Low- and modest-income seniors in Nova Scotia can now apply for funding to help make their homes more energy efficient. The Department of Energy is offering grants and rebates to qualified seniors who participate in the EnerGuide for Houses program, administered by Natural Resources Canada. The funding will allow seniors to make improvements to their homes to help them save energy and money. “Nova Scotians own some of the oldest houses in the country, and many of these homes were built before efficient energy use was a concern,” said Energy Minster Cecil Clarke. “Encouraging more Nova Scotians to make energy upgrades will help us reduce both power generation and harmful greenhouse gas emissions.” Seniors who participate in the EnerGuide for Houses program can apply to receive a $150 rebate from the Department of Energy to cover the cost of the initial home energy audit, a provincial grant to a maximum of $1,000, and an additional $400 seniors’ grant to help pay for renovations and upgrades. The provincial rebate and grants are in addition to the EnerGuide for Houses grants offered by Natural Resources Canada. Participating seniors will also receive an energy savings kit. When installed properly, the contents of the kit can reduce energy costs by up to $100 a year. The kit includes compact flourescent lights (CFLs), low flow shower heads, water tap aerators, LED night lights, foam insulators, weatherstripping, and a storm window kit. The initial audit is conducted by a qualified energy auditor. The evaluation involves a blower test to identify air leakage points, a report with customized energy upgrade recommendations, and an estimate of annual energy consumption. In order to qualify for the rebate and renovation grants, applicants must be either a single senior over 65 years old with an income below $25,000 or a senior over 65 with a combined family income below $40,000. Seniors over 65 that receive guaranteed income supplements and/or the allowance are also eligible. In Nova Scotia, there are three organizations that deliver the EnerGuide for Houses program. Seniors interested in the program should contact one of the following organizations in their region to learn more about the audit and the financial assistance available: Seniors who qualify for more assistance from the province will need to fill out an application to verify their income. Applications are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/energy by selecting the Smart Energy Choices icon or by calling1-800-670-4357 to speak with a government representative. The seniors’ EnerGuide home energy assistance program is part of the Smart Energy Choices program announced in October 2005. Sustainable Housing and Education Consultants,(provincewide) 1-877-722-2842; Clean Nova Scotia,(Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-800-605-5377 or 420-3474; Atlantic Coastal Action Program,(Cape Breton Regional Municipality) 1-902-567-1628.
October 6, 2019
Gustavo Gallón Giraldo, whose mandate was terminated last Friday by the UN Commission on Human Rights, underscored in a statement the need for proper follow-up, especially at this critical moment, in which massive detentions of political opponents have been carried out since mid-March. He noted that the authorities of Equatorial Guinea have accepted in principle that a mission headed by the Special Representative visit the prisoners in early May. Due to the end of the mandate of the Special Representative, this mission should take place with the least delay, possibly by the appropriate thematic Special Rapporteurs.Mr. Gallón also calls for a continued involvement of all relevant actors to make sure that the Commission on Human Rights Commission continues keeping a close eye on Equatorial Guinea, by monitoring technical assistance and by re-examining the rights situation during its next session.
October 4, 2019
by News Staff Posted Jan 28, 2015 7:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It’s already been another brutal week on the oil front.Wednesday morning, Cenovus Energy announced additional cuts to its capital budget of approximately $700-million on top of the projected 15-per cent reduction it made in December.The cuts will target the company’s conventional drilling program in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.It’s also looking for ways to reduce annual operating and cost reductions by between $400-million and $500-million in the years ahead.This announcement comes on the heels of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada slicing its forecast for drilling by 24 per cent, and warnings from OPEC that prices could explode upwards if production is cut too much.Scotiabank commodity expert Patricia Mohr told 660News some forecasts are even worse.“The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors is expecting an even bigger decline in drilling activity in Western Canada in 2015, more in the order of 40 per cent,” she explained. “Capital spending is going to be down going on 30 per cent in Western Canada.”David Yager with MNP Oil Field Services said even though senior employees at oil companies may feel secure, at some point, it won’t just be the people on the front lines losing jobs.“You do have to downsize the whole organization, you can’t have a whole company full of managers waiting for things to happen, spending a lot of money,” he said.Yager believes it’s not just the expected 20,000 or so jobs tied directly to oil that will be lost by all the spending cuts we’ve seen this year either.“By the time it ripples through the supply chain, all the way to the people who build the pickup trucks in Southern Ontario if you think about it, and the people who build the myriad of components that go into all aspects of the oil and gas industry, it’s actually going to result in tens of thousands of jobs in Canada and hundreds of thousands of jobs in North America,” he said, adding a lot of other companies will have to adjust the way they do business as well.“The ones that provide the supplies to the oil companies understand the situation their clients are in,” explained Yager. “The value of their product is down half and they’re going to be asking their vendors, the service and supply and drilling companies, to tailor their expectations.” Cenovus Energy announces more spending cuts
September 25, 2019
