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Police Find 2 Bodies of Scandinavian Tourists Near Mount Toubkal

Rabat – The bodies of two female tourists of Norwegian and Danish nationalities were found Monday in the province of Al Haouz in the Marrakech-Safi region, 10 kilometers from Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, according to a statement received by Morocco World News.Read Also: 2019 Travel Risk Map: Morocco As Safe As European Countries, US, CanadaThe victims’ bodies had evidence of violence with knife wounds. Police opened an investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office, added the statement.Morocco World News contacted the Danish and Norwegian embassies to ask for more information about the victims. Both embassies were unreachable. A tourist who spoke with Morocco World News on the condition of anonymity said that the Toubkal Park was closed due to the incident.“Our own guide has confirmed that he will need to check the status with the park authorities tomorrow morning, as we were due to trek in from Imlil tomorrow.”The tourist said that the victims allegedly had no guide and that they were camping “somewhere near the Club Alpin Français (CAF) refuge at the base of Toubkal.”The victims, he said, “allegedly were found decapitated, but I have no way of verifying the information.”The crime scene was swarmed by security officials, who rushed to the crime scene to identify the possible suspects. Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa and the Arab World, with a height of 4,167 meters. Toubkal is a popular destination for hiking and trekking. Read Also: Climbing Mount Toubkal in the Summer: A Tourist’s Guide on a Budget read more

DR of Congo UN panel proposes sanctions to stop illegal exploitation of

While a ban on the export of raw materials originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would be counterproductive, punitive measures are still needed to curb the illegal exploitation of the country’s natural resources by criminal organizations and persons, according to a report by a group of United Nations experts released today.”Massive technical and financial assistance for the population would be required to offset the humanitarian impact of such restrictive measures,” an expert panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to investigate the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth of the DRC says in its report. Nevertheless, steps need to be taken against companies or individuals or the country risks encouraging a continuation, or even an increase, of exploitative and illegal activities.The report recommends that financial restrictions be placed on 29 companies based in Belgium, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and a travel ban and financial restrictions imposed on 54 persons, including Augustin Katumba Mwanke, Minister of Presidency in the DRC, Kibassa Maliba, a former Minister of Mines, and Mwana Nanga Mawapanga, a DRC Ambassador in Harare.The list also includes the Speaker of Parliament in Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa Dambudzo, the DRC’s Minister of National Security, Dan Munyuza, and Dennis Numbi Kalume, the Minister of Planning and Reconstruction in the DRC.Noting that those involved in the illegal exploitation of natural resources did not have a strong incentive to alter the economic status quo, the report calls for “measures that address their fears of losing revenues.” Such measures could only be effective if they took place simultaneously with a political process and should monitored by a UN body that would report any violations to the Security Council.The report also calls for quick disbursement of aid to the DRC and other countries in the Great Lakes region involved in the conflict for reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes aimed at creating jobs, rebuilding infrastructure and improving conditions for local populations.A “fast-track programme” should be set up to retrain members of the countries’ security apparatus and regulatory bodies, such as the customs, immigration and revenue collection agencies, as well as a strengthening of institutions to end the impunity enjoyed by high-ranking officials and various levels of civil servants.The panel further proposes that measures be aimed at tying aid disbursements to Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe to their compliance with the Lusaka peace accord and verifiable measures they have taken to halt the illegal exploitation of resources from the DRC. Recommending that non-compliance automatically trigger a reduction in assistance, the report says such cuts should apply to “institutional budget support, stabilization lending or project lending and not sector-specific allocations.” read more

