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Grants Help Keep First Responders Safe

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil announced almost a million dollars today, Oct. 28, for equipment to keep first responders safe. “When Nova Scotians need help, our first responders, many of whom are volunteers, answer the call,” said Premier McNeil. “This funding will help firefighters, hazardous materials teams, and ground search and rescue volunteers stay safe while they help others.” The $957,644 in funding is through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. It helps groups buy equipment including personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus and rescue tools. The Yarmouth Fire Department is one of 77 groups receiving funding this year. The department will use $15,496 to buy personal protective equipment. “This funding was a large part of our recruitment plan for new volunteer firefighters,” said Yarmouth Fire Chief John Verrall. “When new members came on board, the funding to equip them with bunker gear was already there. This had a positive impact on their morale and safety.” Eligible groups can receive up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000. A list of recipients for 2016 is available at http://novascotia.ca/dma/funding/community/emergency-services-provider-fund.asplast_img read more

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Sri Lanka orders return of smuggled British garbage

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka customs Tuesday ordered the return of container loads of hazardous mortuary and clinical waste illegally imported into the island from Britain under the cover of metal recycling. Customs officials said the racket dating back to 2017 was uncovered after the Colombo port complained last week that an importer had abandoned 111 containers which were emanating a huge stink. A total of 241 containers had been imported since 2017 and 130 of them had been taken to a free-trade zone ostensibly for recycling and re-export, customs spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We are taking immediate action to order the re-export of the 111 containers abandoned at the port,” Jayaratne said. “The other 130 which had already been cleared from the port will be dealt under environmental and other laws.” He said the 130 containers were stuffed with used mattresses and plastic and clinical waste imported in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material. A Sri Lankan businessman who imported the containers would be liable for criminal prosecution if he failed to re-export them to Britain, from where they originated, Jayaratne said. An official at the finance ministry, which is responsible for the customs department, said it would take up the issue with British authorities for exporting hazardous cargo without first checking if Sri Lanka was willing to accept it. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”This is a well-organised racket that has been going on since 2017,” said the official, speaking anonymously because he was not authorised to talk to the media. The 111 containers are believed to contain mortuary waste including human organs and had been unloaded and exposed to the elements for the past two years. The 130 containers taken to a free-trade zone near Colombo International Airport were contaminating water and polluting the air in the area, he said. Sri Lanka’s pushback on imported trash came as Indonesia and the Philippines returned shipments of foreign rubbish to their originating ports.last_img read more

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North Korea expert to speak at Brock

Gordon ChangA respected political writer and expert in nuclear proliferation and North Korea will speak at Brock this week.Gordon Chang, author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World, will speak at TH 325 on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. Chang’s book focuses on nuclear proliferation in general and the North Korean crisis in particular. He is also the author of The Coming Collapse of China.Chang is a columnist at forbes.com. His writings on China and North Korea have appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others. He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department and the Pentagon, as well as numerous industry and investor groups.His appearance is part of the Department of Political Science Speaker Series. Everyone is welcome. read more

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Highspeed chase after police interrupt breakin

Halton Police stumbled upon a break and enter overnight that turned into a high-speed chase.Just after 2 am, police discovered a break-in in progress at “Supplement King”, a business located on Brant Street between the QEW and the 407 in Burlington.The thieves, who were armed with handguns, fled in a stolen silver-coloured 2000 Honda Civic.Police pursued the vehicle at high speed onto the 403 into Hamilton, where it exited at Main Street.The chase was called off at that point, and the car disappeared.Hamilton Police have now taken over the search for the stolen car.  There’s no word on whether anything was taken during the break and enter.

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Without immediate donations food aid in Liberia might be cut UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that even as peace makes an “uneasy comeback” in Liberia, without immediate donations the agency may be forced to cut back on food aid to hundreds of thousands of people.WFP, the world’s largest humanitarian agency, said it has received less than half the funding needed – just $32.4 million of the requested $77.7 million – for its West Africa programme that covers Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.Unless further donations are made immediately, WFP said it will be compelled to start cutting food rations to beneficiaries in Liberia as early as July, possibly undermining the country’s delicate transition towards stability.The agency is currently providing emergency food rations to 490,000 people in Liberia, including daily meals for 258,000 primary school students. With adequate funding, WFP plans to extend school feeding in the coming months to reach 350,000 students across the country. With more than 60,000 child soldiers in Liberia needing help to turn their lives around, a single WFP school meal can keep a child in the classroom. WFP also provides food rations to displaced populations and newly returned refugees.”After years of fighting and destruction, Liberians must be able to reclaim their homes and livelihoods for stability to take hold, but progress is severely hampered if people lack basics – such as food,” said Manuel da Silva, WFP Regional Director for West and Central Africa.Liberia’s war killed more than 200,000 people, displaced at least half a million and gutted the country’s infrastructure. According to WFP, roughly one million Liberians remain undernourished and go without adequate food on a daily basis. Most people in the country still cannot grow food or earn money to buy it.”Ordinary people are doing their best to help themselves and aid workers are doing their best to assist. Liberia’s fragile peace can only succeed with the backing of firm international commitment,” said Mr. da Silva.In other news, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started a verification exercise to register Liberian returnees from Sierra Leone. The programme is underway in two returnee camps located near the capital Monrovia, home to over 7,000 returnees from Sierra Leone.The agency said so far, 4,500 have been registered. It expects to expand the exercise to the east and the north of the country to include returnees from Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea once security has improved and UNHCR has established presence there. read more

