AMI launches fully accessible apps for the blind and partially sighted community

first_img“Accessibility is at the forefront of everything we do here at AMI,” explains Peter Burke, AMI’s Vice-President of Marketing and Communications. “We knew that accessibility had to be considered from inception and the team at TWG was committed to ensuring that the apps underwent vigorous testing with our target audience.” TORONTO – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the launch of two accessible applications created especially for people living with sight loss.The AMI apps are available for iOS and tvOS and were designed by local Toronto developer, The Working Group (TWG). The project took approximately six months and included weeks of research and testing with members of AMI’s target audience to ensure the apps passed all accessibility requirements. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment From an accessibility standpoint, the apps feature closed captioning with all content, accessibility enhancements such as bolded text, a high contrast layout, handy tutorials explaining all the apps’ features and, most important to AMI’s core audience, integrated described video built into every program. End users can watch AMI original content on the go (iOS) or from the comfort of their home (tvOS) as well as download their favourite AMI programs offline for later viewing.The AMI apps are available in English (AMI-tv) and French (AMI-télé) and can be downloaded for free through the Apple App store.For further information on AMI and its programs and initiatives, please visit or Accessible Media on Twitter: @AccessibleMediaAbout Accessible Media Inc.AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit and Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Canada hoping to solve US tariff dispute by G20 meetings at months

first_imgWASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is setting his sights on the end of the month as the next target date for reaching a trade-and-tariff detente with the United States.All three countries are expected to take part in a signing ceremony for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement during the two-day G20 summit, which gets underway Nov. 30 in Buenos Aires — although Canada has warned it will be a low-key, low-level affair if steel and aluminum tariffs are still in place.There’s still time to change that, Trudeau suggested Monday during a news conference in Paris.“I absolutely brought it up,” Trudeau said of his discussions with U.S. President Donald Trump during a dinner Friday organized by French President Emmanuel Macron.One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of a private meeting, said the two leaders had a good exchange on tariffs that included Trudeau making clear to the president the tariffs are hurting consumers and producers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.“The issue of steel and aluminum tariffs continues to be a concern to Canadians, like it is of concern to many American citizens and companies,” Trudeau said.  “This is something that, as I’ve said before and as I related to President Trump, I hope we’re able to solve by the time we meet each other in the G20 in Argentina.”David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., said in an interview last week that some high-level talks on the tariff issue have taken place, and that he has extended an invitation to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer to get formal negotiations back underway.Insiders say the U.S. has been demanding quotas be imposed on Canadian exports, something Ottawa has made clear is a non-starter.MacNaughton and Trudeau have both indicated that if a signing ceremony does take place soon, it won’t include high-level dignitaries like the prime minister or Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland if the tariffs — 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum — remain in place.On the Mexican side, however, there’s an expectation negotiators there are poised to agree to quotas in order to get the deal signed before Dec. 1, which is when incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s new administration could inject an unwelcome element of uncertainty.Resolving the tariff issue with Mexico is the more pressing priority for the U.S., said Dan Ujczo, a trade lawyer and partner with Ohio-based Dickinson Wright.“The actual issue is to ensure that there’s nothing that’s going to stop Mexico from signing this deal before Dec. 1, and giving relief to farm country in the U.S. to Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs,” Ujczo said.“I think Canada’s an afterthought for the U.S. right now in this process.” James McCarten, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Struggling dairy farmers push for control of milk supply

JAY, Vt. — Some dairy farmers advocated Tuesday for controlling the supply of milk to increase prices as producers and officials discussed how to support the struggling industry at a two-day summit.Dairy farmers are in their fifth year of low milk prices. Vermont has lost more than 400 dairy farms since 2008, with the total dropping from 1,100 11 years ago to 694 last month. Wisconsin lost 691 dairy farms last year alone.“There is so much at stake if we don’t turn this around for our rural communities,” said Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts.About 240 people attended the summit in Jay, Vermont, including 125 farmers and the New York agriculture commissioner.The presentations from farmers and industry experts included how to run a dairy in a global market, how to diversify dairy operations, and how local dairies affect local economies.“They buy supplies,” said Tebbetts of the farmers, “they support stores, they’re on the fire department, they are the EMTs, they’re people who volunteering, they’re on select boards, school boards and when a farm leaves some of that goes away.”Some farmers created a petition seeking support for a national milk supply management program to disseminate at the conference.The details of the program have not been determined, but it would set a base level of production for each farm and create incentives for farmers not to overproduce, Kara O’Connor of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. That could be met with opposition since it could raise the price of milk for consumers — even if only a small amount.“We’re inviting people to consider whether consumers might pay a few cents more for a gallon of milk in exchange for saving hundreds of dairy farms per year and paying less in taxes for government dairy programs,” said O’Connor, who spoke at the event.Other groups suggested compensation for farmers for their environmental stewardship; educating consumers about farms, possibly through television segments featuring farmers talking about their operations; and subsidizing farms with tourism dollars.“We have a huge tourism industry,” said farmer Leon Corse. “We need to somehow take some of those tourism dollars to subsidize dairy to get us through this issue that we’re having now because if dairy dies in 20 years we’re going to wish that we had saved it because tourism is going to die, too.”___This story has been corrected to show that this is the fifth year of low milk prices.Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press read more

