Boat Building Industry Gets Boost from Province

first_imgECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Boat Building Industry Gets Boost fromProvince Nova Scotia’s boat building industry will continue to create newvessels for export, recreation and the fishery through a renewedloan program. Premier John Hamm today, July 21, announced a five-year extensionto the $1.5-million Prototype Boat Credit Facility for members ofthe Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA). He made theannouncement before viewing NSBA-built boats tied up on theLaHave River, including the 18-metre (59-foot) custom-builtschooner Niñita, which is completing sea trials before its ownerssail home to the United Kingdom. “The boat building industry is a growing Nova Scotia successstory, creating skilled jobs in rural coastal communities andmaking an important contribution to the province’s economy,” saidPremier Hamm. “Nova Scotia’s growth strategy, Opportunities forProsperity, is focussed on building regional economies within ourprovince, and programs such as this one are helping us reach thisgoal.” Over the past five years, Nova Scotia’s boat building industryhas added 500 direct and spinoff jobs to its workforce, increasedsales to $80 million and captured new markets, particularly inthe United States. The credit facility program provides loans to NSBA members at areasonable cost for the design, construction and sea trials ofnew or improved boats targeted at export markets, recreationalboating and coastal fisheries. “With the support of our government partners, the BoatbuildersAssociation is working to ensure that the future of boat buildingin our province remains secure and economically beneficial,” saidNSBA chair Harland Martell. He said the extension of the loanprogram supports design and technology innovations that aretransforming a traditional industry into an advanced-manufacturing sector. The province also announced renewed operational funding of$60,000 for the NSBA today. “Our ongoing commitment to theindustry supports the boat building community in looking for newmarkets, developing local skills to meet demand and attractingyouth to the advanced-manufacturing trades in boat building,”said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. Economic Development will underwrite the credit facility whilethe Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board will provide technicalexpertise and oversight. “I am very pleased that we can offer a loan program to ensurethat the builders have the funds to create new vessel designs andto export leading edge, innovative vessels,” said Agriculture andFisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Our department’s Fisheriesand Aquaculture Loan Board is committed to providing thetechnical support to ensure that the vessel designs meet today’sdemanding standards. Nova Scotia’s boat builders deserve a greatdeal of credit for increasing export sales and rebuilding theindustry.” Fishing boats still account for two-thirds of new boatconstruction, but growing demand for custom pleasure boats,combined with Nova Scotia’s worldwide reputation for buildingfine sea vessels, has created a unique opportunity for many boatbuilders. The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association represents 40 boatbuilding companies and 45 associated support industries in theprovince, providing jobs and playing an important socio-economicrole in coastal communities in every region of the province.last_img read more

Morocco Willing To Further Reinforce Strategic Cooperation With Russia Minister

Rabat – Morocco is willing to further reinforce its strategic cooperation with Russia, Minister Delegate in charge of Foreign Trade, Mohammed Abbou said on Thursday in Khartoum.Speaking at the 2nd Arab-Russian cooperation forum, the Minister reiterated Morocco’s willingness to reinforce bilateral ties with Russia within the framework of a win-win partnership.Abbou said that Morocco’s strategic location, its stability, its advanced relations with the European Union as well as its firm ties with several countries in Africa and the Americas will give an added value to Moroccan-Russian relations in favour of more diversification of cooperation fields. On the same occasion, the Moroccan official recalled the visit by the King to Moscow in 2002 during which the two countries signed a strategic partnership agreement and President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Kingdom in 2006. read more

Karunanidhi meets UK envoy on Lankan issue

India’s DMK Chief M.K Karunanidhi has had discussions on Sri Lanka with the British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai Mike Nithavrianakis.The discussion had taken place yesterday when the British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai met Karunanidhi. He called for their immediate release and also urged the Indian High Commission in Colombo to intervene over the issue. (Colombo Gazette) Indian Tamil media reports said that Karunanidhi had taken up the resolution adopted on Sri Lanka at the TESO conference in Chennai recently.Meanwhile Karunanidhi, in a statement, raised concerns over the arrest of university students in Jaffna. read more

