Riverbank General Store a Success

first_imgPeople with disabilities in Queens County are making a difference in their community, while gaining work-related skills, thanks to the Riverbank General Store. The store, located beside the Medway River in Mill Village, will celebrate its official grand opening later this week. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse visited the General Store today, Aug. 9. Sponsored by the Queens Association for Supported Living (QASL), the store gives people with disabilities an opportunity to gain work-related skills and participate more fully in their community. “The Riverbank General Store is a perfect example of the exceptional programs around this province that help make life better for people with disabilities,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “This is obviously a place the community values and staff love to come to work.” The general store features a bakery and café, as well as grocery items, including free range and organic products. Its gift shop showcases the work of local artisans, as well as items produced by participants in another QASL program, Penny Lane Enterprises. The province invested $150,000 in start-up funding for the profitable, fully sustainable venture. Queens Association for Supported Living offers several vocational, life skills and community-based employment programs as well as residential services for persons with disabilities. “Riverbank has found, and fulfilled, a niche in our community,” said Murray Kirkpatrick, administrator of Queens Association for Supported Living. “The success here clearly shows the positive difference that can be made in the lives of persons with disabilities when community organizations and government work together.” This investment is the latest in a series of recent improvements to expand services for Nova Scotians with disabilities. The province has increased investments in such programs by $19 million since 2009, bringing the annual budget to nearly $255 million.last_img read more

Carol Burnett To Be Honored With SAG Life Achievement Award

first_imgCarol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.An inductee into the Television Hall of Fame and the California Museum’s Hall of Fame, Burnett’s many accolades also include a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award, five Golden Globe Awards, five American Comedy Awards, 12 People’s Choice Awards, an Ace Award, an Horatio Alger Award, both Crystal and Lucy Awards from Women in Film, the TV Land Legend Award, the Jimmy Stewart Museum’s Harvey Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, the City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland Ave. and Selma directly adjacent to Hollywood High School, Burnett’s alma mater, Carol Burnett Square.When not performing or occasionally presenting her Q & A format “Laughter & Reflection,” she enjoys spending time with her husband Brian, her two daughters Erin and Jody, her grandsons, and her cat, Nikki. As a passionate supporter of the arts and education, she established several scholarships around the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater, UCLA, and the Carrie Hamilton Foundation, to honor her daughter’s memory. She is a Lifetime Director of the Hereditary Disease Foundation. Among the other arts, health and youth charities to which she lends her support are the Sundance Institute, Young Playwrights Inc., the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and the Hereditary Disease Foundation for which she has been named a Lifetime Director.last_img read more

Lorde To Perform At 2018 MusiCares Person Of The Year Concert Honoring

first_imgFleetwood Mac will be awarded the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year on January 26 in New York, and the first performers at the tribute concert have been announced.Lorde will head a list of artists that also includes John Legend, Keith Urban, Harry Styles, Haim, and OneRepublic.Fleetwood Mac – Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – will also perform.This will be the first time an entire band has been honored with the award. The event will also include an auntion, and after party, and more.Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.last_img read more

Real Madrid Eye Medhi Benatia as Sergio Ramos replacement

Rabat – Real Madrid is said to be interested in signing Moroccan international Medhi Benatia during the summer transfer window.According to Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Spanish giants are eyeing the Bayern Munich defender as a potential replacement to Manchester United target Sergio Ramos.Sergio Ramos appears more and more likely on his way from the Bernabeu. The World Cup winner is reportedly eager to secure a move to Manchester United this summer. The Red Devils are also said to have lodged a £28m bid for the 29-year-old defender. However, reports suggest Real Madrid is setting the price for their player at whopping 100 million euros.Ramos has two years remaining on his contract with Real Madrid.If rumors are to be believed and Madrid eventually sign Benatia, then the former AS Roma defender will become the first Moroccan ever to play for Real Madrid. read more

Immigration and clean power top agenda for federal and Atlantic officials

HALIFAX — A federal program aimed at attracting foreign workers to Atlantic Canada will be extended for another two years.The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was supposed to end this year, but federal officials say it will be extended to the end of 2021.Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made the announcement today in Halifax during a meeting of premiers and ministers concerning the Atlantic Growth Strategy.He says the government has approved applications for more than 2,500 permanent residents and their family members destined for the Atlantic region.Meanwhile, the group also announced plans to develop what they’re calling a “clean power road map” for Atlantic Canada.An engineering study will look into improving power transmission connections throughout the region and with Quebec to allow for another 2,000 megawatts of electricity.They say the study will inform governments on how to invest in electricity technologies, such as tidal energy and smart grids.The Canadian Press read more

