Ban Kimoon says climate change will be key topic in talks with

At a press conference in New York today, Mr. Ban said he was encouraged by the expectations surrounding the high-level meeting on climate change which he will convene on 24 September at UN Headquarters, adding that he intends to use that opportunity to generate necessary political will “to give strong political impact and guidelines to the forthcoming Bali meeting.” Stating that US participation in the upcoming meetings is “crucial,” Mr. Ban said he was encouraged by the initiative taken by President Bush on the subject of global warming, particularly at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Germany last month. In addition to climate change, the two leaders are also expected to discuss UN reform, the continuing crisis in the Sudanese region of Darfur, as well as UN-US relations and other pressing geopolitical concerns. While in Washington, Mr. Ban is also scheduled to meet with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. Upon his arrival in Washington this evening, he will attend a private dinner with political leaders and experts on climate change.Mr. Ban will continue his discussions on climate change, which he described as an issue “close to my heart” when he makes an official visit on 26 and 27 July to San Francisco – the birthplace of the UN. Together with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Ban will tour local businesses in the Bay Area that are using ‘green’ technologies. “I look forward to seeing first-hand how California leads the world on this issue of supreme importance,” he stated.Mr. Ban said San Francisco has held special memories for him since he was a young foreign exchange student there in 1962. When he returns next week, he plans to meet a woman he knew as Mrs. Patterson when she opened her home to the young Korean student. The two have stayed in touch and Mr. Ban is looking forward to the visit. “I cannot wait to see her,” he said. 16 July 2007On the eve of his meeting in Washington, D.C. with United States President George W. Bush, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the two will discuss climate change ahead of a special session on the issue planned for September in New York and a global conference to be held two months later in Bali. read more

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Upcoming UN conference to focus on Declaration of Human Rights

19 August 2008Around 2000 civil society groups are slated to attend the upcoming annual United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) conference on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which will focus this year on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a senior UN official said today. Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, told a press briefing that the DPI-NGO conference will be held in Paris from 3 to 5 September, the first time the event is being staged outside New York since it was inaugurated 61 years ago.Mr. Akasaka added that he hoped the new venue would provide an opportunity to reach out to a new constituency of NGOs, particularly those in developing countries.The theme of this year’s conference will be “Reaffirming Human Rights for all – the Universal Declaration at 60”. Mr. Akasaka described its focus on human rights as “timely and relevant.” Key participants are expected to include former French health minister and human rights activist Simone Veil, and Ingrid Betancourt, who was recently released from six years in captivity in Colombia, and who will address the conference by video link from UN headquarters. The conference will take a different format from previous years, with expert panels and human rights defenders taking part in round-table discussions. The chair of the conference, Shamina de Gonzaga, told the briefing that while there was no pretence that the Universal Declaration has been fully implemented, conference participants were trying to recognize the work of NGOs, the UN and Member States in making it a reality. To prepare for the conference, DPI has launched a website in English and French, designed to provide useful information to NGOs which are participating in the conference. read more

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Urgent aid needed to restore Indonesias quakeravaged health services – UN

Some 1.2 million people live in the three districts worst affected by the quakes, which killed over 1,100 people, injured some 3,500 others and destroyed or damaged more than 360 health facilities, mainly around the city of Padang.“It is really sad to see that health centres and hospitals collapse in times of natural disasters, a time when they are most needed to provide services to people who are injured and people that have suffered,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan said during a visit yesterday to the Mohammed Djamil Hospital, the main health facility in Padang, which was severely damaged.“We are already talking about plans for the reconstruction and retrofitting of essential health facilities. I would like to say once more that it is important for us to pay attention to build strong, robust health facilities,” she added, praising the “very prompt” Government response to the disaster and the aid offered by development partners, including UN agencies. “I would like to again appeal to partners, governments that this kind of investment in health facilities will pay good dividends on your investment. The people will thank you for what you have done to protect their health.”The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) this week provided funding for a WHO project to strengthen the health sector, including medical supplies, specialized care for 800 people who sustained major injuries and need rehabilitation, strengthened disease control, improved services for mothers and children, and mental and psychosocial support. Since the quakes, WHO and its partners have been working closely with Indonesian authorities, sending trained health staff and medicines to help minimize public health threats, succeeding in preventing disease epidemics and starting to restore destroyed services, particularly primary health care.WHO’s South-East Asian regional office has provided funds for mobile clinics, while the Norwegian Government provided surgical equipment to treat the injured and water treatment plants. 20 November 2009Hospitals, clinics and other health services for thousands of Indonesians need urgent aid after two earthquakes ravaged west Sumatra in September, with the goal of enabling them to better withstand future emergencies, the United Nations health agency said today. read more

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UNs top human rights official voices extreme concern over Israeli attack in

