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Hacker Poll: Are You Working on Any Kinect Hacks?

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#hack#Tools Related Posts Since Hector Marcan first hacked the Microsoft Kinect last month we’ve seen some cool stuff created with it, such gesture based Web browsing.There are plenty of resources for getting started hacking the Kinect yourself. Are you doing any Kinect hacking yet? If not, what would you most like to see someone do with it? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidcenter_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

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Plea in SC against media gag on Muzaffarpur case

first_imgA petition was filed on Wednesday in the Supreme Court challenging a Patna High Court order restraining the media from reporting the investigation into the case of Muzaffarpur shelter home where several women were allegedly raped and sexually abused.The plea, which has sought a stay on the operation of the High Court’s August 23 order, has alleged that the order was “patently erroneous” as it amounted to imposing a “blanket ban” on the media reporting in the case.In the plea filed before the apex court, the petitioner, a journalist, has claimed that there was no material before the High Court to come to a conclusion that the media reporting may hamper the ongoing investigation in the case. The petitioner has also said that it was because of the proactive role of the media that the “shocking incident” was exposed.last_img read more

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Man detained for making threat call in Jaipur

first_imgA man was detained on Sunday for making a hoax call to trigger bomb blasts at three locations here, leading to panic ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan Chief Minister, police said.Traffic divertedSecurity was beefed-up and traffic was diverted, they said, adding police teams and bomb disposal squads swarmed the area and condoned off Hanuman Temple in Chandpole, Sanganeri Gate and the Jaipur Airport. Yogendra Kumar was detained on the basis of his call details, SHO at the Pratap Nagar police station Hemraj Singh said. He said Kumar was being interrogated. Kumar had made the call at the police control room in the morning, informing that bombs were planted at Hanuman Temple in Chandpole, Sanganeri Gate and the Jaipur Airport.last_img read more

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Sleep: The Ultimate Brainwasher?

first_imgEvery night since humans first evolved, we have made what might be considered a baffling, dangerous mistake. Despite the once-prevalent threat of being eaten by predators, and the loss of valuable time for gathering food, accumulating wealth, or having sex, we go to sleep. Scientists have long speculated and argued about why we devote roughly a third of our lives to sleep, but with little concrete data to support any particular theory. Now, new evidence has refreshed a long-held hypothesis: During sleep, the brain cleans itself.Most physiologists agree that sleep has come to serve many different purposes, ranging from memory consolidation to the regulation of metabolism and the immune system. While the “core” purposes of biological functions such as breathing and eating are easy to understand, however, scientists have never agreed on any such original purpose for sleeping. The new study, by Maiken Nedergaard and colleagues at the University of Rochester in New York, provides what Charles Czeisler, a sleep researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston, calls the “first direct experimental evidence at the molecular level” for what could be sleep’s basic purpose: It clears the brain of toxic metabolic byproducts.The new work, published online today in Science, “fits with a long-standing view that sleep is for recovery—that something is paid back or cleaned out,” says David Dinges, a sleep researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. It builds on Nedergaard’s recent discovery, described last summer in Science Translational Medicine, of a network of microscopic, fluid-filled channels that clears toxins from the brain, much as the lymphatic system clears out metabolic waste products from the rest of the body. Instead of carrying lymph, this system transports waste-laden cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Before the discovery of this “glymphatic system,” as Nedergaard has dubbed it, the brain’s only known method for disposing of cellular trash was to break down and recycle it within individual cells, she says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In the original work, Nedergaard’s group showed that glia, the brain’s non-neuronal cells, control the flow of CSF through channels in their cell membranes. “If we delete the channels in glial cells, the flow almost stops,” Nedergaard says. Because the transport of fluid across cell membranes requires a lot of energy, Nedergaard and her team had a hunch that the brain would not be able to both clean and process sensory information at the same time and decided to test whether the activity of the glymphatic system changed during sleep. Lulu Xie, the new study’s first author, spent the next 2 years training mice to relax and fall asleep on a two-photon microscope, which can image the movement of dye through living tissue.Once Xie was sure the mice were asleep, based on their EEG brain activity, she injected a green dye into their CSF through a catheterlike device in their necks. After half an hour, she awakened them by touching their tails and injected a red dye that the two-photon microscope could easily distinguish from the green. By tracking the movements of red and green dye throughout the brain, the team found that large amounts of CSF flowed into the brain during sleep, but not during the awake state, Nedergaard says.A comparison of the volume of space between nerve cells while the mice were awake and asleep revealed that the glial channels carrying CSF expanded by 60% when the mice were asleep. The team also injected labeled β amyloid proteins into the brains of sleeping mice and awake mice and found that during sleep, CSF cleared away this “dirt” outside of the cells twice as quickly—”like a dishwasher,” Nedergaard says. Such proteins can aggregate as pathogenic plaques inside cells and are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, she says.Many neurological diseases—from Alzheimer’s disease to stroke and dementia—are associated with sleep disturbances, Nedergaard notes. The study suggests that lack of sleep could have a causal role, by allowing the byproducts to build up and cause brain damage. “This could open a lot of debate for shift workers, who work during the nighttime,” Nedergaard predicts. “You probably develop damage if you don’t get your sleep.”One unknown, however, is whether the need to remove waste products actively regulates sleep—whether, for example, the buildup of metabolic byproducts makes us sleepy. Researchers also wonder how the fluid-filled channels change shape during sleep, and whether clearing waste actually improves the function of neurons.Nor are other researchers certain that cleansing is sleep’s sole core function. No one function of sleep necessarily rules them all, says sleep scientist Derk-Jan Dijk of the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. “Sleep probably has many functions,” he says, just as the weekend is variously for shopping, socializing, and cleaning the house.But now that Nedergaard and her colleagues have identified this nightly brainwashing in mice, Czeisler says, scientists can investigate whether it occurs in all species, and to what extent. “One could imagine that different species have evolved different additional functions of sleep to suit their different habitats, … but this will help resolve if there is some shared function of sleep across species,” he concludes.last_img read more

