Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,552.06, up 67.74 points)Katanga Mining Limited. (TSX:KAT). Miner. Down 88 cents, or 49.16 per cent, to 91 cents on 10.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 26 cents, or 5.31 per cent, to $5.16 on 8.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up one cents, or 0.25 per cent, to $4.01 on 8.7 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 59 cents, or 6.85 per cent, to $8.02 on 6.9 million shares.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down 16 cents, or 0.88 per cent, to $18.08 on 6.6 million shares.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 6.71 per cent, to $1.59 on 5.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Maxar Technologies (TSX:MAXR). Technology. Down 26 cents, or 0.45 per cent, to $57.87 on 140,028 shares. The president of Canadarm-builder MDA says setting up the company’s parent firm in the United States won’t have any impact on jobs in Canada. In October 2017, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, based in Richmond, B.C., became Maxar Technologies Ltd. after it acquired DigitalGlobe, an American satellite imaging company. Maxar’s headquarters were in San Francisco before recently moving to Westminster, Colo.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.31 per cent, to $6.49 on 1.8 million shares. The oilsands producer says co-founder Bill McCaffrey will be retiring from his role as CEO as well as from the board of directors following its annual general meeting on May 31. The Calgary-based company says director Harvey Doerr is to act as interim CEO while it searches for a permanent replacement.last_img read more

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Top UN relief official visits Ethiopias volatile Ogaden region

27 November 2007The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator arrived in Ethiopia today to visit the strife-torn Ogaden region where over 640,000 people are in urgent need of food, water, medical supplies and other assistance. “This was a valuable opportunity to get an impression for myself of the situation on the ground, and to see the work the UN team has already done to confront the serious humanitarian challenges in the region,” said Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. Humanitarian conditions have worsened in the region in the past several months due to fighting between the Ethiopian National Defence Forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the world body has dispatched more than 7,300 metric tonnes of food to the five military zones in the region. Preparations are also being finalized to deploy 15 mobile health teams including 10 in the area of conflict. Mr. Holmes discussed how the UN can further help during meetings with local officials in the regional capital of Jijiga. He also discussed ways to improve the humanitarian situation in Ogaden with representatives of the UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the area. From Jijiga, Mr. Holmes travelled to Kabridehar, where the UN recently established a field presence, and met with government officials, UN staff and NGO personnel to discuss the main needs in the area and how to address them, as well as the challenges that affect relief operations. Mr. Holmes said he plans to raise the issues of access and freedom of commercial activity in his meetings with senior Ethiopian officials, including the Prime Minister, tomorrow in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa. He is also scheduled to meet the chief of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and heads of UN agencies before departing the country for Sudan, the next leg of his current three-nation tour which will also include a stop in Kenya for talks on massive displacement in neighbouring Somalia. read more

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UN Data Forum explores ways to improve and modernize national statistical systems

“Success requires that all communities represented in this room fulfill a critical role and find ways to work together and create partnerships and synergies,” Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said at the opening plenary of the UN World Data Forum under way in the South African city of Cape Town.Mr. Wu stressed that accurate, reliable, timely and disaggregated data is essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted at a UN summit in September 2015. “This Forum takes place at a crucial time for strengthening data and statistical capacity around the world. We have begun the second year of implementing the 2030 Agenda, an agenda that will guide international development efforts and national policy making through 2030,” he said.In particular, National Statistical Offices (NSOs) have a key role to play, and therefore it is also essential to strengthen national statistical capacities in countries where financial and human resources for statistics are lacking, he added. The Forum will also serve as a launching pad where diverse data producers and users can get behind the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data, which will be formally approved by the UN Statistical Commission at its 48th session in March this year. This Plan calls for the full, active and focused commitment of government, policy leaders and the international community to undertake key actions under six strategic areas: coordination and strategic leadership; innovation and modernization of national statistical systems; strengthening of statistical systems; dissemination of data on sustainable development; building of partnerships; and mobilization of resources. In addition to the opening plenary, titled ‘Harnessing the Power of Data for Sustainable Development,’ today’s events included sessions on big data innovations; state of the art in data visualizations and dashboards to support the 2030 Agenda; rethinking capacity development; recent initiatives to improve capacity on migration and refugee statistics; and integrating human rights with data collection and dissemination. read more

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UN aid chief calls for access funds to prevent spread of South

Stephen O’Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, travelled to Ganyiel, Southern Unity state, considered one of the most violent areas in the fight for political control of the country.Among the people he met was a starving boy whose grandmother carried him through waist-high swamp to get away from the fighting. His parents are apparently missing. “1000s similar. Horrendous,” Mr. O’Brien wrote on social media, posting a number of photos of people who had fled the fighting and sexual violence. Humanitarian partners, such as the International Red Cross, are setting up clinics directly in the swamps to reach more people, he noted. Some people with nothing to eat survived by chewing on water lilies.“Millions of people prevented from receiving aid by parties to conflict. Immoral, unlawful and unacceptable. We need access now,” Mr. O’Brien has said. He is in South Sudan to see first-hand the critical humanitarian situation and the response which his agency, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is assisting.RELATED: Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UNThe UN declared a famine in parts of South Sudan on 20 February, increasingly blaming the lack of food and the collapsing economy on the rival forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing Riek Machar.A formal declaration of famine means that people have already started dying of hunger. About 100,000 people are facing starvation, and an additional one million are on the brink of a famine, according to the UN. The total number of food insecure people is expected to rise to 5.5 million at the height of the lean season in July if nothing is done to curb the severity and spread of the food crisis.The situation is worsened for the 3.4 million Sudanese, some of whom Mr. O’Brien met today, who have been displaced and separated from their families.Humanitarian organizations have appealed for $1.6 billion to provide life-saving assistance and protection to some 5.8 million people across South Sudan in 2017.Mr. O’Brien came to South Sudan from Kenya and previously, from Yemen. He is next scheduled to visit Somalia. read more

