aptnpipelines Boom and Bust Cold Lake First Nations delicate relationship with oil

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsThe community of Cold Lake in Alberta is slowly getting back to normal after the collapse of oil prices in 2014.What makes the community 278 kilometres northeast of Edmonton unique is that it sits on 44 billion barrels of bitumen, second only to Fort McMurray in size.When the price of a barrel of oil was close to $100 U.S. in 2013, life was good for the small town and the nearby Cold Lake First Nations.Six figure incomes, nice house, and vacations.Craig Russell worked 15 years in the industry – then the price of oil plummeted.“Well I did 10 years on the service rigs,” said Russell. “I operated heavy oil and gas for about five years. In the fall of 2014, I got laid off. Had to jump on the service rigs again. Got laid off. Now at the age of 33, I am retraining to be a scaffolder.”As a scaffolder, he is making almost $70,000 less per year than he was in the oil industry.He said he is happy to still be able to provide for his family, and he is not alone.“All of my friends actually, with the exception of one guy, we’ve all had to take drastic pay cuts with the downturn in oil prices. We are still employed. Still taking care of our families. It’s part of life. No one said life was easy. We are making it work here,” he said.Jon Blackman is 33 as well. He has spent 17 years in the oil industry.He started work right out of high school.“When I was younger we grew up without money,” said Blackman. “I keep thinking about that every once in a while. Especially when I see someone and say when we were kids we would wish for this and this…Now I don’t have to. I can do whatever, whenever.”Blackman said the oil and gas industry has given him the freedom and money to pursue his passions. He plans to open a scuba diving instruction company in Belize. He can fly to Vancouver to watch hockey – and wants to retire by the age of 50.He said the money is so good, his father, a former Chief of the Buffalo River Dene Nation in Saskatchewan is now working in the industry.“My Dad just recently started working in the oil industry a few years ago. After being Chief and Council for so long. He retired from that. Now he’s in the oilfield.”He laughed and said he taught his Dad how to be a pipeliner.While there have certainly been economic gains for the local people and community, there has also been some problems.There have been five locations in the Cold Lake area where bitumen has leaked to the surface, including the lake.The first spill was in 2009. Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) used a system similar to fracking. The company injected the ground with pressurized steam 300 degrees C to melt the solid bitumen.According to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), CNR used too high of a pressure causing the earth to fracture and the liquid bitumen coming to the surface accidently. According to the company, the cleanup finished last year. The AER said small amounts may still leak in the future.One and a half million litres of bitumen has been spilled and hundreds of animals and birds have died since.Craig Russell is hopeful that the spills are a thing of the past.“Here in Canada, we have some of the highest, most regulated, ethical oil in the world. Right now, we need energy. And to meet those energy demands, where else would you go for oil?”APTN contacted the Cold Lake First Nation leadership for a comment on the pros and cons of investing in the oil industry. They referred us to one of its companies, Primco Dene – President James Blackman did not make himself available for an interview.Russell is thankful for his years in the oil industry.“It does have its ups and downs, peaks and valleys. But if you can ride those out and manage your money well, it’s a great career to pursue, working in the oil and gas industry.”Oil prices are headed back up. From a low of $16/barrel in 2016, to $40 today. At that price, some ventures start becoming profitable. Maybe the flow of jobs will start once again.cstewart@aptn.calast_img read more

UNESCO deplores recent killing abduction of journalists in Afghanistan

7 January 2010The head of the United Nations agency charged with defending the freedom of the press today condemned last week’s killing of a Canadian journalist and kidnapping of two French television reporters in Afghanistan. “Violence against journalists constitutes an attack on the fundamental human right of freedom of expression; it is therefore a direct threat to democracy,” said UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova.Calgary Herald journalist Michelle Lang, 34, was killed in a bomb blast on 30 December while traveling with four Canadian soldiers in the volatile Kandahar province after spending less than three weeks in Afghanistan.A reporter and cameraman for France 3 television were taken hostage by gunmen on the road near Omarkhil, north-east of the capital, Kabul, on 29 December while working on the current affairs programme “Pièces à conviction,” and there has been no word from them since.“The fates of these three media professionals cruelly underline the dangers that journalists face when they go into areas of conflict to provide news coverage,” said Ms. Bokova in a statement condemning the killing and abduction.“I call on the Afghan authorities to do their utmost to obtain the release of the French journalists, and to take measures to increase press security in the country.” read more

