first_imgFour wines received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines at a ceremony at Government House in Halifax, today, July 20. The award, established by former Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant in 2014, recognizes the exceptional quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the dedication and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s wine industry. Through blind tastings an independent panel of experts chose the following wines, in alphabetical order, as the best among the wines submitted: “I am delighted that this award recognizes the wonderful wines that are being produced in our province,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “The many quality submissions from wineries is a testament to how far this industry has advanced in a relatively short time and I offer my sincere thanks to the wineries who submitted their wines for judging and I extend my congratulations to the award-winning wineries.” Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia members were invited to submit up to three commercially available grape wines with 100 per cent Nova Scotia content. “Nova Scotia’s farmers and fishers are the heart and foundation of our culinary heritage,” said Emily Haynes, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia. “The growth, innovation and opportunities demonstrated by our local grape growers and winemakers helps define us as a culinary tourism destination.The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines recognizes the significance and contribution of the wine industry to our province.” “Year after year, the winemakers in Nova Scotia continue to raise the bar with the wines that they are producing.” said Gillian Mainguy, executive director of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “The association and its members are very honoured that the lieutenant-governor has continued this prestigious award and continues to sing the praises of the wines of Nova Scotia.” The award ceremony included the presentation of a certificate and the Wine Award Gold Medal to each winning winery. Domaine de Grand Pré, Grand Pré – Muscat Icewine, 2016 Domaine de Grand Pré, Grand Pré – Riesling, 2016 Luckett Vineyards, Wolfville – Black Cab Mercator Vineyards, Wolfville – Mercator Sauvage, 2015last_img read more

first_imgCritics are warning that a proposed bylaw targeting bullies in Whitehorse could lead to racial profiling and infringe on free expression rights.It’s a quandary that has plagued several jurisdictions that try to proactively stem bullying through legislation before the problem crosses a criminal line.Russell Knutson, chair of the Yukon Human Rights Commission, said the proposed bylaw appears to trample on both the Constitution and the Canadian Human Rights Act.“If a bully is defined too broadly and the powers of discretion that are in the hands of enforcement officers are too broad, then you set yourself up for the potential of conflict,” Knutson said.The first draft of the bylaw defined bullying behaviour as repeated behaviour intended to cause, or that should have been known to cause, fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other forms of harm to another person. It also included creating a negative environment and objectionable or inappropriate comments, but excluded “nuisance behaviours.”Beyond that, it grants an enforcement officer the power to require a person suspected of bullying to produce identification.Knutson said the practice of random identification checks, or “carding,” can lead to racial discrimination because visible minorities are often confronted more often by enforcement officers. Yukon’s large Indigenous population could be vulnerable to discrimination if the bylaw officer has a bias, he said.“The likelihood that they will be the primary target is very high, so in that sense, the carding or the racial profiling would probably develop just by sheer numbers,” Knutson said.Knutson said he has sympathy for any bus drivers and other city staff whose complaints must have led to the proposed legislation. But he said the fix should come from elsewhere.“You can’t deal with a bully through legislation. You need to rely on education and reform, because the roots of the problem are so deep,” Knutson.The staff report says groups like the Anti-Poverty Coalition and Bringing Youth Towards Equality felt the bylaw criminalized the bully. It also said those consulted supported an approach that treats both bully and victim, offering third-party programs and social services to address underlying issues.Myles Dolphin, manager of strategic communications for Whitehorse, said no city staff or council members were available to comment before the bylaw goes to council Monday.Other jurisdictions have also adopted, amended and dropped anti-bullying legislation.Sgt. Kelly Kokesch of Grand Prairie Enforcement Services said the broad definition of bullying in that Alberta town actually means officers enforce the bylaw less often.“It is a difficult bylaw to enforce, just because of the definition of bullying or what people consider to be bullying. It’s all up to interpretation, so it has to be a very blatant action,” he said.But he said the threat of a fine can be a useful tool in convincing someone to curb their bad behaviour.“We rarely use the legislation or charge anybody, but we do use it as leverage when we’re educating people and trying to diffuse a situation,” he said.Kokesch said he’s aware of one conviction under the bylaw, since it was adopted in 2003.Other communities in Alberta with bylaws that address bullying include Edmonton, Consort and Rocky Mountain House.In Regina, there were no convictions in the first nine years after a bully bylaw was introduced, until two high school students were charged in 2015 after taking a video of another student with Down syndrome while he was dressing for gym class.Councils in both Halifax and Saskatoon have considered adopting anti-bullying bylaws, but declined.last_img read more