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today met with Israeli officials in Geneva to voice his “extreme concern” over the deaths caused during an incursion in Gaza yesterday, and to call for a full investigation. Presenting the Ambassador of Israel with a letter for Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, High Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello said the killing of at least 14 Palestinians, among them a number of children, was an “unacceptable loss of civilian life,” according to the High Commissioner’s spokesman, José Luis Díaz.The letter noted that the incident apparently constituted violations of the Geneva Conventions and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Mr. Díaz said. Israel is a party to both treaties.The High Commissioner asked the Israeli Government for assurances that the killings in Gaza would be fully, impartially and transparently investigated and that appropriate action would be taken against those responsible, the spokesman reported. read more

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Fighting HIVAIDS in AsiaPacific region must focus on children – UNICEF

“For the most part, children remain off the radar screen when we measure the risk and impact of HIV and AIDS,” the Regional Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for East Asia and the Pacific, Anupama Rao, said in Hanoi, Vietnam. “This is no longer acceptable. We have an opportunity now to change the status quo for children by vastly accelerating our response, and we must seize it.”HIV and AIDS have caused immense suffering for children in East Asia and the Pacific. By the end of last year, an estimated 450,000 children had lost one or both parents to AIDS, while hundreds of thousands more were living with a chronically ill or dying parent.More than 30,000 children were living with HIV or AIDS, nearly 11,000 of them newly infected last year. Millions more children and young people in the region are at high risk of HIV infection or suffer from stigma and discrimination.Experts say the true extent of the region’s epidemic is likely understated. The lack of good quality and consistent data on children and young people greatly hinders East Asia’s response to epidemic. Currently, only a few countries in the region collect such data, and rarely break it down by area. The three-day meeting, the East Asia and Pacific Regional Consultation on Children and AIDS, which brings together over 200 delegates from governments, civil society, UN agencies and donors, presents an opportunity to agree to urgently needed actions to stem the spread and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS among children and young people.Prevention is the key to warding off a generalized epidemic across the region that would affect many more millions of children, but success in prevention is contingent on aggressive efforts to combat pervasive stigma and discrimination and in overcoming a host of other barriers, UNICEF said.These include religious and cultural taboos which deter parents and educators from addressing topics such as safe sex and condom use, limited financial resources for prevention, and inadequate information and education about the disease. A recent survey of young people conducted by Save the Children, an independent organization, in six countries in the region, revealed that while many children and young people have basic access to HIV/AIDS information, that information is often inadequate and ineffective. Further, many of the most vulnerable of children say that they do not have access HIV prevention services. read more

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Inmet to waive shareholder rights plan ahead of First Quantum takeover deadline

Inmet Mining Corp. will waive application of a shareholder rights plan that was supposed to take effect hours before the Feb. 27 deadline for First Quantum’s hostile $5.1-billion takeover bid.Inmet (TSX:IMN) said Tuesday its board is taking the action because it has enough time to review and execute all strategic alternatives being considered.Consequently, Inmet said an Ontario Securities Commission hearing set for Feb. 25 to address the application by First Quantum to block the plan will no longer be required.Inmet said its board continues to recommend that Inmet shareholders reject First Quantum’s offer and not tender their shares.John Hughes of Desjardins Capital Markets described Inmet’s decision as “neutral to negative,” leaving the company with four alternatives.He said it could let shareholders decide, sell 10 to 20 per cent of the Cobre Panama project, disclose a white knight bidder, or reach a friendly deal with First Quantum.Hughes said the emergence of a white knight like KGHM International (TSX:QUX), Xstrata (LON:XTA) or Glencore International (LON:GLEN) appears less likely since the announcement of such a bidder would not need to be preceded by Inmet waiving its rights plan.The analyst said Inmet’s review of alternatives may have determined that First Quantum is the best option.The hostile suitor gained access to confidential information in the past week related to the US$6.1 billion Cobre Panama project and Hughes said he doesn’t believe the company will sweeten its $72 per share bid for Inmet.The Vancouver-based miner gave Inmet shareholders an additional 13 days to decide whether to accept its takeover bid so it can pursue regulatory approvals.It also changed a condition to give First Quantum the discretion to go ahead with a purchase even if it isn’t given access to the same non-public information provided to other potential buyers, according to a regulatory filing obtained through DisclosureNet.com.Inmet is a Canadian-based global mining company that produces copper and zinc. It has three wholly-owned mining operations in Turkey, Spain and Finland, along with an 80 per cent interest in Cobre Panama, a development property in Panama, currently in construction.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Inmet’s shares lost $1.50, or 2.13 per cent, at $68.97 in afternoon trading Tuesday. First Quantum’s shares were down nine cents at $19.93. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Inmet to waive shareholder rights plan ahead of First Quantum takeover deadline by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2013 3:32 pm MDT read more

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Correction Cellphone Tower Disguises story

