More Support for Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

first_imgThe thought of socializing with other children used to make five-year-old Zachary French so upset, he’d cry until he threw up. “When I took him anywhere social, he’d cry, he’d pull my hair – it was a battle from beginning to end,” said his mom, Carol French. “If he hadn’t had Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention, I don’t think he would have been going to school in September. It would have been hard for him, hard for the other children and the teacher, and hard for me.” Today, after more than eight months of treatment, the five-year-old with autism spectrum disorder can attend play group, build blocks and communicate using pictures. “Now I feel a lot more confident about him going to school, because he’ll be able to sit at the table with other children, he’ll be able to learn.” The province has added an additional $3.6 million per year in Budget 2016-2017 to ensure that all preschool-aged children with autism spectrum disorder can receive Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment, or EIBI, before they start school at age six. About 180 children with autism spectrum disorder each year will now be able to receive treatment that will help them be more successful when they start school. The province now spends $14 million each year on this program. “Children with autism spectrum disorder see a marked improvement in their ability to learn, to concentrate, and to socialize with others after taking the program,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “As a former teacher and vice-principal, I know first-hand that this investment will make a huge difference for these children and their families, now and for years to come.” The treatment, offered by psychologists, speech language pathologists, autism support workers and clinical interventionists, is held in children’s homes and child care centres. Parents are also trained to work with their children. Nova Scotia first began offering this treatment in 2005, with a budget of $4 million per year. At that time, there were about 50 spots available and eligible children were chosen by lottery. The Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta estimates that one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.last_img read more

Canadas housing sector faces high degree of instability for eighth quarter CMHC

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s housing sector is facing a high degree of vulnerability to market instability for the eighth straight quarter with Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Hamilton taking on the brunt of the risks, said the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.Those four markets were facing high risks because home prices remain higher than levels supported by the economy and cities’ demographics, said the Crown corporation in a quarterly report it released Thursday based on an analysis of overheating, overvaluations, overbuilding and accelerations in pricing in 15 regions across the country.“Despite the stability in these results, we note that the trends in both overvaluation and price acceleration have been moving in such a way that suggests that vulnerabilities are gradually dissipating,” said CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan, alluding to the recent slowdowns that have been seen in sales volumes and price growth in British Columbia and Ontario.“It can take awhile for that imbalance to solve itself. It is not so much that we are waiting for prices to fall (because) this imbalance can be resolved in any number of ways, whether prices slow or fundamentals grow more rapidly.”In Vancouver and Toronto, Dugan said more affordable forms of housing, including condos, have been the strongest contributors to price fluctuations.His corporation has detected signs of moderate overheating in Vancouver, although price growth has been slowing over the last two quarters and detached properties in some areas are seeing declining prices.In Toronto, CMHC said sales continued to trend lower in the first quarter of 2018, well below the threshold for overheating. The drop in sales and decline in the average price of single-detached homes, it found, continued to weigh on the overall average price.It said market conditions for condos continue to remain “tight,” contributing to stronger price growth for such housing.Meanwhile Ottawa, Winnipeg, Montreal, St. John’s, Moncton, Halifax fared much better. CMHC said they were among the regions with a low risk of vulnerability to market instability.However, CMHC said it was paying close attention to Winnipeg, where home prices are creeping up despite declines in personal disposable income, and Montreal, which it flagged last quarter as being a market to watch because of strong growth in house prices that could warrant a change to a moderate vulnerability rating if price acceleration persists.That moderate vulnerability rating is already being held by Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina because of overbuilding.The rating has been fuelled in Calgary and Edmonton by overbuilding because condo inventory is high, but in Saskatoon was driven by a price decline that has been “significantly larger” in the townhouse category where supply has been far exceeding demandIn Regina, CMHC attributed the moderate rating to downward pressure on home prices.last_img read more

