Tentative agreement averts strike by Quebec provincial park employees

first_imgMONTREAL — A full-blown strike by employees at Quebec provincial parks that was set to begin today has been averted after the two sides reached an agreement in principle.About 300 workers were already off the job at Quebec’s provincial parks network, known as SEPAQ, and the looming job action by hundreds more had threatened to disrupt the plans of thousands of vacationers at the start of Quebec’s busiest summer holiday season.The union says all strike action is being suspended while the agreement is put to a ratification vote in the days ahead.A statement from union president Christian Daigle says he is happy with the agreement and that vacationers will be able to enjoy SEPAQ’s services.No details of the tentative deal were released, however, union members had been seeking a single salary structure for all employees along with annual cost-of-living increases.In the event of a strike, management had said it planned to keep parks open to the public with reduced services.A statement from SEPAQ says it expects all operations to resume on Sunday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Autism Experts Say The Syndrome Is Better Understood Now Than Ever

Rabat – Dr. Andy Shih, senior vice President of Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization from the United States, said that he is very optimistic regarding the future of autism in the world, adding that scientific research has contributed in the understanding of the syndrome better now than ever before.Speaking to Morocco World News on the sidelines of the Global Autism Summit that took place at the medicine faculty in Rabat over the weekend, Dr. Shih said that in the field of autism, having knowledge in itself is not enough, pointing out that there is a need for “the help of the government, the policymakers, the professional communities and families that there are opportunities and solutions out there that can make their lives better.”Dr. Shih also said that part of his work is trying to help all these stakeholders understand that it is possible to have a better future. “However, the main thing is that there is a need to work together and to respect the right of individuals and families of autism that they are entitled to health and education and other services like everybody else in the community,” adding that “the ways to support them are not expensive and at the end of the day can benefit the society in general.” He went on to highlight the importance of awareness and the role of media, saying that they can help the population understand that people with Autism are like everybody else and that they are not unproductive.“They need love and support like everyone else, they have challenges as well as strength and if you help the community understands that life would be better for everybody,” he said.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Official Norway cruise ship engines failed from lack of oil

COPENHAGEN — A maritime official says the engines of a cruise ship failed off Norway’s coast during a storm because they didn’t have enough lubricating oil.Lars Alvestad, the head of Norway’s Maritime Authority, said Wednesday that low oil levels were the “direct cause” of the engine failure that stranded the Viking Sky on Saturday.Alvestad says safety systems detected the problem and automatically stopped the engines to prevent a breakdown.Viking Sky’s crew sent a mayday call and anchored in heavy seas to keep the ship from being dashed on rocks in an area known for shipwrecks. Five helicopters lifted 479 passengers off with winches.The rescue operation ended Sunday when the engines restarted. The ship travelled under its own power to a Norwegian port with nearly 900 passengers and crew members onboard.The Associated Press read more

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Tax on booze cigarettes motor vehicles up

Click here for the new tax list: newtaxes-20120331 The government also said that there was an 81 percent increase on the number of motorcycles imported to Sri Lanka in 2011 as compared to 2009 and a 298 percent increase in three-wheelers.The Ministry said that as a result steps were taken to increase the production tax on vehicles taking into consideration, and with the aim of reducing the rapid increase of the importation of motor vehicles, traffic congestion and the increased demand for fuel. The government announced an increase on taxes on almost all types of motor vehicles today in a move it claimed was aimed at reducing the number of new vehicles on the road and demand for fuel. The Ministry of Finance however said that there will be no change on the production tax on agricultural tractors, buses and lorries.Accordingly the production tax on petrol cars which an engine capacity ranging from below 1000 cc, between 1000 – 1600 cc and 1600 – 2000 cc have been raised to 200% from the present 120%.The production tax on petrol cars which has an engine capacity ranging between 2000cc to 3000cc has been raised from the current 154% to 250% of the total import value. A statement by the Ministry of Finance said that the government had also decided to revise the tax on cigarettes and Liquor with effective from today. Production tax of Hybrid cars which has an engine capacity of below 2000 has been increased from the present 51% to 60% of the total value. The government also announced an increase on the excise duty on a liter of imported beer by Rs. 50 and a liter of locally brewing beer by Rs. 5 as well as Rs. 60 on a liter of hard liquor.The tax on cigarettes has also been increased to reflect a one rupee price increase on all cigarettes sold in the market, the Ministry of Finance said. The statement said that compared with 2009 Sri Lanka saw a 121 percent increase in the number of motor vehicles imported to the country in 2010 and a 147 percent increase by last year. read more

