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College JeandeBrébeuf in Montreal holds its own reconciliation week

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first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsA college in Montreal is taking a step towards reconciliation.College Jean-de-Brébeuf is bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students together through cultural activities all week.drochette@aptn.calast_img

Wisconsin ginseng growers seek new customers amid trade war

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first_imgWAUSAU, Wis. – Wisconsin ginseng growers are seeking new customers as tariffs in an escalating trade war with China will raise the price by 15 per cent for Chinese consumers.Harvests will begin in the fall but export declines will take a while to measure, the Wausau Daily Herald reported.Wisconsin grows more than 98 per cent of all U.S. ginseng, said Bill Kaldunski, president of the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin. Ginseng exports are an $8-million-per-year industry.The ginseng industry in central Wisconsin is braced for a large impact, said Kaldunski. China is one of the largest consumers of American ginseng.Tariffs went into effect at a time when the industry isn’t making a lot of sales. Most of the ginseng meant to head overseas had already been shipped.“But we’re hearing more now, and buyers are being more aggressive,” Kaldunski said.Ginseng is most commonly taken in tea and is also used as a spice in food. Ginseng products such as beer, extract pills and herbal energy drinks could help growers and distributors like the Wausau-based Hsu Enterprise find new customers in the U.S.“The stereotypical American consumer is not super familiar with ginseng, but probably knows it might be good for them,” said Will Hsu of Hsu Enterprises. “But because they didn’t grow up with the product … they don’t know the benefits.”Hsu said those products are aimed toward people “seeking lifestyle or health changes.”___Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, http://www.wausaudailyherald.comlast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

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first_imgUpdated at 9.33pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…An Ireland fan celebrates ©INPHO/James CrombieIRELAND A woman reads messages and well wishes to people missing aboard flight MH370 [Wong Maye-E/AP/PA Images]WORLD#MISSING PLANE: Malaysia’s Prime Minister said the missing Malaysia Airlines jet had been deliberately diverted, after its communications systems were disabled.#UNITED NATIONS: There was a blow for Russia as China abstained from a vote on a UN resolution criticising tomorrow’s Crimea referendum.#THREE YEARS ON: It was the third anniversary of the start of the Syrian Civil War.INNOVATION€400 for a deluxe juicer? Irish consumers are snapping them up online, apparently.A ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’-type ‘Babelfish‘ could be the next big thing on the web, according to one expert [TheGuardian]And it turns out Bill Gates isn’t a big fan of Edward Snowden [Huffington Post]PARTING SHOTCian Healy is the new Ellen DeGeneres. In one, very limited sense. Check out the Leinster star’s on-field selfie from the aftermath of today’s edge-of-seat Paris victory:[Cian Healy via Twitter]Here’s What Happened Yesterday > John Favreau (not that one) spoke in DublinA minister discussed LGBT issues in MoscowAnd Phantom FM‘s former staff have been looking back on its history…center_img Brian O’Driscoll & co. sealed a Six Nations Championship winRehab criticised the chairman of the PACA woman was killed in a Tallaght shotgun attackA toddler died, after a road crash in LaoisTwo people were arrested over a Belfast murderThe body of a missing student was found in LimerickThere was an arson attack in CarrickfergusThere was more controversy over the NYC Paddy’s Day paradelast_img read more

