STEM Advocate Danica McKellar To Discuss Math In Movies

first_imgLockheed Martin will host education advocate Danica McKellar at the upcoming USA Science & Engineering Festival to discuss the mathematics behind the hit animated film “Flatland: The Movie,” and its 2012 sequel, “Flatland 2: Sphereland” – two productions highly acclaimed for their creative use of math and sci-fi inventiveness.Presently competing on the new season of Dancing With The Stars, McKellar is well-known for her starring roles on the television series The Wonder Years and The West Wing and for her candid, bestselling books that motivate girls in mathematics: Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. Joining McKellar at the festival will be acclaimed Flatland filmmakers Seth Caplan and Dano Johnson.“Movies and television play an important role in shaping the narrative for kids around STEM,” said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Festival co-founder and Lockheed Martin senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Danica has been a tremendous education advocate not only on screen, but also through her STEM-focused books to help make math more accessible and relevant to girls.”McKellar will be featured on the Lockheed Martin stage among a rotation of inventors, entrepreneurs and celebrities April 26-27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.In addition to the stage, Lockheed Martin engineers and technologists will showcase awe-inspiring technologies and interactive, hands-on exhibits in the areas of advanced aeronautics, data analytics, scientific discovery, nanotechnologies, robotics and energy.More than 500,000 people participated in the events leading up to the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival. The two-day Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center draws students, parents, teachers, as well as organizations and companies interested in investing in STEM education. To learn more about Lockheed Martin’s involvement in the festival, as well as details on the exhibits, click here.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Pot earningsCannabis producers Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth, Tilray and Chronos will report their final pre-legalization financial results next week. The rollout of legal pot has been uneven across the country, with significant supply and delivery problems reported in Ontario and Quebec.TransCanada talkTransCanada Corp. will host its annual investor day in Tuesday. The company said on Friday it remains committed to the Keystone XL crude pipeline project despite a Montana judge’s ruling that it must pass a further environmental review.Profitable trainsCN Rail chief financial officer Ghislain Houle will address the Scotiabank Transportation & Industrials Conference in Toronto on Tuesday. In October, the Montreal-based company reported the highest quarterly revenues of its 99-year year history, helping it address concerns over operating capacity.Loblaw earningsLoblaw Companies Ltd. discusses third-quarter results on Wednesday. In September the grocer announced that it will record a tax charge of $368-million, or 98 cents per share, in the third quarter related to its former Barbadian banking subsidiary Glenhuron Bank Ltd. after a recent Tax Court of Canada ruling.Monthly housing numbersCREA is expected to release its monthly home sales data for October on Thursday. Results from September showed that home sales fell for the first time in five months amid weakening markets in Vancouver and Toronto.last_img read more

From California budget to water Brown leaves lasting mark

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office Jan. 7 after a record four terms as the state’s chief executive. After serving from 1975 to 1983, he was re-elected by voters in 2010.Here’s a look at his record:BUDGETBrown began his second stint as governor with a $27 billion deficit — an enormous hole in the state’s finances that he and lawmakers filled with service cuts, fee increases and temporary income and sales tax increases.Public universities lost more than $1 billion, state parks closed and further cuts were made to education, in-home supportive services, welfare and health care for the poor.Brown persuaded voters in 2012 to increase taxes on the wealthy. The cuts and new taxes, combined with a rebounding economy, helped turn around the state’s finances.Brown created then filled the “rainy day” fund, leaving $14.5 billion to help in another recession that he warns is coming. On top of that, the Legislative Analyst’s Office predicts a roughly $15 billion surplus heading into the next budget.Brown’s fiscal restraint won him praise from legislative Republicans and occasionally irked fellow Democrats who wanted to invest more in education and programs for the poor.WATERAfter leading California through one of its worst droughts, Brown this year signed a law requiring local governments to adopt year-round water conservation standards that critics deem government overreach.He championed a 2014 ballot measure authorizing billions for water storage and other projects, and signed groundwater management laws.But his ambitious plan to spend $17 billion on two giant tunnels to modernize how California transports water from the north to south won’t be completed before Brown leaves office, or possibly ever. It would be an extension of the State Water Project that his father, former Gov. Pat Brown, began during the 1950s and 60s.Environmentalists and Northern California farmers generally oppose it, while water districts in the south are supportive. The state recently withdrew a permit application that was likely to be blocked by a little-known state agency, and Newsom wants to see a scaled-back version of the project.Brown says it’s a necessary update to the state’s water distribution and downplays concerns the south would take too much water.TRANSPORTATIONAt Brown’s urging, the Legislature in 2017 passed a fuel tax increase to raise $50 billion over 10 years for road and bridge repairs. Brown successfully beat back a repeal effort on the November 2018 ballot.Brown has also championed the plan to build a high-speed train between Los Angeles and San Francisco, even as costs balloon. Approved by voters in 2008, the project has nearly doubled in cost and won’t be completed until at least 2033, a significant delay from early estimates. Repeated audits have faulted the project’s management.Brown remains steadfast in his defence of the project, saying it will bring California into the modern age of transportation.He disputed the state auditor’s findings during a recent interview with The Associated Press. His successor, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, wants to scale back the project.CLIMATE CHANGEBrown emerged as a global force in the fight against climate change during his second two terms.He championed an extension to California’s cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It was first passed under former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Amid tense negotiations, Brown’s team made a deal that won support from both environment- and business-friendly lawmakers.Brown also accelerated California’s clean energy goals and signed a law setting a target of generating 100 per cent of California’s electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045.The transportation sector remains California’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and Brown pledged to put millions of electric vehicles on the roads.He also created a global partnership of states and cities pledging to limit carbon emissions. As President Donald Trump pulled the United States away from international deals, Brown travelled to China and Russia and worked with the United Nations on climate goals.CRIMINAL JUSTICECalifornia dramatically revamped its criminal justice system under Brown’s second stint in office, partly due to a federally mandated reduction in its prison population.During Brown’s first two terms, he pushed strict sentencing laws that he later said he regretted.The second time around, Brown campaigned for a 2016 ballot measure that allows offenders to seek earlier parole hearings and reduces some criminal penalties. Voters also eased sentences for certain crimes including drug use and petty theft, although Brown didn’t campaign for that measure.He also issued more commutations and pardons than any governor since at least the 1940s.___Associated Press writers Don Thompson and Jonathan J. Cooper contributed to this report.Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Wanted Grande Prairie man arrested in possession of over 15000 in cash