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Premiers and governors continue talks on energy climate change and the economy

Premiers and governors continue talks on energy, climate change and the economy by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 29, 2016 3:21 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan, center, speaks French as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, left, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, listen to a translation during a news conference after a meeting of the New England’s governors and eastern Canada’s premiers to discuss closer regional collaboration, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) BOSTON – The New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers praised their working relationship Monday as they wrapped up an annual meeting in Boston that they described as a continuation of talks started last year on energy and climate change.Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan said they expect to have a strategy ready by next year on how they can meet targets for greenhouse gas reduction.“We intend for that work to continue at the officials level and it may well be that the governors and premiers will take some part in that between now and when we meet in 2017,” he said.Last year, the premiers and governors committed to lowering greenhouse gas reductions by 35 to 45 per cent of 1990 levels by 2030 and upwards of 85 per cent by 2050.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball said he took the opportunity to promote the Muskrat Falls hydro project but the emphasis now is getting it completed.“Our concern right now is to finish this project, get it on schedule, and to get it on budget as best we can,” he said at the closing news conference.Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said green energy from Canada will play a big role in helping to reduce the use of traditional power sources.“We are currently in the process of working with our colleagues from Connecticut and Rhode Island on a three state procurement of hydro and wind from Canada, upstate New York and Maine which I think has the potential to help us to reduce our carbon footprint,” Baker said.The governors avoided wading too deep into the conversation about the upcoming U.S. election, instead emphasizing the strong economic relationship between the New England states and eastern Canadian provinces.“The value of these relationships are much bigger than any one person,” Baker said.New Hampshire Governor Margaret Wood Hassan — who is running for a seat in the Senate — went a bit further, when asked specifically about Donald Trump.“I do think it is fair to say that Donald Trump does not reflect the people or the ethos of my state,” she said, adding that the election results should not impact the relationship between the states and provinces.“The Canadian-American relationship is so strong, as you see represented here, when we remember what binds us together and what we have in common, we do great things together.”MacLauchlan said the premiers and governors will invite businesses from the six states and five provinces to next year’s meeting in Prince Edward Island in an effort to generate more trade.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton. read more

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Global finance officials argue benefits of free trade

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, left, joined by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaks at the “Financing For Peace: Innovations to Tackle Fragility” session during the G20 at the 2017 World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON – The world’s major economies are united in their belief that free trade delivers healthy economic growth. But they also agree that more needs to be done for those left behind, and the new Trump administration is letting it be known that it intends to make sure that America’s trade deals are fair for U.S. workers.German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told reporters Friday that if more isn’t done “we will see more protectionism and countries retreating from globalization.”Schaeuble spoke with reporters Friday at the conclusion of two days of talks among finance ministers and central bank presidents from the Group of 20 major world economies. Germany is chairing the G-20 this year.The G-20 discussions were being held in conjunction with the spring meetings of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank, which are scheduled to conclude Saturday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen were representing the United States at the discussions.In comments prepared for the IMF meeting, Mnuchin said the United States wanted to see the IMF “more robustly fulfil its surveillance mandate,” which includes monitoring the currency policies of IMF member nations to make sure they do not manipulate their currencies to gain trade advantages.President Donald Trump has vowed to sharply reduce America’s huge trade deficits, which Trump says have cost the country millions of well-paying jobs.“In our view, excessively large trade surpluses, like excessively large trade deficits, are not conducive to supporting a free and fair trading system,” Mnuchin said in his remarks to the IMF panel.All of the talks this week have been dominated by concerns about growing anti-globalization sentiment represented by such events as Trump’s surprise election victory last November and the vote by Britain last summer to exit the European Union.At his news conference, Schaeuble dodged questions about whether other countries expressed concerns during the G-20 meetings, which got underway with a dinner Thursday night, about Trump’s America First trade rhetoric.Schaeuble stressed widespread agreement on the benefits of free trade.The G-20 finance officials generally agreed with the assessment made by the IMF on Tuesday in its latest economic outlook — that global growth should pick up this year, helped by improving conditions in the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies.Schaeuble warned that economic policymakers needed “to prepare ourselves” for the end of easy money policy from the world’s central banks. “This will be challenging,” he said.In the U.S., the Federal Reserve has raised short-term interest rates twice since December, is on target for more hikes this year and is weighing whether to begin selling part of its vast portfolio of bonds, a move that also could drive up rates.Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said in a CNBC interview on the sidelines of the meetings that he had not seen anything yet to change the view that the Fed will raise rates two more times this year, but he said the actual rate hikes “are dependent on what happens to the economy.”On when the Fed might begin reducing its massive $4.5 trillion balance sheet, Fischer noted that the minutes of the last meeting showed that central bank officials discussed making a decision on when to begin trimming assets by the end of the year. But he said no decision had been made yet on whether the reductions in bond holdings would start by December or just be announced.Rising interest rates in the United States could drive up the dollar, hurt American exporters and squeeze foreign borrowers who took out loans they have to repay in the U.S. currency.At a time of rising tensions over Syria and North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Schaeuble said “the geopolitical risk is by far the (biggest) risk for stable economic development.”In addition to the prospects of the global economy, finance officials also grappled with problems facing individual countries.IMF managing director Christine Lagarde held what she described as “constructive discussions” with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, but her statement gave no indication that the parties were close to a new agreement.The IMF has refused to participate in a bailout of Greece until it is convinced that the troubled country can pay its debts over the long haul — something the IMF says will require debt relief from Greece’s eurozone creditors.Bailout inspectors from the IMF and European Union institutions are expected to return to Athens next week to discuss Greece’s budget targets and whether the country needs to further cut pensions and make it easier for employers to fire workers.The meetings in Washington attracted protesters. Anti-poverty activists said that the World Bank must expand its definition of poverty so more needy people around the world can be helped.Terri Ford of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said that 75 per cent of the world’s poor and the majority of people living with HIV/AIDS reside in countries which the World Bank currently classifies as some bracket of middle-income. by Martin Crutsinger And Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Apr 21, 2017 8:20 am MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Global finance officials argue benefits of free trade read more

