Heritage status doesnt mean Glen Abbey cant be built overexpert

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario town voted this week to designate one of Canada’s most famous golf courses a heritage site, but one expert says the status doesn’t necessarily protect Glen Abbey’s greens from being turned into a housing development.Paul Dilse, a heritage planning consultant in Toronto, says Oakville, Ont., town council’s vote of intent to designate the Glen Abbey Golf Club a heritage zone means that it is immediately protected under the Ontario Heritage Act.The designation, which was voted on Monday night, comes one month before the town council is set to decide whether it will approve or block a housing development that Glen Abbey’s owner, ClubLink, has planned for the course.ClubLink has said it wants to turn the course into a mix of 3,200 residential units, office and retail space — a plan that has drawn considerable opposition from locals who say Glen Abbey is worthy of preservation.The course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and opened 40 years ago. It has hosted the Canadian Open 29 times and is slated to host it again next year. The Canadian Golf Museum and Hall of Fame, and Golf Canada offices are also housed on the site.But despite the heritage status now granted to the prestigious course, Dilse said the area could still be developed.ClubLink still has 30 days to appeal the heritage designation to the Conservation Review Board, he explained.Even if ClubLink loses its appeal, its development could still proceed, depending on what guidelines Oakville decides to introduce to preserve the site’s heritage. Those guidelines could theoretically be as lenient as requiring parts of the golf course to exist alongside the new housing development, he said.A spokeswoman with Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport said any appeal by ClubLink on the heritage designation will trigger a hearing, the result of which will be sent to Oakville’s town council. Denise Balfour said, however, that whatever the appeal hearing’s findings, “the final decision will ultimately be made by the local council.”Oakville’s mayor noted that the heritage designation and ClubLink’s development proposal are being treated as two separate issues by the town, despite the fact that one will affect the other in some way.“It’s not clear yet how the one could influence the other, it’s too soon to say,” said Burton, who acknowledged that the heritage designation doesn’t mean the ClubLink’s development can’t go ahead.“We have to wait for the planning staff’s report in September on whether or not they recommend (ClubLink’s development) application.”Oakville’s efforts to establish the course as a heritage zone have been in the works for eight years now and were recently expedited, while ClubLink’s proposal for the development came in 2015, Burton said.Burton said that he’s heard from people who are both for and against the development proposal, but said that he’s seen more people against the development than people who are in favour of it.ClubLink’s vice president Robert Visentin came out against the heritage designation, calling it a “blunt tool” that was being used to “block our proposed real estate redevelopment.”Visentin went on to call it a “troubling precedent” for the business of golf in Canada, and said the company will be reviewing its options before taking its next step.One coalition of Oakville residents, called the Save Glen Abbey Coalition, said it has over 7,000 signatures of residents who are opposed to the course being destroyed, and runs with the slogan “If Glen Abbey isn’t heritage then what is?”last_img read more

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Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation Presents Big Fighters Big Cause

first_imgB. Riley & Co. and The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation present The 4th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Fight Night to benefit The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation in its support for Juvenile Diabetes Research and The Wounded Warrior Project.This prestigious invitation-only Red Carpet event will take place at The Santa Monica Pier on May 21, 2013.Anthony Anderson will be the Master of Ceremony for the evening, which will feature a PROAM fight card commissioned by the California State Athletic Commission and USA Boxing. Songstress Franchesca Robi (daughter of The Platters’ Paul Robi) will sing the National Anthem to ring in the fights. The fight card will consist of amateur and professional heavyweight bouts.The event anticipates a targeted audience of over 1000 guests, comprised of C-suite executives from nearly 200 public companies across a range of sectors, leading institutional investors, high net worth individuals, financial services professionals, celebrities, sports legends, and other high-profile individuals.Zota Pop, a Top 40s band comprised of world-class musicians, will provide musical entertainment along with DJ BABY CHINO, the 10-year-old DJ phenomenon who has been seen on Nickelodeon’s hit show “Figure It Out”.Rusnak, Maserati, BMW and Porsche, part of the Rusnak Auto Group is proud to support the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation. Sugar Ray Leonard will honor Medtronic, Inc. by presenting an Award in the ring for its work in Juvenile Diabetes with the Insulin Pump. The Hauser Insurance Group is also a proud supporter of the cause. The evening will be set against a rich environment for both charitable and business development opportunities.A true highlight of the evening will be the Live Auction to raise funds for the cause. Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-inspired wellness resort known as the first resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design, stands out. The winner of this Live Auction Item will receive a gift certificate for a 5 night Couples Escape in a stunning penthouse suite, with access to a wide range of wellness treatments featured at the resort’s world-renowned Kurspa – a 40,000 square foot spa providing over 100 treatments and therapies.Guests will enjoy an abundance of delicious food and beverages offered to guests to relish. Legends Beer will offer its premium craft beer in the Legends 100% recyclable aluminum bottle. Legends believes that consumers can have both great beer, and interesting content with the same package.Other fantastic beverages available to guests are Asombroso Tequila, Monster Energy Drink, Hansen, Sneaky Pete’s Beverage, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Weaver’s Coffee & Tea. More delectable food sponsors include: Beachy Cream, Sheila G’s The Original Brownie Brittle Company, Deano’s Deli, Good Greek Grub, Jalisco’s Mobile Taco Grill, Monsoon Café, Rollin’ Rib BBQ, Sabra Dipping Co., SUSHI POPPER, and Sweet Insanity Bake Shop.The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation was launched by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research. The mission of The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation (SRLF) is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. After watching his father struggle with Diabetes and its complications for years, Ray is very passionate about finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. Ray is also very passionate about empowering wounded warriors dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other lasting effects of combat. Part of the proceeds from this event will be going to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). For more information about the Foundation and their cause, click here.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