EHF CL Home wins for Metalurg and La Rioja

1. Skjern Handbold220069:51(18)4 Two matches were played on Saturday in the lower part of the VELUX EHF Champions League. Macedonian third team in the last season, RK Metalurg Skopje beat Norwegian Elverum 22:19 (10:12) for their second win in the new edition of the European elite competition. Lino Červar’s team who is totally reconstructed during the last summer transfer window, showed capability to play against rivals on EHF CL level for a joy of fans army.Austrian right back Janko Bozovic netted six goals for the winners, while Serbian playmaker Luka Mitrović had the same score among Norwegians, who suffered second defeat in a row after surprising start in Schaffhausen.Spanish vice-champions Naturhouse La Rioja beat Slovakian Tatran Presov 37:29 (22:15).  Angel Perez Fernandez scored 14 goals for the winners in one of the most brilliant nights of career, while Antl and Sadovyi tried to save their team with eight goals each…STANDINGS: 6. Kadetten Schaffhausen200254:59(-5)0 elverumNaturhouse La RiojaRK Metalurg 3. HCM Baia Mare210163:62(1)2 5. Elverum Handball Herrer310273:89(-16)2 PHOTO: RK Metalurg 2. HC Metalurg320174:73(1)4 4. HC Motor Zaporozhye210160:59(1)2 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Veszprem continue 15 years long winning strike – Kiel beat Flensburg! Next Story → BALLET OR HANDBALL: Momir Ilic sent-off in Zagreb… read more

South Africa police say Pistorius will not get special treatment

first_imgUpdate 1.22pmSIX-TIME PARALYMPIC champion and all-round darling son of South Africa Oscar Pistorius will not be given special treatment as police investigate the murder of his 30-year-old girlfriend, authorities said today.Reeva Steencamp was found dead at Pistorius’s home in Silver Lakes, Pretoria in the early hours of this morning, allegedly shot four times.Pistorius was arrested and has been charged with murder. The 26-year-old is due to appear in the magistrates court tomorrow. He will spend the night in jail.Police spokesperson Denise Beukes told reporters that the athlete would first undergo medical examinations, including blood-alcohol tests and fingernail DNA scrapes, at a nearby hospital.“There will be no special treatment whatsoever.”Pistorius, who asked for a fast-tracked court appearance, will apply for bail but the application will be strongly opposed by South African police. It is not known on what grounds they will dispute bail.During a press briefing, Beukes dismissed initial media coverage that the victim had been mistaken for a burglar. She said investigating officers were “surprised” by the reports, which, she added “did not come from South Africa police”. Authorities have “no idea” where that version of events came from.The only two people on the premises at the time of the incident were Pistorius and Steenkamp. There were also no signs of forced entry and it is understood the property is located in a quiet area with a low incidence of crime.Police have been forthcoming with information to the media this morning, confirming that there have been previous alleged incidents of a “domestic nature” at the home of Oscar Pistorius.Beukes said witnesses are being interviewed about “things that happened earlier in the evening”, as well as around the 4am shooting.“It would be premature and irresponsible to say what happened – we’re not sure,” concluded Beukes.Capacity Relations, Steenkamp’s talent management agency, confirmed the model had passed away.“We are in communication with people on the scene. Please wait for official statements, as there is too much speculation at this moment in time. We will provide further information as soon as we are able to provide accurate information as to what transpired,” it said through social media.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Steenkamp family who have requested their privacy be respected during this difficult time.She was the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth and will be sorely missed.South Africa’s Olympic body SASCOC also issued a statement to express its condolences to the families involved in the incident.CEO Tubby Reddy said it would be irresponsible and inappropriate to comment further as there is an ongoing police investigation.“The organisation is in no position to comment on the incident other than to say our deepest sympathy and condolences have been expressed to the families of all concerned.”LIVE: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius charged with murderOscar Pistorius profile: the inspirational ‘Blade Runner’last_img read more

