Biggest lure for Amazon to Virginia may be campus not cash

first_imgALEXANDRIA, Va. — As he assessed his state’s winning effort to lure 25,000 Amazon jobs to northern Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam said the key may not have been the hundreds of millions of dollars that were promised if the company delivered on its job-creation promises — indeed, many states offered much richer incentive packages.Instead, he said what made Virginia’s bid distinct was “investments in our people,” particularly a $1 billion Virginia Tech University graduate campus to be built near the new Amazon headquarters that will churn out hundreds of qualified high-tech workers annually.“Virginia’s proposal to Amazon represents a new model of economic development for the 21st century,” Northam said in a celebratory press event Tuesday in an old warehouse that will be knocked down to create Amazon office space. “The vast majority of the commonwealth’s proposal is investments in our people that will align with Amazon’s long-term goals.”The linchpin of that investment is the “Innovation Campus” planned for the Potomac Yard neighbourhood of Alexandria, just a couple miles south of where Amazon will be.The campus will be part of Virginia Tech, and the first 100 master’s degree students will enrol next year in temporary space. When it’s finished, the campus will enrol 750 master’s degree candidates, train hundreds of doctoral students and will include on-campus housing, officials said.Stephanie Landrum, director of economic development in Alexandria, suggested that when Virginians look back on Tuesday’s announcement, the establishment of the Virginia Tech campus may be even more monumental than Amazon’s arrival. She said the campus will not only feed Amazon but other tech companies that have been drawn to the region, and are diversifying the region’s economy from its large reliance on the federal government and defence spending.Rep. Don Beyer, a Democrat who represents the area, said he expects the campus to eventually rival Ivy League schools and MIT in prestige for developing high-quality tech workers.“The reason Amazon is coming is that they see already the talent that is here in northern Virginia,” Beyer said.Virginia Tech said the plans for the Innovation Campus mesh perfectly with the university’s longstanding plans to increase its footprint in northern Virginia and meet demand for computer science and other high-tech degrees. Amazon’s other new headquarters will be built in a New York City neighbourhood that is near a new technology-oriented graduate school called Cornell Tech.“We need to be where our partners are,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. “Here we have the opportunity to be within 2 miles of Amazon.”The plan calls for the state and Virginia Tech to each commit $250 million to the campus. The rest will be raised through philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships, officials said.In neighbouring Arlington County, where Amazon will be physically located, officials echoed the sentiment that the incentives offered to Amazon mesh with existing plans for infrastructure and transportation improvements, and long-term plans to remake the Crystal City neighbourhood.Arlington’s incentive package — which includes hundreds of millions in transportation improvements, many of which were already included in long-range plans — is designed not so much to lure Amazon with cash but to ensure Amazon and the county have a mutually beneficial environment, said Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol.“This announcement not only aligns with our existing plans and serves Amazon’s needs but will also benefit our Arlington community,” Cristol said.Still, the incentive package was met by some with skepticism that the planned transportation improvements will be insufficient to alleviate traffic and that the incentives still amount to corporate welfare.“We’re going to be enriching some of the wealthiest people in the world at the expense of Virginians who work hard to make ends meet,” said Del. Lee Carter, a Democrat who represents Manassas and bills himself as a democratic socialist. “We’re going to crowd schools, clog roads, and we’re paying for the privilege.”Matthew Barakat, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Uber Morocco Defends Its Right to Operate in Casablanca

Rabat – Uber‘s push into Morocco is proving to be a bumpy ride.Less than twenty-four hours after the Wilaya of Casablanca deemed as “illegal” the activity of the ride-sharing service in Morocco, the company replied by publishing a statement on Wednesday stressing that its information service acts as a liaison between customers and drivers.“We respect the local law and our technology is open to any type of vehicle that has a transport license,” says Uber, a service that allows any driver to use their private vehicle to provide taxi services in Morocco’s largest city Casablanca. “Several transport laws were written before the existence of smartphones and applications and we want to work with regulators to adapt the regulation to the new technologies,” Uber said, adding that the company does not own cars and the drivers have all the licensing and certification needed to provide transportation services.“We are open to any constructive dialogue on this topic,” said Uber.On Tuesday, the Wilaya of Casablanca said in a statement carried by Maghreb Arab Press agency (MAP) that Uber Morocco is not allowed to continue with their business, promising stern measures against drivers and those responsible in case of resistance.This is not the first time Uber’s activity was deemed illegal by authorities. In South Korea, authorities said they will arrest drivers on the spot if the Uber service become fully operational. France and Spain also ordered a ban on the Uber taxi service following nationwide protests by taxi drivers.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Statoil puts Corner oil sands project on hold for at least three