Correction: Cellphone Tower Disguises story AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2014 3:54 pm MDT DES MOINES, Iowa – In a story June 13 about cellphone tower disguises, The Associated Press reported erroneously the location of a quirky pole that looks like a pencil. It is located in Liberty, Missouri, not Michigan.A corrected version of the story is below:Wireless companies put up more ‘stealth’ towersTelecom companies try to disguise growth by putting up more ‘stealth’ cellphone towersBy BARBARA RODRIGUEZAssociated PressOne might be hidden in a cross on a church lawn. Others are disguised as a cactus in the desert, a silo in farm country or a palm tree reaching into a sunny sky.Whatever the deception, the goal is the same: concealing the tall, slender cellphone towers that most Americans need but few want to see erected in their neighbourhoods.As telecommunications companies fill gaps in their networks, many have sought to camouflage the ungainly outdoor equipment that carries the nation’s daily supply of calls, texts and data. It’s another indication of how the industry is evolving to meet the demands of consumers who insist on ever-increasing amounts of wireless information but won’t tolerate large antennas looming over their homes, parks and other beloved sites.“Each community and each neighbourhood can be different, so we really have to work on a case-by-case basis with each city and with each zoning authority,” said Karen Smith, a spokeswoman for Verizon.So-called stealth cellphone towers have been around for more than two decades and appear to be growing in popularity. They have been concealed in a wide variety of ways, including in a stop sign in New Orleans, a pine tree in Kinnelon, New Jersey, and a water tower in San Dimas, California.Now an Iowa church wants to join the club by building a tower in the shape of a cross. It’s a move that’s irked some nearby residents who think the design will be too big and too out of place. It also shows how sensitive the issue can still be.The First Presbyterian Church in Des Moines is working with Verizon to construct a tower that will be dressed up as an 11-story cross. The deal, which is being reviewed by a city zoning board, includes annual compensation to the church.“Like a lot of churches, we have to keep each year finding ways to pay our bills,” the Rev. Ken Stuber said. “It’s an unusual church that doesn’t have to worry about something like that.”Suzette Jensen said the tower’s height and colour wouldn’t match the church’s exterior, making it an instant eyesore. The pastor said that would not happen.“We pay some pretty high property taxes. We feel very strongly that it’s going to be a detriment to the value of our homes,” she said, adding that neighbours are considering legal action.Scenic America, a non-profit that works to preserve scenery along the nation’s roads, has generally opposed the building of more communication towers, but the group has been more amenable to disguised designs.“We’ve been in favour of disguising them if you can and you can do it well,” said spokesman Max Ashburn. But even some of the disguised towers are dead giveaways.“You can tell right away that they’re not what they pretend to be,” Ashburn said. “Sometimes the attempt to cover them up actually makes it stand out more than if they just put up the tower.”When Verizon first contacted the church last year, the company proposed standard designs for the tower. The church ultimately pushed for the cross-shaped design, which mirrors a tower outside a church in the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie.STEALTH Concealment Solutions Inc., a South Carolina-based company that offers hidden antennas and towers, has created dozens of multi-tasking steeples and crosses over the years.In 1992, a BP sign at a gas station in Atlanta earned the distinction of being the first stealth cellphone tower in the country, according to the company. Designs have expanded over the years and now include a quirky pole in Liberty, Missouri, that looks like a pencil.Cindy Wishart, a STEALTH spokeswoman, said the company is constantly educating people about the industry and its possibilities.“They always associate concealment as a tree,” she said. “It’s just so much more than that.”Specific data on the number of stealth towers is limited, but STEALTH said it works on up to 800 projects a year. The Wireless Association, an industry trade group also known at CTIA, said the presence of towers in general around the country has dramatically increased over the years in an effort to expand coverage.At the end of 1997, the country had just over 50,000 cell towers. By the end of 2012, the most recent year for which information is available, that number had jumped to more than 300,000.Stuber said he was surprised by the community backlash.“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “Churches put up crosses all the time that are simply crosses. This will be a cross that’s also helping us to pay our bills.”Jensen said the tower should be put in another location because space outside the church is too small. In Des Moines, a minimum 10-acre lot is needed for a communication tower. The church has just over three acres.Smith, of Verizon, would not go into detail about the tower, although she did say the company chooses locations that fit within a geographic radius and meet engineering specifications.People constantly need more data “to do all the different multimedia applications that are now part of their lives,” Smith said, creating continual pressure to “add more capacity to our network to stay ahead of that demand.” read more

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Isatis 2013 boosts data exchange with acQuire

