first_imgFLINT, Mich. — Lawyers for a Montreal man convicted of stabbing a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan, have asked the judge to sentence him to 25 years in prison.Amor Ftouhi (ah-MOOR’ fuh-TOO’-ee) was convicted in November on several charges in the June 2017 attack, including committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. Witnesses said Ftouhi, who is Muslim, yelled “Allahu akbar” — or “God is great” — while attacking Lt. Jeff Neville, who survived being stabbed in the neck.Ftouhi could get a life sentence. But in a memorandum filed Thursday in federal court in Flint, his attorneys asked that he be sentenced to 25 years and that he should spend that time in solitary confinement.They wrote that Ftouhi was depressed about debt and an inability to properly support his wife and children after moving them from Tunisia to Montreal. They have said he expected to be killed by other officers.The attorneys declined to comment about the filing when reached by phone.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN videojournalist Trina Roache and correspondent Justin Brake.APTN NewsAPTN News has received two nominations for the 2018 Atlantic Journalism Awards. Television journalists Trina Roache and Justin Brake are nominated in the enterprise and feature reporting categories.Roache for her APTN Investigates documentary History Decolonized. And Brake for Eastern Métis: ‘new wave of colonialism’.Roache was also named a finalist in the videojournalist category.The AJAs have been a continuous annual celebration of journalistic excellence and achievement in Atlantic Canada since 1981. Winners will be announced May 11 in Halifax.last_img

first_imgDENVER – Across the street from the Colorado Capitol rises an 11-story building emblazoned with The Denver Post’s logo. No reporters work out of the building any more, only executives of Digital First Media, whose cuts at the Post triggered an unusual plea from the paper’s own editorial page to be sold to another owner.Five hundred miles to the west, the Salt Lake Tribune newsroom takes up one floor of the building that bears its name, overlooking snow-capped mountains and the arena where the Utah Jazz play. Once a Digital First property that dealt with staff reductions and feared closure, the paper was sold to a prominent local family in 2016. Since then, its reporters received their first raise in a decade and won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.Though its home city is less than one-third the size of Denver, the Tribune’s newsroom staff of about 90 is larger than the Post’s roughly 60, who work out of leased offices in an industrial area northeast of the city.“Denver is such a big, vibrant community to have a staff that is smaller than ours — that’s just a mockery,” said Mike Gorrell, a veteran Tribune reporter.As Colorado’s civic community tries to mount a journalistic rescue mission and buy the Post, it is looking to Salt Lake City and other cities like Boston, Minneapolis and Philadelphia that have seen wealthy residents keep their newspapers viable. What happens in Denver could be a signal to a battered newspaper industry, reeling from dwindling ad revenues, of what the future looks like.“You’ve got a better shot when there’s a local owner — there’s going to be pressure on that person to keep that asset vibrant,” said former Denver Post editor Greg Moore, who contributed a column to the Post’s April 9 editorial package. “If Denver’s future was like Salt Lake’s and they had a local owner with deep pockets who cared, that’d be the best outcome.”That was the hope of the Post’s editorial page when it published its rebellious call for a sale with the headline: “As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved.” Editorial Page Editor Chuck Plunkett did not inform the newspaper’s editor or owners of the editorial and accompanying columns slamming Digital First and the New York-based Hedge Fund that owns it, Alden Global Capital, which the editorial called “vulture capitalists.”“The smart money is that in a few years The Denver Post will be rotting bones,” the editorial warned.Digital First and Alden did not reply to requests from The Associated Press for comment. The chain owns more than 80 newspapers and is known for cutting deeply. Critics say it vacuums up the profits from the reduced newsrooms and funnels them into other ventures.In the days after the Post editorial, the editor of the Bay Area News Group, also owned by Digital First and reeling from heavy cuts, published a sympathetic column . Last week, the editorial page editor of the Boulder Daily Camera, another Digital First property, self-published his plea for a buyer, saying his bosses would not allow it in their newspaper.It’s unclear if the Post is even for sale, and there’s no guarantee of a buyer surfacing in Denver.Colorado’s civic scene does not have a dominant family like the one in Utah who purchased the Tribune, the Huntsmans, which includes the recently deceased Jon Huntsman Sr., who founded an $11 billion industrial company. His son is Jon Huntsman Jr., the former governor of the state who is now the U.S. ambassador to Russia.Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz has long been rumoured as a possible buyer, but he also owns the rights to the name of the shuttered Rocky Mountain News, and has explored reviving that paper in the past instead. Anschutz owns the Colorado Springs Gazette and has built a political vertical to compete with the Post’s coverage.Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he’s been talking with local leaders about assembling possible buyers. Potential contributors include Colorado billionaires like John Malone, chairman of the board of Liberty Media, and Pat Stryker, a major liberal political donor. One group of philanthropists is travelling to Philadelphia to study how charities there bought the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News in 2016, according to Bruce DeBoskey, a Denver philanthropic adviser.The only group to surface publicly is a consortium in Colorado Springs that pledged $10 million toward purchase of the newspaper. “We still believe in print,” said John Weiss, publisher of an alternative newspaper in Colorado Springs and six other small newspapers, who is part of the group.J.B. Holston, dean of the University of Denver’s school of engineering and computer science, has been convening meetings about the Post, but said some in the group lean toward starting a new, largely or entirely digital newsroom to bind the fast-growing city together.But newspaper analyst Ken Doctor warned there’s no proven substitute for a local newspaper.“In this whole debacle of American journalism and especially with what Alden’s done, we haven’t seen anyone enter the scene with a real replacement,” Doctor said.last_img read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 2:38 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cascades to close New York City plant, property put up for sale for US$72M KINGSEY FALLS, Que. – Cascades Inc. (TSX:CAS) announced plans Wednesday to close its packaging plant in New York City by the end of next year, a move that will lead to the layoffs of 148 people.The Quebec-based company says the facility has “reached its physical limits” and it made the decision as part of its modernization and optimization efforts in the northeastern United States.The property has been put up for sale for US$72 million.Cascades, which produces, converts and sells packaging and tissue products, employs 11,000 people in North America and Europe. read more