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Price of oil falls below US110 amid tepid support for Syrian intervention

The price of oil fell retreated from a two-year high Monday as the prospects of a U.S. attack against Syria remained unclear.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell $1.01 to close at US$109.52 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday, oil gained $2.16 to close at US$110.53, the highest closing price since May 3, 2011.President Barack Obama has called for military action against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad in retaliation for what the White House says was a chemical weapons attack against civilians in suburban Damascus last month. But he has so far failed to win sufficient support for intervention both at home and abroad.Obama plans an address from the White House on Tuesday about Syria.On a Monday, there was hope for a possible diplomatic solution when Syria’s foreign minister welcomed a suggestion floated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to move all the country’s chemical weapons under international control.The White House said it was taking a hard look at Syria’s statement even as it redoubled efforts to sell the notion of the strike to a skeptical Congress and divided nation and senators prepared for a key test vote on the strike authorization Wednesday.Brent, the benchmark for international crudes, dropped $2.40, or 2.1 per cent, to US$113.72 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell five cents to US$2.80 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil retreated five cents to US$3.12 a gallon and natural gas rose eight cents to US$3.61 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2013 11:54 am MDT Price of oil falls below US$110 amid tepid support for Syrian intervention AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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South Sudan ceasefire largely holding UN urges safe passage for fleeing civilians

Displaced civilians taking refuge at the Tomping base of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in the wake of fresh clashes in Juba between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition (SPLA-IO). UN Photo/Beatrice Mategwa IDP’s from the Protection of Civilian site (PoC site) in Juba, South Sudan, take cover and seek safety from the heavy fighting between the SPLA and SPLA-IO. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported that the ceasefire in the crisis-gripped country appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire,” while the UN refugee agency has urged countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in Juba, where the human rights wing has warned the situation is “deteriorating rapidly.”According to a UN spokesperson, UNMISS today welcomed the ceasefire announced [by President Salva Kiir and endorsed by First Vice President Riek Machar] yesterday, and Mission chief Ellen Margrethe Løj, strongly urged all parties to adhere to the ceasefire and called on South Sudanese leaders to ensure the order is conveyed through all security forces’ chains of command so that soldiers return to their barracks.The ceasefire comes after days of clashes between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition, in an around the South Sudanese capital of Juba. The UN human rights office has said that since Thursday, 7 July, according to Government figures, at least 272 people had been killed, including 33 civilians.UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at UN Headquarters this afternoon that Ms. Løj has urged security forces in Juba to allow unhindered access to UNMISS patrols to protect the civilian population and called on the parties to allow civilians to move freely to places of refuge.“She urged the Government to open up corridors to allow UN and humanitarian actors to provide vital supplies and other assistance to the affected civilians, as well as access for medical evacuations,” Mr. Dujarric added. UNMISS also reported that the airport in the capital has been reopened, although commercial flights remain suspended. Peacekeepers were able to conduct a limited number of short patrols in Juba today. Since the fighting began on Friday, some 5,000 additional internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought protection in the UN’s Tomping compound in the capital. Another 3,000 IDPs who arrived at the UN House premise have been relocated to the protection of civilians’ site nearby, the Spokesperson explained, referring to the situation at some of the protection of civilians (PoC) sites UNMISS has been operating since the political face-off between President Kiir and Mr. Machar erupted into full-blown conflict in 2013.Human rights situation ‘deteriorating rapidly’ UN warnsMeanwhile at the regular press briefing in Geneva, spokesperson Cécile Pouilly of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters: “We are extremely concerned at the rapid deterioration of the security and human rights situation in South Sudan.” Preliminary estimates indicated that at least 36,000 people had been displaced by the fighting and were seeking shelter in the UNMISS civilian protection sites and many other locations across the city. Most of the affected people were women and children.Ms. Pouilly noted that OHCHR is also deeply concerned at reports of civilians being prevented from seeking refuge in the premises of the UNMISS and, in some cases, being shot at while trying to do so, as well as reports that UN compounds and PoC sites have been directly caught in the fighting and apparently at times directly targeted.She said that there are indications the violence has started to spread to other parts of the country. Armed clashes reportedly erupted yesterday in Mundri, Lainya, Kajo-Keji and Yei, in Central Equatoria state, as well as in Torit, in Eastern Equatoria state.Welcoming the ceasefire declared by the leaders of the two sides, OHCHR called on both leaders to exercise their leadership and make a concerted and genuine effort to stop their respective forces from fighting each other, as well as to do their utmost to ensure the protection of the civilian population. UN refugee agency calls for safe passage for people fleeing JubaThe UN refugee agency is calling on all armed parties to ensure safe passage for people fleeing the fighting in Juba, urging neighbouring countries to keep borders open to people seeking asylum. “Emergency preparedness is in progress in Kenya, Sudan and other neighbouring countries in case of a major influx,” said Spokesperson Leo Dobbs of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Some borders have been affected, such as the Uganda-South Sudan crossing, where security is tightened on the South Sudan side, he said. This has led to a significant decrease in the number of new arrivals coming into Uganda over the weekend.He said that just 95 people crossed on Saturday, dropping to 36 on Sunday, compared with a daily average of 167 for July and 171 for June.Also at the briefing, Tarik Jašarevic, for the World Health Organization (WHO), said the movement of WHO staff in Juba was being restricted by military forces. Mothers carrying children had been seen fleeing and trying to reach protection of civilians compounds.Several days earlier, the WHO had managed to supply the Juba Teaching Hospital with essential medicine and body bags. Medical kits would be distributed to partners on protection of civilians sites, and the WHO was mobilizing additional human and financial resources. Out of the $7.5 million which the WHO needs for health interventions in South Sudan, only $4.3 million had been received thus far. The health cluster as a whole was only 28 per cent funded, stated Mr. Jašarevic. read more

