Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in Torontos iconic cultural and entertainment

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, April 30, 2018 – Investing in cultural infrastructure helps Canada preserve the experiences of its people and places, and inspires visitors to explore and understand the world around them. The governments of Canada and Ontario recognize that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for cultural projects—play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class. Advertisement The Honourable Bill Morneau, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure; and Deane Cameron, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, today announced $60 million in federal-provincial funding for the Massey Hall Revitalization project.The Government of Canada is contributing up to $30 million to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects, and is being matched by the Government of Ontario, which is also contributing $30 million. Combined, this represents almost two-thirds of the estimated $94 million total project cost. The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall—a charitable, not-for-profit organization—is responsible for the balance of the funding through its newly launched Massey Hall Forever fundraising campaign. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Massey Hall is an internationally renowned performance venue that contributes to the lives of Canadians through arts, employment, and cultural celebrations. Through this Revitalization project, the exterior and interior of the 124-year-old National Historic Site will be fully restored, and a new addition will be connected through the construction of a new 7-storey South Tower.The expanded footprint will provide much-needed space to enhance artist and patron amenities while also making the building fully accessible. In addition to the 2700 seat auditorium and revamped Centuries performance space in the original building, the new structure will house a third stage featuring a 500-capacity venue. This new venue will accommodate a wide range of artists and cultural events to help bolster the Corporation’s commitment to artist development, education and community outreach. The Revitalization project will ultimately enable Massey Hall to continue to inspire and entertain Canadians for another century and beyond.Quotes“Places like Massey Hall are vital part of our communities – they bring together artists, families, neighbours and friends, and give all of us a chance to celebrate the many cultures that make up our country. A revitalized Massey Hall in Torontowill also attract more visitors and create more opportunities for people to work, play, and enjoy our city.”The Honourable Bill Morneau, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“The revitalization of one of Canada’s premier performing arts venues is an example of our commitment to investing in Canada’s creative and cultural future. The renovation and expansion of Massey Hall will ensure its continued and significant contribution to Canadian culture through education, employment, and world-class performances for generations to come.”The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“Massey Hall is one of our iconic cultural spaces where great Canadian artists have performed for more than a century. Our investment to expand this institution means people in Ontario will continue to enjoy this venue for years to come with new larger event spaces that are fully accessible.”The Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, OntarioMinister of Infrastructure“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, a heartfelt thank you to the governments of Canada and Ontario for believing in the Massey Hall Revitalization. Today’s announcement marks one of the most extraordinary days in Massey Hall’s 124-year history. This support will allow significant opportunity and prosperity for Canadian artistic communities and music fans coast-to-coast. This support also ensures the continued operational sustainability of Massey Hall and continue its legacy as Canada’s premiere and most beloved music venue.”Deane Cameron, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson HallQuick factsThe Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall is a charitable not-for-profit organization operating two of Canada’s premier concert halls. Showcasing the world’s greatest performers in all disciplines, the two halls are also prominent venues for diverse activities in the business and entertainment district of downtown Toronto.The Massey Hall Revitalization project marks the final phase in the overall initiative to restore and renovate Massey Hall. Phase 1 was completed at the end of 2016 and Phase 2A involved design and planning work, as well as the construction of the South Tower basement.The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.$25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history – $230 billion over 14 years. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, visit linksInvesting in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: in Canada plan project map: infrastructure investments in Ontario: Better Lives: Ontario’s Long-Term Infrastructure PlanMassey Hall Revitalization: @INFC_engWeb: Infrastructure Canada Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Freedom Mobile announces iPhone X dates provides update on network rollout

