Pamela Anderson Speaks Out Against Cruel Animal Shows

first_imgPamela Anderson has written to PETA supporters asking them to join her in refusing to attend marine parks such as SeaWorld.“As someone who cares deeply about animals, I know that they truly do not belong in the entertainment industry,” she wrote. “So when I hear about the abuse at places such as SeaWorld where captive marine animals are forced to perform tricks that go against their nature, it breaks my heart. And when orcas rebel and kill their trainers, as Tilikum did at SeaWorld Orlando, their captivity becomes tragic for people, too.“Marine mammals are some of the most intelligent, social creatures on the planet. They are meant to roam the open oceans, not be forced to interact with people in an area that, to them, is the size of a large tub.”“Orcas held captive at SeaWorld spend decades trapped in tiny tanks, swimming in endless circles and forced to perform meaningless tricks for gawking spectators,” added PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk. “At circuses such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, terrified baby elephants are torn away from their mothers and struck with sharp bullhooks until they submit to workers.“Animal abusers are trying to draw visitors in by offering deeply discounted tickets in partnership with Groupon. But if we join together and speak up now, we can convince Groupon to sever ties with the likes of SeaWorld and Ringling Bros. — and cut off one of the last tools that these companies have to prop up their abusive businesses.“Speak up now for orcas, elephants, and other animals trapped and tormented by the entertainment industry! Tell Groupon to stop promoting cruel animal shows and cancel these deals today.“Many major companies, including MasterCard, Visa, Ford, and Travelzoo, already have a ban on Ringling Bros. promotions. And thanks to the success of documentary films such as Blackfish — and the public outcry from people like you — the backlash against companies such as SeaWorld is in full swing, and it’s only growing stronger. Musical acts such as Willie Nelson and the Barenaked Ladies have canceled appearances at the park in recent months, and New York hot spot Bagatelle canceled SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary party after hearing from PETA.”Click here to help PETA stop cruel animal shows.last_img read more

Bank of Canada to weigh in on economy, expected to leave interest rate unchanged

OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is widely expected to leave his trend-setting interest rate unchanged today — and he appears in no hurry to move the rate any time soon.The policy announcement will come at a time when the economy is starting to show signs of picking up its pace after a winter deceleration that was largely caused by a drop in oil prices.Last month, Poloz held the rate at 1.75 per cent for a fourth-straight policy decision and set aside talk of hikes — at least until the economy rises from what he’s described as a temporary slowdown.The sudden down shift has also forced the central bank to cut its 2019 growth forecast — a reduction that comes after the economy ran at close to full tilt for most of 2017 and 2018.The bank continues to keep its eye on the evolution of heavy household debt loads, oil markets and the threats of global trade unknowns, which have become particularly uncertain in recent weeks.Many economists expect the bank to leave the interest rate untouched until at least late in the year and perhaps longer.The Canadian Press read more

Brock Days Alumni Weekend celebrations ceremonies and more

A welcoming sign greeting alumni at registration.The third weekend in September is always one to mark in your calendars.Alumni Weekend kicks off the two-week Brock Days celebration on campus and this year, more than 275 grads returned to the University to partake in the festivities.Alumni were reunited with friends, teammates, colleagues, faculty and perhaps connected with a few new people as well. They shared food, wine, educational experiences, but most importantly, stories from their past and present.Pat Hewitt at Mansion HouseMany grads teed off for the Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA) annual golf tournament before making their way to pub night at Mansion House in downtown St. Catharines. Brock music legend Pat Hewitt performed and helped grads get reacquainted over his “sociable” calls.Les McCurdy-Myers (BA ’76), BUAA board member and manager of the Personal Counselling Services and Leadership Development at Brock, was also roasted at the annual Tribute! event.While these alumni events were happening, students sipped and ate their way through a Café Crawl. More than 45 students came out and tried goodies from three different cafes and Smokes Poutinerie. The fan favourite of the evening was the molten hot chocolate.Saturday morning was kickstarted with a great breakfast as the day started with the BUAA annual general meeting where three new members of the board were voted in.Similar to last year, the remainder day included a mini-conference where attendees could go “back to class” to learn something new. In each breakout session, there was a faculty speaker, alumni speaker, hands-on workshop or tour they could participate in.Taking a tour of the new Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.“It was great to connect and reconnect with friends and colleagues,” said alumnus Brad Clarke (BA ’00), who is also a staff member and Brock Days committee chair. “I really enjoyed the two alumni speakers. They were inspiring and made me proud to be a part of Brock. I was telling my non-Brock friends about them all weekend.”This year’s keynote speaker was Peter Goodspeed (BA ’74), senior international affairs reporter for the National Post and also a 2012 Alumni of Distinction award recipient. Goodspeed spoke about his extensive journalism career, his experiences overseas and how it all started at Brock University.After the Back to Class sessions were over, attendees headed to Alphie’s Bistro for a drink and to recap everything they just heard.Guests also prepped and got ready for the Cameo Club ceremony, which followed the social at Alphie’s.To commemorate their lifelong affiliation with Brock University, alumni who graduated more than 25 years ago received a cameo pin our University’s namesake Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock at the Cameo Club ceremony.The evening concluded at Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Art, featuring offerings from Niagara’s finest chefs, wineries and performers. This year, there was an 1812 twist as we celebrated the bicentennial. Petticoats, Boots and Muskets performed their musical, which explores the facts and myths of the war, while guests were able to sample the 1812 wines from Palatine Hills Estate Winery and Redcoat wine from Ravine Vineyard.An alumni wine tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake capped of the weekend on Sunday. The event was sponsored, in part, by Niagara Classic Transport. Tour stops included Inniskillin Hall at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Konzelmann, Pondview and Diamond Estates wineries. This will likely become annual Alumni Weekend event.The following weekend brought with it more student and community events, including the Grape Stomp, the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Grande Parade and Homecoming.Grape Stomp is Brock’s messiest tradition in which more than 400 students – and even a handful of alumni – participated.“It was like a food fight that I always dreamt of having in high school, but with grapes,” said student Racquel Alongi.The event also raised 300 pounds of food for Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.Badger pride was clear as the Brock University float made its way through the streets of St. Catharines at the Grande Parade that Saturday.The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) partnered with Niagara College to host wine and food pairings in Montebello park. Out of the 12 sessions, seven of the winemakers featured were Brock grads.Make sure to check out the Brock Days Facebook page to see pictures of the events or visit the Brock Days website to stay up to date on Brock Days 2013.The Brock University Alumni Association board members.Goodman School of Business faculty member, Barry Wright, leading a “Back to Class” seminar.Keynote speaker, Peter Goodspeed (BA ’74) receiving his Cameo Club pin from Dr. Jack Lightstone.Petticoats, Boots & Muskets after their performance at Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Art.Grape Stomp coordinator, Hilary Canivet, handing over a giant cheque representing 300lbs of food to Community Care during the Grape Stomp. read more