first_imgIsatis offers a direct link with acQuire. This link allows the transfer of a drill hole dataset from the acQuire database into Isatis for analysis, making laborious import/export routines redundant. The link is fast, easy to use, and fully integrated within Isatis. Geovariances says “this new interface with acQuire database will position Isatis at the core of your software portfolio.” To define the selection criteria for your extraction you can use an existing acQuire Selection File (*.sel) or create a new one. “This new import interface,” Geovariances says, “makes data selection and transfer faster, more powerful and guarantees the integrity of the information on which your analysis is based.”The latest Isatis release facilitates software usage by offering integrated workflows guiding the user directly to the expected results. It also offers innovation with Multi Acquisition Automatic Factorial Kriging (MAAFK) workflow, a new application for 4D seismic data filtering.Isatis 2013 eases software usage, helping to master the software through workflows. Several workflows providing guidelines for specific geostatistical processing have been made available in the software. They allow you to go through the different menus quickly to the results.These workflows are stored as Isatis journal files. They let you specify your own parameters while driving you to the next step.Four workflows are ready for kriging, uniform conditioning, turning bands and plurigaussian simulations. Additional workflows are to be developed for mining resource estimation issues (non stationary kriging, direct block simulations, localized uniform conditioning).Isatis 2013 still innovates, improving seismic data value. Isatis now offers exclusive MAAFK, which provides a quick and easy way to extract the common part of two redundant measurements of the same quantity using geostatistical filtering. The application implements the exclusive-to-Isatis automatic variogram fitting algorithm and automatic factorial cokriging. MAAFK is of particular interest for time-lapse seismic processing or dataset merging.In order to be more in line with Datamine StudioTM, GSLIB and VulcanTM, new rotation systems have been added to Isatis. Rotations can now be copied from experimental variograms to models, or from models to neighbourhoods, through a simple click.Axes unit can now be set to meter, feet or millisecond depending on your data.Isatis 2013 improves resource estimation, enhancing orebody knowledge. Grade Simulation Post-processing, used to compute grade tonnage curves from block simulations computed on Selective Mining Units or on panel grids, has been renamed Grade Reblocking. You may now compute grade curves from one kriged grade variable or from a set of simulation realisations.Contact Analysis is used to check the grade behaviour at the contact between two domains. The application has been improved so that it now lets you define a weight variable, to give less weight to small samples.Border Effect checks relationships between domains and grades by computing transition probabilities from one domain to another one. By normalising the probabilities, the application makes it easier to see what happens at the domain borders.Isatis 2013 improves performancesIn EDA when displaying huge variogram cloudsIn Automatic Variogram FittingIn Turning Bands Simulations when the amount of grid nodes to be simulated is small in comparison to the total size of the block modelIn Grid Filling which lets you define sub-grids in order to speed up calculations and optimize memory allocationIn Selection from Polygons.Isatis 2013 delivers new statistics. Variogram cloud dispersion is sometimes tricky to assess when computed on huge datasets. Isatis EDA now offers two additional ways of displaying variogram clouds, either using box plots or raster display.Copy Statistics now stores the sum of all the values of a variableTo predict a variable from several explanatory variables, Multi-linear Regression is now able to automatically select the variables which have the highest signification. The Stepwise Algorithm is used to test various combinations. Isatis lets you store the computed regression function in a parameters fileParameter Files and Model Definition now let you display defined variogram models and variogram maps.Isatis 2013 improves modelFlumy, the reservoir model for meandering channelised systems, can now load deviated wells. It also lets you enter the erodability information as 3D grids and choose the flow direction of the channelsSequential Gaussian Simulations lets you perform a Collocated Cokriging during the conditioning stage.last_img read more

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iCub un robot candidat pour porter la flamme olympique

first_imgiCub : un robot candidat pour porter la flamme olympiqueParmi les candidats au relais qui emmènera la torche olympique jusqu’à Londres en 2012 se trouve iCub, un petit robot de la taille d’un enfant. Celui-ci a été présenté par l’université du Pays-de-Galles qui entend par cette initiative commémorer les 100 ans de la naissance du légendaire informaticien Alan Turing.Participer au relais de la flamme olympique représente une incroyable opportunité pour les athlètes en herbe rêvant de participer à la plus grande compétition sportive du monde. Un petit moment de gloire qui pourrait dans le futur être également offert aux robots. A l’occasion des jeux Olympiques de Londres qui se dérouleront en 2012, James Law, chercheur en informatique à l’Université d’Aberystwyth (Pays de Galles) a inscrit iCub, un petit robot aux traits humains, à la liste des candidats au mythique relais. Le prototype, acquis par l’institution a été réalisé par le consortium RobotCub selon des recherches effectuées en neurosciences et psychologie sur les processus de développement de l’enfant. Les mesures d’iCub se basent sur celles d’un enfant de 3 ans et demi : une taille d’1 mètre 04  pour un poids de 22 kilogrammes. Le prototype est capable de se déplacer, et de saisir des objets grâce à ses mains qui imitent les articulations humaines. Celui-ci possède par ailleurs des propriétés complexes d’apprentissage basées sur l’expérimentation et l’adaptation à son environnement, tout comme un bébé. Un hommage à Alan Turing, fondateur de l’informatiqueÀ lire aussi”L’ère du poulet”, infarctus de Noël et cheveux roux, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 14 décembrePour James Law, la participation d’iCub au relais de la torche olympique représente un véritable hommage au légendaire informaticien Alan Turing. “2012 marquera le 100e anniversaire de la naissance d’Alan Turing, le fondateur de l’informatique et une figure majeure de la Seconde guerre mondiale pour être parvenu à briser les codes secrets utilisés par les nazis” explique au NewScientist le chercheur. Il poursuit : “Un porteur de la torche robot serait un bel hommage, et une source d’inspiration pour les  générations futures de scientifiques et d’ingénieurs”.ICub a été nommé parmi les candidats grâce à un programme parrainé par Lloyds TSB et répertoriant plus de 800 porteurs de la torche potentiels. Toutefois, le robot pourrait être refusé en raison de l’âge minimal requis… de 12 ans. Le 24 septembre 2011 à 11:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Gears of War 4 The Best Xbox Exclusive of the Generation

