World Maritime News Staff, August 26, 2014 zoom The largest floating drydock in the USA, the Vigorous, arrived aboard the world’s largest heavy-lift ship Blue Marlin in Portland on Monday for final assembly at Vigor Industrial’s shipyard.Fully assembled, the drydock will be 960-feet long. However, it is currently in three parts, which are stacked aboard the 738-foot heavy lift ship for delivery. Vigor is investing more than USD 50 million to build and deliver the Vigorous. The drydock will allow Vigor to service vessels such as cruise ships, tankers and cargo ships. It also will free the company to send another drydock from Portland to Seattle, expanding capacity there.Your browser does not support the video tag.Two large vessels, Maritime Administration cargo ships, are already booked for repairs when the drydock enters service in November.“The Vigorous is a symbol of the resurgence of the maritime industry in Portland and the wider Pacific Northwest,” said Vigor Industrial CEO Frank Foti.“Back in 2000, the shipyard was struggling. Today, we’re growing across the region, and I’m proud and profoundly grateful that we’re in a place to make this kind of investment.”A floating drydock is a U-shaped marine vessel used to repair and build ships.Operators let water into the drydock through valves to submerge it, which allows other vessels to drive in and out of the drydock.When the water is pumped out the drydock rises, lifting docked vessels out of the water. This allows workers to service and repair parts of the vessel usually under the waterline.
On 5 March 2017 the Naked Heart Foundation, set up by Guerlain makeup and Shalimar fragrance muse Natalia Vodianova, once again joined forced with Guerlain to take part in the 21km Paris run.This year’s fundraising goal is to empower the charity’s “Summer with Purpose” project and organise much needed integrative summer camps for children and young adults with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) across Russia.In 2016, thanks to the support of Guerlain and the charity’s volunteers, who fundraised for the same cause, the Naked Heart Foundation was able to conduct a unique training programme for provincial Russian NGO specialists and support the organisation of their summer camps for children with ASD. As a result, 162 families were able to send their children to a summer or autumn camp, and 119 specialists learned to use modern, evidence-based methods of work.Every March for eight years running, la Maison Guerlain and the Naked Heart Foundation, have been joining forces to put together a team of 70 runners to participate in the Paris Half Marathon. The team includes Guerlain and Naked Heart Foundation staff and a number of volunteers, who selflessly raise money for the charity’s work with children with special needs. Lucas Portman, Natalia Vodianova’s eldest son, also took part in the event along with the Naked Heart and Guerlain representatives.After the race the Naked Heart Foundation and Guerlain team celebrated their results at an intimate party at Le Paradisio club, where they were treated to a unique “Runner star” cocktail, especially created by Beluga’s mixologists.Since 2011, the Naked Heart Foundation has been supporting projects to set up integrative summer camps, which play an important role in the physical, mental and intellectual development of children and young people with special needs. In 2015, the charity changed the format of the “Summer with Purpose” project by adding a unique training programme, developed by the Foundation in collaboration with leading experts from the University of New Mexico and aimed specifically at NGO professionals who had been selected to create developmental recreation opportunities. The results of the project, now up and running in the new format, were evaluated highly by the experts at the University of New Mexico who supervised the training of the specialists, and by members of the regional NGOs who took part in the project, green lighting its continuation into 2017.There’s still time to make a donation to Natalia or any of the other runners on the team’s official fundraising page.
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Norfolk County Parks and Recreation and the Norfolk County Public Library are hosting a viewing party for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 5.The public is invited to make their way to the downstairs meeting room at the Simcoe library before tip-off, which is set for 9 p.m. Admission is a donation to Norfolk County KidSport, a not-for-profit that provides support to young athletes from underprivileged families.“Norfolk County has always been a great area for sports,” Scott Clark, with the Norfolk County Public Library, said in a press release. “People in this area have really gotten into basketball this spring and we wanted to give them an opportunity come together, cheer and support the team.”Snacks will be provided while supplies last. Fans can also bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.The series sits at 1-1, with Toronto taking the opener and Golden State knotting things up on Sunday in Game 2. The finals now shifts to Oracle Arena in Oakland for the next two meetings.“Over the last few weeks, communities large and small across Canada have hosted these types of events there’s no reason we shouldn’t,” noted Susie Wray, the county’s supervisor of community programs. “We certainly have passionate basketball fans and community spirit.”Doors for the event will open at 8:30 p.m. and will remain open until 11:45 p.m.For more information, or for anyone wishing to donate, contact Jacob Robinson at 519-426-5870 x 3803.
