Calgary the 3rd highest homicide rate in the country

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary’s homicide rate was the third highest of any major Canadian city in 2017 behind only Edmonton and Winnipeg.That’s in a new Statistics Canada report that credits the spike in the number of deaths to guns and gang violence.The City has a rate of 2.07 victims for every 100,000 people, that’s well above the national average of 1.8 victims.Last year’s national homicide rate was the highest level since 2009.You can read the full report here.last_img

Ahmed Mansours Offensive Remarks Are an Insult to Morocco Mezouar

Rabat – Morocco’s Salaheddine Mezouar, Secretary General of the National Gathering of Independents Party has allegedly slammed Ahmed Mansour over his offensive remarks directed at Moroccan journalists, saying that his comments were “grubby” and proves how  “arrogant” he is.The Secretary General of the National Gathering of Independents Party, Salaheddine Mezouar, released a statement on Tuesday in which he condemned the views of Ahmed Mansour, a journalist in the Qatar-based network Al Jazeera, on the Moroccan media and its journalists.Last week, Ahmed Mansour attacked Moroccan politicians and journalists with offensive remarks.  He labeled some Moroccan journalists as being “pimps, bastards, corrupt and insects”. The insults came as a response to a story published by the daily newspaper Asabah and other Moroccan websites about his alleged marriage to a Moroccan woman who is affiliated with the current Islamist Party of Justice and Development in Morocco. Salaheddine Mezouar said that Ahmed Almansour’s attack on Moroccan journalists and politicians were “grubby” and reflected his “arrogance and recklessness.”Mezouar went on to add that even if the Moroccan media had reported false news, the press had appropriate mechanisms in place that would have allowed for corrections. Ahmed Mansour could have filed a lawsuit against the newspaper rather than insulting the Moroccan journalists and politicians.In Mezouar’s statement, he mentioned that he considered the insults to Moroccan citizens who play a significant role in shaping the Moroccan public opinion, to be disrespectful to Morocco and its sanity.On Sunday, the National Union of the Moroccan Press, (Le Syndicat National de la Presse Marocaine SNPM), denounced the statements given by Ahmed Mansour about the Moroccan press as being “offensive, defamatory and obscene”.In an apology to the Moroccan journalists, politicians and citizens he had offended, Ahmed Mansourgave a statement on his facebok page yesterday acknowledging his mistake in reacting aggressively to what some news outlets published on his personal life. He expressed his hope that Moroccan journalists would accept his sincere apology. “I have the courage to apologize for any unintentional mistake and insult I may have said and hope that my apologies will be accepted with courage”.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Trump Asks for Congressional Investigation into Wiretapping Allegations

Toronto – Responding to the uproar that his Saturday allegations against former President Barack Obama have generated, President Donald Trump has officially asked Congress to investigate his accusations, according to CNN.The announcement of the request was made through press secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday. “Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” Spicer said. “President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committee exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch powers were abused in 2016.”Spicer offered no details regarding the source of these highly-charged allegations nor did he hint at any possible evidence to back up Trump’s claims would be forthcoming. “Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,” he stated. According to the same source, while there has been a complete absence of any credible reports to back up the accusations, there has been no shortage of individuals stepping forward to call the allegations “nonsense” and “fake.” Perhaps most credible of all, is perhaps former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. He said Sunday that he could confirm with absolute certainty that Trump was not wiretapped by intelligence agencies.During an appearance on NBC’s Sunday program Meet the Press, Clapper said categorically, “For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.”Never known to be a fan of Trump, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, also appeared on the NBC show and said “If he falsely spread this kind of misinformation, that is so wrong. It’s beneath the dignity of the presidency. It is something that really hurts people’s view of government. On the other hand, if it’s true, it’s even worse for the President. Because that means that a federal judge, independently elected, has found probable cause that the president, or people on his staff, have probably cause to have broken the law to have interacted with a foreign agent. Now that’s serious stuff.”Schumer was referring to the fact that Congress is already investigating whether Trump or his staff were communicating with Russian officials during and after the election.Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Susan Collins said publicly that she’s “seen no evidence” to back up Trump’s allegations against Obama. While appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation Collins used the opportunity to call on the White House to turn over any evidence to the committee. “What we need to deal with is evidence, not statements.” read more

Michael Jackson estate New film violates channel standards

LOS ANGELES — The Michael Jackson estate has sent a letter to the U.K.’s Channel 4 warning that a documentary on two men who accuse the singer of molesting them as boys violates the network’s programming guidelines.The letter written by estate attorney Howard Weitzman and released Monday to The Associated Press states that “Leaving Neverland,” set to air in early March, makes no attempt at getting a response to the accusers from Jackson’s estate, family, friends or others who have defended his reputation as required by the channel’s standards for factual programming and basic journalistic ethics.The letter cites a section of the publicly available guidelines that state if a show makes “significant allegations” then “those concerned should be given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond.”“I think we can all agree that the false allegations being made in your ‘documentary’ are ‘significant allegations,’” the letter states, adding “it is hard to imagine more significant accusations that can possibly be made against anyone.”Yet no one was ever asked to respond, the letter states.“This includes persons mentioned by name in your ‘documentary’ as having ‘replaced’ Robson and Safechuck as Jackson’s supposed victims of abuse. Those named persons eloquently and publicly deny ever being abused,” the letter states.Channel 4 representatives did not immediately reply to an after-hours request for comment.The film’s director Dan Reed has addressed the criticism from the estate previously, saying in a statement that he intentionally focused on just Robson and Safechuck.“Anyone who sees the film will know it is solely about hearing the stories of two specific individuals and their families in their own words, and that is a focus we are very proud of,” Reed said.The three-page document from the estate echoes a longer letter it sent to HBO on Friday calling the allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck “disgraceful” and urging investigation of the men’s backgrounds. A copy of the HBO letter was included with the Channel 4 letter, and applies just as much to the U.K. station, the letter states.The two channels co-produced the documentary account of how the two men’s lives intersected with Jackson’s when they were kids at the height of his fame, and how the trauma of what they say happened in their youth started to emerge in their adult life.It premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival, where Robson and Safechuck got a standing ovation afterward.Both had previously told authorities Jackson did not molest them, with Robson testifying as much in Jackson’s 2005 trial, in which he was acquitted of molesting another boy. Jackson died in 2009.Both men later filed lawsuits that were dismissed and are currently on appeal.The AP does not typically name victims of sexual abuse, but attorneys for Robson and Safechuck have said they have agreed to be named publicly.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: .Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press read more

