Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court order in the Unnao rape case and said the victim and her kin can settle here and his government would treat her as a “daughter of the state”. The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a Lucknow court in Uttar Pradesh to a court in Delhi with directions to hold trial on daily basis and completing it within 45 days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The Supreme Court decision on Unnao rape case is a welcome step. I appeal to the victim, her mother and family members, who have decided to leave Uttar Pradesh as it is unsafe, to settle in Madhya Pradesh. Our government will provide full security to the entire family,” Nath said in a tweet. “We will also provide better treatment to the victim and will take care of her in all aspects, including providing quality education, and ensure she does not face any problem,” Nath added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Nath further said the MP government will take care of their to and fro journey to Delhi for court hearings. “We will take care of her as the daughter of the state,” Nath added. The 19-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar at his residence in 2017, was travelling with her family on July 28 when their car was hit by a speeding truck in the northern state’s Rae Bareli district. Two of her family members were killed in the accident while she and her lawyer were critically injured.
APTN National NewsAn international organization is sounding the alarm about a remote tribe in the jungles of Brazil.The tribe is considered “uncontacted,” meaning they have no contact with anyone in mainstream society.Less than 100 such tribes remain and they are all under threat.Now one of the tribes on the Brazil and Peru border is facing a serious clash from the encroachment of Peruvian industry.Their way of life could soon be wiped out.
OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Real Estate Association cut its sales forecast for this year and next on Monday as it reported slower sales for November in the wake of tighter lending rules that came into force in summer.The industry association now expects home sales this year to slip 0.5% compared with 2011 to about 456,300.That compared with a forecast in September that called for sales this year to rise 1.9% to 466,900 units.CREA also said it now expects sales next year to drop 2% to 447,400 compared with earlier expectations for a drop of 1.9% to 457,800 in 2013.“Annual sales in 2012 reflect a stronger profile prior to recent mortgage rule changes followed by weaker activity following their implementation,” said Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist.“By contrast, forecast sales in 2013 reflect an improvement from levels this summer in the immediate wake of mortgage rule changes. Even so, sales in most provinces next year are expected to remain down from levels posted prior to the most recent changes to mortgage regulations.”Finance Minister Jim Flaherty moved in July to tighten mortgage rules for the fourth time in as many years in order to discourage Canadians from taking on too much debt. Among the changes, Flaherty made mortgage payments more expensive by dropping the maximum amortization period to 25 years.CREA said the average price for 2012 is expected to be $363,900, up 0.3% compared with a September forecast of $365,000, up 0.6%.For 2013, CREA said it expects prices to gain 0.3% to an average $365,100. That compared with earlier expectations of a drop of one tenth of 1% to $364,500 in 2013.The downgrade for the outlook for the year came as home sales edged down 1.7% month over month in November and were back where they stood in August. The decrease followed a drop of about one-tenth of a per cent in September.BMO deputy chief economist Doug Porter said for all the attention it has received, the market’s performance has been far from exciting this year.“It increasingly looks like most major markets are indeed undergoing a policy-induced correction,” Porter wrote in a note to clients.“But, for now, the landing looks to be soft in most cities, with the rather obvious exception of Vancouver.”However, economist David Madani of Capital Economics said the belief that the Canadian market was enjoying a “soft landing” because prices have not fallen sharply was misplaced.“The continued decline in existing home sales support our view that a potentially severe housing correction is underway,” Madani said.“Assuming that sales continue to trend lower heading into next year, then sharper demand and supply imbalances will eventually lead to widespread home price declines. We still think that house prices will decline by 25% over the next year or two.”Actual, or non-seasonally adjusted sales, were down 11.9% from November 2011 while the national average home price in November was $356,687, off 0.8% from November 2011.Sales were down on a year-over-year basis in three of every four local markets in November, including most large urban centres. Calgary stood out as an exception, with sales up 10.6% from a year ago.Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver contributed most to the small decline at the national level.A total of 432,861 homes have traded hands over the MLS system so far this year, down 0.2% from levels reported over the first 11 months of 2011 and 0.8% below the 10-year average for the period.The MLS Home Price Index, which is not affected changes in the mix of sales, showed prices up 3.5% nationally on a year-over-year basis in November.However, it was the seventh consecutive month in which the year-over-year gain shrank and marked the slowest rate of increase since May 2011.The MLS HPI rose fastest in Regina, up 11.6% year over year in November, though down from 13% in October.Among other markets, the HPI was up 4.6% year over year in Toronto, 1.9% in Montreal and 7.1% in Calgary. In Greater Vancouver, the HPI was down 1.7% year over year.
