Legos New Boost Coding Kits Let You Build and Control R2D2

first_img The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Ever wished you owned your very own R2 series astromech droid? Lego wants to make your dream a reality… and teach you a little coding along the way!For this year’s May the Fourth festivities, Lego announced a brand new addition to their already expansive Star Wars collection. It’s a three-pack of buildable droids that features R2-D2. Also included are a mouse droid and a gonk droid.These droids aren’t just meant to be built and posed, though. They’re a part of Lego’s Boost series.A Lego Boost set doesn’t just guide you through construction process. It’s designed to give Lego fans a fun, uncomplicated way to explore the worlds of coding and robotics. When they introduced Boost in 2017, they pitched it as a less complicated take on Mindstorms.This is Lego’s first licensed Boost set, and the Star Wars universe is a perfect fit.Once you’ve finished building your droid you can fire up the mobile app and take it for a spin. The programming interface is a bit like Scratch. You piece together routines by dragging and dropping different steps into a sequence. Lego keeps it simple by structuring Boost code like sentences — you build them from left to right.Other Boost set come with activities that you can walk through to get comfortable with the coding process. This one’s Star Wars themed, however… so Lego opted to call them “missions” this time around.The original Boost Creative box was already an amazing little kit and a great way to get kids interested in STEM activities. By adding Star Wars to the mix, Lego has upped the cool factor considerably.You definitely don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Lego Boost, either. Especially not this one, Star Wars fans. These really are the droids you’re looking for!The 1177-piece Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander set will hit stores on September 1st with a retail price of $199.99.More on Geek.com:Lego Made Bricks to Help Kids and Adults Learn BrailleCool Gifts for Every Star Wars JunkieLego Unveils Massive New Star Wars Tantive IV Set Stay on targetlast_img read more

Get 70 Off This Purifying Portable Air Conditioner

first_imgStay on target This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Central air systems rarely produce a tolerable environment. That’s because people are individuals with unique tastes. For some, an air-conditioned space is still too hot. For others, it’s too cold. And that’s what makes the Evapolar 2 such a game changer, especially considering its low cost of ownership.The Evapolar 2 is a personal intelligent air conditioner. It sets up easily on your desktop, table, or bookshelf and creates a pocket of air that’s both livable and breathable. You can set the temperature to your personal preference, it acts as an air purifier and humidifier, and it integrates with smart home platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Home so you can control it with your phone.You simply fill the 1.3L water tank, set the device to your desired temperature, and turn it on. From there, Evapolar 2 creates a microclimate that’s perfectly suited to your needs. Then, as it cools the air around you, it cleans it too by filtering out dust, pollen, and other allergens so you’ll breathe easier. And it’s portable too, so you can take it with you from home to your office and back again.Of course, there are other personal air conditioners on the market. They tend to be underpowered, inefficient, and produce results that leave you unsatisfied. The Evapolar 2, by contrast, is powerful enough to handle all your needs but is at least 10 times more efficient than other systems, so you’ll save money on your electrical bills.Evapolar 2 is a game changer. There’s so much demand for it, in fact, that it raised over one million dollars in a very short period of time on Indiegogo. It’s available in a choice of three different colors — White, Black, and Gray — so there’s likely one that’s suited to your decor, and it comes with everything you need to get started.There’s just no downside to purchasing. The Evapolar 2 creates a tolerable living environment that’s custom fit to your needs, it cleans the air so you’ll be healthier, and it costs way less to run than other devices. And it’s affordable to purchase too as you can pick one up for just $199 — a savings of 26 percent off retail — while supplies last at the Geek Shop.Like these deals? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Enter code VAULTONE to try it out for just $1!last_img read more

