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Justice Minister Orders Taser Use Review

By on October 22, 2019

first_imgJustice Minister Cecil Clarke has ordered a ministerial review into the use of Tasers in Nova Scotia. A 45-year-old man died at the Nova Scotia Correctional Facility early this morning, Nov. 22. A Taser had been used by police. “I have ordered Police Services officials in my department to immediately begin a review of policies and procedures regarding Taser use in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Clarke. “At the same time, RCMP are being called in to investigate the circumstances of the death at the correctional facility and I understand Halifax Regional Police will also have the RCMP conduct an external investigation into the death. “I also want to offer my condolences to the family at this difficult time.” The review will examine Taser practices of authorized users in the province, including law enforcement, corrections and sheriffs.last_img read more

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Markets roar back to life on tax relief buzz

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgMumbai: The BSE Sensex surged 637 points while the broader Nifty zoomed past the 11,000-mark on Thursday following reports that the government may address tax concerns of market participants. After a moderate opening, the Sensex was propelled by a burst of buying towards the fag-end, led by energy, banking and IT counters. It finally finished at 37,327.36, showing a jump of 636.86 points or 1.74 per cent. Similarly, the NSE Nifty climbed 176.95 points or 1.63 per cent to 11,032.45. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis is the biggest single-session gain for both the key indices since May 20, when they had vaulted over 3.6 per cent. Trading sentiment received a much-needed boost after reports said the Centre is likely to withdraw higher surcharge on foreign portfolio investors, introduced in the Budget, and may also take a re-look at the long-term capital gains tax. Foreign investors have been on a selling spree since the Budget was presented in July, putting pressure on both the capital markets and the rupee. Top gainers in the Sensex pack included HCL Tech, Tata Motors, M&M, Bajaj Auto, RIL, Hero MotoCorp, Yes Bank, Maruti, HDFC Bank and Bajaj Finance, which surged up to 6.43 per cent. Tata Steel, IndusInd Bank and Axis Bank were the only losers, dropping up to 3.77 per cent. The broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices too spurted up to 0.74 per cent.last_img read more

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How Montreals m0851 Quietly Built a 25 Million Business

By on October 15, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL, Canada — “Can a fashion product last 20 years — not just last, but can it age and become more beautiful after you use it than before?” This, according to 66-year-old founder Frédéric Mamarbachi, is the central question that animates Montreal-based leather goods company m0851, which, over the last 30 years, has quietly become a thriving business worth over $25 million.“It’s been fun,” says Mamarbachi. “In these 30 years we didn’t have any slow period. We grew slowly, to my taste — I didn’t want it to grow too quickly. We did it without knowing. It’s not really administrated as a business to grow big and fast, mostly it’s for me to have satisfaction in what I do.” Mamarbachi has been in the industry nearly 45 years. He got his start in manufacturing and wholesale at the age of 22, when he designed three bags “just for the fun of it” and asked his uncle, also in the business, to show them to one of the biggest store chains in Montreal. They placed an order worth $85,000. “This was huge, this was the start of everything,” he says. His business, named Frédéric M., grew steadily and within 10 years Mamarbachi had offices in New York and Los Angeles, as well as Montreal. But he decided to switch gears. “I wanted to be less commercial and more free,” he says. So, in 1987, he launched Rugby North America, the company that would eventually be renamed to m0851, with 12 styles. “Before, I was following buyers,” he says. “With Rugby North America, I was choosing my clients. I would refuse nine clients out of 10, which is very different.”READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Special report outlines problems for Aboriginal peoples in Canadas prisons

