Un cinquième décès dans le cadre de la deuxième vague de grippe H1N1 a été confirmé aujourd’hui 26 novembre par le ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé. L’homme de la région de la régie régionale de la santé Capital était dans la quarantaine et n’avait aucune condition médicale sous-jacente. « J’aimerais transmettre mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille et aux amis de la personne pendant cette période difficile, » a dit le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ce décès est le sixième dans la province depuis le mois de juillet. « Cet événement tragique nous rappelle encore une fois la gravité de cette maladie, a dit le Dr Strang. Tout le monde est à risque de contracter la grippe H1N1. Nous voyons des cas de personnes en bonne santé qui développent une maladie grave et débilitante. Je recommande fortement à tous les Néo-Écossais de se faire pour se protéger eux-mêmes et pour protéger leurs amis, leur famille et leur communauté. »
OTTAWA – Parliament Hill was itchy and irritated this week as the high-stakes NAFTA talks stagnated and latent battles over abortion bubbled up from committee rooms.Large delegations of Mexican and U.S. negotiators were on edge for days, with no central place to stay or congregate as Ottawa hosted the third round of condensed talks to revamp NAFTA by the end of the year. Despite the yellow school buses brought in to carry them around and the sporadic, all-important cocktail parties that sprouted on Ottawa patios, there was little progress — and plenty of crankiness.Ill humour was pervasive in the corridors of the House of Commons too, as Conservatives put forward a pro-life MP to chair the status of women committee — prompting the Liberals to walk out, and then launch a fundraising campaign on Conservatives’ attitude towards women. The Tories fought back with acidity, calling up long-standing arguments for freedom of speech.Annoyed was the mood of the week, casting a grumpy pall over major developments tied to Canadian culture, Bombardier and its thousands of employees, and quiet talks to alleviate poverty.Here’s how politics affected Canadian lives this week:BAD LUCK FOR BOMBARDIERChicago-based Boeing Co. has won Round 1 in its bitter fight with Bombardier Inc., with the U.S. Commerce Department allowing an enormous 219 per cent tariff on the Montreal-based company’s CSeries passenger jets.The tariff, if it becomes a reality, would triple the cost of the jets and jeopardize thousands of jobs in Canada, the U.K. and elsewhere.Is this White House grandstanding to intimidate NAFTA negotiators who were holed up in an Ottawa building when news of the tariff came down? The aerospace industry, heavily subsidized around the world, is known for its gloves-off approach to trade remedies, and Boeing’s aggressive stance is not a Donald Trump invention. The trade action against Bombardier was started by Boeing, not Trump.But the size and timing of the tariff decision inspired many a conspiracy theory about the White House’s intentions. And the response from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggests the federal Liberals see the Boeing confrontation as political antagonism.Trudeau has threatened to abandon any plans to buy Super Hornet jets from Boeing and said he won’t “do business with a company that’s trying to sue us and put our aerospace workers out of business.” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has echoed that statement — much to the consternation of Manitoba, where Boeing employs 1,400.CANCON 2.0While Ottawa may be in a bitter jousting match with the U.S. on planes and NAFTA, it is locked in an embrace with U.S. industry on the culture front.Heritage Minister Melanie Joly rolled out a new cultural-policy road map on Thursday, the result of almost two years of consultation and contemplation. It is meant to redesign and modernize government supports for Canadian content — now called “creative industries.”The centrepiece of her presentation was a $500-million commitment from Netflix to invest in original productions in Canada, with hints of more investment to come from other U.S.-based digital giants. Critics were quick to pounce, pointing out a lack of detail in the Netflix announcement and a heavy reliance on foreign competitors to bolster Canadian industry.But it’s clear the government is not done. Joly said she would open up the Broadcasting Act, the Telecommunications Act, the Copyright Act as well as the mandates of the CBC and the CRTC, the broadcast regulator. There was nothing substantial to help the ailing news media, but neither was there an outright refusal to consider some options in the future.The pace of government, however, is no match for the pace of globalization and technology.TACKLING POVERTYSocial Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is in the final stages of putting together a national housing strategy, which will be the cornerstone of a longer-term plan to tackle poverty across the country.But housing is a volatile business in Canada these days, and while all those involved see a need for the federal government to up its game in the realm of affordable housing, there is disagreement over how.For years, Ottawa supported mortgage payments for some low-income residences. Now, the federal government is moving towards taking that money and putting it towards a benefit that would be attached to the home-dweller rather than the building. The aim is to give the money directly to families so that they can have more freedom to move.But parts of Canada are in the throes of a housing crisis, where the supply of housing is tight and expensive. If Ottawa takes away its billions in support for those low-income units, critics inside and outside the government fear the housing supply will shrink at a time when it needs to expand, and the homes of tens of thousands of families would be in jeopardy.They need to reach a solution soon. The strategy is due this fall.
