Motorists in the Springhill area will be driving on an upgraded section of highway after the completion of a road-paving project this fall. The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works has advertised a tender for repaving on Route 302, west of Springhill, from the intersection of Trunk 2 at Southampton, north for 9.8 kilometres to the intersection of Athol Road. “This project is part of our aggressive program to upgrade Nova Scotia’s highways,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Transportation and Public Works is spending $143 million on road construction this year.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Srinagar: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar Saturday said India will soon become the largest country in the world where every household has a television set. “There is a new dream that every household will have a TV in the coming years. There are 25 crore households in India and 18 crore have a TV set. There are still seven crore households without a TV,” Javadekar said here. The Union minister was addressing a function to launch distribution of free Dish TV set top boxes in Kashmir, besides unveiling the signature tune of Doordarshan’s satellite channel for Jammu and Kashmir DD Kashir. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Javadekar also launched the first news bulletin in Dogri that will be aired on DD Kashir on a daily basis from Saturday evening. “Today, we are making a small beginning in which we are giving settop boxes of free Dish TV for people living in far flung areas and to poor people. However, as soon as our economy develops people will buy a TV as soon as they are able to address the six basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, education and livelihood,” the minister said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs He said in near future, India will be the largest nation with TV in every household. “This is my belief.” Javdekar said television has seen massive expansion over the past three decades with mushrooming of channels in late 1990s while Doordarshan being the only channel in 1970s. “Today we have more than 700 TV channels on various fields. There was revolution in this field after private channels come up in 1992-93,” he said. The minister gave credit for the spread of TV across the country to the introduction of cable TV. “The cable connected one home to another, then one locality to the next, and it ended up connecting the people as well. Even today, there are nine crore households where cable TV is watched,” he said. He said the cable spread was fast and due to the fact that there was no interference of the government in it. “People used to say, and which to an extent is true, that cable spread an it became a cable revolution not despite government but because the government was not there,” he added. The minister expressed happiness that nearly nine crore people were accessing TV content through DTH services. “There are five to six major operators and they put together have 5.5 crore connections. The biggest DTH operator in the country is Doordarshan with 3.5 crore DTH connections where we are giving free Dish,” he said. Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, told the gathering that free DTH connections will help in dissemination of information in border areas which are not well connected by roads or other communication means. “People in border areas will get some relief. They will get an avenue of entertainment and the information that should reach them,” Singh said. The Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur said the Dogri bulletin on DD Kashir satellite channel was a long pending demand of people in Jammu. “Steps have been taken for promotion of Kashmiri language from time to time but similar steps for Dogri were delayed. Both Kashmiri and Dogri are rich but underrated langauges,” he said. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, who was also present on the occasion, said the distribution of free dish connections was a massive outreach programme which will save people falling prey to fake news and false propaganda.
HALIFAX – A British Columbia MP is pressing Ottawa to do more to deal with the hundreds of abandoned vessels that blight Canada’s coasts and harbours, despite a new federal program announced last month.New Democrat Sheila Malcolmson brought her campaign to Nova Scotia on Tuesday, where money and years of effort have been spent dealing with such high-profile cases as the MV Miner in Cape Breton and the MV Farley Mowat in Shelburne.Malcolmson said that as things stand, it appears abandoned vessels will still largely remain a problem that is often left to municipal and provincial governments.“We have a real legal hole in Canada,” she said. “Other countries and other states have fixed the abandoned vessel problem, but this is costing coastal communities on all three coasts big time.”Malcolmson has tabled a bill she said would address the legal hole by fixing vessel registration, piloting a vessel turn-in program and supporting local salvagers and vessel recycling.She said the bill would also make the coast guard responsible for directing the removal of all abandoned vessels.Setting areas of clear responsibility is key, said the member for Nanaimo-Ladysmith.“I think the real failing that we’ve got right now is that there’s no process and there’s no one single-point ministry, and my legislation is intended to fill that gap,” said Malcolmson.She said she modelled her initiative on legislation already long in place in American states, like Washington and Oregon.The Washington state program pools state and federal money together for emergency response and an advanced registration system helps officials track down owners in order to make them responsible for the bill, Malcolmson said. Harbour masters can also obtain purchase orders that can help prevent derelict vessels from sinking.