Inverness County residents will have better access to active transportation options with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, announced today, Sept. 25, $25,000 for the Municipality of the County of Inverness to develop an active transportation plan. “Encouraging active living is important for so many reasons. But the reality is, people are more likely to walk or cycle from place to place when there are accessible and safe options available to them,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Today’s announcement is about improving our communities, and continuing to reduce transportation emissions.” When complete, the active transportation plan will identify routes to better connect residents to key hubs such as schools and shopping districts. The plan will also address infrastructure improvements necessary to enable walking or cycling. “As a vast municipality, we see an active transportation plan as both beneficial and necessary to playing a role in sustainability, and in enabling healthy lives for our residents,” said Inverness Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie. “We look forward to seeing its impact in our rural communities.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. This year, Connect2 will support about 22 projects across the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by the end of March 2018. For more information about Connect2, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation.
Muzaffarpur (Bihar): One more child died on Tuesday after being admitted to a hospital here for Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, even as officials insisted that the severity of the disease, which has afflicted more than 700 children across the state, has lessened. The death was reported in the early hours at S K Medical College and Hospital, which has accounted for 111 casualties, the maximum number in the state, since June 1. The government-run hospital has so far registered 435 cases of AES since the beginning of the month, according to figures released by the district administration. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France In addition, 163 AES cases have been registered at the privately-owned Kejriwal Hospital, where 20 children have so far died. It has, however, been nearly a week since any casualty was reported at the hospital. The Bihar Health Department had released state-wide figures, which put the total number of registered cases, across 20 districts, at 714. SKMCH Superintendent Sunil Kumar Shahi said with the onset of the monsoon, the number of AES cases will likely come down. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “Like every year, the severity of the outbreak is diminishing with the onset of rains. This can be gauged from the fact that no deaths were reported on Monday and only five fresh cases were registered during the day. Till just a few days ago, we were receiving AES patients in droves,” he said. AES, known as ‘chamki’ in local parlance, is characterised by high fever and convulsions and strikes children north Bihar every year. The relatively higher number of deaths this year have been attributed to hypoglycemia or very low blood sugar levels. The condition is said to be triggered by a toxin found in high concentrations in unripe litchi which is grown in abundance in Muzaffarpur and adjoining districts.
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada has released new data showing that than 3,200 Canadians died after apparent opioid-related overdoses between January and September last year.The data also indicates that fentanyl and other fentanyl-related substances continue to be a “major driver” of Canada’s opioid crisis, with 73 per cent of accidental apparent opioid-related deaths in the nine-month span involving the potent painkilling drug.Public Health says the crisis continues to affect the entire country but certain regions, including B.C., Alberta and Ontario, have been hit harder than others.Apparent opioid-related deaths are counted through data provided by the provinces and territories from offices of chief coroners or medical examiners.Opioids can be hard to disentangle from other factors in a death, including different drugs and underlying illnesses, so the numbers take a long time to crunch and come with qualifiers.But Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public-health officer, says the newly released figures serve as a “stark reminder” of the importance of maintaining and ramping up efforts to stop the epidemic.“As we take the pain of these losses and the deeply concerning data to heart we must continue to strengthen our collaborative public health response,” she said in a statement.
