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Jodhpur Park murder accused arrested

first_imgKolkata: The prime accused of the Jodhpur park murder case, in which an elderly lady was killed, was arrested on Tuesday.The accused identified as Debasish Banerjee was her neighbour. On April 4, an elderly woman identified as Shyamali Ghosh (75) was murdered inside her flat at Jodhpur Park. She used to live alone. During preliminary investigation, cops were sure that more than one person were involved in the murder. Cops also said that the killers were known to her as the apartment door was not broken or tampered. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaDuring the investigation, police found a diary in which Ghosh had written that she felt she could be murdered any day. Later, police nabbed two persons identified as gardener Swapan Mondal and caretaker Sanjib Das. During the interrogation, the duo confessed to the crime. They said someone who was known to Ghosh had given them the murder contract but they had not met this man. During the scrutiny of mobile phone records, cops came up with Banerjee’s name. It is alleged that he was trying to get all the apartments. But Ghosh refused to accept his offer. So, he decided to get rid of her.last_img read more

Interim boss at Audi named as permanent head of luxury brand

first_imgFRANKFURT — Volkswagen’s Audi division has named acting head Bram Schot as the luxury brand’s permanent boss after his predecessor was jailed.Schot took over on an acting basis in June after Rupert Stadler was jailed while prosecutors investigate possible illegal manipulation of diesel engine emissions. Stadler has since left the company.Schot, 57, was acting CEO along with his duties as marketing head at Audi, which also oversees the Volkswagen Group’s Lamborghini car and Ducati motorcycle brands.Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess, who also heads Audi’s board of directors, said in a statement Wednesday that with his new mandate Schot would “further accelerate the transformation of the enterprise.”Schot was also appointed to the Volkswagen Group’s management board, its top executive body.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Cabinet shufflePrime Minister Justin Trudeau will shuffle his cabinet Monday to deal with the resignation of Treasury Board President Scott Brison who has said he won’t seek re-election this fall. Observers will be watching to see if Trudeau simply replaces Brison or uses the opportunity for a broader change to his cabinet.Shaw earningsShaw Communications Inc. will hold a conference call on Monday to discuss its first-quarter results. The Calgary-based company said in October that its federal regulator can best protect Canadians from problem sales practices by banning telecom companies from using outside contractors to do their door-to-door sales.2018 real estate numbersThe Canadian Real Estate Association will release its December and year-end home sales numbers on Tuesday. CREA predicted in December that national home sales will fall to a near decade low in 2019, as rising interest rates and strict mortgage stress-test rules continue to put a damper on buyer sentiment.Kinder Morgan updateKinder Morgan Canada Ltd. holds a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter results on the Wednesday. The CEO of the company’s U.S.-based parent company recently said there’s a “seller’s market” for its assets such as crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta, the Vancouver Wharves Terminal and the Cochin Pipeline system.Inflation updateStatistics Canada will release its consumer price index for December on Friday. The numbers for November showed the annual pace of inflation slowed to 1.7 per cent as upward pressure from higher gasoline prices eased off, giving the Bank of Canada another reason to keep interest rates on hold. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Saudi Scholar Under Fire For Saying Women Not Required to Wear

Rabat – A Saudi scholar came under fire over the weekend after he stated on a television program on the Saudi MBC channel on Saturday that women are not required to wear the veil in Islam. To make his point, he appeared with his wife, who did not wear a veil.Echoing a series of tweets he has been posting on his Twitter account over the past couple of weeks, the controversial Saudi scholar and former head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamidi said, “Islam doesn’t require women to wear the veil.”Citing some of the hadiths (sayings) of the Prophets, he said, “we should not require women to cover their faces.” He pointed out that during the time of the Prophet and his companions, “Muslim women did not cover their faces.” The Saudi scholar went on to add that, contrary to many Muslims’ beliefs, only the wives of the Prophet “were required to wear Hijab so that adult males outside of their immediate family couldn’t see them.”??? ???? ??????? ???? ??? ????? ????? ????? ?????? ?? ???????? ???????? ????????? ????? ???????? ???????? #????_???????_???_?????— ??????? ?????? (@Abdullah_akeel) December 15, 2014????? MBC ?????????? ????? ????? “???? ???????” ?? ?? ??? ???????? ?? ???????? ????? ????? ????????? (???? ???)— Da????Na (@Dana20156) December 15, 2014To support his claim, he said that the Prophet did not urge other Muslim to wear the hijab (veil).“The hijab was required only for the wives of the Prophet, and its validity ended with their death,” he pointed out.However, the overwhelming majority of Saudis did not welcome his claim. They rejected it and took to social media to denounce him, insult him, and even threaten him. #????_???????_???_????? ???? ???? ?? ????? ???? ???? ????? ??????? ?????? ?? ??? ????? ????? ?????? ??? ?????? ????? ?? ??????? ???????????— ????????? ?????? (@allahim) December 14, 2014Others attacked him for allowing his wife to appear unveiled on a primetime TV show, something uncommon in the conservative country.But while the majority chose to attack the scholar rather than debate his ideas and refute them with strong evidence, others supported him and praised his courage. read more

Canada Bond yields and prime rates for Friday Oct 20

Canada Bond yields for Friday as of 4 p.m. (previous day in brackets):One-month: 0.85Three-month: 0.93Six-month: 1.145One-year: 1.38Two-year: 1.475Five-year: 1.70510-year: 2.03230-year: 2.375Interest rates:Prime rate: 3.20%Overnight lending rate: 1.00%