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Womens soccer plays to scoreless draw with Arizona

Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior midfielder Kristen Niederhaus avoids a defender during a game against Pittsburgh on Aug. 28, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.For the second time in three matches, the No. 24 Ohio State women’s soccer team played into overtime, this time finishing in a scoreless draw with Arizona at the Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes were led by the play of their goalkeepers, sophomore Jillian McVicker, who had three saves, and senior Rachel Middleman, who tallied two.“We had a really good effort out there, but sometimes we can’t go out with the win and we just couldn’t capitalize,” McVicker said. “My job back there is to be there when we mess up, so I was just doing my job.”The Buckeyes had the best chance of the match when defender Ashley Gruenbaum had her penalty kick saved by Arizona junior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman early in the second half. OSU continued to press in the second half, outshooting the Wildcats 8-4 after the break.“We did have some opportunities that could’ve put it away, but that’s just sometimes how soccer is,” senior midfielder Kristen Niederhaus said after the match.Although neither team got on the board in the first half, the offensive chances were there, with the Wildcats outshooting the Buckeyes 6-5. The tempo and style of play was controlled by Arizona and did not suit the Buckeyes well, coach Lori Walker said.“It was a very direct match on both parts, and not necessarily the type of match we like to play, and so we kind of played more into their style,” Walker said. “I think we allowed an opponent to dictate, in our house, what the rhythm of the game was going to be, and that was something you never want to allow.”Arizona senior midfielder Jazmin Ponce had a chance with just seconds remaining to win it for the Wildcats, but McVicker deflected her shot at the crossbar, sending the game into overtime.“It’s a really critical save in women’s soccer, probably one of the more difficult ones, and so for her to move her feet and get herself back to the bar was outstanding,” Walker said about McVicker’s save.In the opening minute of the first overtime, OSU sophomore forward Michela Paradiso and Arizona’s Ponce each had a shot on goal, but neither could connect on a game-winner.The last shot on goal came in the 103rd minute, as the Wildcat’s Kaufman saved a header from Niederhaus.The Buckeyes’ next match is at Chestnut Hill, Mass., against Boston College on Thursday at 7 p.m. read more

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Ohio State mens tennis ties NCAA record with 184th consecutive home victory

Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka hits the ball during a match against Michigan March 21 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 6-1.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerA share of history has been captured by the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team.With a 6-1 defeat of Michigan Friday, the Buckeyes tied the NCAA all-time home win streak with their 184th consecutive victory.“It’s been a nerve-wracking experience going through this thing,” coach Ty Tucker said. “Every match has been counted … it’s nice that the guys go down in history.”The Stanford women’s tennis team originally set the record by going undefeated at home from 1999-2011. The Buckeyes (19-2, 4-0) began their streak during the 2003 season and didn’t let the Wolverines (9-7, 1-1) get in their way of the record book.The Buckeyes took the first two matches Friday in doubles to give them a quick 1-0 lead.Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and freshman Herkko Pollanen of OSU defeated Michigan juniors Alex Petrone and Michael Zhu 8-7 (7-2). It was the first time Diaz and Pollanen played together this season, showing poise to dominate the tiebreaker and win the point.Not long after that, OSU’s senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka beat Michigan seniors Alex Buzzi and Barrett Franks, 8-6, to give the Buckeyes the advantage heading into singles play.Diaz was off first, again, after beating junior Vlad Stefan 6-0, 6-2. Redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan then finished off Buzzi 6-1, 6-1. Both Diaz and Callahan jumped out to big leads en route to pushing the Buckeyes to a commanding 3-0 lead.Although the Varsity Tennis Center was filled to capacity and history was on the line, Diaz said he was able to stay calm throughout the match.“I’d been struggling a little bit so to get another win under my belt felt good,” Diaz said. “I just try to relax and tell myself to focus and not to think too much … sometimes I get way to into it and just have to remember it’s just a game.”Kobelt, as he has done multiple times already this season, clinched the match and put the Buckeyes in the record book with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Petrone. As the captain of the team and part of 68 of those home wins, Kobelt said sealing the win was something special.“To get the final point against Michigan at home and to set the record, it’s like a storybook kind of thing,” Kobelt said. “At the end of the day, we’re just trying to get a win and win the Big Ten.”As is custom in Big Ten play, the unfinished matches continued even after the match had already been decided.Metka and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach both won in three sets to give the Buckeyes six points. Pollanen was the only OSU player to lose, falling in a two-set marathon match to senior Shaun Bernstein 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.The Buckeyes have the opportunity to break the tie and have the most dominant home win streak in the history of the NCAA next Friday when No. 25 Northwestern comes to town.“Hopefully we have enough magic in us to win one more home match and kick Stanford out of the equation,” Tucker said.The match against the Wildcats is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