US wholesale prices up 08 per cent in June driven higher by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US wholesale prices up 0.8 per cent in June, driven higher by sharp jump in gas prices WASHINGTON – A big jump in gasoline prices pushed wholesale inflation up in June by the largest amount in nine months. But underlying inflation showed only a modest gain.Wholesale prices rose 0.8 per cent in June compared with May when prices had risen 0.5 per cent, the Labor Department reported Friday. It was the biggest gain since a 1 per cent jump in September and was driven by a 7.2 per cent surge in gasoline prices.Outside of the volatile energy and food sectors, core inflation was up just 0.2 per cent in June.Core prices have risen 1.7 per cent over the past 12 months. Aside from sharp swings in gas prices, inflation has increased very slowly over the past year, giving the Federal Reserve the room to keep interest rates low to boost the economy.The government’s Producer Price Index measures inflation before it reaches the consumer. Consumer prices have been rising at a modest rate as well. Over the 12 months ending in May, consumer prices outside of food and energy were up just 1.7 per cent. That’s below the Fed’s 2 per cent target for inflation.For June, energy prices at the wholesale level were up 2.9 per cent, reflecting the big jump in gas prices. It was the biggest increase since February.Food costs rose 0.2 per cent in June, a moderation after a larger 0.6 per cent May increase in food that had been driven in part by a surge in the price of eggs. For June, egg prices retreated, falling 26.8 per cent, the biggest one-month drop in seven years.The wholesale price of passenger cars rose 0.8 per cent in June, the biggest increase since November 2011, but most other categories showed moderation. Furniture prices were up 0.3 per cent.Total wholesale prices were up 2.5 per cent in June compared to a year ago.The combination of modest economic growth and high unemployment has kept wages from rising quickly. That’s made it harder for retailers and other firms to raise prices.At its meeting in June, the Fed said it plans to keep the short-term interest rate it controls at a record low near zero until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5 per cent, provided inflation remains under control. Unemployment is 7.6 per cent.The Fed also said it would continue purchasing $85 billion in mortgage and Treasury bonds each month. The purchases are intended to lower long-term rates and encourage more borrowing and spending. But Chairman Ben Bernanke said after the meeting that the Fed could slow those purchases later this year if the economy continued to strengthen.Most economists interpreted his remarks that to mean the Fed could begin to scale back its bond buying at its September meeting. Stock and bond prices fell sharply in the days after his comments.However this week Bernanke stressed that the economy still needs the Fed’s low interest-rate policies because unemployment remains high and inflation is below the Fed target. His comments were his latest attempt to stress that the Fed will continue to stimulate the economy, even after it begins to slow the bond purchases.“A highly accommodative monetary policy for the foreseeable future is what is needed for the U.S. economy,” Bernanke told the National Bureau of Economic Research on Wednesday.The comments helped drive the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to all-time highs on Thursday. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 8:45 am MDT read more

UN aid agencies ramp up response amid the worst southern African drought

UN entities, including the World Food Programme (WFP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) FAO have rolled out their response and are scaling up efforts to reach more with critical aid. However, despite efforts, funding gaps amounting to $550 million are yet to be met.Without these funds, millions of the most vulnerable people will not receive full rations, and hundreds of thousands of children will remain at risk of irreparable damage from undernutrition and from dropping out of school and health centres will not be able to provide the most essential services, while farmers will not be able to resume full agricultural production.“Further investments in these areas, combined with solid fiscal and other risk management instruments at national and regional level, are required to build resilience and achieve the goal of breaking the cycle of recurrent drought emergencies,” stressed the news release.Alongside humanitarian assistance, the revised action plan also calls for stepping up efforts to end the cycle of drought-induced crises in southern Africa. To do so, development partners have called for sound national policies and strategies, expanding coverage and strengthening social safety nets, promoting climate-smart agriculture, reinforcing early warning systems and improving management of water and other natural resources, the release added.El Niño is the term used to describe the warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific that occurs, on average, every three to seven years. It raises sea surface temperatures and impacts weather systems around the globe so that some places receive more rain while others receive none at all, often in a reversal of their usual weather pattern. In a news release yesterday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the region is suffering “severe” food shortages, exasperating a multitude of existing and increasing vulnerabilities, including weak commodity prices, unfavourable exchange rates and slow economic growth.“As we enter the critical period of the crisis during the lean season, many countries are struggling to stretch funds to cover the growing needs,” Timo Pakkala, El NinÞo Coordinator for the southern Africa at OCHA said in the release.The situation in southern Madagascar, for instance, is particularly worrying as maize, cassava and rice productions fell by as much as 95 per cent this year, compared to 2015. An estimated 845,000 people on the island are in the “emergency” or “crisis” categories of food insecurity.“It is essential that humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people is sustained through this period, and for farmers to be supported so they can resume agricultural production,” Mr. Pakkala stressed.The release added that as of early December, some $757 million has been raised for Regional Inter-Agency Standing Committee (RIASCO) – comprising UN and non-governmental humanitarian agencies in the region – which has which has helped save lives, protect livelihoods and reduce human suffering. Women in Amjampaly, Madagascar, collect staples and ready-to-use food to treat malnutrition. Photo: WFP/David Orr read more

