How to Seal Sheathing Boards

first_imgShould the windows be removed so that the rough openings can be flashed?Welch’s house has vinyl windows, which he assumes replaced the original windows.“Everything I’ve read says it’s best to remove them and completely re-flash the rough opening, but this seems like a massive addition of work, adding disruption to the interior of the home, and I wonder if there is some way around it,” Welch writes. “It seems that plenty of people re-side without removing their windows, but apparently none of them have decided to explain how it’s done on the internet.”The two most vulnerable spots in a window installation are the bottom corners of the rough opening, Holladay replies, and whether that is a problem in Welch’s house depends on a variety of factors, including how much rainfall the area gets, the size of the roof overhang, and how well the windows were installed in the first place.“First of all, you need to examine your walls for signs of water entry when you have the siding removed and are installing your foam,” Holladay says. “If you see signs of moisture, you know that you have to start from scratch with the window flashing.”If the walls are dry and Welch decides to leave them windows in place, he’ll have to install new exterior window sills, Holladay adds. Sills must be sloped so they direct water to the exterior.“Of course, these new sills must cover the new rigid foam,” he says. “The easiest material to use is painted aluminum flashing. Use a heavy gauge, and try to get the sloped flashing under the windows. Pay attention to water-sealing details at the corners, where the sill meets the jambs, because those are your most vulnerable areas.“Do a good job and keep your fingers crossed.” Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingHow to Install Rigid Foam SheathingGBA Encyclopedia: Air BarriersGBA Encyclopedia: Water-Resistive Barriers RELATED ARTICLES The use of plywood and OSB sheathing is a fairly recent phenomenon. Before these sheet goods became readily available, builders nailed wood boards to the frame of a house for sheathing, and it is a house with this type of sheathing that Nick Welch is trying to update.His 900-square-foot house in Climate Zone 4C is sheathed with 1×8 boards, apparently over a layer of asphalt felt. There is apparently no insulation in the wall cavities behind the sheathing. His plan of attack is to air-seal the house, then install foil-faced polyisocyanurate insulation over that. The question is how.“I’m having a hard time finding much information about how to air seal old horizontal 1×8 board sheathing,” Welch writes in a post at GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum. “Housewrap seemed like the clear choice until I realized that you aren’t supposed to tape the bottom seam.”Should he use flashing tape to seal each every seam between boards? Could he skip the housewrap under the exterior foam and use polyethylene sheeting instead? And if he applies foam over the sheathing, will the layer of asphalt felt present a problem? Will water collect behind the housewrap?Welch still wrestles with a key detail: Is it a good idea to seal housewrap at the bottom of the wall?“It seems that it is commonly advised against, so that any errant water can drain out,” Welch says. “Should the foam be caulked to the housewrap at the bottom? This presents a similar concern. If neither are sealed at the bottom, then essentially I am relying on the “squish” of the foam against the house to reduce air leakage through this area. The drainage plane will be at the sheathing and the windows will be innie-style.”This confusion apparently originated with an article by Allison Bailes in The Journal of Light Construction in which Bailes says housewrap isn’t installed as an air barrier. As relayed by Rick Russell, Bailes writes that housewrap should never be sealed at the bottom edge because any water that gets behind the housewrap won’t be able to drain out.“This is contrary to your comments,” Russell tells Holladay. “Perhaps you and Dr. Bailes can sort this out for us. In doing so, it occurs to me that which approach to take (seal the bottom of the wrap or not) might depend on whether or not the siding is installed over a rainscreen gap and how carefully any tears in the wrap were taped prior to the application of siding.”It’s a non-issue, Holladay replies.“Housewrap is often taped at the bottom,” he says. “That’s what’s recommended in the Tyvek installation instructions. ““Can I imagine a failure mechanism or flashing error so egregious that it allows liquid water to pool behind housewrap at the bottom of a wall?” Holladay adds. “I guess. Is such an egregious flashing error likely? No.“Now, the situation anticipated by Allison Bailes requires a reverse flashing lap, an enormous quantity of water, and enough of an air gap between the housewrap and the sheathing to allow liquid water to reach the bottom of the wall,” he says. “Here’s my opinion: it’s not going to happen.”center_img Tape the polyiso seamsA layer of foil-faced polyiso will be the air barrier, GBA Senior Editor Martin Holladay tells Welch. “Caulk the perimeter of the wall when you install your polyiso,” he writes, “and tape the polyiso seams.”Welch is correct in assuming that the permeance of housewrap beneath the foam is irrelevant, Holladay says. “The key will be making sure there’s enough foam on the outside of the house to keep the stud cavities above the dew point so moisture from the interior of the house doesn’t condense inside the walls.” (Holladay has written an article with more information on this topic: “Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing.”)The asphalt felt won’t be a problem, Holladay adds, but it would be a good idea to fill the empty stud cavities with dense-packed cellulose insulation.“I don’t think you need to tape every sheathing seam,” adds Dan Kolbert. “You’re creating a new enclosure with the foam, and if you tape the seams in the field there you should have it well sealed in the middle.”What Kolbert would be more concerned with are the top and bottom of the walls and the areas around door and window openings. “They are tough to seal under the best of circumstances,” Kolbert says. “If you can arrange it, get a blower-door test done before you start siding to see if you’ve got any major leaks at the perimeter that you can seal with tape, gaskets, foam, caulk, etc.” Those issues are at the heart of this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionWe asked GBA Technical Director Peter Yost for his thoughts. Here’s how he replied:By removing the existing exterior cladding and adding exterior rigid insulation, you have the opportunity for the rigid insulation to be your continuous air, thermal, and bulk water barrier (or weather-resistive barrier — WRB). For these barriers to be continuous, they must be sealed at all penetrations and margins. And then for the WRB, that continuity is further supported by a weatherlap at penetrations, like windows.Martin is right to advise checking to see if the existing assembly shows signs of repeated wetting, but remember, you are adding insulation which will significantly reduce drying potential, so I think it is imperative that you either re-install the windows or at least make sure that you have the proper weatherlap with a new sloped sill flashing.And now that you have added a Class I vapor barrier to the exterior of your wall assembly (that would be the foil facings of the rigid polyiso insulation), you should make sure that your wall assembly can dry to the interior. In an old building, vapor permeability of interior layers is certainly likely, but not a guarantee (and by the way, that existing building paper is vapor permeable, especially when or if it gets wet).If the only insulation you add to the wall assembly is the exterior rigid, then you won’t need to worry about wintertime interstitial condensation, but as Martin points out, you will need to have the right ratio of exterior to cavity R-value should you add cavity insulation, OR you should consider an interior vapor retarder (for example, vapor retarder paint or a smart retarder like MemBrain — not a vapor barrier like polyethylene). The former is much preferred because that added interior vapor retarder to control wintertime movement of vapor into the wall assembly will restrict inward drying during the rest of the year.I also strongly agree with an in-process blower-door test; make sure you have that continuous air barrier (in more than just your walls) before you complete the exterior and interior of the walls and rest of the building.Finally, I again agree with Martin regarding the taping of the bottom margin of the housewrap: if you have to worry about that much bulk water getting behind your new continuous WRB and collecting at this junction, you have bigger and more immediate problems than that taped bottom edge acting as a stopper.last_img read more

