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first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Ovechkin moved closer to a major milestone, Braden Holtby kept up his stellar play and the Washington Capitals kept rolling.Ovechkin scored his 497th goal, Holtby stopped 34 shots and the NHL-leading Capitals beat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Jan. 7.Jason Chimera, Nate Schmidt and Nicklas Backstrom also scored to help Washington reach 63 points and become the first team with 30 wins. Holtby improved to 26-4-2, including 18-0-2 in his last 21 games.“Our goal is to finish as high as we can in the standings to give us the best opportunity in the playoffs,” Holtby said. “We were definitely tested, our blocking and our protection in front of the net.”Brock Nelson scored for New York and Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves in his first action in nearly three weeks. The Islanders had won four of six and fell to 7-2-2 against Metropolitan Division foes.It was the teams’ first meeting since the Capitals won a seven-game series with the Islanders in the first round of the playoffs last season.Ovechkin gave Washington a 2-0 lead with his 22nd goal of the season with 4:15 left in the first period. Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech coughed up the puck in the offensive zone and the Capitals’ Karl Alzner took it and skated up the right side. He dropped it to Ovechkin, and the 30-year-old Russian wristed a shot past Halak from the right faceoff circle.“We had a good start, that was the key,” Backstrom said. “We were aggressive and kept the puck in their zone and tried to work it deep in there. (It was) 2-0 after the first, that’s a good way to start off the game.”Nelson got the Islanders on the scoreboard 1:59 into the second. He took a pass from Ryan Strome in the high slot and fired a wrist shot past Holtby for his 14th of the season.“We have to be better out of the gate,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “We were a little slow to start today. There’s a reason they’ve only lost a handful of times. … We have to raise our level and be better.”Ovechkin had a chance for No. 498 about 9 minutes into the second, but the puck clanged off the crossbar.Washington restored its two-goal lead later in the period, just after killing off an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Tom Wilson.Backstrom dropped a backhand pass to Schmidt, and he fired a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle for his second of the season with 4:06 to go.“Towards the end of the period it was really big,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “Schmidt’s goal right after the big kill there where we got some good saves by Braden. I thought we managed the game really well.”Holtby has appeared in 33 of Washington’s 40 games so far.“He’s been real solid and when he hasn’t we sort of try to do the right things in front of him,” Trotz said. “He’s prepared every night. He’s a workhorse, he wants to be in the net every night and I think he gets mad when I pull him out of there. The more he plays the better he tracks the puck and the more patient he is in the net.”Backstrom capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 2:42 remaining in the game.Chimera put the Capitals ahead 5:45 into the game. Marcus Johansson grabbed the loose puck after taking the faceoff in the Islanders’ zone, skated behind the net and passed it to Chimera, who backed up and sent a shot that deflected up off Pelech’s stick and in off Halak.(VIN A. CHERWOO) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgRepublic of Ireland O’Neill renews with Republic of Ireland until after Euro 2020 Ryan Benson 02:58 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) o'neill-cropped Getty Images Republic of Ireland WC Qualification Europe Republic of Ireland v Moldova Moldova The Boys in Green’s World Cup hopes are still in the balance, but O’Neill will stay on no matter what happens in their final qualifiers Martin O’Neill has agreed a new contract with the Republic of Ireland and will remain manager until after their Euro 2020 campaign.O’Neill started the job in 2013 and led Ireland to Euro 2016, where they were defeated 2-1 by eventual finalists France in the first knockout round.The 65-year-old had previously made no secret of his desire to renew and said earlier on Thursday in a media conference that both sides were eager to find an agreement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. O’Neill’s renewal secures his immediate future despite Ireland sitting in a potentially precarious position in World Cup qualifying, positioned in third place in Group D behind Serbia and Wales with two matches to go.Defeat at home to rock-bottom Moldova on Friday could end their qualification hopes should Wales beat Georgia earlier on the same day, but clearly O’Neill and Ireland are looking beyond next year’s World Cup.BREAKING: Martin O’Neill has agreed a contract extension and will continue as the Republic of Ireland manager for the EURO 2020 campaign! pic.twitter.com/UAjiKoMGVh— FAIreland (@FAIreland) October 5, 2017Speaking to the national team’s official website, O’Neill said: “I spoke to John [Delaney, chief executive] very recently and he said on behalf of the board that he wanted to extend my contract for the next couple of years.”Obviously with Euro 2020 coming up, I’ve agreed to do so. I’ve enjoyed it [as manager] immensely.There have been incredible moments over the last few years! Time to create some more starting this week.. 🇮🇪 #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/X1pG71mYbM— FAIreland (@FAIreland) October 5, 2017″I wasn’t sure If I would get used to international football or not, but qualifying for the Euros [Euro 2016] made it all worthwhile and we’re still in this competition [World Cup qualifying] also.”The future, now with some younger players coming through and taking over from the old guard who will retire naturally through old age as much as anything else, I think makes it an exciting time for us.”last_img read more


