Bhubaneswar, Nov 14 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced scholarships in different categories for over 40,000 students and launched a new campaign, under which a Rs 100-crore corpus fund would be set up for the development of educational institutes.In his first-ever televised address on the occasion of Childrens Day, for which the state government had asked the district collectors to make necessary arrangements in schools, the chief minister asked the students to study well and work for the development of their native places.The collectors had been making preparations at the block and panchayat level over the last few days to ensure that the chief ministers address was telecast live for over 60 lakh students across the state.Patnaik said the students should develop a scientific mind while gathering knowledge about modern technologies in order to translate their dreams into reality.”I want the students of my state to excel in all fields, including education, sports, music, art and social service,” he said, adding that he had full faith in the younger generation.Patnaik also promised a cash reward of Rs 5,000 under the Odia Bhasha Brutti Puraskar scheme for 10 students of each block who fetched high marks in the Odia language paper.He also announced the Mukhya Mantri Medha Bruti (MMMB) cash reward scheme for students faring well in the Class 10 board examinations.As many as 100 students in each block and municipal corporation area, 50 each in the municipalities and 20 each in the notified area council (NAC) of the state would benefit from the scheme, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief said.advertisementThe parents of students who performed well in exams would also be felicitated, Patnaik said, adding that the three best schools in every block would be given a cash incentive of Rs 1 lakh each.Announcing the Mo School (My School) campaign, the chief minister sought the involvement of the alumni and the public in general for the development of the institutions.”If anybody donates any amount to a school, the government will donate double that amount to that school,” he said.Those coming forward to contribute towards the betterment of the schools could invest in the development of laboratories, libraries and sports facilities, Patnaik added. PTI AAM SKN RMS RC
Chelsea Conte worried by in-form Griezmann as Atletico chase win at Chelsea Joe Wright 06:21 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Chelsea v Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League Antoine Griezmann Antonio Conte David Luiz The France striker has recaptured his top form, giving the Blues manager plenty to think about on Tuesday Antonio Conte expects Antoine Griezmann to provide Chelsea a stern test when they face Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.The France star has three goals and an assist in his last two La Liga matches and scored in the crucial 2-0 win over Roma on matchday five of the Champions League group stage.Griezmann’s return to form has come at an important time for Diego Simeone’s side, who must win in London this week to have any chance of progressing to the last 16. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Conte is eager not to put too much focus on stopping the former Real Sociedad star but admits he is “a fantastic player”.”The situation has changed,” Conte told a news conference. “Three games ago, there was a Griezmann problem because he didn’t score. Now he’s scoring.”Griezmann is a top player, a fantastic player, playing in a great team and showing he is a top player. We must pay great attention not only to him but to all the players.”Chelsea have already booked their place in the next round and will win the group with a victory, or if Roma drop points against Qarabag.Conte wants his players to focus on winning the game against Atleti and not the permutations of the rest of the group, even though he does not believe finishing first is paramount.+ + = 3 puntos pic.twitter.com/gRKPwHa4Ea— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) November 25, 2017″In this case, it’s important to look at ourselves,” he said. “The Champions League is a great tournament, the best and every team wants to go to the next round. In this case, our group is very tough because Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Roma and don’t forget Qarabag.”In the past, Atletico Madrid played a great Champions League and they played in the last few years two finals and it could be a surprise if they don’t go into the next round, but this group is not simple. It’s important for us to look at ourselves and be happy to be qualified with one game to go.”We must be pleased for our path and maybe I regret one game, against Roma, away. We want to play every game to try to win. It’s normal.”If you win, in the draw you can draw Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and Juventus and other teams. We have to do our best and then we’ll see what happens in the draw.”Conte confirmed defender David Luiz will miss the match due to a knee problem but hit out at suggestions there is tension with the Brazilian.”David is out. This problem with his knee, [we’re] trying to solve this situation,” said Conte.When quizzed on his relationship with the player, who appeared to question Chelsea’s tactics after the 3-0 loss to Roma, he replied: “Why do you ask this question?”Two weeks ago, then it was the past, then he played against Qarabag. If you don’t trust what I tell you, it’s your problem, not my problem.”
