The NB retiree whose borderbeer battle could change Confederation

first_imgFREDERICTON – A New Brunswick retiree who just wanted to buy cheaper suds is about to find out if his 2012 beer run to Quebec will change the nature of Confederation.The Supreme Court of Canada is to make a key ruling Thursday on interprovincial trade, in a case that began when Gerard Comeau was stopped by police with 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor in his trunk.“I’m a Canadian citizen. I can go and shop wherever I want. You can buy clothes, shoes, jewellery, everything and bring it over. How come beer is limited?” Comeau said Wednesday from his home in Tracadie, a small community in the northeast of the province.The low-key, 64-year-old retired NB Power linesman was fined nearly $300.But a New Brunswick trial judge ruled that the charge violated constitutional law, overturning a ban on bringing alcohol across provincial boundaries.It quickly became a test case with wide implications.Comeau’s lawyer has said the ruling could have the power to shift a host of laws across the country governing everything from selling chickens to how engineers and other professionals work across provincial lines. Some trade experts have said a Comeau victory could trigger lawsuits across the country seeking to dismantle similar government-run corporations for cannabis.Many provinces have intervened in the case against Comeau, while a team of lawyers with an interest in the constitutional issues offered to represent him for free, and the Canadian Constitution Foundation volunteered its assistance.He said he never would have been able to afford the legal fight without the help.“Any of these big cases they’ll drag it and drag it until you’re out of money and have to give up,” he said.At issue is a section of the New Brunswick Liquor Control Act prohibiting anyone in the province from having more than 12 pints of beer not purchased through a liquor store in the province.The trial judge said the law is at odds with Section 121 of the Constitution Act, which reads “All articles of the growth, produce, or manufacture of any one of the provinces shall, from and after the union, be admitted free into each of the other provinces.”Judge Ronald LeBlanc said the original framers of the Constitution never intended that laws should blatantly block the free flow of goods within their new country.During that trial, a senior vice-president of the New Brunswick Liquor Corp., said Quebec prices are cheaper because the producers deal directly with the retailers and the government doesn’t add a mark-up.He said in New Brunswick, where the sale of liquor must be through NB Liquor outlets, the corporation adds a mark-up of as much as 89.8 per cent.The New Brunswick government has argued that the case threatens to end Canadian federalism as it was originally conceived. But Comeau said his interest is more personal.“I want to know about me as an individual. Can I go and buy whatever I want, wherever I want and take it home? It’s a simple question. That’s what I want to know,” he said.Comeau said he continues to buy cheaper beer in Quebec — as recently as last weekend.“It doesn’t change my life much. I’m still Gerard Comeau,” he said laughing.Comeau is also hoping to finally be reimbursed for the trunkload of alcohol that was seized more than five years ago.last_img read more

Nova Chemicals appeals ruling that it pay Dow US106billion in damages

first_imgCALGARY – Nova Chemicals has appealed an Alberta judge’s order that it pay US$1.06 billion in damages to Dow Chemical Canada in a dispute over a massive ethylene plant in the province.The dispute centres on a production facility in Joffre, Alta. known as E3 that Nova started operating in 2000.Dow Canada alleged breach of contract over the E3 joint venture agreements, claimed that Nova took part of the ethylene and other products that belonged to Dow and failed to run the facility at full production.Nova said it faced an ethane shortage and ran the facility as fully as it could, subject to mechanical issues that constrained production.Justice Barbara Romaine of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruled in favour of Dow in June, and against a counterclaim filed by Nova in a case that included claims and counterclaims for damages between 2001 to 2012.Nova Chemicals says in its appeal that the trial judge “fundamentally misapprehended” the project agreements, including the context they were entered into, and so mistakenly awarded the damages.(Companies in this story: TSX:NCX)last_img read more

School District 60 looks at making upgrades to lighting

first_imgBefore signing any documentation with Radiance, the District was seeking support from the Board to move forward with the project.The Board voted in favour to receive more information before signing documentation and making the upgrades to the lighting. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a special School District 60 board meeting on Monday, Trustees looked into the matter of upgrading lights at all School District facilities.According to School District Secretary-Treasurer, Brenda Hooker, they have been in discussions with Radiance Energy for the past six months regarding an LED lighting upgrade to all facilities.Hooker says other Districts have been working with Radiance to upgrade lights and say the new lighting bring benefits such as improving the classroom environment and lowering hydro costs when compared to the standard fluorescent lighting.last_img read more

Dhoni moves SC seeking protection of ownership rights of property in Amrapali project

