Viola Cain has gained a lot of wisdom from loving more than a hundred foster children. For starters, she’s learned to cope with many different nicknames earned over the decades. The trick, she says, is simple. Just answer. Respond to them all. A roll call of the most persistent names includes Nanny Viola, Auntie, the Big Vee and Auntie Blow How. Even her home in the African Nova Scotian community of North Preston is dubbed Nanny’s House. From toddlers to teenagers, many children have traipsed across that threshold. “As soon as they come to the door I tell them, it’s up to you what you call me,” she explains. “That’s so they don’t get mixed up with their own family.” The 70-year-old is now taking care of three school-aged children, plus her adopted 33-year-old son, who has an intellectual disability. Thanks to the children she feels at least 10 years younger. It helps to be constantly on the go. Right now basketball is her main activity on Saturday. “They are all playing and all on different teams,” she laughs. “It’s, c’mon nanny, everyone else has parents there. So out we go, all together.” Saturdays include an early morning, a day of cheering on her teams, maybe a detour through McDonald’s, and by the evening, a chance to sit down back at home. “I tell everyone that on Saturday, I’m an unfit mother,” she jokes. “On Saturdays, it’s eat what you can catch day.” Viola believes that happiness comes from loving what you’re doing. “I can’t wait for each morning to come. I rise at 5 a.m. and do my devotions until 6 a.m. Then the next time is devoted to my son and getting him ready. Then, there are the other children to get ready for school.” Being well organized, and planning ahead, is ingrained in her. Depending on the children’s ages, she either prepares or supervises lunches the night before. “I know what kids do. You have to teach them responsibility. So I tell them. I don’t feed garbage cans. I feed stomachs. You eat your fruit when you come home from school. They do.” On Saturday night she prepares a big meal for the next day. This frees up time to visit with former foster children who drop by with their children on Sunday afternoons. She draws strength from her family and community at Saint Thomas Baptist Church, where she also teaches Sunday School. “Sundays are a special day. We always have a big dinner after church. We sit down together as a family.” “There’s a phone check here – no cellphones allowed up my stairs. They would even try to text and set the table at the same time. It’s not good for the kids to see that. So now we have our family chat time and that’s good.” Viola is happy to share her experience and wisdom with others. “We have to help young parents. I belong to a support group in the community.” She would like to see more foster homes in African Nova Scotian communities. “That would be the best thing that could happen, having more foster families. We’ll be gone – we need new blood. So I’ve been recruiting others already.” -30-
TORONTO – Businesses that illegally sell recreational marijuana after the government of Ontario sets up its own shops could be fined up to $1 million under legislation tabled Wednesday.One of the main aspects of the proposed law, which would take effect once the federal government makes the drug legal in July 2018, is to crack down on the array of illegal dispensaries, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said.“We are going to work very hard towards that,” he said. “We have put very strict penalties in that regards….We feel very comfortable that the regime that we will put in place will be a significant deterrent for these illegal businesses.”The bill also contains new penalties for people that are convicted of illegally selling or distributing cannabis, including fines of up to $250,000 and/or jail of up to two years less a day.For every day those people or businesses continue to sell marijuana after being convicted the first time, they will be subject to further fines of up to $100,000 and $500,000, respectively.The law would also allow police to immediately close premises they suspect are being used for the illegal sale or distribution of marijuana.Ontario was the first province to announce its detailed marijuana plan last month, which includes the sale of the drug in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.They are known in the legislation as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp., though Naqvi admitted the name might be jazzed up a little.“That is the legal name of that company,” he said. “There will be branding that we’ll do, so that’s to come, and sort of a visual logo.”Those stores will only sell to people 19 and older, a minimum age that would also apply to possession, home growing and use of marijuana.People under 19 caught using, growing or possessing weed could be fined up to $200, or a court could refer them instead to an educational or prevention program.“I want to be very clear that there will be no criminal record, it’s under a provincial offence…our purpose is not to punish our youth but to educate our youth,” he said.