CALGARY — Statoil has put its Corner oil sands project on hold for at least three years as it grapples with rising costs.The decision means about 70 jobs will be cut, the Norwegian energy firm said Thursday.In a statement on its website, Statoil said improvements have been made to the project, but it has decided not to go any further at this stage.“Costs for labour and materials have continued to rise in recent years and are working against the economics of new projects,” said Statoil Canada country manager Stale Tungesvik.“Market access issues also play a role — including limited pipeline access which weighs on prices for Alberta oil, squeezing margins and making it difficult for sustainable financial returns.”Tungesvik said the decision was part of Statoil’s strategy to prioritize its most competitive projects around the world.Last December, Tungesvik signalled costs were a big concern, not just in the oilsands but in its offshore operations as well.He told reporters that doing business with US$100-a-barrel crude nowadays is just as difficult as $30 oil was several years back and that the company would be more picky about the projects it chooses to develop.Statoil raises exposure to Canadian oil sands with Thai dealThe Montney basin: Hottest play in North America or just a lot of hype?“The easy barrel’s gone,” he said. “We invest more than ever but we see that it’s much more costly to develop one barrel of oil today than it was earlier.”Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema said Statoil’s move shows that high-profile campaigns against pipeline proposals like Keystone XL, which would connect up to 830,000 barrels per day of mostly oil sands crude to Gulf Coast refineries, are working.This month, Keystone XL will have spent six years waiting on U.S. regulatory approval.“It’s time our government acknowledges what the science has already shown, if we are serious about addressing climate change then the vast majority of bitumen needs to stay in the ground,” said Hudema.“Now we need to ensure the billions not spent on Statoil’s Corner project are redirected to renewable energy solutions that solve the climate problem not accelerate it.”The company said the decision has no implications for its Leismer oil sands project, which is in production. The steam-assisted gravity drainage project has an operating capacity of 20,000 barrels per day.Last year, Statoil, together with its partner Husky Energy, announced a major oil discovery off the coast of Newfoundland.The reservoir of light crude, believed to hold between 300 million and 600 million barrels of recoverable oil, is in an area known as the Bay du Nord prospect, about 500 kilometres northeast of St. John’s, N.L.Statoil’s decision to hit the pause button on its Corner project on follows a move earlier this year by Total and Suncor Energy Inc.  to put their $11-billion Joslyn North oil sands project on hold indefinitely.A report by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers in June predicted oil sands production would grow at a slower pace than previously expected due to rising costs.The association forecasted oil sands production hitting 4.8 million barrels a day by 2030 compared with last year’s output of 1.9 million barrels.However, that figure is down from the 5.2 million barrels of daily oil sands output CAPP predicted last year.The Canadian Press read more

Open warrant issued to arrest former Sri Lankan envoy to US

The open warrant was issued today as Wickremesuriya failed to appear in court when the case was heard again. (Colombo Gazette) An open warrant has been issued to arrest Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the US, Jaliya Wickremesuriya.The warrant was issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate. Wickramasuriya was earlier arrested and remanded over allegations of misappropriating Government funds amounting to US$ 332,000 when he was the Ambassador to the US.The former Ambassador was granted bail and was allowed to travel overseas last year for medical treatment. read more

EC prepared to hold PC polls without delimitation report

The Elections Commission says it is prepared to hold the Provincial Council (PC) elections without the delimitation report.The Commission told the Court of Appeal today that if the court issues an order then the PC elections can be held without waiting for the delimitation report. The delimitation report has not been approved by Parliament as yet and this has resulted in the elections being delayed. (Colombo Gazette)

