CALGARY (660 NEWS) – As the old saying goes, ‘there’s always next year’.The heartache continues for Canadian hockey fans after Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto were booted from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.It’s now been 26 years and counting since a Canadian club last hoisted Lord Stanley’s mug, that was the 1993 Montreal Canadiens. With no Canadian content left in the playoffs, will fans be just as engaged as they were in round one?According to a new poll from Angus Reid, fewer fans might be following the rest of the playoffs, but it’s not just because of the lack of Canadian teams.“The NHL also lost Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin in this round,” says Research Analyst Dave Korzinski, “We don’t know exactly how many people are going to tune into the next round.”Korzinski points out that this is not the first time Canadians have been less involved in watching the NHL playoffs.“In 2016 when there were no Canadian teams that made the playoffs, 45 per cent, so fewer than half of Canadians were following those playoffs. You’re looking at a situation (round one) now where you’ve had a really good portion of the population, really good ratings.”The first round of the #StanleyCup Playoffs saw the elimination of all three Canadian teams AND Sidney Crosby + Alexander Ovechkin. The NHL might be looking at a steep loss of viewership in Canada the rest of the way: https://t.co/NcdxeO80MQ pic.twitter.com/KXV6WGVmlU— Angus Reid Institute (@angusreidorg) April 25, 2019Despite those numbers, millions of hockey fans will still tune into the playoffs because, at the end of the day, hockey is still number one in Canada.“It’s actually four times as many people saying that they watch the NHL as watch the NBA. The Raptors might get a little bit of a bump from the Leafs early exit but I think a lot of people will still be following the NHL playoffs.”The survey asked fans who they believe will finally break the Stanley Cup drought for Canada.Roughly 31 per cent say the Toronto Maple Leafs while 18 per cent has their money on the Winnipeg Jets.The Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens came in each at 10 per cent.FULL SURVEY RESULTS
APTN NewsTwo APTN journalists were honoured at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Tuesday night.Karyn Pugliese, the network’s executive director of news and current affairs, and Cullen Crozier of APTN Investigates took top prizes.Pugliese was awarded the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.Wow. @APTNInvestigate @CullenCrozier has won a #CanadianScreenAwards pic.twitter.com/B8WL44XS63— Holly Moore (@HollyMooreaptn) March 7, 2018Historically, “we’ve had so few chances to share our stories with other Canadians,” Pugliese said in accepting the career achievement honour at a gala in Toronto.Now, on APTN, “we’ve been able to tell you our struggles, our pride and our hopes.”(Karyn Pugliese, APTN’s executive director of news and current affairs.)The first Indigenous woman to win the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism! Congratulations Karyn! Our leader in so many ways. @KarynPugliese #CanadianScreenAwards @APTNNews https://t.co/YK3EjyEs4s— Cheryl McKenzie (@CMc_Kenzie) March 7, 2018APTN Investigates won the best news or information segment category for Against Their Will – a story about the sterilization of Indigenous women at a Saskatoon hospital.The episode re-created the shock, pain and trauma young women and mothers say they were subjected to – many times without their consent – as they underwent tubal ligations. A lawyer has now taken up the case and is filing a class-action lawsuit against the hospital, health authority, province of Saskatchewan and Canadian government.The episode was produced by Crozier, who is based in Yellowknife. Program executive producer Paul Barnsley and show producer Holly Moore were also in attendance.It’s the first win at the Canadian Screen Awards for APTN Investigates but not the first nomination.The awards honour achievements in television news, sports, documentary, lifestyle, factual and reality categories.Prizes are handed out all week culminating in a television broadcast Sunday night.
