Eastern Canada braces for more flooding as forecast calls for rain

first_imgMONTREAL — Communities across much of Eastern Canada are bracing for more flooding today, with rain in the forecast from central Ontario to northern New Brunswick.Officials in Quebec are keeping a close eye on a hydroelectric dam west that’s at risk of failing, while Ottawa’s mayor has declared an emergency and part of the Trans-Canada Highway has been closed in New Brunswick.The Chute-Bell dam west of Montreal has reached “millennial” water levels, meaning a flood that happens once every 1,000 years, but Hydro-Quebec says it’s confident the structure is solid.Simon Racicot, the utility’s director of production and maintenance, told reporters yesterday that “we are entering into an unknown zone right now — completely unknown.”Meantime, Ottawa has joined several smaller Ontario communities in declaring a state of emergency, with Mayor Jim Watson requesting help from the Canadian Forces.Farther east, New Brunswick’s Department of Transportation said the Trans-Canada Highway was fully closed from Oromocto to River Glade, and could remain closed for several days.And there’s not much relief in sight, with Environment Canada predicting rain for a large swath of Eastern Canada, from Georgian Bay to the Gaspe Peninsula.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

KIDSCREEN UNVEILS ITS HOT50 COMPANIES FOR 2018

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Amazon Studios (Pete the Cat, Do, Re & Mi) also returned to the Production top 10 after winning the title two years ago, and US streamer Hulu was voted into the Broadcasting top 10 for the first time in a year when the service inked its largest-ever kids and family licensing deal with DreamWorks Animation.In other firsts, Canadian toyco Spin Master took the Licensing top spot away from four-time winner The LEGO Group, and 9 Story Distribution International usurped 2017 champ CAKE in Distribution.Meanwhile, in Digital, YouTube Kids racked up its third-consecutive win, besting PBS KIDS and Hot50 first-timer WildBrain. Other newbies to the ranking this year include Parisian prodco Technicolor Animation Productions, Bento Box’s kids and family division Sutikki, Florida-based toyco Jazwares and “Baby Shark” creator Pinkfong.Here’s the complete list of this year’s Hot50 companies:BROADCASTING1. Netflix2. PBS KIDS3. Nickelodeon4. BBC Children’s5. Cartoon Network6. TVOKids7. Disney Channels Worldwide8. Universal Kids9. Hulu10. France TélévisionsPRODUCTION1. 9 Story Media Group/Brown Bag Films2. Netflix3. Guru Studio4. Sinking Ship Entertainment5. Amazon Studios6. The LEGO Group7. Cartoon Network8. Technicolor Animation Productions9. DreamWorks Animation Television10. Sesame WorkshopDISTRIBUTION1. 9 Story Distribution International2. CAKE3. Jetpack Distribution4. Entertainment One5. Aardman Animations6. DHX Media7. The LEGO Group8. Zodiak Kids9. Sinking Ship Entertainment10. Sesame WorkshopLICENSING1. Spin Master2. The LEGO Group3. Entertainment One4. Hasbro5. PBS KIDS6. Sesame Workshop7. Moose Toys8. Sutikki9. Cartoon Network Enterprises10. JazwaresDIGITAL MEDIA1. YouTube Kids2. PBS KIDS3. WildBrain4. Cartoon Network5. Pinkfong6. Sinking Ship Entertainment7. BBC Studios8. Sesame Workshop9. Hopster10. National Geographic KidsThe top-ranked companies will receive a commemorative trophy at the Kidscreen Awards ceremony, which will take place during Kidscreen Summit 2019 (February 11 to 14 in Miami, Florida).Additionally, all Hot50 2018 companies will be showcased on Kidscreen’s dedicated microsite starting today, and in a special print insert that will be distributed with Kidscreen‘s February/March issue at Kidscreen Summit.By Jeremy Dickson | Kidscreen Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The maturation of streaming services had a major impact on Kidscreen’s fifth-annual Hot50 ranking of the most happening companies in kids entertainment—as determined by industry peers.Netflix stayed put in the Broadcasting top spot for the fifth-consecutive year on the strength of launching more than 65 new original TV and film titles in 2018. The SVOD giant also received the most kid-friendly Daytime Emmy nominations this year and ended up walking off with eight statuettes, including double wins for All Hail King Julien: Exiled (pictured) and Dinotrux with longtime partner DreamWorks Animation Television.The streamer also made a strong debut in the Hot50 Production category, settling into second place behind Toronto, Canada’s 9 Story Media Group/Brown Bag Films, which was victorious for a second year in a row. 9 Story grew significantly this year, acquiring New York-based Out of the Blue Enterprises and appointing co-founder Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues) as its first chief creative officer. Clifford the Big Red Dog (Scholastic/PBS KIDS/Amazon) and a second season of The Magic School Bus Rides Again (Scholastic/Netflix) were among 9 Story’s 10 greenlights this year. Twitterlast_img read more