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Aboriginal Affairs department is playing politics with millions of dollars’ worth of project funding for First Nation organizations, according to chiefs on the Assembly of First Nations executive who are planning a national counter-attack to Ottawa’s tactics.Aboriginal Affairs has approved only $888,720 out of $7.1 million worth of projects submitted by the Assembly of First Nations this year, APTN National News has learned. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is also still sitting on 14 proposals from the AFN, months after the department’s own notification deadline passed for responding to proposals from First Nations organizations.The same scenario is playing out in other First Nation organizations and the AFN is preparing to launch a national strategy to counter the department, according to a widely distributed email from the AFN to officials with First Nation organizations.Chiefs on the AFN executive decided to develop the strategy during a meeting on Oct. 3. The executive came up with a draft of three “key messages” forming the core of the strategy. The messages focus on the department’s own words and timeline around project funding.The department told First Nation organizations they would all be informed of the status of their projects by April 1 if they submitted their proposals by Feb. 21. The project funding was supposed to offset part of the department’s deep cuts to the core funding of First Nations organizations. The department blew its deadline by several months.“The federal government’s promise that project funding would be available to off-set core funding cuts has not been kept,” says one of the AFN’s draft key messages, according to the Oct. 10 email, obtained by APTN National News. “The federal government has not kept its promise to respond to all funding proposals by April 1 and has politicized approval process, despite their assurances of transparency and accountability.”The AFN said in the email that the department has already rejected 16 proposals out of a total of 34 submissions. The department has only approved four proposals and the AFN is still waiting on responses to 14 proposals.The department rejected the AFN’s proposals on murdered and missing Indigenous women, treaties, comprehensive claims, specific claims, housing, trade, energy, emergency management and infrastructure. The department has only approved projects on economic development, connectivity, additions to reserves and social-assisted living. Valcourt has the final sign-off on all the project proposals, according to an Aug. 21 letter from the AFN’s CEO Peter Dinsdale to deputy minister Coleen Swords, previously obtained by APTN National News.The department said last November it set aside $20 million for project funding. Former deputy minister Michael Wernick said at the time that the department would only fund projects that “align with department priorities and yield concrete results.”Wernick is now deputy clerk of the Office of the Privy Council, which is essentially the nerve centre of the federal bureaucracy and the prime minister’s department.Valcourt’s office did not return a request for comment.The AFN is trying to compile the status of project proposals from other organizations to press their case with Valcourt and the public, the email said.“It will be through solidarity with Aboriginal representative organizations that we will be stronger,” said the email.There is a widespread belief the department is playing hardball on project funding as a result of the AFN’s rejection of the Harper government’s proposed bill for First Nation firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
(Update)The federal Conservatives have announced they’re making changes to a bill that critics say would rig the next election by disenfranchising voters. Friday, the minister of democratic reform announced amendments to some of the most contentious aspects of the “Fair Elections Act.”Minister Pierre Poilievre says his government is prepared to remove the requirement for all voters to show residency ID in the next election. This, after some experts and the opposition said eliminating vouching would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. But it’s not just the content of bill C-23 that has sparked outrage among critics.Bill C-23 would have eliminated the practice of vouching — and forbid the use of voter information cards Elections Canada sends out as proof of residency.A Canada-wide online petition called it an outrageous move that would silence hundreds of thousands of voters. Local activists say its especially concerning for those without a permanent home.Tom Cooper is with the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction: “There are four-thousand people who are homeless on any given night in Hamilton and certainly the changes to the fair elections act may mean they won’t be able to vote.”It’s this type of concern. As well as early pushback from the senate, that has caused the Conservatives to back down on some of the most controversial aspects of the act:Minister for Democratic reform Pierre Poilievre announced Friday afternoon that citizens will now be able to sign an oath attesting to their local residence, but must still provide at least some proof of personal identification. But it’s not just the content that has sparked outrage among the opposition. “We think it’s completely reasonable that people present identification when they cast their ballots.”NDP MP David Christopherson: “They dropped the bill in the House of Commons and within a couple of days one of the first things they did was move a closure motion to shut down debate.”Hamilton NDP MP’s were among dozens of local residents at Hamilton city hall Friday morning, voicing their concern about the lack of public consultation on the act.McMaster University’s Peter Graefe: “The main problem with the bill is that it’s fundamental to our ability to vote and our rights as citizens and yet as citizens we haven’t had a chance to debate it.”But St. Catherines MP Rick Dykstra says the Conservatives did consult the public: “It’s had two iterations previous. It’s had thousands of minutes in the House of Commons debating it.”Other changes to the bill include:Allowing the Chief Electoral Officer to speak freely to the Canadian public about elections issues — something that was originally limited under the bill.It will also allow Elections Canada to continue to fund voter outreach programs — but only to people too young to vote.The changes will close a proposed loophole that would allow parties to spend an unlimited amount of money contacting former donors during an election campaign.And voter contact services will have to keep robocall recordings for three years instead of one.
Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignAs the Board of Trustees decided on the future of head coach Urban Meyer at the Longaberger Alumni Center on Wednesday, the Ohio State football team practiced. The sound of strength coach Mickey Marotti’s voice echoed across Olentangy River Road, encouraging individual players as the team warmed up at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during its 4 p.m. practice prior to the season opener against Oregon State on Sept. 1. As day turned to night and the voice of Marotti faded, the deliberation ended, deciding Meyer would be suspended without pay through Sept. 2 and for the games on Sept. 1, 8 and 15. In Meyer’s absence, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will continue as the acting head coach, a role he has held since Aug. 1 when Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave when the Board of Trustees began its investigation into his knowledge of domestic violence allegations made against former assistant coach Zach Smith. In the opening statement of his press conference, Athletic Director Gene Smith thanked Day for taking on the role of acting head coach, calling him and the assistant coaches strong leaders throughout the investigation. The main message from Gene Smith ahead of his suspension was simple: provide the necessary support for Day through the first three games of the 2018 season. “Our top priority over the next few days is to make sure that we do everything that we can to reaffirm Coach Day’s commitment to being our interim coach during this timeframe,” Gene Smith said. “I will also working to ensure our student-athletes have every resource they need to maintain their focus on academics and competition.”Even though Meyer will not be on the sideline for the first three games of the season, the Ohio State head coach will be able to coach during the weeks leading up to games after Sept. 2. However, for a coach that said he had “worked diligently to build a program that would make the great state of Ohio and Ohio State very proud,” Meyer said his absence from the program has been extremely difficult. “It’s been very tough, one of the toughest things I’ve experienced,” Meyer said. “I have very good players and a very good staff. My message when i get to speak to the team is that I love them dearly, I appreciate all they’ve done for this incredible university.”While he is away from the team for the first three weeks of the season, Meyer was very complimentary towards his current coaching staff, including two former head coaches in defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. “It’s also one of the best coaching staffs I’ve had,” Meyer said. “I look forward to watching them continue to grow and getting updates as we move forward.”When it is all said and done, the Board of Trustees decided, with the decision to reinstate the head coach after a three-game suspension, that Ohio State was still Meyer’s team. This is the mindset Meyer looks to take as his return to the Buckeyes comes closer. “I’ve been a Buckeye my entire life,” Meyer said. “I appreciate the opportunity to learn from the mistake and work as hard as I ever have to make our strong program even stronger.”
German team have won the friendly All-Star game in Leipzig against a team of world stars currently playing in the Bundesliga, led by Duvnjak and Jicha. It was an even first half in which neither team made any significant advantage, and the second seemed the same until the 47th minute when Germany through Dominik Klein made it to 27:23 lead. Team Germany then kept domination of the game until the end in which they won with 38:31 (15:17). This has been good test for Heuberger and the players ahead of the important two-legged playoff game against Poland for the World Cup 2015 in Qatar qualification. Bundesligadhb handballDominik KleingermanyJichaMartin Heuberger ← Previous Story Cup Winners Cup (W): Zvenigorod and Rostov with good advantage before return legs Next Story → MKB Veszprem defeated twice in Skopje friendlies
http://jrnl.ie/4067775 108 Comments Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 9:39 PM Jun 12th 2018, 9:39 PM Image: Shutterstock/steve estvanik Share112 Tweet Email A petition to ‘abolish abortion’ in Ireland will be discussed in the Oireachtas It is one of three petitions up for discussions. 27,494 Views Short URL A PETITION SEEKING to ban abortion will be discussed in the Oireachtas tomorrow.The petition, which seeks to “abolish abortion on a healthy baby up to 12 weeks” is one of three that will come before the Joint Committee on Public Petitions tomorrow.The petitions system allows members of the public to submit petitions online and through the post. Members of the committee endeavour to discuss as many petitions as possible – as long as they are in keeping with Oireachtas standing orders.It is not clear if tomorrow’s petition on abortion will be in keeping with those orders as there is not yet any abortion in Ireland outside of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. There is also a legal challenge to last month’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment set to come before the High Court on 26 June. The rules of the Oireachtas committee say that petitions “must not relate to an ongoing legal case”.Two other petitions – to open an ASD unit in every school in Ireland and the consolidation of Statutory Instruments in preference to amending them – will be discussed.Committee chair Sean Sherlock said:“The petitions up for consideration tomorrow cover a wide variety of issues. We will discuss a petition seeking the opening of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Unit in all primary and secondary schools. The petitioner states that parents often have to bring their children to school in another county, town or miles away from their home to access a school with an ASD class.“We will also look at a petition which objects to ‘abortion on demand’ and would like to see abortion on demand up to 12 weeks of pregnancy abolished. Finally, we will discuss a petition which concerns the consolidation of statutory amendments instead of amending them, which is the current practice.