How the Internet of Crops is solving the issue of food waste

first_imgHow IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Cate Lawrence Tags:#Agriculture#Agtech#Centaur#crop harvest#featured#food waste#fumigation#gas sensors#insect infestation#insects#Internet of Things#IoT#IoT sensors#Next-gen agriculture#top Related Posts 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptioncenter_img Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… It’s not every day that you meet a tech startup with a team that includes an agronomist and entomologist. One of the great things about IoT is that it’s a sector that utilizes technology to solve problems that have plagued traditional industries for centuries. An example of that issue of food waste in agriculture.According to UN FAO data, approximately $1 trillion in produced crops is annually lost post-harvest. This includes the various stages — from farm, to shelf, to fork. Even in technologically advanced regions such as the EU, post-harvest losses for grains and cereals are often more than 10%, with higher percentages seen in developing countries in Africa or in industrialized Asia. These losses are incurred during raw material storage, processing  — milling, for example — and distribution in the logistics chain.One company that is responding to the challenge of food waste with IoT technology is Centaur Analytics, the first full stack IoT company that provides real-time stored agri-products monitoring and protection solutions. They develop and market end-to-end solutions for the Internet of Things, focused on the quality and safety of stored goods. Their mission is to dramatically increase post-harvest yields and eliminate waste from farm to shelf.I recently spoke to Dr. Sotiris Bantas, co-founder and CEO of Centaur Analytics about their work. He explained a bit about the need for their role:“We’re basically losing about 1/3 of our annual output on a global scale, people have crunched the numbers and its the 1 million loss more severe in the developing world e.g. Africa, wheat, corn are often with insect infestation leading to spoilage, 17% in the developed world are not used for food or processing, are either dumped or used for animal feed or maybe biofuel. But a lot is really wasted and goes down the drain basically. So we’ve been working with our own experts in the field e.g. we have our own agronomists, entomologists are stored product specialists that have actually helped us specify a solution along the lines of monitoring sensors and software analytics.”What goes wrong in crop storageStoring crops is a tricky process. Most farmed crops are stored in massive quantities in big metal containers like silos, an environment that is susceptible to a range of challenges like moisture, temperature and insect infestation.Traditionally methods of managing these challenges have involved  farmers  physically visiting their silo or storage container in person by testing each one individually  — not an exact science — and provide treatments. Insect infestation is particularly problematic.As well as eating crops, insects increase the moisture levels within the storage containers, which can further spoil the crops. Bantas explained that treatment typically involved a fumigants such as phosphine which is administered over a set number of days, typically up to a week.“Fumigation is used for all kinds of crops: tobacco leaves, flowers, grain, rice , feeds, fruit fresh, died and so on, people have been fighting this product with fumigating gases but have been doing so without monitoring,”  Bantas said.The problem is that while fumigation can eradicate the problem, if the temperature of the container is too low, the dosage is incorrect or the duration of treatment too short, it can “harden they insects and they mutate and grow into something stronger, making treatment ineffective.” Bantas noted that their work reveals that many farmers have traditionally been underdosing, using less fumigation or they have been doing it without keeping the actual treatment durations.Centaur has developed proprietary wireless sensors which are designed to “sniff” crop storage conditions inside shipping containers, grain bins, and storage bunkers. This is notable as most sensors cannot transmit from within a metal storage container, like those typically used to store farmed crops.Behind the scenes, entomological models are applied to the data stream and predictive analysis is passed to the end user. Importantly, the sensors mean that crops can be monitored in a range of scenarios including ship carriers and transportation which may take weeks or months. “Basically it helps users be proactive in terms of the fumigation and pest control practices that they should be following to ensure the product is safe and properly sanitized,” Bantas explained.The sensor tech is also able to anticipate problems through temperature monitoring. “You can also monitor for a hot spot. A hot spot usually means there’s an infestation or spoilage starting so if you have advanced early warning you can take measures.” said Bantas.The farmer has become connectedFarmers are becoming more technologically sophisticated. Bantas attributes this in part to the fact that farmers in general are way more educated than previous generations and with the advent of the smartphone and the tablet people become closer to technology. He notes,“Technology has become so easy to use its a no brainer for a farmer to use a tablet to gain information about the weather pattern will be like in the next few days and thus when to harvest their crops. Conversely for our users, it’s becoming a no-brainer that they should not have to visit the silo to check if the wheat is damp or the what smells funny, they actually have an alarm notification about a possible problem in the storage facility. ”Centaur recently announced a $1.3 million funding round. It’s a great achievement for any startup, particularly in Greece’s economically challenged startup environment. They company is in a great position as the first mover in this sector, having created a globally relevant solution to a problem affecting farmers from Australia to Algeria. The issue of food security is one that impacts not only current but future generations and technology like that developed by Centaur provides an important solution to some of the challenges. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…last_img read more

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Bittersweet as Cousins injures Achilles in Pelicans’ victory over Rockets

