CALGARY – A regulator’s lifting of pressure restrictions on the Keystone oil pipeline in the United States earlier this week is expected to help reduce discounts being paid for Western Canadian heavy crude.Matthew John, spokesman for Calgary-based pipeline owner TransCanada Corp., says the order was limited to a small part of the pipeline following a leak in November in South Dakota and therefore the company doesn’t expect big increases in volume.He says he can’t be specific because the numbers are commercially sensitive.Still, analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital says the decision will help reduce a glut of oil that has overwhelmed pipeline access to export markets and contributed to wider differences between bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select and West Texas Intermediate.Lupick says a bigger influence on the recent narrowing of the WCS-WTI differential to about US$17 from highs of about US$30 per barrel in the first quarter has been a series of maintenance shutdowns at oilsands producing facilities which have reduced production.The lower prices led to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. producing less heavy oil in the first quarter, while Husky Energy Inc. started buying heavy oil for use in its refineries because it was less expensive than producing its own oil.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP, TSX:CNQ, TSX:CVE, TSX:HSE)
Mumbai: From 1996 when her film Fire showcased a homosexual relationship to 2019 when a web series like ‘Made In Heaven’ has tackled the LGBTQ subject with deft, veteran actor Shabana Azmi has witnessed a change worth applauding. When Deepa Mehta’s Fire had released, the film was opposed by the orthodox sections of the Indian society. In hindsight, Shabana said: “Look, that film released in 1996. Since then if I look at the journey till ‘Made In Heaven’, which is a recent example, I have to say that space has opened up, really. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot”I always believe that films are a reflection of our society and good films can influence society. There is a relation… but there is an acceptance and that has to be applauded.” While in Fire, Shabana played a housewife named Radha who falls in love with her sister-in-law, in the American independent film Signature Move, she essayed a m other to a girl who is lesbian. The latter film is about how with time, the mother tries to be compassionate towards her child when she comes out of the closet. Shabana said: “Parental support is needed when a youngster is coming out of the closet. I would suggest a film (Evening Shadows) It is a mother-son story. “When the mother learns that her son is homosexual, she gets horrified. But later how they understand each other… that is a very beautiful narrative. Watching that film will surely lead to sensitisation.”
Survey: US businesses hired at steady pace last month; solid gains in construction, factories WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses added jobs at a steady pace last month, with construction and manufacturing showing solid gains, a private survey found.Payroll processor ADP says that businesses added 190,000 jobs last month, up from 177,000 in July, but below a six-month high in June of 231,000.The figures suggest that turmoil in the financial markets and worries about faltering growth in China have not yet had much impact on the U.S. job market. The government will release its official jobs report for August on Friday. Economists forecast it will show that employers added 220,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate slipped to 5.2 per cent from 5.3 per cent.The ADP survey covers only private businesses, however, and frequently diverges from the official figures. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2015 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Sep 2, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
ATLANTA — Jose Alvarado scored all 15 of his points in the second half Friday night when Brandon Alston scored 13 of his 14 to help Georgia Tech overcome a dreadful shooting start and rally to beat Prairie View A&M and avoid a home upset loss to a SWAC opponent for the second season in a row.The Yellow Jackets (4-1) trailed by nine points early in the second half before Alvarado scored nine consecutive points and gave Tech its first lead of the game with 11:56 left. He took a defensive rebound, dribbled the length of the floor and laid in a basket between multiple Panthers in McCamish Pavilion.Guard Gary Blackston led Prairie View A&M (1-6) with 19 points and nine rebounds, and forward Devonte Patterson pitched in 16 points.Nearly one year ago, Tech fell behind Grambling State of the SWAC by 16 points and rallied to take the lead only to fall 64-63 when two Jackets inadvertently tipped a ball into the goal with six seconds remaining.Friday night, Tech missed 16 of 20 shots to open the game, including all eight 3-point shots, and Prairie View A&M took a 24-14 lead on a pair of free throws by Taishaun Johnson with 4:11 left in the first half.From there, the Jackets went inside, and scored at near point-blank range on four consecutive possessions — by James Bank III, Moses Wright, Michael Devoe and Curtis Haywood II — and closed to within 27-26 by halftime. The Yellow Jackets made their final six shots, all in the paint, before intermission.The Panthers started quickly in the second half, too, but Georgia Tech shot 56 per cent in the second half to pull away.BIG PICTUREPrairie View A&M: The undersized Panthers more than held their own on the boards, where they were outrebounded just 31-29, but ultimately they were undone in the paint where Georgia Tech outscored them 20-8 in the second half.Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets continue to play stout defence, but they aren’t likely to get much done in the ACC if they play offensively like they did Friday, when they were especially indecisive in the first half.UP NEXTPrairie View A&M: The Panthers will next play Dec. 1 at Murray State to continue a streak of 12 road games to open the season before their first home game Jan. 2 against Huston-Tillotson.Georgia Tech: Will go on the road for the second time this season to play Northwestern Wednesday night in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.___________More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Matt Winkeljohn, The Associated Press
They argue that the UK has a “Victorian” attitude and “upstairs-downstairs” approach towards chefs and hotel managers, which holds the industry back.. Chef John Campbell, founder of the Woodspeen restaurants, said the Government should “get a move on”, explaining: “Brexit’s going to be a big opportunity for us, certainly in London where we have all that new… A source from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy told The Telegraph it is working on a hospitality strategy post-Brexit, but there is not one yet. Leading figures in the hospitality industry are calling on the government to develop an industrial strategy post-Brexit as British people do not see it as a “real job”.
