Mets and Scorpions lead the way in women’s Elite Eight

first_imgBy BEN HARRISLast year’s finalists lead the way at the end of day one of the National Touch League in the women’s Elite Eight series at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.New South Wales Mets and their counterparts Scorpions are one and two after three rounds of the competition.Both teams are on 10 points with two wins and a draw.The Mets lead the way on for and against, and showed they will be a tough team to beat as they defeated The Alliance 11-4 and New South Wales Country Mavericks 9-6.They drew 3-all with the fancied Queensland Chiefs.The Scorpions have had one touchdown victories over the Mavericks (6-5) and Queensland Country Outlaws (9-8). They also drew with the Chiefs (5-all).But in a huge blow to their title defence, Australia representative Sarah Peattie injured her knee and may not take any further part in the tournament.The Chiefs could find themselves in the box seat if results go their way.They had the toughest draw out of any team on day one – playing the semi-finalists of last year – and came away unscathed with a win and two draws.New South Wales Rebels find themselves in fourth spot after they hammered the Queensland Stingrays 8-2 in their final match of the day.They’re on equal points with The Alliance. Both teams had a win, a draw and a loss.The Outlaws and Stingrays could only manage one win a piece, while the Mavericks went none from three but showed they had plenty of fight in them.Day two of the women’s Elite Eight begins at 11.30am.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 National Touch League in the following ways: Websites Social Media Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2015) Instagram – YouTube – (live streaming of select games will occur, stay tuned to for all of the links) Related LinksWomen’s Elite Eightlast_img read more

James Franklin Called The Penn State Fan Who Cried After Getting Rose Bowl Tickets

first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions holds his team back as they prepare to take the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)James Franklin took some time to call the Penn State fan who cried after getting Rose Bowl tickets from his wife.Friday, a heartwarming video, showing a Penn State fan getting emotional after receiving Rose Bowl tickets from his wife, went viral among the college football community. It didn’t take long for Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin to get involved.Franklin apparently called the fan to tell him how appreciate he is of his support. Penn State posted video of the interaction – check it out:When you’re so state that @coachjfranklin has to say thank you himself! #WeAre #PennStateForever ??⚪️— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) December 10, 2016Penn State and USC will meet in the Rose Bowl on January 2. It’s the first trip to Pasadena for the Nittany Lions since 2009.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Destinations Voted Tops By Trip Advisor

first_img BROADCAST COPY Halifax and Lunenburg are among the top destinations in the country in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2010. Halifax was listed in the top 10 of the Top 25 Destinations in Canada. Halifax and Lunenburg were also voted among the Top 10 Culture and Sightseeing Destinations. Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Percy Paris says the province is very proud that Lunenburg and Halifax have been chosen for these prestigious awards by real travellers from around the globe. He says these visitor reviews prove that Nova Scotia is creating amazing experiences across the province that are considered among the best in the country. -30- Halifax and Lunenburg are among the top destinations in the country in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2010. Halifax was listed in the top 10 of the Top 25 Destinations in Canada. Halifax and Lunenburg were also voted among the Top 10 Culture and Sightseeing Destinations. “We are very proud that Lunenburg and Halifax have been chosen for these prestigious awards by real travellers from around the globe,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “These visitor reviews prove that Nova Scotia is creating amazing experiences across the province that are considered among the best in the country. “This helps to create good jobs that sustain our tourism industry and build the province as a premier travel destination.” Reviewers on TripAdvisor remarked on the rich history in Halifax, best seen on foot. They noted the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the view from the 18th-century Citadel National Historic Site and the Halifax Public Gardens as “don’t miss” highlights. The site also mentions Halifax’s great bars, restaurants and live music. The Town of Lunenburg is noted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and featured for its “colourful galleries and shops, arranged on a tidy grid of walkable streets.” Reviewers considered the Lunenburg Walking Tours, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and the Bluenose II “don’t miss” attractions. “We are very pleased to be included in TripAdvisor’s top destinations in the country,” said Lunenburg Mayor, Laurence Mawhinney. “Our small-town pride and heritage keep people interested in coming to our community. Halifax is the biggest destination in the province, and Lunenburg is one of the smallest, but between them they represent Nova Scotia’s warm and friendly feeling of community that makes people want to visit.” TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards are based on millions of real reviews and opinions from travellers on The winners were determined by a combination of travellers’ destination comments, favorite places and overall destination popularity on the site. is the world’s largest travel website. It attracts 40 million monthly visitors and has become a trusted source for travellers. The department is working with tourism operators to integrate TripAdvisor into It is a valuable tool in Nova Scotia’s 2011 tourism plan.last_img read more