Holiday sales have been lacklustre stores look to week after Christmas for

Holiday sales have been lacklustre; stores look to week after Christmas for a boost AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bargain-hungry Americans will need to go on a post-Christmas spending binge to salvage this holiday shopping season.Despite the huge discounts and other incentives that stores offered leading up to Christmas, U.S. holiday sales so far this year have been the weakest since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession.So stores now are depending on the days after Christmas to make up lost ground: The final week of December can account for about 15 per cent of the month’s sales, and the day after Christmas is typically one of the biggest shopping days of the year.Stores, which don’t typically talk about their plans for sales and other promotions during the season, are known for offering discounts of up to 70 per cent in the days after Christmas. This year, they’re hoping to lure more bargain hunters who held off on shopping because they wanted to get the best deals of the season.The Macy’s location in Herald Square in New York was bustling with shoppers on Wednesday. There were a variety of deals throughout the store: candy dispensers for 70 per cent off, various men’s clothing items for “buy one get one free,” belts for 50 per cent off, a bin of ties for $9.99.Ulises Guzman, 30, a social worker, was shopping in the store. He said he held off buying until the final days before Christmas, knowing that the deals would get better as stores got more desperate. He said he was expecting discounts of at least 50 per cent.The strategy worked. He saw a coat he wanted at Banana Republic for $200 in the days before Christmas but decided to hold off on making a purchase; on Wednesday, he got it for $80.“I’m not looking at anything that’s original price,” he said.Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta was also crowded by midday on Wednesday. Laschonda Pitluck, an 18-year-old student, had held off on shopping until after Christmas because she wanted big deals. Last year she spent over $100 on gifts but this year she’s keeping it under $50.Pitluck said she found items for 50 per cent off, including a hoodie and jeans for herself at American Eagle and a shirt at Urban Outfitters. She said she would have bought the clothes if they hadn’t been 50 per cent off.“I wasn’t looking for deals before Christmas, I waited until after,” she said. She bought boxers for her boyfriend, and was looking for a hat but couldn’t find one.Holiday sales are a crucial indicator of the economy’s strength. November and December account for up to 40 per cent of annual revenue for many retailers.So far, sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 per cent compared with last year, according to the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report. That was the weakest holiday performance since 2008 when sales dropped sharply.Kathy Grannis,a spokeswoman at The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, said Wednesday the trade group is sticking to its forecast for sales in the November and December period to be up 4.1 per cent to $586.1 billion this year. That’s more than a percentage point lower than the growth in each of the past two years, and the smallest increase since 2009 when sales were up just 0.3 per cent.Grannis noted that the trade group’s definition of holiday sales also includes food and building supplies. “Stores have a big week ahead, and it’s still too early to know how the holiday season fared, at this point,” she said.Spending by consumers accounts for 70 per cent of overall economic activity, so the eight-week period encompassed by the SpendingPulse data is seen as a critical time not just for retailers but for manufacturers, wholesalers and companies at every other point along the supply chain.The SpendingPulse data released Tuesday, which captures sales from Oct. 28 through Dec. 24 across all payment methods, is the first major snapshot of holiday retail sales. A clearer picture will emerge next week as retailers like Macy’s and Target report revenue from stores open for at least a year. That sales measure is widely watched in the retail industry because it excludes revenue from stores that recently opened or closed, which can be volatile.In the run-up to Christmas, analysts blamed bad weather for putting a damper on shopping. In late October, Superstorm Sandy battered the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, which account for 24 per cent of U.S. retail sales.Shopping picked up in the second half of November, but then the threat of the country falling off a “fiscal cliff” gained strength, throwing consumers off track once again.Lawmakers have yet to reach a deal that would prevent tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect at the beginning of 2013. If the cuts and tax hikes kick in and stay in place for months, the Congressional Budget Office says the nation could fall back into recession.Shopping over the past two months was weakest in areas affected by Sandy and a more recent winter storm in the Midwest. Sales declined by 3.9 per cent in the mid-Atlantic and 1.4 per cent in the Northeast compared with last year. They rose 0.9 per cent in the north central part of the country.The West and South posted gains of between 2 per cent and 3 per cent, still weaker than the 3 per cent to 4 per cent increases expected by many retail analysts.Online sales, typically a bright spot, grew only 8.4 per cent from Oct. 28 through Saturday, according to SpendingPulse. That’s a dramatic slowdown from the online sales growth of 15 to 17 per cent seen in the prior 18-month period, according to the data service.Online sales did enjoy a modest boost after the recent snowstorm that hit the Midwest, McNamara said. Online sales make up about 10 per cent of total holiday business.___Anderson reported from Atlanta and Choi reported from New York.Ann D’Innocenzio in New York and Daniel Wagner in Washington contributed to this report. by Mae Anderson And Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Dec 26, 2012 4:58 pm MDT read more

