Calgary indie pop duo Tegan and Sara to grace pages of Archie

first_img Twitter Advertisement Calgary indie pop twins Tegan and Sara are headed to the Archie Comics universe.The “Everything is Awesome” performers announced they will cross paths with the Riverdale characters in an upcoming issue of “The Archies.”The spinoff series follows the fictional band from the comic book franchise. The sisters unveiled the appearance with an Instagram post that showcases a cover from issue No. 5 with them alongside Jughead, Reggie and others. They said it hits stores in February 2018.Tegan and Sara join a number of other musicians who have graced the pages of Archie comics over the years.In 2011, rockers Kiss were central to the four-part series “Archie Meets Kiss,” while Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches appeared in two issues of “The Archies” this year.Several covers will be printed for the Tegan and Sara issue, including one with Tegan wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with an image of Betty, while Sara is sporting a shirt adorned with Veronica. Advertisement Tegan Quin, left, and Sara Quin of the musical group Tegan and Sara arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. – THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/APcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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Uncertainty envelops impact of federal pot law on First Nation territory

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Liberal government’s point-man on legalizing marijuana said more talks between Ottawa, the provinces and First Nations are needed to sort out how the looming pot law will apply on reserves.Liberal MP Bill Blair, who is also parliamentary secretary for justice, said while provinces and territories will be responsible for developing regulations and distribution models for marijuana within their jurisdictions, it remains to be determined how those will be applied on First Nation territory.“It’s an ongoing discussion between the three levels of government,” said Blair, a former Toronto police chief. “It’s part of a discussion that needs to take place.”Ontario recently announced a plan to regulate and distribute marijuana through provincially controlled outlets. The plan was silent on how First Nations will fit into the scheme.A spokesperson for Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said the province is initiating discussions with First Nations to coordinate an approach to marijuana legalization.“Ontario recognizes the importance of holding meaningful consultations with Indigenous communities about cannabis legalization and has already held initial conversations,” said spokesperson Andrew Rudyk, in an emailed statement. “Ontario will develop a government-to-government engagement process with Indigenous communities and organizations…to facilitate discussions on the provincial approach to federal cannabis legalization.”A first meeting of this so-called “bilateral cannabis table” is scheduled for Sept. 25.Assembly of First Nations Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day said the provinces should have no role in how First Nations decide to deal with marijuana on their territory.“Ultimately there will need to be recognition of First Nation governments to look at issues of enforcement, to look at those harmonized arrangements,” said Day. “The province has no right. The question will then become, ‘Who will do it?’ Something of this nature does need to be regulated; whether it will be self-regulated by First Nations, whether it will be regulated by the federal government. If we are saying no to the provincial government, how will we put in place a management and enforcement regime that will protect the community?”Day appeared before the House of Commons Health committee on Thursday and criticized the federal government’s failure to include First Nations in developing its proposed pot legalization legislation, Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act.The Health committee has heard from over 80 witnesses in its study of Bill C-45.The regional chief said First Nations are not ready to deal with the possible fallout of legal marijuana by the government’s self-imposed deadline of July 1, 2018.“First Nations are…not prepared to deal with all the ramifications of Bill C-45,” said Day. “We are not yet in a position to fully understand and fully address those impacts.”Day said the text of the legislation mentions provincial and municipal governments, but not First Nations.“If the government of Canada is serious about its dedication to a government-to-government relationship, First Nations need to be included within this section to provide adequate responses to the implications of this bill within and surrounding First Nation communities,” said Day.Day said Ottawa needed to consider revenue sharing agreements with First Nations on the expected windfall revenue from pot sales to help offset expected increases in costs for communities on policing, ambulance, fire and health services.Day said the legislation also needed to acknowledge the right of First Nations to ban marijuana from their territory as is currently the case with alcohol.He said the AFN, which currently has no official position on the issue, is planning to hold a national summit on cannabis early next year.The marijuana market is already blooming on the ground in several First Nations in Ontario. Tyendinaga, Six Nations and Alderville First Nation already have operating dispensaries and Akwesasne is expected to soon join the group.Jamie Kunkel, who owns the Smoke Signals dispensary in Tyendinaga, said Ottawa and the provinces have no business trying to regulate marijuana on Indigenous territory.“As Indigenous people, we are going to take the exact same stance as tobacco. It is a natural product and it all goes back to the same thing,” said Kunkel, an Indigenous pioneer in the cannabis world who developed his own marijuana strain. “We just want to be left alone. Keep your hands out of our pockets. Don’t tell us how to live our lives. Let us operate the way we operate.”Kanenhariyo, owner of Mohawk Medicine in Six Nations, a traditional medicine and herbal store which sells marijuana alongside bear root, sage and sweet grass, said he’s concerned that band governments will try to muscle local entrepreneurs out of the business by signing deals with provinces.“I am concerned that this talk about shared resources, shared income from the cannabis industry with band councils getting involved in negotiations with the provinces will lead them into copying what the provinces have done and cut out individual entrepreneurs making a living,” said Kanenhariyo. “Indigenous communities can use cannabis in a way to create economic stimulus within the community like tobacco did, without it becoming criminalized, without the province saying we want all the money, so communities can build themselves economically. The entrepreneurs are the ones who need the jobs, who need the work to grow it.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrerlast_img read more

