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Tuked away no more Canadas first permanent road to Arctic coast to

first_imgTUKTOYAKTUK, – At 6 a.m. on Wednesday, in the arctic cold and darkness of the Mackenzie Delta, Darrel Nasogaluak will fire up his vehicle and head out on Canada’s newest and most exotic road trip.Nasogaluak, mayor of the Northwest Territories hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, will drive down 120 kilometres of brand-new, two-lane, all-weather gravel to Inuvik. Replacing a seasonal ice road, the new highway is the country’s first permanent link to its Arctic coast.With apologies to Stan Rogers, travellers will now be able to grasp the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea from the heated comfort of their drivers’ seats.“It’s something that’s been on the community’s want list for 40 years,” said Nasogaluak, who will make the early morning trip to join up with opening ceremonies in Inuvik.After it’s done, he’ll join an official motorcade heading back up the road to Tuk. That’s where the real party begins — speeches, songs, fireworks and a lavish community feast with local favourites including caribou, reindeer, char, whale and muktuk.The $300-million road will cross a rolling landscape of tundra and lakes with many stream crossings and bridges.“I’ve travelled a lot of highways, but the scenery on this one is quite different,” said Nasogaluak, who’s already been out on the route on his ATV. “You come out of the forested areas out on to the tundra and you eventually reach the ocean.”N.W.T. Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann has driven half the road.“When you come out of Inuvik, for about 20 kilometres you don’t realize how much you’re going uphill. The trees just get smaller and smaller and smaller and all of a sudden you’re on the top of a mountain and there’s no trees and you can see about 100 kilometres on both sides of the highway.“It’s an amazing feeling.”People first began talking about the project in the 1960s. Surveys began in 1974.The Northwest Territories made the first proposal in 1998 and Ottawa granted $200 million in funding in 2009 after years of lobbying from the territory as well as aboriginal and business groups. Construction began in earnest in 2014.It’s taken a while. But maybe that’s a good thing, said Nasogaluak.“It’s given us an opportunity to prepare really well.”The community has had many public discussions on the road’s potential impact, both social and environmental. And it’s getting ready for visitors.A southern company has donated 2,000 cans of brightly coloured paint to spruce up the place.The local bed and breakfast has added rooms. Tuk is developing RV parking sites and public facilities such as toilets.It’s also estimated that a reliable route for supplies will reduce the cost of living in the Tuk by about $1.5 million a year. That’s the equivalent of $1,500 in savings for every man, woman and child in town.The road is likely to boost economic activity in the area by reducing transportation costs, said Schumann. It’s an example of the kind of infrastructure the N.W.T. desperately needs.“Our infrastructure deficit is horrendous,” said Schumann.The Inuvik-Tuk road is only the start of the territory’s asks.It’s been looking for an all-weather road from Yellowknife into the heart of the territory, where some of the richest mineral deposits anywhere in the world await, linking up to a port on Nunavut’s western coast. It would also like a road reaching up the Mackenzie Valley to open that region for tourism and development.“Every dollar invested by the federal government into this type of infrastructure in the territories is not only going to benefit us, it’s going to benefit all Canadians,” Schumann said.But for now, Inuvik-Tuk is cause enough for celebration, said Nasogaluak.“Everywhere you go, somebody’s saying it’s two months, it’s one month, now we’re down to days. A lot of people are excited and we’re going to have quite a celebration.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

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Haiti making progress on rule of law but faces serious challenges –

8 February 2012Haiti has made some progress in restoring the rule of law, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in the Caribbean country said today, citing as examples the appointment of the president of the highest appellate court and the upcoming establishment of the supreme council of the judiciary. “During my last visit I received important and promising commitments from President [Michel] Martelly, namely the implementation of the rule of law,” said Michel Forst, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti. “Most of these promises were kept and major announcements are now a reality,” he said at the end of his nine-day visit to the country.He also cited Haiti’s ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which he said was important for the access to certain rights, including the right to education and health, as well as the right of every Haitian to be free from hunger.Serious challenges, however, remain, Mr. Forst said in a press release. “President Martelly has made rule of law one of his top priorities for his mandate, but the implementation of the rule of law requires a sound political action.”“The population needs to see that the rule of law prevails in Haiti,” he added, calling for the appointment of an inter-ministerial rule of law coordination mechanism within the Government.On justice, Mr. Forst stressed the need to deal with the problem of prolonged pre-trial detentions, saying there are still too many suspects who have waited for too long to be brought before a judge and are often held in conditions that would be considered “cruel, inhuman degrading” under the UN Convention against Torture.On conditions in camps, he called for the adoption of a national comprehensive urban planning strategy that would allow internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their communities of origin in acceptable conditions, and not to makeshift shelters.He reiterated his disappointment with reports that former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier may not face charges relating to the serious rights violations that took place during his 15-year rule.“My first thoughts go to the victims and their families, and I support their decision to appeal the judge’s decision in order to proceed with the case,” Mr. Forst said.Meanwhile, the Special Representative of Secretary-General and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Mariano Fernández Amunátegui, said that he had learned with sadness of a fire in one of the IDP camps in the capital, Port-au-Prince, today that killed a child. Two other children are missing.He said MINUSTAH had sent a medical team, two ambulances and two water tankers to assist Haitian police and the UN police on their rescue mission and to put out the fire.Mr. Fernández Amunátegui sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of the young victim and hoped that the two others reported missing will be found and returned to their families. read more

