Chocolate milk juice no longer to be sold in New Brunswick schools

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick schools will no longer sell chocolate milk and juice, joining a continent-wide trend toward healthier school lunches.A new nutrition policy unveiled Wednesday requires foods of a higher nutritional value, which are lower in saturated fat, sugar and sodium for public schools.The government says it applies to all food and beverages offered in public schools — including breakfast and lunch programs, vending machines, canteens, snacks and fundraisers.Flavoured milk and juices will no longer be sold, served or offered.“It is important that we … teach them what a proper meal looks like,” Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny said in a statement.New Brunswick is among at least six provinces that have banned junk food from schools over the last 12 years, and a report released last summer said the measure is having a positive impact on student health.Philip Leonard, a health economist at the University of New Brunswick, found that students banned from making junk food purchases at school for five or more years were, on average, about two pounds lighter than students who did not face a ban.He said younger students showed the most positive results, but noted that probably stems from the fact that older students have more opportunity to leave the school grounds to get food from other sources.In 2005, New Brunswick became the first province to impose a junk food ban inside its schools.Prince Edward Island followed suit later that year. Nova Scotia and Quebec did the same in 2007, followed by British Columbia in 2008 and Ontario in 2011.Using World Health Organization standards, Statistics Canada says close to one third — 31.5 per cent — of Canadian children and youth were classified as overweight or obese between 2009 to 2011.One carton of chocolate milk includes about 40 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of sugar in a child’s diet, critics say.But Marlene Schwartz, director of the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, said last year banning chocolate milk might not be the best choice for every school.There are students who strongly prefer flavoured milk and who might have nutritional deficiencies, Schwartz said. It might make more sense to offer chocolate milk to such children ensure they get the calcium, vitamin D and potassium they need, she said.“You kind of have to know your student body,” Schwartz said. “Districts have to make an informed decision.”San Francisco’s school district recently banned chocolate milk, extending an earlier ban on soft drinks.In 2011, the Los Angeles Unified district banned chocolate milk, citing the same argument against extra sugar as San Francisco.But the largest district in California reversed course after a pilot study found offering chocolate milk again would increase milk consumption and reduce waste.It put chocolate milk back in all the district’s schools in 2017.last_img read more

Congratulations to all 2016 PG Beauty Awards Winners

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Congratulations to all 2016 P&G Beauty Awards Winners!The P&G Beauty Awards recognizes the best editorial and creative talent in Canada’s beauty, grooming and fashion industries.Check out the Winner’s Gallery: Facebooklast_img

A visit to a brand new Canadian vinyl record pressing plant

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Here in Canada, sales of new vinyl albums are ahead by 29 per cent over 2017 (over-indexing the global average), which translates into sales of 674,000 units so far. That’s still tiny compared to the 5.5 million CDs sold across the country this year, but only a fool would ignore vinyl’s 12-year run tearing up the marketplace.Fantastic, right? Yes, but this spike in demand created production bottlenecks. During vinyl’s near-death experience, most plants closed. The ones that still existed were using ancient equipment for which it was hard to source parts. Labels were waiting up to a year to have their orders filled. And let’s not even talk about indie acts who could only afford small production runs.Enter Viryl Technologies of Toronto, which has been online for a couple of years now. Tucked in an industrial area of Etobicoke, Viryl is not only in the business of pressing records, but they’re also manufacturing new pressing equipment for export worldwide. Viryl is one of just two companies in the world (the other is in Sweden) designing and manufacturing new, state-of-the-art record pressing machines.A couple of years ago, the company had one clunky machine operating at a slow but steady pace. Now two brand new machines — both designed and built in-house — are in almost constant operation. And the export business is great.Viryl ships between two and five of their bespoke pressing units each month, each costing an average of US$200,000. The factory warehouse at the back of the building contains machines in various states of manufacture, destined for places as far-flung as Taiwan and Australia. At any one time, there is about $2.5 million of inventory on hand. And much of the technology that goes into these new machines is proprietary (i.e. patented) to Viryl.Not only is Viryl improving on existing vinyl pressing technology, but the company is also deeply involved in new upcoming HD-Vinyl technology, which will see master stampers cut by a laser. Because this new method cuts grooves with much greater precision than their ancient Neumann cutter built in East Germany in 1971 …… playing time will increase from 22 minutes to 30 minutes per side. More accurate groups should also lead to better-sounding records. And the best news? Everything will be 100 per cent backwards compatible with every turntable made over the last 60 years. Jack White’s Third Man Records is already on board with Viryl.Viryl’s biggest product is their WarmTone automatic pressing machines, which can crank out 200 copies an hour. Need a 7-inch or 12-inch single instead of an LP? No problem. The adjustment can be made in seconds.But sometimes you need a personal touch. Viryl also has a manual press that can be used to make special orders such as weird coloured vinyl. An adept operator can press at least 75 records an hour.I thought I’d give it a try.How high can Viryl grow? It’s hard to say, but as long as the demand for new vinyl records continues, future business looks solid.By Alan Cross – Global NewsAlan Cross is a broadcaster with Q107 and 102.1 the Edge and a commentator for Global News. Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: By the end of 2007, the popularity of vinyl records had plunged so low that it was barely worth gathering sales numbers. The only thing keeping the format alive was the brisk trade in used records by obsessive collectors, an infinitesimally tiny number of reactionary-minded releases from artists like Pearl Jam and The White Stripes, along with an even smaller number of 12-inch singles treasured by old-school DJs.Depressed by their prospects, a group of independent record store owners in Baltimore got together to brainstorm ideas on how to save their struggling businesses. These discussions resulted in the creation of Record Store Day, the annual worldwide celebration of record store culture.What followed was a remarkable turnaround in vinyl’s fortunes. Stimulated by this modest proposal, the left-for-dead format began a still-uninterrupted run of year-over-year, double-digit sales growth around the world.last_img read more

