DR Congo UNbacked campaign urges Kivu armed groups to surrender

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is assisting the Government in a new sensitization campaign encouraging all remaining armed groups in North and South Kivu provinces – where fighting has escalated in recent months leading to a dire humanitarian situation – to surrender. The campaign was launched by the Government on 1 January and comes ahead of a conference, set to begin on Sunday in the North Kivu capital of Goma, aimed at bringing peace and development to the troubled eastern region of the DRC. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes in North Kivu in recent months after fighting intensified between Government troops and rebels allied with the dissident army general, Laurent Nkunda. The UN mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, is assisting the Government in its efforts to reach the remaining foreign combatants in the Kivu provinces. The mission’s Disarmament, Demobilisation, Repatriation, Resettlement and Reintegration (DDRRR) division will be using radio broadcasts and leaflets encouraging them to surrender and return home. The mission has 18 mobile radio teams, on the ground in both provinces, who have a broad knowledge of the foreign combatants and their location, said Ndiaga Diagne, a MONUC DDRRR officer based in Goma. “Our role is to support the DRC Government with all the means and expertise at our disposal. We are ready to assist contacts between the DRC Government representatives and the FDLR [Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda] on the ground, in order to have the most complete sensitisation possible,” he explained. He added that there are approximately 8,000 foreign combatants remaining in the Kivu provinces – 6,000 in North Kivu and 2,000 in South Kivu. “The majority of foreign combatants in the Kivus are FDLR combatants from Rwanda.” The campaign is also aimed at Congolese armed combatants in the Kivus – the majority of whom are Nkunda rebels and Mai Mai factions – and the respective Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programme. Last year, nearly 13,900 Congolese combatants were disarmed. Many ex-fighters from armed groups are retrained to form part of the national armed forces of the DRC (FARDC) through a process known as brassage. MONUC has also assisted in repatriating some 800 foreign combatants and their dependants from the DRC last year. 4 January 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is assisting the Government in a new sensitization campaign encouraging all remaining armed groups in North and South Kivu provinces – where fighting has escalated in recent months leading to a dire humanitarian situation – to surrender. read more

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No spike in infectious diseases reported in postquake Haiti – UN health

More than one month on from the devastating earthquake in Haiti, no increase in infectious diseases has been reported, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).The finding is based on epidemiological surveillance carried out by 52 sites across the Caribbean island nation.WHO spokesperson Paul Garwood told reporters in Geneva today that respiratory infections were the main cause of morbidity, followed by diarrhoea and malaria. Two isolated cases of typhoid have been confirmed, while low numbers of measles and diphtheria cases have been reported but no confirmed.Last week, the agency warned that sanitation has become a pressing need in Haiti and the lack of it could pose health problems for the nearly 1 million people living in temporary settlements ahead of the rainy season.“Some 18,000 latrines are needed in Port-au-Prince for 900,000 people. Less than 5 per cent of the need for latrines has been met,” Mr. Garwood said. The need is calculated on the basis of one latrine per 50 people.There are more than 1.2 million people are living in spontaneous settlements, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and nearly 480,000 have left Port-au-Prince for neighbouring areas, putting additional stress on the rural population in those towns to support the displaced persons.The 7.0-magnitude earthquake on 12 January claimed an estimated 200,000 lives and left another 2 million people dependent on aid.Meanwhile, the UN Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) hosted a meeting to take stock of damage sustained by Haitian culture in the wake of the tremors, focusing on museums, archives and libraries, among others.The agency has underscored the importance of cultural preservation in rebuilding Haiti, many of whose landmarks have now been reduced to rubble.Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue, Haiti’s Minister of Culture and Communication, and representatives from the global police organization Interpol were among the participants at the gathering in Paris.Last month, UNESCO issued a call to protect Haitian artefacts against pillaging from destroyed historical sites, including the Presidential Palace.“This heritage is an invaluable source of identity and pride for the people [of Haiti] and will be essential to the success of their national reconstruction,” the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, stressed.She has asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize the UN – including the world body’s peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSTAH – to do its utmost to secure landmarks containing Haiti’s artefacts, especially its art collections in the Cathedral in the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as in museums and galleries.The National History Park, a World Heritage site, is in Haiti’s north and is reportedly undamaged after the quake. It contains the Palace of Sans Souci and the Citadel, which date from the beginning of the 19th century and serve as universal symbols of liberty, being the first monuments to be constructed by black slaves who had gained their freedom.However, the edifices in the town of Jacmel, a French colonial town in southern Haiti founded in the late 17th century, are said to have collapsed. Those edifices had been on UNESCO’s “tentative” list for inscription on the World Heritage List.The agency has already helped to salvage the rich historical archives of George Corvington, the renowned Haitian historian, and is also contributing to save whatever panels or significant fragments remain of the painted murals that adorned the Episcopal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Port-au-Prince. 16 February 2010More than one month on from the devastating earthquake in Haiti, no increase in infectious diseases has been reported, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). read more

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Brock grad on CPA honour roll

Daniel ManciniA Brock University alumnus is one of just 20 Ontario Chartered Professional Accounting students to land on a prestigious list for his marks on a recent professional accreditation exam.Daniel Mancini made the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario’s honour roll for achieving top marks on this year’s Canada-wide uniform evaluation (UFE).The UFE, written in September, is a national three-day evaluation that assesses knowledge, professional judgment, ethics and the ability of CPA students to communicate. The UFE is an important component of the CPA qualification program, which includes prescribed education, practical experience and an exam.A St. Catharines resident, Mancini graduated with his bachelor of accounting in June and articles at Durward Jones Barkwell & Company in Niagara Falls. He also won the Outstanding Academic Achievement award, the Award of Excellence for the Bachelor of Accounting and the Business Dean’s Medal at June convocation for having the highest cumulative overall average in the Goodman School of business. Mancini is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.Mancini said he always knew he wanted to have a career in business or accounting.“People told me to start out in accounting and see if it worked out for me,” he said. “I took it in high school, really liked accounting and never looked back.”Ontario had 1,201 of the country’s 3,032 successful UFE writers and captured 20 of 54 National Honour roll spots. The University of Waterloo’s Nicholas Tsai captured the Canada gold medal as the top writer of the UFE in the country.“Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates,” said Rod Barr, president and CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. “Qualifying to become a CPA, CA is a very challenging process and the resulting career is rich in rewards and opportunities. I am confident that all of the students will make great contributions in their future careers and will uphold the high standards of the CPA, CA profession.”The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario’s nearly 37,000 CPAs and 6,000 CPA Students. The organization serves the public interest by developing, monitoring and enforcing the highest standards of professional competence and ethical conduct. read more

