first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John has announced the dates it will be gathering the thoughts of residents on the topic of cannabis retail operations.At a special meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted in favour of pushing back the estimated completion date for implementing a bylaw to govern where retailers would be able to sell recreational cannabis to gather more feedback from residents. The delay was due to the federal law decriminalizing cannabis not likely being implemented by the federal government’s previously targeted July 1st date.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said in a release today that while both the Federal and Provincial governments have outlined the laws regarding recreational Cannabis, each municipality is able to define land use and the placement of Cannabis Retail stores. Harvey said that City Council and staff are committed to ensuring the required zoning amendment is in place when federal legalization occurs.  Based on previous discussions, the city has identified four main governing topics regarding the location of cannabis retail locations:  Permitted commercial zones Distance from schools Distance from parks Distance between other Cannabis Retail storesThe City says that there are three ways residents can comment on the City’s proposals. The first two are a series of Dot-mocracy events hosted by the City this week.  The first will take place at the Totem Mall this Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the second will take place at the Fort St. John Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents can also fill out an online survey, which launched today on the City’s Let’s Talk page: The online survey runs until June 4th.last_img read more

3 November 2008Some 80 delegates from governments, industry, research institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) today kicked off a three-day United Nations-backed meeting in Geneva focusing on cost effective and environmentally-friendly alternatives to DDT, a controversial chemical used to control malaria. DDT is one of 12 substances controlled under the Stockholm Convention, which is designed to control and eliminate persistent organic pollutants (POPs).While the chemical can be effective at controlling the mosquitoes that carry the deadly malarial parasite, there is concern that DDT and its break-down products can have a damaging effect on human health.Countries are permitted under the Stockholm Convention to obtain exemptions allowing them to use DDT to treat the inside walls of houses to kill the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite to humans.The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which hosts the Convention’s secretariat, advocates safer alternatives to DDT which would also give Governments greater choice.“We are trapped in something of a chicken and egg situation,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “DDT works and so countries seek, quite understandably, exemptions to continue its use in order to save lives even though the wider impacts may be deleterious. Yet this also gives few incentives to Governments and industry to develop and introduce more environmentally-friendly alternatives.”“What we need is scientifically robust and economically defensible choices and signals that alternatives are available that reflect the health and sustainability demands of the 21st century – signals too that research and development towards even more superior compounds will be welcomed and encouraged by the international community. “DDT is an old substance, there has to be a better way. We need to build the confidence of Governments and malaria-stricken communities to invest in genuine alternatives that can be deployed straight away so that DDT becomes a weapon of last resort,” he stated.The meeting will review an interim report aimed at setting up a global partnership on alternatives to DDT and ways in which these can be distributed to countries and communities at risk. “DDT affects human health and the environment in places far away from where it is used because this chemical is transported through the air and deposited in colder northern climates,” noted Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm Convention Secretariat.“DDT accumulates and persists in fatty tissues of humans and animals and is known to cause long-term adverse effects, while malaria continues to kill over one million children and adults per year, mainly in Africa. With a united front, we can overcome both these scourges in the most intelligent way possible,” he added.In a related development, over 120 countries party to the Rotterdam Convention agreed to add the pesticide tributyltin – which is used in antifouling paints for ship hulls and is toxic to fish, molluscs and other aquatic organisms – to a global trade “watch list.”At the same time, delegates meeting last week in Rome were unable to reach consensus on the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos – the most commonly used form of asbestos, often found in building materials, such as asbestos cement, pipe and sheet – and endosulfan, a widely used pesticide, particularly in cotton production. The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade promotes transparency and information sharing about potential risks to human health and the environment. Its so-called PIC list currently contains 39 hazardous substances, including all other forms of asbestos.Under the Convention, exports of chemicals and pesticides on the PIC list require the prior informed consent of the importing country. This gives developing countries in particular the power to decide which potentially hazardous chemicals they want to receive and to exclude those they cannot manage safely.