Cannabis retailers governments warn of lingering supply shortage

first_imgTORONTO – Demand for newly legal pot appears to be outstripping supply on the second day of legalization as retailers ran low on some products or were cleaned out completely, manifestations of a shortfall that some provinces warned could last for months.Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries said Thursday that it is expecting product shortages in both brick-and-mortar and online stores could last “up to at least six months.”“Every province — not just Manitoba — is receiving substantially less cannabis than originally requested… Retailers in Manitoba will be receiving staggered shipments over the next few weeks (some daily) in an effort to meet their requests,” said a spokeswoman for the Manitoba crown corporation in an email.A B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch spokeswoman said that “shortages are/were expected to impact all jurisdictions across Canada as some (licensed producers) look to opportunities in overseas markets.”Four of the largest licensed producers indicated to B.C. earlier this month they would not ship their full product commitment in time for the launch of online sales and the province’s lone store, she added.“LPs point to a number of factors in reduced product volume and assortment including issues with supply chain, lower than expected crop yields, and insufficient supply of packaging materials,” the spokeswoman said in an email.Retailers saw long lineups and a wave of online purchases Wednesday as Canadians rushed to make their first-ever purchase of legal recreational pot and witness the historic moment.Cannabis industry players and watchers had earlier warned that there would be product shortages amid supply chain issues, but the actual appetite of Canadian consumers for legal pot was unclear until the day it became legal.By most accounts from provinces that did provide figures, demand was high.On the first day of legalization in Canada, Quebec’s crown cannabis corporation had recorded more than 12,500 in-store transactions and 30,000 online orders, which “far exceeds” its expectations.The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation said it conducted 12,810 transactions totalling more than $660,000 in sales, of which almost $47,000 were online, a spokeswoman said. In Prince Edward Island, total sales on the first day was more than $152,000 after tax, nearly $21,000 of which was online.In Alberta, where private retailers handle in-store sales, the government-run website processed 8,300 orders as of 3:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, worth approximately $730,000, a spokeswoman for the province’s gaming, liquor and cannabis commission.The online-only Ontario Cannabis Store would not release specific numbers, but spokesman Daffyd Roderick said “the response to cannabis legalization has resulted in a high volume of orders.” Online delivery will now take as long as five days, as opposed to the earlier timeline of one to three days, due to the volume of orders in the first 24 hours, he added. Ontario Premier Doug Ford had said on Wednesday morning that OCS.ca had handled 38,000 orders since its midnight launch.A B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch spokeswoman said it handled about 9,100 orders online in the first 24 hours and 800 transactions at its brick-and-mortar store in Kamloops in the first day.“The first day of recreational sales in Canada appears to have been a success highlighted by the long lines and enthusiasm from shoppers,” said GMP Securities analyst Martin Landry, after his research team visited retail stores in four different provinces to take the pulse of shoppers.After surveying 100 customers, Landry and his team found that customers on average bought $80 to $90 worth of cannabis, with variations between provinces. Eastern Canada consumers had a basket size of between $60 and $70, but in Quebec and Alberta it was $90 and $100, respectively, he said in a note to clients.“Seeing cannabis shoppers wait in lines as opposed to take the traditional easy illegal supply route is refreshing and bodes well for the recreational market in Canada,” he said.The lines stretched into the hundreds at some retail locations across the country on Wednesday, and some provinces said they saw shorter queues on Thursday.Still, the country-wide supply crunch continued to make it difficult for cannabis retailers to meet existing demand.The Quebec Cannabis Corp. said Thursday that some items are unavailable on its website and it expects further product shortages — particularly oil, capsules, atomizers and pre-rolled joints — going forward.“Given the craze created by the legalization of cannabis and the scarcity of products across Canada, the (corporation) expects significant short-term supply challenges,” it said in a statement on Thursday.Alberta and Prince Edward Island also said Thursday certain products have sold out online, and Nova Scotia said it ran out of certain strains.Private retailer Thomas Clarke in Newfoundland and Labrador said he is continuing to turn away customers at his store in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s after completely selling out of product Wednesday.Chief executive of retailer Fire and Flower, Trevor Fencott, said its five stores in Alberta and Saskatchewan are fully stocked but it won’t launch its online store for Saskatchewan until it receives more supply.Consumers going to British Columbia’s website on Wednesday were told that several strains of marijuana were sold out and B.C.’s only retail location in Kamloops ran out of one variety of dried cannabis.The province’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Thursday he wasn’t concerned the province would run out of legal marijuana in the first days of legalization.Farnworth said new supplies will arrive as other strains of pot sell out.“This is an agriculture product, so we’ll get some varieties coming in soon and others may take a little while to put in place,” he said. “As we know the federal government has put in place additional licences, for example, and the product from those is coming on stream.”Canopy Growth Corp. CEO Bruce Linton said the licensed producer expects by next Friday to have shipped to all provinces and territories 100 per cent of the volumes it had committed to over the next 30 days, but within 10 days of legalization.He noted that the cannabis grower in these supply agreements signed on to deliver a certain quantity over a year, and that order specifics did not become clear until roughly two weeks ago.Linton added that was difficult for all parties to gauge demand for a product that has been banned from recreational use for so long, he added.“There is mega demand… This is the end of prohibition in a fashion that is absolutely, globally unequalled,” Linton said.— with files from Michael Tutton in Halifax, Steve Lambert in Winnipeg, Laura Kane in Vancouver and Dirk Meissner in Victorialast_img read more

