Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women elected to Congress.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe growing issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women is a top priority for Deb Haaland, a Native American woman elected to the U.S. congress Tuesday.Haaland, of New Mexico, is one of the first two Native Americans to sit in the House of Representatives after the midterm vote.She was joined by Sharice Davids, an openly LGBT lawyer from Kansas and former mixed-martial-arts fighter.“Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household…I never imagined a world where I would be represented by someone who looks like me,” Haaland told voters after her win.“We believe diversity in representation make us great.”Both are Democrats and helped their party – and a record number of female candidates – take control of the House.The U.S. Congress writes laws and overseas the executive branch of government including the office of the president.Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna and Davids is a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation.In May, Davids told Bustle, “Native women are left out of the conversation. And when you think about just size of a group, we make up a small portion of the population.“That means that what ends up happening is there’s just nobody in the room who knows anything about Native issues.”Haaland mirrored the sentiment to NPR in July:“Somebody has to be the first,” she said. “Native women, I mean we’ve been on the frontlines for a long, long time.“Think of all the Native women who have fought for treaty rights and fishing rights and all of those things.”Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old lesbian Latina in New York, also made history as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.Her family hails from Puerto Rico.“Our district is 70 per cent people of colour, and we have never had a person of colour represent us in American history,” she told NowThis.#Repost @dallasgoldtooth with get_repost・・・#Repost @ienearth・・・Relatives, we did it. We elected the first Native Women into Congress•Not only is this a win for Indigenous People’s… https://t.co/a7a96h5vPV— Zahn McClarnon (@ZahnMcClarnon) November 7, 2018And two Muslim women – a Palestinian-American and Somali-American – became the first elected to Congress representing Michigan and Minnesota.VICTORY! We took the House with 35-40 NEW Democrats elected, the MAJORITY of them women! Two of them the first Muslim women ever in Congress. The 1st Native American woman ever elected to the House (over 500 years after the genicide began). The youngest woman ever elected (AOC!)!— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 7, 2018A third Native American, New Mexico Republican Yvette Herrell, eked out a narrow victory as a candidate of colour.Her online biography described her as a member of the Cherokee Nation, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and the pro-life movement.There has only been one previous Native American in Congress: Ben Nighthorse Campbell represented Colorado for three terms in the Senate.Seventy years ago, Haaland noted Native Americans in New Mexico couldn’t vote.Now, the 57-year-old said she would “make sure that Congress recognizes the fact that the United States has a trust responsibility to Indian tribes.”The Pew Research Centre said the present U.S. Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse in history.Nineteen per cent of its members are racial minorities, but only two Native Americans have seats.
Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target As winter continues, let’s talk about a hot and harsh desert planet.Today’s media landscape is pretty much dominated by professional fan-fiction. Instead of making movies and TV shows inspired by past franchises we love, new generations of creatives cut out the middleman and just make updated versions of those same old franchises. Nothing dies, but nothing else is allowed to be born.Star Wars is the ultimate, omnipresent example of this. We’ve been picking apart its influences for decades. However, Star Wars isn’t cool just because it references Kurosawa and Flash Gordon. It’s cool because it synthesizes those inspirations into a fresh new form. But now, instead of getting new things inspired by Star Wars, we’re just getting more Star Wars. When the movies are good, that’s fine, but it’s hard not to mourn the future creative visions that could have been. If anything, we’re just going further