UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Ayron Monroe #23 of the Penn State Nittany Lions waves to the crowd as he runs out for the game against the Indiana Hoosiers on September 30, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Indiana 45-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)With one year of eligibility remaining, Penn State safety Ayron Monroe has decided to try getting more playing time at a different school. After identifying his transfer destination, it looks like he won’t be moving too far though.Taking to his Twitter account on Thursday, Monroe announced that he will be spending his final year of college football at Temple. The announcement makes Monroe the seventh Penn State player to enter the transfer portal and find a new school.Monroe didn’t have to travel far to find his new school. Penn State and Temple are less than four hours away from each other.Over the last three seasons at Penn State, Monroe recorded 40 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two passes defended and one fumble recovery. On a mission to reach the point in which I stand before my vision 👁. #TempleTuff let’s rock! pic.twitter.com/fwkyqjLXZI— AyRonny wheres Ron? (@ay_ronnyron) May 30, 2019As a recruit in 2015, Monroe was a three-star prospect ranked No. 587 in the country. He was the No. 37 ranked safety in the country, and the No. 5 prospect from Washington D.C.Per Penn Live, Monroe is expected to be immediately eligible for the Owls.Temple is coming off a fourth-straight bowl game, and will be entering the 2019 season with new head coach Rod Carey.
As power restoration continues throughout Halifax RegionalMunicipality (HRM) and northeast Nova Scotia, the province isensuring that hurricane victims can get the food and suppliesthat they need over the weekend, Ernest Fage, Ministerresponsible for the Emergency Measures Act, said today, Oct. 3. In areas affected by power outages, the province is asking policenot to lay charges against stores that may open this Sunday, Oct.5, to provide food and other emergency supplies. “Special circumstances call for special measures,” said Mr. Fage.”Many people are in need of fresh food and supplies to helprestore their properties. As more customers regain power over theweekend, they will need access to grocery and hardware stores.That’s why we’ve decided to allow stores to open this Sundayonly.” Consumers who believe they have paid too much for essential goodsand services in the wake of Hurricane Juan should seek help fromlocal law enforcement authorities. Complaints about overchargingfor gasoline can be registered with the Department of Environmentand Labour at 902-424-7773. Only incidents involving gasolinewill be dealt with by provincial authorities. The Department of Community Services will continue to providesupport and services over the weekend. Any income assistanceclients with urgent needs should contact the HRM EmergencyMeasures Organization at 490-4000. Community Services staff willbe available at that number to provide necessary support andassistance. Lunch was provided today to seniors’ homes by Northwood Manor anddelivered by the fire department. Supper for families and seniorswithout power is being provided by the Red Cross. “Everyone involved in the hurricane recovery effort has beenexceptional. From the crews who cleared roads and debris, to thevolunteers helping to bring food to those in need, the provincethanks every person involved for their contribution,demonstrating once again the great spirit and compassion thatNova Scotians are noted for,” said Mr. Fage. Metro Regional Housing Authority staff volunteers worked with theMetro Food Bank today to prepare food baskets for seniors’ homeswhere power was restored on or after Wednesday, Oct. 1. They weredelivered by federal government employees. Federal government staff are also delivering hot food along theEastern Shore in co-ordination with local fire departments andthe RCMP. Most schools in HRM are expected to be open on Monday, Oct. 6.School boards with closures are working hard to ensure studentsreturn to a safe learning environment as soon as possible.Parents and school staff should continue to listen for updates orcall their local school board. Outpatient services at the Nova Scotia Hospital reopened today. More information about the Hurricane Juan recovery efforts andcontact numbers can be found on the Web site atwww.gov.ns.ca/emo/ or through public inquiries. That number is902-424-5200 in Halifax or toll-free 1-800-670-4357. -30- EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Hurricane Recovery Report, Oct.3
Nova Scotia’s famous furry forecaster Shubenacadie Sam did not see his shadow today, Feb. 2, meaning an early spring for Nova Scotia. Folklore says that when Sam does not see his shadow, we can expect an early spring. Sam appeared at 8 a.m. before a large crowd and a live webcam at the Groundhog Day ceremony held at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. Nova Scotia’s time zone means Sam is the first groundhog to make his prediction in North America. To learn more about the groundhog and his prediction, follow Sam via @ShubenacadieSam or on Facebook. To plan a visit to the park on weekends, go to http://wildlifepark.novascotia.ca. -30-
