Story Highlights Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says that mining continues to play an important role in the country’s economic growth and development.He noted that gross domestic product (GDP) for the July to September 2018 quarter grew by 1.8 per cent, bolstered by significant improvement in mining and quarrying.Real value added for the mining and quarrying industry grew by an estimated 54 per cent, reflecting the increased output of alumina, which outweighed a decline in crude bauxite production.Alumina production increased by 65.7 per cent to 689 kilo tonnes.“We’re not done yet,” the Minister said.He was speaking to JIS News ahead of a tour of the mines and refinery operations of bauxite/alumina company Jamalco in Halse Hall, Clarendon, on January 10.He said that the Government has put measures in place to ensure the viability of the sector.These include the launch of a mining school, which has been training quarry operators, crafting a national mining policy, which is now before Cabinet, and the establishment of a quarry advisory committee to extend licences for on-land mining activities from one to 10 years.Mr. Montague noted that since taking office in March last year, he has signed a total of 26 exploratory licences for semi-precious minerals such as copper, cobalt, zinc, gold and silver.He further advised that he has given a mandate to Commissioner of Mines and Geology, Roy Nicholson, to examine mud lakes to unearth their usefulness.In a JIS News interview, Mr. Nicholson said a desk study is being undertaken, which will then be followed by the testing of the lakes.Mr. Montague was joined on the tour by State Minister in the National Security Ministry and Member of Parliament for South East Clarendon, Hon. Rudyard Spencer; Managing Director of Jamalco, Austin Mooney; Board Chairman, Dennis Morgan and members of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI). Real value added for the mining and quarrying industry grew by an estimated 54 per cent, reflecting the increased output of alumina, which outweighed a decline in crude bauxite production. Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says that mining continues to play an important role in the country’s economic growth and development. He noted that gross domestic product (GDP) for the July to September 2018 quarter grew by 1.8 per cent, bolstered by significant improvement in mining and quarrying.
(Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox (centre) and Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day (right) at meeting last Thursday urging AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo not to go to meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. APTN/File photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsMoments after Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo announced he was following his doctor’s orders and taking a temporary leave of absence, emails started to fly between some First Nations leaders and political staff discussing whether it was time for him to step down.Atleo is currently on leave for between 10 to 14 days on as a result of the after-effects of norovirus and exhaustion.His announced leave came on the heels of a dramatic week which culminated with his controversial decision last Friday to lead a delegation of First Nations chiefs into a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, three cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats. The national chief went ahead with the meeting despite strong opposition from leaders in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan who wanted Harper and the governor general to meet with them at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa.And while, on the surface, the disagreement over the meeting was over logistics–location of meeting, who attends–it stemmed from a much deeper divide between Atleo and treaty chiefs in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan that has been magnified by recent events.APTN National News has obtained a string of emails triggered by Atleo’s official announcement Monday that he would be taking temporary leave. The emails offer an unvarnished snap-shot of existing opinions and reaction to the announcement among some in the First Nations political establishment.The emails were obtained under the condition that APTN National News would not identify the individuals involved in the discussion. The emails were sent to a number of chiefs, political staff and band officials in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.“I can’t recall a NC taking medical stress leave before. Shawn is a young man. Health should not be an issue, and if it is, then perhaps he should resign and take a less stressful position in BC,” said one email from a band official in Alberta.“This has a stench of seeking pity and endearment…If the NC is sick I will be the first to show compassion and reasonable sympathy, but let’s separate the political mess we are in away from that. I think we need to consider serious examination of his actions and potential next steps,” wrote one Ontario chief.“National Chief Atleo should take a permanent leave. He should step down for breach of mandate because he would not take formal direction or the treaty nations should order the AFN to cease and desist from any negotiations or discussions regarding the numbered treaties, ” wrote one political aide from Manitoba.A source close to Atleo, however, said much of the dissent facing Atleo comes from a group of chiefs that are still fighting the 2012 election. The source singled out Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox as one of the leaders of this group.