first_imgTORONTO – Freedom Mobile will begin taking orders for the Apple iPhone X and iPhone 8 models starting Friday, with the smartphones in its stores on Dec. 8.While that’s more than a month after Canada’s three national wireless carriers began selling the iPhone X, it will be the first time Freedom Mobile has a full roster of Apple smartphones to offer its customers.The wireless arm of Calgary-based Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) had previously been shut out of the Apple market because of limitations of its network technology.The company said Wednesday that it expects network enhancements to be completed by early December in Western Canada and early 2018 in the rest of Freedom Mobile’s area — primarily Ontario.Analyst Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities writes that having the iPhone ahead of the holiday period is an “incremental positive” for Shaw and Freedom Mobile and sets the stage for a more competitive market.Freedom’s iPhone X promotional pricing is “more aggressive than what we would have anticipated at this time” but availability and conditions attached to pre-launch pricing, such as high service fees, could “dampen” demand, McReynolds wrote.Formerly called Wind Mobile, Freedom is offering promotional pricing for orders placed by Nov. 30, subject to change or cancellation without notice and with certain conditions.For example, the three newest iPhone models could cost $0 if bundled with activation of a new service and a 24-month service agreement, where available. The cost of the qualifying service agreement varies by phone model.McReynolds said that profit margins for all the carriers could be affected by the cost of acquiring new customers and retaining existing customers but he believes the overall impact for incumbents “should remain manageable”.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Freedom’s announcement was before the three national carriers, rather than after them.last_img read more

RCMP seeking two Ontario men in alleged scam that bilked 160 investors

TORONTO — The RCMP is looking for two men after it says more than 160 Canadians lost $1.5 million in an alleged investment scam.Investigators say people in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta were enticed to invest money through BHF Waste Management Limited Partnership in Barrie, Ont., between 2006 and 2008.Police say the investors thought they were buying mining rights from a business in Montana, but were actually paying an inflated price to a shell company registered in St. Kitts and Nevis, and money was being funnelled to two offshore bank accounts in the Bahamas.The RCMP says several people benefited from the laundered money or were paid wages from investor funds.Police have arrest warrants out for Douglas Scott, 66, of both Toronto and Cranbook, B.C., and Claude Taillefer, 63, of Shanty Bay, Ont., near Barrie.The RCMP has charged the pair with fraud over $5,000, fraud by false pretence, conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, possession of property obtained by crime and participating in a criminal organization. read more

Crowds flock to We Believe in Simcoe Day

Little luxuries, free haircuts, groceries and family portraits were all on offer as almost 250 volunteers from Church Out Serving hosted its annual We Believe in Simcoe Day Saturday.About 600 people turned out to the Aud at the Simcoe fairgrounds,  which was packed with more than 40 booths or stands where the guests – people needing a bit of help – could get life necessities like clothing, groceries, diapers and indulge in treats as well.“We really feel it’s important to serve the local community with no strings attached,” said organizer Virginia Lucas, who co-chaired the event with Adele Haverkamp.The two women are long-time volunteers with Church Out Serving, a registered charity that draws help and support from 26 local churches, 49 businesses and 42 agencies for the big day.Working with donations from businesses and individuals, some small grants from the county and local service clubs and hundreds of volunteer hours, Church Out Serving packed the Aud with things to give away.People lined up to go through a grocery area, pick up kids clothing, select jewelry items, books or games. They also had chances to create a planter to take home, participate in various games to win prizes or make a Mother’s Day card.Around the room were information booths that offered help of all sorts from Celebrate Recovery, EarlyON Centre, Senior Support Services, St. Vincent de Paul and Canadian Mental Health.And the treatment areas offering haircuts, manicures and neck and shoulder massages had waiting lists.“We have five stylists and some people who come every year say this is their annual haircut,” said Lucas. “Many have never had a massage before because it’s a luxury.”The portraits are also popular and families waiting for a turn to pose for two professional photographers offering their services.“This is my first time here,” said Alexandria Hall from Lynedoch.“It’s really cool that they let people come and pick up a free planter and get a photo. It’s great to see people I know volunteering here. I’ll be back next year.”In between shots, Dr. Mark Ghesquiere said he’s been involved in the project for years because it’s an investment in his community.“I believe in loving where you live and I love Simcoe,” Ghesquiere said.“I believe in what Church Out Sharing does too and enjoy taking pictures of families. I’ve watched some of these families grow over the years.”Each of the photo areas were set up so that the guests could choose the picture they liked and have it printed in an 8 X 10 photo and have it emailed digitally to them as well.Lucas said the team developed a passport system that helps ensure people are assisted through the process without any one person taking too much of the donations on offer.After registering, each guest can visit a station once. But Lucas added that the idea is not to hold back on the many items that had been brought in to share.“We don’t want leftovers!”Lucas said the project is created “very inexpensively”, but said the team providentially always seemed to have just enough money to provide what was planned.Church Out Serving bought the old Simcoe LCBO building in 2016 and raised more than $650,000 to renovate it as a place where people will, hopefully by the end of the year, be invited to drop in for assistance and a coffee.For more information on Church Out Serving, go to read more