first_imgI didn’t become personally acquainted with the Gears of War franchise until late last year when I purchased an Xbox One along with a copy of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Even though this game was nearly ten years old at the time, I had more fun playing it than I did with most of 2015’s releases. I eventually played through Gears of War 2 and 3 and thoroughly enjoyed those as well (though I will admit that the first game is my favorite out of the original trilogy). I arrived late to the party, but I was now a big fan of the series. Like many others out there, I eagerly anticipated the release of Gears of War 4.The game released yesterday (though some did get early access to it last Friday) and I managed to play through most of it. I already knew I was going to like Gears of War 4, but after playing all the way up to the beginning of the final act, I can now safely say that it is not only a strong entry in the franchise but easily the best Xbox game released this generation. Fans of Microsoft’s gaming division have had it relatively rough this generation, but they now have something to truly boast about. Gears of War 4 is a spectacular game that does the Xbox brand proud.Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after Gears of War 3. Because of that, The Coalition had the chance to restart the series for a brand-new generation. We’re treated to an exciting prologue that lets players briefly play through two important historical events in the Gears universe. Right from the outset this title distinguishes itself from the others since none of them ever had an introduction like this. With that said, all of the mechanics we’ve come to know remained the same, just refined. The intro was letting us know that, while things are different, this was still very much a Gears of War game.The Gears of War series is generally regarded as being all about non-stop, over-the-top action. What people don’t often talk about is how the first game had a strong horror component. The original contained moments that were genuinely terrifying. This horror vibe is something Gears of War 4 resurrects. I won’t give anything away, but there is a thin but palpable undercurrent of terror that runs through the game. Even the environments’ admittedly narrower paths make one feel uncomfortable and scared of what may jump out from behind the corners.The Gears series always had big beefy men shooting equally big and beefy monsters. While Gears 4 still retains a lot of adrenaline-fueled action, the characters aren’t as stereotypically macho as the ones from the previous entries. Instead of feeling like Predator or Aliens, Gears of War 4 is a lot like a Buddy Cop film due to all of the witty banter and jokes from the main cast. While it is certainly serious, the tone is decidedly more lighthearted than other installments. I appreciated that Gears 4 wasn’t overtly dark and allowed itself to be funny when it was necessary.As far as gameplay goes, the biggest change comes from the dynamic environment. In Gears 4, the world is constantly under the threat of massive storms that make the tornadoes from Twister seem tame. While these storms and the accompanying lightning that comes with them can certainly harm or kill you, you can use the bad weather to your advantage. For example, the support that holds massive pipes in place can be shot off, causing the winds to send these pipes rolling over enemies. Besides serving a strategic function, the dynamic weather is just plain fun. I never got tired of shooting enemies dead and then seeing their lifeless bodies be violently carried away by the winds.I didn’t get to try out the series’ famous Horde mode since I focused my efforts on the campaign, but I still got to try out some of this mode’s new features. There are a few portions in the story where you have to secure your immediate surroundings from enemies. This is done thanks to a device called the Fabricator which can produce barriers, decoys, and turrets to help you defend your position. I felt that these sections halted the progress of the story, but from a pure gameplay standpoint, it was a lot of fun to hold back all of these nasty monsters with defenses I set up. I’m sure if I were doing these portions with friends it would be a pure blast. After I finish the story, I am most definitely going back to play Horde 3.0 with my buddies.Gears of War 4 is available on Xbox One, but it is also on PC. In fact, purchasing it digitally on one platform will give you access to it on the other thanks to Xbox Play Anywhere. I played the game on my computer which I recently upgraded with a GTX 1080 graphics card. The card is no lightweight, and I was able to run the game on Ultra settings at 60 frames per second with no issues. Gears 4 looks incredible on Xbox One but on PC it is quite a sight to behold. There were plenty of times where I just had to stop to let my eyes feast on the gorgeous visuals. The colors are vibrant; the textures were smooth, and the lighting and particle effects greatly enhanced the atmosphere. This game was meticulously optimized to run on PC, and it shows. Gears of War 4 is without a doubt one of the best-looking games out right now.I should be finished with the game by tomorrow, but I’m already preparing for my second playthrough and beyond. The Gears franchise has some of the most satisfying cover-based shooting mechanics out there, and Gears of War 4 fulfills a very specific need in that regard. From a gameplay standpoint, this game isn’t radically different from previous entries, but it doesn’t have to be. This is a title that is simply a blast to play and isn’t mired in a lot of the superfluous baggage that other games get bogged down with. Gears of War 4 knows exactly what type of game it is and isn’t trying to be anything more than a fun, bad-ass third person shooter.last_img read more

