Export Development Canada to pay 969M dividend to federal government

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first_imgOTTAWA – Export Development Canada is paying a $969-million dividend to the federal government this year.The payment compares with a dividend of $786 million the agency paid last year and $500 million paid in 2016.EDC generates revenue primarily from interest on loans, fees on its guarantee products, and premiums on its insurance products.The crown corporation says it finished 2017 with $60 billion in assets and earned $1 billion for the year.EDC’s full annual report will be released in the second quarter.last_img

Ricky Gervais Named PETAs Person Of The Year 2013

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first_imgHe’s won seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards and a Rose d’Or and been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, and now Ricky Gervais can add PETA’s Person of the Year 2013 to his credentials.Ricky Gervais – PETA Person of the Year 2013At a time when social media influences everything from general elections to popular music, Gervais keeps his 5.3 million Twitter followers laughing, shaking their fists and buzzing about animal abuse, such as Melissa Bachman’s killing of a lion, while dishing out tips like this one about PETA’s cruelty-free cosmetics campaign: “Dear intelligent people of the world, don’t get shampoo in your eyes. It really stings. There. Done. Now f***ing stop torturing animals”.Gervais’ tweets don’t just take the Mickey but also offer animal-friendly solutions about everything from remembering the homeless-dog crisis (“When you’re shopping, give a few quid to an animal home”) to finding alternatives to animal research, even if tongue-in-cheek: “We should free laboratory animals and only test cosmetics on internet trolls. They’d get the attention they crave and they’d look nicer”.Gervais’ social-media influence has earned him a top Klout score among comedians and netted him more than 65,000 favourites and 92,000 retweets for his tweets about animals in 2013. His other animal advocacy work includes appearing in this animated video against fur and exotic-animal skins, in which he supplies the voice for a rabbit, with rocker Pink in the role of the crocodile. Gervais also wrote to Fortnum & Mason’s boss asking that they stop selling foie gras at the store.“Ricky Gervais makes sure that animals have their say, tweet, growl or roar on Twitter”, says PETA Managing Director Ingrid E Newkirk. “He finds humour in most things, but cruelty to animals isn’t one of them. As he says himself, ‘Animals are not here for us to do as we please with. We are not their superiors, we are their equals. We are their family. Be kind to them’.”More examples of Gervais’ pro-animal tweets are below:· “If you could bottle ‘happy dog’ it would cure everything. I love it when their whole body wags. Magical.”· “Freedom of speech, rationality, truth and honesty. This is my religion. Oh, and cats. & dogs. All animals. Some people. Alcohol is good too.”· “When xmas shopping please don’t buy into cruelty. No real fur, no foie gras, & don’t give anyone a Cliff Richard calendar. That’s just nasty”· “Mmmm..pistachios…my little vegan clams.”· “I reckon Zombies are grumpy all the time because they only eat red meat. They must be constipated for eternity.”· “Most people I’ve met who weren’t kind to animals weren’t kind to people either. Kindness is kindness. Simple as that.”· “As much as I love seeing heartless morons gored to death, I can’t take the risk of 1 innocent animal being hurt for fun. #banbullfighting”· “Whether you believe in evolution or magic, be nice to animals :)”· “How can anyone abandon a beautifully loyal dog? It’s not an accessory. It’s your best f***ing friend. It makes me so sad & angry.”last_img read more

UK official discusses UNHRC resolution with Mangala

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“Good meeting with @MangalaLK and discussion of #SriLanka commitment to UNHRC Resolution 30/01 at #UNGA,” Alok Sharma tweeted following the meeting. British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alok Sharma had talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka.The meeting took place in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

President and Japanese Emperor discuss JapanLanka relationship

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He also mentioned with gratitude the high appreciation and welcome he received from the Sri Lankan people.The Emperor of Japan who acknowledged the assistance provided by Sri Lankans in the time where Japan faced natural disasters mentioned that Japan is ready to provide assistance to Sri Lanka anytime. President Srirsena expressed his thanks to Emperor Akito for the invitation extended to him to visit Japan and said that it is his expectation to strengthen the relations between the two countries in every sphere. President Maithripala Sirisena and Japanese Emperor Akihito met in Japan today and discussed Japan-Sri Lanka relations.The Japanese Emperor expressed his pleasure over the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena and said that the long-standing ties between the two countries will be further consolidated as a result of this visit. After the meeting, Emperor Akihito joined President Sirisena in his tour of the historical Imperial Mansion. (Colombo Gazette) The Emperor, recalled the memories of his visit to Sri Lanka in 1981 said that he was privileged for the opportunity to visit the historical temple of the sacred tooth relic in Kandy. read more

