zoomImage Courtesy: Lindblad Expeditions US-based cruise company Lindblad Expeditions Holdings has signed an agreement with Norwegian ship builder and designer Ulstein for the design and construction of a new polar vessel.As World Maritime News previously reported, the vessel will expand the line’s National Geographic polar fleet to four ships.Scheduled for delivery in late Q3 2021, the newest ship will be the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launches of National Geographic Quest in July 2017, National Geographic Venture in December 2018 and the scheduled delivery of National Geographic Endurance in Q1 2020.Sister ship to National Geographic Endurance, the 126-passenger polar vessel will have the highest ice class of any purpose-built passenger vessel and will feature Ulstein’s bow design X-BOW. The design is said to result in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions, for reduced environmental impact.“We are extremely excited to announce this next phase in our growth strategy. National Geographic Endurance … has been met with considerable excitement from both our existing guest community and those new to Lindblad-National Geographic, and we are confident that its sister ship will garner the same level of enthusiasm in the market,” Sven Lindblad, president and chief executive officer of Lindblad, commented. “These two ships will represent a whole new level of capability in expedition cruising, in terms of the level of comfort they provide guests, the regions and itineraries they are able to travel to and their ability to act as platforms for science in some of the most remote and pristine parts of the world,” he added.Lindblad Expeditions works in partnership with National Geographic to produce marine expedition programs and promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world.
Changes to the Emergency 911 Act, introduced today, March 5, will help make more services available to Nova Scotians during emergencies and severe weather events. This may include providing comfort centres with satellite phones or helping provide enhanced cell phone charging services for citizens during prolonged weather events or emergencies. The changes will also expand the mandate of the E911 Cost Recovery Fund to further complement the 911 service. “First and foremost, this fund will continue to support our 911 service and ensure the system responds to Nova Scotians during emergencies,” said Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office which manages the fund. “In addition, we will work with our municipal partners to identify ways to strengthen emergency preparedness activities.” Most provinces in Canada charge telephone subscribers a small monthly fee to maintain and enhance 911 systems. Nova Scotia began charging a 43 cents per month fee in 2001 to cover the cost of operating the system. The money is disbursed through the E911 Cost Recovery Fund and does not go into the provincial government’s general revenues. The Emergency Management Office will work with municipalities to identify opportunities to better meet the needs of Nova Scotians during emergencies and severe weather events and help increase the resiliency of communities during such events.
After season one of AltBalaji’s ‘Apaharan’ receiving accolades for its great story line, makers of the web series are coming up with an extra dose of suspense and thrill. Actor Arunoday Singh, who made his debut in web space with ‘Apaharan’, reveals some details about the new season while talking to Millennium Post. How did you come on board for the project? Siddharth Sen Gupta (director and creator of the show) called me for narration, and I immediately said yes to him because the script was very convincing and intriguing. The character I play in the show is something that I wanted to do for a long time. And, I feel very fortunate that I got an opportunity to work in the second season as well. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIs this going to be the sequel of ‘Apaharan’ season one? Yes, it is the sequel of ‘Apaharan’. It does follow the characters’ story from the first season, but surely has lots of new elements and an extra dose of twist and turns. Has your role in the second season changed? No, the character which I played will remain the same. My character is of Rudra Srivastav – a police officer who specialises in kidnapping cases. So, I will reprise the role and will be seen working on different cases. It’s worth waiting for. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhat were your initial expectations from the first season of the series? Has the responses been any different? (Laughs) I don’t keep any kind of expectations from the projects I do. As an artist, I like to keep the bar high for myself. Being an actor on-screen, I always try to give my best and I leave the rest to audience and God. Speaking about this show specifically, I am extremely proud to be associated with an interesting project like this. The show has received a positive response from the viewers so far, and it obviously feels good to hear nice things from people about your work. When can we expect season two? The shooting for the season two has not gone on floors yet, but the date will be announced very soon as the scripting and casting for the show is finalised. Who else will be sharing screen space with you in the new season? Nidhi Singh and few other actors from the earlier season will be joining Season 2. Also, as the story grows further, few new characters will also be seen in our story, which can’t be revealed at this moment.