Laziness Repels Success

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are a lot of things that repel success. Your poor mindset and a bad attitude will certainly drive success away, and so will things like a lack of integrity and character. But perhaps nothing will drive success away from you like laziness.There a lot of forms of laziness that you may not recognize, but success knows them well and actively avoids them.Procrastination is a form of laziness. It’s an avoidance of the work that you need to do in order to produce the results you want. Your real priorities are visible in your actions, not you intentions, and intending to do your work isn’t the same as doing that work. Only one of these two things produces results, and only one of them generates success.Fake work is also a form of laziness. There are countless things that you can do—and that may even be necessary—that aren’t your real work. It’s the fake work you use as an excuse to avoid doing your real work, like replying to the unsolicited RFP instead of doing real prospecting work. Work that does not move the needle on the results you want isn’t going to draw success towards you.Distractions are another form of laziness. Choosing entertainment over producing work is really laziness. It’s a lazy mental focus, and a lazy habit. In a time of infinite distractions, focus is a defining differentiator, especially where success is concerned. If you aren’t focused on the things that build success, then success will pay you no heed.Success despises laziness. If you are not willing to do the work to generate the success you want, that success will not be forthcoming. Success demands that you put forth the effort to have what you want. If you believe that the secret to success is simply putting your intentions into the Universe, you will discover that the Universe can’t hear you unless you are making a lot of noise, and that noise is effort.last_img read more

Pramod Sawant government to face floor test today

first_imgGoa Governor Mridula Sinha has convened a special session of the Assembly on Wednesday for a floor test of the BJP-led coalition government of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who took charge in the early hours of Tuesday.Mr. Sawant was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister at the Raj Bhavan around 2 a.m. The 11-member Cabinet, which was also administered the oath of office, included two Deputy Chief Ministers — Sudin Dhavlikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party. The Cabinet included all Ministers under Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday. Portfolio allocation Mr. Sawant said the portfolios would be allocated in the next few days. With Mr. Sawant resigning as the Speaker, BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo will be in the Speaker’s chair to conduct the floor test. The BJP-led coalition has a majority of 21 in the truncated House of 36 MLAs — 12 BJP members, three each of the MGP and the Goa Forward Party and three Independents. On the Opposition benches, the Congress has 14 MLAs and the Nationalist Congress Party has one MLA.A key bone of contention in Monday’s negotiations steered by Union Minister Nitin Gandkari,was Mr. Dhavlikar’s younger brother and MGP president Dipak Dhavlikar’s determination to contest the Shiroda Assembly bypolls. The seat was vacated by Congress MLA Subhash Shirodkar, who joined the BJP, and goes to polls on April 23 along with the Lok Sabha polls in the State and two other Assembly bypolls. While BJP insiders claimed on late Monday that Mr. Gadkari succeeded in convincing Mr. Dhavlikar to persuade his brother to withdraw from the Shiroda by-election in exchange for the deputy chief minister’s post he got along with Mr. Vijai Sardesai of Goa Forward, Mr. Dipak Dhavlikar on Tuesday ruled out his withdrawal, claiming the MGP got only two Cabinet berths as against the promised three. Given the BJP’s lower numbers compared to the Congress, the three Assembly by-elections along with the election to two Lok Sabha constituencies in the State, assume significance for the stability of the coalition government. Before reaching office, Mr Sawant called on the family of his mentor and predecessor, Mr Manohar Parrikar, and met his family. “Mr. Parrikar has been my political idol, guru and father figure… I am in politics, became a MLA, Speaker and now Chief Minister, all because of him. It is my duty to visit them (the late CM’s sons) after I become Chief Minister,” Mr. Sawant told reporters.Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh wished new Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Twitter. “Best wishes to Dr. Pramod Sawant and his team as they begin their journey towards fulfilling the dreams of the people of Goa. I am sure they will build on the work done in the last few years and boost Goa’s growth trajectory,” Mr Modi tweeted.last_img read more

