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Colorados Pikes Peak Cog Railway plans 2021 reopening

first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A popular Colorado Springs tourist attraction that takes riders up to the summit of Pikes Peak will reopen again after its fate was in question.The Gazette reports the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is slated to reopen in May 2021 following a nearly $100 million reconstruction next year.Broadmoor hotel President and CEO Jack Damioli said in March that the railway would not open this year and could remain closed permanently, noting it had “run its useful life.”Oklahoma Publishing President and CEO Gary Pierson says the railway reconstruction will include the demolition and rebuilding of the track and a remodeling of the depot in Manitou Springs.The railway plans to decommission four of eight train cars and refurbish the other four.Oklahoma Publishing is the railway’s parent company.___Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Sutton White lead No 10 Texas past Fordham 7254

ESTERO, Fla. — Sug Sutton scored 17 points, Jatarie White added 16 and No. 10 Texas clamped down defensively late to beat Fordham 72-54 in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Sunday night.Charli Collier scored 11 and Destiny Littleton added 10 for the Longhorns (6-0), who had 14 points off turnovers and 17 second-chance points. Texas also shot the game’s first 17 free throws.Bre Cavanaugh had 18 for Fordham (4-3), which scored 23 points in the game’s first 10 minutes and scored 31 points in the 30 minutes that followed.Kendell Heremaia added 17 for the Rams, who were outrebounded 39-19.The three-day weekend in southwest Florida provided one test after another for Texas, which lost Lashann Higgs to a knee injury in the second quarter of their tournament opener on Friday and needed to rally to top Quinnipiac. It then needed to hold off a second-half rally try by Michigan in Saturday’s semifinals, and wasn’t in full control of the title game until the final minutes.Cavanaugh’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Fordham a 23-22 lead after the first quarter, a period where the Rams made seven of eight shots in one stretch and wound up shooting 69 per cent — 63 per cent from beyond the arc.It was success that Texas wasn’t used to letting happen.The Longhorns allowed opponents to shoot a combined 28 per cent in the tournament’s first two games, 19 per cent from 3-point range. But Fordham made five 3-pointers in the first quarter Sunday, one more than Texas had allowed in its most recent six quarters against Quinnipiac and Michigan combined.Texas had a 12-0 run in the second quarter, held the Rams to five points on 2 for 8 shooting in those 10 minutes and took a 39-28 lead into the half. And it was still a nine-point game going into the fourth, Fordham down only 53-44.But the Rams missed their first six shots of the final quarter, marking the ninth time in the three-game event that Texas forced an opponent into an 0-for-5 stretch or worse, and were down 15 when Cavanaugh rattled in a 3 to end the drought with 5:59 left.BIG PICTUREFordham: Rams coach Stephanie Gaitley is the matriarch of a great basketball family. She’s won more than 600 games as a coach, and her sons are all in the game — eldest son Dutch is an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets, middle son DC is a video intern with the Miami Heat and youngest son Jordan plays at Richmond, where his mom used to coach.Texas: There’s a lot of basketball left to be played and some excellent teams out there, but here’s a potential good omen for the Longhorns: Notre Dame won this tournament last season, and went on to capture the national championship — just like Connecticut did on its way to the 2015 NCAA title.POLL IMPLICATIONSTexas will likely stay right around 10th in the next AP Top 25. The only Top 10 team to lose this week was No. 9 Oregon State, which fell to No. 1 Notre Dame 91-81.TOURNEY WRAPMichigan (5-1) earned an 80-73 win over Washington (3-3) earlier Sunday for third place at the Gulf Coast Showcase. No. 21 Missouri (5-2) got a 62-54 triumph over Duke (3-3) for fifth place, and Quinnipiac (3-3) — which lost 56-55 to Texas on Friday — closed on a 12-2 run to cap a 69-66 victory over Ball State (1-4) in the seventh-place game.NEARBY NEWSThe tournament is held in an arena that sits about a mile from the campus of Florida Gulf Coast, which had some major women’s basketball news of its own Sunday. The Eagles beat American 90-71 in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at Honolulu, giving FGCU coach Karl Smesko a milestone win. His record improved to 500-116.UP NEXTFordham: Visit Georgetown on Thursday.Texas: Host UTSA on Wednesday.Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press read more

