first_imgVANCOUVER – A push to grow girls hockey on Vancouver Island is being criticized by some parents, but one advocate says the controversial move is the only way to save the sport from attrition.The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association has put forward a resolution that would require all girls play on a female-only team. Any girls who want to play on a co-ed team as well would be allowed to do so and would pay a single registration fee for both teams, said Jim Humphrey, the association’s president.For years, the group has turned away dozens of girls who want to play on female-only teams, but can’t because there isn’t one available, he said.“The only way the girl’s system is going to grow and to improve is having females help to grow the female game,” Humphrey said.“Female hockey is going to die on Vancouver Island if we don’t do something.”But the move has been met with resistance from some parents. A thread on the association’s Facebook page features several comments from people who say their daughters would rather quit hockey than play on an all-girls team.Heather Wong isn’t part of the Facebook thread, but her daughter played on both all-female and co-ed teams in Nanaimo.Wong said she doesn’t think the association’s proposal is a good idea because it alienates girls who play co-ed hockey.“They’re telling them they have to play girls-only. Well, if they wanted to play girls-only, they’d be playing girls-only,” she said.Canadian human rights tribunals have ruled that girls should be allowed to play on boys teams. The Manitoba Human Rights Commission ordered the Manitoba High School Athletics Association to pay two sisters $3,500 each in 2006 after it found they were discriminated against when they weren’t allowed to try out for their school’s male hockey team.“Telling a girl in this day and age that you can’t play on a mixed team probably isn’t the best thing to do,” Wong said.A better way forward could begin with finding out why some girls don’t want to play on all-girl teams, she addedHumphrey said he’s “at a loss” as to why the resolution is getting push back.“We’re not trying to take anything away from a girl,” he said. “We’re trying to give more to the girls who want to play boy hockey, but we’re also trying to make sure that the girls who want to play hockey, but don’t want to play boy hockey, have a place to play.”The issue is a kind of a “chicken and egg problem,” said James Nedila, president of an all-girls league called the Vancouver Angels.“You want to give more girls a place to play, but you don’t have a place to play unless you have more girls,” he said.The Vancouver Angels is the only all-girls hockey association in Vancouver.Ian Fleetwood is spokesman for a group that’s trying to create a similar all-girls hockey association in Victoria.Girls currently playing on all-female teams have to travel all over Vancouver Island and having an association in Victoria would allow them to play more games locally, he said.The group would attract both girls who have never played hockey and girls who are playing on mixed teams, Fleetwood said.“We’re not going to force girls to come to it, but we think the improved development model and more local games would attract a lot of girls.”In Vancouver, Nedila said the Angels are constantly competing with the larger groups of boys to get ice time and other resources, so they have to go out of their way to show families the benefits of an all-girls team.His own daughter is almost 14 and she loves the social aspect of playing with other girls.“When girls play on a boys team, they’re usually on their own, the boys don’t really know what to do with them. … They kind of feel isolated and not really part of the team,” Nedila said.“When you walk into a room full of girls, it’s very different, a very different atmosphere. All of the sudden, you have somebody you’re going to be able to talk to.”last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs contradict what was negotiated in the new North American Free Trade Agreement.Freeland says U.S. businesses are making that argument and that gives momentum to Canada’s ongoing efforts to have the levies lifted in 2019.She says Canada’s fight to remove the tariffs, imposed by the U.S. president, is being helped by the fact American businesses are calling for them to be lifted before the new continental trade pact can be ratified.Freeland says their argument centres on the fact that a major section of the new agreement focuses on raising the content requirements of North American-built automobiles.She says the imposition of tariffs on key components of autos — steel and aluminum — is a contradiction.Canada, the United States and Mexico signed the new trade agreement on Nov. 30 but it needs to be ratified by each of their legislatures — which could make for a bumpy ride through the U.S. Congress after the Democrats recently won control of the House of Representatives.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has decided to deploy a total of 700 companies of Central Forces in eight constituencies of Bengal which will go to polls on May 12.The Commission is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a free and fair election in the remaining two phases in the state. The EC officials including Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey have held a number of meetings with the election officials in the districts and the police officers to assess the overall poll preparedness. The election officials also took stock of the law and order situation. The district police officers have been asked to identify the trouble-prone areas. The Election Commission is taking preventive measures for the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha elections in Bengal so that poll processes are not disrupted at any booth due to the malfunctioning of the EVMs. Five phases of elections have already been completed. On earlier occasions, there were reports of EMV malfunctioning due to which the poll process was suspended for a while. The Commission is taking measures to bridge the gaps so that an EMV machine can be replaced by another if it malfunctions. During the recently concluded fifth phase elections, in some booths, the EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) malfunctioned due to excessive heat. According to sources at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in the state, in each polling station there will be adequate arrangements of alternative EVMs and VVPATs to meet the crisis. The EC has already started dispatching additional EVMs and VVPATs to all the polling booths. The eight parliamentary constituencies that go to polls on May 12 are Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur.last_img read more

