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Living laboratory Ecological surprises in Waterton two years after wildfireLiving laboratory Ecological surprises in Waterton two years after wildfire

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. — Trees are charcoal black on one side and bone white on the other, evidence of the path a wildfire took as it tore into Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta nearly two years ago.Clusters of showy purple asters line a hiking trail amidst a flush of vibrant green new growth on the forest floor. Crowds of fat black gallium sphinx caterpillars, drawn to burned forests and tasty bright pink fireweed, lounge on leaves. “I think it’s spectacular and beautiful,” park superintendent Sal Rasheed says of the transformed landscape. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the consequences of a natural disturbance event that you would otherwise never see again.”The wildfire, sparked by a lightning strike in British Columbia, forced everyone out of Waterton on Sept. 8, 2017. Flames breached the park’s boundaries three days later.Firefighters managed to save the townsite and the historic Prince of Wales hotel, but Parks Canada lost several buildings and the scars of the fire are evident on the blackened mountain slopes.Parks Canada scientist Kim Pearson says wildlife populations are generally healthy and there’s renewed growth in the forest.She says the park has become a “living laboratory” for researchers studying how a powerful wildfire transforms an ecosystem as climate change makes such events more frequent and severe.“The Kenow wildfire was of exceptional intensity,” she says. “Understanding what’s happening here might be key to understanding what happens in the other post-fire landscapes in the future.”  Already, researchers have encountered some surprises.Wood-boring beetles which have shown up after past wildfires in the area haven’t in Waterton. Neither have woodpeckers that feed on those bugs.Researchers are keeping an eye out for any unusual algae blooms caused by higher-than-expected nutrient levels in water.Pearson says scientists will also be watching to see whether the forest regenerates into its earlier state, or into grassland or another type of ecosystem, since the climate is warmer and drier now than it was when the trees first took root.Parks Canada is wary of invasive species taking advantage of bare ground exposed by the fire, so hiking trails are equipped with boot-brushing stations to prevent visitors from spreading seeds.Locals have had mixed feelings about the changed landscape.Deb Watson, whose family-run trail riding outfit Alpine Stables burned to the ground, says she cries every time she looks at the scorched forest on Crandell Mountain because she knows she’ll never see it green again.“I don’t like to ride into the back country,” she says. “I don’t want to see it. It just breaks my heart.”Hotel and restaurant owner Lockey Craig, who lives just outside the park, says it won’t be the same in his lifetime either.But he’s noticed the views from some of the hiking trails are better now that trees aren’t in the way.“Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s worse.”Jordan Wammes — whose family has a bike rental, gas station and treat shop in town — said things were stark during the summer of 2018, but this year was better.“It was our best wildflower season that I’ve ever seen down here.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Michael Kors now Capri Holdings completes Versace dealMichael Kors now Capri Holdings completes Versace deal

first_imgNEW YORK — Having adding a pair of high-end brands to its stable, Michael Kors is changing its name to Capri.The company announced the acquisition of the Italian fashion house Versace for more than $2 billion (1.83 billion euros) in September, less than two years after acquiring Jimmy Choo, the shoemaker that rocketed to fame on the high heels of “Sex and the City.”Michael Kors Holdings, like its counterparts in France, has charged aggressively into the upper echelons of luxury fashion hoping to pump up sales. Kering snapped up Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Pomelato and LVMH bought Bulgari and Loro Piana.Capri Holdings Ltd. is projecting $8 billion in annual sales, with most of that coming from Michael Kors. Starting Wednesday, its New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol will be CPRI.Gianni Versace founded Versace in 1978. The family-run business was thrown into chaos with Versace’s murder 21 years ago. His sister, Donatella Versace, will continue with the company, holding the position of creative director.Michael Kors, who founded the company under his name, also remains as creative director of that wing of the company.The Associated Presslast_img read more

President Bouteflika Returns Home in Algeria amid ProtestsPresident Bouteflika Returns Home in Algeria amid Protests