“The petitioner proposes that consolidating statutory instruments would be publically beneficial as it would make laws more accessible and transparent to all and could result in the reduction of legal fees.”The committee is empowered to investigate and publicly debate any issue that comes before it.EthosSeparately today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that he expects hospitals with a Catholic ethos to carry out abortions.He said that while individuals could opt out according to their consciences, that avenue was not open to institutions.“It will not be possible for publicly funded hospitals, no matter their patron or owner, to opt of providing these necessary services which will be legal once this legislation is passed by the Dail and Seanad.”The National Association of GPs, meanwhile, welcomed assurances that abortion provision would be done on an opt-in basis.“We welcome again the announcement by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar that the provision of abortion services in Ireland would be on an opt in basis. The NAGP advocated for this as requested by the majority of GPs. The distinction of an opt-in for GP’s was clarified to mean that when a GP opts-in, he or she is fully trained and supported to provide a termination of pregnancy service of the highest safest standards (including access to ultrasound, counselling, near patient blood testing for rhesus factor when indicated).” Image: Shutterstock/steve estvanik Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Hosford
A Texas woman and her 18-year-old daughter were helped off Mount St. Helens by helicopter Wednesday morning after the woman fell off a trail, slid down a snow slope and was unable to continue, rescuers said.The fall resulted in only minor injuries, said Tom McDowell, assistant chief with North Country Emergency Medical Service. But the slide left Nancy Allen of Katy, Texas, in a precarious position on the south side of the mountain, McDowell said.The call for help came around 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office. Allen, 48, and her daughter had reached the summit earlier Tuesday and were on their way back down, McDowell said. Once responders with the Volcano Rescue Team reached the two at about 6,100 feet, they spent the next several hours helping them make their way down.By 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, Allen decided she would hire a private helicopter to take her and her daughter off the mountain. The helicopter arrived at about 6:30 a.m. and transported the two to safety, according to the sheriff’s office.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Santa Claus and a former student paid a visit to a Miami school just ahead of the holidays.Children at Sunflowers Academy in Miami sang and danced in anticipation of a visit from Santa.“Well, today, we give a smile, and we bring some joy to the children here that sometimes are not expecting any kinds of gifts from us,” said school principal Dr. Emma Ventura.All the children got gifts thanks to Secret Santa Luis Valdeon, a former student of the school.“It’s always a pleasure to give back,” said Valdeon.When Valdeon was a child, his family came from Cuba. He didn’t speak English, and the teachers at Sunflowers Academy helped him learn the new language.“This school gave me a lot of hope. They always do Christmas parties. They always did amazing things, and you always have fun with them,” Valdeon said. “It’s not just a school, they have fun with what they do, and they really enjoy it, and that’s what it’s all about.” Miami City Commissioner Manolo Reyes also stopped in to help Santa.“There is nothing more rewarding than to see a smile on a kid; there is nothing more rewarding than helping someone in need,” Reyes said.Ventura also donates turkeys to the school during Thanksgiving. He said he just likes to give back to the schools that helped him.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CES 2011 is just around the bend and tech companies are already bombarding us with announcements about the event. Along with their news MSI also delivered a promise: At the show they will unveil the “fastest gaming notebook ever”.From their release:The fastest gaming notebook ever to be unveiled at CES 2011Driven by a desire to “insist on the best,” MSI will be exhibiting a number of powerful G Series gaming notebooks at 2011 CES, including the top end GT680—the “fastest notebook on the planet.” When tested with PC MARK Vantage tools, it attained a speed of 18,162 points. It has the fastest operating system in the world, performing some three times faster than the average speed of high end gaming books currently on the market.Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, points out that the GT680 is the world’s most powerful laptop. It features Intel’s latest four core CPU, nVidia GeForce’s newest generation high end discrete graphics card, and four DDR3 memory slots expandable to 16GB of memory. It also supports accelerated dual hard disk architecture, which not only doubles storage capacity, but also kicks up read-write speed by approximately 70%. Kuo added that another reason that the GT680 is the fastest NB in the world is the fact that it uses MSI’s own TDE+ (Turbo Drive Engine+ technology) which allows both the CPU and GPU to turbo simultaneously. Just one touch of the luminescent Turbo hot key located above the keyboard throttles up performance, making the MSI GT680 the king of gaming books. So by combining Nvidia’s GT680 graphics with Intel’s Sandy Bridge processing power it looks like MSI has a very formidable laptop on the way. It’ll have four memory slot, but the release says it will rely on dual hard disks as opposed so SSD storage, so apparently there is still some room for improvement.This announcement is something to look forward to, but MSI won’t be the only company releasing a new gaming notebook at CES. In fact pretty much everyone’s systems will be revised with the release of new graphics cards and Sandy Bridge components so MSI’s super rig might not be the fastest for very long. We’ve already heard rumors that Alienware has an M17x R3 on the way, and chances are that it will be be revealed at CES as well. Leaked images show it has power to spare, though the benchmarks were done using 3DMark06 graphics testings (not the PCMark Vantage suite) so we can’t compare the two just yet.Read more at MSI.
