Thursday, December 19, 2013

Macy's and J.C.Penney Battle It Out, And The Winner Is....The Consumer

Many years ago macy's home and Gimbels, the now defunct department store that used to be on Broadway and 33 rd Street, faced off in a daily battle that escalated during the Holidays. Now J.C. Penney occupies some of the very space once home to Gimbels, and once again Macy's is battling another neighboring retailer for share of the New York City market. In fact they are fighting for every cent the New York customers want to spend. One thing is very different today however, and this is that both companies have many stores throughout the United States - Macy's about 800 and J.C.Penney about 1100-so the battle is on a national stage with every kind of media and marketing tactic employed in the war.

I believe Christmas business has been difficult for both of these giants. J.C.Penney reported an increase of 10.1% for November. That was the minimum expected for the month, given that Super Storm Sandy had impacted the early part of November 2012 setting up an easy comparison. Also last year, the company had no effective merchandising plan for Black Friday. Strong Internet sales were a big positive, but certainly helped by the complete lack of attention that was given to e-commerce in the previous year. Macy's did not announce its sales, but I estimate that sales likely grew 2.5% to 3.5% with Internet sales playing an important role in achieving figure. No doubt, both companies were negatively affected by fewer selling days after Thanksgiving this year versus last year.

December is a different matter. The number of days is the same in both 2012 and 2013 - there are 24 selling days (including Sundays.) However, in 2013 the Sunday after Thanksgiving (maybe it should be called Black Sunday) fell in December while last year it fell in November. My impression of Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 is that customers were tired of shopping by the time Sunday came, and sales were relatively weak on that day. However, after a little rest on the Sunday post Thanksgiving, the rest of December should play out well until Christmas week. The fact that Christmas falls on a Wednesday, that makes Tuesday December 24, a short shopping day for last minute gift buyers. Christmas Eve on a Tuesday is not as good as Christmas Eve on a Monday, as it was in 2012. Psychologically shoppers feel a greater urgency to shop on Saturday/Sunday/Monday than they do on when they have Saturday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday to shop, as will be the case this year. As I see it, because of the pull forward of sales into November away from the first Sunday in December combined with Christmas on a Wednesday, December will be a difficult month even with the same number of days. With little help from the calendar, December will require some strong promotional help.

This past Saturday was a Super Saturday at both JCPenney and Macy's. The two rivals must have each checked last year's ad book and came up with the same promotion. Both stores had morning specials. However, I was intrigued by the fact that J.C.Penney advertised "thousands of doorbusters. Thousands? That's a lot. Maybe too many to be believable. Both stores followed up with Store-Wide Savings (Macy's) and a Dashing Deal Sale (J.C.Penney) that was valid for Sunday and Monday. Neither retailer is letting a moment go by without ample promotional activity. Kohl's, with more than 1150 stores is always a stong's throw from the others, featured "2 Day Bonus Buys" with special savings. Target was busy with a big toy sale that faced off against Toys "R" Us' 2 day sale booklet. Sears (whose slogan "where better happens" is not quite proper English) featured a confusing brochure with specials available Sunday night from 6 to 9 pm for friends and family.

Most stores offered 15% or 25% coupons in their ads, on top of the sales prices. That means that customers will have to be good mathematicians in order to figure out how much they are "saving." As I have written previously, I think we are seeing plenty of planned promotions that have some profitability built into the "sale" price. It is only when there are additional unplanned markdowns that the gross margins would be eroded. My sales estimate for the Christmas season for Macy's is around 3-3½% while I expect J.C.Penney to rack up sales between 8-10% as it recovers from the last year's disaster.

I expect more promotional activity during the week ahead and strong sales until Christmas Eve. Since time is short, retailers are now anxiously pacing the sales floors and I expect some retailers will have to take drastic action by December 17, 2013 - one week before Christmas Eve - in order to make sure they have clean and lean inventories when the Holidays end. Here is one example of what might happen to some retailers: during the post Thanksgiving period The Gap and Old Navy both put the entire store on sale by giving a 50% reduction, I thought that we pretty dramatic. And the deep discounting continues. The "up to 40%" off sale that Old Navy ran in its stores this weekend was equally dramatic and indicative to me that the Gap's management is worried. I suspect we will see similar actions throughout the retail industry and once again the consumer will be the biggest winner during the Holiday season, especially those that procrastinate.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New And Exclusive Micro-Site Content

ePHOTOzine's Micro-Site Roundup - Find out what's been happening on our five Micro-Sites.


Here's a roundup of the exclusive content we've got for you to have a read of on our five micro-sites this week:

On PENTAXPORTAL this week, you can take a look at some top tips for photographing seals with your Pentax camera, and check out some top Pentax sunset photos. Plus, the brand new K-3 DSLR has been reviewed on site this week, and there's news of new images from Ricoh Imaging brand ambassadors.

Over On EIZO ColorZone, you can learn how to perform a monitor viewing angle check and find out why ColorNavigator software is a great tool for aiding calibration. Plus, there's news of a new 3D CG colour management handbook that's now available.

Meanwhile, on Olympus Image Space this week, there are techniques on how to use blur creatively, and there's news on Olympus workshops taking place over the coming months with Damian McGillicuddy and Steve Gosling. Plus, news on the Olympus Impressions 'Fall' competition, and £100 accessory cashback when you buy an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera have also gone live.

On Totally Tamron this week, you can learn some top tips for taking better photos of ice with your Tamron lens, plus there are some top Tamron portrait photos for you to take a look at. Don't forget to take a look at David Pritchard's blog the days zoom past, too, as he's been out-and-about with his newly acquired Tamron 24-70mm lens.

Last but not least, on Nikon Nation this week, you can check out some ideas and tips for on location portrait shoots, get creative with colour balance and lots more. Plus, don't miss the Nikon D5300 Discount DSLR review and news of ono-to one training with Nikon School in December.

Make sure you check back to the Micro-Sites regularly, as new and exclusive content is posted weekly!

Source: Ephotozine

Sunday, November 24, 2013

New And Exclusive Micro-Site Content

ePHOTOzine's Micro-Site Roundup - Find out what's been happening on our five Micro-Sites.


Here's a roundup of the exclusive content we've got for you to have a read of on our five micro-sites this week:

On PENTAXPORTAL this week, you can take a look at some top tips for photographing seals with your Pentax camera, and check out some top Pentax sunset photos. Plus, the brand new K-3 DSLR has been reviewed on site this week, and there's news of new images from Ricoh Imaging brand ambassadors.

