Japan’s Princess Mako defies odds to marry college sweetheart, gives up title

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By Elaine Lies and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s Princess Mako, the emperor’s niece, married her college sweetheart on Tuesday, giving up her royal title and saying she was determined to build a happy life with her “irreplaceable” husband after a tumultuous engagement. In a news conference with new husband and commoner Kei Komuro marked by unusual candour for Japan’s royal family, Mako said her marriage to Komuro had been inevitable despite the widespread opposition to it. Mako – now known as Mako Komuro – was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) earlier this year a… Read More “Japan’s Princess Mako defies odds to marry college sweetheart, gives up title”

The New “Plyscrapers”: Sweden Previews a Future of Wooden Skyscrapers

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By Tanner Garrity After water, the second most used substance on the planet is concrete. It’s true. Concrete is the backbone of international infrastructure — buildings, highways, sidewalks, bridges, dams, sports arenas, they’re all made from concrete. On a broad scale, that isn’t going to change anytime soon. By 2050, the production of cement, the main ingredient in concrete, is expected to increase by two billion tons a year, which is … unfortunate. While cement is cheap, widely available and extremely strong, it also puts a massive strain on the environment. Cement makes up 5% of the carbon… Read More “The New “Plyscrapers”: Sweden Previews a Future of Wooden Skyscrapers”

The 49ers’ 2-4 start falls squarely on Kyle Shanahan’s shoulders. Here’s what to do.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It’s been a bad, bad six games for San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers are suddenly 2-4 to start 2021, losers of four straight, without the excuses of injuries they could credibly use last year, or a lack of continuity, or a new coach growing on the job. No, San Francisco is in the fifth season of Shanahan’s tenure. He and his team came in with high expectations — perhaps expectations of getting back to a Super Bowl or at least getting into the playoffs — and now they’re left searching for answers following a dismal 30-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, who… Read More “The 49ers’ 2-4 start falls squarely on Kyle Shanahan’s shoulders. Here’s what to do.”

Is the New “Peloton of Vertical Climbers” Worth Its Nearly $3,000 Price Tag?

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By Tanner Garrity By all accounts, connected fitness is here to stay — even in a post-pandemic World where interest in at-home workouts is cooling off, and most us are headed back to the gym. Peloton, Mirror, and the many machines that they have inspired (from handsome ergs to light-up boxing apparatuses) continue to earn celebrity investments, collect hefty monthly subscriptions and watch their Instagram followings swell into the millions. Peloton, for instance, has an annual retention rate of 92%. Nearly 100 million workouts are completed on its platform per quarter. (Some users might even b… Read More “Is the New “Peloton of Vertical Climbers” Worth Its Nearly $3,000 Price Tag?”

Vanessa Bryant Found Out About Kobe’s Death Via Phone Notification

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Vanessa Bryant found out about her husband Kobe Bryant’s death in the worst imaginable way, via multiple phone notifications. In recent testimony, Bryant revealed that she did not get a word from authorities immediately regarding her late husband’s, Kobe Bryant, death back in January 2020. When she did receive the call from the authorities, she had already gotten hundreds of notifications via her phone breaking the news to her. Authorities had declined to provide Vanessa with any information until Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva was able to speak with her in person. Vanessa said she… Read More “Vanessa Bryant Found Out About Kobe’s Death Via Phone Notification”

PGL unveils Shikenso Analytics partnership

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Esports tournament organiser PGL has announced a commercial partnership with German IT company Shikenso Analytics. The deal will see Shikenso Analytics provide data insights and analytics for PGL’s Stockholm CS:GO Major. RELATED: ZOWIE named official monitor partner of PGL Major Stockholm 2021 As a result of the agreement, Shikenso Analytics will offer qualitative and quantitative cross-platform insights into sponsorship activities and activations on PGL’s streaming and social media channels. Silviu Stroie, PGL CEO, spoke on the announcement in a release: “We have a close relationship with our… Read More “PGL unveils Shikenso Analytics partnership”

Jay Ambrose: The China threat

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China recently launched a test missile that whirled around the entire planet traveling at five times the speed of sound and previewing hypersonic duplicates someday possibly threatening nuclear obliteration all over the place. Getting their adjectives mixed up, some say this could be the beginning of a second Cold War. The more worrisome issue could be a hot war. A China invasion of Taiwan could be the starting point even though Chinese President Xi Jinping recently promised peaceful unification. Sadly, he is trying to get there with such tactics in Taiwanese skies as 150 Chinese fighter jets … Read More “Jay Ambrose: The China threat”

Facebook spreads hate, whistleblower tells UK lawmakers

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told UK lawmakers Monday that posting content featuring anger and hate “is the easiest way to grow” on the social media platform as she urged better regulation. Haugen, who earlier this year shared a trove of internal documents alleging Facebook knew its products were harming children’s mental health, argued the platform was “unquestionably” fuelling hate. Haugen said Facebook used “engagement-based rankings” prioritising the most clicked – and invariably divisive – content. “It pushes you to the extremes and it fans hate,” she told a panel of British MPs … Read More “Facebook spreads hate, whistleblower tells UK lawmakers”

Facebook Is Plagued With Hate Speech And Disinformation

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Whitney Tilson’s email to investors discussing how Facebook neglected the rest of the World, fueling hate speech and violence in India; Porter Stansberry and Whitney Tilson debate Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB); Chamath Palihapitiya on Digital World Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:DWAC); the 2021 Stansberry Conference & Alliance Meeting. Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more How Facebook Neglected The Rest Of The World1) I think Facebook (FB) and the major services it owns, Instagram and WhatsApp, do a lot of good. I use all three almost every day to help me connect with old friends, make new … Read More “Facebook Is Plagued With Hate Speech And Disinformation”

College Football Top 25: Week 9

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In what was considered a dead slate for Week 8 in College Football still played to the tune of this season effortlessly. We had close games, upsets, and teams not playing to how they should. All in all, this week proved that there is no such thing as slow weeks in College Football. As a result, there have been some shakeups in this week’s Top 25. Check out last week’s edition of the College Football Top 25 here. 1. Georgia (7-0) (5-0 SEC)Last week: BYE | This week: at Florida (4-3) Let’s start off by saying that there were tons of byes for many teams, so it might be a little slow with some of … Read More “College Football Top 25: Week 9”