TORONTO – Thousands of cards, photos and flowers have been dismantled by city staff at an event in Toronto, to be replaced with a permanent memorial for the victims of the deadly van attack.Mayor John Tory was in attendance as the impromptu memorials left in the days after the April 23 attack were taken down.He said the items will be placed in storage until the city comes up with an appropriate way to display them.“They should form part of the historical record of Toronto because this was such a tragic event, and the reaction to it was an important part of the history of Toronto,” said Tory.The event is taking place at Olive Square and Mel Lastman Square, the approximate sites where the attack in the city’s North York neighbourhood began and ended.WATCH LIVE: The temporary memorials set up following the horrific van attack in the Yonge and Finch area in April are being removed today. Some of the items will be curated and preserved as the city makes plans for a permanent memorial in the near future. https://t.co/00Kp3UeVj1— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) June 3, 2018City staff are installing temporary plaques, and Tory said the city will then decide how to proceed with a permanent memorial.He said it’s important to establish a permanent memorial at the site of the attack, as the many mementoes left by mourners wouldn’t last forever.“I think a lot of Torontonians would want to honour the memories of those who died, because it was a horrific and very unusual thing to have happen in a city as peaceful as Toronto,” said Tory.He added it is important to consult with the families of the victims and with people who live in the neighbourhood to create a memorial they believe is appropriate.“Its part of the healing this city has to go through,” said Tory.Ten people were killed and another 16 were injured when a van jumped the curb and ran over multiple people on the sidewalk.A 25-year-old man from Richmond Hill, Ont., faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in the incident. His case has been put over until September.
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Ohio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa celebrates with fans after Ohio State’s win over Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe College Football Playoff Committee released its first College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday evening and surprised many by ranking Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) No. 6. The Buckeyes were ranked behind No. 1 Georgia (8-0), No. 2 Alabama (8-0), No. 3 Notre Dame (7-1), No. 4 Clemson (7-1) and No. 5 Oklahoma (7-1). This ranking comes as a stark contrast to this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, which ranked Ohio State third, behind just Alabama (No. 1) and Georgia (No. 2).Here are four takeaways from the first playoff rankings of the season.If Ohio State wins out, it’s probably in…Let’s be clear, if Ohio State loses one more game, it will not make the College Football Playoff. But if it wins the four remaining regular season games and wins the Big Ten championship game? Well, there is a great possibility it would make its third-ever playoff.The Buckeyes lost to Oklahoma 31-16 in the second week of the season. But since then, Ohio State has rolled, winning its past six games by a combined 211 points. Last week, it made its biggest statement, coming back from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit to take down Penn State 39-38 in a game against what might end up as Ohio State’s best opponent.If Ohio State beats Iowa and Michigan on the road and takes down Illinois and Michigan State at home, it will have 10 straight victories. Then, the Buckeyes would have a chance to extend the streak to 11 with a Big Ten championship game showdown against the Big Ten West champion, which will likely be No. 9 Wisconsin (7-0).It would be hard, bordering on nearly impossible, for the playoff committee to leave out a Big Ten team that ran the table in the conference and won the Big Ten title. The committee will consider Ohio State’s win against top-10 Penn State and other victories and potential wins against Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State and Michigan favorably. Then, in the Big Ten championship, the Buckeyes would have a shot at a statement win just days before the committee releases the final rankings.Also, the five teams ranked ahead of Ohio State play difficult schedules and it is unlikely they all remain unblemished throughout the final weeks of the season.One Big Ten team has represented the conference in the playoff every year since it was created. Given Ohio State’s win versus Penn State and the potential to end the season on an 11-game win streak, the Buckeyes have the conference’s best shot to represent it in either the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl, with the chance to win a shot to play in the national championship game in Atlanta.