backward. Need convincing? They’re officially make another Dune movie.Last month, production company Legendary Entertainment acquired the rights to Frank Herbert’s landmark sci-fi novel Dune. Recently, we learned that Denis Villeneuve will direct. After Blade Runner 2049, it seems Villeneuve wants to be the Herbert West Re-Animator of important but dead sci-fi properties. The project could fall apart, but let’s imagine we could be watching a new Dune movie in the next few years. What is the value of a new take on Dune in our current Star Wars status quo?Dune, of course, had a massive impact on science-fiction, whether or not you think it’s actually any good. One of the most obvious examples of its influence is the original Star Wars movie. Both star young men from illustrious bloodlines stranded on harsh desert worlds who tap into their latent mystical powers to deal a crushing blow to a tyrannical intergalactic emperor. Plus there are giant worms.I read through Dune back when I was unemployed (a great time to read it) and half of the appeal was just seeing all of these elements that in my mind were totally Star Wars things. Realizing these connections was as illuminating as reading a history textbook. The rest of the appeal came from space witches and harvesting space opium from space Afghanistan.A lot of Dune is in Star Wars, and Star Wars is a great movie. So logic dictates a Dune movie should also be great. But history keeps proving this wrong. Kyle MacLachlan’s tweet summary of the 1984 Dune movie may be delightful, but no amount of David Lynch weirdness can make the movie itself actually worthwhile. In 2000, the SyFy Channel (spelled correctly at the time) adapted the first three books of the Dune saga as a pair of miniseries. They even snagged some good actors like William Hurt, Susan Sarandon, and James McAvoy. But are these fondly remembered? I could be wrong here, but is there a rapid, unironic fanbase for any of these Dune adaptations?To date, the best Dune adaptation is the one that failed to get made. Jodorowsky’s Dune is a wonderful documentary about eccentric director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Sisyphean quest to adapt Dune in the 1970s after bursting onto the scene with weirdo cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. He tortured his son to make him a swordfighter. Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger were going to be in the film. Orson Welles was going to play an evil, cosmic, technological orb a decade before Transformers: The Movie.The documentary’s true purpose is to show how even if an artistic endeavor technically never happens (and based on the surreal scale of Jodorowsky’s ambition that movie was never going to happen) it can still have value and presence in the real world by influencing other things. Jodorowsky and his team brought a lot of ideas to the project that weren’t in the book. Most of them didn’t even read it. Those ideas, which were pitched to film studios, found their way into later movies like Alien, The Terminator, The Fifth Element, and, you guessed it, Star Wars.Meanwhile, Jodorowsky adapted some of the material into his own comic book, the acclaimed L’Incal. It has a psychedelic childbirth driven by sheer shared spiritual willpower and a bird made of concrete. What more could you want? The Neon Demon’s Nicolas Winding Refn, who very much understands the tension between the new and the old in art, tried to turn the graphic novel into a movie. However, once again Jodorowsky’s take on Dune failed to hit the big screen. It exists only in our collective creative consciousness, which seems appropriate given the man and franchise.So to recap, Dune’s legacy on film is a combination of bad adaptations that actually happened and promising good adaptations that died so other good sci-fi movies could live. With that kind of track record, what hope can we have for a new Dune movie? Maybe something good will happen. After all, Villeneuve is a great director, and in the past two years we’ve seen shockingly excellent reimaginings of similar urtext properties Mad Max and Doom. But I can’t shake the feeling Dune is the next John Carter, a foundational piece of genre media unfairly yet undeniably rendered inert by the future it helped create.Moreover, I hope we learn the lesson that Star Wars, L’Incal, and the other children of Dune did and build new art atop the bedrock of our old artistic influences. We must not fear breaking out of our creative comfort zone. After all, fear is the mind-killer.
