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WatchHardhit Alberta may be eligible for federal relief amounting to 60 per

OTTAWA — The Liberal government has confirmed that Alberta may qualify for a financial boost under a little-known federal program to help ease the province’s economic pain from falling commodity prices.As The Canadian Press reported Thursday, the province could be eligible for payments under the fiscal stabilization program, Finance Minister Bill Morneau acknowledged during question period.Provinces can make claims under the program when their revenues tumble by more than five per cent from one year to the next.Oilsands dodge bullet in new royalty regime based on revenues, not oil pricesThe Alberta government has projected a double-digit decline in revenues in 2015-16 due to the steep slide in resource prices.“I spoke yesterday with the Alberta minister of finance to see how we could work together and I’m pleased to say that he understands that there’s a stabilization fund that Alberta can apply for,” Morneau said Friday.“The potential is up to $250 million. Should they apply, we would work expeditiously to move forward on that request.”Payments from the program were capped in the late 1980s at $60 per provincial resident. Alberta’s population is about 4.1 million.Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci told CP earlier this week that he was looking forward to a discussion with Morneau about possible federal help for the province’s finances.He didn’t get into the details, but when asked whether he might ask the federal government for a loan, he replied: “Yeah, potentially.”Ceci said he would also like to see Ottawa speed up promised infrastructure investments and provide more support for getting pipeline access to tidewater.Last fall, the Alberta government projected its revenues would sink 11.5 per cent from 2014-15 to 2015-16. Experts say it could end up worse than that because oil prices have continued to drop.“Albertans are hurting,” Ceci said.A senior federal government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a fiscal-stabilization payment was just one of several possibilities Ottawa is exploring as it scrambles to find ways to help the hard-hit province.In preparation for the spring budget, the federal government has also instructed bureaucrats across many departments to generate “innovative ideas” that could help provide specific relief for the Alberta economy, said the source, who wasn’t authorized to disclose details publicly.Alberta’s woes are “dragging down the entire Canadian economy,” the source warned.Potential solutions being bounced around include fast-tracking infrastructure spending and tweaking the usual, per-capita infrastructure funding disbursement formula to reflect economic need, the source noted. Another idea being examined is a boost to direct transfers to individuals, perhaps through modifications to the employment insurance program.The Liberal government pledged to enhance EI during last fall’s election campaign and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to inject an additional $60 billion over 10 years into infrastructure projects. Only $17.4 billion of it, however, was earmarked to flow during the Liberals’ first mandate.Trudeau is scheduled to visit Alberta next week. The Liberals made an electoral breakthrough in October by capturing four ridings in the province. Before that, the party had been shut out there since 2004.The federal budget is expected to be released in March. read more

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Picture perfect night for Gabby

Gabby Horner-Shepherd was searching for a prom date and in the end found two.Zack Bowman, a goalie in the Ontario Hockey League, and Constable Jeremy Renton, an officer with the OPP, escorted Gabby to the prom at Waterford District High School on Saturday night.Gabby, who has special needs due to a genetic disorder, is in her final year of high school.Shannon Horner-Shepherd, Gabby’s mom, created a website and video prior to the prom searching for a special someone to take Gabby to the dance. She said that they had around 25 applications to be Gabby’s date.Renton knew Gabby previously through his involvement in coaching her sledge hockey team. He was one of the first people to reach out after the website was made.“I think everyone deserves to go to their prom. It would break my heart if she didn’t have a date and she didn’t get to experience that type of event,” said Renton.He found out about the hunt through the video that Shannon had posted.“I knew right away he was very genuine in his offer, and that’s what I wanted was someone who was very genuine and could see Gabby for who she is,” Shannon said about Renton.Renton said that dancing the night away with Gabby was his favourite part of being her prom date.“It was the most amazing night of my life. We closed the place down, we literally danced the whole time we were there,” said Renton.Bowman did not have a previous connection with Gabby, and reached out to Shannon after seeing the video.One of his friends had shared the video of Gabby and Shannon and he saw it on his phone after getting off of the ice following a hockey practice.“I couldn’t say no. I couldn’t let her not have the time of her life that night,” said Bowman. “I was fortunate enough that Shannon congratulated me and said that Gabby was going to have two dates.”The night was emotional for everyone involved.“I was so happy to see Gabby smiling, she just looked incredibly beautiful,” said Bowman. “At the end I had to fight back the tears when I saw Gabby and Shannon dancing together.”Bowman said that he was standing beside Renton watching the pair dance and Renton said, “This is what it’s all about.”“That was the worst thing he could have said, I got so emotional. Someone cut the onions in that room, that’s for sure,” Bowman joked.“Zack quite honestly melted my heart,” said Shannon. “His reasoning for wanting to do it was heartwarming. He never had a chance to go to his own senior prom, because of his own involvement in hockey, and that was one of his reasons.”Gabby’s support staff Jonnelle Legault and April Guthrie got dressed up with Gabby to be there with her on her special night. Also joining the group was Shannon.Alex Paige, a Dover resident, offered to take the photos before they headed off to prom.Shannon said that Gabby’s favourite part of the night was her dates.“Well, because she’s a 21-year-old girl, she was just in awe of those two. She loved the dancing, she loves being around people,” said Shannon. “There was unconditional love for her just pouring out of them.”“They both were just phenomenal.”astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Ugol Rossii 2013 highlights safety and innovation