APTN News Sunday Healing by the Sacred Fire

first_img(A late afternoon sun shines down on the common grounds in Maliotenam. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Tom Fennario APTN News SundayIn the centre of the teepee, a Sacred Fire burns.Some cedar is thrown on and the flames that leap out light the face of a middle-aged woman who is crying.She speaks Innu to the 20 people packed in around her.At one point, the French word for suicide is spoken.“There’s not really a word for suicide in Innu,” says Pepameshke Maikan, an Innu elder who is a part of the medicine society.“We can say ‘take one’s life’ but for many years suicide has been a taboo topic. In the old days there used to not be any suicide.”(Sacred Fire Keeper Pepameshke Maikan. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Maikan is one of the people in charge of the sacred fire that is burning just outside the hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Maliotenam First Nation.He is here to perform healing ceremonies for anyone who so requires it.On this morning, he uses a feather fan to push the smoke of the sacred fire towards the crying woman, who wails in pain.“It’s a way to purify and to put some of that medicine inside of her,” Maikan explains“The smoke comes from a sacred fire, and medicine has been burned inside of the fire.”Maikan gently taps the crying woman with his feather fan until her sobbing subsides.“Kuei,” he says to her, the Innu word for hello, and suddenly she laughs.The tension in the teepee dissipates for the moment.But judging from just a fraction of the 60 truths heard at the MMIWG hearings this week, there’s a lot more healing that needs to be done.* * *“I can tell you about women who have been raped, but it’s taboo. Women who have been raped and experienced incest,” testified Jeanette Pilot, an Innu woman from Uashat.“At 25 years old I found my boyfriend hanging, he sent me off on an errand and when I came back he was hanging,” testified Jenny Régis, also from Uashat.“We’ve had several suicides in the community, and most those happen when people experience sexual assault,” testified Lise Jourdain of Maliotenam.“Everybody is aware here of what goes on in our community, everybody knows that there has been a complaint against our chief for sexual misconduct, nobody should hide that.”The chief in question is Mike McKenzie, who has refused to step down from his duties while he awaits the verdict in his trial for three counts of sexually assaulting a minor.He declined to speak to APTN News for this story.“I would like to convey a message to my community, to all the men of my community,” Jourdain said near the conclusion of her testimony“Do something. By the grace of God, do something. When women meet up, and we try to work on the healing, men don’t come. Men don’t show up.”* * *The next day at the sacred fire, Lucien St-Onge of Maliotenam nods when he has Jourdain’s call for action repeated to him.“There’s a women’s shelter here, but eventually they go back to the men that abuse them and the circle begins again. It’s pointless if they’re just going to go back to the same bad situation.“We need a centre for men too, and not just for them to go be by themselves and be miserable, but a centre where men can go with their families to get well, get better together,” says St-Onge.Gaëtan Régis is also sitting by the sacred fire.He says the solution isn’t to be found so much in the community as back out on the land.“A couple of years ago we brought some [high school] dropouts out on to the land to live traditionally during salmon season. You could see how it helped them, how they absorbed it, how the land heals.”Nitassinan is what the Innu call their vast territory which stretches across the north shore region of Quebec, hugging the coastline along the Gulf of the St.Lawrence before shooting up north into parts of Labrador.Ten communities dot the rolling landscape, the biggest of which (with a combined population of nearly 3,000) are the sister communities of Uashat and Maliotenam, which sit about 15 km apart and are governed by the same band council.Uashat lies just adjacent to the city of Sept-Îles, while Maliotenam sits up on a hill not far from the river. Spoken of by elders around the sacred fire neither community seems to evoke much fondness.Maliotenam has the distinction of being a traditional summer settlement…but also hosted a residential school from 1952-1967.* * *The Innu word for thank you loosely translates as “I give you a goose”, which says a lot about their culture.They hunt caribou, trap small game, and many, due to their proximity to the vast St.Lawrence, are deft fisherman.Pepameshke Maikan, whose name translates as “travelling wolf”, says it was explained to him at a young age that the Innu weren’t meant to be settled into sedentary homes.“I remember when I was about ten years old my father brought me to a mountain where we could see our community,” Maikan explains while smoking tobacco in his pipe.“And he said, pointing at the cemetery ‘look, my bones will go there,’ and he turned to the west and he said ‘the bones of your grandparents are in the forest. Will you leave the bones of your grandparents?’ I said ‘never’.“It was then I became a land protector.”Maikain is in his 70’s now and has spent decades travelling the Innu communities speaking and performing healing ceremonies.“I used to ask myself if the job [of healing] is too immense, I asked my mother once, ‘what am I doing wrong?” and she said ‘nothing, all these things have happened, it’s going to take time, it’s going to take a lot of time, it’s not going to happen the day after tomorrow, with the wounds we have, with intergenerational trauma.”Maikan pauses, to smoke his pipe and reflect.“I’m proud of what’s happening here now in Uashat and Maliotenam, I see here there are people that follow their ceremonies, they have the knowledge to do so.“We have young people who are sun dancers, who are a part of the medicine society, who do the rain dance. Young people who work for healing,” he explains.“It’s like mushrooms, what we’re doing here is like throwing spores in the air.”* * *On the next day of hearings, the teepee is again packed.An Innu song is sung, another woman can be heard crying from the outside.At the end of the song, the drum is hit five times for each direction, 20 in total, as is the Innu tradition.By the time the last beat is played, the sobbing has faded.last_img read more