…but Ohio State does not necessarily control its destinySure, if Ohio State wins out, it will likely make the playoff. But scenarios exist in which the Buckeyes would not be rewarded with a bid, even if they went undefeated in their last four regular-season games and won the Big Ten championship.At least one team from the SEC — either Alabama or Georgia — will likely represent the conference in the playoff. But if both teams enter the SEC championship game undefeated and they play a close, back-and-forth game, even the loser would have a good argument to earn a playoff bid over the Buckeyes.Notre Dame has upcoming games at Miami (Fla.) and Stanford, which could be possible losses. But given the Fighting Irish’s only loss came by one point to Georgia, and it has an impressive strength of schedule, Ohio State would likely finish ranked below the Irish if both teams won out. The committee ranked Clemson two spots higher than Ohio State. Given both teams’ remaining schedules, the Tigers would likely spoil the Buckeyes for a second year in a row if each team won out, this time ranking higher than head coach Urban Meyer’s team rather than beating it.Oklahoma plays one of the most difficult remaining schedules with games at Oklahoma State, against TCU and possibly the Big 12 championship standing in the Sooners’ path to the playoff. But with a win against the Buckeyes and a tougher remaining schedule than Ohio State, Oklahoma would likely earn a higher seed, if it won out.Ohio State has a good chance to make the playoff if two teams ranked ahead of it slip up or if one team loses and two teams ranked ahead lose. But the Buckeyes do not control their playoff destiny. Ohio State needs to continue to win impressively Do not discount Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. The Sooners trounced the Buckeyes and though the score was close at halftime, the game felt like the Sooners dominated for four quarters, and the final score eventually reflected that.In the past, the playoff committee has overlooked a loss if a team finishes strong and looks like an altogether different, improved team by the end of the season.The Buckeyes do not have a multi-touchdown win against a good team. Their fourth-quarter comeback against Penn State showed they had the ability to fight through adversity, but Ohio State was forced to battle back due to falling behind early. If Meyer and his team want to feel comfortable about their playoff standing, they have to extend their dominant stretch.Though Iowa, Michigan State and Michigan might present formidable challenges, Ohio State will be heavily favored in every game. The Buckeyes must take advantage of every remaining challenge. Ohio State burned the committee last season when it was selected as a third seed, but proceeded to lay an egg, losing 31-0 to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. The playoff committee might be wary of being burned again, so the Buckeyes must prove this team is different than last year’s.It would help Ohio State if ranked Big Ten teams kept winningLast year, four Big Ten teams ended the regular season in the top eight of the final College Football Playoff rankings. This season, three teams — Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin — are listed in the top nine. Only one other Big Ten team, No. 24 Michigan State, is ranked in the top 25. With the Spartans playing Penn State and Ohio State in back-to-back weeks, they will likely fall out of the top 25 as they are expected to fall to both teams. The Buckeyes would benefit from Penn State and Wisconsin winning their remaining regular-season games because neither team would leap Ohio State in the rankings, but would boost the Buckeyes’ perceived strength of schedule, helping them in the eyes of the committee.With Michigan dropping out of the crop of playoff contenders this year, wins against Penn State and Wisconsin matter more than last year.
NOBODY PANIC, BUT a mysterious giant hole has been discovered in a remote part of Siberia.The area’s name, Yamal, translates as the ‘end of the world’ – and it holds some of the country’s largest gas reserves.We said don’t panic. Source: YoutubeThe Siberian Times reports that scientists are investigating the crater, believed to be up to 80 metres wide. It’s not yet known how deep it goes. Shudder.Researchers are as yet unsure what may have caused it but there’s speculation that it could have been made by a meteorite hitting the earth, or an underground explosion.Footage shot from a helicopter shows it to be dark, deep, and uncannily like a gateway to hell: Source: Bulka/YouTubeRussia’s Emergency Ministry has ruled out a meteorite, but say it’s too early to know what caused the crater.Anna Kurchatova from the Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre thinks the hole was formed by an underground explosion as a result of global warming.She says gas may have accumulated in ice mixed with sand and salt – when the ice melted, it caused an explosion “like popping a champagne bottle”.As long as they don’t start ‘popping’ up everywhere we’ll be fine. We hope. Source: emimusic/YouTubeThe ‘Hairy Legs Club’ is telling women it’s OK not to shave – and it’s causing uproar>Insane near-miss in a racecar doesn’t even phase driver>
Portal 2 has been available to play for a few weeks now, giving gamers time to complete a playthrough multiple times and, in some cases, award it a very poor zero score on Metacritic.Those same players will have a good idea and opinion about the design of the levels in Valve‘s latest release, and some of those opinions are bound to be negative. So rather than complaining on a forum of your choice, you can instead do something about it.AdChoices广告PC gamers now have the option of downloading the beta of the Portal 2 Authoring Tools. They can be found in Steam under the Tools tab and once installed allow you to start creating single-player and co-op maps for the game. Just to be clear, this is the same set of tools the Portal 2 development team used for the game, so you should have the same freedom as they did to create.You aren’t limited just to the assets that ship with the game, either. The tools allow you to create and add your own character skins, use your own 3D models, and even produce your own sound effects and music. So if you fancy making Portal 2 in your own way, then this is your opportunity.Included in the Authoring Tools download is the latest version of the Source engine level editor, called Hammer. There’s Faceposer for creating facial expressions, lip-syncing, skeletal animations, and map triggering for scenes, as well as mapping examples for you to learn and work from.Valve recommend joing the Portal 2 and General Source mailing lists. The Valve Developer Community pages are also packed full of useful information.via the Portal 2 blog
