Ben Affleck Shares His Vision For The Eastern Congo Initiative

first_imgA new short film takes a look at the vision, passion and purpose of the Eastern Congo Initiative in the words of its founder, Ben Affleck.Video: An Animated History of Eastern Congo InitiativeCongo is a region where generations have struggled under a cycle of violence and poverty, but also where people hold an unrelenting desire to realize the extraordinary potential of their country.Three years ago, Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) was founded to work with and for the people of eastern Congo. ECI supports heroic local organizations who are creating lasting change in the lives of vulnerable children and survivors of sexual violence, unlocking economic opportunity and working with communities seeking peace and reconciliation.The stories he shares offer just a glimpse at the incredible possibilities for the Congolese people who are shaping their own future – but just need the opportunity and tools to do so. ECI will continue to help uncover those opportunities, to offer those tools and support those efforts wherever we can. But we can’t do it on our own.Find out more here.last_img read more

Security Council calls on Ethiopia and Eritrea to resolve boundary dispute

In a statement read out by Ambassador Marty Natalegawa of Indonesia, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member body urged the parties to take concrete steps to implement immediately and without preconditions the delimitation decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, as well as the Algiers Agreements which ended the war between the two countries.“The Security Council calls upon the parties to refrain from using force and to settle their disagreements by peaceful means, to normalize their relations, to promote stability between them and to lay the foundation for sustainable peace in the region,” the statement added.The continuing tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the failure to resolve their longstanding boundary dispute and the military build-up along their common border were cited as causes for serious concern by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a recent report.“There is no other option but for the two parties to find common ground that would allow the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission to proceed with the demarcation of the border,” Mr. Ban stated.He noted that even as Ethiopia says that it has accepted the 2002 border delimitation decision without preconditions, the country continues to assert that the security conditions for demarcation of the border do not exist. “I urge the parties to extend full cooperation to the Commission, without further delay, with a view to proceeding to the boundary demarcation on the basis of the Commission’s 2002 delimitation decision,” he said. 13 November 2007The Security Council today urged Ethiopia and Eritrea to implement without delay a 2002 ruling on the delimitation of their common border, stressing the need for the two African neighbours to settle their disagreements peacefully. read more

UN telecom agency plans wireless hotspot in Haiti

As part of the Cooperation Agreement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Singapore-based smartBridges Solutions would supply 10 carrier-grade WiMAX base stations and equipment to 100 holding centres for internally displaced persons (IDPs). “I am very grateful to smartBridges Solutions for joining ITU in extending a helping hand to Haiti following this devastating disaster,” said Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.“I look forward to working with smartBridges Solutions, not only to help save human lives during emergencies, but to fully leverage the power of information and telecommunication technologies (ICTs) to drive the ongoing development of Haiti and other developing nations. I call upon like-minded potential partners to join us in this worthy cause.”Speaking from Haiti, where ITU has been overseeing network restoration efforts, Cosmas Zavazava, ITU Chief, Emergency Telecommunications, praised smartBridges Solutions’ commitment in contributing state-of-the-art wireless technology, which he said is very much needed to support ongoing aid work.Since the quake struck nearly a month ago, ITU has contributed 100 satellite terminals to Haiti to help re-establish basic communications links in the country. As part of the effort, the company installed a deployable base station with complete cellular network to provide wireless communications essential to disaster relief and clean-up efforts. The ITU also allocated a budget of over $1 million to strengthen disaster response in Haiti. 11 February 2010The United Nations telecommunications agency is working with a Singaporean wireless broadband equipment provider to set up fast wireless phone and Internet connections to assist aid workers and local authorities in Haiti where the terrestrial network is largely non-operational due to earthquake damage. read more

Judge OKs sale of Aveos maintenance repair and overhaul business

MONTREAL — A court has approved the sale of the last large segment of insolvent aircraft maintenance company Aveos Fleet Performance.A Quebec Superior Court judge sanctioned the sale of a part of the engine maintenance, repair and overhaul business to a Lockheed Martin subsidiary.Kelly Aviation Center, based in San Antonio, Tex., plans to restart operations in Montreal beginning in April and expects to hire about 100 workers by year-end.The court was told that “up to 200 former Aveos workers ”could ultimately be employed.The U.S. defence and aerospace company purchased equipment and Aveos’ building at the airport for an undisclosed price.The agreement follows the sale of Aveos’ components operations and another part of the company’s engine repair business. However, no buyer has been found for the airframe operations which accounted for most of Aveos’ 2,600 employees who lost their jobs when the company closed its doors last year.The Canadian Press read more