First Meet the Buyer participants confirmed

The first companies signed up to participate in June’s Meet the Buyer event have been confirmed.Taking place on 8 June at the inaugural Automechanika Birmingham trade show at the NEC, Meet the Buyer will bring together vehicle manufacturers looking to fill purchasing requirements with supply chain companies matching their needs.Vehicle manufacturers already signed up include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, McLaren, MINI and Toyota.Meet the Buyer is jointly run by SMMT and UKTI’s Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO), and is part of wider efforts to re-shore the UK supply chain as domestic suppliers look to capitalise on billions of pounds of business opportunities.The full list of confirmed attendees at June’s event is as follows: FaureciaParker Hannifin Aston MartinMini Aisin EuropeNissan General MotorsToyota Jaguar Land RoverTR Fastenings FordSears Manufacturing McLarenZF TRW Lear CorporationUK-NSI The event is strictly invitation-only. Companies are advised to submit their expressions of interest as soon as possible by completing a profile here. All submissions must be completed by 29 April 2016.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Third of young women do not attend smear tests due to embarrassment

first_imgCancer minister Steve Brine said: “We must all take a stand against cancer, that’s why I’m pleased to support this campaign so we can continue to see cancer survival rates improve and more cases prevented.”Lives can be saved if women book an appointment for cervical screening when invited.” Many young women are not attending smear tests because they are embarrassed about their bodies, a cancer charity has warned.Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said it was concerned that body image issues, including perception of what is “normal”, could be putting women’s lives in danger.One in four eligible women (aged 25-64) do not currently take up their invitation for a smear test, rising to one in three among 25-29 year olds. It is even as high as one in two in some areas of the UK.The charity conducted a survey which found that more than a third of women (35 per  cent) are failing to get tested because of their body shape. Concerns over smelling “normally” (38 per cent) were also a factor.The poll of women aged between 25 and 35 also found a third (31 per cent) admitted they would not go if they had not waxed or shaved their bikini area.But despite low screening attendance, almost every woman (94 per cent) said they would have a free test to prevent cancer if one was available.The charity is releasing the data at the start of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and as it launches its smear test campaign #SmearForSmear. 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. #SmearForSmear 2018 is here! Share your #SmearForSmear to spread the message that smear tests save lives. It could be the reminder or encouragement someone needs to book their appointment https://t.co/xAtxGNcEG0 pic.twitter.com/t1xrNZiGGA— Jo’s Trust (@JoTrust) January 22, 2018 The charity’s chief executive, Robert Music, said: “Smear tests prevent 75 per cent of cervical cancers so it is a big worry that so many young women, those who are most at risk of the disease, are unaware of the importance of attending.”It is of further concern that body worries are contributing to non-attendance. Please don’t let unhappiness or uncertainty about your body stop you from attending what could be a life-saving test.”Nurses are professionals who carry out millions of tests every year, they can play a big part in ensuring women are comfortable.”center_img It is also concerned that not enough is being done to increase attendance, with a third of local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups in England not having done so in the last year. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, yet the poll of 2,017 women found three out of five (61 per cent) were unaware they were in the most at-risk age group for the disease.Just under 1,000 women die from cervical cancer every year in the UK. #smearforsmear💞💞💞 pic.twitter.com/NojJL0Utpb— nicola wood (@NMadgin) January 15, 2017last_img read more