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A Grande Prairie wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and charged with new drug trafficking offences this week after being found with more than $15,000 in cocaine and methamphetamine.43-year-old Andre Rozon was arrested by the Grande Prairie organized crime team on Wednesday. Rozon was wanted on a warrant stemming from a previous ALERT drug trafficking investigation that concluded last September.Rozon’s latest arrest occurred while he was stopped in a vehicle, along with co-accused Nolan Knibbs. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 157 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of methamphetamine, 0.2 grams of heroin, and $1,970 cash. Rozon was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, and three counts of breach of recognizance. Knibbs, aged 27, was also charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.It’s not known when the two will next appear in court.last_img read more

Senior UN official commends Mexican human rights reform

9 June 2011A top United Nations official has lauded Mexico’s enactment of constitutional changes on human rights as a positive reform that will pave the way for greater protection of internationally recognized rights in that country. “This tangible and positive reform ought to take Mexico towards better and stronger recognition and implementation of the human rights contained in the constitution and international treaties,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a press statement released today.The changes to the Mexican charter, which give constitutional status to all human rights that are guaranteed in international treaties to which Mexico is party, are aimed at guaranteeing individuals the most favourable interpretation of human rights law, including internationally recognized human rights, in all settings, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Eleven articles of the constitution have been amended.“This is a milestone that is the result of years of hard work and discussion by stakeholders from many different sectors of society: members of the Mexican Congress, Senate, academics and civil society,” Ms. Pillay said. The OHCHR office in Mexico has been working closely with various parties on the reform through the years and commends its passage, she said.“It should reinforce the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights and it should help the country address some of the important human rights challenges it is currently facing.”Ms. Pillay cited as important the restrictions that the reform places on the declaration of a state of emergency and the protection of human rights in such circumstances, OHCHR said. She also welcomed the strengthened role of the human rights ombudsman and the provisions on rights protection in educational settings and detention centres. read more

