first_imgBajipura (Guj): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his party’s `Nyay’ scheme will help in revival of the economy and create jobs in the country which has been badly affected by demonetisation and GST decisions of the Narendra Modi government.Addressing a poll rally here, Gandhi repeated his “chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman if thief) jibe to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi and alleged he has given Rs 30,000 crore to businessman Anil Ambaniin the Rafale fighter jet deal. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We have promised to give Rs 72,000 crore (a year) to poor people under the Nyay scheme which will change the economic condition of the poor in the country,” he said. Gandhi said the scheme, Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay) – a key feature of the Congress manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls – was devised after consultations within the party. “I had called all the economists of the Congress party and asked them what is the amount that we can give to the poor people of the country. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”They came up with the figure of Rs 72,000,” he said, adding Modi had in 2014 made a false promise of giving Rs 15 lakh to people, but the Congress will definitely give Rs 3.60 lakh (estimated cost of `Nyay’). The Congress chief attacked the Modi government over its 2016 note-ban exercise. “One fine day, Narendra Modi announced that notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 have been scrapped as they do not help me create more black money. So I will introduce a new note of Rs 2,000 as through it we can make more black money,” Gandhi said, mocking the demonetisation move. “They introduced Gabbar Singh Tax. Both the steps were big blows to our economy,” he said, criticising the BJP- led government over its implementation of the Good and Services Tax (GST). “Common people had stopped purchasing goods after demonetisation due to cash crunch, so Indian companies producing goods were closed down. Hence, unemployment rate is highest at 45 per cent in the country now,” Gandhi said. “However, our Nyay scheme will revive economy and create more jobs. Money that will go to people under the Nyay scheme will help people purchase things, our companies will be revived and people will get job,” he said. Gandhi said the Modi government is working for a few rich industrialists. “This government works for rich industrialists only. Do common people require chowkidar? Chowkidar is not required in front of house of farmers. This is Anil Ambanis chowkidar,” Gandhi, said targeting Modi. “The chowkidar gave Rs 30,000 crore to Ambani. Chowkidar chor hai,” the Congress said, alleging corruption in the Rafale deal with France. Anil Ambani has rejected Gandhi’s allegations and emphasised that the government had no role in the Rafale- manufacturer French company Dassault picking up his company as a local partner. “Under the new crop insurance scheme, the government has given districts and states to a few rich industrialists. Modi has given the entire Kashmir to Anil Ambani,” he said. Gandhi said if his party comes to power, it will bring a law to ensure farmers do not go to jail if they default on payment of loans.last_img

TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. says it has received an inquiry from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The Japanese automaker said in a statement Monday that it “can confirm that we have received an inquiry from the SEC, and are co-operating fully. We cannot provide further details.”The statement followed reports by both Japanese and foreign media that the U.S. financial markets watchdog was considering investigating Nissan over its pay to executives in the United States.Nissan’s ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn is facing charges in Japan of falsifying financial statements by under-reporting his compensation and of breach of trust related to his handling of investment losses and payments to a Saudi businessman.Ghosn has been detained since his arrest on Nov. 19. He has said he is innocent of any wrongdoing.The Associated Press read more

As a result the cabinet has approved the increasing of the minimum fine charged by a Magistrate’s Court from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 200,000 for running a bus without the valid passenger service permit. The fine for passenger buses operating without a valid permit has been increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 200,000.The Government said that there was a need to tighten laws against persons who run buses without a valid passenger service license. A proposal made by Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to present the National Transport Commission (Amendment) Bill in Parliament drafted for providing provisions to increase the fine was approved by the cabinet. (Colombo Gazette) read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock market edges lower in early trading NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is opening with small losses as financial and industrial companies fall the most.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is down two points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,095 in early trading Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average is off 30 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 17,955. The Nasdaq has slipped five points, or 0.1 per cent, to 4,918.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note has fallen to 2.07 per cent from 2.11 per cent late Thursday. Yields fall as bond prices rise.Benchmark U.S. crude is down 47 cents to $51.36 a barrel. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2015 7:46 am MDT read more

