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Mavericks bolt clear

first_imgBy BEN HARRISDefending Elite Eight men’s champions NSW Country Mavericks will be hard to rein in as they hold a four-point advantage on the competition table.The Mavericks remain unbeaten after day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour on Thursday.They opened their account with an 8-7 win over NSW Mets in the grand final replay then finished off the day with a 10-4 hammering of The Alliance.Mavericks had led as much as 7-3 in the game against the Mets only for the two-time grand finalists to fight back in the second half.It was the Mets’ third loss in three years of the Elite Eight competition at the NTL.Michael Mousa’s troops are third on the table behind Queensland Outlaws on percentages.The Outlaws enjoyed 7-3 and 9-4 victories over NSW Rebels and NSW Scorpions respectively.Following their day one performance that saw them with two draws and a win, Queensland Chiefs are in fourth spot thanks to a 7-5 win over The Alliance and a 6-5 loss to the Rebels.Queensland South Stingrays have a fantastic opportunity to jump into the top four when they take on The Alliance and the Chiefs on day three.It will be hard for the Rebels and Scorpions to make the top four while The Alliance will be playing for pride on Friday.The highlights of day three in the men’s competition will be the Mets-Outlaws match at 12.20pm and the Chiefs-Stingrays clash at 3.50pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMen’s Elite Eight day twolast_img read more

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Shared Services Sector Making a Major Impact – PIOJ Head

first_img Dr. Henry said marked growth in the BPO labour force is one area in which the sector’s impact has been most evident, noting that there are about 60 firms now operating locally that employ approximately 26,000 persons, according to data from the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ). “The real estate, renting and business activities industry, which contains a subset of the BPO sector, has grown from 7.6 per cent in 2006 to 10.3 per cent in 2016 as a share of the services industry,” he noted further. Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says the global shared services (GSS) sector, of which business process outsourcing (BPO) is a part, is a key pillar in the country’s economic growth and diversification strategy.Dr. Henry said marked growth in the BPO labour force is one area in which the sector’s impact has been most evident, noting that there are about 60 firms now operating locally that employ approximately 26,000 persons, according to data from the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ).Additionally, he said information from Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) shows that the industry generated an estimated US$400 million in revenue in 2016, pointing out that the sector is “on a growth trajectory”.“The real estate, renting and business activities industry, which contains a subset of the BPO sector, has grown from 7.6 per cent in 2006 to 10.3 per cent in 2016 as a share of the services industry,” he noted further.Dr. Henry, who was speaking at the 2018 Labour Market Forum at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Wednesday (April 11), said the positive trends are also evident internationally.Citing Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s 2017 global shared services survey, he said 73 per cent of respondents reported productivity increases of five per cent, up from 70 per cent of participants in 2015.The report also found that while transactional processes remain predominant within the sector, the adoption of more complex knowledge-based processes is on the rise, which, according to the survey, has doubled, and in some cases tripled, since 2013.Additionally, Dr. Henry said the survey indicated that the number of operators executing more than three functions continues to rise, moving from 20 per cent in 2013 to 31 per cent in 2015 and 53 per cent in 2017, and that organisations are increasingly emphasising proximity to existing operations or headquarters, as cost remains a top priority when establishing or relocating activities.In this regard, he said, Jamaica’s proximity to North America is viewed “favourably” by local BPO investors.“It is, therefore, evident that there is strong potential for the global shared services sector to support both domestic and global growth. We recognise that advancing the development of global shared services within Jamaica, while ensuring integration with other sectors and concurrent improvements in the quality of labour available to the sector, is critical. This cohesive approach is evident in the Five-Year National Strategy for the Development of Jamaica’s Outsourcing Industry, which was approved by Cabinet in 2015,” Dr. Henry said.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Audrey Sewell, who also spoke at the forum, noted that the strategy targets, among other goals, doubling the sector’s employee complement by 2020.Among the initiatives, which she said have been undertaken to successfully implement the strategy are (a) establishing an Information and Communications Technology/Business Process Outsourcing (ICT/BPO) Task Force, and appointing a National BPO Coordinator to drive and oversee implementation and updating of the industry’s development work plan; and (b) recruiting an in-market broker to ensure that all elements, which will guarantee the industry’s success, are in place.Mrs. Sewell explained that the in-market broker works with the task force and oversees the sector’s activities and performance to ensure that Jamaica is competitively BPO-ready and attractive in all aspects.This, she pointed out, includes strengthening the enabling environment, particularly in relation to the policy and incentive framework; labour market enhancement; infrastructural development; and market penetration.“These initiatives have paid off, as the sector continues to enjoy a high employment growth rate and has outperformed many of the other (industries),” Mrs. Sewell said.This year’s 10th staging of the Labour Market Forum was held under the theme ‘Enabling Growth and Development: Unlocking the Potential of the Global Shared Services Sector’.It was jointly organised by the Planning Institute of Jamaica and the Labour Market Information Technical Advisory Committee, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank. Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says the global shared services (GSS) sector, of which business process outsourcing (BPO) is a part, is a key pillar in the country’s economic growth and diversification strategy. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Americas Largest Prison Break To Free Women Trapped By Domestic Violence

