National Wildlife Week April 5 to 11

first_img To register, call (902) 424-3107 or e-mail . For more than 45 years, the Canadian Wildlife Federation has partnered with federal, provincial and territorial wildlife and related agencies, to develop and implement the National Wildlife Week program in Canada. This year’s national non-profit partner, Evergreen, is an environmental organization that makes cities more livable by deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments. For more information on National Wildlife Week, visit . Nova Scotians can celebrate National Wildlife Week from April 5 to 11, with workshops by the Department of Natural Resources and national non-profit environmental organization Evergreen. National Wildlife Week raises awareness about the importance of wildlife and wildlife habitat in Nova Scotia and throughout Canada. This year’s theme, Our Home and Native Plants, focuses on how important native plants are to our ecosystems and the habitat of wild creatures. “This is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife habitat in Nova Scotia and throughout Canada,” said Natural Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “The goals of the week fall in line with many wildlife protection initiatives the department takes on year-round.” Native plant species are part of the original flora of an area. According to a 2005 status assessment of Nova Scotia’s wild plants, there are 987 native species in the province. In recognition, the Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen will deliver three free workshops to encourage using native plants for school ground greening projects. The workshops will be held from 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, April 8: Berwick, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board office, 121 Orchard St. Thursday, April 16: Sydney, Shipyard Elementary School, 30 Mount Kemmel St. Thursday, April 23: Halifax Teachers Resource Centre, 2326 Brunswick St., Room 142, 2nd Floorlast_img read more

IAF erects Rafale replica outside Air Chiefs house bang opposite Congress HQ

first_imgNew Delhi: A replica of the Rafale fighter aircraft has been put up outside the official residence of Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, which is attracting huge attention. The replica has come up right across from the Congress headquarters at 24, Akbar Road. The Rafale replica has replaced a Sukhoi SU-30 model. The Air Chief’s official residence is 23, Akbar Road, just opposite the main hub of the Congress, which had made the Rafale deal one of its main election issue. The purchase of the Rafale fighter aircrafts by the BJP-led NDA government had erupted into a big political controversy with the opposition, especially Congress President Rahul Gandhi, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of influencing the deal.last_img read more

Gangsters aide gets bail in gruesome murder case

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court has granted bail to the shooter in the brutal murder of a 46-year-old property dealer, who was shot dead last year as part of a suspected gang rivalry.The shooter, a close aide of infamous gangster Parvesh Mann is the prime accused in the case, where the victim was shot seven to eight times at point-blank range near Ashok Vihar. The victim, Suryaprakash alias Babloo was shot dead in his car in August last year. Babloo, himself a close aide of the rival Gogi gang had several cases of murder against him and also supplied Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagarweapons. As per the investigation by police in the case, Kuldeep alias Sachin Mann and Parvesh Mann along with other members of his gang had planned to kill Babloo because of a personal dispute between him and Mann, a close aide of Neeraj Bawania, leader of the notorious Bawania gang. Police found Mann had managed to turn Babloo’s close aide Surender on him. Interestingly, Surender was in the driver’s seat of the car when the shooting took place and remained unscathed. Investigators later discovered his role in the murder and named him as an accused in the case. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceKuldeep’s lawyer, Rishi Pal Singh said investigators recovered the car allegedly used in the crime from the accused’s house and no incriminating evidence was found in it. Moreover, Singh argued that the purpose of not granting bail was preventative and not punitive. The judge, passing the bail order for Kuldeep had said that since the Forensic Science Laboratory report on the CCTV footage from the incident was not yet available, the accused be granted bail as long as he complies with all conditions imposed.last_img read more

