Moldova UN human rights expert calls for more fostering of religious diversity

9 September 2011Moldova’s Government leaders should demonstrate robust leadership to encourage religious diversity and ensure that the country’s minority groups are not marginalized, a United Nations human rights expert warned today. The Eastern European nation has made “noteworthy progress” on religious freedom since the era of the Soviet Union, but it can still take further steps to foster diversity, according to Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.In a press statement issued in Chisinau, the capital, after an eight-day visit, Mr. Bielefeldt noted “the obstacles deriving mainly from the overly predominant position of the Orthodox Church, which enjoys a privileged status at variance with the constitutional guarantee of a secular State.“Moreover, important sectors of society see Orthodox Christianity, in particular the Orthodox Church of Moldova, as constituting the backbone of national identity,” he added.“Some groups go as far as to explicitly demand, often in an aggressive fashion, to put followers of other denominations – such as Protestants, Jews and especially Muslims – in a marginalized position.“Although these extremist groups seem to account only for a small minority, they apparently are not met with much criticism from within the Church, thus leading to the perception that they somehow speak on behalf of the country’s Orthodox believers in general, as well as with the tacit approval of the Church authorities.”Mr. Bielefeldt stressed that what is most needed “is a public culture of appreciating diversity.”He called on the Government to take the lead by issuing strong anti-discrimination laws, promoting inter-religious communication, investing in civic education and speaking out against incitement to religious hatred.”The Special Rapporteur stated that religious instruction in Moldova is voluntary according to the law and the Government.“Strong and effective mechanisms must be developed to protect children who opt out of religious education from any form of negative pressure, be it from school authorities, church officials, other children, or any other party.”Mr. Bielefeldt, who serves in an independent capacity, reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He will issue a formal report to the Council early next year on his visit to Moldova. read more

BlackBerry Ltd replaces head of global sales with industry veteran from Cisco

WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry Ltd. has replaced its head of global sales.Carl Wiese succeeds John Sims, who joined BlackBerry 18 months ago as part of a series of management changes at the struggling smartphone company.Wiese comes to BlackBerry from Cisco Systems. He previously held positions at Apple, Avaya, Lucent and Texas Instruments.BlackBerry Ltd’s purchase of Android-related domain names sparks Android phone speculationBlackBerry Ltd sales sagging as Apple Inc’s iPhone keeps gaining momentumSims joined BlackBerry in January 2014 shortly after BlackBerry installed John Chen as its chairman and chief executive.BlackBerry said that Sims has left the company but didn’t provide details.Chen has focused on transitioning BlackBerry away from falling handset revenues and towards sales in its software business but revenue in the first quarter of the current financial year were US$21 million below analyst estimates, at US$658 million. read more

Côte dIvoire president signs powersharing decree Annan helped to draft

“The language of that decree was worked out with the Secretary-General’s help at the recent summit in Accra, Ghana,” Fred Eckhard said at the daily briefing, adding that the signing was a welcome development fulfilling part of the “Accra III Agreement,” the deal signed at the end of that meeting late last month.Under the deal, the transitional government and opposition parties pledged to implement the January 2003 Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, which ended bitter fighting between factions in the north and the south, but which had caused a four-month political stalemate.The deal, whose exact clauses have not been made public, also calls for a new nationality code that would expand the field of political candidates to include people of immigrant descent and for rebel forces to disarm by mid-October.The West African country has been roiled by unrest that started with a failed coup against Mr. Gbagbo in 2002. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2013 5:30 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,750.52 up 54.14 points):Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 51 cents, or 1.60 per cent, at $32.35 on 19.38 million shares. The energy sector was up 0.87 per cent at 254.43 points, as price of crude oil advanced 86 cents US to $95.01 per barrel.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 18 cents, or 0.90 per cent, at $19.88 on 11.21 million shares. The gold sector led the decliners on the main index, sliding 0.70 per cent to 188.59 points. The price of the bullion fell US$7.70 to $1,378.90 per ounce.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 11 cents, or 2.38 per cent, at $4.74 on 6.41 million shares.San Gold Corp. (TSX:SGR). Miner. Up 6.5 cents, or 39.39 per cent, at 23 cents on 5.35 million shares.Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:BNK). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 3.31 per cent, at $3.12 on 4.94 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (954.41 up 5.80 points):Seafield Resources ltd. (TSXV:SFF). Gold explorer. Up a penny, or 20 per cent, at six cents on 8.34 million shares. The Toronto-based company said it made new discovery of gold-copper prophyry mineralization at its project in Colombia. Seafield’s president and CEO said the company’s geological team is interpreting the data.Anglo Swiss Resources Inc. (TSXV:ASW). Base metal explorer. Down half a cent, or 33.33 per cent, at a penny, or 7.51 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS). Paper. Up $1.58, or 2.24 per cent, at $72.23 on 23,063 shares. Montreal-based Domtar acquired Associated Hygienic Products, a maker of store brand infant diapers in the United States, for $272 million.MTY Food Group Inc. (TSX:MTY). Restaurants. Up $2.40, or 10.57 per cent, at $25.10 on 72,010 shares. The company behind the Country Style, Yogen Fruz and Mr. Sub brands signed a deal to buy the a group of companies that operate the Extreme Pita, PurBlendz and Mucho Burrito restaurant chains for $45 million.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS). Bank. Unchanged at $59.61 on 4.48 million shares. Second-quarter profit jumped nearly 10 per cent but still came short of analyst estimates. Its revenue totalled $5.22 billion, up from $4.7 billion in the same period a year ago, helped by its acquisition of ING Direct. read more