New car market has risen 2.2 per cent in the first six months of 2004, to 1,376,567 unitsJune registrations on a par with record June 2003 figures, down just 0.5 per cent to 239,077 unitsDiesel registrations in June account for 32.2 per cent of all new cars soldSMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘In a fiercely competitive market, with some excellent new models, sales remain up over the year to date. Last month saw a slight decline following a record total in June 2003. ‘June 2004 was still the second highest on record. Despite fuel price concerns and rising interest rates we have seen a record first six months of 2004. Consumer confidence remains strong and we should see 2.6 million new cars leaving showrooms by the end of the year.’For more comment and analysis please click on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Then-senior Berta Queralt (18) battles for the ball during a game against Penn State Oct. 19, 2012, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of FacebookThe Ohio State field hockey team struggled as it finished a road trip to Syracuse, N.Y., with an 0-2 record.The Buckeyes fell short to No. 7 Massachusetts Saturday and then again Sunday to No. 6 Syracuse. Both games ended with a score of 1-0. Although the team came out on the losing end in both games, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said it was not due to their efforts.“We played great field hockey overall,” Wilkinson said. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the net.”Both games were scoreless in the first half, but the Buckeyes gave up a single second half goal in each, falling to 2-4 on the year.During Sunday’s match, junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux had eight saves against Syracuse. After back-to-back saves by Lemieux, Syracuse was able to score on a penalty corner with just over four minutes to go in the game.Wilkinson said she was impressed with her goalkeeper, but wishes the team could have taken advantage of the defense it played.“I think we had great defense,” Wilkinson said. “Sarah (Lemieux) had a lot of great saves during crucial times.”Lemieux said the defense as whole played well, despite the losses.“I thought we played solid defense the whole weekend. We made huge efforts to tackle to ball and stop them from scoring.”In Saturday’s match UMass outshot the Buckeyes 10-8. OSU had more opportunities with the penalty corners, 6-5, but could not capitalize on them to finish the game.The match against Syracuse was much more one-sided, despite the Orange failing to open the scoring until the 66th minute. The home side out shot the Buckeyes 20-6, including 9 shots on goal.Sophomore midfield Emma Royce provided the best chance in the first half for the Buckeyes but was denied by the Syracuse sophomore goalkeeper Jess Jecko.OSU is set to take on Miami(Ohio) Wednesday in Oxford at 5:30 p.m.
Free tickets in Earl Spencer’s box at the Royal Albert Hall meant for a Paul Weller charity concert were being resold on a websiteCredit:Action Press/REX/Shutterstock UPDATE: Following this and other articles about the Royal Albert Hall published in December 2016 and January 2017, we published a correction hereThe brother of Diana, Princess of Wales is at the centre of accusations over an attempt to profit from the sale of tickets for a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall.Two tickets for seats for a Teenage Cancer Trust concert by Paul Weller in a box owned by Earl Spencer were put on sale for £835.As the owner of a 12-seat box at the Royal Albert Hall, Earl Spencer would have received the tickets for free.Had the tickets been sold they would have earned the seller £600, with the remainder taken in fees by the website on which they were advertised.However, the tickets were taken off the Viagogo site after the Royal Albert Hall wa informed that they were being sold. It follows a row over the Royal Albert Hall allowing debenture holders to sell on their allocation of tickets for events and concert for profit, thereby circumventing a ban on the reselling of tickets.Harvey Goldsmith, who is organising a series of concerts at the central London venue later this year by David Gilmour, said Royal Albert Hall’s behaviour was “morally reprehensible” and has urged the Charity Commission to take action.Mr Goldsmith feels strongly that the debenture holders should not be profiteering from the resale of their tickets at the expense of music fans.Earl Spencer, 52, has insisted he meant to give the pair of tickets for the Weller concert back to the Royal Albert Hall so they could be sold for charity. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He blamed “an aberration” by a member of staff who failed to understand this clear instruction”, adding that the employee was now facing a disciplinary investigation.The Earl insisted that all tickets for his box for charitable events are routinely returned to the venue so they can be resold for charity.His spokesman added: “He has also given tens of thousands of pounds of the proceeds of other ticket sales to registered charities, of his own volition. Furthermore he is a supporter of the Teenage Cancer Trust, and gave that charity a successful fundraising evening at his family home, Althorp, about 15 years ago.”Kate Collins, director of fundraising and marketing at the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Unless the Government introduces legislation to regulate the secondary ticketing market, there is nothing we can do to prevent the reselling of our tickets for profit.“Many Royal Albert Hall members donate their tickets back to us every year to help young people with cancer. We are grateful to those members.”Tickets in Earl Spencer’s box are also on sale for an Eric Clapton concert in May through another website, though this is not a charity event.They are worth £200 each but are being sold online for a total of £2,868 – seven times their face value.Earl Spencer’s spokesman said: “Seat such as Ear Spencer’s are entirely his freehold property to do with as he wishes.”Viagogo said its rules prevent people selling tickets for charity concerts which were originally free.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Fluorescent marker could be used to boost survival from one of the deadliest form of brain tumours.Scientists found that using a chemical to highlight cancerous cells meant that they were able to identify the most aggressive types of disease, and to ensure that healthy brain tissue was not harmed.The study, presented at the National Cancer Research Conference in Glasgow, involved 99 patients suffering from suspected glioma.The disease, which killed former Labour cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell, is the most common form of brain cancer, with more than 2,200 cases diagnosed each year in England.Treatment usually involves surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible, but it can be difficult for surgeons to identify all of the cancer cells while avoiding healthy brain tissue.Research on 99 patients found that the markers were able to detect the fastest growing tumours, and to improve the accuracy of subsequent surgery.Scientists used a compound called 5-aminolevulinic acid or 5-ALA, which glows pink when a light is shone on it. Previous research shows that, when consumed, 5-ALA accumulates in fast growing cancer cells and this means it can act as a fluorescent marker of high-grade cells.The study involved patients with suspected high-grade gliomas treated at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, Kings College Hospital in London and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.Before surgery to remove their brain tumours, each patient was given a drink containing 5-ALA, and assessed for signs of fluorescence.Surgeons then used operating microscopes to look for fluorescent tissue while removing tumours.It was found in 85 cases, of which 81 were confirmed to be suffering from high-grade disease.In the 14 cases where fluoresence was not seen, seven tumours were subsequently found, but all were low-grade disease, which grows far more slowly.Scientists said the findings could extend survival for some of the deadliest forms of brain cancer, which often means patients only live months after diagnosis.Lead researcher Colin Watts, Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of the Birmingham brain cancer programme at the University of Birmingham, said: “Neurosurgeons need to be able to distinguish tumour tissue from other brain tissue, especially when the tumour contains fast-growing, high-grade cancer cells. This is the first prospective trial to show the benefits of using 5-ALA to improve the accuracy of diagnosing high-grade glioma during surgery. These results show that the marker is very good at indicating the presence and location of high-grade cancer cells.”“The advantage of this technique is that it may highlight more quickly high-grade disease within a tumour during neurosurgery. What this means is that more of the tumour can be removed more safely and with fewer complications, and that’s better for the patient.”Professor Anthony Chalmers, chairman of NCRI’s Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research Working Group said there was a “desperate” need for better treatments for brain tumours, and said he hoped the technique could extend lives.“The benefit of using a fluorescent marker is that it helps neurosurgeons see more accurately where the high-grade cancer is within the brain, in real time. In treating cancer, we are trying to improve survival by tailoring treatments to each individual patient. This technique provides on-the-spot information to help surgeons tailor the operation according to the location, size and grade of the tumour. We know that patients who have near total removal of their tumour have better outcomes, so we are optimistic that, in the long term, these new data will help to increase survival times for glioma patients,” he said.
