Sanchez Reiterates Spain’s Goal to Strengthen Border with Morocco

Rabat – Following meetings held with presidents of Melilla and Ceuta, Spain’s Pedro Sanchez announced his country’s intention to strengthen and modernize the border with Morocco to combat irregular migration, reported Spanish news agency EFE.The Spanish news outlet reported that Sanchez announced his country’s intention to implement “complementary security measures,” including increasing human resources.Quoting a statement from the government office, EFE added that a specific plan will be also implemented to the strengthen controls preventing money laundering. Read Also: Sanchez: Spain-Morocco-Portugal World Cup Bid, a Bid Between 2 ContinentsThe news outlet reported that the Spanish government has approved a €40 million budget for the communities and the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. Part of the budget will be allocated to care for unaccompanied foreign minors received in 2018.On November 19, Sanchez visited Morocco, where he met with King Mohammed VI, Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani and other Moroccan officials.The visit was his first official trip since he became prime minister in June.Sanchez told the press that he visited Morocco because of the “historical ties” and the “strategic bilateral relations” that both countries enjoy.Sanchez has also been the voice of Morocco at the European Union, where he shared the Spanish and Moroccan concerns over the flow of undocumented migration.In October, Sanchez spoke about Morocco’s role in controlling migration on the Moroccan-Spanish border. He called Morocco a “strategic actor” for Spain in migration policy during the Summit of the European Heads of State and Government, which took place on October 17-18 in Brussels. read more

President reportedly not happy with subjects given to Ravi

He has also been given the National Lotteries Board and the Development Lotteries Board, a subject not linked to foreign affairs. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the SLFP is not happy with the move and he does not think the President is happy either. President Maithripala Sirisena is reportedly not happy with the subjects given to Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake.Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member and Minister of Social Empowerment S.B. Dissanayake said that the subjects were given to the new Foreign Minister by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera were given key Government institutions, as per an Extraordinary Gazette notice issued on Saturday. The Extraordinary Gazette signed by President Maithripala Sirisena allocates the Government institutions which will operate under the new cabinet Ministers appointed recently.The new Foreign Minister has been given Diplomatic Missions Abroad, the Lakshman KadirgamarInstitute for International Relations and Strategic Studies and the National Oceanic Affairs Committee Secretariat. read more

Brock grad wins top international wine award for third time

A graduate of Brock’s Oenology and Viticulture program has once again been recognized for his winemaking at one of the most revered and influential wine competitions in the world.It was announced this week that Derek Kontkanen (BSc ’02, MSc ’05), lead winemaker at Inniskillin Okanagan in British Columbia, won the World’s Best Product Trophy for Best Dessert Wine at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London, England.“To be considered to have one of the best dessert wines in the world is quite an achievement and something to be very proud of,”  Kontkanen said of the honour.The award-winning wine was his Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2016. This is now the third time he has received this prestigious award at the IWSC, winning back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011 for his Riesling Icewines from Jackson Triggs Okanagan.“The first time was quite a thrill,” Kontkanen said. “The third time is like the cherry on top of the cake. It is a great thing to be recognized for.”Kontkanen credits his success to his research at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). Working under the supervision of CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis, he pioneered a way to condition the yeast fermenting Icewine to positively accentuate the wine.“We looked at how to get the yeast its healthiest, to help reduce the amount of volatile acidity that gets created during fermentation,” said Kontkanen. The technique also reduces the fermentation time, limiting some of the stresses that can take away from the quality of the Icewine.“When I moved out west, I started using that technique and have been using it ever since,” he said.Kontkanen has always been fascinated with biology and chemistry, which he says led to his desire to learn the art of winemaking. He joined Arterra Wines (then called Vincor) almost 20 years ago for a co-op placement at Inniskillin in Niagara. In 2004, he moved out west as an assistant winemaker at Jackson Triggs Okanagan. He moved up to become head of white wine production and is now the lead winemaker at Inniskillin Okanagan. This is his fourth vintage there. His assistant winemaker, Anthony Coop (BSc ’14, OEVC ’15), is also a graduate of the Oenology and Viticulture program at Brock.Winning a coveted IWSC award isn’t easy. Entrants are evaluated in a rigorous two-stage judging process that includes professional blind tasting and detailed technical analysis.“I am so very proud to see Derek receive this well-deserved recognition,” Inglis said. “CCOVI is committed to training highly qualified people for the grape and wine industry, and ensuring research outputs get implemented into industry practice. This being his third time winning this prestigious award speaks volumes to the value of what he pioneered for the industry.”Kontkanen describes making Icewine as a labour of love, which makes this top award for Best Dessert Wine that much sweeter.“When you bring the fruit in, it is long days and long nights. We run 24-hour shifts to process everything,” Kontkanen said. “But the result is wine that is quite unique for Canada and we have excelled at it.” read more

