Tories best Liberals with record 85M in second quarter fundraising

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberals and the Conservatives are both boasting of record-breaking fundraising results this spring, with each party pointing to a different measure of success.Newly released figures from Elections Canada show the Conservative Party of Canada raised just over $8.5 million in the second quarter of this year, which came from about 53,000 donors.The party says that breaks the previous second-quarter record, which the Conservatives set in 2011.The Liberals, meanwhile, say the $5 million they raised came from just over 41,500 contributors from April 1 to June 30, which the party calls its best-ever second quarter when it comes to the number of donors.The NDP, meanwhile, was bested by the Greens when it comes to second-quarter fundraising totals.The Greens raised nearly $1.44 million from about 14,600 donors and the NDP raised just over $1.43 million from about 14,900 contributors.The numbers came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested out his campaign message Wednesday on a friendly crowd of Liberal candidates, gathered to prepare for the coming election.The choice is clear, he told his team, as he characterized the coming battle as one between Conservative cuts and Liberal investments in improving the lives of middle-class Canadians.He also compared Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, as well as former prime minister Stephen Harper, even as he claimed his campaign would not stoop to personal attacks.“The middle-class can’t afford another Doug Ford,” he said, “and it’s up to every single person in this room to make that case by sharing our positive, ambitious vision for the future.”Some 200 Liberal candidates — out of 230 nominated so far — are attending training sessions in Ottawa this week, where they are learning about everything from how to canvas voters to how to tell their personal stories.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, meanwhile, spent the day in Kenora, Ont., where Rudy Turtle, the prominent chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation, will be running under the New Democrat banner.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mexicos new president sees 3year hiatus on oil auctions

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexico’s new president says he will take a three-year break from awarding new oil exploration contracts in order to judge the results of contracts already awarded.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he wants more investment from private firms that have been awarded concessionary exploration contracts under reforms enacted by his predecessor, Enrique Pena Nieto.Lopez Obrador said Wednesday he will use the three-year break to evaluate how much investment and production are actually produced by the foreign firms that bid on offshore blocks of oil fields.He complained the firms haven’t invested much and haven’t produced any oil. He pledged not to cancel existing contracts.Falling production forced the previous government to loosen the grip of Mexico’s state-owned oil company, which doesn’t have enough money to develop deep-water fields.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alleged Salafists take down national flag replace it with There Is

first_imgRabat- Unidentified people took down the national flag in Oujda, and replace it with a red flag emblazoned with the phrase “There is no God but Allah”  (the Muslims profession of faith)on Thursday.In a moment of negligence from the guards, unknown persons took down Morocco’s flag above the door of the Abdul Wahab historic commercial building in the heart of the city on Thursday. Instead they raised a red flag which said “There is no God but Allah, Allah is the greatest.”According to the Moroccan daily newspaper Annas, this unprecedented incident caused a security alert in the local security services, which have since held many meetings in order to solve this puzzle. According to the same source, the offenders are believed to be extremists, especially since this incident comes a few months after security discovered a terrorist cell recruiting young Moroccans to fight in Syria.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame topples Star Wars preview record

LOS ANGELES — “Avengers: Endgame” has gotten off to a mighty start at the box office, earning a record $60 million from Thursday night preview showings, according to the Walt Disney Co.The previous record holder was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which earned $57 million from Thursday previews in 2015.Internationally, Disney said on Friday that “Avengers: Endgame” has already grossed $305 million in its first two days in theatres with over half of that tally coming from China.Box office prognosticators are projecting that the film could earn anywhere from $260 million to $300 million domestically, and between $800 million and $1 billion globally when the dust settles and final numbers are reported Monday.The Associated Press read more

Texas FAA tower evacuated due to odour 100 flights delayed

GRAPEVINE, Texas — At least 100 flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport have been delayed after some employees were evacuated from a government air traffic control facility because of an undetermined odour.The incident began late Thursday morning. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says management of air traffic was continuing at a slightly reduced rate as employees rotated in and out of the building.Air purifiers and fans were set up in the building. Nobody was hurt.The FAA website says flights arriving at DFW were being delayed an average of about an hour. FlightStats.com reports at least 100 flights were affected.The FAA isn’t saying when it expects staffing at the control centre to return to normal at DFW, a major hub for American Airlines and its American Eagle regional affiliate.The Associated Press read more

