Liberia UN fears need may outstrip relief resources as more people flee

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the fighting between rebels from the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and Government forces – which this week spread from western to central Liberia – has sparked a new wave of displacement that could overcrowd camps and outstrip food supplies.Over the past week, as fighting in the region intensified, residents of Gbarnga, the provincial capital of Bong County and its surrounding areas, have been fleeing southwards to Monrovia and Totota. Others fled towards the town of Ganta on the border with Guinea. The road between Ganta and Gbarnga is now cut off and the UN agencies voiced concern whether food, water, health and medical supplies can be stretched to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing number of internally displaced persons (IDPs).While existing facilities may still be adequate to absorb the new influx, UN aid agencies fear overcrowding in the camps could lead to heightened public health risk, OCHA said. Another critical issue is that food aid stocks are being depleted quickly – a break in the pipeline is anticipated in April for pulses and for cereals in May – unless resources are found to cover the needs ahead of upcoming shipments. read more

UN officials call for more action as southern African crisis enters acute

“Emergencies come and go, but we are now in an acute phase of a chronic problem and the effects of this are going to be with us for generations to come,” said James Morris, the UN Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, who is in the region on an 11-day, four-nation assessment mission along with Ann Veneman, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).”This is not about one issue or one country. Many factors are converging to undermine livelihoods of millions of people in southern Africa,” said Mr. Morris, adding: “The complexity of the situation demands that we must do all we can to help Governments in the region.”The HIV/AIDS-driven aspects of the crisis are now considered so grave that Mr. Morris called 10 UN country representatives in the region to Johannesburg, South Africa, for a special review meeting today to examine current interventions, joint programming, UN reform, and the strategies to address the multiple impacts of the triple threat.”It’s crucial that we reverse the downward spiral on child survival in this region. There are remarkable local initiatives across the region to prevent the spread of AIDS from mother to child,” said Ms. Veneman. “By expanding these successful models we can reduce the number of infants contracting HIV.” She added that treatment for HIV-positive children and adults is a critical element of the regional response. “Keeping more parents alive means fewer children orphaned by AIDS,” she said.Ms. Veneman is the first UNICEF chief to visit Swaziland, the tiny African nation that suffers from of one of the world’s highest HIV prevalence rates, with about 38 per cent of the adult population carrying the virus. After visiting yesterday with children orphaned by the virus – many now caring for frail grandparents or older relatives and unable to attend school – she emphasized the need to focus attention on children, for the benefit of all humankind.Joining the UN leaders in their call for action was Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), who said that over the 20-year span of the AIDS epidemic, it had become clear that an exceptional response is required. “We need to make sure that HIV prevention, food security and HIV treatment are integrated into a comprehensive response. This is the only way to get ahead of the epidemic. We must aim for universal access to HIV prevention and treatment.” read more

Chad insecurity bars UN access to refugee influx from Central African Republic

According to Chadian authorities, 462 CAR families have gathered in the village of Bedakoussang, about 10 kilometres from the border and 35 kilometres from Goré, the main town in southern Chad, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva today.“UNHCR and its partners have been unable to verify their presence, however, because of rebel military activity around the nearby village of Bekan, 10 kilometres from Bedakoussang,” she said. “Chadian authorities reported that an unidentified rebel group attacked Bekan on Sunday.”If confirmed, the new arrivals would bring to more than 7,000 the number of CAR refugees who have arrived in southern Chad since the beginning of the year. Chad is already hosting more than 46,000 CAR refugees in three sites in the south.Since the middle of last year, thousands of people have fled growing insecurity in northern CAR caused by a mixture of armed insurgency against the government, military reprisals against northern villages where the insurgents are thought to be hiding, and widespread banditry.Chadian authorities who have had access to the new refugees report that they began arriving in Bedakoussang at the end of January following fighting in their villages in the Paoua area. Others have been arriving periodically throughout February because of ongoing fighting in CAR.In addition, Chad is hosting more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees from the violence-torn Darfur area in 12 refugee camps in the east. read more