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Traders in Matara close shops and protest against VAT increase

Traders in Matara closed their shops today and staged a protest against the recent VAT increase.Day-to-day activities in Matara were affected with the closure of most shops in the Matara town. The owners of the shops took to the streets and staged a protest demanding that the increase on the VAT be reversed.Similar protests were staged in other parts of the country as well over the past few days. (Colombo Gazette)

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Police investigate sexual assault in Niagara Falls

Police are investigating after a man was sexually assaulted by another man in Niagara Falls on Monday morning.It’s alleged the incident happened between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. in a parking lot in the area of Robinson Street and Fallsview Boulevard. The suspect is described as white, 30-40 years of age, with a thin build, blond hair possibly in a pony tail and a goatee. He was riding a bicycle. Police say the victim and attacker did not know each other.

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TSX backs off amid Spain bailout worries China snaps up energy giant

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as worries about the eurozone debt crisis moved back to centre stage. Spain’s borrowing costs hit record highs and raised concerns that the country will need a full-scale sovereign bailout.But losses were sharply limited by a solid rise in the energy sector in the wake of two major acquisitions in the Canadian resource industry.China National Offshore Oil Company is picking up Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) (NYSE:NXY) for US$15.1 billion in cash. CNOOC is paying $27.50 a share, a 61 per cent premium on the closing price of its shares on Friday at the New York Stock Exchange. On the TSX, its shares soared 52.4 per cent to $26.35 on very high volume of 45.4 million shares.And Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) is selling its 49 per cent interest in its U.K. North Sea assets to Chinese firm Sinopec Corp. for $1.5 billion. Its shares jumped 75 cents or 6.79 per cent to $11.80.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index was well off early lows, coming back from a 206-point slide to close down 77.37 points to 11,545.54 while the TSX Venture Exchange declined 22.03 points to 1,174.16.The Canadian dollar was down 0.4 of a cent to 98.35 cents US as nervous traders flocked to the safe haven status of U.S. Treasuries.U.S. markets also racked up losses as the yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond surged to 7.45 per cent, its highest level since the euro was established in 1999.But New York indexes were also off the worst levels of the session as the Dow Jones industrials fell 101.11 points to 12,721.46.The Nasdaq composite index lost 35.15 points to 2,890.15 and the S&P 500 index was down 12.14 points to 1,350.52.If Spain’s borrowing rates continue to rise then Spain may end up being locked out of international markets and be forced to seek a financial rescue, just like Greece, Ireland and Portugal.“You would think that after a number of months and all the discussions we have had about this kind of thing that maybe somebody might have decided it was time to do something,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital.“I’m not sure they have done anything that has caught the imagination or approval of the investing world.”On Friday, Spain’s eurozone partners agreed to lend the country up to €100 billion in funds to bail out banks laden down with toxic assets following the collapse of the country’s real estate bubble over the past four years.Worries about how the worsening eurozone debt crisis could impact the global economy and a higher American dollar punished commodity prices.A stronger greenback usually helps depress commodity prices, which are denominated in U.S. dollars, as it makes oil and metals more expensive for holders of other currencies.But the TSX energy sector ran ahead 2.33 per cent even as the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $3.69 to US$88.14 a barrel. The rise was due to the sharp price moves in Nexen and Talisman and hopes that other companies will be scooped up. Athabasca Oil (TSX:ATH) gained 26 cents to $12.41. Elsewhere in the sector, Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) shed 73 cents to $42.96.The base metals sector fell 3.24 per cent as metal prices also backed off with September copper down seven cents to US$3.38 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 79 cents to C$29.80 and Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) shed 13 cents to $8.37.And August bullion lost $5.40 to US$1,577.40 an ounce, pushing the gold sector down about 1.8 per cent. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 82 cents to C$34.13.All TSX sectors were lower with the financial index down 1.59 per cent. TD Bank (TSX:TD) dropped 95 cents to $79.05 while Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) shed $1.09 to $20.82.The industrials sector gave back 0.91 per cent while Canadian National Railways lost $1.06 to $86.84.In other corporate developments, regulatory filings show that investor Prem Watsa now has a 9.9 per cent stake in BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Watsa is the CEO of insurer Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH). He had earlier reported a 5.12 per cent holding in RIM. Watsa’s stake was valued at about $356.2 million, as of Friday’s closing on the TSX. RIM added 10 cents to $6.97.McDonald’s Corp. says it net income slipped four per cent in the second quarter as a result of unfavourable foreign currency exchange rates. Revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations as the fast-food chain cited a slowing global economy.The world’s biggest hamburger chain earned US$1.35 billion, or $1.32 per share, missing estimates by six cents a share and its shares were down $2.64 to US$88.94.An independent arbitration panel has ordered utility TransAlta to rebuild units at its Sundance coal-fired power plant that are at the centre of dispute with TransCanada Corp., with which it had a power purchase agreement. Last year, TransAlta said the units at the Calgary facility could not be repaired economically and must be shut down. But TransCanada (TSX:TRP) argued TransAlta (TSX:TA) had failed to adequately prove that the units could not be repaired economically. TransAlta shares fell 77 cents to C$16.74 while TransCanada was off 10 cents to C$44.21. TSX backs off amid Spain bailout worries; China snaps up energy giant Nexen AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2012 4:30 pm MDT read more