UC RUSALs production and summary financial results for 2007

first_img2007 The 6% growth of primary aluminium production and 16% increase in value added casthouse production resulted from UC RUSAL’s launch of full capacity at the Khakas aluminium smelter and ongoing projects to modernise equipment and expand production, including casthouse modernisation and technical renewal of equipment at aluminium smelters.The increase in alumina production of 5.1% was a result of the completion of the modernisation of the Achinsk and Nikolaev refineries, as well as the optimisation of production processes at Eurallumina.The 28% growth of aluminium foil production is due to the launch of full capacity of the ARMENAL foil mill on schedule.In 2007 investment in modernisation, expansion and equipment retooling of production capacities amounted to over $1.3 billion. This includes research & development expenditure which amounted to about $100 million, including the development of technical solutions to optimise production and technology of all of the group’s aluminium smelters, alumina refineries, service centers and hydropower construction projects.The company completed large scale modernisation of its casthouse production allowing it to increase the share of value-added products almost tenfold since 2000 to 50% of total aluminium production. The investments in the project amounted to approximately $130 million.Within the framework of the large scale environmental modernisation programme at the Krasnoyarsk smelter aimed at reducing the level of hazardous production emissions by 30%, the smelter’s potrooms were equipped with automated alumina point feeders. Subsequent monitoring, conducted in autumn 2007, showed that the efforts resulted in an 82% decrease of perfluorochemical emissions per tonne of aluminum produced. The volume of capital investment in modernization of this smelter amounted to more than $85 million.In the summer 2007 UC RUSAL initiated an ecological modernisation programme at the Bratsk smelter, the world’s largest aluminium smelter. The first stage of the project, amounting to approximately $350 million, is planned to last four years and will be completed in 2011. An initial $12 million was invested in 2007 into the project.In 2007 the company completed the process of equipping the Sayanogorsk aluminium smelter with dry gas purifying facilities that capture up to 99.5% of harmful emissions, preventing them from reaching the atmosphere. The goal of the project was to minimise the level of emissions and improve the ecological indicators of the plant. The capital investment in the plant amounted to $105 million in 2007.The Nikolaev refinery modernisation project to increase alumina production to 1.7 Mt/y continued and is expected to be completed by 2009. In the framework of the project, construction of the new red mud disposal area No. 2 was completed last year enabling an expansion of alumina production.s Total investment in this project is forecast at $170 million, of which $85 million was committed in 2007.UC RUSAL invested about $1.6 billion to diversify the company’s business and create new production capacities.A controlling stake in the ALSCON aluminium smelter in Nigeria was bought. The company completed the retooling of the plant and started the testing phase. Production launch is scheduled for February of this year. The total investment in this project will amount to approximately $300 million over the three year period.The construction of two new potrooms with combined capacity of about 170,000 t/y at the Irkutsk aluminium smelter was completed. The launch is scheduled for the beginning of 2008. The total investment in the project amounts to more than $600 million.The Khakas aluminium smelter reached full capacity. The total investment in the project amounted to around $750 million. The joint project of HydroOGK and UC RUSAL to construct Boguchanskaya Hydropower Plant continues in the framework of the Boguchanskoye Energy and Metals Complex construction project.The construction of the Boguchansk aluminium smelter began as part of the Boguchanskoye Energy and Metals Complex project. The smelter’s planned capacity is 600,000 t/y. Also, UC RUSAL initiated the construction of the Taishet smelter in the Irkutsk region. The total investment in the planned 750,000 t/y aluminium smelter will be some $2 billion.In April 2007 UC RUSAL and Federal Nuclear Power Agency (ROSATOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the joint implementation of long-term investment projects. The document provides for the detailed exploration of opportunities to establish an energy and metals complex in the Far East comprising a nuclear power plant and an aluminium smelter.In October 2007 UC RUSAL signed a co-operation agreement with the government of Russia’s Saratov region for the construction of the world’s largest energy and metals complex, including a nuclear power plant and an aluminium smelter.In November 2007 UC RUSAL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kazakh Samruk Holding to establish a joint venture to develop the Ekibastuzskoye coal field in the area of Bogatyr and Severny coal mines in the Pavlodar region, both in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The parties will produce coal to serve the Kazakh and Russian markets.The company says “this year will not be easy for the aluminium industry. A number of factors are expected to lead to poor conditions for the world aluminium market and an increase of production expenses in 2008. The major impact will be the forecast slowdown of consumer demand in the USA and a possible recession plus the reduced competitiveness of imported products because of the weak US dollar.  These factors will negatively influence domestic demand for aluminium and may lead to lower demand for aluminium from US largest trade partners. In addition, the significant increase in the price of energy resources, in particular oil, will negatively influence the cost of aluminium production throughout 2008, decreasing its profitability.  “On the other hand, China is expected to reduce exports of aluminium in 2008, continue its active urbanisation and become a net importer. The increased cost of energy and raw materials, higher construction costs for new aluminium plants, as well as tougher environmental legislation requiring the use of environmentally friendly metals should stimulate the demand and provide new opportunities for aluminium. Growth of demand for aluminium is expected to be at least 7-8% per annum.“In this situation, one of the company’s top priorities will be further optimisation of expenses in order to maintain its position as one of the most effective aluminium companies in the world. Another important priority of the company will be the completion of the acquisition of 25% plus one share of Norilsk Nickel and further efforts to develop the company into one of the world’s largest metals and mining corporations.    The company is the global leader in the aluminium industry, accounting for approximately 12% and 15% of global production of aluminium and alumina respectively. It sells its products in 70 countries worldwide and employs 100,000 people in 19 countries, across five continents. HighlightsRevenues increased by over 11% to $14.3 billion compared with $12.9 billion in 2006Overall investment rose by 45%, amounting to $2.9 billionAluminium production increased by 6% to 4.2 MtOutput of high value-added casthouse products increased by 16% to about 2.1 MtAlumina production rose by 5.1% to more than 11.3 MtBauxite mining production was maintained at 17.3 Mt.Figures for 2006 reflect the combined results of United Company RUSAL, formed through the completion of the merger of RUSAL, SUAL and Glencore’s alumina assets. Figures are preliminary and may be revised following audit completion.Commenting on the results, Alexander Bulygin, CEO, United Company RUSAL, said: “2007 was a successful year and an important milestone in the company’s history. We integrated the production assets of the united company in less than six months and achieved significant production and financial growth. UC RUSAL has maintained its position as the world’s largest aluminium and alumina producer by completing large scale projects, such as the launch of new production capacities at the Khakas aluminium smelter and modernisation of existing smelters, including the construction of two new potrooms at the Irkutsk aluminium smelter. In addition, we started construction of the Taishet and Boguchansk aluminium smelters and began expanding our captive power base by initiating hydropower, coal and nuclear power projects that will support our industry leading position in the long term.“The two key global trends of consolidation and diversification provide the opportunity for us to leverage our competitive advantages. In order to support the further growth of our business and value of our company, we intend to develop as a global diversified metals and mining corporation and secure a position among the top five largest metals and mining giants. The agreement to acquire 25% plus one share of Norilsk Nickel is the beginning of the process of creating Russia’s first global metals and mining company by consolidating non-ferrous industrial assets. In 2008, we will focus our efforts on achieving this ambitious goal.”2007 was not an easy year for the global aluminium industry. On the one hand, the 12 month average price of primary aluminium hit a new historic high of $2,640/t. Global demand rose by over 10% due to unprecedented demand from China, Japan, and other countries in Asia as well as from Europe. On the other hand, we witnessed a minor decline in the price of primary aluminium caused by the growth of production of aluminium in the US as previously idled smelters were restarted and then the pace of domestic consumption declined as the slow down of economic growth in the US started. The rising cost of energy during the year, in particular the increase of oil prices, increased the costs of aluminium production and led to additional capital expenditures being required for the construction of new aluminium smelters. Growth dynamicscenter_img Production(in metric tonnes) 2006 last_img read more

