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Emergency Alerting System to be Tested

first_img You can find helpful tips on preparing for emergencies at http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo/prepare_for_an_emergency/#knowtherisks Nova Scotia will test the new national emergency alerting system for radio and television broadcasters on Wednesday, March 16. The Alert Ready system allows emergency management officials to send out public alerts in times of emergency. This national system includes private and public broadcasters in conjunction with government organizations. “It is important to be able to provide information to the public in times of emergency,” said Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “Alert Ready is one of the many tools we use to help keep Nova Scotians safe.” The Emergency Management Office will issue a test at 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, which will result in a loud noise followed by a message on radio and television. EMO also uses social media and email broadcasts to emergency management leaders and first responders in times of emergency. For more information on the national Alert Ready system, visit http://www.theweathernetwork.com/alert-readylast_img read more

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If you ever do this again well turn you in pastor told

first_imgA pastor prayed over Elizabeth Wettlaufer and told her not to kill again. A lawyer advised the registered nurse to take her murderous secrets to her grave. A Narcotics Anonymous sponsor dismissed her insinuations of harming seniors as the talk of a “pathological liar,” while an ex-boyfriend attributed her confessions of killing nursing home patients to a “psychiatric episode.”So in September 2016, nine years after the Woodstock, Ont., nurse administered the first fatal insulin injection on a senior in her care, Wettlaufer voluntarily checked herself into a mental health facility in order to make sure her confessions were heeded, not just heard — and they were.Three weeks after leaving the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto in early October 2016, Wettlaufer was arrested.On Thursday, the former nurse pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.Documents released after court was adjourned detail Wettlaufer’s exhaustive efforts to seek help for what she described as her urges to kill and the numerous occasions on which her words were ignored.“Elizabeth was very clear that she has told various contacts over the past few years about her actions, and has still not been able to stop after telling them (including a lawyer, a priest, and a sponsor from Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous),” reads a discharge document prepared by CAMH on Oct. 5, 2016.“Elizabeth stated that she came to CAMH to talk openly about her actions, get the help she needed, and become better prepared for the eventual reporting of her actions to both the police and College of Nursing.”Wettlaufer had practised successfully as a nurse for many years before she began secretly attacking patients, according to her 2.5-hour interview with police that was played in court on Thursday.It was when she took a job at the Caressant Care Nursing Home in Woodstock, Ont., that she reportedly began losing control.Wettlaufer told police that her marriage had fallen apart in February 2007 after her husband grew suspicious that she was involved with another woman.Months later, Wettlaufer told police, she administered her first intentional overdose to Clotilde Adriano, 87, a patient with dementia.“I was so angry and it was like a voice said inside me, ‘I’ll use you, don’t worry about it,’” she told Woodstock police during her confession.“…I believe it was the influence of that voice or whatever it was…And when I would do it afterwards I would hear like a laughter in my tummy.”Wettlaufer gave intentional overdoses to both Adriano and her sister, Albina DeMedeiros, that year, both of whom survived.Her first murder victim was James Silcox, 84, was recovering from hip surgery.She told police that she felt remorse after Silcox’s 2007 death, particularly when family members called her a good nurse and praised her care of their relative.Yet Wettlaufer also said that her first murder made her feel “like a pressure lifted from my emotions.”Later that year, Wettlaufer gave a fatal insulin injection to Maurice Granat. The following year, she tried the same against Michael Priddle and Wayne Hedges, both of whom survived.It was also in 2008 that Wettlaufer said she made her first attempt to share what she’d done.According to her police confession, she told a former girlfriend that she had killed two people already. The woman threatened to report the incidents if Wettlaufer killed again, she said.CAMH documents also suggest Wettlaufer sought psychiatric treatment somewhere in this time period. The documents reference a stay in a local psychiatric unit that she found unsatisfactory, and mention that she continued to see a psychiatrist in Woodstock despite not having a high opinion of him. There is no indication whether psychiatric professionals learned of her activities.The agreed statement of facts said Wettlaufer told a student nurse about the deaths between 2009 and 2011, a time during which she was not giving any suspicious injections. The statement said the student indicated her intention to report what she’d heard, but Wettlaufer talked her out of it saying no one would believe her account.Documents show that the confessions stopped shortly after this, but the killings resumed.Between 2011 and 2013, Wettlaufer killed Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, and 90-year-old Helen Young.She had tried immersing herself in religion during this time and turned to her pastor after being plagued with guilt over the death of Young, who suffered a seizure after receiving multiple insulin injections.Wettlaufer told police she felt God was failing her by preventing her from killing, prompting her to pour out her confessions at the pastor’s kitchen table.“I went to the pastor and I told him what had happened, and he prayed over me because he said that was the last thing he would have thought out of me,” she said in her confession.“And his wife there, too, and they prayed over me, and they said to me how this is God’s grace…but if you ever do this again we will have to turn you in to the police.”Months later, in March 2014, Wettlaufer killed Maureen Pickering, 79, days before getting fired from the Caressant Care home for an unrelated, allegedly unintentional medication mixup.She was employed again within a month at the Meadow Park nursing home in London, Ont., and shortly thereafter she killed her final victim, 75-year-old Arpad Horvath.That year, Wettlaufer told police, she consulted a criminal lawyer who advised her to remain silent about her actions and seek help for mental-health issues. Her confessions to a Narcotics Anonymous sponsor and a former boyfriend were also dismissed, according to the statement of fact.Wettlaufer, now working as an itinerant nurse at various private and nursing homes, tried to kill two more seniors, Sandra Towler and Beverly Bertram — both survived — before finally checking herself into CAMH.Days after the attempt to kill Bertram, Wettlaufer learned she was to be reassigned to work with diabetic children.The prospect terrified Wettlaufer, who realized she could not control her impulses.She initially drove off to Quebec with the intention of escaping her life, but then decided to turn around and face her actions,” reads the CAMH discharge document.Wettlaufer said she returned to Woodstock and pretended to go to work for about two weeks to prevent her parents from finding out what was wrong.Eventually, she said, she quit her nursing jobs to seek help.“I didn’t want to hurt anybody any more,” she told police.Wettlaufer will return to court for sentencing on June 26.Follow @mich_mcq on Twitterlast_img read more