“If you can get it before it goes down, your costs are minuscule compared to the calamity of the inevitable oil spills that result from abandoned vessels.”Last month, the federal government announced $6.85 million in funding over five years to help address the problem posed by abandoned vessels.The money under the Abandoned Boats Program is meant to help provincial and local governments, and indigenous groups cover 100 per cent of the eligible costs of assessments and 75 per cent of removal and disposal costs.The program includes money for education and awareness projects aimed at boat owners. Under the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan announced last fall, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will work with the Canadian Coast Guard to prevent and clean up wrecked and abandoned boats while holding owners accountable.About 600 boats have been ditched on Canada’s coasts and Transport Minister Marc Garneau has said the federal government will work with the provinces and that funding will be available to address the “backlog” of abandoned vessels.Meanwhile, Nova Scotia’s Transportation Department confirmed in an e-mail Tuesday that it was still in discussions with Ottawa about funding for the removal of the MV Miner, which cost the province a total of $19.9 million.It took four years for the 12,000-tonne, 223-metre bulk carrier to be removed from an environmentally protected stretch of coast near Main-a-Dieu, N.S.The ship was being towed from Montreal to Turkey in September 2011 to be scrapped when a tow line broke, causing it to run aground.In Shelburne, the rusted remains of the once notorious MV Farley Mowat wasted away for years, despite multiple court-imposed deadlines to remove the ship.Last month, the Canadian Coast Guard announced that it would issue a contract to remove and dispose of the vessel that was seized from environmental crusader Paul Watson in April 2008 after it was alleged it had violated Canadian law by getting too close to the annual seal hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
OTTAWA — Canada’s housing agency says new spending measures aimed at helping first-time buyers afford homes won’t push prices up more than a few tenths of a percentage point.A report Thursday from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. estimates prices could go up between 0.2 per cent and 0.4 per cent — a tiny bump relative to other ideas the Liberals were pressed to enact to make homes more affordable.The agency says loosening the mortgage-insurance stress test or allowing longer mortgages would have raised housing prices five to six times more than the measures in last month’s budget.The government says it will pick up five per cent of a mortgage on existing homes for households that earn under $120,000 a year, in exchange for a share of the home’s ownership.For new homes, to spur construction, the government would be willing to cover 10 per cent, but either way the house price couldn’t be more than $480,000.Despite the limits on the program, CMHC says it can work in all markets, including Vancouver and Toronto.The Canadian Press
GRAMMY-winning hard-rock singer and lyricist Scott Stapp of Creed and Art Of Anarchy is offering one lucky fan and a guest the chance to win a hangout with him in his Nashville, Tenn., studio as he rehearses for his upcoming Proof of Life tour.Any donation is greatly appreciated, and any amount more than $10 will win you extra entries and rewards ranging from a signed lyric sheet to a personal guitar lesson with Stapp. The campaign ends Aug. 18, and all proceeds will go to MusiCares’ addiction recovery and health services for music people in need.“MusiCares has been a tremendous part of my life, helping me during an extremely difficult journey,” said Scott.To enter, visit Prizeo.com and make a donation to MusiCares.
OTTAWA – The upcoming federal budget will include a five-week, use-it-or-lose-it incentive for new dads to take parental leave and share the responsibilities of raising their young child, The Canadian Press has learned.In recent days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has mused about just such an additional parental leave for the second parent.The goal behind the measure — to be included in Tuesday’s budget — is to give parents more incentive to share child-rearing responsibilities so that new moms can more easily enter the workforce, said a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the budget details have yet to be made public.The government has been under increasing pressure from advocates to make further changes to Canada’s parental leave policies.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget is expected to have a strong focus on gender equality and on finding new ways to help more women enter the workforce — not only as a matter of fairness, but also as a way to bolster the entire economy.A recently released briefing note prepared for Morneau said Canadian women with children are less involved in the labour market than their counterparts in many of the industrialized countries in the OECD.In general, the participation rate of women in Canada’s job market is largely unchanged from where it was in the early 2000s, said the memo, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.The idea of parental leave for a second parent would be similar to a policy in Quebec, which is the only province that pays for leave for new fathers. Quebec’s system provides up to five weeks of paid leave to new fathers and covers up to 70 per cent of their income.The Liberals have heard from experts that the popular program in Quebec should be replicated at the federal level.They’ve also been urged to raise the value of benefits paid out for parents who opt for an 18-month parental leave, and to provide low-income families with access to a six-month leave option with a higher rate of income replacement.Some have also recommended making leaves available to people who aren’t considered a primary caregiver, such as a grandparent.Earlier this week, Trudeau said making it easier for fathers to take time off to care for a newborn would help remove workforce barriers for women that are created by the expectation that they should take on the primary child-rearing role.There is anecdotal evidence that women who are of child-bearing age or are pregnant are passed over for jobs or promotions, even though such actions are prohibited under the Canadian Human Rights Act.Trudeau, who was speaking at a forum in Ahmedabad, India, said his government would consider parental-leave changes, specifically “leave that can only be taken by the second parent, in most cases the father.” He said it would be “a use-it-or-lose-it” model.The prime minister also suggested the leave could include, for instance, a partner in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transge+nder relationships.