Lack of birth certificates deny millions of Latin American children services UN

The three-day meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay, brings together the UN, Governments and civil society organizations from 18 Latin American countries and aims to form the basis for regional and national plans to guarantee free, universal and timely birth registration for all children by 2015. It will be replicated for the Caribbean region next year.“A staggering two million of the 11 million births in Latin America are not registered,” the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a news release. “Without a birth certificate millions of children are excluded from basic services such as health and education and face daily exploitation and risk.”UNICEF regional director Nils Kastberg painted the issue in stark terms. “Marcos Alexandro is 10 years old, lives in the State of Chiapas in Mexico, and was accepted into school at 10 years of age after registering in the registry,” he said.“In Paraguay, it is estimated that only 35 per cent of boys and girls are registered during the first year of their life; for the remainder they simply don’t exist as citizens. When we do not register our boys and girls, we deny them the basics like going to school, to hospital, getting a passport or being part of a family, and we are not protecting them against serious crimes such as child trafficking.”The 1st Latin American Regional Conference on Birth Registration and the Right to Identity has been organized in conjunction with the Government of Paraguay by three of the region’s main international agencies – UNICEF, the Organization of American States and the leading children’s non-governmental organization, Plan International.Delegations include high-level political and government authorities, technical experts responsible for the civil registers, and civil society organizations.Countries represented are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. 29 August 2007With millions of Latin American children excluded from health and education services because they lack birth certificates and do not therefore legally exist, the United Nations is participating in the first ever region-wide meeting convened to address the problem under the slogan “Write me down, make me visible.” read more

UN tribunal charges former Serb official with contempt for refusal to testify

15 December 2011The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today charged a former Serb municipal official with contempt of court for failing to comply with orders to testify in the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžic who faces multiple genocide charges. Milan Tupajic, former chief of the crisis staff and president of the Serb municipality of Sokolac, was charged with contempt of court in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for failing to comply or show good cause as to why he should not testify in Mr. Karadžic’s trial.An order in lieu of indictment for contempt was made confidentially by the trial chamber on 30 November. It set out that Mr. Tupajic was informed on 5 October and 8 November of the contents of two subpoenas, and of his obligation to appear before the chamber or give a valid explanation for his refusal to appear.Mr. Tupajic is accused of having “knowingly and wilfully interfered with the administration of justice by refusing to comply with the chamber’s subpoenas,” the ICTY said in a news release.A warrant for his arrest and an order for surrender were also issued on 30 November. Mr. Tupajic was arrested by Bosnian authorities on Tuesday and will be transferred to the Detention Unit shortly. His initial appearance in court is scheduled for tomorrow.Mr. Karadžic is charged with two counts of genocide and a series of other crimes, including murder, extermination, persecution, deportation and hostage taking, related to actions against Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats and other non-Serb civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. His trial began in October 2009. read more

Scanalyse spreads its mill and crusher analysis services globally

first_imgScanalyse provides laser scanning condition monitoring services for grinding mills and crushers. Its technology was originally developed at Curtin University and the company started operating commercially in 2007. With substantial penetration into the Australian market already achieved Scanalyse is branching out internationally. Offices have been established in Santiago, Chile, servicing the South American market and in Salt Lake City, Utah to service North America. The latest countries to show interest in the Scanalyse technology are Ghana and Mongolia. Scanalyse has signed a contract with the Rio Tinto operated Oyu Tologoi mine in Mongolia (IM, April and May 2011) to provide services for its comminution circuits. In Ghana, Perseus Mining operates the Edikan site in and has recently retained Scanalyse to scan its grinding mills and crusher in order to evaluate the technology.Both sites are new and do not have reliable historical data on how well their mill and crusher liners will perform. The extensive data collection and trending analysis that Scanalyse provides is of great benefit in these cases and assists in managing wear liners to maximise life while reducing the risk of unscheduled shutdowns due to premature liner wear and breakage.Peter Clarke, CEO at Scanalyse commented: “These contracts are quite significant to Scanalyse as they signify an expansion into new and highly prospective territories for our technology. With modern communications technology we can service these remote sites from our offices in Perth so that we don’t have the costly and difficult costs of setting up local infrastructure.last_img read more