UN advisory group on Burundi calls for selfreliance in food production

With food security a major challenge in post-conflict Burundi, the country’s authorities should rehabilitate the agricultural sector and address the question of access to land, a high-level United Nations advisory group says in a report.The Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Burundi was mandated to assess the humanitarian and economic needs of the African Great Lakes country and advise the international community on offering assistance that would be “adequate, coherent, well coordinated and effective” and synergistic.”The Group stresses that ensuring food security remains a major challenge for the country and that dependence on food aid should be gradually reduced through promotion of self-reliance at the community level,” it says. “It calls on the authorities of Burundi to intensify efforts to rehabilitate the agricultural sector.”It also appeals to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to aid the country in this effort.The Group notes that after 10 years of ethnic conflict, Burundi’s Transitional Government faces enormous humanitarian, economic ands social challenges and has the highest proportion of displaced people of any African nation.”The group recommends that the Government, in view of the already high population density and the expected need to resettle large numbers of returning refugees and internally displaced persons, address the issue of access to land,” the report states.The Group, which was chaired by South Africa, also recommends that the Government include traditional conflict resolution mechanisms in its efforts to maintain peace. read more

PGE fined 1M required to pay as much as 400M for backroom

SAN FRANCISCO – State regulators have decided to fine Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $1 million and require its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.The California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday in favour of the penalty.The decision stems from recently released emails that show a PG&E executive and California Public Utilities Commission officials discussing which judge to appoint to a case over gas rates, with the executive objecting to one judge for having a history of being hard on the utility.Ratepayer advocates have demanded that the commission release tens of thousands of additional emails that they say may also show illegal contact between the CPUC and the state’s largest utility. The commission did not address that request. PG&E fined $1M, required to pay as much as $400M for backroom talks with California regulators by By Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2014 12:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New report says Calgarians give B grade for quality of life

New report says Calgarians give “B grade” for quality of life by Dave Will Posted Oct 4, 2016 12:05 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 4, 2016 at 1:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Calgary Foundation We like our city.The latest annual Calgary Foundation report, called Vital Signs, confirms we’re content with our quality of life here.The survey asks Calgarians to grade categories such as community connections, living standards, arts and the environment. The B grade for 2016 is consistent with last year’s rating and this comes despite significant challenges we are currently facing.“We were bracing ourselves at the Foundation for a lower grade,” Taylor Barrie with the Calgary Foundation explained. “We were pleasantly surprised that it did stay the same as last year. I think it fundamentally comes down to us being an optimistic city and we’re a positive city. That’s really why we dug into a sense of belonging this year, because we know when we feel we belong, we can navigate these challenging times better.”The only category to drop is the environment, which received a C+ this year versus a B- in 2015.Read the full Vital Signs report: Calgary|The Calgary Foundation|vital signs|YYC read more

