Indians expectedly finished in the bottom half of the results chart in the weightlifting events on the first day of the competitions in the Asian Games here on Saturday.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Soniya Chanu improved upon her CWG performance by lifting a total of 170kg (75+95) but still finished fifth in women’s 48kg category. She had lifted 167kg (73+94) in the CWG.CWG bronze medallist, Sandhya Rani finished sixth in the eight lifters field with a total of 158kg (70+88), which is seven kilogram less than her CWG effort.China’s Wang Mingjuan ran away with the gold medal with a total lift of 285kg. She created new records in both snatch and clean and jerk with efforts of 91kg and 95kg respectively.Thailand’s Pensiri Laosirikul won the silver with a lift of 192kg (83+109) while the bronze went to Chen Wei-Ling of Chinese Taipei who had a total lift of 191kg (86+105).In men’s 56kg, V Srinivasa Rao and Sukhen Dey finished eighth and 10th respectively with below par performances.Rao lifted 245kg (110+135), three kilogram less than his bronze-winning effort in the Commonwealth Games.Dey, who won a silver in the Commonwealth Games, was far below his best with a total lift of 230kg (104+126), a whopping 12 kilogram less than his CWG performance.World champion Wu Jingbiao of China won gold with a total lift of 285kg (133+152), seven kilogram less than his effort at the World Championships in Turkey in September.South Korean Cha Kum Chol, who finished third in the World Championships, expectedly won the silver with a total lift of 276kg (128+148), which is four kilogram less than his effort in Turkey.advertisementIndonesia’s Jadi Setiadi won the bronze with a total lift of 271kg (120+151).With inputs from PTI
DeMarco Murray had a terrific game against his old team the Dallas Cowboys in Philadelphia on Sunday. In a Bedlam reunion of sorts, Murray rushed 13 times for two yards and got out-rushed by both Tony Romo and Brandon Weeden.Then, he tried to mess with Dan Bailey.Don’t mess with Dan Bailey. pic.twitter.com/FY6kSoBvnE— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 20, 2015AdChoices广告I thought Justin Southwell said it appropriately. You do not want to mess with Dan Bailey (for a number of reasons).@pistolsguy for real, why mess with someone who gets paid big bucks to kick balls for a living?— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) September 20, 2015Good day, DeMarco! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Remember the days when you were young, popping wheelies on your BMX bike? Now you can relive them, thanks to Biomega’s Brooklyn, a grown-up version of the beloved bike of your youth. The bicycle fuses modern Danish design with the durability of the original. Jens Martin Skibsted looked back to the ‘80s original for inspiration, creating a contemporary made just for riding off road and at the beach.Interestingly, the Brooklyn isn’t named after the New York borough, but rather Brooklyn Machine Works, the New York-based BMX manufacturer. Skibsted designed the tires, which measure in at 15 inches, to be chubbier than most bike tires so that they can withstand muddy fields, dirt, snow and sand. Weighing in at just 40 pounds, the Biomega Brooklyn has an alloy frame, leather seat and front and rear mechanical disc brakes. And get this design junkies — the creative process took was so intensive that it took two years.“If you take one of the wheels and bounce it on the floor, it will bounce like a basketball,” Skibsted once said. “So you can definitely play around with it.”Just don’t try shoot some hoops with the tires; those babies are meant for freestyle riding.“You can take this bike from your habitual city playground to a dune or a heap of snow and maintain your thrust” said the Biomega website.Sleek, strong and full of fun — the Brooklyn Biomega is every grown-up BMX rider’s dream come true.The Biomega Brooklyn, $2,500 at biomega.dk. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says improving energy efficiency is imperative if Jamaica is to realize savings in energy costs, which is estimated at US$10.4 million per month. He was speaking at the official launch of the ‘Developing an Energy Services Company (ESCO) in Jamaica’ project yesterday (November 8), at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Jointly financed by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica at a cost of some $66 million (€576,546), the project will provide for the development of a sustainable energy industry that will deliver savings in cost and consumption of energy. It also has the potential to create new businesses, generate new jobs, and mitigate climate change through reduced carbon emissions. According to Minister Kellier, the development of an ESCO industry in Jamaica is crucial, given the country’s high dependence on and consumption of imported oil, and the fluctuating and often volatile price of the commodity. Nearly 95 per cent of the country’s energy consumption is generated from imports. In addition, Jamaica uses about two barrels of oil for every US$1,000 of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as opposed to more energy efficient countries such as Costa Rica, which uses 0.75 of a barrel of oil per US$1,000 GDP. The Minister noted that the project is also consistent with and supports Jamaica’s National Energy Policy, National Energy Conservation and Efficiency Policy, and National Renewable Energy Policy. Head of Delegation of the EU to Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei, said the organisation’s support, which comes through its Energy Facility, “signifies its commitment to assist Jamaica to mobilize the untapped potential for energy savings and to realise the financial returns of the investments”. “The European Union is committed to supporting Jamaica in realising its vision to provide for the country, a secure and sustainable energy supply, through diversification of the supply and promotion of energy efficiency and conservation measures,” she added. An ESCO is an energy services provider (ESP) that combines several efficiency and renewable energy measures to develop an energy savings project. It offers services such as auditing, technology upgrade or retrofit, design, implementation and maintenance. The ESCO Jamaica project, which is expected to last 36 months, provides for the introduction of new business models to enable increased levels of investment in and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; and facilitates increased stakeholder dialogue, trust and confidence in the industry. It will also raise the level of awareness and understanding of the business of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The ESCO Jamaica project is being implemented by the Jamaica Productivity Centre, which falls under the Labour Ministry, with support from the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ).