Police Scotland has robust plans for Glasgows Hogmanay derby

first_imgHowever, police said they expected the majority of fans to be well behaved and warned those who are not that they will face the “full force of the law”. The force urged people to plan their day in advance and drink responsibly.Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty said: “This is no doubt an exciting weekend for many people, whether it’s to enjoy a day of shopping at the sales, attending a football match, or gearing up to celebrate the New Year.”It does mean that the city will be busier throughout the day and night. Together with our partners, we have robust policing plans in place to account for this, with public safety being our priority.”Given the time of year, it would be expected that alcohol will play a part in some of the activities but I would urge people to drink responsibly, plan your outing in advance and ensure you stay with friends and family who know where you are. Expect to see more officers in and around stadiums, shopping centres, on approaches to Glasgow and in the city centre itself.”Much has been said about the Rangers v Celtic match taking place but I envisage that the majority of supporters will come and enjoy the game and leave safely. However, that small minority determined to cause disorder, anti-social or offensive behaviour will be met with the full force of the law.”The timing of the match has been criticised by Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, who asked when the decision was announced whether those involved had taken into account the fact that Police Scotland reported that the number of calls concerning domestic abuse cases had almost doubled on the day the teams met in their Scottish Cup semi-final match earlier this year. Merchandise on sale at an Old Firm gameCredit:Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Old Firm Police Scotland has insisted it has “robust” plans in place to ensure public safety as Glasgow prepares for the Old Firm match on New Year’s Eve.Fans have been warned they will be refused entry to Ibrox if they have been drinking alcohol, and extra officers will be on duty outside the stadium and in the city centre.The decision to hold the Rangers v Celtic match at 12.15pm on Hogmanay has been heavily criticised, with the Scottish Licensed Trade Association branding it “senseless” and “outrageous”.Supporters have also been warned not to indulge in sectarian and offensive behaviour inside the stadium.Following the last match between the teams in September, Celtic supporters were criticised for producing an offensive banner and dangling two blow up dolls wearing Rangers scarves, with their hands tied in the style of an execution.Video footage also emerged from the match of a toilet block in the “away” end being smashed up by visiting fans.About 50,000 people are expected to attend the game on the same day that large crowds are anticipated in the city centre to see in the New Year.last_img read more

Parenting is tough says Duchess of Cambridge as she visits family centre

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge has praised the efforts of mothers with emotional issues who have turned their lives around, despite parenting being “tough”.Kate heard the stories of women who have battled problems like depression or difficult upbringings during a visit to a specialist unit run by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families.For the past five years, the centre’s early years parenting unit in Holloway, north London, has been supporting families who are at risk of their children being taken into care. The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Peter Fonagy, CEO of the Anna Freud National Centre Kate spoke to staff and guests at the family centreCredit:Ben Stansall/PA The Duchess met mothers who had completed its intensive treatment programme and she paid tribute to women telling them “parenting is tough” but despite the “experiences you’ve all witnessed” and initially not receiving support “I find it extraordinary how you’ve managed actually, so really well done”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Kate, who is patron of Anna Freud Centre, chatted to a 19-year-old mother, known only by her first name Amber, and her 18-month-old son Le’Juan.The teenager, who has been receiving help for anxiety problems, chatted happily to the Duchess with her little boy on her lap and she made Kate laugh when she asked her child, who was staring at the royal guest, “what’s this strange woman?”. Duchess of Cambridge spoke to staff and guests at the family centre The unit will typically see a parent who has lived through an abusive childhood, whether suffering neglect or physical attacks, or is suffering from mental health problems like depression and whose child, aged under five, is at risk of being taken into care.In a lighter moment, one little boy was left transfixed by the Duchess who wore an outfit by Eponine, when she was introduced to a group of mothers still being helped by the unit. Show more The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Peter Fonagy, CEO of the Anna Freud National CentreCredit:Ben Stansall/PA The young mother said later: “I think people need to know exactly how mental health affects people and that there are places exactly like this unit, that do really intense treatment and not just somewhere you can attend once a week.”I’ve only been here four months but already I’m noticing differences in myself especially on the anxiety side.”Now I’m able to recognise when I’m going into an anxiety attack when before I was oblivious to it.”last_img read more

South Africa anger after girl raped in restaurant

Mural painting and graffitis against the domestic violence and rape in Soweto Image copyright AFP ImageSouth Africans have expressed outrage following the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl in a restaurant toilet.A 20-year-old man allegedly followed her into the women’s restroom before snatching her and raping her in the men’s section, police said.The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with rape and possessing drugs. He has been remanded in custody and has not yet been asked to plead. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world.The police recorded 40,035 rapes in the 12 months leading to 31 March, an average of 110 each day, the fact-checking organisation Africa Check says.This is a slight increase on the previous year, which saw 39,828 recorded rapes. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndia outrage mounts over gang rape, murder of 8-year-oldApril 13, 2018In “World”India girl, 16, burnt alive after rapeMay 5, 2018In “World”Man who allegedly attempted to rape 6-y-o brutally beaten in SophiaSeptember 10, 2018In “Crime” read more

Goldstream evolves to IMX Resources

first_imgGoldstream Mining has changed its name to IMX Resources, reflecting the next stage in the development of the diversified mining house. IMX Resources Managing Director Duncan McBain said the acronym and name reflected the company’s strategic focus on value through investment, mining and exploration. “The change in name is the next phase in the development of the company, as it moves toward establishing itself as a significant and diversified mining house,” he said. “In recent months we have made a number changes to the company structure as part of its evolution, and have also bolstered the Board with the addition of significant skills and experience, including the appointment of Johann Jacobs as Chairman. “The timing was right for the change, and this was reflected by the fact it was overwhelmingly supported by shareholders at our AGM.”McBain said the change of name was a precursor to the final stage of the evolution, with the company to change from a no liability (NL) company, to limited liability (Ltd) company in the near future. “The Board is structuring the company to include producing assets, investments and exploration targets to ensure diversity and longevity in value to shareholders,” he said. McBain said the approach allowed IMX to refocus its current efforts on Australia, and in particularly its Cairn Hill iron ore project in South Australia, where it has considerable progress toward mining and production. IMX also retains its strategic 39.5% shareholding in uranium company Uranex, and its 51% holding in Toronto Stock Exchange listed Continental Nickel.IMX would also continue to pursue prime exploration targets such as Mount Wood in South Australia, where it had identified promising anomalies in one of the world’s best exploration addresses for copper, gold, iron ore and uranium.last_img read more

