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When classic shoe maker Sperry teams up with a high-end retailer like Barney’s, the combination is bound to be pretty special. The two brands may have even outdone themselves this time, with the Sailcloth CVO, a Sperry perennial favorite with a neat twist – real sail uppers.Each pair of CVO sneakers is wrapped with a piece of canvas that was actually used as a sail. Whether it was rigged to a college team’s ship, or Sperry’s US Sailing Team, the sneakers adopt their styling. That means stitching, patches, and coloring are completely unique to each pair of CVOs.The CVO silhouette actually dates back to 1935, and while materials have improved, a lot of the charm remains intact. The sole is still vulcanized rubber, but with Sperry’s Razor-Cut Wave-Siping shape so you don’t slip around or leave any marks. That’s one of the problems with vulcanized outsoles, and it’s especially important here, considering Sperry’s pedigree.For the limited edition pairs, Sperry has improved the shoe with a comfortable and lightweight cork footbed, perfectly suited for wet docks. To top it off, the shoes feature rawhide laces for a more naturally inspired look. Considering the predominantly off-white uppers in the photos though, these may still turn out to be a better fit for the yacht club than actually out on a sailboat.Of course, the real fun of each pair is seeing how each pair differs from the next. We’ve seen a few shoes with varying patterns between each pair before, but the combination of the intentionally mismatched patterns and the used canvas look really elevate a casual style.The Sperry x Barney’s Sailcloth CVO is only available at Barney’s stores, both physical and digital. They went up for $125 on June 8th, and haven’t sold out yet, but it’s only a matter of time. The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know
zoom Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd., an integrated marine services company in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), today announced that the Company has recently signed a framework service agreement with the Company’s vessel constructor to replace 20-30 of its existing fishing vessels.The Company expects the new fishing vessels to increase the efficiency of trawling and trawling accuracy, increase the speed of the fishing vessels, and comparatively reduce operating costs.The replacement of the fishing vessels was part of the Company’s 2013 Fleet Renewal Plan, with the majority of the Company’s vessels in its current fleet upgraded and modernized. The Company notes that it expects the plan will not affect previously announced guidance of net income of between $40 and $43 million (excluding the discontinued dredging business) for the year ended December 31, 2013 and between $80 and $85 million for the year ending December 31, 2014. The Company’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, stated, “We have initiated our strategy of fleet replacement, with the replacement of these fishing vessels enhancing our future earnings potential. We continue to take full advantage of the strong demand for seafood in China and are preparing a modern fleet for long-term and sustainable growth.” My location Pingtan Marine, January 7, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close
The clearance will now allow APSEZ, which operates India’s only port-based SEZ, to set up a mega desalination plant, an effluent treatment plant and intake of sea water, all of which constitute primary infrastructure to be provided for companies setting up business units in the special economic zone.The Special Economic Zones are locations carved out from within the country, which are treated as deemed foreign territories from perspective of several economic laws.Industrial units in the SEZ benefit from complete waiver on import duty / excise duty / service tax for capital goods or raw materials procured. Special Economic Zones have been promoted from the point of view of attracting FDI as well as to promote export led growth.“The grant of the environmental clearance to Mundra SEZ by MoEF will encourage investment in SEZ and the development is expected to be at a much faster pace as it provides seamless connectivity through sea, rail and road,” said Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group.The SEZ will host industries which will generate additional cargo volumes for the Mundra Port.As explained by the developers, the Mundra SEZ is the only such “infrastructural marvel which has everything in place – be it connectivity, power, water supply and effluent treatment. It includes the Mundra port, which is India’s No. 1 commercial port, handling cargo volumes of 100 million tonnes.”Press Release; July 17th, 2014 zoom Mundra SEZAdani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of the Adani Group, said that it had received the environment and coastal regulation zone clearance from the Union Ministry for Environment and Forests, for its 8,481 hectares special economic zone in Mundra.
Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be a one-lane closure on Highway 104 near the Pictou/Antigonish County line easterly 5.2 km for micro-surfacing from Wednesday, Aug. 10 to Wednesday, Aug. 17. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30-
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has reciprocated a Florida District Court order with sanctions against Nova Scotia resident Robin States. Mr. States, also known as Gregory Hampton, was operating as Infinity Online Investors Group. The hearing against Bernadette Bowden, also known as Bernadette States, was adjourned to June 14, to give her an opportunity to consult with legal counsel. In an Oct. 30, 2009 decision, the Florida District Court found that the pair had contravened securities laws by operating a Ponzi scheme and that Mr. States failed to obtain appropriate registration and deliver required disclosure and account statements to investors. From October 2004 to September 2005, Mr. States, operating as Infinity Online Investors Group, solicited investments of $643,047 US from at least 900 people in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere. Misrepresentations were made to the investors and the pair used the majority of the investments for personal expenses. They were not registered to sell securities in Canada and no prospectus had been filed with the commission to offer the investments. The commission panel determined it is in the public interest to reciprocate the Florida sanctions and ordered Mr. States: The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp . to comply with Nova Scotia securities laws to permanently cease trading in all classes of securities, directly or indirectly, except for personal registered retirement savings plans or tax-free savings accounts is permanently prohibited from using any of the exemptions contained in Nova Scotia securities laws is permanently prohibited from becoming, or acting as, a director or officer of any issuer, registrant or investment fund manager is permanently prohibited from becoming or acting as a registrant, investment fund manager or promoter
Funding is now available through the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board to start, expand or purchase a shellfish farming business. Licensed existing Nova Scotia producers and prospective new shellfish farmers are eligible to apply for secured loans with flexible repayment terms. “By matching a loan program to the needs of shellfish producers we’re supporting responsible, sustainable growth of our aquaculture industry,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Starting a new farming business can be challenging because cash flow may not be generated for at least four years, so the loan board is able to adapt its lending terms to suit the customer need.” Flexibility in payment terms can be packaged to meet the operational needs of the shellfish farm. A business plan must accompany every application. Financing is available to purchase existing shellfish operations and materials such as collection systems, grow-out equipment, rafts, buoys, flotation devices, anchors, nets, cages for grow-out, small boats, outboard motors and onboard gear-handling devices. Purchases of shellfish seed and spat is also eligible. The Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board has served the fish harvesting and aquaculture industries since 1936 and manages a loan portfolio of more than $108 million. To find out more about the loan program or learn how to apply go to http://novascotia.ca/fish/funding-programs/ .
