ORLANDO, Fla. — There’s a management shake-up at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s Orlando parks.SeaWorld officials said Monday that Mark Pauls is out as president of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando parks.The company says in a statement that Discovery Cove president Kyle Miller will serve as interim president of all three parks in Orlando.Pauls was promoted to president of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica last September, and he had been with the company for two decades.Pauls’ departure is the latest management shakeup at the theme park company.Former CEO Joel Manby left last year as did Pauls’ predecessor in Orlando, Jim Dean.Earlier this year, former Carnival Cruise Line executive Gus Antorcha was named CEO at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.The Associated Press
That morning, before Trump’s news conference, U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton spoke at an event in Toronto with U.S.-based website Politico, where on a scale of one to 10, he put the chances of the two sides being able to reach a deal at “five.”After Trump’s news conference, “the only difference was that instead of seeing the glass half-full, I was seeing it half-empty,” MacNaughton chuckled in an interview.He soon found himself in Ottawa, a critical part of a full-court press to get an agreement done before the Sunday midnight deadline imposed by the U.S. Congress to get the deal fast-tracked and voted on by Dec. 1, ahead of a new incoming Mexican government.Canadian sources close to the talks say MacNaughton’s easygoing style and political acumen — honed as co-chair of multiple provincial and federal Liberal election campaigns, and former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty’s principal secretary — proved invaluable.It’s MacNaughton who ensures federal cabinet ministers are ushered onto Capitol Hill during Washington visits to forge one-on-one relationships with American lawmakers — relationships that bore fruit during the latest round of talks, said Colin Robertson, a former diplomat and U.S. consul general who was part of the team that negotiated the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal and later NAFTA itself.“This new focus on Capitol Hill — when legislators come down, they go to Capitol Hill in recognition that Congress really, truly counts, and the cabinet ministers, who are also legislators, have got to recognize that they can use those peer-to-peer relationships.”Indeed, Canadian influence in Congress may have helped discourage U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer from trying to push senators into approving the bilateral deal he forged with Mexico, said Dan Uczjo, an international trade lawyer in Ohio with the U.S. firm Dickinson Wright.As talks came down to the wire, Lighthizer encountered resistance on Capitol Hill to approving a deal that didn’t include Canada.“You saw three things come together,” Uczjo said.“The general course of the deal started to be more positive, the USTR became concerned there may be some procedural challenges to his deal with Mexico from the Hill, and I think the White House wanted to ramp up the pressure and started repeating its threats about auto tariffs.”The president became aware of Freeland’s attendance at the “Tyrant” event as a plot to prevent Trump from meeting the prime minister at the UN and agreeing prematurely to a deal, a source said.Forces within the USTR office — including Lighthizer himself — were determined to wear Canada down on the issue of the dispute resolution mechanisms embedded in the old NAFTA.“The president’s issue is dairy … and those discussions were actually going fairly well over the last couple of weeks,” said the source, prompting fears the “dealmaker in chief” would agree to a deal in principle with Canada if he met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the UN.“On Tuesday, all the rumblings were that Trump and Trudeau were going to meet at the General Assembly — in fact, senior-level U.S. officials were telling stakeholders that at private dinners, luncheons, receptions in Canada and the U.S.,” the source said.A deal seemed imminent, worrying those within the USTR who were convinced they weren’t yet done, said the source. So the nuclear option was deployed: telling the president about Freeland and reminding him about the summer G7 meetings in Quebec, where Trudeau’s closing news conference so agitated Trump that he used his Twitter feed to attack the prime minister from the confines of an airborne Air Force One.“All of that was done less about blowing up the NAFTA deal, but to stop Trump from making a quick deal.”In the end, the dispute-resolution mechanisms from NAFTA remain largely intact in the new deal, that Trump christened the USMCA.His victory-lap news conference Monday also drove home the point to all concerned that unpredictability remains the watchword in Canada-U.S. relations. As Robertson said MacNaughton told him last week, “Whether we get a deal or not, the campaign continues — it’s a permanent campaign.” WASHINGTON — From deep within the pantheon of diplomacy that is the United Nations came hardly a warning shot or a red flag — it was a rocket-propelled rhetorical grenade aimed directly at Canada, with a concussive blast that reverberated all the way to the Prime Minister’s Office.And it just might have been the catalyst for the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.“We’re thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada. That’s the motherlode, that’s the big one,” U.S. President Donald Trump said last week during his explosive news conference on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.“We’re very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada. We don’t like their representative very much.”That “representative” was Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland — the senior cabinet minister leading Canada’s trade delegation to rescue NAFTA from a president who won the White House in part by denouncing the agreement as one of the worst deals ever made.Inside the USMCA deal: How homemade brisket and a last-minute concession brought reliefUSMCA: A trade deal that does no harm, but breaks no groundNo more American ads during Canada’s Super Bowl broadcast: CRTC policy scrapped in USMCAIt wasn’t Freeland’s hard-driving negotiating style that was under Trump’s skin. It was her appearance on a panel in Toronto two weeks earlier dubbed “Taking on the Tyrant” that featured a video montage with Trump alongside autocrats like Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Chinese President Xi Jinping.Trump learned of it only the day before, said a source close to the talks who was briefed by insiders on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.“Somehow it got back to the president,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to speak freely about the details. “At that point, we saw everything that happened on Wednesday.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland made an appearance on a panel dubbed “Taking on the Tyrant” that featured a video montage with President Donald Trump alongside autocrats like Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press
