‘Dark Phoenix’ Ranked as the Worst ‘X-Men’ Movie on Rotten Tomatoes

‘Dark Phoenix’ Ranked as the Worst ‘X-Men’ Movie on Rotten Tomatoes

first_imgStay on target Dark Phoenix, the latest X-Men film about mutant Jean Grey, is debuting in theaters on June 7. However, days before Dark Phoenix’s premiere, some critics are not happy with the movie’s plot and it has received the worst Rotten Tomatoes score out of all the X-Men franchise films so far.On Tuesday, Rotten Tomatoes’ website showed a disappointing 21 percent “Tomatometer” rating for Dark Phoenix. Even though audience score ratings are not available yet, critics sounded off on the movie, stating that “we’ve all seen this before,” and “there’s way too much darkness, and not enough quicksilver wit.” Despite having a strong talented cast, including Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, and Jessica Chastain, Dark Phoenix’s storyline did not delight some critics.So far, 66 critics’ reviews have been reported on Dark Phoenix, and most of them tear the film apart. Compared to other X-Men movies, such as X-Men: Apocalypse (47 percent “Tomatometer” score) and X-Men: The Last Stand (58 percent “Tomatometer” score), Dark Phoenix has the worst ranking by far in the franchise, ComicBook.com noted.The movie, which tells the story of Jean Grey, a mutant who is hit by an unexplainable cosmic force that gives her uncontrollable powers, could be the end of the X-Men family. While Grey struggles to handle these changes, her X-Men squad has to work together to protect her and themselves from further harm.Some critics might not be raving about Dark Phoenix, however, fans have not ranked the movie yet. It will be interesting to see what they think about Jean Grey’s tale and how she could alter the fate of her fellow X-Men superheroes.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>More on Geek.com:Final ‘Dark Phoenix’ Trailer Kills Fox’s X-Men Universe11 ‘X-Men’ Storylines That Would Make Great MoviesThe Most Marvelous X-Men Toys Watch These Movies Before ‘Dark Phoenix’11 ‘X-Men’ Storylines That Would Make Great Movies last_img read more

Woman dies after crashing into tree north of Camas

first_imgA Washougal woman was killed Wednesday night when she crashed an older model BMW sedan into a tree in Fern Prairie.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday identified the woman as 22-year-old Kaylene N. Christensen.Deputies and medics were dispatched at 10:32 p.m. to a single-vehicle crash at Northeast 14th Street and 249th Avenue, north of Camas. A caller told 911 that a car had crashed into a large tree, according to a sheriff’s office news release.Arriving medics found Christensen dead inside the wrecked BMW, the news release says.“It is apparent that excessive speed is a causing factor in this (crash),” the sheriff’s office said.last_img read more

At least 13 people arrested at Portland protest

first_imgPORTLAND — Police arrested 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon.Authorities closed bridges and streets to try to keep the rival groups apart. The city’s mayor said the situation was “potentially dangerous and volatile,” and President Donald Trump tweeted “Portland is being watched very closely.”As of early afternoon, most of the right-wing groups had left the area via a downtown bridge. Police used officers on bikes and in riot gear to keep black clad, helmet and mask-wearing anti-fascist protesters — known as antifa — from following them.But hundreds of people remained downtown and on nearby streets, and there were skirmishes throughout the day.One person was injured and transported via ambulance, and three other people were evaluated by medics, Portland Police spokeswoman Lt. Tina Jones said. The injuries were minor, she said.A few dozen demonstrators also made their way into Vancouver, where a group clad in the Proud Boy’s recognizable black and gold Fred Perry polos and “Make America Great Again” hats gathered in Bagley Community Park. Several police officers on foot and in their vehicles stood and drove nearby, but Sgt. Jay Alie said the demonstration remained quiet and that no arrests were made.last_img read more