LONDON — The European Commission has ignored U.S. calls to ban Chinese tech supplier Huawei as it announced a series of new cybersecurity recommendations for next-generation mobile networks.In its guidance for the rollout of ultrafast fifth-generation, or 5G, telecom systems across the European Union over coming years, the Commission urged member states to assess cyber threats to the 5G infrastructure in their national markets.The EU’s executive branch said Tuesday that information should then be shared among EU countries as part of a co-ordinated effort to develop a “toolbox of mitigating measures” by the end of the year to combat cybersecurity risks across the EU.Commission guidance is non-binding but EU countries often use it as the basis for their own policies.The proposals are a setback for the United States, which has been lobbying allies in Europe to shun Huawei over fears its equipment could be used by China’s communist leaders to carry out cyberespionage.Privately owned Huawei has consistently denied such allegations, and its founder has said the company would never hand over sensitive information.5G mobile networks promise superfast download speeds with little signal delay, advances that are expected to underpin a new wave of innovation, including connected cars, remote medicine and factory robots.5G technology will transform economies and society, “but we cannot accept this happening without full security built in,” said EU digital commissioner Andrus Ansip.Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of telecom infrastructure equipment such as radio base stations and network switches, competes with Scandinavian rivals Nokia and Ericsson. The commission’s announcement did not mention Huawei, leaving it up to EU countries to decide on whether to ban it.Countries should assess “risks linked to the behaviour of suppliers or operators, including those from third countries,” and “have the right to exclude companies from their markets for national security reasons,” the commission said.The issue has taken on more urgency as EU countries prepare to auction off 5G frequencies to telecom operators. The U.S. warned Germany, which began its auction earlier this month, that allowing untrustworthy companies to supply equipment could jeopardize the sharing of sensitive information.___Follow the AP’s coverage of technology at https://apnews.com/apf-technologyKelvin Chan, The Associated Press
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay described the violations committed in eastern DRC by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as “grotesque.” The rebels have attacked civilians in Orientale province in retaliation for a joint military operation launched last month by the Governments of DRC, Uganda and Southern Sudan targeting LRA bases in north-east DRC.The military action followed the failure of LRA leader Joseph Kony to sign an agreement to end his rebellion against the Ugandan Government. Initial UN investigations suggest that the LRA retaliated by killing hundreds of civilians, whom they believed were aiding government forces. The LRA is also accused of conducting large-scale kidnappings and rapes, as well as forced recruitment of minors, all of which has led to a major humanitarian crisis in the region. According to the most credible estimates from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the LRA violence has left 900 people dead and uprooted 130,000 others, with more than 8,000 Congolese taking refuge in Southern Sudan. Teams from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently visited several towns in Southern Sudan where Congolese have taken refuge. The agency noted that humanitarian aid remains hampered by the volatile security situation and limited accessibility.“I’m also concerned that the joint military counter-operations, unless properly planned and executed, could lead to further human rights abuses being perpetrated against the civilian population who are, in effect, caught between the conflicting parties,” stated Ms. Pillay. The High Commissioner called on all actors in the various conflicts in the troubled eastern part of the DRC to respect human rights and international humanitarian law and called for accountability measures to be included in international efforts to bring about a peaceful solution.Ms. Pillay also voiced concern over the situation in North Kivu province where thousands of Rwandan troops have deployed in recent days, in preparation for joint action with the Congolese army to disarm the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), who have been responsible for committing massive human rights abuses against civilians over the past 14 years. She stressed that the protection of civilians should be the top priority as this operation is planned and carried out, recalling how similar actions in the past have resulted in widespread harm for civilians. “I am particularly concerned by reports that the Congolese-Rwandan operation to flush out FDLR-rebels has already impacted negatively on the ability of MONUC [UN mission in DRC] peacekeepers, as well as various UN agencies and humanitarian organizations, to protect and assist the civilian population in some areas,” she said. Echoing her concern, Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, called today on all actors involved in the present military operations in eastern DRC to respect international humanitarian and human rights law. “I fear that unless a clear distinction is made between fighters and the civilian population, and precautionary measures to protect civilians are taken, these operations will trigger further massive displacement of civilians and deepen the humanitarian crisis in the Kivu region,” Mr. Kälin said.The independent human rights expert recently visited Kinshasa and Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu, at the invitation of the Congolese Government. Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MONUC, and the Mission’s Force Commander, Babacar Gaye, are meeting with Congolese authorities in Goma to discuss the possible impact of the operation on civilians and on the Mission’s work in general.Regarding another conflict in the DRC, Ms. Pillay welcomed recent calls by MONUC and others for the reintegration of members of the mainly Tutsi rebel militia known as the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP) into the Congolese national armed forces (FARDC), as an important step towards securing peace in North and South Kivu. The conflict between the CNDP and FARDC has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since late August, on top of the 800,000 already displaced in the region, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda.However, she added that this process must include accountability for massacres and other horrific abuses committed by the CNDP under the leadership of Laurent Nkunda and Bosco Ntaganda, pointing out that the former is suspected of crimes against humanity, and the latter has already been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr. Nkunda was taken into custody by the Rwandan authorities last week. “Members of the CNDP are accused of authorizing or committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, along with the leaders of a number of other groups in eastern DRC,” said Ms. Pillay. “There should never be impunity for crimes of this gravity.”Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for an immediate end to abductions, forced recruitment and extreme violence against children and women in north-eastern DRC, noting that the number of children abducted has reached “horrible” proportions.“We urge all armed groups to immediately end deliberate attacks against civilians, the recruitment and use of children, and to release all children in their ranks,” said Pierrette Vu Thi, UNICEF Representative in the DRC. 27 January 2009The top United Nations human rights official today spoke out against abuses committed by Ugandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and voiced alarm about the impact on civilians of a joint military operation being conducted by DRC and its neighbour Rwanda.