first_imgWith over 760 exhibitors from 25 countries, Russia’s leading mining equipment show, Ugol Rossii & Mining, was recently held for the 20th time . Some 25,000 visitors gathered information on the latest technologies at the Kuzbasskaya Yarmarka Exhibition Centre in Novokuznetsk from 4 to 7 June. The organisers Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and Kuzbass Fair stated that this year’s event represented the largest and most international trade fair ever held in Novokuznetsk.In a total exhibition area of 41,500 m2 in addition to companies from the Russian Federation there were also 192 international exhibitors from Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, and the UK exhibiting their products. In addition to this, there were joint stands from the United Kingdom (ABMEC), Poland and the Czech Republic. Forming part of a strong German presence a dozen exhibitors from North Rhine-Westphalia also attended as part of a small, subsidised unified group.The organisers went on to quote some testimonials from exhibitors: “The Russian market is an important market for us. One of three markets. Ugol Rossii & Mining is the industry meeting point for us and therefore a key fixture in our agenda. For our industry this is the most important place. Therefore we met the three most important customers on the first day of the trade fair already,” says Frank Kriechel, Head of the Product/Market Segment Mining Europe at ContiTech Transportbandsysteme. “For the mining industry Ugol Rossii & Mining is the most important event of the year. Here in the Kuzbass basin you meet all key accounts in one place,” says Richard Kandzia, Proxy & Sales Manager Materials Handling at Thiele in Iserlohn. Finally, commenting on the trade fair, Thomas Blak, Sales Engineer at Eickhoff Bergbautechnik in Bochum, said: “As coal mining in Germany is dwindling the Russian mining industry with giant potential is getting more and more important and this is why we are represented at Ugol Rossii & Mining every year.”A focal theme f0r 2013 was safety and health at the workplace, as the Russian state is asking for more safety precautions and nearly all companies are investing in the expansion of their capacities to meet this demand. Approximately 40 companies presented technologies for the early detection of, and protection against explosive gases as well as personal protective equipment as part of a Special Show entitled “Safety and Health at Work“, within the wider event.last_img read more

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Peter Coroneos to head Asia Pacific branch of international cybersecurity think tank

first_imgSenior cyber policy expert and industry leader Peter Coroneos has been appointed by the Paris-based international NGO, Cybersecurity and cybercrime Advisors Network (CyAN), to lead its efforts in the Asia Pacific region.Founded in Paris, France, in 2015, CyAN is an international not-for-profit think tank, bringing together experts from a range of disciplines: cyber policy, cyber law and technology, including expertise in cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and malware mitigation, working together to assist private and public organisations and governments to build a more secure online world.After his long tenure at the helm of the Australian Internet Industry Association, Coroneos is now an internationally recognised authority on cyber policy and cyber security speaker, offering consulting services on cybersecurity policy and best practice through his personal venture Coroneos Cyber Intelligence. Coroneos led the Australian Industry Association from 1997 to 2001 and has also represented the industry to Senate, Joint and House committees. His appointment as Regional Head, Asia Pacific was announced by CyAN president Jean-Christophe le Toquin, who called it a significant step for the organisation and reflects CyAN’s mission to bring timely and effective cybersecurity advice to both government and business.“I have personally known Peter for nearly 20 years. I met him when he was leading the Australian Internet Industry Association and I was running EuroISPA, the pan-European association of European Internet Services Providers Associations. “I have always been inspired by his passion for internet issues, his commitment to building a trusted environment for internet users, and his obvious subject-matter expertise across a wide range of areas and issues.” The CyAN board, which unanimously approved this appointment, was impressed by Peter’s leadership role, including the development of the ‘icode’; a malware detection and mitigation initiative which saw him invited twice to the White House to advise the Obama Administration. The US subsequently introduced a similar scheme which today protects tens of millions of users, with the icode covering most users in Australia. Mr Le Toquin added “The list of Peter’s achievements is long and we are delighted to have him join our leadership team to help spread best cyber practice and capacity throughout the Asia Pacific region”. In accepting his appointment, Coroneos thanked CyAN saying: “The times we live in call for international cooperation and information sharing and CyAN is a perfect vehicle for that. “As we saw with WannaCry and NotPetya, the threats are global and spread almost instantaneously with no regard for borders. “So, we cannot move too quickly to empower vulnerable businesses and users to become more prepared with what are likely to be escalated attacks in 2018. “I will do my best to engage the strong cyber talent that exists locally, so we can target our regional efforts more effectively.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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VIDEO Roman Reigns trains for WrestleMania 31

first_img WWE has a new video up with Roman Reigns training and preparing for this Sunday’s WrestleMania 31 PPV and his main event match against Brock Lesnar.You can view the video below. Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCould The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? WWE Announces Roman Reigns’ Retirement Dwayne Johnson Videos Articles Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) last_img read more

