Insurgency developer New World Interactive opens Canadian studio

first_imgInsurgency developer New World Interactive opens Canadian studioNew World North follows sustained growthChristopher DringHead of Games B2BWednesday 6th February 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNew World InteractiveNew World Interactive will open a second studio in Calgary, Canada.The developer, best known for the Insurgency series, says the new outfit will be known as New World North.New World Interactive was formed in 2010 by the developers behind the Half-Life 2 mod Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat. The studio has since released Insurgency, a standalone game, and Day of Infamy, which have combined sold six million copies on PC. Its latest game, Insurgency: Sandstorm, was released in December and arrives on consoles later this year. It’s primary studio is in Denver, Colorado.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The new office will provide post-release support for Insurgency: Sandstorm and development support for an unannounced future project. “This is an incredibly exciting time for New World and marks a major milestone for us as a company as we look to expand upon the success of Insurgency: Sandstorm, by increasing our skillset, production values and continued innovation within the tactical shooter genre,” said president Keith Warner.New World founder Jeremy Blum added: “We are committed to constantly improving ourselves and pushing the boundaries with the experiences we create. With our roots coming from a hobbyist background, it’s been an ongoing challenge for us to centralise our team. Given the company’s newfound success with Insurgency: Sandstorm we have a tremendous opportunity to open a studio and bring together the majority of our team. After careful consideration into where this location should be, we have decided on Calgary, and look forward to growing our team in our new home.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesThe pros and cons of Early AccessAfter going through the process twice, New World Interactive highlights the ups and downs of iterative developmentBy Brendan Sinclair 4 years agoInsurgency a sign of the timesNew World’s Steam Early Access-funded shooter underscores how business models have been turned upside-downBy Brendan Sinclair 7 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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96 people charged in Texas marriage fraud scheme to get Green Cards

first_imgPattanaphong Khuankaew/iStock(HOUSTON) — Nearly 100 people in Texas have been indicted on federal marriage fraud charges, in a scheme allegedly aimed at securing U.S. Green Cards for Vietnamese nationals, according to officials.The alleged ringleader of the scheme, Houston resident Ashley Yen Nguyen, had associates operating throughout Texas and Vietnam, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a press release. The indictment, which names 96 people, was filed on April 30 in the Southern District of Texas, but it remains under seal.The suspected criminal organization allegedly created 150 sham marriages in the past six years, ABC Houston station KTRK-TV reported.“Marriage fraud is a serious crime,” USCIS Houston Director Tony Bryson said in the statement. “This indictment reveals how successful our working relationships are with our law enforcement and intelligence partners when it comes to investigating marriage fraud. USCIS remains steadfast in our commitment to ensuring national security, public safety and the integrity of the immigration system.”Each “beneficiary spouse” allegedly paid Nguyen between $50,000 to $70,000 to obtain full U.S. permanent resident status, according to the ICE statement. The agreements allegedly dictated that individuals would pay an additional amount for each benefit he or she received, such as admission into the U.S., conditional U.S. permanent resident status an, finally, full U.S. permanent resident status.The organizers allegedly went so far as to prepare fake wedding albums that included photographs, the statement said.The suspects also allegedly provided false tax, utility and employment information to USCIS, it said.Several individuals also allegedly acted as guides for those who traveled from Vietnam to petition for residency in the United States, according to ICE. The guides acted “under the guise” that they were meeting their fiances, but they were actually “beneficiary spouses paying the criminal organization to circumvent U.S. law,” the statement said.The couples involved in the fraudulent marriages did not live together and did not intend to do so, “contrary to the official documents and statements they submitted” to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in Houston, the statement said.“The spouses only met briefly, usually immediately before they obtained their marriage license, or not at all,” the statement read.Attorney Trang Le Nguyen was also charged with preparing paperwork associated with at least one of the fraudulent marriages and allegedly instructed a witness who provided information to law enforcement to “go into hiding” and not travel by air, according to ICE. That attorney was charged with obstructing and impeding the due administration of justice and tampering with a witness. ABC News could not immediately reach an attorney for her.The indictment remains sealed for those who have been charged but are not yet in custody, according to ICE. It includes 47 counts of marriage fraud, 50 counts of mail fraud, 51 counts of immigration fraud and 51 counts of false statements under oath in a matter relating to the registry of undocumented immigrants, according to ICE’s statement.The charges — conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud and tampering with a witness, victim or informant — all carry possible 20-year federal prison sentences, the release said.On Monday, several family members of some of those indicted trickled in and out of court, according to KTRK-TV.Marc Carter, the attorney for the alleged ringleader, Nyugen, told KTRK-TV that his client was included in the indictment “because she’s helped people.”“The government in these detention hearings always try to make these salacious kind of statements and arguments,” Carter told KTRK. “They were also making a point to let the judge know she is a naturalized citizen that is somehow less than someone born here.”A federal judge ruled that Nyugen was a flight risk, and she is being held, as is her husband, according to KTRK-TV. Nyugen’s daughter was released after posting a bond, KTRK-TV reported.Carter did not immediately answer ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus live updates: Emergency aid approved after New York declared ‘major disaster’