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Weekly US unemployment benefits drop to 346K a level consistent with steady

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Weekly US unemployment benefits drop to 346K, a level consistent with steady job growth by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2013 8:40 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a level consistent with steady job growth.The Labor Department said Thursday that applications dropped from 357,000 the previous week, which was revised up from an initially reported 354,000. The less volatile four-week average rose 4,500 to 352,500.Weekly applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have fallen 7 per cent in the past six months and hit a five-year low of 338,000 in early May.Still, layoffs are only half of an improving jobs picture. The other is hiring, and companies have been reluctant to rapidly create many more jobs.On Friday, the government reports on May employment. Economists expect it will show that employers added 170,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate is expected to remain a four-year low of 7.5 per cent.Job gains accelerated over the winter but have since softened, along with the broader economy.Factory activity shrank in May for the first time since November, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives.A separate ISM survey of service firms found that they grew at a faster pace last month. But a measure of employment in the report fell sharply. That suggests that service companies added fewer jobs. Service firms have been the main source of job gains in recent months.There have been some positive signs of resilience in the economy. Service companies reported higher new orders. That suggests business could expand further in the coming months.And steady gains in home sales and construction are providing crucial support for the economy.Home prices jumped by the most in seven years in April, according a report by CoreLogic released Tuesday. Higher prices can make homeowners feel wealthier, spurring more spending.They can also help sustain the recovery by encouraging would-be home buyers to purchase homes before prices rise further. Rising prices also give developers more incentives to build more homes. Builders applied for the most permits in nearly five years in April. read more

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Mens Volleyball No 1 Ohio State drops first match of the season

Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen spikes the ball during the NCAA national championship game on Saturday. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterIt took five sets, but the No. 6 BYU men’s volleyball team (3-1) upset No. 1 Ohio State (2-1) 3-2 Saturday night at St. John Arena in front of 2,237 spectators. The first set of the early-season rematch between the two teams in the past two NCAA championship games foreshadowed what proved to be a competitive match. The Cougars had an impeccable set for serving, committing only two service errors. Despite powerful jump-serves drilled by the Cougars, the Buckeyes were able to get the ball up and to setter Sanil Thomas, who was then able to work in-system plays.Consistent, quick and powerful attacks from senior outside hitters Nicolas Szerszen and Maxime Hervoir and redshirt senior opposite Jake Hanes put the ball to the wood and started the Buckeyes off with a win in the opening set 25-21.Despite losing the first set, the Cougars came onto the floor hungry for the second set. The Buckeyes won the first point after a kill from Hervoir, but the Cougars managed to side-out and take the lead and run with it for the entire set as communication diminished on Ohio State’s side of the net. BYU’s defense improved significantly in the second set, lowering Ohio State’s hitting percentage from .750 in the first set to .300. The Cougars claimed the set 25-21. In the third set, the Cougars maintained their momentum, shutting down Ohio State’s offense with three blocks and 13 digs. Ohio State’s hitting percentage dropped further to .258 and the home team was unable to overtake the Cougars, losing 25-20. Ohio State won the first point of the fourth set after a right-side kill by Szerszen and kept swinging hard throughout the set, eventually adding a second set 25-21. Thomas assisted on 15 of the Buckeyes’ 18 kills.At the beginning of the fifth set, the game remained largely up for grabs. BYU pulled away after a 5-5 tie and ended the fifth set 15-8, winning the match 3-2.Cougar outside hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez scored 24.5 points in the match — the most for both teams. BYU setter Leo Durkin assisted on 42 of the Cougars’ 53 kills. Outside hitter Brenden Sander contributed 15 of BYU’s match points.Hervoir had 20 kills for the Buckeyes, the most kills in the match by a player for both teams. Thomas topped both teams in assists with a total of 55, and Szerszen tied second for kills in the match with Cougar player Garcia Fernandez with 19 kills. read more

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Big Ten play becoming big pain for struggling Buckeyes