UN expert urges aligning development with aspirations of indigenous people

Indigenous people are entitled to their own institutions and self-governing structures to enable them to manage their own affairs and ensure that the development process is aligned with their own cultural patterns, values and customs, a United Nations independent expert says in a report.“In the light of the extreme disadvantages that indigenous peoples have typically faced across a range of social and economic indicators, there are particular concerns… that must be taken into account with regard to development initiatives that affect them,” James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation on the freedom of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, says in a report to the General Assembly.He explains that policies and initiatives aimed at the development of the economy or infrastructure, and are purported to benefit citizens as a whole, can have negative effects on indigenous peoples.“These include, inter alia, development programmes involving the extraction of natural resources and mega-projects such as the construction of dams and transportation facilities on indigenous peoples’ territories.“Such development programmes and projects, despite their specific effects on indigenous peoples and their territories, are often undertaken without adequate consultation with them or without their free, prior and informed consent,” Mr. Anaya says.He also noted that development projects targeted specifically at reducing the disadvantages experienced by indigenous people and improving their social and economic well-being often fail to properly incorporate their specific needs to advance their self-determination and their rights to maintain their distinct cultural identities, languages and connections with their traditional lands.“Within both of these areas of concern, there is a need for governments to decidedly fold into development programmes the goal of increasing indigenous self-determination,” Mr. Anaya writes in his report.He calls for enhancing indigenous peoples’ education and skills to empower them to engage and participate in the various elements of development programmes and projects that affect them.The independent expert says that the participation of indigenous peoples in the broader public life of the State is often inadequate and not proportional to their numbers, recommending special measures to ensure that they participate on equal footing in public and political life.“It is evident that throughout the world, indigenous peoples are not adequately consulted, nor is their consent obtained, when decisions affecting their rights or interests are made,” the Rapporteur writes.On indigenous people’s participation in decision-making at the international level, Mr. Anaya points out that continued efforts need to be made to ensure their active involvement in the development of all international standards and programmes that concern them.“Potential reforms within international institutions and platforms of decision-making that affect indigenous peoples’ lives should be closely examined, and measures should be taken or strengthened to provide financial and other support to enable indigenous peoples to participate effectively at the international level,” Mr. Anaya writes.He exhorts indigenous peoples to continue to strengthen their capacities to control and manage their own affairs and to participate effectively in all decisions affecting them, in a spirit of cooperation and partnership with government authorities at all levels.Mr. Anaya welcomes the adoption by the General Assembly of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as recent statements of support or movement towards support, by the few States that originally voted against the adoption.“Today, the Declaration serves more as a reminder of how far there is to go in bringing justice and dignity to the lives of indigenous peoples than a reflection of what has actually been achieved on the ground,” he says.Mr. Anaya’s is the first of many reports to be presented by independent UN experts to the 192-member Assembly over the coming weeks. 18 October 2010Indigenous people are entitled to their own institutions and self-governing structures to enable them to manage their own affairs and ensure that the development process is aligned with their own cultural patterns, values and customs, a United Nations independent expert says in a report. read more

President studying war crimes report on Lanka

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera left for Geneva on Friday night and he will make a statement at the Council on the opening day tomorrow.  (Colombo Gazette) The report contains recommendations made by OHCHR to the Government to deal with the alleged war crimes said to have taken place during the final stages of the war. President Maithripala Sisrisena has received the war crimes report compiled by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) based on the investigations conducted on the war by a team appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, sources at the President’s office said.The report was handed over to the Government on Friday through the Foreign Ministry and then to the President. The report will be made public and will also be formally released to the UN Human Rights Council on September 30 by Al Hussein during its 30th session which begins tomorrow. read more

Pakistan attaches highest importance to relations with Sri Lanka

The Special Assistant also briefed the Sri Lankan High Commissioner regarding the achievements of the Pakistan Government in the field of counter-terrorism, economy and good governance.Ambassador Lokuketagodage thanked the Special Assistant for the warm welcome accorded to him in Pakistan and expressed his resolve to continue working closely with the Government of Pakistan to retain the positive trajectory of relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) The SAPM welcomed Ambassador Lokuketagodage to Pakistan and said the recent leadership-level interactions between the two sides had further strengthened relations between the two sides. He said it also helped identify new areas of bilateral cooperation. Pakistan says it attaches the highest importance to its relations with Sri Lanka.The Special Assistant to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs (SAPM) Syed Tariq Fatemi said this while he was talking to the newly arrived High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Major Gen (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketagodage. The High Commissioner paid a courtesy call on Fatemi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan. read more