HAMILTON – Community members will gather at Hamilton City Hall tonight to grieve the death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi, a 19-year-old Good Samaritan who police say was killed after trying to intervene in an altercation.The memorial is being held by the Al-Mostafa Islamic Centre and will take place in the city hall’s council chambers.Hamilton police have said Al-Hasnawi tried to intervene when he saw two men accosting an older man last Saturday.They say the men then allegedly turned their attention to Al-Hasnawi and one shot him.He was pronounced dead in hospital about an hour later.Three people have since been charged in relation to the death of the first-year medical science student — one faces a second-degree murder charge and two others were charged with accessory after the fact to murder.The Islamic Centre says all are welcome at the memorial.
The UN’s Jan Eliasson and the AU’s Salim Ahmed Salim met with Salva Kiir, Sudan’s First Vice President, and members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Task Force on Darfur, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters.The two envoys also held consultations with the United Resistance Front (URF), a recently-formed alliance that groups together five movements from Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied militiamen since 2003.Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim briefed their audience today about last month’s meetings in Geneva with the regional partners and the wider international community, and they also discussed the way forward for the political process.More than 200,000 people have been killed and almost 2.5 million others displaced from their homes in Darfur, and previous attempts to find a lasting peace have faltered or stalled. The UN and AU have deployed a hybrid peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID to try to quell the violence and the humanitarian suffering but so far less than 10,000 personnel – out of the 26,000 expected at full deployment – are in place.Ms. Okabe said the envoys will visit the Darfur region itself next Wednesday, during which they are expected to meet local representatives of civil society and the region’s other movements.Yesterday they held talks in the national capital, Khartoum, with senior Sudanese Government officials. 9 April 2008The United Nations and African Union envoys heading international efforts to resolve the Darfur conflict have travelled to the town of Juba today for talks with the former southern Sudanese rebels as they seek to bring new momentum to the stalled political process.
26 April 2010The President of the General Assembly arrived today in the Chinese capital, Beijing, kicking off a visit to Asia that will also take him to India and Pakistan. While in China, at the invitation of the country’s Government, Ali Treki will meet with top officials, including Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and State Councillor Dai Bingguo.Later this week, he will hold talks with Vice President Xi Jinping and attend a banquet hosted by President Hu Jintao.Before departing for New Delhi on 2 May, Dr. Treki will attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo. The Indian leg of his trip will end on 5 May, and he will then wrap up his Asian visit with a three-day stop in Pakistan.Before leaving for China, Dr. Treki held a series of meetings in New York with, among others, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Permanent Representatives of Syria, India, Tunisia and Spain.In a meeting last week with the President of the Security Council for April, Yukio Takasu of Japan, the two men discussed important issues on the agendas of the two UN principal organs.Mr. Takasu briefed Dr. Treki on the open debates held by the Council this month, including on the situation in the Middle East and post-conflict peacebuilding, as well as the working methods of the Security Council, and women and peace and security.They also exchanged views on recent developments in Africa, particularly neighbouring Chad and Sudan, and the scheduled renewal of mandates of United Nations peacekeeping missions this month.The Assembly President holds regular meetings with the heads of the other principal organs of the UN, as provided for in the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, to ensure enhanced cooperation and coordination in their work programmes.
