MakeAWish Reflects On 33 Years Of Disney Wishes

first_imgIt’s been 33 years since the first Make-A-Wish kid, an 8-year-old boy named Bopsy, stepped foot into a world of inspiration and motivation at the Disneyland Resort.Decades later, thousands more wish kids with life-threatening medical conditions have felt that same feeling – inspiration that can provide the hope, strength, and joy that they need to fight their illness.This month, Make-A-Wish Foundation is celebrating all that Disney has done to strengthen the families and communities where we all live, work, and play.Make-A-Wish grants more than 14,000 wishes each year. Nearly 7,000 of them involve Disney’s help – ranging from once-in-a-life time meetings with favorite Disney talent and visits to Disney theme parks to extraordinary trips on Disney Cruise Lines and relaxing stays at the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. In 2013, Disney contributed more than $10 million through the donation of cash and theme park tickets to help grant wishes.“Disney has been with Make-A-Wish since the beginning. Their support of our mission and their deep affection for our wish kids has never wavered and continues to grow,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “As Disney does for all of us, they capture our wish kids’ imaginations, giving them hope as they return their focus to the future. We are grateful to have such a dedicated and faithful friend.”Disney’s support of Make-A-Wish extends far beyond the wish experience. In 2012, Make-A-Wish, as a signature partner, secured a grant from Disney, and every year since has received grants, totaling more than $2.2 million, to help build wish infrastructure and other capacity-building programs. Since 2006, Disney-owned ESPN has showcased incredible sports-related wish stories on their annual “My Wish” series; and the company encourages Disney VoluntEARS to contribute their time and talents to further the Make-A-Wish mission.Throughout the month of February, Make-A-Wish will showcase Disney wish stories on its website at, sharing the story of just a few of the thousands of wish kids impacted by their Disney experience. Make-A-Wish is proud to call Disney its longest tenured sponsor and sincerely thanks Disney for more than three decades of generous support.last_img read more

Arrest warrants issued for Simcoe stabbing suspects

Arrest warrants have been issued for two men wanted in connection to a stabbing at Norfolk General Hospital last Friday.Norfolk OPP say the whereabouts of the two suspects, Derrick Anthony Adams, 38, and Jean Pierre Auclair, 36, are unknown. They are believed to be heading towards the Brantford and Hamilton area, police said in a release issued on Tuesday night.A man was stabbed outside the emergency entrance at Norfolk General Hospital at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday after getting into a confrontation with two other men. The two men then fled the scene, — one on foot and the other on a bicycle.The victim made his way into the emergency room. He was treated for serious injuries.Police say the Adams is described as white, 5’9″, 173 pounds. He has an athletic build, brown hair and brown eyes.Auclair is described as white, 6’0″, 220 pounds, with a medium build. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.Anyone who sees these suspects should contact police immediately by calling 911. Do not approach the men, warn police.Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the two men is urged to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). read more

Annans envoy in southern Lebanon to meet with newly elected administrators

Staffan de Mistura will travel throughout southern Lebanon on Tuesday and Wednesday to gain “a first-hand view of the current needs of the south and the priorities set by the local administration to address those needs, with the help of the Government,” according to the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut. Mr. de Mistura will meet with administrators elected during last month’s municipal election. “The visit should also provide an occasion to discuss the manner in which demining initiatives could fit into the overall plans for development of the south by the newly elected administrators,” UNIC Beirut noted. While in the area, Mr. de Mistura is also scheduled to meet with a number of senior officials, including the Governor of the South, Faisal Sayegh, as well as the Governor of Nabitiyeh, Mahmoud Al-Moullah. During his trip, the envoy will be accompanied by representatives from UN agencies, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and the UN Mine Action Service. read more

