Former Alberta United Conservative politicians sexual assault case put over

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – The sexual assault case against a former politician with Alberta’s Opposition United Conservatives has been put over to March 22.Don MacIntyre, who until recently represented the central Alberta seat of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, did not appear in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday.He was instead represented by an agent acting on behalf of MacIntyre’s defence lawyer Ian McKay of Calgary.MacIntyre resigned suddenly on Feb. 2 after being charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor.A publication ban was initially placed on his name, but was lifted last week following a challenge by several media outlets.MacIntyre, who is 62, is out on bail with several conditions that include having no contact with the complainant or anyone under 16 unless a guardian is present.He cannot work or volunteer in roles that involve contact with children under the age of 16 and is not to go within 100 metres of a playground, swimming pool, daycare or school ground.MacIntyre is also prohibited from possessing weapons while off the property where he is residing.MacIntyre was a first-term legislature member elected for the Wildrose party in 2015. The Wildrose merged last summer with the Progressive Conservatives to form the new United Conservative Party led by former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney.MacIntyre was the party’s critic for electricity and renewables.(RD News Now, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Occupy X hits Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis weekend, cities across the country joined the Occupy Movement ….inspired by what’s happening on Wall Street in New York.Toronto wasn’t going to be left out of the Movement.There – people say the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.last_img

Spain Hasnt Changed Its Position on Western Sahara Ana Rodriguez

Rabat – Spain “has not changed its position” on the Sahara issue. It is also reiterating its “full willingness” to continue its efforts to contribute to developing the strategic relations between Morocco and the European Union. The statements were made by the Spokesperson of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ana Rodriguez.In a statement to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Monday, Ambassador Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner of the Kingdom of Spain in Morocco, highlighted the spokesperson’s statement about “the importance of Spanish-Moroccan relations.” The statement was issued following information published on the Madrid position on the Sahara issue. In this respect, the spokesperson stressed that Spain “advocates for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution within the framework of the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council,” the Spanish ambassador pointed out.Diez-Hochleitner said Monday afternoon that Ana Rodriguez “emphasized, on behalf of the Spanish Government, the determination of Spain to maintain and develop its privileged relationship with the Kingdom of Morocco.”He stressed “the full willingness of the Spanish Government to continue its efforts to contribute to developing the strategic relations between Morocco and the European Union.”“The Spanish government supports the ongoing technical talks between EU officials and Morocco to agree on the best way to implement the EU Court’s verdict of 21 December 2016,” the same source added. read more

Chad UN boosts efforts to tackle food insecurity

8 March 2010United Nations agencies are ramping up efforts to assist around 2 million Chadians who will require food aid this year because of poor rainfall and lean harvests, the world body said today. Last November the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had reported that Chad was one of 31 countries worldwide that are facing critical food insecurity due to a number of factors including prolonged drought, ongoing high food prices and conflict. In its Crop Prospects and Food Situation report at the time, the agency stated that cereal production was set to decline in West Africa compared to previous years because below average rainfall forced farmers to re-plant crops in many parts of the region and led to livestock losses in several countries, among them Chad.As part of its assistance efforts, FAO, in coordination with the Government, has put in a place a project to distribute 615 tonnes of animal food. It is also planning another project to distribute seeds for 33,000 vulnerable households. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a scheme to provide 47,000 tons of food for 750,000 people affected by drought in the regions of Kanem, Bahr-el-Ghazal, Guera, Batha, Lac and Hadjer Lamis. According to WFP, these regions are among the most food insecure in the country due to cyclic exposure to weather hazards, a situation further exacerbated by last year’s poor agricultural production.A joint assessment carried out in December 2009 by FAO, WFP and the Government found estimated that 80,000 tons of cereals are required to cover the needs of the affected population across Chad. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has also been involved in alleviating the plight of the hungry in Chad by allocating $3,751,801 to the country so far this year, most of which is focused on the health and nutrition sectors. read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:55 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 100.54 points to 14,951.49.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 69.79 points to 21,738.61.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 9.05 points to 2,435.19.The Nasdaq composite index was down 25.74 points to 6,257.270.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.04 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 80.12 cents US.

