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BC government throne speech puts focus on housing child care affordability

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan introduced a plan Tuesday to make life in British Columbia more affordable, but it was overshadowed by the unfolding dispute with the Alberta and federal governments over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The pipeline issue dominated questions directed at Horgan moments after the New Democrat’s throne speech was delivered, outlining his government’s quest to make life affordable by investing in housing and child care.Horgan said he wanted to lower the temperature in the fight over the $7.4-billion expansion project. The dispute has already prompted Alberta to ban imports of B.C. wine and Ottawa to send bureaucrats to the West Coast for meetings with provincial government officials.“I believe all British Columbians want to see co-operative federalism, not coercive federalism,” Horgan said. “We are equal partners in this great country. And we, certainly on my watch, will continue to be co-operative equal partners in Canada.”He said B.C.’s desire to consult about how it can better prepare for a catastrophic event such as an oil spill has led to more discussions than he had anticipated after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley “dialled up” the dispute.“We’re going to continue to defend the interests of B.C. and we’re going to continue to co-operate with the federal government,” he said.Notley has called a news conference Wednesday to discuss the issue.Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson, making his first appearance in the B.C. legislature since being elected Liberal leader earlier this month, said the minority government is scaring off investors with its pipeline conflict.“What the B.C. government has done is throw a wrench into a federally approved project,” he said. “We’ve seen the consequences of this rather rash and poorly considered action that has now triggered a trade war with Alberta.”Five B.C. organizations, representing an array of businesses, issued an open letter to Horgan on Tuesday expressing their “deep concern” about the government’s opposition to the pipeline.“Failing to respect the rule of law and the largely federal jurisdiction over this project is not only deeply unfair to the stakeholders who respected the process, but also represents a fundamental departure from what it means for B.C. to be part of Canada,” the letter says.It was signed by the leaders of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Business Council of British Columbia, and the BC Chamber of Commerce.Horgan said he will not let the pipeline issue deter his efforts to improve affordability in B.C.Tuesday’s throne speech said housing is the greatest challenge to affordability across the province.“Young families wait longer to have children, or give up their dreams of home ownership because they cannot afford to pay for both,” Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon said in reading the speech from the throne.“Businesses cannot grow when the skilled workers they need are shut out by the high cost of housing. Renters are afraid of eviction or unexpected rent increases that will force them to relocate when prices are sky high and vacancies hover at record lows.”The government is moving to address housing demand and stabilize B.C.’s out-of-control real estate and rental markets, Horgan said.Legislation will be introduced to crack down on tax fraud, tax evasion and money laundering in the provincial real estate market, he said.Plans are also in the works to ensure that people looking to profit from B.C.’s real estate market also contribute to housing solutions, Horgan said, adding that the changes are not aimed at homeowners who pay property taxes.“It’s money coming from outside of our economy that’s distorting the value of our property,” he said. “That’s what we want to discourage.”The speech said the results of real estate speculation are evident across B.C. with distorted markets, high prices and empty homes.Wilkinson said the speech provided few details about the government’s housing plans, other than confirm an election promise of building 114,000 homes within a decade and 1,700 this year.“At that rate, it will take 67 years to deliver on that promise.”Horgan said the government will also make the largest investment in child care in B.C.’s history.The move to affordable, quality care will include the government converting unlicensed spaces to licensed, regulated care, he said.“Safe, affordable, licensed child care will become B.C.’s standard, giving parents the peace of mind they need and quality care they can rely on,” Guichon said in reading the throne speech.The speech also said the government will pursue its innovation goals with plans to create 2,900 new technology related spaces at colleges and universities throughout B.C.last_img read more

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Aritzia Inc reports 18th straight quarter of comparable sales growth

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:ATZ) VANCOUVER — Aritzia Inc. says it has seen 18 consecutive quarters of comparable sales growth as its net income jumped nearly 18 per cent during its most recent quarter.The Vancouver-based company says its net income for the fourth quarter was $18.72 million up 17.7 per cent from $15.9 million the same quarter the previous year.Aritzia says its adjusted net income for the quarter rose 11.5 per cent to $25.1 million or 21 cents per diluted share compared to $22.5 million or 19 cents per diluted share at the same time last year.The clothing retailer reports its comparable sales grew 5.5 per cent for the quarter ended March 3, primarily due to momentum in its e-commerce business, and positive performance in Canadian and American stores.Net revenue increased 17.9 per cent to $259.1 million, up from $219.8 million in the fourth quarter of the previous year.CEO Brian Hill says in a statement that the company is well positioned to achieve or exceed its performance targets for its 2021 financial year. read more

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Gaza UN officials condemn latest attack on recreational facility