Lovey dovey Birds build nest in front door wreath

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Home is where the heart is.At least, that’s the situation for a pair of mourning doves who are nesting in a heart-shaped wreath on the front door of Alona Black Havens and Roy Havens’ home in Simcoe.The doves are believed to be the same pair that set up shop in the same location last year.When the doves arrived in the spring of 2018, the Havens stopped using their front door. They instead used the back entrance to their home on Victoria Street as often as possible.The difference this year is the Havens use their front entrance as usual. The doves don’t care and don’t flinch when the couple come and go. Alona Black Havens says there’s something magical about the arrangement that gives her and her husband great pleasure.“We are honoured and delighted to have them,” she said Friday. “They are such a joy. We are honoured and delighted that they’ve chosen our home to be their home.”The Havens have named the couple Prince and Princess. The birds take turns brooding their eggs. The Havens were surprised to hear that a famous hit song by the late musician Prince was titled When Doves Cry.“We get up in the morning and talk to her,” Roy Havens said. “We say ‘Good morning. You are such a good mommy.’“I think it’s absolutely amazing. They are so trusting. We go out that door gently and she just sits there and watches us. I love animals. I love nature, and I can’t get over it.”Kristyn Ferguson, a conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, said wildlife living in close proximity to humans in urban areas is a growing trend.Locally, reports of rural animals such as hares, foxes, coyotes, skunks and raccoons turning up in towns and cities are increasingly common.While images of wildlife living in harmony with humans can be charming, Ferguson says this development is ultimately unsettling. Wildlife, she says, is forcing its way into the urban zone because its preferred habitat is disappearing.“Conservation groups would agree there are more wildlife-human interactions,” Ferguson said. “Sadly, that’s because this wildlife has lost its natural habitat. We have more pressures in the areas of agricultural land, roadways and the like. Their habitats are shrinking, and what’s left at the edges is us.”Mourning doves aren’t the first birds to move into town from the countryside. Ferguson cites the example of the cliff-dwelling peregrine falcon. Once an endangered species, peregrine falcons have rebounded since they learned to nest on the exterior ledges of skyscrapers.Ferguson says it’s fair to conclude that natural selection is at work here.With traditional habitats under stress, animals genetically disposed to trust humans and use their built environments are rewarded with secure breeding areas. They pass this disposition on to their young and the cycle continues.Conversely, wild counterparts who retain their fear of humans are at a disadvantage. Civilization increasingly encroaches and they are unable to cope. They eventually die out, creating even more space for those of their species who have learned to live with people.Conservationists are also disturbed by this trend because they can’t predict the impact on traditional food chains.Most animals prey on wildlife beneath them in the food chain while serving as food for animals higher up. Remove a link, Ferguson said, and there could be “cascading consequences” for entire ecosystems.“It’s not ideal to see what we’re seeing,” Ferguson said. “It should make us think about the habitat we’re losing and what we can do to preserve what we have.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Week in review Reds top Indians in Battle of Ohio

