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NYC transit chief slams Bombardier halts rail car deliveries over problems

Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press NEW YORK — The head of the New York City Transit Authority and former chief executive at the Toronto Transit Commission says he is having “deja vu times two” with problems around trains from Bombardier Inc.Andy Byford told the state transit authority this week that New York City Transit will halt new train car deliveries until more of the existing cars are fixed.“It’s gruelling. You have to stay on their case, you have to hold their hands, you have to cajole them,” Byford said at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee meeting Tuesday.He cited “depressing” issues with the HVAC system software and past problems with springs between the cars and doors that were “weeping oil.”“I’ve been around this cycle now twice with Bombardier — twice in Toronto,” he said, recalling the production delays and defects that plagued streetcar orders during his five years at the helm of Canada’s largest municipal transit authority.“Eventually they get the build quality right and suddenly they start to come off the production line like a well-oiled machine,” he said, adding that “you end up with a very good product.”New York City Transit was expecting 13 of the cars, which cost about $2-million apiece, back from repairs this week following software issues.Bombardier said it has delivered 160 out of about 300 cars so far, with some still in testing.“We understand the frustration and we own the issue,” spokesman Eric Prudhomme said in an email Thursday evening.“It’s not unusual in the industry to have some issues, particularly in the early stages of passenger service.”Prudhomme said he expects the technical problems with the R179 cars, which run on several lines in New York City, to be fixed “shortly,” with 50 employees “working around the clock” at Bombardier’s plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y.None of the problems has jeopardized passenger safety, the company has said.New York City Transit has representatives on site monitoring the progress, on top of bi-weekly meetings to discuss vehicles that were delivered but not fit for service, Byford said.“Short of actually building the damn things, we’re doing everything else that we possibly can do,” he said.Earlier this month, Swiss Federal Railways opted to stop taking new trains from the Montreal-based company until it fixes the ones already in service.Bombardier is also facing a Feb. 1 deadline for delivery of the first six of 76 vehicles for Toronto’s Crosstown Eglinton light rail line, with one car already at a Metrolinx site in Toronto. read more

Thousands still arriving on Italys shores from Libya and Tunisia – UN

The majority of the new arrivals, some 1,800, set sail from Janzour, 12 kilometres west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where they had waited for over a week for calm sea conditions to depart, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As for why they made the perilous sea journey across the Mediterranean, a group of Sudanese men told UNHCR staff that they were rounded up in Tripoli and forced on to a boat. Others said they had lost jobs in Libya and were hoping for work in Europe, said the agency. To date more than 1,500 people have lost their lives attempting to reach Italy’s shores, often because of unsafe vessels and an absence of qualified skippers onboard. At the beginning of June at least 150 people who fled Libya drowned in one of the year’s deadliest boat incidents in the Mediterranean. UNHCR noted that some 52,000 people have arrived in Italy since the unrest in North Africa began earlier this year – 27,000 of them departed from Libya and the rest from Tunisia. The agency supports initiatives by the Italian Government for voluntary assisted repatriation of people found not to be in need of international protection. At the same time, it is concerned by an ongoing trend of refugees awaiting resettlement interviews in Tunisia crossing back into Libya to board boats for Europe. The agency is carrying out mass information campaign in the refugee camps to warn people of the risks of this journey. 16 August 2011People are continuing to flee Libya and Tunisia for a variety of reasons, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, noting that almost 2,000 people arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa over the weekend from the two North African nations. read more

