Test your smarts on ‘kissing ants’ and the dangers of space!

first_img Navigational cues Mount Etna An error occurred loading the Quiz. Please try again later. Increased packaging waste In other news, scientists have discovered a process in the brain that deals with what aspect of thought? Political changes in Brazil and the United States Click to enter Win a FREE digital subscription to Science! Just submit the required contact information to enter. 10 trillion tons. Time’s Up! December 05, 2016 The Science Quiz Take the quiz to enter for a chance to win a FREE digital subscription to Science! Learn More Memory Of course Earth has its own dangers. According to new research out last week, clusters of these events are getting worse in the United States: Mount Paektu Growth hormones Peyote Tornadoes Rigil Kentaurus Fracking runoff A “feedback loop” in the world’s soils 30 trillion tons. The massive new undertaking sought to put a number on how humans have affected the planet beyond the typically touted measures. Using techniques from geology and archaeology, scientists estimated that in the space of several thousand years, we’ve created 30 trillion tons of stuff, including 1 trillion tons of carbon that we’ve burned and released into the atmosphere. If all of our treasures—and our trash—were spread evenly across the Earth’s surface, the scientists say they would create a layer several inches thick, weighing nearly 50 kilograms per square meter. 30 trillion tons. Last week, an active ingredient in this was found to ease cancer patients’ fear of death: How did you score on the quiz? Challenge your friends to a science news duel! Average Magic mushrooms Astronomers just renamed the star Alpha Centauri A. What is its “new” name? Twinkies Mount Tambora Growth hormones. If you’ve ever watched ants, you’ve probably noticed their tendency to “kiss,” quickly pressing their mouths together in face-to-face encounters. Now, scientists have found that the insects are sharing much more than food. They are also communicating—talking via chemical cocktails designed to shape each other and the colonies they live in. Those cocktails include a diverse array of chemicals, including growth-, digestion-, and immune-related proteins; nest mate recognition cues; and a juvenile hormone, important for regulating ant reproduction, development, and behavior. Start Quiz Spreading your toes Share your score Beta Centauri Gives their immune systems a boost 1 trillion tons. Every Monday, The Science Quiz tests your knowledge of the week’s biggest science news stories. No matter how much you know, you’re still likely to learn something–give it a try! Magic mushrooms. It’s long been suspected that psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in magic mushrooms, could be used to treat conditions like depression and anxiety—and in the 1960s, scientists tried to do just that. But since those early experiments, strict regulations and methodological difficulties have hampered further studies. Now, in two long-awaited experiments, cancer patients reported feeling considerably less depressed and anxious after taking just one hit of the mind-altering compound. What’s more, those effects seemed to last: Most patients were still feeling higher, mood-wise, 6 months later. Score December 05, 2016 Top Ranker 80s throwback parties Spreading your fingers. To find out how finger positions affected swim speeds, physicists measured drag over 3D-printed plastic hand and arm models in a wind tunnel. The more drag, the more a swimmer can propel him or herself forward. It turned out that the model with its fingers spread 10° created the most drag because the slight opening between the fingers still obstructed air flow. Making assumptions about hand size and stroke rate, the researchers calculated that such a spread could boost a swimmer’s speed by 2.5%. . That difference translates into several tenths of a second over a 50-meter freestyle race, an enormous margin considering that the 2016 Summer Olympics 50-meter women’s freestyle race was won by 0.02 seconds. A “feedback loop” in the world’s soils. Soil acts as a massive carbon sink, thanks to plant leavings and roots buried within. But for years, scientists have been warning that the microorganisms living in the soil might speed up their rate of respiration as the world warms, releasing more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Now, a massive study has verified that claim, reporting that the resulting climate feedback loop could release 55 billion tons of carbon (the equivalent of 200 billion tons of carbon dioxide) from the world’s soils by the year 2050. Beta Minus The Science Quiz This one weird trick can improve swimmers’ speeds by up to 2.5%, enough to win the gold in a 50-meter race: The faster you answer, the higher you score! Challenge your friends and sign up for your chance to win a free digital subscription to Science. Official rules for the News from Science weekly quiz sweepstakes Swimming without goggles Mount Fuji 0 / 10 Jaffa cakes Self-identity Ants—and other social insects—have long been known to pass along food in mouth-to-mouth “kisses.” New research shows that these ants are sharing more than just food. What else are they sharing? 0 Memories Results: You answered out of correctly – Click to revisit One climate change story that did grab headlines last week found that, thanks to this, our atmosphere may soon hold a whole lot more carbon dioxide: Earthquakes Sid Meier Mount Paektu. Straddling the border between China and North Korea, the massive Mount Paektu has long been an enigma. In 946 C.E., it erupted with a force matched by few volcanoes over the past 2000 years. Yet this “millennium eruption” is not thought to have had the same devastating climatic effects as Indonesia’s Mount Tambora, whose 1815 explosion poured 28 megatons of sulfur into the atmosphere, cooling the planet by 1°C and causing the famed “year without a summer.” Now, a new analysis of rocks from Mount Paektu suggests its eruption actually put out 45 megatons of sulfur—far more than Tambora and more than 20 times past estimates based on ice cores in Greenland. Spreading your fingers Blurs their vision Weather information The “Millennium Eruption” of this giant volcano may have poured far more sulfur into Earth’s ancient skies than thought. What is the name of the volcano? Question Rigil Kentaurus. What do Elton John, Marilyn Monroe, Whoopi Goldberg, and Alpha Centauri have in common? They’re all stars that changed their names. But Alpha Centauri A, the largest star in our nearest star system, is taking back its ancient moniker, Rigil Kentaurus, which means “foot of the centaur” in Arabic. The newly named system is one of 227 stars and star systems that received name clarifications from the International Astronomical Union last week. Makes them urinate more frequently You Blurs their vision. The fluid, which pushes up against the optic nerve and eyeballs, causes farsightedness. Luckily, the condition gradually resolves itself once astronauts are earthbound. But other perils of space travel are not so easily shaken off: From space fungus to the indignity of cramped spaces, here are the top five dangers of interplanetary travel, according to space ace Jessica Boddy. Measles outbreaks Enter for a chance to win. We’ll select a new winner each week. Tornadoes. (Though you should probably be given a free point if you guessed 80s parties.) According to the study, the number of tornadoes pounding the United States during “extreme outbreaks,” defined as clusters of a dozen or more twisters causing moderate damage, has roughly doubled since 1965, going from about 40 tornadoes per reported cluster to nearly 80. Scientists are still uncertain what is fueling the increase: It could be long-term climate cycles related to ocean temperature or it could be a measure of storm wind speed and direction that has recently changed. So far, those changes don’t appear to be related to climate change. Planning Swimming with music A new study reveals that the increased volume of spinal fluid caused by microgravity does this to astronauts: Disturbs their REM sleep For the first time, scientists have estimated the weight of all the humanmade junk in the world (the technical term is technosphere). Bag of jelly beans if you can guess: How much does it all weigh? Manipulation of others LOADING Bill Ingalls/NASA Memory. A new memory—the name of someone you’ve just met, for example—is held for seconds in so-called working memory, as your brain’s neurons continue to fire. If the person is important to you, the name will over a few days enter your long-term memory, preserved by permanently altered neural connections. But where does it go during the in-between hours, when it has left your standard working memory and is not yet embedded in long-term memory? Now, new research shows that memories can be resurrected from this limbo, a new form of working memory called prioritized long-term memory. Come on. Even a bag of jelly beans isn’t worth this. Enter the information below to enter the sweepstakes:Your information has been submitted.An error occurred submitting the email. Please try again later.This email has already been entered.The email submitted is not a valid email.Incomplete form. Please fill out all fields. 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Scientists imbue robots with curiosity

