HALIFAX – Global fishing efforts are so wide ranging that fleets covered more than 460 million kilometres in 2016 — a distance equal to going to the moon and back 600 times.That startling revelation is contained in a newly published study in Science that quantifies fishing’s global footprint for the first time.“I’ve been working on fishing for 20 years and it totally blows me away,” co-author Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said of the findings.The study — which included researchers from Global Fishing Watch, National Geographic, Google and U.S. universities such as Stanford — used satellite feeds and common ship tracking technology known as the automatic identification system (AIS).It found that commercial fishing covers more than half of the ocean’s surface: “Our data show that industrial fishing occurs in 55 per cent of ocean area and has a spatial extent more than four times that of agriculture,” the study says.Most nations appear to fish predominantly within their own exclusive economic zones, but fishing fleets from China, Spain, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea accounted for more than 85 per cent of the observed fishing effort on the high seas.“The fundamental problem with fishing is the lack of oversight particularly on the high seas,” Worm said. “Now we have that oversight — we can see it from space.”The study found some larger fishing vessels undertake surprisingly lengthy travels, he said.One Japanese vessel leaves its home port to fish off South Africa before moving on to West Africa, then transits the Panama Canal and fishes in the eastern tropical Pacific before returning home.“I’ve never had data on it, so now I can actually track single voyages that go straight around the globe,” Worm said.Researchers captured the activity of more than 70,000 vessels, including about 75 per cent of industrial fishing vessels longer than 36 metres, by using 22 billion global AIS positions from 2012 to 2016. They point out the figures represent a small proportion of the world’s estimated 2.9 million motorized fishing vessels.Global fishing hotspots include the northeast Atlantic and northwest Pacific as well as regions off South America and West Africa.The study found areas of minimal effort in the Southern Ocean, parts of the northeast Pacific and central Atlantic and the exclusive economic zones of many island states “forming conspicuous holes in the global effort map.”The number of areas fished globally is likely even higher, the researchers said, given many regions have poor satellite coverage and a lower percentage of vessels using AIS.Longline fishing was the most widespread activity and was detected in 45 per cent of the ocean, followed by purse seining at 17 per cent and trawling at 9.4 per cent.Longliners had the greatest average trip length between anchorages — 7,100 kilometres.Worm said the study found that fishing wasn’t disturbed by significant weather events or by such things as the price of fuel.“They just go out and fish,” he said. “I think oftentimes because they are operating, particularly on the high seas, at the margin of profitability they just have to keep those boats running.”David Kroodsma, director of research and development for Global Fishing Watch, said the over-arching goal of the study is to create transparency for an industry that has had little in the past.Kroodsma said it’s hoped the data can be used to improve fisheries governance around the world. He said the global map it produced is hundreds of times higher in resolution than “anything we’ve had before.”“For me what’s most exciting is not just this dataset but what comes next. There are all of these questions about how we fish in the ocean that we can now answer that we could not before,” he said.
The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research institute, today announced that former Vice President Al Gore will be the special guest speaker for their “Step into the Genome” Black Tie Grand Opening Fundraising Event on November 9, 2013.To celebrate the opening of the new sustainable, net zero carbon genomics laboratory in La Jolla, California, JCVI is also pleased to announce Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, as the headlining musical entertainment. William Close and the Earth Harp Collective and Jennifer Spingola and Jesse Malloy will kick off the evening event which begins at 6 p.m.Former Vice President Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”“We cannot think of a more appropriate person to commemorate the opening of our net zero carbon, ultra green genomics lab than Al Gore. His commitment to sustainability and his determination to educate the world about climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time, is unparalleled. We are honored that Al will join us in opening this one of a kind building and look forward to hearing from the authority on the climate crisis,” said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute.JCVI is also excited to announce headlining musical act Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. This band is fronted by San Diego’s own Karl Denson, a legendary saxophonist who has been moving minds and bodies for nearly three decades of relentless touring. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band, a founding member of The Greyboy Allstars and a member of dub rockers Slightly Stoopid. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe plays a mix of funk infused jazz.William Close and the Earth Harp Collective is the brainchild of William who is most famous for captivating audiences on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012, but he’s been fine tuning the “Earth Harp” since its creation in 1999. It is the world’s largest stringed instrument and is truly a musical marvel described as kinetic indulgence of musical invention.Roving violinist Jennifer Spingola accompanied by DJ Jesse Malloy will round out the musical entertainment. Spingola is an accomplished musician whose modern take on the violin has been turning heads around the world. She’ll be making use of all the space the new building has to offer as she plays along to melodic beats that DJ Jesse serves up.The gala is expected to draw approximately 250 guests who will experience the culinary wonders of Waters Catering. The Waters’ team has developed a “molecularly memorable” menu of delicious, science themed food and cocktail items to delight guests. The celebrity cocktail chef, Matthew Biancaniello will be on hand to “synthesize” specially crafted cocktails using innovative blends of alcohol and fine organic produce.The landscape of the newly designed space will be brought to life thanks to the event experts of ShowTec, Inc., using their tool box of technical paintbrushes to celebrate the unique architecture and science of JCVI. Crafted seating pods, stylish tablescapes and vibrant projection washes will create a one of a kind gala.This unique event will be the perfect event to showcase the beautiful glass, steel, concrete and wood JCVI sustainable lab which will be the new West Coast home to approximately 125 JCVI scientists and staff. The event is made possible only through the generous support from sponsors.To learn more about the net zero carbon building, JCVI and the opening gala click here.Source:PR Newswire
MADRID — Spain’s government lost a vote in parliament to change regulations for housing rentals on Tuesday, dealing the ruling Socialists a setback as they try to cobble together support to pass a national budget.The far-left Podemos (“We Can”) party voted no, because it said the government decree didn’t do enough to limit the cost of rental properties, specifically by not empowering local governments to apply rent ceilings.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez heads a minority government and will need Podemos’s support, along with that of several smaller parties, to pass his budget.If he fails to pass a budget, Sanchez will be under pressure to call an early election instead of seeing out the legislative term through 2020.Spain has endured a major increase in the price of housing rentals recently.The Associated Press
26 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in the French resort of Deauville today to participate in the summit of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized countries and speak on issues such as the pro-democracy movement in the Arab world, crises in Africa and women’s and children’s health. Mr. Ban is due to participate in sessions of the so-called G8 Outreach Programme, where he is expected to continue to advocate for sustained attention to women’s and children’s health as a cornerstone of the global development agenda.At the G8 summit in Canada last year, industrialized countries adopted an initiative to boost efforts to improve maternal and child health in poorer countries, urging the world to ensure that no woman died while giving birth.The Secretary-General will also speak tomorrow at the G8 working session on the wave of pro-democracy movements that have risen up across North Africa and the Middle East, commonly referred to as the “Arab Spring,” and address a separate session on regional crises in Africa.On his way to Deauville today, Mr. Ban met with the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, as well as several other leaders.The UN chief arrived in France from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he took part in the African Union Summit on Peace and Security Issues in Africa.In a series of meetings with leaders attending the AU summit, Mr. Ban discussed issues such as Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Côte d’Ivoire, as well as climate change and sustainable development.
The principal had alleged she was summoned by the Chief Minister and forced to kneel at his feet as she had refused to enroll a student recommended by him.The Chief Minister however denies the allegation. (Colombo Gazette) Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake was granted bail today after he surrendered to the Police over an incident where he forced a female school principal to kneel at his feet.Chamara Sampath Dassanayake surrendered to the Badulla Police and was produced before a Magistrate where he was granted bail.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling a brand of lean ground beef because of a possible E. coli contamination.The agency says the Good Boucher brand beef was sold in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I., but may have also been distributed in other provinces and territories.The recall includes 285-gram packages with a best before date of March 21 and 510-gram packages with best before dates of March 19 and March 21.The CFIA says the recall was triggered by its test results and that no illnesses have been reported from eating the recalled beef.Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage.The agency is advising consumers to check if you have the products in your home and throw them out.