Vanguard of large UN peacekeeping force arrives in southern Sudan

Pre-deployment training has also begun in Nairobi, Kenya, for 40 UN senior staff officers and military observers, covering all aspects of living and working in Sudan, including cultural sensitization, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) announced today.The Security Council voted unanimously last month to send 10,000 troops and more than 700 civilian police to southern Sudan for an initial period of six months to support January’s peace accord ending more than two decades of conflict between the Government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).The peacekeepers of UNMIS, as part of a considerable mandate, will monitor and verify the ceasefire agreement, help set up a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme for ex-combatants, and promote national reconciliation and human rights.The war killed 2 million people, drove more than 4.6 million others from their homes and left the region in ruins, posing enormous challenges to UN agencies across the whole humanitarian spectrum as they draw up plans for relief and recovery, ranging from health care, food and refugee repatriation to census taking and mine clearance.A two-day donors’ conference earlier this month pledged $4.5 billion for 2005-2007, nearly $2 billion more than Secretary-General Kofi Annan identified as needed to resurrect the ravaged region over the next two and a half years. Mr. Annan has put the cost of the peacekeeping mission at more than $1 billion for the first year alone.The UN military deployment plan has been finalized and UNMIS and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations are working on the construction of sector sites. The approaching rainy season will affect the deployment of troops to outlying areas.Meanwhile in Sudan’s other, still raging conflict in Darfur, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, will go tomorrow to Addis Ababa in neighbouring Ethiopia for discussions on expanding African Union (AU) operations.The AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) at present numbers 2,260 out of a mandated total of 3,160, but UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland has said at least 10,000 are needed to stabilize the vast region, the size of France, where more than 2 million people have been uprooted by a conflict between rebels and the Government and armed militias. read more

UNICEF advocate Orlando Bloom urges protection of refugee and migrant children

During a visit to a refugee and migrant reception centre near Gevgelija in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at the border with Greece, Mr. Bloom listened to stories of perilous journeys, concerns and hopes for the future from the children he met. “These children have travelled through one of the deadliest refugee and migrant routes in the world. I talked to children who endured terrifying journeys, often in extreme weather conditions and for many, walking in the only shoes and clothes they have,” he stated in a news release. “They are being shuttled from one authority to another, crossing numerous borders, uncertain of the risks ahead. If they arrive safely at their final destination, they still fear an uncertain future. We need to protect and support them,” he added. Many of the children have escaped violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Through UNICEF-supported services at the reception centre near Gevgelija, children now have access to a safe place to rest, play and obtain food and water, warm clothes, sanitation and the hygiene and protection services that they need. Among those Mr. Bloom met was 17-year-old Tarek from Syria who spoke about the terror of the boat trip from Turkey to Greece and the pain of leaving his entire family in Damascus. Like many unaccompanied minors on the move in Europe, he is traveling with a Syrian family he met during the journey after saving their 10-year-old daughter from drowning. While Tarek praised the humanity of the support staff at the child-friendly space, he also expressed to Mr. Bloom his deep despair of not knowing what the future holds for him. Rajae Msefer Berrada, UNICEF Deputy Representative in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, explained the importance of protecting the children as people flee the conflict and Europe faces one of its greatest crises in recent times. “We must provide services in countries where children are on the move, and in countries of origin and destination, for play, healthcare and protection. We must put children’s best interests at the heart of our action and ensure families are kept together throughout their journey. We cannot fail these children,” she said.UNICEF noted that while earlier scenes of chaos at the border have now greatly improved, a large number of people, including children and women, are not being registered – raising concerns that those in need may not have access to the necessary services. Nearly 100,000 people – one-third of whom are women and children – have been registered at the border at Gevgelija since June this year. As the crisis continues to grow, UNICEF estimates that as many as 320,000 women and children fleeing to Europe could be in need to assistance over the next six months.On Wednesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a high-level meeting in New York on migration and refugee movements, on the side lines of the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly. read more

