• Epic Gas Adds Final LPG Newbuilding

    first_imgImage Courtesy: Epic GasSingapore-based owner and operator of pressurized gas carriers Epic Gas has taken delivery of the 11,000 cbm LPG carrier Epic Salina.The final vessel in a series of eight pressurised LPG newbuildings, constructed by Japanese shipbuilder Kyokuyo Shipyard, joined Epic Gas’ fleet on March 29.In January 2017, the company took delivery of the seventh newbuilding from the series, Epic Sardinia, which is under a long-term bareboat charter with purchase option. According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ship is owned by Japan-based shipping company Kumiai Senpaku.“Since the first quarter of 2013 we have grown from 22 vessels of total capacity 99,500 cubic metre, to 41 vessels and 268,900 cubic metre today, a 270% increase. Our average vessel size has increased from 4,523 to 6,559 cubic metre,” Epic Gas said.The company added that it remains committed “to providing a high-quality fleet of long term controlled assets across the fully pressurised sector of 3,300 – 11,000 cbm.”last_img read more

  • Some evacuees settling in for possible long stay in Winnipeg Brandon

    first_imgWINNIPEG – Hundreds of northern Manitoba residents forced to flee forest fires are heading home this week but most evacuees still have no idea when they might return.The Canadian Red Cross says the fire situation has improved near the Poplar River First Nation and 750 or so people who had to leave starting Aug. 11 are being flown back in small groups.But 5,000 others who were evacuated last week from three other Indigenous communities are still in Winnipeg and Brandon.The Manitoba government says a large forest fire burning near their communities is being held back but still poses a threat to the area.The Red Cross says now that the summer tourist season is over, hotel rooms have opened in Winnipeg and Brandon and many people are being moved out of large emergency shelters at a soccer facility and the Winnipeg Convention Centre.Regional vice-president Shawn Feely says about 600 people are staying in the two large shelters overnight.“What we’re finding is, people register and they’re directed to the shelter. Then they find their way to friends and family so they sleep at friends and families’ (homes) and they’ll go back to the shelter for services,” Feely said.The non-profit agency was looking at closing one of the shelters because of dropping numbers, but had not made a final decision Tuesday.The Red Cross has enlisted the help of other social agencies in Winnipeg to help provide entertainment and activities for the evacuees. Shuttle buses are running from the convention centre, which has no shower facilities, to the soccer facility to allow evacuees to clean up.Feely said there was no word on when the remaining evacuees could return to their homes in Wasagamack, Garden Hill and St. Theresa Point, but the convention centre and soccer facility are available for at least a few more weeks“There’s no pressure at this point in time,” Feely said.“If it continues on for a long period of time — and I’m not going to define a long period of time — then there’s obviously events booked in these facilities, so we will have to adjust our plans accordingly.”last_img read more

  • Patricia Arquette To Speak At Texas Conference For Women

    first_imgThe 2015 Texas Conference for Women announced today that Patricia Arquette will appear as a keynote speaker at the 16th annual Conference on October 15, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center.Patricia Arquette as Avery Ryan in CBS’s CSI: CyberArquette, an Academy Award winner for her portrayal of Olivia in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, has had a spectacular response to her heartfelt acceptance speech on the gender wage gap in the U.S. Arquette also took home the Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA awards, along with many others, for this performance. She currently stars in CBS’s CSI: Cyber as Special Agent Avery Ryan. Previous credits include NBC’s hit series Medium, Tony Scott’s True Romance and David Lynch’s Lost Highway. After seeing the destruction left by the 2009 earthquake in Haiti, Arquette founded the charity GiveLove to help victims with sustainable housing and assist with rebuilding the communities. Arquette joins Candy Chang, urban space artist and designer and TED Senior Fellow, and founder of the “Before I Die…” project, who will also deliver a keynote at the Conference.“Patricia Arquette and Candy Chang embody the bold, creative action that we encourage and celebrate at the Texas Conference for Women,” said Johnita Jones, President of the Board. “Our attendees will receive great advice and wisdom from strong leaders looking to help all women succeed.”Arquette and Chang are among the 100+ speakers appearing at the Conference, including Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family and president of New America Foundation; Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and Profounder; Mary Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy Media and author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success; Aliza Licht, DKNY PR GIRL and author of Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media; Elizabeth Thornton, author of The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things As They Are; Azita Ardakani, founder and CEO of LoveSocial; Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Take The Lead; Major MJ Hegar, Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker; Gloria Mayfield Banks, world-renowned leadership coach and many more.The 16th annual Conference hosts thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. The one-day Conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.The Texas Conference for Women is generously underwritten by Cisco, Phillips 66, Shell, State Street, United Airlines and United Healthcare.Registration is now open. To register or learn more about the 16th annual Texas Conference for Women, visit read more

