Putting the E back into DOE: Three Ways Chu Could Energize Energy

first_imgSteve Chu could be a groundbreaking energy secretary for the energy research efforts of President-elect Barack Obama’s Administration in several ways. It’s not just that Chu will be the first life-long scientist— and a Nobel prize-winning physicist at that—to run a department which spends more than $15 billion a year on physical science research, including weapons work. (Previous energy secretaries have usually been political allies of the president, which Chu isn’t; a Naval Admiral and a power industry official have previously held the post.) But his selection, and new clues from Obama’s transition team, could signal some big changes in the way that the United States conducts science to tackle the energy challenge.First there’s the big picture for the Department of Energy, a sprawling, $23 billion per year agency that manages twenty national laboratories and roughly a dozen nuclear waste cleanup projects. DOE spends roughly $9 billion to maintain the U.S. nuclear arsenal, roughly $10 billion on the waste sites, about only $4 billion on applied energy research, and close to $5 billion on basic physical science. Congress has historically preferred that lopsided balance. But recent fights between appropriators on Capitol Hill and a veto-threat-wielding White House over the budget (such as this skirmish) have prevented the agency from steadily doubling that basic research component—something both sides want to do.  Money is tight, but Obama won’t be threatening a veto over spending bills and moreover, he has promised to double the budget. So that, along with the appointment of a Nobel prize-winning physicist to run DOE, means the agency will probably do more and more science, including applied research as well as fundamental physics. Chu was one of the authors of a highly influential report from the U.S. National Academies on the link between basic science and the “Gathering Storm” that faced the U.S. if it didn’t improve its technical know-how.Obama’s thinking along the same lines. Dan Arvizu, director of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, met this week with transition officials and tells ScienceInsider that they are brainstorming about how to “reorient the department” more towards science. “It’s a tough job trying to balance it all, and they know that,” Arvizu says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Second, within the $5 billion spent on the fundamental physical science research, Chu will have some interesting choices. Bush’s DOE has been trying to expand the yearly budget for basic science related to energy (think creating and understanding new material structures, material science for hydrogen energy, nuclear physics to improve reactors) from roughly $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion, but again, the budget impasse has continually stymied this. With Bush out of the picture, there’s every reason to think that Chu will try to expand this kind of research, dubbed “use-inspired-basic-research,” even more. After all, he himself left a wildly successful career in basic physics to explore how to use basic research to solve the energy-and-climate crisis, and as the current director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California, he has asked other scientists to do the same. Expect DOE to dangle dollars to encourage more and more chemists, physicists, and material scientists to look for ways to use their science to solve specific energy problems. Finally, there’s Chu’s enthusiastic support for a new energy research concept called ARPA-E – he might have even invented it. The wonky sounding agency was meant to be an unclassified version of DARPA, the Pentagon’s risk-taking, blue-sky research arm. The Gathering Storm report, of which Chu was one of the authors, called for the creation of the agency, which would pursue risky energy research with big payoffs. (Chu later was ARPA-E’s advocate in congressional testimony and public appearances.) Congress passed a law creating the program within DOE last year, but DOE hasn’t appointed a director or tried to fund it. Chu would reverse that policy immediately if Obama lets him, but the president-elect has yet to take a position on ARPA-E. Chu could quickly change that. Of course, to push DOE to do more science, more basic science related to energy, and more high-risk, high reward research, Chu will need to win over Congress, which controls his budget and is full of lawmakers hungry for DOE construction and cleanup projects in their states. But Obama has chosen about the most qualified scientist one can imagine to make the case for putting the E back into DOE. The months and years ahead will determine whether he’s got the political skills to succeed.last_img read more

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1999: Australia’s rise on biggest stage

