Ottawas funding cut threatens Thunderbird Houses future

first_imgAPTN National NewsKnown as a refuge for Winnipeg’s homeless population, Thunderbird House has been stripped of its funding from the federal government.As APTN’s Jaydon Flett reports, the unique cultural centre could be closing its doors to Winnipeg’s most vulnerable.last_img

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Benkirane Decides to Form Coalition Government Without Chabat

Casablanca – Morocco’s appointed head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, has decided to form the government without the Secretary-General of the Independence Party (IP), Hamid Chabat.Abdelilah Benkirane, Morocco’s appointed head of government and secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), who is entrusted with the mission of forming a coalition government, has purportedly decided to cut the Independence Party loose following the statement of its Secretary-General, Hamid Chabat, about Mauritania’s territorial integrity and the domestic and international conflicts it has resulted in.Deliberations regarding the government’s formation, which began in October after the appointment of Benkirane at the head of the government, faced a long ‘blockage’ as the National Rally of Independent (RNI) and other parties said they would only  participate in the government if the IP was left out. Benkirane had promised the IP that they would participate in his government, refusing to give up on it. One source tells Alyaoum24 that current events have put Morocco’s politics in a delicate situation where “any admittance of the Independence Party in the upcoming government coalition may send provocative messages and threaten Morocco’s interests.”The government formation after Chabat’s latest statements now goes beyond Chabat and Akhannouch’s previous objection on his participation, continued the source, noting that “the issue is related to a delicate situation and a moment where Morocco should not be confused.”The source justified Benkirane’s new decision to move on without IP, stating that “when Chabat first came to Benkirane, he was endorsed by the seniors of the party who coordinated with him, which is not the case anymore, after the latest events within the party.”This latest development may put an end to the stagnancy that has characterized the local political scene for almost two months.Chabat’s latest statements, namely saying that Mauritania lies on Moroccan land, created uproar within Morocco and threatened to exacerbate already strained diplomatic relations with Mauritania. This represented a turning point in Morocco’s political scene.Benkirane again met with the RNI Secretary General on December 29 amidst a state of disturbance within the Independence Party, which culminated in a statement released by old and current members of the Party condemning its Secretary General’s blunder. read more

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Simons CEO feels vindicated as national expansion ushers in new era for

MONTREAL — The head of Quebec-based department store chain Simons is feeling vindicated as it completes the first phase of a five-year, $200 million national expansion even as the empires built by the retailer’s contemporaries seem to crumble around it.While chains such as Sears struggle to survive a changing retail landscape, the 177-year-old company is gaining fans among millennials and older shoppers seeking something different both online and at its increasing number of bricks and mortar stores.“I’m feeling really good about where we’re at,” CEO Peter Simons said in an interview from his eponymous store’s second location in Edmonton. The store opening on Thursday is its 15th outlet and the first equipped with solar panels on the roof and in the parking lot.The chain’s roots in Quebec and focus on exclusive merchandise, unique assortment, artwork and strong design have translated well in English Canada, Simons said. The mid-priced chain’s narrow focus means it hasn’t bother to diversify into cosmetics, appliances or furniture the way some of its competitors have.Some observers wondered whether the company would have the financial means to accomplish its expansion without going public, but Simons said being privately-held has given it the freedom to take risks because the company doesn’t have to answer to shareholders on a quarterly basis.“We’re in a period that requires long-term thinking and long-term adjustments that are at times painful in the short-term, but necessary,” he added. “That’s very hard to do in the public sphere.”Simons pointed specifically to the $1.5-million solar field that he believes would have been a hard sell for approval at a public company focused on investment returns.The energy-saving project will be added to its Quebec City La Capitale location before possibly being adopted elsewhere. The panels are a visual reminder of the chain’s commitment to cut its energy footprint, he said.Simons is reaping the rewards because it “doesn’t have to worship at the alter of short-term earnings,” said retail analyst Randy Harris of Trendex.“They are becoming a national powerhouse.”Harris estimates that Simons is Canada’s 15th largest apparel e-commerce retailer and 12th largest retailer in the country. He believes the Simons chain can eventually grow to 22 or 23 stores.Peter Simons said the next phase will likely add three or four locations at some point.Simons, the great, great-grandson of the company founder, said the freedom from shareholder pressure has translated into success at stores as well as an expanding e-commerce business. He said online sales within Canada and the United States account for more than 15 per cent of sales, far above the average reach by Canadian retailers.However, the CEO is taking a breather from an aggressive growth strategy that has seen the company add more than 1,500 employees in the past five years to reach 3,500. Instead, he will focus on keeping stores up to date and working to build a $150-million high-speed robotics warehouse — likely in Quebec City — to improve the efficiency of its online and retail business.While many question the future of shopping malls amid the rise of e-commerce, Simons said the chain’s expansion has demonstrated that you need a physical and web presence to work symbiotically.“The opening of a new physical store in a market really does help not only the bricks and mortar but also the overall e-commerce system.”Despite the travails of some of its peers, Simons has shown that the department store concept isn’t dead, said retail consultant John Williams of the J.C. Williams Group.“It’s a department store that strategically has a cutting edge that makes it appealing to the contemporary consumer.” read more