Over On EIZO ColorZone, you can learn how to perform a monitor viewing angle check and find out why ColorNavigator software is a great tool for aiding calibration. Plus, there's news of a new 3D CG colour management handbook that's now available.

Meanwhile, on Olympus Image Space this week, there are techniques on how to use blur creatively, and there's news on Olympus workshops taking place over the coming months with Damian McGillicuddy and Steve Gosling. Plus, news on the Olympus Impressions 'Fall' competition, and £100 accessory cashback when you buy an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera have also gone live.

On Totally Tamron this week, you can learn some top tips for taking better photos of ice with your Tamron lens, plus there are some top Tamron portrait photos for you to take a look at. Don't forget to take a look at David Pritchard's blog the days zoom past, too, as he's been out-and-about with his newly acquired Tamron 24-70mm lens.

Last but not least, on Nikon Nation this week, you can check out some ideas and tips for on location portrait shoots, get creative with colour balance and lots more. Plus, don't miss the Nikon D5300 Discount DSLR review and news of ono-to one training with Nikon School in December.

Make sure you check back to the Micro-Sites regularly, as new and exclusive content is posted weekly!

Source: Ephotozine

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nikon D5300 Rumors, Specs, Price and Release Info: Camera Company Recently Releases Full Specs

<Nikon D5300 Offersp>Nikon has recently come out with a full list of specs for the new D5300.

The latest model of the DX-format DSLR has 24.2 megapixels, a DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, a built-in GPS, a durable light body, a 3.2-inch 1037k-dot vari-angle LCCD monitor with wide viewing angle, NAL-1 features for zoom/focus assist, and more.

It also has a full-HD 1920x1080/60p capability for movies, where selection can range from 24, 25, 30,50, and 60p. There are also 9 special effects for creative expression.

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As previously reported, Nikon Rumors reports that the Nikon D5300 is expected to be introduced before the Photo Plus show in NYC at the end of the month or the CES show in Las Vegas in January.

It is reported that this will be the first camera to get the new EXPEED 4 processor. Some other rumored specs include 24 Megapixels, 39 AF points, built-in Wi-Fi and built-in GPS.

Photography Bay reports that the D530 will be introduced as an entry-level APS-C format camera. There are no reports yet of whether or not it will have better image quality over the D5200, but it would make sense to add additional video features to the D5300.

No prices have been reported yet either, but Inferse reports that it may be priced lower than the D5200 was when it first was released.

Source: Designntrend

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Spec Sheet: Nikon Df takes on Sony's tiny full-frame cameras

<Nikon D5300 Offersimg src="">A lot of products come out each week - we don't highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep track of the state of the art.

Nikon struck back at Sony in a major way this week with the introduction of a (relatively) small full-frame DSLR, the Df. It's an exciting new device that continues to signal the slow but inevitable shrinking down of massive DSLRs, but whether it's an appealing purchase is another question entirely. At $2,999.99 for a body and kit lens, it's no cheaper than the cameras it's trying to replace and far more expensive than Sony's competition - so is there any great appeal to it?

Little competition for cameras in its price range

At nearly $3,000, the Nikon Df is priced directly beside Nikon's own D800E and slightly beneath Canon's popular 5D Mark III. The Df can't keep up with either of those cameras - it can't even shoot video - but in reality, it's not supposed to be a direct competitor to either of them. Nikon is aiming for the pros who have long pined for a more compact full-frame camera, something with plenty of power that can also be easily carried around all day. The bad news for Nikon is: Sony's Alpha 7 does just that for a much lower price, $1,999.99 with a kit lens.

When paired side by side, Nikon's camera falls behind in a number of the more quantifiable ways. It's a little bit bigger, a little bit heavier, and has much fewer megapixels - though its megapixel count could be a good or a bad thing, depending on how concerned you are about noise and resolution. The two are pretty evenly matched on speed, with each doing a bit better than the other in a couple areas, but neither particularly trouncing the other in any of them.

The pricing of Nikon's Df makes a bit more sense when it's put beside the other half of Sony's tiny full-frame lineup, a potentially more powerful model named the Alpha 7R, but the story doesn't change much. Though the Alpha 7R costs $2,299.99 body-only, that's still nearly $450 less expensive than the Df's body costs.

Nikon's lens system makes all the difference

But there are two really big differences between the Df and the Alpha 7, both of which will ultimately be the reason the Df might find some fans. For one, the Df has an optical viewfinder with 100 percent coverage - not an electronic one like the Alpha 7 does. And more importantly, it takes lenses on Nikon's F-mount, meaning there's a wealth of glass available for it, unlike Sony's still-spartan offerings.

Df sample image from Nikon. Click for full resolution. If you want to learn more about any of the products mentioned above, all of our information on them can be found through the database box located beneath the article. For more on cameras, speakers, and just about every product around, you can check out the full Verge Database right here.

For a photographer who's long been invested in Nikon's lens system, it's easy to see the appeal of the stylish and powerful Df, so long as they're absolutely certain they don't need video. But for a new buyer, the Df doesn't put up the strongest fight with its high price. The camera is an important signal from Nikon that it's paying attention to what Sony's been doing, but its price still leaves it out of reach for most - at least for now.

A few other interesting products were added to the database this week:

Source: Theverge

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Wi-Fi Camera

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Nikon just introduced the D5300 DSLR camera, which offers an enhanced 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processing, Vari-angle LCD, GPS and the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi. The mid-range SLR is compact and lightweight (16.9 oz.), and can easily be packed for a day trip or a planned getaway. The small body of the D5300 affords the photographer the freedom to travel while still being easy to handle and comfortable to use.

The D5300 is Nikon's first D-SLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing the user to share high quality photos instantly. The Nikon D5300 sends images to the user's smart device, allowing them to share their D-SLR quality photos through e-mail and social media. The Nikon D5300 also includes built-in GPS, another first for Nikon D-SLRs. Now the user can geotag images and allow others to see where life has taken them.

The enhanced 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning images and HD videos with heightened clarity and detail due to the removal of the optical low pass filter (OLPF). Its 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors quickly locks onto your subject, and Nikon's unique 3D-tracking uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize and follow it across the frame.


