Donald Trump is master of Twitter Cofounder Williams

first_imgWashington DC: US President Donald Trump is a “master” of Twitter and him causing a “lot of noise” certainly directs more attention, according to the microblogging site’s co-founder Ev Williams. Trump, who became the 45th President of the United States after defeating former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in 2016 elections, often uses the platform to express his opinion on various issues, target his political opponents and advertise his policies. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsTwitter co-founder Williams, at the Collision tech conference in Toronto on Tuesday told CNN Business that “What Trump has done with Twitter is pretty genius, frankly”. “He’s a master of the platform like few others,” he said. As for whether Trump’s daily tweets were good for Twitter’s business, Williams said it’s “hard to say.” “The fact that the president is on there and causing a lot of noise, it certainly directs more attention. But it doesn’t necessarily direct more users or… more money,” he said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefTrump had once said that he uses the social media not because he likes to, but because “it is the only way to fight a very dishonest and unfair press”. Trump, 72, has been at loggerheads with several US mainstream media outlets including the CNN, ABC News, The New York Times and the Washington Post. He has quite often described these popular media houses as “fake media”. Williams, however, said that the potential negative effects of the president’s tweets on the country’s political discourse are “trivial compared to the effect of the broader media.” “The vast majority of the electorate is not on Twitter reading Trump’s tweets and being convinced by that. “What they’re convinced much more by is the destructive power of Fox News, which is much, much more powerful and much more destructive than Twitter,” said Williams. A Fox News spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning, the CNN Business report said. “Why the media’s not critiquing itself I think is kind of obvious, and it’s very easy to blame the tech platforms. But it’s an ecosystem and the traditional media companies that have benefited financially from Trump very much outweigh the tech companies,” the Twitter co-founder said. Williams also said that Twitter should have invested more money and resources into fighting abuse on its platform while he served as CEO but said he didn’t believe there were any “silver bullets.”last_img read more

Charges laid alleging death threats against BCs premier Speaker

first_imgVICTORIA – A woman faces charges of uttering death threats aimed at Premier Christy Clark and Speaker of the legislature Steve Thomson over allegations she left threatening telephone messages at two Kelowna area constituency offices, a special prosecutor said.Pavla Janeckova of Kelowna, B.C., faces two charges of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, the B.C. Prosecution Service said Tuesday.The service said the threats are alleged to have occurred around April 30 in Kelowna.Janeckova is scheduled to appear in Kelowna provincial court on Friday.Kris Pechet was appointed May 3 as the special prosecutor in the case because the B.C. Prosecution Service said it wanted to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice in light of the people involved.He is a senior lawyer in New Westminster and was given the mandate to provide legal advice to RCMP investigators and conduct any related charge assessment, the service said.Pechet said in an interview that the alleged threats were left as recorded telephone messages at Clark’s constituency office in her Kelowna West riding and at Thomson’s constituency office in Kelowna-Mission.Pechet said he would not provide specific details of the calls other than to say they involved an individual who is “upset with circumstances.”He said the calls also involved “a general view of how government is performing.”Pechet said the calls came during B.C.’s election campaign.“Any time somebody who is running for office, it wouldn’t have mattered who it is, but any time anybody’s threatened who is in the midst of running for office, it really should be taken seriously in a democracy,” he said.Neither Janeckova nor her lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.last_img read more

Manitoba government failed to protect Phoenix Sinclair Report

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn death, Phoenix Sinclair may save another child’s life.At least that’s what an inquiry into her murder may help happen after a long list of recommendations for the province of Manitoba came out Friday in a report following months of testimony from the very people who should have been able to protect Sincliar from her neglectful and “cruel” mother and “sadistic” violent boyfriend.“I believe that the social workers who testified at this inquiry wanted to do their best for the children and families they served, and that they wanted to protect children, but their actions and resulting failures so often did not reflect those good intentions,” wrote inquiry commissioner Ted Hughes, a former judge who presided over the inquiry.In that, the government of Manitoba apologized as they admitted the child welfare system failed to protect Sinclair.“On behalf of the government of Manitoba, I want to offer an apology for the child welfare system’s failure to protect Phoenix Sinclair. My sympathy goes out to all who cared for her. Today is about remembering a little girl and doing everything we can to learn from her death,” said Minister Family Services Kerri Irvin-Ross. “We thank commissioner Ted Hughes for his dedication, his hard work and the invaluable insights that will help us better protect our most vulnerable children.”Sinclair, 5, was in and out of foster care from the day she was born.She was murdered by her mother and her boyfriend after Sinclair was returned to them from child welfare. Her body was found at a dump on the Fisher River First Nation in 2006.Hughes heard from 126 witnesses during 91 days of testimony that examined the circumstances surrounding the death of Sinclair.From that he has made 62 recommendations to improve the child welfare system and the underlying issues of poverty.The government said they’ll immediately act on the recommendations.The cost of the inquiry was $14 million and the implementation team will cost $350,000. The report and recommendations can be found here.last_img read more

