Tsilhqotin gear up for historical Supreme Court hearing

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe land and title caravan from British Columbia has arrived safely to their destination.A bus load of members from the Tsilhqot’in First Nation are in Ottawa and will be on hand as the Supreme Court of Canada hears what could be a historic land title case.APTN’s Annette Francis caught up with them shortly after their arrival in the nation’s capital.last_img

Stars Group online gambling group buys into Australias CrownBet sports betting

first_imgTORONTO – The Stars Group Inc. has acquired majority ownership of Australia’s CrownBet Holdings Pty Ltd., which operates a regulated sports betting market.The Toronto-based gaming company said Tuesday it paid US$117.7 million cash to acquire 62 per cent of CrownBet’s equity from Crown Resorts Ltd.CrownBet’s founder, Matthew Tripp, will remain as chief executive officer and continue to operate the business in Australia.Stars Group — formerly known as Amaya and based in Montreal — has a number of gaming and betting operations including PokerStars and Full Tilt.Companies in this story: (TSX:TSGI)last_img read more

GoFundMe campaign set up for two men injured in weekend explosion near

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the two men who were injured in an explosion at a pump house near Chetwynd over the weekend.The two men sustained serious injuries in the explosion, which occurred inside a water pump station at the Aspen Trailer Park in the Wildmare Subdivision, approximately 8 kilometres west of Chetwynd.The pair, identified in the campaign as Devon and Benton Widdicombe, were transported to a local hospital before being airlifted to receive treatment at Vancouver General Hospital’s burn unit. A spokesperson with Worksafe BC was not able to offer any additional details about the explosion, only saying that the incident remains under investigation.“Rebecca (Devon’s wife) and John (Devon and Benton’s dad) are with them,” the campaign states. “Both Rebecca and Devon’s moms are taking care of their 4 children, so that Rebecca can be in Vancouver. Most people know how amazing Devon is and how is always willing to help other people. Any prayers, positive thoughts or help is greatly appreciated, as their families navigate this difficult time. Devon and Benton could be in Vancouver for several weeks.”As of 11:30 a.m. Monday, the GoFundMe campaign has raised $7,090 of its $5,000 goal.The campaign can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/devon-and-benton-widdicombe?fbclid=IwAR2oNkk5cqzdyg08cw4LwZONHJdKGFVZjYHho8tt4WjWJZ_14-EB7GHFvgslast_img read more

Ban urges immediate release of children associated with Ugandan rebels

23 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to work with the United Nations for the immediate release of all children associated with the Ugandan rebel group that is notorious for its abduction and use of child soldiers. In his latest report on children and armed conflict in Uganda, Mr. Ban noted that the LRA has not knowingly operated in Ugandan territory since the cessation of hostilities in August 2006.However, over the past four years, the group – including “a substantial but unknown” number of Ugandan children associated with its forces – has increasingly moved into neighbouring countries to establish additional bases. “Children and their communities in the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic have been victims of attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives and resulted in the disappearance of hundreds of children,” Mr. Ban wrote.The Secretary-General encouraged the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict to consider visiting Uganda and the region to assess the impact of its work in the country, as well as to review the regional impact of the LRA’s activities on children.“I strongly urge the Lord’s Resistance Army to engage with United Nations country teams in the region for the immediate release of all children associated with its forces,” he added.In this connection, he called on his Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, to create an advocacy and contact group to help bring about this release as soon as possible.Meanwhile, Mr. Ban highlighted that the cooperation with the Ugandan Government has been “very effective” and has allowed the UN and its partners to successfully verify that no more children are present in the ranks of Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) or its auxiliary forces and that no cases of recruitment or use of children have been reported since August 2007.Nevertheless, he notes that a number of challenges remain to be addressed to protect children. “I strongly urge the Government of Uganda to prioritize the protection of children in its military actions against LRA elements, either on Ugandan territory or in joint operations in neighbouring countries,” Mr. Ban said.The LRA has waged war in northern Uganda against Government forces since the mid-1980s. Both sides have signed several peace agreements, raising hopes of a comprehensive accord to formally end the entire conflict being signed eventually. read more