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Cleveland IndiansAfter going 4-2 the previous week, the Indians struggled this week, going 1-6.Cleveland lost outfielder Grady Sizemore and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to the disabled list and was swept at Tampa Bay and at home against Kansas City.The toughest loss of the week came Wednesday night when the Indians had a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning against Kansas City, but lost 8-4 after closer Kerry Wood gave up five runs in the inning.But the Indians were able to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Sunday to end their six-game losing streak.Stud: Trevor Crowe. After being called up from minor league affiliate Columbus, Crowe hit safely in six of his seven starts and had five RBIs. In the win over Cincinnati, Crowe went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and stole his third base of the week.Dud: Kerry Wood. In Wednesday’s game against the Royals, Wood gave up five runs in the top of the ninth to give the Royals an 8-4 win. For the season, Wood is 0-2 with one save and one blown save, both coming in the last five games.Up Next: The Indians open with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field before traveling to Yankee Stadium Friday for a four-game series with the New York Yankees. Cincinnati RedsThe Reds were two walk-offs shy of a perfect week.Cincinnati started off with a two-game series at Milwaukee. In the first game, a Jonny Gomes three-run home run sparked a five-run seventh inning to break open a tie game as the Reds won 6-3.In the second game, the Reds were down 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth when Scott Rolen’s two-run shot and Joey Votto’s walk-off single won the game for the Reds, completing the sweep over the Brewers.The Reds then played a two-game series at Atlanta, with some different results.The Reds tied the first game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth, only to see Jason Heyward hit the game-winning single for the Braves with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, as the Reds lost 5-4.The second game might go down as one of the more embarrassing losses in recent memory, as the Reds couldn’t hold on to a seven-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, losing the game 10-9.But the Reds didn’t let the big loss bother them, as they finished the week with a series win over the Indians.In the first game, Laynce Nix had three hits, including a go-ahead double in the sixth inning that put the Reds up 5-4. The Reds won the game 7-4.The second game against the Tribe was Nix’s third straight game with a home run. Jay Bruce also went 4-for-4 in the game as the Reds beat the Indians 6-4.In Sunday’s game, Scott Rolen hit two home runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Reds lost to the Indians 4-3.Studs: Jonny Gomes and Laynce Nix. Trying to decide which of the Reds’ hot-hitting left-fielders to start is a good problem to have. This week, the two combined for 13 hits and 13 RBIs.Duds: Cincinnati’s bullpen in the second game against the Braves. They had a 9-3 lead, and all they had to do was get three outs before the Braves scored six runs, which they proved is harder than it looks.Next Week: The Reds will stay at home for another full week of baseball, as they will play four games against the Pirates followed by three games against the Astros. read more

Metso to supply crushing equipment to Fortescue Metals iron ore operations in

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first_imgMetso will supply crushing equipment to Fortescue Metals Group in Australia. The delivery will be completed by May 2012. The value of the order is approximately EUR34 million. The order comprises 13 units of MP1000 secondary cone crushers. Three units will be delivered to Fortescue’s Christmas Creek iron ore site, and another ten units will go to the Solomon iron ore mine site. Both sites are located in the Pilbara region in Western Australia. The crushers will be supplied to the sites in pre-assembled, modularised form. Metso will also be providing installation and commissioning assistance of all units. Mining at Fortescue’s first minesite, Cloudbreak, began in 2008 with more than 28 Mt of iron ore mined in the first full year of production. Since then, mining and processing at Cloudbreak has increased to more than 100,000 t/d of ore. Fortescue has also established its second minesite, Christmas Creek, which is 50 km east of Cloudbreak. Together, the two mines make up the Chichester Hub. Last month Fortescue Metals announced a maiden Reserve Estimate of 716 Mt for the first stage of the Solomon Hub.last_img read more

Vojvodina wins the Serbian cup

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Vojvodina Zeleznicar wins for the third time the Cup of Serbia (2005,2006). They beat Red Star in the final with 22:21 (13:14) in front of their own fans in Novi Sad. Vladimir Cupkovic scored a goal 15 seconds before the end, and this brought the possibility for Vojvodina to represent Serbia in the Cup Winners’ Cup next season. Even though Red Star was in lead the whole game, in the end the home team celebrated in a game with a lot of harsh fouls and hard play.Red Star – Vojvodina Železničar 21:22 (13:14)Red Star: Ivanišević, Živković 3, Pešić 4, Pantelić, Perović, Đurić, Ristić 1, Ljubišić 13 odbrana, Pušica, Radulović 1, Jokić 1, Ćirić, Trivundža 8(1), Zelenović 3Coach: Igor ButulijaVojvodina Železničar: Jovanović, Popov 1, Radišić, Barišić 5, Abadžić jedan sedmerac sedmerca, Sudžum 7(4), Vujačić, Abadžić V. 11 odbrana, Radišić.B 2, Đurić, Imbronjev, Čupković 3, Hodžić, Mandić 4.Coach: Đurađ Trbojević ← Previous Story Larvik wins Women’s Champions League! Next Story → “The Man – History” Heiner Brandt to leave… read more

