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Warren Buffett jokes about fame his secretary gained by attending State of

OMAHA, Neb. – Billionaire Warren Buffett’s secretary got to attend the State of the Union speech in January because of Buffett’s complaints that tax laws are too easy on wealthy investors.At Saturday’s Berkshire Hathaway meeting Buffett joked about the fame Debbie Bosanek gained because he says she pays a higher tax rate than he does.In a video skit, Bosanek started ignoring calls into the Berkshire office. That forced Buffett to start picking up the phone only to find that the callers wanted to reach Bosanek.Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama and CNBC all wanted to talk to Bosanek instead of Buffett. Obama even told Buffett that his tax reform proposal might have a better chance of passing if it were renamed the “Bosanek Rule” instead of the “Buffett Rule.”Even Buffett’s partner, Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, called to run an investment idea past Bosanek instead of Buffett.Later in the meeting, when Buffett was questioned about his recent prostate cancer diagnosis he joked that the reason he disclosed the illness last month was to distract attention away from Bosanek.The movie also featured a skit where Buffett tried out to join the glee club by performing on his ukulele with the cast of Glee. Actress Jane Lynch joked that Buffett was her character’s past lover from the days when the character coached cheerleading at the University of Nebraska.In another skit in the movie, Buffett sought out the advice of Jimmy Buffett as a therapist for his ukulele playing. But Jimmy Buffett seemed bored during the session and played video games on an iPad while Warren Buffett talked. Warren Buffett jokes about fame his secretary gained by attending State of the Union speech by News Staff Posted May 5, 2012 12:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

From England to the Bahamas current and former Ohio State athletes had

Former Ohio State tennis player Blaz Rola hits the ball in a match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar June 23 at Wimbledon in Wimbledon, England. Rola won, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAs the roar of students on campus fell to a whimper with the Columbus spring turning into summer, the decrescendo was certainly not felt by the many Ohio State athletes who continued their endeavors into the summer months.While some Buckeyes graduated and took the next steps in their individual athletic careers, others competed for championships and still more traveled the world, representing OSU.Men’s basketballOne of the teams that had a busy summer, though their season officially ended in the spring, was the OSU men’s basketball team.The summer began for the men’s basketball team with the announcement that the Buckeyes, along with North Carolina, UCLA and Kentucky, would be part of a new round-robin style basketball tournament called the CBS Sports Classic, which will start this year and happen each year through the 2016 season. While OSU will face each of the other three teams in subsequent years, it’s set to face North Carolina in its CBS Sports Classic debut at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 20.While the Buckeyes will likely look forward to that matchup, they spent part of their summers near the warm, sunny beaches of the Bahamas, where they defeated the Bahamas All Stars and the Providence Storm by a combined score of 203-129 in two games.A couple of graduated Buckeye-ballers also kept busy this summer, as two former OSU players found homes in professional basketball.After receiving much praise from Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, former OSU point guard Aaron Craft signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Warriors and will join the team when training camp begins later this fall. Former Buckeyes forward LaQuinton Ross played with the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Summer League team before signing a contract to play for Victoria Libertas in the Lega Basket Serie A.Women’s rowingThe OSU women’s rowing team took home its second-consecutive NCAA National Championship in Indianapolis this summer.Following the victory, the team became the fourth-winningest program in the country with five NCAA Championships under its belt.Women’s volleyballAs women’s rowing was adding another trophy to its case, the women’s volleyball team was adding an assistant coach.Former California State-San Marcos associate head coach Jay Van Vark was added to the women’s volleyball coaching staff at OSU in early August, bringing with him experience from coaching Team U.S.A. and the U.S.A. Collegiate National team.Men’s, women’s golfThe Buckeye golf squads were a busy bunch, starting with the resignation of assistant men’s golf coach Ryan Potter after four seasons with OSU.Potter was replaced Saturday, as OSU announced the hiring of J.J. Wood to the same position.Wood most recently coached at Rice University, where he helped lead the Owls to their first ever Conference USA Championship in 2014.The women’s golf team was active this summer as well, but there was one Buckeye who stood out from the rest.Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her shot at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSophomore Jessica Porvasnik qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open after shooting back-to-back rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament in Butler, Pa. Porvasnik was one of 25 amateurs and one of 156 total golfers to qualify.Upon her arrival at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., Porvasnik shot a first-round 79 and a second-round 82, leaving her 12 strokes short of the cut to advance to the third round of the tournament.And Porvasnik wasn’t the only Buckeye representing OSU on an international stage this summer.Men’s tennisOSU’s first-ever men’s tennis singles NCAA champion Blaz Rola, who accomplished the feat for the Buckeyes in 2013 before turning pro, made his way to Wimbledon for the gentlemen’s singles tournament at the Wimbledon Championships.After defeating the No. 80 Pablo Andujar of Spain in the first round, No. 92 Rola, representing Slovenia, was slated to face the defending men’s singles champion and fifth-ranked men’s player in the world, Andy Murray.Murray, who became the first British champion at Wimbledon since 1936 with his victory in 2013, defeated Rola in three sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.As Rola represented the Buckeyes at the All England Club in London, a duo of men’s tennis players — Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka — were representing OSU at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Doubles Final in Athens, Ga.In what was a back-and-forth affair, Kobelt and Metka fell to Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of the University of Tennessee in three sets, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6).Track and fieldFinally, the track and field teams at OSU kept busy, but more with personnel moves than sprints.Ed Beathea, the coach of both the OSU men’s track and field and cross country teams, announced his resignation in June to head back to Indiana University, where he spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach to assume the role of the Hoosier’s associate head coach.Beathea’s resignation left a hole that was filled internally, as OSU changed the title of Karen Dennis from the Buckeyes’ women’s track and field and cross country coach to the overall director of track and field and cross country.Dennis previously spent eight seasons as the women’s coach.With the 2014-15 school year beginning and the aforementioned lull on campus roaring back to life, OSU athletics will not ramp back up, but will continue to move as leaves begin to fall. read more

