New Brunswick premier still hopes to convince Quebec of Energy East benefits

first_imgFREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says he believes he can convince Quebec’s skeptical premier of the benefits of reviving the Energy East pipeline project.Higgs, along with a number of premiers and federal politicians, are pressing for a restart of the $16 billion Energy East pipeline project to get oil from Alberta to refineries in Eastern Canada and to an export terminal in Saint John, N.B.The pipeline would have to pass through Quebec, but Premier Francois Legault has signalled he’s not interested.Higgs says he’s hoping to convince Legault that Energy East would benefit all provinces including Quebec when the two men are face-to-face this week at a first ministers’ meeting in Montreal.Alberta is cutting production and buying rail cars in an effort to address slumping prices for its oil.Higgs says he’s worried the level of transfer payments to provinces like his could be at risk if Alberta’s oil revenues aren’t addressed, and he believes a pipeline to move western crude to Eastern Canada and foreign markets could be the solution.TransCanada, the original proponent of the pipeline, has stated it has no plans to revisit the project.Higgs suggests that a holding company be formed to start the application process to the National Energy Board, and that TransCanada or another company could become interested then.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prince Harry And Michelle Obama Discuss Charity

first_imgPrince Harry was very pleased to host The First Lady of the United States Mrs Michelle Obama for tea at Kensington Palace this morning.Prince Harry And Michelle ObamaCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/They discussed their shared interest in support for veterans and their families. His Royal Highness was also interested to hear from the First Lady about the Let Girls Learn initiative to further adolescent girls’ education around the world, which is the focus of her visit to the United Kingdom.Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img

Highlander Star Donates Microsoft Surface Tablets To Los Angeles Unified School District

first_imgAdrian Paul and The PEACE Fund are pleased to announce the donation of 90 Microsoft Surface Tablets to the Los Angeles Unified School District.A selection of 33 elementary, middle, and high school classrooms are participating in a class project contest where 9 of those classrooms will be awarded 10 tablets each. The chosen classrooms will submit a class project, such as, a short video, picture collage, anything the children and their teachers choose to do – letting their imagination guide them to what will work for each individual class. The topic for the project will be “How Will the Surface Tablets Help Improve our Class” – their project will demonstrate the positive aspects of having access to these tablets on a daily basis.The “New Year, New Opportunities” contest will take place January 11th, 2016 through January 29th, 2016. The public voting for the winners will be open online February 1st – Midnight February 3rd, 2016.This is a wonderful opportunity to get the community involved with the school district and our charity, coming together for a greater good. This is not a “hand-out” from The PEACE Fund, but rather a “hand-up” for the children. It is their sincere hope that we, as a community, will support the children across all grade levels by participation in the public, online voting during the first week of February to determine the classrooms that will be awarded the Microsoft Surface Tablets.Find out more about The PEACE Fund here.last_img read more

Anne Hathaway To Host LA Art Show Opening Night Premiere Party

first_imgThe LA Art Show & the Los Angeles Fine Art Show are pleased to welcome Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman as the 2016 Hosts of the Opening Night Premiere Party benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of downtown. A VIP Patron Reception will begin at 7 p.m., with the public opening beginning at 8 p.m.“We are thankful to Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman for their continued support of our lifesaving work and for hosting this special event,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “St. Jude has made great progress in the fight against pediatric cancer, but it’s a fight that wages on. This annual fundraiser helps St. Jude continue to advance its mission of finding cures and for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to support from events like the LA Art Show & The Los Angeles Fine Art Show, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.“We are thrilled to have St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital return as our benefiting organization,” enthused Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “St. Jude is the leading researcher in pediatric cancer. They freely share their research protocol worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments are available for children.”The Opening Night Premiere Party will feature exclusive performance art pieces, special installations and a live musical performance.More than 7,000 guests attended the 20th Anniversary LA Art Show in 2015, which was hosted by 5-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo. The evening welcomed several distinguished guests including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Nixx Sixx, Seth Green, Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, Dania Ramirez, Josh Bowman, James Franco, Joanna Cassidy, AFI’s Davey Havok, U.A.E. Consul General Alsabusi, Eli Broad, Councilman Tom LaBonge, and Lubov Azria, among others.In recent years, the LA Art Show has become the most internationally diverse art platform in the Western world, bringing in the largest groupings of Korean, Chinese and Japanese galleries outside of Asia. Beginning in 2010, the Show has actively developed its international gallery offerings to provide collectors with a unique opportunity, to spot international trends and zeitgeist through art, a medium that has the ability to transcend language.The Los Angeles Fine Art Show, a new art fair dedicated to historic & contemporary traditional works will launch in conjunction with the LA Art Show on Jan. 27-31. With a focus on historic and traditional contemporary works, the Los Angeles Fine Art Show provides a dedicated experience for collectors of traditional works, from paintings, to sculpture and works on paper.The LA Art Show and the Los Angeles Fine Art Show take place from Jan. 27-31 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall 1201 South Figueroa Street, 90015. The shows open on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Benefit tickets are: $250 for Patron Level; $200 for Vanguard Level and $125 for Friend Level. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.laartshow.com. General admission to the LA Art Show is $20. Media inquiries please contact Agnes Gomes-Koizumi at agnes@agkmedia.com or call 323-937-5488.last_img read more

