Frank And Oak partners with Californian brand Chapter on exclusive monochromatic collection

first_imgThe collection features 10 skus within six staple styles:–          Short-sleeve Loose Tee | white and washed black | $55 CAD–          Short-sleeve Pocket Tee with Neps | off-white and grey | $55 CAD–          3/4 Sleeve Tee | black and off-white | $60 CAD–          French Terry Full-Zip Hoodie | black | $85 CAD–          Long Sleeve Zip Woven Overshirt | black | $145 CAD–          Pull-on Drop Crotch Tapered Woven Pant | black and taupe | $130 CAD“When we entered our initial conversations about collaborating, our goal was to encapsulate the building blocks of our collection and unveil the progressive view that Frank And Oak puts forward,” noted Devin Carlson, Creative Director of Chapter. “We knew the product would be timeless, fluent and would speak to what every man’s wardrobe should exude. The process was effortless; exactly what it should feel like when two creative teams come together.” The collection will be available online and in-store at the Queen West location in Toronto and Stanley store in Montreal.High-res images from the collection can be viewed here.ABOUT FRANK AND OAKOffering style and advice for the moments that matter, Frank And Oak is a destination for customers who want to live and dress well. By coupling considered product design with advice through immersive digital, in-store and content experiences, Frank And Oak has transcended its role as a retailer and is redefining the shopping experience. Constantly evolving and looking towards to the future, Frank And Oak offers premium design and world-class customer service to its growing ranks of nearly 3 million members. You can experience the Frank And Oak brand through frankandoak.com, shipping to over 40 countries worldwide and 14 Frank And Oak stores across North America.Website: FrankandOak.comTwitter: @FrankandOakInstagram: @FrankandOakHashtag: #FrankandOakABOUT CHAPTERChapter is a contemporary menswear collection that is rooted in simplicity, modernism and function. Chapter is symbolic of the individual man’s personal progression, broken down into chapters that evolve in aesthetic, personality and voice.Website: joinchapter.comInstagram: @JoinChapterTumblr: joinchapter.tumblr.comHashtag: #joinchapter Toronto, ON – Frank And Oak today announced its latest collaboration with Californian brand, Chapter. The 10-piece collection follows Chapter’s minimalistic and monochromatic inspiration while capturing the simplicity and freshness at the core of Frank And Oak’s designs.Inspired by ’90s culture, the collection brings this concept to life through the use of unorthodox, structured silhouettes counterbalanced by soft, malleable details such as raw detailing and washing. The form and disarray meet in a place of balance and harmony in this exclusive capsule collection of elevated basics.“We are very excited to collaborate with a brand that evokes a sense of importance and emotion in their pieces,” says Ethan Song, co-founder and CEO of Frank And Oak. “We appreciate Chapter’s forward-thinking vision and strong voice in the fashion community. With ingenuity and variation in mind, this partnership takes Frank And Oak’s designs in a new direction and we’re eager to offer this experimental capsule collection to our customers.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian producer Veena Sud tackles US racial tensions with Seven Seconds

first_imgThe story features a hit-and-run case instead of a shooting partly because it provided a powerful image of a body lying in the snow for 12 hours, Sud said. “Turning on the television and seeing on the nightly news over and over and over this tragedy happening really spoke to me,” said Sud, who lives in Los Angeles. Facebook Toronto-born writer-producer Veena Sud, whose previous credits include the “The Killing,” says she came up with the idea for “Seven Seconds” after “turning on the television and seeing black men and young children being shot almost on a nightly basis.” “I’m still Canadian but it’s the first time I’ve been back in Toronto since then, so it’s special being back,” Sud said. “When I thought about police violence in black and brown communities, and the absolute helplessness or ignorance in the judicial system in dealing with it in a way that is right, it felt very fitting that the Statue of Liberty’s back was turned,” Sud said.“The other reason is people are now familiar that it’s happening all over America, not just in the South. I really wanted to tell a story about a microcosm of every American city, that police violence is not a southern problem but it’s an American problem.” Login/Register With: TORONTO — A new Netflix crime drama explores the racial tensions resulting from police misconduct in the U.S. — and it was created by a Canadian. “The amount of blood that’s left in the white snow, in a place that really exists in the States, which is right across the water from the Statue of Liberty, is clearly so symbolic of the American condition at this point in our history.” “Seven Seconds” has “one of the most diverse if not the most diverse writers’ room in the industry,” Sud said. “Their bodies were left in the street or in a playground for hours, in full public view, uncared for, unloved. Their families couldn’t go to them, almost like a testimony to their lives not mattering enough to give them a modicum of respect.” When conversation turned to how her Twitter handle says “Canadian-born,” Sud added with a laugh: “I definitely am not proud of being American right now.” Sud’s other upcoming projects include a dark family drama film starring Cas Anvar, Peter Sarsgaard and Joey King. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Veena Sud is shown in a handout photo. A new Netflix crime drama is tackling the issue of racial tensions resulting from police misconduct in the U.S. and it was created by a Canadian. Toronto-born writer-producer Sud, whose previous credits include the “The Killing,” says she came up with the idea for “Seven Seconds” after “turning on the television and seeing black men and young children being shot almost on a nightly basis.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-JoJo Whilden/Netflix MANDATORY CREDIT Sud set the series in Jersey City, where she used to live, feeling the view of the Statue of Liberty with its back turned to a diverse community to be ironic. Twitter “African-American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, white — and the white writers are the minority — half women,” she added. Other cast members include Regina King and Russell Hornsby as the teen’s parents, and Clare-Hope Ashitey as the troubled assistant prosecutor. “We’re not doing it because someone is telling us to do it but doing it because these are the best writers out there … and that’s something that our industry and every industry in America has to start opening its doors to all of the talent, not just a few.” “It was post-Ferguson, the murder of Michael Brown; post-Baltimore, the killing of Freddie Gray; and watching the courage of an (attorney) like Marilyn Mosby in Baltimore trying to take on the system and bring to justice the officers who had killed a man.” She recently shot it in Toronto, where she grew up until age two, when her family moved to the U.S. “I think one of the biggest influences for me in telling this story was hearing over and over — in the wake of a shooting, in the wake of the death — how these young children and young men were left,” she said. Advertisement Launching Friday, the anthology series stars Beau Knapp as a white New Jersey cop who accidentally hits a black teenager with his car. His cop colleagues stage a coverup, resulting in racial tensions in the city as the case unfolds. It’s a recurring image Sud saw play out in the real-life cases in the news. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