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Disappointing results Statoil says exploration wells off Newfoundland empty

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Statoil says two exploration wells drilled about 500 kilometres off Newfoundland’s east coast have come up empty.Trond Jacobsen of Statoil Canada says the results are “disappointing” as the company and its partner Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) assess next steps for drilling near the Bay du Nord field.It’s estimated the frontier field contains about 300 million barrels of recoverable oil.Statoil says the two exploration wells were safely drilled in the Flemish Pass Basin within tie-back vicinity of its 2013 Bay du Nord discovery.Oil in those wells would have increased options for any potential development.Statoil Canada President Paul Fulton says the company is still evaluating future drilling and the feasibility of a production site at Bay du Nord.

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ECD man chops reputed wife motherinlaw who stopped him from choking

A thirty-six year old labourer of Success South Squatting Area, East Coast Demerara went berserk on Saturday morning and chopped his 19-year-old reputed wife and her mother after they restrained him from further strangling a 4-year-old child.Based on reports received, the suspect shared a common-law relationship with 19-year-old Tiffany Mc Beth but reportedly got annoyed after his mother-in-law turned up at his house to spend some time.She also had her 4-year-old granddaughter. The woman of Peter’s Hall East Bank Demerara and the young man were reportedly getting along well but on Saturday morning, he woke up and suddenly began to choke the 4-year-old child.McBeth and her mother Loraine McBeth, 64, attempted to restrain the young man from strangling the child but in retaliating, he armed himself with a kitchen knife and dealt the two women several stabs to their bodies.After committing the act, the man fled the scene. The injured ladies were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they were treated and admitted patients. The child was also taken for a medical examination.The mother, daughter and grandchild were subsequently discharged. Meanwhile, the police have since apprehended the suspect and he is being interrogated. Up to the time of this post, no just reasons were given for his actions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother accused of murdering her 3-y-o son remandedAugust 29, 2018In “Court”Corentyne man being investigated for alleged rape of step-daughtersApril 4, 2017In “Crime”“Friendship man forced to confess he killed wife” – FamilyJune 12, 2014In “Crime” read more

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Caterpillar releases 620 K Series wheel tractorscrapers

first_imgThe new Cat® 620 K Series wheel tractor-scrapers—621K, 623K, and 627K—refine the design of their H Series predecessors, which introduced industry leading features such as Sequence Assist and Load Assist that automate cycle functions for optimum production and operator convenience. These scrapers are most often used in soils removal, mined land reclamation and road building and repair tasks at miness. The 623 elevating scraper is self loading and often picks up windrows of material created when motor graders build and maintain haul roads. K Series models build on the productive qualities of the H Series with new customer-requested features, including high pressure steering, engine over-speed protection, tyre spin reduction, differential lock engagement protection, machine/ground-speed control and payload estimator. Payload capacity of the open-bowl 621K and open-bowl, twin-engine 627K is 26.2 t, and 25.1 t for the elevating 623K.The new models incorporate a number of additional enhancements: Advanced Cushion Hitch uses new software to dampen end-of-stroke movement of the load cylinder for a smoother ride; hydraulic-system refinement simplifies the bowl quick-drop function; draft arm overflow guards divert material away from bowl sides; Auto-Stall assists in quickly bringing the transmission to operating temperature for faster  transitions from torque-convertor drive; cab interiors feature a redesigned dash as well as visibility and operator comfort enhancements; maintenance improvements include an easier-to-service filter bank; and the Fuel Economy Mode for the 627K adjusts shift points and power distribution for optimum fuel economy.Engine Over-Speed Protection: If machine sensors anticipate an engine over-speed condition, the compression brake or service brakes automatically apply at an appropriate level to keep engine speed within the target range.Tyre Spin Reduction: This selectable control automatically adjusts engine speed to reduce the potential for wheel slip.Differential Lock Engagement Protection: This standard new feature is designed to prevent the operator from engaging the differential lock when operating situations are inappropriate.High Pressure Steering: The 620 K Series steering system operates at a higher hydraulic-relief setting to reduce steering effort, minimising operator fatigue and boosting production.Machine Speed Limiter: This feature, which can be set through the dash display or via the Cat Electronic Technician, allows top travel speed to be restricted. Once set, the machine will automatically select the transmission gear most suited for the selected speed, resulting in lower engine-load factors and reduced fuel burn.Ground Speed Control: Ground Speed Control is intended for use when reduced top speed is required for shorter segments or time periods. The operator can set the desired top speed, and the machine will select the optimum gear for operation of the engine and transmission. Payload Estimator: Cat Connect makes smart use of technology and services to help improve jobsite efficiency. PAYLOAD technologies, such as Payload Estimator, help managers measure loads to accurately track material movement and maximize productivity. Payload Estimator is designed to calculate payload in English or metric equivalents, to an estimated accuracy of 95 percent, by measuring pressures at the bowl-lift cylinders at the start of the haul segment. Payload Estimator works optimally in conjunction with the Sequence Assist feature.last_img read more