Port of Los Angeles posted this photo of one of NYK Line’s container ships undergoing a ship emissions capturing process carried out by Maritime Emissions Treatment System or METS.The METS is barge-mounted and positioned alongside the vessel by tugboat. A tall crane mounted on the barge reaches to the exhaust stacks of the diesel auxiliary engines aboard the vessel. Exhaust is captured and funneled through flexible piping to a dry treatment pollution destruction system also mounted on the barge.According to the developers, over 90% of the diesel pollutants are successfully treated, greatly alleviating air pollution from ships that do not have the capability to turn off their auxiliary engines and plug into shore-side Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) while at berth in the Port of Los Angeles.Port of Los Angeles was first to start commercial application of a ship emissions capturing system of any sort back in April 2014. The project was funded in part by a USD 1.5 million grant provided through the Port of Los Angeles’ Technology Advancement Program.Clean Air Engineering-Maritime (CAEM) and Tri-Mer Corporation developed the full-scale commercial model of METS.Image: Port of Los Angeles/Facebook
It’s usually the site that helps protect those who suspect they’ve been the victim of identity theft, but Equifax says it’s now the victim of a cyber security incident, where hundreds of millions of people around the world may have been exposed.“This is the biggest we’ve ever seen in terms of the depth of the data that was taken,” said Daniel Tobok, cyber security expert and CEO with Cytelligence. “Their security was good, but it should have been excellent. This is pretty scary for consumers.”The large scale breach was discovered on July 29th, but only made public on Thursday. The global company said 143 million Americans along with an unspecified number of people living in Canada and the United Kingdom were affected.Tobok estimates between 12-to14-million Canadians are going to be affected by this breach. He says it isn’t only Equifax customers who were exposed.“Every time you do a transaction, Equifax gets to retain that copy,” he explains. “You don’t even have a choice.”Questions regarding the actions of top Equifax executives are also being raised. Tobok says it’s “extremely suspicious” that three top executives sold shares following the breach.“The three executives who sold a small percentage of their Equifax shares on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 2, had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time they sold their shares,” an Equifax spokesperon tells CityNews in an statement.The company says it acted immediately on the breach, which occurred between mid-May through July. Amongst the information hackers accessed were social security numbers, birthdays, names, drivers licenses and in some cases credit card numbers.There’s still no word on who’s behind the hack, whether it’s politically motivated by a state sponsor or organized crime interested in financial gain.“It probably took them anywhere between eight to nine months to actually get into Equifax and be able to consolidate that information,” Tobok said.Tobok’s Equifax Breach Tips– Monitor your Equifax credit score– Freeze your credit reports– If your S.I.N was stolen, it’s important to file a report with police.– Inform your bank of any suspicious activity: They’ll put special filters to alert them on any suspicious activities.The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada didn’t even know about the breach, saying it only heard about it through media reports.“We have reached out (to Equifax) yesterday to gather more information on the breach and have requested a full report, including details on how Canadians were affected,” a spokesperson said.The agency, whose mission is to protect and promote privacy rights of Canadians has already received complaints related to the breach.In a tweet posted yesterday, New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman, said he would be launching a formal investigation into the breach.“As a government, we need to keep this organization liable and accountable for their actions,” Tobok said.Saturday afternoon, Equiafax said it found no evidence personal information of consumers had been impacted, but Tobok says the threat is still there.“Even some government ministries don’t have the type of private and sensitive information that Equifax holds on every citizen or record they have,” he said. “I think the chances are pretty slim of finding out who’s actually behind it.”Equifax created this website to keep consumers updated on the cyber security incident.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia tabled legislation Friday that sets the stage for its promised cap and trade regime, although specific details on the regulations and the effect on consumers are yet to be known.Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government opted for a cap and trade system last November as part of Ottawa’s push to get the provinces to set a price on carbon.It came out of an agreement that saw the federal government recognize work that Nova Scotia has already done on greenhouse gas reductions. The province has already met Canada’s target of a 30 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 by 2030.McNeil said the goal of the system being set up in his province is to achieve targets for further greenhouse gas reductions with minimal impact to consumers, although he couldn’t say what the ultimate cost to their pocketbooks would be when it comes to things like buying gasoline for vehicles.