Uzbek Foreign Minister calls on UN to play lead role in promoting

2 October 2007The United Nations has a vital role to play in combating intolerance between people of different faiths, cultures and ethnic groups, Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister said today in his address to the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate. The United Nations has a vital role to play in combating intolerance between people of different faiths, cultures and ethnic groups, Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister said today in his address to the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate.Vladimir Norov said “the problem of shaping and promoting the ideology of tolerance, mutual understanding and cultural diversity has taken on a special urgency” in recent years.Therefore, “under the current circumstances the role of the United Nations is more important than ever,” he said, also urging greater dialogue between the world’s peoples.Mr. Norov used his address to the Assembly to warn against distortions and negative interpretations of Islam.“We are seriously concerned about some negative interpretations of the historical role of Islam and the deliberate distortion of historical facts. We resolutely stand against [the way] that the counter-terrorism transforms into Islamophobia and acquires the form of open or hidden stand-off with the Islamic world.”He welcomed the holding of the High-Level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace, a two-day meeting starting on Thursday at United Nations Headquarters. General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim is convening the event. read more

Quarterback play in focus for Buckeyes Bearcats

Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scores a touchdown during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRight:Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel celebrates during a game against Toledo on Sept. 12 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Bearcats won, 58-34.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe matchup everyone seems to be talking about heading into Ohio State’s game against Cincinnati is the Bearcat pass offense against the revamped Buckeye defense.And while the Buckeye offense has briefly been discussed, it has been the high-flying aerial assault of the Bearcats and Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel getting the attention.Kiel, who was the No. 3-rated quarterback by ESPN coming out of high school, has the Cincinnati offense ranked ninth in the country in pass offense.Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville classified his wide receiving corps as the best he has ever coached.But OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that any quarterback is can succeed with talented teammates.“You put a great offensive line and good receivers and a quarterback becomes great,” Meyer said. “You put that same quarterback with a makeshift offense line and some struggling receivers, and there’s a really bad quarterback, so a quarterback is the product of those around him.”Kiel has been exceptional in his first two games, averaging 344.5 pass yards per game to go along with 10 passing scores. Not only has he tossed 10 touchdowns, but he’s spread those passes out to seven different receivers.In that respect, Kiel has out-distributed  “the distributor,” OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who was given the nickname by his coaches earlier in the season. Just five different Buckeyes have been on the receiving end of Barrett’s nine passing touchdowns.One of the receivers on the end of Barrett’s passes has been redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, who said Wednesday that he, along with the rest of the Buckeye offense, is capable of producing more for Barrett.“Of course we want to do more,” Marshall said Wednesday. “Being a playmaker, you always want to make plays for the team. I feel like we have practiced hard this last bye week and this week. I feel like we have more opportunity to make plays this week.”Marshall, who scored his first collegiate touchdown against Kent State on Sept. 13, said he was recruited by the Bearcats to play quarterback, a position he excelled at in high school.“I was recruited by Cincinnati, Tennessee and UCLA, schools like that but that kind of dropped off as I committed here to play receiver,” Marshall said. “I was looking at the bigger picture, it (OSU) is a great university.”Marshall even alluded to the possibility that Buckeye fans could see him take snaps at the quarterback position on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.“We have done a little bit of it,” Marshall said in regards to him playing quarterback in practice. “Hopefully on Saturday we can start some of it.”While Marshall teased the idea of taking the snaps from center, Barrett seems to have control of the Buckeye offense. He is averaging 252.3 passing yards per game and has been, for the most part, consistent in replacing senior Braxton Miller, who is out for the season after tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder during fall camp.Junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said Wednesday that he believes Barrett has played well since taking over for Miller.“J.T. is a great quarterback. He stepped up big time, I think, since week one. Everybody has their bumps in the road but he is a great quarterback,” Boren said. “(He has) great leadership. He is an awesome leader on this team. He is a really smart guy.”Despite Barrett and Kiel being relatively inexperienced, Meyer stood firm on his belief that a quarterback’s play hinges on his surrounding teammates.“I think it is all relative. Who’s the best quarterback usually has the best players around him,” he said.Which quarterback has the best supporting cast remains to be seen Saturday, as the Buckeyes and Bearcats are scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Monitoring DPM in underground coal mines

first_imgMine Site Technologies has developed a real time Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) token count monitoring solution for underground diesel vehicles in coal mining. The solution aims to help ventilation officers and the mine deputy or ERZ controller to manage the number of vehicles per ventilation district. Key features of the solution include:Tracks total DPM token count as vehicles enter an exit ventilation districtLive LED display of current token count at ventilation district entry pointPre-check area at entry point, where LED display indicates access denied/grantedCan optionally check if brake test is overdue, and deny accessMineDash VO Admin Tool for creating DPM reports and managing alarms/warningsMultiple ventilation districts supportedThe DPM ‘token’ system is a manual management system that operates similarly to a conventional tagboard system, but where the spaces on the tagboard are limited in accordance with the ventilation provided to the district served by the tagboard, and each vehicle entering will consume a number of tagboard spaces in accordance with its DPM emissions. Once all spaces are consumed on the tagboard, further vehicle entry is not permitted.last_img read more