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has moved the Supreme Court seeking protection of his ownership rights on an over 5,500-square feet penthouse he booked 10 year ago in a project of embattled Amrapali Group. Dhoni filed an application in the court through his lawyer, after receiving a notice from apex court-appointed forensic auditors seeking clarification on certain aspects of the purchase. “This application is being moved by the applicant (Dhoni) to protect his rights qua his ownership and possession of Penthouse apartment…in Amrapali Sapphire phase-1 which was agreed to be sold to him vide agreement dated August 31, 2009,” Dhoni said in the application, filed through advocate Shekhar Kumar. The apex court is scheduled to hear the Amrapali matter on April 30. Dhoni said the apex court had on December 5 last year directed the forensic auditors to issue individual notices to home buyers who booked the flats on a paltry sum. The former team India captain said his authorised representative has given a detailed reply to the notice sent by the forensic auditors. Dhoni said he has paid Rs 20 lakh for the property but only some work for the penthouse has been done and he has not been given the possession. “It is respectfully submitted here that the price paid by the applicant is certainly not a paltry amount,” he said, adding that because he was associated with the Amrapali Group as their brand ambassador, he got the penthouse at a lower price. This cannot be a ground to question the otherwise genuine agreement, he said. While the affidavit mention no market price for the property, it is estimated that it is worth over Rs 1 crore. Dhoni said that like other home-buyers and creditors, he has also been duped by the Amrapali Group. He sought direction from the court that the allotment of the penthouse is not questioned and he be allowed to take its possession. On April 9, the apex court had expressed annoyance over “circulation” of forensic auditors’ report among lawyers on the Amrapali Group before it was submitted to the court. The top court said it will hear from April 30 the pleas of home-buyers on whether the property titles can be given to them. It had said it will also look into the ways the money diverted to other ventures by Amrapali can be realised and the stalled projects be completed. The court had said that if anyone has to benefit from the Amrapali case it is the hassled home-buyers who invested their earnings but were not given the flats. The court had taken on record the final report comprising nine volumes submitted by the two court appointed forensic auditors and directed them to finish their work by April 28. The forensic auditors, Pawan Agrawal and Ravi Bhatia, had told the court that they have found that over Rs 3,000 crore of home buyers’ money was diverted by Amrapali promoters. They said over 100 shell companies were formed by the group to divert the money. On February 28, the apex court had allowed the Delhi police to arrest and interrogate in custody Amrapali group CMD Anil Sharma and two directors on a complaint that home-buyers of their various housing projects were cheated and duped of their funds. The top court, which is seized of several pleas of home-buyers seeking possession of around 42,000 flats booked in projects of the Amrapali group, also ordered attachment of personal properties of the CMD and directors — Shiv Priya and Ajay Kumar. The trio, under detention of the Uttar Pradesh police and kept in a hotel at Noida since October 9 last year by the apex court for not complying with its orders, was in for a shock when the court ordered the arrest on a plea by Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police saying that it wanted to quiz them in a separate cheating case. The court had also appointed a valuer to ascertain the exact value of 5,229 unsold flats including those booked by Amrapali for just Rs 1, Rs 11 and Rs 12 and asked the valuer to submit its report.last_img read more

Incapacitated woman’s rape spurs push to catch up on cameras

PHOENIX — The rape of an incapacitated woman is driving Arizona to catch up to 10 states with laws or regulations governing electronic monitoring and other technology aimed at deterring abuse inside long-term care facilities.The Arizona House is considering a measure that would allow an intermediate care facility or group home to install video surveillance in common areas.Republican Rep. Nancy Barto is chairwoman of the House Health & Human Services Committee and believes the legislation has a good chance of passing. She sponsored the measure.Video cameras are the most common technology in facilities, though they pose privacy issues. Advocates and experts disagree about their effectiveness.Renewed attention on safeguarding vulnerable residents at care centres comes after an incapacitated woman gave birth at a Phoenix facility in December.Terry Tang, The Associated Press read more

Chorus reports Q1 profit up on unrealized forex gain on long-term debt

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:CHR) HALIFAX — Chorus Aviation Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $33.4 million, boosted by an unrealized foreign exchange gain related to its long-term debt.The company, which provides regional services for Air Canada, says the profit was up from $5.2 million in the same quarter last year.Operating revenue totalled $343.9 million, up from $323.7 million.On an adjusted basis, Chorus says it earned $19 million for the quarter ended March 31, compared with an adjusted profit of $26.7 million a year ago.Chorus and Air Canada extended their partnership earlier this year in a deal that will see Chorus subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP continue to provide Canada’s biggest airline with regional service through to 2035.The company has also been growing its regional aircraft leasing business. read more

Greek musician Nana Mouskouri marks 10 years as UNICEF ambassador

“Nana’s tireless work, the hundreds of acts of kindness and generosity she has made on behalf of children everywhere over the last 10 years is proof that one person can make a difference,” said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “We are profoundly grateful to Nana for her remarkable achievements and contributions.”UNICEF said Ms. Mouskouri had carried her fundraising and her advocacy for a better future for children to Australia, Mexico, Chile and North America, as well as several countries in East and West Europe.”She appeals to her audiences in concerts, television and press interviews to support UNICEF’s programmes for children. She has also made generous financial contributions to projects in Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda and Viet Nam,” the agency said. read more

Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart 1 dead 7 hurt

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurtling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others.Three of the injured remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday night, authorities said at a late-night news conference.“The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy,” said Republican Gov. John Kasich.The man who was killed was one of several people who were thrown when the ride malfunctioned, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said earlier.Dramatic video captured by a bystander shows the ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off, throwing riders to the ground.A company providing rides at the fair this year describes the Fire Ball as an “aggressive thrill” ride.On its website, Amusements of America says that since its debut in 2002, the Fire Ball has become “one of the most popular thrill rides on the AOA Midway.” The company description of the ride says it swings riders 40 feet (12 metres) above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute.The company did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.“All of the rides at the fair are checked several times when they are being set up to ensure they are set up the way the manufacturer intended,” said Director of Agriculture David Daniels, adding that the Fire Ball passed its inspections.“We started out today with 11 rides that did not open because the inspection work was not done on them,” said Daniels. Four rides will not be operating because they do not meet the mechanical test, he said.Kasich has ordered that all of the rides be shut down until additional safety inspections can be completed.The fair runs through Aug. 6. Authorities stand near damaged chairs of the Fire Ball amusement ride after the ride malfunctioned injuring several at the Ohio State Fair, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. Some of the victims were thrown from the ride when it malfunctioned Wednesday night, said Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt by The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 7:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 12:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock international researchers explore links between perfectionism and procrastination

Do perfectionists procrastinate?Well, yes and no, concludes a study by an international team that includes Brock University’s Danielle Molnar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies.Perfectionism is the belief that perfection must be strived for at all costs. People high in this personality trait set excessively high performance standards for themselves, and consider achieving anything less as being unacceptable.But whether or not a perfectionist habitually delays or postpones tasks depends on the type of perfectionist the person is.“Perfectionism is not the same thing as conscientiousness,” Molnar says. “Perfectionism represents a compulsion to be absolutely perfect in all respects whereas conscientiousness represents healthy striving for excellence.” Danielle Molnar, Assistant Professor in Brock’s Department of Child and Youth Studies, is part of an international research team that has examined the link between perfectionism and procrastination.There are two main types of perfectionism.People with ‘perfectionistic strivings’ have a compulsion to set their own standards of perfection, says Molnar, and relentlessly push themselves to achieve those high goals, being self-critical in the process.By comparison, people with ‘perfectionistic concerns’ still set very high standards and feel compelled to reach them, but also tend to be preoccupied with what others think of them, are more sensitive to external pressure and criticisms, and are motivated by a fear of failure rather than achieving success.The new research indicates that the latter group — people higher in perfectionistic concerns — are more likely to procrastinate, and thus more likely to miss deadlines or in some cases even abandon their goals.“They’re so afraid of making that one mistake or not being able to meet their lofty goals that they tend to focus on their negative feelings surrounding the task and engage in avoidance techniques rather than make meaningful progress towards their goals,” Molnar says.People with perfectionistic strivings, on the other hand, are less likely to procrastinate and usually stick it out, she says.“They’re more likely to follow through and engage in the goals in the first place, meet deadlines, these sorts of things. They have this belief that, ‘I can get there’ and so they keep pushing themselves and pushing themselves until they reach their destination.”But Molnar warns against seeing perfectionistic strivings as an effective way to motivate people to become successful.“Yes, perfectionistic strivings are associated with less procrastination, which may guide you to reach your goals, but they’re also associated with depression, anxiety and stress, so there can be a substantial cost.”Molnar explains many of the roots of our perfectionistic tendencies stretch back to childhood.Those strivings frequently originate from parents who have very high standards for their children, but mix those expectations with warmth and acceptance.But, parents with highly demanding expectations who tie their child’s worth to performance and show greater affection when the child is successful can result in perfectionistic concerns.“So you’re the best child in the world when you’re meeting standards but then, when you’re not, there’s a coldness and more of an aloofness or there could actually be punitive measures,” Molnar says.She gives suggestions on how people can deal with both perfectionism and procrastination, including:Reassess your goals: Is it realistic? Can we take it back a notch? Does it have to be perfect, or can it be great? Are these my goals or are they being set by others?Recognize that re-adjusting goals does not mean that you’re lowering your standardsSeparate your behaviour from your identity: I have perfectionistic tendencies, versus, I am a perfectionistGive yourself permission to make mistakes and not be ‘perfect’ by cultivating self-compassion and self-acceptance to combat self-criticismSchedule breaks during your task to allow for immediate relief from any negative feelings that may emerge while working on the task, but also allow for a distinct return to the task.The international research team includes Molnar, Fuschia Sirois in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield in England and Jameson Hirsch from the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University.Their findings are detailed in their study, “A Meta-analytic and Conceptual Update on the Associations Between Procrastination and Multidimensional Perfectionism,” published this spring in the European Journal of Personality. read more