UN helps in evacuation of foreign nationals from violencewracked Côte dIvoire

Inter-ethnic violence flared in President Laurent Gbagbo’s hometown of Gagnoa in the Government-held south, while the situation in Bouaké in the rebel-held north is getting serious due to the lack of water and electricity, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) reported.Hate and anti-French messages continued unabated on radio and television despite a call yesterday from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that such incitement cease and that all parties maintain the ceasefire that ended direct fighting early last year and resume the peace process.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, warned that an escalation of violence in Côte d’Ivoire could destabilize neighbouring countries, particularly fragile Liberia, itself emerging from 14 years of civil war.The latest unrest flared last Thursday when the Government violated the ceasefire by launching an attack in the Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating the combatants. On Saturday Government aircraft bombed French peacekeepers in the area, killing nine people and leading to French reprisals which destroyed the tiny Ivorian air force. This in turn led to anti-foreigner rioting in Abidjan, the country’s largest city.UN peacekeepers have so far escorted up to 400 non-UN persons from the three sites protected by UN blue helmets for processing prior to evacuation out of the country. They also escorted some 150 Canadians, 40 Spaniards and a number of Moroccans to the airport. These groups are being flown out by the respective countries.UNOCI continues to take in and protect newcomers in the three sites secured by UN troops. The mission has raised security throughout the country to level four, meaning that where conditions permit, non-essential UN staff will be evacuated. There have so far been no evacuations.UNOCI said it could not confirm any death toll in Gagnoa, which has so far been a no-go area for neutral forces despite many attempts by UN military observers and peacekeepers to monitor the area, where local Bete and pro-Gbagbo ethnic groups are pitched against Dioula people. The Dioula are mainly from the north, although they settled in Gagnoa decades if not centuries ago. Earlier today, instructions were given for a unit of UN peacekeepers to travel to the town in order to investigate and report back.The situation in Abidjan was quieter with fewer demonstrators on the streets, the mission reported. Some mild economic activities were being restored, a few buses were running and some had opened.Mr. Lubbers expressed deep concern as the number of people fleeing to Liberia climbed to more than 3,000. “Ivorians are fleeing their homes because they are scared,” he said. “If this goes on, there is a big risk of mass displacement of Ivorians and of the Liberian refugees there as well. It is essential that a quick and peaceful solution be found to avoid such a disastrous scenario.”UNHCR offices in surrounding countries are on standby and carrying out inventories of emergency stock and staff that could be re-directed to Liberia or elsewhere should the crisis worsen.”Liberia faces the enormous task of rebuilding, which includes the reintegration of hundreds of thousands of its own citizens,” Mr. Lubbers said. “A large influx of new refugees from Côte d’Ivoire would be very detrimental, creating further poverty and instability. This is why the situation is so worrying, not only for Côte d’Ivoire, but for the entire region.” read more

Japan economy grows at 41 per cent annualized rate JanuaryMarch amid disaster

Japan economy grows at 4.1 per cent annualized rate January-March amid disaster recovery by News Staff Posted May 17, 2012 1:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Japan’s economy grew an at annual rate of 4.1 per cent in the first quarter amid a gradual recovery from last year’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.The Cabinet Office said Thursday that the preliminary growth figures showed that a rebound in consumer spending was lifting the world’s third-biggest economy.After the March 11 disaster last year, many Japanese were in mourning and stayed away from stores, theatres and pubs. That compounded the damage from disruptions to manufacturing in northeastern Japan, where many auto and electronics plants ground to a halt, and other parts of the country.The latest data showed that private consumption grew at an annual rate of 4.4 per cent. Consumer spending makes up more than half of Japan’s economy.“The numbers show a solid Japanese economic recovery,” said Satoshi Osanai, economist at Daiwa Institute of Research in Tokyo.Consumer spending got a significant lift from government subsidies for green vehicles that sent buyers to dealerships for hybrids and other fuel-efficient models.But prospects remained uncertain for the current quarter because of fears about the European economy and other factors that could crimp expansion.“Economic growth is likely to slow down and could head into a contraction,” said Osanai.Also robust was public investment at 23.6 per cent, reflecting reconstruction spending on housing and other building work in the devastated northeastern region.Japan’s economy grew 1.0 per cent in the quarter ended March from the October-December 2011 quarter. That was better than the 0.7 per cent projected by analysts in Japan, and translates to a 4.1 per cent expansion in annualized terms.The latest growth marks a third straight quarter of growth, although still at fragile rates. The economy was virtually flat October-December but did not shrink.Corporate spending was weak during the January-March period, shrinking 3.9 per cent from the previous quarter, or an annualized rate of 14.8 per cent.___Follow Yuri Kageyama at Twitter at read more