The Best Gifts for Pet Owners

first_imgWhat better way for a canine to cool down than with apaw-powered fountain? Attach this metal plate to a standard garden hose and onestep from the dog will activate the glow water. My Pet Speakers, $249.95 Pet Doorbell, $19.49Know a pet owner who’s sick and tired of all of the scratchingand barking to get in? This gadget gives a dog or cat control of the doorbell.It’s waterproof and runs on a single nine-volt battery. AdChoices广告Dog Cooling Jacket, $39.95Wet this jacket down and the polymer crystals will speed upevaporation, rapidly cooling off the dog underneath. The jacket comes in threedifferent sizes for various breeds. Pet DNA Art, $199For the pet lover who arguably cares a little too much, youcan turn an animal’s genetic sequence into a work of art. Portraits can becreated for dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, and a number of other animals. Ifyou’ve got any hair clippings, the company can even make these from deadanimals. The Canine Twitterer, $29.95And you thought your friends’ tweets were inane. The CanineTwitterer gauges a dog’s activity level, and then tweets one of 500 pre-loadedphrases. The tag hangs from the dog’s collar and sends information to a USB receiverdongle in your computer. Doggie Fountain, $19.99 Let’s face it, sometimes it’s just easier to shop for an animal. After all, they can’t complain, can’t return gifts, and if they pee on the thing, it’s just their way of showing you that they care. After the jump, we’ve pulled together some of the best techy gifts for the pet lover in your life.  center_img Know a cat or dog that loves to rock? This animal-friendlyspeaker promises to play “pet-friendly tunes that soothe and relax dogs, cats,horses, and their people.” The speaker is rugged and features adjustable frequency,volume, and rhythm. The Canine Treadmill, $549.95 to $899.95This one may well be over-the-top for even the most dotingpet owners. Get a bit closer to The Jetsons with this dog treadmill. It willhelp the pet owner in your life exercise their dog when the weather conditionsare less than perfect–or when they’re just feeling a bit lazy.last_img read more

Australia seeks overseas bartenders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Government is planning changes to the visas to import experienced tourism and hospitality workers. Due to the shortage of overseas students and the current boom of high-paying mining jobs, the industry is down 35,000 workers and it is predicted this will rise to over 55,000 by 2015.Unions have attacked the government as unemployment in youth is an all-time high, and jobs have been axed in manufacturing and finance. However, the hopsitality industry disagrees saying the jobs are there, but Australian workers lack the skill and motivation to do the right job.Transport and Tourism Forum chief executive John Lee said: ”This is not about denying Australians the right to do the job. The jobs are there, they just don’t want to do them.”last_img read more

Le tigre est un prédateur né et son génome le confirme

first_imgLe tigre est un prédateur né et son génome le confirmeUne étude publiée mardi révèle que le tigre et les autres grands félins sont des prédateurs-nés. Cette affirmation se base sur le décryptage du génome du tigre qui montre que sa force musculaire et son régime carnivore le prédétermine à être un redoutable prédateur.Le tigre (Panthera tigris) est le plus grand de tous les félins (le tigre de Sibérie étant le plus grand de tous les tigres). On estime aujourd’hui qu’il n’en reste que 3.000 à 4.000 vivant encore à l’état sauvage dans le monde. Sur les neuf sous-espèces recensées, trois à quatre se sont déjà éteintes durant le XXe siècle. C’est ce qui explique que les chercheurs s’intéressent de près aux survivants afin de mieux les connaître et donc de mieux les protéger.Ainsi, une équipe internationale, composée essentiellement de scientifiques asiatiques et dirigée par le généticien sud-coréen Jong Bhak, a pour la première fois décrypté le génome d’un tigre de Sibérie (Panthera tigris altaica). Il a ensuite été comparé à celui du chat et à celui d’autres grands félins comme le tigre du Bengale (Panthera tigris tigris), le léopard des neiges (Panthera uncia) et le lion (Panthera leo).L’étude montre que le génome du tigre de Sibérie est à 95,6% identique à celui du chat, les deux ayant divergé il y a environ 10,8 millions d’années. A titre de comparaison, les génomes du gorille et de l’homme présentent 94,8% de similarités mais les deux ont divergé environ deux millions d’années plus tard. Parmi les nombreux points communs trouvés entre le tigre et le chat, figure un grand nombre de gènes liés à l’odorat et aux autres sens.Une musculature et un appétit de prédateur À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Toutefois, les chercheurs ont également identifié plus de 3.600 gènes propres aux grands félins. Parmi eux, environ 1.400 sont associés à l’assimilation des protéines et des acides gras, typiques des régimes strictement carnivores. Par ailleurs, le génome du tigre de Sibérie plus que tous les autres détermine un prédateur-né. Il possède en effet des gènes “sur-représentés” : ceux liés à la force musculaire, à l’utilisation de l’énergie et à la transmission sensorielle (perception, réflexes). Publiée dans la revue Nature Communications, l’étude a également permis de constater que les léopards des neiges possèdent un gène qui participerait à les aider à s’adapter à la vie en haute altitude et donc à une quantité d’oxygène moindre. En outre, elle établit que c’est un gène mutant qui serait responsable de la couleur blanche de certains lions africains.Des informations précieuses pour la protection Toutes ces informations “pourraient être utilisées à des fins de préservation” et de repeuplement des espèces, soulignent les chercheurs dans leurs travaux repris par l’AFP. Elles vont notamment permettre de mieux tenir compte “des fondements génétiques de leur adaptation à un milieu donné” et ainsi d’améliorer d’éventuels croisements entre les félins sauvages et ceux maintenus en captivité.Le 19 septembre 2013 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate Timothy Huit