  • Moroccan Cleric Calls on Parents to Divide Inheritance Equally Among Children

    Taroudante – Controversial Moroccan Islamist preacher Abdel Bari Zamzami has reportedly came up with a ‘religious’ solution to the current debate over inheritance in Morocco.Following the controversy caused  by Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH), which has urged the government to reform the family code in a way that guarantees equality between men and women concerning inheritance, Abdel Bari Zamzami recently called on parents to divide their wealth equally amongst their children before they die.According to Hespress, citing the Moroccan weekly Al Ayam, the preacher said “the only religiously-permissible way out of this problem is that parents give equal shares to their sons and daughters without leaving behind any property that will take the path of inheritance.”The same source added that the Moroccan preacher said that Islam is calling for “equality between sons and daughters in terms of giving,” unlike the case of inheritance, which states that the male should get a portion equal to that of two females. Morocco’s National Human Rights Council recently said that equality is still a long way off in Morocco, and much of the old order remains untouched, including the inheritance law section of the family code.In its report released last month under the title “Preserve the Constitutional Aims and Objectives and Make them Effective,” the Council stressed that women should receive the same inheritance as men, in accordance with the 2011 Constitution, whose Article 19 clearly calls for the implementation of gender equality.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

  • UN actions to end Darfur genocide too little too late – Saint

    28 September 2007The killings and violence that have engulfed the Sudanese region of Darfur for the past four years constitute genocide, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the General Assembly today, calling the planned hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force insufficient and too late. The killings and violence that have engulfed the Sudanese region of Darfur for the past four years constitute genocide, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the General Assembly today, calling the planned hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force insufficient and too late.Ralph Gonsalves told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate that the actions of the UN in recent years “have caused the world to wonder about the relative worth of a Sudanese or Rwandan life, versus an Israeli, Chinese, American or European life.”He accused the UN of showing “heartless neglect, in practical terms, of the genocidal campaign being waged in Darfur.”More than 200,000 people have been killed across Darfur, and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes, since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia in 2003.Mr. Gonsalves said today that “what is happening in Darfur is genocide – let us call it what it is. The United Nations must remain committed to alleviating the suffering of the men, women and children of Darfur.”A commission of inquiry appointed by the UN found in early 2005 that the Sudanese Government had not pursued a policy of genocide, but that its forces and the Janjaweed had “conducted indiscriminate attacks, including killing of civilians, torture, enforced disappearances, destruction of villages, rape and other forms of sexual violence, pillaging and forced displacement.”The commission also found credible evidence that rebel forces were responsible for possible war crimes, including murder of civilians and pillage.The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for two suspects: Ahmad Muhammad Harun, who is currently Sudan’s Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (also known as Ali Kushayb). But Sudan has not moved to arrest the two men, who are accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.Mr. Gonsalves said recent developments, particularly the authorization of the hybrid peacekeeping force (to be known as UNAMID), and the appointment of its civilian and military leaders, were “somewhat encouraging, let us not delude ourselves: the force on the ground is still insufficient, its mandate ambiguous, and its emerging presence is years too late.”At full deployment UNAMID will have about 26,000 troops and civilian police officers and some 5,000 civilian staff. The mission is tasked with acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to support the “early and effective implementation” of last year’s Darfur Peace Agreement between the Government and the rebels, and it is also mandated to protect civilians, prevent armed attacks and ensure the security of aid workers and its own personnel and facilities. read more

  • Foreign exchange rates

    These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Friday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9900Brazil real 0.3975China renminbi 0.1870Euro 1.4515Hong Kong dollar 0.162310India rupee 0.01968Indonesia rupiah 0.0000950Japan yen 0.01126Malaysia ringgit 0.2952Mexico peso 0.07213N.Z. dollar 0.9298Norway krone 0.1545Peruvian new sol 0.3905Russia rouble 0.02141Saudi riyal 0.3379Singapore dollar 0.9238South Africa rand 0.09717South Korean won 0.001122Sweden krona 0.1522Switzerland franc 1.3134Taiwanese dollar 0.04184Thailand baht 0.03751Turkey lira 0.3582U.K. pound 1.6553U.S. dollar 1.2672Vietnam dong 0.000056 read more

