Lab Lease Supports Nova Scotia Business

first_imgCompanies that rely on environmental testing laboratories toprepare their products for export can still get those productsassessed in Nova Scotia. Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage announced today, Sept.17, that EADS Composites Atlantic of Lunenburg will lease theassets of InNOVAcorp’s Environmental Simulation Laboratory (ESL)in Woodside. Composites holds the option to buy the equipment atthe end of three years and renew the lease on the building. “This transaction will help small- and medium-sized businessesgrow and will help them export,” said Mr. Fage. “A private sectorpartner that has access to broad markets will also make ESL amore viable operation for the province.” ESL is a multi-purpose testing lab that recreates and controls avariety of extreme environmental conditions such as temperature,humidity, vibration and corrosion. Industry relies on this kindof testing to ensure that products will perform in their intendedenvironments. The agreement allows Composites Atlantic to enhance its servicesto the aerospace sector and increase sales. Composites Atlantic is a leader in the design and manufacture ofadvanced composites for aerospace, space and defence industries.The company, which is a subsidiary of the French aerospacecompany EADS, serves global markets and employs more than 170skilled workers. The National Research Council operated the lab in Woodside underan agreement with InNOVAcorp between 2001 and 2003. InNOVAcorpoperated the lab directly until 2001, when it divested itself ofapplied-development activities to focus on its goal of helpingearly-stage Nova Scotia technology companies commercialize theirproducts. InNOVAcorp undertook a North American search for apartner to keep the lab operating.last_img read more

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Three Partnerships Qualify to Bid on Highway 104 Twinning Tender

first_imgThe prequalification phase for Highway 104 twinning request for proposals is complete. Atlantic Safelink Partners, Dexter Nova Alliance and Osprey Transportation Solutions have qualified to bid on the Highway 104 twinning project. “The 100-series highways are the backbone of our transportation system, carrying people and goods from one end of the province to the other,” said Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines. “This project will make that portion of highway safer and benefit generations to come.” A request for proposals will be issued to the three successful partnerships in the coming weeks for construction and maintenance. Thirty-eight kilometres between Sutherlands River, Pictou Co. and Antigonish will be twinned as well as the construction of new interchanges and bridges. The department is using a P3 model in which the responsibilities for designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the highway is given to a single firm through a bidding process. It allows for the firm to control the schedule of the project and helps reduce the timeline and associated risk. While the province is using a P3 approach for Highway 104, it is not considering the implementation of any tolls to finance the project. The department expects to announce the winner in early 2020. The twinning of Highway 104 is to be completed by the end of 2023.last_img read more

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CISF kicks off water conservation plan

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) on Monday kicked off the Water Conservation Plan and inaugurated the new CISF residential complex in Rohini. Director-General Rajesh Ranjan also flagged off the CISF expedition to Mount Satopanth. The CISF has been appointed as the nodal agency among CAPFs for initiating awareness about water conservation, and this campaign’s main objective is to make the general public realise the benefits of water conservation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRanjan also flagged off a motorcycle rally to promote the water conservation plan along with a mass tree plantation drive to bring awareness about the renovation of water bodies, harvesting rainwater, and reuse of wastewater. More than 500 school children took part in the tree plantation drive along with CISF officials and DG Ranjan. Speaking at the event, he emphasised that it is the new generation that has to come forward and join the campaign for saving water and making India greener. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn order to provide accommodation to the force personnel of DMRC Unit, 1298 quarters at Rohini Rohini Sector 34-35 have been purchased from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Various facilities such as mess, medical, gyms, crèche, canteen, and a children’s park are provided in this residential complex. In addition, the CISF is planning to purchase 261 acres of land in Mandwar village of Gurugram, to build residential premises for CISF personnel. As far as the Satopanth expedition is concerned, the CISF attempt to summit the 7,075 m peak is a practice run for its maiden attempt to undertake the Mount Everest expedition. The Satopanth expedition is expected to condition the team for the Everest climb.last_img read more