Grandma denies being staggering drunk when she fell on holiday as she

first_imgA grandmother suing tour operators for £50,000 over a fall on holiday has denied claims she was “staggering drunk” and “wearing silly shoes”.Carole Peters suffered head injuries and a fractured right arm when she slipped while descending an external staircase at holiday apartments in Perivolos, Santorini.The 60-year-old – who denies she is a “party animal” – also suffered psychological trauma after toppling eight feet onto a concrete patio, a court heard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Illada Studios apartment complex, in Santorini, Greece Mrs Peters is now suing tour giants, TUI UK Ltd, through whom she and her husband, Kim, booked the apartment.The company denies liability for the June 2011 accident, alternatively claiming that the apartment’s owners are liable.And, on top of that, the company claims Mrs Peters courted disaster by drinking too much on her last night in Greece.But the pensioner insisted that she was fully in control when she and her husband returned to the apartment complex after a relaxing meal with friends.Daniel Saxby, for TUI UK, claimed witnesses “formed the opinion that members of your group were more than slightly intoxicated”.”That’s not true,” responded Mrs Peters, who lived in Basingstoke before recently retiring with her husband to Torbay, Devon. I have to suggest to you that you are wrong when you say that she was staggering drunkenly before the accident.Matthew Chapman The Illada Studios apartment complex, in Santorini, GreeceCredit:Champion News “We were laughing when we came back, my husband has a wonderful sense of humour,” she told Judge James Howlett.”We gelled very well with the group we were with and we’d had a wonderful holiday.”It was our last night together and I don’t have to have a drink to enjoy myself – I’m not a party animal.”The barrister claimed that one of Mrs Peters’ group was visibly “staggering”, but she rejected that as nonsense.And she told the Central London County Court: “The emphasis on me being drunk just isn’t true.”It was very hot and drink and heat don’t agree with me. I’m quite happy to take a soft drink or some water.”Mr Saxby said a medic who assessed her injuries after the fall reported that she was “clearly drunk and smelt of alcohol”.”That’s not correct,” she insisted.Debate also turned on the shoes Mrs Peters was wearing, and whether they amounted to “inappropriate heeled footwear”.Mr Saxby claimed Mrs Peters was herself heard to blame her “stupid shoes” soon after the fall.But the pensioner said there was no question of her sporting “silly shoes” and told the court: “I had flat sandals on”.The accident resulted in multiple fractures to her right arm, head injuries, extensive bruising, and a soft tissue injury to her right foot.On top of that Mrs Peters suffered a “psychological reaction to the accident and her injuries in the form of PTSD and depression”, the court heard.Movement in her right shoulder is restricted and she finds it hard using her dominant right hand for everyday tasks such as opening jars.Matthew Chapman, for Mrs Peters, said: “Gardening and playing with grandchildren are impossible and difficult respectively.”The barrister argued that the exposed stairway posed an unacceptable hazard that should have been made safe for visitors.”Mrs Peters and her witnesses deny that she was drunk or intoxicated, and also deny that she was wearing inappropriate – heeled – footwear,” he added.Nikos Iliadis, a member of the family which ran the apartment complex, also took to the witness stand.Mr Chapman put to him: “I have to suggest to you that you are wrong when you say that she was staggering drunkenly before the accident.”I’m also going to suggest that Kim Peters didn’t need to be sobered up after the accident.”Mr Iliadis responded: “Today I am 67. I was 62 at the time of the accident, and I have good sight and I can see.”I’m experienced enough to know who is drunk and how drunk that person is, and the consequences of that state.”Mr Chapman said hospital medics tending to Mrs Peters were told she was “intoxicated” by a “Greek speaking person”.Mr Iliadis denied being that person.The hearing continues.last_img read more

FTC RailCargo are the new queens of Hungary

← Previous Story Four teams for the EHF Cup trophy in Berlin Next Story → EHF CUP F4: German final in Berlin! It’s not the best season of Győri Audi ETO KC. Although they won the Hungarian Cup (they beat FTC 29-23 in March), without Anita Görbicz, Eduarda Amorim and Katrine Lunde they couldn’t qualify for Champions League Final Four to save their title. But no doubt they were the expectants of the Hungarian Championship’s final.Last week FTC Rail-Cargo denied this. After unbelievable upsets they won 37-36 at home with penalties (you can watch the full match here: next part of the final was organized in Győr. FTC started better and could control the whole match with Katarina Tomasevic’s brilliant saves, Nerea Pena’s and Zsuzsanna Tomori’s goals. The halftime result was 11-15. Neither Ambros Martin’s emotional timeout helped in the middle of the second half. It seemed their players are already looking forward to the next season and he is the only one who really wants to win this title…FTC took the chance and won in Győr too (24-26) and got the Hungarian Championship’s trophy. Győr lost the title after seven years.FTC’s coach, Gábor Elek couldn’t realize that they did it and didn’t find the words to say.Ambros Martin congratulated to Ferencváros. According to him their weak defense was the reason of these defeats. He said too that this was the hardest season of his career because of the injuries.Zita Szucsánszki, FTC’s captain: Everybody fought and we deserved this trophy. It was a pleasure to play five years with Zsuzsanna Tomori and wish her all the best in Győri Audi ETO next year.TEXT: Virág Farkas read more

Facebook buys sports data startup SportStream to help it find realtime content

first_imgFACEBOOK HAS MADE another push towards becoming a real-time public service with the acquisition of sports data firm SportStream.The San Francisco based company tracks sports-related social content, news and statistics from games.This allows broadcasters and major media companies to find sports-related conversations and use them for their own content.SportStream says that its technology “surfaces the highest quality tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram media, stats, news and more for every league, game, team, and player across sports.” It’s unclear whether Facebook will continue to focus on NFL and NBA or will branch out and include other sports.Facebook’s Vice President of Media Partnerships and Global Operations Justin Osofsky, said in a blog post that the deal would help the company work closely with its media partners and connect them with conversations on the site. We’re excited to continue investing in helping people connect through their shared interests on Facebook. The addition of this new team will enable us to work more closely with media partners as we continue to invest in more robust tools and APIs.Facebook has made a number of changes to the site this year as it competes with Twitter.The company introduced keywords insights and public feeds in September to help news organisations to track and integrate conversations into their broadcasts. It also introduced hashtags, trending topics, embedded posts and public posts to the site to help encourage public sharing.Facebook had developed a partnership with SportStream earlier this year before it decided to buy it for an undisclosed fee.Read: Woman accidentally walks off pier while checking Facebook on her phone >Read: Facebook’s auto-play video ads are arriving this week >last_img read more