Weak global growth likely to mean US slowdown not recession

WASHINGTON — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany’s economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall.Those trends have hammered American manufacturers and caused global financial markets to plunge on fears that the world’s largest economy could slip into a recession.Yet most analysts expect the U.S. economy to power through the rough patch, at least in the coming months, on the strength of solid consumer spending and a resilient job market.The U.S. stock market plummeted earlier this week when the bond market, spooked by the global turmoil, sent a possible early warning sign of a recession ahead: The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note slipped briefly below 2-year Treasury yields.That is an unusual shift that indicates investors expect the U.S. economy to expand much more slowly in the coming months. The shift has preceded at least the last five U.S. recessions, though as much as two years can pass before a recession actually hits.Still, most economists were buoyed by a robust retail sales report Thursday that suggested that American consumers aren’t fretting about bond yields. Sales at U.S. stores and restaurants jumped in July by the most in four months. Online sales soared to their best showing since January. Spending at restaurants is a sign of confidence, given that most people eat out when they feel they have money to spare.“With the rest of the world sliding into the abyss, the July retail sales figures show a resurgent U.S. consumer riding to the rescue,” said Michael Pearce, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, a consulting firm.If anything, it’s the Trump administration’s trade war that has been harming the world economy. President Donald Trump has imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion of imports from China, along with duties on most steel and aluminum imports. He has also threatened to hit the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese imports with 10% tariffs, though he has delayed that increase on about half of those items to avoid raising prices for U.S. holiday shoppers.Still, the tariffs — and Beijing’s retaliatory duties on $110 billion of U.S. goods — have dragged down China’s growth to its slowest pace in 26 years. That slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy has, in turn, pummeled Germany’s economy, because Germans export industrial equipment to China. Germany’s economy actually shrank in the second quarter.Other global headwinds remain a threat. Simon MacAdam, global economist at Capital Economics, said the chances of a “no-deal” Brexit have risen sharply since Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as British prime minister last month. Johnson “is dead keen on leaving the EU” by Oct. 31, the deadline for any deal, MacAdam noted.An abrupt exit would most likely lower the British pound, raising inflation and cutting into British consumer spending. Supply chains for British manufacturers and retailers would also probably be disrupted as the country reinstates its customs procedures.One of the U.S. economy’s biggest weak spots is manufacturing, which is suffering from the trade war and global growth strains. Factory output has sunk over the past 12 months. Manufacturing job growth has tapered off during the past year. Surveys of manufacturers indicate that the uncertainty from tariffs is hurting their businesses.American manufacturers appear to be either in a recession or on the verge of a downturn, said Joe Brusuelas, chief economist for the consultancy RSM. The best possible boost for U.S. factories would be if Trump pulled back on trade hostilities with China and achieved a trade deal, Brusuelas said.“Right now, the recession risks are more policy-driven, and if policy does not change or the trade and finance war with China escalates, then the manufacturing recession will become a broader and deeper contraction that threatens to spill over into other areas of the economy,” he said.Trump, who promised voters a manufacturing renaissance, has yet to acknowledge the sector’s bleak condition.“We’re restoring the glory of American manufacturing,” the president said Tuesday in Pennsylvania, a state that has lost 5,600 factory jobs so far this year.In fact, many economists say they’re nervous that the government has fewer options to juice the economy than it has in the past. The short-term interest rate that the Fed controls is barely above 2%, giving it far less room to stimulate growth in the event of a downturn. Before the Great Recession in 2007, the Fed’s rate was more than twice that level.And the widening budget deficit, on track to hit $1 trillion by 2022, also leaves the government with little room to manoeuvr.“It is very uncharacteristic — very unusual — to be running larger budget deficits every year,” Quinlan said. “The federal government is not in a very strong position to offer a fiscal response in the event that it’s needed.”Consumers could also pull back on spending later this year if hiring slows and wage gains slow. Employers have already reduced, on average, the number of hours worked for employees in the second quarter, which cuts into paychecks.And if Trump imposes tariffs on all $300 billion of Chinese goods by mid-December, as he says he plans to do, American consumers will pay more for such things as laptops, cellphones, video game consoles and clothing.At the same time, many economists say they think consumers can withstand the headwinds. Household debt, as a percentage of income, is much lower than it was before the Great Recession. And lower interest rates make it easier to pay off debts.That’s likely to sustain U.S. growth, though at a slower pace.“Consumers’ financial health has improved, and even in the case of an employment and income shock, they’re going to remain resilient enough to withstand the shock,” said Alexander Lin, U.S. economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.Christopher Rugaber, Josh Boak And Bani Sapra, The Associated Press read more