A group of about 25 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to the facility on the beach in Nuseirat that was being used to host the Summer Games, run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). No one was hurt in the incident, which follows a similar attack on 23 May when a group of 30 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to an UNRWA Summer Games facility that was under construction on the beach in Gaza City.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has referred to the Summer Games, which is in its fourth year, as “a rare opportunity for relief from the deprivations and difficulties of everyday life in Gaza,” which has suffered from a three-year-long blockade imposed by Israel for what it called security reasons after Hamas took power there in 2007.“The Secretary-General calls upon the de-facto authorities to combat any incitement against United Nations operations, and ensure the safety of UNRWA and other UN personnel and programmes, serving the most vulnerable in Gaza,” his spokesperson said in a statement.“He calls for those responsible for these incidents to be brought to justice,” the statement added.“Cowardly and despicable” is how John Ging, UNRWA’s Director of Operations in Gaza, described today’s attack. “The overwhelming success of UNRWA’s Summer Games has once again obviously frustrated those that are intolerant of children’s happiness,” he added.Mr. Ging said the attack will not deter UNRWA from continuing with the annual event, which is the largest recreation programme for Gaza’s children and provides, among others, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and drama.“UNRWA will rebuild the camp immediately and will continue with its Summer Games programme which is so important for the physical and psychological well-being of Gaza’s children, so many of whom are stressed and traumatized by their circumstances and experiences,” he stated. “This is another example of the growing levels of extremism in Gaza and further evidence, if that were needed, of the urgency to change the circumstances on the ground that are generating such extremism,” he added. The Summer Games began on 12 June and will run through 5 August, providing 1,200 summer camps for more than 250,000 refugee children across Gaza. 28 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of United Nations relief operations in Gaza have deplored this morning’s attack on a recreational facility used by children in the territory, the second such incident in a month. read more

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MDMK to push for Eelam

India’s MDMK party today demanded an international referendum with the supervision of United Nation Organisation to decide on the separate Tamil Eelam issue as it would be the only answer for sufferings of Tamils in the island nation.The Party’s High level Committee member Senthilathiban and spokesman Nanmaran,briefing newsmen on the deleberations at Anna Birth centenary and the Dravidian movement centenary conference, said a resolution to this effect was adopted at the conference. They said MDMK was very firm on its stand that separate Tamil Eelam was the only answer to solve the ethinic Tamils issue in the island nation, The party will not compramise on this under any circumstances,they said. The resolutioon said soon after the ‘Mulveli massacre’ the Lankan Government was housing the Sinhalese population in Tamil areas.The MDMK will continue its opposition to Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapakse until he is brought before the international court of law. The party was also of the view attacks against Indian Fishermen by Lankan naval personnel were continuing, So far,570 fishermen have been killed, In order to protect the interest of the Indian fishermen especially those from Tamil Nadu, The MDMK will hold fishermen Livelyhood rights conference at Tuticorin on November 24, next, they said. The conference also resolved that MDMK was also very firm on introducing total prohibition in Tamil Nadu and would create an awareness among the people. (Chennai online) read more

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Airline stocks fall then recover after latest report of passenger later found

by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2014 12:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Airline stocks fall, then recover, after latest report of passenger later found to have Ebola DALLAS – News that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane full of passengers raised fear among airline investors that the scare over the virus could cause travellers to avoid flying.Shares of the biggest U.S. airlines tumbled between 5 and 8 per cent before recovering in afternoon trading. The overall market slumped on concern about slowing global economic growth, but recouped some losses late in the day.Health officials downplayed the possibility that any of the 132 passengers on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth could have been infected, because the nurse showed no Ebola symptoms during the flight. Nonetheless, public health officials were notifying other passengers.Hoping to minimize the impact of Ebola, the airline industry is banking on assurances from health experts that the virus is spread only through contact with the bodily fluids of someone already showing symptoms, and the presumption that someone that sick would not be physically able to travel.Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association trade group, said Ebola was unlikely to reduce travel.“You can’t rule out that worry about this disease could cause a drop in traffic,” he told reporters in San Diego. “My personal view is that is unlikely.”Robert Mann, an aviation consultant and former American Airlines executive, said the decision to notify other passengers on the flight was made out of extra caution, “but all that rational thought aside, it may cause some people to delay trips.”Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was extremely unlikely that passengers could have contracted the disease because the nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, was not vomiting or bleeding. But, he said, she should not have been on the flight because of the possibility that she had been exposed to Ebola and because she had a slightly elevated fever.The CDC later confirmed that an official responsible for monitoring Vinson cleared her to fly. Frieden said that from now on, no one involved in caring for the original Ebola patient in Dallas would be allowed to travel except “in a controlled environment.” CDC guidelines say that people possibly exposed to Ebola should avoid commercial flights for 21 days.Frontier said Flight 1143 was that particular plane’s last flight on Monday night, and it was cleaned overnight according to CDC standards before being used Tuesday. On Wednesday night, the plane was flown without passengers to Denver, where Frontier said it would be cleaned for a fourth time and seat covers and carpets around Vinson’s seat would be removed.Since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the U.S. last month, attention has focused mostly on travellers from West Africa, the centre of the epidemic. The first victim was a Liberian man who flew into Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on a United Airlines flight from Washington’s Dulles Airport. That case led U.S. officials to expand health screening of passengers from West Africa who arrive at five major airports.The latest health worker flew on a domestic flight from an airport where there is no screening for fever.Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport says it handles about 165,000 passengers per day or 60 million in a year. Airlines there operate both international and domestic flights.Representatives of several U.S. airlines told The Associated Press that they have not received any new guidance from CDC on monitoring passengers and cleaning planes since the first U.S. Ebola case. They said that each night, crews cleanse planes and wipe down surfaces such as armrests and tray tables with strong disinfectants.Ebola concerns and slower global economic growth have hurt airlines stocks in recent weeks, offsetting the benefit to airlines from falling fuel prices.On Wednesday morning, airlines with the biggest international networks sold off the most before beginning to recover by early afternoon.S&P Capital IQ analyst Jim Corridore blamed the morning sell-off mostly on the Ebola news; he called the fear overblown. Barclay’s analyst David Fintzen similarly discounted the likelihood of a major U.S. outbreak that could cripple travel.United and Delta each fell more than 7 per cent before recovering. United Continental Holdings Inc. closed down 62 cents, or 1.4 per cent, at $42.55; Delta Air Lines Inc. lost 41 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $32.38. American Airlines Group Inc. fell 6.4 per cent at one point but closed up 18 cents at $31.69. Southwest Airlines Co. bounced back from 5.3 per cent down to close up 2 cents at $30.02.The broader Standard and Poor’s 500 index closed down less than 1 per cent.___AP Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz in San Diego contributed to this report.Contact Koenig at read more