Cyprus talks slow progress and good will

first_imgCyprus’ rival leaders resumed reunification talks on Thursday after a month-long summer recess, each submitting compromise proposals aimed at nudging the slow-moving process forward.United Nations envoy, Alexander Downer, said President Dimitris Christofias, a Greek Cypriot, and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat exchanged proposals to bridge differences on power-sharing under a future federation.The leaders “discussed bridging proposals… in relation to the election of the president and vice-president of the… united republic,” Downer said after the talks.President Dimitris Christofias believes that the second round of UN-led negotiations has begun in a good spirit, saying that discussion on procedural matters will continue at next week’s meeting. The President expressed the hope that events like the ones at Limnitis checkpoint, on the northwest, which led to the postponement of his meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, will not be repeated. Speaking to reporters after the end of his meeting with Talat, signalling the start of the second round of the UN-sponsored direct talks, Christofias said next week, when the leaders will hold their next meeting, they will discuss further the procedure, stressing however that “the procedure will not change.” A pilgrimage from the village of Pyrgos in Paphos district to the church of Saint Mamas in the Turkish occupied area of Morphou, via the Limnitis checkpoint, was called off last week, due to long delays caused by the Turkish Cypriot side. This led to the postponement of the September 3 meeting between the leaders of the two communities. “We have said that the Limnitis incident should be set aside and we should look forward in the hope that from now on, we won’t witness similar events”, the President remarked. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nickelodeon Is Sending Slime to Space

first_img Nickelodeon’s green slime is a perfect gag on Earth. But what happens when the iconic goo goes to space?SpaceX’s next commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station will carry 17 private-sector research projects—including green slime.America’s first television network for children, Nickelodeon plans to send its semi-viscous substance to the orbiting lab for a series of science demonstrations that will “educate students on the basic principles of fluid flow in microgravity.”A mix of vanilla pudding, apple sauce, green food coloring, and oatmeal, slime has been synonymous with Nickelodeon since its introduction on You Can’t Do That On Television—a 1980s comedy sketch show that featured regular drenchings.It was also a recurring crowd pleaser on programs like Double Dare, Wild and Crazy Kids, Figure It Out, and Weinerville, with cameos in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Fanboy & Chum Chum.It’s a pretty unique addition to this month’s resupply bundle, sponsored by the U.S. National Laboratory.“This launch showcases both the potential of the ISS National Lab to reach a wide range of private-sector users and the increased appeal of conducting research in the unique environment of low Earth orbit,” Christine Kretz, ISS National Lab vice president of business development and strategy, said in a statement.Kretz cited several examples of the diverse private-sector research launching to the ISS on this mission:AstraZeneca payload studying monoclonal antibodies for a therapeutic to treat cancer and immune diseasesAdidas experiment examining the dynamic spinning behavior of a soccer ball in microgravity, which could help resolve information gaps in aerodynamic testingGoodyear Tire and Rubber Company materials payload to evaluate the creation of novel silica forms and structures in microgravity—results of which could inform future efforts to improve tire performance through the development of new manufacturing techniquesAlso launching on SpaceX CRS-18 is the BioFabrication Facility, which will enhance bioprinting capabilities available on the space station.In total, the ISS National Lab is sponsoring a record 25 separate payloads on this resupply mission, scheduled to leave from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station no earlier than July 21.More on Astronauts Send Fourth of July Message From SpaceNASA to Open International Space Station to Tourists From 2020ISS Astronauts Had the Ultimate Pizza Party Before a SpacewalkThe Best Slime in Geek Culture Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Stay on targetlast_img read more

Tesla Model 3 launches in China with high price tag

first_img Tesla More From Roadshow 50 Photos The Tesla Model 3 has officially launched in China, but they’re a smidge expensive for now.While Tesla has been taking orders since January, the first vehicles are finally making their way to owners. The first two versions made available were Tesla’s most expensive: The all-wheel-drive Model 3 Performance costs 560,000 yuan (about $83,000), while the long-range AWD version costs 499,000 yuan (about $74,000).That’s just a bit pricier than the US, where the Performance costs $62,000 and the long-range AWD variant costs $51,000. However, Tesla is now also taking orders in China for a long-range variant with rear-wheel drive, coming in a bit cheaper at 433,000 yuan (about $64,000). That version is no longer offered in the US. All three variants on Tesla’s Chinese Model 3 website estimate a delivery in March.Building cars in the US and shipping them to China is expensive, not even accounting for vehicle tariffs that have risen as the trade war between the two nations continues. Prices should come down once Tesla launches its factory in Shanghai, though. The company has already found a plot of land for it, and it will be responsible for the Model 3, in addition to the Model Y SUV that will share its platform. Tesla’s production estimates for its Shanghai factory have wavered between 250,000 and 500,000 cars per year.It’s unclear if Tesla plans to introduce the cheaper midrange battery pack in China. In the US, it costs $44,000 and offers about 50 fewer miles than the long-range battery (264 miles vs. 310). It replaced the RWD long-range variant as the cheapest Model 3 on offer — until that fabled $35,000 short-range version finally decides to show up. Tesla said that version is estimated to arrive in the first half of 2019, but it’s already pushed that goalpost back in the past. Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment Share your voice Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Electric Cars Car Industry Teslalast_img read more