In a bid to stave off southern Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis in a decade, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a $500 million appeal to provide emergency food relief to millions of people in the region facing the prospect of starvation. The $507 million needed to fund close to one million tons of food would be enough to feed 10.2 million people in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland until the next main harvest in March 2003, said WFP, which at present has only one quarter of the supplies needed for the next three months. Launching the appeal at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, WFP Executive Director James T. Morris said that in addition to a drought, a variety of factors ranging from weather conditions to regional economic decline and political issues complicated the situation. “You have this whole panorama of issues coming together to cause this really serious problem, where lots of people are at risk of loss of life over the next several months if the world donor community doesn’t come together and provide relief,” he said. Despite the fact that many donors had already contributed to WFP’s previous appeals, new donations were urgently required, Mr. Morris said, stressing that it was vital to acquire enough supplies before October when the region’s rainy season starts, which make many rural areas inaccessible. “We have time,” the WFP chief said as he urged donors to be generous. “If people respond in the next few weeks, we have time to do our work and save many millions of lives.” Meanwhile in nearby Angola, nearly 1.5 million people were in urgent need of food assistance, according to a new report released today by the WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The ceasefire agreement signed in April between the Angolan Government and the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) revealed the extent of suffering by people trapped in rural areas by the conflict, the UN agencies said. Large numbers of malnourished people have since made their way to reception and transit centres and up to 500,000 are reported to be in a critical nutritional situation. WFP said it planned to help 1.24 million people, including internally displaced persons with insufficient or no access to land, the families of UNITA soldiers, the vulnerable population in previously inaccessible areas and refugees returning to Angola.
The Internet should be “accessible, usable and safe for all,” Nitin Desai, the Special Adviser for the Secretary-General on Internet Governance said at the end of the four-day event in Athens, which dealt with freedom of expression, access, multilingualism, cyber-crime and a host of other issues.“The focus was very much on equity”, he said, referring to the eight main sessions and more than 30 workshops attended by the representatives from Government, information technology firms, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Internet community.“All of these are essentially discussions about equity… an issue of equity of access has developed, which we need to address,” Mr. Desai added, looking ahead to the next Forum that will take place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2007.One of the key issues raised during the four days was the tension between relying on market forces and focusing on the “public good” nature of the Internet, he said. Participants had argued that because the Internet was a medium where innovation took place at the edges, there was a need to keep a structure that allowed innovation without excessive central control, “otherwise,” said Mr. Desai, “the medium will stop developing.”The Forum, which is not a decision-making body, grew out of the 2003 and 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), during which the contentious issue of Internet Governance was one of the most widely debated. As a result, Heads of State and Government asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to set up the Forum.In his speech opening the Forum on Monday, Mr. Annan pointed out that with “more than 1 billion users worldwide and still growing dramatically,” the Internet has “become too important, for almost every country’s economy and administration, for Governments not to take an interest.”
The temporary corridor connecting Schmon Tower to Thistle Complex east will see intermittent closures Thursday and Friday.As part of the Brock LINC project, large steel beams will be moved and installed overtop of the temporary corridor. For safety reasons, the corridor will need to be closed as the work takes place.The walkway will be closed Thursday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 8 a.m. and intermittently throughout the day. On Friday, the corridor will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Project Manager Scott Roper said, as work continues on the atrium structure, occasional closures of the corridor will be required over the next few weeks.Access to the Schmon Tower elevators and stairs will continue to be available through the Learning Commons.