L’application de Big Fish Games retirée de l’App Store par AppleL’éditeur Big Fish Games a vu une application proposée sur l’App Store approuvée puis retirée par Apple en l’espace de 48 heures. L’éditeur Big Fish Games avait proposé sur l’App Store une application contre une rétribution mensuelle de son utilisateur. Cette application, non achetable en une seule fois comme cela est habituellement le cas sur l’App Store, a été retirée de l’App Store par la firme à la Pomme, nous apprend PC Inpact.Selon Bloomberg, Apple avait dans un premier temps toléré cette forme d’abonnement, qui représentait une première, mais deux jours plus tard l’entreprise de Cupertino a décidé de faire marche arrière. Les formules d’abonnement étant, pour l’instant, réservées aux magazines et journaux en ligne. Apple n’a pas encore formulé de raison à ce retrait. Paul Thelen, fondateur de Big Fish Games a confié à Bloomberg : “nous avons été avertis du retrait de l’application. Nous essayons de suivre Apple pour essayer de comprendre ce qui s’est passé. Elle [L’application] était officiellement approuvée”. Paul Thelen souhaite également développer son application pour Android. Le 25 novembre 2011 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambert
November 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm Twitter I believe Paige was drafted by Raw but still Team Raw is stacked even on the women’s side 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Now Playing Up Next Natalya added to Team Smackdown LiveWWE.com has confirmed Natalya will be joining Team Smackdown Live in the women’s traditional 5-on-5 elimination match tomorrow night at the Survivor Series PPV.Natalya replaces Charlotte Flair, who defeated her this past Tuesday night on Smackdown Live to become the new Smackdown Women’s Champion. Charlotte will now be facing RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss at the PPV in Houston tomorrow night.Individual competition drives every #SDLive Superstar. Even in defeat, @NatbyNature proved herself to be a fierce competitor and will be an asset to Team Smackdown’s 5 on 5 #SurvivorSeries Team. Let’s go to work, Nattie.— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) November 18, 2017Adam Cole injury at live eventAdam Cole received seven staples in his head after receiving a head-butt on Thursday night at the NXT live event in Austin according to The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online.Cole had to leave the ring and head to the back to get cleaned up. He did return for the finish of the match featuring The Undisputed Era vs. Sanity.Cole was back in the ring last night in San Antonio against Drew McIntyre.YIKES. Cole is out #NXTAustin pic.twitter.com/eHhUjdcXNO— Gleann Rae Ignacio (@gleannignacio) November 17, 2017 November 18, 2017 at 6:22 pm Ronda Rousey 6 COMMENTS Nikki Bella Videos Articles November 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm Pinterest Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstars Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Who else did Sm@ckdown have? Lana? Lmao Drew Mcintyre Rousey: First UFC Fight More Important Than Wrestlemania Videos Articles November 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WhatsApp Das Santos That’s what the online experts thought NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events John Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To Injury WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jim Bilbee 72mike72 Jb Mcmanus Jim Bilbee Comments are closed. November 18, 2017 at 7:40 pm Emma Jenny Born Could’ve brought back Paige or Nikki Bella? Emma has been released Facebook November 19, 2017 at 10:30 am Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe spirit of the bill was highly commended and widely supported, but the details were sorely and sometimes shamefully lacking as House of Assembly members debated the proposal of a law to govern how to use the flag, coat of arms and national symbols. Premier Hon Rufus Ewing in presenting the Flag and Coat of Arms Bill 2016 cited that there is a dire need for clarity when it comes to what is official use of emblems like the coat of arms, for example. Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson pointed out that there were some things missing in the bill, including a thorough description of the coat of arms. Many would have learned last year, when Howell died, that the song was actually never officially sanctioned as the national song. Hon Delroy Williams questioned the country’s right to the song. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Governor’s Appointed member, Hon John Philips also called for a clear timeline to see the defined and precise colour codes outlined in the bill, instituted eventually. Related Items: Abruptly, the House of Assembly on this debate was shut down – sine die by Premier Hon Rufus Ewing yesterday evening. There was discussion too on merchandise currently bearing the flag and coat of arms and what would become of that merchandise, sold mainly to visitors to the country. The Member from Wheeland added question about rights to the traditional national song, This land of Ours, written by the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell. Philips did not support that the bill puts a restriction on the use of the flag; he wants to see the TCI flag used in advertisements for the country more often.
Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt did not violate any laws when he voted this week to approve a loan to Lifeline Connections, a county attorney said Friday.Dawn Boldt resigned her position at Lifeline Thursday, the day after her husband voted with Commissioner Steve Stuart to approve a $190,000 loan to the county’s only inpatient substance abuse treatment center for adults.The appearance of the conflict of interest was referenced in her resignation letter, as she wrote her decision to resign “will be beneficial to my life as well as the agency.”Lifeline, which operates out of the county-owned Center for Community Health, has a contract with the county to treat drug court participants.Dawn Boldt worked as an intake coordinator, or, for the purposes of the state’s ethics policy for municipal officers, a fixed-wages employee.Had she been a salaried employee — such as the executive director — there would have been a problem, said Bronson Potter, the county’s chief civil deputy prosecutor.But according to the ethics policy, Boldt’s interest was only “remote.” County commissioners will vote Feb. 21 on whether to give a larger loan to Lifeline.Boldt said the vote to lend the initial $190,000 will be recertified by Stuart and Commissioner Tom Mielke, who was out of town Wednesday.Boldt and Stuart determined the loan, which Lifeline needed to make payroll, was an emergency measure to help an organization that provides an essential public service. Had Boldt not voted, the loan could not have been granted.