By on October 14, 2019

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the last five years there’s been a 43 per cent increase in the amount of Aboriginal peoples put behind bars according to a report released Thursday and the correctional system only is perpetuating the problem.Just over 3,400 Aboriginal men and women make up the population of prisons in Canada, or 23 per cent of the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) inmate population.In comparison, Aboriginal peoples make up four per cent of the Canadian population.In federal prisons, almost one in four is First Nation, Metis or Inuit.“Given these alarming and growing numbers, programs and options for care, custody and treatment of Aboriginal inmates, in support of their rehabilitation and reintegration, must be a significant priority for (CSC),” said Howard Sapers, Canada’s correctional investigator.Sapers found Aboriginal-specific legislation is chronically underfunded, underutilized and unevenly applied by CSC.“In failing to fully meet Parliament’s intent, my review concludes that the federal correctional system perpetuates conditions of disadvantage for Aboriginal people in Canada,” he said.One of the problems lies in who looks after an Aboriginal offender. In his report, Spirit Matters: Aboriginal People and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), Sapers looks at a provision that allows for the transfer of custody of inmate from the federal system to an Aboriginal community facility.Sapers found four agreements or facilities, as part of section 81 of the CCRA, have been established between the federal government and Aboriginal communities since 1992.Despite the increase of Aboriginal inmate population no new section 81 facilities have been added since 2001.Section 84 of the CCRA allows for the inmate’s community to be involved in his or her release but Sapers found there’s too much red tape involved.Other key findings of the report include:-Limited understanding of Aboriginal people, culture and approaches to healing within federal corrections, especially among front line staff in facilities.-Inadequate and uneven application of Gladue social history considerations in correctional decision-making.-Funding and contractual limitations that impede the work of Elders inside federal institutions.-Inadequate response to the urban realities and demographics of Aboriginal people.-Penitentiary-based interventions far out-number community reintegration alternatives.Sapers is recommending the government appoint a deputy commission for Aboriginal corrections to ensure adequate focus and accountability something the federal government has so far refused to do.Also:-Negotiate permanent, realistic and at-parity funding levels for existing and future Healing Lodges and significantly increase the number of bed spaces where the need exists.-Expand CSC staff training initiatives about Aboriginal people, history, culture and spirituality to include training in the application of Gladue principles.-Resolve workload, payment and standard of services issues faced by Elders to ensure that they are equal partners in the delivery of programs and services within CSC.-Reduce the amount of red tape and accelerate the process for section 84 releases.last_img read more

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Chief urges calm as police scour northern Manitoba community

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first_imgThe chief of the northern Manitoba First Nation of York Landing alerted the community RCMP were on their way just before 6 p.m. CT.“Everyone please remain indoors with your doors locked,” Leroy Constant said on Facebook. “And all vehicles should be parked.“Please share the message with those who don’t have Social Media.”Constant said he’d received word of a possible sighting of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18.APTN News is not disclosing where in the community the pair was allegedly sighted.More to come.last_img read more

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India rejects Tamil Nadu resolution

By on October 8, 2019

Days after the DMK pulled out of the Centre and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa barred Sri Lankan cricketers from playing in Chennai, the Centre has taken a tough stand on politics over Sri Lankan Tamils. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has rejected the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution against Colombo.The resolution sought a separate Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils and said Sri Lanka should not be treated as a friendly country by India. Speaking to CNN-IBN’s Karan Thapar on this week’s Devil’s Advocate, Khurshid said while the government was sensitive to Tamil concerns, it won’t accept such demands. Salman Khurshid: Not all of it, but a lot of it.Karan Thapar: I want to ask are you for instance considering declaring the country unfriendly?Salman Khurshid: No. Karan Thapar: How do you as External Affairs Minister respond to the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly asking New Delhi not to consider Sri Lanka as a friendly country, to impose economic sanctions and most importantly to push at the United Nations for a resolution that would call for a referendum on Eelam? Salman Khurshid: No.Karan Thapar: Would you consider at the UN passing a resolution or encouraging people to pass a resolution to call for a referendum on Eelam?Salman Khurshid: No. Salman Khurshid: I take it on board that there are very strong feelings in Tamil Nadu and not just of other parties, but our own party members have very strong feelings. And we have taken those feelings on board. These feelings are not entirely out of sync with what many people in the world think. At the same time we do believe that the negotiation we have done with Sri Lanka, the dialogue we have with Sri Lanka and the effort we have made with Sri Lanka is equally important.Karan Thapar: You say you have taken the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution on board and you say it is in sync with the feelings that many people have within your party. Karan Thapar: Are you considering economic sanctions? Following is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview: Karan Thapar: So in other word those three critical aspects of the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution, you’ve rejected?Salman Khurshid: Long ago. I mean there is no question of accepting that and that is not the only state that has a stake in this. What about the other states? There are many other assemblies. The rest of India is not supporting this. If all of India was supporting it, it would be another matter. But if one state supports something we are sensitive to their concerns, but we don’t have to necessarily accept everything they say. read more

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Report Trump losses may mean he didnt pay taxes for years