Dikembe Mutombos Charity Work Makes Him More Than Deserving

Dikembe Mutombo, the shot-blocking, finger-wagging former NBA all-star center, was named as a finalist for the upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame class. It is debatable if he should get the call based on his 18-year career. But if humanitarian deeds were the criteria, he’d be a unanimous choice.The 7-foot-1 Congo native arguably has done more off the court for his country and Africa than perhaps any athlete has ever done for his native land. That alone should get him in the Hall. How can one not vote for a man who has been so committed to serving others, including in the United States?Mutombo showed the moment he joined the NBA in 1991 after a stellar career at Georgetown that he was cut from a special and unique cloth. He understood the value of his position and supported his troubled homeland as soon as his significant paychecks started being deposited.He’s done so much for so long that his basketball career would be considered secondary, except that basketball gave him a global platform and the resources to reach the masses. You’d think he graduated from Georgetown with a degree in humanitarian work instead of the double degrees in linguistics and diplomacy.In 2007, through his Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, he opened a hospital in Kinshasa—a hospital—called the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital. Named after his mother, it is a 170-bed facility that cost $29 million to build. It’s the first new hospital there in 40 years. Futhermore, Mutombo raised money through his rich friends and fellow former Georgetown centers Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning as well as others. He also donated about $8 million of his own money to have it built.In his deep, hoarse voice with a heavy African accent, Mutombo told the Wall Street Journal that he was pained visiting the Congo and seeing his people suffer.The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinsasha, Congo“I got sick and tired of seeing people dying at a young age,” he said. “It hurt me a lot. People were dying from diseases that were treatable. I thought I could be part of the change and contribute to society and to mankind.”In 1994, Mutombo, Ewing, Mourning and others from the NBA office took a trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, where they helped build basketball courts and speak to youths about achievement. Mutombo was the most comfortable person in the contingent. The Black South Africans were wowed by his height and connected to him because of his heritage.“These are my people,” he said back then. “We’re all from Africa.”Those who did not see Mutombo play in the NBA know him from the Geico commercials, where he blocks people’s attempts to discard things—and then waves his finger (as he did in the NBA) before running out of the scene.He is second all-time in blocks in NBA history, which is his strongest basketball case to make for the Hall. On the offensive end, Mutombo worked hard but was not a fluid or big scorer. But he was extremely fluid in business and charity.Here’s some of what he does: He’s active with Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital Christmas toy drive, Hosea Feed the Hungry and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. For the past 12 years, Mutombo has been one of the leaders of Basketball Without Borders/Africa, the NBA and the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) global basketball development and community outreach program that unites young African basketball players from across the continent to promote the sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.He’s been a spokesman for CARE and on the Advisory Board for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. Mutombo has received numerous honors and awards including the 32nd Annual Thurman Munson Award, the Goodermote Humanitarian Award, the President’s Service Award from President Clinton, Big Brothers Big Sisters New York City Achievement in Public Service Award, the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, and the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award. Mutombo is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta 2014. And that’s not half of what he does.Mutombo recently spoke in Atlanta about ending human and sex trafficking in Africa and America.“It’s not hard, because I love my job,” Mutombo said of being so charity-driven. “I thank the NBA organization for putting the trust in me to carry on this mission of social innovation worldwide. We’re having such a huge impact to our youth with our game of basketball. We invested more than $200 million in social innovation to improve health and literacy.”He said playing in the NBA has helped him see how important his work is.“It taught me how to be a good leader, a good competitor and how to win,” he said to the Journal. “It’s not easy to teach a child how to win. I’m glad I had a great mentor. [John Thompson] told me, ‘I know you want to be a doctor, but you can go out to make a lot of money and go out to save lives at the same time.’“I think it was the right choice, and I don’t regret that I didn’t go to medical school. I can go to medical school today if I want to. What I’ve done now is more than just treating people today—I’ve treated future generations to come.”Mutombo name might not be called when inductees to the Basketball Hall of Fame are announced in April. But no one who makes it can claim to have done more good for more people than Mutombo. read more