Washington – Former Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle who served in the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations called Donald Trump unqualified and not competent while endorsing Hillary Clinton.In a statement, former Ambassador Tuttle said, “The Republican nominee for President has no government experience and has done nothing in his career to demonstrate that he is competent to be President. He has made repeated misstatements and inaccurate statements”.Robert Tuttle, who served as an assistant to the president and director of presidential personnel in Reagan’s administration and who was also a U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under George W. Bush, said he will vote for a Democrat for the first time in his life next November. Several Republicans have broken with the party to back Clinton.Richard Armitage, who held top national security positions under Bush and Reagan, endorsed Clinton in June.And earlier this week Frank Lavin, Reagan’s political director from 1987 to 1989, endorsed Clinton.With MAP
Rabat – The Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, presented his mid-term report of Morocco’s financial situation this Thursday, following heavy criticism by the Court of Auditors of the state’s deficit assessment methodology.Moroccan budget deficit was reviewed downward to 3.5 percent by Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance. During his mid-term presentation in front of the Government Council on Thursday, the minister categorically refuted the Court of Auditors’ questioning of the government budget assessment methodology. “Our budget is sincere,” insisted Boussaid. In simple and firm words, the Minister of Economy presented the budget deficit figures for 2017, expecting it “to be revised downwards from 4.1 percent last year to 3.5 percent.” Meanwhile, he pointing out that “the current account deficit of GDP fell to 4 percent this year, after 4.4 percent in 2016.” In the first half of the year, tax revenues increased by MAD 8 billion to 8.3 percent growth rate, revealed Boussaid in his presentation, while ordinary income increased to over MAD 113 billion with an impressive 4.8 percent growth rate. Promising numbers indeed, yet questionable ones according to the Court of Auditors. During Court of Auditors head Driss Jettou’s first presentation in front of the two Parliament Houses on July 4, he criticized the government’s budget deficit assessment methodology, saying that it gives a false image of Morocco’s public finances.Still, Boussaid insists on the absolute correctness of his numbers. “Unlike what some group of the opposition might say, the state does not lie when presenting these figures,” stated the minister, adding that the Court of Autidors’ merely “suggested another calculation method in its report.”The Court of Auditors’ report claimed that “the calculation of the deficit according to the adopted approach does not take into account several data.” For its president, it is crucial that the government reviews its methodology for assessing its budget deficit. The Court of Auditors numbers many figures omitted in the state’s deficit balance sheet, such as the debts relating to the refunds of the State Income tax, the debts arising from transactions carried out but not yet settled by the state, the VAT credit, the overpayment refunds of the Corporation tax, and many other factors disregarded by the government’s accountants. However, Boussaid insists that “the deficit assessment methodology of the government’s is irreproachable.”Boussaid was not the only one unhappy with the Court of Auditors’ report. The parties of the majority, led by the Justice and Development Party (PJD) also believe that Jettou’s institution has “stepped out of line.” “The Court of Auditors’ duty is limited to controlling the execution of the Financial Law and the credibility of financial operations,” stated the party. The PJD heavily criticized Jettou’s approach, stating that the court has no right to “evaluate public policies’ choices,” adding that it falls under the Parliament’s prerogatives.
Rabat – The House of Councilors, the 120-member upper house of Morocco’s parliament, has approved the newly adopted Draft Law 51.17, definitely putting to rest nationwide debates about the implications of that law for the future of Moroccan education.The draft law has widely been opposed in Moroccan conservative circles. One MP of the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) resigned after Parliament adopted the bill. To most PDJ supporters, the bill feels like a dangerous deviation from the party’s traditional nationalist and Islamist foundational pillars.Critics of the bill, among them former Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, feared that the adoption of French as the principal medium of instruction for scientific subjects at high school level, one of the bill’s major points, amounted to a cultural surrender to French culture and identity. Benkirane, a founding and well-respected member of Morocco’s ruling, Islamist PJD, even called on PJD MPs to boycott the law because, he said, it was contradictory to Moroccan culture and identity.According to education minister Said Amzazi, however, those who opposed the draft law have an incomplete, inaccurate understanding of what it really means for Morocco’s education system.Speaking yesterday after the House of Councilors green lighted the parliament’s lower house’s decision to adopt the bill in question, Amzazi said that social inclusiveness and socio-economic equity are some aspects of the law that have not been sufficiently mentioned in debates over its implications for the future of the Moroccan social and educational systems.Channeling King Mohammed VI’s Throne Day Speech, which called for a new impetus to complete the ongoing reforms and bring about “a new generation” of Moroccan public servants, the Moroccan minister said the law is consistent with the “royal vision” to modernize Morocco’s education, maximize pupils’ performance in foreign languages and policy decisions. This in turn, Amzazi stressed, will drive up Morocco’s competitiveness on the world stage.Inclusive education system, compulsory and free-of charge schooling for children aged 1 to 16, equal opportunities for all children, as well as socio-economic equity were some of the points Amzazi repeatedly relied on to show, according to him, how the newly passed law is key to achieving the new development model of which the King enthusiastically spoke in his Throne Day speech.He said the law includes positive discrimination for students from low-income, marginalized backgrounds, a reflection of the King’s insistence on policy reforms aimed at including and lifting Moroccans who still feel left behind or not concerned with the series of reforms that have so far punctuated the country’s political life.If Amzazi’s hearty, celebratory reception of the adoption of the controversial bill sounds like one of the most spirited defenses of a law which some Moroccans do not welcome, it is because the minister has been one of the most outspoken voices of the modernization, pro- Draft Law 51.17 camp.When the bill was being drafted and provoked uproarious opposition among conservative MPs and political pundits, Amzazi hit back in numerous public statements. He consistently said that embracing the fast-moving world of globalization benefits Morocco far more than conservatives’ call for keeping, or returning to, some essence of Moroccan identity.In a March interview with Moroccan outlet Challenge, he said that Morocco had to choose between remaining parochial and at the margins of global dynamics, or catching the train of globalization and scientific progress.The recently approved law, he suggested back then, represented a step in the right direction, one of educating future generations of Moroccans at ease with and equipped to navigate the world of scientific progress and technical inventions.“What exactly are we asking of our education system?” Amzazi asked. “Do we want to train our children in a vacuum in a model predefined for eternity and without regard for the changing world around, or do we rather want them to be equipped to be citizens of the world, capable of integrating themselves in competitive work settings, and having mastery over technological advances impacting all fields?”