Better Late Than Never Dept Chevy MyLink Answers Ford Sync

first_imgGM has an answer for the Ford Sync infotainment package. It’s called Chevrolet MyLink and it delivers a seamless connection for smartphones and services such as Pandora, Stitcher Internet Radio, and Gracenote. Other cellphones and music players work, too. MyLink arrives later this year in a very limited rollout on the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Chevrolet Equinox SUV, three-plus years after Ford Sync. Chevy and GM officials announced and demo’d Chevrolet MyLink Thursday in New York. Some of the details were sketchy such as “how much?” but the broad outlines of MyLink seem promising. MyLink will be up upgrade option beyond the base audio system. It will include a 7-inch color LCD display that, at least on the Equinox (right), is deeply hooded for readability. But you won’t be required to take navigation with MyLink, something you’d suspect (or fear, if you’re trying to buy a car cheaply) when a car has a center stack LCD. The MyLink car includes a USB jack (just one), in the center console bin on the Equinox, and a Powermat inductive charging mat at the base of the center stack, meaning any time you toss in your phone or music player, if it has a Powermat jacket or charging arm, it auto charges. That’s neat, even if the technology isn’t ready for prime time until the inductive component is embedded inside the phone. With the Bluetooth wireless connection and the Powermat charger, your phone is ready to use for calling or music streaming simply by dropping it in the center stack cutout. Voice Recognition: a Work in Progress To run MyLink, you tap one of the eight large icons on the center stack display, or issue a voice command to work the phone or any of your infotainment choices: AM/FM/XM radio, CD players (remember them?), USB key or USB-connected music devices, and Bluetooth streaming music players. The screen-tapping part works fine. But when Chevy execs tried to show the assembled analysts and editors how easy voice control was, they struck out badly. Virtually every attempt failed. And most of the requests were drop dead simple. That’s GM global vehicle engineering executive director Micky Bly, above, after going 0-for-4 issuing the command, “Play artist Douglas Kay.” Bly eventually punted, resumed his presentation, came back later, and got a couple more failures before we finally heard music from Of All the Towns to Sleep In. To be fair, the Nuance voice recognizer hasn’t had its final tweaks, and it’s optimized for the car cockpit, not a big auditorium where the speaker’s voice doubles back via the auditorium loudspeakers. But still, it suggested GM has some learning to do in terms of managing expectations (including its own) in the infotainment arena. Not that Ford hasn’t had trouble getting Sync technology to demo well, but Ford with its head start seems to hit fewer rocks when navigating shallow technical waters.  Two Nuance RecognizersMyLink cars will use two editions of Nuance. There’s the onboard version that controls the infotainment system that MyLink talks to, and a cloud-based edition of Nuance for talking with OnStar. How much, or little, they differ accuracy will be seen over time. The in-car recognizer doesn’t have to deal with voice compression as much, or the vagaries of cellular communication, but the cloud-based recognizer will have more processing power. Nuance also powers Ford Sync and the majority of other cars with voice recognition.Pandora, Stitcher, Gracenote Chevrolet MyLink includes a trio of products Ford rolled out last year. There’s Pandora internet radio for streaming music from everywhere. For many users who spend most of the time in urban/suburban settings, it’s a cheap substitute for satellite radio. BMW Group last month announced Mini Connected and BMW Connected, which also gives their cars Pandora connectivity. Chevy appears to have an advantage in being able to control Pandora from the center stack or voice input where with the BMW/Mini version, you tune Pandora on your smartphone, plug it in, then play that one station. Stitcher SmartRadio lets users create customized podcasts through their  smartphones. It aggregates and updates news and information feeds. Gracenote identifies and categorizes music on the user’s music player, music key, or smartphone. It also includes aliases, so if you say, “Play Elvis,” you’ll get the King (or Costello, if that’s who you have loaded instead). Products such as Gracenote make assumptions about what the typical user wants and if you’re in the mainstream, you’ll do fine. Doing alpha entry on other vehicles, typing T-H-E brings up a listed headed by the Beetles because that’s what more listeners are searching for. If you prefer voice input and say “Play Fab Four,” that, too, brings up the Beatles. Chevy execs said Gracenote can track up to 10,000 songs at a time from a larger onboard tunes database. An engineer working on the project explained the car has two onboard caches for music information, each of about 10,000 songs, letting you load his-and-her music players without having to index from scratch. If a third device is added, the older of the caches is bumped from the stack. Powermat Charging System  MyLink also includes a Powermat charging system that will be in the cubbyhole at the base of the center stack. If the user has either a Powermat receiver attached (a short dongle) or a jacket (for the most popular devices), when you drop it on the Powermat base, it autocharges. They’ll start on the Volt and Equinox and, says GM, “expand to other vehicles in the Chevy lineup over the next 18 months.” To