Police pelted with bricks and bottles in Belfast by masked gang

first_imgONE PSNI OFFICER has been injured after a masked group pelted police with bricks and bottles in Belfast last night.The gang of young people set bins on fire and carried out a ‘sustained attack’ on police after they blocked a road at around 8 o’clock last night, the PSNI said.Officers carried out what they described as a “robust policing operation” to restore calm to the Donegall Road area of South Belfast by 10pm.One 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the public disorder and has since been released. The injured police officer sustained minor injuries.Police investigating the flags protests and resulting riots warned that anyone who engages in illegal activity will face prosecution.“Detectives from the Operation Dulcet team [which is investigating flags protests] have been clear from the outset that there will be consequences for individuals who engage in illegal activity,” the PSNI said in a statement this morning.“The PSNI have and will continue to make people amenable to the courts and will be carrying out further enquiries to identify those involved in the disorder”.Read: Police seek witnesses over arson attacks and attempted hijacking >last_img read more

Battlefield 3 PC requires EAs Origin service console versions require EA Accounts

first_imgA tweet from DICE’s community manager confirms that the PC edition of the studio’s upcoming shooter Battlefield 3 will require that players be connected to publisher Electronic Arts’ downloadable store Origin in order to play.Daniel Matros, the community manager, wrote “Yes, those ‘rumors’ are true” in response to a fan asking for comment on Internet buzz that Origin would indeed be required.A later tweet from Matros suggests that EA will stick its fingers into console platforms as well. When another fan asked if Origin would be required to play the Xbox version, Matros clarified that Origin is required on the PC edition (as Origin is a PC-oriented digital download store akin to Steam). “However, an EA Account is required,” he added, signaling that console users will still have to log in to EA to play some or all of Battlefield 3.The Origin requirement comes as no surprise following EA’s gradual retreat from Steam. As we noted last week, the publisher first pulled Crysis 2 from the now-competing store and then blamed Valve for the pull. It followed that up with pulling Dragon Age 2 from virtual shelves and announcing that the latest Battlefield wouldn’t be released on the popular service in the first place.via TwitterBlake’s OpinionEnjoy your new Origin, Battlefield fans! Much of the Internet tends to sway in favor of Steam and against other services (for good reason, given the quality of other store apps), but Valve loyalists have no escape from having another download store sitting on their machines if they want to play BF3. EA knows from the online fervor for the game that it has a hit on its hands and it’s going to use the closest thing it’ll have to a killer app to drive installations of this competitive new store.Developers have sometimes complained about Valve’s hegemony in digital distribution and wished for seriously competitive alternatives. It appears that EA is taking this possibility very seriously with Origin, but it won’t exactly be to gamers’ benefit if in three years’ time all gaming PCs are running stores from Valve, EA, Blizzard, and Ubisoft at all times just so that players can access their purchases.Still more alarming is EA’s very real tentacle-like reach into console territory. The current generation of consoles, particularly Microsoft’s offering mentioned above, have done a great job of making it easier to just get into a game without things getting in the way. Silicon Valley types call it “reducing friction,” and the most prominent example may be that Xbox games don’t require users to enter a password to start playing online.  (Astute observers will also notice that mega-hit casual games like Angry Birds or FarmVille don’t require passwords either!)EA would like to see that change by integrating its own account authentication on console platforms. EA gains valuable data about who’s playing what when – and everyone’s email addresses, no doubt – and gamers get to “pay” for the privilege with a little frustration carried over from the much-maligned PC gaming world.last_img read more

VideoLan launches Kickstarter to make VLC for Windows 8

first_imgVLC player is an incredibly powerful tool, usually one of the first things many people install on a new computer. With Windows 8 growing at its current rate, developers are beginning to realize that they might actually have to supportit.The VideoLan project is comprised mostly of developers who contribute in their free time, and since the release of the VLC for Windows 8 demo it has become clear that more help is needed. In order to support Modern UI (aka Metro) in a timely fashion, the VideoLan team have taken to Kickstarter in order to fund the development of VLC for Windows 8.“The current application has more than 15,000 forbidden calls. Fixing that will take a lot of time (or money).” – VideoLan CTO Jean-Baptiste Kempf According to the VideoLan team, VLC media player is installed on over 100,000,000 machines across the world. The project supports Linux, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and more. Instead of having a program that forces the user to Desktop Mode to use VLC (as it’s currently designed), the goal is to release a native Windows 8 app. Unfortunately, in order to support Windows 8 and the Modern UI, a lot has to change. Since the team wants to get Windows 8 support up and running as fast as possible, they have turned to Kickstarter.The £40,000 ($51,975) project will allow the VideoLan team to hire professional graphic designers and developers to create a functional UI that supports Windows 8’s design language. Initially the plan is to support x86 versions of Windows 8, but Windows RT support is in the pipeline as well.The Kickstarter features multiple levels of participation, offering everything from small gifts with the VLC logo on it to banners on the VideoLan website announcing your contribution . Every contribution includes acknowledgment inside the Windows 8 app itself, separated by participation level.VLC media player for Windows 8 would provide a usable alternative to Windows Media Center, which is something users will need to pay extra for if they haven’t purchased Windows 8 Pro. Media Center is needed in order to watch DVD or BluRay discs in a Windows 8 computer. While Microsoft is including Media Center for free to early adopters of Windows 8, the $10 add on will be a requirement to users who want to watch movies on their computers. With VLC for Windows 8, users will not need to ever purchase the add on, and instead enjoy the massive list of supported codecs from VideoLan.Read more at Kickstarterlast_img read more

