Historic Fleet Compete for 2012 Tall Ships Challenge Crown

first_imgFresh off the first port of call in the 2012 Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge, the historic fleet started the first of four legs to Nova Scotia today, May 7, from Savannah, Ga. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the festivities and saw the collection of tall ships over the four day festival in the city before the ships set sail. Nova Scotia’s ambassador at sea, Theodore Tugboat, led the way to the starting line after the ships left the wharfs for the traditional parade of sail. “Theodore made a big splash in Savannah. He has captured the imagination of sailors young and old, and is a regular highlight at every port of call,” said Capt. Peter Murphy. “Theodore will lead the Tall Ships home to Nova Scotia.” The next stop along the race route is Greenport, N.Y., May 24-28, then on to Newport, R.I., July 6–9 and finally, Halifax. Tall Ships Nova Scotia will be the longest stop in one region for the vessels in the Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast 2012 series, beginning in Halifax, July 19–23, and throughout Nova Scotia’s outports from July 24–29. “There are significant maritime and historic connections between Savannah and Nova Scotia,” said Colin MacLean, president and ceo of Waterfront Development. “Theodore was a terrific ambassador for Nova Scotia, and we were delighted he took part in the Savannah event.” Waterfront Development, host of the provincial tall ships event, partnered with Taste of Nova Scotia to showcase the province’s seafood and blueberry products at an opening reception aboard Theodore Tugboat. On May 17, Waterfront Development will announce a listing of ships, outports and shore side activities for the provincial event that will showcase the best of Nova Scotia. Waterfront Development is a provincial crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. The corporation fosters the creation of waterfronts that drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences, and reflect and protects marine heritage. The Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts are two of the most visited tourism destinations in the province. Go to www.my-waterfront.ca for more information. Tall Ships America’s Tall Ships Challenge is an annual series that rotates on a three-year cycle between the Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes, and Pacific Coast. Over the past decade, the Tall Ships Challenge has co-ordinated more than 60 events in 32 cities. In 2013, all eyes will be on the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes, when the ships visit more than 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada to continue the commemoration of the War of 1812. For more details go to www.sailtraining.org . Tall Ships America is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ship activity, expertise, and information in North America. For more information go to www.tallshipsamerica.org .last_img read more

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Morocco’s ONCF Mismanagement in Figures

By Omar El HyaniRabat – Fed up with the service provided by the ONCF, Morocco’s national railway operator, a group of three people, regular commuters of the Rabat-Casablanca line, took notes on all their trips over a period of 45 days, between September 15 and October 30, 2014. Their conclusion: a public service that is more than deplorable.Low-quality service is the ONCF’s middle name. That’s a given. But the findings of this group put into context the extent to which the service is unbearably ‘bad’. Delays, congestion, problems with ventilation and air conditioning, cleanliness and hygiene, you name it, and it’s a problem. 42% of trains are lateONCF is adopting a definition of what is considered a “late train”. Using a definition that has also been adopted by the French national railway company (SNFC), if a train making a one-hour trip, such as Rabat-Casablanca, arrives more than 5 minutes after its scheduled time, it is considered late. However, using this indicator, the 100 trains going between Morocco’s administrative and economic capitals have a very high rate of lateness of 42%. 17% of delays are over 15 minutes, on a journey of one hour.Research points to what causes these delays. The findings suggest that the delays are due mainly to problems of coordination and communication, poor organization, and equipment failures. Even worse, ONCF does not even bother to inform passengers of these delays. According to the study, several agents can be on a station platform but are unable to provide useful information on when a train will arrive or depart.In this regard, the study used an example of one a train that completed the journey from Casablanca to Rabat in two hours and twenty minutes after a hardware failure in the middle of nowhere. The driver reportedly did not even have the courtesy to inform passengers why they were stopped for 30 minutes. The natural reaction of the passengers was to hold the track and block the traffic while they waited for ONCF officials and a train to bring them back home.32% of trains lack air conditioningThe study blamed the ONCF for buying trains from an Italian manufacturer who perhaps ‘forgot that Morocco is relatively a warm country and that it would be useful to have windows in the trains.’The study also drew attention to the fact that, in addition to ‘the tiny windows that are often condemned and impossible to open’, the controller often forgets to turn on the air conditioning, turning the train into a ‘real furnace’.You will pay full price, you will remain standingIn 15% of cases, passengers cannot find a seat on the busiest line in Morocco. The study concludes that trains should be absolutely avoided on Monday morning and Friday night. The authors of the study blame the ONCF’s lack of action towards increasing the number of trains at peak hours, especially between 7:00 and 10:00 AM and between 5:00 and 7:00 PM.In case of trouble, the controller disappearsIn 31% of cases, no ONCF controllers have been reported to be present, according to the study. In the case of a ‘cattle train’, (a train that is late, very crowded, and without air conditioning), ONCF controllers failed to appear in 100% of cases. The authors of the study explain this as an attempt by the controllers to avoid the wrath of passengers.Your complaints will eventually end up in the trashcanOne of the most ‘shocking’ findings of the study is that complaints from passengers are not being processed by the ONCF. Seven complaints were filed in a year, and none have received a response from ONCF. “Are they aware that negligence in the handling of customer complaints may become grounds for prosecution in Morocco?” asked the study.Still…the Casablanca-Rabat line remains the best served by ONCFThe study suggested that despite the poor quality service provided to commuters of the Casablanca-Rabat line, there are other routes that are far more neglected, such as Marrakech, Oujda, and Tangier. These are routes that have even more deplorable conditions: delays, extreme congestion, air conditioning constantly out of order, and even vandalism and security problems in the so-called “first class”.Originally published in French © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Stampeders Redblacks to battle for Grey Cup in relatively balmy conditions