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UN labour agency meeting to address mass global unemployment

The three-day Forum, which opens on Thursday with an address by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, will mark the first tripartite gathering of governments, workers and business addressing employment issues since the 11 September attacks severely disrupted the labour market and accelerated a widespread economic downturn. “In the face of the first synchronized world recession of the globalization era, we need a global stimulus package to combat the crisis,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “The ILO is looking for a coordinated response from UN agencies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to integrate global and national policy for creating jobs.” The ILO estimates that due to the attacks, 24 million extra jobs will be lost next year, plus nearly 9 million in the hotel and tourism industry if the slump continues. Even before 11 September, the world was facing a major “decent work deficit,” Mr. Somavia said. Today there are some 1 billion people who are unemployed, underemployed or working poor, while 80 per cent of people of working age have no access to basic social protection. “All this together represents a major crisis of human security,” said the ILO Director-General. “Too many people feel they have lost control of their own destiny.” read more

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TVbombing childrens granny says their father should have locked the door

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. With Korea 14 hours ahead, however, she said Mr Kelly may not have fully realised the extent of his children’s new found global fame until he woke up.“It was just fantastic,” said Mrs Kelly. “Robert will be in for a real treat when he wakes up the morning.” This time it was a case of ‘Granny knows best’. In the wake of the star appearance by the children of a South Korean expert during an interview he was giving live on BBC, their grandmother has stepped forward to take the blame.But she also had a word of advice for her son Robert Kelly, whose interview was interrupted in the most spectacular manner possible when Marion, five, and James, nine months, burst into the room while he was on a Skype call – hotly pursued by their mother Jung-a Kim.“Life happens,” said Ellen Kelly. “The lesson is to lock the door!”Mrs Kelly, 72, who lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Joseph, explained that the children may have thought their father was talking to her, as they are familiar with using Skype to stay in touch with their grandparents.Mr Kelly, an associate professor of political science at Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea, was being asked about the impeachment of the country’s president Park Geun-hye, when Marion and James made their impromptu appearance – now shared by millions online.His mother said: “Robert usually Skypes with us from his home office, which is where he did the interview.“The kids probably heard voices coming from the computer and assumed it was us. It was just hilarious.”She added, somewhat hopefully perhaps: “I just hope that he gains recognition for his expertise rather than for this – as great as it all is.”The first Mrs Kelly heard of the incident was when her sister told her. She naturally phoned her son, who admitted to being a bit “embarrassed”.last_img read more

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Track and report surface movement with Maptek Sentry

first_imgMaptek has announced Maptek Sentry – a new system that will help site personnel keep track of surface changes. “Sentry works with the I-Site 8820 laser scanner to monitor and report on movements that have the potential to interrupt mining activity,” said Maptek Laser Imaging Solutions Manager, Athy Kalatzis. Mining customers provided input and experience that helped enhance the Sentry system, which takes advantage of the latest sensor technologies in the I-Site 8820 laser scanner.Sentry offers significant advantages for monitoring low wall stability and is a cost-effective solution for acquiring fast and responsive surface change data over large areas.“Ease of use is important for busy survey teams. Once the laser scanner is set up, an overview scan provides a starting point to establish multiple zones in an area of interest. The user controls monitoring frequency and site tolerances for notification alerts,” added Kalatzis.Displacement, velocity and inverse velocity can be used to trigger notifications, which are automatically sent when network connections are available. A heat map provides an instant overview of surface movement in the selected area.Sophisticated algorithms in Sentry decrease scan noise and improve accuracy. Sentry data is stored in a reduced format to allow for quick analysis and processing.Time lapse videos and other reporting outputs are easily created. The original laser scan data can be exported to Maptek I-Site Studio to calculate volumes, generate surface models and conduct geotechnical analysis.“We’ve thought hard about operational workflows and the need for flexibility alongside a safe, remote sensing solution,” added Kalatzis. “You can leave the Sentry laptop in the field and control the system remotely to set new zones for monitoring. Or bring the data back to the office for further analysis and watch movement in real time.“Sentry can be used to monitor multiple areas at specific intervals. Operations can also deploy the I-Site laser scanner for other site survey applications.”Maptek Sentry will be available from November 2014. It will complement the I-Site 8820 laser scanner and version 5.0 of I-Site Studio software, in Maptek’s line up of decision support technology.last_img read more

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New water treatment plants help secure a positive legacy

