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Pocari drops Bali Pure to win another PVL title


first_imgPocari head coach Rommel Abella said their championship form all boiled down to the team’s composure.“It was all about the team’s composure, I remind them every time I call a timeout that they need to be composed and focused at the game at hand,” said Abella.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Water Defenders’ last gasp on life were their three straight points late in the fourth set to cut the Lady Warriors’ lead to 23-18, but Michelle Keddy would quell Bali Pure’s futile attempt to a comeback to put Pocari at match point, 24-18.Pocari Sweat celebrates another PVL title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“Even when Bali Pure scored three straight points, I wasn’t worried that we would lose,” said Abella. “What I was worried about was that they could cut the lead and the momentum would swing to their favor.” LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Krystal Rivers, who played her first game with Pocari in the first match of the finals, was magnificent for the Lady Warriors as she put up a game-high 27 points while Finals MVP Myla Pablo added 16 points.Michelle Strizak, who was named the Conference’s Best Import, had 10 points to aid the Lady Warriors in their championship quest.Jeng Bualee and Jennifer Keddy led Bali Pure with 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Young, full of potential’ Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 team heads to France Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Water Defenders, 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, in the deciding Game 3.Jessey De Leon rose up for the final hit of the conference and gave Pocari its third straight title in in the tournament formerly known as Shakey’s V-League after conquering last year’s Reinforced and Open conferences.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pocari drops Bali Pure to win another PVL title2.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more


ZTE unveils new value-line phones; eyes 60-70 million units in 2016


first_imgChina’s ZTE, the world’s sixth largest smartphone maker, is introducing new value-priced phone models and aims to sell between 60 million and 70 million devices overall this year, an executive said on Monday.ZTE Senior Director of Mobile Devices Waiman Lam said in an interview at the Mobile World Congress that the company is cautiously targeting growth of around 60 million units, which would mark a 7 per cent rise in unit sales from 2015.The higher end of its target range, 70 million units, would represent around 20 per cent growth over 2015.ZTE unveiled two new models in its high-volume, value-priced line and unveiled a new sports marketing partnership with Spanish soccer club Seville, taking a page from a strategy that has turned ZTE into the 4th largest U.S. smartphone vendor.ZTE sponsors five professional basketball teams, including the Golden State Warriors, last year’s NBA champions, and pro golfer Danny Lee, which has driven its U.S. brand recognition.The Blade V7 Lite offers a 5-inch screen that can be operated with one hand and a fingerprint scanner for users to sign on to the phone. It will initially be sold in Russia and in coming months in markets including Mexico, Spain, Germany and Thailand.A slightly larger Blade V7 sports a 5.2-inch screen in a metallic case for single-hand use and both front and rear 13-megapixel cameras. Instead of fingerprint security, it offers ZTE’s retinal eye-scan feature and goes on sale in summer.The company has not yet disclosed pricing for the new models, but Lam told Reuters that the larger of the two, the Blade V7, will sell for around 250 euros ($277.95) and the Lite will go for less than 200 euros, or even as low as 150 euros.advertisementlast_img read more


Players come first, coach always stays in background: Kumble


first_imgBengaluru, Jun 23 (PTI) He always led the countrys bowling attack from the front but Anil Kumble believes that as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team, his role will be in the “background” as it is the players who “come first”. “Its a huge responsibility. I have always put my hands up for any sort of challenge. The coachs role is in the background, its the players who come first. I am ready to take this role,” Kumble told mediapersons during interaction after BCCI officially made the announcement. The former captain and Indias highest wicket-taker Kumble was named the teams head coach for a one-year tenure. “Its a great honour to be back in Indian dressing room in a different role,” Kumble said on his appointment. Asked about his plans for the team, he said, “Strategy will be to win. There is still time to think about all that and sit with the players. I have a short and long-term plan for the upcoming series (against West Indies), but I cannot plan alone; I also need players to pitch in.” The selection of the coach was made based on the recommendation by the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman. “This is a great time for Indian cricket. I have played for long with Sourav, Sachin, VVS and Rahul is also guiding the junior team. The five of us share wonderful relation on the field and off it as well. I am looking forward to working with them,” Kumble spoke fondly of the Golden Period of Indian cricket. “Need to sit down with Sourav, Sachin, Laxman and Dravid and need to do what is best for Indian cricket.” The 45-year-old Kumble pipped former Team Director Ravi Shastri, Australians Tom Moody and Stuart Law and a host of others to clinch the high-profile position following an elaborate selection process headed by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). “I spoke to my family and they supported my decision. I have travelled for almost 18 years (as an international cricketer) and it is not going to be easy as we will be travelling a lot. “Yet I feel its the right time be again part of the Indian dressing room and give back to the sport.” Kumble, the highest wicket-taker for India till date and third in the international Test list behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne, emerged as a front-runner in the last few days even though he has no formal experience in coaching in the international arena. Kumbles wife Chethana Ramatheertha said: “We will miss him, but very happy as Indian team cant find such a loyal coach.” PTI AH KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more