Moving from Block O to the press box

As I sit here, watching Block “O” slowly filling up an hour before kick-off, I try to remember what it was like two years ago when I was a freshman filling those same seats.Today, I live a totally different life on Saturdays; one spent in the press box rather than in the stands.I used to get angry and frustrated if my friends didn’t want to leave the dorm two-and-a-half hours early so we could get seats in the very front row of the section, with Luc Nutter, the president of Block “O” and my hero.I woke up early in the morning, anxious and excited. I got dressed: Block “O” earrings, buckeye necklace, bright red No. 33 jersey, Brutus tattoos on both my cheeks, Under Armor to keep my arms warm, scarlet and gray gloves and beanie, and my lucky Ohio State socks and red Vans shoes.Those were the days.This morning, I had a much different ritual. I woke up and took a shower, did my hair nicely and put on my professional makeup. I got out my nice dark jeans and some professional shoes. I went to my closest and passed by my white No. 2 jersey, and my old beloved red No. 33 jersey, and pulled out my blue blouse and black sweater.It was definitely not the same game-day outfit from those freshman year games.After that, instead of blasting Hang on Sloopy and tailgating with everyone in the dorms, I sat down to study up on the press packet I had for today’s game against Wisconsin.Did you know that this was the “75th meeting between these Big Ten conference opponents?” Or did you know that “Ohio State’s defensive squads have held opponents to fewer than 21 points 43 times since 2006, the best among division 1A teams?”I do now.When Ohio State gets that touchdown in the south end zone I will not be losing my voice in excitement; I will be quiet as a mouse, furiously typing notes so that I can recapture a moment that I’m barely experiencing myself. The game takes on an entirely new meaning in the press box.Instead of waiting five minutes for enough cell phone reception to send my text message, I have five windows open in Safari and am sending Google chats.Instead of joining in on Stadium Ohio, I am trying to figure out which players are suited up for today’s game.Instead of running to get water after the first quarter, I am hand-delivered a stat sheet.While I surely miss being a part of that sea of scarlet, being a member of the press has it perks on Ohio Stadium: free all-you-can-eat City Barbeque and McDonald’s McFlurries, riding in an elevator with NBA player and former OSU student Greg Oden and spending that last half of the fourth quarter on the field. And even though I will sacrifice sleep and fun tonight to write my article, I love covering Ohio State football.So even though I can’t technically cheer in the press box while write this… Go Bucks! read more

Fronteer completes acquisition of Aurora

first_imgFronteer Development Group has acquired all of the remaining common shares of Aurora Energy Resources pursuant to a going private transaction involving the amalgamation of Aurora as a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Fronteer.  The Amalgamation was approved and adopted at a special meeting of Aurora shareholders today.Fronteer is an exploration and development company with a track record of making big discoveries.  Fronteer has an extensive gold project pipeline in Nevada, and a 40% interest in three gold and copper-gold projects in western Turkey. Aurora is a uranium exploration and development company active in the Central Mineral Belt of North Coast Labrador – one of the world’s most promising uranium districts – and in Nunavut, Canada, where it has entered into an option agreement on a Baker Lake Basin property.last_img read more

Rocscience and GroundProbe launch twoway integration

first_imgRocscience and GroundProbe have launched a collaboration between their industry-leading software systems, to provide greater value to the global geotechnical community, the two companies said.As part of Rocscience’s new release of its slope stability programmes, Slide3 and RS3, deformation output from any of GroundProbe’s Slope Stability Radars or lasers systems can be imported into the programmes.This data can then be automatically visualised with the geotechnical model, inclusive of Factor of Safety heatmaps and Probability of Failure models.Users of GroundProbe’s SSR Viewer software will be able to import Slide3’s 3D failure model as a layer, allowing the model to be overlayed with real-time deformation data, in addition with the Factor of Safety maps.“This is an innovative step and industry first, with the exchange of data being two-ways between the systems,” said Lachlan Campbell, GroundProbe’s VP Marketing and Innovation.“Having the data flowing two-ways between a geotechnical modelling package and a geotechnical monitoring package means engineers can perform a deep-dive analysis in either software.“A user could verify their geotechnical model assumptions with the radar data overlaid in Slide3, whilst another could be using the geotechnical model in a real-time monitoring system to see the spatial changes in deformation over time.”As announced by Rocscience, the partnership between GroundProbe and it will benefit both companies as well as the wider geotechnical engineer community by allowing for the readily accessible exchange of data between software platforms.Rocscience said the collaboration between companies and software systems will enable geotechnical engineers to analyse and solve problems more effectively by allowing for the direct comparison of modelling and monitoring data on a single display.Rocscience specialises in developing both 2D and 3D software for use by geotechnical engineers across the civil and mining industries.Slide3, their 3D geotechnical modelling package (formerly “Slide³”) was first introduced in 2017.The Slide3 platform allows geotechnical engineers to calculate the factor of safety of complex 3D slope stability geometries that 2D models cannot fully simulate. It also allows for the modelling of advanced geometries like landslides, MSE walls, slopes supported by soil nails, and more.With Slide3, users can calculate failures in any direction without the need for defining the direction in advance, increasing efficiency in modelling and analysis.GroundProbe is a leader in the development and supply of advanced technology solutions to the mining and civil industries. SSR-Viewer is the common software across all GroundProbe monitoring solutions.It processes the complex data that our systems collect and makes it easily understood, allowing its users to view movement, understand when it becomes a problem and predict the time of failure.The partnership between the two companies, and the integration between their software packages, gives geotechnical engineers around the globe the most sophisticated of slope stability analysis tools.last_img read more