Will Alberta bitumen decide who wins in an eastern Quebec riding

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Avignon-La Mitis-Matapedia riding is shaping up to be a close four way race.A few thousand votes could swing in any directions.Which is why Mi’gmaq voters in the riding could play an important role come election night.And the issue they’re following?The potential of Alberta bitumen being shipped into their area.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Algerian Politician MBS World Tour Seeks to Hide his Role in

Rabat – Earlier this week, Riyadh announced that Mohammed bin Salman is planning to visit “strategic partners” to further reinforce diplomatic ties in different fields.In his party meeting held on Saturday, Makri said that the Saudi Crown Prince is responsible for “ the death of children and civilians of Yemen, the imprisonment of many preachers, jurists and men of culture in the Kingdom and, most recently, the assassination” of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Quoted by Algerian news outlet TSA, Makri said that bin Salman’s visit to Algeria is neither in “favor” of the country’s image “nor to its reputation.” He added that MBS is “attempting to reassure Algeria about the drop in oil prices,” recalling that Saudi Arabia responded to the request of US President Donald Trump to lower oil prices.Read Also: MBS Snubs Morocco as Saudi Arabia Seeks to Emerge from Post-Khashoggi BacklashOil Prices have fallen this week from $68 per barrel to about $52.50 per barrel. Trump was extremely pleased, expressing his satisfaction in a tweet.Algeria is among oil producing countries affected by the drop in oil prices. The North African country relies heavily on oil to maintain its foreign currency reserves.Makri is not the only politician who criticized MBSs visit. Tunisian activists and politicians also called for protests to prevent bin Salman from visiting Tunisia.Al Jazeera reported that hundreds of people are expected to protest in front of the presidential palace in Carthage to express their condemnation over the MBS’s visit. read more

Despite progress Afghan women still subject to intimidation violence UN

But despite the challenges, the status of women and girls has advanced steadily and continues to give every sign of being irreversible, the report, entitled “The Situation of Women and Children in Afghanistan,” adds. It notes that since the country’s emergence from 24 years of conflict, women have gone from total denial of rights to participation in key institutions of reconstruction. One major change has been their re-emergence in urban areas with relatively better access to employment, healthcare and education.But women’s progress is determined by the complexities of Afghan society, the report notes, including patriarchal values and deeply ingrained traditions, and a lack of security across the country that impedes their advancement.”Despite positive developments regarding women’s rights, intimidation and violence by regional and local commanders against women continue unabated,” the report says. “In many rural areas, especially in the more conservative tribal belt, the situation of women has not changed to any great extent since the removal of the Taliban. The prevalence of conservative attitudes limits the full, equal and effective participation of women in civil, cultural, economic, political and social life throughout the country at all levels of society.”The report highlights the work of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in advancing women’s rights, but called for more efforts to repeal legislative measures that discriminate against women and girls in education, access to healthcare, employment and political participation.Noting women’s lack of access to skilled healthcare services, as well as food, water and shelter, the report says the UN system, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health, has taken steps to tackle the high rates of maternal mortality, including access to skilled prenatal care, skilled birth attendants, education programmes on basic health issues, community information activities and emergency obstetric care.Overall high illiteracy levels of women and girls continue to be one of the key obstacles to their full participation in society, the report says, but it notes that 30 per cent of the three million children who have returned to school since March 2002 were girls. read more