MONTREAL — Brookfield Business Partners LP and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, together with a group of institutional partners, have signed a deal to buy Johnson Controls’ power solutions business for US$13.2 billion.The business produces batteries for automakers and aftermarket distributors and retailers.The companies say it is well positioned to benefit from the growth in demand for advanced batteries, including those used in electric vehicles.“We are excited to grow our business with the acquisition of power solutions, a global market leader which generates consistent cash flows and profitability,” said Cyrus Madon, chief executive of Brookfield Business Partners. “We look forward to partnering with the management team to continue growing this world-class business and build on its track record of innovation.”George Oliver, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive, said the deal was a significant milestone in the ongoing transformation of the company.“The sale of our Power Solutions business will create value for investors by streamlining our portfolio and giving us increased financial flexibility to strengthen our balance sheet, return capital to shareholders and create optionality in our buildings business,” Oliver said in a statement.Johnson Controls expects net cash proceeds from the deal to be US$11.4 billion after tax and transaction-related expenses.It expects to use $3 billion to $3.5 billion to repay debt.The transaction will be funded with approximately US$3 billion of equity and about US$10.2 billion of long-term debt financing.Brookfield Business Partners, the main business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., expects to fund approximately 30 per cent of the equity, while CDPQ will fund about 30 per cent. The balance is being funded by other institutional partners.The deal is expected to close by June 30, 2019. Companies in this story: (TSX:BBU.UN, TSX:BAM.A)The Canadian Press
Deputy Minister of Public Order Neranjan Wickramasinghe has died after suffering from a brief illness, his family members said.The Deputy Minister was receiving treatment at the Panadura Hospital when he was pronounced dead today. (Colombo Gazette)
“Our task should be to prevent such suffering. All too often we fail to do so, because we do not recognize the gravity of the threat until too late,” Mr. Annan said in opening a debate on the Council’s role in humanitarian crises, chaired by Foreign Minister, Petros Molyviatis of Greece, which holds the 15-nation body’s Presidency for the month.Mr. Annan said UN Member States should recognize that, if a particular state is unwilling or unable to protect its citizens against extreme violence, the Security Council must assume that responsibility.But he warned that on the 10th anniversary of a “dark moment” in the UN’s history – the massacre of thousands of Muslims in Srebrenica, after the Council had declared the town a “safe area”– whenever the Council took responsibility for protecting civilians, it must craft an unambiguous mandate, and provide adequate resources to do the job properly.Everyone involved – from the Council itself, the broader UN membership and the Secretariat in New York and personnel on the ground – must fully understand the expectations they have aroused among people desperate for protection in the face of grave danger, Mr. Annan said.He also drew attention to the challenge of peacebuilding, and the ways in which different parts of the UN system needed to cooperate to assist that process. Ensuring such coordination, he said, is a role that he hopes will be filled by a new Peacebuilding Commission, if Member States agree to such a body at this September’s World Summit.That Commission, which Mr. Annan proposed in his report on UN renewal, “In Larger Freedom,” should help to sustain the international focus on peacebuilding tasks in countries which, thanks to the cessation of active hostilities, are no longer intensively covered in the news media. And, by bringing together the different international and regional actors involved in such countries, it should harmonize peace-building activity across the multilateral system, he said.Echoing that hope, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said that a peacebuilding commission could help ensure coordinated and sustained international attention in the post-peacekeeping phase.But he warned that even though the total number of active armed conflicts in the world was now at a 30-year low, there should be no illusion about how precarious and difficult the task peacebuilding was. The tragedy of Srebrenica still served as a reminder of how quickly an already dire situation could descend into conscience-shocking acts of savagery in a matter of days and hours, he said.To be better prepared for the unexpected, the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change has recommended the creation of a strategic reserve capacity, to be called on short notice to reinforce a mission facing an unforeseen crisis. One of the Peacekeeping Department’s highest priorities in the coming year was to work with Member States to define the concept of operations for the strategic reserve.Still, however robust the military capabilities of UN peacekeeping operations, he said, they alone could not ensure security in the post-conflict environment, absent the right political strategy and the political will of the relevant national and international actors.”No amount of international assistance in the areas of rule of law, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration or security sector reform could substitute for effective national leadership,” said Mr. Guéhenno.