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William Bill Pero

November 28. 1933 – May 25, 2019William “Bill” Pero, 85 of Jerome, ID, passed away on May 25, 2019 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID. He was born November 28, 1933 in Castle Gate, UT to Philip and Catherine Pero. He grew up in Price, UT and attended schools there.Following his Army service in Germany, he graduated from Western State in Gunnison, CO with a BA in Business Administration. He worked for Hercules in Salt Lake City, UT. Bill accepted a transfer with Hercules and moved the family to VA. He returned to Utah in 1982 and worked for Deseret G & T.On September 2, 1983 Bill married Roberta Johnson in Vernal, UT. He retired from Deseret in 1995 and they moved to Hayden, CO. In August 2014, Bill and Roberta moved to Jerome, ID.Bill was a Master Woodworker and enjoyed time in his shop crafting beautiful pieces for his family, friends, and many others. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Twin Falls, ID. Bill was a 20-year member of The American Legion, past Commander of Post 89 in Hayden, CO and a member of Post 46 in Jerome. He was also a member of VFW Post 3001 in Jerome. Bill was very honored to serve on the Honor Guard for Veteran funerals.Survivors include wife, Roberta of Jerome; son, Stephen (Robin), Brooksville, FL; David (Donna), Dunedin, FL; Andrea Cress (Doug), Wesley Chapel, FL; step-children: Peggy Bourne (Dave), Jerome, ID; Beverly Reynolds (Bill), Vernal, UT; Jeanne May (Shaun), Mineola, TX; and Kirby Johnson (Stacey), Tucson, AZ; aunt, Ruby Tunno of Salt Lake City, UT; nephew, James Kaye (Karen), Salt Lake City, UT;  16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  All of Papa’s family will miss him very much.A Celebration of Life will be held for Bill on June 29, 2019 with Military Honors at Jerome Cemetery at 10:00 am, with a memorial service to follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Twin Falls at 11:30 am and a luncheon following the service.Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Bill’s memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com. read more

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RGIII Falling Out of Good Graces of Many Redskins

Want to learn how tough Robert Griffin III is? How he handles the next week, amid criticism and mounting calls for backup Kirk Cousins, will go a long way to determining that critical question for the Washington Redskins’ quarterback.In just two weeks, Griffin–the darling of D.C., if not the NFL after a thrilling rookie season–has learned how quickly fans can turn on you when you do not produce. Following a second straight sorry start to games, both losses, the message boards and sports talk shows in D.C. are flooded with calls for Griffin to sit down until healthy in place of his backup, Cousins.Comments like, “Cousins gives us the best chance to win,” and “Robert Griffin is not the same guy. . . yet. He’s not that guy.”The case against Griffin is tangible. The Redskins fell behind significantly in the season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and trailed the Green Bay Packers 24-0 in Sunday’s 38-20 loss on the road. In each case, Griffin looked timid in his throwing motion, favoring his surgically repaired knee that kept him sidelined all of the preseason.“If I’ve got to do a little bit more to clean up that sloppiness,” he said Sunday, “then I’ll do it. . . I don’t point the finger at anybody else. Whatever goes on on that field, I’m responsible for that.”He added: “I’m not afraid to sit here and say, ‘Put that on my shoulders,’ ” Griffin said. “I’ll take that. We didn’t start fast because of me.”What made Griffin RGIII was his ability to escape the pocket with his mobility and gain yards as a runner, making him a double threat that crossed up defenses last season. By design or by choice, Griffin hardly uses his legs as an asset, making him predictable and easier to defend. The results have been the Redskins falling behind to insurmountable deficits.Hence, many are left to wonder if Griffin truly is healthy enough to lead the team at this point. He can point to the second half numbers as proof of his effectiveness. But most of the respectable final number he posted came when the opponents went into the so-called prevent defense, backing off and allowing receivers to catch the ball in front of them.The consensus is that Griffin is not healthy enough to run and is scared to run because of his knee, and it has stifled the offense. To wit: he rushed 8 1/2 times a game last season. In the two games this year, he has run the ball just four times a game.In 2012, Griffin averaged 8½ rushes in games he started and finished. He has averaged four runs a game. And his absence as a running possibility minimizes the team’s offensive creativity.“I’m not just going to run just to show people that I’m back,” Griffin said Sunday. “I think that’s stupid.”It’s not viable that he is the same player when he passes 49 times as he did Sunday and 40 the opening week.For sure, not playing in the preseason has hurt; Griffin looks more rusty than anything else. But the health concerns are legitimate. His passing motion is muted–he does not step through the throwing motion to get the proper velocity on the ball.Still, the cries for Cousins are pointless; Griffin is the man and will be, barring injury. It’s just a matter of when he gets more confidence in his ability to run and plant on the knee as he passes that will determine when his legion of fans return en masse. read more