The Big Ten has been a big pain for the Ohio State women’s basketball team this season.Aside from an early loss to Duke, the Buckeyes cruised through their nonconference schedule. However, they have struggled to find their game against teams who know their style of play.“There’s a difference between nonconference play and conference play,” coach Jim Foster said. “Nonconference play … you play a team twice, home and away, or you play them once. In terms of conference games, you can have a 10 to 12 game resume against your opponents depending on upper-classmen.”Before they began their conference schedule, the Buckeyes averaged 86.3 points per game. Against conference opponents, they have only averaged 70.1.That 16-point difference would be big for any team, but OSU is especially affected because they have allowed nearly the same amount of points per game.Foster has said that the team has the skills to win the close games and has won many of them over the last five years, but now people are noticing because “maybe we’re just in more of them.”Big Ten play has already handed OSU two losses and three games decided by three points or fewer in just ten conference games. In contrast, OSU had one loss and only one game decided by 10 points or less in nonconference play.The two losses from the Big Ten came against Purdue and Indiana in away games with both teams being unranked and struggling to maintain winning records.“Coaches refer to [a season] as three seasons,” Foster said, referring to out-of-conference schedule, conference schedule and the postseason. “A lot of times you’re just happy to get out of the conference season, let alone a conference that plays 18 games. There are some conferences around that play each other once.”Not only have the Buckeyes shot worse when playing a conference opponent, by about 10 percent, but they allow their opponents to shoot better from the floor as well.    OSU has a smaller advantage in rebounds as well — it is cut in half against conference opponents. The last week has been especially brutal for OSU as its two conference losses have occurred within this span. However, center Jantel Lavender doesn’t feel that the team is playing to its potential.“Close games are games that we make close games, because I think that we can beat teams by way more points than we’ve been beating them,” Lavender said. Foster believes this inconsistency in play is due to the youth of the team. The Buckeyes only have four seniors, none of which are starters, although three of the four see the court each game.With games still remaining against a surging Purdue team and a talented Michigan State team, both at home, the season could head in either direction for the Buckeyes depending on their resiliency. read more

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Former Ohio State coaches Bruce Cooper share football wisdom

Teach core values, such as honesty. Don’t complain about your players. Respect greatness. Those were some of the tips a handful of master football coaches gave to more than 1,000 of their high school counterparts Friday at the 80th annual Ohio State Football Coaches Clinic. “When you’re dealing with players, you’re trying to teach the core values,” said Earle Bruce, OSU coach from 1979–87. “You can’t deal with a player if he’s going to lie to you. So, honesty and truthfulness is very, very important.” John Cooper, OSU coach from 1988–00, said coaches should use their talent with their players’ and turn it into a great football team. “Don’t b—- about your players,” Cooper said. “They’re the only ones you’ve got.” The clinic began Thursday and brought more than 1,000 high school coaches to Columbus. On Friday, the coaches gathered in the Schottenstein Center to hear from a panel of coaches, including  Bruce, Cooper and Dave Adolph. Following the master coaches session, ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” analyst and former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden praised OSU football and its coaching greats including Bruce, Cooper and coach Jim Tressel. “Phenomenal tradition at Ohio State,” Gruden said. “Great coaches — you got Jim Tressel, national champion. Hell, you got people wearing his sweater.” Gruden also cited legendary OSU coach Woody Hayes as the reason he got into coaching. The coaches clinic continues Friday with coaches watching the OSU football team practice, followed by the 66th annual Ohio North-South game in Ohio Stadium. The coaches will meet with members of the OSU football staff for presentations on conditioning, filming and equipment on Saturday, and then will attend the Jesse Owens Spring Game. read more

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Mixed fortunes for tin miners in 2016

first_imgITRI reports that four of the top ten refined tin producers saw output rise in 2016, while six saw a decline, including half of the top four companies. The data was reported directly to ITRI, with augmentation using published information.Of the four Chinese companies included in the top 10 table, two saw production fall in 2016, one reported a large increase and the other a negligible increase. China’s mine and secondary refined tin production both fell last year, but this was more than offset by a 30% rise in the supply of tin in ore and concentrate from Myanmar. China’s refined tin production is expected to increase marginally this year; a recovery in mine output and secondary refined tin production should compensate for lower shipments from the Wa County mining district in Myanmar as grades fall and costs rise.In Indonesia, PT Timah saw a 13.4% fall in refined tin production to 23,756 t (unaudited) in 2016. Production was affected by lower raw material availability as a result of reduced mine output. In turn, this was driven by the low tin price and flooding on the island of Bangka in the early part of 2016. PT Timah has since raised the price they are willing to pay for ore, which incentivised mining in the latter part of the year and should continue to do so in 2017. Despite higher prices, Indonesian tin production continues to face pressure from depleting resources and falling tin grades. On balance we expect Indonesian tin output will remain broadly unchanged this year.Refined tin production by Minsur in Peru contracted by 3.2% to 19,583 t in 2016 as a result of the continuing natural decline in tin grades at the company’s San Rafael Mine, although this was somewhat offset by the commissioning of a new ore sorting plant last May. Also, Minsur’s Brazilian operations saw a 4.8% increase in refined tin production to 5,873 t. Minsur’s total refined tin production should remain broadly stable in 2017, as a likely increase in Brazilian production from Brazil offsets any further decline in Peru.The Bolivian state-owned smelter, Empresa Metalúrgica Vinto, saw refined tin production rise 8.3% to 13,111 t last year, short of the 14,000 t target announced in early 2016. It was reported locally that the target was missed due a drought in the latter part of the year that disrupted mining, particularly at the state-run Huanuni mine, therefore limiting the supply of tin concentrates to the smelter.last_img read more