first_imgToday, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse launched #FreetoWalk, an awareness and fundraising campaign to call attention to the barriers that keep women trapped in abusive relationships.Video: America’s Largest Prison BreakThe campaign kicks off with the release of the online film “America’s Largest Prison Break,” the true story of a financial abuse survivor’s 700-day journey to freedom.“America’s Largest Prison Break” brings to life the true story of how Lori, a mother from Michigan, broke free from her abusive relationship. For two years, Lori secretly saved money to fund her escape from her abusive husband. With every visit to the grocery store, she would add small – $5 or $10 – amounts of cash to the checks she wrote to the clerk. Once home, when no one was watching, she would roll the single bills inside tampon applicators and hide them in a box in her bathroom until she had collected enough money to leave safely with her children and file for divorce.“I’m honored Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is using my story to help others understand the impact of financial abuse,” said Lori, domestic violence survivor and activist. “Making financial abuse part of the national domestic violence conversation and educating people on the power of financial empowerment will help break the cycle of domestic violence.”One in four American women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. And in 99 percent of domestic violence cases, victims will also experience financial abuse, which means their abusers deny them access to money, ruin their credit by stealing their identity or harass them at work so they lose their jobs. Financial abuse is the No. 1 reason victims stay in or return to abusive relationships. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to create long-term safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.Continuing to serve as a voice for victims and to advance Allstate Foundation Purple Purse’s efforts, Emmy-nominated actress and activist Kerry Washington returns for her third year as Allstate Foundation Purple Purse ambassador.“I am proud to serve as ambassador once again for the Purple Purse program,” Washington said. “Through this year’s #FreeToWalk campaign, we are putting the spotlight on financial abuse and engaging the public to lend their support. I hope others will join me in championing this cause so Purple Purse can continue to help more women gain financial independence and find safety.”“Financial abuse is an invisible weapon that’s just as effective as a lock and key in controlling victims,” said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility, Allstate Insurance Company. “Without financial resources, victims remain trapped in homes that feel more like prisons. Our #FreeToWalk campaign brings financial abuse out of the shadows and helps victims gain access to resources they need to break free and to rebuild their lives.”On an average day in 2015, more than 12,000 requests for services such as emergency shelter and financial assistance for victims went unanswered due to a lack of funding at domestic violence programs. Visit PurplePurse.com today to help more women become #FreeToWalk.In addition to the film, the Allstate Foundation’s 2016 Purple Purse campaign will include various #FreeToWalk activities that will provide opportunities for the public to help women break free from domestic violence. Money raised ensures that domestic violence organizations across the country are able to provide services.Now in its 12th year of supporting this issue, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse has propelled more than 800,000 domestic violence survivors on the road to safety through its tools, including the Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum that equips women with resources to regain their financial independence. To date, the Allstate Foundation has invested more than $50 million in life-changing financial education, asset-building, job training and readiness programs for survivors.If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.last_img read more

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Yemens warweary children face new year of pain and suffering – UNICEF

“Continuous bombardment and street fighting are exposing children and their families to a deadly combination of violence, disease and deprivation,” UNICEF Representative Julien Harneis said, sounding the alarm on behalf of the conflict’s most vulnerable.According to the UN, more than 700 children have been killed, with more than 1,000 injured since last March. Additionally, about 700 had been forced to become child soldiers. Children, who make up about half of the 2.3 million people in Yemen displaced from their homes, are also struggling to get water on a daily basis, and facing the risk of acute malnutrition and respiratory tract infections. They are also without access to education.“The longer-term consequences of all this for Yemen – which was already the Middle East’s poorest nation even before the conflict – can only be guessed at,” said Mr. Harneis, adding that “public services like health, water and sanitation have been decimated and cannot meet the ever-increasing needs of a desperate population.”In response, UNICEF and partners are doing the best they can in an extremely hazardous working environment: they have provided vaccinations against measles and polio to children under the age of five, as well as treatment for malnutrition. Moreover, over 3.5 million affected people were provided water and sanitation, with vulnerable communities receiving humanitarian cash transfers in the cities of Sana’a and Taiz.“But so much more is needed. The children of Yemen need urgent help and they need it now,” Mr. Harneis stressed, calling for unhindered access to areas where civilians are dying without functioning hospitals, where medicines are in short supply and children are at risk of dying from preventable diseases.Ongoing conflict in Yemen wreaked havoc on the country, inflicting damage on civilian infrastructure, straining depleted resources and exacerbating an already precarious humanitarian situation. Despite some progress in identifying a framework for negotiations and defining a set of confidence-building measures, UN-facilitated peace talks in December 2015 had to be adjourned until a ceasefire could take hold.Regarding current status of the talks, Ahmad Fawzi, interim Director of the UN Information Service in Geneva, told the regular bi-weekly press briefing today that the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, was still in the region. Following intensive talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Envoy was to visit Sana’a in Yemen. Responding to a question about the resumption of talks, Mr. Fawzi said 14 January had been mentioned as a preliminary date, but the Special Envoy’s preference was now to hold the next round of talks in the region, and he was working with the parties to agree a location that was acceptable to all, with a provisional start date after 20 January. Switzerland remained an option for the Special Envoy, and the Swiss authorities were supportive in every way and happy to host such a meeting. The host Government continued to offer to facilitate such political processes in an efficient and generous manner, added Mr. Fawzi. read more