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Oily roller coaster A look at Albertas plunge into the budget red

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2016 3:25 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 at 4:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Alberta’s NDP government is to table its second budget on Thursday as the economy experiences a significant shock from low energy prices. Here is a recent history of Alberta budgets:2008-2009 (tabled April 22, 2008)Slogan: The Right Plan for Today and TomorrowPremier: Ed Stelmach. Finance minister: Iris EvansTotal spending is up 10 per cent to a record $37 billion. Surplus of $1.6 billion. Health premiums, which have generated $1 billion annually, are eliminated to save families $1,056 annually. Alberta Employment Tax Credit increases 10 per cent to save a middle-income family with two kids $316 a year. There’s money to hire 300 more police officers and create 14,000 child-care spaces. Good times don’t last as the world economy takes a beating. By the third-quarter update, the province is on track for a $1-billion deficit — the first red ink in 15 years.—2009-2010 (tabled April 7, 2009)Slogan: Building On Our StrengthPremier: Ed Stelmach; Finance minister: Iris EvansBudget forecasts a $4.7-billion deficit, the largest in Alberta history. Program spending is up 3.7 per cent, but resource revenue projections are cut in half. There are tax increases for alcohol and tobacco, as well as hikes in education property taxes. Annual coverage of $200 for chiropractic services is eliminated.—2010-2011 (tabled Feb. 9, 2010)Slogan: Striking the Right BalancePremier: Ed Stelmach; Finance minister: Ted MortonThe deficit again is forecast to reach $4.7 billion. Spending on health is up 5.6 per cent. Spending on education is up 4.6 per cent. There is a plan to spend $20 billion over three years on schools, roads and hospitals. The government holds the line on taxes.—2011-2012 (tabled Feb. 24, 2011)Slogan: Building a Better AlbertaPremier: Ed Stelmach; Finance minister: Lloyd SnelgroveThere is turmoil in the weeks leading up to the budget. Stelmach announces his intention to step down. There are reports his hand was forced by fiscal hardliners in his Tory party, including Finance Minister Ted Morton, who are unhappy with the string of deficits. Morton promptly resigns to run as Stelmach’s replacement. Newly named Finance Minister Lloyd Snelgrove brings down a budget with a deficit of $3.4 billion. Spending is predicted to be $33.9 billion, up 2.2 per cent. Fees go up for car registration, incorporating a business, searching a land title and reserving a camping spot.—2012-2013 (tabled Feb. 9 2012)Slogan: Investing in PeoplePremier: Alison Redford; Finance minister: Ron LiepertRedford’s first budget is tabled right before a provincial election. It predicts an $886-million deficit, a balanced budget the following year and a $5.2-billion surplus in 2014-15. There are no new taxes, tax increases or cuts to the public service. Social assistance payments increase by an average of five per cent. There’s money for 90 new RCMP officers and 55 new sheriffs. After the Tories are re-elected, talk turns to tough times ahead. Redford coins the term “bitumen bubble” to refer to a glut of oil in the U.S. that is driving down the price of oilsands crude. By the third-quarter update, Alberta is forecasting a deficit of between $3.5 billion and $4 billion.—2013-2014 (tabled March 7, 2013)Slogan: Responsible ChangePremier: Alison Redford; Finance minister: Doug HornerThe budget comes at a time when the province is feeling the squeeze from falling oil revenues and a growing population. It holds the line on day-to-day spending but borrows $4.3 billion to build roads, hospitals and schools. Even though the government is not increasing its overall spending on operations, it anticipates a $2-billion deficit on revenues of $38.6 billion. The shortfall, coupled with borrowing, means $6.3 billion in red ink. Horner says the $4.3 billion should not be seen as part of the deficit, because new infrastructure the money is paying for is an asset. There are no new or increased taxes, but no extra money for doctors, teachers, nurses or other government workers in contract talks.—2014-2015 (tabled March 6, 2014)Slogan: The Building Alberta PlanPremier: Alison Redford; Finance minister: Doug HornerAlberta is back in the black on day-to-day spending with a $1.1- billion surplus, but the good times are being underwritten with billions of dollars in debt to pay for roads, schools and hospitals for tens of thousands of newcomers arriving each year. There are no new taxes and no tax increases. There is money for 40 more Mounties, 50 news schools and 2,000 new spaces for post-secondary students. And there is cash to complete twinning of the overburdened and dangerous highway to the oilsands hub of Fort McMurray.—2015-2016 (tabled March 26, 2015, but never passed)Slogan: Putting Things RightPremier: Jim Prentice; Finance minister: Robin CampbellPlunging oil prices punch a multimillion-dollar hole in the government’s revenue. Prentice pledges to get the government off the roller-coaster of energy revenues. The plan calls for Albertans to pay more to get married, go camping, have a drink and fill up at the pumps. It retools tax rates so that the wealthy pay more. It also brings in a health-care levy. Even with all the changes, the budget forecasts the largest deficit in Alberta’s history at $5 billion. Prentice calls an election before the budget is passed and the Tories are swept from power by the NDP.—2015-2016 (tabled Oct. 27, 2015)Slogan: Supporting Jobs, Supporting FamiliesPremier: Rachel Notley; Finance Minister: Joe CeciLow oil prices continue to suck billions of dollars in revenue out of Alberta’s pocketbook and the government faces a deficit of $6.1 billion. But the NDP’s first budget forges ahead with plans to build schools and hospitals, hire more teachers and nurses and bring in promised job-creation programs. There’s money earmarked to reduce school fees, start a school nutrition program and deliver a new child benefit for low-income families. There’s also cash to provide employers with job-creation grants over the next two years and to improve access to capital for small- and medium-sized businesses. Much of the spending is underwritten by debt, which is pegged to reach $36.6 billion by 2018. The province plans to start borrowing money next year to pay for day-to-day programs — something that hasn’t been done in 20 years. Oily roller coaster: A look at Alberta’s plunge into the budget red read more