The NSA selects 4 universities for Cyber Operations Program

first_imgIf you want to go and work for the NSA it’s going to take more than giving a good interview. The National Security Agency will carry out one of the most thorough background checks you will ever likely experience, and with good reason, as you are entering an organization focused on protecting the US from a cyber attack.But targeting individuals for employment is set to extend beyond the open market and hacking community for the NSA. There is apparently a major shortage of talent in the field of cyber operations that the NSA requires, so the agency is set to teach its own cyber-ops curriculum to a select few.You can see why the NSA feel the need to do this. It requires individuals who have the same skill set as the top hackers, but with a clean record and computer-focused, degree-level education. Going direct to universities and hand-picking students to teach them the required additional skills pretty much guarantees NSA-ready candidates.When the NSA stated it was going to hand-pick who to teach, the agency was totally serious. 20 universities originally signed up for the chance to become Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, but they have been whittled down to just 4 that qualify:Dakota State UniversityNaval Postgraduate SchoolNortheastern UniversityUniversity of TulsaMost of the universities failed to meet the strict requirements because they did not teach all 10 required subjects the NSA needed on top of their own curriculum. In fact, hardly any of the institutions teach reverse engineering or focus on cellular and mobile tech.As to what students at those four qualifying universities will be subjected to as part of the cyber-ops curriculum, senior NSA official Steven LaFountain, describes it simply as “the hardcore fundamental science.” If they have that knowledge coming out of university, they can better perform on the NSA’s own 12-month internal “secret sauce, tradecraft” education that turns them into a fully-fledged cyber operative.Any student signing up for cyber-ops training can expect summer classes, a ton of new computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering skills, and the chance for a very rewarding job at the end of it all.Read more at the NSA and Reuterslast_img read more

Olympic Doodle beaten in 15 seconds with 22 lines of Python code

first_imgFor the past three days Google has been releasing Google Doodles that take the form of simple Olympic games. Day one saw hurdling, day two was basketball, and day three was canoeing.Each game required different input and challenged players to get the lowest completion time, or highest score in the case of the free throws basketball game. Of course, when you have programmers performing a search and noticing the game, it doesn’t take long for them to start experimenting and see if they can automate the input to achieve the best score/time.That’s exactly what programmer and YouTube poster audionautics decided to do one bored lunchtime at work. Using Python as his programming language of choice, he set about automating the hurdling game.At first, he just got the hurdler running in Python and did the jumps manually with the spacebar, recording a time of 10.4 seconds. Then he disregarded the hurdles and managed to complete the course in just 0.4 seconds. Impressive, but that’s not playing properly and only achieved 2 of the 3 possible stars.The final fully-automated solution is the most impressive and can’t be beaten with a manual run. Automating both the running and jumping saw a time of 1.5 seconds achieved.Audionautics has since gone on to automate the basketball game, too. Final score: 39 with 3 stars achieved. As it’s a bit more complicated to play, due to the changing distance of the player from the hoop, this solution took 48 lines of Python to achieve.There’s no automation code for the canoeing game yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it appear in the next day or two.via audionautics’ YouTube channellast_img read more

Greeks and Cypriot exports represented

first_imgGreek and Cypriot companies will be represented at the Fine Food Australia fair this month as well as a plethora of Greek Australian businesses. The fair will give Greek and Cypriot businesses a chance to connect with over 1000 exhibitors with the aim of exporting and expanding their own business. Fine Food Australia is one of the largest gatherings of international food, drink and equipment for the retail, foodservice and hospitality industries. It is the leading trade event for the food industry that consistently delivers the widest and most relevant range of international and Australia buyers and sellers. Some of the businesses that will be featured include: A Doukas P Doukas Ariston Hellas; Afxentiou Dairy Ltd; Athena Marketing International; Black Swan; Charalambides Christis Ltd; Chris’ Greek Dips Yoghurt; Delkof SA Hellenic Canned Fruit Industry Network; Dionysios SA; Domaine Glinavos SA; E Neophytou Trading Ltd; Fardoulis Chocolates; Hellenic Foreign Trade Board HEPO SA; HOTOS SA; Ilias the Greek; Lemnos Food; Loux Marlafekas SA; Marathon Food Industries; Mitsides Public Co Ltd; N Gerentes SA; Niki Agathokleous Ltd; Olian Foods; Papadimitriou CC SA; Papayiannis Bros SA; Papouis Dairies Ltd; Petrou Bros Dairy Products Ltd; Philipopolis RK; Phillip Lazarus Pty Ltd; Pilavas Distillery SA; Piotis; Pittas Dairies Ltd; Stavros Parpis Foodstuffs Ltd; and Traditional Products AFX Katsouras Ltd. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kozokos marble sculptures on display till March 22

