Five stories in the news for Thursday, July 18———SCHEER CALLS TRUMP’S COMMENTS OFFENSIVEFederal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says there is no place in society for comments such as the ones U.S. President Donald Trump has made about four Democratic congresswomen. Scheer says he believes people should be free to criticize their governments without having their backgrounds questioned or being told to leave the country. Trump is being called a racist for suggesting on Twitter that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from if they don’t like America. Scheer didn’t go so far as calling the tweets racist when asked by reporters in Saskatoon, but he said they were offensive. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Trump’s comments would not fly north of the border because diversity is one of Canada’s strengths. ———MANY TSX 60 FIRMS’ OPAQUE ON DIVERSITY DATAOn Tricia Davis’s first day of work at a coal mine in B.C.’s Elk Valley, she says she spotted a heart and a penis scrawled on some dusty equipment. And on a bus ride home one day from the Teck Coal Ltd. operation, Davis — who started there as a truck driver in June 2017 — says two male co-workers insinuated she was working as a prostitute. They allegedly told her: “Oh look it’s your corner, that’s where you belong.” “I waited for two years to finally have the opportunity to work at Teck and have never been so humiliated in my life,” Davis, who quit that job, said in a complaint filed to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.———CDN MILLENNIALS WANT ELECTION CLIMATE DEBATESeveral hundred Canadian millennials planned to rally in at least 30 cities across the country Wednesday, demanding a federal leaders’ debate on climate change. Emma Jackson, a field organizer with the group Our Time, said the science is clear that humanity only has 11 years to get a grip on greenhouse-gas emissions before global warming becomes catastrophic and irreversible. Last fall, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report warning that the world was nowhere near being on track to cut emissions enough to hit the Paris climate-accord target to keep global warming to as close to 1.5 C above pre-industrial times as possible. We are already close to 1 C of warming, and a recent report from Environment and Climate Change Canada warned this country is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world.———STUDY DETAILS RENT AFFORDABILITY IN CITIESA minimum-wage worker could afford to rent in just a few neighbourhoods in Canada, suggests a new analysis of the country’s rental market that also raises questions about a promised federal rent-supplement program. The report being released Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says someone earning minimum wage would only be able to afford a one-bedroom rental in nine per cent of 795 neighbourhoods in Canadian cities in the study. The figure drops to three per cent of neighbourhoods when looking at the affordability of two-bedroom units. The federal Liberals’ decade-long national housing strategy includes programs to build more rental housing, hoping a boost in supply will drive down costs.———SUMMER TRAVEL DEALS REQUIRE FLEXIBILITYAs social media feeds fill up with pictures of friends and family on vacation and last-minute deals on flights become harder to score, the fear of missing out is real for procrastinators who have not yet booked their summer holiday. But Elyshia Derbach of Flight Centre says there are still deals to be had on great trips, if you are flexible and open to considering alternatives you might not have thought about. Being open to different styles of travel than what you’re used to, such as a cruise or tour, could also help score you a deal, she added. Before starting your search, Derbach says it is important to know when you are able to travel. Some deals come and go quickly, she says, so if you’re looking for a deal you might want to avoid having to check with your boss or travel partners before you book.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— WTO panel holds its first substantive meeting with the parties Thursday and Friday, and then a third party-session Friday over Australia’s complaint in how B.C. governs wine sales at grocery stores.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins supporters for an armchair discussion at a Liberal fundraising event.— Finance Minister Carole James releases the provincial public accounts for 2018-2019. The event starts with a presentation by James, goes to a non-for-attribution technical briefing and then James will be back for follow-up questions.— Edmonton police media availability on fake Connor McDavid hockey jerseys being sold.— The Tsilhqot’in Nation holds a ceremony to commemorate the wrongful trial and hanging of Chief Ahan.———The Canadian Press