5 Institutions of Vocational Training Tourism Win First Prize for

Rabat – Five Moroccan institutions of vocational training for hotel and tourism in both public and private sectors last Friday were awarded the 2016 first prize for excellence in Morocco, according to a communiqué obtained by Morocco World News.The award was handed in a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of National Educational and Vocational Training in collaboration with the Office of Vocational Training and Promotion of Employment (OFPPT), the National Confederation of Tourism, and the National Federation of Private Vocational Education.The prize went to three public schools: l’Institut Spécialisé de Technologie Hôtelière et Touristique de Mohammedia; l’Institut Spécialisé de l’Hôtellerie et de la Restauration (ISHR) and Polo de Casablanca et l’ISHR Marrakech, whilst the other two private schools were l’École Hôtelière de Casablanca et le Centre Casablancais de Formation Appliquée (CCFA) de Marrakech. The prize of excellence, a tribute awarded by the Ministry of Tourism and OFPPT, aims to recognize both the public and private hotel and tourism training institutions that are distinguished by standards and criteria of quality and performance.According to the same communiqué, the purpose of the project is to have a highly international dimension in terms of human resources and to develop the Moroccan hotel and tourism industry.Photo credit: MAP“The aim of this award is to choose the schools that have a high level of quality in terms of infrastructure and training programs,” Lahcen Haddad, Morocco’s Minister of Tourism was quoted by Moroccan news agency MAP as saying.The prize is attributed based on 13 criteria, including the attraction of the institution; the management quality; the infrastructure of the institution; good governance of the institution; the improvement of the quality; the provision of programs and internship in companies and integration with the others.Rachid Belmokhtar, Minister of National Educational and Vocational Training, highlighted the importance of the award, which “has a positive impact on the quality of [higher educational] training schools.”Photo credit: MAPPhoto credit: MAP© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Sudan has failed to cooperate with International Criminal Court prosecutor says

Luis Moreno-Ocampo told a Council meeting that although “Sudan has known the nature of the case against Ahmad Harun and Ali Kushayb for 10 months, they have done nothing. They have taken no steps to prosecute them domestically, or to arrest and transfer them to The Hague [where the ICC is based].”Mr. Harun, currently Sudan’s Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Mr. Kushayb, a leader of a pro-Government Janjaweed militia, are accused of targeting civilians in attacks on four villages in West Darfur between August 2003 and March 2004, according to their warrants, which outline multiple counts of personal responsibility for murder, rape and pillaging for each man.“The only realist solution today is to request the removal and arrest of [Mr.] Harun as a first step to any solution,” Mr. Moreno-Ocampo told Council members. “It will send a signal to the perpetrators of crimes in Darfur that the international community is not only watching, but will hold them accountable for their actions.”The Prosecutor said “massive crimes continued to be committed” across Darfur, where at least 200,000 people have been killed since 2003 and up to 2.5 million others forced to leave their homes because of fighting between rebel groups, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias.He is planning to open two new investigations into the situation in Darfur: one into “a pattern of attacks by Sudanese officials” against civilians, and the other into the rising number of attacks, with involvement by rebels, against peacekeepers and aid workers.“In Darfur in 2003-2004, we witnessed the first phase of the criminal plan coordinated by Ahmad Harun. Millions of people were forced out of their villages and into camps. In the second phase – happening right now in front of our eyes – the victims are attacked in the camps.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said that to characterize recent attacks and crimes as “sporadic violence” or “inter-tribal clashes” only served to cover up the reality.“We are witnessing a calculated, organized campaign by Sudanese officials to attack individuals and further destroy the social fabric of entire communities. All information points not to chaotic and isolated acts, but to a pattern of attacks.”He added that Darfur’s displaced are routinely subjected to persecution and abuses, such as unlawful killings, illegal detentions and episodes of sexual violence, while those living inside camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) “are deliberately kept in a state of destitution. Obstacles to the delivery of aid are part of the pattern of attacks.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo expressed particular concern that Mr. Harun, despite being indicted by the ICC, was responsible as a Sudanese Government minister for providing relief to the victims of violence and displacement in Darfur.“Formally, he shares responsibility for the safety and well-being of the displaced population. In reality, he joins in constant abuses against them,” he said, accusing a component of Mr. Harun’s ministry of promoting organized disturbances in the camps.Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said Mr. Harun has also been present during specific operations against IDP camps in recent months, and added that he was last month appointed to a national group overseeing the deployment of UNAMID, the hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force that is being set up to try to quell the violence and suffering in Darfur.“Maintaining Harun is his position is a direct threat to millions of victims and to the humanitarian workers and peacekeepers seeking to protect them. When will be a better time to arrest Harun? How many more women, girls, have to be raped? How many persons have to be killed? Must we really wait, again, for the destruction of entire communities?”Turning to the increasing number of attacks against aid workers and peacekeepers, he noted that in late October 10 soldiers of the existing AU mission in Sudan were killed, eight others injured and one unaccounted for after an attack on the mission’s base at Haskanita.“Such attacks or threats of attack on peacekeepers and aid personnel will be investigated by my Office. They can constitute a war crime under the Statute. They also further undermine efforts to protect the civilian population.The Prosecutor added that “we note with concern that the Sudan is taking no measures to protect international forces. There are allegations that some Sudanese aircraft have been painted with UN or AU colours and are used in Darfur. Such acts – among others – undermine the UN and AU, create the impression of collusion and can encourage attacks against them.”The ICC is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes individuals accused of the most serious crimes of international concerns, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Prosecutors at the Court are currently probing four situations: Darfur, northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR). 5 December 2007The Sudanese Government is not cooperating with the International Criminal Court (ICC), its Chief Prosecutor said today, calling on the Security Council to send “a strong and unanimous message” to Khartoum to arrest and surrender two men accused of committing war crimes during the conflict in Darfur. read more

Shirani barred from leaving

Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has been barred by court from leaving the country.Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya issued the order when Bandaranayake appeared in court today over a case filed by the bribery and corruption commission. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) consisting of some 100 lawyers appeared in the case representing Bandaranayake.The case was postponed to February 14 next year. (Colombo Gazette)