BERLIN — Police say activists have occupied a building site in northern Germany to protest against the ongoing Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with Russia.The dpa news agency reported that protesters, whose motto is “Stop up Nord Stream 2” crawled Thursday into a section of the pipeline that had already been laid near the town of Wrangelsburg.Police say they believe about five people are involved, and that they’re somewhere fairly deep in the pipeline.Dpa reports they are staging the protest to highlight the effects of natural gas on the climate.Nord Stream 2 will take natural gas under the Baltic directly from Russia to Germany. The so-called Eugal pipeline that the activists occupied will take the gas from the Baltic city of Greifswald to the Czech border.The Associated Press
The Canadian Press TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,309.23, up 95.92 points).Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 39 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $22.23 on 9.4 million shares.Largo Resources Ltd. (TSX:LGO). Materials. Up two cents, or 1.42 per cent, to $1.43 on 6.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 65 cents, or 1.46 per cent, to $45.06 on 6 million sharesEncana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down eight cents, or 1.37 per cent, to $5.77 on 5.9 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down eight cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $24.80 on 5.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Down 16 cents, or 3.31 per cent, to $4.67 on 4.8 million shares.Companies in the news:Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Up 57 cents to $99.91. Royal Bank of Canada increased its dividend as its third-quarter profit rose by five per cent to hit a record, but the lender’s latest earnings missed estimates as challenging market conditions weighed on its capital markets division. Earnings from its investor and treasury services arm also fell, but strength in personal and commercial banking, wealth management and insurance compensated for these weaknesses to reach a new quarterly high. Canada’s biggest bank by market capitalization reported $3.3 billion in net income for the quarter, up five per cent from $3.1 billion a year ago.Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML). Up $3.47 or 31.6 per cent to $14.45. Shares in Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. surged after Pembina Pipeline Corp. announced it would buy the company and the U.S. portion of the Cochin pipeline system in deals it valued at a total of about $4.35 billion. The companies estimated the Pembina offer for Kinder Morgan represented a 38 per cent premium to its Tuesday close. The Cochin pipeline owned in partnership by Kinder Morgan Canada and its American parent, Kinder Morgan Inc., runs 2,900 kilometres between Fort Saskatchewan, northeast of Edmonton, and Chicago and has a design capacity of up to 110,000 barrels per day.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Up eight cents to $25.54. Shaw Communications Inc. and Videotron have joined major Canadian telecom companies that have expressed concern over the CRTC’s decision to lower the prices that smaller internet providers have to pay them to use their networks. Calgary-based Shaw warned Wednesday of long-term negative consequences from the decision to dramatically reduce the federally regulated wholesale broadband prices. Quebecor subsidiary Videotron also weighed in, expressing concern about the potential economic impacts from any delays in infrastructure investments.
Freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan (10) attacking the ball against Loyola on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Kaycie Golic | For The LanternAfter splitting a home series with McKendree this past weekend, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team heads to Los Angeles having brought back a few key players in preparation for weekend matchups against No. 5 UCLA and No. 11 USC. The Buckeyes (6-12, 2-6 MIVA) enter the road trip having reinserted sophomore outside hitter Jake Hanes into the lineup. Hanes has accrued 47 kills in his first two matches since coming back from injuring his foot in the Jan. 26 match against Ball State. Also back for the Buckeyes are junior setter Andrew Hillman, who returned on Sunday from an injury he sustained in December during training, and sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand, who missed Sunday’s match against McKendree due to illness. Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said trying to find consistency has been extremely difficult with a lineup that seems to change every weekend. “It’s been a real challenge, but I think the guys have handled it as well as they could,” Hanson said. “Not to let them off the hook and say, ‘Hey, it’s a real anomaly,’ but at the same point and time, we’ve also tried to tell them, ‘Hey, there aren’t many teams that are down three or four starters, let alone, sometimes just one starter,’ and that’s what we’ve had to deal with.” Among the starters still injured, junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss is working through an undisclosed injury, while senior setter Sanil Thomas is working to return to the lineup after injuring his hand in late January. While the Buckeyes have struggled with consistency for much of this season, UCLA (14-4, 6-0 MPSF) has been drowning in it. The Bruins are on a four-match winning streak and their Jan. 19 loss to No. 1 Long Beach State is their only loss at home this season. Junior middle blocker Daenan Gyimah leads the Bruins offensively, totalling 234 points on 190 kills, 17 aces and 48 total blocks. Defensively, senior setter Micah Ma’a is a top contributor, providing 129 digs and 35 total blocks in support. On the other hand, USC (9-7, 3-3 MPSF) has had an up-and-down season thus far. After opening the year with a 7-4 record, three-straight losses to then-No. 9 Stanford, then-No. 8 BYU and then-No. 6 UCLA brought the Trojans even before winning their past two matches against Concordia and then-No. 4 Pepperdine. The Trojans are led by redshirt senior outside hitter Jack Wyett with 181 kills, adding 10 aces and 44 digs. Senior Ryan Moss leads the team defensively with 34 total blocks and 76 digs. Ohio State is hoping the offensive production from Hanes and Lallemand, with 180 kills and 137 kills, respectively, can power the Buckeyes to a couple of road victories. But to have success, they’ll have to get used to being set by Hillman, who has taken over as Ohio State’s full-time setter in the absence of Thomas. Despite the tough competition and the constant lineup changes, Hillman said the team will be ready to play this weekend. “We’re excited,” Hillman said. “We really have nothing to lose right now. We’re going to go out there and play as hard as we can.” Ohio State will face No. 5 UCLA at 8 p.m. Friday and No. 11 USC at 11 p.m. Saturday in Los Angeles.
Accenture has completed the acquisition of Cimation, an affiliate of Audubon Companies and an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) consulting company known for its work in process automation, information technology (IT) and industrial control system (ICS) cyber security. “As we further integrate our businesses, Accenture and Cimation share two main objectives: to drive greater value for our clients through the convergence of IT and OT and to provide exciting career opportunities for Cimation’s team of dedicated employees.“The transaction supports the integration of enterprise IT systems and operational technology (OT) needed by resources industries to capitalise on opportunities such as automation solutions, production optimisation, asset analytics and ICS cyber security. As a result, companies can better maintain, operate and optimise their wells, pipelines, refineries, chemical plants and mines.”“With Cimation, we further our capability to provide end-to-end services to our customers as they operate and maintain their most important industrial assets,” said Peggy Kostial, Senior Managing Director for Accenture’s North America Resources operating group. “This union with Cimation is our latest step in the execution of our strategy to move beyond enterprise and customer services into asset management and operations, taking advantage of the transformative opportunities driven by the Industrial Internet of Things.” “We look forward to playing a pivotal role in the delivery of IIoT projects that push the boundaries of the digital revolution as a part of Accenture,” said Jonathan Klein, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cimation. “As we further integrate our businesses, Accenture and Cimation share two main objectives: to drive greater value for our clients through the convergence of IT and OT and to provide exciting career opportunities for Cimation’s team of dedicated employees.” Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value.Cimation, an affiliate of Audubon companies, is an operations consulting company delivering secure technology solutions to the global energy and chemicals industries. As a vendor-agnostic firm, Cimation has executed thousands of reliable consulting, system integration and engineering projects that combine automation, industrial IT, enterprise data and ICS cyber security solutions.
