Cyberbullying Investigation Unit Begins Helping Youth Families

first_imgYouth and family members can now call the country’s first cyberbullying investigative unit for help. The unit’s investigators started today, Sept. 30, and will begin taking calls and investigating complaints immediately. Nova Scotians can call 424-6990 in Halifax Regional Municipality or toll-free at 855-702-8324 to talk to an investigator. A new website, http://cyberscan.novascotia.ca , will have information to help people determine if they are being cyberbullied and outline available options. “Creating this unit was part of the province’s response to the tragic death of a young Nova Scotian,” said Judith Ferguson, deputy minister of Justice. “This unit, and the other steps we’re taking, including advocating for changes to the Criminal Code, will make a difference for others who are being cyberbullied. Now they have somewhere to turn for help.” Five investigators will look into all cyberbullying complaints, helping victims resolve situations through informal, or legal means. The goal is to try to resolve complaints by helping the cyberbully understand the impact and consequences of their behaviour. Investigators can also apply for a cyberbullying prevention order, where the court could order a person to stop cyber communication, or confiscate the technology used for cyberbullying. And finally, a case could be referred to police, if criminal charges appear warranted. Chris Abraham, a Grade 12 student at Halifax West and student advisor to the Halifax Regional School Board said he hopes his fellow students take advantage of the CyberSCAN unit. “I think CyberSCAN is a great idea. I think it will help people feel safer.” The CyberSCAN unit is governed by the Cyber-safety Act, passed in the spring to ensure all Nova Scotians have a place to turn when they experience, or are aware of, cyberbullying. For more information about the act, visit http://cyberscan.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

Biographical sketches of 2 Canadians missing in China

first_imgBEIJING — Two Canadian citizens have been reported missing in China over recent days amid a dispute over Canada’s detention of a Chinese business executive wanted in the U.S. on bank fraud charges. China has yet to provide any information or even formally acknowledge their detentions.Below are profiles of the two men, one a diplomat on hiatus working for an international think-tank , the other an entrepreneur and business consultant dealing with North Korea.___MICHAEL KOVRIGA Toronto native and resident of Hong Kong, Kovrig had most recently worked as a senior adviser for northeast Asia at the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think-tank on global affairs.A Chinese speaker, Kovrig went on leave without pay to take up his position nearly two years ago and no longer holds a diplomatic passport — along with the immunity that bestows. Prior to that, he worked as a Canadian diplomat in various portfolios, including in the consulate general in Hong Kong, where he helped arrange a visit by Prime Minister Dustin Trudeau in 2016.As first secretary and vice consul at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing from 2014 to 2016, Kovrig travelled around China conducting field research on politics and government policies and meeting with contacts, including political dissidents. Such work is common among diplomats and foreign journalists in China, but is viewed with deep suspicion by China’s ruling Communist Party, raising the possibility Kovrig could be charged with espionage.Kovrig, believed to be in his late 40s, was a frequent commentator on China affairs for the foreign media, including The Associated Press.Kovrig was very capable and a “very smart guy,” who was extremely knowledgeable about China, a former Canadian ambassador to China, David Mulroney, told the Toronto Star.Kovrig also worked for the United Nations Development Program after graduating from the University of Toronto and Columbia University.___MICHAEL SPAVORChina-based Spavor is known for his contacts with high-ranking North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, with whom he has been photographed shaking hands and laughing.He was also key to bringing NBA player Dennis Rodman to North Korea in 2013 in what was considered a significant, if somewhat quirky, breakthrough in the outside world’s contact with the young head of the hard-line communist regime.In 2015, Spavor founded Paektu Cultural Exchange, a non-governmental organization that works to facilitate sports, cultural, tourism and business exchanges with North Korea. Its mission statement says it aims to “promote greater peace, friendship and understanding.”The exchange is one of a small group of organizations promoting interactions with North Korea in a manner that has sometimes brought controversy for its unwillingness to criticize the regime’s human rights abuses. Its Facebook page advertises a five-day trip to North Korea over the New Year, including a visit to the Demilitarized Zone and a hot springs resort.A fluent Korean speaker with 16 years of experience working and studying in East Asia, Spavor graduated from university in his hometown of Calgary and also studied North Korean affairs at South Korea’s Kangwon National University, according to his Facebook page.Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Katy Perry And Staples Make Roar Happen In Boston