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Revenue website showing property values goes live

first_imgREVENUE HAS LAUNCHED a new website showing property values around the country, which will be used to calculate how much property tax homeowners will have to pay.The property valuation guide, which can be seen here, gives an estimated price for properties in a given location, rather than specific valuations for individual properties.The website advises users that there are always properties in an area which will be worth more or less than the average.Revenue said the valuation is based mainly on the market value of houses in the area sold in the past three years, adjusted for price movements over time.Users are asked to select their property location, their property type (for example, semi-detached, bungalow, terraced) and whether or not it was built before 2000.It then displays a map where users have to zoom in closely in order to see the valuation band assigned to their property. This value band will be used to confirm how much property tax a homeowner will pay.The website warns users that they will have to factor any exceptional factors that could affect the value of the house when they assess how much it is worth.“If you follow this guidance honestly and if the guidance is indicating a reasonable valuation for your property, Revenue will accept your assessment,” the site says.The property tax was announced in Budget 2013 and comes into effect from 1 July this year.  The tax is paid on the market value of a residential property.You asked, we answered: What you want to know about the property tax >last_img read more

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WWE announces yet another new match for Smackdown Live this Tuesday

first_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Google+ Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WWE announced Sunday on Twitter that yet another new match has been added to this Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Live at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita. The Miz and Cesaro will square off just five days before The Miz and Shane McMahon battle Sheamus and Cesaro for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Titles at next Sunday’s Royal Rumble Pay Per View at Chase Field in Phoenix.The announcement also states that during Tuesday night’s match Shane McMahon will be in the corner of The Miz, while Sheamus will be in the corner of Cesaro.As we reporter earlier, WWE has already announced a stacked line-up for Tuesday’s Royal Rumble PPV go home show which includes Samoa Joe vs. Mustafa Ali, Naomi vs. Mandy Rose, Vince McMahon moderating a face-to-face segment between WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles, and Rey Mysterio squaring off against Andrade in a Best 2 out of 3 Falls match that is a rematch from last week’s episode.Wrestleview will have live Smackdown results this Tuesday night beginning at 8:00p.m. ET/7:00p.m. CT.You can check out WWE’s announcement from their Twitter post below:Just days before their #SmackDown #TagTeamTitles clash at #RoyalRumble, @mikethemiz (w/ @shanemcmahon) will battle @WWECesaro (w/ @WWESheamus) THIS TUESDAY on #SDLive! https://t.co/Ta6EdNlUVm— WWE (@WWE) January 20, 2019center_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

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Evergreen Public Schools exploring areas to cut budget

first_imgPaul Warner isn’t sleeping well.The Shahala Middle School teacher librarian, who has been at the Evergreen Public Schools campus for seven years, faces the loss of media assistant Emily Krimme, a co-worker he said makes his job just barely doable.“The amount of work my assistant and I do, we can’t get it done in a day,” he said.Clark County’s largest school district, like districts across the region and state, is facing a multimillion-dollar budget deficit in the coming school year. Evergreen pegs its shortage between $15 million and $18 million, and while exact decisions haven’t yet been finalized, a list of proposed cuts was circulated at a Tuesday board meeting and among district staff.That includes media assistants at all school levels for a saving of about $1.3 million. The very thought of that loss kept Warner up late after hearing the news Monday, wondering how he would approach his job in the coming year. He and his media assistant are, effectively, the “Geek Squad” of the middle school, responding to questions about laptops and educational programs, all while trying to teach students about media literacy and checking out books.“We work with kids and teachers all day long, and it’s not just with books,” he said. “It’s with technology.”The proposed cuts are sweeping, covering staff, programs, travel and other expenses. Most significantly is the proposed elimination of 37 administrative staff for a $5,065,000 savings. Some cuts will be made through restructuring of some positions; others will be eliminated entirely.In particular, Interim Superintendent Mike Merlino said, will be cuts to staff and programs under the district’s LIFT Initiative, or Leveraging Technology to Personalize Learning. The acronym encompasses the district’s addition of laptop computers in all classrooms, as well as the software and infrastructure that comes with it.last_img read more