Europe WCh 2015 PlayOff Germany against Russia – Croatian nightmare strikes again

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wch 2015 play off The pairs for the Women’s World Championship 2015 Play-Off  have been drawn in Budapest before the third place and the final match of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014.France – SloveniaGermany – RussiaSerbia – RomaniaThe Netherlands – Czech RepublicUkraine – PolandMontenegro – IcelandAustria – HungaryEHF EURO 2014 vice-champions – SlovakiaCroatia – SwedenThe matches are scheduled for 6/7 June (first leg) and week after.WCh 2015 will be played in Denmark between 5 and 20 of December. ← Previous Story Holger Glandorf tears Achilles’ tendon Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2014 All Star Team – Bella Gulden is MVP!

France un arrêté pour protéger les mammifères marins

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first_imgFrance : un arrêté pour protéger les mammifères marinsLa ministre de l’Ecologie, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a indiqué jeudi en Corse qu’un arrêté visant à interdire toute perturbation intentionnelle des mammifères marins avait été pris. Ceci concerne les activités humaines, commerciales, scientifiques tout comme de loisirs. Jeudi, au cours d’une visite en Corse, la ministre de l’Ecologie, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a annoncé qu’un arrêté visant à interdire toute perturbation des mammifères marins avait été pris le 1er juillet. Selon les pouvoirs publics, ces animaux attirent en effet de nombreuses activités qui leur sont particulièrement dérangeantes : tourisme (observation des baleines, plongée), activités scientifiques, navigation commerciale (collisions), de plaisance ou certains aménagements en mer. “Jusqu’à maintenant, vous n’aviez pas le droit de destruction, mais vous pouviez gêner par vos activités. Là, il n’est plus possible de déranger les mammifères marins”, a indiqué la ministre citée par l’AFP. Elle explique, “vous n’avez pas le droit désormais de trouver que les baleines c’est formidable et donc d’aller les voir et de les empêcher de vivre. Avant, vous n’aviez pas le droit de les tuer mais vous pouviez avoir une attitude extrêmement agressive à leur égard et donc perturbatrice, pourvu que vous ne les détruisiez pas. Maintenant elles sont protégées au-delà de la simple destruction”.L’arrêté interdit également la dégradation des aires de repos ou d’alimentation de ces animaux, prévoit “l’obligation de déclarer toute capture non intentionnelle” et enfin, interdit toute importation de produits dérivés de phoques, afin de limiter la chasse de ces espèces dans plusieurs pays extra-européens. Selon Mme Kosciusko-Morizet, depuis l’entrée en vigueur de l’arrêté, aucune verbalisation n’a encore été recensée.Des guides pour protéger le détroit corse À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?La ministre s’exprimait depuis le détroit des Bouches de Bonifacio, qui vient d’être classé “zone maritime particulièrement vulnérable” par l’Organisation maritime internationale (OMI). Selon elle, grâce à ce nouveau statut, l’OMI pourra bénéficier de mesures de protection particulières, visant notamment à inciter les bateaux transportant des matières dangereuses à embarquer, le temps du passage, un pilote italien ou français connaissant bien les lieux. Le recours à ce “guide” pourrait devenir obligatoire par la suite et cette mesure pourrait intervenir dès 2012, espère la ministre.Chaque année, le détroit voit passer quelque 4.000 bateaux, dont 10% contenant des matières dangereuses, indique Sciences et Avenir. “Or le détroit est à la fois dangereux, parce que les fonds sont hauts et qu’il y a beaucoup d’îlots, et en même temps il est très fragile d’un point de vue écologique”, a encore dit la ministre. “La vraie solution est donc d’avoir un pilote à bord qui connaît le coin”.Le 26 août 2011 à 19:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Never Fight Alone Horde mode finally returns for Gears of War 4