Marking International Day of Families UN urges efforts to combat HIVAIDS

“Clearly, we must do all we can to help the family remain resilient, as it is often the only safety net, playing a critical role in determining how well individuals and communities cope with AIDS and its consequences,” he said on the occasion of the Day, commemorated on 15 May.He recalled that in 2001, the General Assembly called on governments to develop and strengthen strategies, policies and programmes that recognize the family’s role in HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as the care and support of those who become infected.“That means finding ways to keep parents alive. It means addressing gender disparities and the vulnerabilities of young girls in particular,” Mr. Annan said.“It means integrating family-focused programmes with broader community-based interventions aimed at reducing vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, improving prevention and care, and alleviating the epidemic’s devastating social and economic impact. And it means stamping out the stigma that may prevent disclosure of HIV status even within a family,” he added. The UN has been marking the International Day of Families since 1994, when the General Assembly mandated the observance raise awareness of related issues. read more

Loonie higher Bank of Canada leaves key interest rate unchanged at one

Loonie higher, Bank of Canada leaves key interest rate unchanged at one per cent TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Wednesday as the Bank of Canada left its key interest rate unchanged at one per cent.The loonie was ahead 0.34 of a cent to 95.31 cents US as the American currency weakened during the morning and traders looked ahead to the European Central Bank meeting Thursday and U.S. jobs data Friday.The Bank of Canada key rate has been at the one per cent level since September 2010, reflecting a tepid global economic recovery from the 2008 crash.The language in the announcement did nothing to dispel sentiment that the central bank likely won’t move on rates until well into 2014 at the earliest. It observed that the “dynamic” of the global economy has moderated.Earlier, data showed Canada’s trade deficit with the rest of the world worsened more than expected in July. Statistics Canada reported that the deficit widened from $460 million in June to $931 million in July. Economists had expected the deficit to come in at $400 million.Statistics Canada said that merchandise imports grew 0.6 per cent in July while exports declined 0.6 per cent.It said that “lower exports of aircraft as well as unwrought precious metals and precious metal alloys were the main contributors to the decline.”Traders also took in some positive data on the health of the U.S. economy during August.The Federal Reserve said in its latest regional survey that the that the economy expanded at a modest to moderate pace in August.The Fed said in its so-called Beige Book that manufacturing expanded modestly, lending activity weakened somewhat while hiring held steady or increased modestly.Traders are anxious to see if the Fed decides later this month to start scaling back its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases.Commodity prices headed lower with October crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.31 to US$107.23 a barrel.December copper fell six cents to US$3.25 a pound, giving back a big chunk of Tuesday’s seven-cent gain, following strong manufacturing data from China and the U.S.Gold prices also moved lower as the December contract lost $22 to US$1,390 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 4, 2013 8:56 am MDT read more