In South Sudan mothers teaching daughters safer ways to survive rape

She said that “the protracted conflict in South Sudan has had the most profound impact on women and girls, who have suffered sexual violence, including multiple rapes, at the hands of both government forces and opposition forces.”The Commission, she added, has documented countless incidents of “brutal rapes including multiple gang rapes, sexual slavery, abductions, forced marriage, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, and mutilation of sexual organs, as well as killing.”The on-going culture of sexual violence on all sides, comes despite the signing of a Revitalized Agreement last September, which Ms. Sooka said had led to an “overall improvement” in peace and security, although fighting has continued in Yei state.The world’s youngest country has become riven by civil conflict between forces loyal to the President and his former Vice-President, since 2013, leading to thousands of deaths, more than 2.2 million refugees who have fled across the border, famine in some areas, and a devastated economy. ‘Every societal norm’ being broken“The Commission was outraged by the testimony of many South Sudanese women who said that the risk of rape is so high in going out of the Protection of Civilians sites to forage for food and collect wood”, said Ms. Sooka, “that they have had to teach their daughters how to respond to their rapists…to minimize the violence.”The rights expert also noted that thousands of youngsters had been recruited by commanders who promised them that they could loot villages and rape women and girls, in lieu of payment.“These are not random incidents of sexual violence but a systematic widespread pattern and characteristic of the conflict in South Sudan, where rape and sexual violence are used as a tactic of warfare against women and girls by all of the warring parties to sow terror and fear amongst the civilian population”, said the Commission Chairperson.“No one is safe – not young boys, the elderly or the disabled, as the belligerents break every societal norm that has long held the people of South Sudan together.”Responding to the claims, South Sudan’s Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Paulino Wanawilla Unango, insisted that sexual offences were punishable under national law.Mr. Unango also told the Human Rights Council that there had been “no serious military engagement” between Government forces and any other armed group. read more

Brock prof talks impact of sport analytics on industry

Many professional sports teams are realizing the importance of playing the numbers game.Organizations are hiring sport analytics consultants and staffing entire departments aimed at delving into statistics to give their teams an edge.With the popularity of sport analytics, and related professions, on the rise, the concept is being introduced into the curriculum of many post-secondary programs, including the Bachelor of Sport Management degree and graduate programs at Brock.The way decisions are made in the professional sport industry is changing, said Sport Management Assistant Professor Kevin Mongeon, a North American leader in the field of sport analytics.Gone are the days of player statistics only being available on the back of trading cards or in the local Saturday paper. Advanced analytics are now being used by sport organizations of all types to stay ahead of the competition.“Currently, most of the literature available is related to roster design, player evaluations and in-game strategies and decision-making,” Mongeon said. “Through the use of advanced qualitative and quantitative data, analytics is another piece of information sport management executives can use to make decisions.”Publicly available data produced by major professional sport leagues, as well as increases in low-cost data collection methods and computer processing technology, has enabled the organic growth of the sport analytics industry, he said.However, not all organizations are using the latest resource to the same degree.One of the reasons for the different adoption rates is the varying manner in which sport contests are played, with different sports requiring different strategies for analysis.For example, one of the reasons Major League Baseball teams were early adopters of analytics is the ‘discrete nature’ in which games are played.“Game events, such as hits, errors and runs, are largely independent of one another,” Mongeon explained. “Therefore, relatively accurate information can be discerned from examining summary statistics.“Other sports, like hockey, have a constant flow with competing teams simultaneously playing offence and defence, and with different incentives.”Mongeon noted good sport analytics models incorporate the way in which games are played and therefore many analytical methods are not generalizable across sports.This development of models is a focus of Mongeon’s teaching.In his fourth-year sport analytics course, students learn to examine and model the processes of winning games rather than just analyzing and making inferences based on summary data.“I continually articulate the importance of students developing strong conceptualization skills learned from both qualitative and quantitative research,” Mongeon said. “It’s not just about analyzing the data available, it’s about formulating an idea about games and then learning and applying the appropriate method to obtain accurate results.”These approaches are being utilized by a number of Brock graduate students who are studying sport analytics with Mongeon. The topics being researched are wide ranging and include the accuracy of National Football League coach’s fourth-down decision-making, the impact of scoreboard watching on Major League Baseball playoff races and optimal roster design in the National Hockey League (NHL).Mongeon’s own work involves NHL team roster designs, in-game win-probability models and in-game coaching decisions.Along with Sport Management Professor Lucie Thibault, Mongeon is integrating sport analytics into the sixth edition of the Contemporary Sport Management textbook.“Given the prominence of analytics in sport decisions and the fact that sport analytics is becoming an integral component to the curriculum of sport management programs in colleges and universities, undergraduate students need to be introduced to sport analytics concepts early in their studies,” said Thibault, the book’s co-editor. read more