US lawmakers write to Clinton on Sri Lanka

As you know, Congress voiced its opinion on the matter when the Senate unanimously approved S. Res. 84 on March I, 20 I I. We are pleased with the passage of this legislation in the Senate, which calls for an independent investigation into reports of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both sides during and after the war. However, the findings and recommendations of such investigations are meaningless if they result in hollow rhetoric and empty promises that fail to move the reconciliation process forward in Sri Lanka.Thus far, there is no indication that the UNHRC resolution has had any significant impact on the Sri Lankan government’s response to the issue. We believe that the State Department must ensure that its diplomatic efforts yield fruitful and meaningful results via further U.S. action and engagement on reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. With the impending evaluation of Sri Lanka’s compliance with the UNHRC resolution in March 2013, there is an added sense of urgency to this request. It would be all too easy for the Rajapaksa administration to make excuses for failing to adhere to its obligations at the next HRC session without strong oversight from the State Department.We respectfully urge you and your colleagues to purposefully and dynamically engage with the Government of Sri Lanka in advancing reconciliation and accountability and a return to peaceful stability. Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your timely response. To add to these concerns, the ”National Action Plan to Implement the Recommendations of the LLRC” released by the Government of Sri Lanka in July merely sets up further committees and organizational bodies to “consider” the LLRC recommendations, but does not mandate that specific actions be taken on even easily accomplishable recommendations, nor does it set firm timetables of any kind. Without persistent U.S. involvement, we fear these delay tactics will continue.We are grateful for the leadership shown by the State Department regarding the UNHRC resolution and we acknowledge your efforts to dialogue with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister to discuss the implementation of recommendations contained in the LLRC report.However, we have some concerns with the State Department’s expressed policy moving forward. In previous responses to inquiries from Congressional offices, the Department has identified strong, specific instances of past engagement on issues of reconciliation and accountability, but is much less specific about future actions. While we appreciate the Department’s efforts to encourage reconciliation and constructive engagement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the international community, we are concerned that previous requests made by our colleagues in Congress, most notably important timetables and benchmarks, appointing a Special Envoy, and engaging with Tamil representatives, have not been prioritized. FULL LETTER:The Honorable Hillary Rodham ClintonSecretary of StateU.S. Department of StateWashington, DC 20520Dear Madam Secretary: Despite these initial steps toward reconciliation and accountability, we remain concerned that the Government of Sri Lanka will resist taking the good faith steps necessary to implement both its obligations under the UNHRC Resolution and the LLRC Report. Government ministers maintain that the LLRC overstepped its mandate and some claim that the government will take credible action on only a portion of the LLRC recommendations. For instance, the LLRC report criticizes the heavy militarization of the North and East. Three years after the end of the war, there is still a checkpoint for entrance to the North and frequent checkpoints throughout the region. A group of 31 US lawmakers have, in a letter to U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urged continued engagement with Sri Lanka based on the recently adopted UN Human Rights Council resolution.The U.S lawmakers say despite the initial steps towards reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka, they remain concerned that the Government of Sri Lanka still objects to taking the good faith steps necessary to implement both its obligations under the UNHRC Resolution and the LLRC Report. September 21, 2012We write to express our concerns regarding reconciliation and accountability progress in Sri Lanka following its 26-year civil war and the alleged commitment of war crimes and crimes against humanity by both sides in the final stages of the conflict in 2009.In the years since, steps have been taken both by the international community and the State Department to foster an atmosphere of atonement and to affect a return to normalcy. The report submitted by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC) represented an initial move by the Sri Lankan Government to address the failure of the ceasefire agreement. The LLRC report became the basis for discussion for the March 22nd adoption of Resolution 19/L.2, “Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka,” at the 19th U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session. The resolution signaled an important step forward in placing additional pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka to implement constructive recommendations contained in the LLRC report, while also noting that the report failed to adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law. read more

