Ontario woman among Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas

first_imgThe family of a woman from Windsor, Ont., says she has died in the Bahamas as a result of Hurricane Dorian.A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to bring the body of Alishia Sabrina Lioli back to Canada.The page says Liolli died from the impact of Hurricane Dorian, which authorities say have left at least 20 people dead in the country.The organizer says extra funds will be donated to help rebuild the school she worked at in the Bahamas.The woman’s cousin, Aislinn Liolli,  says in a Facebook post she has lost her best friend and confidante.Aislinn Liolli says her cousin would help anyone in need and was always smiling and joking and making those around her feel better.The Canadian Presslast_img

UN identifies strategies to accelerate development and poverty reduction

Access to low carbon energy and mobilizing domestic capital by, for example, improving tax collection, are the other factors the UN Development Programme (UNDP) identifies in a new report as crucial factors for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The MDGs are eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation by 2015.“For those living in poverty, the MDGs have never been abstract or aspirational targets,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, when she launched the report entitled What Will It Take To Achieve The Millennium Development Goals? An International Assessment at UN Headquarters in New York.“They [MDGs] have offered a pathway to a better life – a life with access to adequate food and income; to basic education and health services; to clean water and sanitation; and to empowerment for women. Put simply, advancing the MDGs is an important milestone in our quest for a more just and peaceful world,” Miss Clark added.The report draws examples of development models that have worked from 50 countries across the world.The abolition of primary school fees in Ethiopia and Kenya, for example, led to a surge in the number of children enrolled in school, while innovative health servicing options in Afghanistan resulted in a reduction of mortality rates among children under the age of five, according to the UNDP report.Adequate expenditures by governments have led to improvements in both education and health, the report said, adding that evidence from assessments suggested that reductions in poverty and hunger occurred when economic growth is “job-rich.” That also resulted in improved agricultural production.Ghana’s nationwide fertilizer subsidy programme, for instance, increased food production by 40 per cent and reduced hunger by nine per cent between 2003 and 2005.Other examples include a national rural employment initiative in India which benefited 46 million households. The programme guarantees a minimum of 100 days of work for landless labourers and marginal farmers, with almost half being women.“Such robust social protection and employment programmes reduce poverty and reverse inequality,” the report stresses.It praises Albania for adopting a “ninth MDG” by reforming public administration, legislation and policies to promote accountability and strengthen results, an indication that country-led development and effective government are at the root of achieving the MDGs.The UNDP assessment also highlights linkages between many of the MDGs. For example, improving opportunities for women and girls and expanding access to energy have a multiplier effect on MDG progress. The report notes that providing generators in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Senegal, has helped to free up an average of two to four hours per day for women, which they have been able to spend on education, improving their health and generating additional sources of revenue.The report finds that “well-targeted and predictable aid” is a critical catalyst for meeting the MDGs and has produced significant results in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Viet Nam by making more resources available for service delivery. Countries also need to expand their own domestic resource mobilization and to adjust their budgets to ensure maximum return on their investment.“Of course, the global recession, the food and fuel crises, and the challenges of climate change and of natural disasters generally have complicated the road to 2015,” said Miss Clark. “But they do not make the MDGs unobtainable if we collectively determine that we want to achieve them,” she added.The report, which will be shared with UN Member States as they prepare the outcome document for the September MDG Summit, also singles out the failure to conclude the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Development Round of trade negotiations as the most significant gap in formulating a global partnership for development.Market access for products from developing countries remain limited and domestic agricultural subsidies by rich nations continue to overshadow policy coherence needed to accelerate MDG progress, UNDP notes. 17 June 2010Development models that focus attention on the poor while expanding job opportunities, increased government spending on social services and aid flows from affluent nations are all successful strategies for alleviating global poverty, the United Nations says. read more