Decisive battles on the road to Croatia 2018

← Previous Story Romania and Sweden book places at Women’s WCh 2017 Next Story → ROAD TO CROATIA 2018: Danes book handball winter The decisive battles for the placement at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 will be seen all around Europe in the next few days.Here are the full schedule of the Round 5 of the qualifications for the tournament which will be held in Croatia.GROUP 1Wednesday: Netherlands – Denmark 19:30Thursday: Latvia – Hungary 18:35Standings:Denmark 7Hungary 5Netherlands 4Latvia 0GROUP 2Wednesday: Serbia – Poland 20:45Thursday: Romania – Belarus 18:00Standings:Serbia 6Belarus 5Romania 4Poland 1GROUP 3Wednesday:BiH – Spain 18:00Finland – Austria 17:30Standings:Spain 8BiH 4Austria 2Finland 2GROUP 4Wednesday: Czech Republic – Iceland 18:10Thursday: Ukraine – Macedonia 18:00Standings:Czech Republic 4Macedonia 4Iceland 4Ukraine 4GROUP 5Wednesday:Portugal – Germany 20:30Switzerland – Slovenia 20:15Standings:Germany 8Portugal 5Slovenia 3Switzerland 0GROUP 6Wednesday:Montenegro – Sweden 20:00Slovakia – Russia 20:00Standings:Sweden 8Montenegro 4Slovakia 2Russia 2GROUP 7Wednesday:Lithuania – France 18:00Belgium – Norway 20:30Standings:France 6Lithuania 6Norway 4Belgium 0 read more

Una Faccia Una Razza

first_imgAlthough its origins and authenticity is disputed, the saying “una faccia una razza” (very popular in Greece after the war) has been proven to be correct, at least when it comes to Greek and Italian populations massively migrating to Australia. Both countries were struggling to rebuild themselves in the ’50s – which led to the massive wave of migration. Half a century later, both populations have become vital parts of the broader community – especially in Melbourne, they are both pillars of society – and the derogatory term ‘wog’ is now a thing of the past. As for the motherlands, they have both felt the impact of the Global Financial Crisis and are struggling to cope since, facing high unemployment and political instability – with Greece being in a significantly worse state. Hence a new wave of migration. And although the surge of Greek migration  to Australia since 2010 has been well documented, amounting to more than 8000 new migrants arriving in Victoria in the first four years, less has been known about the respective migratory wave from Italy. Italians account for no more than the 1.5 percent of the overall number of Temporary visa recipients between 2004 and 2015, 40.7 per cent of which were working holiday visas and 24.3 per cent visitor visas. In terms of the broader Australia Migration Program, of the 1,832,548 visas granted, only 8,711 were granted to Italians (42,4% of them being Partner Visas). Employer-sponsored migrants was the second-largest group (37%), while the third largest group were those applying for a skilled independent visa (9.1%).As it happened with the new wave of immigration from Greece, new migrants from italy are mostly highly educated and cover a broad age range from 18 to 40. Many of them are facing a stark reality, upon arriving. According to the ABC’s Four Corners program, “gangs of black market workers run by unscrupulous labour hire contractors operating on farms and in factories around the country” that included new Italian arrivals as its victims. More recently, a Senate report, A National Disgrace: The Exploitation of Temporary Work Visa Holders focused on this particular situation. It is believed that up to 40% of new migrants from Italy have been exploited at work, an experience that adds to their disillusionment. Another factor that is cause for complains is the difficulty they face throughout the process of applying for a visa. Italians complain of lengthy and complex process, unclear and conflicting information by the Department of Immigration and Border Prodection and failure of the government to recognise professional qualifications, especially in the field of architecture, nursing and engineering.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Brie Larson Takes Flight in New Captain Marvel Trailer