Smart wireless network helps boost iron ore production by 12 at Samarcos

first_imgBrazil’s Samarco, one of the world’s largest exporters of iron ore pellets, has seen a 12% in production at its Germano mine in Mariana, with the application of Smart Wireless technology to improve plant availability and protect key assets. Emerson’s WirelessHARTTM standard network uses Rosemount® wireless flow and pressure transmitters to reliably monitor the seal water injection system of a dozen centrifugal pumps that remove reject material during processing. Fresh water is constantly injected into the operating pumps to consolidate the pump seals and to prevent the highly abrasive reject material from coming into contact with and damaging pump axles. The new technology delivers accurate measurements via a Smart Wireless Gateway directly into the facility’s DeltaVTM automation system. Operators can easily review flow and pressure data through AMSTM Suite predictive maintenance software, looking for trends that indicate problems and adjusting the process or scheduling preventative maintenance before asset damage or plant stoppages occur.The information provided by the new technology has increased availability at the Samarco facility and given operators the ability to boost production by 12%. The Germano mine produces about 20 Mt/y of iron ore pellets.“We can better protect our pumps from damage because we’re now able to identify potential faults in the pump seals,” said Luis Carlos, Technician at the mine. “We avoid reactive maintenance and plant shutdowns. We’re also able to see how much clean water we’re using in the process.”Prior to the installation of the Emerson Smart Wireless network, little flow or pressure data were collected from the pumps and the company experienced pump breakdowns weekly. The self-organising mesh network has performed reliably despite the dense concentration of pumps and pipes in the installation area and the fact that some equipment is located inside a tunnel, obstacles that would have made installing a hard-wired network difficult. Flooding, which occurs in the area during heavy rains, also would have been detrimental to a hard-wired network.“According to our past experience, we estimate that the wireless network cost 35 per cent less than what it would have cost us to install a hard-wired network,” Carlos said. “Everything has been working reliably, despite the difficult environment.”Smart Wireless is an extension of PlantWeb® digital architecture that offers solutions for field instrumentation and plant operations. In addition to the products installed at Samarco, other wireless products include Fisher® position monitors, Rosemount Analytical devices and Machinery HealthTM Management transmitters, and native wireless interfaces to Ovation® digital automation systems, and SmartStartTM services.last_img read more

US 7th Fleet units complete first advanced training

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The US Navy recently held their first Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training exercise.Warfare Tactics Instructor Lt. Cmdr. Rich Ray joined Good Morning San Diego to talk more about the exercise and the mission of the training. center_img Updated: 1:33 PM KUSI Newsroom U.S. 7th Fleet units complete first advanced traininglast_img read more

How Lonny Uses Pinterest to Mix Up Its Instagram Feed Behind the

first_img The photo was pulled from Pinterest, where Gagnier says it’s normally easy to find an image source. However, in this case, Lonny gave credit to the network itself. Gagnier says she would adjust the credit if anyone let her know who took the picture. “Our followers seem to respond well to dramatic lifestyle and landscape images, and this photo with all of the flowers in bloom really stuck out to me,” says Briana Gagnier, photo editor at Lonny, which launched in 2009 and is published by Livingly Media.  “I think this post was successful because it’s eye-catching and shareable. If you see something that makes you say, ‘wow,’ you’re going to want to share that with someone,” Gagnier says. “And high shareability leads to more engagement and impressions.” Number of likes: 6,903 // Number of comments: 96 // Impressions: 80,800 Perhaps that’s why this post of the flowery Churchill Arms Pub and Restaurant in London saw more than double the brand’s the normal engagement, making it the most-liked Instagram post by Lonny, yet.center_img Magazine: Lonny //  Instagram: @lonnymag // Social Editor: Briana Gagnier // Photo Credit: Unknown/Pinterest Pro Tip: Source from Pinterest and other social networks to add some diversity to your magazine’s aesthetic — but always give credit where credit is due. Most of Lonny’s Instagram posts are of fresh and contemporary interior designs, giving followers a taste of how rugs and pillows can come together to transform a room into a piece of art. But every once in a while, the California-based digital design magazine — “Your go-to resource for accessible design inspiration” — posts something more inspirational than accessible.last_img read more

