zoom UK-based developer and builder of marine engines Rolls-Royce has signed a contract for the delivery of 12 azimuthing thrusters to Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey, with an option for additional 30 units.The azimuth thrusters from Rolls-Royce will provide propulsion for 6 tugboats, rising to 21 if the option is exercised. Each tugboat has a bollard pull of 60 to 80 metric tons.“This year we delivered our 150th thruster to Sanmar and the announcement of this further contract extends our long standing and continued cooperation,” Helge Gjerde, Rolls-Royce, President Commercial – Marine, said.The contracted thrusters will be delivered during 2016, to be installed on vessels for European and Middle East tug operators. The deliveries from Rolls-Royce include a thruster control system. Thrusters are manufactured at the company’s Rauma site in Finland.
APTN National NewsA prominent 2 spirited activist has just wrapped up a visit to Vancouver.Harlen Pruden was invited to speak about the historic place of 2 spirited people in First Nations culture.The phrase 2 spirited is an anishnabe term meaning both a male and female spirit existing in the body.As Tina House reports, Pruden also wanted to share some of the challenges that gay First Nations people face today.
Anyone with information to assist the police are asked to call Tumbler Ridge RCMP at (250) 242-5252. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The search for a Dawson Creek man who went missing near Kinuseo Falls nearly three weeks ago will be resuming this weekend.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said in a release that Search and Rescue units, as well as police, will be resuming the official search on Saturday for the 29-year-old man. The man is believed to have fallen into the Murray River near the bottom of Kinuseo Falls while on a camping trip sometime during the overnight hours on June 9th or 10th.Cpl. Saunderson said on June 12th that after an extensive search conducted on the water with jet boats and in the air with a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft for two days, that officials suspended the search because the fast-moving water in the Murray River was hampering search efforts.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are currently searching for a wanted person following an incident of flight from police.According to RCMP, on the afternoon of August 14 at around 3:00 p.m., officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a dark coloured pickup, where the alleged driver, 30-year-old Gavin Davis who is well known to police, refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.As a result of this incident, RCMP have issued five arrest warrants for Davis varying from Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle to Driving without a valid driver’s licence. Davis is described as:Indigenous man5’8’’ tall, weighing 230 poundsblack hairbrown eyesThe RCMP say Davis is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.If you see Davis, you are being asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today that the $70.9 million programme will target households – particularly those headed solely by women – with per capita incomes of less than $1 a day and limited access to financial services such as microcredit and savings schemes.The six-year project will promote greenhouse and organic crop production with links to markets and buyers, and it will also establish village development funds to pay for infrastructure and activities selected by local communities.IFAD said it expects that the project could benefit households in more than 720 villages across nine counties of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which has not experienced the same economic growth as other parts of the country in recent years.Thomas Rath, IFAD’s country programme manager for China, said the programme aims to tap into the skills and abilities of the local people.“So far, Government and donor-funded programmes have used the same poverty reduction strategies in different locations,” he said. “Sometimes this has led to reduced results. This suggests that we needed to try new approaches. We need to target with specific approaches tailored to the local needs of people and their institutions.”The programme will be funded in part by a $30 million loan from IFAD, as well as loans from the Chinese Government ($31.1 million) and the Rural Credit Cooperatives ($5.7 million). Participants in the scheme will contribute the remaining $4.1 million. 12 February 2008About 125,000 households in China’s Inner Mongolia region stand to benefit from better access to financial services, markets, technology and information under a new programme backed by the United Nations agency tasked with trying to reduce rural poverty.
The President said that both the countries need to increase their cooperation in the security and economic fields to further cement the friendly relations. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka, which are cordial and friendly.Talking to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and his delegation comprising Minister of Budha Sasena, Justice and Labour Relations Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Senior Monks, Civil Servants and Academicians, he said that recent high-level exchanges have been very productive and are a testimony of dynamic cooperation between the two countries. Khewra Salt mine having total length of 300 km, width from 8 to 30 km and height from 2200ft to 4990ft, has also been called the ‘Natural Museum on the Earth’.The Sri Lankan delegates took keen interest in various sculptures of famous monuments of Pakistan prepared by salt rock inside the 17 storied mines, including Minar-e-Pakistan, Faisal Mosque, sheesh Mahal.The delegates were given a guided tour of the mines and the Asthma resort center. According to scientific rules and regulations 50 % of the salt is taken from the mines for consumption while the rest of 50 %, is left over so that it can work as a pillar to give support to the mine range. He said that that Pakistan and Sri Lanka have always maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations which are broad-based and multifaceted. He hoped that increased interaction at the government and people to people level will further consolidate the relationship between the two friendly countries.Earlier the delegation visited the world famous Khewra Salt mines which are world’s second largest source of edible salt located in Jhelum District, with estimated salt reserves of 600 million tons. Jayasooriya appreciated the efforts of the Government of Pakistan for the preservation of Buddhist heritage and historical sites in Pakistan, as well as for the cooperation being extended to the visiting Buddhist delegates. The high level delegation of Sri Lankan Buddhist Monks and eminent scholars is currently in Pakistan for a week-long visit aimed at introducing the rich Buddhist Gandhara heritage of Pakistan to the people of Sri Lanka as well as to revive the Gandhara trail. (Colombo Gazette)
About a thousand new democrats from across Ontario voted and an overwhelming majority decided that Andrea Horwath will remain party leader.There had been some question if she would stay on following the party’s showing in the election this past June.Horwath won 77% of the vote at the party’s convention in Toronto on Saturday.In her last speech to the NDP delegates she acknowledged there are concerns about the party’s third place finish in the election, which cost the NDP the balance of power when the liberals won a majority.Horwath said she’s focused on moving forward.