UN official urges special measures to help waraffected Afghan children

“In order to break the decades-old cycle of conflict and ensure sustainable peace, it is imperative to address the factors of despair, alienation, and radical indoctrination of children and youth,” Olara A. Otunnu told a press conference in New York. “This must be the last generation of Afghan children to experience war.” The Special Representative said after over 20 years of war in Afghanistan, most of the country’s children had grown up in the midst of violence, death, deprivation, lack of education and despair. He cited alarming statistics about their plight, including the fact that 25 per cent of Afghan children died before the age of five, 50 per cent suffered from malnutrition, and an estimated 2 million had fled their homes. Fifty thousand street children in Kabul were the primary income earners for their households.Mr. Otunnu called on donors to provide immediate humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable children in need of water, food, shelter and healthcare, noting that an estimated 1.7 million young Afghans were at risk of freezing or starvation this winter. “I also appeal to the donor community to prepare for long-term rehabilitation for war-affected children, and to commit resources for the recovery and development of Afghanistan,” he stated.Mr. Otunnu expressed deep concern about the large numbers of child soldiers in Afghanistan and reports of increasing conscription of young persons below the age of 18, by both the Taliban and Northern Alliance forces. “We must mobilize all levels of international pressure to end this,” he stated.The Special Representative said his office is working in close collaboration with other partners to integrate the protection and rights of children in all peacemaking and peace-building actions in Afghanistan. As part of this effort, Mr. Otunnu said he has been holding consultations with Lakhdar Brahimi, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan. read more

SMMT helps manufacturers to big savings through energy reduction

Automotive manufacturing companies in the UK can save thousands of pounds every year by committing to reduce their environmental impact.By signing up to SMMT’s Climate Change Agreement (CCA), firms can obtain significant discounts on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) – a tax on the use of energy in business.CCAs were first introduced in 2001 to support manufacturers in the face of the then-new CCL, and were revised last year. Companies with processes eligible to SMMT’s CCA – such as plastic injection moulding, painting, press-shops and surface treatment of metals – can get a 90% discount on the CCL rate for electricity usage and 65% off the levy for gas.A typical supply chain company in SMMT’s CCA saves over £50,000 per annum in CCL discount, with some saving over £200,000.There is a proviso: to receive the discount, CCA participants must deliver a reduction in energy usage of at least 15% by 2020.The joining fee for SMMT members is £2,500 + VAT per annum, while for non-members, 5% of savings over the CCL is added to the costSMMT offers a comprehensive service for its part, and will assist with:determining eligibility and joining the schemecompliance and reporting progressother areas of business relating to greater energy efficiency, reduced energy costs and enhanced competitiveness.To find out if your business is eligible to join our CCA, and for information on how to apply, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Womens basketball Shayla Coopers leadership molded by her journey