By on October 3, 2019

Report: Trump losses may mean he didn’t pay taxes for years Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Manheim, Pa. (AP Photo/John Locher) by Jeff Horwitz, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2016 9:41 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s business losses in 1995 were so large that they could have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years, according to records obtained by The New York Times.In a story published online late Saturday, the Times said it anonymously received the first pages of Trump’s 1995 state income tax filings in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The filings show a net loss of $915,729,293 in federal taxable income for the year.That Trump was losing money during the early to mid-1990s — a period marked by bankruptcies and poor business decisions — was already well established. But the records obtained by the Times show losses of such a magnitude that they potentially allowed Trump to avoid paying taxes for years, possibly until the end of the last decade.Trump’s campaign released a statement on Saturday lashing out at the Times for publishing the records and accused the newspaper of working to benefit the Republican nominee’s presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.“The New York Times, like establishment media in general, is an extension of the Clinton campaign, the Democratic Party and their global special interests,” the campaign said, calling Trump “a highly skilled businessman who has a fiduciary responsibility to his business, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required.”The statement added that Trump had paid “hundreds of millions” of dollars in other kinds of taxes over the years.Since 1976, every major party presidential nominee has released tax returns. Clinton has publicly released nearly 40 years’ worth, and Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has released 10 years of his tax returns.But after initially saying that he would make his returns public during the course of his campaign, Trump switched course, citing what he said were years of ongoing IRS audits and the advice of his attorneys to keep them private as those audits proceed.Former IRS officials have expressed skepticism that anyone would be audited so frequently, and they and other tax experts say there’s no prohibition on Trump releasing his returns even if he is.In its story, the Times said the three pages of documents were mailed last month to a Times reporter who had written about Trump’s finances. A postmark indicated they had been sent from New York City and the return address claimed the envelope had been sent from Trump Tower, the newspaper said.Trump’s campaign did not directly address the authenticity of the excerpts from Trump’s tax filings. Former Trump accountant Jack Mitnick, whose name appears as Trump’s tax preparer of the filings, confirmed their authenticity, the newspaper reported.“This is legit,” Mitnick told the newspaper.The Times said a lawyer for Trump argued that publication of the records would be illegal because Trump had not authorized their disclosure.Because of provisions in the tax code that allow wealthy individuals to offset their personal income with losses in various partnerships and business ventures, Trump could have used his losses in 1995 to avoid incurring tax liabilities on as many as three years of prior and 15 years of future profits.The $916 million in losses reported by the Times would not include previous years of losses incurred by Trump while his New Jersey casino empire slid into bankruptcy.In an interview, Mitnick told the Times he had sometimes found it odd that the tax code allowed Trump to live in such luxury without paying income taxes.“Here the guy was building incredible net worth and not paying tax on it,” he said. read more

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Former NFL Receiver Sam Hurd Gets 15 Years for

By on September 30, 2019

Photo by The Associated Press.Sam Hurd, once a promising receiver with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, was sentenced to 15 years in a federal  prison for drug trafficking that occurred during and after the 2011 NFL season.Prosecutors in Texas wanted U.S. District court judge Jorge A. Solis to sentence Hurd to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his involvement in cocaine and marijuana trafficking. But a remorseful, weeping Hurd asked for leniency, calling himself “the stupidest drug guy ever.”Hurd had prepared a statement to read, but instead offered an emotional explanation of his crimes, which included a meeting with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informant and undercover ICE special agent in a Chicago steak house in December 2011, where Hurd was given a kilo of cocaine.“My life is a train wreck because of the bad decisions I made,” he said, according to Sports Illustrated. “Everything I did was a result of my marijuana addiction… I was extremely stupid. I feel the pain I caused my wife, mother, father, sisters and brothers and my community.”Hurd asked Solis for a “second chance” and promised to “be an upstanding citizen and a loving husband and father.”The plea appears to have had at least some impact on Solis, who said he felt inclined to sentence Hurd to 27 years before pointing out that this was Hurd’s first offense and chopped his initial assessment nearly in half. The judge’s final ruling –  15 years, to be followed by five years of supervised release -caused an audible gasp from the gallery.It also helped Hurd that phone records suggested that he was not involved in dealing narcotics with his cousin Tyrone Chavful while Hurd was out on bond in San Antonio following his arrest in Chicago.According to S.I., Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay provided minimal evidence during the hearing and offered only brief cross examinations of Hurd’s character witnesses. Tromblay responded to claims that his office had tried to make an example of Hurd because of his NFL notoriety by saying, “This isn’t because he’s an NFL player–it’s because he’s a drug dealer. He [knew] exactly what he was doing.” read more

