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TOP Ships Unveils Financing Charter for MR2 Newbuilding

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based tanker owner and operator TOP Ships has inked a sale and leaseback agreement and a five-year time charter with Cargill International for its MR2 tanker newbuilding.The 50,000 dwt ship (Hull No 8242) is currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.As informed, the deal is expected to be realized on the vessel’s delivery date currently planned for January 2019.Following the sale, TOP Ships will bareboat charter back the vessel and immediately put it on a time charter with Cargill Ocean Transportation. As part of this transaction, the company has continuous options to buy back the vessel during the whole five year sale and leaseback period at the end of which it has to buy it back.The gross proceeds from the sale amount are USD 32.4 million, which is the total amount that remains to be paid for the specific vessel. Additionally, the revenue backlog expected to be generated by the time charter fixture is about USD 27.6 million.“Our strategy of acquiring very high quality vessels has once again been embraced by a top quality charterer. This financing alone covers about one fifth of the capital required in order to take delivery of the three vessels that we acquired during the first quarter of 2018, all of which will be delivered within the first 2 quarters of 2019. We are working very hard to finalize financing for the remaining capital requirements of these vessels in the near future,” Evangelos Pistiolis, the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, said.Earlier this month, the company also agreed time charter employment for two of its Suezmax newbuildings with an undisclosed oil major. The units are being built at Korean yard Hyundai Samho.“As a result of the time charter employment, the total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of our fleet has grown even further to USD 211 million,” Pistiolis added.last_img read more

Several UN Rapporteurs invited to visit Sri Lanka this year

“During the past 2 ½ years, the National Unity Government, under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has set out to strengthen engagement with the United Nations systems and procedures and the international community as a whole in an open, inclusive and constructive manner. We believe that such engagement and deliberation has contributed positively to the endeavors of the Government to strengthen, promote and protect human rights, good governance including democratic institutional structures, and development in the country,” Aryasinha said.He said that as part of the Government’s engagement with the UN system and procedures, Sri Lanka in December 2015, extended a standing invitation to the UN Special Procedures Mandate Holders. Since then, Sri Lanka has had productive visits and interactive dialogues with the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances; the SR on Minority Issus, the SR on Torture, and the SR on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence.“Based on the specific needs of the country, and in particular, in the context of the ongoing reconciliation process in the country, we have invited several Special Procedures to undertake country visits during the course of this year as well. This includes the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism in July 2017, the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention,” he said. Sri Lanka has invited several Special UN Rapporteurs  to undertake country visits during the course of this year, including the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism in July 2017.The Government yesterday responded to the report on Sri Lanka by the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, during the ongoing Human Rights Council session in Geneva. Ms. Pinto undertook an official country visit to Sri Lanka, at the invitation of the Government, together with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment from 29th April to 7th May 2016.The was the first visit to the country by a Special Rapporteur on the subject of the independence of judges and lawyers, and the Government of Sri Lanka says it was pleased to have received the Special Rapporteur, especially at a time when, with the mandate of the people, received at two important elections in the country in 2015, Sri Lanka has set out to undertake reform pertaining to the rule of law and governance. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha P. Aryasinha thanked Ms. Mónica Pinto, the former Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on her report, following her visit to Sri Lanka, which was presented to the Council by her successor, Diego García-Sayán. “We take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Diego García-Sayán on his appointment as Special Rapporteur on this important subject, and while expressing support for the mandate, affirm Sri Lanka’s interest in continuing to engage with him and his office,” the Government said. The Government believes that these visits will and the dialogues and conversations in relation to these specific subject areas will serve to assist the Government and contribute to the Government’s efforts in fulfilling its obligations to the people of the country, in promoting and protecting human rights, strengthening democratic institutions, and good governance.considered the head of the Unofficial Bar. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Man arrested for having pipe bomb in his hand luggage at Manchester

first_img 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. A man has appeared in court accused of having a pipe bomb in his hand luggage at he turned up to catch a flight from Manchester Airport.Nadeem Muhammed, 43, was arrested on January 30, after officials at the airport allegedly discovered a suspicious device as he went through security prior to boarding a Ryanair flight to Bergamo, Italy.The Pakistani national, who lives in Bury, Greater Manchester, was questioned by officers at the time but was later released on bail and was allowed to travel several days later.He was arrested when he returned to the UK on Feburary 11 and charged with possessing an improvised explosive device under the Explosive Substances Act of 1883.The court heard the device was viable and that it appeared to consist of batteries wrapped in brown tape with wires sticking out.It was described as consisting of a “small pipe, like large marker pen” and was filled with a “smokeless propellant often found in ammunition”.Mr Muhammed, wearing a checked shirt, spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address with the help of an interpreter in a hearing at Westminster magistrates’ court in London.Katie McCreath, defending, indicated that he would be pleading not guilty to the charge at a future hearing.Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: “It is a rather unusual story where an explosive device was found in carry-on luggage at Manchester Airport.”He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Southwark crown court on March 13, but the court heard the case is likely to be transferred to Manchester.Jessica Hart, prosecuting, said the case would not be proceeding under the terrorism protocol.last_img read more

