Journalists key in sparking relief efforts after Halifax Explosionresearchers

first_imgHALIFAX – The massive explosion that devastated Halifax 100 years ago tested all who survived, including a handful of reporters who were the first to get news of the unfolding disaster to the world.“Their writing stimulated the remarkable relief response that rolled into the city, not only from Nova Scotia and Canada but from the United States,” says Michael Dupuis, author of the recently published book “Bearing Witness: Journalists, Record Keepers and the 1917 Halifax Explosion.”The Dec. 6, 1917, blast — the largest human-caused explosion before the first atomic bomb — followed a collision in Halifax harbour between the French munitions ship Mont Blanc and the Norwegian-flagged Belgian relief vessel Imo.Dupuis’s book recounts the efforts of more than two dozen journalists, including James Hickey, bureau superintendent for The Canadian Press.Dupuis said he not only wanted to honour their work, but also to find out how the massive story was handled. He said the contributions of print journalists proved key in an age before even radio stations.The marine disaster, which killed 2,000 people and injured 9,000 more, turned out to be a proving ground for the fledgling Canadian Press, then just three months old.“It hadn’t really had its teeth cut on a big story,” Dupuis said of Canada’s national news wire service.The 48-year-old Hickey, who was also an editor for the Halifax Chronicle in addition to being a stringer for The New York Times, was in the Chronicle building on Granville Street in downtown Halifax when the blast shattered a glass door, injuring his left hand and arm.“His first instincts were to get the news and within 30 minutes he found a working wire and sent that (alert) out and it landed at AP New York,” said Dupuis.Hickey made several attempts to find a working cable before he was finally helped by John Hagen, manager of the Halifax and Bermuda Cable Company.Hickey’s initial 100-word bulletin was bolstered later that day by his 2,500 word Canadian Press dispatch, which provided a remarkably accurate account of the disaster. The story ran country-wide and was also picked up by The Associated Press in the U.S.His work amazes Hickey’s great granddaughter, who said it was only in recent years that family members have come to realize the role he played that fateful day.In an interview from her home in New Jersey, Eileen Rouse said that Hickey’s role in covering the 1912 Titanic disaster — Halifax had been the main destination for survivors and the bodies found adrift at sea after the ship’s sinking — had been better known to family members than his journalism following the explosion.“When I found out what my great-grandfather had done it was just amazing,” said Rouse. “I can’t imagine him pulling everything together and going out into the streets and seeing the carnage that he saw and still be able to do what he was trained to do, which is report and get the news out.”The publisher of the daily newspaper in Truro, N.S., also became a pivotal figure after he was informed of the disaster through a Canadian Press phone call transmitted by way of Amherst, N.S. — something made necessary because many of the communication lines out of Halifax were down.A.B. Coffin promptly got out his own bulletin then hopped in a taxi for the stricken city, a trip that took three hours.Author and explosion researcher Janet Maybee said Coffin also alerted Truro’s mayor, who was able to quickly put together a team of doctors, nurses and firefighters that left for Halifax by rail.“They were the first trainload of rescue people to get there from outside Halifax,” said Maybee. “The fact that they (journalists) got that first bulletin and then passed it along meant that help started coming in from all over the province.”Maybee said Truro, which at the time had no public hospital, eventually received a train carrying about 250 wounded and homeless people.Other local journalists also went above and beyond the call of duty to get the news out, according to Dupuis, including the only working journalist killed that day.Jack Ronayne, a marine reporter for the Daily Echo, learned about a ship burning in the harbour and decided to investigate. He had crossed a railway foot bridge and was about 300 metres from Mont Blanc as it floundered off Pier 6 when it exploded.Dupuis said Ronayne was later found in a ditch moaning, having sustained horrible facial injuries. Ronayne died soon after.Despite the fact that Ronayne didn’t write a word, Dupuis said his story stands as a reminder of the risks that are inherent with reporting disasters.“As I learned about this story I thought I thought it was pretty courageous,” Dupuis said. “He didn’t know that it (Mont Blanc) was going to blow, but nevertheless he was chasing the story.”last_img read more

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Pacers And George Still Have Plenty To Play For

