APTN National NewsMontreal is gearing up to deal with its serious problem with intravenous drug users.For years community groups and public health services in the city have been trying to set up safe injection sites similar to what is operating in Vancouver.It was recently announced that four sites will soon be open in the city with the first expected to open next spring.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.
Tamara Pimentel APTN NewsOn the Blood Tribe reserve in Alberta, witnessing an overdose has become a daily occurrence for Dr. Esther Tailfeathers who works at the community’s department of health.“There was one case where one pill of fentanyl was split in four, and four different people shared the one bean of fentanyl,” says Tailfeathers. “All of them overdosed and required more than six vials of naloxone to revive them.“It was horrific for everybody here.”The Blood Tribe continues to deal with an opioid crisis that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.In November alone, the health department reported nearly 60 overdoses.Getting her family backLori Eagle Plume visits the Blood Tribe department of health regularly for her suboxone treatment.She has been clean from a fentanyl addiction for almost four years. Her motivation? The thought of her children being released into the foster care system.“Them almost getting taken away from me, it was hard knowing that – either you get help today or if you don’t, we’re going to go take your kids.” she said. “I thought about my kids and I was like, no. Okay I’m going to get help, I’ll do it for them.”Eagle Plume got help in time, but Tailfeathers says parents losing their kids because of drug use is an all too common story in the community.“There’s not a huge safety net for them. We’re so busy concentrating on saving the lives of people who are addicted that we’re not watching the fallout around them and the youth are absorbing a lot of the grief,” Tailfeathers says.“We’re seeing more youth becoming addicted. We had a 13 year old that overdoes in front of our tribal office a week ago.”Eagle Plume says a lot has changed in the community over a short period of time.“It feels like we’re living in the city with the sirens,” said Eagle Plume, “We never used to be like that. When you hear the sirens, you just know what it is.”Tailfeathers says the community has taken major steps to save people from overdoses.Emergency Health Services has increased the amount of ambulances and team members and the Blood Trobe police has more officers.But while lives are being saved, Tailfeather says families have lost their housing to addictions, children are becoming homeless, they’re hungry because they aren’t getting the nutrition they need and many are not attending school.Tailfeathers says 39 per cent of babies from the Blood Tribe are born into neonatal abstinence – a term used when an infant goes through the withdrawl after exposure to narcotics in the womb.“Usually those babies are not released to the mother, they’re released to either to a family member who becomes a temporary guardian or they’re released into the foster care system,” she says.“That’s one part of our populations that we haven’t been paying attention to and we really do need to be concerned.”A possible solution?(Dr. Esther Tailfeathers)Tailfeathers says the root causes of addiction need to be treated – including a faulty health policy.“The prescribing of prescription opioids is part of people getting hooked on opioids – it’s a slippery slope,” says Tailfeathers.“The issue of opioid addictions is basically treating the pain that we have and the trauma that we’ve had over the last century and a half from colonialism, racism.”Tailfeathers says having physicians prescribe a low opioid prescription like Tylenol 3s could be a start to building tolerance.“When they reach a level where it’s not working for them anymore, they seek higher, more potent stuff like fentanyl and heroin from the streets,” she says.Tailfeathers says there’s an option.CBD (cannabidiol), along with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is an active incredient in cannabis. But unlike THC, CBD does not produce a “high” feeling.According to Tailfeathers, CBD can be an alternative to pain management but there’s a problem – it’s not eligible for coverage under the Non-Insured Health Benefits of Indigenous Services Canada.“It’s what people are thinking may be helpful because cannabis works on a different pain receptor than opioids do and we don’t see people overdosing on cannabis,” she says.But Indigenous Services says it is not approved by Health Canada.“In order to be considered for listing on the NIHB Program Drug Benefit List, a product must be approved by Health Canada under the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR), have a notice of compliance,” the statement from Indigenous Services says.According to the Canadian Health Food Association, the government needs to sit down and seriously consider offering Canadians a chance to obtain CBD products.“Many Canadians see recreational cannabis as their non-prescription way to access CBD for health purposes and since CBD is a natural substance, we believe it should be regulated and sold as a Natural Health Product,” explained the associations President Helen Long in a statement released in November.Tailfeathers says healing doesn’t stop at the drugs doctors are prescribing, or what the government will or will not license.Overdoses have impacted the economy of the Blood Tribe as well.“It would be so nice if we could be spending all that money that we’re spending on saving lives, if we could spend that on the other end and make this a really nice place to be and actually dealing with the trauma issues that we need to deal with, but we’re not getting there,” Tailfeather said.As Eagle Plume makes another visit to the department of health, she says she encourages others struggling with addictions to seek help.“Coming off drugs was one of the best things because I got my family back. 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New Delhi: “You will never let this country remain in peace,” the Supreme Court said Friday while dismissing a plea seeking permission to carry out religious activities in nine ancient temples situated on the undisputed acquired land adjacent to Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site at Ayodhya.”There will always be something,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna. The bench was hearing an appeal filed against the January 10 order of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, which had dismissed the plea seeking its nod to offer prayer in the nine temples there and had also imposed a cost of Rs 5 lakh on the petitioner. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The apex court, while hearing the appeal, told petitioner Pandit Amar Nath Misra to “stop poking” around with the issue. Misra, who is a social activist, had claimed before the high court that authorities have turned a “blind eye” to the initiation of religious activities in ancient temples which are situated on the acquired but undisputed land in Ayodhya since last 25 years. The apex court recently appointed a panel of mediators headed by former top court judge Justice F M I Kalifulla for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement to the vexatious land dispute. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSpiritual guru and founder of Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, are the other two members of the panel of mediators. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.