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Rdio Adds Pixies Spoon Vampire Weekend Tim McGraw

first_imgI like Rdio. I gave the subscription music service high marks when it first launched, for its smooth interface and strong focus on socialization. I had to knock the service, however, for its relatively paltry selection. When I bumped into some folks from the service last week at ces, however, they assured me that they were on top of it, that the company had added plenty of music since I took it for a test drive, and that they were continuing to do so. Apparently the service waited for the ces buzz to die down a bit before making its latest announcement.The Skype founder created service has just added a ton of music to its selection, including such big name indie artists as Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Spoon, The xx, The National, Vampire Weekend, The Pixies, Belle and Sebastian, and Boards of Canada. Also on that list, funnily enough, is country star Tim McGraw. The new selection comes courtesy of a partnership with music licensing firm, Merlin.last_img read more

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New Democracy ponders future strategy

first_imgHigh-ranking New Democracy officials met on Tuesday for the first time since the European Parliament and local elections to assess the result of the vote, but the meeting ended without a decision on how the conservatives will seek to convince hundreds of thousands of voters who have abandoned the party to return.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras presided over the meeting of New Democracy’s executive secretariat, where officials discussed the party’s 22.7 percent result in the May 25 elections.Samaras said the party had to devote its energy to reconnecting with people who had voted for the party in the past but who were supporting other parties or did not vote at all. “We have to approach them systematically,” Samaras is reported to have told party officials, asking for strategy recommendations to be drawn up and the committee to reconvene soon.Sources said, however, that opinions within the party are split on whether the conservatives should actively seek to connect with around 16 percent of voters that backed far-right Golden Dawn, ultranationalist LAOS and anti-bailout Independent Greeks or whether the focus should be on occupying more of the middle ground.Samaras admitted that there would be a cabinet reshuffle but it is still not clear whether it will take place this week. Sources suggested that it is more likely to happen on Monday.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras was in Brussels on Tuesday, from where he called on European Union leaders to “respect the result of the European elections” and allow Jean-Claude Juncker, the conservative candidate for European Commission president, to have an exploratory mandate allowing him to put his candidacy to the European Parliament and seek a majority.Tsipras, the European Left’s candidate for the post, met with rival hopefuls Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party) and Ska Keller (European Green Party) to discuss the possibility of MEPs in their groupings voting against another candidate if EU leaders decide to put someone other than Juncker forward.The leftist politician also set out what he believes are the two dominant strategies in Europe at the moment. “One [strategy] wants small steps toward democratization of Europe,” he said. “The other is the strategy of completely breaking up the European process – [British Prime Minister] David Cameron’s strategy. It is our duty to prevent this happening.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Once Upon a Time Starts a New Story with SDCC Trailer

first_img A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Last season of Once Upon a Time ended with a pretty intriguing cliffhanger. After wrapping up Emma’s story and giving everyone a happy ending, we jumped forward in time. Henry was now an adult living in Seattle. A strange girl shows up at his door, claiming to be his daughter. The first scene of the first season repeated itself, only now Henry was the confused parent. That’s where things ended. Today at SDCC, we got to see where they’ll begin when the show comes back this fall.I’ll admit, when I saw the end of last season’s finale, I was skeptical of their ability to start over with the story. This trailer put a lot of that skepticism to rest. After the first few moments of flashbacks, it kicks into high gear with a new curse, a new setting and a whole lot of new drama. We see a few new characters as well as some familiar faces. There’s Regina at a bar! There’s Rumplestiltskin! There’s… wait, why is Hook a cop now? A Seattle cop, given the monorail in the background. (Does this show think people in Seattle ride that thing?) Well, however, he got there, meet Captain Hook, I guess.After this trailer, I’m excited to see what stories they tell with the new setting. Is the magic actually going to happen inside a major city now, rather than constrained to a secret town behind a barrier? That would definitely be an interesting addition to the series. Whatever they do, it looks like the new season is going to be cheesy, melodramatic and oh so emotional. Everything we love about Once Upon a Time. Now, we just have to wait two and a half months to see more of it. Season seven premieres with its brand new story on October 5 on ABC.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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HandsOn Alien Blackout Is a Mobile Game for People Who Hate Mobile