INMO chief dismisses man who cried wolf suggestions on strike action

first_imgTHE HEAD of one of Ireland’s biggest trade unions has dismissed suggestions that his union’s threats of industrial action cannot be taken seriously – after a newspaper pointed out that he has threatened 27 strikes in 15 years.Liam Doran, the general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, said he would not heed instructions from newspapers, after the Irish Daily Mail pointed out his record at threatening strike action.It said Doran, who took over the union in 1998, had issued 27 threats for strike action in his tenure – on matters relating to demands for pay increases, cutting administration jobs, the public pensions levy and compensation for injuries caused by patients.Speaking this afternoon, however – when he was asked to respond to the suggestions that his stance meant he could be the ‘man who cried wolf’ – Doran said each threat had been justified.“Those who sit behind cosy desks writing copy for newspapers – I’m not worried about what they’re suggesting I do or don’t do,” he told RTÉ’s Saturday with Claire Byrne.Doran said in the last few years, his union had negotiated the first reduction of a working week for any group in Ireland for 40 years – meaning it was especially difficult to accept a proposed lengthening of the working week under the Croke Park 2 proposals.Doran said that all times, his union had both “the best interests of the services at heart, and the best interests of members at heart”.He added: The INMO has again threatened industrial action if the government cuts members’ pay, lengthens the working week, or otherwise amends working conditions.Read: INMO to debate emergency motion on industrial action Never – never, in the history of the state, have trade unions been faced with the conundrum we have at the moment – where for the third time in three-and-a-half years, their members are being threatened with a pay cut on top of the additional charges.So the government’s action is forcing 14 unions who voted no into a place where no-one wants to go, but we’ll have to go to protect the position of our members.last_img read more

Une mosquée écologique dotée déoliennes en Allemagne

first_imgUne mosquée écologique dotée d’éoliennes en AllemagneUne petite communauté musulmane de Norderstedt, près de Hambourg, entend construire une mosquée respectueuse de l’environnement. Dotée d’éoliennes, qui seront construites dans ses deux minarets, cette mosquée devrait coûter quelque 2,5 millions d’euros.La communauté musulmane de Norderstedt, près de Hambourg en Allemagne, a pour projet de construire la première mosquée à énergie renouvelable du pays, rapporte 20 minutes. Le bâtiment sera équipé de deux éoliennes qui prendront place dans les deux minarets de la mosquée, s’élevant à vingt-deux mètres de hauteur.À lire aussiAllemagne : trois fossiles retrouvés imbriqués l’un dans l’autreLe projet a été imaginé par l’architecte Selcuk Ünyilmaz, pour qui les bâtiments écologiques n’ont plus aucun secret. “Je cherchais comment on pouvait intégrer l’écologie dans l’architecture sacrée. Mon design combine la modernité et la tradition et j’ai voulu donner une fonction contemporaine aux minarets”, a-t-il expliqué. Grâce à ses éoliennes, la mosquée assurera de façon autonome un tiers de ses besoins en électricité. Le projet a reçu le feu vert des autorités. Mais le financement, lui, n’a pas encore été trouvé. Toutefois, Selcuk Ünyilmaz se dit très optimiste alors que l’Allemagne a décidé de sortir du nucléaire d’ici à 2022, pour le remplacer en grande partie par les énergies renouvelables. Cette éco-mosquée n’est pas unique en son genre. A Londres, une mosquée dotée d’éoliennes est déjà en cours de construction. Le chantier devrait être achevé avant le coup d’envoi des Jeux olympiques de 2012.Le 18 juin 2011 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des applications pour vos enfants en vacances