Track and Field Kendall Sheffield breaks 60meter record in Ohio States final

In the final meet before the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track teams placed in the top two spots of 25 different events in the Buckeye Tune Up on Friday at French Field House, highlighted by Kendall Sheffield’s record-breaking sprint. Men’s recapSheffield, the Ohio State football team’s cornerback, broke the Ohio State’s 60-meter dash record and the French Field House record with a time of 6.663. The previous team record held by Jonathan Burrell and was 6.665. “It feels great to break the record,” Sheffield said. That time currently puts him at 24th in the nation. With his goal being one of 16 competitors at the national championships in March, Sheffield will have to trim off 0.03 of his time to earn a bid.Junior Coty Cobb reached the 5.41-meter mark on the pole vault for a personal record and stand as qualifier for nationals with one competition remaining. This was the goal for Cobb heading into this meet, and before he even landed on the pit, he was already celebrating what he had accomplished.“I was trying not to celebrate too hard and get ready for the next jump,” Cobb said.Cobb’s teammate senior Cole Gorski, whose personal best 5.47 meters is currently inside the top 16, had a disappointing day, but still finished second at 5.12 meters.The next jump was at 5.49 meters, or 18 feet, a mark that would’ve placed Cobb inside the top 10 in the nation. The closest he came to jumping that height was on his first attempt, when his body grazed the bar just enough to dislodge it.With one meet remaining before the national indoor championships, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s team has six athletes currently qualified, including top long jump qualifier Zach Bazile.Women’s recapIn throwing, junior Sade Olatoye finished second in weight throw at 22.61 meters. The distance would have broken her previous record she held at the French Field House had it not been already surpassed by Cincinnati’s senior Annette Echikunwoke, who recorded a 24.78-meter throw, the best in the nation so far this year.Olatoye did go on to win shot put with a throw of 16.78 meters.Freshman Anavia Battle continues to lead the Buckeyes’ sprinters, this time winning the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.43. Although she didn’t compete in the 200-meter dash, Ohio State didn’t have any trouble with the event for freshman Syaira Richardson finished first with a time of 24.69. Freshman Brooke Mangas got her first collegiate first place finish in high jump. She won with a jump 1.63 meters. In a rematch at pole vault from last week’s Music City Challenge meet, Cincinnati’s junior Brooke Catherine finished first at 4.11 meters ahead of senior Madison Roberts, who finished second at 4.01. Ohio State sophomore Megan Hoffman finished fourth (3.91).Ohio State heads off to the Big Ten Indoor Championships next weekend in Geneva, Ohio. read more

Softball No 18 Ohio State swept to begin Big Ten play against

Ohio State junior infielder Emily Clark makes a tag on a Wright State runner on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternIndiana began Big Ten play with a bang, sweeping the No. 18 Ohio State softball team in all three games the two teams played this weekend, outscoring the Buckeyes 19-4 in the three games.Indiana (10-21, 3-0 Big Ten) took control of the series from the beginning, holding the Buckeyes (19-7, 0-3 Big Ten) to just two hits in the first game of the series.Indiana’s junior pitcher Tara Trainer, a player Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly described as “very competitive” and said would be one to watch for in this series, pitched all seven innings of the 6-0 shutout. The six unanswered runs for the Hoosiers came in pairs starting with two runs in the first inning, followed by two more in the second and another two in the fourth.The Buckeyes got on the board in the second game, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Hoosiers.Ohio State scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Junior catcher Emily Clark doubled and advanced to third on a throw while junior shortstop Lilli Piper made it to home. Clark later scored after senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin reached on a fielder’s choice.In the bottom of the fifth, however, Indiana put five runs on the board that inning alone. Freshman catcher Maddie Westmoreland’s home run contributed three of the five runs.Ohio State grabbed one run back after Clark scored in the top of the sixth, but the Hoosiers responded with four more runs in the bottom half to put the game out of reach. Ohio State was not able to get back in the game in the seventh, bringing Game Two to a close and giving the Hoosiers their second win of the weekend, ending the game at 9-3. The Buckeyes kicked off the third game with a home run by Piper in the top of the first.The Hoosiers tied the game in the bottom half of the first, however, with sophomore right fielder Gabbi Jenkins scoring on a wild pitch.The score remained at 1-1 until senior shortstop Rachel O’Malley stepped up with the bases loaded and hit a bases-clearing double to give Indiana the 4-1 lead. That base hit proved to be the game-winner for the Hoosiers.Ohio State will have its first home game at Buckeye Stadium at 6 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts Kentucky. read more