“The 2012 divisions are still being fought,” said the source.Atleo easily won the election this past summer in Toronto over second place candidate Pam Palmater, an Indigenous rights activist and Ryerson University professor.The source dismissed claims by Ontario, Manitoba and some Saskatchewan leaders that Atleo was directed last Thursday by the majority of AFN chiefs not to go the meeting. The source said the gathering of chiefs the evening before Friday’s meeting was not an official assembly.“We didn’t listen to Wally Fox and his gang of supporters. There was open space that was for the treaty group meeting….the chiefs came, they crashed the meeting. It was never a decision making assembly,” said the source.The source accused Fox and his supporters of orchestrating the whole thing by tipping off the media and allowing them into the Delta Hotel conference room to film their demand.“They used all the tools are their disposal to put the national chief in a bad place,” said the source.Atleo and several chiefs from every region except Ontario, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, attended the meeting while protestors swirled around the meeting’s location at Langevin Block, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office and sits across from Parliament Hill.The dissenting chiefs, however, viewed the meeting as illegitimate on principle and said Atleo had no business discussing treaty rights without a mandate from them.The source said those chiefs are in the minority, and the AFN would continue to work and get results.“It was Manitoba and Ontario that were adamant and are now upset, while Saskatchewan was divided because people from Saskatchewan attended the meeting,” said the source. “We have two and a-half regions conflicted and the rest of the country that is engaged. I think we want to work for all regions of the country and respect the diversity of opinions.”Fox, however, said the dissent faced by Atleo has nothing to do with the 2012 election.“It’s about mistrust,” said Fox, whose community is part of Treaty 6 in Saskatchewan. “We tried working with him as chiefs.”Fox said Atleo hasn’t even reported back to the chiefs about the outcome of the meeting with Harper.“There was no report of outcome from the Jan. 11 meeting with the prime minister,” said Fox. “Many of us chiefs saw the results of the meeting in the news media. He didn’t have the courtesy or respect for the people and (Attawapiskat Chief Theresa) Spence.”Discontent with Atleo from some quarters has existed for awhile, but it has intensified since this past December. Its latest manifestation began shortly after it emerged late last month the national chief met with Harper on Nov. 28. The meeting happened the week before Fox, Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day, Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee and Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Derek Nepinak briefly scuffled with guards after they tried to enter the House of Commons.The four chiefs didn’t know Atleo met with Harper. The revelation triggered informal talk behind the scenes around whether it was possible to seek a non-confidence motion against the national chief. But with their grassroots citizens leading escalating Idle No More rallies across the country, such talk was submerged under the need to appear united.Fox said Atleo has still not told chiefs what that meeting with Harper was all about.While tensions within the AFN have always existed as a result of the vast geographical, historical and political differences between First Nations spread out across the second largest country in the world, the emergence of the Idle No More movement and the unplanned decision by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence to launch a now over month-long liquids-only fast exerted tremendous pressure on the organization.With flash mob round dances, rallies, rail and highway blockades continuing to unfold across the country, the First Nations leadership has been grappling with how to deal with a sudden political awakening by the grassroots, both on-reserve and off-reserve in the nation’s largest cities.Facing Spence’s fast and feeling the heat from grassroots citizens through Idle No More rallies, some First Nations chiefs felt compelled to respond by taking a harder line against the Conservative government. In late December, a group of about 50 chiefs met over conference calls and in person in Ottawa to discuss what to do next.It was during those discussions that the planned day of action set for Wednesday first emerged along with plans for economic disruptions through highway and rail blockades, among other tactics. Rallies, marches and blockades are now expected to unfold from Nova Scotia to British Columbia that day.A summary and minutes from a Dec. 28 discussion between treaty chiefs obtained by APTN National News also sheds some light on how the First Nations leadership was grappling with what was unfolding on the ground.“Idle No More as a movement is not clear about what they want from the chiefs. Statements have been made that the chiefs are not communicating with grassroots. Chiefs are clear they are not here to take over the movement, but support the activities,” said the summary. “Self-determination, indigenous sovereignty and protection of land and water are primary objectives of Idle No More. They are adamant that our treaties are not made with the Canadian state. Chiefs agree with statements in principle, but at issue is how do we carry this out and continue to co-exist peacefully in this country…It was clear that a lot of the activities under the banner of Idle No More are outside the control of chiefs. Chiefs can and should support ‘direct action’ activities and these will be up to individual bands however.”The chiefs also discussed how to deal with Spence’s fast which limited their options by reducing their timelines and maneuverability. By this time Spence was developing sizable support from the grassroots and her protests dovetailed with the Idle No More movement.