Sri Lanka and Malaysia to take stock of bilateral relations

In a statement, the Malaysian Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) said the Minister would be accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka. Wisma Putra said during the visit, Tilak is scheduled to pay courtesy calls on Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.The ministry said the visit would allow both Malaysia and Sri Lanka to take stock of bilateral relations and explore other possible areas of collaboration. “This will be Tilak’s inaugural visit to Malaysia since assuming his post in August 2017,” it said. Sri Lanka and Malaysia are to take stock of bilateral relations between both countries.Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana will undertake a working visit to Malaysia today, the AFP news agency reported. “It will also be an opportunity for both sides to exchange views on a range of global and regional issues of common concern.“Both the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and Sri Lanka are scheduled to establish the Malaysia-Sri Lanka Bilateral Consultations through Exchange of Notes,” it added.The ministry said Malaysia was optimistic that this visit would provide a new impetus to the bilateral cooperation that would cement and elevate Malaysia-Sri Lanka relations to greater heights. read more

The Latest GM says strikers made threats put nails in road

DETROIT — The Latest on the strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors (all times local):5:45 p.m.General Motors says some United Auto Workers strikers at its Tennessee plant have blocked traffic, placed screws and nails on public roads and damaged vehicles during the ongoing nationwide walkout.GM detailed its complaints before a local judge approved a temporary restraining order Sunday barring certain unruly behaviour at the Spring Hill plant.Court documents say about 100 nonunion salaried GM employees and contractors remain working at the plant so it can resume normal operations when the strike ends. GM is also shipping 1,000 finished vehicles ordered by customers via commercial haulers. The company says safety and security is the highest priority and a minority of picketers was unlawful.Several protesters were arrested for blocking the roadway last Wednesday.UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg says the union is committed to conducting strike-related activities safely and lawfully and is continuing to work with law enforcement as issues arise.___8:55 a.m.The strike against General Motors by 49,000 United Auto Workers entered its second week Monday with progress reported in negotiations but no clear end in sight.Bargainers met all weekend and returned to talks Monday morning as the strike entered its eighth day.A person briefed on the negotiations says they’re haggling about wages and profit sharing, new product for factories that GM wants to close, a faster route to full wages for new hires, and use of temporary workers. The person didn’t want to be identified because details of the bargaining are confidential.Workers walked off their jobs early on Sept. 16, paralyzing production at about 30 manufacturing sites in nine states.Consumers are likely to start seeing shortages of some vehicles on dealer lots, including large SUVs.The Associated Press read more

UNcommissioned panel urges Côte dIvoire to strengthen fight against impunity

In a just released report, the International Commission of Inquiry – an independent body established by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in February following discussions with Côte d’Ivoire authorities – found that members of the Gendarmerie bore responsibility with regards to the October 2000 massacre in Yopougon. In another finding, the Commission said members of the military were responsible for the deaths of civilians during the demonstrations that followed General Robert Guei’s declaration of victory in last October’s presidential elections.The Commission also concluded that members of the security forces, in particular the gendarmes, used excessive force and were responsible for serious human rights violations during demonstrations that took place before the legislative elections of December 2000. The Commission recommended improving the human rights training of the military and police, and highlighted the Government’s responsibility to protect persons who gave testimony to the international commission of inquiry. It also stressed the importance of national reconciliation in order to bring to an end the tensions in the country.The three-member Commission of Inquiry, which did its work during a two-month stay in Côte d’Ivoire, later forwarded its report to Abidjan authorities, who said they would pay attention to its recommendations. read more

UN agencies campaign to reduce death rates in natural disasters

In a message to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, stressed the importance of building a culture of prevention. “This could be done through further improvements in risk assessment, monitoring, forecasting for early warnings, capacity building and raising the awareness of the public as well as decision-makers through education and sharing of knowledge and information,” he said.In the decade from 1992 to 2001, natural disasters related to weather, climate and flooding killed 622,000 people and adversely affected another 2 billion, WMO said, quoting the statistics from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. “The total value of economic losses over the same period is estimated at $446 billion, accounting for about 65 per cent of damage arising from all natural disasters,” the agency said.This year’s disasters included hurricanes in the Caribbean and the United States, typhoons in the West Pacific, floods in East and Southeast Asia and the invasion of northwest Africa by locusts whose life cycles depend on weather conditions. In his message, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, called attention to the link between environmental neglect and poverty, which together turn natural hazards into disasters. “Time and again we see ordinary natural phenomena, such as heavy rains or prolonged dry spells, triggering extraordinary and sometimes catastrophic events.”Wetlands could reduce flooding, forested watersheds could help to prevent landslides, while mangroves and coral reefs could lessen the effect of coastal storms and extreme tides, he said. “The loss of these and other similarly important services has widespread implications for development.”United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan emphasized the need to learn from past mistakes. “All should work together to improve the chain of information and decision-making, so that their communities are better prepared should hazards strike again,” he said.Mr. Annan also said next year’s World Conference on Disaster Reduction, to be held in Kobe, Japan, would provide an opportunity to establish clear guidelines for the future. read more