first_imgAustralia defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in the final to win their second World Cup titleIn 1999 the event was hosted by England, with some matches also being held in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Netherlands. The nine full members contested the World Cup along with three associate members: Kenya, and for the first time, Bangladesh and Scotland who qualified through the ICC Trophy.The format though was really confusing with the introduction of the Super series stage after the round-robin matches. In this format, the top three teams from each group would move to the Super Six stage and carry with them the points they had won against the other two qualifiers. Then they play the three teams from the other group after which a final table would establish the 4 semi-finalists. Confusing would be an understatement for sure.In Group A, Zimbabwe sprung two surprises by beating India and South Africa and eventually qualified for the next round. South Africa finished at the top after beating India, Sri Lanka, England and Kenya. India managed to get in to the second place by beating the rest which resulted in defending champions Sri Lanka and hosts England getting knocked out.In Group B, favourites Australia lost to both New Zealand and Pakistan but came back with 3 consecutive wins to progress. Pakistan and New Zealand beat the rest of the competition to enter the Super Six stage.The point system meant Zimbabwe were at the top by the virtue of beating India and the Proteas earlier. But they failed to win against the other three teams and were eventually dumped out. India beat Pakistan but a loss to Australia ended their hopes. Pakistan topped and eventual group and Australia needed a late win(thanks to a drop catch by Herschelle Gibbs) against South Africa to qualify for the semis.advertisementIn the first semi-final, Pakistan managed to bundle out New Zealand for 241 and then a stunning century by Saeed Anwar (113) took Wasim Akram’s side to their second World Cup final.The second semi-final between Australia and South Africa is arguable one of the most memorable and dramatic matches ever played in the World Cup. A five-wicket haul by Shaun Pollock wrecked Australia but another trouble-shooting act by Michael Bevan (65) took the total to 213.The South Africans started in steady fashion but two unforgettable deliveries by Shane Warne sent both the openers, Gibbs and Kirsten back to the pavillion. He then scalped Cronje for a duck and a struggling Cullinan ended up being run-out to put the match in balance. Jacques Kallis (53) and Jonty Rhodes (43) started a rearguard but Warne came back to remove Kallis and the match tilted in Australia’s favour again.Useful contributions were made down under but Australia nosed ahead. It is at this juncture that Lance Klusener, whose destructive batting had won quite a few matches for the Proteas in the tournament came into his own. Needing 9 to win off Damien Fleming’s last over, the left-hander smashed two boundaries of the first two balls to take his side to the brink of history. And then suicide was committed. Klusener called for a quick single, Allan Donald failed to respond and was run out to end the match in a tie. The Australians though were joyous as they knew that a higher placing in the Super Six table had sent them through to the final.After a dramatic win in the semi-final, Australia faced Pakistan in the all-important final. Pakistan, who chose to bat first, were ripped apart by the magic spin of Shane Warne who recorded a spell of 4/33 in nine overs. Wasim Akram’s side was bowled out for a shambolic 132 runs in 39 overs.With a batting line-up comprised of Mark Waugh(37), Adam Gilchrist(54) and Ricky Ponting(24), Pakistan’s paltry total of 132 runs was never going to be tough for Australia. Steve Waugh-led Australia achieved the target with eight wickets and clinched the World Cup title for the second time.South African all-rounder Lance Klusener won the Man of the Series award for his 281 runs and 17 wickets in the tournament. New Zealand’s Geoff Allot(20) and Australia’s Shane Warne(20) were the highest wicket-takers while India’s Rahul Dravid(461) turned out to be the leading run-scorer in the tournament.last_img read more

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Murali Vijay not fretting over India Test comeback: I play cricket for sheer passion

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 15:51 IST Murali Vijay (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMurali Vijay was not picked for India’s Test series in West IndiesThe India opener struggled to get going in England and Australia in 2018I play cricket just for pride and sheer passion for it: Murali VijayMurali Vijay last played a Test for India in December 2018 but the absence from the senior national team is not going to affect the Tamil Nadu opener from enjoying the game.Murali Vijay is no longer a regular feature in the Test side as he was dropped after ordinary outings during India’s tour to Australia and England in the 2018-19 season. In difficult conditions for batting on the road, Vijay’s average dipped to 18.80 in 2018 with his highest score over 4 Tests in England and Australia reading 20.Nonetheless, Murali Vijay is looking forward to stint in the county after Somerset offered him an opportunity to play the last 3 matches of the Specsavers County Championship season. The out-of-favour India opener is heading to the UK as replacement for Pakistan opener Azhar Ali.Vijay was in good form in the recently-concluded Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) season. Vijay scored 359 runs, including a hundred, in 4 T20 matches while plying his trade for Ruby Trichy Warriors.Speaking to the press days ahead of his Somerset sint, Vijay said he is not putting pressure on himself by thinking about the India comeback and is rather focussed on contributing to whichever team he plays for in the near future.”I play cricket just for pride and sheer passion for it. I do not look forward to playing for India or world level. My funda is to play cricket at a higher level. So, any cricket is good for me and I am looking forward to contributing to the teams I play for,” Vijay was quoted as saying by ANI.advertisement”This is what I have done over a period of 15 years. So, obviously, nothing changes in that aspect of it. But obviously, opportunities create more experience and I am looking forward to one,” the India opener said.Vijay, who shone for Essex during the last season of Specsavers County Championship, is staring at an uphill task, when considering a potential return to the senior national team. The senior selection committee is certainly looking ahead and the likes of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are certainly going to get the nod ahead of the 35-year-old opener from Tamil Nadu.”Of course, I am saying that I do not put any limitations on my dream. I have given four comebacks and there is no pressure.”I know how to do that and I want to contribute in whichever team I play for. I want to make the team win and also get the youngsters in the right mindset,” Vijay said.Also Read | ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli likely to maintain lead in duel with Steve Smith for top spotAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Murali VijayFollow India cricket team Murali Vijay not fretting over India Test comeback: I play cricket for sheer passionOut of favour India opener Murali Vijay, who will be heading to the UK for a stint with Somerset in the County Championships, says he is focussed on enjoying his game and contributing to whichever team he is playing for.advertisementlast_img read more

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Get Your Hands on Some “Big Man, Small Batch” From Booker’s Bourbon