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Saayii Tolof Part 327 EPISODE 27 Difficult Marriages – Amanda Joye

first_imgMourning Uncle Francis Faddy and Aunty Susan Sabelle came to pay condolence to Aunty Joko and Amanda Aminata they came with money for family support and wept bitterly.Uncle Francis Faddy  He lamented on the problems facing his company; “I would have given more but cannot because of the problems my company is facing you know I owe 80% share and your father/husband own the rest but I cannot give you a bulk due to the problems but as soon as things get better I’ll give you a bulk to lift you up from this predicament you found yourself in.”  Aunty Joko and Amanda Aminata thanked the couple for their concern and prayed long life and happiness for them.Hoyan Hotensia    She is very kind and empathetic she counseled her cousin and aunt; “Mandy, Aunty Joko take it easy upon yourself it is God’ will you have done everything possible but his will prevail uncle Baaba does no wrong to neighbours, friends, relatives and opponents alike his place is heaven may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.” Wealthy Home   Chief Kutubo thank God for the return and success of his only son as a graduate in obstetrics/gynaecology (OBGN) both parents are very happy as well as Dr. Mam Biram; “I am the happiest person on earth to successfully come back home and meet both parents alive as well as my grandmother my one and only wife.” Chief Kutubo   He called his deputy and council of elders and inform them of the good news of his son arrival and success. Haja Oumu  She prepared his delicacies and local drinks for the celebrations of his return. “I have prepared all his delicacies and favourite local drinks for his enjoyment and he is very happy.” Dr. Mam Biram   “Home sweet home for the past ten years I’ve missed our food and drinks I’ll now eat to my fill and freeze the rest.” Guests laughed heartily. KassimMandy’ special friend is Kassim the shop keeper close to their house he used to help her a lot with small, small things he helps her sell fruits to augment her school fees. She will hawk and give him the leftover to sell for her in his shop.“You are my star and I am your fan a young lady wanting to enter university and hawking to ensure she pays her tuition shows determination and courage and I am inspired.” Amanda Aminata   “Our rich relatives Uncle Francis Faddy and my Aunty Susan Sabelle refused to help us in a big way as we know it Uncle Francis have 80% share while my dad has the smaller share but still we cannot benefit from our small share dad’ sickness was solely shouldered by us as we sell all our valuable assets but dad was equivocal;” “Never think of selling my house which is meant to provide my family with habitation.” Dad told us in very strong terms.  “That was what saved our shelter and we thank God for our father’ resolve what would we have done if we sell our house?” Wealthy Household    Chief Kutubo wants his son to learn how he runs his community but Dr. Mam Biram have another concept of life.  “I want you to learn how the community is being run by me as handed over to me by my father if not the chieftaincy will be taken over by other families on the traditional lineage.” Dr. Mam Biram   “If that was your wish why did you send me to learn to become a doctor to save lives? That is my prerogative I cannot idly sit down on a seat settling disputes and being honoured in glory. You’ll be alive for many years to come sit comfortably on your seat.” Chief Kutubo   “My son needs to inherit the seat traditionally because my community still likes me to lead because I’ve served them very well and I don’t want my family to lose the privilege that is my dilemma and my son is nonchalant.” Haja Oumu She is very bitter with her son;“Mam Biram! Why are you being selfish? Don’t you want my family to retain the chieftaincy title? Do you want it go to other families?” She scolded her son. Chief Kutubo“Take it easy with Mam today’ youth are unlike us if you force they rebel just leave it to me to dialogue with Mam Biram.” Haja Oumu “This is my problem with you, you spoil this young man too much, why do you give him a voice in this situation? He is our son despite being a medical doctor tell him the truth and stick by it.”Aunty JokoAunty Joko is still pious, dutiful and prayerful and has hope that the future will be bright. MandyShe passed her university entrance examination; she came home from hawking with excitement she asked her mother to guess;“Mama guess!” Mama Joko “I cannot guess but it must be very good for this excitement.”Mandy “Maximum mark is 400 and I got 350 sure entry into university to study medicine my speciality OBGN.” Mama Joko   “I am very happy that your effort has not gone in vain my daughter, God has answered our prayers and we should give a thanksgiving though our reality is how to pay the tuition but all the same.” Wealthy HomeDr. Mam is under pressure to marry a wife before he can inherit his father’ seat according to their community tradition.“I cannot marry for tradition sake marriage is a life time undertaking and I should be convinced that I’ve married my vibe.”Haja Oumu   She is furious; “What am I going to do to put sense into the skull of this stupid son of ours? Your dad’ seat security nonchalant, to marry a wife a precondition he adopts the same attitude now he assumes to be our parent not the other way round but do I blame him? It is Chief’ fault he gives him too much leverage.”To be Cont.last_img read more

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Thief sets off firecrackers at Dadeland Mall jewelry store to steal watch

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — It was time for panic for shoppers at Dadeland Mall, Sunday evening, but not a single shot was fired. Instead, what got patrons agitated started with a crafty crook, a pricey watch and some noisy firecrackers.According to Miami-Dade Police, a thief set off firecrackers at a jewelry store inside the shopping center, located at 7535 N Kendall Drive in Southwest Miami-Dade, in order to create a diversion so he could steal the high-priced timepiece.Investigators said the subject went inside Mayors Jewelers and asked to look at an expensive watch. Just after 6:30 p.m., police said, the thief threw firecrackers as a distraction and ran out with the merchandise.The incident triggered panic among shoppers, resulting in a social media flurry of tweets, photos and videos. Some tweets refer to fireworks being set off inside the mall.An Instagram user posted a video showing a few dozen shoppers standing outside the shopping center with the caption, “So i was at Dadeland Mall waiting for john and the (sic) heard a POP and everyone starts running and I ran 2…no idea.”If the incident sounds familiar, that’s because a similar distraction theft took place at the Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, Dec. 31.Surveillance cameras captured the subject asking an employee at the Zales store to look at a Rolex watch. The mall closed at 7 p.m. as scheduled.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “The subject makes conversation with the employee as if he’s going to buy the watch,” Sunrise Police Officer Luis Fernandez told 7News a few days after the theft. “As this is going on, you can tell that the employee is getting more comfortable with the suspect.”Fernandez said this thief did not act alone. “It was a combined effort to set up a distraction, and you could almost see it in the video when he’s on his phone, and as that communication goes off, the fireworks are set, and he’s out of the store,” he said.Just over a week ago, a fight sparked panic at a packed Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater. Police officers from several agencies responded to the scene as if they would to an active shooter situation.But investigators said not a single shot went off, and there were no reports of any guns.“It was like a sight out of a movie, basically,” said Dolphin Mall shopper Carlos Garcia. “It was unbelievable.”Police took a man into custody in connection to the fight.Regarding Sunday’s theft, Dadeland Mall officials issued a statement that reads in part, “A firework was set off in the mall. The area is secure and we will open for business as usual Monday.” last_img read more