Australia Vietnam concerned about China actions in sea row

HANOI, Vietnam — Australia and Vietnam have expressed serious concern over tensions in the disputed South China Sea, where Hanoi says China’s gas survey ship has infringed on its territory and has disrupted Vietnam’s exploration activities.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met in Hanoi with his counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and both leaders called for respect of international law and freedom of navigation.Earlier the United States said it was deeply concerned that China is continuing to interfere with Vietnam’s longstanding oil and gas activities in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. China claims the South China Sea virtually in its entirety.Beijing has deployed a survey vessel with armed escorts into waters off Vietnam, ignoring Hanoi’s calls to leave the area.The Associated Press read more

UN reports sharp rise in number of Afghans massed at Pakistani border

The United Nations refugee agency today reported a sharp rise in the number of Afghans – now at 20,000 – who are massed at the Chaman border crossing in Pakistan waiting to be registered.“This is a dramatic increase from the number that were there just a few days ago,” agency spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva. “Ten days ago we were seeing only about 5,000 persons waiting at the frontier.”Staff from UNHCR are working to register some 400 families in the area each day. “The remaining thousands wait just outside for their turn, living under makeshift plastic shelters that stretch as far as the eye can see,” said Mr. Janowski. The agency is providing them with relief supplies such as food, water and blankets. The Chaman border crossing is just one area where UNHCR is caring for Afghans. In southern Balochistan Province alone, the agency is helping an additional 144,000 people.Mr. Janowski expressed concern about the large-scale exodus of Afghans to Pakistan. “The pace of this influx is truly alarming,” he said, noting that some 50,000 people had left so far this year. “The Afghans are also looking more and more destitute.” The spokesman blamed the trend on drought and insecurity. “Many of the new arrivals are Kuchis – Afghan nomads – who say they’ve run out of food due to the unrelenting effects of the drought,” he noted. “Some ethnic Pashtuns among the new arrivals tell stories of being robbed and intimidated in mixed villages in the north, often at the instigation of local commanders, before deciding to seek safety elsewhere.”UNHCR lauded Pakistan for its cooperation in allowing the Afghans to enter the country. At the same time, Mr. Janowski cautioned that more must be done inside Afghanistan both to alleviate the effects of the drought and to ensure that banditry and security are better controlled.Meanwhile, on the political front, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, met this morning in Paris with the Chief of Staff of the French Army. Mr. Brahimi is in France on a three-day visit at the invitation of the country’s Government. read more

Bingewatching TV viewers spend more than eight hours glued to favourite shows

Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer, in the second series of Killing Eve  The research found that such habits had become such a large part of modern television-viewing that people even felt under pressure to keep up with the latest trends.Almost a quarter of respondents admitted lying about watching a show in order to fit in because everyone else was talking about it.While there are various options for watching content in the internet age, almost 60 per cent said they most regularly got their fix on the television, while around a third watch shows on their laptops and a quarter said they also use their phones. Tim Glanfield, editorial director of, said: “The rise of the streaming giants from the US and the traditional British broadcasters adoption of streaming and catch-up services has fundamentally changed the way we consume TV.“For many, the idea of waiting a week for a new episode or a year for a new series is the exception rather than the rule in 2019, being able to discover and then devour hours (if not days) worth of one show all at once is the new norm.“The survey results illustrate that however and whenever we consume it, great quality TV will always be something that we can’t get enough of… although I cannot endorse losing sleep or bunking off work, however big that end of series cliffhanger is!” The cultural phenomenon is aided by key features of services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime that will automatically start the next episode of a show 15 seconds after the end of the last one unless it is switched off.The survey of 5,500 people explored how viewers consume television via on-demand and streaming services.The vast majority – 80 per cent – revealed they had lost sleep in order to carry on watching a series, while almost one in five admitted calling into work sick in order to continue with a box set binge. Fans of Killing Eve had been forced to wait nine months for the second series.Yet so desperate were they to find out how it would unfold that within hours of its release this weekend, many had already binge-watched all eight episodes.A Radio Times survey of television viewing habits reveals that half of all viewers have spent more than eight hours glued to the box watching the same show.Three quarters admit being glued to the screen for more than four hours in one sitting.The obsession with devoting entire evenings to watching back-to-back episodes of one show began in 2013 when Netflix released the first series of political thriller House of Cards in one go.Orange is the New Black and Breaking Bad soon followed, changing viewing habits by providing unlimited access to its films and television shows. The first series of Fleabag was an instant hit on iPlayerCredit:Luke Varley 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. Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer, in the second series of Killing Eve Credit:Robert Viglasky It is not only Netflix that viewers turn to for their television fix. Peter Kay’s BBC Two comedy Car Share became the BBC’s most-watched iPlayer boxset when it was released in 2015.All six episodes were shown on the iPlayer, resulting in 2.8 million requests before its BBC1 debut.Fleabag, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, also became a hit after its release on iPlayer in 2016, having been commissioned by the online-only BBC Three strand.According to one study, nine in 10 people watch TV every week, averaging three hours and 23 minutes per day.But many experts have warned that binge watching is bad for your health, linking it to depression and loneliness as it encourages neglect of work, relationships and family. The first series of Fleabag was an instant hit on iPlayer read more