Irish soccer team sorry for falsely reporting players death

DUBLIN — A death notice for a soccer player was posted in a local newspaper. A game was postponed. Teams across the league held a minute’s silence.Soccer clubs in the Leinster Senior League in Ireland united over the weekend to honour the memory of a player who was thought to have been killed in a traffic accident last week.Turns out it was all one big mistake.Amateur team Ballybrack FC has apologized for a “gross error of judgment” after falsely reporting that one of its players, Fernando Nuno La Fuente, died on Thursday.La Fuente is, in fact, still alive, the team said.“This grave and unacceptable mistake was completely out of character and was made by a person who has been experiencing severe personal difficulties unbeknownst to any other members of the club,” Ballybrack said in a statement posted on its Facebook page .The club said the person in question was fired after an emergency meeting.The league offered its “sincerest apologies for any distress caused as a result of notifying clubs as to the demise of a valued player.”Ballybrack, a team based in Dublin, postponed its game against Arklow Town on Saturday, while other teams in the league held a minute’s silence in honour of La Fuente.David Moran, chairman of the league, said the story began to be exposed after inquiries were made regarding offering support to La Fuente’s family.“We were told he was flown back to Spain on the Saturday. Straight away, that rang alarm bells for us,” Moran told Irish broadcaster RTE. “We checked the hospitals, we checked everywhere. Nobody could find anything about this young fellow.”Moran said some of La Fuente’s friends said he had gone to Spain four weeks ago.“The club has contacted Fernando to confirm his whereabouts, wellbeing,” Ballybrack said, “and (is) thankful for his acceptance of our apology on this matter.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Hello world New island off Japan coast after volcano eruption

first_imgTHEY GROW UP so fast…This little islet is only one day old but it has come into the world with quite a bang (sorry).A volcano in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan erupted on Wednesday, throwing smoke and ash high into the air. When the smoke cleared, the tiny new island was spotted by observers in the area.The islet appeared off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island far south of Tokyo.Japan’s coastguard said it is warning vessels to use caution in the area until the eruption cools off.  ”Smoke is still rising from the volcanic island, and we issued a navigation warning to say that this island has emerged with ash falling in the area,” a spokesperson for Japan’s maritime agency said.The islet is around 200 metres in diameter and it may or may not be around for good: the spokesperson said that erosion may cause the islet to disappear, but that if enough volcanic lava solidifies then it could become a new entry on the map.(All pics: AP Photo/Kyodo News) Additional reporting by AFPRead: Mount Etna volcano in Sicily erupts > Read: World’s largest volcano discovered on the floor of the Pacific > Read: Medieval Irish monk diaries hold clue to volcano eruption question >last_img read more

Gilmore No problem with Sabina Higgins prison visit to Margaretta DArcy

first_imgGilmore said he had only learned of the visit after it took place, from media reports.Read: Protest being held condemning the jailing of Margaretta D’ArcyRead: 79-year-old jailed for three months over Shannon protest (Youtube: TheJournal.ie)TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said there’s nothing inappropriate about a visit by the president’s wife to jailed peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy.The 79-year-old, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, was arrested at her home in Galway during the week after she refused to sign a bond to keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport.She had previously been sentenced to a suspended three-month jail term for trespassing at the airport, but the sentence was activated after she declined to sign the bond. D’Arcy had been protesting the use of the airport by the US military.It emerged yesterday that Sabina Higgins had paid a visit to her in prison — an event described by Áras an Uachtaráin as “private and personal”.Asked by reporters this morning whether he thought the visit was appropriate, the Tánaiste and Labour leader said “I think it is”:I know Margaretta D’Arcy — she’s a particularly strong woman and activist all her life. She has very strong opinions.I hope that her legal team will be working on her behalf to ensure that she’s released as soon as possible from prison.last_img read more

Google Translate app now available for iPhone

first_imgGoogle Translate was a service first introduced as a website allowing users to instantly translate between different languages. The advantages of having such capabilities on a mobile device, like a smartphone, are obvious which is why Google Translate was offered as an app for Android smartphones. iPhone users on the other hand have only had access to the service via a HTML5 web app. This week, Google has announced that the iPhone and iPod touch, running iOS version 3 or later, will finally get a Google Translate app of their own.The Google Translate for iPhone app is now available from the App Store. Besides typing words and phrases to translate into one of more than 50 languages currently supported, users have the option of voice input. 15 languages are supported and can be accessed by pressing the microphone icon next to the text box. Once selected, you can simply say what you want to translate. Translations can even be spoken out loud in one of 23 different languages.Just last month Google introduced a desktop version of Google Translate with the same ability. In fact, the same new speech synthesizer voices introduced in the desktop version are used in the mobile app version too.Even if you don’t want translations spoken out loud, or if the language you need is not supported, the app supports a full-screen mode to assist with communication. This mode allows translated text to be enlarged making it easier to read or even show to the person you may be trying to communicate with. Other features supported in the iPhone app, which are also included in the web app, are dictionary results for single words, access to starred transactions, support for romanized texts like Pinyin and Romaji, and access to your translation history even when offline.Read more at the Google Mobile BlogBrian’s OpinionAs much as Apple would love to compete with Google, especially when it comes to mobile operating systems, at the end of the day Google services are wanted by iPhone and iPod touch users. So, though it must be bitter sweet when Apple approves yet another Google app, at the same time Apple is giving its users what they want which is why the iPhone continues to grow in popularity.Widespread use of Google services is influencing our global culture. Using Google Translate as an example, gone are the days where you would see the majority of tourists visiting a country walking around with language books pointing to translations for commonly used phrases such as, “Where is the bathroom?” Now, a tourist can use their smartphone to reference the appropriate word or phrase to show to a local or even have their smartphone say the phrase. I would say that probably makes a few people more confident about traveling to a country where a foreign language is spoken.Of course, there are some iPhone apps which don’t need to do any translation to allow a tourist to connect with someone who doesn’t speak their language. I’m sure Angry Birds has done its own small part to help maintain global goodwill.last_img read more