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Heineken and Virgin Media communicate pension changes to staff

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2015: Heineken and Virgin Media have adopted a continuous communications approach to inform staff about the pension reforms.Speaking at a conference session on the effect of the latest general election on workplace pensions at Employee Benefits Live 2015, David Roberts, head of pensions and benefits at Virgin Media, explained that recent changes to the workplace pensions landscape, such as auto-enrolment and the pension flexibilities, have created opportunities for both employees and employers.Roberts noted that despite the new flexibilities, staff failing to contribute enough to their retirement savings remains the greatest barrier to workers retiring comfortably.Roberts said: “Employees may not know how much they need to retire on, so the freedoms mean people may be unequipped to make the decisions that they want to.” He also explained that Virgin Media has continuously communicated the changes to its employees as they have been implemented: “Staff need to understand the importance of saving as much as they can as soon as they can, how to make the most out of their money through investing, and what they actually need to save.”Neil Parfrey, head of pensions at Heineken, who also spoke at the session, further emphasised the importance of continuously educating staff about changes to pensions legislation.He said: “Continued engagement and education are crucial to avoiding pension pitfalls going forward, such as not saving enough. “We give our employees road shows with plenty of branding and engagement surveys. I’d also recommend employers provide gamification with informative apps and a review of default funds.”Parfrey is of the opinion that there may be further legislative changes to pensions in the future. He added: ”I’m not overly optimistic that we will have steady water ahead if we don’t start to look at pensions more holistically.”last_img read more

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MidlandHR holds staff events to celebrate National Payroll Week

first_imgEmployees at human resources and payroll service provider Midland HR are taking part in a range of activities to mark National Payroll Week (NPW).The organisation, which employs 500 staff, will host events at its HR Outsourcing (HRO) Centre in Nottingham (pictured). The activities are themed ‘It plays to learn’, in line with this year’s National Payroll Week theme of ‘Educating the nation’.Staff will take part in games and quizzes, in addition to a ‘Great British Bake Off’-style contest that will be judged by Samantha Mann, senior research and policy officer at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).Emma Long, HRO operations director at MidlandHR, said: “National Payroll Week is a fantastic and fun way to recognise the contribution that payroll, and the people that work within it, make to the UK economy.“MidlandHR is passionate about investing in its people with 27 of our HRO team having enrolled this year in CIPP for year one studies, to join the 95% that are already CIPD or CIPP qualified.“Continually supporting our employees in their personal and professional development through recognised training programmes benefits not only the individuals but also the organisation and its customers.”last_img read more

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Therese Okoumou Statue of Liberty Climber Unrepentant

first_imgBy TOM HAYS, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — An unrepentant protester who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a “dangerous stunt” pleaded not guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct.Activists, packed into a Manhattan courtroom, cheered when a federal magistrate judge released Therese Okoumou without bail after she had spent the night behind bars. Okoumou responded by raising her fist and blowing kisses to her supporters.Therese Okoumou leaves Federal court, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in New York. Okoumou, who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a “dangerous stunt” pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct . A federal judge released Okoumou without bail after her court appearance. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Outside court, the naturalized U.S. citizen from Congo said she climbed the landmark as a spur-of-the-moment protest over the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policies that resulted in the separation of immigrant children from parents accused of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.“When they go low, we go high, and I went as high as I could,” Okoumou said, paraphrasing former first lady Michelle Obama. “No children belong in a cage.”Okoumou, who goes by her middle name, Patricia, sported a T-shirt reading “White Supremacy is Terrorism,” which she had worn inside-out in court.President Donald Trump, during a campaign rally in Montana, called her a “clown.”“You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty. You see that guys that went up there. I wouldn’t have done it,” the Republican president said Thursday night, praising the bravery of police officers who ascended the statue’s base and persuaded her to climb down.He added: “I would have said, ‘Let’s gets some nets, and let’s wait till she comes down. Just get some nets.’”Okoumou, of Staten Island, “staged a dangerous stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the (New York Police Department) officers who responded to the scene,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement.Court papers also charged Okoumou with resisting arrest by refusing to leave her perch by the bottom of the statue’s robes, about 100 feet (30 meters) above ground. Police were forced to scale the statue to pull her down.If convicted, Okoumou, 44, would face up to six months behind bars on each count.The National Park Service decided to evacuate more than 4,000 visitors from Liberty Island on Wednesday out of an abundance of caution, spokesman Jerry Willis said. Average attendance for the Fourth of July is 20,000 to 25,000 people, he added.The park service also was taking a closer look at the statue to see if there was any damage, though that’s unlikely, Willis said. The copper-pounded skin is only the thickness of two pennies but “it’s strong,” he said.“That statue has been out in the middle of New York Harbor for 130 years — with hurricanes and lightning and everything that nature has thrown at her,” he said. “She’s survived quite well.”The park service was reviewing security videotape to try to determine how the woman was able to make the climb, Willis said.Asked about it herself, Okoumou smiled and responded: “I did a pull-up.”___Associated Press writer Kiley Armstrong contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 10 Jack and the Lava Monster