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UN rights experts say fight against racism must be unremitting to be

The fight against racism must be unremitting to be successful, according to the oldest of the United Nations treaty-monitoring bodies, which opened its latest session in Geneva today. “Many people face institutional and systemic forms of racism in areas such as access to justice, education, health, employment, or housing. Many people are the target of racist hate speech and hate crimes, whereas the community is now viewed more as a threat than as a force,” said Adam Abdemoula, Director of the Division of the Council and the Treaty Mechanisms of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) opening the ninety-third session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) at the UN Headquarters in Geneva.“We are living in an alarming period in which racism is rehabilitated and legitimized in the name of security and nationalism,” Mr. Abdemoula explained. The 178 States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which marked its fiftieth anniversary last year, commit themselves to ending all forms of racial discrimination – defined by the Convention as any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin. The Committee monitors implementation of the treaty. Mr. Abdemoula pointed out that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has recalled that although the ratification of a treaty is primarily a commitment to their people, many States do not respect their reporting obligations, adding that in this case, “a very large number of outstanding reports remain.” The Director of the Division of Counsel and Treaty Mechanisms encouraged the Committee to work with States Parties to reduce the number of overdue reports. Mr. Abdemoula recalled that the Program for Strengthening and Improving the Functioning of the Organization, which supports States parties in strengthening their capacity to fulfill their treaty obligations, has produced concrete results to improve the reporting rate. Noting that it was not necessary to yield to the hierarchy of oppression, Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of the Committee, expressed regret that there had been no significant improvements in the racial discrimination suffered by many around the world. “On the one hand there is little room left for hope, but on the other hand there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel for people who help each other and for those who believe that it is possible to arrive at a fair and equitable world,” she explained. Ms. Crickley denounced “the global toxic discourse” of justification of the processes of strengthening security, including the profiling against Muslims globally, and that the legacy of the slavery of people of African descent continues. She also rejected the hierarchy of oppression. The Committee, an 18-person expert body, monitors compliance with the Convention, assessing to what extent each State party is meeting its obligations, and making recommendations for Convention implementation. The current session is set to review the implementation of the Convention by Kuwait, Russian Federation, the United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Djibouti, Tajikistan, Canada and New Zealand. read more

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Football Johnnie Dixon sheds injuryplagued reputation with spring game performance