“For every person who reaches Europe, several others have never made it,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa told the Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development taking place in Rabat, Morocco.“Europe will never see the untold numbers who die in the Sahara, who are left penniless in transit countries for from home, who drown when their dilapidated boats capsize, or who waste their lives in North African prisons,” he added, calling for the adoption of an ‘irregular migration pact’ to block smuggling routes, improve information sharing among law enforcement officials and raise awareness of the dangers of migrant smuggling. “Irregular migration is mostly profiting criminals at the expense of people’s lives and dreams, and giving legal migration a bad name,” he noted.To stem the flow of irregular migrants from Africa to Europe, Mr. Costa underlined the need to address some of the root causes of why people are risking this exodus in the first place – factors like underdevelopment, crime and corruption. To combat the smuggling, he urged States to ratify the UN Protocol Against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air.UNODC estimates that some 200,000 Africans attempt to enter Europe clandestinely every year. Recent high-profile incidents include migrants coming ashore in the Canary Islands, Malta and the Pelagi Islands in the Mediterranean, or trying to enter Europe via the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Mellila in Morocco. read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share19 Tweet Email THE TRIAL OF former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick today became the longest-running criminal trial in the history of the State.It is the prosecution’s case that multi-million euro loans taken out by FitzPatrick (68) and his family were “artificially reduced” for a period of two weeks around the bank’s financial end of year statement by short-term loans from other sources, including Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS).The jury has been told that the case is about the alleged failure by the bank’s former chairman to disclose the extent of these loans to the bank’s auditors in the years 2002 to 2007. Mr FitzPatrick has denied all charges.Today the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court entered its 90th day, making it longer than any other criminal trial ever.The trial began last September and was due to end by Christmas but was delayed by weeks of legal argument over certain issues.Last week Judge John Aylmer told the jurors that they should not be embarrassed if they felt tired and needed a break. He told them that the evidence during the trial was at times “tedious”.Today Bernard Condon SC, defending, finished his cross-examination of Vincent Bergin, a partner with audit firm EY (previously Ernst & Young) who led the audit of Anglo for the years 2005 to 2008.Mr Condon has told the jury that the statement of Mr Bergin was produced by a process of coaching and “cross-contamination” using processes ruled by the court as “unlawful”.Judge Aylmer told the jury that a legal issue had arisen and that it would take nearly two weeks to deal with. He asked the jury to return to court for 13 March to continue hearing evidence.He also told them that it was no longer the case that the trial would finish by the end of March, as the jury had been previously told. He said it is now estimated the trial will run into April.The jury forewoman told the judge that members of the jury had commitments and holidays booked from 3 April to 24 April.Mr FitzPatrick of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act. These include 22 charges of making a misleading, false or deceptive statement to auditors and five charges of furnishing false information in the years 2002 to 2007. The trial continues.Read: Gardaí have never investigated a State official shredding Seán FitzPatrick documents By Declan Brennan Feb 28th 2017, 6:13 PM Former Anglo chairman’s trial is now the longest-running criminal case in Irish history It entered its 90th day today. Image: Leah Farrell/ 12,058 Views Image: Leah Farrell/ No Comments Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 6:13 PMlast_img read more

first_imgNo evidence of engine failure in crash that killed pilot and seven-year-old boy Kacper Kacprzak (7) and Neil Bowditch (47) died in the accident. Neil Bowditch and seven-year-old Kacper Kacprzak. Monday 11 Jun 2018, 9:41 PM 39,188 Views Short URL By Paul Hosford 27 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Neil Bowditch and seven-year-old Kacper Kacprzak. Image: Go Fund Me Share141 Tweet Email1 A PRELIMINARY REPORT into a plane crash in Offaly that claimed the lives of a seven-year-old and a 47-year-old pilot has found no evidence that the engine failed.The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) preliminary report into the fatal crash was released today.Kacper Kacprzak (7) was a first class pupil in Scoil an Chroí Ró Naofa Íosa in Huntstown in Dublin.He died in the crash which took place after 16 parachutists from the Irish Parachute Club successfully made a jump after taking off from Clonbullogue Airfield last month.The young boy’s father Kris was one of the skydivers who jumped from the aircraft.The pilot of the plane Neil Bowditch, known as Billy to the club’s members, also died in the crash after the aircraft plunged from the sky into a boggy area near Clonbullogue.The report found that while examination of the Aircraft Data Acquisition System (ADAS) was ongoing, the engine was providing power until the end of the flight.“The data indicates that the engine was providing power to the propeller until the end of the data recording.”The investigation has interviewed a number of witnesses, with three being around 750 metres away.“The Investigation interviewed a number of witnesses. Two witnesses (Witness A and Witness B) were situated approximately 750 m to the south of the accident site at the time of the accident. Witness A described hearing the aircraft pass overhead, before seeing it flying “sideways” and that it was “low down”. The witness indicated that the aircraft was on its left side and that it was travelling approximately northwards at the time. Witness A said that he and Witness B looked away momentarily and when they looked back, the aircraft was gone.“He said that as he moved away from where they were standing, he met another person (Witness C) who said that “the plane’s gone down”. Witness B then assisted Witness C with contacting the emergency services, via mobile phone.”Witness C said that they saw the aircraft coming straight down, nose first, before it disappeared below a line of trees, followed by a “thump”.A full report will be delivered at a later date and the investigation is ongoing. Jun 11th 2018, 9:41 PM Image: Go Fund Melast_img read more