Osisko pours first gold at flagship Malartic mine in Quebec

first_imgOsisko Mining Corp has announced the successful pouring if its first gold bar at its flagship Canadian Malartic mine near Val D’Or in Quebec. Sean Roosen, President and CEO, commenting on this major milestone said: “We are extremely pleased to achieve our first gold production at Canadian Malartic, after only six years from drilling our first hole on the property. Commissioning has gone very smoothly, and we are well on track to achieve commercial production by the end of May.”Mr Goosen said that the achievement is a direct result of the outstanding efforts from Osisko’s management team and employees, its contractors, suppliers, the residents of Malartic and officials from the government of Quebec. Osisko Mining is currently commissioning the Malartic gold mine, while also evaluating adjacent areas for a large-scale open pit, bulk-tonnage mining operation and pursuing exploration of the Hammond Reef Gold Project in Northern Ontario. The Company is well-funded with approximately $230 million on hand.last_img read more

Nine prisoners have been held in solitary confinement for over 12 months

first_img 17 Comments IRISH PRISONS HAVE kept nine prisoners in solitary confinement for over one year, new figures have revealed.The statistics, released under the Freedom of Information Act, have shown how the inmates have been kept in 22/23 hour lock-up for their own safety and the safety of the general prison population.Another nine inmates have spent between 201 and 365 days in 22/23 hour lock-up also.Earlier this month, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald described how the number of inmates being held in solitary had decreased from 211 to 74.This figure was comparing numbers from Jul 2013 to October 2016.According to the Irish Prison Service (IPS), the number of people on ‘restricted regimes’ increased by 22 in the past three months.Figures show that there has been an increase from 402 to 424, a rise of 5.5%.A restricted regime is where a prisoner is placed in custody away from the general population and spend a minimum of 19 hours behind bars. The number of prisoners on a ‘restricted regime’ has increased. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe number of those on a restricted regime for protection reasons was 378, of which 367 were there at their own request.There were 31 inmates on 22/23 lock-up, which represents a decrease of 43 on July 2016.However, Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) acting director Fiona Ní Chinnéide said the number of prisoners on restricted regimes is slowly increasing again.She told TheJournal.ie: “The number of people who are being held for a minimum of 19 hours a day in their cells is actually increasing.“You can see the number of people in 22/23 hours confinement decreasing but, in general, the figure is slowly creeping up.Solitary“I know that many people are saying there has been a big reduction but those figures are being compared to July 2013.“But what we’re starting to see slowly but surely is an increase in the number of people being brought in for longer periods of confinement.” Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe Kinahan/Hutch gangland feud is also responsible for a surge in the number of people being placed in protective custody.Prison sources have said a number of inmates can’t be released into general population because they have a bounty on their heads.Others are too volatile or violent to be placed back in with other prisoners.A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said they take the safety of the prisoners very seriously and guards give prisoners as much time out of their cells as possible.He told TheJournal.ie: ”The Irish Prison Service is obliged to ensure the safety of all prisoners.“There is a small cohort of prisoners who, for various reasons, need to be isolated for their own safety or for the safety of others.“The prison service does that through restricted regime and movement. Every effort is made to transfer prisoners around the system. For those prisoners who are on 23 hour lock up for long periods, individual plans are put in place to make sure they get maximum amount of services and time out of their cells.”Krystle nightclub and its “private army” of bouncers responsible for assault on woman >Firefighters attacked as they attempted to put out a fire in west Dublin > Oct 30th 2016, 6:20 AM http://jrnl.ie/3043631 Share6 Tweet Email 16,372 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland Nine prisoners have been held in solitary confinement for over 12 months The Irish Prison Service has said the safety of inmates is paramount. By Garreth MacNamee Image: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 6:20 AMlast_img read more

Preview for tonights 1023 WWE NXT on WWE Network

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte The following is scheduled for tonight’s 10/23 WWE NXT on the WWE Network:* NXT Title: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Titus O’Neil* Bayley vs. Sasha Banks* The Vaudevillains vs. Wesley Blake & Buddy Murphy* The Ascension vs. Jason Jordan & Tyle Dillinger* Tyler Breeze vs. CJ ParkerCheck back later this week for a detailed recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com.  Facebook Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha center_img Twitter Pinterest Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img read more