Miners tech stocks push TSX lower but Wall Street rallies

TSX — 14,530.91     -2.66     -0.02% S&P 500 — 1,869.43     +6.03     +0.32% Dow — 16,448.74     +87.28     +0.53% Nasdaq — 3,999.73     -54.37     -1.34%TORONTO — Declines in the tech sector and weakness in the mining sector left the Toronto stock market little changed at the end of a volatile session Monday.The S&P/TSX composite index gave up early gains to lose 2.66 points to 14,530.91.Part of the reason for the subpar performance in the mining group came from Barrick Gold after merger talks between the Canadian company and Newmont Mining broke off. The news came two days before Barrick’s annual meeting, when company chairman and industry legend Peter Munk is expected to step down. Barrick shares lost 62 cents to $19.12.The Canadian dollar was up 0.09 of a cent to 90.7 cents US.It was a volatile session for New York markets as well, with the Dow Jones industrials registering a triple-digit advance, then going into negative territory at mid-afternoon before ending the day up 87.28 points at 16,448.74.The Nasdaq finished well off its worst levels for the day and slipped 1.16 points to 4,074.4 as some of the biggest tech names registered declines with Amazon, Facebook and Netflix all down around 2.5%.After snapping up tech stocks last year, investors have spent most of 2014 punishing them. The Nasdaq is down 3% in April.“The froth is finally burning off in some of these sectors, like technology,” said Quincy Krosby, a market strategist at Prudential Financial in New York.“Investors want to rely more on fundamentals and it’s hard to justify some of these valuations.”Negative sentiment also spread to the TSX tech sector, down almost 1% with Constellation Software down 3.4% at $253.03.The S&P 500 index rose 6.03 points to 1,869.43.Investors also focused on rising tensions in the crisis over Ukraine. On Monday, the U.S. government imposed sanctions against seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.The White House says the penalties were being levied because it says Russia has failed to live up to commitments it agreed to under an international accord aimed at de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Corporate earnings will help set the tone on markets this coming week. In Canada, Imperial Oil, Suncor Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources are expected to report results.The energy sector is the best-performing group on the TSX year to date, up about 15%.“I see some good, positive results,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“Oil prices have remained relatively high, I think our discount relative to U.S. oil has diminished, which should help out the oilsands producers.”On Monday, Precision Drilling reported first-quarter net earnings of $102 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, up from $93 million, or 33 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenues increased 13% to $672 million, mainly due to higher pricing and drilling activity in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere. Its shares slipped 14 cents to $13.70.On the commodity markets, June crude in New York added 24 cents to US$100.84 a barrel and the TSX energy sector gained 0.10%.The gold sector led decliners, down 2.13% as June bullion lost $1.80 to US$1,299 an ounce.The base metals sector declined 1.62% as July copper was unchanged at US$3.09 a pound. WHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYUNITED STATES9 a.m.S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index (Feb): Economists expect 0.8% rise from month before, 13% rise year over year 10 a.m.Conference Board Consumer confidence index (April): Economists expect a reading of 83.2 CORPORATE NEWSCANADACanada Bread Company Ltd Q1 earnings Hudbay Minerals Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 29¢ a share Mega Brands Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $1.17 a share Suncor Energy Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 96¢ a share Tembec Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 5¢ a share UNITED STATESFranklin Resources Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 89¢ a share General Growth Properties Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 3¢ a share Loews Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 70¢ a share read more

Traders will for guidance from Fed speech developments out of Iraq

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2014 8:00 am MDT Traders will for guidance from Fed speech, developments out of Iraq TORONTO – A meeting of the Federal Reserve will be in focus this week as traders look to see if the U.S. central bank makes any changes to its massive bond purchase program that has supported markets in the world’s biggest economy.The Federal Open Market Committee is set to release its latest statement on monetary policy on Wednesday. It’s expected that Fed chair Janet Yellen will announce that the bank will cut $10 billion from its monthly bond purchases, keeping it on track for reducing the program by $45 billion by the end of the year.Although such news won’t be a surprise to most, senior economist Jennifer Lee of BMO Capital Markets said traders are eager to hear Yellen’s comments following the announcement. Of particular interest will be her take on the strength of the U.S. recovery in areas like jobs, home prices and consumer spending.The Fed’s monthly bond buyback program has helped lift markets and kept long-term interest rates low, but the bank has long warned that it can’t be in place forever and has been tapering the program as signs of strength in the U.S. economy continue to emerge.Although Lee anticipates Yellen will take a more positive tone on the economy, she will likely remain cautious in her approach.The main reason? Jobs.“The U.S. has been suddenly turning out new jobs each month and has regained all the jobs loss since the Great Recession (of 2008-09), but jobless rates remain elevated,” she said.“Far too many people are still considered to be long-term unemployed.”In addition to the Fed announcement, markets will also be watching for developments in Iraq and how it may affect global oil prices. Last week, benchmark U.S. crude rose to nearly US$107 a barrel after al-Qaida inspired militants captured two key Iraqi cities and vowed to march on Baghdad, raising fears for global supplies.The July crude contract on the New York mercantile Exchange closed Friday at US$106.91 a barrel, up 38 cents.Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser at Scotia McLeod in Peterborough, Ont., said if the situation worsens in Iraq there is a chance the Fed might consider pausing its cuts to the stimulus until the conflict is resolved.“If we were to see a major destabilization of the Middle East as a result of what’s happening in Iraq, it’s possible the Fed may refrain from tapering,” he said.Either way, a threat to oil supplies will leave an impact on North American equities, which some analysts already say are overvalued after reaching near-record levels this year.“You’ve already got a market that is vulnerable to a pullback,” Pyle said. “If you throw in something like Iraq, which has serious ramifications for energy, energy costs, gasoline prices and the impact on consumers and business, (then) suddenly you have a very good catalyst for stocks to retreat even further.”The TSX ended last week up 91.98 points or 1.10 per cent, pushing it past the 15,000 mark but leaving it still a few points shy of the index’s record close set in June 2008, just before the Great Recession sent stocks plummeting.U.S. markets also gained ground last week with the Dow industrials ahead by 0.8 per cent.Meanwhile, August bullion climbed 10 cents Friday to US$1,274.10 an ounce, while July copper advanced a penny to US$3.03 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