Rabat – A plane carrying President Abdelaziz Bouteflika landed in Algeria yesterday. The 2019 election candidate had been in Geneva for medical care.Bouteflika’s plane landed in Algeria in the midst of weeks of protests, involving both adults and minors, who have been condemning Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth mandate for more than two weeks now.March 8 marked the beginning of the third week of protests with hundreds of thousands of Algerians taking to the streets calling for Bouteflika to remove himself as a candidate in the election. Under pressure from protesters, the government ordered the shutdown of universities across the country ahead of a scheduled holiday, according to Al Jazeera.Read Also: Dozens Injured in Algeria’s Anti-Bouteflika ProtestsAlgeria’s Ministry of Education did not explain the decision, announcing that the spring holiday would start 10 days earlier than before.Throughout the weeks of protests, which erupted on February 22, students have been on the street to lead peaceful demonstrations.In addition to the protests in Algeria, thousands of people marched in a demonstration in Paris and in other French cities on Sunday against Bouteflika’s campaign.Rachid Nekkaz, a well-known businessman opposing Bouteflika, attended the Paris protest.On Friday, Swiss police arrested Nekkaz when he attempted to check on Bouteflika’s health situation at the Geneva University Hospital. A police spokesperson, Joanna Matta, said that the hospital filed a complaint against Nekkaz for trespassing.In an interview with France 24 yesterday, Nekkaz said that every Algerian has the right to know the president’s health status, and the government should not keep it a secret.Other people also protested in front of the Geneva University Hospital.Speaking at the gathering, Nekkaz said there are “40 million Algerians who want to know where the president is.”The Algerian-French businessman had attempted to submit his candidacy for presidency. Nekkaz complained that the Constitutional Council refused his candidacy because he holds French citizenship. In response, the businessman renounced his French citizenship and had his cousin of the same name submit his candidacy. read more

Nongovernmental groups provide crucial assistance in UN battle against drugsNongovernmental groups provide crucial assistance in UN battle against drugs

23 March 2011Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play a key role in assisting the United Nations in tackling the global drug scourge, especially in ensuring that people affected by drugs receive the help they need, a top official said today. “We must continue to expand efforts to prevent drug dependence and strive to provide all drug users with the treatment, care and support they need. As we move to achieve this, we regard the NGO community as a key partner and a powerful voice in reaching the people whom UNODC ultimately work to serve,” said Yury Fedotov, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Mr. Fedotov met with close to 100 NGOs on the sidelines of the current session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UN’s policy-making body for drug-related matters that is meeting this week in Vienna. He lauded the work done by the Vienna Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Drugs (VNGOC), an umbrella organization representing around 70 civil society groups covering diverse ideologies regarding global drug policy. The Executive Director also called for increased integration and building new partnerships among all actors. “The importance of NGOs in responding to drug use in the last 50 years is one which must be highlighted,” he stated. “The active work by civil society on the ground helps populations affected by drugs and helps us to be more informed about the grass-roots realities. “UNODC is relying particularly on cooperation with NGOs in the areas of drug prevention and treatment and through a more active dialogue we look forward to promoting the balance between demand and supply reduction.” The Vienna-based agency says that engagement with the NGO community has been bolstered in recent years following the ‘Beyond 2008’ initiative, which works to improve interaction between civil society, UNODC and Member States in programming responses to the global drug problem. read more

TSX lower as gold slips US markets higherTSX lower as gold slips US markets higher

The Toronto stock market pulled back on Thursday, with gold and mining stocks leading the decline, alongside a decision by the European Central Bank to keep its key policy rate unchanged.The S&P/TSX composite index slid 57.58 points to 14,401.53 in morning trading, while the Canadian dollar was up 0.17 of a cent at 90.79 cents US.The TSX gold sector was the biggest decliner as the bullion for June delivery moved down $5.20 at US$1,285.60 an ounce.The ECB said that despite evidence the economy of the 18-country eurozone is weak and inflation is going down, interest rates will stay the same. The ECB’s key rate is already at a record-low 0.25 per cent.In economic data, Statistics Canada reported that merchandise exports grew 3.6 per cent, while imports were up 2.1 per cent in February. The agency said Canada’s trade balance with the world went to a surplus of $290 million in February from a deficit of $337 million in January.On Wall Street, both the Dow and S&P have touched new intraday records after reports after a new U.S. hiring report.The Labor Department said that while the number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose by 16,000 last week, to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the figure is close to what was seen before the recession, and indicates that hiring remains stable.The Dow Jones Industrials moved ahead 3.15 points to 16,576.15 while the Nasdaq dipped 1.31 points to 4,275.15.The S&P 500 index lifted 0.16 of a point to 1,891.06, after closing at a new high on Wednesday.In commodities, the price of oil remained below US$100 a barrel with the May contract for light crude were down four cents at US$99.58. May copper dropped 1.5 cents at US$3.03 a pound.Toronto’s main stock index has been on a tear, rising nearly six per cent since the start of the year and near levels that haven’t been seen since the summer of 2008. However, questions have persisted over whether the S&P/TSX Composite is headed toward a ceiling.“Now that interest rates are rising, the stock markets are going to reflect higher costs to borrow and only an increase in efficiency of companies will be able to overcome the higher costs,” said Bob Tebbutt of Peregrine Financial Group Canada Inc.“Therefore the latest market moves, viewed on a daily basis, seem to be running into resistance, as they should, with higher borrowing costs.”In corporate developments, Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS), one of Canada’s largest utility companies, have received approval from U.S. regulators for its $4.3-billion purchase of UNS Energy Corp., an Arizona-based electricity and gas utility company, expanding its reach in the United States. Fortis shares were down two cents to $31.46.Retailer Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) says the acquisition of U.S. luxury retailer Saks helped sales increase nearly 75 per cent in the fourth quarter, while its profits dropped about 66 per cent, to $29.1 million from $86.8 million a year ago. Shares of the company backed off 96 cents to $17.86.Montreal-based clothing retailer Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (TSX:RET.A) posted a deeper net loss of $2.57 million in its fourth quarter, or four cents per dilulted share, compared to a loss of $1.14 million, or two cents, in the same period a year earlier. Sales were $240.68 million versus $267.66 million a year earlier. Reitman shares rose 26 cents to $6.22.China’s leaders unveiled a mini-stimulus program aimed at shoring up sputtering growth in the world’s No. 2 economy.Under the plan, China’s small businesses will get bigger tax breaks, social housing will be built to replace shantytowns and railway construction will be sped up. Premier Li Keqiang announced the measures after a regular meeting of the State Council, China’s cabinet.European bourses were mixed. London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.03 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.18 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 rose 0.68 per cent.In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.84 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 0.18 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.74 per cent. read more

