first_img Login/Register With: Known for her role as officer Gail Peck in the police drama “Rookie Blue” and more recently as Anna Turner in “Chicago Fire,” Toronto born actress Charlotte Sullivan has starred in “M.V.P,” “Across the River to Motor City” and in “The Kennedys” as Marilyn Monroe. She has also appeared in the dramas “Fever Pitch” and “Mary Kills People.”In the sci-fi thriller “Radius,” Charlotte is Jane, an amnesiac who joins Liam (Diego Klattenhoff), a man cursed with the stigma of causing the instantaneous death of everyone (except Jane) who comes within 50 feet of him. Together, they struggle to uncover who they are and what happened to them on the night of Liam’s auto accident. In this one-on-one interview, Charlotte reveals some interesting facts about her character and what drew her to this film. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Radius” is not your typical thriller. What attracted you to this unusual film?Charlotte Sullivan: It was such a quick turnaround and it was not what I expected in a thriller. When I read the script and got to the end, I was so surprised to see that the two main characters, Liam and Jane, didn’t end up in a love scene. It was refreshingly different in that sense. There were so many layers to the story and its characters.How did you prepare for the role of Jane, a woman who not only lost her memory but abruptly faces a terrifying reality?CS: It was hard. There were a lot of demanding scenes, scenes that left me emotionally and physically drained.READ MORECHARLOTTE SULLIVAN IS REPRESENTED BY:  CREATIVE DRIVE ARTISTS Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ford to Ramp Up Production in Morocco by 2020

Rabat – A recent report by stated that Ford, the American car manufacturer, will be ramping up production in its plants in Morocco and five other African countries by the year 2020.“Ford will start manufacturing 30 new vehicle models by 2020 in African countries, including South Africa, Morocco, Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana and Kenya,” Jim Benintende, Ford’s president of Middle East and Africa, told Bloomberg.Just yesterday, the Michigan-based company released the details of a USD 167 million investment in Pretoria, the South African capital, which will create nearly 1,200 jobs by building 10,000 copies of Ford’s Everest model a year. In May 2015, Ford announced the opening of an assembly plant in Tangier. The company’s executive chairman, William Clay Ford Jr.  came to the ceremony in Morocco and spoke to the minister of industry Hafid El-Alami in a private meeting.Casablanca Finance City – recently named Africa’s best financial center – also heads its Africa operations from the kingdom’s coastal city. Over 100 other major multinational companies  also maintain a regional base in Casablanca. read more

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Protest in Parliament against hybrid court

Kiriella then questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa if there is a call by the UN for a hybrid court as mentioned by some opposition members but Rajapaksa remained silent.The protest later continued and Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala made a request for the banners to be removed from the House.However since the protest continued, the Deputy Speaker suspended sittings for 10 minutes. (Colombo Gazette) National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa speaking earlier questioned as to why the issue over the proposed hybrid court is not being discussed by Parliament. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the Government had agreed to discuss the matter but the UN Human Rights Council or the recent UN report on Sri Lanka did not propose a hybrid court.The opposition however insisted that there was such a proposal and a heated debate then took place between Government and opposition members. He said that he had requested for a day for the issue to be debated in Parliament but the Government is yet to agree. A protest was staged in Parliament today against the proposal for a hybrid court to investigate human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.Parliament sittings had to be suspended for 10 minutes when a group of Parliamentarians held banners protesting against a hybrid court. read more

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Ban childrens smartphones from mealtimes and before bed parents told