By George car production is up again CV production down but exports

By George, car production is up again Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Car production in March 2002 rose by 10.3 per cent Car production in YTD 2002 rose by 16.1 per cent For more details and Commercial Vehicle Production figures see the attached press release. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Teenager convicted of sexual assault of classmate allowed to stay at same

Her mother said: “I think the day he was found guilty he should have been excluded.”He should not be allowed near my daughter or any woman right now.“I worry every single day, even now. I don’t feel the boy was adequately punished at all.”The schoolgirl said the guilty verdict had been a “massive weight off my shoulders”, but expressed concern about the apparent lack of regard for her wellbeing post-conviction.She said: “I thought I wasn’t going to see him. They said I’m their main priority. ” A schoolboy convicted of sexually assaulting a female classmate has been allowed to stay at the same school despite a restraining order.The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and put on the sex offenders register, the BBC reported.However, despite the teenager being handed a restraining order following the youth court proceedings, he was allowed to carry on studying alongside his victim.The school insisted it had followed all procedures correctly.His victim told the broadcaster: “I have to just keep my head down, pretend he’s not there, otherwise it makes me panic.”The schoolgirl was targeted with gradually escalating harassment by her classmate, until he eventually began putting his hands up her skirt and touching her chest.”I wanted to leave but I felt like I couldn’t do anything. I felt powerless, like I was stuck,” she told BBC Inside Out East.Schools are required by guidelines to handle claims of sexual assault and the conviction of a pupil on a “case by case basis”.However, the parents of the victim, from Essex, condemned the decision to allow the boy to continue studying at the same school. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Free inflight WiFi from Google for the holidays

first_imgGoogle has decided to do another free in-flight Wi-Fi offer for the holiday season this year which will run from November 20 through January 2 next year.Last year Google offered free Wi-Fi access at 47 airports across the U.S. At the same time it had struck a deal with Virgin America to offer free inflight access.AdChoices广告This time round the offer discards the airports and goes for more airline options with Google teaming up with AirTran, Delta, and Virgin America to offer free access via Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi. It will be available on all domestic flights if you use those airlines between the given dates, and hopefully will allow for a more pleasant flight.The offer is a good promotion for Google which is pushing the use of the Chrome browser as the perfect solution for browsing while you fly.To learn more about the offer visit the Free Holiday Wi-Fi web page and don’t forget your laptop as hand luggage the day you fly.Below are images showing exactly which aircraft from each airline offers the Gogo service:DeltaVirgin AmericaAirTranRead more at The Official Google BlogMatthew’s OpinionThis is sure to go down well again with passengers and I’m sure the airlines involved are hoping for more bookings over the next month and a half. For Google it’s sure to get a few more people trying the Chrome browser, and a lot more people being exposed to the name for the first time.I wonder if next year we will see the same, or if Google will change tact and somehow try to push Chrome OS instead? Maybe we’ll see very cheap Chrome OS netbooks offered for sale in airports, or the use of a free netbook running the OS during your flight. I wouldn’t be surprised if Google went that far in order to get Chrome OS known about.Is anyone going to change their airline to take advantage of this offer for an upcoming trip? If the prices for flying are similar I’d certainly consider switching.last_img read more