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Politics prevailed over promises by France and UK in handling of children

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that it is assisting France, which decided to close the refugee and migrant camp in Calais, that has become known as ‘the Jungle,’ as it is “not fit for human habitation.” The people in the camp have been transferred to accommodation centres throughout France, and a number of unaccompanied children left the camp for the United Kingdom, where they have family ties. The refugee agency highlighted the need for greater responsibility sharing and coordination between European Union member States.According to a news release today from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), France and the UK have some disagreements over who should take responsibility for the majority of unaccompanied children and this situation has led to major violations of these children’s rights.“Hundreds of children have been subjected to inhumane living conditions, left without adequate shelter, food, medical services and psychosocial support, and in some cases exposed to smugglers and traffickers,” the experts said. The dismantling of the Southern part of the “jungle” of Calais in March 2016. Photo: UNICEF/Laurence Geai The Committee – tasked with monitoring worldwide implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by States Parties – called on the two countries to urgently address the situation of unaccompanied children who had been forced to take shelter in disused shipping containers or sleep outside.“The events of the past week have shown clearly that political and other considerations prevailed over the initial promises by both Governments that the situation of unaccompanied children would be their priority. The best interests of the child have been completely disregarded,” the experts said.While welcoming the announcement by the French authorities that the children are being relocated to dedicated centres where the next steps concerning their future will be decided, the Committee is of the view that both Governments cannot say they were caught off-guard by the Calais situation. “When the Committee reviewed France and the UK earlier this year, both States were given precise recommendations regarding the treatment of unaccompanied child migrants, including those in Calais,” the release explained.These recommendations included the need to stop the detention of asylum-seeking and migrant children; the need to conduct age assessments only in cases of serious doubt and when so, through multi-disciplinary and transparent procedures; and the obligation to respect children’s right to humane living standards and adequate health care services. “The failures regarding the situation of children in Calais are not isolated events but highlight the shortcomings of a migration system built on policies that are neither developed nor implemented with child rights in mind,” the experts underscored. read more

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Guterres strongly denounces latest attack on peacekeepers in Central African Republic

The attack by armed insurgents brings to four the number of peacekeepers killed in targeted violence in that country since the beginning of this year, according to a statement issued by UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.“The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and that sanctions can be applied against the perpetrators,” said the statement, which also noted that Mr. Guterres urged national authorities to spare no effort in bringing them to justice.The Secretary-General “reaffirms his unwavering support” to the UN Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), added the statement, in its efforts to “protect civilians and stabilize the country”.The UN chief paid tribute to all those peacekeepers who had made the ultimate sacrifice in CAR, and offered his deepest condolences to the bereaved family as well as to the Government of Tanzania, wishing a swift recovery to the injured. read more

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Five Brock wrestlers win gold at Commonwealth Games Trials

Five Brock wrestlers were victorious at the Commonwealth Games Trials hosted by Wrestling Canada at Simon Fraser University over the weekend.“This was an outstanding day for the Brock wrestling team qualifying five athletes for the Commonwealth Games,” said Badgers head coach Marty Calder. “That is the most that our club has qualified and signifies that the athletes’ hard work and commitment is paying dividends.”The Trials, running United World Wrestling’s new Olympic weight classes and a same-day weigh-in, saw many athletes competing in different classes than they had in the past. The winners of each weight class are provisionally nominated to the Canadian team competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.The Brock women took home gold in four of the six weight classes. Winning were Jessica MacDonald (50kg), Diana Weicker (53kg), Emily Schaefer (57kg) and Olympian Michelle Fazzari (62kg). On the men’s side, Jevon Balfour was victorious at 74kg.Other Brock medalists included Hannah Taylor (silver, 57kg), Jade Parsons (bronze, 53kg), Jessica Brouillette (bronze, 62kg) and Olivia DiBacco (bronze, 68kg).“We competed very well today, especially considering it was the first tournament of the season,” said Calder. “These athletes have skill, they have heart and they have passion. That is a nice mixture of attributes that often lead to success. We look forward to our journey this year and seeing where it will lead us.” read more