Security situation improves in eastern Chad but concerns remain – UN official

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the Council on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report concerning the protection of civilians in Chad. The report also provides information on human rights violations, including reports of arbitrary arrests and detention, particularly at the time of legislative elections in February. The UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) was established in 2007 to contribute to the protection of civilians; promote human rights and the rule of law; and promote regional peace. It completed its mandate at the end of 2010, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolution and at the request of the Chadian Government, which had pledged to take full responsibility for protecting civilians on its territory. Speaking to the Council, Ms. Amos cited various factors which had contributed to improved security situation for civilians in eastern Chad. These included better bilateral relations between Chad and Sudan; the deployment of a joint border force on their shared border; an increase in the number and deployment of personnel providing security in and around camps for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and for humanitarian operations. As well, there have been no reports of armed clashes in eastern Chad since April 2010. “Despite these positive developments, the Council must remain vigilant about the situation in Chad. Remnants of Chadian opposition armed groups that have not demobilised continue to pose a potential threat. Although there has been a decline in banditry, violent attacks are still a daily threat for the civilian population in many parts of Chad, including in the south of the country, where there have been increased reports.” Regional developments in Sudan, the CAR and Libya are also being felt in Chad. Ms. Amos said that by 5 May, 42,000 Chadians had fled the crisis in Libya which had been home to an estimated 300,000 Chadian migrants. “The situation in Libya has also affected the Chadian economy by cutting off remittances and disrupting commercial trade. It is the poor and most vulnerable that will be affected first,” Ms. Amos said. “World Food Programme operations in eastern Chad have been affected as the organisation can no longer bring food supplies through Libya.” Ms. Amos said that, on balance, the Government had made steady progress in meeting its benchmarks for the protection of civilians. But durable solutions for the 131,000 IDPs in Chad and the 264,000 Sudanese refugees and 64,000 Central African refugees still need to be found. While noting that the Government has announced that displacement should be over by the end of this year, and some IDPs have returned home, Ms. Amos said many others do not feel it is safe enough for them to do so and are concerned about the lack of basic services in return areas. “The Government of Chad, with the support of the United Nations, must implement a viable durable solutions strategy coupled with an operational plan that allocates financial and human resources to facilitate the sustainable return and reintegration of the IDPs.” She said that despite there being improved security, the humanitarian situation remains fragile. Out of a population of 11 million in Chad, 2.5 million people need assistance. “If there is to be a transition from the chronic humanitarian crisis that has plagued the country in recent years, it is vital that we make the shift from relief to recovery. A sustainable path to long-term economic development is the best way of emerging from the cycle of armed violence, which affects civilians more than anyone else.” 13 May 2011The withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad at the end of last year so far does not appear to have adversely affected security in eastern Chad, the UN’s top humanitarian official told the Security Council today. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 40.76 points to 15,175.76.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 70.33 points to 21,623.42.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 9.61 points to 2,457.44.The Nasdaq composite index climbed 32.24 points to 6,306.67.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.06 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 78.47 cents US.

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 16.77 points to 15,873.99.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 6.96 points to 23,335.59.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 2.14 points to 2,573.07.The Nasdaq composite index was down 15.36 points to 6,613.69.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.05 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 79.36 cents US.

Census Home ownership rates take historic dip as more Canadians opt to

OTTAWA — Not everyone wants to own a home these days, Evan Siddall concedes — not even his own millennial-age son. For the head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., that’s really saying something.But Siddall’s experience is far from uncommon, the latest census figures show: 30-year-old Canadians are less likely to own a home today than their baby boomer parents did at the same age, mirroring a modest but unmistakable decline in the national home ownership rate.At age 30, 50.2 per cent of millennials owned their homes, compared to 55 per cent of baby boomers at the same age. Young adults today are more likely to live in apartments than their 1981 counterparts, are less likely to live in single-detached homes, and — as Statistics Canada revealed over the summer — more likely than ever before to still be living at home.The figures should change the way Canada thinks about its real estate sector, said Graham Haines, research and policy manager at the Ryerson City Building Institute in Toronto. Policy-makers have focused almost exclusively on policies to promote home ownership over the last 20-plus years, he said, pointing to tax policy and incentives.“We have to start thinking about — if rent is going to start becoming a more important part of our real estate sector once again — how we make sure we’re building the right type of rental, rental where we need it and rental that’s affordable for the people who are going to be using it,” Haines said.In 2016, more than 9.5 million of the 14.1 million households captured in the census owned their homes, an ownership rate of 67.8 per cent — down from 69 per cent in 2011 after 20 steady years of baby boomers flooding the real estate market.Since 2011, the census shows, the value of homes has steadily increased to a national average of $443,058, up from $345,182 in 2016 dollars. Vancouver had the highest prices in the country with the average home valued at over $1 million; Toronto was at $734,924 and Calgary at $527,216. Montreal came in at $366,974.As values have climbed in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, so too have the percentage of renters, even though the supply of purpose-built rental units nationally has been on a decades-long decline as developers build more condominiums than apartments.Census data showed renters are more likely to be over-stretched financially to keep a roof over their heads.Almost 40 per cent of renters captured in the census spent more than 30 per cent of their average monthly income on housing — a figure largely unchanged from 2011 and more than double the approximately 17 per cent recorded for homeowners.Overall, affordability remains an issue for almost a quarter of Canadian households, a figure that hasn’t changed much in a decade, with the pressure most acute in the hot housing markets of Toronto and Vancouver.The federal Liberal government has promised to address affordability issues as part of an $11.2 billion, 11-year housing plan to be released in the coming weeks. It’s expected to have a heavy focus on building affordable units, with a new portable housing benefit that would be tied to individuals, rather than properties.Speaking earlier this fall about work on the strategy, Siddall said that the focus wasn’t solely on helping the ranks of homeowners.“Rent or own, a home is a home,” Siddall said in an interview.“When we think about housing we have got to think about renters who need support to rent, renters who rent on a market basis, and make sure people can migrate and own homes who should own homes.”The migration to home ownership is likely to pick up for millennials in the coming years as they start families and look for homes or condominiums — a class of home that saw a 1.2 per cent increase in households from 2011 — to fit their growing brood. At the same time, seniors will be looking to downsize.That means the baby boomers will continue to fuel changes in the housing market by how long they remain homeowners and whether their children and grandchildren decide to rent or buy.Haines said the two age groups, even though they are at different points in their lives, are likely to compete for the same kind of two-bedroom units that are a rarity in the market, potentially driving up costs. That may require policy-makers to get more involved in the market to make more family-friendly housing gets built instead of a heavy focus on studios and one-bedroom units, Haines said.“We’ve fallen into this trap of building (condo) units for investors rather than end users,” Haines said.“There are positive signs that we’re starting to recognize that over the last 20 years, we’ve sort of let the market do what the market wants and maybe we need a little more attention (to make sure) that we’re actually getting what we need for our population.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter read more