“But everyone uses the underground system and it’s quite easy to offend anybody really so if someone’s got their own opinion on it, it wasn’t my intention to put it up there promoting anything apart from commemorating 150 brave men who stood against 4,000.”TfL apologised to those who were offended by the message, saying the message was “clearly ill-judged”.A spokesman for the transport body said: “We apologise to any customers who were offended by the message on the whiteboard at Dollis Hill today. Eleven men were awarded with the VC after the battleCredit: Alamy The board was later replaced with a quote from Martin Luther King Jnr The 1964 film Zulu depicted the Battle of Rorke’s DriftCredit:PARAMOUNT The station worker, who is an Army reservist from a military family, said: “I’ve got quite an interest in military history and the battle of Rorke’s Drift is quite an important day in British military history so I put it up there.”I think I will keep doing historical quotes even though this happened. I never meant to offend anyone but I thought people might be interesting that’s all. The Tube worker wrote the original Rorke’s Drift notice later replaced it with a quote from Martin Luther King Jnr, the great American civil rights leader, stating: “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” It was meant to be a simple, factual tribute to the handful of British soldiers who held off 4,000 enemy warriors at Rorke’s Drift.But when a member of staff at Dollis Hill underground station in North London wrote a brief account of the battle on their station noticeboard they were accused of “celebrating colonialism”.As a result the notice – which had marked the awarding of 11 VCs to some of the men who took part in the defence of Rorke’s Drift against the army of the Zulu kingdom – was quickly erased.Transport for London subsequently issued an apology to “any customers who were offended” by the message, which it described as “ill-judged”.The decision to remove the tribute was described as “deeply saddening” by historians and a failure to recognise the valour of individual men, regardless of political opinion. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Furthermore if it had been a choice between British rule and the Afrikaans almost every local inhabitant would have gone for British rule because the Afrikaan had already imposed apartheid in every area they controlled.” Michael Caine featured in the film ZuluCredit:LMKMEDIA The tribute had been written on the whiteboard at Dollis Hill in time for the morning rush hour, one of many notices posted by underground staff at stations around the capital. These frequently include motivational sayings or quotes.On this occasion the notice was simply a factual account of the battle, which stated: “On this day in history: On the 22-23 of January 1879 in natal South Africa, a small British garrison named Rorke’s Drift was attack [sic] by 4,000 Zulu warriors. “The garrison was successfully defended by just over 150 British and colonial troops. Following the battle, eleven men were awarded the Victoria Cross.”The LU worker who wrote the notice – and subsequently erased it following one complaint – said: “It was only fact, it was just what had happened. There was no opinion in there, so when someone said they weren’t happy with it, in line with what TFL tell us to do if someone complains and that we should avoid a conflict situation I just wiped it off.”People had been going through all day taking pictures of it and no one had complained, not one person said anything about it for hours – it had been up since 7am and it was after lunch that this one person said something.” “Our staff across the network share messages on these boards, but in this instance the message was clearly ill-judged. We are speaking with our staff to remind them of what is and isn’t acceptable.”But historian Andrew Roberts, the author of a History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900 and Masters and Commanders, said: “TfL have behaved in a pathetically politically correct way.”It’s sad that some members of the public can’t differentiate between a factual tribute to extraordinary example of British heroism, of which everyone should be proud, and the rights and wrongs of a particular political period.
September 24, 2019
Energy Resources Australia (ERA), has selected brine concentrator technology from Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies to treat and reduce process water inventory from its Ranger uranium mine in Australia’s Northern Territory. This project is a critical part of ERA’s overall water management strategy and environmental protection initiatives. The brine concentrator will be provided by HPD, a subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, and will treat approximately 1,830 megalitres of water annually (1.3 million gallons per day).ERA considers this technology a proven, long-term solution to minimise the environmental impact of operations and significantly reduce process water inventory at Ranger. The brine concentrator uses thermal energy to evaporate water, which produces clean distillate that will meet strict water quality requirements for release into ERA’s constructed wetlands system. The statement says that HPD was selected for this project “because of their extensive experience in volume reduction applications, their ability to meet future needs of the mine, and testing capabilities.” This includes shipment of a pilot-scale brine concentrator unit to Australia for demonstration of the process. Commissioning of the brine concentrator plant is expected to be completed in mid-2013. Energy Resources of Australia Ltd (ERA) is one of the largest uranium producers in the world, providing around 8% of global primary uranium production.
September 22, 2019
There has been rumors for some time that Nikolaj Hansen will join Midtjylland, and now it is official. The 24-years old player has signed 3-year contract with the club, that is to try to get back in the elite division next season, as they relegated this season, but it seems that Hansen is not bothered by that.He joins the club after playing for Norwegian Stort IL, and before that Viborg and Lemvig. Now he is back to Denmark again. ← Previous Story Weinhold to leave Grosswallstadt Next Story → Aljosa Rezar to Gummersbach!
September 22, 2019
Over on DailyEdge.ie: Miley Cyrus twerked with little people nearly naked, and how one of Rihanna’s selfies became a criminal matter. The Dredge> EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #KENYA: Heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard at the up-market shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya where terrorists opened fire on shoppers over the weekend. It is believed that there are still hostages inside.2. #GARDA BIKES: All garda escort motorcycles in the country were taken off the roads in July and August, in what sources believe is a money saving excercise, TheJournal.ie can reveal.3.#STABBING: A man has been arrested after a man was stabbed and killed at a house in Tallaght overnight.4. #BOOZE: The CEO of the pub body, The Vitners Federation of Ireland, has told TheJournal.ie that he does not think that TDs should be able to drink in Leinster House, stating that they should be setting an example.5. #DEBATE: Fine Gael’s Seanad referendum campaign director, Richard Bruton has said he would have no problem stepping up to debate with Micheál Martin. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has not yet committed to a televised debate on the issue.6. #GERMANY: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has won a landslide victory in Germany’s election.7. #SPEAKING RIGHTS: Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has defended granting limited speaking rights to TDs who have been expelled from their parliamentary party.8. #JOBS: Three food companies and a call centre for a video game company are set to create more than 184 jobs.9. #HOMECOMING:Unless you live under a rock, you will know by now that Dublin won the All-Ireland final yesterday. The homecoming event will take place at 7pm at Merrion Square and fans can access the square from 6pm.