Why Wisconsin voters who backed Obama jumped ship from Democrat to Republican

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first_imgWhy Wisconsin voters who backed Obama jumped ship from Democrat to Republican “I went to try and get help and they turned me down. But the Mexicans come in there or any type of Hispanics come there, and they got the help.” http://jrnl.ie/3102004 By AFP 12,503 Views Share4 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 27th 2016, 8:30 AM 43 Comments Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais Short URL Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 8:30 AM FOR AS LONG as he has been driving a US mail truck through Kenosha County, Bob Patrick has held the belief that nothing changes.That is why – “whether it’s going to be good or bad” – on 8 November he voted for Donald Trump.In 2008, Patrick backed Barack Obama, as did most voters in Wisconsin.But in this election he joined many Democrats who jumped ship and contributed to an earthquake that few saw coming.Nicknamed the Dairy State, and proud cradle of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Wisconsin had not voted Republican in a presidential election since 1984.The sea change was even greater in Kenosha County, which had not backed a Republican for president since Richard Nixon won in 1972.“I believe that people needed change. People wanted to have something different,” said Patrick, as he delivered mail to mobile homes in an area called Pleasant Prairie.Nothing really changed in the last what, four years, 10 years. Maybe this is going to be good for the country.“Eight years of Obama and then with Clinton, she’s been in there pretty much for ever. So it wasn’t gonna change much,” he added.The sad rows of mobile homes bear witness to the slice of America that has trouble making ends meet every month.Here are people that struggle to get by, saddled by lower education levels and perplexed by a post-industrial, globalized economy that seems to have passed them by.This county in the Great Lakes region is home to 321,000 people, 61% of them white.Path to victoryIt is flat land, with farms in the west and urban areas that used to be comfortably working class, in the east. Cutting it in half is the highway linking Chicago and Milwaukee.Here, it is easy to see how Trump won with his strategy of seducing disgruntled whites in the Midwest. It also paid off in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.“We had AMC back many years ago. Then AMC went bankrupt, Chrysler bought them out,” said Erin Decker, chair of the Republican Party chapter in Kenosha County. AMC stands for American Motors Corporation.It was a big plant, and then slowly it became smaller and smaller. It was just an engine plant and then back in the 2000s the engine plant closed down, too.Kenosha County has undergone at least a partial facelift, mainly in retail and online sales, thanks to Amazon, which has built cavernous warehouses along the highway.But the working class people who used to have jobs with AMC and Chrysler, and often tend to lean left, are nostalgic for the sweeter days of the past.“They are the people that worked at AMC, then worked at Chrysler and slowly went unemployed. They have jobs now, but not the jobs that they used to have, the good paying jobs,” said Decker.This frustration helped Trump, who had promised to come to the rescue of such burned-out voters.“Workers in Wisconsin long got health insurance, sick days and pensions. The number of employers who offer these things has declined,” said Alex Brower, an official of the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s Labor Caucus.The media were making fun of Donald Trump for campaigning in Michigan and Wisconsin. That was his path to the victory.Blue turns to redUniversity of Wisconsin political scientist Thomas Holbrook tries to explain the Wisconsin change of heart and how the color blue associated with the Democratic Party turned to Republican red.Disillusioned young people are the first big surprise, he said.“18 to 24 year olds who voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2012 and 2008 actually favored Trump in Wisconsin this election cycle by just a couple of points. And then 24 to 35 year olds favored Clinton, but not by nearly the margin that they favored Obama,” Holbrook said.The second demographic that switched to the Trump camp are people without a university degree.Said Holbrook, referring to Wisconsin: “Clinton lost by around 27,000 votes and when you have a couple of groups breaking unexpectedly, that’s enough to make that kind of difference.”A third factor was sluggish mobilisation in a state that traditionally boasted the second highest turnout rate in the country.“The Clinton campaign in particular did less than had the Obama campaigns in terms of advertising, organising of fieldwork, and perhaps visits by the candidate,” said Barry Burden, also a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin.In Kenosha County, people who supported the real estate tycoon Trump suffered dearly in the recession that began in 2008.They feel left out by the economic recovery, and succumbed to identity politics.Working on her car outside her mobile home Gail Sparks said:I’ve been working my butt off all my life and my husband had recently had a heart attack, I was laid off. I went to try and get help and they turned me down.But the Mexicans come in there or any type of Hispanics come there, and they got the help.She is an electronic technician whose husband is out of work because he is on disability. They live in the same section of the mobile home park as Bob Patrick the postman, and Joe Dodge, also on disability assistance.Sorting through bric-a-brac behind his home, Dodge says he did not vote for Clinton – “a criminal” – or Trump, “an arrogant gasbag.”But he said he knows a lot of people who switched from Democrat to Republican, including his wife, a truck driver and union supporter.“She did not feel that Hillary would follow through on any of her pro-union ideas, wouldn’t follow through on any of the promises she made, period. Because of her history of waffling back and forth, promising something, then changing her story. She is a proven liar,” said Dodge.- © AFP, 2016Read: ‘Get ready for a rollercoaster’: Tom Clonan on Trump’s Cabinet and Defence Secretary> Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivaislast_img read more

Report Tickets for WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia officially go

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first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Twitter Facebook Videos Articles Daniel Bryan Now Playing Up Next A.J. Styles Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Roman Reigns WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Evercenter_img According to a new report from PWInsider tickets for the Crown Jewel event officially went on sale to in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.We had previously reported that WWE confirmed on Thursday morning during the company’s Q3 2018 Results report that the event would take place as scheduled as the company faced a “very difficult decision” following a “heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul”, which was the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. For the last two weeks, WWE has avoided making any specific mentions about Saudi Arabia when promoting Crown Jewel on television and even went as far as to remove any mention of the country from its calendar of events and previews online. WWE has received a tremendous amount of media backlash over the last two weeks as well for likely going forward with the show, including avoiding making any specific mention of Saudi Arabia went promoting the event on the WWE television.Crown Jewel will feature Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar to determine a new WWE Universal Champion after Roman Reigns reveled on this past episode of Monday Night Raw he is again battling leukemia, forcing him to vacate the Universal Championship as he will be taking time off to focus on his health.Other matches include Daniel Bryan challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship and Shawn Michaels returning to the ring for the first since since his retirement in 2010 as he teams up with Triple H to take on The Undertaker and Kane.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi ArabiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Videos Articles WhatsApp Pinterest John Oliver Takes On The WWE Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winslast_img read more