AMIRA reports “the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC (DET CRC) is fast building a reputation as one of the most successful CRCs with some potentially game changing research activities and outcomes. The aim of the DET CRC is to deliver cheaper and safer ways to drill, analyse and target deep mineral deposits.” The centre recently commissioned a pre-commercial prototype data logging system on a drill rig at Telfer mine in Australia. The system records rig parameters including rotation pressure, pull down pressure, hold back pressure, micro feed, water pressure, drill head extension and system hydraulic pressure. To complement this hardware, a software ‘App’ has recently been developed which provides a remote graphical dashboard with gauges and history plots for the drilling parameters recorded by the data logging system. The App can run on notebooks, iPads and iPhones and is designed to allow the user to easily add a gauge/graph and configure alarm set-points for a particular rig instrument.This is one just many potentially valuable developments which include the trialling of a smaller diameter PGNAA Geochemical Logging Tool; novel 3D seismic acquisition in hard rock environments; demonstration of the existence of kilometric-scale mineralogical and chemical halos in the Gawler Craton, just to name a few. “AMIRA is proud to be associated with the CRC and which will no doubt bring about some major step changes in exploration practices and technologies.”AMIRA International is managing the Affiliate program of the CRC. Opportunities exist for suppliers, and junior explorers to join the program. Smaller exploration/mining companies, mineral exploration product/service providers and Geological Surveys are eligible to become Affiliates of DET CRC at low cost (A$10,000/y). The objective is to involve as many Affiliates as possible because they provide an opportunity to broaden the experience and expertise base, providing valuable input on project scoping. Perhaps more importantly, product/service provider Affiliates will play a key role in commercialising DET CRC research outcomes and making them, in due course, accessible to the industry at large. Affiliates are grouped into three colleges (the Junior Explorer College, the Supplier College and the Geological Survey College). Currently there 36 Affiliate members from around the world. For more information please contact Joe Cucuzza firstname.lastname@example.org
Superior Industries, Inc, the U.S.-based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, recently completed a major expansion at its manufacturing plant in Columbus, Nebraska. The expansion creates space and adds capabilities for building newly launched Guardian™ Horizontal Screens and portable processing plants for crushing, screening, washing and feeding, in addition to the wet processing equipment already manufactured at the plant.“Although we incorporated the existing facility into our expansion, it’s like working in a brand new plant,” said Michael Monaghan, General Manager of Superior’s operations in Nebraska. “We integrated the best principals of lean manufacturing and were able to achieve a straight line process. Product comes in as raw steel at one end and exit one of the two lines as finished, ready to ship equipment.” In addition, the 44-year-old company doubled the engineering staff dedicated to developing the screens, washers and portable plants manufactured and shipped from Nebraska. “As our industry optimistically looks to the future, we are excited to expand our product offering to support the growth,” said Vice President of Sales, John Garrison. “Best of all, the growth and development of our products and people is happening right here in the United States.”
He should keep his sentences short for more impactHe should keep his messages simpleHe should believe in what he is saying – he should be passionateThe Don’ts:He should not be shirty, pompous or sarcasticHe should not use clichés or jargonHe should not let too many facts suffocate his messageFinally, he should anticipate the tough questions or points he will be up against. He will be asked them so no point waiting until he’s in the hot seat before deciding what to say. If he has to make a concession he should bridge it with a more positive, key point and stay with that point for longer than the concession.He should speak to the camera as if he were talking to a friend at a dinner party, treating his audience as individuals. Connect with them and they will connect with him.Rory Egan is Director of Training for Limelight Training, part of the Limelight Communications group. He first trained as a barrister before moving in to business when he brought the Tie Rack franchise into Ireland. He became a senior communications trainer with Carr Communications before becoming Director of Training with Limelight. He has researched and presented a Prime Time documentary, writes for the Sunday Independent, EFM, Magill and The Gloss and is a regular on Ireland AM, Newstalk and Tonight with Vincent Browne IT”S NOT UNUSUAL for people to be apprehensive about debating in public but we somehow expect our politicians to relish it.In fact, Enda Kenny could improve his chances of success dramatically if he stuck to some simple guidelines in this area. Preparation, structure and delivery are three key areas that convince an audience that you know what you’re talking about. In fact, studies of public speakers done by UCLA in the United States prove that the content of your delivery only accounts for 7 per cent of your impact on the