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Province Creates Nearurban Wilderness Area

first_imgNova Scotians will have a chance to explore, study and enjoy nature in a new protected wilderness area next to the province’s largest urban population. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will be within the boundary of Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax Regional Municipality. The province will designate 1,350 hectares (3,350 acres) of Crown lands between Highway 103 and the Bicentennial Highway, adjacent to the Bayers Lake Business Park. “This unique wilderness area, located within city municipal boundaries, will ensure that people can more easily experience the rejuvenating powers of nature within their own community,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, at a ceremony today, Oct. 30, in Hammonds Plains, Halifax Regional Municipality. The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Actcommits the province to protecting 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land mass by 2015. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will help meet that provincial goal. The wilderness area designation will protect numerous interconnected, undeveloped lakes and wetlands; rugged woodlands with old red oak and red spruce stands; and a rare arctic-alpine plant called Mountain Sandwort. It will also help protect exceptional outdoor education and wilderness recreation opportunities such as hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, canoeing and angling. “I would like to thank the Department of Natural Resources, led by my colleague David Morse, for helping to make this unique near-urban wilderness area a reality,” said Mr. Parent. Blue Mountain–Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will complement Halifax Regional Municipality’s regional planning strategy, which includes creating a large park in that region. “I’m very pleased with the province’s collaborative approach and support for HRM’s regional plan,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “This will help us move forward with HRM’s plans for a regional park in the area.” The environmental value of the lands was highlighted in an environmental assessment report into the proposed Highway 113. The independent report notes that the proposed highway routeis outside the area worthy of protection. The wilderness-area designation addresses the report’s recommendation that lands south of the proposed highway route be protected. For more information about Nova Scotia’s 34 protected wilderness areas, visit the Environment and Labour Department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/protectedareas .last_img read more

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Smoky skies countrywide heat wave lead Environment Canadas Top 10 weather list

first_imgDave Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist, has been compiling Top 10 lists for 23 years and he says the weather is not as cut and dried as it used to be. Here are his top events for 2018:1. Smoky skies: Driven by hot, dry conditions, the number of fires was higher than last year and the area burned was double the 25-year averages. Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and down the Pacific Coast to California darkened skies and soured air for more than 10 million Canadians.2. Canada and the global heat wave: It was hot from coast to coast. Canada Day in Ottawa was the second-warmest in more than 130 years. Three Saskatchewan cities broke all-time records with temperatures into the 40s C. In Quebec, 93 people died from heat-related causes.3. Spring and fall disappear: The coldest April on record slammed into the hottest-ever May. A few months later, the Prairie harvest ground to a halt when 30 centimetres of snow fell in some areas in September and October.4. Billion-dollar windstorm: Hundreds of thousands in Quebec and Ontario were left without power in May as 120-km/h winds snapped power poles, damaged homes and hurled tree branches into vehicles like armour-piercing spears. The clean-up tab is estimated at more than $1 billion.5. Ottawa tornadoes: A series of tornadoes tore up the boundary region between Ontario and Quebec on Sept. 21. One of them was the most powerful recorded anywhere in North America last summer. Insurance costs are expected to be about $307 million.6. British Columbia floods: A snowpack nearly twice the norm, a wet spring and high late-spring temperatures produced flooding in several river valleys in southern B.C. Almost 5,000 people were forced from their homes by river levels not seen in 50 years.7. Fast flooding in New Brunswick: Floods on the Saint John River are an old story, but even old-timers were surprised by the speed of the water in 2018. Deep snow, heavy rains and sudden heat created the largest, most damaging flood in modern New Brunswick history down river of Fredericton in April and May. The Reversing Falls stopped reversing.8. Toronto’s tiny, perfect storm: On Aug. 7, a compact storm dumped 58 millimetres of rain downtown and 72 millimetres on Toronto Island, while the suburbs and the airport got almost nothing. Two men nearly drowned in an underground parking elevator and Blue Jays baseball fans got rained on despite the closed roof at Rogers Centre.9. Cold start, long winter: Six months of it. Albertans faced wind-chill cold of -45 C on New Year’s Eve. In early January, Toronto was colder than Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. 10. The cruellest month: Nationally, it was the coldest April in 16 years and in 71 years if you lived through it in Ontario and Quebec. In those provinces the misery was compounded with up to 12 centimetres of freezing rain, snow and ice pellets. Windows on Parliament Hill were smashed. The CN Tower was closed after Rogers Centre was bombed by ice falling from the tower.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sarah McIvers aunt says school officials in China made error

