Iowa Ape Center Dismisses Neglect Charges Against Researcher

first_img Provided by Julie Gilmore, Great Ape Trust Back in Business. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh was reinstated at the Great Ape Trust. Susan Savage-Rumbaugh has been reinstated as resident scientist at the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary after an investigation into her handling of the apes under her care. Former employees of the sanctuary, also called the Great Ape Trust and Bonobo Hope, alleged that Savage-Rumbaugh, a pioneer in communicating with apes, was not caring for the bonobos properly. The trust placed Savage-Rumbaugh on administrative leave 2 months ago and launched an internal investigation. Yesterday, the new executive director of the trust, Julie Gilmore, announced that the investigation has ended and that Savage-Rumbaugh is back on the job. “The committee discovered that the bonobos are well cared for and was unable to substantiate the allegations against Dr. Savage-Rumbaugh, in part because they encountered significant counterevidence against the claims. … The committee found that for ten of the twelve complainants, many reported events were hearsay,” she said in a statement. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The complaints spanned alleged incidents in both 2011 and 2012. But the four-person investigative committee limited its scrutiny to 2012, the period when Savage-Rumbaugh was director of the trust. It said that in December 2011 the board had dismissed the earlier complaints. Lawyers for 11 of the 12 individuals who had complained about Savage-Rumbaugh’s conduct have asked the trust’s board to release documents related both to the recent internal investigation and to the earlier inquiry. “The former employees continue to suggest to the Board that an internal investigation may not be sufficient under the circumstances,” said a statement from Dickey & Campbell Law Firm in Des Moines. The statement said that “an external, transparent investigation would be prudent in the wake of Panbanisha’s recent death.” Panbanisha is a bonobo who died earlier this month, presumably of pneumonia. Its death fueled concerns about the well-being of the six other bonobos at the sanctuary. Gilmore, a veterinarian, says that respiratory illnesses are common in captive apes and that everything possible was done to try to save the bonobo. The other apes there have recovered, she noted. Gilmore and the new chair of the board, Carmen Maté, research director at the Barcelona Zoo, tell ScienceInsider that they hope to put the controversy behind them and focus on fundraising. Last year, the trust lost the support of its major benefactor. The board’s plans include opening its doors next year to the public for the first time and charging admission. It also hopes to resume research involving the primates.last_img read more

Gov Council to decide on number of matches in IPL IV on Aug 20

first_imgThe Governing Council of the Indian Premier League is expected to decide on the number of matches in next year’s expanded fourth edition of the T20 league in Mumbai on August 20.”The IPL meeting will decide how many matches should be held in 2011,” highly placed sources told PTI on Tuesday.After eight teams were in the fray for the first three editions of the cash-awash league, the highly popular event has been expended to feature 10 teams from next year.The sources said it was more or less certain that it was not possible to hold the full compliment of matches — 94 — if the event is to be held on a home-and-away basis with two semi-finals, third-fourth place play-off match and the grand final.”Playing 94 matches is not possible especially in the months of April-May-June when IPL IV is to be held. May be we will go for 73-74 matches in all,” the sources said.”A three-member committee has been formed (former cricketers Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri) and they will give their opinion. There are 3-4 different opinions. We will finalise it during the meeting,” they said.The meeting, however, is unlikely to take any decision on the contentious issue of retention of players when the grand players’ auction is next held, the sources indicated.With two new franchises — Pune and Kochi — entering the fray, there are different views about how many players — Indian and foreign — can be retained by the original eight franchises.advertisement”That will be done after the Champions League (from September 10-26) and the auction will take place after October or November,” the sources said.The Governing Council would also pass the 2010 accounts of the League at the meeting, they added.last_img read more

WACA Ground, Perth

first_imgWACA Ground will host three group games for the ICC World Cup 2015 Established: 1890Capacity: 24,500Located in the Western Australian city Perth, the WACA ground derives its name from the initials of its owners and operators – the Western Australian  Cricket Association. It has also been included as one of the fourteen venues for the 2015 Cricket World Cup with three group games scheduled on the ground.The WACA is famous for producing the quickest and bounciest wickets in the world with the outfield also lightening fast. These characteristics, in  combination with the afternoon sea-breezes which regularly pass the ground, have historically made the ground an attractive place for pace and swing  bowlers. The ground has also seen some very fast scoring – as of December 2014, four of the eight fastest Test centuries have been scored on this ground.It has hosted a total of 73 games so far with the highest ODI total recorded as 343/5 during the Australia vs New Zealand clash in 2007.last_img read more