EUs Juncker Irish border controls needed in nodeal Brexit

LONDON — Jean-Claude Juncker, chief of the European Union’s executive arm, says border controls will be placed on the Irish border if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal.Juncker told Sky News on Sunday the EU has to “make sure that the interests of the European Union and of the internal market will be preserved.”How to preserve a frictionless border between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, is the thorniest issue in the Brexit discussions.Juncker noted that without a border after a no-deal Brexit, an animal entering Northern Ireland could then enter the EU via Ireland without any controls. He says “this will not happen. We have to preserve the health and the safety of our citizens.”Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on Oct. 31.The Associated Press read more

Half of Albertans living paycheque to paycheque

Half of Albertans living paycheque to paycheque AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jonathan Muma Posted Sep 7, 2016 8:19 am MDT Close to half of Canadians and 50 per cent of Albertans are living paycheque to paycheque, making the road to comfortable retirement longer and more difficult.That’s the finding of a new survey by the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).Nationally, only 36 per cent expect the economy to improve in the city or town they live in in the coming year.But Albertans still have a high degree of optimism, with 45 per cent believing the local economy will improve – that’s among the highest in the country.Edna Stack, past chair of the CPA board of directors, points to flat incomes combined with spending and debt as the reasons why so many are living week to week.“Most people cite their mortgage or their rent as their number one payment and then after that it’s lines of credit and credit cards so it’s just too easy to get things,” she said.She adds household incomes above $100,000 have barely increased in the past five years, and while wages have stayed the same, 42 per cent of Albertans say they now spend all or more than their net pay.Forty-three per cent of Albertans feel overwhelmed by debt and a third say their debt level has increased this year.Ninety-four per cent of us carry some form of debt, but perhaps most disappointing is that one in ten don’t think they’ll ever be debt free.In fact, a quarter of Canadians say they couldn’t come up with $2,000 if an emergency popped up next month.Sixty-two per cent of Albertans, much higher than anywhere else in the country, believe they will need at least $1-million to retire.Stack points out 76 per cent say they’ve only saved about one-quarter or less of what they need.“Freedom 55 is pretty well gone now,” she said. “A lot of people are expecting to work longer because of debt, so they’re now looking at well into their 60s before they think they’re going to be ready to pack it in.”Despite all that, only 28 per cent of people say higher wages are their top priority.Most say they’re more interested in a better work-life balance and a healthy work environment. P WIDLING/FREEIMAGES.COM read more

