HALIFAX – The federal government has declared a large area off Nova Scotia as a Marine Protected Area to conserve species such as the endangered leatherback turtle.Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced the establishment of the St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area as part of World Oceans Day.The new protected area — east of Cape Breton Island — covers an area of the ocean roughly three-quarters the size of Prince Edward Island.Most human activities, such as commercial fishing, will be prohibited in much of the area.LeBlanc says St. Anns Bank is the third Marine Protected Area to be designated in Canadian waters in the last eight months.He says Canada will continue to take a leadership role on marine conservation.
The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Blessed Sacrament School in Islington, North London, today to see the work of a project she launched to help families affected by addiction – a cause very important to her.The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with children as she arrives at Blessed Sacrament SchoolCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgHer Royal Highness was joined by comedian John Bishop, with whom she launched the charity effort last year, and she spoke with people involved in a pilot programme for the school-based project M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) Plus.The initiative, funded by The Royal Foundation and Comic Relief, and delivered by charities Place2Be and Action on Addiction, of which The Duchess is a Patron, aims to provide early support for schoolchildren affected by a parent’s drug or alcohol misuse.Bishop said The Duchess is “genuinely committed” to the issue, and hailed the involvement of The Royal Foundation.“What’s good about it is that it will hopefully de-stigmatise the whole area,” he said. “Addiction doesn’t care what social class you’re from. It’s across the board. The levels of addiction in Knightsbridge will be as high, if not higher, than some of the most deprived areas in the country.“I think, from the brief conversations I’ve had with her, she’s committed to it as a person and probably even more so now as a mother, because you realise children are such fragile things and you’ve got to try and support them when they’re at their weakest.”The Duchess attended an M-PACT Plus steering group meeting to discuss progress made so far across the programme and specifically in the initial pilot sites: Manchester and Salford, the North East, London and Essex.She then had a meeting with headteachers and a private meeting with children to hear more about the mental health support services offered at the school.It is estimated that three million children in the UK are living with parental drug and alcohol misuse, according to Comic Relief.This new partnership has seen Place2Be school staff trained by Action on Addiction to identify and support families affected by these issues.A two-year programme is being piloted in four areas of England, with the aim of larger-scale delivery of the programme in schools in the future.Nick Booth, chief executive of The Royal Foundation, said: “By equipping teachers and school staff with the skills and confidence to address these issues with children and families, we aim to demonstrate the value and importance of intervening early, reducing the long term impact on children, and enabling them to fulfil their potential in life.”Catherine Roche, chief executive of Place Be, said: “When we, together with the school are able to intervene early we can support children and enable more parents to tackle these issues, the whole family benefits from improved health and wellbeing and an improved ability to cope and succeed in their lives.”Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org
POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. — Bombardier Inc.’s hiring of about 1,000 workers for its new business jet is a signal to young people that the aerospace industry is attractive despite waves of layoffs in recent years, chief executive Alain Bellemare said Friday.“You go through cycles, but in a sense there’s always a very strong stable base of employment,” Bellemare said at the opening of its new interior completion centre.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) confirmed it is hiring about 1,000 workers over the next 18 months to complete the interiors of the Global 7000 which is scheduled to enter into service late next year.The company will hold a job fair next Friday at its main aerospace campus in Montreal.The hiring follows mass layoffs in recent years by the company as part of a five-year turnaround plan to regain its financial footing. It eliminated 14,500 positions around the world in its aerospace and railway divisions.Bellemare said it will be challenging to fill the skilled vacancies for its largest business jet that can fly non-stop between Montreal and Dubai. The plane is sold out until 2021.He said finding talented people is never easy, but he’s encouraged by Quebec’s strong economy and the high number of training schools in the region.Aero Montreal, which promotes the city’s aerospace industry, said 31,681 positions will need to be filled within the next 10 years including 8,816 newly created positions and 22,865 positions resulting mainly from retirements.Quebec Economy and Innovation Minister Dominique Anglade said finding skilled workers is the most important economic challenge facing the provincial economy which is experiencing record low unemployment.“It is a good problem to have,” she told reporters.Bombardier Business Aerospace employs about 5,500 people in the Greater Montreal area. Thousands more work on assembling the new C Series jet.At its peak, the Global 7000 is expected to employ more than 2,500 workers, including nearly 1,700 in Montreal and 800 at the final assembly line in Toronto.In conjunction with the hiring, Bombardier will transfer work on the Global 5000 jet to its facility in Wichita, Kan., but Bellemare said no jobs will lost in Montreal due to the transfer of work done by about 200 people.David Coleal, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, said extra space is needed because the Global 7000 is 15 per cent larger than the Global 6000 that is also finished in Montreal.Renaud Gagne, Quebec director of Unifor, said the transfer of jobs to the United States is a downside to what is otherwise great news.“But the (Global 5000) doesn’t have as long a future so it’s preferable to continue with the 6000 and 7000,” he said in an interview.Workers were unhappy following the cuts of the past couple of years, but he expects about 100 laid-off workers will be recalled.