BARTLETT, Tenn. – Millions of eyes will be fixed on the sky when a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S. in August, and it’s likely many of them will be safely behind the special glasses churned out by a Tennessee company.American Paper Optics ramped up production for this year’s eclipse and expects to make 50 million paper and plastic eclipse glasses. John Jerit, the company’s CEO and president, said they began preparing about two years ago. During his almost 27 years making safety glasses, he’s only seen one total solar eclipse, in France in 1999, but will be going to Nashville for this one.“It’s a life experience,” Jerit said during an interview at his company’s office in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett. “When that two minutes is over, or however long you’ve got, the question that you really want to hear is, ‘When is the next one?’”His company is one of many businesses — hotels, campgrounds and stores — taking advantage of the total solar eclipse — when the moon passes between Earth and the sun. The moon’s shadow will fall in a diagonal ribbon across the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the U.S. will experience a partial eclipse, along with Canada, Central America and a bit of South America.Cities and towns along the path of totality — where there will be about 2 1/2 minutes of darkness — are gearing up for the crowds. St. Joseph, Missouri, population 76,000, is in a prime location and officials are bracing for tens of thousands of eclipse watchers to descend on the city, said Beth Conway, spokeswoman for the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau.The city’s restaurants, gas stations and stores are preparing for the onslaught — the city’s largest arts and music festival with the nickname “Total Eclipse of the Arts” is scheduled on the weekend leading up to the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.“This is essentially our Super Bowl,” Conway said. “If we see anywhere near the amount of people that they’re telling us, it will probably be the biggest event in our history.”The city has gotten into the act as well, selling eclipse glasses, posters and blue and yellow T-shirts decorated with a drawing of the city’s skyline and an iconic railroad bridge, and with the slogan “Right in the Middle of it All.”Conway said a benefactor donated 100,000 safety glasses designed for the city and proceeds are going to local museums and charities.Sales have been “amazing, phenomenal,” she said. “It’s just blown our minds.”At the Tennessee factory, a constant whirring sound fills the factory as large sheets of paper are fed into machines. One cuts out the eyeholes in the pre-printed frames, another inserts the protective film lenses. Then the glasses are punched out of the sheets and packaged.About 50,000 glasses can roll off the assembly line per hour, Jerit said. Paper glasses cost about 20 to 25 cents to make, and they are sold to distributors for about 45 cents, but prices vary depending on order size. They’re sold retail for about $2. The plastic versions are about $15.Staring at the sun during an eclipse — or anytime — can cause eye damage. The only safe way is to protect your eyes with special filters in glasses or other devices. NASA lists four companies, including American Paper Optics, whose glasses meet international standards.“It’s eye protection for enjoyment,” said Jerit, whose main business is making 3-D glasses.Besides retail outlets, the company sells the glasses to cities, universities and space-related entities like NASA and the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. Some are custom-designed, like the ones for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which are decorated with children’s drawings. Under the wacky category: glasses to make the wearer look like an astronaut, space cowboy or a green alien.Green Acres farm near Casper, Wyoming, is one of the many farms and parks welcoming eclipse watchers. The farm, which normally features a corn maze and other children’s activities, has been turned into a campground with 300 campsites in prime eclipse viewing territory.“We have people coming from Australia, Belgium, several from Canada. I have a guy from England coming that’s seen 17 eclipses,” said manager Dwain Romsa. “We’re a little more remote than some areas. It takes more effort to travel here.”___Associated Press writers Jim Salter in St. Louis and Kristin M. Hall in Memphis, Tennessee, contributed to this report. by Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 2:26 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email American Paper Optics President and CEO John Jerit looks at a display of solar eclipse glasses in Bartlett, Tenn., on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Jerit said the company began preparing about two years ago for the August 2017 event. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz) Businesses, cities cashing in on total solar eclipse crowds read more

Sunday’s attack took place in Shu’aub district, in Sana’a city, and preliminary reports indicate that as many as 11 civilians – including five students – were killed and dozens of other women, children and men were injured.“These are terrible, senseless deaths and injuries and we offer our deep condolences to the families of the victims,” said Ms. Grande in a statement. “Every effort must be made to understand the circumstances that led to this tragedy.”“Protecting people and protecting civilian infrastructure are core principles of international humanitarian law,” she stressed. “Even as we are struggling to address the worst food security crisis in the world and one of the worst cholera outbreaks in modern history, these principles are being violated.”