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Debtors owing emergency property tax to face fines

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Property owners who have failed to pay any instalments of the emergency property tax (EETA) that is levied via electricity bills face the risk of being classified as debtors to the state and fined accordingly, Greece’s largest power company said this week.In a statement released on Tuesday, Public Power Corporation (PPC) said debtors’ names will be forwarded to the Finance Ministry as stipulated by law.July 25 is the deadline for meeting any outstanding debts, the statement said.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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GreekCypriot doctor on trial for saving his own daughter

first_imgGreek-Cypriot Dr Jack Kerry (Kyriacou), a doctor who gave CPR to his daughter in his clinic two years ago following a heroin overdose, is on trial for treating his daughter and saving her life. He rushed to his daughter despite evidence that her friend, 43-year-old Luke Pike, who was with her at the time, and had also overdosed on heroin, was in a worse physical state than her.Athena Kyriacou survived but Lucas Pike could not be revived and died shortly after.Dr Kerry won’t speak publicly about what actually took place at his clinic on 4 March, 2016, after finding his daughter and her friend on his clinic’s floor but during the South Australian Coroner’s Court hearing on Thursday, the doctor was repeatedly asked to explain why he continued CPR on his daughter while she still had a pulse, despite evidence that Pike was in a worse physical state than her.“Fatherly instinct. I went straight to my daughter,” he responded.“You did so even though Mr Pike appeared to be in a far worse state than your daughter?” he was asked.“Yes,” Dr Kerry responded adding that he thought that Pike had had a cardiac arrest.“One look at him. His lips were blue…his face was a reddish hue, not moving at all. I thought he was dead.”The court also heard that the heroin was injected by the pair’s friend Mark Campbell.Dr Kerry denied removing evidence of the drug used from the scene (including syringes) and told the court Mark Campbell left the room with the syringe in his hand and returned less than a minute later without it.“Fatherly instinct; I went straight to my daughter,” said Dr Jack Kerry“I believed he was guilty of the crime – administering heroin to two innocent people,” Dr Kerry said.Athena Kyriacou, aged 30In a statement to police, Dr Kerry’s daughter Athena Kyriacou, aged 30, revealed that her brother — and Dr Kerry’s only son — had previously died of a drug overdose 11 years ago.Giving evidence on Wednesday, Ms Kyriacou said both Pike and Campbell, who passed away in 2017, were patients of her father’s and that Campbell had connections to her late brother.Some of the questions put to Dr Kerry by Counsel assisting the coroner, Naomi Kereru, were of behalf of Pike’s father, brother and sister, who also attended the inquest that is expected to finish on Friday.Members of the Greek and Cypriot community as well as the broader South Australian community have taken on social media to express their support towards Dr. Kerry, noting that he did “what any parent would do in a similar situation.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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TShirt Tuesday Best Star Wars Shirts