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less As you may have noticed, we at The Manual are big fans of Booker’s Bourbon. So imagine our thrill when the good people at Booker’s told us about the unveiling of their Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2015-1—the first of a new line of small batch bourbons to be released during this calendar year.The Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2015-1 is nicknamed “Big Man, Small Batch” and is being released to the public to celebrate Booker Noe’s legacy as well as to provide “a little more insight into who [Booker] was and his love of creating great bourbon.” The bottles will all feature a custom label with the iconic visual of the late Booker Noe sipping bourbon in his rocking chair with his dog, Dot, by his side. The labels give the small batch bourbon an even more intimate feel—as if this bottle was placed in your possession by an old acquaintance or family member who was truly passionate about their whiskey.Related Post: Booker’s Bourbon Celebrates 25 Years of High-Proof HistoryLike the 2014 small batches celebrating Booker’s 25th anniversary, the 2015-1 bourbon is a natural proof bourbon, which means it is bottled between 121 and 130 proof. At 128.7 proof (yes, you read that right—it is 64.35% alcohol), this bourbon is no joke. It is aged seven years, two months and sixteen days and culled from seven different rack houses, which provides the bourbon with a complex flavor featuring noticeable vanilla notes in both taste and the nose. The people at Booker’s recommend drinking the “Big Man, Small Batch” either with ice or cut with water. So those of you that prefer to drink your whiskey neat, take note.If the “small batch” description didn’t clue you in to what is going on here, let us spell it out—this bourbon is only available for a limited time. That means as soon as you finish reading this article, you should be on your way to checking out this excellent addition to the Booker’s small batch tradition. The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy last_img read more

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Government Oval is about Redevelopment – PM Holness

first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Master Plan for the Government Oval project does not see the demolition of all buildings in the area. “The mandate is to redevelop and upgrade public infrastructure, housing stock, commercial and recreational space which will include some demolition and new construction,” explained the Prime Minister. Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Master Plan for the Government Oval project does not see the demolition of all buildings in the area.The Prime Minister indicated that the plan proposes the redevelopment of sections of Heroes Circle and the neighbouring communities which border the area including sections of Central and West Kingston and Southern St. Andrew.“The mandate is to redevelop and upgrade public infrastructure, housing stock, commercial and recreational space which will include some demolition and new construction,” explained the Prime Minister.Prime Minister Holness was responding to questions in Parliament on Tuesday (October 2) with respect to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Jamaica, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the China Construction America South America Company.The Prime Minister told the House of Representatives that the development proposal considers the accommodation of government ministries, departments, and agencies to the east, west and south of the National Heroes Park as well as further upgrade of the adjoining residential neighbourhoods which include Allman Town.“All existing structures in the project including ministry buildings will be assessed to determine if they are at or past their usable life for replacement or upgrade as necessary,” added Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister noted that the community and residential components have not yet been detailed, and only conceptual layouts have been included.“The detailing of this area will be informed by the Social Development Commission as a part of determining the feasibility of the wider proposal. However, the need to improve it is evident”, stated the Prime Minister.Prime Minister Holness informed the House that while the proposal is not at a stage for public consultations the Government and the UDC, are committed to responsibly engaging all stakeholders as the project progresses. The Prime Minister indicated that the plan proposes the redevelopment of sections of Heroes Circle and the neighbouring communities which border the area including sections of Central and West Kingston and Southern St. Andrew.last_img read more

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Affordable Housing for Seniors in Chester

first_imgMore than 35 seniors have moved into new affordable homes in the Shoreham Village seniors’ complex in Chester thanks to funding from the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services, and Gerald Keddy, member of Parliament on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, opened the new affordable rental housing today, Oct. 27. The ceremony included a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of two new street names, Saunders Court and Youden Lane, to recognize Joe Saunders and Bob Youden for their leadership and efforts to expand this seniors’ community. “We’re pleased to create more affordable homes in Chester so seniors can remain in the community and live near their loved ones,” said Ms. Streatch. “Our investment in Shoreham Village supports our efforts to create affordable homes in the province. Shoreham provides good quality, affordable homes that allow residents to live in a secure and quiet community setting.” Through the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement, the federal government provided $400,000 in capital, and the province committed $96,000 in rent supplement funding. “Seniors in Chester now have access to more safe, quality, affordable housing that meets their specific needs,” said Mr. Keddy. “Canada’s government is proud of the work we have done with our partners to help seniors live with independence and dignity, close to their family and friends.” The new affordable housing in the Shoreham Village seniors’ complex features 24 apartments in two buildings. Each building has 12 two-bedroom apartments and a total of 16 affordable housing units. All buildings have an elevator, laundry room, and a lounge area. Shoreham Village is located on 14 acres of land with grounds similar to a campus setting. It consists of several living options including a Home for the Aged, an independent living seniors’ apartment and assisted living suites and apartments. “Shoreham Village Senior Citizens’ Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older persons. Given that our aging population is increasing at a rapid rate, we see the establishment of this new housing project as a significant contribution to the quality of life for older persons in Chester Municipality and beyond,” said Robert St. Laurent, vice-chair of the board of directors, chair of the building committee. “We are proud to be a partner with both the federal and provincial governments in making this important initiative a reality for our community.” As of March 31, $37.3 million has been committed by the federal government, the provincial government and its partners for the construction or renovation of more than 900 units in the province. A total of $56.2 million will be available under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement by 2009. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .last_img read more