Why Denvers Gary Harris Could Be The Next Kawhi Leonard

DENVER — Kawhi Leonard is indispensable to the San Antonio Spurs — or at least that’s how he’s now perceived. His mysterious injury not only threatens to snap the Spurs’ two-decade-long playoff streak, but there’s a chance it could also derail the club’s future by driving Leonard away.If there’s an irony in how monumentally important Leonard is to the Spurs’ chances now, though, it’s that he was still relatively anonymous to the casual basketball fan just four years ago, despite performing at a fairly high level on one of the league’s best teams at that time. It wasn’t until June 2014, when Leonard earned NBA Finals MVP honors, that he began drawing broader attention en route to becoming a bona fide star, one whose health could shift the tenor of a conference finals series.Now, another player — Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris — quietly appears to be on a similar trajectory. From afar, nothing Harris does seems truly spectacular. But zoom in just a little, watch a handful of Denver’s games, and you’ll see elements of Harris’s consistent, well-rounded skill set start to stand out. Just the way Leonard’s once did.“When I got here, there were questions about whether Gary Harris was an NBA player,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told me, a reference to Harris’s rookie season, in which he shot just over 30 percent from the field.1While part of that poor performance was due to his over-reliance on threes, Harris was one of just three rookies since 1960 to have shot that poorly on 200 attempts or more. The thought seems comical now, as Harris is serving as both Denver’s best on-ball defender and its leading scorer.For a while, Harris was far stronger on the defensive side of the ball, where it’s harder for the average fan to notice excellence. A solid scorer, by contrast, handles the ball more and gets his name called while the camera pans to his face every time he finds the bottom of the basket. Forcing a missed shot or denying your man the ball on the other end, however, usually isn’t enough to garner that same attention. So that may partially explain why the 23-year-old Harris flies under the radar.At 6 foot 4, he doesn’t force teams to alter entire offensive schemes the way that the 6-foot-7 Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, can. Yet Harris constantly seems to find ways to disrupt the league’s best wing players.Harris ranks ninth in the NBA in deflections per game — the same ranking Leonard held last season — hounding volume scorers as they come around screens and illustrating nearly perfect timing as he swats down directly on the ball just as a player is lifting up to launch his shot attempt. Harris’s quick hands and defensive persistence are pretty much the only things that prevent the Nuggets, who surrender more layups than anyone except Orlando, from having the worst defense in basketball. With Harris on the court, Denver surrenders 107.4 points per 100 possessions, which would tie for 20th among the league’s 30 teams. With Harris on the bench, the Nuggets allow 110.6 points per 100 possessions, a rate that would tie for dead last.It’s incredibly difficult to draw the types of defensive assignments that Harris typically gets without committing a lot of fouls. But just like Leonard did in his fourth season, Harris has collected more steals than fouls so far this year, a feat that only elite defensive shooting guards and small forwards generally manage.Harris could be named an All-NBA defender in the coming years without changing much about his game. But to achieve true stardom, he will likely need two things: More scoring — he’s still pretty limited in creating looks for himself — and more wins for the Nuggets.“If we make the playoffs, a lot more people are going to see and know who the hell Gary Harris is,” said Malone, whose team is locked in a crowded playoff race. “It’s funny: Last year, Nikola Jokic wasn’t going to be a part of All-Star Weekend. Then he puts up 40 points at Madison Square Garden and gets a phone call from the NBA the very next day. ‘Hey, we want you to be part of All-Star Weekend!’ So, we know Nikola and how special he is. And I think the same is true of Gary.”Harris has shown true scoring progress every year since his dismal rookie campaign. The former Michigan State star has gone from 3, to 12, to 15 and now 18 points per game; he has become one of the league’s best offensive threats in transition; and he’s on track to shoot 40 percent from the 3-point line for a second straight year. He moves incredibly well without the ball and has perhaps the team’s best on-court chemistry with Jokic, the face of the Nuggets and one of the league’s most skilled young big men.2Through Monday night’s games, Harris was logging a ridiculous 64.3 effective field-goal percentage off Jokic’s passes, according Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats — a rate that’s on par with the most efficient scorers in the NBA. Similarly, Jokic posts a 62.1 effective field-goal rate off Harris’s passes, a figure that narrowly outpaces that Stephen Curry’s overall rate.Harris’s development on offense bears similarities to Leonard’s rise. Through their first four seasons, their numbers looked identical — 12.2 points and 2.1 assists on 47 percent shooting and 37 percent from 3 for Harris3Harris’s fourth year is still ongoing; 12.3 points and 1.8 assists on 50 percent shooting overall and 37 percent from 3 for Leonard.Perhaps even more important: The two men play with an unusually quiet, workmanlike approach, and they are among the most consistent players in the NBA on a night-to-night basis. “He just puts his head down and goes about his business. He doesn’t talk about it much — he just goes out and does it, and we’re fine with that,” says Denver guard Will Barton, whose locker is next to Harris’s. (Harris’s noticeably quiet disposition, along with the Nuggets’ struggles to really break through on TV with local fans,4During the ride to the arena in Denver, my Uber driver, a self-described huge NBA fan, admitted he didn’t know who Harris was. undoubtedly contributes to why Harris isn’t better known around the league yet.)In Harris’s case, one could argue that his consistency on both ends has him on the cusp of joining the elite. Using effective field-goal percentage, a stat that accounts for 3-pointers by looking at the number of points generated per field-goal attempt rather than just shots made per attempt, the chart below illustrates how often the league’s starting shooting guards and small forwards have good shooting nights compared to bad ones. Unsurprisingly, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are at the very top of that list. Leonard rates fifth. And right behind him is Harris at No. 6. Of course, none of this is to say that Harris will continue ascending the way Leonard has during his fifth and sixth seasons, when he went from scoring 16.5 points a contest to 25.5 points while managing to become more efficient despite a heavier offensive load. Without Harris becoming more of a one-on-one threat, which Kawhi has become stellar at in relatively short order, it’s more sensible to compare his offense to Golden State’s Klay Thompson or Washington’s Otto Porter, who play better off the ball than with it.Should Harris develop a more aggressive brand of offense, though, there’s reason to think he could find success with it. While he’s not built like Leonard — one of the NBA’s strongest players, and just one of four NBA wing players last season to record more and-1s than he had shots blocked — Harris is far stronger than he looks and doesn’t shy away from contact. The former All-American high school football player is one of three guards, after James and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, who shoots 70 percent at the rim — elite company for strength around the basket.Malone said Harris has been diligent every summer about taking direction from coaches and staff each offseason to continue improving. But Harris told me it was simpler than that for him. “Really, I just want go out there to play and have fun,” he said. “It’s not about me going out and saying, ‘I’ve got to go out and be better than I was last year.’ If you put in the work, it’s going to show itself.”And if Harris continues to improve and show his work to this extent, it may be only a matter of time until just about every basketball fan knows who he is.Senior writer Neil Paine contributed to research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Where Have You Gone Secretariat

