Members of Nova Scotia’s business community have just returned from an international trade mission in Louisiana with promising leads for new business. The mission was organized by Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) with support from the provincial government’s Office of Acadian Affairs. CDÉNÉ is an organization focused on economic development within the Acadian and francophone community of Nova Scotia. “We’ve made a number of excellent contacts that we’ll be following in the coming weeks and months,” said trade show participant Edgar Samson of Premium Seafoods Limited. “We can see potential for generating new business in the southern U.S. states and beyond as a result of this trip.” The trade mission, Expo-Acadie, brought together more than 80 participants. Twenty-three of those participants were from the Atlantic provinces, about one-third of whom were from Nova Scotia. The businesses represented the construction and environment, agri-foods, arts and crafts, and information technology industries. “The province of Nova Scotia has been hosting cultural exchanges and trade missions with Louisiana for the past 20 years because of their deep cultural and historic ties,” said Acadian Affairs CEO Vaughne Madden, who was in Louisiana for the show. While in Louisiana, Ms. Madden met with officials to offer Nova Scotia’s continued support in the state’s post-hurricane rebuilding efforts. This year’s expo was held at the same time as the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, where an Acadian pavilion helped bring extra exposure to some of the Nova Scotia companies that chose to exhibit. About 300,000 people participated in the annual festival. “We are looking forward to continuing to help foster the relations between the Acadie of the north and the Cajuns of the south,” said CDÉNÉ’s executive director, Julie Oliver. Plans are already underway for the 3rd Expo Acadie, which will be held in Nova Scotia in 2008.
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Casablanca — Fodé Sylla, Ambassador to the Office of the President of Senegal, has said that Morocco’s reintegration into the African Union would make the organization “stronger.”Fodé Sylla, Ambassador to the Office of the President of SenegalIn an interview with the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP) during the COP22 climate change conference, Fodé Sylla, Ambassador to the Office of President Macky Sall of Senegal, expressed his support of Morocco’s efforts to re-enter the African Union after it left it 32 years ago following the organization’s recognition of a “Western Sahara.”“Morocco’s approach to joining the AU is more than legitimate. The Kingdom of Morocco has its place of choice in the African family,” said Sylla, adding that Morocco is one of the founders of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and plays an important role in the continent. Sylla also did not fail to mention that Morocco has shown its commitment time and time again to the African continent, a commitment which was confirmed at the Marrakech COP22 conference, which was held from November 7 to November 18 and attended by more than 40,000 visitors from all over the world.Africa’s role in the battle against climate change was highlighted at the Africa Summit of Action, which was presided by King Mohamed VI and that welcomed more than 50 heads of state. At the summit, the Moroccan monarch declared the need for a more “unified, solid, solidarity and strong Africa.”The fight against climate change is a tough one, and a unified Africa has been a top priority at this COP22. Sylla reiterated the success of COP22 and the conclusions of its final declaration.
Rabat – The 54-year old miner died only four days after a young miner died in Hassi Belal, near Jerada on Wednesday.Videos of Moroccans condemning the young man’s death went viral last week. The 54-year-old who died Sunday was a former employee and miner at Moroccan Coal Mining (CDM). According to Moroccan television channel 2M, the miner died while he was attempting to extract coal waste in Hassi Belal.Home to protests in 2017 and 2018, Jerada has witnessed the death of several miners. On December 23, 2017, two informal miners were crushed while mining underground at an abandoned coal mine in Jerada.Another informal miner died while extracting coal from an illegal mine near Jerada when the walls of the mine collapsed and killed him on February 1, 2018.The death of miners caused a wave of protests as relatives, friends, and sympathizers took to Jerada’s streets to protest social disparities, lack of infrastructure, and unemployment.The protests resulted in a tension between protesters and law enforcement. The police arrested many throughout the days of the protest. On November 8, a Moroccan court sentenced nine people with three-five years for their involvement in the unauthorized protests.The court charged the nine with “destruction of public property, incitement to commit crimes and offenses or participation in a non-violent demonstration,” their lawyer said in a statement to AFP.Five of the protesters received five-year sentences, and four received three-year sentences.Last year, the Moroccan government pledged new economic opportunities for the region including the opening of new mines and a pledge to turn the region into an industrial zone, “which will provide young entrepreneurs in several business sectors with the opportunity to carry out their projects.”The government closed Jerada’s coal mines in 1998. Due to a lack of economic opportunity, many workers in the town take risks to continue extracting resources from the mines. In two separate mine accidents, four informal miners died in December 2017 alone.
“The Muslim representatives stressed that they are prepared to perform their duties by the motherland, and expressed happiness for the opportunity they have received to work for our motherland under the leadership of the President. They said that the Muslim community has enormous faith in the President who treats all communities equally, and vowed their unreserved support to carry forward the government’s development drive and to strengthen the SLFP, which is a party of all communities,” the government information department statement said.Deputy Minister of Economic Promotion Faizer Mustapha, Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Deputy Minister Abdul Cader, Eastern Province Chief Minister Najeed Abdul Majeed, Parliamentarian and Presidential Advisor A.H.M. Azwer and the Mayor of Matale Haleem Kareem attended the meeting. The government information department said that Muslim representatives of local government institutions had met the President last Friday and discussed issues in their areas. The President also pointed out that an environment has dawned in the country for all communities to live in peace and harmony without any fear and suspicion. President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will not allow anyone to destroy the national unity of the country, the government information department said today.The President said that the government is bound to ensure the security of all citizens in the country devoid of their ethnicity, and the government is performing its duties and responsibilities it owes to the people who were born and bred in the country, irrespective of their ethnicity.
