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Wendy Landry is worried about affordable housing, accessible public transit and infrastructure.Her checklist of issues, which reads like a snapshot of big-city newspaper headlines, encapsulates some of the challenges facing the small northern Ontario community of Shuniah, east of Thunder Bay, where she’s been acclaimed to a second term as mayor.Like most of the 417 municipalities where local elections are taking place on Monday, Shuniah’s campaign unfolded quietly in the shadow of Toronto’s more high-profile race.Most of the airtime was consumed by the city’s bruising battle with the provincial government over the size of city council, but the list of issues dominating Toronto’s campaign trails is known well beyond its borders.Its contents resonate with voters across the province, Landry said, adding many of the concerns typically framed as unique to big cities transcend town lines and are relevant in communities of all sizes.Now that the Toronto fight has come to an end, Landry said she hopes those in higher orders of government can work with newly minted councils to tackle universally pressing issues.“We weren’t getting any of our issues addressed,” Landry said in a telephone interview. “But they’re the powers that be, so you have to let them get through their stuff and then hopefully come back and take a look and hear what we have to say about our issues.”Simon Jefferies, a spokesman for Premier Doug Ford, said Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark “has been working day-in and day-out with local governments on the priorities that are important to them.”Landry cites mass transit as one of the top issues facing much of northern Ontario, including her community of about 2,700 people.Residents, she said, have few if any options for traversing the hundreds of kilometres between communities and require a broader bus network.Other municipalities have tried to take action on transit over the past four years, with some turning to the private sector for either inspiration or direct help.Innisfil, Ont., struck a partnership with Uber that sees the ride-hailing company provide service to designated areas for a flat fee subsidized by the town.More recently, Belleville, Ont., established an Uber-style bus service in which residents travelling at night request pickups from buses that then follow routes based on demand rather than pre-determined stops.Landry said accessible housing is another broadly relevant issue, adding the existing supply is not well-suited to the needs of an aging and changing population.Liz Huff, retiring councillor for Leeds and the Thousand Islands in eastern Ontario, agrees.She said the single-family homes that dominate rural communities like hers become too unwieldy for seniors whose health needs may grow complex over time.That supply is stretched even thinner, she said, by an influx of both retirees and working professionals relocating to areas beyond the expensive cities where housing may now be unaffordable.Huff said the growing shortage forces life-long residents to uproot themselves and relocate in order to survive, adding incoming local governments are increasingly forced to confront the issue.“We don’t have suitable housing for aging in place,” she said, echoing sentiments expressed by other municipal politicians across the province. “People have to leave and go to … assisted living or retirement communities because they can no longer take care of their farm or their waterfront property.”Anecdotes from the province’s many election trails suggest candidates also find themselves frequently fielding questions on the interconnected issues of infrastructure and taxation, according to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.Executive Director Pat Vanini said nearly every jurisdiction has a pet infrastructure project that galvanizes local debate, adding they can range from roads to flood-water management systems to internet coverage.While the projects may vary, Vanini said there’s a universal, perennial question underpinning the discussions.“The question has always been, ‘how do we pay for it,’” Vanini said. “If you don’t want your taxes to go up, what services don’t you want? Those are the things that councils deal with daily. Voters don’t necessarily deal with it in the same way. They deal with it in an emotional piece, for sure, but they’re not…trying to figure out how to thread the needle on all of this.”Huff added that taxation becomes a particularly contentious issue in municipalities that don’t provide curbside garbage pickup or local water treatment services.Gary McNamara, recently acclaimed to a fifth term as mayor of Tecumseh, Ont., said taxation has loomed large in every municipal campaign he’s witnessed. This year, however, he said local governments across southwestern Ontario and beyond are wrestling with a new arrival on the municipal scene — legal cannabis.The provincial government, tasked with creating the framework for the new federal law lifting the ban on recreational pot, has allowed municipalities a short window in which to decide whether to allow private cannabis retailers to operate within their boundaries.That issue, plus decisions around welcoming cannabis-affiliated businesses and absorbing the potential influx of people that come with them, has engaged voters so far and promises to keep freshly elected councils busy early in their new mandates, he said.“After inaugurations, boom, that’s probably the first piece of business that’s going to have to be dealt with,” McNamara said. “There’s still some uncertainty there.”