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Ivan Sliskovic to MKB MVM Veszprem

← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16 in numbers: Fans, goals, stars… Next Story → SEHA GSS regular season is over – Six teams to fight for the trophy in Veszprem One of the best young players in Europe, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko left back Ivan Sliskovic signed a four years deal with the TOP Hungarian team MVM MKB Veszprem, according to Handball-Planet.com sources. The 24 years-old Crotian NT member, who played for his country at EHF EURO 2014 and WCh 2015 in Qatar, will join his new team-mates from the next summer.Veszprem’s coach Antonio Carlos Ortega will have “sweet troubles” to make right choice in composition of the team in upcoming season, as also Aron Palmarsson coming to “Veszprem Arena”, and players like Chema Roudriguez and Momir Ilic are already there…Sliskovic has played for RK Nexe Nasice before he joined Slovenian best team in 2013.New contract will keep him until 2018 in Veszprem. ivan sliskovicveszprem read more

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Labour has lost its core values says resigning councillor

first_imgA TIPPERARY COUNCILLOR is to resign his seat and leave Labour over concerns that the party has “lost its core values”.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Bobby Fitzgerald confirmed he is formally resigning his Labour seat on South Tipperary County Council.“It is regrettable that I have taken this course of action,  however, I feel that the policy and the agenda pursued by the Labour party at national level is leading to untold hardship and misery to ordinary families and people which the Labour party should represent.”The Carrick on Suir resident believes the party needs “real leadership” instead of forming part of a government that supports an economy which “benefits a few at the expense of most”.He said he now intends to spend more time with his family and concentrate on his business interests (he is a managing partner and founding member of an accountancy and consultancy firm in Tipperary).“I will continue to be a vibrant and an active member of the community and work at all times to ensure and achieve that the town will be a better place for its entire people irrespective of their political persuasion.”Fitzgerald’s resignation and statement are not the first signs of tensions at grassroots level. But cracks have also become visible higher up the chain. Chairman of the party Colm Keaveney, who was elected by delegates at the annual conference last April, has already lost the whip for voting against the Social Welfare Bill in 2012. He is one of five TDs who are now excluded from the parliamentary party for dissent.Labour ‘caught on the back foot’ by FG on Meath East by-election datelast_img read more

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Crysis 2 can run on some netbooks

first_imgFor years, Crytek‘s 2007 first-person action game Crysis has been shorthand for a system-intensive game that can test the mettle of even the beefiest rig. Over the past four years, though, computers have gotten a lot faster and Crysis has fallen behind the times… almost anything can run it pretty well now.With Crytek’s Crysis 2 now out, most of us expected it to be the next stress test for modern rigs, but Crytek’s taken pains to let gamers know that won’t be the case: heck, they’ve designed it to run on the Xbox 360, not a Cray.AdChoices广告How optimized is Crysis 2? It can actually run on netbooks. For example, check out Crysis 2 running on an Asus Eee PC 1215B, an AMD Fusion based netbook with a Radeon HD 6310M GPU. That is, admittedly, beefier than most netbooks… but still pretty wimpy in the grand scheme of things.How’d the Asus do? Not only did it run, it ran pretty well, albeit at an 800 x 480 resolution. at lowest detail. At that res, it managed to render about 12-15 frames per second, which isn’t great, but is still probably what I got from the original Doom on my 386 back in 1993. Not too shabby at all!last_img read more