first_imgThe aunt of an Alberta woman who has been released from custody in China says she believes it was a mistake by her niece’s employer that resulted in her arrest.Sarah McIver was detained earlier this month over a work-permit issue related to her teaching job, but her aunt Rhona McIver says Sarah is now on her way back to her hometown of Drumheller, Alta.Rhona McIver said she believes her niece arrived in China to learn that the school she’d planned to teach at no longer had a job for her, so officials gave her work at another school.“That’s where the mistake got made,” McIver said from Drumheller in an interview Saturday.“She probably didn’t even think about it.”McIver’s arrest followed those of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians living and working in China, on allegations they were harming China’s national security.China arrested Kovrig and Spavor separately after Canadian authorities detained a Chinese technology executive in Vancouver. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of electronics giant Huawei Technologies, is wanted in the United States on allegations she lied to American banks as part of an effort to get around sanctions on Iran.China and Canada both insisted McIver’s case was different from Kovrig’s and Spavor’s.Rhona McIver said Sarah’s mother and sister have driven to B.C. to pick her up. She explained that while in China, McIver adopted a puppy, and even though she was able to fly from China to Canada with the dog, there was a problem flying it to Calgary.“One morning she was going to school and somebody threw out some pups, so she rescued one,” McIver said, adding they could be back in Drumheller by Saturday evening.McIver said her niece like to travel and had been to China before, but only as a tourist.A spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry said last week that a Canadian woman had received an administrative penalty for illegal employment but did not provide further details.A spokesman with Global Affairs Canada confirmed Friday that a Canadian citizen who was detained in China this month was released and has returned to Canada, but would not release further information due to provisions under the Privacy Act.last_img read more

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UN appeals for funds to help Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania

“Unless new contributions arrive now, we will have to cut rations across the board to everyone we assist or face a complete break in supplies in December,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Burundi Country Director Gerard van Dijk said. Burundi, recovering from decades of devastating ethnic war, is one of the first nations referred to the new UN Peacebuilding Commission that seeks to prevent countries emerging from conflict from slipping back into bloodshed. “While security has improved significantly in Burundi, refugees say that with improved food security, there would be better prospects for return,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) country representative Bo Schack said, echoing WFP’s appeal. “The increased food package is an important step in our joint effort to help returnees reintegrate in their home communities. We are appealing for strong donor support for this initiative.” Without new funds, both the returnee rations and food aid for 815,000 other hungry Burundians are in jeopardy. WFP urgently needs $20 million to continue its work in the small Central African country, one of the poorest and least developed in the world. Since April, WFP has provided a four-month food ration to returnees from Tanzania. The agency and its partner Caritas, a non-governmental organization, will now provide a six-month ration, helping families through their first difficult months before their first harvest in their homeland. “We hope that this larger ration will speed up the pace of returns to Burundi this year,” Mr. van Dijk said. It is “particularly worrying that we are in a funding crunch at the same time as the Government of Tanzania is pushing for more refugees to return home,” he added. “We need to be able to tell families considering a return that they can count on food and other aid to help them.” Returning refugees receive a two-month ration as they start their journey in Tanzania, and can then use vouchers to collect the remaining four-month entitlement close to their homes. Forty-five permanent distribution centres and 72 mobile distribution facilities have been set up in the provinces. In a similar bid to boost repatriation, UNHCR introduced a cash grant in July. Each returnee receives the equivalent of almost $50 upon arrival to buy essential goods. Some 6,000 refugees have returned since the launch of the cash initiative, more than half of the over 10,000 returnees since the beginning of the year. Since 2002, more than 340,000 refugees have returned voluntarily. Overall, Tanzania hosts nearly half a million refugees, making it one of the largest asylum countries in Africa. In addition to the 149,000 Burundians, there are also 110,000 Congolese living in camps in northwestern Tanzania, where they receive UNHCR and WFP aid. According to Government estimates, another 200,000 Burundians live outside the camps. 14 August 2007United Nations agencies appealed to donors today for at least $20 million for increased food aid to help many of the 149,000 Burundian refugees in camps in Tanzania to return home, warning that without more funding the initiative may collapse. read more

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Cineplex Inc to sell an even pricier and more immersive 4D film

TORONTO — Lights! Fog! Action!In what will make for an even pricier night out at the movies, Cineplex is launching a new tier of big-screen experience that includes films augmented by piped-in scents and environmental effects like wind, snow and bubbles.Those are just a few of the promises of so-called 4DX technology, which will hit a Toronto cinema this summer.‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ helps propel Cineplex to record Q4 resultsHow Montreal-based D-BOX Technologies’ seats are rumbling their way into more cinemasDesigned to make high-octane blockbusters even more appealing, special theatres will have traditional seats replaced with chairs that move in sync with the action. Environmental effects will be programmed to kick in at moments that complement the film.It’s the latest cutting-edge technology being adopted by Hollywood in hopes of keeping moviegoers buying tickets — but the experience comes at a richer price.While Cineplex hasn’t decided how much it will charge customers, it says 4DX will be the most expensive ticket on its menu, which means it will run upwards of $24.The company plans to open its first completely redesigned 4DX theatre at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP in downtown Toronto. read more