Trinidad Police uncover plot to assassinate Top Cop and family members

TT Top Cop Gary GriffithA plan by two criminal gangs to assassinate Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and some of his relatives has been uncovered.According to a report in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, which was today confirmed by the twin-island republic’s top cop, officers in the Special Branch of the police service found out last November that Griffith had been marked for death.But the Police Commissioner says his resolve to continue and intensify the war on crime has not been shaken.The newspaper article stated—based on an 11-page confidential report compiled by the Special Branch assessing the threat, which the Trinidad Guardian obtained—that the notorious criminal gangs are willing to pay contract killers top dollar to take out Griffith and close family members, with part payment in advance and the rest when the job has been completed.The top secret report which was completed on November 26 last year, indicated that the robust approach to fighting crime, combined with new initiatives that are to be unveiled shortly have made Griffith “the most high-risk individual in our nation”.The Police Commissioner told the Trinidad Guardian, when questioned about the threat, that his job is to cripple the business of crime and he was not in any way prepared to change his stance.He reiterated that position when he confirmed the assassination plot on Citadel Radio today.Suggesting that those behind the murder plan are perhaps upset at the fact that over $100 million in illegal drugs and weapons have been seized and hundreds of persons being arrested since he took office last year, Griffith said their actions “will actually strengthen my resolve”.“The training that I have, fear is not an option. I am not stupid, however. We are fully aware of what is required and…the good thing about it is that we know what the intentions would be from the enemy. In fact, this is expected…You would get that type of reprisals by individuals because obviously it is affecting their business. What I am doing is affecting their business, affecting their trade and it can very well affect their freedom because they may be arrested. If it was that this was not happening then I may be a little concerned,” he said.“I give the assurance that I will not shirk my responsibility and, in fact, if it is that they had a concern then, I intend to go down into an even higher gear very soon.”This is not the first death threat against Griffith. On various occasions in November last year, several calls were made warning that he was marked for death. Four people, including two minors were arrested in connection with some of those calls.But Griffith acknowledged today that the plan uncovered by Special Branch was a lot more sinister.“This time around, this is not just about children or persons who are unstable calling 999 and making idle threats. It seems that there’s a clear and present danger…,” he said. ( Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCriminal elements will be “crushed” – new T&T’s Top CopAugust 2, 2018In “Criminal elements will be “crushed” – new T&T’s Top Cop”Trini family selling house to raise ransom money for fisherman kidnapped in VenezuelaJanuary 30, 2019In “Regional”Teen shot in mouth: OPR completes investigation; File now at Police Complaints AuthorityMay 13, 2014In “Crime” read more

Aer Lingus cancels flights as storm batters UK

first_imgIRISH TRAVELLERS HAVE been hit by the storm that is hitting England and Wales.Aer Lingus has been forced to cancel a number of flights to Cardiff, London, Belfast and Bristol as Storm St Jude continues to sweep across Britain.The airline apologised for the disruption and said that passengers would be accommodated on later flights.“Customers who are affected by these cancellations will be accommodated on the next available flights. Customers are requested to visit in order to change their booking or request a refund.“Aer Lingus apologises sincerely for this schedule disruption, which is due to factors beyond its control,” said a statement.The flight cancellations come after yesterday’s disruption to ferry crossings.Even if passengers are unaffected getting to Britain, the stormy weather is affecting internal travel.South West Trains have advised people not to travel until at least 8am today and has reduced services, with many trains limited in the speed they can travel.Many other providers have issued similar warnings, with train services between central London and Gatwick Airport severely affected.Passengers are urged to check the status of their travel arrangements before embarking.Read: Batten down the hatches, there’s a storm a comin’last_img read more

