10 minutes of Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D gameplay

first_imgThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time isn’t exactly a new game – it came out originally for the Nintendo 64 back in 1998. What is new is the upcoming re-release of the game for the Nintendo 3DS, including updated graphics, 3D effects that make use of the 3DS hardware, and the Master Quest dungeons that were added when the game was ported from the N64 to the Gamecube.Now, one enterprising gamer managed to get his hands on the German version of the title, due to hit store shelves next month. According to his YouTube video description, he managed to play the game at a press event in Cologne, where Nintendo had the game on display. He says he got to play for about an hour, and of the recording time he had, he put together this 10 minutes of footage to share with the world.AdChoices广告Among some of the new features that’ll be exlcusive to the 3DS version are the ability to quickly equip and change items using the touch-screen on the 3DS, and to use the 3DS’ gyroscope for precise aiming when firing weapons. In addition to the Master Quest dungeons, 3DS players will also get “Boss Challenge” mode, which lets you fight all of the game’s bosses one after another.Ocarina of Time is one of the most well-loved games in the Legend of Zelda franchise, and its no surprise that Nintendo wanted to make it available on the 3DS as soon as they could. It’s a shame it wasn’t a launch title, but the upcoming version does feature graphics that have been much improved over the original, and you can see some screenshots from the game here. The 3D effects – although you can’t really see them in the video – also promise to be impressive.Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will be available in Japan on June 16, in the UK and EU on June 17, and in the United States on June 19.Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more