first_imgStay on target Hopefully Alien: Blackout Isn’t The Next Diablo Immortal Last week, I got to check out the upcoming Alien: Blackout. Naturally, I went in with some mild skepticism given the platform it’s on. Thankfully, this isn’t the typical mobile game experience most of us dread. Developers Rival Games, D3 Go!, and publisher FoxNext are doing justice to the Alien franchise by staying true to its sci-fi horror roots. They’re also showing the world that a mobile game doesn’t need to have microtransactions or superfluous add-ons in order to make it engaging. Alien: Blackout is a mobile game for people who hate mobile games.Alien: Blackout stars Amanda Ripley, who is the daughter of perennial Alien protagonist, Ellen Ripley. Those who have played 2014’s Alien: Isolation are no doubt familiar with Amanda. Though Blackout takes place after Isolation and Aliens, it isn’t exactly a sequel. It is certainly situated in the Alien universe, but it is its own distinct story. Still, as a fan of Alien: Isolation, I’m happy to play another game with Amanda Ripley. I don’t know if and when we’ll get a sequel to that title, but this is a nice nod to fans of Isolation.When you think about Alien games, mobile isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. Because of this, Rival Games knew it had to remain true to the spirit of the franchise (specifically, the original film), in order to make it all work. This is something TQ Jefferson (Vice President of External Development, FoxNext), gave the developer credit for.“Rival Games and D3 Go! came to us with a really compelling pitch for a game,” said Jefferson. “The gameplay mechanics, the way the story unfolds, it was something that we haven’t done on mobile before. It got us excited right away on it. Part of what I give them credit for is holding true to their vision. They were very clear about the game they wanted to make and not diluting it down by adding additional features to it. Rather than let it morph into design by committee or into a different game entirely, they held true to what it was.From the onset, it felt like it was right in the wheelhouse of Alien and very appropriate for the brand, the characters, and the alien. It also hearkens back to what originally scared the bejesus out of us from the first film. Put all that together and we had something we felt excited about and we felt fans would be excited about.”Blackout is set on a malfunctioning space station which is now the home of a nasty xenomorph. Hidden inside of a security terminal, Amanda Ripley must help guide a group of four crew members to key points of the station in order to repair it. Fixing broken components isn’t exactly difficult for the experienced crew. The real challenge comes from repairing the ship while keeping the crew and Ripley away from the alien. This is a deadly game of cat and mouse, to be sure.You can guide the crew by pointing to objectives or drawing lines with your finger to said objectives. The user interface players interact with is identical to the one Ripley uses. The interface looks like something straight out of the first Alien film, with its simple, monochromatic display. Players can instruct crew members to stop, hide, or hurry up. Cameras within each area give players a clue to the xenomorph’s location. Motion sensors help as well. However, not every room has motion sensors or cameras so it’s easy to lose track of the alien, especially when it crawls into a vent.As you help guide the crew, you can open/close doors and turn cameras on or off. All of this consumes power. If you only have five power nodes, you’ll need to be aware of how many reserves you have left. You don’t want to have zero power at a time when you need to close a door to save a crew member. You also only have eight minutes to complete each of the seven levels. Given the limited power supplies, time restraint, and keeping track of four individuals, things can get very tense. Players need to keep their wits in order to get everyone out alive.The best way to experience Alien: Blackout is with a good pair of headphones. Sounds are extremely important. They literally mean the difference between life and death in certain cases. For example, if Ripley makes too much noise by issuing orders, the alien can and will find her. The alien makes noise when it enters a room, letting you know if you need to tell crew members to hide. The sounds of closing doors are a great way to distract the xenomorph. The game forces you to constantly keep your ears open, which is essential for survival.Visually speaking, this doesn’t look like a typical mobile game. The graphics are akin to Alien: Isolation, which was itself heavily inspired by the art design of the first Alien film. If you didn’t know better, you’d think this was a console or PC game. It really looks phenomenal for a mobile title. The dimly lit hallways filled with retro-futuristic technology help give players the feeling they’re in the Alien universe. This is by far the best-looking mobile game I’ve ever seen.“These guys [Rival Games] are so respectful of the IP that they wanted to recreate the cinematic experience wherever they could,” said Jefferson. “That first film is seminal in so many different ways. It’s a beautiful film. It’s beautifully shot, beautifully lit and they wanted to do that justice. Being so focused on their design and scope helped them to push the visual quality.”You’ll be happy to know Alien: Blackout has absolutely no microtransactions of any kind. After the initial $4.99 asking price, you’ll never have to spend another penny. This is not only great news for consumers, it also speaks to the confidence the team has in the game. It doesn’t need to have any crazy add-ons to make it a compelling experience. Also, things like boosters or power ups wouldn’t exactly jive with the atmosphere Blackout is trying to convey. One has to respect the level of restraint in this regard. The devs had a very specific vision and didn’t want to tarnish it with unnecessary add-ons.“This game was originally pitched as a premium product,” said Jefferson. “It was never at any point in time free to play. This is true to the original vision, which I think is rare these days and it’s refreshing. It’s incredibly authentic to Alien and you can see the care that went into it and we’re proud of it.”Alien: Blackout is not at all what I imagined. It does an admirable job of capturing the tension and suspense of the Alien franchise in a unique and enjoyable way. It also manages to avoid all of the negative aspects of mobile games; namely, cheap graphics and microtransactions. As a person who normally doesn’t give these titles a second glance, Alien: Blackout demonstrates the untapped potential of mobile platforms. Hopefully, we’ll get more games of this kind moving forward.Expect Alien: Blackout in the Apple and Google Play stores on January 24.More on Geek.com:After Bungie and ‘Destiny,’ Please Free Blizzard From ActivisionOf Course, ‘Red Dead Online’ Is Getting A(nother) Battle Royale ModeRazer HyperSense Is an Entire Rumble Ecosystemlast_img read more