UN refugee agency deeply disturbed by new security raid on Palestinians in

16 March 2007In the latest of a long series of expressions of alarm over the fate of Palestinian refugees in Iraq after the ouster of Saddam Hussein, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced deep concern over a raid by Iraqi security forces this week in Baghdad, which left at least one Palestinian dead and nine others reportedly still in detention. “The violence reportedly broke out when the Palestinians tried to resist the raid,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “They said they were frightened following months of being targeted by various groups. Several have been kidnapped, arrested and killed. They have often expressed concern about the lack of protection by the Iraqi security forces.” Over the past year UNHCR has repeatedly called on the Iraqi authorities and the United States-led multinational forces to protect the Palestinians, who fled to Iraq after the creation of Israel in 1948. Some received preferential treatment under Saddam Hussein and have become targets for attack since his overthrow in 2003. Nearly 20,000 of them have already fled but an estimated 15,000 still remain in the country, mostly in Baghdad. Mr. Redmond repeated that call today and urgently appealed to countries in the region and outside to offer temporary relocation for Palestinians from Iraq, noting that at least 186 of them had been confirmed murdered in Baghdad between April 2004 and January 2007. “UNHCR believes the number may be significantly higher. Their enclaves in Baghdad have been the target of many militia attacks. Hundreds of Palestinian families have been evicted from their homes with nowhere to go, prevented from seeking refuge in neighbouring countries,” he said. “Recently, UNHCR has received reports that the families of several detained Palestinians have been forced to pay thousands of US dollars to some members of the Iraqi security forces, allegedly for protection from torture and mutilation of their family members while in detention. Higher sums have reportedly been demanded to ensure their release.” In the latest incident, 51 Palestinians were reportedly detained initially, but released later. The raid prompted at least 41 more to flee and join 850 others who have been stranded at the Iraq-Syria border since last May. More are expected to be on their way. Police forces and multinational forces said the raid took place as part of the Baghdad security plan. The dead man was a guard at one of the Baghdad mosques and reportedly suffered at least one gunshot to the head. UNHCR and other organizations have also received allegations of physical abuse and possibly torture carried out in detention, an allegation denied by the Iraqi authorities. One ex-detainee reported he was beaten on his back and suffered a broken hand. He believed that others had been subjected to worse treatment. The Palestinians who arrived at the border claimed that their houses had been raided by the special forces, their furniture thrown out of their homes and that they were told they had two days to leave. Others claimed they had been detained and maltreated before being released. “UNHCR is also very much concerned about the safety of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] working with the Palestinians,” Mr. Redmond said, noting that a NGO staff member dealing with the Palestinian community was abducted in front of his son by unknown men on Tuesday and found dead the next day. read more

Brock alumnus raising awareness of One Health concept

Everything is connected. To find sustainable health solutions for the planet, problems affecting the entire ecosystem must be addressed.It was this concept, known as One Health, that prompted Dr. Ronald Mergl (MSc ’10) to enrol in Brock’s Master of Science program 11 years ago. Raising awareness of One Health and zoonotic diseases have remained the focus of the Niagara Falls veterinarian ever since.“I’m a firm believer that the health of all humans is inextricably tied to the health of all animals and to the health of our environment,” Mergl says. “The One Health concept means that people and animals will have a sustainable and healthy future, only if our environment is clean, robust and nourishing.”Through the study of zoonotic diseases — disorders that can be passed from animals to humans — Mergl gained an enhanced understanding of the actions communities need to start taking to prevent global health disasters.“Many of the newly emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic,” Mergl explains. “As urban Canadians, we tend to think of veterinary medicine in the context of the health of the family pet as impacting our emotional and even physical well-being, but globally, there are a number of factors that lead to an increased rate of transmission of diseases.”These conditions include: people and animals living in closer proximity than ever before deteriorating environmental conditions, which can accelerate the spread of a disease through the animal kingdom and facilitate transmission to humansand accelerated global travel and trade, which enables pathogens to be spread with astonishing speedsMergl has dedicated seven years to international volunteer work. During this time, he was actively involved with Veterinarians Without Borders Canada, working in the African nation of Malawi to prevent rabies transmission. He is also past Chair of the Rotary Human Rabies Prevention Project in Uganda, a community-based initiative that took place over five years.“Transmission of avian influenza, rabies, salmonella, West Nile virus, Lyme disease and SARS are only a few examples of the diseases transmitted from animals harbouring the disease to people,” Mergl says. “In developed countries, it has become common knowledge that transmission is influenced by the health of the environment in which animals live, yet we are too often confronted with the lack of political will to sufficiently address our global environment and climate change.”Despite the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to address poverty, hunger, clean water, education, health, the environment, gender equality, peace, and stable economics, Mergl points out that “antibiotic resistance has become one of the frontline health problems we have today in both human and animal health.”“Overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals has contributed to this problem,” Mergl explains. “Raising animals in appropriate living conditions, with reduced antibiotic use and alternative therapies, is really the best way to address the control of pathogens.”Without a healthy global environment, Mergl believes resilience cannot be built to address adverse health events.“Never before has a generation of people possessed the technology and knowledge to truly fix the environmental health crisis that faces us,” he says. “Only through collaboration of health professionals of all disciplines and environmental scientists, as well as the governing bodies of all countries, can we gain the knowledge and develop actions to prevent global health disasters.”Mergl is calling on all citizens to become more educated and involved. “By respecting the culture and basic rights of all people, paying attention to domestic and wild animal welfare and protecting our environment, we can improve the health of all.” read more