Easy money lures Greek entrepreneurs

first_img“The opportunities are golden because the costs are low enough to offset the risks, the obstacles and the hostile investment environment”Greek entrepreneurship continues to be dominated by small businesses such as cafes, restaurants and clothing and shoe stores. In the third year of the crisis, and despite constant warnings from experts and authorities alike that investors need to explore new business models, nine in 10 new businesses are still in the so-called non-productive sector in Greece, which usually provide no more than a few hours of work for the owners and maybe some of their family members. Such businesses tend to go downhill after just a few months of operation, forcing their owners to close – often with unpaid debts to the state, social security funds and suppliers. According to research conducted by Endeavor Greece with data on new businesses from all the relevant authorities, 93 per cent of new businesses established in 2008 – before the crisis erupted – are active in sectors that are not productive, make no exports and use little in the way of technology. The top five sectors that saw new businesses were construction, clothing and footwear, real estate, accounting and consulting services and food services. Back then, there were about 75 businesses for every 1,000 residents and more than 55,000 new companies were established every year. Since then, a lot has been said about the need for a new production model. Myriad conferences have been held on the issue and 55 organisations have been set up with the aim of helping new companies. However, reality appears not to have caught up yet, and not just because the number of new businesses in 2012 declined by 45 per cent compared to 2008. According to the study by Endeavor Greece, the local arm of this international non-profit organisation aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, 42,347 new businesses were launched in 2012, 90 per cent (compared to 93 per cent in 2008) of which were in the same non-productive sectors. The only difference is that the greatest popularity was enjoyed by restaurants, cafes and bars, as 10,003 of the 42,347 businesses started in 2012 were in this field. Next in popularity, and despite the fact that thousands of such stores have been forced to close since the start of the crisis, came clothing and shoe stores, with 2,100 start-ups in this category in 2012. Accounting and consulting services came third with 2,046 new businesses, while the massive slide in construction activity did not prevent 1,628 new companies opening in the sector in 2012. Energy production and sale companies came fifth on the list with 1,621 new companies opened in this sector in 2012, a fact that is attributed mainly to the expansion – as irrational as it was later proven to be – of the photovoltaic market in Greece. This area is probably the best example to illustrate the opportunistic manner in which most Greeks do business. To find start-ups in 2012 involved in so-called productive sectors you have to scroll very far down the list. Information and communications technology (ICT) firms, for example, come ninth in terms of popularity, with just 1,185 new companies opened in 2012 in this dynamic sector. These, together with enterprises involved in tourism, food production and processing, and high-tech development such as nanotechnology and biotechnology, are nevertheless just the areas that need development in order to help Greece out of the crisis. According to the Endeavor study, only some 4,000 enterprises among those established in 2012 are in productive sectors, representing approximately 10 per cent of the whole. Other than the ICT companies, 690 firms were set up in tourism services, 640 in food processing and 350 in industry in 2012. Though such companies are still a small minority, as the CEO of Endeavor Greece, Haris Makryniotis states, the good news is that they have been increasing at a rate of around 40 per cent per annum over the past few years. Of these, it is believed that around 1 per cent can have a positive impact on transforming their sectors, on growing and on creating hundreds of jobs. In the past three years alone, a core of some 100 companies has already been created, which in the 2012-13 period managed to increase their staff by 82 per cent and their turnover by a collective 200 per cent. Dynamic companies are very attractive to foreign investment funds. A characteristic example is digital media brand Daily Secret, which began in Greece and has spread to other parts of the world, already receiving investments of 1.85 million dollars and currently anticipating the entry of another investor. The profile of these new and dynamic entrepreneurs is often very different to what most people have in mind: They are not 20-something, developing a new idea in a garage at some place like Silicon Valley. Endeavor Greece’s study found that most are aged between 25 and 45, have high education levels, having studied both in Greece and abroad – which helps them form international contacts – and also have at least three years of work experience in the private sector. What is most interesting is the finding that almost none has ever worked in the civil service and they decided to run with their business idea because they believed in it rather than because they didn’t have any other employment. The Endeavor Greece study singled out eight sectors where there are currently 49 investment opportunities for Greek companies. The majority are in the most traditional sectors of the Greek economy, but in specific areas where there is much room for growth and innovation. These are: 1. Tourism: Themed trips and devices and applications enhancing the travel experience, such as for museums and historical monuments. 2. Food & agriculture: Consolidation of the olive oil market, creating products designed for special diets (such as gluten-free foods), growing herbs and nuts, and the large-scale cultivation of products such as tomatoes, with a focus on big organic markets. 3. Energy & green technologies: Waste management, consolidation of wind parks and high-tech energy storage devices. 4. Information and communications technology (ICT): Marketing and advertising via mobile phone services, technological solutions for traditional sectors such as tourism, shipping and agriculture, business-to-business and business-to-consumer communication development, electronic games and 3D printing. 5. Financial services: Online insurance services and mobile phone payments. 6. Health: Research and development of generic drugs, clinical trials and mobile phone solutions. 7. Biotechnology & nanotechnology: Research and development of commercial products. 8. Commerce: Developing online tools for price and markets comparisons, and developing a shopping experience that will combine the consumer’s physical presence at the outlet as well as online. The opportunities, says Endeavor, are golden because the costs are low enough to offset the risks, the obstacles and the hostile investment environment. One of the biggest problems for the emerging class of entrepreneurs in Greece is that while they may have great ideas, getting them off the ground can be extremely difficult, the study found. In fact, many aspiring entrepreneurs are put off completely by the bureaucracy, the corruption in the public administration and, of course, the difficulty of securing loans. Investors and organisations or groups that support entrepreneurship tend to agree on the needs of new businesses. They recognise the innovative nature of many of the country’s new businesses and the strong academic profile of new entrepreneurs. However, they express disappointment with the quality of the proposals that have come their way, saying that at least half are usually not up to par. “In conclusion it is clear that while many important changes have been made, we have yet to see a turn to large-scale business in Greece. Nor have we seen the formation of a comprehensive business ‘ecosystem.’ We are still in the first phase of the new Greek business arena. There are a rising number, though still very few examples of successful businesses,” says Makryniotis. The CEO of Endeavor Greece also noted that the bodies responsible for propping up new business are also mostly doing much the same as they’ve always done, with just a few starting to provide real support. Another weakness in the Greek market comes from the investors themselves, who seem overly focused on ICT. Four venture capital funds with over 80 million euros in capital are investing in companies in this sector. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un logiciel dastronomie dévoile les planètes comme jamais auparavant