Rocket Internet in talks with Future Group to sell FabFurnish

first_imgBerlin-based Rocket Internet is reportedly in talks with Kishore Biyani-led Future Group to sell its online furniture retailer FabFurnish, as competition gets tough in the e-commerce space in India.Rocket Internet operates e-commerce firms Jabong, Foodpanda, and FabFurnish in the country. The firm has also “informally” offered Jabong for sale, but Biyani hasn’t evinced interest to acquire it, sources familiar with the matter told The Economic Times.Both the parties have reached an agreement regarding the sale of FabFurnish, according to the sources. FabFurnish is expected to be sold for $5-10 million.For Future Group, it will mark the first acquisition in the online space, if the deal goes through.”The two are in definite talks to close the FabFurnish deal. Sale of Jabong is still at the proposal stage and no talks have started on it yet,” a source told the daily.However, Jabong said that it was not put up for sale.”Jabong is not in discussions, at any stage, with anyone, regarding a sale of the company. The company’s largest see-through investor reiterated earlier this month its commitment to the business and the Indian market,” said a company spokesperson.Fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal Jabong had recorded a five-fold increase in losses to Rs 160 crore during the calendar year 2014 due to high discounts on its offerings, although its revenue growth went up by 136 percent to Rs 811 crore.In September last year, it was reported that Rocket Internet was planning to change its strategy and form a venture capital fund to invest directly in firms in India rather than “incubating startups”.Some analysts said that a shift in the company’s strategy underlines that its model of operations in India has been unsuccessful.last_img read more

Online ads to be taxed 6 from June 1 says govt

first_imgIndian government on Monday announced the rules for taxing its digital economy. The Union Budget had introduced India’s first ever digital tax, called the equalization levy (EQL). The EQL will be a six percent tax or fee deducted at the source on payments exceeding Rs. 1 lakh a year made by every resident entity to a non-resident firm for online advertisements.Such a tax will neutralise the advantage foreign e-commerce firms, having no permanent presence in India, enjoy over India-based local competitors. Google and Facebook are reported to be among those firms that would be hit by the levy, reported Financial Express. The daily added that the rules are expected to throw more light on the levy regarding payment, time limits, account-maintenance of specified services furnished, demand notices and appeals in case of disputes, if any.”Now with rules in place, people need to start taking action, since the statement of specified services procured starting June 1, 2016 has to be reported in the statement to be furnished by June 30, 2017,” Rakesh Nangia, the Managing Partner at Nangia & Co. said. He added that the rules provide clarity as to how an assessee can appeal against the order of the assessing officer.According to the Economic Times, the idea behind EQL was to indirectly tax the internet giants for the money they make from Indian advertisers. DNA cited Rishab Parakh, chartered accountant and founder of Money Plant Consulting as saying that the revenues of most foreign internet companies are usually routed to a tax haven country. The EQL will help bring them under India’s tax net, he added.Analysts, however, added that such a tax will only mean digital services in India would get pricey as Indian advertisers will pass on their tax burden down to their customers.Meanwhile, a recent panel formed by the Indian tax authorities to study the scope of taxation of different companies operating in the Indian e-commerce space has suggested including more than a dozen digital economy services to be brought under the ambit of the proposed 6 to 8 percent EQL. However, their inclusion into the EQL taxation category is subject to government discretion going further.last_img read more

Indias top court reviews ban on homosexuality

first_imgIndia’s top court reviews ban on homosexualityIndia’s top court began reviewing Tuesday petitions against a colonial-era ban on homosexuality, in the latest chapter of a legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and more liberal Indians.Section 377 of the penal code, a relic from 1860s British legislation, bans gay acts as “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and allows for jail terms of up to life, although prosecutions are rare.In 2009 the Delhi High Court effectively decriminalised gay sex, saying a ban violated fundamental rights, but the Supreme Court reinstated it in 2013 after religious groups successfully appealed.The Supreme Court said the High Court had overstepped its authority and that the responsibility for changing the law rested with lawmakers not the courts. Efforts to introduce legislation however came to nothing.In January this year however, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge by a clutch of high-profile Indians who said the law created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in the world’s largest democracy.A ruling was not expected imminently, with Tripti Tandon, a lawyer for one of the petitioners in the case, saying the hearing would last “two weeks if not more”.Her client, Aris Jafer, was arrested and sent to prison for 50 days in 2001.Manvendra Singh Gohil, an openly gay Indian prince who is an ambassador for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation charity, said on Tuesday he hoped the “draconian” law would be changed.“The law doesn’t affect only the gay community,” he told AFP. “In fact it violates the fundamental right of every Indian.”“(If) this law continues it would mean we are still slaves of the British.”The gay community was emboldened last year when the Supreme Court referred explicitly to the issue in a landmark ruling upholding the right to privacy.Gay sex has long been taboo in conservative India, particularly in rural areas where nearly 70 percent of people live, with homophobia widespread. Some still regard homosexuality as a mental illness.Hindu right-wing groups supportive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been especially vocal, calling gay relationships a disease and a Western cultural import.Last month, a lesbian couple committed suicide by jumping into a river in the western state of Gujarat, in just the latest tragedy as gay men and women struggle to conform to societal norms.According to official data, 2,187 cases under Section 377 were registered in 2016 under unnatural offences. Seven people were convicted and 16 acquitted.Globally 72 countries criminalise same-sex relationships, according to a 2017 report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.last_img read more