Remembrance Day servicesRemembrance Day services

Remembrance Day services begin in Hamilton, Sunday.A service will be held at the West Hamilton Cenotaph at St. George’s Reformed Episcopal Church located at 134 Emerson Street. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m.Another service will take place at the Glanbrook Cenotaph at the Glanbrook Arena located at 4300 Binbrook Road. That service begins at 2 p.m.HSR is free for veterans in uniform.In Oakville, Bronte Legion Branch 486 will hold it’s Veterans Parade, Sunday.The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at 79 Jones Street Legion and will make its way to the Bronte Cenotaph on Lakeshore Road.

Annan appoints veteran Nigerian diplomat new UN Political Affairs chiefAnnan appoints veteran Nigerian diplomat new UN Political Affairs chief

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed career diplomat Ibrahim Agboola Gambari of Nigeria the new head of the Department of Political Affairs, effective 1 July, with responsibility for advising him on global political developments.Mr. Gambari, Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on Africa, succeeds Sir Kieran Prendergast and is expected to hold the position until February 2007.A professor who became a career diplomat and Minister of External Affairs of Nigeria, Mr. Gambari joined the UN Secretariat in 1999. In his capacity as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), he promotes UN support for African development; especially the set of strategies spearheaded by Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa and called the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).As a Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), he headed the UN Mission to Angola (UNMA) from September 2002 to February 2003. In that position, he helped shape UN support for the social reintegration of Angola’s ex-soldiers, the organization of the electoral process, landmine removal, the upgrading of human rights skills and the mobilization of resources for a successful international donors’ conference.Born in Nigeria in 1944, Mr. Gambari earned his first degree at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a doctorate at Columbia University. He taught at the City University of New York (CUNY), the State University of New York (SUNY) and at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he created Nigeria’s first undergraduate programme in international studies.A distinguished teaching and research career included visiting professorships at Howard and Georgetown Universities, as well as at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, all in Washington. He was also a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a Resident Scholar with the Rockefeller Foundation Centre in Italy. read more

On board Britains nuclear deterrent as Royal Navy submariners secret lives areOn board Britains nuclear deterrent as Royal Navy submariners secret lives are

The “modest” submariners who spend months underwater with little news from home are set to be honoured by Prince William on Friday. The Duke of Cambridge is expected to pay tribute to the nation’s submariners in a reading during a Service at Westminster Abbey to mark 50 years of Britain’s nuclear deterrent submarine patrols. The service, hosted by the Royal Navy, will recognise half a century of the nation’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD), whereby a British nuclear-armed submarine has been on patrol somewhere in the world every day since 1969. It is unclear whether the new Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, will attend the service. In one of his last official acts in office, Gavin Williamson…