Ohio State redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun drives the lane against a Wisconsin defender in the second half at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 19. OSU won 70-61. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State (22-5, 12-1) stretched out its winning streak to eight straight, edging out the Iowa Hawkeyes (15-10, 6-6) 88-81 Sunday. The Buckeyes were led by junior guard Kelsey Mitchell and senior forward Shayla Cooper with 20 points apiece. Cooper also lead the team in rebounds (8) and assists (5).The first half was a fast paced shootout from both sides of the court. The Buckeyes came out in a full-court press in the first quarter, but the Hawkeyes were able to handle the ball. OSU had a tough time stopping Iowa’s shot attempts, as the Hawkeyes shot 48.6 percent at the end of the first half. OSU held their own shooting 48.5 percent and scoring extra points from the charity line, hitting five of their seven free throws. With leading scorer Mitchell off to a slow start with only four points at the half, other Buckeyes stepped up. Junior guard Sierra Calhoun hit four 3-pointers before the end of the half, scoring 14 points. She finished her game with 19 points.The half ended with the Buckeyes having the slight edge, 41-38. Calhoun gave credit to her teammates for her shooting well against Iowa. “Teammates did great job of finding me, coaches came up with a great gameplan and against their defense we executed well,” she said. Cooper jokingly added her words of encouragement to Calhoun prior to the opening tip.“Before the game started I told her, ‘When I pass you the ball you better shoot it, because I’m not passing it for no reason,’” Cooper said.Going into the third and fourth quarter, the game stayed at its’ same fast but even pace. The momentum officially swung in the favor of OSU with 3:45 minutes left of play. Iowa and OSU were tied at 72, when freshman guard Kierra Lewis hit a contested layup to put the Buckeyes up two. On the other side Iowa missed a layup, and Lewis capitalized on the fast break opportunity hitting another layup. Mitchell then scored three straight times, followed by a Cooper layup allowing the Buckeyes to go on 12-0 run. This run sealed the deal for the Buckeyes, allowing them to walk away with their 13th straight home win. OSU coach Kevin McGuff mentioned that the close game scenario could be looked at in a positive light. “For us to have to executive offensively in a tight situation is good for us,” he said. “For us to have to get stops and rebounds down the stretch is also something we need to be doing this time of year.”OSU also relied on their ability to shoot well at the line and good passing to pull through with the win. The Buckeyes scored 20 points from the free throw line and dished out 18 assists on the night.However, the Buckeyes missed their leading rebounder junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, as the second best rebounding team in the nation was out rebounded by Iowa 39-36. Mavunga could be out for the next few weeks, and McGuff mentioned that rebounding is something the team will have to collectively work on for the time being. “Steph is one of the best rebounders in college basketball, so we will have to make that up by committee, more than just one person,” he said. Iowa also had four players score double digits, and were led by senior guard Ally Disterhoft with 22 points, followed by sophomore forward Gustafson with 17.The Buckeyes will play next at Nebraska at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. read more