first_imgStaples and global pop music superstar Katy Perry continue to “Make Roar Happen” in the Greater Boston area today by announcing 106 local classroom projects have been funded as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org.Staples fully funded the balance of every project that was on DonorsChoose.org in the Boston Metro, Cambridge and Metrowest communities today. This $80,698 donation helped 83 teachers fulfill classroom needs and helped 8,958 students in the Boston community. For example, Mr. Chen at Josiah Quincy Upper School will receive laptops his students will use for a financial literacy course; and Ms. Robb at Jeremiah Burke High School will receive physics kits and motion sensors to design roller coasters that model energy and motion.“I’m glad to partner with Staples on my Prismatic World Tour to raise awareness and funds for DonorsChoose.org, and to remind my fans that a small gesture can have a huge impact on the very basic materials classrooms need for teachers to help students reach their full potential,” said Katy Perry.Staples and Katy Perry teamed up to Make Roar Happen and support teachers. Through the “Make Roar Happen” program, Katy Perry will help Staples raise awareness of how to help teachers with a $1 donation either in store or on Staples.com. As part of the program, Staples, the presenting sponsor of the North American leg of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour, donated $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, a charity which has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students. $80,698 of that donation went to Boston Metro, Cambridge and Metrowest classrooms today.“We are so thrilled to have Katy Perry supporting ‘Make Roar Happen’ and look forward to working together with DonorsChoose.org to ensure teachers have the supplies they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “Our recent survey found almost three-quarters of parents with teens agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students so it’s imperative we support these everyday heroes.”Additionally, the survey revealed that 76% of parents of teen students believe that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms. Customers are invited to help ‘Make Roar Happen’ for local teachers by donating $1 to DonorsChoose.org at nearby Staples stores or online at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen. The proceeds will benefit teachers in the supporters’ communities and will help fund local classroom projects listed on DonorsChoose.org.“The tremendous support Staples and Katy Perry have provided to DonorsChoose.org through ‘Make Roar Happen’ has made a great difference in classrooms across the country,” said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org. “We understand the financial hardships teachers in the Boston area face when it comes to providing their classroom with the right resources. Thanks to Staples and Katy Perry, local teachers are able to get what they need and ‘Make Roar Happen’ in the classroom.”Win A Trip to Meet Katy Perry
Fans have a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry and attend her concert on Sept. 19 at the Staples Center by entering the ‘Make Roar Happen’ Video Sweepstakes. Everyone is invited to create videos ‘Roaring’ about their educational goals, inspirational teachers or how education has positively affected their lives. To enter, upload your ‘Roar’ video at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen. Entries must be submitted before 11:59 PM ET on Sept. 3, and participants must be 18 years or older. Participants are encouraged to share their videos on their social channels using the hashtag #MakeRoarHappen. See official rules at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen.Win Tickets to see Katy Perry The Prismatic World Tour Presented by Staples
Customers who spend $10 or more at any Staples store will receive a unique code(s) based on the total amount spent. Code(s) will be provided on their store receipt to enter online at Staples.com/MakeRoarHappen for a chance to win two tickets to a concert in the U.S. portion of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour Presented by Staples. To win tickets, participants must enter the code on their purchase receipt from June 1 to Sept. 25 at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen.last_img read more