Still, George is expected to miss all of next season. The Pacers went 56-26 last season with George, a total that is only occasionally good enough to translate into a title. The NBA is not a very forgiving sport; any and all weaknesses are exposed over the course of a full season: Losing George would almost almost certainly take them out of title contention for next year.But like the Chicago Bulls — who adapted around a season-ending injury to Derrick Rose last year — the Pacers are a well-coached and well-managed team in a reasonably good salary cap situation. That means they could maintain respectability next season even without George — or rebuild for 2015-16 and beyond with him.We can consider what the Pacers might look like next season assuming that George doesn’t play but they otherwise don’t make changes to their roster. I’ll do that by running a projection based on the technique described here, which evaluates players based on their age and performance over the past three regular seasons. In contrast to the previous article, which used a metric called statistical-plus minus, I used ESPN’s NBA Real Plus Minus, which better accounts for a player’s defense — a key consideration whenever you’re talking about the Pacers. (The projection for Croatian Damjan Rudez, the recent Pacers pick up who has not played in the NBA, assumes that he’ll be halfway between league-average and replacement level.)This method projects the Pacers to a 44-38 record, which last year would have translated into a No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. It assumes the Pacers will stand pat with their current roster, but they may have the opportunity to sign another rotation player by using a disabled player exception to the salary cap.Obviously, there’s a huge amount of uncertainty around this forecast. An unselfish roster like Indiana’s might seem better equipped to adapt to the loss of any one player. But the Pacers already had a lot of trouble generating shots with George in the lineup — it will be even harder without him. And while the Pacers should still be strong on defense, the ferocious effort they put forth on the defensive side of the ball could vary as the team’s spirits do.The Pacers’ other option would be sacrifice the season by dealing Roy Hibbert and David West. That would leave them with only George, point guard George Hill, Rudez and Ian Mahimni signed for the 2015-16 season — a salary commitment of just $30 million total. With cap room and draft picks and good coaching and scouting, there would be the opportunity to build another very good lineup around George, who would be just 25 years old at the start of the 2015-16 season. The injury was an unfair blow to George, but if he can recover, he and the Pacers still have plenty to look forward to. Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a horrifying injury on Friday night in a scrimmage with his teammates on the United States national team. The good news is that surgery on George’s right leg was successful, and he’s in admirable spirits. Furthermore, George’s history of staying relatively healthy in the past could portend a quicker and more complete recovery. read more

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Toyota to sell fuel cell cars for €50k in US Europe

first_imgJapanese auto giant Toyota will start selling its first fuel cell sedan this financial year, with a price tag of around 7 million yen ($70,000/€51,500), the company announced today.The vehicles will begin rolling out by March in the home market, it said, and during the summer of 2015 it will make the environmentally friendly cars available in the United States and Europe.“Hydrogen is a particularly promising alternative fuel since it can be produced using a wide variety of primary energy sources, including solar and wind power,” the carmaker said in a statement.Fuel cell cars are seen as the Holy Grail of green cars as they are powered by a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, which produces nothing more harmful than water.Toyota’s fuel cell sedan can travel about 700km without refuelling, about three times further than an electric car, and it only takes three minutes refuel, similar to a gasoline engine car, Toyota said.The company, while not abandoning electric altogether, sees the fuel cell as the next logical step after its big early success with the Prius gas-electric hybrid, which has sold about 3.7 million units since its launch in the late 1990s.“Hydrogen does not emit CO2, so it could be a key player to realise a low-carbon society. It can be produced with fossil fuel such as natural gas and even with sludge accumulated in the sewage system,” said Toyota vice president Mitsuhisa Kato.“We believe hydrogen could become a very important source of energy in the future.”This is the first time Toyota has given a specific timeframe for its fuel cell cars, which it had previously said would go on the market in 2015.The announcement came a day after Japan’s industry ministry said the government will strongly support the hydrogen and fuel cell sector in a “strategic roadmap”.The ministry said the market related to hydrogen and fuel cell products and infrastructure is expected to expand from about one trillion yen in 2030 to about eight trillion yen within two decades.While automakers expect eventual government subsidies to make fuel cell vehicles more accessible for general drivers, the price tag unveiled by Toyota on Wednesday is also a nice surprise for potential customers – it had been widely expected that a fuel cell vehicle would cost around 10 million yen.But many hurdles still need to be overcome before fuel cell vehicles become a common sight on roads, most notably, the network of hydrogen refuelling stations, Toyota said.The Japanese government has also said it will try to make hydrogen available at a price similar to or less than gasoline fuel, while increasing the number of hydrogen refuelling stations to about 100 next year.The company said it will initially start selling the model only in the regions “where hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is being developed”.The price ranges for a fuel cell unit for the US and European markets have not been decided, Toyota said.- © AFP, 2014last_img read more

