Bank of Canada remains cautious on future rate hikes due to low

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Canada remains cautious about future rate hikes as it measures the risk posed by low inflation that continues to fall short of the central bank’s two per cent target, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said Wednesday.“Just three weeks ago, the bank decided to leave the policy rate unchanged. We said at the time that while less monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time, governing council will be cautious in making future adjustments to the policy rate,” Wilkins said in remarks made in New York.“One of the motivations for caution is that inflation has been in the lower end of the inflation target bands of one to three per cent for quite some time.”Inflation in Canada slowed over the first half of this year and remained in the lower half of the Bank of Canada’s target range even as the economy grew quickly.Caution, however, has its limits in times of uncertainty, Wilkins added, including those related to monetary policy and financial stability.“Whether it is about how aggressive or how cautious policy should be — getting the dosage right demands sound judgment about complex trade-offs,” she said.“And, like many businesses and households, central banks have established techniques to reduce, where possible, the level of uncertainty they experience.”Speaking before the Money Marketeers of New York University, Wilkins said the central bank is particularly focused on data that indicate how wages and potential output are progressing, as well as the effects of the two interest rate increases made over the summer. The bank is also following NAFTA negotiations closely.While higher household debt has likely heightened the sensitivity of spending to interest rate increases, Wilkins said it is difficult at this time to know by how much. There is also uncertainty about the interaction of interest rate increases with the recent tightening of macroprudential rules.To understand how the bank factors uncertainty into its policy decisions, Wilkins paralleled a scenario involving business people considering large capital expenditures who have the option value of waiting until they are more sure of the returns.“As with investment, fixed costs of changing policy direction may explain a central bank’s aversion to reversals and motivate a wait-and-see approach to policy,” she said.That said, she added, it’s unclear how costly policy reversals are for the real economy.“It is possible that the perceived costs are self-reinforcing because reversals are so rare that they are viewed as policy errors when they do occur, rather than as a sensible reaction to new information.”last_img read more

Polisario Blames Morocco for Ross’ Resignation

Rabat – The Polisario Front has pointed the finger at Morocco as the cause of  Special Envoy Christopher Ross’ resignation. Morocco has also been accused of obstructing negotiations regarding the disputed Sahara.While the Polisario Front refuses to withdraw its own militia from the area of conflict in the buffer zone of Guerguerat in southern Morocco, this has not stopped the Polisario Front from making unfounded claims against Morocco in an apparent effort to escalate tensions in a situation which could potentially drag the entire region into armed conflict. When American diplomat, Christopher Ross, submitted his resignation as the United Nations’ Personal  Envoy for Western Sahara, the Polisario soon began accusing Morocco of being the cause of his resignation. Yet Mohamed Khaddad, the Polisario Front’s coordinator with the UN mission in Western Sahara, provided no evidence, even as he advanced the conspiracy theory.The senior Polisario official claimed that Ross’ resignation came as result of “Morocco’s obstruction of the negotiations in 2012.” He added that the UN is also responsible for the resignation as it did not react “to Morocco’s dismissal of the UN Mission for Western Sahara.”Morocco did dismiss the UN Mission last year, primarily in reaction to the term “occupation” used by former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, when describing the Moroccan Sahara. The unfortunate choice of word was later deemed by many international analysts as a “diplomatic blunder” having no legal basis.Morocco did agree, however, to a gradual reintegration of the UN Mission after the UN gained control of the situation and redressed Ban Ki-moon’s mistake.Following 16 years of armed confrontation between Morocco and the Polisario Front, a cease-fire agreement was signed between the two parties. Under the agreement the southern area of Morocco, at the border with Mauritania, was declared a buffer area.In violation of the cease-fire agreement, the Polisario recently dispersed its militia to the region. It refused to withdraw its troops, even after the current UN Secretary General called on both Morocco and the Polisario to pull out of the area. Only Morocco responded to the call, unilaterally deciding to withdraw its forces. It then dispatched the Head of the MINURSO to negotiate with the Polisario’s “Defense Minister.” read more