September 22, 2019
THREE QUARTERS OF Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are not planning to give staff wage hikes in 2014, a survey by Viking has found.Overall, 46 per cent of business owners surveyed said that business had improved in the last three months, with the most positive returns in Connacht, where 52 per cent said they had registered an uptick.Results for Leinster were less encouraging at 41 per cent, while 62 per cent of respondents from Ulster and Munster said that business had declined in the first three months of the year.The good news continued to roll in Connacht, with 97 per cent of SMEs saying that they expect growth in the year overall, compared to 59 per cent in Ulster, 53 per cent in Leinster and 44 per cent in Munster.Viking director Michael Walby said: The overall economic picture may be gradually improving with optimisim slowly building, but most small business owners remain very cautious and we expect that to remain the case in the medium term.Problem areasHalf of SMEs said that attracting new business to ensure growth of their companies was the biggest challenge for the year ahead. A further ten per cent said that reducing costs was their number one issue, while nine per cent said that sector-specific sluggishness was their main concern.The good news: employees set for pay bump this year>IBEC: Income tax reduction needed as employers can’t afford pay increases>
September 21, 2019
Scion now has a sexy $30,000 sporty vehicle in the Scion FR-S concept car to help rebuild the Scion momentum of the early 2000s, back when the brand was quirky, cool, and desirable. The FR-S is one of the top cars of the 2011 New York International Auto Show. FR-S stands for Front engine, Rear drive, Sport. To lower the center of gravity, Scion and parent Toyota turned to Subaru for a boxer engine, meaning a horizontal layout with four opposed cylinders – as on the Porsche 911, VW Beetle, or Subarus. Think of the FR-S in the same class as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. What was shown at NYIAS was a 2+2 concept car but one that’s likely to see production within a year, toned down to be less radical. The 20-inch-diamater wheels, 10 inches wide in back, 8 inches wide in front might be changed. The base price would be less than $30,000. Of the top cars of the 2011 NYIAS, they’re heavily skewed toward the mainstream this year. That’s because some of the sexier sport sedans got world debuts mnths earlier and their New York unveilings were U.S.-only or North America-only debuts. That includes the Audi A7 touring sedan and BMW 650 coupe. Why the Scion FR-S matters: Scion desperately needs to revive its image and sales. Within the realm of 2+2 sports cars, the FR-S should be practical, get good mileage, and get customers back in the showroom. Gearlog mobile 2011 NYIAS Top Cars Scion FR-S Kia Soul Honda CivicNissan Versa Sedan Chevrolet Malibu 2011 New York Auto Show Top Green CarsLexus LF-Gh concept hybrid40 mpg Hyundai AccentFour-Cylinder Ford Taurus TurboAll-Electric BMW Active E2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
September 21, 2019
Canadian MPs vote to legalise cannabis for recreational use Legalising weed was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Share1180 Tweet Email4 17,468 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL CANADA IS SET to become the first G7 country to legalise cannabis after politicians yesterday passed a bill that would allow free consumption of the mind-altering drug.Passed by 205 votes to 82 in the House of Commons, the legislation must still pass the Senate – which could delay, but not block it – and receive royal assent by the governor-general before becoming law, likely by September.Legalising weed was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has acknowledged smoking a joint with friends “five or six times” including since being elected as an MP.The Liberal government’s pointman on cannabis, Bill Blair, said at the weekend it was “probably looking at a date of implementation somewhere toward the beginning of September, perhaps mid-September”.Uruguay approved the recreational usage of marijuana five years ago and nine US states and the capital Washington have done so too, but Canada will be the first G7 country to take the step.An initial 1 July target was set for ending the pot prohibition that dates back to 1923, although it was effectively legalised for medical use nearly two decades ago.Despite setbacks, Trudeau has insisted his government would move to legalise the production, sale and consumption of the psychoactive drug before facing the electorate again in 2019.Last week, the government rejected 13 out of 46 amendments to the bill proposed by the Senate after several months of study, with Trudeau’s health minister rising to defend home cultivation of cannabis and branded pot swag.“Canadians are allowed to make beer at home, or wine,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said at the time. Jun 19th 2018, 7:31 AM 57 Comments It is already possible for Canadians to grow cannabis for medical purposes and we absolutely believe the legislation should be consistent when it comes to recreational cannabis.The government, she said, would follow its expert panel’s recommendation to allow at-home cultivation of up to four pot plants for personal use.As for the proposed advertising restrictions, she said the bill already contains limits such as a requirement for plain packaging.Cannabis trendsetter?Once the law is enacted, Canadians over the age of 18 (19 in some regions) will be able to buy a gram of pot for about Can$10 (€6.50) or less, from a patchwork of authorised private and public retail stores or by mail order, with each province and territory responsible for setting up distribution.Personal possession will be limited to 30 grams (one ounce).Statistics Canada has estimated that the market will be worth Can$5.7 billion (€3.7 billion), based on last year’s consumption data.Finance Minister Bill Morneau estimated the cannabis tax haul will be about Can$400 million (€260 million), but Ottawa has agreed to retain only 25% of these monies, with the rest going into provincial government coffers.In an interview with AFP last month, Trudeau said the world was closely watching Canada’s pot plans and predicted other countries might follow suit.