Stay on target Nintendo has made some of the best, most genre-defining video games of all time. They’ve also made plenty of niche gimmicky peripherals that either flame out or become smash successes. They’re a toy maker. And coming to terms with these nuances of the company is just a fact a life for Nintendo fans. I think it’s great. I loved the Wii. But hardcore purists tend to balk whenever Nintendo wades into these weirder casual waters.The Nintendo Switch so far has done a great job balancing these dual philosophies. It has some of the greatest, and most gamer-friendly entries in beloved Nintendo series like Mario and Zelda. It also has a surprising amount of hardcore third-party support. And even the handheld/console hybrid gimmick only enhances traditional gameplay instead of fundamentally changing it. If you just want to play some video games, the Switch works for you.But someone at Nintendo must’ve gotten itchy about not being weird again because here’s a new trailer for some kind of Nintendo Switch hoop controller. Sure!What is this exercise hoop-looking thing? We never see a screen or gameplay, so all we have to go on is the device itself and how the actors play with it. Users insert the Joy-Con into the firm but stretchy ring and appear to do motion control exercises with it. There’s also another hoop you wrap around your thigh. Many are guessing this will be for the Switch’s equivalent of Wii Sports or Wii Fit. If Nintendo wants the Switch to hit Wii numbers, we understand why they would make games with massive mainstream appeal.We also find the timing on this video kind of funny. Nintendo released it the night following a Nintendo Direct full of traditional Switch games. It’s like the time they revealed the kid-focused Nintendo Labo cardboard creativity playsets right after a normal Nintendo Direct. Gotta placate the fans before branching off into the bizarre again.Nintendo says we can expect to learn more about this “new experience for Nintendo Switch” next week on September 12, just in time for the Tokyo Games Show. In the meantime, here are some cool Nintendo Switch games to play right now and look forward to the upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form
Even as a white Christmas Eve turned to late-night slush, a wintry weather front shifted gears and began dumping freezing rain into the Vancouver area.The National Weather Service has extended its winter weather advisory through 10 a.m. Christmas Day, at which time temperatures should finally warm above freezing and make it safer to go over the river to Grandma’s house.But maybe not through the woods. Winter weather will linger in the Columbia River Gorge. It was also snowing north of Vancouver, and in many Pacific Northwest communities. If you’re heading out, check the forecast at weather.gov and Washington State Department of Transportation webcams.“Do not travel today unless absolutely necessary,” the weather service advised.Christmas Eve’s weather was a roller coaster. The day started above freezing, and mostly dry, but then turned to freezing rain, then to snow, then back to freezing rain.With the wintry weather came the usual fender-bender accidents and traffic slowdowns as people tried to travel for the holiday. Slick conditions will persist overnight.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An overnight fire destroyed a mobile home, early Thursday morning, in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, crews responded to the mobile home fire at 1:20 a.m., near Northwest 30th Avenue. Upon arrival, officials said the mobile home was fully engulfed in fire.Photo: Miami-Dade Fire RescueFire crews said they eventually extinguished the fire within minutes, but downed power lines near the trailer made the operation dangerous.No injuries were reported, and officials have begun investigating the cause of the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Wired shook up its editorial department this week, poaching David Pierce from The Verge to be its top personal tech writer. Editor-in-chief, Scott Dadich, also handed out several promotions, including naming Robert Capps head of editorial for Wired’s magazine, website and live events. Mark Robinson and Joe Brown were also named executive editors for the brand’s magazine and website, respectively. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Reed Exhibitions appointed Alicia Tillman as its senior vice president of fashion and vision. Tillman had been head of marketing and business services for American Express Global Business Travel. The Economist named Zanny Minton Beddoes editor of the magazine. Beddoes had been serving as the title’s business affairs editor. Sophie Donelson has been named editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. Donelson was most recently at Cricket’s Circle. Fortune has brought on Michael Lawton to be its new creative director, overseeing a redesign of the title. Lawton had been serving as Popular Mechanic’s design director. Robb Report has named Robert Crozier as managing director of its international division. Crozier is a co-founder and had been serving as global business development director for Billionaire. Northstar Travel Media has hired David Blansfield to be executive vice president and group publisher of its meetings group. Blansfield joins Northstar after seven years as president of F+W Media. Garrett Graff was promoted to editor of Politico Magazine. Graff had been a senior writer.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) this week indicated he would allow civilian nominations to the Defense Department to advance to the chamber floor as soon as President Obama signs the reworked version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill into law.