first_imgThere are over 44 million donkeys worldwide and many are suffering unimaginable abuse and neglect in the hands of their owners.Unfortunately, a worryingly increasing number of such incidents has reportedly been linked to one of Greece’s most beautiful islands, Santorini.Islanders have been using donkeys and mules as taxis for decades if not longer, as the caldera perched town of Thira is not easily approachable from the port.Even though there is a double direction asphalted road for buses and cars, it is often congested with traffic whereas the picturesque ride on the cobblestone alternative is more popular amongst visitors.With the unprecedented increase in tourist arrivals on the island over the past two years, so have increased cases of animal neglect and abuse. Voted the world’s number one popular island destination for 2017, Santorini’s success surpasses the municipal authorities’ ability to manage the tourist intake during peak periods.Even though the port of Santorini put a limit on the visitors allowed on the island each day, that number is still too high to manage, especially when it comes to transportation.Photo: Caters News.For this year the Cycladic destination culled the number of cruise ships that can land and disembark passengers limiting visitors to 8,000 per day, down from over 12,000 in 2017 and 70,000 people in 2016.Those day trips to the island have been the residents’ main source of income, with most cruise ships coming from the U.S., the U.K. and Russia.Constant flow of people sees donkey ride demand sky-rocketChristina Kaloudi, the founder of the Santorini Animal Welfare Association, said: “Donkeys are pretty much in work [all] year round. They are made to work in terrible conditions without adequate water, shelter or rest, and then I find them tied outside my shelter, barely alive.”According to Kaloudi, during the summertime and especially in peak season, donkeys might make four or five journeys going up more than 500 steps from where the boats land, bringing tourists onto the island, to the main town of Fira.“Over the years, as the weight of tourists has risen, the number of donkeys getting hurt has risen too,” Kaloudi said.Photo: Caters NewsMeanwhile, a spokesperson for the charity Help the Santorini Donkeys complained to several media outlets that “obese and overweight tourists combined with the lack of shade and water, heat and cobbled steps is what’s causing such a problem.“There should be a weight restriction. With donkeys it should be no more than eight stone, but how would that be imposed? It’s recommended animals carry no more than 20 percent of their body weight.”As a result, some opportunists who jumped into the donkey and mule breeding industry as a means to increase their profit have now resort to using cross-bred mules,” as the donkeys just aren’t strong enough”.Mules have the capacity to bear a larger weight, however, campaigners insist that the weight they are being asked to carry up steep hills under the scorching sun is “torture”.Last week a shocking video showing men that profit from donkey rides attack a peaceful protest by animal welfare activists went viral.In the video posted last Friday, the men verbally harass and seriously injure three women.Konstantina Lyrou, a witness that recorded the incident said that one of the activists was a 15-year-old girl. The men are documented throwing the women’s belongings off the cliff, punching one and dragging another until her shoulder is dislocated. International animal welfare organisation The Donkey Sanctuary has also visited the picturesque island documenting several cases of mistreated donkeys and mules due to lack of food and water, lack of rest, abuse, and injuries due to the weight and the ill-fitting saddles.The organisation sent out a team of members to investigate the animals’ well-being and prepare a report while they also plan to demand that the Greek government takes action to ensure better conditions for the poor critters.“Everything increases, including the volume of trash and water consumption,” Santorini Mayor Nikos Zorzos confirmed. “Over-exploitation will lead to environmental impoverishment, and the waste of natural resources will sap the island’s attraction.“No more hotels, no more cars,” added Zorzos, who has appealed to the government to take measures to curb development on the island.Watch a video documenting the conditions below: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramcenter_img Αυτό είναι το Κρατος και η Παιδεία τους..Αισχος και ντροπή…#santorinidonkeys #humanabuse #animalabuse #donkeysPosted by Konstantina Lyrou on Friday, July 27, 2018last_img read more

first_imgThe responses of three major stakeholders to the New League Working Group (NLWG) report and recommendations, delivered to the FFA last Sunday, indicates that consensus is still some way off on the alternative model for the professional leagues: A-League, W-League and Y-League.Whilst all agree that a new model is required, a final form has yet to be agreed to and as a result, the NLWG has extended the time frame for formalising the model to 31 June, 2019.The FFA released the NLWG report last Tuesday and it contained the following five key principles:* That a new and separate professional leagues entity must have in regard to the best interests of Australian football as a whole;* The new League’s entity would be responsible for the professional football leagues including, but not limited to, the A-League, W-League and Y-League;* The new entity would be autonomous and separate from Football Federation Australia (FFA);* The League’s entity would offer the clubs greater responsibility and encouragement to invest in order to commercialise and to grow the professional game as a part of and for the benefit of Australian football; and* The new League’s entity should foster the development of the leagues and, through the leagues, football in Australia by providing the pathway for Australian footballers to an elite level and, ultimately, Australian national teams.The NLWG acknowledged that more time was needed for the various stakeholders to negotiate and work out the detail of “legal, commercial and regulatory arrangements needed to put these principles into effect.”The positions of the various stakeholders around some of these issues have come to light in response to the FFA’s release of the NLWG report on Tuesday. In response, the Member State Federations released a nine page document outlining their Professional League Principles under the over-arching vision which it calls “the Good of the Australian Game.”READ MORE: How an Independent A-League will affect clubs like South MelbourneThe Member Federations go on to “acknowledge the benefits of an entity dedicated solely to the governance, operation and commercialisation of the professional leagues, so long as that entity is wholly integrated, duty-bound and equally committed with all stakeholders to developing Australian football as its core purpose and objective.”However, even though there is support for the new entity, which they name League Co, as an independent and self governing organisation, they tellingly advocate the inclusion of FFA as a majority membership stakeholder with an entitlement to proceeds from sale or commercial gain arising from League Co assets. They also advocate that FFA is to have representation on the governing board of the League Co and its committees and working groups.In contrast, the A-League clubs responded to the NLWG report with another forceful warning about the precarious state of the professional game and the need to establish an independent Professional League structure, although he was short on detail as to what this looks like other than to imply that those who invest the most (club owners) should be the ones who manage the entity.