Government bodies treat the ancient pursuit of chess with “contempt” and have no intention of recognising it as a sport, the game’s supremo in England has said.Dominic Lawson, the eminent journalist and author, said the battle to get chess on an equal footing with other sports faces widespread opposition from officials with “no understanding” of the game.He added that rival sporting bodies are trying to scupper attempts to have chess recognised because they don’t want to share funding with it. At the last Chess Olympiad, the game’s most prestigious team event, England finished ninth.”It seems to me that they do not want to open what they see as a Pandora’s box by allowing chess into the arena of recognised sports,” Mr Lawson said.”That is why there has been adamantine resistance.”Critics point out that Sport England recognises darts and snooker, sports that can hardly be said to require great physical exertion. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Show more However, a European Court of Justice ruling expected next month may offer hope.Pressure could be heaped on Sport England to review its list if a long-running case brought by the English Bridge Union rules that the card game is a sport.The case is being watched with interest by the ECF. “People in the sporting bodies are into athletics and physical sports, and when it comes to chess – if they think about it – they look at it with contempt. Rachel Reeves MP, one of the few chess players in ParliamentCredit: LONDON CHESS CLASSIC/LENNART OOTES Lawson, who has been president of the ECF since 2014, has now admitted chess has virtually no chance of achieving the recognition.”I don’t know anyone in Government now who is interested in chess,” he told the British Chess Magazine.”Part of the problem lies in the fact that chess is not perceived as part of British culture. Mr Lawson, a former editor of the Sunday Telegraph, said former Chancellor George Osborne did try at his request to get chess recognised as a sport but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport “dug in their heels”.Now, Mr Lawson said, the opportunity may have been lost.England was once a powerhouse in the game second only to the Soviet Union in the 1980s. But a steady decline has seen the national team fall back in the rankings. It seems to me that they do not want to open what they see as a Pandora’s box by allowing chess into the arena of recognised sportsDominic Lawson Entrants to chess events such as the prestigious London Chess Classic currently have to pay VATCredit:Julian Andrews “They probably have no understanding what professional chess is like and they can’t appreciate it.”Also, to be crude about it, there is a pot of money provided by the Government and certain sports have access to it and they do not want another kind of sport cutting into their share.” American number one Wesley So plays England’s Luke McShaneCredit: LONDON CHESS CLASSIC/LENNART OOTES The English Chess Federation has been campaigning for years on the issue to get chess events made exempt from VAT and compete for Lottery funding.Players currently have to fund training, facilities and travel to international tournaments with no government support.But Sport England, the body responsible for funding, has steadfastly refused to include chess on its list of sanctioned sports arguing the game does not fulfill the physical criteria.
The event, at which The Duke will speak, promises to be a celebration of the outstanding achievements and inspiring spirit of the Invictus Games competitors.After their brief visit back to Sydney, the royal pair will then travel to New Zealand and will be greeted by a haka performed by members of the country’s Defence Force at a welcome ceremony in Wellington. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s much anticipated first overseas tour together is set to take the monarchy to new heights.Their 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand later this month will see the Duke climb Sydney Harbour Bridge with the Australian prime minister.A royal source said it will be “a different kind of visit” to the solo tours the Duke is used to when he was a bachelor. During a packed first overseas tour to the Pacific region, the couple will take part in 76 engagements and meet mental health campaigners, as well as get involved in sporting activities with ambassadors for the This Girl Can campaign.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The trip also coincides with the Duke’s Invictus Games in Sydney. A day before the Paralympics-style championship for injured or sick servicemen and women begins, he will raise the Invictus flag at the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The couple will also go to Taronga Zoo in the city, where they will meet two koalas and their joeys that are part of the zoo’s breeding programme. Prince Harry on a previous trip to Sydney to launch the Invictus Games in June 2017Credit:DAVID MOIR/AFP A royal source said: “It’s the Duchess’s first tour and it’s all quite new and daunting in terms of what she wants to do. Sign up for our newsletter Your Royal Appointment – everything you need to know about the Royal Family, direct to your inbox each week. They will then travel onto Auckland, where they will pay a visit to the North Shore to dedicate a 20-hectare area of native bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.After unveiling the commemorative plaque, the couple will join children from the Trees in Survival group in a “welly-wanging” contest.The unusual sport, in which competitors are required to throw a Wellington boot as far as possible, is believed to have originated from England in the 1970s, but has become popular in countries abroad including New Zealand. Before returning back to the UK, the Duke and Duchess will attend a kiwi breeding programme in Rainbow Springs, where they will have the chance to name two young kiwi chicks that have recently hatched.Throughout the trip, the couple will be accompanied by ten staff, including a hairdresser for the Duchess.The couple will stay at the Governor-General’s residences in Sydney and Wellington, and in a royal villa in Tonga.The details of the tour come a day after a Conservative MP has said that Prince Harry should be made the UK’s ambassador to America to “cut through” US politics.Tom Tugendhat MP told The Atlantic magazine: “You are looking for someone who has cut through into the U.S. political scene. “New Zealand has hosted many, many royal visits and they offered up a number of engagements and the Duchess thought it was all very good.”The couple will leave Australia for Fiji, where they will unveil a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier who lost his life in the 1972 Battle of Mirbat.The Duke will also lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial and meet a number of Fijian war veterans, some of whom served with the British Armed Forces. Today, there are more than 1250 Fijians still serving in the British Army.The Duke and Duchess will then fly to Tonga, where they will visit the oldest secondary school in the Pacific founded by a British missionary in 1866, Tupou College. They will then return back to Sydney for the final day of the Invictus Games, where they will spend the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals, before attending the Closing Ceremony that evening at Qudos Bank Arena.