first_img T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Hulk ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Fortnite Shirts Stay on target Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: eleven sweet-ass shirts inspired by the most popular sci-fi franchise of the modern age.Bounty HunterThere are some insanely talented artists out there making shirts. First up: beastpop, who fuses Boba Fett with Speed Racer in a colorful, painterly style to produce one of the coolest images of the legendary bounty hunter we’ve ever seen. Fett has been one of the Star Wars universe’s most popular characters since debuting as part of the ill-remembered Holiday Special, and this shirt just reminds us why – his design manages to walk the line between iconic simplicity and lived-in detail with aplomb. Just a really sweet shirt here that wouldn’t be out of place on a van in the mid-1980s.$20, buy it here.Casualties Of WarsIt’s easy to forget with all of the family-friendly stuff in the universe like Ewoks and LEGO Star Wars games that it actually has “war” right there in the title, and war is hell. Designer locustyears hasn’t forgotten that, as evidenced by this shirt depicting all of the limbs that have been severed on-screen in the original trilogy. Starting with C3PO’s original gold arm, we also see Ponda Baba’s arm (cut off by Obi-Wan), the Wampa arm taken by Luke Skywalker, and then the hands of both Luke and Darth Vader.$20, buy it here.Thrash VaderThe Sith Lord and heavy metal – two great tastes that go great together. This badass design from thrashwolf takes Darth Vader’s severed head and decks it out with all kinds of awesome signifiers, from tattoos and piercings to slime dripping from the mouthpiece. It’s a totally individualistic design on the iconic villain that hits our sweet spot here at Geek HQ. Bang the heads that do not bang – even if you have to use the Force to do it.$20, buy it here.Rebel RebelThe loss of Carrie Fisher is a huge one for the Star Wars franchise and the world in general. She was a truly unique actress who didn’t give a damn about what anybody thought of her, and that attitude made its way to the screen in fine form. Many artists took to shirts to memorialize her after her death, but our favorite design is courtesy of DastardlyApparel, who mashed Leia up with David Bowie’s iconic Ziggy Stardust album cover to create a fine tribute to the General.$20, buy it here.Millennium Falcon Targeting ComputerThe great thing about the original Star Wars trilogy is that even though they’re creeping up on half a century old, they don’t look all that dated. George Lucas and crew’s production design managed to come up with hardware and software that felt real and lived-in, and even though real world technology has outpaced it by leaps and bounds, it all still makes sense. This minimalist design from gt14199 is a fine example – the Millennium Falcon’s vector graphic targeting display. This primitive display has become a lesser-known Star Wars icon, and it looks great on a shirt.$20, buy it here.Like A BosskOne of the best things about the Star Wars universe is the sheer number of minor characters floating around, each with their own lore and backstory. No matter how obscure you are, there’s somebody out there who loves you. Case in point: artist blairjcampbell‘s tribute to Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk, which takes the pose from R. Crumb’s classic “Keep On Truckin” image and transplants it into a galaxy far away. It’s a deeply silly design that makes us laugh every time we see it.$20, buy it here.Love Will Tear Us ApartThe image of Han Solo encased in a block of Carbonite is one of the Star Wars franchise’s most indelible concepts, a remarkably scary fate for such a light-hearted character. Designer brentbaldwin takes the much-parodied cover image from Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album and reshapes the waveforms to outline Captain Solo’s frozen form. It’s going to take a second for the average person to get what’s going on here, but the punchline is totally worth it.$20, buy it here.Watercolor StormtrooperIt’s crazy to think how many of Lucasfilm’s designs still hold up after decades of use. The all-white Stormtrooper uniform is a perfect example. Sure, it seems ridiculous for an intergalactic fighting force to go with white (especially after Labor Day), but somehow the overall visual design of the franchise makes it work. Maybe it’s the stark contrast with the weathered, lived-in look of everything else. This watercolor by ILoresart adds a little splash of color to bring out the detailing in the helmet, and we really dig it.$20, buy it here.C3PCrow & Tom2Serv2Name a more iconic pair. I’ll wait. C3PO is the only character to appear in every Star Wars movie, and this clever little mashup from RoguePlanets fuses him and R2-D2 with another iconic duo of droids – Tom Servo and Crow from the recently reanimated Mystery Science Theater 3000. Is it just a coincidence that both franchises came back from the dead at around the same time? Or are there powerful hands pulling the strings behind the scenes? Whatever the reason, this is a geeky T-shirt that is absolutely perfect.$20, buy it here.Yub NubsPopular opinion on the Ewoks is… mixed, to put it mildly, with some considering them the precursor to Jar-Jar Binks and the infantilization of the franchise. We’re of two minds about Endor’s fuzzy little guerrillas, but we have to give props to wytrab8‘s hilarious diner-style design featuring Wicket advertising the best yub nubs the galaxy has to offer. The facial expression here is worth the cost of the T-shirt all by itself.$20, buy it here.Visit TatooineThe twin suns of Tatooine were one of the earliest images George Lucas had produced for Star Wars from illustrator Ralph McQuarrie, and the desert planet has featured in more of the movies than any other world. Unfortunately, there’s not all that much to do there, which is why the Chamber of Commerce presumably paid FloresArts to make this stylish shirt and get tourism up there. Designed like a classic ’70s souvenir shop tee, it’s a low-key way to pledge your love for the franchise.$20, buy it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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The Darkly Comic Economics of Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