OSU redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) scores his second touchdown of the Spring Game on April 15. Scarlet beat Gray 38-31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith around four minutes left on the clock, Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins took a snap for the Scarlet team in the annual spring game, and connected with redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon for an 18-yard touchdown. Although any score is celebrated between the player who crossed the goal line and his teammates, this one especially got the sidelines in a frenzy.For Dixon, it had been three years in the making.“It was a lot of fun for me. Haven’t been able to catch a passing touchdown since high school days,” he said. “It’s always fun to go out and be able to compete because I’m fully healthy.”After being plagued with leg and knee injuries his first two years in Columbus, Dixon is finally in a physical state to compete. Last season, after dealing with arthritic knees, the Palm Beach, Florida, native had to sit and watch OSU play in a bowl game without him.Even worse, he had to watch the Buckeyes receive a 31-0 drubbing from Clemson.After struggling to stay on the field, and missing most of his first two seasons with the Scarlet and Gray, it had became almost too much for him. Dixon said he was nearly at his wits end, and was having thoughts about his future as he sat in his locker in Phoenix, Arizona, with a pained expression on his face.“I did not think I was going to be here,” he said after the spring game.OSU coach Urban Meyer was unsure what to do with his wide receiver who just couldn’t seem to play long enough to make an impact.“Johnnie is an enigma,” Meyer said after the spring game. “He’s a very highly recruited guy out of Dwyer High School, a very talented guy, nice person. But he got here, had this tendonitis and issues in his knees, and he would go two practices and have to miss two. And it was frustrating for all of us. When he was healthy, he just didn’t make plays, because he would never practice enough to get in the rhythm.”But, just four months removed from the day he thought his career might be over, Dixon shed the shell of an injury-plagued wideout, and performed in front of 80,000 fans in Ohio Stadium. It might not have been a real game, but it was still an immense step forward for a guy who thought his career was over.“It’s amazing,” Dixon said. “I haven’t missed a day of practice. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that. It was amazing. Every day to be out there, to bring the energy to the group and all that. It was an amazing feeling.”With the lack of a deep threat last season, Dixon showed he very well could provide downfield potential on Saturday.He torched redshirt sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield on a 44-yard fade route from redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow. Sheffield got his head turned in the wrong direction, and Dixon made him pay with a score.However, perhaps the most impressive feat for Dixon was his showstopping juke, leaving three defenders in the dust. On a pair of knees that have been known to fail him before, Dixon pulled off the best move of the day.The crowd seemed to hold its collective breath for a moment, before letting out an exuberant cheer.Dixon enjoyed putting his moves on display, and even seemed to surprise himself.“I haven’t done that one since elementary school,” he said.Coming into 2017, Dixon has just seven career receptions for 55 yards. On Saturday, he posted six receptions for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and consistently appeared up to the task of being the shifty down-the-field target OSU has been missing.Burrow was especially impressed with his performance. “When I got here two years ago, I thought he was a freak athlete,” Burrow said. “I didn’t really know he had the injury problems and obviously they just kept building up. This spring, it looks like he’s been healthy. He’s had a great spring. Obviously really fast, really explosive, and he’s a great guy to have on the team.”Still, the fact of the matter remains that Dixon has a history of limited play due to problematic knees. Even though injuries to the lower extremities have ended the careers of wideouts early in the past, Dixon isn’t worried about what could come if he goes down again.“I’m not concerned about it,” he said. “You gotta let that go. You can’t think about it. Just continue to hit my rehab how I am. If I’m feeling good like this every day, I feel like I can do it in the season.”It’s been a long journey for Dixon to even get on the field for a simple intrasquad scrimmage. Whether he can stay a relevant factor on offense remains to be seen.Dixon will get his chance again when OSU kicks off the regular season on Aug. 31 against Indiana. read more

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Android 23 for Intel Atom will arrive in January 2012