The new Bihari

first_imgTrendy hausfrau Babita Kumar, 36, is preparing for a birdie. The little white golf ball, perfectly poised on the tee, will soon carve an arc through the air as it soars above the grass of the 18-hole Patna Golf Club spread over 108 hectares of impeccably maintained green. Babita says,Trendy hausfrau Babita Kumar, 36, is preparing for a birdie. The little white golf ball, perfectly poised on the tee, will soon carve an arc through the air as it soars above the grass of the 18-hole Patna Golf Club spread over 108 hectares of impeccably maintained green. Babita says she is addicted to the sport. “Seeing me, my husband who is in the Merchant Navy has also taken up golf,” she says.Youngsters at a party in PatnaTapan Ghosh, the captain of the club, says that many women have taken up golf in Patna recently. Young golfers, too, are a common sight on the course; 16-year-old student Aman Raj cycles to the club after school, puts on golfing gear and practices with his clubs every day. “The Patna Golf Club has gifted him a kit worth Rs 1 lakh,” says Mohit Ahluwalia, 47, the nattily dressed secretary of the club. The club, established in March 1916, has over 650 members now. “The current membership fee of Rs 75,000 is likely to be doubled soon,” says Ahluwalia. Meet the new Patnaites.After his election victory, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar spoke about the rise of the “new Biharia”. The violent, pan-chewing criminal portrayed in Bollywood movies like Gangajal is fast vanishing; today’s young Bihari is a trendy consumer with strong aspirations. Restaurants, bars, theatres, and clubs like the Bankipur Club and the Patna Club are full of people enjoying themselves. Twentysomethings Nilima Mitra and Dilkash Tahseen, studying for post-graduate degrees in Patna, love to try out the city’s many new restaurants at least twice a week. “We have many options in the city now,” says Mitra, slurping hakka noodles at Yo China! in the Bandar Bagicha locality. Don’t their parents worry? After all, it’s already dark. The girls giggle. “They know where we are. The Sholay days are over in Patna. The city is safer than Delhi,” claims Tahseen. Pankaj Kumar Jha, manager, Yo China!, says they are open till 11 p.m. now, since many families walk in late, “unlike in 2006 when we would close by 9.45 p.m.”advertisementThe avenues of personal gratification have multiplied in patna. its new society has forced entertainment players to adapt accordingly.Families with an ice-cream addiction are a common sight in Patna at 11 p.m.; something unimaginable before 2006. “We often go out for a scoop of vanilla, strawberry or chocolate chip cookie dough after dinner,” says Reeta Prakash, a housewife from Kankarbagh. Outlets of Baskin Robbins, Sudha ice-cream-made by the Bihar State Co-operative Milk Producers Federation Limited-as well as hundreds of other ice-cream parlours do brisk business.The food stalls at Maurya Lok complex-Patna’s Connaught Place-are rarely empty, with new restaurants opening nearly every week on the Dak Bungalow Road. “Patna’s appetite for more is continuously shooting up,” says Amar Kumar, general manager of Pind Balluchi restaurant, which also runs the upmarket Revolving Restaurant on the 18th floor of Biscomaun Bhawan near Gandhi Maidan. Catering to the city’s diverse tastebuds, many eateries dish out Continental and Oriental food. “Pasta, macaroni and spaghettis are now available almost everywhere,” says 25-year-old Ankita.Patna Golf Club”Restaurants are only one of the many choices to freak out in Patna,” says Bharya (name changed), 21, a student, trendy in skinny jeans. Last week, she celebrated a friend’s birthday at Kapil’s Eleven’s Bar where they experimented with cocktails for the first time. “It tasted bitter but it was fun,” laughs Bharya who epitomises the born-again Patna girl who loves wearing skirts, jeans and fashionable clothes. Oglers do not bother them. The branding of Patna is evident from the number of fashion outlets that have sprung up on Fraser Road, Boring Road, the Patliputra Colony and Hathua Market. Patna’s favourite brands are Nakshatra, Titan, Reebok, BlackBerry, Color Plus, Van Heusen, Pepe Jeans, Levi’s, Spykar, Zodiac and Fabindia. Biharis are spending freely. “In four years, the monthly sales of Cadbury products in the state have gone up to around Rs 4 crore from around Rs 1 crore,” says Alok Kumar, a distributor. Wrigley’s chewing gum sales have touched Rs 40 lakh a month, and Lotte Confectionery does business worth Rs 55 lakh a month.Late night shows at Mona- Patna’s famous old cinema hall which has now been converted into a swanky multiplex- run “houseful”. The demand for more multiplexes has risen; film director Prakash Jha has turned businessman with his soon-to-be inaugurated P&M Mall that promises a modern multiplex with cutting-edge technology. Another theatre, Regent, has been remodelled and renovated with plush seats and decor. The avenues of personal gratification have multiplied in the city; Patnaites can now learn salsa at Shiamak Davar’s dance school franchise, blow up Rs 2,000 on gold facials at saloons, spend an afternoon at the spa. Patna’s new society has forced established entertainment players to adapt accordingly. Many event organisers have diversified into party planners and wedding planners. Event consortiums like Patna 11-a group of 11 firms that handle traditional social functions like weddings and birthdays-now organise theme parties. “Patna 11 was born when in 2008, we felt party planning is a niche waiting to be filled,” say Sandeep Kumar, 25, partner, Patna 11.advertisementThe dating scene in the city is hotting up; autodating, or spending time with your beloved in an autorickshaw, is the new sex. The Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, with its green, grassy grounds and trees has emerged as Patna’s Romance Central. “Criminals have lost official patronage,” says Hetukar Jha, former hod of Sociology, Patna University. “This has inspired young couples to go out and make a statement. Though Patna’s society is still traditional, young couples are now freely meeting outside.”Today’s young Bihari is a trendy consumer of big brands with strong aspirationsReal estate prices in Patna have appreciated more than 250 per cent in the last three years. “Today, people from all over the state are willing to buy flats in Patna,” says builder Ejaz Hussain of Pristine Construction. Many non-resident Biharis also want a home in Patna. “Bihar is growing,” says Sagar Shankar, 24, an mba from isb, Kolkata, who returned to Bihar to work for Coca-Cola India. “nris are showing interest in Bihar,” says Dr Shaibal Gupta, noted economist and member secretary of the Patna-based Asian Development Research Institute. “Most haven’t settled down here yet, but the current trend suggests that nris will start business operations in Bihar soon.” US-based Kamal Verma is one such Bihari, who now frequents Patna to expand her business. “The Nitish Government has inspired faith to launch new business activities in Patna,” she says. An upmarket owner of Patna’s well-known Shagun Banquet Hall, Verma also owns the Shiamak Davar Dance School franchise in the state capital.Where does all the money come from? “Biharis always had purchasing power and considerable disposable incomes which were kept hidden from criminals earlier,” says P.K. Agarwal, president of the Bihar Chambers of Commerce and Industries. He says that around 8-10 million Biharis work in the Middle-East and other countries and the total annual remittances are considerable. A Confederation of Indian Industry study notes that Bihar received private investment worth Rs 20,000 crore in the last five years. “Bihar has started to buy back in Bihar,” says Prakash Jha. “Professionals are returning because in Patna, lifestyle, career options and the environment are similar to that of any other modern Indian metropolis.” The city also added around 2,000 new cars this year on Dhanteras, spending around Rs 90 crore. Patna is catching up with the noughties, and fast.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: How the points table looks like after England reach semi-finals