“The people who are the most vulnerable and who need our help and compassion the most are the people paying the highest price for this terrible conflict” said Ms. Grande. “This is wrong, wrong, wrong.”In 2018, humanitarian organizations reported an average of 45 incidents of armed violence each week. Thousands of civilians were killed last year, including close to 1,000 children.The funding requirements for the 2019 humanitarian response in Yemen stand at US$4.2 billion to assist more than 20 million Yemenis including 10 million people who rely entirely on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs every month. So far, only 6 per cent of the required funds have been received. For more than four years, the country has been grappling with a brutal conflict between supporters of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi opposition groups. The war has plunged the country in what the UN considers to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with four out of five Yemenis (24.1 million people) in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection.We’re following with great concern today’s explosion in Saewan district in Sana’a and the deaths & injuries of civilians. We call on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and ensure the safety of all Yemenis. We send condolences to all affected families.— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) April 7, 2019 read more

first_imgTHE AGE WHEN people receive their pension should go up as life expectancy increases in Ireland, a pensions expert has said.John Martin, who was behind the major OECD report into Ireland’s pensions, said it is unsustainable for the government to increase the pensionable age to 68 and then not increase it any further.Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said while it was overall a positive thing that life expectancy is increasing in Ireland, there are also “very real and very obvious public policy challenges” arising from the change.The government has already recognised the unsustainable nature of the current pensions system: the current pensionable age of 66 is set to rise to 67 in 2021 and then to 68 by 2028.However, life expectancy for Irish people continues to increase due to advances in medicine and lifestyle: it is currently at 76.7 years for men and 81.6 years for women, meaning people are relying on their pension for longer.John Martin said the size of the challenge facing Ireland is ‘not insurmountable’ if economic growth resumes in Ireland.“If you look across all OECD countries, you see that the State pension ages are increasing,” Martin told a press conference in Dublin today.“The modal age now is 65, it’s drifting up to 68. Ireland is [increasing this age] quicker than other countries, and I think that’s  a very admirable thing,” he said.But you know, our view is that if life expectancy continues to increase, as we all hope it will, then the idea that you can stay at 68 for forever is unlikely to be sustainable. And our view  is that it’s advisable to try to have some rule perhaps linking life expectancy to the State pension age, and there are different ways in which this can be done.“I think that’s something that really warrants serious attention and discussion, looking ahead to the future,” he said.Martin noted that the most recent figures from 2009 show that less than 50 per cent of people have private pensions, despite a previous government target to have 70 per cent of workers aged between 30 and 65 paying into a private pension.There are currently 5.3 people working for every retired person, but it is projected that this will fall to just 2.1  in the next fifty years – meaning there will be an asymmetric burden created by the amount of money paying into pensions and the amount of people actually receiving them.Read: OECD report recommends mandatory pensions for private workers >last_img read more

first_imgA recent cut in orders for the 4th gen iPad display suggested there was weakening demand for the Apple tablet. In some markets the Nexus 7 is more popular than the iPad now, but it’s just as likely the iPad mini is eating into iPad sales. But lower than expected demand usually pushes a company to react, and it looks as though Apple may be about to do just that.New SKUs have been discovered by a major retailer that suggest a new 4th gen iPad %displayPrice% at %seller% is coming to market. This wouldn’t be a new generation of iPad, just a new model added to the existing line-up with a few different features.Apple typically describes their tablets as Good, Better, or Best in terms of the amount of storage they have. In the case of the iPad that’s 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The new SKUs are as follows:ME392LL/A iPad P101 ULTIMATE A-USAME393LL/A iPad P101 ULTIMATE B-USAME406LL/A iPad P103 ULTIMATE A-USAME407LL/A iPad P103 ULTIMATE B-USAAs you can see, there’s 4 new models. The A/B tagging refers to black and white colors, and the P101 and P103 is thought to differentiate the Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + cellular models. As for the ULTIMATE tag, that refers to storage suggesting we are set to get the option of a 128GB 4th gen iPad.If such a model does appear, it makes sense that Apple would increase the price in line with what it already does. That means the 128GB Wi-Fi iPad would cost $799, while the Wi-Fi + cellular version would retail for $929.We don’t expect a 5th gen iPad until the fall, so it makes sense to introduce this 128GB model as soon as possible. Maybe we’ll see it in February?via 9to5Maclast_img read more