Father was stabbed to death in front of his son after row

Mr Hallam told the jury: “He did not leave it alive. Within five minutes of boarding that train, Lee Pomeroy had been stabbed in the neck by the first defendant, Darren Pencille. Lee Pomeroy would have celebrated his 52nd birthday the day after he died Seconds later, Mr Pomeroy was stabbed in the neck, the court heard.Mr Pencille, of no fixed address, denies murder and Miss Mitchell, of Farnham, Surrey, has pleaded not guilty to assisting an offender.The trial continues. Lee Pomeroy would have celebrated his 52nd birthday the day after he died Mr Hallam suggested that the father and son may have been “blocking” Mr Pencille’s way, prompting the snide response: “Ignorance is bliss.”Mr Pencille allegedly made the comment twice, prompting Mr Pomeroy to ask what he meant, precipitating a “heated” row.Mr Pencille allegedly shouted: “You touch me, you touch me and you see what happens at the next stop.”Witnesses told police that Mr Pomeroy had demanded an apology from his alleged attacker saying : “You should not have humiliated me in front of my kid.” Darren Pencille denies murderCredit:Julia Quenzler/SWNS Another witness claimed Mr Pencille had accused Mr Pomeroy of being racist, even though he had not used any racist language.Mr Pencille then challenged his alleged victim, telling him: “Listen, right. I dare you, I dare you. I dare you. Put your hand on me. Put your hand on me cos it won’t end nicely. Put your hand on me.” He said Mr Pomeroy had been killed the day before he was due to celebrate his 52nd birthday.At 1.01pm on Friday January 4, Mr Pomeroy and his son boarded a train at London Road station in Guildford bound for London Waterloo. Chelsea Mitchell denies assisting an offender Darren Pencille denies murder The incident took place on the Guildford to London train A rail passenger was stabbed to death in front of his teenage son by another traveller who accused him of blocking the aisle, a court has heard.Lee Pomeroy, 51, was knifed 18 times after getting into a row with 36-year-old Darren Pencille on board the Guildford to London train on January 4, the Old Bailey was told.After attacking the father of one, Mr Pencille, allegedly fled at the next station and was picked up by his girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell, 27, who is accused of buying hair clippers and razors in order to help him change his appearance.Opening the case against him, prosecution barrister, Jake Hallam QC, described how the initial exchange between the Mr Pomeroy and his alleged attacker had been “fast moving, unexpected and tragic”. The incident took place on the Guildford to London train “It was the first of 18 knife wounds that he inflicted upon him.”A little over an hour after he boarded the train, and despite the best efforts of the emergency services who rushed to save his life, Lee Pomeroy was dead.”He explained that Mr Pomeroy and his son had boarded the train via different doors to Mr Pencille, but they had ended up in the same carriage.  Chelsea Mitchell denies assisting an offenderCredit: ed willcox Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The red hot nickel ball takes on Pop Rocks makes all kinds

first_imgYou have no doubt heard the urban legend that claims eating Pop Rocks while drinking a soda will cause your stomach to explode. Of course, that’s nonsense, but what happens when Pop Rocks encounter a chunk of superheated metal? Now you’ll get to find out as the one and only red hot nickel ball (RHNB) goes up against a big bowl of Pop Rocks. Turn those speakers up.Pop Rocks are manufactured by heating a mixture of sucrose, lactose, corn syrup, and artificial flavoring until it becomes a homogeneous syrup. Considering the taste, you probably shouldn’t be surprised that Pop Rocks are basically balls of reconstituted sugar flakes. But the popping is what makes this video (and eating Pop Rocks) interesting. So what’s up with that?The crackling sound is caused by the release of carbon dioxide from pockets inside the candy when it begins to dissolve in saliva. The carbon dioxide is embedded in the candy when it is still a semi-solid syrup. The syrup is exposed to 600 psi pressurized carbon dioxide, which gets trapped in small bubbles as the mixture cools.When the RHNB hits the Pop Rocks, there is crackling — a lot of crackling. The heat instantly begins to liquefy the candy and release the tiny carbon dioxide reserves. From there the sugary soup continues to heat up and actually pulls a trick very similar to the sugar RHNB video. It puffs up and turns black, eventually becoming a flaming, charred hunk of carbon.The RHNB still had plenty of energy when it was dumped in water afterward. So that’s RHNB – 1 and Pock Rocks – 0. No surprise there.last_img read more