“Whatever format you have, that path is removing some of the barriers and the obligations and the expectations that hold women back in the workforce, so there are a lot of things to do,” he said.Trudeau’s government has been paying closer attention to parental leave options since some of their earlier changes received a cool welcome late last year.Under rules that came into effect in December, new parents can spread 12 months of employment insurance benefits over 18 months, even though experts, labour and business groups expressed concern the program would only benefit families with higher incomes.Last year’s budget pegged the cost of the measure at $152 million over five years and $27.5 million a year afterwards.An analysis of recently released census data by the Vanier Institute of the Family found fathers are increasingly taking more time off after the birth of a child. In a report last month, the institute found 30 per cent of new fathers in 2016 reported they took, or intended to take, parental leave, up from three per cent in 2000.Much of the national increase was due to Quebec’s program. In that province, 80 per cent of fathers claimed or planned to take parental leave in 2016, almost triple the 28 per cent recorded in 2005.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
4 November 2010The plight of human trafficking victims received a major boost today with the launch of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, just two months after the United Nations General Assembly adopted a wide-ranging plan to fight the global scourge. The United Nations has estimated that more than 2.4 million people are currently being exploited as victims of human trafficking. The Fund is one of the most important elements of the new UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in July 2010. It will provide humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of human trafficking through established channels of assistance, such as governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.Speaking at a press conference ahead of the launch, the UN’s top crime official, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, emphasized the global nature of the problem.“We need to realize no continent, no country, is immune; we must act as a good global team to meet this global challenge,” said Mr. Fedotov. “We cannot tolerate that the worst people in the world – human traffickers – continue to destroy the lives of millions of women, children and men across the world; they need to support, they need our solidarity.”The launch at UN Headquarters in New York drew a range of supporters. These included, in addition to UNODC’s Fedotov, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon; the President of the 65th session of the General Assembly, Joseph Deiss; humanitarians and actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, and New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Nicholas Kristof, among others. Also in attendance were civil society leaders who have championed victims’ rights as well as experts from academia and law enforcement, private sector supporters of the cause, and survivors of modern-day slavery.Speaking at the launch, the Secretary-General told the audience that the efforts made today will identify more victims, particularly women and children, who can get the help and care they so desperately need to reintegrate into society and help ensure they never again become a victim – while stressing that the financial support of Member States will be pivotal to the Fund’s success.“I call on Member States, the private sector and philanthropists to contribute generously to the Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons – to put it bluntly: I know this initiative has your trust, now we need your funds,” Ban said, adding, “Your generosity will give victims of human trafficking a fresh start.”Speaking at the pre-launch press conference, Ms. Moore said that one out of every 100 human trafficking victims is rescued yet they are often criminalized and denied the rehabilitation they need. She also noted the vast, illicit profits involved.“The average age of a child sold into sex slavery is 13 and while children are incredibly resilient, adaptable and incredible survivors, I don’t think that any child can successfully fight an underground industry where the average pimp makes $200,000 from just one girl,” Ms. Moore said.Ms. Moore and Mr. Kutcher have created “DNA,” the Demi and Ashton Foundation, which aims to raise awareness about child sex slavery worldwide, change the cultural stereotypes about the issue and rehabilitate victims.UNODC says that human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar a year business, with profits second only to drug and arms trafficking, and most of its victims are women and children. Human trafficking takes many guises: forced or bonded labour; domestic servitude and forced marriage; organ removal; and the exploitation of children in begging, the sex trade and warfare.The Trust Fund was established following the adoption by the General Assembly in July 2010 of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, in which Governments are urged to take coordinated, comprehensive and consistent steps to combat such trafficking and to adopt a human rights-based approach. UNODC has been designated to administer the Fund, with the advice of a Board of Trustees appointed by the Secretary-General.So far, 141 Member States have become party to the United Nations Protocol against Human Trafficking and many countries have adopted anti-human trafficking legislation and established anti-human trafficking police units.