first_imgUn logiciel d’astronomie dévoile les planètes comme jamais auparavantGrâce à un tout nouveau logiciel d’astronomie basé sur ce à quoi devait ressembler la Terre il y a 240 millions d’années, il est aujourd’hui possible d’avoir une vision assez précise d’autres mondes.L’astrobiologiste Abel Mendez de l’université de Puerto Rico a mis au point un logiciel capable de retranscrire ce à quoi ressemble la surface des planètes en se basant sur des données scientifiques reçues par les télescopes spatiaux. Ces fameuses données utilisées par le logiciel concernent essentiellement la taille des planètes, leur distance par rapport à leur soleil, leur température de surface et leurs composants chimiques. L’informatique se charge alors de mixer les différents ingrédients pour créer des images en 3D, rapporte le Daily Mail.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADes images véritablement surprenantes et différentes de tout ce qu’on a pu voir jusqu’ici. Contrairement aux reconstructions d’artiste, tout est géré mathématiquement. Ainsi comme l’explique le scientifique, les reconstructions de Kepler 22-b “ont la bonne couleur mais je ne crois pas qu’il y ait de tels nuages. Elle ressemble davantage à Uranus ou à Neptune”. En effet, le logiciel est aussi en mesure de reconstruire des nuages et des variations climatiques de façon extrêmement réaliste.Le modèle informatique mis au point vise essentiellement à reconstruire des exoplanètes (situées hors du système solaire) proches de la Terre. C’est-à-dire des planètes rocheuses possédant des océans. Toutefois, il est également en mesure de donner une image de ce à quoi ressemblent les géantes gazeuses et les étoiles. Encore en phase “alpha”, le logiciel définitif devrait être terminé l’an prochain. En attendant, on peut toujours observer les premières images juste fabuleuses. Découvrez la surface des planètes telle qu’elle serait d’après Abel Mendez sur MaxisciencesLe 31 décembre 2011 à 13:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pollution les feux de cheminée interdits en IledeFrance dès 2015

first_imgPollution : les feux de cheminée interdits en Ile-de-France dès 2015 ?Les cheminées à foyers ouverts émettent pratiquement autant de particules fines que les voitures. C’est la raison pour laquelle l’Ile-de-France penserait à les interdire à partir de 2015, d’après le Parisien.Un arrêté préfectoral pourrait interdire l’usage des cheminées à foyers ouverts dès 2015 en Ile-de-France. C’est ce qu’a révélé dimanche sur son site le Parisien indiquant que la mesure concernerait, parmi les 125.000 cheminées de la région, toutes celles situées dans les zones urbaines. Celles-ci pourraient ainsi être définitivement condamnées, sauf à les transformer en inserts et autres poêles à bois. D’après le Parisien, cette mesure aurait créé un vent d’indignation parmi les particuliers qui aurait conduit à une réduction de la mesure : les communes rurales de grande couronne auraient ainsi obtenu d’en être exemptées.Il faut préciser que les cheminées émettent, selon Airparif, l’organisme francilien chargé de la surveillance de l’air, pratiquement autant de particules fines dans l’atmosphère que les voitures. Selon Martial Saddier, député UMP de Haute-Savoie et président du Conseil national de l’air, “à l’échelle d’une année, rien qu’en Ile-de-France, les cheminées à foyer ouvert sont responsables de 28% des émissions de particules et ce taux monte à 50% en plein hiver”. Il ajoute que “dans nos vallées de Savoie, la moitié des émissions de particules fines sont liées toute l’année aux rejets des cheminées et aux feux de débroussaillement”.Même son de cloches du côté de la Driee (Direction régionale de l’environnement et de l’énergie) : “Les particules fines constituent un véritable fléau. Et la fumée dégagée par la combustion du bois contamine aussi bien l’extérieur que l’intérieur des logements. Avec tous les risques sanitaires que cela représente”, souligne Julien Assoun cité par le Parisien. En effet,  l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) estime que l’ensemble des particules fines (inférieurs à 10 microns) en suspension dans l’air (toutes origines confondues) sont responsables de 42.000 décès chaque année en France.Des taux 4 à 5 fois supérieurs aux normes À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueOr, à l’intérieur des habitations elles-mêmes, les particules de dioxyde d’azote, de monoxyde de carbone ou encore de benzène dégagées par les feux de cheminé atteignent des concentrations quatre à cinq fois supérieures aux normes. De plus, elles pénètrent dans toutes les pièces et y restent de longs mois. Si la mesure peut donc paraitre justifiée, sa mise en application, elle, risque d’être compliquée à faire respecter pour la préfecture. Car à moins d’aller frapper à toutes les portes pour vérifier qui fait brûler quoi et comment chez soi, difficile de repérer les éventuels fraudeurs.”Il n’est pas question de créer une police des feux de cheminée, mais d’alerter tous ceux qui utilisent ce moyen de chauffage sans connaître son impact”, assure Hélène Gassin, vice-présidente (EELV) du conseil régional d’Ile-de-France. Néanmoins, selon elle, “il ne faudrait pas se focaliser sur la chasse aux foyers ouverts et laisser les particules de bois cacher la forêt du diesel”.Le 29 janvier 2013 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Turks and Caicos Supermodel Recipient of the 1st ICON Award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Sept 2014 – Turks and Caicos Supermodel Chrishelle Stubbs was the first recipient of the Icon Award, presented Saturday night at the Miss Teen TCI pageant. Stubbs has worked with supermodels and has been featured in leading magazines like TeenVOGUE, Bloomingdale’s and has been the face of high end brands like Benetton and Ralph Lauren; she was a guest judge at the inaugural pageant. We spoke to Oehleo Higgs of Miss Teen TCI QUOTE. Winning the crown and title was Malique Ferrette, a former reporter with WIV4 News and employee at Blue Haven Resort, she was gracious with her win. QUOTE. And family swarmed the stage after the first walk of the new queen… her mother, Esther Swann was thrilled. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:chrishelle stubbs, icon awardlast_img