Graeme Roy/ The Canadian Press Sousa’s office would not comment on whether the government would introduce rules similar to those imposed in British Columbia, but the finance minister has floated a number of possible measures, including implementing a tax on foreign buyers, vacant homes and speculators.He has said that at least some of the housing measures will be included in the Ontario budget, set to be tabled April 27.Assignment sales are not illegal, but Sousa said he wants to close a loophole that allows so-called property scalpers to treat their profits as capital gains — which means only 50 per cent is taxable. His efforts to get the Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to include capital gains changes in the federal budget were unsuccessful.The two finance ministers and Toronto Mayor John Tory will meet Tuesday to discuss house affordability in the region.The provincial government’s lack of data on the housing market and other real estate-related issues, and Sousa’s comments on “property scalpers” — admittedly based on conversations he’s had with some developers — are causing some concern among builders.Michael Peake/Postmedia Network TORONTO — Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa is giving strong hints that the government’s much-anticipated house affordability package will include measures targeting real estate speculators, or as he calls them “property scalpers.”In public comments last week, Sousa said speculators are reselling contracts for pre-construction homes multiple times before closing, using assignment clauses.“There are those who go into new developments, buy up a slew of properties, and then flip them, while avoiding paying their fair share of taxes,” he said. “I call them property scalpers.”However, the finance minister admitted there’s no data to show how widespread “property scalping” is in Ontario.Graeme Roy/ The Canadian Press A similar practice — called “shadow flipping” — became increasingly common in Vancouver. It typically involved a real estate agent reselling the same previously owned home multiple times before the closing date, driving up the price of the house, sometimes by hundreds of thousands of dollars.In May 2016, the B.C. government put in place new rules that require real estate agents to draft offers that require the seller’s consent to a contract transfer, and any resulting profit to be returned to the seller.In Ontario, according to Sousa, property scalping involves only new developments.“What’s worse is young families who are actually trying to get into the queue, into the lineup to buy that first home, are getting crowded out,” he said.Brent Lewin/Bloomberg files One major Toronto-area developer says “property scalping” is not a major phenomenon in the region.“Not in any widespread way,” said Christopher Wein, president of Great Gulf. “We’re certainly, in our organization, not seeing a lot of evidence of that.”Wein said his company builds condos and houses throughout the Toronto region and generally requires that buyers get permission from Great Gulf to reassign their contracts for new homes.Typically, his company only sells one pre-construction property per family, Wein said.Has ‘a little bit of air’ been let out of the Toronto housing bubble ahead of meeting?‘Deep pockets are driving up the cost of homes’: Finance minister vows to cool Ontario housing market“We don’t allow a person to buy five or 10,” he said. “We sometimes get requests to buy multiple units, and I don’t allow that to happen, because I question why anyone would need more than one unit and it sort of sparks the idea that maybe they’re speculating on real estate.”Wein said everyone, government included, needs to be careful not to rely on “anecdotal” stories about the real estate market.The Liberal government has come under increased pressure to do something about housing in the Greater Toronto Area, where the average price of detached houses was $1.21 million in March, up 33.4 per cent from last year. In Toronto, the average price of detached properties hit $1.56 million, an increase of 32.8 per cent from March 2016.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said last week that the current rate of price increases suggests demand is being driven more by real estate speculators and investors than homebuyers. Poloz said the rate increase was unsustainable and reminded homebuyers that house prices “can go down as well as up.”
Caterpillar Inc and Rio Nuevo last week released design renderings of Caterpillar’s new 150,000 square‐foot Tucson Mining Center to be located in the Mercado District in downtown Tucson. The Tucson Mining Center, being built by the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District, will be occupied by about 600 company engineers, product development, and support positions working on the next generation of mining equipment, vehicles, and technology. It is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019.SmithGroupJJR of Phoenix in collaboration with WSM Architects of Tucson designed the three‐level building to blend into the desert environment and to represent the Native American history of the land, identified as Tucson’s Origins. Representatives from Rio Nuevo, SmithGroupJJR + WSM, and Sundt Construction have been meeting regularly with neighbours and historians to create a site plan and design that will become one of the Southwest’s most recognised buildings.The building site is northeast of A Mountain and Mission Garden, and is bounded on the north by Cushing Street, on the east by the Santa Cruz River and The Loop shared‐use path, and on the west by an extension of Avenida del Convento Street still to be built. The modern structure will be visible to motorists on Interstate 10 and Congress Street.“Caterpillar is excited to take this next step, and we appreciate the strong partnership and support we’ve received from all members of the team. This will be a site that will make us all proud, fitting well into the community and helping show the world some of what Tucson has to offer. When finished, it will be a cutting edge and modern office space where our team will collaborate, design, and innovate solutions that drive customer success around the world,” said Jean Savage, Caterpillar Vice President for Surface Mining & Technology.“Rio Nuevo is honoured to be part of the Caterpillar family and will forever be grateful to the company, not only for coming to Tucson, but for selecting this historic site. SmithGroupJJR + WSM have done an extraordinary job designing a world class building,” said Fletcher McCusker, Chairman of the Rio Nuevo Board.