Senior forward Shayla Cooper dribbles past a Maryland defender in OSU’s game on Feb. 20 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterIn a team meeting on Feb. 9 about chemistry, relationships and late-season improvement, Ohio State senior forward Shayla Cooper addressed her teammates and laid out her vision for the team.“I brought it up to them like, ‘Hey, if we win 12 games in a row, which we’re very capable of — we’re national champions,” Cooper said. “If we win 11, we’re in that game, the national championship game.”Since the meeting, the Buckeyes are three games closer to the 12-0 goal set by Cooper, having defeated Iowa, Nebraska and, most recently, No. 2 Maryland on Monday, when Cooper was recognized as the lone senior on Senior Night.Cooper arguably played her best game of her career in the team’s 98-87 win over the Terrapins, putting OSU into a position to win the regular-season Big Ten title with a win over Rutgers on Sunday. She scored 20 points and had five assists, and led the team with nine rebounds.“It means a lot to be able to provide that for my team to secure the win, for one,” Cooper said. “They kept passing me the ball and hand down, man down — that’s what I’ve heard in the past, so I just let it rip.”Her performance on Monday was a long time coming for Cooper. And it wasn’t always easy. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, living there until she moved to Tampa, Florida, in fifth grade when T-Mobile offered her mom a job in the Sunshine State. She picked up her first offer from a Division I program in eighth grade, when South Florida offered her a scholarship. After ninth grade, she moved to Georgia and the letters from college teams began flowing in.Cooper played high school basketball at Norcross High School (Georgia) with now Tennessee redshirt junior guard Diamond DeShields. Cooper and DeShields were competing for the limelight — an environment Cooper said she thrives in. But through those intense moments in practice, Cooper and DeShields formed an inseparable bond.DeShields, the Naismith High School Player of the Year in 2013, remembers nearly fighting with Cooper during a practice.“With her being one of my best friends, it was just kind of like a defining moment in our friendship and it made us closer, because I was able to see that she really wanted to win and she was able to see how much that I really wanted to win,” DeShields said.Cooper who transferred from Georgetown two games into the 2013-14 season after her coach was fired, brought the same competitive attitude to practices at OSU. Last season, she took pride in matching up with forward Stephanie Mavunga during the summer. Mavunga, who transferred to OSU from North Carolina after the 2014-15 season, was ineligible to play in 2015-16 due to NCAA transfer rules. Cooper took it upon herself to compete with the incoming 6-foot-3 post player whose only time on the court came during practice.“That was definitely fun, because I feel like I was the only one who would bring that competitiveness that she loves and I love,” Cooper said. “So we would trash talk to each other, but it was out of both of our competitive spirits.”Her competitive streak has been known to get her in trouble during games in the past.“A couple times I had to literally pull (Cooper) by her hair and be like, ‘Stop, you’re going to get a (technical foul), you’re going to get us in trouble,’” DeShields said.But as Cooper grew older, she matured and kept her emotions in check. DeShields has taken notice.“Shayla used to have a bit of a temper, which we used to always have to try to keep in check,” she said. “You definitely see that aspect of growth. She’s learned how to check herself when you can see her emotions flaring up.”Cooper challenged herself this season to communicate better with her teammates. Her tone varies for each player.“I might be able to get in (junior forward) Alexa (Hart) harder than I might be able to get into (junior guard) Asia (Doss),” Cooper said. “I might be able to go up to Alexa like, ‘Yo, what’re doing? You’re better than that.’ But Asia, I might have to pull to the side like, ‘Yo, I know you can do it,’ like on the softer tone.”She said she’s proud of her improvement in the area because, as someone who transferred, she understands players who feel like they don’t fit in. Cooper and redshirt junior guard Kianna Holland transferred to OSU in the same season and clicked instantly.“We were so close when we first got here, because it was like we didn’t know anybody and everybody is looking at us like, ‘Who are they?’” Cooper said.She didn’t want any of the three OSU freshmen — forward Tori McCoy, guard Jensen Caretti or guard Kiara Lewis — to feel the way she did. “Your freshmen are very important because if you don’t make them feel welcome, a lot of freshmen are transfers,” Cooper said.Mavunga, Holland, redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun, redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper and Cooper are all transfers who now play for OSU. But Cooper won’t be around after this season to reap the rewards. Cooper has her eyes set on the final games of 2017 and her OSU career. Cooper is eternally confident in herself and her team. She even espoused her desire for a rematch with No. 1 Connecticut (24-0), a team that beat No. 12 OSU 82-63 on Dec. 19, and currently owns the sport’s longest-ever winning streak at 101 games.“There are some things that we didn’t capitalize on,” Cooper said. “If we get another shot at them, I feel like we could beat them.” read more

Berbice man allegedly beats wife to death

The New Amsterdam HospitalDays after being beaten by her abusive husband, a domestic worker succumbed to her injuries while receiving medical attention at the New Amsterdam Hospital.Sabita Shamnarine, 44, of Line Path, Corriverton was reportedly beaten by her husband two Sundays ago but succumbed to her injuries on Sunday last.After the beating, the injured woman was taken to the Skeldon Hospital after she complained of severe bodily pains and as such, she was admitted a patient. Hours after being admitted, she reportedly collapsed and slipped into an unconscious state.According to reports, the woman’s condition worsened and she was subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.  Based on reports received, she was beaten to her head and abdomen.The mother of three was frequently abused by the suspect in the presence of their five-year-old child.Meanwhile, the Child Protection Agency last Wednesday visited the Line Path home in an attempt to take the child into protective custody but they found the suspect, ‘Manoj’, imbibing with friends.The man reportedly refused to hand over the child to the officers and as such, the police were reportedly called call in. The suspect was arrested.Subsequently, officials at the New Amsterdam Hospital informed the police of reports that were made by the woman prior to the death.While in hospital, the woman reportedly begged not to be sent home claiming that she was afraid of her husband’s constant abuse.On several occasions, the now dead woman had to seek medical attention due to the injuries she received as a result of the beating. Upon the woman’s death, the man was re-arrested and he is expected to be charged shortly. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWife dies days after alleged beating, husband in custodySeptember 23, 2017In “Crime”Happy Acres woman dies in suspected hit and runApril 11, 2017In “latest news”Mason succumbs to chopping wounds weeks after assault in CorentyneOctober 30, 2017In “Crime” read more