Video game roundup The best of Kinect

first_imgFor me, console games have always been something I have moved around when I played. I think we all do it, leaning into a turn in a racing game, jumping when that zombie drops down in front of you, throwing the controller down when you score that touchdown. There’s a lot of emotion that goes into playing games.Of the attempts to harness that emotion and movement, I think Microsoft’s Kinect has been the best able to bridge the gap between user and controller. Instead of a motion that resembles swinging a tennis racket, you are actually swinging your arm that full stroke. When you throw a punch, the blow lands right where your fist went. It’s a great new way to play a variety of different games.So, what are some of the great games for Kinect? We took a look at many different games and put together a list of the best out there.Fruit Ninja KinectMany long hours have disappeared in between my fingers and my phone due to Fruit Ninja. The game is incredibly simple and one of the most addicting time-wasters I have ever had the pleasure of playing. Now, imagine that same incredibly addicting game in high definition on your television? This game delivers that same addicting quality to the big screen, only now you can use your whole body.As your shadowy self is displayed on the screen, you can slice until your hearts content with your arms and your feet as well. Fruit Ninja also includes a multiplayer mode where a partner can join you in the fruity carnage.Fruit Ninja Kinect is on the Xbox Marketplace for 800 points or $9.99 in stores.Power Up HeroesEvery little boy in the world has a bout of time where they try to be a superhero of some kind. Throwing fireballs from their fingertips, saving the world, all powered by imagination. Apparently, some of us never grew out of the desire to be a superhero whose powers extend beyond what we mere mortals can comprehend. Instead of being called crazy people, they went and made a really great video game. Power Up Heroes is a one on one fighter where every punch you throw, every kick you land attacks your opponent in the game. Beyond the normal stuff, you have special powers depending on which character type you choose. You can sling whips of energy, hurl life draining phantom skulls, whatever gives you the advantage over your opponent. The Combo attacks in this game rely very heavily on you mimicking the moves you see on the screen very closely, you won’t be button mashing your way to victory in this game. Power Up Heroes is also multiplayer capable on Xbox Live, so you can have you epic superhero battles with anyone on the planet, and you can use your Xbox avatar to do it. Power Up Heroes is $50, and available in most stores.Kinect Disneyland AdventuresAnyone who has ever been to a Disney theme park can remember the feeling of walking down Main Street, just absorbing everything around you. It doesn’t really matter what age you are, that experience never leaves you. If for no other reason, Kinect Disney Adventures is worth getting for the stroll through the park. Your character is a young boy a girl who travels through a digital mock up of the Disneyland theme park. You travel through an amazingly accurate version of the park, doing favors for the Disney characters and getting signatures for your signature book. Despite being a giant commercial for the park, the game is a lot of fun, and is filled with great minigames as you interact with all of the with Disney characters.Disneyland Adventures is $50 in most stores, and is perfect for any age.The GunstringerI have a soft spot for games that don’t take themselves seriously, and arcade style shooters. Combining the two, and doing it well, is far from an easy task. The Gunstringer, an undead marionette sheriff who was killed by his former posse, has returned from the grave to exact his revenge. The world is a stage, specifically the stage of the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. In certain parts of the game you can see the audience that was in the actual theater as though they are watching a play.The game is played as though you are playing an arcade style laser shooter with your right had as the gun. With your left hand, you control The Gunstringer by grabbing his marionette controls and moving him around. The result is a really well made shooter that  refuses to take itself seriously. The Gunstringer is only $40 in most stores, and is also sold in a bundle right now for new Kinect owners.There are plenty of other good games out for Kinect, including many free games in the Kinect Labs, found in the Kinect zone on the Xbox 360. These four really help make the platform shine in my opinion, and a great sign of more interactive games to come for Kinect. With rumors of a new Xbox 360 on the horizon, many of these games might even pave the way for Kinect versions of full release games. Kinect Skyrim, anyone?Check out’s list of 2011’s best games.last_img read more