EDMONTON — It’s November in Alberta yet tackle Derek Dennis will wear a short-sleeve shirt Sunday when the Calgary Stampeders face the Ottawa Redblacks in the Grey Cup.But thanks to Mother Nature, the burly offensive lineman won’t be alone.The forecast for Sunday is calling for a high of 0 C with the temperature at kickoff to be a relatively balmy -1 C. It will be mainly sunny with nine kilometre-an-hour winds and only a 10 per cent chance of precipitation.In other words, ideal conditions for the six-foot-three, 345-pound Dennis, the CFL’s top lineman in 2016 when he made his first Grey Cup appearance with Calgary.“I was here for the 2016 West final and I can’t remember what the temperature was but it was cold,” Dennis said following Calgary’s final walkthrough of the season. “I always wear a short sleeve shirt regardless of the weather but you know, this here is nice.”Jon Gott clearly agreed. The colourful Ottawa offensive lineman, who chugged a beer in the Redblacks’ regular-season finale, participated in the club’s walkthrough in shorts.Dennis and his linemates are obviously ready. Following Saturday’s walkthrough, they participated in a game of bocci on the Commonwealth Stadium turf.“It’s our tradition,” Dennis said.This will mark the second Grey Cup meeting between these two teams in three years. In 2016, the 8-9-1 Redblacks earned a stunning 39-36 overtime victory over Calgary (15-2-1) in Toronto.Dennis feels he might’ve jinxed the Stampeders when he touched the Grey Cup prior to that game. This week, Dennis made sure Calgary rookies kept their distance from the hallowed trophy.“It was my first professional championship game and I didn’t know it was frowned up,” Dennis said. “I was standing around it and someone said, ‘Do what you want,’ which was the wrong thing to say.“So I’ve tried to be that veteran to lead the way for the young guys. Hopefully we can win it and get our chance to hold it.”Saturday’s walkthrough was Calgary’s second session at Commonwealth, while Ottawa’s workout Saturday was its first here. Despite Stampeders receiver Markeith Ambles suffering an injury Friday — he won’t play Sunday after being stepped on — head coach Dave Dickenson felt it was good to get into the stadium and get a feel for the playing surface before Sunday’s game.“I won’t say it’s the greatest chess move in the world but I think it’s something we’ve done differently,” Dickenson said. “It’s just still a football game, you’ve got to go out there and outplay the other team and make more plays.”A sellout gathering of roughly 55,000 will see the top two teams in each division square off. Calgary finished atop the West with a league-best 13-5 record while Ottawa was first in the East at 11-7.Canadian pop star Alessia Cara will provide the half-time entertainment. The Grammy-winning artist from Brampton, Ont., has a list of hits that includes Here, Scars to Your Beautiful, Stay and Wild Things.Mayors Jim Watson of Ottawa and Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi have a friendly wager on the game. The losing mayor will wear the opposing team’s jersey in council and fly its flag. The two also agreed to donate $3 per point scored by the winning team to that city’s food bank.Sunday’s game caps a busy week for Grey Cup organizers, who staged numerous indoor and outdoor events, including the Grey Cup parade Saturday. This week is expected to bring an $80-million to $100-million boost to the local economy.The weather should set up for an enticing matchup between Ottawa’s high-powered offence and a Calgary defence that was the CFL’s stingiest.Trevor Harris threw a playoff-record six TD passes in Ottawa’s 46-27 East Division final win last weekend against Hamilton. Harris finished 29-of-32 passing for 367 yards in leading the Redblacks to a fourth straight victory this season versus the Tiger-Cats.Harris was a stellar 99-of-129 passing (76.7 per cent) for 1,203 yards with 10 TDs and no interceptions versus Hamilton this season.Brad Sinopoli anchors a stellar Ottawa receiving corps. The CFL’s top Canadian this season had a league-high 116 catches — a single-season record for a Cannuck — for 1,376 yards and four TDs. Greg Ellingson (91 catches, 1,086 yards, five TDs) and Diontae Spencer (81 catches, 1,007 yards, seven TDs) also cracked the 1,000-yard mark.Last weekend, Ellingson had eight catches for 144 yards and a TD.Ottawa’s offence also boasts William Powell, the CFL’s second-leading rusher with 1,362 yards and six TDs. The five-foot-nine, 207-pound Powell ran for 86 yards on 21 carries (4.1-yard average) last weekend.Ottawa allowed 43 sacks — second-most in the CFL — during the regular season but kept Hamilton’s defence off Harris.Calgary’s defence led the CFL in fewest offensive points allowed (17.8 per game), offensive touchdowns (27), passing TDs (11), was tied for most sacks (45) and second in fewest offensive yards allowed (321.4).In Calgary’s 22-14 West Division final win, the unit held Winnipeg to 294 offensive yards. Bombers starter Matt Nichols was 15-of-32 passing for 156 yards and sacked three times.Calgary’s offence is definitely in good hands. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who threw a CFL-high 35 TDs this season, was named the league’s outstanding player for a second time this week.Calgary swept the season series with Ottawa 2-0 but the two teams haven’t met since the Stampeders’ 27-3 road win July 12. Calgary has 27 players on its roster who played in the ’16 Grey Cup. Ottawa still has 13 players from its last championship squad, including cornerback Jonathan Rose.Rose will start Sunday after appealing the one-game suspension he received from the CFL for contacting official Jocelyn Paul in the East Division final. Paul will work as the side judge Sunday, his third Grey Cup.Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press read more