31 January 2011The United Nations today voiced concern at reported Ukrainian Government-led investigations of HIV/AIDS programmes run by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) while at the same time praising a new law promoting a human rights-based approach to the disease. “UNAIDS calls on the Government of Ukraine to ensure the investigations do not lead to a disruption of HIV services provided by these organizations to thousands of people,” the Geneva-based Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in a statement.The All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV and other community groups and NGOs reportedly under investigation play a key role in Ukraine’s response to the HIV epidemic, it added. Ukraine’s HIV epidemic is the most severe in all of Europe, with a prevalence estimated at 1.3 per cent, and annual diagnoses have more than doubled since 2001. Between 39 and 50 per cent of the estimated 375,000 people who inject drugs in Ukraine are living with HIV.“Working together, the Ukrainian Government and civil society organizations have achieved considerable success in providing services for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support to populations at higher risk of HIV infection and people living with HIV,” the agency noted. “UNAIDS commends the Government of Ukraine on the recently endorsed State Law on AIDS that promotes a human rights-based AIDS response.”The law guarantees harm reduction services, including needle exchange and substitution treatment for people who inject drugs; confidentiality of HIV status for people living with HIV; post-exposure prophylaxis for health care providers and victims of sexual violence; and independent access to HIV-related services for adolescents. “This law represents a major turning point for the AIDS response in Eastern Europe,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said. “The new law must be fully implemented by all parts of the Government in letter and spirit.”With this law, Ukraine also joins a growing list of countries that have lifted entry, stay and residence restrictions for non-nationals living with HIV, aligning the country’s HIV legislation with international public health, social and human rights protection standards.
31 March 2011High food prices prevented more than 19 million people in the Asia-Pacific region from lifting themselves out of poverty last year, the United Nations said in a new study released today, warning that soaring food and fuel inflation will keep large sections of the region’s population below the poverty threshold. The assessment by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) says that rising food prices can delay the achievement of the global aim of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger – the first of the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) – by five years in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Laos and Nepal.“Rising food prices are adding to inflationary pressures across the Asia-Pacific region. They are seen as a key downside risk to sustaining recovery in 2011. More startlingly high food prices in 2010 have kept 19.4 million people in poverty in the region, people who otherwise would have been out of poverty today,” says the study by ESCAP’s Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division.Bad weather in key food-producing countries, increasing use of crops as biofuels and speculation in commodity markets have added to a long-term decline in agriculture investment and affected global food supplies, according to the study, which examines the underlying causes of inflation in the region and its wider impact, and suggests short-, medium and long-term policy responses for governments and central banks.The study analyses different scenarios for the year ahead for inflation presently forecast at 4.6 per cent for developing ESCAP economies. Under those scenarios, higher food and rising oil prices may slow down poverty reduction efforts even further, affecting from 10 to 42 million additional people.Policy responses to high food prices over the short term include mild monetary tightening by the central bank. Other short-term measures include lower tax and tariff rates, freer imports and bigger food stocks to lessen the impact of temporary supply shocks.“Strengthening social protection programmes including food safety nets and food vouchers or other such measures are critical to protect the poor and vulnerable people who are most severely affected from soaring food prices,” said Noeleen Heyzer, the ESCAP Executive Secretary.The study also underlines the importance of regional cooperation through pooling buffer stocks of food, adding that over the medium and longer terms, reversing the neglect of agriculture in public policy and overseas aid priorities is vital.Given the role of speculative activity in exaggerating food and oil price shocks driven by massive liquidity injections in the developed countries, the ESCAP study recommends the regulation of such activity, including position limits, rather than an outright ban. According to the assessment, the single most important policy initiative for developing countries in the region is to give priority to boosting the agriculture sector.