  • Treat Alberta companies better Wildrose Shadow Minister

    by Mike Tarasko Posted Mar 31, 2017 6:08 am MDT Treat Alberta companies better: Wildrose Shadow Minister AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Wildrose Shadow Minister for Economic Development and Trade has a simple solution for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley when it comes to an on-going feud with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. Visiting Regina Thursday, Prasad Panda met with government members and said if Notley wants to prevent companies from leaving Alberta, she needs to treat them better. “We have to make sure that we create a good business environment for long term sustainability and confidence,” Panda said.Thursday, Notely suggested Wall broke trade rules, under the New West Partnership, by sending letters to Alberta companies inviting them to move to Saskatchewan.Wall argued the letters only highlight the existing benefits of operating a business his province. He said there were no promises of further incentives, so no rules were broken. read more

  • UN postal agency regrets US withdrawal

    In a statement on Thursday, Pascal Clivaz, the Deputy Director General of the UN Universal Postal Union (UPU), established in the 19th Century, recalled the “tremendous and positive contribution” made by the US.“It is, therefore, regrettable that the US has taken this step. We, however, respect the decision because we believe it was taken after careful consideration and reflection,” he said.According to UPU, the official notification on Wednesday, from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said that the withdrawal “shall be effective one year after the day on which [the UPU receives] this notice.”Media reports stated that the US has decided to withdraw on the grounds that international mailing rates set by the UPU, in the view of the US, give an unfair advantage in particular, to China. The Union sets shipping rates for overseas mail, at a lower rate for developing countries, than developed nations.Further in the statement, Mr. Clivaz said that UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein will be seeking to meet with US officials to further discuss the matter, and expressed hope that, “through discussion and a constructive dialogue, we can help to resolve this issue to everyone’s satisfaction.”“The decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the UPU treaties is a serious one, but I believe, with the support of other members, we can resolve the matter amicably.  We will, therefore, continue to seek a constructive dialogue and to try to resolve this situation, while also upholding the UPU Constitution.”He added that UPU remains committed to support international collaboration in the postal sector.“This means ensuring that, by working with all 192 member countries, the UPU treaties best serve everyone, including the US.”Established in 1874, UPU is the primary global forum for cooperation between postal systems. It works with its member countries to bring postal services to everyone on the planet. The second oldest international organization worldwide, UPU became a UN specialised agency in 1948. read more

  • High school AllStars take Columbus court

    Every year the best high school basketball players in the nation come together to compete in the McDonald’s All-American game. The East and the West teams of high school stand-outs will play in Columbus’ Schottenstein Center tonight.Here are several things to keep your eye on. Future BuckeyesThe Associated Press National Player of the Year and headliner of OSU’s 2010 recruiting class, Jared Sullinger, will suit up for the East squad tonight. The 6-foot-9-inch center from Columbus Northland has the kind of size, athleticism and post presence that the Buckeyes have lacked for the last few years. Although his strength is definitely playing in the low post, he is plenty capable of stepping out and hitting a jump shot, making him a tough matchup for opposing defenses.It is unclear whether he will play center or forward for OSU next season, but either way he will be an impact player from the minute he steps on the floor. If Sullinger is the No. 1 recruit in OSU’s incoming class, his teammate on the East team, DeShaun Thomas, is a very close second. Thomas isn’t necessarily the inside threat that Sullinger is, but for a guy with his size he has an uncanny ability to beat people off the dribble and create his own shot. The 6-foot-7-inch forward from Fort Wayne, Ind., averages an impressive 33.9 points and 16.3 rebounds per game and, like Sullinger, could step in and play right away for the Buckeyes.Big Ten BoundTwo members of the West team in tonight’s game will likely be playing their first of several games in the Schottenstein Center. Michigan State recruit Keith Appling and Illinois recruit Jereme Richmond will both play opposite Sullinger and Thomas tonight on the West team.Appling was the winner of Monday’s skills competition and is a guard in the mold of current Spartan Kalin Lucas. He handles the ball well, can consistently score from the perimeter and, like Lucas, could give Buckeye fans trouble for the next several years. Richmond, who compares himself to NBA star Kevin Durant, is an athletic forward who does his best work on the defensive end. Smith averages more than 11 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game. Roy’s BoysThis past season was a bit of a disappointment for North Carolina and coach Roy Williams. As the defending national champions, the Tar Heels had high expectations for the 2009-10 campaign, but youth, injuries and inconsistency designated Carolina to a rare appearance in the NIT. Its struggles, however, will likely be short lived. Three of the All-Americans in tonight’s game, two from the East and one from the West, will play their college ball in Chapel Hill.The most highly touted of the future Tar Heels is Harrison Barnes. The 6-foot-8-inch forward from Iowa is No. 1 on ESPNU’s list of 2010 recruits and is considered by many to be this class’ most complete player.Joining Barnes at Carolina are the East’s Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall, both guards.Best of the RestBrandon Knight, a guard on the West team, averages more than 32 points a game, and is No. 1 in the 2010 class according to No. 4 on that list is guard Josh Selby, who won Monday’s slam dunk contest. Neither Knight nor Selby has made a decision as to where they will play college basketball, but for those interested Buckeye fans, neither is said to be considering OSU. The biggest player in tonight’s game, and coincidentally the player with the best name, is Fab Melo who stands 7 feet tall. Melo will play at Syracuse. read more