Morning Press Carey diagnosed with kidney disease teacher faces charges teen sentenced

first_imgWhat kind of weather is headed our way this weekend? Check out our local weather coverage.Here are some of the top stories of the week:Justin Carey learns he has advanced-stage renal diseaseBattle Ground’s Justin Carey has been dealt a much harder hand than most.At 16 years old, he was struck by a car while waiting at a school bus stop. He nearly died and later lost his lower right leg as a result of his injuries. He and his family sat through two criminal trials for the driver who hit him.Now, at 22 years old, Carey is fighting for his life again after learning he has advanced-stage renal disease.Six years after being hit by car at school bus stop, he’s again fighting for his lifeEllsworth Elementary teacher accused of molesting studentA physical education teacher at Ellsworth Elementary School is accused of molesting a student at the school.Jerry M. Miller, 60, of Vancouver appeared in custody Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree child molestation. Judge Daniel Stahnke granted Miller supervised release, and arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 23, according to court records.last_img read more

Vancouver police to host forum on useofforce protocols training

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department will host a community forum Sept. 11 so the public can participate in a city-ordered independent assessment of its use-of-force protocols and training.The city has entered into a contract with the Police Executive Research Forum — a nonprofit, national law enforcement membership organization — to conduct a use-of-force assessment.The nonprofit, often referred to by its acronym PERF, provides management services, technical support and executive-level education for law enforcement agencies. According to the Vancouver Police Department, PERF has conducted over 250 comprehensive management studies of law enforcement agencies nationwide over four decades and is recognized as a leader in use-of-force and police accountability.Part of the assessment will explore the possibility of a body-worn and dash camera program.Community tensions ran high following police shootings that occurred between Feb. 5 and March 7. Two of the fatalities involved people of color and the third involved a homeless man previously diagnosed with schizophrenia.The shootings prompted an online petition calling for police body-worn cameras, an impassioned Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance meeting and public forum, and a “March for Justice” rally.last_img read more

Stocks notch gains erase prior days losses for SP 500

first_imgTechnology companies led stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, erasing the S&P 500’s losses from a day earlier.Traders pivoted to riskier holdings as encouraging developments overseas helped alleviate investors’ anxiety over the global economy. Lawmakers in Britain were seeking a less chaotic exit from the European Union and political tensions in Hong Kong eased.The rally reversed Tuesday’s losses, when disappointing U.S. manufacturing data and an escalation in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China led to a sell-off that ended a three-day winning streak for the market.“It was maybe a little bit of an overreaction yesterday to the manufacturing numbers, so that’s why we’re having a bounce back today,” said Karyn Cavanaugh, senior markets strategist at Voya Investment Management. “We had some good news on Hong Kong today, but just in general investors have to get used to the volatility.”The S&P 500 gained 31.51 points, or 1.1%, to 2,937.78. The Dow Jones Industrial Average 237.45 points, or 0.9%, to 26,355.47.The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, climbed 102.72 points, or 1.3%, to 7,976.88. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 12.47 points, or 0.8%, to 1,484.76.Even after finishing a turbulent August with a monthly loss for only the second time this year, the benchmark S&P 500 index is down less than 3% from its all-time high set in July.last_img read more

Apprehension of Haitian Sloop with Illegal Migrants

Apprehension of Haitian Sloop with Illegal Migrants

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 8 Aug. 15: The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol vessel, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Leon Smith apprehended a Haitian sloop west of Ragged Island this evening with an undetermined number of Haitian migrants on board. The migrants will be transported to New Providence where they will be handed over to Immigration authority for further investigation. Last week Wednesday Defence Force Marines apprehended eight Cubans in a makeshift vessel in the Gulf Stream west of West End, Grand Bahama. Altogether, the Defence Force has apprehended or assisted in apprehending almost 1,000 migrants for illegal entry into The Bahamas This year. Related Items:apprehension, bahamas, haitians, illegal migrants, ragged island Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicoslast_img read more

Injured motorcyclist is still on life support

first_imgA Wilsonville, Ore., man injured in a motorcycle crash near North Bonneville on June 4 is on life support at Southwest Washington Medical Center, his wife said. Michael Walker, 53, was driving a 2005 Heritage Softail motorcycle when it crashed. Walker and his passenger, 52-year-old Victoria Walker, also of Wilsonville, were both transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center.Victoria Walker was released Sunday. She suffered a fractured vertebra in her neck. Her husband, Michael Walker, meanwhile, sustained several fractures in his back, a ruptured diaphragm and a broken rib. “He’s still on a ventilator,” she said. “We do expect him to come home.”The motorcycle the Walkers were riding had been heading eastbound on state Highway 14 at 10:35 a.m. when it approached a stopped eastbound vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn. The motorcycle swerved and struck the right side of the stopped vehicle, and traveled off the north side of the road and into the ditch. The Walkers were thrown about 10 feet, witnesses said. The Washington State Patrol said the cause of the crash was inattention. Charges are pending.last_img read more

Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch in April

first_img Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Nintendo Switch at Amazon Cuphead is coming to the Nintendo Switch next month. Nintendo kicked off its Nindies Showcase on Wednesday by announcing the popular run-and-gun platformer will be available in the Switch eShop on April 18 and can be prepurchased now. The game costs $19.99.The title, acclaimed for its gameplay difficulty and ’30s animation style, launched in 2017 for Xbox One and PC as a Microsoft exclusive.  Microsoft said Wednesday that the Switch version of Cuphead will support Xbox Live.”We’ll be working with StudioMDHR to implement Xbox Live features into Cuphead on the Nintendo Switch in the coming months,” wrote Xbox’s Chris Charla in a blog post on the company’s GDC announcements. “Given the early stage of our work with StudioMDHR, the Xbox Live features will appear in a post-launch update to Cuphead on Nintendo Switch.”Nindies: Independent games for SwitchNintendo didn’t stop with Cuphead and revealed several other releases: Overland: A post-apocalyptic game in which you’ll have to fight with different creatures, rescue survivors and find objects that allow you to stay alive. Overland will arrive at the Switch in the fall. Neo Cab: In this title with Blade Runner styling, you’re a taxi driver dealing with difficult customers. You can talk with them to learn about their lives and discover the truth behind a mystery. Neo Cab will arrive later this year.Stranger Things 3: The Game: Available on July 4, this game is based on the acclaimed Netflix series. It allows you to play alone, in pairs or in a cooperative. The Red Lantern: Dogs, snow and Alaska will test your survival. Available later this year.Darkwood: Available in May, this game allows you to explore a forest by day and survive the different terrifying creatures that haunt you at night. RAD: A 3D action game created by Double Fine and Namco will test your survival skills in a post apocalyptic. Your character can mutate some parts of his or her body depending on creatures you eliminate along the way. Available this summer. Creature in the Well: Available in the summer, this game is a kind of pinball game in which you have to control a swordsman. Pine: This game, available in August, will allow you to walk and investigate a fantasy world in which each creature has a mission. Swimsanity : A cooperative game that arrives this summer and delves into underwater shooting. Swimsanity can be played individually or in teams. Cadence of Hyrule: A fun and quirky game that brings back Link and Zelda from the game The Legend of Zelda. It’ll arrive this spring. The games can be purchased physically and digitally through the Nintendo eShop. Their prices will be announced later when their individual release approaches. This story originally posted as “Cuphead llegará a la Nintendo Switch en abril” on CNET en Espanol. $289 See it Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? See It See It Mar 21 • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center See It Best Buy $309 See All Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Gaming 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Game Developers Conference Microsoft Nintendo How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 reading • Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch in April Share your voice CNET Review Nintendo Switch It’s been an impressive first year for the Switch as the clever hybrid console’s ample game library lives up to its promise of being a home-and-away gaming machine. Read Review Walmart • $299 $309.00 Apr 30 • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice Amazon Game Developers Conference Tags $299last_img read more