Hero Dad Punched Shark Five Times to Save Daughter During Attack

first_img A teenager is recovering at a hospital after a shark attack at a North Carolina state park has left her with severe injuries to her leg and hands, officials say.Fort Macon State Park ranger Paul Terry told WCTI-TV that the girl, identified by Vidant Medical Center as Paige Winter, 17, was attacked by a shark while swimming at Atlantic Beach around noon Sunday.According to Winter’s family, her father had to punch the shark five times before it let the teenager go.Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials said in a statement that the teen suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic, and hand areas.” She was flown by helicopter to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, around 80 miles north.In a Facebook post, Winter’s grandmother, Janet Winter, said the teenager will “lose one leg above the knee and some fingers.”The Vidant Medical Center said in a statement that Winter’s family was thankful for the support from the community and “her heroic father who saved her life.”“Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water,” their statement added.“She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”Marcy Winter, Paige’s mother, said the teenager is “pretty groggy but cracking jokes” post-surgery.“She wants everyone to know that sharks are still good people.” A GoFundMe page has been set up for the teen. The page says the funds raised will be “used to assist in the many surgeries, physical therapy, prosthetics, recovery process, and [her father] Charlie’s missed days from work.”According to the fundraiser, Paige’s father Charlie is a marine, firefighter, and paramedic. “[Charlie] has served his country and his community for the last 20 years,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Now it’s time for us to rally around him and his family to help them in their time of need.”A GoFundMe is set up for 17-year-old Paige Winter who was bitten by a shark at Fort Macon. Winter “wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”https://t.co/bNQUnftxq3 pic.twitter.com/biPQJGA0PL— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) June 3, 2019Officials have not yet confirmed the species of shark that was responsible for the attack.Last year, the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), which tracks shark attacks, concluded there were 66 unprovoked shark attacks and 34 provoked shark attacks on humans worldwide. Out of the 66 unprovoked cases worldwide, the U.S. experienced the most in 2018 — with 32 confirmed cases (with three in North Carolina).Last week, a 65-year-old California man was killed in an apparent shark attack while swimming off the coast of Maui.More on Geek.com:Child Escapes ‘Serious Injuries’ After Cougar Attack in Washington ParkMan Dies After Apparent Shark Attack in HawaiiTiger Shark With Teeth, Jaw Removed and Stomach Cut Out Found on South Carolina Beach 911 Calls Released: Kinkajou Sneaks Into Florida Apartment, Attacks ManWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii Bay center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

This Game of Thrones Star Predicted How the Series Would End in

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Some fans are still puzzled over the Game of Thrones finale, however, Finn Jones, the actor who played Ser Loras Tyrell on the series, predicted the show’s mind-bending ending back in 2015.Jones reportedly discussed many ending plots four years ago, including the Iron Throne’s fate, People.com reported. The actor spoke about what he wished for in his last scenes and who he thought would help rebuild Westeros on Game of Thrones in a 2015 interview with Vulture.“You need to get rid of that Throne. That’s what I’d like to see at the end of the series, but that’s very utopian,” Jones told Vulture in the interview. “We’ll see.”Jones also hoped that Bran Stark would rebuild the seven kingdoms by the end of the series, and perhaps work with a small council that would include Tyrion Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, and some of the Tyrells.“My hope for Westeros is that Bran [Stark] dissolves the Iron Throne; he gives the power back to the individual realms. Him, his Small Council, which would be Brienne, Tyrion [Lannister], and maybe some of the Tyrells, because I’m biased,” Jones explained. “But they will try to keep the peace, after this devastating war has struck Westeros and killed a lot of people.”On what would happen to his own character, Jones said “Even if Loras [Tyrell] is imprisoned, I would like to see him get disfigured by the Sparrows, the same way he gets disfigured at Dragonstone with the boiling oil. I think that would be really interesting, because the only thing he has left are his looks and his ostentatiousness. And that’s been stripped from him.”Even though Jones’ character perished when the Great Sept of Baelor was destroyed, his predictions about the Game of Thrones finale were almost accurate: The Iron Throne is destroyed by one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons after she is killed by Jon Snow and Bran Stark becomes the new ruler of the “six” kingdoms, with the assistance of a helpful squad including Brienne of Tarth and Tyrion Lannister. So, not a bad way to conclude the series that ran for almost a decade.<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:‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Raise More Than $125K for Casts’ Charities Sophie Turner Shocked By ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler in Season 1 Poster ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Says Twist Ending Was George R.R. Martin’s Idealast_img read more

Heres What Happened When Scientists Strapped Cameras to Cats

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Since cameras have become smaller and more portable, scientists have been attaching them to animals — everything from sharks (to see how they hunt for prey) to penguins (to see how they communicate with each other in the icy waters off Antarctica).However, researchers haven’t much done with cats as they could be difficult to work with, according to Science magazine. One ecologist is trying to change that with a new study involving 16 cats and 16 small cameras.Maren Huck, behavioral ecologist at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, attached small cameras on 16 cats and followed them for up to four years as they prowled their neighborhoods.Her findings, published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science, provided some interesting insights on the behavior of felines.For one, they’re not lazy as you think. “Cats are seen as relatively lazy, especially compared to dogs. But we saw that when they were outside, they became superalert,” Huck told Science magazine.  “They scanned their surroundings, sometimes for a half-hour or more on end.”They could also be quite sociable. “[Even] though cats are highly territorial, they didn’t always fight with other cats they encountered,” said Huck. “Often, they just sat a couple of meters away from each other for up to a half an hour. They may have been sizing each other up. Sometimes they would engage in a greeting, briefly touching noses.”The ecologist also told Science magazine cameras could also help provide more insight on how to improve their quality of life as pets. “There is also debate over whether cats should be kept indoors all the time. If we find that cats seem more bored or stressed out when kept indoors — for example, by pacing, like some animals do at the zoo —that means we need to think more about enriching their indoor lives, or giving them some outside time,” Huck said.More on Geek.com:Scientists Attach Cameras to White Sharks to Watch How They Hunt Their PreyHere’s What Happened When Scientists Left Camera Traps to Record Wild ApesEgyptian Fruit Bats Trade Food for Sex, Study Finds Stay on targetlast_img read more