Nenshi Montreal mayor celebrating the loss of great Canadian jobs

first_imgCalgary’s mayor has blasted his Montreal counterpart following the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline project.Montreal mayor Denis Coderre tweeted that Trans Canada’s decision was a “major victory” for the municipal world, saying he and his colleagues had made a difference on that project.Naheed Nenshi accused Coderre of being short sighted.“I love that he’s celebrating the fact that he will continue to use oil from Venezuela and Saudi Arabia that travels by pipeline under the St. Lawrence Seaway, or by tanker up the St. Lawrence Seaway and that he’s celebrating the loss of great Canadian jobs,” Nenshi said.Nenshi said TransCanada’s surprise cancellation of the Energy East pipeline is an example of the problems in the regulatory system for pipelines and that the National Energy Board needs a process based on science that takes into account the energy industry and the environment.Last month, TransCanada asked for the suspension of regulatory hearings so it could review an NEB panel’s decision to allow consideration of greenhouse gas emissions caused by producing and processing the oil transported in the pipeline.last_img read more

Review to assess treatment of Inuit children in NL child protection services

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An independent review into the treatment of Inuit children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador’s child welfare system will be led by the province’s child and youth advocate.The Nunatsiavut Government announced Wednesday in a news release that Jackie Lake Kavanagh will report findings by March 31, 2019.The study is being commissioned amidst concerns from the Inuit government in Labrador over the number of Inuit children being placed outside of their communities.Michelle Kinney, director of social development in the Nunatsiavut Government, said in an interview that approximately 40 children are living in Roddickton and St. Anthony, a trip of over 12 hours from their original home communities.Kinney said she hopes the findings of the review will provide the necessary documentation and evidence for effective legislative changes.She also said the review could potentially lay groundwork for the self-governing region to eventually take control of child protection responsibilities.“Our hope would be that as we go through this process that we would develop a model of better serving Inuit families that would eventually move to devolution of CSSD to Nunatsiavut government,” Kinney said, referring to the province’s Department of Child Services and Social Development.Roughly a third of children and youth being sent to child protection services in the province are Indigenous.Nunatsiavut president Johannes Lampe has said the separation of families is causing undue stress, along with a loss of culture and way of life.“Too many of our children have been taken away from their families, communities, culture and way of life,” Lampe said in an interview.“We have to find a way to address this serious issue, so that those affected can find a way to lead healthy, productive lives.”Kavanagh says she is expecting to review individual cases and child protection service policies, and to hold conversations with Inuit communities around Labrador.“This is a historical issue with its roots in colonial practices reflected in residential schools, generations of families with histories of trauma, and social inequality,” Lake Kavanagh said in a news release. “The status quo is not acceptable and cannot continue for Inuit children and youth.”Kinney said her government does not want the process to be about laying blame, but about a review of the issues to help those affected move forward.“The important piece for us is engaging communities, families, parents, children, and having them all feel like they are a part of the process,” said Kinney.“We really see this, if we can get this process right, as being a good model for reconciliation.”last_img read more

