Alligator fat could be used to make biodiesel

first_img Fungus among us could become non-food source for biodiesel production © 2011 PhysOrg.com The researchers, Rakesh Bajpai and coauthors from the University of Louisiana, have published their study on the possibility of using alligator fat as fuel in a recent issue of the American Chemical Society journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.In 2008, the US produced about 700 million gallons of biodiesel to help supply some of the 45 billion gallons of diesel consumed that year. Most of the biodiesel came from soybean oil. Due to concerns that using food crops to produce fuels will raise the price of food, scientists have been investigating alternative feedstocks, including sewage sludge, Chinese tallow, and used vegetable oil.By showing in experiments that oil extracted from alligator fat meets nearly all of the official standards for high-quality biodiesel, the Louisiana researchers have added another feedstock to the list. The scientists explained that alligator fat has a high lipid content, and the lipids could be recovered by microwaving frozen samples and by using a chemical solvent.Although it would play a small role in biodiesel production if it is ever to be used, alligator fat could have an advantage of lower processing costs compared to some other feedstocks since it is a waste product. More information: Potential of Alligator Fat as Source of Lipids for Biodiesel Production, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/ie201000sAbstractA large amount of alligator fat (AF) is produced by alligator meat processing industry and disposed in landfills or discarded as waste. The AF can be used as a potential feedstock for biodiesel production due to its high lipid content. In this work, recovery of lipids from the AF tissue was studied by solvent extraction as well as by microwave rendering. Microwave rendering resulted in AF oil recovery of 61% by weight of the frozen AF tissue obtained from producers. The fatty acid profile of the lipid showed that palmitic acid (C16:0), palmitoleic acid (C16:1), and oleic acid (C18:1) were the dominant fatty acids accounting for 89–92% of all lipids by mass; 30% of the fatty acids were saturated and 70% were unsaturated. The biodiesel produced from AF oil was found to meet the ASTM specifications of biodiesel concerning kinematic viscosity, sulfur, free and total glycerin, flash point, cloud point, and acid number. Oil extracted from alligator fat meets nearly all of the official standards for high-quality biodiesel. Image credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service (PhysOrg.com) — In addition to being a novelty food, alligators could also provide a feedstock for biodiesel. Every year, the alligator meat industry disposes of about 15 million pounds of alligator fat in landfills. Now scientists have found that oil can be extracted from the fat and used to make a high-quality biodiesel. Citation: Alligator fat could be used to make biodiesel (2011, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-gator-tank-alligator-fat-source.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Researchers suggest conformity pressure and desire to keepup is pushing unsustainable population

first_img More information: Pervasive Externalities at the Population, Consumption, and Environment Nexus, Science 19 April 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6130 pp. 324-328 DOI: 10.1126/science.1224664ABSTRACTGrowing concerns that contemporary patterns of economic development are unsustainable have given rise to an extensive empirical literature on population growth, consumption increases, and our growing use of nature’s products and services. However, far less has been done to reach a theoretical understanding of the socio-ecological processes at work at the population-consumption-environment nexus. In this Research Article, we highlight the ubiquity of externalities (which are the unaccounted for consequences for others, including future people) of decisions made by each of us on reproduction, consumption, and the use of our natural environment. Externalities, of which the “tragedy of the commons” remains the most widely discussed illustration, are a cause of inefficiency in the allocation of resources across space, time, and contingencies; in many situations, externalities accentuate inequity as well. Here, we identify and classify externalities in consumption and reproductive decisions and use of the natural environment so as to construct a unified theoretical framework for the study of data drawn from the nexus. We show that externalities at the nexus are not self-correcting in the marketplace. We also show that fundamental nonlinearities, built into several categories of externalities, amplify the socio-ecological processes operating at the nexus. Eliminating the externalities would, therefore, require urgent collective action at both local and global levels. Citation: Researchers suggest conformity pressure and desire to keep-up is pushing unsustainable population growth (2013, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-conformity-pressure-desire-keep-up-unsustainable.html Journal information: Science To feed the world, give women equal rights The two researchers note that in many parts of Africa, current growth rates mean a likely doubling of the population by 2050—they add that increased consumption rates by the same people is leading to unsustainable growth patterns due to limited environmental resources. Peer pressure among men to produce as many children as possible (due to historical land tenure issues) they assert, has led to a very high fosterage rate, while the burden of supporting children continues to fall primarily on women. At the same time, they found that despite living on just an average of 1200 international dollars a year, consumption rates in the same areas have been climbing for several years. Taken all together, they say, it makes for an environment full of externalities that promote fertility.Scientists have not been able to agree on how many people our planet can sustain. Some suggest we are already on a population curve that will lead to war, disease and general misery. Others contend that innovations and discoveries will lead to higher food yields and other technologies to shelter clothe and provide for the needs of an ever growing number of people. No one is suggesting that there is no limit to how many people can live here on Earth, it’s a question of how many can live here at what level. The pessimistic view is that nature will provide the corrections for us, while those with a more optimistic outlook suggest that technology and education will lead us to curbing our growth by managing our birthrate intelligently.Dasgupta and Ehrlich argue that their research shows that circumstances in some parts of the world are leading to a situation that is unsustainable—it won’t self correct and unless something changes such systems will collapse. They suggest that an education program for women (by people at both the global and local level) be instituted to break the pattern of fertility encouragement—it’s been shown to be effective in other parts of the world. (Phys.org) —Partha Dasgupta an economist with the University of Cambridge and Paul Ehrlich, a conservation biologist at Stanford University have published a paper in the journal Science in which they suggest that peer pressure and a desire to keep up with others can lead to unsustainable population growth. They use data from several sources to compare population growth rates between people in African—where population growth is exploding in some areas—with others where it is not, to show that when people experience peer pressure to have large families and also feel pressure to keep up with the consumption habits of other people where they live, the result can be explosive population growth. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Research team uses melanin to make biodegradable battery anode