INFOGRAPHIC How does oil get to Ireland

first_imgDESPITE THE CONSTANT research that goes into coming up with sustainable alternative forms of energy, oil still commands a central role in powering the world.Around half of all of Ireland’s energy comes from oil in some way – whether through electricity generation or powering vehicles.Here, thanks to the folks at Jones Oil, is a nifty infographic illustrating Ireland’s oil usage, where our supplies come from and how they are used – and the relative size of Ireland’s oil usage on the world and European stage.(We recommend that readers on mobile phones click here to view the image full-size, and turn their devices to landscape mode.)Read: Ireland near the bottom of EU chart for energy independencePlus: How much is the Barryroe oil find actually worth to us?last_img read more

iPad mini event invitations expected on October 10

first_imgThere’s still a lot of speculation as to when Apple intends to announce the iPad mini, but there’s just as much talk about why Apple doesn’t need to, and won’t launch a smaller version of their tablet device. With the iPod touch catering for a pocket-sized, non-smartphone touch device, do Apple really need a 7- or 8-inch iPad?Regardless of the positives and negatives surrounding such a device, there’s now a rumor making the rounds that the iPad mini is real and Apple is sending out invites for an iPad mini event on October 10. The invite is expected to announce an October 17 product unveiling.The source for this rumor is an unnamed “major” Apple investor who has confirmed this event is happening with “multiple sources.” Take from that what you will.It’s understandable that Apple wouldn’t want to include an iPad mini announcement at the iPhone 5 launch purely because so many other device updates were unveiled that day. Introducing a brand new product would have been too much, and some devices would have got lost in the mix.By giving the iPad mini it’s own event, Apple can make a clear case for why it needs to exist. That is, if it does actually exist. And it will be interesting to see what hardware Apple has chosen to include and at what price point. Will it be the iPad 2 in a smaller form? Or will it embrace the new A6 processor and the screen tech from the iPhone 5? We may (or may not) find out on October 17.via CNN Moneylast_img read more

Apple announces new 13inch Retinaequipped MacBook Pro

first_imgThe Retina MacBook Pro is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive pieces of portable computing to have been made by Apple. Taking the Retina display that made the iPhone and iPad a cut above the rest and applying it directly to a laptop that was absolutely filled with great hardware. As Phil Schiller pointed out earlier today, however, that’s not their best selling laptop. In fact, the 13-inch MacBook is still their best selling machine. So, Apple has refreshed the 13-inch MacBook Pro to feature many of the great things found in the Retina MacBook.Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro is thinner, lighter, and packing the same Retina display found in the current Retina MacBook. The 0.75-inch laptop weighs in at 3.5 pounds, making it lighter than any other MacBook Pro. Obviously one of the biggest features here is the display. The 2560 x 1600 display found in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is an IPS panel. The thin design means sacrificing the optical drive that has been a part of the 13-inch design for so long, but in exchange you get MagSafe 2, a pair of Thunderbolt ports, and a pair of microphones on the other side of the USB 3 port. If you need an optical drive, an external is only a port and a cable away.Building one yourself gives you the opportunity to choose between an i5 or i7 processor, Ivy Bridge of course, starting out with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. Configured on the website, the laptop can support as much as 768GB of SSD, but so far there’s no mention of whether or not it can take up to 16GB of RAM like the original Retina MacBook. The Intel HD Graphics 4000 powers the Retina display, and promises 7 hours of battery life through a pair of lithium-ion batteries that are not removable.The starting price for this incredibly powerful and highly mobile machine from Apple will be $1699. The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts shipping today, and will be available in Apple Stores very soon. A 13-inch Retina MacBook puts Apple in a truly unique place to compete with Ultrabooks that aren’t currently anywhere near as powerful and only being slightly more expensive than most high end Ultrabooks.Photo courtesy of PCMaglast_img read more