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BNP cultural wing leader missing

first_imgJasas logoA leader of the BNP’s cultural wing Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (JASAS) of Jakiganj upazila has been missing for three days.The leader is named as Sultan Ahmed, joint general secretary of Jakiganj JASAS.The victim’s brother Nazim Uddin said that they got an SMS – ‘save me brother’ – from Sultan’s mobile phone on Sunday night.Later, they found Sultan’s mobile phone switched off around 11:30pm.On Monday morning, Sultan also made a call saying, “I don’t know where I am now. Several miscreants wearing masks picked me up to a vehicle.”Later, the phone set was again found switched off, said Nazim Uddin.A general diary (GD) was filed in connection with the missing incident, Syed Imrose Tarek, sub-inspector of Jakiganj police station.last_img read more

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Amit Shah emerges from behind

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah (R) takes notes before Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony as India`s Prime Minister at the President house in New Delhi on 30 May 2019. Photo: AFPAs the battle-hardened drill sergeant for prime minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah has long been considered India’s second most-powerful person, and his appointment Friday as home minister elevates his position to leader-in-waiting.While Modi is the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party’s people person, firing up rallies and mastering Twitter, BJP president Shah has for years made sure that Modi’s orders are carried out to the letter while turning the world’s biggest political party into the unidisputed force across the nation of 1.3 billion people.Shah’s piercing stare and strongarm tactics have made him a feared and respected figure in the Hindu nationalist party — opposition parties and critics call him “ruthless” — a status only increased by his role masterminding the BJP’s second straight landslide election victory this month.Now the 54-year-old Shah, who until this month was neither an elected lawmaker nor a government minister, will take on a more prominent, public role while remaining Modi’s most trusted lieutenant and strategist.”Team Modi 2.0 marks a clear power-shift below the level of prime minister,” the Economic Times said in an editorial.Few have dared in recent years to talk of a successor to the 68-year-old prime minister, but the Times added: “Shah is clearly a claimant to the top job if and when Modi moves aside.”While Modi reigns supreme, the election “saw the emergence of Amit Shah as the heir-apparent,” said Samir Saran, president of the Observer Research Foundation think-tank in New Delhi.”It is clear he is en-route to inheriting the mantle when the time comes,” Saran told AFP, describing Shah as “meticulous, driven and hardworking, certainly no-nonsense and a hard task-master”.While Shah has never been a minister at national level, he is a trained bio-chemist and was also a stockbroker and has used those skills to concoct and gamble with political campaigns.Brothers in armsSaran predicted that India could expect more of the same.As home minister, Shah will be leading the BJP’s agenda in key areas such as internal security and policies that will influence sensitive relations between religious groups.While the prime minister came from a poor family and his deputy from a wealthy business family, they followed a similar career path.Both were raised in Gujarat state and rose through the ranks of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the right-wing volunteer organisation that is the ideological parent of the BJP.After Modi became chief minister in Gujarat in 2001, Shah became his loyal home minister in charge of justice and security. They undermined the opposition Congress party in the state as they have since done on the national stage.Shah was hardline on crime and terrorism as state minister and in the national job he will have to protect Modi’s tough guy image.Shah said during the election campaign that a controversial national register to identify and weed out illegal migrants was a top priority. He will take charge of the effort as the home minister.While Modi was accused of turning a blind eye to deadly anti-Muslim riots in 2002, Shah was accused of ordering police to carry out three extrajudicial killings in 2005. He was banished from Gujarat for two years, but a judge cleared him in 2014 for lack of evidence.After masterminding Modi’s first landslide national election win in 2014, the prime minister called Shah his “man-of-the-match” and made him BJP president.The trust between them has only appeared to grow since.last_img

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Cards Earn Bid to 2020 ITA KickOff Weekend

first_imgThe ITA Kick-Off Weekend is unique in college athletics in that each regional is determined via the Kick-Off Weekend Draft, where each team selects which regional they wish to participate in. Selections are made in order of the final 2018-2019 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Morin-Kougoucheff and fellow senior Brandon Lancaster, were ranked among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s ranked singles players with Morin-Koughoucheff reaching as high as No. 36 and Lancaster standing at No. 104. The two seniors also teamed for a doubles ranking of No. 53 while the duo of Lancaster and senior George Hedley appeared at No. 34 and Morin-Kougoucheff paired with freshman Fabien Salle to appear in national doubles rankings three times, finishing the season at No. 61. . The draft for the 2020 ITA Kick-Off Weekend is complete and the University of Louisville men’s tennis team will travel to Waco, Texas as the No. 2 seed in the Baylor Region. The Cards will take on third-seeded New Mexico in the first round while top-seeded host Baylor will face Gonzaga in the other first-round matchup. This marks Louisville’s 10th appearance in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Story Links About the ITA Kick-Off Weekend The 12th annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend will take place January 24-27, 2020 at 26 different facilities across the country. During that weekend, 60 teams per gender will travel to 15 host sites to participate, with four host schools having earned the right to host both genders (North Carolina, Stanford, Texas, and UCLA). Host sites were selected based on the final 2018-2019 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.center_img Each of the 15 regional host institutions will welcome three other teams for a single-elimination event, with the winners advancing to the National Team Indoors. The University of Wisconsin will serve as host for the Men’s National Team Indoors in 2020, guaranteeing them an automatic bid into the championships. About Louisville Men’s Tennis The Cardinals finished the 2019 season with a 15-12 overall record and stood at No. 61 in the final ITA team rankings. Senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff was named to the All-ACC third team, becoming the first player in program history to earn All-ACC honors three times.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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DC Universe Online can never be sold once activated