Recent attempted bombings in Northern Ireland could drag us all back to

first_img Friday 13 Sep 2019, 6:20 AM Recent attempted bombings in Northern Ireland could drag us all back to the Troubles A recent attempted mortar attack in Strabane has all the hallmarks of the past, writes Tom Clonan. Fri 6:21 AM Security specialist and columnist, 19 Comments Tom Clonan FOR THOSE OF us with experience of the Troubles on this island, recent incidents involving dissident republicans in Northern Ireland make for grim reading.Last Saturday, a member of the public spotted a suspicious device perched on top of a wall directly opposite a number of family homes on Church View, Strabane in Tyrone. The PSNI declared it to be a ‘viable device’ which “failed to deploy”. On examination by technical officers, the device was described as a mortar with a command wire electrical initiation system. According to the PSNI, the intention was to target the PSNI station in Strabane.The PSNI later released images of the device. It appears to be a relatively small mortar, consisting of three tubes – most likely commonly available copper, or steel pipes – with electrical firing mechanisms arranged around the base of each pipe. The device resembles a modified ‘Mark 16’ mortar – of a type designed and used by the Provisional IRA during the Troubles.Such mortars are designed to carry a payload of up to 1kg of high explosives, in a highly penetrative, high temperature shaped-charge. They are also light, highly portable and do not require the base plate to be anchored – the Strabane device was simply weighted down with a sandbag. The device found in Strabane. Source: PSNISuch mortars – there would appear to have been three in this instance – would have a range of approximately 100 metres.The device was carefully placed on top of the wall on Church View, on high ground, overlooking the PSNI station in Strabane. A cursory look on Google Maps reveals the device to have been a short distance from the rear of the station through open ground in Courtrai Park.From the images released by the PSNI, the mortar is placed on a simple bearing or direction to the target, at an angle, designed to achieve the trajectory necessary for the mortars to launch over the high perimeter walls of the station onto the buildings below.“Serious attack”If the mortars had successfully fired, on detonation they would have likely caused death and serious injury among PSNI officers working in the station. This would have brought us straight back to the height of the Troubles in terms of the operational effectiveness of whatever dissident republican group launched the attack – most likely the New IRA – who would have termed such an attack a propaganda spectacular.A similar Mark 16 Mortar was discovered in Derry by PSNI officers during a planned search in October 2002. However, as far as I am aware, this is the first time such a direct fire weapon has been deployed in Northern Ireland since the ceasefires and the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.The Provisional IRA launched thousands of such mortar attacks on police, military and government targets during the Troubles. The improvised mortars that the PIRA used – a series of weapon variants from the Mark 1 Mortar to the Mark 17 Mortar – increased in sophistication, accuracy and lethal effect from 1972 to 1996.On 28 February 1985, the PIRA fired a number of mortars at Newry Royal Ulster Constabulary station from a range of 250 metres. Nine police officers were killed in this attack which became known as ‘Bloody Thursday’.On 7 February 1991, the PIRA launched a Mark 10 Mortar attack on Prime Minister John Major and his cabinet who were meeting in 10 Downing Street to discuss the Gulf War.The PIRA parked a van on the corner of Horseguards Avenue and Whitehall . The mortar tubes and bombs contained within the van – with a false roof – were fired at a range of 300 metres from the target.One struck a tree just 13 metres from the prime minister’s cabinet office. Had the mortar not struck the tree, it could have killed or seriously injured the British prime minister and most of his cabinet. These devices, whilst relatively sophisticated, are simple to construct and deploy.Their impact can be devastating.The PIRA carried out three similar mortar attacks on Heathrow Airport in March 1994. In the first attack on 9 March, a Mark Six Mortar with a 1kg Semtex warhead was launched from a stolen Nissan car, which flew over Heathrow Police Station, landing on the North Runway – where it failed to detonate.Despite a massive security operation the PIRA carried out two more mortar attacks on Heathrow on 12 and 13 March. These attacks show the ease with which mortar attacks can be launched – within even the highest levels of security – capable of inflicting massive loss of life and disruption to major capital infrastructure.According to the PSNI, this is the ninth ‘serious’ terrorist attack in Northern Ireland this year. It follows the massive car bomb device left outside Derry Courthouse in January and the murder of Lyra McKee in April.Rise in violenceIt also follows two decades of slowly, but steadily increasing car-bomb attacks and shootings from dissident republicans that have claimed the lives of police officers, prison officers and civilians.These attacks are connected – from the 140kg car bomb that killed 29 people in Omagh in August 1998 – to the attempted attack on Strabane PSNI station in the last week.However, Saturday’s incident represents a worrying escalation in that it is the first time a viable mortar has been deployed by dissidents in a deliberate attack designed to kill a large number of police men and women.It comes just weeks after another sinister attack at Wattlebridge on 19 August. In this attack, the New IRA used a tactic employed by the PIRA during the Troubles – most notably in the killing of 18 British soldiers at the Warrenpoint Massacre at Narrow Water in South Armagh forty years earlier on the 27 August 1979.In that Wattlebridge attack there was a ‘come on device’ deployed to attract security forces and first responders into the secondary bomb site. When the area was flooded with military and police – the second device was detonated. This was precisely the tactic used at Wattlebridge, on the border between Clones and Newtownbutler.Miraculously, no one was injured or killed in that premeditated, pre-planned and carefully orchestrated attack.Dissident Republicans have planted car bombs in the past. On some occasions they have given coded warnings to the security forces in order to create weapons of mass disruption – with major propaganda and financial impacts.In recent weeks however, dissident republicans have stepped up the nature of their attacks in an echo of PIRA tactics during the Troubles. If any of these attacks succeed – and at the current rate and frequency of attack – there will inevitably be a mass casualty incident, it could prompt a response from Loyalist groups in the classic ‘Tit for Tat’ cycle of violence that we witnessed in the Troubles.Such violence – in the context of Brexit with its fraught and polarising rhetoric – could spiral out of control very quickly.Dr Tom Clonan is a former Captain in the Irish armed forces. He is a security analyst and academic, lecturing in the School of Media in DIT.You can follow him on Twitter here.      Short URL By Tom Clonan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share30 Tweet Email 19,364 Views last_img read more

Universes Densest Galaxy Cluster Discovered

An international team of scientists has located one of the densest clusters of galaxies in the universe.The team, led by Mauro Sereno of the University of Bologna, used gravitational lensing to probe galaxy cluster PSZ2 G099.86+58.45.Described by Sereno as “the best candidate to target,” PSZ2 lies at the center of a very large field, allowing the lensing signal to reach a large radii. The “gravitational lens” effect, affording to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), happens when the mass of a cluster and its surroundings bend light from very distant galaxies and change their shape.“This study shows that the density of matter around the cluster we studied is up to six times greater than expected,” Sereno said in a statement.While it took “just a few minutes” to measure, the group spent weeks determining whether this was a fluke.“Astronomers can be very [critical] and they are mostly [critical] toward their own work,” the researcher wrote in a blog post. “Or at least, they should be. Or at the very least, I am.”Using X-ray emission, cosmology, numerical simulations, and optical spectroscopy, Sereno & Co. checked for every possible systematic error. But the signal proved true, and the team successfully revealed one of the highest-density nodes of the cosmic web.Six years in the making, their results were published recently in the journal Nature Astronomy.“Astronomy can be a lot of fun, you can be really free to make your mind wonder,” Sereno said. “Astronomy is sharing, too. Our work was mostly based on public archives, provided by people who make their work available to the whole community.”There is, as always, more work to be done. But, as IAC researcher Antonio Ferragamo pointed out, this marks “another small step forward,” toward understanding dark matter and how it is distributed across the cosmic web of the universe.“The research I enjoy the most comes from unannounced ideas,” Sereno said. “Most of the time, that genius idea you had is just a reminder that you should go to bed earlier, but sometimes you find something.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Supercomputer Generates Virtual Universes to Study Galaxy FormationNASA’s Spitzer Telescope Spots Whirlpool ‘Warhol’ Galaxy Stay on target read more