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Meet Vapor Waif and the Dankest Skylanders of My Imagination

first_img Will Amiibo be the Last Toys-to-Life to Die?Nintendo Amiibos will be compatible with Skylanders Stay on target Skylanders Imaginators doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. It’s the first Skylanders game that lets you make your own Skylander instead of using premade characters. It’s also a Nintendo Switch launch title. You still have to use toys (Imaginite Crystals, which look like little Mother Brain containers), but you can come up with your own characters. You can use dozens of different parts, and mix and match color palettes as much as you want. If you really like your creation, you can even have it 3D-printed into your own ($50) Skylanders toy.Activision provided us with Skylanders Imaginators and let us 3D print our own Skylander, and we used this opportunity very responsibly.Ladies and gentlemen, meet Vapor Waif. She fits our aesthetic.She’s sealed inside the big plastic dome because full-color 3D printing uses a sandstone-like material that’s hilariously brittle. She’s also a bit… beefier than her in-game counterpart. Still, I love the look. She’s the vanguard of my army of the World’s Dankest Skylanders. Yes, this is foolish.Vapor WaifThe leader of the Dankestu no Skylanders Zaibatsu. She fits our aesthetic, with eye-smashing teal, indigo, and hot pink colors on marble bust-like pale skin. She’s a Wind Sentinel, so she slings the hottest ambient electronic tunes with her trident.Lit A.F.Vapor Waif’s second-in-command, the loyal robot Lit A.F. He’s a Fire Sorcerer, so he can throw fireballs, put up flame walls, and dish out the hottest takes. For example all 2D side-scrolling games are bad. That isn’t my take; it’s Lit A.F.’s. And my coworker Buzzi’s, who you can contact at [NO. – ed.]Mech TonightTake the beloved McDonald’s mascot Mac Tonite, which is surprisingly easy when you color the banana head white to look like a crescent moon. Give him sick robot arms and let him punch things. I give you Mech Tonight!Dan CastmemeDankest meme! You get it? Do you get it? You get it? Get it?Bong HitBong Hit is the tank of the group, a heavy hitting Earth Smasher in bright green plate armor and wielding a huge hammer. He’s called Bong Hit because his massive bucket helmet makes a loud bell-like “Bong!” sound every time he gets hit. Also, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed.The Skeleton In You Right NowI don’t want to freak you out, but you should know this. There’s a skeleton inside you right now. There are skeletons in all of us. Every day we’re surrounded by skeletons hiding in meat clothing.last_img read more

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2 South Florida college campuses to become early voting sites

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Residents can soon participate in early voting at some college campuses in South Florida.Months after a judge ruled to lift a ban forbidding Florida campuses from becoming early voting sites, Florida International University’s main campus will become the newest location for early birds to cast ballots.The goal is to allow students, along with other community members, the flexibility to vote around busy schedules.“It’s a site that has residential students there, and so we felt that was the fairest thing to do,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.Broward County also added an early voting location at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.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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For AMI Canon Emmis Penton Others Life on the Bottom Rung

first_imgThere are other high-profile names on the list, too: Blockbuster Inc.,Chrysler, Ford, GM, JetBlue and the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.Check out  the full list here … To the consternation of about 283 CEOs, Moody’s Investor Servicepublished its “Bottom Rung” list on Tuesday—a compilation of companiesthe firm thinks are at the greatest risk of defaulting on their debts. FOLIO: took a look at the bottom 30earlier, but the full list reveals a cringe-worthy portion ofpublishers and media companies.Some surprising; some, not so much:Advanstar Communications Inc.American Media Operations Inc.Canon Communications LLCEmmis Communications CorporationEndurance Business Media Inc.Hanley Wood LLCJobson Medical Information LLCMorris Publishing Group LLCPenton Media Holdings Inc.Questex Media Group Inc.Reader’s Digest Association Inc.Source Interlink Companies Inc.Auto, retail and manufacturing also make up large segments of thelist, but in aggregate, it represents almost every sector of theeconomy.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly November 14 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioWalker Increases Lead, Begich Closes Gap SlightlyAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageUnaffiliated candidate Bill Walker has increased his lead in the governor’s race. Meanwhile, the gap in the Senate race shrunk slightly.Murkowski Questions Differing National Guard Investigation ResultsLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCTwo different Pentagon agencies investigated the Alaska National Guard for allegedly mishandling sexual assault complaints. They came to opposite conclusions, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to know why.Healthcare.gov Miscalculates Subsidies in AlaskaAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageNovember 15th marks the start of the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, when individuals can sign up for health insurance on healthcare.gov.  But even before it opens for business, there are signs the website isn’t working correctly for Alaskans.With No Power, Tuluksak Residents Scramble to Save Meat Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelAfter a week without power, a backup generator is scheduled to arrive in the Southwest Alaska village of Tuluksak Friday.  But families have already lost hundreds of pounds of moose, fish, birds, and berries.Students Call For Action, Public Comment On U-Med Access Road Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageStudents at the University of Alaska – Anchorage are trying to motivate their classmates and the community to get informed about a controversial infrastructure project – the U-Med District Northern Access Road. They say the public still has a chance to shape the project’s future.Candlelight Vigil Raises Awareness About Homeless Students Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerDozens of people gathered at Farnsworth Park in Soldotna for a candlelight vigil last night. It’s a joint effort of the Kenai Peninsula School District and community groups to raise awareness about homeless youth and families in the area.State Celebrates First Dr. Walter Soboleff Day Casey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauToday is the first annual Dr. Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska, and dozens of the late Tlingit leader’s friends and relatives marked the occasion with a parade through downtown Juneau.AK: Tlingit Dance Anne Brice, APRN ContributorDancing can be a celebration, an expression of joy or sorrow, or a way to tell a story. For one man in Sitka, it’s a way to teach people about his Native culture and values, and to carry on his tradition. With elders in the community growing older or already gone, he says it’s his responsibility to learn and pass along the teachings to the younger generation so they can grow up proud to be Tlingit.300 Villages: The StampedeThis time we’re heading to an unofficial community near Denali National Park boundary called The Stampede. Molly McKinley lives in The Stampede.last_img read more