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Ex Maldives VP accused of getting Lankan sniper to assassinate Yameen

“I am confident the prosecutor general will press terrorism charges against Adeeb,” he added. The NIC had gathered enough evidence to win the case against the former vice president, he said.A total of eight individuals are in police custody over the blast, the commission said. Some, including three arrested over the sniper plot, have been released. (Colombo Gazette) Naseer, who heads the national inquiry commission on the boat blast, linked the September blast with the May Day plot and said: “All these instructions came from the same person, on the instructions of Ahmed Adeeb.” Adeeb remains the main suspect in the blast on Yameen’s speedboat in September, Naseer said. The alleged assassination plot has plunged the country into fresh crisis, with a purge of the security forces and discovery of massive embezzlement from state coffers. Detained former Maldives Vice President Ahmed Adeeb had brought in a Sri Lankan sniper to assassinate Maldives President Abdulla Yameen in October, the Maldives Independent quoted Maldives Home Minister Umar Naseer as saying.Speaking to the press today, Naseer also said that an inquiry into a blast on President Abdulla Yameen’s speedboat had revealed that an explosive device was prepared for a May Day rally and that the case involved the former vice president. He also alleged that Adeeb had brought in a Sri Lankan sniper to assassinate Yameen in October when the president escaped unharmed from the boat blast. Only First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim and two aides suffered minor injuries.Naseer said that forensic analysis links the presidential speedboat bomb with a second bomb found near the statehouse and a third bomb found in a cache of weapons submerged on a reef in November. He also claimed that the presidential speedboat bomb had been at a luxury government flat Adeeb owned at the Rehendhi complex. read more

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Uberlike car repair business sees growth despite economy

Uber-like car repair business sees growth despite economy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kaitlin Lee Posted Mar 17, 2016 1:38 pm MDT An Alberta-based auto mechanic business that operates a lot like Uber is seeing its customer base grow despite tough economic times. The business, called instaMek, sends a mechanic to your door and repairs on your vehicle are done right in the driveway. The service launched last year in Edmonton and while it might seem like a bad time to have started a business, founder Uzair Ahmed told 660 NEWS things have been steady since cars will break down no matter what the price of oil is at.“Our repair prices are up to 30 per cent cheaper than dealerships, because of the low overhead model,” he said. “Mechanics can make more money by using us, and there are a lot of mechanics available.”However unlike Uber, not just anyone can sign up to be one of the company’s mechanics and Ahmed said the company favours quality over quantity. “Uber will take anybody,” he said. “We have to make sure we only take the top five per cent of the mechanics out there, we make them go through a rigorous training program, and they have to get trained by one of our main guys.”Right now people who need to use the service can call, text or use an online form to submit a request and instaMek will be launching a new app for iPhones on April 1st. The company currently operates in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, and will soon start servicing Vancouver residents as well. read more

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Teaching assistant stole primary schools charity money to pay off sons drug

first_imgHannigan told the hearing: “I heard a banging on the back and front doors I went to the back door and there was a man standing there who wanted to see my son because he owed him some money – money he owed them for drugs.”I shut the door on them but they banged again – they just wanted to get at my son who was in the house with me and we were both very frightened.”They were very threatening, saying that we ‘could disappear’ or the house could burn down.”She said they demanded £1,000 for her 31-year-old son drug debts but they were satisfied with a down payment of £300.The Education Workforce Council hearing was told Mrs Hannigan was a “frequent collector” for the charity because her daughter had been treated for a serious heart problem.She told the panel: “I’m sorry this has happened I’m very remorseful.”I knew my son was in with a bad lot.”Hannigan admitted taking the money and using it to pay the dealers and had admitted unacceptable professional conduct.The disciplinary panel on Wednesday handed Hannigan a reprimand, allowing her to immediately return to the classroom.Panel chair Jacquie Turnbull said although Hannigan had acted dishonestly, her actions were not premeditated and she had since shown “genuine remorse.” “But later that night she did and acted deliberately. It was spontaneous and not something that had been planned.”It’s not the case this was part of a grander scheme to repay her son’s drug debt.”There can be no doubt that she was under extreme duress. It’s a highly unusual incident.” She told a disciplinary panel she handed two drug dealers £300 in cash – including the £287 raised by pupils at her school for the British Heart Foundation – when they arrived at her home.The Education Workforce Council heard Hannigan – who had worked in Glanhowy Primary School in Tredegar, Gwent for 23 years – was investigated over the theft in February 2015.She was interviewed by police and taken to court where she was handed a conditional discharge.Presenting Officer Cadi Dewi said: “This was a lengthy and sustained deception which was only admitted to her employers when she was confronted by colleagues.”She only notified her current school about proceedings a week before this hearing.”She’s confirmed she only notified the school because she realised it was inevitable they would find out anyway.”David Harris, representing Hannigan, said she had been put under “extreme duress” and denied she’d deliberately stolen the money to pay off the drug dealers.Mr Harris said: “There was no intention that when she went home that night she had an intention to dispose of the money dishonestly. They were very threatening, saying that we ‘could disappear’ or the house could burn down.Caroline Hannigan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Miss Turnbull said: “We’re satisfied she intended to repay the money and gave credible evidence as to why she hadn’t already done so.”We’re satisfied there’s no significant risk of her repeating her actions.” A primary school teaching assistant who stole money intended for charity to pay off her son’s drug dealer will be able to continue her career.Experienced teaching assistant Caroline Hannigan, 56, admitted taking £287 raised for the British Heart Foundation and giving it to dealers.She could have been struck from the teaching register for the offence – but a disciplinary panel has decided that she will be allowed to to return to the classroom.Hannigan said she handed over the cash after dealers threatened to make her “disappear” over her son’s drug debts. I’m sorry this has happened I’m very remorseful. I knew my son was in with a bad lot.Caroline Hanniganlast_img read more