Mintec to release manual scheduling and stockpile management system in June

first_imgMintec will release MineSight Atlas, a manual scheduling and stockpile management system in June. MineSight provides a resource-based, true calendar approach to scheduling, and manages all material movement and reclaim. It uses multiple block models and makes mine areas for open pit and underground mining easy to mange.Glenn Wylde, Mintec Vice President – Technical said “Atlas is unlike anything else on the market. It will make a profound impression on the industry. Everything is new, and we’ve built it with functionality and usability in mind. You see the initial configuration, and then each of the functions required to perform just flows beautifully for the Atlas user.”The ability to route material through a network of destinations distinguishes Atlas from the competition, says Wylde. “Imagine the material being extracted from your underground stope or from your pit and then routing it to a series of destinations. Atlas allows you this incredible flexibility of establishing your whole destination network, of giving the schedule opening stocks for stockpiles, and then the ability to route material, to crushers, to bulk material, to stockpiles, and then reclaim from them, and even the ability to auto-reclaim from stockpiles, to meet targets at the crusher.”Mintec’s flagship product, MineSight 3D has been designed to work with Atlas, integrating the design, the reserves, the animation and the visualization of the product. Atlas is also integrated with MineSight Haulage. So when scheduling, users who have designed a network of haulage profiles can automatically calculate their equipment cycle times and report them inside Atlas. It’s all supported by MineSight Planning Database for secure data management. MineSight Atlas also has a true activity and calendar based scheduler.“Atlas’s rich reporting and visualization offers multiple Gantt views. So the mine planner can look at just their drilling or mining. They can bring it all together in one big master view and the ability to animate results is sublime.”last_img read more

Islande Reykjavik était sous la neige ce weekend

first_imgIslande : Reykjavik était sous la neige ce week-endDe grandes quantités de neige ont recouvert la capitale islandaise Reykjavik samedi et dimanche : jusqu’à 16 centimètres de neige ont été enregistrés. Cela ne s’était pas produit en mai depuis 1993, selon les météorologues.La situation est historique. “Nous avons mesuré 16,4 cm de neige dans l’agglomération de Reykjavik et la petite ville de Hvalfjoerdur (à quelques kilomètres au nord de la capitale) a reçu 18 cm”, a déclaré à l’AFP le météorologue Thorsteinn Jonsson de l’Office islandais de météorologie.Un tel épisode neigeux durant un mois de mai n’avait pas été observé dans la capitale islandaise depuis 1993. “Nous ne l’avions pas vu venir et nous avons été aussi surpris que le reste de la population de Reykjavik”, a avoué le météorologue à l’agence de presse.Dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, “une masse d’air (…) est descendue en-dessous de zéro et a transformé la pluie en neige”. A présent l’épisode neigeux est passé.Le 2 mai 2011 à 12:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Is it wise to commence court proceedings for politically motivated conflicts

first_imgPolitically motivated conflicts are bound to occur after every election. Such conflicts may or may not lead to violent confrontation. Civic education needs to be conducted to prevent or minimise politically motivated conflicts. When they occur efforts should be made to resolve them in an amicable manner to prevent civil strife.If they are addressed through prosecution communities are further divided into camps which are likely to distance themselves from each other thus hampering national unity.It is absolutely essential for a young democracy to find ways of resolving politically motivated conflicts by tempering justice with mercy and magnanimity.Turning the other cheek when one is strong is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.We hope Gambia’s young democracy will embrace such values in resolving disputes of this nature.last_img read more

Future of Tradition and Development Weighed at Ambler Road Meeting

first_imgThe Nullagvik Hotel in Kotzebue. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome)How will small Native communities in rural Alaska balance traditional life with the pressures of modernization? That was the question community leaders focused on during the second day of discussions on the proposed road to the Ambler Mining District.Download AudioFor nearly five hours in a conference room at the Nullagvik Hotel, representatives—many of them elders—from communities in the Kobuk Valley, Koyukuk River, and elsewhere shared their thoughts.“I think we ought to seriously look at what we’re doing right now. Because we need a cash economy to support our way of life,” said Larry Westlake of Kiana. “I don’t think we could go back to where we started from.”Like many others yesterday, Westlake shared his personal history before offering thoughts on how people in the Northwest Arctic and Interior regions need to engage with development projects like the Ambler industrial road.The session was scheduled to be a two-and-a-half hour dialogue between community members and state officials. But speakers chose to deviate from the plan, passing the microphone all the way around a large circle of 38, each person getting her or his chance to talk.“For too long we’ve been planned for. It’s time that we turn things around to where we plan our destiny–the future of our children, and our grandchildren,” said Walter Sampson, who lives in Kotzebue and spent decades working for NANA Regional Corporation. Like others, he used the road as a proxy for a larger conversation about how to affect change. “Quit reacting. Become proactive in designing those things, so you can maximize the benefits that you can get from those plans.”Many referenced the need to prepare new opportunities, citing Red Dog Mine—and the AIDEA owned road connected to it—as a template for bringing the benefits of industrial mining back to shareholders.The session also saw plenty of praise for AIDEA and their contractor Dowl HKM, who organized and paid for Wednesday and Thursday’s meetings. Karsten Rodvik is in charge of external affairs for AIDEA, and thought Thursday’s session was a resounding success.“Clearly there’s a recognition–for the sake of future generations–that responsible development of Alaska’s natural resources needs to occur today,” Rodvik said. “I’m very pleased with the level of support that was expressed here today for this project, and for the process going forward.”But some in attendance were unsure of what exactly had been accomplished. No decisions were made, and few questions about serious selling points for the project—like the promise of jobs, lower cost of living, and revenues—were answered.“I think this is definitely a starting point, and I think there’s definitely some conversation going on, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near the full conversation that should happen. There’s many people that are not here at the table today that should be,” said Jill Yordy, an environmental advocate who has followed the project closely for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center in Fairbanks, and has been to several meetings.Yordy believes that while relationship building is important, decisions about fundamental features of the project keep getting deferred.“AIDEA hasn’t really been clear on what role these meetings are playing and how they’re taking the information that people bring into account, how they’re making those decisions.”AIDEA says that many of those specific decisions can’t be considered until after the Environmental Impact Statement has collected all the pertinent information. Mark Davis is a deputy director with the agency and says the upcoming EIS will set the stage for evaluating everything from subsistence impacts to stress-testing financial models.“[A] business plan would come after the EIS process,” Davis explained. “And then you’d make sure that that business model could survive changes in the business environment–say a downturn in the price of copper, for example. And you’d make that decision then to determine whether the road would be viable, given the size of those mines.”But there are those who want local conditions put into writing before plans for the road go any further.“If anything is gonna to be beneficial for my people, there have to be memorandums of agreement before anything is really starting off. Because [the] EIS is gonna be fast—before we know it it’s gonna be over. And by that time things may change,” said Virginia Comack of Ambler.Those memorandums, or the requests they might protect, were not discussed in any detail. During both days of meetings there were times when it felt like two distinct conversations were going on in the same conference room. Leaders from the Kobuk and Koyukuk River communities shared their personal perspectives how they might not just survive, but thrive. Representatives from the state listened, and in their turn explained procedural steps and timelines for a template they say has worked before, and will here.Editor’s Note: After a version of this story played on Alaska Public Radio Network’s Alaska News Nightly, Patricia Sivu Faye-Brazel, who works for the Native Village of Ambler as a planner and technical advisor for negotiations, contacted KNOM, saying: “The Communities of Ambler, Kobuk, Allakaket, Allatna, Bettles, and Evansville expressed alarm at the way the meeting was portrayed in this story, in particular with the line ‘Leaders from the Kobuk and Koyukuk River communities shared their personal perspectives how they might not just survive, but thrive.’ There was no actual approval or agreement. And the tribes, while they are invited to public meetings, do not feel they are being consulted, as is their right, as sovereign tribal governments.”last_img read more

