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first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Long-awaited improvements to the way temporary foreign agricultural workers are housed in Canada come into effect January 1st.The changes come after workers over the years have complained about cramped and substandard accommodations.Existing laws govern everything from how many workers can live within a certain space to how many washrooms have to be provided.Byron Cruz with the Sanctuary Health Collective is hoping the more stringent inspections coming into effect improve conditions for workers.“There have been inspections in the past. I feel that this time they will be more formal and enforceable, and that’s an important step.”He says the inspection system is far from perfect. Cruz knows of cases where the employer knew inspectors were coming, brought in new appliances for the occasion, and then removed them once the inspectors were gone.“The problem with the announced inspections is that the farmer gets ready for it and that’s good on one side, but the problem is that we have also witnessed that they tell the workers ‘Oh the inspectors are coming. We are ready for that we are going to be making some changes,’ and then in one of the farms they brought a new couch, and then they also brought a stove, a nice stove,” explains Cruz. “Then when the inspector came, everything was fine, the inspector saw the house, he was happy, he made his report. The next day after that the nice new couch was taken away again, and was put back into the owner’s house.”Canadian farmers will now have to prove that the accommodations they provide for the foreign workers have been inspected and that all issues outlined during previous inspections have been addressed.Still, Cruz says the changes don’t address all housing matters that surface.“Workers are still living in cramped housing – like 15 to a house. We are seeing septic tanks located near the house, for example.”About 10,000 foreign workers are employed in BC’s farm and fisheries sectors.The foreign workers come predominantly from Mexico, but Cruz says an increasing number come from Guatemala. While many are here on a seasonal basis, some who work in commercial greenhouses are here for a two-year period.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Students had to withstand sweltering conditions in classrooms across much of Ontario as temperatures soared on Wednesday, prompting calls for the government to address the lack of air conditioning in many schools.The heat, which led Environment Canada to issue warnings from Windsor to Hamilton, highlighted the province’s long-standing struggle to maintain comfortable and adequate conditions in its aging schools.The warm weather in particular has increasingly become an issue many parents say needs to be dealt with.“I’ve picked up my son from school with his face beet-red and his hair plastered to head with sweat,” said Tonia Krauser, whose son is in Grade 1 at a school in Toronto’s downtown. “Last year, I chose to keep him home from school three times due to the excessive heat in his classroom. I know many other parents who have done the same.”Krauser, who is also co-chair of the school’s parents’ council, said it’s unreasonable to expect children to be able to focus on work while in hot, stuffy classrooms.“Do you know what helps kids learn?” she said. “Being able to breathe, being able to focus, and being able to think.”The Toronto District School Board said 128 of its 583 schools are air conditioned. To deal with the heat, the board said it has been setting up “cooling centres” at non-air conditioned schools. They involve an air conditioning unit being placed in a large space.Funding for those centres, however, comes out of the board’s repair budget, the TDSB said.“They’re not inexpensive,” said board chair Robin Pilkey. “It can cost $200,000 or $300,000 to put one of those in.”Over the long term, the board needs stable funding to address the repair backlog at its schools, Pilkey said, noting that money for repairs from the government in recent years has been just enough for emergency needs.“We react,” she said. “We don’t do anything proactively.”Ontario has a $15.9 billion repair backlog for schools across the province.Krista Wylie, co-founder of the advocacy group Fix Our Schools, said the new Progressive Conservative government would need to allocate $3 billion a year for school repairs to truly address the backlog, up from the $1.4 billion it is spending this year.“That should have always gone to school boards over the last 20 plus years to take care of the routine maintenance,” Wylie said. “We still haven’t seen the overall repair backlog start to decrease.”Earlier this summer the province cut $100 million in funding raised by the previous government’s cap-and-trade system allocated to school upgrades.On Wednesday, NDP education critic Marit Stiles called on the Tories to reinstate that funding, saying the cut has meant school boards have had to put some repairs on hold and cancel others altogether.“That means leaky roofs, that means boilers that need replacing and it means that things like air conditioning in our classrooms bump down the list of priorities every year,” she said.Education Minister Lisa Thompson said Wednesday that schools will receive $1.4 billion for maintenance and repairs in 2018-2019. The ministry is reviewing how school boards are allocating the funds provided for repair and maintenance, she added.