  • Ubuntu 1304 is available to download

    first_imgToday sees the release of Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), the last desktop version before Canonical fully integrates support for mobile devices. So this latest version can be viewed as a transitional release, but one that does come with some benefits for the desktop user.The first thing you should notice after an install is that 13.04 is faster (more snappy) while using less memory. This is a welcome side effect of Canonical tightening things up so as to allow Ubuntu to work on the limited hardware of mobile platforms in the near future.There has also been some user interface improvements, including Ubuntu One getting its own sync menu, a new social lens and the ability to control which apps have access to your social accounts in one place. You’ll also notice that the workspace switcher is now hidden by default and that window snapping has a nice ghost preview of the area a window will cover.If, like me, you have multiple browser windows open, Ubuntu 13.04 has made it easier to switch between them. You can now use the scroll wheel on your mouse to quickly flick between them, or click the application’s launch icon and get a list of the windows to select from. Scrolling on the Dash has also been made easier with an overlay scrollbar.The performance improvements and lower memory use alone should get existing users to upgrade, but it may also tempt a few more people to give Ubuntu a go. As always, it’s free to download and works well in a virtual machine if you would like to try it out first. Wubi is no longer included, though.If you want the version that’s fully converged for use with tablets and smartphones, you’ll have to wait for 13.10 that will arrive at the end of October. And if you’re a developer, 13.04 includes the Developer Preview SDK, which allows you to create a single app ready to deploy to all Ubuntu devices through the Ubuntu Software Center.You can grab both desktop and server versions right now from the Ubuntu website.last_img read more

  • Athens condemns Libya tanker bombing that killed two sailors

    first_imgThe Greek government condemned on Monday the bombing of a Greek-owned tanker at the Libyan port of Derna that left two sailors, a Greek and a Romanian, dead.“The Greek government will proceed to all of the necessary representations to the Libyan authorities – in spite of the volatility of the prevailing situation – to make possible the clarification of the conditions under which the tragic incident occurred, the identification and punishment of the perpetrators of the attack, and the payment of compensation to the families of the victims,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement a day after the bombing by an unidentified fighter jet.“To this end, the Greek government is already in contact with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Libya, Bernadino Leon, and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.”The Araevo, owned by Athens-based Aegean Shipping Management, was carrying 12,600 tons of crude oil and had 26 crew members on board. Two other crew members were injured.“According to information from the company that owns the Araevo, the vessel was under lease to Libya’s state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) and for a number of years traveled between the Libyan ports of Marsa al-Brega and Derna without any problems,” the ministry added.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Employee files harassment discrimination claim against city of Vancouver

    first_imgBronson Potter Assistant City Attorney Debra Quinn has filed a tort claim and whistleblower complaint against the city of Vancouver for harassment, discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment.Quinn’s claim outlines multiple allegations of harassment and gender discrimination, as well as personal and widespread retaliation.The tort claim, filed with the city Sept. 20, states that since City Attorney Bronson Potter was appointed in 2014, “he has deliberately and intentionally created a hostile work environment against women, minorities and women over 40, that I find personally offensive to me as a woman, minority and person over the age of 40.”Quinn’s first claim dates to December 2013 when Potter spoke to a female co-worker about an upcoming Christmas party. Quinn states Potter referred to women in a vulgar fashion. At another time, she states, he joked that he needed to “go put his wig on” in reference to a female employee who was fighting cancer and wore a wig.Potter said he acknowledges an inappropriate statement he made about “anatomy” but denies making the statement about the wig.“I regret it; have apologized for it; and have learned from the experience,” Potter said. “It was an isolated incident in a public career that spans over 25 years. It was not representative of what (I) expect from myself or others.”Quinn also claims she faced retaliation when she complained about the comments by being denied a promotion to chief assistant city attorney, a position now held by Jonathan Young, who is also named in the tort claim.last_img read more