Watch Rude Alligator Crashes Couples Picnic Date in Florida

first_img Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida In Florida, a couple’s cute picnic date turned into a hair-raising situation when a hangry alligator decided to interrupt their intimate hangout and gobble up all their food, including some guacamole.On Thursday, Taylor Forte planned the date with her fiancé Trevor Walters near Lake Alice in Gainesville, Florida, CBS4 Gainesville News reported. When they were about to enjoy their feast, the pesky alligator swam up to the bank and sprinted to their picnic site.The couple immediately left the blanket and watched the alligator nosh on their picnic goodies.“He annihilated an entire block of cheese,” Walters said in an interview with Fox4 News. “Gobbled it down, lickity split. The salami didn’t stand a chance.”But, that wasn’t all: The alligator then ate half a watermelon, a pound of grapes, and a fresh batch of guacamole.A Florida couple, enjoying a nice picnic by the lake, got a surprise from an unwanted guest. #FOX35 https://t.co/GMppQE2aBS— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) June 3, 2019Walters proceeded to make a lot of noise and distract the alligator, who eventually ran back into the water.“Unfortunately it sounds like that gator has been fed previously and has lost its weariness of people and is beginning to associate people with food,” Karen Parker with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) told CBS4 Gainesville News.Parker warned people to not feed alligators, because they become a big issue for people and have to be removed by the FWC for safety reasons. If there is an annoying alligator, Parker urges a quick phone call to the FWC (866-392-4286) for assistance.More on Geek.com:8-Foot Alligator Spotted Hiding in Hallway of Florida Elementary SchoolMassive, 11-Foot Alligator ‘Breaks Into Home’ at 3 A.M. in Florida 10-Foot Alligator Takes Late-Night Stroll Across Florida Highway Stay on targetlast_img read more

Freaky Human FleshInspired Coin Purse Goes Viral on Twitter

first_img Got change? You can place your quarters in this human flesh-like coin purse and freak everyone out at the grocery store or laundromat.Doooo, a Japanese DJ, designed the almost-realistic purse, which resembles a man’s mouth with five-o’clock shadow stubbles, AOL.com reported. The music producer uploaded a video of his bizarre creation on Twitter and it has generated more than 250,000 likes and 150,000 re-tweets.人肉小銭入れ作りました pic.twitter.com/k6SIDETWD5— doooo (@44doooo) June 1, 2019“I made a human flesh coin purse,” Doooo wrote on Twitter. In the video, he demonstrates how to use the coin purse, which includes opening a fake jaw, plump lips, and carefully placing some coins in the super-tight space. Even the teeth look real, since they’re not perfectly straight.人肉小銭入れと人肉印鑑は首にかける事ができます pic.twitter.com/aP3qyV3hjD— doooo (@44doooo) June 3, 2019If you’re interested in this wacky coin purse, it’s sadly not up for sale at the moment. However, you can enjoy Doooo’s other odd projects, including a human skin-inspired finger seal and squishy phone case, on his Twitter account.More on Geek.com:Man Wins $344M Powerball Jackpot With ‘Lucky’ Fortune Cookie Numbers Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the WildSan Diego Padres Criticized for Needless Bee Murders Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more

Robert Downey Jrs Footprint Coalition Saves The Earth With Tech

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Iron Man may be dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Avengers: Endgame (no matter how loudly you whine on your stupid fan petition that shouldn’t even exist) but actor Robert Downey Jr. sure isn’t. The reformed former prisoner now has more money than God following his decade-long career as Iron Man. And fortunately, it appears he isn’t about to use that cash to fall back into old bad habits.Instead, Downey Jr. has announced a new Earth-saving initiative, The Footprint Coalition, to clean up the planet through the power of advanced technology that actually exists.Downey Jr. announced the organization at Amazon’s re:MARS, a conference dedicated to fields like robotics and space and machine learning and other Iron Man-esque topics. And lucky for us our best and brightest minds are still trying to think of ways to save this planet from the ravages of man-made climate change instead of just exporting human capitalism across the Solar System.“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” Downey Jr. said according to Variety. “God I love experts. They’re like Wikipedia with character defects.”The Footprint Coalition is slated to launch next April. We’re also looking forward to Downey Jr.s’ upcoming YouTube Red documentary about artificial intelligence. Hopefully he gets some help from his fellow wealthy Avengers actors. This is a way better solution for saving Earth than just wiping out half of humanity. For more on how the Earth is doomed unless we radically act now here’s why climate change is forcing reindeer to eat seaweed and why global income inequality is on the rise alongside global temperatures.last_img read more