All of the petitioners own substantial tracts of land that fall within the above area and were displaced from their land due to war. Although the war ended in 2009, the petitioners have been prevented from returning to their land due to the military occupation of the area and barbed wire fences and barricades manned by the military. (Colombo Gazette) The massive area that is identified constitutes approximately 25.8 square kilometers and is more than two-thirds the entire land area on which Colombo City (which spans an area of 37.21 square kilometers) is located. The Court of Appeal today decided to hear the case filed against the acquisition of civilian land by the government in Jaffna.Accordingly the case will be heard on May 27 after 1474 persons owning land in Jaffna filed a writ application in the Court of Appeal last week. The petition challenges the Section 2 notices issued under the Land Acquisition Act which specifies that 6381 acres and 38.97 perches are to be acquired for the ‘Defence Battalion Headquarters [Jaffna]- Regularising handover of area on which High Security Zone [Palaly and Kankesanthurai] is established.’
Coming off a four-game winning streak, the No. 8 Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (9-3-0) is set to play its first-ever regular season games inside the confines of the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes, which typically play at OSU’s Ice Rink off of Woody Hayes Drive, will take on the Wisconsin Badgers (7-3-2 ) . The change in venue, arguably, has left the team with plenty to look forward to this weekend. “I think we’re all definitely really excited. It’s going to be a different atmosphere,” said senior forward Tina Hollowell. “We react well to any situation, doesn’t matter if there’s a bunch of people or only a couple people there.” With a much larger stage and arena surrounding it, the Buckeyes might need to do their best to maintain focus and, as coach Nate Handrahan said, realize it’s just another series. “The reality is that it’s an ice surface, and both teams have to just play on it,” Handrahan said. A change in location, however, doesn’t mean a change in the team’s attitude. “I think we kind of create our own atmosphere and excitement on the bench,” said sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl. “And if we do that, it doesn’t really matter where we play.” With only one loss at home this year (a 2-0 setback against North Dakota on Oct. 13), the team hopes to continue its winning streak into this weekend and take down the Badgers. “Our team gets excited to play wherever we are; we could be on the road or even here on the ice rink,” Handrahan said. “I think this will be a really good test for us.” Similarly ,Kuehl said, regardless of the venue, the camaraderie between OSU’s players might be enough to carry them past any distractions and the Badgers. “I think the chemistry is great right now for the team,” Kuehl said. “We’re just excited to be here.” Working on the team’s chemistry and continuing to pull in wins is how Handrahan said he wants to power through the rest of the season. “Ultimately, our goals as a program are to be in the NCAA tournament, and it’s not many times you get to play on your own campus,” Handrahan said. “Overall, we’re just preparing for today and tomorrow and a great Wisconsin team.” The Buckeyes are set to take on the Badgers at 2:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Schottenstein Center.
Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorWithin the confines of the bunker-like Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Urban Meyer has painted on a wall the visual manifestation of the Ohio State football program’s core values.At the top of the wall in bright-red, capital letters reads the word “DECISIONS.”Below that: “HONESTY.”The next two rows read “TREAT WOMEN WITH RESPECT,” before the mural’s final lines remind its onlookers “NO DRUGS STEALING WEAPONS.”The second-year OSU coach’s code of conduct appears to be a simple creed; its trespassers, as Meyer has shown in his some-18 months in Columbus, are often dealt with swiftly (i.e. Jake Stoneburner, Jack Mewhort, Storm Klein, Cardale Jones).And for certain infractions, like violence against women, Meyer has preached a “zero tolerance” policy that ultimately (and deservedly) now needs to be applauded with caution.What’s been Columbus’ obnoxious equivalent to the world’s royal birth story mercifully drew near a close Tuesday after senior running back Carlos Hyde learned he would not face charges after being implicated in an alleged assault case involving a girl at a local nightclub 11 days ago.Hours later Tuesday, Columbus police released surveillance footage of the incident from the Sugar Bar 2 which shows the girl and Hyde, who was suspended indefinitely July 22, try to slap each other (he flips her off with both hands, she lunges at him as he walks away and he swings back in retaliation).Because of the camera’s quality, it’s inconclusive whether he or the woman made contact.That’s why — in part — Meyer announced Tuesday night that Hyde would be suspended for the first three game of the 2013 season and have to jump through some hoops to find himself back in the good graces of the coaching staff.What’s not inconclusive, though, is Hyde’s intent — that the 240-pound running back swung back against someone half his size before running away to his homies posted up