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first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We won’t underestimate Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says they won’t underestimate Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.Klopp offered a nod to Newcastle’s financial situation when it comes to transfer restraints.He said: “I don’t know too much about Newcastle, from time to time I read a little bit.”Nobody was really happy with the amount of money they had to sign players, but Rafa is too experienced to carry that for a full season.”Meanwhile they are really settled, in a good moment result-wise.”It was always difficult to play against them.”Newcastle give us a lot to think about, the crosses with Rondon in the box.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_img Suhani Singh June 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 11:12 IST Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in ‘Bharat’.It’s hardly a surprise that Salman Khan chose to remake superhit Korean film Ode to My Father, a tearjerker with a selfless hero who always keeps family at the forefront and nation not too far behind. Khan saw potential in playing a hero who battles innumerable hardships in his lifetime and wins over hearts by the end of it. He relied on one filmmaker who could tell this epic tale with the emotional resonance of the original. His name: Ali Abbas Zafar.I was finishing the first draft of Tiger Zinda Hai when he called and said watch this film, said Zafar. The writer-director of Sultan did and he was impressed enough to finally do his first film outside the Yash Raj Films banner. The way Salman works is almost like a family, said Zafar. That’s how even Yash Raj [Films] works. You need production support to realise your vision. You have creative liberty to do what you want to do. I had that from writing to executing it.Here’s one thing Zafar will tell you about Bharat. It’s his most emotional story to-date. It’s like making seven short films. Every chapter has a beginning, middle or end, he adds. Through it audiences see various shades of Bharat played by Salman. Katrina Kaif, who filled in last minute after Priyanka Chopra walked out, has an instrumental part, one which requires her to exercise her thespian talent more than terpsichorean one. Kumud in the truest way is the soul of the film, said Zafar. She is the only person who keeps showing the mirror to Bharat.advertisementZafar is all praise for the actress who is also a dear friend. Kaif acted in Zafar’s directorial debut Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. What Katrina has brought to the table is phenomenal. The role has much more spark, said Zafar. It superseded my expectation of what I wrote on paper. Her performance has a lot of theraav [sobriety] and patience.Zafar’s last two films Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai both crossed the Rs 300 crore mark at the box office in India. He doesn’t have a formula for success but what he does prize is a diktat from his sports coach in school: If you run with the person who is running against you, you will never win. You have to run for yourself. It essentially implies that Zafar should be the best version of himself. When I came to Mumbai I was clear that I am not going to run in this race that my film will be better than the others, he added. I do the best I can.This approach has worked, earning him Khan’s trust (We are a little more comfortable with each other) and his films including Gundayfaring well with audiences. What it hasn’t done though is make Zafar a popular, recognisable director in the league of Rajkumar Hirani, Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Zafar couldn’t care less. In fact he’s even willing to laugh over his lowkey presence among paparazzi. I go to Soho House and Bastian [popular joints among celebrities] but I don’t get clicked there. Ninety per cent of the time people don’t know me, he laughed. I have walked out with Katrina and Salman in certain places and the photographers have said, Aap side ho jaaiye [Please move away]. So I go sit in my car. I am more than OK with that. Till the time I am getting to do what I love [making films] I am happy.Up next for Zafar is a gig as a showrunner for an Amazon Prime original of which he may direct a few episodes. It’s an idea that I have wanted to do for a long time, he says. But what’s going to excite Salman Khan fans is the fact that he’s cracked a story for Tiger 3, he adds.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Tags :Follow BharatFollow Ali Aabbas ZafarFollow Salman KhanFollow Katrina Kaif I do the best I canAli Abbas Zafar, director of ‘Bharat’, releasing today, talks to MAIL TODAY about working with ‘friends’ Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, and not wanting to be part of the rat raceadvertisementlast_img read more