Premier gives overview on the Joint Ministerial Council meeting in UK

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGovernment officials are back from the Joint Ministerial Council, the Premier Hon. Rufus Ewing in a press briefing held on Provo, yesterday told journalists that the UK government has demonstrated commitment not only to building better relationships between the territories but has also been listening to the cries of the people for support for national programs and social services. The Premier charged that as a country we must make use of the offers and capitalize on opportunities for strengthening our health, education, financial and immigration systems and ensure the UK is held accountable for commitments made to us. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

When Big Data Isnt Quite Big Enough

first_imgMore on this topic Computerworld, SC Magazine Win Magazine of the Year from ASBPE NewBay Gets Into Data With Acquisition Introducing Fast Company’s Latest Hire: Philip Scoble Hoffman Unexpected Delivery: AARP Member Gets 1,000 Copies of Magazine Follow FOLIO: on Twitter Asset International Takes First Steps In Big Growth PlansJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered by I recently got an email alert from a data security company warning me to improve my levels of security by enabling two-factor password reset, and by supporting self service password reset for my audience members. The reason for this was, of course, a security breach. A Russian hacker group has amassed over 4.5 billion stolen personal records, according to the alert.  Knowing just how much of our information a Russian teenage boy can get access to makes the recent Lands’ End/GQ contretemps all the more puzzling.Lands’ End, according to a New York Times report, set up a partnership with Condé Nast, to provide free magazines to its best customers. On the face of it, it’s a great idea. The customer gets a gift from the catalog merchant, the merchant gets credit for appreciating its customers, and Condé Nast gets its magazines out in front of a new potential buyer. Win/win/win.Somewhere along the line, something went wrong. Conservative religious families, who had bought uniforms for their children to wear to a Christian private school, were in an uproar when the aptly (if coincidentally) named “Play with Fire” issue arrived in their mailboxes. It featured a topless woman as the cover model.A few of my publisher friends called to pass this bit on to me. They all thought it knee-slappingly funny. So, in fact, do I. However, as one commented, “In the age of big data, we should be able to do better than that. It shouldn’t take much to figure out that a conservative clothing retailer and a racy cover image don’t mix.” Experts on the issue of Internet privacy seem to agree on one point: It doesn’t exist. We are told that there is virtually nothing about any of us that cannot be learned with a click of a mouse. last_img read more

