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Medical complications cut Everest research expedition short

first_imgEarlier this month, U.K. mountaineer Richard Parks prematurely abandoned his team’s expedition to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal. He planned to ascend the peak without supplemental oxygen as part of Project Everest Cynllun, and take the highest-elevation blood sample and muscle biopsy ever collected. The project’s original goal was to examine the link between hypoxia and cognitive decline by examining human performance in low-oxygen environments, but its abrupt end has sparked questions of a different sort.The team had for several weeks been climbing smaller peaks to acclimatize to high altitude, and Parks was about to start his second rotation up the mountain: a 2-week stay above the Khumbu Icefall (5486 meters). Damian Bailey, a physiologist at the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom and the lead scientist on the project, decided to perform a blood test on Parks earlier than scheduled. When he drew the blood, he immediately knew something was wrong. “His blood was extraordinarily thick,” Bailey says. “It was actually clotting as I was taking a sample.”Testing revealed that Parks had exceptionally high levels of red blood cells and a high hematocrit, the percentage of the blood’s mass made up of red blood cells. On one hand, this was a clue to Parks’s ability to function in low-oxygen conditions: “His brain was actually getting more oxygen than it would get at sea level,” Bailey says, despite the thin alpine atmosphere containing half the amount of oxygen found at lower elevations. But such high cell densities also put him at increased risk of a stroke or a heart attack. 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Plus, Bailey hopes to plan a follow-up expedition at some point. But for now, there is more testing to be done back in the lab—and Parks’s unusual physiology has turned out to have implications not just for cognitive decline, but also more directly for would-be Everest climbers.Parks’s exceptionally strong response to altitude suggests that climbers could “overacclimatize,” Bailey says, or put themselves and others in danger by spending too much time at high altitudes in preparation for an ascent. That runs against the prevailing wisdom that thorough acclimatization is a necessity for any ascent without supplemental oxygen.And given Parks’s outward signs of good health, it’s difficult to know how widespread the problem might be: How many climbers are already experiencing these symptoms without knowing it? And should high-altitude specialists be testing for this on the mountain? These aren’t the questions the team meant to provoke—but that doesn’t mean they’re unwelcome. “This is the dynamic of science,” Bailey says. “You can stumble across some findings … that can be just as profound as the original question you wanted to answer.”last_img read more


first_imgMany students who gathered at the Marina Beach here saidMany students who gathered at the Marina Beach here said they would wait for jallikattu to officially commence before they start dispersing.Several people across the state welcomed the decision, saying jallikattu was part of Tamil culture and steps should be taken immediately to make it a permanent feature.”We want an assurance from the Central government that it would amend the PCA Act in the upcoming session of parliament if the supreme court quashes the ordinance sometime later,” said Anbumani Ramadoss, who is Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) youth wing president and son of party president S Ramadoss.”I requested the President to look into the issue and provide a solution in favour of the interests of Tamil Nadu, its people and culture,” he told reporters in New Delhi.Meanwhile, Panneerselvam thanked the Prime Minister, who he said “was responsible for the approval of several Central government departments and President Pranab Mukherjee in a single day.”He also lauded the students, youths and the general public for their absolutely peaceful protests in the matter without causing any law and order issues.Answering a question on the criticism against the State government on the jallikattu issue, the chief minister later told reporters that such criticisms are common in public life.Recalling the long battle in courts on the jallikattu issue, Panneerselvam in a statement said ever since 2006, the sport had come across several barriers.Against the backdrop of the sport being held based on directions of the Supreme Court, the Central government had notified bulls under section 22 of the PCA Act, 1960.advertisementIt prohibited training and exhibiting bulls as performing animals and following that in 2014 Supreme Court altogether banned the sport.The apex court had also struck down the 2009 Act of Tamil Nadu government regulating jallikattu holding it repugnant to the PCA Act 1960.Panneerselvam said late Jayalalithaa had made continuous efforts to hold jallikattu and cited her giving a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 demanding legal measures to conduct the sport.Tamil Nadu had been knocking on the doors of the apex court and filed a review petition against the ban which was also dismissed by the top court in December last.In 2015, AIADMK MPs had spoken in Parliament batting for an amendment by the Centre to allow jallikattu. However, since that was not done, Jayalalithaa had urged promulgation of an ordinance on December 22, 2015 to allow the sport.Following such efforts, the Centre had issued a notification on January 7, 2016 allowing jallikattu which was subsequently stayed by the Supreme Court. (MORE) PTI VGN BN TVS RGlast_img read more