All principal parties involved in the physical demining of southern Lebanon will be located together at the new Coordination Centre so as to ensure good cooperation and the efficient exchange of information among them as they carry out their work, known collectively as Operation Emirates Solidarity.The handover, set to take place on Wednesday, will be conducted by the Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Lalit Mohan Tewari, who will transfer the Coordination Centre to Lebanon’s Defence Minister, Khalil Haraoui.The United Arab Emirates has donated $50 million for the campaign to destroy landmines in Southern Lebanon.
During a two-week session in Geneva that ended yesterday, employer, worker and government representatives at the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) hailed the report, A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All, as a balanced and coherent analysis of the social impact of globalization. The study, presented to the ILO by the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, calls for increased development assistance and proposes a series of coordinated measures to improve governance and accountability, including fairer rules for international trade, investment, finance and migration. In addition, it calls for policies to make decent work a global goal, measures to promote core labour standards, and a minimum level of social protection in the global economy. “We deliberately brought together a non-like-minded group of eminent people and their report shows that dialogue can be a creative force for urgently needed change,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said of the Commission co-chaired by President Tarja Halonen of Finland and President Benjamin William Mkapa of Tanzania. Presenting the report to the ILO’s Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization, Mr. Mkapa declared: “The potential of globalization for good or bad is immense. It is a force with many positive aspects that can be harnessed for humanity’s collective well-being, but some of its elements have to be tamed for the sake of our common civility and existence.” All speakers endorsed the recommendation that decent work be a global goal. The Employers’ spokesperson highlighted the elements recognizing that globalization’s benefits depend on respect for universally shared values and principles within market economies and democracy. The Workers’ spokesperson noted that practically all participants endorsed the Commission’s strong emphasis on the importance of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work to the building of a fair globalization. Proposals for increasing development aid received widespread support and many speakers underscored the significance of debt relief and increased aid to overcome inequality both within and among countries. The Governing Body, which meets three times a year to set ILO policy, is comprised of representatives of governments, employers and workers.
The three-year programme jointly prepared by FAO and the Government has already produced results against the invasion of the Malagasy Migratory Locust that began in April 2012 and which has damaged crops and discouraged farmers in affected areas from planting.On 30 November, after less than one month of control operations, hopper bands and groups of locust adults have been killed on almost 50,000 hectares, FAO stated in a news release.“We are using helicopters and vehicles to carry out survey and control operations,” Said Lagnaoui, FAO’s locust campaign coordinator, stated. “We are using different pesticides chosen to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible.” An FAO-World Food Programme (WFP) mission conducted in June/July 2013 found that as many as 4 million people in rural areas of Madagascar were food insecure following the 2012/2013 reduced harvest and another 9.6 million people were at risk of food insecurity. The locust invasion was one of the factors for the poor agricultural season, according to the mission, which also blamed erratic weather conditions last year and cyclones early this year followed by a period of poor rains.A total of $26.3 million in support of the locust programme have been provided so far by the Government of Madagascar through a World Bank loan, Austria, Belgium, the United States, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), France, Italy, Norway and the European Union. Mr. Lagnaoui said the first year of the locust campaign was fully funded, but that there was a funding gap of about $17.7 million to cover the second and third years. Funds pay for, among other things, aerial survey and control operations; improving the monitoring and analysis of the locust situations; and monitoring and mitigating the impact of control operations on human health and the environment.
How people engage with their families, communities, governments and environments, as well as each other, helped inspire the exciting and diverse research recognized at the annual Celebration of Excellence in the Social Sciences. Held at Pond Inlet on Jan. 29, the event was an opportunity to recognize achievements on both sides of the education spectrum, celebrating both teachers and learners.“Although the Celebration of Excellence is focused on individual accomplishments, I want to acknowledge the collective effort that goes into supporting each of those individuals,” Ingrid Makus, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (FOSS), told the crowd of students, staff, faculty members and supporters who gathered for the event.Master’s student in Psychology Elvira Prusaczyk (left) won a Graduate Student Writing Award for best MA thesis titled “Women’s Internalization and Rejection of Sexist Humour.” She is pictured with supervisor Psychology Professor Gordon Hodson.She thanked the many staff and faculty within FOSS, members of Brock’s service departments and the University’s senior administration for their support.Makus was delighted to recognize the outstanding student research and writing happening within the Faculty and to formally announce two faculty honours.Professor Rebecca Raby from the Department of Child and Youth Studies was presented with the Distinguished Researcher award. Raby serves as the Director of Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) and is affiliated with master’s programs in Social Justice and Equity Studies and Sociology.“It is an honour to receive this award,” Raby said. “It reflects the shared creativity, commitment and hard work of incredible faculty and student collaborators that I have been able to work with, as well as excellent mentorship, most notably from Jane Helleiner in Sociology and from all of the past and present members of the SJRI’s Faculty Steering Committee.”Nicole Goodman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, received the Untenured Researcher of the Year award.Goodman was humbled by the honour.“I’m very grateful for the opportunities and support provided to me by the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock, which has allowed my research to have a bigger impact in the communities it serves.”The two faculty awards were created to recognize FOSS members with consistent records of outstanding research achievements as reflected in the quality and quantity of refereed publications, grants awards and other research activities.The Distinguished Researcher award for tenured faculty considers accomplishments from the last five academic years. The Untenured Researcher of the Year award considers accomplishments within the previous academic year.Associate Dean Graduate and Research Dawn Zinga presented certificates to graduate students in the Faculty who exhibited exceptional research or writing skills in the past year.Alexandra Perna, a master’s student in Geography, was among the recipients of a Graduate Student Research Excellence award.Perna said the faculty and staff in Geography and Tourism were a big factor in her success.“As much as it’s my award, this is really a reflection of my whole department,” she said. She credited her “amazing” supervisor, Associate Professor Ebru Ustundag, with “making me feel that I can accomplish anything.”Perna is now thinking of pursuing a PhD, something she said she wouldn’t have considered without Ustundag’s encouragement.According to Perna, the most significant benefit of the award may be the feedback from the adjudication committee.“Getting feedback was so awesome,” she said. “It shows their dedication in reading all these proposals. They aren’t just skimming through them. They’re actually helping the students learn in a different way and become better.”Lisa Michelle Whittingham, who calls herself a community-based researcher, also received a Research Excellence award. The master’s student in Child and Youth Studies was grateful to have her work validated by the Faculty.“I feel this shows they have faith that my research can make positive impact on the community,” she said.During the event’s closing remarks, Tim Kenyon, Vice-President Research, marvelled at the breadth and depth of the research represented in FOSS.“What particularly impresses me is that your research and scholarship address a range of challenges we face as individuals, a society and a global community,” he said.“I would like to congratulate those who were recognized today and extend my appreciation to all faculty, students and staff for creating such a dynamic community that makes a difference.”The Celebration of Excellence program listing all award recipients is posted on the Faculty of Social Sciences website along with a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation that accompanied the event. Photos of the event are available on the BrockUFOSS Facebook page.