Today’s issue of International Mining Project News is well over 50 pages packed with detailed information with reports on 22 prefeasibility studies, 27 feasibility studies, 32 projects in development, two new mines that have gone into production, seven existing mines that are expanding, six merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 32 gold projects, 14 coal, 12 iron ore, 12 copper projects, nine uranium projects, six reports each on rare earth and silver projects, four in nickel and four in zinc, three projects each on zinc and molybdenum, two projects each on tungsten, lead and mineral sands, one project each on lithium, potash, diamonds, tin, bauxite, alumina, manganese, titanium, rutile, zircon, ilmenite, vanadium and lead, and includes one polymetallic project. King Island Scheelite (KIS) announced results from the recently completed DFS for its 100% owned Dolphin project. Redevelopment of this worldclass, high grade tungsten deposit on King Island (Tasmania) has the potential to generate strong cash flows over an initial 10 year mine life, during the course of which it would produce approximately one quarter of the current world non-Chinese supply of tungsten.Banro has announced the closing of its $175 million debt financing. The net proceeds from the offering will be used for the development of the company’s Namoya project.Inmet Mining has announced an initial independent resource estimate and recent drill results for the Balboa copper-gold porphyry discovery originally announced March 8, 2011. The deposit is located on the Cobre Panama property in central Panama and is owned by Minera Panama.IMX Resources reports a 150% increase in Measured and Indicated mineral resources at the Ntaka Hill Ni-Cu deposits at the Nachingwea JV Project in southern Tanzania. Managing Director, Neil Meadows: “This substantial increase in resources at the Nachingwea Nickel Project is great news for IMX shareholders. Through our 25% interest in the Joint Venture and 37% direct investment in Continental Nickel we have almost 53% beneficial ownership of the project which is beginning to advance towards development.”Blackthorn Resources has provided a project update for surface construction and mine development activities at the Perkoa Project in Burkina Faso.IronClad Mining has announced further success with its capital raising program for ongoing development of the Wilcherry Hill iron ore mine on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.AXMIN announced that over and above its previously announced $185 million mandated senior debt (press release July 20, 2011 and January 26, 2012) a further $25 million in senior debt and $25 million in subordinated convertible debt has been mandated with the International Finance Corp (IFC) for the purposes of partially funding the development of the Passendro gold project in the Central African Republic (CAR).Petmin has issued a maiden resource statement for its jointly-controlled North Atlantic Iron Corp (NAIC) iron sands to pig iron project in Canada’s Labrador province. Petmin will now accelerate its investment in NAIC based on the project’s technical and economic viability.Tahoe Resources announced financial results for the year ending December 31, 2011, and updated construction progress at its flagship Escobal project in Guatemala. Project development costs of $39.6 million were expensed in 2011. At December 31, 2011, the total project work force amounted to 428 employees, of whom more than 95% are Guatemalan. The project remains on schedule and budget for mill commissioning in the second half of 2013 and commercial production in 1Q 2014.Mechel OAO, one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, has received subsoil licenses for exploring and extracting iron ore in the Sutamsky area and in the Sivaglinsky deposit, both located in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)’s Neryungri region. The Sutamsky iron ore area is about 3,300 km2 and consists of several promising iron ore deposits. The license area is over 740 km2. Its estimated reserves under Russian standards are 1,350 Mt. The Sutamsky ores’ Fe content averages 32-40%. The Sutamsky area is located 210 km southeast of Neryungri.Jonathan Henry, Gabriel’s President and Chief Executive Officer: “We continue to work closely with the Romanian Government to permit and build Romania’s first modern mine. Our campaign to highlight the substantial economic, social and environmental benefits of the Rosia Montana project continues and it is pleasing to see recent polls in Romania showing a significant majority in favour of the development of mining in Rosia Montana. We look forward to the TAC recommendation in the coming months.”ENK has completed the infill drilling program and has a nickel limonite and saprolite resource update for the Acoje project as well as an update on the nickel laterite infill drill program for the Zambales Chromite Mining Corp (ZCMC) project. Both projects are located in close proximity on the west coast of Luzon, 250 km north of Manila in the Philippines. Xstrata