Visa Mastercard agree to cut fees they charge merchants who accept credit

OTTAWA — Visa and Mastercard have agreed to reduce the fees they charge merchants for using credit cards to complete transactions, a move one business group is calling an end to the credit card “arms race.”The voluntary agreements, submitted to the government separately by the two companies, will result in an average effective card “swipe” rate of 1.5% for the next five years, Finance Minister Joe Oliver says. The reduction amounts to a 10% rate cut, according to the Finance Department.While not massive, the reduction will be welcomed by small merchants, says Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. “Small businesses will be pleased to see the first ever reduction in interchange rates in Canada,” he  said in a statement.“As merchants have endured years of regular rate hikes, almost as important is the commitment to freeze the average interchange rate for the next five years.”But one senator who has been advocating for regulation of interchange fees calls the cut “practically meaningless.” Pierrette Ringuette points out Visa and Mastercard had spiked rates by 25% in the past two years.“Today’s announcement shows once again this government is unwilling to take any real action on their repeated promises to lower excessive credit card acceptance fees that costs Canadian business and consumers more than $5-billion a year,” he said.“Canada will continue to have some of the highest fees in the world. Visa and MasterCard are laughing all the way to the bank.”Business groups had lobbied the government hard to force cuts, but the government was reluctant to impose interchange rates on the credit card giants.Mr. Oliver welcomed the proposed reductions, which are expected to take effect no later than April. “These commitments represent a meaningful long-term reduction in costs for merchants that should ultimately result in lower prices for consumers,” the minister said.“As a result of the voluntary proposals, there is no need for the government to regulate the interchange rates set by the credit card networks,” he added.However, Mr. Oliver warned the government could go that direction should Visa or MasterCard fail to comply with their commitments.Under the proposals, all merchants can expect a reduction in credit card fees, but larger rate cuts are expected for small and medium-sized firms and charities. The credit card companies will also be subject to annual audits conducted by an independent third party.American Express did not submit a proposal to reduce rates. It uses a different business model than Visa and Mastercard and the firms it deals with sign onto fixed rate contracts. Even at 1.5% on average, credit card interchange fees are higher than those charged by Interac for debit transactions.Under the proposals a merchant will pay an average $1.50 for each $100 in goods or services paid for with a credit card. The same transaction using a debit card would result in a fee of 6¢, the Interac Network says. However, Mastercard points out that credit card sales carry more risk and offer more convenience.The announcement on Nov. 4 comes more than a year after the federal Competition Tribunal ruled that Visa and Mastercard were being anti-competitive by charging excessive swipe fees and called for government regulation.NDP small business critic Glenn Thibeault called the voluntary agreements a “shameful climb-down” from a Conservative budget promise earlier this year to clamp down on credit card fees. “In the case of merchant fees, there is a clear case for public interest regulation to lower prices for consumers, and help struggling small businesses grow,” he said. read more

Judge orders RBC Capital Markets to pay 75 million Wall Street Journal

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge orders RBC Capital Markets to pay $75 million: Wall Street Journal by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2014 6:26 pm MDT RBC Capital Markets LLC says it’s considering its options after coming out on the losing end of a U.S. lawsuit and reportedly getting hit with $75.8 million in damages.The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a Delaware judge has awarded the hefty judgment to former shareholders of ambulance operator Rural/Metro Corp.The newspaper says the amount is one of the largest damages ruling against a bank over its role as a deal advisor.The Journal says the court ruled last March that the bank gave the board of Rural/Metro Corp. advice that steered it to sell too cheaply to Warburg Pincus LLC in June 2011.The newspaper reports that Judge Travis Laster concluded that Rural/Metro was worth more than Warburg was willing to pay, but to get the deal done, RBC revised its valuation downward to make a lower offer appear worth taking.But the judge also reportedly concluded that RBC was also lobbying Warburg for a role in financing the takeover, which it did reveal to Rural/Metro’s board.RBC Capital said little about Friday’s awarding of damages.“We are reviewing the decision and are considering our options. The process is ongoing so we can not comment further,” spokesman Kevin Foster said in an email to The Canadian Press late Friday. read more

Syria UN agency warns no food left in besieged Palestinian refugee camp

Spokesman Chris Gunness said the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was not authorised to distribute food aid on 18 April in Yarmouk, where more than 20,000 civilians are dependent on UN assistance. “This is the tenth consecutive day that UNRWA has been unable to distribute food assistance inside Yarmouk. Given that an UNRWA food parcel lasts for a maximum of 10 days, from tomorrow there will be no UN food in the camp,” he said yesterday. Prior to the armed conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, Yarmouk was home to over 160,000 Palestine refugees. Since December 2012, fighting has caused at least 140,000 Palestine refugees to flee their homes in Yarmouk, as armed opposition groups established a presence in the area, with Government forces controlling the periphery. “UNRWA remains deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk,” said Mr. Gunness, noting that the repeated resort to armed force has, over the previous month, repeatedly disrupted efforts to alleviate the plight of trapped civilians. As a result, UNRWA was able to access Yarmouk on only 10 days over the 30-day period between 11 March and 10 April, distributing only 3,390 food parcels. “UNRWA demands that all parties cease hostilities and seek to resolve their differences exclusively by peaceful means. UNRWA also demands that continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access is ensured,” Mr. Gunness stated. read more

