Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a news conference in Ottawa to discuss the SNC-Lavalin affair.This follows the testimony given by Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s former advisor, Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council and Nathalie Drouin, deputy minister of Justice and deputy Attorney General.Join the conversation live on Facebook.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s international spy agency has banned mobile company Spark from using Huawei equipment in its planned 5G upgrade, saying it posed a “significant network security risk.”The action follows a similar ban in Australia, where the Chinese telecommunications giant was blocked in August from rolling out Australia’s 5G network due to security concerns.Spark says it is disappointed with the decision by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau. But the company said in a statement Wednesday it is confident it can still launch its 5G network by July 2020.Huawei suffered a setback in the U.S. market in 2012 when a congressional report said it was a security risk and warned phone companies not to buy its equipment.China is New Zealand’s largest trading partner.The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Target is launching a private food label next month as it attempts to energize grocery sales.On Sept. 15, 650 products will appear on store shelves under the brand “Good & Gather.” That will expand to 2,000 products by late next year.The goods sold under the new brand range from pastas and meat to milk and eggs. Target said Monday that the products will not have artificial flavours, synthetic colours, artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup.Target will be phasing out its house food brands called Archer Farms and Simply Balanced and trimming its Market Pantry line. Target has been developing a slew of successful brands including children’s clothing label Cat & Jack and men’s clothing brand Goodfellow & Co.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
“This judgment by the Supreme Court reaffirms the value of human rights and respect for human life, as enshrined in the Indian Constitution,” said the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns. “If the death penalty is to be used at all, international law clearly requires that it must follow a trial that meets the highest standards of fairness and due process guarantees,” he added. On 21 January, the Indian Supreme Court commuted the death sentences of 13 individuals after finding that there had been an “unexplained and unreasonable delay” by the authorities in deciding on their petitions for mercy. Two other individuals had their death sentences commuted to life on the ground of mental illness. “I am pleased to see that the Supreme Court referred to international standards and confirmed that persons suffering from mental illness could not be executed,” said Mr. Heyns. The Supreme Court also ruled that all death row prisoners should have regular mental health checks and appropriate medical care be given to those in need. Other general guidelines by the Supreme Court on the treatment of persons on death row include: solitary confinement during the period awaiting a decision on the mercy petition is unconstitutional; persons sentenced to death are entitled to legal aid, including for filing mercy petitions; a notice of at least 14 days must be given prior to execution; a final meeting between the prisoner and their family and friends should be facilitated. Also welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E Méndez, stressed that Indian courts must continue to ensure that capital punishment does not violate the absolute prohibition on torture or ill-treatment.Under all circumstances the absolute prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the strict adherence to safeguards against them constitute fundamental limits on the use and enforcement of the death penalty, he said. The statement by Mr. Heyns and Mr. Méndez was also endorsed by the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mads Andenas.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Some of the most critically acclaimed films of 2016 are coming to Niagara through the Brock University Film Series.With the Oscars just around the corner, there has been plenty of buzz about the recently nominated films, and one of the frontrunners stealing the spotlight is Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.Jenkins, the first black filmmaker nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture, based the film on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s short play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The film adaptation is about self-discovery and connection and follows the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he navigates the dangers of drugs and violence in his rough Miami neighbourhood and his complex love for his best friend.With eight Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe and three New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Moonlight is one of the highlights of the Brock University Film Series (BUFS) and will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Pen Centre’s Landmark Theatre in St. Catharines.BUFS is an ongoing project of Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film and has been bringing the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines for more than 40 years.Film professors Joan Nicks, Barry Grant and Jim Leach were among the early catalysts of BUFS in the ‘70s with their collection of foreign classical films, later mixing in current releases and partnering with the TIFF Film Circuit to showcase unique 35mm films on campus. With the shift to digital, BUFS now screens its films at Landmark Cinemas every Wednesday and is led by a committee of current Brock film professors Scott Henderson, Peter Lester and Anthony Kinik.“BUFS provides the opportunity to see these critically acclaimed, award-winning films on the big screen in Niagara that you might not otherwise be able to see,” says film professor Scott Henderson. “It’s a chance to talk film and keep the vibe of film culture alive in Niagara.”BUFS has a record for trailblazing.French writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve’s film, Things to Come (2016), was screened during the BUFS fall season and the foreign film is now showing up on critics “Best of 2016” lists with multiple awards under its belt.“BUFS allows people to uncover these films before they break,” says Henderson. “And this is one of the best line-ups we’ve ever had.”The current BUFS season runs from January until April with 11 films being shown. The selection includes interesting, rich and diverse films from many different nations taking on many different issues. The series runs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theatre. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by cash or cheque at the BUFS Box Office Table in the theatre lobby after 6 p.m. on screening nights. Season passes are available. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for more details.Upcoming Oscar-nominated Films Featured in BUFS: Wednesday, Feb. 8The Salesman, Iranian thriller directed by Asghar Farhadi.Oscar-nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film, received two awards at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Screenplay and Best Actor and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Wednesday, Feb. 22Moonlight, American drama written and directed by Barry Jenkins.Nominated for eight Oscars, received a Golden Globe for Best Picture, Drama and three New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Wednesday, Mar. 22Toni Erdmann, German comedy-drama directed, written and co-produced by Maren Ade.Oscar-nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film, received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Film, received five awards at the European Film Awards and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Wednesday, Mar. 8A Man Called Ove, Swedish comedy-drama written and directed by Hannes Holm.Oscar-nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Makeup and Hairstyling and received two Swedish Guldbagge awards.