Tami Marshall’s love of her job has only increased since she began telecommuting from her Hazel Dell home about six months ago.“Now, not only do I have a dream job, but a dream location,” said Marshall, a medical coding specialist for PeaceHealth, Clark County’s largest employer. She converted a spare bedroom into an office, where she begins her work day at 6 a.m. with her dog, Jazzy, perched atop her desk.Marshall doesn’t have much company, both figuratively and literally. Although a growing number of Clark County residents work from home, the telecommuting trend hasn’t taken off as predicted. Twenty years ago, conventional wisdom was that the number of telecommuters would inevitably expand, thus curbing commutes and helping employees accommodate family demands. Yet many employers continue to approach telecommuting with wariness, and some, like Yahoo, have made headlines by revoking the option.According to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report, 39 percent of employees surveyed reported spending at least some time working remotely. The number of Clark County residents telecommuting has grown by nearly 38 percent, but remains a mere sliver of the workforce, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. In 2005, 4.9 percent of Clark County workers, or 9,112 people, worked from home, including those who were self-employed. In 2012, that figure grew to 6.6 percent, or 12,551.“There was a time in the 1990s when there was a sense that computers were really going to make telecommuting take off, with visions of 20 to 30 percent of the workforce not having to travel to work,” said Mark Harrington, a senior planner for the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council. “We do see increases in work-from-home rates, but it’s not what some people initially were thinking might happen.”While anyone whose job consists of tapping away on a computer would seem to be a candidate for telecommuting, many employers are concerned about declines in productivity and professional collaboration. They also fear compromising computer security or running afoul of wage and hour laws.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (6-3) defeated Lexington by a score of 4-2 on Thursday, May 9, 2019.The Wildcats did not score until the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, lead off batter Jenna Sweeney singled. Ashley Crawford doubled her home for the first run of the game. Ally Moran earned an RBI with a single plating Crawford.In top of fourth inning, Lexington got one back when their lead off batter doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a successful suicide squeeze. Ashley Crawford came up big today when she threw out the first of two runners trying to steal second.In the top of the fifth inning, Jenna Sweeney made a nice put out tagging a base runner who turned the wrong way on an infield error.In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wildcats scored another run when shortstop Kayla Bourrell led off with a single. She was able to score all way from first on an error on Kacie Bourrell bunt.The Wildcats got another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Bella Kieran led off with a single. Ryan Bailey executed the short game very nicely by dropping down an excellent sacrifice bunt moving Kieran to second. Chase Andersen hit the ball well but right at the left fielder. Cassidy Ross (running for Kieran) was able to advance to third on an errant throw back to the infield. Kayla Bourrell got herself an RBI with single to center.Ally Moran again went the distance striking out 11 while not allowing one base on balls.“Today we made the plays that we needed to make,” said Coach Audrey Cabral. “We threw out two runners who tried to steal and our outfielders made very close plays on runners trying to advance. We also played much better defensively today.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Win Back-To-Back Games, Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While Striking Out 22In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Bats Come Alive, Defat Stoneham HighIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Lose To Melrose By 1 Run, Storm Back With 12-Run Win Over Greater LowellIn “Sports”
The checks qualified Alaskans receive each year give residents some extra cash. But the Permanent Fund Dividend, or PFD, could have broader impacts, too.Researchers at the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research are looking at some of the socioeconomic effects of the PFD. The research is motivated, in part, by interest in the dividend from outside Alaska.Mouhcine Guettabi is one of the researchers looking at the PFD’s effect on health, crime, and employment. Interview Highlights:Interest from outside Alaska: It’s being looked at as a potential model for a lot of states, countries that are interested in the concept of universal income. Alaskans don’t think about this as a universal income or as a basic income, because it was not meant to be as such. However, it’s the longest-running program that distributes money to its citizens.As there’s been developments in technology, and as people are concerned more and more about income inequality, universal income has been proposed by different factions. There are some that think it could replace welfare programs. There are others that think because of the rapid rise in technology, robots are going to take all our jobs. And that we need to find a way for people to have their basic necessities paid for. And there are people that think it’s a really good way of solving income inequality.Impact on employment after PFD distribution: For an additional $1,000, women work an hour less. And men, the share of men that work, increases by about 1.8 percent. Women continue working, but they work fewer hours. But there are more men that actually work or that become employed. So for an additional $1,000, which costs about $600 million or so to the state, that translates to about 2,000 additional jobs in those three months after the distribution.Crime: In the four weeks after the distribution of the PFD, what we’re calling substance use related incidents increase by about 10 percent. That 10 percent may seem big, but on an annualized basis, it’s a really small increase. There are basically 100 additional incidents that involve some sort of substance.We find that in the two weeks following the distribution, property crimes decrease by about 8 or 8.5 percent… some people are less likely to engage in criminal activity because they have enough resources. But there is a small, small faction of people for whom the distribution results in engaging in some of these unsavory behaviors, if you will.The concerns about crime from such distributions are overstated. Because on an annualized basis, these are very small deviations away from the average.Childhood obesity, looking at three-year-old children: A child that’s born in December will get his or her first PFD by the time they’re 10 months old. If a child is born in January, that child will not get his first PFD until they’re 22 or 23 months old.We find really big effects. We find that an additional $1,000 for a child that’s born in Alaska results in them being 4.5 percent less likely to be obese…if we extrapolate that to Alaska, that means potentially 500 cases of obesity prevented as a result of this distribution.We have a program from which we can learn a great deal. Both in terms of shaping policy in state but also in terms of informing these future implementations. Because it’s run for a really long time. One of the areas that I’m really excited about is the effect it’s had on education. We know there are parents that save their children’s PFD and put them in funds to help with their educations. There is an opportunity to potentially learn the extent to which these accumulated PFDs have effected educational outcomes.