Briefing the Council as he delivered his latest progress report on the work of the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC), Serge Brammertz said the process of interviewing witnesses in such a politically charged inquiry required extreme delicacy.“The Commission’s work can only be undertaken with confidentiality in order to create a secure environment for its witnesses and staff,” he said in his report.The Security Council set up the IIIC in April 2005 after an earlier UN mission found Lebanon’s own investigation was seriously flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the assassination. Its mandate runs until June next year.Mr. Brammertz said the IIIC needs to conduct another 50 interviews and gather more evidence that would be admissible before a tribunal. Last month the Council gave its support to the establishment of a “tribunal of an international character” to try those alleged responsible for the killing.Analysis of the explosion that killed Mr. Hariri indicates that as much as 1,800 kilograms of TNT or its equivalent was detonated in an improvised explosive device (IED) from inside a Mitsubishi van close to the convoy transporting the man through Beirut.The Commissioner stressed that inquiries continue to show “significant links” between the Hariri bombing and 14 other explosions or assassinations that have taken place since October 2004 in Lebanon.He promised to keep investigating the murder of Pierre Gemayel, Lebanon’s Industry Minister, who died on 21 November after being shot in his car while travelling through Beirut.Mr. Brammertz said it was critical that the IIIC had access to those political actors with whom Mr. Hariri had direct contact with in the months before he was killed, and to those “individuals involved in the relevant political dynamics in Lebanon, the broader region and internationally.”To achieve that goal, States must be cooperative to any requests from the Commission, particularly given the potential for ongoing violence in Lebanon.In his previous report, issued in September, Mr. Brammertz said evidence suggested that a young, male suicide bomber, probably non-Lebanese, detonated up to 1,800 kilograms of explosives inside a van to assassinate Mr. Hariri in Beirut in February 2005.DNA analysis conducted on human remains found at the crime scene “produced crucial results,” Mr. Brammertz said, about a man whom investigators believe carried out the bombing. The report in September said a tooth found at the scene, and linked to more than 30 other pieces of human remains from an unknown individual, has been identified as belonging to a man in his early 20s. The tooth has a distinguishing mark on its surface, which investigators have concluded is rarely seen among the Lebanese.The latest report says the Commission has also received “other information concerning geographical origin, which it is unable to disclose at this time” and adds that the forensic process will continue.
TSX closes lower as worries grow about duration of U.S. government shutdown by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2013 8:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Wednesday amid rising concerns that a partial U.S. government shutdown in its second day will last longer than thought and impact negotiations over raising the U.S. government’s debt ceiling in mid-October.The S&P/TSX composite index was well off session lows, coming back from a 57-point deficit to finish 8.44 points lower at 12,839. Losses were partially limited by gains in the gold sector as bullion’s attraction as safe haven investment pushed prices higher.The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar was off the worst levels of the day, closing down 0.06 of a cent at 96.79 cents US as prices for copper and oil also advanced.Republicans in the House of Representatives are insisting that Democrats negotiate over the new U.S. health-care law as part of the funding deadlock. Senate Democrats insist that Republicans pass a straightforward temporary funding bill with no strings attached.Disappointing job creation data also pressured U.S. indexes as the Dow Jones industrials fell 58.56 points to 15,133.14, the Nasdaq lost 2.96 points to 3,815.02 and the S&P 500 index shed 1.13 points to 1,693.87.Payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector created 166,000 jobs last month, lower than the 178,000 that had been expected. It also revised lower its job creation figures for the previous two months.That’s likely all the jobs data that traders will get this week as one of the spinoff effects of the shutdown is an absence of government data that usually moves markets. The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday it won’t be issuing its employment report for September on Friday.Market reaction to the shutdown had been relatively muted on hopes that economic damage from the budgetary impasse wouldn’t be too severe as long as it didn’t last too long.But there is growing dismay that the standoff on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing with some lawmakers in both parties suggesting the shutdown might last for weeks.“(Traders) are nervous,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at ScotiaMcLeod.“And as long as they’re nervous they’re not going to do anything and we’re going to have a lot more red than black.”Adding to the grim mood is a deadline of Oct. 17 when the U.S. hits its debt limit and starts to run out of money to pay bills.The last time there was an impasse over the borrowing limit, in August 2011, it led to a downgrade of the United States’ credit rating by Standard & Poor’s and a plunge in the stock market.The energy sector led decliners down, 0.75 per cent while the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange erased early losses to jump $2.06 to US$104.10 a barrel.Prices accelerated after three days of declines amid a report that the southern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline will be finished this month. Bloomberg News cited an interview with Les Cherwenuk, project director for TransCanada, who said completion of that portion of the pipeline would bring oil from the delivery hub in Cushing, Okla., down to the Gulf Coast, reducing reduce high storage levels. TransCanada (TSX:TRP) shares slipped a penny to C$45.19.Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) declined 50 cents to C$30.31.The telecom sector fell 0.64 per cent with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) off 44 cents to $43.91.The financials sector was also a weight, down 0.44 per cent as Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) gave back 27 cents to $32.85.The gold sector rose about 0.84 per cent and December bullion gained $34.60 to US$1,320.70 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) advanced 42 cents to C$19.02.The base metals sector turned positive, up 0.73 per cent with December copper up four cents to US$3.32 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained 47 cents to C$27.88.Elsewhere, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) (Nasdaq:BBRY) shares were up eight cents at $8.27 on the TSX, recovering from early losses of more than four per cent amid reports that U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital aims to sign a confidentiality agreement to access the smartphone maker’s books. The move wouldn’t guarantee Cerberus would actually make an offer for the company.Earlier, the Globe and Mail reported that BlackBerry is looking at tapping the value of its extensive real estate holdings in the Waterloo, Ont.,-area to raise cash. It said that BlackBerry has asked for ideas to generate the largest possible return from its real estate in as little time as possible, through a confidential process begun last week.