Chula Vista residents win battle over new car wash

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – 82 year old Judy Wilson has lived in her home in Chula Vista for 45 years, calling it her peaceful sanctuary.For years now there have been talks about building a car wash right beneath her home, 43 feet away from her back fence.It might look like an empty parking lot right now, but the plan calls for a 2,400 square foot building with an 85 foot long car wash tunnel. That includes 12 vacuum stations in the parking lot.“The noise coming out of that is like an airplane revving up at Lindbergh Field it is so loud” says Wilson.She’s concerned about the noise, the traffic and most importantly her health, because she’s toxic sensitive. There used to be a gas station here and she says it could have contaminated the soil beneath it.“When I get hit with something like that, it closes up my throat, I can barely breathe, I ache in every part of my body and I just can’t function right.”Neil Capin, the owner of the proposed car wash, says he’s gone above and beyond to address these concerns. He’s willing to install a sound wall up, add vegetation and landscaping to soften the noise, and even open an hour later every day.City leaders gave the car wash a stamp of approval but challenges and appeals quickly followed. Tonight Chula Vista City Council voted 4-1 against the car wash’s construction. January 22, 2019 Chula Vista residents win battle over new car wash , center_img Posted: January 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Expert in red ink served in Red Tails unit

first_imgA movie that opened this weekend tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a unit of black aviators who made history during World War II.But “Red Tails,” a film by George Lucas, doesn’t tell all the stories … certainly not that of Emmett Rice, a Camas resident who died 10 months ago.“Red Tails” focuses on the pilots who protected U.S. bombers from German fighters in the skies over Europe.Rice’s assignment didn’t put him in the cockpit of a P-51 Mustang; it put him in Harvard Business School.After Rice died March 10, 2011, at the age of 91, his obituary noted that he had been an officer of the Tuskegee Airmen. He served primarily in managerial and accounting roles in the United States, it said.Rice, who moved to Camas in 1998, was not a typical Army draftee. He’d graduated from City College of New York in 1941, and received a master’s degree in business administration a year later.Rice gave a fuller account of his World War II service for an oral history project at the University of California at Berkeley.In the interview archived at Cal’s Bancroft Library, Rice told Gabrielle Norris how he was selected for officer training school. It was a two-part course, starting with the basics of military leadership and organizational management.last_img read more