“The message from the broadcaster and sponsors is clear,” Lederer said.“Our league needs to be immediately turned around and put on a growth trajectory, together with the W and Y Leagues. They must be invested in now.“The message from the A-League clubs also needs to be clearly understood. The professional game must be transformed now in order to make it something that can be invested in.“The clubs are the only investors ready to provide the capital required to see our domestic elite professional game flourish.“Combined, the clubs will lose more than $25m this year and we and the game will have little to show for it.“If we are to turn the professional game around and fulfil its potential, the clubs will need to invest more than $120m over the next four years. Only in that way can the value of the league’s broadcast rights be maintained or grown at the end of the current cycle.READ MORE: All About A-League and a whole lot more“We cannot be expected to continue to financially prop up something that we do not own and that is managed by a third party that is failing to perform.“The FFA and the stakeholders of the Australian game need to decide, and do so quickly. Do you want a domestic professional competition that maintains us as an advancing football nation? Or in four years’ time do you want to go back to the days when our elite player pathway was based entirely overseas?“That is the decision to be made in the coming weeks. The game is at a critical decision point and the clock is ticking.”Finally, the PFA ( Professional Footballers Association) CEO, John Didulica has urged the various stakeholders to work towards a compromise to avoid gridlock, urging them to consider an independent model similar to the AFL Commission, governed by a diverse board whose members provide diverse skill sets, ethnic and gender backgrounds.“The challenge is to find the right checks and balances to make sure the clubs can’t run a league in an unadulterated way working outside the interests of the broader game,” Didulica said. “That can be achieved through a number of means. If you look at an independent commission running the competition making sure that what they’re imposing on the clubs in terms of licensing, in terms of management, in terms of finding that harmony between national teams and clubs is always achieving the right balance. That’s where an independent commission.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe Xbox One has enjoyed a pretty decent year so far with the release of Quantum Break, ReCore, and Forza Horizon 3. While only the latter of those has met with critical and commercial success, the company is today releasing a title that is sure to be a hit and may even help push some consoles out of the door. What game is that? It’s Gears of War 4, of course.It has been a few years since we’ve gotten a new, main-line Gears game (sorry, Judgement) and the excitement for this title is understandably high. Pure cover-based shooters are a rare thing these days so it is refreshing to have a game that goes back to basics. Even though Gears of War 4 will deliver the sort of experience that fans of the franchise expect, it will also have a good amount of new features which should keep it from being another stale retread (again, I’m looking at you, Judgement).Gears of War 4 has a lot going on for it, but here are the top five reasons why Xbox One and PC gamers should be excited for the game.1. New friends, new enemiesPrevious Gears games focused on Marcus Fenix and his allies but now that 25 years have passed since the world-shattering events of Gears of War 3, a new generation has arisen to replace the old guard. Even though we will see some familiar faces, most of the characters in the game will be brand-new to the series. These include the game’s protagonist, JD Fenix, his best friend, Delmont “Del” Walker, and their ally, Kait Diaz.On top of new human characters, we’ll be introduced to a new batch of enemy creatures. In place of The Locust, we have The Swarm. Though these monsters are very similar to The Locust, they will have some new and terrifying tricks up their collective sleeve. It remains to be seen how or if these foes are related to The Locust, but we should expect that they’ll have their own interesting origin story.Most surprising of all is that your enemies won’t all be monsters or mutated humans. JD and friends aren’t exactly on good terms with the world government so there will be portions of the game where they have to face off again military robots. This will add an all-new dimension to combat that will help the game stand out from previous titles.2. Return of Horde ModeEvery modern day multiplayer mode that has players facing off against waves of enemies owes its existence to Gears of Wars’ Horde Mode. Gears of War 4’s Horde 3.0 will have everything players love about Horde Mode but with new mission parameters, weapons, barriers, and more. This won’t be your dad’s old Horde mode that’s for sure.This time, Horde will have character classes to choose from and each of the five (Engineer, Scout, Sniper, Soldier, and Heavy) have a specific role to play. Each class will be upgradeable so it is best to level them up by playing a few games on Easy and Normal before tackling the harder difficulties.Like the previous Horde Mode, you will be able to create defenses to hold back enemies. These come via the Fabricator which can not only create things like barriers, decoys, and turrets, but also store your weapons and let you purchase new items. With 50 waves to survive against, you’ll need to utilize the Fabricator to its fullest.3. The best looking GearsThe first Gears of War was a technical powerhouse which made the Unreal Engine the go-to engine for many developers last generation. Gears of War 4 will be the very first AAA exclusive game to utilize the latest version of Unreal Engine 4. Like with the original Gears, Gears 4 will be a wonder on both Xbox One and PC.The Xbox One may not be as powerful as the PS4, but it does a great job of providing its users with great looking exclusive games. Rise of the Tomb Raider and the recently released Forza Horizon 3 are a testament to