“We have found there is an immediate need to pressure PM to meet with Chief Spence. Chief Spence’s situation by her spokesperson has been characterized as ‘dire.’ It was agreed that in the short-term immediate pressure needs to be stepped up because Chief Spence’s health is at risk,” said the summary of the meeting. “First Nations leadership must also focus on informing and education band members, the general public and having a clear statement of objectives ready for the prime minister in respect to Chief Spence’s efforts to secure a PM, Chiefs and Crown meeting.”Behind the scenes, discord also developed between AFN officials and Spence involving accusations Spence was facing pressure to end her fast. Nepinak also urged Spence to end her fast in a Christmas Eve letter.As a result of the meetings, Atleo sent a letter to Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston on New Year’s Day inviting them to a planned treaty meeting in Saskatchewan on Jan. 28. Spence’s camp reacted, saying the date was too far away.The Prime Minister’s Office responded, announcing Jan. 11 as a meeting date between Harper and a small delegation of First Nations chiefs along with a separate meeting with Johnston.After Spence took the position the meeting wasn’t good enough because the prime minister and the governor general would not be jointly present, several chiefs lined up behind her, forming a common front against the meeting unless the terms changed.It all culminated last Thursday evening in a conference room at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa. With the media allowed into the room for the first time during the week-long meetings, Fox, Nepinak and several other chiefs called on Atleo to boycott the meeting.“No longer will the prime minister dictate to us. If we have to shut down this economy, then we will,” said Fox. “We need to stand to united, we heard that all day…no more, Harper no more, idle no more.”Nepinak said Manitoba chiefs were also rejecting the meeting unless it met Spence’s demands.“We are not walking away, we are standing strong here, it was a simple request that (Harper) come and meet with us, bring the governor general with…and come and meet with us chiefs and he can’t follow through with that,” said Nepinak. “Manitoba stands with Chief Theresa Spence.”But Atleo and several chiefs still attended the meeting..Atleo and the delegation of chiefs went in with a list of eight items they planned to push, including calling for a national inquiry into murdered and missing women, halting sections the omnibus bill C-38 and C-45 that impact treaty and Aboriginal rights, guaranteeing top rate schools in every First Nation and creating a cabinet committee with a Privy Council secretariat focused on the First Nation-Crown relationship.They came away with a commitment from the prime minister to provide a mandate for “high-level” talks on treaty implementation and comprehensive claims along with the possibility for further meetings within firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
OTTAWA — Some of the country’s largest cable and satellite TV providers urged the federal telecommunications regulator on Monday to reject a number of channels that are vying for guaranteed spots on the dial.Shaw Communications, Rogers Communications and regional telecom MTS Allstream are among those who oppose what is known as mandatory carriage, which would force them to include the channels on their basic cable and satellite packages.“(Mandatory carriage) status should be reserved for services that make an exceptional contribution and serve an audience with an extraordinary need,” said Shaw executive Barbara Williams.“Movie, news and general-interest services clearly do not satisfy the commission’s criteria as they serve a mass audience. Mandatory distribution will only serve to distort competition within these genres. Like all services, they should compete for distribution and audience share based on their appeal to Canadians.”The providers say costs would increase if the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission forces them to add channels to their basic cable and satellite packages.CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais has said the bar for being granted mandatory carriage is set “very high.” The providers argued none of the applicants meets the CRTC’s threshold to qualify for mandatory carriage.“What these applicants are asking the commission to do is to revive a regulatory framework for the carriage of specialty services that was abandoned years ago,” said Rogers executive Phil Lind.“Their proposals are flawed. They are indifferent to consumer demands and industry trends. They do not satisfy the stringent test for granting (mandatory carriage) orders and should be denied.”The CRTC is holding eight days of hearings in Gatineau, Que., to examine 22 applications for mandatory carriage from new and existing channels, as well as channels that want to renew their mandatory distribution status.Perhaps the most high-profile applicant is Sun News, the Quebecor-owned network that’s arguing for a guaranteed spot because it produces 96 hours a week of uniquely Canadian, conservative-minded content.Mandatory carriage would generate significant revenue for the network, which is proposing that it would earn 18 cents a month from every household that subscribes to a basic cable or satellite package.That would help offset the network’s losses, which were $17 million in 2012 — a situation that Quebecor calls “clearly unsustainable.”Sun News says the current distribution agreements are inadequate to support the channel, which is only offered in 40% of Canadian households. It says such distribution challenges also hurt advertising revenues.The channels will have an opportunity to respond at the CRTC hearings later this week.