by Matthew Lee And Josh Lederman, The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2017 11:47 am MDT Last Updated Mar 23, 2017 at 12:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla. It was a nice story while it lasted. Moments from signing orders to advance the stalled Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, President Donald Trump comes up with the idea of making the projects use pipes and steel made in the U.S. He inserts a “little clause” to that effect and vows the projects will only happen if his buy-American mandate is met. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) WASHINGTON – Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it.Two officials say Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon will issue the recommendation Friday. A 60-day deadline to complete a Trump administration review is set to expire next Monday.The pipeline requires a presidential permit. The officials say the White House would announce the permit’s issuance after the State Department recommendation. The officials weren’t authorized to comment publicly ahead of the announcement and requested anonymity.Shannon is making the recommendation because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recused himself from the matter. Tillerson is the former CEO of Exxon Mobil.The Obama administration had rejected the pipeline. AP sources: US to recommend approval of Keystone XL pipeline
“Indigenous peoples in the United States – including American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples – constitute vibrant communities that have contributed greatly to the life of the country,” the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, said in a news release on his report, made public today, on indigenous peoples in the United States. Mr. Anaya stressed that these measures must “address persistent deep-seeded problems related to historical wrongs, failed policies of the past and continuing systemic barriers to the full realization of indigenous peoples’ rights.”The Special Rapporteur noted that there are significant challenges, including past misguided Government policies, as well as broken treaties and acts of oppression in the past, which have left indigenous people at a disadvantage and have prevented them from exercising their individual and collective rights.In his report, Mr. Anaya provides an overview of federal legislation and programs that have been developed over the last few decades by the US Government, and notes that these, “in contrast to early exercises of federal power based on misguided policies, constitute good practices that in significant measure respond to indigenous peoples’ concerns.” While Mr. Anaya welcomed the new initiatives to advance the rights of indigenous peoples over the last few years, he said existing programmes need to be improved to increase their efficiency and underlined that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an important guide to do this. Adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007 after more than two decades of debate, the Declaration sets out the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, as well as their rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education and other issues.“The Declaration, which is grounded in widespread consensus and fundamental human rights values, has been accepted by the United States at the urging of indigenous peoples from throughout the country, and it is an extension of the United States’ international human rights obligations,” Mr. Anaya said. “It should be a benchmark for all relevant decision making by the federal executive, Congress, and the judiciary, as well as by the states of the United States.”To develop his report, Mr. Anaya held consultations with US officials as well as with indigenous peoples, tribes, and nations in the capital, Washington, D.C., and the states of Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, South Dakota, and Oklahoma, both in so-called Indian country and in urban areas.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Mr. Anaya is scheduled to present his report on 18 September, during the Council’s current session.
2014: New registrations expected to be 78.3 million unitsGlobal new registrations will once again set a new record in 2014, growing by about 3.8% over 2013.Since we are already so deep into the year, of course, the forecast for the year as a whole will be subject to only minor fluctuations. The forecasts for Asia and Eastern Europe have been reduced slightly, while the outlook for Africa and NAFTA have been raised.New registrations in the Asia/Pacific region will increase by 6.9% in 2014 compared to 2013. In China alone, sales in the current year will be up around 1.81 million units from the year before. However, the lingering effects of the VAT rate increase in April of this year are now becoming apparent in the Japanese market, now that some time has passed.New registrations in the NAFTA region are expected to continue to climb to about 19.2 million units (up 5.4%). Sales in the Latin American markets, on the other hand, will fall to about 5.4 million units (down 9.2%).Sales will be down in Eastern Europe as well (down 9.6%). The region’s largest market, Russia, is currently suffering from the impact of the Crimean crisis (flight of capital out of the country, sanctions), a weakening currency (inflation) and low oil prices.Passenger vehicle demand in Western Europe, on the other hand, will be up once again in 2014 (up 4.6%), as gains in markets like the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as in Southern Europe (especially Spain), will more than make up for losses in relatively small markets like the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria (2014: new registrations of 12.1 million units).Continued growth in Asia and the NAFTA region, as well as the progressing recovery in Western Europe, will push global passenger vehicle sales over the 80 million-unit mark for the first time in 2015. However, sales in Eastern Europe and Latin America will grow at just a slow pace for the time being.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Based on results, which are preliminary in some cases, passenger vehicle sales for the global new car market in September were up around 4.7% from the year before. YTD, sales in the first nine months of this year were up around 2.62 million units over the same period in 2013 (up 4.6%). The US, Western Europe and especially Asia made positive contributions, while sales in Eastern Europe and Latin America were down once again.Sales in the Asia/Pacific region showed strong growth once again in September (up 6.3%). The Chinese market grew at a faster pace in September after growth flagged somewhat in August. Japanese sales were down once again, although the losses were milder than last month, as sales have been hurt by the after-effects of the VAT hike in April.Sales in the NAFTA region were up once again thanks to good economic news and attractive automotive financing offers. Registrations are up 5.0% YTD over the year before.Sales in Latin America were down significantly once again (down 6.5% in September and 8.7% YTD). Sales in the region’s two largest markets, Argentina and especially Brazil were down sharply from the year before once again.Sales in Western Europe were up 6.4% in September (up 5.2% YTD). This growth was the result of continuing growth in the UK and Spain (incentives), as well as strong registrations in GermanyThe civil war in Ukraine, as well as the sanctions imposed on Russia, weighed down sales in the Eastern European market (September: down 8.6%; YTD: down 9.4%).