Kosovo UN police help to arrest two war crimes suspects

The alleged offenses were committed from September 1998 through June 1999, UNMIK said, adding that all the victims were Kosovo Albanian civilians. . The accused, who are also Kosovo Albanians, are alleged to have committed a series of illegal abductions, physical attacks and in some cases, murders, that fall under Section 142 of the Criminal Code on War Crimes. The defendants at the time of the alleged criminal activity were members of the Kosovo Liberation Army Military Police, operating in the general area of Podujevo Municipality, the UN mission said. The arrests relate to the alleged criminal conduct of these individuals and are not directed at the organizations with which they were affiliated at that time, or with which they are currently employed. read more

EYEWITNESS Race matters…

…in GovtIn Guyana you seemingly just can’t get away from race; especially in politics. But hold it! Why should that circumstance even be THOUGHT possible?? Our politics was born in race; lives in race; and, the way we’re going, will most likely die in race. And that won’t be a bad thing, will it?? The present politics dying out, that is!But don’t expect that to happen overnight. What with the present players drooling over the mega-bucks that can be pilfered from the oil revenues which will flow from 2020, they’ll use every trick in the book to have their hands on the treasury. And the oldest trick in Guyana — as we just said — is to play the race card.Just look at what’s in the papers over these last two days. We were informed by a former member of the ruling parties that out of the SEVENTEEN Permanent Secretaries in the Government of Guyana, SIXTEEN are African-Guyanese!! Now that’s scary. Permanent Secretaries used to be the backbone of the colonial form of governance that the British had perfected when they ruled the waves — not to mention half of the world’s landmass and population! Each was the top bureaucrat in the Civil Service, and headed an entire department, into which the functions of government were divided – Ministries.Ministers may come and go with each election, but the Permanent Secretaries represented continuity of governance. The Permanent Secretary was supposed to be a professional who’d advise Ministers and execute their directives. His advice was supposed to reflect what was good for the country — not just the party looking to slink back into office. So when you have a situation so ethnically skewed — as described above — in a country where folks vote race straight down the line, and just 4000 votes separate winner from loser, you’ll have a whole lot of disgruntled folks. Not just politicians. This is to be expected, no matter who’s appointed; but with ordinary folks in the group that’s on the “out”, “discrimination” shall be the cry!!Another letter has shown how deeply this “race thing” has embedded itself into our national psyche. McAllister, a member of the PNC who’d disappeared into Reg 11, wrote a missive claiming the lists the PPP has submitted for the GECOM Chair FORCES President Granger to select an “Indian-Guyanese,” and not an African-Guyanese!! Even though each PPP list has more than one African Guyanese!On the other hand, former PNC leader President Hoyte had submitted lists with each having just 1 Indian-Guyanese; but that didn’t FORCE the PPP to select them!!“Race on the brain” will do that to you!!…in JusticeIn Guyana, “sugar worker” is a synonym for “Indian Guyanese”. So when, as in the present, the sugar workers are getting the short end of the stick, it’s not surprising that most of them think they’re being persecuted because of politics. After the Government appointed a CoI to enquire into the state of the Industry — which all conceded was “dire” — they were quite pleased at the recommendations. The Government should invest in the Sugar Industry to bring it to a point of sale — protecting the workers’ rights, of course.But the Government pretty much dumped the CoI report into a canal, and blithely closed Wales Estate — with the prediction that three more estates face the same fate: 10,000 workers to be discarded like a used tissue. But the unkindest cut of all was to refuse the parliamentary reps of those sugar workers a debate on this wretched decision.And now comes the final straw: the Speaker has forbidden the Economic Services Committee to meet those sugar workers and hear their opinions!!Is the Government provoking a rebellion??…or not?Your Eyewitness has heard the complaint that the law courts are becoming “revolving doors”. But the recent situation with Grey Boy and the courts is ridiculous!Could the Government decide whether they want the fella to be railroaded, or what? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The free marketFebruary 18, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Race and politics…June 16, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: World Affairs…September 22, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

HUGE SURPRISE Japanese girls beat Montenegro

Japanese handballmONTENEGRO Japan becoming serious contenter in women’s handball. After Japanese girls won point against Brazil, the other “big name” suffered in battle with Asian squad. Japan beat Montenegro 29:28 to come closer to TOP 16 phase.Victory over Tunisia could put Japan in knock-out stage at Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany.Montenegro – Japan 28-29 (15-12)Montenegro: Jovanka Radicevic 7, Tatjana Brnovic 6, Milena Raicevic 4, Itana Grbic 4, Katarina Bulatovic 3, Bobana Klikovac 2, Durdina Jaukovic 1, Jelena Despotovic 1Japan: Ayaka Ikehara 9, Anri Matsumura 5, Yui Sunami 4, Aya Yokoshima 3, Haruno Sasaki 3, Nozomi Hara 2, Shiori Nagata 2, Chie Katsuren 1PHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story 500.000 REASONS – Petar Nenadic to Telekom Veszprem from January 1 Next Story → VIDEO: Cvijic put on silence Arena Leipzig read more

