It is the time of year when many Nova Scotians will see wildlife roaming through their neighbourhoods. For bears, hibernation has ended and yearling bears are leaving their mothers and wandering into unfamiliar territory. “More than 400 nuisance bear situations were reported last year. Sightings decreased compared with the previous year and with continued co-operation, we can further reduce the number of problem bear situations,” said Department of Natural Resources manager of wildlife resources Tony Nette. “Although there has never been a bear incident involving human injury reported in Nova Scotia, bears have the potential to be dangerous and destructive. “We must all help in the prevention of bear encounters.” When department staff investigate problem bear situations, they find food odours or a source of food that has attracted the bear to the area. Keeping garbage inside or storing it in metal bear-proof containers, and keeping your barbecue grill clean and grease-free can prevent bear encounters at homes and cottages. While there is an abundance of natural foods, bears will search far and wide, following food odours into backyards. Bears are attracted to garbage, compost, green bins, pet food and bird feeders. There are specific precautions home and cottage owners, campers and hikers should take to reduce the likelihood of attracting bears. To find out how to prevent bear incidents and what to do when a black bear is seen, visit the Natural Resource’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/Nuisance/bears.htm . Bear sightings in residential communities and near homes should be reported to the Department of Natural Resources. Trained staff will determine the appropriate action. During business hours, call a local Natural Resources office. After hours, on weekends and holidays, call toll free 1-800-565-2224.
Karachi: Left-arm Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, who quit Test cricket recently, is planning to obtain a British passport and settle down in the United Kingdom, a source said. Amir has been married to a British national, Nargis Malik since September, 2016 and is eligible for a spouse visa, which allows him to stay in England for 30 months.”He is clearly planning to obtain a British passport and permanently settle down in England in future,” a well-informed source said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”With a spouse visa he can work freely and enjoy other benefits as a permanent resident of UK which is why he is planning to also purchase a house in England,” the source added.Amir, 27, has plenty of cricket left and the news about his plans to settle down in the UK came as a surprise for his fans.The source said Amir is eligible for the spouse visa despite spending some time in a juvenile jail for a few months during the spot-fixing scandal in 2010-2011. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”He travels to England regularly and also plays county cricket since last year. So, there are no hurdles for him now.” Amir announced his retirement from the longest format on Friday having played 36 Tests in his chequered career that saw him being banned for spot-fixing.Amir’s decision, however, to didn’t go down well with Pakistani pace stalwarts, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar. Former captain Rameez Raja too was not impressed by Amir’s decision. Akram and Akhtar, in particular, hit out at Amir for retiring from Test cricket, noting that Pakistan had invested a lot in him and now was the time for the pacer to pay back to the country. “I am disappointed and sad at his decision at this time. At 27 years of age he is at his peak and should been available for Pakistan in Test cricket,” Akhtar said.He said unfortunately the modern day pacers were only interested in playing T20 cricket and even avoided 50-overs cricket. “I fear we might also see others like Hassan Ali and Wahab Riaz follow Amir in quitting test cricket.” Akram said he was surprised by Aamir’s decision as Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game and a cricketer attains greatness only by proving his worth in the longest format. Amir’s teammates have also been taken aback by his decision to quit Test cricket.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – It’s only been in Saint John for a couple of days, but a Haligonian tugboat is already a big hit in New Brunswick.A replica of the titular main character in the children’s television series “Theodore Tugboat,” Theodore Too will spend the summer in the New Brunswick port city after living in the Halifax harbour for the past 18 years.The beloved tugboat swept into the Saint John harbour on Thursday before a crowd of eager spectators, and will remain there until its departure back to Nova Scotia in October.Miranda McCollum, 29, and her toddler Kyler Daigle-McCollum were part of Theodore’s Saint John welcoming committee.“Even though it was foggy, we sat there and watched him come in the harbour, tooting,” she said in a phone interview Saturday. Kyler “was amazed. He was standing and clapping and cheering.”Like many Atlantic Canadians, McCollum grew up watching “Theodore Tugboat,” which originated in Halifax and chronicled the adventures of Theodore and his friends in the Big Harbour.The tugboat’s much-anticipated visit bodes well for New Brunswick, according to Discover Saint John executive director Victoria Clarke.During a phone interview Saturday, she said Theodore’s affable presence will act as both a tourist attraction and a way to get more locals on the waterfront this summer.“Locals are just absolutely delighted to see his smiling face in our port,” she said, adding that Theodore fans span multiple generations. “Folks that have grown up watching him on TV and have not had the opportunity to see him in Halifax now have a closer-to-home opportunity.”Theodore’s time in New Brunswick will be a mix of work and play: on its work days, the tugboat will host harbour tours and cruise excursions and welcome new ships to the port.It will spend its off time hunkered down at Pugsley Slip, a prominent spot on the Saint John waterfront.Paula Copeland, a spokeswoman with Port Saint John, said the city doesn’t have the variety of boat tours that Halifax does, and that Theodore’s stay will help fill that gap.“We don’t have a lot of water product for tourism,” she said. “And of course, we’re a cruise port, so it’s going to be great for the cruise business to have that availability there.”She added that the boat’s presence alone helps brighten the waterfront.“You can’t not smile when you look at him,” she laughed.Theodore’s arrival in New Brunswick, however, was not without controversy.Ambassatours Gray Line, the company that owns the boat, announced last month that Theodore will spend the summer away from home — much to the annoyance of some Haligonians, who took to social media to accuse the smiling, baseball-cap-clad vessel of treachery.But Ambassatours spokeswoman Terri McCulloch said Halifax has had Theodore for many years, and it’s time someone else gets a turn.“Obviously, the show was set in Halifax and Haligonians have a great affinity for Theodore. He’s definitely been a fixture on the waterfront,” she said.