Government has not initiated steps to have a sitting of the National Assembly tomorrow (April 11, 2019), as was announced by Minister of State Joseph Harmon last month.This would have been the coalition government’s much anticipated return to the National Assembly following the Appeal Court’s ruling that the Opposition’s no-confidence motion was invalidly pass in the House on December 21, 2018.Harmon had announced that the sitting would deal with the release of monies to the Guyana Elections Commission to prepare for elections.However, the National Assembly’s Clerk, Sherlock Isaacs, explained that his Office was not formally informed by government of any sitting set for Thursday’s date, hence no preparations were made.Efforts to contact both Government’s Chief Whip Amna Ally and Government’s spokesperson Minister Harmon on this issue were futile.The last sitting of the National Assembly was on January 3, when House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland refused a request by government to reverse the passage of the no-confidence motion.Government then moved to the High Court, where they were once again unsuccessful. A subsequent approach to the Court of Appeal resulted in a 2:1 majority decision that the motion needed an absolute majority of 34 votes and not a simple majority of 33 to be valid.The PPP opposition has since appealed this ruling at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which has set May 10 for arguments on the matters. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLocal Gov’t Minister dodges question on his absence at last sitting of Nat’l AssemblyAugust 6, 2013In “latest news”APNU unsure of support to amending Hyro Act, to meet with President Ramotar to discuss way forwardJuly 16, 2013In “Local News”Still no date for first sitting of the National AssemblyOctober 15, 2014In “Politics”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo progress on reversal of US fish ban – Minister HolderFebruary 22, 2019In “Business”Govt working towards lifting US ban on Guyana’s catfish exports, says HolderDecember 11, 2018In “Business”US banning of Guyana’s catfish export a “big blow” – MOPHMarch 13, 2018In “Business” It has been over one year since the United States imposed a ban on the exportation of catfish from Guyana. To date, the Agriculture Ministry has fostered discussions, but there has been no definite conclusion on when the sanction would be lifted.Speaking with INews, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder recently posited that discussions with his US counterpart would continue in the future.“We’re still in talks with the Americans. There’s no conclusion as yet … We will have discussions later and then we’ll get closer,” Holder said.Last February, he had pointed towards the bureaucratic movement between the Fisheries Department of the Agriculture Ministry and the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department of the Public Health Ministry as one of the main challenges against compliance with the US-imposed catfish ban, which was enforced to achieve standardisation of seafood entering the country.Holder had stated that while work has been done to lift the ban, it was an international issue which had to be dealt with in a holistic manner. At that time, “nothing new” had emerged from discussions, and they were working towards an arrangement to adhere to the standards set out by the United States of America.“There is nothing new on it. It’s the question of coming to an arrangement with the US concerning our adherence to their rule or how we can best adhere to it. We just can’t lift the ban, because it is worldwide and not just against Guyana,” the Minister said.He sought to mention that if the Food Safety Authority – which was brought into force by the Food Safety Bill – was established, the process would have been faster than having two Ministries involved.The Food Safety Bill was presented to the National Assembly in 2016, providing for a Food Safety Authority, which would spearhead all aspects of food production, including preparation and transportation for exportation.Last December, Holder was questioned by Opposition officials as to what Government has been initiating to lift the ban after some G$14.7 million was set aside for the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism as part of Guyana’s contribution to international organisations.Then Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira questioned whether Guyana could get help from this very organisation, to which Holder replied in the affirmative. She also enquired whether legislation was being drafted to assist Guyana with gaining compliance.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPiracy massacre: President proclaims Monday June 25 to be day of national mourningJune 22, 2018In “Crime”Alleged ring leader of pirate gang nabbedJune 8, 2018In “Crime”Suriname officers engage Guyanese counterparts over pirate attacksMay 21, 2018In “Crime” Dr Rishi Thakur Thakur was earlier today sworn in to lead the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly piracy attack where at least 20 fishermen were beaten, chopped and thrown overboard in April 2018.He was sworn in by Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.Dr Thakur who has the power to summon witnesses will investigate and present the findings with respect to the piracy attack. More so, he will be tasked to determine the identities of those killed, the motive for the attack and possible prosecution of those culpable.In addition, the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the investigation include the role of state agencies with respect to security of the