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Major rescue operation underway as military in Hampshire race to drivers aid

first_imgThose stuck on the roads said some cars were heading in the opposite direction after several vehicles were abandoned, with pedestrians also trying to walk home in the middle of the road.Snow ploughs had been working to clear the roads and get traffic moving again.Earlier on Thursday evening, singer Natasha Barnes tweeted: “Can someone please send help to the A31?? The incident on the #A31 was declared a major incident at 8.30pm. Police have now taken the lead for this incident and we have called on the military and other partners to assist us in helping you.— Hampshire Police (@HantsPolice) March 1, 2018 6hrs on and we see tractors with snow ploughs. Are these our local hero’s i.e. voluntary farmers? #A31 #Stranded— Ru Butler (@Webbutlers) March 1, 2018 Those stuck on the road were urged to call 101 if they have a medical condition or are running out of fuel, or to call 999 in an emergency. This is crazy. Hoping that we can all get home soon! #m27 #A31 #Traffic— Francesca Goodall (@frangoodall) March 1, 2018 @BBCRadioSolent I’ve been stranded on #a31 for over 5 hours. Some cars heading back in wrong direction and people on foot in middle of road. Lack of information from services is not excusable in this digital age. Thank you for your help though.— Ru Butler (@Webbutlers) March 1, 2018center_img Assistant Chief Constable Dave Powell said: “All emergency services are working as hard as they can to get to as many people as possible at the scene and give them immediate assistance.”I know that many people have been stuck for several hours and we are working as fast as we can to get to them, but at this stage we are limited to moving people from the scene rather than moving vehicles.” The military helped police deal with a “major incident” and rescue hundreds of stranded motorists on the A31 in Hampshire where drivers spent the night in their cars.The force took the unusual step on Thursday night after declaring cars had been stranded since 4pm.Both the eastbound and westbound carriageways of the road through the New Forest and parts of Dorset were blocked.Police set up rest centres, so  those who were stuck could get food and drink supplies.A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: “The incident on the A31 was declared a major incident at 8.30pm. Police have now taken the lead for this incident and we have called on the military and other partners to assist us in helping you.”Shortly before 6am, the force said some traffic was moving again but they were still trying to clear trapped cars and recover abandoned vehicles.  “People are stranded and on their own and it’s continuing to snow. No helicopters or police in sight.”Meanwhile Tracey, who was travelling from Bournemouth to Southampton, told the BBC she had been stuck in her car for at least eight and a half hours.”Something seems to be happening now, but an hour ago I thought I was going to be here all night,” she said.”I’m pleased to see them (the police and military) as I didn’t think I was going to get home to tonight.”Motorists are also stranded on roads in Scotland, and other areas of the UK overnight.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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The PSPgo is officially dead why did it fail

first_imgToday Sony has confirmed yesterday’s rumor that the PSPgo is no longer being produced, and the stock in the retail chain is all that is left. The older PSP-3000 will continue to be made and sold, and is actually selling quite well.A lack of interest from gamers will likely mean PSPgo units remain on the market for some time, but we have to ask, why did the PSPgo fail so badly?The move to digital content is happening at an increasing pace. Music was the first to shift away from CDs and to MP3 downloads, and consumers haven’t looked back. Many (most?) people have dumped their CD collections for an iPod and a digital music library. Now movies, TV shows, and books are making the same transition, albeit at a slower pace.AdChoices广告Multiple video streaming services and digital copies of movies included with DVDs and Blu-rays are pushing digital video to the masses. For books, the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, and increasingly tablets are supporting the move away from paper. Even in the video games arena there is a move to digital content. Games are supported by DLC, the iPhone relies on digitally transferred games completely, and Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all have full games on offer only in digital download form. But yet a piece of hardware from Sony relying completely on downloaded content was not successful.The reasons for this aren’t due to a fault of the hardware, but more Sony’s poor execution and judgement when marketing and releasing the device.The PSPgo was not a new generation of hardware. It was the same hardware repackaged without a disc drive. From the get go that had gamers asking questions. If you buy a PSPgo what happens to my UMD games? Why aren’t all existing games available for the PSPgo? And why is the device so expensive?All three of those are valid questions and put many gamers off buying the device from day one. Why spend that much money to get the equivalent hardware, but without the ability to play, or even buy all the existing PSP titles? Sony’s initial lack of information, or desire to offer any kind of incentive for those of us with tens of UMD titles just added to the reasons why we decided PSPgo wasn’t a good investment.That was Sony’s first mistake: not supporting the new hardware properly with a full back catalogue of titles and some form of incentive or trade-in scheme for UMD-based games. The second mistake was a complete disregard for the retail sector.When the PSPgo launched all retailers could sell was the device itself with a minimal profit margin. But what Sony may not have expected is retailers refusing to stock it. When you think about it, that made a lot of sense. On the one hand we had a PSP-3000 with hundreds of UMD games retailers could sell and profit from. On the other, there was this new PSPgo that if pushed at retail would see customers disappear as there were no physical games you could buy for it, and therefore no repeat business. No retailer is going to push the consumer away, so the handheld did not get promoted or in some cases wasn’t even stocked.A price too high, gamers with more questions than answers, and retailers not wanting to sell a device that removed potential revenue from their stores. All combined, it created a hardware platform that to this day remains unpopular compared to its disc-based equivalent the PSP-3000.Regardless of the mistakes Sony made, the company has to be commended for attempting to launch a digital-only portable gaming machine. It has clearly learned from those mistakes with the PSP 2 which reintroduces the physical game distribution model, but replaces a disc with a flash memory card. As Nintendo has shown, this offers games without long load times, without the battery drain disc drives come with, and still allows retailers to be involved and profit from a new format.The question now is, will Sony ever try to release a digital-only handheld again? I don’t think it’s a question of if, but rather of when? Apple has already proven that it can work with the iPhone and iPod touch combined with an App Store. The only difference is Sony’s historical reliance on dedicated retailers to sell its games and hardware.The other barrier for Sony is gamer’s expectation that it will release physical games because that is what it has always done. But that perception is changing as the PlayStation Network becomes an ever-more integral part of Sony’s hardware releases and consumers turn to digital downloads more and more. And with that being the cases, PSP 3 could well be the PSPgo all over again, but this time without the mistakes and a much more willing audience.last_img read more