first_img(Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Oregon has used melanin as an ingredient in a cocktail that led to the creation of a biodegradable battery anode. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they created the anode and to what purpose it might be put in the near future. Citation: Research team uses melanin to make biodegradable battery anode (2013, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-team-melanin-biodegradable-battery-anode.html Over the past several decades, medical researchers have been working on a way to create devices that can remain inside the human body, without the risk of causing harm. One such example is the pace-maker. It sits inside the chest, monitoring heart activity and delivers a small jolt when needed to keep the heart beating on a proper rhythm. Though it’s doubtless saved many lives, it also constitutes a health hazard—there are materials inside its case that upon escape could cause serious harm. Some of the most hazardous are in the battery, and that’s why researchers are working so hard to find a way to build one that is not only non-toxic, but is also biodegradable. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a step towards that ultimate goal by creating a battery component that is made from a material that is created naturally by the human body—melanin.Melanin is a material that exists in the skin of humans and other animals, and is responsible for the creation of pigments. In its natural state it exists as a group of disordered extended hetero-aromatic polymer networks, which means it’s a great material for holding a relatively large amount of ions. To use it as part of a battery, the team added it to a few other ingredients to create a mix that could be poured onto a steel mesh after adding sodium ions. The battery that resulted, the team found, was capable of discharging for up to five hours, though admittedly, offering less power than traditional batteries.The entire battery was not biodegradable of course, which means much more work needs to be done before such a battery might be used with an implantable medical device. Possible uses for such a device range from monitoring wounds and/or blood pressure to the delivery of drugs to specific body parts. Researchers show how to keep cathode material ‘in line’ to enhance battery performance Explore further More information: Biologically derived melanin electrodes in aqueous sodium-ion energy storage devices, PNAS, Published online before print December 9, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1314345110AbstractBiodegradable electronics represents an attractive and emerging paradigm in medical devices by harnessing simultaneous advantages afforded by electronically active systems and obviating issues with chronic implants. Integrating practical energy sources that are compatible with the envisioned operation of transient devices is an unmet challenge for biodegradable electronics. Although high-performance energy storage systems offer a feasible solution, toxic materials and electrolytes present regulatory hurdles for use in temporary medical devices. Aqueous sodium-ion charge storage devices combined with biocompatible electrodes are ideal components to power next-generation biodegradable electronics. Here, we report the use of biologically derived organic electrodes composed of melanin pigments for use in energy storage devices. Melanins of natural (derived from Sepia officinalis) and synthetic origin are evaluated as anode materials in aqueous sodium-ion storage devices. Na+-loaded melanin anodes exhibit specific capacities of 30.4 ± 1.6 mAhg−1. Full cells composed of natural melanin anodes and λ-MnO2 cathodes exhibit an initial potential of 1.03 ± 0.06 V with a maximum specific capacity of 16.1 ± 0.8 mAhg−1. Natural melanin anodes exhibit higher specific capacities compared with synthetic melanins due to a combination of beneficial chemical, electrical, and physical properties exhibited by the former. Taken together, these results suggest that melanin pigments may serve as a naturally occurring biologically derived charge storage material to power certain types of medical devices.center_img Structural characterization of eumelanins. SEM images of pristine natural (NatMel), Na+ -loaded natural (NatMel-Na), synthetic (SynMel), Na+ -loaded synthetic (SynMel-Na), electro-deposited (E-SynMel), and Na+ -loaded electrodeposited (E-SynMel-Na) melanins. Scale bar, 500 nm. Credit: PNAS, Published online before print December 9, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1314345110 © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Galaxy NGC 1132 has a disturbed hot halo study finds

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Galaxy NGC 1132 has a disturbed hot halo, study finds (2017, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-galaxy-ngc-disturbed-hot-halo.html Gargantuan galaxy NGC 1132 — a cosmic fossil? Explore further (Phys.org)—A new study recently published on arXiv.org reveals that the fossil group galaxy NGC 1132 (also known as UGC 2359) has a disturbed and asymmetrical hot halo. The findings provide new insights into the formation and evolution of this galaxy and could improve our understanding of fossil groups in the universe. © 2017 Phys.org Temperature maps obtained with two methods: (Left) 2-dimentional adaptive binning by contour binning (Sanders 2006). (Right) Hybrid binning (O’Sullivan et al 2014). The temperature scale is given at the bottom and ranges from 0.8keV (green) to 1.4 keV (yellow). Marked are the location of the discontinuity and the D25 ellipse. Credit: Kim et al., 2017. More information: Disturbed Fossil Group Galaxy NGC 1132, arXiv:1706.04609 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1706.04609AbstractWe have analyzed the Chandra archival data of NGC 1132, a well-known fossil group, i.e. a system expected to be old and relaxed long after the giant elliptical galaxy assembly. Instead, the Chandra data reveal that the hot gas morphology is disturbed and asymmetrical, with a cold front following a possible bow shock. We discuss possible origins of the disturbed hot halo, including sloshing by a nearby galaxy, ram pressure by external hotter gas, merger and nuclear outburst. We consider that a minor merger with a low impact parameter is the most likely origin: NGC 1132 may be a rare example of unusual late mergers seen in recent simulations. Regardless of the origin of the disturbed hot halo, the paradigm of the fossil system needs to be reconsidered. Located some 318 million light years away from the Earth, NGC 1132 is a well-known fossil galaxy group. The so-called “fossil group” is an isolated elliptical galaxy embedded in an extended halo of X-ray emitting gas the size of a galaxy group. Such groups are believed to be the end result of galaxy merging within a normal galaxy group, leaving behind the X-ray halo of the progenitor group.When it comes to NGC 1132, it is similar to other fossil groups. Previous observations show that it has an extended X-ray luminous halo, as in other fossil groups. It is also known to be a slow rotator with a core radial profile at the center, which is similar to typical old giant elliptical galaxies. All in all, NGC 1132 is expected to be old and relaxed long after the giant elliptical galaxy assembly.However, the new research presented by a team of researchers led by Dong-Woo Kim of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, suggests that NGC 1132’s hot gas morphology is disturbed and asymmetrical, with a cold front following a possible bow shock.”We found that the hot gas is disturbed, in contrast to the conventional view that the hot halo in the fossil system would be relaxed and undisturbed,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Kim’s team has analyzed archival data provided by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory as part of the Chandra Galaxy Atlas project. The spacecraft observed NGC 1132 in 1999 and 2003 with its Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS). The analysis revealed important details about NGC 1132’s hot gas morphology. The new results indicate that the system is quite disturbed with an asymmetric hot halo, including a sharp edge to the east and extended emission to the west.”The Chandra data revealed a cold front at r~10 kpc to the east of the center and an extended hot gas region toward the west. There may be a possible shock at r~20 kpc just ahead of the cold front,” the paper reads.The researchers noted that the disturbance in the hot halo of NGC 1132 is most likely caused by a recent minor merger of a small galaxy with a low impact parameter.”This hypothesis is consistent with recent simulations of rejuvenated fossil systems and the evidence of recent galaxy interactions provided by optical observations,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.According to the authors of the paper, the new findings show that the paradigm of the fossil system needs to be reconsidered. The researchers also underlined the need of further Chandra observations of the NGC 1132 system in order to put their results on a stronger statistical base.last_img read more