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Mark Bouris gifts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the forces underlying our society is family. We share mutual obligations with our loved ones, but I want to talk about how families help their kids buy their first home and the ways in which the Big Four banks try to undermine this tradition. Anyone who’s tried to get a mortgage lately would have run head-long into the tightened lending criteria – a stringency the banks can get away with because in the absence of competition, the Big Four now account for nine out of ten new mortgages. Specifically, you might have noticed the toughened rules about deposits and where they came from. None of the big banks are currently accepting gifted money from family as evidence of ‘genuine’ savings. So, you can be earning $80,000 and have every ability to repay a modest mortgage, but if your deposit was gifted by family, it won’t be counted as savings. Given the amount of wealth in the Baby Boomer generation, it seems like an extraordinary rule to apply to the mortgages of their kids. And when you compare this policy to the latest Housing Affordability survey, it’s almost unbelievable. In the June quarter HIA-Commonwealth Bank survey of Housing Affordability, relative affordability had deteriorated by 32 per cent on the same time the year before. And Sydney’s affordability fell the most. We’re out of the worst of the global financial crisis, but a year on, housing affordability has fallen by one-third. Why the banks have chosen this time to tighten the famous Australia lending criteria, is a mystery. After all, our conservative lending criteria was already the reason that Australia missed the worst of the GFC. But as housing affordability reaches its lowest point in years, the banks are making it harder. They can do this because they work as an oligopoly: where big business corners an industry and runs it at the prices that suit them, and competition goes out the window. Fifteen years ago, I started a mortgage lender called Wizard Home Loans and together with Aussie and Rams, we forced the banks to reduce the margins on their mortgages and increase their product flexibility. This week, my new company – Yellow Brick Road – introduced a mortgage product called First Step that will assess gifted money as genuine savings. Having found that the most important measure of a borrower is the ability to service the loan and a stable work/income history, we didn’t see the need to exclude deposits deriving from family gifts. It’s a First Step, but a small one. Oligopoly only breaks down when businesses challenge it, and I expect other non-bank lenders to start offering new mortgage products over the next six months. Now it’s over to the consumers.Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more

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How Julia Banks became Scott Morrisons worst nightmare

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Still reeling from the devastating results of last week’s Victorian election, the Liberal party suffered a second blow this week, this time by one of its own federal MPs, as Julia Banks, the federal Member for Chisholm announced her decision to quit the party and sit through the remainder of her parliamentary term as an independent, effective immediately.In a shock speech at midday on Tuesday, she told Parliament she had to leave the Liberals because of the “dark days” of the leadership spill in August and would decide her future in the new year. Asserting her position as a “centrist,” the MP stresses in her announcement that it is the Liberal Party that has changed, adding her voice to the criticism addressed to the party as a whole, regarding its shift from the centre to the right. In her emotional speech the Chisholm MP expressed, once again, her frustration over the party’s treatment of women and disunity over energy and climate change.“Equal representation of men and women in this Parliament is an urgent imperative which will create a culture change,” she told the chamber.“Across both major parties, the level of regard and respect for women in politics is years behind the business world.“There is also a clear need for an independent and whistleblower system as found in many workplaces to enable reporting of misconduct of those in power without fear of reprisal or retribution.”Ms Banks also particularly targeted the party’s “reactionary right wing”, which led the “brutal” coup against former PM Malcolm Turnbull; at the same time, she accuses other MPs for “trading their vote for a leadership change in exchange for their individual promotion, preselection endorsements or silence”.Despite assuring the government that she will give confidence and supply, her decision to move to the crossbench will definitely pose a problem for Scott Morrison and the Coalition, which is now left with 74 out of 150 seats, confirming its status as a minority government and exposing it to embarrassing defeats on legislation.Evidence of the level of discomfort created to the Coalition by Julia Banks’ defection to the crossbench came when Deputy Liberal leader and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg – the most senior Victorian in the Coalition – cancelled his planned trip to the G20 economic forum in Argentina this weekend amid the fallout from the Liberals’ state election loss and Ms Banks’ defection.It is understood that the next weeks will be crucial for the government’s survival, given that it has lost guaranteed votes for things like suspending standing orders, referrals and legislation. It is likely that Julia Banks will now trade her support to the government with specific actions on issues and causes she supports, such as the removal of children from the Nauru detention camp, or the establishment of a national integrity commission.But the Labor might also count on her vote, particularly when it comes to Peter Dutton’s referral to the high court, under section 44 of the constitution concerns, which is now seeming like a very likely scenario.It is unclear whether the Prime Minister was aware of this announcement, but it certainly cast a shadow over his surplus budget announcement.Scott Morrison told the parliament that he would deliver the federal budget on 2 April, which all but confirmed that the election will be held in May. As for whether Julia Banks will recontest her seat, she left it open saying that she will wait till the new year, before she makes a decision about her “future career path”.Her former colleagues were speculating on Wednesday she could run as an independent in her seat of Chisholm, challenge Health Minister Greg Hunt in Flinders or backbencher Michael Sukkar in Deakin. In any case, should she run as an independent, she might pose a significant threat to the Liberal Party’s ambitions, given that she managed to win the marginal seat of Chisholm from Labor in 2016, with minimal funding and little support from the Victorian Liberal Party, a source of tension in the past with state party president Michael Kroger, who is now under extreme pressure – along with state party director Nick Demiris – after last weeks’ election.last_img read more