After bagging Kamal Haasans Indian 2 Rakul Preet Singh set to enter

first_imgRakul Preet Singh.PR HandoutRakul Preet Singh, who has recently bagged Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2, will do something that she had never done before. Well, the glamorous actress will be soon entering the Bigg Boss house.The 28-year old is not part of the show as a contestant, but as a guest. And Rakul Preet Singh will make her presence felt not in Bigg Boss Tamil, but in Bigg Boss Telugu. And she will be entering the house to promote her upcoming Telugu movie Manmadhudu 2 which has Nagarjuna in the lead role.Nagarjuna-hosted Bigg Boss Telugu 3 has garnered good TRPs and has got positive response from the audience. The show gives a good platform to promote movies.However, it is believed that Rakul Preet Singh would enter the house next week ahead of Manmadhudu 2 release on 9 August.Manmadhudu 2 has evoked a lot of positive response from the Telugu audience. The teaser and promos from Rahul Ravindran-directorial has promised to be a fun-filled entertainer targeted at the new-age audience.Rakul Preet Singh will be seen at her glamorous best inn Manmadhudu 2. Apart from this project, she will be seen in Sivakarthikeyan’s next film, presently referred to as SK 14, Hindi film Marjaavaan and Kamal Haasan-starrer Indian 2.Coming to the Bigg Boss Telugu, the stage is set for the elimination of the second contestant after Hema. This week, there are right contestants like Sreemukhi, Himaja Reddy, Vithika Sheru, Rahul Sipligunj, Mahesh Vitta, Jaffar Babu, Varun Sandesh and Punarnavi Bhupalam are facing eviction.last_img read more