“I can’t predict what’s going to happen down the road,” McNeil told reporters.“I certainly know that we believe this was the best way for the residents of Nova Scotia to get the benefit of the work they have been doing all along. This smooths it out across all sectors.”Government officials said the goal would be to set declining greenhouse gas caps each year until 2022 that would correspond to projected emissions levels resulting from the federal government setting a carbon price that will rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. That price will be set at $10 a tonne beginning next year.The amendments to Nova Scotia’s Environment Act don’t set caps yet, for a system that is expected to begin in late 2018. Government officials said they would need to set an economy-wide emissions target by 2030.When cap and trade begins, about 20 large industrial players will be mandatory participants and will initially be offered emission credits at no cost.Officials said that’s to guard against industries suddenly picking up and moving, adding that similar regimes set up in Ontario, California, and the European Union have also offered so-called free allowances.Nova Scotia’s legislation also sets out that the province will go it alone, although McNeil said that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be some sort of regional arrangement in the future. Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have not yet announced their systems.“Those provinces will determine what works for their citizens. If our sister provinces turn to cap and trade I hope they look at what we have done and if there is something we can do we’d be happy to do it.”Ontario and Quebec have a linked cap and trade system with California — something Wayne Groszko, of the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, believes only makes sense.“Why are we doing this alone? A cap and trade system works best — this is proven — when it involves a wider jurisdiction and more trading partners, so why not be joining the other Maritime provinces?”Groszko also said that without caps there is no way to tell at this point whether the system will further reduce emissions.He also questioned the offering of free credits up front.“They should be charging money for the permission to pollute . . . and then using that revenue to soften the blow to people who really need it like low income folks, and also investing in green programs like public transit,” he said. “All those things that we need in order to actually reduce our emissions.”Under the regulations, which are a work in progress, a small number of credits will be held in a strategic reserve. Once sold, the money collected would be put into a Green Fund that would support climate change initiatives and innovations.The government said the reserve credits would be sold at a higher price than the market in order to create a cap that would prevent participants from driving up the market price for credits.The regulations would also set penalties for non-compliance.
New York – In a video that surfaced on social media today, Francois Hollande, current French President, said in an interview in January 2008 that the French government “invents terrorists” to justify the toughening of security measures in the country.Answering a question of a journalist on whether individual freedoms were in danger under the government of the then President Nicolas Sarkozy, Hollande, said:“I think under the pretext of a cause that is just and necessary, the fight against terrorism, we are making conflations and confusions. That means if someone has deviating or sometimes unlawful behavior, he can be considered a terrorist,” he said. “This is a serious attack on freedoms.”Answering a question as to why the government goes down this path, Hollande said that public officials want to give citizens the impression that there is a threat against their country and that they are working to ward it off.“There is a political intention to give these events the wrong meaning and dimension. We turn them into terrorist acts to justify the government’s security intervention and its effectiveness,” he pointed out.“Secondly, there is a form of security shift that seeks to justify laws that increasingly repressive laws, under the pretext of a threat that is sometimes not real, sometimes virtual or, as we can see, even nonexistent.”Answering another question on whether it is possible that the government describes a criminal act as a terrorist act in order to make the population feel in security, Hollande said that while he cannot deny the existence of the terrorist threat, the government does not need to invent another threat that does not exist.“I think we are sufficiently facing the real terrorism so as not to go and invent another terrorist threat that has to do with other procedures.”Intrigued by his answer, the journalist asked him why the government invents this terrorist threat.“I think they do it to show an efficiency that in other fields, especially at the economic and social levels, does not exist,” Hollande said.Shocked by his statement, the journalist told Hollande that his accusations are very serious.“I think they are serious. To accuse men and women, deprive them of freedom, accuse them of terrorism is serious.”“To imagine a scenario where terrorism is present even in the heart of our countryside, I think there is a adrift towards securitarianism,” he added.