Burnaby Trans Mountain both looking for support in pipeline fight

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Kinder Morgan took its fight with the City of Burnaby, B.C., directly to residents on Friday, the latest salvo in an ongoing feud over the proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline.A letter distributed to residents near the company’s Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby blamed city council for blocking its survey crews from Burnaby Mountain, home to Simon Fraser University and a expansive conservation area.Kinder Morgan’s preferred route through the mountain would avoid residential neighbourhoods, the company told residents.“The ability to route through Burnaby Mountain would avoid several private homeowners and minimize community disruptions,” the letter said.If the company is unable to complete those studies soon, “we may have to pursue our alternate route through city streets.”Crews will conduct survey work in the residential neighbourhood over the next week, it said.“As we have not yet been able to fully explore the Burnaby Mountain route, we need to continue our planning and work for the neighbourhood route as well,” the letter said.“I cannot emphasize strongly enough this is not our preferred option, and we would much prefer to work together with residents in order to minimize impacts.”Kinder Morgan and the city have been in an escalating battle over the $5.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion between the Alberta oilsands and a tanker terminal in Metro Vancouver.The expansion would almost triple the pipeline’s capacity, from 300,000 barrels a day to about 900,000 barrels.Vancouver city council is also opposed to the project but it is particularly controversial in Burnaby, where Kinder Morgan was fined for a 2007 construction accident along the pipeline that rained 230,000 litres of oil down on a neighbourhood.For its part, Burnaby council tried and failed this week to win the support of convention delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities annual meeting on a motion to oppose the pipeline.It was a narrow loss. The resolution was defeated by a margin of 50.7 per cent against and 49.3 per cent in favour, following a debate that touched on issues including the likelihood of an oil tanker spill to the increase in oil-by-rail through the province’s Interior region.Municipal leaders did vote in favour of a Burnaby resolution calling for change to the regulatory hearing process.Under new rules, the National Energy Board has opted against allowing interveners to directly question the company. All comment must be submitted in writing.The dispute has already set the regulatory review for the pipeline back seven months. A final report from the energy board panel to cabinet is now due Jan. 25, 2016.The report could be further delayed, after the NEB dismissed a Kinder Morgan request for the federal regulator to bar the City of Burnaby from blocking survey work on the mountain.Earlier this month Burnaby halted survey crews on the mountain, saying they were cutting down trees and boring large holes in the ground in violation of city bylaws.The city unsuccessfully sought a court injunction but Trans Mountain said it would not resume work until the issue was resolved. It then filed the motion with the regulator.In a decision released Thursday, a board panel found Kinder Morgan was essentially asking them to override the city bylaws.“In the board’s view, this clearly raises a constitutional question,” the panel wrote.The company will have to inform the federal and provincial attorneys general and raise specifically that constitutional question about the regulator’s legal authority, the board saidOn Friday, Kinder Morgan said it had filed the required notice.“We have no intention of resuming invasive work in Burnaby Mountain Conversation Area,” said Trans Mountain spokeswoman Lizette Parsons Bell. by Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2014 2:13 pm MDT Burnaby, Trans Mountain both looking for support in pipeline fight read more

New name new look for Brock athletics and recreation

It’s a new era for athletics and recreation at Brock University.The department that oversees all varsity, club and recreational athletics programming at the University has changed its name to Brock Sports.Director Neil Lumsden made the announcement Wednesday morning, calling it an “exciting time” in Brock’s history.“The essence of who and what we are is really based on sport and activity, so Brock Sports is an exciting new direction for all of us,” he said. The new name and logo follows the merger of the former separate departments of Athletics and Recreation last year.The Brock Badgers name will remain unchanged, but the new Brock Sports title covers all activities that fall under the merged department’s watch such as varsity and club sports, recreational programs, summer camps and community engagement. The recently announced Brock University High Performance Centre will also be part of the Brock Sports portfolio.“It’s a great way to adjust the culture to bring people together in one department,” Lumsden said. “For us it’s about community engagement creating more opportunities.” read more

Alaska man finishes marathons in all 50 states

JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska runner hit a milestone that took him 16 years to reach when he crossed the finish line at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, marathon.The Juneau Empire reports that when Juneau runner John Kern finished the Williams Route 66 Marathon this week, he completed his goal of running a marathon in all 50 states.The retired City and Borough of Juneau Capital Transit superintendent ran his first marathon in 2002.Kern continued running, aiming to qualify to race in the Boston Marathon.That goal led him to seek out races in other states, and a few years later he was at the starting line in Boston.Kern’s next goal was to run 10 marathons in 10 different states, sending him a trajectory to racing in all 50 states.___Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.comThe Associated Press read more