The EUs been crunching the numbers on the cost of a border

first_img Share21 Tweet Email THE EUROPEAN UNION has been working on estimations for what different types of borders for the island of Ireland could cost, understands.Preparations are underway for a number of scenarios that could have been caused by Brexit, including a ‘Norway plus model’ border and a ‘no deal’ scenario, which would mean a hard border would automatically go up on the island of Ireland.A “Norway plus model” would involve infrastructure on the border but would use technology to ensure that it wouldn’t disrupt the movement of people. A no deal or hard border scenario would likely involve checkpoints and border police.Although officials from Ireland and the EU don’t like speculating on the likelihood of a no deal scenario, one official said that the chances of it happening “are not zero”.When asked about whether the Irish government had estimations on how much an Irish border would cost, a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said:“In December’s joint report of EU and UK negotiators, the UK gave a guarantee that a hard border, including any physical infrastructure and associated checks and controls, will be avoided. Short URL 11,580 Views 50 Comments It’s been a tense few months for those involved in Brexit talks; May’s team has yet to put forward a practical solution that would allow the UK to leave the single market and the customs union, but would avoid an Irish border. So far, the two suggestions put forward have been dismissed by Europe as unworkable.One of those suggestions was that technology could be used to track the goods that cross the border; UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently cited people’s ability to tag Oyster cards on and off at train stations as ways of tracking people’s movements. But the EU has said that technology hasn’t yet been invented to track goods and products.Last week Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said that 12 Revenue staff “are dedicated to Brexit work full-time”; included in this is examining the range of scenarios that Brexit could produce and updating its IT systems.But more detailed information on what Irish border Brexit preparations are being done is being closely guarded by officials due to sensitivities in Brexit negotiations.This is crucial timing in those talks – the two sides have until October before they’re scheduled to vote on the final Brexit deal. Of all the issues that need to be debated, around three-quarters have been agreed upon – but the final issues are considered to be the ones most difficult to overcome.The trade arrangement between the EU and the UK must also be finalised after it officially leaves in March 2019.Tomorrow the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker will visit Dublin to discuss Brexit with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ahead of next week’s European Council summit. He will be accompanied by Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator for Brexit. By Gráinne Ní Aodha As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:center_img The EU’s been crunching the numbers on the cost of a border… but they’re not giving us a figure Preparations for a possible ‘no deal’ scenario are being closely guarded by EU and Irish officials. Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 6:10 AM Jun 21st 2018, 6:11 AM The EU’s focus is now on reaching an agreement with the UK on the legal text in the EU-UK withdrawal agreement which implements this guarantee and provides absolute certainty unless and until another solution is found through the EU’s future relationship with the UK. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Endeavour le départ vers lISS repoussé de dix jours

first_imgEndeavour : le départ vers l’ISS repoussé de dix jours L’Agence spatiale américaine vient d’annoncer que le dernier départ de la navette Endeavour était repoussé au 29 avril, soit dix jours plus tard que prévu. Ce report a été décidé pour éviter tout problème avec un vaisseau russe qui se dirigera, lui aussi vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).    L’AFP fait part d’un communiqué de la Nasa qui précise que le départ de la navette Endeavour a été repoussé au 29 avril à 19h47 GMT. “Ce report supprime un conflit programmé avec un vaisseau cargo russe Progress dont le lancement est prévu le 27 avril et l’arrivée à la Station le 29 avril” explique l’Agence spatiale.  À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe départ d’Endeavour est l’avant-dernier des lancements américains avant plusieurs années. Une fois qu’Atlantis aura pris son envol le 28 juin, les Etats-Unis seront totalement dépendants des vaisseaux russes Soyouz, alors seuls moyens pour les astronautes américains de se rendre sur l’ISS. La solution envisagée pour 2015 serait donc de laisser le secteur commercial reprendre en main les lancements spatiaux. Dans le cas contraire, la Russie demandera à la Nasa 50 millions de dollars par astronaute. Le 5 avril 2011 à 13:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Up Your Cool Factor With a Custom Retro Gaming Cabinet