first_imgMuch ado has been made about Intel and mobile platforms. Following massive sales of the first iPad, Intel wasn’t entirely convinced about bringing its processors to the mobile computing space. Yet, the chip manufacturer had its eye on Android. With plans for Honeycomb, Intel will bring Gingerbread to Atom E6xx series processors.Since its inception, Android has run on ARM-based chips. Yet, this didn’t sit well with people who wanted to port Android to Intel processors and Intel seems to have heard the clamor. In June 2010, Intel announced that it was working to port Android 2.2 Froyo to x86 processors for netbooks, and that it would be sent to developers later that summer. Earlier this year, Intel announced that it would partner with Google to bring Android 3.0 Honeycomb to its processors.Now the spotlight is on Gingerbread for Intel’s processors. With Android steadily eating up market space, it’s no surprise the Intel would move towards Gingerbread. Android 2.3 has support across a wide swath of phones which is a prime opportunity for Intel to extend its reach.The expected release date is January 2012. Gingerbread 2.3 will run on Intel Atom E6xx series processors. These processors, part of the family formerly known by the codename Queens Bay, were designed for use in embedded devices and were first introduced at the 2010 IDF where Intel touted them as being their first generation of processor-based S0C. Don’t expect to see the E6xx/Android running on a smartphone though, this solution will be used in embedded systems, such as digital signage and fitness equipment.This is a solid move for Intel as it has been mostly absent from the mobile computing space (even if this isn’t a mobile play specifically). With such a huge presence in desktop computing, it’s no surprise that Intel would want to double its efforts, and therefore increase its market share. The surpise seems to be Intel’s talk of the aging Gingerbread, as opposed to Ice Cream Sandwich.Carrypad via Liliputinglast_img read more

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Indonésie le programme de lutte contre la déforestation en danger selon Greenpeace

first_imgIndonésie : le programme de lutte contre la déforestation en danger selon GreenpeaceGreenpeace indique que le programme de lutte contre la déforestation mis en place par l’Indonésie pâtit de l’influence des industries productrices d’huile de palme et de pâte à papier.Le gouvernement indonésien avait mis en place en mai 2010 un moratoire visant à réduire la déforestation sur son territoire. En échange d’une aide d’un milliard de dollars accordée par la Norvège, le programme avait été rendu possible.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airMais dans son rapport “REDD Alert” Greenpeace affirme que des programmes industriels prévoient de tripler la production d’huile de palme d’ici 2020 et de pulpe et pâte à papier d’ici 2025. Les industries, de mèche avec des fonctionnaires, se serviraient des textes et de leurs définitions ambiguës afin de classer les forêts dans les catégories “dégradées” de façon à légitimer la plantation de palmiers à huile ou d’acacias. Les zones de plantation envisagées comptent pour 40% des forêts indonésiennes encore présentes (l’équivalent de la surface de la Norvège et du Danemark réunis).Le risque de voir les fonds REDD (réduction des émissions liées à la déforestation), “qui sont destinés à soutenir la protection des forêts, être en fait utilisés pour favoriser leur destruction” est bien réel pour l’association écologiste.Selon les experts de l’Onu, la déforestation représente 17% des émissions globales de gaz à effet de serre, soit plus que le secteur du transport.Le 24 novembre 2010 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Une faille dans Safari le rend vulnérable au phishing

first_imgUne faille dans Safari le rend vulnérable au phishingUne société de sécurité sur Internet a mis a jour une vulnérabilité particulière du navigateur iOS qui le rend sensible au phishing.Le phishing, tout le monde connaît, ou presque. Il s’agit d’une méthode utilisée par les hackers pour dérober les données personnelles d’internautes en le renvoyant vers un vrai-faux site, bancaire la plupart du temps, afin de lui dérober ses informations personnelles. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La copie est souvent parfaite mais l’adresse URL est facile à identifier, ce qui rend cette pratique évitable. Sauf que les experts de la société MajorSecurity viennent de mettre à jour une faille spécifique à Safari qui pourrait inquiéter, explique Business Mobile.Le navigateur iOS permet en effet aux pirates d’afficher dans la barre supérieure du navigateur une adresse légitime associée à un site piégé. Une démonstration permet d’ailleurs de s’en rendre compte puisqu’on y voit une page Web signée www.apple.com qui était en réalité hébergée par cette société. Touchant iOS 5.0 et 5.1, cette faille a été transmise à Apple.Le 26 mars 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The Best Mobile VR Apps