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Arduino air drums made from garden forks and flipflops

first_imgHow many times has an awesome rock song come on the radio that you just happen to know every bass-, drum-, and guitar-line to? You inevitably start playing air guitar, slappin’ ‘da bass, or tapping your fingers on the table to play along with the song. But, what if you could play an “air instrument” and actually make sound? One creative tinkerer named Maayan Migdal has discovered a way to do just that.Migdal used a MIDI device and an Arduino board to build a full-on set of air drums that actually work. The video below not only shows Migdal rocking out to Rage Against the Machine’s rocking tune, “Killing In The Name,” but it also shows how he built the awesome air-drum kit.To build the drum sticks, Migdal cut the ends off of two small garden rakes, and drilled a hole into each of the wooden bodies. He then snaked in an accelerometer and added what looks to be a rubber cap. One stick is the hi-hat and the other has two sensors which work as the snare and the crash cymbals.The kick pedals are something else. They’re actually made from a pair of flip-flops. Migdal removed the original strap and installed a custom strap of his own. He then drilled a hole at the bottom of the sandal and made room for the sensors in each sandal. He then added the wiring through the hole he drilled at the bottom, added the sensors towards the top of the sandal, and closed the wiring up at the bottom with USB jacks. One sandal works as the hi-hat pedal and one works as the bass drum pedal.We’d like to see a demo video without any background music to see just how well the air drums work.Via TechCrunchlast_img read more

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RedBox creates a forum for gamers to complain about nextgen consoles

first_imgRedBox has a valid interest in the direction the next-gen consoles take with regard to how you can acquire and play games. The service rents current gen games and doesn’t want to lose that market when the Xbox One and PS4 arrive later this year. However, it already looks as though the Xbox One won’t support game rentals, so RedBox has decided to take action.RedBox complaining to Microsoft directly about its mandatory Internet requirement and lending restrictions for Xbox One games won’t do much good. Instead, RedBox has created a new forum called The Future of Gaming is Now. It is open to all gamers and RedBox wants “you to talk about what excites you about the future of gaming… and what concerns you.”It may just look like a forum for discussion, but RedBox is clearly concerned about the future of game rentals and would like gamers to start complaining about it. Even then, it seems unlikely Microsoft will change course unless the Xbox One starts gathering dust on store shelves in the months that follow its launch.With E3 kicking off today, hopefully Sony will confirm whether it has decided to take the same route as Microsoft and require an Internet connection for playing PS4 games. If it has, then RedBox’s forum is sure to be filled with the views of angry gamers. If it hasn’t, RedBox will sigh with relief and Sony will have won itself quite a few fans in the gaming community.last_img read more

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National Spelling Bee ends in unbelievable eightway tie