Afghan voters reach midway point at open registration centres UN

Of the potential maximum 2.5 million voters in the eight cities where registration has already begun, more than 1.27 million have signed on, a spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Manoel de Almeida e Silva, told the press in Kabul. Overall, Afghanistan has an estimated 10 million potential voters for the elections, scheduled to take place this year, but centres have so far been opened only in Kabul, Kunduz, Kandahar, Gardez, Herat, Mazar, Bamiyan and Jalalabad. Phase II of the registration drive is set to begin in May. Only 27 per cent of those registered to date are women. In a bid to bring out the female vote in a country where women’s rights were severely restricted under the previous Taliban regime, some 600,000 extra posters and 300,000 leaflets are to be distributed beginning this week. Printed in both Dari and Pashto, the principal Afghan languages, they say: “Women cast your vote…your vote is important…register your names in order to vote and participate in the reconstruction of your country.” read more

UN peacekeeping missions mandate in Sierra Leone extended for final six months

The unanimously approved resolution was rife with references to security concerns after the departure of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).The Council urged “the Government of Sierra Leone to continue its efforts to develop an effective, affordable and sustainable police force, armed forces, penal system and independent judiciary, and further to promote good governance and strengthen mechanisms to tackle corruption, and encourages donors and UNAMSIL, in accordance with its mandate, to assist the Government in this regard, as well as in restoring public services throughout the country.” It stressed the importance of providing effective security after UNAMSIL’s withdrawal for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, set up by the UN and the Government of Sierra Leone to try war crimes, and asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend measures to ensure this as soon as possible. The Security Council encouraged the UN missions in West Africa to continue enhancing their cooperation, “especially in the prevention of movements of arms and combatants across borders and in the implementation of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes.” UNAMSIL and the UN country team in Sierra Leone should continue their close collaboration to ensure a seamless transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding, through the implementation of their joint Transition Plan, the Security Council said. read more

With new Government in place future of Liberias police looking up UN

Ingrid Dagestad, Deputy Police Commissioner with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), said the country’s force still has a long way to go in dealing with the effects of more than a decade of brutal civil war but voiced confidence that it is on the right track towards reform.“With a newly elected Government we are optimistic and believe we’ll see changes,” Ms. Dagestad told the UN News Service from Monrovia.But she acknowledged that challenges remain, especially coping with the legacy of the previous regime’s inability to demobilize non-qualified police officers.To remedy this situation, UNMIL’s police component runs one of the largest training programmes ever conducted by a peacekeeping mission. Ms. Dagestad said more than 1,300 Liberian officers had graduated from the UN-assisted Police Academy and are now deployed into service.The Deputy Police Commissioner observed that a lack of funding, including from donors, has been a problem in reform of the police but said she expects increased global support following the recent positive political developments in Liberia.“I’m optimistic that the international community will give stronger support this year with the new Government in place. The UN police supports our local counterparts to identify possible projects, approach possible donors, develop technical specifications and follow up implementation of projects.”Since its establishment in 2003, UNMIL’s police component, which now numbers almost 1,100 officers, has worked closely with its Liberian counterparts and is now gradually changing strategy and handing over “local ownership of all policing functions,” Ms. Dagestad said.“The whole UN police mission has to shift focus where each and every one of us will have a stronger advisory role at the strategic, tactical and operational level, and in a mission-wide perspective, have an integrated approach in communities around the country.”In Liberia, which has been ravaged by the twin scourges of war and poverty, outside assistance is essential. “To be able to achieve our objectives, we need stronger bilateral support to build up police facilities, provide basic equipment and vehicles to the police, and, not least, to dress the new Liberian police force with new uniforms with a civilian rank structure so the population can see the reform process in action,” she added.In a similar vein, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Liberia recently emphasized that the eventual reduction in UNMIL depends on developing the capacity of the country’s security apparatus.Stressing the importance of stability in Liberia, Alan Doss said on Friday that “security sector reform is a major priority for the Government and the international community.” read more