Flash vulnerability allows silent activation of your webcam and mic

first_imgFeross Aboukhadijeh, Stanford University computer science student and software developer, has discovered a new vulnerability in Adobe Flash that can silently activate your webcam and microphone when visiting a website. In so doing, the person in control of the website performing the hijack can both watch and listen to you.The vulnerability is to do with Adobe‘s Flash Player Settings Manager page–that little box that you can pop-up as a user and change preferences to do with Flash. Adobe seems to have overlooked the fact it is possible to embed the settings page in an iFrame while at the same time rendering it invisible to the user.Using a form of clickjacking, the unsuspecting user can be made to click on settings within the manager panel, but without seeing or knowing they are doing it. The end result is the user gives the site permission to turn on and view or hear webcam and microphone output.Feross demonstrates a proof of concept in the video below using a simple clicking buttons game. As you can see, with only four clicks required his game turns on the webcam on his machine. A malicious site could do this, but without the user ever knowing.The vulnerability has been confirmed as working on Firefox and Safari for Mac. Thankfully, a CSS opacity bug means Windows users aren’t susceptible, and neither are Chrome users on Mac, although this is only because of the CSS bug, otherwise it would work.Feross reported the issue to Adobe several weeks ago, but never heard anything back. Regardless of how useful or not this is to a hacker, by making it public hopefully Adobe can close the hole and stop it being a potential threat.Read more at Feross.org and see it in action using a (safe) live demolast_img read more

Dragon TV gets a jump on Apple brings quality voice control to

first_imgWhat a difference a few years makes. It used to be that rival manufacturers nervously waited for Apple to release its next hot product before jumping into the fray (it took a year or more before the iPhone and iPad had similar competitors). Now companies are taking Apple products’ success for granted, and are trying to beat them to the punch. Take the Apple TV set, for example. At this moment it’s only a rumor, but rivals are already trying to match and even top it. One new platform, Nuance’s Dragon TV, gives smart TV developers and OEMs the tools to create a fully-fledged Siri rival.While it doesn’t quite hit Siri’s “natural language” realm, Dragon TV comes closer than anything we’ve seen on integrated TVs. It will let you navigate to a specific channel by saying its name or number, watch a program by saying its name, or find content by saying a specific actor’s name (“find dramas with Gary Oldman”). Of course social network access is also integrated, letting you say “send update to Facebook: ‘How is Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?’” or “Call Joe via Skype.”Nuance isn’t the first out of the gate with voice-controlled TV. Microsoft has added voice commands to the Xbox 360, LG has released a remote control with voice capabilities, and we’re sure to see more of the same at this week’s CES. Nuance’s arrival, however, is noteworthy. The company has the best voice recognition tech on the market. While the natural language capabilities of Apple’s Siri come from the DARPA-funded tech that Apple purchased in 2009, the basic voice recognition comes from Nuance (though Apple and Nuance apparently have a contractual agreement to not publicly acknowledge this).Nuance’s presence in the still-incubating smart TV market isn’t to be ignored. Its software will guarantee that, when Apple finally does invade the living room, its Siri controls will have some competition. You can expect to see Dragon TV showing up soon in a variety of platforms, ranging from smart TVs and set-top boxes to iOS and Android. The API is available now for developers and OEMS who want to Apple-proof their future devices.Nuancelast_img read more

Man and teenager arrested after gun found in South Dublin

first_img 26,161 Views Friday 19 Apr 2019, 9:18 PM Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Short URL Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 16 Comments Share Tweet Email Man and teenager arrested after gun found in South Dublin They are currently being detained at Tallaght Garda Station. GARDAÍ HAVE MADE two arrests after a gun was found in South Dublin.The firearm was discovered during an operation by the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau targeting organised criminality in the Tallaght area.A man (28) and a teenage boy (17) were arrested at the scene.They are currently being detained at Tallaght Garda Station.In a statement this evening, Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll said: “For the purpose of tackling crime An Garda Siochana is determined to remove firearms, that have the capacity to kill, from our streets and to identify those who we suspect are willing to use them.” By Nicky Ryan https://jrnl.ie/4600409 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 19th 2019, 9:18 PM last_img read more