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Its taken two months but Italy has finally unveiled its new government

first_imgITALY’S PRIME MINISTER finally unveiled a new government today breaking a two-month stalemate that shook market confidence in the recession-hit country and tested the patience of European partners.Centre-left moderate Enrico Letta named as his deputy Angelino Alfano, from the centre-right party of former premier and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi.Fabrizio Saccomanni, a director at Italy’s central bank, was handed the post of finance and economy minister, tasked with dragging the eurozone’s third-largest economy from its worst recession in 20 years.Emma Bonino, a former European commissioner, will be the new foreign minister in a new government with a “strong female element,” noted Letta.Alfano will also hold the post of interior minister while his predecessor in that job, Anna Maria Cancellieri, will run the justice ministry.The new cabinet was expected to be officially sworn in on Sunday.The 46-year-old leftist moderate Letta also officially accepted the role of prime minister, as the constitution requires, after forging the hard-fought deal between his Democratic Party (PD) and Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party (PDL).President Giorgio Napolitano, 87, who agreed to serve an unprecedented second term as head of state, said it was “the only government possible and we could not wait for it to be formed.”He said the “grand coalition”-style government formed between the bickering two main parties from the right and the left should clear the way for it to win a vote of confidence on Monday in Italy’s two main chambers of parliament.Grasping Letta’s hands, he called for “the greatest possible cohesion” in the new team.Letta has said he wants to move quickly to tackle the social fallout of a painful recession and Napolitano had urged him to include younger ministers and women in his cabinet to help renew the country’s tired political scene.He is expected to unveil his programme in a parliamentary session on Monday after sealing a deal that some still believed unlikely over the weekend.But clinching cross-party unity proved tricky, especially with the scandal-tainted Berlusconi, who had insisted on the abolition and repayment of a controversial housing tax introduced in 2012.Such a move would set the budget back some €8 billion in the debt-wracked country.Berlusconi ‘the real victor’Enrico Letta (right) shakes hands with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Former comedian Beppe Grillo, head of the Five Star Movement protest party which won a quarter of the vote to win third place in February’s elections, accused the left and right of ignoring those who had voted for change.“Over eight million Italians who voted for the Five Star Movement are considered intrusive, dogs in Church, third wheels, despised as if they were passing jerks to be pitied,” he said on his blog.The alternative to a deal would likely have been fresh elections — which neither side would necessarily have won with the majority needed to govern.A new set of elections would also have raised fears among international investors of increased political instability.Berlusconi ruled out his own inclusion in the cabinet, but his critics said the tycoon was the real victor of the institutional crisis which has gripped the eurozone’s third largest economy.In two trials due to resume next month, he is appealing a tax fraud conviction and defending himself on charges of having sex with a 17-year-old prostitute — but his popularity levels have recently been on the up again, giving him a certain leverage with Letta.He said he set “no conditions” for his support in forming the new government. “Therefore, we contributed to being able to form a government in a short time,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Berlusconi wants new government to ‘confront’ EU’s austerity agenda > Read: Italy’s next PM drives to nomination meeting in his own Fiat minivan >last_img read more

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Fords announcment a sad day says Vamvakinou

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The announcement from Ford Australia to cease its vehicle and engine manufacturing operations in Australia, from 31 October 2016, was extremely disappointing, Maria Vamvakinou, Member for Calwell, and Kelvin Thomson, Member for Wills, said. “Kelvin and I have visited the workers at Broadmeadows many times. I know how close they are to each other and how dedicated they are to their work,” Ms Vamvakinou said. Ms Vamvakinou pointed out that Ford has been recognised as an iconic employer and manufacturer in the electorate. With the factory close down,1200 jobs in Geelong and Broadmeadows will be lost, with an estimated 600 coming from Broadmeadows. “Not long ago Ford celebrated 50 years of manufacturing in the area,” Ms Vamvakinou said. “Workers at Broadmeadows and Geelong will now be given 3 years to reskill and the Government will do all that it can to assist with this transition. To support the local economies affected, the Government will contribute $30 million towards a structural adjustment fund, and to support Ford suppliers, we will provide an additional $10 million for the Automotive New Markets Program,” said Ms Vamvakinou. “The existing Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment package will provide automatic access to Ford workers made redundant as a result of this announcement to the highest level of job services support,” she said. Despite disappointing news, Kelvin Thomson welcomed the commitment from the Labour Government to help the workforce and the community through the difficult period. Mr Thomson said the Automotive New Markets Program will support businesses and workers in the automotive supply chain.last_img read more