Mens Hockey Romeo continues shutout streak as No 6 Ohio State beats

Senior goalkeeper Sean Romeo (30) makes a save during the first period of Ohio State’s game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State lost 6-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternOhio State redshirt senior Sean Romeo became the first goaltender in school history to record a three-game shutout streak, saving 32 shots in the No. 6 Buckeyes’ (7-3-1, 2-1-0-0 Big Ten) 4-0 win against Wisconsin (5-6-0, 1-2-0-0 Big Ten). The Buckeyes have allowed two goals in their past five games and now have three straight shutouts and lead the NCAA in shutouts with five this season.“I feel good,” Romeo said. “I try not to think about the three in a row, just take it one game at a time. It just goes to show how great our defense is playing in front of us, though. I think we took a big stride tonight, but we still have room to improve.”For Ohio State’s Steve Rohlik, Friday’s win meant a bit more, earning his 100th career win as the head coach of the Buckeyes. “The biggest thing for that is just I’ve been really fortunate to have a lot of great people around me. I think that’s what means the most to me,” Rohlik said. “This isn’t ever a one-guy show. All the players that have been here, the alumni, and obviously the staff that I’ve been fortunate enough to be around, that means the most to me.”Junior forward Tanner Laczynski opened the scoring with a power play goal with under two minutes remaining in the first period. The goal was followed up just over a minute later by another by senior forward Brendon Kearney, his first goal of the season, to give Ohio State the early 2-0 lead.The game was a physical affair that resulted in 12 penalties and 32 penalty minutes. Players were constantly hitting the ice and being slammed into the glass, with Ohio State senior forward Dakota Joshua receiving the brunt of the action when he went sailing over the barrier into Wisconsin’s bench. While a physical game can be exhilarating, Kearney knows that the Buckeyes need to be careful in chippy games like this one.“I mean, yeah, but there’s obviously that line, you know,” Kearney said. “You’ve got to keep that always in the back of your head. Physical games are great and all but at the same time you don’t want to put your team at a disadvantage.” Ohio State was perfect on the penalty kill against the Badgers, improving its season penalty kill percentage to .826. The Buckeyes haven’t allowed a power play goal since they played Bowling Green back on Oct. 27, a series that seemingly has become a turning point in their season.Senior forward Mason Jobst added an additional power play goal early in the second period for his team-leading sixth goal and ninth point of the season. Kearney scored another goal with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game for his second of the night and second this season.Eight Buckeyes scored a point in Friday night’s game, a season high for Ohio State.Ohio State will look for the sweep at the Schottenstein Center with a 5:00 p.m. puck drop on Saturday. read more

Coalition mulls property tax changes

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The single property tax (ENFIA) and the errors it contains are expected to top the agenda of a meeting between Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis and New Democracy lawmakers as the government prepares to make changes to the levy that should ease the burden on thousands of taxpayers.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s adviser Chrysanthos Lazaridis is expected to accompany Hardouvelis at the meeting at the week’s end. It is an indication of the importance that the coalition attaches to the tax in the wake of the errors that were uncovered earlier this month which led to many taxpayers being overcharged.The mistakes prompted concern among New Democracy and PASOK deputies, who feared a backlash from disgruntled constituents. PASOK officials are expected to present Hardouvelis with the party’s recommendations for changes to ENFIA. These include altering the so-called objective values used by tax authorities to calculate how much a property is worth.The junior coalition partner also wants Hardouvelis to decide on the number of installments taxpayers will have to pay the levy.The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) informed the government this week that it could extend the period it has to collect the tax. The government asked ELSTAT if it could allow more time for taxpayers to make their payments without it affecting the coalition’s drive to meet fiscal targets.ELSTAT responded that any revenues collected by March next year would be recorded in this year’s budget. This means the government could allow taxpayers to pay in seven monthly installments rather than four.So far, the government has only given taxpayers an extra month, until the end of September to pay their first installment, with the last having to be paid by the end of the year.The coalition is aiming to collect 2.4 billion euros from ENFIA, down from the 2.65 billion initially calculated. However, the government is considering tweaks that include using two methods to calculate what each taxpayer has to pay and then opting for what produces the lowest amount in each case. This could lead to the total amount that could be collected declining by around 150 million euros.Source: Ekathimerini.last_img read more