be answered is whether that’s some or all of them. Shares the Screen Nicely with NavigationMyLink will have a split-screen mode that divides the display in half when you’re running navigation: half for navi, half for infotainment. A lot of automakers are brain-dead in this regard. You can have the whole screen dedicated to navigation, or to infotainment, but not a nice mixture of the two. The worst cars are the ones that, if infotainment takes over the whole display, don’t pop up the navigation display when an important exit comes up. On a long highway drive, if you’ve got the navigation audio turned down, you might go miles past your exit before you think to check the nav screen and see it wants you to make a U-turn. (The photo isn’t very dramatic because it was shot indoors and the car’s internal GPS couldn’t place itself precisely in Manhattan. Normally you’d see a straight or curved arrow on the right side.) But Not Much of a Track List When you first click on an album, you see as many tracks as fit on screen. But once you press the play button, you don’t see the next couple tracks. That’s a minor drawback and GM should have offered that option. It’s especially desirable when you’ve created a playlist and want to see what’s next if you skip past the current song. And you can see from the photo above that there’s space available. Integration with OnStar, Chevy SaysIn its presentation Chevy made a big thing of how well MyLink integrates with and enhances the OnStar telematics system. Here, too, some of the details are sketchy. The one piece of integration I saw was that if you don’t buy onboard navigation and you are an OnStar subscriber, you can use OnStar to download rudimentary driving directions to the MyLink LCD. Actually, the directions are thorough but the visuals are rudimentary: simple arrows, not moving maps. So that leaves Chevy saying things such as, “The debut of Chevy MyLink extends the OnStar experience from safety and security to information and entertainment by seamlessly integrating the capability of a smartphone into the vehicle so that hand-held phones may be safely stowed while driving.” That apparently means: OnStar is a safety feature and if your phone is used hands-free via MyLink, that’s more safety. Chevrolet MyLink does not require OnStar, so if you decide not to continue the subscription after the first free year, MyLink’s functionality is for the most part unaffected, other than no longer getting navigation destination downloads sent to the LCD screen. Satellite Radio WallpapersIf you subscribe to XM satellite radio, the screen background is a wallpaper themed to the music genre (one wallpaper for rock, not one per channel). Also, the channels are stylized icons at the bottom of the screen. If that’s too much visual stimulation, you can revert to the standard blue background.  What’s Not New: All GM Cars Have Bluetooth Already Most every GM car already has Bluetooth because of OnStar. Bluetooth is built into OnStar and OnStar comes on most every car GM sells other than some fleet cars. MyLink extends the usefulness of Bluetooth. GM cars have also had line-in jacks for years and some iPod connectivity as well. GM notes that “Chevrolet vehicles have offered customers the ability to use portable media devices since 2006” without explaining if that’s line-in or iPod specific, but they can be excused for the haziness since Steve Jobs for several years has talked about how the majority of cars are iPod-compatible merely by having that same line-in jack. How Good? How Soon? How Much? Thursday’s announcement outlined what Chevrolet will be doing: two cars this year, one of them a very-low-production unit, the Volt. More cars will follow in calendar 2012 but Chevy didn’t say how many or how soon they’ll expand beyond the Chevrolet line to the wide range of GM vehicles that includes Cadillac, Buick, GMC and, um, that’s the GM lineup these days. Apparently the first MyLink cars will arrive in late summer or early fall. It was unclear if GM would wait for a new model (cycles could be as long as six years) or a mid-life refresh (3-4 years), or inject MyLink and new head units sooner. GM didn’t say if the 7-inch display will be standard on cars equipped with onboard navigation. An 8-inch display would be helpful for moving maps because it has 30% more screen area but most buyers probably wouldn’t do the math and realize how much they lose with a screen that’s seemingly only a little smaller. As for price, GM knows it has to come in around $395, since that’s what Ford charges for Sync on its entry- and mid-line models; on the premium trim lines it’s free (built into the sticker price). MyLink has a big advantage over Ford Sync in that if you order MyLink, you get a color LCD, where Ford also makes Sync work (just passably) on the radio displays of cars without navigation or without MyFord Touch. Color displays keep getting cheaper. I believe GM will have to come in a $500 or less to be competitive. Automakers gripe about having to ruggedize and safety-test and blah-blah-blah their technologies (read: it’s gonna cost you) while buyers note you can buy an iPad or a decent laptop or two portable navigation devices for that kind of money. Best guess: Chevrolet MyLink as a $499 option this fall, or no extra cost but built into the sticker price on premium trim line cars, or swallowed in the cost of navigation-equipped cars. If Chevy can do MyLink for the same price as Ford Sync and include the LCD display, that’d be even more noteworthy. If it’s more than $500, Chevrolet will have a tough time convincing buyers of the value of MyLink.last_img read more