“There is a lot of interest from our allies in what we’re doing,” he said.They recognise that Canada is being daring… and recognise that the current regime (of prohibition) does not work, that it’s not preventing young people from having easy access to cannabis.The prime minister argued that creating a regulated market would take the drug out of the hands of crime groups and “better protect communities and children”.Yet he added the allies he spoke with ahead of a recent G7 summit in Quebec “are interested in seeing how things go… before they try it”, without specifying which nations.© – AFP 2018 Image: Shutterstock/TayHam Photography http://jrnl.ie/4078279 Image: Shutterstock/TayHam Photography Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 7:31 AM By AFP
September 13, 2019
The Senate confirmed Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David Berger to be the next commandant of the service, Marine Times reported.With the confirmation, Berger was also awarded his fourth star to the rank of general.Berger, currently commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, will become the 37th commandant when he replaces Gen. Robert Neller ends his term July 11.Berger will assume leadership of the Marine Corps as it evolves to a more technically advanced force from focusing on counterinsurgency warfare since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.He holds a bachelor’s in engineering from Tulane University, a Masters degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.S. in Military Studies, according to a Marine Corps press release.Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick Mahoney ADC AUTHOR
September 9, 2019
Photo by Liz RuskinCongress, for the first time, overrode one of President Obama’s vetoes. The bill – which now becomes law — allows 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia based on allegations it provided support to the terrorist attackers.Listen Now Obama argued the law makes U.S. officials vulnerable to similar lawsuits in foreign courts. Ninety-seven senators voted to overturn the veto today), including both Alaskans. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said it gives victims and their families an “avenue to justice.”But Alaska Congressman Don Young bucked the tide. He was one of only 18 Republicans in the House who voted to uphold Obama’s veto. His spokesman, Matt Shuckerow, says the Congressman voted for principle over politics.“Many have made this vote (an) issue of overriding the president and overriding his veto rather than an examination of the legislation and the policy itself,” Shuckerow said.In a written statement, Young says he sympathizes with the victims but says the law allowing them to sue Saudi Arabia threatens national security and the safety of Americans deployed abroad. Shuckerow says Young would like to reverse many of Obama’s actions, but he agrees with Obama in opposing this bill.“This was not a vote he took lightly but it was something that, given his concerns, the risk it posed to American military and intelligence personnel overseas, and the unintended consequences of this legislation … he could not support it,” Shuckerow said.Congress is also on track to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Both Alaska senators voted for the spending bill and the House was scheduled to vote on it this evening.
September 9, 2019
Three cruise ships dock in downtown Juneau July 14, at the height of the tourist season. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Proposals to spend Juneau’s cruise ship passenger fees are due January 2, and so far, the city hasn’t received many pitches.Listen NowThe city charges a $5 per passenger tax on large vessels that stop in Juneau. With about a million cruise ship passengers a year, it generates about $5 million. Under federal law, that money can only be spent on projects and programs that address both cruise ship passengers’ safety and accessibility.Susan Phillips, an executive assistant to the city manager, said, as of Dec. 27, the city has only received nine project proposals from five entities. The submissions period opened Dec. 2.Typically, the city receives dozens of pitches for things like seasonal emergency services personnel, waterfront infrastructure improvements, crossing guards and more public restroom cleaning and maintenance.Meanwhile, Cruise Lines International Association’s lawsuit alleging Juneau misspends that money is pending in federal court.Neither the city attorney nor a representative of the cruise line association could be reached for comment, but Juneau Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove said the case is in the discovery phase.Cosgrove said the looming lawsuit won’t affect the spending process this year.“Business as usual,” Cosgrove said. “We’ll just move forward with using the same process we’ve always used, as you’re aware. It’s a public process where we ask people to submit, and then we go through — traditionally, we have met with industry representatives to discuss the proposals and hear their thoughts about them, and we will do the same thing this year.”Juneau’s Marine Passenger Fee Proceeds Committee vets the initial list of spending proposals. Its recommendation go to the Juneau Assembly, which gets the final say on the projects that make the cut. The assembly discussion is expected in the spring for the budget year that begins in July.