In the wake of American Pharoah’s stunning wire-to-wire Triple Crown-clinching victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, I compared him to Secretariat, finding that — despite having one of the finest Triple Crown campaigns ever — American Pharoah still likely would have finished the Belmont well behind his great-great-great-grandfather. Some readers seem to think this was a cheap shot at the slump-busting champion, although you’d think being called second-best to a mutant horse sent from the future would be considered high praise.Secretariat’s 2:24 Belmont time is safe; no other horse has run under 2:26 (even that is about 10 lengths behind Secretariat). Oh, and he still owns the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes records by two to three lengths each. It has been over four decades, and great horses still can’t come close.But what do we make of this? How is it that even the best horse this era has to offer — with a stride so smooth that it borders on poetic — would still finish 13 lengths behind Big Red?Clearly, it’s that Secretariat is overrated.OK, exhale. I’m not trolling you. I’m just being extremely nitty about the marginal shades of “really, really great.” By “overrated,” I certainly don’t mean to imply that Secretariat isn’t the best 3-year-old American racehorse in history — he is. Or that his Belmont run wasn’t one of the most dazzling moments in sports history (I practically sleep with this footage of it under my pillow). I mean simply that one of the key selling points of his unfathomable greatness is slightly undermined by its broader context. Specifically, that his records — did I mention it has been over 40 years? — have lasted so long in part because the quality of thoroughbred racing has plateaued and perhaps even weakened.To illustrate, I’ve charted all the winning times for Triple Crown races at Pimlico, Churchill Downs and Belmont Park (excluding races that were held at alternative venues) over 9.5, 10 or 12 furlongs (the current distances of the Preakness, Derby and Belmont, respectively).1These distances have been paired with these races since 1926. Each race changed its distance at various points before that (for example, the Derby was 12 furlongs from 1875 to 1895). I’ve marked the trend for the winning times for each distance as of Secretariat’s Triple Crown in 1973 (dashed line) and record progression for each distance (solid line). Winning times for all three distances improved fairly steadily through 1973 but have been trending slightly slower since then:It’s as if God saw the perfect race and thought, “OK, I’m done with horses.”Again, for purposes of parsing different shades of awesome, note that in 1973, for all the drama, Secretariat’s records were pretty garden-variety awesome. That is, they weren’t really far off from where we’d expect the progression of records to have led. Indeed, the gap between his record times and the linear (pre-plateau) trend for winning times was reasonably narrow.Which is to say, Secretariat was no Bob Beamon. Beamon’s 1968 long jump in Mexico City beat the previous long jump record by 0.55 meters — which still accounts for 41 percent of the improvement seen in that event’s entire recorded history (and Beamon’s record still stood for only 22 years). Secretariat’s records have stood for this long not because they were so absurd at the time that we have yet to catch up, but because we stopped catching up.For watchers of human sports, this can be hard to interpret. We’re used to top human athletes getting better and better. This is somewhat concealed in competitive and team sports in which opponents’ skill levels offset each other (making millions of bar arguments over the “Greatest of All Time” more interesting). But evidence of athletic progress is laid bare in virtually any discipline that has objective measures, like speed. Here’s a similar chart for men’s 100-meter to 800-meter race winning times at the Olympics:Only Michael Johnson’s 400-meter Olympic record has been around since before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The single longest standing world record in any IAAF track-and-field event dates back only to 1983. For some athletic disciplines, the constant improvement over time has been so consistent as to be almost creepy.As to why horse racing hasn’t improved the way human racing has, this old FiveThirtyEight article has a good roundup of speculation — including small population size and lack of genetic diversity. The elite genes in the racing gene pool may be drifting overseas, and, in general, thoroughbred racing’s center of gravity may be shifting.All of that serves as a reminder that although we often celebrate horses as athletes, the sport of horse racing isn’t really comparable to human athletics. If it were, a superhorse as super as American Pharoah would be rewriting the record books. read more

Thousands forced to wait outside swamped hospitals as cold spell hits

first_imgThe turnaround issues means an unfortunate delay for our patientsSouth Central Ambulance Service Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The crisis in hospitals means that ambulance services are then unable to respond to subsequent 999 calls.Last night Britain’s most senior emergency medicine doctor said departments across the country were “buckling under pressure” with staff “working at the very limits of their abilities”.The first week of January is traditionally one of the busiest periods of they year for the health service, as people seek help for illnesses and injuries picked up during the Christmas period.NHS guidance now states that only patients suffering life-threatening emergencies should be treated in A&E.Doctors at some hospitals have reported on social media that “major incidents” had been declared because of the flood of patients.NHS England did not comment on the claims. A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service confirmed that 20 of its ambulances had been forced to queue outside Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth on Monday.“Regrettably the knock-on effect of the demand and the turnaround issues means an unfortunate delay for our patients as we try and handover our patients into the hospital so that we can assist our next patient,” he said.President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Taj Hassan said the four-hour target for seeing patients in A&E was “deteriorating at an alarming rate”, adding that performance is now the “worst in over a decade”.center_img Heaving A&E departments are forcing thousands of patients to wait for hours in ambulances outside hospitals as freezing conditions hit the UK.Health chiefs were forced to apologise yesterday after spiraling waiting times in one hospital caused a queue of 20 ambulances unable to offload patients.In London alone, the winter crisis means more than 6,000 patients each week are being left in the back of emergency vehicles because A&E departments are too busy to admit them, new figures reveal.last_img read more

The Xbox Live con how to save 26 with a phone call

first_imgThe recent and ongoing issues with PSN have lead me to think about my online gaming-related accounts in general recently, and I noticed my Xbox Live Gold account subscription was coming up for renewal.In the UK a Gold membership costs £39.99 ($65) which is about the price of a new game. I don’t use it anywhere near enough to warrant the (automatic) renewal happening so I decided to cancel. The fact is, I prefer single-player campaigns and tend to move on to the next game rather than hang around for the multiplayer, hence a Gold account goes to waste.The process of cancelling, or even turning the auto-renewal off, is painful in this day and age. You can’t just login to your account and untick the box or just go to xbox.com, it requires a phone call to Xbox Support. So I called and after a 10 minute wait I got through to someone who then proceeded to ask me lots of security questions. Once that was done I told him I wanted to stop the auto-renewal at which point his training kicked in and he was trying to keep the account going… and the money flowing.Now here’s the kicker. When the Gold account auto-renews it does so at the full price you paid the year before. But the act of me attempting to cancel allowed the support person to offer me the same 12 month subscription for just £24 ($39). That’s a saving of $26 just for phoning up support.The reason given for being able to offer the discount was loyalty, and because I had been a Gold member for 12 months I was entitled to a discount. Now I put it to Microsoft: if you can offer the service for $26 less after the first year, why isn’t this being offered to all Gold members by default?I realize this is a tactic used by many services to entice you to stay, but it doesn’t stop me getting angry about it. We pay enough to purchase the console, buy the games, and invest in digital downloads. The subscription on top of that for playing online should be as low as possible and clearly it isn’t in this case. There’s also the issue of Xbox Live only acting as a gateway in a lot of cases with publishers running their own servers for specific multiplayer games.So if your Gold membership is coming up for renewal I suggest you phone up support and ask for the auto-renewal to be turned off. This doesn’t cancel your account, it just means you have to manually renew. However, if your experience is anything like mine, you’ll be paying a reduced price for another 12 months over the phone.last_img read more