Master Pokemon Go with these tips tricks and secrets

first_imgLooking for more Pokemon Go tips? Check out these pointers on our sister site Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><> Updated 7/26: Added tips for easy XP, HTML names, and many more secrets.Pokemon isn’t just about exploring the land and becoming a master  – it’s about knowing the game inside and out. In its current form, Pokemon Go doesn’t offer much for an in-game tutorial to show you the ropes, but there are even more tips, tricks, and secrets to uncover outside of the game’s core mechanics.Between unexplained icons, vague metrics, and ambiguous notifications, Pokemon Go is quite mysterious, save for the actual act of finding and catching Pokemon. Below is a breakdown of a few key techniques you can use to maximize your play time, along with a few secrets we’ve uncovered. Before diving into that, however, try to familiarize yourself with the game.First, check the available starting Pokemon around you. Think about which team you’ll want to join and which Pokemon you’ll be fighting against. In the world of Pokemon Go, rare and powerful Pokemon are far and few between, so you can’t anticipate other players to use conventional types, like fire or water. The better players, however, will have well-rounded teams at their disposal. If you plan on going after Flareon, for example, you might want to pick up Squirtle in the beginning, or a Charmander if you plan on gunning for Vaporeon. Using Pokemon that compliment one another allow for better strategies during battles. Thinking about these types of tactics early on will give you better chances when you set off to tackle your first gym.Once you pick your starter, take a walk around your neighborhood. Get a feel for the local Pokestops and gyms. Take note of what teams are in control and what types of Pokemon they’re using. While gym control does change often, you can expect a high-level trainer to rule for quite some time. Knowing your enemy will give you better insight into which Pokemon you should be hunting. Does a Flareon-using Valor member rule the gym around the corner? Head for water and catch some water-type Pokemon.Different “biomes” cause different types of Pokemon appear more. Similarly, weather can cause Pokemon who may not typically appear in an area start and turn up. If you’re hunting bug- or grass-type Pokemon, like Beedrill or Bulbasaur, you’ll want to head to your nearby park or woods. If you picked Charmander and really want a Squirtle for your team, head to the beach or lake to enter a water biome. Just like the handheld games, your surroundings will dictate which Pokemon you can find.As you play more and more, you’ll notice Pokestops, leveling up and performing other actions reward items. These items will help you maximize your play time and optimize your team. Eggs will hatch into Pokemon depending on how far they require you to walk, different types of Pokeballs will allow you to hunt more powerful creatures, and Razz berries will keep Pokemon from running away and make them easier to catch. Knowing which item to use at a particular moment is what separates amateurs from masters. Stay aware of what you have in your backpack and decide when and where to use your items.Razz berries are a particular item that will become essential to hunting tougher Pokemon as you level up. Additionally, it’ll ensure your favorite Pokemon is easier to catch. Throughout your travels, you’ll accumulate a stockpile of Razz berries, so don’t be afraid to use them liberally. Saving them for high CP or rare Pokemon is a good strategy, but don’t shy away from securing a catch if you really like the Pokemon’s type or if they just so happen to be your all-time favorite.Finally, become familiar with all of the game’s tools. There’s nothing worse than learning about an item or mechanic that would’ve helped with a catch after the fact. We get in-depth with some of the game’s more mysterious mechanics below, so study them and get to know them inside and out. The next time there’s a stampede to catch a rare Pokemon, be the first one to catch it, and don’t be left out of the fun.Now that you’ve got the basics, check out our tips, tricks, and secrets below and become the very best, like no one ever was.last_img read more

Quick jolt of energy could improve energy harvesting by a factor of

first_imgThe energy harvesting chain shows how some energy is extracted from previously harvested energy, and injected in short pulses back into the piezoelectric element to increase the overall amount of harvested energy. The increase occurs due to an energy resonance effect. Image credit: Lallart and Guyomar. ©2010 American Institute of Physics. Energy harvesting often uses piezoelectric materials, which have the property of generating an electric field in the presence of an applied mechanical strain. As Lallart and Guyomar explain, piezoelectric materials usually have a low global coupling coefficient, corresponding to a low conversion ability. Although the coupling coefficient is an inherent property of a material, the scientists explained that they can artificially enhance the conversion abilities of piezoelectric materials by using a pulsed initial energy injection.In the proposed scheme, harvested energy is first extracted from the piezoelectric element via a microgenerator. The energy is then injected as a quick pulse back into the piezoelectric element through either its top or bottom electrode, resulting in a positive or negative voltage, respectively. The energy injection creates an “energy resonance” effect due to the pulsed energy feedback to the piezoelectric material. Due to this energy resonance effect, the initial energy injection to the piezoelectric material creates an overall energy gain that is higher than the energy initially extracted from the piezoelectric material. The researchers identified an optimal energy injection value, after which higher values create a damping effect on the piezoelectric material that results in a significant decrease in the mechanical energy available for harvesting. When optimized, the proposed design could allow a device to use much less piezoelectric material than a standard design, and still harvest the same amount of energy. “The main contribution of this work is to demonstrate that taking energy from the storage stage and transferring it to the source, although it seems counter-productive because of the losses in the transfer mechanism, can lead to outstanding performance in terms of power output,” Lallart told “In particular, performing these operations in a pulsed fashion (i.e., providing initial energy to the active material) makes the technique easy to implement. One of the most remarkable things about this technique is its ability to bypass the power limit of all other techniques when considering the damping effect induced by the scavenging process (constant force magnitude case).” As the scientists explained, most previous methods for energy conversion enhancement have been “unidirectional,” meaning they don’t take advantage of using the energy generated from the device itself as input energy. The few previous methods that were “bidirectional” like the current design, using output energy for input energy, required constant driving of the device, resulting in a complex implementation and requiring a significant amount of energy for driving the system, which made them barely realistic. In contrast, the fact that the new method only requires quick pulses allows for an easier implementation and greatly reduces the driving energy. The energy extraction and injection processes are so much quicker than the device’s vibration time period that they can be considered instantaneous. For these reasons, the scientists predict that this approach could improve the amount of energy harvested by two, three, or four times compared with other methods aiming at increasing the power output, even at low energy extraction efficiencies.“The main motivations in energy harvesting research are explained by the growth of small-scale, low-power electronic devices, as well as the limitations of primary batteries that raise maintenance issues because of their limited lifespan and environmental problems due to their complex recycling process,” Lallart said. “Although the viability of self-powered systems has already been demonstrated, the functions of such devices are still limited by the available energy. Hence, the aim of research on energy harvesting is twofold. First, increasing the power output of microgenerators allows for implementing more functions in the self-powered device. Second, improvements in the conversion abilities of active materials would permit a significant reduction of the amount of material required to harvest a given amount of energy, allowing for the disposal of small-scale, embeddable devices.” Explore further ( — Harvesting mechanical energy from the environment and converting it into electrical energy has recently become a viable method for powering low-energy electronics, such as sensors and actuators. But the major drawback of energy harvesting is how little energy it generates, which limits its potential applications. In a new study, Mickael Lallart and Daniel Guyomar from the LGEF Laboratory at the University of Lyon have proposed that an initial energy injection extracted from the harvested energy itself could greatly increase the total energy output; specifically, this method could generate 20 times more energy than normal when using off-the-shelf components, and up to 40 times more when using low-loss devices. More information: Mickaël Lallart and Daniel Guyomar. “Piezoelectric conversion and energy harvesting enhancement by initial energy injection.” Applied Physics Letters 97, 014104 (2010). DOI: 10.1063/1.3462304center_img IMEC reports 40 microwatt from micromachined piezoelectric energy harvester Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: Quick jolt of energy could improve energy harvesting by a factor of 40 (2010, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Maldives floating island masterplan tests the waters