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€10000 worth of cannabis two sawn off shotguns and a pistol seized

first_imgA MALE HAS BEEN arrested and charged in Portarlington as part of an ongoing investigation targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Laois area.He will appear before a special sitting of Portlaoise District Ct at 10am this morning.SearchDuring the search of an apartment at the Oaks, Killnacourt, Portarlington two sawn off shotguns, a pistol and a quantity of ammunition were recovered. In addition cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €10,000 was also seized.The man, in his late 20’s was arrested at the scene and he is currently detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 at Portlaoise Garda Station.Read: Post-mortem on skeletal remains to take place today>last_img

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Poll Have you tried to reduce your energy usage

first_img Yes, mostly for cost reasons (1408) NEW STATISTICS HAVE revealed that energy usage in Ireland has dropped by 12 per cent in just three years.The study did not examine the reasons for the decline but Europe has seen consumption drop since the financial crisis took hold in 2008. There is also greater evidence of awareness around environmental and sustainable issues.In today’s poll, we’d like to find out if your pattern of energy use has changed – and why.Have you tried to reduce your energy usage? Poll Results: No (1200)center_img Yes, mostly for environmental reasons (296) Yes, mostly for environmental reasonsYes, mostly for cost reasonsNoVotelast_img

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Kingdom Rush Frontiers Strategy guide with tips and tricks

