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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 16:16

Adidas’ Greg Thompson talks outdoors

NEW YORK — When 40-year outdoor industry veteran Greg Thomsen launched Adidas’s U.S. outdoors business back in 2010, he faced some big challenges.

Fortnite superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has left Twitch and is taking his video game live streams to Microsoft’s Mixer platform, a stunning switch that could have wide-ranging consequences for the rapidly growing industry.

Blevins announced his move Thursday, ending a hugely profitable partnership with Twitch, a live streaming giant owned by Amazon.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.

Boyan Slat, creator of The Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom that broke apart late last year was sent back to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this week after four months of repair.

A ship towed the U-shaped barrier from San Francisco to the patch in September to trap the plastic. But during the four months at sea, the boom broke apart under constant waves and wind and the boom wasn’t retaining the plastic it caught.

“Hopefully nature doesn’t have too many surprises in store for us this time,” Slat tweeted. “Either way, we’re set to learn a lot from this campaign.”

Fitted with solar-powered lights, cameras, sensors and satellite antennas, the device intends to communicate its position at all times, allowing a support vessel to fish out the collected plastic every few months and transport it to dry land.

The plastic barrier with a tapered 10-foot-deep (3-meter-deep) screen is intended to act like a coastline, trapping some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic that scientists estimate are swirling in the patch while allowing marine life to safely swim beneath it.

During its first run, the organization said marine biologists on board the support vessel did not observe any environmental impact.

Slat has said he hopes one day to deploy 60 of the devices to skim plastic debris off the surface of the ocean.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 12:29

Canadian musher wins 10th Can-Am crown

FORT KENT (AP) — A Canadian musher has won Maine’s biggest dog sled race for the 10th time.

Martin Massicotte, of St. Tite, Quebec, crossed the finish line of the 250-mile Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown at 7:02 a.m. Monday, about 29 minutes ahead of Andre Longchamps, of Pont Rouge, Quebec.

Taking third was Katherine Langlais, of Glenwood, New Brunswick.

The grueling wilderness in northern Maine course takes mushers from Fort Kent to Portage Lake and then to Allagash before finishing in Fort Kent.

Massicotte holds the record for wins. Quebec mushing legend Andre Nadeau won the inaugural Can-Am Crown more than 25 years ago and went on to win five times.

Massicotte won’t be aiming for an 11th win in 2020. Next year, he intends to compete in the 1,000-mile Iditarod across Alaska.

FREEPORT (AP) — L.L. Bean’s renewed focus on the outdoor fun proclaimed in its “Be An Outsider” campaign is being reflected in the retailer’s corporate giving.

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans buoyed by a strong economy pushed holiday sales growth to a six-year high.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 13:00

Cost of ’12 Days of Christmas’ largely stable

Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover!

The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 percent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" stayed the same price as last year, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index.

The index is a whimsical way the Pittsburgh-based bank tracks inflation.

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Watch is now fulfilling its promise to let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them of any irregular heartbeat.

Apple announced the heart features in September, but didn’t make them available until Thursday. The new features have been given clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are for U.S. customers only.

The watch can intermittently check the wearer’s heart rhythm in the background and send a notification if it detects irregular heart rhythm. That can point to atrial fibrillation, a condition that can increase the risk of stroke and other complications. Apple says the watch will notify users if it detects an irregular rhythm on five checks over at least 65 minutes.

When symptoms appear, users can also take an EKG, or electrocardiogram, and share that with doctors. This feature is available for the latest, Series 4 version of the watch. The app, called ECG, comes as part of a free software update for the watch.

The irregular heart notification is available for older models, too, starting with the “Series 1” model in 2016. It doesn’t work with the original, 2015 model.

Apple is adding medical features to make the watch feel more useful to people. A fall detection feature launched in September. It claims to be able to tell the difference between a trip and a fall — and when the latter occurs, it will suggest calling 911 (or the equivalent outside the U.S.). If it receives no response within a minute, the watch will automatically place an emergency call and message friends and family designated as emergency contacts.

TORONTO (AP) — Martin Brodeur, Willie O’Ree and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman led the latest group of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.

ORONO — Thirty teachers from 10 Maine schools will team with the University of Maine to enhance middle school computer science education statewide and develop student computational skills needed for 21st-century jobs.

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