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City D’Antoni to coach Team Stephen in NBA All-Star Game LATEST STORIES “We’ve got enough guys in here who are professionals who are always ready when their number’s called, so we’ve got to make sure that we stay locked in.”Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and unconventionally sealed the victory by purposefully missing a free throw with 1.8 seconds left, causing time to run out as players fought for the rebound.“Right now, just praying everything’s OK,” with Cousins, Holiday said, adding that it made the win victory “bitter-sweet.”“Just unfortunate, really. I think we’ve been doing really well, got in a great groove,” Holiday added, noting that Cousins’ triple-double against Houston was his second in three games. “The way we’ve been playing, and him in particular, has been awesome.”Darius Miller hit six 3-pointers, including one with 1:52 left to give the Pelicans a five-point lead, and finished with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Rockets: Harden moved into second in Rockets history in assists with 3,347, passing Allen Leavell’s 3,339. … Harden missed eight of nine 3-point attempts, although six of his free throws came after he was fouled on 3s. … Former Pelican Ryan Anderson, who came in averaging 10.1 points, did not score, missing all three of his shots.Pelicans: Piled up 24 assists on 27 field goals in the first half and finished with 36 assists on 44 made shots. … Recently acquired guard DeAndre Liggins contributed a pair of timely 3s in the second half. … Improved to 14-9 at home.UP NEXTRockets: Host Phoenix on Sunday.Pelicans: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Read Next New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the court while being tended to after injuring his left Achilles tendon, according to the team, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The Pelicans won 115-113. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before seriously injuring his left Achilles, and New Orleans survived a furious Houston rally for a 115-113 victory over the Rockets on Friday night.A person familiar with the situation said Pelicans team physicians have provided a preliminary diagnosis of an Achilles tear, which would end Cousins’ season little more than a week after he was named an All-Star starter.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because, officially, the team said an MRI will determine the severity of the injury.Yahoo! first reported the initial diagnosis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe injury, which occurred as Cousins pursued a missed free throw with 12 second left in the game, all but squelched the jubilation from a team and its fans, who otherwise would have been celebrating a fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games.“We were just figuring everything out. That’s the tough part,” Davis said, adding that he hadn’t spoken to Cousins and wasn’t yet certain if the injury was season-ending. “We’ve got to keep going and just keep finding a way to win. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Chris Paul scored a season-high 38 points before fouling out in the final seconds and nearly led Houston back from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit. James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon scored 27 points.Houston tied it at 104 on Luc Mbah a Moute’s layup with 2:34 to go. And the game was tied once more at 109 on Trevor Ariza’s 3 with 1:17 to go before Holiday’s driving floater and Cousins’ put-back gave New Orleans the lead for good.The Rockets’ comeback bid began after Miller’s 3 gave the Pelicans an 81-60 lead with 5:54 left in the quarter.Houston turned the tide with a 20-6 run, during which Paul scored 10 on two 3s, a layup and two free throws.Early in the fourth quarter, Paul sneaked in behind Cousins to steal an inbound pass to set up his breakaway layup as he was fouled, trimming New Orleans lead to 96-92.However, Paul committed his fifth foul with 7:29 left, and went to the bench for more than three minutes, during which the Pelicans’ lead crept back to eight.Paul returned with four minutes left and the Rockets scored the next eight points to tie it.Davis dominated early, scoring 16 points in the first quarter, and the Pelicans pushed ahead in a lopsided second quarter in which they hit 14 of 20 shots.New Orleans took its first double-digit lead when Miller’s 3 made it 51-40. Davis’ third alley-oop dunk of the game put the Pelicans up 13 and his free throws one possession later gave the Pelicans a 15-point lead.Harden’s short jumper cut it to 66-53 at halftime.TIP-INS NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Hair and make-up tips for party season