En images découverte dune tombe mésoaméricaine vieille de 2700 ans

first_imgEn images : découverte d’une tombe mésoaméricaine vieille de 2700 ansMexique – Des archéologues américains et mexicains ont mis au jour une tombe vieille de 2700 ans dans une pyramide de Chiapa de Corzo au Mexique. Elle pourrait être la plus ancienne sépulture trouvée à ce jour en Méso-Amérique.A l’intérieur de la tombe se trouvait la dépouille d’un individu mort vers l’âge de 50 ans. L’homme, dont le corps avait été paré de plus d’un millier de perles de jade, portait également des boucles d’oreilles, des bracelets ainsi qu’un cache-sexe orné de perles incrustées. Les Aztèques avaient définitivement le souci du détail, puisque même les dents du défunt étaient décorées de jade et d’écaille.Selon les chercheurs, l’homme était sans doute une figure influente, comme un prêtre, ce qui expliquerait cette tenue d’apparat.A côté de lui se trouvaient les ossements d’un enfant ainsi que ceux d’un jeune adulte. Les scientifiques pensent qu’ils auraient pu être sacrifiés. Une sépulture plus petite a également été trouvée près de la première, dans laquelle une femme du même âge reposait.Cette découverte a permis aux chercheurs de réaliser que l’utilisation des pyramides comme lieu funéraire est sans doute une tradition mésoaméricaine plus ancienne que ce qu’ils avaient envisagé auparavant.Pour découvrir les images : 21 mai 2010 à 12:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bernardeschi urges more consistency from Juve teammates

first_imgJuventus forward Federico Bernardeschi has urged his teammates to be more consistent after their victory over Frosinone.The Italian champions defeated Frosinone 2-0 in the Italian league on Sunday courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi to record their sixth consecutive league victory so far.Bernardeschi who scored the second goal during the team’s sixth win of the season has urged his teammates to continue their good form as they seek to make it seven victories out of seven games in the Italian Serie A this season.After scoring the all-important winning goal against Chievo Verona on the opening weekend of the season, Federico has followed it up with impressive performances and a goal tonight means the Italy international has had a very good start to the season.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“I am consistently developing my game,” declared the forward, according to the club’s official website. “I have to continue down this path. There is still so much to do and many goals to be achieved. We must keep winning as we are doing, starting again next Wednesday against Bologna.”On his growing chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardeschi replied:“For me, Cristiano is the best in the world. I’ve always maintained that. He’s a great professional, a great man, and is working hard for this team.”last_img read more

Government to abolish employee shareholder status tax advantages

first_imgAutumn Statement 2016: The tax advantages awarded under employee shareholder status (ESS) will be abolished from December 2016.The tax advantages that are linked to ESS-provided shares will be abolished for arrangements entered into on, or after, 1 December 2016, with the status itself being closed to new arrangements at the next legislative opportunity.The change was announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond today (Wednesday 23 November 2016) in his Autumn Statement speech.The change reflects evidence that suggests the employee shareholder status, also known as shares for rights, was primarily being used as a tax planning vehicle for high-earners, rather than as a way of supporting a more flexible workforce.The ESS was introduced in September 2013 and enables an employee to give up certain employment rights in exchange for shares worth at least £2,000 from their employer or employer’s parent organisation.Under the current arrangement, no tax or national insurance contributions are paid on the first £2,000 of the shares awarded, and no capital gains tax is paid on the first £100,000 of gain in value as long as the shares were worth no more than £50,000 at the time the award was made.Colin Kendon, partner at law firm Bird and Bird, said: “The abolition will leave many [organisations] that do not satisfy the enterprise management incentive (EMI) plan conditions with no government-backed qualifying share plan.“Many of these [organisations] used shares for rights to reward management for genuine commercial growth; [organisations] in this position are likely to use ‘growth share’ arrangements in the future as the next best alternative.”Mark Quinn, head UK talent business at Mercer, added: “It is regrettable that the Chancellor will be removing the tax advantages of ESS. ESS is well regarded and, particularly in young [organisations], viewed as a mechanism for increasing employee engagement by making them shareholders while improving the flexibility of the employment proposition.“Removing the tax advantage will undoubtedly reduce the take-up of such schemes. This runs counter to the government’s stated intention to improve employee representation or engagement as a means of improving corporate governance and with evidence of employee-owned businesses performing more strongly.”Phil Hall, head of public affairs and policy at the Association of Accounting Technicians, said: “The decision to scrap the tax advantages of the employee owner status is long overdue. There are a wide range of successful employee share schemes that do not require the sacrifice of employee rights and these have always been a more appropriate choice. Having highlighted the potential for abuse before they were introduced and continued to do so ever since, it is obviously pleasing that the government have finally listened and taken action.”last_img read more