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket, some states are acting quickly by ordering variations of stay-at-home orders for residents. Oregon joined California, Illinois, New York, among others Friday night by issuing its order.The respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, has reached every continent except Antarctica, and every state in America since emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.Globally, there are at least 275,000 diagnosed cases and 11,399 coronavirus-related deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. More than 88,000 people have recovered from the virus worldwide.In the United States, at least 19,624 diagnosed cases have been confirmed with at least 260 deaths. So far, 147 have recovered from COVID-19 in the U.S.Today’s biggest developments:– US Army scientists are on the front lines in fight against coronavirusHere’s how the news is unfolding today. All times Eastern.8:59 a.m.: Feds will have to prioritize supply and demand, former WH security adviser saysFormer White House security adviser Tom Bossert told “Good Morning America” that federal authorities will soon have to make the difficult decision of determining who gets equipment and who does not.“We are now in a kind of desperate life and death type of — almost two weeks before, maybe a week before — decision-making process, where federal authorities are going to have to start shunting equipment to places that need it and away from other places that want it,” Bossert, an ABC News contributor, told co-anchor Dan Harris.Bossert added that hospitals and ICUs “are going to be overwhelmed.”Bossert is a former security adviser to President Donald Trump. He noted that when watching recent White House press conference, he heard the efforts being made to stop the virus.However, he also hoped that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence would continue to remind the public that “despite all of our efforts, with millions and millions of these pieces of equipment it’s not yet enough.”6:17 a.m.: Amman, Jordan, all of Colombia institute lockdownsMore countries and major cities around the world are shutting down in an attempt to flatten the curve to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.Amman, the capital city of Jordan, instituted a strict 24/7 stay-at-home policy Saturday that has strong repercussions if residents don’t adhere to the rules.In a televised statement, government spokesman Amjad Adayleh said the curfew would remain in force until further notice. The drastic measure, Adayleh said, was initiated because “citizens did not respect directives,” requesting them to self-isolate in their homes.Breaking the curfew would result in “immediate imprisonment,” for up to one year, he said.The measures include closing schools and banning daily prayers in mosques for its 10 million residents.Colombia also imposed a nationwide lockdown, which begins Wednesday and will last for 19 days.“It is time to understand that our behavior saves lives,” President Iván Duque said in a statement Friday.Jordan has 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and Colombia has 128.Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis.3:01 a.m.: FEMA emergency aid approved after NY declared ‘major disaster’President Donald Trump formally approved Federal Emergency Management Agency aid late Friday night after declaring the state of New York a “major disaster.”The emergency declaration frees up funds to help recovery efforts to combat the coronavirus.“Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures,” FEMA said in a statement.New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said the president told him he would approve the measure earlier Friday evening.“FEMA needs to get to work NOW to open these MANY billions in direct aid for New York and individuals to help save lives and protect public health,” the Senate minority leader tweeted. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Cuomo’s crisis: What a weakened or departing governor means for real estate