LONDON — British bank Barclays says it set aside 150 million pounds ($196 million) to deal with economic uncertainty as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.The bank said Thursday that bad loans in its credit card and corporate lending businesses may increase amid “anticipated economic uncertainty in the U.K.” Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, ending more than 40 years of free trade with the bloc.The comments came as Barclays said recent restructuring efforts delivered “improved performance across the group” last year.Barclays says fourth-quarter pretax profit jumped to 374 million pounds from 93 million pounds a year earlier as it cut costs and set aside less money to cover past misdeeds. The bank’s net loss shrank to 76 million pounds from 1.29 billion pounds.The Associated Press
The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Forces Nouvelles rebels and some members of the UN-authorized French Licorne force “will see to it that the persons wishing to change their banknotes can do so in complete security,” the mission said.Launched in the sub-region in mid-September, the exchange transaction was scheduled to end on Friday, after covering the eight countries belonging to the West African Central Bank (BCEAO) – Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.UNOCI was to help transport and protect 26 BCEAO agents at the locations where the exchanges were being made.The old currency was the Community of French-speaking Africa francs (FCFA), in notes of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000, as well as in 200 FCFA and 500 FCFA coins.BCEAO said it was fulfilling a decision the ministers of the Monetary Union of West Africa (UMOWA) made in December of last year not use two different sets of currency after new notes and coins were issued earlier in the year. The 1992 currency amounted to 50 per cent of the currency in circulation, it said.In November of last year, the UN Security Council noted that there had been a bloody bank robbery in rebel-held Bouaké in late September, “followed by further related skirmishes in Bouaké among the soldiers of the Forces Nouvelles, who were reportedly fighting over the spoils, and two other attempted bank robberies in Man and Korhogo in October,” but BCEAO did not link the currency exchange to the robberies.
As then ICMM’s Secretary General Paul Mitchell says, our “industry’s biodiversity conservation performance is under increasing scrutiny from NGOs, commentators and financial analysts. This is due in part to a growing awareness of the importance of biodiversity conservation, but also because the industry often operates in remote and environmentally sensitive areas of the world. Demonstrating a commitment to biodiversity conservation is now an essential element of sustainable development for the mining and metals industry.ICMM members are committed to improving their performance in this area, and also to taking a role in educating governments and the public about the benefits that the mining and metals industry can play in biodiversity conservation.”Principle 7 of ICMM’s Sustainable Development Framework states its commitment to “contribute to conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land use planning”. This document is intended to assist members (and others) to meet this commitment by providing relevant guidance to managers in corporate and site offices.This ICMM publication was developed as a part of the IUCN/ICMM Dialogue. A joint workshop at IUCN’s Headquarters in Gland in July 2003 agreed on the need to develop it, and also the structure of the document. “While the document has been developed by ICMM for its members, we are thankful to IUCN for its association and help in its development. We are also very grateful to the many individuals, and particularly the ICMM-IUCN Advisory Group and ICMM’s Biodiversity Working Group for the long hours they spent in reviewing countless drafts. A two-month public consultation process during 2005 also provided very valuable input to the process,” says Mitchell.The question of how mining companies can improve their biodiversity performance is answered in considerable detail in the new 142-page ICMM publication, Good Practice Guidance for Mining and Biodiversity.The guide provides an informative, accessible and highly practical reference source on biodiversity which can be used by mining companies at all stages of their operations, from initial exploration to mine closure planning and implementation. It divides into four colour-coded sections: • A background to biodiversity and its relevance to mining companies• The management and integration of biodiversity into day to day operations• Typical tools and processes needed for assessment – including stakeholder engagement; • A variety of checklists and other supporting materials. The Good Practice Guidance is available from the ICMM website at http://www.icmm.com/library_pub_detail.php?rcd=195 , or you can request a hard copy by sending an email to email@example.com including a full postal address.