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Govt ups petroldiesel excise duty again oil firms to bear burden

first_imgThe move, which comes amid declining prices of crude oil in the international market, will boost government revenue and help it contain the fiscal deficit. The revised excise duty on petrol and diesel came into affect from Tuesday, official sources said.The move will have no impact on retail prices of petrol and diesel, they said.This is the second hike in excise duty in three weeks. On 12 November the government had raised the excise duty by Rs 1.50 per litre on both petrol and diesel but that did not have any impact on the retail prices. In view of the declining prices of crude, oil marketing companies had on Monday cut petrol price by 91 paise a litre, the seventh reduction since August, and diesel by 84 paise per litre, the third straight cut. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashWhile the fall in global rates and the resultant cuts in retail prices have led to lower realisation on account of customs and VAT, particularly in case of state governments, there wasn’t any loss to the central government on account of reduction in petrol and diesel prices as excise duty on the two fuels is fixed and not ad valorem.Unbranded petrol at present attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.70 per litre, a special additional excise duty of Rs 6 a litre and a road cess of Rs 2 per litre. Unbranded diesel attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.96 a litre and road cess of Rs 2 per litre. The total excise duty on unbranded petrol will rise from Rs 10.70 to Rs 12.95 per litre and that on unbranded diesel from Rs 4.96 per litre to Rs 5.96. Brent rates, the benchmark grade for more than half of the world’s oil, have dropped to $68.34 a barrel, the lowest level since October 2009. Prices declined 18 per cent last month and are 38 per cent lower in 2014. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsState-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL), following the fortnightly review practice revised rates on Sunday. Petrol price was cut by 91 paisa a litre and diesel by 84 paisa. The seventh reduction in price since August has meant that petrol costs Rs 63.33 a litre in Delhi, Rs 10.27 per litre less than what it cost in July.The third reduction in diesel rates in one month has led to the price coming down to Rs 52.51 a litre. Oil firms revise rates of petrol, which was deregulated in June 2010, and diesel on 1st and 16th of every month based on average international oil price and rupee-US dollar exchange rate.last_img read more

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Bengal Panchayat polls HC asks poll panel to announce fresh schedule

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) to make a fresh announcement extending the deadline for filing of nominations, and finalise a new election schedule for the Panchayat polls.A single bench of the court quashed the SEC’s April 10 order that had cancelled the extension for filing nominations which the poll panel had announced on April 9.Justice Subrata Talukdar directed the Commission to issue a fresh deadline extending the day for filing nominations in consultation with the state and other important stakeholders. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn his 35-page order, the judge said the Commission would then reschedule the other dates for the election process as per the rules.As the rules provide for 21 days time between the last date of nomination and the first day of polling, the original polling dates of May 1, 3 and 5 would change, as per the court order.Justice Subrata Talukdar also lifted the stay on the election process.Opposition parties — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the Congress and the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) — had moved the court, accusing the Trinamool of unleashing massive pre-poll violence against their party workers to prevent them from filing nominations for the polls ever since the process began on April 2. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe parties were also aggrieved with the SEC after the poll panel on April 10 withdrew its order issued on April 9 night extending the filing of nominations by a day.The SEC had said it withdrew the April 9 notification following a letter of legal advice by Additional Chief Secretary of the West Bengal government Saurabh Kumar Das and Trinamool Congress vice president Kalyan Banerjee that the notification for extension was a violation of the Panchayat Act 46(2). On Friday, Justice Talukdar rejected the state government’s legal advice, saying once the election dates were announced, the state had no role in the election process.As the opposition parties knocked on the doors of the judiciary, Justice Talukdar had on April 12 stayed the Panchayat election process. The Trinamool and the SEC challenged the stay, but a High Court division bench on April 16 refused to interfere in the case, and asked the single bench to hear the case.last_img read more

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Brothers torture physically challenged sister over property row

first_imgKolkata: A physically challenged woman was allegedly beaten up and forced to leave her own home by her two brothers on Saturday.She has been admitted to Habra hospital by her elder sister and is undergoing treatment. A complaint lodged with Duttapukur Police Station against her two brothers. Bani Roy, a resident of Gangapur, Ghoshpara in Duttapukur, alleged that for the last one-and-a-half years, her two brothers used to torture her. Even when their mother was ill and bedridden, they did not bother to stop their acts and look after their mother. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLying in a bed at Habra hospital, Bani alleged that his two brothers Shib Shankar Roy and Narayan Roy used to force her to transfer the assets in their names. Bani also said she is physically challenged by birth. Her left leg and hand do not work. On Sunday morning, locals saw that Bani lying on the road and neighbours immediately informed her elder sister Munni Chakraborty at Habra about the situation. Chakraborty recovered Bani and admitted her to hospital. Duttapukur Police Station was informed. Both Shib Shankar and Narayan have fled their house. Police are trying to nab both the accused.last_img read more

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Student duped of Rs 36000 after being promised of loan

first_imgKolkata: A student from Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas was allegedly duped by some persons who promised him loan at a minimal interest rate.The victim had approached the alleged cheaters after they posted an advertisement on a social media channel regarding the same. According to sources, Arpan Debnath, a resident of Malirbagan at Sonarpur is a post-grad student. Recently, he had seen an advertisement on a social media channel reading that an organisation offers loan at a very low rate of interest. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe advertisement read — any unemployed person will be granted loan and no Income Tax return needs to be filed. To avail loan, Debnath contacted the organisation through the social media channel where the advertisement was posted. After a while, a person claiming to be Alok Das assured him through a message that he would get the mentioned loan amount soon. On January 2, a person claiming to be Subhajit Das went to Debnath and collected necessary documents such as photocopy of his Voter ID card, Aadhar Card, Pan Card and a blank cheque. On the very next day, i.e January 3, Debnath’s specimen signature was Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedalso collected. On January 4, Debnath was asked to visit a person in Hazra from where he was taken to a bank for necessary documentation. A few hours after his visit, Debnath received a text message saying Rs 36,000 had been withdrawn from his account. Later, when he tried to get in touch with the organisation through the social media channel, he failed to get response. On January 7, he lodged a complaint at Sonarpur police station. Later, the Cyber Crime section of West Bengal Police at Bhavani Bhavan was also informed. According to sources, police have identified the account where the money was transferred. The sleuths are checking with the account holder and his connection.last_img read more

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CM issues directives to prevent dengue