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Extrajudicial executions carried out in Côte dIvoire UN reports

11 August 2011Twenty-six extrajudicial executions in Côte d’Ivoire, including that of a 17-month-old baby, and 100 other human rights abuses were perpetrated in the past month, as the country recovers from its former president’s abortive effort to stay in power, a senior United Nations official said today. But the security situation in Abidjan, the main city, has improved, Guillaume Ngefa, the acting human rights chief in the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), told a news conference in the city that was a focal point of months of deadly violence when Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after losing last year’s UN-certified election to Alassane Ouattara, who was finally installed as president in April. “Violations committed include proven cases of summary, extrajudicial executions, illegal arrests and detention, the freeing of people in return for cash, extortion, and criminal rackets against numerous drivers,” he said of the abuses perpetrated in the south of the country, which was divided into a Government-held south and a rebel-controlled north following a civil war in 2002. The election won by Mr. Ouattara reunited the country again.Mr. Ngefa also voiced concern at violent clashes between the army and young villagers in several areas, denouncing “acts of intimidation, extortion and numerous obstacles to free movement committed by army elements.” Citing cruel and inhuman treatment and violation of property rights, he said similar abuses had also been perpetrated against ethnic groups, such as the Bété, Bakwé, Attié and Ebrié.In the north of the country Mr. Ngefa cited routine rights abuses such as criminal rackets and arbitrary arrests, deploring the fact that State functions such as tax collection, mining and customs still remain in the hands of army elements which justify “this kind of ransom” by claiming it is their sole source of revenue and they do not intend to end it. As to the former regime members who are now in detention in the north, whom he visited last week, he said that Mr. Gbagbo, his wife and nearly 40 other officials did not complain of any torture but there was room for improvement in the hygienic and physical conditions of their various detentions centres where the walls leak during the rains. In another development, as part of its effort to disarm the warring factions outside the regular army, UNOCI yesterday collected the weapons and munitions of nearly 90 members of the Ouermi Amadé group some 540 kilometres northwest of Abidjan. The mission, which with some 10,000 uniformed personnel on the ground has been supporting stabilization and reunification efforts in Côte d’Ivoire over the past seven years, launched its disarmament, demobilization and reintegration operation last month to make the country peaceful and secure, urging those with arms in the various communities to hand them in. Cote read more

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Central African Republic UN envoy stresses need for humanitarian access

General Amadou Toumani Touré, Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy to the Central African Republic, made the appeal during his meeting last night in Bangui with President Ange-Félix Patassé.”Now that calm has returned to the capital, Touré also appealed to President Patassé to ensure humanitarian access to the population,” a UN spokesman, Manoel De Almeida e Silva, said today in New York.In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is the lead UN agency in dealing with this crisis, was scheduled today to receive two planeloads of supplies in Bangui. The 36 tonnes of high-protein biscuits, water purification tablets, oral rehydration kits, blankets and tents were taken from UN warehouses in Brazzaville and Kinshasa, the spokesman said.