The Deputy Minister noted that the Government was given a mandate at the January 8 Presidential election, to be in power only for 100 days and not beyond that. He also said that while the UNP is confident it can contest and win the elections alone and form a UNP Government, it will still look to continue with a National Government even after the next Parliament elections. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) says the current Parliament does not have a mandate to continue further and so it should be dissolved soon.UNP MP and Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera said that the Government is continuing to remain as there are some outstanding issues to be addressed under the 100 Day Program. However he said that while those issues are being looked into, President Maithripala Sirisena must consider dissolving Parliament soon.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A judge has cleared the way for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits filed over the opioid crisis.Purdue lawyers secured permission Tuesday for the company to maintain business as usual. That includes paying employees and vendors, supplying pills to distributors, and keeping current on taxes and insurance.Purdue Pharma declared bankruptcy late Sunday. Its continued viability is key to the company’s settlement offer.Under the proposal, the family that owns Purdue would turn the company over to a trust controlled by the very entities that are suing it.About half the states support the offer. It could be worth up to $12 billion over time.Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press
Murray & Roberts Cementation has set a mining industry benchmark by establishing an innovative emergency egress system – from design to operation -in just 11 days at Petra Diamonds’ Finsch mine, 160 km northwest of Kimberley. Petra Diamonds (Finsch, Cullinan and so on) will be the subject of our next Great Mines article series, after MArch which sees the Tenke Fungurume article, the last in the Lundin Mining series. Finsch mine management needed to add a temporary personnel escape route from the mine’s underground operations while refurbishment work is being conducted on a decline which normally serves as the second escape route. This is required in terms of the Mine Health & Safety Act.Refurbishing the decline will take several months and Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Neil Lane says Finsch approached the company directly to assist with establishing a second egress system as quickly as possible.“Following consultations with representatives from Finsch and the DMR’s Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate, it was decided to utilise an existing 2.1 m diameter raisebored ventilation pass that extends 280 m to the mine’s 35 level, to create the required emergency evacuation facility.“The proposed system was reminiscent of that implemented to rescue the 33 miners who were trapped underground in the San Jose Mine in Northern Chile just over a year ago. The Cementation Mining Group participated in this rescue operation and we used the same design principle to set up the escape route at Finsch.”Murray & Roberts Cementation mobilised shaft and mining engineers at very short notice to develop the facility which comprises a small headgear, a winder system and a wheel-guided conveyance capable of transporting 12 people at one time to the surface in the event of an underground emergency.“We containerised and pre-commissioned the entire winch system, so it was a case of ‘plug and play’ when the facility arrived on site at the mine,” Lane says. “The mine cast a concrete slab in preparation, and when the winder arrived it didn’t take long to couple up the cables and get the system going.”The winch is electrically powered, with standby generators available, and travels at a speed of 0.5 m/s.Commissioning of the system components took place throughout the project. The winch and controls were tested at the point of manufacture and were commissioned as they were assembled. Several test runs were carried out by a joint Murray & Roberts Cementation and mine team.