British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality Virtual reality isn’t just for video games. The same technology that can help to create room-scale VR is being used in television and film production as a way to ease the burden of setting up shots and going to far-off locations.CBS Digital, a self-described “studio agnostic” company stationed inside the CBS Television City in Los Angeles, have developed a new system, called Parallax–named after a camera effect where an object in view can appear in a different position when viewed from different angles–which is helping television directors to view sets in a virtual space. The company hopes that with this technology, crews can save money and focus on things such as acting and storytelling instead of scouting and framing shots.The company recently invited the press to check out its facilities, including a visual effects studio and a relatively small room covered in the familiar color of green screens. Craig Weiss, executive director at CBS Digital, led the group into the room and pointed up to a bunch of white modules poking down from every part of the ceiling.Weiss mentioned that they were optical tracking cameras. A man with a large, RED digital camera moved around the room, pointing the lens at the green screens. We watched a scene of the Griffin Conservatory in Los Angeles on a monitor. As the camera panned, so did our perspective.Optical tracking camerasWorking in the Unreal engine, visual effects experts can set up scenes in real time and block out an entire sequence. They can show it to a director, who can then decide how they want to film a scene. Because an entire location can be recreated digitally, a director can move around a space, checking out different angles and potential shots before making any large decisions. Directors can also test out lenses and technologies like blue and green screens in the virtual world. A house can be built with exact dimensions.Forensic specialists have been utilizing 3D laser scanners to digitally recreate crime scenes in a hyper-realistic fashion. The same goes for film and television engineers, who can send small scouting teams to locations to capture every angle and piece of a scene. Weiss said that a group captured two blocks in New York City, which took around 12-14 hours. Then the assets were uploaded. The team can also use a stock library of locations and objects to plan out a scene before setting it up in real time.The executives point to a shot in The Last Man on Earth, where the character played by Will Forte sets off fireworks and accidentally destroys the city of San Francisco. Obviously, the people behind the show didn’t blow up the city, but instead recreated the city digitally and put the actors in front of a blue screen. This was mapped out first in Parallax so that the director could see the optimal way of planning out that sequence.“For me, it’s like directing a stage play,” said George Bloom, executive producer at CBS Digital. He spent 14 years directing TV shows, trailers, and other content, so as he speaks, he often draws on his experiences directly behind the camera. “At the end of the day, you can just focus on that performance and bring the world here.”Directors often don’t have visual effects experience (and they shouldn’t need to), so the goal is to ensure those in charge are focusing on the things they’re good at–managing what goes on in front of the camera with actors–instead of figuring out how to set up shots at, say, a hotel in Connecticut when the production is on a studio back lot in LA.Even when actors get on the set, current technologies can be alienating. Audiences get a kick out of behind-the-scenes footage where actors have to react to a ball on a stick in front of a green screen, for instance, because we can’t imagine how it’ll translate to the screen. CBS Digital hopes that by recreating sets virtually and broadcasting them to the actual physical set, they can erase some of the discomforts.“I think having a blue screen or a green screen out there is a little disconnecting for everybody–for the actors, for the director–and for the ability for the actors and the director to see what’s going to be there and they can frame it, that all goes away,” Weiss said.As a natural extension, CBS Digital is also working to make room-scale, walkable experiences in virtual reality. It’s played around with “circular” VR, such as with Facebook 360 and Google Cardboard, but officials hope to release recreated sets and sequences from shows such as Stranger Things and Daredevil for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.The Stranger Things was full-blown horror. You can watch the stars of the series freak out in the video below.The guests got to try out the VR headset–an Oculus headset set up to link with the optical tracking cameras. No scares in this one, but there was a moment where you could walk off a balcony multiple stories in the air and keep on walking.In the end, the goal isn’t to get rid of practical effects or physical sets altogether. As we’ve seen from films like the Star Wars prequels, making everything digitally is not always the smartest move. It’s about balance. The visual effects team might recreate sets in a digital space, but there are decorators and carpenters that still have to build base sets. Now that more platforms are popping up to make television, there’s even more work to be done.“What’s really a powerful thing that I want to emphasize is that we’re taking a lot of really great technology and simplifying it for filmmakers to allow them to really embrace the medium of virtual sets and visual effects and to make something that is very accessible and understandable to them,” Weiss said. “This is the stuff they love to do.” Stay on target
Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Asus has just introduced an Eee PC netbook that uses the Intel Atom N280, which has slightly better performance than the previous N270 chip. The N280 runs at 1.67GHz, up from the N270’s 1.6GHz, and the machine’s 1GB memory will be clocked at 667MHz rather than 533MHz. The longer battery life is contributed to the N280 chip that consumes a maximum of 2.5 watts, along with an LED backlit LCD screen. Asus’ Super Hybrid Engine allows people to control the CPU to lower performance to conserve power. In order to achieve 9.5 hours of battery life, the user would most likely have to lower CPU performance, dim the screen, and turn off the system’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and camera. Since this is not a realistic approach in using a netbook you can expect less than 9.5 hours of battery life. Aside from the Atom N280 processor other basic features include 802.11n WiFi that boost speed 6 times greater than the 802.11g, 10-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, 3 USB ports, SDHC card slot, VGA port, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, and 160GB hard drive. The ASUS Eee PC 1000HE is available immediately for pre-order through the official ASUS Eee PC Group on Facebook. The MSRP is $399.99 but Asus is applying a $25 instant discount to all the pre-orders. The pre-order page lists places where you can purchase the 1000HE like Amazon, Buy.com, Newegg and a few others but none of the stores, except Amazon, actually list the computer yet. At the time of this writing you can also pre order it from Amazon for $374.00.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Asus 1000HE Netbook Claims 9.5 Hour Battery Life (2009, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-asus-1000he-netbook-hour-battery.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. New superomniphobic glass soars high on butterfly wings using machine learning Asus 1000HE Netbook
This effect held regardless of whether or not the participants reported having learned something recently that had changed their opinion of Trump, suggesting these attitude shifts were the result of rationalization rather than a reaction to new information. Additionally, while one might expect those who evaluated Trump positively as president-elect to report more positive attitudes once he was in office, even those who reported viewing his presidency negatively reported at least slightly more positive views in the week after his inauguration. Overall, these findings suggest that while motorists in New York may not be taking to the streets in support of congestion pricing now, they’re likely to take at least a slightly more charitable view of the fee in the future — regardless of how it impacts their commute in practice. People don’t always rationalize their political realities, of course, and often report intensely disliking the status quo, Laurin notes, and the dividing line seems to be the “psychological realness” of a given situation. When people feel that society is stable and unchanging, and recognize that the status quo has inevitable consequences that they cannot physically escape and anticipate with 100% certainty, they develop an internal sense of a situation’s realness. This suggests that the individuals may have adjusted their memories of their previous smoking behavior so that the new law would feel less upsetting, Laurin writes. One alternative explanation remained, however: What if, rather than rationalizing an unsatisfactory reality, the participants had simply experienced the new policy more positively than anticipated? “The specific day an anticipated sociopolitical reality becomes current is an important psychological trigger,” Laurin writes. “It may be that as psychological realness increases, people feel less capable of problem-focused coping (changing the situation) and more capable of emotion-focused coping (adjusting their own response).” In a later survey of 248 Canadian smokers, the researcher also found that individuals who responded before the ban went into effect reported smoking in the targeted areas at the same frequency in both surveys. Those who responded post-ban, on the other hand, underreported the frequency at which they had previously reported smoking in the outlawed areas. In her initial exploratory study, Laurin found that San Franciscans who responded to a survey after the city’s ban on selling plastic water bottles reported viewing it as less of an inconvenience and less likely to infringe on peoples’ rights and freedoms than did participants who responded the day before the ban went into effect. “It is this sense of realness — the recognition that a state of affairs is an immediate part of their lives – that drives people to rationalize,” Laurin explains. “[People] are motivated to reconstrue in an exaggeratedly positive light any undesirable elements of the status quo, presumably to reassure themselves that the world they live in is right, good, and likely to satisfy their desires,” writes APS Fellow Kristin Laurin, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Reference In most American city centers, “rush hour” is anything but, with residents and commuters alike sitting bumper to bumper for what can feel like hours at a time, their vehicles spewing smog into the atmosphere while public transportation options go underused or underfunded, if they exist at all. All that could change in New York City, however, when congestion pricing goes into effect in 2021 — and research in Psychological Science suggests that while many drivers may oppose paying a fee to enter the city center now, their perceptions of the policy are likely to improve once it actually goes into effect. Differences in peoples’ existential and relational needs, as well as the specific issue at hand, may influence the degree to which individuals rationalize the status quo, she added. Support for abortion rights in the United States, for example, increased in the year after Roe v. Wade, while the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage resulted in a less significantly shift in attitudes. Laurin, K. (2018). Inaugurating rationalization: Three field Studies find increased rationalization when anticipated realities become current. Psychological Science,29(4), 483-495. doi: 10.1177/0956797617738814 The next phase of Laurin’s experiment suggested than this was not the case. In a nationally representative survey of 621 Americans, participants reported their attitudes toward President Donald Trump in December, 2016, and again a week before and after his inauguration in January, 2017. In line with the previous findings, participants were nearly twice as likely to report more positive attitudes, and to perceive Trump’s presidency as being more real, after the inauguration than in the week and month beforehand.