Toronto man convicted in husbands murder granted bail pending appeal

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto lawyer who conspired with his lover to kill his husband has been released on bail while he appeals his murder conviction.Demitry Papasotiriou-Lanteigne and his lover, Michael Ivezic, were convicted in June of first-degree murder in the killing of Allan Lanteigne. Both were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.Court documents show Papasotiriou-Lanteigne, 38, is seeking to appeal his conviction, alleging the jury’s verdict was unreasonable because it was based entirely on circumstantial evidence.The pair’s murder trial heard Papasotiriou-Lanteigne was in Greece, where he owns a home, when his husband was bludgeoned to death at their Toronto residence in March 2011.However, court heard Ivezic — with whom Papasotiriou-Lanteigne was having an affair — had returned to Toronto after visiting his lover in Greece and his DNA was found under Lanteigne’s fingernails.Prosecutors alleged Papasotiriou-Lanteigne arranged to have his husband arrive at the couple’s home at a certain time, while Ivezic waited to carry out the killing.Crown attorneys alleged money was the key motive, as it had been a source of strife for the couple and the two men had taken out a $2-million life insurance policy together a few years earlier, court documents show.Shortly after the murder, Papasotiriou-Lanteigne attempted to collect on the policy and on survivor benefits from his deceased husband’s employer, the documents show.Prosecutors alleged email exchanges between Papasotiriou-Lanteigne and his husband, and those between him and his lover, proved his involvement in the murder plot.They pointed to one email in particular, sent the day of the killing, in which Papasotiriou-Lanteigne insisted his husband be home by a certain time.In seeking to have his conviction overturned, Papasotiriou-Lanteigne alleges the trial judge misapprehended the email and that his correspondence with both men is open to interpretation.The court of appeal has granted him bail until his case is concluded, under the supervision of his mother, his step-father and his step-father’s mother, according to court documents.While on bail, Papasotiriou-Lanteigne is under strict house arrest and monitored through a GPS ankle bracelet that he pays for himself, the documents say.The appeal court said it considered Papasotiriou-Lanteigne’s compliance with his pre-trial bail conditions in agreeing to his release.“I accept that, standing alone, (Papasotiriou-Lanteigne)’s connections to Greece may give pause for concern,” Justice Gary T. Trotter wrote.“However, any lingering concerns about flight are answered by his history of bail compliance and the strict release plan that is proposed.”The judge also said there is no concern for public safety.last_img read more

Famous French Singer Maitre Gims Performs Omra in Mecca

Rabat –  Famous French-Congolese Singer Gandhi Djuna, commonly known as Maitre Gims, has shared on social media pictures of him in Mecca where he went to perform omra (minor pilgrimage).Gims, who converted to Islam in 2004, is seen wearing a Moroccan gandora and Gulf countries’ national attire.Along with one of his pictures, taken on top of a mountain in the Muslim holy city, Gims posted a verse from the Quran that says: “And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.” A personal friend of King Mohammed VI, Gims has been pictured on several occasions with the monarch and members of the Royal family.He is an habitué of Morocco where he has a large fan base. read more

Bus strike called off after agreement reached to increase fares by 125

Private bus operators had expected a higher price increase and decided to launch a strike tomorrow in protest over the fare hike approved by the cabinet.However, the private bus operators said that the strike has been called off as the Government had now agreed to increase the fares by 12.5 percent. (Colombo Gazette) The strike by private bus operators which was scheduled to be launched tomorrow, has been called off, after an agreement was reached to increase bus fares by 12.5 percent.Cabinet had earlier approved a bus fare hike of 6.56 percent but private bus operators were not happy. read more

UN disarmament panel opens session on preventing weapons proliferation to rogue groups

Measures to prevent the proliferation of weapon systems to rogue groups will top the agenda of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, which today opens a three-day meeting in New York.Experts on the Board will also discuss the fact that national leaders meeting last year at a UN World Summit failed to agree on any reference to disarmament and non-proliferation in the Outcome Document they adopted. The session will be chaired by U. Joy Ogwu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos. Currently, the Board has 19 members, appointed by the Secretary-General and serving in their personal capacities.Established in 1978, the Board, which meets twice a year, is tasked with advising the Secretary-General on matters concerning arms limitation and disarmament. read more