Upgrade to iOS7 without messing up your iPhone

first_img 10 things in tech you need to know today Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. Trump carries a wad of cash for tipping people in his back pocket instead of a wallet David Cameron suggests he persuaded the Queen to warn against Scottish independence APPLE HAS MADE its new iOS 7 software available today.It is a drastic change in interface from iOS6, but change is not necessarily a bad thing.If you’re thinking about making the switch, here’s what you need to do:Make Sure You Have A Compatible DeviceiOS 7 will only work on iPhones that are iPhone 4 or later, Retina display iPads, iPad 2, and the fifth-generation iPod touch.Carve Out Some TimeHistorically, Apple makes its software available around 6pm (Irish time) on the release day. When lots of people download it at the same time, it crowds Apple’s servers. If you can wait, try downloading iOS7 in a few days. If you’re impatient, be prepared for a sluggish download.Update iTunesIf you back up your iPhone or iPad to iTunes, or if you plan to install iOS7 from iTunes, make sure you are running the latest version (11.1).You can check by opening iTunes and going to Help > Check for Updates. Make sure you restart iTunes after installing the latest version.Back Up Your DeviceBack up your device to iTunes. This is extremely important as it will let you keep your contacts, photos, and apps from the previous iOS.You can also back it up to iCloud. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup. Under Backup, turn on the switch for iCloud Backup.Update iOS When iOS 7 becomes available, you can update with a good Wi-Fi connection by going into your settings and grabbing the software update. This is an easy way to do it if you’re on the go.You can also use iTunes to upgrade your software.Plug your device into your computer with the USB cord and launch iTunes. On the left side of iTunes, find and select your device. Click “Check for Update” which will appear automatically. When the dialogue box appears, select “Download and Update”.WaitBe patient as you wait for the download. If you interrupt the process you could risk disrupting the update.Read: Apple to launch two new phones later this yearToday: Here’s why TDs and Senators can’t update their iPhones and iPads to iOS7last_img read more

Flickr for Android is a beautiful photo app with a few problems

first_imgHow could you say no to a free, terabyte-sized photo bucket to store all of your photos? We can’t either, so we took a look at the new Flickr for Android. It’s a popular photo tool with a large social following, and now it has a brand new Android app to encourage more participation from new users.One of the advantages to having been around for as long as Flickr is the ability to reinvent yourself and draw in a whole new crowd of users without losing your already sizable community… as long as you do it right. Flickr’s latest announcement of a 1TB storage bucket and brand new Android app are reasons enough to get excited, even if there’s no way you could fill that 1TB with the monthly bandwidth limits on the free accounts.Once the app is downloaded you can create an account from the homescreen pretty quickly, which is a requirement for using the app. While that’s a bit annoying, you can use a Google, Facebook, or Yahoo account to login. If you don’t have any of these already, the app will walk you through creating a Yahoo account. Once you’ve logged in, you can start taking pictures right away. The app will allow you to post any photo on your phone to Flickr, be it one you’ve already taken or one you took specifically for Flickr — tap the camera app and you’ll be asked which of these two you’d like to do. Choosing a new picture will send you to your camera app, where you can snap your photo, confirm you’d like to use it, and return to the app for editing.Once you’ve chosen a photo, you’re provided with a handful of pre-made filters that all seem to have arbitrary animal names so you can tell them apart. Narwhal, for example, will cast your photo in a harsh black and white filter with a lot of noise and even more white. Some filters have borders, while others offer tattered edges and sepia tones. If you have the perfect photo already, you can go from filters straight to posting to Flickr, but if you need to do some editing, you have access to a fairly robust editing tool. Crop, balance, color adjustments, red eye correction, and a handful of other tools are immediately at your disposal. It’s no iPhoto, but it gets the job done.Additionally, this is one of the only screens in the Flickr app that seems aware that you can turn your phone to the side, though while you get a landscape view for editing your photos you will also have a smaller photo to work with. When you’re done messing with your photo you can save and post, where moments later it will be on Flickr for the world to see.The homescreen for Flickr will show you a grid of photos that are popular of Flickr right now. If you don’t have any friends, you’ll see a ton of content from other people. If you have friends, you’ll get about a 60/40 mix of friends and random Flickr users. It’s never really clear who you are looking at unless you tap on the photos in the grid, and even on a powerful phone this grid can take a few seconds to actually show you anything.Next page: Is Flickr for Android the photo app to use? 1 2last_img read more