first_img jpgfactory/iStockphoto BB-8 certainly looks curious in this photo. By Matthew HutsonMay. 31, 2017 , 5:45 PM In a twist on artificial intelligence (AI), computer scientists have programmed machines to be curious—to explore their surroundings on their own and learn for the sake of learning. The new approach could allow robots to learn even faster than they can now. Someday they might even surpass human scientists in forming hypotheses and pushing the frontiers of what’s known.“Developing curiosity is a problem that’s core to intelligence,” says George Konidaris, a computer scientist who runs the Intelligent Robot Lab at Brown University and was not involved in the research. “It’s going to be most useful when you’re not sure what your robot is going to have to do in the future.”Over the years, scientists have worked on algorithms for curiosity, but copying human inquisitiveness has been tricky. For example, most methods aren’t capable of assessing artificial agents’ gaps in knowledge to predict what will be interesting before they see it. 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In reinforcement learning, a program tries something, and if the move brings it closer to some ultimate goal, such as the end of a maze, it receives a small reward and is more likely to try the maneuver again in the future. DeepMind has used reinforcement learning to allow programs to master Atari games and the board game Go through random experimentation. But TEXPLORE-VENIR, like other curiosity algorithms, also sets an internal goal for which the program rewards itself for comprehending something new, even if the knowledge doesn’t get it closer to the ultimate goal.As TEXPLORE-VENIR learns and builds a model of the world, it rewards itself for discovering information that’s unlike what’s seen before—for example, finding distant spots on a map or, in culinary application, exotic recipes. It also rewards itself for reducing uncertainty—for becoming familiar with those places and recipes. “They’re fundamentally different types of learning and exploration,” Konidaris says. “Balancing them is really important. And I like that this paper did both of those.”Hester and Stone tested their method in two scenarios. The first was a virtual maze consisting of a circuit of four rooms connected by locked doors. The bot—just a computer program—had to find a key, pick it up, and use it to unlock a door. Each time it passed through a door it earned 10 points, and it had 3000 steps to achieve a high score. If the researchers first let the bot explore for 1000 steps guided only by TEXPLORE-VENIR it earned about 55 door points on average during the 3000-step test phase. If the bot used other curiosity algorithms for such exploration, its score during the test phase ranged from zero to 35—except for when it used one called R-Max, which also earned the bot about 55 points. In a different setup, in which the bot had to simultaneously explore and pass through doors, TEXPLORE-VENIR earned about 70 points, R-Max earned about 35, and the others earned fewer than five, the researchers report in the June issue of Artificial Intelligence.The researchers then tried their algorithm with a physical robot, a humanoid toy called the Nao. In three separate tasks, the half-meter-tall machine earned points for hitting a cymbal, for holding pink tape on its hand in front of its eyes, or for pressing a button on its foot. For each task it had 200 steps to earn points, but first had 400 steps to explore, either randomly or using TEXPLORE-VENIR. Averaged over 13 trials with each of the two methods, Nao was better at finding the pink tape on its hand after exploring with TEXPLORE-VENIR than after exploring randomly. It pressed the button on seven of 13 trials after using TEXPLORE-VENIR but not at all after exploring randomly. And Nao hit the cymbal in one of five trials after using TEXPLORE-VENIR, but never after exploring randomly. Through semistructured experimentation with its own body and environment, TEXPLORE-VENIR was well-prepared for the assigned tasks, just as babies “babble” with their limbs before they learn to crawl.But curiosity can kill the bot, or at least its productivity. If the intrinsic reward for learning is too great, it may ignore the extrinsic reward, says Andrew Barto, computer scientist at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst who co-wrote the standard textbook on reinforcement learning and is an unpaid adviser to a company Stone is starting. In fact, R-Max earned fewer points when exploration was simultaneously added to door-unlocking because it was distracted by its own curiosity, a kind of AI ADD. On the other hand, extrinsic rewards can interfere with learning, Barto says. “If you give grades or stars, a student may work for those rather than for his or her own satisfaction.” So an outstanding challenge in training robots is to find the right balance of internal and external rewards.Intelligently inquisitive bots and robots could show flexible behavior when doing chores at home, designing efficient manufacturing processes, or pursuing cures for diseases. Hester says a next step would be to use deep neural networks, algorithms modeled on the brain’s architecture, to better identify novel areas to explore, which would incidentally advance his own quest: “Can we make an agent learn like a child would?” Scientists imbue robots with curiositylast_img read more

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Are Companies Beating Talent Away With A Stick?