first_imgIf there’s one thing that is comforting about the existence of sniper rifles that can pick off a target from a great distance away, it’s that a human has to operate it. A human, with all our flaws, all of our weaknesses, precise physical requirements, and questionable attention span, is the thing that has to point and shoot the gun. Humans aren’t perfect, which is a comforting thought when you find yourself being hunted by one, but what if the human that just thrust you into his own version of The Most Dangerous Game employed the help of a WiFi-enabled sniper rile that can aim itself and livestream the results?Developed by Tracking Point, the gun can aim up to 1,200 yards away, which is more than half a mile away. The gun comes equipped with a laser range finder, wind speed sensors, ballistics computer, unit to measure inertia, a compass, and a networked tracking engine. Similarly to a standard gun, Tracking Point’s rifle is a simple point-and-click interface, except this gun doesn’t allow you to click unless you’re pointing the right way. That means you won’t miss your target, conveniently glancing off some nearby tin cans, alerting your victim to your presence. Instead, the gun will just shoot when it knows you’ll hit your mark.The user just has to point the gun’s laser at the target, and it’ll shoot when the laser hits the mark.The gun actually streams the action to an iPad Mini — which comes packaged with the gun — so, presumably, you can bring your kills into the digital age, and perhaps even get some Likes on Facebook.TrackingPoint refers to the rifle as a PGF, a precision-guided firearm. Considering the gun won’t let you make a bad shot — which in turn provides something of a safe of trial-and-error method that amateurs could use — the rifle is password-protected in order to provide some amount of safety. The password doesn’t prevent the gun from shooting, so any trained marksman could still nail a distant deer, but the password would prevent an unskilled shooter from suddenly having a gun that can aim at you over a mile away.The first batch of TrackingPoint’s PGFs were recently delivered to early-adopting customers, so you can now being living in fear that someone who can barely hold a gun can shoot the phone out of your hand from half a mile away.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat held their first round of talks last week following the recent visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Over seven hours, the two exchanged views on the economy chapter and other issues. They agreed for the working groups of both sides to meet to pick up where the two left off.Speaking on his return to the presidential palace, Christofias said the two leaders also had a private meeting “where we freely exchanged views both on current issues which could be raised by one or the other side, but also on all aspects of the Cyprus problem”.Asked whether Talat voiced a preference to continue discussions on the governance chapter which the two had covered in significant detail during intensified meetings in January, Christofias replied: “Talat can state whatever he likes.”“I negotiate seriously and I will say what I have to say without many answers to questions which create additional issues for internal consumption and for frictions among the parties,” he added.The president said the next three meetings in March will cover the chapters of economy, EU matters and property “and whatever else can be discussed, if there is time”.For his part, Talat highlighted that the Greek Cypriot side had yet to agree to his request for an extra four meetings before ‘presidential elections’ in the north on April 18.UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer said the two leaders still had “a significant number of aspects to the economy chapter” which “they need to go through”.The two leaders will meet again for their second all-day session on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgHAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A passing boater came to the aid of a person after, officials said, their boat capsized and went underwater near Haulover Beach, Sunday.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue shared video of the vessel, which overturned off Collins Avenue and 108th Street, just after 3:30 p.m.Officials said TowBoatU.S. requested an MDFR fire boat to search for a possible person in the water. Divers searched the waters for the submerged boat and any potential passengers.By that time, however, the good Samaritan had already picked up the one person on board and brought them back to shore.There is no word as to what caused the boat to sink.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAs FOLIO: first reported, four of six full-time staffers—including the group publisher, publisher, editor and sales manager—resigned on Friday from Cygnus Business Media’s Aircraft Maintenance Technology.In an e-mail to FOLIO: today, co-CEO’s Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien responded:We have the industry’s most talented employees who work hard every day serving their respective markets and we are extremely proud of the work that they do on behalf of Cygnus Business Media. If some of those employees choose to go out on their own, we respect that. Our focus is to continue to build innovative programs for our clients. We are clearly succeeding. Our ad pages grew more than four percent in 2007, with many of our titles posting double-digit growth. Our Interactive division has grown 60 percent. Aircraft Maintenance Technology has had several publishers and editors throughout the years and we continue to have a strong staff behind it. A brand is the culmination of the sweat equity of dozens of people and years of hard work. It is unfair to state that the loss of staff cripples a brand since it discounts the talent of those still committed to it.last_img read more

first_imgScreenshot from the video Silavut Atlannuraqtuq, Our Changing Weather, about climate change in Northwest Alaska. (Image courtesy of the Maniilaq Association and ANTHC)The recently released National Climate Assessment is the fourth federal report examining the rate of change and the forecast for the future. Alaska has it’s own chapter in the massive document. The state is warming faster than any other. So what’s next? Working to understand the cultural, economic and health expense of mitigation and adaptation.HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:ISER Professor Matthew Berman-one of the authors of the Alaska chapter.Rick Thoman – contributing authorCall 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send an email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