Juul CEO Respiratory illness cases possibly linked to vaping are worrisome

first_img Comments 4 Tags The CDC is looking into an outbreak of severe lung disease in people who vape. Eva Hambach/Getty Images Juul, one of the country’s top e-cigarette companies, is responding to the growing number of health issues being reported in people who vape. In an interview with CBS This Morning, CEO Kevin Burns said the recent health cases involving vaping are “worrisome.” Burns also had a message for nonsmokers: don’t use Juul. “Don’t vape. Don’t use Juul,” Burns said in the interview, which aired Thursday. “Don’t start using nicotine if you don’t have a preexisting relationship with nicotine. Don’t use the product. You’re not our target consumer.”Vape pens were designed to help people quit smoking or get their nicotine fix without the harmful effects of cigarettes. But an increasing number of people who vape have wound up in the hospital with lung issues, seizures and other health concerns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating nearly 200 potential lung illness cases, across 22 states, that may be tied to vaping and e-cigarette use. The CDC said in a statement Friday that the recent death, by severe lung disease, of a patient in Illinois who’d used an e-cigarette or vaping device “reinforces the serious risks associated with e-cigarette products.” The agency’s statement added that “e-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.”Burns said the CDC has been in “close contact” with Juul.”If there was any indication that there was an adverse health condition related to our product, I think we’d take very swift action,” Burns said in the interview.The CDC didn’t respond to a request for additional comment. Burns also told CBS This Morning that the company is working with vendors on an ID verification system that prevents cashiers from selling e-cigarettes to underage customers. He pushed back on allegations that Juul specifically targeted children as customers, saying “I don’t think our campaign was ever targeted to kids.””We don’t need to target youth to grow our business, to be successful, and fulfill our mission,” he added. In a statement Wednesday, a spokesperson for Juul said the company is keeping an eye on the lung illness cases and has “robust safety monitoring systems in place.”Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.Originally published Aug. 28, 12:19 p.m. PT.Updates, 2:06 p.m.: Adds statement from Juul; Aug. 29: Includes more details from Burns’ interview with CBS This Morning. center_img Share your voice Wellness Gadgetslast_img read more

Hasina seeks reelection to bring back Tarique

Hasina seeks reelection to bring back Tarique

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaking in parliament on Wednesday — Photo: PIDAwami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the people to re-elect her party to bring back Tarique Rahman for execution of the recent court verdict in the 21 August grenade attack cases.”Allah willing, if we can return to power through the next election, we’ll definitely be able to bring Tarique Rahman back by the time and execute the verdict,” she told parliament in reply to a supplementary question from treasury bench member Fazilatun Nasa Bappy.”This is why I seek blessings and votes from the people so that we can try this injustice and execute the verdict returning to power,” said Sheikh Hasina.Noting that BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman has been sentenced to life-term imprisonment, the prime minister said, “We’re negotiating with the British government to bring him back.””As they’ve been tried and the verdict has been announced…they must suffer this sentence one day,” she said, adding that no matter where they are hiding.The premier said there is no doubt that Tarique and his mother Khaleda Zia were involved in the 21 August grenade attack as his father Ziaur Rahman had been involved in the 15 August massacre.”They carried out such a heinous attack in broad daylight. They used grenades in the streets, which are used in wars, and killed so many people, including Ivy Rahman,” Hasina told parliament.She went on saying, “We want blessings from people and their votes for ‘boat’ (in the next general election) to serve the country for another term alongside ensuring peace and security to people by eliminating injustice, militancy, terrorism and drugs.”Replying to another supplementary question from AL MP Sagupta Yesmin, the prime minister said she welcomed the newly formed political alliance led by Kamal Hossain.Pointing at the alliance, she said, “I welcome those who forged the political alliance as I think all have the rights to do politics.”Now different parties have forged alliances and they will take part in the election, which will strengthen the foundation of democracy further, Hasina said.She, however, noted that some people who are engaged in the alliance cannot speak showing respect to people and even they demonstrate anti-women sentiment.Mentioning that patience and sacrifice are needed when anyone goes to work for people, Hasina said they do not have this patience and sacrificing attitude. “I expect they’ll maintain it if they truly want to move forward forging a political alliance.”The prime minister said she does not back off from facing any political rival politically. “We face them politically.””If people seek justice against anyone who is involved in militancy, terrorism and drug, or utters indecent words, then it’s the duty of the state to try them. We’re putting them on trial and will continue to do so,” she said.Responding to different starred questions, the prime minister focused on her government’s successes in different areas, including the GDP growth, the size of GDP and national budget, per capita income, revenue collection, electricity generation, poverty alleviation, crop production and manpower export.last_img read more