first_img 1 2 If you haven’t played Kingdom Rush yet, you should because it’s a great game. The team behind Kingdom Rush and its sequel Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Ironhide Games, got the popular tower defense genre and perfected it for mobile play. Some people might tell you to try Fieldrunners 2 or geoDefense or iBomber Defense Pacific, but Kingdom Rush is better than all of them — trust me, I’ve spent the money and the time.But if you’ve landed here, it’s probably because you know how good KRF is and you want to get better at it. (Me too!) Let’s put our heads together and figure this game out. With that in mind, this article with feature most of my better ideas about the game, and then you can leave your tips in the comments.First off, Frontiers is fundamentally the same fame as Kingdom Rush, so the lessons you learned over the last year or so still apply. Even so, the enemies this time around are very different and much more diverse — this game is not throwing tank after tank at you. You’re going to have to learn the enemy types, get better at detecting patterns, and figure out the new towers (all the top-level versions of each two types is new, which means eight new towers to learn).A perfect example is Level 7, Crimson Valley. This level is basically impossible to beat if you just clicked through the game’s tips and don’t read about the new enemy type. Here’s my video explainer:The trick is that the new enemy is a cannibal, so if one kills your militia man or soldier, they get their health back. And they are pretty tough, so they kill a lot of soldiers. So if you keep throwing barracks at them, you’re creating an unbeatable horde. The answer? Spam them with arrows and the cannibal Savage Warriors don’t stand a chance.And the brings me to my biggest tip for Kingdom Rush Frontiers: Use archer towers. Archer towers are cheap, they have great range, and they are highly versatile. Archers should be the foundation of your tower defense strategy. Seriously, resist the urge to use a lot of Militia Barracks (the soldier guys). Archers are also awesome because they handle flying enemies where ground-based towers and cannons can’t.If your strategy goes heavy on archers, then you next focus should be choke points. Basically, you need to slow down masses of enemies at certain points. This is where you can take advantage of area of effect spells and splash damage from your cannons (Dwarven Bombardment). Choke points are mandatory for defeating fast-moving enemies, like spiders. Creating choke points usually means soldiers, but they can also be created with the oil slick upgrade from the Battle-Mecha T200 (top-level Dwarf Bombardment).Another great way to slow down a mass of troops is using the sand soldiers that Alric (the hero) creates. Once he us fully upgraded he will shoot out three sand soldiers fairly regularly. They are pretty tough, plus when killed they will not replenish the health of cannibal warriors or Saurian Myrmidons (who bite your troops to get health back). Alric may be free, but you get him first so by the time you bother getting another hero he’ll already have gained a few levels.Alric, your first hero, creator of sand soldiers.Ground troopers might seem like an obvious choice for a tower defense game, but they should be the option you choose the least. Use Militia Barracks to create choke points and to stop bad guys before the end of the map. You hero is the best option for this, but if a level has multiple exits, or the hero, is being overrun you’ll need barracks.Once you upgrade your barracks a few times, you’ll be given the option of Assassins or Knights Templar. Assassins are really cool, can dodge attacks, and they can earn you some gold, but Templars are best for stopping enemies in their tracks. They tend to be the better choice, especially as your last resort before enemies leave the map and you lose hearts.Speaking of upgrades, once you get a few levels in you get the two different top tier options from the archer towers: Tribal Axeman and Crossbows. Both are very useful, but they are not interchangeable. Crossbows have great speed and amazing range, but their most important benefit is that their falcon upgrade can increase the attack distance of surrounding ranged units. This mean, crossbows work best in a group. Tribals axemen are slower and have less range, but their area of effect totems are perfect for queuing up enemies for massive damage and dispelling enemy magic. Use axemen before a choke point or killzone.Next page: More advanced towers and Kingdom Rush Frontiers tips… VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersAlric, your first hero.Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersThose are the Mechs, they are super cool.Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersUpgrade the cannon towers enough and you get these killer earthquake machines. Kingdom Rush FrontiersMore dragon!Kingdom Rush FrontiersCheck out the dragon. He’s a $7 in-app purchase. Kingdom Rush Frontierslast_img read more

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Apples developer portal hacked company announces security overhaul

first_imgAfter several days of mysterious downtime, Apple confirmed on Sunday that its developer portal was compromised. The site, which its developers use to access their accounts and manage their apps, has been down for several days, but this is apparently a security measure rather than a direct result of the attack.The site contained only a cryptic apology for the downtime, but now acknowledges the coast of the problem. Sensitive information like credit card numbers are kept encrypted and inaccessible, and Apple insists that these are not in danger. However, names, addresses and email addresses may have been compromised — not the biggest deal in the world, but still troubling. This breach is related exclusively to developer information, though; customers need not worry that their data was related to this cyber break-in.Following the giant Sony security breach just a few years ago, people are understandably jumpy about these sorts of problems. Still, the Sony hack only resulted in lost credit card info due to egregious errors in their security system. If all is as it seems, Apple has kept their developers’ most sensitive data behind much more reasonable security measures.Their crime is curiosity. And theft. Mostly just theft, really.Some developers were worried that the downtime would delist their apps by keeping them from renewing their developer accounts, but Apple has made assurances that this will not happen. When exactly the portal will come back up is unknown, but Apple is taking the breach very seriously, working “around the clock” to get the site back up, and to ensure the attack can’t happen again. In the same message that explains the downtime, Apple announced that it is “completely overhauling” its developer systems, updating its server software, and rebuilding the entire developer database.It’s important for Apple to placate its developers here, as developers are a notoriously finicky bunch. The company must make it clear not only that the most important information was kept safe during this attack, but that they have learned from and materially improved as a result of this attack. As awareness grows of potential problems with the iOS store for developers, it will become more important than ever to maintain good developer relations.Expect to see a number of news releases from Apple in the coming weeks, probably related to their new and presumably infallible security systems.last_img read more

