Together For Christmas

first_imgStella MacIsaac and Todd Goyetche belt out John Denver’s classic Take Me Home Country Roads from his 1971 breakout album Poems, Prayers and Promises. They sing the familiar melody in sync — country roads, take me home, to the place I belong. “I’ve got the words memorized now,” says Todd. “We sing it everywhere we go.” It’s an appropriate soundtrack for the reunited couple who have traveled a long road to be together. Today, their life is filled with music, poetry, faith and laughter. This Christmas marks the first anniversary of living in their Dartmouth duplex together. In 2014, they moved into their home just before Christmas, supported by Community Services’ Disabilities Support Program. The goal of the independent living program is to increase housing opportunities, with appropriate supports available, in the heart of the community. The couple first met more than 25 years ago when they were living at the Halifax County Rehabilitation Centre on Bisset Road, Cole Harbour. Todd has an acquired brain injury and for most of his life he’s been living in group residential settings. “I was always able to go and visit my mom a lot. But there’s lots of restrictions living in a group home, and I’m not too fond of those,” says Todd. Stella has struggled with mental illness. In 1988, she became sick and went into the hospital on October 19 — a significant date. “We said see you later then,” says Stella. “We did not say good-bye.” Still, over the years they lost track of one another. Many years later, Todd and Stella were both living in Dartmouth in separate group homes managed by the same service provider. Colonial Community Services oversees staffing and provides appropriate services. Their staff organized a field trip for residents to attend the Pumpkin People Festival.Stella was crossing the road in Kentville when she recognized a familiar face. “I asked ‘Are you Todd?’ and he looked at me and he said right away ‘Are you Stella?'” she laughs. The happy coincidence took place 25 years to the day that they’d separated. And speaking of dates, Todd proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2014. “We talked it over. We wanted to get married and move in with one another,” says Stella. “We love each other as we are and we love helping people.” The wedding was on September 27, 2014. During the ceremony, Stella sang Todd a song that she had written for him. “This was always their plan. They wanted to get married and to live together,” says Lisa Burton, Department of Community Services. “Everyone really wanted to support them and there were a lot of smiles going around when a solution came together.” “Colonial believed in us from the beginning. They had a really nice wedding reception for us,” says Stella. Like other newlyweds, they’re working on the details of living together. Stella is the one who likes cooking more, but she credits Todd for taking care of the laundry. Stella has seen a positive difference in Todd since they’ve been living independently. “He’s come a long way. He goes to work with the Salvation Army once a week at their food bank.” Todd is also a published poet who loves sonnets and the rhythm of iambic pentameter. He has written literally thousands of poems. Stella has found her voice in her music, writing original songs and volunteering. “I use music to help people with mental illness. People need to have a voice,” she says. -30-last_img read more

ED seeks 5 more days of custodial interrogation of Congress leader D

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday sought 5-day extension of Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar’s custodial interrogation. Shivakumar, arrested on September 3 by the ED in a money laundering case, was produced before a Delhi court on the expiry of his 9-day custodial interrogation. The court had on September 4 sent him in the ED custody till today. The Congress leader was produced before special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The probe agency told the court that Shivakumar was evasive and gave irrelevant answers during the interrogation, and many of his properties are ‘benami’. “As per probe against Shivakumar, tainted money is more than Rs 200 crore and there is Rs 800 crore worth ‘benami’ property, Additional Solicitor General K M Natraj said. He said the ED needs to confront him with voluminous documents it has collected in the case. The ED told the court that Shivakumar was withholding information which was solely in his knowledge. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “I am sure he won’t answer questions in the next five days either. Why do you need his custody,” the judge asked ED, to which the agency replied that there are statements by some other accused and Shivakumar needs to be confronted with that. The court had allowed ED to interrogate the politician in custody, saying the allegations made against him were serious in nature. Meanwhile, Shivakumar’s daughter Aishwarya had appeared before the ED on Thursday in connection with its money-laundering probe against him, the ED officials had said. The 22-year-old management graduate was questioned and her statement was recorded under PMLA. According to the sources, she was also confronted with documents and statements made by Shivakumar with regard to a trip to Singapore he made with her in 2017. Aishwarya is a trustee in an education trust floated by her father. The trust, holding assets and businesses worth crores, operates a number of engineering and other colleges and Aishwarya is the main person behind them, they said. The former cabinet minister and sitting MLA from Kanakapura seat had appeared before the ED for questioning on September 3 for the fourth time at its headquarters here. After a long session of grilling, Shivakumar, 57, was placed under arrest as per provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED had in September last year registered the money laundering case against Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others. Shivakumar had to appear before the ED after Karnataka High Court last week dismissed his petition challenging the summons issued to him by the agency. The ED had filed the PMLA case against him and others based on a charge sheet (prosecution complaint) filed by the Income Tax Department against them last year before a special court in Bengaluru on charges of alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores. The I-T department has accused Shivakumar and his alleged associate S K Sharma of transporting huge amount of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through ‘hawala’ channels with the help of three other accused.last_img read more