A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Feb. 9-15 Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 9-15. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary,” NBC, 23.14 million.2. “NCIS,” CBS, 18.77 million.3. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 16.19 million.4. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 12.27 million.5. “Empire,” Fox, 11.96 million.6. “Scorpion,” CBS, 11.86 million.7. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.46 million.8. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 11.35 million.9. “SNL: 40th, Red Carpet,” NBC, 11.32 million.10. “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 10.66 million.11. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.46 million.12. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 10.35 million.13. “Mom,” CBS, 10.22 million.14. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 9.89 million.15. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 9.81 million.16. “Modern Family,” ABC, 9.77 million.17. “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 9.62 million.18. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 9.53 million.19. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.33 million.20. “Scandal,” ABC, 9.32 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; AMC is owned by AMC Networks; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2015 6:09 pm MDT read more

Jim Tressel 3 former Ohio State players on College Football Hall of

Then-coach Jim Tressel holds the championship trophy after a game against Oregon Jan. 1, 2010, at the Rose Bowl. OSU won, 26-17.Credit: Courtesy of TNSFormer Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel and three former OSU players are listed on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, according to an OSU release.Alongside Tressel — who is the current president of Youngstown State University — on the ballot are former Buckeye running back Keith Byars, linebacker Tom Cousineau and fullback Jim Otis. The former coach and three players are among 193 names on the ballot.The 2015 class is set to be announced on Jan. 9 in Arlington, Texas, three days before the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game, according to the release.Tressel coached at Youngstown State from 1986-2000 before joining the Buckeyes from 2001-10. He won the Football Championship Subdivision national title four times with the Penguins before winning the 2002 BCS National Championship with OSU.Byars was the 1984 Heisman Trophy runner-up, the same season he was named the Big Ten MVP and a first team All-American and All-Big Ten. He’s fifth in OSU history for all-purpose yards and rushing yards. Byars also played 13 seasons in the NFL as a running back and tight end.Cousineau’s 572 career tackles while at OSU are the second best in school history and he was named first team All-American twice to go with three All-Big Ten seasons. He was drafted first overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 1979 NFL Draft.Otis won the 1968 national championship with the Buckeyes and was named a first team All-American the following year.Currently in the College Football Hall of Fame are 24 former Buckeye players and 10 former coaches. Former offensive lineman Orlando Pace was inducted last year. The last OSU coach to be inducted was John Cooper in 2008. read more

Immigration Officer friend killed in Houston accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo killed in separate accidents over the weekendAugust 15, 2016In “latest news”Teen killed in Bagotville accident, friend criticalDecember 13, 2018In “Crime”Motorcyclist killed after colliding with cow on number 55 public roadNovember 8, 2018In “Crime” Chase who was the pillion rider was flung from the motorcycle and was subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).King reportedly died instantly as a result of the impact and was pronounced dead on arrival at the medical facility. An Immigration Officer and her friend met their demise late Saturday night on the Houston Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) when the motorcycle on which they were traversing lost control and crashed into a concrete median.Dead are Mirwava Chase 25 ,of William Street, Kitty and Stanley King, 24 years old of 116 section “M” Campbellville.Dead Stanley King Dead Mirwava Chase According to reports, the two were traversing on motorcycle CG 2195 at around 21:45hrs south along the western carriageway when King who was said to be speeding lost control while negotiating a turn and slammed into the median. read more

Thai man jailed for 35 years for defaming royals in Facebook posts

first_img 15,701 Views Friday 9 Jun 2017, 9:27 PM Thailand’s new king Maha Vajiralongkorn, who continued with the prosecution after his father’s death last year. Share8 Tweet Email Jun 9th 2017, 9:27 PM http://jrnl.ie/3436482 By AFP Short URLcenter_img 48 Comments Thai man jailed for 35 years for ‘defaming’ royals in Facebook posts The man’s last name has been withheld from publication to protect his relatives from ostracisation. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (left) and Queen Sirikit wave to people from the balcony of Dusit Palace in Bangkok, June 2006. Source: Durand PatrickObservers have been closely watching how the new king approaches the controversial legislation, which effectively blocks scrutiny of Thailand’s opaque and powerful monarchy.Lese majeste court cases are routinely shrouded in secrecy, with media forced to heavily self-censor the details to avoid breaching the broadly-interpreted law.Reporters were barred from entering the military court where Wichai’s verdict was read.Wichai, who was arrested in northern Chiang Mai in December 2015, initially denied the charges but later confessed after waiting for more than a year in jail for court proceedings to begin, iLaw said.Lese majeste suspects are rarely acquitted or granted bail.The UN’s human rights office said it was “appalled” by the sentencing and decried the increasing number of lese majeste cases under junta rule.In a separate case today a criminal court sentenced another lese majeste suspect to 2.5 years in jail for uploading an audio clip from an underground political radio show that allegedly insulted the monarchy.- © AFP 2017Read: Beloved Thai king, the world’s longest-serving monarch, dies aged 88Read: ‘We are suppressing obscene and dirty shows’: Thai police say they’re cleaning up Pattaya A THAI MAN has been jailed for 35 years today for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand’s ultra-rich monarchy from criticism.A Bangkok military court convicted the 34-year-old of 10 counts of lese majeste for posting pictures, videos and comments concerning the royal family on a Facebook account that purported to belong to a different user.Wichai, whose last name was withheld to protect his relatives from ostracisation, was accused of using the account to slander a former friend, said iLaw, a group that tracks royal defamation cases.“The court punished him with seven years per count. Altogether he was given 70 years, but it was reduced in half because he confessed,” said Yingcheep Atchanont from iLaw.Use of the draconian defamation law has surged under the royalist junta that grabbed power in 2014, with more than 100 people charged since the coup.Prosecutions have continued under Thailand’s new king Maha Vajiralongkorn, who took the throne in late 2016 after the death of his deeply revered father. Thailand’s new king Maha Vajiralongkorn, who continued with the prosecution after his father’s death last year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Une fusée russe envoie six satellites américains dans lespace