2 February 2007A new expert report confirming the existence of global warming and asserting that it is likely driven by human activities should eliminate any doubt that speedy and decisive action is needed in response, the senior United Nations climate change official said today. According to the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world faces an average temperature rise of around 3°C this century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at their current pace and are allowed to double from their pre-industrial level. “The findings, which governments have agreed upon, leave no doubt as to the dangers mankind is facing and must be acted upon without delay,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“Any notion that we do not know enough to move decisively against climate change has been clearly dispelled.”He called on governments to advance negotiations being held under UN auspices. “The world urgently needs new international agreement on stronger emission caps for industrialized countries, incentives for developing countries to limit their emissions, and support for robust adaptation measures,” he said. The new report says that warming during the last 100 years was 0.74 °C, with most of the warming occurring during the past 50 years due to human activities. The world is expected to warm at the rate of 0.2 °C per decade for the next 20 years, or 3ºC.The report was a consensus agreement of climate scientists and experts from 40 countries and was endorsed by 113 governments in Paris this week.“It is politically significant that all the governments have agreed to the conclusions of the scientists, making this assessment a solid foundation for sound decision making,” Mr. de Boer said. But some of the direst predictions in the IPCC report – that can happen if no efforts are taken to reduce emissions – such as temperature increases of 4.5°C (8.1°F) and sea level rise of up to 58 centimetres over the next century, could be avoided if necessary action is taken. “The good news is that the worst predictions of the IPCC are based on scenarios which do not take into account action to combat climate change now or in the future. Both the policies and technologies to prevent such consequences are available and putting them in place is precisely what the Climate Convention and the Kyoto Protocol are designed to do.” The Kyoto Protocol presently requires 35 industrialized countries and the European Community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5% below 1990 levels in its first commitment period between 2008 and 2012.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed, pressured by mining stocks that fell alongside commodities amid weak Chinese trade data.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 1,042.85 -0.16 -0.02%S&P 500 — 1,877.17 -0.87 -0.05% Dow — 16,418.68 -34.04 -0.21% Nasdaq — 4,334.45 -1.77 -0.04%The resource-heavy S&P/TSX composite index edged up 2.98 points to 14,302.06.The weak economic data from overseas, coupled with Friday’s poor employment report, pushed the Canadian dollar down 0.09 of a cent to 90.08 cents US.Data released Monday from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. showed the pace of housing starts picked up in February. Starts rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 192,094, up from 180,481 in January and represented the first month-over-month increase since October. New York’s Dow Jones industrials lost 34.04 points to 16,418.68, the Nasdaq was down 1.77 points at 4,334.45 and the S&P 500 index was off 0.87 of a point at 1,877.17.China’s exports fell by an unexpectedly large 18% in February. The country’s official 2014 economic growth target of 7.5% assumes trade also will grow by 7.5%. But customs data showed that combined imports and exports so far this year have shrunk by 4.8%.“For the world’s second-largest economy to add 7% to output is still a meaningful contribution to global growth,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“But the trajectory is slowing and that’s concerning and Chinese officials are trying to orchestrate this transition from a hyper-growth economy that was dependent upon public investment to a domestic economy — and that’s not a smooth transition.”The base metals sector led TSX losers, down almost 3% as copper prices fell for a second session in the wake of the Chinese data, with the May contract in New York losing another five cents to US$3.03 a pound. Prices for the metal tumbled 14 cents Friday after Chinese authorities allowed the country’s first corporate bond default, which fuelled speculation as to how many more companies may be in a similar situation.The gold sector declined about 0.65% even as the April bullion contract climbed $3.30 to US$1,341.50.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) is divesting part of its holdings in African Barrick Gold plc. Barrick says about 41 million ordinary shares it indirectly holds in African Barrick, representing about 10% of the company, will be placed with institutional investors. Based on Monday’s figures, the value of the stock would be more than C$233 million. Barrick shares faded 18 cents to $21.90.The energy sector edged up 0.07% as the weak overseas data pushed the April crude contract in New York down $1.46 to US$101.12 a barrel.The TSX was supported by modest gains in consumer staples and financials.Elsewhere on the corporate front, The Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU) recorded quarterly net income of $1.18 million or 12 cents a share, improved from the year earlier loss of $12 million when Second Cup recognized the impaired value of its assets. Its shares shed early declines to close up 22 cents at $5.02.In the U.S., Chiquita will combine with Dublin-based Fyffes to become the world’s top banana company. The stock-for-stock transaction creates a global banana and fresh produce company with $4.6 billion in annual revenues. Chiquita rose 10.7% to US$12. TOP STORIESInvestors are very nervous about China today after exports plunge shocking 18%Canadian housing starts pick up in FebruaryRBC ruling that conflict tainted Rural/Metro buyout ‘stark reminder’ to bankersCanada’s busiest port beefs up security in truckers’ strike that’s costing $885-million a weekWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADAManpower survey (Q2) UNITED STATES10 a.m.Wholesale trade (Jan): Economists expect 0.2% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAecon Group Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 56¢ a share Transcontinental Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 34¢ a share
