Brand of granola recalled due to potential Listeria contamination

first_imgOTTAWA – Nature’s Path Foods Inc. is recalling Nature’s Path brand Coconut & Cashew Butter Crunchy Granola from store shelves due to possible Listeria contamination.The 720-gram packages, which carry a best-before date of March 2, 2018, are sold at Costco warehouse locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the affected packages should be thrown out or returned to the store where purchased.The federal agency says there have been no reported illnesses linked to the granola.Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.last_img read more

Decision day in Alberta Voters head to polls in provincial election

first_imgEDMONTON — Voters are heading to the polls in the Alberta election today and advance turnouts suggest it could be busy at the ballot boxes.Almost 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and even an Ikea store. That was well ahead of the 235,000 who came out early in the 2015 election that saw Rachel Notley’s NDP deliver a surprise knockout blow to the 44-year run of the Progressive Conservatives.This time around, the Progressive Conservatives are no more.The PCs merged with another right-centre party, the Wildrose, to create the new United Conservatives under former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney.The four-week campaign focused on personal attacks and on Alberta’s fragile economy, which has been struggling for several years with sluggish oil prices and unemployment levels above seven per cent in Calgary and Edmonton.Kenney has argued that Notley’s government has made a bad situation worse with higher taxes, more regulations and increases in minimum wage.Notley, in turn, has said Kenney’s plan to freeze spending and pursue more private-care options in health care will have a profound impact on students in the classroom and on patients waiting for care.The campaign also featured Alberta’s relationship with Ottawa, specifically Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Notley said her success working with Trudeau — or picking her fights with him as necessary — is what led to progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast. She expects construction to begin this year.She said Kenney’s promise to challenge Trudeau in court on everything from the federal carbon tax to proposed energy industry rule changes is cynical, self-defeating shadow-boxing given the collaborative realities of political decision-making.Kenney has campaigned on the “Trudeau-Notley alliance” that he says has turned Alberta into a doormat for Trudeau and other oil industry foes with no more than a faint and as yet unrealized promise of one pipeline expansion to the coast.Notley has also tried to make Kenney’s character an issue. A number of his candidates have either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.Kenney has called the attacks a “fear-and-smear” red herring to distract from the NDP’s economic track record of multibillion-dollar budget deficits and soaring debt.On the political fringes are the Alberta Party and the Liberals, each of which elected one candidate to the legislature in 2015.The Alberta Party, led by former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, is running a full slate of candidates. It’s promising to be the safe centrist middle ground by combining the economic conservatism of the UCP with the social progressivism of the NDP.The Liberals, led by lawyer David Khan, are running on a similar platform with one significant exception — a provincial sales tax.History will be made no matter what.Notley will either be the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first leader in the province to fail to win a renewed mandate on the first try.Since its creation in 1905, Alberta has elected multi-term dynasties: the Liberals (1905-1921), the United Farmers of Alberta (1921-1935), the Social Credit (1935-1971) and the Progressive Conservatives from 1971 to 2015.Dean Bennett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Report Hightech robot on Russian TV was man in suit

first_imgMOSCOW — Russian media say a contraption presented by Russian state television as a high-tech robot was in fact a man in a commercially available robot costume.The footage was shot at a high-tech show in the city of Yaroslavl that opened Tuesday, featuring “Boris the Robot.” Forum organizers used Boris to enliven the event, having him dance to a pop song.But a crew for Russian state television apparently thought Boris was real, and used footage of him dancing and speaking as an example of Russian technological prowess.Online TJournal noted the lack of sensors, human-like movements and other discrepancies, and revealed that Boris was in fact a human clad in a costume sold under the name Alyosha by the Russian company Show Robots.The Associated Presslast_img

Belize warns UN debate that multilateral trading system is threatened

Global trading relations could fragment into a series of bilateral and regional arrangements unless the world’s countries commit seriously to ensuring that the current Doha round of negotiations is successful, Belize’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.Lisa Shoman said the Doha trade talks so far have yielded “harsh consequences for developing countries, particularly those that are commodity and preference-dependent.”She told the annual high-level debate of the Assembly that “fundamental distrust” in international economic relations was threatening the development agenda for poor countries.“The international community must keep development in perspective in the current climate change debate, since economic development better enables countries to tackle climate change.”Ms. Shoman said the recent discussions on climate change and the wider debate about development illustrate the need for “an effective, legitimate multilateral system that is fair and balanced.”She stressed the importance of “responsible leadership” from the world’s countries.“We ask the question: is there a serious commitment to the survival of the multilateral trading system? If the answer is no, we can expect to see even more bilateral and regional arrangements resulting in a movement away from the idea that together we are better at solving our common problems.” 2 October 2007Global trading relations could fragment into a series of bilateral and regional arrangements unless the world’s countries commit seriously to ensuring that the current Doha round of negotiations is successful, Belize’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today. read more

IGP orders probe into police torture claims

The Minuwangoda Magistrate this week ordered the release of two suspects, including the 17 year old youth arrested on suspicion over the murder of the child. IGP N K Illangakoon has ordered an investigation into claims the Kotadeniyawa police had tortured a 17 year old youth who was released after being arrested on suspicion in connection with the murder of 4 1/2 year old Seya Sadewmini in Kotadeniyawa.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the IGP had issued the order after a complaint was lodged against the Kotadeniyawa police. The order was given after DNA tests found that the two suspects had no direct connection with the murder of the child. (Colombo Gazette)

Twelve arrested over assault on Wildlife Department officers

The Minneriya National Park was temporarily closed on Monday following a clash between wildlife officers and another group and was reopened yesterday. They were produced in court and remanded till September 11. The clash took place after a suspect was arrested over illegal fishing within the park premises.A group of men had attacked officers of the Wildlife Conservation Department following the arrest. Twelve people have been arrested over an assault on Wildlife Department officers at the Minneriya National Park.Among those arrested is a member of the Hingurakgoda Pradeshiya Sabha. Six officers of the Wildlife Conservation Department were admitted to hospital following the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