The Dream of the 90s Is Alive in Blockbuster The Game

first_imgStay on target Lone Blockbuster Store Still Standing in Oregon25 Wii U game titles leak via Blockbuster Bring the good times home again with Blockbuster: The Game.The cornball party game transports players back to the golden age of video rentals, when Saturday nights meant walls of new releases, shelves of candy, and arguments over whether to choose a rom-com or thriller.“Blockbuster is a movie game for anyone who has seen a movie,” according to manufacturer Big Potato Games. “And like all the best films, it comes in two parts.”First is the Movie Buzzer Battle: Both teams are given a topic (like “movies with dogs”), and players each have 15 seconds to yell out a relevant title (Homeward Bound!), then reset the timer. Continue back and forth (All Dogs Go to Heaven! Oliver & Company!) until the clock runs out.Whoever runs out of time hands the advantage to the other team, who take control for the next round: Triple Charades Jeopardy.A member of the winning team picks six movie cards, strategically keeps three, then passes the rest to their competitor. In three stages, the player must coax their teammates to guess the film via one word, a quote, and a pantomime.“Get your three movies correct and you move onto the other team’s. Collect as many movie cards in round two as you can,” the Big Potato product page said. “The first team to finally collect a movie in all eight genres wins.”Conveniently packaged in a classic Blockbuster VHS box, the game comes with 200 classic movie and 60 category cards, as well as a replica parking lot/game board, on which to place a miniature version of the famous blue-and-yellow sign.The first team to collect a movie in all eight genres—drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, action—wins (via Big Potato Games)Pick up Blockbuster: The Game from America’s favorite retailer Target—available for $19.99. And don’t forget to check your local games shop for a copy of the wistful title.“It’s an all-out race to collect a film from every genre and be crowned the new Blockbuster big-shots,” Target’s website said. “You’ll want to clear a space on your top 10 family party games—this is one that’s sure to bring the entertainment home again and again.”While the Blockbuster brand is mostly retired (from our lexicon, but not from our hearts), one store remains—in Bend, Ore.Continue your trip down memory lane with Geek’s list of 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi Flicks.More on Geek.com:PS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne’ Board Games‘Kingdom Hearts’ Board Game Is Vital CanonDeepMind’s AI Can Now Beat Humans at More Board Gameslast_img read more

Bethesda Has Doom Eternal and Some Other E3 2019 Games We Guess

first_imgStay on target Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now It’s not that Bethesda doesn’t have cool new video games to show. It’s just when the publisher tries to fill an entire E3 press conference with its upcoming lineup, things start to feel a little bit like filler. And that’s before the constant cheering interruptions. Before you ask, no, we didn’t hear anything about Starfield or The Elder Scrolls 6 aside from Todd’s confirmation that they still exist.Instead, we got updates on already released games like new content for The Elder Scrolls Online and Elder Scrolls Legends. Rage 2 got a Too Many Cooks-style parody sitcom trailer to showcase new weapons, enemies, and cheat codes. On the mobile game front, deep cut Id Software throwback Commander Keen is returning as a cute but unfortunately free-to-play game. And Elder Scrolls Blades is coming to Nintendo Switch, which is cool but perhaps a little redundant considering you can already play Skyrim on that device.The Bethesda game most in need of an update though is Fallout 76 which launched last year in very rough shape. It’s weird to even say this, but the Wastelanders update brings back NPC quests and dialogue options and this was treated like a huge deal, not the game being brought up to the standard it should’ve been all along. At least it’s free. The game is also getting a battle royale mode, Nuclear Winter, because hey why not?When it comes to big console games though Bethesda’s future does look pretty bright. In just a few weeks we’ll get to slay Nazis in the 1980s as B.J.’s twin daughters, the stars of Wolfenstein Youngblood. Also on July 26 Wolfenstein Cyberpilot brings the series to VR. We didn’t see gameplay of GhostWire Tokyo from Tango Gameworks or Deathloop from Arkane. But both trailers impressed with their creepy Japanese ghost vanishing and stylish 1960s time repeats, respectively. For more on E3 check out what Microsoft said about the next Xbox and watch these trailers. But really the reason to stick around with this Bethesda show was to see new gameplay of Doom Eternal. This religious experiences sees the Doom Slayer fighting demons through Hell, Mars, Earth, and maybe even Heaven itself? It looks great. Even the multiplayer seems worthwhile this time. In this asymmetrical fight, two wily demons take on one powerful slayer. Doom Eternal launches November 22. And if you haven’t played the first one you’ll be able to stream it soon through Bethesda’s new Orion technology.last_img read more