They will also gather information on cases of enforced disappearances, including those pending before the Working Group. The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances* will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 9 to 18 November 2015, at the invitation of the Government.During the mission, the UN experts will study the measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances, a statement issued yesterday said. The Working Group will start and end the visit in Colombo and will travel to Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Matale, Trincomalee, Ampara and Galle. The expert body will meet with State officials, both at the central and provincial levels, as well as with relatives of disappeared people, representatives of civil society organizations and of relevant UN agencies.The Working Group will be represented by Vice-Chair Bernard Duhaime, Tae-Ung Baik and Ariel Dulitzky. The independent experts will be accompanied by staff of the Secretariat of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.The Working Group will hold a press conference at the end of the visit, on 18 November 2015 in Colombo. A final report on the visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016. (Colombo Gazette)
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey says the European Union’s approval of an initial set of sanctions against Ankara won’t deter it from pressing ahead with efforts to drill for hydrocarbons off the island of Cyprus.In a statement Tuesday, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry also criticized the EU for acting as though the Turkish Cypriots “do not exist” and accused the 28-nation bloc of “prejudice and bias.”EU foreign ministers on Monday approved sanctions against Turkey over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. They said were suspending talks on an air transport agreement and would call on the European Investment Bank to “review” its lending to the country.They also backed a proposal by the EU’s executive branch to reduce financial assistance to Turkey for next year.The Associated Press
The topics of discussion included migration and development, globalization and interdependence, and international migrants and development.The results of the meeting will be published in cooperation with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, a UN spokesperson said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario sticks with $220 million Cisco deal; says layoffs won’t have impact by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2014 3:46 pm MDT TORONTO – Cisco System Inc.’s plans to lay off about 6,000 workers globally as it restructures to cope with increasing competition will have little to no impact in Ontario, the governing Liberals said Friday.It also won’t affect the deal they struck with the company’s Canadian division to provide $220 million over a decade to expand its operations in the province and create 1,700 jobs, said Economic Development and Employment Minister Brad Duguid.“It’s important to know that on all of these partnerships, we have strict performance measures in place that hold companies to account for the number of jobs and the timetable for the creation of those jobs,” he said.“In this case, there’s nothing at risk.”But the government isn’t coming clean with the specific terms of their contract with Cisco Canada, such as the number of jobs that need to be created annually to receive taxpayer dollars, said the New Democrats.They obtained a copy of the contract through freedom of information laws, but those key details were redacted, said economic development critic Wayne Gates.“(Cisco is) getting people of Ontario money to go into their company, and I believe that the taxpayer should know exactly where their money is going and exactly what the guarantees are,” he said.“We’ve seen with other companies in the province of Ontario receive money, whether it be from the Liberal government, and they’ve got up and they’ve left.”Progressive Conservative finance critic Vic Fedeli agreed.“Whenever you’re dealing with public dollars, there should be full disclosure,” he said.Duguid said no money has gone to Cisco yet, but it will be forwarded over time as performance measures are met.“The good news is they’ve indicated that our partnership is fully continuing and those 1,700 new jobs are going forward.”Cisco said it has about 1,600 employees in Canada. While the company can’t provide specifics about the location of the cuts, not all business units or entities within the high-tech giant will be affected, said a company spokeswoman.“I will also note that there is no hiring freeze, and we will continue to invest in the talent that will drive our future,” Karin Scott said in an email.“Our job development agreement with the province of Ontario remains unchanged.”A government source said the bulk of the money for Cisco — up to $190 million — will be available within the first six years, which will help them invest in training, as well as labs and testing facilities. It includes a performance payment once they meet their targets and an audit is done.There will be clawbacks if Cisco doesn’t meet their targets, the source said. The project could also be halted.But specific target figures were not disclosed.The Liberals have been criticized for the subsidies they’re providing businesses, which they say are necessary to complete with other North American jurisdictions and expand key industries to bolster Ontario’s economy.Both Kellogg and Novartis, which received government help, announced plans last year to shutter factories in the province, resulting in the loss of more than 800 jobs.But the government is sticking to its plan to give $120 million to Canada’s largest software company, Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC), and disburse $2.5 billion over 10 years to lure and keep businesses in the province.Critics complain that writing cheques to big corporations is a bad idea and the government should clean up their own balance sheet — including eliminating a $12.5-billion deficit — to attract business.Cisco’s U.S. parent company — which makes network equipment — rakes in billions of dollars each year, while Waterloo-based Open Text’s annual revenues have reached over a billion dollars.“Cisco is paid taxpayer money to create jobs, we see that they’re laying people off,” Fedeli said.“The money was supposed to create jobs, not pink slips, so we’re looking forward to full disclosure from the government as to what they’re getting for the $220 million.”