Warwick Music Group has also developed a plastic trumpet, the pTrumpet, along with a pBone mini for small children.Experts say that children who have early exposure to musical instruments develop areas of the brain that relate to social, language and reasoning skills, as well as memory. Early exposure to an instrument can also help develop a child’s sensory and fine motor skills, encourage self-expression and stimulate creativity.Gareth Haines, managing director of Normans Musical Instruments, which supplies instruments to schools, said that the revival in the fortunes of the trombone and brass instruments as a whole was “remarkable”.“This is an innovation in technology that has had a huge impact – transforming interest in the playing of brass,” he said.“It is re-invigorating the trombone in what is still generally a declining orchestral instrument market and is a great example of how innovation can create greater interest than any ‘play music’ initiative, no matter how important those are.” Liam Kirkman, president of the British Trombone Society, said: “The trombone is notoriously easy to damage – but you can throw pBone across the floor, pick it up and simply play!“The problem we have had in the past is getting youngsters to take an interest. They want the wow factor. Kids need a quick fix – and that’s where the plastic trombone comes in. It is instantlyappealing with its bright colours – far more attractive than being presented with some barnacle encrusted rusty old brass thing.”The pBOne was developed by the Warwick Music Group, who estimate the instrument’s affordability is the reason for a 15 per cent increase on worldwide sales of trombones in the past three years.Steven Greenall, chief executive of Warwick Music Group – and a trombonist since the age of nine – said:“Music should be fun. Children love the colours, the fact that the instrument is lightweight – and that it is not prone to bumps and scrapes. And music teachers love them too. They’re easy to maintain and store. You can carry 20 instruments into a classroom at a time – try doing that with a brass instrument! 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. However, with sales of more than 150,000 since the plastic trombone – called the pBone – was launched in 2010, musicians are talking of a significant revival of the instrument.So popular is the new plastic version, which starts at £125, that even professional musicians, including pop stars, have taken to using it on stage and in recordings.Mumford & Sons used a pBone on stage at Glastonbury in 2013, during a performance of With A Little Help From My Friends; it was used among the backing instruments for Britain’s Got Talent 2016 finalist Wayne Woodward and is played by the US duo Karmin.Jiggs Whigham, conductor of the BBC Big Band, who also played with the Genn Miller Big Band, has also backed the plastic trombone as ideal for beginners. It may be one of the most impressive of brass instruments – once guaranteed to get a party swinging – but just over a decade ago the trombone was on the verge of disappearing from the nation’s musical repertoire.Such was the cost of buying the instrument that all but the most dedicated enthusiast could afford or justify the expense.But thanks to the development of a cheap, plastic version of the instrument it appears the trombone is now back in vogue.In 2002 the National Foundation for Youth Music warned that the had been a “frightening” fall in the number of young people learning to play the trombone, with potential players put off by prices ranging from £250 to £1,000. This is an innovation in technology that has had a huge impact – transforming interest in the playing of brassGareth Haines, managing director of Normans Musical Instruments Mumford and Sons used a plastic trombone in one of their performances Credit:YouTube Plastic trombones have attracted a following
Posted: February 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, February 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports Tags: San Diego Padres FacebookTwitter Kevin Towers Celebration of Life 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA celebration of life honored former Padres General Manager Kevin Towers.Towers passed away January 30, 2018 after a battle with a rare form of thyroid cancer. Several Major League Baseball stars attended the event including Bruce Bochy, Theo Epstein and Bud Black. KUSI Newsroom
Spider-Man: Far From Home spoilers sneakin’ up on you like Peter Parker in his Stealth Suit. Jay Maidment/Sony Pictures Spider-Man: Far From Home brings Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close with a joyous teen adventure. It also returns to the grand tradition of postcredits scenes after Avengers: Endgame offered only an audio Easter egg of Tony Stark forging his armor in the first Iron Man.Far From Home’s first postcredits scene is essential viewing, and the second is fun but will make you rethink the entire movie.If you haven’t seen Far From Home yet, be warned that you’re about to get caught in a web of spoilers.Scene 1: Mysterio’s revenge and a glorious returnSpider-Man (Tom Holland) swings a flustered MJ (Zendaya) through the Manhattan skyline and drops her off at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street, where a massive screen on the side of Madison Square Garden shows a report from TheDailyBugle.net.A doctored video makes it look like Spidey killed Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) during the climactic battle in London — the illusionist’s recorded testimony says Spidey is a villain from another universe who was controlling the drones wreaking havoc on the UK capital. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Spider-Man: Far From Home director talks postcredit scene… As for where he got the video, it was probably from Mysterio’s assistant William Ginter Riva (Peter Billingsley), who escaped with a hard drive after Spidey foiled his boss’ plan in London. We saw earlier in the movie that Riva worked for Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) way back in the first Iron Man, so he’s had two villain employers.It’s also hard to know if Mysterio is really dead — he could’ve used his special-effects wizardry to fake that too.Director Jon Watts told CNET about revealing Peter’s identity and bringing Jameson back.”We knew it had to be on TV for the whole world to see. And we were like what, what news outlet would that be that would publish something like this?” he said.”It felt like it would be the Daily Bugle and if it’s the Daily Bugle, it’s gotta be J Jonah Jameson. And once we got to that point, there’s no question in anyone’s mind, it’s gotta be J.K. Simmons.”Watts noted that the actor’s approach to the character was pretty similar to the one he took for the Raimi movies.”But now he’s more recognizable as a real-world person than he was in those films. So I don’t know; it’s kind of interesting to look at how the world has changed around him,” he said in our interview.There’s no buzz cut, no cigar, no suspenders. But for the most part he’s still the spirit of J Jonah Jameson — I wondered like, was he a newspaper man? What’s happened? There are so many questions. Nothing is as it seems with Nick Fury and Maria Hill. Sony Pictures Scene 2: Nick Fury’s vacationWe discover that this movie’s SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) weren’t the Fury and Hill we know and love.Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and his wife Soren (Sharon Blynn), a pair of shapeshifting Skrulls, pretended to be Fury and Hill. You might remember this couple being reunited during Captain Marvel, which takes place years prior to Far From Home in the MCU timeline.They were working for the real Fury, who ordered them to get the EDITH glasses to Peter. Talos apparently fell for Beck’s ruse too.The real Fury was chilling on a beach … that turns out to be a virtual reality (VR) simulation on a Skrull vessel somewhere in outer space. Perhaps he needed a vacation after being restored to life in Avengers: Endgame. We don’t see the real Hill. Hopefully she’s enjoying a little leisure time too.Turns out Talos (seen in Captain Marvel) plays a major role in Far From Home. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios What it meansFury and Hill were actually disguised Skrulls for the whole movie, echoing the Secret Invasion comic storyline where Skrulls secretly replaced humans. This is like a benign version of that sinister takeover, but it could foreshadow a future MCU storyline.There are a few hints about that the SHIELD agents aren’t all they seem during the movie too. Fury has an unusual reaction when Peter mentions Captain Marvel.”Don’t invoke her name,” he says.This reverential tone would be out of character for Fury, but is absolutely in character for Talos — she reunited him with his family back in the ’90s. Performances by Jackson and Smulders are a little flat during the movie too; this revelation makes their acting even more impressive.Maybe Talos was responsible for that Fury poster goof too.It does raise the question of what the Skrulls have been doing since the events of Captain Marvel, when they left Earth to search for a habitable planet where their race could live. Maybe even more people have been replaced by the shapeshifters. Earlier in the movie, Talos-Fury also makes a passing mention of “Kree sleeper cells” — in reference to the race that wiped out the Skrull homeworld. He and Soren could be on Earth to hunt the genocidal aliens.Watts wouldn’t reveal too much about any grander meaning behind this scene.”I don’t want to say anything about where we’re going next but, I mean, having seen Captain Marvel and now that the world knows about Fury and the Skrulls and all of that, it’s just another thing to draw from in this crazy, complicated, rich universe that’s the MCU,” he said in our interview. So Far From Home How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 2:17 Then Daily Bugle host J. Jonah Jameson (J. K. Simmons) appears on screen to hail Mysterio as “the greatest superhero of all time” and prepares us for more.”But that’s not all, folks. Here’s the real blockbuster — brace yourselves, you might wanna sit down,” he says.Mysterio’s final testimony reveals to the world Peter Parker’s secret identity as Spider-Man, leaving Spidey and MJ understandably shocked. null Far From Home review: A perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue Spider-Man: Far From Home is the future of the MCU Far From Home poster goof unleashes Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury Share your voice TV and Movies Comics What it meansSpidey’s been outed to the world and framed for murder, meaning his entire life is turned upside down as we head into Phase 4. It’s a dark, stunning contrast to the end of Iron Man, where Tony Stark revealed his own superhero identity to the press and a nice reference to the comics’ Civil War storyline (which saw Peter outing himself at Tony’s urging).The general public’s also been fed Mysterio’s lies about the multiverse — we’ll see how they react to that.J. Jonah Jameson, as he was seen in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. His MCU counterpart doesn’t have the buzzcut. Sony Pictures Even more importantly, this scene marks the glorious return of Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. He played the cigar-chomping Daily Bugle boss in all three Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, but those aren’t part of the MCU and this isn’t the same character — note the lack of a buzzcut.From this glimpse, the MCU’s Jameson appears quite different to the Raimi-verse’s traditional angry newspaperman. Here, he’s more of an Alex Jones-type conspiracy theorist (mirroring his role as an angry podcaster in last year’s PS4 game) — one who was willing to paint a bullseye on a teenage boy based on a choppy video. 26 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags Originally published July 1.Update, July 8: Adds comments from Jon Watts. Captain Marvel Marvel Spiderman 0 26 Photos
Overwatch is more than a pretty good team-based first-person shooter (not a MOBA). It’s a Blizzard game with some fairly deep lore. The problem is, that lore is completely absent from the game itself. You might be curious about what Overwatch is, who these heroes are, and what exactly is going on in the game after seeing the Pixar-like cinematic trailer. You can piece some of the story together from the shorts and comics Blizzard has released, but we have a quicker way to understand the world of Overwatch. Welcome to our one-shot lore guide to the game.It doesn’t explore every corner of the game’s world, but it will give you enough context to understand who’s doing what to who and why.Overwatch is Blizzard’s version of the Marvel’s SHIELDThe shorts, comics, trailer, and other supporting material talk a lot about Overwatch as an organization, but they don’t really explain specifically what it is or what happened to it. It’s a fairly simple story that might sound familiar.Overwatch was a global peacekeeping task force. It helped save the world during the Omnic Crisis, and was the big name in worldwide heroism and unity. It formed a covert ops division called Blackwatch. Eventually, accusations that Overwatch made things worse somehow resulted in it being made illegal. Winston, one of the original members, brought Overwatch back together — off the books — when another Omnic Crisis presented itself. Now, the world doesn’t trust Overwatch anymore. Its function is illegal, but it still needs to do what it was formed to do in order to protect the world — and lots of people, including some former members, want to stop it.Basically, Overwatch