Solvays new Solv™ Extract digital platform helps Codelco get deeper insights into

first_imgSolvay announces the successful launch of Solv Extract™, a first-of-its-kind app-based digital platform for mining operations, with Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer. Solv™ “connects chemistry and operational insight, bringing Solvay’s technical expertise in mining chemistry to customers at an unprecedented speed and frequency. It enables them to make more informed decisions faster, thus reducing process variability, boosting productivity and improving their bottom line.”Solv Extract™ is the first of Solvay’s new digital solutions for mining operations, and the only digital platform today dedicated to reagent optimisation. The platform enables data flows between a mining operation and Solvay’s proprietary solvent extraction (SX) modelling software. Using this software, Solvay personnel are able to monitor key variables of the SX plant, such as copper recovery and copper transfer, comparing actual values and trends to model predictions, to identify and analyse deviations. Leveraging a dashboard, custom alerts and expert analysis, Solvay quickly notifies plant operators when issues arise and offers recommendations through the platform. Via Solv Extract™, plant personnel can engage in dialogue with Solvay to support continuous improvement and enhance the quality of future suggestions.“Solv Extract ™ has helped the Gabriela Mistral plant validate operational performance and will support us in identifying opportunities for continuous improvement,” shared Rodrigo Benavides Oswald, Codelco Innovation Director. “Through SolvExtract™, Solvay has proven to be a partner to the plant by providing deeper, more frequent insight, which has positively influenced our daily decision making.”“As available ore grades decline, mines are looking for ways to maximize the amount of copper extracted from each ton of ore,” explained Chuck Price, Executive Vice President of Solvay’s Mining Solutions business. “Solv Extract™ utilises a new generation of data-gathering and analytics capabilities — along with Solvay’s reagents, applications expertise and customer feedback – to help SX plants reach their true potential.”Solv Extract™ has been showcased to the mining industry at the SME Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado, from February 24-27, along with Solvay’s complete portfolio of advanced mining reagents.last_img read more

OnLive offering 99 Game System for free with Homefront preorder

first_imgOnLive is serious about getting us all gaming in the cloud. So much so that the OnLive Game System is now being offered for free with a game pre-order.The offer runs until March 14 and sees you get the $99 Game System completely free when Homefront is pre-ordered for $49. As an added bonus Metro 2033 will also be available to play for free after purchase.AdChoices广告Steve Perlman, CEO of OnLive said:This is a watershed event: It’s the first time a game system has ever been given away with the purchase of a game. Homefront is one of the biggest games coming out this quarter, and we wanted gamers to see just how incredible is to have the hottest title playable with the instant-play, massive spectating experience on their HDTV that is only possible through OnLive. The Game System consists of a MicroConsole that connects to your TV and wired broadband. A wireless controller is then used to play the games from the comfort of your favorite TV chair. Alternatively you can play on your PC without need for the Game System.Beyond the initial free game and Game System, OnLive is also offering a $9.99 per month plan introduced earlier this month. This PlayPack offers up 38 games to play all streamed from the OnLive servers to your home, with the line-up of games expanding all the time.Although this offer runs until March 14 it could end much sooner than that if OnLive run out of Game System stocks.Read more at OnLive and VentureBeatMatthew’s OpinionOnLive is trying to build its player base quickly and therefore giving away the Game System makes a lot of sense. While it may normally cost $99 to purchase, OnLive pay nowhere near that amount to get the MicroConsole and joypad manufactured. The loss made on giving it away will soon be recouped by anyone taking out a PlayPack offer or choosing to purchase other games.What has yet to be proven is whether OnLive is something that has mass-market potential. The main selling point for gamers is the ability to run the latest games on non-gaming PCs and your TV. Is that enough to get gamers choosing it alongside or instead of a Sony/Microsoft game console?last_img read more