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More fast chargers coming as electric car ranges improve AddEnergie CEO

MONTREAL — Canadians will purchase a record number of electric vehicles this year as the growing sales of cars with longer ranges is prompting a push to increase the number of fast chargers, the head of the country’s largest charging network says.AddEnergie CEO Louis Tremblay says its Flo network of 4,000 charging stations includes just 150 fast chargers.That’s fine when 60 per cent of electric cars in some provinces are plug-in hybrids that include internal combustion engines and almost 80 per cent of vehicle charging is done overnight at home.But as ranges increase, there will be more need to support their use for intercity travel, Tremblay said.“I see a big shift coming,” he said in an interview from Calgary.By early 2019, AddEnergie is targeting to have 6,300 public and semi-public charging stations, including 300 fast-charging units.“While the car will have double the autonomy, we’ll be doubling, tripling the fast charging network and we’ll have more and more intercity travel by full electric cars,” he said.Navigant Research estimates global sales of chargers are expected to surpass six million in 2026, up from around 875,000 this year. The number includes fast chargers which annual sales are forecast to grow from 19,000 units to more than 70,000. In Canada, it says the number of chargers sold annually will increase to 80,000 by 2026 from 10,000 currently.AddEnergie entered Canada’s home charging market this year, installing 3,000 units. That is expected to increase to 12,000 home units in early 2019.Tremblay’s strategy is to offer charging options at home, work and on the road that will reduce range anxiety and make Canadians more comfortable to switch to electric from gas-powered vehicles.Some 20,000 electric vehicles are expected to be sold in 2017, up from about 11,000 in 2016.Navigant forecasts that Canadian electric vehicle sales will grow at a compounded annual rate of 29 per cent to reach about 140,000 per year in 2026.Cara Clairman, CEO of electric vehicle advocacy group Plug’n Drive, said sales this year have been “amazing.”“It took the first couple of years to sell the first 20,000 and then basically in the last year and a bit we sold the next 20,000 so it’s really picking up steam,” she said from Toronto.The boost in sales is largely driven by growing interest in Ontario, where sales in some months this year surpassed market leader Quebec. The addition of new models, growing public awareness of electric vehicles and generous incentives ranging up to $14,000 has supported Ontario sales.Still, electric vehicles account for less than one per cent of the more than two million automobiles expected to be sold this year in Canada.“It’s small but it is growing even relative to other cars. It’s a segment that’s growing faster than other car sales,” Clairman said.While she said Ontario does need more chargers, the situation is better than some think since public charging serves just 15 to 20 per cent of the needs, mainly for longer trips.Clairman said people need to get away from a “gas station mind set” since most charging is down at home.“The people who are concerned about public charging tend to be people who don’t yet have an EV because they imagine that’s a scenario that they’ll need,” she added. read more

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UN study finds businesses funding Myanmar army abuses

BANGKOK — A United Nations fact-finding mission is calling for an embargo on arms sales to Myanmar and targeted sanctions against businesses with connections to the military that it says are helping fund human rights abuses.A report released Monday details how businesses run by Myanmar’s army are engaged in such violations and provide financial support for military operations such as efforts to force Muslim Rohingya out of Rakhine state.The report focuses mainly on the activities of two main military-dominated conglomerates — Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd. and Myanmar Economic Corp.Military leaders in charge of the companies are among officials the fact-finding mission earlier said should be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.It said nearly 60 foreign companies have dealings with those companies.The Associated Press read more

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Pinterest to direct vaccinerelated searches to health orgs

NEW YORK — Pinterest says it will try to combat misinformation about vaccines by showing only information from health organizations when people search.Social media sites have been tryingto combat the spread of misinformation about vaccines. Pinterest previously tried blocking all searches for vaccines with mixed results.Now it says searches for “measles,” ”vaccine safety” and related terms will bring up results from such groups as the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the WHO-established Vaccine Safety Net.Pinterest won’t show ads or other users’ posts, as they may contain misinformation.Measles outbreaks have spiked in the U.S. this year to its highest number in more than 25 years. Health officials worry that misinformation on social media is contributing to the spike.The Associated Press read more

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Police blotter Single vehicle collision sends five to hospital