The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team will launch its 2012-2013 season Nov. 9 at the Carrier Classic game against Marquette. The season opener, which will be played onboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., will likely provide a rare experience for the Buckeyes. “It’s going to be dark, there’s definitely going to be some wind,” said junior point guard Aaron Craft. “It’s going to be fun though.” The Carrier Classic was inaugurated last year to honor America’s military. Proceeds are donated to charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project and tickets were made available for veterans and members of the armed forces. “It means a lot to our team to be invited to play in front of the military guys,” said junior forward Deshaun Thomas. “That’s what it’s all about. The stuff that they did for us, fighting over there. It’s just motivation to play for them and go out there and play our best.” To play its best, OSU will have to overcome more than just a Marquette team that Thomas called “physical,” but also an unfamiliar environment. “I mean, it’s going to be different,” said Thomas, who voiced concern about falling into the ocean while diving for a loose ball. “I’m going to try to stay away from the edge a little bit.” In all likelihood, Thomas and the Buckeyes shouldn’t worry about going overboard. Bleachers surround the basketball court and the ship is docked. Coach Thad Matta said that he thinks his team will be surprised with the environment onboard the USS Yorktown, indicating that it might not exactly meet their expectations. “I think that they’ll be shocked with what they see, the normalcy of it,” Matta said. One thing that the Buckeyes should account for in an outdoor game is wind, which could make shooting more difficult. In last year’s Carrier Classic, which saw North Carolina defeat Michigan State, 67-55, the Spartans struggled from the three-point range. MSU connected on 2-20 of their three-point attempts, while making a little more than 30 percent of their shots from the floor. Craft said that he isn’t worried about the wind, noting “anything that’s kind of out of the ordinary, or any type of adversity,” affects both teams. The junior also pointed out that the Buckeyes might have the perfect player for an outdoor game. “One thing I know is if someone can find a way to shoot the ball through the wind, it’s going to be my guy right here,” said Craft while pointing at a grinning Thomas. “He’ll find a way to put the ball in the basket.” Thomas agreed. “I can shoot through anything,” Thomas said. “You’re going to see some jumpers going in.” read more

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) lays the ball up in the first half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor The Ohio State Men’s Basketball took on Michigan State in the third round of the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 15 at the United Center in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Photos by Casey Cascaldo