first_imgPhoto Illustration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (iStock, Getty/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)When the real estate industry wanted an alternative route to comply with a New York City building emissions cap, it looked to Albany. This year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered one in his executive budget proposal.But that change, and other industry priorities, are now in jeopardy. Cuomo is facing calls from Democrats and Republicans to resign after three women accused him of sexual harassment. Even before those reports emerged, Assembly member Ron Kim had begun pushing for impeachment over the revelation that Cuomo’s administration underreported Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes. The legislature this week moved to strip him of the emergency powers granted at the start of the pandemic, preventing him from issuing new directives and limiting his ability to extend existing ones.The uncertainty over the governor’s future looms over Albany as state officials work out how to balance the $193 billion budget before April 1. Advocates and elected officials have already taken aim at key proposals, including the emissions workaround, and hope Cuomo’s weakness or absence will give them more leverage.Beyond the budget, some in the real estate industry are concerned about what the loss of a powerful ally would mean for pandemic recovery and other initiatives, including the renewal of Affordable New York, a property tax break treasured by multifamily developers.“The governor has generally been a pro-growth pragmatist. The real estate industry has depended on that to keep attention and focus in a positive way on investment in our built environment,” said Kathryn Wylde, the president of the Partnership for New York City. “The governor’s troubles are a real threat to the pace and strength of our recovery.”Industry championWhen Cuomo, then state attorney general, ran for governor in 2010, he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from some of the biggest names in the industry. That backing has run into the eight figures during his three terms — and has picked up when issues of particular import cross the governor’s desk.In 2012, the New York Times reported that a committee largely backed by real estate leaders had raised more than $12 million for Cuomo, making it the largest-spending advocacy organization in Albany. Some of those donors were pushing for a cap on local property taxes that the governor had proposed. Ahead of the renewal of Affordable New York’s predecessor 421a that year, Extell Development’s Gary Barnett and his wife donated $100,000 to Cuomo.It was Cuomo who set the terms for the renewal of 421a in 2017, ignoring a deal reached by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Real Estate Board of New York. Instead, he tasked developers and construction unions with hashing out a compromise that included prevailing wage requirements. Though the resulting impasse led to the temporary expiration of the tax break, the governor could take a victory lap when the two sides agreed on Affordable New York.That tax break is slated to expire in 2022, and some Democrats are calling for its immediate repeal. Cuomo is expected to push for renewal, Wylde noted.“Generally, the governor brings a more practical and objective approach to all the issues that the advocates want decided on a more ideological basis,” the business leader said. “I think the decisions that have been made on facts and data may be lost in the politics if the governor and his staff are not able to manage some of those conversations effectively.”The governor’s Local Law 97 amendment would allow building owners to buy renewable energy credits outside the city to offset their properties’ greenhouse-gas emissions, potentially saving some of them millions of dollars. The proposal is backed by the Real Estate Board of New York.Jonathan Westin, director of the left-wing group New York Communities for Change, said there is now a better chance of removing the governor’s “poison pills” from the budget. Tenant advocates also hope the governor will permit some of their proposals to become law, including the cancellation of rent debt and a good cause eviction bill.“He has literally no legs to stand on anymore,” Westin declared.The pragmatistSome are skeptical that the allegations will end Cuomo’s career, though the situation underscores the danger for real estate of relying almost entirely on him — a strategy that backfired after Democrats captured the state Senate in 2018.“They bought in. They took the Kool-Aid. This guy is really good at his job,” one industry lobbyist said. “They were enamored. But [pinning your hopes on one person] is also shitty planning.”At the end of the day, the governor protects himself first. And when the time came in 2019 to renew the state’s rent stabilization law, Cuomo read the room: There were more tenants than landlords, and no Republicans to blame.Landlords were shocked by the tenant-friendly bill that emerged, and when they made an 11th-hour plea to Cuomo to step in, he instead embraced the reforms, calling them “the most sweeping, aggressive protections in state history.”In 2019 he also considered an annual pied-à-terre tax, although real estate interests ultimately persuaded lawmakers to instead raise transfer taxes on high-end home sales.One real estate source noted that Cuomo was only an ally when his interests aligned with the industry. In that circumstance, he was a powerful friend.“One day he is an ally; one day he’s an enemy. It all depends on his personal calculus,” the source said. “You don’t know if you are going to get the handshake or the knife at any moment with Andrew Cuomo.”The governor’s tenuous position has some worried about the state’s pandemic response. Another industry source also noted that distress at the state level is compounded by uncertainty over who will be elected mayor to lead the city’s recovery.“Stability in government is good for the real estate industry,” the source said. “It’s just not a good time for the government to be falling apart.”Georgia Kromrei contributed reporting.last_img read more