Chandra XRay Telescope Uncovers Universes Missing Matter

first_img About a third of the “normal” matter in our Universe is missing. And NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory may have just found it.Scientists have confidently calculated how much normal matter—hydrogen, helium, and other elements—existed just after the Big Bang.But when astronomers add up the mass of all normal matter in the present-day Universe, a third of it remains unaccounted for.“If we can find this missing mass, we can solve one of the biggest conundrums in astrophysics,” study co-author Orsolya Kovacs, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), said in a statement.“Where did the Universe stash so much of its matter that make sup stuff like stars and planets and us?” she wondered.One possibility is that the AWOL mass gathered into giant strands of warm (temperature less than 100,000 Kelvin) and hot (temperature greater than 100,000 Kelvin) gas in intergalactic space. Known as the “warm-hot intergalactic medium,” or WHIM, these filaments are invisible to optical light telescopes.Some of the warm gas, however, has been detected in ultraviolet light.Researchers took advantage of this loophole to find evidence for the hot component of the WHIM, based on data from Chandra and other telescopes.Kovacs & Co. studied filaments of warm gas along the path to a quasar—a bright source of X-rays powered by a rapidly growing supermassive black hole—some 3.5 billion light years from Earth.If the WHIM’s hot gas component is associated with these filaments, some of the X-rays from the quasar would be absorbed by that hot gas, according to NASA.Supercomputers formulate how key components of the Universe, including the WHIM, would have evolved over cosmic time (via Springel et al./NASA)The team focused their search on certain parts of the X-ray light spectrum, identifying 17 possible filaments between the quasar and us.“Our technique is similar in principle to how you might conduct an efficient search for animals in the vast plains of Africa,” study co-author Akos Bogdan, also from CfA, explained. “We know that animals need to drink, so it makes sense to search around watering holes first.”After jumping the final hurdle of too-faint X-ray absorption, analysts detected oxygen in a hot gas, boasting a temperature of about 1 million degrees Kelvin. From there, they were able to follow the cosmic map to the MIA matter, hiding in the WHIM all along.“We were thrilled that we were able to track down some of this missing matter,” co-author Randall Smith of CfA said. “In the future, we can apply this same method to other quasar data to confirm that this long-standing mystery has at last been cracked.”The full results were published last week in The Astrophysical Journal.More on Geek.com:NASA Space Telescope Resumes Operations After Gyroscope GlitchA Family Portrait of Stars, As Seen in X-RaysUniverse’s Most Massive Black Holes Discovered in Far-Away Galaxies Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

MITs ThreadLike Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain

first_img MIT engineers developed a thread-like robot that can be driven through narrow, winding pathways—like the blood vessels in your brain.The magnetically controlled device may enable doctors to remotely deliver clot-reducing therapies in response to stroke or other brain blockages.If acute stroke—the number five cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the US—could be treated within the first 90 minutes, patients’ survival rates would increase significantly, according to MIT associate professor Xuanhe Zhao.“If we could design a device to reverse blood vessel blockage within this ‘golden hour,’ we could potentially avoid permanent brain damage,” Zhao said in a statement. “That’s our hope.”To clear blood clots in the brain, doctors typically perform a minimally invasive surgery, in which they insert a thin wire through the patient’s main artery—usually in the leg or groin.Guided by a fluoroscope that captures X-ray images of blood vessels, the surgeon manually rotates the wire into the damaged area. A catheter can then be threaded through to deliver drugs or clot-retrieval devices.“It’s a demanding skill,” according to Kim, who said the passive procedure requires physicians to be specifically trained to endure repeated radiation exposure.“There are simply not enough surgeons for the patients, especially in suburban or rural areas,” he added.Also problematic are the medical guidewires themselves, which are made from a core of metallic alloys coated in polymer, a material that can generate friction and damage vessel linings.MIT researchers are working on an alternative: a hydrogel-coated robotic thread, thin enough to magnetically guide through a life-size silicone replica of the brain’s blood vessels.The core of the robotic thread is made from a bendy, springy nickel-titanium alloy, which returns to its original shape when bent. The team coated the wire’s core in a rubbery paste embedded with magnetic particles, then bonded it with hydrogel for a smooth surface.Plus, the tool is remotely steerable, so doctors don’t have to be in close proximity to a patient or, more importantly, the radiation-generating fluoroscope.“Existing platforms could apply magnetic field and do the fluoroscopy procedure at the same time to the patient, and the doctor could be in the other room, or even in a different city, controlling the magnetic field with a joystick,” Kim said. “Our hope is to leverage existing technologies to test our robotic thread in vivo in the next step.”The soft robotic design is detailed in a study published this week by the journal Science Robotics.Watch: MIT Robot Attempts the #BottleCapChallenge More on Geek.com:MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsMIT Robot Learns to ID Objects by Sight, TouchNew AI Tool Can Help Doctors Detect Brain Aneurysms Stay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseStarship Robots to Deliver Food to More University Campuses last_img read more