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday held a high-level meeting with the senior officials of various departments at Nabanna to issue directives to prevent dengue ahead of monsoon.It was earlier found that Metro railways construction sites across the city often became the breeding ground of mosquitoes. During her meeting, Banerjee asked the Chief Secretary Malay Dey to take up the issue with Metro Railway authorities for preventive steps. It was not possible for the Kolkata Municipal (KMC) workers to undertake conservancy drive in Metro construction sites. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseCM instructed officials of various civic bodies to take adequate precautionary measures ahead of monsoon. She instructed the civic bodies and fisheries department officials to release Gappi in water bodies so that the fish can kill the mosquito larva. Various civic bodies and fisheries department have been releasing the fish to check the breeding of mosquitoes. Banerjee directed senior officials of various civic bodies including the KMC to repair the potholes ahead of monsoon so that water is not accumulated there. She instructed the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation officials to take adequate preventive measures as some dengue cases were reported from its jurisdiction areas last year. She asked the officials of the Public Works Department (PWD), Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and waterways department and other departments to pull up their socks to ensure that not a single case of dengue is reported in the next season. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee also stressed on the publications of advertisements so that people become aware about the preventive measures. While leaving Nabanna, the Chief Minister told the reports that state Education department has also been asked to spread awareness among the school students. State health department has been instructed to conduct anti-dengue drive at regular intervals. Municipalities and panchayats have been asked to take necessary steps by reaching to the grass roots level. They had been doing it and now they have been asked to do it more seriously. The state Education department and Women and Child Welfare department have also been asked to conduct rigorous campaign so that the students are aware about the precautionary measures. CM said that ASHA and ICDS workers who have been doing door-to-door campaigns to create awareness among people will be asked to be more proactive. The ASHA workers will reach out to rural areas and will ensure that accumulation of water does not take place.last_img read more

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Third explosives haul in a week at Bankura

first_imgKolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seized huge quantity of explosives from Bankura on Sunday. This is for the third time within a week, the CID has found explosives here.According to CID officials, on Saturday sleuths got a tip-off that a truck loaded with explosive materials will enter Bankura. Working on the information CID sleuths intercepted a truck bearing Jharkhand registration number in the evening at Beliatore. CID and police officials present at the spot asked for documents from the driver. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLater during search, sleuths discovered that the truck was loaded with explosive material. The driver and the owner of the truck, identified as Nishant Kumar, was arrested immediately. After preliminary interrogation, sleuths suspect that the explosives was destined to Birbhum district. During search operation, sleuths seized 97,500 electric detonator, 6250 kg gelatin sticks (power gel) and 11,450 kgs ammonium nitrate from the truck. Previously on Wednesday CID had seized huge quantity of explosive materials from Saltora. The explosive material was stored inside a warehouse at Kastora village of Saltora in Bankura. Sleuths have seized 52,500 pieces of electric detonators, 106 cartons of gelatin sticks (power gel) and 133 sacks of ammonium nitrate along with one abandoned SUV and a bike from there. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe explosive materials were being procured from Orissa, Telangana and Jharkhand. It is suspected that the explosive materials was procured to be used in illegal stone quarries. CID had found explosive materials from a person’s house at Boga village of Indpur in Bankura on Friday night. The owner of the house has been arrested. During search sleuths had seized approximately 800 electric detonators, 200 packets of gelatin sticks (power gel) and around 100 kg of ammonium nitrate. Seeing the huge recovery within a week panic triggered across the Bankura district. Sleuths have also took a serious note in this regard and stepped up the security across the district to maintain law and order situation.last_img read more

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Man kills grandmother attacks parents under influence of drugs

first_imgKolkata: A man suspected to be under the influence of drugs stabbed his grandmother to death and attacked his parents, who ran out of the house to save their lives, at Keota Shibtala in Chinsurah on Sunday night.When the police arrived on the spot, the youth allegedly chased the officers with a sharp weapon. On Monday, the police arrested the youth with the help of fire brigade personnel. According to sources, the youth identified as Indranil Roy lived at Keota Shibtala with his parents and 80-year-old grandmother Arati Roy. The family went to a picnic with their relatives on Sunday and returned late in the night and soon retired to bed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAround 12:30am, Indranil attacked his grandmother Arati while she was asleep. At first, he used bamboo sticks to attack her and later he stabbed her with a sharp weapon. Hearing Arati’s scream in pain, Indranil’s father ran to his mother’s room to save her. When he allegedly tried to stop Indranil, he got agitated further and attacked his parents in a fit of rage. The couple somehow managed to save themselves by quickly running out of the house. Hearing them screaming for help, local residents came out of their homes. Chinsurah police station was also informed. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe police went to the house and found that Indranil inside his room on the first floor. Arati’s body was recovered by the officers. Meanwhile, a police officer along with a constable went to apprehend Indranil. He allegedly chased the police officers with a sharp weapon. To save themselves police personnel also ran for their lives. After a few minutes, Indranil returned to the house. As soon as he entered the house, local residents locked the gate of the house. Sources informed Indranil destroyed the lights and electrical wires of his house. On Monday morning, when he found that the gate was locked from outside, he requested local residents to give him the keys. He tried to break the gate but failed to do so. After a few minutes, he went live on Facebook and confessed to the crime. The cops tried to pacify him but they failed. Later, fire brigade was informed. Fire fighters went up to the roof using the fire brigade ladder and got into the house. When Indranil was talking to local residents at the front gate, he was nabbed from behind. The police said Indranil was arrested and was probably a drug addict. It is said he committed the crime under the influence of drugs. He will be produced before the Chinsurah Court on Tuesday. Sources informed that the police may knock on the court door to find out the condition of his mental health.last_img read more

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Kolkata Police cracks down on waste burning

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police have issued a circular stating that from now on, burning of waste will be treated as a crime as per the law and offenders may get arrested. The circular has come into effect from Wednesday. According to sources, keeping the massive change in the climate in mind, the state Environment department and Pollution Control Board (PCB) had urged the police department to take action against the offenders who would be found burning waste materials. After being notified by the Environment department, senior officials of Kolkata Police discussed the matter and decided to publish the circular. According to the circular, from July 3 burning of any waste such as garbage, plastic, wood, bio-waste, electronic equipments, domestic wastes, husk, household waste, recyclable and non recyclable wastes, will be against the law. If any person is found burning the same, he/she may get arrested and face a trial eventually.last_img read more

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VIDEO Dad catches sons home run in final college home game

first_imgFairfield first baseman Drew Blake played his final collegiate home game on Tuesday against U Mass, and unforgettably crushed a 6th inning homerun over the right field fence directly to his dad who was hanging out in the parking lot behind the fence.Drew saw his dad make the grab and pointed at him as he circled the bases. This is what it’s all about. Advertisementlast_img