Workers return to crippled nuclear plant

first_imgFUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Emergency workers forced to retreat from a tsunami-stricken Japanese nuclear power plant when radiation levels soared prepared to return Wednesday night after emissions dropped to safer levels.The pullback cost precious time in the fight to prevent a nuclear meltdown, further escalating a crisis spawned by last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that pulverized Japan’s northeastern coast and likely killed more than 10,000 people.It was unclear what happened in the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant’s overheating reactors after late morning, when the workers stopped pumping in seawater trying to cool their fuel rods. Officials gave only sparse information about the reactors.But conditions at the plant appeared to be worsening. White steam-like clouds drifted up from one reactor which, the government said, likely emitted the burst of radiation that led to the workers’ withdrawal. The plant’s operator reported a fire at another reactor for the second time in two days.At one point, national broadcaster NHK showed military helicopters lifting off to survey radiation levels above the complex, preparing to dump water onto the most troubled reactors in a desperate effort to cool them down. The defense ministry later said it said it had decided against making an airborne drop because of the high radiation levels.last_img read more

I5 Publishing Rebrands as Lumina Media

first_imgi-5 Publishing, the Irvine, California, publisher of Dogster, Catster, Horse Illustrated, Hobby Farms, Dogs in Review,VPN and other brands, announced this week that it’s renaming itself as Lumina Media. “Lumina better represents the energy of our new company direction, and the power that our iconic content has to inform, entertain, and delight our passionate audiences,” said Lumina Chairman David Fry. “Our logo and our new tagline, ‘You’ll Love This,’ highlight the tight relationship between author and reader in today’s media world. Content and conversation come together to create a unique value for our consumers, our business audience and our corporate partners.” In its statement, the company said the new name and brand underscore the company’s proven market expertise, innovative spirit and its ability to deliver audiences that are engaged and connected. With extensive reach and experience, the company’s media engages, informs and inspires, while its platforms ensure the right media is delivered whenever, however and wherever audiences want it.center_img Lumina, the company said in a release, has one objective—to connect passionate and enthusiastic audiences to top consumer brands and companies across all mediums and platforms.last_img read more

OBITUARY Beverly L Howe Harvey 82

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Beverly L. (Howe) Harvey, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away on April 8, 2019.Beverly was the beloved wife of the late John R. Harvey, devoted mother of Liane Harvey of Lowell, Diane Maxwell & her husband Dennis, Russell Harvey all of W. Warren, MA, Keila Bartlett of Gilead, ME and the late Donna Harvey Bechard, loving grandmother of Darja, Rachel, Joe, Michelle, Lisa, Steven, Michael, Nicole and Meredith, great-grandmother of Corah, Calli, Audrey, Lionel, Jacob, Mila and the late Sophie, cherished daughter of the late Elwood and Laura (Lavoie) Howe, dear sister of the late Elwood “Sonny” Howe, Robert Howe, Alan Howe and Paulette Kelleher. Beverly is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, April 12th at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.Beverly L. (Howe) Harvey(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday February 2

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA recap of the historic results of the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. What does the Cruz victory and the virtual tie between Clinton and Sanders mean going forward to New Hampshire? We’ll ask our political pundits. Plus, a report on the 2016 legislative session in Annapolis thus far, with Dayvon Love, co-founder of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Prison Architect paidalpha makes 100000 in three days

first_imgBack in 2005, indie game developer Introversion Software made a big splash with Darwinia, which won an Independent Games Festival award and was well received by critics. Their follow-up, the WarGames-esque DEFCON was also a success, but since then the company has fallen on hard times.When the Xbox 360 release of Darwinia+ failed to meet its expected sales numbers in 2010, the company nearly had to close down. Lately though, things seem to be looking up for Introversion. Their entire catalog of PC titles made up a Humble Indie Bundle last year, their hacker-for-hire game Uplink recently released on iPad and Android, and now their latest title, Prison Architect, has made them more than $100,000 in sales even though it’s still in development. For a small company that’s been on shaky financial ground, that’s a big deal.Introversion brought in all that money by combining the paid-alpha/beta model, which Minecraft made popular, with Kickstarter-like purchase tiers. (Clearly, the company has been taking notes from more than one recent indie game trend.) For $30 users get access to the alpha version of the game on PC or Mac, plus a pre-order of the finished product (including a Steam code, if it releases there). But there are a number of interesting bonuses for those that put up a little more money. For $50 you can get a prisoner named after you in the final game, and for $250 Introversion’s artist will create a prisoner sprite based on your photo. Four buyers have even purchased the $1,000 tier, and will have one of the game’s five wardens made in their image.Hopefully Prison Architect’s momentum will continue, and help a unique indie developer get back on its feet.Check out all the rewards at the Prison Architect page, via Eurogamerlast_img read more