first_imgScripps National Spelling Bee octochamps holding up their trophy.  Getty Images Aiguillette, bougainvillea and pendeloque. Those are just three of the words conquered by eight new national spelling bee champions in an unprecedented finish for the annual competition. Scripps National Spelling Bee started Thursday morning with 50 contestants, but it wasn’t until right after midnight when eight young spellers split the championship, a first in the 92 years of the event. The young scholastic competitors survived 20 rounds of the toughest words to spell and pronounce, and each will take home the $50,000 cash prize and the title of co-champion. ESPN took a break from tweeting the first game of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors to share a highlight from the event featuring one competitor’s reaction when he realized he was a champion. “Champion spellers, we are in uncharted territory,” spelling bee pronouncer Jacque Bailly said Thursday. “We have plenty of words remaining on our list, but will soon run out of words that can possibly challenge you — the most phenomenal assemblage of spellers in the history of this storied competition. We have thrown the dictionary at you, and so far, you’ve shown the dictionary who’s boss.”Social media was abuzz Thursday night with cheers for the eight spellers: Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja. Merrian-Webster joined in on the fun, saying in a tweet: “The Dictionary concedes and adds that it is SO. PROUD.” Culture EIGHT co-champions!The Scripps #SpellingBee ends in an unprecedented 8-way tie after 20 rounds of words 🏆 pic.twitter.com/7QHj2ixyjh— ESPN (@espn) May 31, 2019 Me explaining my love of the #SpellingBee to Everyone everyone at work: at work: pic.twitter.com/RGgJDcNvuB— Taylor (@TaySchay) May 31, 2019 Eight contestants in the final round, eight champions! Can’t say enough how impressive they were. Aside from their brilliance at spelling, you could tell they were rooting so hard for each other. So happy they each got a share of the glory—a truly special group. #spellingbee pic.twitter.com/ENueiuOqLY— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) May 31, 2019 The Dictionary concedes and adds that it is SO. PROUD. https://t.co/VY3TmUAwpr— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 31, 2019 Me yelling at the #spellingbee announcer all night pic.twitter.com/9c15T1rRAE— Seth (@SethShaffer) May 31, 2019 The winning words spelled correctly by the 8 co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night:✅ auslaut✅ erysipelas✅ bougainvillea✅ aiguillette✅ pendeloque✅ palama✅ cernuous✅ odylic🏆 https://t.co/0S6FfTYMz5— NPR (@NPR) May 31, 2019 1center_img And here is the list of the final eight words of the competition. Others took to Twitter to try to explain their excitement over a spelling bee. While others, still, were surprised the final round words were actually real words. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who attended the event, also took to Twitter to express his excitement as he watched from the crowd.”Can’t say enough how impressive they were,” Pai tweeted. “Aside from their brilliance at spelling, you could tell they were rooting so hard for each other. So happy they each got a share of the glory—a truly special group.” Share your voice Tags No lie – watching these 8 kids basically break the National Spelling Bee that they had to name them all co-champions is one of the coolest and most amazing things I’ve witnessed. #spellingbee pic.twitter.com/Qh1AvmlewA— EssTeeEeVeeEe (@hadtobegoo) May 31, 2019 That feeling when you’re one of the eight co-champions of the Scripps #SpellingBee 😅 pic.twitter.com/gAWGHtAYE0— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 31, 2019 Commentlast_img read more

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Global markets brace for shortterm hit after Paris attacks

first_imgGlobal stocks are set for a short-term sell-off on Monday after Islamist militants launched coordinated attacks across Paris that killed 129 people, but analysts said a prolonged economic impact or market reaction was unlikely.The carnage prompted condemnation by world leaders and outpourings of support for Parisians from around the globe, but would likely have only a knee-jerk impact on investment decisions, said Shane Oliver, chief economist at Australia’s AMP Capital in Sydney.”History will tell us that if the economic impact is limited – and I think it will be – that markets will quickly recover and go on to focus on other things,” Oliver, who is also head of strategy at the A$156 billion ($111 billion) wealth management firm.While news of the attacks hit after markets closed on Friday, S&P 500 Index futures SPc1 were still trading and shed about 1 percent in light volume.”If this had happened during market trading hours there could have been a panic but markets had a weekend to digest all the information,” said Eiji Kinouchi, chief technical analyst at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo.With Wall Street .SPX .DJI .IXIC closing more than 1 percent lower after weak U.S. retail sales figures, Asian and European share markets would have been expected to fall even without the Paris attacks. [.N]French stocks, particularly those exposed to the country’s large tourism sector, are likely to suffer the biggest falls.”These Paris terrorist attacks and the larger scale of this attack could have a meaningful negative impact on the travel and tourism sector,” said Robert T. Lutts, president and chief investment officer at Cabot Wealth Management in Salem, Massachusetts.France has the largest number of tourists in the world and the sector accounts for almost 7.5 percent of GDP.”Given that France has a big tourism industry there may be some damage to the economy if this leads to a fall in visitors to France, or in tourism in general after the crash of a Russian plane,” said Hidenori Suezawa, financial market and fiscal analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities.”I do not expect this impact to go so far as to affect the Fed’s monetary policy though at this point.”Europe has suffered similar coordinated attacks on public transport systems previously, in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005. Almost 250 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured in those bombings on trains and buses by Al Qaeda-inspired militants.”The knee-jerk reaction in other terrorist attacks over the last decade has been a rush to safety, including aggressive buying in the U.S. Treasury markets,” said Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in Philadelphia.”I sincerely hope these attacks will prove short in duration and will abate in intensity, in which case the market reaction will likely only include a brief safety bid in Treasuries.”U.S. 10-year Treasuries notes US10YT=RR yielded 2.273 percent at Friday’s close. The euroEUR= ended the week little changed at $1.0777, and is down 11 percent this year against a resurgent greenback.French financial markets will be open as usual on Monday, stock and derivatives exchange Euronext said on Saturday.last_img read more