Prince Gets His Own Purple Pantone Color Love Symbol 2

first_img Prince Gets His Own Color Purple prince-gets-his-own-purple-pantone-color-love-symbol-2 The “Purple Rain” writer’s estate announce the official name of the hue Prince has used since 1984Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 14, 2017 – 12:31 pm GRAMMY.comFew artists in any medium have built a stronger association to a specific color that Prince has to purple. Now, the late GRAMMY winner’s estate has announced a new Pantone purple color in his honor called Love Symbol #2. Twitter News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Prince’s GRAMMY memories Email Prince Gets His Own Purple Pantone Color: Love Symbol #2 Facebook “The (naturally) purple hue, represented by [Prince’s] ‘Love Symbol #2’ was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely passing at the age of 57,” said a statement from Pantone. “The color pays tribute to Prince’s indelible mark on music, art, fashion, and culture.”The singer’s death in April 2016 sent shock waves through the music community worldwide. Known by many fans as “The Purple One,” Prince immortalized the color in his GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted 1984 film and soundtrack, Purple Rain.”The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be,” said Troy Carter, entertainment advisor to Prince’s estate. “This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever.”Read A Taste Of Beyoncé’s Foreword To Prince’s New Photo Booklast_img read more

Feds demand armed backup to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open

first_imgPrince Rupert, B.C. has about 12,000 residents. It’s the only ferry link between Alaska and British Columbia. “It’s a sovereign nation and we don’t have that authority,” said Jerry McGee, the federal agency’s assistant area port director in Anchorage. “Therefore, theoretically our staff would be the only ones that are not armed,” McGee said. The ferry Taku loads up at the Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry terminal on July 24, 2014. Alaska ferries serve about 6,000 vehicles annually. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska) Prince Rupert has no police force of its own. The city of 12,000 people relies on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada’s federal law enforcement agency. How the state ferries will afford this isn’t clear. The state legislature is finalizing an austere budget that already projects deep cuts to service at all levels. Passengers and vehicles boarding Alaska ferries in Prince Rupert, B.C. are routinely checked by U.S. agents. They call it pre-clearance. And it’s so passengers won’t have to flash IDs in Ketchikan or wherever they get off the ferry. It’s been like that for decades. But policy makers in Washington apparently aren’t comfortable with the status quo. Alaska transportation officials plan to write up a contract this summer. Falvey said the details haven’t been finalized. “I don’t think it’s going to be a large sum of money,” Falvey said. “I mean, we look at something like this as the cost of doing business.” That bought the state six months with an October 1 deadline. By contrast, U.S. Customs and Border Protection commands a $20 billion budget and is expanding. Will the feds pick up the check? But those U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents checking passports and looking for contraband in Canada are unarmed. “I’ll have to pay them for their services,” Falvey said. “They just don’t come in and do it for free.” “You gotta have, you know, armed protection for our officers,” Falvey said he was told. “So I went to work pretty quickly and determined that that was going to be very difficult to do. And the commissioner went back and requested an extension and we got it.” Alaska’s cash-strapped ferry system may soon pay the wages of Canadian police in order to maintain its connection to British Columbia. The arrangement is in response to a demand by U.S. customs agents for armed back up. “They never offered,” Falvey said. “You’d think they would have offered maybe — but no.” So far, the solution being floated is for the state of Alaska to contract RCMP officers to stand by as armed backup while U.S. agents work. The Alaska Marine Highway System was put on notice on March 15: either ensure that armed Canadian police are present during inspections or shut down the port in 30 days. McGee noted that hunting rifles and shotguns are legal in both countries and often in the possession of the traveling public.  He says losing the Alaska ferry would be a blow to Prince Rupert with estimates the ferry service brings in about $2 million to its local economy. “And you know where they’re at max capacity as I understand it right now,” said Paul Vendittelli, manager of economic development and transportation for the city of Prince Rupert. “We have about 14,000 passengers that use the Alaska marine highway,” Vendittelli said. “It’s a very big deal for us and a service that we don’t want to lose.” The ferry system’s General Manager John Falvey said the feds were clear. An agreement allowing U.S. agents to carry sidearms at Prince Rupert is in the works. But officials on both sides of the border say that’s still several years away.last_img read more

