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Thousands march in Ottawa for climate solutions and climate justice

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – Without Mother Earth there is no life.That was the message in Ottawa where thousands gathered – joining many more across the world – in what was to be an international day of action on climate change Sunday on the eve of the United Nations climate summit in Paris, France.“We stand together today for one important reason and that is to save, to protect and respect Mother Earth and the water,” Claudette Commanda told the large crowd in front of City Hall on Laurier Street. “For without Mother Earth, who is the mother for all people, we do not have life.”The list of speakers also included the likes of environmental activist David Suzuki.The purpose of the gathering was to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his new government to get Canada 100 per cent reliable on renewable energy like wind, solar and hydro. They also called for the end of investing in fossil fuels.Trudeau is in Paris to take part in the international summit on climate change, along with his cabinet ministers and Canada’s premiers. Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde is there, as well, along with other Indigenous people representing the grassroots.Many marchers in Ottawa wore green to represent renewable energy with hundreds busing in from out of town on what was a cold and cloudy Sunday afternoon.The march stretched to nearly a kilometre beginning at City Hall with organizers estimating 25,000 making their way up Elgin Street, pausing for a minute of silence at the National War Memorial, down to Sussex Drive and looping around United States embassy before making their way to Parliament Hill.OFFICIAL COUNT: 25,000 MARCH IN #OTTAWA! Thank you to everyone who came! #100possible #climatemarch pic.twitter.com/ORw8IOeduT— 100 Percent Possible (@100possibleca) November 29, 2015Georgie Horton-Baptiste came from the Peterborough, Ont. area and said she did so for those who couldn’t. Police shutdown roads for marchers and there didn’t appear to be any incidents, unlike in Paris.VIDEO: Police fire tear gas at hundreds in Paris demonstrating against France’s ban on protests. #COP21 pic.twitter.com/crORJVy1El— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 29, 2015Meanwhile, in Vancouver demonstrators added heir voices to a crescendo around the world demanding swift and concrete climate-change action from world leaders gathered in Paris for the United Nations climate talks.Thousands of people packed the shaded square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on a sunny Sunday afternoon before marching through the city’s downtown core.“What you’re seeing here today is a massive display of community spirit,” said Ruth Walmsley on Sunday, a Vancouver Quaker and one of the event’s organizers.“We’re here to send a very loud and clear message that we need immediate and meaningful action to be taken to address the climate crisis.”Those demands include an end to subsidies for fossil fuels and large-scale investment in renewable energy, she said.“This is the 21st conference of the climate summits and we have yet to see the kind of action that we really need to address the crisis that we’re in,” Walmsley added.“Honestly, I think that the only way that change is going to happen is if enough people take to the streets and demand it.”The event attracted an assortment of attendees advocating a smorgasbord of different causes, from combating open-pen fish farms to endorsing alternative energy, and from supporting protection for endangered species to opposing pipeline expansion.The event was co-ordinated by a network of more than 70 organizations from across the Lower Mainland, including First Nations, faith groups and environmental associations.Squamish First Nation Chief Ian Campbell stressed the need to work together in the battle against climate change.“Bringing in traditional Indigenous views into that discussion I think is important for the values that First Nations bring around stewardship of the land and long-term planning around resource extraction and development.”Speaking from Paris, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson echoed the importance of citizen engagement in a message to the crowds assembled in his city and across the country.“Keep your voices strong and make sure we hold all levels of government accountable to taking action on climate change,” he said.“We’re seeing real leadership at a grassroots level and a business level that needs to be enabled by government.”– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BASL warns against using FB to promote hate

Speaking on the legal action that can be taken against perpetrators spreading hate speech on social media, Indatissa said that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that no person shall propagate war or advocate national racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. “Whether it’s community A, B, C or D, it is wrong. The same rules must apply to everyone. As a multi-ethnic country we must learn to respect each other and live peacefully,” he said. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has warned the public against using social media platforms such as Facebook to spread hatred targeting communities.President of the BASL Kalinga Indatissa was quoted in a press statement today as saying that there are certain groups operating with vested interests to instigate racial tensions. He noted that there is a misconception in the local Police division that a publication on social media cannot be dealt with, but that is wrong.“Because similarly, if a person is found guilty for publishing or making oral defamation against a party or community, a Facebook post is equal to a publication and therefore, we can bring people to justice under the ICCPR. The only difference is the method of proof, and as a practice the relevant authorities should start filing test cases,” he said. The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the ICCPR on 15th December 1966 and the Act came into effect on 23rd March 1976. Sri Lanka acceded to the Covenant on 11th June 1980.Indatissa explained that when a country becomes a signatory to the Covenant under the United Nations, there is a requirement for the country to draft its domestic law to suit the Covenant and Sri Lanka passed the ICCPR act in 2007, recognising fundamental rights of all Sri Lankans.“I firmly believe that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic country, at least for the last 700 years, and it is a fact that no one can deny. We are all one and if we are all one, we must learn to live either through the operation of law or through our own human conduct,” concluded Indatissa, citing that the media has a huge role to play in any nation and the role of the media is to bring people together in the context of a multi-ethnic society. read more

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Unsealing indictment UN prosecutor urges arrest of Croatian war crimes suspect

Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte released the charges against Ante Gotovina “in light of reports that the accused is already aware of the indictment,” according to a statement released at The Hague, where the court is located.”The Prosecutor expects the Government of Croatia to take immediate action to apprehend the accused,” the statement stressed. Gen. Gotovina is charged with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war allegedly committed in connection with a military offensive launched by Croatian forces in August 1995 to retake the Krajina region. The statement acknowledges that the indictment against the retired general – along with one against another high-level Croatian military official, Rahim Ademi, who surrendered yesterday – have generated “heated debate” within Croatia concerning the Tribunal’s role in relation to the “Homeland War,” as the armed conflicts are known in the country. While noting that the Prosecutor takes no position concerning whether or not a State has the legal right to use force in a given circumstance, the statement points out that “even within a lawful armed conflict, an individual may nevertheless commit serious violations of international humanitarian law, such as war crimes and crimes against humanity.” read more

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Amid no maketmoving news crude oil drifts 8 cents higher to US10091

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2014 2:04 pm MDT Amid no maket-moving news, crude oil drifts 8 cents higher to US$100.91 a barrel Lacking any catalysts, the price of crude oil barely changed Monday.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery rose eight cents to US$100.91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Nymex contract fell 3.1 per cent last week and is down 4.3 per cent so far in July.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, gained 45 cents to US$107.71 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other Nymex trading, wholesale gasoline added two cents to US$2.93 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil gained one cent to US$2.87 a gallon and natural gas was flat at US$4.15 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Mens Lacrosse Ohio State buried in 124 loss to Penn State in

Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team ran down the historic ramp into Ohio Stadium today trailing in the Big Ten standings and facing a three-game losing streak while it prepared to meet Penn State on the field needing a win.The Buckeyes (5-5, 0-1 Big Ten) didn’t get the result they wanted, however, dropping the afternoon affair 12-4 to the Nittany Lions (7-3, 1-0 Big Ten).With a season performance from sophomore goalie Colby Kneese and a dominant show in the faceoff x from sophomore midfielder Gerard Arceri, Penn State overpowered Ohio State both offensively and defensively to emerge from the game with its first conference win of the year.“Well there wasn’t a whole lot of things that we were crazy about, I mean, at the end of the day hats off to Penn State,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “At the end of the day it’s a loss and we’re going to have to circle back up and make sure we put an emphasis on the things we’ve got to do to be successful in this conference and go after our first conference win on the road.”Penn State worked tirelessly all game to command a significant seven-goal lead going into the final period — a mountain that proved too high for the Buckeye offense to overcome. The Nittany Lions’ offensive flexibility lent itself to plenty of high-quality passes, assists and goal-scoring opportunities, while their stolid defense and Kneese’s quick reflexes kept a staggering 80 percent of Ohio State’s shots out of the cage.Penn State senior midfielder Ryan Keenan dominated offensively for his team, scoring a hat-trick and putting up seven shots against Ohio State sophomore goalie Josh Kirson. Three other Lions posted at least two goals in the scorebook. Ohio State’s goals were few, but nevertheless impressive, especially given Kneese’s efficiency. In the second period, freshman attackman J.T. Bugliosi, assisted by senior attack Colin Chell, shook a defender next to the cage and went behind his back, slipping the ball past an unsuspecting Kneese. Three other Buckeyes recorded goals. Both teams put up 35 shots, but in the end it was Penn State that had more quality finishes. Meyers said the team had to take the tough decision and use it as a means for them to improve for next week’s game against No. 6 Johns Hopkins. “You’ve got to make it about you,” Meyers said. “You know, you’ve got to go back to your training and hope that your training gets you through. I mean, kid had a nice job in the goal, he certainly had a lot of saves. We have to put that on ourselves, you know, putting the ball in the net is something we’ve got to make a priority and it starts with us in terms of the repetitions that we get.”While the result might be on players’ minds in the short term, dwelling on it won’t be in their agenda as they embrace a full week of practice in preparation for another difficult conference matchup next weekend.“You’ve just gotta move past this one and get back to work this week and prepare for [Johns] Hopkins next week,” Chell said. Ohio State hits the road for its second Big Ten game and travels to Baltimore to meet Johns Hopkins (6-2, 0-0 Big Ten) at noon April 7. read more

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Énergies renouvelables Samsung investit le Canada

first_imgÉnergies renouvelables : Samsung investit le CanadaCanada – Le gouvernement de l’Ontario a accordé aux groupes Samsung C&T et Korea Electric Power (Kepco), un contrat de 7 milliards de dollars canadiens pour la production d’énergie solaire et éolienne dans cette province qui est la plus peuplée du Canada.”Il s’agira du plus grand projet du genre au monde” s’est félicité Samsung après avoir signé l’accord avec le Premier ministre de l’Ontario, Dalton McGuinty.Le projet de Samsung et Kepco consiste à construire et exploiter des centrales solaires et éoliennes afin de produire 2.500 mégawatts d’énergie d’ici 2016, triplant alors la production d’énergie verte de la province. Samsung C&T prendra en charge la construction et le financement du projet, tandis que KEPCO s’occupera de la transmission et de la distribution d’électricité.D’ici six ans, les parcs devraient produire 2.000 MW d’énergie éolienne et 500 MW d’énergie solaire, ce qui représentera 4% de la consommation de la province et permettra d’alimenter quelque 580.000 foyers en électricité. Ce sont aussi 16.000 nouveaux emplois qui devraient être créés dans l’Ontario grâce à ce projet.À lire aussiUn nouveau type de panneau solaire hybride crée de l’électricité grâce à la pluieLa province qui assure l’essentiel de ses besoins en électricité via des centrales nucléaires et thermiques au charbon, s’est engagée à fermer ces dernières d’ici à 2014, la première phase du projet du consortium qui porte sur une capacité de 500 MW d’énergie, devant être finalisée d’ici le premier trimestre 2013.”Ces projets nous aideront à nettoyer l’air que nous respirons, à remplacer la production polluante d’énergie à base de charbon, de même qu’à créer au sein des collectivités de l’ensemble de la province plus d’emplois verts” a assuré Dalton McGuinty.Le 31 janvier 2010 à 10:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lorbite de lISS à nouveau relevée de 52 km