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IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad look to arrest slide against Kings XI Punjab

first_imgBack-to-back losses denting their confidence, defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to put their campaign back on track when they take on Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match in Hyderabad on Monday. (More IPL News)The Sunrisers had a perfect start this season by winning their first two games — against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions — at home. However, they lost their next two matches away from home — against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.On Monday, it would be an opportunity for SRH to bounce back on their home turf. The team possessed one of the best bowling attacks in IPL 10 with the likes of pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, the experienced Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting, Bangladesh’s Mustafizzur Rahman and all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques in their ranks. (Ashish Nehra blames SRH batsmen for loss against KKR)Bhuvneshwar has been outstanding, especially in death overs, and the young Rashid has emerged as a crucial bowler for the side with his unique leg-spin bowling.The other bowlers, including Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting and Rahman, can put any batsmen to test. Bangladeshi pacer Rahman, who conceded 19 runs from his first over to return with poor figures of 2.4-0-34-0 against Mumbai, would be keen to make amends and demonstrate his capabilities.SRH openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have been giving good starts to their innings but the other batsmen, especially those who batted at the middle order, would want to do well by raising the bar.advertisementThe middle order, comprising Moises Henriques, seasoned Yuvraj Singh and Deepak Hooda, did put up a strong show to see their side romp home in the first two matches.On the points table, both SRH and KXIP have four points each from an equal number of matches.The Punjab side has also won their first two matches and lost the next two, much like SRH, and they too would aim to get their momentum back. (IPL 2017: Maxwell irritated at ‘shit’ question, storms out of press conference)The visiting side have some dangerous batsmen, especially the three Ms — David Miller, Glenn Maxwell and Eoin Morgan — who can pile up runs. (We failed in all three facets of the game, rues Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell)Their bowling unit includes the reliable Mohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma who is familiar with the conditions in Hyderabad as he played for SRH and also Deccan Chargers earlier.Teams:Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (capt), Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha (wk), Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh.last_img read more

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Samsung shows unique notch-less screen, may put it in Galaxy S10 next year

first_imgNotch has become the trend of the year. Many companies including Nokia, OnePlus, and Vivo have embraced this trend with open arms. Samsung, on the other hand, has stayed clear from this widely popular trend so far. And now, the word is that the company has found the perfect way to stay away from this infamous trend. The Korean electronics giant is working on a new display system that would place the camera system and other sensors under the phone’s display.The company on October 18 held 2018 Samsung OLED Forum conference in China, where it invited a handful of guests to talk about under-display features such as in-display fingerprint scanners, under-screen cameras, screen-sound technology and touch sensitive technology. At the event, the Korean giant revealed that it was working on a new display technology that would place everything from the front camera module to the fingerprint sensor under the display, eventually removing the need to have a notch and have a truly bezel-less display.According to a report by Sam Mobile, the company’s new display would also have the ability to transmit sound. However, it remains unclear if the company would use regular speakers, used in its other smartphones or other advanced technology such as the bone conduction technology for transmitting sound to users’ ears, the publication added.As far as using the under-display technology in its next flagship device– Samsung Galaxy S10– is concerned, the tech world seems to be divided on the possibility. While Sam Mobile reports that the chances of Galaxy S10 getting the under-display technology are pretty high, Samsung Mobile.News, a Twitter user who exclusively reports inside information about Samsung devices, said that the while the company has developed a handful of prototypes, it is highly unlikely that a phone with such an advanced technology will be available in the market until 2020.advertisementALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S10 will reportedly come with a dedicated AI processing unitMeanwhile, industry insiders have been continuously filling everyone up with the features that might make it to Samsung Galaxy S10 when the company unveils the phone next year. Based on what we know so far, Galaxy S10 might sport an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and the company could ditch iris scanner in its next flagship device. Apart from this, Samsung is also likely to add a night-vision camera and an eye-motion sensor in the device.last_img read more

