The Finance Minister said the provincial economy experienced stronger than previously forecast economic growth last year. Because of that performance, James said her Ministry now forecasts the economy will grow by 3.4 percent this year, up from the 2.9 percent estimated last fall. The government plans to run a series of surpluses over the next three years, though only by small margins.This year’s budget projects a surplus of $219 million, rising to $281 million next year, and $284 million by 2020. James said the government has implemented a forecast allowance of $350 million in 2018-19, $500 million in 2019-20 and $600 million in 2020-21. The Province will also have a contingency of $550 million this year, $750 million next year, and $750 million in 2020-21.After continuing the promise by the previous Liberal government one year ago that MSP premiums would be reduced by 50 percent starting this year, the government announced that MSP premiums would be eliminated by January 1st, 2020. Revenue from the premiums, which totalled $2.6 billion last year, will be replaced by an employer health payroll tax.Businesses with a payroll of more than $1.5 million, will pay a tax rate of 1.95 percent on their total payroll, businesses with a payroll between $500,000 and $1.5 million will pay a reduced tax rate, while small businesses with payrolls lower than $500,000 will not pay any tax. The new employer health tax is forecast by the government to bring in $1.9 billion per year starting next year.The entire 2018 Budget can be read here: http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/bfp/2018_Budget_and_Fiscal_Plan.pdf VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C. Finance Minister Carole James delivered the Province’s budget for 2018 in the Legislature today, saying the government plans to run a surplus of $219 million this year.In the NDP’s first full budget since ousting the BC Liberals last June, James announced that the government will be making the areas of childcare and housing affordability as its top priority. James said the government will introduce a new affordable child-care benefit that will reduce child-care costs by up to $1,250 per month for every child and support 86,000 families per year by 2020-21. Up to $350 per month will be provided directly to licensed childcare providers to reduce fees for an estimated 50,000 families per year by 2020-21.“Budgets are not only about the bottom line, they should be about people. That’s why British Columbians are at the centre of every choice we have made in Budget 2018,” said James. “These include historic investments in child care and affordable housing that will be felt for generations.”
Meanwhile, Fort St. John and the Peace is expected to receive a significant amount of rain this weekend and into Monday. For Saturday, we could see anyway between 5 to 10 mm, with the same expected for Sunday and Monday.If you plan on travelling this weekend, be sure to check DriveBC.ca for up-to-date travel information and road conditions. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Higher elevations in Northern British Columbia, such as the Fort Nelson area, could receive snow over the weekend.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Doug Lundquist, Fort Nelson and surrounding area could receive a light dusting of snow this weekend.The snow is expected to start sometime late afternoon on Saturday and wrapping up early Monday morning as the temperature is expected to rise once again to more seasonal levels.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A director of the company which operates Tonga’s undersea internet cable says he can’t rule out sabotage as breaking the cable which plunged the Pacific nation into virtual darkness for almost two weeks.Piveni Piukala, a director of Tonga Cable Ltd., said Monday that crews found two breaks along the fiber-optic cable that connects Tonga with the rest of the world. He says they found another two breaks and rope entangled on a separate domestic cable several kilometres (miles) away that connects the main island with some of Tonga’s outer islands.About 90 per cent of people in Tonga had full internet access restored by Saturday after crews finished repairing the international cable. Piukala says they hope to finish repairs to the domestic cable by Tuesday.The Associated Press
14 January 2008The United Nations refugee agency has called for the release of 149 Lao Hmong, including many children, who have been held in sub-standard conditions in a Thai detention centre since they were rounded up for deportation more than a year ago. “There is no basis for the detention of these 149 people,” Assistant UN High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller said in a news release. “They have been recognized as in need of international protection, and they should be allowed to take up the offer already made to them to leave Thailand and start to live productive lives and have a future in other countries.”The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recognizes that efforts have been made by Thailand to improve somewhat the conditions in the Nong Khai Immigration Detention Centre on the border with Laos; the people are now allowed out of their two cells for three hours a day.But these do not go far enough and overall conditions still fall well short of international standards, and no one should be detained for an indefinite period, UNHCR said. The refugees were rounded up for deportation in Bangkok on 17 November 2006. They were transferred on 8 December 2006 to Nong Khai.“The group – including many children – have now spent 400 nights in detention when they have not committed any crime,” Ms. Feller noted. “We are particularly concerned that 90 children, including five born in detention, are being held in these sub-standard conditions. They should not be locked up and should be getting a proper education.”UNHCR is also concerned for other asylum seekers and refugees, including many more children, held in various detention centres in Thailand, particularly in Bangkok.