first_imgQuaker Chemical reports that MinetechTM CST 100 exceeds customer expectations. A global leader in process fluids, it recommended MinetechTM CST 100, a newly developed innovative and effective high-performance gear oil, to improve longwall operations at a customer mining site of Patrot Coal. CST 100 is a fully synthetic, high-performance gear oil engineered for highly loaded gearing as well as plain and rolling element bearings.Patriot Coal, a leading producer and marketer of coal in the eastern USA with 14 mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois Basin, sought to improve running peak performance since a large percentage of its annual coal production comes from their longwall operations. Patriot Coal – Speed Mining sought to accomplish this improvement through the reduction of operating temperatures and clutch pressure by choosing to run the CST drive of the 15 Headgate panel with Quaker Chemical high-performance gear oil. Equally important in the decision to turn to Quaker was, the company says “the on-site service and support promised by Quaker’s experienced technical experts.”Quaker says MinetechTM CST 100 “has outstanding oxidation and thermal stability, high viscosity index and excellent low temperature flow characteristics. It also protects against micropitting with a high load carrying capability, resists sludge formation, and provides maximum protection against rust, corrosion and foaming.Speed Mining evaluated Quaker’s gear oil in the #1 CST drive (P-45) on its 15 Headgate Panel during an evaluation period of 1,492 hours. During the evaluation period, the product outperformed expectations when the CST operating temperature reduced 10°C (from 67°C to 57°C), the clutch pressures improved significantly; and it generated no foaming.“Overall there were no issues during the evaluation period,” says Glenn Lilly, Longwall Manager at Speed Mining, Patriot Coal. “Since evaluating the product, we continue to run MinetechTM CST 100 in our #1 CST and are planning on installing it in another one of our CST gearboxes (KP-45).”last_img read more

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first_imgCoburg Library is hosting a morning of Greek music. On Wednesday 11 July, the library will host live performances of traditional Greek music, including musician Byron Triantafyllidis. The library invites people to come along, enjoy the performances and browse the latest Greek books, DVDs and CDs. For bookings contact (03) 9353 4000 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will announce a candidate next week to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.Trump had said earlier this month he would choose a nominee within two weeks of his inauguration.“We will pick a truly great Supreme Court justice,” Trump told reporters who asked about the vacancy as the president signed paperwork to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Both projects had been blocked under former President Barack Obama.“Sometime next week,” Trump said about his timeline for naming someone to fill the nearly yearlong vacancy created by the February 2016 death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia. “Probably making my decision this week, we’ll be announcing next week.”“We have outstanding candidates,” he said. Trump was summoning top senators to the White House later Tuesday to discuss the nomination.During the campaign, Trump released a list of 20 names of people he said he would consider for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court. Before he was sworn in to office, he asserted that potential court appointments were among the reasons he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the election.“I think the people of this country did not want to see what was happening with the Supreme Court, so I think it was a very, very big decision as to why I was elected,” Trump said at a Jan. 11 news conference at New York’s Trump Tower.After Scalia’s death, Obama nominated federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late jurist. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., refused to schedule a confirmation hearing. Garland returned to his own courtroom last week.last_img read more

first_imgThe FA Cup Final is played at Wembley Stadium, and after qualifying to the Quarterfinals, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes wants to reach it.Watford defeated Queens Park Rangers 1-0 yesterday in the FA Cup Fifth Round.And now the team is going to the Quarterfinals, waiting for its next opponent.For goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes this means the team has a big chance to reach the FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium.“It’s going to be great for us (if we reach Wembley),” he was quoted by Sport BT.“We need to believe; we need to still believe. Talking in the dressing room and after the game, we were speaking about it. It’s about belief.”“It’s an amazing feeling; an amazing opportunity for me to continue to try to give my best,” he explained after the match.“It was an amazing present for me — I couldn’t ask for more.”What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“It’s just about trying to keep Ben’s level (when I play). He’s amazing at the moment, he’s playing very well, so in a game like this I have to be prepared to keep it up,” he added.“He’s amazing. We’re able to help each other; we’re a group where whether you’re playing or not you’re going to be helping.”“How many saves did Joe Lumley have to make?,” QPR manager Steve McClaren also said.“He didn’t have to make a save.”“We were really disappointed to concede from a set-play, but I felt so comfortable otherwise,” he commented.“We dealt with (Troy) Deeney and (Andre) Gray so well. We caused them problems with the wing-backs. We were so, so close. We’ve just got to keep that spirit, that attitude and eventually it’ll turn.”“We’ve got to take the performance into Tuesday against West Brom,” the coach said.“Watford were strong and resilient which is why they’re doing well in the Premier League. We’ve just got to keep believing and we’ll start getting results.”last_img read more