Direct Democracys Ben Gilroy appears in court over alleged trespassing

first_imgUpdated 6pm ONE OF THE founders of the political movement Direct Democracy Ireland, Ben Gilroy, appeared in court this morning after he was arrested at his home in Meath earlier.Gilroy was arrested at his home in Navan at around 8.45am this morning and appeared before Justice Ryan at the High Court in Dublin today.The case concerned the breach of a court order not to trespass on land at a Kildare stud farm owned by farmer Eugene McDermott earlier this year.Joint receivers to the land at Brannockstown in Naas allege that Gilroy was part of a group that forced agents of the receivers off the land last August.The judge adjourned the case until 22 November to give Gilroy two weeks to file an affidavit and for the plaintiff – the receivers – to respond to this.A number of Gilroy’s supporters joined him in court this morning.Speaking to this evening, Gilroy joked that he had been taken to Dublin “in a special taxi” and said the gardaí “were nice lads in fairness to them”.He acknowledged he could face going to jail for contempt of court, but said: “I believe I am innocent”.Gilroy, who has denied being a member of the Freeman movement, added: “Just as we were leaving the judge said I was free to leave of my own volition. I had a couple of people coming up to me saying: ‘Ben Gilroy is a free man.’”Gilroy was a candidate in last March’s Meath East by-election where he finished a surprise fourth, ahead of Labour’s Eoin Holmes.First published 11.30amlast_img read more

Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years in prison for child sex abuse

first_imgIAN WATKINS HAS been sentenced to 35 years in prison for a string of child sexual offences including the attempted rape of a baby.The final six years of the term will be spent on temporary licence with Watkins serving at least two-thirds of his sentence according to WalesOnline who were at Cardiff Crown Court this afternoon.Two mothers who also plead guilty to charges relating to Watkins abuse and attempted abuse of their children, have been sentenced to 14 years and 17 years in prison.Watkins, the former lead singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets, was arrested last December and charged with more than 20 offences, including the attempted rape of a baby, conspiring to sexually assault a child and making indecent images.The 36-year-old had denied the charges but changed his plea and admitted 11 offences, including sexually touching a one-year-old, encouraging a groupie to abuse her child and making child pornography.Sentencing Watkins, Judge Royce told him:You are a sexual predator. You are dangerous. The public, and in particular young females and children, need protection from you. Much of the attention will now switch to the police investigation of Watkins. Channel 4 news last night broadcast an interview with a former lover of Watkins who claimed that she went to four different police forces, eight times over the course of two years telling them of Watkins paedophelia.Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: Lostprophets lead singer pleads guilty to attempted baby rape >last_img read more

MIT creates glassesfree 3D with layered LCD panels

first_imgThe TV manufacturers and movie studios are pushing the idea of at-home 3D TVs pretty hard these days. Some consumers are biting, but the technology has too many compromises for anyone to get truly excited about. Chief among the list of complaints is the necessity of 3D glasses. Unfortunately, glasses-free 3D has its own laundry list of issues. The smarties at MIT are working on it though, and the early results are pretty cool.You’ve probably seen those holographic pictures in novelty stores that appear to be in 3D from all angles. The technology being developed at MIT uses a similar premise. A holographic TV set would require pixels far smaller than anything we can currently manufacture, but a similar effect can be produced with multiple layers of LCDs.Each small section of a video will be displayed on one of three stacked LCDs. A pattern-calculating algorithm is used to make the screen flicker as the image moves. The result is a shimmery sort of 3D image. Your brain is tricked into seeing depth in the same way that it is with conventional 3D technology. The images aren’t sharp enough yet to satisfy most people, but it’s an interesting demonstration of the technology.The prototype screen used here has an effective refresh rate of 360Hz; far higher than any consumer screen right now. Layered screens are nothing new — the Nintendo 3DS uses layered LCDs. However, this is a much more effective use of the technology. It’s impractical now, but maybe in the future it might bring you comfortable 3D video viewing.via The Vergelast_img read more

An Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima

first_img Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview With IO Interactive’s Sven Liebold About Hitman 2 Stay on target Bandai Namco has made a name for itself for (among other things) releasing video games based on popular anime and manga. One such upcoming title takes characters from across many different Japanese properties and brings them all together in one fighting game. Announced during the Xbox E3 briefing, Jump Force caught the attention of anime/manga fans in attendance and watching at home. Instead of purely being a game with a ton of anime characters, it distinguishes itself because of its setting: the real world. Clearly, this is not your typical anime crossover title.At E3, I got some hands-on time with the title. Truth be told, it was actually quite overwhelming. I’ve never been very good at Bandai Namco’s anime-based games, and Jump Force confused me as much as previous titles. There is a lot going on at once. It’s not always easy to understand exactly what’s happening. With that said, I appreciated how unique the game is. Seeing characters like Goku and Naruto battling Frieza and Sasuke in Times Square is something I could not have imagined. Despite not fully understanding the game, I could see this will be a title anime fans will love.After my hands-on session, I sat down with Jump Force producer Koji Nakajima. During our discussion, Nakajima informed me about various aspects of the game. This includes the character roster, the real-world setting, the accessibility of the controls, and more. After our talk, I got a better understanding of what the team is trying to convey. Even as a person who isn’t a fan of anime-based games, I can tell this one is special.This game has many different characters. How were you able to incorporate all of their signature techniques while making sure the overall game is balanced?Each character has very unique skills so it’s easy to think there’s a very extreme balance between the characters. We tried to keep the characters fairly balanced within a very basic working foundation. A Goku fan might be really happy he’s super powerful but another fan might be very dissatisfied about being overpowered by this character they may not like. We wanted to level the playing field in terms of enjoyment for everybody. We tried to design the characters within a basic framework and work our way up from there.Then we work on bringing out the uniqueness of the characters once we establish their basic foundation. We incorporate their special moves and we adjust their attributes. We design their actions and effects to distinguish characters from each other and make them stand on their own.Jump Force takes place in the real world, but it has anime characters with distinct art styles. How hard was it to balance the real and the imaginary?If we were to slap the characters into our world as is, they would look very plain. They would look very dull, like photoshopped renditions of the characters. We didn’t want that, obviously. The team made our own little arrangements to the characters, little details like their clothing for example. We thought about what kind of material they would use in the real world instead of just copying it from the manga.For example, Luffy from One Piece wears a vest. In the manga, it’s supposedly a cloth material. When we translated that into our game, it looked a little bit too plain as a cloth material. Instead, we changed it to make it look more like leather. We did that to give it a little bit more texture. It also gives it some shine under certain lighting conditions. This makes it fit a little bit better and is more compatible with our visual style.Since the game takes place in our world, how does that help it stand out from other manga-based games set in their own respective manga worlds?What we wanted to do is give players a real huge surprise and give the game a “wow” factor. This game is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Shonen Jump series. We wanted to make it something epic.With previous crossover anime style games, we focused on recreating the anime world itself and incorporating it into the gameplay. That was the whole experience and that was the whole point of it. This time, the approach is to take the manga and anime worlds and insert them into our world. That was a completely new approach and something we wanted to challenge ourselves in doing with the 50th anniversary. I think this will produce a new and fresh experience for the users.What makes Jump Force different from other fighting games currently available on the market? How does it stand out beyond just being another anime-based game?We pushed Jump Force as an action fighting game but it’s not just about fighting. There’s a whole story behind it. We want the game to be a very immersive experience so users can really enjoy this sort of unique world we’ve created.For example, one of the stages is the Matterhorn from Sweden. You can see that Frieza’s spaceship crash-landed in that stage. It’s our real world but it also has some elements from the manga. That’s something that really stands out and differentiates it from other fighting games.Was there any collaboration with the original creators of the game’s characters?There’s actually no real direct collaboration with the original authors of the series and characters. However, Shueisha, the publisher of the Jump magazine, is involved in the development. We are in constant communication with Shueisha to make sure the characters retain their nature and that they are represented appropriately and accurately in this game.Is Jump Force a difficult game for novice players to play? How complex is the combat and how much do players need to learn before becoming competent?In terms of combat, we don’t require a lot of directional or command inputs. This game doesn’t demand a lot of technique or practice. It’s not like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken, or Soulcalibur which requires players to sharpen their skills to attain a certain level of gameplay. We really tried to streamline the gameplay and make it as simple and accessible as possible.As far as the combat system and the level of complexity, it’s more comparable to something like Dragon Ball Xenoverse or Ultimate Ninja Storm. If we go a little further back, perhaps something like the Dragon Ball Budokai fighting game series. It is more along the lines of those series.Jump Force runs on PC and current-gen system. What do these platforms allow the developers to do that wasn’t possible during the last generation?The whole visual direction — the photorealistic depiction and portrayal of the game — wouldn’t have been possible with last generation hardware. We are using Unreal Engine 4 as a middleware. This really allowed us to reproduce what we had in our minds regarding the photorealism and the design direction of the visual style.I’m sure you can’t go into too much detail, but are there plans for post-launch content?Like you said, we can’t really go into too many details. This is the initial announcement so we can’t really comment on any specific DLC post-launch. However, our goal and mission for this game is that we want to make it an experience that is fun and engaging for everybody. Whether you’re on the casual spectrum or the hardcore spectrum, we want a very equal and enjoyable experience for everybody.We also want to promote longevity in the game. We want the users to play for a long period of time. To promote longevity, we are preparing various content, mechanics, and systems. As far as what they are, we will announce those in the coming days. Please stay tuned for future updates.Lastly, who is your favorite character in the game and why?It’s difficult to name and single out one character. It’s a little bit of a risky situation, so I’m not going to go there [laughs]. I will say one thing though. There is a character I really feel strongly about that did make it in this game. It might be something unusual, maybe a little bit unexpected, but it’s in there and it will be revealed shortly.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Irresponsible Predictions For GDC 2019