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said ahead of the bill’s introduction that an important part of the Liberal government’s plan is shutting down the current dispensaries.“I think that there needs to be a regulation of cannabis and we have a history in this province of regulation of alcohol and I think that doing this in a safe, responsible way means that we put some parameters around the distribution of this substance,” she said.“As resources are identified to deal with enforcement and education we recognize that municipalities need to have a substantial share of that because they are actually on the ground going to be doing enforcement.”Some Ontario municipalities have expressed concern that they will have to foot the enforcement bills for shutting down marijuana dispensaries.Toronto Mayor John Tory said Wednesday he is “looking forward” to getting money to help with that, because it’s about the rule of law.“These shops, to the best of my knowledge, are illegal, have always been illegal, will continue to be illegal and are not contemplated as being part of the regime going forward,” he said.“We want to be able to keep children and families and neighbourhoods and schools and retail strips safe and stable and that we need to be able to do that so it isn’t kind of a Wild West environment where people can just go out and set up any kind of a shop they want. I don’t think anybody really supports that except perhaps the people that are operating the shops.”The bill also includes a ban on consumption in public spaces or workplaces. But medicinal marijuana will be regulated differently, banned only where tobacco smoking is currently prohibited, such as enclosed public places.The government has been coy on potential pricing, saying decisions will be made after more details come from the federal government, but that the aim is stay away from overly expensive prices that fuel illegal sales.“This actually isn’t about money, from my perspective,” Wynne said. “This is about making sure that a substance that needs to be regulated is regulated in a safe and responsible way.”Municipalities in Ontario will find out in the coming weeks where the government wants to locate the first batch of cannabis stores, but the finance minister has said none will be near schools.
The eye of the hurricane passed directly over Dominica (AFP)ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is undertaking a nation-wide study on the damage caused Dominica’s infrastructure as a result of Hurricane Maria that ploughed through the island on September 18 killing at least 28 people and leaving billions of dollars in damage.The study is being done in collaboration with the Housing Division and other stakeholders and according to UNDP representative Massimiliano Tozzi the exercise will not only provide the authorities with a true understanding of the damage caused by the Category 5 storm, but will provide information on how to rebuild stronger.“Currently we have more than a 100 persons…going throughout the island to assess all the buildings on Dominica. They are organised into 27 teams…, and they are using an…app that is provided by Microsoft ..“So basically the app allows the assessors to assess the level of damage the building has at the level of the roof, the level of the ceiling, the level of the walls, the level of the ceiling but also to collect some very important demographic information that will allow the next phase to the government of Dominica to plan evidence based policies…”Over 90 per cent of all buildings—including government facilities— were affected after Hurricane Maria wrought havoc in Dominica.“So far what I can say is that we have an amount of about one third of the survey reflect that no damage accorded to the housing but we have a lot of survey, two thirds that say the damage has been extensive, we have a high number of houses that have been tagged as “red” which means basically they must not be inhabited any longer, some others have been tagged as “orange” and a smaller number tagged as “yellow”.He said all the assessors have been trained by UNDP and engineers from the non-governmental group, engineers without borders “so that we can ensure all the data that we gather are consistent”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHigh-level Conference to mobilise resources for hurricane-ravaged CARICOM States set for NovemberOctober 31, 2017In “latest news”Hurricane ravaged Barbuda and Dominica must “build back better”September 28, 2017In “latest news”Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico may be months without powerSeptember 21, 2017In “World”
← Previous Story Nenad Vuckovic (Melsungen) for HP: “We want a medal!” Next Story → ASOBAL derby: Atletico Madrid 23-25 Barcelona In a statement for Scandinavian media, Bojana Popovic announced that she’s seriously thinking of ending career after the Olympic Games and to dedicate time on family. Her priority at the moment is the World Championship in Brazil, where Montenegro is a big favorite for a medal. She is then gonna ponder the option to end the career after the upcoming Olympic Games in the summer.