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Falling Asleep With TV Makes Hamsters People Depressed

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgFalling asleep with the TV is bad for you, and science has the hamsters to prove it. Researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus conducted a study using the puffy cheeked rodents and found out that exposing them to dim lights during the night has a number of negative side effects, like depression, breast cancer, and weight gain.“We’ve set up a link between exposure to light at night with depression in these animals,” said Tracy Bedrosian, a doctoral student at the college told Discovery. “If it does apply to humans, people might want to think about getting dark shades, not leaving the TV on all night long, and making sure to give themselves darkness when they go to sleep.”AdChoices广告The result of the research is a number of adorably depressed fur balls. “The darkness-deprived hamsters drank 20 percent less sugar water than the other group, for example, suggesting that they weren’t getting the same enjoyment out of activities that they used to find pleasurable,” writes Discovery. “The depressed group also gave up far sooner on a swimming activity.”Researchers have, in the past, linked depression to artificial light. Exposure to light regulates te release of melatonin in the body, which affects all manner of bodily functions.last_img read more

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Confident Kruse is happy after Bremens win

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgWerder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund tied 3-3 after 120 minutes, but on penalty kicks, it was the Greens who took the spoils home.Borussia Dortmund hosted Werder Bremen in the Fifth Round of the DFB-Pokal tournament.But in the penalty kick stage, that’s when Bremen ended up winning 4-2 in a very exciting match that delivered good quality football.“It was a very intense game and our tactics were effective,” Bremen forward Max Kruse told the club’s official website.“We didn’t want to allow Dortmund to play their way and we managed to do that in large phases of the match. We deserved it in the end after the way we fought.”“I was ready to take the final penalty,” he explained.“I’ve always been very confident from the spot, but I was also glad that Jiri [Pavlenka] had saved the first two.”“We played very well today and finally got the result that our performance merited,” Kruse continued.“Tonight we can celebrate a little, but tomorrow the focus is on Augsburg – it’s a huge game.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Coach Florian Kohfeldt felt the win is thanks only to his footballers.“It was a dramatic game with many twists and turns. I have to congratulate the team on the way they dealt with the setbacks we faced,” he said.“It was a fight over the whole 120 minutes, which we won through smart play and passion.”“The fixture list is playing into our hands a little bit,” the coach added as their next game is approaching.“We can take some time to refresh and then have two full days to prepare for Augsburg. It’s a must-win game for us.”Captain #Kruse:”That was so emotional – I’ve lost my voice! We finally rewarded ourselves for our performance!”#werder #DFBPokal pic.twitter.com/4tdknTYDdU— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) February 5, 2019last_img read more

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Battle Ground woman honored for reviving collapsed husband

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgCall Fire District 3 headquarters at 360-892-2331 or email michelle@fire3.org to sign up for an online class.A Battle Ground woman earned a lifesaving award from Fire District 3 for reviving her husband — a longtime CPR teacher — after his heart stopped. Candy Yarnell saw her husband, Herschel, 64, collapse just after 10:30 p.m. March 2 in their home northeast of Battle Ground Lake. Finding no pulse and no breath, Candy called 911 and performed CPR for five minutes until firefighters arrived. When medics rushed Herschel to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, he had some blood flow and was breathing, said Chief Steve Wrightson. Herschel taught CPR from the mid-1980s through 2005 while serving as a volunteer firefighter with District 3. Candy, also a volunteer firefighter, took his classes, Wrightson said. Wrightson and Fire Commissioner Buck Heidrick gave Candy the award at a July 1 board meeting.last_img read more

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Facebook F8 2019 highlights Everything important announced at annual developer conference