The Krewe Active Eyewear Line Performs As Well as It Parties Fashion and Philanthropy – it can’t get any more Feel Good Friday than that. This is the motto of the new eyewear line, Wild Soul.Friends Marc Battipaglia and Andres Beker founded the well-designed eyewear brand a year ago. The two met in college at Emory University in Atlanta and now Andres lives in Columbia and Marc in New York City. The collection is refreshingly modern (aren’t we all tired of the Ray Ban look just a little bit?). Some may be a bit too forward for our tastes but we are digging the Tektite Gray Bat and Golden Eagle to name a few.Marc and Andres believe sunglasses allow you to feel a sense of security and comfort, allowing us to express ourselves freely (so this is why celebs wear them!). Wild Soul sunglasses are themed after enchanting, untamed animals: The Lion, the Owl, the Elephant and the Rhino, and the new fall collection: The Raccoon, the Panther, the Bat, and the Eagle. In essence, Wild Soul sunglasses are the way we want the world to see who we are, and make a clear affirmation that there is a little wild to everyone’s soul.But what’s important to Marc and Andres is that no act of kindness is ever wasted. Wild Soul was created on the premise that there are causes greater than our own that can and must be supported. That is why when you buy a pair of Wild Soul Sunglasses, a portion of your purchase goes to a charity of your choice (all of the charities they work with are listed on the site when you choose your shades. The organizations range from Techo to Water Collective and Funsepa. The boys are always looking to expand their charities so email them if you have an idea.Oddly, Marc and Andres thought of their donation model before deciding on a product to connect it to. Both entrepreneurs shared a passion for sunglasses and when Andres drew a design that he had been looking for and showed it to Marc, they just knew it was the right fit for their donation model.Another aspect we love is their shade insurance. Pay $35 when you purchase your glasses and they will be protected for one full year. No matter if you lose them, burn them, give them away, you will get another pair at no additional cost. Now that is just a double dose of feel good right? Allbirds and Just Water Collaborate on Sneakers to Save the Amazon Rainforest Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Lenny Kravitz’s New Twice Toothpaste Will Make Plaque Fly Away
The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Problem #1 – You want to fill several rooms in your home with crisp, rich music and/or ultraconservative talk radio programming, but you don’t have a built-in multi-speaker system.Problem #2 – You want to crank out some tunes to liven up your beach/patio/campsite party, but there’s no power outlet in site.Problem #3 – You have to get across a river using only one boat, and must transport a bag of grain, a hungry duck, and a basket filled with electric eels.The solution to all three problems, except for the third? The VIZIO Crave Go Multi-Room Wireless Speaker, of course!But seriously, the Crave Go speaker is about the size of an average hard-cover novel and weighs in at 3.2 pounds. That’s more weight than you’ll want to bring on an overland backpacking trip, but it’s perfect for use in the backyard, at a picnic, by the pool, or at the beach. The speaker has a six hour battery life even when it’s cranking out music at high volume, something it certainly does well. Even when being really quite loud, the Crave Go maintains sonic fidelity that audiophiles will appreciate.Your Crave Go is easily controlled by an app you can download to your smartphone or tablet that lets you pair the speaker with various content platforms, like Pandora or Spotify. You can use your phone to control settings such as bass, treble, and the volume, though the speaker also has physical buttons that control volume and that can pause the media; a savvy function for those times when Mambo #5 comes on at the exact moment you drop your phone into the gutter. (Good for movie montages, but not for real life.)One complaint I have to register: the claim of this being a “multi-room” speaker is misleading at best. Yes, you can pair multiple Crave Go units together and control them using one phone, but that’s not a multi-room speaker, that’s speakers, plural. And if you plan to buy, say, three Crave Go speakers, you’re going to spend six hundred bucks before tax. At that cost, just get a built-in hard-wired sound system with even more speakers. That would lack the portability, for sure, but still. And also, to be fair, the Crave Go produces enough amplitude to easily fill at least two large rooms with sound, so long as you place it wisely.Quick side note: the maximum volume the Crave Go produces is rated at 88 decibels. That’s too much noise for when you’re trying to hold a casual conversation or sleep, but it’s only a fraction above the generally accepted threshold for safe levels of volume. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), sounds up to 85 decibels are unlikely to cause hearing damage (or Noise Induced Hearing Loss, to be precise). So set your Crave Go a bit below its top volume setting and you can safely enjoy crisp, potent sound without concern about damage to your ears. And you can explain that to the neighbors and/or police when they bring up a noise nuisance abatement grievance. Actually, don’t do that. Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy
Fifty-seven of the nation’s youth, who have made invaluable contributions in various areas of national life, were presented with the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence during a ceremony held on the lawns of Jamaica House on Saturday (Nov. 24).The award recipients, which include 2017 Miss Jamaica Universe, Davina Bennett; Olympic Gold Medalist, Omar McLeod; and Reggae Girl, Kadijah Shaw, were selected from 200 nominees in 12 categories.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, praised the young people for their exemplary work, noting that their success required selflessness, hard work, sacrifice and tenacity.“It is therefore only fitting that your country should single you out not only as encouragement and recognition for your perseverance, but as an example to others that they can start where they are, use what they have, harness their talents and aptitude to create something far-reaching and deeply impactful,” he said.The Prime Minister said it is indisputable that Jamaica’s young people “have been blazing a trail of greatness across many platforms,” noting that the Government will continue to facilitate an environment where all youth can flourish.“We want you to be your best selves and to live your best lives. We want you to take pleasure in living, working and contributing to the progress and prosperity of your country,” he added.Mr. Holness said the Government values the input of young people in nation building, and would continue to draw on the expertise of the youth in the Governance of the country.“We want to work with you. We consider your views and ideas important. We want to involve you in charting the direction of our country,” he noted.Awards were presented in the categories of Academics, Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Protection, Innovation in Science and Technology, International Achievement, Journalism, Leadership, Sports, Youth Development and Nation Builder.The Nation Builder category, which was added this year, recognises youth, who have dedicated unwavering service to volunteerism and the development of communities.A total of 224 individuals have received the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence since the programme was introduced in 1998.It is open to persons ages 15 to 29, who are living in Jamaica and the diaspora, who have attained excellence and world-class achievement.The awards form part of Youth Month 2018 celebrations under the theme: ‘Level Up’.