Trimble will offer Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh wireless networking solutions as part of Trimble’s mining portfolio. Rajant’s wireless communications combined with Trimble’s positioning solutions – the Trimble® Terralite™ XPS GNSS and Trimble 4D Control slope monitoring system as well as third-party productivity and safety applications – provide the technology infrastructure needed to support mining productivity and safety applications from fleet management and grade control for road construction to collision avoidance and slope monitoring. With Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh technology, Trimble can provide a complete communications and positioning infrastructure solution for mining.Rajant BreadCrumb wireless, portable mesh networking nodes with InstaMesh software enable continuous and instantaneous routing of wireless and wired connections. This dynamic frequency utilisation capability allows for network mobility with robust fault tolerance, high throughput and low latency. Rajant’s technology is used extensively today in demanding military and mining operations to provide reliable networking for remote monitoring, tracking assets, voice and data communications, and video feeds.“The increase in precision and automation across mining processes requires advanced positioning and communication technology to build a reliable geospatial infrastructure at the mine site. Rajant’s mesh networking technologies complement our positioning technologies to deliver this complete infrastructure solution,” said Nathan Pugh, Business Area Director of Mining, Trimble. “Rajant’s solutions add depth to our portfolio to help mines operate more efficiently, productively and safely.”“Our ability to address complex topographic, machine and application challenges has made Rajant the networking provider of choice in mining environments,” said Bob Schena, CEO of Rajant Corporation. “Our dynamic technology platform, combined with Trimble’s offerings and leadership in the global mining industry, sets a new benchmark for the safe and efficient operation of mines. Partnering with Trimble underscores Rajant’s goal to be the world’s leading machine-to-machine (M2M) networking solution by integrating with premier M2M applications.”Trimble currently offers Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh networks through its subsidiary in Chile and is working to offer the products through its mining dealer network in Australia, Central and South America, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Rajant enables secure communications-on-the-move through a portable meshed wireless network that can rapidly reconfigure and adapt in real-time. Rajant’s BreadCrumb Wireless solutions provide networks for mining and provide voice and data communications across a meshed, self-healing network. Rajant’s BreadCrumb network nodes communicate with IP based client devices such as laptops, PDAs, video cameras, satellite terminals, networked radios, RFIDs and sensor devices. Trimble offers a broad portfolio of solutions for the mining industry, including infrastructure for the mine site for high-accuracy positioning, positioning solutions for drilling, ore control and grade control as well as surface mine design software, rail and access route planning systems, and light truck fleet management solutions. Trimble’s solutions help maximise production, reduce rework and improve safety in all phases of mining: exploration, design, construction, production and reclamation.
In an announcement today, Panasonic confirmed that it has developed a new “hardened” Android-powered tablet. Pictured above, the 10-inch device is geared to take the kind of abuse that outdoor occupations can serve up. Named the Toughpad A1, it can withstand water, heat, cold, and up to a four-foot drop and remain functional. A cousin to Panasonic’s line of Toughbooks, the A1 is being marketed to the same demographics such as the military and construction companies.Running Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and powered by a Marvell dual-core 1GHz processor, the Toughpad has 16GB of on board storage and a MicroSD slot to add 32GB on top of that. The capacitive screen is daylight readable, and can double as a notepad with an optional stylus.As for connectivity, the device has WiFi of course, and also comes with 4G capability on either LTE or WiMAX. The battery is standard about for tablets at 10 hours of running time, but a definite plus is that it is serviceable, giving users the ability to replace a malfunctioning power cell. The Toughpad weighs in at 2.4 pounds without the stylus, and has a rather high retail price of $1,299.Panasonic has also focused on tough security for the Toughpad, putting encryption at the hardware level, adding dual factor authentication, and enhanced VPN services. The security installed makes the Toughpad compliant with FIPS 140-2 for Federal government and medical use.The Toughpad will come in both 7 and 10 inch screen sizes, with the larger tablet named the “A1” launching first. The 7-inch “B1” to be launched later is aimed at business professionals that are on the go, and need portability over screen size. Panasonic released a video introducing the new units that you can check it out below.Read more at Panasonic
SEATTLE — One day after a carbon tax bill stalled in the Washington Legislature, a coalition of environmental, community and labor groups on Friday filed a proposed citizens’ initiative that would put a price on carbon emissions.Saying voters, communities and businesses want strong action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, initiative sponsors want to ask voters in November to charge large emitters such as power plants and refineries.They’ll first need to collect nearly 260,000 valid voters’ signatures by July 6 to certify the measure for the November ballot.Aiko Schaefer, who directs Front and Centered, one of the initiative backers, said the measure would hold corporate polluters accountable while investing in solutions that protect health, water and forests.The proposal would charge $15 per metric ton of carbon content of fossil fuels and electricity sold or used in the state starting in 2020. It would increase by $2 a year in 2021 until the state meets its carbon emissions reduction goal for 2035.Backers say money raised would be spent on strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including projects for renewable energy, forests and other natural resources.
