August 2015: Big Numbers For Big Vehicles Edition

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Car shoppers in the United States are well on their way to buying over 17 million new cars and trucks in 2015. If that does indeed happen, it will be just the third time in history that milestone has been reached.

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Free Book – Into Africa

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Into Africa ($30.00 $16.50 Kindle), by Craig Packer, is this month’s free book from The University of Chicago Press.

Book Description
Craig Packer takes us into Africa for a journey of fifty-two days in the fall of 1991. But this is more than a tour of magnificent animals in an exotic, faraway place. A field biologist since 1972, Packer began his work studying primates at Gombe and then the lions of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater with his wife and colleague Anne Pusey. Here, he introduces us to the real world of fieldwork—initiating assistants to lion research in the Serengeti, helping a doctoral student collect data, collaborating with Jane Goodall on primate research.

As in the works of George Schaller and Cynthia Moss, Packer transports us to life in the field. He is addicted to this land—to the beauty of a male lion striding across the Serengeti plains, to the calls of a baboon troop through the rain forests of Gombe—and to understanding the animals that inhabit it. Through his vivid narration, we feel the dust and the bumps of the Arusha Road, smell the rosemary in the air at lunchtime on a Serengeti verandah, and hear the lyrics of the Grateful Dead playing off bootlegged tapes.

Into Africa also explores the social lives of the animals and the threats to their survival. Packer grapples with questions he has passionately tried to answer for more than two decades. Why do female lions raise their young in crèches? Why do male baboons move from troop to troop while male chimps band together? How can humans and animals continue to coexist in a world of diminishing resources? Immediate demands—logistical nightmares, political upheavals, physical exhaustion—yield to the larger inescapable issues of the interdependence of the land, the animals, and the people who inhabit it.

Sign up for the free book from the University of Chicago. You’ll need to enter your email address, then check your email for the link to download the book. Mine arrived within seconds — you get a .ACSM file, which, when opened, will load the book inside of Adobe ADE. This is a DRM’d file and is not compatible with eInk Kindles, but can be read using Aldiko on a Kindle Fire.

        

Total Package! Sandra Bullock’s New BF Bryan Randall Is The ‘Nicest’ And Hottest Guy! Check Out His Modeling Pics HERE!

He’s hot in front — and behind — the camera!

As we reported, Sandra Bullock attended Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux‘s wedding with photographer Bryan Randall.

Sources gushed about the 49-year-old’s good looks…

[ Related: Sandra Bullock Says 'NO' To More Kids!? ]

And boy, were they right!

As pictured (above), the father of one is quite the looker in a 2011 spread for Kinfolk Magazine!

The buff stud even poses with a woman who greatly resembles Sandy! Could this be fate?!

In case you didn’t know, the Hugo Boss and Saint Laurent model first met the Minions actress when he photographed son Louis‘ fifth birthday party earlier this year.

And apparently, sparks have been flying ever since!

But the Portland-native isn’t just a handsome babe. According to close friends, he’s the sweetest guy imaginable!

The insider gushed:

“He really is one of the nicest guys ever… He walks into a room and makes everyone feel at ease. He’s just a people person, really friendly, very gregarious.”

Awww!!!

Miz Bullock and her man were spotted last week dining at Hollywood hotspot Craig’s where according to onlookers:

“He was stroking Sandra’s hair and being touchy-feely… They were very cozy.”

We’re so happy for Sandra and Bryan! Get it, you two!

[Image via Anais & Dax/Kinfolk Magazine/WENN.]

Giants Re-Sign Kicker Chris Boswell With Josh Brown Hurt

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Giants have re-signed place-kicker Chris Boswell.

The Giants announced the move Wednesday, a day before their exhibition finale against the New England Patriots.

New York made the move because veteran Josh Brown bruised his leg two weeks ago when he made a tackle against Jacksonville.

Boswell was in the Giants’ training camp until being waived on Aug. 16. The 24-year-old will play on Thursday.

The Giants had an available roster spot after cutting to 74 players on Tuesday, one below the league limit.

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Matt Holliday Injury: Updates on Cardinals Star’s Quad and Recovery

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is still recovering from a strained quad suffered on July 29. There’s no timetable for the slugger’s return, although he’s making slow progress. 

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Holliday Takes Batting Practice

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Holliday could hit right now, but he has only just started running sprints. 

He also quoted manager Mike Matheny, who spoke about Holliday’s recovery:

It’s always good to see him back. But whenever you see a step forward, you have to realize it always gives the potential that something could come up and you’d take one back. But, him being on the field and what I’m hearing and what he’s doing inside the training room are all things pointing in a positive direction, pointing to him getting closer. What closer means isn’t very clear right now.

When asked what the sprints meant, Holliday told Hummel, “I haven’t run hard enough to say yet. I don’t think I’ll be able to have a real clear answer for that until they have me push it a little closer to a full hard run.”

However, the outfielder said he plans to be back by the postseason. 

St. Louis is a team with World Series aspirations that has sat atop the National League Central for the majority of the season, but it needs the thunder in the middle of the lineup that Holliday provides.

Holliday is a four-time Silver Slugger winner and topped 20 home runs in nine different seasons and 30 on two occasions. He also boasted 13 career postseason long balls entering the 2015 campaign and is a proven bat in critical moments.

This is just the latest injury in a trying season health-wise for the Cardinals. To their credit, they have found a way to stay in contention throughout the year even though their ace, Adam Wainwright, has missed most of the campaign. Holliday and power hitter Matt Adams have also missed significant chunks of time, among others.

St. Louis will likely rely on trade-deadline acquisition Brandon Moss for now, although Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated pointed out that the Cardinals have options: “Thanks to the Cardinals’ existing depth, that will leave manager Mike Matheny with an ample cast—Moss, [Mark] Reynolds, [Stephen] Piscotty, [Randal] Grichuck and Peter Bourjos—to cover first base, left field and center field, with Jason Heyward in right.”

While those names (outside of Heyward) don’t inspire fear in opposing pitchers like Holliday does, the Cardinals are well-equipped to deal with physical setbacks. They have done so all season, and this represents just another challenge.

Huawei Watch is finally available for pre-order, prices range from $350-$800

The Huawei Watch

The Huawei Watch was shown off at Mobile World Congress back in March, but the wait for it to actually go on sale has been a long and frustrating one. Thankfully, Huawei now seems ready to launch its newest wearable out into the world, with US pre-orders opening today and shipments beginning on September 17th. The stainless steel and black models are available now, with the rose gold options following “later this year” according to Huawei.

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IMF urges Lesotho to cut expenditure as customs revenue falls

Visitors are silhouetted against the logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in TokyoMASERU (Reuters) – Lesotho's economic growth will likely slow to around 2.5 percent this year due to falling revenues from the regional customs union that accounts for most of its revenue, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday. "Southern African Customs Union revenues, which are highly volatile, have begun to slip and are expected to fall sharply in the next fiscal year," the IMF said in a statement, warning that Lesotho's government would have to reduce expenditure to account for the expected shortfall.


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