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Vihari dedicates maiden ton to late father thanks Ishant for helping him

first_imgKingston: India’s Hanuma Vihari dedicated his maiden Test ton to his late father, keeping a promise he made to himself right after he lost one of his favourites 13 years ago.Apart from remembering his father, Vihari thanked bowler Ishant Sharma for batting, at times, better than the recognised batsman at the other end during their partnership in the second Test against West Indies.The unassuming Vihari felt Ishant helped him keep his word.”Actually, my dad passed away when I was 12 so ever since, I have decided that when I play international cricket I want to dedicate my first hundred to him,” Vihari said after his career-best 111. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 25-year-old added, “Today is an emotional day and I hope he is proud wherever he is and I’m really happy that I achieved that.” Together with Ishant (57 off 80 balls), who scored his maiden fifty, Vihari shared 112 runs off 28.3 overs for the eighth wicket to frustrate the West Indies for a long time.”Happy that I got a century and credit should go to Ishant. He looked more like a batsman today than me. The way he was going, we kept discussing what the bowler was doing and his experience really helped.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterVihari is gradually emerging as a reliable man for crisis situations in Test cricket.”When I was batting overnight on 42, I did not sleep really well as my thoughts were obviously running on how to get a big score today. I’m really happy that I could get my first hundred, especially on those conditions. It gives me a lot of satisfaction,” Vihari said.After Ishant’s dismissal, India’s innings folded for 416, with Holder dismissing Vihari for his fifth wicket of the innings. “I was batting at 84 during lunchtime, then it took me hard to get to the nineties. We have to give credit to the bowlers as well. Even though we scored 416 runs that do not show the way they bowled,” Vihari said.”I knew they would come hard in the first session because that’s their best chance to get us out early. They did get a wicket early as Rishabh getting out on the first ball. “I just wanted to bat patiently and wait for the balls which are in my area.” He praised pacer Jasprit Bumrah after he became only the third Indian to claim a Test hat-trick, and effort that left the West Indies tottering at 87 for seven in their first innings.”We bowled brilliantly, to be honest. The way Bumrah and all the other bowlers bowled, we stuck to our guns. “Tomorrow we don’t know what the game plan is. So, the first thing will be to get them out as soon as possible. Then the management will decide whether we bat or bowl,” Vihari said.last_img read more

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Northern Mining Boom and Bust

first_imgShirley McLean, aptn national NewsMining in the Yukon is booming. But many fear that when there’s a boom, there’s a bust.That isn’t stopping mining companies from getting on the Yukon mining bandwagon as firms from Vancouver look north for profits. Last year alone the Yukon took in $150-million dollars.Yukon Prmier Dennis Fenti is inviting companies to look north.“next year will be another banner year for the yukon territory and the mining sector another prosper year and Ican only invite you all to come and join us and share in that prosperity.”But there are concerns for the environment. One problem is there isn’t enough energy in the Yukon to power some ofthese mining projects.And while the government is encouraging companies to set up shop in the Yukon, some people are asking whether they’ll have to clean up after those companies once the boom is over.last_img read more

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Salvation Army continues to look for Christmas Kettle volunteers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Salvation Army is continuing to look for volunteers for their annual Christmas Kettle Campaign.Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Salvation Army, says they are currently looking for more volunteers to fill the posts that are located around the city.“We’ve put some posts out. The campaign goes right until the 24, except for Sundays. So, we need about 25 people a day to pull it off.” Eggie also expresses that this volunteer position is not time demanding.“Most shifts are two hours in length with a variety of locations around town.”Eggie says some local businesses have been generous in stepping up on providing people to help out with the Campaign.“We have some companies that have come on board. Most recently ReMax and Century 21 have taken on scheduled days which is really helpful.”To volunteer your time to the Christmas Kettle Campaign, you can call Volunteer Coordinator Tatiana at 250-261-1933last_img read more

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Closing Bell TSX closes higher amid positive US data and Mideast ceasefire