audience with your demeanour, and critically, how you sound, being far more important.PreparationTherefore, preparation is essential. Enda Kenny would do well to brainstorm with one or two trusted colleagues and get all his ideas down on paper, no matter how outside the box they may first appear. When he has done that, it’s time to narrow them down to three key points. These will be the mainstay of his argument. The figure three is a familiar number in communications. We are hard wired to think of three as the magic number. Two is too few and four too many. Get all your ideas on paper and then edit and organise.For example, his three key points could be the Seanad’s lack of effectiveness, its cost to the taxpayer and then maybe Fine Gael’s plans to reform the single remaining chamber. He must now back up these points individually with proof, either facts or examples, that illustrate his points or stories that add interest and make his ideas come alive.StructureThe structure is not too difficult. Usually three main points, an intro and a conclusion is about right. However, each main point should have an intro, fully developed thought with clear example and a conclusion of its own. Now he has enough to rehearse his initial presentation. His next task is to – practise, practise, practise and rehearse it out loud.Saying things out loud helps the brain to get familiar with the topic and the flow. He doesn’t need to learn off the words, that is death to any presentation. The construction and key points need to be learnt or reduced to bullet point notes and then the words should come out naturally on the day.DeliveryIt is crucial he looks confident and not apprehensive about the debate. Body language is important. If, for any reason, he doesn’t feel confident he must learn to fake it until the confidence catches up with him.He must engage with the audience – he must understand their primary concerns and then address them in his initial introduction. He should concentrate on what he will do and say in the first 10 seconds. They are the most crucial moments of the debate and set the tone for how the audience perceives him. While it’s not good to learn off a prepared speech you do have to know your opening line, it relaxes you and it relaxes the audienceOnce he is going, he must believe in himself. The practise he has done prior to this will be a great help to his confidence. He shouldn’t worry about the odd mistake once he gets started. The audience are much more forgiving of the odd misplaced word if they see he has a logical rhythm to his argument.The Dos:
It’s not uncommon to be nervous about updating to the next version of an operating system on release day. In other words, if you haven’t made the jump to Windows 8 yet, you are not alone. Upgrades uses to be fraught with problems and potential hazards that could render a perfectly good machine perfectly useless, all in the name of having the next-best-thing. Fortunately, that’s not the case with Windows 8.1 — it’s very much worth the installation if you are running Windows 8 already.If you’re looking for a few good reasons to update to Windows 8.1, we’ve got them for you right here.Windows 8 tutorialsWe’ll start off with the biggest failure of Win 8, and how Microsoft delivered in a huge way with Windows 8.1. The first time you boot a Windows 8 machine you get a large screen with a background that is constantly shifting colors with calming statements about how your computer is almost ready for use. Tossed in with that is a quick blurb about how the new start menu works, but that’s all you get. This was a huge deal for Windows users who have gone from a UI that has been around for well over a decade to a completely new “Modern UI” setup. There was very little explanation, and on a laptop or desktop it could take a while for the user to figure it out on their own. Frustration was high in the early days of Windows 8.Windows 8.1 users are greeted with giant interactive arrows that explain how many of the features work. You get one for the Start button and a brief explainer of how the Start Page works. You get one for the Charm Bar and a brief explainer of why that exists, and you get one for the multitasking feature in Modern UI, which is a big deal for some. You don’t get one for closing apps in Windows 8.1, but we’ve got you covered.Improved Modern UI multitaskingOne of the really cool features to come from the new Modern UI was the ability to set apps up in a split screen mode. You could have a Modern UI app open in one third of the screen and anything from a browser to the Desktop open in the other two thirds. This turned out to be a really cool feature for a lot of users, especially those who used apps like Twitter or email and wanted to keep them open without letting them take over the rest of the system. Unfortunately, in Windows 8 you could only split the screen into thirds.Windows 8.1 has increased the functionality of the screen split, allowing a pair of apps to split the screen. The previous implementation was good for smaller apps, but now you can split just about any app and share it with anything else in your system. This is particularly useful for Xbox games or Xbox Smart Glass if you’re sharing with the Desktop or Skype. This is a great system for multitasking once you have adjusted to using it, but new users will find it strange at first because the Modern UI apps behave a little differently than traditional desktop apps.Next page: Improve or skip the Start Page, and Microsoft’s Remote Desktop App… 1 2