India unbeaten at home in 16 Tests since 2012

first_imgIndia on Monday trampled England by a massive 246 runs in the second Test to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. England, chasing an improbable victory target of 405, were all out for 158 in 97.3 overs, soon after lunch on the fifth and final day in Vizag.The touring side lost all 10 of their second-innings wickets for 83 runs after openers Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed combined in a stand of 75 runs on Sunday. After resuming on 87/2, England lost five wickets in the first session on Monday and then the last three to Ravichandran Ashwin (3/52) and Jayant Yadav (3/30) after the break. (Scorecard)India are now undefeated in 16 consecutive home Tests (since losing to England at Kolkata in December 2012). There has been only one longer undefeated home streak for India in all Tests.India’s longest undefeated streaks at home: Tests Won Drawn Period 20 6 14 1977-1980 16* 13 3 2012-till date 16 2 14 1960-1964 12 7 5 2001-2003 12 9 3 2010-2012Indian captain Virat Kohli was named Man of the Match after scoring 167 and 81. Kohli also stretched his unbeaten streak as India captain to 15 matches, surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 14 unbeaten Tests.Kohli has not suffered a single defeat in his last 15 Tests as captain. Among all India captains only two have a longer undefeated streak.Longest unbeaten streaks for Indian captains: Tests Result Captain From To 18 6 wins, 12 draws Sunil Gavaskar Jan 24, 1976 Jan 20, 1980 17 4 wins, 13 draws Kapil Dev Sept 14, 1985 Mar 09, 1987 15* 11 wins, 4 draws Virat Kohli Aug 20, 2015  14 9 wins, 5 draws Mohammad Azharuddin Jan 02, 1993 Dec 05, 1994 10 1 win, 9 draws Sachin Tendulkar Apr 04, 1997 Nov 02, 1999- Gavaskar’s streak came at the start of his captaincy stint.advertisement- Kapil’s streak came towards end of his captaincy career, which came to an end with a defeat in his last Test as captain.Kohli’s record as Test captain:  Matches Won Lost Drawn Win % Overall 19 11 2 6 57.89 At home 9 7 0 2 77.77 Away 10 4 2 4 40.00India’s most successful captains (in terms of wins): Captain Matches Won Lost Drawn Win % MS Dhoni 60 27 18 15 45.00 Sourav Ganguly 49 21 13 15 42.86 Mohd Azharuddin 47 14 14 19 29.79 Virat Kohli 19 11 2 6 57.89 Nawab Pataudi Jr 40 9 19 12 22.50 Sunil Gavaskar 47 9 8 30 19.15(Stats by Rajneesh Gupta)last_img read more

Lt. Gen. AK Bhatt takes charge of Chinar Corps

first_imgSrinagar, Feb 1 (PTI) Lt Gen A K Bhatt has taken over as the 47th�Corps Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, also called the Chinar Corps, of the Army, an army official said today.�”Lt. Gen. Bhatt took over from Lt Gen J S Sandhu yesterday, ” the official said.�He said a befitting farewell was given to Lt. Gen. Sandhu, who is proceeding to New Delhi to assume the charge of Military Secretary (MS).�”Lt. Gen. Sandhu?s tenure will be defined by the successful execution of ?Operation All Out? launched by the Security Forces in which a large number of terrorists were eliminated in the Valley,” the official said.Lt. Gen. Sandhu also gave impetus to improving the education infrastructure, coaching facilities, skill development, sports and youth empowerment, he added.�In his farewell message, Lt. Gen. Sandhu complimented the ranks of Chinar Corps for their dedication and thanked civil administration and common people for their support.Lt. Gen. A K Bhatt was commissioned into the regiment of 9th�Gorkha Rifles (Chindits) and has had an illustrious career spanning 36 years during which he has held varied prestigious command, staff and instructional appointments, the official said.� “The General officer has an incisive understanding of J&K having served here thrice before,” he said.�A Graduate of Staff College Camberley (UK), Lt Gen Bhatt has also held several appointments in the Army Headquarters and had an instructional appointment at Commando School, Belgaum.�The General officer has also represented the country as the deputy Force Provost Marshal in Lebanon.�advertisementBefore taking over as Chinar Corps Commander, the General Officer was tenanting the prestigious appointment of Director General Military Operations (DGMO) at Army Headquarters.�On assuming the charge, Gen Bhatt conveyed his greetings to the people of Kashmir and the entire Chinar Corps fraternity. PTI MIJ HMB TIRlast_img read more

Match-fixing bigger crime than murder: Dhoni recalls CSK suspension in documentary teaser

first_imgChennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni who had remained tight-lipped about the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise’s two-year suspension has emotionally recalled the tough days in a teaser of a soon-to-be-released documentary.Stressing that he thinks match-fixing is a bigger crime than murder, MS Dhoni pointed out that even he was accused of wrongdoing when CSK was suspended in 2015 over betting activities of their key officials.”The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder. It’s actually match-fixing. The team was involved. I was accused too. It was a tough phase for all of us,” Dhoni tells in the teaser of Hotstar’s documentary.Dhoni added: “Fans felt the punishment was harsh. Coming back was an emotional moment. I have always said ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you strong’.”The teaser also features footages of fans’ reception to CSK’s return to the league and clips of Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja among others.Notably, the Chennai-based franchise played only one home match last season as the games were shifted out of South Indian city due to the volatile situation over the setting up for Cauvery Management Board.CSK marked their return to the league with their third IPL title. The fans of the Chennai-based franchise gave the team a rousing welcome.Captain MS Dhoni and his teammates seemed more determined than ever as they were dominant throughout the season. Dhoni smashed 455 runs at 75.83 in 16 matches last season.Both CSK and Rajasthan Royals were handed two-year suspensions by the Supreme Court following the Lodha committee findings on match-fixing in the cash-rich league.advertisementDhoni, who had won two IPL titles with CSK before the suspension, played for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017 before he returned to lead the Chennai-based franchise in the 11th edition of the IPL.Chennai Super Kings will begin their title defence at home against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the season opener of IPL 2019 on March 23.Also Read | Unfair to compare Rishabh Pant with MS Dhoni: Dhawan after Mohali defeat to AustraliaAlso Read | Mohali crowd chant Dhoni, Dhoni after Rishabh Pant’s missed chances vs AustraliaAlso See:last_img read more