Jaydee Tungcab makes impact on both ends of floor in UP’s latest win


first_img“It’s a bit challenging because it’s not that easy to play good defense but I accept the role given to me to help the team.” Becoming his own man For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Seoul overcomes Zhejiang to reach Terrific 12 finals ANTIPOLO—Looking at Jaydee Tungcab’s stats alone won’t tell how big of a factor he played in University of the Philippines’ win over University of the East in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES MOST READ Tungcab had just four points on 1-of-3 shooting from the field, two rebounds, one steal and a turnover in close to 23 minutes of play.His impact, however, greatly showed on Rey Suerte’s numbers as the Red Warriors’ chief gunner was held to his worst game yet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Tungcab was tasked to slow down Suerte, who came into the game averaging a league-best 22.8 points per outing.He ended up surprising himself. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano “I was just told in practice that I will be in the starting five to guard Rey Suerte. It was just then and there that I thought about how to guard him. I only know that his strong side is his right and he’s not as effective going to his left,” said Tungcab in Filipino after helping the Fighting Maroons hold on for a 62-56 victory.“I actually didn’t think that I’m going to lock him down and he would only score four points because it’s already a given that he’s a scorer and he’s going to score against me,” added Tungcab, who also hit the biggest shot of the game when his lone basket—a triple—sealed his team’s third straight win. “I just want to thank the Lord that I was able to stop him. I just did my job.”With Tungcab hounding him, Suerte struggled mightily finishing with only four points on 2-of-15 shooting from the field while also turning the ball over four times in over 35 minutes of action.“His long game brilliance of defending Rey Suerte helped us a lot. It’s just the principle that we had in our team – whoever is it, whoever is doing well, is going to have the time. That was what happened. He was able to give back to the trust that I gave him,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.Known more for his scoring, Tungcab has embraced the role of being a dependable defensive stopper when he transferred to UP after playing his first two seasons with Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Behind Manning, Giants Win Again


first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning has a new option for his improving West Coast offense and the New York Giants are starting to get a new attitude.That left-over feeling of ‘what can go wrong next’ from last season is being replaced with that belief that somehow, someone is going to make a play to win the game.In the 30-20 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons (2-3) on Oct. 5, the Giants (3-2) had plenty of heroes in winning their third straight game.The most noticeable was first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr., who caught a go-ahead touchdown pass from Manning early in the fourth quarter.Fellow rookie Andre Williams helped ignite the comeback from a 10-point second-half deficit with a 3-yard touchdown run, while Manning led four scoring drives and the defense shut down the Falcons in the second half.“I think it says a lot about our team. I think it says that we’re resilient, we’re going to play all fourth quarters, and we’re not going to wait for things to get too rough for us to pick it up,” said safety Antrel Rolle, whose missed tackle allowed Atlanta to take a 20-10 third-quarter lead on a 74-yard scoring pass from Matt Ryan to Antone Smith.“We hung in there for the first half without playing our best ball, and not even close to it. In the second half, I think we played lights out.”Beckham was the story. He missed all five preseason games and the first four regular-season contests with a hamstring injury.Every week coach Tom Coughlin answered endless questions about when Beckham would either practice or play. His debut finally came and he responded by drawing a pass interference call to set up Williams’ TD and his 15-yard go-ahead TD catch with 10:02 to play. It was Manning’s second touchdown pass of the game.“To be out this long and to have to deal with the adversity I have had, I just I have to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play and for allowing me to score in my first game,” Beckham said.Ryan threw for 316 yards and a touchdown playing behind a banged-up offensive line that held up until the very end. Atlanta dropped its second straight since dominating Tampa Bay 56-14 on Sept. 18.Falcons coach Mike Smith refused to blame the team’s injuries or his players for losing a 10-point lead.“It’s not anybody’s fault but mine,” he said. “It is my responsibility as the head coach, ultimately. And I will, and do, take responsibility for that. It is not about those players.”Fellow receiver Victor Cruz was excited after Beckham’s first game.“He is a guy who can change the complexion of our offense and wide receiving corps, and make us that much better,” Cruz said. “It’s big for us to get him back and going in the right direction.”Atlanta never threatened after Beckham’s score, and Brown iced the game with his second and third field goals.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