first_imgAn impressive exhibition of sculptures and paintings by renowned Greek sculptor Takis Kozokos will be on display at the Kogarah Town Square Library and Cultural Centre, sponsored by the Lemnian Association of NSW. Takis Kozokos, who is also an assistant professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering in the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, is also known for his remarkable work on the restoration of the Parthenon Marbles and the Acropolis Museum in Athens. The acclaimed artist is the first of Kogarah’s Artist in Residence Program, which is a new council initiative aiming to draw a wide range of artists working across different art forms to Kogarah and introduce new experiences to the community. Participating artists live and work in the Carss Park Artist’s Cottage, in Carss Bush Park. The cottage is equipped with an artist studio and accommodation available to local, interstate and international artists. Takis Kozokos’ works are all handcrafted in marble, using traditional sculpture techniques and tools. He also paints in Byzantine style. During his residency, Takis Kozokos has created the ‘Book of St George’, inspired by Byzantine icons of St George, an important warrior martyr saint in the Orthodox Christian tradition. St George was persecuted and beheaded by the Romans under Emperor Diocletion. In the shape of an open book, the sculpture depicts on the left side, St George with his companion and fellow military saint St Demetrius, and on the right, an image of St George slaying the dragon. In the sculpture, the artist has also included a cockatoo and the reeds, the symbol of Kogarah. This work has been carved in Italian Carrara marble by hand, using traditional tools in the same style as those used by the sculptors of The Parthenon. The exhibition opened its gates on 3 March and will continue to showcase Kozokos’ work till 22 March. For more information contact the Council’s Cultural Development Officer on 02 9330 8580. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Watch These Movies Before Good Boys

first_img For good or for ill, the current dominance of nerd nostalgia blockbusters has a lot of adults acting like children. So as the summer winds down maybe mix it up and see a movie about children trying their hardest to act like adults. Good Boys might as well be about three boys who stand on each other in a trenchcoat to go sneak into an R-rated movie, an R-rated movie like Good Boys. But if you’re already old enough to kiss girls, here’s how to get back in that edge of puberty mindset.Watch these movies before Good Boys. Stay on target SuperbadSuperbad may be about awkward horny nerdy high school seniors instead of ignorant twelve-year-olds, but both films are part of the modern raunchy coming of age tradition. Superbad was also written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who are producing Good Boys. You’re gonna McLove it.BooksmartBooksmart is this year’s other heir to Superbad. It just flips the script by starring dorky high school girls instead of boys. Jonah Hill’s literal real-life sister plays the role Jonah Hill might have played. But by all accounts this cast, along with first-time director Olivia Wilde, did a great job bringing this underlooked perspective to the screen.Revenge of the NerdsSex comedies always have a tricky time aging well because they’re wedded to the social standards of their time, social standards that thankfully improve as society gets more progressive. So rewatching bits of Revenge of the Nerds may be… tough, especially in today’s climate of fake nerd victimhood. But it is a part of the canon.RoomPart of what’s wild about Good Boys is the chance to see child star Jacob Tremblay act his age for once. Yeah it’s R-rated but at least it’s a movie about kids being kids. Compared that to his breakthrough role in Room, a movie about him and his mother being trapped in a room for the first five years of his life before he gets to see the outside world. It’s really good, but a real bummer.It: Chapter OneStephen King gets a lot of credit for the brutal surreal horror of his novels and their various adaptations, but he’s also great at just showing kids being kids. Children experience fear on a different level than adults, their discovery of bad things in the adult world and the resultant loss of innocence is a different type of terror. This all comes together in It: Chapter One, a movie about how trauma complicates childhood nostalgia and how clowns in the sewer are waiting to eat you.DeadpoolDeadpool is the ultimate little boy movie, even though it’s rated R, especially because it’s rated R. Wade Wilson is a perpetually juvenile walking cartoon who swears and has sex and makes poop jokes and cuts up all the bad guys. It’s the perfect movie to sneak into while no one is looking. In the sequel they even gave him a troubled little mutant boy to nurture, which is just sweet.Mid90sMid90s, Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, is a certainly more dramatic look at boyhood than the pure romp of Good Boys. But they share similar vibes of kids trying their hardest to grow up too fast. It just feels more tragic here because of how much tougher Hill’s world is. Come for the kid from God of War, stay for the 90s LA skaters.center_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ last_img read more

Community advocates seek to improve Black History Month education

first_imgSophomore Zaniah Mathews talks with her fellow Black Students United club members on Thursday afternoon at Evergreen High School. The local chapter of Black Lives Matter is leading the charge to improve Black History Month education at area school districts.Cecelia Towner, founder of the local advocacy group, has spent the past few months testifying at school board meetings, asking boards to make more substantial and district-wide efforts to promote Black History Month. Schools and individual teachers are responsible for setting their own curriculum around Black History Month, but Towner said some weren’t recognizing the event at all.She hopes to see students discussing prominent black Americans and leaders, and having discussions about how students will apply lessons into their daily lives.“It’s important for black kids to see themselves in schools where they spend a huge amount of time,” Towner said.Michelle Giovannozzi, president of the Vancouver Public Schools board, said the district has developed monthly online courses for Black History Month, as well as courses recognizing celebrations of Hispanic and Latino people, Native Americans, disabled people and women.“District leaders have communicated clear expectations for schools to recognize these important observances with their choice of learning activities throughout the school year,” Giovannozzi said.School districts also invited Towner to provides lists of significant black leaders to highlight during the month.Victoria Bradford, an Evergreen Public Schools board member, said individual schools have in the past and will continue to have their own celebrations commemorating the month. The board hasn’t taken any action to more formally expand Black History Month curriculum, however.last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Make Your Home Energy Efficient On Sept 12 Bill Littlefield