Updated 22:50VEHICLES THAT ARE higher than 4.65 metres tall were banned from Ireland’s roads from today.The ban has been on the cards for almost seven years – since January 2007 – but was held over until now to allow truck owners and operators time to phase out the vehicles.In a statement, the Department of Transport said the new height limit is being brought in mainly for rail safety and to protect expensive physical infrastructure, such as bridges which have been hit by excessively tall vehicles.The ban is also designed to ease the number of big vehicles in urban areas: vehicles which are higher than 4.65 metres (15.2 feet) already cannot use Dublin’s Port Tunnel, the Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork or Limerick Tunnels and have to be diverted through urban areas.The Department said there may be some ‘exceptional circumstances’ on the country’s roads in future in which a tall lorry may be allowed, but stressed that the existing regime for ‘abnormal loads’ would have to be used and that it could only ever be for an extraordinary event.First published 07:15.Video: Unloading a truck… like a boss >
La poliomyélite, bientôt éradiquée en Inde ? Selon le ministère de la Santé indien, la poliomyélite pourrait bientôt être totalement éliminée du pays. Cette année, un seul cas a été recensé contre 39 en 2010. “Nous avons presque atteint notre but”. C’est ce qu’a déclaré dimanche, non sans joie, le ministre de la Santé indien Ghulam Nabi Azad. En effet, selon les données dont dispose le gouvernement, la poliomyélite serait en baisse nette dans le pays. En 2011, seul un cas de cette maladie causée par un virus s’attaquant au système nerveux, aurait été recensé dans l’Etat du Bengale occidental, contre 39 en 2010 et 750 en 2009. À lire aussiDes canards d’élevage découvrent les plaisirs de l’eau après avoir été libérés en IndeUn chiffre d’autant plus prometteur qu’aucun nouveau cas n’a émergé, y compris dans les Etats habituellement les plus touchés, dans l’Uttar Pradesh au nord et au Bihar dans l’est. D’après le ministre, ce résultat est en fait le fruit d’un vaste programme d’éradication mené par le gouvernement contre cette maladie qui peut paralyser un enfant à vie en quelques heures. Le vaccin administré par voie orale en plusieurs prises durant les premières années de la vie d’un enfant a ainsi joué un rôle crucial dans la baisse. Malgré ces progrès remarquables, le ministre a toutefois mis en garde : il n’est pas exclu que la poliomyélite refasse son apparition. Le gouvernement a donc prévu de traiter tout nouveau cas comme “un cas d’urgence en matière de santé publique”. De même, l’Inde a mis en place une surveillance accrue dans les Etats frontaliers du Pakistan, le Népal et la Chine après l’éruption de nouveaux cas dans ces pays. Actuellement, la polio est toujours considérée comme endémique dans quatre pays : l’Afghanistan, l’Inde, le Pakistan et le Nigeria.Le 24 octobre 2011 à 20:46 • Maxime Lambert
Crypteks présente la clé USB à double système de protectionLa firme Crypteks a conçu une clé USB à double système de protection : un chiffrement 256-bit AES et un verrouillage manuel.La sécurité des données informatiques est fondamentale tant pour les professionnels que pour les particuliers. Crypteks l’a bien compris et a mis au point un double système de protection formé d’un chiffrement 256-bit AES et d’un verrouillage manuel.Selon Clubic, ce serait la première fois qu’un tel système est conçu en série. Grâce à ce double système de verrouillage, il est possible de chiffrer le contenu de la clé et d’ajouter une combinaison manuellement. Le seul problème que l’utilisateur peut alors rencontrer est d’oublier la combinaison… Ce qui est également remarquable c’est le mode de financement de cette clé USB. Elle est subventionnée par les internautes à partir de la plateforme Kickstarter. Il faut faire un don correspondant au prix de 130 dollars pour la version 8 GB et 160 dollars pour la version 16 GB (120 euros environ). La livraison est prévue pour fin décembre et les frais de port sont estimés à 15 dollars supplémentaires, soit 11 euros.Le 1 décembre 2011 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambert
Viu has 30 million monthly users in 16 markets, from Southeast Asia to the Middle East, and was recently launched in South Africa. Lee argues that the platform has further to go, given Asia’s population and its high digital literacy.Asia now has many locally-based OTT players, but the challenge is to deliver enough of the local content that audiences prefer. Viu last year produced 70 original titles, of which 30 came from ViuTV, PCCW’s Hong Kong terrestrial broadcaster. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety “No Sleep No FOMO” is an eight-episode pan-regional travelog show that Asian streaming firm Viu hopes will help it win over more millennial generation audiences. It harnesses the potential of local social media celebrities and their 12 million followers.The show features “Running Man” star Kim Jong-kook, Korean musician Eric Nam and Singapore actor Paul Foster. Other social media celebrities, or key opinion leaders, include Hana Tam, Kevin Woo, Alexander Lee Eusebio, Benjamin Kheng, Laureen Uy, and Taya Rogers.Janice Lee, MD of Viu’s parent PCCW Media, said the show adopts a YouTube format, with bite-sized, 8-10 minute episodes that are friendly for mobile devices. It also experiments with using the KOLs’ followers as co-creators.One of the tasks the celebrities were set was to become a wedding crasher. Followers then supplied tips and got the stars an invitation to a Malay wedding. “It is challenging to involve audience’s during production. It is possible for this show because this is a reality show,” Lee said.