first_imgThe Fallout franchise has been around for 18 years, but many players will discover it through the upcoming Fallout 4. Even some hardcore fans of Fallout 3 and New Vegas have never actually played the original game from 1997. While the graphics and interface have changed over the years, the world-building and lore of the older games still influence the new installments in the franchise. Here is what people new to the series need to know about the original game before entering Boston’s wasteland, and don’t forget to check out our 50 little-known facts about the franchise.The first Fallout game established an alternate timeline for the series, where the future turned out exactly the way the people in the 50’s thought it would. Somewhere in the mid 20th Century, history began to unfold differently, and by the mid 21st Century there were atomic cars and laser guns, along with the persistent menace of the Commies. Absurd technologies like giant robots arose, while more practical innovations lagged far behind the real world. The Cold War never quite ended, and in Fallout’s timeline, America’s greatest nuclear rival was China instead of Russia.American society changed very little. Clothing, architecture, and everyday items still looked like they did in the 1950’s even in the year 2077, when Fallout’s Great War occurred. Players didn’t get to explore this pre-war period in Fallout, but the wasteland contained many artifacts that offered hints about the Back When times.The first Fallout game begins in the year 2161, eighty-four years after the apocalypse. The playable character was born and raised in a massive underground shelter built by a company called Vault-tec. The second game in the series revealed that Vaults were actually just cruel experiments, and the later games are filled with vaults designed to impose bizarre and zany circumstances on the poor survivors living inside. However, the first game was presented with the premise that the vaults really were built to keep a portion of humanity alive after a nuclear war.Players took control of one such Vault Dweller from Vault 13. Unfortunately, a monkey wrench was thrown into Vault-tec’s plans, and the computer chip that controlled Vault 13’s water purifier malfunctioned. The heroic Vault Dweller left Vault 13 on a quest to find a new water chip, and they were equipped with little more than the standard issue jumpsuit on their back. Vault-tec and the distinct blue and gold suits have been indispensable parts of the series ever since.Not long after leaving the Vault, players came across another iconic part of the series, caps. In the California wasteland, people had begun to use “Nuka Cola” bottle caps as currency. In the first game, these were backed by a group called The Water Merchants, who wielded a powerful influence over the wasteland’s economy. By the second game, the caps were replaced by a variety of other currencies, but when Bethesda revamped the franchise for Fallout 3, the caps returned, although there was no in-game explanation for why they had value or what economic organization backed them. They were still cool, though.Nuka Cola is one of many parodies of real-world products. It played only a small role in the first two games, and originally came in just one flavor. It was there to add a sense of Atomic Age Americana (Although, lucky players could find a crashed truck full of bottle caps in a random encounter). Nuka Cola has gone on to appear in all of the games, and later installments have added in an increasingly large roster of alternative flavors.The laws of physics work slightly differently in Fallout. This allows the designers to create outlandish feats of science, and mutated creatures whose biology would be impossible in the real world. A key factor in many of these mutations is something called the “Forced Evolutionary Virus”. This was part of a pre-war experiment in biological warfare, originally intended to have benevolent effects and defend Americans from Chinese biological weapons. Unfortunately, FEV had drastic, unintended consequences. It mutated the test subjects.FEV has been used in many ways over the series. In the first game, dipping a human in a vat of it would create a hulk-like “Super Mutant,” the chief antagonists in the later parts of The Vault Dweller’s quest. FEV is also responsible for several other kinds of mutated creatures seen around the wasteland. It also played a crucial role in The Enclave’s plans in Fallout 2, and 3.In Fallout 1, FEV appeared as vats of green goo that were used to create an army of mutants by the game’s villain, The Master. This original batch of mutants weren’t inherently evil, and most were quite intelligent. A few lucky ones even became more intelligent as a result of their transformation. Fallout 3 revealed that variants of FEV were sent to different parts of the country, which explains why the mutants in Fallout 3 look and act different from the ones in the first two games.While most mutants were large, powerful soldiers, there were a few people who mutated in unique and horrid ways. Fallout established that everyone will react differently when exposed to FEV, and this is why the fan-favorite character Harold has his peculiar mutation.A key quest in Fallout required the player to visit a town populated by former vault dwellers who all became ghouls. Ghouls are a different kind of mutant altogether. The developers have implied at different times that ghouls are the result of FEV, or radiation, or a combination of both. Whatever causes ghoulification, it turns the afflicted into zombie-like creatures.Some ghouls go feral and become wild beasts that roam the wasteland attacking travelers. However other ghouls are lucky enough to keep their intelligence. Ghouls and Super