Heavy rainy season downpours have left areas of eastern Chad flooded and seriously hampered efforts by United Nations and other aid agencies to help tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Although food is not a major problem because supplies were stockpiled in camps in April and May, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is having difficulty supplying needed goods such as new tents, while the agency and others have delayed or cancelled missions in the region. Aid can only be transported to some outposts by air and even then the rain often makes airstrips unusable, UNHCR said in its latest update from Abeche in eastern Chad. Earlier this month, two flights to Goz Beida were cancelled for two days in a row because the airstrip could not be used. “We haven’t seen such flooding in the past two years. There was so much rain that the roads and wadis became almost impassable,” UNHCR driver Khalil Ousmane said. Taking detours to avoid flooded areas meant that journeys took up to three times as long as normal, he added. Drivers always took bedding with them in case they had to sleep en route. The rains have eased over the past week but flooding continues to cut land access to the Koukou Angarana region in the southeast and has forced locals and IDPs to head for higher ground. Goz Amir, one of 12 UNHCR-run camps housing some 230,000 Sudanese refugees fleeing the conflict in Darfur, is in the flooded area. There are also 170,000 Chadian IDPs in the area. “UNHCR and its partners are helping several hundred displaced families and host communities who have been affected by the rains and sought shelter on higher ground,” said Bryan Hunter, UNHCR protection officer in Goz Beida. UNHCR staff have been forced to rent carts from locals so that they can help those uprooted by the floods, he added. Since the rains began in mid-June, flooded wadis have made it almost impossible to drive between the UNHCR logistics hub at Abeche, the main town in eastern Chad, and Farchana, the gateway to several refugee camps near the border with Sudan’s Darfur region, with the floods cutting off some of the camps. Exposure to the elements is causing physical discomfort and putting added logistical and financial pressure on aid agencies. “With most shelters in camps being in a poor state, the number of people asking for new tents grows during and after the rainy season,” said Julien Sangtam, a UNHCR community services assistant in the town of Bahai. “Their concerns are real and justified, but we can’t satisfy them because of logistical problems.” 20 September 2007Heavy rainy season downpours have left areas of eastern Chad flooded and seriously hampered efforts by United Nations and other aid agencies to help tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
7 July 2009The top United Nations relief official kicked off a four-day visit to Pakistan today, urging that no effort be spared to tackle the humanitarian crisis involving over 2 million people uprooted by fighting between Government forces and militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). “While it is not the largest crisis in the world, needs in Pakistan are the most immediate of any crisis in the world. The upcoming monsoon season makes meeting those needs an even more urgent priority,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes.“This will not be easy, and I fear it will be by no means perfect. But we must pull out all the stops to do as much as possible, as quickly as possible,” he added.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that preparations continue in the displacement camps for the upcoming monsoon season, which is expected to start in mid-July.The agency’s spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva that, depending on the intensity of the monsoon, some families may have to be relocated to other areas less prone to flooding. Some 260,000 of the more than 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in 21 camps, according to UNHCR. The vast majority of the displaced are outside the camps, living with host families and in school buildings. During the course of his visit, the UN humanitarian chief plans to visit IDP camps, host families and spontaneous settlements where some of the displaced are taking shelter. “Although we are making headway in delivering aid to people in formal camps, we need to find ways to reach more displaced in need – especially those staying in spontaneous settlements and with host families,” he said.Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, began his visit today by meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi and General Nadeem, head of the Special Support Group, as well as the humanitarian country team in Pakistan.In a related development, UNHCR and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday signed a partnership agreement to support vital humanitarian operations in Pakistan. The agreement will procure relief items like tents and blankets, to meet the needs of IDPs, mainly women and children, as well as facilitate the voluntary return of displaced people in the country’s north-west.
Three people of the same family were stabbed and two of them succumbed to their injuries in Anuradhapura, the police media unit said.The police said that a mother, father and their young daughter were stabbed by a man over a love affair. Investigations had revealed that the 23 year old girl had an affair with the man who stabbed them. During this time the father and mother assaulted the man and he had retaliated using a sword in his possession.He stabbed the girl and her parents. The mother and daughter succumbed from their injuries while the father is in critical condition. (Colombo Gazette) He had gone to the house of the girl and got into a verbal dispute with the girl and her family.