firemen. The public hearing is expected to be held at the Skeldon Estate Training Centre, Berbice and will commence immediately.However, the findings have to be submitted to President David Granger by September 2, 2019.On April 27 and 28, 2018, pirates attacked several fishing boats with Guyanese fishermen in what is being considered at the worst piracy attack on Guyanese fishermen.Four fishing boats with a total crew of 20 were attacked during the two-day period. Five of the fishermen survived after being chopped and thrown into the Ocean. The bodies of three of the missing men have since been recovered. Eleven are still missing and are believed to have also died.Since the attack, Nakool Manohar called “Fyah”, the alleged mastermind of Number 43 Village Corentyne and his co- accused Premchand Persaud, aka ‘Sinbad’ were charged for the heinous crime.Under the Piracy Act 2008 Chapter 14, it states that where an act of the offence is committed outside of Guyana, the person committing the offence may be dealt with in respect of the commission of the offence as if the offence had been committed at any place within Guyana.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNABBED: Gunmen who rob customer outside Diamond bank arrestedMarch 5, 2017In “Crime”UPDATE: Bandit nabbed in Eccles, Police hunting accompliceNovember 8, 2016In “Crime”Gunmen apprehended after daring Parika bar robbery- PoliceOctober 17, 2018In “Crime” Moments after committing a robbery at Recht-door-Zee, West Bank Demerara, three of the suspected bandits were nabbed while two remain on the run.The stolen items found on the suspected banditsBased on information received, a woman of “A” Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown was in the company of two others walking along Recht-door-Zee Public Road when they were attacked by five men who were armed with cutlasses and a handgun.The woman was relieved of her jewellery, cash, and mobile phone. After committing the act, the men fled the scene but according to police, three of them were arrested in La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara with the stolen items in her their possession.The nabbed bandits are reportedly residents of Charlestown, Georgetown. Police have however, on the hunt for the remaining two suspects as investigations continue. The three in custody are being processed for court.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeputy Speaker, Attorney General disagree on constitutionality of elections dateFebruary 27, 2015In “Politics”President will dissolve Parliament when he “deems fit” – AGFebruary 18, 2015In “Politics”Govt has lost legitimacy to govern – Former AGDecember 31, 2018In “latest news” Former Clerk of the National Assembly, Frank Narine says if President David Granger is serious about having early elections – in keeping with the Guyana Constitution – he must dissolve Parliament.“Everyone seems to be interpreting the Constitution in their own way,” Narine asserted during an interview with this publication.“The Constitution says what must happen. Article 106 says that when a No-Confidence Motion is passed, the President and Cabinet have to resign. And it goes on to say elections must be held in three months after the passing of the motion, unless the National Assembly extends the time.”“The President has to proclaim a date for elections. And it is the President who will have to dissolve Parliament before elections. The President has to formally issue a proclamation dissolving Parliament, so the National Assembly can’t meet. Members cease to be members“… I think if it’s dissolved, it means he’s serious: he’s going to have elections. But the President hasn’t done anything.”Narine noted that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) should have been getting its systems ready for the possibility of holding elections.“It means they were sleeping. If the President has a member of staff and he says I want this report by the end of the month, and that staff member fails to give it, what must the President do? It means the President has the wrong staff member. Did they get directions not to (get ready to) hold elections?”Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”
Japan-based Terra Drone has continued with its global expansion, having invested in a leading UAV company in Kazakhstan, KazUAV.With this investment, KazUAV joins Terra Drone’s network of over 25 group companies and technology partners committed to providing cutting-edge yet cost-effective drone services across the globe, the leading drone solution said.Terra Drone said: “Established in 2016, KazUAV is a known name in Kazakhstan’s drone ecosystem, having provided GIS services to several government agencies and private companies.”In 2018, at the request of the International Civil Aviation Organization, KazUAV mapped six airports in the country, totalling a surveyed area of 4 million hectares. The company is also registered to provide surveillance drone services to the Kazakhstan special forces.As part of the Terra Drone group, KazUAV will be able to leverage technologies to provide various drone-based services and solutions in Kazakhstan, Terra Drone said. These include power line inspection and vegetation management for the energy sector; onshore/offshore infrastructure inspections, tanks inspections, and non-destructive testing for the oil and gas industry; and open-pit and underground mapping services for the mining sector.Terra Drone already has more than 25 group companies in its network. Just last year, Terra Drone acquired a majority stake in Europe-based drone service provider Skeye, in addition to making an investment in Sweden-based Inkonova.