Two men were refused bail last week over the fatal bashing of Mr Angelos Kaloudis, a 76-year-old homeless man, during a train journey from Newcastle to Sydney. Nathan Isherwood, 28, and Harley Page, 22 appeared separately in courts in Newcastle and Toronto charged with murder and aggravated assault with intent to rob. Mr Kaloudis boarded the Sydney-bound train before it departed Newcastle at 3:59am (AEST) on Friday August 26. He was found by fellow passengers lying in a pool of blood with severe head injuries after the train left Cardiff station. It is alleged that his attackers undertook the assault between 4.20 and 4.29am as the train approached Fassifern. Mr Kaloudis, who it is believed has no close family in Australia, was rushed to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital but died on Saturday night. Magistrate John Chicken noted the serious nature of the offence and said court proceedings would be a drawn out process. The court heard that the accused were facing unrelated charges: Isherwood, for an assault on three men in Newcastle less than a month before the train attack, and Page for a robbery charge from January and an assault earlier in August. ABC Radio Newcastle reported that as he was led from the dock, Page waved to his family sitting in the court and mouthed to them he needed money. Police have released security camera footage showing Mr Kaloudis on the platform at Newcastle before the train departed. It is believed he may have caught the train to escape the cold. The trial will continue in October. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Timeline : un nouveau type de profil révolutionnaire sur FacebookHier soir à San Francisco aux Etats-Unis, se tenait la conférence annuelle f8 de Facebook qui réunit de nombreux développeurs. A cette occasion, Mark Zuckerberg, fondateur du réseau, a présenté ce qui devrait bientôt supplanter l’habituel profil de l’internaute : Timeline.Tous ceux qui se connecteront ce matin à Facebook pourront sans aucun doute voir que certaines choses ont changé dans l’affichage de leur profil. Et pour cause, hier soir, le réseau social tenait à San Francisco sa traditionnelle conférence f8 destinée à tous les développeurs qui travaillent ou souhaitent travailler avec la plateforme. Organisé tous les ans, ce grand rendez-vous permet à Facebook de présenter au grand jour ses dernières innovations et ses projets futurs, des changements qui ne tardent pas à arriver le site. Ainsi, quelques jours avant la conférence, des sources travaillant pour le réseau avait déjà dévoilé l’arrivée d’une plateforme de partage de musique et de nouveaux boutons pour les profils, ainsi qu’une nouvelle gestion des informations dans le fil d’actualité. Mais tout ceci n’était rien comparé à ce que Mark Zuckerberg, fondateur de Facebook, a présenté hier. “L’histoire d’une vie en une seule page”, c’est le nouveau concept plutôt révolutionnaire qu’a dévoilé le jeune PDG et qui est en passe de supplanter la page profil que nous connaissons actuellement. Baptisé “Timeline”, ce système est une sorte de frise chronologique qui permet de présenter un condensé complet de la vie de l’utilisateur depuis la naissance jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Lors d’une mise en scène plutôt cocasse, Mark Zuckerberg a ainsi fait une démonstration de ce nouveau profil révolutionnaire : il a fait défiler à l’écran ses années les unes après les autres à travers des photos, de son enfance, de sa compagne, de son chien, montrant une carte de ses voyages ou encore diverses applications permettant de suivre ce qu’il a lu, regardé ou écouté. “Le profil est le centre de tout” “Timeline peut raconter toutes vos histoires, toutes vos applis, exprimer qui vous êtes. Il montre toute votre activité récente et, au fur et à mesure qu’on remonte dans le temps, résume ce qui s’est passé dans votre vie”, a expliqué le patron de Facebook qui a montré par exemple sur son profil une application dédiée à la cuisine qui affichait les recettes qu’il a concocté récemment. Un principe qui peut s’appliquer pour des applications de musique, de vidéo, de lecture, de sport, etc, évitant à l’utilisateur de poster un commentaire pour dire qu’il a aimé ce film ou ce livre, note ZDnet. À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planètePour simplifier la consultation de ce profil qui s’avère à première vue déjà plus agréable que celle du précédent, Facebook a créé un algorithme qui gère la quantité d’informations affichées qui va en diminuant à mesure que l’on s’éloigne du présent. Mais le contenu peut être consulté intégralement et mis à jour régulièrement. Par ailleurs, il est évidemment possible pour l’utilisateur de choisir les éléments de sa vie qu’il veut mettre en avant et ceux qu’il préfère masquer, tout en contrôlant qui peut voir le contenu de son profil. Enfin, selon les dires de Mark Zuckerberg, Timeline sera également consultable depuis un mobile. Pour l’heure en phase bêta, ce nouveau profil devrait être progressivement intégré dans les semaines qui viennent. Reste à savoir si les 750 millions de membres du réseau social apprécieront ce concept qui il faut bien l’avouer annonce un changement considérable… Découvrez une démonstration de ce nouveau profil Timeline en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 23 septembre 2011 à 10:10 • Maxime Lambert