How the government hopes to strengthen intellectual property in Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government has unveiled new measures on intellectual property as it seeks to improve Canada’s performance in a critical area of the increasingly important ideas-based economy.Intellectual property, or IP, is about owning, protecting and making money from an idea in any sector through intangible assets like patents, trademarks and copyrights.In launching the government’s long-awaited strategy Thursday, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains called IP the most valuable business asset in the knowledge economy.In its recent budget, the Liberal government committed about $85 million over five years towards a strategy.Thursday’s release follows warnings that Canada has been a laggard on the international stage when it comes to IP development. Some industry and academic leaders say the country’s entrepreneurs, companies and the wider economy have been at a disadvantage, particularly when compared to big IP players like the United States and China.Only 10 per cent of small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada have IP and only nine per cent of them have IP strategies, Bains noted.Ottawa is also hoping to address what it calls “bad behaviour” in the country’s existing IP regime with help from legislative amendments to curb intimidation and inappropriate “trolling” of some businesses by patent holders.Here are several ways the federal government says it will improve the IP in Canada:— Stamping out misuse and eliminating barriers surrounding IP. The government is pledging to eliminate obstacles for innovative companies by amending key laws for patents, copyrights and trademarks. Proposed changes to the Patent Act would discourage IP owners from sending deceptive or vague notices to businesses alleging patent infringement. In the past, such notices have been used to unfairly intimidate firms and sometimes demand they pay settlements for alleged IP infringement. Under the changes, the government says settlement demands will be removed from the so-called notice-and-notice regime.“This was designed, really, as an educational measure — the idea that people would become more aware of the limits of copyright,” University of Ottawa law professor and IP expert Michael Geist said of the original purpose of the system. “It was never intended to be used to include settlement demands.”The proposed changes will also look to address the practice of “trademark squatting,” where people misuse the system by hanging onto a trademark they have no intention of using themselves, such as an internet domain name, to sell it at a later date for profit.— Better tools to expand the use of IP. Ottawa aims to give businesses the tools they need to pursue their own IP strategies. For example, it will provide $18.7 million over five years to help make the processes for dispute resolution and copyright tariffs cheaper and more efficient for IP owners and users. The government will also provide funds to help innovative Canadian firms leverage their IP — and increase revenues — by making sure their patented technologies comply with international standards. The plan has also provided more details about the creation of a new, $30-million patent collective, which was announced in the budget and will enable companies to pool and share their IP as well as their IP strategies.— Increasing awareness, literacy and sophistication surrounding IP. The plan also includes several ways to help Canadians better understand IP. Examples include $1 million over five years to support clinics that help law students lean more about IP, access to advisers and online tools to help demystify the IP process via the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. and $2 million over three years for surveys to gauge how well Canadians understand and use IP, with a focus on those less likely to use it such as female and Indigenous entrepreneurs.“They may seem small but their potential impact is huge,” said University of Windsor law professor Myra Tawfik, an expert on the subject who has been advocating for the IP law clinics for a long time.“We’re encouraging — especially on university campuses — students to come up with the next best idea that they’ll be able to commercialize and, of course, will then lead to Canada’s growth and prosperity. And yet we’re not providing them with the entire menu of resources and tools that they need — most especially, intellectual-property legal advice.”She said there are really only two law clinics in Canada that provide IP searches and advice, while in the U.S. there are hundreds.Overall, Tawfik said, the various measures in the IP strategy are “quite significant” and could help Canada catch up with other jurisdictions around the world.“You’ve got to recognize that none of these things have really been in place before (in Canada),” she said. read more

Home sales may be starting to bottom out in Golden Horeshoe CREA

Home sales may be starting to “bottom out” in Golden Horeshoe: CREA by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2017 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A for sale sign displays a sold home in a development in Ottawa on July 6, 2015. The number of homes sold in July fell for the fourth consecutive month as sales in what have been the hottest and most expensive markets -Toronto and Vancouver – slowed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – The number of homes sold in July fell for the fourth consecutive month as sales in what have been the hottest and most expensive markets — Toronto and Vancouver — slowed.The fewer number of sales in Toronto and Vancouver also led to a year-over-year drop in the average price of a sold home for the first time since February 2013.“All eyes remain on Toronto as the correction continues to play out,” BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic wrote in a note.“It’s now vividly clear that policy changes, regardless of the precise number of non-resident investor transactions they’ve impacted, have worked to alter market psychology that was bordering on dangerous through 2016 and early-2017.”Sales in Toronto have cooled since a move by the Ontario government in April to bring in more than a dozen measures, including a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers, in an effort to slow the real estate market.The decision by the province followed similar changes in British Columbia last year where a tax on foreign buyers was also introduced.Compared with a year ago, the number of homes sold in Greater Toronto fell 40.7 per cent last month, while Greater Vancouver sales slipped 8.8 per cent.The Canadian Real Estate Association said Tuesday that sales through its Multiple Listing Service fell 2.1 per cent in July compared with June.The move leaves sales down 15.3 per cent from the record set in March —now considered the “peak” of the market — and off 11.9 per cent compared with July 2016.Meanwhile, the average price for a home sold in July edged down 0.3 per cent compared with a year ago to $478,696 due to fewer sales in the pricey Vancouver and Toronto markets. Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the national average price was $381,297, up from $365,033 a year ago.CREA said July sales were down from June in close to two-thirds of all markets. Greater Toronto fell 5.4 per cent compared with June, while Calgary slipped 5.5 per cent. Greater Vancouver edged down 1.7 per cent.CREA chief economist Gregory Klump noted that July marked the smallest monthly decline in Greater Golden Horseshoe home sales since the changes announced by the Ontario government.“This suggests sales may be starting to bottom out amid stabilizing housing market sentiment,” Klump said in a statement.“Time will tell whether that’s indeed the case once the transitory boost by buyers with pre-approved mortgages fades.” read more