“Clearly the chemical footprint of our modern economies is expanding exponentially today,” noted Mr. Steiner. “The transition towards a greener economy touches upon the responsibilities that we have as societies, as Governments and as international institutions to look at how the use of chemicals empowers development and not undermines it, not least through the impact it has on the health of our societies.”The Rotterdam Convention’s secretariat is managed by UNEP along with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). read more

OTTAWA — The new year brings with it tax changes at the federal level that will affect just about every Canadian, as well as small businesses.One of the first changes workers will see is an increase in Canada Pension Plan premiums coming off their paycheques — the first of five years of hikes to pay for enhancements to the pension plan.Employment Insurance premiums, on the other hand, will drop by four cents for every $100 of insurable earnings.CPPIB plans safer investing structure for hike in Canada Pension Plan contributionsTime to do some active planning to beat the passive income tax changesNew business taxes creating ‘a whole new group of losers’Why retirement planning needs to be a major political issue in 2019 and beyondMeanwhile, the small business tax rate is going down from 10 to nine per cent. But changes to how much so-called passive income a small business can hold are also coming into effect, which is expected to push some businesses into paying a much higher corporate tax rate.Also in 2019, low income workers can qualify for an increase in the Canada Workers Benefit. But they will have to wait until 2020 to receive the extra money.The federal government’s new carbon pricing system will also come into effect in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own, resulting in higher costs for fossil fuels by April, and direct rebates to partly offset the increased costs.Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer is already gearing up to make it an issue leading to the October federal election, calling 2019 the year of the carbon tax. read more

first_imgNo one ever thought Kinect would bring a tear to a mother’s eye, but one loving son has managed to use it to do just that. Chad Ruble’s mother suffered a stroke which caused her to develop Aphasia, a disorder that damages the language processing parts of the brain. This meant she struggled to communicate her own emotions as well as read.Something as simple as sending an email became impossible because she couldn’t read the keyboard, so Chad hacked his Kinect %displayPrice% at %seller% in order to help her do just that. He designed a visual keyboard containing images of icons representing happy, sad, angry, tired, etc as well as a series of bars so she could express how tired she is. He used the SimpleOpenNI library for processing the input received from the Kinect. Gesture recognition code was used to track his mom’s hand and a processing sketch helped create the red cross on the screen (to reset the email) and the green tick (which sends the email).As hacks go, what Chad did is not complex to those who know what they’re doing, but the result has made a huge difference to the life of this lady as the video above shows.One million people in the US alone suffer from Aphasia and there are many other disabilities that would benefit from this hack. Chad wants to add more functions to the program, such as the ability to take a picture of his mom when she sends the email alongside adding more boards and pages. She cannot launch the program herself just yet but that’s something that could also be fixed in the future.More at Chad’s blog, via Cnetlast_img read more

first_img Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 20th 2019, 6:55 PM Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 6:55 PM MARKS AND SPENCER is seeking 97 voluntary redundancies across seven stores in the Republic of Ireland. The seven stores in question are Liffey Valley, Dundrum, Mary Street, Grafton Street, Blanchardstown and Cork’s Patrick Street. The retailer has begun a consultation with the trade union Mandate on the voluntary redundancy proposal. Marks and Spencer has said “this is purely a voluntary proposal”. “All affected colleagues will have the option to stay at M&S.” Last May, Marks and Spencer announced plans to shut more than 100 “underperforming” stores in the UK in an ongoing restructuring of the company. “M&S will now close over 100 stores in total by 2022, including 21 that have already closed and the 14 stores that are announced today as proposed for closure or set to close,” the company said at the time. No Irish stores were affected as part of the move. The following day, the retailer announced it was to reduce 200 products by an average of 24% in a bid to compete with discount retailers.  Share88 Tweet Email2 24,282 Views By Hayley Halpin 17 Comments Marks and Spencer seeks 97 voluntary redundancies across 7 Irish stores The retailer has begun a consultation with the trade union Mandate on the voluntary redundancy proposal. last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND — Authorities have identified the body recovered from the Columbia River Friday night as a 22-year-old Portland man.Early Saturday evening, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office identified the body as Carlos Lara-Escudero.Shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report that a swimmer had gone under the water near Kelley Point Park on the Columbia River. The body was pulled from the river at 11:10 p.m.Authorities say they are continuing to investigate but have no further details to release at this time.last_img read more