first_imgEngland produced yet another clinical performance against a hapless New Zealand side on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time after 1992, virtually knocking out Pakistan from the race to qualify for the last four of this edition.The hosts rode on yet another superb batting performance from the likes of Jonny Bairstow (106), Jason Roy (60) and captain Eoin Morgan (42) to post 305 for 8 on the board. Mark Wood and company then ran through the Kiwi batting lineup to bundle the opposition out for 186 in 45 overs with Wood grabbing 3 wickets.The win not only saw England clinch third place in the points table but also massively improved their net run rate. It was their sixth win in nine games while New Zealand suffered their third successive loss in the tournament.ICC WORLD CUP 2019 POINTS TALLYThree teams are now in the last-four. New Zealand look the most-likely to join Australia, India and England.Here is how the points table looks now after 41 group games with one final semi-final spot up for grabs. India Today PhotoPAKISTAN VIRTUALLY KNOCKED OUTFor Pakistan, the equation has become very tough and they are all but out of the race for the semis. Pakistan are placed 5th with 9 points from 8 matches. They have a negative net run rate of -0.792 while New Zealand who are sitting 4th with 11 points from 9 matches have a positive net run rate of +0.175 even after their loss to England.For Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team to qualify, they need to bat first and beat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs if they post 350 on the board, or beat them by 316 runs if they post 400 on the board or win by 321 runs if they manage a total of 450.advertisementIf Pakistan bowl first then they will be knocked out even before the first ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday. New Zealand meanwhile, will qualify if Bangladesh beat Pakistan on Friday. They will also qualify if Bangladesh lose by a lesser margin than the ones mentioned in the scenarios above.Also Read | Why it is nearly impossible for Pakistan to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | England reach semi-finals after thrashing New Zealand in Chester-le-StreetAlso Read | Never depend on others: Fans heartbroken as Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final chances all but overlast_img read more

Secondhand Ultramax Joins Genco Shippings Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Dry bulk specialists Genco Shipping & Trading Limited has taken delivery of the recently acquired 61,000 dwt Ultramax vessel.The Genco Weatherly is the first of six vessels to be delivered to Genco as part of its recent agreements to acquire the secondhand ships.Besides the 2014-built Ultramax, the company reached a deal to purchase two 2015-built 180,000 dwt Capesize vessels and another 2016-built 60,000 dwt Ultramax vessel.In addition, Genco entered into another agreement to acquire two 2016-built 180,000 dwt Capesize vessels.All of the units are expected to be delivered to Genco in the third quarter of 2018.last_img

31st Mango Festival Celebrating the king of fruits

first_imgDelhi Tourism’s much-awaited Mango Festival, is back this summer season. The three-day festival will be organised from July 5 – 7, 2019 at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.Delhiites can look forward to another fascinating display of more than 500 varieties of traditional and rare mangoes from across the country. The festival will be inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Dy Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, Govt of Delhi on July 5, at 5:00 pm. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIndian summers are incomplete without mangoes and the Mango Festival comes as a refreshing reminder of the love of Indian households for the fruit. An inseparable part of the Indian culture, from cuisines to ceremonies, it has always played an important role. With the passage of time, the festival has become a major cultural event of Delhi, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Mango growers across the country including Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh will gather here to display traditional and hybrid varieties of Mangoes. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWith over 500 varieties on display at the festival, this journey of mangoes from the orchards to Dilli Haat, Janakpuri, makes for a refreshing experience for the visitors. The various types of Mangoes on display will include Langra, Chausa, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallika, and Amrapali and other assorted varieties. To indulge in the experience offered, and a chance to witness Mangoes ranging from the size of a grape to that of papaya, the 31st Mango Festival is the place to be at. Besides providing an opportunity for visitors to savor the mangoes, the Mango Festival will also offer a package deal of fun and frolic for both children and family members. Some major highlights of the Mango Festival are display of rare as well as commercially popular mangoes, Mango eating competition for women and men, Mango quiz and slogan writing competition for children, band performances, stand-up comedy, cultural performances, sale of Mango and Mango based products and much more. Delhi Tourism organises the Mango Festival each year, with an aim to provide exposure to the domestic Mango Industry by exploring the evergreen love for Mango harboured by every Indian household. The Festival also provides agro industries and food processing industries the opportunity to display their products.last_img read more

Aritzia sees 13th straight quarter of comparable sales growth net revenue up

first_imgVANCOUVER – Aritzia Inc. (TSX:ATZ) reported its 13th consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth in its most recent quarter.The Vancouver-based women’s fashion brand says its comparable sales grew 6.3 per cent for its third quarter ended Nov. 26, 2017, due to continued momentum in its e-commerce business. In the third quarter of 2016, it reported 15.1 per cent growth.Its net revenue rose 9.6 per cent to $204.4 million, compared to $186.5 million in the same quarter last year. The company mostly attributed the increase to seven store openings, as well as five expanded or repositioned stores since the third quarter.The company says its adjusted net income rose 11.4 per cent to $30.6 million, or 26 cents per share, from $27.5 million, or 23 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2016.While its net revenue fell below analyst expectations, its earnings per share outperformed estimates, according to data from Thomson Reuters.last_img read more