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first_imgBack in 2009, the Gears of War franchise introduced the world to the oft-copied Horde Mode. This fan-favorite game mode has been missing from the franchise for the past five years, so Gears of War enthusiasts should be happy to know that the upcoming Gears of War 4 will have a brand-new Horde Mode that takes everything they loved about the original and adds several new components to make it even better.Horde 3.0 features five classes: Soldier, Sniper, Scout, Heavy and Engineer, which are designed to let users play to their strengths and to encourage team work. There is also a “Fabricator” that is a deployable base of operations. This is great for letting players build defenses anywhere on the map. On top of having new player classes, there will also be new enemies like the Swarm and Deebees.The trailer features a new song from indie hip hop group, Run the Jewels. This marks the first time the rap group has collaborated with a game company. “Panther Like a Panther” is a track from the group’s upcoming album, “Run the Jewels 3.” According to Rod Fergusson, head of The Coalition Studios, the team behind Gears of War 4 listened to a lot of Run the Jewels while creating the game. The group’s Killer Mike and El-P will be playable in Gears‘ multiplayer mode.Gears of War 4 will be released for the Xbox One and for Windows PC on October 11. Those who are attending PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend will get a chance to check out Horde 3.0 for themselves. There will be an event held this Saturday at 6:30pm PST where players can compete to see who can survive through all fifty waves of the new Horde Mode. The “First to Fifty” event will be broadcast live on Twitch and feature the all-new “Relic” multiplayer map. <>last_img read more

State spirits sales down in June from 2011

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first_imgYAKIMA — Liquor sales declined slightly in June compared with the same month the previous year, after Washington businesses and consumers stocked up on spirits in advance of price increases with liquor privatization.Washington will need at least three more months to identify long-term trends resulting from Initiative 1183, the Washington State Department of Revenue said Monday.Voters approved the measure last fall, allowing retail stores to sell liquor and kicking the state out of a business it has tightly controlled since the end of Prohibition. Consumers could begin buying directly from retailers on June 1.However, the initiative also imposed additional fees on spirits to reimburse the state for millions of dollars in lost revenue. Many believed that would result in higher prices for consumers, but liquor sales in June weren’t down as much as might have been expected.June 2012 sales by volume declined just 9 percent compared with June 2011. Meanwhile, May 2012 sales were nearly 27 percent higher than the same month the previous year.Liquor prices also reflected the new changes to the state’s liquor system.The average price of a liter of spirits declined 9 percent in May compared with the previous year, but increased 17 percent in June 2012 over June 2011.last_img read more

Mother son escape Maplewood neighborhood fire

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first_imgA mother and her 3-year-old son were left without a home Friday morning after a fire consumed their half of a Vancouver duplex.What ended up as a scary situation started as child’s play in a side bedroom, the mother said.Kisha Hoover said she was in the kitchen of her Maplewood neighborhood home, pulling meat out of the freezer, when her son ran up to her with a lighter in his hands and said, “Oops.” He’d been playing with the lighter and set the top part of a bunk bed on fire. Hoover said she didn’t know how her son got the red Bic lighter, but two minutes later, the bedroom was engulfed in flames, she said. After rushing outside with her son, she broke the bedroom’s window, hitched up a hose, then another, and began spraying water into the room.“We had the hoses going so we could protect my neighbor’s house,” Hoover said. “I knew mine was done.”The Vancouver Fire Department received multiple calls from people who saw smoke billowing out of the one-story wooden building at 2723-25 E. 19th St. Firefighters from the Vancouver Fire Department and Fire District 6 were dispatched at 11:23 a.m. The fire spread into the attic, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. Firefighters cut power to the structure and climbed onto the duplex’s roof to put out the fire.They were able to knock down the fire in five minutes, Vancouver Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Lines said.As smoke poured out of the duplex’s roof and windows and firefighters entered the charred home, Hoover and other people watched from a nearby sidewalk.Lines said the duplex unit that caught fire was likely a total loss. It smoldered long after firefighters put out the flames.The attached duplex suffered severe smoke damage, he said.A Vancouver Fire Department fire marshal was at the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.The fire department said Friday afternoon that a report into the fire remained open. Tyler Graf: 360-735-4517; http://twitter.com/col_smallcities; tyler.graf@columbian.com.last_img read more

Storefront fire under investigation in Downtown Miami

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Authorities are investigating the cause of a storefront fire in Downtown Miami.Miami Fire Rescue responded to reports of a fire at the Vapor Life Electronic Cigarette store along Southeast First Avenue and First Street, Monday.Crews arrived to smoke coming through the first floor.According to MFR, an employee said she found a fire on the second floor lounge after she heard the smoke alarm ring. She said she tried to put out the fire using two extinguishers, but the fire grew out of control, and she was forced to evacuate.Fire Rescue had the fire under control within 20 minutes, and no injuries were reported.Neighboring businesses were not affected.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Woman sons kill man over property dispute in Kamareddy