Mutants both have exceptionally-long lifespans, and players can meet mutated characters who were born before the Great War in all of the Fallout games. Speaking to a friendly ghoul is often a way to learn valuable information about the wasteland’s history.The armored helmet shown on the cover of Fallout‘s CD case is from a suit of T-51b power armor. This iconic armor is worn in the game by a faction called The Brotherhood of Steel, who revere pre-war technology. The Brotherhood’s original goal was to find dangerous tech and keep it away from the wasteland savages, however splinter factions with different goals appeared in the later games.The Brotherhood was less integral to Fallout 2, but they became very prominent again in Fallout 3, and have played some part in every Fallout game. The Brotherhood has come up against the Super Mutants, the New California Republic, and fought The Enclave on both sides of the country. They are by far the most ubiquitous group in the series.The Fallout franchise has spent nearly two decades building upon the foundations established in the first game, but these enduring factors have helped define Fallout from the beginning, and make it stand out from the plethora of other apocalyptic worlds. Fallout 2, 3 and New Vegas each contributed something new to the series and Geek.com will explore those games in the weeks ahead.last_img read more

first_img If there’s one unifying theme at CES 2010, it’s as follows: Innovation is everywhere. From 3-D high-definition televisions to slick e-readers, powerful smartphones and a bevy of streaming media devices, the big watchwords this year are versatility, interconnectivity and value. Just a few items that already seem to be emerging as running themes this year based on early preview events, press conferences and, of course, buzz among critics and everyday gadget enthusiasts alike:1. 3-D, LED and Connected TelevisionLG, Samsung, Panasonic: You can barely turn around without bumping into a manufacturer pushing an LED (or, even scarier, 3-D) HDTV line as the next big thing. Thankfully, support for wireless internet is also creeping into more sets, letting you access widgets (bite-sized programs that run right on your TV) straight from your living room or stream over content from your PC. While the jury’s still out on 3-D, and the need to wear goofy glasses to enjoy it, newswires are abuzz with stories of broadcasters like ESPN and Discovery launching compatible networks. Truthfully, we’re more excited about Skype making its debut on sets, possibly bringing casual videoconferencing to mainstream prominence, and turning your couch into a communications hub after years of unfulfilled promise. Companies like Toshiba, with its Cell TV sets, are also planning to offer models with 1080p broadcast and Internet content upscaling, plus built-in hard drives and wireless 802.11n support, as well as the ability to convert 2D content from movies to video games into full 3-D.2. Tablet PCs and NetbooksFrom Asus to Lenovo, everyone’s pushing the low-cost, portable systems in slicker, even more transportable formats, albeit many now with touchscreens and beefier processors and graphics cards. More PC for less money, plus you can easily take notes on it and whiz through airport security? That’s one trend we can get behind.3. Portable ProjectorsAimed at business users with presentations to give, a number of companies are pushing portable projector models for BlackBerry and iPhone handsets. Surprisingly capable, these gizmos should be suitable for everyday use, if not pitching million-dollar ad buys, given their decent, if not overwhelming, brightness levels and picture quality. Still, what do you expect from a device that fits in your pocket?4. E-Readers and E-Book PlayersWhile still expensive and hard to justify as a purchase in the face of software platforms like Blio, which bring rich media content (books, magazines, comics, newspapers, etc.) to all platforms, not just dedicated single-function devices, there’s no getting around it: e-readers are everywhere at CES this year in color, touchscreen and other exciting new forms, and genuinely threating to upend the publishing industry within three years, if not completely reduce the newsstand to irrelevance in the next 12-18 months.5. Streaming Media ExtendersWe’ve still yet to see a single killer app in this category capable of supporting most major multimedia formats and convincing even the staunchest technophobe from buying in with its idiot-proof setup and interface. But it’s inevitable that one will arrive at some point, and make streaming audio and video more common than not in the near future, given the preponderance of companies looking to connect your TV, Blu-ray player, receiver, etc. to your home network or the internet. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read January 8, 2010last_img read more

first_imgVolaris, Interjet, Aeromexico, Avianca and other aeronautical companies offer direct flights to Mexico starting at $198 for a round trip. Just last year, visitation of Costa Rica by Mexican tourist and corporate tourism grew 11%.Also, Costa Rican national and foreign expats have increased their visits to Mexico as a business and leisure destination. This has led more airlines to in introduce direct flights between San José and Mexican cities.Volaris Costa Rica has announced that it will connect directly between Mexico City and San Jose three times a week starting September: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.Interjet has had two daily frequencies flying to Mexico trying to conquer the corporate market. More Mexican companies are opening business now in Costa Rica and vice versa, increasing the traffic back and forth.Aeroméxico has had 14 frequencies per week since 2014, transporting almost 4 thousand passengers in that route.The competition for the Mexico – Costa Rica route is creating a much more competitive price for airline tickets, of which Costa Rican tourists and expats can take advantage of in search for new vacation destinations.The Costa Rican institute of tourism expects over 100 thousand visitors coming from Mexico before the end of 2017. Facebook Comments Related posts:The growth of the Tamarindo Diria Hotel Next Tico Times print edition to focus on Central Pacific The Tico Times’ March print edition: Puerto Viejo, safe travels and more International tourism to Costa Rica continued to rise in 2018last_img read more