Transcontinental profits plunge despite higher revenues

MONTREAL — Transcontinental’s profits plummeted to $8.1-million in the third quarter as soft national advertising outside Quebec, lower educational book sales and costs related to its acquisition of Quad/Graphics Canada hurt the bottom line.The Montreal-based media company and printer said Thursday that it earned 10 cents per share for the period ended July 31. That compared to 39 cents per share a year earlier when net income was $31.5-million.Adjusting for one-time items, profits dropped 23% to $24.9-million or 31 cents per share, compared with $32.5-million or 40 cents per share in the year-ago period.Revenues were $517-million, up 8% from $479.4-million due to the acquisitions of Quad/Graphics and Redux Media, new printing contracts and community newspaper launches in Quebec.The increase was partially offset by reduced educational book sales following the end of school reform in Quebec, printing contract incentives and lower community newspaper ad revenues.Organic revenues fell by three per cent, but were down 9.5% in the media sector, with about 45 % of the drop due to the impact of school reform last year.“The third quarter results demonstrate the resilience of our printing operations and the adverse impact of difficult market conditions on some niches in the media sector,” said president and CEO Francois Olivier.He said the company is on track to generate more than $40-million in synergies over the next 18 months from the acquisition of Quad/Graphics’ Canadian plants that once belonged to Quebecor World.Drew McReynolds of RBC Capital Markets said the results were below expectations, with adjusted EPS falling below his estimate of 45 cents per share.“Not unlike other media companies in calendar second quarter, the remaining decline was due to weak national advertising spending in newspaper publishing and year-over-year declines in digital revenue,” he wrote in a report.McReynolds said the printing results largely in line, with organic revenues up one per cent mainly due to new book and flyer contracts.The analyst said the loss of Zellers will be a drag on a cautious outlook next year with most of the impact in the first quarter.Transcontinental is the largest printer in Canada and fourth-largest in North America. It is a publisher of magazines, French-language educational resources and community newspapers in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. It also has a digital network of more than 3,500 website.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Transcontinental shares were off 40 cents, or 4.32%, at $8.85 in afternoon trading Thursday. read more

Bell Canada to pay 125million penalty stop posting positive reviews of its

OTTAWA — Bell Canada has reached a deal with the federal Competition Bureau involving the anonymous posting of favourable reviews of company apps by Bell employees.Under the deal, in which Bell also agreed to a $1.25-million administrative penalty, the company has “affirmed its commitment not to direct, encourage or incentivize its employees or contractors to rate, rank or review apps in app stores,” the bureau said Wednesday.The issue came to light in November 2014 when certain Bell employees were encouraged to post positive reviews and ratings of the free MyBell Mobile app and Virgin My Account app on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.BCE Inc sells 15% stake in Globe and Mail to Thomson family companyBCE Inc boosts second-quarter income despite sluggish economyThe did so without disclosing that they worked for Bell, the bureau said.The apps allow Bell customers to manage existing mobility accounts directly from their mobile devices.In announcing the agreement, the bureau praised Bell’s top management for having acted quickly to have the reviews and ratings removed “as soon as it became aware of the matter.”“Nevertheless, the bureau determined that these reviews and ratings created the general impression that they were made by independent and impartial consumers and temporarily affected the overall star rating for the apps,” it said. read more

UN health agency seeks to curb debilitating skin disease in Afghanistan

“We must act now if we are going to have any chance of controlling the situation,” said Dr. Philippe Desjeux, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) leishmaniasis control programme. “This is a unique opportunity to stop a debilitating disease in its tracks, and make gains in a country where people so deserve to see improvements to their health.” Cutaneous leishmaniasis leads to disfigurement usually on the face and hands, and social stigma, particularly for women and children. The rapid intervention by the WHO and its partners, the Massoud Foundation and HealthNet International in Kabul, the Afghan capital, made possible by a donation from the Belgian Government, should dramatically reduce the disease in less than two years. Kabul is the largest centre of cutaneous leishmaniasis in the world, with an estimated 67,500 cases – a third of the 200,000 cases in all of Afghanistan. The provision of first-line drugs has been secured by WHO in collaboration with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Health. At the same time, 16,000 insecticide-treated bednets will be distributed throughout Kabul and will help to protect nearly 30 000 people. As a result of the €200,000 (euro) Belgian grant, the initiative is a timely intervention that aims to curtail the peak transmission season from September to October, the first phase of a one-year plan to implement a national control programme. If the initial initiative is successful in Kabul, it will then be replicated in other parts of Afghanistan. While effective control programmes once existed in the country, the past two decades of ongoing conflict has gravely weakened much of the health infrastructure. read more

Israeli arms company shows off new Stars Warslike defence system confident of

SINGAPORE – An Israeli state-owned arms company developing a laser-based missile shield that evokes “Star Wars” style technology says its deployment over the country is closer to becoming a reality.Rafael Advanced Defence Systems said development of the system was advanced enough for the company to be comfortable with publicizing it at this week’s Singapore Airshow, which is Asia’s largest aerospace and defence exhibition.The laser technology behind the missile shield called Iron Beam is not that far removed from fiction.“It’s exactly like what you see in Star Wars,” said company spokesman Amit Zimmer. “You see the lasers go up so quickly like a flash and the target is finished.”Iron Beam is designed to intercept close-range drones, rockets and mortars which might not remain in the air long enough for Israel’s current Iron Dome missile defence system to intercept.Iron Dome batteries have shot down hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip at Israeli cities. With no peace deal in sight and also threatened by Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel wants to beef up that system and develop further protection.Avnish Patel, an expert in military sciences at the Royal United Services Institute, said Iron Beam is potentially an effective addition to Israel’s defences rather than a drastic change.“Essentially, its military and tactical utility will be particularly useful in complementing the already proven Iron Dome system in tackling very short range threats such as rockets and mortar fire and in close quarter engagements,” he said.Rafael Advanced Defence Systems said test data show Iron Beam lasers are blasting away more than 90 per cent of their targets. The new system can also be modified so that multiple lasers can be used to hit a target, according to the company. But officials remain tight lipped as to when and how the Iron Beam will be deployed.Zimmer, the company spokesman, said it took 15 engineers about five years to work on the technology involving solid-state lasers. It works by shooting laser beams at targets which are heated so rapidly they disintegrate in an instant.“It’s very accurate and will help avoid collateral damage,” Zimmer said at the company’s booth at the airshow exhibition hall. “When you use lasers, you have an unlimited magazine.”Besides Iron Beam and Iron Dome, Israel is also developing the next phase of its Arrow system which can intercept missiles in space and the upcoming David’s Sling, which shoots down short and mid-range ballistic missiles.But some feel Israel, which gets significant funding from key ally the U.S. for missile defence capabilities, is going overboard.Fanar Haddad, a research fellow from the Middle East Institute in Singapore, said Israeli military superiority in the region was so firmly established that Iron Beam was unlikely to change anything in the short or medium term.“The development of another layer says more about Israeli paranoia,” he said. “The possibility of a conventional attack against Israel is next to nil and there is hardly a need for five layers of missile defence systems.”Rafael Advanced Defence Systems would not comment on how much Iron Beam would cost or how much has been invested in it so far.“It’s very hard to say. We’re still testing and it can be modified in many different ways,” Zimmer said.Other nations and private companies may be keen on using the laser based technology to protect against attacks.Israel has become one of the world’s leading weapons exporters. Israeli arms companies often point out that they bring with them years of firsthand experience from conflicts with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, jihadi militants in Egypt’s Sinai desert and Hezbollah guerrillas. by Satish Cheney, The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2014 2:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Israeli arms company shows off new Stars Wars-like defence system, confident of deployment read more