Rabat – Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly decided to give each of his teammates a $10.000 personalized Bulgari watch, to express gratitude for the team that helped win last season’s UEFA Champions League. The Portuguese star will offer the said watches inscribed with the name of each player in addition to “La Decima”, which refers to the tenth European cup the Los Blancos claimed last season.The two-time FIFA Ballon D’Or winner managed to win the second FIFA Club World Cup of his career in Morocco after beating South American champions, San Lorenzo, 2-0 in the final that took place in the Grand Stadium of Marrakech. Ronaldo won his first international trophy back in 2008 when he was still defending the colors of Manchester United.Real Madrid added the year-ending trophy to the Champions League, Copa Del Rey and European Super Cup titles they had already secured in 2014.Saturday’s triumph was their 22nd consecutive win in all competitions. read more

___Survey: US manufacturing activity increased in MarchWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers grew at a faster pace in March, as the pace of employment jumped and new orders and production improved. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says that its manufacturing index rose to 55.3 last month, up from 54.2 in February. Readings above 50 point toward an expansion in manufacturing.___UK Parliament seeks new options on BrexitLONDON (AP) — Britain’s Parliament is seeking a way out of the country’s Brexit morass, voting on a series of measures that could soften or reverse the U.K.’s departure from the European Union. With just 12 days until the U.K. must come up with a new plan or crash out of the bloc in chaos, the House of Commons is considering four alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s unpopular Brexit deal.___Brexit is hurting travel industry, airline warnsLONDON (AP) — Discount airline easyJet has warned that the U.K.’s pending withdrawal from the European Union is causing travellers to hold back on booking tickets. EasyJet said Monday that as a result, its earnings would be weaker in the second half of the year. The news has caused shares in the airline to fall sharply and weighed on the wider sector.___Kellogg sells Keebler and other brands for $1.3 billionNEW YORK (AP) — Kellogg is selling Keebler cookies and other brands for $1.3 billion, about $2.6 billion less than it spent on that brand alone 17 years ago. Food producers are trying to find new brands with more growth potential after sweeping shifts in consumer taste, particularly in the U.S. Along with Keebler, the Battle Creek, Michigan, company said Monday that it will sell Mother’s and Famous Amos cookie brands.___US safety agency opens probes into Hyundai and Kia firesDETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s highway safety watchdog has decided to open two investigations into fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles that aren’t involved in crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it opened the probe after getting more than 3,100 complaints of fires from consumers and the automakers that included 103 injuries.___Rare glimpse into Saudi Aramco shows $111 billion net profitDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Aramco’s net profits reached $111 billion last year, according to an assessment published by Moody’s Investors Services on Monday that offered a rare glimpse into the state-owned oil firm’s finances before it issues its first bonds in international markets.___3 bodies found in plane crash that killed Russian tycoonBERLIN (AP) — German authorities have recovered the bodies of three people, including one of Russia’s richest women, who were killed in a small plane crash near Frankfurt a day earlier. Russian airline S7 Group says co-owner Natalia Fileva was aboard the single-engine, six-seat Epic LT aircraft that crashed and burned in a field as it approached the small airport at Egelsbach near Frankfurt. Russian news reports say Fileva, who co-owned S7 with her husband, had been travelling with her father.___FAA expects Boeing update for troubled jet ‘in coming weeks’WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety regulators say Boeing needs more time to make changes in an anti-stall systems suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes. Boeing was expected to finish its work last week, but the Federal Aviation Administration now says it anticipates Boeing’s proposed fix “in the coming weeks.” Crashes of the Boeing 737 Max in Indonesia and Ethiopia have killed 346 people.___US retail sales declined 0.2% in FebruaryWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in February, as consumers pulled back their spending on building materials, groceries, furniture, electronics and clothing declined amid signs of a slowing economy. The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales fell 0.2% in February, after posting an upwardly revised gain 0.7% in January. Over the past year, retail sales have roughly kept pace with inflation by increasing a slight 2.2%.