first_imgUne fusée russe envoie six satellites américains dans l’espaceMercredi, un lanceur Soyouz a décollé du cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan. Il emportait avec lui six satellites de télécommunications américains Globalstar-2.Prévu au départ le 5 décembre, le lancement de la fusée Soyouz-2.1a a finalement eu lieu mercredi depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan. Doté d’un bloc d’accélération Fregat, l’engin transportait six satellites américains de télécommunications Globalstar-2 qu’il devait mettre en orbite dans la nuit. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Les cinquième et sixième satellites doivent se séparer du bloc Fregat le 29 décembre à 01h38 de Moscou (le 28 décembre à 21h38 UTC), les autres à 01h40 de Moscou (21h40 UTC)”, a précisé à RIA Novosti un porte-parole de l’Agence spatiale russe. Chacun de ses satellites possède une durée de vie de 15 ans pour une masse de 700 kilogrammes. Une fois mise en orbite, cette nouvelle constellation est destinée à fournir des services de qualité en matière de téléphonie et de transmission de données.Néanmoins, si ce lancement s’est bien passé, on ne peut pas en dire autant de tous les lancements conduits par l’Agence spatiale russe qui a dû essuyer un nouvel échec ces derniers jours avec le satellite Meridian retombé sur Terre.Le 29 décembre 2011 à 11:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fiscal Changes with New Fiscal Year

first_img Cabinet launches consultation drives Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Mar 2015 – No new taxes, but some expensive changes will take effect tomorrow and it impacts businesses, including employees. We learned today that minimum wage is postponed to May 15, 2015 but last week, the public was informed of changes to the Immigration Regulations which will see work permit fees increased by over 100% in some cases and the NIB informed on March 17th that payments will be increased as the wage ceiling is raised; that change also comes into effect on April 1st, 2015. There will be some savings… business licenses are cut by 50%; there will no longer be the 7.5% Customs Freight Insurance Tax; the FIT is gone in what Finance Minister Washington Misick called a rationalisation strategy. The Domestic Financial service tax and a wide range of bank service fees will no longer be charged but to transfer money out of the Turks and Caicos will more expensive; no longer at 10%, now 12%. Pensioners likely welcome the news that during a recent Cabinet meeting it was decided that, and I quote now, “TCI National Insurance Board pension regulations will be changed to ensure that monthly retirement pensions will be based on the ‘best five years of contributions’ of the past ten qualifying years. Pensioners will then receive a pension calculated on the 5 years of their highest total amount of insurable earnings.” Even better news is that the new policy takes effect retroactively from 1 January 2015. Recommended for you Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI begins loan re-financing talks Related Items:cabinet meeting, fiscal year, immigration regulationlast_img read more

Apprehension of Irregular Haitian Migrants

first_imgCoral Harbour Base, 13 July, 2015 (RBDF)… A Haitian vessel suspected of smuggling irregular Haitian migrants was intercepted a few miles west of the central Exuma chain in the Warderick Wells Cay area shortly after 9 a.m. this morning. The 30-foot sailing sloop and its occupants were apprehended by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force stationed at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park along with the Park Warden. The migrants were brought to the Coral Harbour Base, New Providence by HMBS P44, where they were handed over to Immigration authorities. The migrants consisted of thirty-three (33) adult males, nine (9) adult females and two (2) male children, bringing the total count to forty-four (44).The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to “Guarding Our Heritage” and the sovereignty of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, illegal haitians, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationcenter_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Cocoa Industry to be expanded

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, February 6, 2017 – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government is committed to the expansion of the cocoa industry and will be offering increased support to stakeholders.  He said the Ministry, through the extension services of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), will be designating teams to work directly with the farmers in the cocoa industry.  “Small farmers will receive the benefit of highly skilled extension officers who will visit with them, guide them and assist them in how to manage their farms,” the Minister said.Mr. Samuda said the extension officers will also provide technical guidance to farmers on reaping practices, as well as in detecting and reacting to any introduction of diseases within fields.  Addressing the opening ceremony for a two-day International Fine Cocoa Conference and Chocolate Expo at the Spanish Court Hotel, today (February 6), the Minister said this collaboration between the Government and the independent cocoa farmers is crucial.   In addition to technical advice, farmers will be provided with seedlings and other productivity incentives to encourage an expansion of cocoa production to more parishes across the island.Meanwhile, Mr. Samuda said legislation to establish the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), which was passed in the House of Representatives in September last year, will allow cocoa farmers to determine their prices and enable higher levels of competition within the industry.The JACRA results from the merger of the Coffee Industry Board, Cocoa Industry Board, the regulatory functions of the Coconut Industry Board and the Export Division of the Ministry. It is responsible for the development, regulation, promotion and standardization of the agricultural commodities industry.   It is intended to ensure the efficient and competitive development of the sector.“Instead of the industry being controlled by the Government dictating prices for the product, the new legislation, which focuses on regulating industries that contain brands that are critical to Jamaica, allows the players within the industry to be free to market their own product.  This means an independent farmer can go and market his own product and go in search of the best price,” Mr. Samuda said.  He said the Government will focus on monitoring the integrity of the quality of products in the market, to ensure it meets internationally recognized standards.  The Minister said this provides a new opportunity for the cocoa industry. “A new door has opened and the Government will be doing everything to promote the expansion of cocoa production,” he added.The International Fine Cocoa Conference and Chocolate Expo was hosted through the International Fine Cocoa Innovation Centre, a project of the Cocoa Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.  The event brought together 100 delegates from across the Caribbean and the United States of America. There were sessions on a range of current issues related to the industry, such as disease control, certification, value-addition and processing. Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