UN chief condemns suicide attacks that leaves dozens dead in northern Nigeria

“The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government and people of Nigeria for the loss of life. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,” according to a statement issued by Deputy UN Spokesman Farhan Haq. Through the statement, Mr. Guterres reiterated the solidarity of the UN with the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism. “He also renews the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support regional counter-terrorism initiatives,” the statement concluded. According to media reports, at least 50 people were killed in an early morning bomb attack at a mosque in the northern Nigeria town of Mubi, which is near the border with Cameroon. read more

PODCAST Good Morning Goodman announces distinguished graduate award recipient

Good Morning Goodman continues this week with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Najlaa Rauf announcing that Goodman graduate Jason Sparaga (BBA ’93) has been named this year’s Distinguished Graduate.Goodman students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Distinguished Leader lecture on Nov. 12 presented by Ms. Rossana Magnotta, founder and CEO of Magnotta Winery.Students are reminded that Wednesday is the deadline to apply to be a volunteer at the Brock University Accounting Conference (BUAC) and that the Goodman Business Students’ Association (BSA) Angel Tree charity initiative continues throughout the month of November. Other upcoming events include Goodman International Day on Nov. 10 in Sankey Chamber (12-5 p.m.) and the “How to Get a Job in Human Resource Management” on Nov. 23 (registration is now open for this event on CareerZone).This is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events.Produced by the Goodman Marketing and Communications team, the Good Morning Goodman podcast features weekly updates for students, staff and faculty. Podcasts will be posted on the Goodman website and on social media.1:09 – BioLinc’s Niagara Youth Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend1:41 – Distinguished Leader (Ms. Rossana Magnotta)2:15 – Distinguished Graduate (Mr. Jason Sparaga)3:07 – Instagram Takeover (Sean Bouwers)3:40 – Goodman International Day4:19 – How to Get a Job in Human Resource Management4:41 –Brock University Accounting Conference VolunteersListen to the Good Morning Podcast here: Watch the Good Morning Podcast here: read more

NBA Finals Spurs Resoundingly End Heats Championship Run

The San Antonio Spurs stand atop the basketball world again. They are champions of the NBA for the fifth time after beating down the Miami Heat on Sunday, ending Miami’s two-year reign and throwing into question their future.No questions remained about which team deserved to win the best-of-seven series after San Antonio blasted the Heat for the third game in a row, 104-87.  The Spurs won the series 4-1, with 22-year-old forward Kawhi Leonard being named the MVP after another stirring performance of 22 points and 10 rebounds.“(Leonard) is a great learner and he’s super competitive, has a drive to be the best that’s really uncommon in our league,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He walks the walk. I mean, he’s there early, he’s there late. He wants more. He wants me and the coaches to push him. So I just talked to him about not being in that defer sort of stage. The hell with Tony Parker, the hell with Timmy (Duncan), the hell with Manu (Ginobili) … you play the game. You are the man.”Miami’s Dwyane Wade: “It’s like (Leonard) just played free. … He’s the future of this team.”“The first two games, he didn’t play so well,” the Heat’s LeBron James said about Leonard. “I thought he attacked more in the last three games, shot the ball extremely well.”James had less of a supporting cast than Leonard did. Wade never looked healthy. Chris Bosh was a nonfactor. And the Heat’s bench was outplayed in every facet. It turned out that the Spurs easily avenged last year’s bitter Game 6 defeat against Miami that cost them the championship.“I’ve said many times, a day didn’t go by where I didn’t think about Game 6,” Popovich said. “So I think, just in general, for the group to have the fortitude that they showed to get back to this spot, I think speaks volumes about how they’re constituted and what kind of fiber they have.”Heat coach Erik Spoelstra could not deny the Spurs’ dominance. “They played exquisite basketball this series and in particular these last three games, and they are the better team,” he said. “There’s no other way to say it.”No telling what the future holds for Miami now. Wade will not likely return to the elite status of player he once was. The rest of the roster needs refurbishing. Talk of James, Wade and Bosh making financial sacrifices to lure upcoming free agent Carmelo Anthony certainly will heat up.But those are Miami’s issues. The Spurs are to be celebrated for functioning as a team, with multiple players — lesser-known talents Boris Diaw and Patty Mills –making significant contributions. Duncan has played 18 years in the league and may consider retiring with his five titles. But Parker has a lot more left and Leonard is a mere babe who likely will get better after his standout performance on basketball’s largest stage. read more