SINN FÉIN HAS launched its jobs plan which it says will “demonstrate that with the political will the government can deliver 156,000 additional jobs”.Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Peadar Tóibín was joined by party president Gerry Adams TD, deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD and finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD for the launch.Deputy Adams said that the plan has been fully costed and provides a socially responsible way to reduce the deficit and create and retain jobs.At the launch, Deputy Tóibín said: “In the last four years Ireland has shed more jobs than any other western state per capita since the Great Depression”.We have identified €13 billion which can be sourced to create jobs, improve competitiveness and increase productivity. This would be funded from the National Pension Reserve Fund, European Investment Bank, incentivised investment from the private pension sector and we would end the capital spending cuts of this government. He said that an investment of this scale would create about 156,000 jobs and retain up to 15,000 existing jobs.Prioritise investmentIt took six months to produce the proposal, and Sinn Féin said it will prioritise investment to:Revive the sugar beet industry and construct a new bio-refinery plant in the South East with the potential to create 5,000 jobs (€350 million)Invest in the rollout of next generation broadband across the 26 counties. (€2.5 billion)Kick start investment in water infrastructure (€500 million)Proceed with A5 dual carriageway (€400 million)Regenerate the Cork dockland area. (€600 million)Regeneration projects in Limerick and Dublin. (€960 million)It will also build an additional 100 schools and refurbish 75 more over the next three years (€350 million); establish 50 new Primary Health Care Centres (€250 million); and develop an €1billion investment in sustainable wind power and wave energy.Create jobsIn addition to this, Sinn Féin said it will seek to support business to create jobs by:Introducing a job retention scheme to protect 15,000 jobs (€100 million)Delivering value for money and jobs by opening up state procurement to small companies.Giving the option to self-employed people to pay PRSI as it is applied to PAYE employees, in order to receive the same entitlements if they become unemployed.Abolishing upward only rents.Capping utility costs for a period of three years.Examine a temporary rebate on fuel for transport firms.Prioritising prompt payments by ensuring the 15-day rule is adhered to by state agencies.Examining the use of tax credits for sourcing local Irish produced materials.Tackling the costs of doing business on the border, including credit card transaction fees, telecommunication charges and dual tax and payroll systems.Read: Professional job vacancies up 18 per cent in Q3>
Read: Consumer agency wants to make contracts fairer >More: ‘A powerful watchdog with real teeth’ – Ireland to get a new consumer body > Cancellation rights: The Directive provides for an extension of the “cooling-off” period. Under existing legislation, consumers had at least seven days from the date on which they received an online order to cancel the contract and receive a refund without having to give a reason. The new legislation extends this period to 14 days.Right of withdrawal for digital purchases: Consumers who purchase music, films, and books in digital format can avail of the cooling-off period for the first time. However, this will only extend up to the moment the consumer consents to the actual downloading process beginning. Consumers must also be advised in advance as to the compatibility of digital content and any technical restrictions (such as a limit on the consumer’s right to copy the content).Ban on hidden fees and charges: Traders will be obliged to disclose the total cost of a good or service, including any extra fees, before the consumer places an order. Online shoppers will not have to pay charges or additional costs if they were not properly informed about these in advance.Ban on surcharges: Traders will not be permitted to charge card fees that exceed the actual cost of processing a debit or credit card payment. In addition, where the trader operates a hotline, it will no longer be permissible to charge more than the basic telephone rate for calls.Clearer information on the cost of returning unwanted goods: Where consumers avail of the cooling-off period, they must cover the cost of returning the unwanted items. Under the new Directive, traders must clearly inform consumers of this beforehand; otherwise they will have to cover the return costs themselves. If the items are bulky or difficult to transport, the trader must also provide an estimate of return costs in advance so that the consumer can make an informed decision.Ban on pre-ticked boxes: The new Directive bans pre-ticked boxes across the EU. Where consumers wish to avail of additional services offered by a trader (such as insurance or car hire), they must explicitly opt in by selecting the appropriate box. Traders will no longer be permitted to tick these boxes in advance. This aims to ensure that consumers do not unwittingly pay for services that they do not need. NEW LEGISLATION AIMED at protecting consumer rights comes into effect today.It forms part of a board range of reforms implemented by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, to update laws to reflect new trends in retailUnder the European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013, hidden fees and charged will be banned, as well as “pre-ticked boxes” whereby customers are automatically opted-in to certain services.Minister Richard Bruton said that the “rapid growth of online trading poses particular challenges”.“It is important that our laws evolve quickly to provide proper protections for consumers in these arenas,” he said.The Minister added that Irish customers already spend as much as €4 billion each year online.The government outlines the main changes as follows:
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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini expects a challenge from an in-form Arsenal ahead of tonight’s Premier League gameJose Mourinho’s side find themselves eighth in the standings following their disappointing 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday.Meanwhile, Arsenal have gone 19 games without defeat and secured a stunning 4-2 comeback derby win over rivals Tottenham on Sunday.On the back of winning their last three games, confidence will high at Arsenal and Fellaini is aware of the challenge that awaits United.The Belgian scored a stoppage-time winner at Old Trafford in April when the two sides last met.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The demands are the same for both teams,” Fellaini told United Review.“It was a good win [last season]. I think it will be another good game at Old Trafford against good opponents, tough opponents, so I’m looking forward to the match.”It will be a real test to play against a good team who are doing well. It’s a challenge for us as well. I think it will be a great game.“United will have to make do without former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and defender Victor Lindelof due to injuries, while Ashley Young is suspended.Nine other players are doubts for tonight’s game in Manchester, which includes Romelu Lukaku and Luke Shaw.
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling regrets how he won a penalty for the club in Wednesday’s 6-0 thrashing over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions LeagueThe 23-year-old comically fell to the ground while attempting to take a shot at goal with Shakhtar defender Mykola Matviyenko not so much as laying a finger on him.Yet referee Viktor Kassai awarded City a spot-kick, which hat-trick hero Gabriel Jesus slotted home.“I went to chip the ball and I don’t know what happened next,” Sterling told BT, via Sky Sports.“I ended up on the floor and turned around. I don’t think I felt contact, it was just my bad.“I hit the floor and scuffed the floor. Apologies to the ref (Viktor Kassai) and apologies to Shakhtar.”Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Shakhtar boss Paulo Fonseca labelled the referee’s decision to award City that penalty as “ridiculous”.Sterling would later get on the scoresheet himself along with David Silva and Riyad Mahrez to move City three points clear at the top of Group F.Looks like Raheem Sterling took my “be more like Steven Gerrard” advice years ago a little too far here. pic.twitter.com/C1rnvus7fq— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) November 7, 2018
OVIEDO, Fla. (WSVN) — A Central Florida woman is recovering after, officials said, she was bitten by an alligator, Friday afternoon.The reportedly 10-foot long gator bit the 40-year-old woman’s arm as she waded through waist-high water in the Little Big Econ River in Oviedo. Fortunately, the reptile let go of her pretty quickly.One bicyclist from the area said the victim is lucky the attack wasn’t worse. “This is not a body of water that I would go swimming in. Not with gators like this here,” said Bobby Fishbough. “You’re risking your life. You’re taking a big chance because it’s you versus them.”Doctors said the victim suffered serious injuries to her arm but is expected to be OK.Florida Fish and Wildlife officials believe they’ve captured and euthanized the gator responsible for the attack.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army needs to overcome the host of factors that have hindered progress integrating its active and reserve components as a single force, the National Commission on the Future of the Army recommended in its final report Thursday.“The commission believes the Army must fully implement the Total Force policy. It must capitalize on the reserve components to provide not only needed operational capabilities, but also the strategic depth required for future campaigns,” the report states.The commission issued a number of proposals to strengthen the total force, starting with the expansion of multicomponent units that combine members of active and reserve forces. These units allow soldiers to learn how the components can best function together. The Army should establish a pilot program to evaluate the use of multicomponent aviation units, the commission recommended.The panel also calls for the service to install a pilot program to bring the recruiting efforts of the active Army, Army Guard and Army Reserve under one umbrella. The separate programs the Army currently relies on are “inherently inefficient” and force the Army to compete with itself for a diminishing pool of qualified candidates.In line with its calls to strengthen the total force, the commission adjusted the Army’s 2014 aviation restructuring initiative (ARI), which proposed shifting all 192 of the National Guard’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the regular Army. Instead, the Guard should keep four attack battalions — each with 18 Apaches — to maintain cohesion with the active Army. Active forces would form 20 attack battalions, each with 24 Apaches.“There’s no surge capacity under the ARI, because there are no Apaches in either the Guard or Reserve,” said Robert Hale, former Pentagon comptroller and the leader of the panel’s aviation subcommittee.To achieve the Army’s Total Force policy, the Guard needs to retain some Apaches, Hale stressed, reported Stars and Stripes.“The ARI works counter to the ‘One Army’ goal of the commission,” Hale said. “Apaches would be an area under the ARI where there would not be a connective tissue between the regular Army and the Guard … meaning they could train together in peace time and if necessary fight together in war.”