Attempted murder charge added for man accused in girls abduction

Hamilton Police now believe the suspect in a recent child abduction investigation intended to kill his victim.John Adam Greene, 29, has been charged with attempted murder. Greene is due here in court in Hamilton this afternoon for another hearing. This time with the attempted murder charge added to his earlier charges of abduction, aggravated sexual assault, other assault charges, and threatening death.Green was charged after a little girl was abducted and sexually assaulted in May in a building at 21 Sanford Street in Hamilton. Neighbours say the girl was in grade 1. They say the abductor cut her and poured bleach on the cuts. Police now say their investigation shows there are grounds to conclude that he intended to kill the little girl.During his last court appearance, police kept Greene in a wheelchair with his legs shackled and wearing a helmet so he couldn’t hurt himself. He kept talking and swearing over the judge throughout the hearing.He was scheduled for a video appearance from jail today at 2:00. read more

Eurozone economic recovery slows in Q3 with quarterly growth of just 01

Eurozone economic recovery slows in Q3 with quarterly growth of just 0.1 per cent LONDON – Three months after it emerged from recession, the 17-country eurozone economy is scarcely growing.The currency union’s economy expanded just 0.1 per cent in the July-September quarter compared with the previous three-month period, the EU statistics agency, Eurostat, said Thursday. That was in line with market expectations but below the previous quarter’s 0.3 per cent increase.The figure highlights the bloc’s struggles to regain economic health despite signs of life in the rest of the global economy, notably in the United States. European government debt, despite years of government cutbacks and tax increases, remains high, unemployment is at a record, and consumers are hesitant to spend.As a result, few economists think the recovery in the eurozone can pick up a head of steam and become self-sustaining in the way it has in the U.S. In the third quarter, the U.S. grew at an annualized rate of 2.8 per cent, compared with the eurozone’s annualized rate of about 0.4 per cent.“The drop in the eurozone growth rate does not mean that the eurozone is heading back into recession but it highlights that the recovery is fragile and, as yet, too slow to lead to a significant fall in unemployment,” said Marie Diron, senior economic adviser to EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young.The weak economic backdrop is one reason why the European Central Bank cut its main interest rate last week to a record-low 0.25 per cent. The other being low inflation. In the year to October, consumer prices were up only 0.7 per cent, way down on the ECB’s mandate of keeping inflation just below 2 per cent.Though details were not provided for individual sectors, Thursday’s figures show the recovery slowed in the core economies, such as Germany and France, with mild improvements in countries in the so-called periphery, notably in Spain, which saw its nearly two-year recession end.Germany’s economic growth slowed to a quarterly rate of 0.3 per cent from 0.7 per cent in the previous three-month period as exports dragged. For an economy that relies heavily on its high-value exporters, such as big car manufacturers like BMW and Daimler, that’s a sign of weak demand among its neighbours and possibly an indication that the recent high value of the euro has taken its toll.In France, the situation was even more downbeat, with Europe’s second-largest economy posting a quarterly contraction of 0.1 per cent. It’s not in recession, though, as it grew by 0.5 per cent in the previous quarter — a recession is traditionally defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.Looking ahead, most economists predict the eurozone will continue to grow, albeit at a sub-par rate. Many of the factors that have hobbled growth, notably the easing in the tensions in the financial markets, will help shore up economies.“The region is on course to expand at a slightly stronger, though still modest, pace in the fourth quarter,” said Chris Williamson, chief economist at financial information company Markit. by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 3:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Energizer Holdings to split household products personal care brands into 2 companies

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. LOUIS – Energizer Holdings plans to split into two separate and publicly traded companies, one selling batteries and household items, the other selling personal care brands such as Schick razors and Edge shaving gel.Shares jumped 16 per cent in midday trading Wednesday to reach a six-year high.The St. Louis company believes the split will give each company a clearer focus and let them make a more transparent case to investors.Reusable batteries have cut into traditional battery sales in recent years, thought the company does have its own line of rechargeable batteries.The split will be structured as a tax-free spinoff to existing Energizer shareholders, the company said. Energizer did not say what names the companies would operate under.The household company will sell Energizer and Eveready batteries, flashlights and portable lamps. It accounted for $1.9 billion in revenue in the year that ended March 31.The personal care company’s other brands will include Playtex and Stayfree feminine-care products and Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion. It had $2.6 billion in revenue in the same period.“Since becoming an independent company in 2000, Energizer has built two successful divisions and each is now well-suited to realize its full potential on a stand-alone basis,” said CEO Ward Klein.Energizer expects the split to take place in the second half of fiscal 2015, which ends in September 2015.After the split, Energizer CEO Ward Klein is expected to serve as executive chairman of the personal care company. David Hatfield, current head of the personal care unit, will be CEO of the stand-alone company, Energizer said.Current Energizer Chairman J. Patrick Mulcahy would be chairman of the stand-alone household products company and that unit’s current chief, Alan Hoskins, would be CEO.Citigroup analyst Wendy Nicholson said the split likely surprised most investors since the company has repeatedly said that it has more value as a single entity. The change in heart at Energizer, which Nicholson rates as a ‘buy,” will boost company shares, she said.Shares of Energizer Holdings Inc. rose $15.65 to $113.36, erasing declines in the stock seen throughout this year.Separately, Energizer reported second-quarter net income for the three months ended March 31 rose 16 per cent to $98.5 million, or $1.57 per share. That compares with $84.9 million or $1.35 per share last year. Excluding restructuring and other costs, net income totalled $1.88 per share. Analysts had expected $1.73 per share, according to FactSet.Revenue fell 3 per cent to $1.06 billion from $1.1 billion last year. Analysts expected $1.07 billion. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2014 5:26 am MDT FILE – A revoving stuffed Energizer bunny greets visitors to Energizers world headquarters in this Jan. 21, 2003 file photo taken in St. Louis. Energizer Holdings said Wednesday April 30, 2014 it plans to split into two separate, publicly traded companies, one that would sell batteries and other household items, and the other to sell personal care brands such as Edge shaving gel. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File) Energizer Holdings to split household products, personal care brands into 2 companies read more