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Israël une nouvelle espèce daraignée découverte déjà menacée

first_imgIsraël : une nouvelle espèce d’araignée découverte, déjà menacéeIsraël – Une équipe de chercheurs de l’université d’Haïfa a découvert une nouvelle espèce d’araignée baptisée Cerbalus aravensis. Malheureusement, les chercheurs craignent déjà pour l’avenir de cette espèce dont l’habitat naturel pourrait disparaître.Avec ses pattes qui peuvent être longues de 14 centimètres, Cerbalus aravensis est l’araignée la plus grosse jamais découverte au Proche-Orient. Elle vit dans des dunes de sable de la vallée de l’Arava, au sud d’Israël. Mais ces dunes ne cessent de rétrécir en raison de l’exploitation des sables et de la transformation de certaines zones en terres cultivables. Les dunes de sable de Samar où a été découverte cette nouvelle espèce d’araignée, sont ainsi passées de 7 km² à 3,4 km². Mais d’après le Docteur Uri Shanas, cette situation pourrait encore s’aggraver si des projets de mines envisagés par les autorités venaient à se concrétiser.Si les chercheurs ont trouvé trop peu de spécimens pour pouvoir étudier le comportement biologique de l’espèce et évaluer le nombre de Cerbalus aravensis en Israël, ils ont découvert que cette araignée qui vit dans un terrier dont elle dissimule l’entrée avec du sable aggloméré, est nocturne.Suite à la découverte de cette espèce et dans l’espoir de pouvoir la protéger et mieux l’étudier, l’équipe de l’université d’Haïfa appelle le gouvernement à épargner les 3 derniers km² de dunes de sable de l’Arava. Le 16 janvier 2010 à 10:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Travis McElroy Talks About the Positivity and Catharsis of Being in an