first_img Global warming threatens more than just coral Explore further Dutch designers from Waterstudio as part of the collab will construct a network of floating islands for luxury residences, hotels, convention center, yacht club and a floating golf course. For the number of 400,000 Maldives residents, a next-phase plan is to build islands for affordable housing. “Islands” are in the plural because the Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, made up of a chain of islands. These are 1,190 coral islands that are formed around 26 atolls, spread over 90,000 square kilometers. Sea level has risen since 1900. Scientists predict that the rising sea levels in the future, if ignored, could bring calamity and push the population out of their homes. The Maldives government, aware of the problem, first started thinking of alternative plans in 2008, when they began to take annual tourist revenue and place it in a fund to buy what may have been new homelands, possibly in Australia, India, or Sri Lanka. Now, however, they are turning to another solution in a partnership with the Dutch Docklands company. The floating islands that they envision will rise with the sea. Instead of fighting against the sea, they will coexist. The joint venture masterplan involves over 800 hectares/ 80 million sq.ft of water with floating developments. Dutch firm Waterstudio are project designers and Dutch Docklands are the floating architecture specialists engineering the project. ( — From tourist paradise to devastation to sustainable future, an imaginative path toward rebirth is possible for global coastal populations at risk of being wiped out by rising sea levels. That path lies in artificial floating islands. The Maldives government is in a joint venture with the architectural firm Dutch Docklands International for the world’s largest artificial floating-island project. The present phase will focus on tourism. In turn super-rich globetrotters will enjoy the high end living activities they are accustomed to without having to fear being suddenly wrapped around a pole and dying. Citation: Maldives floating island masterplan tests the waters (2012, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The 18-hole golf course is one of the projects being given lots of international exposure, each with two to three holes, connected by underwater tunnels. The golf course is a $500 million project, paid for by the Maldives government and private investors. Forbes has referred to it as “the floating golf mecca.”Architects today are convinced that architects of the future will want to learn more about working with water instead of against it. In the past, engineers have used sand and rubble to create islands, but these structures disturb the sea and seafloor ecosystems. center_img © 2012 More information: PopSci, Dvice, io9 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Building-materials that the Dutch put to use include slabs of concrete and polystyrene foam. Their design concept involves foundations for buildings transformed into floats. They use a foam core encased in concrete, with steel cables securing it against the pull of potential currents. No matter how high the sea levels, the structures will remain above water. The foam core encased in concrete with steel cables all serve to prevent a structure from floating away.The Dutch company prides itself as using techniques that are environmentally friendly, or what they call “scarless” development. The design disturbs only a small patch of the seafloor, while preserving natural currents. Less space is disrupted on the sea floor with their design than if they were building with rock or sand. With sea levels rising all over the globe, scientists say it is possible that the Maldives venture could be a roadmap for future developing nations at risk. The success of this project is not yet proven but floating-architecture supporters believe it is a better concept to pursue than disbanding populations and sending them elsewhere.last_img read more

Bengal making efforts to augment tiger population Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said her government has been taking steps to increase the population of tigers in the state. On the occasion of International Tiger Day on Monday, she said efforts have been initiated to monitor their population in the Sundarban Tiger Reserve, as well as augment the number of big cats in Alipurduar’s Buxa Tiger Reserve. “Today is #InternationalTigerDay. The tiger is an endangered species. We must save our tigers. In #Bangla, augmentation of tiger population in Buxa Tiger Reserve has been initiated. In Sundarban Tiger Reserve, radio collaring and monitoring of tiger is continuing,” she tweeted. The International Tiger Day is observed every year since 2010, for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and raising awareness about the endangered animal.last_img read more