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UN agency welcomes US ratification of treaty to tackle mercury pollution

The Convention, which was adopted on 10 October in the Japanese city of Kumamoto, was named after the place where thousands of people were poisoned by mercury in the mid-20th century. It has since been signed by 93 countries, and the US is the first country to ratify it. The Convention will come into force when 50 countries have ratified it. “UNEP has been proud to facilitate and support the treaty negotiations over the past four years because almost everyone in the world – be they small-scale gold miners, expectant mothers or waste-handlers in developing countries – will benefit from its provisions,” said the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner.“I would like to thank the United States for this important act that assists in paving the way for a new era on international cooperation on mercury pollution and global efforts to lift a serious health and environmental threat from the lives of people everywhere.”Mercury’s impacts on the human nervous system have been well known since Greek and Roman times. Its potential impacts include impaired thyroid and liver function, irritability, tremors, disturbances to vision, memory loss and cardiovascular problems.The Minamata Convention provides for controls and reductions across a range of products, processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted. The treaty also addresses the direct mining of mercury, export and import of the metal and safe storage of mercury waste. The treaty also calls for boosting medical care, pinpointing populations at risk, and improving training of health care professionals in identifying and treating mercury-related effects. read more

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Security Council extends mandate of UN Interim Force in Lebanon for a

Adopting resolution 2433 (2018), on Thursday, the 15-member Security Council also called on the Lebanese Government to develop a plan to increase its naval capabilities, with the goal of decreasing the Mission’s Maritime Taskforce and transitioning activities to the country’s armed forces.The Security Council also stressed the need for UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to improve its management of civilian resources by fostering cooperation with the Special Coordinator for the country. It also urged all parties to ensure that the Mission’s freedom of movement and access to the so-called ‘Blue Line’ –  separating Israel and Lebanon – in all its parts, is fully respected and unimpeded.Originally established in 1978, UNIFIL was greatly reinforced after the 2006 fighting to oversee the cessation of hostilities between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah. It is tasked with ensuring that the area between the ‘Blue Line’ and the Litani River is free of unauthorized weapons, personnel and assets. It also cooperates with the Lebanese Armed Forces so they can fulfil their security responsibilities. read more

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Commentary College football Rivalry Weekend again proves every week matters

Auburn junior quarterback Nick Marshall (14) breaks a tackle during a game against Georgia Nov. 16 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn won, 43-38.Credit: Courtesy of MCTCollege football is funny.A sport that brings joy and despair to people across the country week in and week out, the game is particularly dubious on the final weekend of the regular season.Known as “Rivalry Weekend,” the final Saturday before the 2013 postseason did not disappoint either.From an Ohio State’s fan perspective, emotional highs and lows ensued from defeating archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor in thrilling fashion — picking off redshirt-junior Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner in the end zone to deny Michigan the necessary two points that would give them the victory.Fans, players and the like were proud because the Buckeyes had just recorded their 24th straight win under coach Urban Meyer, but also turned their attention quickly to another rivalry game — The Iron Bowl.The same could be said for both myself and my colleagues at The Lantern, who had just left Michigan Stadium with the knowledge that No. 1 Alabama held a touchdown advantage over No. 4 Auburn. Upon tuning into the game on the radio and hearing that the Tigers had tied it up with 32 seconds to go, we made the correct decision to U-turn into the closest restaurant with a TV (Red Robin) because seeing if the unthinkable could happen — The Crimson Tide no longer rolling — was something we could not miss.All year, OSU has been slotted behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Florida State, who had already taken care of business against rival Florida earlier in the day to finish regular season play unbeaten. So, if the Buckeyes were to even get a chance to compete for the final BCS National Championship, ‘Bama was going to need to either fall Saturday or next week in the SEC Title game. It seems unthinkable that an undefeated OSU would be left out of the national championship game, but because of the national perspective of the Big Ten as second tier to other conferences like the SEC, the possibility was at its highest point.Then lightning struck.While we were waiting to order our food, the referees put one second back on the clock, giving Alabama a chance to save its unbeaten season in regulation. Alabama coach Nick Saban turned to redshirt-freshman kicker Adam Griffith to attempt a 57-yard field goal for the win. Griffith’s attempt was short, Auburn senior cornerback Chris Davis retrieved it, and returned it 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown.Red Robin, filled with members of Buckeye Nation, exploded — and I couldn’t help myself but join in on the excitement.With a win against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, the Buckeyes — barring any sort of BCS catastrophe that will allow a one-loss Auburn team to jump them in the rankings — will be heading to Pasadena, Calif., in early 2014 in search of the program’s eighth national championship.In a mere four hours, Buckeye fans went from holding their breath when Gardner took the snap on the two-point play, to extreme jubilation when Alabama’s undefeated season was no more. Suddenly, seeing OSU back at the top of the sport is a very real possibility.As a journalist writing on deadline for the OSU-Michigan game, the last half of The Game’s fourth quarter brought stress to both my fingers and head.But as a college football fan, rivalry weekend proved once again why the sport is tough to be topped. read more