By The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after director Spike Lee, who used his Oscar acceptance speech to urge mobilization for the 2020 election.Trump tweeted Monday that Lee did a “racist hit on your President.” Trump claimed that he had “done more for African Americans” than “almost” any other president.Spike Lee holds up brass knuckles reading “hate” and “love” from his iconic film “Do The Right Thing” as he arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Lee won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay Sunday for his white supremacist drama “BlacKkKlansman,” sharing the award with three co-writers. The film includes footage of Trump after the 2017 violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.Lee did not directly name Trump. He spoke about black history and his family history, saying his grandmother’s mother was a slave, before stressing the presidential election next year.Said Lee: “Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”Trump inflamed racial tensions after a white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, when he said “both sides” were to blame, a comment some saw as a refusal to condemn racism.Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and civil rights activist, was killed, and nearly three dozen others were injured when James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into counter-protesters. Fields claimed he acted in self-defense. A jury convicted him in December of first degree murder and other charges, including aggravated malicious wounding and hit and run.
Virtual reality may have been around for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that the real problems with VR started being worked on and solved. What we are now promised is a truly enjoyable experience wearing a headset that will most likely be branded Facebook and Oculus Rift. But even if that headset turns out to be fantastic, it only solves part of the problem, the other big one is feedback.Virtual reality unlocks freedom of movement by placing displays directly in front of your eyes that react to your motion. You can move around, and with the right equipment even see your own body reacting within a virtual world. However, what we can’t do very well yet is match virtual objects with real-world feedback. For example, if you collide with an object in a virtual world, you don’t feel that collision on your real body.Impacto is attempting to change that by simulating physical impacts using tactile and electrical muscle simulation.Impacto is a research project being carried out by Pedro Lopes, Alexandra Ion, and Patrick Baudisch at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. It works by combining a skin tap with electrical muscle simulation contained in a small wireless device attached to the body. When a virtual hit occurs, the device reacts by physically tapping the skin and enhancing the hit response by stimulating the user’s muscles and forcing the limb back, just as if it had been struck. All this is achieved in just 50ms.The tactile response can be varied by fitting a number of different-shaped tips to the device. The type of feedback the user receives is especially suited to sports, with the Impacto having been tested for boxing, soccer, and baseball so far.While it may seem like quite a limited system, remember this is just a research project and a work in progress, yet they’ve already created a wireless system that can give physical feedback and hooked it into the Unity game engine. Imagine miniaturizing such a device, attaching a number of them to different parts of the body, and you’re well on your way to a virtual reality force feedback suit. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY ImpactoImpactoImpactoImpactoImpactoImpactoImpacto
This week saw the release of Crackdown 3, a game that Xbox One owners have been waiting for since the release of the system. Developers Sumo Digital had lots of big promises for the latest-gen installment in their super-powered open world franchise — most notably a city of New Providence hosted in the cloud that would be fully destructible, allowing players to make their mark in new and hilarious ways. That didn’t really pan out – although the game (which came out last week) is perfectly fine, it sure doesn’t live up to the promises and delays that went into making it.Sometimes delays are necessary — look at Nintendo announcing that Metroid Prime 4 isn’t shaping up like they wanted it to, so they’re spending more time in the kitchen. But sometimes no matter how much polish you use, a turd is still a turd. Here’s a catalog of 11 games that were delayed a long time and still came out disappointing.Gran Turismo 5AdChoices广告Sony’s Gran Turismo racing series have always been famous for incredible attention to detail, with developers traveling to racetracks to record engine noises for every single car in the game. So it’s not surprising that as the game moved to more advanced systems, it took longer and longer to produce each installment. Gran Turismo 4 hit the PS2 in 2005, and prior to that point each game had taken three years or so to drop. But when the PS3 was announced in 2006, one notable absence was a new Turismo. The game was in progress, but a first trailer wasn’t shown until 2009. It