Artist may tweak new Iraq and Afghanistan memorial after Duke of Edinburgh

first_imgAlfie Lunn, aged two, steals the showCredit:Eddie Mulholland Bereaved families have previously complained they had not been invited to the ceremony despite their sacrifice, amid claims there was simply not enough space.Tracey Hazel, whose son Ben Leaning died in Iraq in April 2007, said: “It has been proved with the Chilcot that it was not worth it. I obviously think somebody else should have had [Mr Blair’s] ticket, like one of the parents.” Corporal Michele Lunn, Alfie’s mother, said afterwards that the Queen had been “very understanding” thanks to having children of her own, carrying on calmly despite the threat of a toddler “meltdown”.”They’re so unpredictable children, we tried our best,” she said. “He was fine up until a few minutes before the Queen arrived.” Ministry of Defence of soldiers on Horse Guards Parade in London ahead of the serviceCredit:MOD But at the grand unveiling, he mentioned that the lettering, carved into stone, was not easy to read and suggested it could be darker.Paul Day, the artist behind it, said he was now considering “re-addressing” the sculpture, conceding the “aesthetic decision” could be re-examined in the face of the Duke’s opinion. The memorial includes a two-sided bronze medallion to represent the two facets of military and civilian work in Iraq and Afghanistan.It was unveiled by the Queen yesterday in a small ceremony following a spectacular main service in Horse Guards Parade, attended by 2,500 invited guests including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who performed a reading. The memorial was given the seal of approval by the Queen, he added, who admired it at length during a ceremony in front of dignitaries in Victoria Embankment Gardens, London.Speaking afterwards, Day said: “Her Majesty the Queen seemed very enthusiastic about the memorial, if I may be permitted to say so. Tony Blair, the former Labour Prime Minister came under fire for appearing at the serviceCredit:Dominic Lipinski Ministry of Defence of soldiers on Horse Guards Parade in London ahead of the service Prince Harry reads from the book of Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8 Tony Blair, the former Labour Prime Minister came under fire for appearing at the service The carved lettering The Queen leads guests at the memorial serviceCredit:Rex The toddler had been chosen to present a posy of flowers to the Queen, but raised smiles as he wriggled in his mother’s arms instead.When he was put down on the floor for his big moment, he swung around and tried to sit on the floor as the Duke of Edinburgh looked on in amusement. “The Duke commented on the fact the lettering wasn’t necessarily clearly visible enough. It could be darker.”That’s an aesthetic decision we might readdress afterwards, but we’ll see.”He added: “Obviously when one unveils a project that’s been imagined and worked out on paper in a sculpture studio, sometimes you live with something and then come back to it and say ‘OK perhaps this needs doing’.” For some military families, proceedings were somewhat overshadowed by the presence of one other public figure: Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister they hold responsible for entering the Iraq war.Some, including Gerry Cartwright, whose son James died in Basra in June 2007, said Mr Blair’s ticket could have gone to a member of the public who had lost a loved on in the conflict.center_img The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the memorial serviceCredit:Rex The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales were among guestsCredit:Rex The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales were among guests The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the memorial service The Queen leads guests at the memorial service He has never been one to shy away from offering a forthright opinion.But a candid passing remark by the Duke of Edinburgh may inadvertently change the face of London’s newest monument, after he told the artist he could not see its lettering clearly.The Duke had accompanied the Queen around a landmark new memorial to Britain’s military and civilian forces who served in Iraq and Afghanistan from 1990 to 2015. The Duke of Edinburgh is shown the statue by Lord Stirrup, chairman of the project The Duke of Edinburgh is shown the statue by Lord Stirrup, chairman of the project Alfie Lunn, aged two, became the star of the show, entertaining dignitaries with a lively appearance alongside his mother and father, who both served in the armed forces.The family were chosen to attend the memorial because of their deep involvement with the armed services, with father Sergeant Mark Lunn, 29, receiving the Military Cross for his actions during a firefight in Basra, and mother Corporal Michele Lunn deployed in Afghanistan in 2011-12. The carved letteringCredit: Owen Cooban Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended, along with former prime ministers David Cameron and Sir John Major.Despite the long list of royal, political and military grandees, all eyes were on one young man at the unveiling ceremony: the little boy who was supposed to hand the Queen her flowers but was overcome by events. Alfie Lunn, aged two, steals the show Prince Harry reads from the book of Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8 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.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news… Rachel Croash, Sarah Shine and Maria Kelly in Dublin during a preview of one of five new short operas inspired by episodes from the streets of Dublin.IRISHA five-year-old boy drowned after he fell into a lake at Belgree Lawns in Tyrrelstown.A teenager has died in a separate swimming incident in Cavan.The number of murders in Ireland rose over a 12-month period.Asking prices for houses all across the country are up for the first time in eight years.A 12-year-old boy is in a serious condition after his bike was hit by a van in Antrim.An Irish woman run over three times by a New York subway train walked away with just a broken shoulder.The family of Dhara Kivlehan say they are disappointed over the inquest delay. [RTÉ]Writer Dermot Healy has died at the age of 66.Murdered teenager, Mariora Rostas phoned her family crying the day after she went missing. [RTÉ]Croke Park residents could go to court to stop Garth Brooks gigs.Mrs Brown’s Boys had the biggest opening weekend box-office numbers in this country for any Irish movie, ever.WORLD A Nepalese woman walks carrying paddy saplings before replanting them at a rice field in Chunnikhel, Katmandu, Nepal. Source: Niranjan Shrestha#UK: Rolf Harris has been found guilty on all charges of indecent assault.#URUGUAY: Luis Suárez admitted he did bite Giorgio Chiellini.#ISRAEL: The bodies of three missing teenagers were found in Israel.#SOUTH AFRICA: Oscar Pistorius was back in court where mental health experts said he was not suffering from a mental illness.INNOVATIONAre you the type of person that feels the cold no matter where you go. This new gadget is for you. [The Independent UK]Google is shutting down its original social network but not because of Facebook it says. [Quartz]PARTING SHOTLooking to take up a new sport? What about Quidditch? Here’s all the rules explained.First published 21.00pmlast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_img EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #FAI: Sport Ireland announced that it will suspend and withhold future funding to the Football Association of Ireland.2. #BACKSTOP: Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney rubbished suggestions that Germany could be open to a five-year time-limit on the Brexit backstop.3. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: A PWC report has found a “series of weaknessess” involving initial planning, budget oversight and execution of the National Children’s Hospital project. 4. #ATM ROBBERIES: Gardaí and the PSNI are investigating dissident links to a spate of ATM thefts across the border region. 5. #JAY DONNELLY: A judge in Northern Ireland ruled that Cliftonville FC footballer Jay Donnelly must serve three months imprisonment for sharing a photo of him having sex with a 16-year-old girl on a WhatsApp group. Share2 Tweet Email 7,963 Views Apr 9th 2019, 4:57 PM By Ceimin Burke https://jrnl.ie/4583829 Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 4:57 PM Image: Shutterstock/Aneta Jungerova Image: Shutterstock/Aneta Jungerova Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments The 5 at 5: Tuesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Short URLlast_img read more

Google Home and Amazon Echo Do Record You And Heres Why

first_img A Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac ArrestParrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Alexa, Uses It to Order T… Stay on target If you’re an avid Google Home or Amazon Echo user, you should know or already are aware that both of the home assistants can and do record your voice. They’re listening, and they’re definitely keeping track of what’s been said. This isn’t a new concept or anything like that. Your internet history and activity online is recorded every time you visit a site, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the ‘always-listening’ devices in your home are retaining some of that data.That means each time you make a request with your voice the snippets of your request are processed and sent to a server to analyze what you’re asking for and to return results in a manner that’s useful for you. Obviously, the innards of Google Home and Amazon Echo aren’t the end all be all of what’s required to make the devices work, so they’ve got to relay the information to be quick and snappy. Anything you say, however, before commanding Alexa or Google Home is not recorded.But the reason why either device would even listen in the first place has to do with “wake words,” as explained in this Wired article. The process has much to do with buffering data and ensuring the products don’t miss out on a request by being too slow. So by keeping an “ear” out so to speak ensures the machines can do what you need them to as soon as you ask instead of there being a delay. There are security measures in place to keep the information that could be heard in your home out of the hands of hackers, but with any information shared on the internet, there’s the potential that someone could get a hold of your communications.In short, yeah — the assistants do record you, but it’s for a good reason, and you don’t have to worry what’s being done with this communication. It’s all in the name of making these products more helpful. If you’re worried about sharing confidential information they may not be for you.last_img read more