Happy birthday, Peter Capaldi—you charismatic, starry-eyed Scotsman, you.The Glaswegian actor, director, and writer has appeared on stage, screen (big and small), and airwaves for more than half his life.But to me (and most US viewers), he’ll always be foul-mouthed spinmeister Malcolm Tucker and time-traveling alien the Twelfth Doctor.Tall, lanky, and handsome in that I-like-expressive-eyebrows kind of way, Capaldi (pronounced Ca-PAL-di, because he’s everyone pal), won an Academy Award, played in an ’80s punk band with Craig Ferguson, and is one of the most recognizable faces in the world.BBCBefore stepping into the TARDIS, he found fame lampooning the British government (and, on his own account, Hollywood power players) in 21 episodes of BBC sitcom The Thick of It (and spin-off film In the Loop).It wasn’t until August 2013, however, that Capaldi gained international recognition: In a reveal fit for a Time Lord (that is, lots of flashing lights and applause), he was announced as the 12th actor to take on Doctor Who‘s titular character.A self-described Who fanatic from a young age, Capaldi had the chance to play his hero in 1995, when he was invited to audition for part of the Eighth Doctor (which went to oft-forgotten Paul McGann).“I didn’t go,” he told Entertainment Weekly three years ago. “I loved the show so much, and I didn’t think I would get it, and I didn’t want to just be part of a big cull of actors.”BBCLuckily, he got a second (and ultimately third) chance at the role when Russell T Davies brought the series back after 16 years off the air.In 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii,” Capaldi played Lobus Caecilius alongside the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble; he also portrayed civil servant John Frobisher in spin-off Torchwood: Children of Earth.He (er, his eyebrows) made a cameo appearance in 50th-anniversary event “The Day of the Doctor,” before the rest of him debuted in the 2013 Christmas special.More than three years, and countless adventures, later, Capaldi returns to screens for his final turn as the Twelfth Doctor.BBC“I feel sad. I love Doctor Who. It’s a fantastic program to work on,” the star said in January, announcing his final season. “It’s been a huge pleasure to work with a family. [But it’s] time for me to move on to different challenges.”Let’s hope turning 59 is not one of them.Remember to raise a glass tomorrow at 9 p.m. Eastern to celebrate the season 10 premiere of Doctor Who on BBC America, and again at 10:10 p.m. for the launch of Patrick Ness-penned spin-off Class, featuring an appearance by the birthday boy himself.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Well, we did it just as predicted here last week, the thermometer Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. hit 90 degrees in Vancouver. The last 90-degree day we enjoyed was August 26, 2016, with 96 degrees. I guess most might not enjoy 90 degrees or hotter but it was a milestone anyway.After the long, cold winter and spring, I suppose there are those that thought of maybe moving to a sunny place, but then we have a day like Monday and wow. I know it was a tad warm for some, but does it get any better here in the great Northwest?As I was writing this late Monday afternoon, the winds along the ocean beaches turned from northeasterly to north and northwest, cooling from early highs in the 80s to the cool 60s. That episode would occur overnight locally and today will be much cooler, down to 80 degrees or a few degrees higher.The culprit is an upper-level low skirting across southern British Columbia. It will switch the winds around, pushing ocean air inland resulting in clouds and cooler Wednesday and Thursday. Still, I don’t see any measurable rainfall outside of some spotty drizzle or a mountain shower.Looking ahead at the long Memorial Day weekend, high pressure builds quickly back on Friday for a glorious sunny and warm holiday. Wow again. It will be pleasant from the ocean beaches to the mountains and beyond. Our highs in Vancouver will be in the 75 to 85 degrees range. Picture perfect summer weather.