first_img E3 2019 Has a Shocking Amount of New Arcade MachinesHomemade ‘Super Smash Bros. Melee’ Cabinet Makes Our Hearts … Stay on target Calling all hipsters and nostalgics: London-based STOA is your new favorite home decor company.The British manufacturer custom builds arcade cabinets, each handcrafted from start to finish for one or two players.Available in a variety of colors and styles, with any number of controller combinations, the machines aim to bring players “the ultimate arcade gaming experience.”“This is important as arcade gaming is a connected and intense experience,” according to the product page. “Something that modern gaming with multiple controls played sat from the sofa lacks.”In place of the cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors of yore, STOA uses modern LCD screens, with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a scanline generator—the latter to replicate the lined appearance older gamers remember. Overhead speaker slots, meanwhile, are controlled by a volume knob at the rear of the cabinet.STOAEvery device comes with a curated selection of games, tailored to the client’s preference and design. Choose from titles like Ms. Pac-Man, Street Fighter II, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Mortal Kombat, Paperboy, Space Invaders, and more.“Replay was created to enable players to experience a revival of games distilled down to their purest form,” the firm said. “Where the simplest of graphics and sounds are full of character and pixel-perfect reactions, and split-second coordination is required.”At five feet tall, the cabinet is built as a show piece—able to complement modern interiors while still having what STOA calls “that retro cool look.”Best of all, customers can customize their box (paint scheme and design, surface finish, joysticks, and buttons) to match specific color schemes. Each Replay usually takes six weeks to complete and will ship worldwide from the UK.STOA’s clever wordplay fits the brand’s creative intentions: In ancient Greek architecture, a stoa is a covered walkway lined with columns—not so different from a structural arcade, often defined as a covered walkway enclosed by a line of arches on one or both sides.Get it? Cause they make arcade cabinets.The standard Replay—with one player joystick, three standard buttons, two player start buttons—starts at £4,495 ($5,600). Additional features come at a price: from £70 ($87) for a classic vertical screen game card to £1,400 ($1,745) for custom two-color stripes/triangles paint design and a clear coat gloss.For more information, contact STOA via email or phone, or stop by their London studio next time you’re in town to talk gaming.last_img read more