This fund is intended to give these estates, where there are residents present, a realistic hope of resolution.There are concerns that some estates will never be completed unless roads and infrastructure are put in place.The Department of the Environment has already spent five million euro carrying out safety works in 159 ghost estates, while NAMA has also made separate improvements.O’Sullivan said:Since 2010 there has been a 56 per cent decrease in the number of unfinished developments. However, there are still families living in 992 unfinished developments across the country.Applications for the funding should be lodged by local authorities by 28 February.Over 550 unfinished estates have been resolved in the last year, but 1,200 remain>Forty ghost estates targeted for demolition> TEN MILLION EURO is being allocated to finish ghost estates across the country.There’s 992 ghost estates in Ireland and there’s a good chance some of them could still end up being demolished.The Special Resolution Fund is principally designed to address deficiencies in public infrastructure.The money will be given to local authorities to finish roads, lighting and footpaths so that the overall appearance of the estates will be improved in the hope this may attract investment from developers to finish the estates.The Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan said:
Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 11:56 AM 38 Comments “However, the high number of vacant properties in the regions underlines how poorly Fine Gael has delivered for rural Ireland.”He said the department, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland need to “get their act together” to win investment and locate businesses in these sites that have already been paid for.“Our communities deserve better,” he added.In her response, Mitchell O’Connor the availability of an adequate supply of marketable serviced land and office buildings is a key element in the IDA’s ability to compete for investment.“If the IDA did not have available properties to offer prospective investors it would significantly diminish the agency’s capacity to attract and win new investments.”Read: Dublin’s agri-workers contribute three-times more to Ireland’s economy than those outside capital>Read: ‘Business angels’ sink millions of euro into Wicklow craft beer company> Share21 Tweet Email ‘Rural communities deserve better’: Two in three IDA properties vacant Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the IDA needs to have available properties to offer to prospective investors. Oct 29th 2016, 11:56 AM MINISTER FOR JOBS, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor has revealed that there are 85 vacant IDA properties across the country.There are a total of 137 IDA properties nationwide and the figures from the last quarter of 2015 indicate nearly two in every three of these are unoccupied.Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, who requested the information in a parliamentary question to the minister, pointed out that just five of the vacant properties are located in Dublin city or county.“94% of all IDA vacant properties are located outside the capital in towns, villages and communities that are desperate for FDI investment,” he said.For the past five years, and especially since they got a strong message from rural Ireland at the last general election, the minister and her government colleagues have been shouting from the rooftops that they are spreading the jobs to the regions. 10,325 Views By Michelle Hennessy Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3053621
What’s better than ordering snacks, pizza, and beer? I can personally think of several things better than beer (or alcohol for that matter), but if it’s beer and pizza you want without having to get out of bed, have I got a robot for you.Little Funnie is a robot who just made an appearance at the Software For Artists event in Brooklyn, New York this past Sunday. Funnie made its way to a pizza store in the area and delivered both pizza and drinks to the guests at the nonprofit foundation Pioneer Works in what is possibly one of the most charming ways ever.Funnie is a Fundroid or a special delivery bot that can order and pay for food on its own. That’s more than some of us can do, and we’re human (I get lazy too!). Funnie isn’t going to be planned for a wide release for everyone to utilize, but you’ve got to admit it’s one heck of an awesome idea.via garow.me/users/sierra_oFunnie will get inside a store, and people can press its “Proceed” button so it can order pizza or beer. It’s absolutely adorable, especially when it orders using words like “pizza pie.” You have to keep pressing its buttons to complete an order, and it will continue to interact with you in meaningful ways so it can finish the order out. It even has thumbs and money box to keep the money in which it’ll pay for its order. Honestly, it sounds like one of the cutest things that was ever made.Hopefully, this is the prototype for more adorable little beer and pizza robots in the future, and we’ll see a rise in products like these going forward. Can you imagine taking an order for this little guy? It’s almost too adorable to take. Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower
Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes their clash with Tottenham will give them an indication of their current strength under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar SolskjaerThe Red Devils have won all five of their games since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last month at Old Trafford.But Jones, who has started four times under the Norwegian, warns that Spurs will likely give them their toughest challenge yet on Sunday.“Spurs is a good test,” Jones told the club website.“We are in good form and have some momentum going. We have steadied the ship a bit.“We have not done anything yet, we have not achieved anything, but we need to keep it going. Possibly Spurs will be an indicator for us and how far we can go but it is a game we need to win.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They are in good form and doing well and we need to have a good week, train well and prepare for a tough game. Hopefully, the momentum can carry us on to win that match.”The 26-year-old insists Champions League football remains the target with United now just six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea after four successive wins.“Of course we should be in the Champions League next season and that is the aim but we have done nothing yet. I know it is a cliche but it has to be game by game,” said Jones.“I don’t really want to think about the top four, or the Champions League or the FA Cup.“It has to be game by game. Tottenham is tough and we aim to see where we are after that.”Jones has made seven league appearances for United this season.