The new guidance, from all four chief medical officers of the UK, follows a review of the evidence about the impact of screen-time on children’s mental health and wellbeing.It found that heavy use of social media was associated with a doubling in depressive symptoms.The review said there was not enough published research to support any specific daily limit for screen time. But the guidance suggests parents should take a “precautionary approach” and not allow children to spend more than two hours at a time on smartphones and other gadgets.And social media providers will be told to introduce a raft of measures to tackle addictive and harmful behaviours, and prevent under-age use of sites, or face tougher laws. Dame Sally’s recommendations on screen use and social media: Leave phones outside the bedroom when it is bedtime. Talk about sharing photos and information online and how photos and words are sometimes manipulated. Parents and carers should never assume that children are happy for their photos to be shared. For everyone – when in doubt, don’t upload. Make sure you and your children are aware of, and abide by, their school’s policy on screen time. Keep moving! Everyone should take a break after a couple of hours sitting or lying down using a screen. It’s good to get up and move about a bit. Advise children to put their screens away while crossing the road or doing an activity that needs their full attention. Talk with your children about using screens and what they are watching. A change in behaviour can be a sign they are distressed – make sure they know they can always speak to you or another responsible adult if they feel uncomfortable with screen or social media use. Screen-free meal times are a good idea – you can enjoy face-to-face conversation, with adults giving their full attention to children. The country’s chief medical officer is backing a Duty of Care as she warns social media companies they must remove “addictive” technology or face new laws.Prof Dame Sally Davies spoke out as she issued the first official advice on screen time and social media – urging parents to ban smartphones from mealtimes and leave them outside of bedrooms at night.The new guidance suggests parents need to take more control over the digital habits of their sons and daughters and find out what content they are watching.And it suggests using tracking features to monitor how much time children spend looking at screens, or using social media.It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned social media providers to “clean up your act” – or face new laws to force them to comply with a duty of care.“We are masters of our own fate as a nation and we can and must legislate to make sure this amazing technology is used for good if social media companies won’t work with us,” he warns, writing in the Telegraph.Today he will meet senior figures from Instagram, Facebook and Google and urge them to take action to remove images, videos and messages that glamorise suicide or self-harm. Dame Sally said: “Technology is an unavoidable aspect of modern life and technology companies have a duty of care. They must make more effort to keep their users safe from harm, particularly children and young people.”The  Telegraph has been campaigning for a statutory duty of care to protect children from online harms, which is now under consideration. The chief medical officer said parents should talk to their children about the content of what they are watching, and look out for changes in behaviour. As well as the guidance for parents, she has asked the technology industry to introduce changes to establish a “duty of care” to young users, or face legislation. She also recommends that parents try using tracking features which measure how much time they and – with permission – their children spend looking at screens, or on social media,And families are urged to have “screen-free mealtimes” with “adults giving their full attention to children” away from televisions, tablets and smartphones.The guidance, published by the chief medical officers, also says parents should never assume a child is happy to have their photo published online and should talk to them about the fact that photographs can be manipulated.The review found 38.1 per cent of teenage girls spending more than five hours a day on social media suffered from depressive symptoms, compared with rates of 18.1 per cent among those spending between one to three hours on such sites. Levels of depression among teenage boys rose from 6.8 per cent to 14.5 per cent, in the group spending longer on such sites.The review could not prove a causal link.But Dame Sally urged parents to take steps to control their children’s use of social media, while further research is carried out. These include changes in the way sites are structured to “remove addictive capabilities” which encourage users to get hooked.This could mean getting rid of functions like “auto-play” which mean content is continuously delivered, or pushed with nudges that “you might like” particular videos or games, and praise for logging in regularly.Other measures include effective age verification methods, age-appropriate advertisments, and the removal of harmful content such as bullying or images of self-harming.And the technology industry will be asked to contribute to funding on research on the impact of screen time, and to share anonymised data to improve the scientific evidence base about the potential risks and benefits of social media.Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health said the advice would help parents who were “crying out for help to protect their children and help them navigate the Wild West of the digital world.”Dr Bernadka Dubicka, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “The chief medical officer is right to be cautious about how long children are spending looking at screens rather than talking to their friends or getting a good night’s sleep.“We do not yet have enough evidence to draw a definite causal link between amount of screen time use and mental health problems but it is clear that some of the content that young people are viewing online, such as pro-anorexia, suicide or self-harming content, can be incredibly harmful.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Guyana closer to crafting national climate change policy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStakeholders benefit from capacity building training to access funding for ‘green’ initiativesSeptember 13, 2017In “Environment”GCF approves $140M for Agriculture sector, FAO to assist in resilience buildingJuly 26, 2018In “Business”Guyana participating in Green Climate Fund’s conference and workshop in South KoreaApril 27, 2016In “latest news” Guyana is crafting a national climate change policy with assistance from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian, said the policy will ensure that there is collective action to mainstream climate change mitigation efforts across all sectors. Christian explained that her office has been in discussions with the CDB for several months, on the policy.Head of Office of Climate Change Janelle Christian“We have received firm commitment from the CDB to support the Government of Guyana through the Office of Climate Change for the preparation of a National Climate Change Policy and also to support the office directly by preparing a strategic plan (to guide us) over the next five to ten years,” Christian explained.Christian noted that the national climate change policy would provide overarching guidance to all sector agencies to help them develop respective sector plans. She said this is necessary to integrate climate action into all developmental planning whether social, environmental or economic activities.Christian further explained that Guyana will be receiving support through the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub to fund activities to better tackle climate change. The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub initiative was implemented at the opening of the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris, France, to assist vulnerable small states already facing the adverse impacts of climate change.“Guyana is among one of the first countries to be benefitting from the Commonwealth Secretariat Climate Finance Access Hub and they will be supporting the Government of Guyana by sending a climate finance advisor in the first instance for 12 months, with the possibility of extension,” Christian said, adding that the finance advisor is expected here by the second quarter of this year.Additionally, the Latin America Energy Agency  is supporting the process to implement energy efficiency solutions in public buildings.According to Christian, local agencies have also come on board to support the Office of Climate Change in implementing and developing the national policy for climate change adaption and mitigation.Christian pointed out that the office has been working very closely with the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) and the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) among others.“Given the fact that we want to address the gap in public knowledge of climate change and how it impacts our lives, we would like to have an ongoing public education and awareness programme,” Christian said.The Head of the Office of Climate Change said while the Office awaits the resources to develop the national policy, awareness sessions have started in schools. (GINA) read more