Target announces 5 bottles of wine

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Wine lovers may rejoice over Target’s latest announcement: $5 bottles.“California Roots,” Target’s inexpensive wine brand, is expected to be launched in 1,000 locations nationwide.This marks Target’s first exclusive alcohol line, which features three white wines and two reds.The launch is expected to begin in September.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

The Wilmington Insider For April 28 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, April 28, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Areas of fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the morning.PLEASE VOTE: Wilmington’s Annual Town Election is TODAY. Polls are open from 8am to 8pm. There are important contested races for Board of Selectmen (PREVIEW), School Committee (PREVIEW), and Town Moderator (PREVIEW). Not sure what to expect? See today’s ballot HERE. Not sure where your polling location is? Click HERE and enter your address.In The Community: The Wilmington Sons of Italy is holding a Motown Dance Party from 7pm to 11pm at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge (777 South Street). The evening will include a DJ, dancing, raffles, and a door prize. Feel free to bring your own food for the table. Tickets cost $15. To purchase a ticket, contact organizer Alicia Johnson at 978-758-0876. All proceeds to benefit Gifts of Love. Attendees are encouraged to bring diaper donations as part of a diaper drive.In The Community: Meet sports celebrities at Rich Altman’s Sports Card & Memorabilia Boston Show, held on Friday, April 27 (noon to 7pm), Saturday, April 28 (9am to 5pm), and Sunday, April 29 (10am-4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.  General admission tickets cost $10.  Children under 8 are FREE.  Tickets must be purchased at the door. Tickets to autograph lines, however, can be purchased in advance on the event’s website HERE.  Please carefully read the varying appearance times, pricing and restrictions for each sports celebrity.  Appearances are subject to change. Learn more HERE.In The Community: It’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day! The public is encouraged surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. This anonymous drug take-back initiative will take place from 10am to 2pm at the Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street). In addition, there is a sharps waste disposal kiosk in the lobby of the Public Safety Building. All sharps must be in an approved sharps disposal container.On Saturday, April 28, the public may surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. The anonymous drug take-back initiative will take place from 10am to 2pm at the Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street). In addition, there is a sharps waste disposal kiosk in the lobby of the Public Safety Building. All sharps must be in an approved sharps disposal container.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.At The Library: Recipe Journal Workshop at 10am. [Learn more and register HERE.]Leaves/Brush Drop Off: The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open today from 9am to 4pm for the drop-off of leaves and brush. Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.Go Wildcats!: There are two Wilmington High School baseball games scheduled. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 18, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Call of Duty Mobile gets own Battle Royale mode

first_img Share your voice 0 A look at the loadout screen for Call of Duty: Mobile, battle royale mode.  Activision Activision took a shot at making its own battle royale game when it added Blackout to 2018’s Call of Duty:  Black Ops 4. The publisher will now take the mode to the small screen as Call of Duty: Mobile. A blog post from the publisher revealed a 100-player battle royale mode will be included in Call of Duty: Mobile. The action will take place across 12 multiplayer maps from the previous Call of Duty games. The battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Mobile is the standard formula. A hundred players will jump from an aircraft and land on a mapped-out territory, where they’ll need to start scavenging for gear. Once equipped, they can begin eliminating other players in hopes of being the last survivor. What’s different with this battle royale mode is the inclusion of classes. Players can select between six different classes:Defender — Can place a deformable Transform Shield for protection and has a higher defense against different kinds of damage with the exception of bullets.Mechanic — Has an EMP Drone to interfere with the opponents’ electric equipment. Also has the augmented sight to see vehicles, hostile traps and other equipment. Scout — Uses a Sensor Dart that can see enemy positions within the vicinity and can see other players’ footprints.Clown — A class with a really unique ability to call on zombies to attack other players. Also equipped with a Toy Bomb to distract enemies. Medic — Uses a Medical Station to heal a player and allies. Can also heal quicker and revive teammates faster. Ninja — Equipped with a Grapple Gun, this class can climb up buildings or move across areas quickly and silently. Players can play solo, with a partner, or in a team of four in the battle royale mode. Vehicles such as ATVs, helicopters and rafts will be scattered across the territory to let players travel quickly and gain extra protection.The 12 settings for the Call of Duty: Mobile battle royale mode take inspirations from multiplayer maps in the previous Call of Duty games. They are:Countdown (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)Crash (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)Diner (Call of Duty:  Black Ops II)Estate (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)Farm (Call of Duty:  Black Ops II)Firing Range (Call of Duty: Black Ops)Killhouse (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)Launch (Call of Duty:  Black Ops)Nuketown (Call of Duty: Black Ops)Pipeline (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)Seaside (Call of Duty:  Black Ops 4)Shipment (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)Standoff (Call of Duty:  Black Ops II)Call of Duty: Mobile is in beta testing and will be released later this year on iOS and Android. Tags Post a comment Gaming Activisionlast_img read more