The Department of Earth Sciences has submitted a Statement of Intent for a Master of Science in Economic Geology. As part of the approval process, these statements are being made available as information to the University Community for comment, before moving to the next step of the Internal Quality Assurance Process.Comments on the above proposals must be submitted by September 10, 2012 to ARC-SOI@brocku.ca and Joffre Mercier, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Mathematics and Science.
Sue Perkins discovered the Great British Bake Off was leaving the BBC after seeing the news on a friend’s Facebook page, it has emerged.The presenter, 47, was one a number of high-profile stars who declined to “go with the dough” and move with the programme to Channel 4 following a breakdown in negotiations last year.She has now revealed she was not told the corporation had lost the show and instead saw the news on social media.“I learnt the news from a friend’s Facebook page,” she said. “For a while it was really painful but everybody has to do as they see best. It was seven years of my life and it had seen me through highs and lows.” Meanwhile, Mel Giedroyc released a joint statement with Perkins confirming they had declined to “go with the dough” and admitting they made “no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was”. In the interview with the Observer magazine, she also spoke fondly of her time with the programme. “For three months [a year] I would go off to a stately home, play whist with Mary Berry, see all my friends and meet some really great bakers,” she said. “Then, when it was all done, I’d go off on holiday.”The news that the hit baking show was moving to Channel 4 emerged last year after the BBC failed to pay £25million a year to keep it.Love Productions, the company behind Bake Off, made the announcement last September after “more than a year of exhaustive negotiations”.Perkins was one of several high-profile stars who announced they would not be following the show to Channel 4.Berry said she had decided to stay with the BBC “out of loyalty” to the corporation for nurturing her and the show from its beginnings. 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. The revamped programme will now restart later this year after the BBC waived a legal clause preventing Channel 4 from showing it until 2018.Prue Leith will replace Berry and judge competitors alongside Paul Hollywood, while Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will take over presenting duties.Perkins added: “They are all more than capable of turning out a brilliant show. The issue is chemistry.”The BBC declined to comment. Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry and Perkins pictured in a promotional shot for the last series of the show on the BBCCredit: Tom Graham
Finland-headquartered Outotec has won an order from a Russian mining company to supply minerals processing technology and equipment for a concentrator plant.While there were few details in the press release, an Outotec spokesperson said the plant would be concentrating base metals.Outotec said the contract value booked in the company’s June quarter order intake is approximately €24 million, with the equipment delivered as a natural part of the already started project.Kimmo Kontola, head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing business said the customer was looking to improve the environmental performance of its operation with this order.“Outotec’s dewatering, flotation, automation and analyser solutions are designed for efficient and environmentally sound concentrate production. In addition, the included extensive advisory service package ensures fast ramp-up and performance of the concentrator plant,” he said.Earlier this month, Outotec was awarded a contract for the delivery of flotation cells and automation for a base metal concentrator in Kazakhstan, booking €15 million for the order.
Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror MazeLife-Sized Jabba the Hutt For Sale on Craigslist for $100 Stay on target You may have outgrown trick-or-treating, but you’ll never be too old to enjoy a good board or tabletop game. This Halloween, bring some old-school fun to the party with scary, horror-themed board games. Featuring everything from haunted houses, vampires, parasitic alien forms, and zombies, these board games can help step up your spook-your-friends game on the 31st. Dim the lights, serve the witches’ brew (or beer), and get ready to roll the dice.Fury of DraculaPhoto Credit: AmazonThis classic vampire-hunting game is bigger and better than ever, with a new and improved rule book, larger, poker-sized cards, and fully painted figures. In Fury of Dracula (Wiz Kids), one player is Count Dracula traveling across Europe and laying traps to turn humans into vampires. The Count’s opponents are the Hunters, who must depend on tools, which include everything from a punch to a garlic-laden club, to destroy the bloodthirsty villain.Buy it at Amazon.comBetrayal at House on the HillPhoto Credit: Avalon HilWhat’s Halloween without a haunted house? You’ll start the game exploring a spooky house with your friends, encountering dangers, traps, items, and omens. But once the “Haunt” phase is triggered, one of the players will betray the other, and the explorers must depend on strategy to defeat the traitor. With more than 50 different haunt scenarios possible, the game is different each and every time you play, guaranteeing hours of spooky fun beyond Halloween night.Buy it at Amazon.comThe Thing: Infection at Outpost 31Photo Credit: AmazonRelive John Carpenter’s classic sci-fi horror flick about an alien lifeform that has infiltrated a desolate Antarctic research station by assimilating other organisms and then imitating them. In this hidden-identity game, players are in a race to find out who among the team has been infected. To win, players must complete missions, locate and identify the imitations, and escape the outpost. A bigger number of players amps up the excitement in this game, so the more, the merrier.Buy it at Amazon.comThe Bloody InnPhoto Credit: AmazonPrefer a quieter type of game? You don’t need your whole squad to play this 2 to 4-player game, which also features a solo variant for single-player fun. In The Bloody Inn, you play a sinister innkeeper trying to earn money in any way possible — including murdering the guests and disposing of their bodies. Fast, fun, and strategic, with amazing artwork, the game will keep you occupied for hours.Buy it at Amazon.comDead of WinterPhoto Credit: AmazonIn this cooperative board game, you and your fellow players must work together to survive a zombie apocalypse while battling the harsh elements of winter. Just another day, right? But there’s a twist to the co-op strategy: players also have individual, secret win conditions that they must meet to be victorious. In Dead of Winter, each player leads a faction of “survivors” and use dice to have their survivors execute actions. The actions can include scavenging for supplies, weapons, food, fuel, medicine, or new survivors, or attacking zombies and other survivors. Players will constantly have to decide about what’s best for the colony and what’s best for themselves.Buy it at Amazon.comMore on Geek.com:7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were Great11 Greatest Scream Queens of All TimeBest Horror Anime Available for Streaming
