and both incumbents are lagging behind their challengers. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is down by 8,000 votes in his race against Republican Dan Sullivan, while Republican Gov. Sean Parnell trails unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker by 3,000 votes. Neither candidate plans to concede at this point, and at least 20,000 votes still need to be counted next week. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez ran the numbers on both of those races, and joins us to talk about the trends she’s seeing.Former ASD Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A MinorJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageFormer Anchorage School District teacher David Schwantes was arraigned Thursday afternoon in an Anchorage court. Schwantes, 73, is charged with seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor.UAF Athletics Penalized For Eligibility Violations Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe National Collegiate Athletic Association has imposed penalties on the University of Alaska Fairbanks for student athlete eligibility violations. The University blames a systematic failure to understand and help athletes navigate academic eligibility requirements.What Happens To Political Signs After Election Day?Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageElection Day is over and political signs are disappearing from yards and intersections. But where do they go?‘All Alaska Juried Exhibition’ Showcases New, Evolving ArtZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage Museum is set to open the All Alaska Juried Exhibition on Friday – a show bringing together works of contemporary art from across the state. In its 48 years the semi-annual exhibition has served as a showcase for new and evolving art in a state with a rich creative tradition.‘The Fortunate Child’ Focuses On Education, EqualityLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageA novel by first time author Archana Mishra focuses on the need to make education more readily available to women. The Anchorage resident is a Native of India and lived and worked in Australia before moving to Alaska. She says for rural women in India, indigenous people in Australia and rural women in Alaska, the need is the same. Education creates equal societies. Mishra is an attorney and says all of the women in her family are highly educated. Her book, The Fortunate Child follows a girl who dreams of changing the world through helping others.  She says women can’t be part of a thriving economy if they are not educational equalslast_img read more

No More Intel Inside Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips for

first_img Popular on Variety Apple is looking to replace processors made by Intel with its own, custom-built chips, according to a new Bloomberg report. The company could switch to its own chips as early as 2020. Intel shares, which were already in negative territory over trade war fears Monday, were down close to 9 percent following the news.Intel has been supplying processors to Apple ever since the company switched from a previous processor architecture to the company’s chips in 2006. The company is currently responsible for as much as 5 percent of Intel’s revenue, according to Bloomberg.As part of the transition, Apple is likely going to introduce major changes to its operating system that would take advantage of the capabilities of its new chip sets. Previous reports pointed to plans to run iOS apps made for iPhones and iPads on Macs. This type of interoperability could get introduced as early as this year, according to Bloomberg. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Using its own chips could help Apple not only to align Macs closer with its mobile products, but also give the devices longer battery life. The company sold some 260,000 million mobile devices in its fiscal 2017, but only around 19 million Macs. Still, Mac hardware is an important money-maker for the company, bringing in more than 11 percent of its revenue that year.last_img read more

Study Compares Cognitive Outcomes for Treatments of Brain Lesions

first_img 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 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | July 27, 2016 Study Compares Cognitive Outcomes for Treatments of Brain Lesions Mayo Clinic study finds less cognitive deterioration in patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery alone than when SRS was combined with whole brain radiation therapycenter_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more July 27, 2016 — Among patients with up to three brain metastases, the use of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone, compared with SRS combined with whole brain radiotherapy, resulted in less cognitive deterioration at 3 months. The findings come from a study appearing in the July 26 issue of JAMA.Approximately 30 percent of patients with cancer develop brain metastases, and the incidence of these lesions is rising. Most patients present with limited intracranial metastases, usually defined as 1 to 3 lesions. Stereotactic radiosurgery is an effective and commonly used treatment for brain metastases, but intracranial tumor progression is frequent after SRS alone, primarily because of the development of new metastatic lesions. Whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) significantly improves tumor control in the brain after SRS, yet because of its association with cognitive decline, its role in the treatment of patients with brain metastases remains controversial.Paul D. Brown, M.D., of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and colleagues conducted a study in which 213 patients with 1 to 3 brain metastases were randomly assigned to receive SRS alone (n = 111) or SRS plus WBRT (n = 102). The study was conducted at 34 institutions in North America; average patient age was 61 years. The primary outcome measured for the study was cognitive deterioration among patients who completed assessments at study entry and 3 months. Other measured outcomes included quality of life, functional independence, long-term cognitive status and overall survival.The researchers found that there was less cognitive deterioration at 3 months after SRS alone (40/63 patients [64 percent]) than when combined with WBRT (44/48 patients [92 percent]. Quality of life was higher at 3 months with SRS alone, including overall quality of life. There was no significant difference in functional independence at 3 months between the treatment groups. Median overall survival was 10.4 months for SRS alone and 7.4 months for SRS plus WBRT. For long-term survivors, the incidence of cognitive deterioration was less after SRS alone at 3 months and at 12 months.“In the absence of a difference in overall survival, these findings suggest that for patients with 1 to 3 brain metastases amenable to radiosurgery, SRS alone may be a preferred strategy,” the authors wrote.“The debate between WBRT and SRS has been resolved for the specific type of patient (with 1-3 metastases) who enrolled in the current study, and there is little role for WBRT for these patients,” wrote Carey K. Anders, M.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues in an accompanying editorial.“However, both treatment modes have a valid position in clinical practice because many patients do not precisely fit the characteristics for study entry. Thus, based on the robust findings from the current study and until proven otherwise, WBRT may still have an important role for treatment of patients who are not in this specific disease category (i.e., 1-3 brain metastases). However, the study results cannot be extrapolated to infer that SRS is the standard for patients with 4 or more metastases or that WBRT no longer has a role in the treatment of brain metastases.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