“We want the NDAA signed,” McCain said, reported Politico. “Then, we’ll look at the whole situation.” McCain has been sitting on more than a dozen civilian nominees, refusing to schedule confirmation hearings.On Thursday, the House easily approved the revised fiscal 2016 authorization bill, 370 to 58. The Senate is scheduled to take up the measure next Tuesday. The amended version authorizes $5 billion less in funding than the original, after last week’s budget agreement called for $33 billion in defense spending above the Budget Control Act cap for FY 2016, an increase that didn’t quite meet the $38 billion in extra funds Congress and the administration had planned for.Earlier this week, the House and Senate Armed Services committees and defense appropriators agreed on cuts to reduce the topline funding level in the authorization bill by $5 billion.McCain has been slowing the advance of civilian nominations through his committee since he became chairman at the beginning of the year. There currently are 13 civilian nominations for DOD posts pending in his committee, including Eric Fanning to be secretary of the Army and John Conger to be the principal deputy to the Pentagon comptroller.Initially McCain said the suspension of hearings and votes on civilian nominations was payback for Democrats changing Senate rules while they were still in the majority to allow for simple majority votes to end debate on nominees. But more recently his rationale focused on Obama’s threat to veto the conference report for the defense authorization bill over its reliance on DOD’s war account to evade the statutory spending caps.Even if McCain allows civilian nominees to advance to the full Senate for confirmation, individual senators still could place holds on their nominations, the story noted. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Fishers on the Kuskokwim River are expecting unprecedented restrictions to bring more king salmon to spawning grounds. On the Yukon River, fisherman can expect a similar set of restrictions.Download AudioTwenty years ago, king salmon runs on the Yukon averaged 300,000 fish. In 2013, biologists counted just 76,000 fish. Stephanie Schmidt is the Yukon River Research Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.“I think with this run size, we’re going to have trouble reaching our escapement goals even if there is no harvest on the Yukon river,” Schmidt said.The forecast this year is for between 64,000-121,000 kings. Managers don’t expect to have any directed king openings. Still, some kings could be accidentally caught in gillnets intended for other salmon species or whitefish.Schmidt says fishers will likely not be able to use gillnets unless many more kings than expected come into the river. Using non-traditional gear is the subject of current discussions between managers and fishermen.“The the idea is can we provide opportunity to fisherman for subsistence fishing in a way that would allow them to catch those other species, especially the abundant summer chum salmon or the fall chum salmon that come in and are supposed to have a good run this year. Are there way* that they can target those species and not harm king salmon?” Schmidt said.One gear type is dipnets, which allow for the live release of kings. Fisherman may also be using beach seines, and fish wheels with a live chute. There’s no firm fishing schedule set, but subsistence fishing will close according to law when the first pulse of king salmon enter the river. As breakup approaches, Schmidt says conversations with Yukon residents have been positive.“Fisherman on the Yukon recognize the issue, they recognize that we’re in a situation where we need to conserve, and we need to get more king salmon on the spawning grounds if we’re going to give this run any chance of recovering,” Schmidt said.On the commercial side, The Board of Fish tweaked the rules for commercial summer chum fisherman. Non-circular dipnets can be as large as 6 feet by 3 feet. The board did not pass a proposal from the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development association to allow for purse seines during times of king salmon conservation.
Ongole: In a tragic accident occurred on Sunday morning in Prakasam district, four people from Krishna district lost their lives when the car they are travelling hit a milk tanker from behind. While they are died on the spot, two women are shifted to Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Ongole for treatment. According to the police, a family Meduru in Vuyyuru mandal in Krishna district is on its way after seeking blessings from Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala on Saturday night. The car they are travelling with registered number AP28TV6691, an SUV from Mahindra, lost control at Gollapalli flyover on NH 16, near Maddipadu village in the morning of Sunday. The police identified the deceased as V Panduranga Rao, aged 42 years, S Narasimha Rao aged 40 years, V Shyam Satya Sagar aged 10 years, DVR Sambireddy aged 44 years and shifted the injured women V Anuradha aged 35 and V Bhanupriya aged 16 years to the RIMS Hospital in Ongole for treatment. The police suspect that the driver is sleepy and lost control of the vehicle for a fraction of second, before hitting hard the milk tanker from behind. They registered the case and started the investigation.
Private sector banker HDFC Bank said on Friday that it is considering rolling back its plans to charge its customers for transactions made via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) from July 10.The Economic Times reported on Friday that a bank spokesperson announced on microblogging site Twitter that the proposed measure would not be implemented by the bank.The National Payments Corporation of India which runs the UPI railroads had requested the bank to reconsider the decision and is expected to call a meeting with bankers very soon, ET said.The bank had in a mail to its customers on Monday informed them that a fee of Rs 3 plus taxes would be charged on transaction amounts of upto Rs 25,000, while transaction amount of Rs 25,001 to Rs 100,000 would be charged at Rs 5 plus taxes.UPI is a payment system launched by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to facilitate instant fund transfers between two bank accounts on the mobile platform. It can be used for making both person-to-person (P2P) and person-to-merchant (P2M) transfers.The State Bank of India (SBI) was widely expected to implemented its UPI charges on customer transactions, though the bank was quick to deny any such plans.According to RBI data, UPI clocked 9.2 million transactions during the month of May against 6.9 million in the previous month.