Sri Lanka extends emergency in surprise move

Sri Lanka extends emergency in surprise move

first_imgSecurity personnel stand guard in front of St Anthony`s Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 29 April. Reuters File PhotoA state of emergency was extended by Sri Lanka’s president Saturday, going back on pledges to relax the tough laws introduced after the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people.Maithripala Sirisena said in a decree he believed there was a “public emergency” in the country, and was invoking provisions of the public security act extending the state of emergency.The tough laws, granting sweeping powers to police and security forces to arrest and detain suspects, were due to expire on Saturday.Just over 100 people, including 10 women, are in custody in connection with April’s Easter Sunday suicide attacks against three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo.In late May, Sirisena told diplomats — from Australia, Canada, Japan, the US and European states — the security situation was “99 per cent back to normal” and he would allow the emergency laws to lapse by 22 June.He assured diplomats security forces had either detained or killed all those directly involved in the attacks, blamed on a local jihadi group and claimed by the Islamic State group.There was no immediate word from the government why Sirisena changed his mind, but security remains tight in the capital.The emergency can be declared for a month at a time, and parliament must ratify it within 10 days.The continuation of the emergency came as police announced criminal investigations against several top officers, including the Inspector-General, for negligence and lapses ahead of the bombings.Sirisena himself has been criticised for failing to act on precise Indian intelligence that jihadists were about to hit Christian churches and other targets in Sri Lanka.A parliamentary public inquiry has been told Sirisena — who is also the minister of defence and law and order — failed to follow proper national security protocols.The mainly Buddhist nation of 21 million people was about to mark a decade since ending a 37-year-long Tamil separatist war when the Islamic extremists struck.last_img
New study finds sea level rose 24 mmyear between 2005 and 2011

New study finds sea level rose 24 mmyear between 2005 and 2011

first_img Climate change will raise the sea level in the Gulf of Finland (Phys.org) —A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas’ Center for Space Research, indicates that sea level rise between 2005 and 2011 was due primarily to glacial and polar ice shelf melting. In their paper published in Nature Geoscience, the team describes how they studied data from satellites and ocean surface sensors to measure changes in ocean mass and density which allowed them to calculate an average global sea level rise of nearly 2.4mm/year. © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Global mean sea level (GMSL) change. a, GMSL change observed by the TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1/2 satellite altimeters during the period 1993–2012. b, The same as in a, but for the most recent 7-year period (January 2005–December 2011). Credit: (c) NPG, Nature Geoscience (2013) doi:10.1038/ngeo1829 More information: Contribution of ice sheet and mountain glacier melt to recent sea level rise, Nature Geoscience (2013) doi:10.1038/ngeo1829AbstractChanges in global mean sea level primarily reflect the sum of three contributions: water mass changes in the oceans, water density changes, and variations in the volume of the ocean basins. Satellite altimetry data1, 2, 3, 4 suggest that sea level rose by about 2.39±0.48 mm yr−1 between 2005 and 2011. However, previous estimates5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of sea level rise from density and ocean mass changes were lower than the altimeter data indicate. Here we show that the gap in the sea level budget disappears when we combine gravity data from the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite mission and temperature and salinity observations from the Argo programme collected between 2005 and 2011. The Argo data indicate a density-driven sea level rise of 0.60±0.27 mm yr−1 throughout this period. To estimate ocean mass change from the gravity data, we developed a forward modelling technique that reduces the bleeding of terrestrial signals into the ocean data. Our reassessment suggests an ocean mass contribution of 1.80±0.47 mm yr−1, for a total sea level rise of 2.40±0.54 mm yr−1, in agreement with the altimeter-based estimates. On the basis of the GRACE data, we conclude that most of the change in ocean mass is caused by the melting of polar ice sheets and mountain glaciers. This contribution of ice melt is larger than previous estimates10, but agrees with reports11, 12, 13 of accelerated ice melt in recent years.center_img The researchers note that sea level changes come about in three main ways: changes in the mass of the water in the ocean, its density, and changes in the volume of ocean basins. To measure all of these over the period 2005 to 2011, the team studied data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) and from the Argo project (a global array of 3,500 profiling floats that record ocean temperatures and salinity on an ongoing basis.)Gravity data from GRACE allows researchers to measure the mass of the world’s oceans (divided into six regions) and thus the changes that occur over time. The data showed, the researchers report, a global increase in ocean mass that led to an average ocean level rise of 1.8mm/year during the years studied. They suggest the increase in mass was due to melting of the polar ice sheets and glaciers atop mountains around the globe.In studying data from Argo, the researchers found a reduction in the average density of the world’s oceans led to a rise in sea levels of approximately 0.6mm/year. The researchers did not delve into the nature of the decrease in sea water density, but the presumption is that it’s due to an increase in seawater temperature.To calculate the total average sea level rise over the years studied, the researchers added the rise due to an increase in ocean mass and the rise due to a reduction in average density—this gave them an average global sea level rise of 2.39mm/year. The researchers note their numbers reflect more rise than other studies have found but agree with those that have claimed sea levels are rising at an accelerated rate in more recent years. They also conclude that most of the change in global sea levels is due to melting of polar ice sheets and mountain glaciers. Citation: New study finds sea level rose 2.4 mm/year between 2005 and 2011 (2013, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-sea-rose-mmyear.html Journal information: Nature Geoscience 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