Rabat – The minister of economy and finance has reassured King Mohammed VI that the 2019 Finance Bill will prioritize social policies, including education and health.The royal cabinet released a statement explaining Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun’s goals for the 2019 budget. Benchaaboun hopes to spend the government budget on education, health, employment, and social dialogue. The sectors of education, health, and employment, have been the focus of public protests and ongoing discontent in recent years. Read Also: Moroccan Government Outlines Major Priorities in 2019 Finance BillThe statement does not give any specific numbers for the budget. In a presentation before King Mohammed VI at Wednesday’s ministerial council, the minister outlined his vision for the 2019 finance bill.In his speeches for Throne Day and the Anniversary of the King and People’s Revolution, the King urged the government to take steps to end social disparities, to focus on education and to meet the citizens’ demands.Ahead of Throne Day, President of the Court of Auditors Driss Jettou presented his annual report to King Mohammed VI on the government’s performance in implementing social programs and reforms.Read Also: The 2018 Finance Bill Big Picture: Boosting Employment and Investment Through Corporate Tax CutsThe report noted irregularities in many projects and numerous projects that were never completed in several sectors, including tourism, health, and education.The report found that Morocco’s schools are not achieving basic stands, while hospitals are facing serious irregularities.In response to the reported irregularities and abandoned projects, the minister of economy said that the Finance Bill will focus on strengthening the role of education system in the training and socio-economic integration of young people.The royal spokesperson’s statement added that the finance bill aims to improve public access to health services, restructure support and social protection policies, and reduce disparities between regions.The bill also aims to rehabilitate administration services as ordered by the King in his speeches.In August, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani gave a general outline of the 2019 Finance Bill.El Othmani tweeted, “We believe in the importance of improving the social status of citizens. In the 2019 bill, we will attach special importance to social policies, especially education, health, employment, and social protection programs. We will also accelerate the success of social dialogue and support purchasing power.”The ministerial council also promoted staff at the General Directorate of Emergency Services as part of the royal support for the staff.During the meeting, the ministerial council adopted a draft law on the foundation of emergency services social work to improve their housing and medical coverage.The council also approved a draft law setting the legal retirement age for the auxiliary forces in accordance with the same terms and conditions for the Royal Armed Forces (FAR).
In the north-western region of Chocó, more than 1,700 Wounaan indigenous people are fleeing their traditional territory following the murder last week of two of their leaders, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in the latest of a long series of warnings it has issued over the past two years.“We have repeatedly warned that some of the world’s oldest and smallest indigenous groups are at high risk not only of displacement, but even of extinction because of the Colombian conflict,” UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing in Geneva. “All indigenous communities have close links to their ancestral land, on which their cultural survival depends.”More than 40 years of fighting between Government forces, leftist rebels and rightist paramilitaries, as well as other violence, has already displaced 2 million Colombians, with the country’s 1 million indigenous people particularly affected.Indigenous associations and local authorities in Chocó are calling for help from the Government and the international community, and the director of UNHCR’s bureau for the Americas is going to the regional town of Istmina tomorrow to meet with the newly displaced and with local authorities.Panic spread among the Wounaan after an irregular armed group killed two of their leaders in the space of 24 hours last week. Last Thursday, armed men burst into a classroom in Unión Wounaan and left with the school’s 37-year-old teacher. He was found dead a few hours later, his body showing signs of torture.The following day, the leader of the Wounaan community was also found dead after being taken away by members of the same irregular armed group. He too was a schoolteacher. There are fears that more assassinations could follow as other leaders have received threats.On the other side of the country in the south-eastern department of Guaviare, 77 Nukak indigenous people arrived last week in the town of San José del Guaviare, having walked for four months after being forced to leave their ancestral territory. The Nukak are an indigenous group of very limited numbers that until 1988 was unknown to the outside world and lived a nomadic existence of hunting and gathering. In recent years, they have become targets for irregular armed groups who have taken over large parts of their territory. They appeared to be in poor health and clearly malnourished. However, their long-term future remains uncertain. It is crucial to find a solution that will allow them to resume their way of life and preserve their culture.“UNHCR is working closely with indigenous associations to help them defend the rights of their people and our focus is very much on preventing forced displacement through documentation, capacity-building and training,” Mr. Spindler said.