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Big Ten Preview Indiana Hoosiers

first_imgLocation: Bloomington, Indiana2018 record: 5-7Head coach: Tom Allen (fourth year, 13-16)2019 record so far: 3-1Record against Ohio State since 2010: 0-10What happened so far in 2019:Coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons under head coach Tom Allen, Indiana got off to a quick start in 2019, with a 34-24 victory against Ball State and a 52-0 demolition of Eastern Illinois. The Hoosiers’ momentum was stopped dead in its tracks when then-No. 6 Ohio State racked up 51 points against them at home in a 41-point trouncing. Indiana got back to its winning ways the following week 38-3 over UConn.Key offensive player:Redshirt junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey started the year supplanted by redshirt freshman Michael Penix for his starting position, but regained it after an injury to Penix ahead of its matchup with the Buckeyes. Ramsey had just 162 yards on a 57.6 completion rate, but his performance against UConn showed that he can still make plays for the Hoosiers. Ramsey went 23-for-27 for 247 yards and three touchdowns this past Saturday. As the full-time starter in 2018, Ramsey threw for a Big Ten fourth-best 2,875 yards.Key defensive player:Redshirt junior defensive back Marcelino Ball returns after leading the Hoosiers in tackles for loss with 7.5 and earning an honorable mention All-Big Ten nod in 2018. His 59 tackles this past season were third on the team, and his 2.5 sacks led all non-defensive linemen. Ball can perform many different roles in Indiana’s defensive play, evidenced by his variety of statistical achievements in 2018. He’s off to a slower start in 2019 with 13 tackles and no tackles for loss or passes defended, but remains a threat. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day called him one of the best defensive backs in the Big Ten during the week leading up to the Buckeyes’ game against the Hoosiers.Weaknesses:Indiana ranks No. 9 in the Big Ten in rushing yards allowed per game with 127.3. Linebacker depth behind redshirt senior Raekwon Jones, the team’s leading tackler with 24 is concerning, considering the Hoosiers return no linebackers who made at least 40 stops in 2018. Linebackers traditionally make the most tackles on defense. Ohio State showed that teams with elite talent can shut down Indiana’s offense by blowing it out 51-10, with Indiana’s lone touchdown coming on a trick play.last_img read more

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Greek police arrest over 140 people during raid on Athens squats

first_img File photo. Aug 26th 2019, 9:21 PM 4 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4783324 File photo. Image: Shutterstock/corlaffra Short URL Image: Shutterstock/corlaffra MORE THAN 140 people, mainly migrants, were arrested in dawn raids on Athens squats today as part of a major crackdown. Dozens of officers cleared four squats occupied for several weeks, mainly by refugees and migrants, in the Exarcheia district of Athens.Athens prosecutors authorised the raids after complaints filed by the owners of the buildings being squatted.A police source said 143 people, some without papers, had been picked up. Most were from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iran and Iraq. There were 57 men and 51 women in the group, and the rest were children, the source added.The new conservative government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis has vowed to bring “order” to the district, promising regular police patrols. Two Greeks and a Frenchman were detained for disturbing the peace.The Exarcheia neighbourhood has frequently been the site of clashes between anarchists and police, particularly since 2008, when a police officer shot dead a teenager, sparking days of rioting.The new mayor of Athens, who was sworn in on Sunday, has pledged to make security his top priority.Costas Bakoyannis has accused the previous leftist government of having taken a soft line against vandalism carried out by some anarchist groups.© – AFP 2019center_img Share Tweet Email Greek police arrest over 140 people during raid on Athens squats The squats had been occupied for several weeks. Monday 26 Aug 2019, 9:20 PM By AFP 12,942 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Ross Makris heads BRW under40 rich list

first_imgProperty developer Ross Makris is the richest man in Australia under the age of 40 according to the recent list in BRW magazine. The list was published on Thursday and Mr Makris is also the 25th richest man in the world under the age of 40 with a total net worth of $420 million. Ross Makris has unseated Queensland coal baron Nathan Tinkler as the richest Australian under 40. Since the age of 18 Mr Makris has been working by the side of his father Con Makris a first generation migrant from Greece. Con Makris holds the record of becoming the first Greek Australian billionaire. They amassed their fortune through property developments and own 11 shopping centres in Adelaide, and 2 in Melbourne and Sydney respectively. In the past Con Makris had also acquired the control of Greek soccer team Panachaiki. Ross Makris is not the only Greek Australian to make it on the list that includes the richest 100 under 40 from Australia. With a net worth of $90 million, 39 year old Napoleon Perdis is the second richest Greek Australian. Mr Perdis from Sydney, has built a cosmetics empire which is based in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The founder of IT company S Central which has merged with other companies to form Synergy Plus, 37 year old Peter Mavridis appears on the list with a total fortune of $62 million. The Greek Australian millionaire club of people under 40 is complimented by 31 year old Costas Anastasiadis founder and CEO of restaurant chain Crust Gourmet Pizza which is already counting 46 outlets. Mr Anastasiadis’ who was an aspiring professional soccer player was forced to return to Sydney after the serious illness of a family member and that’s how he started Crust Gourmet Pizza. His net worth is $39 million. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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My Hero Academia Featured This Hilarious Nod to Iron Man