Greek Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Terens Quicks visit to Australia – in

first_imgDeputy Foreign Affairs Minister Terens Quick attended the events organised by the Greek Community in celebration of Greece’s National Independence Day in Adelaide and Melbourne on the weekend of 24-25 March.In Adelaide, the Deputy Minister attended the Doxology at the Parish of Prophet Elias, officiated by Bishop Nikandros of Dorileou, and laid a wreath at the memorial to the Australian fallen soldiers. The ceremony was also attended by the Governor and Premier of South Australia. Furthermore, along with Cyprus’ Presidential Commissioner for Diaspora issues, Photis Photiou, they took part in the commemorative events organised by the Greek Orthodox Community.“We trust the judgement of the governments of Greece and Cyprus when it comes to the decisions they make on national issues. And you, the representatives of our two homelands, shall come here with your head held high and you will always be welcome,”  stressed the President and the Secretary General of the Greek Community, Vassilis Gonis and Panagiotis Pyros, during their speeches.In Melbourne, at the yearly event for Greece’s National Independence Day, organised by the Consulate General of Greece, Mr Quick read the message the President of the Republic, Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos, addressed to the Greeks abroad, and later announced the following: “As of 1 August, the Work and Holiday Visa Programme is being implemented. Every year, this program will enable 500 young people from both countries to visit each other’s country, with the right to go on holiday for 12 months, as well as the opportunity to work at the same time. It was a painstaking process, with many technical details to work out along the way. It was finally ratified by the Greek Parliament and sealed by the competent Australian Minister, Mr David Coleman.”Mr Quick also announced that, as of this summer, the Greek Secretariat for Greeks Abroad will re-start the holiday-in-Greece support programme for children between the ages of 8 and 14 from the Greek Australian Community. Twenty children, five from each city – Melbourne, Sidney, Adelaide, Perth – will take part in the programme.Perth was also the first brief stop of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs during his visit to Australia. There, he met with representatives of Diaspora organisations and attended a working dinner with prominent Greek-Australian entrepreneurs.He also had a meeting with the Minister for Emergency Services, Francis Logan, who proposed the inclusion of Greece in the training programme for personnel and agencies concerned, mainly in cases of fires and floods.Mr Quick’s visit to Australia is also related to the “NOSTOS III” Programme, which is being held in Melbourne, in the presence of his counterparts, Mr Photiou from Cyprus, and the Egyptian Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs, Nabila Makram.Finally, Mr Quick contacted the acting Protosyncellus of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia, Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, to express his deep condolences for the passing of Archbishop and Exarch of Oceania, Stylianos, on 25 March. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Valverde plays down Barcelona draw

first_imgErnesto Valverde admits he is not unsettled by Barcelona’s draw against Valencia claiming they had the right mentality in the game.“The game was an uphill task for us from the first kick,” he said after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Mestalla.“The first corner went past everyone and we had to roll up our sleeves for the equaliser.“They had the momentum of being 1-0 up and were dangerous on the break as a result.“We were a bit stunned but as the match progressed, and after we equalised, I felt we had enough chances to win.“They didn’t want to leave us any space so they could find the winner on the counter and ultimately it ended a draw.“Mestalla is a difficult place to go to. The fans spur their team on and if there’s a good counterattacking team, it’s Valencia.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You can put a lot of money together and they’ll make you pay for your mistakes.“With Gameiro, Guedes, and Cheryshev, they had forwards who could run. Luckily Messi scored a great goal.“I’m not annoyed about the goal we conceded. The team came out with the right mentality. Four days ago we scored a goal after two minutes, today we conceded one.“We analysed last week, which was a difficult week, especially the Leganes game, which hurt us.“I think we played in the same vein as how we did in London. We tried to lift the game with our style, but it was difficult. We have a slightly sad taste in our mouths.“We played four days ago, but they did five days ago. When your opponents sit back, it’s difficult.”last_img read more

Napoli and PSG are special to me Lavezzi

first_imgEzequiel ‘Pocho’ Lavezzi recently revealed he is anticipating the Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain Champions League tie because both teams are in his heart.Both teams are hoping to seal a place in the knockout rounds with Liverpool currently top of the table.Lavezzi wore the Napoli jersey from 2012-16 before moving on to Paris and is currently in China.“They’re the two teams I carry in my heart,” according to reports from Football ItaliaOpinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Of course, it’ll be a special moment for me. But it’s above all a very important game for the two teams because qualification is at stake. They both know that they have to win if they want to have a chance of getting into the knockout stage.“Napoli are a compact team, the players are always well positioned on the pitch. They showed some good things in the first game, it’s up to Paris to show they are stronger and can get the win. One thing is certain, it’ll be a great game.“The Champions League is a very special competition. It’s very difficult to win it, because you’re taking on the best teams in Europe. And there are a lot of teams equipped to win it.“The fact I didn’t win it at Paris is something painful for me.”last_img read more