These Are the Games You Should Check Out in July

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on targetcenter_img June provided gamers with a nice variety of games to play. Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for July. It’s not that the first full month of summer is bereft of games. Far from it. But anyone looking for any big blockbusters is in for some disappointment. I suppose there’s a reason players call this time of year “The Summer Drought.” Still, there are quite a few small and interesting titles to tide you over this month; even if the vast majority are remasters and re-releases. If nothing suits your tastes, you have time to invest in whatever games are still in your backlog.Red Faction Guerilla: Re-Mars-Tered EditionPlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: July 3We haven’t heard any rumblings about a new Red Faction. In fact, the series has more or less been forgotten. That being the case, I suppose this remaster will have to tide fans over until we hear about a new entry.According to THQ Nordic, Red Faction Guerilla: Re-Mars-Tered Edition features fully reworked graphics, improved lighting, improved shadow rendering, shader and post-processing rework, and native 4K support. Does this remaster mean a new Red Faction is on the way? It’s certainly possible given how THQ Nordic has essentially resurrected itself in recent months. Considering the power of modern consoles, it’s easy to see the game’s trademark destructible environments becoming better realized with a new entry. We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose.You can pre-order Red Faction Guerrilla: Re-Mars-Tered from Amazon.Captain Toad: Treasure TrackerPlatforms: Switch, 3DSRelease date: July 13Nintendo Switch owners clearly love their Wii U ports, so it’s no surprise to see Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker make the voyage over to their system. This is fundamentally the same title originally released on Nintendo’s ill-fated console. Of course, it has the added benefit of being portable and having new levels based on Super Mario Odyssey. The game is also getting a 3DS port, but you’re probably going to want the Switch version since it’s both a handheld and console game. With over a hundred levels, this is a perfect game to pass the long summer months with.You can pre-order Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker from Amazon.Octopath TravelerPlatforms: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: July 13First shown during the Nintendo Switch reveal event, Octopath Traveler is a unique kind of JRPG. You play as eight different characters whose narratives intertwine as the story unfolds. In addition to its unconventional story structure, the game features a nice mix of 2D and 3D graphics. Though everything looks pixelated, it retains a modern look.I’ve been excited for Octopath ever since it got announced. I thought the demo from last year was fantastic so I’m definitely looking forward to playing the complete game. Considering how the lack of JRPGs in the summer months, Octopath Traveler is a must for fans of the genre.You can pre-order Octopath Traveler from Amazon.Sonic Mania PlusPlatforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: July 17Sonic Mania was one of 2017’s best games, so it’s great to see it get a new lease on life with Sonic Mania Plus. This version includes two new characters, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. Each new critter has their own special abilities that help them navigate the world differently than Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails. The game also has a new zone, remixes of current zones, adjusted difficulty for bosses, four-player co-op, and more. Best of all, this release is physical. You can now display a (good) modern Sonic game on your shelf.I’ve purchased Sonic Mania on every system I own, so you already know I’m looking forward to this release. Hopefully, Sega will take note of the game’s success and release a proper sequel in the near future.You can pre-order Sonic Mania Plus from Amazon.Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: July 24The original Mega Man has gotten considerable love in recent years thanks the Legacy Collections. But what about our boy X? Fans of Mega Man’s 16-bit counterpart will be happy to know his adventures are also getting the Legacy treatment. The first Mega Man X Legacy Collection contains Mega Man X, X2, X3, and X4. The second installment features Mega Man X5, X6, X7, and X8. Each collection will have options for smoother graphics, CRT filters, widescreen modes, and the original resolutions. Mega Man X7 and X8’s 3D models have also gotten an improvement. This collection is perfect for fans of the originals and those like yours truly who never played these games.You can pre-order Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 from Amazon.No Man’s Sky NextPlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: July 24No Man’s Sky is getting a substantial update called No Man’s Sky Next. The big deal here is the fact the game is getting multiplayer. Now, players can explore the galaxy together, get into epic space battles with one another, build settlements, and more. Basically, it is getting features players assumed would be there from the start. This will no doubt completely change how users play the title and could completely reinvigorate the community. The game is also coming to Xbox One, which is a good thing.You can pre-order No Man’s Sky Next from Amazon.The Banner Saga 3Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: July 24One of this generation’s most underrated franchises is The Banner Saga. Players turned this crowdfunded franchise into a success thanks to the series’ deep Strategy RPG mechanics, enthralling story filled with relatable characters, and Don Bluth-esque art style.The third (and final?) chapter doesn’t do anything to change the formula. To be honest, it doesn’t have to. This is for the folks who enjoyed the previous installments who want to see how the epic concludes. If you want to check out The Banner Saga 3, you should definitely go back and play the previous games to prepare. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.You can pre-order The Banner Saga 3 from Steam.last_img read more

Washington Oregon snowpack levels up

first_imgWeeks of colder temperatures and consistent heavy precipitation has bolstered the snowpack in Oregon and Washington’s mountain ranges, bringing snow levels closer to the long-term average.Basins up and down the Cascades in Washington and Oregon are still around 10 to 15 percentage points away from the average snow water equivalent, forecasters’ measure for snowpack.Eastern Washington basins have improved as well, and forecasters expect conditions to improve soon, as rain and snow are forecast for parts of the region in the next week or so, said Tyree Wilde, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Portland.“This is just going to get better over the next few days,” he said. “This snowpack is just going to continue to build.”Many basins were well below the normal snowpack levels until around Feb. 9-10, when heavier snow came to the region, even bringing a few inches to parts of Clark County including Camas and Washougal.“The weather pattern basically changed. We’re in kind of a cool, wet pattern right now,” Wilde said.The Middle Columbia-Hood basin, which includes Clark County, was at 89 percent of the average normal snow water equivalent as of Friday, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s monitors. On Feb. 8, the basin was at 64 percent of normal.last_img read more