Technologizers McCracken to Write Tech Column for Timecom

first_imgWhen Technologizer launched in summer 2008, the site partnered with Federated Media as its advertising partner. “I’m also just excited by the opportunity to contribute to Time, a brand which I have a lot of affinity for and which is doing cool stuff on the Web,” McCracken says. It’s been about two years since former PC World top editor Harry McCracken left the magazine, and the print world, behind to launch online tech news and analysis site Technologizer. Now, McCracken is gearing up to expand the Technologizer brand further by writing a weekly column for and contributing to the magazine’s Techland site. His first post, with Technologizer credits and links, is expected sometime this September.“Technologizer’s single biggest challenge is that most of the people in the world who might like it simply don’t know it exists, so I’m excited about the potential to introduce it to the millions of smart people who read,” McCracken says.” My Time pieces will link back to Technologizer, which is a big deal from both a branding and traffic standpoint.”McCracken says his yet unnamed column on will feature original content, not syndicated pieces from Technologizer. He says he will be compensated for his contributions to Time although there is no revenue sharing deal in place.last_img read more

Tubi to stock up on more movies TV series as it expands

first_img Digital Media Tech Industry Internet Services TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 2:33 Share your voice 0 Tubi says it’ll spend over nine figures on content acquisitions.  Tubi Tubi is going bigger and global. The popular free movie-streaming service on Wednesday said it’ll spend over “nine figures” on content acquisitions as it expands internationally. The company’s catalog already includes more than 12,000 movies and television series that anyone can watch free with advertising breaks. As Netflix has transitioned away from licensing a deep catalog of movies in favor of original content, Tubi has stepped into that vacuum — but with an ad-based service instead of one requiring a subscription.  Tags Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now Post a comment “In 2018 we at Tubi saw tremendous growth as consumers, fatigued by SVOD subscriptions and services, sought alternative entertainment choices,” said Farhad Massoudi, CEO of Tubi, in a release. “We will continue to use profits to make bigger bets on content, enhance the viewing experience, and continue to press ahead into new grounds in what is our core advantage: technology and data.”The streaming service, which is available in the US and Canada, will also launch in more countries this year, according to the release. Tubi expects the first expansion to be announced by March.Tubi had record growth over the past year with users watching over four times the amount of content in 2018 than the year before, according to the release. The service especially got a bump after Comcast incorporated Tubi TV into X1, the cable giant’s internet-inclusive channel, in November.Tubi will face plenty of streaming competition in 2019, from already established players like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, as well as from new services. Disney, AT&T and Apple are all expected to launch streaming services in 2019.Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web.What we know about the Disney+: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix. Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

Sophie Turner makes a bold feminist statement while having dinner with Priyanka

first_imgSophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra.TwitterSophie Turner is making the most of her days before her big wedding. The X-Men: Dark Phoenix star has been relaxing and soaking up the French sunshine with fiancé Joe Jonas. She has been relaxing in the French sunshine ahead of her second wedding to Joe Jonas.The Game of Thrones star reportedly made a bold statement with a feminist t-shirt as she left the Crillon le Brave in the Vaucluse after a dinner to celebrate her impending nuptials. Sophie donned could be seen leaving the eatery with her family. She was also joined by sister-in-law Priyanka Chopra who made a statement of her own in a metallic shirt dress.  Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas in a still from SuckerInstagramThe feminist phrase on Sophie’s shirt read: We Should All Be Feminists. The Sansa Stark actress paired the top with high-waisted cream trousers with taupe sunglasses perched on top of her head. While Priyanka Chopra looked gorgeous, showing off a hint of her slender pins. The beauty flaunted her amazing figure in the fitted metallic dress.Joe and Sophie were seen arriving at the Chateau de Tourreau in Sarrians village, where they will reportedly host their wedding reception, according to local media. Us Weekly reported that the actress and singer had settled on Paris, a source spilled: ‘Joe and Sophie want to have a huge party. The decor is going to be sophisticated, but there’ll be some kitschy elements, including a really wild cake…..There’ll be a live band, and the Jonas Brothers are expected to take the stage.’It sounds like Sophie’s second wedding is going to be quite a fun affair.last_img read more