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Is it time to kill To Kill a Mockingbird

first_imgAn Ontario school board is taking a hard look right now at the use of To Kill A Mockingbird as the text that starts the race discussion. It’s old, sure, which isn’t a problem. But it’s also a book about race written by a white person, with a white protagonist and a white man as its hero. So, when parents of black teens raised concerns, the board said it would look at changing the books it uses to spark class discussions on racism. As you may imagine, the idea of removing Harper Lee’s novel, which finds itself at or near the top of many all-time lists, didn’t go over well with everyone.Which books should we use to teach our kids about racism and other sensitive subjects? If it’s a modern topic that is directly relevant to the lives of many students in the class, why is a 60-year-old book the place to start the conversation? How should teachers and school boards prepare lesson plans in a city and country that values multiculturalism? And who determines whether a book that many consider one of the true classics of literature gets removed from the curriculum of a class supposedly dedicated to teaching exactly that?Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Foreign Affairs Minister says theyve lost contact with another Canadian in China

first_imgChrystia Freeland said Global Affairs was contacted by a Canadian who was being questioned by Chinese authorities but have not heard anything since, “We have not been able to make contact with him,” she said.“We have also raised this case with the Chinese authorities,” Freeland added.The news comes amid a growing dispute after Huawei’s CFO was arrested in Vancouver over charges she is facing in the U.S.Freeland said Michael Kovrig still works for global affairs but is on leave from his job to work for an NGO, which is why he doesn’t have diplomatic status. He was detained on Monday by the Beijing state security bureau.Ministrer Freeland asked in French if she can provide more details about the second Canadian…an employee, a tourist? Freeland says she doesn’t want to say any more because it is a sensitive situation. Consular officials have been in contact with their family #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 12, 2018While Canada has been in touch with Chinese officials, Freeland said they still don’t know where kovrig is, what charges he is facing, or if he is okay.Canada has not changed its travel advisory to China, but still tells people heading there to exercise a high degree of caution. OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – As the Chinese government confirms it has detained Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, we hear about another Canadian possible facing troubles in China.Foreign Affairs Minister says they’ve demanded to see Kovrig right away, but noted that a second Canadian may have been detained.WATCH: Canada committed to rule of law in Meng case: Trudeaulast_img read more

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From a Peter Pan play to a round dance Two Alberta communities

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsTwo communities in Southern Alberta have come together and agreed to move on after a controversial play threatened to tear them apart.Last month, a play featured an image of the cast dressed in fake, stereotypical First Nations clothing.But more recently, the two communities have come together to move on.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

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Anderson has career night off the bench E Kentucky romps

first_imgRICHMOND, Ky. — Lachlan Anderson scored a career-high 22 points off the bench to lead all scorers and grabbed 14 rebounds as Eastern Kentucky walloped NAIA Midway 107-52 Tuesday night.Anderson was 7 of 12 from the floor and 8 of 9 from the free-throw line, leading five players into double-figure scoring for the Colonels (2-1). Nick Mayo scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers, grabbed nine boards, had four assists, three steals and blocked two shots. Peyton Broughton chipped in 13 points, Jordan Oakley 12 and Jomaru Brown 11.Eastern Kentucky shot 47 per cent from the floor, going 39-of-83, outrebounded the Eagles 57-38 and scored 34 points off 24 Midway turnovers.Mayo scored nine points early, including two from distance, as the Colonels built a 12-0 lead in less than three minutes.Jose Bustamante and Kaleb Britt scored 16 points each for Midway.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Cashstrapped Jet Airways now operating with skeletal fleet of 28 planes Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Cash-strapped Jet Airways is operating 28 planes, including 15 aircraft in the domestic routes, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Wednesday.Earlier in the day, Kharola said that less than 15 planes of the airline were flying. Jet Airways, where the lenders are set to take control as part of a debt resolution plan, on Tuesday disclosed that it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of lease rentals. Asked about the active fleet of Jet Airways, Kharola, on the sidelines of an aviation conference in the morning, said, “yesterday, it was 28”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhen told that the airline has announced grounding 15 more aircraft, he said that then the current fleet would be “less than about 15”. In the evening, Kharola clarified that Jet Airways is operating around 28 planes and out of them, about 15 are operating in the domestic routes. On the sidelines of the conference here, the civil aviation secretary also said that Jet Airways’ ability to fly international operations needs to be “examined”. On Wednesday afternoon, a DGCA spokesperson said Jet Airways continues to fly 28 aircraft as on date. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The 15 aircraft reported is already accounted for and was only informed to the stock exchanges by Jet Airways Tuesday,” the spokesperson said. On Tuesday evening, the airline informed the stock exchanges that it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of lease rentals. Now, the total number of planes grounded on account of default in lease rental payments, as disclosed by the airline, stands at 69. In a statement, Jet Airways said, “as informed to the regulator (DGCA), the airline is operating a curtailed schedule with a sufficient number of aircraft, and is compliant with applicable guidelines”. The airline issued the statement saying that it would like to clarify certain speculative media reports with respect to its ability to operate on international routes. It did not provide the number of operational planes. Jet Airways, which is grappling with acute financial woes, had a fleet of around 119 planes. See P13last_img read more