Hot topics with Jeanne Beker

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement When you think of TV personalities involved in the Canadian fashion scene, Jeanne Beker is probably one of the first names that pop into your head.The 64-year-old broadcasting icon, who hosted Fashion Television on City (a.k.a. Citytv) from 1985 to 2012, was recently honoured for her achievements with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.Aside from Beker, this year’s group of inductees also includes director Deepa Mehta, actor Jason Priestley, musician Corey Hart, Toronto Maple Leafs legend Darryl Sittler and deceased actor Al Waxman. In addition to her work on Fashion Television, Beker has also released fashion lines, written newspaper columns and hosted segments on CTV News, Canada AM and The Marilyn Denis Show. In 2013, she was designated a member of the Order of Canada.If you’re interested in seeing the tributes to Beker and the other inductees, you can watch a broadcast of the gala on Monday night (Dec. 19), which airs on Global at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Inside the Collapse of the Mark Steyn Show

first_imgHis employees tell a different story: They say Steyn ran the show into the ground. He generally wouldn’t even speak to crew members, they claim, and when he did, he verbally abused them. In one case Steyn referred to members of the northern Vermont-based crew, a former employee claimed under oath, as “a bunch of meth-heads.” A Steyn spokesperson denied he made that comment.Steyn had crew members run personal errands, they say, spent CRTV funds on lavish meals and expensive personal purchases, and boasted of the large settlement he planned to extract from the company. Steyn was there, he said, to protect their interests, claims he reiterated on his website: “I didn’t feel the cameramen and production assistants and musicians and audio engineers should have to suffer because I was stupid enough to get into bed with CRTV.” Twitter “It’s bullshit, frankly,” said Mike Young, formerly the show’s site supervisor. “They all hate him.” Advertisement Late last month the Canadian author sued conservative media startup CRTV for breach of contract following the network’s abrupt cancellation of The Mark Steyn Show after just two months on the air. Steyn demanded the court issue a restraining order keeping his show running while it adjudicated his breach-of-contract allegations, saying his “employees will suffer irreparable harm because they will lose their health insurance coverage as a result of [CRTV’s] actions,” in the judge’s summation. Facebook His staff didn’t buy it. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: When conservative commentator Mark Steyn sued the company that canceled his new online TV talk show last month, he said he was doing it for his employees. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Number of hungry people worldwide nears 1 billion mark UN agency reports

The total number of hungry people has risen to 963 million this year, up from 923 million last year, and FAO cautioned in the latest edition of its global hunger report that this number could rise further as a result of the ongoing financial and economic crisis.“For millions of people in developing countries, eating the minimum amount of food every day to live an active and healthy life is a distant dream,” said Hafez Ghanem, FAO Assistant-Director General. “The structural problems of hunger, like the lack of access to land, credit and employment, combined with high food prices, remain a dire reality.”He noted that while food prices have fallen since earlier this year, the food crisis persists in many countries.Although the price of major cereals has dropped by more than 50 per cent from their 2008 highs, they still remain high compared to previous years, the report, entitled “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2008,” said.FAO’s Food Price Index is still nearly 30 per cent higher as of October 2008 than it was two years before.Meanwhile, the prices of seeds, fertilizers and other inputs have more than doubled since 2006, leaving poor farmers unable to produce food.“If lower prices and the credit crunch associated with the economic crisis force farmers to plant less food, another round of dramatic food prices could be unleashed next year,” Mr. Ghanem said, calling for a funding boost of at least $30 billion annually to help stave off more hunger and help farmers in developing countries.The new report said that the vast majority of the world’s hungry – over 900 million – live in developing nations, with over two-thirds in seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.Mr. Ghanem said that the food crisis has “mainly affected the poorest, landless and households run by women,” adding that that an “enormous and resolute global effort” is necessary to reach the target of cutting the number of hungry people in the world down to 500 million by 2015. 9 December 2008With 40 million people being pushed into hunger this year mostly due to soaring food prices, the number of undernourished people worldwide is approaching the 1 billion mark, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. read more