Michel Barnier says EU is open to negotiating on Brexit guarantees but

first_img Mar 2nd 2019, 4:25 PM By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share61 Tweet Email Image: Michael Gruber/PA Images Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 4:25 PM 12,048 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Barnier will meet with Britain’s Brexit minister Stephen Barclay this week. Image: Michael Gruber/PA Images THE EUROPEAN UNION is prepared to give Britain further Brexit guarantees to help a divorce deal through the British parliament, the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in an interview published today“We can find guarantees to confirm, clarify, guarantee the goodwill and good faith of the Europeans with commitments which would have real legal force,” Barnier said in comments published in several European newspapers including Die Welt in Germany and Les Echos in France.Barnier also suggested European leaders would be amenable to a short “technical” delay in Britain’s departure from the EU, scheduled for 29 March, to give the British parliament time to formally ratify a final divorce deal.The British parliament rejected the original Brexit deal hammered out by Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders.With the Irish backstop being the biggest obstacle to agreement in parliament, Barnier said there was “misunderstanding” over the proposed backstop deal.He said it would not “Limiting it in time or introducing a unilateral exit clause would call into question its credibility,” the EU’s top Brexit negotiator insisted.The backstop “will end either when we have a global agreement on the future relationship, or a specific agreement with Ireland,” he said, assuring it “was never the wish” to bind Britain to European trade rules indefinitely.Meetings next weekBarnier said he would meet Britain’s Brexit minister Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox next week to discuss options.A Brussels source said those talks could take place in the Belgian capital on Tuesday.“There is a way that the British (parliament) could vote, between now and March 12th, with these guarantees of our good faith, It will be up to them to fulfil their responsibilities,” Barnier said.In 2017, the UL invoked Article 50 of EU law, triggering a two-year countdown to Brexit that ends at 11pm on 29 MarchIt is on course to leave without an agreement after British MPs in January overwhelmingly rejected the divorce deal May struck with the EU late last year.The embattled leader is now seeking changes to the pact which she hopes will be enough to get it through parliament by 12 March 12.In a revised strategy unveiled this week, May vowed that if her deal is rejected, lawmakers will vote in the following days on whether to leave without a deal or delay Brexit.But European leaders have warned any postponement would come with conditions.Barnier suggested a short delay could be acceptable.“The European institutions will do whatever is necessary on their side but the British have told us in the past that they will need two months to ratify” the deal.“It would then require a simple technical extension.”While Britain is yet to request a delay, “I don’t think there would be any objections in principle” from the other 27 EU nations, Barnier said.However, any delay “must serve to solve a problem, not merely to postpone it and remain at an impasse.”© – AFP 2019 Short URL Michel Barnier says EU is open to negotiating on Brexit ‘guarantees’ but not on the backstop Barnier also suggested the EU would be open to a “technical” delay to Brexit. Barnier will meet with Britain’s Brexit minister Stephen Barclay this week. 25 Comments last_img read more

Couche dozone un trou record observé audessus de lArctique

first_imgCouche d’ozone : un trou record observé au-dessus de l’ArctiqueCet hiver, l’épaisseur de la couche d’ozone a diminué de 40% en Arctique, a révélé l’Observatoire météorologique mondial (OMM). Une perte bien plus élevée que le précédent record, qui s’élevait à 30%.Cette observation a été réalisée à partir du sol, avec un ballon-sonde flottant au-dessus de l’Arctique, mais aussi grâce à des données satellite. Entre le début de l’hiver et la fin du mois de mars, une perte d’environ 40% a été enregistrée dans la région, explique l’OMM dans un communiqué publié sur son site. Le précédent record de destruction d’ozone était une perte d’environ 30% sur tout un hiver, souligne l’organisation.À lire aussiTrypophobie, l’étrange peur des petits trousCe phénomène de réduction de l’ozonosphère se produit chaque année en hiver et au printemps en Arctique, en raison des températures très basses de la stratosphère où se forme la couche d’ozone. Dans cette région, où les températures sont toujours plus élevées que dans l’Antarctique, les conditions météorologiques varient de façon importante d’une année sur l’autre. Ainsi certains hivers arctiques entraînent une importante déperdition d’ozone, quand  d’autres ont un impact quasi-nul sur cette couche qui protège la Terre des rayons ultraviolets du Soleil. Cette année, les températures se sont montrées particulièrement froides dans la stratosphère.Si les substances qui appauvrissent la couche d’ozone, telles que les chlorofluorocarbones (CFC) et les halons, ont été progressivement éliminées dans le cadre du Protocole de Montréal, elles sont extrêmement persistantes, et peuvent demeurer dans l’atmosphère pendant des dizaines d’années. En Antarctique, où le phénomène se produit à chaque printemps, la réduction de la couche d’ozone devrait ainsi se poursuivre jusqu’à 2045-2060, tandis qu’en Arctique, un retour à la normale est prévu dix ou vingt ans plus tôt.Le 5 avril 2011 à 16:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Meet the Space Launch System NASAs Next BigAss Rocket