The Geeksplainer Metal Gear Solid

first_img A key tenet of geek culture is knowledge – we judge and are judged based on our encyclopedic knowledge of games, sci-fi, comics, anime, collectibles and more. But it’s impossible for one human being to know everything, no matter how many chips you get put in your brain. That’s where we come in. With this series of “Geeksplainers,” we’ll give you everything you need to know to get up to speed on some of the most complicated, intense subjects in the pop culture universe. No longer will you have to fake it in conversations until you have time to run to the bathroom and engage in a 45 minute Wikipedia session. Let us be your guide, now and forever.This installment: With the announcement of Derek Connolly as the screenwriter for the film adaptation, let’s unravel the world of Metal Gear Solid.AdChoices广告What Is Metal Gear Solid?Metal Gear Solid – or just Metal Gear – is a franchise of stealth action games created by Hideo Kojima for Japanese publisher Konami, typically following the adventures of an agent known as Solid Snake. The series began in 1987 with a Japan-only title for the MSX, which was reworked for the Nintendo Entertainment System without Kojima’s involvement. The game was a moderate success, so Konami produced Snake’s Revenge, also without Kojima. He returned to the franchise for the MSX-only Metal Gear 2 in 1990.Eight years later, things start to get interesting. Metal Gear Solid brought the series into the modern era on the PlayStation, with a remarkably deep and complex story involving Snake sneaking into an Alaskan military base to stop the deployment of a superweapon and meeting his long-lost twin brother. The game was a massive hit and spawned multiple sequels over the next two decades – until he acrimoniously parted ways with the company in 2015.Who Is Solid Snake?In the original MSX game, Solid Snake is a rookie in the FOXHOUND special ops division, sent to infiltrate the Outer Heaven fortress to stop a doomsday weapon. He discovers that his superior office Big Boss is behind the scheme and kills him. That conflict (of course, he’s not dead) forms the spine of the series. Snake is a gruff but sensitive soul, capable of speaking six languages fluently and wielding pretty much any weapon.Metal Gear Solid, with its full voice acting and cinematic cutscenes, fleshed out Snake’s character further. Turns out he was the product of a genetic engineering project called Les Enfants Terribles, where the genetic code of Big Boss was used to create the perfect soldier. We later discover that Snake carries a genetic time bomb that prematurely ages him. The series has also taken sidetrips and flashbacks to let players control Big Boss and cybernetic ninja Raiden. More on that later.What Is A Metal Gear?It’s a giant robot, basically. The walking tank with nuclear capability is the motivating force for most of the stories, but the games aren’t about them, if that makes sense. They’re just sort of an excuse to get Snake in the field and start a bigger story unfolding. That’s probably a good idea, to be honest, as they’re not very interesting.The earliest game in the timeline, Metal Gear Solid 3, sees Naked Snake (the progenitor of the line) sent on a mission to Russia to extract scientist Nikolai Sokolov and destroy his new weapon the Shagohod, an ambulatory tank capable of firing nuclear missiles. This is the first “Metal Gear,” but not the last. Throughout the series, they become more advanced and mobile.Their general purpose still stays the same: to launch nuclear missiles from any location on Earth, destabilizing the precarious peace between the world’s major powers for a variety of reasons. We’ll get into those in a bit.Why Are People So Into These Games?Well, they’re good games (mostly). But plenty of good games don’t get the fan adulation that Metal Gear Solid does. What puts the series on the top tier of gaming is the level of complexity, both mechanical and conceptual. Prior to the first Metal Gear, action games were a pretty basic affair – you moved through environments killing everyone you saw. The introduction of stealth as a mechanic reshaped the genre, making players engage enemies with a higher level of strategy than just “push a button as fast as you can”Metal Gear Solid was a phenomenon – along with Final Fantasy 7, it was one of the original PlayStation’s killer apps. No console game had mimicked the qualities of a big-budget Hollywood action movie before, with tense setpieces and compelling voice acting. But unlike many other “cinematic” games that followed, MGS never got rid of the player’s agency. There were always multiple ways to solve problems, and you were limited only by your imagination.One of the best illustrations of this principle is the battle with sniper The End in Metal Gear Solid 3. The elderly warrior is a master of camouflage who can lay unmoving for weeks, and when Naked Snake faces off with him he’s very difficult to hunt down. However, due to his advanced age the player can actually set the game aside for a few weeks and come back to find The End dead of natural causes! Alternately, they can snipe him from a distance in an earlier scene, or take him out the old-fashioned way.That combination of sandboxy freedom and a gripping narrative has been tried by tons of other developers, but few stick it as cleanly – or as personally – as Kojima. For decades, the man has pushed what the medium is capable of.What’s Up With The Storyline?If there’s one reason why Metal Gear Solid is legendary, it’s the narrative. Video games aren’t known for rich stories, and certainly weren’t in 1998. But Kojima was inspired by the wide world of film to bring twisting plots and complex characters to the medium. A lot happens in these games, both on-screen and off. Here’s a top-level summary to get you started.It all starts in 1918 with the formation of the Philosophers, a secret international group devoted to shaping the course of human history. By WWII, they’d amassed billions of dollars, which was then lost. This became known as the Philosophers’ Legacy. In 1961, the CIA’s secret FOX unit sends a soldier called the Boss to Russia to try and retrieve it, and later sends Naked Snake to destroy the Shagohod. He does, and hunts down the Boss who has gone rogue (but really hasn’t.) Naked Snake becomes Big Boss and eventually becomes disillusioned with FOX.Big Boss forms FOXHOUND to hunt down the remaining FOX members. In 1970, the Les Enfants Terrible project creates three clones of Big Boss – Solid Snake, Liquid Snake and Solidus Snake. Disgusted, Big Boss leaves and founds Militaires Sans Frontieres, a combat unit not bound to any nation. He has adventures through the next few decades, at one point replaced by a lookalike named Venom Snake who Solid Snake kills in the first Metal Gear game.Speaking of Solid Snake, he starts his military career in the Gulf War in 1990, is deployed to Outer Heaven the same year, and learns about his true identity in the conflict with Venom. He then takes a number of other missions that see him bringing down plans to deploy Metal Gears. In the Shadow Moses incident, he meets Liquid Snake for the first time and learns that his third “brother,” Solidus, is disguised as the President of the United States.Solidus then disguises himself as Solid Snake to lead a ransom plot against the United States, until he’s stopped by cyborg ninja Raiden and Snake himself. We also learn about the Patriots, a covert group that is run by a powerful artificial intelligence. The Patriots eventually take over the world, and are opposed by Snake, Raiden and their allies. They release a virus, FOXALIVE, that deactivates the AI and all of the world’s nanomachines and ends the threat.We skipped over a bunch of stuff, but that’s the basic gist. For even more, this timeline is pretty solid.What Happened With Hideo Kojima?Japanese employers value loyalty, and the development studio system over there cultivates long-term relationships. Hideo Kojima started working at Konami in 1986 as his first job in the industry and stayed there nearly three decades. His creations helped establish the company’s reputation for cinematic adventure. Interestingly enough, young Hideo wasn’t the originator of the first Metal Gear game – he was brought on the project after the first director left the company.Kojima’s voracious appetite for pop culture, both Western and Eastern, made the Metal Gear games what they are. He has always been unafraid to wrestle with moral and philosophical concepts that games hadn’t previously dealt with, to varying levels of success. Without him, there is no Metal Gear. The company recognized that, giving him his own studio, Kojima Productions, in 2005.Nothing gold can stay, though. After a corporate restructuring in early 2015, they removed the Kojima Productions logo and his name from promotional material for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. After that game was released, Kojima Productions was disbanded, and he left Konami in October of 2015. He re-built the studio with Sony and is working on Death Stranding with actors Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen.Konami is moving forward with a new game in the franchise that they own, Metal Gear Survive. It has zombies in it and takes place on an alien world where you have to gather resources Minecraft-style, so to say that fans aren’t excited would be a tremendous understatement.What’s The Deal With The Movie?The funny thing about Metal Gear Solid‘s slow struggle to the big screen is that the English voice of Solid Snake, David Hayter, is a successful screenwriter. His credits include the first X-Men film, Watchmen, and the upcoming live-action Voltron reboot. Hayter actually wrote a script on spec in the early 2000s for the MGS movie but executives passed on it.The project limped along for a few years until Konami cancelled it in 2010, justifiably concerned that a bad adaptation could torpedo the golden goose that was the video games. They changed their mind in 2012 when Sony and Columbia optioned the property and started hunting creatives. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) is still attached to the film, which doesn’t have a star attached.Reports indicate the film will adapt the first MGS game, with Snake infiltrating Shadow Moses and confronting Liquid on the Metal Gear. That’s probably for the best – attempting to deal with the ridiculously complex web of conspiracies and double-crosses that the games entertain would tax the average moviegoer too much.Whether the movie will ever happen, even with a screenwriter attached, is still anybody’s guess. Konami looks willing to exploit the franchise in any way they can (up to and including pachinko machines in Japan), but whether the property can survive, let alone thrive without its main creative force is doubtful. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Geeksplainer: ‘Swamp Thing’Geeksplainer: Everything You Need to Know About ‘Captain Marvel’ last_img read more