The Flash Season 5 Episode 4 Recap The Flash Vs Actual Fake

first_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis The Arrowverse shows typically stay away from politics. On the CW, that’s more Black Lightning’s realm. Even Arrow is heavily toned down from the socialist leanings of the comic book character. So it’s surprising that The Flash decided to do a show all about the dangers of fringe news sources the week before an election. It’s a little ham-handed (Iris’ “fake news” line is cringey, to be sure), but The Flash keeps it light and fun enough that it doesn’t feel like out of place. The drama this episode comes from the characters rather than the politics.Iris is trying a little to hard to bond with her daughter by making breakfast. She’s not great at it. Barry does his best to be nice about it, but Nora isn’t so considerate. Kids. Iris laments the fact that Nora pushes her away at every turn, and… she has a point. Nora takes every opportunity to let her future mother know just how uncool she is. From telling her that her pancakes remain lumpy in the future to pointing out that another local journalist’s blog has so many more followers than hers. Iris knows a thing or two about that journalist, though. She prioritized being famous over, well, pretty much anything else. She got fired from the local news station for what we’re led to believe were some pretty unscrupulous practices too.Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West – Allen and Kiana Madeira as Spencer Young (Photo Credit: Robert Falconer/The CW)That hasn’t changed, either. As we saw in the episode’s cold open, Spencer Young (comic book villain name: Spin) got her phone hit by falling debris from The Thinker’s satellites during last season’s finale. Then XS saved her. Somehow in that sequence of events, her phone was imbued with some kind of power. She can hypnotize people into doing anything. Of course, she uses her powers for evil. Well, clicks. Which, depending on the site are the same thing. Team Flash first notices something is awry when a cop tries to bomb a charity softball game, and XS comes out of nowhere to stop him. Neither party remembers anything after the task is done, and conveniently, there’s a new Spyn Zone blog post ready to go. So yes, it’s a villain-of-the-week episode, but it’s a fun one.This villain also gives us the Iris-Nora confrontations we’ve been waiting for. Four episodes in, we’re finally unpacking why Nora treats her mom with such disdain. She’s a little old to be pulling this surly teenager act. Their immediate conflict all stems from Spencer Young, whom Nora’s a fan of and also thinks is cute. Nora doesn’t like how quick her mom is to accuse Spencer of causing stories to happen, even when her article’s post time is super suspicious. No amount of mother-daughter heroism is going to fix it either. Though Nora appreciates the praise from her mom in the moment, we soon learn there’s a much deeper reason there’s so much distrust here. It turns out future-Iris put a power dampener in Nora as a child. She didn’t even know she had powers until she removed it, just before she traveled back in time.Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo Credit: Robert Falconer/The CW)The villain-of-the-week story is mostly great. She has a cool, dangerous power that ties into Cicada nicely at the end. And more importantly, she unearths a deeper conflict among the heroes. Her actions are what cause Iris and Nora to really get into their issues. Not that they resolve them this episode, though. The episode’s big fight interrupts the conversation. It kind of comes out of nowhere because as cool a villain as Spin is, her motivations are weak. She thinks XS is what’ll make her famous. And the quickest way to accelerate that is to make sure she’s the only speedster in town. Iris already has The Flash on