After 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.When I sat down to watch episode 10 of Samurai Jack, I had completely forgotten the name of the episode or what it was about and I didn’t bother looking it up or even reading the description because really what difference would it make, right? As it turns out though, I’m glad that I went into this episode as a little bit more of a blank slate, because it featured a very unique approach, one that closely mirrored an artistic medium that, despite possessing a massive influence, rarely reaches out to touch film and television. That medium? Video games.As we’ve touched on in previous installments, Samurai Jack is a pastiche, a delicious hodgepodge of influences, references, tropes, and in-jokes. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the age of the creators, as well as the medium and genre that they’re working in, the vast majority of those influences tend to originate in film and television. “Jack and the Lava Monster,” however, does something different, structuring the entire episode around what can only be described as the “lava level” of a video game. But what’s most impressive about the episode is that it still manages to feel like a Samurai Jack episode, courtesy of some fantastic trope-twisting at the end.The episode starts off in a familiar fashion: Jack, sans context, wanders silently through a lovingly rendered landscape. This time out, it resembles a northern European moor or tundra. While some people criticize the show for its sometimes lackadaisical pacing, the anime-esque tendency to linger over long, silent shots, it’s something that I truly love about the show. What’s more, I actually respect the restraint that it indicates, as the show’s storytellers are confident enough in their ability to not worry about packing every single moment with action.That somewhat sedate opening sequence also serves another purpose here, however, beyond just impressing geeks like me: It establishes a tonal baseline from which the episode quickly deviates. Before long, Jack, having discovered that the landscape has been blasted and defiled, follows a beckoning voice, climbing an ominous mountain to reach and, presumably, confront it.And there, once Jack is inside the mountain, is where the video game similarities really kick in. Our hero finds himself subjected to a seemingly endless series of traps. Spikes and chomping teeth, lava and flame, Jack is faced with a gauntlet of death, a gauntlet that he must run through. And that’s the really interesting part, something that is addressed soon after Jack finds himself amongst the traps: Jack cannot go back, he can only move forward. And as he moves forward? The traps get more and more treacherous.As Jack traverses this “lava level,” one of my favorite moments of the episode stands in stark contrast to the dire straits in which the samurai finds himself. While on the run, he barrels out over a cliff and, for a brief moment, does a Wile E. Coyote-esque hang in the air before plummeting downward. It’s a brief bit of comic relief that helps release the tension so that it can start to build anew as Jack confronts his next challenge: The level’s boss.And fittingly for a “lava level,” the boss is a giant made of volcanic rock and molten lava, a villain that Jack must face and defeat because, well, that’s not exactly clear. Up until this point, the show has followed a classic platformer video game story progression, and shares the same problem as many video games: The stories are merely a delivery method for the gameplay and action, which comprise a video game’s true appeal. If Jack were to simply face, fight, and defeat the monster, it would be an exciting, action-packed episode for sure, but ultimately, it’d be a bunch of empty calories. Fortunately, the show’s creators found a smart, clever solution.That solution was to once again have Jack mention the very problem he was confronted with. But just as earlier, when he observed that he could not go backward, only forward, Jack’s observation isn’t some fourth wall breaking bit of meta-narrative. It’s actually built into the story, as he refuses to simply brawl to the death with the Lava Monster for no real reason.It’s a deceptively simple solution and one that allows the episode to seamlessly slide back out of its video game logic and give some background for the Lava Monster. And that background? It shows us that prior to becoming a Lava Monster, he was actually a man, a warrior not unlike Jack, who struggled, fought, and lost in a battle with Aku. Furthermore, he, like Jack, was not merely beaten by the demon, but was condemned to observe his utter defeat. As Jack was catapulted into the future to find a world that Aku had dominated, the viking warrior that became the Lava Monster was forced to watch, helpless, trapped within a mountain.Ultimately, Jack gives the Lava Monster what he wants, and the two have an epic duel. But the reason why Jack decides to give in and fight is an important one, as it’s only because of his similarities to the Lava Monster, and the knowledge that defeating him in battle, allowing him to ascend to Valhalla, is an act, not of senseless video game violence, but of mercy.These are some of my favorite episodes of Samurai Jack – ones that abandon the driving overall narrative to allow for diverse types of stories, ones that not only explore tropes, but turn them on their heads in service of the story. And we’re in luck, because next week sees us tackle another of my favorites, one that introduces one of my favorite cartoon characters ever. It’s episode eleven of Samurai Jack’s first season, “Jack and the Scotsman.” Watch along with us on Hulu!Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. 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This Wearable Tracks Vital Information in Mass Casualty Situations