against the wall.While Hyde never faced charges for what would have likely been a misdemeanor offense, the very idea of trying to hit the girl boldly challenges the culture Meyer says he’s trying to create in Columbus.Respecting women is one of its chief pillars — you know, like the rest of the ones painted on that wall at the Woody.It’s a list of tenets so basic, so elementary, so “Well, duh!” that screwing up would take legitimate effort rather than the occasional lapses of judgement that 18-22 year olds have.It’s intended to draw a clear, firm line between stupid things and thuggish things; the difference between relieving yourself behind a restaurant after one too many beers and robbing a UDF with a Glock in one pocket and bag of Molly in the other. And while Hyde’s case isn’t even technically a criminal one anymore, it belongs in the latter category.Hitting a girl or attempting to hit a girl (they’re the same thing) is being a bully and being a punk. It’s asking for trouble. It’s inexcusable.Zero tolerance means zero tolerance. Hyde’s punishment looks like a lot of tolerance for disregarding a rule so important that Meyer had it painted on a freaking wall in big bold letters.The suspension, while better than nothing, completely undermines and pokes holes in a really sincere idea that aims at breaking cycles of appeasement and enabling in college athletics.Now, it seems a bit hollow.If you’re going to preach “zero tolerance,” the notion must be an intrepid one. If you’re going to practice “zero tolerance most of the time depending on the situation,” then preach that instead.You can qualify the situation all you want, but Meyer’s supposed zero tolerance policy has carried the implication that if you break one of his core values, you’re gone. Done. No questions asked.Meyer likes to reiterate at press conferences with local media that he doesn’t have “bad guys” on his squad.He might be right and I’m certainly not an authoritative voice on the matter.But what Hyde did? That’s something good guys don’t usually do.
Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 10:59 AM Image: AP/Press Association Images 38 Comments Short URL Share19 Tweet Email Image: AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3218447 Almost two billion people are on Facebook now Facebook said it made a net profit of $3.7 billion in the fourth quarter of last year. By AFP 7,752 Views FACEBOOOK’S PROFITS MORE than doubled in the final three months of 2016, as the social media platform saw its audience grow and head towards the two billion mark.The big jump in income announced last night came despite controversy swirling around Facebook’s role in spreading fake news, and a Texas jury ordering the company to pay $500 million to a software firm that claims its virtual reality technology was stolen.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has described virtual reality as one of the company’s important long-range investments.In earnings that beat most forecasts, Facebook said it made a net profit of $3.7 billion on revenue of $8.6 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with profit of $1.6 billion on $5.6 billion in revenue in the same period a year earlier.Meanwhile, the number of people using the Facebook each month increased 17% to 1.86 billion.The ranks of people logging into the world’s leading social network site from mobile devices each month grew to 1.74 billion, a 21% increase from the same period a year earlier.Upwardly mobileIncome from ads on mobile devices accounted for about 84% of Facebook’s overall advertising revenue in the final quarter of last year.Facebook saw strong growth in Asia, with India being a hot market. The social network site still hopes to get into China, where the service is banned.“Our mission is to connect everyone in the world and it’s hard to do that over the long-term if we don’t find a way to serve the more than billion people who live in China,” Zuckerberg said while answering questions from analysts on an earnings call.Baird research analyst Colin Sebastian said in a note to investors that “few companies share Facebook’s combination of scale, strong technology orientation, and platform breadth/diversity.”Facebook shares jumped more than 2% in after-market trades, returning to 15 cents above the closing price of $133.23 after chief financial officer David Wehner told analysts that the social network has run out of spare room for ads and plans to invest “aggressively.”Company priorities include data centers, virtual reality, search and artificial intelligence.AI has the potential to help find videos or other content people might like on Facebook, and to recognise and remove posts that violate community standards, according to Zuckerberg.© – AFP 2017Read: The United States has just put Iran ‘on notice’ Feb 2nd 2017, 10:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
During the Washington State Patrol’s 22nd annual Night of 1,000 Stars on Friday night, police from area agencies arrested 23 impaired drivers. Of those arrested Friday night, 17 were processed in the State Patrol’s Mobile Impaired Driver Unit, a 38-foot converted Winnebago with three DataMaster alcohol breath testers, computers for typing reports and two small holding cells. The DUI emphasis night went from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. after a dinner and awards ceremony for Clark County law enforcement agencies.