Print Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 World Maritime News Staff, March 7, 2014; Image: J.J. Ugland Companies My location zoom J.J. Ugland Companies said that in line with the ongoing company strategy to renew the bulk carrier fleet the LIVANITA, as the oldest vessel in the bulker fleet, has been sold and recently delivered.The bulker fleet will be further renewed late 2014 and early 2015 when two supramax newbuildings will be delivered, as announced last year.Namely, UM BULK AS, a joint venture between J.J. Ugland and Mitsubishi Corporation signed an agreement with Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Japan, in January 2013, to buy 2 bulk carriers of TESS-58 type with the delivery scheduled for 2014 and 2015.
Local area office: 902-825-3395 Fax: 902-825-2776 -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, between Exit 18 and Exit 18A near Middleton, isclosed due to a truck spill. Traffic is being rerouted throughthe town of Middleton, along Brooklyn Street and Victoria Road.Department staff are in place to direct traffic.
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 3 east 3.5 kilometres to Old Landfill Road in Mount Uniacke, will be reduced to a single lane for widening, milling, guardrail and shoulder work. After that side is completed, work with shift to the other side, from Old Landfill Road west to Exit 3. The project runs from today, Oct. 18, to Friday, Nov. 30. This weekend, the eastbound land will close Friday night. The westbound lane will close Sunday night. Traffic control staff are on site. Other than this weekend, work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-
By Kimberly J. AvalosRabat –Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, the French gay imam who opened a gay-friendly mosque in Paris will board the World Religion Boat in August for the Amsterdam Euro Pride Canal Parade, as announced by World Religion Boat.Initiators of this theme boat attempt to show that all world religions can live together in peace and “show their solidarity around LGBT rights as human rights.” Among 80 boats that will participate in the parade, the World Religion boat will represent all the major world religions. The theme of the boat is “COEXIST in Freedom.” Each of the letters in the word will represent one of the 5 major religions: Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity along with world peace and humanity,” announced the boat’s website.“I have always dreamed of creating a world religion boat for Gay Pride to show the world that we are all brothers and sisters on a faith journey and that we can coexist peacefully if we show each other respect and love,” said Rev. Barbara Rogosoki, the person behind the project and Pastor of a small Christian church for LGBT people.Zahed opened a gay-friendly mosque and community center in the French capital, and later founded a gay organization in France that stands up for gay Muslims in 2012.“We hope that the World Religion Boat can show that discrimination and prejudice can disappear if we treat each other with respect and love,” said the imam on his Facebook page.Zahed was born in Algeria but has been living for a long time in Paris.He told The Guardian in an interview in 2012 that his project was not strictly meant to be a “gay mosque;” rather he wanted it to provide an inclusive environment for worship where all people will be welcomed whatever their sexual orientation or ethnicity.“My project is supported by men, women, trans people and even fathers who tell us that they do not want to leave a radically exclusive Islam to their young daughters as their legacy,” Zahed told the Guardian.