is SHIELD, specifically the Marvel Cinematic Universe version: Was good, might have been evil, now hated regardless.What is the Omnic Crisis?Omnics are sentient robots originally built by the Omnica Corporation and manufactured in factories called Omniums (the Russia map hints at what Omniums look like). Again, it’s a pretty simple concept, and again, it’s really familiar if you know your video games.Omnics were built to help mankind. They eventually rebelled, and that became the first Omnic Crisis, pitting militarized Omnics against humans. Overwatch fought the Omnics, and eventually a form of peace was found and Omnics began to live alongside humans. Now, another Omnic Crisis has begun, and it’s spurred Overwatch back into action. This doesn’t mean all (or even most) Omnics have gone renegade, though. They’re basically a separate species now, just under intense scrutiny from the rest of the world in case any go rogue.Unlike Overwatch membership, being an Omnic is not a very common trait among the Overwatch heroes. In a roster of 21, only two are Omnics: Bastion and Zenyatta. (Genji is not an Omnic; he’s a cyborg ninja who was originally human.)In other words, the Omnic-human relationship in Overwatch is purely Mega Man X. Robots served man, then they fought man, now everyone’s afraid of robots going Maverick, and it’s causing tension between the groups.Who are the warring factions in Overwatch?There aren’t any. There are good guys and bad guys, sure, but this isn’t a Radiant/Dire thing like in DOTA, or even a RED/BLU thing like in Team Fortress 2. The majority of heroes in Overwatch are members of Overwatch or otherwise Overwatch-affiliated, and villains are scattered across a few different factions that only come up in the game’s lore.Reaper is a mercenary-assassin-terrorist and, based on the Origins Edition skin, a former head of Blackwatch named Reyes. Widowmaker is an assassin for the terrorist group Talon. Junkrat and Roadhog are Australian junk criminals. Genji and Hanzo used to be members of a ninja clan and crime family, but left. McCree used to be a member of an Arizona gang of that can only be described as banditos, but left to join Overwatch and then became a bounty hunter. Basically, there are maybe four actual villains in Overwatch (and one of them is brainwashed), and everyone else is either on the same side or wandering the world like they’re in Street Fighter.But then why is everyone fighting in the game?This is where it gets tricky. As a team-based multiplayer game, Overwatch needs to have all characters available to all players at all times for balance purposes. Putting aside the fact that you can have multiple identical heroes on both sides, this means that there’s no real reason for any of the characters to be fighting each other on any of the maps, specifically. However, we can glean a few things from Overwatch and figure out some semi-canon reasons for different fights on different maps. Think of them like canon matches in Street Fighter lore, only possibilities in the game among many other combinations.Unlike Payload missions in TF2, where the attacking team must escort a bomb to the enemy base, Escort missions in Overwatch seem to be more genuine escort missions. The payload in these cases are vehicles the “attacking” team is trying to get to its destination while the “defending” team tries to stop them from succeeding (the vehicle is indestructible, because otherwise the game mode would be completely impossible). For King’s Row, Hollywood, Dorado, and Numbani, the payloads are likely VIPs trying to get safely to their destination. For Watchpoint Gibraltar, it seems to be a shipment of satellite technology that needs to get into the base. That puts Overwatch primarily on the attack, and the various bad guys (Talon, for-hire thugs, rogue Omnics if there are any) on defense in a fairly big but necessary example of rhetorical dissonance. Thought I was going to say “ludonarrative dissonance?” Nope! The conflict here is how the teams are framed in the context of the game and the lore, not how the gameplay itself is separate from the lore. The “attackers” and “payloads” are good guys and VIPs, while the “defenders” are assassins.Volskaya Industries, Temple of Anubis, and Nepal are the maps most important in regards to the Omnic Crisis. Volskaya Industries isn’t itself an Omnium, but it is a factory building war mechs, and with the Second Omnic Crisis in full swing, factions are fighting over control for it. The Temple of Anubis, while it seems to just be an Egyptian-themed map, is actually the entrance to a research center that holds Anubis, one of the rogue AI programs responsible for the Omnic Crisis. Nepal is the temple where the peaceful Omnic leader Mondatta (who Widowmaker killed and possibly sparked the Second Omnic Crisis) set up a home to train peaceful Omnic monks. All three maps seem to be struggles to secure the important locations, rather than destroy them.Finally, some of the maps serve the purpose of strange, internal fan service, focused on locations highlighted in the Overwatch shorts that were generally much smaller character-against-character events. Hanamura is the biggest example of this; it’s the location where Genji and Hanzo fight in the “Dragons” short, and the location where Hanzo seemingly killed Genji (turning him into Blizzard’s Raiden) years ago. There isn’t really any reason for big fights to happen here.As for Route 66, it’s basically a Wild West map for McCree to go against his old gang (none of the members of which are playable heroes) in universe, further sealing how the gunslinging cowboy is the most bizarrely out-of-place character in a game with cyborg ninjas, robot monks, and scientist gorillas.Is any of this actually explained in the game itself, or just in the supplemental material?These details are from the Overwatch website, plus the animated shorts and comics Blizzard released. In the game itself, there really isn’t much there.Is there any actual connection between Overwatch’s story and its gameplay?Newp! But that’s basically any multiplayer-only game that focuses on characters and teams symmetrically fighting each other. Anyone can fight anyone. The option has to be there, otherwise the game feels limited.Will Overwatch’s lore ever affect the game itself?I don’t know. Maybe? Events and additional heroes and game modes could bring the game in line with the lore, but don’t hold your breath. Don’t sweat it either way. Blizzard is as good at world-building as it is at turning the worlds it built into a convoluted mess. Just enjoy the action. It’s very well-made. It scratches that Team Fortress 2 itch.Okay, but why do all the heroes look so weird?Let’s do short answers:Bastion and Zenyatta: Actual robotsD.Va: E-sports celebrityTracer and Winston: Time or space travelGenji and Hanzo: Ninja clanJunkrat and Roadhog: AustralianMcCree: Apparently there are still cattle rustlers in the world of OverwatchLucio: DJReaper: World’s bleakest Juggalo? 21st-century plague doctor? It isn’t clearPhara, Mercy, Symmetra, Thorbjorn, Reinhardt, Mei: Science! From various countriesSo, anyway, were you really expecting phenomenally integrated lore from the company that wrote scripts for games like Diablo, which is also the same company that wrote the ending to Legacy of the Void? Game’s fun, though.