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DeMarcus Cousins attacks NCAA ‘bullshit’ after Zion Williamson injury

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Since you’re here… The injury highlighted the lack of a safety net for college players. Despite helping their colleges bring in millions of dollars in revenue, college players are amateurs. Tickets for Wednesday’s game were attracting thousands of dollars on the resale market.“I loved my experience in college,” Cousins said after practice on Thursday. “That was some of the best years of my life playing basketball. But with that being said, just how crooked the whole NCAA business is – I actually saw a post the other day where the highest ticket for that UNC-Duke game was $2,500, $3,500. How much does Zion Williamson see? That’s who they’re coming to see, so how much of that is he getting? Actually, who does it go to? How does it benefit any player on that team? But if they were to get $20 and a free meal, they’re this bad kid, they get a bad rep, uncoachable, or thugs, whatever the case may be. So it’s bullshit. It’s been bullshit.”Cousins, who was a college star at Kentucky, is a four-time All-Star. He saved particular vitriol for the NCAA, college sport’s governing body.“Well, knowing what I know now, college is bullshit” Cousins said. “College basketball and the NCAA is bullshit. So my advice to him is, ‘Do what’s best for you and your family.’“Obviously college … it does nothing for you at this point. Proving you’re the No1 pick coming out, proving your talent, get ready for the next level, because it’s happening. That’s my opinion, knowing what I know now. Obviously, when I was that age, you enjoy the moment, you’re enjoying the experience and all that. But there’s so many risks involved to get to the ultimate goal, which is this level. So just do what’s best for him and his family.”Cousins believes more players should go through the D-League, the NBA’s developmental league, where athletes are paid albeit nowhere near the amounts enjoyed by their counterparts in the NBA. “The DLeague/GLeague route,” Cousins said. “I think that’s helpful. Obviously, it’s not a popular thing right now, but I think it will grow over time. You’ve seen a couple of young guys in that program already.”LeBron James, who went straight from high school to the NBA, was more circumspect when asked about Williamson on Thursday. “He has to do what is best for him. His family has always been his support system. I just wish great health for the kid, but that’s not my lane to talk about what he should do going forward.”James was drafted in 2003. In 2005, the NBA and the players’ union reached an agreement that players must be at least 19 and one year removed from high school before they can enter the league. USA Today reported on Thursday that the NBA is considering lowering the age limit to 18. Zion Williamson felled by faulty Nike as North Carolina blast top-ranked Duke … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Golden State Warriors Basketball College basketball NBA Share on Twitter College sports newscenter_img Share on Facebook Topics Read more NCAA Share on Messenger Share via Email US sports Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has attacked college basketball after the game’s top prospect, Zion Williamson, suffered a scary injury on Wednesday night.Williamson, who is expected to be the No1 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft and is tipped as a future superstar in the pros, hurt his knee playing for Duke against North Carolina. The 18-year-old suffered the injury when his shoe fell apart, and at first some feared it could be a career-changing incident. It later transpired the knee was sprained although Williamson may miss the rest of the season. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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9 months agoJuventus striker Paulo Dybala hints at PSG ambitions

first_imgJuventus striker Paulo Dybala hints at PSG ambitionsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits a move to France could be in his future.Dybala has been linked with PSG – and he says playing in Ligue 1 is something he is open to doing.”Join the Ligue 1 one day? Why not?! Never say never!” he told Canal Plus. “But for now it’s not part of my plans.”Over the weekend, it had been suggested in Italy that Juve would be prepared to sell Dybala this summer to fund their signing plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4 days agoJordan Henderson says Liverpool must learn from Man Utd draw

first_imgJordan Henderson says Liverpool must learn from Man Utd drawby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Liverpool must learn from Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.The Reds were unable to flex their muscles throughout the clash and relied on Adam Lallana to score an equaliser with time running out.Asked if a point was a fair outcome, the captain told the club’s website: “Probably. I didn’t think we performed well enough in the first half, not our usual selves really, especially with the ball.”We could have been a lot better but I thought second half was a lot better. We changed it a little bit tactically, which helped us, and I thought the longer the game went on we were pushing for that winner, and towards that last five to 10 minutes I thought we were going to get it.”Ox came close with a great strike with his left foot and we kept pushing but, overall, a fair reflection of the game would have to be a point.”But, like I say, we have got to be much better for the 90 minutes. I was disappointed we couldn’t come here and put on a top performance because I felt as though we could have done that today.”When you can’t win, you don’t lose, and that’s the sign of a good team. But we’ve got to learn from the game today and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Dabo Swinney Praises Clemson Players For Visiting Kelly Bryant At Mizzou Spring Game