Make Your Own Raspberry PiPowered Portable Music Player

first_img “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” doesn’t apply to the DIY age, where people pay less and make more.Dissatisfied with the existing lineup of commercial music players, maker Bram built their own portable playback machine using a Raspberry Pi Zero and common modules.“Since most vinyl records come with a download code for MP3 files, a dedicated portable music player with my own offline music collection seemed like a good option,” according to the Netherlands-based tinkerer.Enter PiPod: a pocket-sized device with 64GB of storage and a screen the size of a first-gen Apple classic.PiPod (via Bram/Hackaday)As digital storage becomes cheaper, one would hope manufacturers might pack more bang for your buck into their handsets. But, much to Bram’s chagrin, the largest stashes often come with the highest price tags.“That’s why I [built] the first version [of PiPod] using parts I had laying around for a few bucks,” the project page said. “Since then I’ve remade it a couple of times and I’ve finally come to a version that works completely and could be built for about €80 ($93).”All you need is a Raspberry Pi Zero (the board costs only $5), a 2.2-inch TFT display, 24-bit DAC, 1,200 or 2,000 mAh battery (plus charge controller and protection circuit), and some basic tech knowhow.PiPod (via Bram/Hackaday)If the thought of soldering makes you break out in a cold sweat, however, Bram is selling the complete printed circuit board for $75 (plus steep shipping). Not included: Raspberry Pi, SD card, battery, 3D-printed case.The user interface (displayed in 320-by-240-pixel resolution) is entirely customizable; you control navigation, volume, and backlighting, and can sort music by artist, album, or track.Hardware and software files for the open-source design can be found on GitHub. Build instructions are available on the PiPod project page.Raspberry Pi is the perfect accessory for DIYers: Track foosball scores, make a Spotify speaker or 21st-century jukebox, repurpose a karaoke machine. Find more Pi inspiration here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Stay on targetlast_img read more

Stipulation added to Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin at Elimination Chamber PPV

first_img WWE announced on their website and Twitter Wednesday that per the McMahon Family, the Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin match at this Sunday’s Elimination Chamber PPV will now be a No Disqualification Match. Elimination Chamber will be held in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center this Sunday live on PPV and will also stream live on the WWE Network beginning at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT.You can check out the announcement regarding the NO DQ match from WWE below:BREAKING: Per the McMahon Family, @BraunStrowman vs. @BaronCorbinWWE will now be a #NoDisqualification Match this Sunday at #WWEChamber! https://t.co/OBiqlV9UvC— WWE (@WWE) February 13, 2019 Twitter WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowman WhatsApp Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Videos Articles WWE Confirms Braun Strowman Needs Surgery Videos Articles Google+ WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal ChampionshipVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Braun Strowman New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAWlast_img read more

New hotel room openings to drive increased Okada Manila GGR in 4Q18

first_imgThe sales decline was attributed to higher VIP table game revenue in the prior quarter due to a “one-time temporary spike in volumes due to junket grand opening events.”However, Universal said that the one-time VIP spike aside, sales actually increased in 3Q18 on the back of new marketing initiatives and the improved operation of gaming tables and slot machines. It added that Okada Manila now has the highest number of installed tables and machines in the Philippines, helping drive significant growth in Adjusted EBITDA to JPY1.08 billion, up from JPY269 million in the second quarter and JPY20 million in the first quarter of 2018.“The increase in the adjusted segment EBITDA is attributed to increasing gross gaming revenues from the first quarter to the third quarter and greater proportion of higher margin mass market gross gaming revenues,” Universal stated.More importantly, the company expects revenues to continue heading north as the year winds down as more of its 1,000 hotel rooms come online, with only around 500 currently operational.“We will continue to expand attractions and amenities with the highest priority,” Universal said. “In the fourth quarter of 2018, additional hotel rooms are expected to be open. This will help support continued growth in the casino business as well as better position the resort to host large group events and foreign tour groups.“VIP casino revenues are expected to continue growing driven by the addition of new junkets, and improved room supply and amenities attracting more demand from existing junkets.“Mass market table and gaming machine revenue is expected to continue growing as marketing initiatives continue to be implemented and improved and the property continues to ramp up. Increasing number of hotel rooms, retail outlets and other amenities is expected to drive additional visitation and mass market casino revenues.”Universal last week released its October gaming figures for Okada Manila, with GGR reaching Php2.68 billion (US$51 million) and Adjusted EBITDA at Php370.6 million (US$7 million) – both the highest of any month since Okada Manila opened in late 2016. Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corporation says it expects the impending opening of another batch of hotel rooms at its Philippines integrated resort, Okada Manila, to drive a significant increase in revenue following a sequential decline in net sales in 3Q18.Universal announced its third quarter results late Friday, with net sales – categorized as gross gaming revenue minus taxes and jackpots – for the period down 4.3% to JPY12.19 billion (US$107.9 million) and operating loss increasing 7.8% to JPY1.74 billion (US$15.4 million). Load Morelast_img read more