her blog, after all. Just as Iris figures out that Spencer is hypnotizing people through her headlines, she tries to force XS to kill The Flash. Only four episodes in, and we have an exciting speedster battle. It’s a fun one, too. I don’t think we’ve had a speedster fight that didn’t suck since Season Two.The Flash is at a disadvantage here too, because he doesn’t want to hurt his daughter. He spends the whole fight dodging and trying to bring her back to her senses. She’s about to kill him when Iris shows up with a power-dampening gun. Always nice to see her save the day, even if it brings back (or forward) years of family trauma. While XS accepts that in this specific situation, temporarily neutralizing her powers was the right thing to do, it convinced Iris that future-her is right. Whatever reason she’ll have for keeping Nora’s powers a secret, she’s sure it’s a good one. That answer makes Nora angry all over again. She feels especially betrayed when Barry comes in and agrees with Iris. He knows she’ll have a good reason for blocking Nora’s powers. Parents can be a real drag sometimes. So we’ll be dealing with this conflict for what looks like many episodes to come. That’s OK. The drama is more interesting than watching The Flash, or another speedster, learn the same basic lessons again forever. Watching The Flash fight alongside his daughter is still fun, and it’ll only get more interesting now that there’s this friction between them. He was literally asking for it. #TheFlash pic.twitter.com/OsNZAUT1Sk— The Flash (@CW_TheFlash) October 31, 2018Even the detective subplot was fun. The show continues to pair Ralph and Sherloque up, and I’m kind of loving the partnership. Though Sherloque’s ridiculous fake accent is starting to grate a little, it’s so much fun watching these two play detective together. This episode also serves as a reminder that Ralph’s an accomplished detective himself. After Sherloque dismisses investigating Cicada’s mask out of hand, Ralph insists they go back to the scene of last week’s fight to check his theory. They find a piece of material on the ground that points them to the specific mask that Cicada uses. And then seemingly to a dead end. They trace the mask to a factory only to find that every worker there uses one. And they aren’t the only shop that does. It’s less of a dead end than it seems, though. As they walk away disappointed, Cicada, an employee at this factory, watches them from the shadows.What he’ll do about that remains to be seen though. If he is planning to go after Elongated Man, it’s not happening this episode. That’s OK. The speedster fight was good enough that we really didn’t need another full Cicada appearance. This detective work is just as much fun, really. The mask puts Sherloque onto another idea, which he explores in a fun scene by getting Caitlin to punch him in the solar plexus. It’s (only slightly) more than just slapstick. It confirms his theory about the noise Cicada makes when he exerts himself. And why Cicada is a different person on this Earth than on all the others. When XS helped her dad destroy the satellite, she changed the trajectory of the debris. The Dark Matter-infused metal hit someone else, and also something else. It imbued his dagger with power. That also explains how Spin could do what she did. She wasn’t a meta. Her phone was. The Thinker created meta-technology. So not only do we have the danger of made-up stories, but a comment on the threat of technology. The full season probably won’t keep this politically-aware tone, but the meta-tech may keep it around for a few episodes.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CWPreviously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5, Episode 3 RecapThe Flash Season 5, Episode 2 RecapThe Flash Season 5 Premiere Recapcenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