Coal and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp have created a joint venture comprising contiguous metallurgical coal assets in the Peace River Coalfields in Western Canada. JX Nippon Oil & Energy (Australia), a subsidiary of JX, has paid $435 million in cash to acquire a 25% interest in Xstrata Coal British Columbia (XCBC). Vista Gold Corp has announced the initial results of the current resource conversion drilling program at its Mt. Todd gold project in Northern Territory, Australia, and provide an update on the company’s development activities at the Mt. Todd gold project as the definitive feasibility study nears completion. The company has decided to build a project development team in Australia and to evaluate the potential for a larger project than contemplated in the feasibility study.Azumah Resources has reported an expansion in mineral resources to 1,016,000 oz Measured and Indicated and 659,000 oz Inferred gold plus a substantial upgrade in the classification of all major mineral resources at its Wa gold project, northwest Ghana.These are just some of the projects covered in this issue. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Full details on all these projects and information on and contacts for many, many more are to be found in the March 2 issue of International Mining Project News…..To receive the full report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a free trial copy.
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England manager Gareth Southgate wants to cap off a brilliant year by beating Croatia in Sunday’s UEFA Nations League clashThe Three Lions stormed to a dominant 3-0 friendly win over the United States on Thursday with goals from Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.Now victory on Sunday at Wembley will enable England to top Group A4 and seal a place in next year’s Nations League finals.“We were very keen that we moved on from the World Cup as quickly as possible,” said Southgate, via Daily Mail.“It has been a brilliant year. Whatever happens on Sunday, we’ve had real shoots of progress and achieved some outstanding results and really good performances and blooded a lot of new players.“It’s given us a real depth to the squad and competition for places.“But I think everybody wants to go another stage and get to a semi-final out of a group which is as tough as there has been in this competition.“So, it is a really good game for everybody to look forward to.”On to Sunday. Victory sends the #ThreeLions into the #NationsLeague finals.🏴 pic.twitter.com/yTBX319QQk— England (@England) November 15, 2018Crouch: 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.England lost to Croatia at the World Cup semi-finals in Russia and were held to a 0-0 draw in Rijeka last time out in the Nations League.And Southgate is taking nothing for granted following Croatia’s stunning 3-2 win over Spain.“We’ve got two days to prepare, so it was one of the reasons we played the team we did tonight,” added Southgate.“We’ll look at their game from tonight, just to see how they approached it against Spain, but we know pretty much all there is to know about Croatia – most importantly that their desire, their mentality is brilliant.“So, we know that tonight would have given them a huge lift ahead of coming here.“They’ll enjoy coming to Wembley, they’ll look forward to that.“We knew the game at home for them without a crowd was probably as difficult for them as it was for us.“But coming to a full house at Wembley, they’ve got big players that will relish that challenge and we’ve got to relish that challenge as well.”The game at Wembley will begin at 15:00 (CET).
Clark County has asked the state to intervene in its lawsuit against the federal government over the decision to allow the Cowlitz Indian Tribe to establish a reservation and build a casino near La Center.Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart told Commissioners Tom Mielke and Marc Boldt last week that he had asked Attorney General Rob McKenna to intervene, but McKenna expressed concerns.Stuart told Mielke and Boldt that the state typically backs a political subdivision in a fight against the federal government. He said attorneys involved in the case said that if the state stays silent it will not be unnoticed by the judge.When asked for a comment, McKenna’s spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie issued a two-sentence statement: “The Office of the Attorney General has been asked to consider intervening in this case. We are considering our options and will be discussing these options with the Governor and our clients (relevant state agencies) to determine the most appropriate course of action.”The federal government has denied any wrongdoing in its decision.Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno filed a response June 10 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The 19-page response was a point-by-point denial of all allegations made in the Jan. 31 lawsuit, setting the stage for a legal fight that may set a national precedent.