Cold case PSNI reopens probe into murder of motheroftwo at loyalist club

first_img Short URL By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share24 Tweet Email THE PSNI HAS re-opened an investigation into the murder of Lorraine McCausland, who died in north Belfast in 1987.The mother-of-two had been on a night out in a loyalist club at Tyndale, before her body was found beside a stream in the Forthriver area in the early hours of 8 March 1987.Detective Inspector, Michelle Griffin, said in a statement: “It is our assessment that Lorraine had been enjoying a night out with friends and ended up in a loyalist drinking club at Tyndale.“We believe she was raped in the club and later savagely beaten inside and outside the premises before her partially clothed body was dumped on open ground beside a nearby river.”The police are launching a public appeal for anyone who was in the club on the night of Saturday 7 March 1987 to come forward. Lorraine McCausland Source: PSNI“This was the merciless beating of a vulnerable young woman,” Griffin stated. “It would have had a lasting impact on the people who witnessed these events 29 years ago.”In total, 14 people were arrested in connection with the murder but no one has yet been charged.Griffin believes that fear is the main reason that no one has yet come forward with crucial information regarding the murder.“The shadow of loyalist paramilitarism hangs over this case. I believe people have been reluctant to tell the truth about that night, what they saw and heard, what they know, because they are frightened.” The scene were Lorraine’s body was found. Source: PSNIGriffin said that she understood the reluctance of potential witnesses to come forward, but indicated that the PSNI would do everything in their power to provide a mechanism to enable people to come forward in safety and confidence.She added: “Times have changed, people and personalities have changed. I would ask those people who have information to ask themselves if they are now in a position to help a victim and her family get the truth and secure justice.”In 2005, the BBC reported that McCausland’s son, Craig, had been shot dead. Police said the killing was due to tensions within loyalist factions.Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives from Serious Crime Branch on the non-emergency 101 number. Alternatively, people who do not wish to leave their personal details can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Read: ‘Object of interest’ found in exhumation of Troubles victim Exterior of Tyndale club Image: PSNI 11,869 Views Nov 23rd 2016, 5:00 PM center_img 20 Comments Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 5:00 PM Image: PSNI Cold case: PSNI re-opens probe into murder of mother-of-two at loyalist club Police say Lorraine McCausland was “brutally raped” and “savagely beaten”. Exterior of Tyndale clublast_img read more

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Kenai Council To Examine Disaster Declaration For Local Fisheries

first_imgWednesday’s resolution is up for public comment at the Kenai City Council regular meeting that will be held in council chambers at 6:00 pm. Kenai Council Member Bob Molloy helped develop the resolution that will request the declaration and support a state-issued recovery plan. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will discuss a resolution on Wednesday asking Governor Bill Walker to declare an economic disaster for the Upper Cook Inlet Fisheries following this summer’s low fish returns. In past years, such as 2011-2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Division has granted disaster determinations which led to pay-outs for those affected. The 2011-2012 Alaska Chinook Salmon Disaster Determination yielded  $20,797,524 in payments. Cm. Molloy: “In effect it encourages the Borough to also do so, through Mayor [Charlie] Pierce and the Assembly, to declare an economic disaster in the Upper Cook Inlet region Fisheries and at the state, implement a recovery plan. And that would give the opportunity for financial assistance through grants and loans to individuals and families and businesses that participate in that fishery and perhaps others that are impacted by it.”last_img read more

Spicejet shares surge 320 this year on turnaround to profits

first_imgBudget airline SpiceJet has seen its share prices surge by a whopping 320% so far this year, as the carrier makes a turnaround from a near-collapse after its ownership changed hands in January 2015.SpiceJet shares rose over 5% to hit Rs 72.50 per share on Tuesday, a level not seen in more than four years.In contrast, shares of Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline by the number of passengers carried, have gained 24% so far this year. Stock prices of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, the owner of Indigo, have risen 38.6% after listing on the bourses this month.”We came out of a situation when the company was actually shut down in the middle of last December,” Mint quoted Spicejet chairman Ajay Singh as saying.”We’ve looked at some of the cost elements, tried to bring the cost down. We’ve tried to instil confidence in consumers who’d been badly impacted by cancellations last year,” he said.The struggling carrier was on the verge of collapse before an ownership change in January this year. The company’s board had decided to transfer control from the Marans to founder-promoter Ajay Singh, after which Singh acquired the entire 58.4% stake held by the Marans.Following the infusion of funds by Singh to restructure the loss-making airline, Spicejet returned to profit in the January-March quarter this year, earning Rs 22.5 crore. The airline also posted profits in the following two quarters, supported by a fall in fuel prices and increased passenger traffic on its flights.While the ongoing rally in aviation stocks is being led by improved outlook for the sector, Singh said SpiceJet is undervalued, considering the current market conditions.He said SpiceJet’s market capitalisation of about Rs 4,100 crore is “too low” compared to that of Indigo, India’s biggest airline.”The gap which exists between SpiceJet and IndiGo will not sustain to this extent for a significant period of time,” he said. “The valuation of the company is out of sync with the market situation and reality. It’s undervalued.”last_img read more

Lebanon PM resigns fearing assassination

first_imgThis file photo taken on 3 November, 2016 shows Lebanon`s new prime minister Saad Hariri speaking to journalists following his nomination at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut. Photo: AFPLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday, citing Iran’s “grip” on the country and threats to his life.”I announce my resignation from the post of prime minister,” he said in a speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia by the Al-Arabiya news network.”I felt what was being covertly plotted to target my life,” Hariri said.The two-time prime minister, whose father Rafik held the same position for years and was assassinated in 2005, accused Iran and its powerful Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah of seeking hegemony in the region.The 47-year-old Sunni politician’s resignation comes less than a year after his government, to which Hezbollah’s political wing belongs, was formed.”Iran has a grip on the fate of the region’s countries… Hezbollah is Iran’s arm not just in Lebanon but in other Arab countries too,” he said.”In recent years, Hezbollah has used the power of its weapons to impose a fait accompli,” he said, reading a speech from behind a desk.Hariri accused Tehran of “sowing discord among the children of the same nation and creating a state within the state… to the extent that it gets the final say on how Lebanon’s affairs are run.”Hezbollah is a vital ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war the Syrian regime is waging against the Islamic State group and armed opposition movements.It enjoys broad support from Iran and is the only Lebanese party to have kept its weapons after the 1975-1990 civil war.Its arsenal has since grown exponentially and now outstrips that of the nation’s own armed forces.- Impact of resignation -It claims it is the only credible rampart against neighbouring Israel and its refusal to disarm is the main political crux in Lebanon.Hezbollah members have been accused over the 2005 assassination in a massive car bomb blast of Rafik Hariri, the dominant figure of Lebanon’s post-war political landscape.He made his fortune in Saudi Arabia, where his son Saad was born. Riyadh is Iran’s main regional rival and the two powers’ tussle for influence has played out in ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.The office of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a veteran Christian leader allied to Hezbollah, issued a statement confirming Hariri had tendered his resignation.”President Aoun is waiting for Hariri’s return to Beirut to enquire about the circumstances of his decision and decide on the next steps,” a statement said.Hariri said in his speech that the political climate in Lebanon was reminiscent of that which prevailed before his father was killed.The February 2005 assassination triggered political upheaval that led to Syria’s military withdrawal from Lebanon.Walid Jumblatt, one of Lebanon’s political heavyweights and the country’s most prominent Druze leader, said Hariri’s resignation could adversely affect a country already under huge strain.He argued it was the latest manifestation of the tug-of-war between Saudi Arabia and Iran and called for intensifying diplomatic efforts to solve the feud.”Lebanon is too small and vulnerable to bear the economic and political burden that comes with this resignation,” he said on social media. “I will continue to call for dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran.”last_img