Korea Eximbank approves US 14 million for Sri Lanka

Korea Eximbank which operate ECDF(Economic Development Cooperation Fund) entrusted by Korean Government will finance this project with a high concessional EDCF compact loan of 0% interest rate and 30 year repayment period including 10 year grace period. The project executing agency will be the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Council and Local Government whereas the National Solid Waste Management Centre under the purview of the same Ministry will function as the project management unit. The Export-Import Bank of Korea has approved US$14 million for supply of garbage collection compactors to Sri Lanka, the Korean Embassy in Sri Lanka said.The project will provide 190 garbage compactors to local authorities in all nine Provinces of Sri Lanka in order to collect and transfer large amount of waste to dumping sites in an efficient and economical manner. The supply of garbage compactors project does not have only economic meaning but also diplomatic meaning. Korean government’s decision to finance for this project comes at a significant time as this year 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) provides Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans through EDCF (Economic Development Cooperation Fund) for international development and cooperation. The bank provided its first ODA loan for the rehabilitation of the Colombo-Galle road (A2) in 1990. As of now, Korea Eximbank entrusted by the Korean government with the EDCF has approved USD 771 million for 27 development projects in Sri Lanka.Korea Eximbank also provides financing for international trade and overseas investment, to promote bilateral economic cooperation. Since 1978, Korea Eximbank has provided US$ 386 million both for trade between Sri Lanka and Korea and for Korean companies’ foreign direct investments in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The main objective of this project is to improve the solid waste management system through reduction in travel time and maintenance cost of collection vehicles and increase the waste collection quantity. Following the tragic garbage dump collapse in Meethotamulla, the solid waste management become a pressing concern in Sri Lanka.Currently, approximately 3/4 of solid wastes generated in urban areas are disposed through unsanitary open dumping due to the insufficiency of waste collection system. Further, there is a serious shortage of waste collection equipment in Sri Lanka where only 11.6% of solid waste is collected by compactors. In this context, this project will not only help prevent further environmental pollution and damage that was caused by unsanitary open dumping due to the insufficiency of waste collection system but will also enhance health and sanitary lifestyle of people in the long-run. read more

4 Ways to Tame the Wild West of Workstream Collaboration

4. Interoperability of AppsDisconnected apps and fragmented communication experiences is the single biggest hurdle to streamlined workplace collaboration. Outlook may “talk” to Gmail, but Skype for Business can’t exchange data with Webex and Slack is certainly far from doing so with Microsoft Teams. Overcoming this hurdle is imperative to creating truly collaborative communications in the workplace, regardless of what team you’re part of or even the company you work at. From BYOD to remote work, cloud to instant messaging, and email to persistent chat, the way we work has become cluttered by many of the same digital channels inundating our personal lives. In its early stages, the category Gartner now refers to as “workstream collaboration” is an evolution bringing together the best of these technologies and trends into one collaborative and business-friendly environment — think Microsoft Teams and Slack. Just as the UC category changed the role of voice in the enterprise, workstream collaboration is just a few short years away from changing the way we will collaborate every day. How will your IT department tame this Wild West?Tags:News & Viewsworkstream collaborationsecurityUCinteroperabilityTeam CollaborationBest PracticesCloud CommunicationsDigital TransformationFuture of WorkVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like 2. Address Security EarlyWith the workstream collaboration market in its nascent stage, so is the understanding of security considerations. While workstream collaboration apps such as Microsoft Teams have basic built-in capabilities to help address security concerns, IT teams should be prepared to bake security into every decision and strategy — from platform selection to the adoption of third-party apps and general training of end users on best practices. Just as email disrupted the workplace as a ubiquitous communication channel more than two decades ago, workstream collaboration is on the precipice of becoming a platform and channel-agnostic solution to tomorrow’s digital workforce. In fact, according to Gartner, by year-end 2022, 70% of teams will rely on workstream collaboration as the primary means of communicating, coordinating, and sharing information. See All in Team Collaboration » While some organizations might consider a security strategy that allows for zero risk, it’s important to balance security against end-user productivity and collaboration. IT teams will need to ensure unique security concerns have solutions while introducing protocols and procedures that are effective yet easy to implement. Otherwise, employees will render workstream collaboration less effective, derailing innovation and inhibiting the free flow of information. Here are the four key ways IT can tame the Wild West of workstream collaboration, without suppressing employee benefits: Quite a few different apps have already gained notable traction in the workplace; however, even the app vendors have acknowledged they have no immediate roadmap plans to create interoperability protocols. Email suffered a similar struggle in its early stages. The introduction of Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), which allowed interoperability among disparate and competitive email software platforms, largely drove email’s broad adoption. Workstream collaboration is in a similar period of early adoption today, with platform providers hyper-focused on staking claim to large chunks of market share. Creating a communication channel as universal as email will require one of the leading vendors (or perhaps some industry working group) to set out with the intention of enabling cross-vendor communications. For IT, this means a long period of piloting different methods and gracefully reining in the variety of channels and platforms used by employees. Given today’s rate of consumer adoption across such a fragmented communications landscape, the only route to consolidation is through proactive adoption of omnipresent channels. 1. Empower IT DepartmentsWorkforce communication has become user-driven, compelling enterprises to adopt the apps and platforms preferred by consumer audiences. This shift in tech adoption decision making has notable implications for when, why, and how IT teams are able to intervene when issues arise and systems begin to fail. What a Restaurant Can Teach You About Collaboration Jon Arnold May 28, 2019 When you’ve got a 3-Star Michelin rating, your collaboration tools better be great, too. 6 Steps for Successful Collaboration Paul McMillan August 16, 2019 When implementing collaboration technology, be sure to place a premium on user experience. All the leading workstream collaboration apps are cloud-based, have solid mobile clients, and offer some form of app store for easy extension of functionality using additional SaaS apps. Similar to how Apple accelerated mobile, this cloud-centric workstream app approach creates an unprecedented opportunity to fully embrace cloud technology as organizations build policies and solutions from the ground up. Despite the ubiquity of the SaaS concept, many IT departments are still working through various organizational, policy, or infrastructure-related issues impeding their ability to move fully into the cloud. IT organizations that get their cloud houses in order will be best prepared for the impending arrival of workstream collaboration. Even with such a shift, IT teams still need to be empowered (and provided with the resources) to make short-term decisions that align with longer-term strategic plans. Flexibility and bigger picture thinking are invaluable to the ability of IT to embrace multiple, comparable platforms co-existing and functioning simultaneously within a single organization. IT may not be the change agent during this period of rapid growth and adoption of collaboration apps, but ultimately it will need to be at the forefront of larger platform and adoption strategies that will unify organizations under a shared communication platform. These frustrations have extended to enterprise IT departments, which have all but lost control over the proliferation of messaging, collaboration, and unified communication (UC) apps within their organizations. Staying up to date on the hottest tools and trends has meant chasing after and often turning a blind eye to the popular platform of the moment — or at least until the organization decides when and how to mandate what the corporate-standard app should be. This has ultimately created a Wild West scenario where employees pick and choose their preferred apps, even though they often fall outside the bounds of the larger IT-driven strategy. wildwest.jpg Microsoft Teams Roars with 13 Million Daily Active Users! Kevin Kieller July 11, 2019 Ahead of next week’s Inspire event, Microsoft touts Teams usage and showcases new features. Cisco Takes Aim at Collaboration Friction Dave Michels June 11, 2019 Never before has the collaboration portfolio been so aligned – across the business and into the contact center Log in or register to post comments Microsoft Teams’ Superpowers Get More Super Kevin Kieller May 13, 2019 During last week’s Build conference, Microsoft announced new development capabilities for Teams. 3. Embrace the CloudWorkers today already expect to be able to plug into the office wherever they are, whenever they want, and cloud-based solutions are truly embracing this constantly-connected culture. Cloud adoption in the UC and collaboration space is already very much on the rise, with Gartner recently revealing that 70% of businesses will be provisioned, in whole or in part, with office system capabilities from the cloud in the next two years. For the workforce of tomorrow, this means IT will be prepared to rapidly deliver the apps necessary to improve productivity, accelerate decision making, and stay connected while away from the office. While this digital transformation will ultimately displace email by bringing all business conversations and content into one centralized portal (or “workstream”), the disparate nature of the market has created a volatile environment with little direction on how best to communicate. One minute you may be coordinating a time to schedule a call over email, the next you jump on a conference line using Microsoft Skype for Business, then you follow up on next steps via Slack. Keeping track of these siloed conversations not only causes headaches, but also can decrease individual productivity and negatively impact collaboration among team members. read more