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Oninaki’ Is an Emotional Action RPG ExperienceFan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild A few months ago I got to hang out with the absolutely amazing Travis McElroy. Look, all the McElroys are great, but Travis is my favorite. So obviously Magnus Burnsides is also my favorite on The Adventure Zone.  All four of our favorite McElroys recently put their collective talents together, along with artist Carey Pietsch, to bring their RPG characters to life in graphic novel form. The Adventure Zone book will be out in a few weeks (we’ll have a fresh review for you also), and we couldn’t be more excited.It’s definitely a labor of love for the McElroy brothers and anyone who has listened to the podcast can hear that. Travis and I talked about that passion for fantasy and RPGs. But also how games like these bond you with those you play with and how immersing your self in the worlds can positively impact your life.Travis is an absolute joy and his enthusiasm for this world he has created with his brothers is infectious. I’m so glad I got to spend a little time with him and nerd out about all things RPG.Sheilah: Everyone at Geek are huge fans of you, and your brothers and everything you guys do.Travis: Well… Thank you!Sheilah: It’s funny. When you messaged me about this interview, I was actually in the middle of gathering my thoughts on a piece about how I’m in our RPG group at work, and it’s sort of really helped me deal with some pretty intense life stuff. And it’s really helped me find myself again. So that’s what I’d actually like to talk about.Travis: Awesome! Go for it!Sheilah: How has RPG affected your life? How did you come to it? Were you always into it?Travis: Well… okay, I’ll give you the full rundown! So… growing up, we played a lot… So, there was a game called HeroQuest. No, not HeroQuest… Was that it? Oh no, now I have to remember the name of it. I think it was HeroCraft… Wait, I’m gonna look it up now. Everyone stop what you’re doing.Yes! Okay! I was right! HeroQuest! It was kind of like D&D lite where it was… you got the board and you all these different pieces you popped out of the thing and the characters and the bad guys. They were prescripted adventures, and we went through all of them, and then we got bored, so we started making up new ones. Griffin would lay out the tiles differently, and this was when we were like seven, ten and thirteen, so we were kinda making it up. Then, at some point, we stopped doing that.Me and Travis at C2E2It wasn’t until… we started getting into like… MMORPGs so we were playing EverQuest and World of Warcraft and Star Wars Galaxy and all these games. We were playing online. Then… I think I was in my early twenties, 23, 24, I met a friend named Charlie. Charlie was really into board games. I was like, “Let’s do a board game night” from that point on, I got into board games through him. I started watching Wil Wheaton’s TableTop. So I played D&D a couple of times. I really liked it, but I liked it because I like doing weird stunts and that kind of thing. How can I metagame this? Basic gaming the game and that was fun for me.It wasn’t until we started doing The Adventure Zone that I think I really developed a much deeper appreciation for the storytelling you can do in RPGs. And not… I started listening to other actual play podcasts and really appreciating ‘Well they’re not just having a good time and it’s not just entertaining. I also find myself getting really interested in the characters.’ Playing The Adventure Zone balance and creating the characters that we did, it was amazing to me how cathartic it was. Both, for me, and for the people listening then while we were playing we’re doing The Adventure Zone.I had my daughter Bebe, and it was a very traumatic birthing experience that turned out fine. She’s absolutely great. She’s fine now. SPOILER ALERT. She’s doing fine. But, for ten days it was really scary. Then we’d go to record episodes, and we would be in positions where someone was in dangers, and I found it like REALLY hitting me in a really hard way. Or like, a lot of the Magnus backstory stuff is about his wife Julia, and I have a wife who… I based Julia off of her, and I based Magnus off of myself. Anytime I would talk about that the person I would picture in my head would be my wife, Teresa.So, it was like… it hit me in the way of like ‘Oh wow.’ It’s like when you’re watching a Pixar movie, and suddenly you’re crying. ‘Wait? Why am I so invested in this?!’ It felt like that. It was really weird to be playing D&D, a silly, silly game that we called The Adventure Zone and be bawling and crying.The thing is, I don’t think that that’s unique to us playing the game. I think it’s really incredible… it’s one of the things I tell people now. ‘I’m going to be playing an RPG for the first time, any advice?’ One of them is like get into character. Cause I think you can really hobble yourself a little bit by trying to be cool or funny or ‘Oh, I don’t wanna get TOO deep in.’That’s not what the game is cause really there is no winning or losing in D&D. I mean, you can fail a fight or win a fight. Fail a roll or win a roll. You’re really just trying to enjoy the experience, and I think anybody who keeps themselves one step removed from enjoying the experience isn’t getting out of D&D or any roleplaying game… they’re not getting it. They’re not getting the point. Cause you can have fun playing D&D.You can have fun playing Urban Shadows like we did for Adventure Zone Dust or Monster of the Week you can have fun doing it, but I think it’s when you get a little bit lost in it. Just for a second! It’s not like Mazes and Monsters, not the Tom Hanks version! Just get a little lost in it, and it finishes, and everyone at the table kinda has a simultaneous deep breath of like ‘Well… Okay… But… That was gre… I never….’That, I think is when… There’s a moment in Dust that I’m especially proud of. I finished like… revealing something… a line of dialogue and Griffin said, “Oh damn…” and I was like “Oh cool! I just literally got that reaction from Griffin in real time.” It wasn’t him reacting to like “You are doing a good job building the story.” It was like he was having a visceral ‘Oh shit’ reaction to it.That was very satisfying for me both as a storyteller and… I also have a background in theater. I got my degree in theater so… It’s really nice to both get to do this funny show that we do, but it is also like doing a theatrical production every two weeks. It also satisfies this kind of theater need for us too, and it’s really nice.Sheilah: Yeah. It’s funny that you say that because we play under Fate Accelerated. They’ve all been playing a few years together, and I’m new, only in a few months. The intimidation aspect of coming into a group that’s so bonded and everyone has these amazing arcs and I’m like “Oh, here I am.” It’s kind of uncomfortable at first.Travis: Just so you know, I actually think that’s better. Because if you play a game… I think it’s one of the things we enjoyed about doing the mini-arcs is just even switching out whose DM’ing and changing up the mix of whose playing. Because you can play forever and ever with ‘Oh this is great!’ and you don’t even realize you’re a little bit in a rut until somebody new comes in.Sheilah: That’s what they said!Travis: Then it’s like ‘WHOA! That’s brilliant! I never would have thought of doing that! Ah! That’s amazing!’Sheilah: That’s actually what they said. They were able to reset everything and bring [me] in.Travis: It’s great. I love it so much.Sheilah: I never thought I was really gonna fall in love with it. But I did.Travis: Yeah! It’s also one of those things… I find this with a lot of… There’s a huge chunk of both board games, table games, RPGs where when you try to explain rules to people or how to play the game, it sounds so dense…Sheilah: Yeah! I was like I don’t knowwww…Travis: Right! Once you start playing, you’re like ‘oh it’s just the…’ That’s the thing with when we started playing with our dad for D&D for TAZ: Balance. He’d never played D&D before. We were like “All you do, is you say what you wanna do and then the DM tells you if you just do it or you need to roll something for it. That’s it! That’s the game.” Yes, there are these big thick books and all these things. Yes, that’s all in there. All the game is ‘You say what you wanna do, or you do… ‘I walk up to it…’ That’s another thing… some people. The biggest intimidation is being too [deep in] like “No! No! Say it in character!” Like, “‘I walk up to the table, and I say.’ Oh, that feels weird!” Yeah, yeah, yeah but its GREAT.There’s a lot of games you kinda just have to start playing to get it. That’s why I love actual play podcasts and love stuff like Table Top and everything because it’s not just the rules, but it also recreates the experience of it. Rules often times can also be a thing where people start to be like ‘That sounds boring.’ ‘That sounds difficult.’ No, no, no. It sounds that way, but trust me when we play its fun!Then you listen to an actual play podcast where you watch youtube actual play stuff, and you’re like ‘Oh, I wanna be doing that, that’s the fun part.’ And you start to find games, for example, there’s a game called Sheriff of Nottingham. Yeah, there’s game mechanics to it where you sneak stuff across the border, blah blah blah. But, the game is can you bluff your friends and blackmail your friends, that’s the game. That’s the ACTUAL game. That’s hard to explain until you play it. Where like ‘Oh this is really a conversational game’ or ‘this is a party game.’ Yes, absolutely, ya know?Sheilah: Yeah, I did have that moment last week where I just… did whatever and [my character] like “You didn’t ask anyone how to do that you just did it.” I’m like “Oh my god, I know what I’m doing now!”Travis: I’ve made it!!Sheilah: I’ve made it!!Travis: I’ve done it!! That’s the thing too. I think too often like I was saying having new people in the mix really change that up because… you’ll have someone who’s like, ‘I would like to roll to kick in the door.’ Everyone else is like ‘Oh… Oh yeah totally!’ We were just talking about this on The Adventure Zone.We wanted to play in Dust, we were trying to be like ‘It’s gritty! Our players aren’t likable.’ Justin really tried to create a non-likable character. We just couldn’t do it. That’s not about us. That’s not us like ‘We’re so great.’ We didn’t know how to. Justin started talking about this Georgian… Southern Georgian accent and he was goes “I can’t be a jerk and do this accent.” It would be so great to have somebody roll him and be like “I know exactly how to play a jerk character.” And then be like “Okay cool! Yeah, what they said.”That’s the other thing. I don’t know anybody that plays RPGs that if a friend came to them and said, “I’d like to learn how to do this.” That their eyes wouldn’t light up, begin to twinkle and be like “Yes, more!” Because here’s the secret about D&D and any RPG, you’re always looking for someone available to play.I worked at a Shakespeare theater in Cincinnati, I built what I called a league where basically it was twelve people and then it was whoever was free could play. Then we could level people up to have them catch up. So long as five out of twelve were available, we could play the game. The idea was that this trope of people that was like I’m sending you four on a mission. It was just an excuse for us to actually get to play together. It worked out very well. Highly recommend it.Sheilah: Yeah. We have about… six, but I love it… my favorite is when we have mini quests. It’s just three of us go off, and those are always really weird and fun.Travis: There’s a podcast called Crit Juice where they will have guests come in and what they do, if anyone needs to miss a session, they’ll just be like, “In the downtime, he was cursed with a silent spell, but he’s still totally here.” Then they would like roll for him and level him up and everything, but they’ll have guests come in to play one episode then, in the end, be like “Oh, sorry you died. Okay bye!” That character never comes back again. It’s such… It’s great. [Crit Juice] plays it as a drinking game where if you roll a 20, you get to assign a drink, but if you roll a one, you have to take a drink. Every time you complete a quest, everybody finishes their beer. It’s really really fun, it’s really great.Sheilah: I’m definitely going to check that out. I missed a session because I was here. They were like “You knocked yourself out with a grenade.”Travis: That’s great! I love that stuff!Sheilah: It’s funny how you say how cathartic it can be and getting into character and seeing your friends. It’s really bonded us too.Travis: Right, it’s one of those things that I really enjoy because like I said, I missed it from theater. There’s something about when you are a layer removed from yourself, you are able to third person see and deal with a thing that maybe you’re worried about. But you say it in terms of your character. It’s a lot easier to address issues in third person talking about your character than it for you. I’m not saying that every D&D session is therapy but sometimes!For example, I have friends that you’ll have a really intimate moment with, not like “intimate” but share a moment of “that was a very nice moment of these two adventurers together getting each other backs, that actually make you have positive warm feelings about the people you’re playing with. Right? It’s really weird how that will all kind of roll itself up into becoming closer friends with people because your character becomes closer friends. It’s very nice.Sheilah: That’s exactly what I’ve noticed. It’s such a weird world that I never thought I would fall in love with.Travis: It’s so great.Sheilah: Right? I’m so glad I’m apart of it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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TCI Tourism Arrivals down long stay visitors up