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first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Let’s face it, records are back. I mean, who doesn’t like combing through them to find that song that brings you back to that time when…(insert distinct memory here.)? We know that many of you have record players and shelves full of records, and now Symbol Audio has the consoles and storage units that suit the modern man who not only appreciates music, but good design as well.Blake Tovin founded Symbol Audio with that particular consumer in mind. He had been designing furniture for more than 20 years when he decided to fuse his interest in music and design. And it’s for customers both young and old. “Our customer is more a designphile than audiophile.” says Tovin. “We sell to younger people who are beginning to collect records as well as older customers who are interested in dusting off their old records in either case they are looking for a distinctive audio product that’s an alternative to impersonal mass produced consumer electronics currently available on the market.”Not sure which piece to get for your home? Tovin recommends the Stereo Console Table. “Our Stereo Console Table is scaled around the dimensions of a typical console table allowing it to be placed anywhere a table would fit,” he says. “This is an especially convenient size for apartments and is designed to accommodate a turntable and a wireless receiver such as an Apple airport or Sonos and be able to switch between them with a remote control. With 2 available channels you can also choose to connect one to a TV and make the Stereo Console your single entertainment source, switching between music and television.The immersive sound is delivered through matched 4” titanium full range drivers and an 8″ down-firing subwoofer all powered by an integrated class D amplifier.”For more information, visit symbolaudio.com.last_img read more


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first_imgWe can all agree that hard work is for suckers. The dream is finding a proper brand ambassadorship that can sustain your travel dreams indefinitely (or until your stipend runs out). In the last six months alone, we’ve shared a WOW air contest looking to pay you $10,000 to move to Iceland and travel the world this summer, and a Cancun Experience Officer gig doling out $10,000 per month to the right person looking to spread the word about the popular destination. Now, one boozy seltzer brand is getting in on the action.White Claw Hard Seltzer’s My Best Life Contest will pay two winning ambassadors $60,000 each to travel the United States for six months later this year. Exact details of the ambassadorship are admittedly thin. It appears the company is relying on its future “employees” to dictate the terms of their employment. They’re counting on you to know what would make your personal “best life.” They’re providing the deep pockets, but it’s up to the winners to determine how to realize and share their own six-month best life dream.White Claw is encouraging applicants to think big. They’re expecting ambassadors to travel at least twice a month to any U.S. destination as long as it inspires them. That could mean picnicking in the backcountry of U.S. national parks, kayaking with alligators in the Florida Everglades, taking up surf lessons in Southern California, or skydiving over the Grand Canyon. Given the brand’s presumably young demographic, we’re assuming ambassadors will also be documenting their journey via social media and related blog posts.Entering is straightforward. Applicants can simply follow the company on Instagram and post their own photo with the hashtag #MyBestLifeContest. Alternatively, upload a photo to the official contest website with a caption that details how you would live — or are already living — your best life.Prospective My Best Life ambassadors can apply now through June 3, 2018, via the official White Claw My Best Life contest page. You need only be 25 years old and a legal resident of one of the 50 U.S. states (and love hashtags and fruity carbonated alcohol). Good luck! Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Editors’ Recommendations Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other last_img read more


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first_imgThe Europa, a Dutch sail training tall ship, will arriveThursday, Sept. 18, for a three-day port visit in Halifax. Europa will be docked at Queen’s Wharf North, on the Halifaxwaterfront. The ship will be open for public tours Friday, Sept.19 between noon and 5 p.m. Admission will be free. The Europa is a 43-metre (143-foot), three-masted barqueoperating worldwide voyages out of its home port of Amsterdam. The ship is returning home following a summer programparticipating in the Tall Ships 2003 event in the Great Lakes. The barque Europa was built for the city of Hamburg in 1911 atthe Stülcken Shipyard. Between 1987 and 1994, she was rebuiltinto a square-rigged vessel and in the years following herconversion, the ship has sailed the globe offering sail trainingfor both adults and youths. Part of each year, the ship sails asthe training ship for Enkhuizen Nautical College. The collegetrains people as mates and captains of coastal and ocean sailingvessels. Although the vessel is operated by a professional captain andcrew, passengers can stand watches, take turns steering, setsails, bake bread, scrub the decks and practice traditionalseafaring and seamanship skills. The visit of Europa was organized by Waterfront DevelopmentCorporation Limited, a provincial Crown corporation, as part ofits Visiting Ships Program. For more information on the visit, contact the corporation at902-422-0341 or by e-mail at info@wdcl.ca. Information on Europa is available on the Web site atwww.barkeuropa.com .last_img read more