Joshua Wahler: “There is something at every price point at Barton G, all the way up to a major splurge of a Tomahawk steak.”Stick a giant fork in me. I’m full!FOR MORE INFO:Barton G. The Restaurant1427 West Ave.Miami Beach, FL 33139http://www.bartong.com/index_miami.htmlCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Joshua Wahler: “It gets served on a platinum replica of a spearhead. It’s all about shock value.”Lakeeta Vaccaro, guest: “The food is, like, really good. Plus, it looks really cool when it comes out.”Don’t forget about Barton G.’s nitrogen pop drinks…Joshua Wahler: “Blood in the Sky is in homage to my man Prince. It’s served with a purple guitar, gold boots and a beautiful record.”And you will be saying “sweet!” when you see what’s new on the dessert menu.Joshua Wahler: “One of our new amazing desserts is called Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all. It’s S’mores, basically, at its core, and we burn it in the restaurant with a torch.”From the giant cotton candy to the giant dollar bill to the giant steak, size and taste matter here. You know all those times your mom told you not to play with your food? Well, thankfully, the minds behind Barton G. the restaurant didn’t listen. Come hungry and come ready for dinner as a show.There are restaurants, and then there’s Barton G on South Beach.Joshua Wahler, chef: “Barton G. The Restaurant is an incredible experience for you to come and see food in a different way.”This SoFlo fixture takes playing with your food to a new level.Joshua Wahler: “Over-the-top presentations, amazing cocktails, fantastic food. A great place to come for a show.”The drinks and dishes look great and taste even better.Joshua Wahler: “It’s all about the meal, from start to finish.” Barton G. is known for staples like popcorn shrimp served in a popcorn maker … but now there are some newbies.Joshua Wahler: “We always want to update and continue to evolve.”From a 12-ounce meatball served alongside a disco ball, to the Kobe beef sausage served alongside a dog wearing a hot dog costume, the new items are fun and full of flavor.Joshua Wahler: “The Aztec gone fishing gets presented on a really cool fisherman’s plank with an Aztec wind chime. It’s a whole fish. It just comes out on the table.”And then there’s the B.G. Platinum Ranch Tomahawk for two.Joshua Wahler: “It’s going to blow your mind when you see it. Not only is the meat huge; the bone is huge, and the presentation is spectacular.”This is Surf and Turf — Barton G. style.
PINEVILLE, N.C. (WSVN) — A store manager has been fired after she accused a woman of stashing merchandise under her shirt. Turns out, she’s just pregnant.Sherell Bates said a police officer accused her of stuffing items under her shirt in an attempt to steal from a North Carolina Staples store on Friday.“Mid-transaction, a police officer approached me and insisted he wanted to speak with me,” Bates told WSOC. “He asked what was under my shirt.”She responded that she is 34 weeks pregnant with twins, but said the officer didn’t believe her.“At that point, to avoid him asking me again, I actually lifted my shirt just a little bit, just to expose my belly, so he could see that I’m just a regular pregnant person buying school supplies,” Bates said. Bates said the interaction left her feeling humiliated.“You pretty much jumped the gun without any type of evidence, except my stomach is large,” Bates said. “That’s not fair. No mom should have to go through that.”Staples released a statement to WSOC on Monday, saying the manager has been fired for not following protocol and failing to adhere to the company’s police on how to interact with customers.Statement from Staples:“On Friday at our Pineville location a Staples’ manager mistakenly assumed a customer was shoplifting and reported this assumption to a police officer visiting the store. The police officer questioned the customer and quickly confirmed there was no theft. Based on the outcome, Staples’ issued a full refund to the customer.Staples has since conducted a full investigation into the matter, and determined that the manager in question did not follow correct protocol and also failed to adhere to our existing policy on how to interact with our customers. As a result of this finding, the manager has been terminated and Staples has apologized to the customer. At Staples, we want all customers to feel welcome in our stores, and work with our associates to foster an inclusive culture. As an organization, we would like to apologize to the customer as that was not the case in this instance.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Pineville Police said the store’s manager asked the officer to speak with Bates because she believed Bates was trying to “conceal merchandise.”“When I confronted her about what happened, she admitted that, ‘In the past, we’ve had a lot of people putting school supplies or merchandise in their clothes and hiding, so I asked the officer to reach out to you,’” Bates said.