Nine dead over 3000 displaced

The DMC said that 8 people were killed from landslides and floods in the Matale District while one person was killed in Kandy from flash floods. A total of 4917 people were affected by the bad weather while separately 3411 people were displaced.The displaced people were transferred to temples, schools and temporary shelters in the respective areas. Meanwhile a group of people were reported trapped in the Knuckles range as a result of rising flood waters. Nine people have been killed and over 3000 displaced following the adverse weather conditions over the island during the past two days, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today.A DMC spokesman said that over 500 houses were damaged in several parts of the country and one person was reported missing in Nuwara Eliya yesterday. read more

Professor looking for a stem cell donor

Cathy Anagnostopoulos and her familyAn associate professor of Community Health Sciences is holding an event this weekend to try to save the life of her best friend.Evangelia Tsiani is holding a community swabbing event in St. Catharines on Sunday, April 17. Cathy Anagnostopoulos, a 44-year-old pharmacist and godmother to one of Tsiani’s children, has Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The only cure is a stem cell transplant.None of Anagnostopoulos’ siblings are a match, Tsiani said. Her only hope is to find an unrelated donor. Anyone aged 17 to 50 can join the Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Registry. If someone matches Anagnostopoulos, the transplant procedure is often similar to donating blood, Tsiani said.The event is to raise awareness and find a potential match. To participate, you’ll answer a short health questionnaire and rub a swab on the inside of your cheek.The event is at Saint Katharine Greek Orthodox Church Greek Community Centre at 585 Niagara St. in St. Catharines from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit helpsavecathy.com• Event poster (PDF)• The waiting game: Family seeks compatible stem-cell donor after deadly cancer strikes | healthzone.ca read more

UN Middle East envoy says current violence is tragic and futile urges

In a statement released in Gaza and New York, Terje Roed-Larsen expressed distress at the loss of civilian life suffered during yesterday’s violence. He said he was particularly shocked at the death of a four-month old girl, which he said showed the “futility and tragedy” of the violence.Mr. Larsen, who is in New York, said he regretted not to be able to receive a delegation of families of the victims which had come to visit his Gaza office, but added that he would brief the Secretary-General and other key UN officials on the acute situation facing the Palestinians.Referring to yesterday’s escalation by Israel, the envoy said the latest events proved the urgent need to end the violence. At the same time, he emphasized that the underlying cause of the crisis was the lack of political progress towards a just, permanent and lasting peace based on Security Council resolutions. Mr. Roed-Larsen stressed that an end to the crisis would require “political progress, in parallel with urgent steps to improve the critical economic and social situation of the Palestinians.” read more

UN peacekeepers in Ethiopia and Eritrea rebuild school in Senafe

Volunteering their resources and skills, Canadian soldiers serving in UNMEE, as the UN operation is known, worked with local people to turn the school into the first major post-war reconstruction effort in the area. “The roof was coming down, shutters were torn, the desks didn’t have table tops, so the engineers got together” to respond, explained Capt. Laura Oberwarth of UNMEE’s Canadian contingent. “It took them about 10 days to put it all together, working with people from the area.””This was a team effort from the start,” observed UNMEE’s Canadian Captain Neil Marshal, who organized the project. “The people from Senafe worked very hard on the project and an Eritrean school donated desks,” he added. One of the challenges the peacekeepers faced was carrying out the repair work while students attended classes, according to UNMEE. During breaks between classes, curious students watched the work-in-progress. Some 800 children are expected to attend the revamped school, and that figure will increase when all internally displaced families return to the area.At an inauguration ceremony, Capt. Marshall presented the keys to the school – together with some tools, soccer balls and school supplies – to the Administrator for Senafe sub-zone, who thanked the Government of Canada for its contribution to peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea. A delegation of Senafe’s village elders also expressed their thanks to UNMEE, saying that the presence of international peacekeepers has been extremely helpful in safeguarding the area’s people and their belongings. read more