First scholarship for Greek online

first_imgIn Brisbane at a recent milestone function, Griffith University student, Marie Arapakis, became the inaugural winner of a scholarship to assist her in her studies of Online Greek. The inclusion of Greek Online at Griffith University has been the culmination of three years of work and cooperation between Griffith University, Flinders University (who have designed the online course) and the Lexion Alliance.Lexion is body set up to bring the course to fruition, raise awareness of the course and to facilitate scholarships. Patron of the Lexion Alliance is Honorary Consul of Greece in Queensland, Mr Jim Raptis.Scholarship winner, Marie Arapakis with Griffith University’s Sarah Visocnik-Murray on left and Prof. Paul Mazerolle on right.Present at the function were the Inaugural Scholarship winner, Marie Arapakis and her family, Griffith University’s Professor Paul Mazerolle and other representatives of the university, Lexion Alliance board members as well as donors of scholarships.This first scholarship was donated and presented by Dr Voula Castan, Chair of the Lexion Alliance in memory of her husband, Dr Costa Castan. The course is available to students enrolled at Griffith University and there are other scholarships available. The value of each scholarship is $7200. The Lexion Alliance looks forward to awarding many more scholarships. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Legendary bouzouki player Yiannis Polykandriotis dies at 73

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Yiannis Polykandriotis, the son of master of rebetiko Theodoros Polykandriotis and brother of composer Thanassis Polykandriotis has passed away at the age of 73.The legendary bouzouki player and music teacher, cultured his skills next to his idols Tsitsanis and Zambetas.Born in 1946, Yiannis began to play the bouzouki at the age of 10 and growing up he was featured in several films and on Greek television.He performed in music halls, gave concerts and had regular gigs at some of Greece’s most prestigious night-clubs.Yiannis also founded The Music School of Yiannis Polykandriotis in London where he relocated permanently in 1996, teaching not just bouzouki but baglama and tzoura ensuring that Greek diaspora culture stays alive through London’s vibrant Hellenic community.One of his brightest moments was his performance at the 2012 London Olympics where he bemused the audience with songs the likes of ‘The children of Piraeus’, ‘Zorbas’, ‘Zeibekiko of Evdokia’ and others.Watch a recent interview of Yiannis on London’s Hellenic TV below:last_img read more