Sarri pleased with returning World Cup stars in Chelseas win over

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first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased to welcome back the club’s returning World Cup players in Tuesday’s win over LyonAfter playing out a goalless draw, Chelsea prevailed over their French opponents by winning 5-4 on penalties with new goalkeeper Rob Green saving Lyon’s fifth spot-kick to wrap up their pre-season preparations ahead of the new campaign.But it was the sight of captain Gary Cahill, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud returning to action for Chelsea that pleased Sarri the most, even if it was just for a mere 25 minutes.“They arrived yesterday or the day before so it was only because I think it’s better to play 25 minutes than to have a session alone with a physical coach,” said the Italian on the club website.“They have to work, obviously. I’m very happy and at last I can work with all my players for the first time [together] tomorrow. We have only three days to prepare for the next match and it will be very important for us.“I think we have to work, but we started to work [together] two days ago. Potentially, in two or three months, we can become a very good team.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Another player that was in action was Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has previously suggested that he will consider going on loan if Sarri cannot guarantee him regular football at Stamford Bridge for the new season.“He is potentially a great player. He has to improve from the tactical point of view but that’s not a problem,” said Sarri.“He’s very young and I think he can be a very useful player for us.”Michy Batshuayi has also returned for Chelsea but was unavailable on Tuesday night.Chelsea will now travel to Huddersfield for their first game of the Premier League season on Sunday.last_img read more

Family school mourn awesome little girl

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first_img Grief counselors also were at Mountain View High School on Monday after two students died in a high-speed car crash Friday night. William W. McCulloch, 17, was driving an Acura Integra and Shaun M. Hvass, 18, was in the passenger seat. Around 9:45 p.m., the car crashed into a traffic pole on the west side of Northeast 136th Avenue and Fourth Street, with enough force to tear the car in two.When police officers arrived, both teens were dead, according to the Vancouver Police Department.The Clark County Medical Examiner determined that Hvass and McCulloch both died of multiple blunt force injuries. Their deaths were ruled accidental.On Monday, Mountain View Principal Matt Johnson emailed a letter to parents of the school’s students to let them know about the teens’ deaths and the presence of grief counselors at the school.It was similar to the protocol followed at Orchards Elementary School in regards to the death of 7-year-old Cadence Boyer.“We’re supporting our staff at both schools. This is traumatic for students and staff,” said Gail Spolar, spokeswoman for Evergreen Public Schools. “The counselors will be available for as long as they’re needed.”— Emily Gillespie and Patty HastingsGrief counselors were at Orchards Elementary School on Monday after a second-grader who attended the school died of injuries sustained when she was struck by a car along with three other pedestrians on Halloween night. Cadence Boyer, 7, was walking with her mom, Annie Arnold, 32, 30-year-old Chelina Alsteen and an unidentified 6-year-old girl on a sidewalk along Northeast 112th Avenue in east Vancouver when they were struck by a Ford Mustang at about 8:20 p.m. The girls were out trick-or-treating. Photo courtesy of Kenny BoyerCadence Boyerlast_img read more

Benchmark indices trade lower fall led by IT banking stocks

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first_imgThe Sensex was trading at 26,081 points, 0.34% down while the Nifty was down 34 points at 7,920 post noon, the fall being led by banking and IT stocks.Trading had begun on a positive note on Wednesday, with the Sensex gaining 26 points and the Nifty up 10 points, with metal and pharma stocks leading the modest rally.The buoyant November car and two-wheeler sales registered by auto companies did not trigger a spurt in these stocks.Maruti Suzuki was marginally up by 0.88%  but the rest of the auto stocks were witnessing lacklustre trading on the bourses.SBI, Infosys and ICIC Bank were trading lower, while Axis Bank and Wipro were slightly in the green.last_img read more