first_imgAn air quality advisory has been issued until Monday, June 24 for southcentral Alaska for smoke conditions related to current fire operations. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas. Kale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “The southwest corner of the fire, which burned off a couple days ago and created that heavy smoke, that held yesterday during those winds. That is the best news we have for the community of Sterling is that corner is holding.”  Crews are working to establish and connect fire lines in the Mystery Creek Road area as the fire continues to burn through the thick black spruce stands in a southeasterly direction. Fog and heavy Smoke Caused delays on Sterling Highway early this morning near Mystery Creek Road.  The eastern flank of the fire east of Mystery Creek Road continued to move east in a long narrow finger and is now approximately 4 miles from the Sterling Highway. Casey: “During the early morning hours today the Sterling Highway was impacted by heavy fog from the marine layer and heavy thick smoke from the black spruce stand burning east of Mystery Creek Road. Law Enforcement temporarily closed the highway between mileposts 63-70 after a minor vehicle accident and utilized pilot cars as soon as the road conditions improved. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to be patient and drive cautiously while traversing the Sterling Highway.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire has grown and is now estimated at roughly 22,847 acres as of Friday with 291 personnel.  The primary growth has been towards the eastern flanks. Hotshot crews from the Lower 48 are working today to aggressively establish control lines with the highest probability of success, according to Casey.last_img read more

first_imgAlaska and British Columbia on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding giving the state a larger role in transboundary mine permitting decisions.Download AudioAcidic drainage from the Tulsequah Chief Mine, discolors a containment pond next to the Tulsequah River in British Columbia in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Chris Miller/Trout Unlimited)Gov. Bill Walker and B.C. Premier Christy Clark signed the document during a teleconference. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and B.C. Mining Minister Bill Bennett oversaw its development.Bennet says it’s a framework covering permitting, water testing, transportation and other transboundary issues.“It signifies and formalizes our commitment, Alaska and B.C’s commitment, to work more closely together, to put more effort into that collaboration and to work on further agreements between the jurisdictions that will allow us to put in some detail exactly what that additional collaboration looks like.”He says the other agreements should be completed early next year.Walker issued a statement saying the memorandum could also boost economic development on both sides of the border. That includes improved transportation links and tourism promotion.Mine critics in Alaska have said such an agreement has no teeth.The document specifically says it imposes no legally binding obligation that could be enforced in court.Bennett and Mallott say such provisions can only be part of a treaty between the federal governments of both nations.last_img read more

first_imgFarhad MazharPoet, essayist, and political analyst Farhad Mazhar was abducted from his Adabar residence early Monday, claimed his family.The police, however, said Farhad Mazhar remained missing after he “went out of his residence in the morning in normal attire”.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Tejgaon police’s deputy commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarker said Farhad’s wife Farida Akhtar told him that her husband had been abducted.The police officer then asked Farida to file a general diary with Adabar police station.Biplob Kumar said the footage of the CCTV cameras installed in front of Farhad’s residence shows that he was “going out of the residence on foot, clad in a normal dress, at 5:05am in the morning”.The family sources, however, said he usually wakes up early in the morning, but doesn’t go outside the residence at that time. He usually goes out after eight or nine in the morning.But Farhad, who is said to be a pro-opposition intellectual and has remained vocal against the government’s “onslaught on freedom of expression”, called up his wife at 5:29am over cell phone and said: “I am being taken away. They will kill me.”Biplob said the police are trying to trace him through tracking his phone. “His locations are being changed frequently. We’re trying to find him.”A source close to Farhad Mazhar said Farida, the founder of Ubinig, saw her husband working on the computer when she woke up around 4:30am. She woke up again around 5:00am, but then she did not see her husband at the computer table.Farhad called his wife at 5:29am, the source said.Farida received a phone call later at 6:21am, which was followed by another call, and she was told to pay a ransom of Tk 3 million (Tk 30,00,000) for her husband’s release.Adabar police station’s sub-inspector Ali Aktar told Prothom Alo that Farhad’s wife Farida Akhtar informed the police about the disappearance of her husband around 10:00am.last_img read more