Terrorism menaces cities and everyday life, threatening not just conventional targets but a theatre, a museum, a stadium, a restaurant, he told the Assembly. Pandemics and environmental risks are also very real. All of that makes the future look like a moment of concern rather than hope, and the problems are not theoretical but very real, in the faces of the victims and survivors. Those challenges no longer have borders.Italy, he continued, contributed its voice through the actions of its military and coast guard, who saved thousands and thousands of lives in the Mediterranean every day. It contributed its voice through its leadership in culture and scientific research. But it also gave through its history and values, including those of The Aeneid, in which Aeneas travelled not to return to his home but to a new land to create a new civilization. “Without compassion for others, we are not worthy of being called a community,” said the Prime Minister.The Mediterranean is the sea which thousands of people cross to escape war, poverty and hunger. It is essential that Europe and the international community unite to deal with the issues of that part of the world, he said.The threat of terrorism has come not just from war zones but also from the abandoned and forgotten outskirts of cities, and investing in human capital is essential to defeating this scourge, he said. Italy has, in response, approved a law matching every euro for security and policing with one euro for culture and education.Italy will tackle the challenges of 2017 by participating in the Security Council, in a year that will also see a new Secretary-General, he said. Italy will also host, on 25 March 2017, the countries of the European Union at the sixtieth anniversary of the signature of the treaty that formed the bloc. And Italy will also host the Group of 7 in Sicily, a place noted for its culture and values and history.Italy plans to use the Group of 7 meeting to reflect on cultural values and to highlight the challenges of food – both food insecurity and health awareness. Many of the issues facing the Security Council, Europe and the Group of 7, emanate from the same matrix, he said, stressing that it is essential to create a world based on hope, not resentment, hatred and fear.
Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff upset on the sideline during the Big Ten tournament semifinal game against Purdue. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Top seeded Ohio State lost in the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals to No. 5 Purdue 71-60, ending their 12 game winning streak. The Buckeyes were lost without leading scorer, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell, taking over the game. The Boilermakers held the Big Ten Player of the Year to only nine points on 3 for 22 shooting and 1 for 12 from deep. Senior forward Shayla Cooper ended her last Big Ten tournament career recording a double-double and leading the team with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists.“I thought we played hard, we just didn’t play well,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff.Purdue was led by Ashley Morrissette with 24 points, three rebounds, and seven assists. She was followed by freshman Dominique Oden with 20 points and hit half of her shots from the field and all of her shots from the charity stripe. The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle between the Boilermakers and Buckeyes. OSU hit 52.6 percent from the field in the first quarter, but Purdue held its own, shooting 41.7 percent and going 8 for 8 at the charity stripe. With the buzzer at the first, OSU only held a two-point lead, 22-20.OSU was unable to find their touch in the second quarter. The Boilermakers went to a 2-3 zone and took away the Buckeyes range, rotating out on the Buckeyes quickly as OSU went 0 for 6 from 3-point range.“We didn’t hit many shots,” McGuff said. “Part of that had to do with their defense. They’re were really effective.”Purdue slowed down Mitchell, forcing her to take ill-advised shots and limiting her to just 2 for 12 from the field in the half. Purdue also dominated the boards throughout the first half, out rebounding OSU 25-17. Purdue lead OSU 36-31 at half.Purdue opened the second half with two quick scores from Oden and Morrissette, giving the Boilermakers their first double-digit lead. OSU started to make some shots and cut the lead back to single digits near the end of the third, but the Boilermakers fought back with more contributions from Oden and Morrissette. The quarter ended with Purdue maintaining their double-digit lead 55-42.Throughout the final quarter of play the Buckeyes played with urgency, but were unable to find their way as Mitchell continued to struggle, hitting only one shot in the second half. Ultimately, OSU never found their shot and Purdue capitalized off of the Buckeyes off-night.“(Morrissette’s) a player,” Cooper said. “She’s a great player, but we had to dig in a little more on the defensive side.”The Buckeyes will continue their tournament play into the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, which begins in less than two weeks. The NCAA Women’s Basketball selection show will reveal the fate of OSU on March 13 at 7 p.m.Nicholas McWilliams contributed quotes from Indianapolis.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Some of the numbers associated with retirement seem really big. Take the lump sum that the average Australian couple will have to save in order to retire comfortably: one million dollars. It seems like a lot of money, but it makes sense. The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) says that an average couple will need around $56,000 per year in order to fund a comfortable retirement. ‘Comfortable’ in this case means that you’ll have private health insurance, that you’ll be able to get a decent car and good clothes, and that you’ll be able to maintain your home, plus have some money for domestic and occasional overseas travel. What it doesn’t include are the things that a lot of people in retirement look forward to: helping their children with a deposit on a first home, taking multiple trips abroad, treating the grandkids to special gifts for birthdays and Christmases, and actually replacing that car a few times over the course of 20 years. It also assumes that you own your own home and that you don’t have any housing costs except for general maintenance and repair. Finally, it doesn’t factor in that you might have a large unforseen medical expense such as a hip replacement, which could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. So if you factor in a few of these, in addition to allowing for cost of living increases at say 3 per cent per year, then you’re looking at a number that’s more like $65,000 per year for you and your spouse. If you can rely on average investment returns of 5 per cent per annum, then you’ll need a least $1 million to generate that $65,000 income per year in retirement. So what you need to do is work out how you’re going to do it, because even though it sounds like a lot, it’s actually obtainable. But you need to take control and you need to start planning early. Trust me, I haven’t met a person in their 50s or 60s who hasn’t wished they started saving sooner. And if you think the compulsory super contributions are going to get you to the million dollar mark, think again. If you’re a 30 year-old earning $70,000 with a current super balance of $30,000, and you put in the compulsory 9 per cent over the next 35 years, you will retire at 65 with $330,000, which generates $21,500 per year for 22 years. Even if compulsory contributions are raised to 12 per cent, you won’t get there. The same person who invests 12 per cent over 35 years will end up with $420,000. So set yourself a $1 million challenge and start taking control of your superannuation. You now know your goal, so set yourself up with a solid plan and get some help if you need it. I’m not saying you have to come to a Yellow Brick Road branch, but you should talk to someone who can assist you. An adviser can work with you to create a plan, and then it’s up to you to own it. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark email@example.com with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.