NASAs Webb Telescope One Step Closer to Completion

first_imgStay on target NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Gets Assembled in CaliforniaNASA Observes Mysterious Galactic ‘Jellyfish’ in Deep Space NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one step closer to liftoff.Late last month, the spacecraft cleared another critical testing milestone by surviving its final thermal vacuum evaluation.Locked inside a thermal vacuum chamber (from which the atmosphere has been drained), the device is exposed to a wide range of hot and cold temperatures—a glacial -235℉ to a sweltering 215℉.These trials help ensure that the telescope’s hardware functions in outer space, and can withstand anticipated extreme climate fluctuations on its mission.Technicians and engineers take special precautions when preparing and transporting Webb’s spacecraft element (via Northrop Grumman)One half of the Webb observatory, featuring the telescope and science instruments, successfully completed its testing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center last year.The second half—consisting of flight controls and a tennis-court-sized sunshield—was recently put through its paces at lead industrial partner Northrop Grumman’s LA facility.“The teams from Northrop Grumman and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center are to be commended for … dedicating long hours to get where we are now,” Jeanne Davis, James Webb Space Telescope program manager, said in a statement. “This incredible accomplishment paves the way for the next major milestone.”Which is to join both halves of Webb to form a fully assembled observatory, and complete a final round of deployments, testing, and evaluation before—fingers crossed—an official launch.Webb’s spacecraft is lifted into the thermal vacuum chamber for environmental testing (via Northrop Grumman)NASA originally planned to send the telescope to space as early as 2007, but various setbacks and human errors delayed the project more than a decade.The James Webb Space Telescope is now scheduled for liftoff in March 2021. As the world’s premier space science observatory, it carries a lot of expectations.“Webb will solve mysteries in our Solar System, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our Universe and our place in it,” according to NASA.It will eventually replace the nearly three-decade-old Hubble.More on Geek.com:Hubble Space Telescope Should Last At Least 5 More YearsHubble Telescope Supports Evidence of Distant ExomoonNASA Telescope, Oscar Trophy Tech Attracts Starslast_img read more

Rangers Johnstone expects Hartley to be punished for his comments

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club player Derek Johnstone believes Peter Hartley will be lucky to escape punishment for his disgraceful comments.Johnstone believes the new look Rangers team can handle any physicality threats pose to them by Motherwell ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash this weekend.“I am really surprised at Peter Hartley coming out and saying what he did about the incident with Fabio Cardoso last season. It is an absolute disgrace.” Johnstone said, according to Evening Times.“The only reason he has apologised is because his manager will have spoken to him and because the Compliance Officer is looking into it.”RangersEx Rangers striker insists cup success will be sweet for Rangers Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 19, 2019 Former Rangers striker Derek Johnstone insists winning the Scottish FA Cup would be good for the club this season.The Gers travel to the Central…“He should never have said it in the first place. For a captain of a club to come out with something like that is disgraceful and he will be a very lucky man if he escapes any punishment.”“Rangers certainly know what to expect at Fir Park now and Motherwell will be trying to get in and about them and to get at them with a dig here and there.”“It will take strong refereeing from Craig Thomson and he will have to be really, really vigilant about what is going on and the challenges that are being made.”last_img read more

San Diego reservoirs are filling up after a record year of rainfall

first_imgSan Diego reservoirs are filling up after a record year of rainfall 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsALPINE (KUSI)-  For the first time in a long time, the San Diego area is reaping the benefits of mother nature’s generosity.“We’ve had 9 inches of rain so far in February, it could be a record,” says Ron Mosher of the Sweetwater Authority.As a result, Sweetwater is sharing the wealth. All that water has been collecting in a series a lakes and reservoirs.“It’s been a blessing. We’re now transferring enough water to supply 130,000 people for six months,” says Mosher.That’s free water. The only cost is purifying. Normally, we have to ‘buy’ the water from outside sources, then purify.“If we don’t have to buy the water, it’s much cheaper for our customers,” says Mosher.Sweetwater is one of many Water Districts is San Diego that are doing well. Nearly every lake and reservoir in the area is reporting near record increases.Making matters even better, the mid-winter Snow Pack Measurement was just taken.As of today, we are 120%  above normal for this time of year. The state of California get’s 30% of its water from snow pack. February 28, 2019 Dan Plante, Dan Plante Posted: February 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Despite Massive Budget Deal Winter Still Calls for Six More Weeks of

first_imgLast week’s two-year budget agreement will provide a huge windfall for the Pentagon with the department’s base budget jumping by $165 billion through September 2019 over the statutory budget caps. But before defense officials can start spending the extra funds, lawmakers will need to rewrite the 12 fiscal 2018 appropriations bills and clear an omnibus spending package. The continuing resolution (CR) approved by the House and Senate in the early morning hours of Friday, and signed into law by President Trump, gives Congress until March 23 to complete the task.Of course, the funding largesse means negotiations over the spending bills should be less contentious than usual, with many winners and few losers, reports CQ. The $700 billion now slated for national defense this year exceeds not only the president’s FY  2018 request but funding levels in both chambers’ spending bills as well.In FY 2018, the statutory cap on defense spending will rise by $80 billion, resetting the cap at $629 billion. After adding in $71 billion for the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is exempt from the budget caps, total defense spending will reach $700 billion. Next year, the cap will increase by $85 billion to $647 billion; with $69 billion for OCO, total defense spending would be $716 billion in FY 2019.Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame will mark Stan Lees last Marvel movie cameo