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Video French Montana Returns to His Childhood Village

Rabat – In Morocco for Casa Festival 2017, rapper French Montana has documented his trip to his native douar outside of Casablanca on social media.In the video, villagers surround the car, cheering and waving the Moroccan flag. The 32-year old sports a t-shirt with the Moroccan flag and can later be seen listening to traditional Moroccan music.During the drive to the town, the Moroccan-American rapper can be heard saying, “I can’t believe I used to live here.” French Montana is alleged to have received between USD 30,000 and 50,000 for his performance at Casa Festival on July 8.Born Karim Kharbouch, the rapper known for his single ‘Unforgettable’ emigrated with his family to New York City at the age of 13.

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Strike at General Motors CAMI plant to end after workers approve deal

TORONTO — Workers at General Motors’ CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., accepted a tentative agreement Monday, ending a four-week-long strike.The contract proposal was hammered out last week and Unifor, which represents 2,500 of the 2,800 workers affected, had recommended the deal be accepted.The union says almost 86 per cent of production workers and 79 per cent of tradesworkers approved the contract. About 2,400 workers voted.Mike Van Boekel, CAMI unit chairman for Local 88, says employees will receive four per cent wage increases over the four-year deal, a $6,000 signing bonus and annual payments of $2,000 each Christmas.While GM didn’t agree to specific investments at the plant, CAMI will remain the main production centre for the Equinox with three shifts.Van Boekel says the automaker will be forced to pay $300 million for any future job cuts. About 400 workers are currently on layoff.The automaker threatened last week to shift more production to Mexico if a settlement wasn’t reached swiftly and the two sides agreed to a deal on Friday.Striking workers will start returning to the job at 11 p.m. Monday. read more

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NY attorney general says ebook buyers getting settlement credits from publishers this

NY attorney general says e-book buyers getting settlement credits from publishers this week AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Virtanen, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2014 9:16 am MDT ALBANY, N.Y. – Buyers of electronic books will get account credits this week from five publishers who reached settlements after states alleged they colluded to raise prices, New York’s attorney general said Tuesday.The $166 million national settlements were approved Dec. 6 and cover claims from April 1, 2010, to May 21, 2012. Buyers who bought certain e-books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo or Apple will automatically get partial refund credits in their e-book accounts. Notification emails to eligible buyers were going out starting Tuesday.The publishers are Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group and Holtzbrinck doing business as Macmillan. They denied wrongdoing but agreed to the settlement to avoid going to trial.Refund amounts are $3.06 for New York Times bestsellers bought during the period and 73 cents for any other book.“Illegal actions by these publishers forced consumers in New York and across the nation to pay artificially inflated prices for e-books,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday. “Companies engaging in such anticompetitive conduct will be punished, and starting today those injured by their actions will start to receive full and fair compensation.”HarperCollins and Penguin Group declined to comment. The other three publishers did not immediately reply Tuesday to requests for comment.Thirty-three states accused the publishers of collusion, though the settlement covers all U.S. buyers. About $11.5 million is expected to go to buyers in New York, according to Schneiderman’s office.The settlements in federal court in Manhattan prohibit the publishers from continuing so-called agency agreements, in which publishers rather than retailers set prices for each title.Buyers of e-books from Sony will automatically receive refund checks in the mail. Those who bought from other retailers and who filed a timely claim with the settlement administrator will get refund checks in the mail.A judge last year at trial found Apple Inc. colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices. A second trial to decide damages is expected this year.___Online:Settlements background: read more