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3 women to be honored for works

first_imgWhat: 2013 Iris AwardsWhen: 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. ceremony March 7Where: Gaiser Student Center, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver WayTickets: $25. Purchase tickets: http://tinyurl.com/irisawardsDianna Kretzschmar, Lisa Lowe and Jaynie Roberts will be recognized as women of achievement in Southwest Washington at the Iris Awards presented by Clark College on Thursday in the college’s Gaiser Student Center. A 5 p.m. reception will be followed by the 6 p.m. awards ceremony.2012 was the inaugural year for the Iris Awards, the rebirth of the Women of Achievement Awards first begun by Clark College in 1985 to commemorate Women’s History Month by recognizing outstanding women leaders in Clark County.The award, which celebrates the lasting and far-reaching contributions of women in Southwest Washington, is sponsored by the college, the Clark College Foundation and the Vancouver Business Journal.Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/irisawards.This year’s recipients are:• Dianna Kretzschmar is a health services liaison at Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center, Caretique Memory Care and the Park Lido Assisted Living.• Lisa Lowe is a managing shareholder in the Vancouver office of the law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.n Jaynie Roberts, founder and artistic director of Vancouver’s Magenta Theater Company.Susan Parrish: 360-735-4515; http://twitter.com/Col_Schools; susan.parrish@columbian.comlast_img read more

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Strong El Nino Blob effect may mean more winter precipitation

first_imgThe Chinook pattern is one characteristic of El Nino winters. National Weather Service climatologist Rick Thoman describes the warm Pacific Ocean waters of El Nino as raging across the equatorial region.Download Audio“This is one of the strongest El Ninos in the last 65 years, when we have good records,” Thoman says.Despite its strength, Thoman says El Nino impacts on North American have so far been minimal.“It turns out that the strongest links are actually later in the winters… say, after the new year.”Thoman adds that El Nino can affect the path of Alaska weather systems.“Storms track more through the Gulf of Alaska and into the northern Gulf Coast as some of the storms are likely to track, say, toward Bristol Bay with the potential to kind of leave Southeast out of that. (There are also) increased chances for more southerly flow aloft, which of course over most of the state would bring milder than average conditions.”That also means drier weather for areas in the lee of the Alaska Range, like the Interior, but Thoman cautions that there’s another factor in the mix: abnormally warm sea temperatures in eastern Pacific, a phenomenon known as “The Blob” that can affect storms.“That warm water does add more moisture to the atmosphere. And even in the Interior, if we do get a storm that comes out of the southwest, it could potentially hold more moisture than it otherwise would because of these warmer than average sea surface temperatures.”Looking further out, Thoman says odds point to a transition to La Nina conditions next fall and winter, a state that yields colder than normal weather.last_img read more

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SoftBank invests 300 million in WeWork Amazon buys Souq for 650 million

first_imgPeople walk behind the logo of SoftBank Corp in Tokyo December 18, 2014.Reuters fileSoftBank Group, a Japanese conglomerate with multiple interests in the information industry and start-ups globally, made two significant investments in the past couple of days while American e-commerce firm Amazon acquired UAE-based e-commerce firm Souq.com.SoftBank invested $300 million in New York based co-working and office space provider WeWork, valuing the firm at about $18 billion.SoftBank could take a bigger stake in the company through its planned $100 billion Vision Fund, in which Saudi Arabia would be investing $45 billion, and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Co., apart from the Japanese firm’s $25 billion, according to a report in Bloomberg.Another significant investment by SoftBank is in Japan’s self-driven bus project, SB Drive Corp, along with Yahoo Japan, totalling about Japanese yen (JPY) 680 million. Yahoo Japan will be investing JPY 490 million.SB Drive was established in April 2016 as a joint venture between SoftBank and Advanced Smart Mobility Co. Ltd.After the fund infusion, SB Drive will have three stakeholders — SoftBank 51.1 percent, Yahoo! Japan 48.6 percent and Advanced Smart Mobility 0.3 percent, according to an update by SoftBank.  The interior of Japan’s internet commerce and mobile games provider DeNA Co’s Robot Shuttle, a driver-less, self driving bus, is seen during its demonstration in Tokyo, Japan July 7, 2016 (representational image).Reuters fileAmazon acquires SouqSouq.com, the UAE-based e-commerce company with presence in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, has been acquired by Amazon for $650 million, according to a report in Tech Crunch, which added that both the firms declined to comment about the deal.A unicorn, Souq was founded in 2005 and was in the news in January this year when Dubai-based retail group Majid Al Futtaim Holding was reportedly keen on acquiring a stake in the e-commerce company.Souq.com FZ-LLC, a subsidiary of Jabbar Internet Group, also has a payments gateway, Payfort.Flipkart’s valuation takes a plungeIn a related development, Flipkart raised $1 billion from China’s Tencent and Microsoft, valuing the Indian e-commerce company at $11 billion, down from the earlier $16 billion.Exit looks tough for VC-backed unicornsIn an analysis, global venture database CB Insights said that out of 189 venture-backed companies valued at $1 billion or more in the private markets, 168 are waiting for an exit, a task that seems uphill, given the past track record.”…there has only been an average of 25 $1B+ venture-backed exits in the last 3 years. At that rate it would take over seven years for all the current VC-backed unicorns to exit at $1B or higher,” it said.last_img read more

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Shooting at Douglass High School Leaves One Injured