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Buffalo unveils a 256GB SSD with 405MBps read speeds

first_imgWhen it comes to choosing storage for your PC the mechanical drives still win out in terms of capacity and price. But the SSD has taken the lead in terms of speed, and now Buffalo has made the switch to flash memory an even more tempting proposition.Buffalo‘s first foray into the SSD storage market is a bit of a monster. The company has produced a 256GB 2.5-inch drive that has a 6Gbps SATA-III interface. What that combination means is read speed of up to 405MBps. Write speeds are also very high at 223MBps.AdChoices广告This is usually the point where we mention the price, and all thoughts of instant-on PCs and super fast load speeds are quashed. Yes, the Buffalo drive is expensive, coming in at around $890, but for someone who wants serious performance and a substantial amount of storage, it may not be too much.We also like to focus on the future here at, and that near-$900 won’t be at that price point for long. By this time next year we could be seeing the price halved and 512GB drives on the market.The Buffalo SSD-N256S/MC400 will be available later this week in Japan. It shouldn’t take long for a few companies in the West to get hold of a shipment and start offering them up, probably with a premium price attached.Read more at Buffalo (Japanese), via AkihabaraNewslast_img read more

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Miami community members treat homeless to lunch

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Community members treated several people from the homeless community to lunch in Miami, Friday afternoon.Fifteen homeless people from the Camillus House enjoyed a warm meal from Pollo Tropical at 3499 Biscayne Blvd., around noon.Miami Police Senior Executive Assistant James Bernat, along with Biscayne Neighborhood Association President Andres Althabe, hosted the event to spread the message that homeless people are no different from anyone else.“The homeless come from all aspects of life, and in this county, everyone deserves to improve their positions,” said Bernat.Bernat said he hopes to hold more events like this in the future.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Reuters Printing Special Edition Magazine for National Conventions

first_img So where does The American Voter come into play in a company with so many audiences and business models? Chua adds that because the magazine has a shelf life, Reuters will distribute it beyond the conventions, to the news organizations that subscribe to its services. An iPad edition of The American Voter will also be available with additional video and interactive features. The brand will also have more than 20 events, including “Morning Briefings,” with newsmakers, topic-driven lunch forums, and evening “Cocktail Caucuses,” featuring programming and networking. It will host events called “Young Women Rising: America’s Next Top Voter?” in partnership with Refinery29, and “Pathways to Power: An Atlantic Forum on Women in Politics,” in conjunction with Running Start, She Should Run, and All in Together, at both conventions.   From Facebook Live to short e-newsletters to Snapchat and VR, media companies seem to constantly be looking for the next best thing to get their content out there and engage audiences. So it may come as a surprise that Reuters is turning to print, announcing that it will launch a special edition magazine, The American Voter, for the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions. “Anybody who works on a magazine with any kind of time-lag between when the stories are written and when they’re actually published understands the risk of being out-of-date the day you write your story, so part of [planning] was thinking through what were the longer term issues that we would need to deal with,” he says.  During the conventions, from July 18-21 and July 25-28, street teams from Reuters will distribute 10,000 free copies of the magazine in Philadelphia and Cleveland. “It’s a magazine about the election…We wanted to get to an audience that is obviously interested in the election. Where do you find them? You find them at the conventions,” Chua says. When asked about how Reuters plans to distinguish itself from other magazines and newspapers covering the convention, Chua’s answer is simply that they know they’re not the only ones working on more timeless issues or covering the convention. But, he adds, “I think this magazine stands well on its own and I hope people pick it up, read it, and keep reading it.” As part of that exercise, he says the company hopes The American Voter will be timeless — a source of information that people can turn to not only during the conventions, but also up until the elections in November, and a historical piece thereafter. Consequently, the magazine has been in the works since September 2015. “[In] the same way we don’t have that distribution infrastructure, we don’t have the print-ad selling infrastructure,” Chua says. As a result, the magazine has an exclusive advertiser, SAP, who Reuters was already in discussions with about other projects. Both Reuters and parent company Thomson Reuters have a wide range of verticals. Reuters is well known for its constant online global news coverage and syndication service. The company turned to digital early on and has a large social media following, as well as a platform called Reuters TV. Yet in choosing to launch a special edition print magazine, Reuters had to take into account the fact that it is not a magazine publishing company. As such, Chua notes, the company lacks the traditional distribution channels, such as a subscriber base and relationships with newsstands, through which to share The American Voter. Reuters will continue its normal news coverage of the conventions in addition to the magazine, which hints at just how invested media companies are in covering these events. In fact, The Atlantic announced its events and reporting plans for the conventions today. According to a press release, it will have “its largest presence and devote its most sizable editorial team to producing coverage and events,” led by its expanded Politics & Policy team. “The fact of the matter is that we’re not a magazine business — the magazine will never be a huge part of our business,” Chua says. “But it’s a place where we can stamp our knowledge of the election process, our coverage, things we’re very proud of, and get it out to an audience. To some extent, that’s a branding and positioning exercise.”  For one thing, this is not Reuters’ first foray into special edition print magazines, as it printed magazines for the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos and the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival. The magazine will include contributions from Reuters’ editor at large Harold Evans, Jonathan Alter, and Ross Barkan, who left The New York Observer when it endorsed Donald Trump in April. Reg Chua, Reuters’ executive editor for editorial operations, data and innovation, explains to Folio: that “print allows us to do some things that we couldn’t otherwise do. It gives you that curated, very specific, finite experience, where you can look at information and stories.” Similar to Reuters, it seems The Atlantic is focusing on utilizing a variety of platforms, including events, and having a more physical presence at the conventions.last_img read more