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday as U.S. data showed the economy steadily recovering, which took some of the sting from another failure by eurozone leaders to agree on a vital batch of bailout money for Greece.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,100.06 +53.78 +0.45%S&P 500 — 1,391.03 +3.22 +0.23%Dow — 12,836.89 +48.38 +0.38%Nasdaq — 2,926.55 +9.87 +0.34%The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 53.78 points to 12,100.06 as indexes also moved higher on news that Israel and the Hamas militant group have reached a ceasefire agreement after eight days of fierce fighting.The TSX Venture Exchange added 0.36 of a point to 1,242.66.The Canadian dollar drifted 0.08 of a cent higher to 100.35 cents US amid rising oil and gold prices.U.S. indexes were also higher as markets start to wind down for the American Thanksgiving holiday. New York markets are closed Thursday.The Dow Jones industrials climbed 48.38 points to 12,836.89, the Nasdaq composite index was up 9.87 points to 2,926.55 and the S&P 500 index added 3.22 points to 1,391.03.The U.S. Conference Board said the leading economic index, a gauge of future economic activity, rose 0.2% in October after increasing a downwardly revised 0.5%.Other data showed American consumer sentiment holding up.The latest reading of the University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index showed it inching up in November to the best reading in over five years because of rising optimism about the jobs markets.The index gained slightly to a reading of 82.7, off from the original estimation of 84.9.The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply to a seasonally-adjusted 410,000 last week.Applications dropped 41,000 from the previous week, when superstorm Sandy helped drive applications to their highest level in 18 months as many businesses in the area were forced to shut down. The four week average, a less volatile measure, rose 9,500 to 396,250.Meanwhile, European Union finance ministers ended a marathon session Tuesday still unable to agree on a deal to give Greece the next instalment of bailout funds — the second consecutive meeting at which ministers couldn’t agree on a deal.There has been disagreement among the ministers and the IMF, which gives bailout loans alongside the eurozone. The eurozone ministers are in favour of giving Greece an extra two years, to 2022, to bring its debt down to 120% of gross domestic product from the 176% forecast for this year. The IMF has resisted such an extension.The eurozone finance ministers will try again on Monday to finally clinch an agreement on how to help Greece, which has been relying on international bailout loans since 2010.The looming fiscal crisis in the U.S. continued to cast a shadow over markets. The TSX and New York indexes closed flat Tuesday as Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke made it clear that the Fed won’t be able to do much if the U.S. economy goes off the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of next month.That’s when a series of deep spending cuts and steep tax hikes take effect. Economists believe that combination would shock the economy sufficiently to send it back into recession, dragging down other global economies with it.“The Republicans can’t be the party of no forever and they’ve been basically told by the electorate that they want to see the country move ahead and I think they will agree to that,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“Obama has the moral authority and they need to do it right now.”He added that lawmakers don’t have to arrive at a sweeping budget deficit deal.They can very quickly agree to kick the can further down the road and defer final decisions.Tech stocks led advancers, up 1.7% while Research In Motion Ltd. rose 53 cents to $10.23 amid an announcement from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board that it is dropping RIM’s BlackBerry smartphone in favour of the new iPhone 5. The board says existing Blackberry devices have been failing both at “inopportune times” and at an unacceptable rate.The gold sector was ahead about 1.2% while December bullion moved up $4.60 to US$1,728.20 an ounce. Centerra Gold advanced 53 cents to C$9.70 while Barrick Gold Corp. climbed 38 cents to $34.63.The financials group was ahead 0.64% as National Bank was up 83 cents to $76.29 and Manulife Financial rose 21 cents to $12.36.The energy sector was ahead 0.2% while oil prices gained ground. The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 63 cents to US$87.38 a barrel. Cenovus Energy gained 50 cents to C$33.12.Western Canada oil companies Pinecrest Energy Inc. and Spartan Oil Corp. say they plan to form a single company with a combined enterprise value approaching $1 billion. Pinecrest shares slipped six cents to $1.81 while Spartan shares were 29 cents lower to $4.83.The base metals sector led decliners, down about 0.5% as December copper edged two cents lower to US$3.50 a pound. Turquoise Hill Resources fell 34 cents to $7.12 while Rio Alto Mining dropped 16 cents to $5.03.In the U.S., shares in farm and construction equipment maker Deere fell $3.16 to US$82.83 as it said its fourth-quarter net income rose 2.7% to US$687.6 million or $1.75 a share, missing expectations by 13 cents. Revenue rose 14% to $9.79 billion, which beat expectations of almost $8.9 billion.It expects full-year 2013 net income of about $3.2 billion, which is a little more than analysts had been expecting.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Stricter mortgage rules hit new home sales and builders in TorontoGreece’s lenders fail again to clinch debt dealTwinkie maker Hostess says buyers lining up to grab brands in fire saleU.S. factories rebound, but consumer sentiment shakyON DECK THURSDAYU.S. markets closed for Thanksgiving European Central Bank meets ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Retail sales (Sept): Economists expect a 0.5% rise from the month before read more

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Veteran telecom exec could make CRTC less consumer friendly advocates warn

GATINEAU, Que. — The appointment of telecom industry insider Ian Scott as the next chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has sparked both concerns that the regulator could soon be taken in a less consumer friendly direction and hope for a new direction.Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced Scott’s appointment Tuesday, while also naming Caroline Simard as the CRTC’s vice-chairwoman, saying the two have a “deep understanding of what Canadians expect in their telecommunications and broadcasting systems.”Advocacy group OpenMedia said former chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, who chose not to reapply for the job when his term came to an end earlier this year, did a lot to open the telecommunications marketplace to increased consumer choice and affordability.“This is a concerning choice by the government,” said OpenMedia communications manager Meghan Sali, who also noted that, under Blais, the regulator declared broadband Internet a basic service in Canada.“Canadians were hoping for somebody with a strong consumer rights background, and will undoubtedly be disheartened to see the Trudeau government place someone from industry into the top decision-making position.”Canadian performers’ union ACTRA welcomed the appointments, suggesting a change in leadership at the CRTC was long overdue.“We hope Mr. Scott and Ms. Simard can bring a new direction to the commission,” said ACTRA national executive director Stephen Waddell.“A key part of the CRTC’s mandate is to ensure the vibrant expression of Canadian culture and identity. That has been ignored too often under the outgoing chair,” he said. “We welcome a change.”Both ACTRA and the Canadian Media Producers Association also called on the government to appoint people with some background in film, television and digital media production to the two positions that remain vacant at the CRTC.University of Ottawa professor Michael Geist, who is also the school’s Canada research chair in internet and e-commerce law, said there was significant pressure on Joly to name someone with a cultural or broadcasting background to the top position.“I do think the appointment signals the government’s desire for less confrontation and drama at (the) CRTC,” Geist wrote on Twitter.Scott, who starts his five-year term Sept. 5, was most recently executive director of government and regulatory affairs at Telesat Canada. He has also held executive roles at Telus (TSX:T), Call-Net Enterprises and the Canadian Cable Television Association.Joly also announced Simard would become vice-chairwoman (Broadcasting), starting Sept. 11 for a five-year term.Simard is currently legal counsel within the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.As well, CRTC senior general counsel Christianne Laizner was named interim vice-chairwoman (Telecommunications), effective Monday for a term up to one year. read more