A petition was submitted in court today challenging the convening of Parliament.The petition was submitted in the Supreme Court. The petitioner is of the opinion Parliament cannot meet as there is an interim injunction issued over the dissolution of Parliament. (Colombo Gazette)
The 15-member group, to include 10 ambassadors, will visit the capital Kabul, Herat, Kandahar and Mazar-i-Sharif between 31 October and 8 November, and will also visit Islamabad, Pakistan, for briefings and consultations.According to a letter from the Council President, Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States, to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the mission is “to underscore the international community’s unwavering commitment to the peace and reconstruction process in Afghanistan and to promote further international regional support to this end.”Another objective of the mission, the letter said, was “to convey a strong message to regional and factional leaders about the need to reject all violence, condemn extremist, terrorist and illegal drug activities, ensure public order and safety, promote inter-ethnic reconciliation and support the implementation” of international agreements on Afghanistan.
A man wanted for murder in Guyana was located 2,643 miles from the crime scene on Tuesday — in Queens, law enforcement sources said, according to the New York Daily News.Marcus Bisram was arrested Tuesday in Queens for a 2016 murder in Guyana. (FACEBOOK)Members of the NYPD/U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force apprehended suspect Marcus Bisram in the Rockaways at about 1 p.m, the NY Daily reported.“He was living here in plain view,” the source said.Bisram is accused of masterminding the killing of carpenter Faiyaz Narinedatt on Oct. 31, 2016. He allegedly got four co-conspirators to kill Narinedatt, who was beaten to death.After the killing, Bisram moved to the U.S. and lived in Arverne, where he created the Marcus Brian Bisram Foundation, which is focused on “making better, brighter futures.”Narinedatt’s body was found on 70 Village Rd. in Berbice the next day, officials said.Georgetown police arrested his attackers, who confessed that Bisram had ordered them to commit the killing.The suspects admitted that they had beaten Narinedatt to death, then put his body into a car, drove him to Village Road and then ran his lifeless body over with the car to make it appear that he was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.Bisram is expected to be presented in Brooklyn Federal court for arraignment Wednesday.Guyana, which re-issued a fugitive warrant for Bisram in March, will have to petition for his extradition, authorities said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBisram’s extradition hearing set for next Thursday in BrooklynJuly 6, 2017In “Crime”Wanted bulletin issued for ‘mastermind’ in murder of Berbice carpenterNovember 23, 2016In “Crime”Narinedatt’s murder: Former Magistrate, eyewitness in custody for alleged witness tamperingOctober 23, 2017In “Court”
Online is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.The Mandela EffectDid you ever get the feeling like the world isn’t quite right? Have a memory that conflicted with other people’s? No, you’re not insane or being experimented on by evil government scientists. You’re just the latest victim of the Mandela Effect.Coined by a “paranormal consultant” named Fiona Broome, the name comes from Broome’s unshakeable belief that South African political leader Nelson Mandela died in jail in during the 1980s. He was actually freed in 1990 and became President in 1994. When she found that other people shared her wrong information, the Mandela Effect was born.With a critical eye, it’s pretty easy to see what’s going on: these people just don’t remember things right. It’s not complicated, and we all do it. The technical term is “confabulation.”But, since this is the Internet, the simplest answer isn’t always the one people believe. Hardcore Mandela Effect sufferers think they’ve been forcibly relocated to a parallel dimension, or are living within a computer simulation that’s glitching out. Let’s dive into the Internet Gutter to dig up the most crackpot theories.The StainProbably the most famous example of the Mandela Effect is the Berenstain Bears, the long-running children’s book series written and drawn by Stan and Jan Berenstain. A significant group of people believes that the titular ursines are the BerenstEin Bears, and at some point in the past, the spelling of the name was changed. Not only that, but all record of the E version was expunged from history.This… didn’t happen. People are confused because “Berenstein” is a more common spelling of the last name, where “Berenstain” is rarer. As you’ll see with some these Mandela Effects, they depend on childhood memories that have faded with time.Genie In A BottleComedian Sinbad is probably best known for his tenure on A Different World, but hundreds of people remember him as the star of 90s kid comedy Shazaam, where he played a wisecracking friendly genie.Only one problem: Shazaam never existed. Those memories are pure Mandela Effect. If you remember that movie, chances are you’re confabulating Sinbad into the Shaquille O’Neal vehicle Kazaam, which was about a wisecracking friendly genie. This would – and should – be a good enough explanation for most people, but Mandela Effect victims won’t let it rest.You read that right. People are making up all kinds of explanations as to why a movie that has never existed might have actually existed. Pulling the Star Wars Holiday Special into the mix to justify the burial of Shazaam is some next level nonsense, and in that thread there are multiple replies from people who swear to have seen Shazaam on videotape more than once. But this all seems innocuous compared to the truly weird places the Mandela Effect can go.Getting RealMost of these Mandela Effect manifestations have been pretty benign. Does it really matter that the name of a bear family is spelled one way or the other? Probably not. But some believers are pushing the limits in ways that could be dangerous. Watch this video and see if it doesn’t freak you out.One popular Mandela Effect theory involves the anatomy of the human body and the belief that it “changed” sometime in the 1990s. They back this up by comparing anatomical drawings from the mid-1900s with current drawings. In the “old reality,” human bone structure was wildly different, with fewer and less articulated bones.Let’s be frank, here: this is absolutely, inarguably insane. And the guy explaining it in the video above is a chiropractor, meaning that he actually works with the human body and gets paid for it. Would you like to know if the person re-aligning your spine believes that aliens or space gods or something rewrote reality during the grunge era? I would.Reality BitesThe best place to keep tabs on the continuing conflicts between memory and the real world is the Mandela Effect subreddit. That’s where people bring their best evidence to the hivemind and see what they think. Threads there are pretty funny. There’s always one or two “no, that’s always been that way” debunkers who get voted down, but the big discussion is around “residue” – images and videos that they believe might contain traces of the “old universe” that people remember.Some Mandela Effect cases are stupid – of course, Rubik’s Cube is spelled with a K, not an X. Chartreuse has always been a yellowish-green, not pink. Carmen Sandiego’s coat is red. Brian Dennehy is alive, goddammit. But people have managed to convince themselves that the opposite is true. And they’re making forum posts, blogs, and YouTube videos about it.What does the future hold for the Mandela Effect? Despite articles like this clearly stating that these are mixed-up memories and nothing more, believers continue to find more and more jawsome “examples” of the world changing without their permission. Who knows? Maybe there will be a shift so big that even skeptics like myself will have to admit it. But I wouldn’t put money on us ever remembering it.
On a mid-January afternoon, most of the pieces of the Wittpenn Bridge deck were fitted together near the Columbia River. Set on pilings, the deck rose in the air, caked in snow and ice while a dozen workers clambered around and underneath.“They were out here when it was nine degrees on Friday,” said Greg Arnold, the 56-year-old plant manager. “We’re so used to being in it that we don’t look at (the weather forecast) in the morning.”For the past two years, workers at Vigor Industrial in Vancouver quietly assembled the massive bridge deck at a warehouse at the Columbia Business Center. About 400 workers have had a hand in its making. This spring the deck will be broken into three pieces, then barged through the Panama Canal on the way to New Jersey.It is one of the biggest items manufactured in Vancouver and the Portland area in recent years. Though the company wouldn’t disclose the contract’s worth, the bridge is a 3 million pound prize in a feast or famine industry.“If you wanted to look down at the numbers, it’s something like 120,000 man hours of work,” said Tom Hickman, a company executive.The United States lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs from 2000 to 2010, according to the Wall Street Journal. Jobs have ticked up in recent years, but still fall short of the pre-recession levels and its peak in the 1970s.
Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order The Cheapskate The Walt Disney Company Falcon and Winter Solider will be teaming up on Disney Plus.The new Marvel teamup show got a quick promo Thursday during the Walt Disney Company’s 2019 Investor Day event, where the show’s logo appeared on stage. If you can’t see it in the above image, here’s a closer look. The Walt Disney Company Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed the show on stage during the event. It will join several other Marvel Cinematic Universe, shows like the previously announced Loki starring Tom Hiddleston and the newly revealed WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.Falcon and the Winter Soldier will unite Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s characters onto a “long form” show destined for the new streaming platform. TV and Movies See at Turo 3:41 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Marvel Disney,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $520 at HP $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Comment Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Share your voice Sprint Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo Tags See it Apple iPhone XS See at Amazon The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Rylo $59 at eBay What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Now playing: Watch this: Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $6 at Tidal $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Boost Mobile $60 at Best Buy Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review Read the AirPods review 7 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice Amazon 1 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Comments $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET
Dear Comrade song Canteen posterTwitterVijay Devarakonda has expressed his dislike towards constant questions on kissing scenes in his films. The actor, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Dear Comrade, indicated that such sequences are not being forcefully added into the storyline.The actor, who was in Bengaluru to promote the movie, was visibly annoyed when a reporter asked about his lip-lock scene with Rashmika Mandanna in Dear Comrade. “I don’t like the word – lip-lock. You guys write about objectification….its kissing.. it’s an emotion like anger… when we cry it is an emotion, when we kiss it is an emotion and it’s not lip-locking… whenever I read lip-lock.. I’m like what the f**k…I really dislike it. [sic]”He added, “I think it is kissing and it is an emotion. It should be respected,” He claims that the kissing scenes are part of the film only If it is in the in the script and necessary for the moment.On her turn, Rashmika Mandanna said, “The director decides how the two characters should emote. It is all in the mindset. If a person feels the trailer only has kissing scenes, basically he doesn’t want to relate to any other emotion,”She wonders why people have issues over kissing scene when it is a natural thing between two people in love. Vijay Devarakonda intervened and stated, “It is not a kissing scene between Vijay and Rashmika. It is between Bobby and Lilly.”The much-awaited movie will hit the screens on 26 July in four languages –Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam.
When The Last of Us was shown on stage at E3 this year, it was clear that developer Naughty Dog was making a rather dark departure from their Indiana Jones-ish Uncharted series. Though violence is nothing new in games, something about the up-close brutality in The Last of Us made a number of critics and fans shiver. Since the game seemed to be focused on giving emotional weight to combat, I wondered whether players would be forced down that road, or have the option to turn away from it. At PAX 2012, Naughty Dog showed off a new live demonstration of the game, and I got my answer.The area demonstrate at PAX appeared to be nearly identical to the one in the E3 trailer, including the same group of scavenging enemies, but the way it played out couldn’t have been more different. Rather than beating, shooting, and burning his way through the hotel, the demo player took a stealthy approach. He distracted the first few enemies by tossing an empty bottle through a window, carefully timed his movements through the empty rooms to avoid being detected, and choked out the lone enemy guarding the exit — the same area in the E3 demo, but cleared without a single kill.Yet even though non-violence seems to be an option, The Last of Us makes it a difficult road to walk. Immediately after clearing the area from the E3 trailer, the player was spotted by another group of enemies and fell back on the old shooting and melee tactics. But the encounter showed off another interesting element of the AI. When only one scavenger was left, he fled into the building ahead, and the player found himself forced into a cat-and-mouse game with a single, desperate enemy.Now that we’ve seen the other side Naughty Dog’s latest game, I’ll be interested to see how players react to it when it releases next year. Will will players work harder to avoid violence due to the way The Last of Us presents it? And if they do, will stealthy players be able to complete the game without a single kill?