“School boards are responsible for providing their students with a comfortable and safe learning environment,” she said in a statement. “This responsibility includes ensuring its schools are in compliance with provincial and municipal health and safety requirements, including temperatures in schools.”Ontario Public School Board’s Association President Cathy Abraham said boards find themselves in an increasingly difficult situation as they prioritize repairs for aging schools.If a board were to spend money on air conditioning at a school, it could take the place of other, more pressing needs, she said, adding that what boards need is greater flexibility in how they can spend funds allocated by the province.Meanwhile, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario said it considers extreme heat a health and safety concern for teachers as well as students.“This is an issue every year,” said ETFO president Sam Hammond. “It seems like whether it was the previous government or the current government, they’re not dealing with it the way that they should.”The government should create a formal plan to provide cash to school boards for much-needed repairs and upgrades, but until it does that it should consider cancelling classes at schools in times of high heat, he said.“They could implement an upper temperature limit,” he said. “Someone asked me if school should be dismissed for that day and I would say absolutely if there’s not air conditioning.”last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: TORONTO, ONTARIO – CHCH and Motion Content Group today announce a partnership to invest in the creation of original high-quality Canadian programming with international appeal.The drama development partnership will see CHCH and Motion Content Group jointly select projects to be developed, produced and distributed worldwide. Together, the companies will work directly with writers as well as third party producers to secure premium returnable series.The creative sensibilities and domestic relationships of CHCH, together with Motion Content Group’s global relationships and interest in supporting quality content creation will allow the companies to build international co-productions speeding up the process to get original series from development to air. The initiative is being led by Jennifer Chen, Vice President of Programming for CHCH, and Tony Moulsdale, Global Director of Programming for Motion Content Group.“Motion is committed to developing new funding models which bring premium content to the international market and which support our broadcast partner’s programming ambitions,” said Tony Moulsdale. “This deal builds on the success of our previous deals with CHCH on THE PINKERTONS and WYNONNA EARP.”“This collaboration will unlock great opportunities for Canadian content-creators, and we’re looking to work with new talent as well as world-leading established writers,” added Jennifer Chen.About CHCH-TVCHCH-TV started broadcasting in 1954 and is proud to be the news leader for Hamilton and the surrounding Halton and Niagara regions of Southwestern Ontario. CHCH produces over 24 hours of original local news programming each week. With a primetime line-up anchored by movies, news magazine shows, and hit dramas, CHCH is available to over 92% of Ontario households and is viewed by millions nationally each week. CHCH News is produced daily out of its broadcast studio located in Hamilton, Ontario. For more information, please visit chch.com.About Motion Content GroupMotion Content Group is a global content investment and rights management company which invests and partners with the world’s leading talent, producers, and distributors to fund, develop, produce, and distribute premium content for the global benefit of our content partners and networks, platforms, and advertisers.Motion utilises the unique worldwide infrastructure and deep commercial relationships of GroupM and WPP to the benefit of our content partners and advertisers. Motion investments and partnerships support the editorial and commercial requirements of producers, networks, and platforms in order to support contextually safe, high-quality advertising environments.Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, the business currently operates in 26 countries worldwide, with Motion’s broad range of award winning programming distributed globally. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Rabat – Moroccan-Spanish football player Munir El Haddadi has shown his other skills. The FC Barcelona player is mastering both the art of football and … the darbuka!In a video shared on social media, El Haddadi was having a blast playing the darbuka goblet drum with an orchestra in Madrid.The 23-year-old footballer was also spotted hanging out with Moroccan-Swedish producer RedOne and French-Algerian rapper l’Algerino. RedOne shared a few pictures on Instagram of them having a laugh during a dinner gathering. El Haddadi recently made headlines when he refused to pay a €16,000 bill in a nightclub during his birthday party, explaining that the sum did not correspond with what he consumed. It took the intervention of the police to calm the player and the owners of the club, reported El Mundo. The striker finally paid the bill, accepting a “small” discount of €1,000.Born to Moroccan parents in Spain, El Haddadi represented the Spanish national under-19 team and under-20 team. He made a brief appearance on the pitch as a substitute at an international game against Macedonia in 2014. His appearance then ruined his chances to represent the Moroccan national football team, according to FIFA eligibility rules.During his youth, the footballer played for several Spanish clubs, including Atletico Madrid, FC Valencia, and Rayo Majadahonda. read more