Victoria gets creative

first_imgIn an effort to build upon Victoria’s reputation as ‘the creative state’, Victorians are being called upon to assist in the development of the state’s first ever creative industries strategy.Earlier this week, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley launched a discussion paper entitled ‘Let’s get creative about Victoria’s future’, bringing together all sectors of the arts.“This strategy is an opportunity to re-imagine the role creative and cultural industries play in our lives, our communities and our state – and ensure that all Victorians reap the cultural, social and economic benefits they bring,” said Mr Foley. With Victoria’s creative industries estimated to account for 200,000 jobs, and contributing around $22.7 billion to the state’s economy, the strategy looks to broaden this contribution by nurturing talent and creating new jobs.Development manager of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival Fotis Kapetopoulos told Neos Kosmos he agrees with the approach and described the consultative process as “fantastic”. “I like the integrated approach they’ve put in place. It’s bringing in the whole sector of creative activities. I think it’s really important,” he said. The minister’s discussion paper looks at how creative industries can build audiences and markets, cultivate skills and innovation, and realise opportunities provided by digital technologies.Greater support for Aboriginal arts and culture, along with funding for the arts across regional Victoria and outer metropolitan Melbourne are also on the agenda. “We need to have a discussion about heritage in terms of cultural diversity,” adds Kapetopoulos. “One area that has always been difficult for us to navigate is the role of the ethnic festival. How does it fit in the creative sector? The ethnic festival is often the first port of call an artist finds themselves in. Currently a lot of these are funded by local government and by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.“The overall strategy is a good thing. Having said that, at the end of the day, it depends how much money comes into the policy.”To oversee the development of the strategy and provide independent advice, Mr Foley has appointed a taskforce led by chief executive of Melbourne University Publishing, Louise Adler. Victorians are invited to take part in the discussion online and can attend public forums being held throughout Victoria during June and July. To add your voice to Victoria’s Creative Industries Strategy go to: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Scientists realize they can use fire tornadoes to clean up oil spills

first_imgSometimes the most amazing discoveries can come from the most horrific accidents.Such is the case with the fire tornado, which has inspired scientists to work on a new flame called the Blue Whirl. A team of researchers coined the nickname after recreating a famous fire that started when lightning hit a Jim Beam warehouse in 2003 and spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of whiskey into a nearby lake. The spirits set on fire, tornadoes spiraled off from the surface for nearly an hour, and the world held hands and wept.When researchers got done crying over this tragic loss, they realized that they had just seen something that actually could useful for removing oil spills. See, unlike “firenadoes,” which sometimes appear in wildfires and look equally cool (though far less tragic), blue whirls burn clean and don’t distribute soot around the environment. This is what the blue flame means- it’s burning so hot thanks to the liquor that everything is getting combusted. This would effectively burn off all of the oil without getting the rest of the water fouled up.So the scientists took a bath of water and ignited liquid fuel floating on top of it, sucking air from the top to create a vortex. It burned like a normal fire for a moment before settling into the Blue Whirl, as you can see below.Now the only trick is going to be finding a way to control these blue blurs. This is usually the part of the story where a mad scientist steals this research and uses it to control mankind, but if we’re lucky we might have a way to stop oil spills that can truly help the environment, and look pretty awesome while doing so.last_img read more

Joey of endangered kangaroo species born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Joey of endangered kangaroo species born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Polly want a joey! Polly’s joey is peeking at the outside world and is ready for the spotlight. This is the first birth of an endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo here at the Park, providing a much-needed ray of hope for the species. Details:— San Diego Zoo Safari Park (@sdzsafaripark) September 6, 2019SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo announced Friday that a Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey was born at the Safari Park earlier this year.The joey’s mother Polly gave birth in March in the Safari Park’s Walkabout Australia habitat. Animal care staff have yet to determine the joey’s gender or name it as it is still developing inside Polly’s pouch. The joey is the first Matschie’s tree kangaroo born at the Safari Park, according to the zoo.“We are thrilled with the birth of this Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey,” Safari Park keeper Breanne Barney said. “Due to the small population of Matschie’s tree kangaroos, this joey provides hope for the future of this species.”The species first arrived at the Safari Park last year as part of a program to save threatened species from extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species lists the Matschie’s tree kangaroo as endangered and fewer than 2,500 remain in the wild due to hunting and habitat loss in its native Papua New Guinea.The joey was about the size of a jelly bean at birth and has more than doubled in size since then, according to the zoo. In total, the joey will stay in its mother’s pouch for as long as 10 months as it continues to nurse and develop. Even after being weaned at one year old, it will remain close to Polly for nearly two more years.“Polly is an excellent mother, consistently grooming her little one,” Barney said “We are really looking forward to the joey fully emerging soon.”Safari Park visitors can spot Polly and her joey at the Walkabout Australia exhibit. Access to the exhibit is included with admission to the park. September 6, 2019 Posted: September 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Pokemon Sword and Shield launch Nov 15 on Nintendo Switch