Everyone involved in the Call of Duty franchise has always stated that the boxed games in the series will never come with a subscription charge. But that doesn’t mean some kind of subscription service or premium online content associated with the games won’t be offered. And one analyst now expects such a service to be offered before April.According to Wedbush Securities’ January newsletter:Activision remains a top pick, primarily due to the company’s potential to create and monetize a second tier of multiplayer online gaming for its Call of Duty franchise. We expect this to occur during the first quarter of 2011 Introducing a subscription service or premium online options would allow Activision to continue to generate revenue from the very popular games beyond the initial game price. With millions of players regularly visiting multiplayer servers, even a small subset choosing to pay a subscription or buy in-game items could generate a lot of extra money.For the moment Activision is remaining quiet on the prospect of such a service and how it would go about supporting both the existing free multiplayer and premium version.Read more at KotakuMatthew’s OpinionIf Bobby Kotick believes he can introduce a popular subscription service for Call of Duty it will be out the door as quickly as possible. Activision sees millions of gamers picking up each game they release in the series, but then can only generate more revenue from them through DLC. A subscription ties in gamers to a regular payment just like Blizzard gets from World of Warcraft players.The big question is how to introduce it and make gamers want to pay? A subscription may allow access to more game types, more maps, and more play options. But is that enough? And won’t additional content like new maps only for subscribers make non-subscribers angry?It’s a difficult balance to get right, but Activision’s main concern is revenue generation rather than keeping everyone happy. If a CoD player complains about limited access, then Activision can just respond by telling them to subscribe. Alternatively, we may not see a subscription, but get microtransactions instead for premium content such as virtual goods.
Expo : plongez “Dans le sillage des requins”Paris, France – Du 2 février 2010 au 6 mars 2011 se tiendra l’exposition “Dans le sillage des requins”, à l’Aquarium tropical de la Porte Dorée à Paris. L’occasion d’entrer dans l’univers fascinant de ces prédateurs aquatiques, à la fois redoutables et fragiles.La nouvelle exposition du muséum national d’Histoire naturelle nous fait découvrir, dans un espace de 600 m², ces êtres souvent peu connus, qui peuplent nos eaux depuis 400 millions d’années. On y découvre une diversité d’espèces de la plus impressionnante à la plus petite.Les visiteurs pourront admirer requins, raies et chimères et comprendre leur évolution grâce aux squelettes, dents, et mâchoires fossilisés. Des pièces phares sont présentées, comme le cerveau fossile d’une chimère, vieux de 300 millions d’années ou la reproduction, grandeur nature, d’une mâchoire de mégalodon (ancêtre probable du requin blanc), haute de 2 mètres.Des images du film “Océans”, de Jacques Perrin et Jacques Cluzaud, sont également projetées afin de sensibiliser les visiteurs à la condition de ces animaux marins, menacés dans leur milieu naturel et victimes de la surpêche.Une initiative qui permettra sans doute de faire comprendre que notre survie dépend directement de celle de ces espèces dont on se soucie peu. Mais aussi d’admirer la beauté et les capacités sensorielles et motrices hors du commun de ces poissons cartilagineux.Le 2 février 2010 à 13:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
Logements : un détecteur de fumée obligatoire dans chaque foyer d’ici 2015France – Le Sénat a adopté la proposition de loi rendant obligatoire l’installation d’un détecteur de fumée dans tous les logements. Cette mesure devrait prendre effet en 2015.Chaque année, 10.000 personnes sont victimes d’un incendie d’habitation et 800 en meurent. Une proposition de loi visant à rendre obligatoire l’installation d’un détecteur de fumée dans chaque logement avait ainsi déjà été déposée en 2005, suite à un important incendie ayant causé la mort de quatorze personnes. Le parlement l’avait cependant rejetée.À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ? Cinq ans plus tard, une loi est adoptée : en 2015, chaque logement d’habitation devra être équipé d’au moins un détecteur de fumée, placé en dehors de la cuisine.Il sera à la charge de la personne occupant les locaux, qu’elle soit locataire ou propriétaire, et du propriétaire seul pour les locations saisonnières et meublées, les habitats en foyers et les logements de fonction.La loi prendra effet d’ici cinq ans, toutefois il est fortement conseillé de s’équiper dès maintenant de ce détecteur, qui permet de diviser par deux les risques de décès dans un incendie. Le 26 février 2010 à 10:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
Mike McKinnon III Mike McKinnon III, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher FacebookTwitter Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s bill, AB5, has already passed the state assembly but has many concerned about the impact on their personal pay, and company expenses.The bill “creates a presumption that a worker who performs services for a hirer is an employee for purposes of claims for wages and benefits arising under wage orders issued by the Industrial Welfare Commission. Existing law requires a 3-part test, commonly known as the “ABC” test, to establish that a worker is an independent contractor for those purposes.”The bill continues, “This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to codify the decision in the Dynamex case and clarify its application. The bill would provide that the factors of the “ABC” test be applied in order to determine the status of a worker as an employee or independent contractor for all provisions of the Labor Code and the Unemployment Insurance Code.”Many gig companies are worried that this change of having independent contractors become employees would destroy their business models. They fear the increased cost of an employee versus a contractor would cause layoffs and the contractors fear losing their schedules flexibility