How to Avoid Getting Sick While Camping


first_imgDaniel Nainggolan / UnsplashGetting sick sucks no matter where it happens. But when you ride out a cold, a stomach bug, or some other malady in the comfort of your own home, at least you have a warm bed, a hot shower, and a variety of foods and beverages at your disposal. Getting sick while you’re away from home elevates the suck-factor significantly, and when said away from home location is a campsite, the situation is upgraded to downright miserable. This is all the more true when said campsite is a multi-day hike from the nearest vestiges of civilization; under those circumstances, being ill isn’t just unpleasant, it can be seriously dangerous.And you can trust me on this; I’ve seen it happen firsthand. Five days into a ten day trek into a South American mountain range, one of the members of my expedition was struck with a stomach virus so violent she could hardly walk. The nearest town was a good sixty miles away via winding mountain and muddy jungle paths and that town didn’t exactly boast the finest medical care on the planet, either. Fortunately, we had a number of donkeys along for the journey, so she caught a ride for the next two days until her sickness subsided. If things had gotten much worse, the only option would have been to hope the team leader’s semi-reliable satellite phone could have summoned a helicopter at fabulous expense and with complex logistics.A better plan? Avoid getting sick while in the wild.And you can increase your chances of doing that by following a few pieces of advice gleaned from Rick Andrews and Lisa Yakas, the resident water filtration and food safety experts, respectively, from NSF. First, a quick word or two on NSF, which was founded as the National Sanitation Foundation back in the 1940s but now merely goes by the letters. Their mission is “to protect and improve global human health,” and the foundation primarily works with manufacturers and regulating bodies, but they offer a good deal of consumer-level educational content as well. Thus, me turning to their expertise today. Now…How to Keep from Getting Sick While CampingSafe Backwoods Drinking WaterThe single best way to avoid getting sick while out there in the field is to be absolutely certain you only ingest clean water. That pristine-looking mountain stream or mirror-like high alpine pond may well be swimming with billions of parasites, the most common being Giardia in many places. The only water you can safely collect and drink in the wild is water that you purify, and that goes for water from a lake, snow melt, or even a bubbling spring.And here are the four best ways to purify water:Boiling – Boiling water for at least three minutes should kill off all the bacteria within, but double the boil time if you are above 6,000 feet of elevation. (And triple it if you’re way the hell up there above 14k or more, you awesome mountaineer, you.)Filtering – Using a mechanical filter, like a Lifestraw or a Katadyn, can remove almost all off the bacteria and parasites found in the water, thanks to the amazingly fine media used therein.Tablets – You can use iodine tablets to purify water, just make sure you follow the directions and give the tabs plenty of time to work. Also make sure you sterilize the mouth of the bottle from which you’ll be sipping — dipping a water bottle into a stream and then purifying its contents may still see you get sick if there are parasites clinging to the rim of the bottle.Bleach – Yeah, it sounds gross, but it’s not that bad, and done right it’s safe. According to Rick Andrews, you should use 16 drops of concentrated household bleach per gallon of water. Let the treated water stand for a half hour and note that it should have a vague bleach odor.My chosen method? Boil then filter.Safe Campsite Food HandlingFood safety out in the wild is basically the same as food safety in civilization; cook meats properly, keep things that can spoil like eggs and milk chilled, and clean foods before you eat them. But because you don’t have all of the conveniences of your kitchen when out in the field, the way you store, handle, and prep foods can be a different than at home.Safe Campsite Meat ThawingContrary to popular belief, thawing meats at room temperature is not an ideal method, as bacteria growth can start just as soon as the meat has reached a mild temperature. Thus there are two recommended ways to thaw and cook meat you brought to your site frozen in that fine camping cooler of yours.Cold Water Thawing – Thaw meats wrapped in plastic in a bucket filled with chilled water, keeping the temperature of the water as near to 40 degrees F (standard refrigerator temperature) as possible.Cook from Frozen – If you can’t thaw safely, just get the meat on the heat. You can use your grill, camp stove, or a fire to cook meats from a frozen state, just add in cooking time and start with lower temps to avoid scorching the exterior of that burger, dog, or chop while leaving the interior under cooked.Cook Meats to Well DoneEven the best cooler doesn’t maintain temperatures as well as a thermostatically controlled refrigerator, so you can’t count on bacteria-free meats. Thus you need to thoroughly cook all meats even if you prefer rarer temps back in civilization. Sorry, steaks.Clean Your Knives, Utensils, and Cutting SurfacesAt home, you probably have a couple of knives for veggies, one for steak and chops, one for filleting, and so forth. At the campsite, you may have only one or two knives you use for everything. So make sure you properly sterilize the knifes as well as any utensils and other prep tools and surfaces that come into contact with any foods that could carry unwanted pathogens. Use alcohol, ammonia, or another trusted solution, and if you don’t have those, you’ll have to boil the tools for several minutes.Wash Your HandsWash your damn hands! Or at least use sanitizer, dammit.Avoiding Germs in the WildMaking sure your drinking, cooking, and washing water are as clean as possible is the best way to avoid germs while you’re camping, but there are other ways, too. And mostly, they involve avoiding things.Pick the Right Site – Don’t pitch your tent too close to standing, stagnant water, or mud patches, as these are breeding and gathering grounds for insects, especially for mosquitoes.Keep Bugs at Bay – Forget about citronella, folks. When you’re in the deep woods in the depths of summer, use an insect repellent that packs in the permethrin, a compound that’s as effective as DEET in repelling insects and that can even kill mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects. I recommend using a repellent on your skin but also get a spray treatment and dose your tent, your sleeping bag, your clothing, your hammocks and chairs, and so on. Sawyer Products makes a permethrin spray for apparel and gear that’s powerful but odorless and lasts for more than a month.Don’t Touch Gross Stuff – I know you wouldn’t do it on purpose, but avoid touching animal waste by being vigilant about where you sit, where your hands grab during a climb, and so forth. And never touch an animal carcass you find out there in the field. If you must confront one or the other, get yourself a good long poking stick to do the dirty work.Attend to Personal Hygiene – You yourself might be harboring some germs there, mister. We already talked about hand washing, but make sure you keep other areas as clean as you can, too. No need to get into details, but do attend to hand washing every time you attend to other areas.Watch Out for Germ-Infested Areas – If you’re camping at a prepared site, your worst foe for health isn’t the wild, but other humans. Those sandboxes and picnic tables thoughtfully set up by the park rangers can be about the dirties spots in the whole campground.And there you have it. Follow these rules, wash your hands, and end that hike on a healthy high-note. What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? 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Safe Bulkers Orders Two Eco-Design Vessels


first_imgzoom Safe Bulkers, Inc. has entered into shipbuilding contracts with a Japanese shipyard, for the construction of two eco-design, 77,000 dwt, Panamax class vessels at a price of $30.0 million and $30.2 million.The first vessel is scheduled for delivery during the second half of 2015 and the second vessel is scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2016.The company has so far ordered ten additional drybulk newbuild vessels, with deliveries scheduled at various dates through 2016. The orderbook consists of seven Panamax class vessels, two Post-Panamax class vessels and one Capesize class vessel.As of November 1, 2013, the company’s operational fleet was comprised of 28 drybulk vessels with an average age of 5.4 years and an aggregate carrying capacity of 2.5 million dwt. The fleet consists of eight Panamax class vessels, seven Kamsarmax class vessels, eleven post- Panamax class vessels and two Capesize class vessels, all built 2003 onwards.Safe Bulkers, November 5, 2013last_img read more