first_img Comments If you’re going to battle a legend then make sure to bring a big enough shield. 😉😉— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) June 5, 2019 E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show 17 Photos 2:13 Share your voice “In tall grass or caves, battles with wild Pokemon will occur when you run into Pokemon that you can see wandering around,” the company wrote. “You can also trigger battles by running into the ! icon that will pop up in patches of tall grass.”The Direct also showcased Dynamaxing, which lets Pokemon grow like Power Rangers baddies. This boosts their power, converting their moves into Max versions, but it can only be triggered once per battle and the Pokemon turns back to normal after three turns.Wild Dynamax Pokemon also underpin the games’ multiplayer Max Raid Battles — you can connect to other three other players in the wild area to take them down. The wild ones stay big for the whole battle, so you’ll need to work together to defeat them (and get a chance to catch them). It’s pretty similar to the raid system in Pokemon Go, and the wild Dynamax Pokemon will vary depending on the area and very cool looking Corviknight can fly you back to any town you’ve visited. Nintendo We met a few new characters too; Galar region champion Leon has a Charizard (suggesting excellent taste), his younger brother Hop is your rival, Professor Magnolia studies the Dynamax phenomenon, Sonia is her assistant (and granddaughter), while Milo is the grass gym leader.A few classic Pokemon showed up in the Direct too — we spotted Bewear, Hippowdown, Golurk, Butterfree, Snover, Stufful, Gyarados, Flygon, Growlithe, Inkay, Sneasel, Diglett, Clefable and Wobuffet.Sword and Shield, like every generation before it, will likely be very similar but feature slight differences. Usually, the stories are a little different and you can catch a slightly different selection of Pokemon so you can trade with your friends. Superfans can buy both versions in a double pack, with a gold steelbook apparently exclusive to Europe (since it only appeared in the UK version of the Direct).in-game-screenshot-14Wooloo is happy to meet you. Nintendo We got a bunch of details on the wider franchise from the Pokemon Company’s 2019 press conference last week — including the announcement of Pokemon Sleep — but Wednesday’s stream shifted the focus back to the core game series.Nintendo will have a more general Direct livestream on June 11 as part of the annual E3 gaming convention, which takes place in Los Angeles June 11-13, so we could get more Sword and Shield details there too.Check out our sister site GameSpot for more on Wednesday’s Pokemon Direct.Originally published June 4, 4:34 a.m. PT.Updated June 6, 2:15 a.m. PT: Adds Bandai Namco tweet. If you noticed that Zacian looked a lot like Great Grey Wolf Sif from Dark Souls, you’re not alone. Bandai Namco highlighted the similarity in a cheeky tweet on Wednesday.”If you’re going to battle a legend then make sure to bring a big enough shield,” the Dark Souls publisher wrote. Now playing: Watch this:center_img You can get to Zacian and Zamazenta on Nov. 15. Nintendo Pokemon Sword and Shield will appear on Nintendo Switch worldwide Nov. 15, the company revealed Wednesday, whipping Pokemaniacs everywhere into frenzy ahead of E3 2019.Nintendo gave us a 15-minute dose of fresh details about upcoming Switch games, showing off the Pokemon-embiggening Dynamax phenomenon, Max Raids and each game’s super cool legendary wolves.The mascot legendary good pups for Generation 8 are Zacian, which carries a sword in its mouth, and Zamazenta, which has a shield beard. The pair face off in forest, but appear to team up after sensing another presence — perhaps hinting at another unrevealed legendary? Regardless, you can expect Zacian to be exclusive to Sword, while Zamazenta is probably only in Shield. Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield 3 Video Games James Turner, art director at developer Game Freak, introduced us to a few new Pokemon species too: Wooloo the sheep, Gossifleur (which evolves into Eldegoss), snapping turtle Drednaw and Corviknight the flying taxi (which can take you back to any town you’ve visited).Producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori talked about the Galar region’s “towns in which you find humans and Pokemon working together” and revealed details about the wild area, which is like an open-world version of previous games’ routes between cities. Wild Pokemon wander freely here like last year’s Pokemon Let’s Go, but Sword and Shield let you control the camera to see what’s around you. However, a tweet from the official Pokemon account hinted that encounters would work differently away from the wild area. Pokemon Go Nintendo Tagslast_img read more