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Crowdsourcing Opportunity or Time Suck

first_img 7 min read Crowdsources video production, graphic design and copywriting. Popular Crowdsourcing Sites Sells stock photos, illustrations, logos and multimedia content submitted by creatives. Threadless 99designs Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Holds contests for arty, innovative T-shirt designs, with winners chosen by fellow site users. Like most successful freelancers, Brett Slater of Slater’s Garage Ads & Audioearns a majority of his income from clients who hire him outright, agree on a contract, and compensate him for all his work on their projects. But roughly 15 to 20 percent of the audio and video producer’s income is generated from an unlikely source: crowdsourcing websites and contests.”I started doing video as a hobby,” says Slater, a longtime radio man who added video production to his freelance repertoire in 2007. “I got hooked on YouTube and started looking at the video contests for fun. And they started paying off.”We’re not talking chump change. In 2008, Slater took the $20,000 grand prize in a contest sponsored by the Maine Association of Realtors ( see video) and the $15,000 grand prize in a contest held by Honda ( see video). The time he spent creating each short video? The better part of a weekend.”Those two were my crown jewels,” says Slater, who also made five figures in video contest prizes in 2009.But before you go scouring video contest sites like Vidoppand MOFILMor crowdsourcing (outsourcing of traditional employee tasks to a large group in the form of an open call) sites like 99designs, LogoTournamentand GeniusRocketfor your own freelancing pot of gold, know that not all contest-chasing creatives make out like Slater.The Cattle Call FactorFive-figure awards are the exception, not the rule. Prizes on crowdsourcing sites often range from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars. GeniusRocket minted uTest There’s also the cattle call factor to consider. With so many creatives competing per contest, odds are slim that you’ll be the one to bring home the crowdsourcing bacon.”Since you don’t know what the client’s tastes are, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” says Heather Knox from Madison, Wis., who works as an art director for a corporate webcasting company and has entered a couple dozen design contests in her spare time since 2009. (She won one, earning $1,000.) “It’s such an unknown whether it’s going to pay off.”Take the site crowdSPRING, a contest site for designers, illustrators and copywriters that launched in May 2008. To date, the site has awarded more than 3,250 winners a total of nearly $4 million for approximately 10,000 crowdsourced projects. But 57,000 creatives from more than 170 countries vie for prize money on crowdSPRING, with each contest receiving an average of 115 entries. That means more than 50,000 creatives using the site have never seen a dime for their efforts.Why would any self-respecting writer, designer or multimedia producer give away their valuable ideas and time without any guarantee of payment? Back in Freelancing 101, we all learned that aside from intentional pro bono projects, working for a client on specwith no promise of getting hired or paid is not only financially unsound but utterly foolish, right?Wrong, say crowdsourcing devotees. For many of these creatives, money isn’t the only motivator.The Ultimate Equalizer?”The benefit is definitely the low barrier to entry and the level playing field,” says Collis Ta’eed, co-founder of FreelanceSwitch, one of the web’s leading freelancing communities. “You can be a professional, self-taught, experienced, novice, from a wealthy country or from one where earning just a few dollars goes a long way.”As a result, many students, moonlighters and rookie freelancers use these contests to hone their skills and build their portfolios.”The price doesn’t drive me at all,” says Knox, who views the design contests she enters as a way to scratch her creative itch during free evenings and weekends. “I do it more for the inspiration. When I was in advertising, I created logos every week. I can’t get that with my job now.”For Slater, who lives in a small, remote town, crowdsourcing sites cut through geographic obstacles. “I live in Bangor, Maine. My work wouldn’t have been seen otherwise,” explains the video producer, who’s landed projects in large markets throughout the United States and as far away as Australia, thanks to the crowdsourcing contests he’s entered. crowdSPRING Anna Nadler, a freelance illustrator and designer in Staten Island, N.Y., also relishes the convenience of these sites. “It’s not always easy to leave my house to go to a networking party or to knock on some businesses’ doors hoping they will take a look at my portfolio,” says Nadler, who left the 9-to-5 world to freelance from home when her son was born two years ago.Since February 2009, Nadler has made 75 percent of her income through crowdsourcing sites, entering up to 20 contests a month and earning $200 to $1,000 per win. The other 25 percent of her income comes from clients she works with directly.”I win, on average, three to four contests a month, sometimes more, sometimes less,” explains Nadler, who spends two to four hours on each winning design, including any revisions requested by the client. “Many of those buyers go on to hire me for follow-up projects, which is a really nice bonus.”What Crowdsourcing Doesn’t OfferThe financial crapshoot isn’t the only downside of trying to patch together a paycheck from crowdsourcing opportunities. Intellectual property rights can be a concern, too. While some sites let contestant entrants retain ownership of their work, many contests seize the copyrights of all submissions, meaning that entrants must forfeit ownership of the content they create, even if they don’t win.”That’s something I really don’t agree with,” Slater says. “If that’s in the fine print, I won’t enter the contest.”Seasoned creatives also warn that budding freelancers who rely too heavily on these sites and contests miss out on several integral steps of building a service-based business: from marketing themselves to building rapport with clients to honing their negotiation skills.”The thing about design and writing and any of these creative services is that it’s about the conversation you have with these prospects,” says freelance marketing guru Ilise Benun, who runs the Creative Freelancer Conference, an annual business development event for self-employed professionals.”With these contests, you don’t have a chance to do that,” Benun says. “There’s so much more people could be doing to get better work. I think it’s a combination of laziness and not wanting to put the time and money into figuring out where to find the real projects. Because they are out there. People are making real money.”Love it or hate it, crowdsourcing appears to be here to stay. New sites and contests crop up like weeds these days, with household brands from Doritosto Heinz Ketchupcashing in on this cheap alternative to hiring a creative agency. But veteran creatives don’t sound overly worried that crowdsourcing will lead to the demise of the traditional freelancer-client relationship.”There will always be clients who want custom work, who want to meet and talk to a freelancer and who want a back-and-forth relationship,” Ta’eed says.Benun agrees. “I really don’t know anyone who is losing work because of crowdsourcing,” she says. “Those are not our prospects.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Crowdsources custom logo design, just like the name says. Crowdsources the QA process of software development, paying testers for each “approved” bug they submit. LogoTournament Michelle Goodman is a freelance writer and author of My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire. Features writing and design contests, including pro projects with awards starting at $1,000. Holds contests for stationery, invitations and other print announcements, with winners chosen by fellow site users. April 8, 2010 Poptent Register Now » Features video contests for household-name products looking for new ad campaigns. Boasts close to 65,000 designers willing to create everything from logos and T-shirts to websites and WordPress themes. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. iStockphotolast_img read more