Mr. Guterres called on the world to follow the “enduring vision and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi” on the International Day of Non-Violence, which falls on 2 October – the birthday of the iconic leader who led India to independence, and inspired civil rights movements across the globe.”As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I can only hope that all those that have political responsibility in the world are able to be worthy of Mahatma Gandhi and to understand that they should reach their objectives through dialogue, through non-violence, through a strong commitment to truth and too the well-being of their peoples.”In his message for the day, the UN chief said that “at a time of protracted conflicts and complex challenges, Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence remains an inspiration. At the United Nations, a world free of violence – and the resolution of differences through non-violent means – is at the core of our work.” Giles ClarkeThe UN Secretary-General António Guterres (c) pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Raj Ghat memorial in New Delhi on 2 October 2018 to mark the beginning of the celebrations of his 150th birthday.Mr. Guterres recalled Gandhi’s commitment to social justice. with inequality on the rise. He said it was important for a fairer globalization process to take root, based on human dignity, at a time when the world is “striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, ensure gender equality and leave no one behind.”The Charter of the United Nations, said the Secretary-General, with its call in Chapter VI for the use, “first of all”, of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, judicial settlement and other peaceful ways to address threats to peace, echoes the spirit of Gandhi’s statement that “non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.”Noting that Gandhi proved that non-violence can change history, Mr. Guterres called on the world to be inspired by Gandhi’s “courage and conviction as we continue our work to advance peace, sustainable development and human rights for all of the peoples of the world.”
Brutus Buckeye gives a high-five to a student during OSU football’s Student Appreciation Day April 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Approximately 2,500 students showed up to the practice.Credit: Desiaire Rickman / Lantern photographerWhen 2,500 students are on the playing field, it usually means something big has happened for the Ohio State football team.While the Buckeyes did not pull an upset win or beat a highly ranked team, the intrasquad practice drew a large crowd for the team’s third annual Student Appreciation Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.The event, started by OSU football coach Urban Meyer in spring 2012, is aimed at getting students involved in the program — as with some of the approximately 2,500 who attended were invited to join the players in their stretching lines prior to practice.Students not only stretched with the team — some even attempted field goals as their peers surrounded the play. Adam Watson, a first-year in biomedical science and Block “O” football director, said plenty of planning went into the event from the student side.“We worked a lot with the football operations director for athletics Fernando Lovo,” Watson said. “We got to come into a practice and talk to a few guys to see what they wanted.”The Block “O” student section tossed T-shirts to the crowd and featured some students with body paint, much like one would see at a game in Ohio Stadium.“Ultimately, we just want to get overall involvement,” Watson said.The finalists in the fastest student competition took their places following practice to compete and see who will race sophomore running back Dontre Wilson and senior wide receiver Devin Smith during halftime of the Spring Game scheduled for April 12. Among the winning finalists were fourth-year in sports industry Mesiah Smith, who was a member of Ohio State’s club football team in 2013.Redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett said he appreciated the students coming out to support the football program.“I can honestly say there are very few programs out there that do something like this,” Vannett said. “I think it is good that we have such a good fanbase. I think it is good for the students and for the players. Getting to meet all of the students that support us and I just think all around it is a good event.”One OSU player in particular made his presence felt during his team’s practice, as redshirt-sophomore cornerback Eli Apple intercepted redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett twice. His performance merited the black stripe on his helmet to be removed, fully initiating him as a Buckeye.“He played good,” Vannett said of Apple. “I saw that one hit he had on Jeff Greene and after that, pretty much sealed the deal for his black stripe coming off.”Apple was not the only player who had a big day, as redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh caught a pair of touchdown passes from Barrett. Baugh said after the practice he is feeling much more comfortable with the offense.“I just try to go out there and go hard … That is what I did on those plays, and J.T. put the ball on the spot,” Baugh said.With senior tight end Jeff Heuerman out for the remainder of spring practice after having surgery on his foot, Baugh said he has the opportunity to work on his game a little more.“It is definitely helping me work on my blocking,” Baugh said of getting more playing time. “With him being out, coach is really giving me a lot of reps on the harder blocks that last year I wasn’t too good at.”After the spring game, the Buckeyes are slated to begin their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.