By on September 5, 2019

first_img Close Facebook Charged With Racial Discrimination In Targeted Housing Ads Facebook has kicked off its annual developer conference – F8 2019, on 30th April, and the company just finished its opening keynote. This year, Facebook wants to show everyone that it is serious about privacy, as the company doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to the safety of user data.During the keynote, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said, “I get that a lot of people are sure we aren’t serious. We don’t have the strongest reputation on privacy right now to put it lightly.” Last year, Facebook was plagued by a controversy – invading its users’ privacy, data misuse, and security problems. In the keynote, Zuckerberg has explained how Facebook is ‘privacy-focused’.Apart from privacy, Facebook has made slew of announcements in the keynote. The social media giant has revealed some changes in Facebook feed, Instagram stories, Messenger and many more. Let’s take look at the biggest announcements at the F8 developer conference.A fresh look for Facebook with a new focus Facebook has revealed that it is going to use downplaying the News Feed. Zuckerberg calls this update as “FB5,” which will highlight groups and events, creating a group tab of the close persons and personalized feed from the groups you’ve joined — rather than a generalized update feed from your friends. Facebook gets a makeoverFacebookThe redesign also has a feature of Meet New Friends, which will help to connect strangers who have something (like a school or employer) in common. Android and iOS apps are getting a redesign update earlier, and after that, the desktop site will be revamped in the coming months.Instagram’s new camera and like countsFacebook is going to update Instagram’s camera interface with adding a new “Creator Mode,” which will help to share content in a simple way. The revamped camera interface is easier to use and it will help to share quizzes, stickers and other effects to your followers. Instagram changes at F8 2019FacebookAnother feature that will come to Instagram is a private like counts feature: you will able to see who liked a pic, but you won’t get an exact number of likes. Instagram is coming with this feature as a way for Instagram users to spend less time worrying about likes and more time connecting with other users.Messenger for desktopRight now, if you want to use the Messenger app, you would have to whip out your smartphones. But in coming months, you will able to use it on your Mac or Windows as the Facebook says it’s planning to launch a standalone desktop version for Mac and Windows in F8 conference. Messenger for desktopFacebookGet ready for Facebook DatingLast year at F8, Facebook announced plans to launch a dating game. After that, the company has been gradually rolling out the feature as a test in five different places (Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina, and Mexico). Now, this feature is going to expand to 14 more countries, mostly in Asia and South America. Facebook DatingFacebookFacebook has added a feature that could help you to find love among your Facebook friends – called ‘Secret Crush’. For that, you will have to create a profile of nine people you’re interested in. if they also set up a dating profile then Facebook will tell them that they have a secret crush. And if you are in their crush list, Facebook will bring you two crazy persons together.To get more update from Facebook F8 2019, stay tuned with us.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/1:14Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:10?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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How a VR board game helps its maker deal with phobia

By on September 1, 2019

first_imgWe’ve all had those nagging fears that scratch at the mind in just the right way to start impacting our life. I’m terribly afraid of not finishing every pint of ice cream I see, for instance. Some, however, face fears that permeate their personal and professional lives in devastating ways.Former EA developer Theresa Duringer has just that problem. She’s terribly afraid of flying. For most, that’s not such a big deal, but now that she’s running two game development studios of her own — one for virtual reality games and the other for more traditional indie titles — she has to fly quite a bit.While working on Bazaar (her last VR game) she noticed that she was able to cope with flights a bit better. “I had a huge reduction in stress,” Duringer says. “To the point where my usually sweaty hands were dry after an hour in VR. My heart was calm. I think just visually and auditorily being in a different place altogether really helped me forget I was on a flight.” For someone who “[breaks] out in hives” and “can’t sleep for weeks before a flight,” that’s pretty special.After that trip, Duringer wanted to take the idea of using VR for therapy a bit further. “I wanted something that would constantly tax my attention so I didn’t have a chance to freak out or think about my seat flying 30,000 feet in the air,” she says.Shortly before she’d met with the makers of the popular deck-building game Ascension at GenCon in Indiana. She won some tournaments at the convention and earned an invitation to the game’s world championship. Duringer thought the game would be the perfect fit, requiring care, attention, and deep strategy. Plus, she says, board games are already made to be extremely replayable, because many of them cost so much to develop, produce, and distribute.With Ascension, she says, she had the perfect mix. She reached out to Stone Blade, hoping for permission to license the game while she had her team get started on modifying their VR engine to accommodate tabletop games. Stone Blade wasn’t interested at first, but after CEO Justin Gary played Bazaar at SXSW and saw people’s reactions to VR tech, he made the decision to go ahead with the port.The result is remarkable. Ascension VR works by honing in on what makes tabletop games special — their social element — and tailoring the VR experience around that, instead of just moving their game into the virtual world.As anyone part of the tabletop revolution of the past few years can tell you, shooting the shit with friends over a drink or two, seeing their reaction when you pull a ridiculous play, and building a sense of community as you play together is essential. And while Ascension and many other tabletop games have mobile and even video game console ports, they all fail to capture that feeling of presence. Duringer wanted chat and camaraderie to be a focal point, however.Games care organized into lobbies of up to four players, and everyone can see each other’s digital avatars. As each of you speak, the game uses voice recognition software and lip-syncing to match your avatar’s virtual expressions to your real-world ones. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s surprisingly effective — especially given that the game can run on anything from the Gear VR to more robust head-mounted displays like the Oculus Rift.All of this works over the internet, too, helping bring people together in a pseudo-physical space in the virtual world. That alone is noteworthy, particular for extroverts like myself who eschew digital interaction. This may well be the first step in helping far-flung friends stay connected regardless of distance.But all that started with the idea of making a game that could help Duringer overcome her fear of flying… and unfortunately, while it’s helped, it hasn’t been all that successful. In a phone call, she says, “I’m still terrified… I wasn’t always like this, I think it was a string of bad flights in my 20s that started it, but now it’s awful.” Duringer’s last flight was just a few days ago, and while Ascension helped, it’s clear that it’s grown beyond its inspiration, and that’s okay.For VR to succeed we’re going to need a lot more games like Ascension. VR is a new field, fraught with a lot of design problems and hampered by developers that aren’t designing with the medium, but Ascension VR knows what it needs to be. It had to offer something above and beyond just a card game “but in virtual reality,” and to Duringer and the team at Temple Gates’ credit, that’s exactly what they’ve made.last_img read more