Cosby Goes Out Like a Tragic Clown

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comThe long, tortuous arc of the Bill Cosby saga, from entertainment icon, to “America’s dad,” to Black American pariah, to a “sexually violent predator,” has ended with a three to 10 year prison sentence (a possible death sentence) for the infirm, legally blind, 81-year old.What would have seemed implausible up until a few years ago, became a surreal spectacle on Sept. 25 outside of a Norristown, Pennsylvania, courthouse; Cosby was led into a black SUV, chained around the waist, handcuffed to the waist chain, and headed to the Montgomery Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, a federal prison.Bill Cosby departs after his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby left in handcuffs to begin serving a three-to-10 year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Andrea Constand, the woman who the jury believed Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted in 2004, is one of about 60 women who have claimed (most of them relaying remarkably similar stories) the comedian sexually assaulted them over the decades. It is beyond improbable to believe all of these women (including Constand, who has been dignified and unwavering in her claim for more than a decade), are lying as Cosby argues. To be clear, I believe Constand.But, I still felt myself feeling sympathy for Cosby, a once heroic figure in the Black community, as he was being hauled away in chains and cuffs. Yet, my empathy for the elderly felon quickly melted away once Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist opened his ignorant mouth.“It’s important to point out that this has been the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States,” Wyatt bloviated. Really? The most racist…trial in the history of the United States? More racist that the trial that ended in acquittals for the two White men that butchered young Emmett Till in 1955 in Money, Mississippi? Was the Cosby verdict more racist than the acquittals of the White police officers who were captured on videotape beating the hell out of a defenseless Rodney King in California in 1991?Incredibly, Wyatt was just getting warmed up.“Dr. Cosby has been one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States over the last 50 years,” Wyatt said. But, wait, there’s more.“All three of the psychologists that testified against Dr. Cosby were White women, who make money off of accusing Black men of being sexual predators,” Wyatt continued. It’s an interesting observation since Cosby seems to clearly have a sexual appetite for White women, if you believe the majority of his accusers.Wyatt continued to ramble on, seemingly unhinged until he revealed an alliance he perceived between Cosby and the most high profile alleged sexual predator of this current “me too” moment.“What is going on in Washington today with Judge Kavanaugh is part of that sex war that Judge O’Neill and his wife are a part of,” Wyatt said.I’m not sure about the substance of the so-called “sex war” as Wyatt, and I suspect by extension Cosby, see it, or the role Judge O’Neill, (who sentenced Cosby) and his wife play in it. But, the fact that Wyatt and Cosby feel good about aligning themselves with Kavanaugh at this very moment during the nation’s vitriolic and volatile discourse on sexual violence against women is breathtaking and telling all at once. Perhaps, Wyatt’s use of the phrase sex war was a Freudian slip, because if you believe Cosby’s 60-plus accusers, the fallen icon seemed to be waging a very real sex war on women for decades.Ultimately, we probably will never know with any certainty what happened, if anything, between Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey-Ford during that high school party in suburban Maryland in 1982. But, we do know Kavanaugh was picked to ascend to the Supreme Court by Donald J. Trump, an alleged apex sexual predator accused by more than a dozen women of sexual assault, who during the infamous Access Hollywood tape openly bragged about grabbing women by the “p—y.”Not only has Trump provided full-throated support of Kavanaugh, he has viciously attacked a second Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez. And of course, Trump has given a wide-range of support, from political endorsements, to employment at the White House to a sordid menagerie of alleged sexual predators and their enablers such as (Rudy) Roy Moore, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Corey Lewandowski, Bill Shine, Rob Porter and others.This is who Cosby is comfortable getting into bed with, so to speak?Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Maybe it is fitting Cosby walked onto the American stage as a brilliant comic and is exiting that stage a wretched fool.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