first_img ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Stay on target Superheroes are always a hot commodity, and you can barely throw a stone without hitting some news about an upcoming Marvel movie or a DC comic in the works. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the most popular anime series of the season (and every season since it’s launch), My Hero Academia, should feature a nod to one of the most famous heroes of all: Iron Man.The latest episode of My Hero Academia is all about one specific character: Mei Hatsume. Hatsume’s inventions range from the oblique to the awesome, but there was one in particular that shocked and awed audiences as Izuku was treated to a gallery of different suits. One of them, in particular, had a very Iron Man-esque look to it, so much so that it looked as though it was ripped straight from Iron Man 2. But that’s not all.When Izuku put the suit on, Hatsume assured him the suit would be enough to help reinforce his strength, but the suit instead just twisted the poor hero all the way around, just like Iron Man 2’s scene. Izuku looked just as confused and terrified as the poor tester did in the movie with Justin Hammer, and it’s obvious this scene was peppered in on purpose — someone on the My Hero Academia crew really loves Iron Man and comics, that much is obvious!My Hero Academia is currently in its third season, and continues to follow young Izuku Midoriya, who was born without the superpowered ability everyone else in the world seems to have: a Quirk. After he makes it his mission to become a superhero without a Quirk, he’s enlisted by the world’s most amazing hero: All Might.From there, he learns that being a hero is about far more than just what you can do with your powers. If you’re a comic fan, you might want to give it a try, especially considering the things it has in common with western superhero titles. Who knows? Future episodes may very well be teeming with more Easter eggs. We’ll make sure to share them with you if we end up seeing any more.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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ZP chairperson takes part in Swachh Bharat

first_imgMedak: ZP Chairperson Hemalatha Shekar Goud participated in Swachh Bharat programme organised at Datarupalli village in Toopran mandal on Sunday. Later she attended the membership drive held at Rangayapalli village in Manoharabad mandal. As per the instructions from the Chief Minister KCR, the ZP Chairperson met the TRS leaders of Gajwel constituency for courtesy. She met AMC Vice chairman Srisailam Goud, V Shiva Goud, Mallikarjun Goud, G Prashanth Kumar, Bhagyaraj, Saibaba, Nooruddin, Praveen, Imran and others.last_img

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Foldable Phone in the Works at Apple

first_imgIf Apple was to actually build a foldable phone, it’s likely that the company would go beyond just putting a hinge on two screens. A number of new screen technologies have made screens more flexible, with screen manufacturers exploring everything from bendable to rollable displays.Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple is working on a foldable phone that may double as a tablet when unfolded, according to a note sent out by Merril Lynch analyst Wamsi Mohan Friday. The same analyst only expects minor updates for this year’s iPhones, CNBC was first to report.After meeting with Apple suppliers in Asia, Mohan came to the conclusion that “Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone (that potentially could double up as a tablet) for launch in 2020.”It’s worth noting that these kinds of musings based on supply chain analysis can be fairly unreliable, especially when looking this far into the future. However, Apple has filed some patents for devices with foldable screens over the past few years.Other companies have also looked at making phones with dual screens in the past. Chinese phone maker ZTE even released such a device, the Axon M, late last year, but failed to impress critics. And Flextronics, a company that has been working as a manufacturer of Apple products for some time, even developed a dual-screen Android phone prototype all the way back in 2009. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Best Buy and Amazon to sell hoverboards they promise wont explode

first_imgThe term “hoverboard” used to bring to mind that scene from Back to the Future II with the awesome levitating Mattel contraption in the fictional 2015. In the real 2015, we got hoverboards that don’t float, but are actually self-balancing scooters. They were hugely popular for a short time, but now they’re harder to come by in the US after some models showed a tendency to burst into flames. Starting soon, Best Buy will stock hoverboards for the first time, and Amazon will sell one again. They promise these ones won’t blow up. The issues with hoverboards in 2015 came down to the huge lithium-ion batteries. To get any kind of appreciable use out of such a device, you need a lot of power. As we know from phones, laptops, and other devices, lithium-ion batteries can be extremely volatile if damaged or defective. These products got so popular so fast, that some manufacturers did what was cheap and expedient to get devices to market, which apparently meant using sub-standard batteries.After a series of incidents where a charging hoverboard caught fire, Amazon told customers to dispose of their devices and issued refunds. The retailer eventually ended all sales of all hoverboards. The US government implemented the new UL 2272 safety certification in the wake of those fires, and now the first UL 2272-compliant hoverboards are hitting the market. This is what gives Best Buy the confidence to get into hoverboards for the first time. It will be stocking the Swagway Swagtron T1 and T3, which retail for $400-500. They’re available for pre-order and will be on sale later this month. Meanwhile, Amazon is taking pre-orders for its first UL 2272-certified device, the Segway miniPRO. This hoverboard costs a whopping $1,000, more than all the competing devices. It has that Segway name, though. It was making self-balancing scooters before they were cool. Hopefully the new wave of hoverboards prove less explosive.last_img read more