___US stocks post solid finish on encouraging economic dataNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed solidly higher on Wall Street Monday after a batch of encouraging global economic data kept investors in a buying mood. Financial and technology companies powered much of the rally, which extended the market’s gains from last week, when the benchmark S&P 500 closed out its best quarter in nearly a decade. In another hopeful sign, long-term bond yields rose above their recent lows, following a sharp drop last month that flashed a possible recession warning, rattling Wall Street.___The S&P 500 gained 32.79 points, or 1.2%, to 2,867.19, notching a three-day winning streak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 329.74 points, or 1.3%, to 26,258.42. The Nasdaq composite climbed 99.59 points, or 1.3%, to 7,828.91. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 16.33 points, for a 1.1% gain, to 1,556.06.The Associated Press read more

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to assist nearly 200,000 people in Timor-Leste affected by an ongoing drought and appealed for additional funds to provide food aid. “There is a need for food assistance due to the persistence of the drought, and we will work closely with the Government to ensure that food is available through the lean season,” said Tarek Elguindi, WFP Representative in Timor-Leste. “With our Ministry counterparts, WFP has met international agencies and donors to alert them to this urgent need.” A recent food security and crop survey conducted by WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) found that drought conditions and a locust outbreak had caused a 30 per cent decline in crop production on the island in the past year, leaving one fifth of the population vulnerable to food shortages through the coming “lean season.” WFP estimates that the drought has resulted in an overall food shortage of 85,000 metric tons, and indicates that at least 16,000 tons of additional food assistance, valued at up to $12 million, will be needed to meet the country’s food needs in the coming year. Contributions are being sought from international donors to cover the costs of food assistance which will be delivered by WFP and the Timorese Government. In assisting the Government, WFP will increase food deliveries through community-level Food for Work projects and with increased food assistance to children and pregnant women and nursing mothers, through WFP’s Maternal and Child Health and School Feeding programmes. Working closely with the Government, WFP and FAO have already taken several measures to avert food shortages during the lean season, including pre-positioning emergency food stocks in drought-affected areas and assisting the Government in procuring seeds for next year’s planting. 29 June 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to assist nearly 200,000 people in Timor-Leste affected by an ongoing drought and appealed for additional funds to provide food aid. read more

Three people have been charged with impaired driving after several crashes happened overnight in Hamilton.At around 3:30 a.m., a taxi cab was t-boned by a black BMW at the intersection of John St. and Hunter St.Witnesses say the male driver of the BMW fled the area on foot but Hamilton police caught up with him on Augusta St. where he was arrested for impaired driving.Police say two other collisions happened just after midnight in Flamborough and Hamilton.Police arrested a 22-year-old man after his car rolled into a ditch and a 24-year-old female driver was charged with impaired driving when her vehicle crashed into a pole.A male driver was arrested in Waterdown after he lost control of his truck and slammed into a pole — shearing it in half and trapping the driver inside his vehicle. He has been with careless driving and given a 3-day alcohol-warn suspension.Hamilton police say only minor injuries were reported. read more

Ohio State football is again a nationally ranked team and appears to be entrenched as a squad worth paying attention to in 2012, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t uncertainty among its personnel. OSU, which The Associated Press announced Saturday was ranked No. 18 in its first Top 25 poll of the 2012 season, begins its third week of preseason preparation Monday and is less than two weeks until its season-opening game Sept. 1 against Miami University (Ohio). Several key position battles are yet to be sorted out for the Buckeyes, though. Senior tight end-turned tackle Reid Fragel and freshman Taylor Decker are continuing what coach Urban Meyer called a “battle” for the starting right tackle position while both the running back and wide receiver groups are jockeying for position up and down their respective depth charts. Perhaps chief among the position competitions is the one being waged between Fragel and Decker. During OSU’s Aug. 12 media day, Meyer said the Buckeyes weren’t functional at right tackle, a position Fragel volunteered for after Meyer arrived at OSU in November. “I knew when coach Meyer came in, his offensive philosophy was different from (former OSU coach Jim) Tressel,” Fragel said at OSU’s media day. “Being a pro-style tight end, I knew I couldn’t fit in as a spread tight end. I also knew I had some blocking ability and size to work with.” For his offer to switch positions, Fragel was rewarded with a fight for playing time with Decker, a 6-foot-10, 310-pound first-year player from Vandalia, Ohio. By Friday, the final day of a week that included eight practices and three two-a-days, Fragel said he feels that he’s been put up against a wall. “I tend to respond pretty well to pressure,” Fragel said. “Taylor’s a great kid, a great player, so, he’s going to be a great player in the future and this year I’m just trying to get the No. 1 (right) tackle spot, and whoever that is in the way, I look to compete against them. In the end, I plan to win.” The