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first_imgCONKLIN, Alta. – Alberta’s Indigenous relations minister is apologizing after provincial fish and wildlife officers seized dozens of smoked fish from an annual Metis cultural camp.A statement issued by Richard Feehan over the weekend says the seizure happened near Conklin on Friday, only a day after Feehan says he himself visited the camp.The statement says fish and wildlife investigators responded to a call about an illegal net in Christina Lake, but didn’t find the net when they arrived.They did find the camp with about 30 people, who were smoking about 25 whitefish.Alberta requires people who fish with a net to have a Metis Domestic Fishing Licence.Two people were issued appearance notices for fishing without a licence and all of the fish were seized.“This was an unfortunate circumstance. I understand there may have been some issues with the licensing, but I think this situation could have been avoided,” Feehan said in the statement, which was issued late Saturday. “I commit that we will take steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”The statement said Feehan has personally apologized to Metis Local 193 president Shirley Tremblay and vice-president Ernie Desjarlais.A video of the incident has been posted to Facebook.Tremblay, who was at the camp when Feehan visited but who wasn’t there when the officers arrived, said she doesn’t fault the officers for coming to the camp and conducting an investigation.But she doesn’t think they needed to take the fish.“We didn’t want a riot or anything to occur. It was actually the vice president of the Metis local that helped put the fish in bags,” Tremblay said in an interview Sunday.“They took our food supply, or a portion of our food supply.”The statement from Feehan said the government will work with the community to ensure members have appropriate licences.The Conlkin Development Advisory Committee issued a statement Saturday about the incident, where it called the actions of the officers at the cultural camp “completely inappropriate” and “insensitive.”“It was a time for celebration that was severely tainted by the actions of but an ill-informed few,” the statement said.The group tweeted Sunday it accepts Feehan’s apology and hopes it expedites the creation of a Metis consultation and harvesting policy.Tremblay said the camp at Conklin has been going for about eight years, and includes other traditional Metis activities, such as drying meat and berries and beading.She said Feehan ate a meal when he visited the camp that included fish from the lake, pork hocks, potatoes and salads.According to the statement from Feehan, he enjoyed himself.“I had a great time at the camp and truly enjoyed meeting with the residents,” he said.“These types of cultural experiences are very important in preserving Metis culture and I wouldn’t want to see that experience ruined.”—by Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more


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first_imgAPTN National NewsAlberta’s Wildrose Party is holding onto a polling lead as the province heads into an election next week.After 40 years in power, it seems that the Progressive Conservative-hold on Canada’s largest economy is slipping.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more on what to expect if the Wildrose Party takes the legislature.last_img


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TORONTO — Sears Canada has agreed to sell and lease back a distribution centre in Calgary to Canadian Tire’s real estate trust.CT Real Estate Investment Trust says it will spend about $84 million including transaction costs for the location.The Sears property is close to two Canadian Tire distribution centres, including one acquired by the trust in 2014.Sears Canada not likely to die while it still has real estate to sellSears Canada seeking to cut up to $127 million in expenses this year, mostly by first quarterThe properties are in an area of Calgary with direct access to Canadian Pacific’s intermodal rail terminal.Canadian Tire is CT Real Estate Investment Trust’s main tenant and retains a controlling ownership stake.Sears Canada has been working to reduce costs and find new ways of using its assets in light of a years-long decline in sales.In November, Sears announced it had sold a distribution centre north of Toronto for $100 million, but said it planned to continue operating in the building. read more


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← Previous Story Chris Mohr (Great Britain):”We are very excited about the OG” Next Story → Damir Doborac leaves SC Magdeburg Serbian right wing-right back, Dragan Tubic (27) signs contract with German HBW Balingen. Tubic spent last two years in Danish Thy Mors, where he had a good role. Before Denmark, Tubic was in Poland, where he played for six months in Vive Targi Kielce. He got international recognition as a member of HC Partizan Belgrade and aslo Serbian NT. He was part the “first reserve” for Serbia at EHF EURO 2010 in Austria. Dragan TubicHBW Balingen


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first_imgGARDAÍ IN MAYO are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 61-year-old Padraic Sharkey who has been missing from his home in Castlebar for two days.The last sighting of the man was in the Moy Heights area of Ballina at 12.55pm. He is described as being 5’10″ in height and of medium build with brown eyes and grey receding hair. He is also described as ‘clean shaven’ .When last seen he was wearing navy trousers, black shoes, a green striped suit jacket and a wine casual heavy jacket.Anyone with information is asked to contact Castlebar Garda Station ph 094-9038200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.last_img