Yahoo buys blogging forum Tumblr for 11 billion in boldest move yet

by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2013 8:06 am MDT Yahoo buys blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion in boldest move yet under CEO Mayer SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo’s CEO is making a $1.1 billion bet on the online blogging forum Tumblr as Marissa Mayer tries to make a former Internet icon cool again.The deal announced Monday is Mayer’s boldest move since she left Google 10 months ago to lead Yahoo’s latest comeback attempt. It marks Yahoo’s most expensive acquisition since it bought online search engine Overture a decade ago for $1.3 billion in cash and stock.Mayer told analysts that she is “making a sincere promise to not screw it up.”Yahoo is paying mostly cash for Tumblr, dipping into what remains of a $7.6 billion windfall reaped last year from selling about half of its stake in Chinese Internet company Alibaba Holdings Group. Taking over Tumblr will devour about one-fifth of the $5.4 billion in cash that Yahoo had in its accounts at the end of March.Mayer praised Tumblr as a fount of creativity that attracts 300 million visitors each month. David Karp, a 26-year-old high school dropout who started Tumblr six years ago, will remain in control of the service in an effort to retain the same “irreverence, wit and commitment to empower creators,” Yahoo said.“David Karp is one of the most inspiring, insightful entrepreneurs that I have ever met,” said Mayer, who worked closely with Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin during her time at the company.Tumblr will fill Yahoo’s gaping void in the realm of social media. Yahoo so far has had to connect its services to Facebook and Twitter to give its users a social networking outlet.Tumblr, which will remain based in New York, has about 175 employees, while Yahoo has 11,300.In his statement, Karp predicted Yahoo would help Tumblr grow even faster as he strives “to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas.”The deal is expected to close during the second half of this year.Tumblr will now play a pivotal role in Mayer’s attempt to reshape Yahoo after her highly successful 13-year career at Google, which she helped surpass Yahoo as the Internet’s most influential company. Since coming to Yahoo, Mayer has concentrated on redesigning services and bringing in more engineering talent through a series of small acquisitions that have collectively cost less than $50 million.Yahoo will still focus on mostly small deals, Mayer said, but “Tumblr is a game changer,” she assured analysts.As popular as Tumblr has become, the service remains unprofitable. That is likely to raise questions about whether Yahoo paid too much in Mayer’s zeal to gain control over a hot service. Facebook Inc. faced similar doubts last year when it bought Instagram, a rapidly growing photo sharing site. Facebook initially agreed to pay $1 billion in stock for Instagram, but the value had fallen to $715 million by the time that deal closed. Facebook still hasn’t proven it will be able to make money off of Instagram.Mayer’s efforts at Yahoo have been well-received on Wall Street so far, although most of the 69 per cent surge in Yahoo’s stock price under Mayer’s leadership has been driven by the rising value of Yahoo’s remaining 24 per cent in Alibaba. When Alibaba goes public within the next few years, analysts have estimated Yahoo could collect another $10 billion to $20 billion by selling the rest of its Alibaba stock.If this deal pays off the way Mayer envisions, Tumblr could help Yahoo finally get its stock price to $33. That would be a major coup because many investors soured on Yahoo after a previous regime led by co-founder Jerry Yang squandered an opportunity five years ago to sell the entire company to Microsoft for $33 per share. The stock spent more than four years trading below $20 before the recent surge.The shares added 6 cents Monday to close at $26.58.The deal could backfire, though, if Yahoo’s effort to make more money alienates a Tumblr user base that so far has been subjected to hardly any advertising during the service’s six-year history.Mayer said Yahoo will work with Tumblr to create ads that “are tasteful and seamless.” The company expects Tumblr to start increasing Yahoo’s revenue next year.Mayer is betting that Tumblr will provide Yahoo with a captivating hook to reel in more traffic and advertisers on smartphones and tablet computers. That rapidly growing market is expected to become even more important during the next decade.More than half of Tumblr’s users connect to the service through the mobile app.Tumblr also runs one of the world’s busiest websites, featuring 75 million daily posts about everything from politics to pets. Advertising has been a missing ingredient so far as Tumblr, like many online services in their early stages, focused on building a loyal audience before turning its attention to making money.The deal also has some symbolic significance for Yahoo, an 18-year-old company that had spent much of the past decade drifting under different management teams while Google Inc. overtook it in size and influence. At the same time, newcomers such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter began to command attention.Yahoo flirted with potential acquisitions of Google and Facebook in those two companies’ early days, only to have the talks unravel because Yahoo wasn’t prepared to pay asking prices that were far below the current market values of Google ($300 billion) and Facebook ($63 billion). Yahoo also considered buying YouTube in 2006, only to be outbid by Google, which snapped up the world’s leading online video service for $1.76 billion — a price that now looks like a bargain.Tumblr could help Yahoo recapture some of its cachet with teens and adults in their early 20s, a demographic that has become tougher for Yahoo to reach in recent years as it fell behind the technological curve.While Facebook has turned into a mainstream social network where even grandparents now connect family and friends, Tumblr has become one of the places where the cool kids hang out. The service says it has amassed more than 50 billion posts from 108 million blogs.Having its own social networking service will give Yahoo more insights into the things that people like — a key to distributing ads to consumers. That data, in turn, should help Yahoo sell more ads and accelerate its revenue growth. After three successive years of declines, Yahoo’s revenue rose slightly last year, but lagged far behind the growth at Google and Facebook. Mayer has vowed to bring Yahoo’s revenue growth back to at least the level of the overall Internet ad market.Karp’s cut from the Yahoo deal is about $275 million. Most of the rest of the money will be paid to the venture capitalists that invested about $125 million into Tumblr. That list includes Spark Capital, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Union Square Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.The Tumblr deal overshadowed Yahoo’s previously scheduled announcement on changes to its Flickr photo-sharing service, including a boost in the amount of free storage to 1 terabyte, far more than what rivals offer. Like Tumblr, Yahoo got the photo service by buying a promising startup.___Associated Press writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Further validation of RNCs roasting approach for nickel sulphide concentrates