finally dropped after a few more delays the next year, but people weren’t happy about the results of five years of work. One of the biggest complaints was that the “1000 cars” in the game were made up of 200 new vehicles and 800 lower-poly PS2 models that had just been upscaled.Black & WhiteAt this point it’s almost a cliche to say that Peter Molyneux over-promises and under-delivers, but back in 1998 we hadn’t learned that lesson. High off of the success of Populous, Molyneux’s Lionhead Studios wanted to push the “god game” into the modern era with a title that let you shepherd a civilization with the help of a massive bestial avatar. The game was advertised to include an adaptive AI like nothing the world had ever seen and fans waited with bated breath for the September 2000 release date. Until Molyneux pushed it to 2001. This is an interesting example because game sites at the time fell for the hype and gave the title solid reviews, only to re-evaluate their ratings a while later when Black & White‘s myriad flaws became more visible.DaikatanaLet’s just get this one out of the way right up top, because it still stands as one of the most over-hyped delayed disappointments in gaming history. After popularizing the FPS genre with Doom and Quake, everybody wanted to see what John Romero would do next. In 1997, he announced Daikatana, a time-traveling first-person shooter with AI companions and 64 different kinds of enemy monsters, all to be developed in seven months to be released for Christmas of that year. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. The game eventually hit stores in 2000 and was a commercial flop, selling just over 40,000 copies in its first year against a prediction of 2,500,000. Yikes.Too HumanSilicon Knights was a studio with problems. The Canadian developers had struck gold with the Legacy of Kain series and followed it up with one of the Gamecube’s few must-play third-party titles in Eternal Darkness. Coming off those highs, it’s not surprising that gamers were hyped for Too Human. The action adventure was originally slated for the PlayStation in 1999, then development shifted to the GameCube and finally the Xbox 360, which the game debuted on in 2008. Nine years in development didn’t do Too Human any favors, as it was panned by critics for being short and sloppy. Even worse, a legal dispute with Epic over the Unreal Engine ended up getting every copy of the game pulled from sale.Duke Nukem ForeverWhen you talk delayed games, Duke Nukem Forever is in a class of its own. 1996’s Duke Nukem 3D was a huge hit and creators 3D Realms immediately started work on a sequel. We’re going to cut to the chase and let you know that Duke Nukem Forever came out in 2011, a whopping 15 years later. The game wasn’t sitting idle all that time, either – 3D Realms went through multiple game engines and dropped several trailers over the years. Eventually they outsourced to Gearbox Software to finish the thing. So did a decade and a half in the oven make for a delicious game? Not really, alas – DNF was clunky, immature and dated and was a critical and commercial failure.SporeWill Wright’s place in the game design pantheon is absolutely undeniable — just the creation of Sim City laid the path for a whole genre, and then he struck gold again with The Sims. So when he announced that his next game was going to let you control an organism from single-celled primitivism to space exploration, people bought in 100 percent. Spore was first announced in 2005, and at that point it had been in development for half a decade. Its original release date was 2007, but it was pushed back a full year. When it finally landed, gamers were frustrated to find that Spore was basically five loosely-connected, shallow minigames without any of the depth and replayability that Wright was famous for.APB: All Points BulletinThe MMORPG craze of the early 2000s led a lot of studios into previously uncharted territory. Creating a fun single-player experience is a lot different than making a persistent world occupied by hundreds of gamers. So when David Jones, one of the brains behind the original Grand Theft Auto games, set out on his own with his new studio Realtime Worlds, the announcement that they’d be creating a cops and robbers online experience called APB was very interesting. Development began in 2005 for Windows and Xbox 360, and in 2008 Jones announced the game would release that same year. That didn’t happen — a beta dropped in 2009, with the final release in summer of 2010. After spending a rumored $100 million, the end product was… not great. A mish-mash of mission-based PvP action, the game barely lasted the year before servers were shutdown and it was bought and relaunched as a free-to-play title.PreyWe’re not talking about the very fun 2017 game here, but rather 2006’s initial entry into the franchise. The late 1990s and early 2000s were the boom period for first-person shooters, with studios competing against each other to bring out the next hot twist on the Doom and Quake formula. id Software veteran Tom Hall left the company to join 3D Realms and brought his ideas for Prey with him, and development of the game began in 1995. Hall left a year later to rejoin John Romero at Ion Storm, but 3D Realms kept on grinding away on Prey, which