first_imgOne of the benefits of playing your games on a console rather than a PC is the number of retailers willing to let you trade in games. Gamers and the big game stores love it, publishers and developers see it as cutting into game sales and generating revenue they never see when a game is re-sold.It’s got to the point now where publishers such as EA are introducing additional costs for gamers who by used games and want to access online content and features. This method of extracting more money is known as Project Ten Dollar.Sony has gone one step further with the console versions of MMO DC Universe Online. The game requires an online connection to play, and Sony therefore activates each game when you purchase it. The activation links the game disc and PSN key to your PSN account forever. That means you can never trade your game because it will only work with your PSN login.Lazygamer checked this with Sony to make sure the game is a one sale, no trade deal. Sony confirmed it was by saying:Once the PSN key has been consumed with a disk it cannot be resold/replayed with the second user adding a sub – only the original consumer can use that acct. So anyone choosing to buy a console version of DC Universe Online should ensure they really like the game before spending the cash as it’s yours forever. This also potentially means you can’t take it back for a refund once activated, but you can check this at point of purchase with the retailer.Read more at LazygamerMatthew’s OpinionFor PC gamers used to buying MMOs this won’t come as a surprise. The game is linked to you through the account you create and the code used. The system then makes that code dead so it won’t work again.For some console gamers this will come as a shock, probably when they approach the counter at their favorite trade-in retailer and get told the game can’t be traded. That’s going to be an especially bitter pill to swallow if you paid full price for the game with no way to get any of the money back on a trade.It could become the norm for PS3 owners if Sony decide to introduce serial keys on new games. That would kill the used game market for Sony’s console at least, but the big publishers would probably insist Microsoft did the same on Xbox 360.last_img read more

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Only 25 million Wii U expected to sell this hardware generation

first_imgWhile the PS4 managed to shift a million units in one day at launch, Nintendo would be happy to sell that in a month right now. The Wii U continues to struggle despite the release of some big name games in recent months, including the HD reboot of The Wind Waker. Now the analysts are taking an educated guess at how badly the Wii U is going to fair during this generation of hardware.The Xbox 360 and PS3 have both sold around 80 million units during their 7 year reigns as current-gen consoles. The Wii on the other hand managed over 100 million. Analyst DFC Intelligence is predicting that Nintendo will only manage a quarter of that with the Wii U, just beating GameCube lifetime sales by selling 25 million units.The GameCube managed 22 million sales and is currently Nintendo’s worst performing console ever launched. And although the Wii U is predicted to beat that total, there’s no guarantee it will, especially with such strong competition entering the market over the past couple of weeks.At the end of September the Wii U has shipped 3.91 million units having had around a year head start on the Xbox One and PS4. The 25 million lifetime sales estimate has been made based on the presumption the Wii U will remain a console focused on Nintendo’s own games, with little in terms of big hits coming from third-party developers and publishers.DFC analyst David Cole believes Nintendo has decided to target a very different audience than those attracted to the Xbox One and PS4. He also suggests selling as many units as the GameCube may actually be the target for Nintendo now.What this suggests to me is that Nintendo will push as hard as it can to keep selling the Wii U, but must already be thinking about the console’s successor. I also suspect it won’t be that long before we see another Wii U price cut. That combined with some more compelling first-party game releases from Nintendo should push sales at least into the double-digit millions.last_img read more

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Open webOS 10 is ready to serve

first_img The webOS team also issued an exuberant news flash, on the heels of the 1.0 release announcement, saying that Open webOS has been successfully ported to a Google Nexus phone. This phone port is still, however, a work in progress. Tom King of webOS-Ports said they are working on getting hardware acceleration.The 1.0 release has Enyo 2 support. Enyo is a JavaScript app framework “You can now take apps built on one of the best cross-platform JavaScript frameworks and easily run these same apps on Open webOS or other platforms,” according to the announcement in the Open webOS blog. HP to make webOS software public by September Citation: Open webOS 1.0 is ready to serve (2012, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-webos-ready.html (Phys.org)—Open webOS, formerly HP webOS, the mobile operating system that was initially developed by Palm, which HP acquired, was let out the door this week as Open webOS 1.0. The good news is that Open webOS can now be ported to new devices, according to the announcement. An OpenEmbedded build runs inside an OE emulator. Core apps that accompany the 1.0 release include e-mail and web browsing. The team behind the release says that there are 75 different components. Explore furthercenter_img © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Earlier this year, Enyo was open sourced under the Apache 2.0 license. The team focused on porting Enyo to work with iOS, Android, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and IE8. Enyo 2.0 includes a cross-platform UI toolkit, and a layout library that supports multi-form factor application designs for building apps.Open webOS, though, still has a stay-tuned sign out for developers. The team behind it aim to cover an aggressive to-do list. In the works, they said, are integration for Qt5 and WebKit2 development tools, and compatibility with ConnMan network management. The ConnMan project provides a daemon for managing Internet connections in embedded devices running Linux. Also planned are enhancements including open sourced media and audio components and the Bluez Bluetooth stack. The Bluez is the Bluetooth stack for Linux. It was initially developed by Qualcomm and is available for Linux kernel versions 2.4.6 and up.According to the team blog, “How long it will take for those additions to come along isn’t clear just yet, but HP is definitely taking their commitment to webOS seriously, and hopes the community will as well.” They said, “We expect to have more Open webOS port announcements in the future and will work with the community to deliver updates.” Developers can explore the release further by going to the Open webOS repositories on GitHub.Steve Winston, chief architect, webOS, performed a video demo earlier this week, running the operating system on an HP PC.last_img read more