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Kids of all ages enjoy Clark Countys snow

first_imgFor many Pacific Northwesterners, a good sled may not be part of the winter recreation kit.That wasn’t going to stop Kyle McDonald from sledding with his son. The Vancouver dad stopped at several stores before finally finding his prize at Lowe’s.“It took me a while to find one,” McDonald said as his 7-year-old son, Addison, hurtled down the hill at Leverich Park on a lime green and fluorescent orange sled.Wednesday’s historic snowfall, which left up to a foot of powder on the ground in some places, means at least two more snow days for area school districts — and with them, the kind of proper winter recreation last month’s gray and icy snow days didn’t allow.School districts had already announced Thursday closures as of Wednesday afternoon.Local districts have already added up to four make-up days in response to last month’s snow and will now have to add more days to the end of the year. Schools will also push back the end of the semesters and trimesters in order to accommodate equal classroom time from one term to another.State statute requires that schools have 180 instruction days, and about 1,000 instruction hours, not either/or, said Evergreen Public Schools spokeswoman Gail Spolar. That means districts can’t extend half-days to full days in order to make up for students missing school.last_img read more

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Southgate Kane is the best goalscorer in the world

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate hailed Harry Kane as the world’s greatest goalscorer following his dramatic late winner against Croatia on SundayThe Three Lions booked a place in June’s UEFA Nations League finals after defeating Croatia and taking top spot in Group A4.Following Andrej Kramaric’s opener for the visitors, Jesse Lingard put England back on level terms before Kane poked in Ben Chilwell’s free-kick in the 85th-minute to secure the hosts a famous win at Wembley.“Harry is the best goalscorer in the world, frankly,” replied Southgate on the Telegraph, when asked whether it’s difficult to substitute someone like Kane.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You’re always loathed to take a player off of his ability. I know people have questioned some of those decisions over the summer (in not substituting him), but he’s our main penalty taker, our leader.“In 98 per cent of the games, his hold up play and goalscoring is critical. We have a huge belief in him. He is so hungry to lead the team on and further.”The England captain has now scored 20 goals in 35 international appearances and is being tipped to break Wayne Rooney’s record goal tally.last_img read more

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Yorkshire Building Society recognised for mental health best practice

first_imgRhondda Housing Association and Yorkshire Building Society (pictured) are among the organisations recognised at the inaugural Not a Red Card Awards for implementing best practice around addressing mental health in the workplace.The event, organised by insurer Legal and General, aims to celebrate and recognise businesses and individuals that have tackled mental health in the workplace and exhibited best practice strategies in this area.The awards ceremony, which was hosted by sports presenter Gabby Logan, was held on Tuesday 30 October 2018 at The Oval in London.Nigel Wilson, chief executive officer at Legal and General, said: “All the winners of the Not a Red Card Awards have demonstrated their commitment to driving change and removing the stigma around mental health in the workplace. With these awards, we aim to celebrate the achievements of organisations, but we also hope to encourage other businesses to foster an open and mental health literate environment where employees can flourish.”Other winners include boxing school and mentoring organisation Marcellus Baz Group, which took the award for Innovative use of sport, while Claire England, paralegal at law firm Irwin Mitchell, won the Inspiration award.England said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the Inspiration award, which recognises my passion and dedication for encouraging open conversations around mental health in the workplace. Founding the wellbeing group in our London office has allowed me to actively contribute to the wellbeing of our employees and help embed initiatives to improve the perception of mental health in the workplace, as well as ensure colleagues can access the support they need, when they need it most.”The winners of the Not a Red Card Awards are:Best mental health initiative, large organisation: Yorkshire Building Society.Best mental health initiative, small and medium-sized enterprises: Rhondda Housing Association.Collaboration award: Alex Cotton, founder at It Takes Balls to Talk.Innovative use of sport: Marcellus Baz Group.Inspiration award: Claire England, paralegal at Irwin Mitchell.Sarah Moore, wellbeing lead at Yorkshire Building Society, added: “Our colleagues play a vital role in everything we do and this award recognises our commitment in valuing them and creating a supportive, open culture by improving mental health literacy and reducing the stigma of mental health in the workplace through our holistic wellbeing programme.”last_img read more

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Alaska Airlines to build new 40 million hangar in Anchorage

first_imgAlaska’s current maintenance hangar in Anchorage, Alaska. (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)Alaska Airlines is building a new $40 million maintenance hangar at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The airline says the project, announced Friday, will let them service a growing fleet of bigger, more efficient planes.Listen nowRegional vice president Marilyn Romano said the new hangar is part of a bigger investment in the state that amounts to more than $100 million, including terminal updates and new cargo planes. And it coincides with Alaska Airline’s purchase of Virgin America, which is set to vastly expand the company’s reach.“It really sets our company up for the future,” Romano said.The airline has tapped local architecture firm McCool Carlson Green and general contractor Kiewit to design and build the hangar, which will measure 105,000 square feet—twice as big as the carrier’s existing maintenance structure and able to house two 737-Max 9 aircraft, the largest planes in the company’s fleet.Site of the planned hangar. (Photo courtesy Alaska Airlines)Romano said Alaska is still a key market for the company, even as the state struggles financially.“We see that there’s still a future for business in the state of Alaska, and there’s definitely a future for Alaska Airlines in Alaska,” she said.Construction on the new hangar will begin this fall, and is expected to be completed in spring of 2018.last_img read more