“It caught a few folks by surprise, and certainly, we didn’t mean to offend anyone. He’s still in the region here, so perhaps it’s a nice opportunity for someone to take a little trip over on the ferry (from Digby, N.S.) and pop over to Saint John’s and see how he’s doing over there.”She also pointed out that Theodore has already spent time outside of Halifax, noting it has spent several summers in Quebec and embarked on a 50-city tour along the Eastern seaboard about 10 years ago.On Sunday, Port Saint John is hosting its annual Community Day, which is expected to draw thousands of people to the waterfront to take a gander at the famous boat.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s feeling good as he continues cancer therapy and is already working on the next season of the hit quiz show.In a new video posted on the “Jeopardy!” YouTube page, the Sudbury, Ont.,-born TV personality is seen on the show’s set, where he notes it’s the last day of taping for the 35th anniversary season.He thanks fans for their messages of encouragement and support, particularly the cards he’s received from young people, adding he’s touched beyond words.In his trademark unflappable delivery style and signature suited attire, Trebek says he’s continuing with his therapy.He says he’s already working on the 36th year of “Jeopardy!” with the staff and is looking forward to seeing viewers again in September.Trebek announced in a YouTube video on March 6 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.RELATED: ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants rally around host Alex Trebek, ‘the consummate pro’He vowed to keep working and beat the low survival rate statistics for the disease.“I’ve always tried to be straight with you and I’m not going to stop now,” Trebek said Wednesday.“So despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing with my therapy and we — by ‘we,’ the staff — is already working on our next season, the 36th year of ‘Jeopardy!’ So I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John for Liquefied Natural Gas (FSJ for LNG) has recently released a letter looking at a year in review.Founder and Chairman, Alan Yu, says in the letter that FSJ for LNG is thankful for 2018 but is hoping for a better 2019 in regards to the current status of the LNG project. He notes that the LNG project was not just good for Fort St. John but for the National and Global economy as well.“When North East B.C. received good news in late 2018, it wasn’t just a positive turn of events for Fort St. John and the Peace Region. The final investment decision to proceed with the LNG Canada project heralds a project of national and global significance. A flat year for LNG investment worldwide was lifted by the October announcement. As recognition travels far and wide of fully how transformational Canada’s largest-ever private investment will be, nevertheless there are strong signs that the NDP-Green alliance in Victoria can barely contain its contempt for anything to do with natural gas and LNG.” Yu hopes that, in 2019, the Horgan Government does the right thing and test its reckless LNG policy with the electorate by calling an early election.“For those who understand both the economy and the environment, there is only one realistic hope for 2019: that the Horgan government do the right thing and test its reckless LNG policy with the electorate by calling an early election. The same voters who rejected Horgan’s crooked proportional representation referendum are highly likely to react the same way to his anti-climate climate plan: by saying no.”In closing, Yu points out that there is still a lot of work that FSJ for LNG has to do even with the LNG project coming to Fort St. John.“For those asking if the job of FSJ for LNG is now over, I hope this answers the question. We still have quite a job to do in 2019 which include voting somebody out in the coming federal election.”The full letter can be viewed below.
Keri Cronin, an associate professor at Brock, is sensitive to the suffering endured by abandoned cats and other animals. (Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals) When temperatures start falling, Keri Cronin’s concern starts rising as she tries to find shelters for homeless cats.Cronin, associate professor in the Visual Arts Department in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, is sensitive to the suffering endured by abandoned cats and other animals, a passion that is evident in her research.With winter around the corner, she recently put out a social media plea to borrow a cat shelter. Staff from Brock’s Facilities Management responded. They had already used their own time to build a shelter to protect a colony of cats living along the escarpment on the campus.It worked. The cats have been placed in permanent homes, and the compartmentalized shelter now sits on the front porch of Cronin’s home.Cronin’s passion for animals blends seamlessly into her research and teaching.She is completing a book that examines how art imagery from 1880 to the First World War was an important tool to promote animal advocacy. Her research took her to Boston, New York City and London, “richly historic places in the animal welfare movement.”Assembling the research material was surprisingly difficult.Tom the cat has a bite to eat in Brock’s Facilities Management cat shelter. “I was feeling a little like Nancy Drew,” she said, “trying to discover and bring together literature and images that weren’t catalogued. It was clear that animal advocacy isn’t valued, because it hasn’t been archived.”But what did impress her was the “sophisticated understanding of the importance of images and the impact on how people thought about animals in the second half of the 19th century.” Last year she curated an online exhibit – Be Kind: A Visual History of Humane Education, 1880-1945 – exploring the relationship between humans and animals.Cronin’s fourth-year Visual Arts course, Picturing Animals, explores how visual culture shapes the way that we think of animals and how we treat them.This winter Cronin will take a sabbatical to research her next book, which explores the impact of photography on contemporary animal rights. As part of this project she will focus on the work of Jo-Anne McArthur, an internationally regarded animal rights photographer.Noting the power of photography, Cronin refers to anti-whistleblower “ag gag” laws that make it illegal in some U.S. states to record undercover videos showing animal cruelty in farming practices. But more than just be a gruesome witness to cruelty, Cronin’s book also will explore positive measures like animal rescue and sanctuary.Cronin is quick to point out colleagues who also study animals in their respective fields, such as English and Labour Studies. The Department of Sociology offers a Concentration in the field of Critical Animal Studies, among the first of its kind in a Canadian university.She also admires the team, led by Facilities Management mechanic Mark Palcso, who built the cat shelter, and fed and watered the escarpment cats, including weekends and the winter holiday break.“Being at Brock has been absolutely wonderful. I don’t know what’s in the water, but it’s amazing that there are so many of us researching the same issues and/or showing genuine compassion for animals.”
