Man dies after swallowing liquid in alleged suicide attempt in front of

first_imgQUEBEC – The man who swallowed liquid in front of a judge who had just sentenced him to jail on child porn charges died in hospital, police confirmed Thursday.Former college chemistry teacher Nicolas Boudreau swallowed an unidentified liquid substance Wednesday morning right after Quebec Court judge Christian Boulet sentenced him to six months in jail.Courtroom constables tried to revive the man while they waited for an ambulance.Quebec City police said the 52-year-old died after he was transported to hospital.Laboratory tests will help determine the nature of the substance he swallowed.Boudreau was arrested in March 2013 during a police raid.Thousand of photos and videos of child pornography were allegedly found at his home.He was fired from the college where he taught chemistry after his April 2016 conviction.Boudreau’s arrest came as a result of a 2011 police operation regarding Toronto-based Azov Films where his name was allegedly found on a list of clients.last_img read more

Mark Wahlberg And 3 Doors Down Team Up For Benefit Concert

first_imgGNC Holdings, Inc., the nation’s largest specialty retailer of health, wellness and sports nutrition products, and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg have announced that they are hosting a benefit concert in celebration of MARKED, a new line of performance nutrition products they developed in partnership.Rock band 3 Doors Down will headline the one-time only concert taking place in Pittsburgh, Pa on Thursday, September 20th at Stage AE. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to support the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for inner city youth, and the Pressley Ridge Foundation, which offers programs for troubled and developmentally challenged children.“MARKED is more than just a line of products. It’s a brand that is built on the principle that everyone should enjoy a healthy and supportive lifestyle,” said Mark Wahlberg. “Currently, a portion of all sales of MARKED products are donated to my Foundation, so this concert only emphasizes our dedication to supporting the health and wellness of the next generation.”The MARKED line – consisting of seven sports and active nutrition products – provides the ultimate performance nutrition for anyone who wants to achieve their health and fitness goals. Every MARKED product has been rigorously tested for banned substances by HFLSports Science, a world-class sports anti-doping lab, and based on cutting edge nutritional science using only the highest quality ingredients.“Working with Mark Wahlberg and 3 Doors Down to raise money for two great organizations is a testament to our commitment to help people of all ages ‘live well,’” said Joe Fortunato, GNC President and CEO. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this unique opportunity for our consumers to ‘Get MARKED’ with Mark Wahlberg and 3 Doors Down this September.”In addition, ahead of the concert, on September 20th, Mark Wahlberg will participate in a webcast on MarkedNutrition.com with Men’s Fitness Editor-in-Chief Michael De Medeiros to discuss the MARKED line and answer questions directly from fans. More details about how to join will be available at the website in September. GNC is also deploying street teams around Pittsburgh that same day to present exclusive product offers and help inspire consumers to “Get MARKED.”“Mark has personally motivated me to get back on a healthy workout program and it’s clear he takes ‘living’ well very seriously. Thanks to his inspiration and guidance, I’m exercising regularly and have already lost 50lbs.” said Tom Dowd, EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer and General Manager.Tickets for the MARKED benefit concert can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information visit StageAE.com.last_img read more