this. Gears of War 4, however, will truly reveal what Microsoft’s console is capable of, graphics-wise.Then of course there is the PC version which is being released on the same day as the console edition. Unlike previous Play Anywhere titles, Gears of War 4 has been fully optimized for the PC. This means that PC users will get a ridiculous amount of optimization options to play around with. As impressive as this game will look and run on Xbox One, the definitive version of Gears of War 4 will be on PC.4. New WeaponsGears of War 4 will see the return of classic weapons like the Longshot, Snub Pistol, and of course the chainsaw equipped Lancer. Along with these, there will be a couple of new weapons to help fight off the game’s evil forces. Gears of War 4 takes place during a time where humans are restoring their world, so the new weapons are modified construction equipment.The Dropshot lets you shoot an aerial mine that hovers over the battlefield in a straight line. When you let go of it, the mine will drill down into the ground before exploding. You can also use it to drill into an enemy’s head which will result in them exploding into glorious chunks of meat. This weapon, like the Digger from Gears of War 3, takes some practice to fully master.The Buzzkill fires chainsaws in rapid succession. The blades can be shot at walls where they will ricochet at various angles. This is a great weapon to use if you want to kill many enemies at once, however, the blades can come back and hurt you so you’ll have to make sure not to fire it all willy-nilly lest you cut your own head off.Finally, there is a combat knife which can be used to perform brutal melee finishers. In multiplayer, knives take on different appearances depending on which faction you play as.5. Play AnywhereLike ReCore, Quantum Break and Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title. Those who buy the game on Xbox One will be able to play it on Windows 10, and vice versa at no additional cost. There will also be crossplay support between Xbox One and PC, meaning that the same game save can be used across both systems. You’ll be able to start the campaign on Xbox One, continue playing it on a Windows 10 PC or laptop, and then return to Xbox One without any progress being lost.Because of the crossplay functionality, players on PC and Xbox One will be able to face each other in the game’s various multiplayer modes. How this is being regulated is unknown, as PC players have a distinct advantage over their console counterparts thanks to mouse and keyboard controls. In some ways, Gears of War 4 could prove once and for all which platform has the most skilled players: PC or console.There are several other reasons to be excited about for Gears of War 4 such as: the start of a new trilogy from The Coalition, a bigger focus on eSports, dynamic weather, and split screen co-op. We’ll have to see how folks end up reacting to the game during the upcoming weeks, but from everything we’ve seen so far (not to mention the positive feedback from those who got the game early), it appears that Microsoft will be delivering one of the strongest titles of 2016.last_img read more

first_img ‘The Division 2’ Is the Only Looter Shooter Worth PlayingThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in March 2019 Stay on target Last week, I got to check out a preview of The Division 2‘s campaign, endgame, and post-launch content. What I took away from the presentation is that Red Storm Entertainment is looking to provide meaningful content for narrative-driven players. If you combine this with the robust multiplayer, The Division 2 will certainly give players their money’s worth. In fact, it’s shaping into 2019’s must-have looter shooter. Sorry, Anthem!I once again had the chance to speak with Red Storm Creative Director Terry Spier. We discussed how The Division 2‘s narrative helps players better connect with the world and how the team crafted a believable Washington D.C. We also talked about how the new enemy faction, The Black Tusks, will force players to cooperate in the Dark Zone.While The Division had a solid story, it felt impersonal. How does The Division 2’s narrative help the player feel more connected to the world?Our approach to the civilians, the settlements, and engaging the player in those stories make it a little more personal. Taking players on that journey of recovery I think really engages me. I’m hoping it’ll do the same for you.If you’re trying to save the world in a video game it’s important to feel you’re actually accomplishing that.Exactly. You see that impact and change [in The Division 2]. You see the civilians and settlements as they’re recovering. You’re saving the city and the people. We hit it this time.In what ways do players see the impact they’re having on the world?Visually, you’re going to see it in the settlements and the living system in the actual open world. We talked about all the living world systems in there. Who is on the streets with you? Is it civilians or is it enemy factions? Based on what you do, you’ll see that difference in the world. There’s certain subtleties and there’s certain things that’ll hit you over the head visually. You’ll see a terrible run down section that now has beautiful flowers all over it with kids playing. You’re going to catch those vibes.This game takes place seven months after the viral outbreak, not weeks like in the first game. What kind of research went into creating a believable post-apocalyptic Washington D.C.?I want to give all the thanks to Ubisoft because they shipped a lot of us directors off on a special trip to D.C. We were there for over two weeks and had the opportunity to talk to scientists, first responders, SWAT team, police department, fire department, the national guard, and lawmakers. We had behind-the-scenes access to many amazing locations around D.C. and we asked them all: “How would you respond to a crisis like this? What would happen to the city in your expertise?” It was amazing the kind of things they said.I don’t think as much overgrowth would be present, but come on, it’s a video game. We wanted to make sure we expressed the fact time passed and nobody’s mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges. We have so much insight into how the city would have actually reacted and we put that all into the game.You have to bump things up in order to make it more interesting even if it isn’t 100% realistic. But there’s also a lot that’s pretty accurate as well, right?Some of that stuff’s going to be totally true. There’s no doubt. When you talk about the sort of heat waves we’ll be presenting to the player and the kind of storms you’ll see in the dynamic weather. In my head it just