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Razers new Blade Stealth ultrabook has an external GPU enclosure

first_imgRazer makes gaming-focused products, but you can only pack so much power into an ultrabook form factor. The solution, apparently, is to put the GPU outside the computer. Razer’s new Blade Stealth ultrabook has an optional external GPU enclosure called the Core. It connects to the laptop via Thunderbolt 3 to make it a proper gaming system when the need arrises.Let’s get this out of the way first: Razer has not said how much the Core GPU enclosure will cost. The Blade Stealth laptop will have in a few configurations, but it won’t be insanely expensive. The base model is $999, and it might be faster than your current PC.The cheapest Blade Stealth packs a 12.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The upgraded version has a 4K panel with 100% Adobe RGB. All versions of the ultrabook have a new sixth-gen Skylake Core i7 6500U CPU and 8GB of RAM. There are 128, 256, and 512GB SSD variants of the Blade Stealth as well. Because this is a Razer device, the keyboard is super-bright and flashy. It has the company’s Chroma tech built in with individual RGB key backlighting that you can adjust to your liking.When the Core becomes available, it will just come as a bare enclosure. It’s upto you to slap in the GPU of your choice. It supports two-slot full length cards via a PCI-Express 16x slot (it’s similar to the Dell Alienware Amplifier from a few years ago). So, when you want to do some gaming or connect a few extra monitors, you can just plug into your Core and let the real GPU do the heavy lifting. It has its own dedicated 375W power supply, which should be enough for any modern GPU. Remember, the laptop has its own power cable, so this is just for the GPU. The Core enclosure also has four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit ethernet port, and two Chroma accent lights.The Blade Stealth is available for pre-order right now and will ship around January 29. The release date for the Core has not be set.last_img read more

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In the spirit of healthy competition

first_imgThe handicraft industry in India had propelled in the recent past and to acknowledge that an award ceremony has been planned out. The awards for outstanding performance in exports of handicrafts for the year 2013 – 14 and 2014 –15 will be distributed on the January 9, to 66 and 68 exporters respectively involved in handicrafts production and exports from the country to the world markets at the Convention Hall, Hotel The Ashok, Chankayapuri, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles will be the Chief Guest, Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) will also grace the export award ceremony. KK Jalan, Secretary, MSME and Additional Charge of Ministry of Textiles will be present during award function beside luminaries from the trade and industry, exporters of handicrafts, said Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts. The institution of export awards on yearly basis has evolved and is being implemented by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), which is an apex body for development and promotion of exports of handicrafts from the country. The export awards are given based on the export performance of the exporters and are selected by Export Awards Selection Committee chaired by Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) or his nominee (Addl Development Commissioner – Handicrafts) and members of Committee of Administration of the Council. Five types of awards are given to the exporters of handicrafts based on their highest export performance which are duly attested by their Chartered Accountant viz top export award (all handicrafts) and top export award (product categories); Women entrepreneur award; and Regional export award. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRakesh Kumar also informed that the objective of giving away export awards is to create a sense of healthy competition amongst the exporters and to encourage wholesome competition through the institution of such prestigious awards. The awards have become a coveted recognition amongst the handicraft exporters as more and more exporters strive to receive this award. There will be 53 recipients of trophies ( including hat trick) for 2013 – 14 and 2014 – 15 under each product category. Eight companies which are totally run and directed by women will be given trophies as women entrepreneurs for the two years. 42 merit certificates will also be given to those who stand second in the export performance in each product category. 28 merit certificates for excellent export growth in specific product categories and 11 merit certificates regional awards will also be distributed. Apart from above, life time achievement awards for outstanding contribution towards handicraft sector will also be given.last_img read more