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AIMEX new product highlights

first_imgExhibitors at AIMEX 2013, both large and small, are planning some major product releases at the exhibition. Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition – AIMEX 2013 will be held at the Sydney Showground from August 20-23. Here’s a quick snapshot of just a few of the new products and services that will be on show:APS Lighting & Safety will unveil new LED work lighting      products on Stand 3005Australian Radio Towers (ART) will launch a trailer-mounted mast      specifically designed for rapid-deploy communications within the mining      industry on Stand R094BAC Systems will be unveiling its latest      racking and shelving concept on Stand      5525Bauer Group will launch a new compact      hydraulic drilling rig as well as a new desanding plant on Stand 3422Bisalloy Steels will unveil what it describes as      the hardest quenched and tempered steel made in Australia on Stand 4225Bradken will unveil a new ground engaging tool (GET) system as      well as a new Ultiroller range designed to maximise excavator      undercarriage life on Stand 2011Bullion Group will release a web-based software      system designed to help small to medium businesses manage their people,      plant, processes and procedures on Stand      H1055Cooper Split Bearings and Kaydon Bearings will debut an increased range of      new specialist bearings for mining applications on Stand 2005Diplomat Blades will exhibit its newest      protective glove, which is designed to offer cut and impact protection      while preventing overheating, on Stand      8014Downer will be launching its ReGen mine reclamation and land      rehabilitation service on Stand      SL300DuPont will focus on an expanded range of product and service      offerings for the mining industry on Stand      B1008Enerpac will unveil what it describes as some of the world’s      most advanced portable, powerful and safe bolting and hydraulic pumping      technology, along with high-precision heavy lifting equipment on Stand H1079Equipment Placement will headline three new mining      productivity innovations with a world-first mining truck turntable on Stand 0122Exsto Group will launch a new light, with a      minimum 40,000 lumens output, designed to provide permanent light for      night work, area illumination or remote site exploration on Stand R109Fenner Dunlop Australia will unveil a new 24/7 conveyor      diagnostic and alert system on Stand      0616Flexco will showcase a wide range of new conveyor belt      technology on Stand 4907Gates Australia will unveil both a new 413 bar      high-pressure 2-inch hose with a one-piece, non-skive coupling and a new      2-inch crimping machine on Stand      H1088HELLA Australia will be unveiling its new      HypaLUME LED floodlight on Stand      5707Hummingbird Electronics will release new vibration-immune      tilt switches for mobile machinery on Stand      SL405Huski will show a new cotton anti-static mining jacket      described as the first such industry-specific jacket to be developed in      Australia on Stand H18Integrated Emergency & Industrial Equipment      Solutions      will be showing its new slide and tilt drawer systems as part of a      comprehensive line-up of Chambrelan products on Stand B1068ITT Blakers will launch the award-winning new      Goulds XHD mining pump on Stand      H1137Loadrite will show a new onboard weighing system for large      mining excavators and shovels, on Stand      S150MineSight Applications will be displaying its new MineSight      Atlas multiple-activity, short-term planning and scheduling technology on Stand H1028Minprovise will introduce a new range of conveyor rollers and      idlers on Stand H1126Modular Mining Systems will highlight its new MineAlert™      safety management tools on Stand      135SNautitech Mining Systems will be unveiling a new      high-precision underground gas sensor among a range of specialist      electronics products on Stand 2511NHP Electrical Engineering Products will show a recently released      range of medium voltage products, from switchgear components to      transformers, including substation automation solutions, on Stand 2020Norbar Torque Tools will be launching its new      Evotorque electric torque wrench on Stand      2513NORD Drivesystems will spotlight its newest range      of compact NORD Industrial Gear Units (IGU) on Stand 1711Pedders Suspension will be showing its new GVM      upgrade kits for the Toyota Landcruiser VDJ79series ute and the Ford      Ranger PX model on Stand S138Pipe & Buoy Australia will be displaying the latest      ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) pipes from China on Stand 8104PJL Diesel will show off its new Vision X specialist MXL Mining      Series LED lights, featuring phosphorescent-based lighting, on Stand 0925Pro Air Solutions will unveil its new V22 atomised      water cannon on Stand B1069Redstar Equipment will showcase a new      Australian-designed Sumo Jumbo electrical distribution board on Stand B1074Scania will unveil the latest addition to its growing range      of mine-spec vehicles on Stand 5220Simple Green will showcase its recently      released mine site cleaner and degreaser Simple Green®Mine Clean on Stand H1025Solar Hire will display the latest models in its range of mobile      solar lighting towers on Stand      H1003Ugly Fish Eyewear will launch its new      multi-functional range of safety glasses on Stand B1028Valspar Automotive Australia will launch its new Valspar      Industrial Mix coating system on Stand      7125Workwear Group will showcase a new range of fire      retardant workwear that offers mine, oil, gas and electrical workers      protection from arc flash, flash fire and heat stress on Stand SL540.last_img read more