first_imgStay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG After waiting for most of this year, and the entire lifespan of the Nintendo Switch so far, Nintendo has at long last released its next mobile game: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. Ever since Nintendo announced that Animal Crossing would be their next franchise going to mobile, it has arguably been the company’s most anticipated smartphone release. And it’s finally here!Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes maintained some of what made their original franchises so beloved, but had to alter themselves in significant ways to make sense on phones and tablets. Meanwhile, Miitomo wasn’t even a game, it was a Nintendo-themed social networking app. But core Animal Crossing games are naturally about casually living your life, checking in on your town every day, and socializing. The formula is a perfect fit for mobile. Just look at how well it has worked on handhelds.However, from what we’ve initially played Pocket Camp isn’t just a straight port of the Animal Crossing we all know and love now but now on iOS and Android. It’s not as radical a spin-off as, say, Happy Home Designer or Amiibo Festival. But the subtle shifts they’ve made to the template are still pretty fascinating.The game uses the camp metaphor to position itself as sort of your “home away from home,” your way to enjoy Animal Crossing in both the virtual and literal great outdoors since you can play it anywhere, everywhere, and every time you have your phone. Set up your campsite. Gather different materials to craft new goodies. Attract animal friends. Hang out with your real friends.It’s all typical Animal Crossing stuff, but the game is more compartmentalized. Instead of exploring the expansive world to find minerals or bugs along the way, you visit a scaled-down area dedicated to that resource chosen from a map. That more direct, menu-heavy management looks very much like a mobile game.Pocket Camp also introduces its own new ideas to Animal Crossing. You can change your skin tone! Instead of having a home you live in an RV with an interior and exterior to customize, accurate for our modern economy. You can even get it tuned up by some good pigeon mechanics. The game also has a Stardew Valley-esque explicit friendship meter, showing you just how bonded you are to these animals. Maybe you can marry Isabelle???But let’s not forget that this is a free-to-play mobile game, and Pocket Camp’s biggest (but not necessarily best) changes to Animal Crossing stems from that decision. Timers prevent you from doing any task too quickly unless you speed them up with “Leaf Tickets,” in-game currency that costs actual money even if they are handed out somewhat generously.That’s bad, but the one silver lining to Animal Crossing embracing microtransactions is the darkly comic way it ties in with the franchise’s existing lore. One of Nintendo’s biggest strengths as a developer is using characters as anthropomorphized ways of easily explaining some tricky gameplay mechanics.Watch rabbits jump up walls in Super Metroid before doing it yourself. 3D cameras and targeting can initially be tough to wrap your head around, but Lakitu holding a camera in Super Mario 64 or Navi locking onto enemies in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are cute and entertaining and immediately make sense.Tying gameplay to characters also lets Nintendo maintain its preferred story-to-gameplay ratio, with gameplay being much more prominent. Occasionally we’ll get something like the touching, but super depressing, gameplay-free, secret Rosalina storyline in Super Mario Galaxy, but those are rare exceptions.Animal Crossing uses this method constantly. It’s a game entirely about anthropomorphization. You don’t just go to the museum or get your clothes customized or play the stalk market. You visit Blathers and The Able Sisters and Joan. The gameplay and characters are joined at the hip.Just look at my favorite Animal Crossing character, Mr. Resetti. He serves a real gameplay purpose, wasting players’ time to actively discourage them from resetting the game and breaking the illusion of a life sim. But he does so in a way that’s funny and not too aggressive, upsetting, or out of line with the game’s chill tone. I wonder how he’ll pop up in a mobile game that autosaves to the cloud?But the king of characters-as-concepts in Animal Crossing is Tom Nook. He controls your house. He controls your finances. He controls the store you buy so many vital things from. Tons of video games have trinkets for you to buy, but few connect them all back to a single character as greedy, authoritative, but still totally charming as this droopy-eyed furry raccoon dog plutocrat. His operations have only grown bigger throughout the games.And in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, you can now pay Tom Nook real money. Not just some of your real money. This isn’t a Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball situation where the in-app purchases are finite. In true modern mobile game fashion, you can theoretically pay Tom Nook an infinite amount of your actual money to get more fake money you’ll pay him with, too. It’s terrifying and yet hilarious and beautiful in its cold cyclical perfection.So hold on to your wealth while you still can because it will be Tom Nook’s soon enough now that Animal Crossing Pocket Camp has launched on iOS and Android devices. 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Bayern Munich president defends struggling Kovac

first_imgUli Hoeness insists that he will defend coach Niko Kovac to the end following Bayern Munich’s recent slump in formThe Bavarians have now gone four games without a win in all competitions following Saturday’s shock 3-0 home defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.Bayern are four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund in sixth-place in the Bundesliga table with Kovac now under immense pressure to turn around their fortunes.But the Croatian, who replaced the retired Jupp Heynckes in the summer, has a key ally in his corner as he bids to get Bayern back on track.“I will defend Niko Kovac until the end,” Hoeness told Kicker. “We are completely calm.”Former Bayern midfielder Dietmar Hamann agrees that Kovac is not responsible for Bayern’s decline in form, but did question the attitude of the players.“Niko Kovac is being taken apart, put under fire for something that he can’t help at all,” he told TZ.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“There are almost exclusively very young or very old players. I think it’s wrong to blame the coach for that now. I hope they stick with Kovac.“This team doesn’t fit together in terms of character. Some players are putting their own interest over that of the team.“I can imagine that some players have gone to see the bosses. These players always find excuses and alibis. These are very, very bad times.”Kovac has won seven of his 11 games in charge of Bayern, who will next face Wolfsburg away on October 20 in the Bundesliga.Primus @BVB, gleich vier Teams nur drei Punkte dahinter. Die #Bundesliga-Tabelle 👇 pic.twitter.com/FEHGPvFzhy— BUNDESLIGA (@Bundesliga_DE) October 7, 2018last_img read more