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Broadcast Amendment Bill GPA stands in solidarity with local broadcasters

One day after private broadcast companies came out to criticise the Government over the proposed Broadcast Amendment Bill and asked for the deferral of the debate and passage of a recently-tabled bill, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) has come out in support of these companies.President of the GPA, Neil Marks“We stand in solidarity with local broadcasters on this issue and will be seeking further legal advice to convince the Government of the need to halt or reverse this process given the severe consequences these amendments pose to freedom of the press in Guyana and the commercial viability of private radio and television stations,” the GPA said in a strongly worded statement.The press body claimed that the amendments being sought will essentially introduce an unwarranted “programme manager” position by the State in the daily schedules of radio and television stations. It said, “The overall provision for the allocation of 60 minutes for public service programmes will disrupt and violate contractual obligations that stations will have with advertisers and programme sponsors.”While recognising that private broadcasters have an important role to play in cases of emergencies and disasters, including matters of public health, the GPA said it out-rightly opposed the actual allocation of times or the need to inform the authority about this or for the authority to dictate time slots if it does not agree with those allocated by the stations.“The GPA strongly objects to the Guyana Government seeking to redefine what constitutes “public service programmes” as this is in direct contradiction and a violation of the letter and spirit of the definition of public service broadcasting as laid down by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) of which Guyana is a member,” it explained.In referring to one of UNESCO’s factors in determining public service broadcasting is independent and free from State and political control, the Press Association asserted that public broadcasting is a forum where ideas should be expressed freely, where information, opinions and criticisms can circulate.This is, according to the body, possible only if the broadcaster is independent, thereby allowing the freedom of public broadcasting to be maintained against commercial or political influence.“If the information provided by the public broadcaster was influenced by the Government, people are less likely to believe the content. Likewise, if the public broadcaster’s programming were designed for commercial ends, people would not understand why they are being asked to finance a service providing programming that is not substantially different from those provided by commercial broadcasters.”The GPA also thinks President David Granger and the rest of the Cabinet may have been ill-advised by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo of what constitutes “public service programmes.” Nagamootoo holds the portfolio of Broadcasting and Information Minister.Further legal advice from local and international experts is being sought by the GPA. The Association also plans on raising this matter with its affiliates such as the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) and the International Press Institute (IPI), and other global press freedom bodies.Several private media owners and operators have expressed several concerns about the Bill. Most of them have said that this Bill could negatively impact their operations, particularly as it relates to the licensing fee structure, the imposition on property and infringement to determine broadcast content. They also claimed that they were not consulted on the amendments.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has said that the Bill in its current form is a direct attack on press freedom while urging broadcasters not to sit idly by and allow the Government, through its one-seat majority, to get its way with the passage of the Bill; but rather seek recourse through the courts.Part two of the Bill sets out that broadcast agencies will be mandated to broadcast public service programmes for a total of up to one hour daily. Broadcast agencies will be airing these public service programmes free of cost and as requested by the Government between 06:00h and 22:00h.It is also states that the GNBA reserves the right to direct a broadcasting agency to broadcast emergency notices or disaster warnings for any length of time, and regularly during peak or prime advertising time periods, depending on the nature of the emergency and having regard to public safety.Revoking the 2014 broadcasting regulations, the Act also puts those broadcasters who are already licensed at the mercy of the Authority. It mandates that any licensed entity carrying out broadcast services immediately before the act went into effect will have no choice but to reapply within 30 days for a licence in accordance with the amended law, in addition to a  plethora of other restrictions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPI urges Govt to review amendments to broadcast billAugust 8, 2017In “Business”Broadcast Amendment Bill: Reporters Without Borders urges President not to assent until “meaningful” consultations heldAugust 8, 2017In “Business”Legal challenge to Broadcast Amendment Bill filed by former Attorney GeneralOctober 10, 2017In “Business” read more