competition at running back is a bit more complicated than the straightforward, one-versus-one battle between Fragel and Decker. Senior running back Jordan Hall is the team’s No. 1 option at running back, but he could miss as many as three games during the non-conference portion of OSU’s schedule due to an injury. Hall stepped on glass while walking his dog, a pit bull named “Cali,” in June. Surgery was needed to repair a torn ligament after the incident, and junior back Carlos Hyde might be called upon to fill the void. Hyde carried the ball 106 times for 566 yards, six touchdowns and an average of more than five yards per carry in 2011. Perhaps his strongest outing of the 2011 season came in the electric atmosphere of Nebraska’s first-ever Big Ten conference home game where he rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Through nearly two full weeks of fall camp, running backs coach Stan Drayton said Hyde has stepped his game up and “answered the bell.” “I didn’t coach Carlos last year, I coached those wide receivers. And just kinda (through) side vision, I thought he was a little lazy as a football player, quite honestly,” Drayton said. “I’m sure he’ll tell you the same thing. And the one thing that he’s improved upon is his approach to the game and his passion and energy level is through the roof right now. He’s really escalated his value to this football team.” For Meyer’s part, he said during Big Ten Media Days that he feels this is the defining moment in Hyde’s career. “It’s either yes or no (for Hyde),” Meyer said. “There can’t be any more gray area. He’s had too much gray in his career, and he’s got talent.” There’s no room for complacency for Hyde – there’s a competition brewing for the backup position once Hall returns. Included in that competition, Drayton said, is redshirt sophomore Rod Smith and freshman Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball. “That’s a competition. You know, you’ve got Bri’onte Dunn who’s really had a physical camp. With the ball in his hands, he’s really good. Just the other stuff – he kinda needs to get honed in on protections.” Drayton said. “That’s going to take a little longer for a back. You know, and Warren Ball just got off the boat, man. “You know, he’s hearing this stuff for the first time, getting a feel for the intensity for the first time. You know, but again, he’s a guy that goes from Point A to Point B as fast as he can go.” Finally, the receivers are battling for catches and playing time under the supervision of first-year receivers coach Zach Smith. Smith told the assembled media on Friday that he feels senior receiver Corey “Philly” Brown has emerged along with sophomore Devin Smith, calling Brown “unbelievable” while adding that Devin Smith has made the most progress of any player in that position group. After Brown and Devin Smith, it might be a thin group – Zach Smith declined to rank his receivers, choosing instead to continue complementing the two standouts he had already noted. Smith said the pressure has been mounting on him and his players since he came on the job. After all, the Buckeyes’ passing offense finished 116th in the nation last season according to multiple sources. “There’s definitely pressure. I mean, obviously, it’s been world renowned from (Meyer), beneath him to anyone that talks about it (the passing offense),” Smith said. “There’s pressure on the group. I think that really gives them an opportunity. You kind of see who thrives under that pressure and who doesn’t. “A lot of them have embraced that as an opportunity. You know, some of them kind of crumble depending on the kid. But it’s a very, very positive thing for the group and the kid because they see it as an opportunity to go out and be more of a focal point of an offense and catch footballs and actually touch the ball.” These battles will continue into this week and Fragel has confidence in the system for both his personal battles as well as those of his teammates. “The way it should be in any system is the better player will play,” he said. OSU’s season-opening game against Miami University (Ohio) kicks off Sept. 1 at noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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. A flight from Manchester was delayed for almost eight hours when a confused passenger opened an emergency exit after mistaking it for the toilet door.The Pakistan International Airways (PIA) flight to Islamabad was almost ready for takeoff when the woman grasped for the wrong door, launching the emergency evacuation slide.The passenger reportedly told airline staff she thought the door was for the toilet. The airline and Manchester airport confirmed the details of the incident.The flight carrying nearly 400 passengers eventually left Manchester at 5am on Saturday. It arrived in Islamabad seven hours late having made up some time during the journey. Several other departures from Manchester were also delayed as a result of the disruption.Officials in Pakistan blamed a shortage of airline staff for allowing the emergency exit door to be opened, according to the English-language newspaper Express Tribune.A PIA spokesman said: “All passengers were provided dinner. The offloaded passengers were provided with transportation and hotel accommodation and will be adjusted on the next available flight. PIA regrets the inconvenience caused to its passengers due to this incident.” read more