first_imgRNC Minerals has welcomed the announcement on November 27, 2016 of a nickel offtake agreement entered into by Western Areas Ltd and the Tsingshan Group, China’s largest stainless steel producer, as further validation of RNC’s roasting approach as a more valuable alternative to traditional nickel smelting and refining for nickel sulphide concentrate. RNC first successfully demonstrated this process in 2011. After working with RNC in 2012 and 2013, Tsingshan began the construction in 2014 of the first plant to directly use nickel sulphide concentrate as part of the stainless steel production process. Mark Selby, President and CEO of RNC, commented, “We believe this agreement is another significant milestone for sulphide nickel concentrate producers and further confirms RNC’s roasting approach as a valuable alternative to traditional smelting and refining. RNC’s roasting approach is a simpler, lower cost, higher recovery alternative that should allow sulphide concentrate producers to capture significantly higher payabilities. We are very excited by the initial feedback on our marketing of test samples of NiCal-30, the roasted concentrate from Dumont, with potential payabilities exceeding our expectations. We expect to complete our initial marketing of NiCal-30 in early 2017 and expect to incorporate this market feedback into a feasibility study update for Dumont. “I am happy with the progress at our Beta Hunt mine under the new leadership of Kevin Small, Director, Mining Operations, as ore grades to date in November have exceeded our expectations and the ramp up is on track to deliver our guidance.” RNC continues to work to develop the market for roasted nickel concentrates from its own Dumont concentrate and other nickel producers. Samples of roasted concentrate from RNC’s Dumont nickel project, under the product name NiCal-30, have been shipped to a number of potential customers (alloy steel producers, stainless steel producers, and nickel pig iron producers) in Europe and Asia and initial feedback has exceeded expectations. RNC expects this phase of the work to be completed in early 2017. The Beta Hunt mine is successfully ramping up under the new leadership of RNC’s Director, Mining Operations, Kevin Small, with run-of-mine ore grades to date in November of 2.65 g/t, exceeding expectations of 2.5 g/t. Mined gold production is expected to be in line with previously announced guidance of 8.5-10,000 oz during Q4 2016, targeted gold production rates of 60,000 oz/y early in Q1 2017, and 2017 gold production in excess of 60,000 oz. RNC is a multi-asset mineral resource company focused primarily on the acquisition, exploration, evaluation and development of base metal and precious metal properties. RNC’s principal assets are the producing Beta Hunt nickel and gold mine in Western Australia, the Dumont nickel project located in the established Abitibi mining camp in Quebec and a 30% stake in the producing Reed mine in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake region of Manitoba, Canada. RNC also owns a majority interest in the West Raglan and Qiqavik projects in Northern Quebec. The picture shows a Dumont ferronickel button.last_img read more

Daniel DayLewis has been given a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth

first_imgSource: AP/Press Association ImagesDANIEL DAY-LEWIS has been given a knighthood in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours list handed out by the British monarchy.The Wicklow-based actor, honoured for “services to drama”, said he was surprised by the award. ”I’m entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure,” he said.Three-time Best Actor Oscar winner Day-Lewis was one of a list of a list of film idols, sports stars, authors and designers recognised for their services to the UK.Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame – the female equivalent of a knighthood – as the UK paid tribute to the Hollywood star for her efforts to combat warzone rape. Source: Doug Peters/EMPICS EntertainmentShe co-hosted a four-day global conference in London on the issue this week. The 39-year-old actress said: “To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to.” Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesAnd Dame Maggie Smith – the star of Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films – is made a companion of honour. This is an order limited to the queen and 65 other ordinary people from across the Commonwealth.Homeland star Damian Lewis was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). Source: © Chase Rollins/AFF-USA.COMNineteen-year-old cancer victim Stephen Sutton, who died on May 14 after raising more than £4.2 million (€5.3 million euros) for a teenage cancer charity, was given an MBE for his efforts, backdated to the date of his death.His mother Jane said her son was asked shortly before he died whether he would accept the MBE in recognition of his fundraising services – and thought it was “awesome”.Honours lists are produced twice a year, at New Year and to coincide with the queen’s official birthday in June. She turned 88 in April.- © AFP, 2014More: 8 totally unexpected Daniel Day Lewis moments>last_img read more