Eritrea sanctions lifted amid growing rapprochement with Ethiopia Security Council

It was hailed by UN Chief António Guterres at the time as an example of “a wind blowing in the direction of peace”, and relations have consistently improved since then. As part of the agreement, Ethiopia pushed for the Security Council to lift the sanctions, which concerned arms embargoes, travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions focusing on certain groups and individuals.The Eritrean Permanent Representative to the UN, Mr. Amanuel Giorgio, hailed the lifting of the sanctions as marking the end of a difficult period for Eritrea and the region: “On this historic day I am humbled to congratulate the people of Eritrea, who have endured persistent existent pressure…Eritrea as a nation is committed to work with all its neighbours. The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and the tripartite agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, mark the beginning of a new dawn,” he said, adding that “it is the time to redouble efforts and work closely with neighbours to build a region at peace with itself.”The United Kingdom was the penholder (the country which chaired the drafting process) of the resolution to lift sanctions, and the UK’s Ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, said that the resolution recognizes improvements in regional peace and security: “Not only is it a very important step for the countries in the region, I think it sends a helpful wider signal to the international community that, if the right steps are taken, that sanctions can be lifted.”Speaking on behalf of Ethiopia, Taye Atske Selassie Made, Permanent Representative of his country to the UN, welcomed “unreservedly” the adoption of the resolution which, he said, his country fully supports.“We are supporting this resolution today at a time when a major and historic development is unfolding in the Horn of Africa”, he said. “The breakthrough arising from the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea is already producing unprecedented and far-reaching positive consequences and is significantly changing the political landscape of the Horn of Africa and beyond.”The Security Council meeting also reaffirmed the arms embargo on Somalia, and requested that the UN Secretary-General conduct a technical assessment of the embargo in force against the country. read more

RamsLions Preview Capsule

LOS ANGELES RAMS (10-1) at DETROIT (4-7)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Rams by 6RECORD VS. SPREAD — Rams 4-5-2, Lions 6-5SERIES RECORD — Rams lead 43-41-2LAST MEETING — Lions beat Rams 31-28, Oct. 16, 2016LAST WEEK — Rams had bye, beat Chiefs 54-51 on Nov. 19; Lions lost to Bears 23-16AP PRO32 RANKING — Rams No. 2; Lions No. 23 LionsRAMS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (2), PASS (5)RAMS Defence — OVERALL (13), RUSH (12), PASS (14)LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (23), PASS (15)LIONS Defence — OVERALL (20), RUSH (14), PASS (19)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Los Angeles clinches second straight NFC West title with win or Seattle loss. … Rams have not won consecutive division championships since taking seven straight from 1973-79. … Rams rank third in NFL with 35.4 points per game. .. QB Jared Goff has 14 TD passes, 1 INT last five games. … RB Todd Gurley leads league with 1,484 scrimmage yards and 17 scrimmage TDs. … WR Brandin Cooks is 36 yards receiving from becoming first in league history with 1,000 yards receiving three straight years with three different franchises. … DT Aaron Donald has NFL-high 14 1/2 sacks. … DT Ndamukong Suh facing Lions for first time. Detroit drafted Suh No. 2 overall in 2010. … CB Marcus Peters leads league with 21 INTs since 2015. … Lions have lost four of five. … QB Matthew Stafford has thrown three TDs, four INTs last four games. … RB LeGarrette Blount ran for season-high 88 yards and two TDs last game. … Blount, Gurley and Adrian Peterson are NFL players with two-plus rushing scores in 10-plus games since 2012. … WR Kenny Golladay had 13 catches for 203 yards and TD over last two games. … Damon “Snacks” Harrison Sr. has 57 tackles, most by NFL DT. … DE Ezekiel Ansah had sack last two games, four in five games. … Fantasy tip: Cooks has six-plus catches and 100-plus yards receiving last three games.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