  • Amazing Low Light Performance - For clean, sharp details even in the most challenging lighting conditions including night games and dimly lit restaurants, the Nikon D5300 covers a wide ISO range of 100-12,800 and is expandable to ISO 25,600.
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processing - Nikon's most recent image processing engine drives the rapid response and swift performance of the D5300, while maximizing energy efficiency, reducing image noise and delivering true-to-life colors.
  • Scene Recognition System - To further help users capture the image they intend, the Nikon D5300 features Nikon's Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB metering system to analyze and recognize the scene. Utilizing these systems results in adjustments to exposure, AF and white balance to deliver the best photo possible, whether it's a landscape or portrait.
  • 39-Point AF System - Nikon's quick and precise 39-point AF system works with the Scene Recognition System to accurately acquire and track subjects throughout the frame, resulting in tack-sharp images. Kids too active to pose for a photo or pets chasing after a toy are easily captured in brilliant sharpness for memorable photos.
  • 5 Frames-Per-Second - While using the optical viewfinder or in Live View, capture great moments that would have otherwise been missed with the D5300′s 5 frames-per-second (fps) rate.
  • 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor - Whether shooting above a crowd or getting low to capture the details of a flower, users can explore new shots from a dramatic point of view with the large 3.2-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor. This super sharp (1,037K-dot) screen allows photographers to easily make camera adjustments and read menus, while also allowing them to compose the photo they want clearly when shooting from high or low angles. The rotating LCD makes it easy to capture "selfies" at an arm's length away or frame creative perspectives when capturing still photos and HD video.
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture - Create movies fit for the big screen with Full HD 1080p video capture at 60p with built-in stereo, wide ISO range for high quality videos in any light and improved full-time AF to keep the subject in focus.
  • NIKKOR Compatibility - The Nikon D5300 is compatible with Nikon's legendary NIKKOR lenses and powerful system accessories, further adding versatility and creativity.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D5300 kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available in October 2013 for$1,399.95. Available colors include Black, Red and Gray.

Source: Ecoustics

Monday, October 28, 2013

Nikon Unveils D5300 DSLR With WiFi, GPS

By Greg Tarr On Oct 17 2013 - 10:59am

Nikon's Nikon D5300 Black Friday Deal ($799 body only) is the company's first DSLR to incorporate WiFi and GPS geotagging.

Melville, N.Y. - Nikon introduced Thursday its D5300 D-SLR, offering an enhanced 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and a Nikon-first built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

The company also added an AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens prime lens.

Nikon's D5300, which will be available in October for a $799.95 (body only) suggested retail price or $1,399.95 for a kit including the camera and an AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens , is the company's first D-SLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS functionality to provide instant photo sharing with smartphones or tablets, and to enable geotagging images.

The camera incorporates a 24.2-megapizel DX-format CMOS sensor and is features a compact, lightweight ergonomically body design.

Other key features include a 3.2-inch swiveling Vari-angle LCD display; a 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors; 5 fps continuous shooting, FullHD 1080p video capture with built-in stereo microphone; intuitive scene recognition and a variety of image efects and in-camera editing tools.

The D5300 will be available in a choice of black, red and gray body colors.

The AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens, which will be available in October for a $1,699.95 suggested retail price, will accommodate both FX and DX format cameras offering high quality low-light shooting performance.

Nikon said the unusual 58mm focal length is ideal for portraits, landscapes and street photography.

Source: Twice

Friday, October 25, 2013

Nikon 1 camera shows big improvement from J1 to J3

<Nikon D5300 Black Friday Dealp>When Nikon first introduced their Nikon 1 J1 camera a couple of years ago, their TV ad campaign with Ashton Kutcher getting fired out of a canon among other things, I thought two things.

First I liked seeing him get shot out of a canon and second, the Nikon 1 J1 looked like a really cool new kind of camera from Nikon. The commercial nicely shows some of the nice features of the J1 in a short 30-second bit, and it's one that I'm sure a lot of people remember.

With a 10.1-megapixel image sensor and five frames per second continuous shooting speed it handled continuous shooting easily. Full 1920 x 1080 HD video recording made creating great HD videos as simple as pushing a button.

I used a J1 while on holidays recently and found it to be easy to use, nicely sized to both carry in a backpack and in a pocket, and I got some great images as reminders of a fantastic holiday.

The New Nikon 1 J3 takes all the good bits from the original J1 and amps them up considerably, so it's a lot more camera for your buck. A little smaller and lighter than the J1, the improved feature set on the J3 makes this a camera well worth having a look at if you're in the market for a small format camera and want Nikon quality.

Where the J1 was 106mm W x 61mm H x 29.8mm D, and weighs 234 grams, the new J3 is 101mm W x 60.5 mm H x 28.8mm D and weighs just 201 grams. Both cameras use the 13.2mm CX sensor and have a 3" TFT-LCD monitor on the back for you to compose and look at your photos. The J1's monitor has a resolution of 460,000 dpi, while the J3 offers a lot better clarity with 921,000 dpi.

The J3, has a 14.2 megapixel sensor however, and it'll fire of a whopping 15 frames per second. It shoots the same 1920 x 1080 HD video and comes with the same five picture control settings: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape, and both offer user customizable settings.

The problem I had with the J1 was that my test version only came with the basic lens; the J3 came with a much nicer 10-100mm lens that offers a 10x zoom. I really like the size of the Nikon 1 J3, and it weighs enough that it has a nice comfortable feel when you're using it.

The 10-100mm lens offers lots of options for the user and adds enough bulk so it's very easy to get a nice stable platform to shoot photos from. I've got big hands, so the addition of the larger lens made using the J3 very comfortable for me as opposed to the J1 with the basic lens, which I found a little small.

The pop-up flash is totally out of the way until you need it, and the different modes of shooting are very user friendly and easy to understand.

The Nikon 1 J3 offers ISO settings from 160-1600, which enables users to have a tremendous amount of flexibility when shooting in al different sorts of lighting conditions.

My only complaint is that multifocal glasses are a pain when it comes to using point and shoot cameras. I end up looking at the monitor to compose a shot with the camera held out in front of my face and my head tilted back at an uncomfortable angle. In bright light I find myself unable to read the monitor so I've taken some shots that might make someone think I was loaded when I took them.

So, for me, it'd make the J3 a great little camera if a viewfinder were incorporated. It'd also be nice to have the ability to geotag photos. Geotagging is the process of applying geographical information to a photo, like longitude and latitude, so you know exactly where a photo was taken. After I go on a big trip I like to create a book of the pictures I took, and having my photos geotagged lets me add a map of where I went and what pictures I took when I was there.

I had a ton of fun with both the Nikon 1 J1 and J3, and I think the improvements made between the J1 and J3 make the new Nikon 1 J3 a great fit for someone looking for a point and shoot with tremendous versatility. I'd also add the optional Wi-Fi module to the package because of the flexibility that offers, and one thing that I'd like in a camera

PROS: Nikon 1 J3 is a big improvement on the J1; faster; lighter; smaller; a blinding 15 fps continuous shooting speed.