The company published the magazines on home improvement and do-it-yourself projects in remodeling, decorating, food, gardening and outdoor living. The “repositioning,” as the company called it, will instead focus on just the home and food categories primarily associated with the Better Homes and Gardens Brand.According to president and CEO Stephen Lacy, the “economy has impacted the consumer’s ability to execute these types of projects and led to a decrease in advertising spending. We continue to believe in the long-term viability of this business and believe this strategy will deliver substantially higher profitability going forward.”A Meredith spokesperson said the eliminated positions were from a mix of disciplines and primarily were based in Meredith’s headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. “It’s a business that is subject to expansion and contraction because it’s so driven by the consumer marketplace and what’s going on there,” said the spokesperson, who added that, despite the drop in titles, Meredith is still the largest publisher of SIPs in terms of title volume.UPDATE: Sources tell FOLIO: that Kitchen & Bath Ideas, Beautiful Baths/Beautiful Kitchens and Beautiful Homes are among the titles that have been closed. Meredith’s spokesperson declined to confirm that or to identify any specific titles that were dropped, citing “competitive reasons.” He said they were in narrow niche content areas that tend to feel economic impacts harder than broader categories. Meredith announced plans Thursday to scale back production of its special interest publications within its Special Interest Media division by 40 percent, citing the recession’s impact on home improvement projects. The company will produce 90 SIPs in its fiscal 2011, down from 150 in fiscal 2010.Special interest publications have long been viewed as a robust source of advertising and newsstand revenue. The mostly newsstand-only magazines typically command premium cover pricing and a long shelf-life.Meredith will record a special charge of $5.5 million in its fiscal 2010 second quarter. Approximately 45 positions will be affected.
This story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.Marc Peyser (pictured), who joined Budget Travel as deputy editor earlier this year, was named editor on Tuesday (Nov. 15) by interim president Harold Shain. Peyser fills the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Nina Willdorf, who ended a three-year stint in advance of the birth of her second child.Read the rest of the story here.
Late last month, BPA Worldwide elected its next chairman of the board at its annual meeting in New York. Larry LaPorta will replace outgoing chair Rick Segal and has officially started his term for fiscal year 2015-2016. “I am pleased and honored to have been elected to the chairmanship of BPA Worldwide,” says LaPorta in a statement. “I look forward to working with the BPA team and the rest of the BPA board to continue the over 80-year tradition of providing collaborative, objective and reliable assurance to business, industry and government.” Segal, president worldwide and chief practice officer for B2B ad agency Gyro, served a two-year term. BPA’s board of directors helps set auditing rules and policies and is split almost evenly between ad agency and publisher representatives. The chairman is elected each May, and represents the advertising side of BPA’s membership. LaPorta, president of CBL Consulting, has previously served as 1st and 2nd vice chairman of the BPA board.
An Alaska village city council has thrown out unofficial election results that would have replaced all five members.Anchorage television station KTVA reports the Ambler City Council on Monday refused to certify last week’s municipal election and declared it flawed.Council members said no absentee ballots were available at the city office.The council in the Kobuk River community of 250 instead voted to conduct another election.Ambler resident Brian Visocsky says the results of the election were clear and the community wants change.A woman answering the phone at the city office declined to comment to the television station.
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Asian stocks rose across the board on Tuesday, 17 November, following a surge on Wall Street from Monday night as investors clawed back losses that came on the back of last week’s Paris attacks.Meanwhile, expectations for a December rate hike by the US Federal Reserve also kept the dollar on a bullish footing.Spread-betters saw stronger risk appetite retained in Europe, forecasting a higher open for Britain’s FTSE, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.7%, bouncing from a six-week low struck the previous day on risk aversion, triggered by the assault on the French capital.South Korea’s Kospi was up 1.4%, Australian shares gained 1.8% and Shanghai stocks climbed 1.4%. Japan’s Nikkei added 1.6%, brushing a three-month peak.”Investors think the attacks in Paris would have little impact on the global economy in the long-term,” said Hikaru Sato, senior technical analyst at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo. “Depending on new developments, the market could get affected in the future, but right now, market consensus is that the attacks have a limited impact on the stock market.” Asia took early leads from Wall Street, which surged on Monday, 16 November, as investors decided Friday’s attacks in Paris would have little long-term impact on the U.S. economy and corporate earnings. The Dow rose 1.4% and the S&P 500 surged 1.5%.European equities had also held firm on Monday, with the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index edging up 0.16% and France’s CAC dipping only 0.12%.”In light of all the tragedy in France, it is refreshing to see the terrorists did not successfully terrorise the financial markets. And even though investors sold the euro and dollar, the decline could have been a lot steeper. In fact we did not see any unusually large moves in currencies,” wrote Kathy Lien, managing director of FX Strategy for BK Asset Management.The dollar rose to a one-week high of Â¥123.405, a safe-haven currency usually sought in times of geopolitical tension. The greenback also rose to an eight-month high against the Swiss franc, another haven. The euro dipped to $1.0656, a seven-month trough.Crude extended gains after the Paris attacks raised geopolitical tensions that were seen to threaten global oil supply. Brent crude nudged up 0.2% to $44.64 a barrel, adding to overnight gains of 2.2%.Spot gold was little changed at $1,081.77 an ounce. The precious metal pared gains overnight as an initial flow of flight-to-safety buying after the Paris attacks petered out.Investor focus has returned to a potential rate hike by the Fed in December. Higher interest rates would diminish the allure of the non-interest-paying gold.Industrial metals did not fare as well. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) plunged to six-year lows, dogged by worries about demand from top consumer China. LME zinc also wobbled near six-year troughs.In addition to concerns about demand from China, the dollar’s appreciation has buffeted industrial metals as a stronger US currency makes greenback-denominated commodities more expensive for buyers.