DNA study shows Neolithic Europeans interbred with Anatolian migrants

first_img Sampling of petrous bone from a human skull. Credit: Balázs G. Mende © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Citation: DNA study shows Neolithic Europeans interbred with Anatolian migrants (2017, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-dna-neolithic-europeans-interbred-anatolian.html Middle Neolithic Collective grave of La Mina, Spain, excavation situation Credit: Manolo Rojo Guerra Geographic locations of the samples analyzed in the study “Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers” with a close-up of Hungary (based on figure 1a-b from Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature24476). Credit: Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017. More information: Mark Lipson et al. Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature24476AbstractAncient DNA studies have established that Neolithic European populations were descended from Anatolian migrants who received a limited amount of admixture from resident hunter-gatherers. Many open questions remain, however, about the spatial and temporal dynamics of population interactions and admixture during the Neolithic period. Here we investigate the population dynamics of Neolithization across Europe using a high-resolution genome-wide ancient DNA dataset with a total of 180 samples, of which 130 are newly reported here, from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods of Hungary (6000–2900 BC, n = 100), Germany (5500–3000 BC, n = 42) and Spain (5500–2200 BC, n = 38). We find that genetic diversity was shaped predominantly by local processes, with varied sources and proportions of hunter-gatherer ancestry among the three regions and through time. Admixture between groups with different ancestry profiles was pervasive and resulted in observable population transformation across almost all cultural transitions. Our results shed new light on the ways in which gene flow reshaped European populations throughout the Neolithic period and demonstrate the potential of time-series-based sampling and modelling approaches to elucidate multiple dimensions of historical population interactions.Press release (Phys.org)—A large international team of researchers has found that Neolithic hunter-gatherers living in several parts of Europe interbred with farmers from the Near East. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes comparing DNA from several early groups in Europe and evidence of interbreeding. The researchers found that there was a lot more breeding going on between the two groups than has been thought. They found that as the farmers moved in, interbreeding began almost immediately. It continued for approximately the next several hundred years at all of the sites under study, though the team reports a more rapid pace in Spain and Germany than in Hungary.The researchers note that their findings make sense logically, as well—it would seem far more likely that contact between the two groups would result in interbreeding, rather than one group simply out-reproducing the other to the point that the original group simply disappeared. An Early Neolithic grave from Bátaszék (Hungary), which was also part of the DNA analyses. Credit: Anett Osztás The Neolithic period, often described as the New Stone Age, was a period of human history from approximately 15,000 BCE to 3,000 BCE. It was a time defined by the development of settlements and the refinement of tools and the arts. Prior research has shown that people living in what is now Germany, Hungary and Spain were mostly hunter-gatherers during the early Neolithic period, but were “replaced” by farmers moving in from the Near East (Anatolia). In this new effort, the researchers suggest that interbreeding between the two groups led to the decline of the hunter-gatherers. The end result is that most modern Europeans are descended from the Near East immigrant farmers, but have remnants of hunter-gatherer DNA.To learn more about the early history of humans in Europe, the researchers obtained and analyzed 180 DNA samples of people from early Hungary, Germany and Spain dating from between 6,000 and 2,200 BCE. They used data from the DNA analysis to create a mathematical model, which was used to build a simulation of population interactions in the areas of study. Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked Middle Neolithic Collective grave of La Mina, Spain, excavation situation Credit: Manolo Rojo Guerra Journal information: Nature Cave Els Trocs in the Spanish pyrenees with Early Neolithic burials, discussion between members of the excavation group. Credit: Kurt Werner Alt Geographic locations of the samples analyzed in the study “Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers” with a close-up of Hungary (based on figure 1a-b from Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature24476). Credit: Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

This New Technology Will Let You Make Purchases Directly From Your TV

first_imgJanuary 7, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global LAS VEGAS — During this year’s Super Bowl, clothing retail giant H&M will debut a commercial with something a little extra in it: the ability to make a purchase directly from your TV.The ad will be the first to hit the airwaves with a new technology by Delivery Agent that allows purchases to be made over the air using your television remote without interrupting the programming on your screen. While the H&M ad will be the first to hit the air, several more ads are in the works using the technology as well.”We started with the simple notion that consumers will want to buy products that they see while they’re watching TV shows,” says Delivery Agent Chief Executive Mike Fitzsimmons. Delivery Agent’s technology originally debuted in 2005 with shows like Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where it simply offered an online portal where customers could purchase a character’s outfit or an item they saw in the program.It has expanded the service to provide contextual commerce for more than 500 shows on the air today. So, when you shop FOX.com for something you saw on this week’s episode of New Girl, that’s powered by Delivery Agent. The company announced its new t-commerce (television commerce) enabled ads at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas.”[What’s] really transformative about what we’re doing is we’re not only enabling you to buy something from the show, but this is our first foray into buying something directly from a commercial,” says Fitzsimmons.Related: New From CES: Improve Videos on Your Smartphone With This Smart AppAs you’re watching an ad, a small overlay will appear on the screen and ask “Do you want to buy something from this ad?” If you say yes, you’ll be able to either click and buy the item directly from your television set using your remote, or push the offer to your mobile device where you can finish the purchase.Things like your phone number and address are added once and then saved into your television for future purchases. Delivery Agent also recently announced a partnership with PayPal that allows you to complete the purchase with your PayPal credentials rather than entering payment or shipping information.Brand advertisers purchase their TV media through normal channels (like networks and agencies). Separately, Delivery Agent charges a fee for the added engagement, transactional functionality and media analytics suite, the company says.Samsung is an investor in Delivery Agent, and the one-touch purchasing will initially be available in 2012 and 2013 Samsung televisions.Fitzsimmons sees the new technology as a game-changer for the advertising industry. Whereas several years ago experts might have discussed the power of being able to buy a sweater they see on a character in a TV show, now advertisers can make their ads actionable and measure in real-time sales that a particular ad generates.”We are collectively redefining the power and effectiveness of television advertising,” he says. If it catches on with advertisers, it could also redefine how consumers shop.Related: A Tech Entrepreneur’s Insider Tips for Exhibiting at CES Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more