first_imgDes applications pour vos enfants en vacancesEn cette période de vacances scolaires, tout est bon pour occuper vos enfants. Au ski, chez les grands-parents, ou tout simplement à la maison, voici quelques 3 applications pour distraire vos chères têtes blondes. Le Point met en avant trois applications iOS qui devraient vous permettre d’envisager plus sereinement les huit heures de voiture nécessaires pour aller au ski. Grâce à votre tablette tactile ou votre smartphone, vos enfants devraient être plus patients. Et oui, ça fait deux heures que vos enfants vous demande s’ils peuvent dessiner ! Mais les crayons sont au font du sac, bien rangés avec le papier. Avec l’application 1,2,3 Couleurs vos artistes en herbe pourront laisser libre cours à leur talent. Disponible sur iPad et iPhone pour 2,39 euros, elle propose une centaine de dessins à colorier, mais aussi des feuilles vierges et des modèles de pages d’écriture. De nombreuses options de dessin sont présentes. Il est même possible de configurer la musique de fond ou la langue dans laquelle sont énoncées les instructions.Et maintenant, voilà qu’ils réclament une histoire. Avec l’application Les histoires de lapin, ils choisissent la couleur du héros puis se laissent captiver par les mésaventures de ce lapin. Trois contes illustrés avec soin et vivants grâce à l’intonation des narrateurs sont disponibles. De quoi distraire vos enfants qui pourront même être mis à contribution pour chanter ou répéter des dialogues. L’application est vendue sur iPad à 2,99 euros et sur iPhone à 1,59 euros.Finalement, ils voudraient bien pouvoir profiter de leur personnage fétiche. Alors, pour les fans d’Emilie, la petite fille à la robe et au bonnet rouge, l’application Joue avec Emilie pourra s’occuper d’eux. Six activités différentes sont proposées aux petits utilisateurs. Entre cahier de coloriage, gommettes, puzzles, memory, jeu des sept différences ou histoire interactive, vos enfants devraient trouver leur bonheur. Cette dernière application est disponible sur iPad pour 2,39 euros et sur iPhone pour 1,59 euros.Côté Android aussi, les enfants sont à l’honneurAvec Peinture au doigt, vos enfants pourront s’amuser avec plus de 60 pages de coloriage. L’application propose de plusieurs outils de coloriages comme de multiples brosses ou encore un seau de peinture. Elle est disponible gratuitement pour les terminaux possédant au moins la version 1.5 d’Android.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour ceux qui préfèrent faire marcher leur cerveau, Jeu de mémoire des fruits est idéal. La tâche consiste à trouver les fruits et à les faire correspondre entre eux. A la fin de chaque mission, le thème change. L’application est disponible gratuitement mais ne fonctionne que sous Android 1.5 au minimum.De son côté, l’application WildCats permet à vos enfants de profiter de leur attrait pour les animaux et plus particulièrement les chats sauvages. Ils auront ainsi accès à des nombreuses images à colorier ou admirer, un safari découverte, un jeu de mémoire, une histoire sur la vie des chats sauvages, une encyclopédie. Grâce à cette application, votre enfant se sentira au cœur de la savane. Elle est disponible gratuitement sur l’Android Market, dès la version 2.2 d’Android.Le 20 février 2012 à 19:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Roman Reigns on being able to inspire other cancer patients after his

first_img Videos Articles Ronda Rousey WWE has posted a preview clip (above) from the latest episode of “WWE Chronicle” that will premiere tonight on the WWE Network following RAW.Roman Reigns returning to WWE last week on RAW is the focus of this episode. In the clip, Reigns talks about being able to inspire other cancer patients after he announce his public battle with leukemia was now officially in remission.“In a weird way it makes me sad, but it makes me happy too. Initially you think like, man this is what had to happen to reach some of these people. But at the same time, I’m just glad it reached some people. Like if it reaches one child, you know what I mean, that one kid fighting for his life, going through all this different treatment, sitting on a bed by himself and he can somehow, you know, use me as an image, something, you know, to work towards, something to drive him, light at the end of the tunnel…if that one kid can say, if Roman can do it, I can do it, then I think my job is done.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Videos Articles Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shawn Michaels Google+ WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE Announces Roman Reigns’ Retirement Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Seth Rollins Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAWlast_img read more

May 1st Busy night In Bahamas

first_imgBahamas, Monday May 1st, 2017 : Monday Night, May 1st, a big night in the Bahamas, as several gatherings are promising to be spectacular, from the FNM rallies where Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is promising to appear, to the Save the Bahamas night of prayer, in Rawson Square.Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is carded to take the stage at FNM rallies nightly this week, kicking off appearances in his former constituency North Abaco on Monday night.  The former FNM leader’s appearance is said to be momentous as promised in the ads airing on local airwaves, as he has vowed to expose the PLP and unveil a slew of reasons why you shouldn’t vote for the Progressive Liberal Party.  On Nomination day, the former Prime Minister threw his support behind the candidate going up for the area, Darren Henfield.Save Our Bahamas flyerThe rallies will be held at the same time as pastors and religious leaders gather to pray in Rawson Square in Nassau. Organised by Save the Bahamas, the vigil aims at praying for the nation ahead of the elections. The prayer service is not the first of its kind, as the group held prayer services at the same site last Monday.#MagneticMediaNews#FNMRallies#HubertIngrahamReturns#SaveOurBahamasPrayer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Fat cats are going fast