Apple event Coverage of the iPad 3 annoucement

first_imgIt’s March 7th, which means Apple’s next event, which kicks off at 1pm EST, is just minutes away. If the rumors are correct today we’ll meet the iPad 3, iPad HD, Apple TV, iOS 6, and/or any number of other products from Apple. Regardless of what actually happens it’s a big day for anyone interested in tablets, mobile computing, Apple, and technology at large.We’ll be updating this page throughout Apple’s event, so check back early and often. Some of the sources we’ll be following include PCMag, Technologizer, GDGT, The Verge, and Ars.And Apple’s online store is down for maintenance, so we know something is on the way.It’s 1pm and the event is underway. Tim Cook is on stage. He is running through the preliminaries… Post-PC devices made up 76% of Apple’s Q4 2011 revenue and the Post-PC devices/era play to Apple’s core strengths. The company now has 362 retail locations, including news ones in Amsterdam and NYC’s Grand Central Station. There are over 100M people on iCloud and 25B apps have been downloaded.Today, Siri is moving to Japan. It’s actually part of iOS 5.1, which is available today and rolling out over Japan over the course of the next few weeks.And first up for the big announcements… there is a new Apple TV. It’s 1080p and has an iOS-like interface according to Apple’s Eddy Cue. It will be able to access iCloud, watch movies, watch TV and so on. It’ll be $99 and available March 16th. So yes, iCloud supports movies.And it’s iPad time… The iPad has been a huge, huge success — Apple shipped 15.4M units in Q4 2011. It’s great at playing games and has over 200K dedicated apps.Phil Schiller is on… and what’s that? A new iPad. It has a retina display, as expected, and still uses a 9.7-inch display. The resolution is 2048 x 1536, 4x that of the iPad 2, just as predicted. That makes for 264 ppi and a very nice image quality.They are still calling it “the new iPad”. Phil – we need a name.Before that though: the new iPad will have an A5X SoC. The X part? That means it has quad-core graphics… and 4x the performance apparently.The camera has been updated as well. It’s now 5MP with backside illumination and a 5 element lens. It has autofocus, auto white balance, and face detection too. It’ll record video at 1080p — perfect for the retina display.And, here’s the big one: 4G LTE. This connectivity will make for up to 72Mbps, well over the iPad 2’s 42Mbps. Sample videos show that 4G LTE (as we already knew) is much faster and has much lower latency than 3G. It’ll land on AT&T and Verizon in the US. There will be two different LTE models, both of which will be 3G compatible. The new iPad has the most radio bands of any mobile device apparently. On 4G the battery life is 9 hours, normal battery life is 10 hours (just like before).The new iPad will start at $499, will be 9.4mm thick, and 1.5 pounds. Prices will be at $ 499, $599, and $699 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. If you want 4G they will be $629, $729, and $829.Pre-orders start today! (The store is still down though, so keep reading.)Hey, uh, Phil, what’s this thing called?[It’s demo time, so you’ll have to watch the video of the event later on to see what’s happening right now. The presenters include Namco, Autodesk, and Epic Games.]According to Schiller, the new iPad “has more memory and higher screen resolution than an Xbox 360 or PS3.”On to software… iWork has been updated for the Retina display and Garage Band is getting an update. iMovie has been updated as well, so prepare your downloads.Next: iPhoto for iPad. It’ll handle photo editing, beaming photos from device to device, and also photo journals. There will be multi-touch editing, smart browsing, and more. It’ll work with images up to 19MP (Sorry prospective D800 buyers.) It’ll even fo multi-image comparisons. Sounds pretty snazzy.[iPhoto demo is going on. According to Twitter, it’s quite awesome.]Oh, and the iPad 2? It’s dropping to $399 for the 16GB model. It will be $529 for the 3G model.It’s looking like it will just be called the iPad, just like the iPod touch is just the touch (x generation).And that’s it! Hope you enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed writing about it.Read more about… iPhoto for iPad, LTE on the new iPad, the Retina display, and Apple TV.last_img read more

Samsung releases first Galaxy S4 teaser trailer but it reveals nothing

first_imgIn case you haven’t heard, we are less than two weeks away from the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung sent out invites to the event last week, and will be teasing us right up to launch day with Samsung Unpacked videos on their YouTube channel. If this first teaser is any indicator, though, we’ll not really know anything of significance about the phone before the launch day.Samsung has a history of long form story commercials. The idea is that you would watch them all and enjoy the story as it is told over time. This assumes that users care enough about your product to remember that these commercials have anything in common at all. They have gotten better about it over time, like their Super Bowl commercial series that wasn’t about any one product in particular.This new teaser features a young child who struggles with being the secret messenger for the Galaxy S4. It ends with a girl of roughly the same age demanding to know what is in his mystery package as he locks himself in his bedroom. No one would ever think to check the kid with the white box for an unreleased smartphone, right? We’re all too busy waiting for one to get left in a bar.This teaser format is in fairly stark contrast to the recent release of the HTC One, which included daily photos and videos that offered hints in regards to the physical features of the phone. The rumors surrounding the Galaxy S4 have yet to be verified by blurry cam photos or accidental benchmark leaks, but for the most part they focus on a nearly 5-inch screen with either a Snapdragon or Exynos processor. Samsung’s TouchWiz variant of Android is expected to come with a significant feature bump as well, though nothing specific has been leaked so far. In fact, considering how notorious Samsung has been in the past for leaking hardware there’s surprisingly little confirmed about the Galaxy S4.Aside from demonstrating that Samsung thinks kids would rather protect corporate secrets than play outside with girls, there’s not much to go on. Hopefully the next one offers something resembling substance.last_img read more