San Diego to participate in worldwide City Nature Challenge starting Friday

first_img Posted: April 25, 2018 Allie Wagner April 25, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Allie Wagner was live in Balboa Park as San Diego prepares to participate in the worldwide City Nature Challenge starting Friday.Nearly 70 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2018 City Nature Challenge.For more information, visit http://citynaturechallenge.org/ Allie Wagner, San Diego to participate in worldwide City Nature Challenge starting Fridaylast_img read more

KUSI Sports Brandon Stone recaps first Manny Machado press conference

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNew Padres third baseman Manny Machado met with the media in Peoria for the first time Friday.KUSI Sports’ Brandon Stone and Joaquin Duncan were there to meet the $300 million man. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KUSI Sports, KUSI Sports’ Brandon Stone recaps first Manny Machado press conference Posted: February 22, 2019center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports Tags: Manny Machado, San Diego Padres FacebookTwitter February 22, 2019 KUSI Sports last_img read more

Pokemon Detective Pikachu Is the Great New Speed Racer

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on target Depending on how cool you are, the title of this article either told you everything you need to know or nothing at all. My first thought after watching Pokemon: Detective Pikachu was “this is maybe about 90 percent as good as Speed Racer.” And considering how much I adore the Wachowskis’ artful anime adaptation, considering that it’s maybe my straight-up favorite movie, that’s some pretty high praise.But it’s true! Detective Pikachu is absolutely operating on the same higher place of existence as Speed Racer (or The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse for that matter) and it starts with taking the absurd but heartfelt Japanese source material totally serious. This doesn’t mean being a serious movie. The opening scene is a gag where Justice Smith’s Tim Goodman thinks he’s caught a Cubone only for it to pop out of the Poke Ball, already creating empathy with millions of Pokemon players who have experienced the same false victory. But the scene feels completely true to Pokemon and even goes so far as to equate Tim’s orphan loneliness with the loneliness of Cubone and its infamous dead mom backstory. This movie gets these monsters!With its core understanding so sound, the Pokemon in the real-world don’t just look realistic, they feel true even with their dream logic elemental animal designs. It sounds simple but it’s absolutely an aesthetic achievement on par with Speed Racer’s totally correct translation of anime into the real world. Director Rob Letterman’s previous film Goosebumps hinted at his ability to bring your 90s childhood dreams into CGI reality. But Detective Pikachu’s ambitions are way higher and miraculously well-executed, even in 3D. Especially in 3D.This is a movie where characters live in a colorfully grimy international city out of Blade Runner (or the live-action Mario Bros. movie) where Pokemon and humans live in harmony, set to some great Game Boy-themed music by Henry Jackman. Simultaneously you completely buy it and also can’t believe what you’re looking at when Charmanders heat up street food woks with their tails or you practically feel the scaly wet texture on Magikarp splashing in a puddle before it evolves into Gyarados. Greninja are scarier bioweapons than anything in the Resident Evil movies. The initially terrifying Mr. Mine scene is actually a legitimately clever and funny exploration of his powers. A later scene with a herd of Bulbasaur in the forest has the mystical natural serenity of a Hayao Miyazaki movie.Detective Pikachu goes even deeper though.The way the film organically weaves Pokemon lore into its solid (if predictable for adults) conspiracy mystery never ceased to impress me. On one hand, unlike with Speed Racer not knowing the lore will make this movie more confusing, leading to what I suspect will be an even deeper generational divide among critics. But Detective Pikachu makes sure to marry its mythology to universal plot points about family and relationships that are logically and emotionally clear, compared to incomprehensible garbage like the Disney stuff in Kingdom Hearts.The plot itself is shockingly close to the 3DS adventure game, including Bill Nighy’s Rupert Murdoch-esque news CEO villain and his Milo Yiannopoulis-looking son (British bad guys screaming about how much they worship capitalism is yet another thing this movie has in common with Speed Racer). But even just the general set-up of “boy with Pikachu” and “girl with Psyduck” feels right at home if you’ve ever watched the anime or played the games. With all respect to Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Detective Pikachu smartly realizes that making a movie based on a JRPG specifically means you can tell your own story and still feel authentic if the world is right as experiencing the world is player’s primary interaction.Pokemon stories are always better when they interrogate the relationship between humans and Pokemon even just a little bit. And Detective Pikachu does this all the time. Whether it’s Tim being a jaded ex-Pokemon trainer or his conversations with Detective Pikachu opening up larger kinds of communication with Pokemon in general. There are hieroglyphics showing ancient people and Pokemon cooperating. The way this movie perfectly handles Christ-like cloned psychic Mewtwo, and pretty much treats its compellingly mature backstory in previous media as canon, furthers this idea. This movie has shades of Get Out!However, Ryme City’s dedication to Pokemon peace does mean we see disappointingly few examples of core Pokemon mechanics like capturing and battling. The one big underground trainer battle scene is so seedy and illegal and surprisingly durg-ridden, with Pokken vibes, that I suspect that was the only way the team could morally justify the inherent violence of live-action Pokemon battles. It looks like dogfighting, everyone’s old jokes were right. Plus Diplo is there with beatboxing Loudred. This leaves the remaining action beats somewhat generic and lacking, despite some applause-worthy twists involving Torterra and Ditto.Also, when I say Detective Pikachu is only 90 percent as good as Speed Racer, the missing ten percent is mostly because of somewhat shallower themes and performances. It’s sad to miss your dad, but there’s nothing here as strong and moving and transcendent as Speed Racer’s artist metaphor (although the Cubone loneliness and deeper, more equitable Pokemon communication motifs could’ve come close if they were developed more). There actors are all good. I really dug Justice Smith’s disaffected Black youth vibe, like a better version of Will Smith in I, Robot. Kathryn Newton totally gets that she’s playing an anime character and I really related to her plight as a journalist who is also sick of writing about Pokemon all the time. Ken Watanabe says “Snubbull” and that’s great.However, there’s nothing here on the level of, say, Susan Sarandon telling Speed how he takes her breath away or John Goodman trying not to repeat past mistakes with his sons. The closest it gets is when Ryan Reynolds gets to stop cracking pretty decent jokes and actually make a heartfelt bond with this boy acting through Pikachu, one of the most impressive and expressive and adorable little furry CGI characters I’ve ever seen.And again, this movie not being quite as good as an actual masterpiece still means it’s pretty good. Detective Pikachu is cool because there’s a shot (in the movie, there’s no post-credit stinger) that I’m convinced is a direct tease for the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield. But it’s also absolutely a real movie that looks like nothing else and gives gamers the kind of substance with their elevated nostalgia that comic book fans have been enjoying in theaters for years now.If the next live-action Pokemon movie, whether it’s a Detective Pikachu sequel or a more straightforward sports-style Pokemon trainer movie, can get a director who can smuggle in some actual artistic messages (think Alfonso Cuarón’s Harry Potter after Chris Coumbus’ Harry Potter) then this franchise can evolve into something truly masterful.For more on Detective Pikachu, here are some Pokemon we think might be murderers and check out these reality-warping Detective Pikachu toys.View as: One Page Slides1/231. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.center_img If you’ve been reading my news stories about the trailers leading up to Detective Pikachu, you’ve seen me become increasingly excited but also bewildered by the fact that they really went ahead and turned a random 3DS spin-off into the first full-blown live-action Pokemon movie. Even wilder? This movie is actually fantastic. So let’s talk about it.SPOILER WARNING!last_img read more