Geekout 14 Kinecting with Xbox One Google Play Edition phones and spa

first_imgEvery Thursday afternoon a few of us from escape our desks, get together, and talk about some of the more exciting points of the week. Welcome to Geekout, Episode 14.One of the big differences between the Xbox One and the PS4 is going to be what is actually in the box when you open it up… and what you’ll be able to do with it. Microsoft’s Kinect is included with every Xbox One, but it’s not going to be quite as hacker friendly as the previous version. Instead Microsoft will be selling PC version of the Kinect, and if you want to get your hands on it early you’ll be spending nearly as much as you would for an Xbox One.Meanwhile, in Sony land, it has been discovered by IGN that the PS4 camera was originally intended to be packaged with the console. This adds further evidence to the notion that Sony’s biggest advantage this year was their ability to listen to their audience and act quickly. The PS4 will not include the camera in the box, unless you go for some sort of bundle.If you’ve been waiting for the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, you can now pick them up from the Google Play store. Based on some preliminary evaluations, it seems like many of the initial concerns about camera quality and overall performance aren’t in any way hindering these handsets. The lag that is often seen with HTC’s BlinkFeed or the TouchWiz UI have been replaced with the buttery smooth Android Open Source Project-based UI that is usually only seen on Nexus devices. We’ll be talking more about these devices in the future, leading to a full compare between the battery life and capabilities of these phones.Whether you’re interested in space because Bill Nye told you so in our App of the Week, or you’ve got a genuine interest in how transactions would happen on-board the International Space Station, we’ve got you covered this week. Paypal has assembled the likes of Buzz Aldrin, the Silicon Valley Space Center, and the Space Tourism Society at the SETI institute recently to talk about Paypal Galactic, an effort to make payments in space possible without having to worry about calling a terrestrial customer service center. If you’re not planning on going to space anytime soon, you can just take a look at Bill Nye the Science Guy on your iPhone or iPad and hang out with him for a while.Our weekly Geekouts happen live over on our Google+ page so if you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on next week’s broadcast, leave us a message over there or right here in the comments.last_img read more