Les dauphins militaires nont pas réellement déserté en Ukraine

first_imgLes dauphins militaires n’ont pas réellement déserté en Ukraine Mardi, l’agence RIA Novosti a révélé que trois dauphins, actuellement entrainés par l’armée ukrainienne à des fins militaires, s’étaient échappés de leur camp d’entrainement situé dans la mer Noire. Une annonce qui vient tout juste d’être démentie mais qui met en lumière le programme actuellement mené en Ukraine.Les animaux étaient peut-être entrainés pour tuer, ils n’ont visiblement pas su résister à la possibilité de rencontrer le grand amour. C’est du moins ce qu’avait affirmé un spécialiste du domaine interrogé par RIA Novosti : celui-ci avait expliqué que trois dauphins “militaires” avaient déserté leur camp d’entrainement pour succomber à l’appel de la reproduction. C’est du moins ce qu’auraient supposé les équipes de la base de Sevastopol située au bord de la mer Noire, après avoir constaté la disparition des trois mammifères après un exercice. Mais tout ceci n’était semble t-il pas vrai, si l’on en croit l’article publié sur un site russe. L’affaire est cependant délicate puisque le ministère de la Défense ukrainien a toujours refusé de reconnaitre officiellement l’utilisation des dauphins par les militaires. Tout ceci, bien que des photos de médias ukrainiens montrent régulièrement des animaux équipés de matériel militaire. C’est dans les années 1970 que les Soviétiques ont commencé à entrainer des dauphins à un emploi militaire. Le but : les rendre capables de détecter des mines sous la mer, d’attaquer d’éventuels plongeurs voire de porter des explosifs.  Un programme d’entrainement relancé l’an dernier Pendant plusieurs années, des militaires et spécialistes soviétiques ont ainsi recruté des animaux et les ont soumis à des exercices dans la base de Sevastopol. Toutefois, lorsque l’URSS a éclaté, le programme a été interrompu et le centre légué à la Navy ukrainienne. Les dauphins n’étaient alors plus vraiment utilisés, exceptés à “but social”, du moins jusqu’à l’année dernière, où les Ukrainiens ont semble t-il relancé le programme d’entrainement. A l’époque, une source militaire appartenant au port naval avait expliqué à RIA Novosti que les “dauphins-tueurs” seraient entrainés à attaquer l’ennemi en utilisant des couteaux et d’autres armes fixés sur leur tête. Des opérations que les spécimens entrainés durant l’année arrivaient déjà à faire. Mais même entrainées, il semblerait que les recrues n’oublient (heureusement) jamais vraiment leur instinct animal. Et bien que la fuite des trois dauphins s’est avérée fausse, ce genre d’incident se serait apparemment déjà produit par le passé.”Commander des dauphins était assez commun dans les années 1980. Mais si un dauphin mâle voyait une femelle durant la saison de reproduction, alors il se mettait immédiatement en route pour la rejoindre”, a expliqué Yury Plyachenko, un ancien officier soviétique spécialiste dans la lutte contre le sabotage. Puis “il revenait une semaine après ou plus”.Des dauphins qui ne peuvent servir à tuer ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A l’heure actuelle, on ignore si, outre l’Ukraine et les Etats-Unis, d’autres pays mènent des programmes semblables ou si des dauphins sont actuellement déjà utilisés pour des opérations. Mais du côté de la Navy américaine, les membres du projet sont affirmatifs : contrairement à ce qui a été suggéré par la source ukrainienne de RIA Novosti, pour eux, les dauphins ne peuvent pas servir à tuer. “La Navy n’entraine pas actuellement, et n’a jamais entrainé, ces mammifères marins à blesser ou tuer des humains d’aucune manière, ou à porter des armes destinées à détruire des navires”, explique t-elle sur le site du Marine Mammal Program.Une telle initiative serait même dangereuse car “les dauphins ne peuvent discerner de différence entre les vaisseaux ennemis et amis, ou entre des nageurs et plongeurs ennemis ou amis”, précise t-elle encore. Aujourd’hui, les dauphins ne serviraient donc qu’à des missions de déminage, de protection et de récupération d’objet, tout comme les otaries que la Navy utilisent également. (article publié le 13 mars et mis à jour à 17H)Le 13 mars 2013 à 16:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night set for 227 at return to MSG

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Videos Articles Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Advertising for WWE’s return to Madison Square Garden on 2/27 is now being featured as Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night in Hogan’s first appearance at the arena in over a decade.The card advertised as of now includes John Cena & Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt & Rusev, Randy Orton & Daniel Bryan vs. Kane & Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro. Other names being advertised for appearances includes Chris Jericho, Bad News Barrett, Goldust, Stardust, New Day, Paige, The Bella Twins and more.Source: TheGarden.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi ArabiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Daniel Bryan A.J. Styles Twitter Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Evercenter_img 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Roman Reigns Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hulk Hogan to make WWE return at Crown Jewel WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Outlast_img read more

Victim may have helped ID bombing suspects

first_imgMinutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.Just before 3 p.m. Monday, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeff’s legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’ ” Chris Bauman said Thursday in an interview.Those words may have helped crack the mystery of who perpetrated one of the highest-profile acts of terror in the United States since the 2001 assault on New York City and the Washington area, one that killed three people and wounded scores.The Boston area was on lockdown Friday morning after law enforcement officials killed one suspect in the bombing and were hunting another, following a night of violent clashes between the two men and authorities that killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus policy officer.last_img read more

Zuckerberg says he wants Facebook to work in your best interest

first_img Mark Zuckerberg 1 Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg has embarked on his 2019 personal challenge. James Martin/CNET Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg posted the first video of his personal challenge for 2019.Zuckerberg, who sets a challenge for himself every year, such as writing an AI program to control his house, said his latest goal is to “get out and have a series of discussions on the future of technology and the internet, and how that’s going to affect our society.”In a video posted Wednesday, he visited Harvard Law School and spoke with professor Jonathan Zittrain for nearly two hours on subjects like augmented reality, content review and the challenge of the news feed. “We now have more than 30,000 people working on content review and safety review,” Zuckerberg said during the discussion. “Regardless of how much training they have, we’re going to make mistakes.”He also talked with Zittrain about ethical questions around ranking items that’re shown in people’s news feed on Facebook.”We come in every day and think, ‘Hey, we’re building a service where we’re ranking news feed trying to show people the most relevant content,'” Zuckerberg said. “[We make] an assumption that’s backed by data that, in general, people want us to show them the most relevant content. But at some level you could ask the question which is, ‘Who gets to decide that ranking news feed or showing relevant ads or any of the other things that we choose to work on are actually in people’s interest?'” Tech Industry Tags Commentlast_img read more