first_imgAs the year draws to an end, the temperatures dip, champagne tastes better and the mood gets merrier. Partying means looking your best, but you don’t want to stand brooding about what colours, shades, styles and textures to use this season. Here are a few tips from make-up and hair,As the year draws to an end, the temperatures dip, champagne tastes better and the mood gets merrier. Partying means looking your best, but you don’t want to stand brooding about what colours, shades, styles and textures to use this season. Here are a few tips from make-up and hair experts to beat the gloom of the dull skies. Try these for a day party, an evening cocktail or a wedding.Day party lookGetting ready for a day party during the cold months can be really challenging if you haven’t been paying attention to your skin, because harsh weather conditions easily damage your skin.A well-moisturised, radiant skin is the key to a fresh winter face. Day parties mostly use natural light and thus the glow that lies beneath is of utmost importance here. Opt for a liquid based foundation, only if required.The eyes should not be overloaded with make-up either. “It’s best not to use too much eye shadow as it may make the face look harsh,” says Lakme studio makeup expert Sushma Khan. Use coloured eyeliner along with a couple of coats of mascara instead to accentuate the eyes. One can choose citric colours for the eyes like lime green, orange, and aqua colours such as blue and green.As against the powder-based blush of the summers, it is best to opt for a cream-based blush for the cheeks in shades of peach and pink in this season on order to give them a natural glow. Also, a dewy look for the lips is the thing to go for this season. The lips should be given a subtle look in shades of pale pink. Make sure that you use a lip liner and blot the lips with a balm to give them the moist look.”Ponytails are very much back in fashion this season. Straighten your hair with a flat iron and tie it up into a high ponytail,” says Lakme Studio hair expert Sudeep Grover. Other options include making a braid or any other style of long hair dressing. The basic idea is to keep the look of the hair simple, so that it does not distract any attention from the natural glow of your winter skin.Wedding bash lookLuminescent make-up and shimmer has always been a favourite with Indian women as it highlights their features. The glitter is especially essential for a wedding guest’s look to add to the festive mood.Use glitter on the corner of the eyes or the highest point of the brow line. You can choose silver eye shadow along with kohl-defined eyes to complete the look. Black glitter eye liner is popular and can be used to contour the eyes.Accentuate your cheeks by using shades of reddish brown to give them a hint of blush. The colours applied on the lips can range from rust colours for darker skin to pale pinks and reds for fair skin tones.Style the hair with loose curls at the ends. This gives a classic Victorian look. “Backcomb the hair and create a bouffant to add volume,” says Grover.Pick from the palette1. Eyes: If your eyes are brown, wear green or bronze eye colour. To give your eyes dimension, use a combination of two to three colours.2. Lips: To make lips look naturally beautiful, use a nude or pink lip colour, and complete the look with lip gloss. Use a bold red or dark pink to make a statement with a simple black or white dress.3. Cheeks: Take a big blusher brush, rub it onto the apples of your cheeks by smiling in the mirror and rubbing upwards till you have blended it. The shading can be highlighted by adding a little shimmer over the blusher. It will completely change your look from that of a girl-next-door to that of a stunning style diva.Cocktail lookCocktail parties make formidable winter evenings fun. But most people forget that the make-up should add to the mood of a cocktail. The trick is to achieve the thin borderline between a fun look and a mysterious, sensuous look. “Since cocktail parties in the evening use a lot of artificial light, the make-up should use lightreflecting particles,” says Khan. Metallic shades are great for this. Concentrate on shades of gold, silver, bronze and copper. They will give you that desired oriental look, the perfect blend of adventure and sensuality that is needed.Generally people tend to look paler during winters, so your makeup should add vitality and a subtle tint to your skin tone. A basic foundation should be a shade lighter in order to make the skin look brighter. Your look for the cocktail should accentuate your eyes. Highlight the eyes through a smoky look created by using a kohl pencil, some eye shadow and bold brows. Use a soft brown to highlight the eyebrows to give them a more natural look. One can use eye shadow with a brownish or golden tinge to accentuate the eyes. Heavy eye make-up with golden/silver shimmer at the corners of the eyes can be one way to enhance the evening look for your eyes. False eyelashes also make a bold statement. Just make sure that there is negligible gap between your real eyelashes and the fake ones. The lashes should differ in length very slightly.Highlight the cheeks in shades of plum and reddish brown to showcase your metallic look and to add a little shimmer as you get ready for a delightful evening.Saturated colours, such as reds for the lips are back in fashion and these tones suit the Indian skin beautifully. Define your lips by lining them, but make sure you condition them first. Then use the pencil before adding glitter or shine.”Sleek and straight hair is back on the style radar,” says Lakme Studio’s Grover. Whether one dresses in Indian or western attire at a cocktail party, sporting shiny, straight hair is the way to go.Dark smoky eyes never fall out of favour1. Start the make-up by applying a light shade of concealer to the under eye area, and all over the top lid. Outline the rims with an eye pencil. If you have small eyes, apply liner starting from the middle of the under eye to the outside of the eye. If your eyes are large, feel free to line from corner to corner.2. With a small eye shadow brush, soften the edges of the pencil line. Apply a dark shadow directly over the penciled area and smudge. Brush away any shadow that has fallen below the eye and clean up any areas that have smeared.3. For a more dramatic look, just add more shadow; curl those lashes; and apply two-three coats of black mascara.Show your metal1. Silver metallic make-up should always be worn as the base to your regular shadows. You can then layer and blend your regular colours on top. You will quickly see that a layer of silver underneath adds depth and highlights the upper eyes.2. Use copper, bronze or gold for a glamorous way to add sparkle to your eyes. Whether you are playing it cool and using natural tones or going bold, applying metallic makeup will add style to your look. Silver eyeliners are perfect for blue and purple shadows, while gold is great for greens, reds and natural tones.3. For the ultimate luscious lips, add a touch of your metallic eyeshadow to the centre of your lips after applying the liner and lipstick.With inputs from Sushma Khan, Lakme Studio Make-up Expert; Sudeep Grover, Lakm Studio Hair Expert; and Reshma Lekha, Head Tainer, Beauty, VLCCadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings- KXIP win by 6 wkts

first_imgPunjab opener Paul Valthaty scored the first ton of IPL-4 as Punjab cashed down the highest total of the season to beat Chennai by a convincing six-wicket margin. Score | PhotosChasing 189, Valthaty carried his bat through scoring an unbeaten 120 helping his to victory at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.Punjab openers Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty got off to a flyer keeping in mind the massive target. The duo dealt in boundaries and over the fence shots and by the time the fifth over got over Punjab total was a good 49. But, the inevitable happened as skipper Adam Gilchrist departed to a Morne Morkel delivery that took the edge of his bat and Chennai’s Sri Lankan import Suraj Randiv took a fine catch in the deep. He fell to 19 and Punjab lost their opener on 61/1 in the sixth over.Then opener Paul Valthaty and Shaun Marsh helped Punjab score past the 100 run mark but as soon as they reached the figure Marsh got run out on the first ball of the 11th over and Punjab fell to 110/2. The pace of the scoring rate continued despite the fall of wickets as one man who was doing major damage was still at the crease. He was Paul Valthaty, who kept dealing in boundaires and he even got a life when Morne Morkel dropped him off Suraj Randiv.Randiv didn’t get his wicket but accounted to the other batsman Sunny Singh four ball later to reduce Punjab to 136/3 in the 14th over. The first ball of the next over saw Kiwi Tim Southee claim Abhishek Nayar cheaply and Punjab were down to 136/4.advertisementValthaty went on to score the first century of this edition of the IPL hitting a four off Morkel in the 17th over. Soon the mammoth target looked well within reach and Chennai had clearly lost the plot and there was moer to come as skipper Dhoni dropped a catch of Dinesh Karthik in the 19th over to help Punjab’s cause.Minutes later, Valthaty (120 n.o.) and Karthik (21 n.o.) were seen hugging each other with Punjab win by 6 wickets written on the large scoreboard. And they did it in good time with five balls remaining.Chennai innings Murali Vijay (74) and Subramaniam Badrinath (66 n.o.) put on 124 for the third wicket as Chennai scored a mammoth 188/4 against Punjab.Earlier, Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and put the opposition batsmen in the middle — a decision keeping in mind the PCA pitch. And Punjab paceman Praveen Kumar did justice to his skipper’s decision by scalping opener Srikkanth Anirudha and then following it up with Suresh Raina’s wicket on the next one. Praveen missed the hat-trick but Chennai were reduced to 0/2 in the first two balls.After those two wickets, opener Murali Vijay and S Badrinath attempted a revival of innings batting steadily at the PCA pitch. Gradually the two upped the tempo and started milking the opposition bowlers. Soon Chennai, who were tottering on 0/2 were way past the 100-run mark in good time.Finally, Murali Vijay departed after scoring 74. A Piyush Chawla turner that landed on Vijay’s toes failed to give him enough room to play. He missed and skipper Adam Gilchrist stumped him. But Vijay played his part well falling after a fine 124-run stand with Badrinath.Soon Punjab were the ones facing the music as Chennai skipper MS Dhoni and S Badrinath charged away at the opposition bowlers. Praveen Kumar, who had caused early destruction, too was not spared. A four in the18th over was followed by two over the fence shots and then the last ball was sent away again by skipper Dhoni to finish the over with 22 runs.At death Dhoni and Badrinath went hammer and tongs. The duo put on 64 runs off just 31 balls to post the highest score in the tournament so far — 188/4 in their stipulated 20 overs. Dhoni was especially brutal scoring 43 off just 20 balls. Eventually he fell to Ryan Harris on the last ball of the innings, but the damage was done. Badrinath remained unbeaten on 66.last_img read more