Trump increases 5 pc tariff on Chinese goods amid escalating

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump on Friday announced to raise existing and planned tariffs on Chinese products in retaliation for Beijing’s announcement earlier in the day of new duties on American goods. “Starting on October 1st, the 250 BILLION (US) DOLLARS of goods and products from China, currently being taxed at 25 per cent, will be taxed at 30 per cent,” Trump said in a statement to the White House press corp. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “Additionally, the remaining 300 BILLION (US) DOLLARS of goods and products from China, that was being taxed from September 1st at 10 per cent, will now be taxed at 15 per cent. Thank you for your attention to this matter!” said the US president in his unusual statement, portions of which were in capital letters. In his statement, which was mainly against China, Trump also issued a warning to other countries as well. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us “For many years China (and many other countries) has been taking advantage of the United States on Trade, Intellectual Property Theft, and much more,” he said. “Our Country has been losing HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year to China, with no end in sight. Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of Fair and Balanced Trade that it has become a great burden to the American Taxpayer,” Trump said. Advertise With Us “As President, I can no longer allow this to happen! In the spirit of achieving Fair Trade, we must Balance this very unfair Trading Relationship. China should not have put new Tariffs on 75 BILLION DOLLARS of United States product (politically motivated!),” he said. The Trump’s announcement came after China on Friday said it will impose additional 10 per cent tariffs on USD 75 billion worth of US exports in retaliation to President Donald Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on USD 300 billion worth of Chinese imports as trade war between the top two economies continues to intensify. Since the commencement of trade war last year China and US have so far hit each other with punitive tariffs covering billions of dollars in two-way trade. Trump’s statement came hours before he was scheduled to leave for France to attend the G7 Summit. Other members of grouping are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and United Kingdom. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the G7 summit as a special guest at the invitation of the French President Emanuel Macron. Trump and Modi are scheduled to hold meetings on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. “They (Modi and Trump) will look for solutions on the trade front. The US is looking to India to reduce tariffs and open its markets,” a senior administration official told reporters on the eve of his departure.last_img read more

AL doesnt practice dirty politics says Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday claimed AL doesn’t practice dirty-politics, denying having a hand in staying the mayoral by-polls to the Dhaka North City Corporation by High Court.”Why do you find a hand of the government in everything?” The AL general secretary posed the question at a news briefing when his attention was drawn to the allegation raised by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that the AL government made it happen.The news briefing was organised at party president’s office at Dhanmandi 3 in the capital.Read more: HC stays mayoral by-polls to DNCCEarlier in the day, the High Court (HC) put a moratorium for three months on the mayoral by-elections to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), following two writ petitions.Country’s main opposition political party BNP, in its instant reaction, said the by-polls have been stayed as the government has anticipated its inevitable defeat in the balloting.Read more: Scared of defeat, govt uses legal excuse: BNPAlso road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said the government has nothing to do here. “AL neither believes in dirty politics nor practices such politics.”In response to another question whether it would be wise to hold the mayoral by-polls in the capital city ahead of the national elections, Quader said, “It is a matter of election commission. As the court stayed the by-polls, I have nothing to say on it.”last_img read more

Florida University foot bridge collapse kills 4

first_imgEmergency crews work at scene of collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami. ReutersA newly erected pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, killing four people, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Downey said.Emergency personnel with sniffer dogs searched for signs of life amid the wreckage of concrete slabs and twisted metal after the 950-ton bridge crushed vehicles on one of the busiest roads in South Florida.At least eight vehicles were trapped in the wreckage of the bridge and at least 10 people have been transported to hospitals, officials and doctors told news conferences.Witnesses told local media the vehicles were stopped at a traffic light when the bridge collapsed on top of them at around 1:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT).“We’re working our way into the pile trying to create holes that we can actually physically see,” Miami-Dade Fire Department Division Chief Paul Estopian told reporters.At one point, police requested television helicopters leave the area so rescuers could hear any sounds of people crying for help from beneath the collapsed structure, CBS Miami television said.Complicating the rescue effort was the uncertainty about the integrity of the bridge, parts of which remained off the ground, much of it inclined, local media reported.The 174-feet (53-meter) long bridge connects the university with the city of Sweetwater and was installed on Saturday in six hours over the eight-lane highway, according to a report posted on the university’s website. “If anybody has done anything wrong, we will hold them accountable,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott, at a Thursday night press conference, after his office issued a statement saying a company contracted to inspect the bridge was not pre-qualified by the state.The bridge was intended to provide a walkway over the busy street where an 18-year-old female FIU student from San Diego was killed while trying to cross last August, according to local media reports.Students at FIU are currently on their spring break vacation, which runs from March 12 to March 17.‘A MIRACLE’Emergency crews look for victims at the scene of a collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. ReutersStudent Aura Martinez was having lunch in a nearby restaurant with her mother when a waitress told her the bridge had collapsed. She ran outside and helped pull a woman out of her car, most of which was flattened by the bridge.“Her car, it was literally a miracle of God, her car got squished by the bridge from the back, so she was able to get out and she was on the floor and it was just very traumatic,” she told the local CBS affiliate.To keep the inevitable disruption of traffic associated with bridge construction to a minimum, the 174-foot portion of the bridge was built adjacent to Southwest 8th Street using a method called Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). It was driven into its perpendicular position across the road by a rig in only six hours on Saturday, according to a statement released by the university.The $14.2 million bridge was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, the most dangerous measure by the National Hurricane Center, and built to last 100 years, the university said.The National Transportation Safety Board was sending a team to investigate why it collapsed.President Donald Trump thanked first responders for their courage on Twitter. Along with Governor Scott, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio went to the scene of the collapse.Munilla Construction Management, which installed the bridge was founded in 1983 and owned by five brothers, according to its website. In addition to its Florida operations, the company also has divisions in Texas and Panama and employs 500 people.“Munilla Construction Management is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist,” the company said in a statement.FIGG Engineering said it took part in the bridge project and the collapse was a first in its 40-year history.Both companies said they would cooperate fully with investigators.Colorado-based engineering company BDI said in a tweet on March 12 that it was “thrilled” to have conducted structural monitoring during the “spectacular” process of moving the bridge into place. The company removed the tweet on Thursday and said in a statement it did so out of respect for individuals affected by the collapse.Scott’s office said FIU picked a firm that was not pre-qualified to check the design of the bridge, which was required because it was such a long pedestrian bridge and other unique characteristics.“The firm selected, Louis Berger, was not FDOT pre-qualified for this service, which is required under FIU’s agreement with the state. FIU’s design-build team is responsible for selecting a pre-qualified firm and ensuring this process is followed,” the governor said in a statement.Officials at the Miami office of global engineering services firm Louis Berger were not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