We’re not too far from Red Dead Redemption 2‘s October 26 release date. Based on everything we’ve seen so far, it looks like another hit from Rockstar Games. Like its predecessor and Grand Theft Auto V, the game will have a robust online mode. Unfortunately, it will not be available to play at launch. Instead, a public beta will go live sometime in November.This news comes straight from Rockstar, who announced the beta on its website. Red Dead Online will blend “narrative with competitive and cooperative gameplay in fun new ways.” Like Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Online will feature a vast world for players to explore. They can do so alone or with friends. Red Dead Online will receive its fair share of updates and gameplay adjustments like GTA Online.AdChoices广告“Red Dead Online is planned for launch in November 2018, initially as a public beta,” says Rockstar. “As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch. We look forward to working with our amazing and dedicated community to share ideas, help us fix teething problems and work with us to develop Red Dead Online into something really fun and innovative.” Anyone who purchases a copy of Red Dead Redemption either on PS4 or Xbox One will have access to Red Dead Online.Grand Theft Auto V‘s online mode launched two weeks after the game released. When it did, it suffered a host of issues which weren’t resolved for many weeks. Because of that, it’s wise for Rockstar Games to have a proper beta for Red Dead Online. If this online mode becomes anywhere near as successful as GTA Online, then I think players can forgive not getting the full mode at launch. We’ll learn more about what to expect from Red Dead Online in the coming weeks so stay tuned for updates as they become available.Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on October 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more on Red Dead Redemption 2 check out this swanky collector’s edition and maybe watch that last gameplay trailer a few more times. Stay on target ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully LaunchesOf Course ‘Red Dead Online’ Is Getting A(nother) Battle Roya… Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 7, 2011 With so much talk about Google+ lately, it’s only natural that business owners want in. They’ll have to wait though.Google last week began field testing Google+ — the search giant’s new social networking utility — on an “invitation-only” basis, and many entrepreneurs and business owners are chomping at the bit for an opportunity to create a business account on what many people think will be ‘the next big thing’ online.This enthusiasm is fueled by a desire among businesses and brands to get in on the ground floor of what some anticipate will be a serious competitor to Facebook Pages. Some fear being left behind if they don’t act now. Still, for the time being at least, Google is discouraging businesses and brands from participating. The company behind the Internet’s most popular search engine confirmed this week that small- and medium-sized business pages and profiles will be a major factor on Google+, but not now. At present, there is no specific timeframe on when the company will start offering business profiles, according to a Google spokeswoman. “Unfortunately,” she said, “Google+ is not quite ready for businesses. But we’re working quickly to provide a way for companies to engage with their customers.”That said, Google did offer some solace to owners: Companies can now apply to become part of Google’s test phase for its business pages. Check out Google’s online application.And while businesses aren’t currently prohibited from joining, Google+ isn’t designed for such use just yet. Furthermore, persistent beta party crashers will just have to recreate their business profile once companies are allowed in. Google won’t be able to transfer those profiles over. So for now at least, businesses owners should sit back and let the platform evolve.Meanwhile, here’s the Google+ feature set as of this writing:There’s Circles, which enables Google+ members to sort their parents from their frat brothers, or business associates from surfing buddies. It takes everyone out of a “Friends-style” category, allowing you to be more specific in targeting the audience you want to hear your message. Then there’s Sparks, which brings to your screen articles and videos and contacts about things that interest you — things like rock climbing or surfing or stamp collecting. This is also a social option that enables you to link up with others who share your interests.With Hangouts, you get on-screen gatherings with a few close friends or business contacts that can take on the appearance of sitting around a bar or meeting room. Just some face-to-face conversation that’s really convenient because you didn’t have to drive anywhere to participate.Going mobile on Google+ might offer smartphone users a lot of options, including adding an immediate location to every post, or instantly sending photos to friends or an online album. And then there’s Huddle, which adds instant group messaging to your smartphone.Oh, and by the way, Google+ shouldn’t be confused with Google +1. Google +1 is an experimental feature that enables those with a Google Profile to offer a personal endorsement of a product or service that they’ve tried themselves. It’s shorthand for “Check this out” or “Trust me, this is cool.” Google+ is a full-on social networking utility. Will you use Google+ when it opens for business? Leave a comment and let us know. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »
The arrest took place after police found a passenger on an arriving flight from Mexico City carrying a .38 caliber firearm with two loaded magazines. The man has been identified as 46-year-old J.A.H.Y. who claimed to be an employee of a security firm. The man was made available for the public prosecutor’s office in Cancun. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) When federal police asked the man for his gun permit, the man handed over an expired license. When police ran the gun through the firearm database, the results showed the gun had never been registered. Cancun, Q.R. — Federal police have taken a man into custody at the Cancun International Airport after he was found carrying a weapon.