CONS: No viewfinder; No Wi-Fi connectivity without buying accessory; pricey at nearly $700 with taxes in; no touchscreen monitor; it'd be nice to have geotagging.

TO SUM IT UP: The Nikon 1 J3 is a vast improvement on the original J1, which was a very good camera when it was introduced. At $430 for the J1, users still get a great small-bodied camera with the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. For $630, the J3 offers smaller size, blazing speed, a 14.2-megapixel sensor and the same great selection of lenses.

Murray Hill is lead tech writer at, a social media marketing agency where this article originated. You can reach Murray by email at or on Twitter at @MurrayDHill

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall means roasted veggies and hearty comfort food

The days are getting shorter and the weather cooler, and there is nothing better than coming home after a long day to a warm, home-cooked meal. I'm a big fan of cooking pumpkin seeds directions dinner every night, but with a busy schedule, I haven't had a lot of time to shop or cook. Recently, I started cooking once a week, spending a couple hours to stock my fridge and freezer with dinners for the days ahead. The thought of having a freezer full of home-cooked meals makes my week look a lot less intimidating.

Fall flavors waft through the crisp autumn air. Pumpkin and apple are all the rage right now, but don't forget about the other crops that are at their peak, ready for the fall harvest. Take advantage of an afternoon to create hearty dishes for the week ahead.

From eggplants to onions and apples, roasting brings out a rustic richness. Roasted vegetables are easy to prepare and can be incorporated into an array of dishes. Try tossing into a salad, using as a pizza topping, or purée into a soup. Roast a combination of vegetables at a high heat, cut similar in size, drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Squash is one of my favorite vegetables to roast. There are so many varieties to choose, from butternut and delicata to acorn and spaghetti. When roasting, there is no need to peel, just cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. The flesh will become tender.

Try roasting peeled carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes in one pan and deglaze with a splash of orange juice. Or roast cauliflower and Brussels sprouts together. Although many swear by bacon, or buffalo sauce, Brussels sprouts are delicious on their own. Try to find them still attached to their stocks. I like to roast the smaller variety, sweet and tender on the inside surrounded by crisped salty leaves. Slice in half and roast on high heat until browned. Roasted cauliflower is great on its own or tossed with pasta.

Mushrooms are a craveable fall food. I love their meaty and earthy qualities. Not too long ago I bought Shiitake mushrooms from North Tabor Farm that I sautéed with olive oil and fresh thyme. I couldn't help plucking the glistening mushrooms from the sizzling pan and popping them into my mouth. They were addictive.

Look in your backyard for edible mushrooms such as Hen of the Woods. Be sure to ask someone who can identify wild mushrooms since many varieties are poisonous. I like to serve cooked mushrooms with rice, tossed with pasta, or incorporated into an omelet or quiche.

I have a weakness for cheese. There is something about the ooey-gooeyness of melted cheese that is comforting to me. Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite foods. I bake macaroni and cheese in muffin tins so that I have individual servings that can be easily defrosted for a quick meal at any time.

Try experimenting with grains and legumes. They are a great accompaniment to any meal and have various tastes and textures. Farro is a favorite of mine, with a nutty flavor and a firm texture that cooks just like pasta. I'm not a big fan of quinoa on its own, but I enjoy it mixed with rice. Cook red quinoa and brown rice separately and combine for a protein-packed side dish, great with sautéed mushrooms. Don't forget about lentils and beans. Dust off your bean pot and try your hand at baked beans the old-fashioned way.

I love this macaroni and cheese recipe because there is no need to measure the macaroni, butter, milk, or cheese, thus less mess to clean up. I encourage you to shred your own cheese instead of using pre-shredded.

Macaroni and Cheese


1 lb. of macaroni, elbows, penne, cavatappi

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup flour

1 quart of milk, warmed

12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese (1 and 1/2 8 oz. blocks), shredded

Dash of fresh nutmeg, grated (optional)

1 cup bread crumbs, season with salt

1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta in salted water for designated time. Melt butter over medium heat, add flour and whisk for about three minutes. Slowly add warm milk, continuing to whisk until mixture comes to a simmer and thickens, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add nutmeg and cheese. Stir until incorporated. Check for seasoning; add salt and pepper. Combine pasta with sauce and mix well.

In a small dish, melt butter or combine olive oil with bread crumbs. Spoon macaroni into muffin tins and top with breadcrumbs. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese bubbles. Turn broiler on and cook until breadcrumbs are browned.

Noteworthy: Local produce at Whippoorwill

Whippoorwill Farm recently announced a sale in the form of a bag of fresh, local produce, at its farm stand on Old County Road in West Tisbury this Saturday, Oct. 19, at $25 per bag. Customers will receive at least 12 pounds of produce, with more than 12 varieties of vegetables including salad greens, lettuce, broccoli, kale, onions, peppers, carrots, potatoes, peppers, cabbage, and winter squash. Also available for purchase at the farm is locally raised, pastured chickens for $5.50/lb.

A Celebration of the Oysters

Since Katama Bay has re-opened and the oysters are available again after being shut down on September 9 because of a bacterium issue, Slow Food Martha's Vineyard is putting on a party at The Port Hunter on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in celebration. The dinner and a movie night begins at 6:30 pm with a showing of "Shell Shocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves," a 40-minute film. Discussion follows, along with hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Admission is $40; $32 for Slow Food members. The Port Hunter is located on Main Street in Edgartown. For tickets, visit

Source: Mvtimes

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jack-o-Lantern Carving Made Easy - Perfecting You Pumpkin This Halloween! |

By Chelsea Triola Published: October 16 2013

Halloween is just around the corner, and one of the season's most beloved traditions is pumpkin carving pumpkin patterns.

Although carving might seem like a daunting task, it doesn't have to be - you don't need to be too crafty to create something spooky! We've rounded up some useful tips for those of you who need some assistance starting out, and scary-good ideas for creating the perfect pumpkins this Halloween Season.

Most people use a knife to carve out their pumpkins, but there are a multitude of great tools that can be used to create your masterpiece. Did you know you could use a drill to carve a pumpkin? According to, the drill goes smoothly through the pumpkin making it much easier to carve. Another great reason to use a drill is that it will leave you with perfect circles - making more complicated carvings a breeze.

If you're looking for tools that are a bit more kid-friendly so that the little ghouls can help out with the carving this year, Pumpkin Masters has pumpkin carving kits that both you and the kids can utilize. Their kits include tons of unique patterns, as well as all the necessary tools to help put together the perfect creation. These kits will leave an impressive mark and will have you using them year after year! They also offer additional carving patterns for free on their website - great for if you're looking to create something different this year.