Amazon is testing order collections from 7Eleven stores

first_imgInternet shopping has revolutionized not only the way we buy things, but also the breadth of what it’s possible to buy. No longer are we limited by what shops are within traveling distance or what mail order magazines offer. You can go online, see preview pictures, videos, read reviews, compare prices, and order with the click of a button and next day shipping.One of the pioneers of that online shopping experience is Amazon. Not only has it become the number one online shopping destination, the e-tailer keeps pushing in new directions and finding new ways to keep its customers happy and spending money.Although not confirmed by Amazon (yet) it looks as though it might be about to solve the problem of making yourself available to receive a delivery. We’ve all had the problem of ordering something and knowing it is too big to fit through the door, so you have to be in to receive it, or just being unlucky and happen to be out when the delivery truck turns up. Missed deliveries are frustrating, but so is waiting in to make sure you get one.Amazon has come up with a clever solution to this problem: deliver your package to a local 7-Eleven store instead. That way, your delivery is waiting for you locally and available whenever it’s convenient for you to go get it.Evidence this is at least being experimented with by Amazon comes in the form of a 7-Eleven store in Seattle. The Capitol Hill store has an Amazon locker system installed. As the image above shows, there’s lots of lockers that are all numbered and a console in the middle.When you make a purchase on Amazon an option will appear to have the package delivered to a 7-Eleven instead of your home or place of work. Then, when the package arrives at the 7-Eleven you receive an e-mail with a bar code attached. Visit the 7-Eleven, bring the bar code up on your smartphone and let the machine scan it, then take your package from the locker that unlocks. Simple.Apparently the system is in very early testing, but if it proves successful expect an official roll out across the U.S. by summer 2012.Read more at The Dailylast_img read more

How two artists managed to visualize sound using water and fire

first_imgAt the aptly named Photography Playground in Berlin, two artists run a “laboratory for water sound images,” which is basically a fancy way of saying they film ripples in water. There really isn’t much “laboratory” going on, as their work essentially just confirms age-old physical truisms, in this case that both water and air are, in a physics sense, fluids.In fact, the only difference between them is density, and as such they should both react similarly to similar forces. So, where compression waves in air will form patterns we perceive with our ears, water will form nearly identical patterns — but these we can perceive with our eyes.As you can see in the video above, these efforts can produce incredible images that transcend their simple origins. The water seems to dance along with the music — though maybe that says more about what dance really is than it does about water.What’s really interesting about this video are the interference patterns produced by the fact that the vat is so small; when the waves reflect off of the walls and bounce back, they can form complex standing wave patterns that are truly breath-taking. The creators point out that the patterns often resemble those found in nature, things like the arrangement of flower petals, the pattern of a turtle’s shell, or the bulbous forms of cell division. That’s all very interesting and philosophically intriguing, but these are still just pretty pictures.If you doubted the universality of the principles at work here (or if you just want to see more cool sound stuff) then consider a Ruben’s Tube: a simple tube lined with evenly spaced holes and filled with a flammable gas-air mixture. Cap one end with a speaker, the other with a, uh, cap, and light the gas coming out of the holes — as you’ll see, we don’t necessarily need water to visualize sound.Just as the compression and expansion of waves in water will force the liquid up into ridges (ripples) on the surface, the same forces in the gas within the tube either squirt the gas out more violently, or suck it back down. The result is a dynamic visualization of the shape of a sound wave — in fire! The coolest thing about a Rubens Tube, to me, is that the size of the fire-wave is the literal wavelength of the sound; this is not a metaphor for sound, but the real, actual size and shape of the wave itself.last_img read more

iPhone 5S to be unveiled on September 10

first_imgWe are fast approaching the timeframe for Apple to launch a new iPhone model, and speculation is growing as to what date we can expect to see the iPhone 5S rolled out. The latest prediction? The iPhone 5S will be unveiled on September 10 and be available to buy on September 20.Tim Cook made it clear earlier this year that we wouldn’t be seeing a new Apple device released until late September at the earliest. September 20 certainly falls into “late September,” but the reason that date is predicted has more to do with iOS than the iPhone hardware.When iOS 6 was first introduced last June, the mobile OS was released exactly 100 days later. Dave Smith of the International Business Times expects the same to be true of iOS 7, which was introduced during WWDC this year. 100 days added to that would be September 18. That’s a Wednesday, and iPhones are traditionally made available on a Friday, which is why September 20 is the key date. Also note that the iPhone 5 launched on September 21 last year, two days after iOS 6 was released.As for when Apple will unveil the iPhone 5S on stage and detail why it’s great, that event is expected 10 days earlier on September 10. At the same time, Apple is also expected to introduce a new, cheaper iPhone that will sell at a much lower price point, but loses a number of features and uses a plastic casing.That cheaper model won’t be going on sale at the same time as the iPhone 5S, though. Apple intends to wait a few weeks to launch, maybe even into November, in order to avoid any consumer confusion.last_img read more