“The residents’ arrival in Albania late last night is an encouraging first step in the relocation of the group of 210 residents the Albanian government has agreed to receive,” said the UN Special Representative for the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Martin Kobler. More than 3,000 residents, most of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran, are temporarily housed in a transit facility called Camp Liberty – also know as Camp Hurriya – while the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) carries out a process to determine their refugee status.Mr. Kobler said that the departure of the group from Iraq is in accordance with the memorandum of understanding of 25 December 2011, which foresees the relocation of the residents to third countries. “I thank the Government of Albania and encourage other Member States to come forward and to receive residents in their countries as well.”Following the original offer by the Albania Government to assist in the resettlement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he “unequivocally supports” Mr. Kobler’s efforts “to courageously and creatively, in exceptionally difficult circumstances, help resolve this situation.”In addition, in his recent report about the situation in Iraq, Mr. Ban urged those who express support for the residents of Camp Hurriya and the remaining residents of another camp, New Iraq, to stop spreading insults and falsehoods about Mr. Kobler and instead help to promote a durable solution.Following Albania’s announcement, the Government of Germany offered humanitarian admission for approximately 100 residents of the camp.
“We are here to stand with the people of Gaza who have endured a terrible summer of suffering,” said Mr. Ban in his remarks to the Cairo Conference on Gaza attended by the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, and several foreign ministers including of Egypt, and Norway. Mr. Ban’s spokesperson announced today that the UN Chief will visit Gaza on Tuesday to help advance reconstruction efforts. More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the recent 51-day conflict, along with more than 70 Israelis. Almost one-third of Gaza’s population was uprooted from their homes and entire neighborhoods were flattened. The Secretary –General recalled how in 2009, the international community gathered in Sharm el-Sheikh in the wake of another devastating war in Gaza. “We pledged our support. We expressed our commitment. We resolved to rebuild. And yet here we are again. The cycle of building and destroying has continued– only worse,” said Mr. Ban. This time around, dozens of schools, hospitals and clinics were destroyed or damaged. UN facilities sheltering women and children were hit, resulting in many casualties. Eleven staff members of the UN were killed in the course of the conflict.Meanwhile rockets fired by Hamas and other armed groups from Gaza continued to be fired indiscriminately causing fear, panic and suffering, said Mr. Ban. Children of Gaza who have not yet reached grade three have already lived through three wars.To effectively respond, the UN and partners in Palestine are working with the Palestinian Government to develop the “Gaza Crisis Appeal”. The “UN Support Plan for the Transformation of the Gaza Strip” amounts to about $2.1 billion for early recovery and reconstruction efforts. But ultimately, the successful reconstruction of Gaza requires a strong political foundation, said Mr. Ban, adding that the comprehensive reconciliation agreement reached in Cairo on 25 September was a promising first step. Mr. Ban pledged UN support for the Government of National Consensus as it manages Gaza’s reconstruction needs and said he was encouraged by the recent historic Palestinian unity government meeting in Gaza led by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.Promoting an environment conducive for peace must include an investigation into potential violations of international humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict, Mr. Ban added. It was equally important to make the most of the opportunity presented by the upcoming Cairo talks, strengthen the ceasefire to return to broader peace talks and refrain from unilateral actions which only exacerbate tensions and resentment.“Gaza remains a tinderbox,” said Mr. Ban, reiterating the need to address the root causes of the recent hostilities: a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations.All parties must come together to chart a clear course towards a just and final peace — including achieving a full lifting of the blockade, ensuring Israel’s legitimate security concerns; and establishing two States living side by side in peace and security. “I do not want my successors or yours to make conferences such as this a ritual: building and destroying– and then expecting the international community to foot the bill,” the Secretary-General said.
OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn the wall of the team meeting room in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center sits a chart outlining the number of “Buckeye leaves” each Ohio State player has received during the season for various positive contributions.On the top of the list, with 59 leaves on his helmet, is junior safety Vonn Bell.In addition to topping the internal rankings — which were not yet updated for Saturday’s 28-14 win against Minnesota — Bell was recognized on Monday morning as the top defensive player in the Big Ten for Week 10.The Rossville, Georgia, native made arguably the biggest play in the Buckeyes’ win, rescuing the team from a punchless first half when he intercepted a pass and returned it for a 15-yard touchdown to open up the scoring midway through the second quarter.Bell said he and safeties coach Chris Ash had discussed throughout the week leading up to the game how important his contributions could be in what was primed to be — and ended up being — a defensive battle.“Coach Ash told me at the beginning of the week that my performance could make or break the team,” Bell said. “I had to be able to play the deep balls and tackle very well because I’m the one high safety … just me and him having that conversation, I told him I could chow down for him.”Bell came to OSU in 2013 and played in each of the first 13 games as a backup at the nickel cornerback position.However, in the Orange Bowl against Clemson, an injury of Bradley Roby moved starting safety Corey Brown to cornerback and opened up a spot for Bell at starting safety.Bell was burnt for a touchdown by Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins but he also made highlight reels with a one-handed interception at the 2-yard line early in the second quarter.Bell said that first start was instrumental in shaping his confidence into his sophomore year.“It was a very big step for my career,” Bell said. “That’s where it took off. I got in a groove, got my feet wet.”Still, Bell did not start the opener at Navy the following year, coming off the bench at the free safety position behind Cam Burrows.The next game, however, coach Urban Meyer inserted Bell at the position, and he hasn’t relinquished it since.Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said it is what Bell does between games that sets him apart.“The greatest thing I can tell you is he’s a pro,” Fickell said. “He studies the game, he works the game, he practices the game, and it shows on Saturdays.”The safety said he is able to put in so much effort because he genuinely loves what he is doing.“I think it’s more fun than work,” Bell said. “We’re enjoying that time out there together.”In his 14 starts in 2014, Bell had six interceptions, including three in OSU’s last four games.He has followed that up with two picks through nine games in 2015, including the pick-six on Saturday. He also found the end zone in OSU’s second game against Hawaii on a 14-yard fumble return touchdown.Bell, who also played wide receiver in high school — scoring 21 touchdowns in his senior year — said finding the end zone is one his favorite things to do on the gridiron.So are snaps on offense in the cards for the junior? They are, if he was making the calls.“I tell (wide receivers coach Zach) Smith all the time, ‘put me in there, I’ll run a route for you,’” Bell said.Smith, in return, joked that the outspoken Bell should remain the defensive coaches’ responsibility to deal with.“I’m volunteering my position as receivers coach if Vonn Bell comes and sits in my room,” Smith said. “Just dealing with him for 20 minutes a day when we go against the defense is plenty, I’m not dealing with him for a whole day. No chance.”Even if his opportunities are forced to only come on defense, Bell — who predicted he would score two more touchdowns this season — said he is hopeful for what the rest of his season and time at OSU holds.“I think there’s still more (in store),” he said. “I’m on the right path, I think. Just have to keep on going, take the next step.”Bell and the Buckeyes are set to return to the field in Champaign, Illinois, to match up with the Fighting Illini on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Memorial Stadium.Editor’s note: The caption of the photo that accompanies this story has been changed to reflect the game’s final score. Correction 9/10: An earlier version of the story said Bradley Roby was suspended for the Orange Bowl, when in fact he was injured.
Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski celebrates the game-winning goal in Ohio State’s 3-2 overtime win against Michigan Saturday, March 10. Credit: Mac Connor | For the LanternOhio State secured a No. 1 seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament for the first time in school history. Its reward was a matchup against one of the nation’s hottest teams.The Buckeyes (24-9-5, 17-9-2-1 Big Ten) will travel to Allentown, Pennsylvania, to face red-hot Princeton (19-12-4, 10-10-2 ECAC) in the opening round of the tournament Saturday at the PPL Center. The Princeton Tigers, who harbor two of the most dangerous scorers in the nation, captured the ECAC championship in a 2-1 overtime win against the No. 9 Clarkson Golden Knights this past weekend. The Tigers are unbeaten in their past eight games and have won their past seven. Despite the rare matchup with Princeton — the two teams have faced off just three times before — Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said his team will be ready for the challenge.“They’re playing extremely well … They’ve got some high-end talent. They’ve got a fantastic power play,” Rohlik said. “When a team is playing their best, you know that you’ve got to be prepared and certainly we’ve got to be prepared for these guys.”The Tigers’ production is headlined by two of the country’s top scorers, junior forwards Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau, who each have at least 50 points this year. Kuffner is tied for second in the country in goals with 29 and is on a 10-game point streak. Veronneau is second nationally in assists with 38. These gifted players have showcased their skills on the nation’s top-ranked power play, which clicks at an astounding 28.5 percent rate. Kuffner leads the team in power-play goals with eight, tied with senior forward David Hallisey. “They’re very creative, they kind of run-and-gun a little bit,” Rohlik said. “They’ve got some high-end skill talent. We’ve got to be focused and we’ve got to be on our toes.”On the other side of special teams, Ohio State presents the top-ranked penalty kill at 89.3 percent, proving that special teams will be a battle of strengths in this matchup. Rohlik offered a simple solution against a deadly power play.“The No. 1 thing against the top power play is to be disciplined and stay out of the box, don’t be stupid in that area,” Rohlik said. “We’ve been very good all year and hopefully we continue with that.”Ohio State will start its journey in hopes of an NCAA championship without senior forward Matthew Weis. One of the team leaders, Weis suffered an upper-body injury in practice prior to the Big Ten tournament championship game against top-ranked Notre Dame. The impact of Weis’ vacancy is felt up and down the lineup, especially with sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski. “That’s a huge loss for us, tough to replace that caliber of a player. Like I said before, we have a tight group, we have a deep group,” Laczynski said. “Obviously, guys are going to have to step up. Just a team, as a whole, we’re going to have to play for him.”Weis serves as an impact player on the Buckeyes’ top line, killing penalties and performing well on the power play. His absence will require other players to elevate their games at the most important time of the year. “We’ve had guys out of the lineup all year and it hasn’t changed our mentality or our approach,” Rohlik said. “It’s going to force other guys to be a hero, and other guys to play above where they’re at. Not change who you are, but maybe dig a little bit deeper.”Puck drop between Ohio State and Princeton will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The winner will advance to the Midwest regional final and play the winner of the other semifinal between Denver and Penn State.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of South Australia’s oldest bilingual colleges, St George College, in Mile End is set to receive a $9.55 million loan from the Government of South Australia as announced last week in an official media release. Established in 1983, St George is the only Greek Orthodox college that provides Reception-year 12 education and an extensive co-curricular program to students in South Australia. “I am ecstatic for our students, staff, and families,” said Principal Gina Kadis in an interview with Neos Kosmos. “This affordable loan opportunity gives us the means to create additional science facilities and robotics suites, to ensure our middle school (Years 5-8) and senior school (Years 9-12) students access hands-on opportunities to develop skills, knowledge, understandings, and capabilities that prepare them for the 21st century. “We need to ready our students for dynamic futures; where their skills and knowledge [will] help them to adapt to the needs of emerging jobs and industries. We aim to be able to invite industry and other students into these facilities so that we can contribute back to the greater community. This loan from the Government will assist us to provide such facilities.” The college will use the loan to build a multi-storey science, technology, engineering, and mathematics building, as well as an innovative Early Learning Centre (ELC) as part of an upgrade to the junior campus. “The new STEM facility will give our students access to leading edge opportunities in science, technologies, engineering, and mathematics to apply in life what they learn in class; this makes for an unforgettable education,” explains Kadis, who hopes that these additional facilities will allow the students to “dream big” and connect locally with universities, and TAFE colleges as well as other schools on an international level. “We already have one sister-school relationship with an exclusive school in China and are close to securing another two agreements – one with a specialist robotics college in China – and we will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with a Malaysian school in the near future. As an ELC to Year 12 co-educational college on the city fringe, we are proud of our multicultural college, where diversity is embraced for the good of all. A great liberal education opens up opportunities for students. That’s what this loan will provide – a brilliant educational experience for young adults seeking promising careers in high tech occupations.” For the college’s teachers and educators, this means that they need to drive flexible learning using facilities, tools, and resources that encourage and excite the students to discover new things. The college prides itself on its emphasis on the pursuit of excellence in whatever the students aspire to achieve; supported by a strong well-being and pastoral care program. “We are building a larger early learning centre to accommodate the high demand for quality care for preschool children for so many of our families that work in the city and with the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide University Medical School and University of South Australia growth opportunities. We are getting lots of enquires for quality day care for children from six weeks to five years of age. “We are so grateful and appreciative to be a significant beneficiary of the State Government’s scheme, knowing how competitive a process it was. It is a terrific endorsement of the achievements that the College has made in the 30 years since it was established. It presents the school with an opportunity to cement its future as a key contributor of education in South Australia. “Therefore, we would like to publicly thank the Government of South Australia for its support of our college and we are particularly thrilled that these new facilities will help our students to get even more excited about learning, which we hope stays with them for life,” concludes Kadis.
Why: Amaro’s Table recently opened in the space formerly occupied by the now-defunct Charlie’s Bodega. Amaro’s brings a modern American dining experience highlighting steaks, seafood and craft cocktails. The restaurant is open six days a week with happy hour every day.What I tried: To start, my dining companion and I tried the ahi tuna roll. We also tried the beet salad. I settled on the daily risotto special for my entree, and my dining companion had the pan-seared top-sirloin served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. For dessert, we had the ricotta donuts with caramel. We also tried a couple of the craft cocktails, which were very satisfying.The tuna roll was attractively presented on a plate aside a mixed green salad, wasabi, and ginger root. It was a bargain at $12. The generous portions of tuna were very tasty atop the crab-stuffed roll.I love a good beet salad, and Amaro’s did not let me down. The salad consists of beets, field greens, cilantro and chevre tossed in a honey lemon vinaigrette. The ingredients were fresh, and all the flavors were complementary and balanced.The risotto of the day was topped with a tangy, tomatoey sauce with meatballs. I found the portion just right and the dish possessed homemade goodness.
Viktoria Plzen midfielder Patrik Hrošovský feels their performance last time out against Real Madrid proves they are capable of producing an upset tonightGoals from Karim Benzema and Marcelo at the Santiago Bernabeu a fortnight ago secured Real an underwhelming 2-1 win over Plzen.The Czech side will now host Real tonight for the return fixture in Group G knowing that anything less than victory will likely end their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.While Real are considered the favourites to land a third straight win under interim coach Santiago Solari, Hrošovský suggests otherwise.The 26-year-old, who scored Plzen’s goal at Madrid. feels not much has changed with the Champions League holders since Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal and, therefore, insists nothing can be ruled out.“We had a good chance of getting a result in Madrid, but unfortunately we couldn’t handle the endgame,” Hrošovský told reporters on the club website.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“If we are at our absolute peak in the return game, the result could be better than in the first match.“Real Madrid still have a lot of quality, even if a few players drop out. A change of coach can alter things, but it is only a week [since Santiago Solari took over] so I don’t expect too much change.”He added: “We’ve played them now, so I don’t think they will underestimate us. That might have happened in the first game, when they had only seen us on video before.“We want to put in a good performance and win. A lot of people will be watching, and we’re looking forward to it.”The Group G game at the Doosan Arena will begin at 21:00 (CEST).
DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A new charter school opened its doors in Doral just in time for the start of school.Doral International Math and Science Academy opened its doors for the first time, Monday morning.The charter school, located on Northwest 67th Street and 104th Avenue, is managed by Charter School Associates, which runs 26 other charter schools in the state.“Our team wants nothing more than kids to wake up Monday morning to be super excited to come to school,”said Principal Victoria Gomez. “We really want to keep that going all the way to the last day of school, so when they go on summer break they say, ‘I can’t wait ’til next year.’”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and IT solutions provider Dimension Data on Tuesday entered into a new partnership to launch enterprise cloud services in India.BSNL will render the enterprise cloud services via Internet data centres. The services will be based on Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform (MCP). The new partnership has signed up 15 enterprises across government, IT / ITES, Education and Financial Services. Dimension Data’s MCP provides enterprise-ready, offering multiple layers of security, administrative controls, highest availability SLAs, 24/7 phone support and integrated management capabilities. “The IDC and cloud services have not only enabled us to build and add new strategic capabilities to our portfolio, but also, it has benefited our clients who can leverage our flexible sourcing options or simply host their entire IT assets within our secure environment and with expert care,” said RK Upadhyay, chairman and managing director, BSNL.He also added that BSNL is in a tryst to notch the top position in the market and with the expansion of next phase BSN would be able to achieve this.”We are currently expanding our network by around 15 million lines which is called phase 7 of network expansion. In the next round of expansion, which will be phase 8, we will give real push to be number 1 in the industry,” said RK Upadhyay.Kapil Sibal , minister of communications and IT, who presided over the launch said, “With the central as well as state governments strategically investing in strengthening their e-governance initiatives to benefit citizens, this public-private partnership to offer cloud services is another step towards realising the larger goal of bridging the gap between citizens and the government.”
Did you check out our list of Best Buy’s top Black Friday deals, and wonder what other retailers have in store this year? As it turns out, Walmart also has some impressive discounts on some fun gaming gear and media. Let’s take a looksy:Batman: Arkham City for PS3 or Xbox 360 – $28Walmart’s deal on Arkham City beats Best Buy’s by a couple of bucks. Limited quantities are going to be on hand, but if you can get in early this is quite the steal on the Game of the Year candidate.Battlefield 3 for PS3 or Xbox 360 – $28 This is another great deal if you can get it, with EA’s acclaimed shooter going for less than half of its standard retail price.Inception on Blu-ray – $5If you somehow missed Christopher Nolan’s trippy Inception, it’s one of the most imaginative and intelligently-written Hollywood blockbusters in years.There’s no need to check your totem, as Walmart’s $5 deal on the 2010 film is definitely not a dream.Sony PSP 3000 – $100Okay, so buying a PSP this Black Friday may not be the wisest idea. After all, the portable console is nearly seven years old and is largely being forced out of the market by smartphone and tablet gaming. To top it all off, it will be replaced by the dramatically improved PS Vita within a few months.With that said, if a new PSP is on your holiday shopping list, $100 isn’t a bad price to pay.160GB PS3 console – $200This isn’t quite as sweet as Best Buy’s deal for the PS3 bundled with a couple of games, but it still doesn’t hurt to save $50 on Sony’s gaming system.4GB xBox 360 console w/Kinect + $50 Walmart gift cardThis deal has you saving $100 off of the standard price of a new Xbox 360 — bundled with Kinect. The $50 Walmart gift card that they’re throwing in can go towards a game (or two, if you snag either of the game deals above at the same time).Just be aware that this is the 4GB version of the Xbox, which means you won’t have a lot of space for DLC or stored media.More coming…Stay tuned for more profiles of Black Friday deals from major retailers.via Deal News
Carbanion analogs derived from naturally-occurring aldehydes (Phys.org)—Type II polyketides are a class of compounds found in nature as secondary metabolites derived from microorganisms. Their complex structures are characterized by fused polycyclic aromatic rings decorated with a profusion of ketones and hydroxyl groups. Many common antibiotics, anti-fungal, and anti-cancer drugs are type II polyketides or are derivatives of these naturally-occurring compounds. However the “laboratory synthesis” of type II polyketides is often challenging; as in living systems, it is a highly selective multi-step enzymatic process. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Matthias Bender et al. Ruthenium-catalyzed insertion of adjacent diol carbon atoms into C-C bonds: Entry to type II polyketides, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao0453AbstractCurrent catalytic processes involving carbon-carbon bond activation rely on π-unsaturated coupling partners. Exploiting the concept of transfer hydrogenative coupling, we report a ruthenium(0)-catalyzed cycloaddition of benzocyclobutenones that functionalizes two adjacent saturated diol carbon-hydrogen bonds. These regio- and diastereoselective processes enable convergent construction of type II polyketide substructures. Researchers from the University of Texas led by Professor Michael J. Krische have developed a ruthenium-catalyzed cycloaddition of benzocyclobutenones and diols that directly deliver substructures found in diverse type II polyketides. Their catalytic reactions involve successive insertion of saturated diol carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds into a carbon-carbon (C-C) bond by way of a ruthenacycle intermediate. Their report appears in Science.This research builds on prior studies by this group on metal-catalyzed C-C bond forming reactions of alcohols via hydrogen transfer—a modern twist on carbonyl addition chemistry. Whereas classical carbonyl additions typically involve the reaction of pre-formed organometallic reagents with an aldehyde or ketone (e.g., a Grignard reaction), in the current paper these reactive species are generated transiently and in duplicate. The ruthenium catalyst inserts into a stained C-C bond to form a ruthenacycle bearing TWO carbon-ruthenium bonds, and the catalyst converts the diol to a transient diketone. These species engage in double-carbonyl addition that results in cycloaddition. The net result is the formal insertion of two saturated diol C-H bonds into a saturated C-C bond.As a model reaction to test their concept, the authors reacted benzocyclobutenone with trans-cyclohexane 1,2-diol in the presence of their ruthenium catalyst. After tweaking the reaction conditions, they obtained an 88% yield of the tricyclic product bearing a bridgehead diol, which formed exclusively as the syn-stereoisomer. To examine the versatility of their conditions, they reacted a range of benzocyclobutenones with a variety of 1,2-diols. Several of the diols tested had fused rings. This resulted in the formation of cycloadducts with tetracyclic substrates found in several type-II polyketides, including angucycline natural products with congested “bay-region” architectures. Notably, each of the reactions displayed complete regio- and stereoselectivity. Additionally, the reaction tolerated halide substitution on the benzene ring allowing for further functionalization. Studies to elucidate the reaction mechanism showed that the cycloaddition can be performed in a redox-independent manner. That is, the benzocyclobutenone can react with a diol, a ketol, or a dione producing the same product as a single regio- and stereoisomer. While the reaction of the diol is oxidative and requires a slight excess of benzocyclobutenone, the reaction of the ketol is redox-neutral and can be performed with equal amounts of benzocyclobutenone and ketol. The reductive reaction of the dione requires the addition of 2-propanol to act as a reductantBeyond broadening access to type II polyketides, the reactivity embodied by these studies has broader implications in the field of chemical synthesis. Dr. Michael Krische told PhysOrg, “In contrast to progress recently made in the field of C-H activation, the development of catalysts that modify C-C sigma-bonds has lagged behind, and is largely restricted to intramolecular reactions that insert tethered π-bonds, often requiring directing-groups. Hydrogen-transfer offers a broad, new approach to the functionalization of C-C bonds using abundant, renewable alcohols as coupling partners.” 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. Journal information: Science Ruthenium-catalyzed cyclobutenone-diol [4+2]cycloaddition via C-C bond activation: A gateway to type II polyketide natural products. Credit: (c) Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao0453 Explore further Citation: Metal-catalyzed addition of saturated carbon into C-C bonds: A relevant reaction for the synthesis type II polyketides (2017, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-metal-catalyzed-addition-saturated-carbon-c-c.html
Bose’s augmented-reality sunglasses tell you about the world around you through sound.Image: Raymond Wong/MashableBy Raymond Wong2018-03-11 22:54:37 UTC Bose — yes, the speaker and headphone company — is developing augmented reality sunglasses.But unlike the failed Google Glass and other smart glasses designed to overlay digital objects and information on top of the real world, Bose’s AR glasses have no screen and no camera. Instead, they use sound to provide useful context when you’re out and about.Announced at SXSW, the Bose AR sunglasses look like any ordinary pair of sunglasses. The 3D-printed prototypes that I saw and tried on were specifically designed to not draw attention in public.They Bose AR sunglasses (top) are about the same size as regular sunglasses.Image: raymond wong/mashableEven though they were prototypes, I was impressed by the fit. They’re super light and don’t weigh your face down. All of the electronics, including the battery, are stored inside of the stems.So what can you do with with them? Well, you can listen to music without disturbing others around you. The AR glasses have two narrow directional speakers built into the ends of the stems that blast sound right into your ears without needing any kind of earbuds. You can hear the music, but other’s can’t unless they literally press up against them.The directional speakers shoot sound right into your ears for a personal listening experience.Image: RAYMOND WONG/MASHABLEAnd they sound really great. I expected the sound to be average given how thin the speakers are, but was honestly blown away by the clarity. But then again, I probably shouldn’t have been shocked: Bose built its reputation around sound quality, after all.These are just 3D printed prototypes, but they still look pretty good.Image: RAYMOND WONG/MASHABLEBeyond listening to music, the Bose AR sunglasses know what you’re looking at without using any camera. On a walking tour outside of its SXSW activation, Bose showed me how to get audio information simply by looking at a bar or landmark and then double-tapping either the left or right stem.Bose says its AR glasses use on-board motion sensors that can detect precisely which direction you’re facing, working with GPS coordinates from a paired smartphone to essentially “see” where the glasses are facing.With the right content providers, Bose imagines users will be able to look at a restaurant or building and get reviews, ratings, and other relevant info. Tap on the stems of the AR glasses and they’ll tell you info on what you’re looking at.Image: karissa bell/mashableAdditionally, the AR glasses also recognize head-based gestures. So for instance, if you’ve got an incoming phone call, you can nod your head to answer or shake your head to decline it. Or to select items on an audio-based carousel menu, you might rotate your head to the left and right.The AR glasses themselves are a solid piece of kit, but if Bose ever wants them to catch on, it’ll need content providers to get on board with them and integrate their data. Because what good are smart glasses they can’t tell you about anything?That’s where Bose’s new $50 million venture fund comes in. They’re investing in companies to help build out its Bose AR into a platform. ASICS Studio, Strava, TripAdvisor, TuneIn, and Yelp have all signed up to work with Bose.The goal isn’t just to get services on Bose’s own hardware, but to get others to build its AR audio tech into other form factors like headphones and helmets.There’s no word on pricing, but a tweaked version of the Bose AR will be released this summer in limited quantities along with an SDK for developers.When people think of AR, they think of Google Glass or even smartphone-based AR apps such as Pokémon Go, but as Bose is trying so hard to showcase, audio is also another way to augment reality. Instead of a screen that’s shoving information in front of your eyeballs, sound can be is less distracting. And in many cases it might be the better approach. [embedded content]
Photo: Dirección de Desarrollo Urbano y Ecología While on site, urban development staff were attacked by bar staff. Police were called who arrived and escorted inspectors and officials while they finished placing the closure seals and notices. “Abuse by the owners of the night establishments will not be tolerated,” he says. Maldonado Saldaña explained that the bar was shut down on October 24 and again on December 26. He says “when we went to perform the inspection, they were operating with the closure seals in place, which tells us that they ignored the penalties that were imposed.” He added that the bar operating without a license is a sign of political corruption that for a long time prevailed in the municipality. He says that hoteliers and businessmen must operate, always, in accordance with the law.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Tulum, Q.R. — A bar in Tulum has been shut down for the third time in as many months with authorities saying they are operating without a license. President of the Hotel Association of Tulum, David Ortiz Mena, says the closure of the establishment for the excessive noise was timely to ensure the peace and tranquility for visitors. Amapola bar in Tulum has again, been shut down by the Urban Development and Ecology Department due to excessive noise. Gustavo Maldonado Saldaña, director of Urban Development and Ecology, says the bar is also operating without any permits.