Scientists grow and implant a working rat kidney

first_imgThe ability to grow replacement organs to take the place of any that fail used to be the stuff of science fiction, but is now becoming a reality. Scientists have managed to grow a working rat kidney, which they transplanted into a living rat to prove it worked.The kidney was created by a team of scientists in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General hospital, and led by Harold Ott. To begin with they took an existing rat kidney and used detergent to strip it of cells. What was left is called the gristle, or collagen scaffolding on which to grow a new working kidney.Ott and his team used cells from newborn rat kidneys and blood vessels to build the new biological part. In total, it took 12 days for the organs to grow in a bioreactor and form a working kidney. The team then implanted the kidney into a rat where it was proven to work as it allowed the rat’s blood to be filtered as well as producing urine.Although this is just a rat’s kidney, it paves the way for future work and hopefully funding to allow the same process to be applied to human organs. Currently there’s a major shortage of kidney donors, and even if a donor is found the kidney may only last 15 years, and that’s if it isn’t rejected by the patient’s immune system.If new organs can be grown, they can be done so using a patient’s own cells, meaning no rejection and hopefully producing an organ that lasts many decades.last_img read more

He made mistakes but never resorted to selfpity Tributes paid at Eamonn

first_img‘He made mistakes but never resorted to self-pity’: Tributes paid at Eamonn Casey’s removal The former bishop will be laid to rest tomorrow. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 18,296 Views Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to the late Eamonn Casey at his removal in Galway this evening.The former Catholic Bishop of Galway and Kerry died on Monday. He had been ill for some time and was admitted to a nursing home in 2011.Casey was once one of the Church’s most prominent faces in Ireland, a well-known social advocate on a range of causes and an outspoken human rights advocate.He is best-known for the scandal that forced him resign as Bishop of Galway. In 1992 it emerged he had fathered a child with an American woman, Annie Murphy, in 1974.Speaking at the removal, Bishop Martin Drennan said Casey “made mistakes and paid a high price for them”.“As far as I could see he never resorted to self-pity. His love for the Church enabled him to accept retirement from active ministry bravely.When he moved to Carrigoran Nursing Home he faced two huge challenges. How would a man of his energy settle in a nursing home? He did. Secondly, there was the issue of giving up one thing that gave him many a thrill, driving his car. He let go of that too. That was wisdom at work.“As his memory deteriorated he tended to recall the positive in his life, especially his time in London. Gradually he found peace with his past.“A strong belief in the mercy of God allowed him to leave the past to this compassionate God. Prayer led him to peace and trust and to the confidence that the past was in safe hands and the future was also in safe hands. God had turned his wounds into wisdom.,” Drennan stated.Casey’s funeral mass will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas in Galway city at 2pm tomorrow.Read: President Higgins leads wealth of tributes to ‘pioneering’ bishop Eamonn CaseyRead: Controversial bishop Eamonn Casey has died aged 89 56 Comments Mar 15th 2017, 7:30 PM By Órla Ryan Short URL Eamonn Casey in 1992 Eamonn Casey in 1992last_img read more