first_imgThey may not be as spry or lean as kittens, but these cats got some supersized love over the weekend at the local animal shelter. Four of the 12 fat cats at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington found homes between Friday and Sunday. The adoptions followed The Columbian’s front-page story Saturday detailing the Humane Society’s “Big and Beautiful” promotion, which offers overweight cats through September at discounted prices.o The Humane Society for Southwest Washington has a sliding-fee scale for cat adoptions, ranging from $80 for kittens younger than 6 months old; $50 for adult cats 6 months through 6 years old; and $25 for senior cats older than 7.o Fees include sterilization, initial veterinary care and microchipping. The shelter is at 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave.o Information: 360-693-4746 or the organization’s website.And if you had your eye on any of the kitties featured in the article, you’re out of luck. Halbert, a 21-pound blue tabby, and Manta Ray, a 19-pound white cat, both were among the cats that went home to new families.Halbert, coincidentally, was adopted by a Ridgefield resident Friday afternoon — before the story appeared. The owner was surprised to find her new pet was a celebrity, said Erin Griffin, spokeswoman for the Humane Society. “She said people were calling and saying, ‘Your fat kitty was on the front page of The Columbian,’ ” Griffin said.Griffin said she heard from the new owner that Halbert is acclimating to his new home just fine; one of the first things he did was plop down on the couch to relax.last_img read more

Alaskans claim medals in Special Olympics World Winter Games

first_imgJennifer Troutman, 23, competes in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. (Photo from Special Olympics Alaska)Two Alaskans traveled to Austria in March to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games – and both came back with some hardware.Listen nowJennifer Troutman is an alpine skier, and at this year’s world games, she competed in two events, medaling in the Super G. The 23-year-old from Anchorage also received a participation ribbon in the Giant Slalom.Jennifer Troutman poses with her silver medal from the alpine skiing Super G event. (Photo by Josh Edge/Alaska Public Media)Troutman has been competing in alpine skiing for the last seven years, but she said this was her first time competing on an international stage.“It was amazing,” Troutman said. “I mean, I’d get to the gate and I’d just zone in on those first six gates, I think it was; it was awesome.”Leading up to the World Games, Troutman did most of her training runs at Anchorage’s Hilltop Ski Area. So, when it came to competing on a different – and bigger – mountain in Austria, she said it was a bit of a change.“Schladming was some of the roughest terrain, because it was spring skiing,” Troutman said.Troutman said the snow on the racecourse was crystallized, which made for some really fast, but challenging runs.Sarah Arts, the director of sports and programs for Special Olympics Alaska, said it’s a complex, and in-depth process for an athlete to qualify for and compete in the world games. Because they compete for Special Olympics USA with teammates from across the country, only a couple Alaskan athletes get to go.Among the many steps, is ensuring the athlete has the ability and time to train. For example, she said Jennifer Troutman’s training began almost a year ago.“They worked on specific skills in the gym that would help her on the ski slope,” Arts said. “Once the snow hit the ground, she was probably on the mountain three to four times a week.”Madison Englund competes in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. (Photo from Special Olympics Alaska)Another Alaskan athlete also competed at the world games – snowboarder Madison Englund.Englund lives in Fairbanks, which Sarah Arts said can make things a little more complicated.“Because if it’s too cold, they can’t get out on the mountain and there was a couple week stretch there she wasn’t able to get outside and actually snowboard,” Arts said. “So she had to do a creative dryland training to stay in shape.”Despite the minor training issues, Englund still managed to snag a gold medal in the snowboarding Super G.Englund also claimed silver in the Giant Slalom.The Special Olympics World Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer sports.Alpine skier Jennifer Troutman said she had fun meeting athletes from around the world and competing at the international level.“And I would do it all over again,” Troutman said. “I’m hooked.”That’s an opportunity she might have again in a couple years. She’s preparing for the state’s summer games, where she’ll compete in swimming.If she does well, she could have a chance to compete at the 2019 Special Olympics Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.last_img read more

Jetty Venkatesh appointed JAP chief for State

first_imgVijayawada: Jetty Venkatesh Yadav from Krishna District has been appointed as the president of Jan Adhikar Party for AP region. A letter has been handed over to him by JAP’s national general secretary M N Jaisimha. The latter told media persons that Venkatesh has been chosen as the president after national leaders recognised his activities in society and his eagerness to servethe poor. Speaking to media, Venkatesh Jetty said that he will work at his best and do justice to his position. ‘I will work to strengthen the party in Andhra Pradesh and be available to the needy and poor as and when required’, he added.last_img read more

BaltimoreCentric Makeup Focus of Police Reform Workgroup Could Undermine Its Efforts