A balance board accessory for a popular video game console can help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) reduce their risk of accidental falls, according to new research published online in the journal Radiology. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans showed that use of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board system appears to induce favorable changes in brain connections associated with balance and movement.Balance impairment is one of the most common and disabling symptoms of MS, a disease of the central nervous system in which the body’s immune system attacks the protective sheath around nerve fibers. Physical rehabilitation is often used to preserve balance, and one of the more promising new tools is the Wii Balance Board System, a battery-powered device about the size and shape of a bathroom scale. Users stand on the board and shift their weight as they follow the action on the television screen during games like slalom skiing.While Wii balance board rehabilitation has been reported as effective in patients with MS, little is known about the underlying physiological basis for any improvements in balance.Researchers recently used an MRI technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to study changes in the brains of 27 MS patients who underwent a 12-week intervention using Wii balance board-based visual feedback training. DTI is a non-conventional MRI technique that allows detailed analysis of the white matter tracts that transmit nervous signals through the brain and body.MRI scans of the MS patients showed significant effects in nerve tracts that are important in balance and movement. The changes seen on MRI correlated with improvements in balance as measured by an assessment technique called posturography.These brain changes in MS patients are likely a manifestation of neural plasticity, or the ability of the brain to adapt and form new connections throughout life, according to lead author Luca Prosperini, M.D., Ph.D., from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.“The most important finding in this study is that a task-oriented and repetitive training aimed at managing a specific symptom is highly effective and induces brain plasticity,” he said. “More specifically, the improvements promoted by the Wii balance board can reduce the risk of accidental falls in patients with MS, thereby reducing the risk of fall-related comorbidities like trauma and fractures.”Prosperini noted that similar plasticity has been described in persons who play video games, but the exact mechanisms behind the phenomenon are still unknown. He hypothesized that changes can occur at the cellular level within the brain and may be related to myelination, the process of building the protective sheath around the nerves.The rehabilitation-induced improvements did not persist after the patients discontinued the training protocol, Prosperini said, most likely because certain skills related to structural changes to the brain after an injury need to be maintained through training.“This finding should have an important impact on the rehabilitation process of patients, suggesting that they need ongoing exercises to maintain good performance in daily living activities,” Prosperini concluded. 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Source = Travel Counsellors Travel Counsellors has announced it will host a Discovery Day eventTravel Counsellors has announced it will host a Discovery Day event following an increase in agents joining the company to run their own home-based travel businesses.Travel Counsellors are encouraging Melbourne-based agents interested in working from home on their own businesses to get involved and take the first step towards fulfilling their potential by attending the event to learn more.The Discovery Day will include a champagne reception and informal lunch as well as a tour of the office. This ‘open day’ style of event allows interested travel agents to meet the company’s support team in order to learn about everything from how the team use technology to stay connected while working remotely to the support systems in place to ensure Travel Counsellors thrive in their businesses. Guests will also have the opportunity to link up via webcam to one of the company’s Travel Counsellors for a live Q&A session to find out more about what life is like running their own travel business. They will also sit in the audience for the company’s own daily live webcast TCTV (broadcast from an in-house studio) which keeps agents updated about the company and industry news.Travel Counsellors Managing Director David Hughes comments, “We have seen a marked increase in agents interested in joining Travel Counsellors, so these events give them the opportunity to learn more about working from home with Travel Counsellors while meeting the team that would support them in their business. These informal events also enable us to demonstrate the marketing, business development and IT support we provide, and answer any questions people might have in a relaxed, friendly environment.”Victoria-based Travel Counsellor Matt Schmitz joined the company in October 2012 after attending a similar event. He comments, “Being able to meet the staff at head office and have my questions answered honestly was very useful. As soon as I walked in I felt at home and once it was time to leave I felt like I had met friends for life. I would encourage anyone wanting to get real insight into this career path to attend the Discovery Day, as it certainly helped me make my decision and I haven’t looked back since.”The Melbourne Discovery Day is free to attend and open to all travel agents interested in learning more about working from home with Travel Counsellors.Date: Wednesday 9th SeptemberTime: 12.00pm – 3.30pmAddress: Travel Counsellors Head Office, Level 4, 34 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000For further details or to register please contact the team on:Telephone: 1300 889 123Email: email@example.comOnline: http://recruitment.travelcounsellors.com/au/our-world/events/head-office-discovery-day-9-sep/About Travel Counsellors:Travel Counsellors Australia was established in 2007 and currently has over 120 Travel Counsellors. Our head office in Australia is in Melbourne. Travel Counsellors Australia is accredited with ATAS. Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company. Founded in 1994 it currently has 1,400 travel consultants who work from home with the support of over 250 staff at the company’s UK headquarters and overseas offices. The company operates in Australia, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, UAE, Belgium and Canada.For further information contact:Ray Howe, PR & Marketing Manager | Tel: +61 3 8517 8234 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Connect with Matt Schmitz here
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State health services on Tuesday discovered high levels of pesticide in 16,000kg of olives imported from Egypt.A state official said this is the third case in a year where pesticide has been detected on olives imported from Egypt and that now the service is on alert when dealing with products imported from there.The olives will either be destroyed or sent back, the official said, adding that so far the service has stopped the import of ten containers arranged by various companies.“Our goal is zero traces of pesticide on products; if it is traced on an agricultural product it means that the indicated practices were not followed,” the official said.In September the state health services detected pesticides in 125,000 kilos of olives also imported from Egypt.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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