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Mallya to consider employee dues chart a new debt repayment offer

first_imgAfter his debt repayment offer was rejected by banks as tantamount to writing off his liabilities, Vijay Mallya and his team of advisors are at it again, trying to make it more tenable, reported Economic Times citing sources connected to the developments.In a similar vein, he is trying to stand up to his business leader credential and looking to pay up the dues he owes to his employees, added the sources.”His earlier settlement offer was almost like a write-off, we are not very hopeful. We are expecting a renewal of his last offer; let’s see what he brings to the table,” one person was quoted as saying by ET.Mallya on his part has conducted reviews of his assets with legal-financial firms and intends a piecemeal or lump sum payment, the source added. An adjunct to it is the liquor baron’s attempt to redeem the taint currently attached to his name of a swindler who partied and bought stakes in cricket and F1 franchises, while his airline employees were unpaid for years, the source said.”He has hated the term absconder and wants to show that he would have sat down with the banks so that he can revisit the country whenever he wishes peacefully rather than be compared to swindlers,” a person close to him told ET.In a statement earlier this month, Mallya had said banks had recovered Rs 1,244 crore from the sale of pledged shares after the closure of the airline, and also Rs 600 crore was deposited in Karnataka High Court. He had claimed a total of Rs 2,494 crore had been recovered.ET quoted its source as saying: “We are ready for the negotiation if he is willing to pay the entire principal amount that he owes banks.”But with regard to the interest payment, which now stands more than Rs 3,000 crore, he should come up with a number without an excuse to waive it, said the source, adding: “His settlement offer should include a significant portion of the interest component too.” Another banker privy to the debt case told ET bankers aren’t too enthused with the airline’s debt repayment case. “If he was willing to pay us back we wouldn’t be fighting this matter in court,” he said.Referring to the issue at the debt recovery tribunal, the banker said it was as much about him giving his assets under the oath as pledging the shares and giving his personal guarantee. Giving oath on his assets is something Mallya has been unwilling to do for a long time.last_img read more

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PintSized Einstein Robot Is Officially the Best Kickstarter Ever

first_imgStay on target You’ve seen plenty of cool ideas pitched on Kickstarter before, from Raspberry Pi accessories to home brewing gear. None of them can compete with this tiny robotic Albert Einstein.The project page claims Professor Einstein is everything you ever wanted in a personal robot. That’s assuming that you want a robot that can hold an enlightened conversation with you, teach you all kinds of great science-y stuff, help you keep your schedule organized, and even give your brain a workout with challenging puzzles and games.He’s edutain… tional! That’s a thing, right? Professor Einstein is sort of like having Google Home, or Amazon’s Echo shoved into a delightful little animatronic genius that lives right on your desk… which sounds like a pretty sweet — and very geeky — combination.Oh, and perhaps the most important thing of all… Yes, he does stick his tongue out like Einstein did for that unforgettable photo. Hopefully they tweak his expression so the eyes stay open:There’s also a companion app called Stein-O-Matic that Professor Einstein will be more than happy to guide you through. His creators at Hanson Robotics have already created a wide array of learning and recreational activities for it, and they plan to offer up additional fun and games (and educational goodies, too) as time goes on via a cloud-based service. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter center_img How much will it cost you to get your hands on your very own 14.5-inch robotic version of one of the great minds in the history of humankind? If you move fast, you might be able to score one for the very reasonable price of $249!Once the early bird deals have all been snapped up, Professor Einstein will go for $299.last_img read more

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Why moderate beliefs rarely prevail