Final two Macau casinos reopen following Typhoon Mangkhut

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Load More The two Macau casinos forced to remain closed earlier this week in the wake of Typhoon Mangkhut are back in business.Casino Taipa and Casino Macau Jockey Club, both located in Taipa, were the last to re-open their doors to guests after Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On ordered all 42 Macau casinos closed at 11pm on Saturday night. The forced closure remained in place for 29 hours until 4am on Monday morning, with the majority of the city’s casinos quickly resuming normal operations. RelatedPosts Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner However, a power outage caused by flooding prevented Casino Taipa and Casino Macau Jockey Club – which operate under the license of SJM – from opening on Monday.SJM told IAG it needed to ensure that transformers located outside of the casinos were functioning and safe to use before resuming operations.Casino Taipa re-opened late Tuesday while Casino Macau Jockey Club opened early Wednesday.The construction site of SJM’s HK$36 billion Cotai IR project, Grand Lisboa Palace, managed to escape Typhoon Mangkhut without any major damage.last_img read more

Fair worker hospitalized in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters worked to retrieve a person who was trapped on a roof inside the Miami-Dade Youth Fair.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews lowered the victim down from the top of the food stand at the Fair, Monday afternoon.Other workers tried to help that woman. She was then taken to the hospital.Officials have not released her condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Programmatic Continues to Take Over Ad Budgets

first_imgThe rise of the machines is upon us. Programmatic advertising now accounts for more than half of digital display ad spend in the U.S. for most marketers. According to an eMarketer report, “US Programmatic Advertising: Seven Things Buyers and Sellers Need to Know,” automation adoption rates have risen from 7 percent to 50 percent for nearly two-thirds of respondents (62 percent) in just two short years. eMarketer collected this data from a survey conducted by AdRoll in January. According to the survey, efficiency was amongst the driving forces for marketers to turn to automation. Beyond that, programmatic’s ability to target specific audiences and pair them with ideal inventory also appeals to marketers. So as programmatic continues to become more “premium,” marketers are more interested in shifting their investments into automation. Of course, challenges still exist. When marketers first started dipping their toes into programmatic, a lot of hesitation was due to a lack of understanding in how it worked. In other words, marketers needed to catch up on tech jargon and learn new processes. Now, marketers are more concerned with cross-platform measurement and ad blocking—not surprising given the rapid user adoption rates of ad blocking on desktop and mobile platforms.last_img read more

Sri Lanka admits major lapse over deadly blasts

first_imgA man walks in Shangri La hotel corridor in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21 April 2019 in this screen grab taken from a CCTV footage.Photo: ReutersSri Lanka’s government on Wednesday acknowledged “major” lapses over its failure to prevent the horrific Easter attacks that killed more than 350 people, despite prior intelligence warnings.Recriminations have flown since Islamist suicide bombers blew themselves up in packed churches and luxury hotels on Sunday, in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.Overnight, security forces using newly granted powers under the country’s state of emergency arrested 18 more suspects in connection with the attack, as the toll rose to 359.Police have so far arrested 58 people, all Sri Lankans, and security remains heavy, with bomb squads carrying out several controlled explosions of suspect packages on Wednesday.But the government faces anger over revelations that specific warnings about an attack went ignored.Sri Lanka’s police chief issued a warning on 11 April that suicide bombings against “prominent churches” by the local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) were possible, citing information from a foreign intelligence agency.CNN reported that Indian intelligence services had passed on “unusually specific” information in the weeks before the attacks, some of it from an IS suspect in their custody.But that information was not shared with the prime minister or other top ministers, the government says.”It was a major lapse in the sharing of information,” deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene conceded at a press conference on Wednesday.”The government has to take responsibility.”Chilling footagePresident Maithripala Sirisena, who is also defence and law and order minister, pledged Tuesday to make “major changes in the leadership of the security forces in the next 24 hours”.”The restructuring of the security forces and the police will be completed within a week,” he said.He also called an “all party conference” with the country’s political parties for Thursday, and will meet with religious leaders too.New details emerged about some of the bombers on Wednesday, with Wijewardene saying one had studied in Britain and then did post-graduate studies in Australia before returning to Sri Lanka.”Most of them are well-educated and come from middle, upper-middle class families, so they are financially quite independent and their families are quite stable financially, that is a worrying factor in this,” the minister added.And chilling CCTV footage emerged showing one of the attackers calmly patting a child on the head and shoulder moments before he walked into the packed St Sebastian’s church and detonated his bomb.A US FBI team is now in Sri Lanka, Wijewardene said, and Britain, Australia and the United Arab Emirates have all offered intelligence help.Experts say the bombings bear many of the hallmarks of IS attacks, and the government has suggested local militants could not have acted alone.But it has not yet officially confirmed any IS role in the blasts against three churches packed with Easter worshippers and three high-end hotels.A desperate search was under way for other suspects linked to the blasts, including the head of the local Islamist group believed to have played a key role in the attacks.The government has said the NTJ group was behind the attack, perhaps with international help, and its leader Zahran Hashim remains unaccounted for.He appears to be among eight people seen in a video released by IS on Tuesday, leading seven others in a pledge of allegiance to IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.It was not yet clear whether Hashim was among the suicide attackers or had escaped after the blasts.Multiple attackersGovernment officials have said they cannot rule out further attacks while suspects remain at large.In all, nine people are believed to have blown themselves up in Sunday, either during attacks or when police attempted to arrest them.Sri Lankan police sources have told AFP that two Muslim brothers, sons of a wealthy Colombo spice trader, blew themselves up at the Shangri-La and the Cinnamon Grand hotels.Their father is now one of the 58 in custody.The Kingsbury hotel in the capital was the last one hit. A fourth planned attack on a hotel failed, authorities said. The would-be attacker was followed back to a Colombo lodge, where he blew himself up, killing two people.Sources close to the investigation said two more people — a man and a woman — blew themselves up at another location as security forces launched a raid. Those blasts killed three police.Work was continuing to identify foreign victims in the blasts.A Danish billionaire lost three of his children in the attacks, a spokesman for his company said.Eight Britons, 10 Indians, four Americans and nationals from Turkey, Australia, Japan and Portugal were also reported killed.The United Nations said at least 45 children, Sri Lankans and foreigners, were among the dead.last_img read more