A Guy Died In Don Nelsons Poker Room And Everyone Kept Playing

first_imgDon Nelson has gone from the grind of life in the NBA for 5 decades to retiring off the grid to become a pot farmer – and smoker – in Hawaii. Nelly also likes playing poker, and shared a pretty macabre story about it with Bryant Gumble on HBO’s Real Sports.Nelson said on one occasion one of his longtime poker buds literally died during a game in his mancave, but instead of calling 911 to get the body out, the group decided to finish the game with the poor dude’s corpse still sitting at the table like Weekend at Bernie’s. That must be some killer ganja up there.last_img read more

Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic vs Razer Blade 15 Which RTX Gaming Laptop

first_img Rami Tabari, on Keyboard/Touchpad (15)1311 Size14.0 x 9.8 x 0.74 inches14 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement SSD256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB256GB, 512GB CPUCore i7-9750H (Core i9 available)Core i7-8750H (Core i9 available) Display15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080, 240Hz (3840 x 2160 available)15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080, 144Hz (3840 x 2160 available) DesignThe Aero 15 and Razer Blade 15 are both sexy, slim machines that sport aluminum chassis. While the Aero 15 attempts to stand out with its carbon-fiber accents on the hood, it just looks like plastic compared with the Razer Blade 15’s premium Mercury White design.On the interior, the Aero 15 features an edge-to-edge keyboard that’s accompanied by a numpad, thin bezels on the display and a webcam on the hinge. On the flip side, the Razer Blade 15 has a smaller keyboard but fits two top firing speakers on the deck as a result, and its display manages to retain slim bezels while also keeping the webcam on the top. The black-on- black found on the Aero 15’s deck and keyboard doesn’t catch the eye as much as the Razer Blade 15’s white-on-silver aesthetic.The Razer Blade 15’s design (4.7 pounds; 14 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches) is clean-looking and more compact than the Aero 15 (4.6 pounds; 14.0 x 9.8 x 0.74 inches). Gigabyte’s laptop has a larger footprint due to its extended keyboard.Winner: Razer Blade 15Buy the Razer Blade 15PortsBetween the Aero 15 and the Razer Blade 15, there’s a slight difference in ports. The Aero 15 has three USB 3.1 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB Type C DisplayPort 1.4, an RJ45 port, a security lock slot, a headphone jack and an SD card slot.The Razer Blade 15 has similar ports, but ditches the RJ45 port and SD card slot while replacing the USB Type-C DisplayPort 1.4 with just a regular Mini DisplayPort 1.4.Winner: Gigabyte Aero 15 ClassicBuy the Gigabyte Aero 15 ClassicDisplayBoth the Aero 15 and the Razer Blade 15 have 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 panels with high refresh rates. However, the Razer Blade 15’s display caps out at 144Hz, while the Aero 15 breaks that barrier with 240Hz. There is a Razer Blade 15 configuration that features a 240Hz display.Despite that, the Razer Blade 15 killed it when it came to color and brightness, as its display covered 149% of the sRGB spectrum and emitted 262 nits of brightness. The Aero 15 trailed Razer on both tests, with 117% of sRGB and 246 nits.The Aero 15 gets a small win on color accuracy, however. Its panel had a Delta-E of 0.13 (lower is better), besting the Razer Blade 15’s 1.25.MORE: Best Gaming Monitors: Top Picks for 1080p and 4K GamingOverall, the Razer Blade 15’s vivid color takes the win.Winner: Razer Blade 15Keyboard and TouchpadIn terms of pure functionality, the Aero 15 offers more due to its full-size numpad. But if you’d prefer typing at the center of the chassis, then the Razer Blade 15 might be for you.As far as the keys go, the Aero 15’s have deeper travel, at 1.8 millimeters, and require more force to actuate, at 75 grams. The Aero 15’s keyboard stays within our comfort zone of 1.5 to 2.0 millimeters, unlike the Razer Blade 15’s, which came in at 1.2 mm. However, the Razer Blade 15’s keys did exceed the minimum 60g of force that we look for with 68g.The Aero 15 and Razer Blade 15 both have software that can customize the perkey RGB lighting on the keyboard.You do get more real estate on the Razer Blade 15’s touchpad, which measured 5 x 3 inches, compared with the Aero 15’s 4.1 x 2.7-inch touchpad.Winner: Gigabyte Aero 15 ClassicGaming, Graphics and VRThese beastly gaming laptops are both armed with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM, and while the Aero 15 has the power of Microsoft’s Azure AI on its side, it slightly underperformed the Razer Blade 15 on our benchmarks.On the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark (Very High, 1080p), the Razer Blade 15 nailed a solid 60 frames per second, which grazed by the Aero 15’s 55 fps.The Aero 15 took the lead ever so slightly on the Hitman benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), scoring 98 fps, just climbing over the Razer Blade 15’s 96 fps.Despite that, the Razer Blade 15 took the lead again by one single frame on the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (Very High, 1080p), which averaged 76 fps versus the Aero 15’s 75 fps.On the Middle-earth: Shadow of War benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), the Razer Blade 15 created the widest gap, scoring 91 fps versus the Aero 15’s 87 fps.While both systems traded consistent blows, the Razer Blade 15 came out on top by a small margin on