Lakshmis NTR press meet in Vijayawada cancelled Police force Ram Gopal Varma

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first_imgRakesh Reddy the producer of #LakshmisNTR understandably angry with the police pic.twitter.com/Zbf7x3gAiP— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019 Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterLakshmi’s NTR is finally set to hit the screens in Andhra Pradesh on May 1. But Ram Gopal Varma was cancelled his plan to hold a press meet in and was forced to return to Hyderabad by the police.Lakshmi’s NTR was released in the cinema halls across the globe except Andhra Pradesh on March 29. The movie shows AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu in a bad light. Hence, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had approached the High Court, seeking an order to delay its release, as it would affect voters in 2019 general elections. The HC had stalled the film till the poll gets over.The polling for Lok Sabha and Assembly was held in Andhra Pradesh on April 11. Post this, everyone was excited to know the release date of Lakshmi’s NTR. Ram Gopal Varma announced on Twitter that it would hit the screens on May 1. He tweeted, “Finally #LakshmisNTR is now releasing on MAY 1ST in ANDHRA PRADESH. Come watch the conspiracies that happened behind NTR’s back.”Hours later, Ram Gopal Varma announced to hold a press meet at Novotel Hotel in Vijayawada at 4.00 pm on Sunday. The director tweeted, “Press meet of #LakshmisNTR tmrw sunday the 28 th in Vijayawada at 4 pm in Novotel hotel. Film releasing MAY 1ST.” Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterBut Ram Gopal Varma was upset to know that the management of Novotel Hotel in Vijayawada declined to accommodate place for the press meet of Lakshmi’s NTR. The irked filmmaker tweeted in Telugu, saying that he would hold this press meet on a road near NTR circle. He gave an open invitation to all the true friends of NTR and the people who love the late legendary actor.However, Ram Gopal Varma managed to get a place in Hotel Ilapuram for the press meet of Lakshmi’s NTR. He tweeted, “Hotels in Vijaywada are being warned not to accommodate #LakshmisNTR team.. First Hotel Novotel has cancelled us and now Hotel Ilapuram .This after they have been paid in advance.. The people in power should understand that one can misuse power to delay,but no one can stop truth.”Ram Gopal Varma added, “Ready to be front stabbed in telling the back stabbing truth of #LakshmisNTR. Am boarding spice jet now. Landing in Vijaywada in one hour by 11.30. Reaching Ilapuram Hotel by 12.30.”Soon after he landed in Vijayawada airport, Ram Gopal Varma stopped from entering the city. The police forced him to cancel his press meet and return to Hyderabad. The director released a video and confirmed that he has been taken in police custody. He tweeted, “I am In police custody now for the only crime of trying to tell truth ..THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY IN ANDHRA PRADESH”Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, “Sorry to inform that the press meet at 4 pm is cancelled because the police stopped us and have barred my entry into Vijaywada and forcibly sending me back to hyderabad ..Hey @ncbn WHERE IS DEMOCRACY ? WHY IS TRUTH BEING BACK STABBED?”I am In police custody now for the only crime of trying to tell truth ..THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY IN ANDHRA PRADESH pic.twitter.com/O7OnWop407— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019This is the state of affairs in AP #LakshmisNTR pic.twitter.com/TFEebYhvQc— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019 Rakesh Reddy the producer of #LakshmisNTR understandably angry with the police pic.twitter.com/Zbf7x3gAiP— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019last_img read more

Modi asks ministers to reach office on time avoid working from home

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first_imgPM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues on the domestic front.IANSIn his first meeting with the new Council of Ministers on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi instructed all the ministers to reach office on time every morning and avoid working from home.He also asked the cabinet ministers to involve their deputy ministers (Ministers of State) in all important decisions of the ministeries. He said the deputy ministers should be given adequate responsibilities.He further added that Members of Parliament and party workers should be given time for meeting, suggesting that their grievances should be heard.Ahead of the Council of Ministers meeting, the Prime Minister met his Cabinet and outlined the road-map and action plan of his government for the next five years. He took several decisions including triple talaq Bill among others.This was the first-ever meeting of the new Council of Ministers with the Prime Minister. Sources said he spelled out his priorities for Mission 2022 and asked them to present a report card every three months.Sources said the Prime Minister told his colleagues that he would review the task done by them and would monitor the ‘high priority’ schemes being implemented by the various ministries.Sources said the Prime Minister was more concerned about the schemes and projects such as ‘housing for all’ related with Mission 2022, the year when the country celebrates its 75th year of Independence.He spelled out his priorities related to ministries dealing with the social sector. For Rural Development and the newly-constituted Jal Shakti Ministry, Modi outlined specific tasks, the sources said.At present water crisis, particularly in rural areas, is posing a grave threat for the agriculture sector in the wake of apprehensions of a drought in the western region.Modi has already asked the ministries to furnish an action plan for their respective departments for the first 100 days.Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told media that the meeting of the Council of Ministers was a regular affair, saying it is a continuation of the practice started by the Prime Minister in 2014.last_img read more

Softball Falls 30 to Idaho State in Season Opener

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first_img FULLERTON, Calif. – The University of Louisville softball team fell 3-0 to Idaho State in its season opener Friday afternoon at the Titan Classic. The Cardinals (0-1) return to action Friday evening when they take on host Cal State Fullerton. Senior Megan Hensley matched a career high with 10 strikeouts while senior Sidney Melton and freshmen Taylor Roby and Cassady Greenwood had two hits apiece, but the Cards could not push a run across. Louisville committed five errors, but was able to minimize the damage until the seventh inning when the Bengals capitalized on a miscue to score two insurance runs. Preview The Cardinals used six hits and four walks to put runners on base in six innings and moved them into scoring position in five of those frames, but stranded eight in the game.  Louisville threatened in the second when sophomore Maddy Newman drew a two-out walk and sprinted to third after Roby connected her first career hit and then took second on the attempt to throw Newman out. With runners on second and third, Idaho State’s Autumn Pease delivered a strikeout. Story Links After surrendering the early run, Hensley held the Bengals in check, allowing only two runners in scoring position until the top of the seventh when two unearned runs brought the score to 3-0. An error allowed Tago to reach to start the frame. One out later, pinch-runner Billie Jean Wells moved to third on McKenzie VanSickle’s base hit. With two outs in the inning, Emma Bordenkecher connected on a two-run triple to give Idaho State a pair of insurance runs.   Pease (1-0) got the win, allowing seven hits and striking out three while walking four. Next Game: at Cal State Fullerton 2/8/2019 | 8:30 p.m. Idaho State (1-1) struck early with a run in the second. Cassidy Fitzgerald singled and was lifted for pinch-runner Madi Jackson, who crossed the plate on a hit by Frankie Tago. Matchup History Louisville had a final chance in the seventh when Greenwood and Melton delivered back-to-back two-out singles to bring the tying run to the plate, but a fly out to right field ended the game. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Idaho State 3 – Louisville 0 Hensley (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits. She struck out 10 and did not surrender a walk in a complete game effort.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