Welcoming the announcement in a statement issued from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, and Martin Kobler, Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, were joined by a host of other diplomats, including Boubacar Diarra, African Union Special Representative for the Great Lakes, Russell Feingold, United States Special Envoy for the region and the DRC, and Koen Vervaeke, European Union Senior Coordinator to the region. The envoys also welcomed the commitment of the Congolese Government to end combat and complete steps agreed to as part of the Kampala Dialogue. The envoys commended Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Defense Minister, Crispus Kiyonga, for their “patient and determined leadership” in facilitating the Dialogue.“The Envoys urge both parties to conclude the political process by signing a principled agreement that ensures the timely disarmament and demobilization of the M23 and accountability for perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the statement said, adding that the officials also welcomed the reestablishment of State authority by the Congolese Government in areas previously held by the M23. While the envoys noted that the end of the M23 rebellion represents an important step in ensuring sustainable peace in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes region, they stressed that “this is only one step towards addressing the persistent conflict and instability, and to ensure an end to all illegitimate armed actors in the DRC, including the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda).”The envoys went on to urge all signatories of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Great Lakes and the DRC to recommit to ensuring the implementation of the accord, including by advancing a political dialogue between key countries in the region. Today’s announcement comes in the wake of fresh clashes between Government troops (FARDC) and M23 fighters in and around flashpoint towns in the eastern DRC. The UN mission (MONUSCO), which has been supporting the Government’s operations, has been on “high alert” since the violence began to escalate; its helicopters were fired upon twice during the past two weeks and, since late September, three peacekeepers have been killed in the line of duty. The Kampala talks stalled as the fighting intensified.The M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – along with other armed groups, has clashed repeatedly with the FARDC. In the past year, the fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid. Earlier today, the UN refugee agency reported some 10,000 people had been forced to flee to Uganda after fresh fighting in the region. At various times, UN officials have also deplored the activities of other armed groups in the region, including Mayi Mayi, the FDLR, the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks As of 30 September, the average waiting time to receive a carer’s allowance was about nine months. File photo Image: RollingNews.ie Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 6:00 AM File photo 30 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3051730 Image: RollingNews.ie THE CURRENT AVERAGE waiting time for various social welfare payments varies widely.As of 30 September, the average waiting time to receive a carer’s allowance was 40 weeks overall or 14 weeks for fresh claims.Meanwhile, people had to wait just one week for other payments such as jobseeker’s benefit, illness benefit or a widow or widower’s contributory pension.The figures were released to Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe by the Department of Social Protection under a Freedom of Information request.Here’s a breakdown of some of the other average waiting times:State Pension Non-Contributory (fresh claims): 15 weeksState Pension Non-Contributory (overall): 27 weeksJobseeker’s Allowance: two weeksOne-Parent Family Payment: six weeksDisability Allowance (fresh claims): 13 weeksDisability Allowance (overall): 19 weeksInvalidity pension (fresh claims): 11 weeksInvalidity pension (overall): 21 weeksChild Benefit (domestic): three weeksChild Benefit (EU regulation): 28 weeksFree Travel: two weeksA spokesperson previously told TheJournal.ie the department “always aims to ensure that claims are processed as quickly as possible”, noting: “This is possible in most cases and each scheme area is continuously monitored.Processing times can vary across schemes, depending on the differing qualification criteria. Some schemes require a high level of documentary evidence from the customer, particularly illness-related schemes, and can take longer to process. Similarly, means-tested payments require more detailed investigation and interaction with the applicant, lengthening the decision making process.The spokesperson added that delays can also arise “when the application form is not completed fully or supporting documentation is not provided”.Read: ‘Completely unacceptable’: 21-week wait for carer’s allowance claims to be processed Short URL 30,735 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Nov 1st 2016, 6:00 AM Share226 Tweet Email1
Médicament : le somnifère Noctran devrait être retiré du marchéSelon l’avis d’une commission de l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) rendu public vendredi, le Noctran devrait faire l’objet d’un retrait du marché. Ce somnifère serait susceptible de causer des troubles neurologiques et psychiatriques.La commission d’autorisation de mise sur le marché de l’Afssaps s’est réunie jeudi pour reconsidérer “le bénéfice-risque de ce médicament, le Noctran, et a voté contre son maintien sur le marché”, rapporte LeMonde.fr.Commercialisé uniquement en France depuis 1988, ce somnifère fait partie de la liste des 77 médicaments faisant l’objet d’une surveillance renforcée de l’Afsapps. Une liste faisant déjà état d’une “proposition de retrait”.”En dehors des surdosages volontaires, les effets indésirables graves le plus souvent notifiés avec Noctran sont des effets neurologiques et psychiatriques, en majorité confusion mentale, somnolence, syndrome parkinsonien”, selon la commission, qui évoque également “des chutes”. Elle recommande alors “d’informer les prescripteurs, les pharmaciens et les patients sur les modalités d’arrêt progressif du traitement” en raison de problème de “sevrage”, ainsi que sur les possibilités de le remplacer. Une décision finale sera rendue par le directeur général de l’Afssaps à l’issue de la procédure