first_imgStay on target Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend With SpaceX making headline after headline, it’s easy to start wondering if NASA is doing much of anything these days. The Space Shuttle is long-gone, and the US hasn’t been launching too many missions that aren’t contracted out these days, but don’t worry. NASA’s been working on its biggest rocket yet, not to mention a bevy of exiting new missions to put the new super-rocket through its paces.With the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, NASA has been left without any major rockets that can get to space. Right now, it’s working with groups like SpaceX so that it can continue contributing to the supplies and maintenance of the international space station. But! Over the past few years, it’s been hard at work on what will soon become the most powerful rocket ever made — the Space Launch System.To get an idea of why this matters, no organization on earth currently has a rocket powerful enough to replicate the Moon landings — with the landers and the rocks and the rovers and such. That’s bizarre because we’re now *check calendar* almost fifty years out. The Saturn V was a monstrous beast, capable of delivering more than 50 tons worth of cargo to the moon. For comparison, the Space Shuttle couldn’t deliver anything to the moon on its own. The forthcoming Falcon Heavy from SpaceX will be the first super-heavy launch vehicle since the Apollo Program. Even then, it’s not quite clear how much that rocket will be able to loft to Luna as the company hasn’t released exact figures, but even generous estimates place it at less than 20 tons.The SLS on the other hand? It gets pretty damned close to the Apollo missions with between 45 and 50 tons’ worth of capacity expected… to Mars. And NASA already has plenty of missions planned that will tack advantage of the added oomph, and you probably haven’t heard of any of them.First on the docket? Heading back to the Moon, of course. While a jump to Mars would certainly be exciting, NASA’s got some grand plans that will dramatically aid future human space exploration efforts.Dubbed Exploration Mission 1 (or EM-1 if you’re feeling scandalous), the flight is scheduled for 2019 and will deploy a craft that will spend three weeks in space. This will be a dry run to help test several of the core features of the new rocket including that the thermal protection on a brand-new crew module and that the rocket actually works and doesn’t… y’know… explode.The two big things to watch will be how the SLS rocket itself performs and, perhaps more importantly, how Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (they really need someone who comes up with better names on their team) functions. The test will include a high-speed re-entry test stress Orion’s thermal shielding (i.e. the thing that makes people not-die when they come back from space) as well as gather tons of data about how well all of these pieces work together in flight.On top of that, we can expect a baker’s dozen advanced scientific instruments to go along with. Some will search for water-ice on the moon, another will search for near-earth asteroids, and others will test how radiation affects life in space — all very important science-y stuff. After that launch though, if everything goes well, things will start getting very interesting very quickly.Next NASA has the Europa Clipper Mission slated for 2020 or 2021. This would be a Europa-focused mission designed to study one of the more intriguing candidates for life in the Solar System. From there, NASA will begin crewed missions. EM-2 will (hopefully) send four humans on essentially the same trip as EM-1, but this time, they’ll also be dropping off the first piece of NASA’s Deep Space Gateway. And if you’re just now hearing about this, you’re not the only one. This will be the first ever space station orbiting another celestial body. EM-2 will just be for stage one — which provides power and propulsion for the station. From there, we’ll get the Habitation, Logistics, and Airlock modules to round out its capabilities on EM missions three through five. The grand goal for the station is to help make human space flight further into the solar system much, much easier going forward.“I envision different partners, both international and commercial, contributing to the gateway and using it in a variety of ways with a system that can move to different orbits to enable a variety of missions, ” William Gerstenmaier administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations department at NASA, William Gerstenmaier says. “The gateway could move to support robotic or partner missions to the surface of the moon, or to a high lunar orbit to support missions departing from the gateway to other destinations in the solar system.”So… yeah. This would be something like our first deep-space space port. After that, NASA’s plans get a little fuzzy but a one month mission to Venus to study the atmosphere as well as long trips to Mars and even landing on asteroids will be more than possible.All of this is still a ways off, but it’s much closer than you’d think. We’re more than halfway through 2017, meaning we’re a bit more than a year away from when things will get really, really exciting. And the best part? Despite some troubles with the program, NASA’s been keeping their blog rolling with updates, and it seems that everything’s on schedule as of literally yesterday.There’s far more exciting news about SLS than we could cover here — the boosters, for example, are the largest ever designed for flight, which is just fucking awesome to me as a space-geek — so it’s worth doing more reading on your own if you’ve got the time.As we get closer and closer to the big day, though, rest assured that we’ll keep talking about this sexy new rocket and all its planned missions. I will say though, for all the hype I’ve got going for SLS, I think I’m really pumped for the Deep Space Gateway. That’s just… a whole new level of awesome.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Reigns Game of Thrones Puts You On The Iron Throne On Nintendo