CharmerMindblowingWe love… very Irish Twitter accounts@IrishMammies@YourRTEGuide @AmyHuberman We loathe… pitchfork mobsTake the case of Irish footballer Darren Gibson who left Twitter after just two hours following a stream of abuse.We love… pictures of puppies, kittens and other squee-tastic animalsWe loathe.. selfies. Unless they also feature a kitten/puppy/pet of some descriptionThis is ok:This is not ok:We love… trending topicsLike this week’s St. Patrick’s Day inspired #TractorPorn:We loathe… the Bieber/One Direction vigilantesWe love…. celebs on TwitterLike William Shatner:We Loathe… those cryptic tweets about “some people” with the #Can’tSayMuchMoreHere hastagsThis one incorporates being cryptic AND #JustSayingThere’s even a parody account devoted to it:What do you love or loathe about Twitter? Let us know in the comments section below…8 celebrities who are surprisingly excellent on Twitter>This could only happen on Irish Twitter> We loathe… #JustSayingPutting the #JustSaying hashtag on the end of a tweet doesn’t mean you can say whatever nonsense you wantSimilarly #EndOf and #FACT.So beautiful We loathe… racism and hatredIn January a man was arrested after racist abuse was directed at a Newcastle United Player, also in January a French court ruled that Twitter must identify the authors of racist and anti-Semitic tweets.When Barack Obama was re-elected the racist tweets went into overdrive, while in July 2012 a teenager was arrested after sending a tweet to British diver Tom Daly, telling him he had let down his late father.Lewis Stickley/EMPICS SportWe love… Telly via TwitterWatching telly with your phone, tablet or laptop by your side has almost become secondary activity after the tweets themselves.#LoveHate became a national obsession, while you can pretty much follow #VinB without having to watch the programme itself.#Oscars2013 were watched and tweeted around the world, and will we every forget the grief that f0llowed THAT episode of #DowntonAbbey? TWITTER FOUNDER JACK Dorsey’s first tweet seven years ago wasn’t exactly earth shattering .He wrote:just setting up my twttrMy how things have changed.Twitter has become a force for change in the world, the means by which breaking news spreads, a business tool, a way to make friends, a dating site, and so much more.So what are some of the things we love and loathe about Twitter, seven years on?We love… the part it plays in disseminating information, gathering opinions and acting an agent for change.The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Iran’s Twitter revolution, news of the Japanese Tsunami, the Anders Bering Breivik attacks.The cinema shootings in Aurora, the US presidential election, along with more localised opinions on the likes of #Budget2013 and #PromNight make Twitter an essential information source.A Syrian man uses his mobile phone to capture a child using a megaphone to lead others in chanting Free Syrian Army slogans (AP Photo/Andoni Lubaki)
‘They’re for the chop’: High Court Master says ‘wave of repossessions’ on the horizon Master Honohan asked if it’s a “sick joke” that people writing to the Taoiseach were told to seek help from Abhaile. Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie By Sean Murray Feb 21st 2018, 9:09 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 117 Comments Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 9:08 AM https://jrnl.ie/3863057 Regulation doesn’t give help to people who are in arrears. It won’t help people who haven’t got the money to do a deal. They’re for the chop, put it that way. If you’re a PTSB customer, you should now go to see your Pip (personal insolvency practitioner).When asked about provisions in place to keep people in their homes, he added that while people who can afford their repayments and choose not to should not be helped, there are so many in need of assistance.Read: High Court Master writes new legislation to help keep people in their homesRead: High Court Master says government’s legal advice scheme is ‘a scam’ Share152 Tweet Email2 Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie Short URL MASTER OF THE High Court, Edmund Honohan, has said the government is not putting appropriate policy in place to prepare for the “wave of repossessions [of homes] that’s about to break”.Master Honohan has written a new proposed piece of legislation that would give the State greater powers in its financial and legal support services to protect people who are in mortgage arrears.He has frequently been critical in his court of the behaviour of banks towards mortgage customers in arrears, and has called out the government’s actions to help these people as failing to offer real solutions.