first_img TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2014 – A small determined group is positioned outside the new courthouse at the Myrtle Rigby Health Complex demanding justice… and calling for Helen Garlick to go home! The pre-trial is underway and defense attorney for Mike Misick is, according to The Weekly News, is boycotting the process.It is no secret Misick, former Premier wants trial with a jury. Garlick does not. Misick is recently called on Caricom to intervene.Three officers are stationed and keeping the peace. Related Items:Helen garlick, michael misick, protest, Sipt Recommended for you West end residents protest Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendettalast_img read more

first_img 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet: How sweet it is Enlarge ImageThere’s bound to still be a turn signal in the taillight, right? Henrik Fisker via Twitter Henrik Fisker is determined to make it happen again. After launching the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma, and subsequently abandoning the project and off-loading its IP to the group that eventually started Karma Automotive, the automotive designer is preparing to launch his next vehicular venture. We’ve only seen hints of the front end, but now, it’s time to take a look ’round back.Henrik Fisker this week tweeted out a teaser for his upcoming electric SUV. It’s the first time we’ve seen even part of the rear end, and it looks pretty interesting, especially the body line that rises well above the shoulder line as it works its way back toward the D-pillar. The roof looks to have a bit of a fastback angle to it, and the taillights (what we can see, at least) look plenty slim.The most interesting bit, however, is an integrated turn signal in the D-pillar. According to Fisker’s tweet, it’s meant to “provide extra safety when you change lanes.” Additional lane-change signals are not necessarily new, but the overwhelming majority of them are slapped on the side-view mirrors. This is a unique location to put a marker, considering turn signals are usually integrated into the taillight structure. So far, we’ve only seen hints of the unnamed SUV’s front end. It’s an interesting look, with headlights that have more than a hint of Range Rover in them, with some properly bulky fenders and bumpers that give the ute a little more rugged look than one might expect from a tech-forward electric vehicle. It’s unclear when we’ll get to see the whole thing, but given Fisker’s timeline, it shouldn’t be too far down the road.Fisker first announced his intention to build an electric SUV in March. He estimates that the car will have an all-electric range north of 300 miles, yet its price tag is aiming below $40,000, which would make it one heck of a deal. The hope is that it’ll come out in 2021, but before that, a drivable prototype is expected to make an appearance before the end of this year.fisker-suv-teaser-promoEnlarge ImageHere’s the front-quarter teaser that debuted earlier this year, in case you haven’t seen it or forgot what it looks like. Fisker More From Roadshow 2 Electric Cars SUVs Future Cars Share your voicecenter_img Comments New Lexus RX 450h adopts radical style, retains stellar hybrid fuel economy 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Tagslast_img read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageTesla’s Model S has a new vulnerabiltiy in its Pektron-sourced key fobs. Tim Stevens/Roadshow Remember way back in 2018 when it was discovered that hackers could clone a Tesla Model S key fob with some basic gear and a few seconds’ time? It was pretty wild, but to its credit, Tesla reacted fairly quickly to fix the problem, and transitioned to a new key fob.Well, guess what? It happened again, according to a Wired article published on Tuesday, and this time even those new key fobs are vulnerable. Researchers at a Belgian university — the same ones that outed the original flaw — announced their findings recently, and while the new method took a little longer and has to be done at a closer range, the new fobs were still not as secure as they were meant to be. Thankfully, Tesla again reacted quickly and has already rolled out its software update that will allow users to basically re-flash their fob in their car in just a couple of minutes. Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… Tesla Tesla Model S Long Range takes us back to the future Now playing: Watch this: Auto Tech Car Industry More From Roadshow Update, 4:51 p.m.: Clarified language surrounding the current status of the vulnerability 45 Photos Comments Tags 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss 8:35 So, just as a refresher, with the old key fobs, the problem lay with the way they were encrypted. The company that manufactured them, Pektron, only used a 40-bit encryption protocol, which was relatively easy to break. To fix the problem, Tesla and Pektron transitioned the fobs to 80-bit encryption, which should have been wildly more challenging to break.That sounds great, but the vulnerability found by the Belgian researchers at KU Leuven University makes it so that instead of having to break the 80-bit encryption, they only had to break two 40-bit encryption keys. Is that better than the original fob’s single 40-bit key? Yes. Is it good enough? No, but that’s OK because Tesla also enabled a feature awhile ago called PIN to Drive, which allows a vehicle owner to set a PIN code that has to be entered before the car can be driven. This is separate from the fob, and not affected by the vulnerability, but the vehicle owner had to enable it.”While nothing can prevent against all vehicle thefts, Tesla has deployed several security enhancements, such as PIN to Drive, that makes them much less likely to occur,” said a Tesla representative in a statement. “Even though we are not aware of a single customer ever affected by the reported issue, and enabling PIN to Drive already prevents this from occurring, we’ve begun to release an over-the-air software update (part of 2019.32) that addresses this researcher’s findings and allows certain Model S owners to update their key fobs inside their car in less than two minutes.”The good thing about the revelation of this vulnerability is, as Tesla said, that it doesn’t require a change of hardware and that a software update for Model S owners is on the way. Model X and Model 3 owners aren’t affected by all this because they don’t use the Pektron fobs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice Teslalast_img read more

first_imgMembers of the One People Canoe Society will travel this week from Alaska to North Dakota to paddle in protest over a controversial pipeline.Listen nowDoug Chilton and DeAndre King in front of the canoe they’ll take to North Dakota. (Photo courtesy of Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska)The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked paddlers from around the country to show support with a float down the Missouri River.Doug Chilton and DeAndre King left Wednesday night on the ferry from Juneau, said Richard Peterson, president of Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.“It was kind of a last minute deal because a lot of folks with the One People Canoe Society are actually canoeing here to Kasaan tomorrow,” Peterson said. “So they got together what they could. They got their raven canoe together and they just needed some financial support.”There’s a ceremony in the village of Kasaan for the restoration of the Chief Son-I-Hat Whale House Naay I’waans on Saturday, but Chilton and King decided to go to North Dakota after the chairman of the Standing Rock Tribe put out a call asking for help, Peterson said.They’ll be displaying a Central Council flag, and he thinks it’s an important time to show support, Peterson said.He sees similarities with British Columbia mining and Southeast waterways.“You know, we’re fighting here on transboundary issues, and we don’t know what turn that’s going to take and we may need people to stand with us as well,” Peterson said.If the pipeline is built, then a half-million barrels of crude could flow daily from North Dakota to Illinois.For it to get there, it would have to cross under the Missouri River — Standing Rock Reservation’s water source.Peterson thinks it could take two days for Chilton and King to reach North Dakota.last_img read more

first_imgIn a major setback to celebrities who endorsed Maggi, the government on Monday said that they are liable for legal action if it is found that instant noodles contain chemicals harmful to health.The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is currently testing samples of Maggi and the results are to come out in two to three days. The samples are obtained from different states.The authorities in Uttar Pradesh have filed a criminal complaint against Maggi manufacturer Nestle India after they found that its instant noodles contained higher than the permissible level of lead and small amounts of unhealthy monosodium glutamate (MSG).The complaint includes charges against Nestle India and its manufacturing division, the retailer selling contaminated Maggi packs, two Nestle managers and Bollywood stars who acted as ambassadors for the brand.Bollywood actors Madhuri Dixit Nene, Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta have promoted Maggi in TV advertisements.The hearing of the case is expected to be held on 1 July, an official at state’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told The Economic Times.The Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration officials have asked Nestle to recall 200,000 packs of Maggi noodles that contained prohibited chemicals.While the permissible limit for lead is 0.01 parts per million (ppm), the food regulator found 17 parts per million lead in the samples they collected from Easy Day store in Barabanki. The amount of lead found is considered to be hazardous to health, especially for children.In defence, Nestle, the world’s largest food company by revenue, said that the batch that has been asked to recall was manufactured in February 2014 and crossed the best-before date in November, due to which it is no longer available in the market.The company also said it is not using contentious MSG in manufacturing of Maggi noodles in India, which is noted on the cover of the product.last_img read more