Police give details about masked gunman at Vancouver pizza store

first_imgA masked man armed with a handgun targeted a Papa Murphy’s pizza store in east Vancouver Friday night but eluded capture.Shortly after 8:30 p.m., a man entered the store at 14201 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., wielding a handgun, and then fled south on foot, Vancouver police Sgt. Patrick Kennedy said Saturday. He did not know if the robber stole anything.No one was injured during the incident.Police came to the area but were unable to locate the suspect. He was described as a white male, 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet, 9 inches. and he reportedly wore an olive green hooded jacket, blue jeans and blue shoes. He wore a gray knit hat over his face, with holes cut for his eyes, Kennedy said.Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Vancouver Police Department.last_img read more

Alabama firefighters create their own New Years Eve ball drop

first_imgANNISTON, Ala. (WSVN) — Firefighters in Alabama rang in the New Year with their own version of New York’s famous ball drop.The Anniston Fire Department posted video to their Facebook page, showing one of their rookie firefighters playing the role of the “crystal ball.”Wrapped in white Christmas lights, Wilkerson can be seen slowly sliding down the fireman’s pole as his colleagues counted down to midnight.The hilarious video mimicking the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop has been shared over 3,500 times on Facebook, with nearly 200,000 views in just a day!Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man caught on video swiping packages from Coconut Grove home

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police are searching for a porch pirate who was caught on surveillance video stealing three packages from a Coconut Grove home.The doorbell camera footage shows the subject, seen wearing a red polo shirt, walking up to the front doorstep of the house, located in West Coconut Grove, early Friday morning.The thief is then seen walking away with the packages, getting into a dark colored pickup truck and driving off.No one was home at the time.The victim said there were several Christmas gifts valued at over $100 inside the boxes.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Disney admits it isnt very good at video games

first_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Tags Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It See at Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $155 at Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Sprint What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $299 at Amazon Disney Star Wars,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Boost Mobile See it $59 at eBay Share your voice Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $210 at Best Buy See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See at Turocenter_img Tags Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $520 at HP Share your voice Comments Rylo Read Google Home Hub review Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $6 at Tidal Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 7 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review $60 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS Video Games Chris Monroe/CNET $999 3 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo See It Amazon EA Games You can do anything you set your mind to — but also, stick to your strengths.In an earnings call Tuesday, Disney noted it’s steering clear of returning to games development, reports Variety.Disney, owner of Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar, said it had a “good” relationship with Electronic Arts, the company it partnered with in 2013 but admits video game making is not the House of Mouse’s forte.”We’re good at making movies and television shows and theme parks and cruise ships and the like, we’ve just never managed to demonstrate much skill on the publishing side of games,” CEO Bob Iger said when asked about Disney potentially dipping into video games once more.Disney video game titles have been dropping like flies. In 2016, Disney shed video game series Disney Infinity, and in 2018, it closed massively multiplayer online role-playing game Club Penguin Island.EA is still going strong with Star Wars games (which it has exclusive rights to through the Disney partnership), saying Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will come this year. “We’ve had good relationships with some of those we’re licensing to, notably EA and the relationship on the Star Wars properties, and we’re probably going to stay on that side of the business and put our capital elsewhere,” Iger said.Many have criticised EA’s strategy when it comes to Star Wars and its video game releases. Its Battlefront series has been embroiled in controversy over its “loot box” strategy and as recently as January, EA canceled its long-troubled, open-world Star Wars title in development.  Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.last_img read more