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18yearold sexually abused by 5 in Jalpaiguri

first_imgDarjeeling: Jalpaiguri woke up to a horrific incident of gang rape on Wednesday. An 18-year-old was allegedly sexually abused by 5 youths. Police have arrested two. A manhunt has been launched for others.On Tuesday night, the victim had left her residence on a bicycle to visit the house of her elder sister. A short distance away, a street food vendor Madan Das blocked her way along with his friend Biswajit Rai. They forcefully took the victim to a nearby building that was under construction. They allegedly abused her there. In the meantime, Hira Rai, Subrata Rai and Bishu Das arrived at the spot. They too allegedly sexually abused her. However, a light bulb in the building attracted the attention of a neighbour who arrived to investigate. On seeing him, the 5 perpetrators fled and noticing the victim in a critical condition, the neighbour rushed her to hospital. The family members of the victim have filed a complaint at the police station. “Two persons have been arrested and a manhunt has been launched for others,” stated Upasana Gurung, police officer.last_img read more

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How Google Has Changed the World

first_img It’s incredible that it took just 18 years for Google — the company reached this milestone of adulthood on Sept. 27 — to create a market capitalization of more than $530 billion. It’s perhaps even more amazing to recall how the search engine has changed life as we know it.Google, now a unit of holding parent company Alphabet Inc., began in Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s Stanford University dorm in 1998 before campus officials asked them to find a real office after the Stanford IT department complained Page and Brin’s were sucking up all the university’s bandwidth.By the time I joined the company in November of 2001, it was apparent that we were changing the world. As an early employee at Google — the second attorney hired there — there were times when shivers ran up my spine thinking about what we were building. Democratizing access to information, and bringing the real world online — it was an inspiring place to be.Related: Inspirational Quotes From 12 Current and Former GooglersHaving grown up in a working class neighborhood, I had to travel to an affluent neighborhood to access a good public library, spending countless Saturday afternoons with volumes of reference books to learn how to apply for financial aid to attend college. In those pre-Internet days, a good library and a kind-hearted librarian were my keys to advancement.After the printing press, the first major democratization of access to information had been driven a century ago by steel baron Andrew Carnegie. He became the world’s richest man in the late 19th century and then gave it all away, donating $60 million to fund 1,689 public libraries across the United States. To my mind, Google took Carnegie’s vision of putting information in the hands of the general public and put it on steroids, creating a virtual library akin to those found only in sci-fi movies in 1998.Google indexed the internet extraordinarily well without human intervention, unlike previously curated outlets such as Yahoo! or LexisNexis, and in such a way that the user did not have to know how to use the index or Boolean search methods. Google enabled free searches of words or terms, making all manner of information instantly retrievable even if you did not know where it was housed. With Google, you could find any needle in any haystack at any time. Unlocking that data has indeed been a great equalizer: any individual can arm him or herself with relevant information before seeing a doctor or applying for government assistance, housing or a job.Related: 5 Years Later, Google+ Is a Forgettable Product Worth RememberingGetting archives onlineSoon, Google could trivially retrieve any piece of data on the World Wide Web. Crucially, Google started indexing information that was previously offline, such as far-flung archives (imagine a very old text in a tower in Salamanca) to make that knowledge searchable. People’s photos and videos followed. Then, of course, Google cars began cruising and mapping our streets. That paired with GPS granted us all a new superpower — being able to find our way in almost any small town or big city in the world.Now Google is a global archive storing our history as it is made. It is as though a virtual world is being created right alongside our real world, a simulation of reality that grows more robust by the day. Because of