most tests.Winner: Razer Blade 15PerformanceThe Aero 15’s 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor propels it toward glory, showing the age of the Razer Blade 15’s previous-generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor.On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, the Aero 15 scored 23,516, flying past the Razer Blade 15’s 22,379.MORE: Best Gaming LaptopsThe Aero 15 created the widest gap on our HandBrake benchmark, which requires transcoding a 4K video to 1080p. Gigabyte’s notebook took just 10 minutes and 4 seconds to transcode, while the Razer Blade 15 performed the test in a slower 12:53.Even the Aero 15’s 512GB SSD was faster, as it copied 4.97GB of files in just 7 seconds, translating to 727 megabytes per second. That’s more than 100 MBps faster than the Razer Blade 15’s 512GB SSD (636 MBps).Winner: Gigabyte Aero 15 ClassicBattery LifeAs far as RTX gaming laptops go, these two machines are the champions of battery life, but there can be only one true king. After the Aero 15 continuously surfed the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, its battery lasted 6 hours and 58 minutes. That topples the Razer Blade 15’s 5:02 nits by nearly 2 hours.Winner: Gigabyte Aero 15 ClassicValue and ConfigurationsRegarding value, the Aero 15 and the Razer Blade 15 are both pricey, but equally so. The Razer Blade 15 has lower-tiered configurations, but the Aero 15 has more flexibility with beefier components.The Aero 15 Classic that I tested costs $2,499 and comes with an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 1920 x 1080, 240Hz display.MORE: The Best Games (So Far)The Mercury White Razer Blade 15 we tested costs $2,649 and is outfitted with a Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU and a 1920 x 1080, 144Hz panel. Oddly, it costs the same amount for the 9th Gen Core i7, 240Hz model. The black version runs $2,599 for both configurations as well.Meanwhile, the Aero 15 base model goes for $1,799 and drops you to a Intel Core i7-9750H processor, 16GB of RAM, a GTX 1660 Ti GPU and a 1920 x 1080, 144Hz display. The Razer Blade 15 starts at a cheaper $1,599, but strips down to a Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM, a GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU, a 128GB SSD, a 1TB HDD and a 1920 x 1080, 60Hz panel.MORE: Gaming Laptops and Accessories – News, Reviews and Best PicksMaxing out the Aero 15 will cost a whopping $4,449 and get you a Core i9-9980HK CPU, an RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, 64GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD and a 4K display. On the flip side, the capped out Razer Blade 15 costs $3,299 and offers a Core i7-9750H, an RTX 2080 Max-Q, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 4K OLED display. For a similar price, at $3,199, the Aero 15 offers a Core i7-9750H, an RTX 2080 Max-Q, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 1080p, 240Hz display.While the Razer Blade 15 has a cheaper base model, it doesn’t offer anything more than 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, which is nuts considering that with the Aero 15 you can get up to a 2TB SSD and 64GB of RAM.Winner: Gigabyte Aero 15 ClassicBottom LineAfter a hard-fought battle, the Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic scrapes its way to victory over the Razer Blade 15, topping it on ports, keyboard, overall performance, battery life and even configurations. GraphicsNvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q (GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2060/2080 available)Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (GTX 1060/RTX 2080 available) Ports (10)97 RAM16GB (64GB available)16GB Value and Configs (10)76 Rami Tabari, Razer is the king of superthin gaming laptops, and its recent refresh of the Razer Blade 15 (tested at $2,649; starts at $1,599) only further proves that. However, a new challenger appears, with Gigabyte throwing the Aero 15 Classic (tested at $2,499; $1,799 starting) into the arena, an RTX gaming laptop backed by the power of Microsoft’s Azure AI.The Razer Blade 15 is hard to beat with its vivid display and slim profile, but Gigabyte does not pull any punches whatsoever, with the Aero 15 boasting excellent overall performance and battery life.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/gigabyte-aero-15-classic-vs-razer-blade-15?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Here’s how these two premium gaming laptops stack up.Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic vs. Razer Blade 15: Specs Compared Overall (100)8279 Performance (15)1412 Gigabyte Aero 15 ClassicRazer Blade 15 Starting Price (as configured)$1,799 ($2,499)$1,599 ($2,649) Graphics, Gaming and VR (15)1314 PortsThree USB 3.1, one Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, USB Type C DisplayPort 1.4, RJ45, security lock slot, headphone jack, SD card slotThree USB 3.1, one Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, security lock slot, headphone jack Battery Life (10)97 Gigabyte Aero 15 ClassicRazer Blade 15 As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. The Razer Blade 15 is still an excellent gaming laptop, offering a brighter and more vivid display and better graphics performance in a sexier chassis. But overall, the Aero 15’s impressive efforts in battery life and performance allow it to overthrow Razer.Credit: Laptop Mag ColorsBlackMercury White (Black available) Author Bio Design (10)69 Display (15)1113 Weight4.6 pounds4.7 poundslast_img read more