Gunmen torture rob Parika EBE family

Several members of a Parika, East Bank Essequibo Family were on Thursday evening tortured and robbed by a group of armed men who invaded their property.The Lot 536 Charles Street, Parika, East Bank Essequibo home belonging to Imlawattie Pokhar was reportedly invaded just before midnight.Reports indicated that the woman, her husband and sons ages 19 and 25 were all asleep when the three unmasked men entered their two storey home through a bedroom window.The men reportedly tortured them for about three hours during which demanded cash and jewellery.the ransacked housePokhar told this online publication that the men used a ladder to gain access to the upper flat of the house. After gaining access, the men ordered the occupants of the house to lay on the floor where they began to beat them.The intruders according to Pokhar used razor blades to cut the back of both of her sons’ feet in their bid to motivate compliance.The men ransacked the house and allegedly found about $900,000. Additionally, the men made off with three haversacks and other bags containing valuables including jewellery.“Now we left with nothing, they tek and gone with everything we had”, the woman cried. Pokhar’s husband and two sons were rushed to the hospital to receive medical treatment.  The matter was reported to the police and a manhunt was launched with the intent of arresting the perpetrators. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedYouth suspected to be bandit beaten by Parika residentsJanuary 12, 2019In “Crime”Cops nab 3 suspected bandits in Ruby BackdamJune 24, 2019In “Crime”Parika bed sheet murder: Accused shot at by police, manages to escapeApril 6, 2017In “Crime” read more

Scuf Gaming Announces New AliA Themed Controllers

first_imgAlastair “Ali-A” Aiken has become a gaming celebrity thanks to getting into the Guinness Book of World Records for setting various records in Call of Duty and Minecraft. Just in time for the release of his graphic novel, Scuf Gaming has announced a brand-new controller inspired by Ali-A called the “Ali-A Game On.” The controller’s name is taken from the aforementioned graphic novel, Ali-A Adventures: Game On.The controller features the Ali-A logo in a blue shell with twin racing stripes. It is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Other than its unique coloring and design, folks can expect a standard Scuf controller. This means it has analog sticks and grips you can swap out. Users can also make use of the four paddles on the back of the controller to further customize their gaming experience.“SCUF controllers are my go-to for every single gaming situation because they feel so comfortable in my hands, and everything is totally customizable,” said Ali-A in a press release. “It’s just so amazing they made the Ali-A Game On in that ‘Ali-A’ blue, the same color as the hero’s uniform in Game On.”“We’ve worked with Ali-A for about four years, and like SCUF, he’s passionate about video games and the gaming community” said Scuf Gaming CEO Duncan Ironmonger. “Ali-A instantly understood the SCUF layout, and how paddles on the underside of the controller, adjustable triggers, and interchangeable thumbsticks could make anyone a better gamer. Ali-A’s millions of fans will love the look and feel of this fully customizable and high performance controller. Anyone who wants to play like Ali-A will want to get their hands on this controller.”You can order the Ali-A Game On controller now from Scuf Gaming starting at $169.95. Ali-A Adventures: Game On will be released in the United States by Random House Books for Young Readers on October 24.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Gas savings stay in consumers pockets

first_imgGas savings stay in consumers’ pockets378 viewsGas savings stay in consumers’ pockets378 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Gas savings stay in consumers’ pockets378 viewsBusinessIt should have been a slam dunk for retailers – massive savings at the pump – gas prices are down almost 40 percent since June setting up what many thought would be a rebound after a weak December forVentuno Web Player 4.50It should have been a slam dunk for retailers – massive savings at the pump – gas prices are down almost 40 percent since June setting up what many thought would be a rebound after a weak December forlast_img

Judge Emmett and Mayor Turner Ask Voters to Approve Harris Countys Flood

first_imgPhoto: Office of Harris County Judge Ed EmmettFrom left to right: Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis; U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee; Augustus ‘Auggie’ Campbell, President and CEO of the West Houston Association; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Harris County Precinct Four Commissioner Jack Cagle and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner during the event held to support the approval of Harris County’s flood control bond.With early voting already underway, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asked county residents Thursday to approve the bond to provide $2.5 billion for flood control projects.Emmett and Turner, as well as U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis,  Harris County Precinct Four Commissioner Jack Cagle, Augustus ‘Auggie’ Campbell, President and CEO of the West Houston Association, participated in an event held at the T. C. Jester Park to promote voting in favor of Proposition A.During his remarks, Emmett said Harris County and greater Houston will continue to experience heavy rains in the future and emphasized that “we have got to get serious.”On the same note, Turner pointed out it’s important “to send a clear and unmistakable signal to our state and federal partners that we are serious here at the local level about doing our part to address this critically important challenge.”The election will be held on Saturday August 25.You can watch Mayor Turner’s remarks here:Press Conference: Harris County Flood Control Bond Elections https://t.co/ZH0vTOUfeG— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 9, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Council Closer to Renewing Curfew Law