first_img Next-Gen Google Glass Wearable Ready For BusinessCan Smart PJs Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep? When mass casualty incidents occur—as they seem to almost daily in America—each second counts for first responders on the scene.But amidst the chaos of an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack, monitoring every victim can be difficult and overwhelming.So researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed a solution.VitalTag is an adhesive sensor that measures and tracks a patient’s vital signs, allowing rescuers to triage, treat, and transport the injured.The single-lead electrocardiogram detects, monitors, and wirelessly transmits metrics like blood pressure, respiration rate, blood oxygen levels, and shock index.Just stick it onto a person’s sternum, and VitalTag does the rest, securely broadcasting real-time patient data to a mobile device or laptop.This wearable will keep first responders connected to their patients via a suite of sensors and a mobile app (via VitalTag)Paramedics and emergency medical technicians can view an individual’s medical status and location via an incident map. And, should things take a turn for the worse, the system will send an alert.“First responders told us they need a device to continuously monitor patients in demanding environmental conditions,” Grant Tietje, a former first responder who manages the Responder Technology Alliance at PNNL, said in a statement. “VitalTag provides a wearable, cost-effective health monitoring solution.”Not only have researchers consolidated expensive and bulky equipment into a wearable device, but they’ve embedded artificial intelligence. Machine learning algorithms interact with sensor hardware to create an intuitive user interface that helps responders do more, according to the lab.“It is a resource multiplier,” PNNL data scientist Luke Gosink said. “Yes, ambulances have these types of equipment but usually only a few of each.“With VitalTag, many more patients can be monitored simultaneously and continuously,” he added. “More situational awareness, like that achieved with VitalTag, can result in better patient outcomes.”Still in the prototype phase, PNNL’s technology will receive a limited evaluation assessment before making its commercial debut. The lab has high hopes for VitalTag, including monitoring high-performance athletes during training, military warfighters, medically vulnerable populations, and veterinary medicine.More coverage on Geek.com:Cow Wearable Helps Aussie Farmers Track LivestockThis Wearable Ultrasound Patch Could Save Your LifeWearable EKG Sensor Monitors Long-Term Health Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Agri credit target raised by Rs 50000 cr

first_imgIn a bonanza for farmers and agriculture, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget on Saturday raised the agriculture credit target by Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 8.5 lakh crore for 2015-16 fiscal and also announced financial support to enhance irrigation and soil health for higher agriculture productivity.“Farm credit underpins the efforts our hardworking farmers and I have therefore set up an ambitious target of Rs 8.5 lakh crore of credit during the year 2015-16. I am sure banks will surpass (this target),” Jaitley said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJITo support the agriculture sector, the FM said: “I propose to allocate Rs 25,000 crore in 2015-16 to the corpus of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund set up NABARD.” Jaitley also announced an allocation of Rs 15,000 crore for long-term rural credit fund, Rs 45,000 crore for short-term cooperative rural credit refinance fund and Rs 15,000 crore for short-term RRB (regional rural banks) refinance fund. To boost irrigation and soil health, Jaitley said, “I propose to support the Agriculture Ministry’s organic farm scheme Parampara Krishi Vikas Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sinchai Yojana (PMGSY)…I am allocating Rs 5,300 crore to support micro irrigation watershed programmes and PMGSY.”last_img read more

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Virendra appointed new DG of West Bengal police

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government has appointed Virendra as the new director-general of police, replacing current DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, who would be retiring on May 31, a notification issued late last night said. Virendra was posted as the DG (security). Ajay Kumar Nand, who was IGP Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), will be the Director, security, replacing SN Gupta, it said.Gupta was made the new ADG CIF with additional charges of ADG, establishment, the notification said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a senior official at the secretariat, a new post — advisor (security) — has been created to accommodate Purkayastha.”Kar Purkayastha is highly experienced and the chief minister prefers him and wants to utilise him in security-related issues. He will likely be advising to the chief minister on security-related issues,” he said.Incidentally, Purkayastha was the first DGP in the state who was given an extension after his official retirement in 2016.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Company Looks to Leverage Technology AI