first_imgStay on target The Game Developers Conference isn’t really a place to expect breaking news. The event is for people who actually make video games to meet up and network and learn from each other. As a journalist, I almost feel kind of weird going, like I’m not supposed to be there. And the stories I do write are about diversity among game developers, indie trends, and hands-on impressions of games you wouldn’t expect to get high-profile previews.And yet for whatever reason GDC 2019 has an unusually high amount of newsworthy buzz surrounding it, so much so that we have a few predictions for what we might see at the San Francisco show next week.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Xbox EverywherePart of the reason we’re so excited for this GDC is because some of its biggest potential news has been leaked already. This is especially the case for Microsoft, who seems poised to shed its dependency on hardware and bring Xbox games to any machine that will have them. We already know Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android, but it also seems very likely that it along with the Game Pass streaming subscription will bring these online services to Nintendo Switch as well.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Google’s Video Game ConsoleThis is another rumor that’s been all but confirmed by the company itself, but we expect Google to unveil some sort of gaming console at its GDC panel. This could be a Chromecast with a controller for Android games, a full-on living room gaming PC, or anything else in-between. But it is happening and it’ll be the biggest test yet for Google’s burgeoning Project Stream service, for playing AAA console games on anything with a good internet connection.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Hints of PlayStation 5While rivals keep throwing out different gimmicks, the total market dominance of the PlayStation 4 probably has Sony thinking they can stay the course just putting out straight-forward video game consoles. We don’t expect a PlayStation 5 to get formally revealed at GDC. Sony isn’t even going to E3 so we don’t expect to see that console anytime soon. However, it is coming, and this GDC would be the right time for developers to start hearing some of Sony’s behind-the-scenes plans… and then leak those plans to the public.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Epic vs. SteamThe bloodiest war currently happening in gaming isn’t between consoles, it’s between PC game stores. For the longest time Steam was basically a monopoly for buying PC games, and fostered a problematic culture as a result. But flush with Fortnite cash Epic is giving Valve a real run for its money by snatching up exclusives left and right for the new Epic Games Store. The everyday game developers at GDC are sure to get tons of pitches on why they should bring their projects to Epic’s platform with its more generous share of profits. But we’re curious to see if Valve fires back and how.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Finally, Video Game Developers UnionsThe biggest drama at last year’s GDC was the confrontation between agitated video game workers hungry to unionize their industry at last and the IGDA that seemed disinterested in helping them. Things have only gotten worse in this industry when it comes to treatment of workers and unjust layoffs. Just ask former Activision, Telltale, Boss Key, and Capcom Vancouver employees. Game developers want to unionize. The AFL-CIO wants game developers to unionize. I and plenty of other players who appreciate the value of human labor want game developers to unionize. Hopefully at this year’s GDC we get even closer to making it actually happen. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Sarri amused by the term Sarriball

first_imgChelsea’s Italian manager believes his team cannot challenge for the title this year because his methods take time to implementMany fans are calling the style English Premier League club Chelsea is currently playing “Sarri-ball” in honor of current Italian manager Maurizio Sarri.Currently, the club is second in the standings thanks to six victories, two draws, and zero defeats.Chelsea and Manchester City have the same points, 20, but the goal difference has the Blues in the second position.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The whole Sarri-ball thing amuses me. I don’t go on social media, but I did see the fans post these videos with the most passes,” he told Football London.“If I have to be honest, the Chelsea fans aren’t even sure what Sarri-ball means. They invented this term, pronounce it all in one word and carry on. It’s very funny.”“It’s a dream to be here. I walked into Stamford Bridge and hear this shout: ‘Mauriziooooooo!’ Then the chants, it makes you want to pinch yourself,” he commented.“They usually do that for those who have won, but what have I won? I couldn’t believe it.”last_img read more