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Microsoft laction à lencontre de Pirate Bay nétait pas de la censure

first_imgMicrosoft : l’action à l’encontre de Pirate Bay n’était pas de la censureMicrosoft a mis fin aujourd’hui au blocage de liens vers Pirate Bay sur son service de messagerie Live Messenger, et explique les raisons de ce blocage. Après avoir initialement décidé de bloquer les liens vers The Pirate Bay sur Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft a aujourd’hui décidé de faire marche arrière en mettant un terme à ce blocage. La firme de Redmond n’aura donc pas fait longtemps la guerre à Pirate Bay et a même indiqué qu’elle ne souhaitait pas censurer le site. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le blocage aurait été instauré de manière automatique à la suite d’un important signalement de malwares et de spam. Il était d’ailleurs simple de le contourner en utilisant par exemples des petites URL. Mais nous apprenons aujourd’hui ce que Microsoft entendait par contenu “dangereux”. Le contrat d’utilisation de Windows Live Messenger prévoyait une autorisation “de bloquer ou d’empêcher d’une autre manière la livraison de tout type de courrier électronique ou autre communication vers ou depuis le service dans le cadre de nos efforts visant à protéger le service, à protéger nos clients ou à vous empêcher d’enfreindre le présent contrat”. Grâce au système de filtrage Smart Screen les liens vers The Pirate Bay ont donc été temporairement bloqués du 24 au 27 mars. Microsoft explique enfin que l’ensemble du nom de domaine de The Pirate Bay avait été bloqué, car “nos systèmes de filtrage peuvent bloquer toutes les URL d’un domaine en particulier si nous observons un nombre suffisant d’URL abusives depuis ce domaine”.Après avoir constaté que The Pirate Bay ne renvoyait pas vers des malwares ou du spam, la firme de Redmond donne à nouveau la possibilité de publier des liens vers le site BitTorrent depuis Live Messenger.Le 29 mars 2012 à 15:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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10 best obscure Adventure Time characters