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LongoMatch open source video analysis tool

first_imgLongoMatch open source video analysis tool by Martin Brinkmann on March 05, 2017 in Software – Last Update: March 05, 2017 – 5 commentsLongoMatch is an open source cross-platform sports video analysis program that supports real-time and post-recording analysis.The open source version of LongoMatch is available for Windows, Mac OS X and various Linus distributions. It requires that you download and install a codec pack as well, as it is required for some of the application’s functionality.The company behind the product, Fluendo, created a Pro version of the application as well for commercial use. The Pro version supports a range of features that the open source version does not support. Plus, it gives you access to support channels such as a dedicated agent or live chat.LongoMatchYou will be reminded on start of LongoMatch that the codecs need to be installed on the system to use it. You can close the prompt to go the main interface of the application, but some functionality may not work if you have not installed the codecs.From there, you may start a new project, or open or import a project instead. If you select the new option, you get to select one of the available types. This defines the source video file for the analysis. You may load a video from the local system, have LongoMatch detect and connect to a capture device, connect to an IP camera, or fake a capture device.The program ships with one default dashboard (for football it appears). If you want to analyze a different sport, you need to open the dashboards manager first to create or load dashboards that match that sport.It enables you to set the field, number of players, goal, periods, and other events (red cards, defense) related to the game.Back to the creation of the new project. The project properties screen lets you fill out general information such as the season, name of competition and date. There you will also load one or multiple video files that you want to use for the analysis.LongoMatch won’t load video files if the required codecs are not present. If you get the error matches that a selected video could not be loaded, you need to go back and install the codec package to add support for the format.The video analysis itself is very powerful, even in the free version. It supports customized events, unlimited timelines (if you have lots of video sources),  views per location, and event lists.The pro version supports additional tools, including zoom options, live fullHD encoding, better video quality, and professional analysis dashboards.Closing WordsIf you are the coach of a team, be it in school or amateur, you may use the sports analysis tool LongoMatch to analyze the games of your team to find out what went well, and where there is room for improvement.Summary12345 Author Rating2 based on 6 votes Software Name LongoMatchSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page http://www.longomatch.com/en/open-source/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday F

first_imgPlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayFriday Status John BrownWRHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Alex OkaforLBCalfFullFullFullProbable Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Luke WillsonTEToeLimitedFullFullProbable PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayFriday Status The Arizona Cardinals (6-2) visit the Seattle Seahawks (4-4) Sunday, November 15 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.Below is the official Week 10 injury report for both teams. Lyle SendleinCShoulderLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Jerraud PowersCBHamstringLimitedLimitedFullProbable Russell OkungTToe/ankleFullFullFullProbable Daily Practice Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Friday Status Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDoubtful-At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable-A 50-50 chance will not playProbable-A virtual certainty of being available for normal duty Marshawn LynchRBAbdominal/Not-injury relatedDNPFullDNPQuestionable Top Stories Ricardo LocketteWRNeckOutOutOutOut Michael BennettDENot-injury related—DNPFullProbable David KingDTGroin——LimitedDoubtful Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Larry FitzgeraldWRAnkleFullFullFullProbable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Brittan GoldenWRGroinLimitedLimitedFullProbable Darren FellsTEShoulderFullFullFullProbablelast_img read more

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Boycotting negotiating team not the way to rein in Anastasiades

first_imgBy George PsyllidesFormer government spokesman Michalis Papapetrou voiced disagreement with the decision of two respected politicians to withdraw from the president’s negotiating team over disagreements with his handling of the Cyprus problem in recent months.Papapetrou, who served under former president Glafcos Clerides, said he agreed with Akel’s Toumazos Tselepis and former attorney-general Alecos Markides on the Cyprus problem but opposed their decision to distance themselves from the team because of the president’s erratic approach.Both men said they could not take part at a time when Nicos Anastasiades appeared to depart from the long-standing Greek Cypriot position of bizonal bicommunal federal solution.Tselepis and Markides had refused to take part in meeting of the negotiating team on Monday, with the latter going as far as describing it as a publicity stunt by the president.In an op-ed in daily Politis on Thursday, Papapetrou said they only ones benefited by the absences were those thinking of orchestrating a departure from the solution model, backtracking on a UNSG framework agreed last year, and rescind the convergences achieved during the negotiations.“The absence of Tselepis and Markides enables the potential diversion and deprives our negotiating team of Akel’s status and the most important presence of Alecos Markides.Papapetrou said the reasons given for staying away may be valid, but there are safeguards that could have been put in place.First, they could set the line of patriotic realism and strongly oppose any bids leading to two states and second, departure from these positions would have allowed them to disagree and expose the goings-on.“Now, with their absence, I am afraid Anastasiades will be free to act as he pleases, and our only hope would be him coming to his senses, something which does not appear possible.”  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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