Nothing But Nets And Athletes For Hope Join To Fight Malaria

first_imgThe United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign and Athletes For Hope are joining forces to connect professional, Olympic, and collegiate athletes and their fans to help save lives by preventing malaria, a leading cause of death among children globally.The partnership aims to unify athletes and their fans, in every sport, to work together in fun, creative ways to raise awareness about the disease, which claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. In sub-Saharan Africa, it only costs $10 to deliver a life-saving bednet to protect families from malaria.“Nets aren’t just used in sports – they are crucial to protecting families from malaria,” said Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “I’m excited that Athletes for Hope will introduce more athletes and sports fans to this important cause.”Founded by Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Alonzo Mourning, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee among others, Athletes for Hope brings athletes together to educate, inspire, and empower them to help make a difference in the world. Athletes for Hope members will be introduced to the Nothing But Nets campaign and have a number of opportunities to engage their fans and communities throughout the year to join the fight against malaria.“Athletes for Hope is honored to join forces with Nothing But Nets to fight malaria,” said Ivan Blumberg, Chief Executive Officer of Athletes for Hope. “This engagement is the first global cause that our over 2,000 athlete members will have the opportunity to address.”Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year. But nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives.“The global community has already cut child deaths from malaria in half over the last decade,” said Nothing But Nets Director, Christopher Helfrich. “We are making tremendous progress and partners like Athletes for Hope are going to help us defeat malaria in this generation.”Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria. Since 2006, hundreds of thousands of sports fans and campaign supporters have joined the campaign to send nets and save lives. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has helped deliver more than 9 million nets to families in 29 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. To learn more, visit www.NothingButNets.net.last_img read more

Alaska credit union to serve marijuana businesses

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — A credit union is launching a pilot program to begin serving marijuana businesses in Alaska, giving the cash-only industry a financial option after banks shunned the industry.Credit Union 1 announced Thursday its move comes with no political or moral position.CEO James Wileman says safety concerns were a significant factor, and would keep large amounts of cash off the streets.Because of the federal prohibition on marijuana, most banks and credit card processors won’t service marijuana businesses.Kelly Mazzei with the state’s tax division says the agency supports the move as a time-saver.Anchorage attorney Jana Weltzin says many of her Alaska marijuana business clients are excited about an opportunity to participate because it would free them from having to keep so much cash in their homes or vehicles.Rachel D’Oro, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Always enjoy working with Soumitra Chatterjee, says Aparna Sen

first_imgKolkata: Actor-director Aparna Sen, who is sharing screen space with thespian Soumitra Chatterjee in Basu Paribaar after a gap of 19 years, has said she always yearns to work with the legend who was paired with her in her debut film Teen Kanya in 1961. The two veterans were last seen together in Sens’s directorial venture Paromitar Ek Din in 2000. “I always look forward to work with Soumitra Chatterjee who is such a great actor someone having such a vast experience,” Sen said recently at the trailer launch of Basu Paribaar here. Recalling her shooting experiences for the film, Sen said: “We used to spend time in adda sessions in between shots at the Mahisadal Rajbari (in East Midnapore) and that was really refreshing.” “Many years have passed since our first film together and we have come a long way,” Sen, who stepped into the filmdom with Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya at the age of 16, told reporters here. Basu Paribaar, adapted from James Joyce’s The Dead, has been helmed by director Suman Ghosh. “I loved the way he (Ghosh) adapted James Joyce story for the film. I agreed to do the film immediately after reading the script. I am usually very choosy about my roles,” the Padma Shri awardee said. In Basu Paribaar’ Sen essays the character of Manjari, the wife of retired lawyer Pranabendu (Soumitra Chatterjee). Asked about her collaboration with Ghosh, she said, it was “heartening” to note that some of her suggestions were readily accepted by the director. “He is open to suggestions, something that I appreciate. But as an actor, my job is to follow what the director has visualised for the film. I just did that,” she added.last_img read more