first_img 0 Captain Marvel Stan Lee Marvel Spiderman Thor The Avengers Every Stan Lee Marvel movie cameo Stan Lee plays a hilarious intergalactic barber in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Whenever a new Marvel movie came out, fans had fun trying to spot Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee on the big screen. Lee guest-starred in over 20 Marvel movies — as well as in various TV shows, video games and comics. Lee has appeared as everything from a bus driver to a librarian alongside the comic book characters he created over the years.But since Lee’s death at age 95 in 2018, it’s been unclear how many more posthumous cameos would be granted to the late, great comic book creator, until now. “It’s his last one committed to film,” Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo told the media on press day in Los Angeles Saturday.  Most recently, Lee had a touching posthumous cameo in Captain Marvel reading a script of director Kevin Smith’s 1995 movie Mallrats, which Lee starred in as himself.Some fans speculated that the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hits theaters in July, would feature Lee’s final cameo, especially since Russo told the press earlier this month that “I don’t remember if he was well enough to do the cameo in Homecoming or not.”  Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Originally published 2:36 p.m. PT.  Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen Tags Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo made Kevin Smith a ‘blubbering mess’ Star-studded tribute to Lee: He ‘made us proud to be misfits’ Lee’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse cameo will warm your heart 4:51 More Stan Lee 18 Photos Share your voice TV and Movies While it’s bittersweet to learn that Lee’s last hurrah in the MCU is coming up fast, the the extra-long run time for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie could mean that Marvel might give Lee more than one appearance in the three-hour movie. “I have to say, I think it’s astonishing that this would be his last cameo,” Russo added. “It’s just kind of mind-boggling that he made it to the end of this run. I can’t believe it.”tec0280-cmp-v006-1037Stan Lee is dressed as an astronaut in the 2017 movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel After all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 allowed for not one but two moments in the film where Lee — dressed as an astronaut — is seen discussing his past adventures with various interested aliens referred to as the Watchers.  Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26. For more Avengers: Endgame plot theories, characters reveals and news check out our Avengers: Endgame movie guide. If you want to catch every Lee cameo in the MCU movies before the Endgame begins, here’s our guide to streaming all the movies online.last_img read more

Mercedes XClass pickup might be ready to kick the bucket report says

first_img 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class puts some fancy trim on your cowboy boots 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Enlarge ImageGood night, sweet prince, we hardly knew ye. Mercedes-Benz If you live in the US and don’t pay particularly close attention to car and truck models that aren’t sold here, you could easily be forgiven for not knowing that Mercedes-Benz makes a pickup truck. It’s called the X-Class, and it’s actually pretty cool.Unfortunately, it may not be long for this world if a report published Tuesday by Automotive News Europe is to be believed. The reason for the possible demise of the X-Class is the current worldwide sales slump for new vehicles. The X-Class, being kind of a niche product — and a badge-engineered one at that — is an easy target for cost savings. Yep, we said badge-engineered. The X-Class is based on a Nissan pickup (that we also don’t get in the US) called the Navara. Obviously, Mercedes being what it is, it changes a ton of stuff, so it’s not quite as bad as say, Volkswagen rebadging a Grand Caravan as the Routan.In any case, the X-Class (which has been around since 2017) hasn’t exactly been flying off of dealer lots. Automotive News Europe pegs the global sales for the model at just 16,700 units. By comparison, Mercedes shifted around 15,000 S-Class models in 2018 in the US alone.When you consider that the S-Class costs more than twice as much as an X-Class (based on German market prices) and sedan sales are in the proverbial terlet here, the model’s discontinuation starts to make some real sense.Now, we’ll shed no tears for the X-Class if and when it goes away, but we do like the idea of a Mercedes pickup. We just need to convince the folks back in Stuttgart to do some really wild stuff like make a Jeep Gladiatoresque version of the G-wagen and sell it in America. 0 Share your voice 48 Photos Mercedes-Benz Nissan 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Tags 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box 8:42 Now playing: Watch this: Trucks Car Industry Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshowlast_img read more