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Audience members, made up predominantly of law enforcement, listen to testimony before the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup in Annapolis on June 23.The Lt. Col. from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office had come armed with notes and a Powerpoint presentation, prepared to discuss hiring and recruitment policies before the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup in Annapolis on June 23.The only problem? His slides and presentation were about the Baltimore City Police Department.“I started doing this [presentation] for all of Maryland, but it became a very long presentation. I wanted to focus on what I thought the General Assembly was more concerned with,” explained Lt. Col. Bruce Sherman about why his first slide had the words “Baltimore City” prominently at the top, even though Sherman is a representative of the sheriff’s office in Montgomery County.Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City), co-chair of the workgroup, explained that they were interested in hearing about practices throughout the state, not just Baltimore City, but Sherman could be excused for his perception of the workgroup’s focus.The group, after all, was organized by Maryland House and Senate leadership as a response to the demonstrations and riots that rocked Baltimore City in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 from injuries sustained while in Baltimore police custody.Of the committee’s 20 members, seven are from Baltimore City, including both co-chairs. And after two hearings, the most frequent questions have revolved around the demographics of the Baltimore Police Department, particularly with respect to its percentage of Black officers, and the percentage of officers actually living in the city (the next most frequent topic is the regularity of psychological evaluations post officer hiring).While the Baltimore City-weighted nature of the workgroup is understandable in light of the conditions that gave rise to it in the first place, it has the potential to undermine the work of the group as it looks to identify potential statewide law enforcement reforms (and it has already robbed the workgroup of a presentation on Montgomery County’s hiring and recruiting practices). One of the most common refrains from both legislators and law enforcement officials opposed to legislative reforms in this arena is that issues of police abuse and community disconnect are a Baltimore City problem that does not touch much the rest of the state, rendering statewide action unwarranted.“Why are we changing a law for Baltimore City that’s going to affect about 22,000 police officers, when you even mentioned it’s only a few bad apples in Baltimore City?” asked House Judiciary Committee member Del. John Cluster (R-Baltimore County) on March 12, while hearing testimony on House Bill 363, which would have created a new felony for police officers who commit, while on duty, a felony or misdemeanor carrying a potential sentence of one year or more.The question may as well have been rhetorical, and it encapsulated one of the more common attitudes in the General Assembly where law enforcement reform is concerned. The Public Safety and Policing Workgroup is supposed to be working towards developing recommended legislative reforms for consideration by the entire legislature come January, when the 2016 legislative session gets underway. But the make-up of the group, the preponderance of questions asked by the group’s members, and a history of treating law enforcement issues as Baltimore City specific problems not meriting statewide action could work to undermine the workgroup’s efforts.Workgroup member Del. Antonio Hayes (D-Baltimore City) admits he was “a little bit” worried that the group’s work could come off as Baltimore focused, but thinks that perception is mostly driven by our proximity to the Freddie Gray unrest and that it will recede with more hearings.“I think there is enough representation from various parts of the state, and some vocal members of the workgroup that represent different perspectives from around the state, whether it be law enforcement or some of the concerns that have been expressed by Baltimore City [representatives]. . . . But it’s been made pretty to the members of the committee that it’s a statewide workgroup looking at policing across the board,” said Hayes.last_img read more

Project Holodeck aims to produce best Star Trek holodeck yet

first_imgVirtual reality is what many people (including John Carmack) see gaming will eventually become–wearing a headset and being completely immersed in the experience. One team at the University of Southern California is hoping to bring true virtual reality to gaming sooner than you think.The team has been working on a system called Project Holodeck, which aims to re-create the holodeck from Star Trek as a fully working, 360 degree, full body virtual reality games system.The system combines three different technologies to make the set work: the Carmack-backed Oculus Rift headset for head mounted video, the PlayStation Move controller for tracking head movement, and the Razer Hydra for tracking body movements. These three systems combined create one system that allows complete immersion in a video game. Players can move around in a personal space (i.e running on the spot), but actually in the game world they’re moving around freely in a much larger space.Headsets like Sony’s HMZ-T1 have offered consumers an expensive glimpse of such a gaming setup, but the Holodeck team says the Oculus Rift system they use is much better and gives users full immersion, rather than just a floating TV screen. With the Oculus Rift, gamers get a stereoscopic 3D image that allows a 90 degree horizontal view and a 105 degree vertical view.The PS Move tracks head movements and feeds this information back to the Oculus Rift where the data is used to render a virtual 3D environment for the player. The Sixense Razer Hydra is for six-axis tracking and relies on the use of buttons and analog sticks because the team recognizes your hands are the most important input system.The game shown in the video is Dreamcast title Skies of Arcadia, but it is just for demonstration purposes and will eventually be replaced by a new game called Wild Skies being specially developed for the VR system using the Unity engine. It’s a co-op game where you pilot an airship. Using the system, players can steer the helm, fire a handgun, and use the throttle all by moving your body and hands.The Project Holodeck team hopes to show off the tech at conventions as well as launching a Kickstarter for the project very soon.More at Project Holodeck, via Eurogamerlast_img read more