UN health agency urges private sector to provide affordable hearing aids to

Hearing aid manufacturers, service providers and donor States are all taking part in the two-day event, which aims to evaluate the possibility of private-public partnerships to provide affordable hearing aids in developing countries.According to the UN agency, appropriate hearing aids can cost up to $500 in developing States. “These prices are prohibitive for the majority of people living in these countries,” said Dr. Derek Yach, WHO Executive Director for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health. “What we would like to do for these people is see the price there come down to $10-20 per hearing aid.” Two-thirds of the world’s estimated 250 million people who suffer from hearing loss live in developing countries, yet those States have fewer than one out of every 40 hearing aids that they need, WHO said.”In addition to the shortages and high prices, there is a huge lack of services in developing countries to fit hearing aids and ear moulds correctly and very few trained personnel,” Dr. Yach noted. The WHO guidelines provide detailed requirements for the manufacture of affordable and appropriate hearing aids, the provision of services, and the training of personnel in developing countries. read more

War in Iraq not inevitable but humanitarian preparedness crucial – UN agency

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers yesterday visited possible new campsites for Iraqis at Yazde-no and Darshia, in the west of Iran, and noted that the Government has been exemplary in its efforts to handle a possible Iraqi influx, spokesman Ron Redmond said in Geneva.The High Commissioner saw land being cleared for camps, as well as roads and other facilities being prepared. Iranian officials told Mr. Lubbers that they expect to have three sites ready in a short time. In all, seven sites are currently under preparation, out of 10 planned and each is designed to accommodate about 20,000 people, according to Mr. Redmond.Iran has a long record of hosting Iraqi refugees and currently shelters more than 202,000 – half the world’s recognized Iraqi refugee population. Mr. Redmond said the UN agency plans to support the Iranian Government and the Iranian Red Crescent in their humanitarian work, and is currently shipping relief items to Ahwaz as part of that effort.During his two-day mission in Iran, Mr. Lubbers met President Mohammed Khatami, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrzai and Interior Minister Abdolvahed Musavi-Lari, as well as senior provincial and Red Crescent officials.In addition to Iran, Mr. Lubbers’ 10-day trip to the region – his fourth since taking office in early 2001 – included visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan. read more