was intended to feature destructible environments and space-warping portals. After a few years, they put the project on hold until 2001. It finally shipped in 2006, and while reviews were decent there was no denying that those ten years could have been spent better.Mighty No. 9For what seems like years, fans clamored for Capcom to make a new Mega Man game that would take the legendary series’ jumping, blasting, tough as nails gameplay to modern consoles. And then the producer of many of the best MM games, Keiji Inafune, left Capcom to start his own studio and Kickstarted a title that looked like it would do exactly that. Mighty No. 9 was advertised with beautiful, cartoon-quality graphics and fast action, but the project hit numerous roadblocks. The studio tried to crowdfund another game while Mighty was still in development, and the team just couldn’t deliver an experience on par with Capcom’s classics. The final release was ugly, clunky, and disappointed Kickstarter backers who had been waiting nearly three years.Perfect Dark ZeroRare almost single-handedly proved that first-person shooters could work on consoles with GoldenEye on the Nintendo 64, and then followed it up with original IP Perfect Dark to refine on their techniques. That game was also a hit, so the team set to work on a sequel as a launch title for the upcoming GameCube. Then business threw a spanner in the works as Rare was acquired by Microsoft in 2002 and Perfect Dark Zero came with it. They refitted the game to work on the Xbox, but with a new console coming up the decision was made to delay it even more so it could be a launch title for the 360. That didn’t work out well, as the team had to cut a bunch of stuff to make deadlines. The game wasn’t savaged by the press, but general consensus was it wasn’t worth waiting five years for.Aliens: Colonial MarinesOn paper, Aliens: Colonial Marines looked like a can’t-miss. One of the best sci-fi franchises of all times, developed by the brains behind Borderlands. But this game just didn’t come together for a bunch of reasons. The game came together by chance when a Gearbox designer ran into Ridley Scott and used that meeting to pitch to Sega, who had the license. Boasting both a single-player campaign and co-op, Colonial Marines started development in 2007 but didn’t hit retail until 2013. During that time, Gearbox had contracted with a bunch of other studios to work on the game, creating a final product that was inconsistent and super buggy. One minor code error made the game’s alien AI incredibly stupid and unchallenging, and Gearbox also got tons of pushback for faked pre-release screenshots that looked way better than anything in the actual game.More on Geek.com:The Most Exciting Video Games of 2019These Are the Games You Should Check Out in February 201911 Games That Killed the Companies That Made Them Stay on target Review: ‘Crackdown 3’ Is a Terry Crews Xbox SimThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in February 2019
Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more The CX50 integrated ultrasound system, by Philips, provides premium ultrasound image quality for enhanced guidance and confident decisions. It fits seamlessly with Allura Xper cardiovascular X-ray products. The system offers several advantages:• Easy remote operation of ultrasound at the tableside using the Xper module during interventional procedures. • New levels of diagnostic confidence with premium ultrasound imaging side-by-side with X-ray. • Improved workflow efficiency with integrated patient images and data.The CX50 cuts the number of steps during interventional procedures by allowing the physician to control the ultrasound system via the tableside Xper module. Also, it automatically shares patient data between the X-ray system and ultrasound system to speed preparation and eliminate duplication.It captures a broad band of tissue information for exceptional clarity, even on difficult-to-image patients, providing superb high-resolution imaging during demanding interventional procedures. Its specially designed small mobile cart grants easy access in the interventional lab. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field. Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Related Content News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | October 29, 2010 Fully Integrated Ultrasound System in the Interventional Lab
No related posts. Hotel occupancy rates at the end of 2012 were lower than those reported in the same period of 2011, and although industry expectations were for 70 percent room occupancy, businesses fell short, with 65.5 percent occupancy nationwide.These figures come from a survey by the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) of its members, who also reported lower tourism activities in the same period.Like in previous years, most tourists preferred beach hotels, which showed the highest occupancy rates at 84 percent. But in comparison with 2011, this represents a decrease of 13 percentage points (97 percent in 2011).Some 26 percent of the hotels participating in the survey said their tourism activity was lower than last year, and 30.4 percent said they maintained similar numbers, which means that only 39.1 percent of the hotels had better occupancy rates. Facebook Comments