Lack of direct flights from Guyana to Cananda US being addressed

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean Airlines partners with UGMay 7, 2019In “Business”CAL offers more leg room on flightsMay 22, 2018In “latest news”CAL announces appointment of new CEOOctober 10, 2017In “latest news” Acknowledging that the lack of direct flights from Guyana to the United States and Canada has been a problem for consumers traveling with Caribbean Airlines (CAL), the company’s  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Garvin Medera has given his commitment to rectifying the situation.He was at the time speaking with several stakeholders during his visit to Guyana.Caribbean Airlines CEO Garvin MederaThe CEO told media operatives at the Private Sector Commission (PSC) headquarters on Wednesday that the issue was the main challenge of the Trinidadian carrier.“The number one challenge for us is the inability to originate flights from Guyana. Based on the regulations, we have to route our flights through Port-of-Spain (Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city) before we come to Guyana which ultimately means that there’s an in-transit experience, [which] we are aiming to improve, but it could be solved if we get the opportunity to start and end flights in Guyana which we want to do and it’s something that we have to make very clear,” he expressed.The new CEO while noting that he was pleased that the PSC was on board with this plan, said that the company was working with the appropriate stakeholders to ensure that direct flights from Guyana became a reality.Medera’s engagement with aviation stakeholders and Government officials comes in light of other carriers signalling their intention to ply the Guyana route. These economic ventures come as oil production is expected for Guyana from 2020.When asked by members of the press about reduced ticket prices in light of increased competition, Medera committed to value for service.“We are very open to the idea of a competitive market; and that’s one of the ways that the people of Guyana will get the value that they deserve,” he noted.The CEO, who was appointed just one year ago, said that the company has been embarking on initiatives that seek value for money such as improved fuel consumption.He noted too that the Caribbean Region was small and many logistics have to be ironed out as CAL moved to improve the services it offers travellers.In any event, both the PSC Chairman, Desmond Sears and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) thanked the airline for its over 70 years of service to Guyana as the bodies expressed hope that this country’s culture could be showcased.Medera also met with the National Airport Transport Association (NATA) President, Captain Gerry Gouveia, who raised issues of local content, with a view of securing more employment for Guyanese.“We didn’t want you to continue being a Trinidadian carrier posing as a Caribbean carrier. We wanted you to truly be a Caribbean carrier… [For] services to Guyana, we want you to demonstrate not only in the back office of your operations, but in the front office: local content – Guyanese flight attendants and pilots,” Captain Gouveia stressed.From January to March 2018, 142,781 persons were processed for Guyana flights, which was higher than the 126,340 for the same period in 2017 and many of those persons travel to the United States and Canada. (Shemuel Fanfair) read more

California wildfires Death toll rises to 25

The death toll in the wildfires raging through California has risen to 25, according to officials.This comes after 14 more bodies were discovered in or near the decimated town of Paradise in the state’s north, bringing the number of confirmed dead there to 23. Two more people were killed in the south, near Malibu.An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has drawn anger by saying that poor forestry management is to blame for the fires.The blaze known as the Camp Fire started spreading through Butte County on Thursday, and firefighters were powerless to stop it destroying the town of Paradise.Another fire swept into the affluent southern beach resort of Malibu on Friday and has now doubled in size.Known as the Woolsey, it had burned more than 83,000 acres (33,500 hectares) by late Saturday.Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday.Meteorologists have warned that dangerous conditions may continue well into next week, as hot dry “devil winds” blow through the Los Angeles area.“This is getting bad,” said Marc Chenard of the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center. “It’s nothing but bad news.” (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCalifornia wildfires: Number of missing leaps to 631November 16, 2018In “latest news”Global natural disasters wreak US$160-b damage in 2018January 8, 2019In “World”‘Come and get me,’ boy pleaded before California fire deathJuly 30, 2018In “World” read more