EverQuest celebrates turning 13 by going freetoplay

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first_imgEverQuest is one of the oldest MMOs on the Internet that still manages to command a substantial player base. And that community is certainly set to grow this week.As part of the celebrations to mark the 13th anniversary of the game, Sony Online Entertainment has announced it is switching to a free-to-play model as well as rolling out a significant amount of new content.The changes to the subscription system mean there are now three tiers at which you can choose to play. They include a completely free account, a $5 one-off charge Silver account, and a $14.99 per month Gold account. As you’d expect, the content and features on offer increase depending on the subscription you choose.Even though paid-for options exist, the free account is sure to keep most people interested and playing. As standard you get access to the EverQuest base game and 17 expansion packs. You can also choose between four races and classes for your characters, with no level limits in place.The limits only start to appear when you look at bag slots, spell ranks, and ability limitations, but if they become an issue the $5 Silver account opens things up a little more. The $15 a month account is only for those who seriously get into the game and want access to every single feature.A full rundown of the difference between each account can be found on the EverQuest website.As for the new content Sony has added, it includes a feature called Hero’s Journey to guide you through the game. There’s also 13 quests that have been created to bring back gameplay from some of EverQuest‘s most memorable moments, and 40 events that have appeared before for anniversaries. On top of the core game and 17 expansions, new players should be kept very busy playing for many months to come.The switch to a free-to-play model shouldn’t come as a surprise to EverQuest players. Sony has already made the switch for EverQuest II and seen the player base increase by 300%. They are surely hoping for a similar boom in EverQuest players.via Massivelylast_img read more

Play as JJ Abrams but not George Lucas in Lego Star Wars

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first_imgIf you’ve played any of the Lego games, then you know they are filled with a ton of selectable characters. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is no exception, with 150 characters for players to choose from. Among them is none other than JJ Abrams, the film’s director. Both Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are in the game. However, George Lucas, the man who created Star Wars, is noticeably absent from the roster.Though George Lucas is Star Wars‘ creator, he is no longer its owner. He sold Lucasfilm to Disney back in October of 2012. Because of that, he no longer has any power or influence over the franchise. Depending on how much of a Lucas fan you are, that could be a good or bad thing. Star Wars fans in general have been mostly positive about Lucas no longer being involved with the franchise, so it’s highly doubtful that anyone will be too upset that he isn’t in this Lego Star Wars game.If you do want to see George Lucas in Lego form, then you can check out two Lego mini movies that feature the famous director. The CG animated films, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick, and Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace, aired on the Cartoon Network in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Each of these feature a small cameo from George Lucas. The films also came out when Lucas was still the owner of both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.last_img read more

LG unveils FPR polarized 3D television

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first_imgFPR 3D panel. Image credit: LG LG aims to secure 25 percent of world 3D TV market The new technology is dubbed FPR for Film Patterned Retarder, which is said to be vastly superior to previous 3D liquid crystal display (LCD) systems. The current system uses a frame sequential method and the display is viewed using liquid crystal shutter glasses (SG). The new technology uses a polarized film substrate in the panel and is viewed using polarized film glasses. Using film instead of glass as a substrate for the patterned retarder panel also cuts the costs of the system considerably. The new technology reduces the vertical resolution to half that of a panel and produces a near-4K resolution full high definition 3D picture that is extremely sharp and bright. The system was demonstrated at the press conference on an 84-inch display.The polarized film glasses eliminate the flicker and crosstalk problems associated with shutter glasses. The glasses do not require power from batteries or USB charge, and are also lighter and more comfortable than SG and emit no electromagnetic radiation, which means viewers can use the glasses for hours without discomfort. A representative of the Beijing Ophthalmology Research Institute presented the results of a comparison of FPR technology to SG. The study included 38 adult subjects, and found that the FPR system produced less eye fatigue than the SG.Chief Executive Officer of LG Display, Young Soo Kwon, said at the conference that the company was launching the “FPR 3D era” in China and will focus on the new technology because the company believes FPR is superior “in all aspects” to the previous 3D systems. According to Yang Dong Wen, vice president of Skyworth, a leading company in the Chinese LCD television market, FPR 3D products are clearly different to existing 3D televisions, and their introduction should see China’s 3D television market expand to more than eight million units in the coming year. The FPR system should also boost sales of 3D televisions because it will solve many of the problems in demonstrating 3D TVs in stores, such as dead batteries in the 3D glasses, synchronization errors, and occasional interruptions that occur when several 3D televisions are placed near to each other.LG Display said the company is aiming to achieve 70 percent of 3D LCD television sales in 2011 with the help of FPR technology. LG high definition (HD) televisions featuring FPR technology are already in production and will go on sale early in the new year, followed by the US in February, and then Europe and the UK in April or May.Other participants at the conference agreed to cooperate with LG Display to promote the sales of polarized 3D LCD televisions next year. The major companies represented included LG Electronics, Toshiba, Vizio, Skyworth, Changhong, TCL, Konka and Hisense. (PhysOrg.com) — LCD manufacturer LG Display has unveiled its new polarized three-dimensional television technology to 250 participants at a launch press conference in Beijing, China. Explore furthercenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: LG unveils FPR polarized 3D television (2010, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-lg-unveils-fpr-polarized-3d.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.last_img read more