and a decrease in pay.The bill’s author, Lorena Gonzalez, claims the independent contractors will greatly benefit from becoming employees.Uber and Lyft are some of the biggest and well known companies that hire independent contractors instead of employees. Gig companies like these have been warning workers they would lose the flexibility if Gonzalez’s AB5 is signed into law.The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that drivers for Uber and Lyft who attended the July 9 rally in Sacramento were promised $25 to $100 to cover their “travel, parking, and time,” to be paid within five days of the event. The money came from the I’m Independent Coalition—a group funded by the California Chamber of Commerce, several other professional and trade groups, as well as companies—which also helped organize the rally, according to the paper.The top executives from Uber and Lyft published an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle that pointed out the major differences of gig work and the “forced schedules of rigid and hourly shifts of traditional.Although ride sharing companies are the most well known to hire independent contractors, many other occupations like tattoo artists, hair stylists, photographers, fitness trainers and more prefer to work as independent contractors instead of employees.This video from February 28, 2019 shows a group of exotic dancers protesting Gonzalez’s bill with signs saying things like, “Make Stripping Great Again.” More information on that protest can be seen here. Posted: July 16, 2019 July 16, 2019 Gig companies urging their workers to protest Lorena Gonzalez’s AB5 bill Updated: 4:08 PM
Several traffic accidents have taken place in the metro area this morning.In downtown Vancouver, Washington Street was closed this morning between East 15th and Mill Plain Boulevard. Chris Moen of the Vancouver Fire Department said a commercial box truck and an SUV were involved in a sideswipe wreck that resulted in the truck’s diesel tank being lodged beneath the bumper of the SUV and punctured. The street has since reopened.There were no injuries in the crash. Firefighters quickly responded to the about 8:45 a.m. incident, separated the vehicles and tipped the tank on its end to stop the leak. “Immediately, that stopped it,” Moen said.Oil sheen was visible in a small pool of water at the intersection of Washington Street and East 15th Street. The commercial truck provides pick-up service of used appliances. Absorbent has been spread across the roadway to sop up leaked fuel.The Washington Department of Ecology, Clark County EMS and Clark County Public Works all contributed to the cleanup. The Vancouver Police Department is investigating the wreck.Two accidents occurred on Interstate 5 southbound between Main Street and Fourth Plain. One person involved in the rear-end crash near the Fourth Plain exit was transported to an area hospital with neck injuries, said Steve Schatzel, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. Additional details were not immediately available.
Players aren’t thrilled over the season 10 changes. Epic Games It’s just one day into Fortnite season 10, or season X, and some players are already frustrated. Developer Epic Games made some big changes to the battle royale game, including adding a mech and changing the challenges format, that aren’t going over well with part of the fanbase, and the critics are letting everyone know. The big addition to Fortnite season 10 is the B.R.U.T.E. mech. The two-player-controlled robot has a shotgun. missile launcher and powerful shield and can move pretty quickly. Players on the Fortnite subreddit have created multiple threads about the mech, calling it overpowered. Even Fortnite World Cup solos champ Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf found himself losing a match to a player in the B.R.U.T.E. Players also reacted on Twitter. Epic’s tweet about the release of season 10 on Thursday has hundreds of replies calling for the developer to vault the mech, which means to remove it from the game. The B.R.U.T.E. has frustrated players, but Epic’s changes to the challenges format also has them upset and confused.In previous seasons, Epic released a weekly set of challenges that had players completing various tasks, from visiting certain locations on the map to eliminating other players. Each week there were free challenges available to everyone and paid ones for Battle Pass owners, and players had until the end of the season to finish them. Completing the tasks increased a player’s tier and the more tiers they reached, the more in-game items, cosmetics and skins they could unlock. What changed in season 10 is that instead of daily challenges, they’re Limited Time Missions and are available only for the week. There’re also Limited Time Mission Objectives, which’re sets of challenges that have a certain theme, such as the Road Trip missions that require players to traverse across the map. There’re also Prestige missions that’re available once the missions have been completed — players can redo them but with increased difficulty. A Fortnite subreddit thread was full of players upset about how the challenges have changed. Epic didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Fortnite has officially been ruined. RIP.— IM BACK (@Marcusv2x) August 1, 2019 6 Comments Share your voice Gaming You messed up with the mec, game is barely playable because of em. Please fix it and may we get an update on when we can expect them to be vaulted?— Sly (@bare31721885) August 1, 2019 Tags Vault the brutes ! pic.twitter.com/Fg5v3ykrUt— Chaxings (@Chaxings) August 1, 2019 Fortnite