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Marvel might not have an update on Avengers 4 yet, but it teased a second Captain Marvel trailer for fans on Monday.On Dec. 3, Marvel Studios posted the trailer on its YouTube account, giving readers a taste of Captain Marvel’s background story. The movie, which stars actress Brie Larson, is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.The trailer starts off in a subway car, where Captain Marvel (Larson) is on the prowl for her enemy and looking through the aisles. It just so happens that an elderly grandma is one of Captain Marvel’s “sprawls” or enemies, and Captain Marvel proceeds to punch her in the face and start a battle during rush hour. Viewers then witness another scene, where Captain Marvel is explaining her race of “noble warrior heroes” on a car ride.But, who exactly is Captain Marvel? Did she just crash to Earth? The audience also finds out more clues about Captain Marvel’s past in the trailer. “Your life began the day it nearly ended. We found you with no memory and made you one of us,” said a scientist in the trailer, who’s also played by *spoiler alert* Annette Bening.But, Captain Marvel made something clear at the end of the trailer despite her past flashbacks and conflict with extraterrestrial beings. She said, “I’m not going to fight your war, I’m going to end it.”On Sunday, Marvel Studios announced the official movie poster for Captain Marvel on Twitter. In the poster, Captain Marvel looks superior, elegant, and power-hungry in the gold light shining behind her. While there aren’t any additional details on the film yet, fans will be able to admire Captain Marvel in paper form until the premiere date.Check out the new poster for Marvel Studios’ #CaptainMarvel, and tune in to @ESPN’s Monday Night Football to see the brand new trailer! pic.twitter.com/8yNrk8d7AA— Captain Marvel (@captainmarvel) December 3, 2018More on Geek.com:‘Daredevil’ Cancelled, Marvel Netflix Turns to AshAll the Marvel TV Shows RankedBest Trailers from NYCC 2018 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp Dyche clash over Gomez injury

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche clash on the touchline following Joe Gomez injury during Burnley’s loss to the Reds.Klopp had a heated exchange with Dyche at full-time after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor, with both managers later moving to play down the incident.However, the Liverpool boss says he was incited by the nature of the home team’s tackling, claiming referee Stuart Attwell should have done more to curb their aggression.Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was tackled aggressively by Robbie Brady before a strong Ben Mee challenge saw the England international hurdle off the pitch, before being stretched off midway through the first half.Klopp said, according to Daily Mail:“I said to the referee after the first sliding tackle (made) over six or seven yards, when he got the ball and everyone liked it: “Please, tell them they cannot do that.”Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“It wasn’t a foul but they cannot do that. It’s like bowling because then four or five times it happened. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit.”Liverpool experienced power failure inside their dressing room before the start of the game and were left anxious by of some tackles they faced throughout the whole game.“Aggression is a part of football but be careful,” Klopp added. “Sliding over six or seven yards: these times are over. Usually someone will not let you do that.“We all want to win and you can choose different ways but someone needs to say: ‘Stop doing that’. Make two more steps and then you are in a normal challenge.”“Don’t go five yards before you see the player when the grass is wet. It’s unlucky what happened to Joe but the referees have to make sure it doesn’t happen consistently. That’s not how it should be.”last_img read more

Dog gets paw stuck in bathtub drain

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A dog in Miami was stuck in quite the unusual spot on Monday morning.The Yorkie’s owner, according to Miami Fire Rescue, was giving the dog a bath when its paw got stuck in a bathtub drain.Miami Fire Rescue responded just after 6 p.m. and were able to use tools to free the dog.The dog was evaluated and released to the owner without injury.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

5 BCL leaders suspended for harassing MBSTU teacher

first_imgA day after resigning from the administrative posts following alleged humiliation by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men, 52 teachers of Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University (MBSTU) withdrew their resignation letters on Tuesday after action was taken against those responsible for the incident.The decision to withdraw the resignation letters came at a meeting of the MBSTU Teachers’ Association at noon, reports UNB.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).On Monday, the teachers resigned from the administrative posts after several BCL leaders of the university unit allegedly humiliated some of their fellows.University authorities have suspended five BCL leaders over the incident. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Regent Board of the university on Monday night.The suspended are MBSTU unit BCL president SajibTalukder, vice-presidents Imran Miah and Panna Das, joint secretaries Jabir Iqbal and Yeasin Arafat.MBSTU proctor Sirajul Islam on Tuesday said show-cause notices were also served to the suspended students asking them to explain in seven days as to why they should not be expelled from the university.At the meeting, a three-member committee was also formed with Regent Board member and former Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor professor Shariff Enamul Kabir as its head to look into the teachers’ humiliation.The committee was asked to submit its report within three weeks.The Regent Board formed another body with its member and former VC of Noakhali Science and Technology University professor Saidul Haque Chowdhury as its head to amend the university ordinance.Following the suspension of the BCL leaders, the teachers withdrew their resignation letters.MBSTU Teachers’ Association president Mohammad Shahin Uddin said they held a meeting over the issue at noon where they decided to withdraw the resignation letters of the teachers after punitive action was taken against those responsible.Meanwhile, a group of BCL men brought out a procession on the campus in the morning protesting the suspension of the BCL leaders.They also held a press briefing at Tangail Press Club around 2:00pm demanding withdrawal of the suspension order of the BCL leaders and amendment to the university ordinance.Sajib Talukder read out a written statement at the news conference.MBSTU Teachers’ Association president Shahin Uddin said the BCL leaders of the university unit on Sunday morning forced teachers to allow Physics department student Ishita Biswas, also student affairs deputy secretary of the university unit BCL, to appear at an examination though she could not come out successful in her previous semester exams.When the teachers asked them not to use force, the BCL leaders humiliated Physics department chairman Anwar Hossain and teacher Mohiuddin Tasnin.Later, an application signed by 15 teachers was submitted to the vice-chancellor’s office demanding punishment of Sajib Talukdar, Imran Miah, Panna Das and Jabir Iqbal.As their demand went unheeded, 52 teachers resigned from their respective administrative post on Monday.last_img read more