6 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Brought to you by PCWorld March 12, 2009 Listen Now Social networks are fun to use, helpful for job hunting, and great for keeping in touch with friends, business contacts, and relatives. The downside: The bad guys know you’re using these networks like crazy, and they’re gunning for you.Other online security threats may come from credit card exposure and the Google privacy factor.Social Networking TrapsWhy You Should Care: Sneaky sociopaths are using social network sites to infect, phish, and spam you.Scenario: A message from one of your friends shows up in your inbox, sent via a social network site that you use regularly, such as Facebook (To understand social networking better, read “A Peek Inside Facebook”).The message promises a big laugh, and points to a Web site you’ve never heard of. You think you can trust it, so you click the link–and the next thing you know, your PC is misdirected into a phishing page that steals your log-in details or to a drive-by download site that infects your system with a password-stealing Trojan horse. Your friend says she never sent you the message.Whether the culprit is a fake LinkedIn profile page that serves up dangerous URLs or a bogus Twitter message that purportedly comes from our friends, social networks are rapidly becoming the newest medium for malware attacks. As operating systems and applications became harder to hack directly, online criminals realized that it was much easier to fool people into clicking bad links, opening dangerous files, and running malicious software. And the best place to exploit the trust between friends and colleagues is in the mechanisms of the social network itself.By now, most Internet users are savvy enough to recognize spam e-mail. But what about a spam tweet that seems to come from someone in your circle of friends and takes you to a page that looks almost exactly like the one you use to log in to Twitter? A week may go by, and suddenly the data thieves who now control your account begin sending messages with URLs–some of which perform drive-by downloads and infect the recipients’ PCs with malware–to everyone in your social network.Facebook and MySpace users have already had to deal with a number of worms and other nasties that spread independently of any action taken by the account holder. Expect more of these automated attacks in the future.Fix: If you think that your social networking account details have been compromised or stolen, report your suspicions to the site’s support team immediately. Change your password frequently, and avoid clicking links that purport to send you back to the social network site. Instead, type the site’s address directly into your browser (or follow a bookmark you’ve previously saved) to get back to your account.Credit Card Exposure Online Why You Should Care: Resolving fraudulent credit card charges can be a messy, time-consuming process.Scenario: Scanning your e-mail, you see a message from a large online retailer notifying you that an order you recently completed is ready to ship–but you didn’t order anything. You follow a link in the message that supposedly leads back to the site’s log-in page, which contains a Web-based form that lists the wrong credit card number and address for your account and requests that you fill in the correct information so that the company can initiate its dispute resolution process.So you enter the card number, the card’s expiration date, your billing address, the card verification value (CVV) number printed on the back, your birth date, and your dog’s favorite flavor of Milk Bone. In your rush to correct the “mistake,” you’ve just delivered your card details right into the hands of savvy phishers.Since consumers are never liable for more than $50 of fraudulent credit card charges, you may wonder whether having your credit card information stolen is such a big deal. The answer is yes. You may not pay for the fraud directly and immediately, but all credit card users bear the burden in the form of fees and interest rates that factor in the cost of fraud to the credit card issuer.In addition, you’ll spend considerable time canceling credit card accounts, getting new cards issued, checking your credit reports, and changing the numbers in various accounts if you use them for automatic payments.Fix: Some larger banks still offer single-use, “disposable” credit card numbers–you log in to your bank’s Web site and identify the total amount of your purchase from the relevant online shop, and the banking site responds by spitting out a “credit card” number that can be used only for that amount and at that online store. Bank of America’s ShopSafe, Citibank’s Virtual Card Numbers, and Discover’s Secure Online Account Numbers are still going strong, though American Express killed off a similar service years ago.Google and Your PrivacyWhy You Should Care: Any business that maintains so much information about you puts you at risk of having that data abused.Scenario: Google seems to be everywhere these days. Aside from running an exemplary search engine, the company offers services for sending e-mail, receiving