first_imgThe proposed merger of the District’s utility company with an energy giant has generated a lot of discussion among the city’s political leaders and activists.D.C. Council member Mary Cheh has reservations about Exelon-Pepco merger. (Facebook Photo by Barbara L. Salisbury/For the Office of Mary Cheh )Pepco Holding, the parent company that offers utility services to District residents and businesses, is in the process of melding with Chicago-based Exelon in a $6.8 billion merger approved on April 30 by the boards of both companies. The combined utility businesses will serve about 10 million customers and have a rate base of approximately $26 billion.The merger has been approved by utility commissions in Delaware and New Jersey, and in Maryland, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have given favorable responses to it. Despite promises of efficient service and reasonable utility rates by leaders of the companies and their supporters, there is some skepticism regarding the merger in the District.“We write on behalf of District residents and ratepayers concerned about potential adverse impacts from . . . the application for approval of Exelon Corporation’s acquisition of Pepco Holdings, Inc.,” said D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), in a recent letter to the District of Columbia Public Service Commission. It was co-signed by D.C. Council members Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large).Cheh is chairman of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, and held a roundtable on the merger on Jan. 23. Her colleague, D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large), who chairs the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, held a roundtable on the same topic on Jan. 29.Cheh said testimonies from the roundtables were troubling. “The concerns raised by the public, the Office of the People’s Counsel, the District government, and environmental groups were deeply troubling,” she said. “It is our belief that the acquisition as proposed is not in the public interest.”Cheh is concerned the merged company will not be sensitive to rates and policies regarding the District’s power grid and power supply. She also argues that the $33.75 million one-time payment to District customers, which averages out to $128 per ratepayer, is inconsequential.The council member said if the commission decides to approve the merger, that “legally binding, permanent, and enforceable” agreements on rate increases and customer service should be gotten from Exelon executives and “not simply commitments or statements.”The public service commission makes the final decision for the District on the merger. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and members of the D.C. Council have no formal role in the process. A spokeswoman for the public service commission said a merger decision will be made 90 days after evidentiary hearings, which are taking place presently, are completed.Bowser told the AFRO on April 1 that the District’s Department of the Environment will look into the merger, and that she is requesting the public service commission “look hard at Exelon’s proposal.”D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said he owns Pepco stock, and has recused himself from issues regarding the merger. Orange, a former Pepco regional vice president, wouldn’t comment on the transaction.D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) said the merger “is not a council issue.” “We don’t make a decision,” Bonds said,” but we want fair rates for our residents.”D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) agreed with Bonds that the council is not directly involved but she does have concerns. “I want to make sure that our customers have affordable and fair rates regarding their utility bills,” she said. “Residents should have reliability of rates.”Alexander said that she wants the city’s undergrounding of utilities program to continue if the merger is done.last_img read more