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsFiction Critique Group*RRSaturday, September 8, 9:15 am (will resume firstSaturday meetings starting in October) Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Using Social Media and Websites for Job Hunting*RRMonday, September 10, 10 amSusu Wong, Principle and Chief Connector of Tomo360 an online marketing firm, will talk about using social media and the web for job hunting and for building a personal brand.  In the online job market of today, knowing the ins and outs of social media and keeping your personal brand sharp is a must.NFL Anthem Protest and Free Speech*RRTuesday, September 11, 7 pmFacilitator Keith West, debate coach at Boston Latin, will lead this first amendment discussion.This is an opportunity to voice your opinion and to listen and learn from others.  Background reading (article length) will be available at the main desk starting August 13 for those interested.How To—Make Your Home Energy EfficientWednesday, September 12Wilmington resident Bernie Lyons, who has developed and conducted various energy audit courses, will explain the basics of heating and cooling systems (and heat transfer) and how efficiency can be improved by simple consumer maintenance and the use of various insulation. Other money saving tips will be mentioned as well. Samples of items will be available.Bill Littlefield on Sportsmanship*RRThursday, September 13, 7 pmYou know the old adage “it isn’t whether you win or lose, but how you play the game”, in other words, good sportsmanship counts.   Bill Littlefield, recently retired host of public radio’s sports show Only a Game, will speak about the importance of sportsmanship and its close kin civility.   Bill will detail examples of good sportsmanship that he has witnessed throughout his over 25 years covering sports and of various forces in sports militating against good sportsmanship. A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Bill Littlefield taught English at Curry College for 39 years and served as writer-in-residence there.Empathic Meditation*RRThursdays, September (6, 13, 20, & 27), 11 amPart of civility is being mindful of other people’s thoughts and opinions as well as being kind to them no matter whether you agree or not. Meditation is a great way to work on that. These four half hour sessions will focus on general practices of compassion and gratitude as well as the Buddhist practices of Metta and Tonglen. Led by Technology Librarian Brad McKenna.  Drop in.Kids & Teen EventsDrop-In Baby TimesSaturday, September 8, 9:30 amBabies and their caregivers will enjoy this fun storytime that includes rhymes, songs, books, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more. Infants through 24 monthsPokémon Club Saturday, September 8, 3 pmJoin other Pokémon lovers to play the game, trade cards and have fun! Grades 1+Minecraft Mondays *RRMonday, September 10, 3:45 pmCome play Minecraft with other enthusiasts.  Grades 1-5.Farmer Minor and DaisyMonday, September 10, 6:30 pmCome meet Farmer Minor and Daisy the famous pot-bellied pig, and learn all about Daisy’s adventures. After the show, meet Daisy and her friends, the pugs! Ages 3+ Art Adventures:Create your own masterpiece in the style of Jackson Pollock *RRTuesday, September 11, 3:45Create your own masterpiece in the style of three celebrated artists and illustrators. We’ll explore different forms of media and techniques to make one of a kind artwork for you to take home.  Grades 1-5Star Mag Wednesday, September 12, 3:45 pm Calling all kid writers and artists! Drop in to help create this magazine written by, for and about kids, and published by the library. Grades K-5R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club: Hello Universe by Erin Estrada *RRFriday, September 14, 3:45 pmJoin us as we make kaleidoscopes and discuss Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelley.  The book tells the story of three very different sixth-graders and the bully who ultimately unites them.  It is a suspenseful, quirky and heartwarming story.  Bring a friend to this great discussion!  Snacks provided. Grades 4-5(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: How To Talk To The Other Side on Sept. 10; Classical Music Concert on Sept. 12In “Community”last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday October 7