Judges should not give anonymity to celebrities already named on social media

Judges should not grant celebrities anonymity if the public already know about the case from social media, the retiring Deputy President of the Supreme Court has said.  In an wide-ranging interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he also warned social media trolls and those who criticise judges that they will not succeed in influencing them.  Lord Jonathan Mance, who upheld a gagging order against the press in the only celebrity privacy case to reach the highest court, conceded that there is “no point” in trying to keep secret identities that have been widely published both online and abroad. In a career spanning more than five decades, one of Lord Mance’s more controversial rulings was in 2016 when… read more

Tsunami moins menaçant que prévu dans le Pacifique

first_imgTsunami : moins menaçant que prévu dans le PacifiqueLes côtes californiennes ainsi que l’Amérique latine ont à leur tour été touchées par un tsunami, consécutif au violent séisme de magnitude 8,9 survenu ce vendredi matin au large du Japon. Plusieurs centaines d’évacuations ont été nécessaires par précaution.Sur la côte ouest américaine cinq comtés côtiers sont actuellement touchés par les vagues, selon Tina Walker, porte-parole de l’agence publique de gestion des situations d’urgence de la Californie, citée par l’AFP. Les premières vagues, de plusieurs mètres de haut, ont touché la côte ouest vers 17h30 heure de Paris, sans causer de réel dégât. A Hawaï, des vagues de plusieurs mètres de haut ont déferlé sur les plages, désertées par la population qui avait été évacuée bien avant. L’alerte au tsunami avait été lancée sur tous les Etats de la côte pacifique des Etats-Unis cet après-midi. À lire aussiLa mise à l’eau d’un navire-cimentier entraîne une gigantesque vagueCes vagues ont également touché le nord-ouest du Mexique, premier pays d’Amérique latine atteint par les ondes du tsunami. Leur hauteur moyenne approchait le demi-mètre, selon le Centre local de recherche d’Ensenada. L’Equateur, le Chili et la Colombie craignent également ces vagues.Toutefois, pour le moment, aucune vague géante n’a été signalée en dehors du Japon. “La menace peut durer plusieurs heures, en raison de l’arrivée de multiples vagues”, a toutefois souligné le centre d’alerte au tsunami du Pacifique.L’alerte a été levée aux Philippines. Par ailleurs, l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande ont été retirées de la liste des pays en alerte.Le 11 mars 2011 à 20:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jim Duggan talks Royal Rumble 1988 WWE and Mattel extend deal

first_img 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission Jim Duggan talks Royal Rumble 1988Kayfabe Commentaries has posted a video trailer with Jim Duggan for the latest episode in the new “Supercard” series where the guest looks at one particular PPV that they were a part of and involved in a prominent role. This episode looks at the first Royal Rumble back in 1988 with the winner of the first ever Royal Rumble match.You can purchase the VOD or DVD of the episode by going to and Mattel extend partnershipWWE and Mattel have signed an extension of their ongoing licensee partnership through 2021, according to a new report by Ringside Collectibles on Monday.Mattel has been the official licensee for all WWE action figures and toys since 2009 after WWE ended their partnership with Jakks Pacific.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next AEW announces Dustin Rhodes will join the coaching staff; in-ring career to continue Now Playing Up Next Facebookcenter_img Seth Rollins Videos Articles Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE announces multi-year partnership agreement with mobile company Qutoutiaolast_img read more

Esther McVey appointed secretary of state for work and pensions

first_imgConservative member of Parliament (MP) Esther McVey has been appointed as the new secretary of state for work and pensions.McVey, who has been the MP for Tatton since June 2017, commenced her new role in January 2018 after the former minister, David Gauke, was appointed the secretary of state for justice and Lord Chancellor.McVey is the fifth MP to hold this office since 2016, following Iain Duncan Smith, Stephen Crabb, Damian Green and David Gauke.From November 2017, McVey had been acting as treasurer of the HM household, deputy chief whip, House of Commons. Prior to that, she was minister of state, department for work and pensions, cabinet between July 2014 and March 2015, minister of state, department for work and pensions between October 2013 and July 2014, and parliamentary under-secretary, department for work and pensions between September 2012 and October 2013.McVey has also participated in select committees, such as the selection committee from November 2017 and the home affairs committee between September 2017 and December 2017.last_img read more