Mick Foley announces Finn Balor has been forced to vacate the WWE

first_img Here’s a question. How can WWE justify having him on the roster when the USADA suspends his ass for two years? Facebook Now Playing Up Next August 23, 2016 at 4:14 am TheIrishTiger August 23, 2016 at 7:25 pm They apparently already justified it by saying the wellness policy doesn’t apply to part timers. Pinterest Finn Bálor Now Playing Up Next Finn Balor for the WWE UK Championship? 10 COMMENTS August 23, 2016 at 12:56 pm WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins August 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm Google+ WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR August 23, 2016 at 4:10 am Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFinn Balor for the WWE UK Championship?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:37/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 1.32%0:00Remaining Time -1:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list TheIrishTiger unknown Perhaps so, but it’s going to be a lot harder when the USADA suspends him for two years. August 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm Why is Mick Foley a GM? He wasn’t that good a wrestler and he’s not good on the mic either August 22, 2016 at 8:07 pm Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next August 23, 2016 at 7:23 am RAW General Manager Mick Foley just sent out a tweet around a half hour before RAW tonight revealing that Finn Balor has been forced to relinquish the WWE Universal Championship after suffering an injury at SummerSlam last night.As reported earlier, Balor suffered a dislocated shoulder and a possible labrum tear after taking a powerbomb to the ring barricade from Seth Rollins at SummerSlam in Brooklyn on Sunday night. WWE posted footage of when the injury took place.You can check out Foley’s tweet below.We will have live coverage of RAW tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Due to his injury, @StephMcMahon and I jointly accept @FinnBalor relinquishing of the @WWE Universal Championship. #Raw— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) August 22, 2016 WhatsApp Jeffery Adam Phillips Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss First Sting got hurt from that move and now Finn. I think it might be time to retire that move from you repertoire Mr Rollins. Lesnar won’t get it. They won’t use up his appearances now because they want him at Survivor Series and will not go another 3 months without a championship on RAW. August 22, 2016 at 7:54 pm Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Scott Bastien so, yet another serious injury associated with Seth. Twitter TheIrishTiger Mike Smith Dammit. Jamie Stidiford Glenn Wolf rollins wont get it there will be a torunment brock lesnar gets it now Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? Just when I though the rash of injuries were over. Now Playing Up Next August 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm Videos Articles JFJ Comments are closed.last_img read more

Holiday closures

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed today for Veterans Day:• MAIL: No home delivery except for Express mail.• POST OFFICES: Closed. The postal unit inside the Shell gas station at Fisher’s Landing, 16320 S.E. Cascade Park Drive, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.• GARBAGE: Collection of trash and recyclables remains on schedule in Vancouver and most of Clark County. Inside Camas city limits, Friday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up Monday.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: No classes.• COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver.• GOVERNMENT: City, county, state and federal offices closed.• LIBRARIES: All Fort Vancouver Regional Library branches closed. Camas Public Library closed.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open.• BUSES: C-Tran and TriMet on regular schedules. C-Tran offices are closed.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: All offices closed.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Auto licensing offices closed.• VEHICLE EMISSIONS: Test stations closed.• PARKING: Meters in downtown Vancouver free.• LIQUOR STORES: State-run stores open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.• BANKS: Most closed; branches in supermarkets may be open.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets open.• ANIMAL SHELTER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington open.• OREGON ZOO: Open.• WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open.• CLARK COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Open.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Loaves & Fishes is closed.• RIDGEFIELD NATIONAL WILDLIFE CENTER: Admission is free Friday through Sunday. Open from dawn to dusk.• FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE: Admission to the fort is free Friday through Sunday. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.• FEDERAL RECREATION SITES: Day-use fees are waived at most U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management sites in Washington and Oregon, Friday through Sunday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices open.last_img read more

US identifies remains of 911 victim

first_imgAuthorities in New York have identified the remains of a male victim of Al-Qaeda’s 11 September 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Center – some 16 years after the incident.The victim will not be publicly identified at the family’s request, the New York City medical examiner’s office said Monday.More than 2,750 people were killed when two passenger jets destroyed the Twin Towers, the symbol of New York’s financial wealth and confidence.The remains – usually bone fragments – of 1,641 of the 2,753 people known to have been killed have now been positively identified.The latest identification was the first in more than two years, the New York Times reported.“This ongoing work is vital because with each new identification, we are able to bring answers to families affected by tremendous loss,” chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, told The Times.Advances in DNA extraction and testing technology helped confirm the victim’s identity, the medical examiner’s office said.last_img read more

Anubrata admitted to SSKM Hospital

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress district president of Birbhum Anubrata Mondal has been admitted to SSKM Hospital with various ailments.According to hospital sources, a surgery may be performed on Mondal after some clinical tests. It has been learnt that the patient has been suffering from high blood sugar and high blood pressure. His condition is stated to be stable now. The patient has also complained of skin infection. He has been kept under observation at the Woodburn ward of the hospital. It has been learnt that doctors deferred the surgery after the various clinical tests confirmed that his blood sugar and blood pressure levels were much higher than normal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe doctors will take the decision on surgery only after the sugar and pressure levels come to normal. A medical board has also been formed for the treatment of the Trinamool Congress leader from Birbhum. Mondal had visited a local doctor who had advised him to consult the doctors at SSKM on an immediate basis. Following the local doctor’s advice, Mondal visited the hospital. The doctors admitted the patient after primary check-up. He has been undergoing treatment at cabin number 105 of the Woodburn ward. The doctors said that he was also suffering from hypertension. Mondal will be kept under monitoring for the next few days. Many leaders of Birbhum district came to the city after hearing the district president’s ailments. As a result, party leaders are worried about next year’s municipal elections. It may be mentioned here that Mondal has been instrumental in strengthening the party’s organisation.last_img read more