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Sales of Nintendos 2DS increased 500 in August

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first_imgAs Nintendo fans grow increasingly frustrated with the lack of official news regarding the forthcoming Nintendo NX, it seems they are countering that frustration by purchasing existing Nintendo hardware in ever greater quantities.Nintendo is enjoying very healthy sales across the US in the run up to the holidays according to the latest North American NPD sales figures. Here’s the highlights, with the sales increase compared to August last year:2DS hardware sales increased 500%3DS hardware sales increased 83%First-party physical and digital game sales increased 57%Wii U game sales increased 30%2-year-old games Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire reached no.9 and no. 11 on overall sales chartsAs you can see, there’s some very impressive increases in sales there, and during a period when the focus of consumers is increasingly turning to “what’s next?”Nintendo’s explanation for this huge increase in sales is simple: Pokemon. The launch of Pokemon Go on smartphones surprised everyone with just how popular it was. But Nintendo seemingly predicted it would be a huge hit and planned other Pokemon releases for its own hardware to take advantage.In May, the price of the 2DS in North America dropped to just $79.99. Before that happened, Nintendo made the classic Pokemon games (Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow) available through the Virtual Console. Then on November 18 we will see the release of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, which should trigger another spike in hardware sales just in time for Christmas.The 83% increase in 3DS hardware sales last month followed an 80% increase in July. It seems likely September and October will see similar spikes as Nintendo’s marketing for Pokemon Sun and Moon kicks into high gear. After Christmas there’s sure to be a significant drop off in sales as is always the case, but it is likely to be worse as we head into February and then March due to the Nintendo NX launching.Earlier this year I predicted that Nintendo would use the Tokyo Game Show to introduce the NX properly. They didn’t do that and now I can see why. With all Nintendo’s hardware platforms seeing large spikes in sales, why would you mess with that? They may even wait until January now to reveal what the NX is, and who can blame them?last_img read more

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Chemists discover a way to extract hydrogen from methanol at low temperature