The Punishers Most Gruesome Kills

first_img With the first official spin-off of Marvel’s core four Netflix series starting streaming this month, the Punisher is getting some new exposure. The black-clad vigilante seems a little inappropriate in our modern world where we see a mass shooting every week or so, but we’re going to separate fiction from reality and remind everyone that, due to the magic of comics, he only kills criminals.And kill them he does. Frank Castle typically guns down crooks wholesale with whatever firearms he has at hand, but sometimes he has to get more inventive. In this feature, we’ll run down the Punisher’s most intense criminal kills, with a warning for the weak of heart or tender of stomach.Pittsy’s DemiseWhile most thugs go down to Frank Castle pretty quickly, Carmine “Pittsy” Gazzera took a little longer. The enforcer for Mafia boss Nicolas Cavella faced off with the Punisher towards the beginning of his career, and took the newly-minted vigilante to his limits. The pair brawled through a building and Pittsy somehow managed to survive being thrown from a window and impaled on an iron fence. While he was immobilized, Frank finished him off with a shotgun blast to the face, rending it open in grisly detail.The Death Of The RussianGarth Ennis and Steve Dillon revitalized the Punisher after nearly a decade of poor stories, and they did it by ramping up the brutality. In their first storyline, the massive hired killer called the Russian is sent after Frank by crime lord Ma Gnucci (more on her later). He attacks the Punisher at his apartment and has his way with him until both men crash through the wall into his obese neighbor Mr. Bumpo’s apartment. Castle manages to down the Russian with a hot pizza to the face and then pin him under Bumpo until the Russian asphyxiates on his fat. Frank then cuts his head off as a warning to Gnucci, only to be stymied when they sew it on to a new body.Wolverine SteamrollerWe can’t count this as a “kill” precisely, because the Canadian mutant’s Adamantium skeleton and healing factor let him bounce back from pretty much any physical damage. But when Frank faced off with Wolverine as both men were on the track of some Mafia scum, he had to get creative. He started off by shooting Wolvie in the face with a shotgun, blowing all of the meat off his mush. After that, Logan got another shotgun blast to the balls and then Castle finished the job by running him over with a steamroller, keeping him pinned there until some good Samaritan came and rescued him. Who knows when that happened.Off The Empire State BuildingThe first issue of Ennis and Dillon’s run reintroduced Frank Castle as a street-level vigilante (previously he had been supernaturally charged by Heaven with magical guns, don’t ask) and had him narrate the whole thing to an unidentified listener. That listener turned out to be a low-level mob flunky who the Punisher dragged all the way to the top of the Empire State building just to throw him to his death. Dude, there are literally thousands of buildings in New York, you didn’t have to pick a famous one.Burning Ma GnucciFrank thought he’d seen the last of Ma Gnucci when he threw her to the polar bears in the Central Park Zoo, but she managed to survive minus her scalp, arms and legs. Even as a torso, she ran the Gnucci family with piss and vinegar, sending assassins after the Punisher to wear him down for the Russian. Naturally, he doesn’t take that lying down and heads out to meet her at home, burning down her mansion and throwing her helpless body into the flames to broil.Sliced To Bits By DakenLet’s mix things up a bit and revisit a time when Frank wound up on the wrong end of the stick. During the Dark Reign event, Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers ran roughshod on the streets, and when the Punisher faced off with Daken (Wolverine’s sociopathic son), he didn’t really do so well. After a rough melee, Daken’s healing factor tipped the scales and he left Castle in a pile of pieces in an alleyway. Because this is comics, the Punisher was sewn back together as “Franken-Castle” and sent off to war against an army of skeletons. Naturally, he got restored back to his normal non-monster self after a year or so.Vera’s Window ShotThe satisfying thing about the Punisher is that he deals out justice – or at least retribution – to some tremendously horrible people. Case in point: Vera Konstantin, the antagonist of the “Slavers” arc. The Romanian leader of a prostitution ring that kidnapped girls and abused them into terrified silence, she thinks she’s safe holed up in a skyscraper surrounded by bulletproof glass. Needless to say, Castle gets in, takes out her guards and then viciously beats her against the windows until they come loose from their frames, sending her to her grisly death below.Barracuda BrawlFrank’s battles with Barracuda, a massive Florida-born gangster who will sink to any level of depravity, are some of his nastiest. The first time they meet up, Frank takes one of his eyes and all of the fingers on his right hand. Naturally, that makes him even more pissed off, so Barracuda launches a series of increasingly screwed up revenge plots. They culminate with Barracuda kidnapping Frank’s baby daughter (that he didn’t know he had) and murdering her in front of him. It turns out to be a decoy but that doesn’t slow the Punisher down, and in a vicious climax he blasts Barracuda’s face off at point blank range with an AK-47.Intestinal FortitudeBefore he took care of Vera in the “Slavers” storyline, Frank needed to track her down. When you shoot first and ask questions later, it can be tough to get information. So when he had one of the whoremonger’s underlings at his disposal. Castle got creative. He knocked the man out and then did a little bootleg battlefield surgery, unspooling his intestines and tying them to a tree. Needless to say, the dude spilled his guts – literally. It’s fair to say he got off easy compared to what the Punisher did to his boss.Micro MassacreIt’s always tough to say goodbye to a friend, but when the Punisher’s tech buddy Microchip turns his back on the cause and starts working with organized crime, Frank can’t let it stand. In the Marvel MAX series, Micro tries to convince Frank to go to work for the U.S. government, but behind the plot is a massive drug smuggling ring. When Castle figures it out, he goes hunting for his former ally and ends up fighting alongside him against a group of rogue CIA agents. Mortally wounded, Microchip turns to his ex-boss and Frank executes him with a point blank shotgun blast to the dome. Stay on target Chris Hemsworth Gets Honest, Captain Marvel Gets a Prequel & More MCU NewsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Punisher Shirts center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Diffusiophoresis found to be critical factor for getting clothes clean