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Kolkata in Race to Host India-Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier in March

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2022 FIFA World Cup QualifierfootballIndiaIndia vs Qatar First Published: October 18, 2019, 7:19 AM IST Kolkata: The iconic Salt Lake Stadium could once again be packed to the rafters for an India game as it is in the race to host the Group E World Cup qualifier tie against Asian champions Qatar on March 26 next year.The turnout for the Bangladesh game, unprecedented for national team matches in the country, left everyone impressed with India head coach and Croatia’s 1998 World Cup bronze medallist Igor Stimac saying that it will remain in his memory forever. On Thursday, sources told IANS that the Indian Football Association (IFA), which is the parent body for the sport in West Bengal, has spoken to All India Football Federation (AIFF) about hosting the tie in the City of Joy.Besides Kolkata, Kerala and Bhubaneswar are also in the race.”The IFA is expected to send a formal letter to AIFF on Friday. Stimac is also interested to play in front of such amazing crowd. It’s too early to say that Kolkata is the front runner but chances are there,” a well-placed source said.”I have been part of many big games. But this one was special,” Stimac had said after the game.India captain and record goalscorer Sunil Chhetri had expressed gratitude to the fans who turned up in large numbers to support the team, saying they could not deliver a performance to match the atmosphere.”We couldn’t deliver a performance to match the atmosphere at the Salt Lake last night, and the dressing room is very disappointed about it. We couldn’t capitalise on the chances we got, but this is a process on the pitch and in the stands. You turned up, we’ll keep attempting to,” Chhetri had tweeted.India have two points after three matches in the qualifiers and sit in fourth spot in the five-team group. last_img read more

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Wayne Rooney pulls off magic yet again with an unbelievable free kick goal for…

first_imgAdvertisementWayne Rooney scored a stunning 30 yard free kick for DC United on thursday and took us down the memory lane as his incredible 17 year career flashed by us.Wayne Rooney can take the lion’s share of credit for D.C. United’s resurgence from bottom of the table to a playoff spot. The former England captain has scored 10 MLS goals in 18 games and looks unstoppable at the moment. Another victory will see DC United seal their spot in the playoffs and that would be a monumental feat for DC who were down below in the table before Manchester United legend arrived.You can see Rooney’s spectacular spot kick here :It is not just Rooney’s goals that have been impressive though. In stoppage time at the end of August’s 3-2 triumph against Orlando City. Orlando’s Will Johnson broke free, but Rooney sprinted back and won the ball with a last-ditch tackle. He then advanced forward and sent a wonderful delivery into the box, where Luciano Acosta headed home the clinching goal.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nokia D1C Android smartphone specs leak hint at a cheaper second variant

first_imgInformation on the upcoming Nokia smartphone the Nokia D1C have leaked again online, confirming the specs of not one, but two Nokia D1C smartphones – one with a 5-inch display and other bigger screen variant with better camera at its rear.Also Read: Nokia will return with smartphones in 2017Nokia D1C will be one of the several devices the company will be launching next year, as the company confirmed through an online presentation file. As reported earlier, Nokia D1C will be a smartphone and not a tablet based on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. The latest leak confirms that with a slight change – there will be two smartphones with that name.The higher end Nokia D1C will have a 5.5 inch 1080p display with a 16MP rear camera.  It could be based on 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430, with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage. The second variant now being talked about will come with a similar chipset. But it will have a smaller 5.0 inch display (with same 1080p resolution), 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The device will obviously sell at a lower price and sport a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front facing camera.Also Read: Phone with best camera under Rs 10,000: Redmi 3S Prime first choice, but Moto G Turbo will also doNokia could be launching its Android devices at the Mobile World Congress in 2017, but as of now there is no official word on that. The company has also not yet revealed the price segment of these devices. They will be running the latest Android Nougat 7.0 and will be manufactured by Foxconn subsidiary HMD global. Since the company already manufactures in India, it is expected that the old Nokia facility at Chennai might also be resuscitated for the job.advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal make worst start to season in 26 years