Ramos not happy with Abu Dhabi win says the whistles are

first_imgReal Madrid took their third Silverware in Abu Dhabi as they grabbed their third consecutive Club World Cup .However, it appears Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos is unhappy with the whistles he received throughout as it seemed fans in the United Arab Emirates are still angry at him for the injury Mohamed Salah sustained during the last 2018 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.“The whistles are inexplicable,” he said to TVE after the game as quoted by Marca.“I think you have to respect the figures of football.”And even with a poor start to the season, Ramos claims Real Madrid are still alive and kicking in all competitions.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We are doing well in every competition,” he said.“Real Madrid cannot be considered dead.“In the end, we will be up there fighting for all of the titles.”Having lost out to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, this is the first trophy of Los Blancos’ seasonlast_img read more

Inside SheKnows Medias Purchase of HelloFlo

first_imgSheKnows wants to change the conversation around women’s health. To that end, the 17 year-old digital brand has announced its third major acquisition, purchasing women’s health brand HelloFlo and retaining its founder, Naama Bloom, as senior VP of integrated marketing. When HelloFlo’s first viral video—Camp Gyno, an advertisement for the brand’s “Period Starter Kits”—dropped in 2013, acclaim was widespread (The Huffington Post called it “the best tampon ad in the history of the world”) and marketers soon came knocking, keen to have their brands ride alongside HelloFlo’s content.  A major part of the acquisition is bringing in Bloom to head branded content, not just for HelloFlo but across SheKnows Media’s verticals, including BlogHer and Stylecaster. Before establishing HelloFlo, Bloom spent eight years in various marketing leadership roles at American Express. Bloom and Skey have high hopes that integrating HelloFlo’s content (and Bloom’s marketing expertise) into SheKnows will help both brands pursue their similarly aligned missions to unprecedented heights. The HelloFlo acquisition is expected to close this month, but Bloom has already begun in her new role. Since its debut in 2012, HelloFlo has made a considerable splash in the digital media world—thanks in large part to viral videos like “Camp Gyno” and “First Moon Party,” infusing educational women’s health content with a humorous-but-no-nonsense approach, one that’s resonated with consumers to the tune of over 50 million YouTube views. “SheKnows has a respect for their audience in a way that felt very in sync [with HelloFlo],” Bloom adds. “I’m running integrated marketing, but I have a strong belief that just because something has a brand’s stamp on it, does not mean it can’t be super high quality content and can’t advance a conversation forward. We’re really aligned there. I can’t wait to put my stamp on it.”More on this topic Online Media Companies Evolve Beyond the Banner Ad Folio Top Women: Samantha Skey FOLIO: Recognizes the Top Women in Media Folio: Top Women in Media – 2014 Honorees SheKnows Buys Competitor BlogHer SheKnows Makes Key Exec AppointmentsJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by “When I started talking to brands about doing other videos and I would get pushback on creative, I was like, ‘You came to me because of Camp Gyno but you would’ve never approved Camp Gyno,'” Bloom continues. “If you want to work with me and you want me to create this kind of stuff, you have to take a little bit of a leap of faith that I am going to treat your brand with respect, but I’m going to integrate it into the conversation that my brand has and that I personally have with the women in my life.” “I’ve been thinking about marketing challenges for brands much beyond feminine care for way longer than I’ve been doing women’s health,” says Bloom. “So the idea that I would be able to work with other brands across other categories was really exciting to me.” HelloFlo’s three full-time employees (including Bloom) will make the transition over to SheKnows. Additionally, Skey says the company plans to further develop and invest in Learn From Her, HelloFlo’s newly launched e-learning platform. For SheKnows, which receives over 81 million unique visitors each month, adding HelloFlo was part of an effort to increase its coverage of women’s health issues, something both Skey and Bloom identified as a gap not just across SheKnows’s portfolio, but in the media in general. Bloom knew that she had built something special, but recognized that HelloFlo needed a stronger platform to truly realize its potential. That’s where Samantha Skey, SheKnows Media president and CRO, came in. Naama Bloom “Sam and I met for coffee, and it was just an instant girl crush both ways,” Bloom tells Folio:. “We started talking about what Sam was doing and what I was doing, and it was obvious very quickly that we wanted to work together.” All of this at a time when, according to both Skey and Bloom, attitudes about women’s health and the female body are evolving rapidly—not just among consumers, but among brands, too.Samantha Skey “You don’t need to have silly images of women running through fields of flowers to talk about menstrual cycles. You can really trust women to handle a more direct conversation,” says Skey. “We’re interested in women’s health as a platform for empowerment and an area where the conversation could just improve so much,” Skey adds. “We had strong mission interests, but didn’t necessarily have the brand or the talent to address women’s health as aggressively as we do now.”last_img read more