Google enhances Wear OS design adds a Google Assistant feed and much

first_imgLast week, Google announced that they have made some enhancements in the Wear OS design to provide users a quicker access to information and notifications, proactive help from Google Assistant, and smarter health coaching. Following are some of the improvements they have added to make the user experience better. Notifications on a single scrollable pane To check your notifications at once, you simply need to swipe up. A major improvement is, all notifications are displayed on a single scrollable pane as opposed to having them fill the entire screen one by one. If you receive a message and want to quickly reply to it, you can use a built-in smart reply. Shortcuts and handy features To view shortcuts and handy features you simply have to swipe down. The Quick Settings pane is slightly revamped with two buttons, one for finding your phone and another for Google Pay. Smart suggestions from your Google Assistant Users will now receive a proactive and personalized feed of information from Google Assistant. To view this feed you need to swipe right. Based on your plan, it will give you predictive information about your day. You can plan your day, get answers, and manage your tasks with the help of Google Assistant. To invoke Google Assistant, long press the power button or say “Hey Google”. Start and track your workout goals Recently Google released Google Fit with two new activity goals, namely, Heart Points and Move Minutes. These are based on the activity recommendations by American Heart Association and the World Health Organization, which are shown to have health benefits for your heart and mind. You can swipe left to start and track your workout goals. To stay motivated you can also download or stream your favourite music. The smartwatches are available in various brands such as, Fossil, Huawei, Emporio Armani, and Casio, leaving behind the old boring design. To read the official announcement, head over to the blog posted by Google. Read Next Google, Harvard researchers build a deep learning model to forecast earthquake aftershocks location with over 80% accuracy BBC experiments with speed reading on smart watches Google CEO Sundar Pichai won’t be testifying to Senate on election interferencelast_img read more