contradictoire avec le laboratoire, Menarini France, qui est l’actuel titulaire de l’autorisation de mise sur le marché du Noctran.Le 7 mars 2011 à 17:44 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target As a handicapped person, I need to do things differently from most folks. Though I have to take my disability into account with almost everything I do, gaming has never been an obstacle. I can pick up and use a controller like anyone else. However, this isn’t true for other disabled people. For some of us, playing with a standard controller is either uncomfortable or impossible.For years, independent companies like AbleGamers have provided controllers for gamers with disabilities. Now, Microsoft is set to release the Xbox Adaptive Controller this fall. At $100, it is a controller that nearly any handicapped person can afford. It is exactly what many in the disabled community have asked for.One of the people who helped with the development of the controller is AbleGamer’s Steven Spohn. After reading our piece on the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Steven reached out to me to talk more about the controller and AbleGamer’s involvement with it. Being aware of the work AbleGamers has done in the disabled community, I didn’t hesitate to speak with Steven about the controller.During this interview, Steven and I discussed how the Xbox Adaptive Controller came to life, how it differs from similar controllers released in the past, the unique challenges the team faced during development, and whether or not PlayStation or Nintendo will make similar devices for disabled gamers.How did you get involved with the development of the controller? Did AbleGamers reach out to Microsoft or did they come to you?We’ve had the pleasure of working with Bryce Johnson — who had been on the Microsoft Accessibility team for quite a while — about the Elite controller and all the things that had been coming out with that and what was going to be in the future and all that jazz. It was really pretty fun for us.Bryce had been one of the biggest accessibility champions I had met internally on a team. What happened was they did the “hackathon” with their Microsoft employees and they came up with some rough outlines on what a controller might look like if you were designing for someone with a disability. Bryce was like “Well, have you guys heard about this Adroit?” and they asked, “What’s that?” He explained that the Adroit is this controller that you can plug switches into and it would act as an Xbox controller and it was from AbleGamers.The team was super excited to hear that there was something already out there that was doing generally what they were aiming to do. They had the hackathon controller, they had what AbleGamers does, so it was a matter of making things bigger and better and more awesome for the community.So Bryce started bringing us in. Myself and Craig Kaufman spent many, many hours on the phone with Xbox and the Xbox team in order to figure out exactly what it is that the community needed.Folks have created DIY controllers for gamers with disabilities for years. Why do you think it took so long for a major company like Microsoft to make an official controller of this kind?I try not to say “first time ever” because it’s kind of disrespectful to the people who had been doing it before. It’s not even the first mass market, because that was Evil Controllers with the Adroit for AbleGamers. The competitor to the Adroit was $1200, which is ridiculous for a controller.What Xbox really did by putting it through their mass manufacturing machines was be able to bring the price point down. Having it be $100 is just off the chain. I am so happy about that because not only will people be able to afford it, but it’s going to be easier for people in situations like AbleGamers to give out grants. That’s a 75% cost reduction just on the one piece of machinery.Since a lot of these controllers are custom-made, the price always varies. It’s good that this one is only $100. That’s very affordable.It is, and that’s always what made me mad about the Adroit. It costs $395 to make and they charge $399. They only made a couple of bucks to try to recoup some of the costs they put into R&D. Even at that, it’s still a lot of money. What do you do when you’re already at the floor?You’re not making much of a profit on that.It was never about the profit for Evil Controllers or AbleGamers. It was all about getting it to the community. But it was frustrating for us because, you know, when you’re on an SSI budget, $400 is still up there. Although AbleGamers is always happy to give out the controllers, we have this huge backlog because there are so many people that want help. It’s hard. That’s another thing that makes this Xbox Adaptive Controller so great. People can go to a Microsoft Store coming this fall and just buy one. You don’t have to wait for us just to be able to get somebody to grab the soldering iron to put it together. You don’t have to wait for us to get through a hundred other people to get to your case.What do you think is the controller’s defining feature? What makes it so great for people with disabilities?On the whole, it is the fact it is so versatile. For me personally, I take the switches, and I lay it out like a keyboard in front of me, but we have so many different case studies. We have people who will put them on their headrest, or the arm on their wheelchair, or they will velcro them to a pillow, or they will duct tape them double-sided to an over-the-bed tray table. Sort of high-tech meets low-tech, this middle ground where we’re just combining our efforts to figure out exactly where it is.I know that you have your things and I have my things. Everybody does. In situations where you need a little bit of help here and a little bit of help there. The difference between a switch being fixated on one point on a piece of plastic versus being able to put it wherever you want in front of you can mean the difference between playing or not.I really love the fact it’s so versatile and I love that it reminds me of the old NES controllers. It was just two buttons and a d-pad — back to the good old days where it wasn’t like a 5-alarm controller you had to figure out a whole lot. This isn’t a feature. It’s just cosmetic. That’s not really important, but for me personally, I love that it looks like just a standard controller. People are already starting to design skins for it and they’re going to start painting them at