EA Drops Prices for Star Wars Battlefront II Heroes by 75 After

first_imgStay on target EA Is Taking Another Crack at Single-Player Star Wars, Battlefront II6 Awesome Star Wars Video Games in Humble Bundle’s Huge May the 4th Sale Over the weekend, EA took to Reddit and attempted to justify the high price of heroes in Star Wars: Battlefront II. This didn’t go over well with gamers, who made the thread the most downvoted in Reddit history. After things reached a boiling point (more on that later), EA has taken measures to save face with fans.“Making games great comes from regular tuning. As one example, today we’re making a substantial change based on what we’ve seen during the Play First trial,” said EA on their official website. “There’s been a lot of discussion around a number of in-game credits (and time) it takes to unlock some of our heroes, especially Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Unlocking a hero is a great accomplishment in the game, something we want players to have fun earning. We used data from the beta to help set those levels, but it’s clear that more changes were needed.“So, we’re reducing the amount of credits needed to unlock the top heroes by 75%. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will now be available for 15,000 credits; Emperor Palpatine, Chewbacca, and Leia Organa for 10,000 credits; and Iden at 5,000 credits. Based on what we’ve seen in the trial, this amount will make earning these heroes an achievement, but one that will be accessible for all players.“It’s a big change, and it’s one we can make quickly. It will be live today, with an update that is getting loaded into the game.”While it’s great EA decided to change how Battlefront II‘s microtransactions work, it’s a shame things got so toxic. These days, it’s not enough for people to respectfully express their grievances with corporate entities. Instead, some think it’s perfectly acceptable to harass or even threaten the lives of developers. I’m obviously not going to defend EA’s monetization methods, but I can’t defend the actions of my fellow gamers either. This is unacceptable behavior.With this debacle out of the way, perhaps we can talk about what Star Wars: Battlefront II has to offer.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Siliguri train mows down 2 jumbos forest dept to lodge FIR against

first_imgDarjeeling: The Forest department will be lodging an FIR against the motorman of the Intercity Express train that mowed two elephants (mother and cub) in the Jalpaiguri district on Friday morning.The incident occurred at around 7:45 am in between Redbank Tea Estate and Debpara Tea Estate near Railway Pillar 875 and Banarhaat when a herd of elephants were crossing the tracks. The train runs between Siliguri Junction and Alipurduar.While the mother and the calf died on the spot, the rest of the herd moved into Dyna forest. “We have been constantly coordinating with the railways regarding elephant movement throughout the State. In the past, we have requested the railways to ensure that motormans exercise caution while driving through elephant corridors. It seems they have turned a deaf ear,” retorted Binay Krishna Burman, Forest Minister, Government of West Bengal.This year, four elephants have been mowed down by speeding trains (including these two elephants) in North Bengal.Since the conversion of the Jalpaiguri-Alipurduar railways track to broad gauge from meter gauge in 2004, 70 elephants have been killed.Ujjal Ghosh, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Northern Circle: “The area in which the elephants were mowed down is an established elephant corridor.On Thursday, we had informed the Railways of elephant movement in the area and even intimated them of the location. The elephants were mowed down 500 meters away from the area we had earmarked. Ironically, the accident happened in broad daylight. We will lodge an FIR against the engine motorman.”The railways have constituted an enquiry committee. “The committee after conducting a thorough enquiry will submit its report,” stated Chandravir Raman, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Alipurduar.He, however, stated that the motorman of the train had applied emergency brakes when the elephants appeared on the tracks suddenly.”There is speed restriction of 30 km per hour from 5 pm to 5 am. As the accident occurred after 5 am, there was no speed restriction in the region at the time of the accident,” added Raman.Forest employees complain that the train was at a high speed at the time of the incident.last_img read more