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe continue our ongoing discussion on law enforcement reform, as we focus on efforts in Los Angeles and New York. Could some of these measures implemented in those cities also be effective in Baltimore? We’ll ask our experts. Plus, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network on Baltimore politics and law enforcement, including comments by Police Commissioner Kevin Davis on poverty and how it effects crime. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Mass Effects Conversations Were Inspired by Ricky Gervais TV Show

first_imgStay on target The Deadliest Assassins in Video GamesThe Best Buddies In Science Fiction To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first Mass Effect, former Bioware animator Jonathan Cooper tweeted out a few fun facts about the now-classic title. The strangest one being what inspired the game’s iconic over-the-shoulder camera angle used for conversations. It wasn’t a movie or even another video game, but Ricky Gervais’ TV show, Extras. That’s right, Mass Effect was directly inspired by a spin-off of The Office.4. The close over-the-shoulder camera style I used for conversations in Mass Effect was inspired primarily by Ricky Gervais’s The Extras. This is not a joke – that entire series was built on awkward, close conversations. pic.twitter.com/YHHBqnucu7— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017Looking at the pictures Cooper posted in that tweet, one can’t help but laugh. They totally look like shots from Mass Effect!Another interesting fact is that Mass Effect was originally going to have black bars on screen during conversations. This was typical of Bioware games released up until that point. In the end, Cooper and his friends won the “heated argument” and removed the black bars from conversations. This decision was certainly for the best since conversations blend seamlessly with the rest of the game.7. BioWare traditionally used black bars to denote interactive conversations, but we won a heated argument to remove them for Mass Effect to blur the line between interactive dialogue and cutscenes. This allowed us to seamlessly weave interactivity into dramatic cinematic scenes.— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017Cooper finished the thread by talking about lip-synching. Mass Effect was perhaps the first game in history to have fully localized lip-sync in all available languages. This is obviously a detail most wouldn’t know about since they wouldn’t normally play the game in another language. Regardless, this is a nice touch that certainly makes dialogue more authentic no matter what language the user chooses.10. In perhaps a first – Mass Effect had fully localized lip lip-sync in all languages, possible only because the systemic lip-sync was entirely procedurally-generated. (I only learned this after my later Quebec colleagues enthused about the French version).— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017It’s strange to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Mass Effect during the same year EA effectively put the series on ice. Fans have asked (i.e. begged) EA for a remastered trilogy. There are no plans for a current-gen re-release of the beloved franchise, but it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. Let’s keep our fingers crossed EA listens to the people.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Simon and Richter Belmont

first_img ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Who Are They?Castlevania is awesome because it’s about hunting hordes of Halloween monsters on your way to defeat anime Dracula. And you (usually) play as a beefy barbarian Belmont boi wielding a wonderful whip. In the original NES Castlevania you’re Simon Belmont. In the acclaimed Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night, you’re Richter Belmont. And in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate you get to be either one of them.Smash HistoryWhen Konami first decided to play ball with Nintendo, they let Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid join the Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Ultimate, Snake is back but Konami also opened the door to more of its forgotten video game history including Bomberman and most importantly Castlevania. Along with Simon and his Echo Fighter Richter, Castlevania content in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate includes an Alucard Assist Trophy, Dracula Boss fight, Dracula’s Castle stage, and over thirty tracks.What Looks New in Ultimate?Simon and Richter are one of the handful of totally new characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. And after getting some hands-on time with them, they were instant favorites. Forget Sheik’s weak chain from Melee. The Vampire Killer whip has ridiculous range and punishing power. It just feels so good to crack. Even better though is just the sheer variety of ways Belmonts control space from the axe to the cross to the holy water. And any game that lets us chain up Mario and murder him in a coffin is fine by me.Our Hopes?Playing as Simon and Richter Belmont made me realize why I never really enjoyed projectile-heavy characters in Smash. Moves like Fox’s laser and Link’s arrows, while useful, just feel so light and cheap and unsatisfying. But the Belmonts’ kit feels substantive due to its trade-off in speed. When you hit someone with an axe or cross or holy water, they really feel it. And we hope that ends up being a sound strategy in the final game.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Stay on targetcenter_img Simon Lashes Out!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighters: Simon and Richter Belmont.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Viking landers did detect organics on Mars