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Leave Grace Bay Beach alone Residents sound off against taller resorts for

first_img TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Aug 2015 – ‘Do not touch Grace Bay Beach, it is a jewel’… a passionate plea, supported by some applause during that town hall meeting held last night to discuss the increase in resort building height along Grace Bay Beach. The Government team presenting, led by Finance and Investment Minister, Hon Washington Misick was chided for a number of things including having a poor power point presentation, for not being more proactive in already developing policies to protect Turks and Caicos Islanders for jobs and small business opportunities on the strip, for constantly shifting the goal posts on what heights are allowed or not allowed, for not yet coining a national development plan and for apparently already making up their minds about the proposal. There were a few presentations which contend that the development on the sandy shore of the award winning beach makes it environmentally risky; one presentation claims that that the sand shifts from time to time. There was no environmental impact study provided at the meeting. Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Recommended for you Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Related Items:12 storey building, residents, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Voters must get full 12 Hours

first_img Final seat goes to new opposition party PNP Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 15, 2016 – Royal Robinson, PNP Natl Chairman reminds that time lost due to the late opening of any polling place must be made up at the end.  The Ordinance calls for 12 hours of voting and stipulates that Electors must get those 12 hours.All polls opened late according to reports reaching Magnetic Media.  In the Bight, the voting center at Tropicana Show & Supper Club did not open until 7:45am so by law it should close at 7:45pm, says the former Minister and MP. Election Observer Mission reports to Press Change for Turks and Caicos, PDM is New Government Recommended for youcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#PollsOpen Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PollsOpen, #tcigeneralelections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Blackbody radiation induces attractive force stronger than gravity

first_img Quantum thermodynamics: A better understanding of how atoms soak up their surroundings Explore further The scientists, M. Sonnleitner at the University of Innsbruck and Innsbruck Medical University in Austria, M. Ritsch-Marte at Innsbruck Medical University, and H. Ritsch at the University of Innsbruck, have published their paper on the attractive blackbody force stemming from blackbody radiation in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.The underlying basis of the new force has actually been known for at least half a century: blackbody radiation shifts the atomic energy levels of nearby atoms and molecules. In these “Stark shifts,” the ground state of the atom or molecule is shifted to a lower energy by an amount that is roughly proportional to the fourth power of the blackbody’s temperature. That is, the hotter the blackbody, the larger the shift. While this much has been known, however, the potential repercussions of these energy shifts have been overlooked until now. In the new study, the scientists have for the first time shown that the Stark shifts induced by blackbody radiation can combine to generate an attractive optical force that dominates the blackbody’s own repulsive radiation pressure. This means that, despite its outgoing radiative energy flow, a hot finite-sized sphere actually attracts rather than repels neutral atoms and molecules, under most conditions.”The most important result is that we point out that radiation forces typically associated with lasers in the lab also exist for every source of thermal radiation,” Sonnleitner told Phys.org. “The interplay between these two forces—a typically attractive gradient force versus repulsive radiation pressure—is routinely considered in quantum optics laboratories, but it was overlooked that this also shows up with thermal light sources.”As the scientists explain, this attraction occurs because atoms and molecules whose ground states are shifted to lower energy levels are drawn toward regions of higher radiation intensity—in this case, blackbodies. The scientists calculated the strength of the attractive force, and discovered some interesting things. First, the force decays with the third power of the distance from the blackbody. Second, the force is stronger for smaller objects. Third, the force is stronger for hotter objects, up to a point. At above a few thousand degrees Kelvin, the force changes from attraction to repulsion. In their study, the scientists showed that the blackbody force of a dust grain at a temperature of 100 K is much stronger than the dust grain’s gravitational attraction. However, for a massive star at a temperature of 6000 K, the blackbody force is much weaker than the gravitational force. The discovery that blackbody radiation can impart an overall attractive force on nearby objects could have great significance for many astrophysical scenarios, in particular the interaction between interstellar gas and dust grains. The findings could also have applications in experimental set-ups, such as the effects of hot microstructured surfaces in vacuum chambers. However, the scientists note that the attractive blackbody force will be difficult to measure in the lab because it will be very weak under typical laboratory conditions.”Since the forces are very weak, they beat gravity only for small particles such as cosmic dust,” Sonnleitner said. “These sub-micron-sized grains play an important role in the formation of planets and stars or in astro-chemistry. Apparently there are some open questions on how they interact with surrounding hydrogen gas or with each other. Right now we are exploring how this additional attractive force affects the dynamics of atoms and dust.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Blackbody radiation induces attractive force stronger than gravity (2013, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-blackbody-stronger-gravity.html © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved.center_img More information: M. Sonnleitner, et al. “Attractive Optical Forces from Blackbody Radiation.” PRL 111, 023601 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.023601 An artist’s view of the interaction between an atom and a hot blackbody. Due to the attractive blackbody force, the atom is pulled toward the blackbody. Credit: M. Sonnleitner, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society Perfectly non-reflective objects, called blackbodies, produce blackbody radiation when at a uniform temperature. Although the properties of blackbody radiation depend on the blackbody’s temperature, this radiation has always been thought to have a net repulsive effect. Now in a new study, scientists have theoretically shown that blackbody radiation induces a second force on nearby atoms and molecules that is usually attractive and, quite surprisingly, even stronger than the repulsive radiation pressure. Consequently, the atoms and molecules are pulled toward the blackbody surface by a net attractive force that can be even stronger than gravity. The new attractive force—which the scientists call the “blackbody force”—suggests that a variety of astrophysical scenarios should be revisited. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Study suggests costs of building flood protection from global warming far less