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Dark Souls III is the last Dark Souls game FromSoftware is focused

first_imgDark Souls III has been on store shelves for a little over two weeks, received rave reviews with the averages on all three platforms (PS4, Xbox One, and PC) north of 86%, and three sets of DLC expansion packs are expected later this year and into next. And yet, the question is already being asked as to whether there will be a Dark Souls IV?Financially it makes a lot of sense to make that game, but developer FromSoftware has no intention of doing so. Dark Souls III is the last game in the Dark Souls series. Hidetaka Miyazaki, president of FromSoftware and director of the Dark Souls series, has confirmed in an interview that there is no plan for another game, and even if there were we wouldn’t even see development start for at least 5 years.Instead, FromSoftware is focused on brand new IP, meaning the potential for a new series of games possibly (and likely) in a different genre. Remember, FromSoftware has been around since 1994 and counts King’s Field, Armored Core, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Enchanted Arms, Otogi, and many more games as part of its history. FromSoftware can turn its hand to any game type, and the decision to focus on new IP should certainly be welcomed by gamers everywhere.For anyone upset that this is potentially the end of Dark Souls games, just take a step back and remember you already have three solid games to play in the series, alongside Demon Souls and Bloodborne. The last thing anyone wants is for Dark Souls to turn into Call of Duty and having a mediocre games pumped out every year. I’m much more intrigued about what FromSoftware manages to produce next, and whether it will trigger another trilogy of games for us to get excited about.One last thing: all talk of Demon Souls being remastered and re-released is mute. Hidetaka Miyazaki has said that’s not happening, either.last_img read more

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HandsOn The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Tactics Is Henson XCOM

first_img From its banger of a theme song to its intriguing war academy setting and mechanics, I’m pretty excited for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Arguably the biggest game releasing on Nintendo Switch this month, Three Houses brings the hardcore strategy RPG series back to a console for the first in over a decade. However, in order to enjoy the thoughtful chess-like strategy gameplay and interpersonal unit romance gimmicks, you have to put up with a whole lot of anime. Ever since Fire Emblem Awakening on 3DS gave this series more popularity beyond Marth mains, it has tripled down on the anime.Fortunately, if you’re more into gothic fantasy Jim Henson puppets than blue-haired anime sword boys, you can get your strategy fix with the inexplicable Netflix video game tie-in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics. And after playing it for myself, I can also say it’s shaping up to be inexplicably good.Based on the upcoming prequel, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics tells the tale of… I have no idea. I have no familiarity with Dark Crystal aside from occasionally mistakenly thinking David Bowie is in it. The different little creatures that made up by units and the lore behind their various skills were completely lost on me. There was no voice-acting from the cast of the show to explain things. And the visuals, while pleasant, didn’t feel as tangible as something like Link’s Awakening which feels like a missed opportunity to honor the franchise’s practical puppet roots.AdChoices广告But I couldn’t tell you much about most Fire Emblem characters either and those games still rule. Based on my demo, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics is cool where it counts: the gameplay. This is good for them if they’re going to evoke something as legendary as Final Fantasy Tactics. You know something clicks when you pull off a stunt like “flying a ranged character to high ground to improve the strength of their bow and then using their special skill to fire multiple arrows in a row.”Characters’ turns happen in a set order, which limits your options somewhat. However, you’ll later be able to alter the turn order, which opens up more room for sneaky tactics. The maps I played were small but dense, forcing different kinds of encounters fairly quickly. Along with simply walking up to an enemy and attacking them, I could knock over a nearby pillar to create a new path or smash some grunt. Dead bodies can be resurrected though if not fully exterminated. And later playthroughs might introduce full-on permadeath.It’s not that the Switch is lacking in turn-based strategy games. Beyond Fire Emblem we’ve got Wargroove, Into the Breach, Banner Saga and even that upcoming mobster game Empire of Sin from the Romeros. But as a fan of this genre I’ll gladly devour more. And fans of Dark Crystal, old ones or newcomers who watch the Netflix show, should appreciate the game even more when it releases later this year. For now, here are some other cool Nintendo Switch games to play. But with a Netflix show getting a game on Switch, where is Netflix itself on Switch? Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch last_img read more

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Genome study reveals history of European potato

first_img Explore further © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Nature Ecology & Evolution Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers from Germany, Peru, the U.K. and Spain has sequenced a large number of potato varieties to learn more about the history of the modern European potato. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, the group describes their study of the history of the potato and what they found. More information: Rafal M. Gutaker et al. The origins and adaptation of European potatoes reconstructed from historical genomes, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0921-3center_img Citation: Genome study reveals history of European potato (2019, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-genome-reveals-history-european-potato.html Discovery of genetic mechanism allowing potato cultivation in northern latitudes 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. Prior research has shown that the potato was introduced to Europe in the 1600s—the first-known plantings were in Spain. The history of the potato in Europe after introduction has not been well studied, however, until now. In this new effort, the researchers sequenced several varieties of potato to learn more about how the modern European potato came to exist.Prior study had shown that the potatoes that first made their way to Europe came from somewhere in the Andes mountains, near the equator. Because of the difference in day length, this suggests that some adaptation must have occurred to allow the potato to survive in Europe. Also, potato plants that grow in the Andes are able to produce potatoes all year long, whereas in Europe, potatoes grow in the spring, summer and fall, and are harvested before winter. To learn more about the genetic adaptions the plants underwent, the researchers obtained 88 samples of modern potatoes and specimens saved during the years 1660 to 1896. All of the samples were then sequenced.The researchers found that the potatoes in Europe were originally nearly identical to those in the Andes. But over time, genetic changes crept in—a variant of the gene CDF1 appeared, for example, a change that allowed the potato to adapt to the European summer. Potatoes native to Chile have a similar adaptation, which quite naturally led to questions about whether potatoes from that region might have been imported. Further testing showed differences in the variants indicating that they developed independently.The researchers also found evidence of other changes that occurred to European potatoes in the mid-1800s. They suspect this occurred as farmers began breeding them with South American varieties to combat the blight that led to the potato famine. They also found signs of interbreeding during the 20th century as farmers once again tried to make their crops more resistant to diseases.last_img read more