Activists say they are elated at the change although more needs to be done (AFP image)In a historic decision, India’s Supreme Court has ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence.The ruling overturns a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorised as an “unnatural offence”.The court has now ruled discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a fundamental violation of rights.Campaigners outside the court cheered and some broke down in tears as the ruling was handed down.Although public opinion in India’s biggest cities has been in favour of scrapping the law, there remains strong opposition among religious groups and in conservative rural communities.But this ruling, from the top court, is the final say in the matter and represents a huge victory for India’s LGBT community.One activist outside the court told the BBC: “I hadn’t come out to my parents until now. But today, I guess I have.”Thursday’s decision was delivered by a five-judge bench headed by India’s outgoing chief justice Dipak Misra and was unanimous.Reading out the judgement, he said: “Criminalising carnal intercourse is irrational, arbitrary and manifestly unconstitutional.”Another judge, Indu Malhotra, said she believed “history owes an apology” to LGBT people for ostracising them.Justice DY Chandrachud said the state had no right to control the private lives of LGBT community members and that the denial of the right to sexual orientation was the same as denying the right to privacy.The ruling effectively allows gay sex among consenting adults in private. (Excerpts from BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T Gov’t to appeal High Court ruling on buggery lawApril 13, 2018In “Regional”BREAKING: CCJ rules Guyana’s cross-dressing law unconstitutionalNovember 13, 2018In “Court”US Supreme Court overturns gay marriage provisionJune 26, 2013In “World”
JCB has just celebrated a major milestone in its long record of innovative machine design – the 40th anniversary of the Loadall telescopic handler. First launched on October 20 1977 the machine mechanised lifting and loading tasks more usually carried out by a small team of men.JCB has sold more than 220,000 Loadalls to date, generating more than £7 billion in sales – £4.5 billion of which has been from exports.Today daily output of JCB telehandlers at the World HQ in Staffordshire, England, is currently at its highest level since the launch, with the number of machines built expected to increase by 25% by the end of the year compared to 2016. Such is the success of the product that one Loadall rolls off JCB’s Rocester production line every six minutes. The business making the machines today employs more than 1,200 people.JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “When we launched the Loadall in 1977, we sold just 64 machines that year but we were very confident that the telescopic handler would grow in popularity simply because it made jobs so much easier on construction sites and on farms.“The concept soon took off and the faith we put in the telescopic handler four decades ago has been repaid. It’s wonderful to celebrate 40 years of success of the Loadall with production hitting historic levels.“I’d like to congratulate everyone around the world who has contributed to this success over the past 40 years. We must now look forward to the next 40 years and build on what has been achieved so far.”Eddie Finney is a Team Leader in Loadall. He said: “I started my JCB career in 1976 in the machine shop but the following year I transferred and started working on the Loadall assembly line. At the time there were only four Loadalls coming off the line every day. I can’t believe the volume we have now achieved 40 years later.”Kevin Holley works in the Loadall Fabrication Shop on a laser machine. He said: “I joined JCB in 1978, working on a gas cutter for several types of machine. I then became a gas profile cutter for the Loadall division. At that time, with only four a day coming off the line, Loadall was thought to be the poor relation because it wasn’t as busy as backhoe. But I could see the potential straight away. It did amazing things and nobody else had anything like it.”Keith Weston has worked in maintenance at JCB since 1973. He said: “I have been on general manufacturing maintenance for most of my career but I was responsible for shot blasting and painting on the Loadall assembly line in the 1980s. In the early days I never realised Loadall would reach the volume of sales that it has. I have been proud to work on it.”It took almost 30 years for JCB to sell the first 100,000 Loadalls but it took less than 10 years for the next 100,000 to be sold – testament to the growing importance of the product and JCB’s strength in this sector. JCB is World Number One for telescopic handlers with more than one in every three sold being a JCB.The public launch of the JCB Loadall on October 20 1977 was promoted under the banner of ‘Obsolescence Day is Coming’ as an indication that the new machine, with its ability to reach forwards and upwards, would render the masted forklift obsolete.JCB Loadall production – interesting factsThere are 34 base models and over 1,000 individual configurationsWelding during Loadall manufacture consumes more than 14.5 million m of wire per yearEach Loadall takes around 35 stages to produce and eight hours to assembleLoadall manufacture consumes more than 35,000 t/y of steelA recent £1 million investment brought new precision laser and plasma cutting equipmentA 650-t steel press forms the telescopic boom box sectionsOn average, it takes 45 minutes to make two sides of the heavy-duty chassisRobots handle 70% of chassis welds – but skilled operators tackle hard to access weldsPreparing and painting booms, chassis and stabilisers (on construction models) takes two hoursThe painting facility uses 73,000 litres of primer and 50,000 litres of gloss paint per yearEvery Loadall spends 13 minutes at full speed in a roller test booth to calibrate the drivelineEvery Loadall must hold a test weight with the boom fully raised and extended for 10 minutes.