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Surface subsidence effects of coal mining detailed in new DEP report

first_imgThe Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released the fourth in a series of ongoing reports detailing the effects of surface subsidence related to underground bituminous coal mining in Pennsylvania. The report, prepared by the University of Pittsburgh, addresses the effects of mining in Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Clearfield, Elk, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Somerset and Washington counties.“This report provides vital information about the significance of bituminous mining on Pennsylvania’s landscape,” DEP Deputy Secretary for Active and Abandoned Mine Operations John Stefanko said. “We will use this information to evaluate the effectiveness of our mining program and consider ways to enhance the program in the future.”The report, mandated by Act 54, details the amount of structures, water supplies and streams undermined during a five-year assessment period. It also provides an overview of the type of effects to surface structures and surface features, as well as information on how long it took to resolve those issues. Three previous Act 54 reports covered 1993 through 2008.According to the report, there were 46 underground coal mines active during the reporting period beneath 31,343 acres of land, an 18% decline in the amount of land undermined during the previous five-year assessment period. In total, there were approximately 1,250 different “effects,” or incidents reported to DEP during this most recent five-year period by its staff, coal companies or land owners.Other findings of the report include:• Since the last assessment, DEP has been able to identify more than double the amount of pre-mining wetland acreage due to improved techniques.• Continued study is warranted to assess wetland mitigation sites, if required, to make sure that the sites achieve proposed functionality.• Total biological scores, a measure of the insect life, show improvement over time at sites impacted by flow loss.• Gate cut mitigation, a method of leveling-out land that has experienced subsidence, has emerged as a successful tool to restore streams to their pre-mining condition.• A technical guidance document, titled Surface Water Protection – Underground Bituminous Coal Mining Operations, which was put in place in 2007,has improved the way DEP quantifies and interprets impacts to surface waters.• DEP has increased the amount and type of data required to make permit decisions related to mining activities• Data management and storage must be enhanced and standardised in order to efficiently enforce the requirements of Act 54 and its implementing regulations.The report was prepared by the University of Pittsburgh’s Departments of Biological Sciences, Geology and Planetary Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering. The University was selected to conduct the study because it employs faculty and research staff with the expertise to review all aspects of the effects of mining-related subsidence. Representatives from the university will present their findings to DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council during an upcoming meeting. The meeting is public, and a date will be posted to DEP’s online calendar in the near future.Act 54 was passed in 1994 and requires DEP to assess the impacts of underground bituminous coal mining on surface features. It expanded the list of structures for which mine operators were liable and held deep mine operators legally responsible for mining-related impacts to water supplies for the first time in Pennsylvania’s history. The report illustrates the subsidence potential for active mines. Abandoned mines also pose a danger, so it is important for those owning property above abandoned underground mines to insure themselves and their belongings against subsidence-related damage.DEP offers Mine Subsidence Insurance (MSI) to residents owning property above abandoned mines. “Mine subsidence insurance is as affordable as ever, costing about 26 cents a day to insure homes, businesses and other structures. Currently, there are 58,146 MSI policies that cover approximately $ 10.34 billion in property.”last_img read more

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Diablo III offline play crack released in beta form

first_imgBlizzard decided the best way to protect Diablo III from piracy was to implement always-connected DRM through Battle.net. It has led to more than a few problems, thousands of angry gamers, and the threat of a few lawsuits.While all that has been playing out over the past few weeks, renowned Chinese hacking group Skidrow has been working away on a crack. The online DRM Diablo III uses, works by constantly checking to see if a user is connected while running the game. So Skidrow has developed a server emulator that makes the game think it is connected to Battle.net when in fact the gamer is playing offline.The crack is still a work in progress, but it does work in so far as allowing the game to load and run, and a beta version has been released as a torrent. It also looks like it includes a LAN play option suggesting you can still play with friends. However, because the game effectively runs online it is apparently devoid of much content at the moment. And in order for that content to be added, Skidrow would have to steal it from Blizzard’s servers and add it to their emulated server.As Diablo III isn’t available in China yet, you can imagine how popular the crack is going to be even if it doesn’t do that much yet. With the issues gamers have been having around the world, it’s likely to spread very quickly.So popular are Blizzard games in China, legitimate news website in the region are reporting the crack as a positive development. These include Tencent and the People’s Daily, who even ask users to be patient with the bugs they find in the crack.For Blizzard, it will mean alarm bells ringing. Not having the game available to buy in China means thousands of gamers will revert to attempting to crack it. Even if it leads to nothing, it opens the way for viruses to start spreading as part of torrents claiming to be the offline crack, and it will confuse more than a few gamers eager to play the game at any cost.All Blizzard can do is try and figure out how to stop the server emulation from working and updating clients with a patch. Other than that it should make sure it has bullet proof security protecting the Battle.net servers in case someone does try to steal the Diablo III gameplay content.More at Kotakulast_img read more