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Honohan said that he has “people coming into [his] court on a daily basis trying to stave off repossession”.He advised some of these people to write a letter to the Taoiseach to ask where they could go to find a mortgage-to-rent solution.In a letter of reply from Leo Varadkar’s office, Honohan said these people were advised to go to the Abhaile service, which offers vouchers to people who are in debt so they can seek legal or financial advice.Honohan had previously called the scheme “a scam”, and today asked if it was a “sick joke” that people who were at risk of losing their home to be directed to this service with offers of a solution.Master Honohan then described the bill he has drafted which would, among other provisions, would aim to create a co-operative mechanism whereby funding would be provided to acquire, manage, rent or sell distressed mortgages.Unlike vulture funds, however, this agency would be based on an “ethical” non-profit model in order to support people staying in their homes.He said that if such a mechanism were to be effective, then “the vulture funds will go away”.Honohan also referenced the current furore over plans from PTSB to sell off €3.7 billion worth of non-performing loans.He said: “If I were the Taoiseach and I was standing up to deal with questions in the Dáil about the PTSB sell-off, I’d be minded to give advice to people in trouble. 42,810 Views
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The economy will contract by a steeper-than-expected 5 percent this year, the central bank chief said in a speech to the bank’s shareholders. Last month, the bank in March had forecast a 4.5 percent contraction in the economy this year.Bank of Greece governor Yiorgos Provopoulos said the country must stick to its reform and fiscal adjustment commitments under a bailout plan agreed with its euro zone partners and the IMF to return the economy to growth.He also warned that the country’s membership in the eurozone was at stake if it failed to follow through on its pledges to reform, especially after national elections on May 6.“If following the election doubts emerge about the new government and society’s will to implement the programme, the current favourable prospects will reverse,” he said.He said the euro zone was set for a mild recession this year which could deepen if the debt crisis escalates.Source: Reuters, Athens News
EPPING, N.H. (AP) — Police say two employees at a New Hampshire Burger King have been arrested on drug charges after authorities were tipped off that drive-thru customers who asked for extra crispy fries got marijuana with their meal.NH1 reports (http://bit.ly/2jViBwC) Epping Police Chief Mike Wallace said 20-year-old Garrett Norris was arrested Saturday after police conducted a sting operation. Also arrested was 19-year-old Meagan Dearborn, the shift manager.Wallace said drive-thru buyers would ask for “Nasty Boy,” then for extra crispy fries.Wallace said the drugs weren’t put in the food; they were sold in a separate container. He said the operation didn’t involve the franchise owners.Norris and Dearborn are scheduled for arraignment Feb. 28. It wasn’t known if they had lawyers and phone numbers couldn’t be found for them.
The majority of first-time students who arrived at Clark College last fall were unprepared for college-level math classes and needed remedial courses.Officials from two local districts have begun working with Clark faculty to narrow the gap between what kids learn in high school math classes and what they need when they get to campus.A fact sheet presented to the Clark College Board of Trustees this week showed the college readiness — or lack thereof — of students from local high schools.Nearly 3,500 new students enrolled at Clark last fall. About 750 of them had transferred from another college with previous credits.The rest of the newcomers — 2,742 students — had to take the COMPASS test, which determines which level of coursework they’re ready for. Overall, students fared well in reading and writing, with great majorities ready to earn college credits in courses labeled “100” or above — think English 101.But very few students were ready for Math 101 and would instead have to spend their tuition money on courses for which they receive no college credit while they catch up on their numerical skills.The numbers in the report, which do not include comparisonswith previous years, must be viewed with two important caveats.The report only includes students who wanted to start their college career at Clark. Hundreds of students from local high schools head straight to four-year universities in their freshman year and some — a few dozen each year — go to prestigious schools elsewhere in the country.