Friends Of Wilmington Library Raffling Off SpaceThemed Gift Basket This Summer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library has organized a space-themed gift basket raffle at the Wilmington Memorial Library this summer.  Tickets are $2 each or $3 for 5 and can be purchased at the library’s Front Desk.The “Libraries Rock” gift basket includes:TelescopeSpace Sand LabSpace Explorer CraftWomen of NASA Lego SetSpace: A Virtual Encyclopedia BookHidden Figures DVDConstellation MugNASA Drinking Glass, Pencils & PinsNASA Baseball CapThe raffle winner will be drawn on Thursday, August 15, 2019 during the library’s summer bash.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Friends Of Wilmington Library Raffling Off Music-Themed Gift Basket This SummerIn “Community”Wilmington Library’s Gift Basket Fundraiser Ends August 11In “Community”last_img read more

India probing alleged dumping of polystyrene from 6 nations

first_imgNEW DELHI: India has started a probe into the alleged dumping of polystyrene, used in refrigerators and air conditioners, from six countries including the US, Singapore and Iran following complaints by domestic players. Commerce Ministry’s investigation arm DGTR has begun the investigation after finding sufficient evidence of dumping of the product from Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, UAE and the US. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “The authority hereby initiates an investigation into the alleged dumping, and consequent injury to the domestic industry,” the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) said in a notification. In the probe, DGTR will determine the existence, degree and effect of alleged dumping and recommend the amount of anti-dumping duty, which if levied, would be adequate to remove the injury to the domestic industry, it added. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Ineos Styrolution India Ltd, Vadodara along with Supreme Petrochem Ltd, Mumbai had filed an application before the directorate for imposition of anti-dumping duty on the imports of ‘Polystyrene of all types except Expandable Polystyrene’ from certain companies of these countries. The major appliances in which the product is used include refrigerators and air conditioners, stationary, insulation foam, electrical housings, toys and food packaging. Advertise With Us The period of investigation is from January 2018 to December 2018 (12 months). However, for the purpose of probing into the injury caused to domestic players, data from 2015-18 will also be looked into. DGTR carries out probe into alleged dumping of goods from other countries. If it is established in the probe that dumping has caused material injury to domestic players, the directorate recommends anti-dumping duties to guard the interest of industry. India conducts anti-dumping investigation on the basis of applications filed by domestic industry with prima facie evidence of dumping of goods in the country. The probe is a quasi-judicial process and is allowed under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. India is a member of WTO which frames laws for global exports and imports. During April 2018 to March 2019, DGTR initiated 24 anti-dumping (both fresh and review) investigations, and issued final findings in 50 such cases. Anti-dumping duties are levied to provide a level playing field to the local industry by guarding against cheap below-cost imports. All the six countries are members of WTO.last_img read more

Indias World Cup plans in jeopardy after loss against Australia Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia were overwhelming favourites for the ODI series against Australia, they were 2-0 up and then they lost 2-3. India were supposed to shore up their World Cup plans in the series, but after five matches the concerns remain.However, captain Virat Kohli believes that there is nothing to worry about and the players in the dressing room are not panicking at all. He also said that the plans with respect to the World Cup remain intact and they are fairly certain about their plans. Virat KohliHannah Peters/Getty Images”None of the guys in the change room are panicking, the support staff is not feeling down after this defeat,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference. “Because we know the things that we were wanting to do in these last three games, but purely because now it’s only the World Cup after this in the one-day competition. We as a side feel balanced, it’s just that in the pressure moments, they [Australia] showed more composure than us.World Cup playing XI is pretty much certain Virat KohliBCCI TwitterKohli also said that there will be maximum one change in the side which will be purely conditions-based, but then the playing XI remains pretty certain.”As a side, combination-wise, we are pretty sorted condition-based. Maximum one change, you’ll get to see condition-based. But other than that, the XI we want to play, we are pretty clear about it,” Kohli added.Right through the Australia series, India kept chopping and changing their playing XI in order to figure out the perfect combination. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli were the only batsmen who played in all the matches. Also, Vijay Shankar was the all-rounder for all the five matches.”The last three games, the idea was to give the guys on the bench and the fringe guys a bit of game time as well and just put them in those positions and see how they react,” the captain said at the post-match presentation.However, the captain was quick to point out that these changes were not excuses, but were an opportunity to test the bench strength and to raise the standard of cricket as these were only games these players could have been tested in.”And you couldn’t have tried that anywhere else apart from those three games. That is not an excuse at all because we expect to raise our standard of cricket. The changes [in the playing XI] is not an excuse. It will never be an excuse. But we used these three games to give game time to guys who we think are good enough to perform at this level,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Alarming West Turkey nudges closer to Russia arms deal