first_img More information: Seth A. Marvel, et al. “Encouraging Moderation: Clues from a Simple Model of Ideological Conflict.” PRL 109, 118702 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.118702 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. “Although we didn’t mention this explicitly in the paper, a raft of alternatives to our basic model (built from different assumed interactions) all show the same threshold behavior: when the committed believers reach a certain fraction of the community, they are capable of converting everyone to their perspective,” Marvel said. “This suggests that a similar threshold may appear in real systems even when those real systems have dynamics somewhat different from our basic model. As the American anthropologist Margaret Mead is claimed to have said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.'”The researchers tested seven different strategies for increasing the moderate subpopulation in the model. For example, in one strategy they introduced a “stubbornness parameter” to study the possibility in which moderates are less likely to convert to either of the two radical positions. The basic model has a stubbornness parameter of zero, but increasing the parameter gives the moderates a chance to retain their beliefs after listening to a radical. Although a small value of stubbornness does increase the moderate subpopulation, the researchers were surprised to find that, past a certain threshold, stubbornness drives the moderates to extinction. They explained that this counterintuitive result occurs because increasing the stubbornness of the moderates initially increases the moderate subpopulation while simultaneously depleting both the uncommitted A and B subpopulations. With a smaller B subpopulation, there is less competition from the B’s with both A subpopulations for winning over the moderates. As a result, fewer A zealots are required to convert the entire population to A, making the entire population more vulnerable to a zealot takeover. Once again, evangelism proves to be an important force in converting a population.Of the seven strategies the researchers tested, only one could effectively expand the moderate subpopulation – and the strategy was based not on social interaction but on other environmental stimuli, which might take the form of a media campaign in real life. By integrating this new parameter into the model, the number of moderates increased without threat of extinction.”The one successful strategy, nonsocial deradicalization, involves a particularly strong sort of encouragement of moderation; for example, its terms with the new parameter are independent of the size of the moderate population,” Marvel said. “Hence, our findings suggest that this strong form of encouragement may be necessary for spreading a balanced perspective in a sustainable way.”The researchers note that this strategy should be regarded with caution, given that they have not attempted to show that the model’s dynamics accurately represent the real world, with its multiple small-scale ideologies, fragmentation of opinions, and other intricacies. Nevertheless, they hope that this general framework for testing possible strategies that encourage moderation may lead to the discovery of more sophisticated methods.”Our work finds mathematical reasons why many of the most intuitive strategies for encouraging the moderation position, or ‘aurea mediocritas,’ may be ineffective at doing so,” Marvel said. “As we mention in the article, only one out of seven different strategies that we consider succeeds in increasing the size of the moderate fraction without risking its collapse. This may have implications on what sorts of measures should be taken to encourage even-handedness when we want to do so.”He added that other features of real-world societies emerge in the model, even though the model is more simplistic than the real world.”As a surprising byproduct of our work, we discover several new features of real networks,” Marvel said. “For example, we find that when our model is simulated on these empirical networks, maverick or contrarian individuals emerge at the social fringe. These individuals retain the outdated dogma even after everyone else has converted to the new ideology. We also find that, even though real networks are much ‘sparser’ than our all-to-all test networks, our models still play out quite similarly on them, indicating that the surprising behavior of our models may extend well to real systems.” Diagram of the model structure. Arrows indicate which types of speakers can convert listeners from one subpopulation to another. Members of the committed A population, the zealots, cannot be converted. When zealots reach a certain threshold of the population, they are capable of converting everyone to their perspective. Credit: Marvel, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society (—We live in a world of extremes, where being fervently for or against an issue often becomes the dominant social ideology – until an opposing belief that is equally extreme emerges to challenge the first one, eventually becoming the new social paradigm. And so the cycle repeats, with one ideological extreme replacing another, and neither delivering a sustainable solution. Political revolutions, economic bubbles, booms and busts in consumer confidence, and short-lived reforms such as Prohibition in the US all follow this kind of cycle. Why, researchers want to know, does a majority of the population not settle on an intermediate position that blends the best of the old and new? “For many political issues, economic policies, ethical questions, and allocations of funding, for example, the middle road or ‘golden mean’ between extremes has advantages over either extreme,” Seth Marvel of the University of Michigan, lead author of a recent study on moderation, told “Furthermore, there are cases – say, with economic policies for instance – where swinging between extremes is costly in itself.”In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, Marvel and his coauthors from the US and Korea explain that there are several ways to explain why few people embrace moderation, but here they give a purely mathematical answer using a “model of ideological revolution.” The model reveals that successive ideological revolutions take place in an environment that is not conducive to moderate beliefs. Even when the researchers adjust the model to encourage moderation, eventually the moderate population will almost always either fail to sufficiently expand or collapse altogether.The model of ideological revolution begins with a community consisting of four types of individuals: those that currently hold an extreme opinion A, those that hold the opposing extreme opinion B, those that hold neither A nor B (the moderates), and those that hold A indefinitely and never change their minds (the A zealots). To run the model, two individuals are randomly selected to interact with each other, with one randomly chosen to be the speaker and the other the listener. If the speaker is an A or B and the listener is a B or A, respectively, the speaker changes the listener’s beliefs to AB. If the listener is an AB, then the listener becomes an A if the speaker is an A, and becomes a B if the speaker is a B. Moderate speakers cannot change a listener’s beliefs; only extremists rally others toward their cause.Running this basic model, the researchers found that the proportion of zealots strongly affects the outcome. When zealots are below a critical value, the system remains similar to how it started. But above a critical value, the zealots quickly convert the entire population to A. Minority rules: Scientists discover tipping point for the spread of ideas Journal information: Physical Review Letters Explore further Citation: Why moderate beliefs rarely prevail (2012, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more