Martin Engineering, a supplier of bulk material handling solutions, is urging mining companies to take another look at their conveyor belt cleaners and devise a strategy that can reduce operator and operational risk, as well as overall operating costs.The company says: “Given the number of conveyor-related accidents that occur during routine maintenance and cleanup, every bulk material handler has a vested interest in technologies to help reduce hazards and prevent injuries.“Seemingly mundane tasks such as adjusting belt cleaners and removing spillage often require employees to work near the moving conveyor, where even incidental contact can result in serious injury in a split second. Further, spillage can contribute to the risk of fire by interfering with pulleys and idlers and by providing potential fuel. Even worse, in confined spaces, airborne particles can create the right ingredients for an explosion.”The buildup of fugitive material can occur with surprising speed, according to the company.“As the table below illustrates, spillage in an amount equal to just one sugar packet (about 4 g) per hour will result in an accumulation of about 700 g at the end of a week. If the rate of escape is 4 g/min, the accumulation will be more than 45 kg/week, or more than 2 t/y. If the spillage amounts to just one shovelful per hour (not an uncommon occurrence in some operations), personnel can expect to have to deal with more than 225 kg/d of fugitive material.”Reducing carrybackAlthough there are several belt cleaning technologies available to conveyor operators, most designs in use today are blade-type units of some kind, using a urethane or metal-tipped scraper to remove material from the belt’s surface, according to Martin Engineering.“These devices typically require an energy source – such as a spring, a compressed air reservoir or a twisted elastomeric element – to hold the cleaning edge against the belt. Because the blade directly contacts the belt, it is subject to abrasive wear and must be regularly adjusted and periodically replaced to maintain effective cleaning performance.”The ability to maintain the proper force required to keep the blade edge against the belt is a key factor in the performance of any cleaning system, the company said. Blade-to-belt pressure must be controlled to achieve optimal cleaning with a minimal rate of blade wear.The company said: “There is a popular misconception that the harder the cleaner is pressing against the belt, the better it will clean. Yet, research has shown there is an optimum range of blade pressure, which will most effectively remove carryback material. Increasing tension beyond this range raises blade-to-belt friction, thus shortening blade life, increasing belt wear and increasing power consumption – without improving cleaning performance.“Operating a belt cleaner below the optimum pressure range also delivers less effective cleaning and can accelerate blade wear. A belt cleaner lightly touching the belt may appear to be in working order from a distance whereas excessive amounts of carryback are being forced between the blade and the belt at high velocity.”This passage of material between the belt and the blade creates channels of uneven wear on the face of the cleaner, according to the company, with these channels increasing in size as material continues to pass between the blade and the belt.The company continued: “A common source of blade wear that often goes unnoticed – even with a properly installed and adjusted cleaner – is running the belt empty for long periods of time. Small particles embedded in the empty belt’s surface can create an effect like sand paper, increasing the wear rate of both the blade and the belt. Even though the cargo may be abrasive, it often has moisture in it that serves as a lubricant and coolant.“Another potential source of wear is when the cleaner blade is wider than the material flow, causing the outside portion of the cleaning blade to hold the centre section of the blade away from the belt. As a result, carryback can flow between the belt and the worn area of the blade, accelerating wear on this centre section. Eventually, the process creates a curved wear pattern sometimes referred to as a ‘smiley face’ or ‘mooning’.”As urethane cleaner blades wear, the surface area of the blade touching the belt increases, according to Martin Engineering. This causes a reduction in blade-to-belt pressure and a corresponding decline in cleaner efficiency. Most mechanically-tensioned systems, as result, require periodic adjustment (re-tensioning) to deliver the consistent pressure needed for effective carryback removal.“To overcome the problem of the blade angle changing as the blade wears, a radial-adjusted belt cleaner can be designed with a specially-engineered curved blade, known as CARP (Constant Angle Radial Pressure),” Martin Engineering said. “With this innovative design, the changes in contact angle and surface area are minimised as the blade wears, helping to maintain its effectiveness throughout the cleaner’s service life.”Air tensioningNew air-powered tensioning systems are automated for precise monitoring and tensioning throughout all stages of blade life, reducing the labour typically required to maintain optimum blade pressure and extending the service life of both the belt and the cleaner, Martin Engineering said.