first_imgIf you are one of the lucky few who got their hands on an Oculus Rift and/or you run your PC on Linux rather than Windows, there’s two lots of good news today.First of all, Half-Life 2 is now available to play on Linux through Steam. That’s according to SteamDB, which compiles information from Steam’s large and growing database of game data. The update happened late last night, but is by no means final.Last week the first Portal game also became playable, but gamers have been reporting varying degrees of success playing it. A lot depends on the hardware inside your PC (Intel GPUs cause problems), with screen tearing being one of the more common issues talked about.If Linux isn’t your thing, but virtual reality headsets are, then you’ll be glad to hear Valve has decided to officially support the Oculus Rift for Half-Life 2. It comes in the form of a new beta build of the game available through Steam and requires you set a -vr property. Everyone running the beta build should be able to get access to this option within a couple of weeks.Just like the Linux build of the game, Oculus Rift support is going to be a bit buggy, but that’s why it’s being released so Valve can get feedback and fix the isasues. If you intend on trying this with your Rift, bugs already identified include a very dim HUD that’s hard to read and the UI showing up in the wrong place on screen.Now read: Valve released Half-Life 2 mod Minerva on Steamlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Cool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversGEEK PICK: Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD I thought Final Fantasy XV was great, but I’d be the first to admit that Chapter 13 was a chore. Its narrow corridors, uninteresting puzzles, clumsy stealth sections, and survival-horror vibe were at odds with the rest of the game. Square-Enix promised to adjust this portion after receiving negative user feedback. After months of waiting, the update has finally arrived.Update 1.06 and 1.07 clock in at a hefty 5.6GB. The changes brought to Chapter 13 account for the update’s beefy file size. The original version of Chapter 13 was purposely designed to be a departure from the rest of the game. However, the development team recognized that it wasn’t what the majority of players wanted to experience.“The direction of Chapter 13’s content was a deliberate decision made by the development team,” said the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, in February. “That said, the amount of stress inflicted on the player while running through this chapter was greater than we had anticipated. We believe resolving this issue will naturally lead to a better gameplay experience.”On top of altering Chapter 13, update 1.07 also fixes a number of bugs. Update 1.06 prepares the game for the upcoming Episode Gladiolus expansion that drops on March 28. Thanks to this expansion, we’ll finally know where Gladio ran off to during the middle of the game.Here is the list of all the Final Fantasy XV 1.06 and 1.07 updates:Version 1.07Various bug fixesVersion 1.06Addition of Chapter 13, Verse 2 (alternate route featuring Gladiolus)Enhancement of Arcana spells (Alterna, Holy, Death)Announcement of winning snapshots from first photo contest (viewable at Takka’s Pit Stop in Hammerhead)Temporary conclusion of Timed Quests (will resume at a later date)Addition of two pieces from “Episode Gladiolus” downloadable content to music player tracklistAddition of compatibility with “Episode Gladiolus” downloadable contentVarious gameplay enhancementsVarious bug fixesUpdated saves will not work on former versions of the gamelast_img read more

first_imgAmid Backdrop Of Hong Kong Protests, China Conducts ‘… Yuan Junmin by NPR News Scott Neuman 8.29.19 2:47am An annual rotation of Chinese troops in Hong Kong normally seen as a routine maneuver is taking on a more ominous tone this year amid warnings from Beijing of a possible crackdown on pro-democracy protests.Although the movement of People’s Liberation Army troops and vehicles in and out of Hong Kong is an annual exercise, China’s Xinhua news agency took the unusual step on Thursday of reporting the predawn deployment in real time instead of waiting until it was complete, as in previous years.The news agency published photos of armored personnel carriers passing through Huanggang Port, a land border crossing that separates Hong Kong from the city of Shenzhen in mainland China.In reporting the 22nd annual maneuver, which it described as “a normal routine annual rotation,” the news agency said PLA troops “have grasped the ability to defend Hong Kong.””[The troops] are determined to resolutely protect national sovereignty, security and development interests. They will effectively carry out the duty of defending Hong Kong, and perform more new contributions to maintaining the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong,” Xinhua said, echoing comments made earlier this month by Chen Daoxiang, the commander of the PLA garrison in Hong Kong.The troop rotation also serves as a show of strength after more than 11 weeks of sometimes violent protests that have rocked Hong Kong and severely challenged Beijing’s ability to administer the former British colony.Although Xinhua did not say how many troops were involved, the Hong Kong garrison is believed to number between 6,000 and 10,000. They are divided between bases in mainland China and former British army barracks in Hong Kong.In recent weeks, Chinese state media have shown video of troops of the PLA and the Chinese People’s Armed Police conducting anti-riot drills.While part of China, Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous region governed by a Beijing-appointed chief executive and a legislature weighted in Beijing’s favor.In early June, demonstrations began peacefully with the aim of opposing a proposed law to allow some in Hong Kong accused of crimes to be sent to mainland China for trial.However, demands of demonstrators have grown and the protests themselves have become more violent, prompting officials in Beijing to issue stark warnings of a possible crackdown. Earlier this month, a spokesman for China’s Hong Kong affairs office warned protesters not to “take restraint for weakness” and admonished that “those who play with fire will perish by it.”Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, who has cautioned that the city could be pushed “into the abyss,” has not ruled out the possibility of invoking emergency powers to quell the unrest.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

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