Five people were sent to the hospital following a single vehicle collision on Concession 12 Walpole in Hagersville around 8 p.m. on July 1.Police say that the vehicle was travelling eastbound on Concession 12 Walpole when the driver lost control and struck a railway sign. The vehicle then rolled over.Haldimand County paramedics transported all five occupants to a local area hospital for treatment of their injuries.The driver of the vehicle is an 18-year-old male from Ancaster.The passengers included a 21-year-old male from Stoney Creek, an 18-year-old male, 18-year-old female, and a 22-year-old male all from Hamilton.Traffic stop leads to multiple chargesA 21-year-old Hamilton man is facing multiple charges after being pulled over by police on June 30 in Hagersville.OPP officers were patrolling Highway 6 around 9:12 p.m. when a vehicle caught their attention. A traffic stop was conducted and a roadside screening implemented, which police say the driver failed.The man was put under arrest and charged with driving a motor vehicle with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, speeding, failing to surrender drivers licence, and obstruct licence plate.His vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded for seven days and his driver’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days. read more

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Yemeni Minister says countrys political process on track but assistance needed to

Addressing the Assembly’s annual General Debate Abubaker Al-Qirbi said Yemen made great strides in the implementation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative and its mechanisms and is now turning to the second phase to conclude the work of the comprehensive national dialogue and forge ahead with the process to shape a future. “The outcome of this work will serve as a foundation for establishing a modern new Yemen where democracy, the peaceful transfer of power, the promotion of freedom, justice and partnership and equal opportunities for all citizens prevail,” he said, adding that the country is pressing ahead to enhance security and stability, and is also drafting a new constitution. Yet, Mr. Al-Qirbi said, sustaining the ongoing political progress depends heavily on the support of the international community and enhanced cooperation with its partners. The previously prevailing climate of instability had been a fertile environment for the actions of extremist groups such as Al-Qaida, and Yemen needs to implement a national strategy to combat terrorism. That effort could be accelerated by the fulfilment of pledges from international donors, with whom Yemen is partnering to earmark funds for different aspects of development,” he said. He saluted the youth of his country for their leadership in the process of change to create institutions, enhance and promote freedoms, and build a “new Yemen” where justice, freedom and good governance prevailed. read more

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Paulo Jorge Pereira is new Portugues NT coach

← Previous Story Two times Olympic champion “to teach” Mikler and Alilovic Next Story → Ortega about Rio 2016: No clear favorite for the gold Paulo Jorge Pereira is new Portugues NT coach Paulo Jorge Pereira is new Portugues NT coach, published national handball federation. He will replace Rolando Freitas who hasn’t visible successes with the team which is without appearance on big events since 2006 and European Championship in Switzerland.Portugal played last time at World Championships as host team in 2003.PHOTO: http://portal.fpa.pt/ read more

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Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire

first_img Share1247 Tweet Email 111,362 Views Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 9:35 AM http://jrnl.ie/3276108 Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Garda forensic teams are due on the scene this morning, and will liaise with Dublin Fire Brigade as they investigate what caused the blaze.Cluain Cronin is a small estate off Kilcronan Avenue close to the Grange Castle Business Park and the Grand Canal.Gardaí are appealing to witnesses to contact them at:Clondalkin Garda Station 01 666 7600The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111Or any garda station- With reporting from Cliodhna Russell and Daragh Brophy Read: ‘We’ve been forced into this’: Dublin Fire Brigade to go on strike for two days Taoiseach begins speech at press conference by extending his sympathies to the mother and children who lost their lives in Clonalkin fire— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 8, 2017 Source: Katherine Zappone/Twitter Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeUpdated at 10.45amGARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED the apartment where a woman and two young children died in a fire overnight in Clondalkin, west Dublin, was being used as temporary housing by a domestic violence agency.Another two people – a woman in her 30s and a four-year-old boy – were injured in the blaze, which broke out in the early hours of the morning.Gardaí and fire services attended the fire in Cluainin Cronan, Clondalkin at about 2.30am this morning.Five injured people were taken from the scene.A 27-year-old woman and two young girls taken to Tallaght Hospital were declared dead a short time later. The children were aged two and three.The other woman and young boy aged four were taken to St James’ Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, respectively. Both are in a critical condition. Source: Cliodhna Russell/TheJournal.ieInspector Ken McLoughlin of Clondalkin Garda Station described the fire as a “terrible tragedy”, telling reporters:I would like to express our sincere sympathies to the families of those that are involved in this incident.A full investigation had been launched, he said – noting that gardaí were keeping an “open mind” on the incident. “There will be a further briefing at a later stage.”He said gardaí were unable to confirm the relationship between the woman and the two children who died. Gardaí were still working to confirm the nationalities of those involved, he said. The two women and three children were all in the same apartment on the first floor, he said.Several other people were evacuated from their homes. Two were taken to hospital for treatment to smoke inhalation.There were four apartments in the block, and the entire block was evacuated.The apartment where the fire broke out was being used as short-term accommodation, where women and children can stay for up to two years.Local TD Eoin O Broin of Sinn Féin described it as a step-down facility for women and children who had come into contact with services and were seeking longer-term accommodation.He said the estate was mixed-tenure and also included council and private houses. O Broin described the fire as “heartbreaking”. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone also expressed their condolences.Neighbours at the estate said they had been shocked by the news. Short URLcenter_img My thoughts and prayers with all affected by Clondalkin fire…— Katherine Zappone (@KZapponeTD) March 8, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire A woman and a young boy were also seriously injured in the blaze at a temporary housing unit. A woman (27) and two girls, 2 and 3, lost their lives after a fire in this Clondalkin apartment early this morning pic.twitter.com/p0HGd1NysE— Cliódhna Russell (@CliodhnaRussell) March 8, 2017 Source: Cliódhna Russell/Twitter 48 Comments Mar 8th 2017, 9:35 AM By Cormac Fitzgeraldlast_img read more