Selfdriving cars may ease traffic woes

first_imgA fleet of driverless cars can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 per cent by working together, a study suggests. The researchers programmed a small fleet of miniature robotic cars to drive on a multi-lane track and observed how the traffic flow changed when one of the cars stopped. When the cars were not driving cooperatively, any cars behind the stopped car had to stop or slow down and wait for a gap in the traffic, as would typically happen on a real road. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA queue quickly formed behind the stopped car and overall traffic flow was slowed. However, when the cars were communicating with each other and driving cooperatively, as soon as one car stopped in the inner lane, it sent a signal to all the other cars. “Autonomous cars could fix a lot of different problems associated with driving in cities, but there needs to be a way for them to work together,” said Michael He, an undergraduate student at Cambridge, who designed the algorithms for the experiment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCars in the outer lane that were in immediate proximity of the stopped car slowed down slightly so that cars in the inner lane were able to quickly pass the stopped car without having to stop or slow down significantly. Additionally, when a human-controlled driver was put on the ‘road’ with the autonomous cars and moved around the track in an aggressive manner, the other cars were able to give way to avoid the aggressive driver, improving safety. “If different automotive manufacturers are all developing their own autonomous cars with their own software, those cars all need to communicate with each other effectively,” said reearchers. Starting with inexpensive scale models of commercially-available vehicles with realistic steering systems, the Cambridge researchers adapted the cars with motion capture sensors and a Raspberry Pi, so that the cars could communicate via wifi. They then adapted a lane-changing algorithm for autonomous cars to work with a fleet of cars. It allows for cars to be packed more closely when changing lanes and adds a safety constraint to prevent crashes when speeds are low. A second algorithm allowed the cars to detect a projected car in front of it and make space. They then tested the fleet in ‘egocentric’ and ‘cooperative’ driving modes, using both normal and aggressive driving behaviours, and observed how the fleet reacted to a stopped car. In the normal mode, cooperative driving improved traffic flow by 35 per cent over egocentric driving, while for aggressive driving, the improvement was 45 per cent. The researchers then tested how the fleet reacted to a single car controlled by a human via a joystick. “Our design allows for a wide range of practical, low-cost experiments to be carried out on autonomous cars,” said Prorok. “For autonomous cars to be safely used on real roads, we need to know how they will interact with each other to improve safety and traffic flow,” he said.last_img read more

The Bitter Struggle to Adopt Western Eating Utensils

first_imgToday we think eating utensils are just an ordinary part of our culture, and not an interesting one for that matter. Knives, spoons and forks are used throughout the world, even though some countries still stick to chopsticks. Nonetheless, the utensils we use today have lengthy histories and many interesting stories attached to their acceptance as a cultural norm. Spoons and knives remain a part of our everyday lives for thousands of years; however, the fork is a relatively recent invention on the grander historical scale.Our familiar cutlery set looked quite different in the pastSpoons originated during the Paleolithic time. Our prehistoric ancestors were regularly using primitive spoons in form of shells and chips of wood. By looking at the names used by different cultures for this utensil we can grasp which type of spoon is used in different parts of the world.Upper Magdalenian culture spoon (between 13,500 and 12,000 BP) from the Prehistoric site of Fontalès, France. Photo by Didier Descouens CC BY-SA 4.0Latin and Greek words are derived from the noun cochlea that signifies the spiral shell. This, of course, indicates the ancient Greeks and Romans included shells into their everyday eating habits. On the other hand, the Anglo-Saxon word spoon originates from spon which means chip of wood.Roman spoons from the Hoxne hoard. Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net) CC BY-SA 4.0We started using spoons crafted from metal much later. In medieval times they were made from precious metals and were exclusively used in the courts and among nobility as they were extremely expensive. However, by the 14th century spoons were made from pewter which made them easily accessible to the citizens regardless of their social status.Spoon, Yurok (Native American), 19th century, Brooklyn MuseumKnives were versatile objects, likewise used throughout prehistoric times. They were used for eating, as well as for hunting and crafting. The knives that were most commonly crafted were pointy and their tips were sharp.In 17th century France King Louis XIV banned the use of these types of knives and declared the new ones should have a ground-down tip. It could be that the sight of people using knives as a toothpick was not an exceedingly pleasant sight on the court.Old carving knife and carving forks, non-stainless steel. Stag handles. Note folding fork guards. Photo by David R. Ingham CC BY-SA 3.0The story of the fork is much rockier and turbulent. Its history is not very long. By looking at its evolution we can learn how the table manners changed throughout time and learn much more about the evolution of our culture in general.Related Video: Divers stumble upon 2,000 ‘Priceless” Gold CoinsEgyptians, Romans and Greeks did use a sort of a lengthy fork, but it did not serve for eating. They used it as a cooking utensil, while they relied on spoons and knives for consuming the food.Bronze forks made in Persia during the 8th or 9th centuryForks in their present form only started to appear in the 7th century in the territories of the Middle East and Byzantine Empire. By the 10th century they were common among wealthy families. However, in the rest of Europe they were absent, people preferred to use their natural forks — fingers and knives.In 1004 the Greek niece of the Byzantine emperor used a fork at her wedding ceremony in Venice. Her act outraged the people attending the wedding, and she was seen as vain and decadent. When she died of plague the clergy was convinced it was due to her sinful extravagance.A few centuries afterwards the fork became widely used in Italy. Catherine de Medici brought a handful of them to France in 1533 upon marrying King Henry II. Forks naturally started to spread throughout Europe by alliances made between noble and royal families and by curious travelers who reported what they witnessed on returning home.Spaghetti forkSo, an Englishman Thomas Coryate started using the fork after a trip to France. People did not take it seriously at first, but soon when the usefulness of this utensil was recognized many more people started to want forks on their table.Read another story from us: Beautiful Home Decor Made From the Golden Gate BridgeAmerica witnessed the widely accepted use of it first in 1850, which marked the completion of fork colonization of the western world.last_img read more