Le vaccin anti-H1N1 a-t-il provoqué des cas de narcolepsie ?L’Europe suspecte Pandemrix, l’un des vaccins anti-H1N1, d’être responsable de cas de narcolepsie. Ces deux dernières années, plusieurs pays ont en effet constaté une forte augmentation de l’incidence de cette maladie, habituellement rare. Selon l’Institut national finlandais pour la santé, Pandemrix, le principal vaccin utilisé contre la grippe H1N1, serait responsable de cas de narcolepsie. Une maladie neurologique chronique qui se caractérise par des accès sévères de somnolence voire des pertes brutales du tonus musculaire. D’ordinaire, cette affection est plutôt rare et la Finlande ne dénombre qu’une dizaine de cas par an. Mais ces deux dernières années, près de 60 jeunes âgés de 4 à 19 ans ont déclaré la maladie. Parmi eux, 90% venaient juste d’être vaccinés.À lire aussi3 idées reçues totalement fausses sur les vaccinsEn août dernier, la Suède avait déjà tiré la sonnette d’alarme en signalant une augmentation de l’incidence de la maladie. De même en France, où une vingtaine de cas ont été répertoriés entre 2009 et 2010. “Des cas troublants par leur âge de survenue et leur sévérité inhabituelle” souligne au journal Le Figaro le Pr Yves Dauvilliers, neurologue et spécialiste en narcolepsie.Pour les autorités finlandaises, “l’association est tellement évidente qu’il est peu probable que d’autres facteurs puissent expliquer à eux seuls entièrement ce phénomène”. Mais il est possible que ce lien soit “un effet conjoint du vaccin et d’un ou plusieurs autres facteurs”. Pour confirmer ces hypothèses, il faudra attendre les résultats du rapport final de l’Institut finlandais en août 2011 et ceux de l’enquête lancée par l’Agence européenne du médicament.Le 2 février 2011 à 17:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
Roccat Savu : souris utime pour gamer ?Roccat propose une souris qui pourrait s’imposer dans le milieu des jeux vidéos en ligne.Le fabricant Roccat, spécialisé dans les technologies informatiques, a mis au point une technologie particulièrement adaptée aux gamers. La souris en question, appelée Savu, présente de nombreux avantages : un œillet optique réglable sur 400, 800, 1600 ou 4000 dpi et 6 de ses 7 boutons sont compatibles avec le système Easy-Shift[+], permettant l’attribution de deux actions distinctes à un même bouton.La luminosité de la souris, qui offre près de 16,8 millions de couleurs, est par ailleurs réglable. Le système Roccat Achievements Display, ou RAD, est capable de mémoriser les mouvements et clics de la souris. Ensuite les données peuvent être comparées avec celles des autres joueurs et permettent aussi de débloquer des trophées en ligne. La souris Roccat Savu sera dévoilée lors du CeBIT en Allemagne où son tarif devrait être communiqué.Le 3 mars 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambert
We finally got to see the Nintendo Switch (i.e. the artist formerly known as the NX) last week via a heavily produced video. The video itself didn’t give us a lot of information we didn’t already find out from all of those leaks, but it was nice to actually see what the system looks like. Nintendo won’t be releasing anything related to the console’s specs, price, and games until January 12, but thankfully, some insiders have dug up more info on the system.EuroGamer has recently learned that the Nintendo Switch will have a 6.2″ display. This is roughly the size of the Wii U gamepad screen or that of the largest smartphones. It will have a capacitive multi-touch screen with a 720p resolution. The display is different from the resistive touch screens of the 3DS and Wii U gamepad. Those devices were single-touch only, but the Switch’s screen is comparable to modern smartphones that have 10-point multi-touch. Multi-finger gestures will be supported on the Switch.It is unclear why Nintendo didn’t state that the Switch has touch-capabilities in the video, but if we were to guess, it might have to do with trying not to confuse viewers. Explaining the difference between resistive and capacitive touch is something best left for something like a Nintendo Direct.It could also be that Nintendo wants folks to know that this is a brand-new system and not just another version of the 3DS or Wii U gamepad. Nintendo tends to work in mysterious ways but focusing the video on games and how the Switch can be played both at home and on-the-go was a smart move.So far it appears that Nintendo is moving into the 21st century with the Switch. While it may not rival the PS4 Pro or the upcoming Project Scorpio in terms of raw horse power, it is set to be one of the more powerful Tegra-based devices on the market. Being able to play games at 720p while on the road is certainly going to be sweet.