Film festivals are often described as a melting pot of cultures and that’s exactly what the much revered Indian Film Festival of Melbourne stands for. Taking their theme of courage forward, the year’s most notable Tamil film Super Deluxe is all set to be screened at the festival. The film, directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja, has been nominated in the Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film categories at the event and has been hailed as the bravest film to come off Tamil cinema in a long time.Since IFFM is symbolic of the celebration of Indian cinema, it was necessary that the curated films be representative of the current wave of cinema in the country.Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick says, “In times of social media, when films can be consumed in a personal space, we are viewing films regardless of the language they are made in. Super Deluxe became an instant hit and the social media couldn’t stop raving about its nuanced treatment. It is essential for the world to see Indian cinema as more than just Hindi films. Though the explosion since Bahubali has rightly moved the focus to films made in regional languages, a broader audience have to be exposed to gems like Super Deluxe to understand the real power and potential of Indian films. It was, thus, essential for me to bring this beautiful film to the Indian audience in Melbourne. The film’s leading actor Vijay Sethupathi, actress Gayathri and the director Thiagarajan Kumararaja will also be at the festival to talk about this wonderful film”.Considered to be the right blend of pop culture and philosophy, the film’s director is equally excited to take his baby to a whole new set of viewers. He said, “An artistic work gives pleasure in two phases 1. When it is made 2. When it is consumed. I am very happy that Super Deluxe is transcending territories and language barriers. I’m looking forward to being at IFFM Australia” A poster from Vijay Sethupathi’s Super Deluxe.PR Handout RelatedVijay Sethupathi to play Muttiah Muralitharan in Sri Lankan legend’s biopic: ReportSpider-Man: Far From Home strikes gold in Chennai, outperforms Raatchasi and Kalavani 2Amala Paul’s nude act in Aadai costs Vijay Sethupathi’s VSP33; actress breaks silence on unceremonious ousting
00:00 /15:40 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The annual Houston-based energy conference CERAWeek takes place all this week (March 11-15) at the Hilton Americas-Houston. News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik reminds us what this conference is about and why we should care about it — or not.In the audio above, we discuss how attendees are feeling especially bullish amid a stretch of favorable federal environmental policy, where waivers for various regulations established by the previous administration are routinely granted.Then, energy watcher Loren Steffy gives us insight into the likely major talk of the conference: Houston’s growing role as the world’s fuel pump.How will it affect Greater Houston that, in a period of growing energy exports, some of the companies providing those exports and related services are right here? Is it one big party for the energy industry, or are there some potential hazards ahead? Share Listen X Dave FehlingA view of petrochemical and refining facilities near Houston.
Less than two weeks ahead of the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, Hulu is bringing ABC News Live and CBS News’ CBSN — two made-for-the-internet, 24-hour news channels — to its over-the-top live TV service.Starting Thursday (Oct. 26), Hulu With Live TV subscribers will be able to tune to three news streaming channels: ABC News Live, CBSN and Cheddar, the startup news network that joined the lineup this spring. The $40-per-month package also includes traditional cable news nets CNBC, CNN, CNN International, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and HLN.For Hulu, ABC News Live and CBSN — both of which are available to watch for free on other platforms — let it plug in name-brand news programming essentially for no cost. The news orgs will expand their reach by getting in front of Hulu’s skinny-bundle user base, which last month hit 1 million subscribers. Popular on Variety “They’re a major player in the OTT space,” said Colby Smith, ABC News’ senior VP of content and partnerships. “We ultimately want [ABC News Live] to be ubiquitous – wherever cord-cutters and young audiences are.”ABC News Live debuted on the Roku Channel in May, and has since expanded to Facebook Watch (a deal under which ABC News is receiving funding from the social platform). It’s also on ABC’s owned-and-operated properties, including ABCNews.com, mobile apps, and apps for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.The focus for ABC News Live is on unedited live coverage, rather than on headline-roundup shows delivered by newsreaders sitting behind a desk or pre-produced shows (although it does mix in such conventional formats). Contributions come from all 1,300 staffers of ABC News around the world.