“Equipped with sensors to confirm that the belt is loaded and running, the devices automatically back the blade away during stoppages or when the conveyor is running empty, minimising unnecessary wear to both the belt and cleaner,” it said. “The result is consistently correct blade tension, with reduced power demand on start-up, all managed without operator intervention.”For locations lacking convenient power access, one self-contained design uses the moving conveyor to generate its own electricity. This powers a small air compressor to maintain optimum blade pressure at all times.MaintenanceEven the best-designed and most efficient of mechanical belt cleaning systems require periodic maintenance and/or adjustment, or performance will deteriorate over time.Martin Engineering said: “Proper tensioning of belt-cleaning systems minimises wear on the belt and cleaner blades, helping to prevent damage and ensure efficient cleaning action. Belt cleaners must be engineered for durability and simple maintenance, and conveyors should be designed to enable easy service, including required clearances for access. Service chores that are straightforward and ‘worker friendly’ are more likely to be performed on a consistent basis.“The use of factory-trained and certified specialty contractors can also help ensure that belt cleaner maintenance is done properly, and on an appropriate schedule. Further, experienced service technicians often notice other developing system or component problems that can be avoided if addressed before a catastrophic failure occurs, helping conveyor operators avoid potential equipment damaging and expensive unplanned downtime.”The company concluded: “By setting the cleaning goal necessary for each individual operation and purchasing a system adequate for those conditions, as laid out in CEMA standards, it’s possible to achieve carryback control and yet obtain long life from belt cleaners.“The bottom line is that properly-installed and adjusted belt cleaners help minimise carryback and spillage, reducing risk and overall operating costs.”
Source: Linda Sinclair/Twitter Source: GlasgowSWPolice/Twitter VIDEO: Concerned mum Mary MacLeod says the man who was shot was dropping off his child at St George’s PS in #Penilee area of #Glasgow. pic.twitter.com/s1eKkcDHtf— Radio Clyde News (@RadioClydeNews) January 16, 2017 Source: Chris McCall/Twitter Read: 26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre >Read: Northern Ireland heading for elections if no deal done by 5pm > 5 Comments Monday 16 Jan 2017, 11:42 AM VIDEO: Anxious parents outside St George’s Roman Catholic School in Penilee area waiting to pick up kids after a gun fired outside. pic.twitter.com/rxi2mvVKxW— Linda Sinclair (@lindajsinclair) January 16, 2017 Source: Radio Clyde News/Twitter Man shot outside Penilee Primary School in Glasgow had just moments before dropped off his child at school, eyewitnesses tell me.— Chris McCall (@Dennynews) January 16, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3189076 Police investigating shooting close to Glasgow primary school “Police officers are at the school and there is no threat to children or staff,” police said. Updated at 11.45amPOLICE IN SCOTLAND are investigating a shooting incident near a primary school in Glasgow.It happened in the Penilee area, in the southwest of the city, as parents were dropping their children off this morning.A reporter for the Scotsman said on Twitter that an eyewitness had told him a man had been shot. A spokesperson for the force told the BBC there was a report of a firearm being discharged in the area at around 9.05am.“Police officers are at the school and there is no threat to children or staff at the school.”Investigations are ongoing to try and establish the circumstances of what happened, the spokesman said. “I was just leaving my son off in the morning and I heard this loud bang – it sounded like a firework going off,” a local parent, Mary MacLeod, told Radio Clyde News.The local Council said it was aware of the incident and that all pupils and staff at St George’s Primary School were safe.“Police dealing with an incident which happened outside school grounds,” a tweet said. Jan 16th 2017, 11:42 AM 8,503 Views We are aware of a firearms incident in Penilee this morning. We do not believe there is any ongoing threat to any other person.— GlasgowSWPolice (@SWGlasgowPolice) January 16, 2017 Share1 Tweet Email “We are aware of a firearms incident in Penilee this morning,” Glasgow police said.“We do not believe there is any ongoing threat to any other person.”If you have any information or witnessed anything please contact us on 101 immediately. Short URL By Daragh Brophy