The Preparatory Group for the International Compact with Iraq (ICI), which aims to consolidate peace and pursue political, economic and social development over the next five years in the violence-torn country, held its second meeting today at United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Iraq Ashraf Qazi and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh co-chaired the meeting, which was also attended by senior Iraqi ministers and Government advisors, with a video-link to the European Union (EU) presidency, World Bank, UN Headquarters in New York, the Arab Fund and the Islamic Development Bank. The meeting discussed steps to ensure the success of the ICI, including expanding and reviewing its draft to reflect comments by Iraqi officials and donors.The ICI, jointly chaired by the Iraqi Government and the UN with the support of the World Bank, was launched in July. The Preparatory Group held a first meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, last month. Mr. Annan has called the ICI “an opportunity for the international community to build a strong partnership with Iraq and the wider region” with a “framework for a defined, prioritized and benchmarked economic programme for the next five years.” read more

OSU sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) shoots the ball during a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Campus editorTurnovers, poor shooting and lack of rebounding doomed the Ohio State women’s basketball team Thursday as the Buckeyes fell to No. 16 Penn State, 66-42.The 24-point loss was the worst loss for the Buckeyes this season.The 42 points were a season-low, as OSU shot just 29.6 percent from the field and allowed the Nittany Lions to grab 20 offensive rebounds and score 18 second-chance points.Three Nittany Lion players grabbed eight or more rebounds while no Buckeye starter had more than six.The Buckeyes also committed 22 turnovers, leading to 17 points for the Nittany Lions.Reigning Big Ten player of the week sophomore guard Ameryst Alston was held to just 12 points by the Penn State zone defense, shooting only 4-17 from the field.Alston was the only Buckeye who scored in double figures.Sophomore guard Cait Craft, OSU’s leading shooter from beyond the 3-point arc so far this season, made only 2-10 shot attempts from deep and finished with six points.Nittany Lion senior guard and reigning Big Ten player of the year Maggie Lucas led all players in points with 18 and in assists with five.After scoring 18 points against Indiana Saturday to tie a career-high, OSU junior guard Raven Ferguson was held to just four points while also fouling out late in the second half.Ferguson was forced to play more minutes than usual Thursday night as OSU backup junior guard Maleeka Kynard did not make the trip to State College, according to the Big Ten Network.One bright spot for the Buckeyes was senior center Ashley Adams who scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench.The Buckeyes (12-8, 2-2) are set to return home to face the Iowa Hawkeyes (14-4, 2-2) Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

The BBC would do “very well” if it moved to a Netflix subscription model, the corporation’s chairman has admitted, although he insisted the licence fee will stay.Sir David Clementi said a change to a subscription-based system would alter the very core of what the BBC represents.He told the House Of Lords Communications Committee: “The licence fee is at the heart of what we do. It makes a direct relationship between us and the public. That direct link is very important us.”I actually think the BBC might do very well under a subscription model, but it would not be the BBC you and I know.”It would be there to serve its subscribers. And the subscribers by their very nature are those who are better off.”The direct link with the licence fee is, I think, very fundamental to us at the BBC.” The BBC has scrapped free TV licences for most over-75s, restricting them to those who claim Pension Credit, causing a fierce backlash.Lord Tony Hall, the BBC’s director general, blamed government austerity for the decision to introduce the expensive concession, which would have cost the broadcaster £725 million by 2020.”Remember the context of this: 2015, height of austerity, incoming Conservative government,” he said. “I remember the conversation with the then secretary of state, that this was going to happen come what may.”We took on this policy, and it was made quite clear at the time that the policy would come to us and we would have to consult on it, and that is exactly the position we’re in now.”We have to find a way of doing this in public.”Sir David criticised the lack of transparency in the political negotiations.”We think the manner in which the 2010 and 2015 settlements were done was poor,” he said.”They were done behind closed doors, very little input from the BBC, none at all from the public.”Really, for a government that believes in transparency, a pretty odd way to go about business.”We think in future it must be evidence-based, a proper consultation. There needs to be a public debate.”Lord Hall also said the BBC must be careful not to rely to heavily on Netflix financially.He said the increased cost of drama had made co-productions a short-term solution for the BBC but that it would work with the online platform “much less” in the future. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lord Tony HallCredit: Ben Stansall/PA Lord Tony Hall read more