“We feel there’s a large, young audience disenfranchised with the cable-news format,” Smith said. “We’re trying to do something no one else is doing – it’s more live, in-the-field and raw, showing how news is gathered.”On average, viewers who actively seek out ABC News Live now spend three hours per week watching the service, according to Smith. The audience “skews decades younger than TV,” said Smith, with a median age of under 40. ABC News Live is on track to soon stream over 1 million hours per week.For now, ABC News Live doesn’t carry any advertising. Currently, ad breaks are populated by network promos. ABC News is aiming to start enabling dynamic ad insertion on the live-streaming service before the end of 2018, Smith said.Disney, which owns ABC, is one of Hulu’s parent companies and is set to take over majority control of Hulu once its deal for 20th Century Fox assets closes. But according to Smith, the shared Disney parentage had no bearing on the Hulu distribution deal for ABC News Live: “We’ve been talking to Hulu for years,” he said.CBS News’ CBSN, launched in 2014, joins Hulu With Live TV under an existing agreement between Hulu and CBS Corp. that brought CBS, CBS Sports Network and Pop to the OTT television service.CBSN delivers live news coverage and reporting from CBS News’ journalists worldwide, and has aired 25 original long-form documentaries to date. CBSN also recently launched CBSN AM, its first live daily programming in the 7-8 a.m. ET hour. In addition to Hulu, CBSN is available on CBSNews.com and the CBS News apps for mobile and connected-TV devices, as well as the CBS All Access subscription service.“This is an important step in our ongoing strategy of expanding distribution of CBSN, now available on multiple [internet pay-TV services] as well as our CBS News digital platforms,” Christy Tanner, EVP and GM, CBS News Digital, said in a prepared statement.Launched in May 2017, Hulu With Live TV includes live and on-demand programming from more than 50 sports, news, entertainment and kids’ channels, as well as access to more than 75,000 episodes in Hulu’s VOD library. The lineup includes ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox locals (in most markets) and national cable networks including ESPN, Fox Sports, TBS, TNT, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Bravo, A&E, the CW and Telemundo.Meanwhile, Hulu is mulling the introduction of lower-cost live TV bundles that would eliminate linear feeds of entertainment cable networks to reduce programming costs and improve margins. The company said it is in talks with programmers on creating skinnier bundles. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
If you were holding out hope of ever playing Half-Life 3, we’ve got some bad news for you. According to a Valve insider, both Half-Life 3 and Half-Life 2: Episode Three will never see the light of day.This information comes to us from a recent Gamer Informer interview with the alleged insider. According to them, “There is no such thing as Half-Life 3. Valve has never announced a Half-Life 3.”Various teams within Valve have worked on projects that could have become the next Half-Life but never did. The insider pointed out how there were three different versions of Half-Life 2 ready before the final version was produced.“Over the years,” the source states, “you’ve probably had many dozens of people within the studio as early as probably 2005 working on things that they would imagine for themselves as Half-Life 3 or Half-Life 2: Episode 3.”“I’ve heard that some teams have had two to three people working on it,” said the source when asked how close Half-Life 3 and Half-Life 2: Episode Three came to being released. “They eventually ran into a wall, and some teams may have gotten up to 30 or 40 people before it was scrapped.”The insider says that ideas for Half-Life 3 were numerous. This corresponds to rumors of the next Half-Life being a VR game, to featuring characters players can recruit.“Some are all over the place, from one end of the spectrum being what you would expect – a single-player narrative-focused game – to completely different entertainment ideas that are as wild as they are weird. […] Some were bizarre, like turning Half-Life into an RTS, or a live-action, choice-driven game.”However, it appears that Valve just isn’t interested in making Half-Life 3. According to the source, even Half-Life 2: Episode Three “isn’t sitting right with [Valve president Gabe Newell] and other people at Valve. Ultimately it just starves to death. What you have left is nothing going on with Half-Life.”You should do yourself a favor and check out the entire interview since it really is a fascinating piece. Please note that, while Game Informer trusts this insider, that it could not verify these claims with another Valve employee. Make of that what you will.