Stocks tumble amid disappointing Chinese data selloff in health tech stocks

TORONTO – North American stock markets sold off Thursday as weak trade data from China raised fresh questions about the pace of growth in the world’s second-largest economy.The declines were also fuelled by a fresh round of disenchantment with formerly high-flying biotech and technology stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 127.58 points to 14,308 as China’s exports fell 6.6 per cent in March from a year earlier, well below analyst expectations of single-digit growth. Imports to China contracted by 11.3 per cent.The Canadian dollar dropped 0.48 of a cent to 91.5 cents US.U.S. markets tumbled while biotechnology companies fell sharply as Biogen Idec, Gilead Sciences and other biotech companies extended a recent slump. After making big gains last year, biotechs have been crushed in recent weeks as they come under pressure to lower prices for their drugs.The Dow Jones industrials plunged 266.96 points to 16,170.22 while a selloff in tech stocks deemed too rich ahead of their first-quarter earnings pushed the Nasdaq 129.79 points lower to 4,054.11. The three per cent drop was the worst since November 2011.“What is interesting is we are still seeing the Nasdaq pulling back more than the others so people are still retrenching out of the real high flyers,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior markets analyst at CMC Canada.“Tech does not look good and is looking like it’s in a major correction.”Facebook dropped 5.2 per cent while Google retreated 4.1 per cent.The S&P 500 index lost 39.09 points at 1,833.09, giving up its gains for the year.The Chinese trade data raised worries the world’s second-biggest economy will have trouble meeting its official target of 7.5 per cent growth this year. It also pushed some analysts to lower already reduced expectations for growth.Barclays lowered its first-quarter gross domestic product forecast to 7.2 per cent year over year from 7.3 per cent.Negative investor sentiment on U.S. markets spread to the TSX where the health care sector gave back 3.35 per cent with Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX) down $5.29 or 3.76 per cent to $135.36 .Canadian tech stocks also helped push the TSX lower with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 28 cents to $8.38.Financial stocks were also a major weight, down 1.06 per cent amid reduced earnings expectations for the big U.S. banks. Analysts at Thomson Reuters expect financial sector earnings to decline by 2.8 per cent and revenue to fall by one per cent.The energy sector was 0.13 per cent lower while the sluggish Chinese data helped push the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 20 cents to US$103.40 a barrel.Copper was up a cent to $3.05 a pound. The metal has already fallen 11 per cent this year amid lower expectations for Chinese economic growth. The base metals sector gave up early gains to move down 0.76 per cent.The gold sector dropped about 1.4 per cent while bullion prices headed higher with the June contract up $14.60 to US$1,320.50 an ounce.Shares in Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) dropped after it upped its offer for Montreal-based Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK), in an attempt to trump the gold miner’s friendly deal with Yamana Gold announced last week. Goldcorp said its revised offer values Osisko at $3.6 billion or $7.65 per Osisko share. Goldcorp fell $1 to $26.84 while Osisko edged up three cents to $7.58. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 10, 2014 6:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks tumble amid disappointing Chinese data, selloff in health, tech stocks read more