first_imgYou don’t have to be of Greek background to join in the Greek Easter festivities, says staff member Fiona Quinn of Shelford Girl’s Grammar in Melbourne.On Thursday Shelford Girl’s Grammar Year 7 students Daphne and Helena shared their Greek Easter traditions with their classmates in a special presentation.Both girls brought in their decorated Greek Easter candles and spoke of the holy flame that is passed around the church on Good Friday, and on Saturday followed by joyful well wishes of “Xristos Anesti!” Helena spoke of her own personal touches to the Greek traditions, including dressing up with her sister as angels as they light their candles at church on Good Friday, whilst Daphne spoke about koulourakia, which she likes to make into bird-shapes.Year 7 and 8 students also dyed eggs red and held a Greek Easter competition to determine who had the strongest egg.At Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College (OGOC), students explored Easter from a spiritual perspective including fasting, confession and communion as well participated in various Greek Easter activities at the school.Primary school students painted red eggs and decorated an Epitaphio of Christ with rich braids and colourful flowers. In true Easter spirit, students generously donated to the 2010 Easter Food Hamper and Toy Appeal for Families in Need, an initiative of the Greek Welfare Centre.Students at Alphington Grammar carried on the Easter celebrations with loukoumades cooking and an Easter treasure hunt on Friday for the Year 7s.Students at St John’s Greek Orthodox College made koulourakia (also on Friday) and will hold an Easter afternoon tea when they resume in Second term. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!What makes video games so cool and unique as a art form is their singular ability to convey meaning through gameplay mechanics. Other mediums can use written words or crafted images to make a statement, and games can do that, too. But only games can use the way a player interacts with the game itself as a means for saying something through the game, whether that’s physically trying to prevent a toxic relationship between mutual friends or taking selfies in an increasingly wild party.Hair Nah, a free browser game from Momo Pixel, is a tiny game about tiny interactions that over time add up to a big problem for Black people and, specifically, Black women. The lesson is simple. Don’t touch my hair.So I made a game cause I got tired of women putting their hands in my hair. https://t.co/q0M3i4Pwoh #donttouchmyhair #hairnah pic.twitter.com/9wsvIHbEMe— Momo Pixel (@MomoUhOh) November 15, 2017In Hair Nah players control a Black woman who, know you, has natural afro-textured hair. You can choose between different skin tones and hair styles. But no matter what hairdo you go with, from short curls to elaborate braids, soon enough white people won’t be able to keep their hands to themselves. They’ll want to start touching your hair. And it’s up to you to say, “Nah.”Each level is presented as a trip to a different destination: Osaka, Havana, and Santa Monica Pier. All of the potential touching happens while you’re traveling, walking down streets and riding in cars and going through airport security. During each leg of your journey, endless white hands come for you from every edge of the screen. To stop the touching, simply click on each intruder to swat them away.There’s a little bit more depth to this system beyond its obvious social statement. The hands come in so fast and furious you basically have to become a martial arts master to bat away all of them. But you can’t just click randomly either. You only pass a stage by filling up a meter before time runs out. The meter decreases when hands touch you and when you click on nothing. So you have to be both fast and deliberate when protecting your head.But yeah the real point of Hair Nah is to make an interactive explanation of a very common, very annoying, very dehumanizing thing that happens to Black women all the time. Just because part of someone’s body looks cool or “exotic” doesn’t mean you can touch them without permission! The game’s contrasting art style also plays into this attempt to be a lighthearted depiction of a real problem. Your character and the hands assaulting her are pixelated but look fairly realistic. However, you’re cheered on by adorable chibi sprite and vibrant colors.Hair Nah is a quick, fun, and funny way to learn a good lesson. Maybe some VR headset manufacturers should take its hair messages to heart.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… last_img read more