2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 17, 2014 Entrepreneurs are some of the most stressed-out people you’ll ever meet. If left to fester, the constant worry and pressure of running your own business can spiral into a nerve-thrashing mess of anxiety, depression and despair. It’s not pretty.But Spire, an ambitious zen master for your pocket, sure is — in looks and in concept. Clipping onto your belt, or your underwear or bra, Spire is a stone-shaped activity tracker like a Fitbit Zip — only it also measures something equally as important to your health as footsteps. It measures your state of mind, or so its makers claim.Related: A Fitbit For Your Employees’ Emotional Health? It’s Already Happening. Using the real-time breathing pattern data it constantly collects and crunches, Spire gently informs you of how tense, distracted or just plain freaked out you are. Then — here’s the coolest part — it gently nudges you to focus, breathe deeply and calm down. And not in a pushy way either. It sends a series of soothing suggestions and meditations directly to your smartphone.Or, should you fall into a funk, a lethargic slump, Spire turns into a motivational coach, goading you to get up and get moving.”It’s very hard to stay mindful throughout our chaotic and always connected day,” Spire co-founder and CEO Jonathan Palley told The Huffington Post. “The design of the Spire experience is not to interrupt you every time you’re tense, but to bring mindfulness and awareness streaks of tension/focus/calm within this chaos.”Related: Weird But True: Microsoft Is Developing a Stress-Monitoring BraThe wireless-charging gizmo costs $150 and works with a free iPhone app (an Android app is on the way) that pings you with pacifying notifications all day long. Sometimes it too many notifications, according to one re/code reviewer who reported that the Spire was glitchy. Wireless connectivity was an issue and so was battery life, during her test. Spire said it’s working on it and should have the kinks worked out with updates to its hardware and software.To see Spire in action for yourself, take a deep breath and check out trippy promo video:Related: Nintendo Unveils First ‘Quality of Life’ Device: a Non-Wearable Sleep Tracker Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councillor Abbas Warasally has been inundated with calls from Bengal Road residents informing him that uThukela has planted palm trees in the middle of their street.On arriving in Bengal Road, Cllr Warasally found that uThukela had repaired a burst pipe in the middle of the road. On completion, they covered the hole and planted palm tree branches to hold up their barrier tape.Cllr Warasally is disgusted that, in some instances, uThukela workers leave large potholes that are not cordoned off in some places where they have worked.Now they have resorted to using tree branches in the middle of the road instead of proper signage.“Can uThukela not afford to purchase proper road signage?” asks Cllr Warasally. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there?
Costa Rica’s decision to join the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc formed by Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia, this week prompted discussions that show private-sector groups are still divided on its potential benefits.The National Agricultural Alliance (ANA) in a public statement earlier this week voiced opposition to Costa Rica’s entry in the Pacific Alliance, which seeks to boost business development through the elimination of protectionist trade policies, export quotas and tariffs.The ANA includes members of the National Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness (CNAA), the National Union of Small and Medium-Size Agricultural Producers, the National Council of Cooperatives and the Union of Independent Producers, all of whom claim the agreement represents a threat to most jobs in their sector.CNAA President Juan Rafael Lizano said joining the alliance would destroy local farmers and lead to more unemployment and poverty in the sector.“Adherence to that trade bloc will change the rules for many agricultural products, and that would put in danger some 500,000 jobs in the agricultural sector,” the ANA stated in a news release.The group noted that President Luis Guillermo Solís promised during his presidential campaign not to sign new trade agreements and to review those currently in force.Lizano noted that Costa Rica’s agricultural sector would face disadvantages when compared to the other alliance countries.