Glasgow bin lorry crash judges reject private prosecution bid

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lorraine Sweeney (left) and her granddaughter Erin McQuade (right) who were two of the six people killedCredit:Police Scotland Plans for a private prosecution of Harry Clarke have not been granted approval Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Wire Harry Clarke, the driver in the Glasgow bin lorry crash, will not face a private prosecution over the tragedy which claimed six lives.In a rare legal move, relatives of three crash victims sought permission from senior judges to bring charges against the 59-year-old.It followed a controversial Crown Office decision not to prosecute Mr Clarke, who had blacked out behind the wheel on the day of the fatal crash almost two years ago. Lorraine Sweeney (left) and her granddaughter Erin McQuade (right) who were two of the six people killedcenter_img A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) heard Mr Clarke had a history of health issues but had not disclosed his medical background to his employers or the DVLA.A sheriff found Mr Clarke “repeatedly lied in order to gain and retain jobs and licences”.The Crown Office insisted there was insufficient evidence to raise criminal proceedings against Mr Clarke but the families of the victims disagreed and sought permission to prosecute him on charges of dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous driving.Lady Dorrian, Scotland’s second-highest judge, who heard the Bills for Criminal Letters with two other judges, ruled in both cases: “We do not consider that the Crown made an error of law.”She added: “It is quite difficult to conceive of circumstances in which the court would pass a bill where the Lord Advocate had examined and investigated the circumstances of the case, and concluded as a matter of informed judgment that the whole tenor and weight of the evidence did not justify prosecution.”Judges did not consider that the state of knowledge of either motorist “can reasonably be elevated to the degree necessary to be capable of establishing beyond reasonable doubt that on the day in question they drove in the face of an obvious and material danger”, she said.The families of Ms Convy and Ms Stewart expressed their disappointment over the ruling outside court.Cate Cairney, Laura’s aunt, said: “Since December 17, when Laura and Mhairi were brutally mown down by William Payne, we’ve all found ourselves locked in a most brutal horror story.”As families who had to identify their daughters, seeing them as no people ever should, we trusted the process and we trusted the law, and this law has fatally let our girls down.”Mhairi’s father Alan Convy said: “The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service from the very start nearly six years ago have done everything in their power to protect an early incorrect decision of non-prosecution, to protect the process, to protect their own self-importance and, in doing so, rather than admit they got it wrong, protected William Payne and allowed their non-prosecution of him to give a huge green light to other drivers out there who have black-outs to get on the road and to kill people and walk away.”We firmly believe that this includes people like Harry Clarke. How many more innocent daughters, parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews have to die before the Crown do the right thing and send out the right message to the public?”If this ruling is the law, then the law is wrong in our eyes. It needs [to be] changed.”The Crown said it acknowledged the distress caused to the relatives by the decision not to prosecute the drivers.A spokesman said: “The Crown has an obligation to take decisions of this nature professionally and dispassionately, on the basis of the evidence.”After carefully considering all the relevant evidence, Crown Counsel concluded there was insufficient evidence in law to raise criminal proceedings.”We note that the court does not consider that the Crown erred in its assessment of these cases.”Ms Convy, 18, and Ms Stewart, 20, were walking in North Hanover Street, Glasgow, on December 17 2010 when a Range Rover apparently lost control, mounted the kerb and hit them.An FAI found the crash happened after Mr Payne suffered a “vasovagal episode” and temporarily lost consciousness.He was initially accused of causing the deaths of the students but the charges against him were later dropped. Plans for a private prosecution of Glasgow bin lorry crash driver Harry Clarke have not been granted approval  Three judges at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh ruled on Friday that the family could not launch a private prosecution against Mr Clarke.The court also rejected a similar plea for a private prosecution of motorist William Payne, lodged by the families of students Mhairi Convy and Laura Stewart, who were knocked down and killed in Glasgow in 2010.The students’ relatives voiced disappointment and said they had been “locked in a most brutal horror story” since the crash.The lorry driven by Mr Clarke went out of control in Queen Street on December 22 2014.Relatives of crash victims, Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, 68 and 69, and their granddaughter Erin McQuade, 18, brought the prosecution attempt to court.Stephenie Tait, 29, Jacqueline Morton, 51, and Gillian Ewing, 52, also died in the incident.last_img read more