Man 44 arrested after gardaí seize guns in organised crime probe

first_img Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images By Adam Daly 23,033 Views GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING ORGANISED crime have arrested a man and seized two firearms in north Dublin.Officers attached to the garda national drugs and organised crime bureau supported by local gardaí conducted a number of intelligence-led operations yesterday and today targeting those involved in serious organised crime.During the operation, a premise and communal area were searched in the Donaghmede area of Dublin 13. Officers from the emergency response unit also intercepted a number of vehicles. Gardaí recovered two firearms and ammunition shortly after 1pm today.A 44-year-old man was arrested and is being held at Coolock Garda Station for questioning. https://jrnl.ie/4800879 11 Comments Sep 8th 2019, 7:16 PM Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images Man (44) arrested after gardaí seize guns in organised crime probe Gardaí recovered two firearms and ammunition shortly after 1pm today. Share3 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 7:15 PMlast_img read more

Rightwing extremism on the up

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Sweden Democrats, a far-right, anti-immigration party, has become Sweden’s most popular party, according to the recent YOUGov poll. Supported by a whopping 25.5 per cent of voters, they have risen above the Social Democrats, who are currently in power, with 23.4 per cent of voter support, and the centre-right Moderates holding the 21 per cent.“There’s too much immigration and too many beggars from Eastern Europe,” said Tommy Nilsson, party manager for southern Sweden, dubbing the poll a “tremendous breakthrough” for the group.“People are starting to realise that this is a serious problem for Sweden.”The party, which stemmed from the Keep Sweden Swedish and the Swedish Progress parties in the late 1980s, had dwindled with little support. Since the 2010 election, however, they broke the four per cent threshold to gain seats in the Swedish parliament, garnering increasing support, with a 12.9 per cent in last September’s general election.Sören Holmberg, from Gothenberg University, said the poll result was “not surprising as there has been a long tendency for surges in the right-wing party’s support.”Its increasing popularity has been largely attributed to Sweden’s asylum policies responsible for the huge migrant influx.Sweden has experienced a surge in migration in recent years and takes in more refugees per capita than any other country. Only in 2014, Sweden received 8,365 asylum applications per million inhabitants.Greece’s Golden Dawn congratulated the party, noting that “these results, coming from such a progressive nation like Sweden, should become an example for the Greek people who are also suffering from the thousands of immigrants invading the country”.last_img read more

Double Cross is A Whole Multiverse of 2D Sidescrolling

first_img As we surely all know by now the financial failure of the Wii U kept lots of folks from experiencing the truly great games that made their way onto the console. And it wasn’t just Nintendo games left out in the cold. The colorful 2D party platformer/racing game Runbow was a rare indie hit on the system, one that’s also fortunately now available on the more successful 3DS and Nintendo Switch.Because of how cool Runbow was, at GDC last month we decided to take a meeting with the developer 13AM Games to check out what their next project is. And now we can talk about it. This is Double Cross, a whole multiverse of 2D sidescrolling.Double Cross’s Saturday Morning Cartoon premise follows a border patrol agency called R.I.F.T. that monitors borders between not countries but entire dimensions. This multiverse features countless different Earths that evolved in slightly different ways. How about a dinosaur Earth or an Earth ruled by single-cell goo? But when R.I.F.T. is attacked, it’s up to you to travel to these different Earths fighting enemies and picking up clues.Fitting the theme of cross-dimensional travel, Double Cross features a surprising variety of mechanics pulled in from other 2D sidescrolling subgenres. You gather clues for reaching the boss by beating levels, and each world features multiple levels. But you can choose the order in which you visit worlds. You also have choice in how you permanently level up your character. Terminals within the level even let you swap out upgrades on the fly. Give yourself an extra challenge by, say, increasing strength by reducing health.The levels themselves have a fair amount of depth. You’ll find plenty of tricky jumping sections like swinging ropes suspended over poison. But you also have to solve relatively nonlinear environmental puzzles, even if it’s just to get hidden collectibles. I shifted columns of goo to reach higher platforms. Your main weapon is a slow-mo grappling hook allowing for (somewhat fiddly) Bionic Commando swinging and shooting action. And when you need a break from the thinking, let off some steam by wailing on enemies and building meter you can later use to heal yourself.The strength of Double Cross’s gameplay goes a long way toward mitigating its biggest issue: the art. Granted, this is an early demo. But I found the look of the game and its designs to be flat and bland, too much like the cheap and generic sci-fi Saturday Morning Cartoons that came on in between the ones kids actually like. The characters are full of personality. Sam Squatch is a Sasquatch scientist from a dimension full of Sasquatches and I love him. But overall the art style did nothing for me, which is especially disappointing given how stylish and visually stunning Runbow was.But again, the game is unfinished, and at least the gameplay foundation is strong. Double Cross launches later this year on PC and Nintendo Switch.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Weather Eye As chilly air rain roll in here snow falls in

first_img We survived yet another month of weather in October and now we look toward a new month of surprises in November. Halloween was excellent weather for trick-or-treating and other outdoor events. Remember that one.A cold air mass made its advance toward us late Wednesday with some showers and chilly temperatures. We will see periods of rain and clearing today through the weekend. Not a total washout by any means, but you will definitely feel the change in the air mass. Lots of cold air developing in Canada.Snow is falling today in the Cascades and Olympics and will begin to dust the upper reaches of the coastal mountains tomorrow. It is possible, if things set up just right, the upper ski areas will get 2 or 3 feet of snow between now and next week.If this was four or five weeks from now, we would be flirting with snow here in the lowlands. But it is not, fortunately. At least we begin to build a mountain snowpack and maybe, just maybe, open the slopes for Thanksgiving skiing.Beyond the weekend into next week, we have a short break Monday and Tuesday but another storm by Wednesday with more snow in the mountains. With freezing levels low, we will see some snow east of the mountains in central and eastern Washington and Oregon. Factor that in if you are traveling. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Soy Growers Urge Congress to Restore Section 179

first_imgSoy growers and  others in the agricultural industry sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives this week, urging them to restore the higher Section 179 expensing limits and 50 percent bonus depreciation, both of which expired on Dec. 31, 2014.With the significant need for farmers and ranchers to continuously invest in machinery, equipment and other depreciable assets, the need to renew the higher Section 179 small business expensing limits and 50 percent bonus depreciation is great.“Section 179 and bonus depreciation allows them to write off capital expenditures in the year that purchases are made rather than to depreciate them over time,” the groups state in the letter. “The ability to immediately expense capital purchases also provides an incentive for farmers and ranchers to invest in their businesses and offers the benefit of reducing the record keeping burden associated with the depreciation.The expired law states that the maximum allowable amount that a small business can immediately expense when buying business assets, rather than depreciating them over time is $25,000. The letter encouraged Congress to restore the maximum amount of expensing under Section 179 to $500,000 as it was previously set in 2014, as well as requesting the reinstatement of 50 percent bonus depreciation tax incentive for the purchase of new capital assets.The American Soybean Association (ASA) is a supporter of the renewal of the expired tax code Section 179 small business expensing and bonus depreciation and hopes to see it included in a multi-year extenders package.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