AAP minister Kapil Mishra at Mail Today Culture Conclave: Both ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ are welcome in Delhi

first_imgWhile the lives of Uttar Pradesh’s Romeos and Juliets have taken a tragic turn with critics accusing the state’s week-old BJP government of “moral policing”, the star-crossed lovers may find refuge in the nation’s Capital.The culture of India is love and resistance, AAP minister Kapil Mishra said on Saturday. Speaking at the MAIL TODAY Culture Conclave, he announced that both Romeo and Juliet are welcome in the city and there would be no Mogambo to object, referring to one of Hindi cinema’s best-known villains.His remarks came against the backdrop of the UP government’s controversial anti-Romeo drive, described as a crackdown on people harassing women in public places. “Every year when the tourism calendar of the government of India is sent to all countries, there are two places which are always mentioned- Taj Mahal and Khajuraho. One symbolises divine love and the other material love,” the city’s tourism and culture minister said.Indian culture is known to embrace dissenting voices, he pointed out. “We are a flexible society. People who invaded and made an attempt to destroy our culture eventually blended in.”UP GOVERNMENT’S ACTION CRITICIZED ON SOCIAL MEDIAThe Uttar Pradesh government’s action has sparked criticism on social media video with commentators terming it infringement of individual rights with TV footage showing young men being caned by police and others being made to do sit-ups as punishment.”After taking over as tourism and culture minister, I got to know that a concert of (Pakistani singer) Ghulam Ali sahab had been cancelled in Mumbai. The first thing I did was to call him and invite him to Delhi for a concert,” Mishra recalled. “Ghulam Ali is one of those artists whose music is immensely popular among Indian soldiers. His music is without boundaries. Our culture is flexible and convergent.”advertisementThe minister compared Indian culture to the voices of Kabir and Maharishi Charvaka- known for their anti-norm views. Some people are trying to enforce uniformity is the garb of unity, he said. “India with such diverse culture is a culture of resistance and we should celebrate it.”The Aam Aadmi Party and other critics have accused the ruling BJP at the Centre as well as affiliated groups of trying to muzzle dissent and paint nonconformists as “anti-nationals”.ON RAMJAS, JNU INCIDENTSTalking about clashes at educational institutions in recent months including the violence at Delhi’s Ramjas College in February and JNU last year, Mishra said university culture is all about healthy discussion on politics and policies.”It is wrong to term the voices of dissent as Naxalite, terrorist or anarchist. However, the anti national slogans that were raised in JNU are unacceptable and people responsible for it should be behind bars,” he said.”But hitting a college professor in the name of culture is not a trait of a Hindu.”The Capital will hold cultural and tourism festivals in six months on the lines of Dubai and Singapore, the minister announced.”We are working on the packaging and the branding of the Capital,” he said. “We are introducing seven tourist circuits. We have collaborated with INTACT to protect 250 archeological sites in the Capital.”MISHRA APPRECIATES CENTRE’S SUPPORTAmid all the criticism for the Centre, the minister did not hold back in appreciating the support he received from the Modi government.”The Centre and Delhi government are closely working in tandem to promote tourism and clean the Yamuna,” he said.”We believe, to promote culture it is important to connect the society with the river. Therefore, we organised a mega Yamuna aarti and are also going to develop river tourism and a `200-crore budget has been earmarked for this year. We have a 22-km stretch of clean water which is still an unexplored point. We have begun water sports. We will develop a 5-km ecological river front.”The city’s nightlife is an important part of the culture and it’s beyond going to India Gate or nightclubs, Mishra argued. “The nightlife ensures the law and order of a place,” he said.ALSO READ | No moral policing in the name of anti-Romeo squads, says UP government Yogi Adityanath backs anti-romeo squads to make UP safe for women; all that he said at GorakhpurWATCH VIDEO | Anti-Romeo squads in UP: Protection of women or khaki vigilantism?last_img

WWE: Jinder Mahal to fight AJ Styles for WWE Championship at Clash of Champions

first_imgJinder Mahal challenged WWE Champion AJ Styles for a title match at the Clash of Champions pay-per-view on Tuesday night SmackDown, saying he will be invoking his rematch clause for the same.On November 8, Jinder Mahal had lost the WWE Championship to AJ Styles, just a month ahead of the WWE Live event in India. The Phenomenal One became the WWE Champion for the second time in his WWE career, defeating the Modern Day Maharaja clean.After his match of the night at Survivor Series against Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles called out to Mahal in a bid to settle scores with him.Even as Styles was ready for a title match, Mahal appeared on the screen and refused to fight for the title. The Modern Day Maharaja spoke of his Indian support and called Styles a disgrace.”I am the man who brought dignity and class to that championship. I am the man who won 0.3 billion people of the great nation of India, looking up to the Modern Day Maharaja. So, I choose when I want my rematch.”You are a disrespect, a disgrace to SmackDown Live. We will clash but at a place more deserving than Texas,” Mahal spoke to Styles through the screen..@JinderMahal offers a #WWEClash challenge to @AJStylesOrg for the @WWE Championship! #SDLive WWE (@WWE) November 22, 2017Mahal then announced that the rematch will happen at the Clash of Champions, which is slated to be held on December 17.”I will be invoking my rematch clause at the appropriately named pay-per-view, the Clash of Champions,” Mahal announced.advertisementJust as Mahal laughed and Styles bickered, the Singh brothers attacked Styles from behind. But The Phenomenal One was up for challenge and in a strong message to Mahal, Styles looked into his eyes as he downed Samir Singh with a Styles Clash.Since The Modern Day Maharaja will be fighting for title at the Clash of Champions, he will be coming to India without the Championship for the WWE ‘Supershow’ on December 9.last_img read more