Ahead of the focus on safety in International Mining’s October issue comes news that MICROMINE has successfully implemented its underground fleet management and mine control solution, Pitram, at Dugald River, in northwest Queensland. The Dugald River mine hosts one of the world’s highest-grade known zinc deposits, owned by MMG Ltd, which in 2016 announced an optimised mine plan that will support a 1.7 Mt/y operation with annual production of around 170,000 t of zinc in zinc concentrate, plus byproducts. The successful implementation of Pitram enables the control room administrators to capture live data ensuring data accuracy, increasing efficiencies and control over equipment, tasks and personnel. Pitram Business Development Manager, Chris Rowohlt commented “Real-time data entry allows the control room to make proactive decisions which ensures the operation can run safely and efficiently to maximise output.” The solution utilises voice radio data capture, allowing production data to be entered into Pitram via radio communication. Included in the deployment is Pitram’s Materials Management module which uses mine design, survey and production data to provide real-time stockpile balances throughout the mining operation. “The Pitram Materials Management module adds value to the Dugald River operation by providing an accurate method of tracking the material flow including grades from source to processing” said Rowohlt.MMG Dugald River Mine Technical Services Superintendent Rhett de Vries explained “The implementation of Pitram has provided Dugald River with a robust mine control solution that will allow the operation to record, manage and process mine site data in real-time. Improvements in safety, productivity and reporting efficiency are already being realised, and the business looks forward to leveraging these benefits as the operation ramps up.”Additional modules implemented will include Drill and Blast, which provides tools for planning and managing drill and blast operations, additionally, the Controlled Areas module improves safety by monitoring access to dangerous and hazardous areas. A single source of the truth, Pitram, allows control room administrators to make decisions in real time based on the data captured to increase productivity and reduce costs. Rowohlt added “We are very excited to have implemented Pitram at Dugald River. Pitram will provide MMG with an overall view of the current mine status, therefore enabling more control over the operation.”
← Previous Story Regional league with 16 clubs from 7 countries – to start 23rd August 2011! Next Story → Djokic and Bulatovic stopped for EHF EURO 2010 Celje Pivovarna LaskoZvonimir Serdarusic Love story between Slovenian handball and one of the most famous names in handball world, Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic, coming to the end. After schocking defeat in Round 8 of Slovenian First League against Skofja Loka 27:30, Serdarusic decide to resign as a “best thing for the team form”. Celje Pivovarna Lasko has two defeats in first eight round and four points less than biggest rival, Gorenje. He became a coach of Celje PL in Februar 2010 and won last season 2009/2010 champions title in front of Gorenje and Cimos Koper.In Champions League in “group of death”, Celje Pivovarna Lasko has one win and three defeats. Maybe crucial match for TOP 16 phase will be play next weekend against Chambery in France.A month before, former THW Kiel coach decided to resign from the position of Slovenia national team after many public critics of his work.Standing of First League Slovenia:1. Gorenje 7 – 142. Cimos Koper 8 – 123. Celje Pivovarna Laško 7 – 104. Trimo Trebnje 8 – 105. Loka 8 – 96. Krka 8 – 97. Maribor Branik 8 – 88. Ribnica Riko hiše 8 – 69. Jeruzalem Ormož 8 – 610. Slovan 8 – 411. Slovenj Gradec 8 – 412. Šmartno Herz Factor banka 8 – 2
Video: New Translator App for Windows Phone Powered by Bing Available for Free DownloadAugmented reality and translation are a perfect match, and Microsoft has finally paired the two in their latest update to the Bing Translation app for Windows Phone. With the new version, you can scan menus or signs in a foreign language and Bing will overlay translated text in a flash. It’s like “automatic subtitles for everyday life,” says the official announcement post.AR translation is supported in six languages at the moment: English, French, German, Italian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. As you can see in the screenshot, it’s not perfect — machine translation can’t yet process the nuances of language the same way a human interpreter can — but it’s definitely good enough to make sure that you’re boarding the correct bus or train or ordering what you think you’re ordering.Another massive addition to the new Bing Translation app is offline translation. Bing works incredibly well in areas where you’ve got a network connection, but if you’re going to be journeying into a dead zone (or simply don’t want to run up any data charges) you can select specific language packs to store offline. There’s also a new speak and translate mode that lets you translate audio on the fly. A network connection is required for this mode, however, even if you’ve got the applicable offline dictionary installed.The update wasn’t completely flaw-free, however. One of the first commenters on the Bing announcement noted that the German translation of “pin to start” was incorrect — which you’d kind of expect not to happen with a new and improved translation app.More at Bing
Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ Oculus Virtual Reality Star Wars Facebook reading • Star Wars in VR for date night? Yes, please “We want people to say it’s amazing, but also know they could never have it at home,” says Doug Griffin, Nomadic founder and CEO, who’s also been involved with motion capture efforts at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Industrial Light & Magic.The Void can be experienced in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida — as well as Dubai, Toronto and a resort near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Nomadic’s VR walk-around experience can be found in Orlando. The startup expects to open new VR spaces in Las Vegas and Los Angeles this year.But you don’t have to rely on VR to get immersed in another world. Take Meow Wolf, a 20,000-square-foot art installation that’s been described as a “walk-in science-fiction novel,” which encourages visitors to go everywhere and touch everything. A tunnel takes you from a Victorian home to a “transdimensional travel agency,” itself a gateway to a forest of neon trees. The whole experience is aimed at piecing together the whereabouts of the family that once lived inside the house. First opened in Santa Fe in 2016, Meow Wolf is now set to expand to Las Vegas sometime this year. It’ll be called Meow Wolf Las Vegas at AREA15.Escapism is starting to feel very real.I can’t wait for my next visit to the Star Wars universe. First published April 5 at 5:00 a.m. PT.This story appears in the Spring 2019 edition of CNET Magazine (click for more magazine stories).Ian Sherr (@iansherr) is editor at large, writing about the mobile world, social media and how it impacts our lives. He fully believes the force is always with him. 3:27 Running away with the Two Bit Circus Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan 2 I see a floating walkway through the opened door of my spacecraft. I pause a moment to get my bearings, then — WHOOSH — I’m hit with the bright light and heat of boiling lava a few feet away. Stormtroopers stand to my right, blaster rifles in hand in case things get messy.Three other people and I had been recruited to help the Rebel Alliance infiltrate an Imperial stronghold and steal something… important. (Isn’t it always?)See more great stories from CNET Magazine. Mark Mann My fellow intergalactic spies and I are dressed for the part, wearing full Stormtrooper regalia so we won’t get noticed. So far, things have been going smoothly.I steady myself as the moving platform beneath my feet makes its way to an ominous-looking castle surrounded by a sea of lava. Hot air blows on my face, and I can’t stop staring at the spectacular view of the boiling ocean that surrounds me.For a moment I actually forget I’m in a convention center in San Jose, California, where I’m wearing a virtual reality headset and playing Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was old enough to say “May the force be with you,” swing a toy lightsaber and dream of living in a galaxy far, far away. I’ve played the games, collected the toys, read the books, ridden the amusement park rides and (obviously) watched the movies and the TV shows.”Watching movies, playing video games, there’s always been a separation between you and the Star Wars universe,” says Mohen Leo, director of immersive content at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab experimental storytelling group.Which explains why I couldn’t wait to play The Void’s Star Wars game and actually feel as if I lived in that world. When my son, 2, gets old enough, he’ll probably be joining me. A lot.That’s because how we spend our evenings and weekends out is set to change radically. As more of us shop from our phones, malls and other venues are exploring immersive experiences that would give us reasons to visit. Some may offer VR games from the likes of The Void and Nomadic that include sensors and strategically placed fans and heaters for an extra level of immersion. Other experiences have a carnival atmosphere, with a mix of VR and real-world games. And then there’s Meow Wolf, an immersive theatrical experience created by an art collective in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with funding by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.The result — as with arcades of the ’70s and ’80s and laser tag of the ’90s — is experiences we can’t have at home.”Everything’s becoming more immersive,” says Dan Wenhold, a principal at Fifth Wall Ventures, a venture capital firm funding next-generation real estate technology.Location-based experiences are getting increasingly popular. Two Bit Circus To the circusEach company offering these interactive experiences comes at it with its own twist. Take Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles. With its bright colors, flashing lights and VR games, the 38,000-square-foot space gives off a carnival arcade vibe with a techie twist. Even a classic carnival game like balloon darts gets the modern treatment. At Two Bit Circus, the game projects images of balloons onto a wall. Two players grab balls out of a pit and throw them as fast as they can to pop as many balloons as possible. She who pops the most balloons, wins. You can strap on a VR headset in a multiplayer arena to fight dragons, robots and zombies, or escape from a sinking submarine. There’s also a room that looks like the command bridge of a starship, where you and your friends operate the ship. There’s a bar, too, where up to 100 people can taste wines and then compete to identify them.And of course, there’s a robot bartender.The whole thing feels like an updated version of Chuck E. Cheese’s. That makes sense, given that the circus is run by Brent Bushnell, son of Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, who helped start Chuck E. Cheese’s. “We want to provide the sizzle, and showcase the cool stuff that’s possible,” Brent says.Admission is free but experiences range from $1 to $25 per person.At Two Bit Circus, players wearing VR headsets can fight robots and zombies. Two Bit Circus Gear upThen there’s Nomadic and The Void, which both manage to cram the spirit of amusement park rides into spaces at your local mall, charging up to $35 to play.There’s not much to see without a headset, apart from the sensors, heaters and fans that fill the area. Things change when you put on that headset, since all those sensors and physical objects connect to the game you’re playing. 