Washington heroin use deaths up especially in youth

first_imgOpioid related deaths by residence county, including overdoses from heroin and related prescription drugs.This information is provided by the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute in a report entitled “Heroin Trends Across Washington State.”County 2000-2002 deaths 2009-2011 deathsCowlitz 20 50Pend Oreille 1 6Clallam 17 30Skamania 4 6Snohomish 105 290Klickitat 1 7Grays Harbor 4 24Spokane 91 155Skagit 16 37Chelan 7 24Lewis 8 26Asotin 4 6Stevens 8 10Okanogan 10 14Mason 5 17Whatcom 37 56Jefferson 1 10Pierce 127 232Douglas 8 10Grant 12 22Thurston 12 58King 309 467Whitman 0 6Clark 50 89Benton 8 32Kitsap 18 50Yakima 24 43Island 6 12Kittitas 2 5Walla Walla 5 5Franklin 1 6Adams 1 2Columbia 1 1Ferry 0 1Garfield 0 0Lincoln 2 2Pacific 2 4San Juan 3 4Wahkiakum 1 2State Total 931 1,821SEATTLE — Heroin use and related deaths have increased significantly across Washington over the past decade, especially among people younger than 30, according to a new study released Wednesday.Young people are finding it cheaper and easier to get heroin than prescription opiates these days. Both kinds of drugs offer a similar high, and a similar addiction danger, said Caleb Banta-Green, author of the report and a researcher at the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.The largest increases in heroin use and abuse in Washington state were outside of metropolitan areas, where drug treatment and awareness are lowest.Overdose deaths from heroin or related prescription drugs more than doubled in Cowlitz, Snohomish, Grays Harbor, Chelan, Lewis, Mason, Thurston, Benton and Kitsap counties between 2000 and 2011.“It’s a big change,” Banta-Green said, adding, however, that he’s not surprised by the data.He attributed part of the increase to new state rules that make it harder to get pharmaceutical opiates because of better prescription tracking.Washington is ahead of the nation in that trend, Banta-Green said. He expects other states also may see an increase in heroin use after they tighten their prescription rules.Washington is also setting an example for the nation with new pharmacy rules that allow pharmacists to distribute overdose response kits, including a medical antidote to heroin, naloxone, without a prescription from a doctor. So far, only one pharmacy in Washington is participating in the program, but Banta-Green expects that will change.last_img read more

Thief hauls away 3 TVs from Deerfield Beach home on bike

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a thief captured on surveillance video staking out a Deerfield Beach home, last month, before returning to steal three TVs.The cameras captured the man creeping around the home at night, before returning on his bicycle the next day.He used the homeowner’s wagon and beanbag chair to haul away several items, including three flat-screen TVs.It happened at a house along Southeast 19th Avenue and First Street, in March.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2019 Geneva Motor Show Roadshows favorite debuts