Google, the creation and storage of information itself has expanded exponentially as people and scholars have access to information that enables them to make new discoveries. Those discoveries, in turn, are shared with the world thanks to the culture of sharing that has been central to the internet and Google’s philosophy. All this has sped the pace of discovery.Of course, there have been casualties. Google has changed the business of newspapers forever and virtually single-handedly run most publishers of maps out of business. It transformed advertising, using and perfecting A/B testing to understanding our tastes and what makes a person click on an ad. Sometimes I worry that technology companies have become almost too good at this, building upon and applying these lessons to other ways of collectively sucking us into our devices more and more.This access to information without the curation of trained journalists carries other costs too, leading to an internet rife with misinformation and untruth. Nowhere is that more evident today than in our rancorous U.S. presidential election, where it seems little value is placed on objectivity, making organizations such as factcheck.org essential reading. The growth of Google and the diminution of the role of the established media in our society at such crucial moments might cause Alexis de Tocqueville, who believed newspapers “maintain civilization,” to turn in his grave.Related: 10 Inspiring Quotes From People Featured as Google DoodlesOne thing’s for sure: With Google, the future will bring the unexpected and sometimes delightful. Autonomous cars, robots, gesture-sensing fabrics, hands-free controls, modular cell phones and reimagined cities are among the projects that lie ahead for the search giant that even as it is one of the world’s largest companies, has maintained a startup culture at its offices, which now employ more than 61,000 people.In breaking out beyond the constraints of the online world into the physical universe, Google has made us believe (and even expect) that when one is inspired by some great purpose, we can transcend limitations. Anything becomes possible. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free September 29, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min readlast_img read more

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UPDATE – Target PS4 Pro Deal Cyber Monday eBay Best Buy Deals

first_img[Update] We have spotted another very good Cyber Monday PlayStation 4 Pro deal, which allows customers to purchase the console on Target with a 15% off its full price.[Original Story] Black Friday 2016 has come and gone, but this doesn’t mean that deals are done, as plenty of them have been emerging today in time for Cyber Monday. For the next few hours, US costumers will be able to purchase the PlayStation 4 Pro and a PlayStation 4 Slim bundle for very interesting prices.As part of its Cyber Monday deals, the PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB console is available on eBay for the reduced price of $369.99. Alongside the console, customers will also be getting the revised DualShock 4 controller released a few months back.Game Worlds Come AlivePS4 Pro gets you closer to your game. Heighten your experiences. Enrich your adventures. Let the super-charged PS4 Pro lead the way.Spectacular graphics – Explore vivid game worlds with rich visuals heightened by PS4 Pro.*Enhanced gameplay – Support for faster frame rates delivers super-sharp action for select PS4 games.* One unified gaming community – Compatible with every PS4 game. Play online with other PS4 players with PlayStation Plus.One unified gaming community – Compatible with every PS4 game. Play online with other PS4 players with PlayStation Plus.Extraordinary entertainment – With up to 4K streaming and 4K auto-upscaling for video content.***GREATNESS AWAITSPS4 Pro plays all PS4 format games. You can check PlayStation Store for games that take advantage of PS4 Pro specific features, or look for the ‘PS4™ Pro Enhanced’ icon on software packaging.Best Buy is also offering for Cyber Monday a PlayStation 4 Slim bundle for a very interesting price. This bundle, which includes a PS4 Slim 500 GB console as well as Uncharted 4, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered is available for $249.99, with an additional price reduction available when checking out with a VISA card.Both Amazon and Best Buy deals will not be available for much longer, so make sure to take advantage of them before they expire. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Several groups plan a national protest in 25 cantons next week