Stay on target Antosca wouldn’t tell me all of his favorite Creepypastas, partly because he doesn’t want to spoil future seasons, and partially because they still have to approach the authors. He did share one he would like to adapt in the future, though. “I would love to do ‘Russian Sleep Experiment.’ It’s a classic Creepypasta. We haven’t been able to find or identify the original author. So, that might mean we can’t do it, but we’re trying to find out who wrote it or figure out a way to do a season inspired by it.”You might have noticed there’s a lot more horror on TV now, between Channel Zero, American Horror Story, The Exorcist, and the Twin Peaks revival. Antosca thinks we’re only going to see more in the future. “In the era of peak TV, and in a particularly tumultuous political climate and national mood, I think that we’re going to see a lot more horror. You saw what happened with It… people crave catharsis.” From the look of the upcoming season of Channel Zero, it looks like we have a lot of… catharsis headed our way.Season two of Channel Zero, “The No End House,” premiered last night. It will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Syfy.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 SeasonsRevisiting ‘Passions,’ the Craziest Soap Opera Ever Everyone loves a good scary story, which is probably why Creepypasta is so widespread. A well-done Creepypasta can transform an average day on the internet into a deeply uncomfortable, unsettling experience. More than it already is, I mean. If you read enough, you start to realize how well-written a lot of them are. How, in some, every sentence is perfectly constructed to creep you out. With this many good scares out there, it was only a matter of time before someone started adapting them for TV. Channel Zero is a horror anthology series where each season is based on a popular internet Creepypasta. Last year, the show had its debut season with “Candle Cove.” Based on a classic Creepypasta by Kris Straub, the season concerned a disturbing children’s TV show linked to a series of murders. This season takes on Brian Russell’s NoEnd House.With the second season premiering tomorrow night, I spoke with the show’s creator, Nick Antosca about the upcoming season and the future of horror on TV. The stories on Channel Zero aren’t direct adaptations of their source material. It takes the premise and core ideas of the story, and finds ways to expand the mythology. For example, rather than being about message board denizens remembering creepy details of a kids’ show, “Candle Cove” was about a child psychologist figuring out a connection between the kids’ show and the mysterious disappearances of children. Similarly, “The No-End House” will tell a new story with Russell’s premise.“The No-End House is about a young woman who goes into a haunted fun house where each room is scarier than the last. When she gets out of it, she starts to expect that the reality she perceives around her is the last room of the house,” Antosca said. “We realized the deeper you go into the house, the deeper the house goes into your head. It finds things there and uses them against you… It’s about the experience of not knowing what’s real. Not knowing whether you’re in real life or still inside the house.”Antosca says that since most Creepypastas are short, the best ones have a strong core concept and hint at a more sinister presence in the world. To create Channel Zero, they take the themes from the original story and try to make them grow into something bigger. He says that the ideas and basic plot all come from Russell’s original story, and they explore the “what ifs.”Antosca is no stranger to horror. Before Channel Zero, he was a writer on the final season of Hannibal, one of the strangest pieces of surreal horror I’ve ever seen on TV. Antosca says he was a huge fan of the first two seasons, and begged his agent to get him on the third. Not only because he wanted to write for the show, but because he wanted to know how Bryan Fuller managed to get something that weird on TV. Part of the answer is in the way the show was structured. It started out pretending to be a procedural, and slowly revealed itself to be a strange, terrifying art project. Antosca also credits an unusual financial model that gave Fuller a ton of freedom, and the fact that he had a clear vision of what he wanted the show to be.That continued all the way through the season finale. While they didn’t know for sure that season three was going to be the show’s last, they suspected. That’s why the finale, which Antosca wrote, functioned as both a satisfying end to the series as well as a jumping off point for potential future seasons. He didn’t know exactly where the show would have gone, but he knew Fuller did. They really wanted to get the rights to Silence of