26 passengers injured in two separate road accidents

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first_imgKolkata: As many as 26 persons have been injured in two separate road accidents in the state on early Sunday morning.The first incident took place on National Highway 117 at Diamond Harbour in South 24-Parganas when a bus and a truck collided head on. Around 15 passengers were injured in the accident. They were rushed to a local hospital. There was huge traffic congestion in the area for quite a long time.According to police, a truck was headed towards Kakdwip from Diamond Harbour when a Kolkata-bound government bus coming from the opposite direction collided head on with the truck. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle and eventually hit the truck. Both the driver and the helper of the bus were also injured.Locals took part in the rescue operation and rushed the injured persons to a nearby hospital. After being informed, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Other vehicles remained stranded on National Highway 117. Police seized both the vehicles.In another incident, around 11 passengers of two buses have received injuries when a state-run bus was hit by another state-run bus from behind.The incident took place near Dhubguri. According to police, the Balurghat-bound bus was standing near Cinema Hall More to de-board passengers when the other bus hit it from behind. Passengers were immediately rushed to a local health centre. A major tragedy was averted as the other bus was at a low speed and could slow down itself before it hit the bus.Ends.last_img read more

Victoria Memorial Hall awed by rural Rajasthan museum

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first_imgKolkata: The authorities of Victoria Memorial Hall on Friday have drawn inspiration from a remarkable small museum — Arna-Jharna, the desert museum in Rajasthan that uses brooms as a metaphor for life in the desert and seeks public engagement with the folk culture and oral traditions of the locality.Noted research scholar and cultural critic Rustom Bharucha, who had been the project director in the early stages of the making of the eco-museum delivered an informal talk titled “Grassroots Museology in the Indian Context: The Making of Arna-Jharna,” highlighted his experience in the unique museum located in a rural area near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe lecture was organised to observe the International Museum Day that falls on Saturday, May 18. “Every year we offer free admission to our museum and gardens on International Museum Day. At the same time, we also organise something or the other that offers some food for thought for the museum sector, some significant takeaway for those who love museums, and work in or think about them. “We have earlier listened to and learnt from some of the world leaders in this field, coming from such iconic museums such as the British Museum, the Georges Pompidou Centre and the Smithsonian. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”However, this year, we wanted to have knowledge about a small rather unconventional museum – Arna-Jharna,” said Jayanta Sengupta, secretary and curator of Victoria Memorial Hall . According to Sengupta, Arna-Jharna is among those rare specialty museums that seek, with very limited or no government support, to capture the voices of the small, the marginal, the peripheral. “In my opinion, it stands to capture our many pasts and complex presents much more effectively, and with the necessary criticality that is much more difficult for encyclopedic museums to emulate,” he said. Envisioned by the renowned folklorist and ethnomusicologist Komal Kothari, and supported by a team of practitioners affiliated to Rupayan Sansthan, this unique museum focuses on one particular object — the broom — to reflect on traditional knowledge systems and their sustenance in today’s world. The talk elaborated on the research that went into making the broom at botanical, environmental, social, and political levels and provided insights into the curatorial challenges of representing the broom. The lecture was paired with the screening of a documentary film, Jhadu Katha (Broom Stories), directed by Navroze Contrator, which was specially commissioned by the museum. “A handful of tourists on a trip to Rajasthan visit this museum because people are unaware of it which is located some 15 odd kilometers from Jodhpur,” Sengupta said.last_img read more