The Most Shameless Food Product Placement in Video Games

first_img Staring at Seagulls May Help Avoid Food TheftWe Now Know the DNA of Guacamole If we had our way, we’d do nothing but play video games all day every day. But eventually those pesky bodily needs get in the way, and we have to stop to do things like “sleep” and “eat” and “apply bandages.” But don’t get us wrong. Food is great, too. If only there was a way to make the game-to-food transition easier. What if the games themselves let us know about delicious food worth putting the controller down for?Thanks to the crushing, blood-soaked gears of capitalism, there’s a chance that games you pay money for will still blast you with ads for other products, including food. There’s nothing wrong with games about food. Cooking Mama is a wonderful woman and Iron Chef makes perfect sense as a video game. We’re talking about games chock full of egregious branding that just happens to be for food. Here are the most shameless examples of food product placement in video games.Final Fantasy XV: Cup NoodlesThe most recent and arguably hilarious example, Final Fantasy XV is a massive, sprawling JRPG that took a decade to make and still released a little unfinished. Square Enix hasn’t been shy about how much money the game needs to make to earn back its development costs. To help ease the burden, as well as make the game’s “realistic fantasy” vibe more believable, Noctis and the gang use real-world brands throughout their adventures like Coleman camping equipment and Cup Noodles. In fact, the game stops dead in its tracks for the characters to basically read a commercial about how delicious Cup Noodles are. I don’t know about the rest of you, but that’s my fantasy right there.Darkened Skye: The Skittles GameDarkened Skye is an insidious bit of product placement disguised as a game. At first, it just seems like a ho-hum, fantasy, action-adventure game. “Tomb Raider-style adventure with Magic” is what it says on the box. But as you play, you realize that all of your magic, from flying to shielding yourself to shooting fireballs to calling down bolts of lightning, is powered by good old-fashioned Skittles™ candy. Those sneaky marketing hacks!Yo! NoidYo! Noid is the Power Rangers or Super Mario Bros. 2 of shameless food promotion video games. In 1990, Capcom, Now Production, and the self-deprecating pizza chain Domino’s took the unsuspecting NES platformer Kamen no Ninja Hanamaru and swapped out the main character with the infamous pizza thief The Noid. We all know we’re supposed to avoid the Noid, but here we must become him to save New York City from green slime or something.Doritos: Dash of DestructionDoritos, Mountain Dew, and Taco Bell form the holy trinity of gamer grub. Just ask Geoff Keighley. So a Doritos video game was as inevitable as the heat death of the universe. In Dash of Destruction, players control a Doritos delivery truck providing precious nacho cheesy chips to the masses as fast as possible while avoiding a deadly T-Rex. This concept, by Mike Borland, was the winning entry in a Doritos contest to design an Xbox 360 game. If you’re going to make a playable ad, you might as well crowdsource it.Sneak KingThe King from Burger King is the best, creepiest humanoid fast food mascot since Mac Tonight or the sexy new Hamburglar. In 2006 he appeared in a trio of branded Burger King games for the Xbox and Xbox 360. PocketBike Racer and Big Bumpin’ were generic racing and bumper car games, respectively. Sneak King, however, is a game of the year candidate. In this stealth game, players control the King to sneak up on hungry, unsuspecting citizens and give them Whoppers. Imagine a remake of this running on the Fox Engine, the technology behind Metal Gear Solid V.M. C. KidsEven without its magnificent Moon Man, McDonald’s has a good amount of lore worth exploring in a video game. M. C. Kids is a 1992 NES platformer where two cool kids travel to McDonaldland to retrieve Ronald McDonald’s magic bag. Aside from prominent burgers and fries, that’s not too different from your average game. Later that year, the game got a different junk food brand in Europe when it became Spot: The Cool Adventure. You know, Cool Spot, the 7 Up mascot.Major League Eating: The GameThis downloadable WiiWare game isn’t branded with specific food. It’s branded with the idea of eating as much food as possible for money and glory. Players control real-life professional eaters like Takeru Kobayashi, Joey Chestnut, Sonya Thomas, and a bear with fighting game-like controls. It’s the perfect practice for the single-player competitive eating we all do every day. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Another textile firm closes in Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. Textile company BorKar announced on Tuesday the closing of its entire operation in Costa Rica, following the path of many other firms in the sector. In the past four years, thousands of textile jobs have disappeared in the country.The firm’s owner, Michael Borg, told reporters that the last 300 employees of a company that once counted as many as 1,100 workers will be laid off on Tuesday.A group of former employees started a new self-managed company, Coopetrajes del Poás, that will rent BorKar’s current facilities to move forward with a smaller operation.This new closure follows that of Confecciones Jinete, a U.S. firm, which in January announced it would leave the country and eliminate 500 jobs.During the worst period for textile companies here, in 2009, 10 companies closed. Since then, the trend has continued, with Cimer, manufacturer of Dockers and Levi’s, closing in 2010, and Compañía Textil Centroamericana in 2012.The decline took a noticeable toll on textile exports, which dropped from $700 million in 2000 to some $200 million in 2012, according to official figures. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Probe into sexual harassment allegations against D