Best Test I have played for Sri Lanka, says Kusal Perera after epic 153 vs South Africa

first_imgBest Test I have played for Sri Lanka, says Kusal Perera after epic 153 vs South AfricaBrief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 304/9) beat South Africa (235 & 259) by 1 wicket to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in 2-match series. Kusal Perera (153*), Dhananjaya de Silva (48), Keshav Maharaj (3/71). Kusal Perera’s unbeaten 153 helped Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 1 wicket in the first Test in Durban on Saturday.advertisement Rohan Sen DurbanFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 22:00 IST Kusal Perera’s match-winning 153 also ended South Africa’s run of seven straight home series wins (Cricket South Africa Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKusal Perera amassed his highest Test score with his unbeaten 153 in DurbanThe win was also Sri Lanka’s second in Durban and the first in 7 years at the venueThe result also ended South Africa’s run of seven straight home series winsBrief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 304/9) beat South Africa (235 & 259) by 1 wicket to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in 2-match series. Kusal Perera (153*), Dhananjaya de Silva (48), Keshav Maharaj (3/71). ScorecardKusal Perera was left speechless and tired after he pulled off a miracle win for Sri Lanka in the first Test against South Africa in Durban on Saturday.The visitors rode on Perera’s unbeaten 153 to chase down 304 to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the two-match series at the Kingsmead stadium. The result also ended South Africa’s run of seven straight home series wins.Perera stitched a record 78-run partnership for the final wicket with Vishwa Fernando to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for the Lankans. It was only his second hundred in Test cricket and also his highest score in the format.”I’m still tired now. I don’t know what to say. Great effort as a team, specially the lower order batsmen. They gave me good support. I believed in myself and we did. I did my part, winning as a team. We did our homework. This is a special win for us.We did a lot of hard work in previous times,” Perera said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.”Great effort as a team, specially the lower order batsmen. They gave me good support. I believed myself, and we did it. Still I am thinking I did my part. This is really special win for us. We did a lot of homework, a lot of hard work.”- Kusal Perera, MoM #SensationalKJP #KJP pic.twitter.com/R7hc6kzGJIadvertisementSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) February 16, 2019The win was also Sri Lanka’s second in Durban and the first in 7 years at the venue.Perera’s innings of a lifetime also saw him equal West Indies legend Brian Lara’s record for the highest score by a batsman in a one-wicket win in Test cricket history. Lara had made 153 not out in the one-wicket win over Australia in Bridgetown in 1999.”I did something … I did my part. But we won as a team. The partnerships in the whole innings were great – that’s why we were able to chase 304. You can’t just mention one person or partnership. Even if you scored one run, that counted to the win. All XI of us had to bat. It’s the best Test I’ve played for Sri Lanka,” he added later in the post-match press conference.Highest innings in one-wicket wins in Test cricket:153* Brian Lara (WI v Aus, Bridgetown, 1999)153* KUSAL PERERA (SL v SA, Durban, 2019)138* Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak v Ban, Multan, 2003)#SAvSLRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 16, 2019Even South Africa captain Faf du Plessis conceded that his team had no answers to Perera’s genius knock and termed it as unbelievable.”Incredible game of cricket, obviously very disappointed being on the losing side. Having gone down to none wickets and that 60-70 run partnership for the last wicket, it’s great for the game of Test cricket.”I suppose that’s the kind of Test matches you want to see. So, well played to Sri Lanka. Perera was unbelievable, to get 160 (sic) out of that score will take a Superman effort. He deserves all the accolades he will get after this game,” du Plessis said at the post-match presentation.Sri Lanka was 226-9 and seemingly out of it. But a last-wicket partnership of 78 between Perera and Vishwa Fernando took the tourists to a thrilling victory on the fourth day.Perera scored 68 of those 78 runs, but Fernando hung in for 27 balls for his 6 not out to allow Perera to guide the tourists home.The last-wicket partnership of 78 runs was also the highest for the 10th-wicket in a winning cause in the final innings of a Test match.Sri Lanka’s 78* is the highest stand for 10th wkt in a winning cause in the 4th inns in Test cricket history.Previous 57* Inzamam and Mushtaq Ahmed vs Aus in 1994 at Karachi#SAvSLMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 16, 2019Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4 in Durban: As it happenedFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Kusal PereraFollow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow Durban TestFollow Sri Lanka cricket teamlast_img read more

Province Teachers Reach Agreement

first_imgEducation Minister Judy Streatch is pleased the province’s 10,000 unionized public school teachers have accepted a new two-year agreement with the province. Members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union ratified the agreement today, Feb. 25. “This is good news,” said Ms. Streatch. “Both parties worked very hard to reach an agreement that is fair to teachers, affordable to the province and in the best interests of public education.” The agreement will see teachers receiving a 2.9 percent salary increase in each of the two years of the agreement. The contract will expire on July 31, 2010.last_img read more

Bursary Supports Gaeliclanguage Training in Scotland

first_imgNova Scotians who want to use the Gaelic language can apply for a bursary to study in Scotland. This is the second call for applications for the bursary program, which is administered by Gaelic Affairs and funded by the Scottish government. “Language learning can occur more quickly through immersion and this bursary program from Bord na Gaidhlig and the Scottish government will provide this opportunity for Nova Scotians,” said Gaelic Affairs Minister Maurice Smith. “The province is pleased to help promote the program through Gaelic Affairs and its community partners.” Individual bursaries, valued at approximately $3100 each, will cover travel, meal and accommodation costs for two Nova Scotians. “With the links between Scotland and Nova Scotia so strong, it made perfect sense to open up Gaelic language training in Scotland to a small number of Nova Scotians,” said Scotland’s Minister of Gaelic Alasdair Allan. Recipients will enroll in Gaelic-language study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a national centre for Gaelic language and culture, on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. They will choose a Gaelic dialect as a focus for their study and interview a native speaker to learn more about the language and its related cultural customs, practices, values and beliefs. “My Gaelic skills took the biggest single leap forward during my two-week experience at Sabhal Mor Ostaig because I was constantly exposed to Gaelic, including speaking opportunities throughout each day for two weeks,” said former bursary recipient, Brian MacDonald, of Antigonish. “My time at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has been a chance of a lifetime,” said Melissa Nicholson of Baddeck. “My Gaelic has improved so much faster than I could have imagined, and experiencing the local cultures of the Isle of Skye and the Western Isles where Gaelic is part of everyday life has been amazing. I’m so thankful for this bursary for helping to make this experience come true.” Applicants must be at least 18 years old and permanent residents of Nova Scotia to qualify for the bursary. They must submit a detailed letter of application outlining their experience and commitment to using the language, along with a letter of reference and proof of acceptance to study in Scotland. The deadline for applications is March 8, 2013. For more information about applying to the bursary program, contact Lewis MacKinnon at Gaelic Affairs at 902-424-4298 or email mackinle@gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