Découvrez en images le projet ElAssist de transports écolo

first_imgDécouvrez en images le projet El-Assist de transports écoloEl-Assist se présente comme un réseau câblé qui encourage l’usage des véhicules électriques et des transports publics écolo.Ce concept de voiture écologique repose sur un principe simple qui est le même que celui des tramways ou des trains  : des câbles suspendus alimentent le dispositif en électricité. Son inventeur, Vladimir Abramov, a baptisé ce projet “El-Assist” et son but est de réduire le nombre de voitures personnelles en circulation et de favoriser l’usage des véhicules électriques. Ainsi, les voitures seront gratuitement et constamment chargées par le réseau câblé.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauPour bénéficier de cette gratuité, il faudrait, selon Vladimir Abramov, escorter les véhicules plus petits. L’idée est donc également d’encourager l’usage des transports publics. Le design de ces voitures devrait se présenter comme léger et très “high tech”. Ce projet qui voit les choses en grand pourrait résoudre de nombreux problèmes mais reste la difficulté d’implanter un tel système dans la vie courante : les habitudes et les mentalités sont souvent difficiles à changer.Découvrez El-Assist en images : Le 1 décembre 2010 à 18:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sen Murkowski Seeks To Scale Back Plans For Offshore Leasing In Alaska

first_imgSenator Murkowski intends to ask Zinke to exclude areas of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Strait. She also stated that she and other state leaders are excited at the prospect of drilling in the Arctic Ocean and more drilling in the Cook Inlet. Story as aired:   Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Murk-scale-back-leasing-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-Murk-scale-back-leasing-plan.mp300:00RPd But some other areas, like the Kawerak region in the Bering Straits, should be off-limits for environmental reasons, she said. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a plan on January 9, to open nearly all the waters around Alaska, excluding Bristol Bay, to be considered for oil and gas drilling. center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) could be asking the Trump Administration to scale back its offshore oil and gas leasing plans in Alaska waters. Sen. Murkowski, who chairs the Senate committee is identifying some areas that she believes should be left out of the 19 lease sales in the new five year plan: “There are certain areas that we feel are not opportune for leasing and for development. Let’s focus on where the opportunity is good and there is interest and defined resource with limited obstacles.”last_img read more

Google Stops Making Chromecast Audio

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Google has stopped making its Chromecast Audio streaming adapter, and is instead focused on smart speakers going forward. A company spokesperson confirmed Friday that Chromecast Audio is being discontinued, sending Variety the following statement:“Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio. We have therefore stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products. We will continue to offer assistance for Chromecast Audio devices, so users can continue to enjoy their music, podcasts and more.”Google first introduced Chromecast Audio as a way to bring music streaming to existing stereo systems and speakers with line-in connectivity in 2015. The device looked and worked very much like Google’s regular Chromecast, but didn’t offer a HDMI port, and only worked with audio apps.center_img The company went on to introduce its first smart speaker, the original Google Home, in 2016, and has since followed up with the cheaper Google Home Mini, a better-sounding Google Home Max, and more recently with smart display devices like the Google Home Hub.The decision to discontinue Chromecast Audio didn’t come completely unexpected: The device had been on sale across a variety of retailers for $15 since last month, down from its original price of $35.last_img read more

This KFC Bath Bomb Will Have You Smelling Like Fried Chicken

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. KFC Japan has some very, shall we say, unique approaches to promoting its food in Japan, with some pretty strange things on offer to get people to eat there. We’re talking entire bento box lunches, anime goodies, and lots more. But perhaps the latest promotion takes the cake, or shall we say feathers?KFC Japan has joined forces with the wacky store Village Vanguard, the same crazy one that always has some bizarre novelty items up for sale, and the result of this unholy union is the KFC bath bomb, which is meant to make your bubble bath smell like delicious fried chicken. Or disgusting, probably more along the lines of chicken soup or bouillon cube for something of that nature.#秘伝のコンビパック 発売記念フォロー&リツイートで毎日100名様に当たる#KFCのアノ香り が漂う「チキンの香り?の入浴剤」を参加者全員に、本物のアノ香りを楽しめる特別クーポンも!11/15〆— ケンタッキーフライドチキン (@KFC_jp) November 1, 2017AdChoices广告The bomb itself looks just like a chicken drumstick, and it smells like one too. It’s pretty cute, if you fancy yourself a gigantic piece of chicken that needs to baste in a bath tub full of chicken liquid or something to that effect. But you can’t just go to any KFC in Japan or Village Vanguard to get one. You’ve got to be chosen as part of a special lottery of 100 people to receive one each day from November 1 through November 15. If you want to enter, you’ve got to follow the KFC Japan account and tweet special hashtags to be considered.If you end up winning one, you’ll get your bath bomb in a red and white KFC box, and even if you don’t win one of the bombs, you’ll get a special coupon to pick up a Secret Combination Pack of chicken for 550 yen instead of 750 yen. And with December rolling around for Japanese KFC fans, that’s a discount, especially since it’s the busiest month of the year for the chain in Japan.But do you really want to smell like chicken? To each their own, I suppose.last_img read more