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Kilkenny bridge protest enters fifth week as Arts Festival begins

first_img Work has already begun on the proposed new bridge over the River Nore. Source: Niall Carson/PAThe “Save Kilkenny” campaign has come under increasing criticism in recent days from locals who see the CAS and the construction of the new bridge as part of the city’s economic development, and something which will bring jobs to the area.Indeed, one firm supporter of the scheme told earlier in the week that there was a “silent majority” in favour of it, and that the anti-CAS side had been spreading “misinformation.” Traffic in the north of the city is at gridlock several times a day and the CAS is part of a wider traffic management plan that will address these issues. We’ve already had visitors going out of their way, from their B&Bs and hotels, and coming down here to show their support for us and sign our petition. A GROUP PROTESTING the development of a bridge over the River Nore in Kilkenny have entered their fifth week camping at the proposed construction site.Meanwhile, the debate around the controversial Central Access Scheme (CAS) becomes increasingly fierce. Elaine Bradshaw (L) and Margaret O’ Brien (R) at the proposed site of the controversial new bridge. Source: Niall Carson/PAOne activist, Margaret O’Brien (pictured on the right above) told that the arrival of huge numbers of tourists for the city’s Arts Festival this weekend was giving their campaign a boost, despite claims their visible placards and protest camp would do damage to Kilkenny’s reputation. The Central Access Scheme will open up two of the largest unused sites for development. Hopefully this will bring potential jobs to Kilkenny. And for good or for ill, tourism is a big part of our economy.center_img I think this proves what we’ve known for a while – that the medieval character of Kilkenny is a big part of what makes it unique and attractive to tourists. Katrina Butler from the Save Kilkenny campaign, takes a break from protesting. Source: Laura Hutton/PhotocallThe economic argument is one that O’Brien and her fellow activists reject: We could certainly to with more jobs in Kilkenny. We’re not against development. We are absolutely in favour of it – but development that is local and sustainable and keeps Kilkenny’s unique character.The construction of the bridge, meanwhile, carries on.It was the subject of a controversially deferred vote in Kilkenny County Council, but an unspecified legal avenue currently being pursued by the “Save Kilkenny” group means Margaret O’ Brien and her comrades may not be here in another five weeks’ time.But then again…Read: Man to spend second day on raft protesting against Kilkenny bridge>‘Phil Hogans’ hold protest against controversial Kilkenny bridgelast_img read more