first_imgQuarterback Kelly Bryant #2, wide receiver Deon Cain #8, and tight end D.J. Greenlee #87 of the Clemson Tigers celebrate following Bryant's touchdown.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2, wide receiver Deon Cain #8, and tight end D.J. Greenlee #87 of the Clemson Tigers celebrate following Bryant’s touchdown to start the second half of play during the Tigers’ game football game against the Auburn Tigers at Memorial Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Some of the Tigers taking in Missouri football’s spring game were from a much different program. New Mizzou quarterback Kelly Bryant got a visit from his former Clemson teammates for the event.Bryant left the Clemson program at mid-season last fall. After leading the team to the College Football Playoff in 2017, he lost his job to Trevor Lawrence.Obviously that move worked out. The freshman phenom led the Tigers to a national title.Bryant remains close with a number of Clemson players, and even after his departure, is close with his former teammates.On Saturday, Clemson receiver Tee Higgins posted a photo of a number of Clemson players who made the trip to watch Kelly Bryant at Missouri’s spring game.It’s a pretty cool gesture by Higgins and the other players who supported Bryant.After they made the trip, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney praised his players for supporting his former quarterback. From TigerNet:“Swinney said he was proud that several Clemson players, including Tee Higgins, Isaiah Simmons and Cornell Powell, made the trip to Columbia, Missouri, last weekend to support former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant during Missouri’s spring game on Saturday.“‘Guys come and go in the program, but relationships never end. These guys are friends. He’s a graduate. He graduated. Some guys graduate and they go to the NFL. He just graduated and went to Missouri.’ Swinney said. ‘But that doesn’t mean that their friendships end or their relationships end, that’s for sure. I think it’s neat that it worked out that way and those guys were able to go and support their former teammate.”Overall, it seems like things have worked out for all involved. Bryant will have the chance to showcase his talent in the SEC for one final year before a run at the NFL, and Clemson and Lawrence are national champions, and are a favorite to repeat.[TigerNet]last_img read more

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Expert Tips for Foraging Edible Plants in the Wild

first_imgForaging & Feasting, illustrated by Wendy HollenderFalconi spent 30 years creating Foraging & Feasting, the ultimate foraging manual and cookbook, which should give you context to how extensive a guide should be.She suggests making your own sketches during observation hikes, bringing back the drawings, and confirming with other books and online resources. Falconi brought illustrator Wendy Hollender along during the creation of her book. You can also follow foraging Instagrams, join chat groups, and practice, practice, practice.Confirm the IdentificationThe last step to foraging is eating. Taste is the very last identifying clue and the riskiest. Get down five to 15 edible plants that you can easily match with physical characteristics, then venture into the big bad wild knowing you could easily build your own lunch from the ground-up if you needed. Bring a cloth sack and collect as you go. You could add things like wild raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, chickweed, and mints to your dinner.“If you put in the time to learn foraging, you’ll get a big return,” Falconi says. “It’s not hard; children can do this, but it takes time.”Avoiding Dangerous SituationsIf you are diligently connecting the architectural clues of a plant, you should never run into eating something that is toxic (or worse, deadly). “I’ve had people freak themselves out when it’s totally safe,” Falconi says, adding that she has never ingested a deadly plant.Falconi suggests staying away from mushrooms. “There are few plants that will kill us,” Falconi says. “In the Northeast, there are maybe five to six species. The rest might make you sick, but that’s it. With mushrooms, however, a high percentage can kill you or make you extremely sick. The compounds in the fungal realm are much more toxic.”Mushrooms are also much more difficult to key out. “There aren’t many lookalikes with plants, but with wild mushrooms, you have ones that look a lot like the ones that are edible.”Be prepared for a worst-case scenario: make yourself throw up and down some charcoal pills. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas You’re in the backcountry and things go south. Suddenly, you need to forage to survive. If you’re relying on a pocket guide to distinguish edible plants from toxic flora, you’re screwed. Sorry.It’s easy to identify the plants we can stomach, but it takes practice. Before trekking into the wilderness you have to become “ecosystem literate,” says Dina Falconi, a clinical herbalist and author of Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.Rosmarie Wirz/Getty Images“You need skills before you get lost, but people want fast, quick, simple rules. The truth is, foraging is super high risk, however, it’s really accessible and easy to learn.”You can’t learn to forage on-the-fly, so it’s a good thing you’re sitting at your computer and not shitting your pants in the forest right now. Follow Falconi’s four tips to learn how to forage and, as a result, get more connected with nature and maybe survive a Bear Grylls scenario.Foraging TipsUse Your EyesThe first step to becoming an expert forager is opening your eyes to the range of plants in that area. Without setting a mileage goal or timeline, allow yourself the freedom to wander and watch. “To develop your skill of observation, spend time looking at the plant kingdom … your ability to distinguish plants will be based on this skill. How do you differentiate one plant from another? Even if you can’t name them, that’s foraging. Spending that slow time Americans don’t want to do,” Falconi says.She suggests leaving your grown-up self at basecamp and bringing a child-like wonderment to observation. Marvel in the architectural detail of each plant — the flowers, leaves, color, leaf arrangement, ridges, spikes, hairs, shape, and height.Devon OpdenDries/Getty ImagesIf it helps, pretend you’re a plant detective. Once you upgrade to the next steps in mastering foraging, the distinct visual characteristics of each plant will act as your “clues” by which you can match the plant to its edible (or inedible) variety.Do this as much as possible and, if possible, across seasons. This will allow you to understand the lifecycle of plants, as they can look different, flower, grow, and shrink over time. Your pocket field guide will only depict the plant at the peak of its edibility, but you might get lost during the other 11 months of the year.Consult a Foraging ExpertThe quickest way to learn how to forage is by going out with an expert. Google local pros or find a foraging expedition in your area and join in after you’ve done preliminary observation work.Elva Etienne/Getty ImagesFalconi says an expert can fast-track your arsenal of five to 10 edibles that otherwise could take a year to identify (safely) alone. The expert will also teach you how to identify plants based on your other senses, like smell and touch. “Plant by plant, you’ll start to differentiate and see them distinctly.”Reinforce Your Clues with Books and SketchesOnce you get a gold star from your foraging expert or become comfortable with distinguishing plant characteristics, grab a book that will verify your observations and teach you which part of the plant to eat and how it needs to be prepared. 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Province Supports EnergyEfficient Traffic Lights