The stories of 2 brothers suspected in bombing

first_imgBOSTON — Tamerlan Tsarnaev practiced martial arts and boxing, even aspiring to fight on the U.S. Olympic team. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been on the wrestling team at a prestigious high school and won a scholarship from the city to pursue higher education. Neighbors recalled the ethnic Chechen brothers, living on a quiet street in Cambridge, Mass., riding bikes and skateboards.Two brothers, one dead, one alive and at large. After hours of only grainy images of two men in baseball caps to go on, a portrait gradually emerged Friday of the men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing.The brothers, who came from a Russian region near Chechnya, lived together on Norfolk Street in Cambridge. They had been in the country for about a decade, according to an uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md. Less was immediately known about Tamerlan, believed to be 26 when he was killed overnight in a shootout. He was the stockier one identified in video released to the public, wearing a black baseball cap and khaki pants. He was involved in martial arts, and competed in boxing matches. According to a crime website he was once arrested for domestic assault on a girlfriend.“I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.” he was quoted as saying in a photo package that appeared in a Boston University student magazine in 2010.last_img read more

New Ikea app will save you a trip to the store

first_img Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. This robot builds Ikea furniture $520 at HP 7 1:02 Comments Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Comments Now playing: Watch this: $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Apple iPhone XS Share your voice Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview $210 at Best Buy Read the Rylo camera preview The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read the AirPods review The Cheapskate $59 at eBay Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tagscenter_img Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $60 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 2 Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Amazon See it $155 at Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) A new Ikea app is coming.  Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET IN 2017, Ikea came out with an app, called Ikea Place, to let customers see how furniture would look in their homes via augmented reality, but it didn’t allow you to buy items. A new app from the home furnishings company will change that. The upcoming Ikea app will let users buy the furniture they want as well as see how different styles will look in their home, according to a report Monday from Reuters.  France will be the first country to get the app, which will make its way to the US later this year. “It is a completely new experience,” Barbara Martin Coppola, Ikea’s chief digital officer, told Reuters. “The app is combined with the store experience, with the online experience.”The Netherlands-based company’s strategy for the app is to sell furniture to customers who don’t have an Ikea nearby. App users will reportedly be able to input the dimensions of a room to see how the furniture will fit and view “inspiration feeds” to help pick the right piece and buy it straight from the app. For those in the stores, it’ll display the range of styles available from the company that a particular store may not have the space to carry. $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo $299 at Amazon Boost Mobile $999 Share your voice Sprint Tags See It Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Turo Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $6 at Tidallast_img read more

Itemized Work On Gas Line Considered Confidential

first_imgState reimbursements to TransCanada Corp. in pursuit of a natural gas pipeline are expected to total about $330 million. But the list of the itemized project work is considered confidential.Natural Resources department spokeswoman Elizabeth Bluemink says the list contains competitively sensitive proprietary information. She said by email that protecting “this commercially sensitive information continues to be in the state’s interest,” given work underway on a proposed liquefied natural gas project.She said state agencies working on the project have access to the information and related work products.With state support, TransCanada pursued a pipeline that would serve North America markets. But it gained no traction.The two recently ended that relationship but started another in pursuit of the LNG project, which would serve overseas markets and involve other players.last_img read more

Research Shows More Children Suffer From Poverty After The Recession

first_img X Listen 00:00 /01:15 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share In 2008, the economic downturn added stress to families across the U.S..Rachel Kimbro, a professor at Rice University, was interested in seeing what effect this had on children.“And what we found is that more children after the great recession were living in high poverty neighborhoods,” Kimbro says.Kimbro worked with researchers at University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin to analyze data about kindergartens nationwide from 1998 to 2010.The results showed that in the 12 year span, kids who lived in impoverished areas increased from 36 percent to 44 percent.Kimbro says the recession had a wider reach than she thought.“It was white kindergarteners and non-poor, so kindergartners who weren’t poor, who were more likely to be living in high poverty neighborhoods after the recession,” Kimbro says.Researchers say this doesn’t mean things got better for minority groups, but became worse for everyone.Kimbro says these results are troublesome because it’s linked to children being behind in school.“Children from high poverty neighborhoods, in our study, were about one year behind academically when they started kindergarten,” Kimbro says.She hopes the research will help teachers and school districts understand that more of their kindergarteners are coming from high poverty neighborhoods and may need more help.last_img read more