AL leaders control public transport sector

first_imgThe photo shows chaotic situation on a road. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) ministers, parliamentarians, leaders and their relatives are largely responsible for the chaotic situation prevailing in the public transport sector, bus owners and experienced drivers say.The situation has worsened after the officials of law enforcement agencies started doing business in the sector buying buses and minibuses in the name of other persons, they claimed.The ruling party leaders and their relatives control the bus owners and workers’ associations in the capital, which restricts the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and law enforcement agencies to take effective actions against the vehicles without fitness and route permit, and the drivers who drive recklessly, they say.There is no more rule of law in the roads, they observed.The chaotic situation of the transport sector came to the fore after school and college students began a demonstration demanding punishment to those responsible for 29 July accident on Dhaka airport road, which killed two of their fellows, and resignation of the shipping minister for his comments on the accident.Abdul Karim Rajib and Dia Khanam Mim, class XII and XI students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College, were killed on the spot after an Uttara-bound bus of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ lost control and ran over the students standing beside the road around 12:00 noon.Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan’s brother-in-law Syed Nurul Haque alias Nannu was one of the directors of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus service. He, however, told Prothom Alo that he is no longer involved with the company and sold his buses three years ago.Shahjahan Khan is the president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation. Some 70 buses of Kanak Paribahan, owned by his brother Hafizur Rahman, operate in three routes in the capital.The minister encourages the transport workers to stage demonstrations whenever citizens demand safety on roads or courts take action against reckless driving. He advised the workers from a meeting at his home to enforce strike after a court handed down death sentence to a driver and lifetime imprisonment to another one in February 2017.Bangladesh Road Transport Samity president and state minister for cooperatives Mashiur Rahman Ranga was also present in the meeting.Shipping minister, however, on Wednesday told Prothom Alo that slowly the transport sector is being disciplined and the number of road accidents is waning as he is in leadership.Another influential person of this sector is Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association general secretary Khandaker Enayet Ullah, a vice-president of AL’s Dhaka north unit.Mentioning that he is in the business for the last 35 years, he said, there is no such law in Bangladesh that bars people from a certain profession to do politics here.AL MPs Pankaj Nath, AKM Shamim Osman and two former MPs Shahida Tarekh Dipti and Ashrafunnesa Mosharraf (Swapna Services) are also involved in the transport business.Swechhsebak League general secretary Pankaj Nath-owned bus service company ‘Bihanga Paribahan’ began its journey in 2009. The transport committee of the government gave permission to 240 buses of Bihanga Paribahan to operate on five routes in and around the capital.Shamim Osman’s bus service company is ZN Corporation. Some 50 AC buses of this company were permitted to operate between Dhaka’s Gulistan and Narayanganj.Besides, MPs’ family members, Dhaka city Awami League leaders and associate bodies of the ruling party, Dhaka city corporations’ councillors are also involved in the business.Officials of the government and law enforcement agencies are also found to be involved in the business. Relatives of a few high officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) do the business jointly with several companies. Several persons of a certain district have opened public transport companies in the last few years.Most of these ministers, MPs, and influential persons have become owners of bus companies after the Awami League came to power in 2009. Earlier, ministers and MPs, including public works minister Mirza Abbas, of BNP-Jamaat alliance government used to do the business.Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Juba League, youth wing of Awami League, president Mainul Hossain Khan alias Nikhil is the chairman of Chalan Paribahan. Mohona Paribahan is the company of MP Kamal Ahmed Majumder’s brother Anwar Hossain Majumder, also Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Awami Leagu’s information and research secretary.Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Swechhasebak League general secretary and DNCC councillor Faridur Rahman alias Iran is the chairman of Desh Bangla Paribahan.Glory Express is owned by former Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque’s brother AKM Ismail Haque. He is the president of Shariatpur district unit of Awami League and chairman of Naria upazila.Awami Motorchalok League joint general secretary and Dhaka north metropolitan unit Sramik League organising secretary Kalu Sheikh has got permission to operate three bus companies in the city in the last three-four years. They are Welcome, Moumita Transport and Swajan Paribahan.VIP Classic is the company of AL’s Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit organising secretary Zahirul Haque while Swechhasebak League’s central joint general secretary Gazi Mesbaul Hossain’s sister Parvin Hossain is the managing director of Cantonment Paribahan. Former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League Ajay Kar Khokon’s company is AK Paribahan.Bangladesh Passengers’ Welfare Association secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury told Prothom Alo that the ruling party men could have played a positive role in developing the transport sector’s chaotic condition.But they’ve been using it against the people’s interest. This is why death toll and chaos on the roads is on the rise, he added.*The piece, published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza.last_img read more