Teck Resources has received regulatory approval for its Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 (QB2) project in the Tarapacá Region in northern Chile. The regional Environmental Committee of Tarapacá has voted to approve the project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Receipt of the Environmental Qualification Resolution (RCA) is expected in the coming weeks.“Receiving this regulatory approval is a major step forward in advancing our QB2 project,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck. “QB2 will be a high quality, low-cost, long-life operation with significant expansion potential that will substantially increase Teck’s copper production and generate considerable value for many years.”The QB2 project is expected to be a tier one asset in Teck’s portfolio, with low “all in” sustaining costs, an initially permitted mine life of 25 years utilising only a quarter of reserves and resources, and significant potential for further growth. The approval of the EIA is a key step forward towards a potential construction sanction decision, which could be considered as early as the fourth quarter of 2018.Located in northern Chile, QB2 will provide significant economic and social benefits for the country and the region. The project incorporates extensive environmental measures, including the first large-scale use of desalinated seawater for mining in Chile’s Tarapacá Region, in place of freshwater use.Teck has engaged with and consulted the local community through the advancement of QB2 and will continue to engage throughout construction and operation.The project will be a low risk operation utilizing proven technologies, and will include the construction of a new 140,000-t/d concentrator, tailings storage facility, concentrate pipeline, water supply pipeline, desalination plant, concentrate filtration plant and port to produce copper and molybdenum concentrates. Main features:Long-life, low-cost operation300,000 t of copper equivalent production per year for the first five years of mine lifeInitially permitted mine life of 25 years utilizing only a quarter of reserves and resources with significant expansion potentialExceptionally low life-of-mine stripping ratio of 0.5x, lower in the early yearsCompetitive capital intensityHigh quality copper concentrate with low impuritiesEstimated 9,000 – 11,000 jobs during peak construction and more than 2,000 ongoing direct and indirect jobs during operationLocal training and hiring plan for construction, in coordination with government and local communitiesSignificant economic and social benefits to the country and Tarapacá Region through employment, taxes and community investments in collaboration with local communitiesTeck owns 90% of Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca S.A. (QBSA). ENAMI, a Chilean State agency, holds a 10% preference share interest in QBSA, which does not require ENAMI to fund capital spending.
Updated 4.33pmAN EXPLOSION CAUSED by a gas leak killed two people and injured at least 18 others in East Harlem, New York City today.The blast destroyed two five-story buildings before the New York City Fire Department sent 44 units and 198 members to the site in Upper Manhattan.Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the explosion was caused by a gas leak.Sidewalks for blocks around were littered with broken glass from shattered store front and apartment windows. Witnesses say the blast near Park Avenue and 116th Street was so powerful it knocked groceries off the shelves of nearby stores.Police, some wearing gas masks and medical masks, handed out medical masks to residents and onlookers because of the thick white smoke that shrouded the area.Eoin Hayes, 26, said the explosion shook his entire apartment building in Harlem at about 9.30am. He ran to the window and saw flames consuming one building and smoke rising into the air.“I was in my bedroom and the explosion went off, it kind of shook the whole building,” Hayes said. “You could feel the vibrations going through the building.”Hayes lives less than ten blocks from where the explosion happened. He said the fire consumed one building and then moved on to another building adjacent to it, though about 40 minutes later the flames had subsided and there was mostly just smoke. Both buildings appeared to be residential.“I ran to the window and saw the fire and the smoke going up and the sirens start,” Hayes said.The explosion occurred very close to elevated Metro-North commuter railroad tracks. Metro-North service was suspended to and from Grand Central on all three train lines while employees remove debris from the tracks.