By on August 31, 2019

first_img Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—A team of German and Italian chemists working at the University of Rostock has discovered a way to extract hydrogen from methanol at low temperatures and ambient pressure using a common catalyst. As they report in their paper published in the journal Nature, the team was able to use a ruthenium-based catalyst to extract hydrogen molecules from methanol without having to exert high temperatures or added pressure. Approaching ‘real’ aqueous methanol reforming. Credit: Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature11891 Citation: Chemists discover a way to extract hydrogen from methanol at low temperature (2013, February 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-chemists-hydrogen-methanol-temperature.html 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. More information: Low-temperature aqueous-phase methanol dehydrogenation to hydrogen and carbon dioxide, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature11891AbstractHydrogen produced from renewable resources is a promising potential source of clean energy. With the help of low-temperature proton-exchange membrane fuel cells, molecular hydrogen can be converted efficiently to produce electricity. The implementation of sustainable hydrogen production and subsequent hydrogen conversion to energy is called “hydrogen economy”. Unfortunately, its physical properties make the transport and handling of hydrogen gas difficult. To overcome this, methanol can be used as a material for the storage of hydrogen, because it is a liquid at room temperature and contains 12.6 per cent hydrogen. However, the state-of-the-art method for the production of hydrogen from methanol (methanol reforming) is conducted at high temperatures (over 200 degrees Celsius) and high pressures (25–50 bar), which limits its potential applications. Here we describe an efficient low-temperature aqueous-phase methanol dehydrogenation process, which is facilitated by ruthenium complexes. Hydrogen generation by this method proceeds at 65–95 degrees Celsius and ambient pressure with excellent catalyst turnover frequencies (4,700 per hour) and turnover numbers (exceeding 350,000). This would make the delivery of hydrogen on mobile devices—and hence the use of methanol as a practical hydrogen carrier—feasible.center_img Methanol, best known as wood or “spirit” alcohol, occurs in small amounts in nature. More commonly however, it is created using a catalytic process involving hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. It’s most common use is as an ingredient in making other chemicals, such as formaldehyde. In this new research, the team became interested in methanol because of its possible use as a liquid carrier of hydrogen.Over the past several years researchers have been looking for a way to store and transport hydrogen gas (for use in fuel cells to create electricity) in a way that is safe—most center around converting it to a liquid, a process that is difficult and requires a lot of energy. A better approach would be to use another liquid that has a lot of hydrogen in it and then to extract the hydrogen from it at the place where it is needed. One such liquid is methanol (12.6 percent hydrogen), but until now, extracting the hydrogen from it has required both high temperatures and pressure.In this new research, the team used ruthenium as a catalyst along with an alkali to pull the molecules in methanol apart in a three step dehydrogenation process that resulted in the release of hydrogen gas (and carbon dioxide) at temperatures of 65–95 degrees Celsius at ambient air pressure. Furthermore the team found that they could produce three molecules of hydrogen for every one molecule of methanol used, proof that it was a highly efficient process.Based on these results the team says it appears possible that methanol could be used as a liquid transport for hydrogen at some point in the future. There are some serious issues to be resolved before that could happen though, with the most glaring being capturing the carbon dioxide that is released during the process. Also, the process happens too slowly for use in a real time engine and needs to be made more efficient to reduce the amount of energy used overall. © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Homogeneous catalysis: ruthenium phosphine complex hydrogenates carbon dioxide to make methanollast_img read more

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Southern Pacific very fishy

By on August 19, 2019

first_imgThe southern Pacific took top spot fishing again this week after weeks of just so-so fishing. Here’s a rundown from north to south.Up in Guanacaste, they are finding a few marlin and sails well offshore, and a dorado here and there, which is much less action than a couple weeks ago. Inshore, there has been lots of roosterfish activity off Santa Elena and Playa Blanca.The Los Sueños area reported slow fishing this week with a few patches of red tide.Pez Vela marina activity is picking up. There are patches of red tide out to about 20 miles. Beyond that, the water is clear and marlin and sailfish are starting to move into the area. Some dorado are being picked off under floating structures.Down south, the fishing has been really good with constant marlin action in recent weeks. Thursday, my boats ran into patches of red tide and shut things down.Fishing recapHere is a recap from a report that got posted Thursday morning, before the ugly algae moved in.We started our season with an invasion of the British, which hasn’t caused such a stir since the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, and here the marlin liked the beat. David Plummer hosted a group including honeymooners Richard Perry and Loraine Chant along with David Leavesley and Martin Wickes. The marlin gods shined on Wickes, who bagged a pair at 200 and 300 pounds apiece. Leavesley fished a day with Sheena Banton from South Florida and the two took a smorgasbord of inshore species, including a 60-pound roosterfish, a 40-pound amberjack, snapper, jacks and other inshore species.The Chants also added a bunch of species to fish list including marlin, sailfish, snapper, roosterfish, jacks, Bluefin trevally and bonito. They were at the top off the leader board almost every day, and if their marriage is as good as their first fishing trip, they are bound to have a long happy one.Another group from across the pond was Gary Hincks, Mick Tutt and Mick Fullan, who have kept me in stitches with their British humor. The have also caught a lot of fish including raising five marlin, hooking four, and landing two in one day. They have also caught some nice fish shore fishing on their “non-fishing” days. Some just can’t get it out of their system.Our first customers of the season were also from non-U.S. locations. Ernesto Stoecklin from the Dominican Republic and Henry Looser from Switzerland have been fishing buddies for a long time. Roosters, dorado and Looser’s big snapper were among their catch, and I especially enjoy conversing with Stoecklin about marine conservation efforts.The boss hogGood friend and host of Big Water Adventures Mark Davis is filming his third show at the resort. The man is a perfect example of what preparation, talent and a little luck can do for a fishing trip. Using the new Sebile Popper, he bagged a 35-pound jack, a 30-plus-pound snapper, and a rooster of 70 pounds or more – all in one morning. This will be seen on the 2013 season of Big Water Adventures. Enjoy the photos.Angela Eubank, fishing with her husband Jason, took her first sailfish yesterday and had to take the customary first dive in the water after landing her fish. This is usually done at the dock but we let her off light and let her use the pool. They just missed a marlin yesterday, and if they get it today, the ceremony will definitely be done on the pier.Over on the CaribbeanOnly the lack of fishermen is keeping the tarpon numbers down. The ocean has calmed, and lots of fish are awaiting anglers. The first runs of calba (fat snook) are starting to arrive in Barra del Colorado, which is a good sign for December and January, when the calba season peaks. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Riviera Maya Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler

By on August 10, 2019

first_imgRiviera Maya, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAdding yet another award to its collection, Grand Velas Riviera Maya recently received a 2010 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award. Voted among the Top Ten Best Spas for Water Sports by the prestigious company’s readers, Spa Grand Velas Riviera Maya features a signature hour-long Water Journey built around eight specially designed water-based facilities with a personal spa valet to provide guidance. The spa also specializes in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world. “A Readers’ Choice Award is a remarkable achievement,” said Susan Ellis, president of SpaFinder. “There are over 15,000 destination, resort and hotel spas around the world, and to be singled out by our readers is a tremendous honor.”“We are especially proud that just two years after opening we not only meet but surpass our guests’ expectations,” said Spa Director Leticia Fernandez. “After recently receiving Virtuoso’s 2010 “Best Spa” in the world, we are incredibily honored to receive a Readers’ Choice Award from SpaFinder, the global spa resource that connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with spas worldwide.” The $15 million architecturally striking spa at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya is inspired by the jungle and natural water pools of the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexican Architects Ricardo Elias and Alexis Elias of EliasElias AR preserved the stone, plants and streams specific to the Riviera Maya landscape and incorporated them into the curved, organic design of the two-level, 89,000 square-foot spa. Spa Grand Velas Riviera Maya features 40 treatment rooms and suites complemented with Mexican and Balinese artwork and furnishings.www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com/last_img read more

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Car Highlights– New 66 litre turbo charged V12

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first_imgCar Highlights:– New 6.6 litre turbo charged V12 engine unique to Rolls-Royce – New 8-speed gearbox – Engine power upwards of 500bhp (upwards of 373kW/507PS)Rolls-Royce Motor Cars confirmed further details about the production version of 200EX, the experimental car shown at the Geneva motor show early in March 2009.Rolls-Royce CEO, Tom Purves announced the details at a press conference in New York where 200EX is currently being shown to potential customers on the first leg of a world tour.Speaking at the event, Mr. Purves said, “There has been a great deal of interest in this car since we first talked about producing a new model series in the autumn of 2006 and the reaction 200EX received at its unveiling at Geneva was very positive. As we move another step closer to the start of production at Goodwood, it is exciting to be able to share some of the specific technical details with customers and the media.”He continued, “RR4 will deliver an authentic Rolls-Royce experience to owners, so expect peerless comfort and build quality. However, we have consciously engineered this car to be more involving and dynamic for those owners around the world that will wish to drive it themselves.”RR4 will be powered by a brand new 6.6 litre turbo charged V12 engine unique to Rolls-Royce. The engine will be combined with an 8-speed automatic ZF gearbox. This new drive-train will significantly improve fuel and CO2 efficiency over the already class leading Phantom series of cars. Engine power will be upwards of 500bhp.www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/last_img read more

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By on February 24, 2019

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By on January 13, 2019

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