Jack Wilshere and David Silva to miss respective International friendlies

first_imgEngland’s Jack Wilshere and Spain’s David Silva have withdrawn from their national squads for the upcoming friendlies against Italy and Argentina respectively.Wilshere withdrew because on Tuesday as he continued his recovery from injury while Silva cited personal reasons for backing out.The 26-year-old Englishman, who received an England call-up for the first time since 2016, missed Friday’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands due to the problem.”Jack Wilshere won’t feature against Italy and has now withdrawn from the group,” the FA said on Twitter.Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, who was forced off in the opening 10 minutes against Netherlands with an ankle injury, will remain with the England squad for further assessment.England open their World Cup Group G campaign in Russia against Tunisia on June 18 before facing Panama and Belgium.OFICIAL | El jugador David Silva (@21LVA) ha sido liberado de la concentración por razones personalesón Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) March 24, 2018On the other hand, Silva left the Spain squad for personal reasons, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said on Saturday.The 32-year-old, a World Cup winner in 2010, played for 71 minutes in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Germany but is likely to miss Tuesday’s home match against Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano.”David Silva has been released from the squad for personal reasons,” the RFEF said on their official Twitter account.Silva missed several matches for Premier League leaders City earlier this season, announcing in January that his son Mateo was born “extremely preterm”.(With inputs from Reuters)advertisementlast_img read more

Watch: Cinematic Highlights From Oklahoma State-TCU Game

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Saturday was a special day in Oklahoma State’s season (obviously), and the cinematic highlights perfectly capture the importance of the Cowboys moving to 10-1* on the season.The highlights here are as good as you would expect. All the Carson truck sticks. All the Lacy grabs. All the Kenny Hill sacks. Drink it in, Cowboy fans because we get two straight weeks of bliss.Also it gave us this elite GIF.Boing boing boing.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 21, 2016last_img read more

Trudeau apologizes for racist brownface yearbook photo

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is apologizing after Time Magazine discovered a yearbook photo of him wearing ‘brownface.’“I take responsibility for my decision to do that, I shouldn’t have done it, I should have known better. It was something I didn’t think was racist at the time, but now I recognize it was something racist to do and I am deeply sorry.”The image dating from spring 2001 shows Trudeau at an “Arabian Nights” themed party hosted by Vancouver private school West Point Grey Academy, where he once taught.In the photo, Trudeau is shown wearing a turban, white robes and his face and hands were painted a dark colour.Trudeau told media he was deeply regretful for his actions but remained adamant that his record shows a commitment to fighting intolerance and racism.“I stand here before Canadians as I will throughout this campaign to talk about the work we have to do to make this country better,” he says.“I take responsibility for it. It was a dumb thing to do. I’m disappointed in myself. I’m pissed off at myself for having done it. I wish I hadn’t done it but I did it. And I apologize for it.”—Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on 2001 photo of him wearing brownface #cdnpoli #elxn43— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) September 19, 2019Pressed by reporters, he says what he did was racist because it is hurtful to people of colour, who experience oppression he himself has never faced.He told media on a plane in Halifax that he will not step down although he is “pissed off” with himself.“I am going to be asking Canadians to forgive me,” he says.Here is the photo – obtained by TIME. This was when Trudeau was teaching at West Point Grey Academy back in 2001. @NEWS1130— Taran Parmar (@Tarankparmar) September 18, 2019Vancouver businessman Michael Adamson provided the yearbook to Time. According to the magazine, Adamson was not at the party but it was attended by school administrators, faculty, and parents of students.A media spokesperson reportedly confirmed Trudeau was the one pictured in the photo.“It was a photo taken while he was teaching in Vancouver, at the school’s annual dinner which had a costume theme of ‘Arabian Nights.’ He attended with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin,” Zita Astravas tells Time.Calls for apologyThe National Council of Canadian Muslims had called on the Liberal Leader on Twitter to apologize in light of the photo. After he made the apology, the group issued an update.“We thank the Prime Minister for his apology. Prime Minister Trudeau’s apology came less than an hour after NCCM called on him to apologize for wearing blackface/brownface. Promises made, promises kept. That’s the NCCM way.”– With files from Taran Parmarlast_img read more

Latest Iraqi bombing another attempt to incite violence UN mission says

The attack is also aimed at “undermining the hopes of the Iraqi people for an improvement in their lives,” the mission, known as UNAMI, said in a statement issued today.The mission “calls on all groups not to respond in the fashion that the killers want them to do: with revenge,” it added.According to media reports, the car bombing took place in a predominantly Kurdish area of the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday evening, and led to at least 35 deaths and the wounding of 95 others. The attack occurred on the same day that United States-led Multinational Forces withdrew from Iraqi cities, leaving security in the hands of the country’s own forces. On Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out against recent attacks in Iraq, calling on the people of the strife-torn nation to reject attempts to incite further violence as it takes full responsibility for security in its cities.“The Secretary-General notes that Iraq has been benefiting from an improving security environment, and appeals to the people of Iraq to continue to reject these attempts to incite further violence in the country,” his spokesperson said in a statement. 1 July 2009The United Nations mission in Iraq has condemned yesterday’s deadly bombing in al-Shourga market in Kirkuk, which killed and injured dozens of people, calling it yet another attempt to stoke up sectarian and ethnic conflict. read more