Our College Football Playoff Predictions Sure Look Familiar

21FloridaSEC4-117489Georgia31 9West VirginiaBig 124-0180213Oklahoma132 Surveying the 2018 College Football Playoff raceChance of making the College Football Playoff and winning the national championship for teams with at least a 1 percent title probability 12MiamiACC4-1175212Virginia Tech81 5OklahomaBig 125-0191513West Virginia317 2Ohio StateBig Ten5-0198613Michigan5417 17TexasBig 124-118026Oklahoma51 4ClemsonACC5-0191811Boston College4711 1AlabamaSEC5-0205610LSU60%25 TeamConf.RecordEloMake PlayoffWin Title *A team’s most dangerous opponent is the team on its remaining schedule with the highest probability of beating it, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Five weeks into the 2018 season, the College Football Playoff’s crystal ball is slowly coming into focus. Some would-be contenders — like Wisconsin and USC — have largely played themselves out of the playoff with quick losses. Others — such as LSU and Notre Dame — have bolstered their resumes with early wins. But there’s still plenty of football left to be played, plenty of time to see whether we’ll end up with more of the same or something new by season’s end.To help make sense of it all, FiveThirtyEight is relaunching its College Football Playoff prediction model this week. You can read about how it works in detail here, but the basic premise is that we simulate both the results of future games (using a mix of ESPN’s Football Power Index and the committee rankings) and the behavior of the playoff committee to arrive at each team’s chances of making college football’s version of the Final Four. And according to our model, four very familiar teams — Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson — are the early leaders in the national title race, with Oklahoma and Notre Dame lurking not too far behind. 3GeorgiaSEC5-020097LSU4013 19Michigan St.Big Ten3-117597Penn State31 Danger week*Chance to… 16AuburnSEC4-1182713Alabama31 10LSUSEC5-0194510Alabama112 14KentuckySEC5-0187510Georgia61 13WisconsinBig Ten3-1181711Penn State61 6Notre DameInd.5-019426Virginia Tech336 For five of those teams, the path ahead is relatively straightforward: Win, and you’re probably in. Our model says Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma (sorry, Notre Dame) all have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff if they win their remaining games. That will be easier for some than others — the Tide and Buckeyes have about a 1-in-3 chance, the Tigers’ odds are more like 1 in 4,1If not lower, given their ongoing QB drama. and the Bulldogs2Who would theoretically face Alabama in an SEC title-game matchup. and Sooners are around 1 in 10 — but each does at least control its own destiny.The same goes for three other squads, who also have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff if they win out: West Virginia, LSU and Kentucky. But before fans in Morgantown, Baton Rouge and Lexington get too excited, the odds of them doing that are pretty low. FPI is skeptical that the Wildcats are very good; LSU still has to face Florida, Georgia and Alabama over a brutal monthlong stretch starting this weekend; and the remaining Mountaineer slate is no walk in the park either. It’s possible that at least one will finish with a single loss or fewer (the traditional playoff recipe for major-conference schools), but the path will be difficult.Among the teams that need a little help, Notre Dame easily has the best playoff outlook. The Fighting Irish’s most difficult remaining opponent might come this very week — a Virginia Tech team that also lost to Old Dominion two weeks ago — so red-hot QB Ian Book could be in a good position to lead Notre Dame to its first playoff berth. The Irish may not quite be playoff locks if they win out; our model says they’re at 87 percent if they run the table, meaning they’d also need one of the big-name teams to slip up along the way.3According to our model, the four teams whose playoff candidacies are least compatible with Notre Dame’s are Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Washington. But the last time a Notre Dame team unexpectedly rattled off an undefeated regular season, it went to the Bowl Championship Series title game, and it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t get the same treatment from the committee this season.Poor Central Florida probably won’t get the same benefit of the doubt, though. Despite opening the season 4-0 to extend the program’s winning streak to 17 consecutive games, the Knights have just a 2 percent chance to make the playoff in our model — and they’re only an 11 percent shot even if they manage to go undefeated for a second straight season. Between bad luck (a potentially resume-boosting Power Five road game against North Carolina was canceled because of Hurricane Florence) and the committee’s apparent unwillingness to even consider undefeated non-power conference teams over major-conference schools with multiple losses, UCF could very well find itself settling for a self-declared national title yet again by season’s end.The rest of the potential contenders have losses on their resumes, and that means serious question marks for their playoff chances. Washington’s opening-week loss to Auburn, for instance, instantly put the Huskies behind the eight ball, though they still have time to play their way back into the playoff picture if they keep winning (and, say, Notre Dame loses). Penn State still has a 10 percent shot at the playoff, despite last Saturday’s crushing late-game defeat against Ohio State, but they — along with fellow Big Ten hopefuls Michigan and Wisconsin — have plenty of work cut out for them. At least the Wolverines and (maybe) the Badgers4If they make the Big Ten title game and are matched against Ohio State. still have their chances to knock off the Buckeyes. In that regard, Penn State already blew its shot at a big, playoff-worthy statement win. Miami, meanwhile, may have short-circuited its chances early on with a 33-17 loss to LSU in the first week; the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes now rest on running the table and potentially beating Clemson in an ACC title-game rematch. Although these teams can still make the playoff, their margins for error are razor-thin.But let’s be honest: The playoff chase still mainly revolves around the preseason favorites. There’s a 65 percent chance that the national champion is one of Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which leaves just 35 percent for everybody else in the entire country. Although not even this year’s ridiculously dominant Crimson Tide team is necessarily guaranteed to make its fifth straight College Football Playoff appearance, it would be a surprise if Bama and its top rivals didn’t find their way into the playoff by season’s end. In today’s college football reality more than ever, the powerhouse programs are seated at the dinner table, and everyone else is left to fight over the scraps. 20Oklahoma St.Big 124-1170511Oklahoma51 11MichiganBig Ten4-1173413Ohio State72 8Penn StateBig Ten4-1183310Michigan102 18N.C. StateACC4-017938Clemson51 15StanfordPac-124-1179110Washington61 7WashingtonPac-124-118197Oregon184 read more