Un satellite de la Nasa sapprête à retomber sur Terre

first_imgUn satellite de la Nasa s’apprête à retomber sur TerreD’ici à la fin du mois de septembre, ou au début du mois d’octobre, un satellite de la Nasa, lancé en orbite voilà vingt ans, retombera sur la Terre. Un événement dont on ne peut pas prévoir le lieu précis. L’agence spatiale américaine se montre toutefois très rassurante. Le risque d’être percuté par un débris est faible.Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), un satellite long d’une dizaine de mètres et lourd de six tonnes, lancé dans l’espace en 1991, retombera très bientôt sur Terre. La Nasa annonce l’événement sur son site Internet, et prévoit cette chute dans l’atmosphère terrestre d’ici à la fin du mois, ou au plus tard au mois d’octobre. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAMais l’endroit où tomberont les débris, lui, ne peut pas être évalué avec autant de précision. L’agence spatiale américaine explique qu’elle ne pourra pas estimer ce lieu avant les 48 heures qui précéderont son retour dans l’atmosphère. Pour l’heure, les chercheurs savent seulement que le point de chute du satellite se situera entre l’Alaska et la pointe de l’Amérique du Sud. La majeure partie des débris du satellite, qui a achevé sa mission en 2005, se consumeront pendant la chute. Mais environ 500 kilos de restes de l’objet devraient atteindre la Terre.Toutefois la Nasa se veut rassurante. Les risques d’être percuté par un débris de l’UARS sont minces, souligne-t-elle. Il est fort probable que les restes du satellite s’écrasent dans l’une des zones inhabitées de la Terre, qui représentent environ 90% de la surface de notre planète. En outre, la Nasa affirme que des débris spatiaux chutent très souvent sur Terre, et jusqu’alors jamais personne n’a été blessé. D’après l’agence spatiale, le risque qu’un débris touche quelqu’un au moment de sa chute dans l’atmosphère terrestre est de un sur 3.200.Le 12 septembre 2011 à 19:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vintage Shelf In the Heat of the Night 1967

first_img I’m gonna level with you guys: this column was originally going to be about Night of the Creeps, an eighties horror comedy by Fred Dekker, the guy behind The Monster Squad, which recently received a specialty release from Shout! Factory. It’s a good time for what it is; a campy, gory college romp, but not much else. That’s the problem I ran into when I sat down to write about it: I didn’t have much to say. It was the first time I’d encountered this problem when writing Vintage Shelf. I’m nothing if not aggressively opinionated and it’s rare for me to have so little to say about a movie after watching it.With a deadline approaching, I turned to my To-Watch pile of movies and tried to find something genre-centric, something in the realm of horror or science fiction or fantasy, something traditionally weird or iconoclastic in the Vintage Shelf tradition of Streets of Fire or Double Dragon. Nothing caught my interest. Maybe it was a long week catching up to me or maybe Night of the Creeps just camp-ed me out for the night. I just didn’t feel like it’d be productive to spend my time on anything that wouldn’t be more or less a sure thing. So ultimately, my hand fell on the recent Criterion Collection edition of the 1967 classic and five-time Oscar winner In the Heat of the Night. Curveball, right?Poster for the 1967 movie ‘In the Heat of the Night’ (Photo Credit: John D. Kisch / Separate Cinema Archive / Getty Images)See, with the rare exception here and there (Batman probably being the most significant example) I try to write this column with the intention of writing about films that are undersung, that don’t have a rich history of film criticism to their names. There’s probably an extent to which that stems from my insecurities as a writer but it’s also a passion thing. I love weird niche movies and tend to spotlight ones that have recently received fancy rereleases because it warms my heart to see the care that distributors like Shout and Arrow Video put into restoring films that most regard as trash.In the Heat of the Night is decidedly not one of those movies. Again, five Oscars. Plus, if there’s any indicator of quality in the modern home media landscape it’s getting a Criterion Collection release. And initially I was as intimidated as I feared I might be when it came time to write about it. Director Norman Jewison’s legendary film about a black Philadelphia homicide detective and a police chief in the deep South reluctantly investigating a murder together lived up to the hype in ways that left me unsure if I had anything to contribute to the conversation. The excellent accompanying essay by film critic K. Austin Collins in the Blu-ray liner notes didn’t help. What could I possibly have to say about this movie?See, In the Heat of the Night is first and foremost a movie about race relations. I’m a white writer with very little to contribute to that side of the conversation. And it’s very hard to have a conversation about the film without discussing its take on race, aside from acknowledging that it most certainly came off more progressive to most in 1967 than it does today. There’s such disparity between what there is to say about what the movie means in that context and what I’m capable of saying about it as a writer.So I’m not going to try. Instead I’m going to tell you a few things about In the Heat of the Night in the hopes that if you, like me, are a longtime cinephile who’s yet to have a chance to watch it, you’ll consider sitting down with it sometime soon.You should watch In the Heat of the Night because as universally acclaimed a performer as he may be, it’s impossible while watching the film to not feel that we don’t talk about the excellence of Sidney Poitier enough. He’s a screen presence of the highest caliber, equal parts a deftly talented actor displaying a mastery of craft and a born movie star, someone so inherently charismatic they just need to be on a screen so we can collectively appreciate them.Lee Grant and Sidney Poitier in ‘In the Heat of the Night.’ (Photo Credit: John Springer Collection / CORBIS / Corbis via Getty Images)You should watch In the Heat of the Night because it was released in this super interesting period in film where the Old Hollywood model of moviemaking had begun to die out but Jaws had yet to change the way movies were made forever. As a result the film has this aesthetic that is defined to a very specific and very short period of time that will never be replicated again. From the way the camera moves to the design of the sets, the incredibly specific framing of close-ups and wide shots and the saturated colors, In the Heat of the Night is a visual splendor and should be experienced by anybody who appreciates the visual art of filmmaking.You should watch In the Heat of the Night because it balances genres so incredibly deftly. The film is both a racial drama and a compelling murder mystery and both genres feel so fully realized over the course of the story. The former carries all the weight you could want but the latter is deceptively thrilling. Neither stifles the other; rather, they work in tandem with neither working as well without the balance provided by the other.You should watch In the Heat of the Night because as problematic as the archetypical Racist Character Who Learns To Be Less Racist is, Rod Steiger’s performance as Gillespie is wryly funny and enjoyable as hell.Posters for ‘In the Heat of the Night.’ (Photo Credit: John D. Kisch / Separate Cinema Archive / Getty Images)You should watch In the Heat of the Night because there’s this part in the original The Lion King where Pumbaa is staring down these hyenas and they call him a pig and he gets all offended and first he quotes Taxi Driver and gets all, “Are you talkin’ to me?” but then seamlessly transitions into “THEY CALL ME MISTER PIG” and I didn’t understand that reference until I saw In the Heat of the Night and it’s so incredibly weird to think about how a children’s movie about cartoon jungle animals quotes Taxi Driver and an award-winning racial mystery drama back-to-back.You should watch In the Heat of the Night because as flawed as the Oscars may be as both a concept and as a system (shout-out Green Book, I guess) there’s very much a reason this movie won five of them. It earned every single one.You should watch In the Heat of the Night because it does that thing that so few movies (Do the Right Thing is one of the only others that comes to mind) can where its depiction of sweltering heat is so vivid you’re almost certain to find a couple of beads of sweat on your forehead within ten minutes of the runtime. You look at some of the outfits in this movie, especially Virgil’s crisp suits, and it just makes you want to pant. The camera catches the blazing southern sun glistens off of the dust in the air, and if you’ve experienced that heat before you just feel it in your bones as Virgil and Gillespie move through town.You should watch In the Heat of the Night because it’s a very good movie. That should be reason enough.More on Shelf: ‘The Hunger’Vintage Shelf: ‘In the Mouth of Madness’Vintage Shelf: ‘Cobra’ Vintage Shelf: ‘Ronin’ Is an Action Masterpiece That Earns I…Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Deadline to enroll in health plan is fast approaching