UNP defends 20th constitutional amendment

The purpose of keeping the proportion at 5:4 for FPTP and PR was to ensure that the minorities were given adequate representation. (Out of 225, 125 MPs will have to get elected under the FPTP and 100 under PR.) The ruling United National Party (UNP) has strongly defended the scheme of electoral reforms approved by the Cabinet a few days ago as part of the 20th constitutional amendment.Answering questions on the scheme, Kabir Hashim, UNP general secretary and Minister for Highways and Investment Promotion, told The Hindu that if the proportion of seats under the First Past The Post (FPTP) and proportional representation (PR) had to be changed in favour of FPTP, this would only reduce the opportunities for minorities to get accommodated under PR. Asked why his party was against increasing the size of Parliament from 225 to 255, the UNP leader said any hike would only mean a “drain on the resources of the country which we want to cut down”. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and Urban Development Minister Rauf Hakeem said his party is for the introduction of “double ballot paper system” as part of the Amendment which will be “more democratic.” One ballot will be for parties and another for candidates. read more

The global state of mass mining

first_imgHeld in Canada’s globally important nickel centre of Sudbury, Ontario, this year’s MassMin event has grown again since the last get together in Lulea, Sweden in 2008; reflecting the ongoing development of major new block cave projects by Rio Tinto, Newcrest, Codelco, Freeport and others. In the opening session, attended by IM, Allan Moss, Rio Tinto’s General Manager Underground Technology Centre, had some interesting points to make about the long term success of today’s planned “supercaves”, which will involve a step change in approach and scale.The industry is looking at tonnages of up to 160,000 t/d, in the case of the Grasberg Block Cave (GBC) in which Rio Tinto is a joint venture partner with Freeport; and at lift heights increasing from 100-200 m up to 500 m or even 800 m. These tonnages, even compared to the highest tonnages mined in caves today such as DOZ at 80,000 t/d, are enormous and will involve the management of thousands of drawpoints. By 2022, about 40-50% of Rio Tinto’s production will be underground, a huge change for a company known more for open pit iron ore, coal and copper mining. Oyu Tolgoi is set to handle 90,000 t/d and Resolution 110,000 t/d, in addition to GBC. As a company, Rio Tinto estimates it will need 10 new production shafts, 12,000 drawpoints and over 500 mobile units; a massive undertaking and investment.To efficiently mine caves on this scale, Moss argues that a new approach to measurement and calibration of cave models is needed. A better understanding of the caves is crucial to avoid unwanted surprises such as clay migrating to drawpoints or major surface collapses related to caving, as well as unexpected behaviour in the block in terms of fragmentation. But planning in caving on this scale and timeframe is difficult: there are less than 15 active block caves in the world, with a lot of anecdotal knowledge rather than real data. Time is a big factor with these new supercaves. Support/installation can be as much as 50% of development time, and 30% of construction time. For example, the GBC access tunnel work started 2004, but the mine not going into production till 2022 – as such staff that started the project will likely have retired by the time it is producing with the resultant loss of experience. If the industry is going to achieve the holy grail of an “ore factory” through supercaves, it has got to achieve a better reliability of grades coming out of the cave, and caving models should be better able to adapt to ongoing measurements, not just relying on a reactive approach. Block cave predictive plans and designs often do not agree with what is seen underground – as an example rilling (lateral movement) has been seen to be much more common than thought. The industry needs to constantly measure and refine process based on measurements. As Moss states, “what you don’t measure, you can’t manage.” The mine has to collect data underground that gives models and modellers the data they need to calibrate their models and make progress from the lessons learned. And it is important to remember that the people who design the mines are not the same people that operate them.It is a paradigm shift from the world of open pit mining. Blocks of ore in a cave move and fragment, whereas in a pit they stay put. The block of ore also may not follow the most direct route to drawpoints. In a pit it is a straight fixed geometry exercise, but in a cave it is anything but. It is crucial to accurately describe the rock mass in the cave but this is easier said than done when you are having to characterise huge areas of rock, where different sets of joints and veinlet structures all have an effect on caving behaviour. Proper measurement will help to reduce dilution and increase recoery while reducing drawpoint damage. Moss concluded: Performance forecasts have largely been based on sets of rules and empiricisms established through trial and error at previous operations….substantial effort is required to obtain the data that describes cave performance before modelling techniques can be further advanced. This entails a return to quality measurements of key performance data such as cave back propagation, fragmentation size, material movement in the draw column, draw control and drawpoint availability. Such data must be fully integrated with operational information, and to be effective as a proactive cave management tool, it must be available in real time and well communicated to all the stakeholders.”last_img read more