first_imgCitizens groups, environmentalists, teachers and public-sector unions are planning a nationwide protest June 25 to draw attention to various problems currently affecting the country.Three protest organizers, Luis Chavarría, secretary general of the Social Security Workers’ Union, Marcela Zamora, leader of the National Forum of Workers, and Oscar Mora, of the National Union of Teachers, on Wednesday said plans are finalized for next Tuesday’s events.The reasons for the protests are diverse. Some groups will demand prison sentences for public officials who commit crimes while exercising public duties. Others will march to oppose recent changes to labor laws that eliminated benefits exclusive to public workers. Groups also want legal reforms to better regulate the bidding process on public infrastructure projects.Environmental groups will call for justice to be served in the murder case of Tico environmentalist Jairo Mora.In San José, demonstrators will gather at 9 a.m. at La Hispanidad roundabout, east of the capital, and then march to the Legislative Assembly where they plan to remain for several hours.Along with protests in the central canton of San José, organizers said groups in 24 more cantons across the country have confirmed they will participate.Organizers warned that they may call a national strike in August if their demands are not met. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Official Syrian army preparing for counterattack on IS

first_imgThis picture released on Sunday, May 24, 2015, by a militant website which had been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting shows Syrian government soldiers who were captured by Islamic state militants in Palmyra area in Syria. The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State group, an official said. (Militant website via AP) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 0 Comments   Share   Activists in the town have said that IS fighters have hunted down President Bashar Assad’s loyalist since taking the town, killing some 280 people.Syria’s Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi condemned what he called “a massacre” in Palmyra blaming Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey for such killings because of their support for groups trying to remove Assad from power.Al-Halqi called on the international community and all humanitarian organizations to pressure the governments that support “terrorism” to stop their support “as terrorism is posing a global danger.” Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are main backers of Syrian rebels and opposition groups.Barazi, the governor, said troops are fighting with IS gunmen in the nearby Jizl area. “There are plans, but we don’t know when the zero hour for a military act in Palmyra,” Barazi said without elaborating.Meanwhile state-run news agency, SANA, said IS members are still preventing people from leaving Palmyra. The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, said that along with its partners they are preparing aid for some 11,000 people who fled Palmyra and surrounding villages.A Facebook page used by IS to publish its statement posted a photo of 20 Syrian soldiers in uniform captured in Palmyra. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOKcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State group, an official said.Gov. Talal Barazi of the central province of Homs, which includes Palmyra, told The Associated Press Sunday that IS members have “committed mass massacres in the city of Palmyra” since they captured it on Wednesday. He said IS fighters took many civilians, including women, to unknown destinations. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___Mroue reported from Beirut. Associated Press writer Fay Abuelgasim in Doha, Qatar contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The capture of Palmyra has stoked fears that the militants might try to destroy one of the Mideast’s most spectacular archaeological sites — a well-preserved, 2,000-year-old Roman-era city on the town’s edge — as they have destroyed others in Syria and Iraq.In Qatar, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said the recent conquest of Palmyra and the Iraq city of Ramadi by the IS group only increases the need for greater political cooperation in the face of the militant threat.“Only a political solution both in Syria and Iraq can provide a settlement for the crisis,” Federica Mogherini said following a meeting between officials from the European Union and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah defended the role of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Qatar plays a supporting role in the coalition, allowing forces to use its vast al-Udeid air base.“We cannot say that the coalition is failing. No the coalition is not failing but we have always said that the air campaign is not enough. There are so many steps which we have to cooperate and coordinate together to make the campaign against terrorism effective,” he said. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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Guam lesbian couple to apply for marriage application

first_imgHAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A lesbian couple who filed a lawsuit to lift the ban on same-sex marriage on Guam will file a marriage application Tuesday.Twenty-eight-year-old Loretta M. Pangelinan and 29-year-old Kathleen M. Aguero plan to marry June 20.Their attorney, R. Todd Thompson, says the couple could apply for their marriage license sooner if allowed.Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood on Friday gave the territorial registrar and the governor a day or two to get their affairs in order and to begin taking marriage license applications at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Comments   Share   The Office of Vital Statistics is where marriage licenses are issued.Territorial Legislature Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz said that he and Speaker Judith Won Pat “are willing to officiate” at the wedding of Pangelinan and Aguero.Public Health director James Gillan told the AP that he could officiate over the marriage, if asked, and would also “allow for expedited processing pursuant to the law.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Set in the azure water