first_imgProbe into sexual harassment allegations against Dutoit inconclusive: orchestra by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2018 9:01 am PDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – An internal investigation by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra into sexual harassment allegations against prominent conductor Charles Dutoit has proven inconclusive, the orchestra announced.The orchestra launched the probe into alleged workplace harassment last December after receiving a complaint against the Swiss-born Dutoit, who was the orchestra’s artistic director from 1977 to 2002.During the course of the investigation, a second sexual harassment complaint was lodged against Dutoit, the orchestra said.But after having met with both unnamed complainants “on several occasions,” the independent expert concluded that “the process did not yield sufficient information in relation to allegations of sexual harassment,” the orchestra said in a news release.In light of the investigation, “the two plaintiffs did not wish to follow up on their grievances and did not consider it opportune to provide formal declarations with respect to these allegations,” the statement continued.The probe concluded in mid-October.“We sincerely empathize with the two plaintiffs who decided, for reasons entirely their own, not to follow up on their complaints in the context of this investigation,” said Madeleine Careau, the orchestra’s CEO. “We respect their personal choice.”Several women told The Associated Press in January that Dutoit assaulted them in the United States, France and Canada between 1985 and 2010. The 82-year-old Grammy-winning conductor has emphatically denied the allegations, which have not been proven in court.Other musicians told Montreal media outlets La Presse and Le Devoir that Charles Dutoit would repeatedly insult, humiliate and verbally lash out at musicians when he was the orchestra’s artistic director.Following the investigation, the orchestra has agreed to tighten and broaden its workplace harassment policy in response to the expert’s recommendations.The proposed policy will explicitly cover all musicians and invited artists, as well as office staff, during and outside normal working hours.The organization will also launch a series of anti-harassment workshops and activities beginning next spring.The new policy is being discussed with the province’s professional musicians’ guild before it is submitted for adoption.center_img World-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia on October 19, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alex Brandon last_img read more

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“The Board of Management at its emergency meeting of 31st May, Full on espionage?" said his mother, 2017Congratulations Cristiano and Georgina. On how to avoid contacting Lassa fever, Public are also advised to suspect Lassa fever in persons with the above symptoms. Ariz. and James Hess superintendent of Bemidji Area SchoolsWith this vote Brenner is the finalist with whom the board wishes to enter into contract negotiations"We have a very strong candidate and I fully anticipate that we will come to agreement" on the contract which will be negotiated in the next several weeks School Board President Doug Carpenter saidSeveral board members said they received many emails and phone calls in support of BrennerMeegen Sande said although she received some negative emails "I received far more positive emails about Dr Brenner"Cynthia Shabb said that of the three finalists who were interviewed by the School Board "Dr Brenner definitely shined (because of) his professionalism his entrance plan communication style"He’s a hard worker and he collaborates to a certain point" Shabb saidEric Lunn said "Unfortunately for this school district there is no ideal candidate no perfect candidate out there""I’d like to quash a rumor" Lunn said "This was no pre-baked deal If we felt we didn’t have the candidate we’d say ‘Let’s start over’ "Others agreedMatt Spivey said that "if the right candidate wasn’t here I was comfortable" with not selecting the superintendent at Monday’s meetingSande said "I in no way came into this thinking we should go with an internal candidate"Further she said "I got negative emails and calls about all the candidates It would be hard to find someone who somewhere down the line hasn’t made people really mad That comes with being a leader"Spivey said in the interviews with the finalists he "wanted to be wowed impressed excited"It was obvious from the interview that Dr Brenner was excited about education and is vested in the district and the community" he said "I truly believe Dr Brenner is the best candidate" Spivey said "I was wowed by the overwhelming information I got from the district . I felt there was a lot of support for Dr Brenner"Carpenter said that "in my opinion Dr Brenner stood a head above all of the other candidates that we talked to He answered the questions much better than the others Dr Brenner does have a vision"Across the board I received many more comments that were positive (about Brenner) from teachers students and others"Dachtler said when asking Brenner about "what ideal equity would look like he didn’t give me an answer He kind of fished for what I wanted to hear""I still believe an outside candidate would be best for moving the district forward" she said "I do not feel confident petitioning for any of the finalists"Dachtler said the finalists were "not the right ones at this time" and recommended that the board consider hiring an interim superintendent to give the board time to look for other candidatesLunn said the School Board has the authority to fire the superintendent if that person’s "performance is not what we want We’re not ‘stuck’ with someone for eight to 10 years"Finalists were interviewed by the School Board and questioned in public forums last week Each also met with groups representing district staff members students and community leaders last weekInput from those forums were given to the board before each finalist’s formal interview with the boardIn other news the School Board heard a report about the district’s policy concerning low or negative meal accounts from Emily Karel director of the Child Nutrition ProgramThe board decided against approving changes in the policy until its March meetingC. but that’s the democratic way.- – -WP:?

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” he added. “We must be reading our security reports, was almost derailed because of his leadership style. there can never be an excuse for violence or people taking the law into their own hands. the countys public broadcaster, 35 percent of employees are refusing to take any holiday. read more