Gilmore Samesex marriage referendum will be held before the end of the

first_imgADDRESSING THE LABOUR Youth Conference in Limerick yesterday, Eamon Gilmore said that a referendum on same sex marriage would be held “in the lifetime of this government”.A spokesperson for the Labour Party confirmed that Gilmore had indicated that he hoped to hold the referendum on same sex marriage in 2014, but that it could possibly be in the spring of 2015.Constitutional ConventionIn April, following the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention to accept same sex marriage, Gilmore stated that it is “not the role of the State to pass judgement on who a person falls in love with, or who they want to spend their life with”.The Tánaiste has always had a strong opinion on same sex marriage.Back in 2012, when he said he was including it as an item for the Constitutional Convention to consider he said he believed in gay marriage, stating, “the right of gay couples to marry is, quite simply, the civil rights issue of this generation and, in my opinion, its time has come”.In the summer, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he considering staying neutral in a referendum on same-sex marriage, which could be an attempt to avoid any more defections from Fine Gael TDs.Read: Dublin business owner in storm over gay cake-topper row>Read: Thousands turn out at marriage equality march in Dublin>last_img read more

Nokia à la recherche de son prototype

first_imgNokia à la recherche de son prototypeFinlande – Nokia a fait appel aux autorités russes pour récupérer un prototype de son mobile N8 que détient un blogueur.Au nom de la propriété intellectuelle, selon le fabricant, Nokia réclame la restitution de son smartphone N8 que possède un blogueur, Eldar Murtazin. Ce dernier a publié un article très négatif sur le futur produit du fabricant finlandais, mais Nokia se défend d’agir ainsi en réponse à cette critique de son nouveau smartphone.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Suite à la non-réponse du blogueur à la demande de Nokia, la firme a sollicité les autorités russes pour le récupérer. “Il y a plusieurs semaines, nous avons demandé formellement qu’on nous rende ce téléphone, mais nous n’avons reçu aucune réponse. Nous avons donc contacté les autorités russes pour qu’elles nous aident à récupérer ce qui nous appartient”, a expliqué l’entreprise.Sur Twitter, Eldar Murtazin affirme n’avoir reçu aucun courrier de la part du plaignant. Cette mauvaise publicité est malvenue pour le géant finlandais qui veut faire du N8, un smartphone haut-de-gamme, concurrent à l’iPhone 4.Le 9 juillet 2010 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rotary Club in Providenciales donates two pumps

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Related Items:DDME, rotary club of Providenciales, virginia clerveaux TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppRotary Club in Providenciales donating two pumps and all the fittings to EMS to help in the aftermath of TS Cristobal which dumped a foot of rain on the country and flooded homes, bushes, businesses, yards and roadways in the northern TC Islands of North Caicos, Middle Caicos and Providenciales; that was last Sunday and Monday. Rotarians stepping up big time… purchasing the pumps at a cost of $5000 from Construction Equipment Services which can service the 4” pumps. Accepting for TCIG was Director of DDME Dr Virginia Clerveaux and Deputy Director of EMS, Gavin Thomas. President Bloneva Green Williams said the Rotary Club of Providenciales is always ready to answer the call of community need and was happy to be able to assist. While government roadways are now cleared in Provo… there are still private property owners who may need help; you are asked to contact the DDME. Vector control measures, according to Director Clerveaux are still on going. TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially openedlast_img read more