Asian Cup Aim is to advance from group stage says Constantine

first_imgKolkata: Indian football coach Stephen Constantine believes the team can make it out of the group stages of the forthcoming Asian Cup, a tournament in which the country has time and again failed to shine. “I honestly believe we can get out of the group and that is our target. Of course, we need to be on our game in all three games and we will take one game at a time,” Constantine told IANS from Abu Dhabi. In their previous three attempts, India’s best performance in the continental competition came 55 years ago when they finished runners-up. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life India had gained a direct qualification to the finals of the tournament in 1964 after several Western Zone teams pulled out due to political reasons. Under English coach Harry Wright, India had got the better of South Korea and Hong Kong to cement their second place in the four-nation round-robin format meet. The team had to wait 20 years to qualify for the finals again, and in both occasions (1984, 2011) bowed out of the group stages. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedUnder Constantine, the Sunil Chhetri-led side has done well in recent times, attaining close to an all-time-high FIFA ranking and qualifying for the finals of the Asian Cup as group-toppers ahead of Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Macau. The English-Cypriot coach, who is in his second stint with the national team, said the fact that they have the second youngest team in the competition augurs well for Indian football going ahead. “We are, in fact, the second youngest team in the Asian Cup and that is a huge plus for Indian football going forward as these boys now go into the future with the experience of a major event. “The experience of the older lads is also important and I am sure the youngsters will do India proud,” the 56-year old stated. In the lead up to the big-ticket meet, India have played China, Jordan and Oman in preparatory friendlies. Constantine had previously said the boys could do with a few more games with top Asian teams. “Yes, we could have done with a couple of more games but it wasn’t for the lack of trying…. it just didn’t happen. But we have had several very difficult games and overall I am happy with the way things are going,” the coach said when asked whether he is content with how things have shaped up. India are already in Abu Dhabi where they will take on Thailand on January 6 at the Al Nahyan Stadium. Constantine said it will act an as advantage. “It’s a big plus for us having been here a good two weeks before the first game against Thailand on January 6.” India played out a goalless draw against current Gulf Cup of Nations champions Oman after reaching here. Constantine said the result was encouraging ahead of the games but at the same time showed what they need to work on. “Well, after last night’s result against Oman there are always going to be a few things that we can work and we will look to do that before the Thailand game,”he concluded.last_img read more

VIDEO A frustrated Antonio Brown tossed a water cooler during sideline during

first_imgLike most NFL wide receivers, Antonio Brown always wants the ball. When Ben Roethlisberger missed him on what would have been a wide open touchdown pass against the Ravens yesterday, a frustrated Brown turned his displeasure into a sideline temper tantrum that saw him flip over a water cooler, and angrily shrug off offensive coordinator Todd Haley.Pittsburgh convincingly won the game, despite Brown going full diva. If Antonio ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.last_img

3D Printing Startup MakerBot Acquired for 403 Million

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Is 3-D printing the harbinger of the next industrial revolution? 3-D printing pioneer MakerBot certainly thinks so, and the company says it is poised to lead the charge into the future. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based startup has been acquired by and will merge with fellow 3-D printing company Stratasys.Under terms of the deal, MakerBot will be acquired for $403 million in Stratasys stock. MakerBot will operate as a separate subsidiary of Stratasys, which is based in Minneapolis. MakerBot co-founder and chief executive Bre Pettis will remain with the company.”We have an aggressive model for growth,” Pettis said in the announcement. “Partnering with Stratasys will allow us to supercharge our mission to empower individuals, and lead the next industrial revolution.”Related: How 3-D Printing Is Becoming a Game-Changer Across IndustriesNo longer solely the purview of makers, technological tinkerers, expensive laboratories and tech geeks, 3-D printing is quickly becoming the next big thing in technology, finding a significant foothold and making itself indispensible in industries ranging from medicine to tech accessories to farming.Stratasys specializes in professional-grade 3-D printers, while MakerBot’s products are more affordable for the general consumer. The merger should allow Stratasys to strengthen its position in the desktop 3-D printer market, while MakerBot will be able to utilize the larger company’s global infrastructure and leadership position in 3-D and additive manufacturing.Perhaps more importantly to the company’s loyal user base, MakerBot will be able to maintain the “spirit of collaboration” it has built with its users and partners. Thingiverse.com, MakerBot’s online portal for sharing user-generated digital-design content, is a significant draw for the company, with more than 500,000 unique visitors downloading a million files each month from the library of more than 90,000 3-D product files.The merger is expected to pass regulatory approvals and be in place by the third quarter.Related: MakerBot’s Bre Pettis on the Next Industrial RevolutionIn this video from 2011, Pettis talks about innovation and open-source hardware: June 20, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