Arsenals Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac targeted by knifewielding moped robbers

Arsenal’s German-born Bosnian defender Sead KolasinacCredit:IAN KINGTON/ AFP Mesut Ozil’s car got jumped, Kolasinac jumped out and backed the beef. #YaGunnersYa pic.twitter.com/CxsJeiCvxw— James (@smhjaames) July 25, 2019 Arsenal's German-born Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac “The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers.  An Arsenal spokesman confirmed that the players had been involved in a car-jacking incident, and said that both of them “are fine”.The Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called to Platts Lane, NW3, shortly before 5pm on Thursday July 25 to reports of an attempted robbery. “It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car.  Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were attacked by knife-wielding moped thugs in a suspected robbery attempt. Ozil, 30, was driving Kolasinac, 26, through Hampstead, northwest London, in a black Mercedes SUV when they were ambushed by two men on Thursday.Footage shows Kolasinac, a left back for Arsenal and Bosnia and Herzegovina known as “The Tank”, get out of the car and confront the attackers, who were filmed brandishing knives at the 26-year-old.They then fled the scene in the car, pursued by the moped attackers, according to the Mail Online.Ozil drove to a  Turkish restaurant on Golders Green Road, where staff helped them chase away the robbers, the website reported. “There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.” One witness, Azuka Alintah, 36, told MailOnline: “Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives.  “He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was. I saw him disappear into the restaurant with the motorcycle guys on his tail.”Kolasinac and midfielder Ozil are not the first London-based footballers to be targeted on the road.In 2016, then West Ham striker Andy Carroll was threatened at gunpoint on his way home from training. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Mikakos pays tribute to Kostas Nikolopoulos

first_imgIn an address to the state parliament last month, Labor MP and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos honoured journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos. “I rise today to pay tribute to a pioneer of multicultural journalism, Kostas Nikolopoulos, who passed away recently,” said Ms Mikakos. “Kostas was a distinguished journalist and a widely respected member of Victoria’s Greek community … He was very proud of his Hellenic heritage and was actively involved in every issue facing the Greek community, particularly foreign policy matters.”In a moving speech, the MP mentioned the late journalist’s impressive list of achievements, including his work at SBS and Neos Kosmos; in addition to his position on the board of the Australian Hellenic Council, and his experience for many years as the secretary of the Greek National Day coordinating committee.“The large number of people in attendance at Kostas’ funeral was testament to how well-respected and loved he was,” she said.“To me, Kostas was a man of great integrity, a friend and someone whose wise counsel I could rely on, and I will greatly miss him.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

PM says will pursue German war reparations

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Tuesday expressed his government’s firm intention to seek war reparations from Germany, noting that Athens would show sensitivity that it hoped to see reciprocated from Berlin.In a speech in Parliament, launching a debate on the creation of a committee to seek war reparations, the repayment of a forced loan and the return of antiquities, Tsipras told MPs that the matter of war reparations was “very technical and sensitive” but one he has a duty to pursue.He also seemed to indirectly connect the matter to talks between Greece and its international creditors on the country’s loan program. “The Greek government will strive to honour its commitments to the full,” he said. “But it will also strive to ensure all unfulfilled obligations toward Greece and the Greek people are fulfilled,” he added. “You cannot pick and choose on ethical issues.”Tsipras noted that Germany got support “despite the crimes of the Third Reich” chiefly thanks to the London Debt Agreement of 1953. Since reunification, German governments have used “silence, legal tricks and delays” to avoid solving the problem, he said. “We are not giving morality lessons but we will not accept morality lessons either,” Tsipras said.In comments to Parliament later PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos said it was important not to link the issue of reparations with Greece’s talks with creditors.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Viewer numbers for 1114 WWE Smackdown viewers up

first_img Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WrestleCade to be carried live on FITE TV in November featuring Panels and Supershow Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Velvet Sky Pinterest Videos Articles Impact Wrestling announces TV tapings for Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino in November The 11/14 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew 2.72 million viewers. This number is up from last week’s show that drew 2.43 million viewers.The final television rating will be out shortly.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