Radioactivité lUE baisse le seuil fixé pour les aliments importés du Japon

first_imgRadioactivité : l’UE baisse le seuil fixé pour les aliments importés du JaponL’Union européenne a décidé de revoir à la baisse le niveau de radioactivité autorisé dans les aliments provenant du Japon. L’UE s’aligne ainsi sur les seuils plus stricts imposés par le pays, a annoncé José Manuel Barroso, le président de la Commission européenne.”Nous avons un règlement qui a été mis au point après Tchernobyl en fonction des avis scientifiques de l’époque (…). De manière transitoire, au vu de l’actualité nous avons décidé d’appliquer les valeurs japonaises qui sont plus basses que les nôtres”, a déclaré José Manuel Barroso devant le Parlement européen, rapporte le site Sciences et Avenir. La limite européenne devrait donc passer pour les césium 134 et 137, de 1.250 becquerels par kilo (bq/kg) à 500 bq/kg. Quant à l’iode 131, son niveau limite sera fixé à 2.000 bq/kg, tandis que la concentration de strontium-90 sera limitée à 750 bq/kg.À lire aussiAu Japon, un homme vient de se “marier” à un hologrammeLe président de la Commission européenne souligne que cette décision n’est qu’une “précaution” supplémentaire, et se montre rassurant en affirmant que les toutes les analyses jusqu’alors réalisées sur des aliments importés du Japon ont révélé des “niveaux de radioactivité négligeables, en tout cas très en-deçà des valeurs limites européennes ou japonaises”.Les nouveaux seuils fixés ne le sont que temporairement, a en outre expliqué José Manuel Barroso. Ils pourront être modifiés en fonction des conclusions tirées après une consultation d’experts. “Nous allons interroger les experts au niveau européen, et, si nécessaire, nous fixerons des règles communes et uniformes à toutes les importations d’où qu’elles viennent” a-t-il indiqué.Le 6 avril 2011 à 15:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

1017 WWE Results Lubbock Texas Cena vs Rollins

first_img Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live Google+ Facebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next 10/17 WWE Results: Lubbock, Texas1. Neville def. Stardust2. R-Truth def. Heath Slater3. Ryback def. Heath Slater4. Damien Sandow & Curtis Axel def. The Ascension5. Dolph Ziggler def. Rusev6. Natalya def. Nikki Bella7. Dean Ambrose def. The Big Show8. WWE United States Champion John Cena def. WWE World Champion Seth Rollins 3 falls to 2 in a 30-Minute Iron Man Match. Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs John Cena Retired?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Will Use Roman Reigns To Improve RAW`s Rotten Ratings Now Playing Up Next Is John Cena Retired? WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel center_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Becky Lynch Delighted Ronda Rousey Left WWE Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event last_img

Proud Boys raising profile in Northwest

first_imgVANCOUVER — Mykel Mosley walked out of the Vancouver Mall and saw something that made him angry: a pickup flying what he says was a Donald Trump flag.The African-American teenager yelled out an obscenity about Trump.Two men got out of the truck, and chased Mosley, one of them spinning him briefly to the ground.A video, posted online, shows some of the May 11 confrontation and its aftermath — including Mosley’s being turned over by mall guards to police who arrested him.The man who grabbed Mosley was identified by the Clark County prosecuting attorney as Tusitala “Tiny” Toese. Another man, Donovon Flippo, through a posting from his Facebook account, says he joined in the pursuit of Mosley.Both men describe themselves as members of the Proud Boys, a right-wing fraternal group that says its members are “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” Its website lists eight ways to “save America.” Among them: “give everyone a gun,” “venerate the housewife,” “shut down the government.”Within the past year, the Proud Boys, launched in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of Vice Media, has elevated its Pacific Northwest profile. Members often are savvy users of social media and take part in right-wing rallies sponsored by Patriot Prayer, including one in February at the University of Washington in Seattle.last_img read more