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Xbox One has mandatory game installs additional charge for disc reuse

first_imgBack in March, the Xbox One XDK suggested that game installs on the new console were mandatory and the game disc would not be used during play. It turns out that was, for the most part, true.Microsoft has confirmed that every game you want to play on the Xbox One needs to be installed on the hard drive first. Microsoft states that the benefit of this for the gamer is the lack of a need to keep the game disc inserted when you want to play. However, there’s a flip side to that–playing that copy of the game will be limited to just one Xbox Live account.If you want to use the same game disc with another Xbox Live account, you’ll have to pay an additional charge. While this doesn’t entirely confirm that the Xbox One will require you to pay extra if you purchase a used game, it’s certainly going to limit that market.A lot depends on whether there’s a way to unlink the game from your Xbox One once you are finished playing. If you can’t, then selling the game used would mean the buyer pays you for the disc, but then also has to pay Microsoft another fee to get the game to install. Alternatively, the ability to unlink the disc may allow a sale, but Microsoft will probably attempt to collect the additional fee on reinstall anyway.It seems likely Microsoft will want to keep things simple by making selling a game a complicated affair. And even if it is relatively simple, Microsoft will make money from every used game sale on the Xbox One due to this additional charge for installs.Microsoft will surely get asked repeatedly about the installation feature in the coming days, so hopefully we’ll get a definitive answer from them as to how it will work. What’s surprising is that the Xbox One only has a 500GB hard drive, meaning you’ll be quite limited on how many games you can have installed at any one time unless there’s support for external hard drives.last_img read more

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Best GameCube Games

first_imgSuper Mario SunshineFollowing up the revolutionary Super Mario 64 is tough, and even without that comparison Super Mario Sunshine is weird. But Mario is supposed to be weird. And making a Mario game that opens with a fully voiced sequences about Mario getting thrown in jail and then forced to clean up a tropical island with a water jetpack is super weird. Maybe not the best Mario game, but definitely one of the best GameCube games. F-Zero GXThe last true F-Zero game, F-Zero GX gave players gorgeous blisteringly fast tracks to race through as Captain Falcon and the gang. And the high level of difficulty demanded players treat those tracks with the respect they deserve. As we beg for a new F-Zero let’s remember that the last game was one of the best GameCube games. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s RequiemPity developer Silicon Knights never made a game as good as Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem ever again. A fiendishly clever horror game, Eternal Darkness broke the fourth wall by having insanity effects appear to mess with your TV settings. And even without this gimmicks, the tense top-flight survival horror gameplay that easily matches up with classic Resident Evil makes this one of the best GameCube games. Mario Kart Double DashMaybe a bit divisive among the Mario Kart fandom, but Mario Kart Double Dash earns points for trying to do cool new things with the franchise. The partner mechanic, with players controlling two characters solo or in co-op, adds a new strategic layer to kart choice and item loadouts. Plus Mario Kart’s foundation of fun is practically made of concrete. Even a mid-level Mario Kart is still one of the best GameCube games. Soul Calibur 2The Soul Calibur series was already a pretty great and respected fighting game franchise. But you can make a game much more interesting if you drop a Nintendo character in it. This weapons fighter was available on multiple systems, but what makes it one of the best GameCube games is the inclusion of Link from The Legend of Zelda exclusively in the GameCube version. Resident Evil 4One of the last best GameCube games, Resident Evil 4 manages to reinvent third-person shooters, cinematic video games action, and Capcom’s already acclaimed survival horror zombie franchise all at once. Trying to explain its greatness in one little blurb doesn’t do it justice. You need to play Resident Evil 4 for yourself. Metroid PrimeThe closest thing the GameCube has to a Mario 64 or Ocarina of time is this masterpiece that translates Metroid’s atmospheric alien exploration perfectly into 3D. It’s a first-person shooter with more emphasis on navigating your environment than blasting bugs and actually makes platforming from this viewpoint tolerable. A straight-up classic from then-newcomers at Retro Studios, Metroid Prime is easily one of the best GameCube games. Viewtiful JoeFrom the minds that would later bring you Okami and Bayonetta, Viewtiful Joe is a sidescrolling action-platformer that has style dripping out of every pore. In this ode to cinema, and especially Japanese action cinema, you play as fanboy-turned Super Sentai and manipulate film itself to bash enemies with finesse. Don’t forget this, one of the best GameCube games. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG The Nintendo GameCube may not have defined its era of video games the way the NES and SNES did. And unlike the N64, 3D games were already established when the GameCube launched in 2001, so it was less of a generation leap. But the machine did have some great things going for it like a useful handle, a bold purple color scheme, and some truly excellent video games. Here are the best GameCube games.Super Smash Bros. MeleeThe one true Super Smash Bros. game fans still swear by, even if it means closing their minds to future entries. Melee’s fast game speed and high technical execution makes it a favorite among the competitive crowd. But it was also just a leap forward in terms of sheer content compared to the original with new story modes, event modes, and characters from games like Fire Emblem that had never even released in America. Possibly the best GameCube game. Stay on target The Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerI think time has shown that the once controversially cartoony cel-shaded art style of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was actually a beautiful choice. Also beautiful is the game’s tragic nostalgic view of the drowned Hyrule our new generation of heroes lives and sails above. The meat and potatoes Zelda gameplay here is maybe less substantial than you remember, but for its aesthetic value alone this is one of the best GameCube games. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue LeaderEven among beloved Star Wars games Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader stands out. No one makes flight action games like Factor 5. Star Wars games could only look better compared to the Star Wars movies of 2001. And as a GameCube launch title, Rogue Leader was a technical showpiece for how great games could look on the machine. It’s definitely one of the best GameCube games.So that’s our list of best GameCube games. For more on retro Nintendo games check out the best N64 games. And for more on Nintendo’s current system here’s everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Maldini not expecting Ancelotti move