first_imgSix municipalities have got the green light for energy savings. The province is investing $115,000 to help the municipalitiesreplace nearly 2,600 incandescent traffic signals with moreenergy efficient LED traffic lights. The new lights, which are being retrofitted at 68 intersections,will reduce current traffic light energy costs by 90 per cent.Energy Minister Cecil Clarke says the province wants toaccelerate the rate of LED traffic signal conversions in NovaScotia. “More Nova Scotia communities are using LED traffic signalsbecause they are a better choice for the environment, and theyimprove intersection safety,” said Mr. Clarke. “They’re alsoeasier to see and have a much longer lifespan.” The conversion costs will be shared by the province and each ofthe six municipalities that applied for assistance: Amherst,Bridgewater, Halifax Regional Municipality, Kentville, NewGlasgow, and Truro. The project also included a half-day seminarfor municipal staff to discuss the benefits of LED technology,learn best practices, and view product displays. “While these traffic lights are more expensive than incandescentlights in the short term, these municipalities will realizesignificant energy savings through the long term,” said Mr.Clarke. “We hope more Nova Scotia municipalities will considerretrofitting their traffic signals with the more environmentallyfriendly LED traffic lights in the future.”last_img read more

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Tender Call in Early 2006 for Coxheath Interchange

first_imgWork on the final stages of the Highway 125-Coxheath interchange project near Sydney will resume in the spring of 2006. Tenders will be called in the early months of 2006 and work will begin in the spring to realign Cantley Creek. Work will continue throughout the summer to complete the ramps and final paving. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has obtained the necessary permits to complete the project, but Fisheries and Oceans Canada has requested revisions to the original design for the Cantley Creek alignment. In addition to the creek realignment, the remaining work involves the construction of one more ramp and the paving of all four ramps for the interchange. The interchange is expected to be open to traffic in the fall of 2006. -30-last_img read more

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Pictou County Residents Can Save on Lighting

first_imgThe Pictou County Firefighters’ Association is teaming with Conserve Nova Scotia and Energy Conservation and Sustainability in Pictou County to distribute 15,000 energy-efficient light bulbs on Saturday, June 16. The program is part of the Shared Atlantic Vision for Energy Efficiency (SAVE) initiative. Under the program, residents can get two free compact fluorescent light bulbs per household at their local fire hall from 9 a.m. to noon during the one-day promotion. A list of participating fire halls is available at www.conservens.ca/lightingprograms . “This is one of 16 major energy-efficient lighting programs that government is doing to promote energy efficiency in the province,” said Bill Dooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “These programs are a great way for consumers to try the bulbs, and learn more about the different types of bulbs on the market to meet their lighting needs.” Compact fluorescent lights use 75 per cent less energy, last up to 10 times longer, and can save about $40 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb. Each compact fluorescent light can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about one-quarter tonne. “I think this is an excellent project that will further promote energy efficiency and conservation in Pictou County,” said Allister MacDonald, Warden of the rural Municipality of Pictou County. “This is a very worthwhile and assessable environmental project for citizens throughout our region,” says New Glasgow Mayor Ann MacLean. “We are so pleased to be working with the County of Pictou, Conserve Nova Scotia and our local firefighter volunteer groups to give residents the opportunity for increased energy conservation.” Pictou County residents can also recycle the mercury in the bulbs through a new program from Pictou County Solid Waste Management. Failed compact fluorescent light bulbs can now be dropped off at the hazardous waste collection site, 220 Mount William Rd., Highway 106 on Wednesdays and the last Saturday morning of each month. The bulbs should be labelled and placed in a sealed container. The mercury from the compact fluorescents is removed using a modified machine called a Bulb-Eater and then recycled. “I think Pictou County Solid Waste should be commended on their quick action to divert mercury from landfills in the region,” said Steve Hardner, co-ordinator of Energy Conservation and Sustainability in Pictou County. Participants in the SAVE program in Pictou County will receive information about the bulbs and what they should do in the event that one breaks. Participants will also receive information from Conserve Nova Scotia on other easy ways to save energy in the home. The SAVE program is an initiative of the Council of Atlantic Premiers. During the four-province campaign, 97,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs will be distributed. Of those, Nova Scotia will distribute 45,000 bulbs through municipal electrical utilities, regional development authorities and community not-for-profit groups by September. Similar campaigns have been announced in Canso, Kentville, and the Strait-Highlands Region.last_img read more