Oscars Best Picture nominee Roma sparked my own childhood memories

first_img Share your voice Tags Enlarge ImageYalitza Aparicio as Cleo (left), Marco Graf as Pepe and Daniela Demesa as Sofi in Roma, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.  Alfonso Cuarón I saw Academy Award nominee Roma by Alfonso Cuarón intending to peek into the memories of his childhood in Mexico City. When I left the theater, though, I had an intense need to look into my own. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Mexican youth fought on the streets of the capital for democratic change, civil rights and freedom of expression. On Oct. 2, 1968, the protests ended in the violent siege of Tlatelolco Plaza that left hundreds dead, but the demise of the movement came in 1971 (the year I was born) with El Halconazo, when government-trained paramilitaries beat up and killed demonstrators during a march in Mexico City. It’s in this time and place Roma unfolds. The movie, a deeply personal masterpiece of storytelling and cinematography, opened in select theaters in October and is now streaming on Netflix. It won the Golden Globe for best foreign language motion picture, and it got 10 Oscar nominations, including netting Netflix its first much-coveted Best Picture Oscars nod. (Read my review of Roma in Spanish here.) Roma is based on Cuarón’s childhood memories. In the film, the father leaves the family and the mother struggles to make sense of her new social and practical realities. There are four children and a grandmother, but the movie is really about their servants, Cleo (a fantastic Yalitza Aparicio) and Adela (Nancy García García). They both speak Mixtec, a language spoken in Central and Southern Mexico. “Stop speaking funny,” the youngest kid tells Cleo at the beginning. “I don’t understand you.” This foreshadows what’s to come. Cleo is the emotional, practical problem solver: She cooks, cleans, does dishes, puts the kids to sleep and lets the matriarch (an excellent Marina de Tavira) blow off steam whenever she needs to. In the film’s most heart-wrenching scene, we see El Halconazo through Cleo’s eyes. She’s pregnant and witnessing the violence in the streets from a furniture store when her water breaks and she’s taken to the hospital. A receptionist there asks the grandma for Cleo’s full name. “I don’t know her full name and I don’t know where she’s from,” she answers, crying. The transition from national to personal turmoil represents some of the most intense, impactful 20 minutes of cinema I’ve seen in a long time.  Shared memories For many, growing up in the Mexican middle class meant living in a delicate bubble. While we waited for the implosion, we lived with privileges reserved for the aristocracy, but on a more modest scale. That meant we had domestic workers — nannies, cooks and in some cases even chauffeurs — but they were paid menial salaries with no benefits, lived in our homes in miniature bedrooms, cooked dinner late at night and woke up early the next day to have breakfast ready. In return for the lack of compensation, the Mexican middle class treat their workers “as family.” Roma, in many ways, reminded me of my neglectful obliviousness. I feel mortified and regretful.  Trailer for Netflix’s Roma has no spoilers, or anything else Guillermo del Toro and Netflix team up on new horror series How ‘Shape of Water’ mixes digital effects with monster makeup Netflix TV and Moviescenter_img My Cleo was Mari, my grandmother’s cleaning lady, a strong, fair-skinned woman who lost three fingers when she was a kid in separate accidents with a pair of scissors and a firecracker. Every time I went for a visit, she’d make my favorite lime pie. She’d also cook pozole soup, and it was particularly exquisite because she’d clean each kernel of hominy by hand, meticulously extracting its black spots. I don’t remember Mari’s last name, though I was able to visit her in her village as an adult. Her home was furnished with objects she inherited from my grandmother.  Mari was “like family,” and yet she wasn’t. Growing up, the expression “like family” drove me crazy because of its inherent injustice. “They have their own family, and would rather be with them,” I’d argue. But I don’t remember how many brothers and sisters she had, anything about her parents or where she grew up. Roma, in many ways, reminded me of my neglectful obliviousness and made me feel mortified and regretful of not acknowledging Mari enough.  In The Labyrinth of Solitude, an incisive and piercing essay about what it means to be Mexican by Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz, the author describes hearing a noise in his home. “Who is there?” he asks. “I was answered by the voice of a servant who had recently come to us from her village,” he writes. Her reply: “No one, señor. I am.” She’s a Nobody who doesn’t want to call attention to herself, who does what she needs to do, just like Roma’s Cleo. Related articles Someone who denies another human being their right to be, Paz writes, “is also changed into a Nobody.” Cuarón, who won an Oscar for best director for Gravity in 2014, and who wrote, produced, directed and even did the cinematography for Roma, dedicated the film to Libo, his childhood nanny. In doing so, he not only acknowledges who she was and what she meant to him, but also reasserts that Libo was Somebody. By doing that, Cuarón makes himself a Somebody too. Cuarón has said he waited to have the emotional maturity to make this movie. It’s perhaps his most personal yet, so it makes sense the director would also take total control of the camera instead of recruiting his regular collaborator, three-time Academy Award winner Emmanuel “El Chivo” Lubezki. He details his memories breathtakingly, filming in black and white: water running on the floor when Cleo sweeps the garage; slow-moving airplanes flying through a gray sky; the family watching TV together with Cleo sitting on the floor. ROMAAlfonso Cuarón directs a scene from Roma, coming to Netflix in December after opening in theaters.  Carlos Somonte/Netflix La Roma of RomaOne of the main characters in the film is the neighborhood itself. I grew up 15 miles north of Mexico City in a suburb called Satélite. But my first job was in Colonia Roma, the neighborhood that gives the movie its name. The movie reminded me of the era’s massive American-made cars, like the Chrysler Imperial or Valiant Acapulco shouldering past the minuscule and omnipresent Volkswagen Beetles crowding the roads. It also evoked the sprawling movie theaters surrounded by peddlers, who sold everything from strange-looking plastic Superman and Batman toys to multicolored balloons in indistinguishable forms. But it’s the neighborhood that’s the center of it all.La Roma is near downtown Mexico City. Its main boulevard, Álvaro Obregón Avenue, is lined with trees amid big neo-colonial and Art Deco houses. Many of the old structures have been replaced by 20-story buildings with mirrored facades, and traffic today among its tight avenues is relentless, like in the rest of the city. La Roma, the epitome of bourgeois, was battered twice on an ominous day: Sept. 19. In 1985 and 2017, powerful earthquakes rattled the city, and La Roma was one of the most affected areas with hundreds of multiple-story buildings crumbling. As a character, the neighborhood fits perfectly in the narrative about growing up middle class in Mexico. It’s a seemingly idyllic place, with a modern and European feel, but lies in the center of a city that still struggles with its identity as the former Aztec capital, the hub for Spanish colonial exploits and, today, the epicenter of Mexican hipsterism. Like La Roma, the Mexican middle class also has a conflict of identity. In general, middle-class Mexicans are convinced we’re part of the solution. La Roma is home to many bureaucrats, professionals and intellectuals close enough to power to wield influence, but far enough away to avoid being tainted by rampant corruption. But our little secret is that we’re also part of the status quo, especially when it comes to exploiting others for meager pay and questionable living conditions. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico, of the 2.48 million domestic workers in the country, 90 percent are women.While Roma is about Cuarón’s memories, it forced me to squeeze my brain and remember my hometown, Mari and all the women who helped take care of me and my family along the way. I am thankful for all the memories, and the personal reckoning, it sparked — the reason I am planning to see the film again.First published Dec. 14, 2017. Update, Jan. 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. PT: Adds that Roma won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film. Update, Jan. 22 at 8:41 a.m. PT: Adds that Roma has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Comments 4last_img read more