first_imgWith Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Timothy Huit is hoping to bring his background in small business and social work to the office.Huit hasn’t held elected office before, but as the owner of a roofing business for the last 17 years in Anchorage, he says he understands the difficulties in issues like building new housing units.“I’d like to have affordable housing zones for private contractors with tax breaks to try to get them motivated,” Huit said. “And I don’t think there’s going to be any easy solutions. I see this as a major problem, you know we’re all struggling to make it.”Timothy Huit. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Huit has lived in Anchorage since the early ’90s. When it comes to fiscal policies, he thinks the local outlook is much healthier than it is for the state. He doesn’t favor new taxes, and thinks finding efficiencies is a better way to balance the budget for now. Plus, Huit sees some bright spots.“We also had a record tourism year, we had 1 million visitors to Alaska and Anchorage, and collected $30 million in bed and vehicle tax, and we expect a better year next year,” he said. “So we may not be in as much trouble as we think. We also have the marijuana issue coming on board, and that’s gonna bring us some new revenue.”Huit has not received much in the way of donations or endorsements. But he’s critical of groups that have left candidates like him out of debates and forums for that reason. He sees his campaign as serious, and raising issues that ought to be part of the election, even if he doesn’t have a sizable war chest.When it comes to public safety, Huit believes his experience doing street outreach with the Brother Francis shelter is valuable. He thinks the city not only needs more police, but a better strategy for deploying them.“Geographic policing is one way we’re gonna do that. We’re gonna have officers that may be in an area of town for several years,” Huit said. “I think a critical thing we need to do now is intercede in the academies, and make sure that the ongoing academies focus on that kind of training.”last_img read more