Election signs find new homes under flooring in chicken coops

first_imgElection day is over and political signs are disappearing from yards and intersections. But where do they go?Download AudioSome might end up in the rusty blue dumpster outside Central Recycling Services on N. Sitka Road. At the moment it sits with one lonely campaign sign inside. It’s the beginning of the company’s collection.“We see them all over and they litter the streets,” said Resource Manager Nate Kruk. “We figured there’s got to be a place for them instead of the landfill.”He says people can drop off their old vinyl political signs for free. If he can collect about 4,000 pounds of them, the company will ship them off to be melted back into crude oil. But that’s about 2,000 signs, depending on the size.Kruk says if they don’t get enough, the signs can be reused instead as insulation for cabins or underneath flooring.“You put em underneath linoleum. Some people use cardboard, some people use special foam, and from what I’ve heard these signs do a pretty good job.”Others use them to line their chicken coops because they’re easy to hose off. The signs can also be turned into ramps for guinea pigs, spray painted to look like holiday decorations, or saved in case your candidate of choice ever runs again.last_img read more

Most American Beer Ever Contains Actual Fried Chicken

first_img Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Stay on target Fried chicken and beer is as American as apple pie and high-deductible health plans.In July, The Veil Brewing Co. and Evil Twin Brewing partnered to ferment Fried Fried Chicken Chicken—a high-alcohol beer made with “a VERY small amount” of actual fried chicken.The total volume of Chick-Fil-A Chick-n-Minis strips amount to less than 0.4 percent of the total mash bill. But let’s not depreciate the fact that someone genuinely infused breaded poultry into a Double IPA. (Which, according to the makers, tastes nothing like chicken.)“The idea came to us after eating a significant amount of fried chicken at various establishments in our beautiful city of Richmond,” the Virginia-based brewery wrote in an announcement.“It doesn’t even remotely taste like chicken. If you think it does, you might want to go to the doctor,” they teased. “We are super super pumped how this one turned out.”center_img Released on July 25 and available for a limited run in 16-ounce cans ($18.50 for a four-pack), FFCC may prove difficult to get ahold of: The Veil Brewing’s digital taproom no longer lists Fried Fried Chicken Chicken among its draft options.Boozers seem to like it, scoring the drink “very good” (87/100) on BeerAdvocate and rating it 3.96 out of five on Untappd.Neither Veil Brewing nor Evil Twin immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment.Evil Twin founder Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø is known for adding unconventional flavors to his recipes—from frozen pizza to greenbacks. So it’s no surprise he reportedly found his muse in Cracker Barrel’s fried chicken platter.But deep-fried farm fowl is just one of a growing list of avant-garde beer ingredients. Early this year, Veil Brewing introduced the Hornswoggler: a milk stout with a chocolatey kick, made with a giant mound of Oreo cookies.Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, meanwhile, released a craft beer made with cherry blossoms, Bang & Olufsen brewed alcohol with music, and Texas-based Collective Brewing Project made the Cup O’ Beer using ramen noodles. And don’t forget Stone Brewing’s Full Circle Pale Ale—distilled with recycled wastewater.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Watch Battlefield 4 being played at 4K resolution

first_imgLast week I discussed how 4K gaming was to blame for Call of Duty: Ghosts being a 50GB install on PC. 50GB is a lot of data if you decide to download the game, but not so much in terms of hard drive space when you consider terabyte-sized drives are the norm now. Even so, not many of us have 4K monitors to take advantage of those huge, detailed textures, let alone the hardware to allow the games to run at a decent framerate.4K gaming is the future, though, for PC gamers at least. And game review website Thirty IR is keen to show us how good it looks. To do this they’ve been uploading videos of the Battlefield 4 Beta to YouTube running at a 4K resolution. You can even choose to watch them in “Original HD” on YouTube if you have a monitor capable of hitting such resolutions.Running the game at 4K and a solid 60fps requires your rig has some serious CPU and graphics processing power available. Thirty IR’s setup includes a Core i7 3970X running at 4.8GHz, 32GB of Corsair Dominators Platinum RAM clocked at 2,133MHz, and four EVGA GTX Titan graphics cards running in 4-way SLI. The monitors being used are three Dell U3011 30-inch units at a res of 5160 x 2560. The game is actually being played above 4K resolution at 4800 x 2560, but the recording is at 4K (4096 x 2160).The thing to remember about this video is that at the moment it’s one of those “that would be nice to have” situations for a lot of gamers. But then in a few years from now it will be the common setup in an affordable gaming rig. It’s also a reminder that it’s not going to take very long for the next-gen consoles released next month to be easily outpaced by PC hardware again. And hopefully developers continue to take advantage of that performance rather than just shipping the console versions on PC.last_img read more