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall by Tom Krisher, Joan Lowy And Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 10:19 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Tesla Motors Inc. won’t face a recall or fine as a result of a fatal crash involving its Autopilot system, but U.S. safety regulators are warning auto manufacturers and drivers not to treat semiautonomous cars as if they were fully self-driving.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday it found that the system had no safety defects at the time of the May 7 crash in Florida, and that it was primarily designed to prevent rear-end collisions rather than other crash scenarios.Bryan Thomas, the agency’s chief spokesman, said automated driving systems still require a driver’s full attention. He warned that automakers need to keep tabs on how drivers use the technology and should design vehicles “with the inattentive driver in mind.”The probe began June 28, nearly two months after a driver using Autopilot in a 2015 Tesla Model S died when it failed to spot a tractor-trailer crossing the car’s path on a highway in Williston, Florida, near Gainesville.Tesla’s Autopilot uses cameras, radar and computers to detect objects and automatically brake if the car is about to hit something. It also can steer the car to keep it centred in its lane. The company has said that before Autopilot can be used, drivers must acknowledge that it’s an “assist feature” that requires both hands on the wheel at all times and that drivers must be ready to take control.The agency’s criticism is likely to influence how automakers market semi-autonomous systems. Just about every company has or is working on similar systems as they move rapidly toward self-driving cars.The investigation “helps clarify that cars are still supposed to be driven by attentive people, and if people behind the wheel aren’t attentive, it’s not the technology’s fault,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book. That will help avoid the stigma that the technology causes accidents, he said.NHTSA released guidelines last year that attempt to ensure safety without slowing development of semiautonomous and self-driving cars. The agency says self-driving features could dramatically reduce traffic deaths by eliminating human error, which plays a role in 94 per cent of fatal crashes.Thomas said NHTSA wants to encourage innovation “to get the best answer to how we use these automated systems to the best effect and saving the most lives.”In its probe, NHTSA evaluated how the system functions and looked into dozens of other crashes involving Teslas, including a July one on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that injured two people.The Florida crash killed former Navy Seal Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio. Tesla said at the time that the cameras on Brown’s Model S sedan failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and that neither the car nor Brown applied the brakes.Thomas said Brown set the car’s cruise control at 74 mph — 9 mph over the limit — less than two minutes before the crash. NHTSA’s crash reconstruction showed the tractor-trailer should have been visible to Brown at least 7 seconds before impact, enough time to react.Detecting vehicles that cross in its path were beyond the capabilities of the Autopilot system, Thomas said on a conference call.In a statement Thursday, Tesla said it appreciated NHTSA’s thoroughness in reaching its conclusion.When Tesla released Autopilot in 2015, some safety advocates questioned whether the Palo Alto, California, company and NHTSA allowed the public access to the system before testing was finished.Consumer Reports magazine called on Tesla to drop the “Autopilot” name because it can give drivers too much trust in their car’s ability to drive itself.In September, Tesla updated Autopilot software to rely more on radar sensors and less on cameras. The update also disabled the automatic steering if drivers don’t keep both hands on the wheel.Another federal agency, the National Transportation Safety Board, has opened a broader investigation into the Tesla crash. It could be months before a final report that provides a probable cause for the collision is issued.The company that made the camera and computer system for Tesla said in September that the company ignored its warnings about possible safety problems.Israel-based Mobileye that before the release of Autopilot, it warned Tesla not to allow drivers to use the system without their hands on the steering wheel. Mobileye NV, a huge player in the self-driving business, has stopped supplying components to Tesla.Thomas said investigators got information from Mobileye and evaluated the company’s statements, but still reached the no-defect conclusion. He wouldn’t comment on the company’s statements.Tesla said at the time that Mobileye’s statements were inaccurate and stem from Tesla’s plans to develop its own vision system._____Durbin and Krisher reported from Detroit. FILE – In this photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board via the Florida Highway Patrol, a Tesla Model S that was being driven by Joshua Brown, who was killed when the Tesla sedan crashed while in self-driving mode on May 7, 2016. A source tells The Associated Press that U.S. safety regulators are ending an investigation into a fatal crash involving electric car maker Tesla Motors’ Autopilot system without a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration scheduled a call Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, about the investigation. (NTSB via Florida Highway Patrol via AP, File) read more

Somalia UN partners welcome new Cabinet note inclusion of women

“The participation of women, youth and minority groups and the commitment to work in an accountable way will remain vital as we move forward,” said a statement issued by the UN, African Union (AU), European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Kingdom and the United States after the Cabinet was approved yesterday by Somalia’s Parliament.The statement said “2015 is a critical year to ensure continued success on the road to sustained security and stability in Somalia and to improve the lives of ordinary Somalis.”The UN Security Council yesterday issued a statement to the media welcoming the Cabinet and “stressed the need for the Federal Government to accelerate delivery of the milestones of the Federal Government’s ‘Vision 2016.’”The 15 members of the Security Council “underlined the importance of the new political leadership in Somalia quickly delivering in priority areas, including the passage of key legislation to establish the National Independent Electoral Commission, progress towards the establishment and strengthening of interim regional administrations, the stabilization of areas recovered from Al Shabaab, and resuming the implementation and review of the Provisional Constitution, without further delay.”Both statements welcomed the enhanced participation of women in the new Government.The statement by the international partners also condemned the murder on Monday of a Member of Parliament, Abdullahi Qayad Barre, who was killed by armed men in Mogadishu while on his way to Parliament. read more

Children in State care being placed in danger of abuse and exploitation

first_imgFrom the moment they reach what the State deems adulthood, they are left to fend for themselves. Source: Focus Ireland/Twitter THERE ARE ALMOST 6,500 children in State care right now. Many of them do not have a social worker assigned to them, some are on long waiting lists for services and others live in poor accommodation or are homeless.This week, Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, who co-founded Focus Ireland, warned that the placement of homeless children in bed and breakfasts and the growing waiting lists for our of hours supports have opened them up to exploitation.“As we gather this evening it is a harsh reality that a child found in urgent care tonight, whether as the result of living on the streets, a family row or simply falling out of the system, will not get the support of an out of hours social worker – not only does no such service exist but it is not a priority for government,” she said on Tuesday.Figures from 2013 found 569 children in the care of the HSE did not have a social worker. One third of the people living in asylum accommodation centres are children and some were born and have spent their entire lives living in these centres or hostels.Homelessness In Dublin alone, one family a day is becoming homeless and across the country around 200 families bed down in hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation.Kennedy said these kinds of figures raise questions about whether we have learned anything form the mistakes of the past, noting that “children regarded as troublesome, illegitimate or from another background being not only institutionalised but being placed in danger of abuse and exploitation”.Leaving State careShe also noted that children who have been in State care are being “sent out into the world without any supports or services upon reaching the age of 18″. An emergency response to the growing crisis of homelessness among young people leaving State care is required… http://t.co/fxJBAz85uL— Focus Ireland (@FocusIreland) June 15, 2014center_img Each year, around 450 children leave the care of the State on turning 18. Earlier this week, Focus Ireland pointed to a growing homelessness crisis among young adults who were previously in State care. Dónal O’Malley, chair of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) told TheJournal.ie that the State, “which takes on the legal role of parent to children in state care, expects some of its most vulnerable young adults, from their 18th birthday, to manage with the scarcest of resources, many without the support of a social worker, aftercare worker or a resourced aftercare plan”.He said supported and semi-independent accommodation services continue to close, pushing already vulnerable young people into homelessness.“Insecure, unsafe and unpredictable living exacerbates underlying mental health, learning difficulties and other needs,” he explained.Last year, a report on the deaths of children in care gave examples of young adults with mental health or drug issues, known to the HSE, who had died. One had been in care from a young age after alcohol misuse by his parents and domestic abuse in his home. After reaching the age of 18, his own drug problem escalated resulting in his death.Another, who came to the attention to the HSE after an allegation he was sexually abused took his own life after leaving State care, though he had been in contact with aftercare services.SolutionsIn the area of social work, additional services can not be provided with existing staffing levels, according to O’Malley. He also called for a system that would allow rent caps to be relaxed for care leavers and deposits fast-tracked.Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Charlie Flanagan said recently that a decision has been made to strengthen legislation regarding aftercare. However he said there was no funding available from his department to assist a not for profit organisations who are currently filling in the gaps by delivering services to children who have left State care.Related: Why do children end up in care in Ireland?>Read: Garda Commissioner says media reports on Roma child cases “not accurate”>last_img read more