Oikya Front to protest vote robbery on 6 Feb

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoJatiya Oikya Front on Thursday announced a 2-day programme, including demonstration wearing black badges and holding a public hearing, protesting what it said ‘vote robbery ‘ in the 30 December national election, reports UNB.Jatiya Oikya Front spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programmes after a meeting of the steering committee of the alliance at Kalam Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.Fakhrul, also BNP secretary general, said the scheduled citizen dialogue on 6 February has been postponed.”Today’s Oikya Front steering committee meeting decided to hold a black badge wearing programme in front of the National Press club on 6 February protesting vote robbery on 30 December,” he said.Fakhrul said the programme will begin at 3pm and conclude at 4 pm with the participation of Oikya Front leaders and activists.Besides, he said, their alliance will hold a public hearing with the participation of Oikya Front candidates and victimised voters on 24 February.Fakhrul said they will later announce the name of the venue where the programme will be held.last_img read more

ARC Town Hall Recreation Campus PEPCO STEM Club Contest for DC Students

first_imgPepco Holdings, Discovery Education and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington will sponsor a Pepco STEM Club contest for over 100 science, technology, engineering, and math students. The contest will judge students on how well they design an energy transference device that transports water from a pint bottle into a cup. Dave Velazquez, executive vice president for Pepco will judge the event. The event will be at the ARC Town Hall Recreation Campus, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE on Feb. 12 from 5 p. m. – 7 p. m. It is open to the public. For more information, visit thearcdc.org or call 202-889-5901.last_img