Michael D Higgins to visit tomb of murdered bishop RomeroMichael D Higgins to visit tomb of murdered bishop Romero

first_img‘Why care?’ – some could be tempted to ask; ‘it is a thirty years old conflict.’ But for those who have lost a loved one, it does not matter how many years have passed. The questions and pain are always present, for there is no greater object of sorrow, nothing more upsetting than a human life not being allowed to bloom to its full potential. The naming of each and every one of those who died or was made to ‘disappear’ is of the utmost importance. This is something I personally feel strongly about, and it is why I opened one of my poems from the 1980s, entitled Memory, with a line from French philosopher Paul Ricoeur, which simply said that ‘to be forgotten is to die twice”.Later today he will also visit the Monument to Memory and Truth which commemorates all the people who died during the conflict.The President will travel to Costa Rica tomorrow for the final leg of his 12-day official visit to Latin America. He is due to return to Ireland on 31 October.Column: President Higgins returned to a changed El Salvador today >Read: Aló Presidente! President begins three-country tour of Central America > PRESIDENT HIGGINS WILL visit the tomb of murdered Catholic archbishop Oscar Romero on the final day of his visit to El Salvador today.Archbishop Romero became a symbol of the country’s brutal and sustained civil war after he was shot dead in the city of San Salvador in 1980 as he was celebrating mass. He had been outspoken about horrific human rights abuses carried out by the ruling regime.An estimated 75,000 people died between 1980 and 1992 in El Salvador’s civil war as the US-backed government and military killed and tortured its own population.Michael D Higgins, who had previously visited the country in 1982, delivered a speech last night in which he spoke about memory and paying tribute to people who fought against the regime.In it, he described how the country’s social fabric was torn apart by the conflict.“Theirs was a struggle for greater social justice that included emancipation from poverty, access to land, and the basic means of livelihood for the poorest Salvadorans,” he said.last_img read more

Poll Do you make an effort to avoid using plastic strawsPoll Do you make an effort to avoid using plastic straws

first_img By TheJournal.ie Team Wasn’t aware of the issue (3945) AN ASSOCIATION FOR Irish pubs worldwide, Irish Pubs Global, has announced that it is offering a discount on membership to the group if a pub commits to phase out the use of plastic straws in their establishment.TheJournal.ie recently reported on the wider issue of the environmental impact of plastic straws and the move in some parts of the hospitality industry to abandon them.Is this something you are taking personally? Have you decided to make an effort not to use plastic straws at home or while eating or drinking out? Thought about it but no (927) http://jrnl.ie/3851380 Feb 14th 2018, 12:46 PM Image: Shutterstock/Katinkah Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Katinkahcenter_img Share9 Tweet Email1 Poll Results: 17,930 Views Yes (2486) 58 Comments Poll: Do you make an effort to avoid using plastic straws? Give it to us straight. Be honest. YesWasn’t aware of the issueThought about it but noVote Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ryanair will offer connecting flights onto rivals routes starting this yearRyanair will offer connecting flights onto rivals routes starting this year

first_imgRyanair will offer connecting flights onto rivals’ routes starting this year The Irish budget airline plans to hook up with both Aer Lingus and Norwegian Air. Apr 6th 2017, 12:40 PM 22,293 Views Share115 Tweet Email3 Image: Martin Keene 8 Comments Image: Martin Keene RYANAIR WILL LINK up with rival airlines to offer ‘feeder flights’ onto long-haul routes, with the first of the deals to start by the end of the year.The low-cost carrier also plans to offer punters the ability to book connecting flights on its own routes by the end of this month, with the airline handling baggage transfers for transfer passengers.“This will be a big deal for us,” Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said, adding that the changes would allow passengers to ‘self-connect’ between destinations with bookings made via the airline.“I think this is going to be a big advantage for Ryanair, given our network, it will be a big advantage for Ryanair getting more of the business travel market in Europe,” he said.The airline will first trial interconnecting routes for its own flights through Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, with other bases to follow.Connecting flights with “one to two partner airlines” are due to begin between September and the end of the year, Jacobs said.Aer Lingus and Norwegian Air – which recently launched low-cost transatlantic routes from several Irish bases – where the first two airlines the carrier was expecting to use for both long-haul and short-haul flights.Ryanair has long been reported to be courting deals with the two airlines, though its finance chief, Neil Sorahan, recently said the setup was “not hugely high” on his to-do list.Norwegian dealThe significant shift in Ryanair’s strategy comes as part of its bid to become the ‘Amazon of air travel’ – handling everything from package holidays to flight bookings on rival airlines through its website and app.The feeder-flight move would allow passengers to book their whole trip with the short-haul specialist and have their luggage automatically moved between planes.In turn, it would open up Norwegian and Aer Lingus’s US routes to more airports across Europe at little extra cost, and help guarantee higher-priced seats to Ryanair.In February, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary told airline industry business publication Air Transport World that Ryanair and Norwegian were close to reaching an agreement. Michael O’Leary Source: DPA/PA Images“We are ready to co-operate with Norwegian right now,” he said.“We are finalizing technical implementation as Ryanair and Norwegian operate on two different reservation systems,” he said, adding, “It is better to work with them instead of compete with them (Norwegian).”CompetitionJacobs today said he expected that Ryanair would end up working with “a raft of legacy carriers in the coming years”.“They get to focus on what they make more money on, which is flying long-haul, and they get to fill their long-haul flights at a cheap rate of customer acquisition.”Low-cost operators like Ryanair have been trying to discourage the major carriers from competing with them on short-haul routes and instead focus on their intercontinental services.However some larger airlines, such as Aer Lingus stablemate British Airways, have fought back against Ryanair by offering no-frills fares and charging for meals.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 12:40 PMcenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3326921 Take me to Fora Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Read: Flora maker Unilever is getting out of the spreads businessRead: One of Ireland’s biggest landowners gets permission for hundreds of Dublin apartments By Fora Staff Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