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Re calibration for Magnetic Media going off the air into the future

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 28, 2017 – Providenciales – After nearly 8 years of delivering radio news in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Magnetic Media founder and CEO today announced that the company is making a considered shift to embrace new media distribution and circulation in news for increased global and regional reach; it will mean an end to their popular radio newscasts as of December 31, 2017.“In taking stock of my own life and my company, I have determined that I want to chart a new, more impacting course when it comes to doing ‘the news’ and I am excited about it.   Today, we began informing our thousands of followers and subscribers that we will no longer be delivering news on radio in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.”It is a major shift, which we have been contemplating for years and which proved to be the best direction for our company as we move into #2018.“What better time to do ‘the new’ than in a New Year.   People expect change during this season, and we are going to deliver upon  a change which will take us off of Power 92.5FM and Kiss 102.5FM radio stations in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands where we have been presenting news productions since 2010.We will also discontinue news on Faith 98.9FM in Providenciales, a Gospel station; Island 93.9FM in Providenciales, a Caribbean music radio station and Global Bahamas 99.5FM, adult contemporary music radio station and home of the ‘Steve Harvey Show’ in Nassau and Freeport, The Bahamas.“Honestly speaking, it releases us from the schedules and deadlines and gives us the liberty to flesh out important and intriguing news stories because we can take our time, devote the hours to getting to the heart of a matter and show our followers even more sides to the issues of the day.   We will deliver our results in news reports in audio, video and print form.”The CEO, who is the newscaster of Magnetic Media news reports, the voice behind the company’s One Caribbean TV news reports and the host of three-time Telly Award winning, Turquoise Morning TV show explained that the freedom from time constraints is just the beginning.“We will also now be more selective in the news assignments we cover.   Our re-calibration includes a decision to focus on stories with more national, regional or global effect.   We believe the current media landscape in both countries has that ‘handled’.   Our focus will be on the deeper impact of policy decisions, corporate maneuvers, international incidents and the like on our People in the Caribbean, our Places in the Caribbean and our Plans in the Caribbean.   This impacting coverage delivers the news that matters most, and for us at Magnetic Media, that is what matters most of all.”Magnetic Media, with offices in #TurksandCaicos and #TheBahamas will mark a decade on April 7, 2018 and an elaborate ‘Count up to Ten Years’ campaign is to be launched in February 2018.“Our team is like Gideon’s Army; small, strategic, mighty, faithful and guided.  We have achieved amazing goals this year including quadrupling our social media popularity and dramatically boosting our presence on YouTube.  (www.youtube.com/user/turksandcaicosontv) We have so much for which to be thankful, and we are, and that is why we are enlisting major companies to come on board to provide a pool of fabulous gifts for our followers.”Now at nearly 650 original episodes of Turquoise Morning TV show, Magnetic Media is changing the look of the program and the style of its content.“Our focus now will be more deeply on our People, Places and Plans.   We have created, with this announcement and decision, the time we need to really celebrate our Turquoise Morning guests.”Magnetic Media will also launch its ‘Magnetic Media News App’ in January 2018.“This will give our ardent followers and those we hope to gain as new followers in the coming months, a way to follow us and hear from us and see what we are up to in the most cutting edge way and on the go.   We are embracing the changes of the information age and we are doing so with open arms.”The company can be found on Twitter (twitter.com/magneticmedia1); on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) and on Instagram: dee242649.   However, the most popular following for the company remains at the website (www.magneticmediatv.com) and on Facebook, MagneticMedia Fanpage (www.facebook.com/magneticmediafanpage).“It was asked of me some years ago; what do you think is the secret to success?   I replied with, “The secret to success is the ability and flexibility to change.’  In faith we are making this change, convinced that this the right season and we are doing it for the right reason.  We are on our way to truly making ‘an impact’ which will mean an amplified voice for the people and issues which matter most.  Our team is ready, the region is ready, the world is ready… it is going to get really loud in 2018.”We hope to see you there.last_img read more