Super Bowl 2019 Mercedes-Benz reading • Mercedes-Benz gives a guy god-like powers in its 2019 Super Bowl ad See All More about 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Super Bowl 2019 ads so far: Watch them here How to watch Patriots vs. Rams online, start time and more Stream these football movies to kick off the big game Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class redefines entry level More From Roadshow Preview • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan: A class above 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 0 Post a comment Mercedes-Benz is really aiming high for the new A-Class with its 2019 Super Bowl ad spot, entitled “Say The Word,” which it released Wednesday. In it, a random guy gets god-like powers that force the world, and its people and animals, to do his bidding. I mean, MBUX is cool, but I don’t think it’s been able to find any lost cats and has yet to make Ludacris appear at any of our parties.The A-Class has been available elsewhere in the world for some time now, but 2019 is the first time that we’re getting it stateside, and to our eyes, it’s a damn sight prettier than its curvier cousin, the CLA. Share your voice As we see in “Say The Word,” the new A-Class is one of the first platforms in Mercedes’ range to get the new MBUX infotainment system, and we appreciate this more democratic approach to the dispersion of tech. Why start on the S-Class and trickle down? Give MBUX to the people!”MBUX is a game-changer and we think that once aware of the A-Class price point and technology, a lot of people who hadn’t considered Mercedes or thought owning one was still several years away will want to take a look,” said Drew Slaven, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “And, given that we have some of the highest owner loyalty in the industry, once these new buyers join the brand, they’re likely to stay for quite some time.” Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar Tags As part of MBUX’s natural speech recognition, it uses a form of AI that helps it understand you better when you talk. For example, if you whine at it, “Hey Mercedes, I’m cold,” MBUX will turn up the heat. It’s deceptively simple, but it works, and we like it.The new A-Class starts at an eminently reasonable $32,500 for the front-wheel drive version and prices climb quickly from there, thanks to that most Teutonic of traditions: lengthy options lists. Still, I’ve been looking at the configurator for like 20 minutes and still haven’t found the demigod option. We’ll let you know if we come across it. 56 Photos • Review • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 review: Raising the entry-level bar More Super Bowl May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot More Mercedes-Benz 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan starts at $32,500 Mercedes-Benz Car Culture Luxury cars Sedans Super Bowl 2019
The 2016 race strategies that mushers have chewed over for months are coming into focus as top teams near their mandatory 24-hour rest period in some of the race’s remote checkpoints in Alaska’s interior. As mushers clear the rest and march to the flat expanses of the Yukon River, the race to Nome will only accelerate. But to be in a position to match the strongest team, mushers must execute a flawless early-mid-race rest strategy to build reserves for the next several hundred miles. Here’s what to read today to get up to speed on this year’s Iditarod.1. Sled Dogs driving sled dogsSebastion Schnuelle at the Iditarod Insider explores the increasingly popular method of carrying dogs in a trailer behind the main race sled. Rotating dogs between the team and trailer saves miles on the dogs and adds a small amount of weight that the musher can use to regulate speed. Pioneered in its most recent incarnation by Jeff King, Schnuelle digs into the minute-by-minute calculations that elite mushers like Mitch and Dallas Seavey have to balance. “Normally as a musher you try to stop as little as possible on the trail and do everything with as little moves as possible fixing a dog on the wrong side, putting a few lost booties on, snacking dogs or what ever else might be necessary and then pulling the hook quickly. Now loading and unloading dogs is nothing quick. Specially 3 or 4 of them. “Two-time champion Mitch Seavey, pictured here in McGrath, is racing at the front of the 2016 race. (Photo by Zach Hughes, Alaska Public Media)2. Prying out race strategies from poker-faced mushersKNOM’s Emily Schwing and APRN’s Zach Hughes chiseled away at mushers’ exteriors to pry out a little bit of race strategy. Wade Marrs is taking his 24-hour rest in McGrath. Brent Sass and Aliy Zirkle bypassed McGrath, while Lance Mackey held his cards close but said he wasn’t planning doing his big rest in Takotna. But Mackey never comes up short on interesting color from the trail. “Lance Mackey was ninth into McGrath, and stopped for a little over two hours, splitting apart square plastic bowls frozen together and ladling a hot salmon and kibble broth to his dogs.