Hatreds deep dark secret its dated awkward and lame

first_imgSo, this Hatred game has gotten some attention over the last few months. It’s the first non-hentai AO-rated game in ages, there was a whole problem with it on Steam Greenlight, and this week it finally came out. I have no doubt it’s a dark, gruesome game with the savage killing of innocents and a relentlessly nihilistic outlook — but it has a darker secret: it’s a lame and incredibly dated idea that does nothing new.Developer Destructive Creations made the game as a response to trends like political correctness and making games as art, so, you play a guy called The Crusader who kills everyone. There’s civilian-killing, cop-killing, and many other varieties of killing, all from an isometric perspective.That sounds a lot like the first Postal game. Postal was made by Running With Scissors, and it came out 18 years ago. In fact, everything about Hatred has this “edgy” attitude that reminds me of my days of wearing all black and glaring at people in high school. It’s steeped in this late-90s mentality that seems both awkward and quaint. Even the idea of fighting political correctness, a term popularized by decades-long conservative commentator and convicted felon Dinesh D’souza, feels so Clinton-era. Even from a purely gaming perspective, we’ve had nearly two decades of advancements in games being dark, weird, and messed up.Sure, Hatred hits home. It’s gross and uncomfortable, but that’s not because it’s violent. It’s because it’s weirdly personal. It’s isometric violence in modern-day real-life, with people screaming and running from you. That’s it. You’re a weird guy in a trench coat with Nathan Explosion hair who has guns and kills people. It’s the sort of thing you could do in any Grand Theft Auto game if you wanted to distract yourself with gruesome violence for a few minutes. Take away the sympathetic nature of the victims, and you have a game that’s not really that hardcore. Ooooh, it’s bloody. Yawn.Hold Hatred up against any game from the last 10 years that’s tried to be really dark, and it falls apart. Look at Bloodborne, the spiritual Dark Souls sequel that’s become a PlayStation 4 system-seller. It’s not just violent, it’s nightmarishly violent and gruesome. It starts with a hazy walk through a sick town filled with half-mad villagers you need to slaughter as they turn into monsters, and from there takes the most fascinating and thorough descent into surreal Lovecraftian horror I’ve ever seen in a game. I won’t spoil how far down it goes, but to get the “good” (secret/true) ending, you need to do something to a baby. It’s dark. And yes, I know you don’t need to do the baby thing if you time the clinic thing right, but it still counts, and wow, out of context that sentence is horrifying.Dante’s Inferno by Visceral Games looked like a God of War ripoff with a hilariously misguided core concept built around Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. That’s because it was, but it was also super-metal and really dark — as in, you have to kill droves of unbaptized babies with knives for hands.But hey, that’s just horrific violence, and both of those games take place in imaginative settings, right? What about games that simply let you slaughter everyone around you in modern-day New York? Enter Prototype, an open-world “superhero” game and the thematic doppelgänger to Infamous. You play Alex Mercer, a mutated super-monster who walks like a man, and you need to find out what’s going on while Manhattan is quarantined over a mutant virus outbreak. One of the core gameplay mechanics is absorbing people. You can absorb anyone, and New York is filled with civilians wandering around. In fact, you can run from enemies by turning into a civilian and disappearing into a crowd — you just have to eat a civilian first. If you’re low on health, you can eat an entire crowd of screaming, panicking people as if they’re Junior Mints. The game never judges you on it, because instead of Infamous’ binary morality system, Prototype simply casts you as an “unlikable antihero” and runs with it.And of course there’s “No Russian,” the level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 where, undercover, you have to follow terrorists around an airport as they slaughter everyone (and possibly slaughter people, yourself). This used the whole mass murder of innocents concept to much better effect by acknowledging it at all.The best use of violence as commentary, however, goes to the stellar Spec-Ops: The Line. It’s the video game equivalent of Apocalypse Now, both as a brilliant, harrowing work and as an adaptation of Heart of Darkness. I won’t spoil it, but there’s massacring.The biggest controversy around Hatred is that it has feceived so much attention — not that it does anything new in its horribleness. Killing crowds of innocent people looks a lot more realistic and disturbing with 2015 graphics than with 1997 graphics, but at heart it might as well be called Postal HD.My criticism of the concept of the game shouldn’t be seen as any call to have it banned or censored. If a game is bad, either in idea or in execution, let it come out and flop. If a game is great in idea or execution, let it come out. Even if something is tasteless, there is no good reason to censor it. We are diminished far more by the silencing of voices than the tolerance of them.last_img read more

Highredshift quasar discovered by PanSTARRS

first_imgThe spectrum of PSO J006.1240+39.2219. The spectrum and spectrum error are combined into upper and lower panels, respectively. Credit: Tang et al., 2016. (Phys.org)—A new luminous high-redshift quasar has been detected by one of the telescopes of the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS). The newly discovered quasi-stellar object received designation PSO J006.1240+39.2219 and is the seventh highest redshift quasar known to date. The findings are presented in a paper published Dec. 19 on arXiv.org. © 2016 Phys.org 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. Astronomers find universe’s most distant quasar (w/ video) More information: A Quasar Discovered at redshift 6.6 from Pan-STARRS1, arXiv:1612.06148 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1612.06148AbstractLuminous high-redshift quasars can be used to probe of the intergalactic medium (IGM) in the early universe because their UV light is absorbed by the neutral hydrogen along the line of sight. They help us to measure the neutral hydrogen fraction of the high-z universe, shedding light on the end of reionization epoch. In this paper, we present a discovery of a new quasar (PSO J006.1240+39.2219) at redshift z = 6.61 +- 0.02 from Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System 1. Including this quasar, there are nine quasars above z > 6.5 up to date. The estimated continuum brightness is M1450= 25.96 +- 0.08. PSO J006.1240+39.2219 has a strong Ly alpha emission compared with typical low-redshift quasars, but the measured near-zone region size is RNZ = 3.2 +- 1.1 proper megaparsecs, which is consistent with other quasars at z~6. Quasars are supermassive black holes with accretion disks in the center of a galaxy. Their redshifts are measured from the strong spectral lines that dominate their visible and ultraviolet spectra. These lines are brighter than the continuous spectrum, so they are called ’emission’ lines. All observed quasar spectra have redshifts between 0.056 and 7.085.Quasars with high redshift (over 6.0) are of special interest for astronomers because their ultraviolet light is absorbed by the neutral hydrogen along the line of sight; thus, they can be used to probe the intergalactic medium in the early universe. They are the most luminous and most distant, compact objects in the observable universe. Their spectrum can be used to estimate the mass of a supermassive black hole, which constrains the evolution and formation model of a quasar. Therefore, high-redshift quasars could serve as a powerful tool to probe the early universe.Recently, a team of researchers led by Ji-Jia Tang of the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, has searched for such quasars using the first Pan-STARRS telescope (PS1) located in Hawaii. In particular, they tried to find red-color objects between two adjacent broad bands caused by the strong intergalactic medium absorption on the blue side of the redshifted Lyman-alpha line emission.They detected a new luminous high-redshift quasar at redshift of 6.61. The discovery was later confirmed by the team during a follow-up observation campaign carried out with the Subaru Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph (FOCAS) mounted on the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.According to the paper, PSO J006.1240+39.2219, besides being the seventh highest redshift quasar known to date, is also one of nine quasars above the redshift of 6.5.”We report a discovery of a new quasar at z 6.6 select from PS1 with a spectroscopic confirmation. This is the seventh highest quasar among nine z-dropout quasar (z>6.5) known to date,” the paper reads.The researchers found that the rest-frame ultraviolet luminosity of PSO J006.1240+39.2219 is comparable to other z-dropout quasars, though its Lyman-alpha line emission is much stronger when compared to typical quasars obtained from low redshift.”J006.1240+39.2219 is consistent with other comparably distant quasars, although it has much stronger Lyman-alpha line. (…) The spectral resolution is adjusted to match for a fair comparison. This shows that Lyman-alpha line emission of PSO J006.1240+39.2219 is much stronger than those quasars at low redshifts,” the astronomers wrote.The team also noted that after decades of searching, more than 100 quasars were found with redshifts between 5.7 and 6.5 from various kind of surveys. So far, ULAS J112001.48+064124 is the highest redshift quasar with a redshift of 7.085. It was found in 2011 using UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS). Citation: High-redshift quasar discovered by Pan-STARRS (2016, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-high-redshift-quasar-pan-starrs.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Ramayana revisited