3 killed as auto-rickshaw hits divider in New Friends Colony

first_imgNew Delhi: Three persons died after an auto-rickshaw in which they were travelling lost control and hit a divider in South-East Delhi’s New Friends Colony on Friday.According to police, on receipt of information regarding the accident at about 1.15 am, the investigating officer (IO) reached the spot which was Mathura road cut opposite CRRI gate, where a TSR was found lying in an accidental condition. “The injured were reportedly taken by PCR van to an unknown hospital,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice further added that later information was received from Apollo hospital. Wherein it came to notice that in the accident three persons have expired and the fourth one is injured. “Injured identified as Amar Singh (25), met IO and his statement was recorded, who told that they all use to do the work of catering and all were returning to their room at Nehru Nagar from Jaitpur after completing work in a function,” police said. Police further revealed that the TSR driver was driving at a very fast speed and in a negligent manner. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhen they reached near the spot the TSR driver took out a cloth and started cleaning the front glass while driving and due to this he lost control and hit the divider and toppled down. “They all got injured. The driver initially ran away from the spot but was later apprehended,” added police. The deceased were identified as Ashok (18), Devraj (23) and Ram Singh (40). All were residing at Nehru Nagar, Lajpat Nagar. The driver identified as Vijender has been apprehended. A case under section 279/337/ 304A IPC has been registered at NFC police station. In another case, an ITI student was crushed to death after a bus ran over him in Hazrat Nizamuddin area. Police identified the deceased as Honey who along with his friend was going to have food. “While crossing the road, he was hit by a motorcycle. He did not get the time to get up as he was under the tyre of bus,” police said.last_img read more

Regulator 2015 North Dakota spill could top 1M gallons

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota regulator says a 2015 pipeline spill of natural gas liquids initially reported as just 10 gallons could top 1 million gallons.North Dakota regulators say about 837,000 gallons (3.17 million litres) of natural gas liquids has been recovered from the spill.The agency updated cleanup progress at Oneok Partners’ Garden Creek gas plant in western North Dakota on Tuesday.Water Quality Division Director Karl Rockeman said Wednesday that public scrutiny has prompted the agency to provide timely updates.He says about 90,000 gallons (340,677 litres) of contaminated groundwater also has been recovered at the plant near Watford City.Regulators never updated the size of the spill, even as Oklahoma-based Oneok updated the state on cleanup.James MacPherson, The Associated Press read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina UN reports severe damage but no injuries in Vitez

UNMIBH condemned the bombing, which targeted the local branch office of the Social Democratic Party, one of the non-nationalist political parties that currently hold power in Bosnia. Officers of the UN International Police Task Force were at the scene today monitoring the work of local police investigating the attack, the UN Mission said.Set up in 1995 following the end of fighting in the region, UNMIBH exercises a wide range of functions related to law enforcement activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It also coordinates other UN activities in the country relating to humanitarian relief and refugees, demining, human rights, elections and rehabilitation of infrastructure and economic reconstruction. read more

UN mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly attack near German consulate in Mazar

According to UNAMA, a vehicle loaded with heavy explosives detonated near the German Consulate in Mazar last evening, killing four civilians and injuring 128 others, including 19 women and 38 children.Those who survived the explosion suffered minor wounds from broken glass. Victims with serious injuries remain hospitalized. In addition, over 100 homes and shops nearby were damaged, according to the Mission. UNAMA said that the Taliban claimed responsibility for the explosion, describing it as a revenge for recent airstrikes in the nearby province of Kunduz. Under the customary international humanitarian law, attacks where civilians are being deliberately targeted as an attempt to spread terror among the population are considered to be war crimes. The UN Mission expressed its sincere condolences to the families of victims and a speedy recovery to those injured. read more