3D printer adapted to ice a cake

first_imgAn avid group of 3D printing enthusiasts in the UK have decided to apply what they learned about the process of 3D printing to create an extrusion device that’s capable of icing a cake.This clever idea has turned out to be a bit more difficult than they expected, but through trial and error they have finally created a simple process called “punch and extrude” to produce advanced designs out of sweet buttercream frosting.While there are plenty of different videos out there showing syringes being used to extrude frosting and dough for cookies, the CNCDudez felt that everything they had seen was much too slow to be practical. The vast majority of the techniques that have gone before made use of an “outside-in” method, where starting from the outside of the cake the printer would make passes in concentric rings until the design was complete. This method does accomplish the task of icing a cake, the group thought it could improve on it significantly.While the process isn’t perfect, the team seems to be on the right track as the more traditional squeeze extrusion nozzle is indeed faster and more capable of producing advanced designs. With 3D printers becoming less expensive for the consumer, it’s not out of the question that a home baker could make use of these advances to help them finish a cake while they do other things in the kitchen. I can also see a few cake shops jumping on this idea to help up their capacity and guarantee the same design produced perfectly on every cake.Read more at the CNC Dudez pagelast_img read more

Hard working migrant family key to Kyrous success

first_imgSupreme Court Justice Emilios Kyrou could have stayed with the name John – the adopted name he took on to attract less attention to himself. But even as a teenager, he had the backbone to fight for what he believed in, to get an education and to remain steadfast in his culture, heritage and hard working background of his parents. He changed his name back to Emilios – the name he was christened with by his godparents. At the same time he went back to his original Christian name, his family were granted permanent residency in Australia, and the teenager was named dux of Upfield High School. But titles are things that Justice Kyrou’s become quite accustomed to. From dux, he went on to study law at Melbourne University where he graduated with the highest mark of male students in 1982. Then he became not just the first Greek Australian but also Victoria’s second practicing solicitor to be appointed directly as justice of the Supreme Court – the first was his mentor Bernard Teague. It was his parents who instilled in Justice Kyrou the importance of education from an early age that he credits for making his lauded and esteemed career possible. He remembers his parents saying to him: “You must get an education otherwise you will be poor and ignorant like us”. It was in the ’50s when the family lodged their application to migrate to Australia, due to the Assisted Migration Agreement between the Australian and Greek government that provided the migrants with free passage on a ship, accommodation in a migrant hostel in a land where there was apparently plenty of work. The application was granted and on April 5, 1968 the family arrived in Melbourne on the Ellinis passenger ship after a 28-day journey. None of them spoke English. As a young boy, Justice Kyrou was exposed to racism, but again those titles – albeit negative ones – only made him stronger and more determined. “I remember being called wog, greaser, dago, choc, bald choc, spag and other derogatory, racist names at school,” he writes in his autobiography Call me Emilios. “Those names were very hurtful and dented my self-esteem. I felt very ostracised, particularly in the first months.” Justice Kyrou has finally found time to pen his autobiography that captures the struggles faced by migrants – the fear of a strange land and the unknown. Call Me Emilios is available at the Law Institute of Victoria Bookshop, 470 Bourke Street. Phone (03) 9607 9348 or emailbookshop@liv.asn.a Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee Launched

first_img Related Items:#Jamaica55UKSteeringCommitteeLaunched Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, May 24, 2017 – London – The Jamaican High Commission will host the joint UK launch of Jamaica 55 celebrations and the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference on Thursday, June 1, in London.  This was announced at the launch of the Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee by High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan.The Steering Committee, which will be co-chaired by Business Consultant and member of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Taskforce, Rudi Page, and Events Planner, Janelle Raeburn, will coordinate activities, with the primary purpose of encouraging second-, third- and fourth-generation Jamaican-UK citizens to expand on the legacy built by their parents for the upliftment of the Jamaican-UK community and Jamaica.“I am truly delighted to launch this Steering Committee as we seek to further promote Jamaica in the UK, under the national theme ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad’,” said High Commissioner Ramocan.He told participants, which included members of the various subcommittees, that “our mission is to heighten public awareness of the significant achievements of the Jamaican-UK community and its outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom. So, this year, we will celebrate, collaborate and elevate,” the High Commissioner said.The High Commission will also be working with the Jamaican community during the year, in relation to the organisation of a number of core and endorsed events that will showcase Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage and its influence in the UK.The subcommittees comprise Jamaicans of various backgrounds and experiences, some of whom are first- and second-generation Jamaicans.The Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.#Jamaica55UKSteeringCommitteeLaunchedlast_img read more