Photo by www.foxsports.comTony Dorsett, the Hall of Fame running back with the Dallas Cowboys, has symptoms of CTE, a buildup of tau, an abnormal protein that strangles brain cells in areas that control memory, emotions and other functions.Dorsett, 59, speaking on ESPN’s Outside The Lines, said he has experienced memory loss, depression and thoughts of suicide.Scarily, the former superstar said that when he took his Oct. 21 flight from Dallas to Los Angeles for testing, he repeatedly struggled to remember why he was aboard the plane and where he was going. Such episodes, he said, are commonplace when he travels.Autopsies of more than 50 ex-NFL players, including Hall of Famer Mike Webster and perennial All-Pro Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, found such tau concentrations. Doctors told Dorsett on Monday that tests revealed he has the symptoms of CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.Dorsett said he also gets lost when he drives his two youngest daughters, ages 15 and 10, to their soccer and volleyball games. “I’ve got to take them to places that I’ve been going to for many, many, many years, and then I don’t know how to get there,” he said.But there is more. Emotional outbursts occur frequently enough that his wife and daughters are afraid of the 1976 Heisman Trophy winner.“It’s painful, man, for my daughters to say they’re scared of me.” After a long pause, he tearfully reiterated, “It’s painful.”Dorsett said doctors have told him he is clinically depressed.“I’ve thought about crazy stuff, sort of like, ‘Why do I need to continue going through this?’” he said. “I’m too smart of a person, I like to think, to take my life, but it’s crossed my mind.”“I’m trying to slow this down or cut it off,” said Dorsett. “I’m going to be 60 years old here next year, so I’m hoping that I’ve got another good 30 years or so.”CTE is a disease with no known cure, but Dorsett said he was seeking answers to explain his cognitive and emotional difficulties. “I want to know if this is something that has come about because of playing football.”Dorsett’s 12-year playing career ended a quarter-century ago, and he said he doesn’t know how many concussions he suffered, but that they were numerous and he believes their consequences are, too. “My quality of living has changed drastically and it deteriorates every day,” he said.
Video Games Comment 1 Do the robot! Sandbox VR Want to save the world as a robot hero alongside your friends? Sandbox VR’s new Amber Sky 2088 is here to make it happen.Working with your buddies in a team of four or six, you’re thrust into a world under attack by aliens as part of a robot squad out to save the planet from destruction. The 30-minute experience is mostly on rails, you’ll still get to roam around and blast aliens attacking from all directions.The game starts in New Hong Kong and has you escorting a package up the “Beanstalk” space elevator. You’re treated to an amazing view as you lift up to a sub-orbital station thanks to the game’s stunning graphics. And as the story progresses, you learn that the Beanstalk you’re on is the only one left.You play as either an attacker or defender. Attackers’ rifles have a special flamethrower secondary ability, while defenders get a shield to deflect attacks — they can toss it like Captain America to kill marauding alien monsters.Defender robots can toss their shields like Captain America (and it’s super fun to do so). Sandbox VR Like other Sandbox VR games, the haptic vest helps add immersion, and lets you know when you’re being attacked. While you’re mostly standing on a platform in the game, you can move around that small space, helping your team fend off attacks from all directions (including above you). Other environment tricks include using fans to simulate explosion breezes, which helped sell the immersion.There are also epic boss fights that require you to dodge mega lasers or die in one hit. Some monsters attack with plasma orbs that defenders have to block, meanwhile attackers can use flamethrowers to burn eggs that hatch baby aliens. And, similar to the Alien movies, those hatched alien babies like to jump on your chest.VR games can be a ton of fun with a group of friends. Aloysius Low/CNET Last time I played a Sandbox VR game, I killed the zombies of Deadwood Mansion alongside experienced gamers. This time around I brought newbies to see if they could do as well. Surprisingly, they did — but not without plenty of deaths. Fortunately you can revive a buddy by touching their shoulder.Still, my team had fun. That was a relief because I wasn’t sure how they’d take to VR, having never tried it before. But the session ended with big smiles and everyone wanted to try more games, so it appears that VR gaming has gained more converts.Sandbox VR’s rep told me that there are plans for more games coming this year, and they should rolling out to official Sandbox VR stores around the world, though franchises may not see the new game any time soon. If you’re keen, you can check out the Sandbox VR stores located around the world in Los Angeles, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. A 30-minute session costs around S$32 (about $23, £20 or AU$35) per person.VR in 2019: Five years in, is it just a dream gathering dust?VR’s missing link: You likely haven’t bought a VR headset yet and it’s beginning to show. Share your voice Tags