Redhat aquires Kubernetes and Containers company CoreOS

first_imgRedhat aquires Kubernetes and Containers company CoreOS by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on February 03, 2018 in Linux – Last Update: February 04, 2018 – 6 commentsOn Jan. 30., Redhat announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire CoreOS, Inc, for $250 million. CoreOS, is a major player in the containers and virtualization area of the corporate server / development world.According to the announcement, “Red Hat’s acquisition of CoreOS will further its vision of enabling customers to build any application and deploy them in any environment with the flexibility afforded by open source. By combining CoreOS’s complementary capabilities with Red Hat’s already broad Kubernetes and container-based portfolio, including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat aims to further accelerate adoption and development of the industry’s leading hybrid cloud platform for modern application workloads.”According to the Redhat website, when asked the question about what exactly containers are (as many causal users may have no idea), the website says, “Linux containers are technologies that allow you to package and isolate applications with their entire runtime environment—all of the files necessary to run. This makes it easy to move the contained application between environments (dev, test, production, etc.) while retaining full functionality.”In my own words, Containers are a form of more advanced VM’s, that do not rely on a separate OS for each application / system. You could have four different apps in development, with all their libraries and dependencies, packaged into their own container completely secure and separate from everything else; on the same hardware and same OS, as MANY more containers are also running in the same fashion. Because all of the dependencies, libraries, etc are packaged along, moving your container from one system to another is becoming more and more of a simple process as well.Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS said, “The next era of technology is being driven by container-based applications that span multi- and hybrid cloud environments, including physical, virtual, private cloud and public cloud platforms. Kubernetes, containers and Linux are at the heart of this transformation, and, like Red Hat, CoreOS has been a leader in both the upstream open source communities that are fueling these innovations and its work to bring enterprise-grade Kubernetes to customers. We believe this acquisition cements Red Hat as a cornerstone of hybrid cloud and modern app deployments.”Now you: Do you have any experience using containers? What are your thoughts on the acquisition? Let us know in the comments!SummaryArticle NameRedhat aquires Kubernetes and Containers company CoreOSDescriptionOn Jan. 30., Redhat announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire CoreOS, Inc, for $250 million. CoreOS, is a major player in the containers and virtualization area of the corporate server / development world.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