first_imgAs part of its mine closure obligations, Barrick’s Pierina mine has built two new water treatment plants to safeguard local water quality. The Peru-based mine, which is winding down operations after 18 years, also built a cyanide detoxification plant to treat cyanide contained in the site’s heap leach pad.Jorge Lobato, Environmental and Closure Manager at Pierina explains: “Even when operations at Pierina come to an end, cyanide will be present in the solutions from the heap leach pad and must be treated. The cyanide detoxification plant will operate until all cyanide has been consumed or destroyed on site.”Pierina is located about 300 km north of Lima in a high precipitation region of Peru. Average annual rainfall is 1,200 mm which, combined with natural conditions of the area, make conditions ripe for acid rock drainage. Acid rock drainage refers to the acidification of water that occurs when sulphide-based ore is exposed to air and water. It occurs naturally in the area due to the sulphur-based rock in the region and can be exacerbated by large open pits and waste rock produced during the mining process, if left exposed.The water treatment plants conduct daily water sampling and on-site analysis, measuring various metrics including water acidity, or pH levels, and turbidity.The new treatment plants will replace existing treatment facilities on site and underscore Barrick’s commitment to proper mine closure. “We made a substantial investment to build these plants and we are committed to the responsible closure of this mine,” Lobato says. “This is one of the first experiences in Peru of a large mine closure, and we want to set the standard for responsible, safe and sustainable mine closure.”All water that comes into contact with the mine site is funnelled to the water treatment plants before being discharged off site. Discharged water must comply with new regulations that recently went into effect in Peru. “There are limits for content of various metals, salts and the acidity level of the water,” says Wesley Ubillus, Process and Water Treatment Manager at Pierina.Most of the water treated at the plants is not used by local communities, but some of it is channelled into several communities in the nearby Pucaurán and Pacchac valleys for irrigation use. Both treatment plants at Pierina contain reverse osmosis technology—sophisticated water purification technology that removes sulphate, carbonate and other salts from water.The water treatment plants are an important part of the Pierina closure plan, which will unfold over a period of decades. In addition to the treatment plants, the site’s heap leach pad and existing waste dump will be covered with a layer of clay, topsoil and vegetation native to the area. This will restore the natural landscape and significantly reduce the amount of acid rock drainage.“We can’t control the amount of rain that falls at Pierina, but we can limit the amount of exposed, potentially acid-generating rock, as well as the amount of water that comes into contact with the mine site,” Lobato says.Another way the operation is reducing the amount of potentially acid-generating rock is by backfilling the mine’s open pit. Almost half of the open pit will be filled in non-sulphur material taken from the pit itself. This will not only minimize the potential for acid rock drainage, it will also help ensure the long-term stability of the open pit walls. Work on the pit infill is expected to be complete in 2018.Before work began on the closure plan, Barrick engaged in consultations with local governments, communities and other stakeholders. Brochures explaining the key elements of the plan were developed and town hall meetings were held to help people better understand the process.“We continuously talked to people and informed them of what we were doing,” Lobato says. “This is something we continue to do. People understandably have concerns, and only by implementing best practices—as we are doing at Pierina—and supporting those practices with open dialogue and transparency, will we fully earn the community’s trust.”The water treatment plants conduct daily water sampling and on-site analysis, measuring various metrics including water acidity, or pH levels, and turbidity. The environment team also regularly collects water samples off site and sends the samples to an independent, certified laboratory for analysis. Results from these analysis are reported to authorities on a quarterly basis to ensure Pierina is in compliance with its permit and Peruvian regulatory standards.“In Pierina, we take great pride in living up to our responsibility to leave a positive legacy,” says Rodolfo Najar, General Manager of Pierina.The picture shows a community visit to one of the two new water treatment plants at Pierina.last_img read more

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HANDBALL BOOK The bench perspective

Permanent education and everyday story about the improvement of work in handball is much easier when you have possibility to read and learn from adequate literature. Famous Croaitan University professor Zdravko Malic and RK C.O Zagreb’s coach Boris Dvorsek have made the english version of their book “HANDBALL – The bench perspective”, which is now ready for all handball coaches and lovers worldwide.– This book is result of rich experience in working with young players and speaking about the vital part of handball game, theorhy and metodic of tactical and technical part of handball,  giving coaches a wide range of possibilities for application in all aspects of attack and defense, using the principles of classification of individual, group and collective action. In the second part of the book, the author presents some important details about the preparation and conduct of the match, the model of a multi-year cycle, the training of younger age groups, and makes presentation of specific training of all ages in the weekly microcycle during the competition period, “- wrote in a review, with the conclusion:– Due to its simplicity and accessibility of style, the book can serve as a manual for students of coaching schools, camps handball, physical education teachers to work in schools, coaches have gotten all categories, players, and everyone who love handball.You can order your copy of the book with special price for all handball-planet.com visitors (with DVD). You can directly contact authors (their contacts are on photo) or by mail + borisdvorsek@yahoo.com. ← Previous Story Dutch star Sanne van Olphen to French Tylon! Next Story → HAND’FLUO IS BORN: New handball discipline invented in France Boris DvorsekHANDBALL BOOK read more

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Rhys Darby Went From Managing Conchords to Paladins