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7 New City Restaurants to Try in 2021

first_imgRecently, we looked at some of the best new restaurants to open in the Chicago suburbs in 2020. Now, we’ll highlight a handful that joined the city roster last year, ranging from very casual to one-of-a-kind exquisite fusion. If nothing else, 2020 gave us these seven great spots that should hopefully stick around a while.Loop – MinahasaImage: MinahasaMany downtown office workers continue to work from home at the moment, but new Loop arrival Minahasa is something you have to look forward to upon your return. The Revival Food Hall tenant brings Indonesian fare to the group of over a dozen vendors. Minahasa is one of only a handful of vendors open currently, for takeout/delivery only lunch and dinner at the moment, but when Revival is back to rocking during the lunch rush you can bet it will quickly become a favorite. Menu highlights include beef rendang, a beef stew braised in dry curry spice paste with coconut milk, soto ayam, an Indonesian chicken noodle soup, and two excellent chicken entrees. Pilsen – Pilsen YardsImage: Pilsen YardsThis roomy spot near the corner of 18th and Racine was formerly Monnie Burke’s, where many will remember a very long patio. The new Pilsen Yards has spruced up that patio. Most importantly though, it’s large enough that it should be amongst the most distancing-friendly outdoor dining spots in the city as the crowds return to eating out. Tacos are the main feature of the menu, although the carrots al pastor, burger, and ceviche are be worth a try too. Pilsen Yards will also has a brunch, but make sure to check out The Alderman, a speakeasy with classic and innovative cocktails. Wicker Park – Cheba HutImage: Eater ChicagoUp your sandwich game with “the best bread in the business” and an impressive number of innovative sandwich creations. This location at Damen and Division is the first Chicago outpost for the chain, which is known for its fun vibes. The casual eatery also features a handful of salads and munchies including garlic cheese bread, loaded “not’chos” that actually use Doritos as the base, pretzel nuggets, hummus, and meatballs, and a full bar. When you’re looking to switch things up from Potbelly or Jimmy John’s, Cheba Hut is the place you need to try. If you’re a fan, download the app and start cranking up rewards.Beverly – Flippin FlavorsImage: Flippin FlavorsChicago won’t be winning the cheesesteak competition anytime soon, but this new Beverly spot provides a solid taste of Philly, and another trip worth making to upgrade your sandwich game. Flippin Flavors is found on a busy stretch of 95th St just west of the Metra station. The menu runs through some classic sub combos with not only steak but chicken, turkey, and veggie options as well. The hot-n-spicy turkey hoagy is apparently a crowd favorite. These all come at reasonable price points — the most expensive sandwich on the menu is only $11.West Loop – PolombiaImage: Kimberly Yeoh/PolombiaWhen you think of restaurant fusion concepts, Polish and Colombian is unlikely to be a combo that comes to mind. But bring a big appetite and open mind to Polombia and you’ll be in luck. Open on weekends only and just for takeout and delivery currently, you’ll find items such as “emparogis,” a “kielbasa perro,” and an “arepa-ski.” The couple that run the place strive to make the restaurant neither Colombian nor Polish, but rather a unique mix of both that ensures the dishes you have are ones you won’t find anywhere else. That’s it, this one is going to need a taste test before we pass any further judgments.Ukrainian Village – Tamale Guy ChicagoImage: Hannah Alani/Block Club ChicagoFor some, he needs no introduction. For others, he’s the long-awaited stuff of urban legend. The beloved Claudio Velez, who is known as the “Tamale Guy,” has spent most of the last two decades roaming the streets of Chicago nightlife, selling fresh tamales out of a red cooler. You never knew exactly where or when you’d find Claudio, but now, you can pay his new restaurant a visit Wednesday through Sunday. The menu keeps it simple: pork, chicken, and queso con rajas tamales are obviously the main event, along with a handful of everyday specials. The menu expands on Saturday and Sunday with added tamale varieties, and you’ll also find a few sides and desserts. Note that their hours are limited at the moment, but they do deliver with a minimum $12 order.last_img read more