Sina Weibo, better known as the Chinese version of Twitter, is set to launch “very soon” in the United States.An anonymous Sina manager told Chinese tech news site Technode that an English language version would launch soon, but wouldn’t try to replace Twitter. Instead, the North American launch would focus more on the professional market and try to give “overseas companies” [that is, ones outside China] access to Chinese users.Twitter is blocked in mainland China by the Chinese government, just like Facebook. In their stead, internet companies owned by the Chinese government have stepped in with their own services. Sites like Weibo and Renren (a Facebook clone) copy both the features and the look-and-feel of their Western counterparts, but also allow government censors to step in and remove posts it doesn’t want to be viewable.In launching, Weibo will partner with two more Western social media services, FlipBoard and Instagram, and will carry them back to China. FlipBoard, an iPad magazine-like reading utility for links from social media, is currently blocked in China but will become available, according to the Sina manager. Instagram, a photo filtering and sharing tool, is already online and popular in China.Sina’s expansion into the United States is the latest in a chain of entries from Chinese companies. Tencent may be the most aggressive to date, with its large acquisition of League of Legends maker Riot Games earlier in 2011 and a partnership with Zynga to take its games to China.via Technode
A modest but quietly positive group of Greek exporters filled the Fine Food Australia Greek stand this week, hoping to garner some interest and gain some local importers. The exhibition, one of the largest trade shows for the foodservice, hospitality and retail sectors in Australia, gives international and local distributors and importers the chance to mingle with the industry’s best and hopefully create long-lasting business deals. At the Flavours of the World section, a small Greek and Cypriot contingent set up shop at the four day show in Melbourne. Finishing on Thursday, only nine Greek exhibitors and eight Cypriot exhibitors made the trip, about half the amount that came last year and the year before. The Greek contingent has companies that specialise in everything from olive oil, feta, dairy products and alcohol, while the Cypriot stalls included things like flour, pasta and ice cream. The Cypriot stall even had ice cream for dogs, a new product brought out by Max & Frida under the umbrella of Cypriot ice cream giant Panayiotis Ice Cream.They have to compete against 1,000 exhibitors from all around the world to get the Australian importers’ interest, something even the best products might not be able to do. The reality is the Australian market is a challenging landscape.The Greek state commissioner for trade in Australia, Vaianos Oreopoulos-Kelenis, who has been the exhibitor’s Australian contact, says Greek companies face fierce competition from local brands and well-established international brands. “The biggest challenge is the Australian market itself, it’s a peculiar market, it’s not an easy market at all, because Australia has developed to the maximum, to an optimum level,” he tells Neos Kosmos.Greek brands are fighting to be heard. Even those that have been established here for years are having trouble holding on.“An exhibitor here at the Greek stall, they produce feta cheese and yoghurt of excellent quality, they’ve already incorporated with an importer here in Sydney, but so far in 40 years it has only imported two containers, which is basically zero,” Mr Oreopoulos-Kelenis says. One of the biggest barriers new Greek companies face in trying to enter the Australian market is finding a competent and reliable distributor. Those that are established distributors specialising in Greek products are about 85 per cent owned and operated by Greek Australians, according to Mr Oreopoulos-Kelenis.They understand the products, know the quality and are able to market them expertly to the Greek Australian community.The only problem is, the companies aren’t very willing to take on new brands. They have their set group, and won’t open up the listings if they can’t afford it. That’s where Mr Oreopoulos-Kelenis says the Greek government is trying to help. One of his main roles is connecting new Greek companies and local distributors together, but most times the connection severs because one side isn’t interested. “I have heard a lot of stories of Greek exporters who have sent emails to Australian companies or Australian Greek companies, and they never get a reply,” he says. “If they don’t develop face to face communication it won’t work.”That is why Fine Food Australia is a great way to get a start.Event director Minnie Constan says the stall has been seeing a steady flow of interest, with the new, official agency of the Greek State, Enterprise Greece, overseeing some positive steps forward. “They’re getting a lot of interest, Enterprise Greece is saying they’re doing a considerable amount of business in Melbourne,” Ms Constan tells Neos Kosmos.“It’s to be expected, we love our food in Melbourne.”Touring the site most days, Ms Constan saw the sun-dried tomato stand inundated with interest, as was the company Peachy, specialising in tinned peaches ripened in the Mediterranean climate. She has also seen a spike in demand for imports from Cyprus in the last couple of years. “We’ve had Cyprus in the show for a number of years and I know the export opportunities that have come from being in the show have probably tripled since they started doing it,” she says.While the amount of Australian imports to Greece has dropped by more than 50 per cent, the demand for Greek products in Australia has jumped. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the imports from Greece to Australia totalled $170 million, up from $158 the year before. Australia ranks in the top 40 of principal export nations for Greece, quite a considerable feat considering most of the top countries are part of the European Union or are close neighbours. Australia is taking in lots of fruit and nuts, dairy products and aluminium from Greece. Sadly, the demand isn’t the same in Greece. Riddled by a flatlining economy, Greece hasn’t had much demand for foreign products in the last couple of years. Greece’s top imports come from Russia and Germany. Australia ranks a lowly 96. Mr Oreopoulos-Kelenis says our distance and Greece’s economic state are mostly to blame. “The Greek economy is in the phase of recovery, and as you understand, internal consumer demand has collapsed,” he says.“It will take another year at least to recover to the levels of 2006-7.”At least down in Melbourne, the seeds have been sown for new Greek ventures. With the biggest Greek population outside of Greece in Australia, the demand won’t be going away anytime soon. The Fine Food Australia Greek stall companies:Ariston Hellas: specialising in extra virgin olive oil, infused olive oils, balsamic condiments, kalamon and stuffed green olives, preserves. Dimitra Parparas S.A: specialising in olives, pickled peppers, sun-dried tomatoes in oil, fire-roasted red peppers, fire-roasted eggplant puree. Hellenic Breweries of Atalani: specialising in beers including BLUE island, Pils HELLAS, Berlin, Eza z premium pilsener. Intercom foods: specialising in pickled olives, Kalamata olive paste and canned peaches and peach compost. Ioniki Sfoliata: specialising in frozen pastry products including spiral spanakopites and tyropites. Peachy: specialising in tinned peaches. Peza Union: specialising in bottled Cretan olive oil and wine including Nissos PGI wine, Peza PDO wine and Fizz. SHM Hellas and Pilion Dairy Group: specialising in Greek feta and yoghurt and goat’s cheese products.The Fine Food Australia Cypriot stall companies:Chrystosomos Elias & Son: specialising in halloumi cheese. G&I Keses dairy: specialising in halloumi cheese. Johnsof -Pavlos cakes: specialising in grissini, croutons, crisprolls, sweets, biscuits, cakes, rusks; contemporary and organic. Loel Public: specialising in wines, spirits and fruit juices. Mitsides: specialising in flour and pastas. Papaphilipou & Patisserie Panayotis Ice Cream: specialising in ice cream from P & P ice cream, Papaphilipou ice cream, Nostalgia and ice cream for dogs brand, Max & Frida. Papouis Dairy: specialising in halloumi cheese. Pittas Dairy: specialising in halloumi cheese. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Nintendo Switch is a great system. Unfortunately, it isn’t powerful enough to run many games found on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Until now, that is. Capcom announced that Resident Evil 7 is making its way to Switch, though it’ll come in an unexpected form. Players can enjoy playing the zombie-tastic title either in docked or undocked mode thanks to the power of the cloud. At least, Japanese players can.Resident Evil 7 for Switch comes with all four of the game’s DLC. Users can play the first 15 minutes for free. If they want to play the full game, they’ll need to purchase a 180-day service pass. The game costs ¥2,000, which is equivalent to roughly $18.01. Though it is playable docked or undocked, a stable internet connection is required to play. Instead of being housed in the actual system, save files are stored in the cloud. Save files linked to inactive accounts may be deleted, according to Capcom.Even customers who thoroughly enjoy Switch admit feeling disappointed they can’t play games like Far Cry 5, Witcher 3, or Call of Duty on the system. By using the cloud to play these titles, Switch will no doubt become even more popular. Well, that is if more companies jump on board. It remains to be seen how well Resident Evil 7 runs on Switch. But, if it works as intended, we’ll likely see more third-party developers drop their “current-gen” games on Switch. Maybe we’ll get GTAV on Nintendo’s system? It’s up in the air at the moment, but the possibilities are exciting.Right now, there is no word if Resident Evil 7 is coming to Switch in regions outside of Japan. Given the game’s popularity, I seriously doubt it’ll be a Japanese exclusive for very long. E3 is only a few weeks away, so don’t be surprised if Capcom announces it for North America, Europe, and elsewhere. Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Actual Games of the Year (2017)Resident Evil 7 DLC Set to Scare the Crap Out of Us in December Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the impending robot revolution.Actually, it’s the sound of 10 SpotMini robo dogs hauling a truck across the Boston Dynamics parking lot.Like I said: impending uprising.Small and nimble, the 2.75-foot-tall, four-legged machine inherited the mobility of big brother Spot—with the added ability to pick up and handle objects using a claw-like arm and perception sensors.Considered Boston Dynamics’ “quietest robot” yet, SpotMini can carry a 30-pound payload while operating for up to 90 minutes on a single charge.