first_imgTo experience virtual reality, the tech wonks say, you need a beefy-ass desktop PC hooked up to an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive, a hardware layout that will run you hundreds of bucks (or a PlayStation 4 with PSVR, but that’s close to the same cost). But the whole point of the future is to make high-tech available to just about everybody. That’s why Google, in their infinite wisdom, developed a VR platform for smartphones called Cardboard.With a simple eyepiece that your phone slides into, you can dive into 3-D virtual spaces anywhere. Sure, a phone can’t deliver the polygonal power of a bigger computer, but app developers are geniuses at doing more with less. Goggle up and come with us on a tour of the most impressive mobile VR apps to date.Jaunt VROne of the most logical uses for VR apps is to capitalize on the sheer volume of panoramic photography out there courtesy of Google Street View and other explorers. Jaunt VR is a free app that lets you virtually travel to locations all over the globe, as well as enjoy VR experiences built around popular TV and movie properties. The sheer volume of content available through this service makes it a great place to start.VR NoirAdventure games are a compelling use of the platform, and one of the best is VR Noir. Placing you in the role of private detective Veronica Coltrane, you investigate a murder in classic style. The interactive elements are fairly minimal and the performances aren’t quite A-list, but the holistic experience is a whole new step forward in storytelling. It does end on a cliffhanger, though, so if you need closure be warned. Available for android and iOS.InCellGame developers are still trying to figure out the best way to deliver unique experiences directly to your eye sockets, and InCell is one of the most successful. The popular title puts players in control of a tiny spacecraft zipping through a human cell, battling influenza viruses. It sounds dry, but it plays out like a twisted version of F-Zero as you whip through microtubules at breakneck speed picking up proteins. Available for android and iOS.CoastialityIf YouTube reaction videos are anything to go by, the #1 use of these things is strapping them on an elderly relative and running a roller coaster simulator. Coastiality is our favorite of the many on the market, featuring real 360 degree recordings of real coasters from around the world. All you need is for somebody to barf hot dogs on the back of your neck for the full experience. Available for android and iOS.Chair In A RoomHorror might be VR’s killer genre, as anybody who played Resident Evil 7 with goggles on can tell you. Losing your peripheral vision and being trapped in the experience ramps up the tension exponentially. One of the best horror experiences we’ve seen is the oddly-titled Chair In A Room, a tale of psychological abuse that also makes amazing strides on a technical level. Available for android.End SpaceShooting seems to be one of the most popular mechanics for VR games, and few pull them off with the skill of End Space. Putting the player in the pilot’s seat of a small, fragile fighter, you bob and weave through massive space conflicts. Available for android.SistersAnother top-flight horror experience, Sisters plants you on the couch of a ratty Victorian drawing room and opens the doors to a panoply of eldritch horror and jump scares, anchored by a creepy duo of porcelain dolls. What might seem hokey in a film becomes infinitely more effective in the sealed world of virtual reality, and being forced to look around to trigger scenes just intensifies the panic. Available for android and iOS.Crossy RoadOne of the most popular mobile games of the last few years makes the jump into VR, and first-person immersion actually does a lot for Crossy Road. The basic Frogger-like gameplay is unchanged, but now you have to look around furiously to make sure no cars are coming before you fling your helpless chicken into harm’s way. Available for android and iOS.last_img read more

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Watch Scientists Explode Lava to Study Volcanoes

first_imgStay on target Watch: Italy’s Mount Etna Volcano Erupts, Spews Lava Into Night SkyUSGS: Please Don’t Roast Marshmallows Over an Erupting Volcano Researchers at the University at Buffalo are mixing molten rock with water so you don’t have to.(Seriously: Do not try this at home.)In nature, lava-water interactions can make volcanic activity more dangerous (think Hawaii’s Kilauea and Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull), or have no effect whatsoever.“Sometimes, when lava encounters water, you see huge, explosive activity. Other times, there is no explosion, and the lava may just cool down and form some interesting shapes,” according to Ingo Sonder, research scientist at the UB Center for Geohazards Studies. “What we are doing is trying to learn about the conditions that cause the most violent reactions.”Ingo Sonder, a research scientist at UB’s Center for Geohazards Studies, stirs the molten rock as it melts inside the furnace (via Douglas Levere/University at Buffalo)By cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock and injecting them with water, the team hopes to shed light on the basic physics of these often-dangerous confrontations.Through a series of 12 experiments—in which water injection speeds ranged from 6 to 30 feet per second and lava was held in insulated steel boxes between 8 and 18 inches tall—results varied greatly.Research shows that spontaneous explosions can sometimes happen when there is at least a foot of molten rock above the mixing point. Larger, more brilliant reactions tend to occur when water rushed in more quickly, and when lava was held in taller containers.“If you think about a volcanic eruption, there are powerful forces at work, and it’s not a gentle thing,” lead investigator Sonder said. “Our experiments are looking at the basic physics of what happens when water gets trapped inside molten rock.”The project—a long-term, ongoing study led by the University at Buffalo—published its first results this week in the Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Solid Earth.Eventually, findings could improve scientists’ ability to assess the risk that volcanoes near ice, lakes, oceans, and underground water sources pose to surrounding communities.“The research is still in the very early stages, so we have several years of work ahead of us before we’re able to look at the whole range and combinations of factors that influence what happens when lava or magma encounters water,” study co-author Greg Valentine, director of the Center for Geohazards Studies at UB, said in a statement.“However, everything we do is with the intention of making a difference in the real world,” he continued. “Understanding basic processes having to do with volcanoes will ultimately help us make better forecasting calls when it comes to eruptions.”More on Geek.com:USGS: Please Don’t Roast Marshmallows Over an Erupting VolcanoMt. Vesuvius Eruption Probably Exploded Skulls, Vaporized BodiesDrone Footage Helps Rescue Hawaiians Trapped by Lavalast_img read more