Manitoba New Democrats hear of harassment and bullying within party


first_imgBRANDON, Man. – Manitoba’s New Democratic Party has suffered for years from a “toxic culture” of sexual harassment and bullying where victims have been afraid or unable to seek help, according to a review released at the party’s convention in Brandon.“The atmosphere was overly sexualized, sexist and misogynist, and there was often a different standard for women than there were for men,” Kemlin Nembhard, one of two commissioners who have been examining the issue, told some 200 delegates at the party’s annual convention Saturday.“The span of years that (people we talked to) have been or were involved with the party was really diverse, and yet the patterns in the work atmosphere, in the general culture and environment … were pretty consistent.”The Opposition party set up the commission earlier this year, after several women came forward with allegations they had been subjected to harassment and unwanted touching by former NDP cabinet minister Stan Struthers.One of them, Shannon Van Raes, alleged Struthers put his hand under her skirt and made sexual comments while she was a staffer. Another woman, Joelle Saltel-Allard said when she was a press secretary, Struthers put his hand on her knee and talked about sex acts he would enjoy.Struthers, who left politics in 2016, has rejected interview requests but issued a brief statement in which he apologized for any inappropriate behaviour.The commission’s report does not name any alleged victims or perpetrators, nor would the commissioners say how many people came forward, or how many alleged perpetrators there were. They would only say they had heard from former politicians, party workers at the legislature and others.Nembhard told the convention people told her they felt they had no choice but to put up with harassment and other inappropriate behaviour.“It was generally an atmosphere of fear and loyalty. Fear of certain senior staff members was noted … and then there was the atmosphere of loyalty at all costs (where) one must always remain loyal to the party to the exclusion of all else, regardless of what was happening.”The commission, which examined the party going back more than a decade, including the years when the NDP was in power, also found that:— There was a toxic atmosphere where inappropriate behaviour was enabled by key party members.— There was an “Old Boys club” where some people were excluded from decision-making.— There was pressure to take part in drinking and parties, and inappropriate sexual activity inside the legislative building.— Some women have left the party while others have decided not to enter political life.“If 50 per cent of the population are feeling isolated and can’t participate in the party, that really questions us as a democratic institution,” Nembhard said.The commission made several recommendations, including mandatory anti-harassment and human resources training for politicians and senior staff and a formal process to allow victims to come forward.NDP Leader Wab Kinew said he wanted to enact all the recommendations and the convention delegates voted to adopt them.“I’m apologizing both for the direct harm you experienced, but also for the environment that silenced your voices for too long,” Kinew told the crowd.Saltel-Allard said Saturday she was pleased with the report’s findings.“My goal with coming forward has always been to see change — to make sure no one else has to feel belittled, disempowered or harassed like I did, almost 8 years ago. And I can honestly say that my goal has been achieved!” she wrote on her Facebook page.“Thank you to the Manitoba NDP for finally listening to my story. I can attest that the report findings are accurate.”Kinew took over as party leader last September and has tried to show he has changed in terms of his personal treatment of women.He wrote misogynistic and homophobic lyrics as a rapper more than a decade ago, and later wrote misogynistic social media messages, including one where he asked whether fat women carried avian flu.Kinew also continues to face accusations from a former girlfriend that he assaulted her in 2003. The charge was stayed and later dropped, and Kinew has denied assaulting the woman. But in an interview with The Canadian Press last fall, she stood by her allegation that Kinew threw her across a living room.last_img read more


Talks to begin in Victoria on new home clearer context for Macdonald


first_imgVICTORIA — The City of Victoria and local First Nations are mulling over what to do about the mothballed Sir John A. Macdonald statue.The statue of Canada’s first prime minister and member of Parliament for Victoria from 1878 to 1882 was removed from the steps of Victoria City Hall last August.Critics said Macdonald’s role at the head of a government that created the Indian Act and established the residential school system made the statue inappropriate.Mayor Lisa Helps says Victoria will be holding talks in the coming months, focusing on what the city must learn about reconciliation and also considering the best place to relocate the statue.A decision on a new home won’t be made until after talks conclude, and Helps says donating the statue in an option, although that could be complicated because it was originally a gift to Victoria.Helps says politicians, Coast Salish First Nations in the area and the public have to consider how the statue could be placed with more context, ensuring history is expanded, not erased.  “What we heard very clearly from (the Songhees and Esquimalt) Nations is that a broader story of John A. Macdonald needs to be told,” she says.“I think the imagining, at least from the nations, … is that when the statue is re-situated, there will be some other piece put in conversation with it in some way,” she says, adding the city still needs to hear the opinions of First Nations and other community members.Helps says council has directed that the upcoming talks about the statute and reconciliation should be run through her office.She says the format could including “people coming, sharing a few meals, sitting around tables, and having a conversation to start.”A date for the talks is expected to be set after council approves Victoria’s strategic plan. (CFAX)The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Terry Crews And Charlotte Ross To Attend Youth For Human Rights Event


first_imgActress Marisol Nichols (“GCB”) and Dr. Mary Shuttleworth host a celebrity benefit for Youth for Human Rights International at Eva Longoria’s restaurant Beso in Hollywood on Monday, March 24.Among the stars expected to attend are Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Clifton Collins Jr. (STAR TREK), Charlotte Ross (“Glee”/ “NYPD Blue”), Johnathon Schaech (“Ray Donovan”/THAT THING YOU DO), Daphne Wayans (“In Living Color”), Beth Riesgraf (“Leverage”), Jennifer Aspen (“GCB”), Lane Garrison (“Bonnie & Clyde”/CAMP X-RAY), Jason Dohring (VERONICA MARS), Rebecca Da Costa (THE BAG MAN), Joe Morton (SCANDAL), and Ian Anthony Dale (“Murder in the First”).Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a non-profit charitable organization under the umbrella organization United for Human Rights. The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth around the world about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace.last_img read more