It has certainly been a pretty ugly start to 2016 for stock market investors, with the bad news mainly due to three factors:a slowing US economy,increasing worries over an economic slowdown in China; andever-falling oil prices.Fear abounds in the US and AsiaI have spent the last two weeks touring the US and Asia, meeting a wide range of professional investors. In general, they blame the three risks above for taking a very cautious attitude when it comes to investing in stocks and shares.With the Chinese stock market plunging to 14-month lows on the back of worries over a slowing economy, there seems to have been a contagion effect infecting stock markets in the rest of the world.The UKs FTSE 100 index is a good relative measure of market health given its high percentage of global member companies in the oil and gas, mining and pharmaceutical industries.It has not escaped the Chinese curse, falling from the 6,800 level in July last year to around 6,300 at year end, and then as low as 5,700 this month (Chart 1).My view: The fear is overdoneI must confess, I personally have a less doom-laden view of the world. While investors fears are perhaps well-founded in principle, I believe that stock markets are now over-reacting to the prevailing economic winds.Yes, the world economy is contracting as growth in China and the US, the worlds two largest economies, continues to slow. But the US should still post decent growth this year, boosted by consumption which remains strong on the back of rising employment.China is in the middle of a long-term economic transformation away from being the worlds goods-making factory to a more balanced economy, where domestic services and consumption are more important drivers, as is the case for instance in the UK.These sorts of deep structural changes in a country of 1.4 billion inhabitants (four times the size of the entire European Union) are clearly not easy to make, and will result in a bumpy trajectory for the economy from time to time.But the bottom line in China is that the economy is still growing, perhaps by less than the official 6.9% growth rate, but likely still in the region of 5% per year, which is still far more than we could ever hope for in Europe (Chart 2).Dont look too closely at the Chinese stock marketOne should also not take too much notice of the Chinese stock market when judging the prospects for stocks and shares elsewhere in the world. I would make three key observations about the Chinese stock market:the Chinese economy is stuffed with lots of former state-owned companies where the Chinese government is still a major shareholder, and often directs the companys management as a result;the Chinese middle class do not hold much of their huge financial savings in stocks and shares: rather they prefer to hold property or cash; andthe Chinese are, as a people, inveterate gamblers, and so treat the stock market more like a casino than a vehicle for making long-term investments.Just look at the way that the Chinese stock market inflated like a bubble, and has now deflated (Chart 3).ETF, stock picks for the reboundSo all in all, I view the current sell-off in the stock market as a buying opportunity for the patient investor. There are two approaches: either simply to buy the whole stock market via an index-tracking exchange-traded fund (ETF), or via a number of individual stocks.My preferred ETF for investors who want to buy into the European stock market without taking too much risk is the iShares MSCI Europe Minimum Volatility ETF (UK code: EUMV).This is a low cost, lower-risk ETF that should benefit from any rebound in European stocks following this latest sell-off.If you prefer to look at individual shares, then the table (Chart 4) contains five suggestions in the UK of shares that have sold off considerably from their 2015 highs, and which offer attractive dividend yields. This selection of shares have been drawn from varying industries, are a mixture of domestic and global in nature, and would offer an average income yield of nearly 7% over the next year if bought at the current share prices.Bottom line: I think the current fears have been exaggerated in Januarys stock market falls, and represent an excellent opportunity for investors.
Former Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lokke RasmussenReutersDanish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the notion of selling Greenland to the United States following reports that President Donald Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world’s biggest island with his advisers.Trump is due to visit Copenhagen in September and the Arctic will be on the agenda during meetings with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.”It has to be an April Fool’s joke. Totally out of season,” former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Twitter.The notion of purchasing the territory has been laughed off by some advisers as a joke but was taken more seriously by others in the White House, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday.Talk of a Greenland purchase was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.”If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,” foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, Soren Espersen, told broadcaster DR.”The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous,” he said.Greenland, a self-ruling part of Denmark located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, is dependant on Danish economic support.”I am sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long term,” Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Danish MP from Greenland’s second-largest party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA), told Reuters.”My immediate thought is ‘No, thank you’,” she said.Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod were not available for comment but officials said they would respond later on Friday. The US Embassy in Copenhagen was also not immediately available for comment.”Oh dear lord. As someone who loves Greenland, has been there nine times to every corner and loves the people, this is a complete and total catastrophe,” former US ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, said on Twitter.Greenland is gaining attention from global superpowers including China, Russia and the United States due to its strategic location and its mineral resources.In May, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russia was behaving aggressively in the Arctic and China’s actions there had to be watched closely as well.A defence treaty between Denmark and the United States dating back to 1951 gives the US military rights over the Thule Air Base in northern Greenland.Greenland is part of Denmark with self-government over domestic affairs, while Copenhagen handles defence and foreign policy.There has been no indication that a Greenland purchase will be on the agenda for Trump’s talks with Danish officials.Martin Lidegaard, a senior lawmaker of the Danish Social Liberal Party and a former foreign minister, called the idea “a grotesque proposal” which had no basis in reality.”We are talking about real people and you can’t just sell Greenland like an old colonial power,” he told Reuters.”But what we can take seriously is that the US stakes and interest in the Arctic is significantly on the rise and they want a much bigger influence,” he added.In 1917 Denmark sold off the then Danish West Indies islands for $25 million to the United States, which renamed them the United States Virgin Islands.