Stay on target ‘The Division 2’ Is the Only Looter Shooter Worth PlayingThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in March 2019 One of this generation’s most anticipated games was Tom Clancy’s The Division. Though it didn’t exactly deliver on all of its promises at launch, it eventually turned into one of the best multiplayer experiences out there. This is due in large part to developer Red Storm Entertainment listening to the community and making adjustments to craft a title everyone can enjoy. Due to the success of the original, it’s no surprise we’re getting a sequel in the form of The Division 2. I got to play some of it at E3 and came away thoroughly impressed. As great as that experience was, it was just a small taste of what players can expect from the full game, which releases on March 15.Last month, Ubisoft invited me to Red Storm Entertainment’s North Carolina studio for an extensive demonstration of The Division 2‘s multiplayer modes. After the demo, I had a conversation with Red Storm Creative Director Terry Spier. We delved into the enhancements this multiplayer has over the original, its various modes, how toxic behavior is being addressed, and why The Division has such a loyal fanbase.Multiplayer was a major component of the original game. How have you made it bigger and better for The Division 2?It was a pillar from the start. When we launched the original game we had the Dark Zone, which was super unique. We wanted to really kind of double down on that but we missed out on the organized PvP of it. We’ve had the opportunity to see how fans reacted when we released some of the summer updates, 1.7, 1.8, stuff like that in the original game. They loved the organized PvP and we found tons of ways to improve the matchmaking, how we normalize gear, and stuff like that.The maps… the fact they’re custom-built this time around, where before, they served multiple masters. The maps we built the first time had to support Resistance, which was our Horde-esque mode. It wasn’t as perfect as we wanted. We love PvP at Red Storm so it warmed our hearts to craft a PvP map that PvP players are really going to love. In all those ways it’s bigger and better. Kill times, how players use skills when they’re in PvP, and so on. Even now, we’re months away and there’s still more work to do but I think it feels pretty damn good.How important was player feedback for developing the multiplayer modes?It was huge. The fact that, as multiple studios, so many developers bought into the idea that we could create conflict and have it be a destination. I know that’s kind of ambiguous. When I say destination, I mean a PvP experience that’s top notch and is going to have a place. That place is going to have different kinds of things to do. You’ve got fast-paced PvP, big player count PvP, objective-based PvP… all those things.I know at the beginning it’s Team Deathmatch and Domination… the stuff that people know. I think that’s a perfect place to start because we want to get players in. Maybe you don’t like PvP, maybe you tried it in the Dark Zone a little bit. You can try it out in Conflict and Team Deathmatch. Maybe you got a squad, you can go in and check it out. It’s normalized and safe, is probably the best way I can put it. It’s a time when you can kick back with your friends and play for ten minutes. The matches are pretty quick and they resolve pretty fast. You don’t have to give it a lot of thought. That was important for us. We can expand in so many ways post-launch.This time around, each Dark Zone sector has its own narrative. How do you balance letting players communicate with each other while still understanding the current objective?We made a specific decision for Conflict, and that was to keep narrative pretty light. You’re going to hear characters you’re familiar with talk to you. It’s still Shade Agents versus Rogue Agents. Other than that, we heard it loud and clear from the community: they just want PvP, so that’s what we’ve done. You’re not necessarily fighting over the fate of the universe, there’s no big thing you’re trying to stop from happening. Players can focus on fun PvP. I guess that’s the best way to say it.One thing I found interesting is how you’re handling griefing and toxicity in multiplayer. How did you conclude the best solution was to not let players hear each other once they start shooting?That was a tough one. I expect that over the course of post-launch we’ll continue to manipulate the strategies we take on stuff like griefing. When we really looked at the data, that was where people were their most toxic. If you and I are fighting, suddenly it’s not about the game anymore, it’s about all of these other terrible things. When we took a look at other competitive games, even games outside of shooters, and what they did, they didn’t let opponents talk to each other. I think generally that’s pretty safe. We didn’t want to eliminate VOIP overall because it’s a unique feature. So we’ll start there because I know if you beat me, I’m going to become upset and I’m going to be a little salty so it’s probably good I can’t talk to you.I often hear companies talk about how toxicity during multiplayer is a problem but I rarely hear any solutions. It’s good to know you’re addressing this and that you’ll tweak things post-launch.I think there’s more room for growth there too. It’s stuff we’re continuing to iterate on. I don’t want to lead you down a false path, but what about the time period after you beat me? I can go find you again. So what do we do with the rules? We’re still massaging that stuff out because it’s sensitive. I don’t want schoolyard bullies. I want a place where people can go to have fun. They can talk trash but we’re going to make sure it’s not over-the-top. We’ll continue to work on it.What did you do to make playing with your friends more fun this time around?We felt pretty good with the systems were had in the original game. Being able to walk into the Dark Zone together as a group, being able to communicate with VOIP or not. I always saw some interesting strategies where some teams preferred to stay on VOIP rather than go into Xbox chat