Netflix will finally be moving to HTML5

first_imgIn a move that the more astute members of the video-watching populace have been waiting for, Netflix announced its plans to finally leave Microsoft Silverlight behind, and move on over to HTML5 and also modern times.Netflix uses Silverlight, Microsoft’s answer to Flash, to stream videos across the web to both Windows and OS X computers. Unfortunately, as many Linux users lament, Silverlight was one of the barriers preventing Netflix from running on the Linux platform. Sure, you could run it through Wine, but that would certainly be overkill just to play half of that episode of West Wing so you have something to watch while you quickly eat dinner. Netflix cited Microsoft’s closure of Silverlight 5 in 2021 (currently eight years away) as the reason why it’s looking for a new platform. However, we all secretly know it’s because Silverlight was always somewhat of a silly choice, and Netflix now has a legitimate reason to leave it behind without burning a bridge with Microsoft.Another benefit of Netflix switching is that HTML5 isn’t a browser plugin, whereas Silverlight is. It’s not difficult to install a browser plugin, but they can create extra issues, such as certain browsers not supporting them, or some people believing they’re a security risk.The first implementation of HTML5 Netflix will come in Chrome OS, and the company has been testing it on the ARM-based Samsung Chromebook. After they deem Chromebook testing a success, they will then move to the big boys of Windows and OS X.As for Linux, Silverlight wasn’t the only barrier. Netflix uses a proprietary DRM that runs on Windows and OS X, but not Linux. So, it’s not yet clear if this move to HTML5 will remove the need to run Netflix in Wine. If the user comments responding to Netflix’s announcement are any indication, though, people sure want to see Netflix come to Linux.last_img read more

ThinkGeek Announced 4d6andMe Stat Analysis Kit Bluetooth Pet Rock Other Works of

first_imgStay on target Cyber Monday 2018: Best Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home ItemsBest Nerdy Fitness Gear to Rep Your Fandom at the Gym ThinkGeek just announced a slew of new products to kick off this April, and they’re all either unique new concepts or surprising takes on popular brands. It starts with stats and spit, and ThinkGeek’s new 4d6andMe Stat Discovery Kit.4d6andMe is like a genetic analysis kit, only useful. Just send in a saliva sample and in six to eight weeks ThinkGeek will send a full analysis of your stats. STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, and even CHA can be measured with an easy swab and a prepaid mailer. ThinkGeek partnered with RPGenotech for this service, which seems to be using the most up-to-date measurements from 5E. You can even get extra reports for your race and alignment, and I’m not sure whether that’s problematic or not.If you want to go into the other direction of gamification, ThinkGeek’s new Quest Management Kit helps produce artificial satisfaction for millennials in the workforce. This is specifically for managers looking to connect with their dissatisfied subordinates by turning tasks into quests. It even comes with a Convertible Status Hat with a yellow exclamation point to indicate you’re ready to give your employees a quest. And if you haven’t gotten the joke of this story on this day, I have to say that I’m terrified at how feasible this is as a genuinely marketed and wildly misguided product.Speaking of kids these days, Fortnite Battle Royale is the hottest streaming fodder for certain Twitch personalities and Toronto rappers, so ThinkGeek made a remote control blimp. Well, bus. Well, bus-blimp, or blusp. The Fortnite R/C Battle Bus is a flying drone modeled after the Battle Bus from the game, and even connects to your smartphone or tablet to give you AR navigation with the Fortnite Battle Royale map.ThinkGeek reached into some deep nostalgia for its Bluetooth Pet Rock. The Pet Rock was released in 1975, but that was years before any consumer digital wireless standard was established. The Bluetooth Pet Rock connects to any mobile device over Bluetooth 4.0, and even supports Qi charging. ThinkGeek says it can last eight hours on a charge, but we’ll have to test it to find out.It’s still pretty chilly up here in New York, but spring and summer will be coming soon, and eventually you might want to hit the pool. That’s why ThinkGeek released the Alien Facehugger Snorkel Mask. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a snorkel that looks like a Facehugger from Alien. On that note, Alien: Covenant suuuuuucked.Just in time for Jurassic World: Lost Kingdom, ThinkGeek also announced the Jurassic World Dinosaur Detection System. Just fill the container with any compatible liquid and set an IFTTT recipe to send you a message if it ripples! Other tricks up ThinkGeek’s sleeve include Tesla vs. Edison Rock ‘Em Shock ‘Em Robots, a Rick & Morty screaming sun clock,  and Klingon language fridge magnets. Check them out!Then realize what the date is, if you haven’t already figured it out.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