started to click with me. It could happen like this in certain locations. It’s not ridiculous.What was different between creating New York City and Washington D.C.?D.C. was a whole new challenge. Like, you walk ten feet and trip on a landmark in Washington D.C. The whole place is iconic in a way. It’s much different than Manhattan. We worked really hard on that recreation. People that know D.C. will find things they recognize.How 1:1 is Washington D.C.? I ask because when I walked around in the first game some stuff was off. There’s no music store where the Javits Center is, for example. Is D.C. a more faithful recreation than Manhattan was in the first game?There’s some liberties we take for video games. Let’s just say it’s the same. I think there are parts that are more accurate in D.C. but there’s probably some parts we had to fudge on as well. It’s still going to be amazing. You’re still going to walk by the steps of buildings and think: “Oh my god, I took a picture here in real life.” Or “That’s my friend’s house! That’s the flower shop!” You’re going to see it.Can players use subways to get around the city?There’s a whole aspect to the game I can’t even talk about. I don’t want to spoil it but we created as much as we could of the city.We talked about the endgame last time. Based on today’s presentation I can tell it’s even bigger than you first described. What else can players expect when they hit the level cap and finish the campaign?We wanted to create content that mattered for a lot of people. That’s why we brought in this faction, the Black Tusks. We wanted to attach that narrative coolness factor to the endgame as well. We wanted to say: “You think you’re good now? You haven’t seen it all, baby.” Now we’re giving you a faction that’s the hardest thing we’ve ever done. They’re going to have their own story and reason to be there and it’s tied narratively. You get to uncover all this new stuff when you thought you finished the game.When people think of endgame, generally they think they did all the story and hit the max level. So yeah, we could take that traditional look at it, but we’re giving you more story at the endgame. It’s an infusion into all the content you’re familiar with. So you know what to do and how to do it, you know how to access it, you understand the world. But we just lift up all the old factions you’re used to and we put in this new amazing faction and say: “Now what are you gonna do?” It’s mind-blowing how the world changes, how the civilians respond to this endgame content, and to watch that living-world system react.What is the main thing you’re looking forward to fans seeing?Occupied Dark Zones. We talked about it at the PvP event but what I couldn’t say at the time was that it’s tied to the Black Tusks. They’re a critical element in the Occupied Dark Zones. They change the DZ from a rules standpoint, from a difficulty standpoint, and sort of the insanity that comes around it. I know we talked about the DZs already, but I can’t wait for players to get into that and see the difference in how they react.We’ve talked about how players tend to interact with each other in the Dark Zone. We talked about the rule sets we’ve established in the post-launch of the original game and the things we’ve brought over to the main game of The Division 2 like normalization and toggling of Rogues. People automatically assume when we say there’s no rules that everyone is just going to go buck wild. Dude, it’s so hard. I think people are going to be more cooperative. I anticipate there will be some people that need help, even the ones who think they’re the best, because it’s so difficult. The Black Tusks are that kind of crazy.That’s an interesting way of bringing players together.We’ll see. I’m sure people will prove me wrong but I’ll tell you what, I wouldn’t want to be alone in the Occupied Dark Zone. I’d want to find friends real fast because of the Black Tusks.The Occupied Dark Zones are difficult, as I mentioned in the presentation. The factions don’t like the Black Tusks either because they’re more powerful and they’re a threat to their organizations as well. When they arrive in the Dark Zone they are killing other factions that are in the landmarks. They’re wiping them out. Everyone has to deal with the Black Tusks. They change everything.You aren’t asking players to pay extra for all the content you’re releasing post-launch. Isn’t that going to impact your bottom line? I’m sure some gamers would happily pay for some of this content.I’ll leave the money making to the business people. When we approached post-launch, the directors got together and said we wanted to keep everybody playing the same game. We didn’t have the opportunity to do that with the model in the original game because you had to pay for each installment. If you didn’t buy the underground, then we couldn’t play together, right? This time we said we wanted everyone together. How did we do that? Make it free. Everyone that buys the game gets all the same content. Now all the community stays together through this journey. That was our number one stance. We wanted to keep players together. They’ll find a way to make money. I’m not worried about that.More on ‘The Division 2’ Overhauled Multiplayer Modes Are Exactly What the Series NeededTerry Spier on ‘The Division 2’ Multiplayer ModesThe Most Exciting Video Games of 2019last_img read more

first_imgNapoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti has dubbed the upcoming game against Serie A side Genoa a great test of maturityThe Naples side travel to Marassi tomorrow night with the chance to close the gap on leaders Juventus, at least until they face Milan on Sunday.“We’re going to play in a difficult environment against a team that will be very motivated, given they’re coming off two losses,” Ancelotti warned in his pre-match Press conference via Football Italia.“I think it’ll be a very intense and physical game. The important thing is that all the players always have the will to play it.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We’ve done well up to now, but we can do better and that’s what we’re trying to do. There are pitfalls to overcome every day, and tomorrow is another dangerous one.“We’re going to a stadium where we have bad memories, the opposition are struggling and will, therefore, be motivated.“The home fans will be 100 percent behind their players, and tomorrow will be a great test of maturity.“It’s easy to find the right motivation against Paris Saint-Germain, but it’s more difficult against Genoa, above all because of how much that match took out of us physically and mentally. Maturity will allow us to be at 100 percent.last_img read more