UK motor industry adopts cradletograve approach to sustainability

A comprehensive review of motor industry sustainability is today published by the SMMT. It shows significant progress on key measures of environmental performance, from UK-based car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. The motor sector was the first to report annually on sustainability back in 1999. Today’s report, The UK Automotive Sector – Towards Sustainability, is the seventh and has started tracking the life of the vehicle, commenting on the major sustainability challenges at each point in its cycle. Also highlighted is work being done by the SMMT to develop and promote an integrated approach to road transport CO2 reduction, outlining how total CO2 is generated and the need to implement combined strategies for its control. ‘We have made progress in 2005, and on some environmental measures this has been significant,’ said SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan. ‘However, our report is also transparent about the areas where improvements can be made. Our business responsibilities are changing. We will continue to look at how we report annually, consult with stakeholders to make improvements and track progress through production, use and on to vehicle disposal.’ As well as environmental performance, the report highlights progress on economic goals and measures of social responsibility. Of 26 key performance indicators across these three criteria, more than half show progress and six have remained static. A stakeholder meeting will take place on 26 September to discuss contents and look at ways to improve reporting in 2007. For more details and to book a place, please email: sustainability@smmt.co.uk. Free copies of the Sustainability Report can be downloaded from the home page of the SMMT website; www.smmt.co.uk For a copy of this press statement click below: DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 11 April 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Andrea Leadsom appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury2. UK automotive benefits from £300m RGF funding3. £100m to support domestic supply chains and create new jobs announced4. Revised statutory guidance for careers advice published5. Tfl announces continuation of Industrial HGV Task Force6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Star WarsBranded TomTom GPS Devices Hit the Street

first_imgTomTom has joined forces with LucasArts to introduce a line of Star Wars-branded GPS devices. The navigation systems let the user chose from three Star Wars voices, including Darth Vader, C-3PO, Yoda, and Han Solo.The voices can also be downloaded to other non-Star Wars-branded TomTom devices for $12.95, exclusively at the company’s site. Over there you’ll find samples from all of the aforementioned characters, free Star Wars content (including startup screens, icons, and sounds), and a contest featuring a customized Yoda voice.On Monday, TomTom will be offering a special Cyber Monday deal on the devices at $5 off their normal price, plus a free Star Wars voice. Footage from Darth Vader in the recording studio, after the jump.last_img read more

Ubuntu One upgraded to 5GB free storage

first_imgWith the advent of cloud computing one of the most useful new services to appear in cloud storage. There’s a number of competing services appearing offering both free and paid-for storage options, the most popular of which seems to be Dropbox and increasingly Microsoft’s SkyDrive.If you are an Ubuntu user, however, there is the option of using Ubuntu One which until yesterday gave you 2GB of free storage matching that offered by Dropbox. But Canonical is celebrating reaching 1 million users on the service and so has decided to update the name and storage limits on offer.Ubuntu One Basic, the free version offering 2GB, is now called Ubuntu One Free and now allows 5GB of data to be stored without charge. There’s also the option to increase that storage limit in 20GB chunks for $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year. The other option is Ubuntu One Music Streaming which gives you 20GB of storage and music streaming to your mobile, including offline listening on Android. The cost is $3.99 a month or $39.99 a year.By upping the storage limit on the free acocunt Ubuntu One is now much better value than Dropbox for Ubuntu users. The question is, will it get anyone to switch, or at least start using both services?One of the reasons Dropbox has been such a success is all the additional features it allows users to plug-in and use. That hasn’t been lost on Canonical, and the Ubuntu One App Developer Program has now been opened up to everyone. In time, that means Ubuntu One could become a lot more than just a place to store and backup files due to the active community of developers around the operating system pooling their skills to make the service even better.Read more at the Ubuntu One Bloglast_img read more

Van Dijk appeals for patience from Liverpool fans

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has called for more patience from the club’s supporters after the crowd appeared nervy during the home draw with Leicester City.The Reds failed to extend their lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League standings to seven points following their 1-1 draw at Anfield with the Foxes on Wednesday night.The result means Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to beat a team outside the top six in the league for the first time this season.Asked if he could sense the nervousness during the game, Van Dijk said, according to talkSPORT:“It sounded like it.”“I don’t think [it transmits to the players] but obviously you get that feeling as well from the crowd and I think it’s not really necessary at the moment.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But obviously everyone wants to win so bad and that’s what we want as well but sometimes you need to be very patient.”“In the end it’s all about showing on the pitch and we’re not going to be affected by that.”“[But] we want everyone to cheer us on and keep pushing even if we have tough moments, even if we’re 1-0 down or maybe more.”“We just need everyone to pull in the same direction and keep going, that’s the only way forward.”last_img read more