first_img More information: Sangwoo Shin et al. Cleaning by Surfactant Gradients: Particulate Removal from Porous Materials and the Significance of Rinsing in Laundry Detergency, Physical Review Applied (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.9.034012ABSTRACTRemoving particles from fibrous materials involves loosening via surfactants followed by particle transfer in a flow. While flow advection is commonly believed to be the major driver for pore-scale transport, small pores within the fabric do not allow any significant fluid flow inside them, thus significantly reducing the role of advection. However, rinsing the fabric with fresh water naturally establishes a surfactant gradient within the pore space, providing a suitable environment for particles to undergo diffusiophoresis. We demonstrate that this mechanism can remove particles from deep within fabric pores at an accelerated rate. The nonlinear aspect of diffusiophoresis significantly prolongs the lifetime of the phoretic motion beyond the naive solute diffusion time scale during rinsing, allowing long-lasting, continuous removal of particles. Moreover, owing to the fine balance between chemiphoresis and electrophoresis for particles in anionic surfactant concentration gradients, we show that the particle removal is sensitive to the counterion mobility, suggesting a simple route to control the effect. We thus claim to have resolved the “stagnant core problem”—a long-standing mystery in laundry detergency—and have identified a physicochemical approach to particle transport in fibrous media with broad applicability. A team of researchers with members from the University of Hawaii, the Unilever company and Princeton University has found that the critical factor involved in cleaning clothes in a washing machine is a phenomenon called diffusiophoresis, a type of diffusion caused by electric fields, combined with chemophoresis, diffusion caused by differences in concentration gradients. They have published their findings in the journal Physical Review Letters. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Play Stained cotton cleaned with detergent and then placed in a swirling bath of fresh water (left) gets clean much faster—thanks to the strong detergent gradient leading to diffusiophoresis—than the same fabric rinsed with detergent-filled water (right). (Video is sped up by 5x.). Credit: Physical Review Applied (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.9.034012 Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Diffusiophoresis found to be critical factor for getting clothes clean (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2018 Cleans better than the leading brand. Rinsing soapy, stained cotton with fresh water (right) works far better than rinsing with detergent-filled water (left). The difference is that fresh water produces detergent gradients that draw out dirt particles. Credit: Physical Review Applied (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.9.034012 Panning for silver in laundry wastewater Humans have probably been washing their clothes for as long as they have been wearing them. The typical process generally involves swishing the clothes in water containing some type of detergent, followed by rinsing with clean water. Interestingly, despite this long history, it is unclear how, exactly, clothes become clean from this regimen. In this new effort, the research team conducted experiments in the lab to figure it out.Stains, the researchers note, are usually due to staining agents infiltrating into small pores in fabric via capillary action. In order to clean them, a liquid must be able to make its way into the pore and then somehow pull out the staining agent. To learn more about how this process works, the researchers created material with tiny tubes 10 microns in diameter to serve as a sort of fabric—tiny polystyrene balls served as the staining agent. The researchers then “stained” their fabric and filmed the action with a microscope as the material was cleaned.The team reports that the water with the detergent was unable to infiltrate all the way into the pore, but because the detergent contained ingredients that prevented the material from repelling water while also attracting the staining agent, the stain was primed for removal. When the water containing detergent was replaced with clean water, the staining agent was pulled from the pores due to chemophoresis. Interestingly, they found that if they tried rinsing the material with detergent-bearing water, chemophoresis did not occur and the stain remained in place. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Scriptural Musical Discourse held at the Capital

first_imgVishwanath family mesmerized the music lovers with the scintillating ‘Scriptural Musical Discourse’ at Muktodhara, Delhi recently. The event organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra had Jugalbandi sessions held among the family members of the Vishwanath family, which comprise of some acclaimed and eminent artists. The strings of Lalitha Veena, drums, keyboard and melodic vocal recital, all together created ripples of music waves which stunned the listeners at the auditorium. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Vishwanath Family Band, “Ramayani”, consist of eminent artists like Acharaya L.R. Vishwanath, a scriptural musical exponent and Bhanumathy Vishwanath, a cultural scholar from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Apart from them, eminent vocalist on the musical exposition, Akshyaa and Amrutaa Vibho – twin daughters of Bhanumathy Vishwanath couple and graduates of the Trinity College (London) – complete the band. The siblings are trained to play keyboard and drums respectively, by Casio Brand Ambassador Ranjit Ahuja. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Vishwanath family band presents the discourse on the Ramayana and Devi Mahatmiyam/ Durga Saptashati/Chandi Mahatmiyam in English, Hindi, Tamil and spoken Malayalam and Bengali across the Globe.The programme based on ‘Sundar Kaand’, was a tribute to “Surya” – Sun God – and coincided with Chatt puja. The puja is performed as oblations to the Sun God mainly in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh but is known all across the country. Lord Ram belongs to the lineage of the Sun God; Suryavansh or Raghuvansh. Every deity adores the Sun God and holds this King of the Celestial Galaxy in the highest reverence. Saambh, Son of Lord Krishna, is credited for having built a dozen Sun temples to get cured of Leprosy. Vishwanath family was in tremendous form and enthralled the audience with their sheer virtuosity, deft handling of the raga, taans, and tihais. The vocal and instrumental techniques, the traditional purity, modern drum techniques etc. were on full display throughout their performance. Towards the end of the event, an interesting sawaal-jawaab session thrilled the audience to the fullest.last_img read more