Cummins Turbo Technologies new addition to large turbocharger range

first_imgCummins Turbo Technologies (CTT), a global engineering leader in turbocharger technology, is releasing the new Series 900 to the existing range of large turbochargers for engines of 16 litres and above. The company says “this extensive range provides robust flexible solutions for the off-highway sector,” including mining. It also reports that the allows it “to bring to market the most efficient turbochargers in this range with new technologies capable of improving overall turbocharger efficiency of a typical application by up to 10%.”The new Series 900, which has been designed to meet the diverse duty cycles of this engine range, draws on CTT’s 30 years of experience of developing and manufacturing turbochargers for the 16 litre and above market. CTT CTT’s defines this sector as high speed engines with speed ratings between 1,000 to 2,000 rpm, power output up to 5MW. Typical engine displacements are between 16 and 120 litres. Designed with high power density and compactness, the robust and durable technologies that the complete range offers are suitable for applications from 294 to 4,707 kW.Executive Director for Product Line Management & Marketing, Mark Firth said: “Our Holset turbochargers are the component of choice for many international off-highway customers. We don’t believe in off-the-shelf products. We understand that downtime is a prime concern for this sector and work in partnership with our customers to develop advanced technological solutions that are fit for market. Our development process is perfectly tailored to ensure it matches the customer’s service strategy, therefore installing confidence in the products, which is vitally important for the equipment manufacturer and owner.“The research and development of the Series 900 has allowed us to take the advances this turbocharger offers and drive them across the already robust and flexible product range, Series 800 and Series 1000, to create the most efficient and diverse turbochargers we have ever produced for the 16 litre and above engine range.”The new Series 900 is suitable for both diesel and natural gas applications. Its power range is 1,500 to 4,800 engine kW.CTT is also unveiling plans for investment in future technology solutions for the range to improve fuel efficiency. The shift in focus to prioritise fuel economy highlights its belief that the industry has now reached the tipping-point at which global engine and equipment manufacturers are developing products designed to insulate customers from rising fuel prices.Firth added: “Our close working relationship with customers always informs the focus of our research and development and that has shaped not just these developments which we are showcasing at Conexpo but also the further extensions to the range that we have planned.“These competitive, market-proven products and technologies draw on our heritage of innovation and engineering excellence and will continue to deliver savings to our customers without ever compromising on performance.”CTT is part of the Cummins Components Group, which is made up of Cummins Emission Solutions, Cummins Filtration, Cummins Fuel Systems and Cummins Turbo Technologies. Global technical centres are located in Huddersfield, UK (European Technical Centre), Columbus, Indiana (also the Cummins’ world HQ), Pune, India and Wuxi, China which support customer partnerships and deliver engineering solutions to local markets.Holset Engineering was founded in Huddersfield, UK in 1952 and bought by Cummins in 1973, changing its name to Cummins Turbo Technologies in 2006. For more than 60 years the Holset brand has been synonymous with turbocharging and air handling excellence developing a portfolio of technologies comprising wastegate, sliding wall variable geometry, power-turbine, two-stage, and turbocompound products. The Holset name is retained as the product brand.last_img read more

Second Sandvik roadheader heading to Turquoise Ridge gold mine

first_imgThe transition of Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining’s Turquoise Ridge gold mine (owned 75:25) in Nevada, US, to a Tier One operation is tracking to plan, the Canada-based miner said recently, with the Sandvik MR361 roadheader it took delivery of back in 2017 continuing to prove its worth.Barrick said in its December quarter results that it is looking to increase production and resources at Turquoise Ridge through mechanisation, automation, and innovation.The ramp up of the roadheader over 2018 improved safety, increased throughput, and dropped mining costs per tonne, the company said in its results statement. This has led to Barrick ordering a second roadheader, manufactured by Sandvik, which will be delivered to the operation later this year. On top of this, Barrick said it is evaluating the opportunity associated with increasing the level of mechanisation and automation for the operation.Barrick already has extensive experience using Sandvik roadheaders, with the company having employed a MH620 unit at its Cortez gold mine, also in Nevada, US. Weighing 125 t and driven by a 300-kW cutting motor, the MH620 cutting the Range Front declines at Cortez is one of the world’s largest roadheaders.Construction of a third shaft at Turquoise Ridge continues to advance according to schedule and within budget, Barrick said in the results statement, with efforts in 2019 focused on earthworks and shaft sinking.“The construction of this shaft is expected to increase annual production to more than 500,000 oz/y (100% basis), at an average cost of sales of around $720/oz, and average all-in sustaining costs of roughly $630/oz,” Barrick said.“As of December 31, we have spent $62 million (including $3 million in the December quarter of 2018) out of a total estimated capital cost of $300-$325 million (100% basis) on the construction of this shaft.”Initial production from the new shaft is expected to begin in 2022, with sustained production from 2023.Since the end of 2015, reserves at Turquoise Ridge have increased by 3.5 Moz (100% basis), primarily through driving down mining costs per tonne, which has allowed for a lower cutoff grade, thereby optimising the way the orebody is mined.“The focus in 2019 is to realise the potential to further grow reserves, extend mine life, and grow production over and above the current mine plan, through reducing costs to further lower the cutoff grade, as well as extending mineralisation at depth,” Barrick said.last_img read more