Wet chilly weekend expected for Saskatchewan

Roads and highways could be treacherous and many farmers face further delays to harvest with cooler temperatures expected to linger for several days in Saskatchewan.Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Natalie Hazell said a pair of low-pressure systems will bring colder air to the province through the weekend and into the early part of next week.The systems were expected to lead to lower than normal daytime highs, potentially causing some snow to fall.Hazell said a mix of rain and snow is likely, with any snow expected to melt through the day. Overnight lows are expected to stay at or below freezing through Tuesday in the Saskatoon and Regina areas.“Hopefully the ground is warm enough that this won’t be too much of a big deal. But considering there will be several nights in a row where the temperature is either hovering near 0 C or is well below 0 C, that might be enough to make the very top layer of the ground or the road cold enough to let things freeze,” Hazell said.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Saskatchewan was largely expected to dodge snowfall predicted for parts of Alberta, with the exception of a few areas in the south of the province.Sunnier conditions are expected to return by Tuesday, but Hazell cautioned that below average temperatures are still likely to stick around through next week.Hazell said the chilly weather is a good reminder for people to begin preparing their homes and vehicles for winter. Moisture delays harvest, affects crop qualityContinued cool, wet conditions are unwelcome news for Chris Nielsen, who farms wheat and canola near Turtleford, Sask.He’d typically be nearly done harvest by this time of year, but said weeks of wet weather have meant he’s now only just over a third of the way to getting his crop off.Nielsen said it would likely be three to five days before he could get onto his fields again due to rain in his area. He said he’s confident he’ll eventually finish harvest, but anticipates all the moisture will affect the quality of his crops.“It’s going to get to the point of if we can put it through the combine, we’ll put it through the combine and we’ll spend November and December drying grain.”Nielsen’s experience is typical of what most farmers have been experiencing, according to the most recent provincial crop report.The Ministry of Agriculture reported harvest was 39 per cent complete provincewide, well off the five-year average of 62 per cent for this time of year.Harvest was furthest along in the southwest part of the province, at 58 per cent complete. The east-central region had the least amount of the crop in the bin, with harvest reported at 22 per cent finished.Many farmers around the province are reporting quality concerns, with much of the crop coming in tough and needing to be put in grain dryers or aeration bins.blevy@postmedia.comRelated Record-breaking low temperatures hit central Sask. Sask. farmland prices still a relative bargain Opinion: Sask. at the centre of a world-class ag innovation hub read more

Investors once again flock to the safety of the gold market

first_imgA more subdued start to the 2nd quarter sprang to life in May and June as investors returned to the market against a backdrop of rising inflation, ongoing dollar weakness and heightened financial-market and geopolitical concerns. The price of gold ended Q2 virtually unchanged from its level at the end of the first quarter, at $930.25/oz on the London PM fix, according to World Gold Council’s latest Gold Investment Digest. However, this masked a sharp upturn in the gold price from mid-June onwards, which has continued in early July. Gold remained considerably less volatile in Q2 than other commodities, even other precious metals. “There was a downward correction in the gold price in April but this proved short-lived,” said Natalie Dempster, Investment Research Manager, World Gold Council. “The combination of rising inflation and price expectations, a weakened dollar and increased concerns about systemic risk in the financial sector have all pushed gold higher again.”Gold Investment Digest also noted that sales under the second Central Bank Gold Agreement (CBGA) were on track to be less than 400 t for the second time in three years, well below signatories’ permitted 500 t ceiling, unless a new seller emerges before September.“On the supply-side, stagnating mine production, further substantial producer de-hedging and data showing that sales under the second CBGA are on track to be well below signatories’ permitted 500 t ceiling, also supported the price”, Dempster said. “In effect, a host of factors are contributing to long-term price support for gold.”  Gold Investment Digest is a concise and comprehensive analysis of investment trends and economic indicators that influence investment interest in and the demand for gold.  Highlights from Gold Investment Digest for the first quarter include the following:Investment trends        The gold price ended Q2 virtually unchanged from its level at the end of Q1, at $930.25/oz on the London PM fix.        The gold price was well above its average level in the same quarter a year earlier of $666.84/oz.        The gold price remained considerably less volatile than other commodities, even other precious metals, ending the quarter at 24%.        Inflows into the gold ETFs totalled 22 tonnes in May, before more than doubling in June to 45 t.Key economic indicators        In the US, the non-manufacturing ISM index fell sharply in June to 48.2, from 51.7 in May (a reading below 50 indicates a contraction in economic activity).        US employers shed workers for the sixth consecutive month in June, reducing the number of people employed in the non-farm sector by 62,000, the same number laid off in May.        US, Eurozone and UK CPI rose to 4.2%, 3.7% and 3.3% respectively in May from 3.9%, 3.3% and 3.0% in April.***The following statistics reflect trends established in the Q1, the most recent data available at this time. Comprehensive second quarter supply and demand statistics and analysis will be released by the World Gold Council in mid-August in the Gold Demand Trends report.***Gold market trends        Jewellery demand declined by 21% year-on-year in Q1, but in dollar terms this equated to a rise of 12% to $13.2 billion.        Industrial and dental demand declined by 5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2008 to 110.3 t, primarily in response to the slowing US economy.        Mine production continued to stagnate in Q1, with total gold production worldwide amounting to 593 t, unchanged from the level of a year ago.        The European Central Bank announced on June 30 that it had sold a further 30 t of gold, bringing its total so far in this year of the agreement to 72 t.The Gold Investment Digest can be downloaded at www.gold.org. Users will need to register, which is free of charge. At the same address, users can access a range of investment statistics, which have been completely overhauled to extend the country coverage and make the materials easier to download.last_img read more