first_imgBy Marc Davis,, the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has served as an unnerving wake-up call for the industrialised world to confront its addiction to fossilised fuels. And it’s now providing President Obama and other G20 leaders with all the political impetus they need to usher in a new era of eco-vehicles. Ones that are far more reliant on cheap battery fuelled electrical power than on highly priced petroleum. That is why the White House is championing the mass adoption of lithium-ion batteries as the most efficient way to electrify motorised vehicles. In 2009, alone, the US federal government granted over $25 billion in loans to automobile and battery makers. Such initiatives promise to help President Obama accomplish his well-publicised mandate to usher in one million electric vehicles in the US by 2015.Similarly, the leaders of other major industrialised nations are also rallying around such political and economic imperatives with their own multi-billion dollar incentives. That’s because rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are lighter and cheaper than conventional rechargeable nickel batteries. Notably, they are also much more powerful and have at least twice the energy density, as well as a longer operating life and other key advantages.The lithium battery market is already worth over $4 billion annually, though this figure is mostly derived from its widespread use in portable electronic devices. However, the advent of green cars powered by batteries that use 20-60 pounds of lithium oxide is already creating a heightened demand for this new-age metal.Most importantly, the business world is already sold on the benefits of this invaluable new energy source. Approximately two dozen models of eco-automobiles are expected to be on the market by 2012. Most of them will be plug-in hybrid vehicles that can cost effectively alternate between gasoline fuel and electrical power.Consequently, demand for lithium powered vehicles is expected to increase as much as fivefold within the next 5-7 years, according to many industry analysts. And some estimates suggest that as many as 250 million electric cars will be driven by the year 2020 — the majority of which will be manufactured and driven in the emerging superpowers of China, India and Brazil.Such milestone events are music to the ears of the world’s tiny handful of lithium miners and developers of new deposits. Yet, they will be pressed to their very limits in trying to satisfy a year-on-year exponential surge in demand for the world’s new battery of choice. One of the lithium exploration and development companies that is moving as fast as possible to capitalize on the burgeoning demand for lithium, particularly in the US, is Rodinia Lithium.The company’s President William Randall believes that a supply squeeze is on the horizon, and this 21st century metal will becomes an increasingly “strategic commodity” for the US industrial sector. This is why Rodinia wants to help ramp-up future lithium supplies in the US by developing America’s next prospective lithium mine.“We’re looking to become only the second company in the US to supply the domestic market, which is obviously going to continue to be one of the major consumers of lithium in the future,” he says.Most of the world’s lithium supplies come from three Latin American nations — Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. This is potentially problematic, Randall suggests. That’s because there are various technical and geopolitical hurdles in these countries to ensuring the availability of a steady long term supply of lithium for the US battery manufacturing and automotive industries.In fact, the assurance of a long term supply of lithium is also a major concern for all major auto manufacturers, not just in the US but in all of the world’s major markets. Notably, only about half a dozen countries worldwide, including China, account for all of the world’s lithium production. The US contributes as little as 3% to this output. Hence, Thomas Brachmann of Honda’s R&D division in Europe, where there are no lithium producers, says that his company “has big concerns regarding the supply of lithium.”In North America, the Ford Motor Company has also been very vocal about securing long term lithium supplies, especially as the domestic auto industry does not want to replace a dependency on foreign oil with one on foreign lithium. “The industry needs to know where the lithium is going to come from. Are these countries friendly to the Western World?” says Charles Wu, a spokesperson for Ford Research. Even President Obama has expressed serious concerns about future lithium supplies. In a speech last summer he declared: “Switching Middle Eastern oil for foreign batteries is not an option.”This will prove to be a daunting challenge as the US is home to only one lithium producer – Chemetall Foote, which operates the Silver Peak mine in Nevada. That is why the company was just given a $28.4 million grant earlier this year by the US Department of Energy with the aim of doubling the mine’s production of lithium.However, Rodinia hopes to play its own important role in placating the concerns of President Obama and the U.S auto industry. The company is moving as fast as it can to develop a second lithium mining operation in mining-friendly Nevada. One that is equally close to both US auto plants and lithium-ion battery developers.In fact, Rodinia’s 50,000 plus acre property surrounds the Silver Peak mine in the heart of Clayton Valley, which is situated halfway between Reno and Las Vegas. The company says it’s confident it can duplicate Chemetall Foote’s successful business model, which has yielded 50 Mkg of lithium since the Silver Peak mine was first commissioned over 40 years ago.This has also been achieved on a very cost-effective basis as there is no hard rock mining involved, which typically involves large scale digging, blasting and crushing of huge tonnages of rock. Instead, Chemetall Foote extracts the lithium from aquifers below the valley by simply pumping it to surface. Randall says that Rodinia is especially very encouraged by its exploration results to date, as well as the fact that Clayton Valley hosts an estimated 700 Mkg of lithium, according to the federal government’s US Geological Survey.