Pentagon issues new limits on transgender troops

first_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 53 Comments Share9 Tweet Email Pentagon issues new limits on transgender troops The latest action was swiftly condemned by Democrats and civil rights advocates. Short URL Mar 13th 2019, 9:30 PM THE PENTAGON TODAY announced a new policy that will bar enlistment of new recruits who have undergone a gender transition or intend to do so, and require most individuals to serve in their birth sex.Under President Donald Trump’s new rules, set to go into effect on 12 April after the Supreme Court allowed them to go forward, only transgender troops serving in their birth gender will be able to stay in the military after that date, and they will be barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery.The move was a reversal from a policy enacted under Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, who allowed military recruits to serve in their preferred sex rather than just the one they were assigned at birth.The latest action was swiftly condemned by Democrats and civil rights advocates.“The Trump administration is determined to bring back ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a policy that forced service members to choose between serving their country and telling the truth about who they were,” said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Centre, an independent research institute.Trump had announced the new ban by tweet in July 2017, pointing to the “tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail”.After a flurry of legal battles, the Pentagon’s policy is not a complete ban. Transgender troops have until next month’s deadline to receive hormonal treatment or surgery, and service members who have already joined the military in their preferred gender will be able to continue to serve in that gender.After 12 April, however, no one who has transitioned to another gender or been diagnosed with “gender dysphoria” will be able to enlist — and currently enlisted troops will thereafter have to serve in their birth gender and renounce transition treatment.Around 9,000 people who self-identify as transgender individuals currently serve in the armed forces, out of 1.3 million in the active duty troops population, a Pentagon official said on condition of anonymity.Around 1,000 say they have transitioned to another gender or would like to do so.“Persons with a history of gender dysphoria — a serious medical condition — and who have undergone certain medical treatment for gender dysphoria, such as cross-sex hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery, or are unwilling or unable to meet the standards associated with their biological sex, could adversely impact unit readiness and combat effectiveness,” a Pentagon statement read.“For this reason, such persons are presumptively disqualified for service without a waiver.”© AFP 2019 By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4540695 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 10:04 PM 14,799 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les deux manchots gays du zoo de Toronto ont rompu pour des

first_imgLes deux manchots ‘gays’ du zoo de Toronto ont rompu pour des femellesAu cours d’une conférence de presse donnée lundi 12 décembre, un responsable du zoo de Toronto a annoncé que l’un des deux manchots mâles Buddy et Pedro, qui ont partagé le même nid durant une année, étaient ‘officiellement’ séparés, le premier ayant trouvé une petite amie.Popularisés par Internet, Buddy et Pedro, deux manchots africains mâles, ont partagé le même nid pendant environ un an, depuis leur arrivée au zoo de Toronto, ce qui leur a valu la réputation d’être ‘gays’. Un ‘amour’ qui avait beaucoup fait parler d’eux sur Internet et qui avait même fait l’objet de plusieurs groupes Facebook et d’une pétition. À lire aussiQuand trois ours lippus se mettent à jouer avec un ballon roseTom Mason, conservateur du zoo, a ainsi annoncé lundi que, séparés par leurs gardiens le mois dernier pour qu’ils puissent se reproduire chacun de leur côté, les deux oiseaux avaient bien vite retrouvé des mœurs plus conformes au comportement habituel des manchots… La ‘romance’ des deux mâles, a précisé Tom Mason, n’était en fait que sociale, et non sexuelle. Buddy, âgé de 21 ans, qui a déjà eu une compagne durant dix ans ainsi que de la progéniture, a reconquis une femelle, nommée Farai, dès le 19 novembre. Pedro, âgé de 10 ans, n’a quant à lui aucune expérience dans ce domaine, ce qui explique peut-être que Thandiwey, la femelle avec laquelle il tente sa chance actuellement, est jusqu’à présent peu sensible à ses avances…Le 14 décembre 2011 à 11:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nintendo is Killing Miiverse in Japan This November

first_img As the old saying goes: “All good things must come to an end.” Nintendo has officially announced that Miiverse will be killed off in Japan this November. Wii U’s social network made its debut when the ill-fated Nintendo console launched in the country on December 8, 2012. We already paid our respects to Nintendo’s beautiful and awful social network when it was clear it wouldn’t be making the jump to the new Nintendo Switch, but after November 8 of this year it’s official. Miiverse will be as dead as the system that spawned it.This was officially announced by Nintendo on their Japanese site. In addition to Wiiverse, Wii U’s chat app and TVii television service will also come to an end on November 8. Once the service goes offline, Wii U and 3DS owners will be met with error codes. After Miiverse is no more, features related to the service on specific games will cease to work. This will affect 70 Wii U games and 20 3DS games in Japan.Below is an example of how games with Miiverse functionality will be affected.Nintendo stated it will allow users to download their own posts via the Miiverse website. That’s certainly good new for users since some of the posts were rather clever. A Twitter account called BadMiiversePosts regularly tweets out bad (and good) Miiverse posts. It is worth checking out if you’re a fan of Miiverse or are curious about the types of posts Wii U owners made. Follow this link to find out how to download and save your old Miiverse posts.Nintendo hasn’t given any official word on when Miiverse will be terminated in other regions, but it is only a matter of time. The Switch doesn’t have Miiverse so it makes sense Nintendo would kill the service off. There’s no telling if Nintendo will have a replacement for its social network, but it’s also entirely possible the Japanese gaming giant no longer feels the need to have such a feature in place.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG last_img read more