September 9, 2019
A Coast Guard Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka participates in a training exercise. (USCG Photo taken by Petty Officer 3rd Class Wes Shinn)On Friday, a Klukwan resident set out to pick blueberries in the Upper Chilkat Valley. When he didn’t return, an extensive search began. After two days alone in the woods, he was found alive and well.Listen nowWhen 74-year-old Valentino Burattin found himself lost in the woods, he didn’t have any food or water with him, aside from a bucket of blueberries he’d harvested.“Blueberries, they are good, but when you are thirsty, they don’t satisfy,” Burattin said.Burattin, a Klukwan resident originally from Italy, was berry picking near Porcupine Rd. and Sunshine Mountain, in a heavily wooded area around 28 miles from Haines. It’s a popular spot for berry picking.Burattin had only set out for an afternoon trip. That was on Friday.“I went berry picking and at the end of — I think it was about 5:30 p.m. and I said ‘okay I can go down.’ But instead of going straight down and following the same trail that I had in coming up, I said ‘oh, I can go down this way,’” Burattin said.But the direction wasn’t quite right, and instead of getting back down to his car, Burattin walked Friday evening and all of Saturday, until he was found on Sunday.During that time, a lot of people got involved to help search for him. The police, fire department and local residents from Haines and Klukwan started an initial search. Community members were present throughout the weekend.By Sunday morning, the Alaska State Troopers took over the overall search operation.The U.S. Coast Guard also got involved, sending two helicopter aircrews from Air Station Sitka.A local search dog was deployed, followed by additional canines from Juneau. Search and rescue teams from Skagway joined those in Haines. The Skagway Fire Department aided in the effort. So did Alaska Mountain Guides, a local tour operator.According to a dispatch from the troopers, Burattin decided to stay in one place and wait for help after becoming disoriented.Brad Ryan is in charge of emergency operations at the Haines Borough. He’s there to provide borough support in situations like this.“The state troopers did a really good job of providing resources and coordinating the outside resources for the search effort,” Ryan said. “They got the Coast Guard, search dogs, they got Skagway search and rescue here. And then I think the Haines Fire Department stepped up, set up an incident command post in town, and did a good job of handling the assets of the resources sent out here.”There were crews on the ground, and in the air. Ultimately, Burattin was spotted and picked up by a Coast Guard helicopter.Ryan said the team on land helped with the successful effort in the air.“All that effort on the ground, people put a lot of hours in, I think allowed the Coast Guard to put in a pattern that was wider and ended up finding the gentleman. As well I think he was in the open, which was huge,” Ryan said.Ryan said local forester Greg Palmieri, who has a lot of experience in the area, joined the helicopter crew and helped carry out a wider search.Burattin was found at Walker Lake, a good distance from where his car was parked. As he was spotted, he was in the process of writing a message.“I was writing ‘help’ with the fern grass,” Burattin said. “And I was putting it together, making bundles to write help, and putting that in the water. But I made ‘h,’ ‘e,’ and I was doing pretty good doing the rest. But the helicopter came, so I didn’t finish it.”“When I saw the helicopter I started crying and giving praises to the lord,” Burattin added.Burattin had been out harvesting blueberries, but he credits his survival to a different berry.“What saved me was eating the watermelon berry,” Burattin said.Burattin said he ate them constantly, and they kept him hydrated.“I wasn’t dehydrated,” Burattin said. “When they found me yesterday, they wanted to give me an IV. I said ‘no, you don’t need it.’ All the signs are perfect so why give me an IV?”In a press release about the rescue, the Coast Guard offered a few more survival tips: always carry a GPS and a map, and tell someone where you’re going before heading out.Burattin says throughout the ordeal, he always believed he would make it out of the woods.“I had peace of mind throughout the whole thing,” Burattin said. “I knew that I was lost, but I would be found.”Burattin returned to his family Sunday evening, after being seen by medical personnel. He was reported to be in good condition with no injuries.As for the blueberries he had harvested, he had to dump them out to gather water in his bucket.
September 1, 2019
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. EA Changes Loot Crates in Need for Speed Amid Battlefront II ControversyThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in November Stay on target As we’ve said a billion times, 2017 has been an incredible year for video games. Because of that, I almost forgot a new Need for Speed game was dropping this month. This is doubly weird considering I’ve been a fan of the franchise since its PS2 days. I’m glad Need for Speed: Payback made it onto my radar because it is quite an unexpected but pleasant surprise. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say it is the Burnout Paradise successor many of us have wanted. It really is that good.Jordan Minor wrote an excellent breakdown of the game’s various features. Instead of going over (or driving over?) familiar ground, I’m going to simply give you my personal thoughts based on the nearly ten hours I’ve played.Unlike others, I actually greatly enjoyed 2015’s self-titled Need for Speed, but I’ll admit it had issues. Though fun to play, the various race modes and environments were a tad on the generic side. The FMV sequences were endearing in a way, but they could sometimes come off as cheesy. Being inspired by the classic Need for Speed: Underground 2 wasn’t enough, and developer Ghost Games knew it. This vehicle needed a serious tune-up if it wanted to remain relevant to gamers.Need for Speed: Payback is very much like Burnout Paradise or Forza Horizon 3 since it features a massive open world filled with a ton of races to complete and collectibles to pick up. I can see some comparing Payback to Horizon 3 since both have similar desert environments dotted with pockets of civilization. That comparison is fair, but I’m more partial to Payback because it is set in America. Australia is cool and all, but driving on the opposite side of the street never felt right to me. Also, Need for Speed has Burnout-esque crashes, something Horizon 3 sorely lacked.Like Need for Speed: Underground 2, Need for Speed had skies perpetually cloaked in darkness. While cool at first, it got a bit drab and monotonous as the hours passed on. Thankfully, Payback features a full day/night cycle that makes the world much more vibrant and realistic. I loved gazing at the pure blue skies above the sun-baked desert or the forested mountain region at night. This is another title that shows the power of the Frostbite Engine. Everything is beautiful no matter the time of day.I’m not a huge fan of simulation racing games. That isn’t to say I don’t find merit in racers that strive for uber-realism. I just prefer arcade racers where I only have to release the acceleration button occasionally. Like most other Need for Speed games, Payback is roughly 80% arcade and 20% sim. Cars have strengths, and weakness one has to account for. At the same time, every car is great to drive because the game isn’t strictly adhering to real-world physics. The fact you can upgrade every vehicle to boost its performance just makes driving all the better. Zipping across the map in everything from humvees to sports cars is a thrill.Need for Speed: Payback’s large and diverse cast of characters is one of its strongest components. I had no issue with the FMV characters from the previous game, but I’m glad Payback opted to go with more traditional polygonal stars. Now, these digital thespians can lend themselves to more elaborate and varied sequences. This includes everything from hanging out in a garage planning the next heist or jumping from moving vehicles. The voice actors deliver credible and authentic performances. Admittedly, the actors keep things relatively lighthearted, but it fits with the overall tone of the game. As crazy as this sounds, Need for Speed: Payback has made me reevaluate how I think about stories in driving games.Going back to comparisons, I couldn’t help but think about Fast & Furious as I played. In this case, I am specifically referring to the first four movies in the film franchise. Before The Rock made his muscley, mini-gun wielding debut, the series focused exclusively on racing and car culture. Need for Speed: Payback also emphasizes these aspects. Yes, there are wild chase sequences, explosions, and all manner of crazy things that play out in the story. However, the game always puts the spotlight on racing — much like Fast & Furious used to. In this sense, I’d like to consider Need for Speed: Payback a spiritual sequel to the original Fast films.While I’ve greatly enjoyed my time with the game so far, I know I’ve only just scratched its surface. The story alone is supposedly around 20 hours long. If you add in all of the different races, challenges, billboards to break, poker chips to collect, and derelict cars to find and upgrade, you can see Payback easily taking up a significant amount of time. This is either a good or bad thing, depending on the size of your backlog. I’ll no doubt slowly pick away at Payback during the rest of the year, so I’m thankful it contains a good deal of content.Working Need for Speed: Payback into my busy gaming schedule presents a challenge, but it’s one I’m willing to take. I’ve desired a new Burnout Paradise for nearly a decade. I don’t know when or if that will ever happen, but this is about as close as it gets. I’m glad the Need for Speed series (and in particular this game) is here to fill that void. If you want a racing game that offers a great deal of customization, a massive open world to explore, and an action-packed story, Need for Speed: Payback is the game for you.Need for Speed: Payback releases on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 10. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.