Petroleum Economist Texas Oil And Gas Jobs Recovery On Track

first_img Share 00:00 /03:37 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: FlickrOf the 115,000 oil jobs lost in Texas since 2014, only 35,000 have come backcenter_img At above $70 per barrel, the price of oil is at its highest since before prices crashed in late 2014.But of the 115,000 Texas oil and gas jobs lost in the downturn, only about 35,000 have come back so far.Still, petroleum economist Karr Ingham with the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers said this is not a “jobless recovery.”Click the play button above to listen to the interview. Xlast_img read more

Play this Pineapple Smash Crew

first_imgIf you are looking for a fun game to play that won’t take over your life or start sucking down dozens of hours that you could spend working/reading/with your family (I’m looking at you Skyrim) then I recommend you check out Pineapple Smash Crew. You probably haven’t heard or it (don’t worry neither had I under recently) and it was just developed by one guy named Richard Edwards, but it’s worth your $9. Pineapple Smash Crew is essentially a twin-stick shooter for your PC. Sure, there are a ton of these already available, and it’s not going to rock your world like Geometry Wars did, but it has fun mechanics, great graphics, and lightweight gameplay that you can jump in and out of. The music is pretty solid as well, thanks to chiptune musician Syphus. Oh yeah, and there is pixel art! Unlike the typical twin-stick shooter, in Pineapple Smash Crew you control a squad. This doesn’t change the game drastically because all four of your characters (or less if any die) are controlled simultaneously, but sometimes you’ll have to adjust your party to compensate for how the group is positioned (maybe the red guy will be standing in a murderous laser field or something along those lines). Each of the characters are the same — and they look oddly like Lego minifigs– but they have separate health meters and pickup their on special weapons. When someone dies your firepower will decrease considerably so it’s worth it to protect each, despite the fact they they don’t need to survive for you to win and no character plays a unique role. With the basics out of the way, the game is pretty simple: you run around on abandoned spaceships killing anything that moves. While doing so you collect very cool one-time-use weapons, like grenades and laser cannons, and navigate though rooms to get where you want to go on a larger map (think Legend of Zelda). Each level is essentially the same, though the game gets considerably more difficult as you proceed, so don’t think you’ve mastered it after the first 10 minutes.The game is not without its problems — the maps are large but there is no incentive to explore, you fight the same (rather dull-witted) enemies time and again, and your players spout the same catch-phrases endlessly — but these didn’t dampen my enjoyment much. It’s good, clean, simple fun, without the complications of an RPG system, dialog, or anything that could weigh it down or make it boring. The game can be overly simplistic — there is certainly a rinse-and-repeat element to it — but in that respect it’s not unlike Gatling Gears, Steel Storm, or so many others. I guess what draws me to Pineapple Smash Crew is just how great the game looks. Not only is the art nice, but there is a really nice aesthetic to the design and color scheme. In a genre where small differences are the only thing that separates one game from the next, things like the art can make a huge difference. PSE is available on Steam.last_img read more