Celebrities Attend UNICEF UK Halloween Ball


first_imgLong-standing UNICEF UK Ambassador Jemima Khan joined guests Suki Waterhouse, Tinie Tempah, Hugh Grant, Guy Ritchie, Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande at Unicef UK’s star–studded Halloween Ball on Thursday, raising vital funds to help protect Syria’s children from danger.The event raised an incredible £750,000, made possible by generous donations from guests and the UK Government matching all public donations on the night pound for pound.High-profile personalities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and business turned out at London’s iconic venue, One Mayfair, to support Unicef’s work to help the millions of children in Syria and the surrounding regions that are in danger from disease, malnutrition and violence.Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams opened the evening’s entertainment with his classic hit Run to You, followed by a surprise duet of When You’re Gone with British model and actress Suki Waterhouse. Tinie Tempah closed the show with an electrifying set including Pass Out and Written in the Stars. Guests made their way down The Rabbit Hole to an after party in the venue’s Crypt and a set by DJ Seth Troxler until the early hours of the morning.Unicef UK Ambassador and host of the Halloween Ball, Jemima Khan said, “The number of Syrian children in danger is spiralling out of control. For more than three years, children have borne the brunt of indiscriminate violence. I recently visited Jordan with Unicef to meet Syrian children and families who have fled the conflict. Unicef is working day and night to reach these children with life-saving food, water, medicine, education and support to help them deal with the trauma they have faced. Their work is desperately underfunded. Tonight at the Halloween Ball we hope to raise a huge amount to help give Syrian children their childhood back.”The money raised at the Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, provide children in Syria and refugee children in five neighbouring countries – Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt – with vital aid and support, as part of the largest humanitarian operation in history. The £750,000 raised will be added to the £4.4 million already raised for Syrian children by Unicef UK in 2014 and the emergency appeal will continue until the end of January.Over the next three months the UK Government will match pound for pound all public donations made to Unicef’s work for the children of Syria.International Development Secretary, Justine Greening said, “Nearly four years of fighting have taken a grim toll on the people of Syria and its neighbours. Inevitably, vulnerable children pay the highest price. That is why, for the second year in a row, we will match pound for pound all public donations to Unicef UK’s valuable winter appeal for the children of Syria, helping the generosity of the British public go twice as far. This means children caught up in this conflict receive urgent lifesaving help along with the education and support they need to build a better future for themselves and their country.”Unicef UK Executive Director, David Bull said: “Millions of children in Syria and the surrounding region are in danger. They face losing their homes, their families, even their lives. Unicef is one of the few organisations working inside Syria as well as delivering humanitarian aid across the region. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support and generosity that our guests have shown this evening and to the UK Government for matching pound for pound all donations made tonight and for the next three months. We rely entirely on voluntary donations so the money raised is vital to enable Unicef to continue our life-saving work for Syrian children.”You can help keep Syria’s children safe too. To find out more about Unicef’s work to protect children in danger or to donate, please visit unicef.org.uk/Syria.last_img read more


Top UN official highlights impact of financial crisis on worlds urban poor


The current global financial turmoil must be viewed as a “housing finance crisis,” leaving the world’s urban poor to fend for themselves, the head of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) said today in London.“The financial crisis we are facing today cannot be seen as an event – it is a process that has been building up over time and this process has now bust,” Anna Tibaijuka said, launching UN-HABITAT’s biennial “State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009” report.She called on governments to provide cheaper homes for those subsisting on lower incomes because the supply of affordable housing cannot be controlled entirely by market forces.One out of three people living in cities reside in slums, and that proportion could rise due to the credit crunch, UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director noted, warning that with one billion people already living in slums, unrest could result if government do not take urgent action to address the urban poverty crisis.“I am not surprised that world leaders are now seizing on the matter because without leadership, without governance, it is a clear test of social tensions.”Half of the world’s population now resides in cities, and that fraction will grow to nearly 60 per cent in the next 20 years. Urban growth is occurring most rapidly in the developing world, where cities surge by 5 million residents on average very month.“Cities embody some of society’s most pressing challenges, from pollution and disease to unemployment and lack of adequate shelter,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in the foreword to the new publication. “But cities are also venues where rapid, dramatic change is not just possible but expected.”The report pointed out that income distribution varies considerably among poorer regions, with the divide most pronounced in African and Latin American cities. The amount of deprivation slum dwellers face depends on the access to clean water; access to sanitation; the durability of housing; the size of living areas; and the security of tenure.Based on this system, the report finds that the areas with the largest proportion of people living in slum conditions in cities are in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly two-thirds of the urban population are slum dwellers. 23 October 2008The current global financial turmoil must be viewed as a “housing finance crisis,” leaving the world’s urban poor to fend for themselves, the head of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) said today in London. read more


Thousands seek employment at Calgary Job Shop Career Fair


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Thousands seek employment at Calgary Job Shop Career Fair By the time the doors close, organizers of the Calgary Job Shop Career Fair expect to have see more than 4,000 job seekers to pass through the hallways at the TELUS Convention Centre.“A whole myriad of different companies from entry level positions all the way to executive level potions, from all walks of industry,” Eric Hagglund, Regional Sales Manager for Calgary Job Shop said.There were 22 employers who set up booths Wednesday, taking resumes and shaking hands with the various jobseekers. “We have clients that have jobs that are looking for positions right now. We are in a situation in Calgary where the unemployment rate is very, very low and there are more jobs than people to fill those jobs,” Hagglund said.Many of the people who attended the event told 660News, they were hoping to find something in the accounting field or in finance with several also hoping to be inspired by an unexpected job offering. One may think it would be easy to be a job seeker in Calgary, with the surplus of jobs available, but there are some people like Johannah, who have been looking for the right fit for months. “I have a passion for the service industry, that’s my field, but even though there’s a lot of positions out there, I want a job I can love, a career, not just anything,” she said.She was not alone, as organizers said there were 1,850 people already registered before the doors opened at 11 a.m. by News Staff Posted Mar 5, 2014 2:58 pm MDT read more