Nintendo exec Reggie FilsAime is retiring being replaced by Bowser

first_img News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $299 Walmart $289 Amazon 0 See It $309 Post a comment Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Best Buy Nintendo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Nintendo Switch How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 See it See It Gaming Share your voice Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details $299 Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring.  Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring in April, the company said Thursday. Doug Bowser, currently the senior vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America, will fill the role of president after Fils-Aime’s last day on April 15.”Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said in a statement. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude — for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community.”Fils-Aime began working at Nintendo of America in 2003 as executive vice president of sales and marketing. In 2006, he became president and COO. Under his leadership, Nintendo expanded its audience with products such as Brain Age, Wii Sports and Wii Fit, according to the release. Bowser, the next president, began working at Nintendo of America in 2015 as vice president of sales. He was promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing the following year, and headed sales and marketing for Nintendo Switch. Before working at Nintendo of America, Bowser was an executive at Electronic Arts and held sales leadership positions at Procter & Gamble.  Tags See Itlast_img read more

Come monsoon more snakes spotted in city

first_imgHyderabad: Even a slight shower is enough for snakes to make their way out of their burrows. According to the Friends of Snake Society, the monsoon is the time when snakes come out and at times become a menace to netizens by entering homes. The Friends of Snake Society has been receiving over 100 phone calls per day about snake encounters.This year, 2,600 snakes were caught and relocated to forests in Telangana. Avinash, secretary at Friends of Snake Society, says, “Last year, 5,600 snakes were caught and relocated. Every year, there is an increase of 500 to 600 snakes.” Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The Friends of Snake Society, which was formed in 1995 by like-minded people and started by Raj Kumar Kanuri, has grown by leaps. Today, the society boasts of 150 members spread across Telangana. The society also conducts awareness programmes and works closely with the Forest Department. Interestingly, says Avinash, “Not a single person faced death-like situation, while rescuing snakes. There were two to three bite cases, but no one’s life was threatened. We take ample precautions and train people.” Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us Incidentally, many snakes were reported to be seen on Sagar Highway on the outskirts of the city. Praveen Kumar, a resident, said, “Many snakes have been spotted passing the road in this area,” LB Nagar, Uppal, Vanasthalipuram, Hayatnagar, Attapur, Sagar Road, Gachibowli, Kukatpally, Lingampally, Miyapur are places in Hyderabad where snakes are being caught in large numbers.last_img read more

One held for posting abusive comments on YCP women MLAs

first_imgAmaravati: The AP police have focused on those who post abusive comments against political leaders through social media. In this context, the police have arrested one young man for allegedly posting obscene content against YCP women MLAs. The accused P Ramesh, who belongs to Chandrasekharapuram in Prakasam district, has made the abusive comments on women MLAs. Earlier, a police case has been registered over this issue. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Over the police lookout, the accused Ramesh has gone absconding. The police who started the investigation have searched for him in Nellore, Coimbatore, Salem, Chennai, and Bangalore. Upon learning that Ramesh is coming to Guntur to meet with a lawyer over the case, the police have arrested him at Guntur railway station. Recently, in a similar case, the police have arrested two persons for making abusive comments against CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in a Facebook post.last_img read more