Costa Rica pledges to improve protection of its wetlands

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican court orders effective protection for Corcovado National Park Alleged gold miners camp outside Corcovado National Park, demand compensation  Sea lions found at Costa Rica’s central Pacific beaches Environment Ministry officials report increased damage of wildfires inside protected areas President Luis Guillermo Solís and other government officials have officially launched the new National Wetlands Policy, a road map to the preservation of Costa Rica’s more than 2,000 water sources and reservoirs.At a signing ceremony held on Monday at Casa Presidencial, environment officials said they have already started working on some of the plan’s actions including a National Wetland Inventory, a project to compile an updated list of all water sources in the country.The plan, for the first time, proposes measures to protect wetlands at risk and to rehabilitate those facing deterioration. The document outlines tasks, goals and responsibilities distributed among various ministries and public agencies. Various non-govermental organizations also are part of the plan’s goals.Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez said the plan will help the government improve the supervision and protection of all the country’s bodies of water. The plan focuses on five main areas: conservation, climate adaptation, ecological rehabilitation, strengthening of environmental agencies and inclusive participation. The last area is designed to involve indigenous people and residents of rural communities in the decision-making process.Essential ecosystemsThe drafting of the government’s plan took almost two years. The final document lists a series of actions to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change on Costa Rica’s ecosystems, particularly on wetlands.Measures aim at protecting ecosystems in rivers, creeks, lakes and lagoons, as well as marshes, flood plains, mangroves, coral reefs, the seabed and marine waters.Wetlands represent nearly seven percent of Costa Rican territory. All these natural water reservoirs are key to counteracting the effects of climate change here, Gutiérrez said. They also provide food, fresh water, fiber, biochemicals and genetic materials.“Wetlands also fulfill recreational, aesthetic, educational and spiritual functions that are part of our culture,” the minister said.The plan also involves a promotion strategy, including some informative videos that will air in coming days.Watch one of the videos about Palo Verde, one of Costa Rica’s most famous wetlands (in Spanish): More neededPresident Solís highlighted the importance of the new plan, but stressed that the country will need a intense effort to turn the plan into concrete actions.Solís said that despite Costa Rica’s successful actions regarding conservation, protected lands are still in a very vulnerable situation due to a lack of resources.Among others challenges, the president acknowledged that there are not enough park rangers and that current guards don’t have appropriate or sufficient resources.Alice Shackelford, resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme, said at the event that the government’s plan is critical for highlighting the role of wetlands in Costa Rica’s sustainable development ,as well as their importance for women, children, Afro-descendants, indigenous people, coastal communities and other groups.The Costa Rican Federation for Environmental Conservation (FECON), in a written response, was less optimistic about the government’s plan. The group’s president, Mauricio Álvarez, said that “what the country needs is actions and not words.”He noted that in August 2016, the administration of President Solís approved Executive Decree #39838, which allows the Environment Ministry to authorize intervention inside wetlands “for repairing, constructing or expanding infrastructure.”Álvarez said that the decree would primarily benefit private contractors by allowing them to build and expand public roads and other projects that would pass through protected areas. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Agrisoma CEO Steve Fabijanski said carinatabase

first_imgAgrisoma CEO, Steve Fabijanski, said carinata-based fuel offers a significant reduction in carbon emissions.“Our commercial operations in the USA, South American and Europe are certified as producing fuels with more than 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in comparison to standard petroleum based fuel. Importantly for farmers, the crushed seed also produces a high-quality, high-protein, non-GMO meal for the Australian livestock, dairy and poultry market.”University of Queensland’s Dr. Anthony van Herwaarden leads the seed crop trials with Agrisoma in Australia.“The 2017 trials in Queensland and South Australia demonstrated that carinata can be grown successfully in Australia. Expanding the trials in 2018 will begin the scale-up process to commercial production in the years ahead,” said Dr van Herwaarden.Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to, and meets, the same technical, performance and safety standards as conventional jet fuel.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterQantas this week announced it will operate the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia.The Los Angeles to Melbourne flight will take place early next year, in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels, and will see Qantas’ new Dreamliner being powered by Brassica carinata, a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed. Carinata produces high-quality oil, ideal for aviation biofuel, bio-jet for aircraft and bio-diesel for airport vehicles.The news of the flight follows Qantas’ siging of a landmark partnership with Agrisoma Biosciences (Agrisoma), the Canadian based agricultural-technology company that developed the carinata seed.The two organisations will work with Australian farmers to grow the country’s first commercial aviation biofuel seed crop by 2020.Qantas International CEO, Alison Webster, said the historic flight and the partnership mark the first step in developing an aviation biofuel supply in Australia.“We are constantly looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions across our operations but when it comes to using renewable jet fuel, until now, there has not been a locally grown option at the scale we need to power our fleet. Our work with Agrisoma will enable Australian farmers to start growing today for the country’s biofuel needs of the future. The trans-Pacific biofuel flight is a demonstration of what can be achieved locally.“The longer-term strategic goal of the partnership is to grow 400,000 hectares of carinata which would yield over 200 million litres of bio-jet fuel each year. This will support the development of a renewable jetfuel supply and bio-refinery in Australia to power our fleet and further reduce carbon emissions across our operations.”last_img read more