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Une souris géante pour votre ordinateur

first_imgUne souris géante pour votre ordinateurLa mode dans le high-tech est à la miniaturisation. Alors montrez votre différence avec cette souris gigantesque.Certains feraient tout et n’importe quoi pour se démarquer des autres. La marque Brando l’a bien compris en mettant au point une souris d’ordinateur aux dimensions gigantesques pour un dispositif de pointage qui mesure exactement 175 x 105 x 55 millimètres et pèse 175 grammes. C’est bien plus qu’un smartphone classique.À lire aussiLogitech Cube : une souris qui se transforme en pointeur de présentationsDe plus, pour épater vos collègues de bureau et amuser la galerie, le constructeur a poussé le niveau de détail à inclure des diodes LED dans sa coque elle-même translucide. Ou comment transformer son triste bureau en mini boîte de nuit.Voyante, bling-bling, ce périphérique ne sera par contre pas l’ami de votre main, vu sa taille maousse. Vendue une quinzaine d’euros, et demandant un peu d’entraînement pour la maitriser sans problème, cet appareil hors-normes sera à coup sur un indispensable pour les cadres en mal de reconnaissance. Découvrez cette souris aux dimensions de géant en vidéo sur Maxisciences. Le 22 octobre 2011 à 12:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Food Drink The Grocery puts local at top of list

first_imgRachel Pinsky can be emailed at Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. Despite his nickname, Chris “Salty” Reed (who co-owns The Grocery Cocktail & Social with his wife, Cindy) isn’t a cranky old sea dog. Salty isn’t very salty; in fact, he’s a sweet guy who is obsessed with Washington spirits. He got his nickname from a tattoo on his arm that reads, “Salty as the sea,” based on a quote from Thomas Keller about how to properly salt water for cooking vegetables. He went to culinary school and worked at some of the best restaurants in Portland, but discovered a love for cocktails as general manager at Screen Door from 2011 to 2014.The Grocery Cocktail & Social serves impeccable cocktails in a shadowy, old-timey, speakeasy-ish setting. This historic vibe is created by being located in a space that was a Buick dealership in the early 1900s. There are no televisions and no Wi-Fi. People get annoyed at the lack of modern amenities, but Reed told me, “The disappointment wears off pretty quickly. It warms my soul that we have so many people who come in here and end up meeting people because they don’t tune out. They actually tune in to the people around them.”Reed isn’t living in an F. Scott Fitzgerald-inspired fantasy land. He recognizes that Vancouver is a beer town and always has five taps of local beer available. The beer menu includes The Grocery’s collaboration beer with Mt. Tabor Brewing Co. called Grocery IPA. Fortside, Old Ivy, Loowit, Trap Door, Victor 23, Brother Ass, Brothers Cascadia and Heathen are also available on a rotating basis.I met with Reed to talk about The Grocery’s new cocktail menu, and he described The Grocery’s process for creating it: “All of my staff went in on getting this menu together. So there’s something from everybody. They really put a lot of energy into making some really special cocktails. This is the first time that we have had at least one local spirit in each cocktail on the menu, and that’s really exciting for me. I love supporting these local distilleries. It is our goal to someday officially say that we serve more Washington state spirits than any other bar in the entire state.”I sampled a couple of drinks from the new menu. I tried the Power Queen (Double V Viscova vodka, Salish Sea spiced anisette, amaretto, Letterpress amaro amarino, orange, and lemon). Everything in this cocktail comes from the state of Washington except the amaretto. Bartender Ryan Shorthouse recommended the Mind Flayer (Heritage Batch 12 bourbon, yellow chartreuse, cocchi de torino, amaro meletti, and Scrappy’s orange & aromatic bitters). The thing that impressed me about both cocktails was their complex architecture — one flavor building on the other like a carefully constructed skyscraper. The result is the perfect cocktail: bitter, sweet, citrus-y, herbaceous.last_img read more

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Randstad launches employee engagement platform for 1400 staff

first_imgSpecialist recruitment organisation Randstad has launched a new employee engagement platform for its 1,400 UK-based staff.The platform, called ‘your hub’, was launched on 28 June 2018 in conjunction with provider Personal Group. It has been designed to help Randstad improve staff retention and recruitment.‘Your hub’ allows employees to access health and wellbeing resources, discounted gym membership, retail and leisure discounts and rewards, employee health checks, financial wellness support and HR communications.Employees can access the platform through an app or through the organisation’s existing employee portal, with all information and services stored in one place.Randstad communicated the new platform to employees using an internal campaign.Graham Trevor, HR director at Randstad, said: “Our business is people, so it’s important for us to be innovative in all areas of our operations, and to transform the suite of benefits we offer our people in a way that will strengthen our leading role in recruitment.“We’re keen to offer our employees value not only at work, but outside of work too and I’m confident that through this new platform we’ll be able to do just that.”last_img read more