I never tried to sign Messi says GuardiolaI never tried to sign Messi says Guardiola

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he has never tried to capture the signature of Lionel Messi since he left Nou Camp for Bayern Munich in 2013.Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona for four years where he managed Lionel Messi, during one of their most successful and dominant years winning three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.Calling it quits in 2012, Guardiola joined Bayern Munich after taking a year sabbatical and then took charge of Manchester City in 2016, and all these while, reports have him signing Messi from Barcelona.The Manchester City boss denied all the reports.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Guardiola told Sky Sports: “When I left Barcelona and I went to Bayern Munich, and now Manchester City, I never asked Lionel Messi to come and join.“I never went to the clubs and said ‘I want this player’. Never. Because I know how important this guy is for Barcelona.“I never made the first step, to say I want this player. Never, and I would never do that.”last_img read more

AutoNation partners with ROC Racing for Cancer to raise money for NicklausAutoNation partners with ROC Racing for Cancer to raise money for Nicklaus

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – AutoNation will partner with the Race of Champions and Ryan Hunter-Reay to help raise money for the Division of Hematology-Oncology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.Hunter-Reay will take part in the Race of Champions among other drivers, Jan 21 and 22.All proceeds from the event will benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Oncology center.“Miami is the perfect place for the Race of Champions,” Frederick Johnsson, ROC president. “The world’s best race in America’s fastest city? Perfect combination.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

23 lakh seized from hawala trader23 lakh seized from hawala trader

first_imgSultan Bazaar: The Sultan Bazaar police on Saturday night seized Rs 23 lakh from a hawala trader during vehicle checking. According to police, Bhavani Singh, a native of Rajasthan, was transporting the cash on a bike.During the vehicle checking at Sultan Bazaar road, the police waved him down and found the cash in the dickey of the vehicle. As the suspect did not give any satisfactory answer and further failed to produce receipts and source of the money, police took him into custody. Later the seized amount was handed over to the Income Tax department authorities for further enquiry. They found that the suspect was into hawala trade and the money was being sent to Karnataka.last_img

Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack is Two Mega Men in OneAzure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack is Two Mega Men in One