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIlongstayvisitorsup, #TCITourismdown, #TourisminTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Turks & Caicos Tourism Statistics 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 16, 2017 – Grand Turk – Turks and Caicos experienced a boom in long stay visitors and a drop in cruise ship arrivals and an overall decrease in tourists for 2016 according to recently released statistics by the TCI Tourist Board.Grand Turk got 82,000 less cruise ship passengers in for last year when it was projected that the trend would be to see the capital grow as a cruise destination.  From 929,737 thousand cruise arrivals in 2015 to 846,963 arrivals in 2016 – this would be a significant hit to government revenue and tourism businesses in GT.The better news is that when it came to stop over arrivals, there was a robust 17.5% spike or over 68,000 more guests staying in our destination.   This trend is welcomed and causes the TCI to be recorded as the fastest growing destination in the region.  Still, it is an inescapable fact that we got less tourists in 2016 due to that fall off in visitor numbers in Grand Turk at the Cruise Center.For 2015 the country was with one million, 315 thousand plus tourists arriving from January to December; for the same period in 2016, we dropped to one million, 300 thousand, 575 visitors –a difference of 14,683 tourists.#MagneticMediaNews#TourisminTCI#TCITourismdown#TCIlongstayvisitorsuplast_img read more

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Vancouver Fire Chief Bivins to retire

first_imgAfter 11 years at the head of the Vancouver Fire Department, Chief Don Bivins will retire at the end of the year, he said in an e-mail to City Manager Pat McDonnell on Monday.“In my 35 years in the fire service, I have never had the privilege of working with a better, more competent and professional organization than the city of Vancouver and the Vancouver Fire Department,” he wrote.He said that it is easy to focus on the department’s current woes — which include the loss of 18 firefighter positions and the impending closure of Fire Station 6 in Burton — as the reason for his departure. But Bivins, 54, said he’s been planning for retirement for several years now. His wife is no longer working and his daughter is off to college.“Everybody works for this eventuality,” said the chief shortly after sending in his retirement notice. “It’s time to move on to another phase of life.”Bivins, who got his start as a firefighter for King County Fire District 40, near Renton, said his fondest memory was opening two new fire stations and installing rescue units when he took the helm in Vancouver. That the department is shrinking now is difficult to see, but he said he recognizes the gravity of the city’s financial situation.last_img read more

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Gas leak prompts brief evacuation in Vancouver neighborhood

first_imgA gas leak Saturday afternoon forced the evacuation of six homes in the Burnt Bridge Creek area.Vancouver fire Capt. Scott Willis said the leak was reported just before 3 p.m. in the 4600 block of Northeast 155th Avenue. A resident reported that he had been digging a ditch in between two homes when he hit a gas line.While Northwest Natural Gas Company repaired the leak, residents in six homes were displaced for less than 30 minutes, Willis said.last_img