Proposed Budget Cuts Could Hit Rural Broadband For Schools

first_imgMiddle school and high school students all over the state are participating in the Alaska Measures Progress tests this week. This is the first year the test are being completed completely online. The cuts by the state legislature to broadband services could limit rural schools ability to administer these mandated state tests.Download AudioLast year, the state legislature passed the Broadband Assistance Grant. The grant provided 5 million dollars for rural schools per year for next three years to up their broadband capabilities.The Southwest Region School District is composed of schools in 7 western Bristol Bay villages. Before the grant allowed them to up the bandwidth last year, the small schools in the district were at 2 Mbps (megabits per second) and 4 Mbps in large schools.“Which is nothing. That hardly qualifies as household bandwidth in the lower 48 or even here these days,” says Lester Parks.Lester Parks is the Technology Coordinator for the Southwest Region School District. The goal of the Southwest district is to get the internet to 10 Mbps.He says the lack of high-speed broadband has not only restricted use of teacher resources and student learning opportunities, but will also negatively impact the district’s capacity to implement new state required AMP test.Parks says when the broadband is saturated, students are unable to load the login page for the test.“And we’ve also found that kids that were already in and testing when the bandwidth become maxed out, were kicked out of the test and sent back to the login page, right in the middle of taking the test,” says Parks.The Southwest schools are in the middle of the state testing right now, and Parks says things are going much better.“We have had some small glitches even with the broadband upgrade we have in place now,” says Parks.But if the legislature’s cuts go into effect, the district will lose those upgrades. Parks says the district will then be right back to having major testing issues again.“Unless we can come up with 171,000 dollars somewhere and we have no place for it to come from other then the broadband assistance for schools we were told to count on for the next three years,” says Parks.On top of losing the money, Park says the cuts will have meant all the staff time and effort put into implementing the grant was a waste.On Tuesday, Parks testified before the Senate Finance Committee, saying the Broadband Assistance Grant is a sound investment in Alaskan schools, and requested the funding be reinstated.last_img read more

Community members and archaeologists race against time at Nunalleq

first_imgArcheologists, tribal leaders and volunteers are racing against time to recover as many artifacts as they can from Nunalleq, an ancient village along the coast outside of Quinhagak. This summer, volunteers found an average of 100-200 artifacts a day. (Photo: Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – Bethel)It’s been eight years since a small team began excavating an ancient village outside of Quinhagak. Now archaeologists and tribal leaders are saving what they can before the site washes away. This summer, volunteers worked to recover what they could. Over the years, the artifacts they’ve found have given new insight into Yup’ik history during a time of war.Listen nowIt’s a windy day in Quinhagak and a small group of elders, community leaders, and Delta professionals are crowded around a table in the village’s old preschool. It was recently revamped and is now the local museum. Archaeologist Rick Knecht explains what we’re looking at; the table is lined with rows of long, wooden masks.“These are the oldest Yup’ik masks in the world right now,” Knecht said. “These things are from about the 1500s, so about 500 years old.”A metal pan next to the masks is piled with earrings, tattoo needles, arrowheads, and children’s dolls. There’s also an immaculately carved ivory owl. “We have no idea how they were able to do this,” Knecht said, pointing to the owl’s perfectly circular eyes. “Even now, our carvers can’t reproduce it with dremels.”These are just some of the artifacts that archaeologists have found at Nunalleq, the excavation of an ancient Yup’ik village on the coast outside of Quinhagak. The artifacts are up to 700 years old and they’ve all been immaculately preserved in the region’s permafrost.Knecht first visited Nunalleq in 2009, when local corporation president Warren Jones sent him pictures of several artifacts the Quinhagak residents had discovered along the beach outside of town. And as is the case with other sites along Alaska’s coast, Nunalleq’s artifacts might never have been unearthed if the permafrost hadn’t started thawing. Now that it’s getting slushy, Knecht says that his team is in a race against time.In a worst case scenario, the site could be swept away this November. “We could lose the whole thing this winter,” Knecht said.Knecht said that the site will most likely be around for another five years.Some of Nunalleq’s ancient ivory figurines are so precisely carved that Quinhagak’s modern-day carvers are having trouble replicating them. (Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – Bethel)Nunalleq is a short hike from Quinhagak. At the site, about a dozen volunteers are squatting in a shallow, rectangular pit, carefully digging with trowels and buckets. Two large red fans are set up at one end to keep away the no-see-ums.According to Knecht, over the summer the dig’s volunteers each discovered an average of 100-200 artifacts a day. Over the years the community’s found something else in the ice at Nunalleq – the reason that the village was abandoned hundreds of years ago. Archaeologists found burnt sod and baskets, and then a series of skeletons.“Up on that roof deposit where the ashes were, it was full of arrow points. Just full of them,” Knecht said. “The house must’ve looked like a pin cushion.”The people who lived in Nunalleq were killed in a massacre.“We could tell that they were dragged out of the house while alive,” Knecht said. “They’d been executed face down in the mud.”This killing is a well-known incident in the Bow and Arrows War that was preserved through the centuries in Yup’ik history. According to oral tradition, women in the village sent their children running to their enemies in hopes that they would be adopted and spared, but the children were slaughtered along with everyone else. The archaeologists found the children’s bodies among the remains.The carnage that was found here at Nunalleq is the first archaeological evidence of the Bow and Arrows War, and it provides the famous massacre with its first date. Knecht said it happened around 1670 — long before the area was colonized.Excavating this site was controversial. Elders in Quinhagak knew that an ancient village was buried on the coastline outside of town, but it goes against Yup’ik tradition to disturb a sacred site. Community leaders decided to excavate when they saw that their history was being washed away.Mary Beaver and Katie Green are sitting at the edge of the dig site, watching as a volunteer recovers an arrowhead. Both women are elders, from St. Mary’s and Bethel respectively. I think they wanted to be found, Green says of the villagers of Nunalleq, and Beaver agrees.“They were just like survivors here,” Beaver said. “And I feel so proud of them, how they survived.”Warren Jones watches the dig from a distance. It’s been something of a boon for Quinhagak.  Jones is the head of Quinhagak’s village corporation, which owns all of the discoveries from the Nunalleq site. Many of artifacts are being preserved and cataloged at the University of Aberdeen right now, but they’re scheduled to be sent back to Quinhagak next year, where they will be displayed in the old pre-school building being transformed into a proper museum. This will be the first museum with a significant collection of some of the world’s oldest Yup’ik artifacts located in a remote village in an economically impoverished region of Alaska.Though they haven’t discovered a body at Nunalleq in a while, when they were unearthing the massacre Jones says that they came up with a system.“We talked to the elders about what to do, and they said do a little burial,” he said. “So every time we found skeletons or bones, we asked our manager to take them out to the site a little further away from here, say a little prayer, and bury them.”“It took hundreds of years, but now they’re safe at the ground, not too far from their village,” Jones said. “They’re finally at rest.”Artifacts are appearing along the coast of Western Alaska as the planet warms. If you live by the sea and you happen to find one, Rick Knecht recommends that you wrap it in saran wrap, put it in your fridge, and then contact Steve Street at the Association of Village Council Presidents, at 907-543-7355.last_img read more