Kolkata: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the state has taken over investigation of the Kajipara blast case. On Wednesday, all the documents and evidences have been handed over to CID by the Barrackpore Police.Immediately after the investigation was handed over, a CID team led by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Pranav Kumar visited the spot in the afternoon. Apart from CID, a team from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) also visited the spot. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that as per direction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, CID took over investigation of the case. On Wednesday afternoon, investigators visited the flats in the building in front of which the blast took place on Tuesday. The owners and residents of the flats were also questioned.Later, CID officials measured the distance of damaged points from the blast spot. The shutter opposite the blast spot, which was also damaged, was opened. After opening the shutter it was found that a splinter had penetrated the shutter and damaged a showcase inside. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCID officials also looked for Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras present in the locality, to find out what actually happened. As no CCTV camera was available, sleuths turned towards the conventional method of enquiry by questioning the locals. According to CID sources, it is being suspected that the bomb which exploded on Tuesday was bigger than average socket bombs. Ammonium nitrate and acid were also used to intensify the blast. The cap at the bottom of the bomb was tighter than the upper one. As a result, most of the explosion was directed upwards, which cracked the windows inside the blast radius. Experts have collected samples and sent them for necessary examination.
NEW YORK – Five-time champion Roger Federer sat out a two-hour break for torrential rain to race into the U.S. Open fourth round on Sunday on a stormy, humid New York day which saw David Ferrer crash to defeat.Second-seeded Federer, the champion between 2004-2008, came back from a set down to defeat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 by racing away with 20 of the last 24 games of the match which had been interrupted due to rain and the threat of lightning.Federer, bidding to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in more than 40 years, clinched his 70th win at the tournament on the back of 57 winners and 13 aces.But the 33-year-old had struggled in the first set where he slipped to 2-5 down against the world number 42 before he grasped welcome respite in the locker room to sit out the storm.“It was a good match and I managed to turn it around as Marcel was on fire at the start,” Federer said. “The break helped me and when I came back I played some great tennis. The conditions were windy and quick at the start but when we got back it was humid and that played in my favor.”Federer will face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the quarter-finals.Gilles Simon sent Spanish fourth seed Ferrer crashing to his earliest U.S. Open defeat in five years with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win.The 26th seeded Simon capitalized on the 52 unforced errors of the 32-year-old Ferrer, a semi-finalist in 2007 and 2012, who appeared to struggle physically towards the end of their third-round clash.Simon goes on to face Marin Cilic of Croatia, who beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, for a place in the quarter-finals in a clash of two men who both missed the 2013 U.S. Open. Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain during their men’s singles third round match on Day Seven of the 2014 U.S. Open. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPMonfils wins all-French affairSimon was back in France for the birth of his second child while Cilic was serving out a doping ban.The wiry 29-year-old Frenchman admitted he was delighted to have got the better of Ferrer against whom he had lost five times in six meetings.“He destroyed me five times before,” said Simon, one of five Frenchmen to reach the third round.“So I just tried to stay loose and relaxed and enjoy myself on court. But I am tired. The weather forecast said it would be cooler today but it didn’t feel like it.”Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist in 2012, beat Georgian-born Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and next plays Dominic Thiem of Austria, the youngest player in the top 50 at just 20.Thiem, who turns 21 on Wednesday, reached his first Grand Slam last-16 with an impressive 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over left-handed serve-and-volleyer Feliciano López of Spain who is 12 years his senior.“It’s my first U.S. Open. I love to play at night and everything went well tonight,” said Thiem.Gael Monfils, the 20th seed, celebrated his 28th birthday a day early by sweeping past French Davis Cup teammate Richard Gasquet, the 12th seed, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 despite his protests that the damp Louis Armstrong court was too treacherous to play on.It was Monfils’ third win this year over his compatriot.Monfils, who made the quarter-finals in 2010, will face either Bulgarian seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov, who had never won a match in New York in three appearances before this year, or Belgium’s David Goffin, the world 56.Goffin had also never won a match in New York before this year and he comes into the event buoyed by a recent maiden title in Kitzbuhel and a quarter-final run at Winston-Salem where he had to qualify. Facebook Comments Related posts:Wozniacki beats Sharapova to reach quarterfinals at US Open Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open champion, played in Costa Rica’s junior tournament 10 years ago At the 2014 World Series, Royals and Giants are truly happy to be here TV exec made Mayweather-Pacquiao bout possible