Gracia geared up for tough Bournemouth test

first_imgAhead of their trip to Bournemouth on Wednesday, Watford boss Javi Gracia says his side needs no extra motivation to beat Eddie Howe’s side at the Vitality Stadium.Gracia saw his side lose 4-0 at home to Bournemouth in their first meeting in the Premier League in October.As they prepare to travel to Bournemouth on Wednesday, Gracia wants his side focused on the tactical and technical aspects of the game, and not on revenging their 4-0 defeat.“I don’t think my players need the motivation to do our best,” he told the club’s official website.“I know my players and I know in all the games without exception they give their best. They don’t need extra motivation to play against Bournemouth.”In the October clash between the two teams, Watford had a player sent off after Bournemouth took the lead.Joshua King then scored a brace after Christian Kabasele was shown red and the first half ended 3-0.Callum Wilson completed the scoring two minutes into the second half to make it a humiliating 4-0 home defeat for Javi Gracia’s side.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 was a very, very tough game for us,” Gracia said, recalling the events of the game.“After the sending off, it was difficult to play with ten players and losing 2-0. It was tough for us. I saw the game many times, not only the period against ten men.“I saw when we played with 11 and that was for around 30 minutes. In that moment, I think we conceded one goal and I think we didn’t play badly.“We could have done many things better but we kept a good level in that 30 minutes. After that it was a bad game, maybe I made some decisions, like playing Capoue as a center-back to see if able to have more options.“There were different situations, decisions like that. But I am sure it will be different. We know it will be demanding against a good team, but I am sure we compete in the same way as in other games, we have options.”last_img read more

Weather Eye A poem of thanks for all we have to be

first_imgHappy Thanksgiving! I want to offer my annual Thanksgiving poem: “I look up at the sky and give thanks for the rain, hail, and snows; to fulfill our needs as only our creator knows. We complain about the heat, the cold, and the rain; but we’re given a variety to keep us sane. The dark clouds may come, but a rainbow will appear, to comfort and tell us our creator is near. We’re given the seasons — summer, fall, winter, and spring; each with their own weather they do bring. Symbolizing a beginning, growth, and death. But the wind keeps on blowing and never runs out of breath. We have acquired the knowledge of the sky, and will keep on learning, that’s no lie. As a shower that moves through and off to the east, this I would like to say at least: ‘Have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful feast.’ “Thanksgiving is when each of us can give thanks in our own way. I give thanks for living in the best part of the USA where we simply have the greatest weather anywhere. I also give thanks to the many fine letters from readers and local weather observers this year and support from my family and friends. In a few days I will log in 24 years writing this column for The Columbian.I want to say happy birthday (Friday) to my daughter Sara, a 2000 graduate meteorologist from the University of Washington. Wow, where does time go? Seems like yesterday that we went on those long winter walks in the snow, chased thunderstorms and rainbows, and splashed in the puddles. One more thing to be thankful for.Keep warm and dry, enjoy the day of Thanksgiving.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.last_img read more