Woman bids for PLP Leadership HannaMartin steps up for the job

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – If she wins, Glenys Hanna Martin would be the first female elected party leader in the country and the first for the Progressive Liberal Party which has a strong heritage of raising up indomitable women.    Hanna-Martin about 24 hours ago in a spirited press conference held in the Englerston constituency announced that she will indeed challenge current interim leader, Philip Brave Davis and any others for leadership of the PLP.    Hanna Martin is the four-time Member of Parliament for Englerston in Nassau, which is one of the four constituencies which was retained by the PLP in the May  2017 General Elections.Hanna-Martin is already an historical figure within her party, having served as the first woman National Chairman.    In her announcement, the mother and grandmother spoke of the distinctions of The Bahamas and Bahamians and reflected on the iconic political movements she witnessed in a front row seat; she said it is time for The Bahamas to move from this place of challenge to a place of harmony.Hanna-Martin set her sights on becoming a change agent for the education system, saying a #PLP under her watch would invest more concretely in the human capital of The Bahamas.Throwing their support behind Hanna-Martin were former ministers and women politicians, Melanie Griffin and Hope Strachan, who agree that Glenys is more than the next leader of the PLP, but the next Prime Minister of The Bahamas.Other areas focused on by #GlenysHannaMartin were health, transformation of inner city communities, substandard housing and scarcity of food.  Hanna-Martin said she also plans to modernize the PLP, making Bahamian people the subject and not the object.  Over 10,000 people watched the announcement on Facebook.#MagneticMediaNews Grand Bahamian among those on PLP Constitutional Committee, new leader readying for 2022 Elections Related Items:#GlenysHannaMartin, #magneticmedianews, plp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: Hanna-Martin dismisses PLPs unready for woman leader, calls for party reform Bahamas: Brave wins, Cooper wins, Mitchell wins, Lynes wins for new PLP leadershiplast_img read more

South Coast Railway gets new head

first_imgVisakhapatnam: R Dhananjayulu assumed charge as Officer on Special Duty of South Coast Railway on Monday. He replaced S S Srinivas, who has been appointed as Divisional Railway Manager, Guntur. Previously, Dhananjayulu (1988-batch) was an officer at Indian Railway Traffic Service and joined Indian Railways in 1989 and worked in various capacities in operations, commercial, safety and general administration departments in Hubli, Hyderabad and Vijayawada Divisions and also in the Headquarters Offices of South Central Railway. He worked as a Divisional Railway Manager in Vijayawada Division. Prior to his appointment, he was a Chief Transportation Planning Manager at SCR. He also worked on deputation with Container Corporation of India. As part of his official duties, he visited several places, including Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Singapore.last_img read more

IOC Raises Petrol Diesel Prices

first_imgAs a consequence of recent volatility of international crude oil prices, state-run Indian Oil Corp Sunday hiked rates of transport fuels effective from midnight.Accordingly, the price of petrol will increase by 82 paise per litre, while that of diesel will go up by 61 paise per litre from Monday, reports IANS.”There has been a steep increase in international prices of both petrol and diesel and the rupee-dollar exchange rate has also depreciated slightly since the last price revision,” IOC said in a statement here.”Increase in retail selling price of petrol by Rs.0.82/litre at Delhi (including state levies) with corresponding increase in other states.”Increase in retail selling price of diesel by Rs.0.61/litre at Delhi (including state levies) with corresponding increase in other states,” it added.Fuel prices were last revised Feb 3 when petrol was made cheaper by Rs.2.42 per litre and diesel price was also lowered by Rs 2.25 per litre.The Indian basket of crude oil recently re-crossed $50 a barrel level and traded Thursday at $55.19 after having plunged to near six-year lows of $43 last month.This is the first upward revision in the price of petrol since August 2014, and also the first in case of diesel since it became market-priced from October last.last_img read more