first_img Best Father’s Day TV Episodes to Stream This WeekendAll the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCC T.V.Jake’s children are always a welcome addition, especially since after they’re born, Jake’s character kind of grinds to a stand still. Because of how fast they age, we see them change from episode to episode. Jake Jr. is the most developed of all the kids, but they all have distinct personalities. T.V., played by Bob’s Burgers’ Dan Mintz, is at first the typical obese nerd stereotype, shown playing video games and living at home far into adulthood. However, in the episode “The Diary,” we learn that he has the uncanny ability to put himself into anybody’s shoes and to visualize almost anything. T.V. is another example of a character that is able to rise above the one-off joke they’re based upon. His journey to discover what happened to the girl in the diary is encouraging, showing him finding purpose in such a small thing, and also tragic in a way that many Adventure Time stories are. That’s more on the writing of the episode, but T.V. fits into this story in a way that makes him sympathetic.MajaYou would think that Maja would have a larger impact on the story than she does. She’s a powerful witch that brings back the evil force Darren from the dead. She destroys a lot of the Candy Kingdom, killing a number of characters in the process. But she’s only around briefly and is able to be swayed away by simply some of Marceline’s possessions. She’s one of the most purely evil characters in Adventure Time (aside from Gunther and the Lich of course), yet she’s mostly depicted as petty and rude. Even when Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant wants to be her friend she refuses. She’s a nasty person, but her dedication to cliche evil and badness just makes her more appealing. Her stubbornness in the face of people trying to reach out is just amusing, and she never overstays her welcome.NeptrI have to regretfully say I often forget that Neptr is a thing, which upsets me. He’s a great friend, an amazing hide-and-seek player, a forgiving robot, and the maker of never-ending pies. He gets an overdue supporting role in “Mystery Dungeon,” where the audience learns more about his relationships with his “Papi” Ice King, and Tree Trunks, who is also known for pie-making. Like BMO, Neptr is complex and soulful for a piece of machinery, and whether its due to his happy face and demeanor or something else, he’s very sympathetic and likable. Plus he throws pies. How come I can never remember Neptr? Stay on target Adventure Time has an amazing cast of characters, many three-dimensional and emotionally complex for cartoons living in an absurd, post-apocalyptic world. Over the course of seven seasons, at the time of this writing, we’ve learned so much about the stories and personalities of our main group and it’s endeared us to them. We care about what happens to these characters, despite the weird stuff that goes on around them.More impressive is what Adventure Time does with its minor characters. Finn and Jake are going to get the most character development and screen time (theoretically), but the details that the creators put into even background characters makes them come alive in a similar way. Obscure, incredibly minor characters make an impact, which is difficult to do.But what counts as an obscure character in this case? Adventure Time relies heavily on its ensemble despite the amount of attention it gives to the main characters. Over time, there are quite a few background and minor characters that become more fleshed out–such as Peppermint Butler and Gunther–but sometimes the detail it gives to its one-off appearances, joke characters, and bottle episode stars can elevate them in the minds of the audience.The character can have some relevance to the plot of those episodes in which they appear, but not in the mythos of the Adventure Time universe. While some of these characters can appear in only a handful of episodes, they are too important to the story and can’t really count as “obscure.” Therefore, Prismo, the Cosmic Owl, and other similar characters are out.In order to narrow down the list for my own sake, I also have only included characters that appear in the main continuity. While there are interesting characters in the Farmworld universe, or in the Fiona and Cake episodes, it wouldn’t be fair to include them since they’re just other versions of the main cast (especially when you have people like Marshall Lee that could qualify for the list).center_img Phlannel BoxingdayLemonhope’s story arc is a bit mixed, due solely to Lemonhope’s stubbornness and immaturity as a character, but his episodes, which close out season five, feature a monster hunter named Phlannel Boxingday. There’s a lot to unpack just in the design of him and his ship alone: he looks like a human but rides around on a cloud. His mustache and demeanor is silly and whimsical, but he knows how to lay down the truth, telling Lemonhope that he will have to face the consequences of abandoning the Lemon Kingdom, and leading him eventually back. There are theories that Phlannel was actual Princess Bubblegum in disguise, due to similarities in their appearance, their initials, and how he can’t interfere in the actions of the Lemongrab. It’s a fun theory, but I prefer it that he’s his own separate entity, arriving and disappearing on a cloud just as quickly as he came and living his own adventure above the clouds. Ricardio the Heart GuyThis one is kind of obvious. Ricardio was practically tailor-made to appeal to the internet. For one, he’s voiced by everybody’s grandpa George Takei. Two, he is the creepiest drawn character in all of Adventure Time. He’s motivated purely by obsession, which is appropriate considering he was made from the Ice King’s heart, and all he wants is to get with Princess Bubblegum. It’s a good joke that gets reused the correct amount of times and in an effectively surprising way following his introduction. There isn’t much to this character besides him being an object made of pure obsession, but he’s so fun, and Takei’s performance is so iconic that it pays to remember those eyes that stare into your soul when he wants to make out with you.JamesAt first, James is just one step above a disposable Candy person. However, it’s in the episode “James II” where we learn how petty, and cheap somebody can be in the Candy Kingdom. He acts as another one of Princess Bubblegum’s victims of science, but he’s one of the few that was able to exploit her lack of a moral code for his own gain. It’s surprising that few other Candy People have thought to do this considering how much Bubblegum doesn’t seem to care about the consequences of her experiments. Poor James I met a tragic end, but his flaws only became more apparent with his clone, which gets out of control in a very amusing way.JermaineIt takes us a surprisingly long time to meet Jake’s brother Jermaine. He’s introduced to us as a concept early on, but we don’t get the episode “Jermaine” until season six, where he’s played by Tom Scharpling. In his most prominent voice acting roles, Scharpling, known more famously as Greg Universe in Steven Universe, has a way of portraying the mournful adult that can capture both a deadpan comedy of a situation and the depth of a life not lived. Compared to the carefree life of his brother, Jermaine is pathetic. He’s been watching over their parents’ house and collection of mystical artifacts instead of leading a life of his own. He’s able to break out of this after meeting up with Finn and Jake in the aforementioned episode, but the decision to leave is ultimately his. He clearly has a strong sense of duty and loyalty to his family, but the melancholy he experiences adds another layer to the story of Jake and Finn’s family, which have lived their own intriguing stories. Basically, he makes us want to know more.Banana ManHe’s voiced by Weird Al Yankovic, for one, but Banana Man is one of Adventure Time‘s finest background and supporting characters. A lot of his appearances have an impact on the plot of the particular episode, but some of his guest spots are nonsensical, only there to mention the next stage in his story. He builds a rocket; he goes to jail, he at one point gets out of jail, and then that all culminates in something predicted back in his first appearance. Adventure Time‘s attention to detail and foreshadowing was always one of its most appealing features for audiences, who are always looking for the next theory or piece of evidence, and the continued cameos by Banana Man are one of the ultimate examples of this, without having much to do with the story itself.Muscle PrincessI could’ve included a lot of the princesses on this list. Besides Princess Bubblegum and Lumpy Space Princess, there are so many minor, joke characters that just happen to also be princesses, and therefore victims of the Ice King when he’s feeling particularly lonely. Each one is more absurd than the last (there’s a princess that’s a hot dog, for instance), but my personal favorite has always been Muscle Princess, a person so comfortable with herself and her body that she becomes intimidating. She’s portrayed as unattractive to Finn in the episode “The Tree Witch,” so she disappears as quickly as she arrived, but her personality is so infectious that she becomes the most memorable aspect of that episode. Her deep baritone and large biceps are a joke in itself, but her dialogue is able to go beyond the one-off joke.last_img read more

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Underutilized Genetics Could Help Soybeans Weather Mother Nature

first_imgIf insects infest your soybean fields, you have options for control. If your crop is suffering from potassium deficiency, you can correct that. But if your fields aren’t getting enough rain or are facing other weather-related stresses, unless you are irrigating, you have much less of an ability to respond.“You are at the mercy of what Mother Nature provides you,” says Tommy Carter, Ph.D., research geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). “In those cases where you don’t have management options, the best thing to turn to is getting better genetics into the soybean and using that to control the problem of drought, heat or flood.”Click here to read more from our partners at the United Soybean Board.last_img read more