Audi Disney bring VR games and movies into your car at CES

first_img More about 2019 Audi E-Tron 51 Photos News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun Comments CES 2019 Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV Marvel CES Products Virtual Reality Disney Audi Iron Man The Avengers Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multi-day vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. Specifically, Holoride will offer something called “elastic content,” automatically generated to suit each journey. A movie streamed on your iPad might be longer or shorter than your actual drive, for instance, but every one of Holoride’s experiences would automatically match up to the length of a route programmed in the car’s navigation system. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better CES 2019: Sci-fi gaming in Audi and Disney’s in-car VR… Tags In addition, the experience would be tailored to the drive route: In one demo, passengers “see” a cartoon-like, brightly colored town with intersections that match up to the real-world intersections the car is driving past. In another mock-up, users “fly” through a prehistoric landscape and turn left or right, soaring over dinosaurs, as the real-world car steers along the road.In Audi’s own words: “If the car turns a tight corner, the player curves around an opposing spaceship in virtual reality. If the Audi E-Tron accelerates, the ship in the experience does the same.”Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationIn reality, the Audi laps SpeedVegas. In virtual reality, Iron Man and Rocket wage a battle against alien hordes. Audi The idea is to give people something interesting to do when they’re riding as a passenger in a car, says Nils Wollny, Audi’s head of digital business, who will also be CEO of Holoride. That initially applies to human-driven cars, but it’s easy to imagine this type of entertainment working well in autonomous vehicles down the road.”There are a lot of passengers traveling in the back seat who have nothing to do,” Wollny told Roadshow. “In most cases, transit time feels like wasted time.” The VR demo really did bring me out of the world of riding in a car: Sure, I could feel the E-Tron moving around and accelerating and so on, but I found myself so immersed in the game that there was no real sense of what was happening. Now imagine that helping you avoid the monotony of, say, staring out the window on a long trip along the Ohio Turnpike. Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationThough Audi spearheaded Holoride, the ultimate goal is to allow the tech to work with cars from other automakers. Audi “Every street pattern turns into a canvas” for content creators, Wollny says, while “every back seat turns into a thrilling ride.” Because the twists and turns and elevation changes of a preplanned navigation route are known, thanks to the car’s built-in map data, Audi engineer Daniel Profendiner says, Holoride’s software can help create a virtual world that matches the real one. The game engine might be told not to place a digital obstacle near a highway exit, for instance, or might be shown when to make the game whip around to the left to match up with a hairpin bend in the real world.But what about motion sickness? One of the most interesting aspects of this virtual reality setup is that, Wollny says, people who use it are less likely to report feeling car sick than those simply watching a traditional tablet or phone. Because visual cues match up with the car’s real-world movements, you’re less likely to get that sinking feeling you might feel when, say, looking down to read text messages or Facebook updates in the car. Audi tested the tech with people who self-reported a high propensity for motion sickness, taking them on a 30-minute ride and asking how they felt afterward. Participants apparently didn’t feel that sick at all. “That basically solved one of the big problems,” Wollny says. Still, after my brief ride in the Audi, I was feeling rather nauseous. Another journalist seated alongside me also said he felt queasy. Of course, we were trying a demonstration VR experience while riding on a twisting and turning race track. A tamer route might not churn the stomach so much. Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationAn artist’s rendering of what the Holoride experience feels like. Audi It’s not just games Rocket’s Rescue Run is an incredibly fun demo of Holoride’s VR tech because it feels like you’re in an amusement park ride. And for Audi and Disney, the partnership with a Marvel Studios title made sense given the long history between the brands, such as Tony Stark driving Audis in Iron Man movies. But there are many other types of “elastic content” that Holoride could offer in the future. A space battle wouldn’t seem so exciting, after all, when riding on the flat, straight highways of the American Midwest. Profendiner suggests that Holoride’s technology could be used simply to watch a movie in the car with less motion sickness: The VR experience would present a screen ahead of the viewer. He also imagines experiences that let passengers time travel as they ride through a modern-day city while seeing how buildings looked in years past. “I can say perhaps let’s go minus 2,000 years [in Rome],” Profendiner told Roadshow. “Or you go to New York City in the 1920s.” Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationHoloride will initially be based in Munich, but Wollny says it could also open an office in the US. Audi An open platform Audi began working on Holoride technology about four years ago and brought Disney on board about 18 months ago. But the goal long-term is for it to be an open platform: anyone could produce content and it could work in any car. Though he’s cagey with details, Wollny seems to hint at a type of app store-like model where a user might buy experiences — movies, games and so on — for their Holoride device. Then the car would connect to your virtual reality headset with a wireless connection to provide information about your route and the car’s motion.Wollny says Holoride will launch an SDK (software development kit) for others to experiment with by the end of 2019, and plans to launch the system commercially by late 2020 or early 2021. That’s when, Wollny says, “next-generation” virtual-reality headsets will be available to take the technology mainstream.So in a few years’ time you might not bother cueing up a Spotify playlist or downloading a Netflix show to stay entertained on a road trip. Instead you might strap on your virtual reality headset and plunge into a virtual world, courtesy of Holoride. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 1:06 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 3 A few years ago I drove a few laps around SpeedVegas, a 1.5-mile race track just south of the Las Vegas Strip. On Sunday night, I lapped SpeedVegas again, but this time I was fully immersed in a space battle alongside Rocket — you know, the raccoon from Guardians of The Galaxy — and Iron Man. As I sat in the back seat of an Audi E-Tron crossover, wearing an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Rocket encouraged me to “shoot” asteroids and rival drones as I “flew” through an outer-space environment.This was the first time the companies let anyone outside Audi and Disney try the VR game. Audi Let me be clear: It was awesome fun, and I’d happily buckle up for another round of the game. But, uh, what exactly is it? This game, called Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run, is the first demo product from Holoride, a new startup in which Audi will hold a minority stake. It’s the result of Audi and Disney’s promised new media format, which aims to bring virtual reality to passengers in cars. The VR experience is intended to match, visually, what the passengers feel as they ride: If the car turns, accelerates or brakes, the VR environment will do the same thing. And the “experience” — whether it’s a game or a movie or something else — will be automatically tailored to the length and movements of your drive route. More From Roadshow Auto Techlast_img read more