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Beer bottles contain toxic substances

first_imgBottles of beer, wine and spirits contain potentially harmful levels of toxic elements, such as lead and cadmium, in their enamelled decorations, a study has found. Researchers analysed both the glass and enamelled decorations on a variety of clear and coloured bottles readily available in shops and supermarkets. They showed that cadmium, lead and chromium were all present in the glass, but at concentrations where their environmental and health risks were deemed to be of low significance. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHowever, the enamels were of greater concern, with cadmium concentrations of up to 20,000 parts per million in the decorated regions on a range of spirits, beer and wine bottles, and lead concentrations up to 80,000ppm in the decor of various wine bottles. The limit for lead in consumer paints is 90ppm. The recently published study also showed the elements had the potential to leach from enamelled glass fragments, and when subjected to a standard test that simulates rainfall in a landfill site, several fragments exceeded the US Model Toxins in Packaging Legislation and could be defined as “hazardous”. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardHe has previously shown that the paint or enamel on a wide variety of items, including playground equipment, second hand toys and drinking glasses, can feature levels of toxic substances that are potentially harmful to human health. “It has always been a surprise to see such high levels of toxic elements in the products we use on a daily basis. This is just another example of that, and further evidence of harmful elements being unnecessarily used where there are alternatives available. The added potential for these substances to leach into other items during the waste and recycling process is an obvious and additional cause for concern,” said Dr Andrew Turner from the University of Plymouth. For the study, bottles of beer, wine and spirits were purchased from local and national retail outlets between September 2017 and August 2018, with the sizes ranging from 50 ml to 750 ml. They were either clear, frosted, green, ultraviolet-absorbing green (UVAG) or brown with several being enamelled over part of the exterior surface with images, patterns, logos, text and/or barcodes of a single colour or multiple colours. Out of the glass from 89 bottles and fragments analysed using x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry, 76 were positive for low levels of lead and 55 positive for cadmium, according to the study. Chromium was detected in all green and UVAG bottles, but was only in 40% of brown glass and was never in clear glass, it stated. Meanwhile, the enamels of 12 products out of 24 enamelled products tested were based wholly or partly on compounds of either or both lead and cadmium. “Governments across the world have clear legislation in place to restrict the use of harmful substances on everyday consumer products,” Turner said. “But when we contacted suppliers, many of them said the bottles they use are imported or manufactured in a different country than that producing the beverage. This poses obvious challenges for the glass industry and for glass recycling and is perhaps something that needs to be factored in to future legislation covering this area,” he added.last_img read more

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Imagine Dragons And Hard Rock Donate To Casey Cares Foundation‏

first_imgEarlier this week, Imagine Dragons, the Las Vegas-based alternative rock band behind the hit single “Radioactive,” performed a private concert at the newly revamped Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore.Imagine Dragons band members, left to right, Daniel Platzman, Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon and Ben Mckee are presented the RIAA Gold & Platinum career award by RIAA’s Liz KennedyCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Larry French/Invision for AP ImagesTo celebrate the grand reopening, Hard Rock opened the updated cafe with a guitar smash and a star-studded red carpet ceremony featuring Imagine Dragons, local athletes, celebrities, actors and more!Fred Thimm, Vice President of Hard Rock International, Casey Baynes, Founder of the Casey Cares Foundation, and Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International present a $10,000 donation to The Casey Cares FoundationCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Larry French/Invision for AP ImagesTo honor Hard Rock’s “Love All – Serve All” motto, the event benefited the Casey Cares Foundation, an organization whose mission is to provide uplifting programs throughout Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic Region with a special focus on critically ill children and their families.Imagine Dragons perform at the Grand Reopening party of Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.Credit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Larry French/Invision for AP Imageslast_img read more