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Historic London Pub once Frequented by Dickens now owned by Sir Ian

first_imgIn a chapter of Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, he describes one pub as “[a] tavern of dropsical appearance … long settled down into a state of hale infirmity. It had outlasted many a sprucer public house, indeed the whole house impended over the water but seemed to have got into the condition of a faint-hearted diver, who has paused so long on the brink that he will never go in at all.” Despite this precarious description, said pub still stands.The Grapes, Limehouse, London. Photo by Ewan Munro CC BY-SA 2.0In the Limehouse Reach neighborhood of London, The Bunch of Grapes (now simply The Grapes), is a tavern that has been serving beer for over 500 years. Though public houses have stood on the exact site since 1583, The Grapes that exists today has been in business since 1720.The building had seen Sir Walter Raleigh set sail for his exploratory voyages in the 16th century, had been frequented by Charles Dickens in the 19th century, survived the blitzkrieg of London in 1940-41, and played host to the infamous Kray twins throughout the 1950s and 1960s.Charles Dickens between 1867 and 1868In 2011, famed actor Sir Ian McKellen bought the pub with two other business partners upon learning that its then-owner was looking to sell it, despite having no qualifications for running such a business other than an admiration for the historic tavern he’d been frequenting for the past 30-odd years.McKellen and his partners did some necessary restoration upon taking over the pub, giving it a good clean, but otherwise, the establishment continues to evoke nostalgia. Painted in shades of merlot with jewel-toned accents, the bar’s interior boasts classic wood paneling and a variety of oil paintings.Ian McKellen at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0One such painting hung above the bar, (not-so-) subtly depicts the three current pub owners along with Dickens.In an interview with AnOther Magazine, McKellen sat down to talk about his historic purchase. He speaks with a passion that makes you rethink if he owns The Grapes, or if it isn’t the entire East End community who’s collectively responsible for the management and wellbeing of the pub.McKellen asserts that customers come to The Grapes knowing there’ll be a good atmosphere and familiar faces, though he admits, “it has been quite wild in its time.” McKellen goes on to say, “I wouldn’t be surprised if opium hasn’t been smoked up in this room at some point […] We’re thoroughly respectable now, I’m afraid.”Early Georgian terrace and The Grapes pub, Limehouse, Tower Hamlets, London. 6 January 2006. Photo by Tarquin Binary CC BY SA 2.5Imports of illicit materials on the neighboring docks along the Thames river were well known at one time, lending to the implications that the Chinese opium trade could have found its way into the pub.In more modern times, rumors spread that the Kray twins, notorious gangsters from the East End of London, held a spare stash of weapons behind the bar in case they needed back-up. Though the second rumor can’t be confirmed, it goes without saying that The Grapes holds a firm position in London public house history.The pub sign of The Grapes, Limehouse. A bunch of grapes, as you’d expect. Photo by Ewan Munro CC BY-SA 2.0McKellen echoes this sentiment. “Anything spoken in the room is somehow in the walls … if only you had the right instrument you could bring it out again,” he muses.One anecdote The Grapes can be certain of is from a letter the ex-owners received back in 1946 from an octogenarian who regaled them with her memories of, as a 5-year-old child, sitting with Dickens, among others, in the upstairs room of the pub.Read another story from us: The real reason Sir Ian McKellen turned down the role of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise after Richard Harris passed awayWhile McKellen bemoans the inability to smoke indoors, he is a regular patron of his own establishment, attending the weekly Monday night pub quiz at The Grapes.Located at number 76 Narrow Street, the pub cannot legally admit children but welcomes dogs.last_img read more

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Yemen ambassador UNled Geneva talks to start June 14

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Yemen’s Alyemany said that “if Houthis are reacting positively … things can move easily.”He said Ban is expected to open the Geneva meeting and Ahmed will then meet in “one room” with the parties and their supporters. “It will be around the same table,” the ambassador said.Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters he called for Wednesday’s council meeting because Moscow is “extremely concerned” at the delay in convening the Geneva talks, and the impact of the conflict on civilians, especially from the coalition bombing.“Clearly the effects of the bombing campaign is quite dramatic on the civilian population, even on cultural, historical monuments,” he said, but “all parties need to show restraint and stop violence.”Churkin said he urged the secretary-general and the new U.N. humanitarian chief, Stephen O’Brien, to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian supplies and keep pushing for another humanitarian pause in the fighting.The Russian ambassador said he also called on Ahmed to convene the Geneva meeting as soon as possible. If it starts before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on June 17, Churkin expressed hope that discussions would continue during Ramadan “until a final agreement is reached.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen’s ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday that U.N.-led talks aimed at ending the conflict in the Middle East’s poorest nation will begin June 14 in Geneva.Ambassador Khaled Alyemany told The Associated Press that the United Nations is expected to officially announce the date shortly.But there was still some uncertainty among members of the U.N. Security Council who were briefed behind closed doors by the U.N.’s new special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How men can have a healthy 2019center_img Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “Hopefully the 14th,” Angola’s U.N. Ambassador Ismael Abraao Gaspar Martins told reporters as he left the council meeting.Ahmed’s first attempt to hold talks was postponed two days before the parties were to meet on May 28 after a request from Yemen’s government and other parties for more time to prepare.The conflict pits Yemen’s exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels — who seized the capital, Sanaa, last year — and military units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. A Saudi-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the Houthis and their allies on March 26, shortly after Hadi fled a rebel advance on the south. Since then, airstrikes and ground fighting have killed more than 1,000 civilians and displaced a half million people, according to the U.N.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been urging the parties to drop preconditions for the talks, an appeal Ahmed has made in numerous meetings with the feuding parties.An aide to Hadi said Tuesday that the president has agreed to travel to Geneva for the talks. The rebels’ second-in-command said the Houthis also are ready to go to Geneva.last_img read more

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