first_imgThe deadline to enroll in a health plan for coverage beginning Jan. 1 is quickly approaching.State officials are reminding everyone who wants health and dental coverage that begins at the New Year to select a plan on Washington Healthplanfinder by 11:59 p.m. Friday.“Individuals and families who have not yet signed up for health and dental plans should not delay securing coverage that begins on Jan. 1,” Pam MacEwan, exchange CEO, said in a news release. “We anticipate traffic to Washington Healthplanfinder and our Customer Support Network to continue increasing as the Dec. 23 deadline approaches. Residents should act now to avoid any gaps in coverage.”Recently, Washington Healthplanfinder,, has experienced high volumes of traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, so exchange officials are urging people to take advantage of supplemental resources to ensure their applications are received before Friday.The exchange Customer Support Center, 855-923-4633 (855-WAFINDER), is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and is also offering extended hours of operation for over-the-phone assistance. The extended hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to midnight Friday.Local residents can also visit one of the state’s enrollment centers located in Vancouver for free assistance.The Vancouver enrollment center is operated by Applied Team Insurance, an independent insurance agency. The office, 7720 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 110, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Evening and weekend appointments are also available by calling 360-726-6092 or emailing read more

On the Revival of a Suffering Genre the Music Magazine

first_img“If you’re going to have a magazine in 2012, there better be a point to it,” says Mike Albanese, publisher of SPIN. In what may seem like an obvious statement, Albanese manages to summarize the movement of the entire magazine industry. Print is often no longer substantial enough to act as a publication’s sole business; but it still holds a place in editorial strategy and audience fondness. SPIN, with a lowered print frequency, slashed rate base and realigned digital focus, is positioning its print product to be just that.The new SPIN, now published six times a year, has a larger trim size (up 9.5” x 12”) and varied textures in-book. The cover has a matte finish (similar to Conde’s WIRED cover treatment), but opening pages of the magazine are still glossy and bright. About a third of the way through the book, paper stock switches back to the rougher stuff the cover lives on. The revamp follows a mass changing-of-the-guards at the publication. Former editor-in-chief Doug Brod and publisher Malcolm Campbell left in June; Caryn Ganz joined as online editor-in-chief, Christopher R. Weingarten as senior editor and David Bevan as associate editor in October. Ganz is the first to hold this position with the magazine.Cutting print frequency and dropping rate bases (SPIN is down from 450,000 to 350,000) is often seen as a “trouble” flag in the industry. However, in this case, I applaud the magazine for thinking strategically and resizing its content portfolio. One might even view it as brave: downsizing print presence eliminates advertising opportunity, and risks alienating the Luddites of the SPIN audience. Such a shift is a gamble, even in the most sturdy media landscape.Music rags are suffering: according to the latest FAS FAX report from ABC, Rolling Stone single copy sales fell 18.2 percent from second half 2010 to second half 2011. Subscriptions remained basically flat, eking up three percent YOY in the last six months of ’11. SPIN’s single copy sales dropped 35.2 percent from the last half of 2010 to the same period in 2011; total subscriptions are down 1.2 percent. To reassess and reorganize may give these brands a second chance in the digital-first music scene, whereas plodding along in the same manner would lead to one end: closure. 2012 will tell whether the new SPIN (somewhere between a traditional magazine and coffee table book, according to Albanese) will be able to ride out the transition. On SPIN’s editorial strategy, Albanese says the print magazine will serve as a “broad” platform for content; a home for cultural fodder surrounding the music industry. SPIN’s website (and music player iPad app, and over 1,500 album reviews via Twitter) will still be devoted to its music mainstay.last_img read more