first_img Voltron: Legendary Defender proves that Americans can make great giant robot cartoons too. The series, which recently dropped its fourth season on Netflix in just two years, has pretty much everything you’d want from a Voltron series. Lions, interplanetary battles, high fantasy tropes in a sci-fi setting, and heart. The characters are all fully fleshed out, and it’s been fun watching them grow and develop their relationships with each other over four seasons. There’s also plenty of comedy, largely thanks to Princess Allura’s goofy, pompous, but well-meaning advisor, Coran, played by Rhys Darby. You might recognize him as the fictional manager of New Zealand parody rock duo Flight of the Conchords. Even in the far distant future, he’s still somebody’s manager. Only this time its a band of mech pilots instead of musicians. Some roles, you’re just born to play, I guess.“This season is a lot about joining the coalition, and bringing the different species of, I guess, allies to come together to fight the Galra. You know, he’s back. The big bad boy is back,” Darby said. “The real fun part of this season was exploring the playful element of putting kind of a promotional show together. I got to be a showman and also a manager of the Voltron team as they did some theatrical work promoting Voltron on the different planets.”Darby said it made him laugh when he learned he was playing yet another manager/promoter on this new show. Coran even gets addicted to the promotional side of things this season, to the point where it drives him crazy. “It was fun to put on a different type of voice, to go a bit insane.” Fans of Flight of the Conchords will know that that theatrical insanity is right in Darby’s wheelhouse. Though he says that does make real anger harder. “I think people enjoy me when I’m angry or furious or slightly off-kilter, it seems to be pretty funny. I can’t develop an earnest anger. I guess the way I sound makes people laugh.” Well, he’s right about that.(Via Dreamworks/Netflix)His character’s insanity this season was actually one of his favorite moments to record. “Without giving too much away, he ends up really going crazy, and becoming like a mad stage mom. I changed the voice dramatically; I kind of became more American. I don’t know what kind of voice I put on; I think I amalgamated a few different voices. It was a lot of fun to do that kind of stuff that you can only do as a voice actor. That you wouldn’t get away with in regular acting.Darby says he likes playing a character that brings so much color and personality to all the space battles. Without Coran, he says, the show would “be very serious indeed.” He continued, “I mean, certainly the other paladins like to have a laugh, and you’ve got to always remember, you know, these characters are very young… They’re very immature to be able to deal with the stuff they have to deal with. It’s really cool. It’s a combination of stepping out, acting beyond your years, but at the same time being able to have that childlike fun they provide to the show. It is a kid’s show and kids have to relate to these people. How do they relate to my character? I don’t know. I feel like I’m the oddball space uncle for sure. I save the day enough, which makes me laugh and makes me happy as well that I’m not just the weird guy. Now and again they do need me, which is great.”Whether he’s just the weird guy in a particular episode or not, Coran gets some of the funniest lines of the show. Darby’s delivery makes them sound casual and almost like they’re ad-libbed, but he says they’re not. With all the space jargon his character has, there isn’t any room for improvisation. That does give him one advantage though: Since Coran is usually the one introducing these terms, Darby gets to decide how everyone else has to pronounce them. He hasn’t used that power to stick anyone with a really hard pronunciation, but it’s not for lack of trying.“What I’ve noticed is that people pronounce things slightly differently. But that’s fine, that’s the same in real life as well, as long as you get the gist,” he said. “I think my guy would probably pronounce everything correctly because he’s from there. He is from space. These Earthlings, they try. But most of them are American Earthlings, so…”To be fair, it’s not just the Americans that have trouble with some of the jargon. Every week, Darby says there’s at least one word that trips him up. Usually, it’s the name of one of the bad guys or a planet. “I have trouble holding on to them in my head. I’ll go, ‘how did that one…’ Even ‘quiznak.’ Now, that one is solidly in my head. We had a lot of fun with that because that’s essentially the space swear word.”Darby says the recording sessions are especially fun because sometimes he doesn’t even know what’s going on until he gets there. Darby says he will occasionally receive scripts the night before he has to record. Depending on how busy that night is already, he might not get a chance to read the whole thing. That must make some of the more jargon-y lines pretty hard. Though they try to get as many cast members together as possible on the show, it doesn’t always work out that way. A lot of the time, it’s just him alone in the booth.(Via Dreamworks/Netflix)It is much more fun when they get at least three people together to record though. “We can just get a feel for the urgency of the action when it’s taking place in front of you. It’s like a radio play. There is action, and there is a lot of running and breathing and sighing and shouting and screaming. After an hour, you’ll come out and you’ll really feel like you have been involved in some sort of bizarre space battle,” he said.I couldn’t let him go without asking about his connection to the Marvel universe. He now has two friends involved in a Marvel-based thing. Jemaine Clement was in Legion last spring, and Taika Waititi is directing Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi has previously directed both Clement and Darby in the excellent horror comedy What We Do in the Shadows.” Despite those connections, Darby didn’t initially give much thought to jumping into comic book movies. He is now.“I’m gonna start looking through the Marvel Universe and find out if there is something that I could fill. Even when Taika first got Thor, I didn’t even think of contacting him. I just thought there’s no way Rhys Darby’s gonna fit into this world. And I’ve since seen Thor, and realized I could easily fit in there somewhere! These things got a lot more fun than they started off being, so I’m gonna have to do a bit more research into Marvel, find a character where I might fit the bill.” There has to be one out there. Maybe he’d make a good M.O.D.O.K.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon Master‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches last_img read more

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RUNNING 2014 Alaska Legislature

first_imgMeet the legislative candidates running in contested primary races from the Anchorage and Matanuska Valley on KSKA-FM  and Alaska Public Media.Programs start at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12.Moderator: Michael CareyPanelists: Anne Hillman, reporter, KSKA. Ellen Lockyer, reporter, KSKA.Tuesday. August 12.Senate District F. DeLena Johnson, Bill Stoltze.House District 9. Jim Colver, Eric Feige, George Rauscher.House District 12. Ron Arvin. Cathy Tilton.Thursday. August 14.House District 16. Don Hadley, Kevin Kastner.House District 21. Anand Dubey, Matt Fagnani.Watch all the contested racesWatch statements from the uncontested candidateslast_img

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Highlevel US Canadian military chiefs meet again to confer on Arctic training