Kielce scores 48 against Lubin

handballKielcepilka recznaPolandVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story Blog about WWCh 2013 in Serbia: #Celebrar, Brazil campeão! Next Story → No surprises in Velenje: HSV in control, 29:36 After a good match against Puławy, Vive Targi Kielce crashed Zagłębie Lubin 48:24. Kielce still have to manage without Julen Aginagalde and they have been doing it quite well so far. The beginning of the game was not very successful for both teams – after scoring one goal each, they could not hit the net again for a couple minutes. Polish Champions and their wingers, Manuel Štrlek and Ivan Čupić, were the first to overcome this deadlock. They were followed by their team mates and made the result 6:1. Good disposition in the attack and helpful Venio Losert in the goal made the half-time result 21:13. The second half did not bring any changes. Kielce team apparently warmed up in the first half and started to bother Lubin goalie more often. It took them a few minutes to reach 10 goal advantage; next ten minutes were enough to double it. In the end they finished with 48 goals while Zagłębie managed to score 24. Top scorer for Kielce: Thorir Olafsson 11 (1).TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA read more

Microsoft finds 1GB of extra space on Xbox 360 DVDs

first_imgIf you compare games on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 there is very little to choose between them now. The PS3 was notoriously difficult to squeeze performance out of when it first got released, not because it wasn’t there, but because the system architecture made it so difficult to utilize. But developers have caught up and at the very least equalized the platforms.One area where Microsoft can’t compete with PS3 is on Blu-ray. Not only can the PS3 playback Blu-ray content, it also offers developers up to 50GB of storage space for a game. That means better quality videos and higher resolution graphics can be stored without worry of reaching the upper limits of the disc.The Xbox 360 on the other hand can only offer up 6.8GB of space. When the console first appeared this wasn’t an issue as developers were making smaller games or using lower resolution assets. But as a platform matures the ability to build bigger and use better art assets also becomes an option. 6.8GB no longer looks like a lot of space today.While Microsoft would never accept a Blu-ray drive as part of an Xbox console, it has found a way to unlock more storage for developers on a DVD. The DVD disc can actually store 7.95GB of data, but 1GB of that is reserved for anti-piracy solutions and DVD-Video. As 360 developers don’t need such features Microsoft has removed them and pushed the storage limit up.Although Microsoft hasn’t officially announced this new disc, it has been discovered by a hacker who has access to the 360 SDK. The new media is called xgd3 and is supported in the new 20500 SDK.If you live in the U.S., and sign up for the new Xbox 360 System Update Preview announced by Major Nelson yesterday, you may in fact receive one of these new discs to try out with Halo: Reach on it.Read more at Ripten, via Pocket-lintlast_img read more

London tube signs bear Kazantzakis message

first_imgFrom the country that gave the world an enduring urge to ‘Keep calm’ in WWII, it is only normal to expect the same kind of resilience and inspiration, in an era of uncertainty and terrorist threat. We are talking about the UK, of course, and the message of resilience comes in the form of slogans and famous quotes, written on London underground metropolitan train network noticeboards. This came to prominence after the terrorist attack in Westminster which left five dead and scores injured; where once service announcements and timetable information appeared, now one can read quotes by famous authors, poets, and philosophers.Last week, it was a famous quote by Nikos Kazantzakis that was employed to inspire Londoners: “I fear nothing, I hope for nothing, therefore I am free.” The quote was seen on a Paddington service announcement board and shared on Facebook. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les salamandres  de redoutables tireurs délite au sangfroid