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PIC Alia Bhatt – Ranbir Kapoor visit Kashi temple fans wonder if

first_imgRanbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.InstagramSpeculations about Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt ready to take the marital plunge or ready to make it official has been doing the rounds for a while now. From news of their secret Roka ceremony to plans of a destination wedding, every conjecture has been making headlines. And the latest picture of the couple at Kashinath temple has again set the tongues wagging.Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were recently snapped at Kashi Vishwanath temple offering prayers and seeking blessings. Dressed in traditional attire, the duo looked like a match-made-in-heaven. Ever since the picture of the two was shared on social media, fans again started wondering and commenting whether the duo is now ready to take the plunge and thus has visited the temple.However, let us burst your bubble a bit. We would have been the happiest had the news been true but the fact is the duo visited the temple as they were shooting for their film in Varanasi. Ramnagar Fort and Chet Singh Fort are some of the places where the shooting of their film – Brahmastra – is being done. InstagramFans flocked the stars as soon as they were spotted at the temple. The duo happily posed for selfies with their fans. Ayan Mukerji, who is directing Brahmastra, had shared pictures of Varanasi while doing a recce of the spots he would shoot at. He had shared, “My attempt with the Brahmastra Trilogy to feature different places of India, and attempt to capture its infinite beauty.”It was reported that Ranbir and Alia fell-in-love during the shoot of the film. Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, Nagarjuna Akkineni and Dimple Kapadia would be seen in pivotal roles in the film. The film is India’s one-of-a-kind fantasy adventure trilogy.last_img read more

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Locals block DhakaCtg highway protesting accident

first_imgRoad communication on Dhaka-Chattogram highway remained suspended for four hours as local people put-up barricade on the highway following the injuries of a schoolgirl in a road accident at Kanchpur in Sonargaon upazila on Thursday.Mohammad Khorshed Alam, additional superintendent of Narayanganj police, said Sadia Akter, 15, a class IX student of Kanchpur Omar Ali High School, sustained injured when a Tarabo-bound bus hit her in the area around 7:00am.As the news spread, the students of the school along with locals put up a barricade on Dhaka-Chattogram highway, halting traffic movement on the busy road.The agitating students vandalised 10-12 vehicles and set a vehicle afire following the accident, he added.Several thousand people have been suffering since morning as a 10-12-kilometre-long tailback stretching from Meghna Bridge to Signboard point in Narayanganj was created following the incident.last_img read more

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Nvidia RTX Graphics Coming to Over 40 Laptops

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement LAS VEGAS – The reign of Nvidia RTX begins today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced that the company’s new RTX chips will be in over 40 laptops with 17 rocking Max-Q cards.It’s not an unexpected announcement, as mobile gamers like myself have been chomping at the bit since the 20-series desktop cards launched last year. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/nvidia-rtx-gaming-laptops-availability?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 During the press conference, Huang took time to extol the virtues of Max-Q, which has helped usher in the rise of thin-and-light gaming laptops. According to the CEO, a MSI GS65 Stealth outfitted with a RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU is faster than a last-gen 1080 desktop GPU. He also claimed that the slim system is twice as fast as a PlayStation 4 Pro with the ability to run Battlefield V with Nvidia’s Ray Tracing technology enable at 60 frames per second.MORE: Best Gaming LaptopsA Gigabyte Aero laptop also made an on-stage appearance, outfitted with a RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU. Like the MSI, it’s also expected to be faster than a last-gen card –– this time the 1070 desktop GPU. There are also claims that it’s 1.6 times faster than the PS4 Pro. The Gigabyte is expected to run Battlefield V at 60 frames per second with RTX enabled.Both are lofty claims that we plan to put to the test as these laptops start to roll out during  2019.Here Are the Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000: EditionNvidia Max-Q: Everything You Need to KnowThe 14 Most Gorgeous and Demanding PC Gameslast_img read more

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The latest new hotel updates from the Cuba Tourist Board

first_img Wednesday, March 21, 2018 TORONTO — Cuba’s bookings for April and beyond from the Canadian market “are looking great and we are very much looking forward to a very strong 2018”, says Eloy Govea, Director, Canada for the Cuba Tourist Board.Cuba received a record 4.7 million visitors in 2017, resulting in 16.2% growth year over year. The island’s cays in particular took a hit from Hurricane Irma but room inventory recovered quickly.“We have been open for business since the winter season started, and we are doing very good from Canada, with over 400,000 passengers already so far this year,” said Govea.He adds: “We just had the Grand Muthu inaugurated in Cayo Guillermo (500 rooms) and the Sercotel Experience in Cayo Santa María (660 rooms).“The next openings include the International Hotel in Varadero (634 rooms), the Iberostar Holguin (838 rooms) and Packard Hotel and Prado y Malecón Hotel, in Havana (321 and 250 rooms respectively).” The latest new hotel updates from the Cuba Tourist Board Posted by Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cubalast_img read more

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Beau Biden undergoing undisclosed treatment at Walter Reed

first_img Quick workouts for men 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img He announced last year that he would not seek a third term as attorney general and instead planned to run for governor in 2016. In January, he joined Wilmington law firm Grant & Eisenhofer, which announced three weeks ago that Biden would be expanding his work there on behalf of whistleblowers.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden’s son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, is undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.The vice president’s office is not providing any other information about why the 46-year-old has been hospitalized or other details.Beau Biden suffered a mild stroke in 2010 and underwent surgery at a Texas cancer center in 2013 to remove what was described as a small lesion. The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