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Chimps are three feet tall and can rip your arms off, right? Not quite. Pop culture would have you believe that apes like gorillas and chimps are ludicrously strong. To a degree, that’s right. Gorillas as massive animals and they can certainly throw their strength around — pretty spectacularly in fact. But it’s not like humans don’t have similar specialized adaptations. That’s the conclusion of a new study from the University of Arizona.A team of researchers, led by Matthew O’Neill, an anatomy and evolution researcher, looked at the musculature of thigh and calf muscles of several chimps, comparing those with known data for humans and found that fiber-for-fiber, we’re just as strong as our cousins.The difference, it seems, comes from the type of muscle fibers we each have. Chimps, the data suggest, have more fast-twitch fibers. These are good for bursts of strength. Humans, on the other hand, have among the highest concentration of slow-twitch fibers among a variety of animals like mice, dogs, and horses. This gives us remarkable endurance relative to almost all other species.Ostensibly, our shift to slow-twitch fibers could help explain a good chunk of our evolutionary past. The adaptation for endurance would help us with distance running and walking and would be a solid fit for bipedalism.“Instead of thinking about the results as pointing to greater strength in chimpanzees, we might instead want to consider … what the greater percentage of slow-twitch fibers in humans means to our unique locomotion method, bipedalism.” Anne Burrows, a biological anthropologist at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh who was not involved in the study told Science Magazine. “I think that’s the bigger story here.”via pixabay.com/SeifenBlaseAnd it certainly seems to be. There was a meme going around a year or two ago talking about how humans could easily be the horror monster in a sci-fi epic. We heal unusually quickly, we’re ridiculously intelligent, and we can run for far, far farther than most people think. Even at a light job, if the distance is long enough, humans outpace horses. This helped us spread all over the world in what is, biologically, the blink of an eye. Compare that to Neanderthals, for example, who had pelvises that were built for strength and minimal movement.This isn’t quite enough to say definitely that we’ve solved a mystery in human evolution, or even that we know for sure that our ancestors, like australopithecines, had the same type of musculature that we do. It’s also worth noting that the study only looked at leg muscles — which could skew results. Human legs are, without question, built for endurance, but we don’t know if we, as a species, are for sure.If so, more research could help shed light on how humans came to dominate the planet. Slow-twitch fibers use far less energy and would free up metabolic resources for bigger brains. While we wait for the science, just make sure you don’t get into an arm-wrestling match with a chimp anytime soon. Chances are very, very good that you’ll lose.Plus, there’s another thing we should probably address. It’s common to marvel at the animal world and think that humans are kind of mundane by comparison. But we really are not. Every animal adapts to what they need. And it’s very, very important to remember that the whole concept of the “survival of the fittest” is based on an out of context quote. Darwin himself would be the first to tell you that it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that survives, but those that can adapt to change. With our advanced locomotion alone, plus the fact that we can cook almost anything (like crab) that we didn’t evolve to eat and immediately make it edible means that we are a force to behold. Just because we can’t see ten miles away like eagles, or run as fast as cheetahs, or lift as much as a gorilla doesn’t mean that humans don’t kick ass.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Your feelings on fireworks could likely depend on where you live in Clark County.That’s one of the central takeaways from an opinion survey conducted by Clark County of 7,628 residents. The results, released last week, show that generally residents in more rural areas are more likely to include fireworks in their Fourth of July celebration and are less worried about their accompanying fire hazard than their more urban counterparts.The survey was administered by Marilee McCall, Clark County Neighborhood Program coordinator. It asked residents how concerned they are by the fire hazards, garbage and noise associated with fireworks, the three issues county staff receives the most complaints about. Residents were also asked how important personal fireworks are to their holiday. Residents were given the choice of responding with “very,” “mildly” and “not.” The results were broken down by ZIP code — there are 20 in or partly within the county.Survey respondents in the 98674 ZIP code, which includes Woodland and surrounding areas, were the biggest fireworks enthusiasts, with 66 percent saying that personal fireworks were “very” important to their holiday.“Woodland is a very patriotic city,” said Woodland Mayor Will Finn. “We love America; we love our freedom and everything that comes along with it.”That includes fireworks, he said.The result found that 63 percent of respondents in the ZIP code were not concerned about noise produced by fireworks. However, nearly 59 percent were mildly or very concerned about fire hazards. Nearly 58 percent were concerned about garbage. click to enlarge