DoT Rejects CAGs Allegations on Undue Favours Extended to Reliance Jio

first_imgThe Department of Telecom has rejected CAG’s allegations that it extended undue favours towards Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited and its subsidiary Infotel, which resulted in a loss of over ₹20, 000 crore to the government.The telecom department responded in a 37 page report to Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) regarding the issue.It said that CAG has challenged the decision-making powers of the government and the wisdom and the decision of the authorities of the time is also being questioned, reported Mint.DoT has now recommended that “draft audit paras may be dropped and matter closed.”CAG had earlier alleged that the government had failed to notice signs of rigging when auction of high speed internet spectrum was held in 2010. During the process, Infotel is said to have paid 5000 times its ₹2.5 crore net worth to grab spectrum across the nation.Infotel paid ₹12, 847.77 crore after giving ₹252.50 crore as earnest money to get 20 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in 22 circles across India. After the auction, it sold its 95 percent stake to RIL for ₹4800 crore.”This was an auction that was open to bidders across the world. Why would they collude to allow a competitor to gain? You can’t collude when interests are different,” said Mahesh Uppal, a telecom regulatory expert with Com First India Private Limited.Moreover, CAG accused the DoT of extending favours to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited by permitting it to offer voice services, using the internet service provider licence.”From the beginning of the auction itself, it was clear that a successful bidder, with an Internet service provider licence, could offer voice services by acquiring the requisite licence,” he added.Supporting DoT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communication and law minister said: “Our policy on spectrum sharing, trading and allocation is transparent.”In a previous report, CAG said DoT’s share of 2G spectrum (1800 MHz band) in 2008 caused a loss of ₹1.76 trillion.The government collected bids worth ₹1.07 trillion in that auction, involving more than ₹32, 000 crore from 3G spectrum sold during auction. The DoT said the firms successful in the auction were permitted to issue fresh equity.The department of telecom is likely to start the next auction of 2G and 3G spectrum bands from February 2015.last_img read more

Worlds highest bridge opens in China

first_imgThe world’s highest bridge has opened to traffic in China, connecting two provinces in the mountainous southwest and reducing travel times by as much as three-quarters, local authorities said Friday.The Beipanjiang Bridge soars 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a river and connects the two mountainous provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, the Guizhou provincial transport department said in a statement on its official website.The bridge cut travel times between Xuanwei in Yunnan to Shuicheng in Guizhou from more than four hours to around one, a truck driver surnamed Duan was quoted by the official news agency Xinhua as saying after the bridge opened Thursday.It was “very convenient for people who want to travel between these two places”, he added.The 1,341-metre span cost over 1 billion yuan ($144 million) to build, according to local newspaper Guizhou Daily.It overtook the Si Du River Bridge in the central province of Hubei to become the world’s highest bridge, a separate statement by the provincial transport department said earlier.Several of the world’s highest bridges are in China, although the world’s tallest bridge—measured in terms of the height of its own structure, rather than the distance to the ground—remains France’s Millau viaduct at 343 metres.last_img read more

Trump welcomes Abe with warm embrace

first_imgPresident Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International airport as they prepare to spend part of the weekend together at Mar-a-Lago resort. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a brotherly hug and warm words of admiration Friday, as he ditched previously hard-charging rhetoric toward Tokyo during a White House summit.Trump praised his guest’s “strong hands,” the pair’s “very, very good chemistry” and rolled out a White House military honor guard in a remarkable public display of diplomatic affection.“When I greeted him today at the car,” Trump said after an Oval Office meeting, “I shook hands, but I grabbed him and hugged him, because that’s the way we feel.”The odd political couple had lunch at the White House before heading to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for further talks and a round of golf on Saturday.At Palm Beach airport, the pair were welcomed by a swarm of black SUVs, and a group of onlookers wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats.Dozens of Palm Beach residents lined the sidewalks along the route to Trump’s estate, photographing the motorcade and waving American flags.The sporting gambit recalled the diplomatic exploits of Abe’s grandfather, prime minister Nobusuke Kishi, who once donned a polo shirt to play with avid golfer president Dwight Eisenhower.Abe is in the United States on a similar charm offensive.Then, the topic was post-war reconciliation. This time, the Japanese leader is trying to build a personal rapport with the mercurial new US president and head off simmering disputes.Ties have been strained by Trump’s willingness to question long-standing defense commitments and his rejection of a trans-Pacific trade deal.Plans under consideration in the White House propose a substantial hike of import tariffs that could have a serious impact on Japanese manufacturers.Abe dodged questions about the trade deal, instead dispatching a slew of compliments.“Donald, Mr President, you are an excellent businessman,” he said, praising Trump on everything from his meteoric political rise to his golf game.“My scores in golf are not up to the level of Donald at all,” Abe said self-effacingly.‘Very, very deep’ bondsAbe’s efforts appeared to have paid off. After some tough anti-Japanese rhetoric on the campaign trail, Trump embraced long-standing defense agreements and “free, fair and reciprocal” trade.“We’re committed to the security of Japan,” Trump said.“The bond between our two nations and the friendship between our two peoples runs very, very deep. This administration is committed to bringing those ties even closer.”In a statement, Trump offered reassurances the US would come to Japan’s defense if China were to seize the disputed Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyu in China.In a joint statement, the pair said they “oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands”—comments that are sure to rile Beijing.Although Abe has pushed ahead with efforts to boost Japan’s military capabilities, Tokyo still relies on US security guarantees.In a test of Trump’s transactional approach to diplomacy, Abe floated the idea of building a Japanese-designed high-speed rail link that could take Trump between the White House and Trump Tower in New York in an hour.Early Friday, Abe told business leaders that US-Japanese commerce had been “win-win” and highlighted the hundreds of thousands of American jobs created by Japanese investments.Most budget cars sold by Toyota and Honda are “produced in US factories by American workers,” he said, noting that US investments by Japanese firms total $411 billion, generating 840,000 jobs.‘Asia in turmoil’Trump has cast himself as a change agent willing to rip up existing agreements and relationships to put “America first.”While his defense secretary had traveled to Japan to send reassuring messages about the durability of the relationship, until now Trump has showed little inclination to play nice.Inside the White House, foreign policy is sometimes treated as little more than a tool to frame Trump’s image at home.“The Trump administration has sent mixed signals about the relationship thus far,” said Michael Green of the Center for International and Strategic Studies.“For Abe, a strong relationship with the United States is critical given the threat from North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs and China’s rise.”On the issue of China, however, Abe and Trump may find common cause.Tokyo was often concerned about president Barack Obama’s willingness to work with Beijing. Trump is expected to take a tougher line.“We will work together to promote our shared interests, of which we have many, in the region, including freedom from navigation and defending against the North Korean missile and nuclear threat, both of which I consider a very, very high priority,” Trump said.last_img read more