Ballymun photo exhibit honours proud community of Ballymunners

first_imgSince the creation of Ballymun Regeneration in 1997, the town of Ballymun has been physically transformed. But Ballymun has always been about much more than its buildings.It is, first and foremost, a community of proud ‘Ballymunners’ who campaigned vociferously for change and enthusiastically embraced the vision of a self-sustaining, safer and better new Ballymun. In short, the story of Ballymun is all about its people. He said the objective of the project was to simply “identify and profile just some of the many people who have been, and who will continue to be, active in promoting a new and improving Ballymun”.PhotosCalled Ballymun People, this artistic project designed by Charles and Elizabeth Handy and sponsored by Dublin City Council will run at axis Ballymun until Friday 25 October, before moving to other locations including Dublin Airport early in 2014.Some people featured in the Ballymun project include Maura Doyle, Principal, St Joseph’s School; Anne Keating, Community activist; Peter McVerry, founder Peter McVerry Trust and Paul Moran, Garda Superintendent and many more.Here are some of the great images taken by Elizabeth Handy – a portrait photographer of some distinction. THE LAST OF THE Ballymun residents are set to move into their new homes soon as the Ballymun Regeneration Project comes to an end.All residents in the remaining tower blocks will shortly receive keys to their new homes and the final tower blocks on Balbutcher Lane and Joseph Plunkett Tower will be demolished in early 2014.Portrait of the people A photography exhibition, launched last night, offers a collective portrait of some of the people of Ballymun. In words and photos, twelve people who care about Ballymun and its future feature in the exhibition.Ronan King, Chairman, Ballymun Regeneration said:last_img read more

Is the new Firefox for Android any good

first_imgMozilla was once the undisputed king of open source browsers, and the clear alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Then Google arrived on the block with Chrome. In recent years, Mozilla has been working on gaining a foothold in the new browser front, mobile devices. Its early efforts in developing an Android version of Firefox were mediocre at best, but things have been steadily improving.Yesterday Mozilla announced a new stable build of Firefox on Android, and it’s talking a big game. It is supposedly much faster, supports Flash, and has a streamlined UI. Let’s see how it stacks up.Mozilla is pushing the angle that Firefox is much faster on Android than the competition. However, it makes its case with scripting benchmarks, which are rarely informative to real people. In practice, Firefox does actually feel impressively responsive.Scrolling is very smooth, and the app now uses that little kinetic bounce animation when you hit the top or bottom of the page. Native Android apps use the glow effect instead because Apple has a design patent on the bounce. Perhaps Mozilla expects no one will care enough to sue? Multi-touch zooming is similarly fluid, and uses that same bouncing animation.I’m happy to say that all the responsiveness I’m feeling in the UI is the same when pages are loading. Many browsers, Chrome included, tend to be a little laggy before a page is done loading. Not so here. Speaking of page loads, they’re about on par with Chrome. That’s great because Chrome is already very fast in this respect. The Geek homepage loads in 7 seconds in Firefox, and 6 seconds in Chrome.Text rendering was downright terrible on Firefox when it first came out. Everything looked muddy and rendering the characters took ages when you zoomed in. Now things look crisp, and there is virtually no lag in re-rendering text. I will say that I prefer the way Chrome flows columns with a smaller font, but Firefox’s larger lettering is acceptable.Support for Adobe Flash might be a place for Firefox to truly shine. Chrome for Android came about after Adobe already announced it was done with mobile Flash, so there is no support. Firefox does indeed play Flash content, and I’d even say it does so a little better than the Stock Android browser did before Chrome. Although Firefox still chokes on higher bitrate video, and scrolling gets noticeably jerky with Flash playing.Lastly, one still unresolved problem with Firefox is that it soaks up RAM like it grows on trees. I’m looking at over 100MB with a single tab open on the Galaxy Nexus. On devices with lower amounts of RAM, you’re going to find other apps close their background processes, and Firefox itself won’t stay running in the background for very long.Overall, I think Mozilla has finally managed to make Firefox something you can use. It’s fast enough, and the responsiveness is top notch. Certainly if you need access to Flash content, give it a look. I don’t think it will steal me away from Chrome, but Chrome is only on Android 4.0 right now. Users of older phones should check this out for sure.via Mozillalast_img read more