AK Supreme Court rejects set net initiative

first_imgDownload AudioThe Alaska Supreme Court has rejected a proposed ballot initiative that sought to ban commercial shore gill nets and set nets in urban, non-subsistence areas.The decision reverses a 2014 lower court ruling that ordered that the initiative be certified by the lieutenant governor, who had previously declined to certify it. The measure had been slated to appear on the 2016 ballot.The high court, in a decision Thursday siding with the lieutenant governor’s office, said the proposed initiative would result in a give-away program of salmon stock from set netters to other fishers. The court says it also would significantly limit the freedom of the Legislature and Board of Fisheries to make allocation decisions.The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, which was behind the proposal, expressed disappointment with Thursday’s decision.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday June 5 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioGovernor floats idea of head tax to end legislative stalemateAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – JuneauAfter an entire regular session and more than half a special session gone with no deal on a state budget, Governor Bill Walker met with legislative leaders today to roll out a compromise package.Wildfire near Dillingham grows to 1,000 acresDave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham & Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reports 11 blazes were started by lightning strikes over the weekend.Caelus postpones appraisal well for big North Slope oil discoveryElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe company behind what could be Alaska’s biggest oil discovery since the 1960s will not be drilling a well to confirm the find this winter, as originally planned.Fairbanks mayor attempts to address police shortage with incentivesRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksCity of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly is trying to address a local police officer shortage with an incentive bonus program.GCI suffers crime-related statewide outages for second time in 2 monthsCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor the second time in as many months, Alaska’s largest communications company suffered statewide outages due to alleged criminal activity. This time, however, a man is behind bars for causing damage to GCI equipment at the Denali Tower building in Midtown Anchorage.65 years after crash, recovery resumes on Colony GlacierZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe military is resuming an annual mission on the Colony Glacier, where an Air Force plane crashed 65 years ago killing the dozens of service members on board. The plane was found during the initial search, but body recovery was deemed to be too dangerous and the plane and its contents soon disappeared beneath the ice.Anchorage activists hold march against gun violenceHenry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAn Anchorage group wants to change the dialogue about guns. On Saturday, the Anchorage chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a march commemorating National Gun Violence Awareness day.UA regents discuss budget uncertaintyDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Board of regents wrapped up a 2 day meeting in Fairbanks Friday to address the ongoing Strategic Pathways initiative to cut costs and focus the university on core missions.Fishermen are pulling up empty nets from Kuskokwim’s low waterAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelWater on the Kuskokwim is low, and nets are coming up mostly empty. Subsistence fishermen along the entire river are reporting this situation. Other fishermen, facing tight restrictions and cultural tension, have decided to refuse to fish.African-American soldiers who helped build Alaska Highway honoredTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksFort Greely and Delta Junction celebrated the Alaska Highway’s 75th anniversary Saturday – and one of the soldiers who helped build it. Gov. Bill Walker and other state and local leaders attended a tribute to 96-year-old Leonard Larkins, one of more than 3,000 African-American soldiers who helped build the highway.last_img read more

YashRadhika Pandit set to name their daughter on Akshaya Tritiya

first_imgYash and Radhika Pandit.PR HandoutRocking Star and Radhika Pandit’s five-month daughter will have her naming ceremony on Tuesday, May 6, on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya.”A father daughter relationship is a priceless one!! I know all of u are waiting to see our lil angel, won’t disappoint u. This May 7th on Akshaya Tritiya.. we will reveal our true treasure.. our precious Asset [sic],” Radhika Pandit announced the news on her Facebook account.There have been lots of speculations about the name of the baby. It was widely speculated that it is going to be Yashika, a portmanteau coined from a combination of Yash and Radhika.However, Radhika Pandit had denied the news. “We will have the naming ceremony when she is five months old. We haven’t picked out a name yet,” The Times of India had quoted her as saying.Radhika and Yash had started their acting career with the TV serial, Nandagokul. They also made their debut in films together, with Shashank’s Moggina Manasu in 2008. The actors had also worked together in films like Drama, Mr and Mrs Ramachari and Santhu Straight Forward.After being in love for over five years, they tied the knot as per the Brahmins-Gowda customs in 2016. Yash and Radhika Pandit welcomed their first baby on 2 December.KGF 2 On the other hand, Yash, who had taken a break from the shooting to campaign for Sumalatha in Mandya, is working on KGF 2.last_img read more