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Scouting Virginia Tech A look at the 2015 Hokies

Virginia Tech then-junior cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) attempts to break through a group of OSU defenders during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State’s quest to repeat as national champions is set to begin on Monday against the only team that beat them last year: Virginia Tech. Here is an in-depth look at what the 2015 Hokies bring to the table.Offensive weapons returning The Hokies have 16 starters from last season returning — eight on both offense and defense. They also have their punter and kicker back.Every offensive player who scored a point for Tech in 2014 is returning for the upcoming year.Their quarterback — redshirt senior Michael Brewer — is back for his final year. Brewer’s top two targets, sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford and redshirt sophomore tight end Bucky Hodges, will both suit back up for Tech in 2015.Ford led the squad in receiving in 2014 with 709 yards.  He tied with Hodges for the team lead in touchdown receptions with six. The 6-foot-7 Hodges uses his size to create mismatches for smaller defenders. In addition to the six touchdown catches, he was second on the team in receiving yards with 526.In the backfield, senior J.C. Coleman, a 5-foot-6 speedster, will get most of the carries early in the year. Coleman, who rushed for 533 yards and three touchdowns in 2014, became the starter after injuries to sophomores Marshawn Williams and Shai McKenzie.Williams, who is still recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained last season against Duke, and McKenzie, who is suspended, won’t be available to play against OSU on Monday. Redshirt junior Trey Edmunds, Tech’s leading rusher in 2013, will most likely be the back Hokie coach Frank Beamer uses to spell Coleman versus the Buckeyes.The 2014 Hokie offense was far from prolific — ranking 96th in the nation. However, with all of its key players at the skill positions back for another season, the outlook for the unit is more promising.Shut-down unitTech’s defense — led by defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who is widely regarded as one of the country’s best — looks to be one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s — if not the nation’s — top squads. Last year, they ranked 21st in total defense in the NCAA.Junior cornerback Kendall Fuller, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, will look to continue shutting down opposing team’s top receivers. Despite playing the majority of last year with a fractured wrist, he still managed to tally 15 pass breakups, a forced fumble and two interceptions.Opposite Fuller at cornerback will be redshirt sophomore Brandon Facyson. He was sidelined for most of last season because of a broken leg, but he looks to regain the form he had in 2013 when he was a 247Sports first-team freshman All-American.On the defensive line, the Hokies return four key cogs to a unit that has the potential to be great. Each of the four starters was named to the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, which is handed out annually to the nation’s top defensive player.That group — highlighted by redshirt senior defensive end Dadi Lihomme Nicolas, a preseason All-ACC selection — will look to apply pressure on quarterbacks all year long. At the other end position, redshirt junior Ken Ekanem will continue to give offensive lineman fits. In 2014, he and Nicolas combined to record 33 tackles for a loss and 18.5 sacks.On the interior, the Hokies have even more talent with redshirt senior defensive tackles Luther Maddy and Corey Marshall.Maddy — who was hurt on Sept. 23 last year and missed the rest of the campaign — was third-team All-ACC in 2013. Additionally, he was selected alongside Nicolas to the preseason All-ACC team for the upcoming year.Marshall earned second-team All-ACC in 2014, after recording 41 tackles, 9.5 of which were for a loss.Even though the Buckeyes boast one of the top offensive lines in the country, expect the loaded Hokie front four to pose challenges for the “The Slobs” and the rest of the O-lines they face in 2015.Last year, defensive dominance was the reason why Tech left the Horseshoe victorious. To pull the upset for a second straight season, its defense will have to wreak havoc again.Biggest question markThe biggest question mark facing the Hokies in fall camp was who would start on the offensive line.The unit lost three seniors to graduation, which opened up starting spots at center and right tackle. Those spots seemed to be claimed at the end of spring practice by sophomore Eric Gallo and redshirt senior Wade Hansen, respectively.The picture was slightly less clear until Monday morning when the depth chart was released.With Hansen battling a foot injury, sophomore Parker Osterloh — a 6-foot-8 versatile lineman who can play every position on the line except center — had filled in nicely for him.Hansen is still the starter, but the time he missed might have stunted the growth of the O-line’s chemistry.However, the performance of Osterloh and freshman Yosuah Nijman gives Beamer and his staff a little bit of comfort knowing that if the starting group struggles, he has two solid players to substitute.The ability of the new lineman to step in and play at a high level will be crucial, as the overall success of the offense — especially the Hokie running game — hinders predominantly on the line’s performance.If they are able to take care of their business against a Buckeye front seven that is missing its best player — suspended junior defensive end Joey Bosa — things could get interesting.Final overviewIf the Hokies are going to have a chance at upsetting the Scarlet and Gray, their defense will have to be disruptive — like it was in 2014. If Tech’s loaded defensive line can get into the backfield and pressure whoever is playing quarterback for the Buckeyes, it could make the game interesting.Fuller, the elite corner, will be assigned to mark OSU’s No. 1 receiver, Michael Thomas. Separation might be limited for Thomas, which will force an already-depleted receiving corp for the Buckeyes to step up and help out the quarterback.On the other side of the ball, the offensive line will need to be in control of the line of scrimmage, which will create holes for Coleman to run through and time for Brewer to connect with his targets.Beyond the BuckeyesThe Hokies’ Monday tilt against the defending champs will be their biggest game all year.Following the opener, they are slated to play three more non-conference games — all winnable matchups against Furman, Purdue and East Carolina — before starting their ACC schedule on Oct. 3 at home versus the University of Pittsburgh.The only other preseason AP Top 25 opponent Tech is scheduled to play is at No. 16 Georgia Tech on Nov. 12.The Hokies are set to end their 2015 regular season on the road against in-state rival Virginia on Nov. 28. read more