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… If you’re even a remotely nerdy person (and to be honest even if you aren’t) then there’s no way you don’t already know that Game of Thrones is coming to an end starting this month. HBO’s epic dark fantasy series is poised to give fans the ending that not even A Song of Ice and Fire book readers have experienced yet, seeing as author George R.R. Martin can still take his sweet time.Folks have all sorts of theories about what will happen. Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Who will die in the war against the White Walkers? What’ll those dragons get up to? There’s a lot of story left to cover in just six episodes. But if you can’t wait, or just think that you could do it better, write your own Westeros destiny with Reigns: Game of Thrones, now available on Nintendo Switch.The original Reigns remains one of the most brilliant concepts ever for a mobile game. The interface purposefully resembles a dating app like Tinder, swiping left or right on different people. But it takes that action mobile users are familiar with in a more mundane context and transplants it to a text-based fantasy RPG. As monarch, players swipe left or right on different advisers to lead their kingdoms down different paths, and suffer the unforeseen consequences. As a mobile game the formula held up just fine on Nintendo Switch, which is basically a tablet when undocked.If you want to be reductive, Reigns: Game of Thrones just adds a new skin to the same gameplay, replacing generic fantasy with a more recognizable fantasy #brand. And yeah this is totally trying to rope in legions of Thrones viewers who might have never given the great original a game chance. But there has been a lot of work done to make the pairing gel, work that I found fascinating and worthwhile even though I personally don’t care at all about Game of Thrones.Reigns is ultimately a choose your own adventure Bandersnatch kind of game and the key to making that work is giving players interesting choices within an interesting story. You need good writing. The original Reigns won awards for its writing and fortunately this game does also well by its literary source material. On one hand, the writers didn’t have to invent a new world from scratch. However, there’s arguably even more scrutiny coming from players who already know Game of Thrones inside an out. And Reigns confidently holds up.Also, the notion of player choice becomes tricky when dealing with a set, authored story. Reigns: Game of Thrones’ clever solution to this is presenting each run as a kind of potential alternate universe (conjured by Melisandre) where a different beloved character sits on the Iron Throne, albeit rendered in Reigns’ adorable angular art style. So while you may see parts of TV show storylines, and can expect certain characters to act a certain way when you encounter them, reigning as Jon Snow will be different from reigning as Daenerys or Tyrion or even a different run as Jon Snow. Replayablity comes from unlocking new characters to play as and new storylines to play through.Plus, it turns out the gameplay in Reigns, where you try to rule as long as you can through precarious political balancing acts only to randomly die because of a mistake you can’t even identify during a particularly harsh winter, is totally in line with Game of Thrones’ whole cynical philosophy. So check out Reigns: Game of Thrones if you want some interactive fan fiction while waiting for the final season. For more on Game of Thrones check out these toys and gifts. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Salah named EA SPORTS Player of the Season

first_imgLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been named the EA SPORTS Player of the Season for his breakthrough season at AnfieldThe Egyptian forward has had a sensational debut campaign at Liverpool and broke the record of 31 goals across a single 38-game league campaign that had been held by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.Salah is also the first African player to have reached the 30-goal mark in the Premier League and the only person to have won the EA SPORTS Player of the Month three times in a single season.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I am very happy, I am very proud to win it,” said Salah, as reported on the Premier League website.“They say I didn’t have success here the first time, so it was always in my mind to have success here in the Premier League.”The 25-year-old beat the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David De Gea, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and James Tarkowski for the award in a voting panel conducted by a panel of experts, Premier League captains and fans via a public vote.last_img read more

House Passage of WRDA Reauthorization Bill

first_imgBy a vote of 399-25, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a two year Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization bill, supported by the American Soybean Association (ASA). The bill authorizes waterways infrastructure programs and the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), which allow soybean farmers to transport their crop and remain competitive in the global market.The WRDA passed by the House is a modest measure that builds on the comprehensive WRDA enacted in 2014, and demonstrates the commitment and ability of Congress to return to the routine of reauthorizing WRDA every two years.Notably, the bill passed by the full House does not include a provision that was in the version passed by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to make the HMTF mandatory funding beginning in 2027, rather than fully subject to annual appropriations. Law established in the 2014 WRDA does provide a schedule for increasing the amount of HMTF funds that must be appropriated annually through 2025.This funding schedule ramps funding up to 100 percent of HMTF revenues by 2025 and, so far, the Appropriations Committees have met the obligations.The Senate passed their version of the WRDA bill on Sept.  15 and the measure will go to Conference Committee during the lame duck session after the elections. Congressional leaders are optimistic that an agreement will be reached by the Conference Committee and a bill sent to the President by the end of the year.Passage in the House Wednesday was facilitated by an agreement to include funding in the bill to address drinking water issues in Flint, Mich. This provision paved the way for the WRDA to move through the House and for Congress to complete the separate Continuing Resolution to avoid a government shutdown and recess until after Election Day.last_img read more

Washington sales tax dependence cited in report

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — Washington is among the states that depend most heavily on sales taxes for revenue, and a new report links a decline in growth of such funds to the rising concentration of wealth for the richest U.S. households.The study by credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s shows a significant decline in annual average state tax growth among the 10 most sales tax-dependent states, which includes Washington. That report ties the slowed growth to rising income inequality, which appears to stunt overall economic growth. S&P also links it to a slowdown in average yearly gains in state tax revenues.Most economic activity comes from consumer spending, a key driver of growth. But consumers have become increasingly reluctant to spend as median incomes have barely increased over three decades and remain lower than they were in 2007 when the Great Recession began. Median household incomes, adjusted for inflation, were $54,045 in July, about 4.6 percent lower than in late 2007. By contrast, the top 1 percent of earners have prospered for more than 30 years. Adjusted for inflation, their average incomes have nearly tripled to $1.26 million since 1979, according to the IRS.last_img read more