China Birth limits still needed despite easing

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist BEIJING (AP) – China has no intention of abandoning family planning controls soon despite announcing it would ease the one-child policy, a government spokesman said Tuesday, adding that the policy could be loosened further in the future.Keeping China’s birth rates low remains a long-term priority for the country’s development, National Health and Family Planning Commission Spokesman Mao Qunan told foreign reporters during a briefing in Beijing. Asked if or when China would do away with family planning controls altogether, Mao said the policy would continue to be “adjusted and improved” but “as to when every family might be able to totally return to a natural state, I cannot predict this.”Mao says he expected the central government to continue to tinker with family planning controls according to population changes and public demands.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories “Family planning work, not just in the past, but even now with the adjustment of the policy, family planning is a national policy for China,” Mao said. “The control of population and keeping a low fertility rate is a long term mission.”The Communist Party announced Friday that it would allow couples to have two children if one of the parents is a single child. Previously, both parents had to be an only child to qualify for this exemption. Rural couples also are allowed two children if their first-born child is a girl.The spokesman said each province will roll out the new exception in its own timeframe depending on its own conditions. Experts estimate around 1 million extra births per year would occur in the first few years, on top of the 16 million babies born annually in China.The government credits the one-child policy with preventing hundreds of millions of births and helping lift countless families out of poverty by easing the strain on the country’s limited resources.But the abrupt fall in the birth rate is pushing up average age of the population of 1.3 billion people and demographers foresee a looming crisis because the policy reduced the young labor pool that must support the large baby boom generation as it retires. ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-875-9940 ErrorOK Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories LISTEN: David Johnson, Cardinals running back “I think we were at the mall just enjoying our little vacation in Florida, and the Cardinals called me like an hour before they pick, and they were asking me basically who else called me, and at the time no one else did,” he said. “They were just asking me who else called me, and I told them no, no one else. They just told me ‘hold tight and we’ll see what happens.’“I got the call like an hour later and they were like, ‘You’re a Cardinal.’ I was just excited, it was a dream come true and I was just so blessed to have an opportunity to come here.”In “All or Nothing,” as the Cardinals are leading up to choosing Johnson, the conversation in the room is about how the player was incredibly productive in college as both a runner and receiver.“He’s got great hands, and he’s a big back,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, adding he can do everything Andre Ellington can as a receiver but is a bigger player. “Pass blocks, and he’s a kickoff returner. I like him.”No matter how much the Cardinals liked him, though, it appears they did learn a lesson from their failed attempt to land Abdullah. A third-round pick out of Northern Iowa in 2015, he ran for 581 yards and eight touchdowns on 125 carries, caught 36 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns, and scored another time on a kick return.His 13 total touchdowns were the most in franchise history for a rookie, and by the end of the season he had taken hold of the team’s No. 1 running back job.The Cardinals are certainly happy to have him, though his presence on the roster may very well have been due to some bad luck ultimately working in the team’s favor.You see, as shown in the first episode of the Amazon series “All or Nothing,” the Cardinals had their sights set on a different running back, one they would take in the second-round of last year’s draft.The show shows vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough in the Cardinals’ draft war room on the phone with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) tries to elude Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 0 Comments   Share   The @AZCardinals had Ameer Abdullah on the phone.Then Detroit called. And they were on the clock. #AllorNothing https://t.co/LPQxApUVLQ— NFL (@NFL) June 30, 2016“So are we excited? I know we’ve done so much work on you, from all the times we talked to you, we definitely are one of the places you wanted to be,” he said. After getting burned by the Lions a round earlier, the Cardinals apparently made sure to tell Johnson that if any other teams gave him a call, the message was Arizona was never there.“I think so, I think they did,” he said when asked if he was instructed to lie — if necessary.Turns out it was not an issue. The Cardinals were the only organization that gave Johnson’s phone a ring.“I didn’t get any calls from any other team on draft day,” he said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The scene then shows GM Steve Keim, who is laughing and clapping.“We’ve been talking about this pick since the Combine,” he says, with team president Michael Bidwill adding he likes Abdullah “a lot.”Then, disaster strikes.Abdullah lets McDonough know the Detroit Lions are on the phone, and as a few profanities fly around the room, it is announced that yes, the Lions chose the running back at pick No. 54. The Cardinals rebounded and chose Missouri linebacker Markus Golden at pick No. 58, and then, the next round, landed Johnson with pick No. 86.Abdullah ran for 597 yards and two touchdowns on 143 carries, while adding another 183 yards and one score on 25 receptions. Golden finished his rookie season with 37 total tackles, four sacks, five tackles for loss, 16 QB pressures and 14 QB hits.It’s safe to say things worked out pretty well for the Cardinals. The cliche “it’s better to be lucky than good” may apply, though no doubt the team choosing Johnson was not entirely based on luck.Of course, Johnson would have had no idea about the team’s interest in Abdullah a round earlier, nor would he probably care. The only thing that mattered was he was picked, and as he told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, he had tried to avoid watching the draft so that he would not get frustrated. Everyone knows how much of a crapshoot the NFL Draft is.Teams do the best they can to grab talent, but even with all the resources they spend — money, time, energy — the reality is things rarely go 100 percent according to plan.Often times, the random nature of the draft leads to players not living up to their draft status.  Sometimes, a player not only lives up to it, but surpasses it.The Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson belongs in the latter group.last_img read more