first_imgUnai Emery has overseen Arsenal’s worst start to a Premier League season in 26 years.The Spaniard was handed the reins at Emirates Stadium over the summer after being chosen as the man to succeed Arsene Wenger.After 22 years of continuity in north London, it was always going to take time for a new era to take shape. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A testing fixture release did little to aid Emery’s cause in a new post, with Arsenal opening with a visit from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City and a trip to Chelsea.Pep Guardiola’s side proved too strong on the opening weekend, with questions asked of Arsenal on the back of a 2-0 defeat .There were signs of encouragement during a London derby date at Stamford Bridge, but once again the Gunners were left empty-handed.After hitting back from two goals down against Chelsea, Marcos Alonso snatched an 81st-minute winner for the hosts .Arsenal have now suffered back-to-back defeats in their opening two games for the first time since the inaugural season of Premier League football back in 1992-93.Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19On that occasion, they also began the campaign on home soil – going down 4-2 to Norwich at Highbury.They were then edged out 1-0 by Blackburn before seeing off Liverpool 2-0 in their third outing.George Graham was at the helm back then and could only guide his team to a 10th-place finish.Arsenal will be expecting much more in 2018-19, with the club determined to force their way back into the top four after two seasons without Champions League competition.Emery, though, has much work to do if he is to deliver on expectations.Time remains on his side, but he is the first Arsenal manager to lose his first two competitive games in charge since Steve Burtenshaw – who lost three in a row while in caretaker charge back in March/April 1986.The Gunners will get the chance to kick-start their campaign with another London derby next weekend when they play host to West Ham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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NEBRASKA ASSAULT SUSPECT SOUGHT BY AUTHORITIES

first_imgAUTHORITIES IN NEBRASKA ARE SEARCHING FOR A SUSPECT WANTED ON CHARGES OF CHILD ABUSE, STRANGULATION, DOMESTIC ABUSE AND RECKLESS DRIVING.THE CEDAR COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS 33-YEAR-OLD JARED LEONARD IS WANTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STRANGLING AND INJURING A PERSON DESCRIBED BY AUTHORITIES AS AN INTIMATE PARTNER AND PLACING A FOUR MONTH OLD CHILD IN A SITUATION THAT ENDANGERED THE INFANT.THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL NOT CONFIRM IF THE CHILD IS LEONARD’S OR IF THE ASSAULT VICTIM IS THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD.THE ALLEGED INCIDENT OCCURRED SUNDAY, JANUARY 14TH.ANYONE WHO SEES LEONARD OR KNOWS OF HIS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CONTACT LOCAL AUTHORITIES OR THE CEDAR COUNTY SHERIFF AT 402-254-6884.last_img

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2009 NTL – The time is near

first_imgThe 2009 X-Blades National Touch League commences shortly.Attached is an Expose on all the latest information, previews and photos of the Port Macquarie floods in February.Click on the attachment to download.Related Files2009_ntl_expose-pdflast_img

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10 months agoChelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this weekby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have lined up two replacements for Cesc Fabregas. The club have blocked Fabregas from joining Monaco this month until they find a replacement.And Sky Sports claim the Blues are closing in on deals for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, who could cost £45m.24-year-old Paredes has caught Chelsea’s eye with a number of fine performances for the Russian giants this season.A deal for one of the two aforementioned names is expected to be completed this week. last_img

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Program Quality Accountability Improved for Private Career Colleges

first_imgChanges to legislation that regulates private career colleges will help ensure programs train students for jobs that are available in Nova Scotia. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan tabled amendments to the Private Career Colleges Regulation Act today, April 23. “Private career colleges play an important part in training Nova Scotians and we need to make sure students are getting a quality education that will help them land good jobs after graduation,” said Ms. Regan. “These changes will improve program quality, hold colleges more accountable and speed up administrative processes.” There are about 45 private career colleges in Nova Scotia that offer more than 250 programs to about 4,000 students every year. The programs they offer train students to take up many occupations, including truck drivers, massage therapists, information technologists, plumbers, estheticians, paramedics, firefighters and carpenters. Specific changes to the legislation will: remove the annual college registration requirement to reduce unnecessary paperwork and streamline approval of programs already sanctioned by a regulatory or professional body exempt certain programs (could possibly include those with very low fees or those that have very short completion times) and give the minister authority to exempt groups of occupations (such as fitness instructors) require regular program approvals every five years phase-in performance standards to ensure colleges are accountable to students for their investment. This could include factors like employment rates after graduation add new enforcement tools (such as compliance orders and administrative sanctions) to help government deal with minor violations of the act and its accompanying regulations. The legislation currently allows for college registrations to be suspended or revoked Some of these changes will be further defined in regulations. The department also plans to change the regulations to require some colleges to provide audited financial statements. College administrators and operators will be consulted again when the regulations are being developed. Changes to the Private Career Colleges Regulation Act are expected to take effect in April 2016.last_img read more

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Israel Appoint New IDF chief of Staff of Moroccan Origin

Rabat –  Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) new chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkot, will be the first Israeli of Moroccan descent to attain the senior post within the Israeli Army hierarchy.According to Israeli daily Haaretz, Gadi Eisenkot’s parents were born in Morocco.However, the IDF’s new chief of Staff has an Ashkenazi sounding last name which prompted many Israeli newspapers, including the Yedioth Ahronoth, to ask how come a Moroccan by origin has a last name indicating that he is of European origin. Haaretz said that Eisenkot is derived from Azenkot and other variations on that spelling that are quite popular among the Jews of Tunisia and Morocco.The name Azenkot comes from the Berber languages, where azankad means ‘deer.’ It appears in names of several Berber tribes such as the Aza Izenkad tribe of the Tata oasis and the Old Izenkad tribe, both in south Morocco, highlighted the Israeli newspaper.Haaretz went on to add that Jews with names derived from this Berber word probably had an ancestor who had some kind of relationship with these or other Berber tribes, such as trading with them or living among them.The name is recorded among Sephardic Jews as early as the 17th. According to the same source, the first record of the name was in the person of Rabbi Saadia Azencot, who lived in the Netherlands at the time, where he was teacher of famous Swiss theologian Johann Heinrich Hottinger. read more