How Actual Gamers Would Behave In Westworld

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019Eerie ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer Introduces Newcomer Aaron… HBO has a real gift for creating shows that people want to really dive into. The level of creative freedom the network provides lets some of the greatest programs the medium has ever seen flower – The Sopranos, The Wire, Game of Thrones, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. And now it’s looking like Westworld is going to go on the same pile.The updated version of Michael Crichton’s novel turned 70s movie is tapping into a lot of things the population is insecure about – machines taking our jobs, digital escapism, the morality of artificial intelligence. And it’s a gripping, rewarding watch that we can’t wait for every week.Of course, it’s also delivering heavily on the mysteries and conspiracies that we expect from a TV show in the post-Lost world (unsurprising, because J.J. Abrams is partially behind the wheel on this one too). But what we’re most interested in Westworld is the geek perspective – most importantly, the idea of the park as a “game.”Although there aren’t really explicit goals or missions for guests once they enter, Westworld is a structured experience like Red Dead Redemption, not a sandbox like Minecraft. But guests have a great deal of freedom in how they interact with the world. So far aside from the brutal Man in Black, most of the guests we’ve seen have gone along with the pre-designed path. But gamers? We’re not so into that.Here are our pointers for how the show would go if real gamers shelled out the $40,000 a day and bought themselves a week in Westworld.Endless LootingAnybody who’s played a Japanese RPG knows that you search every single box, barrel, and cupboard for useful items. It’s like the digital version of “there’s always money in the banana stand,” and NPCs typically don’t get miffed at you for rifling through their underwear drawer to find a Phoenix Down. Especially in the world of Westworld, where hosts are forbidden by their programming from harming the guests.Assumedly there’s some kind of rule in place to keep you from taking anything out of the park. But we’ve seen plenty of games that encourage hoarding – who doesn’t have a Fallout lair full of coffee cans and scrap metal? It’s easy to see gamers just tearing the environment down for scrap.The Genocide PathIf you’ve played Undertale, you probably have some thoughts about how video games seem to encourage the wholesale slaughter of every living thing that crosses your path and doesn’t give you a quest. While the “simulations” of Westworld don’t cause any harm to other guests (preventing PvP, a smart choice), they are capable of putting a Host out of commission for the length of your stay. Although the body count is usually high, we haven’t seen anyone try to take out literally every NPC.In the show, we’re told that there are “overseers” who keep guests in line (except for the Man in Black, who has an “all access pass.” It’s fair to say that if somebody got too rowdy with their six-shooter and started doing a Magnificent Seven on the town, the DMs would sweep in and deal with them. But as any MMORPG player knows, messing with the system is where the fun really begins.GriefingEven though guests can’t shoot each other with their pistols to great effect, the possibilities for griefing are endless in Westworld. You do sign a liability form before you enter the park, but if it’s anything like the EULA you click through when you install a game, nobody reads those things. The possibility for other kinds of injury are present – the horses don’t appear to be robots, for one thing, and if people can get themselves killed at Disneyland they sure can do it here.This all opens up remarkable possibilities for somebody with the “dark triad” of personality traits – narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy – that bubble to the surface when gamers try to ruin other people’s good time. Griefers could not only purposefully injure other guests, but they could also get in the middle of their role-playing and act out in ridiculous ways, or kill important Host characters. Who would spend $40,000 just to ruin somebody else’s day? You’d be surprised.Strategy GuidesOne of the things that’s most missing from Westworld as a game is one of the gamer’s greatest powers: our ability to solve problems together. Even though the Man in Black seems to have advanced knowledge of the ins and outs of the park, a more likely possibility is that long-time visitors have been documenting everything on message boards and sites like GameFAQs. The idea that after 30 years in operation, the park could hold any mysteries at all is pretty silly, but people are still discovering new Mario 64 speedruns.We would be amazed if there weren’t some site out there that already had the Maze mapped out, a description of how you get there, and what comes afterward. When we find secrets, we don’t keep them to ourselves. We share them with other gamers so they can enjoy the challenge. The Man in Black just needs to work on his Google skills.Forming GuildsThis goes along with the last one. If there’s one thing that we’ve learned in our lifetime of gaming, it’s that we can get along pretty well if there’s a lot at stake. That’s why most MMORPGs let you guild up and form a raiding party to cooperate with each other. Although we’ve seen guests come to Westworld together, true gamers wouldn’t just show up and let things go their own way. They’d organize, assign roles – some people would tank to draw the attention of the Overseers, others would maximize DPS on Hosts – and achieve their objectives.That’s the thing that’s most confusing about the Man in Black’s plotline. If he really wants to get down to the next level of Westworld and find the maze, why doesn’t he bring a bunch of allies in with him? If he’s got the money to spend so much time in the game, he could easily buy a few “alt accounts,” as it were. We see Logan and William come to the park together, but they’re not organized at all.Demanding RefundsIf there’s one thing we know about gamers, it’s that they want their money’s worth. One look at the reviews section of a game on Steam will teach you that. We know that the park has “seasons” where the owners change the narratives and situations that guests can experience. But what if you visited a few years ago, want the same story you had then, and don’t get it? We’re surprised we haven’t seen more crabby complainers inside the park feeling ripped off and agitating for a full refund.What is the policy for getting your money’s worth out of Westworld? It’s highly doubtful that people who can shell out 40 large for a day’s entertainment are going to do so without some sort of guarantee. When the ending to Mass Effect 3 stunk, gamers banded together in the thousands to protest, and that game only cost like fifty bucks. A bad trip in Westworld for the wrong gamer (like, say, one with a big YouTube channel) could get the entire park shut down if they don’t make things right.last_img read more