Police search for inmate on the run in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for an inmate on the run in West Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police officials said Steven Cyriacks fled from the Miami North Community Release Center on Monday after cutting off his ankle bracelet.He was on work release while serving the remainder of his sentence.Cyriacks was jailed after he was found guilty for several counts of grand theft.Authorities issued a “be on the lookout” for the inmate.If you have any information on this man’s whereabouts, call 911 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Survey finds foreign investors bullish on Brazil

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The survey said direct foreign investment in Brazil has more than tripled since 2007, going from $19 billion to $63 billion in 2011.The company said the report combines an analysis of foreign direct investment since 2007 with a survey of 250 global executives on their views about Brazil as a place to do business both now and in the future.Brazil was rated by 78 percent of survey respondents as the most attractive destination for future foreign direct investment in Latin America. Eighty-three percent believed that Brazil’s attractiveness as an investment location will improve over the next three years.The survey said the information and communication technology and manufacturing sectors were the top two foreign direct investment sectors in Brazil in 2011.It said “buoyant consumer demand and easy availability of credit has also led to investment in the automotive sector creating the biggest market in Latin America and the fourth largest in the world.”Ernst & Young’s chairman and CEO Jim Turley said Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics in 2016 “will contribute to infrastructure development and act as a catalyst to attract significant additional investment.” Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) – Foreign investors remain bullish on Brazil despite a sluggish economy, one of the world’s largest accounting firms said Friday.The country’s “stable economy, burgeoning domestic market and huge untapped reserves of natural resources have led foreign investors to become increasingly interested in Brazil as an investment destination,” London-based Ernst & Young said in its Brazilian Attractiveness Survey. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories Richard Evans, head of the British-Brazil Desk at Ernst & Young, said Sao Paulo’s bid to host the World Expo in 2020 should also help attract foreign investment for construction projects.On the downside, the survey found a shortage of skilled labor that has led to higher wage costs compared to markets such as Russia, China and Mexico.The optimism in the survey comes as the government tries to stimulate a national economy slowed by the global financial crisis.In late June, the central bank lowered its economic growth forecast for this year from 3.5 percent to 2.5 percent. The Sao Paulo Federation of Industries has said that this year’s gross domestic product will grow even less, by 1.8 percent.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

AzAmazing bespoke evenings for Azamara

first_imgAzamara Club Cruises has announced the introduction of bespoke evening events on every voyage across both vessels in 2013. Further enhancing their key point differentiator, destination immersion, the all-new complimentary ‘AzAmazing Evenings’ will be on offer aboard Azamara Quest from 27 March 2013 and sister-ship Azamara Quest from 15 May 2013.“You can’t buy these events and experiences, they’re one off and they’re customised for every itinerary,” Azamara senior VP Edie Bornstein told e-Travel Blackboard.“We will have one evening per itinerary and the guests will love it because it’s included in the price of the cruise.”Created by a team led by Azamara destination expert Claudius Docekal and destination consultant Emilio Freeman, the fully customised events will enable interested passengers to travel via private coach to experiences including; a private ballet performance in St. Petersburg, Russia or a polo match and reception in Saint Tropez.“Between Emilio and Claudius, they have 60 years cruise and travel experience…they understood the bespoke, authentic nature that we were after and they just went to work,” Ms Bornstein told e-Travel Blackboard.“It was a tremendous manual effort but we are very, very excited about it. We don’t think our guests will like it…we think they’ll love it!”‘AzAmazing Evenings’ will replace the current 50 percent savings off the ‘Land Discovery’ shore excursions program with Ms Bornstein sharing her belief that offering an all-inclusive tour offering would have increased the line’s price point unnecessarily. “We really believe that full blown tours are a personal thing. “It doesn’t customise the vacation experience to the extent somebody may want, so we thought, let’s leave the shore excursion land discovery option up to the individual and they can take as many or as little as they want.”Passengers sailing on voyages pre-2 March 2013 aboard Azamara Quest or pre-17 April 2013 aboard Azamara Journey will still be able to save 50 percent on most Land Discoveries when booking online at least four days prior to their sailing date. The cruise line has also made the move to become more inclusive with the announcement that complimentary standard spirits, wines and international beers will also be available throughout the ship during the bars’ opening hours when the ‘AzAmazing Event’ is launched on both vessels. “We want to really make sure our guests are ecstatic, or ‘AzAmazed’ if you will,” Ms Bornstein said. Azamara passengers can now immerse themselves even more in a destination with the bespoke ‘AzAmazing Evening’ offering.Image: Azamara Club Cruises Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The latest Virtuoso Lux