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A mustvisit temple for Kali in twin cities

first_imgSainikpuri: The impressive temple in this part of the city beckons devotees from afar. Its majestic looks suffused with devotional ambience fills one’s heart with deep fervour. The Kalibari temple located in Vivekanandapuram in Sainikpuri is going to enter its 50’s in a couple of years. The temple was founded on August 28, 1974. It is the only temple of its kind where one can see the presiding idol of goddess Kali, along with Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us It was in 1971, when about six Bengali families who had settled in this colony decided to have a place of worship. A temple of Kali mata was what they planned as in those days this area was nothing but a thick jungle with very few houses. These families had a strong belief that a temple of goddess Kali will protect them and their families and bless them with prosperity. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us In 1974, a foundation stone was formally laid on a big rock at the base with a photograph of goddess Kali by Swami Ranganatha Nandaji, Maharaj of Ramakrishna Math. AK Ganguli was the first priest of the temple who commenced the daily rituals in the temple. Many prominent Bengali families who were wholehearted devotees of goddess Kali had a series of meetings and decided to name the temple as Sri Sri Kalibari mandir. During the time of inauguration, Swami Ranganatha Nandaji suggested that the colony in which the temple is located be named after Swami Vivekananda. From then on, this area has come to be known as Vivekanadapuram. Advertise With Us Today, there are more than 3,000 Bengali families living in the surrounding areas like RK Puram, Lal Bazar, Bolaram, Defence Colony and Sainikpuri, who frequently visit this place of worship. The major attraction of this temple is the idol of goddess kali which is well decorated. It was in the year 1976 that an idol of kali ma was made out of a single black stone, which is a replica of idol of Dakshineshwar temple in Kolkata. Hyderabad Kalibari performs all the festivals related to Bengal including Saraswati puja and Annapurna puja. Devotees in large numbers gather on all such occasions. The Kalibari temple also runs a free school for children where Bengali is taught to them. The children take part in the social programmes which happen every year. Swarlipi M, a resident of the area, said, “It has been around 3 years that I have been shifted to Hyderabad. I used to hear from people about this Kalibari temple. When I visited for the first time, I was just amazed seeing these young children dancing so gracefully and how extravagantly the aarti of goddess Kali was held during dussehra.” Divya D, a student of Sai Sudhir Degree College, said, “We have been staying here for the past 18 years. My grandmother used to daily visit this temple and later even I began to visit this temple regularly. This temple for us is like a religious place as well as a place where we gather and play badminton, sing songs, dance and do other activities. It was like a daily routine for us to go to the temple every day. It feels so peaceful when we come and sit here. We feel so joyful when we get to wear our traditional and cultural dress.”last_img read more

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MLA Gandra Venkataramana Reddy turns as RTC bus driver

first_imgIt is quite common for the political personalities to appear in various avatars to impress the people while campaigning during elections. But the MLA Gandra Venkataramana Reddy appeared in bus driver avatar taking everyone by surprise The Jayashankar-Bhupalpally MLA Gandra Venkataramana Reddy turned as RTC bus driver on Thursday for the launch of a new super-luxury bus. Reddy drove the bus from Bhupalapally bus depot to RT bus stand surprising the people inside the bus. He later handed over the bus to the driver.last_img read more

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Review Doctor Who Worlds in Time