first_imgPaolo Maldini recently disclosed he did not foresee Carlo Ancelotti becoming the new Napoli coach and gave his opinion on Roberto Mancini’s rule under Italy.The Milan legend shared a few interesting choice words for Ancelotti, the Italian team and the clubs in the Champions League final, just hours before the official start.“They are two totally different teams. Liverpool will be wary, try to go on the counter-attack with their very fast strikers. Real Madrid will try to control the game with their usual characteristics of possession and quality,” Maldini added, according to Football Italia.“Cristiano Ronaldo is very tough to mark, because just as you think he’s under control, he scores. He has now developed into a full-blown centre-forward. As for Mohamed Salah, his pace is out of the ordinary.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“I was really not expecting that. I’m very happy for Carlo and we’ll see what comes of it,” he said of Ancelotti’s appointment as a Napoli coach.Maldini also gave his few cents on Mancini’s performance as a coach of the international team.“He really wanted the job and that is positive. The players seem happy and consequently, it’ll be a strong starting point for this new era.”last_img read more

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Flipkart buys eBay India even as it raises 14 billion at 116

first_imgThe logo of India’s largest online marketplace Flipkart is seen on a building in Bengaluru, India, April 22, 2015.ReuterIndian e-commerce company Flipkart on Monday announced that it has raised $1.4 billion from Tencent, eBay and Microsoft, valuing the 10-year-old company at $11.6 billion. Simultaneously, Flipkart is also buying eBay’s India business, marking yet another acquisition. Flipkart co-founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal called it a “landmark deal.”The three investors said the investment would further drive the Indian e-commerce business.”This strategic partnership enables Tencent to participate in the exciting opportunities in e-commerce and payments in India. We look forward to helping Flipkart to deliver compelling experiences to users throughout India, and to contribute to the development of the internet ecosystem there,”  Martin Lau, president,Tencent, was quoted as saying by Flipkart in a statement.Devin Wenig, President and CEO of eBay Inc., said the investment will “allow us to accelerate and maximize the opportunity for both companies in India.” Flipkart will buy eBay India as part of the agreement announced on Monday. “In exchange for an equity stake in Flipkart, eBay is making a cash investment in and selling its eBay.in business to Flipkart. eBay.in will continue to operate as an independent entity as a part of Flipkart,” according to the statement.Flipkart now owns Myntra, Jabong, PhonePe, Ekart, MapMyIndia and FX Mart, in addition to eBay India.The total investment in Flipkart prior to the latest funding round was $4.71 billion by investors that include HDFC Bank, Accel Partners, Morgan Stanley, Tiger Global Management IDG Ventures and DST Global.For the financial year 2015-16, Flipkart incurred losses of Rs 5,768.8 crore on total sales of Rs 15,403 crore.Flipkart is facing intense competitor from American e-commerce company Amazon in India even as there is a buzz of another homegrown online marketplace Snapdeal going through a tough time.last_img read more

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Harford Leadership Academy Accepting Applications for Spring Class

first_imgExisting and emerging leaders in Harford County may submit applications for Harford Leadership Academy through January 16, 2015. The program takes place on 13 consecutive Wednesdays beginning in March.A partial list of prior HLA session topics includes Harford County History & How Government Works, Economic Development & Planning for the Future, Emergency Response, Volunteerism & Personal Visioning, and a full-day tour of Aberdeen Proving Ground.More than 750 Harford County leaders from business and industry, education, nonprofit, government, and civic organizations have graduated from Harford Leadership Academy (HLA). This successful community development program, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, is designed to create a committed, involved, and diverse network of leaders within Harford County by exposing participants to the challenges our community faces and the opportunities that are available for community growth.HLA graduates benefit from a communications network between present and future community leaders and are encouraged to take an active role in the growth and transformation of Harford County. The program is co-sponsored by Harford Community College and Harford CountyChamber of Commerce.Read more about the Harford Leadership Academy and the application process at www.harford.edu/hla or call Victor Cyran in Continuing Education and Training at 443-412-2398.last_img read more