the pro shops. I like that it’s just another controller. People are going to say “hey dude, can you hand me my controller?” instead of “hold on, let me set up my rig.”It definitely makes things a lot easier for people like us.Yeah. In the disability world, a lot of the controllers we deal with look like crap. They’re not designed to look pretty, they’re designed to function. People say: “Oh, it’s medical anyway so who cares?” Well, no. The person using it cares.How did you get in contact with the people who helped test the controller? Did you reach out to them or did they find you?It was a combination. Xbox asked us for a list of people that we recommended, the top of the top. We gave them names that we trusted, names that have helped us before. People like Geeky Gimp (Erin Hawley), people we trust with good opinions. We were able to get a bunch of people in different levels for the feedback. Some of the people on our list have had the controller for a year. I’ve been working with prototypes for three years. It was a matter of what they were able to bring to the table.Some of the feedback we got from the community was phenomenal, just little upgrades here and there that might not have been thought of either. We were pushing for the ability to have a toggle switch to do different profiles. They were accepting of that, but it wasn’t considered a top priority until feedback from the community started rolling in saying it would be great if we could flip a switch and it would be different buttons as opposed to having to reprogram over and over.My favorite prototype story happened when we first started getting involved with them (after having to sign a million and one NDAs). We got on the first video call, the lawyers on the Xbox side were still not totally sure that we were going to keep it a secret. They wouldn’t let them show us the actual first prototype version of what it looked like. They had to grab a legal pad and they drew what the controller looked like on the piece of paper and then showed us the piece of paper. Because that was legal. They were allowed to show us paper, not the physical thing.That’s nuts!It’s one of those stories that at the time was just frustrating. Now… I can’t believe we got through that. That’s so crazy.What unique challenges did the team have to overcome when developing the controller? Every person is different, so I imagine creating a controller that accounts for various disabilities wasn’t easy.That was one of the things that was important to me. It was about helping people who have extremely limited abilities use their physical prowess. The controller needed to have light-touch and the ability to use 19 switches. No one in a situation where you need an XAC, or an Adroit would ever use 19 switches. We don’t have that many muscles. But you want to have the ability there just in case. You never know.So it was important to have all the buttons available, it was important to have the profiles. For me personally, it was having the thought process in mind that this was not a controller that someone who would enjoy a standard controller could ever use. Someone who is fully able-bodied, they’re not going to be interested in using this controller for everyday gaming. It is specifically designed for people with disabilities.I think sometimes the mass market hype is really what trips it up. Whenever you’re trying to work with a company to design a controller, they want to make sure that anyone can use their product, not just people with disabilities. The thing is, most controllers are designed for able-bodied people, so what’s wrong with designing a controller for people who aren’t able-bodied? “For us, by us.” I was proud that the Xbox team really took that to heart. They really understood that the goal here was to help a certain group of gamers and we needed to focus on them. If other gamers found something useful out of it, great. If they don’t, well, there’s an Elite controller and there are other controllers for them.99% of controllers out there are for them.ExactlyHow does the controller work for you personally? What does it allow you to do more than any other controller can?It’s about removing the adaptations. When I plug in the XAC to the Xbox One it just works. I can plug the quad-stick in, and it just works. For me, having attendants who are not always technologically savvy, having the ability to just tell them “plug that into that” makes it so much easier to play. You don’t have the headache of trying to explain, “I need you to plug the adapter in there and if it flashes zero-zero then that means you have to unplug the controller, take one of the batteries out, plug it back in, wait till it flashes zero-one, and then after that you reset the controller, then you add the adapter….” It’s like, what?Having that simplicity really is what thrilled me. Having that ability to make things work together and play nice is phenomenal. We have all these technologies like the quad-stick and the light-touch switches that are important for these setups, but they don’t always necessarily want to play well together so you need adapters to trick it into thinking it’s an Xbox 360 controller or it’s a PlayStation controller. With this, you don’t have to do any of that. You just plug it in and go. It removes frustration for somebody who can’t physically get up and do it themselves. It’s a problem you’re probably familiar with; when you know how to do something and you’re trying to describe it to someone else. You wish you could get up and go do it.Do you think other major companies like Nintendo and Sony will make similar controllers now?My thought is that the people who are behind all of these controllers are getting together and they’re speaking. Whether they’re from the same company or not. They care about the disability community, and they want to see these things push forward. I think you’re going to see some inter-company support because this is just an area that the big corporations are finally seeing does need support. We have rung the bell loud enough and finally, we’re getting responses. So I think you’re going to see that.I would love to sit here and tell you that they’re all going to make things. I think PlayStation will jump on-board, I think you’ll see manufactures jumping on-board. In 20 to 30 years, I think we’ll see Nintendo come around to thinking about it. Unfortunately, they are super uncooperative. But, that’s on them. Hopefully, they will realize that the market for people