County’s code director resigns

first_imgMarty Snell has abruptly resigned as Clark County’s director of Community Development, a county department that oversees licensing and code enforcement as well as the troubled Permit Center.Interim County Manager Jim Rumpeltes said in an email that Snell submitted his resignation effective Friday, “to pursue other opportunities.”“The County is in the process of determining an Interim Director with an anticipated announcement early next week,” said Rumpeltes. “We thank him for his dedicated service to Clark County.”Snell, who has worked for the county since 2005 after working for the cities of Camas and Washougal, could not be reached for comment.Snell’s departure from the county comes a month after Citygate Associates, a consulting firm, released a report highly critical of the county Permit Center. The report described dysfunction in the center that it partially blamed on intervention from county councilors on behalf of customers with stalled permits. The report included complaints from customers and stakeholders who called its operations unpredictable and inconsistent.In April, Snell submitted to Rumpeltes a work plan outlining how his department would implement the report’s recommendations. The work plan, obtained through a public records request, designates either Snell or Rumpeltes (who is expected to step down in coming months after a permanent manager is hired) as leads for many of its recommendations.When asked if he was worried that changes in management would affect the implementation of the report’s recommendations, Rumpeltes said, “a team approach with all employees across multiple departments will be used to implement the changes.”last_img read more

Imperial Beach leaders voting on toughest plastic ban in California

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – In Imperial Beach tonight local leaders will be voting on the toughest plastic ban in the state of California. They already banned all styrofoam products.The people of Imperial Beach are all too familiar with pollution from Mexico. Now they want to lead the way in getting rid of all plastic pollution in Imperial Beach.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on this story. Imperial Beach leaders voting on toughest plastic ban in California KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 1, 2019 May 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Doctor Marathon victims had nails BBs in wounds

first_imgBOSTON — Doctors say they removed a host of sharp objects from children and adults injured by the Boston Marathon explosions.More than 170 people were hurt by the blasts, and doctors on Tuesday detailed some of the injuries, including broken bones, amputated limbs and head injuries.“We’ve removed BBs and we’ve removed nails from kids. One of the sickest things for me was just to see nails sticking out of a little girl’s body,” said Dr. David Mooney, director of the trauma center at Boston Children’s Hospital.Two children remain in critical condition at the hospital with serious leg injuries. Mooney said that tourniquets applied by emergency responders at the race saved the children’s lives.Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital also say they removed metal fragments from victims of the two bombs.The explosives were contained in pressure cookers and hidden in black duffel bags on the ground, a person briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. One of the explosives contained shards of metal and ball bearings, and another contained nails, the person said.A second person briefed on the investigation confirmed that at least one of the explosives was made out of a pressure cooker. Both spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.last_img read more