August 31, 2019
Screenshot of the e Serial Interception Sequence Learning task in progress. Credit: Hristo Bojinov, Neuroscience Meets Cryptography: Designing Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks, 21st USENIX Security Symposium. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This, as the authors point out, represents a turning point in how security experts might treat authentication. Traditionally, it has been about either who you are (biometrics), what you know (passwords) or what you have (tokens).The newly added twist, as the research takes on further development, will also work at authentication based on what you really know but do not know. The research team suggests its authentication category as “a subclass of behavioral biometric measurement.”Bojinov sees the application in high-risk scenarios when the code-holder needs to be physically present, such as to gain access to a nuclear or military facility. “Now, suppose a clever attacker captures an authenticated user. The attacker can steal the user’s hardware token, fake the user’s biometrics, and coerce the victim into revealing his or her secret key. At this point the attacker can impersonate the victim and defeat the expensive authentication system deployed at the facility,” the authors said.The paper, which they intend to present next month at the 21st USENIX Security Symposium in Bellevue, Washington, is called “Designing Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks.” The authors are Hristo Bojinov, Daniel Sanchez, Paul Reber, Dan Boneh, and Patrick Lincoln. The team further explained what they mean by rubber hose attacks: “Cryptographic systems often rely on the secrecy of cryptographic keys given to users. Many schemes, however, cannot resist coercion attacks where the user is forcibly asked by an attacker to reveal the key. These attacks, known as rubber hose cryptanalysis, are often the easiest way to defeat cryptography. We present a defense against coercion attacks using the concept of implicit learning from cognitive psychology.”Bojinov and colleagues designed a game lasting 30 to 45 minutes in which players intercept falling objects by pressing a key. The objects appear in one of six positions, each corresponding to a different key. Positions of objects were not always random. a hidden sequence of 30 successive positions was repeated over 100 times. Players made fewer errors when they encountered this sequence on successive rounds. This learning persisted when the players were tested two weeks later.“We performed a number of user studies using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to verify that participants can successfully re-authenticate over time and that they are unable to reconstruct or even recognize short fragments of the planted secret.”If another person were to try to discover the sequence by forcing the password holder to play a similar game and watching to see when they make fewer errors, chances would be slim. The sequence consists of 30 key presses in six different positions. Testing 100 users nonstop for a year would result in less than a 1 in 60,000 chance of extracting the sequence.So far, results of their research indicate the game could form the basis of a security system of this nature. Users would learn a sequence unique to them in an initial session and later prove that they know it by playing the same game. Nonetheless, the authors acknowledge that much work remains before the system can be deployed in a user-friendly state. The team hopes to further analyze the rate at which implicitly learned passwords are forgotten, and the required frequency of refresher sessions. (Phys.org) — Security experts are turning to cognitive psychology for fresh ideas on authentication. Hristo Bojinov of Stanford University and others on his team have a new authentication design based on the concept of implicit learning. Implicit learning refers to learning patterns without any conscious knowledge of the learned pattern. An example of this is riding a bicycle. One knows how to ride a bicycle, but cannot explain how. The technique involves, through a crafted computer game, delivering a secret password in the user’s brain without the user consciously knowing what the password is. Hotmail in hot water over password flaw, rushes fix © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Neuroscience joins cryptography (2012, July 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-neuroscience-cryptography.html via Newscientist Explore further More information:
August 31, 2019
To examine the relationship between sense of agency (SoA) over thoughts (i.e., the experience of being the source of one’s own thoughts) and obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms, Fradkin et al. told participants that an imperceptible and nonaudible auditory message (sham) could insert thoughts in their minds and measured whether they reported having experienced inserted thoughts. Participants were informed about the message that they would supposedly randomly hear (e.g., a negative word, such as death, or a neutral word, such as chair) and were instructed to click the mouse whenever they thought they heard it. Participants also completed an OC Inventory. Participants with high OC symptoms were more likely to falsely hear the sham message than were participants with low OC symptoms, showing less SoA over their thoughts. This tendency was not altered by the valence of the thoughts. Low SoA seemed related to surprise (i.e., the extent to which a thought seems out of context, given one’s other thoughts), and participants who reported experiencing out-of-context or surprising thoughts in daily life were more likely to hear the sham message. Thus, context and experience of violated expectations seem to accompany low SoA. These findings suggest that besides the content and appraisals of intrusive thoughts, researchers and practitioners should also focus on the contextual and phenomenological characteristics of intrusive thoughts. Motivations to Experience Happiness or Sadness in Depression: Temporal Stability and Implications for Coping With StressYael Millgram, Jutta Joormann, Jonathan D. Huppert, Avital Lampert, and Maya Tamir Thoughts as Unexpected Intruders: Context, Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms, and the Sense of Agency Over ThoughtsIsaac Fradkin, Baruch Eitam, Asher