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Taiwanese Parents Now Legally Required to Restrict Their TechAddicted Teens

first_imgJanuary 28, 2015 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Alongside cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and chewing betel nuts, lawmakers in Taiwan are looking to clamp down on a new addiction besieging the country’s youth: Electronic devices.The sovereign state passed a law last Friday prohibiting people aged 18 and under from using devices — including mobile products, television and video games — “for a period of time that is not reasonable,” The Telegraph reports.While it is unclear how the government plans to define a “reasonable” amount of time or enforce the regulation, the law is the brainchild of Parliament member Lu Shiow-yen, who reportedly said his intention was to limit usage to 30-minute increments.Related: iPhone Separation Anxiety Is an Actual Problem, Study FindsParents who fail to enforce the law, entitled the “Child and Youth Welfare and Protection Act,” can incur fines of up to $1,595.Public reaction has been mixed. Though some citizens feel as though the decree is valid, others claimed it violated personal privacy laws, according to Kotaku.Taiwan is not the only Asian country seeking to curb digital addictions in an age where, by 2020, 90 percent of the world’s population aged 6 years and over is expected to have a mobile phone. In China, the city of Shanghai and the province of Zhejiang have both introduced laws cautioning parents against allowing their children to be “overindulgent” with electronics, according to The Telegraph.Related: In a Catch-22, This App Rewards People for Setting Down Their Phonescenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Sorry Truckers Volvos Autonomous Vehicles Can Handle it From Here

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Volvo is ready to put its first autonomous, fully electric truck to the test. With the assistance of shipping company DFDS, the vehicle, known as Vera, will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden.The car maker has been experimenting with fuel-efficient, driverless vehicles for the last several years, and first teased Vera in September. It’s optimal for short-range heavy-load jobs. The truck follows a predetermined route and is connected to a control center and cloud network. Vera pinpoints its position down to the centimeter, enabling it to detect sudden and minute changes in its environment — a good thing since part of Vera’s route takes it on public roads.”The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today’s solutions and can help meet many of the challenges faced by society, transport companies, and transport buyers,” Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, said in a statement.Volvo eventually wants to expand and include multiple autonomous trucks in its operation. It made Vera compatible with most existing trailers and load carriers to take advantage of existing infrastructure. A fleet of Veras would ideally increase predictability and minimize unnecessary downtime, Volvo says.More Veras would also mean fewer truckers, which Volvo positions as positive, citing the widespread belief that the industry is dying. But according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s a misconception, especially for short-distance drivers, who would be most affected by Volvo’s new technology.Fortunately for currently employed drivers, it’ll likely be a while before Vera becomes ubiquitous. Volvo’s statement concludes with a vague promise to extend the vehicle’s availability and functionality in “the near future.” June 17, 2019last_img read more

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Measure your WiFi Throughput with FritzApp WLAN

first_imgMeasure your WiFi Throughput with Fritz!App WLAN by Martin Brinkmann on January 01, 2018 in Google Android – 9 commentsDepending on where you live, setting up a wireless network may be as easy as plugging in the router and connecting your devices to the network. If you are unlucky, however, you may run into performance issues right away with the default settings.Maybe reception works fine in one room but not another, or it is not fine at all once you move a couple of steps away from the router.You find lots of advice online on how to optimize a wireless network. Check used channels and switch to one that is used by the least number of access points in the vicinity. You may also get advice to buy a wireless repeater, or a stronger antenna for the router if that is supported.Fritz!App WLANFritz!App WLAN is a free application for Android devices that you may use to measure the throughput if WiFi networks.The application works with all kinds of wireless networks and does not require a Fritz router. It displays information about the wireless network that the Android device is connected to on start. You get a reading of the signal strength right on the start page.A click on “measure WiFi Throughput” starts a speed test. The app runs the speed test continuously until you hit the stop button. The test highlights the signal strength and the bandwidth utilization.You can run a baseline test near the wireless router or access point, and then additional tests in other rooms or even outside to test the output and signal strength.After you ran the first series of tests, you may modify router settings, e.g. the channel or orientation of the antenna to see if it improves the reception. This requires some measuring on your part but helps you determine the best settings for WiFi throughput.The connect tab assists you in finding the best channel for the signal. It highlights all wireless signals that the device picks up, and displays them on a graph.You may want to check the channels in all places you require wireless network access as new signals may be picked up in different places.The app displays the strength of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signals; just scroll down on the page to display the chart for 5 GHz networks.Fritz!App WLAN’s connect page lists all wireless networks that the device picked up when you open it. It supports filtering options to display only known/2.4 GHz/5GHz networks and to sort the listing by the reception, name, or average dBm.The listing may be useful, especially if you have access to multiple networks and need to pick one from the listing. You can connect to any of the listed networks directly from within the application.The app comes with extra features besides the ones mentioned above. It supports WPS, the scanning of wireless information using QR codes, NFC, and the scanning for home network devices.Closing WordsFritz!App WLAN is a handy application for Android devices to test the WiFi throughput and assist users in finding the best access point and settings.You may find apps like Network Tester for Android, WiFi Analyzer, or TekWiFi for Windows useful as well in that regard.Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 4 votes Software Name Fritz!App WLANOperating System AndroidSoftware Category NetworkingLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.avm.android.wlanapp&hl=en Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gift Guide 16 fantastic computer bags