iPad gamers upset as Angry Birds HD get intrusive ads

first_imgWith Angry Birds now a global phenomenon, fans (including myself) wait in anticipation for every new update that surfaces, but the latest Angry Birds HD release for Apple’s iPad brought to the table 15 new levels, a new golden egg, and a rather unwanted feature which has left its loyal fans extremely angry.The feature in question is adverts. Apparently the adverts are not the standard AdMob or Adsense variety, rather they are adverts that contain a news section which kicked in when the pause screen was pressed.News is probably not the correct word to describe the feature because in reality Rovio has used the space to promote their official merchandise. The problem is you can’t exit the promotion until it has finished. This has negatively impacted the time it takes to restart the level, and despite being a few seconds long the constant fade-in animations are supposed to be very distracting.The move has of course caused a huge backlash with fans, who have littered the review section of the app’s App Store page with multiple negative comments. However, despite these comments Rovio is striving to push the in-game ads because, as Android users will know, the two Angry Birds games already on the Android Market have in-game advertising and to date twenty million copies of the ad-supported game has been downloaded, which is roughly the same as the paid downloads for iPhone and iPad.Read more at 9to5 MacBrett’s Opinion I can understand the ads inside games that are free, but for paid applications? I think Rovio has gone too far this time. Even though the company like to refer to the new feature as news, it is a glorified way of marketing its own products. This would not have been that bad if the advert was not obtrusive, but the fact that it slows down gameplay is unacceptable.It will be interesting to see if Rovio release a quick update to resolve this issue before fans start losing even more faith in the game.last_img read more

Duo create castAR projected augmented reality system post it on Kickstarter

first_img More information: technicalillusions.com/www.kickstarter.com/projects/t … ile-ar-and-vr-system (Phys.org) —Hardware and software designers Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson have designed what they call a projected augmented reality system—called the castAR, it appears to be unlike anything else being sold today. It’ a special pair of glasses, an infrared embedded surface and a magic wand—it allows for looking at and making changes to what looks to the user, like a holographic image. After a lot of design, testing and building, they’ve come up with a prototype that serves as the basis for a new Kickstarter project. Explore further The eyeglasses have very tiny projectors placed above each eye that project an animated image onto a special mat. A sensor just above the nose lets the system know where the person is looking and sensors in the mat keep track of where things are that are placed or moved by the person running the system. To visualize the system, imagine placing a plastic mat on the table in front of you—when you look down at it, you see a three-dimensional animated world dropping down “into” the table. To control what happens in that virtual world, you use your wand, like a mouse with a desktop computer. More impressive is that more than one person can don glasses and use the same mat at the same time—it can be shared by two people sitting across from one another—each with their own private view of the virtual world—quite naturally leading to gaming. To demonstrate, Ellsworth and Johnson set up a three dimensional version of dungeons and dragons. Adding to the surreal experience is that when players move their heads, they get a different perspective of the projected imagery, just as if they were watching something real happening on their kitchen table. It’s a truly impressive system—one that will very likely be made for sale to the public relatively soon as interest in the Kickstarter project has been pushing the dollar amount needed very quickly towards the goal of $400,000. Game system castAR debuts at Maker Faire Citation: Duo create castAR projected augmented reality system, post it on Kickstarter (2013, October 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-duo-castar-augmented-reality-kickstarter.html © 2013 Phys.org The system also comes with an optional attachment for the glasses that blot out the real world allowing for a fully immersive 3D augmented reality system. Also, additional mats can be added to the system, increasing the physical size of the virtual world. Ellsworth and Johnson suggest that given the right resources, the mats could conceivably cover the floor, walls, and ceiling in a room, creating a holodeck. 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.last_img read more