Protests at Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing 22 arrested

first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Police also removed a handful from the court for interrupting the proceedings.During Chairman Chuck Grassley’s speech, Democrats also began demanding a delay in the proceedings. This is because they want more documents to be released about Brett Kavanaugh’s background.Brett Kavanaugh is Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. | Photo: YouTube/White HouseBut Grassley said that last night (3 September), 42,000 pages of documents were released. Democrats say there are even more documents still missing, before they have Kavanaugh’s entire political background.Sen. Dianne Feinstein then raised several protections and rights that she worried Kavanaugh would roll back.She said: ‘You’re being nominated for a pivotal seat. It would likely be the deciding vote on fundamental issues,’ according to the Guardian.‘Behind the noise is really a very sincere believe that it is so important to preserve a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-economic a court that really serves the people and really serves this great democracy. That’s my worry,’ she said.Senator Patrick Leahy labeled the hearing ‘not only shameful, it’s a sham’.He said in his 44-year public service, it’s the ‘most incomplete, most partisan, least transport vetting for any Supreme Court nominee that I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen more of those than anyone serving in the senate today.’What’s at stake?The Human Rights Campaign’s Chad Griffin said earlier this year: ‘In nominating Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump has followed through on his threat to nominate a justice who would undermine LGBTQ equality, women’s reproductive rights and affordable healthcare.’HRC said the next Supreme Court justice will shape civil and constitutional rights jurisprudence in the country for decades to come.In the coming years, the Supreme Court will have to decide critical issues for the LGBTI community including:The US’ nondiscrimination laws including protections for LGBTI people — as many lower courts have already concluded. This would impact employment, housing, healthcare and education civil rights statutes.Individuals and organizations having a license to discriminate against LGBTI people when receiving taxpayer dollars to provide critical services.LGBTI people and families turned away from businesses open to the general public.Qualified transgender people excluded from serving in the military, simply because of who they are. When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in June, President Donal Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace him.There is one chief justice and eight associate justices. But currently, there are four Democrat-leaning justices and four Republican-leaning justices.Trump’s pick of Kavanaugh would give the Republicans an edge in the highest court of the United States.While Kavanaugh does not have a clear cut position on LGBTI issues, LGBTI and women’s advocacy groups united to condemn him.He is also very vocal about his pro-gun beliefs.Even more contentiously, he’s likely to overturn the historic Roe v Wade decision. Roe vs Wade led to abortion becoming legal in the US, so this would essentially recriminalize abortion.In the corridor outside the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, “The Handmaid’s Tale”— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) September 4, 2018In a previous case with an undocumented worker in the US seeking an abortion, Kavanaugh said in his ruling: ‘The Government has permissible interests in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion.’The women protesting today wearing the Handmaid’s Tale robes stood silently on the building’s walkway.They’re signaling a stripping back of women’s rights if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.Donald Trump previously said he’d only nominate candidates for the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v Wade and Obamacare.What’s new from the hearing today?During any Supreme Court confirmation hearing, the candidate must face a series of hearings in which both the nominee and other witnesses make statements and answer questions.Confirmation by the Senate allows the President to formally appoint the candidate to the court.But during the proceedings today, a few things didn’t quite go according to plan.According to a spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, they arrested 22 protestors (so far) and charged them with disorderly conduct.The Women’s March Twitter page stated police also arrested more than 30 women. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Protestors gathered at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington today (4 September) for the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh. Protest at Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. | Photo: Laura Litvan / Twitter eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Followup With Advance Practice Nurses Benefits Highrisk Head and Neck Cancer Patients

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.center_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications San Antonio, October 19, 2015— For high-risk patients who receive chemoradiation therapy for head and neck cancer, frequent follow-up appointments conducted by advance practice nurses (APN) in a clinical outpatient setting allowed for more intensive symptom management. This program resulted in fewer post-treatment emergency room visits and hospital admissions compared to historical outcomes, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 57th annual meeting.Treatments such as radiation therapy (RT) and chemoradiation therapy (CRT) for patients with head and neck cancer can cause various side-effects, resulting in infection risks and complications that may require unplanned emergency room visits or hospital admissions in the immediate post-treatment months.APNs have post-graduate education in nursing, often in a specific role and/or patient population, allowing them to diagnose and treat illnesses and to prescribe medication.This study compared the incidence of adverse events (i.e. unplanned emergency room visits and hospital admissions) in 25 high-risk head and neck cancer patients who received post-treatment care at an APN-led, acute-rehabilitation-focused clinic to the incidence of adverse events of 24 head and neck cancer patients who received standard follow-up treatment. The standard follow-up group patients were identified using an approved institutional review board database.Patients were considered high-risk if they had limited social support, resided in a nursing home, required multiple hydrations during treatment, received a second course of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and/or had a feeding tube.Of the 49 total patients included in the study, 90 percent had stage IV or recurrent cancer. All patients were treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) or SBRT techniques. RT alone was given to 22 patients (45 percent) and the other 27 patients (55 percent) received radiation therapy with concurrent chemotherapy using either cisplastin or cetuximab.Compared to patients in the standard follow-up group, patients in the APN clinic group (APNCG) were seen twice as often (1.2 versus 2.0 visits), with the standard follow-up group being seen at four to six weeks post-treatment, then at three months post-treatment. The APNCG patients were seen at two to four weeks post-treatment and every two to four weeks thereafter until symptoms stabilized.Of the 49 patients studied, 18 experienced adverse events a total of 26 times. Of those 18 who visited the emergency room or were admitted to the hospital, six (33 percent) were receiving frequent follow-up through the APN-led clinic. Patients who were treated with RT alone who were in the APNCG had the most significant decrease in complications with only 16.7 percent experiencing adverse effects versus 60 percent in the standard follow up group. No difference was found in the patients treated with CRT, due to the intensive post-RT follow-up also provided by medical oncology.      “This study illustrates an important role for APNs in radiation oncology,” said lead study author Bridgett Harr, CNP, Department of Radiation Oncology at Cleveland Clinic. “[APNs] are in a unique position to provide more intensive follow-up care, allowing them to better manage the post-treatment symptoms of high-risk head and neck cancer patients. Not only is there greater patient satisfaction when being managed in an outpatient setting, it is more cost-effective to avoid emergency room or hospital admissions. The APN’s ability to provide high-quality, cost-effective care will play an increasingly vital role in the future of radiation oncology and healthcare.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | October 20, 2015 Follow-up With Advance Practice Nurses Benefits High-risk Head and Neck Cancer Patients Study reveals better symptom management results in fewer emergency room visits and hospital admissionslast_img read more