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Jim Davis And Garfield Help Shelter Pet Project

first_imgThe Humane Society of the United States’ All Animals Magazine has featured an interview with Garfield creator Jim Davis about his support of the Shelter Pet Project, a public service ad campaign focused on spreading the word that pets in shelters are wonderful and lovable, and encouraging potential adopters to consider the shelter as the first place to look when acquiring a “new best friend.”Garfield Joins Shelter Pet ProjectIn the interview – by James Hettinger of Animal Sheltering magazine – Jim Davis talks about how he hopes Garfield can help end animal homelessness.How did you decide to get Garfield and Odie involved in the Shelter Pet Project?It was such a perfect fit for the characters. Both Garfield and Odie were abandoned by their owners — Garfield was left to fend for himself in an Italian restaurant before he was eventually adopted by Jon Arbuckle, and Odie was left behind by his owner, Jon’s former roommate, Lyman. (There are various theories on what became of Lyman.) The characters have enjoyed all the comforts of home, and they hope to help their fellow pets enjoy the same.What do you think the characters can offer to help the cause?Because they’re animated and colorful, they can capture the audience’s attention. Because they’re funny, they can deliver an important message with a bit of humor. And because they’re pets, they can relate to the plight of the shelter pet.To read the full interview, click here.last_img read more

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Ottawa high school students send reminder to Attawapiskat youth theyre not forgotten

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsSome Ottawa-area high school students are preparing to ship a care-package 1,000 kilometres north.The special package is the students’ response to a First Nation community in crisis.last_img

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Technology and retail companies lead US indexes higher

first_imgNEW YORK — Global stocks are rising Monday morning as big technology and retail stocks in the U.S. recover some of their recent losses on the first full trading day of the holiday shopping season. Indexes in Europe and Asia are also higher.London’s main stock index is rising after the British government and the European Union agreed to terms governing Britain’s departure from the EU in March, but it’s not clear if Parliament will approve the deal.Crude oil prices are rising after plunging by about one-third since early October.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index climbed 37 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 2,670 as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. On Friday the S&P 500 closed 10.2 per cent beneath the record high it had set in late September. That’s the second time this year the index has dropped 10 per cent from a recent peak, a mark known on Wall Street as a “correction.”The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 369 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 24,655. The Nasdaq composite rose 120 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 7,059. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 18 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,507. The Nasdaq and Russell have both entered corrections since setting record highs in late August.TRADE TALKS: U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to discuss their trade dispute in Buenos Aires at the end of this week. Stocks have skidded recently as investors have grown pessimistic that the two countries will be able to resolve their differences over technology policy and other issues, and they’re fearful that the rising tariffs imposed by the U.S. and China on each other’s goods will slow down global economic growth.Rising interest rates are also contributing to those fears. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates in mid-December, and investors will look for clues about the Fed’s plans for further increases in 2019.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 2.9 per cent to $51.86 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 3.2 per cent to $60.69 a barrel in London.Crude prices have plunged by about one-third since early October as global supplies swelled. Worries that the global economy is slowing down have contributed to the drop. Another factor is the combination of rising oil production and the waivers the Trump administration granted to several countries that import a lot of oil from Iran. The administration re-imposed sanctions on Iran’s energy industry earlier this year and had insisted countries that buy oil from Iran would have to end their imports.Representatives of OPEC and other major oil producers will meet in Vienna in early December to discuss a possible cut in production.BREXIT DEAL: The European Union and Britain finally sealed an agreement governing the country’s departure from the bloc on March 29. British Prime Minister Theresa May must now get her divided Parliament to back the deal, which leaves Britain subject to rules of the bloc at least until the end of 2020, but avoids the worst-case scenario for businesses of a sudden return of tariffs and customs checks. It’s not clear if the deal will be approved, as May is facing opposition from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU camps.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX index rose 1.4 per cent. France’s CAC 40 rose 0.9 per cent, as did the British FTSE 100.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, reopening after a holiday, added 0.8 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi jumped 1.2 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rebounded 1.7 per cent.TECH AND RETAIL RALLY: Technology companies and retailers have been hit hard during the market’s recent slide, and they made some of the largest gains Monday morning. Apple rose 1.1 per cent to $174.31 and Microsoft added 2.4 per cent to $105.51. Cisco Systems gained 2.4 per cent to $45.58.Amazon rallied 3.2 per cent to $1,549 and Nike rose 1.8 per cent to $72.74.BONDS: Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.08 per cent from 3.05 per cent. That sent interest rates higher, which helped banks. JPMorgan Chase jumped 2.1 per cent to $108.90 and Bank of America climbed 2 per cent to $27.52.Utility and real estate companies and makers of household goods didn’t rise as much as the rest of the market. Those stocks have made big gains during the market’s bout of turbulence in October and November because investors see them as safer options that offer steady returns with less risk. They also pay large dividends, which makes them less appealing when bond yields are rising.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.42 yen from 112.88 yen late Friday. The euro edged up to $1.1353 from $1.1330. The British pound rose to $1.2840 from $1.2810.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Swiss Chalet owner Cara signs deal to buy upscale steak chain The