This racing simulator puts you in the car no virtual reality necessary

first_imgWith the availability of Oculus Rift (hopefully this year) a number of simulation games are going to be greatly enhanced. One of those is racing simulation, but it turns out you really don’t need virtual reality to get that “in the car” feel.Proof of that comes from YouTuber and racing game fan 6e66o. As you can see in the image above, his racing rig looks high end, but also pretty standard. It’s a frame, a big TV, racing seat, wheel, pedals, and gear stick. However, once you’re sat in it and the cockpit view is selected in your game of choice, the experience becomes very real from the perspective of the driver.This video captures perfectly just how good this setup looks when racing:It all comes down to the positioning of the display in relation to the wheel and seating position. Get it right and you are sitting in the car near enough.Of course, the one thing missing from this setup is movement of the actual driver. That would require the addition of a motion kit, which are not cheap and can add thousands to the cost of the build. Worth it, though? Probably.Here’s another of his videos showing off the action:If you’re wondering what hardware is being used, 6e66o explains it’s a 40-inch Samsung LE40B750 TV coupled with a Thrustmaster TH8RS gear shifter, and an “OMP trecento” wheel rim on a Logitech G27 racing wheel. The frame comes from Simexperience. It was also put together in 2012, so may have had a few updates since then.As to how much this setup costs, only Simscreens knows, but what I can tell you is Simexperience sells a complete kit, which uses 3 displays, for $22,500. High-end racing simulation does not come cheap.last_img read more

Go Deutsche

If touring Germany has been on your mind for a while, the good news is that Delhi is hosting its own sneak peek into the country. Called the Indo-German Urban Mela, the nine-day fair presents a unique blend of technology, science, culture and entertainment. This touring event is part of the celebration titled ‘Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities’ that commemorates 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic ties. Following a grand success in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai earlier this year, the fair is on a roll inviting visitors from all over the capital and neighboring areas of the national capital region. ‘Our countries are strategic partners – and we are also neighbours. In today’s globalised world neighbourhood is not only about geographical closeness any more. It is about mental closeness, common values and a similar vision of the future. Germany and India are linked by all three,’ said Michael Steiner, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This  travelling, celebratory exhibition which is designed by renowned German artist and designer, Markus Heinsdorff boasts of a thematic focus on ‘StadtRäume – CitySpaces’. The highlight being 6 pavilions in differently shaped modules. They will be arranged and adapted to the local conditions to create a unique temporary festival venue. It is aimed at examining the impact of rapid urbanisation and challenges posed by the pace of change in Indian and German cities today. Issues like mobility, energy, sustainable urban development, architecture, cultural space, education and urban art are prominently featured through a prism of genres such as the performing and visual arts, science, education, technology and business. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘As part of the Indo-German Urban Mela, we want to showcase the state-of-art and innovative technology for sustainable cities from German industry, academia and research. We aim to attract interns and students to Germany through this partnership. We also hope that with all the avenues and opportunities in education and research presented at the Urban Mela, many larger mergers between the two countries,’ said Anandi Iyer, Special Advisor ‘Germany and India 2011-2012’, Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Visitors can also feast on traditional German and Indian delicacies at the Beergarden. The mela also includes a host of other art, music and cultural activities like concerts by renowned artists, creative writing, arts and crafts. Literary events such as a series of reading sessions by acclaimed authors plus theatre performances of German plays adapted into Indian setting are also on the cards.DETAILAt: Indraprastha Park On Till: 4th November Timings: 10 am – 10 pm Entry: Free read more