BlackBerry plummets to near the bottom among global brands Interbrrand report

TORONTO – The BlackBerry brand that once dominated the smartphone landscape has plummeted nearly to the bottom of the latest ranking of global brands by an international consultancy.Interbrand said Tuesday that Research In Motion’s BlackBerry is now 93rd on its list of 100 most valuable global brands, down from 56th in 2011. It put the brand’s value at $3.9 billion, down 39 per cent from a year ago.The top three spots on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report for 2012 are held by Coca-Cola, valued at almost $78 billion; Apple at more than $76 billion, and IBM at more than $75 billion.Both Coca-Cola and IBM were unchanged from the positions they held in 2011, while Apple jumped to No. 2 from No. 8 “thanks to stellar sales in both developed and emerging markets,” Interbrand said in a release.The big drop for BlackBerry, the brand name for products produced by Waterloo.,Ont.-based RIM (TSX:RIM), followed a drop last year to the 56th spot from 54 in 2010. BlackBerry placed 63rd in 2009.Interbrand noted that BlackBerry shipments are down 41 per cent in the past year and the brand’s market share now stands at 4.8 per cent globally, compared with 11.5 per cent a year ago.“In order to survive, the brand must clearly demonstrate its relevance and value in today’s crowded smartphone market,” said Alfred DuPuy, managing director, Interbrand Canada.“If BlackBerry can deliver a truly innovative experience designed for today’s mobile professional, it will send the message that the brand is committed to the (business to business) market on which it had originally built its success.”Research In Motion has been plagued by cooly received launches for products such as the PlayBook tablet and delays in bringing its new BlackBerry 10 operating system and devices to market. It has also lost market share to Apple’s iPhone and devices running the Android operating system.Interbrand’s methodology in setting up the rankings examines what it says are three key aspects that contribute to a brand’s value; the financial performance of the branded products or service; the role the brand plays in influencing consumer choice; and the strength the brand has to command a premium price, or secure earnings for the company.A new entrant to the rankings in 2012 is social media giant Facebook, which enters the report at No. 69 after making headlines with the third-largest IPO in U.S history.Meanwhile, Google, which retained its spot at No. 4 on the list, experienced a 26 per cent increase in brand value over the last year and now exceeds that of Microsoft, which slipped to fifth on the list from No. 3.Following are the Top 10 on Interbrand’s 2012 Best Global Brands, with 2011 rankings in brackets, followed by brand value and per cent change:1 (1) Coca-Cola Beverages $77.8 billion, up eight per cent.2 (8) Apple Technology $76.6 billion, up 129 per cent3 (2) IBM Business Services $75.5 billion, up eight per cent.4 (4) Google Technology $69.7 billion, up 26 per cent.5 (3) Microsoft Technology $57.8 billion, down two per cent.6 (5) GE $43.6 billion, up two per cent.7 (6) McDonald’s Restaurants $40.1 billion, up 13 per cent.8 (7) Intel Technology $39.4 billion, up 12 per cent.9 (17) Samsung Technology $32.9 billion, up 40 per cent10 (11) Toyota Automotive $30.3 bill, up nine per cent.Founded in 1974, Interbrand is one of the world’s largest branding consultancies with almost 40 offices in 27 countries.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous story stated an incorrect amount for GE’s brand value BlackBerry plummets to near the bottom among global brands: Interbrrand report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Hugh McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2012 7:49 pm MDT read more