These are the best four weapons in Just Cause 3Zip kicking faces in Just Cause 3 Seeing a new Just Cause game is a New York Comic Con tradition now. It was here in the Javitz Center a few years ago where we got a nice look at the mayhem you could create in 2015’s Just Cause 3. And now we’ve gotten a chance to see just how the team at Avalanche Studios is planning to top themselves in the upcoming Just Cause 4. I got sucked into a tornado, so that was a pretty good sign.Just Cause 4 is theoretically about controlling Rico Rodriguez in his various vaguely South American freedom fights. In this game, as you perform more radical acts you actually inspire the people of this country to your movement, instead of just pissing off generals on military bases. You achieve your goals through expected open-world missions like activating towers and taking out enemy weaponry.But Just Cause 4 sets itself apart through the sheer ridiculousness of its action. Take those two missions I just mentioned. You’re activating towers so they can get struck by lightning, and as you’re doing this you, enemy helicopters, and anything else too high could also get zapped. Meanwhile, the enemy weaponry you’re trying to destroy are two big wind guns trying to push back that tornado I mentioned. Once they’re gone the tornado does what tornadoes do, ripping up everything not nailed down including yourself, unless you blast off to freedom with your own little wind gun.AdChoices广告The chaos isn’t limited to these missions though. Far from it. Just Cause 4 doesn’t even really care if you see the story. It just wants you to mess around with its grand physics sandbox full of props, dynamic weather, and new ways to blow things up. There’s no way to get instantly killed so you’re free to experiment. Your primary method of getting around isn’t even on foot or in a vehicle. It’s by whipping around Spider-Man style with your customizable grappling hook, parachute, and wingsuit.Even in this brief demo I got a good look of the large-scale nonsense that’s possible. The developers summoned a colorful tank out of the sky and strapped a bunch of balloons to it. Rico can then ride this flying tank and shoot shells at helicopters. You could fly a jet too but that’s boring. This tank plan was like a parody of something that could happen in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, especially when the tank and helicopter collided in mid air and went boom.Along with balloons, players can also use their grappling hook to string items together or attach remote-activated booster rockets to just about anything. The developers turned a radio tower into a slingshot while I turned an old handcart into a rocket sled for me and my railgun. With all this insanity happening I was actually surprised the frame rate was as stable as it was in this early build. We’ll see what full shenanigans are truly within our reach when Just Cause 4 launches on December 4 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.Get the latest on New York Comic Con 2018, including our take on the new LEGO DC Super-Villains game. Stay on target
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Image: apple/mashable photo compositeBy Adam Rosenberg2018-12-22 17:45:00 UTC Apple has already confirmed that it’s fine if some newer iPad Pros don’t lie completely flat, but now there’s an actual numeric measurement for acceptable iPad bendiness.Apple’s Dan Riccio, VP of hardware engineering at the company, confirmed the detail in an email. Riccio sent the note as a response to a customer who had written to Apple CEO Tim Cook with concerns about the company’s suggestion that warped iPads aren’t actually the product of a manufacturing defect.It’s a situation that’s been brewing since a November video that went viral purported to show how easily Apple’s latest iPad Pro could be bent. (Mashable’s own review found that it would take more than a “moderate” amount of pressure to produce the result seen in that video.)On Wednesday, Apple broke its silence to address the issue. The company confirmed that yes, some iPad Pro units ship with a slightly bent aluminum chassis. But Apple added that it’s an occasional product of the manufacturing process, and it’s not something that will worsen over time.Basically: Apple said it’s not a defect.Now there’s this email from Riccio. His response, posted in full on MacRumors, puts an exact number on what Apple would consider an acceptable amount of physical warping.Our current specification for iPad Pro flatness is up to 400 microns which is even tighter than previous generations. This 400 micron variance is less than half a millimeter (or the width of fewer than four sheets of paper at most) and this level of flatness won’t change during normal use over the lifetime of the product. Note, these slight variations do not affect the function of the device in any way. Riccio’s email also apparently referenced Apple’s Wednesday clarification. He said that the details attributed to Apple in the story from The Verge didn’t include a company statement, and that such a statement would be sent to media outlets. It’s worth noting that the above details are paraphrased in the MacRumors story, so we may be missing some of the specifics here. Mashable reached out to Apple for further comment, and we’ll update this story once we hear back.