Apex Legends The Titanfall battle royale game that lets you play your

first_img 17 Photos Bloodhound may look familiar to Borderlands fans… Jason Parker/CNET Rumors had been swirling that Respawn had a new battle royale game to showcase, and on Monday, the developer officially revealed Apex Legends during a live stream. We didn’t even have to wait: It was available for free immediately on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. After playing through several matches (with one win!), it clearly has the fundamentals in order. It has a crisp, colorful art style, great shooting mechanics and a familiar, fun battle royale experience. But the biggest difference between it and Fortnite, PUBG and other also-rans is that it gives you eight unique character classes to choose from. Other games like Realm Royale already dabble in this, but don’t have the same cachet as a developer like Respawn does, having won over fans with its Titanfall series.Playable Legends make all the differenceApex Legends keeps to the battle royale conventions in most ways — 60 players drop into a large map in squads of three, search for weapons, armor and other useful items, then battle it out with other squads as a wall of death closes in. But it really shakes things up with eight different “Legends” (character classes) to choose from, each with unique abilities that let you pick your role based on your play style. There is Bangalore, who provides cover for her team with a smoke canister gun and has a passive ability that speeds up her movement when being shot at. Like all other characters, she charges up an Overwatch-like ultimate ability: in her case, a wide-ranging airstrike. Bloodhound takes on a different role as a Technological Tracker, with abilities that let him briefly see enemies in his field of view and footprints showing where enemies have recently been.  2:42 3 Apex Legends is here: How to download the new Titanfall battle royale.Resident Evil 2 review: A joyous return to zombie-infested Raccoon City. Video Games Next is Caustic, a character that currently either requires a ton of free or paid currency to play, who has gas-spewing traps and grenades you can use to control the battlefield near you. If you know an opposing squad is in a small building, for example, you can fill the place with noxious gas to flush them out.Lifeline, the Combat Medic, can heal the squad with drones. Lifeline also has a passive ability that makes her the speediest healer and reviver of all the characters. Another healing plus: She automatically drops a shield while she revives her squad mates.There are four more classes with Gibraltar (Shielded Fortress), Mirage (Holographic Trickster), Pathfinder (Forward Scout) and Wraith (Interdimensional Skirmisher), but you’re starting to get the idea. Each of these varied classes means you can assemble a team of specialists that work well together and maybe give you an advantage on the battlefield. Though there are other royale games that include classes, it’s not a mechanic found in the most popular games in the genre like Call of Duty: Blackout, Fortnite or PUBG, setting Apex Legends apart.apex-legends-20190205101145 Jason Parker/CNET Squad is the only way to playMost battle royale games offer a number of different game types, letting you play solo, with a friend or as part of a squad. As it stands right now, you can only play Apex Legends in a three-person squad. It makes sense, since you have the ability to choose your class and create a team that works well together. But not everyone (including myself) is in love with playing with random team members. Perhaps Apex Legends will eventually suggest characters to help balance a team to have the best chance of winning. We’ll have to wait and see if other game types are introduced in the future, but it makes sense to launch the game as squads-only for now.To Respawn’s credit, one thing that makes joining random squads more bearable is Apex Legends’ ping system that allows for effective communication with teammates. When you want to signal where you think the squad should go next, you simply move your target reticle to the location and hit the ping button, sending a target everyone can see. You can also call out specific items, highlighting a gun that’s available in your location or a grenade a teammate might need that you don’t. So far, it works pretty well with random squad mates, even when it’s just a replacement for opening up the map and pinging a target location.  New ways to bring back your teammatesIn games like Fortnite and PUBG, when a squad member goes down, you have a limited amount of time to bring them back, leaving you stuck out in the open while you wait for a progress bar to complete. You can do the same in Apex Legends (with some advantages if you’re playing as Lifeline), but there’s another interesting option. You can also grab your downed player’s “Banner,” then bring that to a reviving station elsewhere to bring them back into the game once you’re out of danger. Of course, this means that opposing players could keep an eye on reviving stations to kill you in the process, but you can also camp around these stations to revive teammates later when it’s less dangerous.apex-legends-20190205100458 Jason Parker/CNET Yes, there are loot cratesAs an EA-published, free-to-play title, no one’s probably surprised there are loot crates. But all I’ve seen so far are loot crates that hold cosmetic items like skins for your guns, new banners, tons of character skins and unlockable audio quips for Legends. Our sister site GameSpot talked to Apex Legends’ project lead Drew McCoy about loot crates during a preview event prior to the game’s launch. “We’ve seen from games like Battlefront II, how much paying for any kind of advantage is so bad,” McCoy said. “I actually think that Battlefront is a really good game mechanically, and they did a lot of great things and it got overshadowed by some of those choices, but it’s a really good spotlight to shine on why those kind of systems are so problematic.” With this in mind, Respawn is trying to be transparent with the system by posting the drop rates for its loot boxes both in the in-game store and on its website. You’re guaranteed at least a rare item with every crate and they won’t give you duplicates. “We just hope that you find a large enough player base that likes what we’ve built and wants to show off and decides to spend some money in the game,” he said. “But if not, free players who spend their time are just as important to us. We take that very seriously. Time and money are the two most precious things in any humans life. And in fact, they’re choosing to spend either of them with us is incredibly important to us.” Depending on your platform, you’ll also be able to get an initial batch of free cosmetic items if you follow GameSpot’s guide here.  How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? Tags Share your voice Is all this enough to win over Fortnite and PUBG fans?Fortnite, PUBG and Call of Duty: Blackout already have huge followings and we’re still waiting for Battlefield V’s take on battle royale, so the marketplace is more than crowded. But what makes Apex Legends stand out from the pack is Respawn’s characteristically tight gunplay mixed with the inspired character classes inspired by games like Overwatch, League of Legends and DOTA 2, making it a game that’s both about survival and creating a synergistic team that can outplay the competition.It’s too early to say whether Apex Legends will gain the kind of following of other big franchises, though the early player counts have been strong. Regardless, it’s compelling to see a top-tier developer make innovative game design tweaks that change what we’ve come to expect in the battle royale genre. We’ll have to continue to play, but from my perspective, Apex Legends is off to a great start. Comments Now playing: Watch this: The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Fortnitelast_img read more

Before crashing into the moon Israels lunar lander grabbed two final images

first_imgOriginally posted April 11.Update, April 17: Adds final image as described by SpaceIL. Just received from SpaceIL communication team what appears to be the last image #Beresheet spacecraft managed to beam to earth before it crashed on the moons surface— Elad Ratson 🇮🇱 (@EladRatson) April 11, 2019 12 Photos Comment Artists we want SpaceX to take on its first private moon mission However, as more data filtered out to SpaceIL, the company tweeted a subsequent photo on Wednesday, showing the moon’s surface from a distance of just 15 kilometers out. The red and blue tinged surface of our closest cosmic neighbor was the last thing Beresheet was able to nab. Sci-Tech Landing on the face of another space rock is a decidedly difficult process. Although the lander did not achieve its core mission of a soft moon landing, it was still marked with a number of important firsts. Beresheet was the first private spacecraft to insert itself into lunar orbit and made Israel the seventh nation to achieve such a feat.The robotic explorers we send to new frontiers have a history of providing us with final images of other worlds before going gently (or violently) into the good night. Opportunity, the deceased Mars rover, was also able to snap a breathtaking panorama of the Martian surface, before it succumbed to a dust storm in 2018. Share your voice The surface of the moon as captured by Beresheet’s camera moments before it crashed into the lunar surface. Elad Raston/Twitter It was a bittersweet end for SpaceIL’s Beresheet probe, the first privately funded lunar lander humans have sent to the moon. During the landing attempt on Thursday, the main engine cut out and communication was lost, ultimately resulting in Beresheet crashing into the moon’s surface.But before its untimely demise, Beresheet was able to turn its camera toward the lunar surface to snap stunning final images of the lunar soil.Elad Raston, a diplomat at the Israel Foreign Ministry, tweeted that he had received “what appears to be the last image” that the spacecraft sent back to Earth before it failed on April 11, 2019. 1 Tags This is the last picture that Beresheet took, at a distance of 15 kilometers from the surface of the Moon.#Beresheet #SpaceIL— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 17, 2019last_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 16 Pop Stars And Progeny