first_img More From Roadshow The Polestar 2 EV is gorgeous in Geneva 35 Photos Post a comment reading • 2019 Geneva Motor Show: Roadshow’s favorite debuts Another Geneva Motor Show has come and gone, and as you can tell from our lengthy roundup, this year’s show was certainly one for the books. From ridiculous supercars to far-out concepts, the 2019 Geneva show was downright impressive.Among all the hot, new metal on display in Switzerland, a few cars caught our editors’ attention more than others. Here’s what we liked most at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.Tim Stevens’ pick: Ferrari F8 TributoThe Ferrari 488 was already one of the best supercars on the market, but progress waits for no machine. At the 2019 Geneva show, Ferrari already showing off the 488’s successor, the new, 710-horsepower F8 Tributo.Yes, 710 horsepower from its turbocharged V8, which is a 50-hp bump over the outgoing 488, more or less matching the limited-edition 488 Pista. That, plus an 88-pound weight loss, means a 0-60 mile-per-hour time of just 2.9 seconds.On the outside is a wholly new nose and tail, making the front-end looking simpler and cleaner than before, while the rear sports a new, transparent engine cover that gives me all sorts of good memories of the F40 I had on my wall as a kid. 1:46 0 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell Antuan Goodwin’s pick: Audi Q4 E-Tron ConceptAudi expanded the E-Tron lineup with its fifth fully electric vehicle debut. The Q4 E-Tron is a compact SUV with a sloping, coupe-like roofline up top, and a big, 82-kWh battery down below.The Q4 also debuts interesting new technologies. Up front and out back, the LED light signature will be customizable by the driver at the touch of a button. Inside, it will feature a massive, AR head-up display.With two electric motors, the Q4 should put out around 301 horsepower and cruise for about 280 miles per charge. Expect it to hit the road sometime in early 2021. Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 1:50 Jake Holmes’ pick: Aston Martin Vanquish Vision ConceptA few years ago, it was tough to tell what Aston Martin’s plan for the future was. But now, with the Vanquish Vision Concept, the company shows it wants to go headlong into competition with the likes of Ferrari and McLaren.A traditionalist, like myself, might argue that Aston excels at building beautiful GTs and that chasing ultimate performance isn’t really in the brand’s DNA. But it’s great to see the company reinventing itself and doing something new.Other things I dig about the Vanquish concept: It looks stunning, with poster-car proportions, exaggerated design elements and great presence. It also is far more relevant and interesting to everyday consumers (this is a relative term, of course) than the outlandish Valkyrie and AM-RB 003. I’m looking forward to seeing the real thing in 2022. Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept is a midengined stunner Now playing: Watch this: 1:31 Share your voice 67 Photos Emme Hall’s pick: Pininfarina BattistaThe Battista is an all-electric hypercar that pushes out 1,900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to send all this gorgeousness to 62 mph in less than 2 seconds. The 120-kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides a range of up to 280 miles, if you can keep that right foot off the skinny pedal for most of your drive. We’ll only see 150 Pininfarina Battistas on the road, and we don’t have a final confirmation of price as of yet. But it’s expected to cost somewhere between $2 and $2.5 million. Honda E Prototype is a too-cute EV for Europe Ferrari F8 Tributo is a 710-hp replacement for the 488 70 Photos This is the $2 million Automobili Pininfarina Battista Tags 13 Photoscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: VW’s I.D. Buggy is the EV concept worth stealing at the… 50 Photos Geneva Motor Show 2019 Chris Paukert’s pick: VW I.D. BuggyVW’s always been at its best when it’s let its hair down and gone a bit left of center. Beetle. Bus. GTI. Dune buggy. OK, maybe only kind of in the case of that last one, since the automaker itself didn’t originate the idea. However, it is happily, inextricably linked with that type of vehicle, which it has reprised here with the I.D. Buggy concept.The I.D. Buggy trades in VW’s air-cooled engines of yore in favor of an all-electric setup. There’s a 201-hp electric motor that drives the rear wheels, powered by a 62-kWh battery. The powertrain is good for 0-62 mph in a modest 7.2 seconds and 155 miles of range. That’s not exactly gobs of performance, but it should be plenty for fun-in-the-sun running. Plus, if the dune buggies like the original Meyers Manx are anything to go by, that’s just a starting point for more fun. Let’s hope they build it. 71 Photos Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Audi Q4 E-Tron is destined for production by 2020 Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s • Steven Ewing’s pick: Honda E PrototypeThough it’s not quite as lovable as its Urban EV concept predecessor, there’s a lot to love about Honda’s E Prototype. For starters, it’s just too cute. From its big eyes to its stylish wheels, I can’t get enough of this little guy.Honda says the E Prototype rides atop a dedicated, rear-wheel-drive EV platform, which is a great setup. Of course, Honda hasn’t released any power figures our range estimates, but since it’s primarily designed for European city centers, I’m willing to bet neither figure will be particularly robust.The best part? It’s totally destined for production. No, we won’t see it in the US, but I can’t wait to get all hearts-for-eyes-emoji every time I see one of these during a trip to Europe. Roadshow Concept Cars 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Andrew Krok’s pick: Polestar 2The Polestar 1 is cool, but it’s a six-figure PHEV. The Polestar 2, on the other hand, is a much more affordable five-door, and it’s fully electric.The Polestar 2’s design further separates the brand from its parent company Volvo. I’m especially a fan of its unique squarish wheel design, and the whole thing just clicks when you look at it in person.The interior is pretty, but the most interesting part isn’t technically visible — it’s the Android-based infotainment system that looks and feels far more premium than Volvo’s Sensus Connect. Geneva Motor Show 2019 Volkswagen’s I.D. Buggy is the electric dune buggy of our dreams See All Audi Q4 E-Tron concept: A small EV that’s big on range 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2021 Polestar 2 is Sweden’s sleek Tesla rival 48 Photoslast_img read more

Kings remain low on Kuskokwim chum and reds running strong

first_imgSalmon caught during the June 24, 2017 gillnet opening on the Kuskokwim. (Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK Public Media)Anyone hoping to hear good news about the king salmon run on the Kuskokwim is going to be disappointed; the numbers are just not there. No decision on another opening is likely until Friday.Listen nowLet’s start with the good news: chum and red salmon are running strong. Both are in the beginning of their run and healthy so far.However the number of kings remains very low. State fishery biologists say that the run is on par with 2013. In that year, the Kuskokwim saw its lowest king run on record, and the species did not meet drainage-wide escapement goals. Those goals are set to maintain the species’ population as well as ensure robust subsistence harvests.Here’s the king run by the current numbers: the Bethel sonar station has counted just over 28,000 kings this season. The Kuskokwim is about 60 percent through the run, but it’s only seen about 43 percent of the kings needed to reach escapement. Already, thousands of kings have been harvested from the lower river.There was no agreement among those attending the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group meeting on Wednesday about what to do during the rest of the season.Some attending the meeting said that they were thankful for this weekend’s opening and hoped to see another opening soon. Others said that every king salmon counts and needs to remain in the water.And then there were those who said that the numbers of fish are changing, and so should we. Some suggested using more live release gear like beach seines, fish wheels and dip nets. One member said her fish camp was investing in webbing to protect drying racks from bugs. Another suggested learning from other areas of Alaska how to process fish in wet weather.King salmon are expected to swim up the Kuskokwim through mid-July. Federal managers say that closing the river until then doesn’t balance the social and cultural need to fish with the need to protect escapement.State fishery managers say that not meeting escapement one year isn’t likely to hurt the sustainability of the kings. When multiple years back-to-back don’t meet escapement, then the species could be in trouble.This decade has been a mixed bag for king salmon. There have been two years that the kings did not meet escapement: 2010 and 2013. In the two years between, 2011 and 2012, they barely met escapement. The kings exceeded high escapement goals in 2014, 2015 and 2016.On Friday morning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will meet with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission to consider whether to hold an opening soon.last_img read more