first_imgL’orbite de l’ISS à nouveau relevée de 5,2 kmEn fin de semaine, les équipes du spatial russe ont annoncé que l’orbite de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) avait une nouvelle fois été relevée de quelques kilomètres à l’aide de l’ATV-3. Une manoeuvre réalisée en vue de l’arrivée d’un vaisseau Soyouz habité le 17 mai prochain. Les roulements se poursuivent au sein de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Le 27 avril, trois spationautes sont en effet revenus sur Terre sains et saufs après plus de 5 mois passés dans l’espace. Depuis cette date, ils ne sont donc plus que trois à l’intérieur de la station : le Russe Oleg Kononenko, l’Européen André Kuipers et l’Américain Donald Pettit. Mais plus pour très longtemps. Le 15 mai prochain, décollera depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour le Soyouz TMA-04M qui transportera un nouvel équipage vers l’ISS. Il sera composé de l’Américain Joseph M. Acaba et des Russes Gennady Padalka et Sergei Revin (en photo ici).À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?En vue de cette arrivée prochaine donc, le Centre russe de contrôle des vols (TsOUP) a dû procéder en fin de semaine dernière à une élévation de l’orbite de l’ISS. “Deux moteurs principaux du cargo européen ATV-3 Edoardo Amaldi, qui est arrimé à l’ISS, ont été allumés vendredi à 12h37 heure de Moscou (08h37 UTC). Ils ont fonctionné pendant 1.220,8 secondes (un peu plus de 20 minutes) conformément au programme de vol. L’orbite moyenne de l’ISS a augmenté de 5,2 kilomètres, à 399,5 kilomètres”, a ainsi un porte-parole du TsOUP à Korolev, dans la région de Moscou.Cette manoeuvre était indispensable pour créer des conditions favorables à l’arrivée du vaisseau Soyouz et ce n’était d’ailleurs pas la première. Le cargo ATV-3 Edoardo Amaldi qui a acheminé fin mars près de 6,5 tonnes de fret à la station, a déjà aidé à relever l’orbite de l’ISS à trois reprises : le 1er, le 5 et le 25 avril dernier. D’ailleurs, l’ATV-3 et le cargo russe Progress sont les seuls vaisseaux spatiaux capables de ravitailler l’ISS, et de corriger son orbite ainsi que son orientation. L’Edoardo Amaldi restera en orbite pendant 171 jours. Il sera ainsi progressivement rempli de déchets liquides et solides qui encombrent l’ISS. Puis en septembre, il se désamarrera et se désorbitera pour laisser brûler dans les couches denses de l’atmosphère terrestre les plus de 6 tonnes de déchets qu’il contiendra.Le 7 mai 2012 à 10:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Ridgefieldarea fire caused by space heater

first_imgThe Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office determined that a blaze that damaged a Ridgefield area barn was caused by a space heater left too close to combustibles.The fire was reported at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at 506 N.E. 209th St. Before firefighters arrived, a bystander working on a seed-planting project next door helped save the structure by spraying seed mix to help quell the flames.When crews with the Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived, they quickly contained the rest of the blaze.The homeowner, a 65-year-old man, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s burn unit with severe burns to his hands, fire officials said.The damage to the barn was an estimated $10,000.last_img read more

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BNP policymakers at an emergency meeting

first_imgLogo of BNPMembers of the BNP standing committee, the highest policymaking body of the party, sat in an emergency meeting tonight (Saturday night) to discuss the evolving situation following the oath-taking by its one of MPs-elect, reports UNB.The meeting began at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office around 7:50pm, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.He said the standing committee members are expected to discuss the country’s latest political situation and work out its next course of action.Sayrul said the meeting will finalise action against its Thakurgaon-3 MP-elect Zahidur Rahman Zahid who took oath as a member of the 11th Parliament on Thursday violating party decision.”It’ll also discuss the legal issues relating to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s cases.”On Friday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Zahidur Rahman committed a serious grievous offence by taking oath and their standing committee will finalise organisational action against him.Party insiders said the BNP standing committee will also evaluate the position of five other party MPs-elect and work out strategies to prevent them from taking oath.With Zahidur’s oath taking, 295 MPs-elect out of 300 in the 11th parliamentary polls have so far been sworn in.Now only five BNP MPs-elect, including Fakhrul, are left to take oath. As per the constitution, they must be sworn in by 29 April if they want to remain members of the current parliament.last_img read more