Air Canada CEO got 78 million compensation in 2013 airline to launch


Air Canada CEO got $7.8 million compensation in 2013; airline to launch Wi-Fi MONTREAL – Air Canada’s chief executive received more than $7.8 million in compensation last year as he oversaw a dramatic turnaround in the airline’s financial performance and share price.According to regulatory documents filed ahead of airline’s annual meeting in May, Calin Rovinescu’s total compensation was down from $9.5 million in 2012, when he received a $5-million award on the third anniversary of this employment with the carrier. That one-time payment was part of a 2009 employment contract that lured him from Canaccord Genuity, the investment bank where he was a co-founder.Excluding this retention payment, Rovinescu’s compensation increased 72 per cent from the $4.5 million he received in 2012, which in turn was up from almost $4 million in 2011.His salary was unchanged at $1.4 million in 2013, but share-based awards surged to $2.6 million, stock options to $1.24 million and his annual bonus to $2.26 million. He also had a $290,800 pension value.Rovinescu oversaw dramatic financial improvements at the country’s largest airline in last year.Among other things, he was credited with achieving a record $384 million in adjusted profits, a 14.7 per cent improvement in on-time performance and the launch of the Air Canada Rouge low-cost subsidiary. He also oversaw new pension funding regulations with the federal government, the development of international routes and reached or surpassing cost-reduction targets.Air Canada’s (TSX:AC.B) shares had the best performance of any Canadian company last year, more than tripling in value. They fell in the months after hitting a 52-week high of $9.90 in January, but surged 25 per cent last Friday after the company upgraded its outlook for the first quarter and said it expected a strong summer season.The stock closed down 12 cents, or 1.58 per cent, at $7.47 on Wednesday.The guidance prompted several analysts to upgrade their forecasts and target price for the airline’s shares.The proxy circular said chief financial officer Michael Rousseau’s total compensation increased nearly 58 per cent to $2.3 million last year, including $527,000 base salary.Benjamin Smith, the chief commercial officer, received $2 million, up from $1.2 million in 2012.Meanwhile, Air Canada announced Wednesday that it will begin offering passengers across North America in-flight air-to-ground Wi-Fi connectivity starting in May.Air Canada has been testing the Gogo Wi-Fi system on two Airbus 319s operating in Canada and the United States under and agreement with Panasonic. The remaining narrowbody fleet of Airbus, Embraer 190s, CRJ-705s and Embraer 175s will be outfitted with the system with the goal of equipping 29 aircraft this year. The service is expected to be available on 130 aircraft by December 2015.Air Canada says the system, which allows passengers to search the Internet and use e-mail, offers peak connection speeds comparable to mobile broadband services available on the ground and will be offered at “competitive” prices.In the U.S., Gogo costs US$5 for one hour of use, $14 for 24 hours and $39.95 a month for a single airline, while for $49.95 a month a passenger can use it on all airlines.Current regulations prohibit the use of cellular phones for voice communication.“In today’s connected world, our customers want to access e-mail, mobile device applications and the Internet wherever they are, both to increase their work productivity and expand their leisure options,” Smith said in an news release sent from one of the aircraft.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) announced in February that it plans to replace seatback television monitors in its aircraft starting next year as it adds a new entertainment system that will allow passengers to access TV, movies and the Internet with their electronic devices while in the air.The satellite system will be installed on one aircraft later this year for testing and be expanded over the next few years as it replaces seats with slimline alternatives and installs USB and power outlets.It’s part of the Calgary-based airline’s ongoing efforts to increase revenue.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said he expects Air Canada’s profits from its new service “may prove limited.”He said Gogo is gaining users and reported US$8,375 average monthly service revenue per aircraft in 2013. That could translate into about $5.2 million of revenue annually for the 130 Air Canada aircraft, assuming the airline receives 40 per cent of that rate.But Tyerman cautions that pricing for the service may change. He points to the many hotels which once charged for Internet service but now provide it for free. And the airline JetBlue is offering free, lower-speed Wi-Fi through at least June.“In the end, Wi-Fi may prove one of the costs of doing business in the airline world,” he wrote in a report, pointing to other carriers that already offer the service.“Accordingly, this announcement may have little long-run implication.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 2:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


UN chief appoints Zimbabwe national as Assistant SecretaryGeneral for Safety and Security


Ms. Gwaradzimba succeeds Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe of Rwanda, who was appointed as Deputy Special Representative for Mali in May.Ms. Gwaradzimba brings more than 25 years of experience with the UN system to the role. She began her career with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia in 1989 and worked with UNDP in New York as a Programme Manager and Senior Evaluation Advisor. She also served with UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as a Deputy Municipal Administrator in Kosovo from 2000-2001. She most recently held the position of Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) for the UNDP in New York. Prior to that, she was Division Chief for South and West Asia for six years. She was also the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in The Gambia, and Deputy Resident Representative in Malawi and Barbados. Ms. Gwaradzimba has a wealth of experience in strategic management and leadership, coupled with in depth knowledge of international development, crisis prevention and recovery, evaluation design and practice and gender issues. read more


Striving for peace decent life for all very pertinent UN Assembly theme


“Who would lose if all the people on the globe led a decent life,” he said, namely by having enough food; inoculations for “immunizable” diseases; drinkable water; education; clean electricity; fair-paying jobs; and respectable homes. “Parasitism is the only obstacle to global affluence, prosperity and peace,” he added. Turning to “the dangerous situation on the Korean Peninsula,” he believed that, as “kith and kin,” the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) would do well to alone discuss their re-unification. He cited a unified Viet Nam, as well as that of Germany in 1990. Noting the strength of a unified Korea, he posed the queries, “Why do some actors fear strong nations in the world? Why should the Koreans themselves (North and South) allow external forces to continue to divide them?” “We always strive not to allow actors, foreign or local, to divide the African peoples, regardless of the complications involved,” he underscored, saying that Uganda accommodates many African refugees on account of a conscious ideological position – “not to allow any actors to divide us. We only fight traitors.” On “the small issue” of enforcing sanctions against the DPRK, Mr. Kaguta told the Assembly that Uganda is in compliance. “We do not have to trade with North Korea. We are, however, grateful that, in the past, the North Koreans helped us to build our tank forces,” he concluded. Full statement available here read more