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Office Mac 2011 la suite sera disponible en octobre 2010

first_imgOffice Mac 2011 : la suite sera disponible en octobre 2010États-Unis – La suite bureautique Office pour Mac 2011 devrait être disponible en octobre 2010, en deux versions différentes.Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, peu d’individus avaient pu jeter un œil sur la version bêta, délivrée à quelques privilégiés depuis juillet. Mais la suite bureautique Office pour Mac 2011 sera disponible à tous, ou du moins à tous les propriétaires de Mac, dès octobre 2010, et cela en deux versions. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?La première, Microsoft Office pour Mac Famille et Étudiant 2011, sera disponible pour 109 euros pour une seule licence, et 139 euros pour trois licences avec Messenger, Excel, Word et PowerPoint. La seconde version, Microsoft Office pour Mac Famille et Petite Entreprise 2011, sera disponible pour 249 euros pour une seule licence, et 379 euros pour deux. Cette formule offrira le même contenu que la première, avec en supplément la version professionnelle d’Outlook.Pour les possesseurs d’Office pour Mac 2008, Microsoft offrira une mise à jour vers Office pour Mac 2011 totalement gratuite. Le 3 août 2010 à 12:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Public invited to meet police chief candidates

first_imgWoodland – Residents will be able to meet the final candidates for the new Woodland police chief at an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. March 8 in the Woodland Middle School commons, 755 Park St., Woodland.City officials reviewed the applications and selected the finalists based on their experience, leadership and potential fit with the city. During their visit, each of the finalists will be interviewed by panels made up of city councilors and staff and members of the community.The candidates will give a short introduction and be available for brief conversations.last_img

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Speaker Housing has social value

first_imgA keynote speaker asked his Vancouver business audience to focus on the social value of the community’s housing stock instead of its economic worth at a Friday breakfast to benefit a local nonprofit housing resource center. But it’s difficult to separate the two, Marc Levy, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, said at the breakfast. Residents value the ability to live within their means. Employers, in turn, appreciate having access to a large pool of potential employees, Levy said.“Housing is a key aspect of that,” Levy told the crowd of about 150 people at the 11th-annual Home is Where the Heart Is fundraising breakfast. The event at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay was sponsored by Columbia Credit Union and other financial lenders. It was organized to benefit the Community Housing Resource Center, a nonprofit that offers counseling programs for homebuyers and homeowners.last_img read more

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Hearst to Sell Stake in EReader

first_imgLast fall, Hearst tapped E Ink to develop and produce the flexible electronic “paper” cover for Esquire’s October 75th anniversary issue. Earlier this year, Hearst was said to be developing a wireless e-reader device—similar to the Kindle—featuring a large-format screen that’s conducive to reading magazines.”Hearst has invested in a separate company that is creating an entire e-reading ecosystem for consumers, featuring a broad range of content from multiple publishers,” the spokesperson said.According to industry analyst Vinita Jakhanwal, the market for e-readers is expected to grow from 1.1 million units in 2008 to 20 million units by 2012. Hearst Interactive Media has agreed to sell its stake in E Ink—the electronic paper display  firm that developed the technology for Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader—to Taiwan-based e-paper display module supplier Prime View International. Prime View said it agreed to buy out all of E Ink’s investors for approximately $215 million.Hearst acquired a stake in Cambridge, Massachusetts-based E Ink in 1998. “With the rapid increase in e-Reader acceptance, the value of E Ink grew and the investors decided it was a good time to sell,” a Hearst spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “There are various approvals and shareholder votes needed before this closes.”Other E Ink investors include Motorola Corp., FA Technology Ventures and Intel Capital. The Hearst spokesperson declined to say how much of a stake the publisher had in E Ink.last_img read more

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The Supreme Court To Hear Evidence In Case Of Partisan Redistricting