Prince Georges County Teacher Still Employed Despite Racist Comments

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comSocial media has been a means of shedding light on prejudice, and when Dawn Nichelle Lennon pulled out her phone to record the White woman who called her husband “the N word” because of the way he backed out of a Walmart parking lot, she became yet another activist revealing the truth of a local racist- who happens to work in the Prince George’s County Public School system.A screenshot of the Facebook video where Dawn Nichelle Lennon confronted Darlene Sale, who was confronted.“So while leaving the Walmart parking lot my husband was called The N Word, because he didn’t move out the parking spot the way she wanted him to. I saw where she was parking her vehicle and confronted her,”Lennon wrote on Facebook on Nov. 12 captioning the video. “How dare she talk to my husband that way and in front of me and my children. The thing I thought was so profound is that she was proud of it and didn’t try to deny it,” she wrote.Lennon, who said she has experienced prejudice in the area before after her house was allegedly burned by racists in 2004, is extremely bothered by Sale’s actions.“I was more upset that my kids had to experience that and see that type of display of racism, bigotry, and hatred. We were just very disheartened, very sad, and you know outraged too. We’re all still reeling from the incident,” she told The Prince George’s Sentinel.“I’m so ashamed to live in a country that supports this type of hatred and bigotry,” Lennon wrote on Facebook.In the video the racist woman, now identified as Potomac Landing Media Specialist Darlene Sale, admitted to calling Lennon’s husband the N word, yet because of legal obstructions, the school system can’t immediately fire her.“While there have been calls for me to take disciplinary action, current negotiated agreements with the union representing this employee limit my ability to address this situation directly,” PGCPS Interim CEO Monica Goldson wrote in the statement. “Additionally, there are other legal considerations. This employee, like all of us, is entitled to due process. In the interim, I have taken appropriate action to reassign the employee.”Theresa Dudley, president of Prince George’s County Educators Association (PGCEA), the union Sale belongs to, said while PGCEA does not support such language, the educator is entitled to due process.“Anytime somebody is accused of something, they have the right to have a hearing, and they look at did they violate any school system policy,” Dudley said according to the Prince George’s Sentinel.However in acknowledging the need for a fair hearing, people like Goldson and Dudley don’t want the fair process to be confused for an endorsement of Sale’s behavior.“Notwithstanding, let me be abundantly clear: Any employee who does not recognize, value and celebrate the value of our diversity has no place in our community of schools,” Goldson said.The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) system is predominantly Black, accounting for 58 percent of the student population.  In fact White students only make up four percent of PGCPS students.  Thus, parents, colleagues and leaders are concerned about Sale’s placement in any PGCPS institution.“I would imagine the teacher is not going to have the same reputation or relationship with her students and also her colleagues that she works for so I think it would probably be best that the school system does take action on it,” newly elected District 2 Board of Education member Joshua Thomas told The Sentinel. “As far as what that action specifically looks like, I can’t say for sure, but something needs to happen. It would be wrong for this situation just to be swept under the rug.”Dudley emphasized Sale’s actions as a didactic moment.“I hope that they use this as a teachable moment and teach,” Dudley said according to The Sentinel. “The Student Safety Task Force has one of its recommendation that there would be cultural bias training for staff and students, it was cut out of the budget. I’m not saying that would prevent anybody from doing anything, but we can teach our children not to act in a certain way and what is the correct behavior.”While Lennon wants to see Sale removed from her position, she said, “Maybe she can come to some conclusion in her mind that she’s going to live peacefully and she’s not going to treat people differently or use hateful words just because someone is a different race or ethnicity or religion or anything like that.last_img read more