Is The Lego Ninjago Movie good?Yes.What’s it about?Ninjago, a Pan-East-Asian-inspired city comprised of and populated by LEGO, is subject to regular attacks by the forces of the evil Lord Garmadon, but he’s regularly repelled by the local superhero team. Though technically a team of color-coded, elementally-powered ninja, said heroes have lately relied on piloting giant robots to get the job done – somewhat to the consternation of their master Sensei Wu. Our main character is a teenager named Lloyd whose life sucks because everyone knows he’s Garmadon’s SON and treats him like crap because of this – not realizing that he’s also secretly the very popular Green member of the ninja team. After an especially trying day, Lloyd decides to use a forbidden “ultimate weapon” that unleashes a destructive force. This also happens to be the film’s BEST joke by far that the trailers for some reason decided to give away. This weapon doesn’t hurt Garmadon but instead destroys all the mechs and imperils the city; forcing the heroes to go back to their core ninja roots and undertake a perilous journey to unlock new powers.Am I supposed to have heard of “Ninjago” before?If you’re a kid or especially into LEGO, probably – I had to look it up, myself. The short version is it’s a more narrative-heavy expansion on the LEGO Ninja themed-sets from the 90s, with a superhero/kung-fu/anime mythos that’s most a LEGO variation on Power Rangers. An animated series based on the line has been running on Cartoon Network since 2011 or so.Wait – is this the movie of that show? Do I have to know seven years worth of backstory to understand this?Somewhat confusingly: No. This is a feature adaptation of the toys but NOT an adaptation or continuation of the series despite featuring the same characters, central scenario, and the same (literally) building blocks. Apparently, the series has a devoted fanbase that is not happy about this.What’s the difference?Whereas the series features characters, vehicles and some settings that maintain the “design” of being LEGO toys but are otherwise traditionally animated and has a humorous but largely straight-faced approach to its own (extremely complicated) mythology. The movie borrows the self-conscious conceit from the previous two LEGO films – i.e. everything is designed to look like it’s made of actual plastic LEGO bricks, animated to mimic the appearance of stop-motion animation, the characters are all self-aware of the interchangeable plastic nature of themselves and their world. And the mythos has been completely retooled into a more simplified setup in order to facilitate a similarly self-effacing parody of … well, Power Rangers, mostly.So it’s a spoof like LEGO Batman, but of one of LEGO’s own things instead of a licensed property?That’s the basic idea, yeah.That sounds… odd.Yeah, LEGO borrowing the cheeky-yet-earnest-self-satire-makes-it-okay-that-this-is-a-commercial gimmick from the previous movies to give a marketing push to one of their own properties feels like the point where we’re right up to the edge of this whole thing going from “cute” to “cynical.” It’ll have to wait for at least one more movie because this is actually a lot of fun. Not as good as the other two, but that’s a really high bar, and on its own merits Ninjago is a brisk, funny, clever little movie.What saves it?The “everything is made of toys, isn’t that funny?” thing is… well, still funny. The Ninjago-brand toys are a really interesting looking line of pieces and (as with the other two movies) the conceit of world makes even the most basic, mundane scenes just beautiful and fun to look at. The action business with the multi-tiered fighting between the giant robots and regular bad guy minions are incredibly impressive from an animation standpoint – it’s kind of amazing how much better this send-up of the whole Power Rangers aesthetic is that the actual Power Rangers movie. They’re also trying out some new subtle twists on the visual formula: The individual figure toys look a lot more “played with” in this one, and while all the people, vehicles, tools and buildings are all still made of LEGO. “Natural” stuff like the ground, water, plants and even fire are all “real” (though still to scale, so a “jungle” is clearly full of giant regular garden plants and “torches” are just match-heads, that sort of thing.)How are the characters?Also a big help. Apparently one of the big criticisms from the fans of the series is that the show is more team-oriented whereas this movie is overwhelmingly centered on Lloyd and Garmadon. I can’t speak to better or worse. But the running gag of doing a Luke/Vader style hero/villain angle where the “dark overlord” is also just a standard-issue deadbeat dad (Lloyd doesn’t like that Garmadon wants to conquer Ninjago. But he REALLY doesn’t like that he forgot his birthday) is pretty amusing. There’s no one stealing the show quite as Will Arnett did as Batman in the first movie, but there’s a solid lineup of voice talent otherwise including Jackie Chan as Sensei Wu and Michael Pena, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Fred Armisen and Zach Woods as the other ninja heroes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’
In addition to performing dynamic studies on the cloaks described in the paper, the scientists are now searching for new ways to cloak, as well as a method for introducing the cloaking concept into additional dimensions. “Our approach can help design strong materials in complex shapes without losing the performance of the initial material. We hope to use this approach in the engineering sciences to find a way to design complex architectures in a lightweight fashion – specifically in civil engineering and the automotive industry, where low weight and strong lattice-based materials will be, and in fact already are, a key future technology. For example,” Bückmann illustrates, “think about a door in a carbon-enforced car. Here one would directly find the right fiber directions to enforce the opening in the car without losing the car’s overall stiffness.” Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Occam’s razor redux: A simple mathematical approach to designing mechanical invisibility cloaks (2015, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-occam-razor-redux-simple-mathematical.