first_img 00:00 /16:24 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen David ShankboneDwayne “The Rock” Johnson: Trying to ruin the attractiveness bell curve for politicians?On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk about these tantalizing topics in the week’s political news:Health Care 3: Reloaded White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has a painting of himself as Napoleon hanging in his office. Um.Trump goes to France. Not going to France: his friend Jim.Celebs in politics – it’s a thing. But why?Then the profs dig into what’s going on with Donald Trump, Jr., his emails and meetings, and what it all means for the White House. By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Xlast_img read more

Stories for Styles Inspires Community

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comWhile spring break is normally the time kids are running far away from books, Operation Pathways brought programming to children that offered an opportunity to make reading just as fun as looking stylish.Organized under Resident Services Coordinator for Operation Pathways, Adeela Abbasi, “Stories for Styles” took place at Benning Heights Community Room on April 18, and allowed for students to read books in exchange for a free haircut or hairstyle.“Stories for Styles,” was an “Academic Achievement,” programming effort hosted by Operation Pathways, where kids read books in exchange for free hairstyles. This is barber Akil Wilson who volunteered to cut hair for the event. (Photo by Micha Green)“I had heard of a barber doing something similar to ‘Stories for Styles’ in another state and I think he called it ‘Trims and Tales’ or something. Anyway, I loved the idea and I immediately jumped on the chance to encourage literacy for the young people in the community,” Abbasi told the AFRO.  “I knew the kids would be on spring break and Easter was that same weekend. It seemed to all come together so the kids could have some fun while they were off and get fresh for the holiday too.”While literacy and free hairstyling sounds appealing for many people, the fact that Operation Pathways held “Stories for Styles” at the Benning Heights community was no coincidence.  As Resident Services Coordinator, Abbasi said she is, “ tasked with building programs and offering services which will ultimately improve quality of life for families within affordable/ subsidized housing.”“I specifically work in three core areas Health & Wellness, Academic Achievement and Financial Literacy,” Abbasi explained.“Stories for Styles,” fell directly under the core of “Academic Achievement,” and Abbasi felt it important that she met the kids where they were- by targeting their needs, offering enrichment, bringing food and fun and building more opportunities for connection and growth.“Just asking the kids to join me in the community room to read books would never work. However, mixing it in with a fresh haircut, food, music, other educational activities such as ‘Create Your Own Story’ and an opportunity to run around and enjoy themselves is the perfect way to get them engaged,” she told the AFRO.Further, adding the element of looking fresh for their “Easter Sunday’s Best,” was a bonus.Children in Benning Heights in Southeast, D.C. pose doing the “Black Panther” Wakanda pose at the “Stories for Styles” event held by Operation Pathways on April 18.“The communities I work in are comprised of families on fixed incomes. So an opportunity to get a free haircut was surely a financial relief.”While children waited to get their hair done, they read books, played outside, ate hamburgers and hotdogs, danced, colored, wrote stories and participated in an Easter egg hunt.“The day was really about the kids. I wanted them to have a good time and know that educational activities can be fun. And spring break doesn’t mean turn your brain off,” Abbasi said. “We had a ‘Create Your Own Story’ activity where the kids were given paper to draw a picture and write a story.”And some of these children have heavy stories.  One girl shared with the AFRO that her father killed her sister and that she was hoping to simply have happier times.  A day of fun and enrichment was just what they needed.“I wanted to come to the party,” 9-year-old Aiden told the AFRO. “I like that you can come and play games and do an Easter egg hunt.”While Aiden’s hair was already Easter Sunday ready, she said she loved the concept of “Stories for Styles.”  “It’s great because they get to learn to read and look better with their new hair,” Aiden said.Sixth grader, Laila Crawford, served as a volunteer for the event. “I think it’s good.  It encourages kids to read and get a nice haircut,” she told the AFRO.With one volunteer barber, another volunteer hairdresser and good samaritans, about 30 children enjoyed “Stories for Styles,” and 17 kids walked away with fresh new styles.Inspired by “Stories for Styles,” Abbasi hopes to continue similar efforts in addition to the work that is already taking place with Operation Pathways.“We would love to have another event like this. Every year we participate in National Night Out which is an evening to encourage the community to come together with law enforcement. Last year I combined the event with a back to school backpack give away. I am always looking for donations of school supplies and backpacks to put them in. This year I want to step it up and include the ‘Stories for Styles’ so kids can go back to school looking fresh,” she told the AFRO.Abbasi also wants to recruit more volunteers.“I learned from this event that the more barbers we have, the better, so if anyone is interested in offering their services that would be great. I would also love to find a shoe sponsor that will allow me to put new shoes on all the elementary age kids on the property,” she said.In addition to the summer plans, Abbasi told the AFRO that she will be conducting financial literacy seminars in May that are free and open to the public.Abbasi encourages all those interested in volunteering or learning more about Operation Pathways to contact her directly.  “Anyone who wants to give their time or treasure can reach me at 301-370-9097 or To learn more about the organization visit”last_img read more