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Brexit Gets Real Prime Minister May Has Triggered UKs Exit From EU

first_img Share Kirsty Wigglesworth/APBritain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street on her way to the House of Commons in London Wednesday. May will speak to Parliament to announce that Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union Wednesday, ending a 44-year relationship.“The Article 50 process is now under way, and in accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday, informing the House of Commons that she has begun the formal process of unraveling the U.K.’s membership in the European bloc.May spoke after signing a letter to the EU that affirms the Brexit that voters embraced last June. She said that letter has now been delivered to the president of the European Council.The prime minister said:“This is an historic moment, from which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union. We are going to make our own decisions and our own laws. We are going to take control of the things that matter most to us. And we are going to take this opportunity to build a stronger, fairer Britain — a country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home. That is our ambition and our opportunity, and that is what this government is determined to do.”May called the moment a great turning point in Britain’s national history, adding, “The choices we make define the character of our nation.”Calling for optimism and determination in charting the U.K.’s new course, May said, “I choose to believe in Britain, and that our best days lie ahead.”We’ve updated this post with news from Britain and May’s speech.Ahead of her speech, May gave her usual question time — using the opportunity to tell ministers of Parliament, “On today of all days, we should be coming together as a United Kingdom.”That sentiment didn’t prevent interruptions to May’s speech on Article 50. Her remarks on Britain’s future were interrupted by an outburst that prompted House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to call for quiet.And moments later, as May spoke of potential cooperation with the EU, she told the chamber, “Perhaps now more than ever, the world needs the liberal democratic values of Europe” — a statement that drew open jeers and laughter from across the aisle.After a pause, May said Britain shares those values, adding, “That is why, while we are leaving the institutions of the European Union, we are not leaving Europe.”The prime minister’s letter triggers Article 50, the exit clause in the EU constitution. Leaving the EU won’t be a simple affair: While business and travel concerns often get the most attention, Britain’s government will also have to figure out how it will incorporate the thousands of laws and rules that the EU has approved over the years.It’s the latest repercussion of a vote that shocked many and forced the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron last summer.With Britain looking to exit from the EU, the nation may also be forced to contemplate an internal exit of its own: One day before May visited Parliament, Scottish lawmakers voted to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s pursuit of a new independence referendum.In 2014, 55 percent of Scottish voters chose to stay in the U.K. — but backers of a new referendum note that conditions have now changed, with the pending exit from the EU.With Article 50 invoked, Britain will have two years to negotiate its self-extraction. Next steps in the process will begin Thursday with the publishing of a Great Repeal Bill. Formal talks could begin by late spring, but before a deal is enacted, both houses of Parliament will need to vote on it.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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WATCH AirBrush with Greatness

first_imgIt’s a busy time of year for make-up and special effects artist Rudy Campos.  He has made a career out of transforming folks from their everyday existence into something magical!  We meet up with this master of the air-brush at his West Houston studio, where he shared with us a little of his magic.This segment aired as part of the program Arts InSight, on Friday, October 26, 8:30pm, on Houston Public Media – TV 8.Watch more Houston Arts InSight segmentsEnjoy some of Rudy’s work below…– / 7 Sharelast_img read more

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HandsOn Need for Speed Payback Has Cars Characters and Casino Puns