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The Worlds Most Popular Puzzle Game – Secrets of the Rubiks Cube

first_imgThe Rubik’s Cube celebrates its 45th birthday this year,  and is still popular today. An estimated 350 million of this smart toy have been sold, earning it a position as the world’s top-selling puzzle type game, and possibly the best-selling toy ever. Rubik’s puzzles now come in different shapes and sizes, but the logic behind them stays the same: To align one side of the cube in the same color and it is extremely difficult.The cube was devised in 1974 by Hungarian inventor Ernő Rubik. More than 350 million have been sold.According to the thorough research of mathematicians there is an amazing number of 43 quintillion permutations one can achieve with this toy and finding a right one is extremely hard, especially because one has to think 20 steps ahead, which is not easy for our brains that are used to thinking ahead, but not that much.Diagram from Larry D. Nichols’ 1972 patent for his “Puzzle with Pieces Rotatable in Groups”. The 2×2×2 cube is held together with magnets.Rubik’s Cube bears the name of its inventor, Hungarian architecture professor Ernő Rubik. He taught at the Budapest School of Commercial Art but is known to the world not for his profession directly, but for his ingenious invention.He studied both sculpture and architecture, and built geometric models as a hobby. While pursuing his hobby he hit on the idea of making a small puzzle consisting of 27 wooden blocks to teach his students about tridimensional objects.Packaging of Rubik’s Cube, Toy of the Year 1980 – Ideal Toy Corp., made in Hungary. Photo by Jpacarter CC BY-SA 3.0It took Rubik himself a whole month to solve his puzzle for the first time. The cube proved to be perfect for teaching algebraic group theory, so he decided to patent it in 1975.Rubik’s Cube partially disassembled. Photo by Curis CC BY 2.5In 1977 the cube started to be manufactured and sold as a toy in Hungary, under the name Magic Cube. After signing a contract with American toy manufacturer Ideal Toys in 1979, the puzzle was rebranded as Rubik’s Cube started to be sold worldwide.This is when the numbers skyrocketed — in 1980, 4.5 million units were sold and the numbers kept on rising. The Rubik’s Cube craze had started. By 1981 it had won best toy awards in Germany, France, the U.K and the U.S., and books on how to solve Rubik’s Cube flooded the market.Soon there were pirated versions all over the place and its distribution was impossible to control.Mountaineer solving Rubik’s Cube during 1982 expedition in Pamir Mountains to peak Tartu Ülikool 350. Photo by Jaan Künnap CC BY-SA 4.0Even with a plethora of YouTube tutorials and other online guides teaching us how to solve the cube available to us today, people still struggle obsessively to crack the mystery. And the feeling is amazing, according to those who have succeeded.There is even talk about Rubik’s Cube addiction being a real thing.The current colour scheme of a Rubik’s Cube.For some, completing Rubik’s Cube has become a lifetime devotion. Graham Parker from Hampshire, England took 26 years to solve it, refusing to “cheat” by looking for the answer online or in a book. Parker told the BBC that he’d spent more than 27,400 hours puzzling over the cube since he bought it in 1983: “He wept when he completed it. It had caused him backache and put a strain on his marriage, he admitted.”For many dedicated fans, once was not enough. They complete Rubik’s Cube time and time again to improve their speed, or add an extra dimension to the challenge such as being blindfold.The 1980s were the years when Rubik’s Cube ruled the world; there were legends about fans so invested in solving the mystery that their marriages were divorced. One fan allegedly developed tendinitis in her wrists from compulsively repeating the rotating motion used to solve the cube.Rubik’s Cube invented by a Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik in 1974. The popular 3-dimensional puzzle was originally called Magic Cube.There still are records to be broken and championships that are held for people to compete who is the fastest in coming to the solution.The competitions are diverse, some are done blindfolded, under the water, only with feet etc. However, the popularity started to decrease from 1982 onward, and in the 90s it seemed that the cube was partly forgotten, except among the diehard fans.However, with the boom of internet and the amount of people that now use it, the Rubik’s cube is regaining its popularity.Read another story from us: How was Stonehenge so Precisely Built? These Cylinders Might Have the KeyPopularity of the toy spiked in 2006 and 2007 following the release of The Pursuit in Happyness in which Chris Gardner (Will Smith) impresses a manager of a major stock brokerage firm by solving the cube during a shared taxi ride, landing himself a life-changing internship. It seems that the mysterious puzzle is here with us to stay.last_img read more

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Gender Identity Why the Fight to End Conversion Therapy Matters