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World Soy Foundation Campaign in Full Swing Push the Button Give your

first_imgThis harvest, U.S. soybean farmers will spend countless hours in the fields gathering a portion of the food and feed for the rest of the world. Seeing that tank on the combine fill up quickly with high-yield soybeans and pushing the button on the master control lever to pour part of a season’s worth of work into the bin is sure to bring a smile to any farmer’s face.While farmers take to the fields, armed with the latest reports, technology and most of all, eager determination, the World Soy Foundation (WSF) kicked off a new year of the Acre Challenge with a campaign and is looking to partner with all those farmers “pushing the button” as they harvest their acres. The campaign’s slogan “Push the Button. Give Your Acre. Be Part of the Solution.” relates back to their deep roots in agriculture. The Foundation was founded by farmer leaders that believed in the power of their soybean crop to be part of a solution to relieving world hunger and malnutrition.Those farmers posed a challenge to their fellow growers through the Acre Challenge. They challenged other growers to give the value of just one of their acres of soybeans and be part of the group of U.S. soybean farmers helping to alleviate hunger around the world. This new campaign urges farmers to consider joining the WSF and the Acre Challenge during their harvest. As that button is pushed to pour out acres and acres of soybeans, the value of just one of those acres could make a world of difference to a hungry, malnourished child in countries across the world like Guatemala, Honduras or South Africa. It also urges farmers who have shared an acre, to challenge others and spread the word to friends and family about how they, too, can help reduce malnutrition worldwide.Click HERE to watch a video on the campaign and the WSF.So, during this harvest, consider the campaign’s motto and “be a part of the solution” to reducing malnutrition and hunger. Push the button for the WSF and share the value of an acre, then challenge others to do the same. Click HERE to check out an infographic, “Hunger vs. the Power of Soy”, to learn how the value of an acre is more than just dollars and cents.To “push the button,” click HERE to give securely online. Or, you can simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price), and mail a check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, MO 63141.last_img read more

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Kidnapping charge dropped as woman pleads guilty to lesser charge

first_imgA 21-year-old mother was sentenced to 21 days in jail and 30 days on a work crew in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a man near Orchards Park in June in a ploy to recover stolen marijuana.As part of a plea bargain, Valentine P. Brown of Yacolt pleaded guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. In exchange, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss a second-degree kidnapping charge against her.Freddie Johnson, 18, and Anthony Olsen, age unknown, responded to a Craigslist ad for medical marijuana, said Brown’s defense attorney, Todd Pascoe. Brown and her husband, Frank Brown, met Johnson and Olson at Orchards Park on June 15 and kidnapped Johnson after Olsen allegedly ran off with two pounds of marijuana from the couple instead of buying it, according to a court affidavit.Frank Brown allegedly grabbed Johnson and ordered him into the couple’s vehicle. Johnson said he complied because Frank Brown’s substantial size intimidated him, Pascoe said. Frank Brown is 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, according to court records.The couple told Johnson that they would drive him to a nearby waterfall and shoot him in the head if he didn’t convince Olsen to return the marijuana, the court affidavit says.last_img read more