  • San Diego Mayor meets with other North American Mayors at Los Cabos

    first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: June 6, 2019 San Diego Mayor meets with other North American Mayors at Los Cabos Summit June 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined more than 100 U.S., Mexican and Canadian mayors in Los Cabos, Mexico, today for the inaugural North American Mayors Summit.The three-day meeting is intended to improve relations and dialogue between the three countries. Faulconer opened the summit by welcoming his fellow mayors and is expected to sign a joint collaboration agreement with other summit attendees.“This summit comes at a critical time as we look toward the passage of the new (U.S.-Mexico-Canada) trade agreement, work to end the environmental crisis in the Tijuana River Valley and foster greater economic growth,” Faulconer said. “I look forward to meeting with my fellow North American mayors over the next few days to define shared goals for our countries.”The summit comes as tensions rise between the Mexican and U.S. governments over immigration. President Donald Trump has held firm in his threat to implement tariffs June 10 on all Mexican imports if the country’s government doesn’t do more to stop immigrants coming through its southern border with Guatemala and Honduras and, ultimately, attempting to enter the U.S. illegally or otherwise.Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is scheduled to address the summit tomorrow as U.S. and Mexican officials continue to negotiate a deal to avoid the tariffs, which would rise as high as 25% by Oct. 1. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard organized the summit, according to the mayor’s office.“Now more than ever it is important that we come together at all levels of government to have productive conversations about the challenges and opportunities that exist for our three nations,” Faulconer said. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

  • ASA Leads Coalition to Secure Waiver of PAYGO

    first_imgASA led a coalition of farm bill stakeholder groups in a letter to House leadership Thursday urging the House to include a waiver of funding sequestration under the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 that could have significantly impacted a vast majority of USDA programs.“Funding for mandatory programs and activities subject to sequestration that are administered by USDA is estimated at $20 billion in FY-2018. Programs affected would include virtually all provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014, with the exception of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Conservation Reserve Program, and the crop insurance program,” wrote the groups.“Action by the House and the Senate to waive sequestration under Statutory PAYGO is essential to keeping these vital programs funded in 2018,” the letter states. “The consequences of even a short delay in providing a waiver would be severe.”Following the letter to the House, both the House and the Senate passed their Continuing Resolutions containing the PAYGO waiver on to President Trump for his signature.A full copy of the letter can be found at the link below:House Letter on Statutory PAYGO Final With Signatureslast_img read more

  • Now in minority House Republicans fail to cut budget

    first_imgRep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, during a discussion in the House Finance Committee in February. He wants further budget cuts. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Republican House caucus is pushing to cut the state government budget. But they no longer hold the majority. Instead of shrinking, the House version of the budget has actually grown.Listen nowThe House Finance Committee has been working through $150 million in proposed cuts by minority-caucus Republicans. So far, the mostly Democratic majority has turned down the reductions.Anchorage Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt expressed concern Thursday that the majority isn’t making any cuts.“At some point in time not every single thing in this budget can be a sacred cow we can’t touch,” Pruitt said.The committee did vote to add to the budget. They include adding $2.1 million to the Alaska Marine Highway to increase service.Overall, House Finance subcommittees and the full Finance Committee have added more than $200 million to Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget of $4.2 billion. Most of the change was to increase Permanent Fund dividends, by $98 million and to “inflation proof” the Permanent Fund, by $120 million.North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson said she’s disappointed there hasn’t been more discussion on the more than 200 cuts she proposed.“We have to look inside each and every budget to see where we can decrease the budget,” Wilson said.But Anchorage Democratic Rep. Les Gara said many of the cuts would hurt the most vulnerable residents.“You know, to toss people to the side just because they don’t have money or because they have difficulty, that’s not what I would do as a legislator,” Gara said.The Senate Finance subcommittees are finishing their work over the next week. The Senate majority is looking to make up to $300 million in cuts.The gap between state spending and oil royalties, taxes and fees is $2.7 billion.last_img read more

  • Roblox 101 Everything Parents Needs to Know About The Game

    first_imgStay on target I’d wager that the vast majority of kids aged 8-15 have heard of Roblox. If they haven’t heard of it by name then they’re at least likely aware of it and have seen it before. That’s just how popular it is right now, especially in the United States. But we’ve already covered what Roblox is and who plays it — so where does that leave parents?Like it or not, parents aren’t going to be able to monitor everything their children do while on the internet. That’s why finding safe and appropriate spaces is all the more important. It’s impossible to truly guarantee an online space is entirely safe for younger audiences without constant 24/7 supervision and hands-on moderating, which is why awareness and a proactive approach to things like Roblox is extremely valuable.Creating a Roblox AccountWhen someone creates a Roblox account there are several different tiers of activation. For example, when you first make an account on the official Roblox website, you don’t even need an email to get started. You’ll need it to communicate effectively with players, but just to get in and start playing you don’t need an email. If your child plays Roblox, you should really insist on setting up an email account and fully verifying their account.If your child is under the age of 13 then their account will have extra protections on it as well that limit who can speak to them in-game, who can reach out to them via messages, and severe limitations on their ability to buy points and spend money. In short, it’s the way to go.However, since anyone can make a Roblox account quickly and easily, that means that there is no way of knowing who your kids are playing with at any given moment. That being said, if their chat functions are restricted there isn’t a whole lot to really worry about.Privacy Policies and Data CollectionJust like most any online game, Roblox does have its own Privacy Policy to assuage concerns about the sharing of users’ personal information. It gets updated a lot to stay current.And like any modern website, Roblox does collect and store data from all of its users. This includes things like tracking cookies so it remembers who you are and what your tendencies may be. It will also send bug and crash reports if there are any issues. It does not, however, share account details or personal information with any third parties like advertising agencies or other users.In the Social Networks section of a user’s profile they can also add connections to services like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook — but depending on your child’s age, they may not have access to those services yet. If they do get connected it can do things like post badges on news feeds and displays links for Roblox friends to connect on social media channels. This is a way that your child’s real, personal life and digital, Roblox life can be connected, so just be aware.Inappropriate Content and Parental ControlsRoblox has received a COPPA-certified kidSAFE Seal for its website, which means they’ve been awarded this designation to show that they comply with online safety and privacy standards for kids. They’re also in full compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) which has been in effect since 2000.However, as stated before, it’s impossible to ensure 100% moderation at all times. Roblox is an enormous platform with millions of players chatting, playing, and creating literally all the time. Vulgar language and overtly offensive content are automatically filtered out of chat boxes and suggestive or offensive material in a game world will get removed if reported. But if your child is the one that sees the inappropriate content first, then it’s just one of those unfortunate circumstances. Luckily there are lots of ways to filter out who can contact your child in Roblox, which you can find in the Account Settings section of the website. The creators of the game, Roblox Corporation, also have an open-door policy regarding people reaching out, so feel free to send them an email: an InterestThat just about does it for everything parents need to know about Roblox. The last recommendation we can make is that you should make an account of your own and play with your child to show an interest in their hobbies. It’s like when you played with Legos, but this time it’s all on the computer. Check out our list of the Top 10 Racing Games in Roblox for some ideas of what to play together.—David Jagneaux is a tech and gaming journalist with bylines on several prominent media publications such as IGN, Polygon, Playboy, UploadVR, Motherboard, Gamecrate, VICE, GamesMaster Magazine, and many others. He is also the author of The Ultimate Roblox Book, an upcoming book for anyone interested in learning more about Roblox and how to get started with building their own worlds. It’s being published by Adams Media and is due to release in January of 2018. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon right here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Roblox 101: How To Make Actual Money In The GameRoblox 101: How To Make Your First Game last_img read more

  • All the pressure is on Kirk Cousins to beat the Packers

    first_imgAll the pressure is on Kirk Cousins to beat the PackersThe Vikings head into Green Bay this weekend in a game that Colin thinks the Vikings should win. Not only does Minnesota have a far better roster than the Packers, but Aaron Rodgers will clearly be at less than 100%.Colin thinks that all the pressure is on Kirk Cousins to win the game and justify his massive contract. There’s really no excuse for Minnesota not to win. Also:– Colin’s NFL Week 2 Blazin’ 5– Colin’s Top 20 NFL QB’s– Colin’s CFB Picks Guests:T. J. Houshmandzadeh – Former Bengals Pro Bowl Wide Receiver; Eric Dickerson – FS1 NFL Analyst and NFL Hall of Famer; Petros Papadakis – FS1 College Football Analystlast_img read more

  • Recap Person cut free from vehicle after car leaves A500

    first_imgPolice search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.20:01Road now clearedThe road has now cleared19:39A500 collision: What we know so farThe A500 Southbound is partially blocked between Alsager Road and Talke Roundabout due to a collisionOne vehicle has left the carriageway in an accident just after 6pm todayFirefighters cut one person free from the vehicle and they have now been taken to hospitalWe have no word on if there are any other casualties at this stageDelays continue in the area19:37Latest from InrixA500 D Road Southbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident from Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off, Millend) to A34 Talke Road (Talke Roundabout, Talke Pits).Affecting traffic between Talke and Park End. 19:30Traffic backing upMotorists are continuing to report delays back towards the motorway.19:25One occupant of vehicle cut freeA Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said:We were called at 6.12pm to reports of an RTC. Newcastle and Sandyford attended. One vehicle had left the carriageway and collided with the barrier.One casualty was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated and taken to hospital.” 19:21Firefighters called at 6.12pmStaffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed they were called at 6.12pm. Fire crews from Sandyford and Newcastle attended.19:18The affected stretch of the A500 this eveningThe affected stretch of the A500 this evening (Image: Inrix)19:17What we know so farEmergency services are at the scene on the A500One vehicle has left the carriagewayCollision first reported just after 6.30pm Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes center_img Emergency services are at the scene of a collision on the A500 in North Staffordshire this evening (Tuesday, July 2). The A500 D Road Southbound is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic due to the accident from Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off, Millend) to A34 Talke Road (Talke Roundabout, Talke Pits). Affecting traffic between Talke and Park End. A number of readers, and photographs from the scene, show police, fire and paramedics are in attendance. The accident was first reported at around 6pm, according to traffic data company Inrix. A vehicle left the carriageway – and the fire service had to cut one occupant free. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said:  “We were called at 6.12pm to reports of an RTC. Newcastle and Sandyford attended. One vehicle had left the carriageway and collided with the barrier. “One casualty was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated and taken to hospital.”  Traffic England is reporting delays of around 10 minutes against expected travel times at the moment. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

  • Meet Fabiana Granados Costa Ricas star at Miss Universe

    first_imgCourtesy of Miss Universe Organization What’s this I heard about controversies with Miss Costa Rica? Miss Costa Rica faced two wholly stupid and rather minor controversies. When Granados was named Miss Costa Rica during the summer, her initial reaction was to yell “Oh My God!” Yes, in English. This offended some jingoistic types, who we suppose expected her to say “Dios mío,” or “¡Que tuanis, mae!” For the record, Granados speaks flawless Spanish. Don’t hate.The other controversy was two-pronged, and centered around Granados’ outfit for the National Costume event of Miss Universe. Granados wore a feather-heavy pink costume that was designed to honor the espátula rosada (roseate spoonbill), a wading bird that inhabits her native Guanacaste. Several critics bashed the costume for being over-the-top and gaudy. In general, most of the outfits looked absurd (Miss USA dressed as a Transformer; Miss Curacao as a gecko).But the other infinitesimal polemic honed on how the costume was recycled from a previous event. In 2011, the ensemble was worn during the annual Festival of the Lights Christmas parade. San José Municipality loaned Granados the hand-me-down costume for her trip to Moscow. Not a big deal at all. Here’s the outfit, by the way: Does she embody the image of the Costa Rican environmental activist?Costa Rica has a history of supermodel/environmentalists. And Granados seems to follow that line of thinking. On her Miss Universe profile she says:“I believe pollution is the biggest problem facing the world today. We need to come together to reduce our energy consumption to power our lives in the future.”We approve!How does Fabiana feel about exfoliating with coffee and honey?She enjoys it.How did Miss Costa Rica do in the pageant? Many of the Latina participants received hype coming into the pageant. Granados was probably one of the most praised. A former Miss Universe even considered her one of the five favorites. Overall, she did well, reaching the semifinals (Top 16 out of 86 participants). Counterpart Venezuela won Miss Universe (the country’s seventh win, second to the United States. The U.S. won last year). What’s the best way to get a date with Fabiana? Please help.Wow, um, that’s a blunt question to ask. This is getting a little uncomfortable. All these questions about this woman whom we’ve never met.Here, according to her bio, Granados likes to ride motorcycles, four wheelers, horses and mountain bikes. So maybe if you like those activities then you have a chance (ed. note: You do NOT actually have a chance with Miss Costa Rica). Do you have anymore photos of her?*sigh* Here are the images you’ve been waiting for: Fabiana Granados, a 23-year-old Tica from the northwestern province of Guanacaste, represented the country as Miss Costa Rica at the Miss Universe pageant. The Tica attained a spot in the Top 16 on Saturday. It was an impressive showing from a country that’s never won Miss Universe before and has had little past success.Here’s what you need to know about Miss Costa Rica 2013: What is there to know about this year’s Miss Universe pageant?The event took place at Crocus City Hall in Russia on Saturday morning (Costa Rica time). Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and figure skater Tara Lapinsky were among the judges, and Mel B, aka “Scary Spice” from the Spice Girls, was one of the hosts. Pageant experts (there are a lot, surprisingly!) considered Granados one of the favorites among the 86 participants.  Granados flew all the way from Costa Rica to Russia for a beauty pageant. That’s some trip. Did she get to do anything else while there?She and the rest of the Miss Universe contestants went sightseeing of course! They took a tour of the Red Square and the Kremlin. Here is a photo of Granados posing outside St. Basil’s Cathedral, an illustrious church commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in 1552, in case you were wondering. And yes, Granados’ scarf, hat and gloves match the facade of the cathedral. She came prepared. No related posts. All photos courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization Facebook Comments Courtesy of the Miss Universe Organizationlast_img read more