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe latest Virtuoso Luxe Report has been released, with forecasts showing travel in 2019 will be highly personalised and inspired by a desire to experience new destinations in unusual ways.Every year global luxury travel network Virtuoso surveys its force of travel agencies and advisors in 50 countries, including 82 locations in Australia, to gauge what the coming year will bring. The Luxe Report, which has established Virtuoso as a trusted trend predictor, unveils consumer preferences in high-end and experiential travel.Virtuoso’s affiliated travel advisors revealed client requests that illustrate the desire for a deeper level of personalisation and one-of-a-kind experiences. From specific seat numbers on planes and hotel room numbers to particular rental car types, travellers are more vocal about their precise preferences. Nothing is left to chance, as increasingly clients ask for prearranged meals and appointments. They are seeking not just restaurant reservations, but exact tables at in-demand hot spots as well as pre-ordering wine to accompany the meal. They also ask their advisor to book sessions with hairdressers, massage therapists and even tattoo artists.Through the Luxe Report, Virtuoso uncovered five trends – all with an overarching movement toward personalisation – shaping how Australia’s most affluent travellers will roam the world in 2019.Those trends are:Motivation: Social media’s influence is unmistakable, as it drives travellers’ desire to find the most captivating backdrops and the best time of day for snapping images. Clients are requesting on-site photography sessions to create Instagram-worthy content, including replicating shots they admired online. Virtuoso advisors are arranging themed photoshoots characteristic of destinations, such as wearing traditional geisha attire in Kyoto or ball gowns in Venice.Transportation: When flying commercial, airlines with state-of-the-art business- and first-class cabins are a favourite. Upon landing, VIP airport arrival services that whisk travellers through customs and ease tight connections are growing in demand. Requests are on the rise for private helicopter transfers to and from airports as well as from one city or resort island to another.Accommodation: Experiential travellers who have seen it all are craving stays in unconventional accommodations. Those range from a treehouse to a monastery to an igloo in Norway, a tent in the Moroccan desert, the shores of the Red Sea and even a bubble nestled in nature so they can gaze at stars before drifting off to sleep.Recreation: People want to explore their passions through bucket-list experiences. Sports fans are asking for tickets to major events such as the Olympics, Super Bowl and Wimbledon. Art aficionados are inquiring about private tours of locales like the Vatican after hours. Shoppers want appointments at high-end stores such as Hermès to purchase signature items like a Birkin bag. Music lovers are booking trips to summer festivals and concerts. Advisors are also arranging private dinners with influential local figures.Conservation: Travellers are expressing heightened interest in animal-related experiences. Some request visits to animal protection facilities or to observe animals in the wild, such as whale watching and viewing rhinos at close range. Some want to interact more directly with animals, such as at the Giraffe House in Nairobi or dog sledding to the North Pole. They also exhibit concern for animal welfare and want to ensure that interactions are sustainable.Crossing off bucket-list items is the prevailing travel motivator for Australians in 2019, and Japan tops their list of emerging destinations, as it did in 2018. Multigenerational travel maintains its number-one spot from last year as the biggest trend among Australians, with luxury cruising rising to second place from third the previous year. Italy continues its reign as the top global destination, while also finishing in the top five in the honeymoon, Millennial travel and family travel categories.Japan – a perennial favourite for Australian travellersKey findings from the Australian version of the 2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report:Top Global Destinations – Italy, United States, France, Japan, Fiji , Canada, Croatia, Bali, Spain and England.Top Emerging Destinations – Japan, Iceland, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Cuba, Croatia, Sardinia, The Arctic, Portugal and Antarctica.Top Travel Trends – Multigenerational travel, Luxury cruising, Active or Adventure trips, Ocean cruising and River cruising.Top Adventure Destinations – Antarctica, Botswana, New Zealand, Kenya and South Africa.Top Millennial Destinations – Croatia, Bali, Greece, Italy and Peru.Top Cities – New York City, Paris, Rome, London and Tokyo.Top Family Destinations – Fiji, Italy, Hawaii, Thailand and Japan.Top Honeymoon Destinations – Maldives, Italy, Fiji, Oahu (Hawaii) and French Polynesia.Top Cruise Itineraries – European river, Mediterranean, Alaska, South Pacific and Australia/New Zealand.Top Travel Motivations – Crossing off bucket-list items, Exploring new destinations, Seeking authentic experiences, Rest and relaxation and Spending time/reconnecting with loved onesA total of 1,071 travel advisors from Virtuoso-affiliated agencies in Australia as well as the rest of Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East were surveyed for the global version of the report, drawing on their vast experience as well as client requests to provide insight into 2019’s hottest trends.Lead image: Cinque Terre, Italy – Australia’s leading global destination for affluent travellers.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more