Concept art revealed for the BioShock movie that will never happen

first_imgBefore BioShock Infinite’s Burial at Sea brought us back to the underwater dystopia of Rapture, a live-action movie produced by Universal was our only hope, despite most video game movies ending up subpar. If there ever were a video game that could translate well to the big screen, though, it’d be BioShock, so fans were excited nonetheless. The movie had some big names attached, as Gore Verbinski was set to direct, and John Logan (of The Last Samurai) was set to write the script. Eventually, the movie-runner was switched to someone else who Ken Levine felt wasn’t a good match, and Levine himself stepped in to axe the project, saying he’d only want it done if it were done right. The closest we’ll get to the movie for now is some recently released concept art from the film.Concept artist Tim Flattery released a handful of images that capture what the BioShock film would’ve looked like. It’s tough to say how the assets would translate to a live-action film, but the concept art definitely captures the tone and atmosphere of the original game. The bathysphere in particular looks phenomenal; the living room aesthetic stuffed into a small submersible with the underwater city of Rapture visible in the distance looks especially creepy.The Big Daddy also appears in true-to-game form, more or less, and it’s a shame we aren’t going to get to hear the Hollywood version of the ominous, reverberating whale calls the creatures make while aimlessly wandering around the sunken city. If you wanted to sit in a dark theater and experience that noise with movie-quality surround sound, don’t give up hope just yet, as Ken Levine is definitely tied to telling the stories of Rapture, which he showed with the two Burial at Sea episodes. Perhaps he’ll attempt a BioShock movie sometime after the second episode of BaS drops.For now, all we can do is look at pretty art of what might’ve been. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Big DaddyBig DaddyBig Daddy, up close.Big Daddy fullBig Daddy, full shot.Big Daddy suitsBig Daddy suits.EveSyringe.Bathysphere insideBathysphere, equipped with a comfortable living area.Bathysphere carpetBathysphere, with a tasteful carpet.Bathysphere windowRapture in the distance.Bathysphere outsideOutside of the Bathysphere with an inside view.Bathysphere door closedOutside of the Bathysphere.Big Daddy, up close.last_img read more

Be a fashion diva this winter

first_imgLook your best in winter as well, layer thin clothes and avoid the awkward bulkiness of heavy layers, says an expert. Layer several thin clothes and you can seal in heat more effectively and avoid the awkward bulkiness of heavy layers that comes with wearing oversized sweaters or sweatshirts. Begin with a thermal T-shirt or tank top as a base layer, add a thin sweater which will function primarily as the barrier between your skin and the cold air. After adding proper layers of clothing, make the final addition of a stylish coat or jacket. A coat or jacket will serve as insulation from the cold fall or winter air. To choose a functional but cute coat, steer away from bulk puffer coats or skiing jackets.  Instead, seek out tailored coats that provide the same protection in addition to a more flattering style. Since a considerable amount of body heat escapes through the head, always try to incorporate a hat or head warmer, beanie to a fleece bucket hat to a slouchy beret that covers your head. Whether you ultimately decide on trendy ankle-height shoes or a more protective option, consider not only the stylistic appeal, but also the functionality. Save yourself indecisive shoe trouble by committing to wearing only a few different pairs of boots in colder weather.last_img read more