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UN announces final results of East Timors firstever democratic elections

According to UNTAET’s Chief Electoral Officer, Carlos Valenzuela, Fretilin won 43 of the 75 national seats and 12 of the possible 13 district representative posts. Just over one-quarter of the 88 members, 24, will be women. The results for the final remaining district, Dili, were announced separately earlier in the day, with Fretilin winning the district representative seat.In capturing its majority, Fretilin far outdistanced the other political parties. The Democratic Party won just seven seats, followed by the Social Democratic Party and the Associação Social-Democrata Timorense with six each.The Timorese Democratic Union, National Timorese Party, Klibur Oan Timor Asuwain, People’s Party of Timor and the Christian Democratic Party each won two seats.The remaining three seats went to the Socialist Party of Timor, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party of Timor.UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello today congratulated all those involved in the 30 August electoral process. “I believe that the final provisional results announced this morning are a clear indication of the aspirations of the Timorese people,” he said at a press conference after the announcement of results.Mr. Vieira de Mello will now appoint the second Transitional Government of East Timor, which will be formed and will be headed by an all-Timorese Council of Ministers.”It is my fervent hope that the elections this year will have proven to the people of East Timor that elections can and should be peaceful events,” said Mr. Valenzuela, who heads UNTAET’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). “This would be the greatest legacy of this election.”Parties and independent candidates have until Saturday evening to lodge complaints with the IEC Board of Commissioners. The Board will respond to the few complains filed so far by the certification deadline of 10 September. The results will not be official until they are certified by the Board and formally handed to Mr. Vieira de Mello at a ceremony on Monday.Mr. Vieira de Mello also announced that yesterday, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda extended his country’s congratulations for the elections and invited UNTAET and East Timorese leaders to meet with President Megawati Sukarnoputri and other senior officials in Jakarta. The UNTAET chief said that he, along with Xanana Gusmão and José Ramos-Horta, would travel to Jakarta next Thursday to meet with President Megawati. read more

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Facebook blows the market away with 2ndquarter gains from mobile advertising

Facebook shares soared 30 per cent on Thursday after the social media giant pushed aggressively into mobile advertising and reported much-improved second-quarter revenue and profit.The stock is trading at levels not seen since shortly after Facebook’s initial public offering last year. The IPO was plagued by nagging questions about whether the world’s biggest social network could follow users on to the mobile phones and tablets that have upended the technology sector.Facebook began showing mobile advertisements for the first time last spring. It reported after the market closed Wednesday that those ads accounted for 41 per cent of its total advertising revenue in the most recent quarter.Overall revenue jumped 53 per cent to $1.81 billion for the period. It also reversed a year-ago loss.Those numbers evaporated doubts about Facebook’s ability to capitalize on the mobile market, and trading volume in company shares rocketed Thursday.The company’s stock jumped 30 per cent in Thursday’s trading to close at $34.36.Facebook Inc., based in Menlo, Calif., priced its stock at $38 when the company went public in May 2012.Goldman Sachs said Thursday that with concern about the company’s growth prospects compounding monthly, everyone had been waiting for a breakout quarter.The recent quarter, Goldman believes, should help mitigate those fears.In addition to Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, BMO Capital Markets and Jefferies & Co. raised their price targets for the stock. Facebook blows the market away with 2nd-quarter gains from mobile advertising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2013 11:20 am MDT read more

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Italian job up for grabs

An Italian truck maker is looking again at the UK component supply industry and has asked the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to put forward a selection of interested UK firms. ‘If your firm is a UK component supplier to the truck industry and you are interested in this opportunity, please let us know,’ said Russell Murty, manager, international department for the SMMT. More from Russell Murty on +44 (0)2 073 449 229 or rmurty@smmt.co.ukClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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The Tiger effect Woods presence boosts business excitement