EA Is Taking Another Crack at SinglePlayer Star Wars Battlefront II

first_img Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima “Your lightsabers will make a fine addition to my collection…”More Clone Wars is heading to #StarWarsBattlefrontII in the coming months.— EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) June 9, 2018There’s also a Clone Wars expansion coming, which is cool. The Clone Wars is some of the best prequel content to come out of Lucasfilm. The series is second only to Rogue One and Star Wars: Rebels. The expansion will add the Geonosis map. If you haven’t seen the series, that’s where the separatists’ battle droids are manufactured. It’s the site of a huge battle early on, and EA says it will be the largest map ever built for the game. The expansion also brings new characters, including General Grievous, Young Obi Wan Kenobi, Young Anakin Skywalker, and Count Dooku.…I mean, those are cool and all, but if you’re making a Clone Wars DLC, there’s a huge omission here. Where’s Ahsoka Tano? She was easily the best part of the series. Her presence alone made young Anakin a much more tolerable character. She forced him to take responsibility, while he indulged her rebellious streak. And here she is, left out again. No wonder she left the Jedi Order.EA will announce more details on the Clone Wars expansion sometime in the next few months. As cool as it is, your super-strong hero character will still awkwardly take a knee on the battlefield when they take too much damage. No matter what they put in the game, that’s not going to look any less silly.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Electronic Arts may not be officially part of E3, but with their own event across town, they might as well be. They’re still in LA, announcing games and holding flashy press conferences. And since it’s the only company Disney contracted to make Star Wars games, EA’s event is always good for some Star Wars news. Saturday night’s press conference included one particularly exciting announcement with an interesting twist. The game was not, in any form, at the event. No cinematic trailer, no gameplay footage, not even a logo. Instead, we got a guy sitting in his auditorium seat, talking about the game.EA’s press conference was full of developers going off the script. Devs were given a surprisingly large amount of time to talk about their inspirations and hopes for the games they were working on, usually followed by some sort of game footage. Respawn Entertainment took that concept to the extreme. No footage, just CEO Vince Zampella painting a word picture. And what a picture. The game is called Star Wars: Fallen Order. As the title suggests, it takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope: Right after the fall of the Jedi Order. It will follow a young Padawan trying to survive in a world where Jedi are hunted. Zampella wouldn’t reveal too much about the game. It’s not in a state where they can show anything yet. But that’s certainly a promising premise.“It takes place during the Dark Times when the Jedi are being hunted. So it’s gonna be spectacular,” Zampella said. I hope he’s right about that. It’s certainly got some talent behind it. God of War’s Stig Asmussen is directing the third-person action game.We’ve been overdue for another single-player Star Wars game for a while. As promising as this sounds, there is reason to be skeptical. After Visceral’s Star Wars game (helmed by Uncharted’s Amy Hennig) was cancelled, it started to seem like another single-player action game in this franchise was out of the question. But hey, this new one is out there now. It has a title and a very talented studio behind it. My only question is can we please pilot an AT-ST or AT-AT like a Titanfall mech. There has to be some reason EA chose Respawn to take this project. Here’s hoping EA’s favor continues to smile upon the studio and we get to play whatever Star War: Fallen Order is in December of 2019. Just because EA has a new Star Wars game coming up doesn’t mean the company is forgetting about the one it already released. It’d be hard to forget the game that messily blew up in your face last fall, causing a worldwide backlash against the entire concept of random loot boxes. EA is still talking about Star Wars: Battlefront II. The message this E3 weekend: It’s better now, you guys! Now that the awful, broken progression system is out, new character announcements can be fun. We can enjoy seeing who we’ll play as next without having to worry about the grind to unlock them.The big news is the continuation of “Solo Season,” which began in May. They’re adding a newmission based on the Kessel run. The Han Solo movie may not have done as well at the box office as Disney hoped, but that Kessel run scene was cool as hell. If you watched that and thought, “I want to play that in a video game,” it looks like EA thought the same thing. Honestly, dodging an inter-dimensional space octopus and bragging about parsecs sounds like a lot of fun. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Have we reached peak travel