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first_imgKamareddy: Sons and wife killed a man over property dispute in Kistapur village, Birkur mandal, Kamareddy district.According to sources, Mukkidi Kamaiah of Kistapur village had two sons. Land disputes have been going on in the family for some time. The case came before the villager elders, who tried to make a compromise between the father and sons over the land, on Monday.On Tuesday morning Kamaiah was found hanged to death. The villagers alleged that Kamaiah’s sons Veeresham and Sailu and wife Lalavva allegedly hatched a plan and killed him when he was sleeping on Monday night. Police registered a case and investigation is on.last_img

Watch cop bravely wrestle alligator in Florida

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first_img Watch cop bravely wrestle alligator in Florida A Boynton Beach police officer wrangled an alligator and released it back into the wild earlier in July. Officer Alfredo Vargas had previous training in handling gators, and didnt want the little guy to be killed by a trapper. According to a Facebook post by the Boynton Beach Police Department, Vargas initially responded to a call of an alligator in front of a residents front door. After being told he would have to wait for a trapper to arrive – a trapper who would likely kill the alligator – Vargas safely wrestled the alligator into his patrol car and released it into a nearby canal.Officer Vargas doesnt know it yet, but weve just made him the departments official alligator wrestler (kidding but not really), the post said. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:19?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

Orioles Adam Jones Kicks Off Y of Central Maryland 2014 Give Every

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first_imgIn his first official duty as honorary chair of the Y of Central Maryland’s 2014 Give Every Child a Chance campaign, Baltimore Orioles All-Star Center Fielder Adam Jones acted as host and Y ambassador at a kickoff event, April 15, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Jones addressed the group of board members and other volunteers who fundraise for the Y’s charitable cause.The Give Every Child a Chance campaign raises critically-needed funds to help children from low-income families participate in Y educational and enrichment programs including camp, preschool and before and after school programs, which help them succeed in school and in life.Jones explained to the crowd that he believes in the Y because he believes all children deserve the same fair chance to succeed, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. Jones’ chairmanship of the 2014 Give Every Child a Chance campaign follows his successful chairmanship in 2013, which enabled 663 kids in Central Maryland to attend Y camp who otherwise would not have been able to do so. With Jones’ efforts, the 2014 campaign is expected to raise $1.5 million for kids in need in Central Maryland.last_img read more

Z2s Legend is a PostHuman Dytopian Wonderland

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first_img2016 has been a long year. While it may feel like a post-apocalyptic wasteland, we can at least find comfort in our music, movies, shows, and comics. What a better way to wrap up the year than with a comic book about animals?… Animals that just so happen to be the stars of a post-apocalyptic story set in a post-human dystopia. Legend from Z2 Comics offers just that, in a beautiful story about packs of animals trying to survive in a horrific world after a mysterious disease wipes out humanity.The solicitation from Z2 Comics’ website…Author: Sam SattinArtist: Chris KoehlerDate: November 2016What if a biological terror agent wiped out most of humanity, and our domesticated animals were left in charge? How would our dogs and cats set about ruling and rebuilding the world? Ransom, the leader of the Dog Tribe, has been murdered by a creature known as the Endark. An English Pointer named Legend reluctantly rises to lead in his place, vowing to kill the monster once and for all. From acclaimed novelist Samuel Sattin and award-winning illustrator Chris Koehler comes LEGEND, where cat technology rules, dogs partner with hawks, and humans may be the most beastly creatures of all.Written by Sam Sattin, with art by Chris Koehler, Legend is something else. The concept of dogs that were domesticated forming their own society has an inherently silly, Pixar-like tone to it. However, Sattin’s script doesn’t give the lighthearted premise time to settle in, jumping right into a story that makes this feel more like a hard-boiled survival story. However, the fact remains that this story, no matter how serious, stars a bunch of former household pets, complete with silly names. It is hard to take a Corgi seriously, no matter how well the writing and artwork around that. The silliness of it all took me out of the story occasionally, but the writing and art do an excellent job of pulling you back in.The art is the real highlight of the book, with artist Chris Koehler making this book about dogs feel more like a high-class indie movie than it does a dog show. Set in the remnants of a large city, his attention to detail and lush backgrounds feel almost noir-like at times. He manages to give the animals just as much personality as the city, which helps make them feel more like characters and less like cartoons. The comic looks unlike anything else I have read in recent years, with lots of desaturation and extensive details throughout, with the pages almost feel as if they’re shifting camera lens tints as it switches from black and white to sepia, and so forth. The dogs work well within Koehler’s panels, framing them less like animals and more like people having conversations, which further contributes to how detailed their characters feel.Between the writing and the art, Legend throws the reader right into a dark and dreary world, complete with a seemingly endless storm, dark alleyways, and creepy shadow monsters. Having the animals be the protagonists feels a little jarring from time to time, but the series manages to have a lot of fun with it to its advantages, causing Legend to be extremely self-aware of how contradictory it feels, and doubling down on it. There is truly nothing else like this comic coming out and is worth the read for the art alone. Legend is published by Z2 Comics, and the first volume, (or five issues), are available in print or online at Comixology.com.last_img read more