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first_imgThe graves of about 1,500 veterans received individual salutes Thursday afternoon, just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.Volunteers placed small flags — most of them red, white and blue — at grave markers in Vancouver’s historic Post Cemetery.Members of Vancouver’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7824 organized the project, with help from other community volunteers.It’s become an annual scene-setter heading into the weekend slate of commemorative observances, including planned ceremonies in Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, La Center and Ridgefield.“All the graves get a flag,” said Richard Alvarez, an Army veteran and VFW member. And some markers get more than one.Several soldiers who won the Medal of Honor are buried at the cemetery, just off Interstate 5 and south of East Fourth Plain Boulevard. Their graves are distinguished by a pale blue Medal of Honor flag with 13 white stars.Not all flag recipients fought for our country, Alvarez noted. Some family members of soldiers were buried in the post cemetery near their fathers or husbands. The names of those family members often were inscribed on the reverse side of the soldiers’ grave markers.At those family plots, the volunteers put flags at the front and the back of the markers, Alvarez said.And, a handful of the flag recipients actually fought against us, Alvarez said. During World War II, German and Italian prisoners of war were transported to Vancouver. Some of the POWs died here and were buried here.Their graves are marked by green, white and red Italian flags, and the black, red and gold flags of unified Germany.The county’s Memorial Day observances include:Saturday• Fern Prairie, 11 a.m., Fern Prairie Cemetery, 25700 N.E. Robinson Road, Camas.Monday• Salmon Creek, 7:15 a.m., Salmon Creek American Legion Post, 14011 N.E. 20th Ave.• Camas, 9 a.m., Camas Cemetery, 630 N.E. Oak St .• Ridgefield, 9 a.m., Ridgefield Cemetery, Cemetery Road.• Vancouver, 11 a.m., Clark County War Memorial, Vancouver Barracks, Fort Vancouver Way and McClellan Road.• Washougal, 11 a.m., Washougal Memorial Cemetery, 3329 Q St.• La Center, 11 a.m., La Center Cemetery, Highland Road.Tom Vogt: 360-735-4558; http://www.twitter.com/col_history; tom.vogt@columbian.com.last_img read more


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first_imgLast year, in partnership with Stratton Publishing & Marketing, the Angerosa Research Foundation reported that 85 percent of associations published at least one e-newsletter, with 67 percent publishing more than one. Despite e-newsletter production growth, a number of association publishers—including American School Board Journal editor-in-chief Glenn Cook—consider high-security spam filters to be directly impacting open-rates, and in turn, readership.For Carole Hayward, director of newsletters and special publications for educational association ASCD, those spam filters, which are used by a number of schools, make it challenging to deliver news to members. ASCD uses a third-party media service to send one of its e-newsletters, “but even they can’t solve the problem entirely,” said Hayward.While the best solution is spam-checking e-newsletters before sending them to readers, there are other ways to get past the filters: Break Up the List When sending e-news to members, “try breaking the recipients into several groups and sending out the same e-mail under a slightly different subject line,” said ASBJ publications coordinator Margaret Suslick. Shorten Subject Lines“Our subject lines are short,” said Cook. One of its highest e-alert open rates, he said, was for the four-word subject line “A Day to Remember.”Appealing Subjects Are Likely Targets“I’ve found that trying to offer members ‘free’ anything via e-mail is a great way to end up in the spam folder,” said Hayward. Words like “dollar,” “free,” and “savings” are all culprits when it comes to marking e-newsletters as junk mail. Hayward said subject lines like “Top 10 Tips” tend to bypass spam filters and appeal to members.Send Links, Not SurveysASBJ sends its reader panel survey via a link in its e-newsletter instead of embedding the survey, giving its digital offerings additional protection from spam filters.last_img read more