Cyberattaques : les Etats-Unis envisagent des répliques militairesLe Pentagone a fait part de sa volonté d’assimiler les cyberattaques visant les Etats-Unis à des actes de guerre. Une mesure qui pourrait alors permettre au pays de répliquer militairement à des attaques informatiques.Il y a quelques jours, les Etats-Unis ont présenté une mesure par laquelle le pays pourra “répondre aux actes hostiles dans le cyber-espace de la même manière qu’à toute autre menace pour le pays”, rapporte le site du Monde. “Nous nous réservons le droit d’utiliser tous les moyens nécessaires – diplomatiques, relatifs à l’information, militaires et économique – en fonction des besoins et dans le respect du droit international, pour défendre notre pays, nos alliés, nos partenaires et nos intérêts”, indique en effet le texte.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageInterrogé à ce sujet par le Wall Street Journal, le colonel Dave Lapan, porte-parole du Pentagone, explique que cette mesure a avant tout une visée dissuasive. “Une réponse à un incident cybernétique ou à une cyberattaque visant les Etats-Unis ne serait pas nécessairement une réponse cybernétique”. Toutefois “si nous étions attaqués, même sous forme de cyberattaque, toutes les options seraient sur la table”, a-t-il dit souligné. Cette nouvelle stratégie permettra au Pentagone de décider de la réponse à adopter en cas cyberattaques en se basant sur la notion d’équivalence. Il s’agira de juger la gravité des dommages engendrés par l’attaque et de déterminer s’ils sont comparables à ceux qu’aurait pu causer une attaque militaire. “Si vous stoppez notre réseau électrique, peut-être que nous vous enverrons un de nos missiles”, a expliqué un responsable des forces armées américaines.Cette nouvelle stratégie a été mise en place suite à l’attaque qui l’automne dernier avait touché par le virus informatique Stuxnet des ordinateurs dédiés au programme nucléaire iranien. Alors que le groupe de défense américain Lockheed Martin a été récemment victime d’une importante attaque contre son système informatique, la lutte contre les cyberattaques est l’une des priorités de Barack Obama. Le 1 juin 2011 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
Burnley youngster McNeil has signed a new contract with the club and has put paid to speculations over his exit from the club.The teenager signed his first professional contract at the club last April and has been in blistering form since he made his debut for the club last season.“A lot has happened in a short space of time and I’m happy to have signed a new deal,” McNeil Lancashiretelegraph.“I hadn’t really thought this far ahead but I’m just happy it’s come so soon.Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“The main aim was to sign it so I can focus on my football and I’ve done that now so I can focus and crack on with what I’m doing.“I think I’ve taken my opportunity well and hopefully I can build on that.“Hopefully I can stay in the team and really focus on this season. I think we’re doing well and we’ve got to keep that form going.“It’s a dream staying in the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world and you always want to stay and play in the Premier League.”
Related coverageNational trust acquires Academy buildingTalk about your old-school approach to architecture.As a local group was closing the deal on a historic Vancouver building, a project leader mentioned how solid their newly acquired 141-year-old structure is.After inspecting the Academy, designed and built by Mother Joseph, “We found that the building is in great shape,” Ed Lynch said a few days ago.“It’s got challenges, but the structure is gorgeous,” said Lynch, who chaired the Academy Campaign for the Fort Vancouver National Trust.“There haven’t been any huge surprises” in the inspection reports, said Mike True, president of the National Trust.Providence Academy, as it’s now called, won’t need any seismic improvements, True said after Tuesday’s announcement.The place definitely was built to last, said another participant in the deal. In a similar discussion we wrote about two years ago, Monte Hidden noted that Mother Joseph approached institutional architecture from a long-term perspective. Her plans for the Academy were defined by the imposing churches she saw in her native Quebec. They were very much Old World, said Hidden, whose family provided bricks for the Academy in the 1870s and then bought it in 1969.It also helps that the inspectors didn’t find any hazardous materials, True said. Asbestos is a common problem in renovating old buildings. It was used for decades as insulation, but causes lung cancer.But Mother Joseph’s workers didn’t use asbestos, Hidden said. They insulated pipes with horse hair wrapped in linen.Lynch calls Providence Academy the prize historic building in the Northwest. “Name something that matches it,” Lynch said in our coverage of Tuesday’s transaction.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, August 13, 2019:Timaree C. Brown (Cambridge, 62) was arrested on a court warrant as a fugitive from justice. Police responded to a Middlesex Avenue business after its owner called to ask that Brown, who just quit, be escorted off of the property. Police discovered Brown had a warrant out from Sanford, Maine. (2:11pm)A walk-in party reported his parked car was struck while in the Dunkin’ parking lot on Ballardvale Street. (3:44pm)Fire Department responded to a mulch fire at Lowell Five Bank on Main Street. (5:16pm)Shell employee reported a party left without paying for items. Police stopped vehicle. Passenger claimed she told gas station employee she would return with money. Passenger’s mother made restitution. Employee was satisfied. (7:13pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”