Florida Housing Resists First-Quarter Freeze May 13, 2014 455 Views Florida Realtors Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply 2014-05-13 Tory Barringer While this year’s first quarter was a chilly one for much of the country, the same can’t be said for Florida, where temperatures—and housing market conditions—remained fair.“The first three months of 2014 show a strong housing market in Florida, with diminishing distressed property sales,” said Sherri Meadows, 2014 Florida Realtors president. “More jobs are being created, putting more Florida residents back to work, and our population continues to increase. All of these factors are bolstering the state’s economy and providing a solid foundation for a strong housing market.”True to its name, the Sunshine State saw home sales continue to warm throughout the first few months of 2014, coming to a total of 50,251, up 2.3 percent over the same time last year.Sales were helped in part by a recovery in single-family inventory levels, which were up 12 percent from Q1 2013, according to Meadows. With the boost, single-family months’ supply came to 5.7, just under the six month level experts largely regard as a balancing point between buyers and sellers.Meanwhile, the statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes was $168,000, an increase of 9.1 percent year-over-year. Sellers—whether in the single-family or townhouse market—received on average more than 92 percent of their original listing price, Meadows said. Share in Data, Headlines, News
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By Evie AndreouSir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has announced the 50 bi-communal teams each of which will receive cash prizes of €10,000, among them 16 couples.This year, nearly 700 Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots collaborated and submitted their applications for Stelios Bi-Communal Awards 2018, to win one of the 50 cash prizes that are offered by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. Since 2009, the total value of the awards that were granted to bi-communal collaborations adds up to €3,250.000.The winners have been selected from various backgrounds including business, sciences, arts, sports, NGO work but also the partners in life category which concerns bi-communal couples.Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou said that this year it had been a difficult year to be doing bi-communal work in Cyprus, as following the record year in 2017 with an all-time high number of applicants, there was a decrease in the number of applicants this year.This, he said, was expected given the negative climate currently concerning the Cyprus problem.“However, focusing on the positive side, still having 700 people apply is a good result for lasting peace on the island.”Sir Stelios said that his favourite category, which is the partners in life one, is the only category that has shown an increase year on year with the foundation now giving 16 awards this year compared to nine last year.“At least at a human level the relations between the two communities are improving. We will be there to keep working for lasting peace on the island for the long run!” he said.The selection was done in such a way in order to give 60 per cent of the prizes to new applicants and the rest was divided between past winners, and past applicants who have not won before. The idea was to encourage new forms of cooperation but also encourage people to keep applying year after year.Winners in the business category concern joint law firm activities, the publication of a recipe book with traditional food and sweets, architectural heritage walking tours, a digital directory for healthcare sector activities, boat services, and the brewing of a bicommunal beer.In the arts category winning teams’ projects concern among others a bilingual poem book, the production of a short film entitled “The Hunt”, art therapy workshops, a play – theatre – for deaf people, a bicommunal band called the “Blind Man’s Tale”, and a book about heritage fashion in Cyprus.Among the five awards given to projects in the science category were for a research project on mental illness between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, a bicommunal study to improve the life and educational conditions of students with special educational needs and to two archaeologists that work for the Committee on Missing persons.Nea Salamina and Magusa FC have been awarded one of the prizes in the sports category to play a friendly football match.The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot community leaders of the mixed village of Pyla, have also been awarded a prize.As regards the “partners in life” category, an announcement said that it that stands out for backing the overall downward trend in applicant numbers in other categories. “This year the applicants in the “partners in life” category saw an increase in applicants of 2.5 times since last year. As in previous years, a generous proportion of the awards is given to this special category of human cooperation.”The aim of Sir Stelios’ philanthropic act for the past ten years, it said, is to encourage cooperation between the members of the two communities in Cyprus and to establish lasting peace on the island.The Awards Ceremony this year that will be held on October 3, will only include the winning teams and their spouses, at the newly acquired Headquarters of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, on 5 Markou Drakou street, Nicosia, which is walking distance from the Ledra Palace. For more information on the winning projects: http://stelios.org/You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
We’re nowhere near reaching our renewable energy targets and the reasons for the delay defy common senseBy Charles EllinasA renewables roadmap for Cyprus was the title of a comprehensive roadmap published in 2015 – but still very valid – by the inter-governmental International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), of which Cyprus is a member. The report’s introduction states that “the Republic of Cyprus has engaged with Irena to develop a renewable energy roadmap for the country.”Irena expressed hope that “this roadmap will prove useful in the country’s pursuit of accelerated renewable energy deployment. As our world strives for a future based on clean, secure and affordable energy for all, Cyprus can be the lighthouse that helps illuminate the course for others.”Sadly four years later Cyprus has not progressed far in implementing Irena’s recommendations or advancing adoption of renewables, leaving Cyprus far behind.Irena recommendationsThe key findings from this roadmap are:Based on this analysis, renewable energy could provide 25-40 per cent of Cyprus’ total electricity supply by 2030.Solar PV can be the dominant source with about 500-1,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity providing 15-27 per cent of the electricity supply while wind can be the second most important renewable energy source with about 175-375MW of capacity providing 5-9 per cent of the electricity supplyThe deployment of renewable energy in Cyprus has the potential to create between 11,000-22,000 jobs in Cyprus by 