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Underground explosion in South Miami leads to outage

first_imgOfficials said the outage appears to be electrical in nature.At around 6 p.m., Florida Power and Light said only one customer was being affected.A spokesperson for the Shops at Sunset Place, located near the blast, said the mall was not affected. “Everything is OK on our end. I know drivers are being affected, but our restaurants are operating, the theater is still on,” said Alex Schreer.FPL has taken over the investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are investigating an underground explosion in South Miami that left a section of the city without electricity for hours, Friday.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene along Southwest 57th Avenue, near U.S. 1, at around 5:15 p.m.According to South Miami Police, there were reports of an underground explosion and smoke coming from a manhole.7Skyforce HD hovered above an open manhole with smoke coming out of it.No injuries have been reported.Officials said a power outage in the area that left some local businesses with no power, but service has since been restored. Street lights were also out.Authorities have shut down Southwest 57th Avenue while they investigate. The roadway was later reopened. last_img read more

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How New Artists Can Build A Following In 2019 According To SoundCloud

first_img SoundCloud Tells Artists To Be “YOUnique” In 2019 how-new-artists-can-build-following-2019-according-soundcloud News As summed up in a handy list on Hypebot, there are a few ways aspiring artists can build a following: Keep to a consistent schedule of uploads (Fridays are reportedly the best days to release new music), and stay inspired by listening to your fellow artists. You never know when you’ll discover a new friend and/or collaborator.But above all, when marketing yourself, remember to be “YOUnique”: after all, being real is part of what makes music compelling. How New Artists Can Build A Following In 2019, According To SoundCloud Email Facebook Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 4, 2014 – 3:40 pm Ledisi Has Three I’s For Social Media SoundCloud also advises artists to pay close attention to their fan network (yes, that means reading the comments section) and study the streaming analytics available with the service’s SoundCloud Pro package. It always helps to know what your listeners are gravitating toward the most, right?Check out SoundCloud’s advice for aspiring artists over at HypeBot, and the best of luck to all of you creators in 2019.SoundCloud And Instagram Launch Cross-App Link-UpRead more The key to standing out is showing up as yourself and growing a network of fansPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 28, 2018 – 11:49 am The artist and label services team at SoundCloud has some advice for artists hoping to grow their audiences in 2019: Be “YOUnique.”last_img read more

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Tokyo 2020 medals are made from recycled electronics

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice The Olympic and Paralympic medals are made from recycled electronics. Tokyo 2020 Japan’s Tokyo 2020 has unveiled its Olympic medals made from recycled mobile phones. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said its Tokyo 2020 Medal Project sourced small electronic devices from all over Japan to create 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals.Tokyo 2020 had first announced it would be making its medals out of recycled electronics way back in February 2017, asking the public to donate its old or unwanted phones. Gold, silver and bronze were extracted from the phones, with the same method used in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Toyota’s APM brings futuristic golf-cart looks to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics 2020 Tokyo Olympics country flags make for impressive anime warriors Tokyo Olympics will use facial recognition to improve security Robot aids to help wheelchair users at Tokyo Olympics 2020 6 new and returning sports for the 2020 Summer Olympics Mobile Culture Phones Sports Sport and Outdoors Intel developing 3D Athlete Tracking for Tokyo 2020 Olympics 0center_img Tags “We hope that our project to recycle small consumer electronics and our efforts to contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable society will become a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games,” Tokyo 2020 said.The medals symbolize the energy of athletes, as well as the diversity of the games, Tokyo 2020 said, while their brilliant “signifies the warm glow of friendship.”The design of the medals also represents Japanese culture, with the ribbon showing off modernized ichimatsu moyo (checkered patterns) and kasane no irome (kimono layering techniques). The Tokyo 2020 colors are added to the ribbon through more co2-friendly chemically-recycled polyester fibers.The medal cases are being created by Japanese craftworkers “with a blend of traditional and modern techniques.”In another effort to infuse its culture into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japanese artists are also re-creating flags of countries participating in the event as anime characters, though the project is not officially affiliated with the games. Post a comment 3:36 Tokyo 2020 Olympicslast_img read more