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VIDEO Diamondbacks pitcher blatantly turns micd up broadcast segment into ad for

first_imgArizona relief pitcher Andrew Chafin was mic’d up before the Diamondbacks game against the Nationals, and blatantly turned the segment into an ad for a truck he’s selling. He used the opportunity to let anyone in the audience who might be in the market for a new ride know that he has a sweet Denali for sale and it must go! You won’t find a better price in town.So, what’s it gonna take to get you into this car today? Whether in relief pitching or car sales, ABC – Always be Closing. Brilliant piece of marketing by Chafin.Learned in this Mic’d Up:* @bigcountry1739 selling truck; tweet him if interested* Say please* Torey wants nothing to do w/ gutting bunny pic.twitter.com/IaIG3FSe50— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) July 23, 2017last_img

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Lack of financing delays construction of Moín Port access road

first_imgIn several years the Caribbean city of Limón will have one of the world’s most modern container ports, but there may be no road to get to it.According to Spanish-language daily La Nación, the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) admitted it does not have financing to complete construction of route 257, the port’s access road. The government’s construction of the road was one of the conditions for the $1 billion port concession with Dutch shipping company APM Terminals.“[Public Works and Transport Minister Carlos Segnini] has already approached APM about financing the road,” said Vice Minister Giselle Alfaro. “The conditions they offered weren’t favorable and he declined.”Already 40 percent into the first stage of construction, the container port is expected to be completed no later than January 2018. If MOPT fails to complete the access road on time, the government could be forced to pay millions of dollars in indemnization. The road’s approximate value has not been released to the public due to concerns that the amount may influence bids from contractors.The ministry hopes to have financing in place by January, but the delays have sparked concern within APM.“If construction on route 257 does not start by May 2016, it will be very difficult to complete the project by the time the container terminal opens,” Kenneth Waught, manager of APM Terminals told La Nación. Facebook Comments Related posts:UPDATE: Atlantic ports paralyzed after dockworkers go on ‘indefinite’ strike Police re-take docks from striking union workers, arrest 68 Costa Rica’s Labor Ministry suspends talks with unions over port project after president’s picture burned Dockworkers strike declared illegal after union loses appeallast_img read more

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Related Aspire airport lounge giveaway terms and c