German band Rammstein reveals interesting artwork for upcoming album

first_imgRamsteinGetty imagesTen years after the release of their last album, German rock band Rammstein are finally back with their new album. Now, they have decided to reveal the album artwork in an interesting video.The album is slated to release next month. And they have teased us with snippets of five new songs in total, which are, ‘Radio’, ‘Zeig Dich’, ‘Ausländer’, ‘Sex’, and ‘Puppe.’Their last album was ‘Deutschland’. The new album ‘Rammstein’ slated for a May 17 release via Spinefarm will be produced by Olsen Involtini and the band themselves. It’s their first album since 2009’s ‘Liebe Ist Für Alle Da’.The new artwork features a matchstick against the backdrop of a central park around which traffic is moving. Recently, in an interview to Guitar World, guitarists Richard Kruspe and Paul Landers explained their approach to their new album. It has a lot of life and energy in it, but it’s not all angry. The music is more than that. It’s different for Rammstein. You might even say it’s fun to listen to,” Lander said. “It’s not too sterile, not too clean,” he further added.Lander further said, “Everyone with a computer can make music at home. You can program stuff and get nice-sounding drum programs and the sound is very good off the soundcards you have at home.”That’s fine, but our goal was to have something that could never be done at home, where you really hear the humans behind the instruments. To see your drummer play when you work on songs and see there are real people involved in your band I think is good for us.”Tracklist:01. Deutschland02. Radio03. Zeig Dich04. Ausländer05. Sex06. Puppe07. Was Ich Liebe08. Diamant09. Weit Weg10. Tattoo11. Hallomannlast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress on April 11

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The appearances come in the wake of the reports that Cambridge Analytica, the U.K. political data firm used by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, gained access to the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users.The Cambridge Analytica scandal put a focus on Zuckerberg, who apologized for the use of the information and expressed a willingness to appear before lawmakers. When a series of congressional committees held hearings last November on Russian influence over social media platforms in the 2016 election, Facebook sent general counsel Colin Stretch to testify.On Tuesday, Facebook announced the removal of 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts and 138 Facebook pages linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency. UPDATED WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify about the company’s data practices before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11.Later in the day on Wednesday, the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees said that Zuckerberg would testify in a joint hearing on April 10.House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), its top Democrat, said in a statement that the hearing “will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online.”They added, “We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify before the committee, and look forward to him answering our questions on April 11.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Army to test XM25 smart grenade launcher rifle w Video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The US Army has recently announced plans to test the high-tech XM25 airburst grenade launcher this summer in Afghanistan, unleashing a weapon that veterans predict could be a game-changing advantage in the war. The XM25 can fire 25mm rounds that explode at any distance set by a soldier, effective at a range of up to 700 m. Because the 14-pound, $25,000 gun can fire rounds in just seconds, it could replace the need to call in fire missions, artillery or airstrikes in some situations, which can take anywhere from several minutes to an hour to arrive. Explore further Army officials say that the XM25 could be ideal in current situations in Afghanistan, where the enemy tends to hide behind barriers such as walls and trees or in underground trenches, often at distances of 300 m or more. Right now, such targets are difficult to hit even for skilled marksmen, since a bullet is only lethal if it hits the head or vital organs. Since the blast radius of the XM25 is equivalent to a hand grenade, it could allow US soldiers to target and kill these hidden snipers. For example, if an enemy is hiding inside a distant building, a soldier can point the gun at the building’s façade, which measures the distance using lasers and sensors. The soldier can then add (or subtract) a smaller distance so that the round explodes at an estimated location close to the enemy. When the soldier fires, the microchip-embedded round tracks the distance it has traveled by the number of times it rotates. Upon exploding, the 25mm round spreads shrapnel in all directions, likely killing anyone nearby. Compared to a typical M4 carbine, the gun doesn’t require extreme precision to kill even at these long ranges, potentially making it one of the deadliest hand weapons in the Army’s arsenal. This live-fire demo shows the XM25 firing rounds through the window of a simulated building. “It brings, right now, organic to the squad, the capability to defeat targets that we’re seeing everyday in Afghanistan — targets that we can’t currently hit,” said Col. Doug Tamilio, project manager for soldier weapons with the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier. “It will save soldiers’ lives, because now they can take out those targets.”After the weapon is tested by a group of Army Special Forces Soldiers this summer, Army officials may expand the use of the weapon in the future. The Army is currently deciding whether to purchase 12,500 of the weapons, which are made by Heckler and Koch, although a final decision is awaiting a program review by senior Army officials. US Army enlists Facebook, Twitter © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img A soldier aims an XM25 weapon at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. Credit: US Army. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Military.com Citation: Army to test XM25 ‘smart’ grenade launcher rifle (w/ Video) (2010, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-army-xm25-smart-grenade-launcher.htmllast_img read more