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org Measured performance of a lattice-transformation cloak. Same as Fig. 2, but measured directly on polymer structures fabricated by a 3D printer. Photographs of the structures are shown in the left-hand-side column. Again, the large distortions introduced by the hole in the homogeneous lattice are dramatically reduced in presence of the cloak, i.e., the average relative error with respect to the reference case, Δ, decreases from 714% to 26% in good agreement with theory shown in Fig. 2. Parameters are: r1 =30 mm, r2 =60 mm, L=4 mm, a = √3 × L, w =0.4 mm, and W =1 mm. Credit: Bückmann T, Kadic M, Schittny R, Wegener M (2015) Mechanical cloak design by direct lattice transformation, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(16):4930-4934. An interesting limitation to the new approach – which is applied to the cloaking of a void in a lattice material – is that cloaking will never be perfect. “This is rather a general statement, as one needs to keep in mind that a perfect cloak is directly linked to material parameters that diverge,” Bückmann tells Phys.org. “This means if one would like to cloak an object, infinite materials parameters occur, such as an infinite mass at the inner cloaking radius – and this cannot be fulfilled in an actual experiment. One needs thus to consider how well an actual cloak performs, that is, Am I able to detect the imperfections, or do I care at all about them? This in turn depends on the problem one needs to solve, and cannot be answered in general.” In short, mathematically perfect cloaking is unavoidably connected with singular material parameters that just cannot be achieved in reality. More information: Mechanical cloak design by direct lattice transformation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015) 112(16):4930-4934, doi:10.1073/pnas.1501240112Related:1An elasto-mechanical unfeelability cloak made of pentamode metamaterials, Nature Communications (2014) 5:4130, doi:10.1038/ncomms5130 Images of samples and setup. Photographs of fabricated samples in the measurement setup including the Hooke’s springs that approximate constant pressure on the left- and right-hand side. From Upper to Lower: reference sample, sample with hole, and cloaking structure. Parameters are as in Figs. 2 and 5, i.e., r1 =30 mm, r2 =60 mm, L=4 mm, a = √3 × L, w =0.4 mm, and W =1 mm. Credit: Bückmann T, Kadic M, Schittny R, Wegener M (2015) Mechanical cloak design by direct lattice transformation, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(16):4930-4934. Researcher Tiemo Bückmann discussed the paper he and his colleagues published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the challenges they faced in developing their concept and conducting the resulting research. “The main challenge in devising our approach – that is, of directly transforming the lattice points of a 2D discrete lattice composed of a single constituent material while keeping the properties of the elements connecting the lattice unchanged – was actually to come up the concept and think about realizing it,” Bückmann tells Phys.org. “At first, we just used that concept as an example to illustrate the basic concepts of cloaking, since it was taking us quite some time to really think about realizing such a structure out of one material – but this then worked so nicely that it was surprising even to us.”Another issue: cloaking a void in an effective elastic material with respect to static uniaxial compression as an example of elastic–solid mechanics. “Our main problem here was, first of all, that the mathematical background for a material parameter transformation is extremely complex,” Bückmann notes. “This makes the design of such a cloak highly complex as well as extremely demanding on materials and their effective properties.” That said, the scientists found that these problems were all solved by their straightforward approach of simply transforming the lattice points rather than effective material properties. “This simplified the cloaking concept enormously, making it possible for us to create a cloak along these lines.” Direct lattice-transformation approach. (A) A hexagonal lattice with lattice constant a composed of identical Ohmic resistors with resistance R. The lumped resistors (upper half) can equivalently be replaced by double-trapezoidal conductive elements (lower half) with length L=a/√3 and widths w and W as defined in the magnifying glass. (B) The lattice points (black dots) of the lattice in A are subject to a coordinate transformation. To keep the resistors R identical, while locally changing the length from L to L’ and fixing w, the width W is changed to W’ as indicated in the magnifying glass. One can proceed equivalently in heat conduction, particle diffusion, electrostatics, and magnetostatics. For elastic solids in mechanics, the resistors can be replaced by linear Hooke’s springs. The width W in the corresponding microstructure is again adjusted to W’ to keep the Hooke’s spring constant D identical while changing the length from L to L’ and fixing w. Credit: Bückmann T, Kadic M, Schittny R, Wegener M (2015) Mechanical cloak design by direct lattice transformation, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(16):4930-4934. Mechanical cloaks of invisibility—without complicated mathematics Explore further Calculated performance of a lattice-transformation cloak. Constant pressure is exerted from the left- and right-hand side in each case. We compare the response of a homogeneous reference lattice (first row), the same finite lattice with a hole of radius r1 in the middle (second row), and the elastic cloak with inner radius r1 and outer radius r2 (third row) designed by direct lattice transformation. The (von Mises) stress is shown in the left column, the x component of the strain at the lattice points in the middle column, and the y component of the strain at the lattice points in the right column. We use a highly saturated false-color representation to exhibit all data on the same scale. The metamaterial structures (cf. Fig. 1) are shown underneath. The corresponding average relative error Δ of the strain vectors outside the cloak (i.e., for radii r >r2) with respect to the reference case is given on the right-hand side. The hole in the reference leads to large strains at the inner radius as well as outside of the cloak. Both aspects are dramatically improved by the cloak, Δ decreases by a factor of 34 from 738% to 22%. Parameters are: r1 =30mm, r2 =60mm, L=4 mm, a= √3 × L, w =0.4mm, and W =1mm. Credit: Bückmann T, Kadic M, Schittny R, Wegener M (2015) Mechanical cloak design by direct lattice transformation, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(16):4930-4934. , Nature Communications Metamaterials – engineered materials with properties not found in nature – have led to an astounding range