‘Hurricanes and flooding show we have to talk about climate change

THIS SUMMER, THE impact of global warming on vulnerable communities has been felt across the globe: in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean, Mumbai, Brazil and Bangladesh (where floods submerged a third of the country), even Donegal in August, and in many other areas of the world, if less dramatically. Houston and Hurricane Harvey made most of the headlines, but much less so the even more catastrophic flooding in the Indian sub continent, where 42 million people were affected. And now, again, in the last few days have emerged more extraordinary images from Hurricane Irma as the category 5 storm causes record-breaking flooding in parts of Florida. For perspective, Irma was at one point the size of France and in terms of its sheer destructive power holds almost seven trillion watts, according to MIT Hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel. To think of that another way: that’s approximately twice the energy of every bomb used in World War II – including both atomic bombs. For a brief moment the severity and seriousness of climate change has impinged on our consciousness, but, given our busy lives and the many distractions out there, we will no doubt move on and forget. Move on, that is, unti...

As a package the Rose Black Creek Deore Urban looks so good, with name brand kit

As a package the Rose Black Creek Deore Urban looks so good, with name brand kit from Shimano and Mavic in addition to Rose’s frame-building expertise. But ultimately it’s a heavy and unenthusiastic bike with a fairly stolid ride quality and only decent on-road stability and security. It comes well kitted out, though. With a big aluminium frame and an all-up weight of 16kg, the Black Creek Deore Urban was never going to be a racing whippet or eager beaver. However, even with relatively low performance expectations, the overall ride experience is still disappointing. Getting up to speed is smooth but more of a chore than anticipated and any sniff of a climb leaves you wondering where all your power has disappeared to. It’s not that there’s a lack of ideal gearing options. With a triple chainset and biggest sprocket of 34t at the back, you can get the Black Creek up anything approaching a sheer wall. (But who wants to lug 16kg over a sheer wall?) It’s just that the huge bulk of the bike feels so unfulfilling to propel. Comfort is a little better, although it’s still not quite as good as I’d hoped. Again, that aluminium frame is most to bla...

At least three companies will be at Touch Taiwan to showcase new miniLED and microLED devices:

At least three companies will be at Touch Taiwan to showcase new miniLED and microLED devices: AUO, Innolux and Lextar.  Here’s a summary of what each expects to show.  Most of the miniLED activity is focused on backlights for improved performance or direct-view applications, while the microLED efforts are direct-view displays. In its press release, AUO did not provide any details on the LED color technology (discrete RGB LED or blue LEDs with color conversion). Innolux seems to be focusing on the signage and 8K markets for their miniLED efforts.  They plan to produce: The panels are being jointly developed with Sharp along with a massive 120” 8K panel, but it is unclear if this is miniLED based.  Innolux did not specific any details on the number of zones, brightness or LED technology being used. Sharp and Innolux are both under the Foxconn umbrella and Sharp has been very active in developing elements of the full 8K ecosystem.  They are very excited about the combination of 8K and 5G, for example. Lextar Electronics announced several new miniLED devices that can now be readily used for miniLED backlights to support a range of applications (TV, gaming monitor, notebook, automo...

The International Sleep Products Association encourages you to visit these ISPA member companies exhibiting at Interzum Cologne in

The International Sleep Products Association encourages you to visit these ISPA member companies exhibiting at Interzum Cologne in Halls 7.1, 9.1, 11.1 and 11.2. Note: All information for this paid special section has been provided by the companies. BedTimes does not endorse companies, products or services. List as of 4/17/19 Atlanta Attachment Co. celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. AAC is a provider of automated solutions and engineering development of advanced technology in equipment and software. Turnkey operations — from concept to installation of products from small workstations to entire production facilities — are managed through AAC’s headquarters in Lawrenceville, Georgia. AAC is a division of HSM in Hickory, North Carolina, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. HSM is a well-diversified corporation that specializes, through its subsidiaries, in the manufacture of components for the furniture, bedding, transportation, packaging, health care, aerospace and other industries. BekaertDeslee is the largest mattress textile producer in the world. With 20 production units and more than 2,600 employees all over the world, BekaertDeslee aims to create the ...

Investigation Uncovers Newborn Calves Beaten, Stabbed, and Burned at Coca-Cola’s Fair Oaks Dairy Farms

This week, animal-rights group Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) released horrific footage of its three-month undercover investigation of Indiana-based Fair Oaks Farms—one of the largest dairy farms in the United States and a producer of the milk company Fairlife Corporation distributed by the The Coca-Cola Company. “Employees were observed slapping, kicking, punching, pushing, throwing, and slamming calves,” ARM described its findings on social media. “Calves were stabbed and beaten with steel rebars, hit in the mouth and face with hard plastic milking bottles, kneed in the spine, burned in the face with hot branding irons, subjected to extreme temperatures, provided with improper nutrition, and denied medical attention. This resulted in extreme pain and suffering by the calves, and in some cases permanent injury and even death.” ARM’s investigation also confirmed that Fair Oaks sends male calves to slaughter for veal, a practice the company previously denied. “The calf abuse is by far the worst baby abuse that we’ve ever seen undercover, in any investigation, anywhere in the world,” ARM founder Richard Couto said. “Nothing is worse than Fair Oaks Farms.” Four out of the five indiv...

A Peek at the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

DIS Daily Recap: Stay informed with all things Disney and Central Florida! Enter your email address below to receive DIS Updates by email — including News, Blogs, Podcasts, Discounts, and Disney Updates. The 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins this week, and several innovative and exciting merchandise options are coming with it. Let’s take a peek at what the Food and Wine Festival Merchandise Team has cooked up for us this year. It wouldn’t be the Food and Wine Festival without a spirit jersey, would it? This year’s spirit jersey is a first: it’s the first of its kind to feature a vertical dip dye print. A pink, gray/mauve, and white dip dye is the base for this jersey that features Chef Minnie and her motto: “Everything’s better with sprinkles”. The Chef Minnie spirit jersey will be available for $64.99. There’s also a matching Minnie Mouse ear headband in rose gold with embroidered cupcake topper that sells for $29.99. A new Chef Mickey and Chef Minnie Dooney and Bourke lavender-colored print will be featured on four styles for this year’s Food and Wine Festival, and one of the styles is a unique camera case-type crossbody. The collection will feature the ca...

Gold miners are having a stellar year. And even if things don’t turn south for the

Gold miners are having a stellar year. And even if things don’t turn south for the market, adding gold to your portfolio is a great way to diversify assets and hedge against potential downturns. The Big Kahuna—Barrick is the world’s most profitable gold company, with five of the ten largest gold mines in the world. In terms of sheer size, the mega-merger of Newmont and Goldcorp has Barrick beat. But don’t count this company out. Gold-watchers pegged Barrick as the company to beat last June—thanks to a strong balance of revenue to debt and production which has steadily increased, thanks in part to the acquisition of Randgold and a joint venture with Newmont in Nevada. Given its strong position and sterling credentials, Barrick makes for an excellent hedge against downturns elsewhere in the market. The world’s newest gold rush is taking place where you’d least expect it. Everything started when artisanal miners found a couple of large gold nuggets. The mine where they were found has huge potential, with visible gold extending from the surface all the way down to 200 meters. It is sitting on one of the largest gold belts in the world, making it no surprise that African Gold Group’...

Global Aluminum Billets Market Insight Report 2019 – Rusal, Alcoa, EGA, Glencore, Signature Aluminum Canada, Norsk Hydro, Rio Tinto

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