What: Awards to be presented as the result of more than 1,000 votes cast by those attending the event, which featured four custom-built luxury dwellings built by members of the Building Industry Association of Clark County.When: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18.Where: The Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive, Vancouver.Tickets: $35 per person.Information: https://biaclarkcounty.webconnex.com/events/dinnermeetingClark County’s premier show of homes drew a lighter crowd during its three-week run this month.But visitors this year were very enthusiastic, according to homebuilders who showcased new houses in the 2012 Northwest Natural Parade of Homes, which ran Sept. 7-23 in Vancouver. Near 100-degree temperatures during the show’s opening weekend were blamed for the smaller turnout — about 5,000 people this year, compared with more than 6,000 attendees last year, said Jim Beriault, the show’s promoter from Portland-based Beriault Marketing.“We lost a level of momentum due to the heat,” he said.Nevertheless, Beriault said comments on the four-home show’s floor plans and decor ranged from mild interest to delight. The show also included self-guided tours of new and remodeled houses throughout Clark County.The main four homes of the show, priced from $690,000 to $1.6 million, were built in the Evergreen Pointe neighborhood on the south side of Southeast Evergreen Highway and west of Southeast Lieser Point Road. Three of the homes were pre-sold. Beriault said parade visitors seemed most impressed by features built to accommodate new living trends, such as the large gourmet kitchen in the 6,113-square-foot Georgian. The Colonial-style home was built by Vancouver-based Tamarack Homes.“People like to entertain in their kitchens,” he said.Other parade entries featured home entertainment spaces as well, including a basement-level wet bar and wine cellar in Northwest Classic Homes’ $1 million entry on the self-guided tour.
The Congress party does not have enough MLAs in Assam to re-nominate former PM Dr Manmohan Singh to Parliament.FacebookThe Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) turned down the Congress party’s request for one Rajya Sabha seat for former prime minister Manmohan Singh. Nominating three candidates for the elections to the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu, DMK President MK Stalin announced names of party trade union leader M Shanmugham and advocate B Wilson. The party had agreed to give one of its three Rajya Sabha seats to Vaiko, chief of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) party, as part of an agreement in the recently held parliamentary election.However, it was earlier speculated that Singh, earlier fielded from Assam, might be nominated from Tamil Nadu with the DMK’s support.Biennial elections will be held on July 18 to fill six Rajya Sabha seats from the state. They are being held to fill the vacancies that will arise due to the retirement of sitting members — four of the AIADMK and one each from the DMK and the CPI — next month.Both the ruling AIADMK and the DMK can send three MPs each to the Upper House by virtue of their respective strength in the state assembly.The retiring members are — T Rathinavel, Dr V Maitreyan, K R Arjunan and Dr R Lakshmanan (all AIADMK), Kanimozhi (DMK) and D Raja (CPI), whose terms end on July 24.Incidentally, Kanimozhi was elected to the Lok Sabha from Tuticorin constituency in the state in the general election.According to the EC schedule, the notification for the Rajya Sabha biennial polls would be issued on Monday and the last date for filing nominations is July 8.Scrutiny of nominations will be taken up the next day and the last date for withdrawal will be July 11, it said.Polling, if required, will be held from 9am-4pm on July 18 and the counting the same day at 5 pm, it said.The AIADMK has 123 MLAs and the DMK 100 members in the 234-member Assembly with two vacancies. DMK ally Congress has seven legislators, while the IUML one. AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran is an Independent member. A candidate needs 34 votes to get elected.(With agency inputs)
Road Accident LogoThree people were killed and three others injured following a head-on collision between a truck and a battery-run easy-bike in Lahirirhat area of Rangpur sadar upazila on Sunday morning.The identity of the deceased could not be known yet, reports UNB.Saifur Rahman, additional superintendent of Rangpur police, said the accident took place around 10:00am when the truck collided head-on with the easy bike in the area, leaving three dead on the spot and three injured.The injured were taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital, he added.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 is being released this week alongside a few interesting games, but most gamers will admit that the overall lineup is less than impressive. A huge number of gamers will pick up their pre-ordered copies of Knack, Killzone Shadow Fall, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battefield 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts, and then go home to download Resogun, Contrast, and Sound Shapes. As many sales as these games may pick up this week, their not really what we’re excited about playing (well, aside from BF4), because the PS4’s launch titles will soon be surpassed.As with the Xbox One, the upcoming titles for the PS4 are far more impressive than the day one launch lineup and will do far more to convince gamers to purchase the system than the slim lineup that arrives this week. Gamers need to look past the launch titles and keep and eye on what’s in the pipeline, because there are some very good games on the way. [Click the gallery above for screenshots.]Upcoming PS4 games that have us excitedThe Witness: Jonathan Blow’s Braid followup, a 3D adventure puzzler set on an island.Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain: Kojima’s next MGS opus, follows the exploits of Snake (or Big Boss, depending on how you like to refer to your convoluted universe) after the events of the PSP’s Peace Walker.Dying Light: Developed by Techland of Dead Island fame, the game appears to be a parkour-inspired zombie survival game. The trailer is reminiscent of Dead Island‘s initial cinematic trailer-with-a-depressing-twist, but perhaps this time Techland can deliver on a trailer’s promise.Destiny: This is what Bungie has been up to post-Halo. Yes, it’s a sci-fi FPS with space-armored soliders, but the public event feature makes it quite interesting even if you’re sick of space-armored marines shooting things.Octodad: Dadliest Catch: Sony could not have picked a better game to show support for the indie community, as well as to flex the company’s “we know the indie scene” muscles. Dadliest Catch is a sequel, and we can expect more of the wonderful same from the first game, wherein you are an octopus disguised as a dad with a human family, attempting to complete common household tasks. It’s great.Hohokum: A relaxing exploration game that you progress through at your own pace, without instructions to tell you what to do, Richard Hogg’s Hohokum already looks like it could be the PS4’s Flower.Thief 4: Whatever feelings you had about the previous Thief and its switch to a third-person perspective, there still isn’t really a game on the market that captures true thievery and stealth gameplay like this franchise. Hopefully, Thief 4 will be able to patch up some of Thief 3’s shortcomings.Notable mentionsOddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty: The gaming industry has sorely needed a new Oddworld installment, but the best we’re getting for now is a remake of the original Abe’s Oddyssey. This, of course, is great, but doesn’t hold the same weight as a fresh, new story.Don’t Starve: The PC scene has already been playing this gather-and-craft sim for a while, so it’s not of the utmost importance on a PS4 release list. However, the game’s mechanics will work just fine with a controller, and it’s an overall great game that you can grab on the PS4 if you missed out on the PC.Cautiously intriguedKingdom Hearts 3: Just like the above, the KH franchise became severely convoluted and diminished, and KH3 was a huge drop-off in terms of fun and quality from the first one. If KH3 can get back to the quality of the first installment, then count us in.Final Fantasy 15: This game was initially announced as Final Fantasy Versus 13 seven years ago, and has been vaporware ever since until this year’s rebranding at E3. Normally a new FF would be a big deal, but after how bad the Final Fantasy 13 became, we can only be mildly intrigued.This list may not be entirely what you expected — no Assassin’s Creed 4, no Killzone: Shadow Fall, no Infamous: Second Son — but those are games we’re so familiar with at this point, that it’s hard to be excited about something when you know what exactly what you’re getting.It’s also worth mentioning that Yager — the team behind the surprisingly good Spec Ops: The Line — is working on a PS4 game. Also, after The Last of Us ending up to be the game of this generation, we can’t wait to see what Naughty Dog does next. Stay tuned! VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainThe WitnessThe WitnessDying LightDying LightDestinyDestinyOctodad: Dadliest CatchHohokumHohokumThief 4Thief 4Oddworld: New n TastyOddworld: New n TastyDon’t StarveDon’t StarveKingdom Hearts 3Kingdom Hearts IIIFinal Fantasy XVFinal Fantasy XVMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Explore further New US military satellite launched into space More information: www.vivisat.com/?page_id=10 (Phys.org) — A company that aims to sell satellite protective services is eagerly stating its business case to geosynchronous satellite operators that can benefit from its approach toward orbit mission extension. ViviSat intends to help these operators to add years to the revenue-producing life of a satellite. Having to mind one’s orbit assets is a concern that the company believes will draw new customers. The company’s CEO, Major General, U.S.A.F. [Ret.] Craig Weston, said that ViviSat was in negotiations with potential customers and that market conditions for such services were strong. Weston is the head of U.S. Space; he has spent a large part of his career operating communications, infra-red warning, and reconnaissance satellites. The MEV uses a space-ready docking system and integrated proximity sensors to rendezvous with the host satellite. ViviSat’s MEV does not add fuel or remove any materials on the satellite itself, however, but the company notes this is an advantage, not limitation. For customers in need of an MEV that would be less intrusive, its vehicle allows satellite operations to continue uninterrupted even with the MEV attached. “Satellites were designed to not be tampered with, and this is a passive approach, which is appealing to operators,” said Edward Horowitz, company chairman of the board. Horowitz is co founder of U.S. Space and former