Timur Dibirov to miss the European Championship 2014 in Denmark

dibirovKuleshovoleg kuleshovrussiaTimur Dibirov One of the main stars of the Russian handball team, the wing Timur Dibirov – who is currently playing for Vardar Skopje, will NOT be participating at the upcoming European Championship 2014 in Denmark! This has been announced by the head coach Oleg Kuleshov for the official website of the federation. He mentioned that Dibirov has decided that it’s time for a break from playing for the national team, and will therefore miss the January 2014 WC. ← Previous Story French LNH Hand Star Game – lineups known! Next Story → JOIN 8th KEMPA 4 SPORT CUP IN PRESOV – SLOVAKIA! read more

Show of support to AGWS

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Delphi Bank, recognising the work of the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) presented the organisation with a donation of AUD $18,000. Delphi Bank Chief Executive Officer, George Tacticos, stated that ‘we aim to give back to the community that supports us and we constantly think about what we can do beyond banking to help our customers and strengthen the communities they live in. We are extremely pleased that our continued fundraising efforts have translated into such a substantial amount for a truly admirable organisation’. George Spilioti, President of AGWS, responding on behalf of his organisation said that AGWS truly values its relationship with Delphi Bank, reminding that the Bank has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to engage and support the work of the Brunswick based Welfare organisation’.The funds come at a time where the Hellenic-Australian community is ageing rapidly and the need for services is at a critical level. AGWS has addressed the existing and emerging needs of the community for over four decades and their services and programs continue to be recognised for their progressive impact across all areas of the community.In 2010, the Delphi Bank Foundation selected AGWS to be the benefactor of their fundraising efforts and donated a substantial amount to the organisation, totaling AUD $103,000.last_img read more

Développement durable lIledeFrance adopte un plan vélo

first_imgDéveloppement durable : l’Ile-de-France adopte un plan véloAfin de limiter le trafic routier en ville et lutter contre la pollution, l’Ile-de-France a adopté un plan qui vise à encourager les automobilistes à laisser leur voiture au garage pour lui préférer le vélo.Jeudi 23 juin 2011, la région Ile-de-France a adopté un “plan vélo” qui comme le rapporte 20minutes.fr, a pour but d’encourager l’usage du vélo en ville. Une expérimentation sera lancée en ce sens au mois de mars 2012. Elle portera sur un système baptisé Véligo, qui en partenariat avec la SNCF, permettra de laisser son vélo dans un local fermé. Un service proposé pour 20 euros par an, et qui sera directement chargé sur le pass Navigo. Le système permettra aux abonnés de laisser leur vélo dans leur gare de départ ou d’arrivée afin de pouvoir l’utiliser à leur descente du train. Au cours de l’été, seize locaux destinés aux vélos seront construits dans des gares du réseau Transilien. 758 places de stationnement seront ainsi disponibles. En outre, le plan prévoit la création d’un site internet sur lequel les usagers pourront rechercher des itinéraires cyclables et connaître les conditions précises de circulation. Un site qui ne devrait toutefois pas être lancé avant 2013. Le plan vise également à augmenter le réseau de pistes cyclables, tout en créant des “zones de rencontre” entre les automobilistes, les piétons et les cyclistes, afin de contraindre les véhicules à rouler plus lentement. Au total, quelque 24 millions d’euros seront cette année consacrés au plan vélo.Le 26 juin 2011 à 16:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un séisme de magnitude 32 secoue le Béarn