Y. Strauss, and Jonathan D. Huppert Individuals experiencing various levels of depression rated their motivations to experience sadness and happiness, their current emotions and stress, and their attempts to regulate or change their emotional reactions. They were assessed three times: before an exam period, during the academic semester, and 1 to 3 months later during an exam period. In all of the assessments, individuals experiencing more depression were less likely to be motivated to experience happiness and more motivated to experience sadness compared with individuals experiencing less depression. Thus, higher motivation to experience sadness and lower motivation to experience happiness seem to be stable predispositions associated with depression. Individuals experiencing more depression and who were less motivated to experience happiness were less likely to sustain happiness when exposed to happy stimuli and to downplay their negative emotions during real-life stressful events (i.e., exams) compared with individuals not experiencing depression. These findings suggest that helping individuals with depression enhance their motivation to experience happiness may promote better adjustment to stress in daily life. Genetic and Environmental Associations Among Executive Functions, Trait Anxiety, and Depression Symptoms in Middle AgeDaniel E. Gustavson, Carol E. Franz, Matthew S. Panizzon, Chandra A. Reynolds, Hong Xian, Kristen C. Jacobson, Rosemary Toomey, Michael J. Lyons, and William S. Kremen Read about research recently published in Clinical Psychological Science: To determine whether anxiety and depression symptoms are associated with a decreased ability to control and modify one’s own behavior in response to a goal (i.e., executive functioning), and to discern the role of genetic influences on this association, Gustavson and colleagues tested more than 500 middle-aged twin pairs. They measured participants’ anxiety and depression symptoms and their executive functioning — general cognitive ability, working memory, ability to inhibit responses, and ability to shift task goals. More anxiety/depression symptoms were associated with poorer executive functioning, and this relationship was mostly explained by genetic influences. However, environmental influences also affected the relationship between depression and executive functioning but not the relationship between cognitive functioning and anxiety. These associations were observed in late middle age, when cognitive abilities begin to decline, suggesting the importance of considering executive functioning when examining the relationship between anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline. Moreover, decline in executive functioning may underlie age-related decline in other cognitive abilities. Psychological interventions for individuals with anxiety or depression may be more successful when they include training in executive-functioning tasks.
August 31, 2019
Kolkata: At least 20 shops were burnt to ashes after a major fire broke out at a roadside market in New Town on the wee hours of Wednesday. Though the intensity of the fire was quite high, none was injured due to the incident.According to local residents, around 5 am on Wednesday, residents of canal side of Gouranganagar saw thick smoke coming out from a shop. Immediately, the shop owners, police and fire brigade were informed. But before taking steps, the fire started spreading to other shops. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs there was some hotels, LPG cylinders were present inside the shops. As soon as the flames touched the hotels, LPG cylinders started exploding. Local residents claimed that at least three LPG cylinder exploded due to the fire. Upon receiving the news two fire tenders from Bidhannagar Fire Station were pressed in to action. Later, two more fire tenders were sent from Maniktala and Madhyamgram fire station to douse the fire. As source of water was available from the Bagjola canal, fire fighters had no problem to get water to douse the fire. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBut due to the multiple LPG cylinder explosion, it took long time to control the fire. On Wednesday, early morning fire broke out in some Bagjola Canal side shops made of bamboo shed and tin shed in which approximately 10 shops were completely gutted into fire. Two fire tenders were deployed and extinguished the fire. After almost two hours fire was controlled. Later, for almost an hour fire fighters kept on spraying water to douse the fire completely. It is suspected that the fire had occurred due to a short circuit in the electric wires.
August 31, 2019
Kolkata: Police recovered an elderly women, who was locked up inside an apartment by her daughter-in-law, on Krishna Chatterjee Lane in Bali police station limits on Tuesday.The police said Jyotsna Das Gupta (80) lived with her daughter-in law Sujata in the four-storeyed apartment. Her son had died two years ago. Because of ailment she could not walk without taking support. While leaving her alone at home, Sujata had made arrangments for her medical care. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe police did not arrest any one in the case as Sujata and her daughter Indrani Dasgupta tendered an apology and assured the cops that they would never lock up the elderly woman at home. On Saturday, Sujata left for her daughter’s house in Bhadreshwar and she locked up the elderly woman at home. On Sunday, occupants of other apartment saw newspaper were piled outside the gate of the house. They tried to reachout to the elderly woman but they failed and informed the police. Officers from Bally police station arrived on Tuesday morning and they broke open the gate. Cops called up Indrani Dasgupta, the granddaughter of the woman, who was a schoolteacher. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIndrani told the police that often went out leaving her grandmother alone and locking up the apartment from outside. Sujata arrived almost one-and-a-half-hours after the cops informed her about the situation. She opened the room and police found that the elderly woman was sleeping on a cot. The woman is stone deaf and cannot walk without taking support. Both the mother and the daughter admitted their mistake and tendered unconditional apology. The police arranged for doctors who treated the elderly woman.