Something for the weekend: Retail marketing organisation Shopper Media Group (SMG) decided to roll out the red carpet for its latest staff motivation strategy, as it gave four new employees a treat-laden first day in the office, including a helicopter tour of Liverpool.SMG designed what it felt would be the ‘best first day ever’ to celebrate reaching the 100-employee milestone. With four employees scheduled to start on the same day, all four were jointly awarded the title of being the 100th employee recruited to the organisation.The four new joiners, who started at the organisation’s Liverpool office on 22 January 2018, began their first day at SMG in style, as they were picked up by a luxurious, white Hummer limousine. The non-typical, stress-free commute enabled the new employees to share breakfast and Bucks Fizz with their colleagues while they were driven to work.After a red-carpet arrival at the office, the lucky new starters were handed their favourite coffees before being shown to their new desks that had been decorated with balloons and welcome greetings. Packed lunches could also be stowed away as the organisation founders took the four new employees to a nearby restaurant, Elephant, for a three-course lunch.During the afternoon, the new joiners were able to attend their own pop-up café for numerous rounds of tea and cake, which were served by management. A bingo-style scavenger hunt also enabled the new starters to explore the office in order to find and meet key organisation names. The new employee who was first to finish also won a bottle of champagne.Home-time continued the first day extravaganza as the four new employees were treated to a private helicopter tour of Liverpool to enjoy a bird-eye view of their working location.Although the new employees were enjoying their first day at Liverpool, SMG’s offices in Manchester and London also celebrated the organisation’s 100th employee milestone with a celebratory breakfast, group lunch, goody bags and a bottle of champagne for every employee.Matt Lee, co-founder at SMG, said: “When my co-founder and I started the [organisation] nine years ago in my bedroom with just £1,000 that we spent on business cards, we dreamt of creating [an organisation] that would give others the career growth opportunities we had enjoyed. Reaching 100 employees is such an exciting milestone for the [organisation], and we wanted to celebrate this achievement by giving our new starters the ultimate first day at work, and I think we’ve pulled it off.”Joel Hopwood, co-founder at SMG, added: “Building SMG to this scale and size is a result of the creativity, courage and drive to succeed among everyone we have working here today. We always knew reaching this milestone would be a huge occasion for us and everyone who works for the group, so it was natural for us to do something different to mark such a momentous day.“It was important for us to not only do something for those new joiners who have helped us reach the triple digits, but for everyone to be a part of the celebration and for us to come together, take in everything we’ve achieved, and truly feel part of something special and unique. We’ve built our workplace culture around three core values, be hungry, be foolish, be honest, and I like to think [these] activities are a reflection of our foolish yet fun ethos.”Here at Employee Benefits, we think this sounds like an incredible first day, and it certainly tops the list of exciting ice-breaking activities. We wonder if we could swap the tube for a private helicopter ride home…
Volkswagen 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview More From Roadshow 10 Photos 2020 Lotus Evora GT first drive: A reminder to drive Car Industry Share your voice Check out the VW ID 3’s clever camouflage Comments 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed 9 Volkswagen Tags Enlarge ImageVolkswagen’s ditching the blue and white roundel that it’s been using since 2000 in favor of a simpler, 2D design. Volkswagen Remember back in 2013 when Apple decided to change the way that its iOS operating system looked by moving away from skeuomorphic designs that mimic 3D and toward so-called flat design?Well, it looks like the automotive world is finally getting on that design trend as well, albeit six years later. Specifically, Volkswagen is changing its logo, moving away from the bubblelike blue-and-white VW sign to a flat, simple black-and-white logo and it’s planning on debuting it officially on a vehicle in Frankfurt, according to a report published Thursday by Autoweek.That isn’t to say that the new logo hasn’t been out in the wild at all — it’s being used in the new Hello Light ad campaign as well as on some prototype vehicles — but the first production car to get it will likely be the new MkVIII Golf.While one manufacturer changing its logo does not a pattern make, two manufacturers would at least be a start. That’s where Lotus comes in. It too took its skeuomorphic fake-badge-like logo and binned it in favor of a simplified flat version.Enlarge ImageLotus is also moving toward flat design with its new logo and we’re liking the new look. Lotus Both of the new logos, Volkswagen’s and Lotus’, are familiar enough to be recognizable, but different enough to help create a break in customer’s minds and signify a new era for both companies. VW is anxious to distance itself from the dark era of Dieselgate and Lotus — now backed by Geely — wants to be thought of more seriously, as a manufacturer of desirable, quality cars.What do you think of the new logos for Lotus and Volkswagen? Let us know in the comments.