1156 left in second quarter Cardinals go threea

first_img11:56 left in second quarterCardinals go three-and-out, with Bradley Sowell giving up a sack on third down to set up the punt. Golden Tate returned it for a TD, but a block in the back call will bring it all back. So, Tate’s flip into the end zone was a complete waste of time. However, that was just a sign of how this night is going for the Cards. This could get ugly REAL quick. 7:48 left in third quarterCards start their drive at the 20, and first play is a Palmer pass to Floyd good for 11 yards. 4:34 left in fourth quarterCardinals got the ball back and actually put a drive together. It finishes with an eight-yard TD pass from Palmer to Jaron Brown. Two-point conversion fails, and it’s 34-22 visitors. 3:40 left in second quarterKickoff is a touchback, Seattle starts at the 20. How do the Seahawks respond? 8:13 left in third quarterScratch that, Lynch is ruled down before crossing the goal line. Delaying the inevitable? 15:00 left in third quarterSeahawks to start on their own 20. Can the Cards’ D make an early statement? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 12:57 left in third quarterYes, yes they can.John Abraham gets his first sack as a Cardinal, Daryl Washington blows up a running play and the Seahawks punt the ball away. Cards take over on their 48. Comments   Share   11:48 left in third quarterPalmer nearly throws a pick on a play that looked like a miscommunication between he and Fitz, and then Roberts drops a third down pass. Feely comes on and converts on a 52-yard field goal attempt. Score is 17-13, and the Cardinals are very much in this one. 1:12 left in third quarterCardinals moved the ball some and then the line failed to give Palmer any time to throw. Bradley Sowell is having a pretty poor game, to put it nicely. Punt lands in the end zone, Seahawks take over at the 20. 8:13 left in fourth quarterCardinals win a challenge and get a pass completion reversed. So at least that happened. Third and eight becomes third and 13 following a false start, and the Seahawks are at their own 25. :36 left in second quarterAnd of course, the call on the field is overturned and it goes down as a catch. Seahawks doing well in the challenge department. :19 left in second quarterSeahawks get down to the 19, currently face a third and 10. They just used their last timeout, so I have a feeling they’re going to come out throwing. Call it a hunch. 9:27 left in first quarterRussell Wilson runs for 11 on first down, so so much for that idea. 7:48 left in third quarterYes, but not for Lynch. Seahawks go play-action and Wilson finds Kellen Davis open in the back of the end zone. Of course, because he’s a tight end. PAT is good and the Seahawks are up 24-13. 5:52 left in second quarterCards pick up a first down on a nice throw to Floyd, who was aided by a Fitz block, and then the team converts a fourth and one to maintain possession. 4:43 left in third quarterJust as I was talking to Dave Burns and Vince Marotta about Palmer playing a generally solid game, he throws off his back foot and is picked off by Brandon Browner. He returns it to the four (probably should have scored), and this one is in danger of getting away from Arizona once again. 14:50 left in fourth quarterA neutral zone infraction gave the Cards a first down, but three straight incomplete passes and the field goal unit is brought in. Disagree with kicking here, but make this and it’s a two possession game so it’s probably the right call in the end.And hte kick is good, so it’s now a disappointing 31-16. Need touchdowns, not field goals. 14:41 left in fourth quarterSeahawks begin on their own 20. If Cards are to have any chance, need to get a stop. Can’t afford to allow Seattle to score again. 8:25 left in fourth quarterThis one got real bad. The line has been atrocious, the D not good and Palmer not average. Overall poor effort.By the way, Seattle has the ball at its own 40. :05 left in second quarterSteven Hauschka hits a 51-yard field goal, and the Seahawks go up 17-10. All things considered, the Cards should feel OK about that score heading into the intermission. Looked like this one would be much, much worse. 15:00 left in first quarterThe Cardinals won the toss and elected to receive, and the kick sails into the end zone for a touchback. The Cards will start on their own 20, looking to build off a decent offensive performance just a few days ago. 10:21 left in fourth quarterWelp, Seattle puts a drive together and Hauschka is good from 42-yards out, and it’s back to a three score game. Seahawks up 34-16, and it’s not looking good for Big Red. 3:51 left in first quarterWell I’m 0-1 on calls tonight, as the Seahawks win the challenge and get the ball. Palmer’s interception woes continue, though this one isn’t really ALL on him. Seattle with the ball at its own 28. 7:13 left in first quarterThe Seahawks marched right down the field, with the drive being capped by a 31-yard TD pass from Wilson to Sidney Rice. As far as starts go, that one could not have gone much worse for the Cardinals’ D. 7-0 Seattle. 4:02 left in second quarterDo you believe in miracles?! The Cardinals get on the scoreboard with a 49-yard Jay Feely field goal. It’s the first time the Cards have scored a point against the Seahawks since Week 1 of last year, so it’s kind of a big deal.Anyway, at least Arizona got some points on the drive, though they’re still down 14-3. 10:12 left in second quarterAnd how ’bout that, Campbell blows up the line and destroys Wilson in the backfield. Cardinals will take over at their own 43. Is there such a thing as a “must score” drive in the second quarter? If so, this is probably one. How’s your night going?center_img 3:44 left in second quarterMatt Shaughnessy sacks Wilson. The QB fumbles, and Calais Campbell comes up with the ball. Arizona has the ball on the three. The THREE! 10:27 left in second quarterMarshawn Lynch is stopped on third and one, but Carroll sends the offense back out to go for it. Chance for the Cardinals to get some momentum with a stop. 3:59 left in second quarterSeahawks start on their own 13. Place is getting a little loud… 14:16 left in second quarterSeahawks get a first down courtesy of a roughing the passer call on John Abraham. Seattle gives five back with a false starts, so they’re at the 18 now. 11:15 left in first quarterA couple of third down conversions had the Cardinals moving, but then Tony McDaniel breaks through the line and throws Carson Palmer down for a loss of 14. A Palmer to Floyd pass got 11 of them back, but it’s now third and long at the 40. 2:00 left in fourth quarterCardinals are driving once again, facing a second and one at the Seattle 38.That’s all I’ve got for you. 1:59 left in second quarterSeahawks face a third and one at their own 40. Cards could use a stop on this drive to preserve momentum heading into the half. 8:13 left in third quarterSeahawks march down the field with some excellent passes by Wilson and some beastly runs by Marshawn Lynch. Those guys are good. Real good. Lynch scores from five yards out. 7:07 left in first quarterJavier Arenas takes the ensuing kickoff out of the end zone all the way to the Arizona 17. So, in retrospect, probably should have taken a knee. At any rate, the Cards will come back from the TV timeout looking to answer. They moved the ball a little on drive one, but need to get something going early. Can’t afford to fall too far behind tonight. End of first quarterSeahawks get the first down and keep on moving. The quarter ends with a first and 10 at the Arizona 26.On the bright side, chocolate fudge cake served in the press box tonight is phenomenal. 3:52 left in third quarterSure enough, two plays later Lynch scores, and with the extra point the score is 31-13. On the bright side…ummm… anything for me? :12 left in third quarterAbraham gets another sack, Wilson fumbles again, and the Cards recover at the Seattle 15. Get a TD here and this game isn’t quite over. Top Stories End of third quarterWell, we head into the fourth with the Cardinals down 31-13 facing a third and third on the Seattle eight. Kind of need a TD here. Really need a TD here. Could use a TD here. End of gameCards turn it over on downs an that’ll do it. Seattle wins 34-22, and the Cardinals fall to 3-4 on the season. No bueno, folks. 1:36 left in first quarterCardinals may have caught a break as Tyrann Mathieu got tripped up and took Sidney Rice to the ground on a deep ball. Pass interference? Probably, but no call. Seattle faces a third and three at their 46. 3:40 left in second quarterMendenhall runs through a nice hole into the end zone, and just like that the Cards are back in this game. Seattle is still up by a score of 14-10, but momentum is with the home team at the moment. 9:44 left in first quarterThe Cards couldn’t pick up another first down and are forced to punt. It’s a (surprising) good one from Zastudil, which Tate returns 15 yards to the Seattle 17. That’s where the defense, with Calais Campbell, will get to work. A three-and-out would be nice for the field position game, don’t ya think? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo End of second quarterAnd that’s the half. Could have been worse, so there is that. By the way, doesn’t it seem weird to have football tonight? 13:25 left in second quarterWilson hits Zach Miller for a 15-yard TD pass, and it’s now 14-0 Seahawks. Crazy seeing a tight end burn the Cardinals, right?So yeah…umm…not a good start for the home team, to say the least. 3:51 left in first quarterPalmer finds Roberts for a third down and then looks for Fitzgerald deep down the sideline. Unfortunately, the ball was a tad underthrown. It bounced off Fitz and landed in the arms of Earl Thomas. He bobbles the ball and rolls out of bounds, with the ref calling it an incomplete pass. Seattle is challenging the ruling, though.Guess here is the call stands. It’s not confirmed, not overturned. Just stands. To be fair, it was a really nice throw. Too little too late, though. :36 left in second quarterWilson rolls out on a third down and finds Sidney Rice on the sideline, but the pass is ruled incomplete. Booth is reviewing, and it’s a big play. Overturn the call, Seattle is in field goal range. Let it stand, and this half probably ends with the Cards trailing but feeling pretty good about themselves. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter andBeyond has opened it