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Top UN human rights official very concerned over state of emergency in

17 September 2007The United Nations top human rights official has voiced deep concern over the re-imposition of a state of emergency in Fiji. Under accepted rules of international law, “such far-reaching restrictions of rights may only be introduced in time of a public emergency when the life and existence of the nation is threatened,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in a statement issued in Geneva. “Restrictions may only be applied to the extent and time strictly required by the situation and they may not be discriminatory in application. The impact of the measures imposed in Fiji is heightened by the increased pressure being placed on the independence of the country’s judiciary,” she added. Six expatriate Court of Appeal judges in the South Pacific country resigned earlier this month to protest against the acting Supreme Court Chief Justice’s handling of the administrative matters of the Court. Extended delays are said to continue in the formation of an independent tribunal to hear the case of the removal of the Chief Justice in January, the statement said, noting that the ability of truly independent institutions to function effectively and vindicate rights is indispensable, particularly in the current circumstances. Ms. Arbour underlined the need for the Fiji Human Rights Commission to play an effective and independent role in addressing current human rights challenges in the country, fully in line with the international standards applicable to national human rights institutions. read more

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Protesters ordered to stop construction at proposed LNG site near Prince Rupert

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The Port of Prince Rupert has ordered opponents of a proposed liquefied natural gas plant to stop constructing a protest camp on Lelu Island on B.C.’s north coast.A notice ordering an end to construction activities was issued Monday morning after the port consulted with the leadership of local Coast Tsimshian communities, part of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation.Port of Prince Rupert CEO Don Drusel says the port respects safe and peaceful expressions of opinion, but construction of makeshift shelters does not meet that definition and is not authorized.The federal government is expected to make a decision within weeks on the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal on the island, about 15 kilometres south of the Prince Rupert port.Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Jonn Helin sent a letter to federal officials in March, announcing the First Nation would conditionally support the Lelu Island terminal, as long as two environmental conditions were met.That letter sparked a protest within the First Nation as members demonstrated Friday outside the Lax Kw’alaams office in Port Simpson, arguing they were not consulted. (CFTK) by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2016 10:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Protesters ordered to stop construction at proposed LNG site near Prince Rupert read more

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2015 will be tough year for humanitarian operations senior UN official warns

“When we look back at where we were this time last year we had about 52 million people in humanitarian need and we are now ending the year with over 76 million people,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Director of Operations John Ging told UN Radio. The cost of responding to that has grown by a similar rate from about $12.9 billion in 2013 up to $19.2 billion dollars right now, Mr. Ging added. “The poor people who are affected by the crisis…are losing their lives in the hundreds of thousands, in the millions, in fact. And with tens of millions really subsisting in terrible misery and inhumane conditions, they certainly can’t afford for this situation to continue,” he said. These people are relying on the generosity of those who have the means to help them. And while there are no clear indicators for optimism, it is important to stay hopeful, he said. “We have to work to see an end to so many of these conflicts which have been raging on and intensifying. They are manmade conflicts so they can be ended. There is a basis there for progress if we can find a way to find political solutions.” Mr. Ging stressed that 2014 was a very difficult as well as dangerous year for aid workers. “Sadly we have lost 85 colleagues so far this year in over 230 attacks on humanitarian workers. It’s very frustrated for humanitarian workers to be out there on the frontlines, underfunded facing the inhumanity and suffering, unable to deliver the assistance that people urgently need.” “But they just continue to do a heroic job. There’s no choice. We have to keep going and not give up. And the fact that they don’t give up and that they do keep going saves tens of millions of lives and reduces suffering,” he said. When asked about why some crises get more attention than others, Mr. Ging said that it is a duty to treat all people equally in terms of support. But he admitted that it is easier said than done because political attention is often focused on some of the more politically important crises.“There are places, for example, across the Sahel where 572,000 children died last year, malnourished, suffering from diseases that could be cured or prevented. There is a scale of suffering in so many places that I think the world has become quite numb in a way.” Certainly, it is difficult to gain media attention for such a broad scale of disaster across the world, Mr. Ging said. “Our job is to somehow work to raise that profile. And make sure that the way we do our humanitarian action we are focused on people and not the media spotlight and any other drivers of attention.” read more

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Premature erections and very white teeth Heres how Election 2014 is shaping