The Supreme Court To Hear Evidence In Case Of Partisan Redistricting

first_img Share The Latest on the Supreme Court consideration of a legislative redistricting case (all times local):11:40 a.m.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker remains confident that GOP-drawn legislative district maps will survive a Supreme Court review.The nation’s highest court on Monday said it will hear arguments in the case. Justices also put on hold an earlier ruling requiring that new maps be drawn by November.Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says the Republican governor “is confident Wisconsin’s redistricting process is constitutional and is pleased to see the Supreme Court take the case.”Democratic state legislative leaders say they have faith that the Supreme Court will uphold lower court rulings that found the maps unconstitutionally favored Republicans.Democratic state Assembly leader Peter Barca says “Voters should be able to choose their representatives, not the other way around.”___11:25 a.m.Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (SHIH’-mehl) says he is “thrilled” the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit brought by Democrats challenging redistricting maps drawn by Republicans.A panel of three federal judges previously ruled that the maps unconstitutionally harmed Democrats because districts were drawn in a way that unfairly benefited Republicans.Schimel is a Republican who is defending the maps. He said on Monday that Wisconsin’s “redistricting process was entirely lawful and constitutional, and the district court should be reversed.”Sachin Chheda (SAH’-chihn CHAY’-dah) is director of the Fair Elections Project, which organized and launched the lawsuit. He says Democrats proved in court that their rights were violated and “now this story will be told on a national stage.___11:15 a.m.The Supreme Court is putting the redrawing of Wisconsin legislative districts on hold while the justices consider the issue of partisan gerrymandering.The justices issued their order Monday about 90 minutes after they agreed to hear the Wisconsin case in the fall, the first case on partisan politics and redistricting in more than a decade.The court’s five conservative justices voted to stop the redistricting process. The four liberals would have let it proceed.A three-judge court struck down the districts as an illegal partisan gerrymander and ordered new ones to be put in place for the 2018 elections.The Supreme Court is unlikely to decide the Wisconsin case before early next year.___9:30 a.m.The Supreme Court is wading into the thicket of partisan redistricting in a case from Wisconsin.The justices say Monday they will decide whether Republican lawmakers drew electoral districts so out of whack with the state’s political breakdown that they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters.It’s the high court’s first case on what’s known as partisan gerrymandering in more than a decade, and the outcome could affect elections across the country.The case will be argued in the fall.A three-judge court struck down Wisconsin’s legislative districts in November and ordered new maps drawn in time for the 2018 elections. That work is proceeding.___3:15 a.m.The Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political.A dispute over Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn boundaries for the state legislature offers Democrats some hope of cutting into GOP electoral majorities across the United States. Election law experts say the case is the best chance yet for the high court to put limits on what lawmakers may do to gain a partisan advantage in creating political district maps.The justices could say as early as Monday whether they will intervene. The Constitution requires states to redo their political maps to reflect population changes identified in the once-a-decade census.The issue of gerrymandering — creating districts that often are oddly shaped, with the aim of benefiting one party — is central to the debate.last_img read more

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California may use vibrational energy of driving to generate power

California may use vibrational energy of driving to generate power

first_img California bill would put more emphasis on renewable energy (PhysOrg.com) — When you get into your car, for the daily commute or for a relaxing weekend visit to a friend house you give off energy. Not just the energy from the fossil fuels that you burn, but a different kind of energy, vibrational energy. Most of us do not give that energy a second thought, unless we’re trying to do something that requires fine motor skills, such as putting the lid back onto your slightly deformed cup of scalding hot coffee, but it is there. Citation: California may use vibrational energy of driving to generate power (2011, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-california-vibrational-energy-power.html It is also a potential source of a green, and renewable energy. California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a democrat from the Burbank district, hopes to help his home state to use it effectively. He has put in motion a legislation proposing that, if it passes, would create a pilot program designed to capture those vibrations. 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.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further The system, if implemented, would place sensors under a stretch of California roads. These sensors would be able to collect the vibrations caused by traffic and covert them into power. This system, know as piezoelectric generation, has the potential to add significantly to the power supply, if the system were implemented on a larger scale. A potential test patch, a one mile stretch of a two lane highway, would be able to create enough new electricity to power roughly 500 homes for an entire year, or give juice to 120 electrical vehicles each day. Not to mention the powering of street lights and traffic signals.The proposal does not divert funds from any areas, since California regularly sets aside funds for these types of projects. It also would not represent any interruption to the flow of traffic in the state, since the sensors would only be placed under the ground during the regular repaving of roads. No word yet on when this bill will go to a vote or when residents of the state of California can expect to see these changes, should the bill pass in the state legislation.last_img read more

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New fossils show ancient comb jellies had skeleton parts