The detective branch of narcotics control department (DNC) detained a Rohingya man with 35000 yaba pills on Tuesday night from Teknaf’s Jadimura area of Hnila Union in Cox’s Bazar.The arrestee, Rashid Ullah, is a son of Bashir Ahmed hailing from Dongkhali of Mongdu in Myanmar.Being tipped-off, they arrested Rashid Ullah with 35000 pieces of Yaba in a polythene bag from the area, said DNC assistant director Md Zillur Rahman.Rashid was then handed over to Teknaf police station. A case has been filed against him.The officer in charge of Teknaf model police station, Md Mainuddin Khan said, Rashid will be presented in Cox’s Bazar judicial magistrate court on Wednesday.
Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Outside of roguelikes, Japanese role-playing games are maybe the gaming genre I’m the least interested in. Earthbound is great. I can enjoy Pokemon about once per decade. And Final Fantasy XV’s larger failings can’t take away from my immense appreciation of Prompto Argentum. But I never feel motivated to complete these like 60-hour anime adventures driven by slow and tedious turn-based combat. I’m astonished how people want there to be not just one but two whole Mario spin-off JRPG franchises, considering the franchise’s totally opposite legacy of immediate platforming fun. At least roguelikes tend to have interesting mechanics you can experience in just a few short runs.But JRPGs do tend to be some of the most ridiculous video games out there. Their sheer length and scale requires a lot of absurd lore presented with a totally serious tone. How many times do you kill God in these? And that wackiness is something I can appreciate even without playing the games themselves. This week’s Game of the Year features a premise gloriously bizarre even by JRPG standards. Remember Eternal Sonata, aka, “Chopin the Video Game?”Eternal Sonata’s story is so out there I legitimately thought I was hallucinating when I first heard it. Like a bastard offspring of Amadeus, Dragon Quest, and every awful fan theory that says the entire movie was really just a dream, Eternal Sonata takes place in the last moments of the mind of real-life famous classical composer Frédéric Chopin as he dies from tuberculosis in 1849. In Japan the game is called Trusty Bell: Chopin’s Dream, and I appreciate the honesty. Eternal Sonata as a title, while accurate, sounds almost embarrassed by the audacity of the plot.If you’re wondering how a Chopin JRPG would look and play, the answer is it’s not that different from any other JRPG of the era. You play as an anime interpretation of Chopin himself while party members are all named after music concepts and genres like Allegretto, Viola, and Jazz. They explore the world doing typical JRPG stuff like taking on quests and visiting shops, with rearrangements of Chopin’s music serving as a jumping off point for the piano soundtrack of course. The environments and architecture are also appropriately intricate and gorgeous considering the artistry of the music they are paired with.Music historians will appreciate the ways Eternal Sonata references events of Chopin’s actual life, the way a dream provides fantastical remixes of your own real experiences. Music, along with light and shadow, plays a role in the active “harmony” combat system. And there’s something to be said about a fictional game using a real person to hammer home its theme about escapism as a good remedy for bad realities. But just how weird it is that someone made a full-fledged RPG about the life of Chopin? That’s so weird!Eternal Sonata’s developer is Tri-Ace, a Square Enix subsidiary perhaps best known for the Star Ocean franchise of sci-fi JRPGs. Eternal Sonata was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2007, and that era wasn’t particularly kind to the genre. Japanese developers struggled to make the leap to pricey leap high-definition visuals, especially for long RPGs with lots of characters and expansive worlds. Again, the game that eventually became Final Fantasy XV was first announced in like 2006. So not only is Eternal Sonata’s entire… existence surprising, but so is its choice of platform. Weaker systems like the Nintendo Wii and DS acted as safe, profitable havens in a market otherwise obsessed with 720p.I’ve never played Eternal Sonata, and I never would, so I can’t really tell you if it’s worth actually picking up if you can find it. It got fairly high reviews at the time. But just knowing about it has entertained me far more than lots of other JRPGs I could name. So what’s next for the hot new “classical musician biography game” subgenre? A Mozart racing game? A Beethoven brawler? A John Cage game that’s just a blank disc?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018