first_imgA second Chinook helicopter carrying U.S. and Canadian general/admiral-ranking officers and their staffs kicks up dust Tuesday upon landing at Black Rapids Training Site after a flight from Eielson Air Force Base. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)Ten high-level U.S. and Canadian commissioned and noncommissioned officers toured the Army’s Black Rapids Training Site in Delta Junction, Nov. 15.Listen Now The event was part of an ongoing series of meetings intended to enable commanders of the two country’s troops to operate jointly in the far north.Despite growing tensions between U.S. and Russia around the world, Air Force Lt. Gen. Ken Wilsbach said the Arctic, for the most part, is a conflict-free zone.“We want to maintain the Arctic as a peaceful place, as it’s been for a while,” Wilsbach said. “And if anyone was to challenge us in the Arctic, we’ve got to be ready to meet that challenge.”To help keep the peace, senior commanders of the U.S. and Canadian military and Coast Guard units that operate in the far north, this week, held another in a series of semi-annual meetings in Alaska to get to know their counterparts and the capabilities of the units they command.The sessions enable commanders to exchange ideas on training and operating in the vast, empty and frigid expanses of land and at sea around North America’s Arctic, Wilsbach said.“So it’s a defensive mission that is very difficult to accomplish because of the size of the region, as well as the environment,” Wilsbach said.Wilsbach heads the Alaskan Command, headquartered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.He said the meetings like those held this week around Anchorage, Fairbanks and Fort Greely now include sessions that place greater emphasis on responding to disasters – operations Wilsbach expects will become more frequent as the warming climate melts sea ice and opens up shipping lanes around the Arctic.“That is the most likely thing that we’ll be asked to do in the near future,” Wilsbach said.Canadian Forces Brig. Gen. Pat LaRoche, who serves as liaison and deputy for Wilsbach in his capacity as head of North American Air Defense Command’s Alaska Region, said an event last summer focused greater attention on that mission.“Perfect example – the Crystal Serenity, a cruise ship that sailed all the way across from Alaska through the Northwest Passage, and in to New York,” LaRoche said. “So, what if something happens with that ship along the way? Who’s going to be called to rescue these folks, right?”That was the scenario behind an exercise held in September that challenged military and civilian emergency responders to evacuate passengers from a cruise ship that’d run into trouble in the Bering Strait.The exercise was held just as a real cruise ship, the Crystal Serenity, was sailing through the area and on to the Northwest Passage en route to New York City – with 1,700 people aboard.“There’s a lot of tourism in the Arctic,” LaRoche said. “So, that’s an issue.”He said both Canadian and U.S. militaries are also called to respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, earthquakes and volcanoes.“We have to be ready across the whole spectrum,” LaRoche said.Wilsbach, who also serves as 11th Air Force Commander, hosted this round of meetings and tours, part of the so-called General Officer/Flag Officer Summit.This week’s get-together included a tour of the Black Rapids Training Site, about 30 miles south of Fort Greely, where the generals spoke with media.An Alaskan Command spokesman says the next summit meeting, scheduled for March, will be held for the first time in Canada – at Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories.last_img read more

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25 crore for Bheemgal development in Nizamabad

first_imgNizamabad: If women are economically empowered, then their families will be developed, then the district and the State, stated Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Minister of Transport, Roads and Buildings and Legislative Affairs. He distributed Stree Nidhi cheques at Bheemgal town on Thursday.Later speaking on the occasion, the Minister said if a woman earns even a single rupee, she will spend it for the family. But the men will spend not even half of their earned amount for the family. After observing this, the State government is encouraging women to earn by providing financial subsidy, he said. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The Minister said as many as 2,006 women have formed into unions in Bheemgal municipality and of these, only 420 have received loan assistance. He directed the officials to provide loans to 400 women through Srinidhi next year and if necessary, provide training to women in various occupations and provide adequate credit. “We aim to provide loans worth Rs 195 lakhs in the current financial year. Of this, Rs 45 lakhs have already distributed to 122 women. The remaining Rs 150 lakhs will be given to 300 women as loan,” Reddy explained. He said that there is no limit on Srinidhi’s credit and suggested the women,who took loans, to use invest it in manufacturing sector. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The State government had updated Bheemgal as a municipality from gram panchayat and will provide the necessary infrastructure for the people. Prashant Reddy said Rs 25 crores has been sanctioned to take up various developmental works. Proposals have been prepared to undertake roads, internal roads and drainage works at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crores, he added. Advertise With Us The Minister said that Rs 4 crores has been spent on road development in the past and Rs 1 crore will be spent for the construction of Kalyana Mandapam and for the development of four cemeteries in the town.From Rs 25 crores, Rs 19 crores will be spent on for various activities, the Minister said.The programme was attended by Armor RDO Municipal Special Officer Srinivas, Commissioner Gangadhar, ZPTC Ravi, MPP Mahesh Goud, ZP Cooperation Member MA Moise, Stree Nidhi Bank Regional Manager Srinivas, Stree Nidhi Sangam president Lakshmi and others.last_img read more

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Airlines in Asia could get a lift from AlaskaVirgin merger

first_imgAlaska Air Group Inc’s plan to buy Virgin America Inc makes the company a more attractive partner to Asian airlines looking for extra revenue from connecting passengers to flights within the United States, industry executives and experts say.Foreign airlines could market Alaska Air’s U.S. flights to their customers in Asia and take a commission for those sales — free common airline practice called code-sharing. Travellers from Asia would earn frequent flyer miles under their preferred airline’s loyalty program even while travelling on Alaska Air.trSeattle-based Alaska Air said its $2.6 billion purchase of Virgin America, based in California, gives it 22 percent of seats on North America flights from the U.S. West Coast, more than any other airline. California was the No.1 U.S. destination for visitors from Asia in 2014, according to U.S. Commerce Department data.”We’ll be a very desirable partner for these international airlines,” Alaska Air’s Chief Executive Officer Brad Tilden said on an investor call Monday.The company’s effort to woo Asian airline code-sharing partners comes as Delta Air Lines Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and American Airlines Group Inc are competing more aggressively with Asian airlines for trans-Pacific passengers. Each of the three carriers said in the past month that it intends to add a route to China.The Alaska-Virgin deal is “definitely a positive” for independent carriers abroad — those who are not in marketing alliances with the three big U.S. carriers, said Joel Chusid, the U.S. executive director for China’s Hainan Airlines Co Ltd.”With Alaska, we’re helping each other. There’s no competition,” Chusid said in an interview. When Hainan’s other U.S. partner American started flying to China, he said managing the relationship “became a lot trickier” even though their code-share remains in place.American, Delta and United declined to comment.Many foreign airlines already market Virgin America’s or Alaska Air’s flights.But the merger opens up new opportunities, said John E. Jackson, vice president of passenger marketing and sales for the Americas at Korean Air Lines Co Ltd, which shares codes with Alaska Air and has a more modest arrangement with Virgin America.Industry executives said foreign airlines will likely wait to see how the merger is executed before undertaking what could be long processes of structuring new code-sharing deals and getting regulatory approval for those agreements.last_img read more