Bangladeshi girls cheated taken to India brothel

first_imgPicture used for representational purpose only Photo:The Times of IndiaA section of poor Bangladeshi girls allured of promising livelihoods opportunities and showing heritage sites are being trafficked to India for engaging as sex workers, reports The Times of India.Nazia had a desire to see the Taj Mahal in India. But the journey she undertook from Bangladesh led her to the dark pit of despair in a Madurai brothel, the report adds.Rescued after a police raid, and now in the safe environs of Madras Christian Council of Social Service (MCCSS), the 20-year-old is determined to be financially independent before she returns home. And, with all the red tape involved and funds that need to be raised, it seems to be a long wait.”Chennai is a source, transit and destination point for traffickers. At present, we have three Bangladeshi women who have been rescued from flesh trade. They have spent three to five years in government vigilance homes, and have been with us for five months,” reports TOI quoting Isabel Richardson, as saying. Richardson is the executive secretary of MCCSS, which works to prevent human trafficking.”But we need to get clearances from Bangladeshi and Indian authorities, which take a long time.”Hailing from Barishal in Bangladesh, Nazia’s ordeal began years ago.”I had fought with my parents and run away to Dhaka, where I was working in a garment factory. There I met a woman who promised to bring me to India. It was my dream to see Mumbai, Kolkata and the Taj,” TOI quoted Nazia as saying.With 10,000 rupees and a few clothes, Nazia and her friend made their way across the border. “At the border we waited until it was dark and then crossed over on a boat. We were taken to Kolkata, and later boarded a train to Bengaluru,” says Nazia.A few days later, her friend disappeared and Nazia realised that she had been sold to a pimp.”I begged him to send me back but he beat me up and held me captive for three months,” she says.Later, she was taken by a bus to a brothel in Madurai. She was rescued when the police raided it.Nazia’s story is a familiar one. According to a recent BSF study, ‘Human Trafficking: Modus Operandi Of Touts on IndoBangladesh Border’, about 50,000 Bangladeshi girls are trafficked to or through India every year.In the past decade, around 500,000 Bangladeshi women and children aged 12 to 30 have been illegally sent to India. The Indian syndicate demands young women for brothels, dance bars, massage parlours and as domestic workers.Touts in Bangladesh lure people by promising them a better life in India with jobs in households and parts in films or with false promises of marriage, according to the report.”We have been working with Bangladeshi women since 2014 under the Ujjawala scheme funded by the Union ministry of women and child development. So far, we have repatriated 20 Bangladeshi women,” Richardson was quoted to have said.The women are reportedly smuggled from different parts of Bangladesh, such as Jessore, Khulna and Dhaka.”Some of them also elope and are then trafficked and pushed into sex trade,” TOI said quoting Alexander Athisayanathan, project director, Ujjawala.”They are also extremely poor and come from large families. Some have been deserted by their parents.”The 30-year-old was brought on a boat to Kolkata, then by train to Bengaluru and by bus to Madurai.”They beat me up and told me it was Kolkata,” TOI quoted as saying. Fortunately, Mamta managed to escape from the brothel.”Policemen, who had raided the brothel, spotted me at the bus stand and took me to the police station. They asked me to speak in Tamil but I didn’t know the language and was beaten up,” says Mamta, who spent five years in the Madurai vigilance home before being brought to Chennai three months ago.Usually, the women are rescued after a police raid. A case is filed against the owner of the brothel and the women are sent to a vigilance home.”They are given shelter, counselled and provided vocational training as well as regular medical check-ups,” TOI quoted social defence commissioner R Lalvena as saying.MCCSS staffers visit vigilance homes and offer counselling.”If they express an interest to go back to their country, we apply and get legal custody for repatriation,” says Richardson, who also finds them jobs.Nazia earns 3,000 rupees doing housekeeping at the MCCSS home and another 5,000 rupees from a tailoring shop, while Mamta makes 8,000 rupees a month by working at a nearby restaurant.But repatriation is a lengthy process since many stakeholders are involved. “It can take up to a year,” says Richardson.MCCSS partners with Light House, an NGO in Dhaka. “We provide details of the women, and the NGO traces their families, gets them citizenship and birth certificates and submits it to the ministry of foreign affairs and ministry of home affairs for clearances,” says Richardson. Once they get the documents, MCCSS applies to the Bangladesh high commission for travel permits. “Once we get it, we need a no objection certificate from the police station where the woman was rescued to leave Chennai,” she says.Another challenge is raising funds. “The government allots only 10,000 rupees per year for repatriation but it’s not sufficient,” says Richardson. So it’s often left to the NGOs to raise the funds.”We are partnering with Impulse NGO Network in Meghalaya and planning to take the women by train to Siliguri and then across the border by road to cut costs,” according to Richardson.Mamta is waiting to be reunited with her sister. “I am sure she will forgive me for running away.”But Nazia is keen to stay back for a few years. “I want to save some money,” she was quoted to have said. “Once I go back, my parents will get me married.”last_img read more