San Josés air among cleanest of Latin American cities

first_imgIf the air seems relatively clear in Costa Rica’s capital, it is. The World Health Organization (WHO) puts San José in fourth place in terms of air quality among Latin American cities.The Latin American city with the cleanest air is Salvador, Brazil, followed by Cali, Colombia and Guadalajara, Mexico. Still, only Salvador’s air has pollution levels below the WHO’s recommended average of 19 micrograms per cubic meter.On the other end of the ranking, the most polluted air in Latin America is in Cochabamba, Bolivia, followed by Lima, Peru, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Monterrey, Mexico.The WHO’s Ambient Air Pollution in Cities database ranks cities based on the annual mean concentration of particulate matter — including dust, ash, soot and pollen — in the outdoor air. Nearly 1,600 cities in 91 countries are included in the database.On a global level, people in Vancouver, Canada breathe the cleanest air of any urban center. Two Australian cities, Melbourne and Sydney, follow Vancouver, while Ottawa, Canada has the fourth best urban air.Four Indian cities have the worst air quality in the world, according to the WHO database: New Delhi, Patna, Gwalior and Raipur.Ambient Air Pollution in Cities, 2014Latin AmericaCleanest airSalvador (Brazil)Cali (Colombia)Guadalajara (Mexico)San José (Costa Rica)Grande Vitoria (Brazil)Buenos Aires (Argentina)Campinas (Brazil)Curitiba (Brazil)Montevideo (Uruguay)Quito (Ecuador)Most polluted airCochabamba (Bolivia)Lima (Perú)Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)Monterrey (Mexico)Toluca (Mexico)Guatemala City (Guatemala)Tegucigalpa (Honduras)Belo Horizonte (Brazil)Medellín (Colombia)Bogotá (Colombia)GlobalCleanest airVancouver (Canada)Melbourne (Australia)Sydney (Australia)Ottawa (Canada)Nagoya (Japan)Shizuoka (Japan)Brisbane (Australia)Sendai (Japan)Stockholm (Sweden)Porto (Portugal)Most polluted airNew Delhi (India)Patna (India)Gwalior (India)Raipur (India)Karachi (Pakistan)Peshawar (Pakistan)Rawalpindi (Pakistan)Ahmedabad (India)Lucknow (India)Kanpur (India) Related posts:New traffic signs aim to reduce wildlife deaths on Costa Rica’s roads US experts tracking wildlife trade help train Costa Rican customs inspectors Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupts, sends ash 3 km high Tortuguero business owners form new tourism chamber Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Australia in the news with its latest youth campaign

first_imgAustralia in the news with its latest youth campaignAustralia in the news with its latest youth campaignDelivering its first bulletin from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tourism Australia has launched a dedicated, tongue-in-cheek news channel serving up good news stories from across Australia as part of a new $5 million youth campaign.Curated by youth for youth, Aussie News Today will share stories from across Australia, broadcasting them directly into the news feeds of millions of young people and potential travellers across the world.Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said the new campaign would highlight many of the unique destinations and experiences available to youth travellers and working holiday makers in Australia.“We plan to put a smile on young people’s faces with Aussie News Today, by serving up fun, sometimes irreverent and uplifting news stories of daily life Down Under.“From crocodile cage dives and selfies with quokkas, camel racing and tuna throwing competitions, Big Bananas and Giant Pineapples -Australia is a remarkable continent with as many great stories to share as there are great reasons to visit,” he said.Aussie News Today will be a socially-led campaign, launched by three young and charismatic Aussies -Wallabies rugby union star Nick Cummins (aka ‘The Honey Badger’), TV presenter Teigan Nash and former Home and Away actor Lincoln Lewis.All three will travel and report from locations around the country.Uniquely Australian content will be gathered from across the country and shared globally using Tourism Australia’s digital and social media channels, including dedicated Aussie News Today Facebook and Instagramprofiles, and a news hub on Australia.com.Additional youth content will be created as part of a world-first content partnership with BuzzFeed, which will see eight young travellers from Europe sent on a three-month road trip around Australia to report on their experiences of the country’s local culture, festivals, events, food and wine.Youth travellers represent 25 per cent of all international visitor arrivals to Australia (2.1m) and 46 per cent of visitor spend (A$18.7bn).Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon. Steven Ciobo MP said that young travellers under 30 were a critically important part of Australia’s visitor mix.“Many people underestimate just how important the youth market is for Australian tourism. Young travellers and working holiday makers stay longer, disperse more widely throughout our country and ultimately spend more than most other travel segments.“This campaign is a great way to share a bit of our land down under with young travellers around the world seeking fun, adventure and life-changing travel experiences,” Minister Ciobo said.Australians, Australian tourism businesses and visiting holidaymakers are encouraged to submit news ideas via #AussieNewsToday, and visit Australia.com for the best itineraries and Aussie News Today updates.The campaign will initially focus on four of Australia’s largest youth markets -the UK, France, Germany and Italy–before being extended to other markets next year.Source = Tourism Australialast_img read more

CoreLogic Launches RMBS Bond Assessment Service

first_img Irvine, California-based “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/ announced the availability of CoreLogic Bond Tracker, a new bond assessment service for non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).[IMAGE]CoreLogic’s Bond Tracker provides credit assessments of non-agency RMBS across product type, vintage, and tranche position, with credit grades in descending order [COLUMN_BREAK]from AAA through D. The tracker can incorporate the position at which the bond or tranche was purchased or marked when evaluating the likelihood of investment loss.In addition, the tracker refreshes dynamically to reflect factors affecting credit performance, incorporating impacts based on the CoreLogic HPI suite of real estate analytics.””Today, investors are looking for greater transparency into the quality and risks of the collateral backing non-agency bonds, and issuers are looking for new ways to rebuild investor confidence. We believe CoreLogic Bond Tracker will appeal to both groups,”” said Ben Graboske, SVP of real estate and financial services for CoreLogic. “”We’ve designed CoreLogic Bond Tracker to utilize our data and risk tools to provide information and surveillance that is objective and data based to augment what is currently available.””More information can be found at CoreLogic’s “”website””:http://www.corelogic.com/landing-pages/corelogic-bond-tracker.aspx. The company is not registered as a nationally recognized statistical ratings organization (NRSRO). As such, CoreLogic Bond Tracker does not constitute a NRSRO rating. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology CoreLogic Launches RMBS Bond Assessment Service January 30, 2013 404 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News CoreLogic Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-30 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more