first_imgAccording to Turkish and Russian officials, all the preparations have been made for the purchase by Turkey of a sophisticated Russian S-400 missile defence system. Photo: AFPTurkey and Russia are inching towards an accord for the first major Turkish weapons purchase from Moscow, troubling Ankara’s allies in NATO even though the deal may not ultimately materialise.According to Turkish and Russian officials, all preparations have been made for the purchase of a sophisticated S-400 missile defence system, Ankara’s most significant accord with a non-NATO supplier.But despite confident proclamations, the deal has yet to be officially inked.Analysts remain sceptical over whether Turkey will ever take delivery of the surface-to-air missile defence batteries. Some argue the message sent to the West matters more than the actual acquisition.The Pentagon has already sounded alarm, saying bluntly that “generally it’s a good idea” for NATO allies to buy inter-operable equipment.But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan boasted that “God willing we will see the S-400s in our country”.Erdogan has argued that Turkey’s fellow NATO member and occasional regional foe Greece has Russian-made S-300 batteries on its southern island of Crete, originally bought by Cyprus in the late 1990s but passed on to Greece to prevent escalation on the divided island.‘Show dissatisfaction’Dmitry Shugaev, the head of Russia’s military-technical cooperation agency, told the Kommersant daily that the deal was “almost done” with just some “subtleties” to solve.The United States “may be indignant but Turkey is an independent state and can decide itself,” he said.However Igor Delanoe, deputy director of the French-Russian Analytical Centre in Moscow, said he was “very skeptical” that the deal would come to fruition.Russia was uncomfortable with the transfer of technology and production localisation demanded by Turkey, he said. Moscow also had a demand backlog to its own forces but also to key client China.“Both Moscow and Ankara use this story on the political level to show their respective dissatisfaction to the West,” Delanoe said.Russia’s relations with NATO have been in crisis over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and for backing pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.But while still a key member of NATO, Turkey’s ties with the United States in particular have been strained over Washington’s support of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurd militia which Ankara considers a terror group.“Ankara is also tempted to use (the S-400 issue) since it has been deeply frustrated by America’s ongoing military cooperation with the Syrian Kurds,” said Delanoe.Timur Akhmetov, Ankara-based Turkey expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, said the talks helped Russia promote its arms systems and corrode trust among NATO members, while Turkey wanted to show its Western allies it has a strategic choice in its relationships.“The longer the talks on the S-400 systems are on the agenda, the better for Russia and Turkey’s respective interests,” he said.‘No trust’The fact the two countries are even discussing the purchase is a rich symbol of the transformation in relations since a reconciliation deal last summer following the shooting down by Turkey of a Russian plane over the Syrian border in November 2015.Moscow and Ankara remain on opposed sides in the Syrian conflict with Russia backing the Damascus regime and Turkey the rebels.In 2012, Turkish jets forced a Syrian plane flying from Moscow to Damascus to land at Ankara airport on the grounds it was carrying military equipment, reportedly radar parts for a Syrian air defence system.The two post-imperial states both show an ability to compartmentalise relations by not letting a centuries old and persistent regional rivalry pollute potentially fruitful, but limited, areas of cooperation.Yet analysts say talk of the S-400 deal is far short of an indication of a major strategic alliance.“The only thing that makes both Turkey and Moscow drift to each other is their intention to pressure their own respective relations with the West,” said Akhmetov.Delanoe said “both partners do not trust each other” but “have built a geoeconomic partnership mainly based on energy” with work in progress on the TurkStream pipeline to pump Russian gas under the Black Sea.According to a study by Can Kasapoglu of the EDAM centre for economic and foreign policy studies, Turkey’s desire to obtain the weapons is also motivated by its dearth of qualified military pilots due to the purges that followed the 15 July in 2016 failed coup which has necessitated an urgent shoring up of air defences.Were Turkey to get its hands on the S-400 system, it would produce an outcome where NATO members Turkey and Greece were both operating Russian-made weapons, risking the same “vicious circle” that sees Moscow supplying bitter foes Armenia and Azerbaijan, he added.last_img read more

Video President Obama Speaks On The US Economy

first_img Share President Barack Obama spoke from the White House on Friday, addressing the economy and other issues. His remarks come after a federal government report revealed the weakest job gains in seven months, the Associated Press reported. The jobless rate remained low at 5 percent.last_img