In this photo taken on 21 April, 2013, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia. Photo: APRussian embassy officials were to meet Thursday with a Siberian gun rights activist jailed in Washington on charges of spying on the United States, as Moscow blasted the arrest as “anti-Russian hysteria.”The embassy said in a Facebook post that consular officials will meet with Maria Butina for the first time since her Sunday arrest, and will provide her “all necessary help.”Butina, 29, denies wrongdoing, and the Russian government claims the arrest was driven by US domestic politics and an overall anti-Russian mood.US federal prosecutors accuse Butina of being a covert Russian agent, having contacts with the KGB successor agency FSB, and using sex and deception to forge influential US connections.Court documents released at her hearing Wednesday outlined ways Butina allegedly worked covertly to establish back-channel lines of communication to the Kremlin and infiltrate US political organizations, including the National Rifle Association.Her father, Valery Butin, said the family has been unable to speak to Butina since her arrest, according to the TASS news agency.Butina grew up in a modest apartment building in the Siberian city of Barnaul, closer to the Mongolian and Kazakh borders than Moscow.One of her former teachers told The Associated Press that Butina initially thought she would follow her father’s footsteps as an entrepreneur, and opened a string of furniture stores.But she developed an appetite for high-level politics after going to a special camp for young political hopefuls run by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, said Konstantin Emeshin, founder of the School of Real Politics in Barnaul, where Butina got her first degree.”She came back inspired, having met lots of people,” he said.Butina later moved to Moscow, started a gun-rights group, and then moved to the United States where she got a graduate degree in May from American University. US prosecutors say her studies were a cover for her covert activities.Emeshin said that Butina was considering a job in Silicon Valley after graduation, and told him she felt herself “at a crossroads.”A week before her arrest, Emeshin said, she contacted him on Facebook and asked for the contacts of specialists who defend “victims of political repression.” She didn’t elaborate. Butina had already been questioned by the US Senate and had her apartment searched by the FBI in recent months.Butina awaits trial on charges of conspiracy and acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Russia. She pleaded not guilty Wednesday, but was ordered held in jail as the case moves forward because of fears she would flee the country.
1 2 Yesterday was a little intense if you managed to follow all the live streams that were happening at E3. It started with Microsoft’s Xbox One event, then we had EA, Ubisoft, and finally Sony late in the evening showing off the PS4 for the first time. You’d be forgiven for not noticing Apple gave its WWDC keynote during the day, too.Now that the dust has settled, both Sony and Microsoft have dropped the major details of their next gen consoles, and it’s clear that Sony is the pre-launch winner. Microsoft has already upset gamers with talk of compulsory game installs, restricted used game sales and lending, and the requirement of an Internet connection. Then they announced the price, which isn’t great.Sony on the other hand seemingly delivered most of the things gamers were hoping for, and the general consensus is they “won” E3. But you can also argue they have already won the next-gen console battle, and here’s 10 reason why:The PS4 is cheaperI’ve stated a few times before that whichever console ends up carrying the lower price will have a advantage at launch. In this regard, Sony really has delivered by pricing the PS4 $100 cheaper than the Xbox One. That’s $399 for the Xbox versus $499 for the PS4.To put that in perspective, let’s assume games will cost $60 each. So come launch day you’ll be able to take home a PS4 and two games for $520. That’s only $20 more than the Xbox One costs.To do the same with the Xbox One you’ll need to spend $620. You need to factor in the games as nobody will just buy the console on its own. If Sony really wants to hit home the price advantage they could do a launch day package including a PS4 and two games for the same price as an Xbox One.No used game restrictionsThe biggest win for Sony at E3 yesterday was its used games policy. Sony has decided to keep everything exactly the same, and just the way gamers (and retailers) like it. Games will play from disc and can be traded in freely. Lending a game to a friend is as simple as giving them the disc to play.This is in stark contrast to the Xbox One where you can still sell your games, but it has to be done using a retailer registered with Microsoft’s used games program. You can lend your games to others, but only for a short period of time (30 days). Publishers can also completely block used game sales and lending on a per game basis.This used game policy difference alone will drive many gamers to select PS4 over Xbox One, and it’s probably the biggest mistake Microsoft has made for this coming generation of hardware.No Internet connection requiredNext to the restricted used games policy, the feature many gamers don’t like about the Xbox One is its need to regularly phone home. You can’t own Microsoft’s console without also having an Internet connection, which immediately limits the market for its use and rules it out completely for the armed forces, for example.Sony