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Vancouver man receives 10year sentence for domestic violence

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for numerous domestic violence-related charges, though he would have faced at least 30 years had he gone to trial and been convicted on a charge of solicitation to commit murder.Terrence C. Herndon pleaded guilty Monday to 19 charges relating to an assault on his wife and ensuing no-contact order violations. Other charges included tampering with a witness. Last week, prosecutors added charges that alleged that Herndon, 32, tried to enlist a hit man to kill his wife and burn down her house. He was set to go to trial Monday on 23 charges, including solicitation to commit first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree arson. Prosecutors dropped those most serious charges in a plea deal with Herndon.Defense attorney Suzan Clark told Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis that her client, who has an extensive criminal history, would have faced a 30-year minimum sentence had he been convicted.“That risk was too great,” Clark said. Clark and Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield agreed to recommend an exceptional sentence, and the judge imposed the punishment.Banfield said the initial allegations — choking his wife in October and other assault claims — would have only netted a 50-month sentence. The case snowballed when Herndon repeatedly contacted his wife or had others contact her to try to dissuade her from testifying against him.last_img read more

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Super 30 day 2 box office collection Hrithik Roshans movie witnesses massive

first_imgSuper 30 box office collectionTwitterAfter a decent start at the box office, Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 witnessed a big jump in its collection on its day 2.Super 30 has had a good opening day collection of Rs 11.83 crore on Friday. Although it was a bit less than the expected margin, it was still a decent start for a content based film.However, Super 30 enjoyed a massive growth in its earning as the weekend started. The movie witnessed a rise of around 30 percent in its occupancy, registering an excellent collection at the Indian box office on Saturday.With strong word of mouth, Hrithik’s film collected Rs 18.19 crore at the domestic market on day 2.”#Super30 has a turnaround on Day 2… Witnesses super growth at plexes of Tier-2 cities and also shows an upward trend in mass circuits… Will score big numbers on Day 3… Eyes ₹ 50 cr [+/-] weekend… Fri 11.83 cr, Sat 18.19 cr. Total: ₹ 30.02 cr. India biz,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.Super 30 was the only big release this Friday, and hence, it does not have any competition apart from Kabir Singh. Although the latter is running in its fourth week, Kabir Singh is still earning in crores each day.Nonetheless, considering the growing word of mouth for Super 30, it is likely to witness another jump in its collection on Sunday.Directed by Vikas Balh, Super 30 is based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar, who faced several odds and challenges in order to give free education to under-privileged students. Apart from Hrithik, the film also features Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi and Aditay Shrivastava among others.last_img read more

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4th Mitsubishi Electric Cup concludes with innovation and felicitation at Faridabad

first_imgMitsubishi Electric Cup concludesAfter organizing Mitsubishi Electric Cup for three successful years, Mitsubishi Electric, a leading electric & electronic equipment company concluded its fourth edition of Mitsubishi Electric Cup on Saturday, 16th February 2019. Incepted in 2016, Mitsubishi Electric Cup, an annual event of Mitsubishi Electric India has emerged as the biggest National-level Automation Competition in India that challenges many collegiate engineering teams to design, build and present factory-automated, innovative working models. The journey of 4th Mitsubishi Electric Cup kick-started in July 2018, witnessing several project submissions and teams working on their innovative project models. All the participating teams were backed by Mitsubishi Electric India’s technical support team and were provided with the essential Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation products such as Programable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interface (HMIs), Servo Motors, Variable Frequency Drives etc., to name a few.The two-day competition saw some of the best innovative project displays built by the participating teams focusing on the theme ‘Digital Industry through Smart Imagination’. These models were based on Smart Solutions for purposes like building automations, industrial manufacturing processes, among others. Team ”SPARK ” from D.K.T.E. Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute ,ICHALKARANJI became the winners of the 4th Mitsubishi Electric Cup, receiving Rs. 1,00,000 and Winner Trophy; “CON-SOL- E-3.0” team from Institute of Technology, NIRMA University, Ahmedabad bagged the second position, receiving Rs. 75,000 and Runner up Trophy; and ”TEAM EMINENCE” from MKSSS’S CUMMINS College of Engineering for Woman, Pune ranked third in the competition with prize money of Rs 50,000 and Trophy; also, they have received the Most Popular Team award. An appreciation prize of Rs 10,000 along with certificates was given to the selected 15 teams. All the participating teams were also given certificates of participation from Mitsubishi Electric India.The competition primarily comprised three parts – “System Design and Presentation”, “Basic Knowledge” and “Good Behavior”. “System Design and Presentation” requires participating teams to focus on the theme of Digital Industry through Smart Imagination;, independently design and produce a complete set of devices / models by using Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation products, the control system shall be built based on the e-F@ctory concept. The Basic Knowledge test involves questions on Programable Logic Controllers, Inverters, Human Machine Interface, Servo Motors and Factory Automation Network, aiming to examine students; understanding of Mitsubishi Electric products and factory automation technologies. Under “Good Behavior”, participating teams are required to mandatorily comply with the discipline and arrangements of the Organizing Committee, with an eye on the words and deeds, organized in a friendly and civilized manner.”Congratulations to the winners of 4th edition of Mitsubishi Electric Cup. I congratulate all the participating teams for putting up such a great learning event. We are obliged to witness such young talent showcasing their innovative creations. Mitsubishi Electric is giving a platform to students to work as a team, create innovations and excel in the field of Factory Automation which ultimately contributes to the National Mission of Skill Development. To boost the motivation, Mitsubishi Electric will sponsor visit to its Headquarters in Japan for Gold Cup Winners. The students will have an opportunity to witness the world-class manufacturing facilities at Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation Factory in Nagoya, Japan. Further, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all participants and supportive members from institutes, organizations, companies and CII for their support and for making this event successful. We are hopeful that our initiative will help young minds to innovate in their future endeavours as well”, said Mr. Katsunori Ushiku, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Electric India Pvt. Ltd.Dr. Amit Bhalla, Vice President, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions said, “We are honoured to be chosen to organize the fourth edition of Mitsubishi Electric Cup. The working models showcased at the competition were a clear sign of emerging innovation in India and reflect the growth potential of our nation’s budding engineers. Manav Rachna has a robust research, innovation and an entrepreneurial ecosystem with many international accolades in the sphere of technological innovations. Competitions such as these broaden the spectrum of students. I congratulate Mitsubishi Electric for its unmatched role in developing and honing the skills of young engineers.”.last_img read more