Miss India 2019 Finale Suman Rao wins pageant Bollywood beauties shine at

first_imgMiss India 2019 Finale pictures.PR Handout and InstagramRajasthan girl Suman Rao was crowned the Femina Miss India 2019 title winner in a glittering ceremony held at the NSCI Dome on Saturday, June 15, in Worli, Mumbai. Suman Rao is all of 20 and is still studying. She will represent India at the Miss World 2019 pageant in Thailand.Chattisgarh’s Shivani Jadhav was adjudged Miss Grand India 2019 while Bihar’s Shreya Shanker was crowned the Miss India United Continents 2019. Miss India 2019 beauty pageant finale was hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, actor Vicky Kaushal and Miss India World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, as also actor-anchor Maniesh Paul.Bharat star Katrina Kaif performed on stage at Miss India 2019 Finale along with Uri actor Vicky Kaushal (who she is rumoured to be dating) and Brahmastra actress Mouni Roy.”When you get yourself determined towards a particular goal in life, every single nerve and fibre of your body starts working into that direction for a victorious journey,” said Suman Rao in an interview post her win. Miss India 2019 Suman Rao being crowned by Anukreethy Vas.Instagram / missindiaorg Shivani Jadhav – Miss Grand India 2019.Instagram Shreya Shanker won Miss India United Continents 2019.InstagramMiss India 2019 red carpet saw a bevvy of stars, including Bollywood actresses Neha Dhupia, Huma Qureshi and Chitrangda Singh, actor Ayush Sharma and choreographer Remo D’Souza. These Bollywood stars were judges at Miss India 2019 along with footballer Sunil Chhetri, sprinter Dutee Chand, and fashion designers Shane and Falguni Peacock. Miss India 2019 judges.InstagramMiss Diva Universe 2015 Urvashi Rautela and Miss Asia Pacific 2000 Dia Mirza were also present at the event, so was actor Harshvardhan Rane and Bharat actress Nora Fatehi. Take a look at some more pictures from the red carpet and stage of Miss India 2019 Finale. Nora Fatehi at Miss India 2019.PR Handout Chitrangda Singh at Miss India 2019.PR Handout Dia Mirza at Miss India 2019.PR Handoutlast_img read more

Study Neighborhoods On Houstons East Side And Inside Loop Susceptible To Gentrification

first_imgA study by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research has found that virtually all of the neighborhoods on Houston’s east side inside the 610 Loop are susceptible to gentrification in the future.That part of town includes neighborhoods such as Old Spanish Trail/South Union, Denver Harbor, Near Northside and the Second Ward.Gentrification happens when middle income and upper income groups move into predominantly low-income or disinvested urban neighborhoods. That results in a loss of affordable housing and a transformation of the social, physical, historical and cultural character of a given neighborhood.Wendie Choudary, one of the study’s co-authors, told Houston Matters Tuesday that “the state of gentrification across Harris County has come in phases or time periods and it’s accelerated since 2000.”Google MapsThis photo shows a house located in Houston’s Denver Harbor neighborhood, which, according to a study by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is one of the areas on the east part of town that can be more prone to gentrification.Choudary detailed that factors to determine the likelihood of gentrification include socioeconomic status –for instance, including percentage of married couples; percentage of renters that pay more than 35 percent of their income on rent; and home values— transportation options and distance to downtown.The researcher added that gentrification causes that home ownership becomes out of reach for a lot of low-income households.“So, with this limited affordable options,” Choudary explained, “residents don’t have the money to pay for other necessary funds like health care, food, education.”The gentrification process may ultimately displace residents. “They may have to involuntarily move out of the neighborhood,” noted the researcher, “and settle in less desirable areas, away from their social ties, out of their neighborhood, longer commutes or even out of the city altogether.”The report also includes three case studies, chosen for their relatively high susceptibility to gentrification in the future, that reveal unique housing and demographic differences among the Fifth Ward, Old Spanish Trail/South Union and Greenspoint neighborhoods. Sharelast_img read more