Tiger Woods’ impact is expected to extend past the score card when the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer plays in the Memorial Tournament this weekend in Dublin, Ohio.When Woods announced that he would be playing in Columbus, local-area businesses and the Muirfield Village Golf club, the host of the event, raised expectations for attendance and sales.“With Tiger coming back to the tour, I see an increase in business,” said Jon Leach, part owner of the Bogey Inn bar in Dublin.The Bogey Inn normally anticipates between 6,000 and 9,000 people for Memorial Tournament parties, and Woods’ participation will increase that number by 30 percent, Leach said.Some officials at the tournament are less certain about the effects.“We don’t know what impact (Tiger playing) is going to have yet simply because it is the first year that he has been here since his off-course life became more public,” said Tom Sprouse, director of communications for the Memorial.Other employees appear more confident.“When Tiger is in the field, there are definitely more people here. There’s going to be a lot more interest,” said Dick Murray, Memorial security guard. “I would assume that, that same level of excitement will be here.”Increased attendance cannot be confirmed because the tournament does not keep track of crowd numbers, Sprouse said.Murray said he doesn’t need to see the numbers to notice a difference and is sure “that once it was announced that Tiger was going to be here, ticket sales went up.”Woods’ presence not only affects the numbers, but the attitudes of the patrons.The younger kids are always a lot more excited when Tiger is in the field, said John McKitrick, who has been working with the tournament for four years.Despite the larger galleries that will follow Woods, the tournament does not make any security arrangements for the popular golfer, Sprouse said.The Bogey Inn, however, does make adjustments, increasing its staff when Woods plays, Leach said.With each day Woods tees off this weekend, large crowds both on the course and in local bars are likely to follow. read more

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Harry Potter producer thanks toyboy for giving her young persons view of

first_imgHarry Potter And The Cursed Child, which won a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards this year, was written by Jack Thorne and based on an original story by Rowling and John Tiffany, and is set 19 years after the final book of the original series.Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday at 11.15am The Harry Potter phenomenon is often dismissed by grown-ups because its principal audience are children.So perhaps it’s just as well the producer of the new play about JK Rowling’s youthful wizard has someone young in her life.Sonia Friedman, who took the idea of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child to Rowling, has revealed she has a boyfriend 20-years younger than her – and that he helps her see the world from a young person’s perspective.Ms Friedman, who is 52, said: “I love seeing the world through his eyes and it certainly makes me better at my job because I’m aware of a younger generation’s interests, politics and struggles as well as my own.”The award winning producer also tells BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that theatre critics are needed more than ever in a world where audiences are bombarded with conflicting messages on social media.“I quite like the relationship we have with critics, particularly now with the world of social media,” she tells Kirsty Young. “We need critics. Audiences need critics because at the moment we don’t know where to look because of all the noise.” She said that she has experienced rejection due to a lack of a relationship with her father, and that the play’s plot, which sees the orphaned boy wizard become a parent himself, is something she was drawn to.She said: “I mean, I will never understand what it would be like to have a dad, and so I’m always looking for stories that might help me understand.”Ms Friedman, who is currently at the top of The Stage 100’s theatre power list, is the daughter of acclaimed Russian violinist Leonard Friedman, who left the family before she was born.”It’s all a bit hazy, but (he left) probably several months before I was born, so as a result I’ve never really had a dad,” she said.”I never had abandonment issues, but certainly rejection, because you want to form a relationship with your father and my father was very prominent, a high-profile classical musician.”Ms Friedman – the youngest of four children by her father and mother Clair Sims – said: “I had no relationship with him other than he would say hello to me, and maybe pat me on the head or something.”I never got a birthday present from him, I never got a Christmas present from him, and I don’t blame him. I know that as a kid he had a very difficult life. His parents pushed him to be an extraordinary musician and he was told to put the music first, to put the art first. And he eventually did.” Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter) and Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) in Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildCredit:Manuel Harlan Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter) and Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Ms Friedman said that her father’s absence in her youth helped to inspire her production of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. 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.last_img read more

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Regulate social media firms to protect young peoples mental health says Royal

Social media companies must be regulated to stop them damaging young people’s mental health, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.Self-regulation by the industry is not working and children are being exposed to harmful online environments, Dr Louise Theodosiou, member of the Child and Adolescent Faculty at the RCP told The Telegraph.It comes after this newspaper launched the Duty of Care campaign calling on ministers to make social media and online gaming companies subject to a statutory duty to protect children from harms such as addiction, bullying and grooming when using their services. Ministers are considering new measures to rein in the worst excesses of online tech companies amid  fears a generation of young people is being harmed by unregulated use of social media and online gaming platforms.“Self-regulation has failed and legislation needs to be introduced”, said Dr Theodosiou. “We [the RCP] do want there to be restrictions on content. Where there are age restrictions on opening an account or viewing content – we absolutely want that guidance to be followed”, she said. She said that in the same way that young children would not be allowed to play unsupervised in the real world, they should not be allowed unfettered access to the Internet. There should be more identity checks on sites like Facebook to ensure that users are old enough to access the service, she added.She also said that sites need to act more swiftly when content is reported. 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. Teenage girls in particular are suffering the effects of negative online environments, including seeing content which promoted anorexia, she said.“When damaging content is reported we need companies to respond immediately”, she said.“For example, on Twitter if you report a tweet we need rapid response to that so people can get the message that abusive behaviour, like linking to a pro-anorexia website, is not acceptable.“We need robust responses to show what’s acceptable online in the same way that we do offline.”Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media read more

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Karacics buzzerbeater for draw in SEHA derby in Veszprem