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Arrestee among 2 killed in alleged gunfights

first_imgTwo men, including an arrestee, were killed in reported gunfights in Magura and Chattogram districts early Saturday.The deceased are Abul Bashar Biswas, 40, son of a certain Golam Sarwar Biswas of Nohata village in Mohammadpur upazila of Magura and Mohammad Nasir alias Mamun, 35, son of one Haju Kalamiah of Boali in Anwara upazila of Chattogram, reports UNB.Police said Abul Bashar was killed in a gunfight between rival gangs of robbers while Mohammad Nasir was killed in a gunfight with the law enforcement.In Magura, Abul Bashar was killed in an alleged gunfight between two gangs of robbers in Ramkantapur in Mohammadpur upazila, police said.On information about the gunfight between robber gangs over sharing of money police went to the spot and recovered the body of Bashar, said Tariqul Islam, additional superintendent of police in Magura.Deceased Abul Bashar Biswas was an accused in 10 robbery cases, he said.Policemen also recovered bullet shells and sharp weapons from the spot, he added.A case was filed in this connection.In Chattogram, Mohammad Nasir alias Mamun was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Dudhkumra of Anwara upazila.Nasir was accused in 18 cases including murder and gang-rape, police said.Dulal Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Anwara police station, said police arrested Mamun on Friday afternoon.Later, a team of police conducted a drive in Dudhkumra area along with Mamun to recover arms.When the team reached the area around 1:00am, a gang of terrorists opened fire on them, prompting the law enforcement to fire back in self-defence, triggering the gunfight, the OC said.Nasir received bullet injuries while trying to flee and died on the spot. Police recovered one LG, several rounds of bullet from the spot, he added.Two policemen were also injured in the gunfight, Dulal Mahmud said.The law enforcement’s versions of the events, however, could not be verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from the victims’ families.last_img read more

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Family of Girl Shocked at MGM Plans to Sue

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comOn Nov.18, Rydricka Rosier posted a video of her family celebrating her daughter, Zynae Green’s, seventh birthday in a hospital room rather than home, after she was electrocuted at the MGM National Harbor in June.“Today is my baby’s birthday.  Thanks to everyone for celebrating but it breaks my heart that she is here and not at home. Five months since MGM did this to our family and still no help from them,” she wrote.A photo of Zynae Green on her mother Rydricka Rosier’s Facebook page. Green, who turned 7-years-old Nov. 18, was electrocuted in June at the MGM, leaving her permanently brain damaged and paralyzed, and now her family intends to sue the hotel and casino.Green was not the only one electrocuted as her 5-year-old brother, 16-year-old sister, Rosier and a security guard were shocked.  Rosier and the security guard were electrocuted assisting the children.Frustrated with the financial, physical and emotional tolls following the electrocution, the family is now suing MGM, according to NBC.The lawsuit names four defendants, including MGM National Harbor; National Harbor Grand; Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, a general contractor hired for by MGM and Rosendin Electric, hired by Whiting-Turner as the electrical contractor.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>According to the lawsuit the hotel and casino encouraged the contractors to finish the work quickly, thus resulting in the unsafe and incorrect installation of wires.NBC reported that previous MGM footage showed others getting shocked in the days leading to the 120-volt electrocution of Green, who was 6 years old at the time.Director of the Prince George’s Department of Inspections, Haitham Hijazi, told NBC4 that poor craftsmanship and inspections led to the tragic event that left Green permanently brain damaged.“It’s shoddy work done by that contractor and a failure by the third-party inspector,” Hijazi told NBC4 News.Further, when the 6-year-old went into cardiac arrest, the lawsuit alleges that there was no defibrillator onsite to immediately assist the little girl, according to the New York Post.The AFRO reached out to Rosier for comment, but did not hear from her by deadline.In the caption for the video she posted, Rosier wrote, “Our Zy Zy is a fighter but she needs help. Please continue to pray and share this video. We love you all.”last_img read more

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Cardinals Hit the Road to Face No 2419 Virginia Tech