The Mysterious Bison Herd Roaming on an Island off the California Coast

The Mysterious Bison Herd Roaming on an Island off the California Coast

first_imgAlmost a century ago, a small herd of bison was supposedly transported to the island of Catalina, 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, to be in the background of a 1924 silent film being shot called The Vanishing American. But after the film was finished, no one rounded up the bison to transport them off the island. Their continued existence on Catalina has led to some real twists and turns. Catalina Island, claimed by the Spanish Empire before being relinquished to the U.S., possesses an intriguing history of smuggling and gold mining before it transformed itself in the 20th century as a place for relaxing. Twenty-two miles long and eight miles wide, it has trails to hike, oceanfront shops to scour, and snorkeling trips to book.Catalina IslandAnd then there’s the bison, a species that came close to extinction in the 19th century. “Catalina Island’s largest resident land mammal, brought over for a movie shoot and left to its own devices, the bison herd can be found roaming the interior of the island, where they are regularly spotted by hikers and other explorers,” said Catalina Tours.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsWhile the film shoot story is accepted island history, there are some who are skeptical, pointing out that there are actually no bison visible in The Vanishing American. Yet it cannot be questioned that somehow the bison found a way there, and it’s an awful long boat ride from the mainland.A view of Avalon on Catalina Island. Photo by Frank Horst cc-by-sa-2.0Without natural predators and living in a mild climate, over the years the herd grew to at least 600–which was too many bison for the island to handle. Hundreds of them were taken off Catalina Island to live on Native American reservations, where their numbers had tragically dwindled after numbering in the millions for millennium.Experts say life post-Catalina is actually best for the bison. “They’re very challenged healthwise when they’re on this island, because they don’t have the adequate nutrition during the right time of year,” said Julie King, director of conservation and wildlife management at the Catalina Island Conservancy, in an interview with VOA. “So our bison are in fact a little smaller than the mainland, and it’s not a genetic difference. It’s due to not having the right nutrition at the right time.”Catalina Island interior. Photo by D Ramey Logan CC BY-SA 4.0Currently the Catalina bison number around 150. An argument exists that all the bison should be removed. “Ideally, as a wildlife biologist, I would say one is too many on this island,” says King. “They did not evolve on an island. Our largest native herbivore is a squirrel…not an 1,800-pound herbivore.”Bison on Catalina Island. Photo by tinyfroglet CC by 2.0The latest solution, since the bison are considered part of Catalina’s “cultural fabric,” is to keep the herd small through the use of birth control. Catalina Conservancy says, “To counter a growing herd size, the Conservancy initiated a contraception program in 2009 as a cost effective and humane approach to maintaining the bison population at sustainable levels. This program has been extremely successful and no additional bison calves have been born since 2013. Contraception halted temporarily and the Conservancy hopes to see bison calves on the Island again soon!”Related Video:While all sorts of jeep and hiking tours have taken interested visitors to observe the island’s largest mammals, they are by no means tame, and that was underscored in 2017.“A man who was camping at Little Harbor Campground on Catalina Island was injured after being gored by a bison the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 17, police said,” according to a story in the Orange County Register. “The incident occurred at about 5:15 p.m. when the man was sitting on a log and a bison was grazing nearby, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ray Ward.”Related Article: 36,000-year-old Meat of a Mummified Bison was used for a StewThe sergeant told the newspaper, “When the man saw that the (animal) was getting closer to him, he got up and tried to move away. That’s when (it) charged him and gored him in his left arm.”Los Angeles Fire Department officials treated the man at the scene and he was airlifted to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. “It’s very rare for them to attack,” Ward said. “People forget sometimes that they are wild because they appear domesticated.”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Irelands Fixed Broadband Score Ranks in Top 20 of the World Mobile