Geek deals Dell Inspiron 15 7000 UHD laptop for 750

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first_imgIn the market for a thin laptop with an outstanding screen? Take a look at this Inspiron 15 7000 from Dell. With an ultra HD touchscreen, a sleek 2-in-1 design, and a Intel Core i7 CPU, this laptop is impressive from top to bottom. Even better, Dell is currently discounting this machine by hundreds of dollars.Dell Inspiron 15 7000 UHD laptop for $749.99 (List price: $1529.99 — Coupon code: 50OFF699) So, what are we looking at here in the specs department? This configuration features a fifth generation dual-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-5500U CPU, a discrete AMD Radeon R7 M270 graphics card, 16GB of DDR3L RAM (1600MHz), a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. The 15.6-inch LED-lit touchscreen has a UHD resolution of 3840×2160, and the built-in HDMI port means you can easily plug in your laptop to a monitor or television. Whether you’re watching a TV show on Netflix or browsing photo galleries online, you can view them in crisp detail wherever you go.By far, the most surprising aspect of this laptop is just how flexible it is. Not only does it offer a touchscreen, but it also sports a full-size backlit keyboard when you need to buckle down, and get some work done. And if you’re on the go for long stretches, you’ll be happy to know that the Inspiron 15 7000 comes with a four-cell 58WHr removable battery.Normally, this laptop lists for roughly $1530, but when you use coupon code “50OFF699” during checkout, you can save $780. And thanks to the free shipping on Dell.com, you’ll end up paying just $749.99 — a bit over 50% off in total.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

PSVR bundle priced at 499 still cheaper than an Oculus Rift

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first_imgSony finally unveiled the price and launch date of the PlayStation VR earlier this week during the Game Developers Conference. Priced at $399, many were ecstatic, especially considering how those same folks felt burned by the prices of the Oculus Rift ($600) and HTC Vive ($800).The price seemed to be just right, but we all knew that the peripheral would actually cost more than $400 for those who didn’t already own PlayStation Move controllers and a PlayStation 4 camera, the latter being something which was essential for playing PSVR games. A bundle seemed inevitable, and today, Sony has confirmed that one will indeed be available.The PlayStation VR bundle will retail for $499. Reading that price may sting a bit, but considering all that it comes with, it’s actually a rather good deal. The bundle will contain a PSVR headset, PSVR cables, stereo headphones, a PSVR demo disk, PlayStation 4 Camera, two PlayStation Move controllers, and a copy of the game PlayStation Worlds. The bundle is exclusive to pre-orders and will be sold in limited quantities at participating retailers. Those who miss out on this first wave of pre-orders will get a second chance when another wave of pre-orders comes around this summer.While $500 is certainly a significant amount of money to pay to play virtual reality games, it is still $100 cheaper than an Oculus Rift. It’s also great that the bundle includes a game and demos so that people can quickly enjoy their peripheral. The bundle is a great deal overall for everyone who wants to get into VR gaming. As someone who has openly been skeptical of virtual reality gaming, even I’m excited about this and will be pre-ordering my PSVR as soon as possible.last_img read more