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Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more A example of a photoacoustic image. May 4, 2009 – The Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) Symposium on Multimodality Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging convened April 30 and May 1 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., to discuss the prevention of cardiac events as a critical next step toward improving cardiovascular health and patient care. The meeting was hosted by SNM’s Molecular Imaging Center of Excellence (MICoE) with the support of NIH and of multiple corporate and nonprofit partners. “The symposium was designed to help disseminate the latest cardiovascular imaging research and raise awareness of the most promising clinical techniques with the potential to decrease the frequency and mitigate the severity of heart attacks and other cardiac events,” said MICoE President Henry F. VanBrocklin, Ph.D., professor of radiology and director of radiopharmaceutical research at the University of California, San Francisco. Speakers from the fields of chemistry, engineering, physics, molecular biology, cardiovascular physiology and imaging sciences focused on important lessons that can be gleaned from imaging damaged heart tissue in hopes of diagnosing potential cardiac events and preventing them before they occur. “Changes in the structure, geometry and eventually function of the left ventricle occur following myocardial infarction, or heart attack,” said Albert J. Sinusas, M.D., professor of medicine and diagnostic radiology and director of cardiovascular nuclear imaging, Yale School of Medicine. “A targeted molecular imaging approach can provide both prognostic and diagnostic potential by revealing unique insights into molecular processes involved in repair and remodeling of the heart following a heart attack.” During the symposium, speakers presented research about new imaging and drug delivery technologies that are currently being developed to counter the effects of atherosclerosis, or chronic inflammation of the heart’s arterial walls. According to these researchers, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in developed countries and atherosclerosis is a major cause of severe cardiovascular disease. “One third of adult men and women have some form of cardiovascular disease and the estimated direct and indirect costs to our health care system exceed $400 billion,” said David K. Glover, Ph.D., associate professor of cardiovascular medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine. “We are currently investigating an antibody-based molecular imaging probe that may be a useful and sensitive tool for advancing our understanding of the formation of atherosclerotic lesions and for the noninvasive detection of vulnerable plaques.” Other presentations explored both the established and the leading edge in imaging techniques, from positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance (MR), to a variety of hybrid imaging modalities in biomedicine, including applications of ultrasound for medicine and nondestructive testing. “Metabolic imaging has played a key role in diagnosis and prognostication as well as directing therapy and understanding these disease states and new therapies,” said Robert S. B. Beanlands, M.D., director of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s cardiac PET center. “A recent comprehensive meta-analysis confirmed that FDG PET is the most sensitive method available for predicting heart wall motion recovery and revealing improved outcomes in the healthy heart wall tissue of patients whose blood supply has been restored.” “Photoacoustic imaging represents one of the most promising techniques for molecular imaging,” said Matthew O’Donnell, Ph.D., the Frank and Julie Jungers dean of engineering, professor of bioengineering and adjunct professor of mechanical engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Washington. “Photoacoustics combines optical and acoustic methods and can provide real-time images with molecular sensitivity at significant image depth with high spatial resolution.” For more information: www.snm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more
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When the mutineers of the HMS Bounty landed on Pitcairn Island in 1790, they believed they had found the perfect refuge: a fertile Eden in a remote corner of the South Pacific where Capt. William Bligh and the rest of the British navy could never find them.Some 225 years later, the island and its waters may soon become a sanctuary of a different kind. The British government said Wednesday that it intends to designate a vast area around the island as the world’s largest protected marine reserve, assuring that its natural riches will remain pristine for generations to come.The plan to designate the region as a Marine Protected Area is spelled out in budget documents released by British officials, and is contingent on finalizing agreements for satellite monitoring and enforcement in the proposed ocean park. But barring a technical hitch, restrictions will be soon be imposed on a 322,000-square-mile area around Pitcairn and three sister islands that contains an usual wealth of coral reefs as well as marine species ranging from sea mammals to sharks, according to scientists involved in planning for the preserve.