7.Tatran Prešov11317292 : 33010 1.Vardar121020404 : 33632 10.Izviđač CO121011337 : 4133 Igor KaracicRK Vardar SkopjeTelekom Veszprem Igor Karacic buzzer-beater at “Veszprem Arena” prevented RK Vardar Skopje of losing derby match of SEHA GAZPROM League – 28:28 (12:12). Domestic Telekom Veszprem had three goals three minutes before the final whistle, but Macedonians managed to finish match with 3:0 series and stay alone at the TOP of the table.Telekom Veszprém – Vardar Skopje 28:28 (12:12)Telekom Veszprém:Borbély – Iváncsik 5, Schuch, Ilic 6, Gajic 3 (3), Nilsson 1, Nagy 2, Kopljar, Marguc 3, Chema 1, Terzic, Sulic 3, Lékai 4Vardar Skopje: Milic, Angelov – Stoilov, Nedanovski, Fereirra 3, Maqueda 2, Dereven 1, Karacic 3 (3), Dujshebaev 1, Cindric 6, Cupic 2 (1), Dibirov 5 (1), Shishkarev, Borozan 5, MarsenicRK Gorenje Velenje took a nice scalp of PPD Zagreb 27:26.RK GORENJE VELENJE : RK PPD ZAGREB 27:26 (14:12)Gorenje Velenje: Zaponšek 1 (11 saves), Baznik, Ferlin, Cehte 3, Medved 5 (1), Ovniček 2, Pajt, Tajnik, Levc 5, Potočnik , Stojnić 1, Golčar, Mazej, Kleč 4, Nosan, Brumen 6.PPD Zagreb: Stevanović (5 saves), Skok (7 saves), Ereš, Vujić, Kontrec 2, Vori 1, Cingesar 1, Marković 2, Horvat 8 (4), Šušnja, J. Valčić 1, Jotić 3, T. Valčić, Mandalinić 5, Miklavčič 3, Markoski.STANDINGS: 5.Celje Piv. Laško11605330 : 33618 3.Veszprem9711252 : 22722 6.Gorenje Velenje11407293 : 31312 9.Metalurg10217246 : 2497 8.Nexe9225238 : 2508 4.Meshkov Brest11623326 : 29720 2.PPD Zagreb10712287 : 25422 ← Previous Story The end of EHF EURO 2016 for Marta Mangue Next Story → Bella Gullden after two matches in Stockholm: We have to start running read more

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The banking inquiry will ask leading economists to help figure out what

first_imgA NUMBER OF LEADING economists will be approached to help draw up plans for the banking inquiry, members of the Oireachtas committee agreed todayThe committee met for the third time this morning in private session as it begins the task of thrashing out the scope of its inquiry into the €64 billion bank guarantee six years ago. A scoping document has been prepared for members setting out the “broad purposes, scope and timeframe” of the inquiry which hopes to hold public hearings early next year and last for a maximum of 14 months.Members also agreed today to the formation of an ad-hoc group of technical experts consisting of, among others, some of the country’s leading economists to provide knowledge and expertise in relation to the banking and financial sector.The individuals will be drawn from the public and private sector and are to be approached in the coming days with a view to having the group finalised within the next week.All of the independent experts will work for the committee on a pro-bono basis.The role of the group is to provide expert knowledge and input to the committee as it develops its proposal for its inquiry which will be submitted for consideration by two internal Oireachtas committees by 17 September. The proposal will out line the specific matters, key events or main questions to be inquired into, along with relevant dates and persons involved. It will also provide direction on the documents and written evidence that will need to be compelled.Speaking after today’s meeting committee chairman Ciaran Lynch said: “It is important that the proposal we prepare is able to answer comprehensively the matters the Committee wishes to inquire into rather than being too expansive in its reach and thereby failing to grasp any issue or subject in a meaningful way.” Read: ‘Good cop/bad cop’ claims lead to call for banking inquiry to ‘remove cloak of secrecy’‘Ridiculous’: The banking inquiry won’t be able to discuss 30 minutes of a crucial Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

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One Punch Man Illustrator Shows His Versions of Dragon Ball Characters

first_img One Punch Man Illustrator Yusuke Murata doesn’t attempt to hide his adoration of Dragon Ball. Taking a break from drawing the likes of Genos and Saitama, over the last few days Murata has shared some of his takes on Dragon Ball characters, including Goku, Krillin, and some of Dragon Ball Super’s Gods of Destruction.On Murata’s Twitter you can see Beerus, Vegeta, Goku, Android 18, Krillin, Gohan, Whis, Vados, and more. Murata has shown love for Dragon Ball in the past, creating anniversary sketches for the series. Ever humble, Murata doesn’t feel like his work matches that of Dragon Ball series creator Akira Toriyama.スーパーな悟空さ pic.twitter.com/PU66dlGSpe— 村田雄介 (@NEBU_KURO) June 26, 2017In a live stream, Murata had this to say.“If its drawn too detailed, it won’t match Toriyama-sensei’s style, I’ll have to stop at some point. My kids love Dragon Ball too. I’ll bring a copy back after I completed it, and tell him daddy drew Dragon Ball. It’s truly amazing that people from all generations watch Dragon Ball. I messed up on Goku’s face every time, feels like something’s wrong with it. I tried my best to replicate Toriyama-sensei’s style, and I’m still able to feel how awesome he is. Still feeling that I’m not drawing it good enough.” Take a look at Murata’s awesome takes on the classic Dragon Ball designs from Toriyama on Twitter.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more

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