Kodiak Republican Rep. Louise Stutes and Dillingham Democrat Rep. Bryce Edgmon — both boosters of the state-funded service – called Tuesday’s meeting in advance of cost-cutting efforts by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.The governor’s recently proposed supplemental budget includes using nearly half of the ferry system’s cash reserves to fund other projects.Coastal lawmakers spoke in turn how state-funded ferries are vital to port communities off the road system.“When the Trusty Tusty as we call her is down,” Edgmon said, “or the Kennicott can’t make service delivery to some of the smaller communities because inability to dock at some some old, broken down dock that’s been there a long time — it’s highly noticeable.”A 2016 study by a Juneau economic research firm underscored the Alaska Marine Highway System’s economic impact.Susan Bell of the McDowell Group delivered an updated presentation to the House lawmakers. It said the ferries serve 33 ports — 28 of them off the road system.Its workforce is also significant in the state: more than 1,000 Alaskans in 44 communities work for the ferry system with an in-state payroll of more than $100 million.“The (ferry) system is serving the coastal areas but the impacts are statewide,” Bell said..The McDowell Group’s report also charted decreased funding by the legislature: in fiscal year 2013, lawmakers allocated $124 million to support the system. By fiscal year 2019, lawmakers only approved $86 million to the system.Ketchikan independent Rep. Dan Ortiz said the effects of nearly $40 million less in annual state funding are felt by businesses in his community.“I hear a lot of concern because of the fact that there’s less and less service out there,” Ortiz said. “And so therefore there’s less ability for the Marine Highway System to bring business, if you will, to some of these different companies.”Southeast Conference Executive Director Robert Venables said the economies in coastal communities are paying the cost for breakdowns in ferry service.“With the ferry aging and breaking down or not being funded,” said Venables, who also chairs the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board, “those are uncertainties that businesses just can’t rely on.”Venables has been advocating for the Alaska Marine Highway Reform Project. The initiative envisions morphing the state ferry system from an arm of the state’s Department of Transportation to a public corporation with its own board of directors.Advocates of the plan say it would insulate the ferry system from political pressure and allow more forward planning. Reps. Sara Hannan (D-Juneau) and Bart LeBon (R-Fairbanks) hear an update on the Alaska Marine Highway System during a Feb. 5, 2019 meeting in the Capitol. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Legislature)Lawmakers in the Alaska House of Representatives called an informal hearing on the state of the state’s ferry system.
Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor KhanSalman Khan InstagramSalman Khan’s Dabangg 3 and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s film Good News that also features Akshay Kumar is going to be released just at a week’s gap in the month of December. However, Bebo is not worried about Salman’s action drama affecting the business of her film.Dabangg 3 is going to be released on December 20, and just after a week, Good News will hit the theatres on December 27.However, Kareena feels that Salman’s film will not have any impact on the box office collection of Good News and vice versa. The actress feels that the two films are of completely different genre, and will appeal to a different set of audience.”I think they are releasing one or two weeks apart. And also, I think there is no comparison between Good News and Dabangg. They are a different kind of films. I think our audience is very different and there would not be much impact,” Kareena said during a recent media interaction.She further said that Good News includes a strong star cast including herself, Akshay, Diljith Dosanjh and Kiara Advani, and she is confident people will like the film. Bebo had featured in Dabangg 2 in the much popular item song Fevicol Se.Earlier, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer Brahmastra was supposed to be released along with Dabangg 3, but the makers of the former recently changed its release date.From December 20, it has been pushed to 2020 summer. Director Ayan Mukerji had stated that he and his team took the decision as they were yet to finish VFX work for the film. But, many on social media had opined that makers of Brahmastra did not want to clash with Salman’s film, and hence took the decision.