After Controversial Comments EPA Administrator Makes No Mention Of Climate Change At

first_img 00:00 /01:07 Florian MartinEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addresses attendants of CERAWeek at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston.In a live interview from Houston Thursday morning, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the science wasn’t settled on man-made climate change:“No, I would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” he told Joe Kernen at CNBC’s Squawk Box.Pruitt is at odds with scientific evidence presented by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others.He made no mention of CO2 during a luncheon event at CERAWeek.Instead, he spoke about his agenda for the EPA, outlining how it will be different from when it was led by the Obama administration.“For the last several years, we have adopted a mindset that you can’t be pro-energy and pro-environment, that if you’re pro-environment, you’re anti-energy,” he said. “And that’s just simply a narrative that I utterly reject.”To achieve his goal, Pruitt said the EPA will do less suing and more taking public comments before making new rules.He also wants to eliminate what he calls “regulatory uncertainty” and give more power to the states when it comes to environmental regulations.When Pruitt was Oklahoma’s attorney general, he took legal action against the EPA more than a dozen times for what he saw as regulatory overreach. Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Double Fines Kickstarter ends with 3336371 pledged

first_imgWhen Tim Schafer and his company Double Fine Productions decided to find funding independent of a publisher for their next project, they turned to Kickstarter. It was worth a shot, and they only needed $400,000. Little did they know that Double Fine Adventure would set a record and draw an unprecedented number of backers.After just 24 hours not only had the $400,000 goal been reached (that happened in just 8 hours), the funds pledged had surpassed $1 million. Two days later the total went past $1.6 million. Yesterday, the Kickstarter project ended, and the final total has reached an incredible $3,336,371 through the backing of 87,142 people.The additional money raised is certainly not going to waste. Double Fine continued to add new rewards for backing the project as time went by. The funds means that Double Fine Adventure can appear on more platforms, and has been confirmed for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. Plus there will be no DRM accompanying the game and multiple language translations (French, Italian, German, and Spanish).On top of shipping to multiple platforms, there’s a documentary in development with a soundtrack created by Terrence Lee. The budget and scope of the documentary also seems to have increased due to the funds available.To say that using Kickstarter has been a success story for Double Fine is a bit of an understatement. Not only does it mean the team is well funded, it potentially sets them up to repeat the same formula again in the future and continue to develop independent games entirely through crowdfunding. Of course, it all depends on how good Double Fine Adventures turns out to be, but does anyone think it will be anything less than awesome?We should also expect other studios to follow Double Fine and start trying to fund games in this way. For example, Obsidian Entertainment is considering a Kickstarter project for a game that could end up being a sequel to Planescape: Torment.Read more at Kickstarterlast_img read more

Ways to revamp your closet in 2019

first_imgThe year 2019 will be a season of contrasts as all the previous fashion rules will be broken. Untraditional aesthetics will take the spotlight, menswear and womens wear will shift through global cultures and comfort will be the key. Experts list some ways to revamp your closet in the coming year. Untraditional aesthetics: Following are some of the untraditional aesthetic trends that would be the talk of the town for the coming year. Like heat lock apparels which are lightweight fabrics with micro fibre to regulate the body temperature. Aqua sorb apparels which block rain and snow and allow vapours to dry the heat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUpcoming trends: This year, oversized, unstructured outerwear will rule the trend. From classic and fitted to unstructured and modern, tracksuits will become a major fashion staple. The trousers will become baggier as hemlines will get wider. This season’s twist comes in the pastel pile-up head-to-toe in layers and tiers upon tiers of same shade. Be it apparels, shoes or bags, this trend will work well in all cases. In accessories, statement belts will be seen everywhere. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSay hi to big sunnies: The eyewear trend that is bound to transform your entire look is big sunnies in edgy colours! The narrow sunglasses have stayed in vogue massively this year and 2019 will witness a stylish comeback of large glares. The oversized sunglasses are designed to accentuate any look and never go out of style in the age of ever-changing trends. Get your hands on the trendsetting sunglasses to be an ultimate head-turner wherever you go. Meet minimalistic: The perfect companion in 2019 for any occasion would be the all-time favourite – minimalistic glasses owing to their versatility and charming appeal. So wait no more! Bid adieu to your mundane shades and let your eyes do the talking with ‘barely-there’ shades. White sneakers: White men’s trainers are a must if you want to wear something sporty yet trendy. One could argue that they get dirty but they go with everything and the colour gives us the option to play with it when you play with winter layering.last_img read more