first_imgThe BBC just announced the release of a Doctor Who social game from the makers of the excellent Puzzle Pirates and Spiral Knights. True to form, it’s a solid game with simplicity for the new players, depth for the experienced ones, and plenty of clever Doctor dialogue all along.Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is a 2D, browser-based, Flash-powered game based on the BBC’s long-running sci-fi series that heavily features mini-games riffing on some classic puzzle games like Bust-A-Move, Pipe Dream and even Tetris.As alluded to at the outset, it’s developed by Three Rings Design, a San Francisco-based casual studio recently acquired by Sega. Three Rings made a name for itself with an online collaborative puzzler, Puzzle Pirates, and followed it up with a Diablo–lite dungeon crawler with a futuristic look, Spiral Knights. The studio’s reputation for quality and polish is evident here with gameplay that prioritizes depth over monetization.In Worlds in Time, players create their own characters who are then recruited by The Doctor to defend civilization by traversing several worlds (including Skaro, Messaline, The Library and New New York) and taking on the series’ well-known monsters (such as Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels) to essentially save the world. The game’s 2D art reflects the dark palettes of the television series and has some solid attention to detail, as you can see in our screenshots.The gameplay is essentially a series of quests where objectives are accomplished by playing puzzle-based mini-games. Players are sent out to get fragments of Time itself and can get it back by playing games with some pretty familiar mechanics. Lockpicking, for example, is a vertical match-3 in the vein of Bust-A Move or Puzzle Bobble. Rewiring devices is a twist on Pipe Dream where players rotate pipes to complete a path for a flowing current.Other RPG-lite elements, such as dialogue and combat, are also handled with puzzle games. Dialogue is accomplished by winning at a Puzzle Quest clone, and even the Barricade task is a cleverly disguised drag-and-drop Tetris.While these things may sound incredibly basic, they’re proven gameplay mechanics that are easy for almost anyone to pick up. For those searching for more depth, there are crafting features that allow players to get assistance and power-ups for winning more difficult puzzle rounds.All the while, players are treated to humorous dialogue from The Doctor himself. He provides tutorials early on and also gives direction for where to go next. He’s fantastically written, so much so that he beckons for a voice actor to give him life. Also outstanding is the music, which follows in the Doctor Who tradition of vaguely electronic sounds and stands heads-and-shoulders above the usual cheap MIDI loops that comprise Flash-based social games.After clearing the tutorial levels, the game’s multiplayer features open up. Like other Three Rings games, players can form loose groups to do individual quests together. In the absence of real-life partners, the game assigns you AI minions who you can assign to take on certain actions. Dislike the combat puzzle game? Send a “partner” to do the fighting while you repair a device or pick a lock. This feature isn’t common in your run-of-the-mill browser-based game and adds a touch of depth for players who would be getting bored of straightforwardly solving puzzles to advance the quest.It wouldn’t be a social game without a place to spend some money on virtual goods, and Worlds in Time is no different. The requisite virtual store is there and allows purchases of cosmetic changes (new outfits to replace your default pajamas) and crafted items for use in puzzle games. Still, there’s a noticeable lack of pay walls as seen in the Facebook social game du jour.As an open beta, the game isn’t flawless. Flash performance can get sluggish at times from all the action on screen, even on a modern machine and in a modern browser. There’s also a minor hiccup in the registration process – after creating my character, I’m then ripped out of the game and forced to click a link inside a confirmation email to start playing. Logging in via social media services such as Facebook or Twitter would be very welcome here.Still, these are minor quibbles. All told, Worlds in Time is a very good use of the BBC’s popular licensed IP and a social game that’s really worth the time put in.Verdict: If you’re a Doctor Who fan who’s bored of social games like FarmVille and looking for something more, this is the game for you.Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is currently in open beta and playable now.last_img read more

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Quantum Break was originally going to be Alan Wake 2

first_imgFrom a glance, Remedy Studios’ Quantum Break seems to share some similarities to the developer’s previous work, Alan Wake. Both are highly cinematic games with supernatural story elements at their core, and both put a unique spin on the usual third-person action genre formula. If the two games appear to be cut from the same cloth, that’s because Quantum Break originally started out as the sequel to Alan Wake.This is according to an interview Eurogamer, conducted with Remedy Studios’ Creative Director Sam Lake about the upcoming Xbox One/Windows 10 exclusive. “Initially we went there with the pitch for Alan Wake 2,” Lake said. “That did have a live action show as part of the pitch. We had been doing small things, and tests with live action, and I was interested in pushing it further. And they got really excited because they were talking about having that as a big thing. They even said to us, why not make it even bigger? And we were happy to take that! And say yes, let’s make it bigger!”This is how Alan Wake 2 eventually became Quantum Break. The project was going to have a TV series and video game that worked together to tell one unified story. Both would influence each other and shape the narrative to the player’s actions. This original vision never came to be — Microsoft closed down its Xbox Entertainment Studios in 2014. The version of Quantum Break set to hit stores will contain both the TV show and game on one disk.As far as an actual sequel to Alan Wake is concerned, Lake says that it is entirely possible we’ll see it one day. “I’ve been very open about our love for Alan Wake,” said Lake. “It’s an IP we own. As I said, as we’ve said, we’d love an opportunity to do more Wake. We’re obviously fully focused on Quantum Break, but we’re always prototyping things on the side, bouncing around ideas.”Quantum Break will release on April 5 of this year.last_img read more