with disabilities is real and viable and they need to get on-board.Is there anything else you’d like for people to know about what went into the development of the controller?I think it’s important that people realize the price point is very important. I’ve seen a lot of negative feedback, especially on Twitter. Some of them are trolls, some of them are just misinformed people. They ask us why the controller is needed and why anyone would care. They say it’s too expensive and no one is going to be able to afford it. Some say things like “oh well, you did this, but you can’t even get your games to be friendly with people with disabilities.”Those are all valid things. Life is more expensive for us. We’re sort of used to it. I’m not saying that’s okay, I’m certainly not. I hope things continue to normalize as far as price point goes. But we’re used to things being more expensive, because we need more stuff. We need higher-end technologies and that’s always going to be more expensive. But this is helping. This is pushing it that way. Sure, maybe someone on SSI will not be able to afford the $100 controller plus ten switches, plus a quad-stick. Well, that’s what AbleGamers is around for; to be able to help financially. If you don’t want to go through a charity then you save up for it. You can save $50 a month for the next year and then you get it. This is a lot better than having to save up $1200.I understand where this negativity comes from. People think we should be able to give it out for $5, but that’s just not reality. That’s not the way these things go. I’m just happy we’re making progress and that we’re going to continue to make more peripherals and controllers. I can’t speak for Xbox, but hopefully they’ll continue working with AbleGamers and the disability community and putting out new and wonderful inventions. I know we [AbleGamers] will.Lastly, where can people go to find out more about the work AbleGamers does?You can check out AbleGamers on the web over at AbleGamer.org or on Twitter and Facebook. We’re AbleGamers everywhere. MySpace, GeoCities, your local YMCA, whatever [laughs]. You can check out our take on the Xbox Adaptive Controller on the website right now. There’s an article we’ve got up about remembering how we started with the Adroit and how it sort of evolved into what it is today.For us, having been fighting for 15 years to get the industry to notice us and coming around to supporting this community that we love and we bleed for… it’s been a dream. That’s not me selling Xbox, “I love all platforms equally.” I’m glad that they are the first ones to come around. I can’t wait for PlayStation to follow suit and I hope Nintendo eventually gets on-board. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s next in this space. Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseYes, Your Xbox Was Spying on You Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Tailored chemistry links nanoparticles in stable monolayers Research groups from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster led by Professors Harald Fuchs and Frank Glorius, used scanning-tunneling microscopy analyses combined with first principles calculations of representative NHC monolayers on gold surfaces to determine how the monolayers can be both chemically robust and highly mobile. They found that the NHC bound to gold forms an adatom that then traverses the gold surface in a ballbot-type motion. Their report appeared in a recent issue of Nature Chemistry.NHCs form a particularly strong bond with gold because of the sp2 hybridized lone pair of electrons on the carbon atom (See figure of NHCs above). Studies have shown that NHCs can be used to form particularly stable self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold surfaces and can even be modified after formation of the monolayer, but these studies are difficult to compare with each other because they do not have similar R groups.The nitrogen-substituted R groups play a significant role in the behavior of the NHCs. Bulky R groups prohibit dimerization but may affect the stability of monolayer formation. Also because the nitrogen atoms are part of an aromatic ring, they serve as electron donors to the substituents. The type of substituent affects the electronics of the molecule.In this study, Wang et al. used three different NHCs that were synthesized in the Glorius group, each of which had R groups that had previously been studied and represented a range of steric and electronic properties. These groups include IMes which has 2,4,6 trimethyl phenyl rings as the N-substituents; IPr which has 2,6-diisopropylphenyl substituents; and IMe which just has methyl groups as the N-substituents. Play Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2016) doi:10.1038/nchem.2622 Beginning with carboxylate versions of IMes, IPr, and IMe, they deposited the NHCs onto the gold surfaces via ultrahigh vacuum vapor deposition. XPS confirmed that the NHC, not the carboxylate version, was bound to the gold surface. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) showed that IPr and IMe made neat, controlled surfaces, while IMes molecules were less ordered. Citation: Self-assembled monolayers of NHCs on gold have ballbot-type motion (2016, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-self-assembled-monolayers-nhcs-gold-ballbot-type.html Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—Self-assembled monolayers are molecules anchored to a surface. These molecules have been used to advance the fields of molecular sensors and electronics. Monolayers on gold surfaces are typically anchored by a thiol. One alternative to thiols are N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). First isolated in 1991, NHCs have proved an important molecule for practical uses because it can serve as a ligand for transition metals as well as some main group elements. NHCs have also been used for organocatalysis, cross-coupling reactions, and pharmaceuticals. 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. Explore further © 2016 Phys.org , Nature Chemistry a, Schematic illustration of the procedure used to install NHCs on gold by physical vapour deposition. b, The investigated NHCs. c, The STM image (V = −2.2 V, I = 34 pA) shows IMes directly bonded to a Au(111) surface. d, The STM image (V = 2.73 V, I = 25 pA) of IPr on Au(111) shows a highly ordered and dense hexagonally packed full monolayer. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2016) doi:10.1038/nchem.2622 At various surface coverage densities, the IPr surface would form islands that broke apart and recombined. This indicated that the surface was mobile, but there was no change to morphology of the gold surface. Despite this mobility, the bond between the NHC and the gold surface proved to be highly stable at high temperatures.This behavior may be explained by the formation of adatoms, or the interaction of one NHC molecule with one gold atom. This adatom then moves around the surface as one entity, which the authors liken to ballbot movement. They confirmed this structure by looking at the height of the IPr monolayers.DFT calculations helped to explain how exactly these adatoms formed and moved. IPr and IMe likely bound to a gold atom that was pulled from the surface. Simultaneously, a gold atom from the second layer moves into the vacant hole. The gold atom that was pulled from the surface was bound irreversibly to the NHC to form an adatom that then readily moved across the surface. Additional free energy calculations looked at the effects of bulky R groups, specifically comparing IPr with IMes. Wang et al. found that the pi interactions between the phenyl rings and the surface play a role in adatom formation and mobility. They reasoned that there is a balance between steric hindrance, as with IPr, and pi interactions, as displayed with IMes. And, indeed, the non-bulky IMe compound, which was more mobile than IPr and IMes, was able to form dimeric and trimeric complexes with one gold atom.This study provides important insights into how NHC-Au monolayers form and behave. They seem to form a stronger bond than thiols with gold, but they also display mobility that is influence by the identity of the nitrogen substituents. The NHCs that tend to have weaker pi interacts with the gold surface readily forming adatoms that then move across the surface like a ballbot. More information: Gaoqiang Wang et al, Ballbot-type motion of N-heterocyclic carbenes on gold surfaces, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.2622AbstractRecently, N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) were introduced as alternative anchors for surface modifications and so offered many attractive features, which might render them superior to thiol-based systems. However, little effort has been made to investigate the self-organization process of NHCs on surfaces, an important aspect for the formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), which requires molecular mobility. Based on investigations with scanning tunnelling microscopy and first-principles calculations, we provide an understanding of the microscopic mechanism behind the high mobility observed for NHCs. These NHCs extract a gold atom from the surface, which leads to the formation of an NHC–gold adatom complex that displays a high surface mobility by a ballbot-type motion. Together with their high desorption barrier this enables the formation of ordered and strongly bound SAMs. In addition, this mechanism allows a complementary surface-assisted synthesis of dimeric and hitherto unknown trimeric NHC gold complexes on the surface.
Register Now » Goodhatch, a Los Angeles-based design-driven incubator that develops new products, brands and businesses, was struggling to manage its supply chain. The six-person staff was overseeing the development of roughly 25 products made in overseas factories for retail clients such as Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy, which included keeping track of and communicating notes and design changes from all parties.”Our overarching philosophy is to deliver the best to the most for the least,” says Goodhatch co-founder Matthew Paprocki. “But the problem was keeping track of it all. It’s a lot of work for not a lot of people.”Matthew Paprocki, co-founder of GoodhatchPhotos courtesy of GoodhatchThe Fix”We’d started using a desktop app called Skitch as a way to easily mark up PC screenshots,” Paprocki says.His firm found Skitch (owned by the Redwood City, Calif.-based company behind popular organizing app Evernote) useful as a way to track the evolution of product details in images. The app allowed them to make annotations and quick sketches directly on product images so that everyone could see and easily understand proposed changes, without having to open a sophisticated–and slow–editing tool such as Photoshop or Illustrator.But the real improvements came when Goodhatch started using Skitch’s no-cost mobile app. Suddenly, Paprocki had a frictionless system that let his team track notes and changes to products on their smartphones in real time.The ResultsPaprocki says the Skitch mobile app shaves roughly 70 percent off the time Goodhatch previously needed to create and share annotated images and notes using Photoshop. And sending and receiving those visual files reduces the time it takes to interpret text-based feedback–and makes it easier to understand. More important, he adds, “there has also been a clear net gain in the fidelity of the communications about a product. What I mean is, what is the cost of somebody misunderstanding a change? That could be massive.”A Second OpinionFree tools like Skitch can be fun and easy to use, but getting numerous people on board may be difficult, says Marco Perry, principal at Pensa, a Brooklyn-based product design and invention firm whose clients include Panasonic and PepsiCo.”The challenge of getting a large team behind one idea is that teams are made of members from different generations,” Perry says. “Skitch, in itself, is very nice and seamless and works for Goodhatch’s small staff. But every time I try to get a larger team to adopt an app like it as a collaboration platform, it often doesn’t pan out if the whole team doesn’t buy in.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read July 6, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story appears in the July 2014 issue of . Subscribe »
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Bosveld Butchery Braai Day Bash has already kicked off at San Marco Centre, with people streaming into the parking area at the centre.The DJ is ‘cranking’ up his tunes, the little ones are having their hair sprayed different colours, and Mike’s Pet Shop is thrilling people with a variety of “scary serpents” on display. Later on, there will be a snake show.A marquee has been erected, and stalls have been set up…So what are you waiting for? Come on over to San Marco Centre and be part of all the fun!