Harvest in DPR Korea improves but serious nutrition concerns persist – UN

25 November 2011A United Nations assessment published today finds that the main annual harvest in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has improved compared to last year but serious nutrition concerns persist, especially among young children. The joint report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that while harvests are expected to increase by about 8.5 per cent over 2010, the country will still have a cereal import requirement of 739,000 tons. The planned Government imports for the year stand at 325,000 tons, leaving a cereal deficit of 414,000 tons, the agencies noted in a news release. The report concludes that nearly three million people in the country will continue to require food assistance in 2012. “Many people have been hit hard by food shortages over the past lean season,” said Arif Husain of WFP’s food security analysis unit in Rome. “Although improved with the new harvest, the situation remains precarious, especially on a nutritional level. Humanitarian support in the form of fortified blended foods for the most vulnerable continues to be critical,” he added. During her recent visit to the DPRK, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos warned that the country cannot feed its people for the “foreseeable future,” and urged the world to step up its humanitarian support for an estimated six million people who now depend on food aid. Ms. Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, reported that the country remains “highly food insecure,” with daily rations recently reduced, unreliable food supplies, restricted agricultural production and many children left stunted. Hospital staff told the FAO-WFP assessment mission of a significant increase in malnutrition among young children. Some paediatric wards indicated that cases admitted for malnutrition since April had doubled compared to the same period last year. A lack of protein, fats and vital vitamins and minerals continues to compromise proper physical and intellectual development into adulthood. The joint report recommends pulses and fortified blended foods to address the problem of protein deficiency, to help recovery from a severe lean season and to prevent a further spike in malnutrition. It also recommends, in the short term, the provision of wheat, barley and potato seeds for planting this winter and in the spring of 2012, and the delivery of plastic sheeting to protect seedbeds through April-June next year. In the longer term, it says that DPRK should increase its domestic production by adopting conservation agriculture – which is based on minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotations – together with appropriate mechanization. The Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), which was divided into four teams, visited 29 counties in all nine agricultural provinces over a 10-day period. This was the first time the mission’s members were able to visit provincial and county markets, as well as State shops. read more

Research funding for CCOVI

Debbie Inglis, director of CCOVI, is all smiles at the announcement of $1.9 million for grape and wine research.The federal government is injecting $1.45 million into Canada’s grape and wine industry through research done by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and the Grape Growers of Ontario.Rick Dykstra, MP for St. Catharines, announced the funding Dec. 16 at a reception at Pond Inlet. The funding, which comes from the federal Developing Innovative Agri-Products program, will combine with funding from the grape and wine industry to form $1.9 million in research dollars.“I think we’ll see a return on this investment tenfold,” Dykstra said.The funding will add two positions to CCOVI’s research team. The scientists will work on priorities identified by the industry itself.“Not only are we adding research expertise, but also much-needed outreach support for the grape and wine industry,” CCOVI director Debbie Inglis told the audience.A viticulturist will specialize in winter hardiness of grapes, and an oenologist will specialize in wine flavour chemistry, she said.After some tough winters in recent years, winter hardiness is a major issue for growers, said Mattias Oppenlaender, chair of the Ontario Grape and Wine Research Inc. Solutions have implications for all cool-climate growers.“By improving winter hardiness, we will be an economic driver across this country,” he said.The announcement, said President Jack Lightstone, is another example of the growing partnership between Brock and the community.“This is an example of how we strive to take our knowledge and research out of the labs and into the fields and wineries.”From left: President Jack Lightstone; Debbie Inglis, director of CCOVI; MP Rick Dykstra; Matthias Oppenlaender, chair of the Ontario Grape and Wine Research Inc.; Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario; and Michael Metson, Science and Innovation Co-ordinator, Ontario Regional Office, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. read more

New report shows nearly half of Martin Co cant afford water

The Water Affordability Crisis in Martin County report was announced in Frankfort at the State Capitol Monday.“I don’t think that people that have clean water throughout this state and other states actually realizes what a luxury it is,” says Mickey McCoy with MCCC.To show how those in Martin County can’t afford the water, Nina McCoy with MCCC, says in July the water district sent out 300 notices of shutting for water for non-payment.The new report shows water service rates have increased by a staggering 41.5% since January 2018 with another rate increase expected soon after a new management company was hired to take over the struggling water district.“Then that is going to make it so hard for some families that they are going to have to do without,” says Nina.The report says nearly half the people in the county can’t afford the water based on the Environmental Protection Agency standard.How poor is martin county?About 44% of the households have an income below $25,000 per year.“This is not acceptable,” says Nina.Some of the poorest people in the state have the highest water bills in Kentucky.“It’s a damn shame,” says Mickey.He says it should be a human right to have clean water.These groups are demanding no more rate increases.The report doesn’t just detail the problems, it offers potential solutions.Among them: that grant money go toward the most immediate needs of the district – including fixing service and main water lines; asking for state money to improve the infrastructure and help low-income customers pay their bills; look at different rate structures; and consider customers’ income levels when setting public utility rates.Below is the full report.Drinking Water Affordability Crisis Martin County Kentucky MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) — Martin County has the distinction of having some of the most expensive ‘bad’ water you’ll find anywhere and that’s in a county where more than a third of the people live in poverty.Not being able to afford the often unusable water is detailed in a critical new report done by the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and a Martin County Concerned Citizens (MCCC) group.- Advertisement – read more