“How many people you know feed their dogs out of cat-litter boxes?” he said.”Wade Marrs declared his 24-hour break in McGrath. (Photo by Zachariah Huges, Alaska Public Media)3. Checkpoint hazards 2.0: Matthew Failor’s untimely mistake cuts deepAlaska Dispatch News’s Tegan Hanlon brings us the story from the Nikolai checkpoint of the ziptie that changed Matthew Failor’s race. “By Tuesday evening, Failor used crutches as he walked out of the designated mushers’ sleeping area at the village school and into the attached cafeteria, ordering a bowl of stew. Failor estimated that the self-inflicted gash was about 2 centimeters deep and 2 centimeters wide. He received five stitches from a local medic.”That trail full of Fairbanks snow? Anchorage didn’t use any of it. (Photo by Ben Matheson / Alaska Public Media)BONUS: A snowflake’s highly-publicized 350-mile journey to the snow dump.At Alaska Dispatch News, Devin Kelly updates us on the goodwill gesture of the Alaska Railroad to haul snow from Fairbanks to a snow-starved Anchorage. National media jumped to cover the irony of Anchorage importing snow for a dog race, and great visuals of a seven-car train said it all. But after the ceremonial run was shortened, the city didn’t want or need Fairbanks’ snow, according to city manager Chad Abbott.“The city didn’t ask for the snow, Abbott noted — the Iditarod Trail Committee arranged for the seven railcars, or 350 cubic yards, of snow to be brought into Anchorage. Abbott also said the extra snow wasn’t needed. The ceremonial route was shortened from 11 miles to 3, he said, to accommodate the city’s paltry snow reserves.In an interview at the Assembly chambers, Abbott first said that he didn’t know what happened to the Fairbanks snow. But after checking with city employees, he reported that the city brought snow to the city snow dump on Commercial Drive in Northeast Anchorage.”You can find Alaska Public Media’s complete coverage at alaskapublic.org/Iditarod
Porto Velho: President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized the deployment of Brazil’s armed forces to help combat fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, as a growing global outcry over the blazes sparks protests and threatens a huge trade deal. Plumes of thick smoke rose into the sky above dense forest in the northwestern state of Rondonia, where bright orange flames from various fires were visible for kilometers (miles), an AFP photographer reported. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “It’s not normal and it’s like this because of the smoke from the fires,” said a hotel employee in the state capital Porto Velho, which was covered by a layer of smoke as fires burned near the city. The fires in the world’s largest rainforest have sparked street protests around the planet and ignited a war of words between Bolsonaro and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who has described the wildfires as an “international crisis” and vowed to block a trade agreement between the European Union and South American countries. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The latest official figures show 76,720 forest fires were recorded in Brazil so far this year — the highest number for any year since 2013 — which experts blame on accelerating deforestation as land is cleared during the months-long dry season to make way for crops or grazing. More than half are in the Amazon. Around 700 new fires were ignited between Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), fueling air contamination in cities including Sao Paulo, where thick smog turned day into night on Monday. Advertise With Us After a late-night crisis meeting with members of his cabinet, Bolsonaro on Friday issued a decree permitting the deployment of armed forces to help extinguish fires and crack down on criminal activities in the region. Bolsonaro’s decision came as demonstrations are held around the world over the fires in the Amazon forest, a region considered the “lungs of the planet” and seen as crucial to keeping climate change in check. Several thousand protesters marched in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, amid growing European pressure as well as offers to help put out the fires from US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In