first_img Explore further Citation: Study suggests costs of building flood protection from global warming far less than flood repair (2014, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-global.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Global warming, it appears, is here to stay, thus, it’s time, the researchers suggest, to start making plans for dealing with the inevitable flooding that will occur as ocean levels rise due to warmer water and melting snow and ice. They note that approximately a billion people currently live in areas that are likely to be at risk—low-lying coastal areas. And since it’s not likely that towns and cities will be moved farther inland, other measures need to be taken. They note that flood prevention strategies are well established, e.g. building levees, barrier islands, etc., thus it’s not difficult to draw up estimates for such schemes for individual areas. What is difficult is convincing municipalities to spend billions of dollars on preventing floods that won’t occur for many years.To make their point, the researchers highlight the high financial toll that floods take, compared to the relatively small investment costs for flood prevention. As one example, they note that one highly developed coastal urban area could see damages reaching to nearly $20 trillion annually—as in every single year. To offer a comparison, they note that the GDP for the United States as a whole is roughly $17 trillion a year. Clearly it would be cheaper to prevent the flooding in the first place.The researchers acknowledge that costs for putting in flood control measures in different parts of the world could vary dramatically, but suggest that regardless, it would almost certainly be cheaper than enduring endless flooding. The key is in recognizing what the future holds and making plans for it, rather than taking a wait-and-see approach.As one additional note of caution, the researchers also remind urban planners that history has shown that not all flood prevention efforts succeed as envisioned, and when they fail, catastrophic events can occur as a result—quite often due to building in a flood plain out of an exaggerated sense of security. More information: Coastal flood damage and adaptation costs under 21st century sea-level rise, Jochen Hinkel, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1222469111AbstractCoastal flood damage and adaptation costs under 21st century sea-level rise are assessed on a global scale taking into account a wide range of uncertainties in continental topography data, population data, protection strategies, socioeconomic development and sea-level rise. Uncertainty in global mean and regional sea level was derived from four different climate models from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5, each combined with three land-ice scenarios based on the published range of contributions from ice sheets and glaciers. Without adaptation, 0.2–4.6% of global population is expected to be flooded annually in 2100 under 25–123 cm of global mean sea-level rise, with expected annual losses of 0.3–9.3% of global gross domestic product. Damages of this magnitude are very unlikely to be tolerated by society and adaptation will be widespread. The global costs of protecting the coast with dikes are significant with annual investment and maintenance costs of US$ 12–71 billion in 2100, but much smaller than the global cost of avoided damages even without accounting for indirect costs of damage to regional production supply. Flood damages by the end of this century are much more sensitive to the applied protection strategy than to variations in climate and socioeconomic scenarios as well as in physical data sources (topography and climate model). Our results emphasize the central role of long-term coastal adaptation strategies. These should also take into account that protecting large parts of the developed coast increases the risk of catastrophic consequences in the case of defense failure. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img © 2014 Phys.org Changing landscapes, not global warming, to blame for increased flood risk Flooding in Key Haven caused by hurricane Wilma on 10/24/2005. Credit: Marc Averette/Wikipedia (Phys.org) —A team of researches with members from several European countries has concluded that it would be far more cost effective for most coastal area economies to employ flood prevention strategies rather than simply pay to clean up after flooding that occurs due to global warming. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe likely flooding scenarios in the future as ocean levels rise due to global warming and the possible costs of building structures to prevent flood damage.last_img read more

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Residents still suffering after 2012 hailstorm

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!,DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite It’s been almost 4 years now since the devastating December 2012 hailstorm in which hundreds of houses were badly damaged, and some people are still suffering.“About 300 houses in Steadville have not been fixed, after the municipality promised the people that repairs would be carried out at some stage,” said Mr Nkomonde.Steadville resident Mr Nkomonde called the Ladysmith Gazette to plead for help, as he says his house is still in a terrible condition as a result of the 2012 storm.“My house is in a bad state! It’s going for the 4th year since the hailstorm occurred and nobody seems to be interested in helping us. Service delivery is a total myth, there is no such thing, otherwise our houses would have been fixed a long time ago,” says an outraged Mr Nkomonde.On behalf of all the residents with destroyed homes, he issues a plea to the municipality to assess the houses and come up with a way forward. “Human beings cannot live in these conditions. Something must be done about it as soon as possible,” laments Mr Nkomonde.last_img read more

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Pandas to boost Malaysian tourism

first_imgChinas decision to loan two of its pandas to Malaysia will stimulate the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said.Dr Ng said once the Pandas were brought to Malaysia they would attract many international tourists to the country, Asiaone reported.“I expect an influx of tourists from countries like Indonesia and Singapore,” Dr Ng said.Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak requested from his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao that the two pandas be loaned to the country during his visit to Nanning in April 2012.Dr Ng said that the pair of pandas would be well looked after, adding that the female panda was fertile.“We are hopeful it will be able to produce baby pandas during its ten year stay here,” Dr Ng said.In other news, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia is planning to capture more investments from China, especially in the telecommunications, transportation, construction and steel manufacturing fields.“We are delighted too that China has invited Malaysia to tap the halal products market in Ning Xia,” The deputy Prime Minister said.“I do hope that more joint venture projects will be undertaken both in Malaysia and China in the future.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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HUD Scorecard Home Sales Rise Prices Dip