Up to one metre of snow forecast to fall in some eastern

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 156,866 Views Mar 1st 2018, 6:54 PM Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 6:54 PM Sub-zero temperatures and icy conditions continuing tonight in strong easterly winds with heavy snow showers and high accumulations in some areas. 255 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3880412 By Daragh Brophy Short URLcenter_img The M7 near Newbridge, Co Kildare today. Share1063 Tweet Email6 The M7 near Newbridge, Co Kildare today. Up to one metre of snow forecast to fall in some eastern areas of Ireland Met Éireann has extended its status red warning for Leinster and Munster. You can find the latest updates on the weather service’s site throughout the evening. We’re also live here  with the latest updates on the severe weather.Public transport has come to a standstill amid the snowy, stormy weather – we won’t see another Luas, Dublin Bus, Irish Rail train or Bus Éireann bus in operation until Saturday.Shops, government offices and various other services also shut entirely today or closed early. MET ÉIREANN’S EVELYN Cusack has said that up to a metre of snow could fall in eastern areas of the country as part of the current severe weather event.The weather service’s latest update comes as the country braces for the worst effects of Storm Emma, which will bring blizzard conditions in the coming hours.People are being urged to stay indoors until the snowstorm conditions pass tomorrow.Met Éireann has updated its weather warning for two provinces this evening. The status red alert for Leinster and Munster is now in place until 6pm tomorrow.The red warning for Connacht and Ulster is in place until 6am tomorrow.“What is certain is that we’re obviously in for very serious weather conditions especially in eastern and southern areas,” Cusack said in her update on tonight’s Six One news.Regarding the snow in the Dublin-Wicklow area, she said, ”the wind is coming in off the sea and it is rising up off the mountains”.She said she expected the snow to “feed in continuously for 24 hours”.There could be “amounts of up to one metre of snow in eastern areas – with a knock-on effect of flooding throughout the days”. Cusack explained that, with the mountains, “south Dublin is normally in a rain shadow but with the north-easterly winds it’s the opposite effect”.This is the wording of Met Éireann’s current ‘red alert’ warning for Leinster and Munster: Blizzard conditions tonight and during Friday in Leinster and Munster. Southern and eastern coastal counties expected to receive exceptionally high accumulations.And this is the alert for the Connacht and Ulster counties:last_img read more

Les nouveaux espoirs de la chirurgie fœtale

first_imgLes nouveaux espoirs de la chirurgie fœtaleUne nouvelle étude américaine montre qu’une opération fœtale pourrait remédier à un problème de soudure de la colonne vertébrale.Des chercheurs américains expliquent dans la revue New England Journal of Medecine qu’en cas de défaut de soudure de la colonne vertébrale chez un enfant, l’opération visant à réparer le problème est plus efficace lorsqu’elle est effectuée sur fœtus, que sur un enfant déjà né.La déformation en question dans l’étude est la spina-bifida, explique Le Point, qui indique que la colonne vertébrale ne se referme pas complètement autour de la moelle épinière de l’enfant, ce qui est synonyme alors de risques de handicaps comme la paralysie. Les chercheurs expliquent que si ce défaut est souvent repéré vers le 6e mois de grossesse de la mère, il aboutit généralement à une IMG (Interruption médicale de grossesse). Les auteurs de l’étude expliquent alors que cette malformation pourrait être corrigée efficacement grâce à la chirurgie fœtale. Cent cinquante huit enfants ont été suivis pour les besoins de l’étude durant un an à compter de l’opération. Résultat, plus de 8 enfants sur 10 ayant subi une opération après la naissance ont dû se faire implanter un drain pour “éliminer l’excès de fluide dans le cerveau”, pour 4 enfants sur 10 ayant bénéficié de la chirurgie fœtale.Le 14 février 2011 à 17:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Facebook accusé de conserver les données censées être effacées