first_imgIndia International Centre (IIC) organised the book launch of Ram Varma’s Hindi version of Before he was god-Ramayana-reconsidred, recreated. The book which was launched by the president of Indian Council for Cultura Relations Dr. Karan Singh, takes out the Puranic dross and brings up the story of a man. Rama, the ancient idol of the heroic ages, the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband and above all, the ideal king, this Rama has been presented before us by the great sage Valmiki. Discarding all the hues of that time Ram Varma’s, Rama is a historic figure. The blank verses of his poetry, is the medium which increased the divinity of his renderings as no other language can be purer, none more beautiful and at the same time simpler.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Varma’s rendering Ramayana is refreshingly different from the Valmiki’s Ramayana where ram is a historical figure like Krishna or Buddha. His re-creation takes support on the bedrock of the latest textual, sociological and archaeological research. In his own words, ‘The story recited by the well meaning pundits of Puranic times was a senseless exaggeration. It was vital to restore the attention of the viewers or the readers, but this beautiful story did not need any artificial support. Its beauty remains undiminished even in a realistic portraiture of events.’last_img read more

Exploring Gods Own Country

first_imgKerala popularly known as God’s Own Country is the perfect holiday destination of India as the state has picturesque landscapes, exciting getaways and rich culture and heritage. As a ritual, the state’s department of tourism brought a 360 degree preview of India’s favourite destination; the essence of which was captured in one single event in the national Capital on Tuesday. The event gave a glimpse of the rich culture, extravagant heritage, magnificent landscapes, cuisine, music and art all in one show which was inaugurated by PI Sheik Pareeth, IAS. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kerala Tourism has declared the period from April 2015 to April 2016 as ‘Visit Kerala Year’ and an array of activities are planned as part of it. In the wake of the fresh initiative, Kerala Tourism will explore new markets like China and Sri Lanka. PI Sheik Pareeth said that Festivals tourism is the initiative where Kerala Tourism will organise events and exhibitions to enhance the festive mood in the state starting from Onam in August, Nishagandhi Festival (where renowned dancers perform Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Odissi) in January till Vishu in April. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA comprehensive calendar of festivals and events will be prepared to facilitate the process. Kerala is about to be promoted as a major “Wedding and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) destination” through online campaigns. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) will come up with special discounted packages during the period. Sheik said that the emphasis is to promote Ayurveda as a part of medical tourism. A new campaign, ‘Home of Ayurveda’ was also launched to promote Ayurveda through all media. ‘Bekal’ has been introduced as a new destination in North Kerala. Yatri Nivaas will be built in places which are not yet covered by government hotels and guest houses. “A Yatri Nivaas will be coming in Varkala very soon,” he added. Government of Kerala has also rolled out a lot of initiatives till date with the ‘Seaplane Project’ and ‘Project Muziris’ being the latest projects which were rolled out last year in order to enhance the travel experience and add to its array of attractions. While the former project is aimed towards improving last mile connectivity by air to its destinations across the state, the latter is directed to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris, which makes a part of Central Kerala.For the Seaplane Project, the immediate plan is to provide service initially in the priority circuit, consisting of the three airports of Trivandrum, Cochin & Calicut and the prime destinations viz. Astamudi, Punnamada, Kumarakom and Bekal in the state.Another initiative is the ‘Spice Route Revival Project’. Kerala’s initiative to revive and promote the two millennia-old spice route that links the south western coast of India up to Europe, through tourism has received a boost with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) pledging support to the venture. Other initiatives include a unique nature— based soft adventure holidays program Natventure. The idea behind this is to use the key tourism products — Wildlife, Hill Stations, Beaches, Backwaters, etc. Kerala Natventure activities include Trekking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Jungle, Wildlife Safaris, Bird Watching, Cycling, Kayaking, Canoeing and Paragliding.last_img read more