first_imgLes salamandres : de redoutables “tireurs d’élite au sang-froid”Des scientifiques de l’Université de Floride ont découvert que l’agilité de la langue des salamandres restait intacte même à des températures ambiantes extrêmement basses. La salamandre, comme tous les amphibiens, est un animal poïkilotherme, c’est à dire incapable de contrôler sa température corporelle et dépendante des conditions thermiques de son milieu. Aussi, lors de période de grand froid, les muscles de l’animal privés de la chaleur ambiante, peuvent se retrouver engourdis perdant ainsi de leur dextérité. Mais une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’université de Floride révèle que, de façon indépendante au reste de l’organisme, la langue de la salamandre se projette vers une proie à la même agilité quelle que soit la température.La recherche, coordonnée par Stephen Deban, fait partie d’un projet plus large examinant le phénomène sur un ensemble d’amphibiens et de reptiles. “Nous avons déjà constaté que la projection dans la langue des crapauds et des caméléons est indépendant – ou presque – de la température”, confie le chercheur à BBC nature. Pour ce nouveau volet, Stephen Deban et son collègue, Jason Richardson, ont donc étudié le comportement de Platycephalus hydromantes, une espèce de salamandre capable de lancer sa langue sur une distance équivalente à 80% de la longueur de son corps en moins de 20 millièmes de seconde.Le protocole a consisté à placer ces amphibiens sur une plateforme en face de laquelle une larve a été disposée à une distance fixe. Les scientifiques ont ensuite filmé au ralenti la projection de la langue des animaux pour attraper leur proie. Les expériences ont été répétées dans deux milieux similaires mais à des températures différentes allant de -2 à 24 degrés Celsius. Tirer la langue comme tirer à l’arcLes résultats publiés dans le Journal of Experimental Zoology montrent que les salamandres projettent leurs langues à la même vitesse et distance sur l’ensemble de cette gamme de températures.Comme l’expliquent les scientifiques, les muscles qui interviennent dans la projection de la langue des salamandres agissent en fait comme ressort selon un processus similaire à celui observé chez les crapauds et les caméléons. A la vue d’une proie, la langue de l’amphibien est enroulée emmagasinant ainsi de l’énergie, puis soudainement relâchée à une vitesse extrêmement élevée.À lire aussiLa ”langue géographique”, une mystérieuse maladie qui transforme la surface de la languePour Stephen Deban, ce phénomène s’apparente sommairement à une flèche tirée depuis un arc. “Chez les salamandres, les crapauds et les caméléons, la langue est lancée par une détente élastique” explique le chercheur. Il poursuit : “lors de grand froid, ces animaux peuvent encore “tirer à l’arc”, mais cela prend plus de temps. Cela ne représente toutefois pas un handicap, car la détente permet de projeter la langue aussi rapidement.”Une stratégie évolutiveSelon les chercheurs, les salamandres seraient comme “des tireurs d’élite au sang-froig”. Malgré leur dépendance à la température extérieure pour réchauffer leurs muscles, ces amphibiens sont encore capables de déjouer leurs proies dans des conditions thermiques extrêmement basses. Le phénomène de détente élastique qui régit le fonctionnement de leur langue semble être une stratégie mise en place au cours de l’évolution pour pouvoir subsister à des conditions inopportunes. Découvrez en vidéo l’expérience menée sur la langue des salamandres sur MaxisciencesLe 14 octobre 2011 à 10:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Cats Out of the Bag Neko Atsume is Getting a LiveAction

first_imgStay on target New Neko Atsume Film Trailer Introduces More of the CastNeko Atsume Launches Even More Kitty Goods to Feed Your Feline Obsession Today is election day and most of us aren’t in the best of moods considering who the presidential nominees are. Thankfully, a bit of news was released that proves the future isn’t entirely bleak and devoid of joy. It has been announced that cat collecting game Neko Atsume will be made into a live-action film in Japan.According to the movie’s synopsis (which was provided by Siliconera), Neko Atsume no Ie (House of Neko Atsume) stars a young best-selling author named Katsu Sakumoto (played by Atsushi Ito) who comes down with a “sever case of writer’s block” and decides to move away to “quiet lands” in order to get a fresh start. One day, he sees a single cat appear in his garden. He attempts to speak to the cat but the feline walks away. Depressed after being ignored by a cat, Katsu leaves some food for it in the garden. When he finds the food missing the next day, a new obsession stirs within him.For those who may not know, Neko Atsume is a Japanese mobile game from Hit-Point. The purpose of the title is to leave out all sorts of different foods and toys to attract stray cats. If the movie is anything like the game then it is safe to assume that the protagonist will end up with a ton of cats by the end of the film. Despite its quirky nature (or maybe because of it), Neko Atsume has developed quite a fan following, with a great number of memes and tributes showing up on social media almost daily.Neko Atsume no Ie will be produced by MediAnd and directed by Masatoshi Kurakata. It will be released in Japanese theaters next year, however, it is still unclear if or when it will be released outside of Japan. Given the franchise’s popularity, it would be a wise choice to release the game worldwide — especially now when we could all use some cheering up.last_img read more