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Hawaii becomes 12th US state to ban conversion therapy for minorsDelaware becomes 15th US state to ban conversion therapyLGBTI ‘conversion therapy’ is quickly being phased out of the United States Andy GarciaAndy is Program Manager at Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. In this role, he strengthens the states working to pass local and state-level nondiscrimination laws by identifying and developing programs and resources, including legal and legislative support, communications resources, messaging, and constituency group expertise. Equality Federation and our members–over 40 statewide LGBT advocacy organizations throughout the country–have a common goal: to protect Sam and tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth like them from the abusive, traumatic and fraudulent practice of conversion therapy. The time has never been more right to pass laws in every state. The issue of conversion therapy, after all, was thrust into the spotlight in 2016 when then vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence, already notorious for signing one of the worst pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation in the country as governor of Indiana, was also outed as a supporter of “conversion therapy.” During his 2000 congressional campaign he went so far as to state on his website that Congress should only target HIV funding to “institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”This underscores what we’ve known for a long time: the belief that conversion therapy works serves to reinforce the widespread notion that sexual orientation and gender identity are chosen and can therefore be changed. So long as our opponents believe that, they will continue to argue that LGBTQ people are not deserving of equal rights. In a country where, under state law, LGBTQ people can still be fired, denied an apartment, or refused service in a restaurant in over 30 states, this is an important connection to make. We have a lot of work to do, including public education. As Equality Federation staff member Amanda McLain-Snipes points out, many LGBTQ people who’ve been subjected to conversion therapy don’t even realize what happened to them until years later when they are triggered by depictions of techniques commonly used in the practice, like those described in this article.The fight for LGBTQ equality, after all, is about changing hearts and minds, not about changing people’s identities. Equality Federation is committed to outlawing this practice before it wreaks havoc on even more young people and their families across the country. Conversion therapy is not new, but it’s time to make it history. Please visit our Legislative Action Center to learn about conversion therapy bills and other legislation in your state and support the efforts of your state equality group on this and so many other important issues. Sam will never forget the small electrified needles that were inserted in their fingertips. They remember the shocks their therapist administered as images of two men being intimate flashed on the screen. Nearly 20 years later, Sam still feels that pain, even when they do something as mundane as hugging someone. Their ordeal began as a 12-year old in Florida when they found themself sitting in a therapist’s office with blocks of ice and hot copper coils being placed alternately on their hands. They describe feeling ruined by these attempts to induce aversion to anything remotely queer. It wasn’t just the physical torture that harmed them but also the psychological warfare that accompanied it. Their therapist explained that all gay men had AIDS, and that Sam themself was dying too. They would go on to believe this for the next 8 years. “I’m dying of AIDS, I’m completely alone, and the government is looking for me.” The government, they were told, had killed all the other gay children, and they would find them and kill them too. That is, unless Sam changed.The problem is, the assumption that they could change is a myth: so-called “conversion therapy” simply doesn’t work. Conversion therapy, known as reparative or ex-gay therapy in some circles, is usually religiously motivated and often involves a variety of techniques, ranging from harmful to downright abusive. Survivors describe tales of induced vomiting, paralysis and verbal abuse, along with aversive conditioning, like hypnosis. Still other treatments approach LGBTQ identity as an addiction. Regardless of the technique, they all have one thing in common: they have been discredited and condemned by every mainstream medical and mental health association in the country, including the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. Take for example this official statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Therapy directed at specifically changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.” eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Warning: this article contains graphic details of certain conversion therapy techniques, which may trigger individuals who’ve experienced them.In the nearly three years since the Obergefell ruling legalized marriage in all fifty states, we’ve faced an uphill battle. Victory has often meant defeating anti-LGBTQ legislation rather than passing proactive, pro-equality legislation. One exception is the fight to protect minors from the harmful and discredited practice of conversion therapy. In 2017 alone, four states–Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico and Rhode Island–passed conversion therapy laws. These laws prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting minors to practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, bringing the total number of states to nine, plus the District of Columbia. This work is also happening on the municipal level. Thirty-three cities in Arizona, Florida, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington have also passed conversion therapy laws. Despite this progress, nearly three-quarters of all LGBTQ minors are not protected. Why is this important? To answer that question, let’s consider what happened to Sam Brinton. The following two tabs change content below. Latest posts by Andy Garcia (see all)last_img read more

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Maverick Helicopters now offering tours of Kauai

first_imgMaverick Helicopters now offering tours of Kauai Tags: Hawaii, New Itineraries Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img KAUAI — Maverick Helicopters is spreading its wings, all the way to Kauai.The award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group is expanding operations to Hawaii’s northernmost and oldest island, Kauai, in quarter two of 2018. The expansion comes after nearly three years of successful operations on Maui and will be its the sixth permanent location.Flights will depart daily from the company’s facility at Port Allen Airport, located one mile southwest of Hanapepe, Kauai.“Maverick Helicopters is thrilled to offer our customers an unforgettable experience on the Garden Isle,” said Bryan Kroten, vice president of marketing at Maverick Helicopters. “With most of Kauai’s striking geographic marvels inaccessible by foot or road, helicopter travel provides the best way to see the island’s natural beauty.”Maverick’s new excursions will showcase Kauai’s spectacular landscapes, including Waimea Canyon, known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’, which stretches 14 miles long, one mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep. Passengers can also view the Napali Coast, Kauai’s 17-mile coastline, velvet green cliffs, cascading waterfalls and the vast Pacific Ocean.For more information go to flymaverick.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 23, 2018 last_img read more