first_img Share Consumer Technology 2019-06-06 Mike Albanese in Data, Headlines, News Sagent Lending Technologies announced today an initiative to transform the borrower and the lender experience through Microsoft Azure. Sagent will leverage the potential of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and cognitive services available on Azure that will provide a reimagined experience for Sagent clients and their consumer borrowers.Building on the SaaS technology and business process outsourcing capabilities, Sagent Lending Technologies, a joint venture between Warburg Pincus and Fiserv, Inc. is partnering with Microsoft to transform the experience of auto, mortgage, and consumer borrowers.To accomplish this, Pennsylvania-based Sagent is working to deploy, operate, and secure software and services for the future of lending. This integration will use Azure to drive new levels of operating scale, end-to-end digital agility, and enhanced speed-to-market for Sagent clients that comprises a wide ecosystem of auto, mortgage and consumer lenders. It will also bring advanced data management and customer analytics that will be supplemented by Azure AI and Machine Learning tools to create an unequaled experience for borrowers and lenders.“Having a vision for the future and realizing that through a thoughtful innovation plan supported by a strategic technology partner is what will uniquely allow our Sagent clients to win in the ever-evolving lending marketplace. Sagent is the technology partner for lenders who are willing to be a few steps ahead of the rest of the industry in realizing the future,” said Shaimaa Elk, EVP, CIO at Sagent Lending Technologies. “As a Microsoft Partner, Sagent’s utilization of the full breadth of the Azure cloud is central to realizing a vision for the future of lending and will benefit all of our clients by creating real innovation today and tomorrow.”Toni Townes-Whitley, President of US Regulated Industries at Microsoft said, “Sagent Lending Technologies is embarking on a mission to change the face of the auto, mortgage, and consumer lending industry. We will be able to offer our mutual clients greater flexibility in how they receive and consume Sagent’s solutions using Microsoft technologies, and we will create a new customer experience and financial ecosystem in this digital age.”center_img Company Looks to Leverage Technology, AI June 6, 2019 286 Views last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAustralia’s travel interests have shifted significantly toward visits to Iceland, which have increased 26% in the first semester of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016**.With the best season to see the popular Northern Lights beginning in September until March, it is now the best time to go to Iceland. Here are the top things to do while in Iceland that travellers cannot miss.See the lights before they dimThe Aurora Borealis is, without a doubt, Iceland´s top attraction and the world’s most famous true-light display of nature. Travellers can book a tour on TripAdvisor to admire the polar lights, such as the Unleash Iceland tour, for around 154€, including transportation, guide, an Icelandic meal, cocktails and a visit to Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube Cave.Skyr – a culture part of Iceland’s cultureA visit to Skyr Factory is a must for any traveller wanting to discover the flavours of Iceland. Skyr is a unique Icelandic yoghurt and on tour, you’ll even sample Icelandic delicacies given a modern twist and sip an exclusive Skyr cocktail. The Golden Circle Gourmet Food tasting tour for 225€ is a good option, where guests will be able to enjoy a farm-to-table meal of fresh dairy, meats, and fish at a local farm, visiting greenhouses, a classic Nordic turf house to feast on regional specialties like dried fish, smoked lamb and rhubarb pancakes, and making scenic stops at Thingvellir National Park and the thundering Gullfoss waterfall.Cruise and have a whale good timeIceland is one of the few places in the world where visitors can admire Minke and Humpback whales, as well as other local residents, like white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and puffins. Some boat cruises combine visits to other important attractions, like a Whale Watching Cruise, including a visit to Blue Lagoon Spa, bookable on TripAdvisor for 223€, or a Whale Watching tour including Gullfoss and Geysir Express Tour from Reykjavik, for 188€.Horse around like a warriorEmbark on a great northern adventure with a ride on an Icelandic horse, the same breed imported by Vikings in the 9th century and closely related to ones that were ridden by Norse warriors. Guests can feel like a true explorer as they cross the remote landscape, taking in views of icy peaks in the distance. On these Viking Horse-riding tours tours, guests can also have your choice of additional visits, like the Viking Horse-riding and visit to the Blue Lagoon, for 226€, or the Viking Horse-Riding and Gulfoss and Geysir Express Tour from Reykjavik, for 190€.Drink like an IcelanderGet a taste of Iceland at the country’s oldest brewery, the Olgerdin Brewery, where visitors can also take in fascinating tales of Iceland’s quirky drinking culture. You can visit the brewery on its own, purchasing a Beer Tasting at Olgerdin Brewery from Reykjavik tour for 65€ on TripAdvisor, or as part of a jam-packed tour including visits to UNESCO-listed Thingvellir Park and see Lake Thingvallavatn, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area, for 127€.Get a dose of adrenaline in the coldFor those who enjoy sports and outdoors activities, Iceland is a definite winner to get your thrill on. From kayaking, to snowmobiling, snorkelling, hiking and ice climbing, or white water rafting, there is an activity of choice for all adrenaline junkies out there. Most of these tours visit emblematic Icelandic treasures like Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall, the Gjábakkahellir cave, Silfra or Solheimajokull Glacier.Go beyond the WallIceland is one of the most popular filming locations of this popular TV show, where places like Vik have seen increases in searches on TripAdvisor of up to 1300% from the end of 2012 until the beginning of 2016. In fact, the Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik, bookable on TripAdvisor for 105€, is the second most booked Game of Thrones tour in the world. Travellers can see where the White Walkers roamed in Thingvellir National Park, the waterfall Þórufoss, where a local goat was attacked by one of Daenerys‘ dragons, or Almannagjá Gorge in Thingvellir, used to film scenes depicting the Bloody Gate of the Eyrie.**According to TripAdvisor traffic dataGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Connecticut theatre dumps musical based on Woody A