“These Spot robots are coming off the production line now,” the Massachusetts-based engineering firm said in a video caption, promising availability “for a range of applications.”Company co-founder Marc Raibert last year tipped potential clients in four categories: construction, delivery, security, and home assistance. (And, now, roadside service.)There is no word yet on pricing.Anyone else get a sort of sinking feeling watching the robo dogs wake up and snap into position like a headless army?Something about their asynchronous marching and stiff frames remind me equally of Santa’s reindeer and mechanized assassins.Yet, when Boston Dynamics last year released a minute-long clip of its droid dog shimmying along to “Uptown Funk,” my heart melted; SpotMini side-steps, twerks, and does the best automated Running Man YouTube has ever seen.That’s nothing, though, compared with dynamic humanoid Atlas.Standing nearly five feet tall and weighing 165 lbs, the robot is an athlete and gymnast: In 2017, it landed a perfect backflip—completely unaided; last year, Boston Dynamics highlighted the droid’s ability to job comfortably over uneven natural terrain, jump gracefully over a log, and leap up steps without breaking its stride.I can’t even jump onto the 18-inch plyo box at the gym.More on Geek.com:Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Can Stack Boxes Like a BossBoston Dynamics’ Latest Bots Can Open Doors, Watch You While You Sleep7 Super Advanced Robots That May Take Over the World Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on target
Artificial ‘Tongue’ Can Taste Subtle Differences in Whiskey’NanoZymes’ Use Light to Kill Harmful Bacteria Taking cues from chameleons and cuttlefish, University of Cambridge researchers developed artificial skin that changes color when exposed to light.The technology, inspired by naturally occurring pigment-containing and light-reflecting cells, could be used for active camouflage or large-scale dynamic displays.Some animal species are known to change their skin coloration and pattern through chromatophores: skin cells with contractile fibers that move pigments around.The artificial version developed by Cambridge researchers is built on the same principles. But rather than contractile fibers, they rely on light-powered nano-mechanisms. And the “cells” are actually itty bitty drops of water.As described in a paper published by the journal Advanced Optical Materials, the substance is made of tiny particles of gold, coated in a polymer shell and squeezed into microdroplets of water in oil.When heated to temperatures above 32 °C (89 °F), the polymer coatings expel water and collapse, forcing the nanoparticles together, changing the color. Once cooled, the polymers absorb that water, expanding and pushing the nanoparticles apart like a spring.“Loading the nanoparticles into the microdroplets allows us to control the shape and size of the clusters, giving us dramatic color changes,” study co-author Andrew Salmon, from Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, said in a statement.The geometry of the particles when bound into clusters determines their color: spread apart they are red, bundled together they are dark blue. (Watch them change in the video above.)In its current state, the material developed at Cambridge is in a single layer, allowing it to fluctuate between only two colors. Different nanoparticle materials and shapes—ideal for fully dynamic equipment—may be achieved with extra layers (just like real chameleon skin).Researchers also found that their artificial cells can “swim,” similar to the algae Volvox. Shining a light on one edge of the droplets causes the surface to peel toward the light, pushing it forward. Under stronger illumination, high-pressure bubbles form to push the droplets along a surface.“This work is a big advance in using nanoscale technology to do biomimicry,” study co-author Sean Cormier said. “We’re now working to replicate this on roll-to-roll films so that we can make meters of color-changing sheets.“Using structured light we also plan to use the light-triggered swimming to ‘herd’ droplets,” he explained. “It will be really exciting to see what collective behaviors are generated.”More on Geek.com:Scientists Hope Artificial Skin Can Help Burn Victims ‘Feel’Artificial ‘Tongue’ Can Taste Subtle Differences in WhiskeySpider Silk Could Be Used to Make Artificial Muscles Stay on target
Screengrab taken from a video footage published by the defence ministry of Armenia showing six Bangladeshis detained for entering in the country illegally. Photo: UNBArmenian law enforcement agencies have reportedly detained six Bangladeshi citizens while entering Armenia from Azerbaijan recently, reports UNB quoting Armenian media report on Monday.On 8 May, the defence ministry of Armenia issued a statement informing that six Bangladeshi citizens were detained while crossing the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, and they were handed over to the National Security Service (NSS) of Armenia, according to Armenia-based media outlet NEWS.am.The media outlet shared a video of the six reported Bangladesh nationals.Contacted, Bangladesh ambassador to Greece, Malta and Armenia Jashim Uddin told UNB that they are in touch with the Armenian authorities.Asked whether they are detained or shown arrested, the envoy said, “We’re waiting for the details officially.”According to preliminary data obtained by the Investigation Department of the National Security Service of Armenia, on 8 May, six citizens of Bangladesh crossed the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and they were captured by the officials of the defence ministry, a translated version of Armenian National Security Service statement reads.These people stated that they were going to cross Turkey through Iran to find a job, but they were misled by accident in Armenia.Actions are being undertaken to investigate the identity of persons, the credibility of the testimony, the real motives of the border crossing, as well as the verification of their involvement in extremist and terrorist groups, the statement adds.