has not implemented the same restrictions for the PS4. You can play games offline and the only time you require a connection is when playing multiplayer or want to access PSN. This means the PS4 appeals to a much larger global market and there’s no concern your games will just stop working at some point in the future because servers are being turned off.The PS4 is region free and you can upgrade the hard driveJust like the PS3, Sony has ensured that PS4 owners can upgrade the 500GB hard drive it ships with themselves. So if you want to add a multi-terabyte drive to the PS4, you’re welcome to do so. Another plus point is the fact the PS4 will be region free. Games won’t be region locked by Sony, although it seems likely publishers will have that option if they want to use it.This is in contrast to the Xbox One, which contains a hard drive you can’t upgrade yourself. So if there’s an issue with it, or you run out of storage space, you’re pretty much stuck or reliant on Microsoft carrying out a repair or have to invest in external storage. The Xbox One is also expected to be region locked.Strong support for indie developersSony has decided to embrace indie developers for this generation of PlayStation, to the point where indies can even publish their own games.This support was shown at the first PS4 reveal when Jonathan Blow was brought out on stage to announce his next game The Witness will be on PS4. But since then we’ve had several other indie games confirmed for the console. With Sony making it much easier to get indie games on to the PS4, that’s sure to see many more titles added for download over the console’s lifetime.Microsoft made a claim yesterday during that they are a big supporter of indie developers on Xbox consoles, which got more than a few confused looks and outbursts on Twitter. On stage, they didn’t do much to convince us indie games were a major focus, with Minecraft: Xbox One Edition being the major reveal. Microsoft has also stated indie developers can’t self publish and will need to find themselves a publisher before being accepted on to Xbox One.Next page: Retailer support, hardware performance, and a big marketing advantage…
It’s good to have a shady side: Sun and shade leaves play different roles in tree canopies (PhysOrg.com) — Aidan Dwyer, a 13 year old Junior High School student from New York state, noticed that the phyllotaxy of the leaves on trees he was observing while hiking through the Catskill Mountains, did so in the form of a Fibonacci sequence. Wondering if there was a reason for it, he deduced that it might be because such an arrangement provides the most efficient means of solar power collection for the trees. To find out if this was the case, he built a small solar tree from PVC pipe and small solar panels, then built another in a normal flat panel array, attached voltage readers to both, and lo and behold, discovered the tree model array was indeed more efficient, at least during times of low or indirect sunlight. Dwyer won a Young Naturist Award for his efforts after writing and submitting his essay, The Secret of the Fibonacci Sequence in Trees. Explore further Aidan measuring the spiral pattern After analyzing his data, he found that the tree design appeared to be far more efficient than the traditional flat-panel structure during so-called off peak times, such as when the sun was low, and that the model appeared to be close to 50% more efficient overall during the winter. Not bad for someone who’s still a kid.Dwyer theorizes that tree branches have evolved such an arrangement because it’s likely the most efficient pattern available, i.e. the one that best takes into account the shading created by branches or leaves hiding one another from direct sunlight. Citation: 13 year old researcher finds tree inspired solar collection more efficient (2011, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-year-tree-solar-efficient.html The spiral on trees showing the Fibonacci Sequence The two models collecting sunlight © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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. With trees, The Fibonacci pattern shows up in the way that limbs spiral around the trunk, specifically in the fraction that arises when computing the number of limbs it takes to complete a run all the way around the tree. Dwyer gives the example of the Oak tree which takes five branches to spiral two times around the trunk, giving the fraction 2/5. This is important because it was the basis of the model he built to replicate the tree structure. Interestingly, to find this fraction, and those of other types of trees, he fashioned his own measuring device out of a clear plastic tube with circle protractors on it. Branch angles were measured by inserting them into the tube.Next, he built a small model tree (mimicking the Oak’s Fibonacci series as closely as possible) out of various sizes of PVC pipe to which he affixed small solar panels. After that, he put together a traditional flat panel solar array comprised of the same size solar panels. Then, after hooking up both to a data logger connected to a voltage meter, he then let them sit. The Young Naturist Awards are given (by the American Museum of Natural History) to two students from each grade, K-12, every year for young scientists who have investigated questions they have in the areas of biology, Earth science, ecology, and astronomy. Dwyer’s entry, took the known, that tree leaves grow in a Fibonacci sequence (where each number is the sum of the previous two) and applied it in a novel way that advanced the study of solar energy.