Irelands Fixed Broadband Score Ranks in Top 20 of the World Mobile

first_imgHomeBy Ben Naumann Contributor at gpunerd.comBen is a contributor at gpunerd.com. His interest with all things Tech began with the acquisition of his first handheld device, a Gameboy Advanced. Since then, the world of technology has advanced immensely around him. Ben keeps up by reviewing the latest tech, gaming, and hardware news.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking mobile, By Ben NaumannIreland’s Fixed Broadband Score Ranks in Top 20% of the WorldResults from a worldwide internet speed test conducted in May of 2019 reveal that Ireland finished 34th out of the 178 countries that participated, a 3 ranking improvement from a test conducted around the same time in 2018. The test measured both the upload speed and download speed in Mb per second of fixed broadband in each country.Ireland had a download speed of 70.61 megabytes per second and an upload speed of 21.90 megabytes per second. Interestingly enough, the download speed of 70.61 Mbps is well above the global average of 59.60 Mbps. However, Ireland’s upload speed of 21.90 Mbps was actually slightly below the global average of 28.55 Mbps.The reason for such a great disparity between upload speeds and download speeds is simply because users do not upload nearly as many files as they download. Therefore, internet providers don’t split the bandwidth evenly in both directions. Instead, they favor the download speeds, making them significantly faster.Mobile Scores not as FavorableThe experiment conducted by Ookla also tested the mobile download and upload scores of each country. Unfortunately, Ireland did not fare as well in the mobile category on a global scale. Finishing 67th in the world, Ireland decreased 1 spot in the rankings from last years measurement.Scores ExplainedIf you’re wondering why the fixed broadband and mobile rankings are so different, it’s because they are controlled by entirely different entities.Fixed broadband scores are dependent on the quality of “internet infrastructure” that a country has in place, usually installed by internet providers. Typically, more developed countries have had greater network improvements and have more “internet infrastructure” (like Fiber Optic Cables) in place, which facilitates a better connection. Other geographic factors for fixed broadband speed include population density, as well as the level of competition between service providers in your area.Mobile internet scores are dependent on infrastructure like cell towers, which are typically built by mobile phone service providers. Though 3G covers the majority of Ireland, 4G coverage is weak or non-existent in a variety of locations, reducing the average download speed for the entire country.How Ireland Matches Up With its NeighborsIrish citizens will be elated to know that they finished faster than England, whose average download speed reached around only 62 Mbps. Additionally, Ireland finished far ahead of Scotland. However, that is not as impressive as an achievement, considering Scotland, according to this source, is the slowest country in the UK by far.Other World Internet VariablesWe have already analyzed the world internet speed rankings, however, there are actually many more variables of internet around the world that can be compared. This will come as great news to some and terrible news to others, but the country you reside in also will determine how much you are paying for internet connection.Again, largely due to internet infrastructure, population density, and competition in the area, internet providers can charge as much or as little as they want, with minimal regulation. For instance, in Africa, a customer could be paying as much as €450 for one month of comparably slow internet. That is about 25x the cost the average customer pays in most parts of Asia! Fortunately for Ireland, the average price right now is only about €43 per month.Internet Speeds Around the World InfographicTo learn more about the evolution of internet access, internet speeds, and internet costs around the world, check out the infographic below by GPU Nerd.last_img read more