first_img[inline-ad] Give the gift of organization this year. Bags are often ignored but are a critical part of anyone’s mobile gear. They’re the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. Here’s a collection of bags TechCrunch reviewed over the last year. You’ll find waxed canvas bags, camera backpacks, trail-ready commuter bags and bags designed with women in mind.WP Standard built the leather messenger bag you wantAt $295 the bag is priced accordingly for the fantastic material and build. It’s a great bag to carry a few things and it will always be noticed. I have yet to see a bag as beautiful as the Vintage Leather Messenger Bag. If more space is needed, WP Standard now has a larger option that looks equally as good in the $310 Large Messenger Bag though I haven’t seen the bag in person yet.Read the full review here.[inline-ad]Pad & Quill Heritage Satchel is a modern leather classicThis is a solid bag that I completely recommend. It’s a great size, able to hold most everything I threw at it while not being too big to carry even when lightly packed. After a few months with the bag, it’s aged nicely and is starting to feel like a well-worn pair of denim jeans. The leather is still delicious and seems durable enough to withstand a person’s daily grind.Read the full review here.The Bitcoin Genesis Block backpack will centralize your belongingsUnlike the blockchain, this backpack will centralize your stuff in a fairly large, fairly standard backpack. There is little unique about the backpack itself – it’s a solid piece made of 100% polyester and includes ergonomically designed straps and a secret pocket – but it is printed with the Bitcoin Genesis Block including a headline about UK bank bailouts. In short, it’s Merkle tree-riffic.Read the full review here.Chrome’s Vega Transit Brief makes your work vibe less uncoolThe Vega isn’t Chrome’s most inspired design ever, but it isn’t supposed to be. If you want to show up to a meeting looking pro but still cool, like yeah you looked over the slides from the call but you drink shitty beer after work because you’re legit not because you can’t afford some triple-hopped bullshit, the Vega is probably for you. For anyone looking for a well-made bag that’s not too loud to carry to and from work meetings that happens to turn into a damn backpack, Chrome’s Vega Transit Brief is a great fit.Read the full review here.Chrome’s BLCKCHRM Bravo 2.0 backpack is a burly, stylish beastIt’s hard to overstate how good-looking this bag is. Like quality leather, the Hypalon breaks in with wear, picking up surface marks that fade into a kind of weathered patina over time. Between that material, the all-black mini Chrome buckle chest strap and central black leather panel, it’s a very sleek, sexy looking bag. Still, for anyone who digs the Bravo 2.0’s vibe but is wary of its heavy construction, the regular edition Bravo 2.0 might be a better choice. But if you like your packs fancy, serious and black on black on black, well, you know what to do.Read the full review here.[inline-ad]Filson 24-Hour Tin BriefcaseThis bag has a large main compartment with a padded laptop area that will hold a 15-incher easily, and a couple of pockets on the inside to isolate toothbrushes and pens and the like. On the outside is a pair of good-sized zippered pockets that open wide to allow access from either the top or side; inside those are organizer strips and sub-pockets for pens and so on.Read the full review here.Croots England Vintage Canvas LaptopThere isn’t a heck of a lot of room in there but this is definitely meant to be a daily driver briefcase and not an overnight bag — a “personal item” on the plane perhaps but I would take the Filson or ONA over it for space reasons. However as a bag to take to work the cafe, or the bookstore it’s a great option and a striking one. The Flight Bag is a slightly more expansive and unique option.Read the full review here.S-Zone $30 waxed canvas bagTo balance out the admittedly very expensive bags in this review I decided to grab a cheap one off Amazon as well. As I expected, it isn’t up to the quality level of the others, but for $30 it’s a bargain. If you want to experience how waxed canvas evolves and wears, an inexpensive bag like this is a great way to try it out.Read the full review here.WP Standard’s Rucksack goes the distanceThis bag assumes that you’re OK with thick, heavy leather and that you’re willing to forgo a lot of the bells and whistles you get with more modern styles. That said, it has a great classic look and it’s very usable. I suspect this bag would last decades longer than anything you could buy at Office Depot and it would look good doing it. At $275 it’s a bit steep but you’re paying for years – if not decades – of regular use and abuse. It’s worth the investment.Read the full review here.[inline-ad]The Nomadic NF-02 keeps everything in its right placeNomadic is a solid backpack. It’s small, light, and still holds up to abuse. I’m a big fan of the entire Nomadic line and it’s great to see this piece available in the US. It’s well worth a look if you’re looking for a compact carrier for your laptop, accessories, and notebooks.Read the full review here.Chrome’s Yalta 2.0 is a roomy rolltop that keeps upCompared to some of Chrome’s more heavy-duty bags and other less-technical packs, the Yalta is a likable middle ground. The pack isn’t as rain resistant as a bag made out of fully waterproof material and the laptop sleeve could use some structure, but it carries a fair amount and it’s got a nice slender profile that looks and feels good. The Yalta doesn’t really have any quirks or tricks beyond the strange side-zip compartment, and that makes it a good fit for anyone who needs a good-looking, weather resistant mid-sized rolltop backpack for work and what comes before and after.Read the full review here.Mission Workshop’s Radian rolltop starts simple but grows piece by pieceIn the end I think the Radian is the best option for anyone looking at Mission Workshop bags who wants a modular option, but unless you plan on swapping out pieces a lot, I’m not personally convinced that it’s better than their all-in-one bags like the Rambler and Vandal. By all means take a look at putting a Radian system together, but don’t neglect to check if any of the pre-built ones fit your needs as well.Read the full review here.Why I still love the Peak Design Everyday BackpackLike I said several months ago, the bag is best described as smart and solid. It’s a confident design with just enough pockets and storage options. The bag features one, large pocket that makes up most of the bag. Foldable dividers allow the wearer to customize the bag as needed. And quickly, too. These dividers fold in several ways, allowing the bag to hold, say, a large telephoto lens or several smaller lens.Read the full review here.[inline-ad]P.MAI’s women’s leather laptop bag is luxury packed with utilityBy designing a bag for women that blends a luxury aesthetic with comfortable utility, the P.MAI bag quickly rose to the the “Most Wished for” laptop backpack on Amazon last holiday season. Premium materials and quality design don’t come cheap. Still, the $450 price-tag may keep this one on the wish-list for now.Read the full review here.Timbuk2’s Launch featherweight daypack is tough and tinyIf you’re a longtime Timbuk2 fan know that the pack both looks and feels different from most of Timbuk2’s classic designs, and unfortunately doesn’t come in the bright, playful tri-color look that some of its classic messengers do. Still, if you’re into more natural, subdued tones and really don’t want your day-to-day pack to weigh you down unnecessarily, Timbuk2’s Launch is totally worth a look.Read the full review here.Osprey Momentum 32 is ready for muddy trailsThe Osprey Momentum 32 impresses. I used it during a muddy week at Beaumont Scout Reservation and it performed flawlessly as a rugged, bike-ready backpack. It stood tall in the miserable rain and insufferable heat that engulfed northern Ohio during the camping trip. If it can withstand these conditions, it can withstand an urban commute.Read the full review here.last_img read more