According to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Mr. Ban, accompanied by his Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, took part in the meeting outside UN Headquarters of the International Support Group, comprised of the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries.The Security Council is expected to meet at the Ministerial level later today on Syria and the UN chief is expected to brief.After the Support’s Group’s 14 December meeting in Vienna, the participants, among other things, expressed a unanimous sense of urgency to end the suffering of the Syrian people, the physical destruction of Syria, the destabilization of the region, and the resulting increase in terrorists drawn to the fighting in Syria.“The [group] acknowledged the close linkage between a ceasefire and a parallel political process pursuant to the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, and that both initiatives should move ahead expeditiously,” the statement noted, highlighting that the members also stated their commitment to ensure a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political transition.
A committee to strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will discuss its work at the annual IPU forum, which began today in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ahead of today’s opening, IPU said that its 2,000 delegates will focus discussions this week on overcoming intolerance, xenophobia and extremism.“As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, new technologies and migration are breaking down old barriers and bringing people together in different ways,” IPU said in the opening press conference in Russia, which featured Martin Chungong, the Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.During the Assembly, the parliamentarians are expected to sign a petition promoting democratic societies. They will also discuss a number of global issues, including prohibition of nuclear weapons, cyber-security, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promotion of renewable energy.”We can no longer address global solutions without global reflection and consensus,” Mr. Chungong said. Among other issues, the IPU’s Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs will discuss its work and look at ways “to bring a more robust parliamentary contribution to the major global processes,” according to IPU.“I hope in the future all UN Member States will become IPU members, as well,” Valentina Matvienko, the Chairwoman of the Federation Council, said on the opening day, which included a forum for women parliamentarians. The IPU is not a member of the United Nations, but following an agreement in July 2016, the two organizations agreed to strengthen collaboration on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
This week in Twitter was full of memes. From “Things That Piss Me Off,” to “Confession Time,” we learned things that we wish we hadn’t about some of the people we follow. In celebrity news, there was a mega Jonas Brothers/Bieber battle. Also, Conan and Olbermann came back! If you missed out on these, or some of the other hot topics on Twitter this week, we got you covered. Here are this week’s top trends on Twitter:1. Jonas Brothers / Jonas FansThe battle of the Bros vs. Bieber is on. Fans of the Jonas Brothers tweeted why they think they’re more likable than Justin Bieber fans. If only Celebrity Deathmatch was still on MTV. #jonasfans 2. Bieber / Justin Bieber / 6millionbeliebers The Biebs himself claimed to have 6 million fans, or “Beliebers,” as they like to call themselves. Of course, this was part of the Jonas vs. Bieber war. #6millionbeliebers3. Call of Duty / COD Black / Black OpsCall of Duty: Black Ops, a highly-anticipated edition to the series of Call of Duty first-person shooter games, was released this week. It set a new sales record — not just for video games, but for entertainment in general. It made $360 million in sales in 24 hours in the US. That’s even more than Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince made in its first weekend. #blackops4. Things That Piss Me Off#ThingsThatPissMeOff: when people are tweeting about things that piss them off. 5. Conan / #TeamCocoConan O’Brien came back to the comfort of our living room this week via his new show on TBS, “Conan.” Guests included Jon Hamm, Andy Richter, Lea Michele, Seth Rogen, Jack White, Norm MacDonald, and Tom Hanks.#ConanCheck out the next five after the jump!6. Aww Hell NoWhatthetrend.com says it best, “Every week, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon plays the ‘hashtag game,’ where people tweet responses to a question and add a specified hashtag. One favorite response from @hamburgrhelpstr: ‘playing tetris and then out comes one of those l-shaped bitches, I was like #awwhellno.’”7. We Can’t Be FriendsPeople are tweeting reasons why you can’t be friends with them. For example, #wecantbefriends because you think Hogwarts is a real place. 8. Kieth OlbermannPhew! He’s back! After losing his show for a couple of days, Kieth Olbermann, host of Countdown on MSNBC, has had his show reinstate. #KiethOlbermann9. Confession TimeThis week, Tweeters have been treating Twitter as a confession booth and have been revealing their deep, dark secrets to the world. #confessiontime10. CMA AwardsIt was a night of cowboy boots, and a glam gown worn by Loretta Lynn — the 44th annual Country Music Awards were held this week in Nashville. Couple Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert won Entertainer of the Year, and Best Female Vocalist, respectively. #CMAs