At Least All These Tommy John Surgeries Arent Rotator Cuff Surgeries


No pitcher’s elbow seems safe anymore. Earlier in spring training, Yu Darvish, the perennial Cy Young contender and ace of the Texas Rangers staff, had Tommy John surgery. A week later, promising Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler was under the knife. Those guys are part of a proud lineage of phenoms whose elbows couldn’t withstand the crazy forces of pitching a baseball every five days. In the past five years, 299 major and minor league pitchers have had Tommy John surgery.1According to data collected by sabermetrician Jon Roegele. The epidemic — or whatever you want to call it — isn’t over yet.But beneath the scary headlines and the relentless drumbeat of crisis, there’s a silver lining to this rash of pitcher injuries: Having a bum elbow sure beats having a bum shoulder. Despite all the Tommy John surgeries, we’re living in a golden era of pitcher health.It’s hard not to be anxious about a crisis when you look at data about just how many ulnar collateral ligaments are being repaired through Tommy John surgery. The number of surgeries in the past 10 years is 115 percent higher than it was the 10 years prior.That’s a huge spike, yes, but the intriguing thing is what’s happened as those elbows have flared up: Shoulders haven’t. Using data from Baseball Prospectus’s injury archive (maintained by Corey Dawkins), we can chart the escalating number of elbow surgeries over the past 35 years against the number of shoulder surgeries2This graph looks at all levels of baseball (major and minor leagues) from 1981 onward.: Right around 1998, the two paths diverge, and in recent years, shoulder surgeries are down.3I believe credit for noticing this trend goes to sabermetrician Jeff Zimmerman. After a peak in 2009, when more than 40 operations were performed, shoulder surgeries seem to be fading toward extinction, with only 12 in 2014. Some have attributed the decrease in shoulder injuries to improved shoulder exercises. This explanation is consistent with the fact that shoulder injuries have disappeared for position players, as well.The decreasing trend in shoulder problems matters because shoulder surgeries are more debilitating than the now-routine Tommy John. Whereas about 80 percent of major league pitchers in my data set4The recovery rate is in agreement with other estimates from experts such as Dr. Glenn Fleisig. returned from UCL reconstruction to pitch in the majors, only 67 percent came back from shoulder surgeries. (From here on out, I’m examining only the pitchers who were major leaguers at the time of their surgery.) Whether because of recency bias or some other factor, we tend to forget once-great throwers like Johan Santana, Brandon Webb, and Kerry Wood, all of whose careers were cut short because of shoulder ailments. Wood, in particular, is an instructive example. He came back from Tommy John early in his career only to be done in by a rotator cuff surgery several years later.There are, of course, pitchers who never make it back from Tommy John, and if you are a Rangers fan, or simply a connoisseur of great pitching (as I am), even a 20 percent risk of Darvish never returning seems drastically high. But not all pitchers are the same. Using logistic regression, I examined how the risk of failing to return after UCL reconstruction varies by the characteristics of the specific pitcher in question.Starting pitchers are more likely to make it back than relievers, for example. I found that 90 percent of starters returned from Tommy John surgery, versus 74 percent of relievers. In addition, the better a pitcher is before his stint on the DL (measured by his strikeouts and walks per nine innings), the more likely he is to recover.How healthy that pitcher is before his surgery also matters. The longer the injury history, the less likely he is to successfully recuperate. All parts of a pitcher’s arm are connected in a kinetic chain. Because the pitching motion is so stressful on an arm, a problem at one end of the chain can weaken another end of it. Take Joel Zumaya, the fire-breathing reliever for the 2006 Detroit Tigers who never made it back from Tommy John. Zumaya had a long injury history, including problems in his hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. No one can say with certainty which part of his arm was the one that ruined his chances of being a major league pitcher. Darvish, on the other hand, is a relatively healthy starting pitcher with excellent strikeout and walk numbers. He should be counted as among the most likely to make it back to MLB.There’s a pessimism that follows any pitcher to the DL — that even if he does return, he will never attain his former abilities again. There’s some merit to that: While many pitchers return to their former levels of performance, some seem to lose a measure of their ability. Francisco Liriano never again matched the 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings he put up in his rookie season, which was followed by elbow surgery. But for every Liriano, there’s an Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals ace. He averaged 8.3 K/9 in the year before his surgery and posted an identical 8.3 K/9 the year after.When I looked more generally at the historical record of pitchers who had undergone Tommy John, I found that there was an evident decline in their performance. However, it was not nearly as bad as the one that followed shoulder surgeries. Shoulder problems reduce strikeouts and increase walks, both to greater degrees than similarly severe problems to a pitcher’s elbow:Tommy John recipients barely saw their strikeouts drop at all. On average, strikeouts declined by 0.06 K/9 following Tommy John surgery. Contrast that with the sufferers of shoulder surgery, who saw a substantial (and much greater) average drop in K/9 of 0.37. That’s a 5 percent decrease for those pitchers.There was a 0.18 increase in walks per nine innings (BB/9) for the Tommy John recipients, but a greater 0.33 increase in BB/9 for the shoulder surgery recipients.There’s one other noticeable effect of these surgeries: Pitchers pitch less when they come back. Both types of pitcher injuries seem to lead to a decrease in innings pitched in the three years after the surgery relative to the years before. But, again, shoulder surgeries appear to be worse than elbow surgeries.Pitchers who underwent UCL reconstruction saw their number of innings pitched decline by an average of about 53 innings in the three years following their return — no small margin. In contrast, pitchers who underwent shoulder surgery experienced a much greater decrease, notching more than 134 fewer innings.All this means that there are tons of players getting Tommy John surgery, but that’s not the worst fate for a pitcher these days. Darvish is very likely to return, likely to strike out nearly as many guys per game as he once did, but likely to do it in fewer innings. Rangers fans, you can stop worrying about Darvish’s elbow. Just keep praying his shoulder holds up. read more