or whatever. They liked the fact players could hear them and kind of prepare and then they would try and go dominate that team. We didn’t do a whole lot to change the dynamic of how players interact as a group in the Dark Zone. We felt it was pretty good but our ears will be wide open listening.How did you make all multiplayer modes enjoyable for folks who aren’t necessarily fans of multiplayer?For Dark Zone, if you look at the mega map, we now communicate what’s really happening a lot better. In the original, there was a landmark that was up or cleared. If you saw it was up then you’d go there. If you saw it cleared, you know someone just cleared it because you checked your map. Now when it’s hot and active it’s going to communicate. You’re going to be able to know someone’s there. That means solo players can take a look at the mega map and see if there’s an extraction happening, that someone’s engaged that Dark Zone supply drop because we give you information on that. If that solo player wants to stay hidden, they know exactly where to go.So you take the communication, we still broadcast disavowed Rogues and manhunts very clearly on the mega map. Then you layer in normalization. The folks who are not looking for PvP can have a lot of options to survive.Difficulty on landmarks is another big one. If you’re by yourself and you’re not feeling too confident, you can look at each landmark and say: “There’s a normal landmark, I’m going to go farm that normal landmark because I can probably handle that.” You can adjust as time goes on. We provide a lot of new tools for players who maybe didn’t try the Dark Zone before. They can go in and it can feel fair. You’re not going to walk around blindly. There was a lot of that in the original Dark Zone, which was part of its charm. We’ve evolved that now to support a wider range of players.Conflict is organized PvP, so specifically, you’re going to have to look for that experience to join up. Again, we have perfectly designed maps, normalization… you know exactly how we’re normalizing your gear. There’s skill-based matchmaking. The same sweaty dude won’t stomp you over and over if you jump in. We’re going to see exactly how you do and we’re going to put you with the right people so you’ll have success. I think that’s the key, to make sure people have fun. Those are the systems we’ve looped in to do that.Was it hard to make specialized maps for each type of mode while also utilizing the real-world landmarks of Washington D.C?The Dark Zone is always a challenge because that needs to be as one-to-one as possible, and we’ve done that. For the PvP maps, we’ve been inspired by specific locations like the Capitol Ruins, that’s a place that really exists in D.C. They’ve got old Capitol building stuff that’s just in the forest. It’s not one-to-one but that’s inspired by it. We had the grace to be able to go in and make it a perfect PvP map that still fits within our biomes, that still fits within D.C., and still feels like you’re in The Division. That was fun.One of the things I liked about the first game was that it was set in New York City. As a New Yorker, I didn’t really have to look at the map. If the game told me to go to 34th and 8th I knew where to go. If you’re from Washington D.C. can you do the same thing?Absolutely. It’s a labor of love for the art staff and world team to recreate. It was not easy topping Manhattan. Manhattan was so fun to work in. That’s why we picked D.C., because it’s another city people are really familiar with. A lot of people visit D.C. and a lot of people also want to visit it. Being able to go there in The Division 2 and figure out the layout, it’s been special.About endgame content, will I feel there’s more to the game after I hit the level cap other than endless grinding? That was an issue I had with the first game. Did you make the endgame more worthwhile this time?I think so. When you finish the leveling campaign we’ve got a whole other way to look at the entire map when you get to that state. The entire Dark Zone is going to evolve when you hit endgame. The fact we’re adding an 8-player raid post launch, that in and of itself is going to be the measuring stick. We’re going to do some crazy shit in post-launch. 8-player raids is an example. It’s something we’ve never done before. I think every part of the game will experience that sort of post-launch growth. We’ve got big plans for Conflict, Dark Zone, all of that stuff. Big post-launch plans.Ubisoft games tend to have a long post-launch shelf life and the original The Division is no different in that regard. I know friends who are still playing it. What do you contribute to the loyalty displayed by The Division‘s fanbase?I think it’s because we’re gamers too. I’m going be in there and spend a thousand hours in the game just like you and your friends. That’s the connection. When somebody says something like: “This sucks!,” we can say we feel the same way. I feel it really helps us stay connected and understand exactly what [the community] is talking about. We don’t disconnect from the game. We stay in it. That really informs us on where to go and how to keep players happy.Pre-order Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 hereMore on Geek.com:The Most Exciting Video Games of 2019Hands-On: ‘Alien: Blackout’ Is a Mobile Game for People Who Hate Mobile GamesOf Course, ‘Red Dead Online’ Is Getting A(nother) Battle Royale Mode
On Sunday, Olivier Giroud ended his international goal drought when he scored the winning goal for France in their 2-1 victory against the Netherlands.Didier Deschamps was very happy for the Chelsea striker at the new prospect he opened in his international career.Giroud had played the whole of the World Cup tournament in Russia, up to the final game, without scoring even one goal for his national side. But that lack of scoring ended in the game against the Netherlands when he scored in the 74th minute of the game.With 32 international goals, Giroud is now the 4th top-scorer for France all time and Deschamp is well pleased for this turn in the player’s career.Sportskeeda has reported the head coach speaking to M6: “I am very happy for Olivier Giroud,” the head coach told M6.“He’s very helpful for us and he’s given us the win. He’s often unjustly criticised.Deschamps praises France’s two-goal hero Kingsley Coman Andrew Smyth – September 8, 2019 Didier Deschamps paid tribute to Kingsley Coman after scoring his first goals for France in over three years during Saturday’s 4-1 win.“He’s very important to the team. We need him.“There’s a great atmosphere and it’s going to continue,” Deschamps added.“It was the first game at Stade de France after the World Cup. Having this communion with all the people present, we had to do it [win] and we will enjoy it.”