Schools must provide sports for disabled US says

first_imgWASHINGTON — Students with disabilities must be given a fair shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues, the Education Department says.Disabled students who want to play for their school could join traditional teams if officials can make “reasonable modifications” to accommodate them. If those adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport or give the student an advantage, the department is directing the school to create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing to traditional programs.“Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement announcing the new guidance Friday.The groundbreaking order is reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for girls and women four decades ago and could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.Activists cheered the changes.“This is a landmark moment for students with disabilities. This will do for students with disabilities what Title IX did for women,” said Terri Lakowski, who for a decade led a coalition pushing for the changes. “This is a huge victory.”It’s not clear whether the new guidelines will spark a sudden uptick in sports participation. There was a big increase in female participation in sports after Title IX guidance instructed schools to treat female athletics on par with male teams. That led many schools to cut some men’s teams, arguing that it was necessary to be able to pay for women’s teams.last_img read more

Man killed instantly after hitandrun in Northwest MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person who hit and killed a man in Northwest Miami-Dade, and simply left his body on the side of the road.According to police, 31-year-old Dioni Lora was walking near Northwest 28th Street and Northwest 31st Avenue over the weekend.Lora was killed on impact.Cops believe the driver was in a 1999 to 2003 gold Ford F-150 with dark tints.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Man found shot to death outside rural lodge bunkhouse

first_imgAlaska State Troopers say a 56-year-old man died in an apparent shooting outside the bunkhouse of the Port William Wilderness Lodge on Shuyak Island near Kodiak.Troopers found the body Tuesday after receiving a request to conduct a welfare check.A web posting says a suspect was identified, and this person was later arrested in Anchorage.Anchorage police say in an email to The Associated Press that the man was arrested on unrelated warrants early Thursday morning, and is being held without bond because one of the warrants was for a parole violation.The body of the man shot will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The man’s identity has not released, and officials are attempting to find relatives.Troopers are working with the Kodiak District Attorney’s Office on other possible charges.last_img read more

Romig Middle Schoolers present history project at the Smithsonian

first_imgRomig Middle School students Annika Colberg (left) and Ava Liles (right) look through photos of the Berlin Wall. The photos and the exhibit in the background were shown at the Smithsonian on Wednesday as part of National History Day. (Photo by Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Thirteen-year-old Annika Colberg and 14-year-old Ava Liles never expected their National History Day project to win the statewide contest in their division. But, when they found out they were headed to the Smithsonian, they were proud, surprised and a little bit nervous.Listen now“We put in so much effort, and we knew that it was like a job well done because we spent so much time on it,” Liles said.Colberg and Liles along with their Romig Middle School classmates Liza Lebo and Emma Knapp spent hours working after school on their exhibit “The Berlin Wall: A Symbol of Isolation and Unification.” Made up of two grey tri-fold boards stacked on top of one another, the exhibit stands taller than they do.“The top is more of the information that we needed to have for our project, so more facts. And then the bottom we have split west and east with quotes and photos from kind of each side of the wall,” Colberg said.A timeline decorated with string lights runs horizontally. In one of the photos, a guard reaches through a gap in the Berlin Wall, offering a flower to the camera. John F. Kennedy’s quote, “A wall is a hell of a lot better than a war,” is centered on the board in big, bold letters. Another from Ronald Reagan: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed. We’re armed because we mistrust each other.”Their exhibit features photos, quotes and historical information about the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)“I think those are also things (that) can be applied currently. Kind of realizing our faults,” Colberg said. “Like learning from our mistakes and what works and what doesn’t.”Forty-one students from across Alaska headed to Maryland this week to compete in the National History Day contest. They’re joining students from across the country and the world. As part of the contest, the girls were also invited to showcase their exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Wednesday. The girls’ exhibit features a piece of the actual wall that once divided Germany. It also includes a small replica made of Styrofoam.“One half of the wall has graffiti on it, ’cause it shows how people from the west side were able to come to the wall and write on it,” Liles said. “And how on the east side it was just one blank wall because everything was restricted.”For National History Day, students conduct original research on a topic of their choice. They then work to create an exhibit, performance, documentary, essay or website explaining their research and compete on a local, district and statewide level in different divisions before advancing to nationals. The competition was started in 1974.Adam Johnson, the group’s social studies teacher, said the contest helps his students develop the research skills they need for high school.“They have to do their own research. They have to find primary and secondary sources, and they have to use that research to create a project,” Johnson said. “It’s really higher-level thinking.”Annika Colberg, left, and Ava Liles, right, stand next to their National History Day exhibit “The Berlin Wall: A Symbol of Isolation and Unification” (Photo by Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Johnson said what made this group stand out was their diligence.“Their research was spot-on. They were passionate about the project. And they worked well together as a group,” Johnson said. “On top of that, they made a display that looked like a museum exhibit.”Colberg said they chose the Berlin Wall partly because it fit with this year’s theme of “Conflict and Compromise in History” and partly because they didn’t know much about the Cold War, a conflict that had impacted their parents’ generation. “It was important and it was a pretty major event, and it’s still relatively recent where there’s people that have actually been impacted by it like still living today,” Colberg said.All four girls said that studying history is an important way to understand the present and the future.“With the Berlin Wall, obviously that didn’t turn out well. So by having that event and time in our history, I think we can definitely learn from that,” Liza Lebo said over the phone. “Which is, I think, a really great example because of recent events.”Neither Colberg nor Liles are sure yet what they’ll go on to study, but they haven’t ruled out history.last_img read more