Tatari and Jovanovic to Astrahanocka

Astrahanocka handballMarija JovanovicMiranda Tatari ← Previous Story Robert Orzechowski joins NMC Powen Zabrze Next Story → No winner in Flensburg – Petar Djordjic is back Russian team Astrahanocka prepares a really good squad for the upcoming season. New players of team from Astrachan will be Croatian and Montegrian NT captains, Miranda Tatari and Marija Jovanovic. Poor financial situation in Croatian Podravka and Romanian Oltchim forced players to think about some other options for the upcoming season. Ambitious Russian team wants to become one of the best in domestic competition. There are already Emili Turey, Jelena Eric, Sanela Knezovic, Sandra Nikcevic, so problem will be, which foreign players have to leave team at the end of the season (currently 5, but only 4 could be on the match list). read more

Zoran Gobac The draw for the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark has

← Previous Story Mediterranean Games (W): Good day for host Turkey and Balkan teams Next Story → Nacho Plaza to leave Guadalajara denmark 2014euro 2014 denmarkeuropean championshipZoran Gobac The leading personality of the Croatian Handball Federation, Zoran Gobac, has again attacked the EHF saying that the draw for the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark has been fixed.– It hasn’t even begun, and the European Championship is already fixed. The host could choose which group they will be in, but only after the whole draw was over. This way Denmark chose easier opponents for the second round, and the harder ones they left for the end of the championship. It’s not Denmark’s fault, but EHF which let this happen. This could not possibly happen at a football or basketball championship. – If they paid the European Handball Federation, means that they bought the championship, and now they  want to make huge business out of this. So that Norwegians play in a hall which will be easiest to fill, so that Swedish play where they can fill the hall – what is Copenhagen – Malmo? You just cross the bridge. Now it’s known why our two votes disappeared when the decision on who will host this championship was made, and no one knew the answer. – concluded Zoran Gobac.source: & read more

iPad 2 Did you buy one What do you think

first_imgIt felt like the day would never come, but the iPad 2 is officially out and in the hands of users. The tablet became available both at and in stores on Friday. Lines grew and after a day or so the first shortages were announced. Now the iPad is sold out in most stores and the shipping time from is 3-4 weeks, with people speculating that Apple sold something like 600,000 tablets this weekend.Out of all those people, at least some of your had to have picked one up. If so, what do you think about it so far? Happy you braved the lines? Or did you order online and are eagerly awaiting a visit from Fedex? And most importantly: Was it worth the upgrade from the iPad… or is this your first oversized iDevice?This post is really about what you readers think, but I’ll start things off. I decided to get an iPad 2 a few months ago, mainly because I wanted an iPad but delaying purchasing one until the iPad 2 was on the horizon. The dual-core processor, improved graphics, and slimmer design sold me on the second model as opposed to going with a small discount on the original. I decided to get one as soon as possible after launch, but couldn’t will myself to stand in line on Friday–it was a depressing scene. Things did get better on Saturday, but the lines were still long. Here is a shot I took on Saturday, around 11am, of the SoHo Apple store:It wasn’t terrible, but the line was around the store and down the block. It was about an hour-plus wait from what I was told, but at least the weather was nice.In retrospect I should have acted fast and ordered one from, but I was hoping would have the iPad 2 so I could use some left over credit. Alas, the iPad 2 has yet to arrive on and now the wait from is 3-4 weeks. I predict I’ll be back at the Apple store before long, checking to see if they have any iPads in stock…As for the iPad 2, I was able to get my hands on one last week as well as in the Apple store store on Saturday, and, to keep things brief, I’m sold. I’ve been looking forward to getting a tablet and while I did want to go with Android, I have no doubt that the iPad 2 is the best way to go for now.Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the iPad 2 and your luck with purchasing one.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 8:48 AM Short URL Share2 Tweet Email No Comments Feb 14th 2018, 7:48 AM The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,443 Views EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #BELFAST: The local community is “stunned” after a “brutal” killing in west Belfast last night.2. #STORMY DANIELS: Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen has admitted to paying $130k to a porn star linked to the president but hasn’t said why.3. #BOJO: Boris Johnson is set to tell the world that not Brexiting would be a disaster.4. #SCARY SIGHT: A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after its engine cover ripped apart mid-flight.5. #DONEGAL: Locals from Tory Island are set to descend on Dublin to protest against a 1976 ferry.6. #FIERCE MILD: It’s going to be wet this morning and cold tonight… but there’s set to be some mild weather this weekend.7. #SUNBEAM SITE: An objection has been lodged against a massive Cork housing plan.8. #PSYCHOMETRIC: People may be targeted with adverts on their phone ahead of the upcoming Eighth Amendment referendum but it may not be clear who is funding these campaigns.9. #PRINCETON: A US college professor has cancelled a cultural freedoms class after the use of a racial slur caused anger. Image: Shutterstock/Billion Photos By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Billion Photoslast_img read more