Panel Directs GAO to Study Impact of Deferred Maintenance on Readiness

first_imgIn response to concerns over DOD’s policy to stop fully funding facilities sustainment, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the state of the department’s facility sustainment and recapitalization program, according to report language attached to the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The congressional watchdog agency should address:to what extent has DOD met its goals for sustainment and recapitalization of its facilities?what is known about the condition of facilities and the trend in conditions since fiscal 2011?to what extent have the services addressed deferred facility sustainment needs and what is known about the impact of deferred sustainment on facility condition and mission readiness?what is known about the effect of facilities sustainment and recapitalization policy and funding since FY 2011 on the quality of life of personnel and installation readiness?The committee cites testimony earlier this year from John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, acknowledging the services are accepting risk in not sustaining, restoring and modernizing facilities.  To better track and limit the risk, Conger previously directed the services to fund sustainment to at least 90 percent of the facility sustainment model, standardize the collection of facility condition data and develop mitigation plans for facilities that are in failing condition.The legislation is scheduled to go to the House floor this month, after the Armed Services Committee approved it Thursday. The readiness panel’s portion of the authorization bill can be found on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Hero MotoCorp Launches New Xtreme in India Price Availability Details

first_imgHero MotoCorp, India’s largest two-wheeler maker has launched the updated Xtreme motorbike in India with a price tag of ₹68,725.The new refreshed Xtreme comes in two variants-front- only disc model and the front and rear disc version. While the front-only disc model is priced at ₹68,725, the latter is available for ₹69,530.The new model packs features like pilot lamps, a digital-analogue instrument cluster, first underseat mobile charger socket, dual finish exhaust muffler, redesigned LED tail lamps, engine immobilizer and redesigned LED taillights. Under the hood, the new Xtreme retains the same engine of its predecessor.The bike packs 150cc, single cylinder; air-cooled engine, which can churn out a power of 14.4PS and a peak torque of 12.8Nm. The engine comes mated to 5-speed transmission and comes with both kick and self start options.The bike will be available in four colours in the domestic market – blue, red, orange and white and has already hit showrooms across the country, as reported by OverDrive. According to various report, the company is also working on the Sports version of Xtreme, which will be more powerful than the current model.Earlier in March, Hero launched its Splendor iSmart motorbike in India with a price tag of ₹47,250 (ex-showroom Delhi).The Splendor iSmart, which comes equipped with stop-and-start i3S technology, packs 100-cc air-cooled, 4-Stroke Single Cylinder OHC engine. The engine can churn out a power of 5.74 KW (7.8 Ps) at 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 0.82 Kg-m (8.04 N-M) @ 4500 rpm. The bike is offered in four colour variants – Sports Red, Leaf Green, Excellent Blue and Heavy Grey.In March, Hero had posted 11.9 percent increase in its total sales to 5.24 lakh units as against the corresponding month last year.(ED:VS)last_img read more

Rain ends heat spell but no relief from humidity

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata received light rainfall late on Monday night bringing a temporary relief from the sweltering heat that the city had been experiencing for the past few days.People in the city and other districts, who had been under a tremendous heat spell for the past few days, have heaved a sigh of relief as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted rain and thundershower in various South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours. People from the districts such as Birbhum, Nadia, Bankura, Malda witnessed rainfall along with gusty wind on late Monday evening. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA hailstorm hit some parts of Birbhum. A thunder shower is expected to lash other districts like North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and adjoining parts of the city on late Monday night. The MeT office said the mercury will slide down by a few notches but the discomfort may not be reduced as the humidity is still expected to be on the higher side. The sky will remain partly cloudy in South Bengal districts, including the city. The people will get respite from the scorching sun during the day time. The temperature will go down by 2-3 degrees in the next few days. Interestingly, the temperature may be slightly higher during night if comparison to the temperature, which is normally witnessed during this time of the year. The sky in various parts of South Bengal will remain cloudy till May 15. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the weather office prediction, North Bengal districts will receive heavy thunder shower in the next 48 hours. Hail storm is also likely to hit some districts in North Bengal as a result of which tea gardens may face some damages. There will be occasional downpour and gusty wind in South Bengal which will provide some relief to the people for a while. There will be some discomfort as the humidity will be slightly higher, weather office said. It may be mentioned here that entire South Bengal has experienced scorching sun for the past one week. The temperature touched 42-43 degree Celsius in the Western districts such as Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore. The average maximum temperature in the region remained high throughout the day in past couple of days due to the inflow of northwesterly wind to the state from the neighbouring states. There has been little moisture incursion into Gangetic Bengal and thereby preventing the formation of a storm-triggering system. “Temperature will slightly go down in South Bengal. There is a prediction of rainfall in various districts of South Bengal in the next two days. Kolkatans may experience discomfort because of high humidity in the air,” a senior weather official said.last_img read more