first_img RelatedAspire airport lounge giveaway terms and conditionsTo enter share a screenshot of a great flight deal from the UK with us using the hashtag #BlackFridayFlights and you could be in with the chance of winning x2 airport lounge passes for UK Aspire lounges. All the important bits for our Black Friday giveaway competition.TUI Competition Terms and ConditionsThis competition is now closedSkyscanner and Heriot-Watt University have teamed up to offer you the chance to win £500 towards travel to spend on your year abroad and become Skyscanner’s very own student travel reporter whilst you’re away. TERMS AND CONDITIONS These terms & conditions (the “Terms”) apply to all participants in the British Airways Santa Monica Competition (the “Promotion”). The organiser of the Promotion is Skyscanner Limited, a company registered in England & Wales with company number 04217916 and registered address at Suite 7-001 1 Fore Street, London, City Of London, EC2Y 5EJ (“Skyscanner”). By entering the Promotion you confirm that you have read, understood and agreed to these Terms and Conditions (the “Terms”) and that you consent to the processing of any personal details you submit by Skyscanner in accordance with its Privacy Policy.ELIGIBILITY FOR ENTRYThe Promotion is only open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 21 or over. Entry to the Promotion is free of charge and is not conditional on the purchase or use of any products/services of Skyscanner or its group companies (the “Skyscanner group”). The directors, management and employees or contractors of any entity within the Skyscanner group and any third party involved in the organisation of this Promotion, as well as their immediate families, are not entitled to participate in the promotion.Only one entry per person will be accepted. Skyscanner at its sole discretion may disqualify any entrant to the Promotion where it suspects that the entrant has breached any of these Terms.HOW TO ENTERIn order to enter the Promotion, you should submit your answer to the skills based Question as determined by Skyscanner. Entries will be accepted from 17:00 United Kingdom – England BST on [22nd April 2016] (the “Commencement Date”) to 23:59 United Kingdom – England BST 29th April 2016 (the “Closing Date”). Entries received before the Commencement Date or after the Closing Date are invalid and will not be accepted. Skyscanner shall not be responsible for any entry submission failures caused by technical errors, or for any errors or omissions in your entry submission.By entering the Promotion, you hereby warrant that your entry does not contain any content which (a) is plagiarised from or otherwise infringes the intellectual property of any third party or contains any third party material or content for which you have not obtained all necessary licenses, consents and/or approvals; (b) is defamatory, obscene, indecent, pornographic, abusive, liable to incite racial hatred, discriminatory, blasphemous, in breach of confidence and/or in breach of privacy; (c) constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise be contrary to the law of or infringe the rights of any third party, in any country in the world; or (d) is technically harmful (including, without limitation, containing computer viruses).By entering the Promotion, you hereby grant to the Skyscanner group (and its agents and partners) a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use your name, image, likeness and your entry (including without limitation any text, graphics, photographs comprised therein) for the purposes of promoting and/or marketing the Skyscanner brand and business.DETERMINATION OF WINNERSThe winning entry will be determined by Skyscanner, through random selection from a pool of correct answers generated from the skills based question. The winner will be contacted by e-mail by 18 May 2016 for confirmation that they accept their prize and for any supporting information or actions that may be required, including without limitation, provision of booking preference details. Failure to provide such information to Skyscanner’s satisfaction within 7 days of receipt of the email may result in the prize being forfeited and Skyscanner choosing to re-run the selection process to choose an alternative winner. Failure to comply with the requirements set out in these Terms may result in a winner being disqualified and an alternative winner being chosen in their place. In addition, Skyscanner reserves the right at its sole discretion to refuse to award any prize to any winner who has or, is deemed likely to have, violated any term or rule outlined in these Terms, gained unfair advantage or won the Promotion using fraudulent or unfair means.THE PRIZEThe prize includes a 5-night stay in Santa Monica at Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica in a Standard room, on a room only board basis and return economy flights from London Heathrow to Los Angeles for two people. The prize will be booked by British Airways once the winner has been notified. It must be booked by 30 June 2016 and travel must be completed by 01 April 2017. All prizes are subject to availability at the time of booking, blackout dates apply. Prize excludes other personal expenses such as ground transport in the UK and Los Angeles. Insurance and all incidental expenses are the responsibility of the prize-winner. The winner and their guest must be over 21. A visa may be required to travel to the USA. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. No guarantees are made or liability accepted by Skyscanner on behalf of British Airways in any capacity.Receipt of the prize is conditional upon the winner (and his/her guests if applicable) having a valid passport and visa (if appropriate) permitting travel to the relevant destination, with at least six (6) months’ validity and be over the age of 21. The value of the prize is based on the recommended retail value or market value as at the time of being awarded. The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and no cash alternative will be given. Where any element of the prize is unavailable, an alternative of equal value will be provided. Any extra costs beyond the value of the prize as outlined in these terms will be the responsibility of the winner. In the event that the winner, for any reason, does not accept the prize or any element thereof, then the prize (or the relevant element) will be forfeited by the winner and neither cash nor any other form of compensation will be supplied in lieu of that forfeited prize (or the relevant element). Skyscanner accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from accepting any prize and advises entrants that independent financial advice be sought in the event of winning. Any extra activities and costs beyond the specified prize will be the responsibility of the winner, including obtaining travel insurance to cover healthcare, lost baggage and other related travel costs. By accepting a prize, the winner accepts full and complete responsibility for their own safety and welfare at all times and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, agrees that Skyscanner shall not be liable or responsible for any risks or damages associated with or arising out of the winner’s acceptance of the prize.GENERALIf you would like to receive a copy of these Terms free of charge, please contact us at the address set out in clause 2. All selections and decisions made by Skyscanner in conjunction with this Promotion are final and binding and no discussions will be entered into or correspondences entertained in this regard.Skyscanner shall be entitled to terminate or modify the Promotion or these Terms at any time prior to the Closing Date by publishing any such modification or termination on the relevant Skyscanner website or otherwise communicating it in writing to entrants.If any act, omission, event or circumstance occurs which is beyond the reasonable control of Skyscanner and which prevents Skyscanner from complying with or fulfilling any element of these Terms (“Force Majeure Event”), Skyscanner will not be liable or responsible in any in respect of such Force Majeure Event.Except in respect of liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, for its fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation or for any other liability which cannot be excluded by law, Skyscanner will not be liable for any losses, damages, expenses, costs or claims arising out of or relating to the Promotion or the use of any prize, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise.This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any third party excluding British Airways and its group companies and you release Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any third party excluding British Airways and its group companies in full from any liability which may arise relating to your participation in the Promotion.”These Terms and the Promotion are governed by the laws of England & Wales and are subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.last_img read more

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