The Blue Jays Are Getting Hot But It May Already Be Too

102012Phillies.640.776+.136 72005Pirates.650.803+.153 10Jeff SamardzijaGiants9873-25 Nelson was awful last season, but he’s striking out more than two extra batters per nine innings this year — and walking two fewer — in part by ditching his lousy sinker. For his part, Anderson was nearly as bad as Nelson last year; his 2017 tonic has been a drastic reduction in homers allowed, from 1.7 per 9 to 0.7.Needless to say, neither is likely to be so lights-out going forward. But of the two, Nelson seems more likely to hold on to his gains (he has the better peripherals and is allowing softer contact). And for now, the Brewers have two of the best pitchers in baseball — completely out of the blue. It’s one of the biggest reasons why the Brew Crew are above .500 and a game up on the Cubs for the top slot in the NL Central, after being projected in preseason for a fourth-place finish. Just call them the anti-Mets.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 13Sean ManaeaAthletics9877-21 Source: FanGraphs When a previously solid hitting team (such as the Blue Jays, whose 2016 OPS was 1 percent better than average) suffers a poor April and bounces back in May, they usually deserve the benefit of the doubt. In a regression predicting each team’s rest-of-season performance based on its OPS in the first two months and its OPS the previous year4Again, using data since 2002., April is the least predictive. Performance in May and the previous year combined to carry about three times as much relative importance5According to the “lmg” (Lindeman, Merenda and Gold) function in R’s “relaimpo” package.. Also of particular note for an elderly roster such as the Toronto’s: Age was not significant in the prediction after controlling for a team’s various OPS splits.This isn’t to say a poor April means nothing. The Jays’ projected rest-of-season OPS would be 14 points higher if they’d hit in April like they did in 2016 as a whole. (That’s the difference between having the fifth-best offense in MLB and merely the 10th best.) But in conjunction with the lineup’s May recovery, it was more a blip on the radar than a sign of impending collapse.Now for the bad news, Toronto. A poor April record can sink a team’s playoff chances, even if it doesn’t represent their true talent level. Since MLB added the extra wild card in 2012, the worst April record by an eventual postseason team was 7-14 (.333), by the 2015 Texas Rangers. By comparison, Toronto’s April record was a full game worse, at 8-17 (.320). Of course, some of that is chalked up to the fact that teams with playoff-caliber talent don’t tend to suffer such rough starts, but it also speaks to the challenge posed by falling so far down the standings, so quickly. Even if every game were a coin-flip from May onward, the Jays’ April record dropped their playoff odds from 33 percent in preseason to 10 percent after one month.They’ve since risen to 21 percent under “coin flip mode” — or higher, if you account for the talent on Toronto’s roster. But any way you cut it, a team that boasts one of baseball’s top 10 or so most talented rosters will probably find itself outside the playoffs at season’s end. And if that does happen, they can look back and blame it the extra month of spring training that Toronto decided to take in 2017.Milwaukee’s dynamic duoEarlier this week, we detailed the horror show in Queens, formerly known as the Mets’ pitching staff. The Mets entered the season with several pitchers who they thought were aces, only to see a historic decline in 2017. The Milwaukee Brewers are enjoying the opposite scenario: Several pitchers who looked like liabilities before the season have transformed into elite starters (for now).Specifically, each of the two hurlers who’ve reduced their fielding independent pitching (FIP)6Relative to the league, so using FIP-. most between 2016 and ’17 wear Milwaukee uniforms: Jimmy Nelson and Chase Anderson. (These numbers are through the games of June 5; Nelson and Anderson have both made — and won — starts since.) Less than a month into the season, the Toronto Blue Jays seemed as good as dead. Toronto had 17 losses against only six victories (the worst record in baseball), was getting outscored by 1.1 runs per game and found itself threatening franchise records for April offensive futility. The Jays had enjoyed a handful of good seasons in recent years, but with such putrid stats — and the second-oldest roster in baseball — the party appeared to be coming to an ugly, abrupt conclusion.Then, just like that, the Jays started winning ballgames again. It started with two straight victories to close out April, followed by a .500 record in the first week of May. (Baby steps!) Then they got legitimately hot: Seven wins in an eight-game span as the month neared its midway point. And, after another brief mid-month hiccup (losing five of six), eight wins over the final nine games of May. Toronto was hitting again, pitching pretty well and clawing its way back into an absurdly stacked division race.Baseball can be a strange sport in that way, with hot and cold streaks coming and going without warning. So when a team has such a mercurial start to a season, how do we know which version is the genuine article? Toronto is hoping it’s the one from May, and history has good news — that’s more likely than it being the awful edition that showed up in April. But even so, one poor month may have buried the Jays in too deep a hole to escape.It’s hard to be much colder than Toronto’s hitters were in April. Out of the 480 MLB team-seasons since 2002,1The earliest season of monthly splits in FanGraphs’ splits leaderboard tool. the Blue Jays’ .645 April on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) ranked 30th worst; it also represented the seventh-biggest April dip from a team’s previous full-season OPS, down 110 points as it was from Toronto’s .755 OPS showing at the plate in 2016. Although perennial-MVP-candidate third baseman Josh Donaldson was in and out of the lineup with a leg injury, his absence wasn’t the only explanation for Toronto’s struggles. Starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit poorly when healthy,2Only adding to his disappointing record since donning a Jays uniform two years ago. aging sluggers Jose Bautista and Kendrys Morales looked well past their primes and second baseman Devon Travis was the worst regular batter in baseball.The Jays’ improvement at the plate in May was even more remarkable than their April slump. Since 2002, only two teams — the 2015 Texas Rangers and 2003 Detroit Tigers — improved their OPS as much from May to April as this year’s Jays did.3For all the good it did those Tigers; they still finished with 43 wins, the second-fewest of any team in the 162-game era. And it was their worst hitters from April who caught fire most when the calendar flipped: Bautista’s OPS leapt from .554 to 1.055, Morales’s from .667 to .930 and, most remarkably, Travis’s from .388 to 1.019 (!). Only the surging Houston Astros had a better month at the plate than Toronto did in May. 42007Tigers.727.888+.161 9Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks9974-25 6Luis PerdomoPadres11891-27 FIELDING INDEPENDENT PITCHING MINUS YEARTEAMAPRILMAYDIFFERENCE The biggest April-to-May OPS increases since 2002 22003Tigers.512.688+.177 PITCHERTEAMNEW TEAM?20162017DIFF. Includes pitchers with a minimum 100 innings per 162 team games in both seasons. Stats for 2017 through June 5.Source: FanGraphs 92004Expos.552.691+.139 8Josh TomlinIndians11488-26 12Sonny GrayAthletics11291-21 3Taijuan WalkerDiamondbacks✓12081-39 2Chase AndersonBrewers11878-40 5James PaxtonMariners6734-33 32017Blue Jays.645.809+.164 14Michael FulmerTigers8869-19 15Ivan NovaPirates✓9678-18 62004Yankees.723.877+.153 4Chris SaleRed Sox✓7943-36 82002Angels.684.836+.152 1Jimmy NelsonBrewers11970-49 11Dallas KeuchelAstros9271-21 52010Reds.713.873+.161 ON-BASE PLUS SLUGGING AVERAGE The most improved pitchers of 2017 7Chris ArcherRays9266-26 12015Rangers.611.797+.186 read more

Baseball Noah McGowans gamewinning single gives Ohio State 54 extrainning win against

Ohio State Utility player Noah McGowan (4) hits the ball foul during the sixth inning of Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Nick Swisher field in Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterOhio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry stood tall after a game-tying double in the bottom of the 10th inning, but was soon running again. Sophomore right fielder Noah McGowan chopped a 2-0 fastball through the hole on the left side of the infield sending Cherry down the baseline and around third base.Cherry scored the game-clinching run with ease, and the Buckeyes overcame the Georgetown Hoyas in a 5-4 extra-inning thriller.“I was just trying to get down the line,” McGowan said. “I just try to hit the ball hard and let whatever happen happen after that.”Ohio State’s offense was sputtering the entire game. Through eight innings, the Buckeyes (16-7) stranded 10 runners in scoring position. But the crowd at Bill Davis Stadium rose as a ball off the bat of senior left fielder Tyler Cowles flew high into a cold March sky that had blown balls back toward the fence all game. This one cleared the left field fence, knocked in two runs and tied the game at three in the bottom of the ninth inning.“I was literally just trying to get a hit,” Cowles said. “[Georgetown pitcher Matt Randolph] ended up hanging a changeup and I just put a barrel on it.”Freshman shortstop Eddie McCabe delivered a lead-taking single, knocking freshman right fielder James Gabor in from third base with two outs in the 10th inning to put Georgetown (6-16) up 4-3.That was McCabe’s second RBI of the game.In the top of the fourth inning with runners on the corners and no outs, he smacked a ball on the left side of the infield. Ohio State junior shortstop Kobie Foppe slid smoothly into a backhanded stop before flipping the ball to second baseman Brady Cherry. McCabe was called safe, despite Ohio State head coach Greg Beals arguing the call, and the game’s first run scored.Georgetown scored an additional run in the inning with two outs on an infield single by sophomore center fielder Ryan Davis.With senior Seth Kinker on the mound for the Buckeyes in the eighth inning, Georgetown senior second baseman Jake Bernstein looped a single into left field that went under Cowles’ glove and into the corner. Bernstein advanced to third on the play, then scored on sophomore first baseman Freddy Achecar III’s dribbler down the first-base line to give Georgetown a 3-1 lead.“You’ve just gotta take care of the baseball,” Beals said. “It’s good that it happened and we won because now [Cowles] knows when he does his drill work he’s gotta make sure he’s clean.”Redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer started for Ohio State, going five innings with two earned runs, five strikeouts and one walk.Niemeyer relied on his fastball early early and mixed in a changeup. He struck out four batters in a row between the first and second innings. Kinker entered in the seventh inning in relief of Yianni Pavlopoulos and delivered four innings with one earned run for his fourth win of the year.“I felt a little bad for [Pavlopoulos],” Beals said. “But on the other hand we thought that we had gotten to the point in the game where Kinker could take us to the finish line.”Georgetown junior Jack Cushing, using a strong fastball, struck out four Ohio State batters before he lost command of the strike zone toward the end of the third inning. He finished with one earned run and six walks after 4.1 innings.Foppe, who had two putouts and five assists, was a bright spot for an otherwise spotty Ohio State defense. The Buckeyes committed two errors compared to Georgetown’s single error.Ohio State junior catcher Jacob Barnwell cut down both Hoyas attempting to steal, despite Georgetown’s 93 percent success rate on stolen bases this season. read more

Latest issue of International Mining Project News available 25th November

first_imgThis issue of IMPN includes news from two companies working in Sierra Leone – Titanium Resources Group and Cluff Gold. Both comment on the new government and their hopes for the future of democracy in that area – a country with much mining potential still to be realised.Corriente Resources has announced a preliminary assessment of its Panantza–San Carlos copper project in Ecuador and is moving towards construction of a starter operation at its Mirador copper-gold operation. Mirador is one of the few new, sizeable copper projects available for near-term production. Corriente looks very interesting, controlling a 100% interest in over 50,000 ha located within the Corriente Copper Belt, Ecuador. The Belt currently contains four copper and copper-gold porphyry deposits: Mirador, Mirador Norte, Panantza and San Carlos. Additional exploration activities are ongoing, as six additional copper and copper-gold exploration targets have been identified in the Corriente Copper Belt to date.This week has seen a number of announcements from ArcelorMittal confirming a greater involvement of the world’s largest steel company in mining projects. These developments are in molybdenum in the US, manganese in South Africa and coal in Mozambique. ArcelorMittal is flexing is muscles in lining up raw material supplies. It is acquiring a stake in General Moly (and has an offtake agreement). General Moly’s primary asset is the Mt Hope project along with a second molybdenum property, the Hall-Tonopah project.Also, ArcelorMittal and Kalagadi Manganese have announced a strategic equity partnership in respect of the development of Kalagadi’s manganese resources. The 50/50 joint venture will see the development in South Africa of a manganese mine, beneficiation plant and sinter complex in the Northern Cape Province and a smelter complex in Coega. The famous Rio Tinto mine in Spain could come back into production next year. And, also in copper, China Metallurgical Group Corp and Jiangxi Copper Co plan to invest some $3.7 billion to develop a large copper mine at Aynak in Afghanistan.Mines going into production include View Resources Bronzewing gold project, with production targeted at 30,000 oz. October’s production of 8,830 oz represents a 50% increase over the previous quarter’s monthly average, providing further evidence of the production ramp-up on site. This performance takes Bronzewing another significant step closer to achieving its average annualised forecast of 120,000 oz.Atlantic Coal (formerly Summit Resources), has commenced trading on AIM following the acquisition of the Stockton Coal Group (SCG) in Pennsylvania, USA, which was approved by its shareholders on November 13. Atlantic Coal is an open-pit production and processing business focussing on incremental reserves of high grade coal for immediate and near term production. VANE Minerals and its 100% owned Mexican subsidiary, Minerales VANE have achieved start-up at the 120 t/d mill/flotation plant located at San Dieguito de Arriba, some 30 km from the company’s underground Diablito silver/gold mine. Lynas owns the richest known deposit of rare earths (lanthanides), in the world at Mt Weld, near Laverton in Western Australia. This deposit underpins Lynas’ strategy to create a reliable, fully integrated source of rare earths supply from the mine. The mining contractor is currently on site and mining has commenced. Titanium Resources Group (TRG) has commissioned the second dredge (Dredge D2) at its Sierra Rutile mine in Sierra Leone.  Dredge D2, which will double rutile production capacity to 200,000 t/y was officially commissioned by the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency, Ernest Bai Koroma. The dredge is expected to start commercial production in December and TRG expects to begin shipping the material produced by Dredge D2 in the first quarter of 2008.To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.comlast_img read more

Geek deals 299 Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet Star Wars bluray

first_imgOur other top deals:Refurb Linksys E2500 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router for $34.99 + shipping (reg. $89.99)Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray for $69.99 + free shipping (reg. $139.99)ThinkGeek: $20 off $100 on Star Wars or Star Trek Items The tablet sector is one of the more cut-throat parts of the overall computing industry and that is all win for us. Microsoft has been making a big push to bring their Windows RT platform into the fold against Apple and Android. The result lets you snag a very functional 10-inch tablet for just $299.Dell’s XPS 10 launched late last year with the aim to at least give the iPad a run for it’s money. The overall dimensions and weight are near spot on compared to the iPad 3, yet it sports a larger widescreen format 10.1-inch screen. It is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocking in at 1.5GHz and comes with 32GB or 64GB of storage. That storage is expandable via a microSD card slot as well, a feature we consider very important in modern mobile devices.Dual-band Wireless-N, dual cameras (5MP rear, 2MP front), and external dock support are standard on the XPS 10. The keyboard dock looks like a very nice piece of kit, allowing you to attach a 92% full size keyboard with trackpad that creates a laptop-like clamshell chassis. The keyboard dock also has a built-in battery that will add a good 8 hours of runtime to the 10 hours you get with the tablet alone.Not only is the Windows RT operating system very familiar with Windows users, but Microsoft is bundling Office Home & Student 2013 RT to give them a leg up over Apple and Android. This gives you the best MS Office experience on a mobile device, something that Microsoft is hoping will give it an edge when practical users like students and professionals look at a mobile device.We’ve seen the occasional discount on this model, but it looks like Dell has dropped a permanent $150 off the price of the entry-level 32GB model. A soft touch case can be included for $30 more, but the one we’re most interested in adds the dockable keyboard for a total $449.Dell XPS 10 32GB Windows RT Tablet starting at $299 + free shipping (reg. $449.99)last_img read more

Doctor Who Ghost Stories Part 2 Introduces New Dangers

first_imgLast we left them, Lucy, Grant (a.k.a. superhero The Ghost), Jennifer, and the Doctor were in mortal danger at the smoldering hands of The Smoke.Of course, our champion isn’t going to die in the first of a four-part series. But that cliffhanger no doubt left some readers with a lump in their throat.On Christmas Eve 1992, then-eight-year-old Grant Gordon mistakenly swallowed a wish-granting gemstone, gaining superpowers like those in his favorite comic books. Now, that stone will lead the Doctor—and Grant, Lucy, and Jennifer—across space and time to find the other three missing pieces.When they land in dystopian-future New York City, superhero The Ghost meets his super-villain match, The Smoke, also empowered by one of the gems.As the fearsome entity readies a killing blow, the Doctor steps in to save the day.“A hero doesn’t freeze. A hero rises to the occasion,” a grateful Lucy narrates. “A hero chases away the monsters and saves the day. Or sacrifices themselves so that others can live.”via Titan ComicsIssue two, written by George Mann with art by Pasquale Qualano and Dijjo Lima, features the Twelfth Doctor’s trademark sarcasm and compassion: He insists that The Smoke is not a super villain, but “a very confused, very scared young man” who needs their help.Initially reminiscent of Pixar’s The Incredibles plot (a disaffected super-fan tries to follow in his idol’s footsteps), the comic takes a quick turn toward the unexpected, as the Doctor and his groupies reunite with some old friends foes.In their quest to recover the remaining gemstones and help the people—er, dominant species—of Nixtus III, the team split up, facing their own dangers. Will everyone survive?Part two of Titan Comics’ Ghost Stories mini series is available now in print for $8.Comixology, meanwhile, sells single-issue digital editions (one through seven) for $1.99 each; fans can also subscribe to the series online.last_img read more

Nintendo is bringing back the Super NES as its next Classic console

first_img(WSVN) – Get ready for Nintendo nostalgia!On Sept. 29, the beloved Super Nintendo console is coming back to stores, in the form of the Super NES Classic Edition.The mini system will include 21 pre-installed games and can be hooked up to high-definition televisions. Nintendo says they will ship “significantly more” Super NES consoles than last year’s hard-to-find NES Classic, The Verge reports.“While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends.”The SNES will sell for $79.99.Here’s a look at all classic games that will be included:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Battered Business Magazines Look to a Bounce Back

first_imgConsumer business magazines had a rough go in 2009. Even more than their general interest counterparts, business titles that are mostly reliant on advertising dollars get pounded when economic markets slide, jobless rates soar and marketer budgets evaporate.Collectively, the business and finance magazines tracked by the Magazine Publishers of America’s Publishers Information Bureau saw ad pages fall nearly 30 percent on average through the first nine months of the year. Some losses were so severe that casualties were unavoidable. According to online magazine database MediaFinder.com, the business magazine sector was second behind only regionals for the highest number (16) of closures during the year. Among the fallen were BusinessWeek Small Biz, Condé Nast Portfolio and Fortune Small Business.So, with the carnage of 2009 now in the past, will the dust begin to settle in 2010? Or will the consumer business magazine battle continue?“The rules of engagement seem to have shifted; how to play the game, how to win, what winning even means—all are undergoing massive changes,” former Harvard Business Review editorial director and Fast Company co-founder Alan Webber wrote in a recent blog post on FOLIOmag.com. “It’s not just a matter of finding a way to stay in business; it’s a matter of having a purpose for being in business in the first place.” Pearlstine says that while Bloomberg obviously wants the magazine to be profitable, there were other reasons why the company acquired it. In terms of the print product, he says BusinessWeek in 2010 will see its editorial folio increase from 55 to 66, increase its paper weight from its current 28 lbs. and “remain committed to being a weekly.”“Our goal is to produce a richer magazine that is increasingly international by augmenting the product given the resources at Bloomberg News—namely 146 bureaus in 72 countries,” Pearlstine says. “Any turnaround is long term and involves the magazine and Web site.”Another title with a new(ish) owner is Worth, which relaunched last summer after being acquired by Sandow Media in 2008. With a new design and $18.95 cover price, Sandow refocused the magazine, targeting an invitation-only readership in specific regions with a minimum net worth of $2 million.Sandow CEO Adam Sandow says Worth has consistently grown revenue “issue by issue” since the relaunch, and will add sales and marketing positions in 2010. It also doesn’t hurt to be backed by deep pockets. Fast Company and Inc. publisher Mansueto Ventures, which is owned by billionaire Joe Mansueto, also is investing in its magazines this year. At Fast Company, management is focused on frequency, paper quality and rate base. “We’re investing in expanded newsstand distribution, in live events and digital resources—meaning more edit and business staff,” editor Bob Safian tells FOLIO:. “Now is not the time to cut.” The Business of ReinventionAt nearly 90-years-old, Harvard Business Review says it figured out its purpose in publishing: delivering content to a targeted, “premium” 230,000-plus audience. After conducting a pair of in-depth research/survey projects about who its readers/users are, the magazine last year began instituting a series of changes to help reinvent itself and to solidify its relationship with that audience.In April 2009, the publisher reorganized into a “customer centric” model called the Harvard Business Review Group that united editorial, sales and marketing for HBR, book publisher Harvard Business Press and its Web sites. More recently, with its January/February issue, HBR launched its first significant redesign in nearly a decade and said it will begin publishing 10 times with two double issues in 2010, down from 11 issues last year. It also combined havardbusiness.org and hbr.org.“We learned [from the surveys] that our audience tends to break into two distinct groups: people who are looking to be inspired and people who are looking for guidance on how to improve their work life and themselves as managers,” says HBR group publisher Josh Macht. “The projects helped us to get closer to our readers and understand that they value us for the big ideas but also that they need a variety of formats and ways to reach us.”Another important key (one that’s been in place for years) is HBR’s lack of reliance on advertising dollars. Macht says HBR’s revenue make-up is approximately 75 percent from subscriptions and e-commerce, and 25 percent from advertising sales. The magazine currently offers an annual print/online sub package for $140 on average. Investing in QualityBloomberg LP, the media giant owned by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, acquired 80-year-old BusinessWeek late last year from McGraw-Hill for the surprisingly low sum of $9.3 million. But perhaps the price wasn’t as surprising as some thought. The ailing magazine was said to have lost $43 million in 2008 and to be carrying $30 million in debt. To help ease some of that burden, Bloomberg reportedly laid off more than 100 BusinessWeek staffers.Under Bloomberg, BusinessWeek is expected to realize a positive upside if it can marry what Webber calls its “historic capacity for smart essays and clever idea packaging” with Bloomberg’s multi-platform approach. “As good as we think our products are, the fact is that most of them are only seen by the 300,000 or so subscribers to the Bloomberg terminal,” says recently appointed BusinessWeek chairman Norman Pearlstine.  “To get that type of reputation you need a much broader audience and BusinessWeek is a way to do that.”last_img read more

Star Wars Barbie dolls look like theyre from the planet Vogue

first_img TV and Movies And last, but not least, is the most old-school of the three, Princess Leia.leia-barbie Twitter/Mattel Leia’s wearing her familiar elegant white gown with the swoopy sleeves, and Mattel has managed to craft her Cinnabon hairdo into a fashionable updo. Tasty!The dolls are $100 each, and you likely can’t pay in galactic credits. You can preorder them at Mattel’s site. They’ll ship in mid-November. Introducing the all-new #StarWars x @Barbie Dolls, inspired by the film, Star Wars: A New Hope.✨Celebrating the original concept art, this collectible set pays homage to three iconic characters.Pre-order now on @Amazon! pic.twitter.com/fS0CkMdxLa— Mattel (@Mattel) August 13, 2019 Star Wars Comment Share your voice Did…..R2 Barbie turn C3PO into a purse??? pic.twitter.com/6AgDBiPfoi— SpaceyO (@SpaceyO2) August 13, 2019 Probably the most impressive (and threatening) is the Darth Vader doll, which looks like Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour might if she attended a Star Wars-themed Met Gala.Give yourself to the Dark Side. Of fashion. Twitter/Mattel Dynamic Darth is wearing a shiny black peplum top, paneled pencil skirt and knee-high boots, but the cape is the coolest. Back in the old days, some of us used to pair Barbie up with GI Joe instead of bland Ken, and this Barbie could take out Joe.R2-D2 Barbie is a little too removed from the real droid for my taste, but her blue hair is cool.r2d2barbie Twitter/Mattel She’s wearing a dome skirt, bomber jacket and thigh-high boots over silvery tights, plus what Mattel calls a radar eye. I know the real R2 has one, but honestly, it just kinda looks like she went crazy with the eye shadow.But look at what she’s holding. “Did…..R2 Barbie turn C3PO into a purse???” one Twitter user asked. Tags 1 I’m a ’70s kid. We loved our Star Wars action figures. But Mattel is coming out with three Star Wars-themed Barbie dolls that are about as similar to our beloved Kenner figures as Kate Middleton is to Jabba the Hutt. Forget Tatooine, these dolls are from the planet Vogue.last_img read more

Like US UK New Zealand fails to record hate crimes for years

first_imgA police officer stands guard outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 22 March 2019. Reuters File PhotoWeeks before a gunman killed 50 Muslims in Christchurch, a man had threatened to burn copies of the Koran outside New Zealand mosques, in what community leaders said was the latest in a long list of threatening behaviour against religious minorities.Police said they warned a 38-year-old man over the incident, which was unrelated to the Christchurch attack, but could not say if it was part of a pattern.That’s because, unlike many Western countries including the United Kingdom and the United States, New Zealand’s government keeps no comprehensive record of hate crimes, failing to act on requests to do so from local and international agencies spanning more than a decade.”For many years our view has consistently been that this needs to be prioritised and implemented urgently,” said Janet Anderson-Bidois, chief legal adviser at the Human Rights Commission, the independent government agency tasked with protecting human rights.”It is imperative that we have good data.”A suspected white supremacist has been charged with murder over the Christchurch shootings and will appear in court again on 5 April.In the wake of New Zealand’s worst mass shooting, questions are being asked about what signs agencies missed and where resources should have been allocated to protect vulnerable communities.Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered a Royal Commission, a powerful form of inquiry, into the attack.Anwar Ghani from the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, said anecdotal evidence suggested there had been a rise in anti-Muslim behaviour in recent years.”When there is a hot spot in global events and when Muslims are involved…we do see the pulse of hate crime coming from certain members of the community,” he said.”Not A Priority”Joris De Bres, New Zealand’s Race Relations Commissioner between 2002 and 2013, said he was alarmed at signs of an uptick in threats against Muslims when he took up the role soon after the 9/11 attacks in the United States.De Bres said he repeatedly asked the government and police to create a central system for recording details about crimes motivated by hatred and racism.He raised the issue with the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which in its 2007 review of New Zealand said the lack of records was a concern, and asked the government to collect data on complaints of racially motivated crimes.”I listed it every year…I wrote at various points to government about it and it was simply said that it wasn’t necessary and it wasn’t a priority,” De Bres said.In its latest report on New Zealand in 2017, the UN committee repeated its concerns and requests and asked the government to provide the data for its next report as a priority.When current justice and intelligence serivces minister Andrew Little took office in late 2017, the Human Rights Commission said in their incoming briefing the country needed a central system for recording details about crimes motivated by hatred and racism and steps currently taken by police were insufficient.”Understanding the scale, extent, and location of hate crimes is essential and is a prerequisite to ensuring adequate resources are available to address the issue,” the briefing said.Little did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment but told local media on Saturday that current hate speech laws were inadequate and he would work with officials to review the legislation, including considering whether a separate hate crime offence should be created.Police said they took hate crimes seriously and were continually looking to improve the way they worked.”We are engaged in ongoing conversations with community leaders and representatives about a range of issues, including how police record allegations of hate crime and crimes of prejudice,” said a police spokesperson via email.The National Party, in power from 2008 to 2017, said while in government, it introduced legislation to protect people from harmful communication online.”There are hate speech laws in the Human Rights Act, but whether data should be collected is an operational matter for Police,” a spokeswoman said by email.No One Was ListeningNew Zealand has had no previous extremist mass attacks, unlike neighbouring Australia, but civil society members say an underbelly of racism has always existed and may have been escalating.Anjum Rahman from the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand said the group had repeatedly alerted the government over the past five years about the rise of the extreme right and the growing threat Muslim women felt in New Zealand.”Without the data, without the measurement it’s really hard to push for change…I feel like it wasn’t taken seriously because it wasn’t hard data because we didn’t have it,” she said, adding she felt “a resistance to creating that data.”One in 10 New Zealand adults have experienced hate speech online according to a 2018 study by internet safety organisation Netsafe, with people of Asian descent or who identified as ‘other’ ethnicity most affected.Since 2002, a law has specified judges should take hostility towards a group of people with a “common characteristic”, such as race or religion, into account when sentencing.A Reuters review of sentencing records found 22 such cases since 2002, most with a racial motive.Those included the murder of a Korean student, the hurling of a pipe bomb at a Sikh Temple, and threats to politicians by a non-Muslim posing as an Islamic extremist, which the judge described as a “deliberate attempt to tap into public fear about radicalised Muslims”.The likely number is far higher, say human rights experts, because accessible records encompass only cases that are appealed or the most severe charges that reach New Zealand’s highest courts, not the tens of thousands of cases dealt with in lower District Courts each year.One of those was a 2016 case, first reported by the New Zealand Herald, in which a Christchurch man delivered a bloodied pig’s head to Al Noor mosque, which was attacked this month.He was charged with “offensive behaviour” and fined NZ$800 ($543), court records show.In 2017, lawmakers asked police whether hate crime was increasing but were told it could not be measured because it was not recorded as a specific category, according to Parliamentary records.The Human Rights Commission said it received 417 complaints relating to race in 2018, up from 350 in 2014. Those included 63 complaints of “racial disharmony”, which includes hate speech, a 26 per cent jump from four years earlier.Lawmaker Golriz Ghahraman, a former human rights lawyer who was born in Iran and came to New Zealand as a child refugee, said she had received death threats and xenophobia including being called a “terrorist” and “Jihadist” online.Before the Christchurch attacks, most of the public had felt safe, she said.”Minorities didn’t, but no one was listening to them.”last_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 7 Youre Fired

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /16:58 Listen Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in political news:Sally Yates and Ted Cruz face off.The American Healthcare Act moves to the Senate—is it DOA?Vive La France! Macron wins easily.Shaq is running for sheriff. Finally.Then the profs dig in to the firing of now former FBI Director, James Comey. Is this Nixon 2.0? What are the political ramifications? And is impeachment on the horizon or…nah? By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

Ancient extinct cave bear DNA found in modern bears

first_img Citation: Ancient extinct cave bear DNA found in modern bears (2018, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ancient-extinct-cave-dna-modern.html Cave bear skull. Cave bears were giant bears, much bigger than living brown bears Credit: Andrei Posmoșanu Explore further Cave bears were a type of bear that lived in Asia and Europe. They were slightly larger than today’s brown bears, but fed on vegetation instead of meat. They went extinct approximately 24,000 years ago (during the Last Glacial Maximum) for unknown reasons. In this new effort, the research team was focused on learning why the bears went extinct. To that end, they conducted a DNA analysis on samples taken from four bear’s remains from approximately 35,000 years ago. Their goal was to study how the population of cave bears changed in size over long time periods. As an aside, they decided to compare the DNA from the extinct cave bears with modern bears.The researchers report that their comparison revealed that modern brown and polar bears both have cave bear DNA—on average 0.9 to 2.4 percent of their genome is cave bear DNA. They noted that the two types of modern bears are more genetically alike than they are to the cave bears. But they found that either was capable of mating with a cave bear, and that their offspring could breed with any of the three types, as well. They point out that their results are not surprising—the similarities between the bears, the overlapping time period in which they lived, and their habitat proximity made interbreeding a near-certainty. The finding of extinct cave bear DNA in modern bears is the first example of DNA from an ancient extinct species found in a modern species other than humans—we have remnants of Neanderthal DNA in our genomes. Ice age cave bear bones found in their former hibernation cave Credit: Marius Robu An international team of researchers has found evidence of extinct cave bear DNA in modern bears. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, the group describes their genetic analysis of modern brown and polar bears and how they compared with extinct cave bears. More information: Axel Barlow et al. Partial genomic survival of cave bears in living brown bears, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0654-8AbstractAlthough many large mammal species went extinct at the end of the Pleistocene epoch, their DNA may persist due to past episodes of interspecies admixture. However, direct empirical evidence of the persistence of ancient alleles remains scarce. Here, we present multifold coverage genomic data from four Late Pleistocene cave bears (Ursus spelaeus complex) and show that cave bears hybridized with brown bears (Ursus arctos) during the Pleistocene. We develop an approach to assess both the directionality and relative timing of gene flow. We find that segments of cave bear DNA still persist in the genomes of living brown bears, with cave bears contributing 0.9 to 2.4% of the genomes of all brown bears investigated. Our results show that even though extinction is typically considered as absolute, following admixture, fragments of the gene pool of extinct species can survive for tens of thousands of years in the genomes of extant recipient species. Extinct vegetarian cave bear diet mystery unravelled Credit: CC0 Public Domain The researchers suggest that future research could explore what it means for a species to go extinct—if their DNA lives on in other species, are they really, truly gone? They note that their study reaffirms the fact that animal species interbreed, some regularly. That might have been the case with modern bears and cave bears—the ancient cave bears also had modern bear DNA in their gene pools. 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. © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Ecology & Evolutionlast_img read more

35 TMC councillors move noconfidence motion against Sabyasachi Dutta

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress councillors moved a no-confidence motion against Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta on Tuesday, a day after he was asked to step down from the post.Thirty five out of 39 Trinamool councillors submitted a no-confidence motion against Dutta to Krishna Chakraborty, the chairperson of BMC. Chakraborty said she would send the letter regarding the same to the joint Municipal Commissioner as the Municipal Commissioner Pritha Sarkar is indisposed. The issue of the no-confidence motion is likely to be discussed on July 18. Dutta himself received a copy of the letter on Tuesday evening. The letter which was submitted to Chakraborty, reads: “We the undersigned elected councillors of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation have lost confidence on the activities of Shri Sabyasachi Dutta, present Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation. His manner of functioning has lost our confidence. We therefore submit our requisition before you in terms of Section 18 (C) of West Bengal Municipal Corporation Act 2006 and request you to convene a Special Board Meeting to consider a resolution for removal of the Mayor. Copy of the draft resolution intended to be moved is enclosed herewith for your kind perusal.” State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim had asked Dutta to tender his resignation on Monday. Earlier on Sunday, Hakim met councillors of BMC at Trinamool Bhavan and discussed about the anti-party activities of Dutta. On Friday, the BMC Mayor had addressed a meeting which was organised by some employees of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Limited (WBSEDCL), where he had demanded that the due DA of the employees be cleared immediately. Following Dutta’s statement, both Hakim and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee had criticised him for “breaking the discipline of the party.” Hakim had said that “nobody should consider himself bigger than the party,” while Chatterjee had said that “the silence of the party should be not be considered its weakness.” There are 41 councillors in BMC, of which 39 belong to Trinamool Congress. To get the no-confidence motion passed, the nod of 21 councillors will be required. There had been a rumour in the past few months that Dutta would join BJP. Shortly before the general elections, BJP leader Mukul Roy had visited Dutta’s residence. However, Dutta had dismissed the rumour. On Sunday, Roy again met Dutta at a club in Salt Lake. Dutta had described Roy’s visit as a courtesy call. On the other hand, Dutta’s differences with BMC Deputy Mayor Tapas Chatterjee is a well-known issue. He even refused to share the dais with Chatterjee at a function organised to celebrate the birth and death anniversary of Dr B C Roy on July 1.last_img read more

Firefox 53 new preferences and Ghacksuserjs changes

first_imgFirefox 53: new preferences and Ghacks-user.js changes by Martin Brinkmann on April 30, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: April 30, 2017 – 57 commentsThe following article provides you with information on new Firefox 53 preferences, deprecated or removed preferences, and changes to the Ghacks-user.js file for the Firefox web browser.Mozilla released Firefox 53 on April 19, 2017 to the public. The new stable version of the web browser shipped with quite a few important changes. For one, Mozilla dropped support for Windows XP and Vista, 32-bit Mac OS X, and Linux distributions running on older processors. The second big change was the removal of the Aurora development branch.Firefox 53 shipped with several new features, including two new compact themes known from the browser’s Developer Edition, and the first Project Quantum bits.You can download the most recent version of the user.js file from the project’s Github website. Thanks goes out to Earthling for creating the changelog for Firefox 53, and to all other maintainers of the list on GitHub.Firefox 53.0: new preferencesThe following preferences are new additions to the browser which Mozilla added after the Firefox 52.0 release:user_pref(“browser.storageManager.enabled”, false); // enables Site Data in Preferences in conjunction with “dom.storageManager.enabled”, true.user_pref(“browser.urlbar.decodeURLsOnCopy”, true); // !! default value in FF53 is false !!user_pref(“dom.IntersectionObserver.enabled”, false);// user_pref(“extensions.webextensions.remote”, true); // default is false in FF53 so maybe not quite ready yet to enable/** we already had the following prefs in the user.js but we now commented them out **/// user_pref(“browser.tabs.remote.separateFileUriProcess”, true); // default is false in FF53 so maybe not quite ready yet to enable. This runs file:// locations in a separate content process.// user_pref(“svg.disabled”, true); // it breaks YouTube player controlsFirefox 53.0: deprecated or removed preferencesThe following preferences have been removed or are deprecated. Please note that some may still be used in Firefox ESR editions.dom.beforeAfterKeyboardEvent.enabledmedia.getusermedia.screensharing.allow_on_old_platformsplugin.scan.Acrobat // Scans locations for installed Acrobat pluginsplugin.scan.Quicktime // Scans locations for installed Quicktime pluginsplugin.scan.WindowsMediaPlayer // Scans locations for installed Windows Media Player pluginssecurity.tls.unrestricted_rc4_fallbackFirefox 53.0 Ghacks-user.js changesThe following changes are new additions to the Ghacks-user.js file since the last release.user_pref(“browser.crashReports.unsubmittedCheck.autoSubmit”, false);user_pref(“browser.crashReports.unsubmittedCheck.enabled”, false);user_pref(“webextensions.storage.sync.enabled”, false); // !! default value in FF53 is true !!user_pref(“webextensions.storage.sync.serverURL”, “”);/** 4 new prefs in a new subsection for Favicons **/user_pref(“browser.shell.shortcutFavicons”, false);// user_pref(“alerts.showFavicons”, false);// user_pref(“browser.chrome.favicons”, false);// user_pref(“browser.chrome.site_icons”, false);/** for completeness’ and transparency’s sake these are mentioned here too, but they contain deliberate data mismatches and syntax errors **//* 1110: set sandbox level. DO NOT MEDDLE WITH THESE. * They are included to inform you NOT to play with them. … ***/// user_pref(“security.sandbox.content.level”, “donotuse”)// user_pref(“dom.ipc.plugins.sandbox-level.default”, “donotuse”);// user_pref(“dom.ipc.plugins.sandbox-level.flash, “donotuse”);Moved item 2025enable/disable various media types to the personal section, commented them all out and set all values to false, so you can easily un-comment the media formats you want to disable. Previously they were all active and enforcing either true or false. #67// user_pref(“media.flac.enabled”, false); // prev: true// user_pref(“media.mp4.enabled”, false); // prev: true// user_pref(“media.ogg.enabled”, false);// user_pref(“media.ogg.flac.enabled”, false);// user_pref(“media.opus.enabled”, false);// user_pref(“media.raw.enabled”, false);// user_pref(“media.wave.enabled”, false);// user_pref(“media.webm.enabled”, false); // prev: trueActivated previously commented-out prefsuser_pref(“browser.sessionstore.interval”, 30000);Changed values : user_pref(“privacy.clearOnShutdown.sessions”, true); // 52alpha: falseuser_pref(“privacy.cpd.sessions”, true); // 52alpha: falseuser_pref(“security.dialog_enable_delay”, 700); // 52alpha: 1000user_pref(“security.mixed_content.use_hsts”, true); // 52alpha: falseuser_pref(“ui.submenuDelay”, 150); // 52alpha: 75Commented outuser_pref(“browser.urlbar.maxRichResults”, 0);user_pref(“dom.event.contextmenu.enabled”, false);user_pref(“reader.parse-on-load.enabled”, false); // also moved to section 3000 (PERSONAL SETTINGS)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 53: new preferences and Ghacks-user.js changesDescriptionThe following article provides you with information on new Firefox 53 preferences, deprecated or removed preferences, and changes to the Ghacks-user.js file for the Firefox web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more