Gardaí are concerned for the welfare of a man missing since August

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3059775 Image: Garda Press Office Gardaí are concerned for the welfare of a man missing since August The man, who was a native of Ballybunion, was last seen in the Tralee bypass area on the 22 August 2016. Image: Garda Press Office Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 10:21 PM GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 54-year-old William Mulvihill, missing from the Tralee area since 22 August.William, a native of Ballybunion, was last seen in the Tralee bypass area on the night of Monday 22 August 2016.William is described as being 5’ 3” in height, of medium build with green eyes.He has red receding hair and a thick moustache. When last seen William was wearing a tweed suit jacket, checkered shirt and blue jeans.William’s family and gardaí are concerned for his welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact Listowel garda station on 068 21000, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any garda station.Read: Bodies of two pensioners removed from their Mayo home todayRead: Garda strike still on: GRA say threat won’t be lifted without ‘significant’ progress on pay Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share38 Tweet Email Nov 2nd 2016, 10:21 PM Short URL 14,212 Views last_img read more

Les oiseaux savent repérer quel arbre sera le mieux pourvu en insectes

first_imgLes oiseaux savent repérer quel arbre sera le mieux pourvu en insectesPubliant leur étude dans The American Naturalist, des chercheurs américains ont montré que les mésanges, et probablement d’autres oiseaux, sélectionnent les arbres les plus sains – susceptibles d’abriter d’avantage de chenilles ou d’insectes – comme terrains de chasse.  Des biologistes de l’Université de Californie d’Irvine et de l’Université Wesleyenne de l’Ohio, aidés d’une petite armée d’étudiants, ont observé, au long d’une période de deux ans, les relations proies-prédateurs entre les chenilles et les mésanges, sur des centaines d’arbres des forêts du Connecticut. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ils ont établi que les oiseaux privilégient largement les arbres sains et riches en feuilles et en fruits – tels les cerisiers sauvages – comme terrains de chasse. Sur ces arbres plus nourriciers pour elles mais aussi plus dangereux à fréquenter, les chenilles ont 90% de chances de plus de se faire manger par les volatiles que sur des arbres moins bien pourvus. “L’augmentation de risque est surprenante. Cela signifie que pour les chenilles, passer d’un arbre à l’autre peut déterminer la différence entre la vie et la mort”, a expliqué Kailen Mooney, professeur de biologie évolutive à l’Université de Californie cité par Science Daily.”Notre étude porte sur des questions théoriques fondamentales en matière d’écologie, mais nous voulons aussi que les gestionnaires forestiers et les biologistes de la conservation en tirent des connaissances pratiques”, a déclaré pour sa part Michael Singer, de l’Université Wesleyenne, qui estime que, chez les oiseaux, ce comportement sélectif est probablement appris plutôt qu’instinctif.  Le 28 janvier 2012 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SquareEnix Officially Announces New Tomb Raider Game