(NOTE: Align Credit Union has a location in Wilmington at 211 Lowell Street.)LOWELL, MA — Align Credit Union is pleased to announce their support of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless’ A Bed for Every Child initiative. The program provides beds to children of low-income families to help them arrive at school rested and ready to learn.Align’s Community Crew has participated in several bed building events at the Coalition’s office in Lynn and will be hosting their own events at Align’s headquarters in Lowell. At these events, volunteers assemble, sand and paint beds that will be donated to children in need. Align is also supporting the program by promoting it in their marketing and social media efforts and accepting donations from Members and the community at every Align branch.“The impact of Align Credit Union’s support of A Bed for Every Child has made it possible for children growing up in poverty to have a bed of their own. A Bed for Every Child knows a bed alone is not going to end poverty, but we do know giving a child a good night’s sleep can help them at school. We also know that an education is the pathway for a child to raise up and out of poverty as an adult,” said A Bed for Every Child Program Director, Tina Giarla. “A Bed for Every Child wants to give every child one more tool in their toolbox to getting an education and that begins with a good night’s sleep on a bed.”“The Align Community Crew participated in several Build-a-Bed events and was really impressed with the program and its staff,” said Align President Ken Del Rossi. “We’re excited to continue our support of A Bed for Every Child through volunteerism and donations because something as simple as a bed can change the entire trajectory of a child’s life.”About Align Credit UnionSince 1922, Align Credit Union has provided customized banking solutions to individuals and families throughout Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Align offers a full suite of products and services including Personal and Business Banking, Mortgages, Financial Planning and Insurance. Founded as the Northern Massachusetts Telephone Workers Credit Union (NMTW), the Credit Union changed its name to Align in 2013. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in many communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. For additional information, stop by one of seven branches in Amesbury, Danvers, Framingham, Haverhill, Lowell, Methuen and Wilmington or visit http://www.AlignCU.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Align Credit Union.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Cigna & Flanagan Receive Scholarships From Align Credit UnionIn “Education”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Align Credit Union Announces 2018 Scholarship RecipientsIn “Business”
Phone courtesy UAF Geophysical Institute.A Chinese airline will bring winter visitors to Fairbanks. Explore Fairbanks Tourism director Scott McCrae says Taiwan-based China Airlines flights are scheduled for December.Download Audio“Charter service from Taipei to Fairbanks. They’re planning three different flights: December 4th, 8th and 12th, using the A 340 aircraft. They’ve got capacity of 280 passengers.”McCrae says the flights which are already fully booked are primarily aimed at visitors coming to Fairbanks for Aurora viewing. The China Airlines charters are similar to those flown to the city for Aurora tours by Japan Airlines.“There’s some mirroring, looking at previous charter service of how that might have been successful, and those were the dates that they’ve landed on for this inaugural launch.”McCrae says the nine hour direct flights are shorter than connecting flights Chinese visitors can otherwise use to get to Fairbanks on Delta, Alaska Airlines and other carriers.
The Baltimore Chapter of The Links’ innovative GRASP (Graduation, Retention and Support Program) Fund is making a huge difference in the lives of students at local HBCUs. The AFRO American Newspapers is taking note and saluting the organization for its innovate approach, hard work, and success. The AFRO’s salute, that includes a VIP Networking Reception, takes place 6-9 p.m. April 14, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.Designed to help HBCU students who may be forced to drop out of college due to unexpected financial challenges, GRASP has raised $17,900 from chapter and additional contributions, combined. The fund has assisted a total of 16 students at Morgan and Coppin State universities, since its December 2013 inception, and awards are in the works for six more students in the upcoming semester.According to Patricia Coats Jessamy, president of the Baltimore chapter, as little as $250 can stand between a student and his or her college degree. None of the awards has exceeded $1,300, and the organization gives emphasis and priority to seniors and second semester juniors.She explains, “These are young people who are about to graduate, and this little impediment has shown its head. We want to erase it, so that they can go on to graduate. Sometimes it pays for books, sometimes it pays for other things.”Then, she elaborates, saying, “It relieves them of the stress of this financial burden. Often times, it’s just a small amount of money, but they don’t know where it’s going to come from.”Jessamy says that the ultimate goal is to have other organizations like sororities, fraternities and Big Brothers Big Sisters create GRASP fund partnerships with their local HBCUs.“We started this, but any organization can do it. And, what we’re trying to do is to really motivate people to help their local HBCUs. We want this to travel all across the country, and we’ve had inquiries, already, from other Links chapters. But, anybody can do it. It doesn’t have to be Links,” she reiterates.When asked about receiving the AFRO’s support, by way of the upcoming salute, Jessamy responds, “We’re really very happy, and we’re honored. We know that the AFRO is an organization that also supports our local HBCUs. Well, supports HBCUs, in general.”“They’re acknowledging us and saluting us for something that they’re doing themselves. So we feel honored.”Individuals interested in making direct donations, locally, can send a check to the Morgan State University Foundation or Coppin State University Foundation, with the notation “Baltimore Links GRASP” written on the memo line.For additional information about the Salute, contact Diane W. Hocker, the AFRO’s Director, Community and Public Relations, at 410-554-8243.