Work Tech Meet Home Tech

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Imagine your computer talking to your TV and stereo, beaming your MP3 collection into the home office and recording your favorite news program for you to watch later. Putting all that technology together can seem a little daunting, but recent innovations make setup simpler than ever. We caught up with an entrepreneur who dived right in to computer/entertainment convergence. Let’s check out his home system to see what sort of technology you might find useful. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Working Hard or Hardly Working? Cohen’s home office doesn’t look like a home office. With its comfy couch, it also doubles as a TV room. And he uses a streaming music device to play all the music on his PC through the stereo downstairs.In the gaming realm, Cohen has the media extender software to go with his Xbox, which is in another room entirely. However, the new Xbox 360 comes with extender technology already built in. It allows users to view Windows Media Center content, including video, through their Xbox console.It’s not all fun and games in Cohen’s home office–there’s some serious work being done, too. His PC–which is connected to a shared multifunction laser printer and fax machine–just happens to be the hub for his home entertainment as well.On the GoCohen uses the Orb Networksservice to give wings to the media he usually accesses from his home PC. The service works with any media.”At work, I often watch the news by connecting to my home PC through My Orb,” says Cohen. He can also watch on his stereo-capable SMT-5600 Audiovoxphone. “When I’m stuck in airports, I log in and watch TV on my phone.” The video iPod also satisfies the demand to carry moving pictures with you. And Epsonhas jumped in with its P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer. With these devices, home entertainment is no longer confined to your home.Diving InConverging your work and entertainment technology is sure to make your life easier and more enjoyable. “My favorite [perk] is having one system for everything. I don’t want it to look like a techie house,” says Cohen. “I like the technology to be hidden, but to work well.”What all this innovation boils down to is control. “It’s part of the entrepreneurial spirit,” says Taylor. “[Entrepreneurs have] always wanted to be able to control things–their destinies and their businesses. And now they’re going to be able to control their entertainment.”Windows ShoppingLongtime rivals have kissed and made up a new Treo. Palmhas shown its own OS the door and invited Windows Mobile 5.0 to come on over. Treo on Windows marries Palm’s popular Treo form factor to the undeniably familiar Windows interface and applications. A pocket-size PC now powered by an Intel processor, it embraces Microsoft Office essentials like Excel, Internet Explorer Mobile, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. It even cozies up to Exchange Server 2003. Available exclusively through Verizon, the new smartphone can tap Verizon’s speedy EV-DO network, further blurring the lines between office, home, phone and computer.Pixie PrinterIf you need output on the go, the Brother MPrintMW-140BT can deliver quick black-and-white prints from the palm of your hand. This wireless thermal printer costs $399 (street), is only about a half-inch thick and weighs just 10 ounces. The MPrint uses cassettes with A7-size paper (4.1 by 2.9 inches), two-ply carbons or labels. But standard-size documents are converted to A7 in software, making this printer perfect not only for snapshots, but also for quick documents from your laptop beamed via a Bluetooth connection. The MPrint’s lithium-ion battery is good for up to 100 continuous pages between recharging.Walk This WayWhat Sony once did for radios, it now wants to do for phones. Push a button on the side of the Sony Ericsson W800i Walkman Phone, and it will play your MP3s. Push twice to listen to FM radio–a rarity even among MP3 players. There are the usual radio tuning features to navigate to your favorite radio station, and a 512MB Memory Stick will bolster W800i’s internal 34MB storage. Flip it sideways to get a great 2-megapixel camera with shutter button and 4x digital zoom that feels like a stand-alone digital camera. Oh, and W800i makes phone calls, too. Nerve CenterEphraim Cohen founded his New York City PR firm, The Fortex Group, in 2003, and he’s been plenty busy ever since. His business extends from his office to his house–and so does his entertainment.”At the center, there’s a PC with a fast processor, a 250GB hard drive and the newest version of Microsoft Media Center. It’s the nerve center of everything I do,” says Cohen, 35. He also fitted his PC with a TV tuner and a 19-inch flat-panel monitor so he can watch his favorite shows in comfort.”Having one strong desktop PC to act as the central server for everything makes life easier because it’s easier to back up and coordinate everything you have at home,” says Cohen, whose company had $1.2 million in 2005 sales. The media center concept lets Cohen control everything from home movies to audio to photos with a remote control. He even admits to watching recorded news programs while he works. TiVo is a popular way to digitally record TV programs, and now multipurpose computers with digital video recorders are catching up to the trend.Over at Intel, the longstanding PC media center concept is evolving into a more capable feature set called ViiV. ViiV (rhymes with five) is a combination of hardware and software in one easy-to-use PC setup. “It can run your business,” says Michael Taylor, marketing man-ager for Intel Digital Home, “and you can use it for all [forms of] entertainment–music, video, pictures or accessing unique content on the internet.”ViiV is a sign of the simplification of the computing and entertainment convergence process. “Everything will be customized to work at a 10-foot user interface,” says Taylor. The aim is to make managing your digital media as straightforward as changing the channel on your TV.NetworkingEvery nerve center needs a network. Co-hen went with a high-speed, MIMO-fortified 802.11g router that turns his whole house into an extension of his media center PC. MIMO beams data farther and faster than 802.11g, enabling the new convergence technologies without the hassle of stringing wires between rooms.Cohen’s technology system includes VoIP. He uses his laptop, wireless network and cable internet connection to place business phone calls to Europe and Asia without racking up huge charges.Among the other snazzy extras you can add to your network is the NetgearStorage Central SC101. This stand-alone connects to your network wirelessly, but shows up in Windows as an attached hard drive. It can handle your photos, videos, games and music, as well as your business documents and records. It also lets you make certain files private so your family can share the device. An alternative is Iomega’sStorCenter Network Hard Drive, which is touted as a multimedia hub and offers a tera-byte of space. A host of other servers and storage solutions are hitting the market, so keep an eye out for the latest options.And don’t forget backup. “My files from work get backed up to the PC, and that PC gets backed up to another drive,” says Cohen. He uses a Mirrabackup device, as well as a program called FolderShareto sync between his home PC and laptop so he can work on either with ease. As entrepre-neurs pile up memory-hungry media files, attaching storage to your network will be a must. Entrepreneurs aren’t nine-to-five types of people. When you run a business, work shows up at all hours. Work life and home life blur together. And now work technology and home technology are teaming up to make business owners’ lives more functional, conven-ient and enriching. It’s the long-awaited conver-gence of computer and entertainment networks. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 7 min read March 17, 2006 Register Now »last_img read more