Ban on Smoking in Public Housing Is Already in Effect in Houston

first_img Share The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says it imposed a ban on smoking in public housing because of concerns over secondhand smoke. Public housing authorities nationwide were ordered to have new rules in place by July 31.Here in Houston, smoking in public housing is already prohibited. Donna Dixon with the Houston Housing Authority said HUD had been talking about a ban for about a decade, so they decided to impose their own in 2014.When new tenants move into public housing they are informed of the rule.“They have to sign a lease addendum stating that they know that smoking is not allowed in the unit or in the buildings,” explained Dixon. “It is part of the lease and it is part of enforcement.”And while the health issues caused by secondhand smoke are a big concern, Dixon added there’s also what’s known as third-hand smoke.“If you live next door to someone you’re going to have smoke that drifts through the vents and through the walls and under the doors,” said Dixon.As for other benefits, Dixon said apartments stay in better condition if no one has been smoking inside. They have also seen their insurance rates drop.“Housing authorities all over the country, they’re going to save on money for turnovers in the unit, fires in the unit,” Dixon told Houston Public Media.So how is the public housing smoking ban enforced locally?“We haven’t had to put anybody out,” said Dixon. “This is largely self-enforcing and if a resident complains we do have to investigate.”The rules still allow people to smoke on public housing property, but they have to go at least 25 feet away from any buildings.The public housing authority in Austin also banned smoking in 2015. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen Wikimedia CommonsHUD has imposed a ban on smoking in public housing because of concerns over secondhand smoke. 00:00 /00:48last_img read more

National Cathedral Pulls from Spike Lees Canon for 2nd Annual Weekend of

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterSpike Lee’s body of work in film has been called many things over the past three decades, from genius to groundbreaking. The filmmaker’s passion for probing the issue of race is also undeniable. On February 1st and 2nd Washington National Cathedral presents “A Long, Long Way Film Weekend,” a two day event designed to give cinephiles, activists and enthusiast alike an opportunity to discuss Lee’s work.A Long, Long Way: Race and Film, 1989 – 2019, takes two of Lee’s movies, “Do the Right Thing” and “BlacKkKlansman,” and provides a venue for audiences to view them then discuss their importance with a panel of theologians, scholars, journalists and policymakers. This is the second annual event of it’s kind for Washington National Cathedral.The Washington National Cathedral is using films from Spike Lee’s canon as part of their secon annual “A Long, Long Way Film Weekend.” (Courtesy Photo)A screening of “Do The Right Thing” will take place at 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 1st, at the Cathedral, located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. At 6:30 p.m. Saturday February 2nd “BlacKkKlansman” will be shown. Both films will have discussion panels immediately after the screening.Moderating the panel discussions will be Korva Coleman, a newscaster for NPR. Coleman has written, produced, and delivered national newscasts for programs like NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” and “Weekend Edition.”Also from 3 – 5 p.m. Saturday February 2nd will be an in depth workshop dissecting the two films, and the issues of race and policing.  Scheduled speakers and panelists throughout the event include: The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Seminary and the Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. Greg Garrett, Professor of English at Baylor University, and author of more than 20 books on religion, politics, narrative, literature, and popular culture, Vann Newkirk, a staff writer at The Atlantic, The Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Professor and Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC., and Mr. Elliot Williams, a Principal with the Raben Group.The festival name was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. “Before his death in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remarked that while the nation had come “a long, long way” in its quest for racial justice, it still had a long, long way to go. In this spirit, the Long, Long Way Film Weekend compares historical and contemporary film, exploring narratives of race and prejudice over time,” according to the press release.“Do the Right Thing” (1989) was Lee’s third feature film.It brought forth many characters like Mookie, and Radio Raheem. The film went on to make over $37 million world wide according to DTRT was nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, and two Academy Award nominations including Best Actor in A Supporting Role for Danny Aiello and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Lee.Last year Lee’s latest film “BlacKkKlansman” was released. With only a $15 Million budget it earned over $89 Million worldwide. The film was nominated for four Golden Globe awards including Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Best Director – Motion Picture. And film could be up for one of several Academy Award nominations this week.This event is co-sponsored by Austin Film Festival, Baylor University, and The March On Washington Film Festival. To register for tickets please visit Washington National Cathedral website.last_img read more