Alcohol appears to be at the center of the shooting death of an off-duty Nunapitchuk Village Police Officer (VPO) in Napaskiak.Listen nowCourt documents indicate that a Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) was called to the scene of a shooting on Sunday morning. When VPSO Greg Larson arrived at the house, a nine-year-old boy came out, saying that his older brother had shot a man. When Larson went inside, he found Kyle Wassillie, a 26-year-old off-duty Nunapitchuk VPO, lying in the entryway with a bullet through his chest and stomach area. His breathing was shallow. Nearby, Larson found the young boy’s brother, Adam Williams, age 19, “passed out drunk.” VPSO Larson handcuffed Williams and another adult, Corey Nicholai, 18, who was also found intoxicated in a back room. Neither woke up.Court documents indicate that the rifle suspected of firing the bullets was found in the kitchen. An empty cartridge was found by the body, and some large empty bottles of vodka were also found in the house.Health aides tried to revive Wassillie, but he died at 9:35 a.m. An hour after VPSO Larson arrived at the house.After they awoke, both Nicholai and Williams admitted they had been drinking earlier, but said that they had no memory of the shooting. Court documents indicate that there is a witness who confirms the young boy’s account about his brother. Adrian Andrew is a neighbor who called 911 after witnessing the shooting through a window.Adam Williams faces charges of murder in the first degree. Williams’ bail is set at $100,000 cash plus a court approved third-party custodian. He does not have a prior record.
Hyderabad: A lunch motion has been moved in the Telangana High Court against the demolition of heritage structures at Irrum Manzil for allegedly enabling the State government to build new Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council at the location. Social activist Lubna Sharwath approached the court through her advocate Rachna Reddy against the demolition of heritage structures. The bench after hearing the advocate posted the matter to Friday for further hearing.
New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the AAP will win all the 70 seats in the Assembly election next year as he lauded the contribution of his party workers on his birthday. The AAP national convenor addressed his party workers who came to greet him on his 51st birthday. “I want to thank the AAP workers for their contribution towards the party. In last assembly elections, we won 67 seats but this time we will win all 70 seats,” he said in a video posted on the AAP’s official Twitter handle. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) registered a landslide victory in the last Assembly election and won 67 out of the 70 seats in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the chief minister on his birthday. “Birthday greetings to Delhi CM Shri @ArvindKejriwal. Praying for his good health and long life,” Modi tweeted. Leader of Opposition in Delhi Vijender Gupta, his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren and BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, among others who greeted Kejriwal on his birthday. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “Wishing you a very happy birthday, Arvind ji,” Banerjee tweeted. “Thank u so much Didi,” replied Kejriwal. Gupta also wished Kejriwal on his birthday. “I wish Arvind Kejriwal ji on his birthday. I wish you a long and healthy life,” he said. Several Bollywood celebrities, including directors Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri and Shirish Kunder, also wished Kejriwal. “#HappyBirthdayAK you literally changed Indian politics,” Agnihotri tweeted
Amazon Diwali Dhamaka Week: Top Smartphone Offer DetailsAmazon IndiaCompetitions are high among online stores for this Diwali. Popular shopping websites in India have flooded the Diwali markets with best offers and deals for the shoppers to choose from.Here are some of the Indian online shopping websites that are offering the best deals this Diwali.Amazon.inAmazon will be celebrating the festival of lights for an entire week, with the special “Diwali Dhamaka Week” from 10 to 16 October. In a novel move, the website will be offering new deals every hour between 7 am to 6 pm. It also offers 25% to 85% sale for electronic items, clothes, jewellery, home decor and other festive items.Snapdeal.comSnapdeal has come up with “Diwali Bumper Sale” wherein fresh sale options are introduced each day. The website offers “buy one get one offer” on men’s sportswear and women’s apparels. Some uniquely special deals are being offered to attract shoppers, including extra 35% sale on home furnishings, up to 50% sale on mobiles and tablets, up to 40% sale on watches and up to 50% sale on home appliances.Jabong.comJabon’s best offers