first_imgThe Baltimore City Council, on May 12, preliminarily approved a tough new curfew for children, designed to have them off the streets and inside by 9 p.m. Opponents of the new curfew say it is unconstitutional and will create conflict between youth and police.According to the bill’s sponsor, Councilman Brandon Scott, the curfew is intended to keep young children from wandering the streets at night and becoming victims of crime and neglect.The legislation states that kids under 14 are to be indoors by 9 p.m. year-round. Kids ages 14 through 16 could stay out until 10 p.m. on school nights and 11 p.m. on other nights. The bill also establishes a daytime curfew of 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of children traveling to or from school. Parents can be fined up to $500 or made to attend counseling sessions if their children are not inside by the designated curfew hours.The bill has faced much opposition from unions and citizens alike. The American Civil Liberties Union and the head of the city’s police union have criticized the bill. City Councilmen Carl Stokes and Warren Branch voted against it.A Baltimore City resident, Kirby Griffin, thinks the bill will create more police harassment on Baltimore youth. “This curfew is absolutely another justification to bother young Blacks. This will only cause chaos,” Griffin said. “The curfew will by no means decrease crime. Going in the house early doesn’t decrease crime, fixing social conditions, and providing economic opportunities does. A criminal at home before 7 p.m. is still just that – a criminal.”While there is opposition to the curfew, there is also support. A local educator, Cat Sal, thinks the curfew is needed. “I think the curfew will decrease crime among youth/delinquency and put more responsibility on the parents,” said Sal. “I think the parents need to be penalized, but on the other hand, I think city youth need outlets (community centers, recreational centers, etc.) to curb idleness.”The success of the legislation will depend on how well the city police enforce it, according to City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “I’m hoping the enforcement piece will kick in and we’ll be able to save a lot of our young people,” Young said.The bill, approved in an 11-2 initial ballot, requires another vote before it can go to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who has indicated she will sign the bill into law. “We all know that when children are on the streets late at night without proper supervision, they are more likely to either become the perpetrators or the victims of violent crime,” Rawlings-Blake said in statement. “I believe this legislation will be another much needed tool to help reduce the number of juveniles on the streets at night, while furthering a commitment my administration has made to provide more services for young people we know are vulnerable.”The bill will become law 30 days after being signed by the mayor.last_img read more

Could thermodynamic fluctuations have led to the origins of life

first_imgBrogioli suggests that this drift represents an early form of evolution that took place before membranes began to enclose chemical systems; after this time, the membranes would have assumed responsibility for defining entities in competition with one another, allowing selection to take place. If thermodynamic fluctuations did play the role of selection in early life, it would overcome the problem of requiring replicating chemicals and the membranes that enclose them to emerge simultaneously.In his paper, Brogioli looks at replication from a kinetics perspective, in which the kinetic counterpart of the inheritance of mutations is the presence of multiple stationary states, i.e., different lines of mutations can be present simultaneously, and their offspring inherit mutations. He shows that chemical systems that can pass mutations on to offspring can be thought of as systems with multiple stationary states, thus having the property of chemical marginal stability. These systems differ from a simple “self-catalytic” system (e.g., a purely chemical system) that merely produces offspring without transmitting mutations; the kinetic counterpart would be initial states that all lead to only one stationary state. As an analogy of a marginally stable system, Brogioli considers the mechanical example of a marble on a flat surface, where any point on the surface is a stationary point. If the marble is disturbed, it reaches a different stationary point rather than returning to its original position, since there is no restoring force. Likewise, spontaneous concentration fluctuations can enable a chemical system to inherit a variety of mutations from its parent system, and any of these mutations can be considered stable.Brogioli discovered the drift motion by mathematically studying the thermodynamic fluctuations over time. He found that, if two replicases R1 and R2 are present, the most efficient replicase, say R2, begins increasing in number and becomes dominant. In volumes with a higher concentration of R2, more replications will occur, and a larger fraction of them will be R2. Afterward, an even more efficient replicase can arise due to random mutations, and its concentration will increase, and so on.At the moment, the drift has been confirmed only by numerical calculations, and must be regarded as still theoretical. Brogioli notes that most chemical systems that have a replicase do not possess chemical marginal stability, and therefore are not affected by thermodynamic fluctuations. However, his study shows that the existence of a chemical system that is marginally stable and can undergo spontaneous evolution is possible. Investigating this theory further could have extremely important revelations. The demonstration of a marginally stable chemical system in the lab would not only be the first experiment in which a chemical system undergoes spontaneous evolution, but also the first in vitro model of a chemical reaction that leads to life.”Currently, no replicase that can self-sustain its replication has been created, but replication of RNA polymers can be obtained by ligation of short oligonucleotides,” Brogioli said. “This is a way [to find a chemical system could have marginal stability]. Another possibility is to create a more abstract system, in which replication is accomplished by an enzyme, and the activity of the enzyme is affected by the presence of one of the replicated polymers. Obviously, this is only a proof of principle of marginal stability and evolutionary drift, but not a realistic reproduction of the origin of life. The most interesting possibility is to consider the reactions proposed by the metabolism-first theories. In those theories, no replicating polymer was involved in abiogenesis, but only small molecules constituting some kind of metabolic network. The target is to find a very simple reaction that can be marginally stable.” (Left) Self-catalysis vs. (right) replication with inheritance in terms of kinetics: In the case of self-catalysis, all the initial states eventually lead to the same stationary state. In the case of replication with inheritance, the initial states lead to different stationary states on the stationary-state curve. The blue arrows show that the motion along the stationary-state curve is a drift pointing toward the increase of the most active replicase, R2. Image copyright: Doriano Brogioli. ©2010 The American Physical Society. In the field of abiogenesis, scientists are currently investigating several ways in which life could have arisen from non-living matter. Generally, any theory of abiogenesis should account for two important aspects of life: replication (the ability to transmit mutations to offspring) and metabolism (the chemical reactions required for vital activities such as breaking down food). Although these two characteristics help to provide a working definition of life, more recently scientists have emphasized the importance of another key feature required for Darwinian evolution: selection, or the replication of mutations that provide an evolutionary advantage. More information: Doriano Brogioli. “Marginally Stable Chemical Systems as Precursors of Life.” Physical Review Letters 105, 058102 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett105.058102 What came first in the origin of life? A study contradicts the ‘metabolism first’ hypothesis Citation: Could thermodynamic fluctuations have led to the origins of life? (2010, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-thermodynamic-fluctuations-life.html Explore further “The basic problem of abiogenesis is finding the first living entity that generated from non-living matter,” Doriano Brogioli, a physicist from the University of Milan-Bicocca, told PhysOrg.com. “But what is the definition of life: is it replication, or metabolism, or simply self-catalysis? I think that it is not simply a matter of definition: what is necessary is ‘evolution,’ even if the entity that undergoes (or performs) evolution is not a classical living entity. After evolution starts, it can reach whatever complex structures: from a cell, evolution creates trees, whales, birds, ants, and all the prodigious current living world.”Purely chemical systems may possess the ability to replicate and metabolize, but scientists have found that chemical systems by themselves do not undergo selection; more active molecules are not replicated more than others, and useful individual mutations are not inherited by the offspring. Therefore, researchers have suggested that some kind of physical process is likely required to introduce competition among chemical systems and generate the selective pressure required for evolution. “Three features are needed for evolution: inheritance, mutation and selection,” Brogioli said. “Single molecules can replicate other molecules, including other copies of themselves, and can undergo mutations. But in a solution with replicases, each replicase replicates whatever it finds, including non-active molecules or less active replicases. Selection is not active. The reason is that (traditional) chemistry favors selfish molecules: the molecule that is more able to be replicated increases its concentration. In order for selection to take place, there must be a physical process. Confination due to membranes is the current way used by living organisms. But it is hard to believe that a complex structure like a cell can form spontaneously, since the replicating polymers must form together with the membranes themselves. This problem is found in all the theories of abiogenesis, including the RNA-world and the metabolism-first theories.”Brogioli has taken a unique approach to satisfying the requirement for selection by proposing that the answer may lie in thermodynamic fluctuations. These fluctuations, which are changes in the number of molecules in a given volume due to thermal motions, may allow selection to become effective, leading to the increase in molecules having an evolutionary advantage. By investigating some chemical systems that possess a feature that he calls “chemical marginal stability,” Brogioli has shown that thermodynamic fluctuations induce not only a random walk, but a drift directed toward increasing replication efficiency. 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.last_img read more