Food Aid Groups Await Potential Impact from White House Budget

first_imgWith President Barack Obama’s budget expected on Monday, agricultural groups, including the American Soybean Association (ASA) are anticipating potential changes to the nation’s food aid programs. In late February, ASA contacted the president to oppose rumored changes in the structure of the food aid system contained in the White House budget. ASA followed the original letter with similar letters to the House Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Budget and Foreign Affairs, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture; as well as the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Budget and Foreign Relations, as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture.Proposed changes contained in the budget would restructure the nation’s foreign aid programs by eliminating the Food for Peace and Food for Progress programs and replacing them with a much smaller cash account managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development.”The Food for Peace and Food for Progress programs provide nutritious foods to developing markets and have been a key priority for ASA for multiple years,” said ASA President Danny Murphy. “We are expressly opposed to the replacement of in-kind food aid with cash aid, which takes a key market away from American producers, placing aid recipients at a potential risk by allowing them to purchase commodities from foreign suppliers whose safety and quality are unknown.”ASA has been a leading driver of a broad-based coalition to oppose the restructuring that includes representative groups in the agriculture, supply chain and logistics, labor, non-governmental organizations, and development industries.last_img read more

Dunleavy Maintains Lead In Race For Governor

first_imgDemocratic challenger Mark Begich currently has 43.57% percent of the vote. Dunleavy has already declared victory. In a statement, he said he takes seriously the task ahead of him. Elections officials hope to certify the results by November 23, according to the DOE. Governor Bill Walker suspended his reelection campaign days after Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned over what Walker described as an “inappropriate overture to a woman.” Dunleavy: “Over these past four years, too many Alaskans have been shut out of the big decisions facing our state – from changes to the Permanent Fund to crime policy to addressing the state’s budget deficit. Elections remind us that in our system of government the people rule, and today the people made their voices heard. Now begins the real work of restoring trust between the people and their government. With the help of the people of Alaska, we will protect and restore the Permanent Fund Dividend, we will end the state’s crime spree, and we will unleash Alaska’s unparalleled economic potential.”center_img The state will continue to count absentee and other uncounted ballots a week after Election Day. A final count will be done by November 21. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With 98 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning former state senator Mike Dunleavy has the lead in the race for governor with 52.39% of the votes.last_img read more

The Queen not a fan of Meghan Markle Royal pecking order places

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle needs to do something to get back into the Queen’s good grace. The public display of affection notwithstanding, it looks like there could be trouble brewing between the Queen and the Duchess.It was reported earlier that the Queen had rebuked Meghan Markle from wearing a particular set of jewellery. Some have claimed this as preferential treatment towards the other Duchess in the Royal Family, Kate Middleton. But what has Royal observers interested is the manner of the reprimand. According to commentator Gavin Gray, the Duchess of Sussex sparked a chilling reaction from the Queen when she demanded to be allowed to wear a part of the collection.Speaking to Studio 10, Mr. Gray said: “There was this row where Meghan wanted this particular necklace, Harry said ‘Meghan gets what Meghan wants,’ and the Queen turned around and said ‘oh, no, she doesn’t. I decide what necklace is going to be worn out of the Royal Collection’.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan is a new addition to the Royal Family and has a long way to go before she has the same level of rapport that Kate Middleton enjoys with the monarch. So for now, Meghan should keep her head down and not antagonize the Queen any further. The commentator went on to say that this kind of behaviour from the Queen makes Harry feel that his wife Meghan is being looked down upon and not given the same standing as Kate.Apparently, the Queen’s decision has a lot to do with the pecking order she wishes to maintain in the Royal Family especially after Kate and Camilla joined the Royal family.last_img read more

Fix highways in 24 hrs Quader asks engineers

first_imgObaidul QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday directed engineers of the roads and highways division to repair within 24 hours the roads that are now in poor conditions.The minister issued the directive so that the people do not suffer while going home for Eid vacation.Read more: 2 major highways witness huge tailbackObaidul Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, was exchanging views with the executive engineers of the roads and highways division, Khulna zone, at Jessore Circuit House.The minister said the repairing works should be done at night so that daytime movement of vehicles is not affected in any way.As the engineers demanded enhanced security measures at night, Quader spoke to the inspector general of Khulna range of the highway police and assured them of security during the repairing works.last_img read more