of the season are tailor-made for you, if you are a self-acknowledged fashionista. The website has come up with a “Style Sparkle Sale” for almost all the popular brands.In the men’s section, it has come up with 60% offer on reputed brands like Puma, while brands like Burton Menswear and Jack &Jones are being offered at 40% off. Wrangler and Lee products are available at 30% offer. The website has also availed premium sunglasses with 50% off.Women’s wear is also being sold at equally tempting discounted rates. Ethnic wears, foot wears, street fashions and dresses are offered with a sale up to 40%. Cosmetics and watches are also available in the website with some exciting offers.eBay.ineBay has also come up with a variety of offers to compete with other websites. The website has come up with “The eBay Dilwali Fest” from 25 September to 23 October.eBay offers sale on various products, including up to 60% sale on mobile phones, up to 50% on cameras, up to 22% on tablets, up to 25% laptops, up to 65% on game consoles, up to 26% on televisions, up to 24 % memory devices, up to 52% on jewellery, up to 58% home decor, up to 56% on perfumes, up to 84% on watches, up to 60% on fitness and sports, up to 55% on books, up to 64% on auto accessories and up to 45% on toys and games.Homeshop18.comOnline shopping website specialising in retail and distribution, Homeshop 18 has also come up with the best offers for this season in almost all the categories. Additionally, the website also has special offers for selected product each day as a part of Diwali celebrations.It also has some exclusive deals and sale on electronic and automobile sections, along with regularly updated offers every now and then. So do not forget to keep checking the website for attractive Diwali offers.
Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Cat Quest is a role-playing game where instead of playing as some generic Dungeons and Dragons character you take on the furry role of an adorable cartoon cat. The developers (the perfectly named “The Gentlebros”) really could’ve just stopped right there. That premise alone would’ve gotten them all the profitable cat love the internet could provide. And in truth, there’s not much more to the game than that. But Cat Quest adds just enough extra polish and craft to give its cute gag some staying power.A cat-based RPG could’ve taken many forms, but oddly enough Cat Quest’s biggest source of inspiration seems to be Skyrim of all things. No, it’s not an epic first-person 3D adventure dripping with production value only Bethesda can pull off. But it does give players a fairly expansive open world to explore and fight through in real time. Plus, the plot revolves you trying to rescue your sister using your special dragon powers, which is totally a parody of Skyrim’s Dragonborn business.AdChoices广告Instead of switching between a map screen and the action, all of Cat Quest’s action takes place on the top-down map screen. However, it’s not a static and flat piece of paper. On the ground you’ll see routes and names of buildings and villages in classy cartography font. But the inhabitants mill about on top as if this was an actual vibrant living world. The way the 2D characters are separated by deep planes stretching into the distance gives the game an appealing immersive storybook look, almost like upcoming Switch game Octopath Traveler. The style helps art that might have otherwise seemed plain despite the cuteness stand out more. The jaunty “epic” quest music adds a lot, too.Once you start playing Cat Quest for an extended period of time, though, all the charming cat puns in the world (Catpital City being my favorite) can’t hide that this is a pretty basic RPG. Take on quests as you travel around town, catnapping to regain strength. There are monsters in the overworld but the challenge really lies in caves spread across the map. In general the game gets more difficult the more north you go, an elegant idea. But gameplay-wise things are very straightforward regardless of difficulty.The real-time combat has you swinging your weapon and rolling away from attacks. Enemies telegraph the range of their hits, giving you a chance to dodge and manage crowds of enemies. It’s pretty fun and tactical. You can also equip different spells like healing and lightning to different triggers.But overall fights are basic in a way that makes sense considering the game’s casual mobile roots. The combat doesn’t get much deeper even as you’re forced to keep engaging with it to grind enough experience for higher-level challenges. I was also hoping for some more creative gear to find and equip. A cat in a wizard’s hat is pretty great but the sky could’ve been the limit when it comes to feline dress-up.Cat Quest’s competent RPG mechanics and charming look keep it entertaining for longer than I would’ve expected. But it eventually still began to bore me. Still, it’s a good entry point for RPG fans who may be too overwhelmed by Skyrim or Zelda. It’s perfect for kittens.