Is Garry Kasparov Too Old To Dominate Chess Again


Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion and probably the best player ever to play the game, has come out of retirement and returned to competitive chess. He has suited up for this week’s Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, a 10-player round-robin tournament that consists of relatively speedy games and features some scarily strong competition. Four of the 10 competitors are in the world’s top 10.The chess world was abuzz with news of the return; Kasparov hasn’t played competitively since 2005. But the open question was how well he could perform against the young guns across the table. Kasparov is 54 years old, after all. To get some insight into how chess skill might decline with age, I downloaded the most recent FIDE rating list, from the beginning of August. This lists ranks all the players registered with the game’s international governing body according to their Elo rating.1These lists are currently published monthly; they were published quarterly in earlier years. The end result was a data set with more than 280,000 players and their respective ratings. These are all the players currently rated by FIDE, although some of them, such as Kasparov, are flagged as “inactive,” meaning that they haven’t played a rated game in a year or more. (To estimate a given player’s age, we subtracted his or her birth year from 2017.) The result is shaped like a large floating apostrophe of mortality. After a steep increase in players’ early years (youth is wasted on the young), the estimated trend in ratings peaks just after age 38, before beginning a long, slow, irreversible and depressing decline (kinda like real life).But when the ratings are plotted this way, Kasparov’s outlier status becomes clear — his most recent rating, established before he retired in 2005, is 2812. If he were active in classical chess tournaments, that’d put him second in the world, behind the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, who is 26.Another former world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated Kasparov for the title in 2000, noted in a 2015 interview that he was in his mid-20s at the time. “In fact, chess is a game for the young,” he said.As I write, Kasparov is near the bottom of the pack in St. Louis, with five draws and a loss through his first six games. Ian Nepomniachtchi, a 27-year-old Russian grandmaster, is in first place.After the first day of play, Kasparov retweeted the following: read more


Miramax lance son application Facebook de vidéo à la demande


first_imgMiramax lance son application Facebook de vidéo à la demandeAujourd’hui, le distributeur de films Miramax lance son application Facebook dédiée à la vidéo à la demande et baptisée Miramax eXperience. Pour le moment en version bêta, il propose déjà ses 20 plus gros succès mais seulement en version originale.Après Warner Bros et Universal Pictures, c’est au tour de Miramax de lancer son application Facebook dédiée à la vidéo à la demande. Baptisé Miramax eXperience, cette application n’est actuellement qu’en version d’essai mais elle propose déjà vingt des plus gros succès du distributeur américain, parmi lesquels Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Will Hunting ou encore Gangs of New York.Si la liste des films proposés devraient s’allonger prochainement, il est pour l’heure, possible de visionner chacun des vingt films contre 30 crédits Facebook, soit environ 3 euros, ou d’en voir un extrait cette fois-ci gratuitement, note Cnet france. Seul hic : les films ne sont disponibles qu’en version originale non sous-titrée et on ignore encore si Miramax compte y ajouter des sous-titres ou non. Par ailleurs, l’application du distributeur américain propose également des mini-jeux.Comme l’explique un blog du Figaro, Miramax compte déjà 50 millions d’internautes qui interagissent avec ses contenus sur Facebook. Le distributeur de film espère ainsi tripler ce nombre dans 18 mois, expliquant : “notre but ultime est de donner aux consommateurs la possibilité d’acheter des films et de les stocker ensuite dans leur propre casier numérique en ligne – pour ensuite accéder aux contenus où qu’ils soient, à travers tous les terminaux.” En effet, l’application est également accessible depuis l’iPad ou encore Google TV. Le 23 août 2011 à 20:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Kids Coding Tool Cubetto Returns to Kickstarter


first_imgStay on target More than any generation before them, kids these days are being raised on screens: computer, tablet, smartphone, or otherwise. But not all technology requires pixels and a plug.Primo Toys, maker of the hands-on coding game Cubetto, has returned to Kickstarter as part of the platform’s Gold program—this time with a new set of of play maps and activity books.Since launching on June 20, the company has far surpassed its $100,000 goal, netting more than $578,000 from 2,600-plus backers.With eight days left to campaign, Primo Toys still has plenty of rewards to hand out: everything from digital downloads to providing 20 Cubetto Deluxe to a charity, institution, or school of your choice.Cubetto returns with two new adventure packs (via Primo Toys)Newcomers can snag the original Cubetto Playset, with one robot and interface board, 16 coding blocks, a personalized storybook, and more, for $225; or pick up the $275 Cubetto Complete, which includes all six adventure packs.Kids ages three and up can send the smiling square on epic adventures using a board as control panel and blocks as hands-on programming language.“This Montessori meets coding,” Primo’s campaign page said.Simply write a program using forward, left, and right blocks, and watch as Cubetto happily follows your directions—exploring loops, functions, and algorithms along the way.And now, two new Kickstarter-exclusive adventure packs allow users to tell even more stories with Cubetto.Swarmy Swamp and Polar Expedition are the first two in a set of upcoming expansions (via Primo Toys)A $50 pledge gets you the first two in a series of expansions set for release throughout the year: Polar Expedition and Swarmy Swamp. Described as “a heart-thumping Arctic race” and “an airboat ride through a misty marshland,” respectively, each pack comes with its own 3-by-3-foot cloth map and storybook, featuring challenges and activities.Tack on the four classic kits—Space Odyssey (visit the International Space Station, Mars, and Jupiter), Blue Ocean (swim beneath icebergs of the North Sea), Big City (take in parks, markets, and landscapes), Ancient Egypt (unearth ancient treasures)—for an additional $50.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket last_img read more