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Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection announced for PSP

first_imgIf anyone mentioned a “Complete Collection” for a Final Fantasy title, you’d think multiple games within the series, right? Well, that’s not the case with Final Fantasy IV as there are actually two parts to the game.The first part was what originally got released under the title of Final Fantasy II in the West on the SNES. That has since been re-badged to the correct IV naming with re-releases of the game. But then a further game, called Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, was released for mobile phones in Japan, and then on WiiWare.AdChoices广告Now Square Enix has decided to bring the two parts together, offering us Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years in one package on the PSP. The name: Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection.Of course, Square Enix realize you may already own one or both parts of the game, so to sweeten the deal a new scenario is being created. This will add new gameplay as well as tying the two games together through story somehow. The end result is yet another Final Fantasy title fans will have to buy to complete their collection.Here’s the trailer for The After Years on WiiWare:And here’s the trailer for the updated Final Fantasy IV on DS. We assume that it will be these updated assets used for the PSP re-release rather than relying on the original assets:The new collection is set for a Spring release in Japan, so I expect we’ll see it around the middle of 2011 in the West. There shouldn’t be much localization to do that hasn’t already been carried out for previous re-releases.Read more at 1UP and Hachimaki (Japanese)last_img read more

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Gears of War developer wants to fight the Microsoft PC gaming monopoly

first_imgEarlier this week, Xbox head Phil Spencer outlined Microsoft’s plan to unify its PC gaming, Xbox One, and mobile gaming platforms into one ecosystem with the Universal Windows Platform. The UWP will make it possible for developers to create a game, or any software, and have it be compatible across all Windows 10 devices. The Redmond-based company believes this will make things better for both developers and consumers.One person who vehemently disagrees is Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games, which created the Microsoft exclusive franchise Gears of War. Sweeney believes that Microsoft is attempting to monopolize and control the PC gaming market.Since UWP is a closed platform, developers will have to be licensed by Microsoft in order to distribute games written using UWP. This also means that Microsoft could control the sale of PC games and apps and only make them available on its Windows Store. This is the biggest concern of Tim Sweeney and other like-minded developers. “[Microsoft is] curtailing users’ freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers,” wrote Sweeney in The Guardian. “Microsoft is moving against the entire PC industry — including consumers (and gamers in particular), software developers such as Epic Games, publishers like EA and Activision, and distributors like Valve and Good Old Games.”He also wrote: “Microsoft has launched new PC Windows features exclusively in UWP, and is effectively telling developers you can use these Windows features only if you submit to the control of our locked-down UWP ecosystem. They’re curtailing users’ freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.”Another concern for Sweeney is that Microsoft will include and update features in UWP that will not be supported by previous development platforms. Basically, games studios will have to support and use UWP in order to remain current with the capabilities on Windows 10. In response to this, Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo told The Guardian that “the Universal Windows Platform is a fully open ecosystem, available to every developer, that can be supported by any store.”Sweeney going after Microsoft like this doesn’t exactly look good for the company, considering how he was a developer of one of Microsoft’s biggest franchises. However, Sweeny’s logic is sound and it’s clear that he is looking out for the best interests of both developers and the average consumer.He finished with: “[Microsoft’s] actions speak plainly enough: they are working to turn today’s open PC ecosystem into a closed, Microsoft-controlled distribution and commerce monopoly, over time, in a series of steps of which we’re seeing the very first. Unless Microsoft changes course, all of the independent companies comprising the PC ecosystem have a decision to make: to oppose this, or cede control of their existing customer relationships and commerce to Microsoft’s exclusive control.”Make sure to read his entire article over at The Guardian.last_img read more