Yuri on Ice is a NonTraditional Gay Anime Romance

first_img The Best Romance Anime AvailableThe Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All Time Stay on target The season finale of Yuri on Ice doesn’t end in a passionate kiss or a huge declaration of love, but our main couple skates together, and that might be enough.It’s a first for the series. Victor has been spending most of the season training Yuri and only joining him on the ice in practice sessions. Victor is rarely seen skating at all minus a few flashbacks. It may seem like a basic way to end a 12-episode series that’s been blanketed in sexual tension, but it symbolizes a level of intimacy shared by the couple and establishes their relationship. Yuri and Victor may not be the first male, gay couple in anime, but they’re one of the first to be a couple for couple’s sake.In order to comprehend what makes this gay figure skating anime so revolutionary, and what made it so popular in the West, you need to understand the culture in which it was made. Japan, for all its gay, fanservice-laden manga and anime, is generally homophobic and traditional, still not having legalized same-sex marriage. Some areas in Tokyo, like Shibuya, have legalized it (the first same-sex marriage certificate was issued in 2015), and a slight majority of Japanese people support it. Despite the strides it’s made in the last couple years, it’s still rare to see a gay couple get together and be in love in anime or manga.Considering there’s a lot of gay media coming out of Japan–in yaoi (male relationship) and yuri (female relationship) specifically–it’s strange to say it’s not exactly common to see something like Yuri and Victor’s relationship. A lot of the stories depict these relationships, but only seem to do so to pander to its audiences or play with something that can never be.For example, despite being romantic stories about gay men, yaoi is targeted at women and as such, is usually fetishized and relies on classic negative tropes. One of the people in the coupling is usually a lot younger than the other (sometimes being under age) and is being pursued by the more dominant one. They are called the “seme” (top) and “uke” (bottom). One of the characters (usually the seme) has an abusive past that can get in the way of them developing feelings for the other. There’s usually another character or event that physically harms one or both of them. The “stakes” in these stories can be damaging physically and psychologically.A famous yuri story, Revolutionary Girl Utena, is one of the few mainstream anime to depict a queer female relationship, but in the end, as Utena tries to save Anthy from her abusive roots, she pays the price. Despite the fact that Shin Sekai Yori portrays a tongued kiss between two men, one ends up in a heterosexual relationship. Shows like Ouran High School Host Club depict “homosexual relationships,” but they’re often played for laughs and don’t actually exist in canon.There’s still a taboo attached to them, even if nobody in the story itself addresses the values that keep Japan from recognizing a same-sex marriage legally. The coupling can’t be together, whether it’s due to a supernatural force, another person, or a dark past that one of them is trying to hide. This is partially why in Yuri on Ice, Yuri and Victor are never seen kissing passionately.Just like in Western media, the same-sex couple doesn’t end up together because one of them ends up dead. Heterosexual couples still take precedent, even sometimes in the homosexual couple’s own story. However, in Yuri on Ice, Victor and Yuri are at the forefront. It’s a shame we don’t get an explicit show of physical love, but maybe we don’t need it. Yuri and Victor’s budding relationship is gradual, and neither one of them has a moment when they realize that they’re gay and that it’s something to be reckoned with. Yuri, at one point, just proclaims his love for Victor in front of a TV audience, implying that it’s more than romantic, but that it’s real nonetheless. When they “get married” it’s more of a show of their pure bond and their effect on each other. When we find out that Victor came to Japan because Yuri showed off a different side of himself at a party a year prior, it brings him down to Yuri’s awkward level.Their relationship exists somewhere beyond any sexuality, meaning it doesn’t fall into the same traps that a lot of yuri and yaoi relationships do. Queerbaiting is a real fear for fans who want to see these couplings work out. Yuri is often teased by Victor for never having a girlfriend. And Victor seems at least more overtly sexual in his mannerisms (he stands up naked in a hot spring when he tells Yuri he’s going to be his coach), and some of that is played for comedy, but over the episodes, it becomes clear it’s not just pandering.While this isn’t the first anime with a same-sex couple at the forefront, it’s one of the first to present a story that isn’t strictly sexual and is mutual. Yuri and Victor complement each other, but both also admit that they’ve grown as people because of the presence of the other. The equality in their relationship is revolutionary, even if it wasn’t the first to depict one. You can assign the “seme” or “uke” label to Victor and Yuri, but when it comes to their psychological bond, it’s more equal.The stakes in Yuri on Ice are separate from any romantic feelings they might have for each other, although the characters tie them in. Yuri wants to make a comeback in professional skating, and Victor wants to help him. Yuri has to overcome his lack of confidence to shine, while Victor has to become comfortable in himself after a lifetime of competition.And even outside the strong depictions of a gay couple, people are drawn to the character arcs. Everybody in the cast, including the side characters, are working towards something. The other Yuri (deemed “Yurio” by Victor), has one of the most complex emotional arcs in the series, trying simultaneously to be at the top of his game at the age of 15 while also figuring out who he is outside of Victor’s approval.Yuri on Ice is an anime that stars a same-sex, male couple and that’ll appeal to a certain group of people. However, it’s how the two interact–in a way that focuses on their fears and psychology–and how their relationship progresses from fan and idol to a consensual, mutual bond that makes it stand out. Yuri and Victor aren’t just another gay anime couple. They’re almost real.last_img read more