New ways to fund housing in Anchorage opens doors for lowincome families

first_imgTwo new affordable housing complexes are opening in Anchorage this fall. Tenants have already started moving into the 18-unit Susitna Square in East Anchorage. But building the developments required much more than construction crews and moving vans.Download AudioMae Lee in her new apartment at Susitna Square. (Hillman/KSKA)“Come on up here,” invites Mae Lee as she walks up the newly carpeted stairs. “I don’t have anything yet ’cause I just moved from Sacramento in maybe like November, and I’ve been living with my parents.”A table leans against the wall and a just a few boxes are scattered about. For nearly a year, Lee and her three children have been living with eight other people in her mother’s three-bedroom trailer.“It was three of us in one small room,” she says. “It was really small. And my son had to sleep on the couch, and sometimes he would sleep on the floor. I felt bad for him.”Lee is a single mom who moved to Anchorage to be close to family when her relationship fell apart. She found work within a month, but it took time to get housing she could afford while raising three kids on her own. Vacancy rates in Anchorage are 3.9 percent. Nationwide, it’s closer to 7 percent.Lee walks through the three-story, two-bedroom, one-car garage apartment fawning over closet space, the new refrigerator, and the chance to have some privacy.“It’s a workout though!” she laughs as heads up to the top floor. “I’ll probably lose some weight later on. Going up these stairs.”Lee was one of 150 applicants for the 18 new units. Hundreds more applied for the 70-unit Ridgeline Terrace complex that’s under construction in Mountain View.AHFC’s new affordable housing development in Russian Jack, Susitna Square. (Hillman/KSKA)Bryan Butcher is the CEO of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, which owns the project. He says it took three years and a complicated mix of funding to get the projects built.“It’s always kind of amazing that we actually got from where we first talked about the affordable housing to actually moving in because it’s so complex to do what you have to do to get affordable housing built in the community,” he explains. Building costs and land costs are high in the city.The two projects combined cost $29.5 million. Butcher explains some of the money came from the usual sources — grants, tax exempt bonds, and state and federal funding. But another chunk came from a private-public partnership made possible through the Alaska Corporation for Affordable Housing, a subsidiary of AHFC. The units qualify for tax credits because they are low-income housing and because they feature an array of solar panels that cut energy costs by 10 percent. Key Bank bought the tax credits and the money went towards construction. Butcher says that’s what made the new developments possible. And the process is repeatable.“So it’s our hope that we’re able to be able to do this over and over again, not just in Anchorage but all over the state,” Butcher says.Rent for the units is subsidized so that families pay only 28.5 percent of their income. But it’s only for a limited amount of time for families with working adults. AHFC works with clients and case managers to help families manage their finances, improve their skill sets, and transition toward paying higher rents.last_img read more

Under US chairmanship Arctic Council convenes in Anchorage

first_imgThe United States has taken the helm of the Arctic Council and the eight-nation body is meeting in Anchorage this week.The borders of the Arctic Ocean, according to the CIA The World Factbook[5] (blue area), and as defined by the IHO (black outline – excluding marginal waterbodies). Image: Wikimedia Commons.Nils Andreassen is the executive director of the Institute of the North. The Institute is facilitating the meetings. He says the U.S. has identified several priorities for its chairmanship of the Council.Download AudioNils Andreassen is the executive director of the Institute of the North. As part of Council events in Anchorage, a youth forum tonight at the Alaska Native Heritage Center will feature speed interviews of senior Arctic officials.On Friday, the Alaska World Affairs Council is hosting a lunchtime panel discussion on international cooperation in the arctic. Both events are open to the public.last_img read more