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSet in the azure waters of the Gulf, the newly opened Burj Al Arab Terrace has unveiled a new dining venue. Scape Restaurant & Bar offers never-seen-before views of Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah and the city.While the pool and beach areas are open to members and guests, Scape Restaurant & Bar is open to everyone who wants to enjoy a true masterpiece of innovation. It offers indoor and outdoor seating, is open for lunch and dinner as well as shisha in the outside bar area, making it the ultimate luxurious location to indulge in delectable dishes and drinks.Under the expert supervision of talented head chef Timur Fazilov, formerly of Zuma Dubai and Catch Abu Dhabi, Scape Restaurant & Bar serves up a menu of Californian fusion-style dishes. Signature plates include Hamachi Crudo, with ponzu, pistachio together with citrus zest, shallot rings and olives; Scallop Tiradito with tiger milk, apple and red radish; and Slow Roasted Wagyu Short Ribs with pomelo, candied peanut, Swiss chard and pave potato.The fresh and innovative desserts are guaranteed to get tastebuds tingling. Specialties include Chocolate Peanut Pot De Crème and Mascarpone Cheesecake with seasonal fruit compote. Raising the standards for Dubai’s social scene, the outdoor bar provides guests with an al fresco venue to enjoy drinks from all over the world. Packed with creativity, the mixologists at the bar serve a selection of wines, mocktails and a range of premium cocktails.The design of the restaurant mirrors that of the terrace, which creates a fusion of sophisticated, contemporary structures and tranquil stretches of water. Linked by a central walkway, flanked on either side by beaches and private cabanas, Scape Restaurant & Bar’s outdoor area gives the effect of a stylised tropical forest canopy, with contrasting areas of dappled light and shade.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi Woos Farmers in Rajasthan Promises Increased MSP in Separate Kisan

first_imgNew Delhi: Adding to the Congress manifesto’s promise of holding a separate ‘kisan budget’ for farmers if elected to power in the Lok Sabha elections, party president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the budget would also include the year’s increased minimum support price (MSP) for produce. At a rally in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur, Gandhi said, “Usually, there is one budget. After 2019, there will be two. A national budget and a ‘kisan’ budget. And in that budget, farmers will be told how much the MSP will be increased that year.” Gandhi also said the farmers’ budget would inform farmers of their compensation, bonus and details of new food processing and storage facilities in their respective districts. “At the beginning of the year, the government will tell you how much money it is allocating for farmers,” he said.Gandhi, accompanied by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister and state unit president Sachin Pilot, and Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Bharatpur, Abhijit Kumat Jatav, furthered his farmers’ pitch in the rally and said the party had fulfilled its promise of loan waiver in the state after winning the Assembly elections last year.In his appeal, Gandhi also reiterated the manifesto promise over farmer loan defaulters. “After 2019, no farmer will be put in jail for defaulting on a loan,” he said. “Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Anil Ambani, Lalit Modi, they all took loans and ran off. They did not go to jail, but an honest farmer who takes a loan of Rs 20,000 and fails to repay due to some misfortune, maybe bad weather, he is put in jail.” Gandhi also spoke about the party’s minimum income guarantee scheme — NYAY — and said it would jumpstart the economy and rejuvenate shops and factories that were forced shut by demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) implemented under the Modi government.”Modi put crores of rupees in the bank accounts of 15 people; I want to put money in the accounts of five crore families,” he added.Bharatpur goes to polls on May 6 – the Congress party’s Abhijit Jatav is up against the BJP’s Ranjeeta Koli. In the Assembly elections last year, the Congress had swept six out of the eight Assembly segments in Bharatpur, with the BJP drawing a blank. 2019 lok sabha electionsAshok GehlotcongressFarmers budget First Published: May 3, 2019, 8:39 PM ISTlast_img read more

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