HandsOn Weedcraft Inc is a Tycoon Game About Selling Weed

first_img There are plenty of games about marijuana out there. However, the vast majority treat the topic like a joke. Given the current national conversation about legalizing weed, it’s great to see a game emerge which treats the subject matter with the seriousness it deserves. Enter the Devolver Digital-published Weedcraft Inc., which, as its name suggests, is all about selling and distributing weed.I had the chance to try out an early build of Weedcraft Inc., with guidance from the project’s main writer, Scott Alexander. While I’m not exactly well-versed on the subject of marijuana, I do know my way around tycoon games; which is exactly what Weedcraft Inc. is. My demo consisted of the game’s introduction, which serves as a fine vehicle for showcasing the core mechanics Weedcraft Inc. centers around.Weedcraft Inc. is narratively set up as a series of story-driven vignettes. The demo I played focused on two brothers, whose father recently passed away from cancer. Marijuana was the only medicine which helped ease his pain, and one of the brothers had to cut his MBA short in order to care for his father and grow the weed he needed. After their father dies, the brothers decide to continue growing marijuana, both for profit and to help those who need it. This scenario sets up a strong emotional anchor for players and effortlessly leads to the bigger world of selling weed.Things start small for the brothers, who can only grow a few plants in their basement. The mechanics of growing marijuana are simple and straightforward. I started with three pots, a heat bulb, seeds, and low-grade soil. In order to grow the plants, I had to water them when prompted and prune them regularly. After doing this several times, I then harvested and prepared to sell the plants. The basic gameplay loop of planting, watering, pruning, and harvesting is, well, addictive. It’s also a pretty chill experience, which I found nice. Temperature, humidity, soil nutrition, and lighting are also important factors in growing perfect weed. But these are things which don’t become a major factor until later in the game.I had a single distribution center to sell marijuana from. After opening up for business, customers started rolling in. The distribution station had three different slots which I could assign different strains of weed to. Since I only had the one strain, I filled all three slots with it. Every customer has different quality weed they’ll tolerate. A vagrant was fine with low-quality weed, but he’d only spend $7. The jock demanded higher-grade marijuana, but was willing to spend upwards of $18. As the game progresses, you’ll need to have the right type of weed for the customers in the area. You’ll also have to adjust prices in order to maintain market share. This requires playing attention to what customers desire.One thing I found fascinating is the game’s morality system. It’s up to players whether they want to be “decent” or “shady,” or perhaps a combination of the two. For example, you can choose to sell weed legally but partake in shady business practices like blackmailing your employees or bribing the police. You can also sell weed illegally but treat everyone fairly. Or you can go full on shady or completely decent. This mirrors the real-world to some extent. The selling of weed is the grayest of gray areas and it’s awesome to see Weedcraft Inc. fully embrace this aspect of weed business.As the game progresses, you’ll have access to different strains of marijuana, better facilities for growing plants, and more employees, customers, and other characters to deal with. Though I had to manually grow and sell weed myself, you’ll eventually gain the ability to automate certain processes. You can have employees handle growing, selling, and research while you’re trying to get legislation changed in your favor, or if you need to blackmail a local cop using dirt you found on him. Like any good tycoon game, you’ll need to find the perfect balance between the micro and macro systems.Canada will soon legalize weed across its entire country. This will no doubt impact us here in the the United States. The Weedcraft Inc. team wants to incorporate scenarios like this into the game via DLC. Considering all of the changes currently happening with weed in America, the devs won’t run out of new scenarios to implement. This DLC will no doubt serve to prolong the game’s longevity for years to come.It’s no surprise that Weedcraft Inc. is the first title fully commissioned by Devolver Digital. The publisher has a reputation for pushing edgy games and a project centered around marijuana certainly fits that bill. I learned a lot about the mechanics of selling and distributing weed thanks to Weedcraft Inc., and I’m sure the same will be true for others. Also, Weedcraft Inc. is just a joy to play. I look forward to seeing the game’s progress and its eventual release. We don’t have a firm release date, but expect it sometime in early 2019. For a totally unrelated reason, check out our vape coverage.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Tenn. Police Warn of ‘Meth-Gators,’ Urge Users Not to Flush DrugsChild Finds $40,000 Worth of Meth Inside Lego Box last_img read more