2030, based on Irena’s estimates of the job-creation potential of different renewable energy technologies (RETs)The accelerated deployment of RETs along with the shift of thermal generation to natural gas is estimated to lower generation cost to EUR €83-92 per megawatt-hour (MWh) by 2030. Costs in 2013 were around €130/MWh (close to €190/MWh in 2018), based primarily on heavy fuel oil and diesel generation.The roadmap went further and made detailed recommendations that would help increase use of renewables and minimise electricity generation costs in Cyprus.Had its recommendations been fully implemented, according to the roadmap the renewable energy share of electricity by 2020 should have been between 18-28 per cent. Of course this has not been done. Only 8.9 per cent renewable energy share was achieved by 2017, against a modest, binding, target to reach 16 per cent renewables in electricity consumption by 2020, that now looks increasingly unachievable.What is holding this upIt has been stated that it is not easy to increase use of renewables in power generation in Cyprus because our systems are designed to use fossil fuels and conversion is costly – we have to wait until electricity storage systems become available. It is claimed that this is what is holding us up. But is it correct?Solar PV power costs have come down dramatically. Recent auctions in Egypt and Jordan have produced costs down to €22/MWh. Both countries are already benefiting hugely from renewables.Use of storage batteries have now become widespread globally because of rapidly falling costs – between 2016-2019 unit prices halved. In California they are not building gas-fired power plants any more, despite access to cheap natural gas. New additions are predominantly solar PV plants combined with battery storage, because they are even cheaper and cleaner. In the UK 3.3GW of storage capacity is now operational and a further 5.4.GW has planning consent.With the costs of solar PV and battery continuing to decline relentlessly, by 2020 unit costs are expected to be even lower.Portugal and Spain relied mostly on fossil fuels for their electricity generation not that long ago. And they are not richer countries – the GDP per capita of Portugal is below Cyprus, just over 80 per cent, and that of Spain just above. By 2017 they were producing 54 per cent and 36 per cent renewable electricity respectively. Conversion to renewables does not appear to have led to insurmountable costs or problems. Even Greece has achieved 24.5 per cent, with a GDP per capita of just over 70 per cent of that of Cyprus.So what is really holding us up? Why don’t we implement Irena’s roadmap, already available to us? And even better, why don’t we ask Irena to come and update this roadmap and advise us on its swift implementation, starting immediately? Irena would welcome the opportunity.Import of LNGImporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) appears to be the main reason behind the slow implementation of renewables. If, for example, a third of Cyprus electricity consumption per year is diverted to renewables, the unit cost of recovering LNG facilities investment and operational costs will go up by 50 per cent per kWh. This will make electricity prices even higher.But importing LNG has a number of serious drawbacks as follows:By the time the imported gas arrives at EAC, costs will be high because of having to recover the high cost of the LNG facilities and operations from small volumes of LNG, on top of the cost of imported LNG – this will lead to an increase in electricity pricesFor the reasons explained above, it will delay even further the wider and faster implementation of renewablesThe switch from heavy fuel oil to natural gas will not achieve the EU target of a 40 per cent reduction compared to 1990 levels; in fact it will not get anywhere near it. As a result, it will still leave Cyprus well above 1990 emission levels, requiring further measures to achieve 2030 targetsIt will not help achieve the EU target of 32.5 per cent renewables by 2030 – this still requires implementation of the Irena roadmap.In other words, soon after committing to LNG imports Cyprus will still be faced with problems achieving 2030 EU carbon emission and renewables targets and will require to implement further measures to achieve EU targets.This means that importing LNG will have short term benefits, at best, and will not deal decisively with EU carbon emission and renewables targets – used as the main reason for considering imports of LNG in the first place. The major drawback is that this will come at an increase in costs to the Cypriot electricity consumer. Cyprus should disclose the results of any economic impact studies it has carried out justifying the import of LNG.It is understood that the European Investment Bank (EIB) is considering investing in the LNG import project. So in effect, the European Commission (EC) through its grant and the EIB may end up subsidising a fossil fuel project which in doing so delays even further the implementation of renewables – thus going in the opposite direction to EU’s climate change objectives.What we should be doingCyprus should move from words to action on climate change. Claiming that we are at the forefront of climate change action, but doing nothing about it does not inspire confidence. Cyprus’ universities are doing a lot but Cyprus is way behind.We should implement Irena’s roadmap as a matter of priority and invite Irena to update it and assist with its implementation.The roadmap and generally all energy-related plans and activities should be included within Cyprus’ Energy Plan to 2030. Cyprus is late in preparing this, so there is still time. And very importantly, this should go through meaningful public consultation as required by the EU.The immediate goal to achieve Cyprus’ climate change targets can be realised through rapid implementation of renewables projects combined with battery storage. The process to be followed should be through competitive auctions. Those countries who have done so, including Egypt and Jordan with help from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, have achieved dramatic results.The EC and EIB should request the government to demonstrate how the import of LNG will help swift implementation of Irena’s roadmap, with a firm timetable to implement renewables targets between 2020 and 2030.If that is not demonstrated, the EC and EIB should reconsider their investments into LNG imports and, instead, support renewables, and in particular in combination with energy storage support measures to address grid congestion and improve grid reliability and stability.Dr Charles Ellinas is senior fellow at the Global Energy Centre of the Atlantic Council @CharlesEllinasYou May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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