A lot of the more hardcore gamers out there are underwhelmed by Microsoft‘s new gesture-controlled accessory for the Xbox 360, the Kinect… at least as far as launch titles are concerned. But maybe that’s besides the point.After all, as the Nintendo Wii has shown, motion-control is really about bringing the casual gamers to a console… something that the Kinect seems to be accomplishing despite its high price.There’s another group of prospective gamers who are also interested in the likes of the Kinect: disabled gamers with problems manipulating objects with their hands. But it also seems like the Kinect might be a great accessory for the developmentally disabled, as GamingNexus editor John Yan discovered when he put his four year old autistic son in front of the Kinect… who then promptly proceeded to master the console.What proceeded to happen was pretty amazing to me. Firing up Kinect Adventures, we tried out Rally Ball as our first game to play together. He jumped around and flailed his arms and legs in trying to punch the balls back to the blocks. It was pretty cool to see but the thing that really threw me for a loop was when the game ended. The game made my son the primary controller and seeing as I didn’t explain anything to him on how it works, I was ready to tell him to step out so I can go in and navigate through the menus.But, I decided to see if he could follow my directions and interact with the menus. I said hold out your hand and place it on the button. Without any hesitation, he put his hand up and moved it over the button on the screen and held it there until the circle animation finished, indicating the button has been pressed. After that initial coaching, he proceeded to move around in the menus without much vocal cues from me. I just stood there and was flabbergasted by what I just saw. Microsoft’s design team did such a good job at creating a user interface with Kinect that my son was able to go through each menu to initiate the next round in Rally Ball. It’s intuitive enough that I spent barely any time teaching my four year old special needs son how to go about the menu system. That story’s worth more to Microsoft than the whole Kinect marketing budget put together. After all, Microsoft has continuously emphasized the Kinect’s ability to bring gamers together: what, then, could be more effective and touching than a real-life story about the Kinect bringing together a father and his autistic son?Read more at GamingNexys
La Chine lance la construction du plus grand radio-télescope du mondeLa construction d’un immense radio-télescope vient de débuter dans la province du Guizhou, au sud-ouest de la Chine. Avec son ouverture sphérique de 500 mètres, il sera le plus grand du monde.Les autorités locales ont annoncé mercredi le lancement du chantier, dans le Comté de Pingtan, rapporte le Quotidien du Peuple. Il aura fallu quatorze années pour préparer le projet, puis deux autres pour mener une enquête de terrain et reloger les habitants de la région. Enfin entamée, la construction qui demandera un investissement de quelque 667 millions de yuans (101,3 millions de dollars), devrait s’achever en 2016.Le réflecteur principal du télescope le plus grand du monde, qui couvrira une surface équivalent à trente terrains de football, sera composé de 4.600 panneaux. La région étant peu peuplée et sous-développée, le télescope sera implanté sur un site idéalement calme, nécessaire à la capture des ondes électromagnétiques.Le 29 janvier 2011 à 09:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Ice Cream Sandwich et le Nexus Prime présentés le 19 octobre ?Reportée par hommage vis à vis du décès de Steve Jobs, la présentation du prochain fer de lance téléphonique de Samsung et du système d’exploitation de Google pourrait bien avoir lieu la semaine prochaine.Selon une source interne du site web Engadget, Ice Cream Sandwich et le Samsung Nexus Prime pourraient être dévoilés à Hong Kong, la semaine prochaine…Le 19 octobre.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Ils seraient lancés lors de l’évènement Unpacked, qui était initialement prévu le 11 octobre. Une date stratégique, placée une semaine après le lancement de l’Iphone 4S et facilement vérifiable : il n’y aura pas beaucoup à attendre !Du coté de Samsung, l’information n’a pas été infirmée, mais n’est pas confirmée non plus. L’enjeu est d’importance et la communication rigoureusement scellée…Surtout depuis la fuite, intentionnelle ou pas, concernant le Galaxy S3 ! Le 13 octobre 2011 à 17:01 • Maxime Lambert