Scientists revisit 1833 hydrogen production experiment

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — In the early 1800s, during the peak of the Industrial Revolution, modern science revolved around steam engines and other coal-powered applications. So it may seem a bit out of place that, in 1833, an Italian physicist named G. D. Botto was performing experiments on a technique for generating hydrogen. “Hydrogen is the most common element on Earth, the lightest and the simplest in its structure,” Roberto De Luca of the University of Salerno in Italy told PhysOrg.com. “Hydrogen gas was already known to [French chemist Antoine-Laurent] Lavoisier at the end of the eighteenth century. However, the production of hydrogen, at the time Botto performed his experiment, can only be viewed as a sub-product of electrolysis. Botto’s main objective was to show to the scientific community that electricity could be obtained by a source of heat through his ingenious device.”De Luca is part of an Italian team of scientists who have revisited Botto’s experiments to investigate whether the technique could have applications for today’s energy problems. The Italian group was inspired by the convenience of Botto’s device, which can be easily fabricated and is composed of widely available materials. The researchers calculated that, although a modified version of Botto’s device has a very low power conversion efficiency, it can still produce enough electromotive force to generate hydrogen. “We learned about Botto’s idea through the invaluable work of Professor [Salvatore] Ganci [also a co-author of this study], who is an expert in the history of physics,” De Luca said. “He is now writing a book on scientific instruments constructed by physicists from the province of Genoa in the early 19th century. Among his studies, there is the device used by Botto, by which it was possible to prove that electricity could be generated by heating an array of thermocouples. Without the invaluable contribution of Professor Ganci, this work would have not been possible.” Botto’s original 19th-century device is quite simple. It consists of a chain of iron and platinum wires alternately connected as thermocouples, which are used to convert a temperature difference into an electric voltage. Botto then wrapped the chain around a wooden stick so that the iron-platinum junctions were evenly positioned on opposite sides of the stick. By heating the contraption with a flame of burning alcohol, Botto could generate an electromotive force. Further, by passing the generated electric current through water, he demonstrated how the method could be used to produce hydrogen through electrolysis. Citation: Scientists revisit 1833 hydrogen production experiment (2008, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-scientists-revisit-hydrogen-production.html The Italian team studied Botto’s device, but made some significant adjustments. They first considered substituting copper for platinum in the thermocouples. They also proposed completely replacing Botto’s thermocouples with thermoelectric semiconductors for greater efficiency. Also, rather than use a flame of burning alcohol as the heat source, the Italian team considered using solar power to heat the thermocouples/semiconductors and create a temperature difference. They suggested that two parabolic mirrors could be arranged to concentrate solar radiation on the thermocouples and heat one side. To cool the other side (in order to create a temperature difference), the wooden stick might be replaced with a hollow electrically insulating material through which water could run to cool the desired junctions. The researchers then estimated the temperature difference, which could be used to estimate the voltage difference, which was only about 1 mV. They also estimated a small power output of about 20 mW. Despite the low power conversion efficiency, the Italians’ proposed solar-powered device could generate enough current to produce hydrogen gas through electrolysis. “We think that this idea can be used in the production of hydrogen gas directly from solar energy, through electrolysis,” De Luca said. “However, nowadays, one would not use thermocouples, as in Botto’s experiment, but could, more efficiently, use thermoelectric semiconductors to obtain a much higher power output. The important point in this work is also that, while there has always been solid scientific ground for these ideas, there has also been a lot of resilience in their applications.” As for why the researchers suggested using solar radiation to heat the device rather than a flame, De Luca emphasized the economic benefits. He and others have investigated unique, simple methods for capturing sunlight in other studies, and explained the advantages of solar energy.“It makes a great difference, in hydrogen production, to use free energy from a nuclear power plant which starts working early in the morning and stops early at night,” he said, referring to our Sun. “This energy will be free for the next five billion years, approximately. Hydrogen can thus be freely produced (unless we consider the cost of water) as long as this wonderful, perfectly clean power plant will be shining upon us. Hydrogen can then be used to run our cars and to make our houses bright at night in the future, despite the fact that Earth might sooner or later run out of oil.” More information: De Luca, R.; Ganci, S.; and Zozzaro, P. “Revisiting an idea of G D Botto: a solar thermoelectric generator.” Eur. J. Phys. 29 (2008) 1295-1300.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img 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. (Left) Botto’s iron-platinum thermocouple (a chain wrapped around a wooden stick) could generate a current when heat from a flame was applied. The heat created a temperature difference, and the thermocouples converted the temperature difference into an electric voltage. (Right) The modern proposal uses solar radiation as the heat source, with a parabolic trough solar collector, and water traveling through a hollow core as the cooling system. Image credit: Roberto De Luca, et al.last_img read more