Volkswagens bargain EV will be a Seat report says

first_img Electric Cars Car Industry Tags Share your voice Volkswagen’s ID concept is the start of VW’s electric revolution 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageThis is a Seat Leon Cupra R and it’s super cool, so we’re hoping the budget Seat EV will be cool too. Seat Volkswagen has been planning a new, affordable electric vehicle based on its EV-specific MEB platform for a while now, but according to a report published on Sunday by the Financial Times, it won’t be sold as a Volkswagen at all.Instead, the Volkswagen Group’s answer to the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt will wear the Seat badge. If you’re unfamiliar with Seat, it’s a Spanish company that has been a part of the VW Group since 1986 and acts as an entry-level point for the VW Group’s offerings.This new affordable EV is meant to go on sale for around 20,000 euros ($22,400) in Europe sometime next year. If Seat can get it to market for its target price, it would be one of the cheapest electric cars on sale in the EU.Furthermore, Seat is said to be leading development on an additional small-car electric platform that will be shared throughout the VW Group and see the light of day sometime in 2023. That would make at least three EV-specific platforms for the group — including the PPE platform that underpins the Porsche Taycan — and we’re reasonably confident that it won’t stop there.Volkswagen didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The possibility of US availability of this bargain EV has always been a little sketchy at best, but now it seems even more likely, considering that Seats haven’t been sold here… well, ever. That means that all you rabid VW fans will have to put your GTI plaid wallets back in your pants and wait — unless of course, you want to pony up for an eGolf. 75 Photos More From Roadshowcenter_img 1 Comment Volkswagen 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Volkswagen 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more

BanjoKazooie revealed for Super Smash Bros Ultimate at Nintendos E3 Direct

first_img Walmart $299 Banjo-Kazooie, in case you can’t remember, is that weird bear and bird combination character from the Nintendo 64 era, who later starred in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts a forgettable Xbox 360 game years later.We’ve seen loads of surprising character entries into Smash — Sonic, Pac-Man and Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid among them — but this is definitely one of the most memorable Smash surprises in recent memory.Banjo-Kazooie is coming to Smash this fall.But they’re not alone. In conjunction with the Western release of Dragon Quest XI, Nintendo is also bringing across characters from that game to Smash. But yeah, nothing on the level of the almighty Banjo-Kazooie! reading • Banjo-Kazooie revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at Nintendo’s E3 Direct See It See It 29 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Gaming Culture Amazon Banjo-Kazooie is coming to Smash this fall. Nintendo  It’s been a long time coming, but finally it’s happened: Banjo-Kazooie is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch, as revealed by Nintendo’s E3 Schedule Nintendo DirectBanjo-Kazooie has long been one of those character additions that seemed perfect for Super Smash Bros., but there’s always been one obstacle: Since Microsoft owned Rare, the company that made the games originally, Nintendo didn’t have the rights to reproduce the character on a game solely designed for Nintendo consoles.It seems as though those issues have been resolved.  $289 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know $299 $299 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know See It Why 2020 could be the best year for video games All E3 2019 press conferencesSaturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to four times more powerful, the company said. And, like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD.  The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high-end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the LA Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief onstage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classic such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that’ll launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — This was a huge franchise fair. The press conference started out with juicy details on Final Fantasy VII Remake, namely that it’ll be a two-part game. The first part, an entire Blu-ray Disc, will be devoted to exploring Midgar. After a flurry of trailers and an in-depth look at Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, we then got the main event unveil: Marvel’s Avengers. Tuesday, June 11Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)We’re thereCNET is on the ground, covering covering E3 2019 alongside our sister site Gamespot. We’ll update this page throughout the show as more games are announced. News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? See All Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 See it Tags The Hero from the #DragonQuest series will be joining Super #SmashBrosUltimate! Purchase the Fighters Pass now and prepare to take to the battlefield with your hero this summer.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 11, 2019 Nintendo Switch The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Comments • 40 Photos Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) E3 2019 Best Buy 2 Share your voice E3 2019 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Target Electronic Arts (EA) Microsoft Nintendo Applelast_img read more