Videos show how Punjabi families illegally cross over to the US

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:34Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.ReutersVideos of what appear to be Punjabis illegally crossing the US-Mexico border have surfaced. The clips show men, women and children squeezing through a gap in a tall black fence separating the United States and Mexico. While the gaps between the rods are very small, one gap is big enough for a slim person to fit through.After they crossed the fence, they had to go through a barbed wire with the help of traffickers. The traffickers then instructed them to take care and bid them farewell.In one of the clips, a Punjabi woman can be heard saying, “Mein taan langh nahin sakdee (I can’t cross)” but goes through the passage into the US after four other people including two children go through the gap and show her how.Another short video shows a woman with a small boy and a male companion with two bags go through the same passage onto the other side.A third video shows two young girls, accompanied by two women and three men cross the border. They help each other while the traffickers instruct them to go slow.Times of India reported that Satnam Singh Chahal, executive director of North American Punjabi Association, said that women and children crossing the border is a new trend. Chahal went on to explain that while he understood women being asylum seekers, he was surprised by the number of children the parents took along.”If these videos reflect the desperation of Punjabi families to reach abroad along with their kids, they also reflect very poorly on the governments back home. These videos also show hopelessness and complete lack of faith among people in the governments,” Chahal was quoted as saying by TOI.The videos come just a month after six-year-old Gurupreet Kaur died of a heat stroke in the Arizona desert when she and her family illegally crossed into the US from Mexico. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib Respond To Trumps Racist Tweetscenter_img Closelast_img read more

GOG signs Square Enix Deus Ex and Hitman already available

first_imgGood Old Games, now better known as GOG, has just announced another major publisher has signed up to offer its back catalog of games through the service. Anyone visiting the retro gaming digital store will now find games from Square Enix.Square Enix alone wouldn’t be that great due to the company mainly focusing on console games in the past, but the publisher also now owns the entire catalog of games that UK publisher Eidos counts on its books. That’s due to Eidos’ acquisition back in 2009 by the Japanese company. With that being the case, it’s fitting that the first two old Square Enix games GOG is offering for sale are actually Eidos-published titles. Originally released in 2000, Deus: Ex Game of the Year edition is $9.99, and Hitman: Codename 47 is just $5.99. Both titles are available now.Deus: Ex and Hitman have been available for a while through alternative digital download services such as Steam. However, Eidos has a lot of old titles to choose from, so we’re bound to get a few gems appearing in the coming months. My personal favorite is the Thief series of games, and I’m hopeful all three released games will appear on GOG this year. Thief 4, or Thi4f as it is known, should also hopefully appear soon depending on how development is progressing.GOG has promised to reveal some more Square Enix in the coming weeks, and don’t forget the regular sales the service has that can push their already cheap prices down even further.Read more and buy the games at GOG.comlast_img read more