first_imgSome companies have invisible IV drips going into their HR team’s arms, where the IV drips are full of the company Kool-Aid. Be cautious of organizations that behave as though getting a job with them would be the greatest thing that ever happened to you. You have value in the equation, too. You’ll be doing some employer a great favor when you choose to work with them. If the company’s attitude is “Get in line – everyone wants to work here” you’re better off somewhere else. That sort of “It’s all about us” behavior is fear-based. That’s how children behave when they feel insecure. Is that the kind of employer you want to work for?Steer clear of employers who beat away talent with a stick, and if your firm is one of those places, I’d sound the alarm if I were you. If you’re the HR person in charge, you can shift the focus from pushing away talent to welcoming talented people into your sphere. It’s a change of mindset, like so many other hard and important HR initiatives. If you’re the CEO of your organization, there’s no time to waste. Talent-unfriendly employers aren’t the ones most likely to thrive in the global marketplace. Thank goodness for market forces! I saw the funniest job ad. It said “Office Manager needed. Must be willing to work hard and juggle numerous high-pressure tasks. Overtime mandatory. Pay is not great to start but will improve as our company grows. No complainers.” I appreciate the hiring manager’s candor, but I don’t think the phone in that company’s offices is ringing off the hook right now. Low pay! Hard work! Overtime! What more could an Office Manager ask for?That job ad is an over-the-top example of a phenomenon that’s abundant everywhere you look. Maybe the rough economy is to blame, but way too many large and small employers seem determined to beat talent away with a stick. Their job ads are unfriendly (“Candidates lacking two or more of these qualifications will not be interviewed or contacted” where we can interject the missing words “you vermin,” undoubtedly left out by mistake).   Their careers sites are like stone-walled fortresses. Their interviewing manner is cold, and their overall hiring processes signal to candidates, “Go away and die.”What right-thinking company would drive talent away? It sounds incredible. Yet we see it, every day. The best employees, of course, are also the most marketable ones. They get to choose their employers. Companies that treat job seekers like dirt can expect to hire the most-needy people with the fewest alternatives. Here are the top six ways employers signal ‘DO NOT ENTER’:1. Their auto-responder message is unfriendly.An auto-responder from an employer’s careers site is not a bad thing in itself. At least when you get the auto-response email message, you know they got your resume. But if you were the one writing that auto-response message, wouldn’t you write “Thanks for sending us your resume! We’re taking a look at it now, or if our office is closed right now, we’ll review your resume as soon as we can. We’ll contact you if it looks like one of our job openings is a good fit for you. Otherwise, we won’t contact you again, but we welcome you to apply through our site whenever you see a job opening that looks right for you.  Have you seen our job seekers’ newsletter? Take a look! It’s at this link (imaginary link here). Thanks again for applying, and enjoy the rest of your week!”Here’s a shocker: auto-responders from career websites don’t read like our fictional example above. They’re terse and unfriendly. “Your resume has been received and you will be contacted if we wish to interview you” is typical. Why would employers be so forbidding and stand-offish if they wanted great people to work at their company? Beats me. It’s hard to shake that “We rule – you suck” mentality, I guess. 2. Their communications style is hostile.One friend of mine got a voicemail message that said “This is XYZ Company. [The caller didn’t even leave her name.] We will call this number at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow for a phone screen.” In other words, if you have a life that includes an appointment at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, you’re out of the running. Who wants to work for a company that treats people like livestock? We have to expect that these companies are the ones in the worst financial straits, since organizations that mistreat job seekers tend to treat employees badly also, and badly-treated employees don’t usually take great care of their customers. If your telephone or face-to-face interview begins, “Today, we’re going to ask you questions to decide whether you’ll make it to the next round – if you make it that far, you’ll get to ask some questions yourself” you have my permission to get up and leave the interview. An interview is a two-way conversation. If you don’t get air time – and friendly, open air time at that – hit the road, because you will not like working for this company if you do get the job.3. They want your life delivered, before an interview.You can fill out an application form online, and you can provide a writing sample on an online form, too. That’s where I draw the line. I wouldn’t give up your social security number, and I definitely wouldn’t give up your references’ contact information before you’ve so much as talked to a human being in the employer’s shop. That’s your personal information. If an employer wants to know that much about you, they can dang well call you on the phone.4. They keep you waiting.It’s normal to sit in a lobby or five or ten minutes, but a thirty-minute wait screams “You are nothing to us.” It’s even worse when they fetch you from the lobby and take you into a windowless conference room and deposit you there. Three to five minutes of that is about as much as most people can stand. Fifteen minutes of abandonment in one of those tiny rooms is torture. We have to take interview-day behaviors very seriously, because at this early stage in the relationship, they don’t own you. If job applicants are treated badly, imagine how they treat their employees!5. They don’t talk about salary.By the second interview – or between the first interview and the second one – the employer should bring up salary. It could be a waste of your time to pursue an opportunity if the money isn’t going to work for you. Companies that stall on salary discussions are very often ones that pay galley-slave wages, so beware. Bring up the topic by asking “Shall we talk about compensation, to make sure we’re in the same ballpark?” when the HR person contacts you to set up the second interview. If you get all the way through the pipeline without any dollars discussion (don’t do it!) expect a low-ball offer at the end of the line.6. They act like they’d be doing you a favor to hire you.last_img read more

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Shahzar Rizvi creates world record in 10m air pistol event at ISSF World Cup

first_imgIndian shooter Shahzar Rizvi made the most of his maiden ISSF World Cup appearance by clinching a gold medal at Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday. Jitu Rai and Mehuli Ghosh too finished on the podium by winning a bronze medal each.The Meerut-based Rizvi shot a world record 242.3 in the 10m air pistol event’s final to beat reigning Olympic champion Christian Reitz of Germany, 239.7, to win the top prize.Pistol ace Rai won the bronze in the event with a score of 219, as three Indians made it to the finals of the season’s first World Cup. Om Prakash Mitharval, the other Indian shooter in the event, finished at creditable fourth position with a score of 198.4 points.INDIA!!GERMANY!!INDIA AGAIN!!#ISSFWC pic.twitter.com/bj4020UYu1ISSF (@ISSF_Shooting) March 3, 2018Mehuli, also a senior World Cup debutant, added to India’s medal tally as she shot a world junior record 228.4 to win bronze in the women’s 10m air rifle event. In this women’s event too, three Indian shooters progressed to the final.ROMANIA!!CHINA!!INDIA!!#ISSFWC pic.twitter.com/5TZudfnw10ISSF (@ISSF_Shooting) March 3, 2018Anjum Moudgil finished at fourth position with 208.6 points, while Apurvi Chandela was seventh in the standings with 144.1 points. India had a fruitful opening day in the competition as they won three medals – a gold and two bronze.Shahzar finished second in the qualifying, behind Reitz, shooting 579 to the German’s 588 after 60-shots. Rai was one behind Shahzar with 578, while Om Prakash shot 576 to qualify in fourth place.While Jitu and Om Prakash maintained their positions at the end of the finals, Shahzar turned the tables on Reitz in style, staying ahead of the classy German throughout the length of the 24-shot final.advertisementIn the women’s 10m air rifle final, Mehuli and Anjum were in medal contention from the beginning, and after a sea-saw battle between the two at 9.9 on the 17th shot meant Anjum ended in fourth position with a score of 208.6.Mehuli won bronze while China’s Hong Xu won silver with 251.0. Romania’s Laura Georgeta Coman, who won gold in the Munich World Cup last year and a silver at the World Cup Finals, came up with a classy display, leading throughout to win the gold medal with 251.5 points.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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‘If I kicked my kid, he wouldn’t fall like Bernardo’