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The 11 Best Video Games to Play With Your Significant OtherShadow of the Tomb Raider is Better With Friends center_img Square-Enix ended nearly two year’s worth of rumors today by officially declaring a new Tomb Raider game is in the works. The company failed to disclose many details in their brief statement, but it’s good to know a third installment in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise is actually happening.“Square-Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year,” reads the statement on Twitter. “Honestly, we wish we could share it with you right now, but we’re taking a new approach this time. A new Tomb Raider game is coming. Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won’t be long between the official reveal and when you can play. Our journey will begin with a major event in 2018. We simply can’t wait to take you on Lara Croft’s defining adventure.”Rumors about a third installment in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise began all the way back in 2015. During that year’s Gamescom event, Square-Enix head Phil Rogers hinted at a third game. This was interesting considering the second title, Rise of the Tomb Raider, wasn’t even released yet. After that, the title “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” was leaked during a powerpoint presentation. Whether or not that leak was legitimate is anyone’s guess.Rise of the Tomb Raider was released exclusively on Xbox One in late 2015. The game didn’t do great sales-wise on the platform, but things picked up once it released on PC and PlayStation 4. According to GamesIndustry International, Rise of the Tomb Raider has now sold 7 million copies worldwide. Combine that with the 11 million made by its predecessor and it’s clear why Square-Enix would want to continue developing new games in the series.2018 is a smart time to announce a new Tomb Raider game. After all, the live-action Tomb Raider movie lands in theaters on March 16, 2018. This film is based on the rebooted franchise, so there is certainly nice synergy between the movie and games now. It’s unclear when exactly Square-Enix will hold this “major” event. If the game’s reveal and release date are as close as the tweet suggests, perhaps we may see it in late 2018 or early 2019. Whatever happens, 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Tomb Raider fans.last_img read more

OMAR JABANG ABDUCTED

first_imgMustapha JallowOmar Malleh Jabang, a businessman, was abducted in broad daylight at Abuko Abattoir on Thursday 10 November 2016 by three men in plain clothes, according to eye witnesses.Sources at the Abattoir say the ardent supporter of the Independent Candidate, Dr Isatou Touray was picked up from the Abattoir between 9am and 10am by a white pick up with a numberless number plate. They added that they heard Omar asking them why he was being arrested and he was told that he would be told later; that two of them boarded the pick up with him while the third abductor drove Mr Jabang’s Pajero.According to family sources Omar Jabang’s arrest was preceded by phone calls and tracking of his pajero by a black jeep. Unknown callers purporting to be calling from the PMO had asked him on two occasions to report for work as he was being reinstated to a job he lost some five years ago but that he did not go. However, when he was invited by a caller to the Abuko Abattoir he went and that was the time he was abducted. Family members say that they noticed that as Omar Jabang left his home in Nema Kunku the same black jeep followed him.Family sources added that they received information of his abduction soon after it took place but whenever they called his four phone numbers the phones kept ringing without a response. They expressed concern for his safety and security.They say they have reported the matter to the police at Nema Kunku and Bundung. The police at Nema Kunku have recorded the complaint in their diary while the police at Bundung have referred them to the PRO at the police headquarters in Banjul.last_img read more