SJM Adjusted EBITDA profit rise but Macau market share continues to slide

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Load More Macau casino operator SJM Holdings saw its net gaming revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and profit all head north in the three months to 31 March 2019, but the company’s share of the Macau gaming market failed to keep pace with the competition.SJM revealed on Tuesday that its GGR accounted for 14.1% of Macau’s casino gaming revenue in 1Q19, down from 14.7% 12 months earlier as it eagerly awaits the launch of its Cotai integrated resort Grand Lisboa Palace, due to open at the end of this year. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Despite the loss of market share, the company recorded 0.8% increase in net revenue to HK$8.48 billion driven entirely by the mass market segment, which booked 7.9% year-on-year and 4% sequential growth to HK$6.19 billion. By comparison, VIP GGR fell 19.4% year-on-year and 16% sequentially to HK$3.94 billion. Company GGR before commissions and incentives was down 4.6% to HK$10.42 billion.Group Adjusted EBITDA in 1Q19 grew 8.9% to HK$1.08 billion with EBITDA margin up from 11.5% to 12.4%, while profit attributable to owners of the company increased 16.5% to HK$850 million.SJM’s flagship property Grand Lisboa saw quarterly GGR fall 10% year-on-year to HK$3.52 billion, falling short of analyst estimates although brokerage Bernstein noted that EBITDA margin improved to 17.1% versus 14.2% in 1Q18 on higher hold (3.2%) and better business mix.“VIP suffered in the quarter (-17%) while mass held up (+3.7%), with hold improvement in Premium Mass, but both did not perform as well as the market,” Bernstein said.Satellite GGR fell 1% to HK$5.43 billion and self-promoted casino GGR by 4% to HK$1.47 billion.SJM Vice-Chairman and CEO Dr Amrbose So stated, “We are very pleased that our efforts to strengthen our mass market business have resulted in material increases in SJM’s net profit and Adjusted EBITDA during the first quarter.“We strive to continue enhancing our business on Macau Peninsula whilst we complete construction of the Grand Lisboa Palace on Cotai.”last_img read more

Air China suspends flights to North Korea

first_imgAir China has suspended flights to North Korea, further limiting the secretive state’s links with the outside world, in what the government said was a business decision with no political motives.The suspension comes shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Beijing and pressed his counterpart Xi Jinping to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program.China sent a special envoy, Song Tao, to the North last week but his four-day trip ended with no direct statement on the crisis, after Pyongyang’s series of nuclear and missile tests triggered global alarm.Air China last cancelled flights to North Korea in April, citing low customer demand, but resumed them soon after.A customer service representative for the airline said Wednesday there were no flights scheduled for the Beijing to Pyongyang route through June.China has denied any political motives behind its flag carrier’s suspension of the route.“The airliners just work out their own operation plans based on the state of operation and the market,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a press briefing on Tuesday when asked about the apparent move.Passengers flying from Beijing to North Korea are now left with just three regularly scheduled flights each week, on the North Korean state airline Air Koryo.Air Koryo also operates flights from the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang to Pyongyang, though it halted flights from the Chinese border city of Dandong earlier this year.Beijing is Pyongyang’s only major ally and biggest trade partner, though in August China said it would abide by new UN sanctions which heavily curtail the North’s exports of its most profitable goods.The US on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions targeting North Korean shipping and Chinese traders doing business with Pyongyang, again raising the pressure on the pariah state to abandon its nuclear program.last_img read more

Mozilla Firefox Preview new Firefox browser is available on Google Play

first_imgMozilla Firefox Preview, new Firefox browser, is available on Google Play by Martin Brinkmann on May 16, 2019 in Firefox, Google Android – 38 commentsFenix, which is a codename, is a new browser for Android by Mozilla that will replace the current Firefox web browser for Android eventually. Fenix is open source and interested users may follow development on the project’s GitHub website.Firefox users interested in the new browser could not get it from Google Play up until now; this changed recently with the release of a preview version of the browser called Firefox Preview. Designed for beta testing and feedback, it is available to all Google Play users who sign up to participate in the testing.Firefox Preview is based on Mozilla’s Android Components and GeckoView. The preview version is considered beta; it lacks some features that Mozilla wants to implement before the final release. Users should expect bugs in the preview of Firefox for Android, and Mozilla expects them to report these bugs so that they may be fixed before the final release.The release version of the new browser won’t support all features of the current Firefox browser for Android. Extensions support is planned but won’t be supported in early stable versions of the browser.Mozilla aims for an end of June release. Firefox users who want to test the mobile browser right now can do so right now by following these steps:Visit the following Mozilla website: the Beta Testing Program on the site.Join the Firefox Fenix Nightly group on Google Groups:!forum/fenix-nightlyOpt-in on Google Play to receive test builds of the mobile browser: the Firefox Preview browser from Google Play: steps, with the exception of the last, won’t be necessary anymore once Mozilla publishes a final version of the browser.Here are a couple of screenshots of the new browser:Firefox Preview will receive automatic updates after installation. Whether that is purely automated depends on the Play Store settings. The default setting updates applications automatically when the Android device is connected to a wireless network.You can switch that to any network or don’t update automatically in the Google Play Store settings.Now You: What is your first impression of Firefox Preview? Any wishes? (via Sören Hentzschel)SummaryArticle NameMozilla Firefox Preview, new Firefox browser, is available on Google PlayDescriptionAndroid users may install the new Firefox web browser for the operating system, codename Fenix, from Google Play now.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Books Morrisseys autobiography of a miserable man