I Want My Cell TV

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 1, 2006 2 min read When Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s video iPod, the biggest names in media moguldom started scrambling to get their shows on the tiny screen. A half-million cell phone owners were already tuned in to MobiTVand Verizon Wireless’ VCast. But Jobs’ announcement catapulted video podcasting into prime time.Within weeks of the debut, Apple iTunes had sold a million episodes of popular TV shows at two bucks a throw. Suddenly, it’s hip to watch TV on a 2- to 3-inch display. Better yet, video podcasting–or vodcasting–is a marketing medium any entrepreneur can afford.Vodcasts can be made with any videocam or even some cell phones and can be shared through a growing list of free or low-cost distributors. For example, the nonprofit Open Media Network offers free distribution, while MPEG Nation charges just $5 to host a video for six months. Sites like FilmLoop and Pic2Vid let you build a video using digital pictures and a voice-over. You have to use their players for clip creation and digital rights management, but videos are easily reproduced for different communities.Web-savvy ad agencies like Los Angeles-based IndieClick can help produce your videos and find the right audience. A video marketing campaign might not only be low-budget–it might even be self-supporting, says IndieClick President Heather Luttrell. Distributors like Revver have ways to track viewers and will share the revenue from ads that get displayed at the end of clips or as small, transparent overlays.”We might start by spending $1,000 this month on three different podcasting initiatives and generate $1,100 in revenue,” explains Luttrell. “We see what works and then target the highest revenue-generating venues.”Who’s watching? Basically, your kids and millions of other cell phone-packing young folk already dialed into text messaging, blogging, online gaming and, of course, MTV. You need a message that plays in those venues. If you have one, it can really work for you: One recent IndieClick vodcast garnered 1 million downloads.Youth market not on your radar? Don’t worry, says Luttrell: Distribution networks and audiences will broaden to other demographics over time. This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

How AI Is Teaching Gliders to Soar

first_img(Credit: Aerovista Luchtfotografie/Shutterstock)An adult albatross can spend days without ever touching the ground. Long wings that lock into place provide enormous amounts of lift. And a keen sense for thermals and air currents lets the birds soar with little energy expenditure. Sleeping, eating, drinking and bathing all take place on the wing, over the course of journeys that can span up to 10,000 miles.Entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg wish they could fly like an albatross. The Facebook founder’s initiative aimed to deliver wireless internet to developing countries with high-flying drones that could stay aloft for months, beaming internet to rural areas. After disappointing drone flights, among other things, the project has since been scrapped. Google, too, seemed interested in developing long-lasting drones, acquiring Titan Aerospace in 2014, a maker of near-orbital drones that could serve as satellites.Conquering Wind-swept HeightsWhile Titan aerospace claimed its solar-powered craft could stay aloft for five years, the record so far stands at just under 26 days — far short of the albatross. Part of the problem is that solar-powered drones, the longest-lasting models currently in development, need heavy batteries that detract from efficiency. Birds like the albatross don’t stay on the wing for so long because they’re strong, but because they’re good at conserving energy.It’s a difficult thing to learn, though, because atmospheric conditions are complex and constantly changing, so much so that it’s nearly impossible to create a model for computers to use. That means a glider needs to react to changing conditions literally on the fly without having access to a model that might explain what those conditions mean.The researchers glider soaring autonomously. (Credit: Gautam Reddy and Jerome Wong-Ng)Now, a team led by a researcher from the University of California, San Diego, might have a way to bring a little of the albatross’ flying smarts to drones. They trained an autonomous fixed-wing drone using a machine learning algorithm that analyzed how reactions to various atmospheric conditions affected its flight. The drone could alter both its pitch (referring to the angle of the nose relative to the ground) and bank angle, and the software monitored the results. The results were published today in Nature.Modifications to its flight that helped the drone stay up were rewarded, and those that hurt it were penalized, helping the algorithm hone in the best strategies for flying over time. This strategy meant that no model was needed — just a memory of what seemed to help in a particular situation. After some practice, the researchers found that two things most affected the drones’ ability to stay up: The vertical wind acceleration and roll-wise torque (forces that roll the glider from one side to another). By tuning its responses to those variables, the researchers significantly improved the drones’ flying time.Though they only spent a maximum of 12 minutes aloft with this particular drone, the researchers say that their findings should offer some insight into how birds like the albatross use favorable wind currents to stay up for so long. Their algorithm might also help drones of the future fly for longer and do so more efficiently.last_img read more

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