Latest Pokémon Go Update Adds New Quests Storylines and More

first_imgStay on target Though not as wildly popular as it once was, Pokémon Go still retains a dedicated following. This is thanks to Niantic giving players of the mobile game new content every few months. The latest round of updates will give the augmented reality title significant heft with the addition of new quests, storylines, and pocket monsters.As Kotaku notes, this latest update was already known about thanks to the efforts of data miners. While Pokémon isn’t exactly known for having a deeply complex story, some narratives regarding the origin of specific creatures can be quite interesting. Adding quests to the mobile title also gives it some kind of framework. Now players will have a narrative-driven goal to work towards beyond simply catching as many digital monsters as possible.“Trainers will begin receiving research tasks later this week, adding new activities and challenges that can be completed for in-game rewards,” said Niantic in a press release. “Some of these rewards will lead Trainers to access unique storylines that include discovering the mystery behind the Mythical Pokémon Mew.”The company continued by saying: “Pokémon Go’s new research feature will provide Trainers with unique activities called Field Research and Special Research. Field Research tasks can be collected by spinning nearby PokéStops, and they include a wide range of Pokémon-related activities. Special Research tasks are story-driven activities that may be requested by Professor Willow himself, and they will unfold as the Trainer completes more objectives.”I never got into the whole Pokémon Go craze but I always appreciate seeing Niantic keeping the fanbase happy with new features. I’m sure some lapsed players will return to check out the new quests and storylines. If these prove popular with the community (which I’m sure they will), I can see Niantic adding more content like this in the future. Pokémon Go may not grab headlines like it once did, but it’s certainly not going away any time soon. Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks last_img read more

Aspirin helps in fight against TB

first_imgAspirin can prevent the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium from hijacking immune cells and allow the body to control infection better, say researchers who found that the common pain killer could treat the top infectious killer worldwide that claims around 4,400 lives a day. Researchers from the Centenary Institute in Sydney found that the TB bacterium hijacks platelets from the body’s blood clotting system to weaken immune systems. “Our study provides more crucial evidence that widely available aspirin could be used to treat patients with severe TB infection and save lives,” said lead author Elinor Hortle, research officer at Centenary. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUsing the zebrafish model of TB, the team used fluorescent microscopy to observe the build-up of clots and activation of platelets around sites of infection. They found that the platelets were being tricked by the infection into getting in the way of the body’s immune system. Treating the infections with anti-platelet drugs, including the widely available aspirin could prevent hijacking and allow the body to control infection better, according to the paper published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. “This is the first time that platelets have been found to worsen TB in an animal model. It opens up the possibility that anti-platelet drugs could be used to help the immune system fight off drug resistant TB,” Hortle said. According to the World Health Organization, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. In 2017, 10 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.6 million died from the disease.last_img read more

There is no petrol strike

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Social media messages warning of petrol and diesel running out at fuel stations by today (Thursday) are false.There is no fuel strike; fuel deliveries and supplies to service stations across the country remain as normal.Chemical Union Ceppawu say they are unaware of messages making the rounds on social media telling of a strike or fuel not being available at petrol stations, and added that these messages are all false.Currently, petrol inland costs R12.96 a litre and diesel R11.29 a litre.You can fill up anytime, at your leisure, without worrying about a strike or fuel shortages! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Costa Ricas Christiana Figueres honored for UN climate work

first_imgCosta Rican Christiana Figueres was awarded the Medal of Paris on Wednesday for helping broker the historic, 195-nation deal to avert climate change that was sealed in the French capital last week.Figueres, who is the daughter of Costa Rica’s revolutionary leader and three-time president, José “Pepe” Figueres, is executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presented Figueres the award a few days after the close of the U.N. climate conference known as COP21.“Happy and proud to have awarded the medal of the city of Paris to Christiana Figueres, a great lady without which the agreement of the COP21 concluded in Paris, would not have been possible,” Hidalgo wrote on her Facebook page. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo hugs Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Via Facebook)As the U.N.’s climate chief, Figueres has spent the last five years trying to get U.N. member states closer to an agreement on averting climate disaster, and on Saturday, after nearly a fortnight of grueling negotiations, representatives of nearly 200 countries came to a consensus on a new climate pact.The deal, which takes effect in 2020, sets a target of limiting warming of the planet to below 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial levels, while aiming for an even more ambitious goal of 1.5 C temperature rise.Costa Rica has pledged to become carbon neutral — meaning greenhouse gas emissions would be cancelled out by carbon sequestration — by 2085. Reforming the country’s transportation sector is key to achieving that goal.Besides the recognition for Figueres, Paris honored Costa Rica’s commitment to renewable energy during the climate conference by lighting up the Eiffel Tower on Nov. 30 with the phrase “100% Pura Vida.”Figueres was part of Costa Rica’s international climate change negotiating team before taking the job as U.N. climate chief. Facebook Comments Related posts:A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica Weather disasters have doubled in past 30 years: UN report PHOTOS: Costa Ricans march against climate change Costa Rica’s climate pledge: 5 things to knowlast_img read more