Man found dead in Hazel Dell was homicide victim police say

first_imgClark County Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate the slaying of a 61-year-old man whose body was found Monday night in the parking lot of Riverview Community Bank in Hazel Dell.The death of David Michael Gates, a homeless man who frequented the Hazel Dell area and regularly visited businesses there, is considered a homicide, according to a bulletin issued Thursday afternoon.Gates’ body was first discovered about 8 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of the branch at 1220 N.E. 88th St.In Thursday’s bulletin, presumably after an autopsy was conducted, detectives said they are not releasing exactly what killed Gates.In fact, the bulletin said deputies have little information about Gates.As a result, deputies are asking the public to call in tips, including about where Gates was Sunday and Monday — and about the people Gates spent time with.Those with information are asked to call detectives Kevin Harper or Lindsay Schultz with the Major Crimes Unit at 1-877-274-6311; or email them at Branton: 360-735-4513 or read more

MoviePass competitor Sinemia adds 15 unlimited daily movie plan

first_img 2019 movies to geek out over How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order Sinemia Sinemia rolled out a new Always Unlimited $15 monthly plan Friday, which will allow you to see a movie every day. The plan will be available as an annual or monthly subscription and will let subscribers watch a 2D movie every day at any theater and any showtime. It’s open to movie lovers in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Seats can be reserved up to 30 days in advance. But with the sweet comes the sour. The company also announced that it’s terminating “a small number of user accounts for fraudulent activity and/or misuse of the service.”  This comes at a time when the company is under fire for allegations of hidden fees, compounded by complaints that it’s Sinemia’s app which prevents people from checking in — not doing so before or after a movie is considered one of the actionable activities, and it’s been locking accounts over it. We’re still seeing those complaints. For example commenter SkateNY on our last story posted:  They’ve deducted movies from my account when their software didn’t work as advertised. Most recently, I was standing in the lobby of the theater, attempting to check in to a movie for which I had reserved an advanced ticket online using the Sinemia App. Couldn’t check in. Kept getting a message that I was too far away from the theater to check in. I paid for the movie with one of my credit cards. After I wrote to them about this incident, they responded with a warning that my account could be suspended if it happens again and deducted a movie from my monthly total. Sinemia responds:  Sinemia does not freeze accounts based on ticket prices. Sinemia users should be able check-in at any theater that is included in Sinemia’s supported theaters listed on Sinemia website. The misuse fee is only charged by Sinemia when a user fails to check-in at the theater 2 hours before or after their movie show time. If a user does not check in during the given time frame, they are charged the full ticket price for the movie they watch. Users need to pay the misuse fee in order to continue using their Sinemia membership. To reiterate Sinemia does NOT freeze or cancel any account due to the price of a movie ticket but because a user failed to check in. If a user is having an issue with the app that is preventing them from checking in they can contact Sinemia’s support line here: We’re always working to improve the Sinemia experience and appreciate feedback from our users. First published March 29, 2019 at 8:22 a.m. PT.Update March 30: Added Sinemia’s response. 18 Tags TV and Movies Tech Industry 77 Photos 3:41 Now playing: Watch this: Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