The Construction Industry

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first_imgJanuary 13, 2009 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. When a consumer checks out a construction website, he is looking for information on what services a company provides–and proof the company does what it does well. He’s not going to be impressed with flashy graphics and music. Give him the information he wants, and maybe provide a testimonial or two.The EssentialsA construction company’s website should provide client testimonials, calling special attention to these on the homepage. Ways to do this include featuring a quote from a satisfied customer or noting a major contract your business has won prominently on your homepage.As Delta Creations’ owner and head web developer Joel Hill says, “In Louisiana post-Katrina, anyone with a hammer was calling themselves a contractor.” But among the masses of construction companies on the internet, it’s surprising how few offer testimonials to differentiate themselves. Past clients’ feedback offers prospective customers validation that your business has credibility, and distinguishes you from less experienced firms.To further put customers’ minds at ease, use official graphics that represent the various professional construction industry organizations (local and national) that your business belongs to.Use your website to distinguish your firm from other construction companies. Don’t simply roll out your company history–be specific by telling prospective clients the benefits of doing business with your firm as opposed to another.Good construction isn’t cheap, and cheap construction isn’t good. The same can be said for some web design companies, so forego design firms that specialize in “cookie cutter” websites based on templates. Most of the time, inexpensive sites like these are simply not optimized for search engines, and even an attractive construction website can still cost you six- and seven-figure contracts if it isn’t optimized well–that’s not money well spent. Make sure you have a web professional who’ll improve your site’s search engine optimization (SEO). If you already have a construction website and are considering a firm to optimize it for you, ask for concrete examples of how they were able to get other construction companies to rank well on Yahoo!, MSN and Google. (Be sure to ask for their target keywords, not just for stats on searches of the company’s name.)Keep the number of site navigation (menu) choices limited. People should be able to find what they’re looking for in the shortest time possible and reach their destination page with as few clicks as possible.Provide photographs and descriptions of past projects, including the time it took to complete the project.Also, use alternate image tags for photographs and menu buttons on your site. This will not only provide some search engine benefits, but also make the site fully accessible to visually impaired web users who use a screen reader.Be sure to keep the purpose of the site crystal clear at the top of every page. When someone gets referred from Google, she needs to determine that she’s in the right place within a matter of seconds.Mistakes to AvoidFirst and foremost, you want to get potential customers on the phone as quickly as possible. You can’t always trust prospective clients to send you an e-mail, and playing e-mail tag is not the best way to sell them on your services. Not having a toll-free number displayed in a prominent place on every single page of the site is a cardinal sin of marketing for a construction website.Flash-animated websites for construction are overrated. Most search engines have trouble reading Flash movie files, which means you’re given limited opportunities to optimize a Flash website for your target keywords. A totally Flash-driven website is typically one page that changes, as opposed to a non-Flash construction website that may consist of as many as 15 pages, each page optimized for a different set of target keywords and performing independently of the others on Google. Each page will also be filled with keyword-rich text, so that’s 15 different lightning rods for search engine traffic, instead of just the one with a Flash website. Deciding to forego an all-Flash site could mean picking up five times as much traffic through Google, and subsequently scoring many times more leads.Flash-based site navigation is a no-no. Search engines such as Yahoo! and Google send “bots” to a website (sometimes called “spiders” by web designers). If Google’s spiders don’t have a clear path to a site’s page (either via an internal link on your site or a link from another website), that page simply doesn’t exist to Google. Since most search engine spiders usually can’t read or follow Flash-based menu links, they have no means of proceeding to your site’s other pages (and consequently those pages will not be indexed in Google). Avoid Flash-based site menus, or at least include a link to a sitemap on your homepage, or a set of text links in the site’s footer , which provides a path to every other page on the site.Avoid using a domain name (.com) that contains digits or hyphens–try to keep the number of syllables in your domain name to a minimum.Make sure you have sufficient content on each page. While some business owners prefer having very little text on a page, to keep things less cluttered, web designers worth their salt in the SEO game will always say “content is king” when it comes to getting love from Google; and the more keyword-rich unique content on a given page, the better. Keep information that will be most relevant to a prospective client up at the top of the page.Avoid music on a construction site. This isn’t a festive restaurant website–music is one more distraction that isn’t necessary.Avoid inconsistency with font sizes and colors. You want to be sure an older audience doesn’t have trouble reading text. Larger-sized text and a white or light-colored background are the easiest to read.Don’t forget to update the look and feel of your site every one to two years to keep it fresh. Don’t get bogged down by a content management system with limited capabilities. Make sure your web developer can easily add to your site and streamline it. When hiring a web developer, ask about their willingness to consider other options besides a content management system.Some companies don’t check their website for cross-browser compatibility. Make sure your site displays well in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Mac browsers.Never use a free e-mail address host (Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail, Comcast, etc.) on a construction website soliciting contracts ranging from five to eight figures. Your credibility will take a back-click, along with your site visitor.Avoiding an all-Flash-based site is also good from a loading perspective. The heavier the Flash files, the longer it takes for pages to load (even in an age where dial-up is something of a distant memory). Every second the page takes to load, you’re getting back-clicks from a site visitor.Places to BeWhile sending out newsletters and participating in Twitter, Facebook, blogs are fine for sites selling products or that deal with repeat customers, it’s not necessary for construction companies.”With construction, we’re not really looking for volume,” says Hill of Delta Creations. “A carpet cleaning company gives you a monogrammed desk clock or a calendar because they want to remind you about them on a daily basis; this approach really doesn’t work for a construction company that you hire only on rare occasions. Also, there’s nothing ‘hip’ about construction, so we can’t market it the same way that you do a retail product. Who wants to add a construction company as their MySpace friend?”Message boards can be relatively helpful at pulling more traffic to your site. But be aware there’s a fine line between what’s perceived as contributing to a board and what’s perceived as spamming it. Contribute to a message board that’s related to construction, and only add your link to your signature after the first few posts. Google places more weight on a link that relates to the discussion content.A better avenue to take: Promote your business by supporting a good cause. With the popularity of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition, now’s a great time to get involved in charity construction projects by donating materials or labor to a nonprofit’s building project in your area. Your business will be credited for its donation by the nonprofit’s PR, and you can note it on your website. A construction company can also affordably go to PRweb and, for less than $100, send out a mass, self-written news piece. Of course, the story is more likely to be run on small news websites and blogs that use RSS news feeds related to that industry, but sometimes a bigger publication or website will decide to run it. Also, notify your local press about your contribution and provide your website address.Researched and written by Liz Wilson. Additional information providedby: Delta Creations, a web development and internet marketing services firm. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 8 min readlast_img read more