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Halfpipe gets Tronified in order to maximize awesomeness

first_imgIn celebration of the launch of Tron: Legacy the magicians over at Electronic Miracles put together a halfpipe where the skateboards were followed by lighting effects straight from the movie. The effect is just as cool as you’d imagine (if not a bit busy) and really well with the night-time skating.All it took was a halfpipe, some expert skaters, and an absolute mastery of lighting and electronics. Apparently each rider was equipped with an iPod and a custom app that measured their movements and time in the air in order to have the lighting follow them.via hypebeastlast_img

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San Diego Blood Bank asks community to donate blood for National Blood

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, January 2, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- It’s National Blood Donor Month and San Diego Blood Bank needs help collecting blood to meet patient needs throughout the winter.Joining KUSI to talk more about National Blood Donation Month is Manager of Public Relations for the San Diego Blood Bank, Claudine Van Gonka.More information about donating at: San Diego Blood Bank asks community to donate blood for National Blood Donor Month Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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SkyCity Group CEO John Mortensen to retire new COO Michael Ahearne announced

first_img SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekend SkyCity offloads Auckland carpark concession for NZ$220 million RelatedPosts Bad luck can’t stop SKYCITY from upward surge in FY19 Load More SkyCity Entertainment Group, which operates integrated resorts in Australia and New Zealand, has announced the retirement of Group CEO John Mortensen effective from 31 December 2017.Mr Mortensen, who will retire to Australia, was appointed to the newly created position in April in order to assist the transition of CEO Graeme Stephens. He previously served as General Manager of SkyCity Auckland from June 2013 and Chief Operating Officer New Zealand from January 2015 before filling in as interim CEO from April 2016 until Mr Stephens’ arrival. His departure will see Michael Ahearne come onboard as new Group Chief Operating Officer from 1 January 2018.Mr Ahearne joins SkyCity from Paddy Power Betfair, one of the world’s leaders in sports betting and gaming, where he has held a number of senior operational and product leadership roles within the European Paddy Power Betfair business based in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this, Mr Ahearne enjoyed a 13 year career in the Australasian gaming and entertainment sector including 10 years at The Star in Sydney, where he held a variety of senior management positions including Chief Operating Officer. He also spent three years as Chief Operating Officer for Aristocrat in the Australia and New Zealand regions.As Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr Ahearne will have direct responsibility for SkyCity’s flagship property in Auckland and play a key role across the SkyCity Group’s other five properties in New Zealand and Australia.Mr Ahearne is a qualified accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology, Sydney.last_img read more