first_imgFacebook accusé de conserver les données censées être effacéesSuite au dépôt d’une vingtaine de plaintes émanant d’un étudiant autrichien, l’Autorité de protection de la vie privée irlandaise a ouvert une enquête sur Facebook. Le jeune homme accuse le réseau social d’avoir conservé des données qu’il avait effacées du site mais aussi de créer des “profils fantômes” de personnes ne possédant pas de compte Facebook.Etudiant autrichien en droit à Vienne, Max Schrems a demandé à Facebook, conformément à la législation européenne, de lui communiquer les informations conservées par le réseau social à son sujet. Comme le rapporte la chaîne Stern TV, il a alors reçu un CD contenant quelques 1.222 pages de données. Parmi elles, des informations qu’il avait supprimées du site, comme des messages privés. Facebook conserve chaque donnée mise en ligne par ses membres, même les images taguées par d’autres internautes, et bien que ces marquages aient été supprimés par la personne concernée, apprend-t-on.Si les informations disparaissent effectivement du réseau social lorsqu’elles sont supprimées, elles demeurent conservées par les serveurs de la firme, s’insurge Max Schrems. A cette accusation, notamment celle concernant les messages privés de ses utilisateurs, Facebook répond dans un communiqué : “En tant que service de messagerie instantanée, nous permettons aux utilisateurs d’effacer les messages qu’ils reçoivent dans leur boîte de réception et ceux qu’ils expédient de leur boîte d’envoi. Toutefois, il ne nous est pas possible de supprimer un message envoyé de la boîte de réception d’un autre utilisateur, et inversement. Tous les services de messagerie fonctionnent comme cela”.Un argument que Max Schrems dément dans un entretien accordé au Monde.fr. “Cela peut sembler logique à première vue, mais si l’on se réfère à la politique de confidentialité de Facebook, les messages ne sont pas supprimés, même si les deux correspondants les ont effacés. Ce n’est pas le cas dans les autres services de messagerie” affirme-t-il. Quant aux autres données transmises à l’étudiant, Facebook assure qu’il ne s’agit pas d’informations personnelles, mais des données utilisées par le réseau social pour la protection contre la fraude et pour “des raisons d’analyses statistiques”.Des “profils fantômes” créés à partir de données collectées En outre, Max Schrems accuse la firme de Mark Zuckerberg de créer des “profils fantômes” regroupant des informations sur des personnes ne possédant pas de compte Facebook, et ce à leur insu. Des données collectées via la synchronisation de téléphones mobiles ou des contacts de messageries électroniques, et utilisées notamment pour les mails d’invitation à rejoindre le réseau social. “Les non-utilisateurs reçoivent parfois des invitations incluant les portraits de gens qu’ils connaissent dans la vraie vie. Cela signifie que Facebook collecte une importante quantité de données sans en informer les personnes concernées”, lit-on dans l’une des plaintes de Max Schrems.Au total, l’étudiant a déposée 22 plaintes devant l’Autorité de protection des données d’Irlande, où se situe le siège social européen de Facebook. Si la société de Mark Zuckerberg devait être condamnée, elle ne risquerait qu’une amende de 100.000 euros maximum. Une somme dérisoire pour la firme dont la valorisation est estimée à quelque 70 milliards de dollars.Le 25 octobre 2011 à 20:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Moffat Warns Doctor Who Spoiler May Melt Your Brains

first_imgA post-premiere trailer for the 10th season of Doctor Who features a spoiler so big, even River Song would avert her eyes.During Tuesday’s London press screening of series opener “The Pilot,” executive producer Steven Moffat advised audiences to duck a pivotal clue to the show’s future.“This is just a public warning,” the outgoing showrunner said, as reported by Radio Times. “Some people hate spoilers and some people love spoilers—and everybody hates me whatever way they think about it. So this is my last attempt in this role to avoid hatred.“At the end of the [premiere] episode there will be yet another awesome trailer for Doctor Who. [And] at the very end of the trailer there is, frankly, an enormous spoiler, a spoiler that may actually melt your brains,” Moffat teased.“But I promise you, you’d be better off not knowing because awesome though it might be here,” he added, “it will be even more awesome in a few weeks’ time.”So, the BBC is offering viewers a chance to abstain from the tip-off, in what Moffat called “our frankly camp and ridiculous way.”Those hoping to steer clear of spoilers can watch for a clear warning, after which a countdown leads to a prompt suggesting you “blink now.”“If at this point you close your eyes and wait until you hear the cliffhanger noise, you will have a better experience in a few weeks’ time,” Moffat promised.You may also have to log out of social media, stop reading the news, and cut off certain friends for the time being, as well. But it’ll be worth it. Right?Yes, according to Radio Times reporter Paul Jones, who, like the rest of the journalists in the room, ignored Moffat’s pleas and described the moment as “the kind of surprise for which phrases such as ‘melt the Internet,’ ‘OMG!’ and, simply, ‘squeeeeeee!’ were invented.”Could it have something to do with the Twelfth Doctor’s regenerative glow, teased in this week’s second official series trailer?Buckle up, it’s going to be a long 12 episodes.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