How to create your own R package with RStudio Tutorial

first_imgIn this tutorial, we will look at the process of creating your own R package. If you are going to create code and put it into production, it’s always a good idea to create a package with version control, examples, and other features. Plus, with RStudio, it is easy to do. So, we will use a simple example with one small function to show how easy it is. This tutorial is an excerpt taken from the book Mastering Machine Learning with R – Third Edition written by Cory Lesmeister. The book explores expert techniques for solving data analytics and covers machine learning challenges that can help you gain insights from complex projects and power up your applications. Before getting started, you will need to load two packages: > install.packages(“roxygen2”)> install.packages(“devtools”) You now want to open File in RStudio and select New Project, which will put you at this point: Select a new directory as desired, and specify R Package, as shown in the following screenshot: You will now name your package – I’ve innovatively called this one package – and select Create Project: Go to your Files tab in RStudio and you should see several files populated like this: Notice the folder called R. That is where we will put the R functions for our package. But first, click on Description and fill it out accordingly, and save it. Here is my version, which will be a function to code all missing values in a dataframe to zero: I’ve left imports and suggests blank. This is where you would load other packages, such as tidyverse or caret. Now, open up the hello.R function in the R folder, and delete all of it. The following format will work nicely: Title: Your package title of course Description: A brief description Param: The parameters for that function; the arguments Return: The values returned Examples: Provide any examples of how to use the function Export: Here, write the function you desire Here is the function for our purposes, which just turns all NAs to zero: You will now go to Build – Configure Build Tools and you should end up here: Click the checkmark for Generate documentation with Roxygen. Doing so will create this popup, which you can close and hit OK. You probably want to rename your function now from hello.R to something relevant. Now comes the moment of truth to build your package. Do this by clicking Build – Clean and Rebuild. Now you can search for your package, and it should appear: Click on it and go through the documentation: There you have it, a useless package, but think of what you can do by packaging your own or your favorite functions, and anyone who inherits your code will thank you. In this tutorial, we went through the process of creating an R package, which can help you and your team put your code into production. We created one user-defined function for our package, but your only limit is your imagination. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and can implement the methods in here, as well as other methods you learn over time. If you want to learn other concepts of Machine Learning with R, be sure to check out the book Mastering Machine Learning with R – Third Edition. Read Next How to make machine learning based recommendations using Julia [Tutorial] The rise of machine learning in the investment industry GitHub Octoverse: top machine learning packages, languages, and projects of 2018last_img read more

New Zealand backs antiwhaling suit against Japan

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand is supporting Australia’s attempt in an international court to stop Japan from whaling in the Southern Ocean.New Zealand wants to intervene in a lawsuit Australia brought against Japan two years ago in the International Court of Justice. New Zealand is seeking to have its views heard as an interested third party. Australia and Japan have until Dec. 21 to accept or challenge New Zealand’s intervention. Sponsored Stories Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Australia’s lawsuit questions the validity of Japan’s whaling program in the Southern Ocean. Japan describes its program as one of scientific study, but Australia and other countries have claimed it’s commercial whaling in disguise.New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully said in a statement Friday that the government will use all avenues possible to try and stop Japan from whaling.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   But they trail Seattle’s Matt Flynn/Russell Wilson combo and Minnesota’s Christian Ponder, so yeah, not good.Neither quarterback has done much to win the starting job. That’s not an insult to Skelton, who is considered a developmental quarterback. It is an insult for Kolb, who is paid more than $10 million a year. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The saying is a team with two quarterbacks really doesn’t have one, and many believe that’s the case with the Arizona Cardinals.Because while they’ve had a QB battle all training camp between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, it’s fair to say neither has truly emerged as a great option. According to John Clayton in his NFL starting QB rankings, Arizona’s duo ranks 28th of 32.Ouch.They are ahead of Tennesee’s Jake Locker, Mimai’s Ryan Tannehill and Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden and Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert, so there’s that. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Clayton says Arizona’s QB arrow is pointing down, and unless one of the two really steps up over the next few weeks and establishes himself as a quality starter, we may very well see their ranking slip a bit. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS — Belgium’s former monarch Albert II has agreed to a DNA test demanded by a woman who claims to be his love child.King Albert II, who abdicated in 2013 for health reasons, is facing a daily fine of 5,000 euros ($5,600) for failing to provide his DNA in the case brought by Delphine Boel.She has been trying to establish paternity for years and her story has often made headlines. Albert, 84, has never publicly denied being her father but so far refused to provide DNA.She reacted with relief Tuesday saying that final proof would soon be in the hands of the judiciary.The lawyer for the former monarch said the DNA results would have to be sealed until later in the legal case that started against him.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2019 9:48 am PDTcenter_img Belgium’s ex-monarch agrees to DNA test in love child caselast_img read more

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first_imgNovember 9, 2015Quite a few school groups visit Arcosanti for one to three day stays, with many activities throughout the site.This group is from Pasadena Art Center with their teacher Ramon Munoz. He has brought groups to Arcosanti in previous years. Here they are after their tour and lecture in the Soleri Archives on 10/24/2015.[photo by Sue Kirsch]On 10/27/2015, 70 kids from 6th to 8th grade and 4 teachers from Desert Canyon Middle School came to visit. They were split into four groups and toured the buildings with four different tour guides, and also visited the Soleri Archives. Here they are watching a pour in the bronze foundry.For more information about arrangement of group tours please see our web-site at this link.[photo by Hildemar Cruz]last_img