Seasonal summer flights to Cancun have begun

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Several non-stop flights between American cities and Cancun have begun as the summer travel season kicks off.Flights between Memphis and Cancun, Mexico are back starting May 19 with flights departing Memphis International at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Several airlines are offering the service including Aeromexico, Delta, American Airlines and United.Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board chairman Pace Cooper said the flights provide a great option for vacationing families.“Hundreds of passengers take advantage of Vacation Express’ annual service between Memphis and the popular vacation destination of Cancun,” Cooper said in a release.American Airlines says that they will operate some of its routes to Cancun, Mexico with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, in a three-times-per-week schedule. The flights will include those leaving from both Chicago O’Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth.Normally covered by smaller aircraft such as the A321 or 737-800, the change is being made to offer an improved passenger experience with a three-class layout including 28 business seats with flat-beds and direct aisle access.Jose Maria Giraldo, American Airlines’ Director for Mexico said that “With the operation of the new 787-8 to Cancun, passengers will have a cutting-edge experience with state of the art technology for comfort and entertainment.“We are proud to offer this new, wonderful product”, he added.The non-stop seasonal routes will continue until August 4, however, beginning November 4, American Airline’s Dreamliners full schedule will add:Chicago O’Hare to CancunAA1417 ORD 0825 – 1306 CUNAA1503 ORD 1005 – 1449 CUNAA1417 CUN 1400 – 1657 ORDAA1503 CUN 1535 – 1831 ORDDallas Fort Worth to CancunAA2684 DFW 1250 – 1634 CUNAA2684 CUN 1743 – 1940 DFWThe company says that as part of reprogramming of their routes, some routes offered to Central and South America have been reduces while others, such as flights to Argentina, Mexico, Guyana and Colombia, have been added.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Costa Rica putting up streets signs for first time

first_imgAssociated PressSAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) – How do you find the National Theater in San Jose? “Left-hand turn 100 (meters) south of the People’s Bank.”The train station? “Right-hand turn, 400 (meters) west of the Costa Rica Middle School and 100 south.”Those are addresses in the Costa Rican capital, a city of 1.5 million residents that hasn’t had street signs and where people asking directions often are told to take a right at a landmark that hasn’t existed for decades. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   It works for people who know how the city looked 20 or 30 years ago, but it’s a big headache for visitors, not to mention anyone trying to deliver the mail, a quarter of which never arrives.“If you’re not from here, it’s really difficult to get around,” said Venezuelan student Claudia Galindo, who never leaves home without her GPS.But this week, city workers started putting up 22,000 streets signs, some on posts and some on the walls of buildings. The plan is to get Costa Ricans to start using the real street names that have existed for at least 20 years, but that no one knows.The $1 million project, expected to be completed in seven months, is a way to modernize the city and make it more attractive to tourists, who more commonly visit the country’s beaches and national parks, Mayor Johnny Araya said.Google Maps show street names in the San Jose metropolitan area. But if you ask someone how to get to San Martin Avenue, no one will have ever heard of it. The few street names people use, they invented _ among them “Light Street,” because it was the first spot in Costa Rica to have electricity.The descriptive address system, “a la Tica,” as Costa Ricans are known, is actually relatively new, historian Gustavo Naranjo said. He said streets had names and numbers up to the early 20th century. “But cities used the vast migration from farms in the 1950s and `60s, the population boom and the lack of formal education as an excuse to stop worrying about maintaining street signs,” he said.The streets of most major Central American cities are well-marked, with the exception of Managua, Nicaragua. There you can be told to take a right or a left “where the tree used to be,” or at “La Pepsi,” a soft drink plant that hasn’t existed for at least 15 years. There are no efforts there to hang street signs.In San Jose, locals say no amount of signage will change their custom of giving descriptive directions.“In a city so disorganized, where there are a lot of tricks to getting around, it’s a system that functions well,” said Jefry Arguedas, who travels San Jose by motorcycle.Resident Martha Gross also dismisses the news signs. “It’s money spent in vain. No matter what, I will always live 50 (meters) north of the Supermarket Colores.”___Associated Press writer Luis Galeano in Managua, Nicaragua, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img