first_imgUn séisme de magnitude 3,2 secoue le BéarnLundi matin, à 6h24, un séisme de magnitude 3,2 a fait trembler le Béarn, à l’est d’Oloron dans les Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Selon les pompiers et l’Observatoire des sciences de la Terre de Strasbourg, celui-ci n’a pas fait de dégâts notables. La terre a tremblé aujourd’hui dans le Béarn. Ce matin, à 6h24 précises, un séisme de magnitude 3,2 sur l’échelle de Richter, a été enregistré, près d’Oloron dans les Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Heureusement, celui-ci n’a fait aucun dégât, selon les pompiers du Centre opérationnel départemental d’incendie et de secours (Codis) qui n’ont, d’ailleurs reçu aucun appel suite au séisme. À lire aussiSéisme de glace, trou noir et drone, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 2 févrierPlus précisément, l’épicentre du phénomène a été localisé à 10 kilomètres à l’est d’Oloron-Sainte-Marie, a indiqué à l’AFP l’Observatoire des sciences de la Terre de Strasbourg, qui a également précisé que de tels phénomènes sont courants dans la région. En effet, cinq séismes de magnitude comparable s’y sont déjà produits depuis le début de l’année et près de 248, d’intensité inférieure à 3, auraient été enregistrés dans la région depuis début 2011, dans un rayon de 100 kilomètres autour d’Oloron. Le 8 août 2011 à 13:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Market Fresh Finds Eggplants purple reign is here and now

first_imgEggplant is a must for fans of outdoor grilling. Long prized for deeply purple, glossy beauty and unique taste and texture, eggplants are available in markets throughout the year, but they are at their best from August through October, when they are in season.Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes. They grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. While varieties do range slightly in taste and texture, one can generally describe the eggplant as having a pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture.Eggplant is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and copper. It is a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Eggplant also contains phytonutrients such chlorogenic acid.Choose eggplants that are firm and heavy for their size. Their skin should be smooth and shiny, and their color, whether it is purple, white, or green, should be vivid. They should be free of discoloration, scars and bruises, which usually indicate the flesh beneath has become damaged and possibility decayed.The stem and cap, on either end of the eggplants, should be bright green. As you would with other fruits and vegetables, avoid purchasing eggplant that has been waxed. To test for ripeness of an eggplant, gently press the skin with the pad of your thumb. If it springs back, the eggplant is ripe, while if an indentation remains, it is not ripe.last_img read more

Economists at Oregon forum Dont expect an imminent recession

first_imgThere are signs that the economy is slowing down slightly following years of sustained growth, but panelists at the 15th Annual Oregon Economic Forum said Wednesday that a recession is likely still a few years away.“We’re telling our investors it’s not set in stone,” said Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist at Key Private Bank. “Stick to your guns for the present.”McCain joined Oregon Economic Forum director Tim Duy for a panel focusing on economic reviews and forecasts at the event, held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.The panelists discussed some of the potential warning signs that would be visible before a recession.For example, McCain said that the yield curve — a line showing several yields or interest rates across different contract lengths — tends to invert roughly a year before a recession, and he said he thinks the economy is still one to two years away from that point.The pair also noted that a future recession may not be as stark as the one that began in 2008, because impacts in one part of the economy don’t always spread to the rest. The 1990s tech bubble didn’t drag down the entire economy when it burst, McCain noted.last_img read more

Spending gold on the arches McDonalds spruces up

first_imgFamous for its no-frills, budget-priced dining, McDonald’s will spend nearly $3 million to bring a new upscale look to Vancouver.The chain’s Mill Plain Boulevard restaurant is in the midst of a major face lift, with a price tag of nearly $1million, according to husband-and-wife franchise owners Matt and Val Hadwin of Vancouver-based North Star Restaurants Inc. Set to be finished in February, the work will freshen up the building’s tired exterior, increase its drive-through lanes and add to the comfort level of interior dining with new furnishings and a state-of-the-art ordering system.“Basically, we’re keeping the shell and the kitchen. It’s a total renovation,” said Matt Hadwin, who co-owns 15 regional McDonald’s stores, including a Vancouver restaurant that was destroyed by a July 28 fire.That restaurant’s former site at Fort Vancouver Way and Fourth Plain Boulevard is slated for an early 2011 construction start on rebuilding the more than $2 million restaurant. “That store will open at the end of April,” he said. The restaurant originally opened in 1996. It went up in flames after a drive-through customer’s car fire spread.Most of the cost will be covered by insurance, Hadwin said.Long-term reinvestmentRenovation costs for the Mill Plain McDonald’s will be shared by the Hadwins’ company and by Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s Corp., as part of the parent company’s long-term reinvestment program, Hadwin said.last_img read more