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first_img Post a comment Share your voice Getting greener There’s sometimes confusion about what exactly “styrofoam” refers to. It’s a trademarked brand name for an insulation board created by Dow Chemical. It’s also used casually to refer to those white cups designed to hold hot drinks as well as various types of protective packaging materials.WSU calls out styrofoam for creating pollution when it burns and for not being able to degrade naturally. The new plant-based material is made of up 75% cellulose nanocrystals from wood pulp with polyvinyl alcohol added to make a more elastic foam. The lightweight material can support up to 200 times its weight without deforming. bouncebackEnlarge ImageThe researchers demonstrated how the water-soaked foam can bounce back into shape after being pushed down. Video screenshot by CNET Others have developed plant-based foams. You’re probably familiar with biodegradable packing peanuts that dissolve in water. Previous foam efforts don’t have the insulation properties, strength and durability of the newly developed material.”Our results demonstrate the potential of renewable materials, such as nanocellulose, for high-performance thermal insulation materials that can contribute to energy savings, less usage of petroleum-based materials, and reduction of adverse environmental impacts,” said mechanical engineer Amir Ameli, a lead researcher on the project. The initial research is promising, but it’s still early days. You won’t find this stuff insulating your house or your coffee for a while. The scientists are now working on creating stronger and more durable versions of the material while investigating how to take it from the laboratory into the real world.  13 ancient mysteries unlocked by modern science This plant-based material could one day usurp styrofoam. WSI Styrofoam, despite being environmentally problematic, is everywhere because it works so well. It makes for a great coffee cup. It insulates buildings. It protects products during shipping. But it’s also made from petroleum, a finite resource. Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) announced on Thursday that they’ve developed a plant-based alternative material “that for the first time works better than Styrofoam for insulation.” The team published its work online this week in the journal Carbohydrate Polymers.  0center_img Sci-Tech 13 Photos See ya, Styrofoam: We test the Igloo Recool, a $10 biodegradable cooler Earth Day 2019: Go greener with these cool eco-friendly products Tags Green techlast_img read more


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first_imgThe Senate Majority got a little bit bigger last week when Democrat Donny Olson announced his move from the minority. Born in Nome, Senator Olson represents all of northwest Alaska.He says concerns about budget cuts convinced him to switch over.“I was called by a number of constituents that were concerned about things like education, things like public safety, things likecorrections, things like behavioral health and health and social services,” Olson said.Olson said his constituents are worried about how the region might fare as the legislature continues to whittle down the state’s budget.He’s keeping an eye on the Power Cost Equalization, or PCE, program that helps people afford the high cost of energy in rural Alaska.Another supporter of PCE is Senator Lyman Hoffman of Bethel, the only other Democrat in the majority. Olson said he hopes adding another voice from the bush might balance things.“Because right now it looks to people from the outside that you’ve got people that are looking out for their services and their districtseither in Fairbanks or Anchorage and it just seems to be a little lop-sided.”Olson’s departure leaves the minority in a vulnerable position. Down to just four democrats, the minority is now at risk of losing committee seats.According to the legislature’s rules, a member of the minority is only entitled to a seat on a committee if the group makes up at least 25 percent of the total house membership. Without Olson, the minority makes up only 20 percent of the Senate.Minority Leader Berta Gardner of Anchorage said she was disappointed to lose Olson, but recognized his need to act in the best interest of his district.Olson’s move to the majority allows him to increase the size and salary of his staff.last_img read more


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first_imgWhile strolling or running are beneficial for heart health, light physical activity, such as gardening and folding clothes, may also lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in older women, say researchers. The study showed that such activities might be enough to significantly reduce stroke or heart failure by up to 22 per cent and the risk of heart attack or coronary death by as much as 42 per cent. The association was strong across all racial and ethnic groups, noted the study published in the journal JAMA Network Open. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The higher the amount of activity, the lower the risk,” said co-author Andrea LaCroix, Researcher at the University of California, San Diego. “And the risk reduction showed regardless of the women’s overall health status, functional ability or even age. In other words, the association with light physical activity was apparent regardless of these other factors,” LaCroix added. For the study, researchers studied nearly 6,000 women aged 63 to 97. They were made to wear a device which measured their movement 24 hours a day for seven consecutive days. The device was also calibrated by age to distinguish between light, and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Most people do not think of folding clothes or walking to the mailbox as physical activity of any kind, the researchers said. “This study suggests that for older women, any and all movement counts towards better cardiovascular health.”last_img read more


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first_img The post fight press conference was kind of weird,too. Did you ever watch Fight Cub, and wonder what it would look like as an actual, real-life sanctioned sport? If you did, the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship main event over the weekend between Artem Lobov and Jason Kight provided some ugly answers.On their last couple brain cells, the two squared off and basically landed haymakers on each other – minus the gloves – for 5 rounds until both their faces resembled bloody pieces of meat. It’s either grotesque or awesome depending on your point of view, or Tyler Durden’s. Like we said, it’s hard to tell the winner from the loser at the end of this one. Advertisementlast_img