PS4 and Xbox One Bundles Only 200 at Walmart This Black Friday

first_img Share Tweet Submit Walmart has released its Black Friday flyer, and its chock full of great deals for gamers. As we previously reported, multiple retailers, including Target, will be selling a Spider-Man 1TB PS4 bundle for only $200 this Black Friday, but Walmart will also be offering a Minecraft 1TB Xbox One S bundle for $200. Nice! Other hardware deals being offered by Walmart include a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch bundle for $300, an Astro Bot PSVR bundle for $200, a Mario Maker 2DS bundle for $80, and an Xbox One X for $400. You can also grab yourself an HP Pavilion 15-inch gaming laptop with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics for only $600.Walmart is also offering the following deals on games:$35 GamesARMSAssassin’s Creed Odyssey (Xbox One, PS4)Destiny 2: Forsaken Collection (Xbox One, PS4)Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch)Forza Horizon 4Kirby: Star AlliesSea of ThievesShadow of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, PS4)Skyrim (Nintendo Switch)Soulcalibur VI (Xbox One, PS4)Xenoblade Chronicles 2$25 GamesCall of Duty: WWII (Xbox One, PS4)Detroit: Become HumanFar Cry 5 (Xbox One, PS4)God of WarMario + Rabbids Kingdom BattleRocket League (Nintendo Switch)The Crew 2 (Xbox One, PS4)$17 GamesMLB The Show 18Rainbow Six Siege (Xbox One, PS4)Rocket League (Xbox One, PS4)$12 GamesCall of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4)Fallout 4 (Xbox One, PS4)Need for Speed Payback (Xbox One, PS4)Resident Evil 7 (Xbox One, PS4)Again, nice! God of War for only 25 bones is definitely an enticing offer, and it’s rare to see so many Nintendo games including in these kind of sales.Black Friday kicks off the day after Thanksgiving on November 23, but Walmart will be opening its doors at 6pm on the 22nd. You’ll also be able to grab some deals online on Wednesday the 21st. Some retailers are offering deals even earlier, so keep an eye out! Want to do a bit of comparison shopping before you brave the crowds? Here are Target and Best Buy’s Black Friday deals.For the Americans out there, are you planning to pick up anything on Black Friday? Or are you avoiding the madness/waiting for those Cyber Monday sales?last_img read more

FHFA Fannie Freddie May Need 142B More in Taxpayer Funds

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) released “”projections””:http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/22737/GSEProjF.pdf Thursday that showed the GSEs may need anywhere from $51 billion to $142 billion more taxpayer funds over the next few years, even as one Republican lawmaker offered a plan that would siphon federal support for the companies.[IMAGE]The FHFA developed three scenarios for “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ over the next three years, yielding estimates that reflect a downward revision for the amount of “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx funds needed to sustain the GSEs.The scenarios show that the companies will ultimately need to withdraw anywhere from $220 billion to $311 billion from the federal government, a lower estimate for forecasts that originally fixed their needs at anywhere from $221 billion to $363 billion over the same time frame.The FHFA projects that anywhere from $121 billion to $193 billion more may be needed to shore up operational expenses for the companies.Upward-bound performances for both Fannie and Freddie over the past year led their regulator to release the projections, which it nonetheless noted are “”modeled projections in response to ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôwhat if’ exercises”” that rely[COLUMN_BREAK]on expected conditions in the financial sector, house prices, and loan activity.On the same day that the FHFA released its report, “”Rep. Scott Garrett””:http://garrett.house.gov/ (R-New Jersey) unveiled a “”proposal””:http://garrett.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=266462 that he billed as a measure that would pool more private-sector investment back into the mortgage markets by divvying up the GSEs and eliminating federal loan guarantees.He said in a statement that “”Republican and Democrats alike… recognize the status quo is unsustainable. The government-sanctioned duopoly of Fannie and Freddie is not only systematically dangerous to our economic security, it’s un-American.””The lawmaker proposed abolishing the companies by handing off the underwriting responsibilities for several types of mortgages to the FHFA, clarifying the circumstances between lenders and servicers, and opening up data to investors in mortgage-backed securities.””For too long the government’s manipulation of the housing market has crowded out private market participants at the expense of the American taxpayers,”” Garrett added. “”It’s time to move from the era of crony capitalism that defined our housing finance system during the last century to an era of free market capitalism that will define our housing finance system in the next century.””His proposal is one of many that policymakers have floated to restore private-sector investment in the mortgage markets absent Fannie and Freddie. In February “”Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner””:http://www.treasury.gov/about/Pages/Secretary.aspx and “”HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/about/hud_secretary presented a Senate committee with their plans to wean the GSEs off taxpayer funds, over $150 billion of which have gone to shore up the companies since the financial crisis in 2008.The FHFA said in its report that Fannie and Freddie still owe the federal government some $142 billion for the bailout funds. FHFA: Fannie, Freddie May Need $142B More in Taxpayer Funds Agency Debt Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Home Prices Housing Affordability HUD Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers Treasury Department Underwriting Standards Valuation 2011-10-27 Ryan Schuettecenter_img October 27, 2011 411 Views Sharelast_img read more