an escalating public row over the blazes, Macron on Friday accused Bolsonaro of lying to him on Brazil’s stance on climate change. France will now block a trade deal between the European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur, which includes Brazil, a French presidential official said. Macron had tweeted Thursday that the fires burning in the Amazon amount to an international crisis and should be discussed as a top priority when the G7 countries meet this weekend in France. Bolsonaro then blasted Macron for having a “colonialist mentality.” Ireland also threatened to block the trade deal. “The extent of the fires in the Amazon area is shocking and threatening and not only for Brazil and the other affected countries, but also for the whole world,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said Friday. ‘International pariah’ Environmental specialists say the fires have accompanied a rapid rate of deforestation in the Amazon region, which in July quadrupled compared to the same month in 2018, according to INPE data, which Bolsonaro previously described as lies and prompted the sacking of the agency’s head. Bolsonaro instead attributes the blazes to increased drought, and accuses environmental groups and NGOs of whipping up an “environmental psychosis” to harm Brazil’s economic interests. Earlier in the week, Bolsonaro accused NGOs of starting the fires. Brazil’s powerful agriculture sector — a key supporter of Bolsonaro — has expressed concerns over the president’s rhetoric, fearing a boycott of their products in key markets. Thomaz Favaro of Control Risks consultancy, told AFP Bolsonaro’s comments were “raising the risks of sanctions and retaliation, including against the EU-Mercosur deal.” “Brazil has gone from being a global model of forest conservation to an international pariah,” Robert Muggah, research director at the Igarape Institute, a think tank in Rio de Janeiro, told AFP. Bolsonaro had given “ammunition” to countries opposed to the EU-Mercosur deal, said Oliver Stuenkel, professor of international relations at Getulio Vargas Foundation. The mayor of Manaus, Brazil’s largest city in the Amazon, told reporters Friday the rainforest was “fundamental for the world.” “The entire world demands sensible, intelligent, appropriate governance for the Amazon at the risk of regrettable consequences for our country,” Arthur Virgilio Neto said on the sidelines of a UN climate change workshop in the northeastern city of Salvador. Legendary tribal chief Raoni also called for international help to extinguish the fires. Neighbouring Paraguay and Bolivia are also battling separate wildfires that have devastated large areas of their rainforests. The Bolivian government on Friday took delivery of a “supertanker” aircraft to help extinguish fires that have destroyed around 7,770 square kilometres (3,000 square miles) of the eastern province of Santa Cruz for the past month.
May 27 can’t come soon enough for gamers who have been waiting to play Ubisoft’s open-world hacking game Watch Dogs since it missed its first launch window last year. But which platform do you buy the game for? PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, or PS4?It’s going to look best on PC or next-gen consoles, but Sony may have made the answer to this question much easier with that well-worn term “exclusive content.” Yes, it has been revealed that Watch Dogs on PlayStation consoles (both the PS3 and PS4) comes complete with an extra hour of exclusive gameplay as well as a couple of extra features you won’t find elsewhere.The additional gameplay on offer includes four missions centered around the DeadSec organization, although nothing is known yet about what those missions entail. The other exclusives Sony has secured include a white hat hacker outfit and a hacking boost. That boost means you’ll have an extra bar on your in-game smartphone battery, meaning less recharging will be necessary.Let’s be clear here, exclusive content for different platforms is not great for gamers. It only benefits the platform holder. And ultimately this content eventually gets unlocked for all platforms in a Game of the Year edition of the title or really isn’t worth bragging about to begin with. Gamers don’t like it because it limits choice, but it must work because Sony/Microsoft keep paying to secure this stuff.Before you rush out and pre-order your PlayStation version of the game because of this content, just consider it may be worth waiting. There’s a possibility Microsoft has done its own deal with Ubisoft and will reveal yet more exclusive content you’ll only get on Xbox 360 and Xbox One in the coming days or weeks.