More sun destinations this summer via CDG with Air France Share Friday, January 18, 2019 Posted by ROISSY — Air France’s eight additional gateways available from Paris CDG this summer include new destinations for the carrier in Greece, Italy and Croatia.Four new medium-haul destinations for the 2019 summer season are Heraklion (Crete, Greece), Palermo (Sicily, Italy), Olbia (Sardinia, Italy) and Split (Croatia).Plus, four destinations in continuation of Air France’s 2018 summer season are Bari (Italy), Cagliari (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Ibiza (Spain).Air France’s first time flights to Heraklion, Palermo, Olbia and Split will start in mid-July and run until Sept. 1.Meanwhile Air France is extending and intensifying the frequency of its flights to Cagliari, Dubrovnik, Ibiza and Bari from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, already operated in 2018. In addition, these four destinations will be served every weekend during the 2019 summer season.Air France notes that the Olbia and Cagliari flights will be operated by HOP! Air France. Travelweek Group Tags: Air France, Croatia, Greece, Italy, New Routes, Paris CDG << Previous PostNext Post >>
No related posts. The first 28 days of October mark the nation’s seventh annual Festival of National Theater, or theEncuentro Nacional de Teatro. This year’s festival also overlaps with the Central American Showcase.Founded in 2005 by a group of people from different theater institutions, the Encuentro Nacional de Teatro seeks to promote theater in Costa Rica through screening performances from different national theater groups and providing theater workshops at both the professional and amateur level.This year’s event will feature national performances, workshops and discussions in the city’s main theaters, Melico Salazar, Teatro La Aduana and Teatro 1887 del CENAC. As part of the Central American Showcase, there will also be shows from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panamá. Facebook Comments
Home Prices S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-02-25 Tory Barringer Share Many of the nation’s major metros reported slowdowns—and even retreats—in home prices last quarter, but those weren’t enough to keep 2013 from being the strongest year for house prices in nearly a decade.S&P Dow Jones Indices released Tuesday its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for December, showing national prices up 11.3 percent as of year-end, a slight pickup over the previous quarter’s annual improvement of 11.2 percent. The national index covers all nine U.S. census divisions.While prices were strong in Q4 compared to the previous year, they were down relative to Q3, dropping 0.3 percent.“The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index ended its best year since 2005,” said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “However, gains are slowing from month-to-month and the strongest part of the recovery in home values may be over.”Blitzer also pointed out there are other factors to consider when looking at the big picture.“Recent economic reports suggest a bleaker picture for housing,” he said, citing weak numbers in existing-home sales and new construction. “Some of the weakness reflects the cold weather in much of the country. However, higher home prices and mortgage rates are taking a toll on affordability.”For just December, the smaller 10- and 20-city composites were little changed, with only the 20-city index showing a minor decline.Year-over-year, the 10- and 20-city indices posted gains of 13.6 percent and 13.4 percent, respectively, approximately 30 basis points lower than their November increases.As of December, average home prices across the United States were back to mid-2004 levels, remaining down about 20 percent from their peaks in summer of 2006.A few cities stood out in the most recent report. According to Dow Jones Indices, Chicago posted its highest annual return since December 1988, while Dallas posted climbed to another new peak with its largest annual gain since its inception in 2000.Denver, which set an all-time high as recently as last September, reported a 0.1 percent monthly drop in home prices, bringing it down 0.7 percent from its peak. Phoenix, coming off of more than two years of consecutive monthly gains, posted a 0.3 percent price drop, its largest since March 2011.Year-over-year, all 20 cities tracked showed positive growth. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco all posted improvements of more than 20 percent, though they also showed lower annual rates compared to November.At the same time, most of the cities ranked at the bottom in terms of annual growth—including Denver, Washington, D.C., and New York—experienced acceleration in home prices. February 25, 2014 407 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Home Prices See Greatest Yearly Gain Since 2005
Go back to the enewsletterLATAM Airlines Group has unveiled plans to operate three non-stop flights per week from Santiago to Sydney by the end of 2019. More details – the start date, itinerary and ticket availability – will be communicated in the coming weeks.LATAM currently operates a daily flight to Sydney from Santiago with a lay-over in Auckland, New Zealand, and has offered a non-stop service between Santiago and Melbourne since October 2017. Both flights are operated by state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.LATAM Airlines Group Boeing 787 Business Class“This non-stop Santiago-Sydney flight will further improve the connectivity we offer between South America and Australia. In recent years we have expanded our services significantly and today we offer unrivalled choice for passengers on both sides of the Pacific,” said Roberto Alvo, Chief Commercial Officer, LATAM Airlines Group.“More Australians than ever are visiting South America, wanting to discover the many unique destinations of the region and we have seen equally strong demand from passengers travelling in the other direction, forging ever greater tourism and business links.”LATAM has also signed a new codeshare partnership with China Eastern, effective 10 April, offering onward connections from Sydney to Shanghai (Pu Dong airport), Beijing (Hangzhou and Nanjing airports), Kunming and Wuhan in China. It will also codeshare on flights from Melbourne and Auckland to Shanghai/Pu Dong.Go back to the enewsletter