Christmas for Community Partnerships Service ProjectThe Christmas for Community Partnerships Service Project helps to support nonprofit organizations and underserved communities in the Greater Baltimore area by providing Christmas gifts to families in need. They will be accepting unwrapped nonviolent toys, games, books, hats, gloves, etc. from now until Dec. 18. Gifts can be dropped off at the loading dock of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum located at 830 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore, Maryland. Organizations benefitted by this event will be the Bea Gaddy Family Center, Baltimore Cares and Garwyn Medical Center among others. Holiday GalaThe Black Professional Men Inc. along with Over the Top are hosting their holiday charity event on Dec. 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Confetti’s Event Center located at 802 Glen Eagle Ct. in Towson, Maryland. All proceeds from the holiday gala will go to benefit high risk children in need. For more information go to holidaygala.myevent.com. The GiftAzikiwe and Penelope Deveaux invite you to party where the proceeds will go to benefit the friends and family of the Montebello School on Dec. 18 from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Inn at the Black Olive located at 803 South Caroline Street in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information go to thegiftholidayparty.eventbrite.com.Special DeliveryA holiday celebration and toy drive hosted by The Carpenter House, The Gardner Corporate & Entertainment Group, SuperGorge.com, The Flywire and The Finn Group. The event will be held on Dec. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Horseshoe Casino located at 1525 Russell St. in Baltimore, Maryland. Admission is a $20 donation, unwrapped toy or new piece of clothing. Christmas for Christopher’s PlaceThe brothers of E.W.S. Peck Lodge #82 PHA F&AM will be collecting unwrapped nonviolent toys, games, books, hats, gloves, etc. for children ages 2-16 at their holiday event this year. It will be held on Dec. 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Phaze 10 located at 588 N. Howard St. in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information contact Rhamel Tuller at 240-691-6399.
Stay on target Geek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your PetMan Saves Dog Left Tied to Electrical Cord on Side of Interstate Overpass Humanity domesticated dogs from European gray wolves 15,000 years ago, and ever since then they’ve proven to be among the most loyal and helpful animal companions. If we’ve been living with them for 150 centuries, it’s pretty likely that they’ll be with us well into the future as well.But what will dogs look like hundreds or thousands of years from now? The damage we’ve done to the species with selective breeding in just the last century or so is insane – we’ve transformed the proud wolf into the melon-headed pug, barely able to breathe under its own power. It’s silly to think that dogs will remain unchanged in the future, but hopefully, they’ll still be loyal friends.EinCorgis are top tier dogs in the real world, and when you juice them up with super-canine intelligence and data processing skills, you’ve got something special. Cowboy Bebop didn’t do a lot with Ein, but the glimpses we got into his personality were telling. Over the course of the anime, the stubby little dog drove a car, answered the phone and even hacked his way into a virtual reality video game using only his brain. With a brain like that, no fridge would be safe.PorthosIt’s undeniable that Enterprise was the weakest of all the Star Trek series, but it does win points for introducing a non-cat, non-fish pet into the equation. Porthos was the loyal beagle companion of Captain Archer and acted as a sounding board for him as he talked through the problems facing his ship and crew. While beagles have a reputation for being barky and territorial, Porthos was a pretty chill dog. His shining moment probably came when he had to have his pituitary gland replaced with one from an alien space chameleon.DogmeatYou can team up with all kinds of companions when you explore the wasteland in the Fallout series, but few have the staying power of Dogmeat. The German Shepherd has been a fixture of the series since the very first game, being a prized recruit for his potent close combat skills. Each game has a different dog with the same name, but we’re