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Cat Quest is an RPG where you play as a dang cat.2. Fight monsters with your sword, acrobatics, and magic.3. The 2D world is brought to life with an immersive storybook look.4. However, adorable aesthetics and playable pussy cats can’t make up for how basic and boring Cat Quest can be over time.5. Still, Cat Quest may be a good option for folks too overwhelmed by more complex RPGs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Fifteen years ago, Chris Hughes helped co-found globally popular social networking service Facebook.Now he wants to dismantle it.In a scathing—and lengthy—op-ed published by The New York Times, Hughes call for the government to break up Facebook’s monopoly and regulate the company to make it more accountable.AdChoices广告Mark Zuckerberg in 2002 recruited Hughes, then a freshman at Harvard, to build an online social directory and networking site.And while he hasn’t worked at the company in a decade, the former Facebook spokesman has a few ideas about how to stop it gaining world domination.“From our earliest days, Mark used the word ‘domination’ to describe our ambitions, with no hint of irony or humility,” Hughes wrote.Zuckerberg’s influence, according to Hughes, is “staggering”—”far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government.” Stay on target Chris Hughes is right. Today’s big tech companies have too much power—over our economy, our society, & our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private info for profit, hurt small businesses & stifled innovation. It’s time to #BreakUpBigTech. https://t.co/rZMftEwlkN— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 9, 2019“Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook’s algorithms to determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered,” the commentary said.“He sets the rules for how to distinguish violent and incendiary speech from the merely offensive,” Hughes continued. “And he can choose to shut down a company by acquiring, blocking, or copying it.”Case in point: Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus Rift, Vine.Such dominance leaves Internet users with few alternatives; without the threat of competition, Facebook faces little to no accountability for privacy scandals and data exposure.“This means that every time Facebook messes up, we repeat an exhausting pattern: first outrage, then disappointment, and, finally, resignation,” Hughes argued.So what’s a powerful, first-world nation to do?“The government must hold Mark accountable,” instead of marveling at Facebook’s astounding growth and overlooking dangerous cracks in the world’s anti-competition foundation, according to Hughes.First, he explained, the corporation should be separated into multiple companies; the Federal Trade Commission should undo the Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions and spin them off as separate businesses.But that’s not enough: We also need a new Congressional agency to regulate tech companies.Its first mandate, Hughes said, should be protecting privacy—in the same way Europe’s recently enacted General Data Protection Regulation guarantees users a minimal level of security. (And, annoyingly, blocks me from shopping on Modcloth.)The agency would also create guidelines for acceptable speech on social media—subject, of course, to review of the courts.Facebook, however, is not on board with these changes.Nick Clegg, former UK deputy prime minister and current head of Facebook global affairs, this week issued a Trump-esque defense to Hughes’ editorial.“Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability,” he wrote in a statement tweeted by CNN’s Hadas Gold. “But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company. ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event NEW: Facebook statement from Nick Clegg re: Chris Hughes oped pic.twitter.com/VAZpQturMs— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) May 9, 2019“Accountability of tech companies can only be achieved through the painstaking introduction of new rules for the Internet,” Clegg continued. “That is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg has called for.”Zuck himself has remained mum about Hughes’ call for action.At 35, Hughes—a co-chair of the Economic Security Project and author of “Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn”—is not naive. He understands that efforts to break up and tightly regulate the world’s largest social network may not be plausible—at least not at first.“Simply pushing for them will bring more oversight,” he said. “An aggressive case against Facebook would persuade other behemoths like Google and Amazon to think twice about stifling competition in their own sectors, out of fear that they could be next.”Calls to dissolve big tech have been gaining steam: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, in March called for the government to break up monopolies and promote competitive markets.“If we don’t have public servants shaping these policies, corporations will,” Hughes warned.More on Geek.com:The Dead Will One Day Outweigh the Living on FacebookFacebook Wants to Connect You With Your ‘Secret Crush’Facebook’s Virtual Assistant to Challenge Alexa, Siri