first_imgThe Chelsea manager is under fire for his tactics used against Tottenham Hotspur that ended up costing him the matchChelsea lost 3-1 against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in the English Premier League.And for manager Maurizio Sarri, this means he has to put N’Golo Kante closer to Jorginho in order to have a more solid midfield.“I want to play a central midfielder who is a very technical player, so for me, the central midfielder is Jorginho or [Cesc] Fabregas. I don’t want Kante in this position,” he told Sky Sports.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Kante, in the last match, wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes, but in the wrong way. He lost the position, he attacked too much.”“This one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante, but it was only in reaction to the difficulties,” he added.“Maybe it’s only a question of time, but Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side. When the ball is on the left he has to stay very close to Jorginho.”last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida’s Memorial Day weekend got a high-flying kickoff when a group of U.S. Para-Commandos dropped in on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Saturday afternoon.GoPro video captured the soldiers freefalling at 120 mph before opening their iconic black and gold canopies. The precision parachute demonstration was part of the Great American Beach Party.Para-Commando Michael Puma said it all went off without a hitch. “Everybody’s feeling good. We did two passes. The first pass brought the American flag dow to open up the ceremonies down here at the beach fest,” he said. “Second pass, we did a four-way star to present how we do freefall operations in SOCOM [U.S. Special Operations Command]. We all landed safely on the drop zone.”Para-Commandos are trained special operators with combat experience made up of from elite divisions of the United States military. “It’s amazing that a city would let us come down and let us participate in their celebration,” said Puma.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP fear that the government is trying to influence the judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 to implement its blueprint by convicting party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and other party leaders in August-21 grenade attack cases.”The way Tarique Rahman, our party’s some leaders and then some high officials were implicated in the August 21 cases, it’s tantamount to showing a shameless thumb to the judiciary, democracy and the country’s independence and sovereignty,” said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Monday.”Considering the overall situation, a strong doubt is created in our mind that the government is trying to influence the judge of August-21 cases bringing the examples of former chief justice SK Sinha and judge Motahar Hossain to implement its blueprint,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the remarks at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office as the tribunal is set to deliver its verdict in the case just two days later.On September 18, judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 fixed October 10 to deliver its verdict in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.Moudud said SK Sinha was forced to leave the country and resign after giving the verdict in 16th amendment case while Judge Motahar Hossain had to flee the country to save his life for not signing in a verdict written by the government in a money-laundering case against Tarique Rahman.He alleged that the government is now putting in all-out efforts to deprive Tarique and other BNP leaders of justice through a verdict as ordered by the government with an evil motive.Torque’s lawyer and BNP vice chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain said around 225 witnesses gave depositions in the August-21 cases. “No one of them said Tarique and BNP leaders had involvement with the incident.”He said it will be contrary to justice if Tarique and other BNP leader are convicted in the case. “There’s no way to convict Tarique Rahman, Abdus Salam Pintu and Lutfuzzaman Babar by examining the witnesses and documents. Even, Sheikh Hasina in her deposition given under the section 161 did not bring any allegation against BNP and Tarique Rahman.”BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were also present.last_img read more

first_imgEarlier this month Square Enix announced that PS2 game Dragon Quest VIII was being ported to the 3DS and will be released in Japan on August 27. We may get it in the West just like we got the original, but nothing had been confirmed yet. What nobody is getting, though, is the ability to play it using the 3DS’ upper screen stereoscopic 3D.The lack of 3D support has been revealed in the latest edition of Japanese gaming publication Famitsu. No reason has been given for the lack of support, but it’s easy to speculate it has to do with performance. Square Enix wants Dragon Quest VIII to run on as many 3DS models as possible, and that includes the 2DS and original 3DS.The big draw for picking up Dragon Quest VIII again on a new platform was never going to be stereoscopic 3D, though. What gamers will buy it for is the new content. Square Enix is promising new story scenarios as well as a couple of new party members and voice acting. Having access to a portable version that doesn’t rely on a touchscreen as the only means of input is also going to be welcomed.Dragon Quest VIII was a huge seller on the PS2. In the first week on sale in Japan it sold over 3 million copies, with over 5 million copies sold worldwide, half a million of which were in North America. It seems likely the game will sell well once again on the 3DS, at least in Japan, because of the new story elements. Ignoring 3D support and supporting all 2DS/3DS models is also a good move, even if Nintendo probably frowned on that decision.last_img read more