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Customize colors in Windows using Classic Color Panel

first_imgCustomize colors in Windows using Classic Color Panel by Martin Brinkmann on May 16, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 30, 2017 – 17 commentsClassic Color Panel is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices to customize the colors used by various interface elements.The application is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating systems. While that is the case, it is most useful on Windows 10 devices as Microsoft had the glorious idea to remove the Color Control Panel applet from the operating system.This leaves Windows 10 users with the (meager) color options provided under Settings > Personalization > Colors. Experienced users may manipulate colors for interface elements in the Windows Registry (under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors), but that is probably not something that most users want to do let alone are aware of.Classic Color PanelClassic Color Panel improves the accessibility of the color customization options. You can run the program directly after installation. It displays a prompt on start that allows you to create a backup of the settings of the Registry. It is recommended that you accept that, as you may double-click on the Registry file at any time to restore the default color settings.The program interface itself links interface elements such as ButtonText or Background to colors. These colors are shown next to each element, and a click on the color opens a color picker that you may use to change it to another one.The app divides text colors and interface colors and displays each in its own column in the interface. A click on the three arrow icon displays even more interface elements that you can modify the color for.Colors are not changed automatically, which means that you may have to sign off and on repeatedly to test various color schemes before you find a suitable one.You do need to click on apply once you have made changes to modify the Registry values. The program prompts for a sign off, and if you accept, will sign you out immediately.The new color scheme is active right after you sign on again the next time. The program ships with a handy “default” button that you may click on to restore the default color scheme. Last but not least, you may also export the color scheme at any time. This can be useful if you want to apply it to another device or another user profile as well.The developer published examples for some of the interface elements on the site. While you may be able to identify some by name, you may find the images helpful to determine others.Closing WordsClassic Color Panel restores color customization options on devices running Windows 10. Windows 7 and 8 users may also use the program but it is less useful on those machines. It may be easier to use though, as it displays all color options in a single interface and makes customizing those a breeze.Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 5 votes Software Name Classic Color PanelOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://www.wintools.info/index.php/classic-color-panel Advertisementlast_img read more

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Industry veteran B2B entrepreneur husband friend Frank Orlando

first_img Share Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Entrepreneur and travel industry veteran Frank Orlando, who built up a thriving B2B travel tech business after getting his start with wholesalers including Skylark Holidays and CP Air Holidays, has passed away.Making his home in Collingwood, ON in recent years, Frank passed away on Friday, July 5 at the age of 63.Michelle Pinard, the love of Frank’s life and, like Frank, a well-known name in the travel industry, says funeral details and a celebration of Frank’s life will be announced shortly. Frank and Michelle married in 2003.Social media-savvy travel agents across the country knew Frank as the man behind Travelwatch, which created a B2B social media marketing tool for retailers using the agent’s own Facebook page.The Travelwatch tool posts unique, commissionable travel products directly on the agent’s Facebook page using technology by BranchUp.Frank OrlandoThe product launched in 2015 and Frank worked tirelessly to get the word out: “The posts are curated, so there are no links to booking engines, the call to action is back to the agent,” he said. The company’s permission-based email customer campaigns generate more than 2 million emails per month, all driven by a series of unique proprietary applications and business model designed and developed by Frank.Travelwatch was acquired by partner BranchUp.com in 2017. BranchUp was founded by Michael Drever, another familiar name in the industry as founder and former CEO of Expedia CruiseShipCenters.While BranchUp became the sole brand, Travelwatch principals Frank and Michelle continued their roles in supplier relations and content production within the BranchUp team. The company currently supports 1,000+ travel advisors with plans to grow to 10,000 subscribers by 2020.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJFrank left his mark on the travel industry, not just through his companies but through the friends he made as well.Sue Webb, President of VoX International and a friend of Frank’s for more than 40 years, shared her memories.“When you mention Frank Orlando, everyone smiles. He was bigger than life.“Frank has a very quick wit and a wicked sense of humour. He was a true renaissance man – an incredible chef, designer and incredibly well read and well informed. He wanted to be an architect or a concert pianist!“Frank joined the SkyLark Holidays Sales team in 1979, his beginning in the tour operating business. He was the sales rep for Northern Ontario and Manitoba. Our sales team was so fun, young and crazy and wanted to make our agents remember us, so we did very unique events and presentations.“I have memories of Frank dressing up as an English king during one of our Eaton Travel product training events. The costume called for tights and a crown, both of which he enjoyed wearing! He was always up for fun, but was all business.“Although he had fun doing travel shows, like ACTA Manitoba, and sales calls, his true calling was the product development department negotiating with hotels in the Caribbean. He spoke Italian and Spanish, which was an asset to his product buying.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & Mexico“He was respected by his peers and his hotel partners. To this day he has friends he met in his early days buying product in the Caribbean including developing an all-inclusive hotel resort in Cuba.“Frank worked with SkyLark, CP Air Holidays, Thomson Vacations and Regent as well as contract work with Sears Travel, so he has so many, many friends in the travel industry both in Canada and around the world. Frank was an astute business entrepreneur at heart, and developed some innovative business solutions during his career, including TravelWatch, which is now part of the BranchUP company.“In the past few years, Frank and his wife and business partner, Michelle Pinard, moved to Collingwood.“Frank loved life, loved Michelle, loved his family, loved his dog Paco, loved to travel, love his motorcycle, loved good wine and good food and cherished his friends. There was no better friend to have than Frank.“As one of his friends said, ‘People gravitated towards Frank, his presence was like no other, he was loving, kind, generous and thoughtful. You can tell by the amount of friends that he has accumulated over the years that he was a man that was deservedly well loved.’“He will be missed by so many, but never forgotten.”Michelle says Frank’s Celebration of Life event will be held at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street in Toronto (647-556-5461) on Friday, Sept. 6 from 3 – 5 p.m. Tags: Obituary Industry veteran, B2B entrepreneur, husband, friend: Frank Orlandolast_img read more