first_img Once upon a time there was a video game called Burnout Paradise, a brilliant and innovative open-world reinvention of the chaotic racing franchise. It was the last true Burnout game ever released, but when publisher EA instead unleashed the team at Criterion Games on the Need for Speed franchise, the Burnout Paradise legacy carried on a little longer in thrilling open-world racers Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted.However, after some staff reorganization, the Need for Speed games from successor studio Ghost Games just couldn’t do it anymore for old Burnout die-hards like me. Meanwhile, the biggest rival racing games like Forza were leaning more towards their realistic sim elements. So after the less-than-stellar reception to 2015’s would-be reboot simply titled Need for Speed, the developers took a year off and used the extra time to make some big improvements.Need for Speed: Payback isn’t definitely not a racing sim. The developers prefer to call it an “action-driving game” as opposed to just a racing game, or a “CARPG” even. Not only that, it may even be the beginning of a whole new dramatic universe of Need for Speed games. What does that all even mean? I recently got to go hands on with Need for Speed: Payback to find out.AdChoices广告Need for Speed: Payback puts a huge emphasis on its narrative. Right from the start players hop between different, diverse members of a quippy, Fast and Furious-esque racing gang. Ghost Games wants Payback to be the first of many adventures with these characters (portrayed via motion-capture and not the live-action actors of previous games), and at the very least they’re more charming than anyone from the recent inexplicable Need for Speed movie (which the developers don’t talk about).Although I played for over an hour, I only saw the beginning of Payback’s actual story, a story that should last nearly 20 hours. When a big score goes awry, you must reunite your crew and get revenge against criminal syndicate The House, who of course always win. That’s just the first of many casino puns you’ll hear in the Las Vegas-inspired Fortune Valley city Payback takes place in. I nearly lost it when my boss told me, “I decide when the cards fall.”The focus on story also gives Payback a justification for big, action-packed, spectacle driving gameplay set pieces. An early mission has you competing in a race, but your ranking doesn’t actually matter because soon enough you peel away from the pack to simply steal the car you’re driving and evade the cops by making sick jumps. Another mission has you winning a race that was supposed to be fixed, incurring the wrath of the fixers. Not all of these missions are as ridiculous as others, but there will be a handful of large-scale “blockbuster” missions that reminded me of Grand Theft Auto V’s acclaimed heists.The story also leaves plenty of room for nonlinear exploration. You can just drive all around taking on new races, missions, cop chases, and other events. Bet on yourself to earn extra cash if you win a race, although you can’t be corrupt and purposefully lose to also make money. The Autolog social network returns to let you interact with friends, but unlike the last Need for Speed, you can thankfully play Payback offline. The arcade-style “casual competitive” gameplay has an excellent sense of gorgeous speed on PlayStation 4 Pro, teetering on the right side of “just out of control.” It takes skill but you don’t need to buy a racing wheel or spend hours tweaking your friction coefficient to have fun.That said, Payback does have plenty of customization options, even if I was able to jump in and have fun without engaging with them. As a “CARPG” you can collect and upgrade different rides across different classes like race, drag, and drift using scrap metal. This is presented through an accessible card-based interface. There are also a handful of legendary “derelict” cars that are initially garbage but can become some of the best vehicles in the game with enough work. Fortunately the microtransactions only offer cosmetics and not stat-increasing parts, which we cleared up after an initial misunderstanding conflating loot boxes with the unrelated “bait crate” cop missions.This is also perhaps the impressive world featured in a Need for Speed game. No longer confined to just urban streets, Fortune Valley has several different outdoor biomes for varied off-road racing. Ride out of the city and into the mountains. It feels like Forza Horizon. There’s also a full day and night cycle, not perpetual gray rain. Again, this was a benefit of taking a year off and really letting the Frostbite engine technology mature.But while the racing shows promise, it’s Need for Speed: Payback’s story that gives the game its silly but distinct identity. And that’s definitely by design. I talked to the game’s executive producer Marcus Nilsson who said the goal of Payback wasn’t just to fix the last game’s issues but also present a clear path forward for the franchise. The extra motivation a story inspires in a player might be the thing to keep them invested in these racing games over others.I also asked if previous Need for Speed characters, like the infamous Razor Callahan, might make an appearance if Payback really is doubling down on Fast and Furious-style extended lore. For what it’s worth, Nilsson’s answer didn’t dash my dreams.Need for Speed: Payback arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, and PC November 10. Do it for la familia.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo last_img read more

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New grazing transiting hot Jupiter detected by the Qatar Exoplanet Survey

first_img Citation: New grazing transiting ‘hot Jupiter’ detected by the Qatar Exoplanet Survey (2017, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-grazing-transiting-hot-jupiter-qatar.html Astronomers discover three ‘Qatar’ exoplanets The discovery light curve for Qatar-6b phase folded with the BLS estimated period, as it appears in the QES archive. Credit: Alsubai et al., 2017. Explore further Although astronomers have found hundreds of exoplanets, only a handful of grazing alien worlds—meaning planets that partially transit the host-star’s disc—have been detected so far. Such planets are important for researchers, as they offer a great opportunity to find additional bodies orbiting their host stars. This is because other as-yet undetected objects would perturb the grazing planet’s orbit and could potentially induce periodic variations of the transit impact parameter, leading to transit duration variations.Now, a team of astronomers, led by Khalid Alsubai of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) in Doha, Qatar, reports the finding of a new addition to the short list of planets in a grazing transit configuration. They discovered Qatar-6b as part of the QES survey, which utilizes the New Mexico Skies Observatory located at Mayhill, New Mexico. “In this paper, we present the discovery of Qatar-6b, a newly found hot Jupiter on a grazing transit,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, Qatar-6b has a radius about 6 percent larger than Jupiter and a mass of approximately 0.67 Jupiter masses, which indicates a density of 0.68 g/cm3. The exoplanet orbits its parent star every 3.5 days at a distance of about 0.04 AU from the host. Due to the proximity of this planet to the star, astronomers estimate that it has an equilibrium temperature of 1,006 K.The parameters suggest that Qatar-6b belongs to group of planets known as “hot Jupiters.” These exoworlds are similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their host stars very closely.The host, designated Qatar-6 (also known as TYC 1484-434-1 or 2MASS J14485047+2209093), is a high proper motion star of spectral type close to K2V, located some 330 light years away from the Earth. It has a radius of about 0.72 solar radii and is approximately 18 percent less massive than the sun. The study reveals that the star is about 1 billion years old, and has an effective temperature of 5,052 K.Given that Qatar-6b is a grazing exoplanet, is an excellent target for future observational campaign aiming to find additional bodies in this planetary system. These observations, utilizing large ground-based facilities or space telescope, should be focused on detecting variations in the transit impact parameter and duration.”These would require high cadence and high photometric accuracy observations that could be achieved with large ground based telescopes and/or space based facilities,” Alsubai’s team concluded. More information: Qatar Exoplanet Survey: Qatar-6b—a grazing transiting hot Jupiter, arXiv:1712.03216 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1712.03216AbstractWe report the discovery of Qatar-6b, a new transiting planet identified by the Qatar Exoplanet Survey (QES). The planet orbits a relatively bright (V=11.44), early-K main-sequence star at an orbital period of P~3.506 days. An SED fit to available multi-band photometry, ranging from the near-UV to the mid-IR, yields a distance of d = 101 +/- 6 pc to the system. From a global fit to follow-up photometric and spectroscopic observations, we calculate the mass and radius of the planet to be Mp = 0.67 +/- 0.07 Mjup and Rp = 1.06 +/- 0.07 Rjup, respectively. We use multi-color photometric light curves to show that the transit is grazing, making Qatar-6b one of the few exoplanets known in a grazing transit configuration. It adds to the short list of targets that offer the best opportunity to look for additional bodies in the host planetary system through variations in the transit impact factor and duration. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—An international group of astronomers has found a new grazing transiting “hot Jupiter” alien world as part of the Qatar Exoplanet Survey (QES). The newly discovered extrasolar planet, designated Qatar-6b, is about the size of Jupiter, but less massive than our solar system’s gas giant. The finding is reported in a paper published December 8 on arXiv.org. 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