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Fallout 76 gets a Battle Royale mode and human NPCs as Bethesda

first_imgIt’s been a difficult year for Bethesda with Fallout 76, a game that’s done a fair amount of damage to Bethesda’s stellar reputation, particularly with the Fallout series.Tonight at Bethesda’s E3 conference, Executive Producer Todd Howard responded to criticism of the game, calling it “well deserved”.”It’s been an exciting year at Bethesda,” he joked. “Given the excitement I’m surprised you’re still here.” Perhaps the biggest announcement: Fallout 76 is about to get a brand new Battle Royale mode called ‘Nuclear Winter’ that pits you against 51 other players for the honor of becoming the new ‘Overseer’. “We had a lot of difficulties at launch,” he continued. “A lot of well deserved criticism.”But the silver lining, believes Howard, was the community that built up around the players still engaging with Fallout 76.”It’s one of the best online communities we’ve ever seen,” he said. Everyone’s nice to each other.”This should give us hope for humanity when the apocalypse does come.” Bethesda hasn’t given up on the game. Developers Tom Mustaine and Jeff Gardiner went on to unveil new content including Fallout 76’s very first human NPCs complete with the kind of full dialogue trees we’ve come to expect from single player Fallout titles.  Comment E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show 17 Photos When in doubt: do a Battle Royale mode. Vault 51 wants YOU as the new Overseer!The catch? A battle to the death against your fellow Dwellers. #Fallout76 pits you against 51 other players vying for the prize in the latest free new mode, #NuclearWinter. #BE3— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) June 10, 2019 Gaming Culture Appalachia’s newest residents have their own lives, aspirations, and stories. The interactions you decide and choices you make will leave a lasting impression. #Fallout76 #BE3— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) June 10, 2019 1 Tags Share your voice Roll out the welcome wagon! Human NPCs will join #Fallout76 in our free update coming later this year, Wastelanders. #B3— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) June 10, 2019last_img read more

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A wonderful friend

first_imgFaraaz and CherubMy first recollection of Faraaz goes back to kindergarten. While I only have vague memories at this point, I remember how Faraaz always stood out to me. He was very quiet and surprisingly obedient for his age. I don’t recall having too many conversations with him, and within a year or so, he transferred to another school. I thought that was the end to mine and Faraaz’s chapter. Little did I know that this boy would go on to become someone I can proudly call my best friend.Seven years later, I happened to transfer to the same school where Faraaz was studying. I clearly recall sitting across from him in class on the first day of school. We awkwardly stared at each other for at least ten minutes, just astounded to be in the situation we were put in. However, as soon as class ended, Faraaz very graciously decided to introduce me to the rest of his friends and showed me around. He made me feel very comfortable in an environment that I was completely new to. This opened the doors to a friendship that I will now cherish for the remainder of my life.As time progressed, Faraaz and I grew much closer. I can recall countless instances where we would cut ourselves off from the rest of the class and just spend time with one another. Our conversations ranged from him nagging me until I prank called strangers to us talking about his love for the people of this great nation.I always knew Faraaz was a visionary, and believe me, I don’t just say that as his best friend. Throughout his times in school, not once did Faraaz fail to demonstrate his tremendous leadership attributes. From being the class president to the captain of the volleyball team, Faraaz continued to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with. However, what I admire about him the most is not the number of leadership roles he held, but the level of humility he maintained throughout these times. Faraaz always had his feet on the ground and never did he allow his position of authority to corrupt his morals. It just goes to show that great leaders don’t need to act tough; their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness.Faraaz was not only a great leader but also a wonderful friend. He was the only one who could bring a smile to my face and make me forget about all my problems, at any given point in time. Additionally, he always helped me remain focused about school and my career. Faraaz was undoubtedly one of the greatest motivators I’ve come across in my life thus far. He taught me the true meaning of perseverance. He taught me how to be accountable. Most importantly, he taught me how to be a man of my words.My last interaction with Faraaz happened the night before the attack. Per usual, he somehow managed to convince me to make a few more prank calls, only for him to get a good laugh out of me bothering strangers late at night. While we were together for only a short period of time, I am eternally thankful that I got to “say my final goodbyes”.While I was extremely unsettled by what happened to my best friend, I was not at all surprised by the course of action he took. I knew that Faraaz wasn’t the one who would walk away while such unjust treatment was brought upon his friends under his very nose. There was absolutely no way Faraaz would let that happen, even if it came at the cost of his life.Faraaz, you are an inspiration to mankind. You are that beacon of hope youngsters look for. You are a role model to countless people in the world. You are the epitome of a noble human being. You are a paragon of excellence, a quintessence of brilliance. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. You have achieved precisely that my friend. Your tale of friendship will remain for eternity.last_img read more