  • Go back to the enewsletter The AsiaPacific Incen

    first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), 23 to 24 February 2016, has revealed its highly anticipated Knowledge Program, featuring creative sessions presented by industry leaders.A centrepiece of the two day tradeshow, the AIME Knowledge Program will offer event professionals a range of best-practice case studies, technology solutions and future trends.Ian Wainwright, Event Director – AIME, Reed Travel Exhibitions explained that the program has been designed to offer tangible solutions in an ever changing marketplace.“With the event industry constantly adapting to market fluctuations and global influences, it’s vital that the community has solid statistics, research and case studies on which to make immediate decisions, and assist in preparing for the future.“Centered on the key themes of innovation, connection and engagement, the Knowledge Program draws on experience from members of all parts of the event community. Their knowledge, advice and solutions will help event professionals develop themselves and grow their businesses,” said Mr Wainwright.All AIME Knowledge Program sessions are free to attend and easily accessible in new purpose built theatres on the show floor. Industry heavyweights include:Andrew Roberts, Business Development Manager, American Express will present global meeting trends for 2016, highlighting how to respond to changing circumstances including social media, compliance, technology, BRIC countries and incentives.El Kwang, Managing and Editorial Director, Biz Events Asia will present current behaviour trends of the Asian market, bust myths about working with international clients and offer tips to establish the right relationships.Darren Natale, Managing Director, Aesthetic – An Experiential Creative Agency, will take the audience through the two highly important steps that sit at each end of the event life cycle; strategy and measurement.Joyce DiMascio, Chief Executive, Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) will deliver an engaging session outlining events by members of EEAA that have showcased innovation, best practice and marketing successes.Sonja Firth, Director, Business Influencer, will demonstrate how LinkedIn can build credibility, and bring new opportunities in the world of big business, as well as gain an understanding of how to successfully turn strangers into contacts, contacts into leads, and leads into long lasting advocates.John Peacock, General Manager, Associations Forum will facilitate a session challenging the audience to consider the latest association event trends and what needs to be done to keep relevant in a constantly changing environment.Alan Ivory, VP of Professional Services, etouches will comment on how companies today spend 30% of their marketing on events, but fail to effectively calculate ROI from these events. He will outline what needs to be tracked and how to do that with an objective and scientific approach to ROI calculation, one that takes in engagement achieved, interactions, outcomes and feedback from the audience.Peter Gray, General Secretary, The Incentive Association Inc. and Ed Bernacki, Management Committee Member, The Incentive Association Inc. will demystify the science behind putting together an effective incentive programme and suggest some innovations.Damien Munro, Senior Business Development Manager, Eventbrite will share new research that illustrates the importance of the live experience on the human experience, and trends that point to the health of the industry.Michael Licenblat, CEO, Bounce Back Fast will close the program offering solutions of how to cope with the pressures and changes that will challenge you. Attendees will leave the session understanding how to build personal resilience to bounce back from setbacks, pressures and stresses.The AIME Knowledge Program will also include a series of intimate interviews with inspiring personalities from around the globe, produced by Saxton Speakers Bureau.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more