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Music for a cause

first_imgWith the objective of distressing inmates lodged in Central jail No.5, Tihar, a mega classical music show Morning Raga was organised in association with the Legends of India, a nonprofit organisation promoting Indian Arts and Culture on May 3. Sitar Maestro Pandit Subhendra Rao (disciple of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravishankar ji) and Vidhushi Saskia Rao, cello player (disciple of Pandit Hari Prasad Chaursia) played various Ragas and touched the hearts of the inmates. The sounds of ragas created an atmosphere of peace, love and harmony among the inmates.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bhajans  like Vaishnav Jana and Raghupati Raghav Raja were played during the event. Alok Kumar Verma, Director General (Prisons) asked the prisoners to utilise their time in creative activities (educational and vocational skills) and to learn the basic life skills to prepare themselves to serve the nation after their release form the jail. V S Rawat, DIG (Mandoli Prisons), Radha Charan, Superintendent Jail, Sanjay Ambasta, Dy Superintendent Jails and Dipayan Majumdar, Director, Legend of India Organization were also present during the occasion. Majumdar informed that Legend of India will be soon starting a Visual Arts training programe for the inmates under the reformation and rehabilitation drive in Tihar Jails.last_img read more

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500yrold ThighHigh Leather Boots Found Intact on the Person who Wore Them

first_imgEarly this year, fashion magazines were oohing and aahing over the latest revived trend in footwear and how to wear it this fall season: thigh-high boots. But what no one was expecting in 2018 was the arrival on the scene of a skeleton, 500 years old, wearing thigh-high leather footwear.Archaeologists found the man’s skeleton face down in the mud under London’s River Thames, downstream from the Tower of London. He had apparently been buried there for centuries.Photo of excavation by MOLA Headland InfrastructureThe New York Times reported, “Perhaps most intriguing, what remained of his legs was discovered in a pair of thigh-high leather boots — unusual even for his time. Specialists say the man could have been a fisherman or a mudlark — a scavenger who hunted for objects of value by the river.”The discovery was linked to sewers. The skeleton was found at Tideway’s Chambers Wharf site in Bermondsey, where work is currently underway to build the Thames Tideway Tunnel to stop sewage pollution in the River Thames.Related Video: Divers Stumble upon 2,00 ‘Priceless’ Gold CoinsIn a statement, the scientists said, “The river was a hazardous place even in the late 15th century, so perhaps his occupation was the cause of his death and the reason he came to be discovered. Could he have been a fisherman, a mudlark or perhaps a sailor? Was he climbing the Bermondsey Wall when he fell into the water? Did he become trapped in the mud and drown?”Photo of discovered boots by MOLA Headland Infrastructure“The discovery has sparked an investigation by a team of our archaeological and osteological experts who are unraveling the mystery of the booted man in the mud. So what does the evidence tell us?”First of all, the specialists studying the boots believe they date to the late 15th or early 16th century. Leather was expensive and often re-used at this time and experts “believe it is unlikely that someone would have been buried wearing such a highly-prized item. The boots would have reached thigh height when fully extended, therefore would have been ideal for walking out into the river and through the sticky Thames mud, so were perhaps waders.”The boots were definitely built to last. Conservators revealed that they were reinforced with extra soles and stuffed with an unidentified material (possibly moss) perhaps to make them warmer or improve the fit.Photo of discovered skeleton, by MOLA Headland InfrastructureThis research suggests the person wasn’t buried deliberately and the clues also indicate the owner may have made his living from the river, which could well have led to his untimely demise.Scientists believe that while it is not unusual to find burials on the foreshore, “the booted man’s position was unusual: face-down, with one arm above his head with the other bent back on itself to the side. These clues could suggest that he fell or drowned and was covered quickly by the ground as it moved with the tide.” Experts have not identified evidence of any injuries at the time of death.However, there are clues about how he might have made his living, evidence of the damage to his physical health from the extreme physical demands of his work on his body, “and why he might have ended up in the silty deposits of the River Thames where he lay undisturbed for more than 500 years.”Photo by MOLA Headland InfrastructureExperts believe it’s possible he was under the age of 35 at the time of death. By then he had already led an active life, which left its mark on his skeleton. “His daily life wouldn’t have been comfortable – he would have felt pain and discomfort from osteoarthritis. Possibly the biggest clues about his life are deep grooves found on his teeth.Read another story from us: Hidden Crusader-Era Gold Coins Discovered in Historic Port City of CaesareaThey were caused by a repetitive action like passing rope between his teeth as a fisherman might – which may also suggest that he made his living from the river.” The Thames is regarded as London’s longest archaeological site, and the river muck has historically turned up a lot of discoveries.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of Tudor-era thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th century. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