Rath Yatra BJP moves HC against refusal of permission

first_imgKolkata: The BJP on Friday moved an appeal before a division bench of the Calcutta High Court against refusal of permission for its Rath Yatra. Granting leave to the BJP to file the appeal, a division bench comprising Justices B Somadder and A Mukherjee said it will hear the matter at 12.30 pm. The bench directed BJP’s lawyers to serve copy of the appeal to the West Bengal government and other respondents before the matter is taken up for hearing. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A single bench of the high court on Thursday said it cannot grant permission at this stage for the BJP rally in Coochbehar, scheduled to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah on Friday, after the West Bengal government refused to allow the event on the grounds that it might cause communal tension. The court directed that superintendents of police of all districts in West Bengal will file a report by December 21 to it on the holding of ‘rath yatra’ rallies by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after hearing all district presidents of the party. Directing that the rally stands deferred till the next date of hearing on January 9, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty observed that the prayer of BJP for permission to hold the Rath Yatra cannot be granted at this stage.last_img read more

Why Investors Are Banking on This App to Curb Childhood Obesity

3 min read Joanna Strober didn’t want to play food police with her son, who was having issues with his weight. Nor did she want to put him on a restrictive diet. She researched various tools, such as Weight Watchers and MyFitnessPal, but found they were geared toward adults. So Strober, who spent two decades in venture capital and investment banking, decided to build a kid-friendly app and weight-management program to combat obesity and emphasize healthy lifestyle choices. She called her concept Kurbo Health.“We worked hard to make Kurbo exciting, interesting and stigma-free,” says the Palo Alto, Calif.-based entrepreneur.Since launching in 2013, the pediatric weight-management platform has raised $5.8 million in two rounds of funding from Signia Venture Partners, Data Collective and others. The app has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. Despite the much-reported epidemic of childhood obesity, Kurbo is a rare kid-focused alternative. Most weight-control programs for children are run at hospitals and require on-site visits, which can be an expensive and time-consuming option that many families can’t afford.“Why can’t I do this on a remote basis?” wondered Strober, Kurbo’s CEO. The company secured a coveted spot in San Francisco digital healthcare accelerator Rock Health in January 2014, one of the few pediatric-focused startups to be accepted. Joanna Strober of Kurbo Health.Photo (C) Tin Can PhotoThe Kurbo iOS and Android app uses behavior-modification science, based on research from Stanford’s Pediatric Weight Control Program, to help kids track and classify their food intake and exercise over a 12-week period. The app features game-style challenges that allow users to compete against one another to meet healthful goals. In addition to the app, which is free to download, members can opt to check in with a personal coach by text or email for $25 per month, or by phone or video for $75 per month. Kurbo reports that more than 80 percent of users who followed the program lost weight and/or lowered their body mass index. So far, 1,000 young people have enrolled in coaching.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was an early believer in Kurbo’s child-friendly program. “It’s extremely rare for me to invest in any startup,” says Wojcicki, who backed the July 2014 Series A round. “But with Kurbo, there was an opportunity to help solve one of the world’s biggest problems—childhood obesity—using mobile technology. As a mom with four kids, I’ve experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to get kids to understand and adopt healthy eating habits. Kurbo actually makes the process fun.”Strober’s plan is to partner with healthcare providers to make the platform “affordable to everyone.” A pilot program through a Medicaid provider launches later this year. “We are hoping over time that the providers will pay for Kurbo for the families in their health plans,” she says.But Kurbo isn’t intended to replace parental input, and Strober stresses the need for frank discussion with children about their health goals. “Parents say they’re going to hurt their child’s self-esteem if they talk about weight,” she says. “Anorexia is terrible, but talking to kids about their weight is not going to give them an eating disorder.”  Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 25, 2015 This story appears in the April 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. read more

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