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterandBeyond has opened its latest South African-based luxury retreat in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve. andBeyond Tengile River Lodge aspires to immerse guests ever deeper into the nature experience. The lodge offers nine air-conditioned, extremely spacious suites that effortlessly blend with the environment while providing a modern twist on the safari aesthetic that is a refreshing break with tradition.The forward-looking design combines with the renowned Sabi Sand wildlife experience. Sustainability elements in the lodge design include thermal efficiency, a minimal ecological footprint through careful environmental auditing, as well as state-of-the-art wastewater and sewer treatment systems.Game drives traverse an area of 10,500 hectares and strict vehicle limits at sighting ensure the exclusivity of the game-viewing experience. Guests can partake in early-morning and evening game drives to view lions, leopards, spotted hyena, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, hippo and more, as well as take bushwalks and birdwatching.With each of the almost-200-square-metre guest suites looking out onto mesmerising river views, the game viewing continues long after the game drives are done.Meaning “tranquil” in the local Tsonga language, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge is situated in a serene setting, on a bend of the Sand River. Here, elegant interiors are complemented by exquisite modern finishes, and inviting, intimate spaces encourage a sense solitude while pockets of open space are designed for group gatherings.Built with an extremely light footprint, Tengile’s suites are raised above ground level to give the impression that they are floating over the riverbed, providing exceptional views from the dappled shade of a cool riverine forest. The spacious suites will offer sunken lounges, elegant bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms (with indoor and al fresco showers) that open out into the forest, creating private spaces in the open air.Following the curve of the river bank, each area of the lodge offers magnificent river views. A beautiful massage and gym area offer a haven of tranquillity where guests can spend the entire day relaxing in between game drives.Sustainability lies at the heart of the new lodge’s form and function. Environmentally friendly construction materials have been selected with durability in mind. Automation is being put into place to reduce the use of electricity and the use of solar power has been combined with various procedures designed to increase efficiency both during the build phase and after.Suites are priced from ZAR 20,500 per persons sharing and Family Suites are ZAR 71,250 per villa, quad share. Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related The ultimate guide to getting the most out