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Scientists overcome bottleneck in fabricating quantum dot displays

first_img More information: Joon-Suh Park et al. “Alternative Patterning Process for Realization of Large-Area, Full-Color, Active Quantum Dot Display.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b03007 © 2016 Phys.org Now in a new study, researchers have developed a method that overcomes this tradeoff by combining two conventional methods: photolithography, which uses light to pattern the quantum dots with a high resolution; and layer-by-layer assembly, which uses the electric charges of the quantum dots to uniformly deposit them in layers over a large area. The researchers, Joon-Suh Park et al., have published a paper on the new quantum dot patterning process in a recent issue of Nano Letters. They expect that the new method will provide a practical, low-cost solution to the bottleneck in fabricating high-resolution, large-scale quantum dot devices. “We believe that our work provides a quantum dot patterning method that is compatible with conventional semiconductor fabrication processes that lowers the barrier for the industrial development,” Park, at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), told Phys.org. “As quantum dots are more robust against water or oxygen exposure compared to organic materials, we believe that quantum dots can be applied to broad aspects in which organic materials are currently in place: displays (AMOLEDs), photodetectors, phototransistors, and solar cells.”Although there are a variety of techniques for depositing and patterning particles onto substrates, quantum dots present a greater challenge due to their unusual properties. For instance, because of their high molecular weight, evaporation techniques are infeasible, and due to their hydrophobic coating, they have a tendency to dissolve when they come in contact with the organic chemicals used in conventional photolithography. In order to use photolithography without damaging the quantum dots, the researchers in the new study used quantum dots that are modified to be hydrophilic so that they no longer dissolve in organic solvents. In addition, the researchers endowed the substrate with electric charges, which they used to help adhere the dots to the substrate via the electrostatic force. To demonstrate the new method, the researchers fabricated a display of the screenprint “Marilyn Monroe 1967″ by Andy Warhol using red, green, violet, and yellow quantum dots on a 4-inch substrate, which may be considered large-scale for quantum dot displays.In the future, the researchers plan to further improve the quantum dot displays using the new patterning method.”We are currently optimizing the QD-LED structure for our method, minimizing the LED size for higher power efficiency and higher resolution display technology, and developing one-chip, multi-wavelength photodetectors using the demonstrated patterning method,” Park said. Explore further (Phys.org)—Although quantum dots were discovered in the 1980s, so far there have been no widespread commercial applications of these nano-sized light-emitting semiconductor particles. The main problem is that quantum dots need to be deposited and patterned onto substrates, and currently there is no method that can do this both with a high resolution and on a large scale. Researchers use quantum dots to manipulate lightcenter_img The researchers demonstrated the new large-scale quantum dot patterning method by making an image of the artwork of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol (1967) on 4-in. quartz wafer, seen here under UV lamp excitation. Credit: Park et al. ©2016 American Chemical Society Journal information: Nano Letters 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. Citation: Scientists overcome bottleneck in fabricating quantum dot displays (2016, November 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-scientists-bottleneck-fabricating-quantum-dot.htmllast_img read more