How Nintendo turned the Wii U around

first_imgIt took Nintendo nearly two years to get there, but the Wii U is now a fantastic game console. There are more “must own” games on the Wii U right now than either of the other next-gen consoles, and all but two of them are family friendly titles that anyone of any skill level can enjoy for hours. Getting to this point was no easy task, but now that Nintendo has a solid, inexpensive console with no shortage of great content, the chances for success increase significantly. The road Nintendo took to get here was far from smooth, and as a result it’s going to be hard to regain the trust of gamers.When I left Nintendo’s press event for the Wii U back in October of 2012, there was no doubt in my mind that I had just seen the future. Nintendo had managed to successfully deliver their DS experience on the television, with hardware that was on par with the current generation of consoles and a focus on the entire living room that I found entirely refreshing. Unfortunately, what Nintendo delivered at launch was exactly none of these things. The launch was full of problems, not the least of which was the sheer volume of consumers who didn’t even understand that Nintendo was delivering a new gaming console. Features were missing, the launch lineup was less than exciting, and the console itself was just plain slow.The first step towards getting the Wii U up to fighting strength was actually finishing the console, which included simple things like ensuring the GamePad would always work when in range of the console. Nintendo also quickly reacted to the desire for better battery life on the GamePad, and released larger batteries for those who wanted to lose a Saturday inside games like The Wonderful 101.In finishing the OS and releasing most of the features that were promised at launch, Nintendo also figured out a clever way to give users something to do while the console started up. The Quick Launch menu on the Wii U GamePad made it easy for users to just jump straight into an app as soon as they hit the power key, and in many cases makes the console feel significantly faster than it actually is when it comes to booting and loading games. Quick Launch is a fantastic feature to have if the GamePad is your primary method of playing with the console, and it goes a long way towards making the Wii U feel nimble.The Wii U could do some neat tricks, but at the end of the day it’s all about the games. This is something Nintendo seriously struggled with after the launch, and to make matters worse there was no classic Nintendo back catalog on the Wii U for months after the launch. This got resolved eventually, and promoted with the help of an Earthbound re-release. Where Nintendo really started to strike gold was with the launch of Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. Not only was it one of the first Mario titles in years that didn’t feel like a cheap gimmick, but the later levels reach levels of complexity that eclipsed even the original Mario games.Nintendo got some third party help with Child of Light and Epic Mickey 2, and then offered original experiences with Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but the next big wave of great games wouldn’t happen until mid-2014. As we look back at the year and see Nintendo big hits like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros Wii U, Hyrule Warriors, and the Nintendo-guided Bayonetta 2, the console now has a fantastic lineup of games that should be a part of every collection.It took Nintendo a while to get there — and it’s still something that needs a lot of work — but the acceptance of digital users and the inclusion of indie game developers is going to continue to be a huge deal for the future of the Wii U. In 2014 alone, Nintendo’s platforms have seen well over 100 indie games hit the eShop. While that’s a bit behind what Sony and Microsoft have been pushing through their brand new next-gen consoles, it’s a huge step forward for Nintendo.Nintendo is also embracing DLC with this current wave of games, and enjoying the benefits for games like Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8 already. The digital embrace from Nintendo needs a little work still, especially when you consider how difficult it is to recover you games if something happens to your console, but 2014 as a whole has been hugely positive for Nintendo’s approach to digital content in general.Arguably the most fascinating thing Nintendo has done with the Wii U — something we’ve only recently come to appreciate — is engineer a situation where users are directly encouraged to pick up different kinds of games due to interoperability. We’ve seen a couple of the Mario titles unlock special features and characters when you have game saves from other titles, but Nintendo has kicked this into overdrive with the release of Amiibo. Through these inexpensive NFC figurines, Nintendo has managed to create a scenario where you can bring characters across multiple games, and you actually get things in the new game by doing so. Exclusive weapons in Hyrule Warriors, custom racing suits in Mario Kart 8, and the figure player fighters in Super Smash Bros. is just the start. Nintendo has created a revenue stream that encourages the purchase of other games just to get the bonuses across all of the other titles you already own, which could be a huge deal moving forward.The uphill battle Nintendo has dealt with as the Wii U finally became a viable product for people who aren’t diehard Mario fans has been tough, and to make matters worse we’re already seeing this console show signs of aging. The first half of 2015 is going to be a big deal for Nintendo, and as long as the Wii U continues to see positive growth thanks to an increasingly impressive game library things will keep looking up. There can be no doubt that now is the time to own a Wii U, and those who have endured the long road it took to get here can finally appreciate their purchase like they were meant to.last_img read more