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Missing piece inspires new look at Mars puzzle Explore further Citation: Viking landers did detect organics on Mars (2011, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-viking-landers-mars.html (PhysOrg.com) — In 1976 the NASA Viking landers took samples of soil on Mars and tested them for signs of organic carbon. A reinterpretation of the results now suggests the samples did contain organic compounds, but the results were not understood because of the strong oxidation effects of perchlorate, a salt now known to be found in Martian soils. More information: Navarro‐González, R., E. Vargas, J. de la Rosa, A. C. Raga, and C. P. McKay (2010), Reanalysis of the Viking results suggests perchlorate and organics at midlatitudes on Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 115, E12010, doi:10.1029/2010JE003599 A boulder-strewn field of red rocks stretches across the horizon in this self-portrait of Viking 2 on Mars’ Utopian Plain. (3 September 1976) Image: NASA © 2010 PhysOrg.com In the Viking tests the Martian soil was heated sufficiently to vaporize organic molecules in the soil and the resultant gases and vapors were analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Chlorohydrocarbons were found at landing site 1 and 2, but they were dismissed at the time as terrestrial contaminants, even though they were not found at the same levels in blank runs. Then, in 2008 the Phoenix lander discovered perchlorate in the Martian arctic soil. Perchlorates are well known as powerful oxidizing compounds that combust organics, but their presence in Martian soils was not suspected in the 1970s.After the Martian soils were found to contain perchlorates, scientists from Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City, and NASA’s Space Science Division at Moffett Field, California, decided to test the soils of the Atacama Desert in Chile, which is considered more like Mars than anywhere else on Earth. The research, reported in the Journal of Geophysical Research, found that when soil samples containing organic carbon were mixed with magnesium perchlorate and then heated, the same kind of combusted chlorohydrocarbons were found as had been detected on Mars by the Viking lander and dismissed as contaminants. Reinterpreting the Viking results in the light of the new findings suggests the samples from landing site 1 contained 1.5 to 6.5 ppm organic carbon, while those from landing site 2 contained 0.7 to 2.6 ppm organic carbon.The presence of organic material does not provide evidence of life or past life on Mars but only of the presence of organic compounds. NASA is now planning a new mission for November 2011 to have another look for organics and other chemicals on Mars in an effort to better understand the chemistry of Martian soils.last_img read more

Releasing Resurgent India

first_imgThe book, launched in the presence of the Minister of Petroleum & Environment Veerappa Moily is an endeavour to discover the true significance of the contributions of Rajiv Gandhi in different areas of national life.Talking about the prime subject of his book, PDT Achary said, ‘Rajiv Gandhi is perhaps one of the most misunderstood prime ministers in Indian history. It is important to first understand the heart and mind of one of the nation’s most influential leaders in order to be able to understand his ambitious policies in their entirety. Rajiv was clearly a man ahead of his time. While we are still living in a time period of five-year plans, his policies envisioned two decades. I hope I have been able to capture the essence of his futuristic vision and provide a balanced perspective of the media trial that he underwent during his tenure.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This book objectively evaluates the contributions made by Rajiv Gandhi towards the nation. The prologue takes us through the major phases in Indian history and highlights the continuity of its cultural and political traditions, beginning from the Indus Valley Civilization to the later part of the 20th century. The epilogue narrates the post-1989 political developments characterized by instability caused by the coming and going of governments in quick succession and the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. It also provides a perspective on his personality and performance and also on the implications of his death for the political future of India.Commenting on the book, Hamid Ansari said, ‘To write about Rajiv Gandhi, a modern Indian and his attempt to give a new thrust to a traditional India, would not have been easy. He had a vision of global peace and was one of the firsts to discuss about nuclear disarmament. I hope this book will be read by all those who are interested in contemporary Indian politics.’last_img read more

Sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong

first_imgPublishers believe pretty faces sell more books. Which is why the author picture on the back cover is paid more attention to at times than the content of a book. Which is not to say Shruti Sharma’s debut novel Abyss to Abyss is not interesting between the covers. It’s a good-hearted story of a girl stuck in a bad marriage who still believes in the power of dreams. Millennium Post had a quick tête-à-tête with Sharma. Read on…This being your debut book, how much of you is in protagonist Ria? Most writers end up making their first book autobiographical. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This book is a work of fiction. But I think there is a little bit of Ria in all of us. Her character is very real, she does stupid things, she has fears like any one of us, she cries, she gets excited,  she has her gloomy moments. At the same time she also embodies someone who has the courage to go  beyond the boundaries, yes she is scared but she challenges herself and dares to explore the unknown which I think is admirable and inspiring.  Ria goes through an arranged marriage and moves to US with a stranger. You live abroad. How prevalent is arranged marriage among NRIs today? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI think it’s very common for guys here to get married to girls from India. In general, it’s so common for professionals here to just fly to India for 15 days, meet girls and then just marry one of them.  I live in Silicon Valley and most Indian girls that I have met here were here because of  arranged marriage. Here is the sad part, not many are happily married. And even more sad? No one talks about it. They choose to live through it because they are scared. And I think a lot of  this is cultural. It’s embedded subconsciously that once you are married you got to make it work…which is twisted because people should not be together if they are not meant to be together.  I am not saying that all the marriages that are arranged are bad, what I am saying is that not very often do the girls (in bad marriages) take a decision of saying ‘You know what I am not going to put up with this crap anymore.’ In this novel, Ria recognises that sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong. And in the end everything turns out just fine and that’s the message I wanted to  convey. That people in bad marriages should not think that it’s the end. Pursue your dreams what may be…The universe guides you.Every character in my book is telling a story and it has a deeper meaning.  Ria seems to be all good. Do you think you could have painted her a little more grey?I think she does a lot of ‘wrong’. She does her fair share of ‘stupid’ things. She kept thinking her husband Jay would change then she chased Tanishq in desperate hope to find love so she wasn’t all that good. I painted her naive, that’s a color too. What prompted you to write a book?I grew up seeing my mom who has authored many books and I always wanted to write one. The timing was just right, professionally I had met all my goals so I thought of pursuing my long time dream of writing a novel. Why an e-book? There are takers for ebooks in the West, in India it is trend yet to catch upPaperback is also available through Amazon , Author House website and Barnes & Noble. Right now my publisher told me that the distribution channels (US based) will be able to sell the books internationally as well. Link: http://amzn.to/1sRRfZ8 What next for you? Plot of the next book in mind?Next book? I have a story in my mind but it’s very embryonic, again it’s going to be the one that can leave some sort of a message in the hearts of those who read the book. Did you have a specific readership in mind when you started writing?Mostly everyone but I think girls, who have been or are going through a rough relationship/ marriage will be able to relate to it. I hope this story can inspire people.last_img read more