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Indias political fixer set to become president

first_imgAssociated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – India’s political fix-it man is preparing to rise above the fray.Pranab Mukherjee, who whipped coalition partners into shape and quelled scandals as the Congress party’s chief firefighter for years, seems likely to leave all that behind and become India’s figurehead president in an election Thursday.“Eight years he has been under enormous strain. He has been carrying all the burdens of the government,” said journalist Inder Malhotra, who has documented the Congress party leadership. “If he doesn’t go for it now, he knows his time will pass.” Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements When a telemarketer interrupted a negotiating session with the opposition to offer him a sweet deal on a home loan, the government sprang into action, adopting sweeping regulations on an industry that had been annoying ordinary Indians for years.In recent weeks, he has struck a humble pose, apologizing to reporters for his prickly behavior, insisting the government had given him more than he could return, and deflecting praise for his work.Mukherjee finally realized he was never going to be prime minister and opted instead for the next best thing _ taking walks through the splendid gardens at the presidential palace, Malhotra said.___Follow Ravi Nessman on Twitter at Comments   Share   Mukherjee, 76, has traveled the country for weeks to solidify his support in the 4,896-member electoral college, which includes all national and state legislators. And if Mukherjee can’t corral votes, who can?He appears to have locked a victory against opposition candidate Purno Agitok Sangma, with media reports predicting he will get more than two-thirds of the vote and even opposition party support, despite his widely criticized stint as finance minister.The son of a Congress party official from West Bengal, Mukherjee entered Parliament in 1969 and quickly became a favorite of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. But in a much disputed incident following her assassination, Mukherjee reportedly insisted that he _ not her son Rajiv _ should take over as prime minister.He was sentenced to the political wilderness for years before eventually reclaiming his role as a top party leader. He has been foreign minister, defense minister and finance minister twice. But the top job always eluded him because Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv’s widow and the current Congress leader, never forgave him for his impertinence three decades ago, said Malhotra, who has written extensively about the Gandhi family. Recent signs indicated the party’s leaders felt Mukherjee _ described by the U.S. Embassy in a cable released by Wikileaks as “the ultimate Congress party fixer and operator” _ might have run his course and could be doing more harm than good.As finance minister since 2009, he was unable, or unwilling, to push through proposed reforms. Over the past year, growth has stalled, the rupee’s value has plunged and foreign investment has all but collapsed. His nadir might have been this year’s budget speech, when he announced a huge retroactive tax on overseas acquisitions and new rules to prevent tax avoidance that panicked foreign investors.`’There was a perception that he wasn’t in tune with changing times. He had been a very competent finance minister in the `80s, but the entire ballgame had changed,” said Abheek Barua, the chief economist at HDFC Bank.Mukherjee’s stubborn response to business complaints that he was changing the rules midstream and making it difficult for investors to trust the government made things even worse, he said.`’There was a sense that he was just not in a mood to listen. That proved to be a disaster,” Barua said. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Top Stories Immediately after Mukherjee resigned last month, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh _ the architect of the country’s 1991 economic reforms _ took over the finance ministry. He implored top finance officials to `’revive the animal spirit” in India’s economy, implying that Mukherjee had somehow suppressed it.It is also possible Congress wanted a top man in the president’s house for a five-year term as a hedge against a poor showing in 2014 elections. Though the presidency is mainly ceremonial, Mukherjee might find a way to use it to exert some influence. 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first_img in Government, Origination, Servicing Georgia Bank Failure Raises 2012 Tally to 39 July 30, 2012 460 Views Sharecenter_img Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-30 Ryan Schuette State regulators shuttered a bank in Georgia this weekend, raising the bar to 39 for bank failures nationally this year.[IMAGE]Jasper-based Jasper Banking Company fell dark with about $216.7 million in total assets and $213.1 million in total deposits. [COLUMN_BREAK]””Stearns Bank National Association””: swooped in to sign a purchase-and-assumption agreement with the “”FDIC””:, as well as a loss-share transaction on $106 million of the assets.The acquirer assumed essentially all of the assets and deposits, along with three branches, which reopened under new management on Saturday.The cost to the FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund: $58.1 million.Stearns Bank heralded the acquisition as one that allowed it to expand to 12 offices across four states, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota.””We are pleased to welcome the Jasper Banking Company customers and employees to the Stearns Bank family,”” Norman Skalicky, CEO of Stearns Bank, said in a statement. “”The customers of Jasper will continue to be served by the same friendly professionals and their deposits continue to be insured by the FDIC up to the legal limit and backed by the considerable capital strength of Stearns Bank,”” he added.last_img read more

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