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROQuestions are being raised after an armed 25-year-old man was able to enter Frederick Douglass High School in Northwest Baltimore and shoot a 56-year-old hall monitor Feb. 8.The shooting occurred around noon when the assailant walked into the building and was confronted by the victim, who was shot during the confrontation.  School police said no students were injured.The suspect, who has not been identified, is in custody.The victim is currently being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma and is currently in serious, but stable, condition.However, the flare up of violence inside a school is raising fresh questions about the safety of the city’s educational facilities.“No one should be able to enter the building; that goes to the problem I saw all the time,” said Scott Miller Phoenix, a former Baltimore public school teacher who taught for over 30 years in the city.“These schools are just not secure,” he added.  “How could a stranger just walk into a school?”The shooting comes on the heels of a heated debate over allowing police to have firearms inside school facilities.  Legislation that would have authorized officers to carry guns was withdrawn by State Del. Cheryl Glenn after the city school board voted unanimously against it last month.But, school police union chief Sgt. Clyde Boatwright said the board should reconsider its vote in light of today’s shooting.“Sadly, we predicted this. We have been telling everyone this has less to do with students and more with people who want to harm them,” he told the AFRO.“It was clear and evident today this guy intended to kill someone. If it wasn’t for the swift action of Baltimore city police, one of whom was unarmed, it would have been much worse.”Boatwright said the assailant was confronted by three officers, one of whom was unable to access his weapon—a fact he says should prompt the board to reconsider its vote to keep school police unarmed inside school facilities.“I think the school board should take a look deep within themselves to decide if keeping officers unarmed is in the best interest of staff and students,” Boatwright said.last_img read more

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Obsidian recreates Mos Eisley spaceport in incredible detail

first_img <> This project is about 90% finished. The goal here is to complete it and then release it to the public for free. Gameplay-wise, it would be akin to a “walking simulator” since all that the player can do is navigate through the world and take in the sights. With the exception of some droids, there are no NPCs here because no character animators were involved. The team also hopes to make this VR compatible, which would no doubt make it an even more immersive experience.This is easily one of the coolest “fan-made” projects out there. Even a game like Star Wars Battlefront doesn’t look as good as what this small team is putting together. If you want to read a full account of how this project came together, make sure to follow this link for more information. When it comes to fan-made projects, the go-to tool is usually Unreal Engine 4. Given the capabilities of the engine and how gorgeous it makes everything look, it’s a natural fit for those who want to create projects that are visually impressive. We’ve seen a number of fan-made projects that run on Unreal 4 just this year alone, but most have been from unprofessional (albeit highly talented) individuals. This latest Unreal 4 passion project, however, is a bit different since the folks behind it are all professional game developers.Jason Lewis and 16 other colleagues from Obsidian Entertainment have recreated Star Wars‘ Mos Eisley spaceport using Epic’s engine. As Lewis states, this project came to life purely because of the love the team behind it have for Star Wars. This project was also an excuse for the team to learn Unreal Engine 4. Originally, Lewis planned to just re-create the Millennium Falcon inside of a hanger bay. But as he kept going, he added more and more. He realized he couldn’t continue expanding the environment on his own, so he started bringing on colleagues. Before long, there was a total of 17 people working to build Mos Eisley spaceport.last_img read more

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Graphene quantum dot flash memories look promising for data storage

first_img © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Graphene quantum dot flash memories look promising for data storage (2014, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-graphene-quantum-dot-memories-storage.html Journal information: Nanotechnology (a) Schematic diagram and (b) image of a graphene quantum dot flash memory. Charge storage in discrete charge traps, such as graphene quantum dots, offers the potential for high-density data storage. Credit: Joo, et al. ©2014 IOP Publishing Resonant energy transfer from quantum dots to graphene (Phys.org) —Today’s commercial flash memories usually store data as electric charge in polysilicon layers. Because polysilicon is a single continuous material, defects in the material can interfere with the desired charge movement, which can limit data retention and density.center_img Explore further More information: Soong Sin Joo, et al. “Graphene-quantum-dot nonvolatile charge-trap flash memories.” Nanotechnology 25 (2014) 255203 (6pp). DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/25/25/255203 To overcome this problem, researchers have recently been working on storing charge in discrete charge traps, such as nanocrystals, instead of polysilicon layers. Since discrete charge trap materials have the advantage of preventing unwanted charge movement as a result of their lower sensitivity to local defects, they offer the potential for high-density flash memories.Now in a new study, scientists have used graphene quantum dots instead of nanocrystals as the discrete charge trap material. The researchers, Soong Sin Joo, et al., at Kyung Hee University and Samsung Electronics, both in Yongin, South Korea, have published their paper on graphene quantum dot flash memories in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.Although graphene in general is widely known as an attractive material for next-generation electronics and photonics because of its unique properties, the development of graphene memory devices is still at an early stage. Graphene quantum dots in particular are very new materials. As bits of graphene extracted from bulk carbon, graphene quantum dots can be engineered with specific electronic and optical properties for different purposes.Here, the researchers prepared graphene quantum dots of three different sizes (6, 12, and 27 nm diameters) between silicon dioxide layers. The researchers found that the memory properties of the dots differ depending on their sizes. For instance, while the 12-nm dots exhibit the highest program speed, the 27-nm dots exhibit the highest erase speed, as well as the highest stability.”This is the first report of charge-trap flash nonvolatile memories made by employing structurally characterized graphene quantum dots, even though their nonvolatile memory properties are currently below the commercial standard,” coauthor Suk-Ho Choi at Kyung Hee University told Phys.org. “Actually, this is first successful application of graphene quantum dots in practical devices, including electronic and optical devices, as far as I know, even though there are many reports on physical and chemical characterizations of graphene quantum dots.”As flash memory devices in their early stages of development, the graphene quantum dot memories demonstrate a promising performance, with an electron density comparable to that of memory devices based on semiconductor and metal nanocrystals. The researchers hope that future improvements to the devices will lead to enhanced performance and new applications.”If flexible dielectrics (insulators) are used instead of silicon dioxides as tunnel and control barriers on plastic substrates, then they can be used in flexible (or wearable) electronic devices,” Choi said. “Metal nanoparticles also offer several advantages similar to graphene quantum dots, such as higher density of states, flexibility in choosing the work function, etc., for charge-trap flash nonvolatile memories, but may potentially degrade the device performance due to their thermal instabilities and are not useful for transparent and flexible electronics and photonics.” 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