of optical, acoustic, thermodynamic, two-dimensional solid mechanics, and other types of invisibility cloaks that render the cloaked object indistinguishable from the environment around them – but the ability to cloak three-dimensional solid mechanics has proven elusive. (Solid mechanics is the branch of continuum mechanics – which models materials as a continuous mass rather than as discrete particles – that studies the behavior of solid materials, especially their motion and deformation under the action of forces, temperature changes, phase changes, and other external or internal agents.) Recently, however, scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany – following their design last year of a so-called unfeelability cloak1 that hides (at this point small) 3D objects such that they cannot be physically detected – have demonstrated a surprisingly simple and generalizable approach in which a coordinate transformation – a mathematical process of obtaining a modified set of coordinates by performing some nonsingular operation on the coordinate axes, such as rotating or translating them – is mapped directly onto a concrete one-component microstructure. In addition, the researchers have successfully applied the technique to static elastic–solid mechanics (the elastic and plastic behavior of solid objects subject to stresses and strains) to a material made of printed polymer. In showing that the approach works in various areas, the researchers evaluated the main concepts of cloaking based on a lattice material, considering only static measurements. “Within these fields, Bückmann notes, “one can cloak in general any kind of physical problem that is linked to the same equations. A few examples in addition to mechanics, as presented in our paper,” he illustrates, “are current conduction, heat conduction, electrostatic potential, magnetostatics, and diffusion.” To underscore the effectiveness of their approach, Bückmann points out that while there were slight differences in the areas tested, in general – depending on the transformation and the given loading conditions – all simulations performed showed a relevant improvement over the case prior to our applying our transformation. “As one tries to cloak a larger and larger hole, or void, in a very thin cloaking shell,” he explains, “the performance of course decreases.” A third obstacle was comparing the average relative standard deviation of the strain vectors outside of the cloaked void with respect to the homogeneous reference lattice as a way of quantifying cloaking quality. “We thought about a way of quantifying the performance of our cloak, and so searched for a good quantity that is actually sensitive and, at the same time, representative for the performance of a cloak. We came up with the differences as a standard deviation between two samples.”Bückmann tells Phys.org that two insights were key to addressing these challenges. “First of all, we found the general concept of a lattice transformation cloak, which is applicable to many different physical quantities. Furthermore, we discovered that the concept also works in mechanics – one of the most demanding fields of physics with regard to cloaking.” This general concept is easy to understand, he points out, and therefore will hopefully help design a range of structures and solve problems in mechanical and engineering science.
TFE Hotels is set to open the doors on its newest New Zealand hotel on December 1, the Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland, Britomart overlooking Queen’s Wharf in the CBD, the first Adina Apartment Hotel to enter the New Zealand market.The opening comes at an ideal time for Auckland’s stretched hospitality sector, with New Zealand visitor numbers surpassing the three-million mark for the first time, up 7% on last year.Coupled with this, Colliers International’s latest New Zealand Hotel Market Snapshot shows that, despite increased demand and record-high market occupancy, Auckland hotel room supply actually went down 2.1% since their last update in May 2015.The Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland opening will come as welcome news to the council whose Auckland Visitor Plan 2021 outlines a six-year growth plan that will require up to 3,400 new hotel rooms introduced over that period to hit their ambitious growth targets.The new Auckland property will offer 140 stylish and modern apartments, located just a short stroll from the waterfront. Contemporary in design; the rooms are appointed with fully equipped kitchens, comfortable living space and laundries, with a real focus on comfort and lifestyle, including an on-site gym and undercover parking.CEO of TFE Hotels, Rachel Argaman says, “We recognise the fantastic opportunity that exists in Auckland with the significant growth in tourist arrivals, and Auckland’s position as an Asia-Pacific hub.“We are thrilled to be able to provide Auckland visitors with a premium accommodation option allowing them to see the best of the city with all of the independence and amenities valued by a modern traveller.”From February, the hotel will also operate a lobby bar and café, offering a range of locally sourced food and wine where guests can dine, relax and feel at home. Meeting facilities will include two conference rooms, one catering to 45 people theatre style and the other a boardroom for 12.Argaman believes the thriving Auckland market is a perfect fit for Adina’s premium style apartments.“The modern explorer is independent with all the latest travel tools and technology at their disposal. They want a hotel that facilitates their experience of the wider city, in a way that an Auckland local would,” she said.“Adina’s spacious apartment-style living, with the added benefit of hotel services definitely ticks that box and is perfect for business travellers, families and longer stays.”Russell Property Group spokesperson, Brett Russell, says “We’re thrilled to see the very first Adina in New Zealand, Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland, Britomart come to fruition. Adina Apartment Hotels is a well-respected brand globally and their signature premium offering will be a great fit here on the Auckland waterfront.” Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Source = TFE Hotels