To kickstart the launch of games on Snapchat, and to demonstrate the capabilities of the platform, Snap built a title of its own in-house: Bitmoji Party, a series of mini games that uses Snapchatter’s Bitmojis as their avatars. A video preview shown to press showed Bitmoji competing in what can best be described as “American Ninja Warrior”-type challenges.Bitmoji Party can be played by up to 8 Snapchatters at the same time, with users inviting their friends to participate. The game also supports a spectator mode, allowing up to 24 additional users to watch and cheer via group chat.Other games available at launch are:“Alphabear Hustle” from Spry Fox, which is a collaborate take on “Words With Friends.”“C.A.T.S. (Crash Arena Turbo Stars) Drift Race” from ZeptoLab, a multiplayer racing game.“Snake Squad” from Game Closure, which has been described as a multiplayer battle-royale game.“Tiny Royale” from Zynga, a shoot-and-loot battle royale game.“Zombie Rescue Squad” from PikPok, which lets Snapchatters survive the zombie acapolypse together.Snap executives told reporters this week that they were very selective about the launch partners of its games platform, with a goal of emphasizing quality over quantity. The company has no plans to open up its games platform to every developer any time soon.There also won’t be any in-app purchases at launch, with Snapchat instead using ads for monetization, but with a twist: Instead of forcing commercials down everyone’s throat, ads are being integrated on an opt-in basis, according to executives.Game developers may for instance offer players a chance to receive boosts, or in-game currency, in exchange for watching an ad break. Company representatives didn’t rule out adding in-game purchases over time, stressing repeatedly that this was just the beginning for gaming on Snapchat.Games on Snapchat launched worldwide Thursday, but the company is looking to roll it out in stages to make sure its servers don’t go down as Snapchatters start to battle each other’s Bitmoji. Snap’s plans to launch its games platform were first reported by Cheddar last month. Popular on Variety Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitions Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Content Related Snapchat maker Snap officially launched its gaming platform at its first partner summit in Los Angeles Thursday, unveiling a six titles from companies like Zynga and ZeptoLabs, and also laying the groundwork for a bigger focus on social gaming.“Last year, mobile gaming was a $77 billion industry,” said Snapchat product director Will Wu Thursday. However, Wu contended that most of those games weren’t easily shareable. “It’s hard to get everybody to install the same game, then find friends to play with, and it’s hard to chat,” he said. “There’s way too much friction.”Snap’s answer is a HTML5-based gaming platform that makes it possible to play games right within Snapchat. Games are accessible from a new rocket button within the app’s group chat, and will launch directly in the app, without the need for any further downloads or sign-ups. Players can chat with each other in real-time via text chat, and also directly talk to each other via voice. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Maybe it’s just because of how new I am to tabletop roleplay games but, oh man, I can’t even begin to get my head around what it takes to be a Dungeon Master. DMs, for the uninitiated, are effectively the players who run any given tabletop campaign (Dungeon Master is a term specific to Dungeons & Dragons but the concept, commonly known as a Gamemaster, is prominent throughout the medium). The rest of the players play as characters navigating a journey and world laid out by the DM. It’s a gargantuan responsibility that often requires significant preparation ahead of games. DMs build out the world, story, and lore that their players navigate and have to do so in a way that leaves the game defined enough to play through but malleable enough to allow for diversions, for the choices players make to have consequences and narrative ramifications.It seems pretty damn hard.A DM can make or break a game. If they don’t handle the responsibilities well it can doom a campaign before it ever gets going. But if they rise to the challenge, a great DM can elevate the experience of all of the players. They can tell incredible stories through an unlikely medium and create bonds between players that transcend the game.AdChoices广告(Photo Credit: Ben James Schuh / Wizards of the Coast)At Dungeons & Dragons Live 2019: The Descent I had the pleasure of seeing a number of stellar DMs run short games for some of the players in attendance. From Critical Role’s Marisha Ray to actress Debora Ann Woll (who seriously impressed during the Relics & Rarities show), each DM brought something unique to their