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Monroe County Sheriff detective loses home in fire

first_imgMARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detective lost his home and possessions in a fire earlier this week, and now his fellow officers are asking for help for him and his family.According to the department’s Facebook post, the blaze broke out Wednesday night at MCSO Detective John Underwood’s home in Marathon, destroying it entirely.A GoFundMe account was set up for the family with their goal at $20,000. If you’d like to help, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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American Express Publishing Expects 15 Percent Ad Revenue Jump in First Half

first_imgAmerican Express Publishing announced today that it anticipates a 15 percent jump in advertising revenue and a 10 percent bump in advertising pages for the first half of 2011. The publisher claims the boost comes from gains in advertising categories such as travel (+22 percent), fashion (+104 percent)), jewelry and watches (+36 percent) and Household Equipment (+68 percent). Magazine titles include Travel + Leisure, Food + Wine, Departures and Executive Travel.”The rise in consumer confidence particularly among the affluent consumer and their desire to spend on luxury goods and services is driving our advertising growth,” said American Express Publishing president and CEO Ed Kelly in a statement. “Our recent study of Affluence and Wealth in America produced by American Express Publishing and Harrison Group shows that high net worth individuals are interested in spending quality time with her friends and family while enjoying memorable experiences in the here and now. We see this trend impacting our business, particularly in our largest growth category, travel.” Departures posted a 63.1 percent jump in ad pages in the first half of the year, according to FOLIO: sister publication min, while Food + Wine was up 6.1 percent. Meanwhile, ad pages for Travel + Leisure fell 5.5 percent for the first half, according to min. While min does not track Executive Travel, Publishers Information Bureau reported a 28 percent drop in ad pages for that title in the first quarter of 2011.last_img read more

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Wilmington Rotary Club To Host Community Ice Bucket Challenge On August 18

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For This Saturday, August 17In “Community”Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For August 17In “Community”VIDEO: Watch A PSA For This Year’s Wilmington Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For August 17In “Videos” WILMINGTON, MA — August is designated “Ice Bucket Challenge Month” until a cure for A.L.S. is found. Last year’s enormous success was terrific, but further monies are needed for continuing the research into curing this hideous disease. Towards that end, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be holding another Community-Wide Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 18th at 10:00 AM. The Challenge will be held, rain or shine, at Rotary Park and everyone is welcome to come and join with Rotarians for this Challenge.A.L.S., commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” is a fatal degenerative neurological condition that causes progressive dysfunction in the nerves that control both voluntary and involuntary muscle movement.Help us make this a success! Last year we had over 200 participants. It’s a great opportunity to challenge anyone. The Rotary Club is hereby challenging all dance studios, service clubs businesses and sports teams. Come and join all of the Wilmington High’s sports teams again this year. Challenge your “favorite” relative or neighbor? Everyone is welcome.Perhaps you did the Challenge last year or perhaps this would be your first time. Please plan on joining us either as a participant, or spectator. People of all ages will be able to join in the fun. We will have plenty of buckets, ice and water. If you have a favorite bucket, please bring it. As this is a fund raising event for A.L.S. research, we ask that you bring a donation of any amount with you on August 18th.This year, we have added a “Leadoff Package” including two tickets to the Monday, August 20th Red Sox/Cleveland Indians game, a $ 50 Gift Card to Eastern Standard, an eatery five minutes from Fenway Park and a $ 50 Gift Card to the Red Sox Souvenir Shop. Bids may be made by phone to “Scooter” Cunningham at 978-944-0155 or by Facebook at The Rotary Club of Wilmington and entering your bid under “Comments”.If unfortunately you’re unable to join with us, donations in any amount can be sent to Wilmington Rotary Club, P. O. Box 503, Wilmington, Ma. 01887. Be assured that 100 % of all funds raised will be donated toward A.L.S. research.(NOTE: The above press release is from Wilmington Rotary Club.)last_img read more

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CITU wins BDL polls

first_imgPatancheru: The CITU has by 27 votes defeated INTUC in the BDL (Kanchanbagh) Employees’ Union elections with the support of TRSKV union. This is its second victory. Union leader Yadagiri said the win has been possible because of its relentless efforts for workers’ welfare, describing it as ‘workers’ victory.’ As against the 2012 votes polled, out of the total 2043 votes, the Star symbol of BDL Employees’ Union (CITU) secured 990 votes, while INTUC got 963. The BMS got only 53, while six votes were declared invalid. Workers in the BDL Township celebrated the CITU win by bursting crackers and distributing sweets. Union members garlanded Ambedkar’s statue and took out a victory rally in the township. Union leaders Yadagiri and Kasi Reddy, while thanking the workers, assured to stand by them.last_img read more

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