The bane of mobile gaming isn’t its casual approach or the lack of blockbuster graphics, but rather the constraints that touchscreen controls put on the actual gameplay. When games work well on a touchscreen, it’s generally because the design was done with those controls in mind. With the Play controller PhoneJoy Solutions intends to help the mobile gaming arena break from the usual slew of touch games and open it up to more complex titles.The Play extends from the middle and is adjustable to smartphones of all shapes and sizes, as well as both iOS and Android operating systems. It also works as a standalone controller — compatible with Windows, OS X, and Linux — if you are interested in non-mobile gaming. The Play even works when a smartphone is connected to a larger display or projector.The Play can house smartphones up to 153mm wide and 14mm thick, and has a wireless range of up to 30 feet. It comes with 14 programmable buttons, two pressure-sensitive analog sticks, and a battery that lasts more than 20 hours. It also sports BlueTooth 3.0, and is currently supported by more than 300 games on iOS and Android.Setup is fairly simple for both iOS and Android. For Android, players will require at least Android 2.1, and will connect the controller, load the PlayJoy app, follow the app’s simple pairing instructions. For iOS, players simply need to turn on the controller, activate iCade mode — one of four specific compatibility modes for the controller — and then pair and connect the controller in the iOS settings. For Windows, OS X, and Linux, pairing just requires one of those four specific modes. PhoneJoy also provides similar pairing methods to get the controller working with jailbroken devices.A pledge of $50 is the minimum that’ll net you a controller, whereas a $499 pledge will get you a controller that is fully customized to your specifications (within reason). The project was put up today, so go check it out if you want to help the rise of hardcore games on mobile devices, or if you just really need a PC gaming controller that has the benefit of working with your phone.The Play most likely won’t be responsible for more complicated games suddenly appearing on mobile devices, but the only way to get them to appear is to provide a way they could work — and touchscreen controls just aren’t enough.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The U.S. Postal Service has released a sketch of one of the men who robbed a postal worker at gunpoint last month.He and another man attacked the mail carrier at gunpoint, near Northwest Seventh Court and 22nd Terrace, in Fort Lauderdale.They ripped off a key that opens mailboxes on the mail carrier’s route.Postal inspectors passed out flyers near the scene, Wednesday, hoping to drum up leads in the case.If you have any information on this gunman, call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455. You may be eligible for a $25,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
On Saturday, NOAA Fisheries Alaska is organizing its first ever citizen beluga count in Cook Inlet.Listen nowThere will be a dozen viewing spots along Knik and Turnagain arms. Each will have NOAA staff or volunteers with binoculars and spotting scopes for the public to use.Julie Speegle of NOAA’s Juneau headquarters is in Anchorage coordinating the event.“It’s part of our recovery plan,” Speegle said. “One of the actions in our recovery plan is to have a citizen science count day for beluga whales. And so this is one of those actions that we’re doing to bring public awareness to the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales and efforts to recover them.”Before collapsing in the mid-1990s, there were upwards of 1,300 belugas in Cook Inlet. Based on the most recent survey, conducted in 2016, there are an estimated 328 left today.The beluga count on Saturday morning is only part of what Speegle called “a beluga festival.” From noon to 5 p.m. there will be activities at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.“And there will be informational booths, a beluga skeleton, the mayor will be there making a proclamation, and we’ll have 20-minute talks on the hour about Cook Inlet beluga whales,” Speegle said. “It’s going to be a great event, and we’re hoping a lot of people will come and join us.”Those talks will cover beluga life spans, the population’s status and trends, and an update on the beluga photo ID project in Cook Inlet.
InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, the owner of budget airline IndiGo, is reportedly planning to issue an initial public offering (IPO) worth nearly Rs 2,600 crore on 26 October.The issue is expected to close on 28 October, according to the sources close to the developments.The IPO will be the first in the aviation industry in the past nine years and also the biggest in three years.The carrier will submit its IPO prospectus to the market regulator on Thursday, sources told Reuters. The indicative price band for the IPO is expected to be finalised next week.IndiGo’s offering will be the “second high-profile IPO” this month, following the launch of public offer worth Rs 1,150 crore by Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd (CDEL) on Wednesday.The IPO market activity in the country is expected to reach a four-year high in 2015, as top brands like Cafe Coffee Day and IndiGo tap the capital markets.Several companies have already raised Rs 6,600 crore so far this year and many are planning to “garner another Rs 20,000 crore” through IPOs.Many other firms are expected to issue public offers in the coming festive season from Dussehra to Diwali. One of them is Infibeam, the first e-commerce firm to get the regulator’s nod to go for an IPO.The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has already given its approval to 15 firms to go public. Another 17 companies are currently waiting to get a “green signal” from the regulator to issue their IPOs.Overall, these 34 firms are projected to raise over Rs 20,000 crore through IPOs this year.
Two motorcyclists were killed as a bus knocked down their vehicle on Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway at Kagojipara in Patia upazila on Saturday morning.One of the deceased is Mahbubul Alam, 26.Patia police station officer-in-charge Mohammad Neyamat Ullah said the Chittagong-bound bus hit the Cox’s-Bazar bound motorcycle around 7.30am, leaving the duo dead on the spot.On information police recovered the bodies.Police detained the bus driver and seized the bus from Shah Amanat Bridge area, he said.