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville track and field team travels to Houston, Texas to open the 2019 outdoor season at the Houston Spring Break Invitational. Live results will be available at the link above. Updates will also be posted on the team’s twitter account, @UofLTrackXC. Print Friendly Version Making their 2019 outdooor debuts, senior Holly Hankenson will return to the track and compete in several events while  sophomore Emma Ison will be competing in the javelin throw. Junior Gianna Gaul and senior Lilli Popovich  will also compete for the first time this season in discus. Live Results center_img Story Links The meet will take place all day Thursday at the Carl Lewis International Complex. The Invitational will begin with the hammer throw at 10 a.m. and finish with the men’s 4x400m later in the afternoon. The Cardinals will face host Houston, South Florida, SMU, and Rice, among others.last_img read more

first_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie DollsToy Tuesday: Yo! It’s The Best ‘G.I. Joe’ Toys Stay on target It’s kind of amazing that an anime that debuted in 1986 is more popular than ever in 2019, but Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball has standed the test of time for generations. The battle-filled saga of Goku and his extended family has spawned video games, movies and, yes, toys. Multiple manufacturers have put out action figures, plushies and more of the series’ main characters, and we love them all. If you want to simulate super Saiyan battles on your toy shelf, here’s our guide to the best Dragon Ball toys on the market.Tamashii Nations Kid Goku FigureWhy not start at the beginning? When Akira Toriyama started Dragon Ball, he legit had no idea where he was going with it. All he had was the monkey-tailed young hero Goku on a mission to collect the seven Dragon Balls. Obviously the series’ mythology went through some changes as the story came into focus, but those early freewheeling stories are still a ton of fun to revisit. This Bandai Tamashii Nations figure is crafted with the same attention to detail that you expect from the line, with tons of articulation and exchangeable parts, including a Power Pole and a cloud for the little guy to ride on.Get it at Amazon.comKamehameha ShooterOkay, this thing is corny as hell but it sort of wraps around to being awesome. The mighty kamehameha is the signature energy blast of the Dragon Ball series, a devastating wave of ki power that splits mountains in half and devastates opponents. The molded plastic dart that this gadget shoots is… a little less impressive. That said, it’s probably about as close as you’re going to get to blasting one without spending a few centuries training in the time chamber. You don’t even have to say the words to do the extensive warmup — an onboard speaker does all that when you insert the fireball.Get it at Amazon.comVegeta Funko PopFunko has a frighteningly robust selection of Dragon Ball characters remade in their iconic empty-eyed sculpts, so it was a little tough to choose a character for the list. At the end of the day, we had to think that the Saiyan prince Vegeta would probably be the most upset by seeing himself remade as a stumpy little plastic warrior, so that’s who we went with. Revisit the storyline when the bad-ass came to Earth to beat down Goku but eventually found himself fighting on the side of the good guys in Funko form.Get it at Amazon.comDragon Ball MonopolyThere are literally more branded versions of Monopoly on the market than we can count, but we have to admit that the Dragon Ball version is pretty cool. Instead of snapping up property in Atlantic City, you’re shelling out for sets of fighters, and then adding Kamen houses and hyperbolic time chambers to increase their value. It’s just a coat of paint on the original game, but it’s a charming and fun one. Even the tokens you move around the board are Dragon Ball-themed _ sorry, thimble fans.Get it at Amazon.comMegahouse Piccolo FigureStanding over eight inches tall, the Megahouse line of Dragon Ball figures are some of the most detailed and playable on the market. Piccolo was one of the first archrivals that Goku had to face, a green-skinned demon who turns out to actually be an extraterrestrial Namekian and, like many of the series’ bad guys, ends up fighting with Goku and pals against even worse threats. This incredible figure has a cloth outfit and vinyl cape as well as three alternate heads. He’s not poseable, but you can’t have everything.Get it at Amazon.comXenoverse Trunks FigureIt’s amazing how Trunks can make himself stand out from the rest of the Dragon Ball fighters simply by carrying a dang sword. The son of Vegeta and Bulma travels back from the future to help our heroes defeat Frieza and King Cold. His real mission, though, is warning them that Dr. Gero’s androids are ready to take over the planet and must be stopped. This figure from Bandai’s Tamashii Nations line depicts Trunks as he appeared in the Xenoverse game, with a new outfit of long coat