first_img Mary Fitzpatrick looks for votes from those getting off the Luas at Stephen’s Green earlier today Source: Hugh O’Connell/TheJournal.ieElsewhere, there’s an interesting battle between Emer Costello, the sitting Labour MEP who replaced the retiring Pronsias de Rossa in 2012, and her former party colleague Nessa Childers, an independent MEP for the now abolished Ireland East.Childers is likely to capitalise on the anti-Labour sentiment having quit the party in acrimonious circumstances last year and been a frequent critic of the government. But her early momentum appears to have tailed off in recent weeks to the benefit of Labour.The junior coalition partner is touting Costello as ‘Dublin’s MEP’ rather than its own and pumping a lot of resources into her campaign, viewing her as the most realistic of Labour’s three candidates to retain their seat in the European Parliament. Phil Prendergast had to battle for a spot in shot with Emer Costello at the Labour event a short time ago pic.twitter.com/vatFSCIKPq— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) April 29, 2014 A complete European Parliament wipeout for Labour is looking likely, but Costello could yet spring a surprise.But the real dark horse could be Eamon Ryan, the Green party leader and former minister, who is known to be transfer friendly and has run a good if under the radar campaign.He represents the Greens best hope of regaining national prominence and his transfer friendliness could be a real advantage when quotas aren’t reached and candidates start being eliminated.Elsewhere on the left, the sitting Socialist Murphy, who took Joe Higgins seat in 2011, has run a good campaign with, ironically, eye-catching posters but is unlikely to take the seat. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandThis is partly because the ultra-left vote will split with another capable performer Bríd Smith (above) of People Before Profit who, along with Murphy, complained of having been cut from RTÉ coverage of an opinion poll.Other candidates running in the capital are independent Jim Tallon, a serial candidate in several elections all over the country, Fís Nua’s Damon Wise. While Direct Democracy Ireland has adopted the odd strategy of running two candidates, Thomas Darcy and Raymond Whitehead.Of the four, only one or both of the DDI’s two candidates have a chance of polling reasonably well given the new party’s strong performance in the Meath East by-election last year.Read: Here’s how Election 2014 is shaping up in Ireland SouthRead: Here’s how Election 2014 is shaping up in Midlands North WestRead all our Election 2014 coverage here > Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe campaign has been dominated by the same issues that candidates across the country have faced most notably water charges and the rising cost of living where the so-called ‘squeezed middle’ are left without a penny at the end of the month. The housing crisis in the capital has also come to the fore in recent weeks as well.Several have reported the Shatter controversies coming on the doorstep, more than a few in Fine Gael lamenting the Minister’s departure while optimistically noting it will make matters easier on the doors.After an early poll wobble, Hayes was cognisant of the need to up his game and has deployed well-trained canvassing teams across the capital. While he is well-positioned to take a seat, succeeding the retiring Gay Mitchell, the remaining two seats are likely to go to centre or left-leaning candidates.Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan has no electoral track record of note and is widely unknown but she has performed competently during the campaign with the strong backing of the party’s star performer Mary Lou McDonald.Gerry Adams’s arrest aside, the increasingly strong support that SF enjoys in the capital means Boylan is looking a certainty to take a seat leaving a real dogfight for that last spot in Brussels.https://vine.co/v/MnFxvDjrztqFianna Fáil and Mary Fitzpatrick know that if they are to have a full recovery in the lead-up to the next general election then they need to do well in Dublin. Bluntly, that means taking a seat in the capital, anything else would not be party and more importantly the leadership of Micheál Martin. Serious questions will be asked if Fitzpatrick fails to win.That said she was getting a relatively good reception when we spent the morning with her canvassing on Grafton Street, people appearing to appreciate the distance she has from the old guard of the party, namely Bertie Ahern whom she fell out with some years ago. Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieWHILE THE REST of the European election candidates have to contend with vast sprawling constituencies those running in Dublin have the advantage of being able to cover the entire three-seater in less than an hour in the car.Of course that’s if they weren’t stopping at every point to hand out a few leaflets and throw up a few posters. In fact some candidates were so keen to throw up their faces on lampposts they did it a few days early – risking the wrath of the authorities.Mary Fitzpatrick was first out of the blocks four days before she was legally allowed to do so. It was the first in a series of posters problems for the Fianna Fáil candidate. But it is the Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy who now faces fines for his premature erections.Once the posters were allowed to go up everyone was dazzled by the whiteness of Brian Hayes‘s teeth. Fine Gael insisted it was all natural and that the junior minister just happens to have some very, very pearly white gnashers.last_img read more

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Parrot Zik un casque audio dessiné par Starck

first_imgParrot Zik: un casque audio dessiné par StarckLe célèbre designer français a apporté sa patte au premier casque audio de la marque Parrot et offre un appareil parfaitement adapté à la téléphonie mobile.Comment concilier le ramage et le plumage pour un casque audio ? A cette question, le fabricant Parrot a apporté sa réponse avec le Zik, un appareil dessiné par Philippe Starck, qui dispose de capacités assez étonnantes. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?On peut citer diverses technologies telles que le système de contrôle actif de bruit hyper performant, le rendu sonore élargi, le panneau de commande tactile, le capteur de présence, le capteur de conduction osseuse pour déterminer le bruit environnant, les cinq microphones ou le processeur de traitement de signal, explique EreNumerique. Sans fil, il est doté d’une d’une batterie de 800 mAh, pour autonomie annoncée à 24 heures en utilisation.De plus, le Parrot Zik dispose d’un rendu sonore plutôt étonnant, dû à l’algorithme “Parrot Concert Hall”. Il s’agit donner l’impression d’un projection du son sur l’avant et non par les côtés, comme à l’habitude avec un casque audio, donnant ainsi l’impression de se trouver dans une salle de concert. Une application gratuite pour iOS ou Android permet d’en paramétrer les effets. Enfin, l’isolation sonore a été particulièrement travaillée pour éviter l’intrusion de bruits parasites. Il sera disponible en juillet pour 349 euros.Le 11 juin 2012 à 17:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The History of Breasts in Comic Books