May 15 • Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 CNET’s Mother’s Day gift guideThese are our favorite gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Cool cheap gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Mother’s Day gifts under $50Best Mother’s Day gifts from $100 to $250Mother’s Day gifts to get her streaming with ease, starting at $30Mother’s Day gift ideas for health nuts and fitness buffsBest Mother’s Day gifts for foodie momsMother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got gameThoughtful gifts for every kind of momMother’s Day gifts for moms who love coffee (Chowhound)CNET’s Mother’s Day gift hub Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice reading • Mother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got game James Martin/CNET For the budget-conscious mom: Dell G5 15, Aukey KM-G6 keyboard, Logitech G300s mouse See at HP Read full review Read full review Tags Sarah Tew/CNET For the unconventional mom: Roccat Kova ambidextrous mouse, Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller Read full review When mom’s in that demon-killing mood, she should be able to frag with the best of them. Help her overcome the annoyance of gaming in a world designed around right-handed people or the frustration of using mainstream game controllers. Like the Logitech G300s mentioned above, the Roccat Kova (see at Amazon) is an ambidextrous mouse that feels responsive and comfortable in women’s smaller hands, comes in a snazzy white and costs less than $40. For more challenging input issues, Microsoft’s $100 Xbox Adaptive Controller maps all the typical controller functions to a design which requires less coordination to operate. While it works with an Xbox console, it also works with PC games. Sarah Tew/CNET They may thrive on the gore of a slash-and-hack, but some will still shudder when they see the unsightly cables that enable their zombie-killing sprees. For the mom who likes an uncluttered gaming space, Logitech’s sub-$100 each wireless mouse and mechanical keyboard (see at Amazon) play way above their price. And the $120 HyperX Cloud Flight (see at Amazon) is one of the lightest, most comfortable headsets you can find, but with sufficient battery life to make it through the war. See at Dell 31 Photos See All May 17 • Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day For the mobile-gaming mom: Nintendo Switch, Steelseries Stratus Duo or Nimbus controllers When mom goes on the road for work, the Zenbook (see at Amazon) and Spectre are a couple of laptops she’ll feel comfortable pulling out in a meeting but still will let her play some lightweight games in a hotel room at night. Both have a little more graphics oomph than a typical thin-and-light notebook, enough to power a platformer, puzzler or 8-bit adventure. The convertible Spectre is convenient for gaming at bedtime: Just flip it into the tent position, connect the controller and she can Gris until her eyes close. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET If “why did you spend so much on me?” is a familiar refrain, reassure mom that you didn’t with one these cheap-for-their kind presents. The 15-inch Dell G5 is one of the best budget gaming laptops we’ve tested — and the design doesn’t scream “I game!” — and it starts at only $900. Not a cheap gift, but a great value. If your budget only stretches to accessories, the Aukey KM-G6 (see at Amazon) is a terrific-feeling mechanical keyboard (I’m typing on it right now) with RGB lighting that costs less than $35. The Logitech G300s (see at Amazon) is a highly rated wired mouse for only $20 that’s good for the righty or lefty mom. See at Razer Asus HP Logitech Razer Nintendo If mom’s snatching moments here and there to indulge her gaming, get her a console she can carry: the Nintendo Switch. If that’s too expensive a gift ($300), a controller designed to work with her phone is a lot more affordable and still gives her an edge when jumping into a quick battle royale while carpooling. The Steelseries Nimbus (see at Amazon) is a good choice if she uses an iPhone, while the Stratus Duo (see at Amazon) goes with her Galaxy — or any other Android phone or Windows PC. For the cool mom: Anything Razer Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Thoughtful gifts for every kind of mom Read preview Instead of eyeing that Apple Watch for Mother’s Day, give her something that will really get her heart pumping instead of just tracking it. She may not have as much time as she used to for gaming, but you can make it more fun by equipping her for those days when she can grab a few stolen hours to beat back a demon incursion or even let her join your squad in battle.At a loss as to what mom might like? Here are some suggestions to get you started, no matter how little — or how much — you want to spend. Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Post a comment James Martin/CNET Laptops Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Desktops For the cables-be-gone mom: Logitech Lightspeed G903 mouse, G613 keyboard and HyperX Cloud Flight headset May 12 • Mothers Day 2019: How not to piss off your mom this year May 24 • Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 Razer’s gaming gear is almost uniformly great, if pricey, and doesn’t go overboard on the gaming bling. Mom would be proud to tote one of the company’s laptops into a board meeting, and the accessories can be as tasteful as she wants — or even pink, if that’s how she rolls. There’s also a Mercury White model of the Blade 15. And the laptops are fast, despite being thin and relatively light, so they’re up for accompanying Lara Croft on her latest adventure. See at Best Buy 0 • For the traveling mom: Asus Zenbook 15, HP Spectre 15 x360 See at Microsoft Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Read full review