Geek Plays E3 2018

first_img Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at Geek.com stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.What did we play this week? E3 2018 may be over but there’s still a ton to talk about. Watch us give our reactions to the biggest news and listen to Will recount his play sessions with numerous games, all while playing 2018 FMV banger The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker.Subscribe and watch Geek.com’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Purchase The Infectious Madness of Doctor DekkerLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

What SonicFoxs Evo Win Means For Geek Culture

first_img Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion This weekend saw the 22nd EVO Championship event in Las Vegas. If you’re not familiar, it’s basically the Super Bowl for fighting game fans, drawing thousands of the best competitors from all over the globe to compete for fortune and glory. Winning EVO basically makes your reputation for life in the FGC, so it’s no surprise that all the killers were out to play.In most years, the biggest tournament is for Street Fighter, and UK player Problem X beat a stacked field with his Bison and Abigail to come out on top for that game. But the most hype game of the event with the most entrants was, surprisingly, Dragon Ball FighterZ. Arc System Works’ 3-on-3 anime fighting game has all of the ingredients for popping crowds – flashy combos, dirty mixups, just the right amount of comeback potential and tense finishes. The finals of this year’s EVO saw Dominique “SonicFox” McLean pull it out against Japanese player Goichi “GO1” Kishida.The fighting game community has a bunch of traditions, and one that’s pretty storied is the “popoff,” where when you win that big victory you jump out of your seat and make your feelings known, sometimes to your opponent’s face. But when SonicFox took home the trophy, his popoff was like nothing the FGC had ever seen before.First, he put on his big blue fursuit fox head. Because SonicFox is a furry.And then he picked up his phone and tweeted “I’m gay.”im gayalso the best dbfz player on this fucking planet dont forget it.— Echo Fox | SonicFox (@SonicFox5000) August 6, 2018Geek culture – and gaming culture especially – has been getting a bad rap in recent years due to a fraction of bad actors who are rabidly pushing back against the progression of culture. The fighting game community has a reputation from the outside of being hyper-macho and confrontational, but as SonicFox and dozens of others are showing, that reputation isn’t really deserved anymore. A gay furry just won the most hype tournament of the show, to the wild adulation of hundreds of thousands of people watching. The FGC boasts gay people, straight people, trans men and women, from every country in the world. The only thing that matters is how you play.And that’s what geek culture should value, because that’s how we all got started. We became geeks because we wanted to do something, and we wanted to do it as hard as we possibly could. Geek culture is about our personal enthusiasms. It’s about the love, and the best thing to do with love is to share it.If you’ve never been to an FGC event, I encourage you to go. Even if you’re the lowest tier scrub – a “pot monster” – putting yourself in the crucible and facing off against serious players in the same room can be invigorating (if terrifying). You’ll probably get bodied! But you might squeak out a close round against somebody way better than you, and the satisfaction that’ll make you feel is indescribable. There’s a reason they call it the fighting game community – because for decades, long before the advent of online gaming, these players could only depend on each other to train and improve. Even though everybody’s gunning for that number 1 spot, they know that it’s meaningless without the other players in the bracket.SonicFox coming out on his sport’s biggest stage is a true inspiration to all of us geeks out there. You can be whatever you want to be if you’re willing to put in the work, and the man is living proof. Geek culture is a big tent, and it’s just getting bigger every year.Watch SonicFox take on GO1 in the grand finals below, and if you’re inspired pick up your stick and start training for next year’s EVO. Maybe I’ll see you there.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