By: The Associated Press Share Tags: France, Strasbourg, terrorism Wednesday, December 12, 2018 France attack targets Strasbourg near Christmas Market PARIS — A shooting in the French city of Strasbourg killed four people and wounded 11 others near a world-famous Christmas market Tuesday, sparking a broad lockdown.French prosecutors said a terrorism investigation was opened, though authorities did not announce a motive for the bloodshed. The city is home to the European Parliament, which was locked down after the shooting.It was unclear if the market – which was the nucleus of an al-Qaida-linked plot in 2000 – was targeted. The prefect of the Strasbourg region said the suspect was previously flagged as a possible extremist.The gunman has been identified and has a criminal record, according to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.The death toll, first reported as one, rose to four by late Tuesday, according to two police union officials. One official, Stephane Morisse of union FGP, told The Associated Press the alleged shooter was wounded by soldiers guarding the market.Gendarmes went to the suspect’s home to arrest him earlier Tuesday, before the attack, but he wasn’t there, Morisse said. They found explosive materials, he said.French military spokesman Col. Patrik Steiger said the shooter did not aim for the soldiers patrolling in and around the Christmas market, but targeted civilians instead.Several of the people wounded were in critical condition, the interior minister said.Witnesses described to the AP hearing gunshots, screams and the shouts of police officers ordering people to stay indoors before the area fell silent and the officers fanned out.“I heard two or three shots at around 7:55 p.m. (1855 GMT), then I heard screams. I got close to the window. I saw people running. After that I closed the shutters. Then I heard more shots, closer this time,” Yoann Bazard, 27, who lives in central Strasbourg.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“I thought maybe it’s firecrackers,” he said, speaking by phone. “And then, as it got close, it was really shocking. There were a lot of screams. … There were police or soldiers shouting ‘Get inside!’ and ‘Put your hands on your head.’”Freelance journalist Camille Belsoeur was at a friend’s apartment when they heard the gunfire, at first mistaking it for firecrackers.“We opened the window. I saw a soldier firing shots, about 12 to 15 shots,” Belsoeur said,Other soldiers yelled for people to stay indoors and shouted ‘Go home! Go home!’ to those outside, he said.Another witness, Peter Fritz, told the BBC one of the four people killed was a Thai tourist who was shot in the head and didn’t respond to lengthy attempts to revive him.France previously endured several high-profile extremist attacks, including the co-ordinated attacks at multiple Paris locations that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds in November 2015. A 2016 truck attack in Nice killed dozens.President Emmanuel Macron adjourned a meeting at the presidential palace Tuesday night to monitor the emergency, his office said, indicating the gravity of the attack.Castaner and the Paris prosecutor, who is in charge of anti-terror probes in France, headed to Strasbourg. The prosecutor’s office said the investigation was being conducted on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in relation with a terrorist enterprise charges, suggesting officials think the alleged shooter may have links to extremists.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?In multiple neighbourhoods of Strasbourg, the French Interior Ministry urged the public to remain indoors. Local authorities tweeted for the public to “avoid the area of the police station,” which is close to the city’s Christmas market.Strasbourg’s well-known market is set up around the city’s cathedral during the Christmas season and is a popular gathering place.French soldiers were on patrol after the shooting. At the scene, police officers, police vehicles and barricades surrounded the sparkling lights of the market.“Our security and rescue services are mobilized,” Castaner said.European Parliament spokesman Jaume Duch said that “the European Parliament has been closed and no one can leave until further notice.” It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were inside.The attack revived memories of a new millennium terror plot targeting Strasbourg’s Christmas market. Ten suspected Islamic militants were convicted and sentenced to prison in December 2004 for their role in a plot to blow up the market on the New Year’s Eve ushering in 2000.The Algerian and French-Algerian suspects – including an alleged associate of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden – went on trial in October on charges they were involved in the foiled plot for the attack.They were sentenced to prison terms ranging from one to nine years. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Within Costa Rica’s thriving medical tourism industry, more visitors come to the country for plastic surgery every year. Alberto J. Argüello The Tico Times asked several plastic surgeons in the capital why so many foreigners choose Costa Rica as a treatment destination. Here’s what they had to say:Costa Rica is a great destination for plastic surgery. We have much lower costs [than the U.S.] and state-of-the-art hospitals. We treat patients as individuals, not numbers; we work closely with our patients to give them that pampering they need.–Alberto J. Argüellowww.plasticacostarica.com Victor Urzola Although Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, many Costa Ricans are fluent in English and other languages, and this makes it very easy for patients to feel safe with the process. Costa Rica is a foreigner-friendly country, and its proximity to the United States and Canada, along with frequent flights in between, make it easy to reach. It has excellent weather year-round and many options for tourists to enjoy this beautiful country.–Victor Urzolawww.drvictorurzola.com Facebook Comments Lev Schtirbu Costa Rica has been a major plastic surgery destination for more than 25 years. The reasons for this, I believe, are the excellent results achieved for the patients and the reasonable cost of all procedures. Costa Rican surgeons trained in Brazil, France and the U.S., among a plethora of other countries, have paved the way for an amazing exchange of ideas, bringing forth the best each school of surgery has to offer and combining these approaches in order to create an integrated repository of knowledge.–Lev Schtirbu www.eternallyvain.com Arnoldo Fournier Costa Rica’s proximity to the U.S., its favorable exchange rate, the friendliness of its people and the tropical climate are a few of the advantages here. Add to these the availability of certified, highly skilled surgeons, top-notch hospitals outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, and one of the most stable democracies in Latin America, and it’s easy to see why Costa Rica makes sense for the medical traveler.–Arnoldo Fournierwww.drfournier.com Oscar Suárez Throughout the years, I have found that there are many reasons patients come to Costa Rica to have surgery with me. We are well-formed and experienced surgeons. We keep up to date and deliver very good results consistently. In the way our practices are set up, we have closer contact with the patients than what they are used to. Other reasons are that we communicate in English, the flying time is not long and our cost is competitive.–Oscar Suárezwww.plasticsurgeryoas.com No related posts.