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Teenage virginity loss blamed on genes

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Wow, who would have thought that tight jeans, sexy lingerie, boob tubes and mini skirts would have very little to do with virginity loss… It’s all about the genes, it seems!A massive genetic study involving 125,000 people has found areas of the genome linked with the age youngsters are likely to have sex for the first time!Yes, medical science may be unable to cure cancer, but they sure as hell believe they can predict when and if your children are likely to have sex.This does not mean they have found the all-elusive virginity gene; far from it.Scientists poured over data involving the genomes of people from the United Kingdom, America and Iceland, finding 38 regions of DNA that correlate with the age at which people first have sex. So all you need to do to find out if your child is likely to lose the big “IT” early is to have doctors check your child’s genome… Well, you could, but even if you did, it would only be an indicator, as nobody is a slave to their genes. Together, these “gene indicators” account for only a quarter of the variation in virginity loss: not much compared with height, say, where “gene indicators” account for about 80 per cent of the variation.So when it comes to losing their virginity, other factors have much more influence.So while we cannot change their genes, what factors can we look at?The study didn’t investigate this, but other work suggests teens are more likely to start having sex earlier if they come from poorer families, if they are not religious, and if their parents have little involvement in their lives.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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Sabre enhances flight booking content via Routehappy partnership

first_img Travelweek Group SOUTHLAKE, TX — Sabre is integrating rich airline content from merchandising content platform Routehappy Hub into its flight booking platforms.As more airlines focus on product and fare differentiation as well as providing a consistent brand experience across sales channels, Sabre said it wants to provide agents with a quick and easy way to access up-to-date information.“With the integration of Routehappy Hub as a capability in our agency platform we are driving dynamic traveller-first merchandising, helping our airline customers to unlock higher revenue in their merchandising strategy,” said Wade Jones, Senior VP of Marketing, Sabre Travel Network.“Traveller expectations have evolved to where they are looking for complete information about their travel experience and these expectations are shaping airline merchandising and agency retailing. Our collaboration with Routehappy makes it easy for airlines worldwide to provide their depth and breadth of travel services and amenities in the Sabre travel marketplace.”The technology agreement marks Routehappy’s first integration with a GDS. The collaboration will allow agents to see Routehappy Hub’s highly targeted, merchandising content by aircraft, class of service, airport, route and fare, offering a more retail-oriented selling experience, according to Sabre. Thursday, September 29, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img Sabre enhances flight booking content via Routehappy partnership Tags: Sabre Posted bylast_img read more

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Thousands of Nepalese pray for earthquake victims

first_imgMore than a thousand engineers are checking damaged houses in the capital and advising people about whether they are safe. It is still unclear how many houses were damaged and how many are repairable.Bhimsen Das Shrestha, a lawmaker representing Kathmandu, said the government should introduce new rules to make buildings earthquake-resistant.“When we rebuild the structures in Kathmandu, we need to consider new technologies in earthquake-prone areas,” he said.Also Thursday, a U.N. health official said there have been no epidemics in areas hit by the earthquake or in camps where homeless people are sheltered.Some cases of diarrhea have been reported, but that is normal for this time of year, said Poonam Singh, the World Health Organization’s deputy regional director for Southeast Asia.She cautioned, however, that there could be problems during the monsoon season which begins next month.The agency is sending medical treatment tents to 14 badly hit districts where health clinics were destroyed, she said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “There are so many people and so many buildings we have all lost in the earthquake. I am here to show my support for these families and to say that we are all here for you,” said Alok Shrestha, a banker holding a bouquet of marigolds.Lawmakers in Nepal’s constituent assembly also stood for a minute of silence in memory of the dead.During the customary mourning period, close family members stay at home, do not touch outsiders and refrain from eating salt. No entertainment is allowed.About 500 people gathered at Kathmandu’s historic center, Basantapur Durbar Square, where temples were reduced to rubble, to offer prayers.In the evening, 2,000 mourners carrying candles gathered near Dharahara tower, which collapsed in the earthquake. With a 213-step spiral staircase, it once offered a panoramic view of the capital.The central bank announced Thursday that people whose houses were damaged in the quake can obtain loans at a 2 percent interest rate. The average commercial loan rate is about 10 percent.Nepal Rastra Bank official Min Bahadur Shrestha told state-run Radio Nepal that people in Kathmandu can receive loans of up to 2.5 million rupees ($25,000) and those outside the capital 1.5 million rupees ($15,000). Top Stories KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of Nepalese dressed in white offered prayers and flowers at home and in temples Thursday in a Hindu ritual marking the end of a 13-day mourning period for those killed in the country’s massive earthquake.Families and friends also published condolence messages with photographs of victims in local newspapers.Thousands of mourners gathered amid piles of stones, mud, bricks and wooden beams that once formed centuries-old temples, palaces and structures toppled in the April 25 quake, which killed more than 7,800 people and injured another 15,000. The main ceremony was held in the ruins of Kastamandap, a temple for which the capital, Kathmandu, was named. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairycenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up A Nepalese, who lost a family member to the April 25 earthquake, receives a ritualistic tonsure as he prepares to end the mourning period, on the banks of Hanumante River in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The April 25 earthquake killed thousands and injured many more as it flattened mountain villages and destroyed buildings and archaeological sites in Kathmandu. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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Unlock our great outdoors or miss the tourism boat