Planetary nebulae reveal kinematics of Messier 87 galaxys outer halo

first_imgAstronomers have carried out a study of almost 300 hundred planetary nebulae in the supergiant elliptical galaxy Messier 87. The new research, published September 27 on the arXiv pre-print repository, reveals essential information about the galaxy’s outer halo and its subcomponents. Citation: Planetary nebulae reveal kinematics of Messier 87 galaxy’s outer halo (2018, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2018 Explore further 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. Located some 53.5 million light years away in the constellation Virgo, Messier 87, or M87 for short (also designated NGC 4486) is one of the most massive galaxies in the local universe. Its halo extends to a radius of about 650,000 light years. Astronomers are interested in studies of outer halos of local massive galaxies as they may contain the fossil records of the accretions events in form of kinematic substructures. In giant galaxies like M87, planetary nebulae are often used to find such structures, given that they can serve as discrete tracers of kinematic decomposition.Recently, a group of researchers led by Alessia Longobardi of Peking University in Beijing, China, has conducted a kinematics study of planetary nebulae in M87 in order to identify subcomponents of the galaxy’s outermost regions. Their sample includes 298 planetary nebulae.For the research, the astronomers used Gaussian mixture modeling for statistically separating distinct velocity components and identifying the smooth halo component, its unrelaxed substructures, and the intra-cluster planetary nebulae.”The goals of this paper are to identify the PNs [planetary nebulae] in the smooth M87 halo, using accurate velocities and following the approach of Longobardi et al. (2015a). We work with the sample of 253 PNs M87 halo PNs and the 45 intracluster (IC) PNs, for which line-of-sight velocities (LOSVs) are available with an estimated median velocity accuracy of 4.2 km/s,” the paper reads.The LOSVs of the studied planetary nebulae allowed the researchers to identify subcomponents and to measure the angular momentum content of the main M87 halo. Furthermore, the research resulted in constraining the orbital distribution of the stars at the galaxy’s outermost regions.In particular, the researchers identified several subcomponents: the intracluster planetary nebulae (ICPNs), the “crown” accretion event (in the so-called “crown” substructure), and the smooth M87 halo. The study found that the intracluster stars have a strongly non-Gaussian line-of-sight velocity distribution (LOSVD) with a peak at that velocity, and strong, asymmetric wings. Moreover, the shape of this LOSVD is consistent with that of the galaxies in the Virgo subcluster A, which suggests the ongoing build-up of the Virgo cluster.The researchers also made important conclusions regarding the smooth halo of M87. They assume that this halo steepens beyond the radius of about 195,000 light years and becomes strongly radially anisotropic. The authors of the paper added that the velocity dispersion profile is consistent with the X-ray circular velocity curve at that radius without non-thermal pressure effects. The X-ray circular velocity curve rises steeply outside about 97,500 light years, reaching 700 km/s at 652,000 light years. More information: The kinematics of the outer halo of M87 as mapped by planetary nebulae. arXiv:1809.10708 [astro-ph.GA] Spatial distribution of the 298 spectroscopically confirmed PNs in the halo of M87, color coded according to their VLOS and their size scaled according to their probability to belong to the smooth halo. The center of M87 is shown by the black circle, and the photometric major axis of the galaxy by the dashed line. Credit: Longobardi et al., 2018. Giant galaxy Messier 87 finally sized uplast_img read more

Metro fire CRS inspects Maidan station

first_imgKolkata: The Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) inspected Maidan Metro station on Sunday, to investigate the incident of fire at an air-conditioned rake on Thursday. The commissioner of CRS Eastern Zone physically visited the station and a reconstruction of Thursday’s incident was done in front of him.According to sources, members of the CRS will visit the Noapara carshed where the damaged rake has been kept separately for investigation. On Thursday, several passengers had alleged that Metro authorities were nowhere when they needed help. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe investigating team also sought a report from the Metro authorities. The CRS team has focused on several points such as why the rescue team reached late, the role of the motorman during the incident, fire safety management system and others. The commission will also look into why it took almost 17 minutes to disconnect electricity from the third line. The members of CRS will also talk with the passengers who were in that rake on Thursday. On Sunday an air-conditioned Metro rake was stopped before entering the Maidan station and CRS members reconstructed the event. The commission will prepare a report on this and send it to the Union Railway Ministry. The commission will also point out the persons responsible for the whole incident and might announce punishment as well. Metro passengers were subjected to a tremendous ordeal on Thursday evening, after fire broke out inside an air-conditioned rake of a Dum Dum bound train, just before entering Maidan station at around 5 pm. A number of passengers were injured in the incident but there were no casualties.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Box Set Seasons 1 – 7 Bluray Digital for

first_imgThe Game of Throes box set of all seasons 1 through 7 is down to just $74.99 if you get it today on Blu-ray.Get the Complete Game of Thrones Box Set for Just $74.99 Instead of $229.99Though the next big season of Game of Thrones is pretty far away, but if you’re looking to complete your collection from seasons 1 through 7, then you’re in for a treat today. Amazon, for its Prime members, has discounted the complete box set of Game of Thrones down to just $74.99 straight from $229.99.This includes a total number of 7 discs which you can play through your trusty Blu-ray player at home. But even if you don’t plan on doing so, that $74.99 price tag actually includes the digital copy of seasons 1 – 7 as well. So that’s two birds with one stone.Head over to the link below and go right ahead!Buy Game of Thrones Complete Box Set [Amazon link]You might also want to check out the following Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals:DJI Prime Day 2018 Deals: Mavic Pro for $799, Spark Fly More Combo for $499Amazon Prime Day 2018 Deals on Unlocked Phones: Honor 7X, Mate 10 Pro, Galaxy Note 8 & MoreHOT Prime Day Deal: Essential Phone 128GB, Fully Unlocked for $249Hot Prime Day Deals: GoPro Hero for $179, Beats Studio3 for $212, Bose QC25 for $125, 1TB Samsung T5 SSD for $269Here Are the Best 4K TV Deals You Can Get on the Amazon Prime Day Sale 2018Amazon Prime Day Sale 2018 Brings You the Best Nintendo Switch Offer That You Can Ever FindESR Prime Day Deals are Now Live with Lowest Ever Prices on Screen Protectors, Cases, Wireless Chargers & MorePrime Day Yi Technology Deals: 40% Off Action, Home, Dash Cameras & AccessoriesAmazon Prime Day 2018 Early Access Deals: Echo Dot Just $29.99, Echo Show $100 Off & More!Prime Day 2018 Deals from RAVPower: $71.99 Sound Bar, Qi Wireless Power Bank for $45.99 & MoreAnker Prime Day 2018 Deals: Massive Discount on Batteries, Cables, Appliances & MoreAmazon Prime Day Gaming Deals: Xbox One, SNES Edition 3DS, Graphics Cards, More Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Earn free stays with Iberostars StarAgents reward program coming soon to Canada