Share your voice Tech Industry 0 Tags Microsoft’s retail store in Sydney, Australia. Microsoft Microsoft appears to be shifting its brick-and-mortar focus to its full-fledged retail stores. Across the US, the computer giant is closing its smaller “specialty stores,” which was the name it gave its mall kiosks, and is instead putting its energy into retail shops.”After careful discussion and evaluation, we’ve made the decision to close our specialty store locations,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said in an email. “We look forward to continuing to showcase a robust lineup of products and services at our full line and flagship stores.”The news comes as Microsoft is set to open its first flagship store in London. The company already has more than 80 retail stores in the US, Canada and Australia.Originally published June 4, 1:08 p.m. PT. Update, 3:44 p.m.: Adds comment from Microsoft spokeswoman. Post a comment Microsoft
Who Are They?Mario’s original nemesis, this stubborn ape and the 1981 arcade game named after him helped usher in Nintendo as one of gaming’s biggest players. He’s also a gorilla wearing a tie with his own initials on it, which is just magnificent. But while his history with Mario is certainly significant, Donkey Kong really struck out on his own in the acclaimed Donkey Kong Country series on the Super Nintendo.Smash HistoryWith no Bowser or Ganondorf in the original Smash 64, Donkey Kong is the closest thing the first entry has to a villain. He’s also the game’s first attempt at a heavyweight character. Donkey Kong barrels over opponents with beefy physical strikes like wind-up punches, hand slaps, and knocking out fools with his head. But as later entries added more heavy characters, Donkey Kong received the surprisingly agile animal grace that also defines his platforming series as a way to stand out.What Looks New in Ultimate?Aesthetically, DK’s fur looks worse but his eyes bug out more so it’s kind of a wash there. He has a new Final Smash: a flurry of punches from Donkey Kong Jungle Beat which is a game that needs all the attention it can get. From the competitive side, consensus seems to be he’s better overall but his trademark cargo throw, aerial headbutt “ding-dong” combo isn’t as a potent. And since the recent Donkey Kong Country games, while excellent, represented a return to form, it’s not like there’s anything new for this DK to draw from when it comes to movesets.Our Hopes?Donkey Kong is just so outstanding in general. He’s far and away the funniest Nintendo character. And his general hard-hitting playstyle is just entertaining enough to me as a fan of the character overall. But DK’s platformers have this flowing sense of momentum to complement all the weightiness. It would be nice if Donkey Kong’s Smash Bros. feel could replicate this somehow.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. 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5 min read Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For all the paperless business conveniences, at least one old-fashioned paper-and-ink standby refuses to die: the business card.Do any kind of regular networking, and no matter what smartphone card-scanning app you try or wireless contact-beaming technology you use, you’re bound to end up with stacks of old-school paper business cards. And unless you’ve got a system for turning the data on those cards into tasks you can act on, the most you’re going to get out of your dutiful collecting is a fat wallet and another layer of desk debris.Connecticut-based DYMO Corp. — which specializes in making business printers and other peripherals — was one of the early makers of business-card scanners that, paired with contact-management software, aimed at cutting down the business-card clutter.To stay competitive with camera-equipped iPhones, Droids and BlackBerrys that run card-scanning apps like CamCard or Business Card Reader, the company has been upgrading its scanning and printing technologies. To get a feel for what a dedicated card scanner can do for a small shop, we have been testing the company’s midrange device, the DYMO CardScan Executive ($260). Dymo competes with other card scanners from outfits like Alestron and Penpower and has developed new software for their products that connects them to larger business applications like Microsoft Outlook and Google Apps.Related: How to Expand a Contact Database to Find More CustomersHere’s what we found when it comes to taming those drifts of business cards on your desk.What it is: DYMO CardScan is a small, business-card-sized scanner that can scan and read contact information from both sides of a card in less than two seconds per card. DYMO then uploads the contact information either to its own contact-management software or directly to Microsoft Outlook if you’re using Windows.DYMO’s contact-management tools work as an address book, can sort and categorize raw information and can review that data against the actual card image. Contacts can also be synced with email clients like Mac Address Book and online tools like Gmail. And users can quickly search social media sites for their contact’s profiles, or map directions to a business directly from the contact-management software.CardScan devices also work with DYMO LabelWriter, which can be used to create mailing labels directly from your contact list.The basic black-and-white DYMO CardScan Personal scanneefr is $160. The full-color DYMO CardScan Executive is $260. DYMO CardScan Team, which includes two software licenses for sharing contacts, is $400.Why you might like it: DYMO CardScan is essentially a single-purpose business card scanner. But it performs this task with remarkable effectiveness.Two of us tested it, and found that DYMO’s text-recognition software is a significant upgrade over smartphone business-card readers. Data captured needed only minimal editing to clean up misreads. But the real payoff came when we fed dozens of business cards through the scanner in a batch. It easily handled a stack of about 50 cards. And getting those into our database was easily three times as fast as snapping a photo of a card one at a time with a smartphone.Related: The Best Online Tools for Managing Your Business ContactsFor quickly taking in lots of contact information and getting it into a manageable format, it’s hard to beat the CardScan.The tool also has some neat extra capabilities. It does a nice job of mixing in clever apps throughout the business-software universe. The DYMO Outlook plug-in, for example, was surprisingly good at capturing data automatically. And the DYMO printer app worked well inside Microsoft Word. You could easily manage a contact and print a label, right from a document, which can be a fast way to get a quick letter out the door or handle simple shipping logistics.Why you might not like it: Ultimately, at more than $150 for even the most basic card scanner, it may be tough to justify spending that kind of money for what really is a single-use device. Remember, scanning apps for smartphones can be had for less than $10 — and those are portable.Also, DYMO’s software simply cannot stand up to even a basic collaboration tools when it comes sharing the contacts it scans among business teams. Even a basic contact manager like in Google Apps does far better job of letting teams share contacts. However, the upgraded CardScan team edition does allow users to share contacts from a single scanner across an in-house business network, though its sharing functionality is nowhere close to a full on customer relationship management tool like Salesforce.com.Bottom line: DYMO’s CardScan does it what it’s supposed to do and does it well. But for many firms — particularly those that do limited face-to-face networking — today’s myriad options for managing and sharing contacts may have little need for a tool such as CardScan. However, if your shop collects piles of business cards, we don’t know of a better way to get them off your desk and into your business.We found CardScan to be surprisingly handy.Related: Five Ways to Take Charge of Your Own Networking Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now October 27, 2011 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Related posts:Why we need International Women’s Day Women of Costa Rica: Let’s open the door for each other already Eight women who blazed a trail through Costa Rican history A photo exhibit in Jacó connects with the “Divine Feminine” Her name is Luciana. I locked eyes with her across the crowd. We’d met before, I like to think of us as friends, but truth is I am friends with her mother. Lu, is 6 years old and was sitting with a purple hankerchief around her neck. She was holding a sign she made herself that read “Women can do whatever they want.”Last Friday night, on International Women’s Day, women wanted to organize to fight the patriarchy together.This year the agreed upon slogan for #8M was Más juntas que nunca, meaning collectivity and togetherness would be at the very core of the women’s march. International Women’s Day is crucial to the year-round struggles we face as women, it commemorates the achievements the feminist movement has gained and recognizes the plight women around the world still face.Undoubtedly there have been a series of advances in terms of gender equality in the last decades, but gender inequality is still very much a part of how our society organizes itself and distributes power. Costa Rican women decided to address inequality by showing up and saying what was on their minds. Women take part in a march to mark International Women’s Day in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 8, 2019. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP)Taking to the streets is fundamental. It lets us reclaim a hostile space where women of all ages face harassment and sexist culture on a daily basis. It also exposes the movement to its own numbers.It is impossible to say the feminist agenda is being pushed by just a handful of rebellious women when Avenida 2 is packed with thousands of women walking and chanting side by side for hours. Organizing, mobilizing and securing that many people obviously required hard work and that work was done by women.Over the last few years feminism has begun to embrace its diversity and what this translates into for Costa Rican women’s movements is in a wide array of demands converging in one place. We are stronger because we are able to come together despite of our differences and push forward a series of social, economic and political changes that will benefit all women.We yelled for violence against women and girls to cease, we sang songs about the rise of feminism and we held up posters advocating for equal pay, prompt justice, accountability of public officers and respect. A holds a sign banner against former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias outside of the Arias Foundation during a march to mark International Women’s Day in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 8, 2019. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP)There were more signs than I had ever seen at other 8M marches and more hands holding them. Organizations marched with broad messages, the majority short and to the point. There was a large Firme YA sign aimed to catch President Alvarado’s attention for therapeutic abortion regulation that is long waited.Due to the political climate in our region there were women from Nicaragua and Venezuela marching alongside us, backing us up and receiving support as well. There was a voice coming in through a speaker called upon us to cheer for them as they fight for their rights from abroad. Nicaraguan migrants living in Costa Rica take part in a march to mark International Women’s Day in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 8, 2019. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP)The tumbacocos advanced between the women, carrying the messages with it, making its way slowly from Parque Central to Plaza de la Democracia, at times leading the way and at others making sure no woman was left behind.On Friday, March 8th, thousands of women came out to sing in unison that Latin America as a whole will be feminist whether others like it or not. Whether they feel ready for it or not. Whether they’re willing to adapt or not. People have often referred to feminism as a wave, but in feminism is a way of life.It shapes our personal and professional lives and overflows into how we relate to fellow women and organize collective efforts. Oppression is systematic and our response is long overdue. Lucky for us there are brave 6-year-olds walking among us who hold signs of a better tomorrow. People take part in a march to mark International Women’s Day in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 8, 2019. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP)Laura Valenciano is the political advocacy coordinator for ACCEDER, a human rights group that aims to stop discrimination and violence based on gender, sexual orientation and gender identity.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments
Go back to the e-newsletter >The St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has revealed 4 one-of-a-kind bridal gowns designed by The St. Regis Connoisseurs Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, cofounders of fashion house Marchesa. The Marchesa Bridal Capsule Collection for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts draws inspiration from some of the St. Regis brand’s most iconic urban and resort destinations – namely New York, Dubai, Punta Mita and Mumbai.Now available at St. Regis, each dress will range from US$20,000 to $50,000. Those who purchase one of the bridal gowns will be invited to Marchesa’s atelier for a personal fitting with Chapman and Craig, followed by a stay at the legendary The St. Regis New York.The Marchesa Bridal Capsule Collection is exclusively designed for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts.“St. Regis has always been a beloved destination for weddings around the world, and we are thrilled to offer brides yet another way to make their day truly beyond expectation,” said Jim Petrus, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “Marchesa evokes the same spirit as St. Regis, combining classic elegance with a modern sensibility, and through their designs, Georgina and Keren have beautifully captured the glamour of both iconic New York-born brands.”“Each design evokes the distinct style of its destination with bespoke details that appeal to brides from all parts of the world,” said Chapman. Craig continued, “The common thread of the dresses designed for St. Regis, as with all of the gowns we design, is the desire to make a woman feel her most beautiful. We are excited to offer brides another facet of St. Regis glamour for one of the most special moments of her life.”The Marchesa designers drew inspiration from the customs and culture of each locale so that each dress design connotes a unique sense of place. The Mumbai design features an intricate-engineered, embroidered lace bodice with crystal and pearl embroidery with gold accents. It is a regal dress with traditional Indian beading, which also captures a modern lightness with the pleated tulle skirt overlay atop a Chantilly lace column skirt.The design for New York is much more architectural, with a nod to the 1950s. The gown features a cathedral train with 3D-threadwork embroidery and crystal and pearl beading over silk duchess satin.The Dubai-inspired dress channels the fashion-forward, vibrant city into a gown with a slim silhouette and dramatic long sleeve. It features ornate rose gold threadwork and a silk duchess satin fishtail skirt, fully beaded with clear crystals and pearls.The resort setting of Punta Mita inspired a design that embraces a more relaxed aesthetic in-tune with a beach wedding. The dress features soft 3D-lace floral and threadwork embroidery with flowing tulle.The St. Regis brand’s partnership with Chapman and Craig developed after Marchesa showed its bridal collection at The St. Regis New York during New York International Bride Week in October 2014.Go back to the e-newsletter >
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