Explore further Back in 2005, researchers at Seoul National University reported that they had cloned an Afghan hound, the first dog to be cloned. Since that time, hundreds of other dogs have been cloned, as well, offering an opportunity to learn more about the potential benefits and possible drawbacks of cloning animals for. Now, in another first, the researchers with this new effort report having cloned the clone they cloned.The story started with Tai, a normal Afghan hound. The team cloned him by inserting his cells into the eggs of a female donor after removing the original nucleus and then implanting them in the female’s uterus. By all accounts, he lived a normal dog life on the campus of Seoul National University, which gave his name: Snuppy. At the age of five, researchers there collected stem cells from Snuppy and used them to inseminate other females. In all, 94 embryos were implanted, which led to four successful pregnancies and births. Shortly thereafter, one of the puppies died, leaving three clones of the cloned dog Snuppy. The researchers wrote a paper describing their results, noting that the dogs, which were nine months old at the time, seemed to be healthy and normal. They have only now published that paper.The purpose of the research is to learn more about the viability of cloning animals. Despite a lot of research, scientists still do not know for sure if cloned animals suffer unknown birth defects, or if their life spans are shorter than normal animals. There is a growing consensus, however, that cloning results in neither. A lot of animals have been cloned and studied, and thus far, there is little to no evidence indicating that the cloning process introduces flaws. Less work has been done in studying clones of clones, however, which means that others in the cloning community will be watching for reports on the progress of the now seven-year-old dog re-clones very closely.The researchers note that both Tai and Snuppy died of cancer, though of different types, and that neither was rare or unique. They note also that it is not uncommon for one of a litter of puppies to die, though it is disconcerting that in this case, it was due to a bout of unexplained diarrhea. Citation: Re-cloning of first cloned dog deemed successful thus far (2017, November 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-re-cloning-cloned-dog-deemed-successful.html Journal information: Scientific Reports (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Seoul National University, Michigan State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has re-cloned the first dog to be cloned. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the group describes duplicating the clone and offers an update on how the dogs are doing. DNA: Yes, Snuppy is definitely a clone The three surviving reclones at 2 month of age. They were dervived by SCNT of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) taken from Snuppy at five years of age. Credit: Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15328-2 More information: Min Jung Kim et al. Birth of clones of the world’s first cloned dog, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15328-2AbstractAnimal cloning has gained popularity as a method to produce genetically identical animals or superior animals for research or industrial uses. However, the long-standing question of whether a cloned animal undergoes an accelerated aging process is yet to be answered. As a step towards answering this question, we compared longevity and health of Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, and its somatic cell donor, Tai, a male Afghan hound. Briefly, both Snuppy and Tai were generally healthy until both developed cancer to which they succumbed at the ages of 10 and 12 years, respectively. The longevity of both the donor and the cloned dog was close to the median lifespan of Afghan hounds which is reported to be 11.9 years. Here, we report creation of 4 clones using adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells from Snuppy as donor cells. Clinical and molecular follow-up of these reclones over their lives will provide us with a unique opportunity to study the health and longevity of cloned animals compared with their cell donors. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org
Agents & Brokers Existing-Home Sales Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers Valuation 2011-09-01 Ryan Schuette Appraisers Get New Standards in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology September 1, 2011 456 Views Share As of Thursday, appraisers and realtors must now use a new universal grading rubric when it comes to their assessments for properties with government-backed mortgages. “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/kb/index?page=home and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ recently revised their appraisal guidelines to streamline a sometimes unclear process, but some warn of the potential for fallout among appraisers, realtors, and homeowners unfamiliar with the new standards.[IMAGE]Coordinating new standards with the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA), the GSEs created the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) form, which appraisers viewing properties with government-backed loans will need to submit to a national portal for evaluation. Appraisers will need to weigh property values against a string of new alpha-numeric codes and abbreviations, which Fannie and Freddie personnel will approve or send back by notifying the number of national appraisal management organizations responsible for transmitting the information.Some say that the industry lacks the know-how needed to assess property values under the new standards.””The world is ill-prepared”” for the UAD form, says Stephen Sousa, EVP of the “”Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers””:http://www.mbrea.