first_img Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Stay on target Comic books – or at least Western superhero comic books – have always celebrated an idealized version of the human body. Male heroes are chiseled specimens of muscle with less body fat than an Olympic swimmer and abs so defined they stick out through layers of spandex. Every inch of their physical form is designed to fight evil.Female heroes, though, are a little different. Instead of being built like bodybuilders or athletes, they tend to resemble girlie mag models or Baywatch babes. Sure, they’re slim and trim but you’re hard-pressed to find one that’s not sporting a massive rack. Anyone who knows anything about strong women can tell you that big boobs aren’t that ergonomic.How did that happen? Who decided that huge boobs were the default female anatomy for superheroines, and how have cup sizes changed through the years? Come with us as we seriously explore this sensitive subject, with maybe a little tweak or two along the way to keep things lively.Early DaysThe first superheroines from the 1940s – characters like Sun Girl, the Blonde Phantom and of course Wonder Woman – had reasonably realistic builds. As their characters generally weren’t expected to resort to fisticuffs and feats of strength, they remained mostly slender throughout the next few decades. There were, of course, exceptions – Phantom Lady, published by Quality Comics, was illustrated by artist Matt Baker in a revealing costume that was designed to distract the crooks she fought.The idea of sex appeal as part of a female hero’s power set wasn’t explored all that much back then, and with the dawn of the Comics Code Authority in 1954 Phantom Lady got covered up and eventually canceled. The archetype of the “femme fatale,” a bold and dangerous woman who wielded sexuality like a weapon,In the 1960s, DC implemented an in-house editorial policy that read, in part, “Women, when used in plot structure, should be secondary in importance, and should be drawn realistically, without exaggeration of feminine physical qualities.”The King’s QueenNo artist is as influential in American comic books as Jack Kirby. His career spans half a century and features the creation of pretty much the entire Marvel universe and a big chunk of the DC one to boot. Kirby brought a drawing style that stepped away from the mannered realism of the day in favor of a muscular, abstract vision of the human form. His anatomy was unlike anything on earth, but all of Kirby’s figures burst with energy.That extended to his women, too. In 1971, he created Big Barda – an Amazonian warrior from the dark planet Apokolips who defected from the side of evil to partner with Mr. Miracle. With a body based on zaftig singer Lainie Kazan, Barda represented a new direction in comic book pulchritude. Sure, she was stacked, but she had a frame that matched, with broad shoulders and hips. Kirby, always the innovator, knew it was possible to make women beautiful and powerful, but few artists followed his lead.More PowerDC Comics introduced Power Girl in the pages of All Star Comics in 1976 as a way to get Superman out of that title and inject some fresh blood into the adventures of the Justice Society. Wally Wood, who was the artist for the character’s debut, decided to push her figure in a thicker direction than most of the era’s mod-flavored heroines. Clad in a skin-tight white singlet with a big scoop (and later a hole) cut for her cleavage, Power Girlwas all about the boobs.According to writer Jimmy Palmiotti, Wood made a bet with a studiomate that he could draw PG’s chest bigger every issue and DC editorial wouldn’t notice. If you look at that original run, her cup size does swell issue after issue. After All Star was canceled, the character stuck around as the company’s boobiest hero. Artists like Bart Sears continued to depict her as top-heavy, but others like Alex Ross made her more muscular to balance them out.In the 1970s, Marvel attempted to win female readers with a number of titles, including Ms. Marvel (whose heroine was ostensibly feminist), Dazzler and She-Hulk. All of those characters still stuck to the now-traditional body type of a narrow waist and shoulders capped off by large breasts.To the ExtremeThe 90s were all about pushing the envelope. It was the decade where silicone breast implants finally took off, and now seemingly everybody in Hollywood had a perfectly spherical pair of D-cups. Characters who had previously boasted more reasonable anatomy started to puff and swell.The apotheosis of this trend came in the form of artist Jim Balent, who started drawing DC’s Catwoman book in 1993 and stayed on it until 1999. Previous interpretations of the thieving villain and sometimes romantic interest of Bruce Wayne portrayed her as lithe and, well, catlike. Balent threw that out the window, wrapping her purple bodysuit around a massive set of hoons and twisting her into poses that showed them off at every opportunity.When Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke took over the character in 2001, they deliberately returned her to her more agile build. Balent went on to self-publish titles like Tarot: Witch Of The Black Rose where his love for massive hooters could roam unfettered.Back to RealityOver the last decade or so, superheroes have moved out of their ancestral home in comics and onto the big screen and TV. That’s also created a rebound effect as publishers try to keep their characters closer to their movie appearances. For male heroes, it’s not as difficult – they just have to shrink them down a bit, because actors are pretty ripped these days. Women, though, simply don’t come built like that in the real world, and if they’ve had the surgery to get there they typically aren’t known for their acting chops.So you see actresses like Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jennifer Garner as Elektra – women who are slim and muscular but with normal human-sized breasts. And fans don’t seem to complain about their physique like they did about Michael Keaton as Batman.Behind the BraThere’s actually a pretty fascinating Reddit thread where this question is hashed over. Some suggest that superhuman strength allows comic book women to ignore the discomfort of having huge boobs, while others connect the genetic tinkering done by the Celestials on the Earthlings of the Marvel universe with a propensity for increased bust size. My favorite theory comes from user “expert02,” who states:Having superpowers usually takes a lot of energy. And humans get energy from food.The superheroine’s body “assumes” any child will have similar energy/food requirements as itself, so the breasts grow larger to contain the extra milk for the child. That’s a new one on me. Whatever the reason, the great breast debate rages on. Some interesting recent developments include heroes in an even wider range of body types, like Valiant’s Faith who has big boobs, but a frame that’s built to support them. At the same time, a conservative backlash to that diversity is building, with fans devoted to big boobies claiming that they’re being put down by the PC police.We’re firm believers that all boobs are beautiful, so hopefully, the comics industry will catch up with the real world.More on Geek.com:The History of Sexbots in MoviesThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book HistoryThe Complete History of Rock Stars Making Comicslast_img read more

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