Four youth drown in pond at West Burdwan

first_imgKolkata: Four teenaged boys drowned in a pond at Jamuria in West Burdwan on Friday morning. Police said the victims are Raj Keshri, Aman Shaw, Prince Keshri and Om Keshri. Police said Raj and Prince were brothers and they were friends of Aman and Om. They were visiting a relative of Om where the incident took place. Police came to know from the people who had witnessed the incident that they went to take a bath in a pond in the area. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTwo of them accidentally fell in the pond and the other two jumped to save them. But none of them were aware of the depth of the water body and it resulted in the incident. Locals went to the spot hearing their cry for help. They tried to save them but the boys were senseless when they were brought out of the pond. Police also went to the spot. Hundreds of people gathered around the pond.They were taken to a hospital where they were declared brought dead. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice have initiated a probe in this connection and spoke to the locals.Cops are trying to find out whether there was any foul play behind the incident. A senior police officer said though nothing suspicious was found in the preliminary investigation, they are looking into all aspects of the case to ascertain whether there was any foul play behind the incident. Police have initiated a probe in this regard.last_img read more

Hilarious 1950s Slang in Video

first_imgWhile 1950s mainstream culture in the United States usually shunned slang used by the youth, among the rising subcultures of the Beatniks, hot rodders or jazz musicians, a number of interesting “code words” flourished. Some of the words dating from the period have survived to this day, while others were lost and replaced by a new generation’s words.Their role was to differentiate the “hip” from the “square” ― and even though it started out just among the chosen few, as the decade progressed it changed the way teenagers talk around the U.S.1950s Photo by Erik Holmén CC BY 4.0Whether it was the smooth Beatniks who themselves dwelt in new forms of poetry, or those youths obsessed with cars and motorcycles who naturally adopted a lingo with more mechanical traits, the American variant of the English language was constantly growing.While mainstream culture representatives like magazines and TV shows promoted a more preppy, conservative and conformist way of life, these words alone opposed such a vision and offered a hedonistic, renegade image with “passion” written all over it.1950sAt the time when rock ‘n’ roll was taking its baby steps, and the generation gap was becoming a serious issue, such usage of language was part of the rebellious spirit which spearheaded the American youth into the 1960s, giving birth to yet another slang powerhouse ― the hippie counterculture.Christmas Party in 1950sPhoto by Erik Holmén, Nordiska museet CC BY 4.0An American family watching television together, 1958The funny thing is that you will recognize a great number of these and understand them without a problem. These retro-slang words have, in fact, influenced the contemporary lexicon so much that they are no longer considered as slang ― i.e. an informal register of words and phrases ― but more of a casual vocabulary used and understood by everyone.Read another story from us: Vintage Fashion – 1950s Teenage Girls with their Doo Wop DressesOn the other hand, a lot of these have lost their usage, but we somehow feel that they deserve a comeback.last_img read more

Jay Glazer gives Colin the latest on NFL coaching vacancies Antonio Browns

first_imgAfter a brutal Black Monday, interviews are under way for the eight available NFL head coaching positions that will start filling up fast.Today in The Herd, Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer stopped by to tell Colin how he ranks the available jobs, which job will be locked up in the next 48 hours, and which job is the most underrated. He also looks at if the Steelers will seriously consider moving on from Antonio Brown this offseason, and potential landing spots for Le’Veon Bell.Watch Glazer and Colin here:last_img