Kushtia headmaster put on 5day remand over Facebook post

first_imgA court in Kushtia on Tuesday placed the headmaster who was arrested for making derogatory remarks on Facebook against Bangabandhu and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday night, to five-day remand for police interrogation.Moksed Ali, the headmaster of Kumarkhali Jagannath High School was arrested after a case was filed against him under Article 57 of ICT Act with Kumarkhali Police Station.Senior judicial magistrate of the district Masud-Ud-Zaman passed the order after the investigation officer of the case produced the accused before the court seeking the remand at afternoon.Officer-in-charge of the police station Abdul Khaleque confirmed the remand incident.last_img read more

Fallout 4s Vault 111 A missed opportunity and an experiment in apathy

first_imgVault-Tec and their vaults are an integral part of the Fallout franchise. Fallout 4 has five of them, with Vault 111 as the signature Vault of the game. The storyline claims that Vault 111 is a Vault-Tec experiment in cryogenics, but when compared to the other Vaults in the series, it seems more like an experiment in how to make players abandon the most iconic location in the game.When Fallout 4 was first introduced, that Vault 111 jumpsuit and logo were everywhere in the advertising and merchandising. Even before the game arrived, the Bethesda store was selling clothing and accessories with the 111 logo — hats, t-shirts, leggings, sneakers, purses, and cardigans — so fans could dress up head-to-toe and show their love for Vault 111.The problem is that the main character only spends a few minutes in Vault 111. Technically it’s 210 years, but from the character’s point of view, they spend less than an hour there, and it ain’t exactly the sort of experience that makes one hunger for mementos. From the player’s point of view, their time in Vault 111 is spent almost entirely watching cutscenes and wading through tutorials.Vault 111 is not a part of The Sole Survivor’s identity, nor is it a significant place for the ensuing game. After completing the tutorials, the only reason to return to Vault 111 is to grab one item that can’t be accessed until the player has leveled up their lockpicking skills. While The Sole Survivor is out adventuring, nothing happens back at Vault 111. It remains there, waiting quietly, hoping in vain that the player takes the right perks then remembers to come back.This hidden vault with its sturdy doors, functioning power supply, and ample living quarters would seem like a great place for the Sole Survivor to use as a settlement. It could even become a nigh-impregnable base for the Minutemen, Brotherhood, or Railroad. Alas, the settlement-building feature isn’t an option in Vault 111 or the land above it. Despite the obvious advantages of having a personal Vault, The Sole Survivor still ends up storing their precious comic books and bobbleheads at gas stations and drive-in theaters.Fallout 1 and Fallout 3 both used Vault dwellers as protagonists. Each game took measures to ensure that their home vaults were interesting places, and that there was substantial narrative reason to take a trip back home. The first Fallout had Vault 13, which was a mysterious place even though the main character was born and raised there. Players didn’t get to see the inside of it until well after the game started.They begin the game on the outside of the Vault door, and the only way to get back inside was to scour the wasteland for a Water Chip. If players tried to get back inside during the first few minutes of the game, they would hear a funny message from the other side. After making a little progress in the storyline, players could come back to Vault 13 any time they wanted. The Overseer would provide basic hints, and additional supplies. There were also some short quests and mysteries to be solved inside Vault 13.Eventually, players would find that elusive Water Chip, and then head back to Vault 13, but this was the end of the game. The completion of this quest only led to yet more adventures out in the Wasteland. After the Wasteland was saved, the game concluded with a final scene that took place outside Vault 13, the same location where the adventure began, thereby bringing the story full circle.Fallout 3 gave players an in-depth look at life inside a Vault. They were born inside Vault 101 and got to explore the Vault in several scenes that took place throughout The Lone Wanderer’s childhood. Players could spend a couple of hours exploring Vault 101 over the course of this lengthy prologue, and their choices during this introductory quest had repercussions that would only become apparent much later.After escaping Vault 101 and roaming the vast wasteland, players would discover that they had yet a bit of unfinished business back home; a call for help in the quest Trouble on the Homefront. Players returned to Vault 101, and realized just how much they’d grown. The choices made way back at the start of the game when escaping the Vault would suddenly come back to haunt the player during this quest.Trouble on the Homefront wasn’t the last quest in the game; no matter how it played out, the player was still free to explore the Wasteland after competing it, but this quest brought the story full circle, just like in Fallout 1, and it reminded the Lone Wanderer about their origin in Vault 101.The more recent games in the franchise like to play with the idea that these Vaults weren’t really intended to save lives, but were rather intended to perform social experiments on their trapped inhabitants. Vault 111 doesn’t even have the luxury of being an outlandish social experiment, though. It could have been a Vault populated entirely with children, or gambling addicts, or even nudists, but Vault 111 is just a building where the cryopods were housed. A small staff of scientists and security guards were stationed at the vault, but they are long dead by the time The Sole Survivor emerges from their cryosleep.A handful of computer journals hint that there might have been some Vault-Tec shenanigans going on. The staff assigned to monitor the cryochambers was waiting for an all-clear signal that never came. The staff presumably turned on each other hundreds of years before the player awakens in Vault 111. This establishes a basic backstory to the location, but it also means that the original inhabitants of the Vault are all long dead. It’s a clear message to the player that there is no need to stick around, and that there are no mysteries to be solved.A final missed opportunity for Vault 111 is that, if the Player does come back after completing the main story, the cryogenic chamber can’t be reused. This would bring the story full circle, and allow a world-weary Sole Survivor the choice to once again enter the frozen oblivion of cryosleep. Patiently waiting for their player to need them again when the DLC comes out.To find the rest of the Vaults in Fallout 4, check out the video above.last_img read more