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Loyal, dedicated and determined: Karin Heuser left her mark on the industry Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Posted by Tags: The Travel Corporation TORONTO — Karin Heuser, President of Trafalgar Canada from 1997 to 2002 and a veteran of the travel industry, has passed away.Karin worked at The Travel Corporation for an incredible 36 years, says Jeff Element, President of The Travel Corporation Canada. She retired in 2010.She was a valued member of the travel industry, a widely respected, highly dedicated and determined individual, he adds.“Karin was always a pleasure to work with. From her hard-working, ‘clients-first’ demeanor to her unwavering loyalty to Trafalgar and TTC, she contributed significantly to Trafalgar Canada’s growth,” says Element. “She was passionate, well-respected and always worked tirelessly towards Trafalgar’s success. Karin left a lasting impression on the TTC Canada team and a number of our employees stayed in touch long after her retirement. We extend our deepest condolences to her friends, family and former colleagues during this difficult time.”In her 36 years with the company she developed relationships both personally and professionally across the industry, adds Element. From her early days, when each Trafalgar Canada passenger was manually booked and ticketed, through to the evolution of the business thanks to the digital era, she ensured the quality of service offered to travellers remained “impeccable”.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongFor those wishing to pay their respects, a memorial will be held this coming Saturday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m., starting with a visitation and a reception following at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road. More details and an online book of condolences are here: https://wardfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/3923832/Heuser-Karin/index.php. Travelweek Group Share
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Ellie Mae Encompass FHA Lenders loans mortgage Purchase Loans Refinance Loans VA 2019-05-15 Radhika Ojha Lenders are closing loans faster, thanks to technology, according to the latest Originations Insight Report by Ellie Mae. On the other hand, a decline in the 30-year note rate has ensured that the volume of closing loans remains high for lenders.The report, which parsed data from approximately 80% of all mortgage applications that were initiated on Ellie Mae’s Encompass mortgage management solution, indicated that the 30-year note rate had continued to drop for the fourth straight month to 4.61% in April. Month over month, it declined from 4.77% in March and was well below January’s high of 5.01%.The time to close all types of mortgage loans also dropped by two days from 42 days in March to 40 in April. Refinance loans followed suit with time to close dropping by a day to 33 days. Time to close a purchase loan also dropped by a day to 43 days during the month.According to Jonathon Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae, technology was helping lenders reduce their time to close. “We are seeing closing times drop across the board as our lenders leverage technology for a more efficient and streamlined loan origination process,” he said. “And as the 30-year note rate continues to decline and closing rates remain high, we expect to see an active spring home buying cycle.”Breaking down the origination data, the report indicated that at 65%, purchase loans made up the larger share of loans closed in April with refinance loans making 35% of the share. On the other hand, the percentage of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) decreased to 6.8% in April down from 7.4% in the previous month. Closing rates also dropped slightly to 74.8% during the month compared with 75.3% in March.Looking at the type of loans closed, the report indicated that while the share of FHA loans remained unchanged at 20%, conventional loans increased to 66% in April from 64% in March. However, VA loans decreased slightly from 11% to 10% in April.Click here to read the full report. Mortgage Loans Closing Faster May 15, 2019 911 Views Share