Are Increased Home Sales Enough to Bolster the Market

first_imgAre Increased Home Sales Enough to Bolster the Market? Share 2016-10-28 Staff Writer October 28, 2016 571 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Home sales in October should dip slightly from last month, according to the newest Ten-X Residential Real Estate Nowcast. Ten-X said October sales will fall between seasonally adjusted annual rates of 5.21 and 5.56 million, and likely close to 5.38 million. That’s down 1.6 percent from September but up .5 percent from a year ago.Ten-X partly cited numbers from the National Association of Realtors, which recently reported that sales in September rose 3.2 percent to 5.47 million units. That’s a 0.6 percent year-over-year increase, but is still below this year’s highest pace of 5.57 million units in June.”As we move into the fourth quarter, it looks like both existing home and new home sales are going to finish the year pretty much where they were predicted to be at the beginning of the year‒‒around 5.4 million existing home sales and between 550 to 600 thousand new home sales,” said Ten-X executive vice president Rick Sharga. “Stubbornly low inventory and tight credit have combined to prevent a more robust housing market recovery in 2016, and it seems likely that 2017 will be more of the same.”The NAR also recently reported a 5.6 percent year-over-year increase in median existing home prices (to $234,200 nationally) in September. The growth marks the 55th consecutive month of year-over-year gains. Ten-X anticipates that October’s median price will land somewhere $233,452. In September, Ten-X’s Nowcast report  anticipated a range of $227,305 to $251,232.”Both the September NAR numbers and October Nowcast show that sales are returning to the higher end of our expected range for the year,” said Ten-X chief economist Peter Muoio. Muoio also said that a firm labor market, low unemployment, wage growth, and low mortgage rates continue to bolster housing demand.”Tight inventory levels continue to be a restraining factor, but the recent uptick of available homes continues to follow our expectation that higher prices will induce more listings,” he said.last_img read more

March 15 2019

first_imgMarch 15 , 2019 Chilean citrus: Clementines end with 18% volume dr … He added that growing conditions have varied in the country over recent months.”In the north of the country there have been dry and hot conditions, this was also the case in the Eastern Cape and so there will be some impact,” he said. “The advantage of the wide spread of growing regions is that the southern African region always meets the required volume and quality.”For soft citrus, both the Boland and Patensie regions expect their harvesting to be a week earlier than last year, according to Edmonds. He added that Western Cape Valencias would start around week 30, in contrast to last year’s late start in week 35 due to acid levels.As for market conditions, Chadwick expected there would be good competition in the market this season.”It is no secret that the increase in planted area of citrus in the southern African region is also experienced in other southern hemisphere countries,” he said.Unfortunately for South Africa, despite indications in June last year that U.S. authorities would grant citrus imports from all South African regions ahead of this season, the rule has not yet been finalized.”The final rule is stuck in the political landscape in the U.S., and previous assurances from high ranking officials in the US have not been honored. It is essential that this rule be finalized without further delay,” Chadwick said. You might also be interested in Argentina: Northeastern orange, mandarin exports t …center_img The South African citrus industry is forecasting its second consecutive record export crop this year, with a pre-season estimate indicating total volumes will rise 0.7% year-on-year to 137 million 15 kg-equivalent cartons.The overall increase is driven by lemons, which are set to rise 11% year-on-year to 22 million cartons, and soft citrus, up 12% at 18.1 million cartons.There is also a slight rise expected for Navels, up 0.5% at 26.9 million cartons, and declines for Valencias, which are 3% down at 52.9 million cartons, and grapefruit, down 9% at 15.1 million 17 kg cartons.Late-maturing mandarin varieties in particular are showing strong growth in plantings and expected exports, which are forecast to be up 19% this season year-on-year.”The trend in increased exports is expected to continue with production expected to increase dramatically in the next few years,” said the Citrus Growers’ Association’s information manager John Edmonds.The estimates were released this week at the CGA Summit held in Port Elizabeth.The CGA’s CEO Justin Chadwick said there was a feeling of “cautious optimism” in the industry ahead of the season.”The volume is slightly up on last year which shows growth and ample fruit to meet buyers demands,” he said. “The caution is due to market conditions that played out in the main market (EU) for the northern hemisphere citrus season and for southern hemisphere table grapes. In the past table grapes have been a good marker for what will happen with citrus – and that is a bit worrying. Wonderful Halos mandarins rank as America’s no. 1 … Peru gears up for first mandarin exports to Japan … last_img read more

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