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Smart spacesuits, an exoplanet telescope, and solar surfing, oh my!NASA this week unveiled 18 space technology concepts selected for further research, as part of the agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.These funded technologies have the potential to transform human and robotic exploration of other worlds—including the Moon and Mars.“Our NIAC program nurtures visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions by investing in revolutionary technologies,” Jim Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, said in a statement.“We look to America’s innovators to help us push the boundaries of space exploration with new technology,” he added.Twelve hand-picked Phase I studies cover a range of innovations, each valued at approximately $125,000 for nine months of research.Bioinspired Ray for Extreme Environments and Zonal Exploration (BREEZE): Combines inflatable structures with bio-inspired kinematics to explore and study the atmosphere of Venus (Javid Bayandor, State University of New York)Power Beaming for Long Life Venus Surface Missions: Supports a Venus surface mission with power beaming (Erik Brandon, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory)SmartSuit: Intelligent spacesuit design with soft robotics, self-healing skin, and data collection for extravehicular activity in extreme environments (Ana Diaz Artiles, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station)Dual Use Exoplanet Telescope (DUET): Telescope designed to find and characterize planetary systems outside the Solar System (Tom Ditto, 3DeWitt LLC)Micro-Probes Propelled and Powered by Planetary Atmospheric Electricity (MP4AE): Floating microprobes that use electrostatic lift to study planetary atmospheres (Yu Gu, West Virginia University)Swarm-Probe Enabled ATEG Reactor (SPEAR) Probe: Ultra-lightweight nuclear electric propulsion probe for deep-space exploration (Troy Howe, Howe Industries)Ripcord Innovative Power System (RIPS): Investigation of a drag using ripcord unspooling power system for descent probes into planets with atmospheres, such as Saturn (Noam Izenberg, Johns Hopkins University)Power for Interstellar Fly-by: Power harvesting from ultra-miniature probes to enable interstellar missions (Geoffrey Landis, NASA’s Glenn Research Center)Lunar-polar Propellant Mining Outpost (LPMO): Lunar pole ice mining for propellant production (Joel Serce, TransAstra Corporation)Crosscutting High Apogee Refueling Orbital Navigator (CHARON): System for small space debris mitigation (John Slough, MSNW LLC)Thermal Mining of Ices on Cold Solar System Bodies: Proposes using heat application on frozen volatiles and other materials for resource extraction (George Sowers, Colorado School of Mines)Low-Cost SmallSats to Explore to Our Solar System’s Boundaries: Design for small satellite heliophysics mission to outer Solar System (Robert Staehle, JPL)If their initial feasibility studies are successful, participants can apply for Phase II awards, which allow researchers to further develop concepts, refine designs, and start considering how the technology will be implemented.Awards under Phase II can be worth as much as $500,000 for two-year studies.The High Étendue Multiple Object Spectrographic Telescope (THE MOST): Flexible optical telescope design that can be installed on a 3D-printed structure (Tom Ditto, 3DeWitt LLC)Rotary-Motion-Extended Array Synthesis (R-MXAS): Geostationary synthetic aperture imaging radiometer with a rotating tethered antenna (John Kendra, Leidos, Inc.)Self-Guided Beamed Propulsion for Breakthrough Interstellar Missions: Effort to advance self-guided beamed propulsion technology (Chris Limbach, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station)Astrophysics and Technical Lab Studies of a Solar Neutrino Spacecraft Detector: Small-scale neutrino detector study to advance detector technology for future probe missions (Nickolas Solomey, Wichita State University)Diffractive LightSails: Study to design and advance passive and electro-optically active diffractive films for missions in low-Earth orbit, inner solar orbits, and to distant stars (Grover Swartzlander, Rochester Institute of Technology)Solar Surfing: Materials-science study to determine best protective materials to enable heliophysics missions closer to the Sun (Doug Willard, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center)All projects are still in early stages of development; most require a decade or more of concept maturation and technology development.For the first time this summer, the NIAC program will select one Phase III research study, awarding as much as $2 million for up to two years.“NIAC is about going to the edge of science fiction, but not over,” according to Jason Derleth, NIAC program executive. “We are supporting high-impact technology concepts that could change how we explore within the Solar System and beyond.”More on Geek.com:Astronomers Capture Image of Black Hole for the First TimeISS Astronauts Had the Ultimate Pizza Party Before a SpacewalkFirst All-Female Spacewalk Aborted Due to Ill-Fitting Suitlast_img read more

ExCtg mayor Mohiuddin on life support

first_imgABM Mohiuddin ChowdhuryFormer Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) mayor and Chittagong city Awami League president ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury has been put on life support at a hospital, reports UNB.Mohiuddin was taken to Max Hospital on Thursday evening and later he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital around 10:00pm and put on life support, said his son-in-law Selim Jahangir, also head of the CCC Health Department.On 12 November last, Mohiuddin, who has long been suffering from kidney and heart diseases, was admitted to the ICU of the same hospital after he fell ill.last_img read more