Exercise with proper hydration may tackle low BP

first_imgSuffering from low blood pressure? Do an hour or more of daily exercise and stay hydrated to improve the condition and control fainting or dizziness episodes, finds a NASA-funded study on astronauts. The study is the first to examine the condition called “orthostatic intolerance” during daily activities when the astronauts returned home. The researchers found that exercise regimens during space flight, followed by saline injections after landing, were sufficient to prevent the condition from occurring. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Doing an hour or more of daily exercise was sufficient to prevent loss of heart muscle, and when it was combined with receiving hydration on their return, the condition was prevented entirely,” said cardiologist Dr Benjamin Levine from UT Southwestern Medical Center. A similar condition is also diagnosed in patients as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which is predominantly found in women. The dizziness that it causes is life-changing and can be debilitating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Levine has helped one Dallas patient return to a normal life. For the study, the researchers used a small blood pressure cuff on astronauts’ finger to measure blood pressure and every heartbeat. These measurements were taken during multiple 24-hour periods before, during, and after six months of spaceflight. Twelve astronauts were involved – eight men and four women. This treatment is just one of the ways medicine, heart research, and space travel have connected throughout Dr Levine’s work. The successful moon landing in 1969 was an early influence on his career. The early interest led Dr Levine into space research within the field of cardiology, and he began working with the space shuttle programme in 1991. “We put a catheter in an astronaut’s heart – it was former UT Southwestern faculty member Dr Drew Gaffney – and sent him into space. It was probably the most expensive right-heart catheterization ever,” Dr Levine reminisced.last_img read more

Apple CEO to Grads Change the World

first_img Apple CEO Tim Cook had a message for graduating seniors at George Washington University on Sunday: Change the world.“You have to find your North Star, and that means choices,” he said. “Some are easy, some are hard, and some will make you question everything.”Cook, leader of the most valuable U.S. company, made for a celebrity commencement address speaker for George Washington University’s Class of 2015. He used the pulpit to implore the student to stick to their values and make a difference. The theme was a familiar one as far as graduation speeches go. But Cook gave it a personal touch by invoking his mentor, Steve Jobs, the Apple founder who he replaced just before his death four years ago, and the company’s can-do ethos.It was one part motivational speech and another part Apple marketing pitch.As Cook told it, Apple is a place where it’s possible to be an idealist and successful in business. He told of how Jobs convinced him to join the company in 1998, despite its struggles at the time, by inspiring him with the possibility of making a huge impact through technology.“At Apple, we believe the work should be more than just improving your own self,” Cook said. “It is about improving the lives of others as well.“I took the job and changed my life,” he continued. “It has been 17 years and I have never once looked back.”Cook didn’t mention Apple’s financial success or any of its stumbles other than its well-documented brush with collapse. Rather, he stuck to how its products are a lifeline for some users, never mind that iPhones, iPads and Macs are used far more commonly for more mundane things like playing video games and sharing cat videos.“Apple’s products empower people all over the world: People who are blind and can have things read to them,” Cook said. People who are isolated by distance or disability. People who witness injustice and want to expose it — and now they can because they have a camera in their pocket all the time.”Cook spoke of his own values developed while growing up in Alabama only a few years after the civil rights battles in the South. He said his first trip to Washington D.C., home of George Washington University, came at age 16, after having won an essay contest. Before leaving, Cook said he and fellow winners had met Alabama’s governor, George Wallace, the one-time segregationist. The meeting with Wallace, he said, was no honor and that he considered Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy his heroes.“Shaking his hand was like a betrayal to my beliefs,” Cook said.During the speech, Cook hammered home the point of injustices like segregation and equality for all. But he made no specific mention of equality for gays and lesbians, issues that he and Apple has pushed for in the past. Last year, Cook acknowledged that he is gay.In opening his speech Sunday, Cook put a new twist on the usual request for audience members to silence their phones. Clearly, it wasn’t a day to own an Android or Microsoft phone.“So those of you with an iPhone, just place it in silent mode,” he said. “If you don’t have an iPhone, just pass it to the center aisle. Apple has a world-class recycling program. May 18, 2015 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more