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After India’s World Cup campaign, the men in blue will travel to West Indies for a bilateral series which consists of two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. India’s West Indies tour will begin from August 3 with the three-match T20I series. The first two T20Is will be played in Florida.Considering the workload, the selectors could now look at resting the senior players for the West Indies tour. As per reports, Virat Kohli will miss this tour and Rohit Sharma will take over as the captain of the limited-overs side. The T20I series will be followed by three ODIs and two Test matches. Ajinkya Rahane is expected to lead the Test side if Kohli is rested for the Test series as well. As per an Indian Express report, Kohli’s decision to give the West Indies series a miss is mainly because of the workload management. It has nothing to do with any concerning niggle or injury.Apart from Kohli, the selectors might also rest pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah for the series.Selectors will pick the side on or after July 14 Virat Kohli and Rohit SharmaReuters”Kohli and Bumrah are going to miss the T20s and ODIs for sure but the selectors are also thinking to rest them for the two Tests in the West Indies,” sources in the BCCI reportedly said.The sources added that “They are important players for the team and the team management and selection committee wants them to stay fresh for the home season ahead. They have already had a hectic season in the past one year,” sources in the BCCI reportedly said.”However, if the selectors are indeed planning to rest Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah for the Test series, they should keep in mind the fact that all Test matches will now be a part of the Test championship and hence, all points will be added.The selectors are likely to meet and choose the teams for the series after the Indian team returns from England on or after July 14. Cricket World Cup TwitterThere is no word about what the future holds for MS Dhoni until now. Speculations are rife that the former captain could call it quits from international cricket after India’s campaign ended at the ICC World Cup 2019.However, Sachin Tendulkar did say that the decision to retire from the game should be solely on MS Dhoni as he has had a stellar career. “That’s his personal decision [end of 50-over career]. Everyone should give him that space and respect that. Everyone should respect what his contribution to India cricket rather than starting speculations. After having contributed so much, he should be the one taking that decision,” Sachin told India Today.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque speaks at an inter-ministerial at the Secretariat on Thursday, 1 August, 2019. Photo: PIDAmid media reports on short supply of kits to detect dengue, health minister Zahid Maleque on Thursday said there will be no crisis of such kits in the country, reports UNB.“A total of 50,000 kits have been brought for nonstructural protein-1 (NS1) antigen test and 65,000 more will arrive soon. The directorate general of drug administration has already approved the procurement of 500,000 dengue detection kits. So, there’ll be no crisis,” he said.The minister was talking to reporters after an inter-ministerial at the secretariat.He said all the civil surgeons across the country have been on high alert to tackle the dengue situation.A 29-member team of physicians will visit every district to provide training to physicians on how to deal with the dengue cases, Zahid Maleque said.He said they were working to destroy the sources of Aedes mosquito, the carrier of dengue virus.“There’ll be a fall in the number of dengue patients if we can destroy the sources. We’re working together to this end.”The minister said a 100-bed unit was opened at Mitford Hospital here on Thursday for dengue patients and the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery will be used for dengue treatment, if necessary.He parried the question when asked about his foreign trip at a time when the country is struggling to tackle the dengue situation.Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam and Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon were present at the meeting.Sayeed Khokon said DSCC is expected to be free from the dengue menace in the first week of September.“The dengue situation is getting complicated as the number of infected people is on the rise. Now, there has been a situation to be worried about. Still, there’s a light of hope,” he said.“DSCC has managed to free its 11 wards from dengue and we hope it’ll be fully free from dengue within the first week of September,” Sayeed Khokon added.DNCC mayor Atiqul Islam underscored the need for working round the year to prevent dengue outbreak.A total of 1,712 more dengue cases were recorded in the last 24 hours till 8:00am on Thursday. Of them, 1150 were detected in the capital alone, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.