Another fun, unique twist on traditional jack-o-lanterns is mixing and matching their features - Martha Stewart's Collection conveniently offers a variety of mix-and-match patterns so that you can give your gourd any face you'd like! If you're tired of the same old triangle-eyed pumpkin, these templates are perfect for you. The mix-and-match patterns will help you to make your pumpkins one of a kind - your neighbors will be be green with envy! Some of templates include a witch silhouette, a feisty cat, haunted houses and some seasonal patterns such as leaves and vines.

If taking the carving route isn't for you, there is always painting! Painting makes it much easier to create something beautiful that might be too complicated to carve for beginners, and it is also safer for the kids. It's an easy clean up as well - since you do not have to take all the sticky insides out, and a table is easily covered in newspaper. You can dress up your pumpkin by using glitter or items such as buttons and bows to make them really stand out this season. When painting, the options are limitless, and you can simply create a fun and spooky work of art!

No matter what your style, it's time to get started and allow your creative side to come out this Halloween season. Think outside the box and enjoy!

Are you a pro when it comes to carving pumpkins? Share your creations with us! Email us at, and we'll be sure to include your spooktakular pumpkin pictures in our upcoming Halloween Gallery!

Source: Longisland

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Simplify: OtterBox Unveils New Commuter Series Wallet -

Cork, Ireland. – Smartphones are great for keeping photos, email, presentations and more close at hand. As smartphone 5s iphone cases otterbox commuter series case are becoming even better at multitasking, it's just as important to keep other essentials on-hand and ready at a moment's notice. OtterBox (® ( an evolution in smartphone protection to simplify the daily commute or a night on the town. Introducing the Commuter Series (® ( -So)Wallet (, a protective case with discrete storage and quick access to cash and important cards, available now at and select retail outlets.

The Commuter Series Wallet combines convenience, security and trusted OtterBox protection into pocket-friendly designs for the Apple® iPhone® 5/5s and Samsung GALAXY S®4.

"The Commuter Series Wallet is an amazing customer-driven design and solution for people who want to minimize the clutter and complexity in their lives," OtterBox CEO Brian Thomas said. "There's no more searching for a wallet or purse before rushing out the door. This new case securely encloses credit cards and the most important items you need. Simply grab your essentials, and go."

An interior slipcover and sturdy polycarbonate shell provide the Commuter Series Wallet's multi-layer support against bump and shock, while a self-adhering screen protector guards against scratches to the device's touch screen.* A sliding drawer conceals and securely carries up to three cards while adding almost no bulk to the already slim Commuter Series design. The wallet door slides open without having to turn the phone over, keeping its contents hidden from view.

The Commuter Series Wallet will retail at €39.99.

For more information on the OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet case for iPhone 5/5s or GALAXY S4, visit ( Simply grab your essentials, and go.

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OtterBox's strong relationships with the leading mobile device manufacturers, retailers and wireless services providers delivers unrivaled value, world-class customer service and a continued commitment to premium product quality.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Why Apple Can't Stop NTT DoCoMo's Bleeding

Even though NTT DoCoMo Inc. ( 9437:JP) finally added the iPhone to its mobile lineup with the release of the iPhone 5s iphone cases otterbox 13 signs of the black zodiac and iPhone 5c, the largest mobile carrier in Japan still can't stop losing subscribers. DoCoMo said on Monday it lost 66,800 net users in September, which marks the largest loss on record for the company.

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Winter Warmers

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Yes I know winter is slowly creeping up on us, but before you pull the duvet over your head and hibernate till March, here are some great reasons to embrace the season!

The clothes - Such an obvious one, but layering up is great fun and there are some heartbreakingly gorgeous knits out there right now. From cashmere cardigans to chunky jumpers, you'll be able to find one for every mood to see you through the cold weather in style. And don't forget all of the accessories on offer, from leather gloves to patterned earmuffs, you're simply spoilt for choice.

Christmas - Ok, I know it's a bit early, but as the nights get darker it's hard not to pick up on the excitement in the air. Before you know it there'll be secret Santa presents galore, Christmas nights out every week and hopefully a cheeky kiss under the mistletoe.

Food (and lots of it!) - Who can say no to a steaming bowl of delicious hot soup? Or a full Sunday roast? These things just don't taste the same when it's the middle of summer, but when it's cold outside they are just the thing to warm you up.

Boots - Nothing beats a comfy pair of boots, or even a snazzy pair of wellies for the wet wintry weather. Warm toes and you don't have to bother painting your nails. Who can complain about that!

Hot drinks - And what's more, the extras that go with them. Hot chocolate and marshmallows, mulled wine and minced pies, even a cheeky Baileys coffee. All are more than enough reason to embrace the cold.

An evening in cosy nightwear - Don't fancy hitting the town? When the weather gets colder you don't have to come up with an excuse for a night in front of the telly, you can just don your fleecy onesie and snuggle down completely guilt free.

The X Factor and other guilty pleasure TV - You know you shouldn't, but we love it! There's no need to stray outside when the shows are this addictive.

Hot bubble baths - The summer is all about a quick shower to cool down, but in the winter you can spend hours luxuriating in the tub.

Not shaving your legs - No more having to skip wearing your favourite dress or scramble around for a razor. Just grab a pair of 80 denier tights and you're good to go. Plus you can opt for some funky patterns and add plenty of personality to your look!

There are plenty of reasons to dress up - Halloween, bonfire, Christmas, New Year... Plenty of excuses to go all out with the fancy dress or get your glad rags on. And now you can purchase that gorgeous gown that you've had your eye on because you have plenty of reasons to wear it.

Now that you've shed your winter blues you can snuggle down, get comfy and embrace the weather! Enjoy! Love Aimee x

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Chrissy Teigen e John Legend nudi nel nuovo video All Of Me[FOTO VIDEO]

<a2350q2kp>02/10/2013 - 22.09 John Legend è innamorato e l'avevamo capito con il suo ultimo studio-album "Love In The Future". La sua musa ispiratrice è ovviamente la modella americana Chrissy Teigen da poche settimane Signora Stephens, infatti il 14 settembre i due si sono sposati proprio nel nostro paese precisamente sulle rive del Lago di Como.