Borrowers who owe more money to banks than their home is worth is slowing decreasing, however more than half of these borrowers are stuck in an underwater free fall with little to no hope of resurfacing.According to Zillow’s first quarter Negative Equity Report released today, although the negative equity rate is falling, more than half or 4 million homeowners owed the bank at least 20 percent more than the worth of their home. In order for these underwater homeowners to even come close to breaking a sale, their homes would have to appreciate by at least 20 percent.”It’s great news that the level of negative equity is falling, but what really worries me is the depth of negative equity,” said Dr. Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. “Millions of Americans are so far underwater, it’s likely they may not re-gain equity for up to a decade or more at these rates,” “And because negative equity is concentrated so heavily at the lower end, it throws a real wrench in the traditional housing market conveyor belt.”Zillow reported that the U.S. rate of negative equity among mortgaged homeowners was 15.4 percent in first quarter of 2015, a decrease from 16.9 percent last quarter. A year ago, this rate was 18.8 percent. The rate of underwater homeowners was much higher among the homes with the least value.Negative equity improved in all of the 35 largest housing markets in the first quarter, Zillow says. This could be a sign that the country is steadily recovering from the lax lending rules and subsequent housing market bust of the last decade.More than 15 million homeowners owed more on their mortgages than their homes were worth, placing them in negative equity at the peak of the real estate crisis, the report says. Foreclosures, short sales, and rapidly rising home values saved 7.9 million of these homeowners from the pool of negative equity by the end of the first quarter. Those that remain underwater are expected to be the most severe cases to repair.Spring and summer are the busiest buying and selling seasons, Zillow says in the report. This year, there has been a high demand for homes in the bottom third of the market. However, a disproportionate number of those homeowners can not afford to sell to buyers looking for homes in their price range. Zillow found that more than 25 percent of those who own the least valuable third of homes were upside down, compared to about 8 percent of the most valuable third of homes.“Potential first-time buyers have difficulty finding affordable homes for sale because those homes are stuck in negative equity. And owners of those homes can’t move up the chain because they’re stuck underwater in the entry-level home they bought years ago. The logjam at the bottom is having ripple effects throughout the market, and as home value growth slows, it will be years before it gets cleared up. In the meantime, we’ll be left with volatile prices, limited inventory, tepid demand, elevated foreclosures, and a whole lot of frustration.”Home values are forecast to continue rising, but at a slower pace than recent years, Zillow says. Quicken Loans, reported on Tuesday that the difference between appraiser and homeowner perceptions of home values continued to increase for the fourth consecutive month in May. For the first time in 22 months, appraiser opinions of home values were 1.15 percent lower than homeowner estimates, according to Quicken Loans’ national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI).“The HPPI, more than anything, is a reminder that there is no such thing as a national housing market,” said Bob Walters, Quicken Loans chief economist. “Every city, and every neighborhood, moves in different directions based on local factors. Consumers need to remember to watch their local area closely to understand the direction their market is heading.”Click here to view Zillow’s Negative Equity Report. Home Values Negative Equity Report Underwater Mortgage Zillow 2015-06-12 Staff Writer Share June 12, 2015 521 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Uncategorized Over Half of Underwater Borrowers Are Nowhere Near Re-Surfacing, Report Says