Researchers use DNA sequencing to learn why some corals are more heat

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (—Researchers working out of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University have found that the ability of some corals to withstand higher water temperatures appears to be gene based. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group outline how they compared two types of corals commonly found in a reef in American Samoa, and found that those that are more heat resistant tend to express more gene types during normal temperature conditions. © 2013 More information: Genomic basis for coral resilience to climate change, PNAS, Published online before print January 7, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1210224110AbstractRecent advances in DNA-sequencing technologies now allow for in-depth characterization of the genomic stress responses of many organisms beyond model taxa. They are especially appropriate for organisms such as reef-building corals, for which dramatic declines in abundance are expected to worsen as anthropogenic climate change intensifies. Different corals differ substantially in physiological resilience to environmental stress, but the molecular mechanisms behind enhanced coral resilience remain unclear. Here, we compare transcriptome-wide gene expression (via RNA-Seq using Illumina sequencing) among conspecific thermally sensitive and thermally resilient corals to identify the molecular pathways contributing to coral resilience. Under simulated bleaching stress, sensitive and resilient corals change expression of hundreds of genes, but the resilient corals had higher expression under control conditions across 60 of these genes. These “frontloaded” transcripts were less up-regulated in resilient corals during heat stress and included thermal tolerance genes such as heat shock proteins and antioxidant enzymes, as well as a broad array of genes involved in apoptosis regulation, tumor suppression, innate immune response, and cell adhesion. We propose that constitutive frontloading enables an individual to maintain physiological resilience during frequently encountered environmental stress, an idea that has strong parallels in model systems such as yeast. Our study provides broad insight into the fundamental cellular processes responsible for enhanced stress tolerances that may enable some organisms to better persist into the future in an era of global climate change.Press release Stanford marine biologists search for the world’s strongest coral Citation: Researchers use DNA sequencing to learn why some corals are more heat tolerant (2013, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists the world over agree that global atmospheric temperatures are rising and along with them are rising ocean temperatures. Because of this, those who study the seas and the organisms that live in them have been scrambling to try to find tools to help discern which will be impacted by rising temperatures and which won’t. Doing so might help direct conservation efforts.In this new research, the researchers looked to reefs off Ofu Island in American Samoa for help. Because of unique physical characteristics, pools of water exist at different temperatures and some experience extreme temperature variations on a daily basis. In studying the corals that live there, the team discovered that some of the corals did poorly as temperatures rose, while others seemed to thrive – this despite being very closely related. Suspecting that an answer might lie in their gene pool, the researchers collected some samples and took them back to their lab.The samples were put in water tanks and subjected to variable water temperature fluctuations. Each was also tested for gene expression via RNA testing using a technique known as Illumina sequencing. In studying the results of their analysis, the researchers found that all of the corals expressed hundreds of genes when exposed to higher than normal temperatures. But they also found that those that were more heat resistant also expressed approximately 60 of those same genes during normal temperature exposure as well – the team refers to this as “front-loading.” They suggest that the corals give themselves the upper hand in dealing with environmental changes by expressing more genes during normal times that might help in dealing with whatever changes may come about.The team suggests their findings may help with future conservation efforts as ocean temperatures continue to rise. By focusing resources on those most likely to survive, the hope is that more sea creatures can be saved in the long run. Pillar coral, Dendrogyra cylindricus. Image: NOAAlast_img read more

Astronomers discover a hot Jupiter orbiting a rapidly rotating star

first_img Citation: Astronomers discover a ‘hot Jupiter’ orbiting a rapidly rotating star (2017, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from KELT-21b was discovered by a group of researchers led by Marshall C. Johnson of the Ohio State University. The astronomers used the KELT-North telescope at Winer Observatory in Arizona to observe the star KELT-21 (also known as HD 332124) as part of the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) project. This survey detects transiting exoplanets around bright stars.Johnson’s team identified a transit signal in the light curve of KELT-21. The planetary nature of this signal was later confirmed by a follow-up observational campaign that employed the KELT Follow-Up Network (KFUN) consisting of various ground-based observatories worldwide.”Here we present the discovery of a new transiting hot Jupiter, KELT-21b, confirmed using Doppler tomography,” the paper reads.The study reveals that KELT-21b has a radius of about 1.59 Jupiter radii, but its exact mass remains uncertain. The researchers only determined its upper mass limit to be approximately 3.91 Jupiter masses. KELT-21b orbits its star every 3.61 days at a distance of about 0.05 AU from the host. The planet has an equilibrium temperature of 2,051° K. The parameters of KELT-21b show that it is an another example of a “hot Jupiter” exoplanet. The so-called “hot Jupiters” are gas giant planets, similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their host stars very closely. When it comes to the host, it is a metal-poor star of spectral type A8V, with a radius of about 1.63 solar radii and nearly 46 percent more massive than the sun. The star is about 1.6 billion years old and has an effective temperature of approximately 7,600° K.Notably, KELT-21 has a relatively very high projected rotation velocity of 146 km/s. This makes it the most rapidly rotating star known to host a transiting giant planet. KELT-21 also turns out to be one of only several known A stars to be orbited by a transiting planet.Besides discovering and characterizing KELT-21b, Johnson’s team also found two stars of about 0.12 Jupiter masses each that could be associated with KELT-21. However, they cannot confirm this finding with available data, therefore further observations are required to validate this assumption.”Our high-resolution imaging observations revealed the presence of a close pair of faint stars at a separation of 1”.2 from the planet host star. Although we cannot confirm using our current data whether they are physically associated with the KELT-21 system, we have argued statistically that they are unlikely to be background sources,” the researchers wrote in the paper.If this hypothesis is confirmed, it would mean that KELT-21b is one of only a handful of known transiting exoplanets in hierarchical triple stellar systems. More information: KELT-21b: A Hot Jupiter Transiting the Rapidly-Rotating Metal-Poor Late-A Primary of a Likely Hierarchical Triple System, arXiv:1712.03241 [astro-ph.EP] © 2017 All follow-up transits of KELT-21b combined into one light curve (grey) and a 5 minute binned light curve (black). The red line is the combined and binned models for each transit. Credit: Johnson et al., 2017. New ‘hot Jupiter’ with short orbital period discovered Explore further An international team of astronomers has found a “hot Jupiter” exoplanet circling a rapidly rotating, metal-poor star. The newly discovered alien world, designated KELT-21b, is larger than Jupiter and orbits its host in less than four days. The finding is presented in a paper published December 8 on This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Ghacks Deals The Complete 2019 Web Scraping Course with Projects 93 off