and breeches. Multiple heads and hands as well as sword and Time Scroll make this a dope addition to your collection.Get it at Amazon.comMajin Buu PlushOne of the tubbiest foes that Goku and his pals contend with, Majin Buu was also the final bad guy of the original Dragon Ball series. The pink-skinned demon was created by an evil warlock to destroy the universe, even killing two of the Supreme Kais before being sealed away on Earth. Of course, he’s eventually revived and faces off with the Dragon Ball fighters after murdering nearly every human being on Earth. Fun cartoon for kids! If you want to snuggle with a genocidal, near-immortal demon, here’s a cute and cuddly 10 inch plush version for that purpose.Get it at Amazon.comShokugan Son Gohan Action FigureOne of the most notable things about Dragon Ball is the sheer energy that Toriyama puts into every scene. Can an ordinary action figure capture that dynamism? Well, not usually, but Bandai’s Shokugan “Dragon Styling” line comes close. The whole point of these figures is to present the characters in dynamic, charged poses that reflect the wild brawls they get into. This rendition of Goku’s son Gohan is one of our favorites, with a dramatic billowing cape and hand outstretched to unleash an energy blast.Get it at Amazon.comDead Yamcha Action FigureThings definitely start to get real in Dragon Ball when Vegeta comes to Earth to challenge Goku. Previously, although there had been plenty of combat, things were still pretty civilized. But when the spiky-haired Saiyan faced off against our heroes, things got rough fast. Vegeta fought without mercy, striking down the good guys with overwhelming power. One of the most iconic moments in all the series comes when scrappy martial artist Yamcha stands up to the Saiyans and gets totally murdered for it, his crumpled body at the bottom of a ki-created crater. Here’s an “action figure” of that scene, if you’re as morbid as we are.Get it at Amazon.comPerfect Cell Model KitThe Cell Saga was my personal introduction to the world of Dragon Ball, and I still have a soft spot for the green villain that was created by Dr. Gero out of the genetic information of Goku, Vegeta and numerous other powerful fighters. When Cell is unleashed, he travels back in time to absorb Androids #17 and #18, evolving into his “Perfect” form and — because this is Dragon Ball — starting a fighting tournament to find his true rival. This slick plastic model kit is designed using an underlayer process to simulate the villain’s distinctive body markings and comes with optional kamehameha blast pieces.Get it at Amazon.comShenron Statue With Dragon BallsThe powerful entity at the heart of many of Dragon Ball‘s plotlines, Shenron is a massive dragon that lives in the Earth’s molten core, only emerging when the seven Dragon Balls are united to grant a single wish from the bearer. Some of those wishes have been pretty spectacular, and then one time a guy wished for panties. If you want to feel the magnificence of this mighty beast in your own home, this statue set will do the job. The six inch high dragon is surrounded by seven translucent acrylic Dragon Balls just waiting for you to make a wish.Get it at Amazon.comMore on Best Movie-Based Lego Sets11 Goopiest Slime Toys11 Coolest Remote-Controlled Toyslast_img read more

first_imgFor many fans of the Halo franchise, today is supposed to be a big day. Microsoft has worked with 343 Studios to assemble a truly massive collection of content, including four entire video games, and released it all as the Halo: Master Chief Collection bundle. This has been a huge undertaking for a couple of reasons, and finally having proper Halo titles on the Xbox One makes this something just about everyone would enjoy. Unfortunately, reports have been rolling in since the game unlocked suggesting that this huge Halo collection has been delivered to us a little undercooked.The Master Chief Collection bundle is so much more than just four games in one. 343 Studios has worked hard to implement features that go above and beyond the scope of the original titles, including online multiplayer and matchmaking for the games that never even had those features. You can skip around across all four games at will, playing the missions you love and attempting that 100% completion you might’ve missed the first time around. Since the game launched, though, players have encountered everything from audio tracks misbehaving to the game freezing and crashing when trying to load levels.There have also been several reports of extended load times for a handful of maps, as well as huge problems with matchmaking when you’re a part of an Xbox Live party. At one point last night, multiplayer for all four games failed completely.All of these issues come on the heels of a 15GB patch to the game, which was already geared towards bugfixes and content issues. While it seems like most of the issues are related to the new matchmaking setup in these games, the sheer volume of issues is significant. There’s growing suspicion that parts of the patch were held back to be finished, since the original size of the fix package was supposed to be closer to 20GB. It’s possible 343 Studios has another big update right around the corner, but until that happens you can expect some random gameplay issues to pop up as you shoot your way down memory lane.last_img read more