more paying tribute to the concept here as opposed to a single animal. That’s cool, right?BloodHarlan Ellison’s A Boy And His Dog is a steel-eyed portrayal of the bond between man and canine. Vic is a wandering young man in a post-apocalyptic world aided only by his telepathic dog Blood. The engineering that gave Blood his mental powers also left him unable to fend for himself, so he’s dependent on Vic to survive and hates it. The antagonistic, symbiotic relationship the two share is rich and funky, and when Vic is forced to make a choice between re-joining humanity or staying with his dog things get surprising. The movie version starring a young Don Johnson is watchable.RagsWoody Allen’s Sleeper features the comedian going into suspended animation and waking up in the future of 2173. The world has changed a lot in those two centuries, and the family dog is no exception. Rags is a semi-mechanical housepet that speaks in a disturbing human voice but doesn’t seem to be that much smarter than the dogs we know now.Kemlo CaesarWhen we first meet Kemlo “Hyperdog” Caesar in Alan Moore’s super-police-procedural Top Ten, he looks like a humanoid with dog features. But here’s the twist: he’s just a normal dog that rides around in a humanoid metal exoskeleton to do his job as a sergeant in Precinct 10. He’s one of the series’ most relatable and memorable characters, with a kind personality that makes people open up to him. Kemlo eventually finds love in an inter-species romance and adopts a daughter.BanditGrant Morrison’s We3 is one of the idiosyncratic writer’s most experimental works, a tale of three cybernetically enhanced animals who escape captivity and have to contend with the world outside of the lab. The trio is equipped with a wide variety of lethal weaponry, and attempts to take them back are met with serious carnage. Bandit, the dog, is torn between his desire to survive and his loyalty to humans, and the scene in the book’s climax where he battles a similarly enhanced pit bull is a barnburner.Blade WolfBig Boss hangs out with D-Dog in Metal Gear Solid 5, but for our money, the best canine in the franchise is the cyborg Blade Wolf from spin-off game Revengeance. A quadrupedal AI designed to replace human soldiers on the battlefield, this sick puppy packed a chainsaw in its back and a powerful railgun. Raiden fought it to a standstill and eventually “domesticated” Blade Wolf, who accompanied him on some missions and even got his own DLC.LockjawIt’s… a little weird that the other Inhumans treat Lockjaw, their massive teleporting dog, like a pet. Because before he was exposed to the Terrigen Mists that mutate their species into super powerful forms, he was essentially human just like the rest of them. He doesn’t seem to mind his new existence as a dog all that much, though. Honestly, it seems pretty chill. Lockjaw has accompanied the Fantastic Four on multiple adventures and has a special fondness for Ben Grimm.RushMega Man’s battle against out of control robots was a lonely one (I mean, unless the consciousnesses of the robots he killed and absorbed for their weaponry tormented him, which they well could have) until the third game. That’s when Doctor Light wired him up a canine companion. Rush is no ordinary dog, though – he’s capable of transforming himself into a number of alternate forms to help the little blue guy through his travails, from a spring platform to a jet and even a massive drill.CosmoBased on the real dogs the U.S.S.R. shot up into space to see if they could hack it, Cosmo is a telepathic mutant golden retriever who drifted out of orbit and wound up in the interdimensional nexus of Knowhere. Exposure to cosmic rays gifted him with a staggering array of psychic powers, putting him on the level of a Professor X. He’s been shown to be able to face off with a cosmic powered Adam Warlock and knock two whole teams of superhumans unconscious with a thought.K9Every Time Lord needs a companion, and while the Doctor seems to mostly associate with attractive young women, he also had a metallic mongrel tagging along on some his adventures. Numerous Doctor Who stories feature K9, a boxy approximation of a hound dog with a laser in its nose. He debuted alongside the Fourth Doctor and has appeared sporadically since then, getting upgrades to keep pace with today’s technology. 2017’s set to be a big year for K9, as it’s been announced he’ll star in his own feature film, K9: TimeQuake.