Tourism seen jumping to Mexicos 3rd biggest cash source by 2018

first_imgNo related posts. NEW YORK — Mexico’s tourism industry, already the nation’s fifth-biggest source of revenue, is seen taking on more economic importance by the end of 2018 as international visits rise and new infrastructure is built, according to a Cabinet official.Tourism’s participation in Mexican gross domestic product will climb 100 basis points to 9.4 percent by the end President’s Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, Tourism Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said recently in an interview at Bloomberg’s New York offices. The “upward trend” for the industry, which employs about 7 million people, will be driven by more visitors from countries outside of North America and better tourism facilities, she said.“Tourism is already one of the most important economic sectors for Mexico,” Ruiz Massieu said. “We are confident that it can represent at least one point more of GDP at the end of the administration and that we can become the third source of revenue at least.”Last year, tourism generated $12.7 billion in foreign exchange inflows, according to a report by JPMorgan Chase, a 10.5 percent increased versus 2011. Tourism trails manufacturing, oil, remittances and foreign direct investment as the nation’s biggest source of revenue, according to Citigroup Inc.’s Banamex unit.Ruiz Massieu said Latin America’s second-biggest economy received a record 24 million international visitors last year, or 2.6 percent more than the 23.4 million tourists it received in 2011, according to World Bank figures. Global international arrivals grew by 4 percent in 2012, according to a report from a World Tourism Organization report, and reached 1 billion tourists worldwide for the first time.International visits abroad to the so-called emerging economies rose 4.1 percent, while arrivals to advanced economies climbed 3.6 percent, the WTO report shows.“We want to keep growing the market share in our traditional markets,” such as the United States and Canada, the biggest source of international travelers to Mexico, Ruiz Massieu said. At the same time, Ruiz Massieu is focusing on emerging markets such as Brazil, Argentina, Russia and China. She declined to offer a projection for the total international visitors expected for this year.The increase of international travelers to Mexico comes even as more than 6,200 people have been killed in drug-related violence since Peña Nieto took office Dec. 1, according to Milenio, a Mexico City-based newspaper.Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., said that the government’s efforts to fight organized crime “are going to take more time and be long-term driven, because they’re based on institutional buildup,” and that the number of casualties is already dropping.Peña Nieto has said that legal changes he’s pushing for by year-end to open up the state-controlled energy industry and to increase tax collection may boost growth to as much 6 percent a year, versus 3.9 percent in 2012. Ruiz Massieu said Mexico seeks to increase private investment in the tourism industry.The Mexican government is finishing its infrastructure strategy which will be unveiled in the coming weeks and the plan will for the first time include tourism development, Ruiz Massieu said.Mexico wants to build new airports, cargo and commercial ports, railways and highways to link well-known transportation hubs with lesser-known tourism destinations, she said without specifying how much investment will go into the projects.This year Mexico is investing 310 billion pesos ($23.3 billion) in infrastructure, Peña Nieto said June 20. Speaking at a construction industry event in Merida, Mexico, the president said that about 187 billion pesos will be invested in the second half of the year.Ruiz Massieu said the Communications and Transportation Ministry will announce “in a couple of weeks” a final decision regarding potential measures to alleviate congestion at the Mexico City airport, the busiest hub in Latin America. “What I favor is getting more planes to an area where I can distribute more tourists to different destinations,” she said.With assistance from Karen Toulon, Katia Porzecanski and Newley Purnell in New York.© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Obama Africa must create jobs for its next generation

first_imgPresident Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)n Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Kenyans had waited years to welcome him back as president and many lined the streets in Kenya, as well as in Ethiopia, hoping for a glimpse of him as his motorcade drove by.Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit both countries, arrives back in Washington early Wednesday.___AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace contributed to this report.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the continent’s leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder.He said the “urgent task” of generating jobs for a population that is expected to double to around 2 billion people in the coming decades will be “an enormous undertaking.” But he said it can be achieved with U.S. help. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “There’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving, but the law is the law, and no one person is above the law, not even the president,” Obama said, adding that he thinks he could win if he were able to run again.But he said he looks forward to a less restricted life when he leaves office.“The point is, I don’t understand why people want to stay so long — especially when they’ve got a lot of money,” Obama said, an apparent reference to some previous African leaders who held tight to power while enriching themselves on government money.He called on the AU to use its authority to help make sure African leaders stick to their term limits and follow their constitutions. “Nobody should be president for life,” said Obama, who leaves office in January 2017.Africa’s progress will also depend on security and peace, since businesses and wealthy people won’t want to invest in unsafe places, the president said.He pledged continued U.S. training assistance and other support in the fight against terrorism carried out across the continent by groups like al-Qaida, the Islamic State, al-Shabab and Boko Haram. He said the world must do more to help, too, and announced that he will host a summit at the United Nations in September to secure additional support for international peacekeeping, including in Africa. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homecenter_img “Africa will need to generate millions more jobs than it is doing now,” Obama said in a speech to the entire continent delivered from the headquarters of the African Union, a member organization of African nations. “And time is of the essence.”“The choices made today will shape the trajectory of Africa — and therefore the world — for decades to come,” said Obama, who is seen by the people of Africa as one of their own. It was the first speech to the AU by a sitting American president.The speech marked the end of a five-day visit to Africa that included an earlier stop in Kenya, homeland of Obama’s late father.Obama also called on Africa’s leaders to make their countries more attractive to foreign investment by cleaning up corruption, upholding democratic freedoms, supporting human rights, and willingly and peacefully leaving office when their terms expire.Obama, who is more than halfway through his second and final four-year term, said “I don’t understand this” phenomenon of leaders who refuse to step aside when their terms end. He referred to Burundi’s leader, who was just elected to a controversial third term although he is constitutionally limited to two. The announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza was seeking a third term sparked days of unrest across the country. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Obama said Africa’s impending population boom could bring tremendous opportunities for the continent on the one hand.“On the other hand,” he said, “we need only look to the Middle East and North Africa to see that large numbers of young people with no jobs and stifled voices can fuel instability and disorder.”Before addressing the AU, Obama highlighted his administration’s efforts to combat hunger by touring a Faffa Foods factory that participates in the U.S. Feed the Future program. The initiative focuses on helping smaller farmers in 19 countries, including Ethiopia and 11 other African nations, expand their businesses.He also met with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, who introduced him at AU headquarters.“Although we welcome you as the president of the United States of America, we also claim you as our own,” she said.Obama’s speech closed a homecoming of sorts to Africa.The president first flew to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to attend a U.S.-sponsored business development summit, but he also spent time reconnecting with relatives on his father’s side of the family, including his sister, Auma Obama, and a grandmother. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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first_img – / 9 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals still haven’t decided on who will start Week 1 against Washington.But USA Today believes whoever isn’t playing form a very capable group of backups.USA Today’s Nate Davis ranked every NFL’s team quarterback situation should the starter get injured. With a current group of Sam Bradford, Josh Rosen and Mike Glennon the Cardinals have a good mix of veterans and a potential franchise quarterback in Rosen. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires (AP Photos) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories 3 Comments   Share   They’re either going to have a highly capable backup (Sam Bradford) or a sublimely talented rookie (Josh Rosen) holding the clipboard for a team that has plenty of talent throughout the roster. Erstwhile Bears starter Mike Glennon could struggle to stick.It’s expected that Bradford will be the starter at the beginning of the season, but his injury history underscores the importance for the Cardinals to have capable backups.Related LinksCardinals RB David Johnson excluded from NFL Top 100 listBradford spent the last two season’s with the Vikings, starting 15 games two seasons ago. Bradford missed all but two games last season with a knee injury.Rosen had his battles with concussions at UCLA, including missing more than half of his sophomore season. It will be important for the Cardinals to protect Rosen in order to get the most of his potential.Heading into Steve Wilks’ first season as head coach, the expectation is that the offense will be run through running back David Johnson, assuming he’s healthy.Finishing first on Davis’ list were the Philadelphia Eagles, who notably have former Arizona Wildcat and reigning Super Bowl champion Nick Foles backing up Carson Wentz.Wilks’ former team, the Carolina Panthers, finished last in Davis’ rankings. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more