first_imgBurnley ‘If I kicked my kid in the garden he wouldn’t fall like that’ – Dyche outraged by Man City penalty Ronan Murphy 02:25 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Bernardo Silva Nick Pope Manchester City Burnley 21102017 Getty Burnley Manchester City Manchester City v Burnley Premier League The Burnley boss has expressed his disappointment about diving in football once more, claiming that Bernardo Silva acted to win a spot kick Burnley manager Sean Dyche has lashed out at Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva for going down easily for a penalty in Saturday’s Premier League clash.Sergio Aguero scored from the spot to send City on their way to a 3-0 victory after a foul on Silva from goalkeeper Nick Pope.Although Dyche was unhappy with the decision, he does not believe the penalty changed the outcome of the game and admitted Pep Guardiola’s men probably would have gone on to take the three points regardless. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “They are a fine side and I can’t say it affected the outcome,” he told reporters after the defeat.“But although there is contact – and I have seen that there is now – I feel it is minimal. To get that high off the floor with your hands above your head is a skill in itself.“If I kicked my kid in the garden he wouldn’t fall like that. There has to be a bit of almost what I’d call honour in the game. That’s out of the window because it’s not there.“It’s a tough one. The problem is when you’re already going down and then there’s contact and then you go down with your arms above your head, which is almost impossible, and it’s frustrating.”Dyche is upset at diving in the game, but believes that the lack of punishment for Watford’s Richarlison after an alleged dive last week indicates that the FA are not taking the issue seriously enough.”I have brought up my opinion on cheating, the FA has a rule which already does not work already because we saw how it was when the Watford lad was not banned,” Dyche said.“There’s contact but you can’t fall like that as a 13 stone professional footballer. No one seems to want to change it. At end of the day there is contact, I just don’t think there’s enough to fall.“It’s an important line – I have said I was a centre half and understand gamesmanship, but that was stretching it. It’s a professional understanding of the game, and today is right on the line.“But I have to hold my hands up and say there was some form of contact, as minimal as it was.”last_img read more

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Like Netflix For Food, Freshly Delivers Healthy Meal Kits To Your Door

first_img 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce 8 Best Digital Food Scales to Smarten Up Your Kitchen and Meal Prep You know the drill—you’ve got a packed schedule and lots of demands, so when you get home you grab a meal and pop it into your microwave. Convenience is easy and cheap these days, but there’s good news. Easy doesn’t have to mean unhealthy.Freshly.com puts a new twist on convenience by supplying customers with chef prepared gourmet meals that use only natural, wholesome ingredients.“We use really high end products,” said Carter Comstock, co-founder of Freshly.com. “All of our food is cooked by real chefs, but there’s no added sugar, no gluten and no preservatives. It’s like having your own personal chef.”“It basically started with my business partner—Michael Wystrach—he was a restaurateur and my father is an ER physician and anti-aging wellness specialist. The three of us got together and came up with a way to make it easier to eat healthy,” said Comstock. “We started doing a program we would want and began cooking out of the restaurant and delivering ourselves.”They found a massive demand for convenient, healthy food. After two and a half years of testing their concept through local deliveries they launched Freshly.com in January of this year. They now service the entire West Coast and ship 10,000+ meals a week.“It’s been crazy,” said Comstock. “We’re adding about 500 new clients a week. We hope to get the East Coast up and running by the end of the year.”There are two plans to consider when signing up for Freshly.com. There’s Freshly Flex, which delivers 6, 9 or 12 meals a week. Or if you want to overhaul your diet and lose weight, you can choose Freshly Fit for breakfast, lunch and diner seven days a week. Both plans offer free shipping.Besides really amazing food (yes, we sampled it), we love the fact that subscribers manage the system. You’re not stuck with deliveries or meals that you don’t want. You might want to order meals every other week or change your preferences—you stay in complete control.“A lot of people upgrade and downgrade between plans,” said Comstock. “Some start on Freshly Fit and move to the Flex Plan. We want to revolutionize how people think about eating healthy.”Related: Coconut Organics: A New Healthy Addiction When you order from Freshly, you’ll receive a delivery through Fed Ex—you don’t have to worry about being home. The package is guaranteed to stay cold for 24 hours. Once you get home, pop the meals in your refrigerator and then microwave for 1 to 2 minutes each when you’re ready to eat.“Our meals on average last up to 10 days,” said Comstock. “That’s why we don’t ship more than a week at a time.”If you ever get a meal that you don’t like the taste or how it looks, Freshly.com will give you a refund or store credit. Prices: Freshly Flex 6 – $69 per week; Freshly Flex 9 – $99 per week; Freshly Flex 12 – $129 per week; and Freshly Fit 21 meals – $229 per week.last_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to Efficient Use of Taxpayers’ Dollars