“We own a very large percentage of the valley, at around 90%, which includes the deeper parts of the valley where most of the lithium may be concentrated. And that’s where we are having the most success with our drilling,” he says. “In fact, we’re encountering better grades than Chemetall is currently mining in this valley. So, we expect to end up with a very large portion of the resource outlined by the US Geological Survey. This gives us the potential to become a significant player in the lithium market.”“Rodinia also has a stable of lithium-rich salars in Argentina and is aggressively advancing a salar project there to provide additional lithium production for either the domestic US market or international auto manufacturers,” Randall adds. The company next plans to complete a second phase of drilling at its Clayton Valley project , involving up to 72 holes. And that will form the basis of a preliminary resource estimate, which should be announced before the year’s end, according to Randall.This will be a milestone development for the company as Randall is convinced that a green revolution in the global automotive business will make lithium one of the planet’s most strategic and valuable commodities within the next few years. That means that Rodinia Lithium appears to be very much in the right place at the right time. And as we all know: timing is everything in the investment business.Other junior mining companies that are active in the exploration and development of lithium projects in Nevada include First Lithium Resources, Western Lithium USA Corp, and American Lithium Minerals.last_img read more

first_imgApple computers are expensive. You can’t deny that the MacBook and Mac lines carry a healthy premium when compared to the equivalent non-Mac branded hardware. But in return you get the Apple design aesthetics, access to Mac OS X Lion, and all the features and software that is distinctly the Apple experience.The newly updated Mac Mini is definitely one of the better value options Apple offers at a starting price of $599. That cost escalates quickly though, depending on your options, but it’s a non-Apple upgrade that wins for most expensive upgrade.Buying a Mac Mini direct from Apple means selecting a base configuration and then upgrading certain components as necessary. Those upgrade options include increasing the RAM from 2GB to 4GB or even 8GB. Need more than that? You’ll have to buy your memory elsewhere.Other World Computing (OWC) has seen an opportunity here and decided to start offering a 16GB RAM upgrade for the tiny machine. The only problem being the price of that upgrade. If you want a 16GB Mac Mini then you’re going to have to pay $1,399.99 just for the memory modules. Even if you opt to purchase the base $599 Mac Mini, that increases the price to an eye-watering $1,998.99. OWC also offer a slightly cheaper 12GB upgrade for $749.99.The cost alone will put 99% of people off ever considering that upgrade, and you do have to wonder which Mac Mini owners really need that much RAM. It’s only really going to be useful when editing video, for example, in which case the Mac Mini probably isn’t the right machine for the job anyway. The other configuration where 16GB may come in handy is the Mac Mini server, but with a starting price of $999 the 16GB kit would mean your total spend is at least $2,398.99.via MacRumorslast_img read more

first_imgA mere 22 light years away from Earth is the triple star system known as Gliese 667. One of those stars, Gliese 667C, has been thoroughly analyzed by astronomers in the past. Still, an international team thought it might be worth combining data from the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile with existing observations. The result points to more extrasolar planets orbiting Gliese 667C than we previously suspected. Even more, three of them are in the habitable zone.Astronomers consider the habitable zone of a star to be the narrow band in which liquid water could exist on the surface. Gliese 667C is only about a third the size of our sun, so it’s habitable zone is closer to the star. However, the zone is completely packed. This is the first evidence for a completely full habitable zone around another star.The VLT made its observations using an instrument called the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS). This device measures radial-velocity, which is basically an observable doppler shift in a star’s light caused by the slight wobble produced by an orbiting planet.The data is preliminary, but all three planets are believed to be so-called super-Earths. These are large rocky planets much more massive than Earth, but nowhere near the mass of gas giants like Jupiter. The gravity of these planets would be considerably higher than ours, so even if we could get there, it wouldn’t be a good vacation spot.The two other stars of the Gliese system would appear as very bright stars visible in the daylight on these planets. They would produce as much nighttime light as the full moon does on Earth. These compact systems with small stars and close-by rocky worlds have been theorized by astronomers, but this is the first one which fulfills all the requirements.So maybe there are creatures out there, only 22 light years away looking back at us and thinking how strange it would be if sentient beings evolved on a planet with such low gravity.last_img read more