FCCs Ajit Pai I hate robocalls as much as you do

first_img Share your voice Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Comment Phones Tech Industry 13 Photos Tags 1center_img Microsoft says FCC broadband maps are off, Uber launches… Now playing: Watch this: 1:12 Ajit Pai wants to knock the stuffing out of illegal robocalls.  Alex Wong / Getty Images Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says illegal robocalls are the FCC’s top consumer complaint each year. In an op-ed published in USA Today Thursday, Pai said these unwanted calls should be blocked by default. “If Americans can agree on anything these days, it’s that they’re fed up with robocalls,” Pai said. “The scam calls. The calls from foreign countries at 2 a.m. The deceptive caller ID ‘spoofing,’ which happens when a caller falsifies caller ID information to make it look as if they’re calling from your area code.” It can be especially frustrating given how big a part of our lives phones have become. Pai cited the example of a woman who told him she felt overwhelmed by the calls. “She felt like robocallers had absconded with her expensive smartphone,” he wrote.In May, Pai issued a proposal that would allow wireless carriers to block those robocalls for customers by default. Companies would also allow consumers to block calls from unknown numbers themselves. The FCC is set to vote on the proposal Thursday during its Open Commission Meeting. Pai said he expects phone companies to adopt these tools quickly if the proposal passes. In the op-ed, the FCC chairman also said not everyone is happy about his proposal and that robocallers, including debt collectors, have asked the agency to delay its vote. “But the Americans whom I hear from want relief from the flood of unwanted robocalls now. They don’t want us to wait,” Pai said. “I hate robocalls as much as you do.”   The FCC didn’t immediately respond to request for further comment. FCClast_img read more

Faced With Min Wage Hike Seafood Plants See Room to Cut

first_imgAlaska’s minimum wage initiative flew mostly under the radar this fall, overshadowed by high-profile Congressional races. But ballot measure three proposes a big change to state’s minimum wage structure — increasing it by two dollars over the next two years, to $9.75 an hour. After that, it would be adjusted for inflation.Download AudioIn Unalaska, at least 83 percent of voters supported that plan. The seafood industry — which is the biggest source of minimum wage jobs in Unalaska — didn’t expect anything less.Pollock processors at UniSea’s G2 plant in Unalaska. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)Leading up to the election, they were already considering ways to scale back their workforce.“We’ll have people who, as they retire out of the industry, we just won’t replace them,” says Alyeska Seafoods plant manager Don Goodfellow. “Machinery will take over a lot of those jobs.”Eventually, Goodfellow thinks up to 30 percent of Unalaska’s processing workers could be automated. He says the seafood business is well overdue to make that kind of change.“I think we’ve already started and it’s not as a response to that bill, specifically,” he says. “It’s the need to be more efficient about how we do things.”At UniSea, the potential wage hike makes that need more urgent. Chris Plaisance is a human resources director for the company. If they had to implement the pay increases laid out in Tuesday’s ballot initiative, it could cost up to $3.5 million.“Our margins are so thin that we need to make improvements or we’re gonna have a problem,” Plaisance says.UniSea would need to trim its workforce. Instead of layoffs, Plaisance says they would leave entry-level jobs empty at the end of each season. That leaves room to keep employees who’ve been with the company the longest.Levell Curtis Standifer, Jr. has been working for the company almost year-round since 2010. He’s originally from Washington State.“Down in the Lower 48, the economy is real bad,” he says. “And I thank God for the state of Alaska, and how they create fishing jobs.”Standifer and many of his coworkers start out earning minimum wage. But they have ample opportunities to work overtime. Plus they receive free room, board, and transportation from UniSea.Still, Standifer thinks his employer can afford to pay a little more.“The fishing companies, they’re doing quite well off our labor,” he says. “That’s the bottom line.”Judging by preliminary tally, he wasn’t the only one that felt that way. And he certainly wasn’t the only UniSea employee at the polls. Once an hour, the processing plant trucked in employees to cast their votes — and possibly, set their pay.last_img read more