A March 19 shooting claimed the life of 26-year old West Baltimore man.Baltimore police were called to the intersection of Westwood and Moreland Avenues in West Baltimore at approximately 10:00 p.m. for a reported shooting.26 year-old Deon Garner. (Courtesy Photo)When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.The man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.Police identified the victim as 26 year-old Deon Garner of the 5100 block of Nelson Ave., in Northwest Baltimore.A woman by the name of Marcia on Facebook wrote a post detailing how she would miss Garner, who she called her “big cousin.”“I can’t believe u are gone R.I.P I have to ask the Lord why he took you from our family but I guess it was just your time I love you big cuz and I promise to take care of your little cousins and make you proud #never even got to see them,” she wrote.The AFRO reached out to Marcia and she described Garner as the “nicest person” who always wore a smile.“My cousin Dee was the best person ever. He was always making people laugh. Always had a smile on his face and he never ever bothered nobody. He was a good person, the best person in the world and I am really going to miss him,” Marcia told the AFRO.Garner’s Facebook page says he studied at Allegany College of Maryland, a public two year college in Cumberland, Md.It also appears that Garner was the father to a little girl.Police do not have a suspect or a motive in his homicide at this time.Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup. Tips can also be texted to 443-902-4824.
By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgMarriott International, the company that owns the international conglomerate of hotels around the world, is being sued by the District of Columbia for allegedly deceiving customers by charging hidden fees to increase their profits.The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is claiming that company’s “deceptive and misleading pricing practices” hurt customers by violating the D.C.’s consumer protection laws. In the lawsuit D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine is claiming Marriott has been involved in a straightforward price deception case, which has cost customers millions of dollars over the last 10 years.District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine is suing Marriott International for allegedly deceptive pricing practices. (Courtesy Photo)“Marriott reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in profit by deceiving consumers about the true price of its hotel rooms,” said Racine in a public statement. Marriott is being accused of an unlawful trade practice called “drip pricing” in advertising its hotel rooms.“Bait-and-switch advertising and deceptive pricing practices are illegal,” Racine said.Drip pricing involves the company initially hiding a portion of a hotel room’s daily rate from consumers. They are alleged to have concealed the real price of hotel rooms by advertising one rate, then charging mandatory “resort fees,” “amenity fees” or “destination fees” in addition to the advertised price after they begin to book a room. According to the indictment, at least 189 Marriott properties worldwide charge these hidden fees, which range from $9 to as much as $95 per room per day.The allegations also state that beyond the initial price deception, when consumers select a room rate and make the payment to book it, Marriott also misrepresents that the daily room rate at the hotel is less than it was because it does not include the mandatory resort fee that Marriott adds to the daily room charge. Further, the affidavit claims the company includes the resort fee as part of a total charge called “taxes and fees,” which misleads consumers to believe the additional fees they are paying are government-imposed, rather than a separate daily charge instituted and paid to the company.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned Marriott and 22 other hotels in November 2012 that their drip pricing practices around resort fees might violate federal consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the true price of hotel rooms. Two years ago the FTC’s Bureau of Economics concluded that separating mandatory resort fees from posted room rates without first disclosing the total price is harmful to customers.“With this lawsuit, we are seeking monetary relief for tens of thousands of District consumers who paid hidden resort fees and to force Marriott to be fully transparent about their prices so consumers can make informed decisions when booking hotel rooms,” Racine said.This lawsuit follows an investigation into the hotel industry’s pricing practices by the AGs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The D.C. Attorney General is seeking a court order forcing Marriott to advertise the true prices of its hotel rooms up front. It also asks the company to pay restitution to District consumers who paid ambiguous resort fees, and pay civil penalties for violating the District’s consumer protection laws.
Story Links Did you know…? In sports other than basketball, off-campus, in-person contact may be made with a prospective student-athlete beginning July 1st following completion of the prospects junior year (or the applicable date within the sport), even if the prospect will have to repeat the junior year. Once the prospective student-athlete starts classes as a junior the following academic year, no further contact may occur until after July 1st of that year. See Bylaw 184.108.40.206 for more information. 220.127.116.11 Time Period for Off-Campus Contacts — General Rule. Off-campus recruiting contacts shall not be made with an individual (or his or her family members) before July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year in high school (July 7 after the junior year in high school in women’s ice hockey and July 15 after the junior year in high school in women’s gymnastics), or the opening day of classes of his or her senior year in high school (as designated by the high school), whichever is earlier. U.S. service academy exceptions to this provision are set forth in Bylaw 13.16.1. [D] (Revised: 1/10/91 effective 7/1/91, 1/11/94 effective 3/15/94, 1/10/95, 1/14/97 effective 5/1/97, 10/28/97, 4/26/01 effective 8/1/01, 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04, 4/28/05, 1/9/06, 2/26/07, 6/13/08, 4/30/09, 1/15/11, 10/30/14, 4/25/18)Division I NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/27/13- Contact with a Prospective Student-Athlete who Repeats Junior Year (I)- states that, in sports other than basketball, off-campus, in-person contact may be made with a prospective student-athlete beginning July 1 (subject to recruiting calendar restrictions) following completion of his or her junior year (or the applicable date within the sport) even if he or she will repeat the junior year; however, once the prospective student-athlete begins classes as a junior for the following academic year, no further contact may occur until July 1 following the academic year (or the applicable date within the sport) or the first day of classes of his or her senior year, whichever is earlier. References: NCAA Division I Bylaw 18.104.22.168 (time period for off-campus contacts — general rule; and staff interpretations)Print Friendly Version
‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic Low key I think Geek.com has some of the best Black History Month coverage on the entire internet. For actual years we’ve been highlighting cool intersections of Black people and Geek culture. Whether it’s iconic Black comic book villains and heroes (including a little guy you may have heard of called Black Panther), history lessons on African-American contributions to the video game industry, or an excuse to make Oprah Winfrey the top image of a story, we hope we’ve entertained and enlightened you with geek stories you may never have considered. And if you missed some of Geek.com’s past Black History Month coverage, here are all of our stories in one convenient post.Enjoy!Reggie Fils-Aime, Famous Black Nintendo of America President, Retires This April‘Horror Noire’ Continues Scariest Black History Month YetShout Out to Black Women in ‘Apex Legends’Alfonso “Carlton” Ribeiro, Along With Everyone Else, Sues Epic Over ‘Fortnite’ DancesGoogle Earth Takes You On ‘Voyage Through Black History’‘Shaft’ Reboot Trailer Unites Three Generations of Badass Investigators‘Black Panther’ Best Picture Nod Brings Oscars Into MCUIs Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ A Secret Disney Remake?Sorry To Bother You And Other Black Animal AnalogiesWe Played Games and Shared Wisdom at the Game Devs of Color Expo 2018Donald Glover’s Deadpool Script Was Too Black To ExistGEEK PICK OF THE DAY: The Ultimate Clap Back is Cards Against Black TwitterThe Latest in Black People at GDC 2018Ava DuVernay’s Warrior Journey to A Wrinkle in TimeKwanza Osajyefo on Writing the Most Powerful Person on Earth in Black AF: America’s SweetheartWhat if only black people had superpowers? That dream (or nightmare depending on who you ask) is the premise of the world of BLACK, the comic book series written by Kwanza Osajyefo, and we talked to him about it.Reggie Fils-Aime and Our Other Favorite Black Nintendo CharactersNothing but respect for our Black Nintendo president.Dandara Flip Turns Metroidvanias Upside DownWhat other Metroidvania is going to let you jump your way through a world of salt as a legendary Brazilian anti-slavery rebel?Prepare For Wakanda With Rise of the Black PantherYou saw the movie, know read the comic about how T’Challa rose to power.Put Debra Wilson in More Video GamesEnough of the Nolan North and Troy Bakers of the video game voice-acting world.11 Other Black Superheroes That Deserve Their Own MoviesBlack Panther was just the beginning.Tee Franklin on Bingo Love’s Golden Graphic Novel RomanceBingo Love is about queer, old, Black, women. 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Go back to the enewsletterAnantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has launched the Anantara Private Jet Experience: a voyage of discovery around the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Guests can now seamlessly combine luxurious stays at Anantara properties with the ease and convenience of private jet transportation. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas and Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort have been intrinsically linked for the first time, offering a unique way to discover the hidden treasure of this breathtaking corner of the world.Elevating the Anantara concept of luxury travel to new heights thanks to a partnership with MJets, the bespoke aviation airline, discerning travellers can now curate the ultimate tour of the Indian Ocean. Embarking in the fabled city of Bangkok, guests can soar between the luscious jungle and coconut-fringed shores of Sri Lanka to the myriad blue tones of the spectacular Maldives.Larger groups are easily accommodated in the Gulfstream V; with a three-zone cabin environment for working, dining, entertaining and resting, the GV is the natural choice for bespoke travel. Amenities including shower facilities, fully reclining beds, state-of-the-art entertainment systems and two flight attendants are sure to deliver guests in a state of blissful relaxation.The Cessna Citation X is perfect for more intimate groups, accommodating up to eight passengers in utmost comfort. As one of the fastest business jet in the world, its interiors boast aesthetically pleasing and spacious cabins with no compromise on comfort. Features include fully reclining body club seats, entertainment systems and one flight attendant for optimal, personalised service. Sip champagne and feel the stress melt away as the shores of Sri Lanka emerge.Upon touching down at Colombo International airport, transition is seamless from the runway to a waiting private limousine, ready to whisk travellers to their awaiting slice of heaven: a private villa overlooking the bay of Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle. Sheltered by a crescent of golden sand, Anantara Peace Haven Resort is an unexplored paradise located in Tangalle on Sri Lanka’s southernmost shore.Anantara Peace Haven ResortAt a resort where indulgence blends authentic indigenous elements and international flair, activities in Tangalle are endless, ranging from Ayurvedic wellness journeys to exhilarating surfing and personalised spa experiences. After dining on sustainably sourced cuisine brought from farm to cliff-side table by a private chef, master the art of Sri Lankan cuisine by taking an exclusive cooking class. Toast the ocean views from a private veranda and relax as the sun dips below the horizon, signalling the end of another day in paradise.As soon as a fleeting hint of restlessness takes hold again, guests can summon a private jet to take off to the spectacular Maldives. At Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, overwater villas feature a two-tiered deck with shaded swinging daybed, dining area with ocean hammocks above and a sunny lower deck with loungers and steps into the lagoon. Villas are at one with natural surroundings, with coconut trees jutting through some of the villas’ ceilings and lush canopies offering shade and seclusion.Anantara Kihavah Maldives VillasThe Anantara Private Jet Experience can be tailored to suit each guest’s individual tastes and requirements and scaled to accommodate intimate couples’ celebrations or larger group parties.Prices are available upon request. Contact email@example.com.Go back to the enewsletter