Game of the Year FMV Games

first_img For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Once news of the unexpected, triumphant HD return of full-motion video (FMV) ironic masterpiece video game Night Trap broke, obviously it rocketed to the top of my personal Game of the Year shortlist. It would be the only proper way to honor the memory of Dana Plato. But Game of the Year is all about expanding the scope of what a Game of the Year can be, and how often we can hand out that award. So why limit myself? Night Trap is this week’s Game of the Year, but it’s not the only one. Today we’re celebrating the whole dang FMV genre.FMV games are games that make extensive use of recorded, live-action footage, featuring real flesh-and-blood human actors and everything. Developed in the 80s, the fad really took off in the 90s as a way to show off new storage media with greater capacity. Compressing video for a cartridge was tough, but you could stuff a brand new technical marvel like a CD-ROM full of dopey, sub-sitcom video clips. Go out and buy a Sega CD to bolt onto your dying Genesis, kids! Dana will totally revive it.AdChoices广告It was intriguing technology. Games are always pushing to make graphics more realistic and what’s more realistic than a video of real life? But the visual gimmick put a lot of restrictions on gameplay. Player interaction was basically limited to triggering different, slow-loading video clips if they passed or failed an arbitrary challenge. It’s the same issue that plagued the beautifully animated but inert Dragon’s Lair game by Don Bluth.However, even if FMV games weren’t good, they were still great. Poor video quality, non-existence budgets, and video game nonsense applied to real actors led some absolutely incredible, barely interactive schlock entertainment. The cowboy antics of Mad Dog McCree. The action movie cheesefest of Sewer Shark. The neon fever dream of Hologram Time Traveler. Tim Curry’s Russian accent in Red Alert (a game that uses FMV as a surreal space for an otherwise solid strategy game). FMV games were almost like the grindhouse of gaming.And like grindhouse movies, FMV games weren’t afraid to get a little controversial. A huge “benefit” of using live-action footage over pixels is the ability to show live-action, semi-naked women. The sleazy adventure game Phantasmagoria, from legitimate gaming design legend Roberta Williams, spent a surprising amount of money mixing violence, sex, horror, and blue screens. Its sequel was subtitled A Puzzle of Flesh, which should tell you something.That brings us back to Night Trap. If you look at the game now, it’s almost quaint. Watching these teen girls get stalked by knock-off vampires is about as extreme or titillating as a found footage Disney Channel show. However, the video game industry at the time had never seen anything like this. And because the industry was so new and adjacent to children, parents were afraid. Games like Night Trap and Mortal Kombat caused congressional hearing about video game violence that ended up leading to the creation of the ESRB ratings board. And it took until 2011 for the Supreme Court to finally declare video games protected speech. Thanks, Dana!These days FMV games are largely a funny relic of gaming past, but like all good schlock, they have seen some nostalgic revivals. The Kinect game The Gunstringer featured a side mode called The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles that played like the FMV game Troma Entertainment never got to make. The studio’s next game, LocoCycle, even featured an FMV cameo from Guardians of the Galaxy director (and Troma alum) James Gunn. Other recent games with inexplicable FMV footage include Contradiction, Need for Speed, the FMV fighting game (really) Stay Dead, The Witness, and famous baby simulator 1-2 Switch.Meanwhile, 2015’s Her Story was a genuinely great game that finally found an intelligent use for FMV. Players are a detective trying to solve a murder by watching countless live-action video clips of the suspect. It’s absolutely mesmerizing and would not have worked nearly as well without the real footage.I’m counting down the days until the Night Trap re-release. Maybe it will do well enough to get a Twin Peaks-style revival and kick off a whole new FMV boom. You’ll be caught in the night, in the Game of Year!Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Stay on target Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 last_img read more