Information Processing Under Reward Versus Under PunishmentTimothy Ballard, David K. Sewell, Daniel Cosgrove, and Andrew Neal What effects do rewards and punishments have on how individuals process information while making a decision? In this study, participants saw successive frames with clouds of moving dots and had to quickly judge whether the dots were moving toward the left or toward the right of the screen. They were given a specific accuracy and quickness goal and they could (a) be rewarded with $2.50 if they achieved the goal (expected reward), (b) be punished by losing $2.50 if they did not achieve the goal (expected punishment), or (c) be neither punished nor rewarded (no incentive). The results pointed to worse performance when punishment was expected. Participants were slower and less accurate when they expected punishment than when they expected a reward or no incentive. Under expected punishment, easy stimuli (i.e., with a larger proportion of moving dots) elicited similar accuracy and response time as did medium-difficulty stimuli under expected-reward or no-incentive conditions, and medium-difficulty stimuli elicited similar accuracy and response time as did high-difficulty stimuli under expected-reward or no-incentive conditions. Using a computational model, the authors found that, compared with expected reward or no-incentive conditions, expected punishment lowered the average quality and quantity of information processed and lowered the amount of information used to make a decision, causing less cautious decision making. Thus, the information individuals extract from the environment and their decision processes seem to be determined not only by the stimuli but also by the task incentives. National Gross Domestic Product, Science Interest, and Science Achievement: A Direct Replication and Extension of the Tucker-Drob, Cheung, and Briley (2014) StudyAnqing Zheng, Elliot M. Tucker-Drob, and Daniel A. Briley Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science: Aggression Toward Sexualized Women Is Mediated by Decreased Perceptions of HumannessSteven Arnocky, Valentina Proietti, Erika L. Ruddick, Taylor-Rae Côté, Triana L. Ortiz, Gordon Hodson, and Justin M. Carré Differentiate to Regulate: Low Negative Emotion Differentiation Is Associated With Ineffective Use but Not Selection of Emotion-Regulation StrategiesElise K. Kalokerinos, Yasemin Erbas, Eva Ceulemans, and Peter Kuppens As the demand for science graduates increases, identifying the key predictors of high performance in science disciplines can help researchers create interventions aimed at increasing science knowledge. In 2014, Tucker-Drob and colleagues examined data from the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and concluded that across 57 countries, 15-year-old students’ high interest in science was associated with higher science achievement, but this association was stronger for students from advantaged backgrounds (i.e., from families and schools with higher socioeconomic status and from countries with higher national gross domestic product). Zheng and colleagues analyzed data from the 2015 PISA and found similar results across 72 countries. They also found that between 2006 and 2015, the disparities between students from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds decreased, and the association between science interest and achievement increased for students from more disadvantaged backgrounds. This increase was more pronounced in less prosperous countries than in rich countries and was accompanied by increases in access to the Internet, education, and higher education expenditures. These findings suggest that increasing the availability of educational resources and removing barriers to learning might allow more students to transform interest in science into knowledge and achievement. Knowing whether you are sad, angry, or anxious when you feel awful (rather than not being able to identify a particular feeling) is known as emotion differentiation, and this ability has been associated with well-being. This may be because low emotion differentiation decreases the successful use of emotion-regulation strategies (e.g., social sharing, expression suppression), this research suggests. Participants sampled their emotions and regulation strategies 10 times a day for 7 days. They received prompts on a smartphone to rate their levels of stress, anger, sadness, anxiety, depression, and loneliness and their use of rumination, distraction from the emotion, reappraisal of the emotion, suppression of the expression of the emotion, and social sharing of the emotion (i.e., talking to other people about it). Emotion differentiation was not related to the specific use of any strategy; that is, it did not increase the use of more adaptive strategies such as emotional reappraisal or sharing. But in lower differentiators, the use of any strategy was more strongly associated with negative emotion than in higher differentiators, which suggests that the strategies were not attenuating negative emotions for low differentiators. These effects were replicated when emotions were sampled around an emotional event: receiving first-semester grades. Differentiation deficits thus seem to impair the successful use of emotion-regulation strategies but not the selection of strategies. Given that differentiation seems to support effective emotional regulation, differentiation training may facilitate regulation in clinical populations. Women with a sexualized appearance (described as an outward physical appearance that signals greater sexual receptivity and promotes greater attractiveness to men) may be victims of aggressive behaviors from other women. In this study, female college students completed a measure of how competitive they are with other women (intrasexual competition) and then viewed a video depicting a female partner who was, in reality, a confederate. The confederate was dressed either conventionally, in a blue long-sleeved shirt with her hair up and no makeup, or in a sexualized way, in a strapless red top with her hair down and face made up. Participants rated the partner’s personality traits and were told they would play a game against the partner. In the game, participants received points by repeatedly pressing a key on the keyboard, but those points could be stolen by the partner. When points were stolen, participants could respond by stealing points back from the partner, but they could not keep the stolen points — choosing to steal points was considered an indicator of aggression toward the partner. Participants who scored higher on intrasexual competition rated the sexualized partner lower in the uniquely human traits of openness to experience and conscientiousness, and those lower ratings were associated with more aggressive behaviors during the game. This effect appeared not to be due to how typical or atypical the partner’s appearance was but solely to how sexualized it was. These findings suggest that dehumanization may be a mechanism through which interacting with a sexualized woman fuels aggression from competitive females.