first_imgTags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, StarAgent Posted by TORONTO — Meeting with Canadian tour operators and the trade media this week in Toronto, senior executives from Iberostar Hotels & Resorts say Iberostar is fully committed to wholesale and retail distribution channels, and that’s good news for both tour operators and travel agents.Iberostar Group COO Aurelio Vazquez, Commercial Director & Marketing Luis Jiménez and Marketing Manager EMEA Oscar Gonzalez joined Mariela Zaldivar, Marketing Manager for Canada in welcoming their trade partners at a meet and greet event in Toronto earlier this week before heading off to Montreal.Aurelio Vazquez, COO of the Iberostar Group; Luis Jiminez, Commercial Sales & Marketing Cuba of Iberostar Hotels & Resorts; Mariela Zaldivar, Marketing Manager Canada of Iberostar Hotels & Resorts; Oscar Gonzalez, Marketing Manager EMEA of Iberostar Hotels & ResortsThe team was in town to prepare for an upcoming campaign to promote Iberostar and its products in Canada, and to let Canadian travel agents and consumers know about their ongoing product renewal strategy including the renovation and improvement of existing properties. There were also updates about new Iberostar properties.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe big news for agents is that Iberostar’s StarAgent rewards program for travel agents will be expanded into Canada. The program allows travel agents to earn points which can be redeemed for free stays. It’s part of Iberostar PRO, the travel agent portal where agents can currently book directly, earn commissions and take advantage of special promotions.Iberostar opened its first hotel some 60 years ago and now operates 110 hotels in 17 countries.Cuba is an important market for the company where it operates 21 hotels with over 7,000 rooms. A new hotel will open this fall with 600 rooms. Iberostar has created its own import business aimed at importing food and products for use at its hotels in the Cuba. By doing so, Iberostar will be raising the quality of its food and products in Cuba to Caribbean standards.Lobby at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, JamaicaSeveral years ago Iberostar launched its new program to upgrade its brand and amenities and to date it has spent more than $300 million primarily to renovate its existing hotels in Europe. Iberostar is now budgeting an additional $700 million to do the same for its hotels in the Caribbean. Seventy percent of its hotels will be upgraded to four and five star status.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTNew hotels will be opening in Aruba and Mexico as well as Lima, Santo Domingo and Montenegro.   Hotels were recently opened in Barcelona, Havana, and Lisbon.Iberostar Paseo de Gracia, BarcelonaIberostar has created three new segments for their hotels: City hotels (hotels located in major cities which are preferred by tourists); Ocean resorts (Iberostar’s core business) and heritage hotels (named ‘Iberostar Heritage’). An overriding Grand category has been created to denote maximum luxury in Iberostar’s most luxurious hotels with upgraded rooms, atmosphere and gastronomy.Iberostar says its new program includes building on the strength of its gastronomy, service, hotel locations in the Caribbean and Europe and its people. Iberostar currently employs some 30,000 people.Iberostar has also launched three sustainability initiatives including a program to reduce the use of single use plastics. Iberostar is also supporting barrier reefs by investment in their renewal, and has also introduced a program focusing on the sustainability of the fish served in its on-site restaurants. Thursday, June 28, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img Earn free stays with Iberostar’s StarAgents reward program, coming soon to Canada Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2016 file photo, Symone Sanders speaks to members of the media in the spin room after a presidential forum in Des Moines, Iowa. Joe Biden has hired Symone Sanders, a prominent African American political strategist, as a senior adviser to his newly launched presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Biden hires strategist Symone Sanders, adds diversity to bid by Julie Pace And Errin Haines Whack, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2019 8:01 am PDT WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has hired Symone Sanders, a prominent African American political strategist, as a senior adviser to his newly launched presidential campaign.The move adds a younger, diverse voice to Biden’s cadre of top advisers, which has been dominated by older white men. It suggests Biden is seeking to broaden his appeal to a new generation of Democrats.Sanders, 29, rose to prominence during the 2016 campaign as press secretary for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She then became a high-profile political analyst on CNN and is likely to be a forceful Biden defender on television.Sanders has been heavily recruited by 2020 contenders. She had a lengthy meeting with the former vice-president a few weeks ago and he followed up with a job offer.A Biden campaign official confirmed Sanders’ hire on condition of anonymity because it has not been formally announced.Julie Pace And Errin Haines Whack, The Associated Presslast_img read more