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to using tax payers’ dollars wisely and efficiently as it continues to provide key resources for the public.“We are using your tax dollars not just to bush the roads, not just to clear the curbs, channels and gullies, but we are also making capital investments in equipment that will improve service delivery,” he said.Mr. Holness was speaking at the handover of 11 new compactor garbage trucks to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) during a ceremony at Jamaica House today (October 24).The units, valued at US$1.65 million (J$214.7 million), were acquired through the proceeds of property taxes.Mr. Holness noted that with the provision of the trucks, the Government, through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, continues to demonstrate its commitment to strengthening the capacity and operations of the NSWMA.“This is not only being shown by the important changes in corporate governance that are continuing at the NSWMA but also through strengthening of its operational capacity,” he said.The Prime Minister urged citizens to pay their property taxes “so that the burden is spread fairly over the population and more resources are available to the country”.For his part, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the event marked the first time in history that the NSWMA would be receiving 11 new trucks at once.He said the Government is working to increase the fleet over the next year and a half to close to 100 new trucks as it continues to improve the efficiency of the operations of the agency.Meanwhile, Chairman of the NSWMA, Dennis Chung, said the additional trucks will contribute substantially to the agency’s strategic goal of having twice-weekly collection throughout the island.He also called for persons to make sure they are property tax compliant “because we depend on that”.NSWMA’s Executive Director, Audley Gordon, for his part, pointed out that with every addition of a new truck, service delivery is boosted.“Wherever we have dispatched those trucks, efficiency is evident… (and) people compliment us for the reliable service we are providing,” he said.The trucks will be distributed to the NSWMA’s regional entities. The Southern Parks and Markets (SPM) Waste Management Limited, Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited and Metropolitan Parks and Market (MPM) Waste Management Limited will each receive three units, while the North Eastern Parks and Markets (NEPM) Waste Management Limited will receive two units.The trucks bring to 28 the number of new garbage units delivered to the NSWMA since the start of the financial year, at an overall value of J$561.8 million. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to using tax payers’ dollars wisely and efficiently as it continues to provide key resources for the public. Mr. Holness noted that with the provision of the trucks, the Government, through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, continues to demonstrate its commitment to strengthening the capacity and operations of the NSWMA. The trucks bring to 28 the number of new garbage units delivered to the NSWMA since the start of the financial year, at an overall value of J$561.8 million.last_img read more

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Port of Oakland Aims to Plug In Every Vessel

first_imgzoom California’s Port of Oakland has unveiled its goal to intensify efforts to curb diesel emissions by plugging more vessels into shore power.“If there are ways to strengthen our port electrical infrastructure to promote more use of electrical power from our grid, we will do it,” Chris Lytle, Port of Oakland’s Executive Director, said.“We will collaborate with shipping lines and the marine terminal operators here in Oakland to build on the progress we’ve already made.”Lytle delivered his pledge to visiting members of the World Shipping Council. Technical experts from five of the council’s shipping lines were in Oakland to study shore power.According to Lytle, shore power has helped Oakland reduce diesel emissions by 75 percent in the past decade.Port data shows that more than 70 percent of all ships visiting Oakland rely on shore power. That is in line with existing rules governing California seaports. But state regulators indicate they may increase the requirement in the coming decade.Therefore, Oakland is considering a number of enhancements to increase shore power use. Among them additional landside electrical vaults, more substations to increase the power supply, as well as standardized procedures to ease the plug-in process for vessel crews.last_img read more

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Euroseas Spinning Off Its Drybulk Fleet

first_imgEuroseas, a Greece-based owner of containerships and bulk carriers, has spun off its drybulk fleet into a separate company.The company said that it filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to spin-off its drybulk fleet into a separate company, EuroDry Ltd., which has applied for listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market.“We believe that separate drybulk and containership investment options will give our shareholders the flexibility to adjust their holdings, if they so wish, between the two sectors. We also anticipate that the creation of sector-focused companies will allow the capital markets to appreciate the value that our public platforms can create as consolidators in their respective fields,” Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, said.EuroDry Ltd. is a middle range drybulk owner with six vessels in its fleet, three of which are newbuildings, one Ultramax and two Kamsarmaxes, and three Panamaxes built post-2000.Euroseas Ltd., the only feeder containership public company, has a fleet of eleven vessels now.“We plan to take advantage of growth opportunities in each of the two sectors to increase the size of each respective company as we believe that they are both well positioned to do so both in terms of their capital structure and their contract mix,” Pittas said.The company reported a net loss of USD 3.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, as compared to a net loss of USD 2.2 million for the first quarter of 2017.Regarding developments post-March 31, Euroseas said that it took delivery of newbuilding M/V Ekaterini, a 82,000 dwt drybulk vessel, which entered into a two-year charter at a rate of USD 13,000 per day.Euroseas also reported that its containership, M/V EM Astoria, suffered propeller damage and will require repairs that will prevent the vessel from trading.“The company is making every possible effort for the vessel to resume trading in the shortest possible time,” Euroseas said.last_img read more