Police take steps against man for sharing misinformation

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police is taking legal action against one Ranjit Mallick for sharing a post containing incorrect information. It read: “The police are allegedly not allowing to organise a 91-year-old Durga Puja” at Rashbehari in South Kolkata. The police have stated on a Facebook post that the information is “fake” and purposely posted with an intention to hit religious sentiment. The Puja organiser also clarified that the information is false.There was a difference of opinion between the members of two Puja committees over putting up hoarding and the matter was settled after police intervention. But according to Kolkata Police “distorted information” was shared on social media. “Hence, the police are taking legal steps against Ranjit Mallick,” stated the post of Kolkata Police.last_img read more

Game Saturday Kingdom Rush Frontiers

first_imgGame Saturday: Kingdom Rush Frontiers by Martin Brinkmann on July 07, 2018 in Games – 7 commentsKingdom Rush Frontiers is the sequel of the award winning tower defense game Kingdom Rush which I reviewed in 2011.If you follow my Game Saturday series you probably know by now that I like tower defense games a lot. I reviewed lots of them in the past including smash hits such as Protector IV, Cursed Treasure 2, or Incursion 2.Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush Frontiers play similarly to Kingdom Rush. The game uses a fixed tower position and path system which is the most popular option right now when it comes to tower defense games.The game starts on the world map and you return to the map after each battle. Battles play out similarly to other tower defense games for the most part.You start with a bit of gold and may use the gold to build one of four available basic towers in any slot that is provided on the map. Placement options are limited and tower placement is one of the most  important strategic decisions that you make in the game.Kingdom Rush Frontiers supports four different tower types: barracks deploy soldiers on the ground that you can move around in the vicinity of the tower. Then there are archer towers that shoot arrows, magic towers that shoot magic, and dwarven bombard towers that throw bombs at enemies.How effective attacks are depends on the enemies. Some have magic resistance that reduce the effectiveness of magic attacks while others may be armored which reduces the impact that arrows have.Towers have different ranges and shooting frequencies, and you have to take all of that into consideration when placing them.Basic towers can be upgrade multiple times and you may pick a specialization after two basic upgrades. These upgrade options become available slowly while you play the game; you cannot upgrade a basic archer tower to a crossbow fort, one of the advanced towers, in the first level for instance. The first advanced towers become available in level four and even more powerful versions of those towers in later levels.The Crossbow Tower comes with two special abilities that you need to buy to unlock.  The first improves the attack range of nearby towers, the second fires a barrage of bolts at the enemy whenever the ability is ready.Barracks are special as they unlock three different abilities for special unit types. Assassins may improve their doge chance, unlock sneak attacks which ignore armor, or get the pickpocket ability to steal from enemy units while they attack them.Advanced towers have special abilities, better range, and they do more damage or recruit better units.Good placement of towers and the right upgrades at the right time are just one of the strategic decisions that you make in the game.Heroes play a big part as well. You control a hero which may move freely around on the battlefield. Heroes are powerful but not invincible soldiers that come with a whole array of abilities.You start the game with the melee hero Alric who is quite the resilient melee fighter. Each hero gains experience when in battle and you may spend skill points awarded during level up to unlock new abilities or strengthen existing ones.For Alric that could mean improving his basic attack damage or maximum health, or unlocking special abilities such as furry which attacks enemies twice in rapid succession or sand warriors which summons sand warriors to fight alongside Alric.Only three of the available characters unlock while you play the game. If you enable online save on Armorgames, you get access to another six characters. Online save slots are provided for all signed in users on the site.But there is more. You earn skill points when you complete levels; up top three depending on how many lives you lost. Skill points can be invested in tower and skill upgrades. You can increase the range of magic towers, improve the armor of soldiers, or unlock the stun ability of the dwarven tower.Skills can be reset at any time so that you can experiment and see what works best for you or a particular level.Some levels have special events attached to them. When you play level 5, the pirate ship level, there is an event where part of the level is altered which unlocks a new way for enemies to attack you.There are other types of events. The pirate ship fires its cannons at your units and a big sandworm roams another level eating your units and enemy units alike whenever it emerges.The enemies are versatile and range from cannon fodder units to casters that may summon undead and giants that are hard to take down because they stomp your weaker units with a single swing.Your hero requires some micro managing. While heroes are resurrected when they die, you may not want to reach that point as it takes a bit of time before they are revived. Dead heroes don’t earn experience either which is another reason why you want to avoid that at all costs.Kingdom Rush Frontiers features boss units that you need to defeat to proceed from time to time. While you won’t face a boss in each level, you will face them regularly throughout the game.Closing WordsKingdom Rush Frontiers is a well designed tower defense game that does not reinvent the genre but introduces more variety to the genre which is always good. You have to make quite a few choices when playing the game especially when it comes to hero selection, leveling up, and placing towers effectively on the map.The game is available as a Flash version but also as mobile versions for iOS and Android, and on Steam.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 4 votes Software Name Kingdom Rush FrontiersSoftware Category GamesLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more