Emergency paving begins on Highway 14

first_imgSTEVENSON — State Highway 14 drivers traveling through the western portion of the Columbia River Gorge should expect possible delays for emergency road pavement repair.Starting Friday, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will repair sections of the highway damaged by harsh winter weather.During daylight hours on dry days, there will be single-lane closures in either direction of state Highway 14. Delays could be as long as 20 minutes.Repairs on stretches of Highway 14 farther east in Klickitat County are scheduled to begin in mid-April. All emergency repairs are expected to be finished by spring.last_img read more

What are exit polls and how accurate are they Everything you need

first_imgNational pollsters will present their poll predictions to its viewers from 6:30 pm today.Exit Polls 2019 will be conducted from 6:30 pm onwards on Sunday, May 19, after the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2019 comes to an end at 6 pm. Multiple national pollsters – News18-IPSOS, India Today-Axis, Times Now-CNX, NewsX-Neta, Republic Bharat-Jan Ki Baat, Republic-CVoter, ABP-CSDS and Today’s Chanakya — will present their poll predictions to its viewers from 6:30 pm, as directed by the Election Commission of India (ECI).Let’s have a look at what exactly exit polls are and how reliable are they.What are exit polls?An exit poll is a survey or a post-voting poll which are conducted immediately after the voters have left their polling booths. The poll prediction is done based on the answers given by the voters. An exit poll asks voters which party did they actually vote for.How are exit polls carried out?Exit polls, considered to be an indicator to which party forms the government, are conducted by a number of organisations. Various methods are used by different agencies to collect information from the voters but the basic step remains the same – sampling. Some organizations conduct random sampling of constituencies while some might opt for systematic sampling. The random sampling can be of the electorate as well. Some parameter used in this include such as age, sex, caste and region.When will the embargo on exit polls be lifted?The embargo on exit polls will lift on Sunday (May 19) evening at 6.30 pm after the last phase of Lok Sabha elections concludes.Why are exit polls not allowed to be telecast before voting?Under Section 126A of the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951, an embargo on exit polls stays from the beginning of the elections till half an hour after the final phase of voting is over. Anybody, including the print, electronic media or any other social platform, ignoring the provisions of this section is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.Why are exit polls banned by EC?Back in 2004, the poll watchdog had approached the Law Ministry seeking an amendment to the Representation of the People Act to provide for a ban on both exit and opinion polls during a period specified by the Election Commission.How accurate are exit polls?Nobody should completely rely on exit polls in India because they have often proved to be unreliable. In the past, there had been instances when exit polls had predicted the verdict of an election incorrectly. For example, in 2004, the exit polls wrongly predicted BJP-led NDA coalition winning again. In 2009 again Congress-led UPA’s seat share was underestimated.Meanwhile…The ECI on Wednesday (May 15) ordered the micro-blogging platform Twitter India to remove all tweets related to exit polls. Twitter was yet to react to the order from the EC.The results of the national election across 542 Lok Sabha constituencies will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

BNP in disorder after Khaledas jail Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Sunday that the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party is in disorder after its chairperson Khaleda Zia was imprisoned.    The senior ruling party leader said this while answering journalists after a courtesy meeting with Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla at the Bridge division office in the capital.“BNP, in fact, is in disorder. We are now confused as to whether they are intentionally sidelining themselves nor not,” Obaidul Quader, who is also the road transport and bridges minister, said.“We knew earlier that they [BNP] would not take part the next election. They now say they are being sidelined, but who sidelined them?” he asked.“The court has sentenced her and she is in jail on court order.”The senior ruling party leader also said that BNP leaders are now giving different stories at different times and they lack unity in the party.“Their leaders have no unity and their programmes are also in a mess. They have failed to announce any meaningful programme and people do not respond to their call,” he said.In response to a query, the senior ruling party leader said that no one in the country would believe that Awami League had a hand in the attack on noted writer Muhammed Zafar Iqbal.“If BNP makes such allegations, this will have an impact on their vote bank,” he said.last_img read more