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   “The purpose of our trip is to send a strong message to the Egyptian people that we understand that success relies on the private sector to grow jobs for men and women in Egypt and raise income levels,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Washington before heading to Cairo.U.S. Regional Commerce Counselor Ann Bacher said the mission of the delegation is to hear “straight out declarations” from the Brotherhood-led government that there is clear support for investment and trade.That includes reforms ensuring application of rule of law, sanctity of contracts and greater transparency, said Michael Froman, President Barak Obama’s deputy national security adviser for international economics.“It’s about greater opportunity for people to participate,” he told reporters in a Friday conference call.Mubarak’s governments carried out a liberalization program that involved the selling off of state-run industries, but the process was plagued with corruption and much of the benefit went to a relatively small elite loyal to his regime.The executives in the delegation come from a range of major U.S. corporations, including Caterpillar, Cummins, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo and Visa. They will meet with with Egypt’s new prime minister and more than a dozen ministers, including the tourism minister early next week. The executives will also meet with local businessmen, including members of the Egyptian Business Development Association that was started this year by the Brotherhood’s economic adviser Hassan Malek. Nides said the team is “not coming there to dictate with them how to run their economy” but to encourage more openness, better wealth distribution and help with stabilization.U.S. officials say they are negotiating with Egypt over the debt relief package and how the money will be used. Washington has pledged relief for up to $1 billion of the $3.2 billion Egypt owes the U.S. Congress must approve the package, but Nides said there was bipartisan support.U.S. administration officials say Morsi’s government has already given reassuring signs. The Brotherhood has always taken a strong private-sector philosophy, and many of its top figures and financiers are businessmen.One worry some inside and outside Egypt have is that the Brotherhood, which advocates a greater role for religion in public life, will implement an Islamist program that could dampen investment, particularly in tourism.“There is huge apprehension about what it means to have an Islamist government,” said the CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Hisham Fahmy.He said Egyptian and U.S. executives are going to press Egyptian officials in their meetings to make the country “business friendly” by reducing bureaucratic red tape, enhancing transparency so people understand tax and custom laws better and, for example, enacting a bankruptcy law that allows people to take risks. Regarding any fears the United States has toward the Brotherhood and the new Egypt that has emerged after the uprising, Nides said that in the end “actions will speak for themselves.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The United States is also working out details on $1 billion in debt relief for Egypt that U.S. officials say they hope will make money available for job creation and investment funds.Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, and his government are putting together a program for reforms to salvage the economy and set a long-term path they say will increase investment and jobs and ease the state’s burgeoning budget deficits.Critics, however, worry that possible cuts in subsidies will hurt the large impoverished swath of the population that relies on them and that the plan could bring skewed liberalizations that will increase the gap between rich and poor, as occurred under Mubarak.The economy has been spiraling down since last year’s anti-Mubarak uprising, as foreign investment dried up and tourism _ one of the country’s main money-makers _ dropped. Egypt is also seeking a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund as a rescue package and as an international stamp of approval to draw in investors.“A stable Egypt is in everyone’s best interest,” said Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, who is among a number of U.S. officials joining the delegation, which arrives Saturday. Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – The largest ever U.S. trade delegation to the Arab world, visiting Egypt this weekend, is sounding out the new Islamist-led government over plans for reforming the ailing economy and seeking assurance that Egypt will be open for business under its rule.The delegation of more than 100 U.S. executives is part of a push by Washington aimed at helping restore the Egyptian economy _ while ensuring its influence with the new, freely elected leadership after the fall of longtime U.S. ally President Hosni Mubarak. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