news feeds, and shopping. Furthermore, many of your favorite Web sites probably use Google to serve ads, syndicate content, or even track their own performance. Your Google account is like a diary of everything you do online: It can track your surfing behavior and even show you trends that you may not be aware of.The sheer breadth of information that Google handles for people is startling: e-mail, instant messaging, VoIP phone calls, photos, maps, finance and investment portfolios, home and work addresses, reading preferences, video interests and assessments, online purchases, most frequent searches, and clicked-on search results. Can you trust a commercial enterprise that has so much valuable information about you at its disposal to live up to its “Don’t be evil” corporate mantra? That remains to be seen.Fix: You can partly extricate yourself from Google, but don’t assume that the big G isn’t still all around you. Change the default (Google) search settings in Firefox if you must; stop using Gmail, iGoogle, and your Google Account if you’re really concerned. But so many sites now incorporate the company’s AdSense, Analytics, and syndication components that going off the Google grid may be virtually impossible for anyone who uses an Internet connection. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer
E3 is obviously the biggest week of the year for video game news, but in recent years it’s also become a great time to grab some juicy gaming deals. Sony has already detailed their Days of Play sale, and now Microsoft has announced their aptly-titled Biggest Xbox Sale of the Year, which will drop during E3. The sale will offer deals on the Xbox One S, Xbox One X (the first time the system has ever been discounted), major games, controllers, Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass, and more! Get more details, below. Share Tweet Submit Xbox One X$50 off for the first time ever on Xbox One X at Microsoft Store and participating retailers. Get deals on Xbox One X enhanced titles like Sea of Thieves, FIFA 18, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Forza Motorsport 7, and immerse yourself in stunning 4K ultra HD gaming with HDR.Xbox One SXbox One S 500GB consoles are also $199, while supplies last, or grab yourself an Xbox One S 1TB bundle for $249 ($50 off).Great savings on hundreds of titlesAmazing deals on over 300 games including those blockbusters you’ve been meaning to pick up like Battlefield 1, FIFA 18, NBA 2K18, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Forza Motorsport 7, Destiny 2, Super Lucky’s Tale, Monster Hunter: World, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Sea of Thieves. Full games start as low as $19.99, making it easy to add to your collection.Try out Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for just $1Take advantage of a special, limited-time introductory offer and get your first month of Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold for just $1 each!Accessorize! Save $10 on black, white, special edition and limited-edition Xbox Wireless Controllers, or design your own controller in one of over a billion color combinations available with Xbox Design Lab controllers, now starting at a new low price of just $69.99.Biggest Xbox Sale of the Year is kind of a lame name, but these are some pretty solid bargains! What deals do you have your eye on? Is it finally time to upgrade to the Xbox One X? Or are you going to load up on cheap games?The Biggest Xbox Sale of the Year runs from June 7 to June 23. The deals will be available through most major retailers and the Microsoft Store.
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2019 8:06 am PDT LOS ANGELES — Riot Games has named John Needham its new global head of League of Legends esports, putting him in charge of the world’s most popular competitive video game and its 13 professional leagues.Riot announced the promotion Wednesday. The current co-heads of esports, Jarred Kennedy and Whalen Rozelle, will remain with the company in other leadership positions.Needham previously helped oversee LoL’s top-level leagues in Europe and North America. Clubs from those regions have had breakthrough success in the past year in a game long dominated by South Korean and Chinese teams. Europe’s G2 Esports recently beat North America’s Team Liquid to win the Mid-Season Invitational, the first time teams from those regions met in the final of a major, international LoL event since 2011.Rozelle and Kennedy have overseen the past three world championships, growing the elite competitive scene to over 100 pro teams with more than 800 players. Last year’s world championship drew nearly 100 million viewers, on par with that of this year’s Super Bowl.Kennedy will oversee a division focused on new business, and Rozelle will lead a group exploring new esports initiatives, according to a news release from the company.___More AP Esports: https://apnews.com/Esports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press Riot announces new League of Legends esports boss AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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