EU to debate Russia moves over UK poison attack

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May addresses the House of Commons on her government`s reaction to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, in London, on 14 March 2018. ReutersEuropean Union leaders will discuss Russia’s role in a nerve agent attack in Britain when they meet prime minister Theresa May next week, summit chair Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.In offering “full solidarity” with their outgoing fellow EU member state, however, they will wait to see what May herself does to penalise Moscow before considering their own common measures against a powerful eastern neighbour which has long succeeded in sharply dividing opinion within the bloc.Tusk’s echoing of May’s accusations against the Kremlin-he called the poisoning of a former Russian double agent a “brutal attack inspired most likely by Moscow”-was among the most direct criticisms of the Kremlin among EU leaders.But the former Polish prime minister, asked by reporters what the Union might do about it, made clear that the EU would wait for a lead from Britain before responding: “We should wait for some kind of suggestions from London to decide on our common actions,” Tusk said during a news conference in Helsinki.An hour later, May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, some freezes on Russian state assets and a reduced official presence at the soccer World Cup-measures that do not create immediate pressure for EU allies to follow suit.The European Union has imposed an array of personal and trade sanctions on Russia and Russian officials since Moscow seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Reaching unanimity needed to roll those over twice a year has proved difficult, however, with several countries, including Italy, Greece and Hungary, arguing that they are costly, ineffectual and maybe counterproductive.With new French president Emmanuel Macron also pursuing a policy of seeking to coax Moscow into better relations, diplomats say the EU will not find it easy to rally behind a significant expansion of economic sanctions. Macron did not mention Russia in condemning the attack on Tuesday.SUMMIT AGENDANonetheless, outrage at the use on EU soil of a deadly nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union which has left ex-spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter and a British policeman gravely ill has galvanised opinion and European governments are looking to Britain to provide more detail on why it blames Russia.NATO, the military alliance binding most EU countries with the United States, heard evidence on Wednesday from Britain and then called on Russia to explain what it called the “first offensive use” of a nerve agent on NATO territory since the organisation was founded to counter Soviet threats in 1949.Moscow has dismissed any suggestion of Russian involvement.Repeating May’s allegation, Tusk said he would put the issue on the agenda for a regular two-day summit starting in Brussels next Thursday. Among other items leaders will deal with are the negotiations on Britain’s imminent withdrawal. Both sides insist Brexit should not affect close cooperation on security.May’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson is expected to raise the poisoning with EU counterparts on Monday. But diplomats say any serious discussion of possible sanctions against Russia will not start until EU leaders themselves meet three days later.On a visit to Finland, Tusk also offered free trade talks with the United States as he called for Washington to exempt the EU from new steel tariffs sought by president Donald Trump.And in criticising what he called Trump’s move to “trade war” against allies, he linked that to a shared interest in countering what he described as Russian “hybrid war” attacks.“There is no need to explain the significance of close cooperation between Europeans and Americans at a time when someone on the outside spreads fake news, meddles in our elections and attacks people on our soil with the use of a nerve agent,” he told a news conference.“There must not be Transatlantic bickering but Transatlantic unity.”last_img