game and to the craft of performing Dungeon Master duties. It inspired me to ask a few attendees of the show what they value in a DM and what traits make for a truly great one. The answers provided a great deal of insight into what makes for a truly special Dungeon Master — and what you should do in order to give your players the best experience possible if you ever find yourself wanting to give it a try.Greg Tito (PR, Wizards of the Coast): I think what makes a great DM is listening to your players. Oftentimes DMs feel like they have to tell the stories over and over again and talk through what is happening, which they do, but my favorite moments as a DM are when I’m doing nothing, listening to my players, allowing them to have conversations and have as much fun as possible. One thing that’s crucial though is Dungeon Masters listen and then they react.Stephen Wark (Ludia Games, Warriors of Waterdeep): Being able to read the table and spin the best disaster story around a critical failure, or encourage the players to spin the best description out of their critical hit.Surena Marie (Podcaster – Dungeon Rats, Rivals of Waterdeep): My favorite DMs are ones with high amounts of empathy. They are able to understand the energy at the table and lean into the fun of a particular session. They also hone in on what players find important in the game for their characters and are unafraid to explore heartfelt, dramatic or intense moments by bringing those ideas closer to the surface.Todd Stashwick (Actor – Kim Possible, Supernatural): A good DM plays the players and not the rules. When you’re DMing, read your table, make it fun, play the story without white-knuckling the rules as you do. Let the rules guide you and keep you honest, but don’t be burdened by them. Have it be about the story and the characters.(Photo Credit: Ben James Schuh / Wizards of the Coast)Chris Gates (Wyrmwood Gaming): A good DM is somebody who doesn’t get too caught up in the details or the rules at the expense of prioritizing the enjoyment of the game and the enjoyment of the players. My first experience with Dungeons & Dragons involved a DM who was very caught up on details like, “How many inches of rope are you using?” you know, REALLY detailed stuff that didn’t ultimately matter. And I was like oh, I don’t think I like this game. When I played it later on with people who were more casual I had a lot more fun.Dylan Wilks (Codename Entertainment – Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms): I think the greatest of DMs are really really good at listening to their players while they play. Everybody has the stories that they want to tell through their characters and just paying attention and watching your players and listening and taking their ideas, trying to intuit where they might want to go and bring it all in to your adventures. Chris Perkins and Matt Mercer are amazing at it if you want people to learn from.Paul Shapiro (Beadle & Grimm’s): I think a great DM is someone who is willing to listen as much as they’re willing to talk, someone who enjoys being a part of the player’s story as much as they like driving the story themselves.Jim Zub (Comic Writer – Dungeons & Dragons, Avengers, etc.): Improvisation. You gotta be flexible. It’s not about you trying to force a story on the players, it’s about the interaction between you and your group. You need to be able to tell what they’re enjoying and then lean into it. But always challenge them. You can’t just give them everything they want. You have to surprise them and you have to entertain them. And part of entertaining them is making them work for it.Jerry Holkins (Penny Arcade): There’s lots of different approaches to that art form, I think. I feel like I’m doing it as well as I can do it the more I disappear and let the players basically guide things. I act as a signpost to tell them what options are available. More or less I want to try to narrate the adventure that they’re having in the world that we’re sharing together.More on Geek.com:Why ‘Dungeons & Dragons Live: The Descent’ Is the Future of ConventionsWhat It’s Like to Get Into ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ As an Adult‘Stranger Things’ Now Has a ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Starter Set ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Best D&D Deals: Starter Sets, Guides, Rulebooks, and More Stay on target