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John Legend: 'All Of Me', il nuovo video - Un'altra star si apposta sulle rive del lago di como. Questa volta è l'innamorato John Legend che raggiunge il lago più gettonato d'Italia in occasione del suo video per 'All of Me'. Completamente in bianco e nero con scene di nudo ed una storia d'amore tutta da invidiare (diciamocelo, in particolare per la modella Chrissy Teigen). (musicontheweb)

John Legend, nozze sul Lago di Como con Chrissy Teigen - Il Lago di Como, si sa, piace molto ai vip d'oltreoceano. Ma forse non tutti sapevano che fra gli amanti di quella zona c'è anche il noto cantante soul John Legend, che ieri - domenica 15 settembre - ha sposato la splendida modella Chrissy Teigen a Villa Pizzo, poetica struttura che s'affaccia sul primo bacino...(velvetgossipitalia)

Album John Legend - Love in the future (Deluxe Edition) (2013) - "Love in the Future" è il quarto album in studio del cantautore americano John Legend. L'album è stato rilasciato il 3 settembre 2013. L'album, prodotto da Legend, Kanye West e Dave Tozer, vede come partecipanti Rick Ross, Stacy Barthe e Seal. "Who Do We Think We Are" è il primo singolo, rilasciato il 25 marzo 2013, mentre il 18 giugno è stato rilasciato il secondo, "Made To Love". Ecco i titoli-tracklist (su richiesta) dei singoli contenuti all'interno del nuovo album di musica Rhythm and blues, Soul, Pop "John Legend - Love In The Future (Deluxe Edition) (2013)":(poly_t)

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand Getaway Tickets Go on Sale Friday

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Tickets for country music's getaway party at the Riviera Maya in Mexico will go on sale Friday (Oct. 4) morning. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Jana Kramer are the four headliners for Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand, the ultimate vacation escape. It's five days and four nights of nothing but white sand, blue skies and country music.

What could be better? In addition to watching the artists perform at the Hard Rock Hotel, you can upgrade to packages that include excursions with the stars. There's golfing, spa treatments and much more available on site. Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand will begin February 23, 2014 and wrap up on Feb. 27.

Tickets and hotel packages go on sale to the public at 10AM ET sharp on Friday here.

Gilbert and Kramer are two of country music's fastest rising stars, while Currington and Bentley have been two of the most dependable hitmakers of the last decade. Bentley may come armed with new music, as his current single 'I Hold On' is a preview of what's to come from his highly-anticipated 'Riser' album. Currington just released a new album - you'll find his Top 5 hit 'Hey Girl' on 'We Are Tonight.'

Each artist will perform at Boots in the Sand on a separate night. Packages are limited for this mid-winter getaway to a brand new resort in Riviera Maya, so visit the official Boots in the Sand website to get answers to all your questions and to score tickets. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest additions and changes.

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Dengue cases on the rise in Jhapa


Dengue , an infectious disease caused by mosquito bite, is taking its toll in Jhapa district lately.

Health workers said 17 people, including 13 from Mechinagar Municipality alone, are found to have been infected with the disease.Lekhnath Khatiwada, assistant health worker at the Kakadvitta Health Post, said dengue 5s iphone cases on sale are found mostly in Kakadvitta and its adjoining areas.

The disease, which is transmitted by female mosquitoes named Aedes aegypti, causes fever and severe pain in the joints.

Bed Prasad Ghimire, official at the District Public Health Office (DPHO), said his office has carried out publicity and awareness programmes in order to control the disease in the affected areas.

The health officials suspect that the disease was transmitted to local people who went to Indian town of Siliguri which is greatly affected by dengue in past few months.

Meanwhile, the number of patients suffering from the disease reached 25 in Parsa district. DPHO chief Arun Kumar Mahato said 12 patients are receiving treatment in various hospitals while 13 others returned homes after treatment.

Source: Ekantipur

The Mars Curiosity Rover Has A Hole In Her Tire

<spokeimg src="">NASA/JPL/MSSSThere is a hole in one of the wheel's on the Mars Curiosity rover.

Here's a closer look:


The tear in Curiosity's left front wheel was first spotted by Emily Lakadawalla of the Planetary Society after new images from the six-wheeled robot, which touched down on Mars in August 2012, were beamed down on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

But don't be alarmed. Curiosity's handlers say the hole is not an issue. Dents, scratches, and punctures are expected as the wheels come into contact with various Mars rocks.

"Holes in the wheels are not a concern for the Curiosity mission," according to NASA. "Such wear and tear is expected, especially in the thinnest areas of the wheels between the treads."

Curiosity's wheels are constructed from tough aluminum, with some regions only .75 mm thick (.03 inches). The wheels were purposely designed to be thin and light to reduce weight and cost.

As Lakadawalla points out on her blog, Curiosity doesn't need perfectly round wheels to move around the planet's surface because she doesn't actually roll. It's more like she's shuffling along the ground, and for that all the wheels really need to do is "grip the ground," she explains.

The rover moves at an agonizingly slow pace - only 5 centimeters per second, or about .011 miles per hour.

So a few holes and scuffs on Curiosity's feet won't do much to further slow the mission down.

SEE ALSO: Supervolcanoes Transformed Early Mars

Source: Businessinsider

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

iPad 5 fingerprint sensor now very likely: Front panel fits iPhone 5S home button 'perfectly'

It's looking more and more likely that Apple's coming iPad 5 will will indeed have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, just like the iPhone 5s iphone cases otterbox iphone 4.

Looking at all the unreleased iPad components he's been able to amass Unbox Therapy 's Lewis Hilsenteger had an idea. While it involved performing gadget surgery on his own iPhone 5S, it just may have been worth it.

Because, as you can see, the iPhone 5S' fingerprint sensor fits the home button opening on the iPad 5′s front panel perfectly:

As Hilsenteger himself says, of course, nothing is confirmed until Apple actually ships hardware. But this seems too perfect to be accidental. The old iPhone 5 home button doesn't fit the new iPad front panel, and the newest home button from the iPhone 5S fits exactly.

"It almost looks like it was designed to go in there," Hilsenteger says.

Adding Touch ID to a tablet will be something that business users will greatly appreciate. Apple has a new focus on enterprise this year, and the iPad is leading the charge there. Touch ID will be extremely helpful to businesses that want to keep corporate secrets secret, without forcing users to change their passcodes every couple of week.

"iPads are 88 percent of all tablet activations in enterprise," Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said in July.

Apple's iPad 5S will likely be launched this month in preparation for the Christmas shopping season. The device looks to be lighter and smaller than the existing iPad 4, while retaining the same large screen size. In addition, it will almost certainly have the iPhone 5S's outstanding new 64-bit A7 chip, with the new M7 graphics processor.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

How to watch Michigan State vs. notre Dame 2013: Preview, TV schedule, odds and more

The Spartans and Fighting Irish renew their longtime rivalry this Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.

In one of the sneaky good rivalries of the 21st century, Notre Dame and Michigan State square off in an afternoon tilt in South Bend on Saturday afternoon.