first_img The Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) has been promoting the rise of products in the VR space, having started a separate conference called VRDC that runs in September. At GDC this past week in San Francisco, the expo floor, while packed with the usual game demos and booths from around the industry, was also overrun with VR-based products. VR has barely breached the consumer market yet, but there were dozens of booths that were showing off alternative technologies. There were multiple examples of room-scale VR, along with controllers and even clothing that purports to heighten the immersive experience that VR supposedly gives users.On Wednesday, which signaled the opening of the show floor, I went in knowing that this was going to be a running pattern. I had been receiving press emails in the weeks leading up to the conference from all the companies that wanted to make their exhibit stand out. I noticed immediately that many of the emails I received were not from games but from alternate VR controllers. Instead of the joysticks that come with the HTC Vive or simply using any number of familiar controllers, you can wear gloves that allow you to interact in VR or a vest that gives you additional sensations in game combat scenarios. You can get a pair of boots that claim to reduce motion sickness or wear a backpack that allows you to traverse a room.This isn’t a full rundown of the VR selection. I didn’t even have time to check out Facebook’s Oculus booth, which combined the two brands for one of the first times publicly. What I was looking out for were the off-brand efforts; the small companies with unrecognizable names in the mainstream tech industry that wanted to break into VR. We already have a number of headsets to choose from–the Vive, the Rift, the PSVR, the Daydream, the Cardboard–but what about those weird gloves I mentioned?AdChoices广告I ran across two booths that were experimenting with glove technology. One was Bend Labs, which created bendable sensors that can be used to track finger movements. It originally developed the technology for the medical space but were highlighting how you can use gloves outfitted with those sensors to pick up objects in VR. I have small hands, so the demo gloves were a little big for me, and therefore didn’t respond exactly to my movements. Having the ability to pick up objects in VR–which in this demo was a variety of blocks, guns, and swords–is also not an exact science since you can’t fully feel the object in your hand. Although, if you want to feel more involved in your virtual reality experience, being able to swat things with your hand or pick things up definitely adds another level.Courtesy CaptogloveCaptoGlove, which had a booth nearby, were further along in their VR glove experiment. While Bend Labs’ demo was very much a prototype, CaptoGlove says it’s on the way to a Kickstarter next week and have already started production on units. Its website touts it as the “first immediately usable virtual reality wearable gaming motion controller,” but it has use outside VR. With its software, a user can create hand controls for almost any PC game (one GDC attendee was using the glove to play Left 4 Dead 2 and literally held their hand in the shape of a gun). It’s expected to retail fully at around $250, so I’m expecting this modern Power Glove might appeal to gamers with a little extra cash, but little elsewhere.The market for alternate VR controllers and tech is just too small at this point to estimate if any will be profitable. It’s still unclear if the basic VR industry, with its big-name headsets–has longevity. Developers are working to expand the VR/AR industry, and most think it’s here to stay, according to the 2016 VRDC Innovation Report, but there are concerns, mainly about how to cross the motion sickness barrier and with pricing. Pricing is an especially tough nut to crack since it could cost up to $2,000 to have a working HTC Vive in your home.“If a family of four has to shell out $4,000 to play one game together, you’re not going to get widespread adoption,” one respondent noted in the survey.Sales numbers haven’t been too bad, even if they’ve been a little lackluster. PlayStation VR was on track to hit their goal of one million headsets sold after launching towards the end of 2016. It’s one of the most accessible headsets on the market since all you need is to plug it into a PS4 you might already own. Rift and Vive numbers are significantly lower due to them being niche PC peripherals rather than a console plug-in.So the VR market isn’t doing terribly in its first couple years, but how much people would be willing to spend on even more peripherals and modules remains to be seen, especially with little content to back it up. There were products on the show floor with even more niche appeal than alternative controllers. Woojer has created a haptic, vibration-heavy vest that supposedly works to enhance audio experiences, including those in games. If you get shot in-game, for example, the vest will vibrate in the area where you were shot. It mimics the sensation of being at a concert; how your body buzzes when near a speaker. I’m not an audiophile, so I’m not