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Bolivian pres says hes received 100K in ponchos

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – Bolivian President Evo Morales says his personal wealth has jumped by $100,000 since taking office, thanks to all the gift ponchos he’s received.The leftist leader said Friday in the town of Ckochas that he’s been given some 500 handmade ponchos, which he estimates cost about $200 a piece.Controversy has simmered around reports of Morales’ personal wealth ballooning while in office. Official filings show Morales’ declared assets increasing from $240,000 when he took office in 2006 to $389,000 in October. Known as the country’s first indigenous president, Morales earns an annual salary of $28,000. He remains one of the region’s lowest paid presidents. Morales said Friday he wasn’t to blame for receiving gifts from the public.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Quick workouts for men Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

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Cindy McCain talks Syrians refugees plight trafficking in Arizona

first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Patients with chronic pain give advice Your browser does not support the audio element. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona “It’s dreadful, it’s tragic. Not only the numbers of people, but what’s happening to them,” McCain said. “These are traffickers that are taking these people, selling them substandard life vests, a place in a lifeboat that’s like riding on a trash bag and for exorbitant amounts of money and pushing them on their way.”Many refugees will pay people they believe can help get them out of the country, but unfortunately McCain said there are some people that are in it for their own personal gain.She said she witnessed organized trafficking and thinks Russians are involved in scamming refugees, as she heard some Russian accents when witnessing this firsthand.“Once they get into Turkey, then they meet up with the traffickers, and then that’s where the traffickers prey upon them. Most of the places that are the easiest…are on the coastal side, and so the ones I’ve been dealing with are specifically heading to Greece.”McCain said on the day she left Turkey, there were 9 bodies that washed up on the beach.McCain spoke directly to refugees and shared a touching story about talking to a group of young Syrians in their prime fleeing their country. When she asked if they wanted to go back, they said they would return in a minute, when the time was right. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img In an interview with Mac and Gaydos, Cindy McCain opened up about a recent trip to Turkey and her thoughts about trafficking in Arizona.She is devoted to humanitarian efforts both in the states and overseas and was recently on a trip in Istanbul, Turkey. McCain shared her account of the Syrian refugee crisis overseas and experiences in Turkey.Her husband Sen. John McCain has long stated that there is a refugee crisis overseas and that it is a real problem for all countries. Cindy McCain agrees and has been particularly involved with the Syrian refugees’ plight fleeing their own country. She decided to visit Turkey after last visiting Greece and wanted to see the Turkish side of the crisis. McCain said the word trafficking is a broad description of what this really is, and it’s happening everywhere. She said the state of Arizona is not only trying to stop trafficking but is trying to prosecute the people involved, not those that are victims of it.“Let me tell you, no teenager girl or young girl or child says, ‘Gee I want to grow up and be a prostitute.’ They’re not, they’re victims,” McCain said. “We’re trying to have the world prostitute erasing from any legislation, any pending legislation, because they’re not. They’re victims.”She said this definitely applies when someone is underage.It’s also about bringing aware to first responders and the general public about what to look for. McCain said Arizona has stepped up and leads the country on this issue, training and awareness. “I guess what impressed me the most was the resilience of these people and the desperation to get out and get some place where they can be safe, and clothed and fed,” said McCain.Unfortunately, McCain said Europe is overwhelmed by the staggering amount of refugees, citing incidents in both Germany and Sweden. However, she believes the United States can not completely step in a this time, as the U.S. does need to vet any Syrian refugees that come in for safety, although her humanitarianism tells her all refugees should be accepted.But, McCain said trafficking and bad conditions are not only happening overseas, it’s happening in our own backyard. McCain delved into the tough topic of human trafficking in Arizona.As Mesa police deal with the haunting story of a 3-year-old girl found alive but taped up and stashed in a bag in a closet, McCain said these incidents of abuse and trafficking are happening more than we know. A man and woman were arrested for their plans to sell the toddler online for sex.“This is an everyday occurrence unfortunately. First of all, these two people should be locked away forever, throw the key away as far as I’m concerned…It happens every day unfortunately, (and) our governor and the task force we have have been very active in trying to stop this,” McCain said. “Human trafficking just doesn’t mean your moving people around for sex. It can happen right in someone’s home.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories LISTEN: Cindy McCain last_img read more

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Only male event in north

first_imgThe Turkish Cypriot Democratic Party will be organising an “only male” event on Wednesday with the theme being what kind of place would the world be without women.The event will start at 6.30pm at the party’s HQ.Party chairman Serdar Denktash will also take part in the discussion.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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