Supreme Court rules in favour of employees former spouse in pension divorce

first_imgThe Supreme Court has allowed an appeal from the former spouse of a retired British Coal employee in a case concerning the period of pension scheme membership that should be taken into account upon the division of assets.The Scottish case, McDonald v Newton or McDonald, relates to Mr McDonald, who worked as a miner for British Coal between 11 December 1978 and 10 August 1985. During this time, he contributed to the organisation’s occupational pension scheme. Mr McDonald retired early at the age of 32 due to ill health. In 1985, he stopped contributing to the pension scheme and he began to receive his pension income.Mr McDonald ceased to co-habit with his wife on 25 September 2010. Mrs McDonald then sought a pension sharing order under the The Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985 on the basis that Mr McDonald’s pension forms part of the matrimonial property that would need to be taken into account in arranging financial provision.The case centres around the interpretation of The Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000, which uses the cash equivalent transfer value (CETV) to determine a person’s rights or interests in occupational and personal pension schemes. British Coal has provided a CETV figure of £172,748.38 for the period up to 25 September 2010.Mr McDonald contends that the pension share should reflect the period he was an active member and making contributions to the pension scheme. This would mean the value of the pension benefit that is matrimonial property is £10,002.Mrs McDonald contends that the CETV should refer to the period of Mr McDonald’s entire membership of the scheme up until the time they separated, including his time as both an active member and when he was drawing retirement income. This would make the value of the pension share £138,534.A ruling in December 2013 agreed with Mr McDonald. Mrs McDonald appealed to the Inner House of the Court of Session, but this was dismissed in August 2015. Mrs McDonald then brought her appeal to the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court has allowed Mrs McDonald’s appeal and the case will now be remitted to the sheriff at Edinburgh.The court ruled that the period of membership under the 2000 Regulations refers to the period of the individual’s membership of the pension arrangement, regardless of whether contributions are being made during that period.The court found that the interpretation of membership could not be confined to active membership, particularly as the 2000 Regulations apply to both occupational and personal pension schemes.The court’s interpretation does not necessarily mean that the value of an interest in a pension must be shared equally between the parties.Lord Hodge, one of the judges who ruled in the case, said: “It is clear, and is not disputed, that the 2000 Regulations apply not only to occupational pension schemes but also to personal pension schemes. The definition of ‘active membership’ in section 124(1) of the Pensions Act 1995 applies only to an occupational pension scheme and makes no sense in relation to personal pension schemes.“It is to be assumed that Parliament intended the provisions of the Regulations to operate sensibly in relation to the differing pension schemes and state pension rights.”last_img read more

Indiana teen goes on wishfulfilling Key Largo fishing trip

first_imgKEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a dream come true for a special teen from Indiana who got to go on a fishing trip in the Florida Keys over the weekend.The Kids Wish Network granted this wish-fulfilling holiday to 13-year-old Gregory Stepro, who suffers from a life-threatening condition where copper isn’t eliminated properly and instead accumulates in his organs.The organization flew Stepro and his family to Key Largo for the ultimate deep sea adventure. It even included swimming with dolphins.“It felt really good seeing dolphins,” said the teen.“It’s been really awesome for him. He’s had a good time,” said his mother. “For anybody who has a sick kid, or knows someone who does, or you don’t, donating to a cause like this, it’s well worth it.”Stepro caught a catfish but said he was really out to reel in a shark.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Summit Business Media Completes Executive Team With CFO Hire

first_imgMore on this topic Job Cuts, Restructuring at Ziff Davis Enterprise After Restructuring, ZDE Names CFO Weitzner: ZDE Needs a Name Change Weitzner Lays Out His Plan for Summit Business Media Summit Professional Networks hires new VP of Digital Strategy Brand ConfusionJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered by Adam Marder, most recently the vice president and general manager for sales at EverydayHealth.com, has been named executive vice president and CFO of Summit Business Media. The appointment completes the new executive management team that CEO Steve Weitzner has been putting together since he joined the company in February. The new group effectively replaces the previous executive team—former CTO Dave MacDonald, VP of human resources Kathy Schnieder and CFO Thomas Flynn have all since left the company. Weitzner has a background in technology publishing, formerly an executive at CMP/UBM and then Ziff Davis Enterprise. And he’s been bringing that market’s aggressive digital content development, marketing services and lead-gen sensibilities to Summit. Marder’s experience at EverydayHealth.com was key in winning the CFO spot. “I was looking to strengthen the operational management side of the business with people who had a lot of digital experience—and experience around transforming companies of this type,” says Weitzner. “So everybody that I’ve brought on has had experience in traditional b-to-b, but also at a company that moved aggressively into digital.” Marder, says Weitzner, has experience in setting up digital reporting systems and, importantly, an understanding of digital sales management. “The digital sales process is different,” he explains. “It’s realtime, not set up around a monthly cycle as it is in print. Things happen very quickly, there’s a constant evolution of the product and there’s a lot more going on after the sale with reporting and deliverables.”Also on the executive committee are chief audience officer Peter Westerman, who came to Summit via Ziff Davis Enterprise; chief information officer Brian Magnotta, also from Ziff Davis Enterprise where he was CTO; and senior vice president of human resources Colleen Zelina who most recently held that same title at KnowledgePoint360. Rounding out the team, and on the scene before Weitzner arrived, are John Whelan (EVP and managing director, media division), Jonathan Moore (SVP and managing director, event division) , Rick Kravitz (VP and managing director, professional publishing division) and Jamie E. Green (VP content). last_img read more