first_img RelatedThe ultimate guide to getting the most out of your year abroadWhether you’re organising a student exchange or planning a gap year of action packed travel, our Student Travel Writer, Jamie Doris from Heriot-Watt University shares his top tips to get the most out of your year abroad.Working abroad: how to find jobs overseasNew year, new job? Guest contributor Megan Lee of Go Overseas offers her expert advice on broadening your employment horizons.The study abroad checklist: Scholarships, student visas, and flightsStudying abroad gives you the chance to see countries like the UK, Canada, Australia and the USA like a local, but moving abroad and into your new university can be challenging. Here’s our complete checklist to make sure you’re ready to make the move: Figures released from UCAS this week have shown that a record 583,501 people have applied to start university in the UK this year, as new students attempt to avoid the tuition fee increase in England which is due to come into effect in 2012.However, Skyscanner suggests that enrolling this year isn’t the only way to save money; choosing to study abroad may also be a cheaper option, especially when cost of living is taken into account.Bangalore, IndiaThanks to India’s flourishing technology industries, there are many institutions offering courses in IT and computer sciences, such as the Indian Institute of Science in the region of Karnataka – known as the ‘Silicon Valley of Asia’. With great value flights to India, average annual tuition fees of around £230 and the second lowest cost of living in the world, India is an excellent choice for the tech-minded.Beijing, ChinaLearning to speak Mandarin can now often yield lucrative career options for Brits looking to work in the booming Chinese economy. Beijing’s Chinese Language Education School offers a range of courses including General, Business and Intensive Chinese starting from £2,700 per year, which more than makes up for Beijing’s cost of living which now ranks alongside London. Find flights to BeijingPorto, PortugalOver 200 million people speak Portugese worldwide, and the historic University of Porto is where around 2,000 international students choose to complete higher education each year while picking up the local lingo. A year’s tuition fees for an average Undergraduate Business course are £850, and a month’s rent on campus only £150 – far cheaper than the UK. Find flights to PortoLeuven, BelgiumThe University of Leuven in Belgium attracts many students from the UK due its high level of English speaking staff and students. Although Belgium has a similar cost of living to the UK, tuition fees often come in cheaper with courses such as Master of Advanced Studies in Economics starting at £1200 per year and others like Master of Restorative Dentistry around £4700 per year. Find flights to BrusslesBangkok, ThailandThailand’s capital has a wealth of international academic institutions from which to choose from, including Bangkok University which offers a Business English BA for a three-year course fee of £6,600. Although living costs in Thailand are among the cheapest in the world – Bangkok is around half the price of London – flights to Bangkok can be pricey, so you may not want to visit home at the end of every semester.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Don’t want to pay the £9,000 tuition fee for English universities? Five options to study abroad and save moneylast_img read more

LOS ANGELES Calif – Alec Baldwin has pulled out

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Alec Baldwin has pulled out of playing Bruce Wayne’s father in the “Joker” movie.The actor told USA Today on Wednesday he has “scheduling” issues. Baldwin says he’s “sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.”Baldwin was cast to play Thomas Wayne in the film, which features Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics villain.Robert De Niro also is part of the cast in the Warner Bros. movie, which is due in theatres in October 2019. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 30, 2018 4:11 am PDT Last Updated Aug 30, 2018 at 5:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Alec Baldwin poses in the press room with the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for “Saturday Night Live” at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Baldwin has pulled out of playing Bruce Wayne’s father in the “Joker” movie. The actor told USA Today on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, he has “scheduling” issues. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) center_img Alec Baldwin withdraws from ‘Joker,’ scheduling issueslast_img read more