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Pushing the frontiers of electric power

first_imgFor nearly two decades Wrightbus has been at the forefront of electric bus technology. With a range of products under its belt, it has now unveiled the next generation about to go into production. Mel Holley reports from Northern IrelandBased on the StreetLite EV, the new StreetAir WF comes in 8.8 and 9.5m versionsIt was in 1998 that Wrightbus started work on its long-established ElectroCity brand. Its hybrid and electric development has been relentlessly driven by founder William Wright who, despite his 88 years, remains as sharp and up-to-date as ever. “Back then we were a lone voice in the wilderness as fare as pure electric battery buses were concerned,” he says.In 2002 its prototype single-decker battery-electric plug-ins used the best technology available. But while 30 miles on lead-acid batteries wasn’t going to hit the spot, demonstrations proved that a modern low-floor electric bus powered is the future. And it still is.Todays’ cutting-edge technology is a world away from what was available then and with 1,000 hybrids in service in London, Wrightbus has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience about the vital aspects of battery chemistry and the vital battery management systems (BMS).ChallengeThe challenge thrown down by London and Paris for large numbers of pure-electric buses has concentrated manufacturers’ minds. Says Wright Group CEO Mark Nodder: “We’ve never been frightened of taking on a challenge.”Welcoming the £30m Office for Low Emission (OLEV) announcement for 326 low-emission buses and infrastructure (routeONE News, 27 July) he says that while orders have yet to be placed, the firm is “actively engaged with customers.”The goal is clear, he says: “We all have a challenge of making this technology affordable, viable and operating without compromise.” He acknowledges that without the support of the Green Bus Funds and OLEV, we wouldn’t have the current quantity of electric and hybrid buses on the road.Launching its next generation – the StreetAir name will apply to all Wrightbus low-carbon vehicles – Mr Nodder says a battery-electric double-decker will follow along with a “new project” to be revealed later in the year.Adds Electric Vehicles Head of Product Development Jim Morrison: “Technology never stands still,” adding that this next generation of products will continue to evolve as fast as the technology allows.Two new busesWrightbus has taken its existing StreetLite EV design – the successful battery-electric running in Milton Keynes – as the basis for its StreetAir EV at 8.8m and 9.5m. In ‘wheel-forward’ form (door behind the front axle) the eight buses in Milton Keynes have clocked up 800,000 miles.The revised version’s range is 130-150 miles, depending on the route characteristics, with a maximum single-door capacity of 54.Its bigger brother – and the key subject of the launch – is the single-decker StreetAir EV at 10.6m. If it looks slightly familiar, that’s because it is.It uses Wrightbus’ StreetDeck integral diesel-double decker chassis, married to the strengthened roof section used on Wrightbus’ single-decker hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. This is required to carry the 1.5T of batteries.Available in single or two-doors, the latter has capacity for 72 passengers with a 150-180 range.A heavier future?Ultimately, the larger StreetAir could go to 12m, but only if weight limits are increased to 19T. Says Sales MD Ian Downie: “We will only build products that comply with existing legislation and that is what we have to work within.”However, BYD has obtained an exemption in London for its pre-production prototypes. This is not a route Wrightbus will pursue. But, says William Wright “Not having this limit puts us at a disadvantage against manufacturers from other parts of the world that already have 19T, such as China. We could easily go to 12m and we are calling for the government to make the change.”Battery technologyWrightbus is offering two battery chemistry and three charging options.Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC), with double the life cycle of a phosphate battery, is suitable for overnight charging and distance driving. It works best with overnight battery balancing and is offered for plug-in buses.Lithium Titanium Oxide (LTO) is suitable for rapid charge, such as hybrids or opportunity charging – it can cope with many more charge/discharge cycles – and needs less frequent battery balancing.The 2.5 years experience in Milton Keynes with NMC has proved that 17 hours service or 135 miles daily, with 12 minute opportunity charging, is achievable day-in, day-out.This uses inductive power transfer (IPT) – the contactless system using charging coils in the road at stops. The alternative is conductive charging using a drop-down pantograph onto charging rails on the bus’ roof, taking around seven minutes.It’s easy to buy batteries and electric motors and create an electric bus, but without a sophisticated BMS, it won’t work very well.All new 10.6m StreetAir battery-electric use StreetDeck chassis and Eclipse 3-style roofWrightbus has Active BMS under development. Based in the Cloud it is accessible anywhere via the web and shows a range of telematics. Aside from GPS and the route travelled, it shows battery condition, state of charge, current and past faults, and can provide alarms if there’s a problem.Remote live diagnostics is increasingly the way that engineering teams will track, monitor and plan maintenance for their fleets.Choices, choices…Another innovation is the development of zero-emissions heating systems, to avoid using a diesel-fired heater. One, a heat-pump is fitted to the two-door development vehicle, shortly to go to London for in-service trials. The other system has yet to be revealed. “We’re pushing the frontiers with technology here,” says ElectroCity Project Manager Robert Brayshaw.Other development is on a revised driveline. Currently a Siemens motor replaces the gearbox in a conventional driveline. An in-line motor arrangement is under development.In short the choices are different lengths (and hence passenger capacities), three types of charging and two types of battery. Wrightbus will recommend the best for each set of operating circumstances.On the roadA short test drive around a go-kart circuit revealed that both buses drive and ride very well. The StreetLite underpinnings of the 8.8m version retain the diesel cousin’s good road manners, along with precise steering and handling. Being smaller and lighter, it’s slightly quicker off the mark. Internally the Dana rear axle is quiet; this is offset by a gentle electrical ‘hum’ that doesn’t change in pitch or tone whether stationary or moving.While the weight on the roof isn’t noticeable, under hard cornering (not of the type you’d expect in normal bus use) there is some body roll. The test bus, which has been as far afield as Switzerland, has 6,500 miles on the clock.For both vehicles, an absence of noise and vibration that diesel drivelines mask means that other sounds become noticeable.At 65dBA, the 10.6m StreetDeck-derived version is 2dBA louder, but that’s mainly down to the noise from the ZF axles/final drive, which will be resolved shortly with some minor tweaks.It’s a pre-production development bus, but there was no electrical ‘hum’ and with the exception of occasional body creak, it’s very tight on normal roads as proved on the 20 mile road section.The interior is to TfL specification, and the rear’s DNA is clearly shared with StreetDeck, but with the attractive ‘barrelled’ roof of the single-decker Eclipse. The weight on the roof is not noticeable, either as a driver or passenger, despite being driven hard around the go-kart track.The regenerative braking on the 8.8m version is perfectly balanced for normal bus work, meaning the service brakes rarely need application. The regeneration software is still being refined on the 10.6m version, and it drives like a diesel bus, with more use of the brakes required.routeONE CommentThe experience that Wrightbus has gained clearly shines through in both StreetAir variants. With OLEV funding neatly meeting its production plans, we’d expect to see them on the streets next year. And we look forward to the EV ‘decker.Make no mistake, this is not the end of the story as Wrightbus’ continuous improvement is running at the same fast pace as battery technology. Not does the UK already have the largest battery-bus fleet in Europe, but it will also remain the most modern.last_img read more