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Three questions all couples should ask themselves on a regular basis

first_imgThis is what it’s actually like to be a bisexual parent in ItalyPride Month: How is LGBTQ tourism doing these days?Gay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/three-questions-couples-regular/ Why is it often easier to view the weaknesses in other people’s relationships than it is to cast a critical eye over one’s own? Obviously, it helps if you are dating someone who has the maturity and skills to have a conversation about your relationship, and is willing to do so on a regular basis rather than waiting until crisis points are reached.How preferable, and possibly smoother things would run, if we did remind ourselves to have such conversations on a monthly basis. To attempt to nip concerns in the bud before they blossom into relationship-threatening flashpoints.What would be better? Telling your partner one month you’re a feeling bit fed up with your sexual routine and find yourself tempted to look elsewhere, or waiting a year and telling them you’ve been having an affair for the past few months?Talking helps but doesn’t ensure you’ll stay togetherOf course, talking about issues is no guarantee you will stay together – as any therapist will confirm. People can fall out of love or decide they want something so different that no relationship modifications will encompass them. Nothing besides a parting of ways, that is.And some people might find themselves already having regular discussions about every aspect of their lives together. It might be a weekly or daily part of their relationship DNA.But looking back, I wish I’d had the awareness and courage to have a monthly relationship check-up.You might think the idea of a monthly analysis is unromantic or unnecessary. One thing I have learned is that any long-term relationship takes work. Better to get into the habit sooner rather than later.Follow David Hudson on Twitter: Davidhudson_uk David HudsonSee alsoAt what age does a gay man give up looking for love and resign to being single forever? Friends have sought my advice on partnerships which were – to my eyes – clearly going off the rails but to which they still cling, oblivious.‘Love is blind’ possibly plays a large part in it. I have sometimes been guilty of being so head over heels in love – or infatuation – to overlook the fact the feelings are not being reciprocated.Other times, I’ve allowed niggling little concerns to eat away at me, choosing to stay silent rather than rock the boat.Or I simply postpone awkward conversations until they can be postponed no longer: sometimes beyond the point when they’ve already begun to dangerously erode feelings of affection.Sometimes, we just don’t want to admit failure.‘What would we like to do differently?’We ran a feature this week on the pros and cons of having clear relationship goals. One piece of advice from psychotherapist Michael Dale Kimmel struck me in its simplicity.‘I’ve worked with couples who once a month have a date to discuss how their relationship is going,’ he said. ‘There are three questions I recommend:‘What’s going well in our relationship?‘What’s going not so well?‘And what would we like to do differently?’I’m single at the moment, as I’ve written about before, which perhaps makes it easier for me to comment on the helpfulness of this advice. I do remember that when you’re in a relationship, it can be harder to ask such questions.I remember with a couple of ex boyfriends, to make any suggestion things were less than perfect would provoke extreme reactions. This could range from ignoring me for several days to displays of intense possessiveness as they feared they were about to lose me (the possessiveness did eventually drive me away). Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Piers Morgan claims former Trump staffer Omarosa called him a fking faggot

first_img“He’s extreme. I’m Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things that are like… and I’m like, ‘Jesus ain’t say that’. It’s scary.”Pence is known for his anti-LGBT evangelical views.The politician, who is heading the US delegation to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, has had a protracted spat with gay athletes this month.When gay figure skater Adam Rippon challenged the Vice President’s concerning stances on LGBT equality, Pence put out a statement suggesting that the athlete had misled the public.Morgan, a personal friend of Donald Trump, was widely mocked earlier this month over an interview with the billionaire in which he failed to significantly challenge any of the administration’s policies or press the leader to address scandals.The ITV host then accused rival network the BBC of “homophobia”, after comedy show The Mash Report produced a cartoon of Morgan with his nose up Donald Trump’s backside – an apparent reference to the term “brown-nosing”.Posting a screen capture, he wrote: “Amusing though this image may be to many people, can you imagine the BBC broadcasting it if the President was Hillary Clinton or the interviewer was a woman?“Is that how licence payer money should be spent?”Morgan also accused the BBC of discrimination, saying that he was simply “highlighting BBC gender equality hypocrisy.”Responding to a question about whether he was upset by the post, Morgan said: “I don’t give a damn but I’m amazed BBC2 would broadcast an image like that, and judging by the reaction to my tweet about it, so are a lot of other people. Is that how licence payer money should be spent?”In a later tweet, the controversial host, who has aired a number of questionable views on LGBT+ issues, wrote asking what would happen if the BBC had tweeted the same image with Hillary Clinton and a female interviewer.He wrote: “If Trump tweeted an image like this depicting Hillary Clinton & a female interviewer, all those currently celebrating/retweeting it would erupt with outraged cries of ‘Sexist!’ ‘Misogynist!’ ‘Homophobic!’ – led by the BBC.“Liberal hypocrisy in all its unedifying glory!”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Piers Morgan has claimed that former White House staffer Omarosa once called him a ‘f**king faggot’.The former journalist made the allegation about Omarose Manigault-Newma, a former Apprentice contestant who served as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison inside the White House before her very public exit from the Trump administration last month.  eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Morgan, who appeared on a season of Celebrity Apprentice alongside Omarosa, made allegations about her conduct in a column for MailOnline.He claimed that she had propositioned him while they were appearing on the show together.Morgan claims she said: “Piers, do you want a showmance? You know, a romance on the show – we get it on together. Happens all the time on Apprentice. Everyone has sex together.“Then we can make lots of money out of it.”President Donald Trump holds an African American History Month listening session attended by Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault (Photo by Michael Reynolds – Pool/Getty Images)He recalled: “I stared at her grasping, ferociously ambitious little eyes, and laughed: ‘You must be joking, you deluded woman.’ She didn’t take it well. ‘What are you? Gay?’”The columnist claimed, “‘Shut the f**k up, a**hole,’ snarled Omarosa Manigault-Newman at me. ‘How are your kids going to feel when they wake up and discover their dad’s a f**king f*gg*t?’“Yes, this is the same Omarosa Manigault-Newman who just spent a year inside Donald Trump’s White House.“I’ve met a lot of vile human beings in my life, from dictators and terrorists to sex abusers and wicked conmen.“But I’ve never met anyone quite so relentlessly loathsome as Omarosa; a vicious, duplicitous, lying, conniving, backstabbing piece of work”Morgan went on to claim that Omarosa’s plan inside the White House was “amassing a whole mass of damaging information to now use against President Trump and his administration on Celebrity Big Brother”.The former Trump official entered the US CBB House this week – and has been dishing on her time inside the Trump administration.In a conversation with out RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Matthews, Omarosa warned about the “extreme” views of Vice President Mike Pence.Director of Communications for the White House Public Liaison Office Omarosa Manigault (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)She said: “As bad as you all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence. Everybody that’s wishing for impeachment, might want to reconsider their life. We would be begging for the days of Trump back if Pence became President, is all I’m saying. PINK NEWS-last_img read more

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