Share Mark Humphrey/APThe U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control says that Exxon Mobil must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia.U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil says it will withdraw from its joint venture with Russia’s state-controlled Rosneft due to U.S. and European sanctions against the country.Exxon Mobil had signed a deal with Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, in 2011 that aimed to drill in difficult terrain, like Russia’s Arctic waters. It combined Exxon’s high level of technology with Rosneft’s access to the area.The deal came under strain, however, after the U.S. sanctioned Russia in 2014 over the invasion of Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula. The sanctions did not affect existing deals in the energy sector, but prohibited any business with Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin, an influential oligarch in Russia.That created a series of hurdles for the partnership. Exxon has applied for a waiver but without success. Last year, the U.S. Treasury fined Exxon $2 million for signing new deals with Sechin in 2014. Exxon sued the U.S. government to stop the fine.The deal has come under extra scrutiny because Rex Tillerson, the current secretary of state, was the Exxon CEO who had struck the deal and has had reportedly good personal ties with Sechin.As America’s top diplomat, Tillerson has insisted the sanctions will stay in place until Russia reverses course in Ukraine and gives back Crimea. Still, the Russian deal on his watch raises significant questions about his ability to credibly enforce the sanctions and to persuade European countries to keep doing so.The situation was escalated further last year, when the U.S. expanded sanctions against Russia for allegedly interfering in the U.S. presidential election.Exxon said in a note to its earnings report late Wednesday that it had made the decision to end the partnership in late 2017.“The corporation expects it will formally initiate the withdrawal in 2018,” at a cost of about $200 million, it said.Rosneft spokesperson Mikhail Leontyev said that Exxon had been forced to retreat by the sanctions regime.“Unfortunately, it was an expected event related to sanctions,” he was quoted as saying by Russian newswire Tass.
Virtual reality is not new. But, as people search for alternative ways to manage pain — and reduce reliance on pills — VR is attracting renewed attention. Still, there are some unanswered questions, says Zachary Rosenthal, a clinical psychologist at Duke University who has been involved in research on VR’s effect on pain. “Distraction is helpful for pain,” he says. “That’s an understood phenomenon. … But why should VR be better than any other kind of distraction?” he wonders. Imagine, for a moment you’ve been transported to a sunlit lagoon. And, suddenly, it’s as if you’re immersed in the warm water and swimming. That’s what Tom Norris experiences when he straps on his VR headset. … Read the whole story: NPR “It’s fantastic, I really feel like I’m there,” says Norris, who is 70 years old, retired from the military, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife. As dolphins frolic and swim by in the virtual scene, “I get a strong feeling of pleasure, relaxation and peace,” he says.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her government has formed a separate department to bring about comprehensive development of various tribal communities in the state. “Today is… #AdivasiDibas. Our government has created the Tribal Development Department to bring about comprehensive development of various tribal communities in #Bangla,” Banerjee said in a tweet. On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Banerjee also listed her government’s work for the upliftment of the tribals and said the state government has set up development boards for the Lepcha, Tamang, Sherpa, Bhutia, Limboo and Adivasi tribal communities of the state.(With inputs from Indian Express)
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The students say Mexico’s largest television channel, Televisa, was particularly biased in its coverage of the rally and the campaign in general. Many finished the march at Televisa’s studios, where Pena Nieto was appearing on a live interview show.Local media reported smaller, simultaneous marches in at least a half-dozen other cities around Mexico.A Televisa spokesman declined immediate comment, as did Pena Nieto’s campaign.“We want to be told the truth in this country,” said Esteban Pacheco, an industrial design student at Iberoamerican. “I look at this as a wake-up call.”Pena Nieto’s backers have labeled the students as supporters of leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, but many at the rally said they supported none of three main presidential candidates.A march through central Mexico City on Saturday drew tens of thousands of protesters against Pena Nieto, a much larger crowd than the one on Tuesday night.___Follow Adriana Gomez on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/agomezlicon Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – Thousands of university students marched through central Mexico City on Wednesday to protest media coverage that they say favors the candidate of the former ruling party in upcoming presidential elections.The students say newspapers and television stations are tilting their coverage toward Enrique Pena Nieto, who is leading polls by double digits ahead of the July 1 vote.Many of the students were from the elite Iberoamerican University, where a May 11 appearance by Pena Nieto set off a rare wave of protests by young people against a return to the presidency of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for 70 years before it was voted out in 2000. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean