Ban Kimoon recommends UN transfer 100 million to Iraq development fund

20 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended the Security Council transfer $100 million from United Nations Iraq Account, made up of funds related to the expired oil-for-food programme, to an account for the country’s development, a UN spokesperson said today. The oil-for-food programme, under which a sanctions-bound Iraq was allowed to use monitored oil sales revenue for humanitarian purchases, was phased out in 2003 under a Council resolution lifting sanctions on the country.The Development Fund of Iraq (DFI), which will received the funds, was set up that same year to administer proceeds from export sales of petroleum, petroleum products, and natural gas.In a letter to the Security Council, the Secretary-General also provides an update on the Iraq Account and the processing of outstanding letters of credit. As of 29 February, Mr. Ban says, the Iraq Account contained somewhat over $1 billion in total funds, out of which $225 million was being held in the account pending resolution of various issues. He recommended that $187 million continue to be held as a financial reserve. read more

Enhancing rule of law vital for peace and security in Haiti UN

Haitians must embrace the rule of law to advance peace and prosperity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stresses in a new report, adding that the country and its new leadership will require sustained international support to achieve this goal amid a set of daunting challenges. “I call on all international partners to work with the Government and the United Nations in a concerted and cohesive effort to strengthen the rule of law in Haiti,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report on the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). He notes that the past year has been “deeply challenging” for Haiti, which has faced the difficult task of rebuilding and coping with the aftermath of the 12 January 2010 earthquake in which 230,000 people died and countless more were injured; an outbreak of cholera that to date has killed at least 4,600 people and infected more than 240,000; a close brush with Hurricane Tomas; and political instability and deadlock, and related electoral violence. In addition, the ongoing displacement and continued precarious living conditions of more than 800,000 Haitians are a daily reminder of the need to accelerate the pace of reconstruction efforts. “The incoming Government of Haiti will inherit a set of daunting challenges, compounded by the onset of another hurricane season, a severe lack of public sector expertise and a growing disenchantment among the general population with the existing political leadership and class and the long-standing socio-economic order,” he states. Preliminary results from the presidential run-off election held on 20 March between former first lady Mirlande Manigat and popular musician Michel Martelly are expected to be announced today, while the final results will be announced on 16 April. “The next President of Haiti may well face a protracted period of difficult cohabitation with a divided and potentially fractious Parliament,” says Mr. Ban. “The executive and legislative branches of Government will have to work together to meet the aspirations of the Haitian people and to deliver the reforms that they have been denied for far too long.” He states that strengthening the rule of law will require a genuine commitment to creating an independent and effective judiciary, a Parliament that is accountable to the people and not driven by special interests, and a Government that is transparent, responsive to the needs of the country and truly representative of the Haitian people. “Haiti will require the sustained support of the international community to bring about systemic rule-of-law reform,” the Secretary-General writes. The return of former president Jean-Claude Duvalier has brought the country’s turbulent history of State-sponsored violence to the fore, he adds. “It is of vital importance that the Haitian authorities pursue all legal and judicial avenues in this matter. The prosecution of those responsible for crimes against their own people will deliver a clear message to the people of Haiti that there can be no impunity.” The incoming administration should also build on the achievements of René Préval’s presidency, which put an end to State-sponsored political violence and allowed Haitians to enjoy freedom of association and expression, Mr. Ban says. The overall security situation in Haiti remained generally calm but prone to localized violent episodes of unrest, according to the report. There has been an increase in gang activities in impoverished areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Haitian criminals are active in the region’s guns-for-drugs trade, which has been boosted by the presence of escaped prisoners seeking weapons. A considerable proportion of the cocaine originating in South America and delivered to the United States and Europe passes relatively freely through Haiti, where drug traffickers are able to exploit the porous border and use illegal airstrips, boats and private submarines off the coast of the island. The communities most at risk from insecurity remain those within the densely populated areas in the West Department, including the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). “Several of the camps are used as bases by escaped prisoners and gangs. Consequently, crime, including sexual and gender-based violence, appears to have increased in the camps,” says the Secretary-General. “Haiti has the chance to make a fresh start under a new administration,” he states. “A new leadership must try to heal the wounds of a deeply polarized society and provide jobs, education and services to a population that is economically impoverished. “The United Nations will work with the new Government and all sections of Haitian society to enhance the rule of law in Haiti, and to ensure that the population can fully enjoy its fundamental economic, social, civil and political rights.” For its part, UN peacekeeping mission continues its vital work in the country, including in delivering critical support for quake recovery efforts; assisting with reform of the national police force; protecting vulnerable groups, particularly those living in the camps; providing support to State institutions; and promoting human rights. 31 March 2011Haitians must embrace the rule of law to advance peace and prosperity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stresses in a new report, adding that the country and its new leadership will require sustained international support to achieve this goal amid a set of daunting challenges. read more

Ford Motor invests 700million in Oakville plant securing 2800 jobs

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Ford Motor’s Canadian subsidiary is investing $700 million at its Oakville assembly plant west of Toronto, a move that it says will support thousands of jobs and increase the automaker’s spending on Canadian-made parts.It says several new models will be brought to the plant to meet demand in North America and elsewhere.Industry Minister James Moore with be the plant this morning for a press conference and is expected to announce a Federal contribution.The Oakville plant currently makes the Ford Edge, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT.The automaker’s president for the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, says the investment will mean Ford’s spending on Canadian-made auto parts will increase by about $200 million to a total of nearly $4 billion annually.Ford says the investment will secure more than 2,800 jobs.“This investment is helping us find much needed capacity for global products and securing jobs, and it is positioning Oakville as one of the most competitive and important facilities in the Ford system,” Hinrichs said in a statement.Reuters reported on Wednesday that the next generation of the Edge and MKX crossover utility vehicles would be assembled at the plant.U.S. car sales were above expectations in August as consumers, after years of putting off purchases of new cars, took advantage of still-low interest rates and snapped up a wide range of vehicles from pickup trucks to luxury sedans.Ford’s car sales in Canada were higher than those of Chrysler Group and General Motors Co in August. read more

Marissa Whalen murder case

Pre-trial motions have begun in the case of the murder of a two-year old Fort Erie girl.Little Marissa Whalen was killed in the summer of 2011. Marissa’s mother and her mother’s girlfriend were eventually charged with her murder. As Lauran Sabourin reports, they both made court appearances in Welland on Monday morning.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

UN Iran nuclear talks going around in circles – UN official

“Despite the intensified dialogue between the Agency and Iran since January 2012, during which time 10 rounds of talks have been held, no agreement has been reached,” Director General Yukiya Amano told the Agency’s Board of Governors at a meeting in Vienna.“To be frank, for some time now, we have been going around in circles. This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran,” he stated. Mr. Amano said Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation to enable the IAEA to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities. “The Agency therefore cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities,” he said.“Iran continues to advance its heavy water-related projects. The number of centrifuges installed by Iran also continues to increase, as does the amount of enriched uranium it holds,” he continued. “These activities are in clear contravention of resolutions adopted by the Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council.”Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The IAEA has been engaged with Tehran on a structured approach to resolving all outstanding issues. Mr. Amano reported that no agreement has been reached so far on the structured approach document. “We need to achieve concrete results without further delay to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities,” he stated. “In order to achieve that objective, the Agency has made clear its view of the elements which the structured approach should contain.“First and foremost, Iran has to address the Agency’s requirement to conduct effective verification. Unless Iran does so, it will not be possible for the Agency to resolve outstanding issues, including those relating to possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme.”He called on Iran to engage with the Agency to achieve concrete results in resolving all outstanding issues “with a sense of urgency.”Mr. Amano also told the 35-nation Board that he remains concerned about the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), particularly since its announcement of a third test of a nuclear weapon in February. “Once again, I strongly urge the DPRK to fully implement all relevant resolutions of the Security Council, the IAEA General Conference and the Board of Governors,” said Mr. Amano.“I reiterate my call for the DPRK to fully comply with the NPT and to cooperate promptly and fully with the Agency. The IAEA remains ready to contribute to the peaceful resolution of this issue by resuming its nuclear verification activities once political agreement is reached among the countries concerned.” The Board of Governors, one of the Agency’s main policy-making bodies, meets five times a year at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. It is meeting to discuss the IAEA’s work on nuclear verification, safety, security and the peaceful use of nuclear technologies. read more

Veteran entertainer Barry Chuckle dies aged 73

The Chuckle Brothers on ‘New Faces’, an ITV talent show, in 1975 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Barry Chuckle, the television entertainer famous for his role in the children’s comedy show ‘ChuckleVision’, has died at home aged 73. The star, whose real name was Barry Elliott, performed with his brother Paul as the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers.He died after a short period of ill health which began while filming a new TV series. In an emotional tribute, his brother said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”The pair, who are both from Rotherham, starred in Chucklevision between 1987 and 2009. The show ran to almost 300 episodes.They had recently made a TV comeback on Channel 5 clip show Chuckle Time, which saw them perform comedy sketches and introduce humorous online videos from members of the public. Filming of another new programme was stopped this year, after Chuckle’s doctor requested that he rested, but his health deteriorated throughout the summer.His agent said yesterday that he had said “it was just like the wonderful days of filming ChuckleVision for BBC One”.Paul Chuckle’s wife Sue posted on her husband’s Twitter account to say that he was “devastated” and that “he knows Barry would be so happy to know how much he was loved”. Tributes from the world of entertainment poured in online. Rapper Tinchy Stryder, who had collaborated with the brothers on a charity single in 2014, described Chuckle as a “Funny, down to earth, super cool, talented, humble legend”. A message on the official Bafta Twitter page said: “We’re deeply saddened to learn of the death of Barry Elliott, known as Barry Chuckle.”David Walliams, who had worked with the brothers on various sketches, described him as one-half of “the last link to the British Musical Hall tradition that gave us Stan Laurel & Charlie Chaplin.”  Credit: Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (509209ki) CHUCKLE BROTHERS IN 'NEW FACES' - 1975 ITV archive New Faces was a Television talent show produced by ATV for ITV, which originally ran from 1973 to 1978 and which was revived in 1986. It was responsible for launching the careers of, amongst others, Lenny Henry, Victoria Wood, Les Dennis and the Chuckle Brother read more

Twofifths of organisations have established a culture of wellbeing in 2018

first_imgTwo-fifths (40%) of organisations believe they have achieved a culture of wellbeing in 2018, compared with a third (33%) in 2016, according to a study by HR and benefits adviser Buck.The report, Working well: a global survey of workforce wellbeing strategies, surveyed 252 organisations across 56 countries, and found that 81% of those that do not yet feel they have done so aspire to achieve a wellbeing culture in the future. Only 10% said they did not see the value of investing in wellbeing support.Almost three-fourths (73%) of employers said they viewed support for total wellbeing as an important element of their reward offering. Two-thirds (65%) aimed to reduce employee absence by creating a wellbeing culture, while the majority felt it was part of either improving performance and productivity (83%) or improving employee engagement and morale (84%).The top factors influencing employee wellbeing include stress (95%), work-life issues (94%), depression, anxiety and weight-management issues (93%) and access to healthcare services (92%).Ruth Hunt, a principal in Buck’s engagement practice and global workforce wellbeing survey leader, said: “Our findings demonstrate that a failure to creatively invest in employee wellbeing can result in many adverse consequences for the success and sustainability of an organisation.“A combination of stressors, such as health challenges, relatively stagnant wages, heightened financial pressures and always-on technology are taking a personal toll on employees. Employers are now focusing their wellbeing programming accordingly. Wellbeing has become a popular catchphrase, but the stressors are real and employers can see how employees’ wellbeing is impacting the bottom line.”The top programme elements being added by those expanding their financial wellbeing offerings included money management and budgeting tools (66%), financial health assessments (66%), retirement estimating tools or calculators (63%) and financial literacy and skills education (59%).The survey also found that organisations are increasingly relying on technology to drive efficiencies in benefits delivery. The most popular approaches include predictive analytics (84%), incentive tools and tracking (80%), portal hubs (69%) and decision-support tools (63%).last_img read more

AntiIncumbent Mood Builds Across Houston As Harvey Relief Stalls In Congress

first_img Listen X 00:00 /01:03 David J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.The 2018 midterm campaign season has begun. Across Greater Houston, some members of Congress could face a backlash from voters because of Hurricane Harvey.When Congress passed the second hurricane relief bill back in October, most members of the Texas delegation said it was far short of what was needed. The third bill has been stalled in the Senate since December. Bob Stein, who teaches political science at Rice University, said voters still displaced by Harvey are in no mood to give House members credit for trying. They want results.“If by September, October, November, people who’ve been harmed by the hurricane have not seen some type of remediation in the form of flood insurance, FEMA recovery, they’re not back in their homes, they’re going to look to blame someone,” said Stein. “And they may be blaming incumbents across the board, and in our region, most of those legislators are Republicans.”Stein said Congressman John Culberson, representing heavily flooded western Harris County, may be especially vulnerable. He notes Culberson has come under attack for not delivering enough Harvey aid – not only from Democrats but also from Republicans, including primary opponent Edward Ziegler and Governor Greg Abbott. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

New PS Vita caught on video LCD screen looks great

first_imgWhen Sony announced that it was set to lower the price of the PS Vita to $199, the main response from the gaming community was “finally.” Then they announced a new model, and for the most part it was good news, what with 1GB on board memory, longer battery life, and cheaper memory cards promised. However, Sony did make one worrying change–the 5-inch OLED panel has been replaced with an LCD part.Then yesterday a comparison image appeared of the original OLED PS Vita next to the new LCD version, and it didn’t look promising. The colors were less vibrant and the edges slightly faded. Has Sony messed up with this move to LCD? Well, no. The image wasn’t truly representative, and I think the video below shows off the new LCD in a much better light.The colors look great, the viewing angles are great, there’s no fading at the edges of the display, and it’s a very bright screen. I don’t think anyone considering picking up the new PS Vita has much to worry about based on what we are seeing here.Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House has been asked why Sony decided to make the switch. Price wasn’t mentioned, although the LCD panel is going to be cheaper than the OLED it replaces. House instead pointed to the fact that LCD had caught up with OLED in terms of image quality so it became an option. Also, using the LCD panel is what allowed the PS Vita to get 20 percent thinner, which is surprising as OLED has always been shown off (in TVs at least) as being an ultra thin display.Manufacturing is also thought to be much easier now. The method for attaching the OLED, touch layer and cover was apparently very difficult and could easily end up breaking the OLED panel. With LCD that isn’t an issue, meaning PS Vita production is probably going to increase and get less expensive for Sony, too.If you are considering buying a new PS Vita then the video above is the best evidence I’ve seen so far for the display being a great replacement. I don’t think we have anything to worry about.last_img read more

Sonic the Hedgehogs Twitter feed is better than any Sonic games

first_imgOn one hand, this is lighthearted fun and unexpected spunky behavior from a brand, but when a video game character throws shade at the press over bad reviews, who are you supposed to root for? Again, Sonic games are bad! The press is right to give them bad scores! Developers have every right to express displeasure, but consumers should be skeptical when they’re asked to side with a corporate mouthpiece against an independent press. This is especially concerning as video game publishers move away from dealing with journalists they can’t control and opt for producing their own, glowing, in-house coverage of their products instead. Sega may not be thriving today, but it’s still around. The same can’t be said for GameTrailers, which to be fair received condolences from Sonic on the day of the site’s closure. Think about that, condolences from Sonic.Caveats and all, Sonic’s Twitter strangeness is still admirable. However, its true marketing nature means it can’t quite reach the same depths as the organic Sonic fandom it has ensconced itself in. Sonic can post some wacky web art or meme video, but he can never become truly NSFW. He can’t acknowledge that there was once a forum full of people who wanted official documentation saying they were married to Sonic. He can’t academically interrogate himself the way a critic and self-proclaimed Sonic scholar like Zolani Stewart can, or produce true parody art like Sonic Dreams Collection. The Twitter feed is also as edgy as Sonic’s allowed to get. The Sonic Boom cartoon is apparently decent and features a similar flippant sense of humor, but it’s watered down. The Sonic Boom video games, meanwhile, are complete garbage.Go ahead and enjoy the wonderfully weird Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter feed. It’s amazing that it exists, and it may not be around forever. Other brands that experimented with snarky Twitter personas abandoned them once the joke ran its course. However, as you enjoy Sanic and chili dogs, just remember that Sonic games are still bad, and brands — even funny ones — are salespeople and not your friends. At this point, Sega should make a game about Sonic’s Twitter feed, or at least let Webber write the next Sonic game. It’s not like things could get any worse. Gotta go meme! To talk about Sonic, we need to talk about “Sanic.” Terrible fan art, whether it’s appalling original characters or disturbingly sexualized takes on hated, pointless side characters like Charmy Bee or Big the Cat, is a cornerstone of the online Sonic community. Turn off safe search, enter “the hedgehog” on Tumblr or DeviantArt, and see for yourself. Sanic embodies this wacko spirit. As his name implies, Sanic drawings are butchered, degraded Microsoft Paint clones of Sonic. Like Sonic, Sanic is an off-putting and embarrassing but strangely funny and visually arresting train wreck in motion. Who knew Sonic would be a patron saint of internet culture? The Sonic Twitter feed frequently references other memes from Sonic fandom, like Sonichu, chili dogs, and “Gotta Go Fast.” Sega the company openly acknowledging Sanic, though, is some real through the looking glass stuff.It may seem odd for what’s essentially a marketing campaign to aggressively court such a niche group of people, but considering the current state of Sonic, that passionate niche is probably the only group left willing to give the franchise a never-ending series of second chances. So, it pays to keep them as delighted as possible by acting authentic, by speaking their language. After all, Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t the only brand to adopt this fresh and effective Twitter tactic of questionable quality.Twitter is such a fascinating social network because it’s a place where Real People and Internet People coexist. This tension causes a lot of unfortunate harassment, due to Internet People mistakenly believing the harm they cause isn’t real, but it also leads to a lot of amusing juxtaposition. On Twitter, you can see celebrities (or rather their social media managers) interact with millions of fans. You can see close groups of friends or fandoms interact mostly with each other, and you can follow Weird Twitter personas that do nothing but tweet hilarious non-sequiturs.We fixed this for you, @fitbit. Always Go Fast. Always. #MondayMotivation— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) April 18, 2016However, like all popular things, eventually meddling brands got involved. With Twitter, brands for known but not necessarily beloved products got it in their heads that if they create bizarre voices for their feeds, precious young demographics will pay attention to them out of sheer curiosity. It doesn’t matter if alt-comedy is appropriate for the product or not. In fact, the more dissonance the better. Cap’n Crunch wants to reinvent himself as a late-night talk show host? Sure, why not. Denny’s decides to stop caring about anything as a way to relate to most of its customers? Go right ahead. Like any marketing strategy that relies on pushing boundaries, this can backfire and lead to backpedaling. It turns out no one really wanted to know what SpaghettiOs had to say on Pearl Harbor Day. Uh oh. But any publicity is still good @sonic_hedgehog, you have really inspired us to #GoFas, even tho that’s hard for a pizza roll to do.— Pete Zaroll (@totinos) April 18, 2016 #ReasonsHumansWillGoExtinct— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) April 5, 2016Look at those! That this is their corporate messaging really makes you realize how little Sega has to lose with their mascot. All that separates this from a parody account is the Blue Blur’s blue verified checkmark, and a lack of swearing. Other than that, it’s clear that no one is vetting these tweets, or at least, no one who cares. The unique weirdness of the Sonic Twitter feed didn’t develop in a vacuum. To understand and appreciate it, you need to be aware of the similarly hilarious and awful online social trends that led to its creation.First, you must brace yourself and get ready to learn about the infamous Sonic fanbase, an arguably lovable group of online weirdos that the account actively engages with. It takes a certain kind of person to stick by Sonic’s side after over a decade of abuse via increasingly terrible games. Those people are out there, though, and naturally they’ve formed a tight, like-minded community. Like any community, fringe and web-based or otherwise, the Sonic community developed its own recognizable culture. The most bizarre aspects and running jokes of the Sonic feed are directly lifted from this culture.If you can dream it, you can do it. Except dreaming that the earth is flat, because that just makes you look silly.— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) January 29, 2016 Not too long ago, the World Video Game Hall of Fame added a new crop of classic games to its ranks. The inductees included influential games from all eras like 1970s arcade juggernaut Space Invaders and the grandfather of all modern open-world games, Grand Theft Auto III. Sandwiched between these beloved games was one title with a slightly more dubious legacy: Sonic the Hedgehog. Don’t get me wrong, during their Michael Jackson-scored peak on the Sega Genesis, the Sonic games were pretty great (even if they never surpassed their Mario counterparts in terms of quality). We’re not Nineties Kids anymore, though, and Sonic games have been terrible, horrible, no good, very bad for many years now.However, that doesn’t mean there’s longer any enjoyable Sonic content to be found. It just means you’re looking in the wrong place if you’re expecting it in a video game.Look, instead, to social media. As Sega makes increasingly poor decisions for its battered mascot, the most consistently entertaining thing about Sonic is his bizarre, meme-filled, self-aware, and shockingly forward-looking Twitter feed.The official @Sonic_Hedgehog Twitter account reads less like corporate-approved marketing and more like a prankster Sonic superfan got the keys to the family car, and should be in jail by now. It’s baffling and endearing and rides the line between admitting how bad the character is while still loving him to death. The humor is that Millennial mix of knowingly cringe-worthy and totally sincere, but there’s nothing I could write that would be a third as effective as just showing you literally any tweet on the feed.C͝an̛ ̷y҉o͜u͜ ̧fe̷el̵ th͘e su̢ns̴hi̡ne? #Fridaythe13th— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) May 13, 2016center_img Sonic’s Twitter recognizes that it’s firmly a part of this Weird Twitter brand community. It actively reaches out to its colleagues whether or not it makes sense. Sonic the Hedgehog is a game about a rascally talking animal racing his way through colorful forests. Deus Ex is a game about a paranoid cyberpunk dystopia where mechanically augmented humans navigate urban hellscapes controlled by shadowy Illuminati groups. There’s no overlap there, but on Twitter these two brands are best bros. At least they’re both video games, though (and I’m convinced the Sega and Square Enix PR firms are friendly if not in fact the same company). The rest of Sonic’s Twitter social circle makes even less sense. For every logical tweet, like a shot at rival Nintendo’s Star Fox series, there’s an ongoing conversation between Sonic and something random like Fitbit or Totino’s Pizza Rolls. Again, it’s the school of advertising that says if you confuse your audience enough they can’t help but be interested in your message, not matter how worthwhile it ultimately is. See also: any Tim and Eric commercial, whether they’re about Pizza Rolls or lightbulbs..@sonic_hedgehog Sorry, Sonic. You’re going to have to wait a little longer…— Deus Ex (@DeusEx) November 18, 2015As much as Sonic Twitter’s feed reads like a rogue AI, ultimately a human being types those unbelievable words. That human being is Aaron Webber (@RubyEclipse), a Sega employee and known figure in the Sonic fanbase. Since the beginning of the decade Webber has worked on several Sega games. He promoted Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and was a brand manager Sonic Generations. He even helped out with Valkyria Chronicles, an actually good game. He’s also no stranger to comedy. He performed in many funny videos for Sega’s YouTube page and originated the role of Tails in Sonic Boom the Musical. Webber left Sega in June 2014 before returning a year later. One of his first acts upon coming home was to the remake the Sonic Twitter feed into its current great and terrible form. Whereas normal social media campaigns rely on approved, committee-driven content, Webber’s genuine, unfiltered passion for the character expressed through an unmistakable, singular, surreal voice gives Sonic his strength.Is that strength really for the best? This is something I think about as brands adopt more and more of an absurd sense of humor similar to mine. If I laugh at a weird Cap’n Crunch joke about Chrissy Teigen (or my college roommate) that’s okay, but if that joke convinces me to buy Cap’n Crunch cereal then I made a mistake. What if I genuinely enjoy Cap’n Crunch, though? Does that make it okay? Did I still get tricked? Brands are capitalist constructs solely interested in getting money from you. You shouldn’t be loyal to them. You shouldn’t view them as your friends. but what do you do when brands are just so darn friendly? It’s insidious, even more so when the charming, faux-ironic presentation is meant to sidestep and distract you from the fact that the product is bad. Don’t forget: Sonic products are bad.To illustrate this dilemma, let me tell you another Sonic Twitter anecdote. Last year, popular video game critic Jim Sterling tweeted at Sonic pretending to be offended about being ignored on Friendship Day. Piggybacking off of Sonic’s weird Twitter popularity is usually a good idea. My handful of tweets telling Sonic to go to jail usually get a fair amount of buzz. However, Sonic responded with a screencap of Sterling’s poor, 4.5-out-of-10 score from his review of Sonic Colors. Not too long afterwards, Sonic called out GameTrailers for giving Sonic Generations an 8 out of 10 only to later label it bad. Hypocritical media!@JimSterling Now you know how we felt when you reviewed Sonic Colors.— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) July 30, 2015 Sonic’s Twitter feed is better than most Sonic games.<><>last_img read more

Green sea slug makes chlorophyll like a plant

first_imgThe photosynthetic sea slug Elysia chlorotica appears like a dark green leaf as a result of retaining chloroplasts from its algal prey, Vaucheria litorea, in cells lining its digestive tract. Image credit: Mary S. Tyler/PNAS. ( — Scientists from the University of South Florida in Tampa have found a green sea slug is able to synthesize chlorophyll like a plant, which makes it the first animal known to be capable of the feat. Citation: Green sea slug makes chlorophyll like a plant (2010, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Researcher Sidney K. Pierce said the super green sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, which lives in waters on the east coast of the USA and Canada, is known to steal genes and photosynthesizing organelles called chloroplasts from its favorite intertidal algae species, Vaucheria litorea, but it now seems it has developed an entire chemical pathway to manufacture the green pigment “chlorophyll a” itself.Chlorophyll is the pigment that captures energy from sunlight in photosynthesis. Pierce and his team used radioactive tracing techniques to determine the slugs were manufacturing the chlorophyll themselves and it did not originate in the algae they ate. A number of animals (such as corals) host microbes and algae and benefit from their photosynthesis, but in most of these associations the cells remain whole. In Elysia chlorotica, in contrast, the cells are broken down and chloroplasts are extracted and held inside the slug’s own cells, where they remain active for the slug’s lifetime of almost a year. Researchers have shown that once a young slug has eaten a meal of Vaucheria algae it never has to eat again as long as it has access to light and supplies of chlorophyll and other chemicals used in photosynthesis.In 2007 scientists, including Pierce and his team, found genes related to photosynthesis in the slugs, and these genes, apparently originally from the algae, were even found in unhatched slugs that had never eaten algae. In the latest research Pierce found more algal genes, and some of them were for enzymes required for the chemical process manufacturing chlorophyll. Pierce and his team studied slugs that had not eaten anything for at least five months and had stopped eliminating waste digestive products. They contained chloroplasts taken from the algae, but Pierce said that any other part of the algae should have long ago been digested. They gave the slug an amino acid labeled with radioactive carbon and found that the radioactive carbon turned up in the chlorophyll a molecule after the slugs had been sunbathing, but not if they had been in the dark.The findings were reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Seattle, Washington on 7 January and will be published in the journal Symbiosis. Solar-powered sea-slugs live like plants, prof says Explore furtherlast_img read more

Car crashes into crowd in Muenster leaving 2 dead 20 injured

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of (dpa/AP Photo) Police vans stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. German news agency dpa says several people killed after car crashes into crowd in city of Muenster. Top Stories Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home A leading German newspaper is reporting that authorities believe there is no terrorist motive behind the deadly van crash in Muenster and the driver is believed to be a middle-aged German man who had psychological issues.The Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper also says the suspect’s apartment was being searched for possible explosives.German officials haven’t yet indicated what they think is the motive behind Saturday’s crash into a crowd at a popular Muenster bar, which killed two people and left 20 others injured. They have urged people in Muenster to avoid the city’s downtown area.At the same time, police say they are checking witness reports that other perpetrators might have fled from the van at the scene of the crash.Mayor Markus Lewe told reporters that “all of Muenster is mourning this horrible incident. Our sympathy is with the relatives of those who were killed. We wish the injured a quick recovery.”In December 2016, a truck driven by Anis Amri, a Tunisian with links to Islamist groups, hijacked a truck killing 11 people in a market place around Christmas.Muenster is five hours west of Berlin near the border of Germany and Netherlands.The Associated Press contributed to this report.  New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall PHOENIX – A German police spokesman said two people were killed and 20 injured when a van crashed into a crowd in front of a popular bar in downtown Muenster.Andreas Bode told reporters the driver of the van shot himself dead inside the car after the crash Saturday afternoon.The van crashed into people sitting in front of the famous Kiepenkerl bar on one of the first spring days in the western German city.Bode said six of the 20 injured were in severe condition.last_img read more

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school at age 8 to help run the family dairy farm after Behling’s grandfather was disabled in a hunting accident Behling and his five siblings took the lesson to heart as all of them became first generation college graduates even though Behling acknowledged he wasn’t always the best student in high school or collegeRepresentatives of area UW campuses are hoping Behling’s appreciation for the UW System — he got his bachelor’s degree from UW-River Falls and his law degree from UW-Madison — and regional ties will make him a strong advocate for their universities and a system that has endured a tense relationship with Gov Scott Walker and the Legislature in recent yearsUW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt said he believes it will benefit all of the campuses in the northern and western parts of the state to have a regents president from outside the Madison-Milwaukee area"It just brings a different perspective People in those cities often have different thoughts on priorities and what’s important for the state" Schmidt said adding that it also can’t hurt to have the regents president’s ear when advocating for campus projects and initiativesLikewise UW-Stout Provost Patrick Guilfoile said it’s always helpful when Board of Regents members are familiar with campuses and thus he believes it can only be positive that Behling has been on the Menomonie campus and is familiar with its unique mission as the system’s only polytechnic collegeFormer Regent Ed Manydeeds an Eau Claire attorney whose term on the board ended in May leaving only Walker appointees on the panel said Behling has connections at the Capitol and has the potential to be a powerful ally for area campuses Changes studiedBehling 46 an attorney at Weld Riley and the youngest regents president in at least 30 years opened his term as president with a speech in Madison laying out his agenda for the next two years The list included pursuing reforms that would make it easier for UW institutions to recruit chancellors from outside academia and ensure all students have the freedom to express their views on campuses Those items will be on the agenda at the next Board of Regents meeting Oct 5 and 6 at UW-Stout in MenomonieRegarding chancellor recruitment Behing said the practice should be streamlined because sometimes it takes too long — nine or 10 months — to settle on a candidate And with a recent study indicating that nearly 60 percent of US chancellors are at least 60 years old it’s important to expand the pool of potential candidates he said"I think we need to make sure our pool is dynamic and diverse and includes people from other facets outside of academia people from the private sector perhaps government leaders" Behling said stressing that a new policy wouldn’t mandate that chancellors come from the private sectorHe cited former Indiana GOP Gov Mitch Daniels now president of Purdue University and former Democratic US Rep Marty Meehan now head of the University of Massachusetts as examples of people with different backgrounds who have accomplished good things for state universitiesHowever Geoff Peterson chairman of the political science department at UW-Eau Claire and campus faculty representative to the UW System said some faculty likely would have concerns about being led by someone with no background in the academic world"The concern is that bringing in people who have no familiarity with higher education is like bringing in a CEO to run a company who doesn’t have any familiarity with that industry" Peterson said "That person would face a steeper learning curve when it comes to understanding what the institution needs"Guilfoile also cautioned that while diverse viewpoints can be helpful it is often difficult for people from outside of academia to understand the importance and success of the shared governance tradition already in place at state universities in which faculty and staff have a voice in campus decisionsFree speechThe free expression initiative stems from concerns at some campuses around the country that certain voices particularly politically conservative speakers are being shouted down or otherwise squelched Behling said he has directed UW System President Ray Cross and his team to review current policies and develop potential changes that would ensure students’ free speech rights including a disciplinary process for violations"On our campuses it must be civil and it must be safe" Behling saidSchmidt who called himself a staunch supporter of free speech said he is not aware of any issues or complaints about freedom of expression at UW-Eau Claire He noted that President Donald Trump spoke on campus a week before last fall’s election even though it wasn’t popular with some people on campusSchmidt supports the concept of having strong guidelines in place protecting free speech rights on campuses"I’ve always said there’s no idea too dangerous to discuss on a university campus" he saidGuilfoile agreed that free speech is at the heart of democratic society and pointed out that a focus of the new Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation opening at UW-Stout this fall will be to facilitate civil and rational debate and research on civil liberty issues such as freedom of religion speech press and assemblyTackling tensionThe outlined priorities weren’t well received by some critics who fear the regents under Behling who worked for 10 years in the administration of former Republican Gov Tommy Thompson will seek changes sought by GOP Gov Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled LegislatureIn Twitter responses after Behling’s speech Nick Fleisher an associate professor of linguistics at UW-Milwaukee called it "an appalling opening salvo from Behling" and said the new president "has laid out a deeply anti-faculty platform" that is "fundamentally at odds with the regents’ role and duty to support the university""With 44000 employees you’re always going to have critics" Behling said pledging to listen to all voicesSchmidt recalled that he served on the regents’ task force led by Behling that recommended changes to faculty tenure rules that were unpopular with UW faculty Though the changes seen as weakening tenure protection and giving chancellors greater authority to lay off professors were controversial Schmidt said Behling led the panel in a thoughtful and respectful way and allowed everyone to commentManydeeds confirmed the board was told by legislative leaders that they would implement a new tenure policy if the regents didn’t do it themselvesThe adopted changes modernized tenure and made UW policy more consistent with peer systems said Behling who maintained that addressing the perception by some legislators that tenure meant a job for life led to what he described as the "best budget we have seen in years"Though the 2017-19 state budget hasn’t been finalized the Joint Finance Committee has approved an increase of about $40 million in the UW System budget after the UW endured hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts during the past two biennial budgetsThe tentative 2017-19 UW budget also includes 2 percent pay raises for faculty and staff in each of the next two years something Behling Schmidt and Guilfoile all said is important to retaining quality professors"In order to be the best we have to keep the best" Behling saidIn recent years Manydeeds said a tense relationship has prompted the board to reach out increasingly to legislators and the governor’s staff to educate them about what the system does and how and why it spends allocated moneyBehling who acknowledged the "severed relationship" between the UW System and the Legislature in recent years said he has visited the state Capitol every other week since becoming president to rebuild relationships a commitment he hopes will lead to an "even better budget" in two yearsThat’s certainly something faculty and administrators would support"Any move in that direction is a good thing" Peterson saidGuilfoile said the budget increase is a sign that legislators understand the value of the UW System as an economic driver for the state"It seems that things are moving in a positive direction" he said "and I think the budget reflects that"Schmidt agreed saying it seems like the relationship between the UW and the Legislature has "turned the corner" and he is optimistic Behling will be a good person to help chart a new path"I feel very positive about the future of UW-Eau Claire and the system as a whole" Schmidt said "and I think President Behling is a big part of that" for over an hour. 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