Share Source: The Associated Press Goofy is no longer in the dog house; 4 Disney hotels are accepting dogs in pilot program LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA — Four hotels at Walt Disney World Resort will allow guests to bring dogs.The hotels near Orlando, Florida, are Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The Yacht Club adds $75 to daily room rates for canine guests, the other three, $50.The pilot program is accepting reservations through October 2018. Two dogs are permitted per guest room.A Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes a mat, bowls, pet ID tag, plastic bags, puppy pads, and dog walking maps. Doggy day care and other pet services are offered nearby at Best Friends, an on-property pet care facility.Disney says dogs staying in its hotels “must be well behaved, leashed in resort public areas and properly vaccinated.” Monday, October 16, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Who says you can’t enjoy fine dining at an airport? Certainly not Food Network Canada celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, whose restaurant at Toronto Pearson International Airport just won ‘Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year’.The Hearth by Lynn Crawford, brought by HMSHost, won top spot on The Moodie Davitt Report’s prestigious 2018 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards, which recognize and reward best practices in airport food & beverage around the world. Monday, June 25, 2018 Posted by “At HMSHost, we’re revolutionizing the way travellers think about their airport dining experience to immerse them in the local food culture,” said HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson. “These esteemed FAB honours are not possible without the invaluable partnerships we have with our brand and airport partners, along with the dedication of HMSHost’s exceptional team of associates across North America who continue to drive the travel dining industry forward.” Way to go, Lynn! Canadian chef’s airport restaurant wins top honours This is not Chef Crawford’s only venture in the travel industry. Her award-winning culinary skills can also be sampled in-flight onboard Sunwing Airlines, which offers chef-inspired, buy-onboard light meals and snacks, including kids’ choices. Tags: HMSHost, Lynn Crawford, Toronto Travelweek Group So depending on where you’re flying to and who you’re flying with, you can potentially dine on Chef Crawford’s delicious cuisine every step of the way on your travels, to which we say bon appétit! Located in Terminal 1, The Hearth by Lynn Crawford features a market-inspired and chef-driven menu that includes small plates and appetizers, hearth-fired flatbreads, elegant mains and side and decadent desserts. The food is matched with craft ales, classic cocktails and first-rate wines. Share
Dance: “Second Act”French company Dos à Deux reinterprets Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” as dance and physical comedy.“2ème acte” performs April 4 – May 4 at the Dance Theatre, Cenac, Barrio Amón. 7 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: RedCultura website.Music: UCR Symphony Orchestra Plays “Carmen”Featuring 110 musicians, the University of Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra performs excepts from “Carmen,” the tragic opera by Georges Bizet.Performance takes place April 4 in La Sabana Park. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura website.El Amir Flamenco SextetMasters of flamenco play music and dance, including diverse interpretations of the traditional gypsy form.El Amir plays April 4 at La Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. 10 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura website.Magic: “Kabalök”Magician Alejandro Nevas performs feats of illusion during his “Kabalök” show.Alejandro Nevas performs in La Sabana (April 4, 3 p.m.), Antigua Aduana (April 5 & 6, 3 p.m.) and Pacific Station (April 8, 6 p.m.) Free. Info: FIA website.Enamorate de tu ciudadYes, you can get gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-long celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check back for games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website.Theater: “The House of the Spirits”Teatro Espressivo presents a theatrical adaptation of Isabel Allende’s classic novel, “The House of the Spirits.” This epic magic-realist story receives an inventive adaptation by Caridad Svich.“The House of the Spirits” continues through April 13 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡8,000-15,000 ($16-30). Info: Performance website.Photography: Vía PanAmJourney the Pan-American Highway with Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen, part of the International Arts Festival.“Vía PanAm” continues through April 13 at Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. Admission is free. Info (in Spanish): International Arts Festival website.Fine Art: “In the Woods”The Museum of Costa Rican Art presents this haunting and beautiful series of landscapes by Gerardo González. Catch the final weekend of his rainforest paintings.“Bosque Adentro” continues through April 6 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana Park. Tue.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website. Facebook Comments Related posts:A colossal paint party, and other happenings in Costa Rica A jungle concert, St. Paddy’s Day, and other stuff happening in Costa Rica Volcano marathon, a culinary challenge, and other happenings around Costa Rica Arts festival, music festival, yoga festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Mamma FIA!Where do you start with the International Arts Festival? It can seem pretty overwhelming, with its hundreds of events in various venues throughout the capital, but FIA’s online schedule is comprehensive and well organized. If you don’t want to deal with Spanish, see our recommendations here. And definitely don’t miss the La Carpa Circus today. Costa Rica’s own circus troupe kicks off its first of many performances with a variety show – including acrobats, clowns, and fire-throwers.“Varieté de Circo” takes place April 4 in La Sabana Park. 2 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura website.Craft Beer FestivalMassive daylong showcase of cervezas artesanales. Try samples from nearly all of the finest breweries in Costa Rica.Craft Beer Festival takes place April 5 at Avenida Escazú. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. ₡16,000 ($30). Info: Festival website.Music: One Night with GandhiAfter 20 years, the spectacle-infused Costa Rican rock band is still going strong. Catch Gandhi’s multimedia FIA performance.“Una Noche con Gandhi” performs April 4 at La Plaza de Soledad, downtown San José. 9 p.m. Free. Info: Festival website.Film: KlimaTico Film FestivalMovies, art, live music, and even a storyteller converge at this film festival about climate change.KlimaTico takes place April 5 at the Cenac auditorium, Barrio Amón. 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: Festival website.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Qantas have had their hands full over the weekend, dealing with ongoing investigations into engine failures whilst continuing to celebrate their 90th anniversary. Simon Rushton, spokesperson for Qantas Corporate Communications, was pleased with the continued anniversary festivities over the weekend. When asked if the problems surrounding Qantas’ A380 fleet have dampened the celebrations in any way, Mr. Rushton was quick to stress that “they had not”. “Qantas is continuing to work closely with Rolls Royce in regards to the ongoing investigations surrounding the A380 engine failures”, said Mr. Rushton. Qantas released a media statement over the weekend outlining an ‘International Contingency Network Schedule’ due to the disruptions caused by the grounding of their A380 fleet. “We are now providing a full international schedule which will be active and published until 25 February 2011” said Mr. Rushton. The new contingency plan has been put in place to provide and maintain a clear and concise outline for future travel. “We are closely monitoring all of our flight schedules to ensure maximum customer satisfaction” he said. In reference to the incident surrounding the Boeing 767 bound for Melbourne from Perth on Friday, Mr Rushton said, “the General Electric engines detected vibrations and the pilots made the appropriate decision to turn back.” He said “the plane was being assessed over the weekend” although no further information could be provided. Mr. Rushton maintained that anniversary celebrations would continue despite the issues surrounding Qantas at the moment. “We have been celebrating the history of Qantas with staff, friends and family.“We are mindful that we have experienced some issues over the last couple of weeks and are currently focused on getting our A380 fleet back in the air as soon as we feel it is safe and appropriate to do so” he said.