WWE Superstars Take Time To Be Better Dads

first_imgA majority of dads in the U.S., seven out of ten, recently reported that they could use tips on how to be a better parent, according to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council. In advance of Father’s Day, WWE Superstars are inspiring dads throughout the country to get more involved in their children’s lives.WWE Superstars Take Time To Be DadsWWE is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, and the Ad Council to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) that encourage dads to recognize their critical role and give them the tools to help get more involved.This month, the Ad Council will distribute the television, radio, print, outdoor and Web public service ads to media outlets nationwide. In addition, the Ad Council will make all PSA materials available through PSACentral.org. WWE will utilize all of its assets, including television, live events, in-arena, digital and social media, to generate awareness of the national public service campaign.WWE donated their time, talent and resources for the campaign which uses humor and features WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio, Titus O’Neil and Roman Reigns experiencing poignant moments with their actual children in an effort to inspire a nationwide commitment to fatherhood. The stars provide the voiceovers at the end, directing audiences to “Take Time To Be a Dad Today.” The campaign communicates to fathers that their presence is essential to their children’ well–being and emphasizes that “the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child’s life.”“WWE is honored to be a part of the Ad Council Fatherhood campaign and the mission to inspire and support men in their commitment to responsible fatherhood,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “Even the busiest of dads can do the simplest of things to have a positive impact on their children.”All of the creative assets direct fathers to visit www.fatherhood.gov or to call 1–877–4DAD411 to provide them with the information they need to become more involved with their children’s lives, including parenting tips, fatherhood programs and additional resources. In addition to the English and Spanish–language advertising, the campaign also includes social and digital extensions, leveraging fans of WWE and its Superstars. To coincide with Father’s Day and the campaign launch, @WWEMoms is hosting a Twitter Q&A on June 12 at 7:00 p.m. via #WWEDads. The campaign will also be leveraging Thunderclap (a public synchronized social media post), and developing blog posts and additional activities.“The importance of being a present and engaged dad lies in the long term effects and benefits that this responsibility has on the children and families we serve. Fatherhood must be respected as essential to the well being of our communities and as an investment in the creation of a caring, healthier and more productive society as a whole. Fatherhood is both a privilege and an honor, and the greatest reward is when your child calls you dad,” said Office of Family Assistance Director Earl Johnson.Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self–esteem, exhibit empathy and pro–social behavior, and avoid high–risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.“Of course, with our target being dads, WWE was a natural partner for this effort,” said Peggy Conlon, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “This campaign has already made such an impact on fathers and families throughout the country and I know that with the help of Alberto, Titus and Roman, we will be able to show dads how important their role is in their child’s life.”The new PSAs are an extension of the Ad Council’s award–winning Fatherhood Involvement campaign, which launched in 2008. The ads will air and run in time and space entirely donated by the media. To date, the Fatherhood Involvement campaign has received more than $193 million in donated media.last_img read more

RIM loses US patent lawsuit ordered to pay 147M in latest setback

Just as the dust began to settle from a tumultuous annual meeting, Research In Motion was hit with another setback Friday as a northern California jury ordered the troubled BlackBerry maker to pay $147.2 million in a patent lawsuit.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company was fresh out of Tuesday’s meeting — which saw board members take some heat even as they hung on to their seats —when the verdict came down in the suit over a remote management system for wireless devices.A technology analyst says the decision comes at the worst time for RIM, which reported a first quarter loss and delayed the release of its much-hyped BlackBerry 10 operating system until next year.[np-related]While the technology giant is no stranger to patent lawsuits, which are considered par for the course in the sector, this particular case didn’t garner much attention until the verdict, Carmi Levy said Saturday.“There’s never a good time to lose a $147-million judgment in court but there certainly is a worst time and this clearly is it for RIM,” he said in an interview.“Beyond the money, there’s a huge psychological impact to losing a case like this,” he said.“To the outside world, it looks like the losing team has been kicked once again while it’s down … It’s yet more salt in the wound at a time when critics are looking for excuses to pile on against RIM and now they’re found another.Research In Motion said it is “disappointed” the jury sided with the Delaware-based Mformation Technologies and is “evaluating all legal options.”“RIM has worked hard for many years to independently develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology and industry-leading intellectual property portfolio, and RIM does not believe that the Mformation patent in question is valid,” the company said in a statement Saturday.RIM’s stock has fallen more than 70% in the past year as customers abandon the BlackBerry in favor of Apple’s iPhone and a slew of devices using Google Inc’s Android software.RIM last month posted its first operating loss in eight years, and it was much deeper than expected. The company also said it was cutting 5,000 jobs, almost a third of its workforce, as it struggles win back its reputation as an industry innovator.Levy says fighting the verdict — a move RIM says it is considering — will divert key resources the company should be using to refocus and get back on track.Shareholders at the annual general meeting this past week expressed their frustration and some pushed for a major shakeup of the company’s board of directors.Mformation sued RIM in 2008, bringing claims on a patent for a process that remotely manages a wireless device over a wireless network, a court filing says. According to its web site, Mformation helps corporations manage their smartphone inventory. The company also says it helps telecoms operators, such as AT&T and Sprint, with remote fixes and upgrades for users’ gadgets.RIM argued that Mformation’s patent claims are invalid because the processes were already being used when Mformation filed its patent application.– With files from Reuters read more

Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne visits farm to talk about support for agriculture

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2014 8:09 am MDT PARIS, Ont. – Premier Kathleen Wynne donned a pair of Liberal red rubber boots Tuesday to visit a farm in one of the party’s few rural ridings, announcing support for the agriculture industry if they’re re-elected.Wynne said she would introduce a $40-million-a-year fund over 10 years to support the food processing industry, which she said would help farmers buy machinery and equipment.“We know that if we can partner with businesses and make sure that they have the support that they need and that they can grow and that they can market their products we know that we can grow the food processing and the agri-food industry generally in the province,” she said in Paris, Ont., in Liberal Dave Levac’s Brant riding.The fund would come from a $2.5-billion pool of “jobs and prosperity” money aimed at providing government grants to businesses, which was part of the Liberal budget that failed to pass.Many of the province’s rural ridings are held by Progressive Conservatives, with the Liberals holding two rural seats: Brant and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. They also hold Peterborough and Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, which are a mix of urban and rural.Wynne, however, suggested funding for the agriculture sector isn’t just about those seats.“Yes, it’s in an election campaign and of course we are all campaigning, but whether my political career … is advanced by doing this or not, it is absolutely important to the future of this province that we have a strong agriculture and food industry,” she said.Wynne admitted last year during her bid to become Liberal leader that the government’s popularity has suffered in rural Ontario, partly over industrial wind turbines.Wynne’s own seat is a Toronto riding, but the premier also took the post of minister of agriculture and food. When asked about trying to shed a downtown Toronto image, Wynne married urban and rural with a personal anecdote about her grandmother who grew up on a farm and didn’t have money to go to university.“If kids who grow up on farms want to go to university and then come back I want the government to be there for them to help them do that,” she said. “That’s not about being a rural kid, it’s not about being an urban kid. That’s about being a kid who wants to have opportunity. That’s what our government is about.”Wynne also spoke about a Liberal “farms forever” program, which would be aimed at protecting agricultural land close to urban centres.“We recognize that preserving farmland is a very important part of our responsibility and that’s what the farms forever program would be about,” she said.“The other thing that I have heard as minister of agriculture and food is the need for support for young farmers who want to get into farming, either to be able to buy their family’s land or to be able to break into farming even if they haven’t been part of a farm family.”Under the program, a landowner could request an easement to prevent non-agricultural development from taking place on the land even if it is sold.Progressive Conservative Vic Fedeli, whose riding is in northern Ontario, waited outside the farm Wynne visited to criticize the Liberal platform, which he suggested is not costed out, though he didn’t offer specific criticisms of the agriculture fund.“When you’re making an agricultural announcement that involves funding you’re basing it on funding you don’t have,” he said. Fedeli scoffed at the notion that the Tories are in danger of losing rural ridings.“I don’t think the Liberals are making gains in rural Ontario whatsoever.”The Progressive Conservatives later touted leader Tim Hudak’s job plan in a statement, saying it will “unleash the potential (of) Ontario’s rural communities by reducing the regulatory burden.”Wynne was also taken to task by John Vanthof, the NDP candidate for Timiskaming-Cochrane.“The so called agriculture minister has challenged the agriculture industry to create 120,000 jobs without giving them any of the tools to do so,” Vanthof said in an email.“She hasn’t addressed the streamlining of any of the regulation burdens on farms, she hasn’t talked about how any of the funds will create jobs. Rural Ontario needs more than funds that arbitrarily pick winners and losers. Our job creation tax credit will partner up with the agri-food industry to create actual jobs.”Ontario voters go to the polls June 12. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks in Paris, Ont. on Tuesday May 20, 2014, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne visits farm to talk about support for agriculture read more

Enlightening conversation about cannabis at OMalley Lecture

What wine is to France and scotch is to Scotland, cannabis could be to Canada. But, says communications expert Peter Shier, we must fix the errors of our ways first.Shier, President of Naked Creative Consultancy in Toronto, delivered the 18th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising Thursday, Nov. 22 at Brock University’s Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.The O’Malley Lecture, along with the Grant Dobson Case Competition held with students earlier in the day, is hosted by Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.After giving a quick history lesson on Canada’s legalization of cannabis, and breaking down some of the intricacies of the naturally produced drug, Shier talked about what the country could have done and could do in the future to better handle the burgeoning legal industry.“I think the biggest challenge is information and education,” he said. “There’s a lot of misinformation, bad information or no information out there. Consumers need to be educated because it will help them make knowledgeable decisions about what they’re putting into their bodies.”Naked Creative started getting involved in the industry in 2011, the same year Shier was diagnosed with cancer and started taking medicinal cannabis to help deal with the effects of the treatments.Since then, the company has worked with a number of industry partners on branding, marketing, content development and communication strategy, while Shier has become an advocate and public speaker on cannabis-related issues.Shier said his company’s research revealed that 71 per cent of Canadians have no interest in trying recreational cannabis and 29 per cent have or would try it. But he thinks there are many people who may be interested with more knowledge of the product, such as the difference between THC and CBD.Using the ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda’ expression as a framework, Shier said Canada could have made the packaging look less evil and more creative, would have been better off without yelling at consumers with its warning advertising campaigns and should have been better prepared by understanding the market.Ontario, meanwhile, should have been more visible when it came to leadership behind the Ontario Cannabis Store, could have taken more responsibility around the supply problems on legalization day, and could have exceeded the expectations of consumers instead of disappointing them.Shier’s recommendations for moving forward?“Let the government do what they do best: legislate and enforce, but let private enterprise be customer facing,” he said, adding that it should be left up to private industry to run the upcoming Ontario cannabis stores.He said there should also be a push to reduce the stigma around cannabis. “Think medicine, not drugs,” he said. “And stop comparing cannabis to alcohol and cigarettes.”Finally, Shier added that the government should allow branding on cannabis products, which would provide clarification between the wide variety of strains and THC to CBD ratios.Shier was also one of the judges for the Grant Dobson Case Competition held earlier in the day, where he was joined on the panel by Greg Plata (BSM ’08), also from Naked Creative, Lynn Fletcher, from Fletcher Weir Consulting, and Mark Smyka, an independent marketing and communication consultant.The team of Bryan Haakman and Julia Baird-Oryschak won the competition and were also honoured with the Top Presenter award. For more information on the Dobson Case Competition, see this story in the Brock News.Finalists of the 2018 Grant Dobson Case Competition include, from left Bryan Haakman, Julia Baird-Oryschak, Niveditha Sethumadhavan, Ayomilekan Hambolu, Matthew Scott, Ramie Bilowus, Lucas Hansen and Ian Hart. read more

Clippers win in OT to snap Grizzlies 5game winning streak

LOS ANGELES — Danilo Gallinari hit three free throws with 3 seconds left to tie it in regulation and finished with 20 points, Montrezl Harrell had 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Memphis 112-107 on Friday to end the Grizzlies’ five-game winning streak.Marc Gasol led Memphis with 27 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points. Mike Conley scored 19 points before fouling out with 2:51 left in regulation.Harrell scored five points in OT for the Clippers.The Grizzlies had an opportunity to tie it in overtime, but Avery Bradley stole the ball from Garrett Temple with 5.3 seconds to play. Bradley was fouled and made both free throws to seal the victory.The Grizzlies did not score a field goal in regulation after Conley hit a 3-pointer with 3:26 to play to put them up 93-85.After trailing by eight at the half, the Clippers outscored the Grizzlies 31-18 to take a 75-70 lead into the fourth quarter. Memphis answered with an 8-0 run to start the final period and regain the lead.TIP INSGrizzlies: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff remains impressed by the early play of rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (12.5 points, 4.4 rebounds), who just turned 19 last month: “He’s extremely gifted and athletic, but the most important thing is his want-to. The first thing he does every day is work on his defence.”Clippers: G Milos Teodosic, who has played in only eight games, told Serbian media he expects to return to European basketball, possibly this season. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he’d heard the report, but doesn’t expect him to return this season. Said Rivers: “We want Milos to be happy. Obviously, he hasn’t played the minutes or at level he’d like to.”UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host New York on Sunday night.Clippers: At Portland on Sunday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Football Ohio State seeks redemption against Penn State

Penn State junior cornerback Grant Haley (15) returns a blocked field goal for a touchdown as OSU senior punter Cam Johnson (95) chases after him in the second half of the Buckeyes game on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State’s 31-16 Week 2 loss to Oklahoma Saturday night places immense pressure on the Buckeyes. To have a chance of reaching the College Football Playoff for the third time since it was created four years ago, Ohio State will likely have to go undefeated for the remainder of the season. In order to do that, the No. 8 Buckeyes (1-1) will have to upset No. 5 Penn State (2-0), the team that took down then-No. 2, undefeated Ohio State 24-21 last October. Prior to defeating the Buckeyes last season, the Nittany Lions had not defeated a ranked team since coach James Franklin took over the program in 2014. Since that game, the Nittany Lions have only lost one game, a thrilling 51-48 defeat at the hands of USC in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State, on the other hand, has never looked the same, especially on offense.Calls for Dwayne Haskins or Joe Burrow to replace J.T. Barrett at quarterback have increased. The offense, which many presumed would change under new co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day, looks similar to last year’s.Fortunately for Ohio State, it has time on its side. The Buckeyes don’t play the Nittany Lions until Oct. 28, after a bye week and face off against lesser-talented squads that game. Games against Army (Sunday), UNLV (Sept. 23), Rutgers (Sept. 30) and Maryland (Oct. 7) will test Ohio State’s in-season improvements. It is unlikely that any of those teams will upset the Buckeyes, but they offer opportunities for the Scarlet and Gray to improve.In the meantime, the Nittany Lions are hitting their stride, having decimated Akron 52-0 and dominated in-state rival Pittsburgh 33-14.OSU then then-redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) carries the ball during the first half against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorPenn State quarterback Trace McSorley and Heisman Trophy-candidate running back Saquon Barkley returned to power an electric offense that returned nine starters, including four offensive linemen. Tight end Mike Gesicki, a preseason first-team All-American who was named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list, has caught a team-high 10 passes and four touchdowns in the first two games of the year.Given Ohio State’s unstable, inexperienced pass defense, which has surrendered 806 passing yards in the first two games of the season, a McSorley-led offense might have a field day against the Buckeyes. Ohio State stuffed Indiana and Oklahoma’s run games in the first two weeks. However, Barkley has dominated the Buckeyes, averaging 7.7 yards per carry, in the past. As a freshman against Ohio State, he took 26 carries for 194 yards. Last season, he ran 12 times for 99 yards.On the other side of the ball, Ohio State’s offense will have a second chance to win the battle up front. After last season’s game, coach Urban Meyer pinpointed the offensive line not being able to hold off Penn State’s ravenous front seven as the reason for the loss. This means junior right tackle Isaiah Prince will have a shot at redemption after the Nittany Lions turned him into a turnstile a year ago. Beyond just the players currently on the field, Penn State will have a chance to make history.The Nittany Lions might be favored to win its second game in a row against Ohio State for the first time since 1980, when the Nittany Lions took down the Buckeyes 31-19 in the Fiesta Bowl.But Ohio State also has history on its side. A Meyer-coached team has lost to an in-conference opponent in back-to-back seasons only twice in 17 years, and that hasn’t happened since he was named Ohio State head coach.Whichever team wins the battle between classic Big Ten powers on Oct. 28 will gain an edge in the battle to win the East Division. And if Penn State wins, Ohio State will likely be kept from a conference championship for the third year in a row. read more

Football Michigan Jim Harbaugh have more to blame in 3027 loss to

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh pleads for a call during the second overtime against Ohio State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Ohio State won, 30-27, in double overtime. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)Two big calls and a no-call got under the skin of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. A pass interference call on Michigan senior safety Delano Hill resulted in a key first down for the Buckeyes on their last regulation drive that sent the game into overtime. On a fourth-and-short for OSU, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was stopped just past the line to gain, and the spot stood as a first down upon further review.Arguably the biggest non-call came when OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley appeared to grab Michigan sophomore wide receiver Grant Perry before the ball arrived. But, blaming the referees is rarely an excuse for losing a game, and things are no different following OSU’s thrilling 30-27 double overtime win over Michigan.“He was clearly being hooked before the ball got there,” Harbaugh said.He went on to talk about the officiating for most of his press conference. Sure, the call affected some drives and might have had something to do with the outcome, but the Wolverines put themselves into situations that were unfavorable after having the game well in hand for more than 30 minutes of play.De’Veon Smith did not have a late-game impactComing in after a monstrous performance in the game against Indiana, Michigan senior running back De’Veon Smith would have been a difference maker with a similar performance against OSU. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Smith was far from a bruising force and gained just 60 yards on 21 carries.After averaging 6.9 yards per rush in the week prior to playing OSU, Smith was only good for 2.9 yards per carry. “I told my teammates in (the locker room) it’s truly a blessing to be in the middle of a defense that is truly one of the best defenses, if not the best defense in the nation,” OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan said. If Smith had a bigger game, or if someone else contributed to the run game, this could have been a lot different. After all, Michigan State sophomore L.J. Scott ripped apart the OSU defense for 160 yards on the ground. The Wolverines, as a team, had just 91 yards with eight different players carrying the ball. Speight played well at times, but faded at othersTwo touchdowns and a 64 percent completion percentage is normally a pretty good statline. However, Michigan redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight was ineffective at moving the pocket and misread key plays, resulting in a passing game that was severely lacking in the second half.Although his overtime touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Amara Darboh kept Michigan’s hopes of victory alive, it was the misreads by Speight that led to golden opportunities for OSU. On his second interception, which came late in third quarter, Speight completely overlooked OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker camping in the middle of the field, and threw it right into the outstretched arms of the former high school all-state running back.Baker nearly returned the pick for a score, and set up an eventual Barrett touchdown run.If Speight would have thrown to the guys in white rather than scarlet, OSU would most likely have been on the losing end of Saturday’s contest.Michigan folded late against the runEarly on, OSU’s offense was anemic. In the first half, redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber had just 14 yards rushing. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel had just 16, and redshirt junior J.T. Barrett had just 27 yards through two quarters, giving the team a total of 57 yards on the ground to start the game.In the second half, the three-headed beast that is OSU’s backfield — Barrett, Samuel and Weber — took the game over, wearing down Michigan and scampering in for three touchdowns in the second half. So, where did Michigan go wrong?For starters, Michigan failed to contain Barrett. Although he averaged just 4.2 yards per carry, the redshirt junior made some key reads on open holes to pick up vital yardage. The fourth-down run where he just reached the first-down line was one of those key runs. On the final play, a lack of initial penetration and the failure to break away from lead blocks helped lead Samuel into the end zone. Michigan played its heart out on Saturday, but failing to stop the run was the biggest downfall of the Wolverines in the second half. read more

Conveyor seminar highlights safety and productivity in coal mining

first_imgTwo of the coal industry’s leaders in conveyor technology have completed a one-day conveyor safety symposium to introduce strategies and innovations to raise safety education and standardise maintenance practices to further reduce the risk of injury from working on and around conveyors.  Interested readers are reminded of IM’s In-Pit Crushing and Conevying conference in September – http://corporate.im-mining.com/imevents.aspWhile the number of lost-time injuries in coal mining and processing continues to fall, Martin Engineering and Stahura Conveyor Products (SCP) have joined forces on a mission of continuous improvement, developing new products and best practices to help protect miners and maintenance personnel from potential hazards. Co-hosted by the two companies at the historic Greenbrier Resort Complex in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, the symposium was attended by more than 100 people, including representatives from the mining, coal and energy sectors.The event featured key speakers from prominent coal industry media, along with engineering experts and top executives, who highlighted the significant progress made in reducing injuries, while introducing new ways to take conveyor safety to the next level. “We are trying to change the way the industry thinks about conveyors,” observed Martin Engineering Chief Technology Director and CEMA Director, Todd Swinderman.  “The equipment has become much more robust and reliable, but basic designs haven’t changed that much.”In order to take the next steps toward zero lost-time injuries, Swinderman said that engineers at Martin Engineering are re-examining standard conveyor features, questioning the existing approaches and searching for new designs that integrate safety with improved production.  “Instead of emphasising safety first, our motto should be production done safely,” he continued.  “People are human, and they can always make mistakes, but innovative design can remove much of the inherent risk of working around conveyors.  In the conveyor industry, design is the next frontier.”Swinderman went on to describe the company’s new EVO® Modern Conveyor Architecture, a new approach to product design that encourages engineers to question why any given component is constructed the way it is.  In many cases, he said the company is finding that small design changes can have a significant impact on safety and efficiency. The Greenbrier seminar emphasised that safety, production and profit are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, said Martin Engineering VP Jim Turner, just the opposite is true. “The most productive and profitable companies are the ones with the best safety records,” he said. Turner’s presentation touched on the design elements on which the company has been concentrating, and he also described the critical role that training plays in the quest for improved safety. “Our Foundations training programs have been extremely well-received by the coal industry,” he continued, “helping management and maintenance personnel to identify and eliminate potential hazards.”  Most recently, Martin Engineering introduced an online course to its library of training seminars, allowing participants to work their way through nine modules at their own pace. The West Virginia symposium also provided an opportunity for Martin Engineering to introduce its Certified Conveyor Technician Program, designed to help service personnel improve their knowledge and understanding of bulk material handling systems and components. Summing up the keys to future success in conveyor safety, Martin Engineering CEO Scott Hutter said, “In our own operations and in customer facilities, we stress employee empowerment at all levels.  With good communication and involvement, we generate an energy that’s reflected in a consistently innovative product line and in continuously improving customer safety records,” he observed. “The two-pronged approach emphasizing design and education helps our customers engage in safer and more productive conveyor operations,” Turner added.  “That distinction is critical: safer AND more productive.  Investments in conveyor safety generate payback in terms of improved operating results as well as personal and plant safety.  Companies are finding that their return on investment is truly a win-win situation,” he concluded.Martin Engineering and SCP have worked together for nearly 30 years to help customers achieve cleaner and safer conveyor operations, with ongoing emphasis on the simultaneous need for productivity growth.last_img read more

Shane Long completes Hull City move

first_imgSHANE LONG HAS completed his move to Hull City for an undisclosed fee.The 26-year old has signed a three and a half year deal with the club having completed negotiations this morning.Long, who has been a target of Steve Bruce for some time, told the club’s official website he was delighted to finally make the move.“I finally got the deal signed. I’ve met all of the lads today, and everybody seems really friendly. It’s a club that’s on the up, and I’m delighted to be a part of that.”“I’m lucky that I’ve had a few inside informers letting me know what it’s like up here. They all love it up here, and they’re excited by what is happening at the club.The Republic of Ireland striker was also keen to praise his new boss as he looks to help Hull retain their place in the Premier League.“After meeting the manager, and respecting what he’s done as a player and a manager, I was happy to start a new part of my career here and hopefully I can score a few goals to take us further up the league.”Rafa Benitez thinks Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League ahead of UnitedConfident Kompany predicts City quadruplelast_img read more

Arx Libertatis crossplatform port of Arx Fatalis released

first_imgAnyone who is a fan of the games created by Looking Glass Studios (System Shock, Thief) or the Ultima Underworld series by Blue Sky Productions, will no doubt count Arx Fatalis on their list of owned and completed games. It was released back in 2002 by Arkane Studios for PC and Xbox, and was heavily influenced by those games mentioned above. It also received generally good reviews and with good reason.The gameplay is a first-person action role-playing game that offered a mix of combat, gesture-based spellcasting, and stealth, as well as a crafting system and four possible endings based on the decisions you make during play. If it sounds like a game you want to play, then you can pick it up for $6 on GOG.com or Steam.What’s interesting about Arx Fatalis is that development of the game started up again last year. Arkane Studios released patch 1.21 and with it open sourced the engine. That led to an new project called Arx Libertatis, which aimed to update the game to be played on multiple modern operating systems including Windows and Linux. And as this is an open source project support for other system is also possible due to the source code being available (getting the game to run on Mac and FreeBSD is also possible).With over a year of work under their belts, the Arx Libertatis team have just announced the first release version of the updated engine. It is called Arx Libertatis 1.0 “Bloody Gobblers!”To play it you need to own the original game, which as mentioned above will only cost you $6 (although it does work with the demo code, apparently). Then you can download the official patch and the Arx Libertatis executable, and be playing an enhanced version of the original a few minutes later.As the original game was for PC and Xbox, it relied heavily on DirectX. Arx Libertatis changed that by porting the engine to use SDL, OpenGL, and OpenAL so as to open up compatibility for other systems. They’ve also fixed a number of glitches the original game had, updated the rendering system, video resolutions, and implemented a port to the amd64 architecture.While version 1.0 is now out, the project is far from over. Future development hopes to add a game editor, support for modern shaders, hardware transform and lighting, hardware physics, support for community resources, and continue to improve performance in general. They are even talking about implementing a brand new story mode, too.Here’s a longer gameplay video of the original PC version to give you a taste of what to expect from the game:Read more at Arx Libertatislast_img read more

New Democracy suggests new coalition

first_imgNew Democracy leader Antonis Samaras suggested on Thursday that his party could play a part in the creation of a new coalition government if not enough SYRIZA and Independent Greeks MPs vote for an agreement with creditors.Samaras was in Brussels for a meeting of leaders from the European People’s Party, the grouping of center-right parties in the European Parliament. From there, he suggested that should the government lose its parliamentary majority in a potential vote on the latest round of austerity measures, New Democracy would be willing to step in to assist SYRIZA.Samaras’s proposal is that both New Democracy and SYRIZA should be part of any new administration but that he and current Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should not be part of the government.There was an immediate response from SYRIZA, which said it would not be part of an interim government, like the one led by ex-central banker Lucas Papademos in late 2011 until May 2012.“As the government and the prime minister are fighting a tough battle, Mr Samaras is expressing his secret desires,” said the leftist party in a statement. “He is asking for a government led by a handpicked prime minister whose job it would be to sign and implement anything that the lenders ask for.”Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis, who was also in Brussels, distanced himself from Samaras’s proposals.“Alexis Tsipras has a fresh mandate from the Greek people and the spirit of revenge should not have any place in political life, especially at this crucial time,” he said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more