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Matter of heritage

first_imgThe 150-year-old Errum Manzil or Iram Manzil is a massively spread-out, spacious palace situated in the heart of Telangana’s capital Hyderabad. Built around the year 1870 by Nawab Safdar Jung Musheer-ud-daula Fakhrul Mulk, a nobleman of erstwhile Hyderabad state, it is located on top of a hillock adjacent to the now busy Punjagutta metro rail station. According to Narendra Luther who chronicled Hyderabad extensively, under the Nizam there was a hierarchy of nobles. The highest was Paigas. They were the only ones who inter-married with the Nizam`s family. The next came the Umrah-e-Uzaam, meaning the great nobles. The majority of these were Shias and included two Hindu families. One of the Umrah-e-Uzaam was Nawab Fakhr-ul-mulk. His son was Fakhr-ul-mulk II (1859-1934). His real name was Mir Sarfraz Hussain and his titles included Safdar Jung, Musheer-ud-daula, Fakhr-ul-mulk, etc. Incidentally, he was the first noble who came out of the old city to live in the newer part of the city. Also Read – A special kind of bondAccording to Luther, consequent to a dispute over property sharing between Fakhr-ul-Mulk and his elder brother, Nizam advised him to shift to a quieter place from Asad Manzil where he was living. Thereupon, Nawab Fakhr-ul-Mulk undertook the construction of a palace at an elevated place in Punjagutta with a commanding view of the Hussain Sagar Lake. He named it Iram Manzil. According to one story, wrote Luther, Fakhr-ul-Mulk had a bet with Sir Vicar-ul-Umrah, a Paigah as to who would build a higher palace. The Vicar Manzil and Iram Manzil were built as a result of his competition. As each was more or less at equal height, the match ended in a draw. The Asad Manzil, vacated by Fakhr-ul-Mulk, is now the Nizam College. The Fateh Maidan is now a stadium. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe nearly 2.2 lakh square feet huge mansion in about 3 acres land is located atop a hillock now known as Yerragadda or Red Hill. That might be the reason why Nawab Fakhrul Mulk decided to name the palace as Iram Manzil, the Persian version of Paradise Mansion. It was also painted and coloured red. Errum Manzil was used for royal banquets and other grand events. Later, the palace was taken over by the government to be used as a records store-house. It was in the possession of the Nawab’s descendants till late 1940s. After some years it was transferred into the hands of the Public Works Department. Presently, this palace houses offices of the Engineers-in-chief and the Chief Engineers of the Roads and Buildings, Irrigation and Command Area Development departments. Adjacent to the old structure, there is the Jala Soudha building which again is about 2 lakh square feet area as an extension of offices of the irrigation department. Built in the Indo-European Baroque style of architecture, during its heyday the two-storeyed palace, once a listed heritage building, spread over a huge area, was full of decorative works, consisting of drawing and banquet halls, had over 150 rooms furnished with Louis XVI furniture, nine-hole golf course, polo ground, stable for about 200 horses and a dairy farm of 100 buffaloes and cows. The palace was full of ornamental works and furnished lavishly with expensive artistic works. The palace used to overlook the Hussain Sagar but this view has now been blocked by other buildings. By virtue of its strategic location and an elaborate front yard, decades ago, the palace was visible from a distance. With all sorts of structures and huge signboards occupying the entrance to the lane leading to the palace, it’s no more seen from the outside. Iram Manzil was sold to the government during the period of Sir Mirza Ismail’s prime ministership (1946-47) to discharge debts of the family. Sir Mirza made a number of changes in the palace and according to Mir Moazzam Hussain, a grandson of the noble who was a member of the Hyderabad Civil Service and later was a director in UNICEF, Sir Mirza `uplifted’ the palace. He also planted some terrace gardens of the Mysore variety in the compound. With the integration of the state in 1956 when Andhra Pradesh was formed, this building was used to house the Public Works Department. That department made other additions to suit its needs. Since it was used as an office, the earlier beauty of the palace has been missing. A shed was erected at the entrance to park bicycles and gradually the palace was surrounded by a lot of habitation. With Chief Minister KCR’s decision to construct new Assembly buildings, the Errum Manzil once again has been in the news. Because of being a heritage building, few people are arguing against its demolition. However, the majority are of the opinion that considering its survival for nearly 150 years and also because of its dilapidated state, it’s no longer safe to further utilise it beyond the limit. In fact, the building is not yet listed as heritage construction as per the new heritage Act of Telangana state government. Telangana Assembly did something remarkable by passing the first of its kind heritage bill anywhere in the country. This is for the first time that a law was enacted that addresses heritage as a sector in totality, including natural, archaeological monuments, historic buildings, and heritage of all types. Prior to this, a year ago, the government scrapped Regulation 13 of the HUDA Zoning Regulations, promulgated in 1995, for the conservation of 137 Listed Heritage Buildings in Hyderabad. The regulation, the government felt, was inadequate, inconsistent and insufficient as it was also narrowly applied to only Hyderabad. And hence, with the changing times and needs, it is all the more necessary to put this area into proper use by constructing the new Assembly buildings. (The author is Chief PRO to Chief Minister of Telangana. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img
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NDP would reinstate Nova Scotia film tax credit programs cut in 2015

first_imgLeader Gary Burrill says an NDP government would re-establish a $23-million yearly film tax credit, with an additional $10 million in the first year. Advertisement HALIFAX — New Democrats in Nova Scotia are promising to reinstate a film tax credit axed by the Liberal government two years ago. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Premier Stephen McNeil’s contentious move to cut the lucrative film tax credit sparked protests and complaints that the industry would be gutted. It was replaced with an incentive fund, with this fiscal year’s budget set at $16.9 million. Advertisement Burrill says reviving the tax credit would ensure the film industry’s future by attracting productions to the province and providing work for local film crews. Facebook Advertisement Burrill says the extra funding this year would help stabilize an industry that was “decimated” by the Liberals in the 2015 budget. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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President tells forum elections in Sri Lanka are now free and fair

He said that today Sri Lanka is a country which has a strong democratic foundation and according to reports Sri Lanka has reached a high position among Asian countries when considering the impartiality of the judiciary.The President also said that the Elections Commission has been empowered to conduct impartial and free and fair elections. Expressing his views the President further said that, the objective of the present Government is to ensure democracy in the country by holding elections in a free and fair manner. In order to secure the broad establishment of democracy and security when holding elections within the region, the Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum is held to come in to terms with a common agreement which can influence the active stakeholders within Asia and outside the region.This Conference creates a platform to hold a broad discussion on the elections and democracy within the region where it can be considered as a broad collection of the region connected with elections.Invitees from 45 countries were present at the conference held under the theme, “A Collective effort for a broad establishment of democracy and security in election with transparency of excellence and order” where more than 15 Asian Regional Electoral Commissions, more than 100 election monitoring organizations worldwide, a number of foreign Embassies and High Commissions in Sri Lanka, Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations, United Nation and Inter–Regional agencies were present. President Sirisena recalled that prior to January 08, 2015, the election system in Sri Lanka was corrupt. President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has taken steps to establish a strong foundation for free and fair elections in the country through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.The President made the remarks while participating in the inauguration ceremony of the Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum held in the Galadari Hotel, Colombo, today. read more

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Decoding Dialogflow Engagement Reach Customer Journey

Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » The contact center vendor — a CCAI partner — acts as an aggregator, consolidating flows from all supported engagement channels and passing them to CCAI. CCAI’s management wrapper keeps track of communication state and can push interaction history to a live agent. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Dialogflow’s built-in communications “surfaces.” In the contact center world, these would be called engagement “channels.” Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? Many organizations also integrate with and monitor messages from Twitter or Facebook Messenger; when used for two-way communications, these become communications surfaces. Many companies have developed integrations with social media surfaces outside of the contact center. The key takeaway is that thousands of Dialogflow bots that integrate with social media and other messaging surfaces have been developed external to the contact center. Tremendous advantages arise from integrating a multichannel contact center with CCAI: Any channel supported by your contact center is available for use with the intelligent bots you create using Dialogflow. So, if you use voice, email, SMS, and social media channels to engage with customers, you can easily route communications flows from all these channels into an intelligent virtual agent created using CCAI. The contact center becomes a surface or channel aggregator to CCAI’s Virtual Agent and Agent Assist capabilities. Furthermore, intelligent bots not only can use Dialogflow to understand what a customer wants, but also can use its fulfillment capabilities to respond through the contact center via the same communications channel regardless of whether it’s voice- or text-based. Plus, all the bot interactions can be stored in the same contact center database used for live agent interactions.According to a Gladly 2018 customer service expectations survey referenced in Forbes, 71% of customers desire a consistent experience across any channel, but only 29% receive it, and the IVR systems many companies use are a major frustration point for customers. By using the contact center as an aggregation point to CCAI’s Virtual Agent, customers can have a consistent experience across all channels because the same bot can be used to engage customers on each one. As an aside, Google reports that you don’t have to train the bot for channel-specific language. Rather, you just train the bot to identify intents using normal conversational words and phrases, and it will recognize them correctly regardless of which channel the customer uses. This alone will provide a level of consistency unparalleled today; furthermore, this level of consistency can be used both to train and monitor live-agent responses.CCAI provides a management wrapper that you don’t get if you directly integrate a communications channel using Dialogflow’s APIs. This management layer, only available in CCAI, keeps track of the state of the communications flow, and when the interaction needs escalation to a live agent, all the information from the bot interaction feeds to the live agent so that the conversation doesn’t need to start over from scratch. One of the huge complaints people have when escalating from IVR to a live agent is the context and information already shared doesn’t get carried forward. CCAI can eliminate this frustration, and it can even help gather customer information using natural language prior to passing it to a live agent, which helps improve live agent response times. Kelly_DD3-Surfaces.png Organizations can also build their own surfaces via Dialogflow APIs. For example, a webchat bot using Dialogflow’s NLP and fulfillment capability can be considered a surface. When using Twilio’s SMS integration with Dialogflow acting as an intelligent agent backend, then SMS becomes a communications surface. What’s an Engagement Surface?Google claims that more than 860,000 developers worldwide have Dialogflow accounts and are creating natural language processing (NLP) and natural language understanding (NLU) applications. Few have done it within the context of integrating Dialogflow with a traditional contact center because until CCAI, this integration required a large development investment. CCAI significantly reduces the development time required, plus it makes managing the project easier while providing a consistent customer experience. This raises an interesting question, “When should I integrate my contact center with Google using CCAI, and when shouldn’t I?” In our latest installment of this multipart series on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI (CCAI), we discuss how the engagement surface determines whether or not to integrate your contact center with Google using CCAI, and we explore how customer journey data can impact intelligent virtual agent entry points. Kelly_DecodingDialogflow.jpg Log in or register to post comments Click below to continue to Page 2Tags:News & ViewsDecoding DialogflowGoogle CCAIGenesysMitelomnichannelEngagement SurfaceContact Center & Customer ExperienceAI & AutomationAnalyst InsightAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsCCaaSNews & Views12nextlast Articles You Might Like So… When Would You Integrate Your Contact Center with CCAI?In our industry, we’d refer to these multiple engagement surfaces as multichannel or omnichannel communications, and contact center vendors regularly emphasize the need to implement omnichannel capabilities for engagement with customers on the channels of their choice. One of the benefits from omnichannel contact centers is that they merge all of a customer’s interactions with a company into a common structured customer engagement environment regardless of which channel the customer uses. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. Many multichannel contact centers support voice, SMS, email, webchat, and specific social channels, all of which can be used to interface with CCAI’s natural language understanding and bot fulfillment capabilities. In Google parlance, a “surface” is a communications channel integrated with Dialogflow. Dialogflow has native integrations with many surfaces, including Google Assistant; Facebook Messenger; Slack; Twitter; Line; Cisco Webex Teams; Microsoft Skype, Skype for Business, and Cortana; Kik; Telegram; Amazon Alexa; and Viber. A voice telephony surface is also in beta. The answer to this question involves examining the application and the “engagement surfaces” you intend to use. The point is that some communication engagement surfaces will be implemented independently of the contact center. For example, a Web-based internal helpdesk is common in many companies; helpdesks respond to tech support issues that arise, yet they’re usually not connected to the contact center. An integration between the helpdesk and Dialogflow for automated responses to common technical support issues would constitute a communications surface. Organizations often get started integrating Dialogflow bots with an internal Web portal and then expand to include voice telephony and IVR. Kelly_DD3-CCAI-consolidation.png read more

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Ban welcomes release of two Saudi citizens held in Yemen

“The Secretary-General thanks his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, for his efforts to secure the safe release of these individuals,” said a statement issued by his Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, which noted that the two Saudi citizens departed the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on the morning of 14 January, accompanied by the Special Envoy.Mr. Ban, according to the statement, expressed his gratitude to Ansar Allah for facilitating the release as an important confidence-building measure, which should help advance the peace process. He also expressed the sincere hope that this step will be followed quickly by additional releases of prisoners by all sides and the return to peaceful dialogue.“The Secretary-General urges all Yemeni parties and the States in the region to commit to comprehensive and permanent ceasefire in order to enable the rapid resumption of peace talks facilitated by his Special Envoy,” the statement concluded.Meanwhile, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today that following statements last week that the High Commissioner’s Representative in Yemen was apparently no longer welcome in the country, the Government subsequently revised its position, and the Representative would now be continuing his work as before. “OHCHR warmly welcomes the decision by the Government, as well as their commitment to continue to cooperate fully with the United Nations,” Spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters at the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva. read more

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New safety measures for Massey Energy

first_imgMassey Energy has announced new safety initiatives designed to help prevent underground mine fires and to improve mine fire response efforts. Massey Energy is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, USA with operations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.“We believe these new initiatives will dramatically improve mine safety,” said Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship.The new initiatives exceed the current requirements of federal law and include: enhanced fire fighting measures; enhanced automatic fire suppression measures; the use of new technologies in mine rescue; and new procedures for preparing for mine evacuations.Massey Energy is involved in safety research and development and has introduced and shared numerous advancements that are widely used by the mining industry today. Most recently, it spearheaded the development of a ‘proximity detection system’ that detects the location of miners and automatically shuts down mining machinery if miners get too close. The system has been approved for use by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and was publicly demonstrated in August 2006.Following the January 2006 mine explosion at Sago and the January 2006 mine fire at the Aracoma Coal mine, Massey Energy decided to turn its research and development efforts toward the topics of fire prevention and mine evacuation and rescue.“Until this year, Massey Energy had not had a serious mine fire or mine explosion during my 24 years with the company,” said Blankenship. “However, after investigating the incident at Aracoma, we felt that the procedures used in the industry to prevent and respond to mine fires needed to be re-evaluated both pragmatically and in light of the latest available technology.”As it has done in the past, Massey Energy plans to share its research and development with the industry. “We have always sought to improve the safety of all miners, not just those at Massey Energy,” said Blankenship.last_img read more