Then-sophomore attack Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Former Oller ReporterIn a game all about momentum, the No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team strung together 10 unanswered goals to pull away and remain undefeated in a 14-8 victory against Hofstra in Hempstead, New York on Saturday.Ohio State (6-0) did what it does well: scoring early, putting up four straight goals on Hofstra to begin the game. Two of the goals came from junior attack and team-leading goal scorer Tre LeClaire, with both assists coming from sophomore attack/midfield Colby Smith.That hot streak transferred right over to Hofstra (2-4) as the Pride answered back with two goals to end the first quarter and continued that momentum in the second, scoring two straight again to tie the Buckeyes with four unanswered goals of its own. Every goal for the Pride came from a different player in the run.After the Pride’s breakout, the rest of the second quarter was all Buckeyes. Ohio State scored five straight before halftime to make it 9-4 at the half. The five goals included two from freshman attack Jack Myers and LeClaire’s third of the game.Though the Buckeyes had the lead at the half, the anticipated face off battle between Hofstra’s sophomore midfield/forward Brian Heber and Ohio State’s sophomore midfield Justin Inacio was in favor of Herber 8-7. Herber finished with 14 wins on 26 faceoffs, while Inacio won 10 of his 18 attempts.Although the faceoff may have been won in the second half, the game quickly became about Ohio State’s dominance in the third quarter. Ohio State scored four more goals from four different players — LeClaire scoring his fourth of the game, Myers getting his third to complete the hat trick and senior midfielder Jack Jasinski got his first of two.Leclaire is up to 20 goals on the season to led the team, while Jasinski is No. 2 with 16.With the game looking out of hand, the Pride came roaring back, again scoring four straight goals. But it came too late, ending the game 14-8. No. 9 Ohio State comes back home to Ohio Stadium against No. 8 Denver at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge gives the keynote speech at the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London Credit:Chris Jackson/AFP “This is not a war that can be won by one state. We must look at organised crime at an international level.”“The natural heritage in African countries is not just our heritage. It is global heritage. But there is a paucity of resources. There is often no budget and we need some commitment in terms of funding.”The British government announced it would spend £900,000 to develop a new military anti-poaching task force. The unit will see soldiers deployed to train wildlife rangers in counter poaching techniques. It expands on ranger training programs launched in Gabon and Malawi earlier this year. However, African leaders and conservationists have warned that rhetoric has not translated into the commitment of resources equal to the scale of the challenge. The Duke of Cambridge has urged international law enforcement to follow the tactics used to snare Al Capone to catch drug lords and people traffickers, in a bid to end the illegal trading of ivory.The Duke, who gave a landmark speech outlining plans to end the illegal wildlife trade at a conference in London, said the world must treat it as the “serious organised crime that it is”.Saying the trade of animal parts was too often seen as “a lucrative and relatively low-risk activity”, he urged police and border forces to use it as a way to capture international criminal gangs.His comments came as African governments called for a $1 billion commitment to help them fight international poaching syndicates who are though to slaughter tens of elephants every day. Trafficking in ivory, rhino horn, and other wildlife products is thought to be worth £18 billion a year, making it the world’s fourth largest organised criminal industry. The first illegal wildlife trade conference in London in 2014 led to a ban on the ivory trade in China which came into force earlier this year. The Elephant Protection Initiative, an alliance of 19 African countries who have drawn up their own national plans to combat poaching, called for £1 billion in funding for national action plans over the next 10 years.Dr Hamisi Kigwangalla, Tanzania’s minister for natural resources, told the Telegraph: Addressing conservationists, businesses, and political leaders gathered in London to discuss efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade yesterday/THURS, the Duke said: It is heart-breaking to think that by the time my children George, Charlotte and Louis are in their twenties, elephants, rhinos and tigers might well be extinct in the wild.I for one am not willing to look my children in the eye and say that we were the generation that let this happen on our watch.“I am not asking anyone in this room to prioritise efforts to fight the illegal wildlife trade above drug trafficking or money laundering,” he said. “But I am asking you to see the connections. To acknowledge that the steps you take to tackle illegal wildlife crime could make it easier to halt the shipments of guns and drugs passing through your borders. Remember – Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion, not murder.”