the Lambs, and Antosca said there was a “really cool plan” for how to incorporate that story into the Hannibal mythology. Sadly, he couldn’t give away any more than that. With the rights to Silence of the Lambs reverting back to author Thomas Harris, we’ll just have to hope that one day we’ll learn what Fuller had in mind for it.Amy Forsyth (Photo via Syfy Media)Hannibal taught Antosca a few valuable lessons he’s since taken with him to Channel Zero. Though it’s a completely different kind of show, he says, both share an art-horror aesthetic. Working with Fuller taught Antosca to take risks, he says. “If something is familiar, then go the other way. People would pitch procedural beats or clue things in the room, and [Bryan] would just go, ‘I’m not interested in any of that, take it in another direction.’ That’s a principle that I think is good to apply when you’re writing TV,” he said.Writing horror for TV is different from writing a horror movie. For one thing, you probably have commercial breaks that are going to kill any tension you’ve built up. Antosca says that first of all, commercial breaks aren’t the only concern anymore. They’ll only show up in the broadcast airing of your episode. Someone streaming it later won’t encounter them. While it’s important to structure your show to account for commercials, it’s equally important not to build the show around them. “Ideally, people watch it down the road, and you don’t want them to be thinking ‘oh, here’s where the commercial would go. here’s a bullshit tension beat that means nothing and is gone when we return from the commercial that no longer exists,’” he says. “It’s a matter of structuring an episode of TV with moments of tension that are natural and not contrived.”That sounds like what you would do when writing any kind of horror, but the difference when you’re writing it for TV, Antosca says, is that you have to fill hours of time. A horror movie is two hours long at most. A season of Channel Zero is six hours long. That’s why, though he’s not a fan of them, Antosca says jump scares typically work better in film. “It’s much harder to write horror TV than it is to write horror films… when writing horror for TV, I tend to focus less on scary beats than I do on a scary atmosphere, an atmosphere of dread.”For “No-End House,” he says that atmosphere of dread is baked into the concept, being an existential horror story. That’s what he found so appealing about the concept. “If you’re in a world that looks normal, friendly, reassuring, but little things are off and you know deep down in your gut that you’re not safe, that’s a perfect recipe for an ongoing sense of dread.”Jeff Ward, Aisha Dee (Photo via Syfy Media)Channel Zero is one of those shows that could keep going for as long as Antosca wants to keep making them. Beyond “No-End House,” season three has already been announced as “Butcher’s Block.” Beyond that, Antosca says there are a ton of Creepypastas that he loves. That was one of the biggest appeals of the show when it was first pitched. There’s a near-infinite amount of modern urban legend-style horror stories on the internet. If they can track down the creators and get the rights, this show could go on for a long time. As you might imagine, getting the rights to these stories can be a little tricky. Fortunately, with the first two seasons, the authors were easy to find. “Candle Cove’s” Kris Straub is a well-known comics writer and artist, and Brian Russell works on The Exorcist TV series. No wonder that show’s so scary.
The American Society of Business Publication Editors has announced the finalists for the 2009 Magazine of the Year awards.The 10 finalists in the 80,000 circulation or higher category are: American Medical News, CFO, Computerworld, Fortune Small Business, Spectrum, Lawn & Landscape, Macworld, PC World, Professional Builder and R&I. In the 80,000 circulation or fewer category, the 10 finalists are: Architect, Associations Now, Automotive News, Chain Leader, Control, Exhibitor, Health Leaders, Information Security, Oregon Business and the Scientist.The awards in these and 45 other print categories will be handed out during this year’s Azbee Awards of Excellence banquet July 16 in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will be part of ASBPE’s National Editorial Conference, which kicks off July 15. ASBPE will hand out 36 national awards and 139 regional awards, the group said.For the first time, ASBPE this year also will hand out a “Journalism That Matters” award, which honors a trade journalist whose coverage “triggered a tangible change within government or industry.” Taking the first-time honor will be HSToday editor David Silverberg for an editorial he wrote about the National Football League’s refusal to run a job recruitment advertisement from the U.S. Border Patrol.