Juneau PD Intoxicated driver rams Governors Mansion

first_imgJuneau police arrested a man late Thursday night for driving while intoxicated after finding him and a dog in a vehicle stuck in construction fencing at the Capitol.Download AudioThe Alaska Governor’s Mansion, Aug. 16, 2009. (Creative Commons photo by ~dgies)The Juneau Police Department described what happened in a press release.“Officers responded and arrested 49-year-old Alexander Oliphant of Juneau for driving while intoxicated. He was also later charged with refusal to take a breath test. A dog that was in the vehicle was not injured in the collision and was turned over to animal control.”Police say that Oliphant “volunteered” that he had run into the Governor’s Mansion as well. Video surveillance showed a car ramming the garage door, which was damaged.The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.last_img read more

Demand for release of fee reimbursement

first_imgVikarabad: Demanding immediate release of fee reimbursement, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) presented a memorandum to tahsildar, here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, ABVP district convener P Mahesh said dues of scholarships of about Rs 968 Cr for the academic year 2017-18 have been pending. The state government is showing negligence in releasing an amount of Rs 1842 cr for the academic year 2018-19, he said. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us He said the situation is forcing students from rural and middle classes to give up the education. The leader also demanded that the mid-day meal scheme should be extended to government junior colleges. Social media district convener Madhukar, Srikanth, Srinivas, Raju, Sandeep, Prashant and others were present. Activists of Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad staged a sit-in at Ambedkar Chowk, here on Monday as part of the state-wide protest by the organisation. Demanding immediate release of dues of fee reimbursement, the activists gave slogans against the state government. The district leader of ABVP Uppala Rajesh said the negligence of the government is causing trouble to the students belonging to poor and middle class. Police took the activists to the station to clear the traffic.last_img read more

Full Show Houston Restaurant Weeks And Writer Michael Arceneaux Aug 6 2018

first_img 00:00 /49:39 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listencenter_img On Monday’s Houston Matters: The largest health insurer in Texas is implementing a stricter review process for ER claims today. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ controversial program is starting after it was delayed earlier this year. And a Houston law firm is suing CenterPoint Energy on behalf of a journalist who was electrocuted during Harvey. Attorneys say the utility failed to shut off flooded power lines. We learn more from one of the lead attorneys in the case.Also this hour: Each August is your chance to try all the local eateries you’ve had on your restaurant bucket list during Houston Restaurant Weeks. In this month’s edition of The Full Menu, our local food writers give us a preview of what different restaurants are doing for this annual event, which benefits the Houston Food Bank.Then, writer Michael Arceneaux grew up in Houston black, Catholic and gay. And he’s written a book about coming to terms with his sexual orientation and how his religion often viewed him. It’s called I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé.And from the Astros’ World Series rematch in Los Angeles over the weekend, to Carmelo Anthony inching ever closer to officially joining the Rockets, Jeff Balke updates us on Houston Sports. WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Hilarious Uncharted 4 bug makes Elena the loneliest woman in video games