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Fire aboard Carnival Triumph

first_imgCarnival Triumph is currently without propulsion in the Gulf of Mexico, following a fire that broke out in the aft engine room yesterday.Positioned approximately 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula when the incident occurred, the ship’s automatic fire extinguishing systems were activated, the fire successfully extinguished and no casualties reported.Carnival Triumph will be towed to Progreso, Mexico where she is expected to arrive on Wednesday evening.The 3,143 passengers will be flown from Mexico back to the U.S. on chartered aircraft and will receive a full refund of the cruise along with any transportation expenses incurred.In addition, they will receive a future cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage and a reimbursement for all purchases made onboard excluding gift shop and casino charges.The next two voyages scheduled for departure on 11 February and 16 February have been cancelled with passengers receiving a future cruise credit equal to the amount paid, reimbursement for non-refundable travel expenses and a 25 percent discount on a future three- to five-day cruise.Generator power has been maintained since the incident with crew successful in gradually restoring auxiliary power to operate some of the basic functions onboard.Senior cruise director John Heald reported via his Facebook page that public and cabin toilets are operational in certain sections of the ship with power restored to a limited number of elevators.Some power is available in the Lido restaurant allowing hot coffee and limited food service with enough supplies to last until the vessel arrives in Progreso.Carnival Elation rendezvoused with Carnival Triumph yesterday providing dinners for all guests onboard and additional provisions with Carnival Legend slated to do the same today.Concerned family and friends of passengers and crew may call +1 888 290 5095 or +1 305 406 5534 for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A.last_img read more

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Vietnam records 16 billion tourists in 2015

first_imgVietnam has registered more than 1.6 million domestic and foreign visitors in the province from the beginning of 2015.In addition to a myriad of festive activities, the province is also enhancing tourism promotions and investments with Savannakhet Province (Laos) and Mukdahan (Thailand), which is helping to lure visitors to the locality, according to Nguyen Van Chien, Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.In response to the programme themed ‘Vietnamese people travel across Viet Nam’, the local tourism sector has launched historical and spiritual tours to Truong Son National Cemetery, Quang Tri’s ancient citadel and the Hien Luong bridge across the Ben Hai river, among others.The tourism sector expects an increase in the tourist numbers by 3.4% in 2016. To realise this goal, the province is promoting tourism, constructing facilities and completing a master plan for the Cua Tung and Cua Viet tourism sites, while attracting investors and promoting sea and island tourism as well as tours to the La Lay and Lao Bao border gates, said Chien.last_img read more

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MEGA Maldives Airlines holds successful India launch party in New Delhi

first_imgMEGA Maldives Airlines had organised its India Launch Party’ at Shangri-La, New Delhi. The event was witnessed by approximately 350 Delhi-based travel agents, tour operators and also members of the travel and lifestyle media.MEGA also hosted a number of special guests at the event which included Zoravar Kalra, the celebrity Indian restaurateur and Masterchef Judge and Ashima Leena, the fashion designer. Also attending the event were His Excellency Ahmed Mohamed, Ambassador of the Maldives to India and Abdulla Rasheed, Director of Air Transport at the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority.A number of co-sponsors had partnered with MEGA Maldives Airlines in hosting the event that included Jumeirah Vittaveli, Shangri-La, Crown and Champ Resorts, Voyagers Maldives, Trans Maldivian Airways, Bird Travels, Group Concorde, Kandima Maldives, LUX South Ari Atoll Maldives, Soneva, Maldives Getaway and W Maldives.The event was a huge success for MEGA Maldives Airlines, as it was warmly embraced by the travel and trade industry in India. This is the first time that an airline has operated non-stop flights between Delhi and Male, paving the way for increasing tourist arrivals from India in addition to establishing Maldives as a premier destination getaway.Speaking at the event George Weinmann, CEO of MEGA Maldives Airlines stated that the airline had acknowledged the enormous potential of the Indian market and had understood why it was important to have non-stop connections between Maldives and cities in India. Hence, MEGA had decided to start operations not only to Delhi but also to Mumbai as well.While the first Delhi non-stop service had already commenced on November 17, the non-stop services to Mumbai is due to begin before the end of the year.last_img read more

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Millennial Buyers Favor Local Lenders Agents

first_imgMillennial Buyers Favor Local Lenders, Agents in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Share Homebuying Lenders Millennials 2017-04-18 Seth Welborncenter_img April 18, 2017 780 Views Millennials don’t want the homebuying process to be as digital as some might think—at least not according to a recent survey by CentSai. In fact, the survey revealed that most would rather use local real estate agents and lenders over online-based ones.According to a recent CentSai survey of 2,050 millennials—adults aged 18 to 34—a whopping 75 percent of the sought-after demo would rather use a local real estate agent than an online one. Almost the same amount—71 percent—said they’d rather use a local lender, too.According to CentSai, “This is stark contrast to recent data showing approximately 69 percent of all homebuyers would apply for a mortgage online.” Doria Lavagnino, Co-founder and President of CentSai, an online financial wellness community, said the surprising results reflect the “peace of mind” many millennials need when buying their first home.“We were surprised to learn that online providers are not yet as big a disruptor in this sector as we first thought, despite purported cost savings,” Lavagnino said. “We found that millennials place a high value on the personal touch and knowledge of a local agent. Buying a home for the first time is daunting, and working with a local agent – particularly an agent referred by a parent or friend – could provide peace of mind.”Survey respondents cited a number of reasons for wanting the help of a local agent. Topping the list were the personal touch/handholding it could provide, longstanding relationships they had, the agent’s local knowledge, and the agent’s ability to decrease the overall hassle of the buying process.Though online agents and lenders might not be as popular as once thought, the survey did reveal a millennial leaning toward one online process: Research. More than 90 percent of survey respondents said they would use an online site or mobile app to research neighborhoods, homes, and prices when buying a home.In addition to revealing millennial attitudes toward online homebuying solutions, the CentSai survey also revealed that 56 percent of millennials plan to purchase a house in the next two years. Of the remaining 44 percent who said they will not be buying a home, 68 percent cited an inability to afford it as their reasoning. Another 12 percent said they liked the “freedom of renting,” with 10 percent blamed student loan debt.last_img read more

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