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Nintendo Does DIY With Labo for Switch

first_img This 4/20 a hot new product will be blazing onto store shelves for Nintendo Switch owners. The company just revealed Nintendo Labo, what appears to be a line of DIY kits that interact with Nintendo’s recent console/handheld hybrid. Like the initial Switch trailer the Nintendo Labo trailer tries to convey the concept solely through visuals. And our immediate takeaway suggests these are toy cardboard sets kids build that then become “smart” once the Switch tablet and Joy-Con controllers gets involved. It reminds us of Lego Mindstorms, movies that visualize kids’ simple imaginations with big-budget effects, or more casual games like Wii Sports from the Nintendo Wii.The Nintendo Labo trailer shows off everything from a working piano to a fishing rod game to a mech suit all made from trusty cardboard. Along with taking advantage of the Switch’s modular, portable nature, perhaps Labo is finally using the shape-sensing IR camera in the right Joy-Con no Switch game has really used since 1-2 Switch at launch. Curiously, the Nintendo Labo trailer didn’t seem to feature any beloved Nintendo characters like Mario and Pikachu, despite their popularity with kids. Kudos to Nintendo for letting children make up their own adventures free from #brand interference.See the Nintendo Labo trailer below and check it out for yourself when two different packs, the Toy-Con Variety Kit and Toy-Con Robot Kit, launch April 20th for the nice prices of $69.99 and $79.99, respectively.Keep reading to remember just how wrong we were with our initial predictions about what Nintendo Labo would be.2018 has only just started but already the future of Nintendo Switch is starting to come into focus. Just last week the game maker posted a surprise mini Direct video highlighting some upcoming games for the console/handled hybrid like Mario Tennis Aces, The World Ends With You, and Dark Souls. But those games for the most part fall within the “core gamer” demographic. If Nintendo wants its popular device to stay popular, it knows it has to reach beyond people who troll Reddit all day.That’s why we weren’t shocked to learn that Nintendo is preparing a Switch experience more geared for kids. However, we were shocked to learn the announcement was just around the corner. After another week of feverish speculation, Nintendo teased that this new Switch reveal is happening today.According to Nintendo’s social media channels, viewers should tune in online at 5 P.M. ET “to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specially crafted for kids and those who are kids-at-heart.” We’ll update this post later today with whatever the news is so be sure to check back in.For now, though, that doesn’t give us much to work with. Even Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises often have elements that appeal to everyone. Despite his angry American eyebrows, Kirby will never stop being an adorable pink puffball. So we’re curious to learn what Nintendo considers a specifically “kid-friendly experience.”Will this even be a game? Recently Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has been talking about the need to provide “new ways to play” in order to maintain Switch momentum in its second year. This is probably what he’s talking about. Perhaps these new ways to play will take advantage of the Switch’s already modular nature? Joy-Con made of Nerf? A baby doll you slot the Switch tablet inside of? Some totally new wild peripheral?If I had to make a real guess I would say this is amiibo-related, perhaps the next evolution of the concept. Amiibo are already the last toys-to-life still standing and they work with Switch, even when they are cereal boxes. But we’ve never gotten a big sandbox games that works with every amiibo, like Disney Infinity or Lego Dimensions. Also, a Ubisoft employee seemed to hype the event, and Ubisoft is working on its own toys-to-life game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, coming to Switch and other platforms this holiday.What I wouldn’t expect is anything about online services, Virtual Console, or Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises like Metroid, Fire Emblem, and Smash Bros. Maybe, just maybe, this is teasing Animal Crossing. That’s a beloved casual franchise that just landed on mobile and Animal Crossing: New Leaf co-director Aya Kyogoku also teased the event. But super passionate Nintendo fans should temper their expectations.I welcome this news, though. The Switch has already proven itself as a great platform for both Nintendo’s AAA games like Mario and Zelda as well as mature third-party games, not to mention all the indie support. Some casual kids games won’t hurt anyone, just the opposite. It’s good for the industry to appeal beyond often times myopic and toxic core gamers. Sorry haters, but Wii Sports is awesome. We’ll find out what Nintendo has up its child sleeves later today.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch last_img read more

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8hour duty minimum for all docs in staterun hospitals medical colleges

first_imgKolkata: The state Health department has issued a notification, announcing the new duty schedule for doctors at all the medical colleges, mandating the doctors to devote 8 hours per day.The new duty rosters will be corroborated with biometric attendance system, which the state government has proposed to introduce.One of the main objectives is to fix the accountability of the doctors at the state-run hospitals and thereby to ensure better health services to a huge number of patients, who depend on the government establishments. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the government notification, the doctors have to devote a minimum of 48 hours in a week. They will be able to avail an off day in a week, as per the roster. The on-call duty of the registered medical officers (RMO) and the junior doctors are, however, not included within the prescribed duty hours.If duty hours are less than 8 hours a day and more than 7 and half hours, it will be marked as half CL (casual leave) for the doctors. If the duty hours are less than 7 and half hours a day, it will be marked as absent. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIf there are more than 14 CLs in a year for any individual, they will be adjusted from EL (earned leave). If ELs are exhausted, penalty will be deducted from salary. If a doctor exhausts all his/her leaves, he/she may be deprived of salary.The notification also says that the first shift for doctors will be between 9 am – 5 pm. If a doctor joins duty 15 minutes after the shift starts, he/she will be marked as late and he will be liable to join the next shift starting from 9.30 am. The next shift will start from 10 am and will continue till 6 pm, while the last shift will continue from 11 am to 7 pm. All the principals and medical superintendents have been instructed to conduct fingerprint enrollment under the biometric attendance system. All the city’s medical college hospitals will conduct the enrollment for two days from June 13-14. North Bengal Medical College and Hospital and Midnapore Medical College and Hospital will also carry out the enrollment on the same days.Beliaghata ID Hospital, Bangur Institute of Neuroscience, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, School of Tropical Medicine and BC Roy Institute of Pediatric Science will hold enrollment on June 15, whereas Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital, Malda Medical College and Hospital and College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital will hold the enrollment for two days on June 18 and 19.There were some complaints coming from the medical colleges that some doctors do not visit the hospitals on a regular basis, while some others do not enter the hospitals on time, affecting the health services.It may also be mentioned that biometric attendance system has already been installed in various government departments. Now, the doctors at the state-run medical colleges and hospitals and in the districts will also be brought under the ambit of the system.last_img read more