1 Person Killed 4 Injured After Plane Crash At Tutka Bay Across

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated 2:53pmThe Alaska State Trooper have released the name of the victim killed in Friday morning’s plane crash in Tutka Bay. According to Petty Officer Norcross, the plane was carrying 7 passengers, 3 Adults and 4 children. The crew of the good samaritan motor vessel Augustine retrieved all passengers from the plane. One passenger was reported as needing immediate medical support. The good samaritan vessel meet EMS in the Homer Harbor. Petty Officer Amanda Norcross of the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District: “We initially got a report around 10:19am, that a aircraft was conducting a departure in the middle of the bay and aborted the takeoff.” Original PostOne person was killed and four injured in a plane crash Friday morning in Tutka Bay, across Kachemak Bay from Homer according to authorities. All 7 occupants of the plane were transported to the Homer Harbor and injured victims were ground transported by Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Anchor Point Emergency Services, and Kachemak Emergency Services to South Peninsula Hospital.center_img Joseph Patenella, 57, of Maryland, has been pronounced deceased. Next of kin have been notified. One child is in critical condition and has been transported to an Anchorage hospital. All other passengers appear to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The pilot was not injured. An investigation is ongoing. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Federal Aviation Administration says the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver crashed under unknown circumstances on takeoff.last_img read more

Harry Potter Wizards Unite beta casts spell on Australia New Zealand

first_img Share your voice It didn’t offer any details about expanding the beta to other countries and noted that the “core gameplay experience” will only be active in regions that are officially in the beta, so you’d probably have only have access to a truncated version if you used trickery to download it and tried to play outside Australia or New Zealand.We’ve only got a rather vague “2019” release date, but can sign up for updates and preregister on Google Play. You can’t do so on iOS just yet, but there’s always Lego to tide you over.First published May 2 at 2:52 a.m. PT.Update, 3:22 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay details revealed Tags 1:53 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors ‘Harry Potter’ spells, ranked Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it reading • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite beta casts spell on Australia, New Zealand Pokemon Go Harry Potter Augmented reality (AR) Google Play Apple 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 15 Photos See All Apple Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Harry Potter fans in two countries can start waving their AR wands. Niantic Muggles in Australia and New Zealand can try out Harry Potter: Wizards Unite as the beta kicks off in their countries.Developer Niantic is warning players that this isn’t the final version of the augmented reality (AR) game, which is location-based like Pokemon Go and tasks players with tracking down magical creatures and artifacts as part of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force.”Features, available languages, design, and overall appearance are not final,” Niantic said Wednesday in a release. “The product might be buggy and unstable at times.” • Mobile Video Gameslast_img read more