August 30, 2019
In England during the Victorian Era, hailing a taxi meant flagging down a hansom cab. Hansom cabs were designed by Joseph Hansom, in 1834, and patented by John Chapman two years later. The cabs were two-wheeled affairs, low to the ground, and the cab’s driver would perch on an elevated seat at the carriage’s rear. A hansom cab could seat two passengers who entered the closed passenger box through a folding door at the front.The design made the vehicle both swift and less prone to upset when going around sharp corners, making it the most popular and common type of hired cab during the Victorian era.A hansom cab, London, 1877It wasn’t a bad way to travel if you were the paying fare, but it could be much less pleasant if you were the one doing the driving. The driver’s box was exposed to the elements, which made driving a cab pretty miserable work when the weather was cold, wet, or windy, and all of those were conditions that were pretty common.As a result, London’s cabbies had frequent need of warm drinks or food. It’s no surprise, then, that cabbies who were cold and miserable would go, according to CabbyBlog, to the one place that could offer them warmth or sustenance – public houses, or pubs.Hansom cab and driver in a movie set in 1903, London. Photo by Andrew Dunn CC BY 2.0There were several drawbacks to hanging out in pubs, though. One was that it was illegal to leave the horses unattended, so a cabby had to pay someone to hang out and watch his horses. Another drawback was that the pubs were full of opportunities to gamble or drink, neither of which were desirable activities for someone who was on the clock.According to the BBC, it was a man named George Armstrong who first came up with a solution to the problem after he was unable to find a cab during a blizzard when all the cabbies were huddled in the local pubs, trying not to freeze.Cabmen’s Shelter in Kensington Road, W8, LondonHe met with a group of philanthropists, including the Earl of Shaftesbury, to brainstorm a solution to their problem, and, in 1875, the Cabmen’s Shelter Fund came into being.The Fund was responsible for building a series of small, green shelters around London. There were originally more than 60, scattered along public byways, and none of them were larger than a horse and cart to stay in compliance with Metropolitan Police rules.Related Video:Each of the tiny shelters offered food, hot drinks, and a place for cabbies to get out of the weather that was independent of the pubs. Furthermore, there was the added advantage that the shelters had rules prohibiting gambling, swearing, political discussions, and most of all, drinking.London Cabmen’s Shelter in Russell Square. Photo by Ethan_Doyle_White CC BY-SA 4.0Hidden London notes that the amenities varied from shelter to shelter, depending on its location, with some being extremely basic and others nearly being luxurious. Many of the shelters ended up with their own nicknames, such as the Bell and Horns, or the Junior Turf Club.The latter earned its name due to its proximity to the aristocratic club of the same name that was located nearby. In the 1920s, champagne-toting members of the club would periodically invade the nearby shelter. All of the shelters were built with places to tether one’s horses around the outside and troughs to water them.The shelters were put up to give cab drivers (with a horse and carriage) somewhere to shelter and keep warm. Photo by Ann Biddle CC BY 2.0Various small bits of history have passed through the tiny shelters over the years. In September 1888, a man identifying himself as “Dr. J. Duncan” confessed to the Jack the Ripper murders while he was at the Westbourne Grove shelter.Sir Ernest Shackleton, the noted Antarctic explorer, was a frequent visitor to the Hyde Park Corner shelter. Painter John Singer Sargent was a regular at yet another of the small shelters.Ernest Shackleton, before 1909Unfortunately, many of the shelters were destroyed during the Blitz in World War II. Still others met their demise during redevelopment ventures or road-widening projects. Today, only 13 of the huts remain, and 10 of them are still in operation.Even though the days of Hansom cabs are long gone, the shelters that remain in operation still serve London’s cabbies. Only licensed black-cab drivers, those who have passed the Knowledge Test – to have memorized all the streets and routes in the city – are allowed to sit inside the shelters.London black cabMost of the shelters now only operate from around seven in the morning until one in the afternoon. The cabbies can sit at one of the long, thin tables and get a hot drink. The shelters also generally serve eggs, bacon, sausage, and some sandwiches.The cabbies who use them come in for the company of their peers as much as the food. Although only cabbies are welcome to come inside the tiny huts, several of them also have windows where the public can order food to take away, which helps bring in more money.London Cabmen’s Shelter in Warwick Avenue. Photo by oyxman CC BY 2.5Today, the shelters have Grade II status as buildings of historical interest, which means that not only should efforts be taken to preserve them, but also that any refurbishment has to be consistent with their original style, right down to the shade of green they can be painted.As a result, fully redoing one could cost as much as £30,000. The cost of repairs and maintenance is still absorbed by the Cabmen’s Shelter Fund, but modern cabbies and shelter-tenders alike know that things are changing.Photo by oyxman CC BY 2.5With the rise of ride-sharing services like Uber, the trade is slowly dying out. Even so, all of the people who are connected to these small shelters are adamant about wanting their history and legacy preserved.Read another story from us: People are Starting to Sleep in Medieval “Box Beds” AgainColin Evans, a long-time London cabby, phrased it well, “It’s not just the buildings. It’s the characters, too. If we lose this, we lose part of the cab trade’s history and a part of London history. That would be a real shame.”