PSP Tribal Partnership Seeks Modern Solution To An Ancient Problem

first_imgEsther Kennedy of the Resource Protection Department collects water samples every week from Starrigavan. Along with six other tribes in Southeast, the group is working to create an early warning system to protect shellfish diggers from PSP. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Of all the traditional seafoods in Southeast Alaska, none are more shrouded in myth — and genuine risk — than clams and mussels. Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP)killed two people in Southeast in 2010 and dozens more have fallen ill over the recorded history of the state.For subsistence harvesters, there has been no way to measure the risk of clam digging — until now. In part 1 of a two-part series, KCAW reports on a partnership among Southeast tribes to create a regional water monitoring program.Download AudioIn Southeast, between Chicagof and Baranof Islands, there’s a waterway called Peril Strait. The name doesn’t come from winds ripping through the channel, but from a shocking event that happened in 1799.“A Russian ship came in and the villagers had gone out and collected a bunch of clams from an area now called Poison Cove,” explained Jeff Feldpausch, the Resource Protection Director for Sitka Tribe of Alaska.The incident he’s describing is the earliest documented case of PSP in the state. After eating the shellfish, 100 Aleut crew members of fur trader Alexander Baranof – died. Feldpausch added, “They only made it a few miles to the area that’s now called Dead Man’s Reach.”Eat the wrong clam and you can die on the beach. That’s the grim pathology for PSP, which one state publication in 1982 called “Alaska Roulette.” In order to protect subsistence harvesters, the Sitka Tribe decided to invest in the latest science and to look really closely at what the clams themselves are eating.Paralytic shellfish poisoning is transmitted through bivalves, especially butter clams, mussels, and cockles. But it all begins in the water, in the naturally produced toxins of certain kinds of plankton. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)I met Esther Kennedy of STA’s Resource Protection Department near the Starrigavan dock. She took note of the day’s conditions. “So it’s 10AM, it’s sunny, it’s calm.” Every Tuesday, Kennedy starts her morning by collecting water samples. From far away, it looks like she’s flying an underwater kite, dragging a net sedately through the water as microscopic creatures called phytoplankton get trapped inside.“Most plankton is just beautiful and it looks like little Christmas ornaments and I have no problem with that,” said Kennedy. “But it’s a little bit unnerving to be looking at that and be like, ‘How many of those have I swum through in the past?’”Alexandrium is a genus of dinoflagellates that leads to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. This cell was identified by a team of researchers at NOAA’s biotoxin testing lab in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of NOAA).The vast majority of phytoplankton are totally harmless. But a few of them, particularly of the genus Alexandrium (they look like an acorn under the microscope) produce a chemical called Saxitoxin. Saxitoxin is 1000x more potent than cyanide, so potent it’s listed as a chemical weapon by the US military. Saxitoxin is what’s responsible for PSP.The timer beeps. Three minutes are up and Kennedy pulls up net and bottle – now filled with water. She’ll take these drops of water back to a lab, and using a microscope, count what kinds of phytoplankton, toxic or not, are in the water that week.So, how do these tiny creatures poison us? It works like this: when toxic-bearing phytoplankton accumulate in the water, it’s known as a harmful algal bloom, or a HAB. Some HABs are visible, even red, earning the nickname “red tide,” but many are not. As shellfish feed, the bloom’s toxins get trapped inside and have the potential to poison whoever eats the shellfish, whether a sea lion in Kodiak or a subsistence user in Klawock.SEATT partners are monitoring for other kinds of toxic phytoplankton, such as Dinophysis. “It kind of looks like a pitcher filled with punch with Sangria,” said Kennedy. “We’re worried about that because it produced diuretic shellfish poisoning, which is very unpleasant but not high priority.” (Photo courtesy of Esther Kennedy)“Here we are living with hundreds of bears wandering that will wander through the streets, but everyone is worried about the clams,” said Chris Whitehead, STA’s Natural Resource Specialist.Chris Whitehead joined STA’s Resource Protection Department in the fall of 2013. In his former home of Washington State, there’s a hotline you can call to know which beaches are safe for shellfish digging.WA HOTLINE: You have reached the Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Hotline…No such system exists in Alaska, so Whitehead wanted to create a local solution. He pitched the idea for a HAB monitoring program to several tribes. The response was instant.“This is kind of the first step or kind of the poster child for collaboration on environmental issues,” said Jeff Feldpausch. Six other tribes have signed on for the project. Together, they form Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins group, or SEATT, with membership from Sitka, Juneau, Yakutat, Petersburg, Klawock, Craig, and Kasaan.Matt Anderstrom does the water testing for the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe at the Yakutat Lagoon. Two weeks ago, the lab saw its first sighting of Alexandrium – that’s the one that makes Saxitoxin. It was spotted by his younger daughter, Nellie.“I’ve got flashcards and identification keys,” said Anderstrom. “[My daughter] was asking what the bad ones look like and as soon as she seen it, she lit up and was like, ‘That’s it, right there!”Identification keys from NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network in Charleston, SC. Representatives came to Alaska to provide training to SEATT’s field workers. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Using the data field workers like Anderstrom and Kennedy are gathering, each tribe hopes to eventually create an early warning system for toxic bloom events in their area. In Sitka, Feldpausch imagines it will be a stoplight published in the daily paper.“A green should be good to go, a yellow is proceed with caution, and a red, we have found saxitoxins out there,” said Feldpausch.Right now, the Sitka Tribe is only testing the waters at Starrigavan. Feldpausch recognized that may not be enough for some harvesters.“Eventually we may be able to grow and do other areas,” he said, “But I imagine there’s probably 50-60 beaches around here that people get their shellfish from. There’s no way to cover all those areas.”Each tribe has focused their first year of fieldwork on one site and for Sitka, the choice of Starrigavan is strategic. In 2013, two locals suffered mild PSP cases in the middle of October.White explained, “It used to be wintertime was somewhat safe, you didn’t have to worry about it. But because of climate change and warming conditions, the bloom may last all the way through October, November.”So the old rule of thumb, that safe harvesting months had an “R” in them, basically September through April, is no longer true. In 2012, Alaska Magazine got in trouble with the state for saying otherwise. With PSP a threat any time of year, Whitehead says it’s more important than ever for communities to reclaim their beaches and know exactly what lurks in the water.For more on PSP safety and prevention, check out the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation‘s fact sheet.last_img read more