sure what people of that ilk would get out of this product, but it seems to have little value outside of people who want to be at a concert all the time and will spend hundreds of dollars to get there.Courtesy WoojerBut why would you spend any money on these things? Frankly, I’m not sure. The VR industry is exploding, with multiple headsets to choose from in a number of different price points. GDC’s expo proved that not only are people working to cash in on this market but are willing to try any method to do so.In terms of the consumer gamer market, it’s a large unknown. For other industries, there might be some hope. Room-scale VR technologies–or ones that don’t require so many trippable wires–are appealing to people in the medical field, for instance. Sixsense’s STEM System uses electromagnetic technology to produce a full-body representation in VR, which has been used to test demonstrations on medical procedures. Hyperverse’s room-scale VR tech includes a heavy backpack that contains the computer and the camera you’d need to hook up to sensors that can be spread across a ceiling, but it might be on the verge of creating something to replace laser tag.There’s a lot of unknowns in VR. Who knows if any of these products will sell, or if they’d make a dent at all. My theory is that a lot of them are too niche and specific to be commercially viable, with many moving into the realm of the unnecessary. With questions about VR mostly surrounding price, it seems even stranger that people would work to create even more things for customers to purchase.What I can say from my time at GDC though is that there is no shortage of people who are working to make VR viable in the long term or people who want to explore it. Even if their products end up having little impact, they can say they experimented with it. I’m Getting a Little Worried About VRThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Began in 2D Stay on targetlast_img read more

Food Authenticity Market Worth 9840 Million by 2025 Growing at a

first_imgAccording to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Food Authenticity Market by Target Testing, Technology, and Food Tested: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018-2025, the global food authenticity market was valued at $5,312 million in 2017, and is estimated to reach $9,840 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 8.1% from 2018 to 2025. In 2017, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology segment accounted for more than one-third share of the total food authenticity market.Download Sample Report: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/food-authenticity-marketThe report emphasizes on the different technologies used for food authenticity, which include polymerase chain reaction based, liquid chromatography‐mass spectrometry, isotope methods, immunoassay-based/ELISA, and others. Based on target testing, the market is classified into meat speciation, country of origin & aging, adulteration test, and false labelling. Based on food tested, it is categorized into meat & meat product; dairy & dairy product; cereal, grain, and pulse; processed food; and others. Based on region, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.Food fraud is committed when food is deliberately altered for financial gains with the intention of deceiving consumers or customers. The food standards agency (FSA) specifies two main types of food frauds, namely sale of food that is unfit and potentially harmful, and deliberate mis-description of food. In the recent times, food authenticity testing is not just a tool to identify gross substitution such as whisky, horsemeat, or olive oil, it is now quite possible to differentiate between Welsh or Scottish lamb, farmed or wild salmon, and pure or sweetened fruit juice. Food authenticity testing is not only used in identification of gross substitution in whisky, horsemeat, or olive oil but also is used to differentiate between Welsh or Scottish lamb, farmed or wild salmon, and pure or sweetened fruit juice.Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2329Various regulations on food safety particularly in the developed economies, growth in instances of food fraud, and rise in Economically Motivated Adulterations (EMA), owing to high competition among food producers drive the food authenticity market. However, high cost of food authenticity, availability of relatively cheap substitutes, and anti-dumping policies on food authenticity are expected to hamper the food authenticity industry growth.In 2017, the processed food segment was the leading revenue contributor to the global food authenticity market. 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Furthermore, presence of major players in the region is anticipated to boost the food authenticity market in the near future. North America is the second leading revenue contributor to the global food authenticity industry, and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.8% in terms of revenue.The key companies profiled in the report include SGS S.A., Intertek Group PLC., Eurofins Scientific SE, ALS Limited, LGC Science Group Ltd., Mrieux Nutrisciences Corporation, Microbac Laboratories, Inc., EMSL Analytical Inc., Romer Labs Diagnostic GmbH, and Genetic ID NA, Inc.About Us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. 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