CEO of SES Americom.Two entities, U.S. Space and ATK Space Systems, created ViviSat, which was announced last year. U.S. Space takes care of business and mission management. ATK is the prime contractor, responsible for the manufacture and delivery of the spacecraft, launch and ground segments. (ATK manufactured reusable solid rocket motors for NASA’s space shuttles.)Geostationary satellites perform continuous monitoring of a specific region. ViviSat’s confidence in serving a market need is supported by the fact that, “If you just look at the commercial market, there are 350 to 360 satellites in geostationary orbit,” said Horowitz in SPACE.com, of which about 25 each year reach the end of their fuel life. He said that out of those 25, “we figure 10 are good target customers for this.” The company sees its market opportunities lie in both commercial and government spacecraft.Horowitz said, “We’re ready to sell, we’re ready to build, we’re ready to deliver.” The company has been designing a space vehicle that can adjust an older satellite’s orbit, rescue fully fueled satellites that may have launched into the wrong location, or move a satellite into a different orbit for a completely new purpose. ViviSat’s device is a Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) with the purpose of safely connecting to an orbiting satellite to provide supplemental and propulsive capabilities. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: ViviSat space vehicles will keep satellites on track (2012, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-vivisat-space-vehicles-satellites-track.html © 2012 Phys.Org
Source = Intrepid Travel Intrepid Travel has recently been announced as the winner of the Australian Business Award for Environmental Sustainability in the travel sector. Intrepid Travel was recognised for the depth of its sustainability practices that span its entire operations, leadership and commitment to the preservation and protection of the environment in its sector. Tackling climate change head on has paid off for Intrepid Travel as this is the third award that Intrepid Travel has won in recent months including the Global Tourism Business Award at the annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and the Flight Centre Environment Award (Intrepid Travel’s Canada Office). “This Award is a wonderful achievement for Intrepid Travel and it is terrific to be recognised as leaders in environmental sustainability in the travel industry.” said Intrepid Travel’s General Manager and co-founder, Geoff Manchester.Two of Intrepid Travel’s sustainability achievements include:In 2010 Intrepid Travel completed a four year project addressing climate change culminating in becoming carbon neutral. In addition to measuring, reducing and auditing its carbon emissions at 30 global offices, Intrepid Travel also introduced Carbon Offset Trips where the cost of carbon offsetting is included in the cost of the trip.In the 2010 financial year Intrepid Travel offset 12,997 tonnes of CO2-e emissions of its passengers’ trip footprint, the equivalent to taking 2,500 passenger vehicles off the road for a year.
February 20, 2015 485 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Fannie Mae Profits Quarterly Earnings 2015-02-20 Tory Barringer Mortgage behemoth Fannie Mae is set to pay the U.S. Treasury nearly $2 billion in March after seeing another profitable quarter.The company released on Friday its fourth-quarter earnings, posting a net income of $1.3 billion. That compares to a profit of about $6.5 billion a year ago.For all of 2014, Fannie reported profits totaling $14.2 billion, down from $84 billion in 2013. Like its sister company, Freddie Mac, Fannie’s 2013 results got a major boost from a one-time benefit related to deferred tax assets and a surge in funds from securities settlements. Also like Freddie, Fannie’s fourth-quarter results reflect losses on risk management derivatives stemming from a decline in interest rates.Based on its net worth—about $3.7 billion—Fannie said it will pay $1.9 billion in dividends to Treasury, per the terms of the GSEs’ amended bailout agreement. As of March, the company will have paid a total of $136.4 billion to taxpayers on the $116.1 billion it drew as a result of the financial meltdown. Dividend payments don’t reduce from the prior total—meaning Fannie will continue paying each quarter for the time being.”Today’s announcement by Fannie Mae CEO Tim Mayopoulos that Fannie’s fourth quarter earnings fell by 66 percent and that it may need to later take a capital draw from the U.S. Treasury should serve as a wake-up call to Congress to move quickly to advance housing finance reform,” said Tom Woods, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders. “A promising start was made in the last Congress when a bipartisan group of senators advanced legislation out of the Senate Banking Committee that would maintain an appropriate level of government backing to preserve financial stability and promote investor confidence. Lawmakers need to build on those efforts. The time to act is now while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain in relatively good financial health, and not to kick the can down the road and wait until a possible crisis develops.”Even as income slowed down in the fourth quarter, Fannie said it expects to continue pulling in a profit on an annual basis for the foreseeable future. At the same time, the company warned that earnings in future years are likely to be “substantially lower” than 2014 as settlements stop rolling in and the company continues to shrink its presence in the marketplace.Moderating home prices are also expected to add some volatility from quarter to quarter, Fannie said. Profits Shrink at Fannie Mae Share