first_imgUnlock our great outdoors or miss the tourism boatUnlock our great outdoors or miss the tourism boatAustralia’s potential as one of the world’s leading nature-based tourism destinations will not be realised unless there is significant investment in making the wealth of our natural treasures more accessible to tourists, a new paper released today by the Tourism and Transport Forum has found.“We are one of the most beautiful destinations in the world but if we do not make that beauty more accessible we will miss out on a potential pipeline of new tourism dollars especially for regional Australia,” TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond said today. Releasing the paper, Unlocking our Great Outdoors, she said it was an important contribution to the debate around how we can best conserve our natural areas while also unlocking the economic benefits that can be delivered by nature-based tourism.“There is no doubt that nature-based tourism across Australia is already big business, with last year alone seeing more than 25 million domestic and international visitors engaging in some form of nature-based tourism and spending $41 billion on nature-based activities,” Ms Osmond said.“It is also a key driver of regional economies and jobs growth, with just under 100,000 people directly and indirectly employed in nature-based tourism across Australia’s 15 premier natural regions.“However, our research has found that we are only just starting to scratch the surface of the potential for nature-based tourism in Australia.“What these new figures show is that across Australia international visitors make up a tiny four per cent of tourists visiting our national park areas. The potential to double this visitation in the next few years with the right facilities, conservation priorities and government backing is enormous.“If we are truly going to see nature-based tourism reach its potential, we cannot afford to be complacent. TTF is calling on the Federal Government to lead the way and commit to developing a national nature-based tourism strategy to ensure that this critical part of the tourism pie receives the funding and recognition it needs to take off.“Australia has all the ingredients to become the world’s leading country for nature-based tourism, but the seemingly unlimited tourism potential of our stunning natural areas cannot be unlocked without appropriate investment that turns inaccessible wilderness into a place where visitors can access, stay and experience.“A key priority is recognising the critical need to conserve and understand these environments and what kind of access and experience can be offered in an environmentally appropriate way while reaping the benefits of what could be a tourism gold mine.“From the Kimberley to the Red Centre to the wilds of Tasmania, no country on earth offers the natural diversity, complexity and beauty of Australia. However, there is little point having a stunning natural landscape if no one can get there to see it.“In every state and territory in Australia there are world-class natural landscapes that should be bucket list tourist hot spots, but are not because they are isolated, only accessible by infrequent flights or long car trips, or have limited options for people to stay in or do things when they get there. This makes them unattractive places to visit, especially for international visitors.“Tasmania has led the way in investing in and developing visitor facilities in natural areas to encourage tourism. Unfortunately, other states and territories are being strangled by red tape, barriers to investment and a lack of visitor infrastructure, and have been unable to unlock their tourism potential in the way Tasmania has.“It is vital we continue to look at practical and effective ways we can to improve the standing and future of Australia’s competitive delivery of this important tourism sector.”Source = Tourism & Transport Forumlast_img read more

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Walter Investment to Buy Ally Business Lending Operations

first_imgWalter Investment to Buy Ally Business Lending Operations Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Ally Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Walter Investment Management Corp. 2013-02-18 Tory Barringer in Origination, Servicing Sharecenter_img February 18, 2013 447 Views “”Walter Investment Management Corp.””:http://www.walterinvestment.com/ has signed a definitive agreement to acquire “”Ally Bank’s””:http://www.ally.com/ business lending operations, the company announced.[IMAGE]The transaction is expected to close on February 28, though terms were not disclosed. Upon the completion of the transaction, Walter expects it will employ approximately 300 of Ally’s correspondent and wholesale lending employees.””This transaction brings to Walter Investment a team of knowledgeable, experienced employees with which to pursue correspondent lending opportunities, using the [COLUMN_BREAK]outstanding capabilities resident in the recently acquired ResCap originations platform,”” said Mark O’Brien, chairman and CEO of Florida-based Walter Investment. “”We look forward to working with this team as we execute on our strategic plans for the originations business.””The deal represents a major step in Ally’s ongoing move away from the mortgage business. The bank “”announced last year””:https://themreport.com/articles/ally-exploring-options-to-cut-loose-remaining-mortgage-business-2012-10-26 its intent to “”explore strategic alternatives”” for its agency mortgage servicing rights and its business lending operations.””We are pleased to be transferring Business Lending to a well-respected, strategic buyer like Walter, who values the high quality of our people, platform and relationships and is committed to building its origination capabilities,”” said Ally Bank president and CEO Barbara Yastine. “”This is a positive outcome for our 300 Business Lending employees and enables Ally Bank to direct more resources toward our priorities of growing our leading direct banking franchise, as well as supporting Ally’s auto finance operation.””As previously announced, Ally Bank will continue to originate “”a modest level”” of jumbo and conventional conforming home mortgages for its own portfolio through a group of correspondent lenders.last_img read more

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