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1 (MBREA).Sousa worries that too few appraisers, lenders, and realtors know about the new standards. With abbreviations set to replace widely accepted descriptors, he says, unaware lenders may send back appraisals to ill-informed realtors and homeowners, creating delays and opportunities for miscommunication.He says the MBREA petitioned the FHFA to delay the new standards, underscoring the need for more preparation and a host of other potential problems, including a loss of communication and isolated towns in the wake of Hurricane Irene. He says the FHFA never responded to the request.””The people who don’t know anything about the form are the realtors and consumers,”” Sousa adds. He says he is also concerned that “”appraisal management companies are more focused on the profits that they make than they are on the quality of the appraisal,”” hiring appraisers with less local expertise.[COLUMN_BREAK]Property appraisals play an important role in the home-sales process. Walter Molony, a spokesperson with the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/, credited lower-than-expected appraisals for a plunge in existing-home sales for a past story with _MReport_.He concurs with Sousa in saying that appraisers continue to feel the pinch from appraisal management companies, which more recently have been signing off on appraisers from out-of-state and with less knowledge than others about local property values.Molony attributes lost sales to suddenly low appraisals, which force buyers, sellers, and lenders to renegotiate prices for properties. He adds that these reports commonly also crimp homebuilders.””How can a builder sell a home and make a profit if the property comes back with less value on an appraisal report?”” he asks.Jennifer Creech, president and CEO of “”InHouse Inc.””:http://www.inhouseusa.com/, one of 23 appraisal management technology companies tasked to handle the UAD forms, acknowledges the need for more appraisers and lenders to equip themselves with information about the new standards.””I think it’s going to be a learning curve”” for the industry, she says, adding that appraisers may be “”a little bit uncomfortable with the changes.””Creech highlights confusion over when appraisers need to submit their UAD forms to the Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCPD), the platform that Fannie and Freddie will use to pool standard appraisals from management companies like InHouse. She says appraisers need only worry about submitting their UAD forms to the management companies starting Thursday, not the UCPD.Notably, the UAD form will only affect appraisers with properties sold with loans backed by Fannie and Freddie, not those guaranteed by private lenders.Nonetheless, Creech says the industry should sign on to the new changes.””Appraisers should engage in or embrace the change and get up to speed as quickly as possible, because what we see from our appraisers is they are mandating the forms,”” she says. “”The longer it takes for an appraiser to accept this, the better off the whole real estate community will be. “”I don’t see this going away,”” she adds.Sousa has his hopes for the new standards. “”The more information realtors can put into their MLS systems, the better opportunity there will be for an appraiser to come out with a report that is accurate and based on good information,”” he says.
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Companies in the Asia-Pacific region are not making full use of travel management companies (TMCs) and self booking tools (SBTs) when organising their business travel, according to global distribution system (GDS) leader Amadeus.Holding a strong presence in the Asian and Australasian travel markets, Amadeus revealed that its own survey of the business travel market found Asia-Pacific corporations to be lagging behind the US and Europe in their handling of high volume business travel.Carried out in tandem with Intercedent Asia, the survey found that business travel management was a high priority for most big firms in the region, but was not being met by advanced bookings and expense systems.David Brett, Amadeus president for the Asia-Pacific region, said: “In the past decade, the Asia-Pacific region has seen strong economic growth and heavy investment from global companies, particularly in the powerhouses of China and India. This has resulted in increased corporate travel with an ensuing pressure to reduce travel costs, and many companies are now taking a second look at how to make travel more efficient and cost effective.”The survey also found that 94.4 per cent of companies had entered talks with suppliers to bring their travel expenses down, while 83.3 per cent of businesses conducted conferences via phone and video to avoid excessive travel.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedQantas integrates Amadeus load control systemFlight management solutions from Amadeus have been further integrated into the activities of Australia’s leading airline.Technology ‘key to success of travel agents in Malaysia’The report shows that travel agencies in Malaysia can thrive if they harness new industry developments.Amadeus: easyJet surcharge spat will be healedAmadeus has given a strong indication that easyJet and bookings systems would not be burning their bridges.
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