“Rather than representing a bussiness opportunity, these markets will become a threat to us, as they are all strongly competitive economies,” he said.Costa Rica submitted a request to join the Pacific Alliance in 2013 during the administration of former President Laura Chinchilla.President Solís has said he supports the enrollment process, but last June, he requested several agencies to evaluate the positive and negative aspects for the country in becoming a full member of the trade bloc.Others in favorFollowing the agribusiness sector’s warnings, other business chambers issued statements supporting the process.The Costa Rican Chamber of Industries (CICR), the Costa Rica’s Chamber of Commerce (CCCR) and the Chamber of Exporters (CADEXCO) all support the government’s efforts to join.The Chamber of Commerce announced its support for joining “with all of the requirements,” the group’s president, Francisco Llobet, said in a news release.In separate statements both the CICR and CADEXCO noted their support for the Pacific Alliance, but requested the government address complaints by some sectors that could be affected by the country’s entry.CICR President Enrique Egloff sent President Solís a letter asking him to resume negotiations as soon as possible in order to take advantage of the group’s benefits, which “would translate into cheaper raw materials and a boost in the country’s business climate.”Egloff also said that better access to raw materials among alliance countries would benefit Costa Rica’s competitiveness.Foreign Trade (COMEX) Minister Alexander Mora on Thursday said President Solís would make a decision soon, and that it would be based on information from four separate studies conducted by COMEX and the Foreign, Finance and Economy ministries.Countries of the Pacific Alliance represent a market of 216 million people with an average per capita GDP of up to $10,000 per year, COMEX reported. Facebook Comments Related posts:Chilean entrepreneurs looking for business partners in Costa Rica Bernie Sanders’ CAFTA reversal pledge worries Costa Rica businesses Chinchilla defends road map to join Pacific Alliance as candidates reserve judgment Police seize 20,000 contraband avocados at Panama border
There’s a distinct climate of change in the burgeoning Chinese tourism market, and Gold Coast based company Global Tour Specialists is set to meet the challenge head on with new and unique inbound tourism opportunities, specifically designed for the new wave of discerning high end Chinese travellers.Latest statistics show that in the year to August a record 953,200 Chinese tourists visited Australia. If that trend continues, within the next 12-months, people from China will become this country’s top tourist group.Global Tour Specialists (GTS) co-owner and CEO Tyler Wood says his company’s research shows there is a growing sophistication in the Chinese travel market.“They’re looking for more from their Australian experience,” Mr Wood said.“We want to provide the Chinese traveller with something that hasn’t been done before and won’t necessarily be a rush between typical tourist attractions.“We understand that Chinese people want to pack a lot into their Australian visit, which is what we do, but with added panache and luxury – it’s an opportunity for them to comfortably enjoy a unique slice of Australia.”GTS has sought advice and guidance from Rees International. China expert Janene Rees has independently built strong Chinese relationships that have been crucial in increasing the Australian inbound tourism sector.Tyler Wood says sister companies Bob Wood Cruise Group and Guides Australia have also been brought in as partners in the new Chinese focused project.The involvement of Guides Australia is an exciting innovation when developing new products, according to Tyler Wood.“Guides Australia was established several years ago to ensure inbound clients received the most memorable travel experience possible. It gives us direct control over the quality of guides we provide,” Mr Wood said.“We do this with an extensive training programme guaranteeing our guides are the best in the industry.“By using the Guides Australia training programme we are intent on having the first western trained Chinese tour guide service in Australia.”Drawing on the resources and experience of Bob Wood Cruise Group was also a natural progression in creating these ‘first of their kind’ inbound Chinese tour products.For more than a decade Bob Wood Cruise Group has been a leading provider of creative and innovative services to the international cruise industry, working with leading Australian tourism providers to create unforgettable shore based excursions and experiences.Itineraries for these unique bespoke travel experiences have been constructed focusing on three main themes which are Premium, Premium Women’s and Luxury.There are three Chinese New Year Spring Festival departure dates for GTS’s Premium Women’s only packaged tours, plus two others at different times – each is named after famous female movies:Scent of the Gold Coast & Byron Bay (2 x February departure dates)There’s Something About Queensland ( 1 x February departure date)Sisters in the CityQueen of the DesertAlong with standard industry marketing, the company has also adopted social media to reach the Chinese market.Wood says around half of China’s population has now embraced platforms like WeChat and Weibo, which will be the ideal vehicles for delivering the new products to an increasingly forward thinking and rapidly developing marketplace.He says identifying the changing demands of Chinese tourism consumers and being able to meet them head on is an exciting opportunity for Global Tour Specialists.“The potential is huge and we now have a firm foundation establish to build upon further!” Global Tour SpecialistsSource = Global Tour Specialists
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