Onward to Brazil Costa Rica US celebrate World Cup qualification

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first_imgJamaica’s Lloyd Doyley (3) fights for the Ball with Costa Rican player Junior Diaz during their CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Kingston on Tuesday, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Costa Rica qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Thousands of euphoric Costa Ricans jammed the streets of San José and other cities Tuesday night after their beloved national football team, “La Sele,” qualified for a trip to Brazil in 2014 to participate in World Cup finals play.Although a match between Costa Rica and Jamaica ended in a 1-1 tie, it was enough to guarantee a spot in Brazil.In San José, Costa Ricans flooded parks, pedestrian boulevards and central roundabouts, waving Costa Rican flags and chatting, “Oeeeeoeoeoeee, Ticooos, Ticooos,” a traditional rallying cry for Costa Rican football fans.Horns were still blaring at 11 p.m., with caravans of cars parading around the city, keeping awake anyone who dared sleep away the event.Some Tico fans even sported Honduran flags, after Costa Rica’s Central American colleagues from the north tied Panama 2-2, sending both the United States and Costa Rica to Brazil.Ticos also were elated that the U.S. handed a resounding defeat to Mexico, 2-0, in a match in the Midwest. While some Costa Ricans remain miffed about the infamous March “blizzard match,” in which the U.S. beat Costa Rica 1-0 in nearly whiteout conditions, others were ready to move on.“Everything’s all good; now we’re friends,” said La Sele fan Charly Fariseo at a local pub in central San José, referring to the recent heated rivalry between the U.S. Men’s National Team and La Sele. (Costa Rica walloped the U.S. 3-1 in an emotionally charged match last Friday at San José’s National Stadium.)Earlier on Tuesday, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla announced that if Costa Rica – not exactly known for its moderation – qualified, public employees would be given the day off on Wednesday, ensuring that the party would extend into the early morning hours. This is the fourth time La Sele has made it to the World Cup finals. The Ticos failed to qualify for the previous World Cup in South Africa in 2010, the U.S. kept them out with a last minute goal in their final qualifying match. But this time, Costa Rica did away with the suspense. For the 2014 World Cup, La Sele clinched its place in the tournament with two qualifiers remaining. And Costa Rica supporters, thrilled to return to the sport’s biggest stage, took over the streets of downtown San José for an all night party.Concacaf Standings (W-L-D; 2 matches remain)*United States 5-2-1 16 points*Costa Rica 4-1-3 15 pointsHonduras 3-3-2 11 pointsMexico 1-2-5 8 pointsPanama 1-2-5 8 pointsJamaica 0-4-4 4 points(* = Has qualified for the 2014 World Cup. Top 3 teams advance to World Cup; 4th team plays New Zealand for berth) Facebook Comments Landon Donovan #10 of the United States Men’s National Team celebrates his second half goal against Mexico. Local TV stations broadcast images of La Sele players closely watching the Honduras-Panama game from a locker room at Kingston’s National Stadium, in Jamaica. With the final whistle indicating a tie match, Tico players erupted in celebration.“This is my life’s dream,” declared an emotional Jorge Luis Pinto, Costa Rica’s coach. “I’ve worked toward this with honor and dedication for many years,” he added.The Colombia-born coach failed in his previous two attempts to lead a national team to the World Cup. In 2005, the Pinto was sacked in favor of Alexandre Guimarães before the 2006 tournament in Germany. In 2007, he coached the Colombian squad but failed to qualify. Before the Jamaica match, Pinto guaranteed this time he would be leading the La Sele to Brazil.Thousands of kilometers away, in the U.S. state of Ohio, the U.S. men’s team also celebrated, breaking out bottles of champagne and toasting the thousands of U.S. fans who remained in the stadium following that team’s victory against Mexico.The U.S. team again tops the Concacaf standings with 16 points, followed by Costa Rica with 15, Honduras with 11, Mexico and Panama with 8, and Jamaica with 4.center_img AFP AFP No related posts.last_img read more