first_imgGhacks Deals: The Complete 2019 Web Scraping Course with Projects (93% off) by Martin Brinkmann on August 08, 2019 in Deals – No commentsThe Complete 2019 Web Scraping Course with Projects covers the basics of web scraping and data extraction. The course covers setting up the development environment that is needed, provides instructions and syntax information, and three demo projects to demonstrate functionality.The course requires basic HTML, JavaScript, and programming concept knowledge as it won’t cover basic concepts such as variables or conditions.The entire course is available for just $12.99 at the time of writing; access is for lifetime and certification of completion is included. You can check out additional details and the course curriculum on the Ghacks Deals website linked below.Click here to open the The Complete 2019 Web Scraping Course with Projects on Ghacks DealsNot for you?You find hundreds of other deals with new deals posted daily on Ghacks Deals.Fine print: make sure that you check out the specs and terms of the deal.Disclosure: The deal is provided by StackCommerce in partnership with Ghacks Technology News; you need a StackCommerce account to participate in giveaways or make purchases. Check out the privacy policy and Terms of Service here.Ghacks Technology News benefits from sales made on the Ghacks Deals website through a revenue share agreement. All revenue goes towards the running costs.Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former San Diego Chargers head coach and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is expected to join the Arizona Cardinals as head coach Steve Wilks’ offensive coordinator, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.The 18-year NFL coach is receiving a two-year deal from the Cardinals, according to Gambadoro.McCoy began the 2017 season as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator before he was fired in November after the team lost its sixth straight game. In that span that sealed his fate, McCoy’s Denver offense averaged 322.2 yards and 14.2 points per game. Before his brief second stay in the Mile High City, he served as the Chargers’ head coach from 2013-2016.McCoy’s first stint with the Broncos came from 2009-2012, when he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before he dropped the quarterback job from 2010-2012.As a quarterback product out of Utah, McCoy played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe from 1997 to 1998 and Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 1999.McCoy will succeed Harold Goodwin, who spent 2013-2017 as the offensive coordinator under Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.last_img read more

Recording Omarosa offered 15000 a month to be

first_imgRecording: Omarosa offered $15,000 a month to be ‘positive’ by Anne Flaherty And Darlene Superville, The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2018 10:57 am PDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Television personality and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman listens during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) center_img WASHINGTON – Omarosa Manigault Newman on Thursday released another secret audio recording that she says proves President Donald Trump wanted to silence her after firing her from the White House.In the recording played on MSNBC, Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump offers Manigault Newman a job earning $15,000 a month. The job wouldn’t require her to report to any particular office or have a specific set of duties, other than to speak positively on Trump’s behalf as part of his re-election campaign.Lara Trump, married to Eric Trump, can be heard on the tape noting a New York Times report that suggested Manigault Newman had inside information that could be damaging to Trump.“It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you’ve got in the back pocket to pull out,” Lara Trump said. “Clearly, if you come on board the campaign, like, we can’t have, we got to … “Manigault Newman interjects: “Oh, God, no.”“Everything, everybody, positive, right?” Lara Trump asks.The secret recording is one of several Manigault Newman has released this week to back up her claims in her new book, “Unhinged.”In a written response Thursday, Lara Trump said her entire family was concerned for Manigault Newman after she was fired “because we had no idea about the basis for her dismissal,” but “we still wanted her on our team because we cared so much about her personally.”Lara Trump says that’s why she reached out and offered Manigault Newman a job on the re-election campaign “before we knew anything about the gross violations of ethics and integrity during her White House tenure.”Lara Trump says that the latest tape is a “fraud” and that the snippets of discussion aired by MSNBC “took place in numerous phone calls over the course of several weeks.”“Woman to woman, I shared a connection with Omarosa as a friend and a campaign sister, and I am absolutely shocked and saddened by her betrayal and violation on a deeply personal level,” the president’s daughter-in-law said.A former contestant on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice,” Manigault Newman was one of Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters during his campaign. He hired her to be a White House assistant, earning $179,700 a year as director of communications for the White House office of public liaison.But she was deeply disliked by many of her colleagues and eventually was ousted by Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, for “significant integrity issues.”According to other recordings released this week, Trump appeared to be in the dark on her December 2017 firing. And Kelly suggested, “If we make this a friendly departure … you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.”Manigault Newman alleges there is a tape of Trump using a racial slur while working on “The Apprentice.” Trump denies this and has lashed out at his former aide on Twitter, calling her “wacky and deranged,” ”not smart” and a “dog.”last_img read more

ENI delegation due in Cyprus on Thursday

first_imgA delegation from Italian energy company ENI, headed by its CEO Claudio Descalzi arrives in Cyprus on Thursday to meet President Nicos Anastasiades.According to an official press release, the meeting will be attended by Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis.Eni announced at the end of August that it had found an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in Egypt’s Zohr field, making it the biggest discovery in the Mediterranean and the world’s 20th largest.Despite the discovery, and Cyprus’s plans to sell gas to Egypt from its own fields, talks aimed at a framework deal are ongoing with Cairo.Meanwhile, in mid August the cabinet authorised the energy minister to negotiate a two-year extension with Italian and South Korean consortium ENI-KOGAS’ which has a licence to explore for hydrocarbons on Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).The company had asked for an extension earlier in the year, and the state had been trying to find the proper legal framework to satisfy the request. ENI-KOGAS wanted two years to re-evaluate geological model after it twice failed to find exploitable hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ Block 9. The company had asked for an extension until February 2018 to reassess the energy potential in the East Levant where they operate. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more