Vijayawada Longest serving sarpanch Mallela passes away

first_imgVijayawada: TDP senior leader and former sarpanch of Ibrahimpatnam, Mallela Padmanabha Rao,91, died due to illness at his residence at Ibrahimpatnam in Krishna district on Wednesday.He was survived by wife, six daughters and one son. Mallela is well known in the district for being the longest serving sarpanch in the State. He created a record for serving as sarpanch for 48 consecutive years beginning from 1952. He also served as Director for Acharya NG Ranga University three times. He strived for development of the village and for the rights of the local bodies particularly the panchayats. He made relentless efforts to develop the Ibrahimpatnam as industrial hub of Krishna district. He donated lands for Jakir Hussain College in Ibrahimpatnam. Recently, he also donated 76 acres of land to the government. TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu, former minister Devineni Uma and several other leaders visited the residence and consoled the family members.last_img read more

Diesel costlier than petrol in Odisha Oil Minister asks Naveen Patnaik govt

first_imgA worker checks a 500 Indian rupee note as a man fills diesel in containers at a fuel station.REUTERSWith diesel becoming costlier than petrol in Odisha, the ruling Biju Janata Dal and the opposition Congress on Sunday blamed the “faulty” policy of the central government for the rise in the price of diesel.A litre of diesel costs 12 paise more than that of petrol in Bhubaneswar on Sunday with diesel being sold at Rs 80.69 per litre while petrol cost Rs 80.57 per litre.Utkal Petroleum Dealers Association general secretary Sanjay Lath said that this was the first time that the price of diesel surpassed that of petrol in Odisha.Lath said while other states have different VAT rates for petrol and diesel, Odisha charges a uniform 26 per cent VAT on both.He claimed that there has been a decline in the sale of diesel in Odisha because of the high prices of the fuel.Odisha Finance Minister SB Behera said, “This imbalance is mostly due to a faulty policy of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre … There could be a tactical understanding between the central government and oil marketing companies.”Behera feared that the prices of essential commodities will also go up because of the increase in diesel price.Senior Congress leader Arya Gyanendra said, “There is an inefficient government at the Centre which failed to regulate fuel price, particularly diesel …”BJP state general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan said, “Finance minister (Behera) should be judicious while making a statement on an important issue. Everybody in the country knows the reason behind the rise in the prices of fuel. While 13 states have reduced VAT on the fuel, Odisha government is yet taking a decision in this regard.”Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who is from Odisha, Sunday again asked the state government to reduce the rate of the VAT to give relief to people.Odisha Byabasai Mahasangha secretary Sudhakar Panda too feared that the price of essential commodities in the state will go up due to the high rate of diesel.last_img read more

Holey Artisan café attack suspect Sohel put on 7day remand

first_imgSohel Mahfuz arrested along with three other suspected members of militant group `Neo-JMB` from Chapainawabganj in front of DB Police Office. Photo: Hasan RajaA Dhaka court on Sunday placed Neo-JMB suspected member, Sohel Mahfuz, who is said to be involved in Holey Artisan café attack, on a seven-day remand, reports UNB.Metropolitan magistrate AHM Tqaha passed the order when Humayun Kabir, inspector of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit produced him before the court with a 10-day remand prayer.Public prosecutor Andullah Abu of Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge court represented the state.Earlier, on Saturday, a team of CTTC unit and police arrested Sohel Mahfuz, allegedly founder ameer of JMB India, from Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj district. The law enforcers also arrested three suspected members of the Neo JMB during the drive.last_img

What to Expect From This Years Game Developers Conference

first_imgEvery year about 30,000 games industry folk pack into Moscone Convention Center for the Game Developer’s Conference. GDC isn’t like E3, where new consoles and franchises get announced. Nor is it like PAX, an event largely for and by fans. Instead, GDC is about business. Most of the panels and talks are really technical, focusing on how Valve figured out the best way to design user interfaces for VR, or how 343 Studios made the art for Halo 4. Occasionally you’ll get a major announcement like Metal Gear Solid 5, or a sad intersection with the real world like overseas attendees being affected by travel bans, but for the most part, GDC is mundane. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth following.GDC is the largest gathering of the power players in the industry. It’s where developers swap ideas, it’s a great showcase for independent games, and perhaps most importantly, it’s also where the Virtual Reality Developer’s Conference will be held.As you’ve probably heard, VR is one of the latest “it” technologies. It’s got a lot of potential and can be used for plenty of mind-expanding activities. But, we’ve been down this road before. VR isn’t new, and it’s petered out in the past. This year, we’ll start to see whether VR is taking hold. Expect a lot of new stats and figures about how many people are buying VR sets, and what those people are playing. You can also expect to hear about the next major crop of games designed from the ground up in VR.Epic, the studio behind Unreal, Gears of War, and the Unreal Engine, has been hard at work making game development tools work in virtual reality. That should make it easier for game developers to work with the new technology and crank out more great games.On the other hand, if VRDC is relatively quiet, it could signal the beginning of the end for VR. For this kind of tech to stick around, there has to be software that’s compelling enough for people to run out and drop hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on new gadgets.Up-and-coming indies also tend to get a lot of recognition at GDC. I recall seeing Gone Home about a year and a half before its final release a while back. Games that we haven’t seen much of but have been in development for a while, like Yooka-Laylee and Tacoma will be at the show, so expect some first-looks at those.Lastly, there will be a steady trickle of smaller announcements that could take a while to dig through. GDC is a place of stats and figures — developers telling each other what works and what doesn’t. And some of the talks at the show can shed some light on this notoriously secretive industry.In any case, we’ll have plenty of GDC-related content for you, as we break down the most import and exciting announcements from the show.last_img read more