first_imgStory Links Balanced pitchingAll three of Louisville’s starting pitchers have evenly contributed to the team’s success in the circle.• Megan Hensley (9-1) leads the team in wins and with four shutouts. She stands  second among UofL’s starting pitchers with 68 strikeouts in 65.1 innings.• Taylor Roby (6-1) carries a team-best 1.76 ERA and three saves. She stands third on the team with 41 Ks in 47.2 innings.• Danielle Watson (6-8) is holding opponents to a .223 average and stands sixth in the ACC in that category.  She leads the Cardinals with 82 strikeouts in 79.0 innings. Live scoring Louisville vs Virginia Tech Game Notes Hensley is a dual threatFor the fourth straight season, Megan Hensley leads the Cards both in the circle and at the plate. The senior carries a team-best 9-1 record is tied for the team lead with three home runs and stands third with 20 RBIs.• She ranked among UofL’s top 10 in several pitching and hitting categories. ACC Network Extra Watch Link (Friday) ACC Network Extra Watch Link (Sunday) Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. Leading up to this season, UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Hensley record watchMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Sixth in career RBI (149) needs eight more to move into a tie for fifth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).• Seventh in career appearances (110). Tori Collins (2009-12)  stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (76). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (506.1). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Seventh in career wins (49). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.• Eighth in career home runs with 28 – needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Alicja Wolny (2010-13).• Eighth in career strikeouts (349), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Tied for eighth in career complete games (32). Needs nine more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).• Tied for tenth in career complete shutouts (10). Needs three more to move into a tie for seventh with Caralisa Connell (2011-14). Cards against the field Virginia TechSeries Record: Tied 6-6Last Meeting: April 14-17, 2017 – Louisville swept a three-game series in Blacksburg. The Cardinals won 13-6 and 6-0 in the opening doubleheader and took the final game 10-8.Scouting the Hokies: Virginia Tech (28-4, 8-1 ACC) brings an 11-game win streak into the weekend after an 8-0 win over Radford in a midweek contest. The win streak dates back to March 10 when the Hokeis fell 10-7 to Georgia Tech, marking their only conference loss this season.•Virginia Tech is ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll and No. 19 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.• The Hokies carry a hefty .358 team batting average with five starters hitting above. 300 and four of those batting over. 400 on the season.• Virginia Tech had connected on 56 home runs  leading the ACC and standing fourth in the nation in home runs per game.• Carrie Eberle leads the Hokies in the circle with a 17-1 record and a 1.59 ERA. Keely Richard (11-3) carries a 2.06 ERA and leads the ACC with seven shutouts on the season. Up nextThe Cardinals will return to Ulmer Stadium on Tuesday to face Lipscomb in a make up game after the originally scheduled date was postponed due to weather. Following that, Louisville will travel to Bowling Green, Ky., to take on Western Kentucky. Notre Dame series recap• The Cards went 1-2 in a three-game ACC series at Notre Dame over the weekend. The Irish picked up a doubleheader sweep to start the weekend, winning both games by scores of 9-1 and Louisville picked up a 5-3 win in the series finale.• Megan Hensley led the Cardinals at the plate with a .667 batting average (2-for-3). The senior pitcher/right fielder was walked six times in three games and produced a .900 on-base percentage.• She also picked up Louisville’s lone win in the circle. Funke – a triple forceJunior Celene Funke leads the nation with eight triples on the season. The centerfielder has 10 in her career and is tied for fourth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a tie for third with Courtney Moore (2004-07).• She recently connected on her first career home run – a solo shot in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12. Young CardsWhile the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers with as many as five in the starting lineup at times.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team with a 1.76 ERA and three saves. She is also third among the Cardinals’ hitters with a .351 batting average.• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung leads the team with a .375 batting average, 22 RBI, three home runs. She also carries a team-best .476 on-base percentage.• Freshman Charley Butler has started 25 games in left field and has two home runs.• Freshman Cassady Greenwood is batting .278 on the season and has played in 19 games with two starts.• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively while fellow sophomore Riley Schindler has started 21 games in right field.• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 82 strikeouts in 79.0 innings and a .213 opposing batting average. 2019 Preseason ACC Coaches’ Poll1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division          Coastal Division1) Florida State             1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame             2) Pitt3) Louisville                  3) Duke4) Syracuse                   4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College         5) Virginia Tech6) NC State                   6) Virginia Marching onLouisville has posted a 16-4 record in the month of March. During that span, the Cardinals have outscored opponents 110-41 while batting .317 as a team and posted seven shutouts with a 1.84 team ERA. Home sweet homeLouisville has compiled an 9-1 record at Ulmer Stadium this season. The Cards went 4-0 in their home-opening Cardinal Classic and followed with a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State. UofL continued it perfect home record by taking the first two games of the ACC series against Syracuse but fell 4-2 in eight innings to the Orange. The Cards resumed their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Indiana on Tuesday. Hitting for averageLouisville’s starting lineup features five players who are batting over .300 on the season. Rebecca Chung leads the way at .375 while Celene Funke follows at .352. Taylor Roby stands third on the team at a .351 clip. Megan Hensley (.315) and Sidney Melton (.310) round out the list. ACC Network Extra Watch Link (Saturday) The road aheadThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL will also face six opponents ranked among the top 25 and six receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s ranked opponents include No. 3/3 Florida State, No. 5/6 Tennessee, No. 18/17 Kentucky, No. 14/12 Auburn, No. 23/23 Michigan and No. 24/19 Virginia Tech. Northwestern. Notre Dame, North Carolina, Indiana and Cal State Fullerton are also receiving votes in the coaches’ polls. Melton on a scoring runMelton recently increased her career run tally to 131 stands tied for seventh on Louisville’s all-time list in that category. She needs seven more to tie for sixth with Jennifer Esteban (2010-13).• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Looking back to 2018• The Cardinals finished the season with a 33-20 overall record and reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship before falling 7-4 to eventual national champion Florida State.• Among the returners are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selections junior Caitlin Ferguson and Hensley as well as all-ACC honoree Melton and sophomore Maddy Newman, who earned 2018 all-ACC freshman team honors. Junior Celene Funke also returns after leading the team with a .355 batting average along with sophomore Danielle Watson who posted 14 wins in the circle during her freshman campaign. Melton sets single game stolen base record – stands among career leaders in stolen bases.Sidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12.•The senior infielder leads the team with 16 stolen bases on the season, and now has 49 in her career, placing her tied for third with Coleen Coughlin (2000-01) on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs 11 more to move into a tie for second with Jennifer Esteban (2010-12). Cards on the airAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App.  ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State. CARDINAL QUICK HITS• Louisville enters the weekend with a 21-10 overall record and a 3-3 mark in ACC play. • The Cardinals are coming off of a 5-2 win over Indiana on Tuesday.•UofL is led at the plate by freshman Rebecca Chung who is batting .375 with three home runs and 22 RBIs.• Junior Celene Funke leads the nation with eight triples on the season.• Sidney Melton leads the team with 16 stolen bases and recently set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12.• Senior Megan Hensley is tied for the team lead with three home runs and stands third on the team with 20 RBIs.• Hensley also leads the pitching staff with a 9-1 record.• Sophomore Danielle Watson (6-8) paces the pitching staff with 82 strikeouts in 79.0 innings and a .213 opponent batting average. • Hensley and senior Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.The Aprile Era2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile becomes only the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Louisville picked to finish fourth in ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. Last upRedshirt freshman Taylor Roby connected on a three-run homer and picked up the save in the circle to help the University of Louisville softball team beat Indiana 5-2 Tuesday evening at Ulmer Stadium.• Senior Megan Hensley got the win after giving up two earned runs on five hits and striking out three in five innings. Roby struck out one and scattered two hits in 2.0 innings of relief. The Cards used eight hits, including home runs from Roby and junior Celene Funke to power past the Hoosiers (25-10). The University of Louisville softball team will resume ACC play this weekend when the Cardinals travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on No. 24/19 Virginia Tech.Series InformationMarch 29-31, 2019:  Louisville at Virginia TechLocation: Blacksburg, Va.  Venue: Tech Softball ParkTime: Friday, 6 p.m. | Saturday, 2 p.m. | Sunday 1 p.m.  Television: ACC Network ExtraLive Scoring: Hokiesports.comTwitter Updates: @UofLSoftball  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Reddit Gets AutoPlay Video Ads on Web and Mobile