first_imgSpicers Retreats is proud to announce the acquisition of Peppers Guest House, a boutique property situated in the Hunter Valley, to its expanding portfolio.The property, which is now the largest in the Spicers Retreats portfolio, will open on 18 January as The Guest House.The Guest House is Spicers Retreats fourth property in New South Wales, joining Spicers Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains, Spicers Vineyards Estate, also in the Hunter Valley, and Spicers Victoria Court which is currently being redeveloped and will open in 2017.“We are delighted to expand our offerings in New South Wales and the majestic Hunter Valley,” Spicers Retreats founder Mrs Jude Turner said.“The Guest House will make the perfect sibling to Spicers Vineyards Estate and has all the right characteristics and potential to undergo a Spicers transformation to embody our unique brand of relaxed luxury.”David Assef, Managing Director of Spicers Retreats comments: “The Guest House and Spicers Vineyards Estate will echo the symbiotic relationship between Spicers Clovelly Estate and Spicers Tamarind Retreat on the Sunshine Coast. The experience offered in The Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, is truly world class.“With 48 rooms, a six bedroom cottage, three unique conference and event spaces including the perfect set up for weddings, an on-site restaurant, and a swimming pool and tennis court, all set on 40 acres, we will be able to offer the Spicers Retreats experience to even more guests.”Spicers’ unique brand of luxury goes far beyond the bricks and mortar with each and every Spicers team member taking the time to get to know guests and learn their preferences giving them a very personal experience, an ethos which will be continued at The Guest House.David comments, “At Spicers Retreats we pride ourselves on effortless service which is why we have appointed Ryan Dillon, former Front Office Manager of Qualia Resort as General Manager of The Guest House.”“Ryan Dillon brings a wealth of experience and expertise in managing five star properties and his understanding of our brand and commitment to giving guests a truly memorable experience makes him the perfect fit for The Guest House.“He will be joined by Chef Brett Hobson, who will transform the restaurant Chez Pok, with his authentic, seasonal and creative style of Italian food.”Since acquiring the property in 2016, Spicers Retreats has commenced soft internal refurbishments as well as work to the exterior and grounds in order to start the property’s physical transformation, which will involve additional renovations further down the track. Spicers RetreatsSource = Spicers Retreatslast_img read more

first_img 0 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals have signed linebacker JoJo Dickson to a future contract for 2014.Dickson was on the Cardinals’ practice squad in 2013 after signing on Nov. 26, but was released on Dec. 23. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound player spent the 2013 preseason with the New York Jets after finishing the 2012 campaign on their practice squad. Dickson originally entered the NFL in 2011 with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted rookie free agent. He has also spent time with the Cleveland Browns. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A product of Idaho, Dickson tallied 182 tackles with three sacks and three interceptions.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 9 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 65-year-old Clements last coached in the NFL in 2016, his second year as the Green Bay assistant head coach. Clements held play-calling duties then.He coached Packers quarterbacks from 2006-11 before he was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2012. Prior to his tenure in Green Bay, Clements was offensive coordinator in Buffalo (2004-05) and quarterbacks coach for Pittsburgh (2001-03), Kansas City (2000) and New Orleans (1997-99).Related LinksWho’s on Kliff Kingsbury’s Arizona Cardinals coaching staff?After Cardinals fall far in 3 years, these dates will be key this offseasonReport: Jags expected to hire Cardinals OC candidate John DeFilippoReport: Cardinals to hire Steelers running backs coach James SaxonArizona has shown interest in McAdoo, Cooter and former Vikings OC John DeFilippo, who has reportedly decided to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars as their offensive coordinator. Arizona had also expressed interest in former Atlanta Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian, but he is no longer a candidate, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.To promote the growth of quarterback Josh Rosen, who is coming off his rookie season, the Cardinals have been targeting quarterback-focused candidates for head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s new staff. Kingsbury is expected to be the play-caller for Arizona’s offense and said he wanted to hire assistant offensive minds who could meld his offensive philosophies from the Air Raid offense he coached at Texas Tech with NFL concepts.center_img On Sunday, the Cardinals made a series of hires on the offensive side, including offensive line coach Sean Kugler, assistant offensive line coach Brian Natkin and wide receivers coach David Raih. Raih coached under Clements in Green Bay from 2014-16 as a coaching administrator and assistant offensive line coach.The team also retained tight ends coach Steve Heiden and will reportedly bring on former Steelers assistant James Saxon as running backs coach. Former Green Bay Packers assistant head coach and OC Tom Clements met with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday regarding their opening at offensive coordinator, reports NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.According to Pelissero’s colleague, Ian Rapoport, Clements would be a candidate to land another assistant job with Arizona if the team hires somebody else as OC. Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and former Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter are among the known remaining candidates for Arizona’s offensive coordinator opening. A 2016 photo of Tom Clements of the Green Bay Packers taken on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more