first_img Citation: A study of mammalian vocalizations in lead-up to copulations using giant pandas as an example (2018, October 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A lot of research has been conducted on vocalizations that are a part of mating rituals in mammals, but what about vocalizations that occur after a potential mate has responded? That is what the researchers with this new effort wanted to know. Do such vocalizations play a role in the success or failure of a given mating attempt? And if so, in what ways? To find the answers to these questions, the researchers chose to study the vocalization rituals of giant pandas as they were about to engage in intercourse.To learn more about how vocalizations are used once a male and female are engaged in the lead-up to copulation, the researchers focused their study on 23 adult giant pandas living near Sichuan, China. The animals were monitored during the breeding season over the years 2016 to 2018. The team used microphones set up in the area to record the sounds the giant pandas made as they went about their courtship rituals.The researchers found patterns in the noises made by their subjects—some noises and the way they were expressed led to successful mating. Other noises, on the other hand, led to failure. They noted also that giant pandas vocalized in different ways—some vocalizations were expressed softly into the ear during intercourse, as one example, an act the researchers described as sort of a love song. They suggest the vocalizations are an important means for achieving synchrony and expressing intentions.The researchers suggest their findings could help those involved in assisting with panda reproduction efforts. It could also help prevent violent conflicts that sometimes arise between giant pandas when mating rituals go awry. Study shows levels of panda hearing A team of researchers from San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research and the China Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda has found that vocalizations play an important role in the lead-up to copulation with giant pandas. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes their study of vocalizations leading up to copulation in giant pandas and what they learned. © 2018 Science X Network More information: Benjamin D. Charlton et al. Vocal behaviour predicts mating success in giant pandas, Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.181323center_img Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domainlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: In an important development, postings of 120 Inspectors of Police have been changed on Tuesday. According to sources, the alterations have been made keeping the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections in mind.Sources informed that the police Inspectors posted in police stations across the state who have completed three years’ tenure have been removed. Also, the officers who have not yet completed three years but their tenures will be completed at the time of election, have also been shifted. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAmong the major postings, nine Inspectors from Howrah Police, five Inspectors from Bidhannagar Police, four from Barrackpore and Siliguri Police have been removed. Apart from completion of tenure, postings of several police officers against whom criminal cases are pending in courts, have been changed. Adding to this, officers who were removed by the Central Election Commission (CEO) during earlier elections have also been removed. As per election criteria, the removed officers who cannot perform their duties in the general elections have been posted in non-functioning wings of the police administration which do not have any connection with the core election procedure.last_img read more

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This week’s need-to-know social-media news.LinkedIn’s stock took a tumble on Thursday after company executives said in a conference call that it expects second-quarter revenue to fall below analyst estimates. The company is forecasting revenue of between $342 million and $347 million, as opposed to the average previous analyst estimate of $359.3 million. LinkedIn is expected to report Q2 earnings in August. The news caused LinkedIn’s stock to drop 10 percent, to $181 per share. Nevertheless, unlike other social media companies such as Facebook and Zynga, LinkedIn outperformed Wall Street expectations in the previous eight quarters. Its first-quarter revenue this year was nearly $325 million, far greater than the $189 million the company earned in the first quarter of 2012.LinkedIn rolled out mobile ads for the first time last month, hoping to reach the increasing number of users who are accessing the site with their phones and tablets. But the company said Thursday that its advertising business will experience moderate, rather than rapid, growth. “We’re seeing some encouraging early signs, but it’s off a very small scale right now,” said LinkedIn’s chief financial officer Steve Sordello. — ReutersGoogle integrates social activity from apps into search results.Google is beefing up its search engine results with user data collected from mobile apps, Seth Sternberg, product management director for Google+, said Tuesday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City. Since February, Google+ users have been able to use their Google+ accounts to sign into apps such as music player SoundCloud and movie site Fandango. Google has been collecting data about user activity on these apps, and in a few weeks will begin displaying this data in search results. For instance, when you search for Fandango, Google will now display the most popular movies of the moment based on activity in the Fandango app. “We’re making it easy to discover what other people are doing around the Internet when they’re doing a search on Google,” said Sternberg. — CNETTwitter’s Vine app adds new video feature.Twitter’s Vine app for iOS — which allows you to record six seconds of video — released an update this week allowing you to record video with the iPhone’s user-facing camera. Previously, you could only shoot video with the camera facing away from you. Using the app, business owners could deliver brief “face-to-face” messages to their customers, or give fans a peek behind the scenes of the business’s operations. People have already been putting the app to some creative uses. In February, a journalist used Vine to create a playful “resume” while looking for a job. No doubt there are many more uses waiting to be thought of by entrepreneurs and consumers alike. — AllTwitterYouTube users now watch six billion hours of video per month.Google announced that its mammoth video service YouTube now streams six billion hours of video each month. In a blog post, the company pointed out that this usage totals “almost an hour [of video] a month for every person on Earth.” Last May, YouTube users were watching around three billion videos per month, the company said. As YouTube continues to enjoy explosive growth and launches original short films and web series built around Hollywood stars — such as last year’s Serena, featuring Alfred Molina and Jennifer Garner — the platform becomes increasingly attractive to advertisers. — GigaOmWarren Buffett joins Twitter.Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman and chief executive of investment firm Berkshire Hathaway, opened a Twitter account on Thursday. His first tweet — “Warren is in the house” — has been retweeted over 33,000 times. Within 24 hours, he had amassed nearly 290,000 followers after only two tweets. His second tweet included a link to a recent essay he wrote for Fortune magazine about the importance of women to America’s economy. — SocialTimes May 3, 2013 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, India — Jet Airways, based here, today announced that it will commence daily nonstop flights from Mumbai to Johannesburg from April 14, 2010. The airline will introduce services to South Africa using a new state-of-the-art Airbus 330-200 aircraft.The launch of this new international route marks the first time that Jet Airways is adding destinations to Africa on its international route network, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler..Flight 9W 242 will depart Mumbai at 0205 hours, arriving in Johannesburg at 0735 hrs. On the return leg, flight 9W 241 will depart Johannesburg at 1100 hrs, arriving in Mumbai at 2330 hrs.According to Nikos Kardassis, CEO, Jet Airways, “Jet Airways is delighted to enter Africa with its daily Mumbai-Johannesburg service. South Africa’s reputation as a leading tourist and business destination and the fact that it will play host to the 2010 FIFA World Cup also presents a huge opportunity for Jet Airways. We are confident that our airline will soon emerge as one of the first choice carriers on this popular route given our unparalleled domestic network in India and ever-expanding international footprint. South Africa, as well as the African region at large, is an important market for us and we are confident of capturing and growing the market”.With 11 official languages, South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with something for every traveler. It is also emerging as one of the leading business and conference destinations in the world.The spacious full-length wide-bodied twin aisle cabin of the A330-200 is configured in two classes, with 30 seats in Première (Business Class) and 190 seats in Economy. The airline’s Première guests will enjoy a 180-degree flat bed with lumbar support and massage systems, oversized table, laptop power, telephony, SMS, email and live text news to deliver a flying office, state-of-the-art On-Demand Panasonic In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), as well as the finest in-flight dining service, among other amenities.Johannesburg will be the twenty-second destination in the airline’s international network. Jet Airways currently flies to New York (both JFK and Newark), Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Sharjah and Riyadh.For more information on this and all other news from Jet Airways, please visit: Jet Airways: Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 89 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 53 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 14 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 4.66 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleet in the world.Flights to 61 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including New York (both JFK and Newark), Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Sharjah and Riyadh.last_img read more

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