The Strength of the Housing Market

first_img October 1, 2018 910 Views in Daily Dose, Data, News The Strength of the Housing Market According to the latest American Enterprise Institute National Housing Market Indicators Report for Q2 2018, strong home price increases have not had much of an effect on the home sales market. The national home sales market remained solid, according to AEI, reporting that for the four quarters ending in Q2 2018, 6.37 million sales transactions were reported, up 160,000 transactions, or 2.6 percent, from the four quarters ending in Q2 2017.Additionally, the report notes that sales transactions increased 0.2 percent in Q2 compared to a year ago, marking the fifteenth consecutive quarter of such increases. This comes as the FHFA’s national house price index jumps 6.6 percent year over year in Q2 2018.The report also notes the credit easing from several federal agencies, meaning more “credit-challenged” borrowers have remained in the market.“By counter-cyclically buoying demand, these agencies are worsening the housing supply-demand imbalance, which is already at historical levels,” said AEI’s report.AEI states that while several agencies, such as the FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Veteran’s Association have been supporting the the recent boom through their credit easing, Fannie Mae’s credit easing has been “breathtaking.”Looking forward, AEI has four predictions for 2018. First, AEI predicts the limited single-family home inventory to become more limited through the year. The report also predicts the price boom which began in 2012 to continue, accelerated by the limited inventory.Third, first time buyers may face additionally affordability issues as home prices increase, especially on starter homes. First time buyers are also likely to face take on more risk of debt and default given these conditions.AEI found that Fannie Mae and the FHA have been competing for these first time buyers by easing credit access. The report notes that the high levels of the pace of credit easing has been “worrying”, and Freddie Mac has largely resisted the trend. AEI also states that with the tight supply-boosted seller’s market, credit easing will be reflected in the price increases.Find the complete data from AEI here.center_img Health Houisng Market Inventory Prices 2018-10-01 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — Do the Arizona Cardinals have a run

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Do the Arizona Cardinals have a running game?Over their last two games — both wins — the Cards have rushed for 298 yards on 59 attempts. The yardage total accounts for 35 percent of the team’s entire rushing output this season, and has added a level of balance to an offense that desperately needed it.“We’re just executing,” running back Andre Ellington said Monday. “We’re just taking what we do in practice every day and getting better. Everyone’s on the same page. The offensive linemen are doing a great job and the backs are, too. And the receivers are as well, getting great blocks on the outside.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Ellington, along with Rashard Mendenhall and Stepfan Taylor, have received the bulk of the carries.Without the threat of the run, defenses could tee off on quarterback Carson Palmer. Now, they can’t.“It helps out a lot,” Ellington said. “It frees up those defensive linemen from taking shots at him and gives him an opportunity to throw the ball down field.”Ellington said the goal has always been to establish that balance, and head coach Bruce Arians noted that it has helped Palmer produce.“That’s probably the biggest thing that helped him be comfortable,” he said. It’s probably no coincidence that the running game has improved since Ellington’s role increased, as the sixth-round pick out of Clemson has gained 209 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries over the last two games. “It just comes in practice,” Ellington said of the increased role. “I bust my butt every day trying to get better. I feel like when I get to the game, it’s just me out there in the zone and I’m having fun. I feel like all the hard work comes during the week, so once the game comes it’s all easy.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Related Article 50 and Brexit What does this mean

first_img RelatedArticle 50 and Brexit: What does this means for EU travel?Article 50 has now been triggered, and so begins the formal process of the UK leaving the European Union. But what does this mean for your travel plans? Can you still travel within Europe? Do you need a visa for that city break now? We’ve put together this no-nonsense guide…Bargains of the week: Poznan | Bucharest | PragueBargains of the week: Poznan | Bucharest | PragueMore Brits could book flights to Iceland last-minuteIceland, Jamaica and Hungary offer the best value for money for British travellers. The Czech Republic is set to break ranks with European Union partners and sign a deal that will pave the way for visa-free travel to the United States for its citizens.Reports have claimed that Czech prime minister Mirek Topolanek – currently on a visit to the White House – had agreed to sign a ‘memorandum of understanding’ that binds the country into providing extensive security details.European Union officials have issued scepticism at the conditions of US visa relaxation, with many reluctant to see personal traveller details committed to the US in online approval questionnaires – and many concerns aired over the introduction of air marshals on flights between the signatories.Czech deputy prime minister Alexandr Vondra was recently quoted as saying: “The EU has done nothing for us on visas. There was no help, no solidarity in the past. It’s in our interest to move ahead.”While Topolanek is expected to negotiate the amount of details Czech travellers will have to provide for visa-free travel, another contentious issue will be raised if – as rumoured – further agreements are etched out tomorrow to place US radar bases for missile defence systems on Czech soil.American officials have identified the Czech memorandum as a potential blueprint for similar agreements with the other 26 EU member states, while the European Commission has criticised Czech authorities for settling on a bilateral solution and weakening the collective bargaining position.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more