Pelicans should move Anthony Davis sooner than later

first_imgGuests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst, Joe Thomas – NFL Analyst and former Browns All-Pro Tackle, Greg Jennings – NFL Analyst and former Packers Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, and Jason McIntyre – FS1 Contributor and founder of The Big Lead Pelicans should move Anthony Davis sooner than laterEvery day the rumbling that Anthony Davis is as good as gone from the Pelicans grow louder, and Colin thinks New Orleans is better off moving him sooner than later.The Pelicans are still in denial that The Brow is leaving, but the track record of stars leaving show they almost always do. The sooner they accept it and move to make a deal they can maximize their leverage and get the most in return like the Pacers did with Paul George. If they wait, they’ll end up getting forced into taking less as the market of potential teams continues to narrow. Also:– Colin’s NFL Week 16 Blazin’ 5 picks– LeBron the most durable pro athlete ever– Brady doesn’t have the horses– Colin’s top 5 QB’s drafted since 2004last_img read more

IATA reveals modest traffic rise

first_img“Demand growth hit a speed bump in November… but with continued modest improvements in economic conditions the outlook remains positive,” IATA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler said. China (+9.3 percent) led the charge, followed by Russia (+9.2 percent), Brazil (+4.5 percent), India (+3.4 percent), Japan (+3.3 percent), Australia (-1 percent) and the U.S. (-1.2 percent). Source = ETB News: P.T. International passenger demand rose 4.8 percent in November, while capacity increased 6.3 percent, compared to the same period in 2012 – with all regions experiencing growth bar Africa. Worldwide capacity expanded by 6.1 percent in November 2013, outpacing demand growth. Total revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose 4.1 percent last November, compared to the previous period in 2012, yet this result was slower than growth figures recorded in October 2013. Domestic travel as a whole observed demand growth of 3.1 percent in November 2013, while capacity rose 5.6 percent – despite these increases, Australian and U.S. domestic traffic declined. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed a temperance in the pace of demand growth during November 2013, however, global aviation’s overall outlook remains positive. Carriers in the Middle East (+9.7 percent) and Latin America (+6.9 percent) witnessed the greatest demand growth during November, followed by Asia Pacific (+5.5 percent), Europe (+4.1 percent) and North America (+1.7 percent).last_img read more

Hilton expands presence in New Zealand

first_imgDoubleTree by Hilton KarakaHilton expands presence in New ZealandSlated to open in 2020, new property will debut in Karaka, 30minutes south of Auckland cityHilton today announced the signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka, adding to DoubleTree by Hilton’s portfolio of 51 properties across Asia Pacific. Under a management agreement with Karaka Hotel Limited, a division of New Zealand Bloodstock, Hilton will manage the 120-room new-build hotel.Located in the beautiful rural town of Karaka, just 30 minutes south from Auckland city, the new DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is part of the famous New Zealand Bloodstock Sales Centre; the country’s largest international thoroughbred auction venue.Construction of the hotel will commence by the third quarter of 2018 and is due for completion by early 2020. The hotel will feature 120 stylish guest rooms, including four spacious suites, a restaurant and bar, fully equipped gym, pool and two meeting rooms. The hotel will also have full access to Karaka Pavilion which encompasses four meeting and event spaces, accommodating events from 12 to 600 people.“We are thrilled to be partnering with Karaka Hotel Limited to bring our world-renowned DoubleTree by Hilton signature welcome to Karaka,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia & Australasia, Hilton. “The addition of DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is a great expansion of the DoubleTree brand in New Zealand and will join three other DoubleTree by Hilton-branded properties across the country including the brand new DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington which will open its doors late June.”Andrew Seabrook, managing director, New Zealand Bloodstock, said, “We are pleased to be working with Hilton to bring the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to our world-class complex in Karaka. Our international clients, globe-trotting tourists, and local travellers alike will be able to take full advantage of our existing facilities including a variety of conference and event spaces, and world-renown thoroughbred auctions, whilst also having the convenience of retreating back to DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka to rest and relax”.Source = Hiltonlast_img read more