So far 40 suspects arrested over Sri Lanka blasts

first_imgSri Lankan security personnel stand guard in front of St Anthony`s Shrine two days after it was attacked as part of a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels, in Colombo on 23 April 2019. Photo: AFPThe warning in the 11 April letter was plain: A local group was planning a suicide terror attack against churches in Sri Lanka.Priyalal Disanayaka, the deputy inspector general of police, signed the letter addressed to the directors of four Sri Lankan security agencies. He identified Mohammed Zaharan as the leader of “National Thawheek Jaman” and said state intelligence showed Zaharan’s group was planning a suicide attack in the country.Disanayaka asked the four security directors to “pay extra attention” to the places and VIPs in their care.The intelligence report attached to his letter, which has circulated widely on social media, was written in both the local Sinhala language and English. It called the group National Towheed Jamaar and said was led by Zahran Hashmi, and was targeting “some important churches” in a suicide terrorist attack that was planned to take place “shortly.” The report named six individuals likely to be involved in the plot.The variance on the names wasn’t explained. The letter bears the seal of the ministerial security division.On Monday, Sri Lanka’s health minister held up a copy of the intelligence report while describing its contents, spurring questions about what Sri Lanka police had done to protect the public from an attack.It was not immediately clear what steps were taken by any of these security directors. Disanayaka did not answer calls or messages seeking comment.But as Sri Lanka’s leaders wrangled the aftermath of an apparent homegrown militant attack and massive intelligence failure, security was heightened Tuesday and the military was employing powers to make arrests it last used when the devastating civil war ended in 2009.Among the 40 people arrested on suspicion of links to the Easter bombings were the driver of a van allegedly used by the suicide bombers and the owner of a house where some of them lived.Heightened security was evident an international airport outside the capital where security personnel walked explosive-sniffing dogs and checked car trunks and questioned drivers on roads nearby. Police also ordered that anyone leaving a parked car unattended on the street must put a note with their phone number on the windscreen, and post officers were not accepting pre-wrapped parcels.A block on most social media since the attacks has left a vacuum of information, fueling confusion and giving little reassurance the danger had passed. Even after an overnight curfew was lifted, the streets of central Colombo were mostly deserted Tuesday and shops closed as armed soldiers stood guard.On what was declared a national day of mourning for the attacks, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the death toll had risen to 310, with hundreds more wounded.Sri Lankan authorities also Tuesday planned to brief foreign diplomats and receive assistance from the FBI and other foreign intelligence-gathering agencies.The six near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels and three related blasts later Sunday were the South Asian island nation’s deadliest violence in a decade.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the massacre could unleash instability and he vowed to “vest all necessary powers with the defense forces” to act against those responsible.Word from international intelligence agencies that a local group was planning attacks apparently didn’t reach the prime minister’s office until after the massacre, exposing the continuing political turmoil in the highest levels of the Sri Lankan government.Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the warnings started April 4, the defense ministry wrote to the police chief and police wrote April 11 to the heads of security of the judiciary and diplomatic security division.Sirisena, who was out of the country Sunday, had ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in October and dissolved the Cabinet. The Supreme Court reversed his actions, but the prime minister has not been allowed into meetings of the Security Council since October, leaving him and his government in the dark about the intelligence.Authorities said they knew where the group trained and had safe houses, but did not identify any of the seven suicide bombers, whose bodies were recovered, or the other suspects taken into custody.All seven bombers were Sri Lankans, but authorities said they strongly suspected foreign links, Senaratne said.Also unclear was a motive. The history of Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, a country of 21 million including large Hindu, Muslim and Christian minorities, is rife with ethnic and sectarian conflict.In the 26-year civil war, the Tamil Tigers, a powerful rebel army known for using suicide bombers, was finally crushed by the government in 2009 but had little history of targeting Christians. Anti-Muslim bigotry fed by Buddhist nationalists has swept the country recently, but there is no history of Islamic militancy. Its small Christian community has seen only scattered incidents of harassment.Two of the stricken churches are Catholic and one Protestant. The three hotels and one of the churches, St. Anthony’s Shrine, are frequented by foreigners. Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said 39 foreigners were killed, although the foreign ministry gave the figure as 31. The reason for the discrepancy wasn’t clear, but some victims were dual nationals.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said the attacks could have been thwarted.”We placed our hands on our heads when we came to know that these deaths could have been avoided. Why this was not prevented?” he said.last_img

CD Projekt proves that games DRM is a complete waste of time

first_img <> Digital rights management and disc protection has been used by video games publishers for decades. At best, you don’t know it’s there, but at worst you can’t play a game without being connected to the Internet, the DRM installs the equivalent of a rootkit on your machine, or worst of all–that $60 game you bought can’t be played due to some unknown issue related to rights management and the publisher has no fix.DRM does not work, and that has been argued for years. Copyright holders argue otherwise and always want to clamp down harder, restrict more, and prosecute pirates for extrotionate amounts of money. With anti-tamper technology such as Denuvo proving incredibly difficult to crack, they may get their wish (albeit temporarily).However, we now have solid proof DRM is a complete waste of time and money. That proof comes in the form of development studio CD Projekt, owner of GOG.com and creators of The Witcher series.Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of GOG and CD Projekt, spoke at infoShare 2016 and pointed out how well not using DRM works. The Witcher 3 has no DRM and yet it has sold 10 million copies. It has been pirated, but Iwinski points out that many of those pirates have come back to purchase the game when they can afford it. Also, the regular free content drops for the title have encouraged gamers to buy a copy. Add to that a growing library of games on the also DRM-free GOG.com and you have a thriving business in the games sector without any use of DRM. What further proof do copyright holders need that they are wasting their time and money, and in the process really pissing off gamers?So please other publishers, and I am looking at Ubisoft specifically when I say this, drop the DRM. It will have no negative impact on your game sales over their lifetimes and in the process will save you a small fortune in licensing fees and server costs.As Iwinski says, “We totally believe in the carrot, not in the stick…”last_img read more