If it was even possible, Captain Marvel flew Marvel Studios to new heights.The ’90s-set story of self-discovery and aliens is the first Marvel film to be fronted by a woman — Oscar-winning Brie Larson. The film makes Anna Boden, who codirects with filmmaking partner Ryan Fleck, Marvel’s first female director. It also makes Pinar Toprak, who recently worked on the acclaimed Pixar short Purl, Marvel’s first female composer.With the box office takings and good reviews boxes ticked, Captain Marvel is a resounding success. So what’s it like to work on something like that?We thought we’d ask.Below are the thoughts of makeup artists, second unit assistant directors, storyboard artists and other members of the Captain Marvel crew, who know first-hand what it’s like to work with superheroes.They answer the question: What does Captain Marvel mean to you?Nine Inch Nails T-shirts. That’s what Captain Marvel means to me. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers is as strong, smart and fearless as Brie herself is. Her spirit as a person and a character inspired my approach to my work. I was lucky to be part of the most talented and tenacious crew ever. During the challenging times, like Carol, we remembered our humanity, and kept standing up!– Gwen Whittle (supervising sound editor)”Captain Marvel means to me that all my hard work in a predominantly male industry had paid off when I get to see my name in the credits with all these other amazing women who are getting recognized in the industry now.”– Erin Stern Linares (second second assistant director second unit)”For me, Captain Marvel mirrors the neo-nationalist attitude of our own country and world… women have come to the front of the line and are sharing a new view. Women are making themselves heard over the voices of the oppressors. A world where all cultures and all walks of life are interconnected for the great good. A fight against racism and oppression. An empathic view with much grey and very little black and white.”– Karrieann Sillay (special makeup effects artist)”Marvel comics defined my childhood. As a lifelong fan, I was thrilled to join the Legacy Effects Makeup Team and the Captain Marvel Crew to bring The Skrulls alive for the first time to the MCU. A Nerdgasm to say the least!!”– Bruce Fuller (prosthetic makeup artist)”Captain Marvel to me means: ‘Move over guys!’ here is a tough, confident, Strong female superhero that will inspire little girls for many generations to come.”– Robert Castillo (storyboard artist: promo team)”Working on captain marvel represented a milestone of cultural shifting overlapping with my career. It was the perfect ending of a year where I got to work on a plethora of content featuring strong, female protagonists and on many sets with strong, female directors… a year where my values really clicked into alignment with my work.”– Laura Solomon (assistant prop master: additional photography)”Last week we got to go to our crew screening of Captain Marvel. So that was a chance for all of the RSP team and their family — so I got my kids to go along — to come and watch the lead up moving on to Endgame, the next natural progression in the Marvel Universe. We had a sequence where we knew what our bit was, but it was good to actually see that overall, and to see that character get developed. And certainly for my daughter, it was a really kickass female superhero. I loved the fact that pushed that and I think that the idea that she was a hero before she got her superpowers, that was really nicely put and a good takeaway from the movie.”– Ian Cope (bidding producer, Rising Sun Pictures)”I would say Captain Marvel means to me that your failures can make you stronger. Carol Danvers kept getting up no matter what happened to her. That’s a powerful message.”– Sara Gardner Gail (set decoration buyer)Captain Marvel meant empowerment and parity. We had more women in important decision-making roles and down the line at every level than any other film I’ve worked on, and I think it showed in the final product.– Michael Gowen (second unit art director)”To me, Captain Marvel means that you are always strong enough to stand up to whatever comes; that you can follow and succeed at your dreams no matter what those dreams may be, or what may be in your way. That’s an amazing message, especially for all the young girls out there looking towards their futures. Be confident. You can do it.”– Celia Jepson (CG supervisor, ILM)”Captain Marvel will ensure large audiences see a woman deal with difficult situations and continue to become even stronger for it. As a mother I’m particularly excited for my young daughter to see the film and the powerful message it sends.”– Jeanie King (executive visual effects producer, ILM)”Captain Marvel/Carol shows that nothing can truly stand in your way, that you can be a hero through your own strength and determination. Which is absolutely incredible and I hope it inspires people of all ages around the globe.”– Natalie Smith (digital paint artist, ILM)Captain Marvel’s success speaks for itself. My team and I are grateful to have been apart of it. Truthfully… It’s what Hollywood needed and it’s encouraging to see where industry will take it.– Anthony Syracuse (construction coordinator)”Captain Marvel meant to me more cool makeup effects employment with Legacy Effects and a bunch of great artists.”– Mark Garbarino (special makeup effects artist)”Captain Marvel shows me that everybody has the power within themselves, it just needs to be discovered and let free… woman, man, and yes, even cat!”– Simone Kraus (animation supervisor, Trixster)”Captain Marvel is a fantasy land of hair and makeup. The characters we designed by Hair Department Head Camille Friend. It was an amazing experience doing hair for Rune Temte who played Bron-Char, for the Additional Photography unit.”– Connie Kallos (hair stylist: additional photography)”Brie Larson had another supporting character: Visual Effects. Both bring Carol Danvers to life and make this picture so much fun to watch!”– Michael Coldewey (executive producer, Trixter)”To me Captain Marvel means that when everything seems to be going against you and you fail, remember that the plane takes off against the wind, not with it. To fail is human but to keep trying is what makes a human… a super human.”– Aparna Mepani (senior creature technical director, ILM) Women of the Marvel universe bracket: Vote for your favorite heroes and villains 33 Photos 0 Share your voice Tags Post a comment TV and Movies Check out CNET’s Women of the Marvel universe package of stories, celebrating the women who help bring the MCU to life. Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvel
The organisms featured in this year’s Doodle include the Wandering Albatross, which has the largest wingspan of any living bird; the Coastal Redwood, the tallest tree in the world; the Paedophryne Amauensis, the smallest frog and vertebrate; the Amazon Water Lily, among the world’s largest aquatic plants; the Coelacanth; a rare fish that at 107 million years old is one of the world’s oldest living species; and the Deep Cave Springtail, an eyeless insect that’s among the world’s deepest-dwelling terrestrial creatures.Some of these species were discovered in the past decade, and one thought extinct for 66 million years was rediscovered 80 years ago.Google also shared some of the most searched for questions about wildlife, including how many teeth do snails have, how do octopuses mate, and is a gorilla a monkey. Do you know the answer to these questions? Have fun learning about our often delicate neighbors on the planet Earth.Originally published April 21, 4 a.m. PT. 2:46 0 Post a comment Online Go greener with these cool eco-friendly products Apple is opening up its world of iPhone recycling Reminder: Your phone, tablet and printer are recyclable Google’s Earth Day Doodle focuses on a half-dozen endangered organisms from different elevations. Google Google is marking Earth Day by highlighting a few of the more extreme living things we share the planet with.Google’s Monday Doodle features an animated slideshow exploring six different endangered organisms from different Earth elevations, some of which have only recently been discovered by humans. The Doodle also includes fun facts about the organisms and offers the curious the chance to learn more about them in search.Earth Day, which is observed on Monday this year, was founded in 1970 in response to an oil spill that occurred a year earlier off California’s coast, spewing more than 3 million gallons of oil and killing more than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals and sea lions. The annual one-day celebration aims to raise awareness of environmental issues, with events around the globe promoting recycling, pollution reduction and care for the planet. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is Protect Our Species and is intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world’s plant and wildlife populations. EarthDay.org links the declines to human-driven phenomena such as climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides.”All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life,” EarthDay.org said in a statement. “We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species.”If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy.” Share your voice Apple wants to share its Daisy robot tech for recycling… Now playing: Watch this: Tags More for Earth Day Google Doodle
The scene where an Amtrak passenger train derailed on a bridge over interstate highway I-5 in DuPont, Washington, US 18 December 2017. REUTERSAn Amtrak passenger train traveling on a new route for the first time derailed Monday in Washington state, killing at least three people as cars plunged off a bridge onto a busy highway at the height of morning rush hour, officials said.The train, which was carrying 77 passengers and seven crew, derailed in DuPont about halfway between Tacoma and the state capital Olympia on a curve that passes over busy Interstate 5 at about 7:40 am (1540 GMT).Pictures from the scene showed one Amtrak train car overturned and crushed on the interstate highway and others dangling from the overpass.Several other carriages of the 14-car train also ended up on the highway, shutting down a key section of the busy artery that connects the greater Seattle metropolitan area to Olympia. All but one car jumped the tracks.A spokeswoman for Washington State police, Brooke Bova, confirmed the death toll, adding that all train cars had been searched by emergency personnel.But she cautioned that several of the roughly 100 people taken to area hospitals were in critical condition.“We don’t know if that number will change,” Bova said of the death toll.Officials gave no reason for the derailment of southbound Amtrak train 501, the inaugural run of a new service that promised faster connections between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.Local officials had warned only weeks ago that the track still might not be safe enough to handle trains at higher speeds.None of the people in vehicles traveling on the highway below the train were killed, according to Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.Police said five vehicles and two trucks were hit on the highway.The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of experts to investigate the incident.‘People were screaming’Chris Karnes, a local transit official who was aboard the train, told local CBS News affiliate KIRO-TV that the accident took place while it was going around a curve.“All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill,” he said.“The next thing we know, we’re being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there’s water gushing out of the train. People were screaming.”A conductor in one of the two engines on the train placed the emergency call.“Amtrak 501, emergency emergency emergency, we are on the ground,” he said, according to an audio recording of the call.“We were coming around the corner to take the bridge over I-5 there right north of Nisqually and we went on the ground.“We got cars everywhere and down onto the highway,” he said.Amtrak president and co-chief executive Richard Anderson said he was “deeply saddened” by the crash.“We will do everything in our power to support our passengers and crew and their families,” Anderson said.Safety concernsThe scene where an Amtrak passenger train derailed on a bridge over interstate highway I-5 in DuPont, Washington, US 18 December 2017. REUTERSThe accident marred the launch of faster services on the route after a $181 million upgrade project that included improving the rails, the signaling technology and the locomotives.Local officials had worried about trains going at higher speeds through the curves in the area. The trains were expected to reach speeds of 79 miles (127 kilometers) per hour through the densely populated area with the improved systems and track.In early December, Don Anderson—the mayor of Lakewood, Washington, a Tacoma suburb just a few miles from the accident site—had warned that more needed to be done to ensure safety on the route.“Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements,” he said, according to KOMO News.Karnes said the tracks were supposed to have been upgraded to accommodate higher speeds.“I’m not sure what happened,” he said.Trump: US needs better infrastructureUS President Donald Trump said the accident underscored the need to invest in infrastructure.“Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!” he tweeted.The new Siemens Charger locomotives were equipped with “positive train control” safety systems, designed to automatically stop the train in dangerous situations and mandated for trains around the country.But the technology was only expected to be used next year when it is activated on the entire rail corridor, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.In 2015, an Amtrak train going far over the designated speed for a stretch of curves in the track in Philadelphia derailed, killing eight.At the time, analysts said positive train control technology could have prevented the accident.
Scanning electron microscope images of (a) a pure sponge, (b) sponge with graphene nanoplatelets, and (c) sponge with graphene nanoplatelets and PANi. Credit: Moussa, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing By dipping small pieces of an ordinary kitchen sponge into solutions of nanoscale electrode materials, scientists have created a light-weight, low-cost supercapacitor that benefits from the sponge’s porous structure. The pores provide a large surface area for the electrode materials to attach to, leading to an increase in ion movement between the electrodes and the electrolyte that fills in the pores. Overall, the new supercapacitor exhibits a performance that is superior to that of one made of the same electrode materials but without the sponge. (Top left) The specific capacitances of several electrode materials. (Top right) Schematic diagram of ion transportation in a supercapacitor with and without the sponge. (Bottom left) Graph of the voltage and charge/discharge rates for single and tandem supercapacitors. (Bottom right) A three-unit cell is used to power a red LED. Credit: Moussa, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing Energy storage of the future Citation: Kitchen sponge supercapacitor has many porous benefits (2015, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-kitchen-sponge-supercapacitor-porous-benefits.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. To demonstrate its performance, the researchers connected three of the supercapacitors to power a red LED for five minutes. They hope that this easily fabricated device could have applications where light-weight, low-cost energy storage devices are needed.”The electrodes developed are flexible and have high performance, so they have many potential applications, especially for bendable, wearable, and portable electronics,” Ma said. The researchers, led by Jun Ma at the University of South Australia, have published their paper on the kitchen sponge supercapacitors in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.Although this is not the first time that sponges have been used to make supercapacitors, the idea is still new and not widely used. The study is the first to use sponges as the substrate for a composite of two particular electrode materials: 2-nm-thick graphene platelets, and nanorods made from the conducting polymer polyaniline (PANi). Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, but when combined they offer the best of both worlds due to their synergetic effects. While the graphene platelets offer high power density but low capacity, the PANi nanorods offer a much higher capacity but suffer from a lower electrical conductivity and other drawbacks.When combined, the two materials help to “correct” each other’s weakness, in a sense. The graphene platelets consist of multiple layers, but usually not all of them are accessible to the electrolyte, which limits capacitance. When PANi nanorods are grown on the surface of the graphene platelets, they act as nanospacers to enlarge the interlayer distance between the platelets to make full use of their storage ability. On the other hand, the highly conductive graphene platelets improve the conductivity of the nanorods by wedging open the PANi fibers to provide more interface with the electrolyte.”This work reports a novel design for the fabrication of supercapacitor electrodes by taking advantage of the synergy between cost-effective graphene plates, conducting polymers, and kitchen sponge electrodes, resulting in not only excellent capacitance and decent power and energy density, but high capacity retention over 12,000 cycles,” Ma told Phys.org. More information: Mahmoud Moussa, et al. “High-performance supercapacitors using graphene/polyaniline composites deposited on kitchen sponge.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/26/7/075702 Explore further © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Nanotechnology
Mortgage Demand Down in Latest Quarter, Terms Tighten February 4, 2014 377 Views A survey of bankers from nearly 100 institutions turned up mixed numbers for credit standards and loan demand in the last three months.[IMAGE]The “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ released Monday its January 2014 “”Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/snloansurvey/201402/fullreport.pdf, a poll examining changes in lending standards and demand in the latest quarter. The January report’s results include responses from 75 domestic banks and 21 U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks.According to the findings, a very small net percentage of banks tightened lending standards on prime residential mortgages over the last few months, with 1.4 percent saying standards have “”tightened considerably.”” The share of banks who either tightened or eased standards “”somewhat”” offset each other at 8.5 percent each, while the majority–81.7 percent–reported no change.Looking at bank size, 16.7 percent of large banks reported easing standards, while a combined 5.6 percent tightened [COLUMN_BREAK]their criteria. Among smaller banks, 14.3 percent reported tighter standards, and none reported easing.Of the few banks offering subprime mortgages, 20 percent tightened standards, while 80 percent left them alone.A survey released “”late January””:https://themreport.com/articles/underwriting-standards-ease-as-banks-vie-for-business-2014-01-31 from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency indicated more banks last year were easing standards to stay competitive. However, the period covered in that survey ended in June.Whether it was because of higher hurdles to clear or last year’s rise in interest rates, a moderate fraction of banks reported a drop in demand for prime purchase mortgages, with a combined 47.9 percent saying demand was weaker. Only 19.7 percent saw greater consumer interest in prime residential loans; the remaining 32.4 percent said demand was “”about the same.””Demand for home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) was little changed, with 16.9 percent of banks reporting stronger demand and 19.7 reporting weaker demand. On net, more banks reported easing HELOC standards than tightening (7.0 percent compared to 4.2 percent).In a special question posed for January’s survey, the Fed asked banks about their expectations for loan delinquency and charge-off rates over the next year, assuming economic activity moves in line with consensus forecasts.Reponses indicate most banks have higher expectations for loan quality this year. On net, 46.5 percent of banks surveyed expect quality to improve somewhat for prime residential mortgages, while 33.3 percent said subprime loan quality should improve.For HELOCs, a net 33.4 percent of respondents said loan quality is likely to improve this year. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Credit Availability Credit Standards Demand Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-02-04 Tory Barringer in Data, Origination Share
Hong Kong, SAR – The Peninsula in Shanghai and Beijing are offering “feel good” Valentine’s Day packages in conjunction with the Spa Suites at each of the hotel’s The Peninsula Spa by ESPA. According to a press release received by Elite Traveler, the offer combines culinary indulgence and relaxing spa treatments.According to the release, it’s double celebration time on February 14 in 2010, as in addition to ushering in the Year of The Tiger, this auspicious day also celebrates love and romance, so share an unforgettable experience with your loved one amidst the glamour and luxury of The Peninsula Shanghai. The hotel’s culinary team headed by Chef Terrence Crandall will prepare exquisite set dinners on this special day at Sir Elly’s and The Lobby, and the evening will end with a memorable gift for everyone.To make this occasion even more special, reserve the exclusive Private Spa Suite at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA for a Valentine’s Spa Package. This opulent facility offers shared escapism and incorporates an hour of relaxation time together to enjoy the facilities prior to your treatments.In Beijing, The Peninsula will also be pampering: The sophisticated yet intimate setting of the award-winning Jing restaurant, complemented with the chef’s special creations, is offered in combination with the exclusive Private Spa Suite of The Peninsula Spa by ESPA for a “Be My Valentine” treatment.www.peninsula.com