Holidays are coming and it’s time for Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. It is one of the most beautiful stories ever written, and Ebenezer Scrooge is still a synonym for a grumpy miser, or in modern terms, a greedy and cruel corporatist. Ebenezer Scrooge is perhaps Dickens’ most iconic character. The puzzling part was whether he created Scrooge out of thin air, or if he was inspired by a real-life character. According to research, it’s the latter.Marley’s ghost, from ‘A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas’ by Charles Dickens. First edition illustration by John Leech. Published by Chapman & Hall, 1843.Legend has it that while in Edinburgh, in 1841, Dickens visited Canongate churchyard where he noticed a gravestone inscribed with “Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie – MEAN MAN”, and perhaps thought how terrible a person could have been to be remembered in such a way.The deceased was, in fact, a “MEAL MAN” or corn merchant — Dickens’ misreading of the mans occupation inspired the name for his character: Mr. Scrooge.Charles Dickens between 1867 and 1868In a 2014 book Inventing Scrooge: The Incredible True Story Behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Carlo DeVito writes how Dickens created the protagonist of the book. Dickens was inspired by the life of John Elwes, today credited as the real-life Scrooge.Elwes, born John Meggot, in 1714, was a Member of Parliament who was known for his miserliness.Elwes the Miser, MP (7 April 1714 – 26 November 1789).His father, Robert Meggot, was a respected London brewer who died when John was only four, and left an inheritance of £100,000, equivalent to a couple of hundred million today. Although wealthy, John’s mother reportedly starved herself to death because she was too mean to spend money on her well-being.John grew up to be a party-going, hedonistic, and generous man, a scholar at Westminster who liked high society and enjoyed riding and traveling abroad.Scrooge extinguishing the first spirit.The main reason he changed his way of living and turned into a miser was his greediness for another inheritance — his uncle’s. Sir Harvey Elwes died in 1763, leaving his estate worth £250,000 (equivalent to $23 million today) to his nephew John, who even changed his name to Elwes to inherit that money.With an eye on the fabulous fortune, John gave up his extravagant rich life to impress his uncle. But after Sir Elwes’ death, instead of enjoying the wealth, John remained unimaginably stingy.He lived in a mansion with many rooms equipped with luxury furniture but during the winter, the young Elwes would spend most of his time in the kitchen with his servants so that he didn’t have to light another fire in the living room.“The Ghost of Christmas Present” from the original edition, 1843.Refusing to pay money for maintenance on his house, water started dripping from every hole in the roof, and the grand furniture fell into a state of a complete decay.He wore ragged clothes everywhere he went, and even slept in them. Sometimes he was mistaken for a beggar and given handouts, much to his joy.His meals consisted of a single hard-boiled egg and a pancake which he kept cold in his pocket. He regularly ate moldy food, and one rumor was that he even ate a rotten moorhen he took from a rat.Elwes with a money bag.The miser wore a tatty wig he found discarded in a hedge, avoided paying coaches even on rainy days, and sat in wet clothes to save the wood for the fire.One story has it that Elwes hurt both of his legs while walking in the dark and allowed an apothecary to treat only one while wagering his fee that the untreated would heal first. He won the bet and refused to pay the doctor.Edward Topham by John Russell, c.1795.Interestingly, according to John Elwes’ friend and biographer, Edward Topham, despite being so incredibly tight with spending on himself, John’s generosity was renowned: “…his public character lives after him pure and without stain. In private life, he was chiefly an enemy to himself.”He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Berkshire in 1772 and remained at the position for 12 years. He paid a whopping 18 pence in election expenses, and after three mandates he retired because he didn’t want to spend money on being re-elected.Marcham Park, formerly in Berkshire, from the north east. Photo by Rodolph CC By SA 3.0Whenever he traveled to London for his job, Elwes rode a horse rather than ride in a carriage to avoid spending money on expensive turnpike tolls.On the other hand, he was always quick to lend money and never asked for repayment, deeming asking for such things below a gentleman.He also made a lot of investments and financed many building developments in London, some of which remain today such as Piccadilly, Portman Square, and the famous Baker Street.As Topham wrote: “To others, he lent much; to himself, he denied everything. But in the pursuit of his property, or in the recovery of it, I have it not in my remembrance one unkind thing that ever was done by him.”Read another story from us: Charles Dickens’ Pet Raven Inspired Edgar Allen Poe’s Most Famous WorkJohn Elwes immersed himself in full-time miserliness. On his death in 1789, he left £500,000 (almost £1bn today) to his two illegitimate sons.