Palace confirms Queen Elizabeth IIs medical appointment

first_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories FILE – In this Monday, June 23, 2014 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth smiles to the media as she arrives at Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Buckingham Palace has taken the unusual step of confirming that Queen Elizabeth II went to a hospital for her annual medical checkup after social media comments touched off speculation on her health. The palace said in a statement Wednesday, June 3, 2015 that the 89-year-old monarch attended her annual medical checkup at King Edward VII Hospital in London, and left after the routine exam. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File) Four benefits of having a wireless security system LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace took the unusual step Wednesday of confirming that Queen Elizabeth II went to a hospital for her annual medical checkup after social media comments touched off speculation on her health.The rare statement on a private matter for the queen came after a tweet posted on the account of a BBC journalist said the 89-year-old monarch was being treated in the hospital and that more details would follow. The tweet, which used a “breaking news” tag, was sent during a BBC rehearsal for the monarch’s obituary, suggesting that the sender mistook the exercise for the real thing. Screen grabs from social media suggest that a second tweet reported that the monarch had died. The journalist deleted the tweets.“I can confirm that the queen this morning attended her annual medical check-up at the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London,” the palace said. “This was a routine, pre-scheduled appointment. The queen has now left hospital.”The commotion served merely to underscore the esteem in which the country holds the queen, who was crowned 62 years ago. News about her health is followed closely.“During a technical rehearsal for an obituary, tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist saying that a member of the royal family had been taken ill,” the BBC said in a statement. “The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologize for any offense.”The journalist, Ahmen Khawaja, is facing disciplinary action. She apologized for what she described as a “false alarm.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

Allison Langdon and Saroo Lion Brierley line up for MTA

first_imgAllison Langdon and Saroo ‘Lion’ Brierley line up for MTA 2018 National ConferenceMTA – Mobile Travel Agents has confirmed high profile TV presenter Allison Langdon and Saroo Brierley as presenters at the company’s 2018 ‘Experience Shines’ National Conference.Ms Langdon, a regular ’60 Minutes’ presenter, will MC the event which takes place from 02-04 March 2018 at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa.Mr Brierley, whose amazing personal journey searching for his mother in India formed the basis for the multi-Academy Award nominated movie ‘Lion’, will deliver the event’s keynote address.Announcing the news, MTA co-managing directors Roy and Karen Merricks said they were thrilled to have secured Ms Langdon and Mr Brierley for the conference.“Both Allison and Saroo have incredible stories to tell,” the Merricks said.“Allison is not only a wife and a mother, she has filed reports from war zones and braved active volcanos and faced leopard seals in the freezing waters of Antarctica to highlight the impact of climate change.“We know she will bring inspiration, enlightenment, and honesty to our conference as she facilitates discussions and MCs throughout the two-day event.“Saroo Brierley needs no introduction – he is a man of sheer determination, motivation and courage and his amazing journey, tracking down his mother in India armed with just a handful of memories and Google maps, was quite rightly made into the blockbuster movie ‘Lion’ and thoroughly deserved its six Academy Award nominations.“We can’t wait to meet Saroo and hear about his truly remarkable and highly motivational story.”Shedding light on the theme for the 2018 event, the Merricks said experience was the cornerstone for everything the company has achieved in the 20 years since being founded.“Our 2018 MTA National Conference is set to shine a very bright light on our combined strength, our imagination and our intelligence, and to share our vast wealth of experience.“We gather experience from so many who influence our lives; our parents, our siblings, our friends, the people we work with, events we participate in and the places we travel to. Experiences, both good and bad, form the foundations on which our lives and those around us are based.“That is why ‘Experience Shines’ has been chosen as the underlying theme for the 2018 MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ National Conference.”Close on 400 MTA Members, suppliers and industry luminaries are expected to attend the event. Source = Mike Parker-Brown – MTA-Mobile Travel Agents PRlast_img read more

Once again I apologize to everyone who has been

first_img“Once again, I apologize to everyone who has been negatively impacted by my actions and incredibly poor judgment, in particular the Cardinals, our fans and my family,” Keim said in a statement released Tuesday. “I fully deserve and accept the punishment that has been issued. My goal is to do everything I can to grow from this personally and help others learn from my inexcusable behavior.”Related LinksCardinals GM Steve Keim pleads guilty to extreme DUIPolice release video of Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim’s DUI arrestArizona Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones arrested in ScottsdaleKeim will not be allowed around the Cardinals facilities during his suspension and will be prohibited from contacting team personnel.He will not be allowed to return to work until he has “completed comprehensive counseling and evaluation programs as well as mandatory DUI education.” The general manager will also “participate in community programs related to DUI awareness,” the Cardinals’ statement said.ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the team and the NFL were in contact when deciding on the discipline given to Keim and the GM will face no additional punishments from the league.“As stated at the time of the incident, this behavior is indefensible and completely unacceptable. While Steve has accepted full accountability and responsibility for his actions, that does not diminish their gravity nor the severity of the consequences that result from them,” the team’s release said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim does an interview with The Doug & Wolf Show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Matt Layman/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals have immediately suspended general manager Steve Keim for five weeks after he pleaded guilty to extreme DUI at a Chandler court on Tuesday, the team said.Arizona also fined Keim $200,000, a total that will be donated to the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).Keim was arrested in the early hours of July 4 on suspicion of DUI. His blood alcohol content registered at .19, according to the Chandler Police Department’s forensic report. Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Those who work within the National Football League – particularly those in leadership positions – bear a greater responsibility and are held to a higher standard than simply a legal one and we feel that these measures are reflective of that.” 252 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more