first_img Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Pretty much all of Inti Creates’ catalog on Nintendo Switch consists of throwback shooter-platformers. Mighty Gunvolt Burst channels Capcom’s forgotten classic Mega Man while Blaster Master Zero straight-up is a successor to that retro series. But I get the sense that the Azure Striker Gunvolt series, a spiritual continuation of the team’s work on the Mega Man Zero series, might be the closest to the team’s heart. The leap from 3DS to Switch may not have as clean or affordable as it could have been, but the Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack duology is still a great, non-Zelda fit on Switch.This Striker Pack collects the two games of the Azure Striker Gunvolt series, originally released on Nintendo 3DS in 2014 and 2016. The first clue to me that Inti Creates really cares about this series is how much original lore they’ve ginned up for it. Azure Striker Gunvolt takes place in a world full of “Septimals,” people with mutant-like abilities who therefore face X-Men-esque persecution.AdChoices广告Both games are chock of full of sharp portraits of anime characters emotionally explaining to each other about corporate intrigue and faith and how to use powers responsibly. There’s also all this business about Hatsune Miku-style vocaloid spirits or something? I honestly couldn’t keep up. Fortunately, having both games on one pack lets you immediately resolve part one’s cliffhanger or easily get some background context before jumping into the mechanically superior part two.While Azure Striker Gunvolt’s plot is dense and slow, its gameplay is immediate and accessible. Like a good Mega Man (more of the X or Zero variety) you run left to right shooting at robot enemies while avoiding perilous traps all before fighting a colorful boss bot. “Azure Striker” is just a synonym for “Blue Bomber”. You have some amount of freedom to decide in what order you would like to tackle the game as well as how challenging you want the reward system to be. Playing on easier difficulty barely gave me enough resources to craft the cooler gear enhancements.Gunvolt the game’s biggest twist on Mega Man formula is Gunvolt the playable character’s electrical powers. While shots do a little damage, their real purpose is to tag enemies. Tagged enemies are then vulnerable to a powerful homing electrical field. GV’s field can also pull off stunts like pushing magnets or slowing descent down twisty caverns. But you can’t overuse it. An exhausted shield takes way longer to recharge.You can quickly recharge manually but that takes away from valuable zapping time. You can also tag enemies multiple times to make them more vulnerable to a single shock, but again that requires skillful maneuvering and time management on your part particularly against bosses. You have to execute constant quick decisions. Overall, it’s a very expressive and satisfying shooting system, especially as the HD rumble crackles in your hands.Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 also features a second playable character named Copen. Debuting in the first game as a regular human who hates Septimals like Gunvolt with religious fervor, Copen instead uses his robot suit to dash into enemies and tag them before unleashing his hovering robot drones. Both characters also have unique sets of super moves, although I still prefer Gunvolt’s giant lightning sword. Copen demands a more technical style of play that’s welcome after playing the entire first game as Gunvolt, who basically plays the same in the sequel.Beyond the fancy shooting, Azure Striker Gunvolt also has the classic level design you’d expect from a son of Mega Man. Along with bad guys to blast each stage has a particular gimmick, whether it’s anti-slipping power-ups in an ice level, activating different colored lights to nullify security lasers, or using your electrical field to kill swarms of bees. Gimmicks tend to overstay their welcome a little bit, more so in the first game, but they are clever and fun to replay for better scores. The sequel reuses levels across the two characters, and maybe has fewer levels overall, but Copen’s gameplay differences do substantially change how you approach a stage.Azure Striker Gunvolt 1 and 2 were nice looking 3DS games. The SNES-style sprites had a lot of detail and character. And they look a little more fluid on Switch thanks to the bump up to 60 FPS. But the presentation overall still seems like a glorified 3DS game. The disappointing grainy interface seems strange considering Inti Creates’ previous Switch games avoided this low-resolution issue despite having similar retro handheld origins. Also, there’s no easy way to hop between games without restarting entirely. The whiff of laziness stinks even more once you consider the $40 price on both Switch and 3DS.From what I can tell based on my hazy understanding of the story, the Azure Striker Gunvolt franchise could definitely continue. So maybe Inti Creates is just testing the demand for the series on Switch. And I’m totally cool with games of 3DS style and scope coming to its handheld successor. I just hope that the next time Gunvolt strikes Switch he brings a little more production value along with his inventive levels and lightning guns.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. The Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack collects both games in Inti Creates’s Mega Man X/Zero-esque shooter-platformer series.2. Run and gun and zap your way through inventive stages to fight colorful boss robots.3. Both games are chock full of anime lore about super-powered Septimal people and the corporations that control them.4. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 features a second playable character, Copen, with a whole new gameplay style.5. The core games are great, but the low-resolution production value reminds you these are glorified 3DS games on Switch. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Deaths From Red Light Running At A 10Year HigDeaths From Red Light Running At A 10Year Hig