360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more January 5, 2010 – Researchers found robust epidemiological evidence that hereditary factors contribute to aneurysm formation in twins, in a new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. According to the authors, the study emphasizes the importance of evaluating family history in patients with AAA and supports ultrasound scan screening of unaffected siblings. Researchers in Sweden reviewed the data of 172,890 twins born in that country since 1886 and found 265 twins who had developed abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). These individuals ranged from 48 to 94 years of age; 81 percent were male. Carl Magnus Wahlgren, M.D., Ph.D., from the department of vascular surgery at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, said that this was the largest AAA population-based twin study to date.”There were seven sets of identical (monozygotic) as well as five sets of fraternal (dizygotic) concordant pairs,” said Dr. Wahlgren. “Concordance rates represent the probability of developing AAA for an individual with an affected twin. The identical pairs had a 24 percent probability that an identical twin of a person with AAA would get the disease. Their risk was 71 times higher than that of the identical twin of a person without AAA. The probability rate for the concordant fraternal twins was 4.8 percent. In contrast, there were 44 identical and 197 fraternal discordant pairs in the AAA group.”Researchers also reviewed the data for twins with AAA ages 55 years and older, then possibly excluding genetic connective tissue disorders such as Ehler-Danlos and Marfan syndrome, the odds ratio still was significantly higher for identical as opposed to fraternal twins. Heritability of 70 percent of the total trait variance was estimated and the remaining variance was explained by non-shared environmental factors with no support for a role of shared environmental influences.”Our twin model provides a powerful means of examining the total genetic contribution to a given disease especially a complex trait such as AAA, and phenotypes (genetic makeup and environmental influences) can be defined to maximize chances of successful gene mapping,” said Dr. Wahlgren. “Unlike family or sibling studies, potential confounders such as the variability of disease prevalence with age are removed. This model relies on important assumptions, including random mating, no interaction between genes and environment and equivalent environments for identical and fraternal twins.”The study had only one female concordant twin pair with AAA. Researchers said they could not draw any conclusions about a possible stronger heritability in men or women. They noted that in other regions the proportions of type of effects could differ because of environmental factors; also in the cases of aneurysmal disease with several genetic and environmental factors, the liability model assumes that the disease will occur when there are enough contributory factors to push the individual’s liability above the threshold.”The data can improve the information given to first-degree relatives of patients with AAA regarding the risk,” said Dr. Wahlgren. “However, many questions in the genetics of familial AAA remain unanswered. The understanding about how risk factors and genotype contribute to AAA development is important for patient selection, screening and more aggressive treatment.”For more information: www.vascularweb.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | January 05, 2010 Hereditary Factors Contribute to Aneurysms in Twins News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more January 21, 2013 — 3Disc, a manufacturer of digital imaging solutions, debuted next-generation FireCR+M medical and FireCR+M veterinary readers at the 98th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago in November 2012. FireCR+M readers are capable of scanning multiple cassette sizes, while offering the same high-image quality, speed and performance offered with the rest of the company’s CR (computed radiography) reader product family.The FireCR+ medical and veterinary product lines offer a wide range of models and options, including a variety of imaging speeds that can be upgraded in the field. The new readers are tabletop systems that support a full range of the most-used cassette sizes — 18 cm x 24 cm, 24 cm x 30 cm, and 35 cm x 43 cm (14 inches x 17 inches). The company also will continue to offer FireCR+ medical and veterinary readers, which can be placed on a tabletop or wall mounted, and support two universal cassette sizes.“Our customers in the medical and veterinary imaging fields are not ‘one-size-fits-all,’ so we recognized that it was important to provide a full range of options,” said Sigrid Smitt-Jeppesen, CEO of 3Disc Americas. “With 3Disc, there is no need for customers to compromise on features and functionality. They can select a system that meets their exact needs and budgets — and also have flexibility that lets them grow.”“Customers can select a 3Disc reader that meets their current needs and budgets, and then scale up as their imaging volume increases,” added Thomas Weldingh, CEO of 3Disc Europe. “Our customers appreciate the peace of mind that comes from knowing their technology investment is protected.”The FireCR+ and FireCR+M medical and veterinary readers are built on technology that increases productivity, with a throughput of up to 70 plates per hour, providing crisp, clear images for viewing, archiving and distribution. The compact systems offer full DICOM connectivity and allow users to capture high-quality images of any body part. Imaging parameters are optimized, resulting in digital images that can be enhanced, enlarged, duplicated and sent to any location in seconds with no loss of resolution. 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Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two retired Venezuelan military officers sought on drug trafficking charges have been arrested, authorities announced.An anti-narcotics task force arrested former National Guard Capt. Vassyly Villarroel Ramirez on Monday, according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry. Ramirez has long been a wanted man. He was named in an Interpol alert and was classified as a drug kingpin in 2013 by the U.S. Treasury Department. U.S. officials say he has ties to Mexican and Colombian cartels and has been involved with cocaine trafficking. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The task force also arrested former National Guard Lt. Robert Alexander Pinto Gil on Monday. The ministry accuses him of leading local drug trafficking gangs. He previously escaped from prison.National Guard commander Nestor Reverol said Tuesday that the two will be brought before the courts soon.The arrests come amid reports that U.S. prosecutors are investigating the head of Venezuela’s congress for possible ties to cocaine trafficking and money laundering. National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello has emphatically denied that he heads a drug cartel composed of senior government and military officials. He has promised to sue the local and international outlets that have published reports related to the investigation.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share How do cataracts affect your vision?
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