Monitoring cell advisor visits Raina Jamalpur to interact with beneficiaries

first_imgKolkata: Colonel Diptangshu Chowdhury, advisor of the monitoring Cell constituted by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take stock of various government schemes, visited Raina and Jamalpur to interact with the beneficiaries and to listen to their complaints.Colonel Chowdhury took a detailed stock of the social schemes run by the Mamata Banerjee government. He examined various aspects as to how the schemes were being implemented in the district. This is for the first time in the history of the state that a representative deployed by the Chief Minister is visiting the districts to ensure that beneficiaries in the remote areas can reap the benefit of various government schemes. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt has been a huge success for the monitoring cell as Bankura District Magistrate Umashankar S attended a public interaction program in the name of Sahamarmi Sabha in a remote village of Taldangra Block in Bankura to address a grievance redressal and to perform a social audit on schemes and beneficiaries. The villagers also took active part in the event. The Chief Minister has given a platform where the beneficiaries of various government schemes can directly converse with the Chief Minister’s office, sharing their feedback and suggestions for the improvement of the delivery mechanism. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOnce a beneficiary from the districts raises his/her issue with the Chief Minister’s office through email at, it will be thoroughly examined and replied to within 10 days. One of the main objectives of the initiative is to bridge the gap between the beneficiaries and the government, thereby ensuring a smooth implementation of all the schemes. The focus of the move is to reach out to the marginalised beneficiaries in particular. The monitoring cell has already addressed many other issues. The grievances of two widows at Purulia’s Bagmundi have been addressed within two days.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Breast Imaging | April 03, 2019 Konica Minolta Highlights New Exa Mammo Features at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will highlight new features of Exa Mammo, a picture archiving and communication… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of… read more News | November 24, 2014 RedRick Technologies Helps Penn Radiology Implement New Radiology Reading Room Concepts Standardized design approach simplifies achievement of Imaging 3.0 goals News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more Related Content News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more RedRick Technologies, a provider of ergonomic radiology workstations, monitor mounting solutions and reading room environment guidance, has helped the new Penn Musculoskeletal Center implement their newest musculoskeletal radiology reading room, which may also serve as a model for future reading room designs at Penn Medicine.“In line with the tenets of value-based care by the American College of Radiology’s Imaging 3.0 initiative, the new reading room for the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) has been embedded on the same floor as the orthopaedics department in the new Penn Musculoskeletal Center,” explained Woojin Kim, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “The goal is to facilitate interaction between the radiologists and the orthopaedic surgeons while providing an environment that is convenient to our patients.” The reading room design plan considered layout, design, and ergonomics to help ensure a comfortable and productive work environment for radiologists in which they can communicate with specialists.RedRick Technologies, through their regional partner Evolve Technologies, helped address layout, acoustics, and lighting challenges as well as provide eight new ergonomic radiologist workstations that matched the four existing workstations. All workstations are adjustable sit/stand tables, incorporating ComfortView Monitor Mounting systems, recessed data hubs, integrated ambient back-lighting, and adjustable task lighting.“The department plans to apply various design elements of this reading room in developing future reading rooms,” said Kim. Steven Horii, M.D., director of medical informatics in the radiology department at HUP adds, “We have another reading room we are in the early stages of planning to update, and we are going to bring together our multi-disciplinary planning team early to ensure a more streamlined process.  We want to employ the same solutions and thought process, when optimizing acoustics, lighting, ergonomics and space, but since every reading room is different, we want to ensure our process accounts for these differences.”“Increasingly, our clients ask us for assistance designing or refreshing their reading environments; particularly when they understand the benefits of looking beyond ergonomics. The right workspace and reading environment can encourage the exchange of information that results in the best possible clinical care,” said Greg Patrick, president of RedRick Technologies. “Ergonomic, well designed workstations can optimize reading room workflow, creating opportunities for improved productivity and the clinical collaboration that can benefit patient care.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Australia trial over 1963 spousal rape charge OKd