How to Create Desktop Shortcuts for Web Pages Using Chrome

first_imgEveryone has a favorite web page that they navigate to as soon as they open their web browser. Whether it’s CNN, Gmail or your most beloved tech site (ours) we all have that one page that we consider more important than the rest. This is why you’ll want to know how to create a shortcut to a website on your desktop. You want to known what’s happening in the world now, not two seconds from now.Thankfully, Google Chrome makes it easy to drop clickable links onto your desktop, letting you jump to a web page in one click. Here’s how to create desktop shortcuts for your favorite web pages using Chrome. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 MORE: How to Enable Offline Gmail in ChromeHow to Create a Shortcut to a Website With ChromeNavigate to your favorite page and click the ••• icon in the right corner of the screen.  Select More tools.  Select Create Shortcut… Shrink Tabs in Chrome With the Pin Tab FeatureHow to View Your Google Docs Without a Web ConnectionHow to Sync Google Chrome Across All of Your Devices You’ve got a desktop shortcut that points to Chrome! Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer on Edit the shortcut name.Click Create. If you check Open as Window, the next time you open the link, it will open without an editable search bar.center_img A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Now that you understand this trick, check out our guides for how to change your password in Windows 10 and how to password protect a folder in Windows 10. Burned out on Windows? Check out our guide to the best Chromebooks and how to use Chrome’s Dark Mode. Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer Author Bio by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.com4 Hot New Car Features That’ll Make Them DroolForbes.comUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Update Snow still predicted to fall tonight in areas surrounding Ladysmith

first_imgRain has been falling in Ladysmith today, with more rain expected to fall during the night and into tomorrow.The weather is expected to warm up on Sunday, heading into next week.So get out those warm blankets this weekend and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while watching a great movie!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! The cold, rainy weather that has been predicted for Ladysmith and surrounding areas is still on track.Snow is predicted to fall in areas surrounding Ladysmith, such as the Drakensberg and on the extreme high peaks in areas like Thabana Ntlenyana, Champagne Castle and Giants Castle, which is near to Ladysmith.Snow is likely to fall tonight (Friday, March 16) and into tomorrow. Snowfall is not expected in the low-lying areas, just on the high peaks.Also read: Snow predicted to start falling from today, bringing cold weather to LadysmithAlso read previous snow stories: Avoid travelling in areas where snow may fallAlso read previous snow stories: Snow on the mountains brings in the cold WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Tourism Industry wants strong protection for Lake Taylor

first_imgTourism Industry wants strong protection for Lake TaylorNew Zealand waterways are again suffering abuse at the hands of weak legislation. Over the past week, several articles and television news stories have highlighted multiple cases of farm cattle in high country lakes and rivers. Photos and video have been taken by tourists and locals alike of streams of defecation trailing from animals free to roam into our pristine tourist destinations. “For the tourism industry, our international marketability, and ultimately our economy this is a disaster”, says Tourism Export Council CEO Lesley Immink.A significant motivation for visitors choosing destination New Zealand is our clean and green image and TECNZ want to ensure that reputation lasts for generations to come.  “We believe water quality to be the single greatest challenge to maintaining New Zealand’s environmental promise,” says Immink. Waterways around New Zealand are being sucked dry and polluted on an unprecedented level. Immink says that it is time the government and Minister for Tourism, John Key, to recognise the value clean water has for the industry and New Zealanders.The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) is supporting the Choose Clean Water Tour which is visiting lakes and rivers around the country to document through short films, how the continuing pollution of waterways is affecting local people and the environment. The tour is being run by four young campaigners who wanted to assemble stories about the degradation and loss of New Zealand’s freshwater environments. The campaign has received immense support nationwide with over 50,000 views of the short films and over 5000 signatures on a petition calling for stronger freshwater protection.Since the images and subsequent articles were released, there has been a flurry of support for the campaign with environmental and nature groups stepping up to share their distain at repeated behaviour by some landowners and calling for stronger penalties and consequences for those that do offend.Freshwater experts have recently challenged the tourism industry to stand up and do more to protect the environment. Candid illustrations about the state of our fresh waterways by New Zealand’s leading freshwater scientists has shocked tourism operators. Analyses of our freshwater, how it is likely to worsen if policy changes are not made and the ways in which water quality have been changed by government to give the appearance we are better than we are have highlighted the absolute crisis point our freshwater environments have reached.President of the Tourism Export Council Martin Horgan, says “after hearing from freshwater experts, the industry decided that were in a position to do more, both politically and financially and agreed the Choose Clean Water Tour project was likely to have the most impact with some clear outcomes. The motivation for New Zealand to live up to our environmental promise is twofold. First from a sustainable point of view for future generations, but also from a commercial perspective. Our clean green image has worked as a marketing promise in the past, but if we don’t do more to actively live up to it, in 50-100 years’ time, there won’t be anything to market.”At a time when freshwater legislation is under review (March 2016), the group will also provide the public an opportunity to push for stronger protection through a petition calling for the minimum standard for waterways to be raised from ‘wadeable’ as it is currently to ‘swimmable’, and to establish that the priority for freshwater legislation must be the health of people and the environment.Immink concludes, “New Zealand will not be able to hide should international media grab hold of our freshwater quality. Herds of cows defecating in lakes, rivers and streams is a marketing nightmare. For a country which relies on tourism and our clean green image as our largest source of income, current policy and government commitment to freshwater protection is simply not good enough. The government needs to choose clean water as a national environmental priority”. Tourism Export CouncilSource = Tourism Export Councillast_img read more