Roboticist creates Hugvie Huggable vibrating pillow smartphone accessory

first_imgThe idea behind the Hugvie is to add another dimension to the experience of speaking on the phone with someone in intimate ways; taking pillow talk to the next level if you will, providing that feeling of being there with that other person who really isn’t. The vibrations are meant to reproduce the sensations people would experience were they able to talk to one another with their faces, throats or chests touching, as people often do when lying down with one another while conversing.Currently, the Hugvie is only available (in a variety of colors) to customers in Japan, but if interest spreads, as with any other consumer product, it will almost certainly be made available to customers elsewhere.Via: DigInfo TV In reality, it’s a stuffed pillow with a little pocket for holding a cell phone. When in use, a hidden gadget listens in and converts the sounds it hears to vibrations which it sends through the pillow to the person holding it.Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, and inventor of the Telenoid R1, which has been described as an animated outsized fetus that talks, spoke at a press conference in Tokyo recently, to announce the debut of Hugvie. He said that the robot actually has two vibrators inside of it and that together they are meant to mimic the sound of the human heartbeat. He added that the vibrations can be customized to allow for softer or stronger pulses as they respond to the volume and strength of the voice on the other end of the line. He added that his team has already tested the Hugvie in several environments and that people, especially senior citizens, tend to hug the little pillow bot when speaking with someone close to them. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Roboticist creates Hugvie – Huggable vibrating pillow smartphone accessory (2012, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-roboticist-hugvie-huggable-vibrating.htmlcenter_img (Phys.org) — Japanese robot designer Hiroshi Ishiguro is fast becoming a sort of roboticist for the people, in Japan anyway. Instead of terminator style robots meant to do a lot of serious work or to serve on the battlefield, his robots are soft and cushy, cute and perhaps a little smooshy. He’s also created a robot in his own image. Now he’s introducing something he calls the Hugvie, a robot that looks sort of like a generic mono-legged human baby, or perhaps a doll with no eyes, fingers or toes. It serves as the medium through which people converse in a new way using a smartphone. While holding, or pressing the Hugvie against the face, it vibrates slightly at the same frequency as the voice on the other end, adding another degree of intimacy to the conversation. At least that’s the idea. Japan’s new robot brings visitors home by video-phone © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more

Want to be a chef Get studying

first_imgOn one side, you have culinary professionals who swear by the time-honored tradition of jumping right on the line to learn alongside prep cooks, sous chefs, and chefs who have been working in the business for decades. This has been a practice for the technical trade since the dawn of the culinary profession; in the Middle Ages, when books were rare and the ability to read was even rarer, everyone from cooks to surgeons learned with practical hands-on skill building.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This type of ‘apprenticeship’ approach has been in operation for thousands of years, and is still used in many types of fields to a great success even today. On the other side of the argument, you have culinary professionals who believe that no real culinary arts career begins without formal training from a recognised and accredited culinary school. The belief is that cooking is no longer just about making food to eat; it’s about combining food safety, technical skills, and artistry to create things that please the body, mind, and soul.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLets first understand whether education is important or not for the culinary field.  An important skill as cooking is, it is one that is usually foreign to many young people. While some may turn on the television to watch the news, find out the latest scores or shop, a growing number of individuals are turning to their favorite food show to learn how to make the latest dishes. Learning to become a chef is like an art. Just as an artist pours their heart and soul into painting portraits, chefs put their heart and soul into what they cook. The culinary arts include refining skills such as math, nutrition and management. It is important that chefs understand what they are cooking and what is in the foods they are preparing.  As we all know, none of the schools in India provide all the factors mentioned above plus the exposure and experience required in any professional course so I decided to open Olive Culinary Academy. I wanted to open a culinary school where the environment, the quality of the ingredients and menus are of utmost importance for a very long time. OCA focuses on basics, certain level of knowledge, concentrates on advanced techniques and also gives kitchen exposure that too in just 1 year.There are plenty of schools that do teach basics but will not provide hands on training and take you through all the phases between start to a finished product. At OCA, we hope to instill skills in them that they can take home and share with their families’ every day.last_img read more