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FlamingoPotrero News

first_imgNo related posts. Our wishes for a full recovery for Flamingo residentJohn Critchley, who underwent an emergency appendectomy recently in San José. Also, our prayers are with Denio and Ewa Mack from Flamingo. They were in San José and are now in the U.S. seeking emergency and extended medical care for Denio.Ladies: The 3rd Annual Gold Coast Women’s Group event takes place Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Mar y Sol Restaurant in Flamingo from 5-8 p.m. This year, the show is being sponsored by Azul Profundo of Tamarindo. “We will be taking your taste buds and fashion sense on a world tour,” organizers say. For each country being showcased, there will be representative beverages, food, fashion and music. Valet parking is gratis, but carpooling is highly encouraged. Individual tickets are $30 and a table of eight is $200. Tickets may be purchased from ReMax Real Estate office located next to BCR, Azul Profundo in Tamarindo (azulprofundoboutique@yahoo.com), Maureen Thompson (Costaricamom@gmail.com) and Anne Scalf (annescalf@gmail.com).Monday, Oct. 8, a dual celebration for Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving Day took place. It honored Colombus’ first voyage to the Americas in 1492 and the Canadian celebration of the harvest and other blessings of the past year.From time to time, there is an outbreak of distemper in our beach communities. Recently, a major outbreak in Brasilito killed more than 70 dogs. Dawn and Sid Scott of Flamingo had spent several days either vaccinating or taking dogs to Dr. Gilbert in Villa Real to be put mercifully to sleep. Dr. Ramírez, head of SENASA in Santa Cruz, was in the loop to help as well. Please get your dogs vaccinated because distemper is very contagious and a horrible way for a dog to die.–Babe Hopkinstbabehopkins@gmail.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Bill seeks to eliminate trawling nets in Costa Rica

first_imgCitizen Action Party lawmaker María Eugenia Venegas on Thursday presented a bill to the Legislative Assembly aimed at prohibiting the possession and sale of trawling nets in the country. The bill also seeks to close a loophole in current laws that allows shrimp trawlers to continue operating, but bans the use of trawling nets on other fishing boats.Environmental organizations Pretoma and MarViva helped draft the bill.According to Pretoma, some 80 percent of the total catch in trawling nets is later discarded. Costa Rica’s shrimp fleet discards some 4,000-6,000 metric tons of bycatch each year. In addition, trawlers snag some 15,000 sea turtles annually.If passed, the bill also would revoke fishing licenses for approximately 100 semi-industrial fishermen who currently use trawlers.Fishing companies in the country have used trawling nets for more than 50 years. Artisanal fishermen also use them, mostly in the Gulf of Nicoya. The bill would provide assistance to artisanal fishermen who quit trawling.The Assembly’s Agricultural Affairs Commission is studying the proposal. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Papua New Guinea invests for tourism boost

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The Papua New Guinea Government has announced its new plans to invest K10 million per year over the next five years to boost international visitation numbers.The country’s Prime Minister Mr Peter O’Neil said the new investment is part of his five-year plan to improve and invest in international tourism marketing and tourism infrastructure.“Tourism offers huge potential for the country, not just in the shape of foreign exchange earnings but just as importantly from the perspective job creation,” the Prime Minister said.“Tourism generates a plethora of jobs in many, many areas, fishing, agri-business, cultural activities, building, sport, transport and hospitality to name just a few.”The Prime Minister explained that the country has some of the most beautiful natural assets to showcase to the world.“Our scenery is breathtaking, our oceans and the opportunities they present to scuba divers and surfers are some of the best in the world, particularly the Kokoda Track, is legendary and everything is overlaid with one of the most diverse and colourful cultures to be found anywhere on the planet.”The Prime Minister added that his intention is to invest K10 million into the country’s tourism sector and to achieve a 20 percent increase in international tourism numbers by the next 24 months.last_img read more

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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgThe top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store by The Associated Press Posted Dec 27, 2018 6:29 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img App Store Official Charts for the week ending December 23, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Heads Up! Warner Bros.2. Minecraft Mojang3. Bloons TD 6 Ninja Kiwi4. Facetune Lightricks Ltd.5. Plague Inc. Ndemic Creations6. Geometry Dash RobTop Games AB7. Rebel Inc. Ndemic Creations8. NBA 2K19 2K9. iSchedule HotSchedules10. Toca Hair Salon 3 Toca Boca ABTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Color Bump 3D Good Job Games2. Brawl Stars Supercell3. Drive and Park SayGames LLC4. Crowd City Voodoo5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream Google LLC6. Instagram Instagram, Inc.7. Snapchat Snap, Inc.8. Light-It Up Crazy Labs9. TikTok – Real Short Videos musical.ly Inc.10. Netflix Netflix, Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft Mojang2. Procreate Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. GoodNotes 4 Time Base Technology Limited4. Notability Ginger Labs5. Bendy and the Ink Machine Joey Drew Studios Inc.6. Toca Hair Salon 3 Toca Boca AB7. Heads Up! Warner Bros.8. Bloons TD 6 Ninja Kiwi9. Geometry Dash RobTop Games AB10. Plague Inc. Ndemic CreationsTop Free iPad Apps:1. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game Amanotes Pte. Ltd.2. Snowball.io Geisha Tokyo Inc.3. Netflix Netflix, Inc.4. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream Google LLC5. Crowd City Voodoo6. Paper.io 2 Voodoo7. Brawl Stars Supercell8. Color Bump 3D Good Job Games9. Amazon Prime Video AMZN Mobile LLC10. Helix Jump Voodoo__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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