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Vivek Karulkar

first_imgIt’s the second time that I am participating at OTM exhibition. It has not only expanded compared to last year, but has been very well organised. This time we have got an array of suppliers to meet and understand the industry. I had also utilised the online meeting diary feature through which I was able to conduct meetings with travel trade professionals whom we generally don’t meetlast_img

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Social and Cultural Rights which requires Oyo State government to refrain from arbitrary forced evictions and arbitrary destruction of resources that individuals and families have invested in building their homes. owned worldwide commercial rights to the photos. to bring attention to their plight Two years later they convinced President Obama to use his executive authority to grant them work permits and protect them against deportations Now they want to fully participate in this society but Trump is on their way The Dreamers are in fact the leaders of a new immigration movement The strategy of their parents was to hide and be silent; theirs is to be openly proud of who they are and to be in your face The Dreamers are not going to let Donald Trump alone I know them They will protest they will risk arrest but they won’t give up Donald Trump told me in Iowa in August 2015 that he had a bigger heart than mine Well now is the perfect time to show it He has the addresses and the personal information of all the Dreamers I just hope that he doesn’t use the federal government archives against them After letting the Dreamers in Trump should go for a bigger price: immigration reform He should not wait to build a wall or fence first The border with Mexico is 1954 miles long There are already physical barriers in 670 miles It would take most of a four-year administration to try to build a wall in the other 1284 miles (possibly at a cost of $16 million per mile) Instead of building an unnecessary wallalmost 40 percent of undocumented immigrants come legally and overstay their visasTrump should just walk over to Congress If he admires Ronald Reagan so much then he should be like Reagan President Obama made a big mistake by not keeping his word of introducing immigration reform during his first year in office (in 2009 Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress) Trump should learn from that Republicans will control the Senate and the House of Representatives the next two years and Trump could get bipartisan support for a law that legalizes the majority of the undocumented population This could be the first step to heal a seriously divided nation But I am not naive and not holding my breath I understand that in a Trump administration a path to citizenship is out of the question and that his emphasis will be on deportations That is why the mayors of Los Angeles New York Chicago San Francisco and Denver have vowed to remain sanctuary cities for immigrants and refugees But to concentrate on enforcement is ill-conceived and would only increase the number of hate crimes already plaguing the country since the election Law-abiding immigrants who pay taxes and contribute to our economy could be a boon to this country They contribute much more than what they take away in social services and education They would increase the federal budget by 700 billion dollars during the first ten years after legalization according the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office To legalize immigrants is a great business It does not make any economic sense to deport them Mr Trump said in a 60 Minutes interview that he would deport up to three million undocumented immigrants because of their criminal offenses I don’t know where he got those numbers but they are wrong Only 690000 undocumented immigrantsor 63 percent of the unauthorized populationhave committed felonies or serious misdemeanors according to the Migration Policy Institute That means that the vast majority of the 11 million people without legal papers (937 percent) are not criminals Not “terrorists” not “rapists” They don’t deserve to be deported Yes they broke the law by coming here illegally or by overstaying their visas But they didn’t come here to commit crimes or to go to Disneyland They came here to help us to do the jobs nobody else wants to make America prosper They harvest our food they take care of our children they build the homes where we live and they are an essential part of our 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