StellarWindow turns your laptop into a virtual planetarium

first_img Citation: StellarWindow turns your laptop into a virtual planetarium (2008, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-stellarwindow-laptop-virtual-planetarium.html StellarWindow consists of a USB stick containing a compass and accelerometer that can identify which celestial objects a user is pointing their computer at. Credit: Hobby Media. 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. If you enjoy looking at the stars, but get a little impatient trying to figure out which way to hold your star map to identify the constellations, a new software program may make things easier. Called StellarWindow, the program gives you a real-time guided tour of the night sky wherever you’re looking. You simply insert a USB stick and CD into your laptop, tablet, or PC. The stick contains an embedded magnetic compass and accelerometers for sensing tilt. By pointing your computer at a certain area of the sky, the system automatically identifies the stars or planets in that location and displays stock photos and additional information. The concept also works in reverse: StellarWindow has a voice recognition system, so users can speak the name of a star, constellation, or planet, and the software will tell you how to point your computer in the right direction. StellarWindow is being released by Fairy Devices, Inc., a Japanese start-up company created by a group of students from Waseda University. Fairy Devices plans to release the software by the end of 2008 for about 26 Yen ($250).More information: Fairy Device Product Pagevia: Hobby Media last_img read more

Adaptive headlamp system introduced

first_img 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. Valeo’s BeamAtic Premium system High beam provides the most efficient lighting for vehicles, but every time another vehicle approaches or is in front, the lights must be switched to low beam. In the Valeo BeamAtic Premium system, which is also called an “Adaptive Driving Beam,” switching between high and low beams is unnecessary because the lighting is automatically adjusted in response to another vehicle being detected by an onboard camera.In the high beam position, maximum light is maintained everywhere except in zones occupied by other vehicles either in front or approaching. Each headlamp produces a cone of light, but when a vehicle is detected a mobile shield is brought into position to block off some of the light. The onboard camera is equipped with powerful image processing software that enables it to track the trajectory of the other vehicle and ensure the other driver is not dazzled by the high beam.Drivers in other vehicles see what appears to be low beam light, while the driver in the car fitted with BeamAtic sees what appears to be normal high beam light, with the road fully illuminated. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Honda Develops New Multi-View Vehicle Camera System to Provide View of Surrounding Areas The system includes a “Tourism” feature that adapts the lighting for driving in countries in which traffic travels on the opposite side of the road. Valeo says the new system will improve driver safety since objects at the sides of the road are more clearly visible. The system won the International Technical Innovation Grand Prix at the international trade show, Equip Auto, in September 2009. The first BeamAtic Premium headlight systems will be available from lamp manufacturer Ichikoh Industries in Japan from this month, and Valeo is negotiating with Japanese car makers for the system to be included in future vehicles.The Valeo Group is one of the world’s top automotive suppliers, producing a range of vehicle components. It has branches in 27 countries and employs 56,000 people. Explore further Citation: Adaptive headlamp system introduced (2010, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-headlamp.html (PhysOrg.com) — The independent industrial group Valeo, which is headquartered in France, has introduced a “BeamAtic” adaptive headlight system that enables drivers to keep their lights on high beam without dazzling other drivers.last_img read more

Revisiting Delhis heritage roots

first_imgPurana Quila, India Gate, Qutab Minar…what do all of these remind you of? The rich and colorful cultural history of Delhi. The land that saw the rise and fall of so many dynasties, absorbed and retained the impressions of each reign and became the city that it is now. Butdespite that, the Capital is not a part of the Unesco World Heritage Cities.In order to promote the city as a tourist hub and to nominate it as a World Heritage City, the Delhi chapter of INTACH organised programmes and competitions across 34 schools in Delhi to create awareness. They also launched the literature of Delhi Tourism that covers all the heritage sites in Delhi and is a part of World Monumaent’s Funds, Sustainable Tourism Initiative. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The publication was launched by chief minister Sheila Dikshit.‘Culture is like the root of a tree. If the root dries up, the tree dies. So being a proud citizen of Delhi, it is our responsibility to  know and learn about our culture and Delhi and preserve it,’ said LK Gupta of INTACH. The awareness programme was started in April last year and  students from several schools across the city participated in the event which had several categories like painting, poster making, short  film making, essay writing  and photography, all of which was based on Delhi and its culture. Students showcased their talents in these fields and produced some thoughtful works. The winners in each section were awarded by Dikshit. Posters and paintings created by students have been printed as cards, postcards and posters and will be distributed by INTACH and DTTDC.last_img read more