Institute leads the way in uncovering the secrets of art

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouPresident Nicos Anastasiades couldn’t have put it better when last week he lamented the Cyprus Institute’s lack of visibility among the public.“It is a pity that with so many researchers, with so many worthy scientists that a real centre of excellence does not receive recognition in Cypriot society,” he said at an event to inaugurate new laboratories at the Cyprus Institute.Over the last decade the Cyprus Institute has built up three research centres, one focused on the environment and energy, another a science and tech centre and the third an archaeology research centre.But despite its scale and scope, the institute’s public profile remains low.Just one small section of the institute’s facilities, the new laboratories which the president opened last week, will bring together equipment and personnel for art characterisation: the scientific method to learn all about a work of art.An example of multispectral imaging on a painting of Madonna and childAnd here is where the problem with visibility starts. How many people know what that is and why this may be important?At the inauguration, professor Theo Rehren tried to keep his explanation of the method and purpose of the process simple by likening it to medicine.While doctors look deeper than beauty which is often described as skin-deep, checking organs and wrinkles, the institute does the same to find out what is behind the surface of a painting, “its colours, materials, to define a work of art in its uniqueness”.The practical aspect of characterising a painting is so that its exact age can be determined, when and how many times it has been restored, all things that are useful to know for insurance purposes and to calculate how much it is worth.The process is not that easy to describe, and people tend to give up, confusing a scientific process which is hard to understand with an outcome that is very real and interesting.It can take some explaining by the researchers who are sometimes unaware that not everybody is familiar with their language.“The labs offer an interdisciplinary research pipeline that is based on a broad and multi-scale diagnostics approach, integrating inorganic/organic physico-chemical methods with reflectography, multi-spectral imaging, and surface 2D imaging/3D geometric characterisation,” one of them wrote to me after my tour of the premises.The description, I think, was meant to clarify the procedures!By then I did understand a little, having had the tour and an interview with chemist Svetlana Gasanova, who has been with the institute for four years and has been involved in various projects during that time, analysing big and small sculptures, icons and canvas paintings.“We prioritise non-invasiveness,” she stressed at the beginning of our meeting. Which means that the analyses carried out are executed without actually peeling away at a painting, or taking a bit of clay from a sculpture, even for a tiny sample.What can you find out about a work of art without doing this? “Almost anything,” came her confident reply.For the uninitiated, paints are made of an inorganic component – pigments such as soot, charcoal, okra and iron – and a binder, which in the old days was oil or egg yolk.This, then, is one way of finding out about the history of a painting. Very old ones contain a very limited amount of pigments, while now we have thousands. Some pigments were also displaced by others over time, Gasanova explained.How you find out what those are without taking a sample? It is about some of the methods mentioned above.Different types of imaging can be used, and the Cyprus Institute seems to have all the modern equipment, including some, I was told, that is brand new and has not even been used yet.Infrared, UV and X-ray imaging can all penetrate a painting at various levels, often finding sketches beneath a painting and peeling away layers without touching or dissolving them.In the past, scientist Nicolas Bakirtzis explained, painters routinely painted over something they had painted before, and that is why there are often several layers.“When they couldn’t sell something, or thought of something better, they painted over it because the material for the canvas was expensive,” he explained. “This way there was no waste.”Spectroscopy is another method. An X-ray beam excites the atoms and the XRF machine reveals a fluorescent spectrum of colours, which indicate the chemical elements present, such as Calcium, Titanium or Zinc.It is important to note that when we say colours, the spectrum is not just what we see with our naked eyes. Two ‘blues’ may look exactly the same but may be totally different in terms of how expensive they are – and thus how much a painter is able to use –  and how old they are. Certain pigments are only available in some regions, so the origin of the painting may also be revealed. By matching materials painters use for one picture to that of their other works authenticity can be determined.Studying individual paintings is just one of the institute’s many activities. There are also several projects aimed at being used in contemporary everyday life, Bakirtzis said.Taking careful measurements, a team has constructed an interactive map of Nicosia, which shows the angle of the sun at every time during the day, something that can help future town planning, as it highlights the impact of high rise buildings.The map of Nicosia developed by the institute also has a lot of data which have the potential to be used for tourism purposes, to show visitors what and where the points of interests are. The detailed map also displays the transportation network, useful for future planning by the municipality.These results are obtained via a process, or a pipeline as the scientists call it, having to do with those not-so-easy to understand methods, photogrammetry, multispectral imaging, 3D geometric characterisation, and no department works in isolation.What became clear to me during my visit is that yes, there is a lot of important work being done at this centre, and it is well worth finding out what it is.The Cyprus InstituteThe Cyprus Institute (CyI) has been developed as an international science and technology organisation, to strengthen the research community of Cyprus, help transform its economy to a knowledge-based economy and to create a research hub for the Eastern Mediterranean region.It was launched in 2007 and has three research centres, one investigating energy, environment and water, the computation-based science and technology centre, and the science and technology in archaeology research centre. The institute offers PhD degree programmes related to the three fields of research.Following its launch with an initial small team comprising of about 10 members of faculty and staff overall, CyI has been continuously growing in the last few years and will soon engage more than 150 scientists and professionals, from around the world.It is one of the most successful Cypriot organisations in securing European funds.On May 18 and 19, the Cyprus Institute will host the international conference ‘Climate Change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Challenges and Solutions’ in Nicosia. 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