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first_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | April 04, 2019 Ikonopedia Introduces Automated Combined Reporting Package at SBI Ikonopedia will introduce its new Automated Combined Reporting package at the 2019 Society of Breast Imaging/American… read more Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography ReportingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:01Loaded: 1.82%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Breast Imaging | April 03, 2019 Konica Minolta Highlights New Exa Mammo Features at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will highlight new features of Exa Mammo, a picture archiving and communication… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Emageon’s MammoSuite mammography viewing package features a common worklist, multimodality support, computer-aided detection display and DICOM printing. The Emageon MammoSuite Desktop Integration allows radiologists access to a complete set of advanced diagnostic breast imaging tools real time from within Emageon’s RadSuite. This eliminates the need for a stand-alone mammography workstation and accelerates workflow and radiologists productivity. Emageon can also provide a non-integrated version that coexists on the same workstation but without a worklist launch.Some of the key features include: a common worklist; a single sign-on; a consolidation of clinical applications on a single workstation; an automatic transfer of accession number in order to begin dictation “in context”; a multi-modality support; CAD display and DICOM printing. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | June 12, 2019 Three Palm Software Releases WorkstationOne Version 1.8.8 Three Palm Software announced the release of the 1.8.8 version of its breast imaging workstation, WorkstationOne. This… read more center_img News | Clinical Decision Support | February 05, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Syngo.Breast Care Adding AI-Based Decision Support Siemens Healthineers showcased the new planned artificial intelligence (AI)-based features with its mammography reading… read more Videos | Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR read more Related Content News | Mammography Reporting Software | June 13, 2019 Ikonopedia Showcases Risk Assessment and Resolution Manager Tools at SIIM and AHRA Ikonopedia will showcase its suite of structured breast reporting and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)… read more Technology | October 27, 2008 MammoSuite Viewing Package on Display at Emageon News | Mammography Reporting Software | June 04, 2019 Volpara Health Technologies to Acquire MRS Systems Inc. Volpara Health Technologies, Volpara Solutions’ parent company, has signed a binding agreement to acquire U.S.-based… read more last_img read more

Costa Rican schools to observe National Day Against Homophobia

first_imgRelated posts:Thousands get gay pride in gear at Mexico City march Guate pride Argentine baby’s 3 parents ‘very proud’ of legal first Casa Presidencial presents gay common-law marriage bill Costa Rican schools will observe the National Day Against Homophobia this year, according to the Education Ministry’s (MEP) official school calendar. Schools will now use part of the day on May 17 to educate students about tolerance in regards to sexual orientation.“It is an education day,” Garnier told Costa Rican radio station Amelia Rueda. “They will discuss themes like peaceful coexistence, tolerance and anything about the sexual diversity that exists in society.”While May 17 was declared Costa Rica’s official National Day Against Homophobia in 2008, this is the first time it has been recognized on the school calendar. The date has been recognized internationally since 2004, in commemoration of the removal of homosexuality from the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases in 1990.“The MEP is taking important actions to eliminate homophobia and transphobia from education centers,” said Francisco Madrigal, head of the Political Unit at the Central American Center of Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Colombian Indians to Santos leave our territory

first_img Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories But it is also involved in cocaine trafficking, and the Cauca region where the Nasa live is major corridor for illegal armed groups that smuggle the drug to the nearby Pacific coast, where it is loaded in boats and semisubmersibles. Illegal armed groups are also involved in unlicensed gold mining in the region.Military analyst Alfredo Rangel says Cauca continues to be a sanctuary for the FARC, which remains potent in Colombia’s hinterlands despite suffering major setbacks over the past decade.Rangel says the FARC’s armed incursions have gradually increased since Santos took office in August 2010.In that year, there were 194 incursions nationwide, followed by 238 last year, he said, with 164 for the first half of 2012.___Associated Press writer Vivian Sequera contributed to this report from Bogota.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top 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, family TORIBIO, Colombia (AP) – Indigenous people angry at being forced to live in the crossfire of the Colombia’s long-running civil conflict jeered President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday as he visited their war-ravaged southwestern region.Leaders of the 115,000 Nasa people are demanding government troops and leftist rebels alike go away and leave them in peace.But Santos told residents of Toribio, a town of 35,000, during a tense visit that he would not order the military to quit the nine towns that Nasa leaders want the military to vacate. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “Our military and police are here to protect you,” he said. “They are here and they’re going to stay.”Less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) away on Wednesday, a group of about 50 rebels of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, set up a road checkpoint to demonstrate similar resolve.Nasa leaders, who have gained fame over the years for standing up to Colombia’s heavily armed groups with only wooden staffs to protect them, confronted the rebels and asked them to leave. After several hours, they did.“We don’t want them here. Not them, not the others. War is a bad solution,” said James Yatacue, leader of the Association of North Cauca Indigenous Councils. “Militarization is no guarantee of security.”People in the region have been victims of constant attacks, including a motorcycle bomb explosion Tuesday in the nearby town of Argelia that killed a 9-year-old boy and wounded five other children.Argelia’s mayor, Elio Arada, told The Associated Press that security forces had blamed the FARC, which has been fighting a succession of Colombian governments for nearly half a century.The largely rebel army says it is fighting for more equal distribution of land.last_img read more