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first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. Related Content News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | August 13, 2009 Canada’s Nuclear Reactor Down Until 2010 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more August 13, 2009 – The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed disappointment with reports from the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) that the aging nuclear reactor at Chalk River, Ontario, which produces most of the medical isotopes for Canada and the United States, will not be back up and running until the spring of 2010.In the meantime, doctors will have to be patient, as technetium-99 supplies are rationed. The reactor produces medical isotopes such as molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), which produce technetium-99 used in diagnostic nuclear imaging scans.The AECL identified nine sites at the reactor in need of repair. Corrosion experts are advising the AECL, as the group works closely with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, whose safety inspectors are directly involved at the Chalk River site.The AECL assured the Canadians that the repairs are not a public safety issue, adding there is no threat to workers on site or the environment.The Canadian ministers of health and natural resources had issued a joint statement Wednesday night saying they’re disappointed that the Chalk River facility won’t be back online until the first quarter of 2010.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more last_img read more

Watch a video of the best Tico Times front pages from our

first_imgThis video should make you feel wistful for yellowed, crinkly old newspapers. There’s something distinguished about seeing big, important stories laid out on newsprint. Over the decades, The Tico Times covered many stories significant to Costa Rica and the region.Videographer Robert Isenberg put together this short clip of Tico Times front pages, which captures some extraordinary moments throughout Costa Rican history.The Tico Times had been publishing a print edition since 1956 (with a 12-year hiatus during the 1960s and early ’70s) before shutting down the hard copy in 2012. These Tico Times covers told some amazing stories.Our very first front-page story (May 18, 1956) covered a threat to Costa Rican coffee, of course. Throughout the years, the paper’s small staff has reported on  highs and lows.From mournful breaking news: We included a cover on the death of Costa Rican President José Figueres Ferrer (June 15, 1990). Figueres disbanded the army in 1948 and helped transform the country into a democracy. And of course there was all the incredible reporting during the years of Central America’s wars (and peace). We also accounted for the deadly magnitude-7.2 earthquake that leveled Limón (April 26, 1991). Feel a little nostalgic for old times? Hit play on the video above and take a journey through the decades in Costa Rica. Facebook Comments Related posts:Why a new logo? Former Tico Times photojournalist, painter Julio Laínez dies at 76 Sinéad O’Connor’s video on Facebook causes a stircenter_img There were also front pages of great joy. Prince Philip delighted the country with a visit (March 21, 1975). In 1990, Costa Rica celebrated a stunning World Cup victory over Sweden (June 22, 1990).last_img read more

Orthodox Jewish community leaves Guatemalan village after clashing with Mayan population

first_imgRelated posts:For Guatemalan Q’eqchi’ community, accessing health care depends on finding someone to speak their language Guatemala’s indigenous peoples change strategy to seek more political representation In Guatemala City’s Zone 4, a new effort at urban renewal Clash over development plans leaves 8 dead in Guatemala GUATEMALA CITY — A community of 230 Orthodox Jews from several countries Thursday began leaving the Guatemalan indigenous village where they lived for six years after claims and counterclaims of discrimination and threats.Their exit from San Juan La Laguna, on the banks of Lake Atitlán and 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the capital Guatemala City, follows a meeting Wednesday in which Jewish and indigenous representatives failed to reach an agreement.“We are a people of peace and in order to avoid an incident we’ve already begun to leave the village,” Misael Santos, a representative from the Jewish community, told AFP.They had received threats, Santos said.“We have a right to be there, but they threatened us with lynching if we don’t leave the village,” he added.Most members of the small Jewish community are from the United States, Israel, the U.K. and Russia, and around 40 are Guatemalan. Approximately half are children.Since October, the local indigenous population has accused the Orthodox Jews of discriminating against them and of violating Mayan customs.The Council of Indigenous Elders said the Jewish community “wanted to impose their religion” and was undermining the Catholic faith that is predominant in the village.“We act in self-defense and to respect our rights as indigenous people. The [Guatemalan] Constitution protects us because we need to conserve and preserve our culture,” council spokesman Miguel Vásquez told AFP. Misael Santos, a member of the Orthodox Jewish community, looks on during a meeting with leaders of San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala, on Wednesday. AFP Facebook Commentslast_img read more