UN presents Libyans with latest draft proposal for unity

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 “Today the people of Libya have their eyes on this gathering, on you, in the hope that you’ll save your country and your people from protracted conflict,” he said. “I am full of hope that this draft represents a fair and reasonable way forward.”Since the beginning of the year, the United Nations has facilitated a series of different negotiating tracks seeking to bring together the rival governments and warring militias tearing Libya apart.The talks have only witnessed halting progress, however, and fighting on the ground continues to threaten efforts to bring together the rival governments.Libya’s internationally recognized government is based in the east, while a coalition of Islamists and other groups holds sway in the west. Neither has been able to triumph militarily.Libya has increasingly become a matter for concern for Europe because it is a haven for Islamic State radicals and a jumping off point for immigrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean.Delegates said they would adjourn to study the latest draft, which includes a power-sharing agreement and an interim government to guide the country, before reconvening in the coming days.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — The U.N. representative to Libya reconvened delegations from Libya’s rival governments on Monday to present the latest draft proposal for a unity government that is increasingly being presented as the war-torn country’s last chance for stability.After warning last week that the country was running out of money and risked ceasing to be a functional state, Bernardino Leon urged the Libyans to approve the fourth version of the draft proposal in a ceremony in Morocco.center_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Water back on for good

Water back on for good

first_imgPeople living in Acaciavale and surrounding areas have been without water from this afternoon (Monday).uThukela says the water shortage is due to a burst in the main line that feeds the area.Water is expected to be back on in approximately eight hours.It is unsure if tankers will be going out to assist those affected.For the mean time, those with ‘dry taps’ will just have to battle it out…Update: Water was back on at 11pm last night (Monday). According to uThukela, there will be no more cut-offs. “The main line has been fixed 100% and residents should not worry.” WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Urban issues denial statement opens doors to more questions

Urban issues denial statement opens doors to more questions

first_imgUnderstand this wasn’t a momentary blip at the podium. Urban was asked later in a breakout session at Big Ten media days last Tuesday about the 2015 incident, and here’s what he said:“The first I heard about that was last night…. I asked the people back at the office to call and say what happened, and they came back and said they know nothing.” Asked later in the clip below if he had any regrets in how he and/or Ohio State handled the Smith saga, Urban says, “No.”Since Urban was so blatantly untruthful at Big Ten media days, why is he to be believed now?If Urban is indeed being truthful now, what did Gene Smith know and when did he know it?And the major question: if Urban was well aware of Zach Smith’s behavior in 2015, why was he on staff until last week?Urban Meyer’s statement seems written with contract law in mind. It denies any grounds that Ohio State could use to fire him with cause. At the same time, it acknowledges his answers to journalists’ questions were inadequate–a personal failing that doesn’t violate his contract. https://t.co/reaiRXw9yE— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) August 3, 2018As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Because it’s Friday afternoon, Urban Meyer has dropped a statement on the elephant in the room. The statement clearly signals he intends to stay on as Ohio State’s head coach.Now, here are the questions that arise from this statement….The natural question, of course, is why is Urban’s statement today so different than what he said last week? It’s not as if Smith’s firing blindsided Urban. He had an entire night to prepare a response, and the one he gave made no sense at best, and was an outright lie at worst.last_img read more

Airlines wont be forced to transfer domestic flights to Sangley DOTr

Airlines wont be forced to transfer domestic flights to Sangley DOTr

first_imgWatch more in iWant or TFC.tvTransferring the smaller planes to Sangley, he said, will help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The government is aiming to have Sangley ready for operations by November, Tamayo added. The facility will also include a ferry service to Manila so that travelers can bypass roads along Cavite.  Transportation undersecretary Manuel Tamayo said it is up to the airlines to decide whether to transfer their operations from the NAIA (pictured) to the Cavite airport. File/Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News Tugade orders ‘24/7’ construction of Sangley airport Duterte wants Sangley airport ops soon, transfer of domestic flights eyedcenter_img MANILA—An official of the Transportation Department on Wednesday clarified that airlines will not be forced to transfer their domestic flights to Sangley Airport in Cavite once the facility is finished. “Desisyon na ng airlines kung gusto nilang mag-launch ng flights out of Sangley,” undersecretary Manuel Tamayo said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.(It is the airlines that will decide if they want to launch flights out of Sangley.)Tamayo said Sangley will cater mostly to smaller planes, business jets and turboprop airplanes as its runway is only 2,300 meters. last_img read more