Creating iPhone Apps on the Cheap

first_img Apple’s App Store surpassed the 100,000 iPhone and iPod touch application milestone in late 2009. Branded applications are one of many catalysts behind the virtual storefront’s growth, as more and more companies turn to the mobile channel as a digital marketing tool. But for businesses with neither the software engineering expertise to design their own applications nor the financial flexibility to outsource projects to professional developers (who typically charge between $2,000 and $20,000 per app build), the App Store has effectively remained closed for business.No longer–an influx of startups is enabling clients to create their own iPhone apps on the cheap, with no programming skills necessary. Here are three clever, cost-effective approaches to getting your business on smartphones.AppBreederAppBreeder, an online DIY app creation platform, offers users App-Kits–i.e., flexible collections of settings, behaviors and gadgets customized across different verticals, including AppBiz, AppRealty, AppRestaurant and AppLegal. All application elements can be managed and personalized via AppBreeder’s virtual AppBuilder tool set, and all software components can integrate with iPhone capabilities, including GPS, accelerometer and multimedia. AppBreeder pricing fluctuates according to whether the app is ad-supported (free), whether it’s web-based ($9.95 to $14.95 per month), or whether it’s native ($29.95 to $49.95 per month). Apps also can extend to Android and BlackBerry smartphones.SwebAppsDesigned expressly for small businesses, Sweb Apps enables customers to build and manage iPhone applications in six easy steps. Prefab templates lay the groundwork, but users can personalize each app with customized buttons and background images as well as tools including App Tracker (to evaluate the application’s daily use) and Client Sign Up (to capture customer contact information). All apps are installed on the iPhone operating system and run natively. Pricing ranges from $200 to $400, depending on the number of bells and whistles, with a one-time setup fee of $50 per button. Sweb Apps also applies a $25 monthly hosting fee to each application.MyAppBuilderTargeting small publishers, record labels and other creative media firms as well as bloggers and Twitter subscribers, MyAppBuilder promises to translate virtually any content into an iPhone-optimized application. Users submit their “App Blueprint” (text, image files and the like) to the Control Panel. After the company’s publishing platform works its magic, the completed app is sent back to the client for review, and assuming it’s accepted, MyAppBuilder uploads the software to the App Store for Apple’s approval. In addition to a $29 monthly subscription price, MyAppBuilder charges a $20 processing fee to whip your content into App Store-ready shape. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Register Now » January 15, 2010 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the February 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

Brazils Silva says hed run again for president

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Rousseff has given no indication if she will run again.Silva ended eight years in office in January 2011 with an 87 percent approval rating. His popularity and tireless campaigning helped elect Rousseff, a relatively low-profile member of Silva’s Cabinet.Silva made the comments in an interview broadcast Thursday night on the SBT television network.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 ways to recognize low testosterone BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazil’s popular former president says he’ll run again for the office in 2014, but only if his political protege and current leader Dilma Rousseff doesn’t want the post.Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he’ll never allow a presidential candidate from Brazil’s main opposition party to win an election. For that reason, he would step forward to try and fill the spot if Rousseff should decide against a second term.last_img read more

Virgins new business structure approved

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Virgin Australia Holdings (VAH) proposal to operate under new entity, Virgin Australia International Holdings (VAIH), has been approved and is ready for implementation. The new business model was seen to comply with the Air Navigation Act (ANA), which caps foreign ownership of Australian international airlines at 49 percent. On Wednesday, Qantas Airways challenged Virgin on the grounds that the proposed structure would meet the necessary obligations of the ANA.VAH has reported “all conditions of the proposal have been satisfied or waived.” VAH shareholders will be given a beneficial interest in shares in the new entity, VAIH via an In Specie dividend, distributed by The Trust Company.The assigned nominal value of each allotment will be $0.000001 per share. Shareholders not permitted to hold shares in an unlisted company may sell their interests in VAIH to a person nominated and approved by VAH, subject to VAH and foreign persons not holding more than 49 percent VAIH share majority.The date for distribution and implementation will be 30 March 2012.last_img read more

Good News for Sellers as Home Prices Rise

first_img 2018 CoreLogic Forecast Homebuyers Housing Market HPI projections real estate report rising home prices Sellers 2018-01-02 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination January 2, 2018 708 Views Good News for Sellers as Home Prices Risecenter_img 2018 might see first-time homebuyers facing higher rates of price growth for starter homes and further erosion of affordability according to the Home Price Index (HPI) for November 2017 and released on Tuesday by property analytics firm CoreLogic. The HPI report for November indicated home prices across the U.S. increasing  year over year by 7 percent from November 2016 to November 2017. Month over month, they increased by 1 percent in November 2017, compared to October 2017. CoreLogic also released its HPI forecast, which is a projection of home prices using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighing indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state.The forecast projected a decrease of 0.4 percent in home prices from November 2017 to December 2017. However, it indicated that the increase in home prices is set to remain through 2018 with a projected increase of prices by 4.2 percent by November 2018 on a year-over-year basis. “Rising home prices are good news for home sellers, but add to the challenges that homebuyers face,” Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic said.“Without a significant surge in new building and affordable housing stock, the relatively high level of growth in home prices of recent years will continue in most markets,” Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic said. He added, “Although policymakers are increasingly looking for ways to address the lack of affordable housing, much more needs to be done soon to see a significant improvement over the medium term.”According to CoreLogic’s Market Condition Indicators (MCI) data, an analysis of housing values in the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock, 37 percent of metropolitan areas had an overvalued housing stock in November 2017. This means that home prices were at least 10 percent higher than the long-term sustainable level in these areas. Washington, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho posted 12-month price gains of 10 percent or more in November, the data indicated.The data also indicated that 36 percent of the top 100 metropolitan areas were undervalued (prices were at least 10 percent lower than the long-term sustainable level) and 26 percent were at value. Sharelast_img read more

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