first_imgHUD Scorecard: Home Sales Rise, Prices Dip in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Share July 5, 2011 440 Views center_img On Tuesday “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD and the “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx jointly released the June edition of the Obama administration’s “”Housing Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf, offering mixed results as home sales crested on a slight uptick and an oversupply of foreclosed properties remained in place.[IMAGE]””The housing data in this month’s “”Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf paint a mixed picture of the housing market, despite growing evidence of progress in the broader economy,”” Raphael Bostic, “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD assistant secretary, said in the statement. “”Last month we saw a slight uptick in home prices and a continued decline in mortgage defaults├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª but we have much more work to do to reach the many households who still face trouble and to help the market recover.[COLUMN_BREAK]””That is why this Administration continues to push for effective implementation of our recovery programs as we continue to help homeowners through this crisis,”” he said.According to the “”Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf, existing home sales jumped slightly over June, trending from 25,100 to 26,900. Mortgage rates elevated the new home sales by staying low, with a number of borrowers refinancing their mortgages to recoup losses and boost their savings. Home prices declined by 3.6 percent from the same period in 2010, reflecting a continued strain of volatility in the housing market.””The Administration remains committed to reaching homeowners who are still struggling so that our country can fully recover from an unprecedented housing crisis,”” Tim Massad, “”Treasury””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx assistant secretary for financial stability, added in the statement. “”The Administration’s programs continue to benefit tens of thousands of additional homeowners every month, while keeping the pressure on mortgage servicers to offer more sustainable assistance to prevent avoidable foreclosures.””The “”Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf also reported data for the 10 largest loan servicers, using a series of reviews to identify six considerable improvement areas. The servicers included big-name lenders “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/, “”J.P. Morgan Chase Bank””:https://www.chase.com/, “”Wells Fargo Bank””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/jump/checking/simplifyonline, and “”Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC””:http://www.ocwen.com/. The “”Housing Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf is a monthly report issued by “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD and “”Treasury””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx that assesses and projects changes in the housing market. Bank of America Home Prices Home Sales HUD Processing Wells Fargo 2011-07-05 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

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Pending Home Sales Maintain Holding Pattern

first_img Share Pending home sales remained essentially flat in November, with regional shifts more or less offsetting each other, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) reported.[IMAGE]The group’s “”Pending Home Sales Index””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2013/12/pending-home-sales-edge-up-in-november (PHSI), used as an indicator for expected home sales, bumped up slightly to 101.7 in November from October’s downwardly revised 101.5. Compared to last November, the latest index was down 1.6 percent.NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said the data indicates a flattening market.””We may have reached a cyclical low because the positive fundamentals of job creation and household formation are likely to foster a fairly stable level of contract activity in 2014,”” Yun said. “”Although the final months of 2013 are finishing on a soft note, the year as a whole will end with the best sales total in seven years.””In the Northeast, pending sales declined 2.7 percent to an index value of 82.6, though that was still 1.9 percent above last year. The Midwest also experienced a monthly drop, posting a 3.1 percent decrease to a reading of 100.6 (0.4 percent higher than November 2012).Meanwhile, in the South, pending home sales rose 2.4 percent to an index of 116.1, coming up 0.1 percent above last year. The West’s index increased 1.8 percent to 95.0 but fell 8.7 percent short of last year, partly due to ongoing inventory constraints, NAR said.The association’s pending sales index only reflects contracts, not actual sales numbers. For all of 2013, NAR expects total existing-home sales to reach 5.1 million, a 10 percent improvement over 2012. December 31, 2013 409 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Service Providers 2013-12-31 Tory Barringercenter_img Pending Home Sales Maintain Holding Pattern in Datalast_img read more

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Cyprus sells €100m 6year bond in private placement updated

first_imgBy Michele KambasCyprus raised 100 million euros in a six-year bond via a private placement with an overseas investor on Wednesday, the finance ministry said, in the island’s first international debt issue since a bailout rescued it from bankruptcy a year ago.The finance ministry said the bond carried a coupon of 6.50 per cent and was launched under Cyprus’ borrowing facility with its creditors known as the European Medium Term Note (EMTN) programme.The bonds will be listed on the London Stock Exchange and settled via Euroclear, the settlement system for securities transactions, the ministry said.Proceeds from the transaction will be used for public debt management, including government financing, it added. Access to the eurobond market was taking place via its updated EMTN programme.The facility has not been used since before Cyprus was effectively shut out of international financing markets in May 2011 because of a spike in yields on its benchmark bonds. Yields have since fallen to about 5 per cent from more than 14 per cent.“The Ministry of Finance will continue assessing market conditions and options as part of the broader strategy aiming towards the full restoration of market access,” it said.Cyprus was bailed out with 10 billion euros in aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in March 2013, crumbling under the pressure from market exclusion and a banking system heavily exposed to Greece.Last week, credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s raised its long-term rating on Cyprus to B from B-, after the euro zone member state gained plaudits from lenders for sticking to a painful adjustment programme and amid a receding threat of the island not being able to meet loan repayments.The EMTN programme has a 9 billion euro ceiling. Debt worth about 2.5 billion has been launched under the programme to date, a finance ministry official said. (Reuters)You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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