The iPad 2 is moving away from the bulky case that the original iPad used. Rather, it will have what Apple is calling a smart cover, an accessory designed to simply protect the device’s glass display, not it’s sturdy aluminum rear panel. The cover will be held in place with magnets and will do all the things that the case did, including serve as a stand so that the iPad can be tilted up for easier use.In the video above you can see the smartcover in action. After being attached to the side of the iPad (and that’s iPad 2 only) it is held in place and then can be folded over or behind the tablet. Magnets hold the cover down on the attached side, but they works on the other side as well–the iPad can detect their presence and it will power down the display when they are in place and power it up when they are removed. The presences detection is a parlor trick for Apple, but it will be a nice upgrade over the previous iPad’s case and it will be a big step in making it a natural part of the iPad experience.The smart cover design is clearly an improvement over the previous case, which Steve Jobs did’t seem to care for. In addition to being lighter and smarter it will give users access to the rear of the iPad, so that the handsome aluminum shell isn’t hidden away. That will open the door to scratching so users will have to be careful not to slide the device on any rough surfaces. The cover will flip back when not in use, similar to holding a magazine.Folding the cover back from being closed (see below) will roll it up into a triangle which can act as a stand for typing, gaming, or watching video.The smart cover will come in ten colors and two materials. The $39 polyurethane model will get 5 brighter colors while the $69 leather model will get 5 more subdued ones.Apple’s Smart Cover will be available March 11th, the same day as the iPad 2.
TAMPA, FLA. (WSVN) – A Tampa homeowner is praising a complete stranger who returned a wallet that was left out in the driveway.Matthew Easterly said he received an alert on his Ring doorbell and saw a man on his front doorstep.The man said he had found a wallet on the driveway near a car, and he wanted to return it to its owner.Easterly voiced his gratitude to the man and explained that he had some tenants at the home, and the wallet likely belonged to them, but they were probably sleeping.“If you don’t mind just leave it right down there at the bottom of the doorstep, and I will call them and ask them to answer the door, OK?” Easterly said.Easterly then asked the man for his name, to which he identified himself as Moses.“Thank you, Moses. Not many people out there are like you, buddy,” Easterly told Moses through the Ring speaker. “If anyone knows this guy,” Easterly wrote on the Neighbors app. “Let him know we think He is a Saint!”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Stay on target Horizon Zero Dawn is here at last. We’ve been looking forward to playing this game ever since it was announced during Sony’s E3 press conference in 2015. That may not seem such a long time ago, but for anyone who has anticipated the game, it may have felt like an eternity. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this is one of the most anticipated PlayStation 4 games to date.By now, a good amount of you have no doubt picked up a copy of the game and begun exploring its vast post-apocalyptic open world. There is a lot to see and do, and it’s natural for some to feel overwhelmed by it all. If you’re feeling intimidated by Horizon Zero Dawn, that is perfectly understandable. But fear not, for your friends at Geek HQ are here to help!Below, you’ll find several tips that will be useful for getting the most out of Guerrilla Games’ magnum opus.Shoot enemy weak pointsGoing up against robots is always a tricky proposition. If you’re not prepared, you’ll be killed before you know it. That is why scanning machines for weak points is crucial. By doing this, you won’t waste precious ammo shooting parts that are heavily armored.Interestingly enough, the bigger machines are the most vulnerable. Small robots have one or two weak points, but giant robots have several. It is important to know that most large machines have weapons that can be shot off. Doing so allows you to wield the weapon and use it yourself. Since robot weapons are more powerful than anything in your arsenal, you can use them to take down giants faster.One thing to remember is that a robot’s weak points are only visible for a limited time. This means that you’ll have to re-focus during battle. If you memorized the weak points, then this isn’t a problem. However, if you’re forgetful, you will need to scan constantly. This can be annoying since performing a scan slows down your movements and leaves you open to attacks.Use the ropecaster oftenThe ropecaster is one of the most essential weapons in Horizon. With it, you can anchor robots to the ground with metal ropes. Even the biggest machines can be immobilized with this weapon. Keeping robots in one spot makes it easier to shoot their vital spots. Be warned that attacking tied up robots will cause them to free themselves faster. On the plus side, any vulnerable parts you shot ropes into will instantly be pulled off once the robot is free.The ropecaster is also great when used on multiple machines. Bigger, more troublesome robots can be tied down so that you can deal with weaker machines. As long as you don’t attack them, tied up robots will remain stationary for a good while. Using the ropecaster on multiple giant robots is extremely necessary if you don’t want to burn through your healing items.Minimize fast travelingWhen low on supplies, it’s always good to head to your destination on foot. This way, you can gather all of the materials you need during the trip. Avoiding fast travel also means you will encounter more robots, which will also yield