Citation: Could an Aqua-Net Bring Water to the Desert? (2010, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-aqua-net.html Explore further Satellite Imagery of Watertown Tire Fire (PhysOrg.com) — Challenges of the future include energy use and continued population growth. And, while there are millions of square miles of land available in the world, not all of it is considered fit for human habitation. Shimizu Corporation, the company contemplating the Luna Ring, has another interesting project in the “just coming up with an idea” stage: The Desert Aqua-Net. Image source: Shimizu Corporation The Desert Aqua-Net is an idea that involves the building of interconnected lakes in the desert. These 18-mile-diameter lakes would be connected by canals fed from the ocean. The lakes would include built islands that could serve as homes for cities teeming with people. Supposedly, this would work because water from the lake would cool the cities, making them livable. There would also be arable land, theoretically, after this cooling above the desert lake islands. The cities would be powered by satellite power stations, and by the sun. One of the biggest draw backs is that the lakes would be filled with seawater. While the salt water would provide the opportunities for water-based wildlife, and even for biomass development, it doesn’t provide much opportunity for drinking. However, Shimizu plans that the some of the water would be desalinated, and thus made fit for human consumption and for irrigation of crops.Of course, cost is a huge barrier to a project like the Aqua-Net. It would be extremely expensive, not to mention use vast resources, to build this Desert Aqua-Net. Other problems could easily arise, related to impacts on oceans and rivers. And, of course, predicting weather patterns, and changes to the climate, could present problems, since these cities could be impacted quite a bit. Finally, and not least, issues of sovereignty would likely arise — especially since the Desert Aqua-Net would require a great deal of cooperation between countries. More information: “Desert Aqua-Net Plan,” Shimizu Corporation. Available online: www.shimz.co.jp/english/theme/dream/desert.html. © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Related posts:U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to attend World Cup With Saborío out for World Cup, a broken-up Pinto says team must move forward US’ all-time top scorer Landon Donovan to retire at end of season Paulo Wanchope named new coach of Costa Rica national soccer team Thieves stole personal documents, an iPad, cash and other items from the car of Jorge Luis Pinto, the head coach of Costa Rica’s national team, in the capital on Monday night.Pinto, who led Costa Rica to qualification for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, had his car broken into while he participated in an event at a restaurant in Zapote, in southeast San José.After coming out of the restaurant Monday, Pinto noticed that the rear windshield of his car had been shattered.“They robbed very important documents. They stole memories from all my press conferences, a cellphone, cash, personal documents. A notebook filled with 20 years of numbers from all over the world, people of football — now where am I going to get those numbers?” Pinto told local media.The robbers also took an iPad, which Pinto said contained part of a book that he had begun writing.The exasperated coach said he is offering an award for the recovery of the belongings stolen from his vehicle. Facebook Comments
Butt said most of the deaths occurred when people were swept away by flood waters and mudslides, or buried in collapsed houses.More than 1,000 Hindu pilgrims have been stranded on the mountain paths leading to Hindu shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath in northern Uttrakhand state because of the rains.The state disaster response force and police are clearing the roads to restore the pilgrimage, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.India’s financial capital of Mumbai was badly hit last week when torrential showers closed trains and led to a breakdown in public services.The monsoon rains arrived days ahead of schedule in the western and northern parts of India, raising hopes the annual rains may not be as little as predicted by the India Meteorological Department.The monsoon has covered nearly the entire country delivering 24 percent excess rainfall so far, flooding parts of Gujarat in western India and Assam state in the northeast, while a swollen river breached its banks in northern Jammu-Kashmir state.However, the weather department said it expected a drier July.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home NEW DELHI (AP) — Heavy early monsoon rains have killed at least 81 people in India’s western Gujarat state, bringing misery to thousands of people uprooted from their flooded homes, an official said Friday.Nearly 9,000 people have been evacuated to higher ground in the worst-hit rural areas of Amreli, Rajkot and Bhavnagar districts of Gujarat, which had been suffering from a drought before the rains hit, said Ridhi Butt, a National Disaster Response Force official. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
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