Former RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax to undergo double knee surgery

first_img Now Playing Up Next Nia Jax Conquers 19 Others at WWE Evolution Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Wants A WWE Match Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Confirms Becky Lynch’s Removal From Survivor Series Nia Jax Twitter Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Former RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax announced on Twitter this afternoon that she will be undergoing double knee surgery to repair both of her ACLs.Jax stated that she has been pushing through the pain over the last year. Jax was last seen teaming with Tamina in a losing effort for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania 35 this past Sunday. She was not used on RAW.https://twitter.com/NiaJaxWWE/status/1116775667989995522Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNia Jax Conquers 19 Others at WWE EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE’s Nia Jax Hopes Her Body Positivity Will Inspire Others Nia Jax and Dean Ambrose Match Reportedly Cancelled WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsApplast_img read more

Matthijs de Ligt bored of transfer rumours

first_imgAjax defender Matthijs de Ligt revealed he’s become “bored” of the persistent speculation surrounding his futureThe 19-year-old star is considered to be one of Europe’s most exciting young talents and has been regularly linked with moves to Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus.Despite declaring that he will not leave Ajax in this month’s transfer window, however, speculation over De Ligt’s future will only likely increase following team-mate Frenkie de Jong’s signing for Barcelona.The 21-year-old midfielder finally ended months of talk surrounding his own future by agreeing to join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m deal along with bonuses of €11m.But De Ligt is adamant that he’s no hurry to leave Amsterdam.“Am I annoyed by the rumours? No. Bored? A little bit,” De Ligt told ESPN.“But it doesn’t matter to me if there’s an article about where I should go or what I should do. It doesn’t matter, at all.“This place means a lot to me. I grew up here. I came here when I was nine years old.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“At Ajax you learn to win every game, to be at your best every game and it doesn’t matter who your opponent is. It’s in my blood.”Ajax’s chief executive Edwin van der Sar, who himself started out his playing career at the club before going to play for the likes of Juventus and Manchester United as a goalkeeper, admits it will be a challenge to hold on to their young stars.“That’s the big question of course when you see the numbers,” said Van der Sar.“But we are a club that’s financially very stable. We have a war chest. Our stadium is sold out every match. We have good commercial partners.“We sold some players in the past [but] at a certain point you have to ask if you can retain players.“Hakim Ziyech was a player who received some interest and we managed to keep hold of him and improve his contract.“We have our philosophy, players, city, stadium and history … we have a lot of things going on, but we play in a small league.“We don’t have to sell them but at a certain point for the player’s development – I’ve seen that myself as well – you think you’re ready, you want to compete against better, world-class players, and unfortunately they’re not playing in Holland.”last_img read more

Judge dismisses sex charges against former band assistant

first_imgA Clark County judge has dismissed sexual misconduct charges against a privately paid Skyview High School band assistant.Clark County Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett ruled that Adrian Kelley, 23, of Vancouver had no professional authority over two alleged victims.Kelley was working with the high school band program during 2009 and 2010 and allegedly engaging in sexual activity with the two girls.A spokeswoman for Vancouver Public Schools said Kelley is no longer a band assistant at Skyview.Kelley was charged with nine counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor under Washington’s abuse of trust statute, which applies to adults working with students. Washington’s age of consent is 16; the alleged victims were 16. Bennett was asked by the defense to consider two issues: the fact that Kelley wasn’t technically a school employee and also that he didn’t supervise either of the students.Kelley, a 2005 Skyview graduate, began working with the band program in 2009, and earned $1,125 a month from the band’s booster club.Defense attorney Steven Thayer said in court papers that one of the students played a percussion instrument in an ensemble separate from the marching band that Kelley worked with. The two met at a dance team competition and she later invited him to be friends on Facebook. Their relationship progressed from there and they started a physical relationship in February and March 2010, according to court documents.“The defendant did not have interaction with (the girl) at all as an instructor, and as a result, no supervisory relationship between (her) and the defendant existed,” Thayer wrote in his motion for dismissal.last_img read more

Full Show Prop B Ruled Unconstitutional And Radiolabs Jad Abumrad May 16

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Thursday’s Houston Matters: With the ruling yesterday that Proposition B violates the Texas constitution, which the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association plans to appeal, we take a closer look at where the saga goes next and how it will affect this year’s mayoral election.Also, this hour: May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we learn how the local non-profit Communities in Schools of Houston promotes mental wellness for the students at their institutions.Then, Jad Abumrad, co-host of the public radio show Radiolab, tells us how the show took shape and about the stories that have stayed with him over the years. He’ll be in Houston for a live stage show Saturday.And Meg Booth, the new executive director of the Society for the Performing Arts tells us about her new role.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X 00:00 /55:56center_img Listen last_img read more