New fossils show ancient comb jellies had skeleton parts

first_imgFour taxa of Cambrian skeletonized comb jellies. Credit: Dr. Qiang Ou and his colleagues Contrary to popular belief, though they may look a lot like them, comb jellies are not jellyfish, instead they belong to the phylum Ctenophora. Scientists have found over a hundred species of the creature in its modern form and not one of them has any sort of skeleton. That is why the find in China is so surprising, an early relative that lived approximately 520 million years ago (during the Cambrian Period), did have some bony parts.The fossils were found at the famous Chengjiang site, embedded in rock—in all, six species were found among over three dozen specimens, each with some amount of hard skeleton material. The bone-like material was shaped like spokes, struts or plates. The plates appeared to cover the bodies, serving apparently, as a barrier against predators, or perhaps some other harmful environmental factor. The researchers cannot say for sure what the bone-like material was made of but suspect it was likely chitin or something similar, or even a carbonate rich mineral material. Also, because of the arrangement of the spokes or struts, the team suggests that the bones could have served a dual purpose, structural support and as a defense mechanism. In a bit of a twist, if the skeletal parts were indeed meant as a protection mechanisms, it does not appear to have worked out—the fossil species found in the rocks never made it to the modern age, they all died out.The finding also appears to contradict theories (based on DNA models) that have suggested ancient comb jellies had tentacles—none of the fossils had any sign of them. On the other hand, finding they had skeletons suggests they faced unknown threats, which should present a new avenue for study. © 2015 Phys.org More information: A vanished history of skeletonization in Cambrian comb jellies, Science Advances  10 Jul 2015: Vol. 1, no. 6, e1500092. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500092AbstractCtenophores are traditionally regarded as “lower” metazoans, sharing with cnidarians a diploblastic grade of organization. Unlike cnidarians, where skeletonization (biomineralization and sclerotization) evolved repeatedly among ecologically important taxa (for example, scleractinians and octocorals), living ctenophores are characteristically soft-bodied animals. We report six sclerotized and armored ctenophores from the early Cambrian period. They have diagnostic ctenophore features (for example, an octamerous symmetry, oral-aboral axis, aboral sense organ, and octaradially arranged ctene rows). Unlike most modern counterparts, however, they lack tentacles, have a sclerotized framework, and have eight pairs of ctene rows. They are resolved as a monophyletic group (Scleroctenophora new class) within the ctenophores. This clade reveals a cryptic history and sheds new light on the early evolution of this basal animal phylum. Skeletonization also occurs in some other Cambrian animal groups whose extant members are exclusively soft-bodied, suggesting the ecological importance of skeletonization in the Cambrian explosion. Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from several institutions in China and one in the U.S. has found evidence that shows that ancient comb jellies had skeleton parts. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes comb jelly ancestor fossils that were found in rock formations in China, the skeleton parts they found and theories regarding possible reasons for those parts.center_img Ancient balloon-shaped animal fossil sheds light on Earth’s ancient seas Citation: New fossils show ancient comb jellies had skeleton parts (2015, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-fossils-ancient-jellies-skeleton.html 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. Journal information: Science Advanceslast_img read more

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Brazils GDP grows 06 percent in 1st quarter

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil says the country’s gross domestic product grew 0.6 percent in the first quarter of the year. The result was below the 0.9 percent market analysts had forecast.IBGE, the government’s statistics bureau, says on its website that the economy grew 0.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter in 2012 and 1.09 percent compared to last year’s first quarter.The country’s agricultural sector registered the best performance of the quarter, growing 9.7 percent. Industrial output contracted 0.3 percent. 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona In all of 2012, the gross domestic product grew just 0.9 percent. It was the worst annual result since 2009 when the GDP contracted 0.3 percent.The government has projected a 4 percent GDP growth by year’s end, but analysts don’t believe it will grow more than 2.9 percent.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Economists Surprised by Drop in Consumer Sentiment

Economists Surprised by Drop in Consumer Sentiment

first_imgEconomists Surprised by Drop in Consumer Sentiment The “”University of Michigan’s””:http://www.umich.edu/ preliminary Index of Consumer Sentiment report shows a drop in confidence for November–and “”Capital Economics'””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ Amna Asaf is at a loss to explain why.[IMAGE]The index, released jointly by UMich and “”Thomson Reuters””:http://thomsonreuters.com/, fell from 73.2 to a two-year low of 72.0 in the first November report. With the economy in a relatively healthier position compared to last month, Asaf–an economist for the macroeconomics research firm–says the decline is something of a surprise.””The further drop in the University of Michigan’s index of consumer confidence … is hard to explain given that the [COLUMN_BREAK]government reopened, the labour market is strengthening, equity markets have rallied and gasoline prices have fallen further,”” she said.The decline in November’s headline index came from a drop in the Current Conditions Index, which fell to a 10-month low of 87.2 from 89.9 at the end of October. That index typically reflects changes in job market conditions, which–given October’s strong increase in payrolls–makes the preliminary November figures all the more puzzling, Asaf said.Meanwhile, the Index of Consumer Expectations, which reflects changes in equity and gas prices, registered 62.3, down slightly from 62.5. Gasoline prices are hovering at year-to-date lows, and mortgage rates have also leveled out at a five-month low of around 4.30 percent, Asaf noted.While the early-release numbers are difficult to align with what’s going on in the country, Capital Economics expects things will pick up in later releases–perhaps even in the final numbers for November.””Overall, a disappointing decline, but it is hard to square with the improvement in the normal key drivers of confidence or the strength of actual consumption,”” Asaf said. “”We wouldn’t be surprised to see a rebound in confidence before the end of the year.”” November 8, 2013 420 Views in Datacenter_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-11-08 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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