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s highest court has found that a man can be tried for raping his then-wife almost 50 years ago.The High Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that a husband could be guilty of raping his wife in South Australia state in 1963. The judges were split on the decision five to two.The man, who cannot be named, had argued that in 1963, a husband could not rape his wife because the law considered that through marriage she had given consent. The High Court had not ruled otherwise until 1991. How do cataracts affect your vision? The man was charged with rape in 2010 after South Australia lifted the statute of limitations.A judge then delayed his trial until the question over spousal rape was resolved.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories last_img read more

Study Gen Y Key to Stronger Recovery

first_imgStudy: Gen Y Key to Stronger Recovery Forecast Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies 2014-06-26 Derek Templeton In its annual “State of the Nation’s Housing” report, the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University suggested that participation in the housing market from the segment of the population age 18 to 34 is the key to a robust housing recovery. The report concluded that the United States housing recovery should regain its footing but also faces a number of substantial challenges.”The housing recovery is following the path of the broader economy,” said Chris Herbert, research director at the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “As long as the economy remains on the path of slow, but steady improvement, housing should follow suit.”The report predicts that, despite the challenges, the demographic trends will induce greater participation. At some level at least, it’s a numbers game because of the increasing volume of adults coming of age. The number of households in their 30s should increase by 2.7 million over the coming decade, which should boost demand for new housing, the report predicts.For now, tight credit, elevated unemployment, and mounting student loan debt among young Americans are curbing growth and keeping Millennials and other first-time homebuyers out of the market.  Young Americans, feeling the burden of record levels of student loan debt and falling incomes, continue to live with their parents in greater numbers.”Ultimately, the large millennial generation will make their presence felt in the owner-occupied market,” said Daniel McCue, research manager of the Joint Center, “just as they already have in the rental market, where demand is strong, rents are rising, construction is robust, and property values increased by double digits for the fourth consecutive year in 2013.”Still, looming doubts about the economic recovery remain. On Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its final estimate of real gross domestic product for the first quarter of 2014. The release showed output in the U.S. declining at an annual rate of 2.9 percent. The first quarter decline stands in contrast with the fourth quarter of 2013, when real GDP grew at a 2.6 percent rate. The decline represents the greatest fall in GDP since 2009.Whether the drop in GDP represents a temporary setback or a more dire economic situation remains to be seen. Preliminary second-quarter data shows that economic output has improved in the second quarter as warmer weather helped release some pent-up demand.The report also highlights the ongoing affordability challenge in the greater housing market, which is a drag on the entire population but especially tasks Millennials as they attempt to gain a foothold in new industries, often at entry level wages.  Cost burdens remain near record levels and over 35 percent of Americans spend more than 30 percent of their income for housing.The report concludes that potential GSE reform, federal subsidies, and overall economic growth will be major contributing factors to getting the generation out of their parent’s basement and give them better access to a thriving housing market. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Newscenter_img June 26, 2014 447 Views Sharelast_img read more