Steven Senne/APA health care provider interviews a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston in 2013.Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Women’s Health had been having a banner year. Her organization, based in Charlottesville, Va., operates several abortion clinics around the country and brought a legal challenge that led the Supreme Court to issue a landmark ruling this past summer.The court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas, setting a precedent that abortion rights groups believe could help turn back a wave of restrictions passed by legislatures across the country in recent years.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016But now that Donald Trump is the president-elect? “I’m devastated,” Miller says. “I feel stunned. I’m numb.”Trump’s election could have a profound impact on access to abortion. He has said he’ll nominate Supreme Court justices who would be likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized the procedure. And he’s set to take office with one opening on the court, since Republican senators have refused to consider President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy created after Justice Antonin Scalia died earlier this year.Miller worries that Trump could have several vacancies to fill, all due to departures from the moderate to liberal wing of the court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 83; Anthony Kennedy is 80; and Stephen Breyer is 78. Replacing them could put a conservative stamp on abortion law for decades to come.In a statement, Nancy Northup, president of the advocacy group Center for Reproductive Rights, said, “Our country now stands perilously close to a return to the dark days when women were forced to put their own lives at risk to get safe and legal abortion care.”Still, in the short term, Miller says this year’s high court ruling in her case will continue to have a ripple effect. It says states must consider whether limitations on clinics that provide abortion offer any benefit to women’s health. A string of court rulings have already cited the precedent in striking down various restrictions.“We’re poised to win back access for women in a state-by-state level in multiple states because of the strength of the decision we got,” she says. “And Trump doesn’t get to change that.”But with the GOP sweep of Congress and the White House, abortion opponents are emboldened. “The Democrats overreached, and this was a rejection of an extreme agenda,” says Clarke Forsythe, the acting president of Americans United for Life.Americans United for Life and other abortion opponents have a long wish list, including ending Obamacare’s coverage of contraception; banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy; and passing a permanent ban on the use of federal funds to pay for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk. That ban, called the Hyde Amendment, is a four-decade-old compromise between abortion rights groups and opponents, and it generally applies to abortions through Medicaid. Hillary Clinton had campaigned on overturning the ban.Forsythe and others say they’ll also work with supporters in Congress to end $500 million in annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood. “Essential gynecological care for poor women can be addressed by many more community health centers, and state and local government,” he says.Reproductive health experts dispute that. After Texas ended funding for Planned Parenthood in 2013, research found that lower-income women had trouble accessing contraception, and that led to a substantial rise in births.Forsythe says with the sizeable Democratic bloc in the Senate, none of this will happen overnight.“The road ahead is not going to be easy,” he says, “and I think we have to be realistic about what can be achieved.”Still, he says the GOP election sweep presents abortion opponents with “historic opportunities.”Trump is an unlikely champion for abortion opponents, many of whom base their views on morality and religion. In the past, he’s described himself as “pro-choice in every respect,” and during the campaign he made conflicting statements on the issue. But he will face pressure from a lobbying force that’s newly energized by his election.“There are a lot of folks who didn’t agree with him on many things he said and some of who he is,” says Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation of Virginia. “But they were counting on these pro-life promises he has made.”Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
(NAPSI)—Today’s tech-savvy generation quickly adapts and enjoys using mobile devices such as cell phones, smart phones and tablets to communicate, learn and play, anytime and anywhere.To help parents manage their kids’ usage and encourage responsible behavior, CTIA—The Wireless Association, which represents the wireless industry, developed GrowingWireless.com, a website developed by parents in the wireless industry for parents who need easy-to-understand information and resources.Updated regularly, the website offers examples of situations and how parents may want to respond; for example, what parents can do if their child is being bullied, how to protect their privacy and how to manage their kids’ monthly usage so they don’t go over the allotted monthly limits in the Dollars and Sense section. Visitors to the website will also see information on how to identify and prevent sexting and how to protect kids’ personal information in the Privacy and Security section.GrowingWireless.com also offers a parent’s “tool kit” with a list of parental control tools that are offered by wireless carriers and manufacturers. Parental control tools help parents manage and monitor their kids’ wireless usage. The website also provides information about federal and state laws that help protect kids when they use mobile products and services.Setting family rules is one of the most important and effective steps that parents can take to help kids be responsible wireless users. GrowingWireless.com offers a sample template to help families make their own decisions about what is acceptable wireless behavior for their kids, and the consequences if those rules are broken. Once agreed upon, these rules should be posted in a central location, such as the refrigerator, and periodically revisited as kids age and technology evolves. What is appropriate for a 12-year-old may be different than the rules for a 13-year-old.By empowering parents with accessible information, they will be able to proactively educate themselves and their kids to solve problems before they arise.By teaching kids about wireless common sense and responsible use today, they will be better prepared to harness wireless increasingly for education and will be better equipped for jobs in other sectors such as utilities, health care, government services and public safety.Learn more about managing your kids’ wireless usage by visiting www.GrowingWireless.com.