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International Kala Mela to break boundaries between art and artists

first_imgThe first International Kala Mela (International Art Fair), which is being held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi is emerging as one of the most sought-after art hubs. From beginners to award winners, Kala Mela is the talent show-casing platform for every artist.With every passing day, Mela is catching fervour. On the sixth day, it was abuzz with a lot of activities, apart from visits from some of the most prominent personalities in Delhi’s power circle. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThere was a painting competition organized for school children and art college students. Named ‘Chitrakari Paint the Kala Mela’, this painting competition was attended by students from Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Molarband, New Delhi, Banayan Tree school and College of Arts. The day also witnessed visit of Tihar Jail’s DG Ajay Kashyap. Tihar Jail is a stakeholder in International Kala Mela and has taken stalls to exhibit arts of Tihar inmates. DG Kashyap strolled around the stalls and admired beautiful works exhibited by various emerging and prominent artists. While talking about the Kala Mela and Tihar’s participation in it, he stated, “Tihar is happy to participate (here) as the stakeholder. This is a matter of honour and privilege for the inmates to promote their talent in the outside world. It would give them a dignified place in the society when they come out.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInternational Kala Mela is missioned to break boundaries between art and artists. It has artists traveling from remotest of the places to imprisoned inmates. Also, there are Lalit Kala Akademi award winners like Amit Dutt, Harish Shrivastava, Rajesh Khanna along with this year’s awardees Shiv Kumar and Vivek Kumar. C.S. Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala Academy also expressed joy over the participation of awardees in Kala Mela.last_img read more

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Marriott International acquires Starwood Hotels in 12bn deal

first_imgMarriott International Inc buys Sheraton owner Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc in a $12.2 billion deal to create the world’s largest hotel chain.Combined, the two firms have more than 5,500 hotels with 1.1 million rooms and $2.7 billion in revenue and this gives Marriott greater presence in markets outside the United States.Starwood, which gets nearly two-thirds of its revenue from outside the United States, had essentially put itself up for sale in April, when it said it was considering strategic alternatives.J.W. Marriott, Jr, Chairman of the Maryland-based company said, “We have competed with Starwood for decades and we have also admired them.”Marriott Chief Executive Arne Sorenson, who will head the new group, said the two firms hoped to become “the world’s favourite travel company”.The deal will combine Marriott’s 19 brands, including Ritz-Carlton and Fairfield Inn, with Starwood’s Westin, W and St. Regis chains.Marriott will pay $11.9 billion in stock and the rest in cash, and hopes to have the acquisition completed by mid-2016.“This greater scale should offer a wider choice of brands to consumers, improve economics to owners and franchisees, increase unit growth,” said Marriott Chief Executive Arne Sorenson.Starwood, which opened a review into its strategy in April, had also been linked to deals with Intercontinental and Hyatt Hotels.Starwood, the owner of St. Regis and Aloft hotel brands, had reached out to InterContinental Hotels Group Plc, Wyndham Worldwide Corp and sovereign wealth funds for a possible deal since July.last_img read more

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Travel Guide Antigua

first_imgThree hours from Miami and eight from London is Antigua, the largest island in the nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua is home to some of the most exquisite places to see such as its capital is St. John’s, a port town of plantation shutters, iron roofs and colours as bright as our spirits.Source: Expedialast_img

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