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Reddit is offering advertisers native video ads on a cost per view basis, and is also offering video-only campaigns for the first time. “This is adding to the utility that we offer marketers,” Jandali said.Reddit’s new video ads are optimized for the site’s new design, which it first launched in November of last year. Reddit began making the new design more widely available in April, and has since experimented with adding Subreddit-specific group chats to its site. Video ads are coming to Reddit: The self-proclaimed front page of the internet is starting to roll out native video advertising across its website and mobile apps. Reddit is launching the new ad format with some select partners, but plans to open it up to all advertisers later this summer.Video ads are being natively hosted by Reddit, and served up as auto-play videos in the new Reddit card design. Reddit users can always opt to turn off auto-play if they prefer, said the company’s VP of brand partnerships Zubair Jandali. “We give users options on how to use them,” he said.Reddit first began offering native video hosting last August. These videos have proven to be hugely popular, said Jandali, with hosted videos regularly receiving twice as many views as YouTube embeds — something that’s especially notable on the thousands of video-specific Subreddit communities. “Video content is incredibly popular on Reddit,” he said.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Old Mega Man Games Are Great on New Nintendo Switch

first_img Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… We love playing great old video games on our great new Nintendo Switches. And based on stuff like how many of your read our post on “Switch’s Virtual Console” or how many of you watch our live streams featuring classic games, we’re pretty certain we’re not the only ones.As a whole, the retro games situation on Switch is a currently little tricky. We know there’s no official Virtual Console coming, and currently Nintendo is locking ROMs behind new initiatives like Switch online NES subscriptions and bespoke retro hardware like the SNES Classic. However, this is also leaving room for third parties to put their back catalogs on Switch however they see fit. And with the launch of Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2, those third parties now include Capcom.Mega Man is in weird place these days. He’s undoubtedly one of the most famous video game mascots, famous enough to have a twee little nickname like “The Blue Bomber.” He’s remembered right up their with Mario and Link as a hero of the Golden Age. And it’s not like he went away after the 8-bit era. For decades there were so many Mega Man spin-offs and side stories it felt like a joke that had gone too far. But then like five years ago Mega Man just vanished. Only now has Capcom promised his true return with Mega Man 11, and the trailer even points out this conspicuous hiatus.We don’t know how well Mega Man 11 will turn out. We don’t expect it to be a Mighty No.9-level disaster but that’s not a high bar to clear. However, Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2, collecting the franchise’s 10 core games (so no Mega Man Soccer), is a great reminder of how solid the foundation is along with being a admirable piece of video game preservation.The Mega Man games themselves are just rock-solid examples of shooter-platformer action design. The muscle memory of 2008’s retro throwback Mega Man 9 returned to me like I was just playing it yesterday. After months of beating my head against the wall in high school I can now defeat Galaxy Man and his stupid teleporters in my sleep. But even if you don’t innately know the correct order to defeat every Robot Master and reach Dr. Wily’s castle, these games hold up well enough to be inventive and enjoyable. I finally got what the big deal was after experiencing Mega Man 2’s sheer creativity and infectious music for myself for the first time.Beyond just being great games in their own right, collecting and playing all of the Mega Man games with historical hindsight proves to be a rewarding academic exercise as well. You can watch designers’ ideas improve and evolve from game to game, sometimes working out and sometimes not. For me, classic Mega Man only really works with an 8-bit aesthetic. If I want a 16-bit or above Mega Man I would skip 7 and 8 and just go for the Mega Man X series, which will also soon be collected for Switch. And as blasphemous as it may sound, I think the newest games in the series, 9 and 10, hold up the best even when directly compared to their illustrious ancestors. Baseball Man! Hornet Man! Sheep Man! Splash Woman!Like in alternate where games revere their past the way film and literature do, Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 goes to great lengths to package and present these artistic works in ways that honor the material but also make them palatable for modern audiences. You can choose various display modes ranging from widescreen to shrunken authentic pixels with awesome artwork along the borders. Depending on the game you’re playing you can toggle easier difficulty modes, load previous checkpoints that didn’t exist in the originals, or just rewind the game Braid-style if you make a mistake. That time rewinding potion never runs out.This is a great and faithful re-release, but we knew that already since Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 has been available on other platforms for years. However, playing it on Nintendo Switch really makes you understand why people want more retro games on this machine. It’s just the best of both worlds. The Switch’s weaker specs compared to other consoles don’t mean anything since you’re playing old games on your TV. And playing in handheld mode is a way nicer experience compared to the aging, blurry 3DS. It even keeps the amiibo challenges.Third parties are still catching up with how they can benefit from the Nintendo Switch’s success. Just look at Capcom’s own scattershot strategy. Exclusive version of Street Fighter II. Late port of Okami HD. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate a year after Japan. Resident Evil 7 available on cloud streaming. But Mega Man Collection 1+2 is a great package that’s even better on Switch. It takes advantage of the demand for Switch retro games in ways even Nintendo itself has yet to fully capitalize on.Buy it now!Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Reviving the joy of reading

first_imgNational Book Trust, India (NBT) and Delhi Public Library (DPL) jointly organised an interactive session with children featuring Divik Ramesh, prominent children’s author and Atul Vardhan, illustrator on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. Held at the Sarojini Nagar Centre of Delhi Public Library on April 23, the session was also combined with a book exhibition.Welcoming the guests and children at the outset, M A Sikandar, Director, NBT highlighted on pleasure reading and need to make available such materials which can bring joy in children. Besides interacting with children, Divik Ramesh and M A Sikandar inaugurated the NBT book exhibition and released the recent NBT publication in Hindi for children Gas Gubbare. The participating children also prepared drawings of the popular character ‘Lulu’ created by the author. Sudha Mukherjee from DPL offered vote of thanks at the end. Manas Ranjan Mahapatra, Editor, NBT coordinated the entire programme.last_img read more

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