The answer to that question cannot be answered yet, though in the meantime it’s something no one in red and white is really concerning themselves with.“You can sit back and talk about what-ifs and what-could haves and all that, and you’ll look up and be 0-4. So that’s not our approach,” Dockett said. “We’re getting the guys that are here, guys that have done the right things, guys that are committed to the program; guys that sacrifice and weren’t selfish, and want to be here every day in OTAs and minicamps. We’re going to roll with those guys.“Whether we win or lose, those guys put the sweat and time into it and we appreciate that. We’re going to move forward, we’re not going to sit here and worry about what we don’t got. It happens all across the league. Every year somebody loses a core guy or a guy that plays a big role into their success, and right now we’re going to keep it moving. We don’t need to talk about that.” – / 22 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Last season, middle linebackers Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington accounted for 197 total tackles along with 9.5 sacks, six interceptions, 30 passes defensed and 15 tackles for loss. With Dansby now in Cleveland and Washington suspended for the season due to violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse, the Cardinals appear to have a gaping hole at a position that was once a great strength. The hope is that what’s there will be enough to compensate for what isn’t. A strong defensive line, which the Cardinals would appear to have, would in theory make things easier for the linebackers, whoever they are. And a dynamic secondary, which the team believes it has put together, will make it easier for the defensive line to do its job. It’s a symbiotic relationship.“I still think we’ve got a ton of talent on the front line. The defensive line is the same, the DBs are the same — if not, we’ve brought in even more talent with Deone and Cromartie,” Johnson said. “We’ve got a great group and a bunch of talented guys, so I don’t think you can really judge a defensive off losing one or two guys and say that the talent is gone.“At the end of the day, a defense is played with 11 guys, and 11 guys just doing their job. And that’s what makes a good defense, regardless of the talent.”Would the Cardinals be better if they hadn’t lost Dansby and Washington? Most definitely. But will they be worse without them, especially considering all the other moves made in an effort to improve the defense? Because of what they’ve lost, many analysts, pundits and experts believe the team’s defense, which was first against the run in and sixth overall in 2013, is going to take a step back.“Those are the same guys that probably haven’t ever played football a day in their life,” defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said. “As far as numbers and what everybody else may see, that’s their judgment to say that. “But right now we’re not talking about what we lost; we’re talking about what we’ve got and what’s a reality.”The reality, at least here in mid-June, is that even with what they’ve lost, what remains is still a pretty talented group. In total, there are 13 Pro Bowl appearances based on defensive performance courtesy of Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie, John Abraham and Dockett, with three of them coming last season. Defensive lineman Calais Campbell is on the cusp of adding his name to that list, and the team also has young prospects Tyrann Mathieu, Deone Bucannon and Justin Bethel who are expected to play prominent roles. “He can be our best,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked how good Bethel, who is making the transition to cornerback, can be. “He’s got all the skill level to be as good as there is — including Patrick.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The defense was good in 2013. It can be good again in 2014. But will it be?That question is precisely where some doubt the group, and it’s tough to argue that the pessimism is unwarranted. However, the only thing anyone knows is the defense will look different, not that it will be any worse. “It may look a little different, but for the most part [defensive coordinator Todd Bowles] has a basis of what he likes to do and how he likes to do it,” safety Rashad Johnson said. “But for the most part we’re going to bring pressure, we’re going to cover guys and we’re going to stop the run up front. Nothing is going to change from the basis of that to be a good defense.”But is it reasonable to think little will change even though the team lost a pair of dynamic linebackers from last year’s squad?“Defense is 11 guys; it’s not linebackers, it’s not DBs, it’s not defensive linemen,” Arians said. “It’s 11 guys playing cohesively and hard and fast and violent and with real bad intentions. And we have all those guys, so I don’t see our defense stepping back at all.”The coach’s confidence is echoed throughout the entire organization. As Arians said back when Washington was first suspended, the team at least got the advantage of timing in that the team had plenty of offseason and soon all of training camp to figure out how to get the most out of the talent it has.
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