first_imgConnecticut theatre dumps musical based on Woody Allen film EAST HADDAM, Conn. – A Connecticut theatre has cancelled a musical based on a Woody Allen film, citing sexual misconduct allegations against him and the current dialogue about sexual harassment and misconduct.Goodspeed Musicals Executive Director Michael Gennaro announced Thursday that the East Haddam-based group is dumping performances of “Bullets Over Broadway” that were scheduled to begin in September.Gennaro says the decision was made after conversations with community members, trustees, staff and artists.Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, has renewed allegations that Allen molested her in 1992 when she was 7 years old. Allen was investigated but not charged, and he has long denied the allegations.“Bullets Over Broadway” will be replaced by “The Drowsy Chaperone.”Goodspeed Musicals performs in the famed Goodspeed Opera House, where the musical “Annie” was created. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 5:37 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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FBME admin says entitled to participate in Frankfurt case

first_imgChris Iacovides, the special administrator of the Cyprus branch of Tanzania’s FBME Bank Ltd, said he considers himself entitled to participate in proceedings at German courts as he was the only cell “vigorously resisting” lawsuits brought to European courts by depositors.Iacovides was responding to an April 7 report by Kathimerini newspaper that a German court in Frankfurt had banned him from obtaining documents of the ruling, which Bank of Tanzania won when unnamed depositors claimed unspecified deposits held at an also unnamed correspondent bank in Germany.Kathimerini said the German court, to which an FBME depositor resorted to have his funds ringfenced, ruled that they did not belong to a particular customer and belonged instead to the bank. When the special administrator of FBME’s Cyprus branch sought through his lawyers to get all relevant information about the case, the court denied the request.Kathimerini which did not cite a source for its report, said that the Frankfurt court did not recognise the legal entity of FBME’s Cyprus branch and therefore it could not consider requests from Iacovides on its behalf.“The decisions to which the article refers relate to technical arguments concerning the standing of the special administrator to make applications in the German proceedings,” Iacovides said in an emailed statement on Friday. “My case is that I should be entitled to take part in the German proceedings in order to protect assets of FBME’s Cyprus branch, over which I am appointed under the resolution law. I am considering the recent decisions of the German courts with my German counsel, and it is likely that further applications to court will be made”.As the proceedings at the Frankfurt court continue, “it would therefore be inappropriate for me to comment further on matters which are sub judice,” Iacovides said.Iacovides said the English High Court already recognised his standing and authority as special administrator and added that he already had German and English court orders for the seizure of assets overturned.The Kathimerini report was published on the same day the Cyprus Business Mail reported that Iacovides was able to successfully initiate legal action to set aside a garnishment and transfer order issued by an English court in October 2015, after he had been notified by Germany’s Commerzbank. The order was issued after a group of FBME depositors, including Cinque Ports Trading Limited, Modena Corporate Services Limited, Saunders & Fyffe Corp., and Clifton Conroy Associates Limited, filed proceedings in England seeking the immediate repayment of $201.2m in deposits at FBME.Lawrence Mafuru, the statutory manager of FBME in Tanzania, failed to take legal action in time to prevent the issue of the order and saw himself forced to do so after Iacovides challenged it.“The proceedings had been served only on the bank in Tanzania, but the Statutory Manager in Tanzania had failed to respond to them,” said Iacovides who repeatedly complained about Mafuru’s lack of cooperation and accused him of being driven by ulterior motives. Iacovides was not in position to confirm whether the case reported by Kathimerini was the same reported by the Cyprus Business Mail.“I am now seeking recovery of my legal costs from the depositors in question,” Iacovides said.In 2014, the Central Bank of Cyprus placed the Cyprus branch of FBME under administration and subsequently under resolution, after US authorities described the bank as a financial insitution of primary money laundering concern. In 2015, the central bank revoked the licence of FBME’s Cypriot branch and a year ago it triggered the deposit guarantee scheme for its customers.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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