Bravo Alpha Pappa takes off to celebrate Fathers Day

first_imgBritish Airways Fathers Day FlightBravo Alpha Pappa, takes off to celebrate Father’s DayTo celebrate Father’s Day (this year in the UK on 16 June) British Airways surprised some of its fathers and their sons and daughters by offering them the chance to work together on a special long-haul flight.The flight, from Heathrow to San Diego in California, departed with help from father and daughter and father and son teams working across the airline’s operation, from check-in to gate agents, operations managers to engineers. The flight was then operated entirely by fathers and their sons and daughters – both cabin crew and pilots. None of the pairs had ever worked together before, making the flight an extra special experience.Ian Romanis, British Airways’ Head of Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew said: “So many of our people have been inspired to work for British Airways because of the experiences of other family members and this was a fantastic opportunity to create a really special moment for everyone involved. It’s great to be able to reward the fathers in our teams who have inspired the next generation of aviation enthusiasts.”The team working on board the flight shared how they came to follow in their fathers’ footsteps.Lois Mackerness, British Airways’ cabin crew, said her Dad has always inspired her:“Growing up seeing the pride and passion my Dad has for caring for his customers really encouraged me to work hard and make sure that I love what I do too.  It was great to work on board together. I picked up some of his top tips that he’s learnt through his many years of flying.”British Airways’ Cabin Crew, Andrew Obal, said of working alongside his son:“With both myself and my son often working in different time zones and countries around the world, it sometimes means that we celebrate special days like birthdays and Christmas on different dates. Father’s Day is of extra importance for us as my son is now a father too, so being a part of this flight and watching my son serve our customers was such a special moment.”British Airways Captain, Martin Ewins, spoke of the enjoyment of working on the same aircraft as his daughter:“For 20 years my daughter watched me fly around the world and I’m so proud that I’ve inspired her to do the same as cabin crew. This is the first time we’ve ever worked on the same aircraft together and that’s such a special feeling. I was incredibly proud of her, and from the moment we stepped onto the plane we weren’t father and daughter, but two members of a flying crew getting ready to operate a flight. Despite everyone’s excitement about the flight, that professionalism was shown by the whole team on board.”Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

Oranges in Charts Floridas volumes fall while Ch

first_img Oranges in Charts: Florida’s volumes fall while Ch … The revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal which came into effect at the end of last year is expected to bring both benefits and challenges to the Latin American fruit and vegetable industry, including greater market access for certain products and greater competition for spoke with agricultural industry representatives of Mexico, Peru and Chile to hear their views what the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will mean for them.The CPTPP – agreed to by the 11 member countries in January last year following the exit of the U.S. under President Donald Trump – has so far been ratified by Mexico, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Vietnam, with Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, and Peru expected to ratify it the year.MexicoFor Mexico, the deal could potentially mean higher levels of competition with some Asian countries in its own domestic market and elsewhere, according to Luis Enrique Zavala, vice president of Mexico’s National Association of Importers and Exporters (Anierm).“Firstly we must emphasize the strength of Mexico’s vegetable sector at the international level, it is where we are really competitive,” he said. Avocados – one of Mexico’s leading fruit exports – are generally considered to fall under the vegetable category in the country.“There are concerns in our country in this sector … because countries like Malaysia and Indonesia are growing very quickly and the products that we were already seeing prior to the TPP are arriving in Mexico at very competitive prices.”He added that many CPTPP member countries were also members of APEC, and so for Mexico to export to these destinations it would need to undertake significant efforts in terms of logistics and commercial strategies, among others.However, he noted that this kind of trade agreements were generally focused on other industries, such as manufacturing and electronics, rather than the horticultural sector.Most Mexican horticultural exports go to North America or Europe, he said, adding that while there would undoubtedly be opportunities in some areas, the lack of public organizations and government policies aimed at boosting exports was hindering prospects.The situation is very different to the other Latin American countries in the trade deal – Peru and Chile.Peru “For Peru, the CPTPP represents the access to the markets of Brunei, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, and the amplification of the Canadian, Mexican and Japanese markets,” said Carlos Gonzalez, director of the Economic and Global Business Research Center (CIEN-ADEX).“With this latter three countries, we already have free trade agreements, but with restrictions on a large range of products.”Peru therefore expects the trade deal to lead to increased fruit exports, as well as potentially greater investment opportunities, production capacity, levels of innovation and product diversification. The deal is set to reduce tariffs on 95% of products sold between member countries.Over the last five years, Peruvian agroindustrial exports have increased by more than 13% annually, according to exporters association ADEX.ChileIn the case of Chile, Ronald Bown, president of the Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) highlighted that some products in a specific Asian market could stand to benefit greatly.“We believe that this could improve the tariff situation for Chilean oranges and table grapes in the Japanese market,” he said.“Oranges currently have a fixed duty of 32%, which affects the competitivity of this fruit, while table grapes also have a high tariff, which will be reduced over the next 10 or 15 years.”Octavio Sotomayor of the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean said there would be opportunities for Chile to increase industry innovation and to develop new growth drivers.“Alliances could be made, especially with Mexico and Peru … to process primary materials, add value, and reexport to some of these countries,” he said.“Eventually, we could bring over Peruvian mangoes to process here, and then send them to some of the 11 markets as a national product.” You might also be interested in Chilean blueberries fetched lower prices in 2018-1 … center_img Chile reports better cherry prices in China despit … February 04 , 2019 Chile: SAG launches phone app to identify ag pests …last_img read more