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WHP 2017 100000 votes for six days – 34 of Icelandic population

World Handball Player 2017 Six days of the Voting Contest for the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2017 was enough to reach the 100.000 votes which gives a special dimension to the work of 30 handball journalists gathered in Handball-Planet.com Jury for the seventh year in a row.The 32 biggest stars of the world of handball getting significant support from all over the world. The highest interest for the voting coming from Iceland, where 11.104 handball fans visited voting polls in a few days giving his compatriot Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson fantastic number of votes (over 9.000). Over 11.000 visitors from Iceland means that about 3.4% of the whole population joined our Polls thanks to the mainstream media like Visir. Mbi, who shared news about our Content.The second nation in number of handball fans who voted already at WHP 2017 is Denmark with more than 6.000 fans, ahead of Macedonians (4.600), Croats (4.400), Hungarians (3.500), Germans (2.900) and Norwegians (2.100).There is still a lot of time to change some things. VOTETOP 5 players with the highest support after Day 6:Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (Rhein Neckar Lowen – Iceland) (52%, 9,079 Votes)Luka Cindric (RK Vardar Skopje – Croatia) (46%, 6,081 Votes)Lasse Svan Hansen (SG Flensburg Handewitt – Denmark) (47%, 5,151 Votes)Kiril Lazarov (HBC Nantes – Macedonia) (41%, 4,922 Votes)Uwe Gensheimer (PSG Handball – Germany) (27%, 4,716 Votes)TOP 3 players with the lowest support after Day 6:Blaz Janc (PGE Vive Kielce – Slovenia) (10%, 1,125 Votes)Jerry Tollbring (Rhein Neckar Lowen – Sweden) (6%, 1,086 Votes)Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (FC Barcelona Lassa – Spain) (7%, 711 Votes) ← Previous Story IT SOUNDS AMAZING: Veszprem lose three CL matches in a row after 22 years! Next Story → VIDEO: Karabatic – victim or punisher? read more

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Final Fantasy VII recreated in Little Big Planet 2

first_imgSquare Enix has never been shy about dusting off its classic games, slapping a fresh coat of paint on them, injecting them with some new CGI cutscenes and pushing them out the door for gamers to buy all over again… so it’s long been a mystery why they’ve yet to try to milk some more money out of Final Fantasy VII, the most beloved entry in their classic JRPG series, with a sexy high-def remake.Sadly, it doesn’t look like Squeenix has any intention of remaking Final Fantasy VII anytime soon, but if you’re a fan of Sony’s cute game builder Little Big Planet, there might be some good news: some plucky person is trying to put together a remake of Final Fantasy VII within Little Big Planet 2.AdChoices广告http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odBQdGx9uLc&feature=player_embeddedOf course, Little Big Planet 2 isn’t out yet, but the maker in question is a beta tester and is already getting the project rolling, having successfully modeled the overworld, many of the main characters, some monsters, the battle screen and even a giant Chocobo. Pretty neat! Of course, this is exactly the kind of huge scoped project that never gets finished, but even so: it’s amazing that Little Big Planet 2 is even remotely capable of this sort of complexity.Read more at Games Radarlast_img read more

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Australian influence all over me says Varoufakis

first_imgThe man with just about the hardest job in the world right now is the finance minister of Greece. It’s teetering on the brink of economic collapse and just this week avoided defaulting on its massive debt by doing a deal with its European creditors. The man who has to persuade ordinary Greeks that the government knows what it’s doing is finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek Australian former academic, left-wing maverick and style renegade who’s changing the way Europe does business.Mr Varoufakis lived in Australia for 12 years teaching economics at the University of Sydney. He still makes regular visits to Sydney to see his young daughter. He told ABC there is no doubt that Australia has left an indelible mark on him. “Most people who know me see that, even better than I can see,” he told ABC. When asked in what way he said: “Well … in the way in which I dismiss nonsense without caring too much about decorum. Maybe I was influenced by my great admiration of Paul Keating, but at the same time, my criticism of him is, this was the “recession you had to have” back in 1991, because I don’t believe that anybody has to have a recession if one calibrates one’s macroeconomic policy correctly. But, yes, the Australian influence is all over me,” Mr Varoufakis said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Guardiola keen to keep the pressure on Liverpool

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola was pleased to see his side win 3-0 against a 10-man Wolves on Monday and has set his sights on chasing league leaders Liverpool.City are now currently four points behind league leaders Liverpool and Guardiola is pleased to ‘keep the pressure’ on Jurgen Klopp’s side.Leroy Sane provided the assist for Gabriel Jesus to break the deadlock in the 10th minute as he tapped in a well-timed cross.Wolves defender Willy Boly was then sent off for a dangerous tackle on Bernardo Silva nine minutes later.Six minutes before the break, Wolves’ Ryan Bennet was penalized for tripping Raheem Sterling in the box and referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot.Jesus stepped up and converted the penalty to complete his first-half brace.Conor Coady turned the ball into his own net while trying to intercept a cross to make it 3-0 to the Premier League Champions.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We were solid and didn’t give away many chances so it is three points to keep the pressure on the team at the top of the table,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.“We have played a lot of time with 10 against 11 and we should be more aggressive in our attacking play, but we have a lot of matches in our minds and our legs.“Most teams come here and defend deep and it is not easy, but we did it well and we got a third to take us closer to Liverpool.“When you have a league campaign, you can drop points. We have incredible numbers so far but we can do even better.“Of course we weren’t in our excellent moments against Leicester and Crystal Palace, but it is normal, and we came back in the games after by creating chances and conceding few.”last_img read more

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Sheriff Bill Gore on Californias cash bail reform law

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Bill Gore, Jerry Brown FacebookTwitter Posted: September 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom September 12, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Changes are coming to the way people are released from jail in California.Governor Brown recently signed a bill, SB 10, eliminating the cash bail system that is currently in place. The new law will be implemented in October 2019.RELATED STORY: Bill makes California first state to end bail before trialSan Diego Sheriff Bill Gore shared his thoughts about the new Bail Reform Law and how he anticipates the changes will be made. Sheriff Bill Gore on California’s cash bail reform lawlast_img read more

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