first_imgPerhaps the most remarkable aspect of Morrissey’s “Autobiography,” which Penguin published in Britain and the rest of Europe last week, is that it exists at all. It has been rumored roughly forever. As recently as September, the Atlantic put together a convincing case that its imminent publication was a hoax. In fact, the British pop icon’s memoir was merely delayed, reportedly over his insistence on a Penguin Classics designation — a black-border badge of literary immortality assigned, in this exceptional case, before the book’s actual birth, which is rather a royalist attitude for someone who once made a great record called “The Queen Is Dead.” What links other Penguin Classics authors is death and veneration; Morrissey has always longed for both, first as lead singer of the Smiths — the greatest band to emerge from the extraordinary British postpunk renaissance of the 1980s — and then in his resilient solo career. If the reports are true that he held Penguin to ransom over the Classics imprimatur and won, then “Autobiography” is an act of hubris at once appalling, hilarious and diabolically brilliant, much like the writer himself.Whether as the sneering wraith twirling gladioli during the Smiths’ first appearance on Top of the Pops in 1983 or in his beefed-up, rockabilly-mechanic guise of today, Morrissey, now 54, has held fast to the mindset of late-20th-century pop music’s great object and subject: the existentially bewildered adolescent. It’s a state of morbid petulance and persecution, of sensational narcissism and wild emotions keenly felt, of Eros and Thanatos fumbling eternally in the backseat. It’s a state of mind that produces lyrics such as “If a double-decker bus crashes into us/ To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die” and “I wear black on the outside/ Because black is how I feel on the inside.” It’s also the state of mind of “Autobiography.” Alone and misunderstood, his passions unrequited or confused, the mopey teen in his bedroom carves out a jealously guarded sanctuary of rebellious beauty and sullen wit — and for this one mopey teen, emotional penury becomes a life force, straight through to middle age. “Autobiography” has no dedication page, which is one of the many very Morrissey things about it. Steven Patrick Morrissey is a legendary control freak, which reinforces the impression that “Autobiography” had no editor. It has no chapters or index; its chronology is linear except when it isn’t; its first paragraph is 4 1/2 pages long. Early on, the apparent lack of a guiding hand isn’t a drawback — it’s sometimes even a virtue. Morrissey writes with fondness and fierce loyalty of his Irish Catholic family, but with terrified revulsion of their hometown, “forgotten Victorian knife-plunging Manchester, where everything lies where it was left over one hundred years ago.” He renders his childhood with a mordant wit reminiscent of his hero Oscar Wilde; his entry into the world is a perfect egomaniac’s epigram (“Naturally my birth almost kills my mother, for my head is too big”), while his only sibling whets his appetite for paranoid melodrama (“My sister Jackie, older by two years, is interrupted four times as she tries to kill me; whether this be rivalry or visionary no one knows”).An editor may have compressed Morrissey’s operatic eviscerations of 1960s and ’70s Manchester and its ghastly state school system, one powered by beatings, privation and occasional sexual predation. (Lest one might think Morrissey is exaggerating for effect, a complementary account of St. Mary’s Secondary Modern can be found in Tony Fletcher’s excellent recent Smiths biography “A Light That Never Goes Out.”) An editor may have trimmed the 13 pages of summaries of Morrissey’s favorite poets (birth and death dates helpfully included), or hacked away at the five-page disquisition on British children’s television of the 1960s. But all of these passages are more moving for being so voluminous and obsessive. “Television flickers and fleets, and must be watched closely lest what you see is never seen again,” says Morrissey, who writes as incisively on his heroes David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith as he does on “Lost in Space,” “where all the secrets of masculinity are meted out in the ping-pong clash between Dr. Smith and Major West.”We can thank St. Mary’s for shaping Morrissey’s lyrical temperament (“Its wearisome echo of negativity exhausts me to a permanent state of circumstantial sadness”) and for rendering him unfit for further schooling or gainful employment; we can also thank Sounds magazine and his local postal office for turning him down for jobs and intensifying his fruitful malaise. Then one day in 1982, 18-year-old guitarist and songwriting prodigy Johnny Marr knocks on the door of an eccentric loner he barely knows and, improbably, asks him to start a band. With or without Morrissey, Johnny Marr would have been a star; but without Marr, Morrissey still would be in his bedroom, writing spec scripts for soaps and Instagramming his vinyl collection. (That Morrissey clearly recognizes this but can’t fully bring himself to admit it is also very Morrissey.)The miracle of the Marr visitation is the moment that “Autobiography” begins to curdle, and when the dearth of editorial supervision begins to show. It’s here that Morrissey’s account of the Smiths necessarily begins to compete with other, more reliable narratives, and here that his miserablism turns out to be congenital instead of contextual. A scant two years after the first Morrissey-Marr meeting, the Smiths’ self-titled debut album, released on seminal postpunk label Rough Trade, hits the U.K. charts at No. 2, but because it is not No. 1, Morrissey writes, “My life sinks.”“Autobiography” is at times so relentlessly whiny and misanthropic that it’s startling when Morrissey shares a flash of sober self-awareness. “Undernourished and growing out of the wrong soil,” he writes of himself circa 1984, “I knew at this time that a lot of people found me hard to take, and for the most part I understood why. Although a passably human creature on the outside, the swirling soul within seemed to speak up for the most awkward people on the planet.” That was once true — exhilaratingly true, true enough to save a life. But “Autobiography” only speaks up for its author, and never more than in his next line. “Somewhere deep within,” he confesses, “my only pleasure was to out-endure people’s patience.”© 2013, Slate Facebook Comments The Guardian reported Wednesday that The Smiths’ 1986 album “The Queen Is Dead” was named the Greatest Album of All Time by NME, beating out the Beatles, the Stone Roses, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and hundreds of other greats.center_img No related posts.last_img read more