first_imgThese days, we expect games to release with a number of weird or frustrating bugs. It’s (sadly) become a standard of modern gaming. Even though for the most part, Uncharted 4 is a relatively bug-free experience, that doesn’t mean that it is free of a few random glitches. A video was recently posted on YouTube by user KHCloud that highlights one of the more disturbing bugs we’ve seen in the series.Early in the game, there is a touching scene between protagonist Nathan Drake and his wife Elena. Without giving too much away, it is a scene that shows the bond between a husband and wife who have both survived some of the most outlandish situations people could find themselves in. As humanizing and heartfelt as the scene is, it plays very differently when Nathan drake is rendered invisible.At first, the video is amusing for the simple fact that Elena is conversing with an invisible man who is playing a video game. It is when she starts to embrace and make out with Nathan where things get decidedly creepy. As weird as this all is, it is also fascinating to see Elena’s animations and how her body reacts to something that isn’t there.This same bug has been reported to also happen to a lemur that Nathan interacts with later on in the game. As odd as it is to have Drake talking to an invisible monkey, it is infinitely stranger to see, or rather not see, an invisible Drake swapping spit with his wife.last_img read more

South asian prize longlist out

The longlist for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 was announced on Tuesday. This includes four debut novels and two works of translation from Hindi. The criteria for selection, as K Satchidanandan from the jury panel put it, was: ‘Novelty of theme, the contribution the work makes to the genre of novels and its educative and aesthetic experience.’ The selected works are Alice Albinia’s Leela’s Book, The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam, Rahul Bhattacharya’s The Sly Company of People Who Care, Roopa Farooki’s The Flying Man, Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s Between Clay and Dust, Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif, Jerry Pinto’s Em and the Big Hoom, Uday Prakash’s The Walls of Delhi, The Song Seekers by Saswati Sengupta and Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis among others. read more

Obama Heads to Silicon Valley to Discuss Hacking Threats With CEOs

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read February 13, 2015center_img President Barack Obama will meet with chief executive officers on Friday at a summit in Silicon Valley held by the White House that aims to build support for beefing up cyber security laws in the wake of massive hacks at Target Corp, Sony Corp and Anthem Inc.Obama will make the case that the private sector and government need to do more to share data about cyber threats in a speech before a crowd of more than 1,000 people from corporations as well as privacy and civil liberties advocates.”By getting this right, businesses and people around the world will continue to want to store data with American companies, do business with American retailers, bank with American firms and carry around American smartphones and other devices,” Jeff Zients, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters.Obama will give a speech at 11:20 a.m. PST (1820 GMT).He will also meet privately with a small group of business leaders, part of an effort to mend fences with tech companies still angry over damage to their businesses when government surveillance practices were exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.Upset about the lack of reforms to those practices, the CEOS of Google Inc, Facebook Inc and Yahoo Inc are not attending the Stanford conference. But Apple Inc’s chief executive, Tim Cook, will give an address.A long roster of other CEOs will attend, including those from Bank of America, American International Group and Visa.Obama is set to sign an executive order aimed at encouraging companies to share more cyber threat data with the government and each other.And he will urge Congress to pass legislation that would offer liability protection to companies sharing cyber threat data.”I think a lot of companies are still uneasy about jumping into the debate now,” said Michael Gottlieb, a former associate White House counsel for Obama.”Unless more work is done to give a lot of these companies greater comfort, they may not be as enthusiastic about supporting those bills, so you may not get the level of Republican support that you need as a result,” said Gottlieb, who now specializes in data privacy and cyber security law at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in Washington, D.C.On the flip side, privacy and consumer rights advocates want to make sure companies are held accountable for data breaches that could have been averted, Gottlieb noted.(Additional reporting by Joseph Menn, Jim Finkle and Warren Strobel; Writing by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Leslie Adler)last_img read more

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