first_imgAllostreaming définitivement ferméLa plateforme de streaming a finalement fermé son site, avant même d’attendre l’injonction du TGI de Paris.Vendredi, nous avions annoncé la fermeture prochaine de,, et Le Tribunal de grande instance (TGI) de Paris avait en effet été saisi par trois syndicats des ayants-droits du cinéma et de la vidéo en ce sens et les moteurs de recherche Yahoo !, Bing et Google avaient déjà rompus la redirection vers ces sites. Encore fallait-il attendre la décision judiciaire, programmée pour le mois de mars.Mais Pcinpact explique qu’en pleine affaire Megaupload, les administrateurs des sites ont préféré ne pas lutter et ont donc procédé eux-mêmes à cette fermeture, néanmoins accompagnée d’un message invitant les internautes à ne pas abandonner leurs recherches de produits en streaming. Le coup de force de la justice américaine la semaine dernière n’a donc pas fini de bouleverser le Web…Le 23 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally upon us with the release of the Nintendo Switch. It’s the latest and greatest adventure Zelda fans won’t want to miss, and in celebration of its release, we’ve got gifts here for any hardcore Zelda fan. Whether you’re just joining the fandom or you’ve been down since 1986, you’ll find something to love in this list. Bust out your Master Sword and Hylian Shield and get ready for battle — figuring out which gifts you should buy for yourself or that special Zelda fan in your life!Zelda OcarinaPlay the same songs you remember from the classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with this sweet potato-shaped ocarina. Or just pretend you’re playing songs and hold it just like Link does. Either way, you’ll feel nostalgic$13.99 at Amazon. Buy It HereNintendo Switch Starter Kit – Link’s Tunic EditionIf you bought a Nintendo Switch to jump right into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll want something to get you up to speed with protecting your Switch and your games. This Switch starter kit has a special tunic like Link’s from the game and has everything you need to get started using your Switch like a pro.$29.99 at Amazon. Buy It Here.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Hardcover Strategy GuideIf you’re getting ready to take a deep dive into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this hardcover strategy guide should keep you primed on everything there is to see in the game. If you fancy yourself a true adventure skilled in all things Zelda, this tome should be at the ready while you play.$23.99 at Amazon. Buy It Here.The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule HistoriaIf you want to learn everything you possibly can about the world of Zelda, this is the book you want to get. Bound with a beautiful hardcover and filled with secrets and other tidbits about the game series, this is truly a book for all hardcore fans. Just don’t be surprised if it keeps disappearing from your coffee table.$28.36 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition You know the classic game of Monopoly, but have you played it with special Zelda-based pieces, game spaces, and cards? This gorgeous set will invite even non-fans to come hang out and experience the game in a new light. You’ll probably still have fights breaking out over having to pay for those hotels, though.$35.97 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Zelda Gold Cartridge BlanketKeep warm with one of the classics. This blanket is emblazoned with the classic Gold Legend of Zelda cartridge, just like you remember from childhood. It’s a lot more comfortable than covering up with an actual cartridge, too.$22.43 at Amazon. Buy It Here.The Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield MugNothing’s better than a big cup of coffee in the morning, except for a big cup of coffee in the morning in a Hylian Shield mug. This striking vessel shows off your love for the series as well as sates your love of coffee. Plus, it looks pretty heavy. You could probably hit someone with it if you ever needed to defend yourself.$14.00 at Amazon. Buy It Here.The Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield JournalKeep track of all your adventures in Hyrule with this gorgeous journal. It features the Hylian Shield and Hylian Crest on the back of the journal. It might be too pretty to write in, but that’s a sacrifice you’ll just have to make.$14.00 at Amazon. Buy It Here.last_img read more

first_imgDespite the recent criticism that has surrounded him following his displays for England at the World Cup, Raheem Sterling is the player that Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic fears the most ahead of their semi-final matchThe Manchester City winger has failed to find the back of the net for England in nearly three years and was subjected to a lot of abuse and criticism following his inability to score in the national side’s 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday.Former England internationals David Beckham and Gary Neville have since sprung to Sterling’s defence and the 23-year-old appears to have gained a new valuable ally in the form of Dalic.The 51-year-old specifically named Sterling as the biggest obstacle that Croatia must overcome in Wednesday’s semi-final clash with England.“I wouldn’t say there are any glaring weaknesses – they are in the semi-finals, that says it all,” Dalic said on England’s weaknesses, via Evening Express.“They showed from the games I’ve seen so far that they play direct football and they are very fast.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are dangerous at corners.“I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really dangerous.”He added: “They dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a difficult opponent and we respect them,”“But we believe in our strengths, too. We don’t fear England or anybody else.”Croatia and England will play at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday at 20:00 (GMT +2) for a place in the World Cup final against either France or Belgium.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 18, 2017 – Nassau – Fingers were pointing at Dr Duane Sands, the country’s health minister for a reported conflict of interest report meant to name and shame the medical doctor and health chief.    The plan, according to many social media comments appears to have backfired for the PLP National Chairman, #BradleyRoberts who is now being told to ‘back off’ after the Minister explained why he was indeed working for the Public Hospitals Authority.Minister Sands said it was about filling in where there are professional voids in the public health care system, adding that he is not working for pay but actually working for free.    