The two teams have had nine games decided by a single possession since 2000, and who can forget the 44-41 Notre Dame comeback victory of 2006 and the purely epic Michigan State radio meltdown it precipitated?

There may be no such collapse and meltdown this season, but a matchup of two of the top defenses in the nation should provide plenty of hard hits and drama for sixty solid minutes.

The numbers

Rankings and records: Notre Dame enters Week 4 at 2-1, ranked 22nd in the AP poll and 21st in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Undefeated Michigan State is the top team also receiving votes in the AP and sits at 24th in the Coaches Poll.

Vegas: Notre Dame is favored by 4.5 points, and the over/under is 42 points.

Weather: It's perfect football weather in South Bend this Saturday, as it'll be clear with kickoff temperatures right around 70 degrees and staying in the upper 60s for the game.

Three names to know

Connor Cook is Michigan State's starting quarterback this week after shredding Youngstown State for four first-half touchdowns last week. He has emerged from the Spartans' four-man QB race as the lone starter on the depth chart, but this'll be his first true test as the leader of the offense.

Making Cook's day difficult will be Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, a 6'7, 312-pound first-team All-American who should terrorize Michigan State's tackles over the course of the game. Tuitt is a matchup nightmare with the size to dominate smaller linemen and the speed to get around mountains ... and he doesn't miss tackles.

Meanwhile, there's no shortage of playmakers on the Spartans' defense, but MSU defensive end Shilique Calhoun has been a hell-raiser in the early going, collecting four turnovers and scoring three touchdowns in just three games thus far. After the first two games, Calhoun (who, again, is a defensive lineman) actually led the Spartans in scoring. He has since been supplanted by RB Jeremy Langford, but Calhoun's also a wonderful guy off the field, according to the Detroit Free-Press.

Two things at stake

For Notre Dame, a 2-2 start to the season would be tough to stomach -- especially with a brutal slate of Oklahoma-Arizona State-USC looming. The home stretch gets considerably easier from there (aside from a trip to No. 5 Stanford to finish things off), but a home loss to Michigan State could portend a five- or six-loss season. That'd be far less than ideal for a team coming off a berth in the BCS Championship Game.

Meanwhile, Michigan State absolutely needs to see good play from Cook, otherwise its QB race isn't truly settled -- and that's a recipe for disaster coming into Big Ten play. This game won't directly affect the Spartans' run for another Legends Division title, of course, but it'll go a long way in determining how likely a trip back to Indianapolis might be for coach Mark Dantonio and his crew.

How to witness

TV: This game will be on Notre Dame's station, NBC, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Announcers are Dan Hicks and Mike Mayock in the booth with Alex Flanagan on the sidelines.

Radio: Here's a list of Notre Dame's affiliates on IMG Radio, and Michigan residents can listen on the Spartan Sports Network at these stations.

Online streaming: NBC Sports will offer this game on its LiveExtra streaming service.

Further reading

Check out our Notre Dame blog at Rakes of Mallow, and our Michigan State blog at The Only Colors.

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Mientras que su hombre vuelve a estar en boca de todos en Los Ángeles por su romance con Liam Hemsworth, eiza Gonzalez agarró algo de comer en Fig & Olive, el miércoles (18 de septiembre).

La cantante y actriz mexicana, que es la nueva llama de "Juegos del Hambre" del galán Liam Hemsworth, se puso un vestido de verano de color naranja estampada con flores mientras salía del establecimiento de comedor West Hollywood.

El martes, la nueva pareja fue vista besándose en Beverly Hills, en el apartamento cuando Liam detuvo para una breve visita.

Mientras tanto, según se informa que el ex de Miley Cyrus sigue manteniendo el anillo de compromiso de diseño personalizado 3,5 quilates que le dio en 2012.

La verdad es que no podría tener a la prensa más pendiente de Miley Cyrus y Liam Hemsworth y es por eso que pensamos que simplemente están jugando con la prensa para tener más fama ambos en su carrera, ¿crees realmente que esta pareja ha roto? Seguro que muy pronto volvemos a ver fotos de los dos juntos dando una vez más que hablar a los medios de comunicación.

Estaremos informando así que no dejes de visitarnos si realmente quieres saber todos los cotilleos de la prensa rosa.

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Fernando Alonso admitted Ferrari's underwhelming qualifying result simply reflected the pace the F138 displayed throughout practice in singapore, leaving the Spaniard banking on his usual strong Sunday recovery.

The Spaniard had gone into Saturday night's qualifying session under the lights at Marina Bay having lapped a second or more lower than the respective pacesetter in each of the three practice sessions.

While Alonso claimed successive second-place finishes at Spa and Monza, Ferrari had admitted that the acid test of their recent development work would come in Singapore given the higher-downforce conditions demanded by the circuit are more indicative of the rest of the calendar.

However, after setting only the seventh-fastest Q3 time - which was compounded by outgoing team-mate Felipe Massa outqualifing him for the third time in the last five events - Alonso adopted his usual Saturday night mantra after the session.

"We were not competitive in any of the sessions this weekend unfortunately and we were struggling a little bit with the pace compared with our main competitors," he told Sky Sports F1.

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"But in a way it's nothing new from some other weekends - qualifying struggling a little bit, Sunday improving things, and in the end getting close to the podium or on the podium.

"So tomorrow we will try to do our good Sunday again, try to score many points and see where our main competitors finish the race."

Although his runner-up finishes at the last two events had seen him re-emerge as Sebastian Vettel's closest challenger in the championship, the German's victories at both events means the Spaniard heads into Sunday's race 53 points back on his perennial rival, and after the Red Bull man's latest pole, facing the prospect of that gap only increasing.

The Spaniard nonetheless traditionally comes to the fore over the longer race distance and suggested there should be opportunities to work himself towards the podium during Sunday's gruelling 61-lap grand prix.

"It's not so clear yesterday after the long runs which tyre is the best for the race, how many stops are coming into the race," Alonso replied when asked about strategy permutations.

"So I think strategy is very open at the moment. We need to concentrate step-by-step, the first is the start, the first corner, the first lap. After that making the tyres stay alive for a little bit longer than our rivals and then we'll see [where they are].

"It's a tricky circuit in a mechanical point of view, in the physical point of view, so we must finish the race, score as many points as possible and then check what the others did."

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While history - and championship position - suggests Alonso will emerge as Ferrari's strongest challenger in the race despite being outqualified by Massa again, the Brazilian's performance in beating his team leader o the third row was nonetheless timely as he strives to save his F1 career after being told by his long-time employers last week that his services won't be required for 2014.