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MH370 Crash expert certain on black boxes

first_img““You can then then swap out sonar system with imaging system, a camera system to go take pictures of the debris field so you can positively identify that it is aircraft wreckage or something else,” Captain Matthews said. Blue Fin did not discover any objects on its first mission, however, US Navy captain Mark Matthews said that the AUV will continue to measure the density of objects to see if anything is metallic, which could indicate plane wreckage. Australian search officials are concerned that a new AUV may be needed because Bluefin 21 cannot go beyond depths of 4.5km below sea level. Meanwhile, the Automated Under Water Vehicle (AUV) Blue Fin 21 is continuing to look for the wreckage in the depths of the Indian Ocean after its first data finding mission was aborted after six hours. Mr Mearns was previously awarded the Order of Australia in 2008 for helping find the wreckage of the historic ship HMAS Sydney and the wreckage of Air France flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean. A crash expert is certain that the international search for the wreckage of doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be solved and the black boxes will be found.center_img “They have got four very, very good detections with the right spectrum of noise coming from them and it can’t be from anything else.” “While the government hasn’t announced that yet, if somebody asked me ‘technically do they have enough information to say that? My answer is unequivocally, yes,” Mr Mearns said. Once any human made objects are found, search command can reprogram Blue Fin 21 to gather high resolution images for further inspection. David Mearns, who is the director of Blue Water Recoveries believes the frequency of the ‘pings’ that Australia’s Ocean Shield boat detected can only be sonar from the MH370 black boxes, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.last_img read more

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Mortgage Roundup Rates Hover Near 3Year Lows Applications Rise

first_imgMortgage Roundup: Rates Hover Near 3-Year Lows, Applications Rise Freddie Mac MBA Mortgage Applications Mortgage Interest Rates 2016-04-21 Staff Writer Share Interest rates for home loans remained near 3-year lows this week, while coincidentally, mortgage applications experienced a jump. Are consumers finally taking advantage of historically low rates?Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.59 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, just slightly up from last week’s rate of 3.58 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.65 percent.Sean Becketti, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac said, “Volatility in financial markets subsided over the past week, allowing Treasury yields to stabilize. As a result, the 30-year mortgage rate was mostly flat, up only 1 basis point to 3.59 percent. The release of March’s existing-home sales report, which shows monthly growth at 5.1 percent, suggests homebuyers are taking advantage of low mortgage rates as the spring homebuying season gets underway.”The 15-year FRM averaged 2.85 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.86 percent, Freddie Mac reported. The 15-year FRM averaged 2.92 percent a year ago at this time. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.81 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.84 percent. It averaged 2.84 percent one year ago.Mortgage applications also experienced a jump this week, which means that consumers are taking advantage of low rates.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported this week that mortgage applications increased 1.3 percent from one week earlier. The index increased 2 percent compared with the previous week on an unadjusted basis. Meanwhile, the refinance index rose 3 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted purchase index fell 1 percent from one week earlier, and the unadjusted purchase index increased 1 percent and was 17 percent higher than the same week one year ago.Homebuyers overcame one of the housing market’s biggest obstacles—an imbalance in supply and demand— in March with a rebound in home sales.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing-home salesrose 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.33 million in March from a downwardly revised 5.07 million in February and 1.5 percent year-over-year.”Closings came back in force last month as a greater number of buyers – mostly in the Northeast and Midwest–overcame depressed inventory levels and steady price growth to close on a home,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist. “Buyer demand remains sturdy in most areas this spring and the mid-priced market is doing quite well. However, sales are softer both at the very low and very high ends of the market because of supply limitations and affordability pressures.”center_img April 21, 2016 562 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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Partnering to Fight Housing Inequality

first_img A recent partnership between Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) and Wells Fargo will supply the fight against the racial homeownership gap with $4 million dollars. The movement to increase the amount of African-American homeowners will be done through classes, programs, and events targeted to potential home buyers educating them on the dos and don’ts of of real estate. To read the rest of the story, click here. July 18, 2017 656 Views Share Partnering to Fight Housing Inequalitycenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Media, News Wells Fargo 2017-07-18 Brianna Gilpinlast_img

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