The aftermath of the fire. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)Two investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s office completed their work at the site of the fire that destroyed the new Bethel alcohol treatment center.Download Audio“The on scene has been completed, however, more followups with interviews may be possible,” Lloyd Nakano, an assistant state fire marshall, said.Photo by Dean SwopeFour days after the enormous fire that leveled the $12.5 million facility, which was being enclosed for the winter, Nakano says he doesn’t know the cause of the fire.“We have to eliminate causes such as natural, accidental, incendiary, before we can do any, that’s what we have to do,” said Nakano.Nakano would not say what sort of tools, heaters or equipment was present that might have caused the fire. They have not ruled out the possibility of arson, but also will not say whether they believe it was an intentionally set fire.Nakano says there are no reports of fatalities or injuries after a thorough search. Nakano has no timeline for when the investigation will be complete. The Bethel Fire Department and an insurance investigator for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation have also been involved.
President Barack Obama touches down in Alaska Monday for a three-day tour to the state, and beyond focusing on climate change in visits to Anchorage, Dillingham, and Kotzebue, the president is beginning his trip by restoring the Alaska Native name to North America’s highest mountain.An official White House release states President Obama will announce the federal government is officially returning Mount McKinley to it’s Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali. The White House noted the designation “recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives.”Senator Lisa Murkowski, in a video posted on YouTube Sunday, thanked the president for the long-sought change.“For generations Alaskans have know this majestic mountain as The Great One,” Murkowski’s video message begins. “Today we’re honored to be able to officially recognize the mountain as Denali. I’d like to thank the president for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honor, respect, and gratitude to the Athabascan people of Alaska.”Beyond Denali, Obama’s Alaska itinerary focuses on climate change. It’s a topic he’ll discuss at the GLACIER conference in Anchorage, an acronym for the international meeting on global leadership in the Arctic. He also plans to discuss an initiative assessing relocation needs of more than 30 Alaska Native communities due to the changing climate and rising sea levels. The effort will be led by the Denali Commission, an independent federal agency, with Senator Murkowski at the helm.In a video released by the White House on Friday, Obama turned the national spotlight on those Alaska communities.“A lot of these conversations begin with climate change,” the president said, “and that’s because Alaskans are already living with its effects. Some of the swiftest shoreline erosion in the world—in some places more than three feet a year. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now. In fact, Alaska’s governor recently told me four villages are in imminent danger and have to be relocated. Already rising sea levels are beginning to swallow one island community. Think about that. If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we’d do everything in our power to protect ourselves. Climate change poses the same threat, right now. Because what’s happening in Alaska is happening to us, its our wake-up call.”On Wednesday, Obama will head to western Alaska, spending the morning in Dillingham and finishing his trip in Kotzebue. Many in western Alaska have wondered about the impacts the president’s visit will have on the vital air transportation and freight so many rural residents rely on.Like Anchorage, the Federal Aviation Administration is implementing Temporary Flight Restrictions in both Kotzebue andDillingham. In each case, the TFR will consist of an inner 10-mile ring of heavily restricted airspace, and an outer ring of less restricted but still limited flying to 30 miles out. Airmen are urged to check the TFRs for updates and specific information.The FAA notes all aircraft within 10 miles of Kotzebue will be prohibited to only law enforcement and military flights Wednesday between 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., but those times are expected to fluctuate.As all eyes move to Kotzebue for Obama’s trip—the first time a sitting U.S. president will travel above the Arctic Circle—the president’s schedule has him on the ground for just a few hours, delivering remarks at the community school.But the trip has left many in Nome—which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers picked as the leading candidate for a deep-draft Arctic port—wondering why the potentially strategic harbor isn’t seeing a presidential visit.White House Senior Advisor Brian Deese told a conference call of reporters last week that the president’s agenda is simply too full.“If we had more time and more space the president would love to visit more of the state,” Deese said. “Lots of things going on in Nome, including the Army Corps’ exploratory work that’s ongoing. This is a packed trip, he is using every minute of his time to try see as much as he can, but we can only get in so much.”The White House says Air Force One will take off from Kotzebue Wednesday evening—ushering President Obama out of Alaska.
Bhadrachalam (Kothagudem): The water level in Godavari river in Bhadrachalam has crossed first warning level of 43 feet again on Monday due to continuous rains in its catchment areas.The river crossed the first warning level for the first time in the present monsoon season on Saturday. According to the officials of Central Water Commission (CWC), the water level in Bhadrachalam on Monday at 8 am was at 41.7 feet and it was marked at 43.1 feet at 7 pm. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini who issued first warning asked people on the banks of the river to be alert. He directed the Tahsildars and sectorial officers to not to leave their place of work. Electric water pumps have been employed at Vista Complex to pump out flood waters to avoid inundation of Bhadrachalam town. Two persons in each village have been engaged to keep the officials informed about flood situation in their villages, he said. He also directed the officials to assess and submit a report on loss caused by recent rains and due to flooding of villages by Godavari waters and other streams. Sanitation works must be taken up to prevent spread of diseases, he noted.