Riviera Maya to get climate change observatory

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — A Climate Change Observatory along the coast of Quintana Roo is set for installation by the National Polytechnic Institute.With a focus on conservation and in response to the challenges posed by development and climate change, the Interdisciplinary Center for Research and Studies on Environment and Development of the National Polytechnic Institute will install an observatory at Sian Ka’an.Norma Patricia Muñoz Sevilla, institute researcher, said that the observatory will be located in Pez Maya, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which has 25 hectares and three kilometers of beach for coastal, marine and wetland conservation.She says that it will be there where a group of experts will take control of a series of environmental, meteorological, physico-chemical parameters, water quality, evolution of the coastline and geochemical evaluation of the mangrove area, among others.She explained that the region is a highly productive area from the point of view of ecosystems since it is part of the Mesoamerican Reef. At the same time, the area is vulnerable to global warming and natural phenomena that are becoming more intense, as happened with Hurricane Gilberto where 50 percent of Cancun suffered serious damage to its infrastructure and beaches.She recalled that in recent years, the issue of the oceans has taken hold.“Mexico is a favored country with the presence of two water bodies, a single gulf that is the California or Mar de Cortes and the Gulf of Mexico, shared with the United States and Cuba, as well as a portion of the Caribbean Sea, a situation that forces us to protect, conserve and make sustainable use of these large marine ecosystems.”In the framework of the National System of Climate Change, Muñoz said that this project is related to another meteorological station installed in Sinaloa eight years ago, which will allow researchers to understand the interrelation between the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific.She says it will also allow them to see which bodies of water behave differently because of their geographical location and geomorphological and vocation characteristics.Due to the geographical location of the country, vulnerability is always present because of the intensity and frequency of natural phenomena.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgLEAD Technologies, Inc. is the publisher of LEADTOOLS, imaging components for developers. Develop state-of-the art medical applications using the industry’s most complete and up-to-date implementation of DICOM 3.0, PACS client/server tools with built-in security, a customizable medical image display container, and Web Viewer Framework for centralized Web-based image distribution/management systems. LEADTOOLS Medical Imaging SDK is a comprehensive toolkit that supports all DICOM IODs defined in the 2008 printed version of DICOM 3.0 standard. Developers can easily generate and manipulate data, such as DICOM Basic Directory, Enhanced CT/MRI/XA Image objects, Encapsulated Documents (PDF, CDA) and Raw Data. The LEADTOOLS PACS Imaging SDK supports all DICOM 3.0 standard’s messaging protocol and extends access of PACS to non DICOM compliant systems via web services. This toolkit also makes available DICOM networking support for creating client/server systems. The LEADTOOLS Medical Multimedia Module is an add-on to LEADTOOLS SDKs that includes the LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK and a collection of state-of-the-art DirectShow filters for compressing and decompressing video and audio data inside DICOM files. Develop powerful document imaging applications with the LEADTOOLS Document Imaging Enterprise SDK.It includes a full range of recognition technologies such as powerful full page and zone based OCR including PDF output , form classification and OMR (optical mark recognition), and 1D and 2D barcode detection, reading and writing. Also load, save, scan and convert over 150 different formats. LEAD’s Medicor Imaging division publishes MiPACS, a line of cost-effective, highly scalable PACS and related components. Current customers include Veterans Administration, USAF and several major healthcare organizations. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Technology | September 23, 2009 LEADTOOLS Toolkit Supports DICOM 3.0, Extends PACS Access News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Related Content Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

What the heck is a Sinsajo

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: Despite hiccups, International Arts Festival draws crowds Costa Rica women’s soccer team headed to World Cup for first time Latin Rock Concert, Craft Beer Festival and other happenings around Costa Rica Legendary horror director Wes Craven dead at 76 Facebook Comments Among the many hazards of living abroad is the constant feeling that you are out of touch with what is going on back home.When I lived in the United States, I was a bit of a super nerd. I regularly attended midnight movie premieres, I knew all of the obscure pop culture trivia, and I could hold my own around any water cooler. But now, when I go back to the U.S., I find myself lost in the conversations of my formerly uncool friends. I don’t know what’s on TV, or what music people are listening to, or which young adult book series is being turned into a blockbuster film. A big reason for this is the way movies are translated into Spanish.Most titles, understandably, are not translated literally. “The Rum Diary” in English became “The Diary of a Seducer” in Spanish, and “Despicable Me” was translated to “My Favorite Villain.” While this makes sense for the general Spanish-speaking public, it is confusing for a Gringa waiting to see the movie her friends won’t stop writing about on Facebook.So, it comes as no surprise that when a friend mentioned to me that “Sinsajo” was coming to theaters Thursday, I had no idea what he was talking about. I nodded and feigned excitement, while making a mental note to Google Translate it later. It turns out that Google Translate is much more in tune with pop culture than I am, because it correctly translated the made-up Spanish word, Sinsajo, to its made-up English equivalent, Mockingjay, also known as the third installment of “The Hunger Games.”At least Hollywood has the decency to literally translate made-up words. For those not obsessed with the mega-popular “Hunger Games” movie series or its preceding book trilogy, the mockingjay is a fictional bird in the series, an accidental cross-breed of the repressive government’s genetically engineered “jabberjays” and common mockingbirds. Instead of inventing some nonsensical Spanish word for the title, the translator simply took the Spanish word for mockingbird, sinsonte, and jay, arrendajo.Why can’t all movies do that?Costa Rican “Hunger Games” fans can enjoy not only the perfectly translated title, but also the advantage of catching the movie an entire day before anyone in the United States. For those hoping to see the movie as soon as possible, below are the schedules for theaters featuring the movie on its opening day.CCM Cinemas San PedroSan CarlosLincoln PlazaCinemark*Note some options are dubbedMultiplaza EscazúMultiplaza Curridabat Cinépolis*Note some options are dubbedDesamparadosCartagoTres Ríos NovaAvenida Escazúlast_img read more