By Renee Foose, Special to the AfroOn the final day of the 2019 Maryland General Assembly, history was made with the passage of two bills to establish the nation’s first Prescription Drug Affordability Board and creating easy access and enrollment for health insurance. The newly created board will have the authority to establish maximum costs to be paid by state and local governments for certain high-dollar medications. The measure will help these governments reduce expenditures on drugs for their employees, freeing up public funds for other needs, such as education. The board will eventually make recommendations for the maximum amount individuals will pay for expensive medications.The second bill, also a first of its kind nationally, will allow Marylanders to begin the process of enrolling in health insurance by checking a box on their annual state income tax returns. The bill is expected to lead to tens of thousands of Marylanders signing up for health insurance, which will expand the pool of people who are insured and bring down premium costs for other enrollees, said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative.“Maryland has taken bold steps to improve health care in the state by passing these two landmark bills,” said DeMarco in a prepared statement. “These bills will help bring down soaring drug costs in the state and will give people a convenient way to sign up for health insurance by simply checking a box on their tax returns. We urge Gov. Hogan to stand with Marylanders and sign these two important bills.”The Prescription Drug Affordability Board legislation was sponsored by Sen. Katherine Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County) and Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk (D-Prince George’s). The Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program bill was sponsored by Sen. Brian Feldman (D-Montgomery) and Del. Peña-Melnyk.The legislation has received widespread support from county executives throughout Maryland and the Legislative Black Caucus. “We are proud to work with our great lead sponsors, Senators Klausmeier and Feldman and Delegate Pena-Melnyk,” DeMarco said. “They had the vision for how to improve our healthcare system and worked hard throughout the legislative session to pass bills that will generate enormous benefits for years to come to both local and state governments, as well as average Marylanders.”The easy enrollment insurance program will allow tax filers to indicate on their Maryland tax form that they would like to enroll in a health insurance plan. That single step will let the state’s health care exchange determine eligibility for free or low-cost health insurance, based on information in the tax return. Those who qualify for Medicaid will be enrolled automatically.“We appreciate the opportunity for affordable drug and health care costs,” said Gerald Stansbury, president of Maryland NAACP. “This is a start in the right direction for people across Maryland who really need help with medical expenses.”“Maryland has taken a major step forward in bringing down the costs of prescription drug costs,” DeMarco said. “This Board will act as a watchdog for the public. It will carefully review drug costs and establish fair and affordable costs for state and local government. It’s a major victory for the people of this state.”
In September, Goldman Sachs estimated that almost $9 billion dollar revenue is coming to Apple from Google for being the built-in search engine on Apple’s Safari web browsers. Till then, Apple had never talked about its revenue stream from Google. However, last week, Tim Cook, CEO, Apple participated in an interview by Axios on HBO. In the interview, he was asked if he agreed of taking billion dollars from Google. He casually replied to the question stating, “I think their (Google’s) search engine is the best”. He also admitted that Apple-Google partnership was not “perfect.” He further defended Apple’s multi-billion dollar deal with Google search by talking about the additional security measures that Apple has added to Safari to “help” users better navigate the Google search engine. These include private web browsing and an intelligent tracker prevention. He stated in the interview, “Look at what we’ve done with the controls we’ve built in. We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention, What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It’s not a perfect thing. I’d be the very first person to say that. But it goes a long way to helping.” Apple has been quite vocal about not selling targeted advertisements based on user information. Cook has criticized Google, Facebook, and other social media platforms for mishandling user privacy. He has claimed that Apple’s business model depends on selling hardware such as smartphones and tablets and that they are very particular about user privacy. Last month, Cook had also given a speech at a privacy conference in Brussels where he mentioned his concerns on privacy in various social media platforms. He had also called for new digital privacy laws in the United States. His concerns involved, users’ personal data collection by companies, data manipulation, and lack of surveillance. People on the internet are not much in favor of this news. Twitter users are raising eyebrows on Cook’s casual statement and the fact they are taking millions of dollars from Google even if they disagree with its policies in the first place. Apple was previously using Bing as its default browser in 2017. However, the company switched to Google because it faced consistency issues with Bing. It’s still not sure if the main reason to switch to Google was the company’s expectations of consistent results or the multi-billion deal! You can see a snippet of Tim Cook’s interview on Axios. Read Next Newer Apple maps is greener and has more details A kernel vulnerability in Apple devices gives access to remote code execution Gaël Duval, creator of the ethical mobile OS, /e/, calls out Tim Cook for being an ‘opportunist’ in the ongoing digital privacy debate