In media reports, the Minister of Health, who is a medical doctor had already told the country:  “I have trained several competent surgeons to replace me.  Where there is a void, we will recruit it to fill that space until one of our own is ready to step into that spot.   To fill the void, for a brief period I will provide emergency and back-up coverage.”Dr. Sands has been voluntarily working and not performing surgeries at the Princess Margaret Hospital.   The work of the minister has involved vascular access surgery at the Rand Memorial Hospital for patients awaiting emergency dialysis treatment.#MagneticMediaNews#workvoluntarybyMinisterSands Related Items:#BradleyRoberts, #magneticmedianews, #workvoluntarybyMinisterSands Bahamas Min. Finance vs opposition on Civil servant pay Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola revealed Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi is unhappy with his cameo appearances this term.Otamendi’s appearances have been reduced to eight Premier League games which is a sharp contrast to 33 starts last season.With Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte all favoured ahead of him, the former Valencia defender has gone on to voice his frustration.Guardiola says he understands Otamendi’s frustrations and praised the 30-year-old’s professionalism this season.“He’s not happy,” Guardiola said via Sky. “I don’t have an answer. When he plays he’s happy, when he doesn’t play he’s not happy.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But it’s not just Otamendi, [it’s] everybody. All of them. I don’t know what I can do but be honest with myself and with them.“Of course when he doesn’t play he’s not happy. In the end with Nico, I know we can count on him at any time in any situation because he’s an incredible professional and always he’s ready. I’m delighted with him.“But I can understand him [wanting to play more]. I cannot say anything else.”City face Burton Albion in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, and Guardiola could look to rotate, with his team already leading 9-0 on aggregate.last_img read more

first_img Posted: June 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Woman in vehicle drives over man in San Diego and fatally injures him Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom June 28, 2019 SAN DIEGO ( KUSI) – A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving when she allegedly ran over and fatally injured a man who had been holding onto her car as she was driving out of a parking lot in Kearny Mesa, police said Friday.Latisha Ingram and the 25-year-old man were involved in an argument about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot in the 4600 block Conroy Street, where she started to drive away while he was still holding onto the car, said Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.Ingram drove out of the parking lot and turned southbound onto Convoy Street, where the man let go and was allegedly run over by Ingram, Heims said.Paramedics rushed the man to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries and Ingram was arrested a short time later on suspicion of felony drunken driving, he said.San Diego police asked anyone with any information regarding the death to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. last_img read more

first_imgRahul urged the Congress party to conduct elections at earliest, to find a new Party Chief. He put down the requests to the CWC (Congress Working Committee) about him continuing as the party leader. Rahul on May 25th proposed to step down as the party Chief, and made it stern, that the next in line Chief would not be from a Nehru – Gandhi background. The CWC met on May 25th to assess their poor performance in the Lok Sabha polls, where they only managed to gain 52 seats. Rahul here, announced his decision to step down, where the entire CWC, unanimously voted against Rahul’s decision to step down as the Party Chief.last_img

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England.Photo by Clive Mason/Getty ImagesKate Middleton is trying to keep it together. The Duchess of Cambridge seems to have had her hands full trying to patch up things at the Royal Palace.Even amidst recently surfaced rumours that Prince William cheated on her, Kate Middleton is keeping the grace of a Royal and dealing with the more pressing issue at hand. The issue seems to be a rift that has split the family apart. Reportedly Kate Middleton is trying to fix the relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William after they had a “disastrous row.”The Duchess of Cambridge asked Harry to extend an “olive branch” to William, Mirror Online reported. The brothers are barely talking to each other, reports have suggested. Kate’s advice led to Harry and Meghan inviting the couple Cambridge to Frogmore House in Windsor after Easter Sunday’s church service.The two couples reportedly had tea and chatted for about half an hour. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesA palace source told Mirror Online: “The Duchess and Harry have developed a very close bond over the years….Kate is acutely aware of the importance of William and Harry getting along, not just because of perception but their collective responsibility to the monarchy as a whole….Harry has acted as counsel to his brother throughout William and Kate’s more turbulent years, and the three of them had gone on to form the most tremendous partnership.”It looks like Kate is looking to mend fences with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after Meghan was left out of a tribute on the Queen’s 93rd birthday celebrations. Meghan Markle is expected to give birth this month and the couple Sussex has moved to Frogmore Cottage to prepare for the arrival of the Royal baby.last_img read more