first_img © 2010 Ridesharing can be made into more attractive cost-saver, study shows Explore further The study’s authors, Lee Schipper of the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University and Adam Millard-Ball, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University, analyzed travel trends from the US, the UK, Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, Japan, and Australia from 1970 through 2008. For each country, they plotted the distance traveled per capita per year by car, pickup truck, bus, plane, train, light rail, streetcar, and subway, and compared it to the country’s gross domestic product per capita.They found a correlation between rising prosperity and passenger travel from 1970 to 2003, after which passenger travel stopped growing (while GDP per capita continued to rise). At this peak travel period, GDP per capita was $37,000 in the US and between $25,000 and $30,000 in the other seven countries. During the past few years, motorized travel in the US has plateaued at around 26,000 km/year per person, 10,000 km/year per person in Japan, and between 13,000 and 17,000 km/year per person in the other six countries. (See above graph.)“Since 2003, motorized travel demand has leveled out or even declined in most of the countries studied, and travel in private vehicles has declined,” the authors wrote in their study. “Car ownership has continued to rise, but these cars are being driven less.”The researchers speculated that several factors have contributed to the apparent peak in passenger travel. One factor is saturation in vehicle ownership: in the US, there are about 700 cars per 1,000 people (which is more cars than licensed drivers), and about 500 cars per 1,000 people in most of the other countries. Basically, everyone who wants to drive, drives. Since 2007, car ownership in the US has declined due to the recession. Another limiting factor is time: people already spend an average of 1.1 hours per day traveling, and speed limits for the large part remain fixed. Other factors include high gas prices and an aging population that doesn’t commute.The researchers think that the biggest factor of the travel plateau may be traffic congestion. As Schipper said in an interview with Miller-McCune, “My basic thesis is, ‘There ain’t room on the road.’ You can’t move in Jakarta or Bangkok or any large city in Latin America or in any city in the wealthy part of China. I think Manila takes the prize. Yes, fuel economy is really important, and yes, hybrid cars will help. But even a car that generates no CO2 still generates a traffic problem. Sadly, what is going to restrain car use the most is that you can’t move.”Perhaps the biggest advantage of peak travel is that, if passenger travel continues to stay the same while vehicles become more fuel-efficient, then reducing transportation emissions may not be as daunting as previously thought. Today, the average American car uses a third less fuel per mile than in 1973, despite consumer demand for larger vehicles.Although the researchers note that their results are not conclusive and further research is needed, they conclude that the assumption that travel demand will continue to rise should be treated with caution. ( — Since the 1970s, passenger travel by vehicles and airplanes has grown rapidly in industrialized countries, and the International Energy Agency has predicted steady, though slower, travel growth until 2030 and beyond. However, a new study of eight industrialized countries has shown that passenger travel seems to have peaked in the early 2000s, just before the recent rise in fuel prices. The results suggest that demand for travel has reached a saturation point, which could mean that future projections of carbon dioxide emissions and fuel demand could be lower than previously thought. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This graph shows the total motorized passenger travel for eight countries, plotted against each country’s per capita GDP. Since the early 2000s, passenger travel has plateaued. Image credit: Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper. More information: Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper. “Are We Reaching Peak Travel? Trends in Passenger Transport in Eight Industrialized Countries.” Transport Reviews. DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2010.518291. Early version available here.via: Miller-McCune and TreeHugger Citation: Have we reached peak travel? (2011, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more