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Fani threat passes no major loss reported

first_imgKolkata: Kolkatans woke up with a sigh of relief after the cyclonic storm Fani passed through Nadia at a reasonable distance away from the city. Kolkata witnessed wind speed of 40-50 km per hour in the night with moderate to heavy rainfall and apart from stray incidents of collapse of a few mud houses and trees, there was no report of any loss of life or serious injury. Normal activities resumed in the city from Saturday morning with the weather gradually presenting a clearer picture from the afternoon.Flight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9.57 am on Saturday with Air India flight bound for Agartala leaving the city airport. A flight from Delhi also landed at 10.10 am. Flight services were suspended at the airport since Friday. Local train services in the Sealdah and Howrah sections that began in the morning were reported to be normal in all sections since the afternoon. Mayor Firhad Hakim was in the control room of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation monitoring the situation in the city and also visiting a number of boroughs to have a clear idea of the proceedings. “We had made arrangements to act on an emergency basis had Fani hit the city. But thank god, nothing major has happened,” Hakim said. The Member Mayor-in-Councils were also present in the borough offices to address any emergency. Bidhannagar Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta was also vigilant. He also paid a visit to the KMC headquarters and exchanged pleasantries with Hakim in the wee hours on Saturday when it was realised that Fani would not have much effect on the city and its adjoining areas. There were reports of a few stray incidents. Five persons were injured when a portion of a roof of a hutment collapsed on Friday night at Beniatola Lane in Sovabazar. All the five injured persons were released after treatment. A portion of the boundary wall of a residential building located at Monohar Pukur Road, under Tollygunge police station, and a portion of a cornis of a three-storeyed commercial building at Rabindra Sarani under Bowbazar police station area collapsed on Saturday morning. There were no reports of any injury in both the cases. With the weather conditions improving, South Eastern Railway announced operation of three special trains on Saturday night from Howrah — the destinations being Yesvantpur, Vasco Da Gama and MGR Chennai Central. SER has decided to run one trip superfast special train between Howrah and Sambalpur on May 5.last_img read more

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Ready to Flee the Volcano – Rare Harnessed Horse Found in Pompeii

first_imgThe remains of a horse still in its harness were recently unearthed at a villa outside the walls of Pompeii, in what archaeologists are hailing as a find of “rare importance.” Because the horse was saddled up and ready to go, archaeologists theorize that the horse’s owner was preparing to flee the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried the town in ashes.The horse in harness was found with the remains of other horses at what is called the Villa of the Mysteries.The villa belonged to a Roman general or a military magistrate of high rank.Archaeological Park of PompeiiMount Vesuvius buried Pompeii and several other towns under millions of tons of volcanic debris. The volcano erupted with a thermal energy 100,000 times more powerful than the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.In recent years, the horror of the explosion has been analyzed, with scientists believing the heat was so extreme that people’s skills exploded, their blood boiled, and their flesh was replaced by ash.The BBC reported that the latest discovery came during an excavation of a stable at the villa to the north of Pompeii, according to Massimo Osanna, the director of Pompeii’s archaeological park.The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum by John Martin, 1822.“The apparently well-groomed horse, along with a saddle and a harness with fragments of wooden and bronze trimmings, was found alongside two other horses,” said the BBC.The horses had all come to a “fierce and terrible end,” Osanna said, suffocated by ashes or by the boiling vapors from Vesuvius ash cloud.Aerial view of Mount Vesuvius, Gulf of Naples, Campania, Italy.Last March, north of the wall of the archaeological site of Pompeii, a joint operation of the Archaeological Park with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Torre Annunziata (with Chief Prosecutor Alessandro Pennasilico and Deputy Prosecutor Pierpaolo Filippelli), the Carabinieri Group Command of Torre Annunziata, and the Naples Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage led to an excavation intervention in order to halt the activity of grave robbers.Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii seen from above. Photo by ElfQrin CC BY-SA 4.0The villa’s terrace would have had views of Capri.The archaeologists’  intervention revealed rooms of a one time large, well-preserved suburban villa, along with varied finds (amphorae, kitchen utensils, and part of a wooden bed, a cast of which has been made).One of the rooms was identified as a stable of the estate.In the initial phase of excavation, a wooden trough, the complete outline of a horse and the legs of a second animal were identified, officials said.A restorer works on the mould of a horse in the ruins of a Roman villa recently found by Italian Carabinieri (Military Police Corps). Photo by Carlo Hermann/KONTROLAB/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images“The current excavation operations, which began in July, have fully unearthed this room and have identified the remaining part of the second horse and a third equid, along with the remains of an elaborate military harness.”One of the two is laying on its right side, with the skull resting on the front left leg. Presumably tied to the trough, the horse was unable to free itself.Mount VesuviusThe other horse lies sprawled on its left side, and the iron bit is preserved under the jaw. The digging of tunnels by the grave-robbers, along with the cementing up of the cavities, made it impossible to create a cast of the third horse.There were warning signs that Mount Vesuvius was erupting, and some people in the area fled. But others, either too poor, or sick, or too confident that they would survive, did not leave Pompeii.More than 1,000 people died because of the explosion, but the exact number is not known.Read another story from us: 2000-year-old preserved loaf of bread found in the ruins of PompeiiToday Mount Vesuvius is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of how many thousands of people live close by. The summit of Vesuvius is open to those who wish to visit.last_img read more