first_imgDeaths From Red Light Running At A 10-Year High, AAA Study… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.29.19 6:02pm Deaths caused by motorists running red lights have risen to a 10-year high, a newly released study finds.At least two people are killed this way every day in the U.S., according to the study of government data by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.The study looked at fatalities from 2008 to 2017, the most recent year data are available. Drivers blowing through red lights killed 939 people in 2017. That’s an increase of 31% from a low in 2009, when 715 people were killed.More than half of those killed were passengers or people riding in other vehicles. About 35% were the drivers who ran the red light. Pedestrian and cyclist deaths connected to red light running represented about 5% of total deaths.The precise reason for the jump in fatalities isn’t clear. But AAA’s director of traffic safety advocacy and research, Jake Nelson, says distracted driving is likely a major contributor.”Drivers distracted on their phones, pedestrians distracted when crossing intersections, are all reasonable contributing causes to what we see the data telling us,” Nelson told NPR. “But it’s not the only cause.”For instance, AAA conducted a separate survey on red light running and found that about one-third of drivers who responded admitted to having sped through a red light in the past month, despite the majority of respondents saying red light running represents a serious safety concern.”So that implies that they weren’t distracted,” Nelson said.Another contributing factor is that more people are driving longer distances since 2008, according to AAA.”Ten years ago, we were recovering from an economic recession, and people were driving a lot less. So, pure exposure to more driving is going to result in increased crashes of all kinds,” Nelson said. “As a result of that, there will be more people who die in crashes involving red-light-running drivers.”AAA recommends putting red light cameras in areas that have a pattern of crashes, with local law enforcement officials directly supervising the cameras.”Camera enforcement is a proven way to reduce red light running and save lives,” said Jessica Cicchino of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.AAA says drivers should monitor “stale” green lights — those that have been green a long time as you approach the intersection. They are more likely to turn yellow as you arrive at the intersection.For pedestrians, making sure an intersection is clear before crossing is another thing that Nelson says might seem obvious.”If you’re the first person at a red light waiting to cross an intersection when the light turns green, give yourself three seconds,” he said. “It could mean the difference between life and death.”Pedestrians and cyclists should make eye contact with drivers, according to AAA, which also recommends not wearing headphones while commuting.”If you’re going to cross an intersection, for just a moment please take your face out of your phone and take those earbuds out of your years,” Nelson said, “so you can protect yourself in the event that someone blows through a red light.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Helen H. Richardsonlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Cardinals’ slow 1-4 start on the heels of last year’s5-11 season has fans starting to question head coach KenWhisenhunt. However, starting wideout Larry Fitzgerald believes theteam’s struggles aren’t Whisenhunt’s fault. “I think coach Whisenhunt is taking to much of a bad wrapfor things that have happened this season,” Fitzgeraldsaid. “At the end of the day he’s not catching any passes,he’s not making any blocks he’s not tackling anybody. Theonus has to fall on the players and right now the playersare not getting it done so we have to be able to get outthere and execute better.” Comments   Share   Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Fitzgerald knows the team, himself included, hasn’tperformed well this season. The pro bowler has compiled427 yards and only two touchdowns, and he’s been kept outof the end zone the last two games.“I just know that the men in this room, we have resolve wehave ultimate confidence in our abilities,” Fitzgeraldsaid, “but we haven’t performed to the level were capableof playing yet.” The Cardinals aren’t performing horribly, ranking in themiddle of the pack in offense and defense, but the teamknows they have to get better to be a playoff team. Fitzgerald and the Cardinals will get a chance to improveon the rankings Sunday against the Steelers, Fitz says theteam has to take the game one play at a time. “We just got to get going in the right direction, put acouple good plays together, put a couple good seriestogether, put a couple good quarters and you know put agood game together,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s how ithappens one play at a time and we have got to take it thatway.” last_img read more

EC shipping chief calls for political solution to Turkish banEC shipping chief calls for political solution to Turkish ban