Massa had appeared to be particularly all at sea during practice with the handling of his F138 so was delighted to turn things around.

"We changed completely the car from yesterday to today. Free Practice Three was still not perfect, we changed the car again for qualifying and actually managed to put together a great lap in Q3," he told Sky Sports F1.

"I'm very happy for how I started the weekend and for the qualifying I did. Put a great lap together in Q3 and I hope we can have a great race tomorrow."

Source: Skysports

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Trey Canard remembers the moments just before the crash.

He didn't have enough speed to the third hill, so he backed off the throttle and cleared the second one, thinking he'd just ride over the third.

After that, the memories were splotches on his consciousness: The intense pain as he woke up in a medical helicopter, bits and pieces of hazy, drug-induced conversations, wires and tubes hooked to beeping machines, worried family members looking on.

Once he was able to grasp what had happened, Canard's first thought was about how lucky he was.

A 300-pound motorcycle landed on his back and he not only survived, he was expected to make a full recovery. Once Canard pushed past the initial stages of his recovery, he set a goal.

He was going to race again.

"It's all I've ever known," Canard said.

Canard did make his way back to racing this year. Not just turning laps, either. Racing his way to top-10 finishes during the Supercross and outdoor seasons.

For those who know him, it was no surprise.

Misfortune - whether the death of his father at a young age or a series of severe injuries - has seemed to follow the rider from Elk City, Okla., throughout his life.

Canard never let allowed any of it to make him back off the throttle, beating back adversity with a combination of determination and faith.

"He's kind of stubborn," Canard's mother, Kari, said. "So I knew he'd be able to come back."

Canard's biggest setback came when he was 12.

His father, Roy, had been a huge supporter of his motocross racing and built a small track on the family's property.

One day while working on the track, Roy Canard was clearing some rocks with a tractor. When he climbed off the tractor, it somehow flipped over and the family found him pinned underneath it.

"We knew it didn't look good when we saw him," Trey said.

Canard could have abandoned racing after such a traumatic event. He had grown up riding dirt bikes with his dad and no one would have blamed him for losing his passion for the sport.

Instead, the accident pushed Canard toward motocross even more, driving him to work harder in his father's honor.

"It certainly was something that was very difficult to go through," said Canard, who turned 23 last Tuesday. "But you find a way to get through it and continue with your life. Racing was something that we did together and it just made me want to work hard and be the best I could be."

After a decorated amateur career, Canard was one of motocross' rising stars and proved it by winning the 250cc AMA Motocross title in 2010. That landed him a 450 ride, but it also started his run of injuries, including two broken femurs and a broken collarbone.

The worst of it came on Jan. 21, 2012 during a Supercross race at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

After getting a piece of sign stuck in his wheel, Canard didn't have the speed to complete a triple jump, so went for the double. Just as he started over the third hill on the ground, fellow Ryan Morais came sailing in from above. Already committed to the jump and with nowhere else to go, Morais came down on Canard, landing his back wheel on his back.

Both riders went sprawling as the crowd let out a gasp.

Morais suffered numerous injuries, including a broken back, jaw and ribs.

Canard broke three vertebrae and had to be airlifted to a local hospital.

Confusion followed; Canard because he was in shock and sedated, his family because they couldn't get any answers and were concerned about the care he was receiving.

"It was frustrating because there wasn't a lot of information being shared and we weren't sure how bad it was," Kari Canard said.

The family had Canard moved to another hospital, where he underwent surgery to take the pressure off his spinal cord and stabilize the broken vertebrae with two rods along his spine.

Then started the long rehabilitation process, from the first few days of working on range of motion to swimming and strengthening exercises. He took small steps - like being able to take out the garbage by himself or riding his bicycle - and was back on his dirt bike seven months after the accident.

Canard returned to competitive racing for the 2013 Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 5. Despite all the attention his return generated, it was like Canard had never been gone; he finished second in the main event to David Millsaps.

"I was pretty nervous, but it felt good to get back out there," Canard said. "The support I got from the other riders was pretty incredible, something I'll never forget."

Canard made it through the next race with no problem and fought off the jitters on the third race of the schedule, finishing second a year after suffering a life-threatening injury.

What surprised Canard was what happened next: The mental hurdle was still there.

Instead of just going out and racing, Canard found himself thinking about injuries, wondering if he was going to have another motorcycle land on his back. He went into a funk for the next few races, battling himself as much as the bike or the track.

"I think it really played on him - I don't know if it was the fear or the memory or what," Kari Canard said. "It really weighed on him for the next few races."

But, as he has for most of his life, Canard fought his way through the adversity.

He closed out the Supercross season by winning at Las Vegas and finished sixth in the overall standings.

Canard opened the outdoor season by finishing fourth at the Hangtown Classic in Northern California and was steady most of the way through, finishing fourth overall with a high of second at Spring Creek in Minnesota.

"Trey has a tremendous amount of persistence," said Davey Coombs, vice president of the Lucas Oil Motocross Championships. "For him to have all the injuries and setbacks he's had and keep fighting is pretty incredible."

Not to Canard.

Adversity is a challenge to him, one he's not about to back down from.

Source: Gosanangelo

First Posted: Sep 21, 2013 10:45 AM EDT

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have discovered a cellular switch that influences the growth of the commonly diagnosed and aggressive malignant brain tumor.

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The tumor can be switched on and off and its growth restrained with the help of this cellular switch. The researchers found that the RIP1 protein plays a role in destroying or protecting the survival of brain tumor cells. The scientists predict that they can use the protein found in most glioblastomas tumors for creating a drug treatment for such malignancy in the brain.

"Our study identifies a new mechanism involving RIP1that regulates cell division and death in glioblastomas," senior author Dr. Amyn Habib, associate professor of neurology and neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern, and staff neurologist at VA North Texas Health Care System, stated in a Science Daily report.

"For individuals with glioblastomas, this finding identified a target for the development of a drug treatment option that currently does not exist," Dr.Habib added.

The experimenters utilized animal models in the study for examining the interactions of the RIP1 protein and cell receptor EGFRvIII. Both are used to activate a family of proteins called NFκB, which is crucial for the growth of cancerous tumor cells. The researchers found that when they turned off the RIP1 protein in the experimental model, the NFκB protein and the signaling, which triggers tumor growth reversed too.

Moreover, the researchers also found that activating RIP1 could make the cancer cells enter the death mode themselves.

Around 30 percent of brain tumors are gliomas, a rapidly growing, treatment resistant type of tumor as per to the American Cancer Society. Gliomas include glioblastomas, astrocytomas, ependymomas and oligodendrogliomas.

Source: Scienceworldreport