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Deadmau5 Took A Beer Break In The Middle Of His Bonnaroo Set

first_imgIt must be nice to take money from fans and taunt them with it. The most common criticism of EDM is that there’s nothing live about a DJ performance… that an EDM artist can just press play on a laptop and go about pumping up the crowd without ever having to control the music. Well, Deadmau5 may have proven those criticisms true.At both Governors Ball and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, famed DJ Deadmau5 took a beer break mid-set. The DJ just upgraded his stage setup, and, apparently, the new performance includes a couch, a hot dog, and a shark.last_img read more

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Foo Fighters Share Official Video For “Waiting On A War” [Watch]

first_imgFoo Fighters have released their official music video for “Waiting On A War”, one of the recently shared singles to appear on the rock band’s forthcoming studio album, Medicine At Midnight, due out on February 5th via RCA.Released late last week, “Waiting On A War” followed previous new songs “Shame Shame” and “No Son of Mine”, which were also performed during a recent virtual appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.Related: Dave Grohl Tells Stephen Colbert How A 10-Year-Old Drummer “Wiped The Floor” With Him Watch the band’s new music video for “Waiting On A War” below.Foo Fighters – “Waiting On A War”[Video: Foo Fighters]The band is scheduled to perform as part of the Celebrating America concert for President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday night.Click here to relive the Foo Fighters’ performance of “Learn To Fly” as seen during Georgia Comes Alive in December.last_img read more

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Gateses Give $290 Million for Innovative Education

first_img(Continue reading in New York Times)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday announced its biggest education donation in a decade, $290 million, in support of three school districts and five charter groups working to transform how teachers are evaluated and how they get tenure. A separate $45 million research initiative will study 3,700 classroom teachers in six cities, including New York, seeking to answer the question that has puzzled investigators for decades: What, exactly, makes a good teacher effective?last_img read more

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Museum unveils Knute Rockne exhibit

first_imgFans of Notre Dame football may be surprised to learn legendary coach Knute Rockne’s professional life extended well beyond the game he helped define. The South Bend Studebaker Museum recently opened the exhibit “Knute Rockne: The Rest of the Story,” detailing Rockne’s involvement with the automobile manufacturer Studebaker from 1928 until his death in 1931. Museum archivist Andrew Beckman said the exhibit highlights Rockne’s role as a motivational speaker and celebrity spokesman for Studebaker, working during the football offseason so as not to interfere with his coaching duties. Beckman said the exhibit celebrates the 125th anniversary of Notre Dame football by acquainting people with an interesting, yet lesser-known aspect of the University’s past. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to reintroduce people to a part of Studebaker and Notre Dame history they may not have been aware of before,” he said.   Rockne was Studebaker’s prized spokesman, he said, using him in advertising campaigns and as a representative at sales and industry meetings across the country. The exhibit features old photographs from these sales meetings, as well as other advertising memorabilia. “Studebaker would use Rockne in their promotions, in [public relations] photos, so we have a number of those from the late ’20s, including ones showing Rockne with his players hunched around a Studebaker,” Beckman said. The exhibit also contains one of the “Rockne” line of automobiles Studebaker produced for two years after Rockne’s death in 1931. “Very few people are aware there was an automobile named after the coach, so we have an actual 1933 Rockne five-window coupe as part of the exhibit,” Beckman said. Based on past success with Rockne-themed exhibits, Beckman said he expects a tremendous response for the museum’s current offering.  He said most of this successncould be attributed to widespread curiosity about Knute Rockne’s life. “Every time we do something regarding Rockne, the response is usually surprise followed by fascination,” Beckman said. “That’s what we have traditionally observed.” Beckman said he hopes people visiting South Bend for Notre Dame football weekends will continue their support of the Studebaker Museum. “We try and get as many people down here before the football game starts as we can,” Beckman said. “We’ve traditionally been very busy on game Saturdays, so we anticipate that carrying through this year.” Contact Dan Brombach at [email protected]last_img read more

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