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Going Beyond Passwords 4 Ways to Keep Your Companys Information Safe

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Q: Besides having employees use passwords, what are other ways to keep your company safe?A: A great question about digital security for entrepreneurs is: Where do I start? For most early stage or startup companies, it’s everything you can do just to have your vision play out with minimal distractions. That said, the last thing you want is to have your business sullied by being a victim of an attack.Over the past year we’ve seen a dramatic increase in ransomware, a type of malware that freezes certain files on computers and smartphones then requires a ransom to unlock the files, targeting small companies. Being a victim of ransomware can have a crippling effect on your business and your fledging reputation.Related: 6 Reasons Smart Small Business Owners Invest In SecurityBeyond requiring complex passwords and that they be changed, at a minimum, once every quarter, the top four digital security measures that should be part of your company include the following:1. Install anti-virus on every PC and smartphone and keep it current.This may seem obvious, but I’m surprised at how often I hear about companies that do not have active anti-virus software installed. Most anti-virus software includes a firewall capability which should be turned on as well. Having both active is the first line of defense against bad actors targeting your business.2. Teach employees how to determine if an email is part of a phishing or spear phishing campaign.Phishing or spear phishing is when scammers use email to elicit sensitive information to be used for malicious activities. This year we have seen several instances in which employees received an email from scammer posing as their CEO requesting the employee’s user name and password. It was surprising how many employees sent that information. Last year at Intel we launched a phishing quiz. More than 40,000 people took the quiz and 97 percent got at least one wrong.Related: Here’s How to Build a Strong Security Team to Keep Your Company Safe and SoundIn the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, phishing was a top attack vector. Find tips here on how to determine if an email is part of a phishing attack.3. Have all employees install and use a web reputation tool when browsing.Implanting malicious software into a website to infect devices that visit the website is a popular technique used by cybercriminals. We refer to this type of attack as a “drive-by download.” There are several free tools available to everyone that will alert them if they are about to go to a website that is known to contain malicious code.4. Implement a comprehensive backup program.This, much like installing AV on every device, should be apparent, but again I’m surprised by how often companies lose everything when they are the victim of a cyberattack because they don’t have its critical data backed up. You have two choices here. You can use a cloud-based storage option or you can use on premise storage. My preference is to use a physical hard drive that I keep under lock and key when not actively backing up my systems. I also back up everything at least weekly.  There are several options for both cloud and on premise backup systems that have very flexible scheduling capabilities. Choose which works best for your business and be disciplined about ensuring everyone adheres to your backup policy.  I envision a day when being able to demonstrate your security posture will be table stakes for businesses or consumers who choose to use your product or service. You will be much further ahead by taking these simple steps today than have your security posture evolve as your business grows.Related: 12 Tips to Protect Your Company Website From Hackers  4 min read May 11, 2016 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Technology | July 23, 2010 Robotic Patient Positioning System with a Short Learning Curve July 23, 2010 — The Protura robotic patient positioning system, showcased at the 2010 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting in Philadelphia, is designed to integrate with an existing IGRT (image guided radiation therapy) solution and linear accelerator to provide an affordable all-in-one motion management solution. It provides sub-millimeter corrections with 6 degrees of freedom from outside the treatment room. Protura, from CIVCO Medical Solutions, is compatible with the company’s Body Pro-Lok for SBRT and all two-pin compatible immobilization devices. A built-in redundant sensor system is used for auto-calibration and assures the robot precisely aligns the patient without needing an external camera system. Protura comes standard with a Universal Counchtop featuring DoseMatch technology. It performs all rotations about isocenter, unique for each patient. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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China Southern increases Brisbane services

first_imgChina Southern Airlines has confirmed it will increase its services between Guangzhou and Brisbane up to five times weekly from 26 June this year.Following its decision to introduce its new A330-223 aircraft on the route earlier this year, the airline said depending on the success of the service, it could even consider increasing flights to Brisbane to daily or even double daily.The airline’s regional Australia/New Zealand general manager Henry He said extra capacity would help fill the “back-fill” of Australian travellers wanting to visit China or fly via Guangzhou.  According to the airline, currently almost 200,000 Chinese visitors fly into Queensland annually, with China Southern carrying up to 25 percent of the load.“Our aim always is to be aspirational,” Mr He explained.“But how aspirational depends on the level of support we get from the industry and present growth rates continuing to increase.”China Southern currently flies 38 weekly flights to the region and plans to increase that number to 55 flights by 2015.Late last month, the carrier also announced it would increase capacity between Sydney and Guangzhou, replacing its A330-300 aircraft with the A380.Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ China Southern considers double daily services to Brisbane. Image: wikimedialast_img read more

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