first_imgEuropean Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) President-elect Claes Berglund has called for a “political” solution to Turkey’s unilateral actions against Cypriot shipping which have been in place since 1987.Asked on the restrictive measures Turkey has been imposing on Cypriot-flagged ships since 1987, Berglund said the association is a strong promoter of a rules-based multilateral trade system, governed by institutions such as the WTO.“Unilateral actions that hamper the free flow of goods and services or target specific nations to prevent them performing transport services are condemned as strongly as possible by ECSA. Political solutions are strongly supported,” he stressed.Berglund was in Cyprus for the AGM of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, which this year marked its 30th anniversary. Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, he suggested the EU contemplate concentrating dossiers concerning shipping under a new Commissioner responsible for shipping.He also praised the CSC’s active contribution particularly on more strategic issues that concern European shipowners, adding that the CSC has been particularly instrumental in safeguarding the regulatory framework that ensures the competitiveness of European Shipping, especially the Commission’s Guidelines for State Aid on Maritime Transport, which allow European shipowners to compete on a global level.“Europe urgently needs to have a strong vison on the European shipping industry, recognising it to be a strategic asset for Europe and act in a coordinated and unified way,” he said.“Concentration of many of the shipping files now spread all over the services of the European Commission should be realised by the new President of the European Commission. Ideally a Commissioner for Shipping should become responsible for the EU shipping policy,” he added.“It is without doubt that the current structure is suboptimal and makes EU maritime policy not as effective and efficient as should be,” he added.On trade tensions, Berglund said trade wars have already had a negative effect on world economic growth and thereby on world trade, and a reduced economic and trade growth would impact European shipping as many of European shipowners are active in cross trades around the globe.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Swedish What he does know is that his simple idea to take on the Rosetta Stones Berlitzs and Pimsleurs of the world with an addictive video-game-like app is changing how we think about learning languages And now for the first time Duolingo is adding an African language to its 68-course lineup: Swahili the lingua franca of eastern Africa "We started looking around and realized that we are teaching almost every European language you can think of but we had no African languages" says Van Ahn who spoke to TIME while at the Design Indaba in Cape Town an annual event celebrating design technology and art on the African continent and beyond Duolingo has more than 150 million users around the world; in the United States where the company is based there are more people learning languages on Duolingo than there are in the entire US public school system An independent study conducted by the City University of New York has shown that 34 hours on Duolingo are equivalent to a university semester of language classes And all the classes whether you are a Spanish speaker learning English or an English speaker learning Welsh (or Italian Vietnamese Klingon or a variety of other languages) are absolutely free Free language courses are not exactly profitable but thats not the point says Von Ahn After Google bought his company CAPTCHA that little test of squiggly letters most website forms use to make sure users are humans and not other computers in 2009 the Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor could afford to pursue a passion project Language learning wasnt his goal he says but he was interested in improving education so that people of all social classes could access better life opportunities "There are 12 billion people learning a foreign language" says Van Ahn who was born in Guatemala "Two thirds of them are learning English either to get a job or to go to school so they can get a job So what most of them are really doing is trying to get out of poverty" The irony he says is that the average cost of learning a language either through classes or a computer-based language program like Rosetta Stone will cost at least $1000 to get to fluency "So we decided to do languages for free" So far the Swahili course is for English speakers who want to learn the language spoken predominantly in Kenya Tanzania and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo But once it launches on March 3 programmers will be able to work on reverse-translating the courses so that Swahili speakers can learn English opening up opportunities for a wide swath of East Africa A day before the launch Von Ahn decides to take the first lesson of the Swahili course through a trial run He hovers his cursor over a phrase: "Wewe ni Mtanzania" he reads "Does this mean we are Tanzanian" He types a tentative translation into the text box It blinks red "Oh no it means you You are Tanzanian" Despite the initial setback Von Ahn quickly gets into the rhythm Reading typing speaking and laughing When his first missed question comes up again he goes into app tester mode and tries typing with a Southern US accent: "Hey lets see if yall works Yall are Tanzanian" he types The screen flashes green "Hey it accepted it Thats pretty funny" He ends the first lesson with only one mistake "That was easy" he grins as he starts another When Duolingo first started with French Spanish English for Spanish speakers and German the idea was to bring in a small team of linguists for each language to develop the course But demands started pouring in for other languages and the team quickly realized that it would be impossible to replicate the model "Where are we going to find three Swahili speakers in Pittsburgh" Von Ahn asks (Duolingo is based at Carnegie Mellon in Pennsylvania) "I am sure they exist but they are very hard to find" Instead Duolingo decided to tap its rapidly growing language community for volunteers Von Ahn and his team adapted the apps machine-learning program so that it could take a native speakers language skills and turn them into bite size lessons for a digital classroom On average the volunteers work in teams of three for 15-20 hours a week to come up with about 20000 short sentences and their translations Then more volunteers are brought in to fine-tune the testing phase The Swahili team pulled from the United States Peace Corps language-training program in Tanzania took nearly a year to complete the testing says Branden Ryan the Gender Equality and Womens Empowerment Coordinator for the Tanzania Peace Corps program and one of the founding members of the Swahili team "It was a lot of hours yes but it was a labor of love" he says speaking by telephone from Tanzania To Ryan it was an honor to work on Duolingos first indigenous African language program He says it is just the beginning "There is a lot of interest in learning these indigenous African languages Twi Zulu Xhosa Hopefully this will pave the way for other people to contribute what they know" Von Ahn pulls up a map of all the most popular languages studied on Duolingo per country So far English (green) and French (blue) dominate in Africalogical considering the colonial ties to England France and Belgium Then he scrolls up to Europe "This is the weird one" he says pointing to Sweden which is colored pink for Swedish "So the most commonly learned language in Sweden is Swedish" He waits a beat "And it is actually Swedish from Arabic Its refugees" Duolingos Arabic to other languages programs are booming in Europe thanks to the influx of refugees from Syria and Iraq "Fascinating isnt it" Von Ahn asks "I never would have expected it" But he was expecting to make a difference with his app The map is already showing that he has Contact us at editors@timecomA review of closed circuit video showed he had jumped from the upper level roadway to the lower level roadway of West Terminal Street “on his own accord Saturday made in Russia Write to Helen Regan at helen The two-term Congresswoman 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