supplies. When you’ve stocked up on resources, feel free to use fast travel or override a robot and use it as a mount to ride on.Traveling by foot is also a great way to level up. This is an RPG and abilities are unlocked by using skill points earned by gaining experience. You can gain experience points by fighting robots and doing side quests that are along your path. Leveling up alone doesn’t make Aloy stronger. The extra abilities, however, will make her into a true machine-slaying bad-ass. Some areas of the world are extremely difficult and shouldn’t be entered with just a handful of abilities. Leveling up and unlocking abilities will save you trouble in the long run. To do that, you’re going to want to take the scenic route.Find and explore cauldronsCauldrons are the game’s dungeons. At the end of each cauldron is a vicious robot (or robots) to battle. If you’re victorious, you’ll get the ability to override machines. You can mount some robots, thus making it easier to travel the land. In other cases, you can override a robot so that it will fight other robots for you. Also, cauldrons are just plain awesome since they are radically different from the game’s usual natural environments.Turn on dynamic HUDHorizon Zero Dawn is a gorgeous looking title. Thankfully, you can better enjoy the sights by turning off the game’s HUD or setting it to dynamic. I didn’t know about this option until I had practically finished the game. I wish I had known sooner because having the HUD out of the way makes for a more enjoyable experience. While you can turn off the HUD entirely, I personally preferred dynamic HUD since it would activate whenever I gathered resources or got into battles.Be stealthyYou’re going to engage in combat quite frequently. Aloy is a great warrior, but she is surprisingly fragile. A few melee attacks from humans and robots can easily kill her. Though you will inevitably have to enter into open combat, it is always a good idea to be as stealthy as possible.Horizon isn’t a stealth game per se, but it does offer enough hiding spots and vantage points for players to get the drop on foes. Stealth works great against human enemies since you can take them out with headshots while hiding in tall grass. Humans aren’t exactly bright, and will always run up to a dead body. This makes it easy to pick them off one by one. You can murder a lot of bad guys from a single position.Being stealthy around machines is a bit trickier. Some robots have the ability to scan for lifeforms. No matter how well you’re concealed, a scan will reveal your location. Truth be told, you can only stealth-kill smaller machines. Anything bigger than a strider (horse-sized robots) can not be taken out with a single hit. However, if you have the strike ability upgraded, you can deal serious damage.Use stealth as much as possible. Only resort to pure combat as a last resort.Manage your inventoryBefore long, you’re going to run of out space for all of that stuff you’ve been gathering. So what do you do? Selling off anything marked “sell for shards” to vendors is a good place to start. Their only purpose is for selling. Also, make sure to craft as much ammo, and potions as possible since using resources will also free up space.You’re going to need specific items for crafting. That means that you shouldn’t go crazy selling things you think you have in abundance. It’s best to memorize the items you need for crafting so that you don’t accidentally sell them. Conversely, do not be afraid to drop unnecessary items when out in the field. If you need a rabbit skin for a new armor but don’t have enough room for it, drop common items like watcher lenses.Use modificationsYou can augment clothes and weapons with modifications. These give you resistances to elements and effects and can also help raise your defense and offense. In the beginning, it is good to use whatever mods you come across. Later on, you’ll want to either drop or sell any mod that isn’t purple and has a value less than 30%. Collecting cheap mods is still good for earning shards, though, so pick them up if you have the inventory space to spare.Don’t overthink the skill treeIn most cases, I would recommend planning ahead when unlocking abilities from a skill tree. While you’re certainly free to do this here, I found it best to unlock every skill I could. The game isn’t stingy with experience points. Instead of restricting yourself to specific skills, grab as many as you can. I would, however, suggest focusing on skills that give you more focus since that ability is useful for shooting vulnerable robot parts.Turn crafting into questsI only recently found out about this one. Let’s say you need rat bones to upgrade your carrying capacity. You can aimlessly wander around until you find a random rat to shoot and hope it drops a bone (don’t laugh). Or, you can turn that into a quest. Turning crafting into a quest will steer you in the right direction. Not only will this net you some experience points, but you’ll get what you need. It’s a win-win situation.Take your time!Horizon is a very long game with a ton of content in it. There is absolutely no reason to rush things. Take your time and get to know the ins and outs of the world. Carefully study robot behavior. Thoroughly go through your inventory to see what you need and don’t need. Complete side quests to earn experience and learn more about the world. Walk around simply to take in the jaw-dropping sights. Just take your time and have fun. The game is most rewarding to those who aren’t in a hurry. Sit back. Relax. And bask in all that Horizon Zero Dawn has to offer. More Horizon Zero Dawn DLC Comes to Monster Hunter: World Next WeekHorizon: Zero Dawn Gets the Funko Pop!s Treatment in October
Tags: Carnival Corporation, New Routes, Seabourn Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Cuba approves first-ever Seabourn cruises, starting late 2019 SEATTLE — Seabourn is heading to Cuba for the very first time after receiving approval to sail to the island starting in winter 2019.The news makes Seabourn the third cruise brand under the Carnival Corporation umbrella to gain approval to sail to island.Cruises will depart from Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting with a 12-day cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn departing Miami on Nov. 4, 2019.Guests can choose from four separate itineraries with five different departure dates. The 11-, 12- and 14-day sailings will visit five ports in Cuba throughout the season, calling at three or four on each itinerary. The five ports include Antilla (Nipe Bay); Cienfuegos; Havana; Punta Francés, Isla de Juventud; and Santiago de Cuba.All five voyages will include overnight stops in Havana, allowing guests to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site during its 500th anniversary year.Bookings for Seabourn’s cruises to Cuba are currently open.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“We are excited to finally be able to include Cuba in our itineraries, and our guests and travel partners have been anxiously awaiting an ultra-luxury travel experience with a wider selection of destinations in this relatively undiscovered Caribbean treasure,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “These Cuba itineraries are fresh and sure to satisfy the curiosity of anyone who has considered visiting.”Specific port details of the Cuba itineraries include:Nov.4, 2019, 12-day roundtrip from Miami, includes stops in Havana, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba; Santiago de Cuba(overnight); Port Antonio, Jamaica; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; and Cienfuegos, Cuba (overnight).Nove. 16 & 28, 2019, 12-day Miami to Miami, includes stops in Cienfuegos, Cuba (overnight); West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba, and Havana, Cuba (overnight).Dec. 10, 2019, 11-day Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico, includes stops in Havana (La Habana), Cuba (overnight); Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba; Cienfuegos, Cuba; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); and Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic.Dec. 21, 2019, 14-day San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, includes stops at Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; St. John’s, Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda; Carambola Beach, St. Kitts & Nevis; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba; and Havana, Cuba (overnight). Posted by Friday, August 10, 2018
Eurostar has reported a 7 percent year on year increase in its Australian passenger numbers.A total of 61,500 Australian passengers travelled on the high-speed rail service last year. This result compares favorably with the company’s 2008 figures which showed a total of 57,624 passengers.The second half of the year proved particularly positive, with passenger numbers increasing by 11 percent compared to the same period in 2008.“This 7 per cent increase in Aussie passenger numbers goes to show the continuing growing strength of the Eurostar brand and the strong appeal of rail travel in Europe,” says Jason Tarabo, Eurostar Account Manager Australia. “Aussies have always loved to visit the great European cities such as Paris and Brussels. “Now, with up to 18 trains per day between London and Paris, coupled with the convenience of a city-to-city service and a journey time of only two hours and fifteen minutes, Aussies know just how easy it to take the train over flying.”Mr Tarabo continues: “These latest figures reflect that Australians are still travelling and taking advantage of the strong dollar and great value Eurostar fares on offer.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/16896/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
President Nicos Anastasiades is set to have a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci before the middle of August, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said on Saturday night.Christodoulides was speaking on Anastasiades’ behalf at an event at the Presidential Palace to mark the anniversary of the invasion.He said Anastasiades’ main aim is to create the suitable conditions for negotiations on the Cyprus problem to restart.Anastasiades, he said, has publicly stated his readiness to meet Akinci, either in private or in the presence of the UNSG’s special envoy Jane Holl Lute to discuss the conditions under which an informal meeting could be held to discuss the restart of negotiations at the stage they left off in Krans Montana two years ago.The restart of negotiations, he continued, would mean Turkey creating the right climate for them and ceasing its activity in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Referring to the anniversary of the invasion, Christodoulides said we have gone through 45 “tragic summers”.Despite provocation from Ankara, he added, “we have undergone honest and intensive efforts to solve the Cyprus problems, with a solution that is operation and viable”.Christodoulides said the government’s sincere aim is to put an end to the current unacceptable conditions of destabilisation and threats and the resumption of talks where they stopped at Krans Montana without wasting any more time, aiming at a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem that will ensure peace and security for all Cypriots.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Britain ramps up preparations for “very real prospect” of no-deal BrexitUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?UndoTales from the Coffeeshop: Lies, lies and holy revelationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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