“It was like traveling to a new world full of hidden and unknown treasures,” said Enric Sala, a marine biologist and explorer-in-residence for National Geographic who participated in a 2012 scientific expedition to the islands. With the creation of the sanctuary, he said, the area’s biological bounty “will now be preserved for generations to come.”As a marine park, the area would be off limits to commercial fishing as well as undersea mining or oil and gas exploration. Covering an area three times the size of Great Britain, it would be the biggest continuous area of protected ocean in the world, and the second-biggest nature reserve of any kind after East Greenland National Park.The 2-mile-long main island is best known as the final resting place of the HMS Bounty, the 18th century British ship that was seized by rebellious crew members in 1789 in an episode celebrated in books and films as the “Mutiny on the Bounty.” The mutineers, led by Fletcher Christian, set the boat’s captain and 18 other seamen adrift in a small boat and then sailed off on a months-long search for a hiding place safe from passing British naval patrols.Eventually, nine of the mutineers ended up on tiny Pitcairn Island with an entourage of 17 Tahitian men and women and an infant. Christian burned the ship and built a settlement on the island, which remained undetected for 18 years. All but one of the original mutineers had died by the time the settlement was discovered by a passing American vessel in 1808.The remoteness that attracted the Bounty’s mutineers makes the region ideally suited for a sanctuary, scientists say. Located in the middle of the South Pacific about 3,000 miles northeast of New Zealand, Pitcairn’s waters are virtually unspoiled. The main island’s current population of 56 people — all descendants of the mutineers and their Tahitian companions — are the only inhabitants, and large portions of the seabed have never been explored.Scientific expeditions so far have documented more than 1,200 species, including four types of endangered whales and two endangered sea turtles. The region’s ecosystem also includes the world’s deepest known plant species, a kind of encrusting coral that thrives at 1,200 feet below sea level, as well as a coral atoll known as the 40 Mile Reef, considered by scientists to be one of the most developed and deepest reefs of its kind anywhere.Under a unique arrangement, remote monitoring of the site will be supplied by the Pew Charitable Trusts, through its Project Eyes on the Seas program, which uses satellite tracking data to detect illegal fishing. Matt Rand, director of Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy, said the creation of the preserve builds a “refuge of untouched ocean to protect and conserve a wealth of marine life.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Half of marine life wiped out in 40 years: WWF China’s panda population is growing, and that’s a problem Brooklyn yoga studio plans fundraiser to protect Costa Rican rain forest UK documentary series seeks British families going back to nature in Costa Rica
Share The Impact of Leadership Change at CFPB in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Lenders in the residential mortgage space are hopeful that the new leadership at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will open the doors to a wider dialogue between the agency and the industry, according to the STRATMOR Insights report, released by mortgage industry consultancy firm, STRATMOR, on Thursday.The report studies the impact of these leadership changes on the mortgage regulatory landscape specifically on the TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID). Despite regulation expanding with the new HDMA guidelines that took effect in January 2018, the trend seems to be going away from “regulation through enforcement,” making lenders more hopeful of a positive dialogue with CFPB.“If it comes to fruition, the move away from “regulation through enforcement” would be a huge benefit to lenders who continue to act as if they are but one mistake away from a CFPB penalty and having their networth slashed,” said Rob Chrisman, Senior Advisor at STRATMOR. The report also studied the initial costs of TRID-compliance with lenders who were surveyed pegging the cost at $209 per loan. However they projected this cost to decline to $160 per loan net of costs recovered through additional loan charges. “The initial implementation steps for TRID did not go well, especially in setting expectations with settlement agents,” says Chrisman. “And, TRID increased the per-loan costs and impacted approval-to- close cycle times in such a way that it wasn’t clear, long-term, what the overall costs would be.” In a related article in the report, Matt Lind, Senior Partner at STRATMOR analyzed the scale, scope and impact on borrower satisfaction of problems that occur during loan origination. “One out of six borrowers experiences one or more problems during loan origination, which causes a significant drop in satisfaction, especially if they are not resolved,” Lind noted.The report also indicated that increased communication between borrower and lender, a key TRID goal, significantly improved overall borrower satisfaction rates. “CFPB rules have, overall, had a positive impact on borrowers and lenders,” said Chrisman citing STRATMOR’s MortgageSAT data that shows significant improvement in borrower satisfaction scores when borrowers are contacted prior to a loan closing. January 25, 2018 760 Views CFPB Leadership Lenders mortgage TRID 2018-01-25 Radhika Ojha