TORONTO — Cara Operations Ltd. is beefing up its already large presence in the Canadian restaurant business with a $200-million acquisition of Keg Restaurants Ltd., a move that could help take a bigger bite out of the U.S market.The acquisition announced Tuesday adds 106 steakhouses to the Vaughan, Ont. company’s empire of 1,259 restaurants, which are mostly in Canada.Cara’s brands include Swiss Chalet and St-Hubert chicken restaurants, the Harvey’s, Burger’s Priest and New York Fries quick service chains, Milestones, Montana’s, Kelsey’s, and East Side Mario’s casual dining restaurants, as well as Prime Pubs, Elephant & Castle and Bier Markt.New menus might not be enough to help family restaurants jump-start sales amid ever-growing competitionForeign workers found sleeping in Burger King basement, Alberta health agency saysNo joke: KFC Canada starts accepting Bitcoin for a bucket of chicken, immediately sells outOnly a small fraction of those restaurants have seeped across the border to the U.S. and other countries, but Cara and KRL’s CEOs said at a press conference Tuesday that they see potential for international growth.“At some point, we will run out of room in Canada and The Keg already has a foothold in the U.S.,” Cara CEO Bill Gregson said.He thinks more of Cara’s brands will cross the border and the 10 American Keg steakhouse and handful of U.S. Elephant and Castle pubs will act as “a beachhead for expansion” without “risking the farm” as it grows.“We will figure out what the pace will be over time (but) there is still opportunity in mid-size markets in Canada,” Gregson said.KRL’s CEO David Aisenstat will remain in charge of the Keg operations and assume oversight of Cara’s higher-end casual brands Bier Markt, the Landing Group and Milestones restaurants. He said KRL is already bigger than American steakhouse competitors Flemings and Del Frisco’s.A Keg Steakhouse and Bar in downtown Vancouver. Cara Operations Ltd. has signed an agreement to acquire Keg Restaurants Ltd. in a deal worth at least $200 million in shares and cash. Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press “The potential for us to make a dent there and really grow our brand there is pretty severe,” he said. “We have a lot of room in Quebec and three (Kegs) slotted for Alberta for a couple of years, so we have some growth here.”However, Aisenstat admitted he could see The Keg growing to 120 restaurants in Canada, but probably not 150.In recent years, Canada’s restaurant industry has rapidly expanded and become increasingly consolidated.In December, MTY Food Group added Baton Rouge-owner Imvescor to its roster of dozens of quick-serve food chains, including Country Style, Mr. Sub, ManchuWOK, Extreme Pita, Pinkberry and Villa Madina.At the start of 2017, Restaurant Brands International, which owns Tim Hortons and Burger King, nabbed Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for US $1.8 billion.Cara’s latest buy was the Toronto-based Pickle Barrel chain in September 2017.“We have always been opportunistic,” said Gregson, adding most of Cara’s acquisition targets have approached the company rather than it pursuing them.However, the KRL and Cara deal stemmed from an ongoing relationship of their CEOs, which Gregson said often involves “the odd round of golf” and “a basketball game here and there.” Gregson has also sat on KRL’s board for the past four years.They started mulling over a partnership shortly after Cara launched its Kellys Landing restaurant in Toronto last fall and Gregson invited Aisenstat for a meal there to grab some advice on the spot from his pal.Aisenstat, who rose through the ranks at his father’s Hy’s Steakhouse chain in Toronto, said the deal was particularly exciting because Cara has expanded so much in the last four years and he admitted he probably eats at Cara’s Swiss Chalet restaurants just as much as he dines at The Keg.The Competition Bureau said Tuesday the Cara-Keg deal will be subject to its review, but wouldn’t comment further.Under terms of the deal, Cara has agreed to pay KRL’s shareholders — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. and Aisenstat — $105 million in cash and 3.8 million Cara subordinate voting shares. In addition, Cara may have to fork over another $30 million in cash if certain financial milestones are attained within the first three fiscal years after the deal closes.Cara will change its corporate name “to reflect the new business composition” once the deal closes. Gregson and Aisenstat joked that they were floating “Bill and David’s Bar and Grill” as a possibility, but aren’t sure it will make the cut.But they were sure that Cara brands won’t start selling Keg menu items and the Keg’s relationship with the Keg Royalties Income Fund, a publicly traded entity that receives royalties from Keg restaurants operated by KRL, won’t change.Gregson said, “We had no conversations with the fund about buying the fund portion” and “it is not on the radar” in part because the yield of the fund means Cara would need “a huge multiple” to buy out the fund.KRL was founded as the Keg and Cleaver in 1971 by British Columbian entrepreneur George Tidball, who was also involved with the Spaghetti Factory, A&W, and Apex ski resort.Meanwhile, Cara was founded in 1883 as the Canada Railway News Company, specializing in the sale of newspapers, magazines and sweet treats at rail hubs. It later transitioned towards catering and eventually, turned its attention to restaurants. read more

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