first_imgNovember 30, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Imagine a world where your Internet connection comes from a light source. And in that world, your Internet connection is as much as 100 times faster than current wi-fi data transmission.That future isn’t imaginary. It’s coming.  Tartu, Estonia-based startup Velmenni has unveiled the prototype for an LED light bulb called Jugnu which is capable of transmitting a data signal. The startup is currently working to build an Android app to capture the data sent through light, according to the company website.Another startup working in the space, ByteLight, is using the power of LED light bulbs to transmit data combined with location sensor technology to track the location of shoppers in retail stores. If a store knows exactly what you are looking at when you are in a store, it can push coupons and content to your smartphone relevant to what you are looking at in real time.  Related: Google Just Got a Patent for Adding Holograms to a Google-Glass-Type HeadsetWhile li-fi, or “visible light communication,” is still largely the purview of university researchers and a small selection of high-tech, futuristic startups, the industry is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. Currently a $327.8 million industry, the visible light communication market is expected to be worth more than $8.5 billion by 2020, according to an estimate from the Indian market-research firm Markets and Markets.Li-fi may sound like wild, mind-boggling, futuristic technology, but it also has the potential to solve very real, everyday problems.As more and more people all over the globe come online, the radio waves that currently transmit data are becoming overwhelmed. When radio waves become overloaded, data transmission becomes slow. Painfully slow. Have you ever tried to get online at an airport?Not only are we bringing more and more people in the world online, but people who are already online are demanding ever more data transmission. Consumers expect to be able to watch videos on their mobile devices. And the Internet of Things movement is embedding wireless connectivity to devices and gadgets that haven’t previously used Internet, like your refrigerator, car and coffee pot.Related: The Future of the Internet of Things Will Be ‘Notification Hell’ Before It Gets BetterThere are exponentially more sources of light than there are radio waves, and therefore, there is potential for exponentially more data to be transferred through li-fi than with the wi-fi we are currently using.“We have 1.4 million expensively deployed, inefficient radio-cellular base stations. And multiply that by 10,000, then you end up at 14 billion. Fourteen billion is the number of light bulbs installed already,” says Harald Haas, a professor of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, who is credited with inventing the idea of li-fi. His TED talk introducing the technology from 2011 has received more than 2 million views.In addition to providing greater access to data connectivity, li-fi is more secure than radio connectivity, says Haas. Light waves do not transmit through walls. Therefore, if sensitive data is transmitted via li-fi, it will not travel beyond the room where the light radiates.Haas serves as the Chief Scientific Officer at the United Kingdom-based startup PureLifi, where he is overseeing the development of li-fi data transmission products.  For parts of the world where the infrastructure to support LED light bulbs does not exist, Haas has just in September unveiled technology that would allow the transmission of data through solar-powered energy cells.To be sure, the solar cells that transmit data Haas demoed were early-stage prototypes. But he also says he does expect to be able to bring these technologies to market in the next two to three years.“We hope we will be able to contribute to closing the digital divide, and also contribute to connecting all these billions of devices to the Internet. And all of this without causing a massive explosion of energy consumption — because of the solar cells, quite the opposite,” says Haas.Related: For the First Time Ever, NASA Astronauts Eat Vegetables Grown in Spacecenter_img Register Now » 4 min readlast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. All legal drivers in Costa Rica must report – no later than April 26 – an email address that will be used by officials for notification of traffic fines.Every driver or vehicle owner must complete and submit a form to authorized offices of the Traffic Police, RITEVE (technical vehicle inspections), the Public Works and Transport Ministry or the Roadway Safety Council (COSEVI).The form can be downloaded from COSEVI’s website ( and those who already have a digital signature also can send it to the email address:“Those motorists who do not provide an email address can not argue that they were not informed [about a fine] because they will be notified in the official newspaper La Gaceta,” COSEVI officials said in a press release.The requirement to provide an email address for notifications is established in the new Traffic Law, which took effect on Oct. 26. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgMembers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will meet in Havana, Cuba, for two days starting Wednesday to discuss coordinated prevention and emergency response efforts for potential cases ofEbola in the region.ALBA countries – particularly Venezuela and its outspoken President Nicolás Maduro – had urged Costa Rica, which currently heads CELAC, to plan joint efforts to prevent the virus from spreading to the region.Costa Rica’s acting Foreign Minister Alejandro Trejos on Tuesday evening confirmed the participation of all 33 CELAC members in the upcoming summit.The Costa Rican delegation, which includes experts from the Health Ministry and the Social Security System, traveled to Cuba on Tuesday, led by the ministry’s director of health surveillance, María Ethel Trejos.Specialists from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and officials of the Cuban Public Health Services also will attend the meeting.ALBA countries last week agreed to outline an Ebola action plan that emphasizes prevention and assistance to Caribbean countries. They also commissioned technical experts to draft an action plan for regional health ministers by Nov. 5.Experts at the meeting will present their countries’ strategies for containment of the virus and hold working groups to draft specific emergency response guidelines.Four committees will focus on diagnosis, treatment, surveillance, patient management, awareness campaigns and training.A PAHO expert with recent experience in Liberia, Africa, is in Costa Rica this week providing training to public health care workers and conducting an evaluation of country’s protective equipment.The World Health Organization reported 10,141 Ebola cases this month in eight countries; 4,922 patients have died from the deadly virus.Recommended: Cuban man sent to fight Ebola in Guinea dies of malaria Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican health officials announce measures to prevent introduction of Ebola virus here ‘It’s despair on all fronts,’ says Ebola aid worker UN confronts deadly Ebola epidemic Health officials in Costa Rica react to first confirmed case of Ebola in the United Stateslast_img read more

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