Nearly two weeks after Pokémon X and Y released to the world, you should either be well on your way to beating the Elite Four and/or completing your Pokédex. At this point, you’ve no doubt experienced the Mega Evolutions, new to the series. There are not that many Mega Evolutions in X and Y, but there are probably more than you think, making it even more difficult to catch ’em all.In order for a Pokémon to undergo a Mega Evolution, it needs to be holding a Mega Stone appropriate to its type, and the trainer needs to be wearing the Mega Ring. If both conditions are met and the Pokémon is able to mega evolve, then you can select the option from within a battle to trigger the Mega Evolution. Only one Pokémon can mega evolve during a battle, but that isn’t too bad of a limit considering the game’s random encounters run rampant, and triggering a Link Battle is easy enough. Each available Mega Evolution is listed below along with its corresponding Mega Stone location.Pokémon X Mega EvolutionsMega Venusaur: If Bulbasaur is chosen as your second starter, it comes with its Mega Stone, Venusaurite. If not, you can pick it up at Vernal Avenue Stone Emporium in Lumiose City.Mega Charizard X and Y: If Charmander is chosen as your second second, it comes with its Mega Stone, Charizardite X or Y. If not, you can pick it up at Vernal Avenue Stone Emporium in Lumiose City.Mega Blastoise: If Squirtle is chosen as your second starter, it comes with its Mega Stone, Blastoisinite. If not, you can pick it up at Vernal Avenue Stone Emporium in Lumiose City.Mega Alakazam: You can find this stone, Alakazite, in the Reflecting Cave, floor B3F, during the post-game.Mega Gengar: You will be given this stone, Gengarite, in Laverre City.Mega Kangaskhan: You can find this stone, Kangaskhanite, in the Glittering Cave during the post-game.Mega Pinsir: You can find this stone, Pinsirite, in the Santalune Forest during the post-game. It is exclusive to Pokémon X.Mega Gyarados: You can find this stone, Gyaradosite, in Couriway Town during the post-game.Mega Aerodactyl: You will be given this stone, Aerodactylite, in Ambrette Town.Mega Mewtwo X and Y: Mewtwo is holding this stone, Mewtwonite X or Y, upon capture. He’s located in a cave in the Pokémon Village that requires Surf to access.Mega Ampharos: You will be given this stone, Ampharosite, in Azure Bay.Mega Scizor: You can find this stone, Scizorite, in the Frozen Cavern located behind Abomasnow.Mega Heracross: You can find this stone, Heracronite, in Santalune Forest during the post-game. It is exclusive to Pokémon Y.Mega Houndoom: You can find this stone, Houndoomite, in Route 16 during the post-game. It is Pokémon Y exclusive.Mega Tyranitar: You can find this stone, Tyranitarite, in the Cyllage Gym during the post-game. It is Pokémon X exclusive.Mega Blaziken: When you get Torchic from the event giveaway, it’ll come with this stone, Blazikenite.Mega Gardevoir: In the Lumiose City southern boulevard cafe, you can trade for a Ralts. The Ralts holds this stone, Gardevoirite.Mega Mawile: You can find this stone, Mawilite, in Shabbneau Castle during the post-game.Mega Aggron: You can find this stone, Aggronite, in the Cyllage Gym during the post-game. It is Pokémon Y exclusive.Mega Medicham: You will be given this stone, Medichamite, in Laverre City during the post-game.Mega Manectric: You can find this stone, Manectite, on Route 16 during the post-game. It is Pokémon X exclusive.Mega Banette: You can find this stone, Banettite, in the Cave of Emptiness during the post-game.Mega Absol: You will be given this stone, Absolite, in Kiloude City during the post-game.Mega Garchomp: You can find this stone, Garchompite, on Victory Road during the post-game.Mega Lucario: You can find this stone, Lucarionite, held by the Lucario gifted to you in the game. You can turn down this Lucario, but if you want the stone and not the critter, just set the Pokémon free after you take its stone.Mega Abomasnow: You will be given this stone, Abomasite, at the Frozen Cave where you obtain Abomasnow. So, while Pokémon X and Y technically has every single Pokémon since the series inception, it only has a handful of Mega Evolutions. However, since the mechanic has now been introduced, it’s safe to assume subsequent installments in the franchise will build upon the new evolution mechanic. It would probably be best to evolve ’em all this time around, so you can fill out your Pokédex now and not have to worry about it in later installments.
Stay on target Recovering after a stroke isn’t easy, but Neofect is here to help patients track their rehabilitation progress with an innovative wearable solution.At CES 2019, the company exhibited its Rapael Smart Glove, a high-tech rehab device that helps stroke patients improve their hand movements. The device also syncs with an app, where patients can play rehabilitation games and track milestones.Neofect didn’t disclose a price for the Rapael Smart Glove, but customers can go on the company’s website to buy it. The Rapael Smart Glove is also available for clinics that need stroke rehabilitation equipment.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Using the Rapael Smart Glove is very easy: Gently slide on the device, connect to the Rapael App with a smartphone or tablet, and play a variety of rehabilitation games. The app’s fun games include virtual tennis matches and house painting, and they’re available in different levels to balance challenge and motivation. Plus, the Rapael App collects practice data for patients, so they can track their hand recovery progress.With the Rapael Smart Glove, patients can practice hand exercises and improve dexterity over time. An advantage of the Rapael Smart Glove is that it can help stroke patients who might not have immediate access to hospitals or physical therapy facilities, so they can work on their hand movements without leaving home.“We aim to help patients all around the world including, but not limited to, those unable to receive appropriate treatment due to economic or geographic reasons,” says Neofect’s website. “By providing rehab training products and services that are available anytime and anywhere, we are committed to improving patient’s rehab experiences and quality of life.”More on Geek.com:This Cool Cycling Mask Can Block Air Pollution ArticlesEye-Popping LG ‘OLED Falls’ Display Wows at CES 2019IKEA’s Smart Blinds for Dumb Windows Are Coming Soon, And Cheap 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar