How soon is spring Groundhogs set to make their annual predictions

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first_imgWeather watchers will look to the groundhogs this morning for their annual predictions about spring.Nova Scotia’s famed Shubenacadie Sam will be let out of his pen at about 8 a.m. local time.Sam, who lives at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, can be watched live at the Nova Scotia Webcams site leading up to his annual Groundhog Day appearance.In Ontario, a new Wiarton Willie is expected to waddle out of his den at about 8 a.m. ET, if past years are anything to go by.This year’s groundhog is an “understudy” to the previous Willie, who died last September.Alberta’s Balzac Billy will also be making his prediction at the Blue Grass Garden Centre after 8 a.m. MT.Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day he’ll flee to his burrow, heralding six more weeks of winter.If he doesn’t, it means spring’s around the corner.last_img read more

MR alleges attempt to retire top military officers

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“I believe this is being done to tarnish the image that these individuals built up in the country by providing leadership to the war effort. I know that the people are following these developments carefully,” he said.Rajapaksa also said the Government has also agreed amend the Public Security Ordinance and to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with legislation acceptable to the foreign powers. Rajapaksa says he sees this as a reckless dismantling of the country’s core security legislation. “Sending these officers on retirement at a time when war crimes investigations are being spoken of is a clear case of deliberately abandoning these officers. It is my view that these officers should be granted service extensions by the government until the danger abates,” Rajapaksa said. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa claims senior military officers who led the various Divisions during the final phase of the war are to be retired without being given the usual service extensions.Speaking in Parliament today for the first time since he was elected as an MP at the August Parliament election, Rajapaksa said that when these officers retire, they lose the institutional backing and protection provided by the military. He claims key individuals who provided political and military leadership to the war effort are now being hauled virtually on a daily basis before various police financial investigation units and commissions of inquiry probing allegations corruption and fraud. The former President called upon the Government to not to place the nation’s security in jeopardy over petty political considerations and due to their antipathy towards him and the Government he led.Mahinda Rajapaksa also noted that in October this year, the present Government “ill-advisedly” accepted and co-sponsored a resolution against Sri Lanka which is based on a report which states that there are ‘reasonable grounds to believe’ that Sri Lanka’s armed forces committed grave crimes during the last phase of the war against the LTTE.“In terms of this resolution the Government has agreed to establish a war crimes court to try Sri Lankan military personnel with the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators and to allow this mechanism to obtain funding from foreign countries. They have also agreed to reform the domestic law to bring it into line with the laws implemented by international war crimes tribunals. They have also undertaken to remove through an administrative process members of the military suspected of having committed human rights abuses even if there is insufficient evidence to charge them in a court of law.When the British prime minister met our President recently, the former made an offer of six million pounds to reform the military,” he said. Rajapaksa says he does not believe that foreign Governments should be sponsoring the reform of Sri Lanka’s armed forces nor should any such reform be done due to pressure from overseas. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Questrade agrees to pay 29 million to OSC for acting contrary to

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TORONTO — Questrade Wealth Management will pay $2.9 million to the Ontario Securities Commission after regulator staff concluded that the investment manager failed to properly determine whether there was a conflict of interest before investing a client’s money.According to Questrade’s settlement with the OSC, the Toronto-based investment fund manager and market dealer acted contrary to the public interest when it purchased roughly $15 million in WisdomTree exchange-traded funds for Questrade’s managed online investment service Portfolio IQ in July 2017.The settlement says Questrade was required to determine whether there was a conflict of interest before making this significant purchase, as one day earlier on July 27, 2017 it had entered into three strategic agreements with Wisdom Tree Asset Management Canada.Investment fund K2 accused of manipulative order ‘spoofing’ by OSC staffFormer Sino-Forest executives hit with sanctions, millions in penalties in OSC rulingFounder of K2 hedge fund slapped with nine month trading ban over ‘spoofing’Under the agreements, WisdomTree agreed to purchase eight ETFs managed by Questrade, and WisdomTree’s affiliate was to become a consultant for Portfolio IQ.The OSC settlement, approved in a hearing Thursday, says that Questrade did not take the appropriate steps to determine whether the July 2017 trade was suitable for its clients, which “potentially put its PIQ clients at risk.”The regulator says Questrade has agreed to the terms of the settlement, which was approved Tuesday, which includes a voluntary payment of $2.9 million to the commission and costs totalling $100,000. read more

Annan calls for peaceful resolution of disturbances in Solomon Islands

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In a statement issued by his spokesman in New York, Mr. Annan pledged UN assistance to regional efforts to find a solution.“The Secretary-General expresses concern over civil disturbances in the Solomon Islands following the election of the Prime Minister on 18 April,” the statement said. “He calls on the people of Solomon Islands to refrain from acts of violence and reaffirm their commitment to a peaceful and constitutional resolution of their differences in a spirit of goodwill which they convincingly demonstrated during the general elections.The statement welcomed support provided to the Government of Solomon Islands by the Pacific Islands Forum, which has deployed a Regional Assistance Mission to the country to restore order, and pledged to complement those efforts.

Stateoftheart supercar concept on show at SMMT

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SMMT has welcomed the latest exhibit to its modern Westminster exhibition space this morning: Jaguar’s cutting-edge Project C-X75. The car was originally conceived as a concept to celebrate the marque’s 75th anniversary, but has since been confirmed as a limited production model to be built in the UK.The hybrid supercar aims to be one of the fastest, low-emission vehicles in the world, with the road-going version of the concept car using a highly boosted internal combustion engine in place of the concept’s micro-turbine technology.The production version of Project C-X75 will incorporate a battery Kinetic Energy Regeneration System (KERS), developed in Formula One and now adapted for production vehicles. The car will be a bona fide hybrid, capable of running in electric-only mode for 50km or more. Jaguar expects the car to produce CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km, while being able to achieve a sub-three second 0-60mph time and a top speed in excess of 200mph.Project C-X75 will become Jaguar’s most advanced model to date, incorporating technology and engineering honed at the highest level of motorsport. The vehicle is planned to be built at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory, in association with Williams F1, lending its engineering expertise in areas including aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies.“People expect Jaguar to be innovators − that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director. “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”Sir Frank Williams, Chairman of Williams F1, added, “Our new association with Jaguar Land Rover provides us with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the motoring world’s most famous and iconic brands. Williams has always considered itself an engineering company and so this project will allow us to combine our technical expertise to create something truly exceptional.”For more information, visit the official Jaguar Project C-X75 website.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Whats New In Our NBA Player Projections For 201718

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Welcome to the 2017-18 edition of CARMELO,1CARMELO stands for “Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization,” but really it’s a shout-out to the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection system.Or to be more precise, welcome to the initial 2017-18 edition of CARMELO. We have a lot of basketball-related projects on tap for the summer, which vary from exploring what makes teams succeed in the playoffs when they struggle in the regular season to trying to develop our own defensive metrics based on player-tracking data. So there’s a chance that we’ll give CARMELO and our other NBA products a more serious overhaul before the NBA regular season starts in October. Be prepared for these numbers to change, in other words.In the meantime, the initial adjustments from last year’s edition of CARMELO are relatively minor. For a basic outline of the system, which projects player performance by identifying similar players since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976, please see our explanation from two years ago. Here’s what’s different this year:BPM vs. RPM, revisited, againWe were fairly pleased with how our CARMELO player projections performed last year, with the system identifying breakout stars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert. But we also use CARMELO to make team projections, and we weren’t all that happy with those. In fact, according to the APBRmetrics message board, which tracks various projection systems, CARMELO went from having some of the most accurate team forecasts in its debut season in 2015-16 to some of the least accurate last year. What happened?In 2015-16, our projections were based on a combination of Real Plus-Minus (RPM), a system that rates each player primarily based on how his team performs when that player is on or off the court, and Box Plus/Minus (BPM), a system that rates players using traditional box-score statistics such as assists and steals. Last year, we switched to using BPM only. Why? There are a lot of things to like about BPM, including that it’s considerably more transparent than RPM, and it can be calculated going back several decades, making for easier historical comparisons.But as a predictive tool, BPM does not appear to be as accurate as RPM. Instead, BPM has trouble picking up on factors such as defense and team cohesion. That led CARMELO to overrate teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves and underrate more defensive teams such as the San Antonio Spurs last year. If we’d run the numbers using RPM instead of BPM in 2016-17, our projections would have been above-average again as compared with the projection systems that APBRmetrics tracks, we discovered.All of this stuff gets complicated, and discussions can quickly devolve into alphabet soup. But for better or worse, the choice of metric matters quite a lot. According to BPM, Russell Westbrook’s 2016-17 season was easily the greatest in NBA history. According to RPM, he was only the ninth-best player in the league last season.The upshot is that in the short run, we’re using a blend of two-thirds RPM and one-third BPM for this edition of the CARMELO projections. In the long run, we’re interested in developing our own plus-minus stat (but no promises about that quite yet).Projections for international playersIn past years, we’d published CARMELOs for NBA veterans such as Paul George based on their NBA statistics and for rookies such as Lonzo Ball based on their NCAA statistics.2NCAA statistics are adjusted for pace and opponent quality by ESPN Stats & Information Group. But we didn’t have projections for rookies such as the Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina, who played in international leagues rather than the NCAA. (The Belgian-born Ntilikina grew up in France and played for the French professional team SIG Strasbourg this year.)So this year, we’ve introduced simple projections for European draftees based on biographical data: specifically, their age, draft position, height, weight, position and home country.3The projections do not use statistics from European leagues; they’re solely based on these biographical categories. Home country is determined based on where the players were born, rather than on where they played professionally. Thus, Ntilikina is classified as Belgian rather than French, for example. Players born in the same country or from nearby countries get a higher similarity score, although this is a fairly minor factor compared to other variables such as draft position. CARMELO identifies players such as Ricky Rubio, Evan Fournier, Dennis Schroeder and Tony Parker as being similar to Ntilikina, for instance.‘Gap year’ and ‘draft-and-stash’ playersAnother tricky case involves rookies who missed the entire NBA season, or almost the entire season, on account of injury or other factors in their first year. The Sixers’ Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016, didn’t play at all last season because of a foot injury, for example.We’ve improved how the system handles these “gap year” players.4Specifically, players who played less than 200 minutes in their first NBA season. They are now compared only to other players who also sat out what would have been their first season, such as Blake Griffin (who missed the entire 2009-10 season) or Julius Randle (who played just one game in 2014-15 before getting hurt). This is a small sample of cases, so the projections for these players can be somewhat noisy. Still, we think this is better than essentially just ignoring the injuries, as we’d been doing before.European and other international players, meanwhile, often play an additional season or two abroad even after they’re drafted by an NBA team. (The NBA team who drafts these “draft-and-stash” prospects can retain their rights for a couple of seasons under most circumstances.) Draft-and-stash players such as the Celtics’ Guerschon Yabusele are projected based on comparisons to other draft-and-stash players.Better biographical dataFinally, we’ve switched to using NBA.com, instead of Basketball-Reference.com, as our primary source for player heights and weights. Players’ listed weights — and sometimes even their official heights — can change from season to season. Basketball-Reference.com generally lists players by the heights and weights they were listed under as rookies, whereas NBA.com keeps more up-to-date with the changes.We’re also using more detailed data on players’ positions than in the past. While a player’s primary position is determined by Basketball-Reference.com, we’re now also accounting for players’ secondary positions based on additional positions listed at ESPN Fantasy Basketball. Thus, a power forward who also plays center will be treated slightly differently than a power forward who also plays small forward.We hope you’ll enjoy this year’s edition of CARMELO, and we’ll notify you of further changes as we make them throughout the offseason. read more

Good Samaritans sprayed in the face with unknown substance after stopping to

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first_imgCar fire Police said the two people who stopped were Good Samaritans in the wrong place at the wrong timeCredit:SWNS The car crash took place on the M11Credit:SWNS  The two people sprayed received medical treatment but it is not thought they will suffer from any long term effects, and the driver of the lorry was uninjured, police said.Kevin Brown, of East of England Ambulance Service, said: “This unprovoked attack on two Good Samaritans who were trying to help at the scene of a road traffic collision is deplorable.”Sadly they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and we wish them a speedy recovery.” Essex Police said the suspects left the scene in a white Vauxhall Astra which was taken from a member of the public at the scene of the collision.This was later recovered in Dagenham, east London. Officers said one of the suspects involved in the collision is described as Asian and aged between 25 to 30 years old, with a dark beard.He was wearing a baseball cap, a navy blue buttoned top, and dark coloured bottoms, and also had with him a small, black leather bag.Another suspect is described as white, with short dark hair. He was wearing a khaki coloured jumper and jogging bottoms and is thought be aged between 20 and 25 years old.Shortly before the incident on the M11 near Chigwell and Loughton, officers were alerted to the theft of another blue VW Golf from outside a shop on Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill at around 6.50pm.The victim, a man in his 20s, told officers that one of the two men who stole the car had a knife in his hand – prompting him to run from the scene.With no verbal or physical threats issued, Essex Police said the two suspects then drove away in the victim’s car.center_img Two off-duty emergency service workers were sprayed in the face with an unknown substance in what police have called a “shocking incident”.A police officer and paramedic were among Good Samaritans who stopped to help a car that had collided with a lorry on the M11 on Friday at around 7pm and was on fire.Essex Police said as those inside the stolen blue VW Golf got out of the vehicle, they sprayed an unknown substance into the faces of the two off-duty emergency responders.Chief Superintendent Luke Collison said: “This was an shocking incident and we have launched a significant investigation to track down the suspects and bring them to justice.”Good Samaritans who witnessed a serious collision stopped to provide urgent medical care and were met by two dangerous offenders and seriously assaulted.” The force said they believe the suspects involved in the car theft on Queens Road may have been associated with the suspects driving the stolen car that collided with the lorry on the M11.Essex Police said the blue VW Golf which caught fire was not the victim’s car, and another blue VW Golf, containing additional suspects, was present when the other vehicle was stolen on Queens Road.It then followed the other suspects in the victim’s vehicle onto the M11 and that it was this car which caught fire. Police said the victim’s vehichle is yet to be recovered.Detectives at Loughton CID are appealing for information and can be reached via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Burning car Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

BME highlights that poor blasting is also a environmental issue

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first_imgNot only do poor blasting practices erode mines’ financial bottom lines – they are also bad for the environment, according the BME Technical Director Tony Rorke. Highlighting that a number of greenhouse gases are generated in the explosives chain, Rorke said that nitrous oxide (N2O) is particularly dangerous – being almost 300 times more harmful to the climate system than carbon dioxide.“Ironically, there is little public awareness of N2O, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the ‘forgotten’ greenhouse gas,” he said. “Containing N2O emissions can also present an opportunity to mines and other explosives users to significantly improve their carbon footprint.” As a leading supplier of emulsion explosives, Omnia Group company BME is concerned about ensuring production process and the application of BME products is environmentally-friendly.“Sourcing our nitric acid and ammonium nitrate from Omnia, our product benefits from the fact that Omnia’s two Envinox plants scrub 98% of the N2O from the production facility’s absorption tower – ensuring that our customers’ sustainability reporting is not unduly compromised,” said Rorke. “But there are more environmental benefits at operational level that can be achieved with good quality blasting, which will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted.”One challenge is to reduce the amount of nitrous oxides produced during blasting; evidence of nitrous oxides being generated by a blast is usually the orange smoke cloud that rises after detonation. “This can be caused by water in the ground or by poor blast timing,” he said. “It can also result from blasters not taking into account the nature of the rock and how this could damage explosives – causing them not to react properly.”A poor blast design or timing design is likely to result in a bad blast, where not all the explosive is fully detonated; under these conditions, nitrous oxide fumes will be produced – with severe consequences for the environment. He emphasises that there are other downstream activities on a mine that also contribute to the operation’s carbon footprint – and which can also be improved to result in less CO2 emissions. Research shows that for every cubic metre of rock mined, about 4 kg of CO2 is produced by the explosives, 5 kg of CO2 by the process of loading and hauling, and 27 kg of CO2 by crushing and milling – a total of some 36 kg.“An important negative result of a bad blast is difficult digging conditions – loaders will struggle to dig where the required fragmentation has not been achieved, for instance,” he said. “This means the machines will burn more diesel and emit more CO2.”Coarser fragmentation will also lead to less efficient functioning of the crushers and the mill, which will in turn consume more electricity – also a major greenhouse gas contributor. “By blasting badly, a mine will also effectively be losing ore; so despite creating all these extra greenhouse gases, there is even less ore to show for it,” said Rorke. “The result is that more mining is necessary to reach the targeted production levels.”He said there is plenty of scope, therefore, for mines to reduce their carbon footprint by improving their blasting performance. “It has been shown that throw blasting can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1-2%, and improved fragmentation can achieve even larger reductions of about 6%,” he said. “Even greater potential lies in reducing ore losses, with efficient ore-waste separation capable of reducing greenhouse gas output by between 5% and 25%.”As mining companies are required to report more thoroughly and systematically on their triple-bottom line – including the environmental impact – they should pay greater attention to their blasting practices, said Rorke; they may find they are pleasantly surprised by what can be achieved in terms of both reducing greenhouse gases and improving mining efficiencies.last_img read more

Syria has destroyed all of its chemical weapons equipment watchdog

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first_imgBut Syria declared those sites as abandoned and that the chemical weapons programme items they contained were moved to other declared sites, which were inspected.“The Joint Mission is now satisfied that it has verified – and seen destroyed – all of Syria’s declared critical production and mixing/filling equipment,” it said.DetailsOPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu has submitted his first monthly report on Syrian disarmament to the organisation’s Executive Council, which is to meet to discuss it on November 5.In it, Uzumcu says that Syria provided information on 41 chemical weapons facilities at 23 sites, including eight mobile filling units, according to a copy of the report.Syria said it had approximately 1,290 tonnes of chemical weapons and 1,230 unfilled chemical munitions, meaning shells, rockets or mortars.“In addition, the Syrian authorities have reported finding two cylinders not belonging to them, which are believed to contain chemical weapons,” the document said, without elaborating.It also said that Syria has named a deputy foreign minister as pointman for the disarmament programme. Syria’s deputy foreign minister is Faisal Muqdad.FinancesThe OPCW said that it had so far received €4 million  in contributions to the destruction programme, from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the US.Other countries have pledged €2.7 million, while President Assad has said the programme will cost around one billion dollars overall.A first monthly report of the inspectors, covering their work on the ground since October 1, has been sent to the UN Security Council by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.The OPCW’s Executive Council will use the Syrian declaration to decide by November 15 on “destruction milestones” for Syria’s arsenal.Syria has also sent in a declaration of its chemical weapons activities and facilities, meeting its obligations as a new state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention.- © AFP, 2013Read: How chemical weapons inspectors learn to do their jobs > Read: Syria hands over detailed plan to destroy chemical weapons on time > Read: UN warns of Syria polio outbreak after cluster of cases reported > ALL OF SYRIA’S declared chemical weapons production equipment has been destroyed ahead of a key deadline tomorrow, the world’s chemical weapons watchdog said.“Syria has completed rendering in operable its chemical weapons production and assembly installations,” the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement this morning.Inspectors had until Friday to visit all of Syria’s chemical sites and destroy all production and filling equipment in accordance with a timeline laid down by the Hague-based OPCW and backed by a UN Security Council resolution passed last month.The resolution, which requires Syria’s chemical arsenal completely destroyed by mid-2014, was agreed by the US and Russia to avert military strikes on Syria after deadly chemical weapons attacks outside Damascus in August, which the West blamed on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.“The joint OPCW-UN Mission has inspected 21 of the 23 sites declared by Syria, and 39 of the 41 facilities located at those sites,” the watchdog said, adding that two sites could not be visited for security reasons, saying:last_img read more

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

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first_img Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 8:30 PM RottenTomatoes: 6.7/10IMDB: 6.2/10Snowden http://jrnl.ie/3120786 17 Comments What’s it rated? 14,348 Views Dec 8th 2016, 8:30 PM What’s it rated? Short URL Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. By Aoife Barry RottenTomatoes: 6.9/10IMDB: 5.8/10Which one would you go see first? Poll Results: RottenTomatoes: 6.3/10IMDB: 7.4/10The Birth of a Nation Source: FoxSearchlight/YouTubeWhat we knowTaking its name from a racist early silent film, this movie looks at the lives of slaves in early America.What the critics say“If “12 Years a Slave” felt like a breakthrough on that score, then Parker’s more conventionally told but still searingly impressive debut feature pushes the conversation further still: A biographical drama steeped equally in grace and horror, it builds to a brutal finale that will stir deep emotion and inevitable unease.” – Variety“We’ll never know how successful it could have been. But put aside the rancour and controversy, and you’ll find an occasionally uneven but always gripping work from a first-time filmmaker with genuine fire in his belly. Even more than 12 Years A Slave, a more clear-eyed and elegant but less visceral experience, The Birth Of A Nationbroils and brims with quiet rage” – Empire  Share Tweet Email Birth Of A Nation (486) I Am Not A Serial Killer (446) Snowden (1084) THE WEEKEND IS coming up, and that means new movies for you to see.But which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a lookI Am Not A Serial Killer Source: IFC Films/YouTubeWhat we knowIrish-produced and directed film that was made in a very cold Midwestern town. Based on a book for young adults of the same name, it’s about a young teen who tries to track down a serial killer in his locality. Stars Christopher Llloyd and Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are).What the critics say“What sets I Am Not A Serial Killer apart from other takes on this “killers hunting killers” concept (Dexter, anyone?) is its naturalistic, character-based approach. Over the course of an hour and 44 minutes, we come to understand and sympathize with John, who, deep down, isn’t a bad kid” – The AV Club“The tale of a likable teenager, raised by a mortician family, whose own nascent sociopathic tendencies make him a perfect amateur sleuth when a serial killer strikes his folksy Midwestern town, director Billy O’Brien’s film adaptation strikes a tone that’s far more unique and endearing than that premise might imply, helped in no small part by a sharp-witted performance from former child star Max Records.” – Variety What’s it rated?  I Am Not A Serial KillerSnowdenBirth Of A NationVote Source: Open Road Films/YouTubeWhat we knowJoseph Gordon Levitt plays the titular Edward Snowden, who famously leaked information from the US’s National Security Agency. Directed by Oliver Stone.What the critics say“In the context of this director’s career, “Snowden” is both a return to form and something of a departure. Mr. Stone circles back to the grand questions of power, war and secrecy that have propelled his most ambitious work, and finds a hero who fits a familiar Oliver Stone mold.” – New York Times““Snowden” is the biopic equivalent of a data dump—more fragments of information, scary factoids and fleeting themes than we or the filmmaker can keep track of, but no surprises or notable insights.” – Wall Street Journal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google plancherait sur un boitier multimédia Android

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first_imgGoogle plancherait sur un boitier multimédia Android Pour Google, Android n’est pas qu’un système pour smartphones ou tablettes. La marque serait en train de concevoir un appareil de lecture audio sous sons système, première phase de l’intégration d’Android dans nos appareils domestiques.Lors du Google I/O en mai 2011, le moteur de recherche avait présenté le projet Android@Home visant à déployer le système d’exploitation sur différents types d’appareils. L’objectif de Google était clair : Android n’est pas qu’une plateforme pour téléphones et pourra s’intégrer à tous les appareils de la maison dans les prochaines années. Des démonstrations avaient réalisées en ce sens, montrant des appareils ménagers contrôlés par un téléphone sous Android.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour pousser cette vision de l’électronique, Google serait au travail sur un boitier multimédia tournant sous son système d’exploitation. Le Wall Street Journal croît savoir qu’en interne, ce projet se nomme Tungsten. Ces boitiers connectés seraient donc équipés du système Android et du framework Android@Home et seraient en mesure de communiquer avec un smartphone ou une tablette, mais aussi un équipement audio ou des enceintes connectées. L’idée serait de pouvoir de lire de la musique en streaming, depuis son ordinateur ou appareil mobile, mais aussi dans le cloud avec Google Music et ce de manière totalement autonome.Google croît à son projet puisque la marque aurait décidé d’apposer son nom sur le futur produit, à l’instar des boitiers Google TV. Une décision qui dans ce cas concret n’aura pas apporté le succès escompté. Pas plus que lors du lancement du Nexus One, le premier smartphone Google vendu uniquement sur le site du moteur de recherche, pour des ventes que l’on peut qualifier avec euphémisme de confidentielles. Cet appareil suffira t-il à Google pour s’imposer comme un géant de l’électronique et non plus simplement de l’Internet ?Le 12 février 2012 à 17:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Genoa and Sampdoria players attend State funerals

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first_imgThe footballers were present at the Morandi bridge funeral, as the death toll rose to 41After the Morandi bridge tragedy in Italy, players from Genoa and Sampdoria attended the funeral.A bridge collapsed in Genoa this week, killing at least 41 people.This tragedy made Genoa and Sampdoria suspend their debuts in the 2018-2019 Serie A season.“The Liguria landmark Ponte Morandi collapsed amid a storm and possible lightning bolts, though the cause of the tragedy is still unclear,” wrote Football Italia.And the two clubs from the port city paid their respects to the victims.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Players from both clubs attended today’s funerals, along with Presidents Massimo Ferrero and Enrico Preziosi, Coaches Marco Giampaolo and Davide Ballardini,” reported Football Italia.Genoa captain, Domenico Criscito, passed over the bridge just 10 minutes before it fell.#Genova, siamo con te. ❤??#LegaSerieA pic.twitter.com/PX7sUZaSNE— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) August 14, 2018last_img read more

Stage 1 burn ban declared

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first_imgAnother Stage 1 burn ban is in effect for Southwest Washington as cold, dry, stagnant air persists over the region.The burn ban, in effect at 5 p.m. Monday, prohibits all outdoor burning and fires in fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves and inserts (most of which are older models.) People who do not have any other form of heat are exempted.The Southwest Clean Air Agency forecasts the burn ban may last through Wednesday, and possibly beyond. The area is at risk of high fine particle pollution, which poses medical risks to those with heart or respiratory ailments, including asthma.last_img

Flu spreading at faster pace in Clark County this year

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first_imgThe flu is continuing to circulate through Clark County, spreading faster and earlier than previous years.The increasing flu activity has health officials urging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated and has prompted hospitals to impose visitor limitations to protect patients and staff.For three consecutive weeks, the flu virus has been well above 10 percent positivity in Clark County. That means more than 10 percent of the people reporting flulike symptoms tested positive for the flu.During the week of Dec. 15-21, about 33 percent of tests came back positive. The following week, about 30 percent of tests were positive, and the next week, nearly 44 percent were positive, according to Clark County Public Health.Two types of influenza A — H3N2 and H1N1 — and influenza B strains of the virus have been circulating in communities across the country. The circulating strains are a good match to the strains included in this year’s flu vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The most prominent strain in Clark County, the state and the rest of the country has been H1N1, the 2009 “swine flu” virus that caused a pandemic. H1N1 viruses have continued to circulate since 2009, but this is the first season the virus has circulated at high levels since the pandemic, according to the CDC.last_img read more

Giant Food Stores rolling out googlyeyed helper robots nationwide

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first_imgMarty is a robot that’s on the lookout for grocery store spills.  Giant Food Stores Employees at Giant Food Stores will soon have a new googly-eyed robot coworker. Marty, a tall grey robot assistant, will take on the aisles of all of Giant Food Stores’ 172 locations, the company said Monday. The robot can identify and report spills to customers and employees. Marty roams the store unassisted to flag spills and other hazards using image capturing technology, according to The Washington Post. When it finds them, the robot will reportedly alert customers by saying “caution, hazard detected.” It’ll also announce the incident through the store’s public address system to notify employees, the Post said.  Tags Gadgets Robots 2center_img Giant Food Stores ran a pilot program with the robot in two of its Pennsylvania stores last year.  “Bringing robotics and AI from a research lab to the sales floor has been a very exciting journey, and we were thrilled by the customer response in our pilot stores,” Nicholas Bertram, president of Giant Food Stores, said in a statement. Marty is fitted with scanners to prevent it from bumping into objects and people, according to PennLive. It’s reportedly powered by rechargeable batteries and has multiple internal cameras.  The robot frees up associates to spend more time working with customers, Giant Food Stores said in its statement. And have no fear: Marty won’t replace human workers, said spokesman Christopher Brand. Giant Food Stores isn’t the only company adding robots to its workforce. Walmart said last month it would place autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in its stores across the country by the end of January. In October, the retail giant also said it was testing the use of robots to handle repeatable tasks like scanning shelves and making sure pricing is correct.  Giant Food Stores will roll out Marty “in waves over the coming months,” and expects to have the robots all in place by mid-2019. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

Same but different how Alaska and Norway are handling low oil prices

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first_imgNorwegian Ambassador Kare Aas spoke to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce on May 16, 2016. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNAn oil-dependent economy straddling the Arctic Circle, battered by low prices but sitting on a massive savings account: that could describe Alaska — but it also describes Norway.Norway’s ambassador to the United States is in Alaska this week, to celebrate that country’s May 17th Constitution Day with Norwegian Americans in Anchorage and Petersburg.But he couldn’t avoid questions about how his country is handling low oil prices — and what Alaska might learn from Norway’s example.Download AudioAt the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Lise Falskow, of the Alaska World Affairs Council, asked Norwegian Ambassador Kare Aas whether he had any advice for lawmakers in Juneau struggling to close a $4 billion budget hole.“I don’t,” Aas said, to laughter.But, he said he could talk about what’s happening in Norway — where, for the record, he said, nobody is freaking out.Because while Alaska and Norway have plenty in common — including a northern location, economies built around oil and gas, and massive savings accounts — there are also some major differences.For starters, Norway’s economy is far more diversified, Aas said, pointing to the maritime industry, fisheries, IT, tourism — and one sector anathema to many Alaskans: farmed Atlantic salmon.In all, he estimated Norway only gets about 20 percent of government revenue from oil and gas. That’s compared with nearly 90 percent of unrestricted state funds in Alaska just a few years ago.And while Norway founded its sovereign wealth fund some two decades after Alaska, it’s grown to more than $850 billion. Alaska’s Permanent Fund currently has about $53 billion.Aas said there is broad consensus that Norway’s fund must be saved for a post-oil future.“The basic idea, that this is for the next generation and generations after that, is so solid, so part of, I would say, the Norwegian society,” he said.The Norwegian government can use a percentage of the fund’s value to cover budget needs, though this year marked the first time, ever, that it exercised that right. That design is similar to a proposal before the Alaska legislature to draw on Permanent Fund earnings to fund state government.Another key difference? Norway never got rid of its taxes — a point raised by a member of the Anchorage audience, who asked if Norway still has an income tax. “Oh yes,” Aas said.“We have income tax. We have a sales tax of 25 percent,” he said. “We have probably the highest gasoline prices in the world.”One result of all these policy differences, Aas said, is that unlike Alaska, where lawmakers are struggling to cut state spending,  Norway’s government has expanded spending in the face of low oil prices, in an attempt to stimulate the economy and soften the impacts of job losses in oil-dependent regions.last_img read more

American Idol contestant from Israel leaves Katy Perry and other judges emotionally

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first_imgKaty Perry left teary-eyed on the sets of American IdolYouTube/American IdolAn American Idol contestant left Katy Perry impressed by coming out on national TV as gay. Jorgie, 23, who grew up ‘ashamed’ of his sexual orientation in a conservative family in Israel, is no longer ashamed of himself.His confidence blossomed after moving to Los Angeles five years ago and he decided to finally come out in the most public way possible. “My family doesn’t know that I’m gay, so this is a really big step for me,” Jorgie said before his audition with his band Jorgie And The Orgies. “I’m here today to celebrate who I am and to end that era of being in the closet – because it’s not fun. I’m ready.”When asked if his father was aware of his orientation, Jorgie confessed that he does not know anything about him. Jorgie recalls how his family used to encourage him to be more masculine while growing up and how his life changed once he moved to Los Angeles.”I used to be so ashamed and questioned why did God make me this way,” he said. “But now if you give me a choice of being anything else than what I am I would say no.” He further admitted how Katy Perry has been one of his “biggest inspiration” saying, “Listening to I Kissed A Girl and knowing that it could be mainstream – that helped me so much.” The judges at American IdolYouTube/American IdolHe even went ahead and impersonated Katy by singing her California Gurls, with the star asking, “Do I sound like I yodel? Is that my signature sound?” “Spot on,” Luke Bryan, 42, teased her, with Katy then doing a deliberately bad impression of him in revenge.Jorgie left the judges stunned with his performance of a moving original, Heaven, about a guy who never approached his crush because he was not out yet – with Jorgie admitting that the guy was Jeffrey.After the performance, Katy exclaimed, “You’re real! You’ve got a real emotional voice.” She later added that the band name Jorgie And The Orgies “doesn’t sound serious and you just gave us serious pro.””You have a real chance of being your dream,” she told him, hugging him as he got three yeses and telling him: ‘We love you just the way you are.”last_img read more

DMCH Ansar member held with Yaba

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first_img.Detectives arrested an on-duty Ansar member along with Yaba tablets from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early Monday, reports UNB.The Ansar member was Asad Miah, 35.A team of Detective Branch of Police arrested Asad from the Ansar camp of DMCH around 1:00am along with the Yaba tablets.last_img

Toyota launches new hybrid for Mexico

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first_imgMexico City, Mexico — Toyota has announced the launch of a new hybrid car for Mexico. The Japanese automaker presented its new Prius C which it expects to market 3,500 units of in 2018.The successful marketing of the new car would help the company reach its sales plan.Toyota presented its new Prius C for the Mexican market, a version almost 17 percent less expensive than its hybrid Prius, for which the company is hoping to boost its Mexican sales.Guillermo Díaz, operations manager of the Toyota in Mexico, said “Our president, Akio Toyoda, said that by 2025 all our products must have an electric or hybrid option. In Mexico we are moving towards that plan.”The Prius C is a vehicle with Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, which means that it is a hybrid car without a plug that instead, charges its battery with the movement of the wheels.Toyota has also introduced its new small urban van, also known as mini SUV, called C-HR, which will have a price of 359,900 peso.Guillermo Díaz noted that they expect to market 3,400 units of this model in the country during 2018, which would represent 2.5 percent market share in the segment.“The mini SUV segment is a new market for us, which we hope will also boost the brand’s sales,” he said.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Navas plays Real Madrid falls 20 in what could be Tico goalkeepers

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first_imgReal Madrid closed its season with a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday in what was likely Keylor Navas’s final game with the Spanish club.Navas, the Costa Rican goalkeeper, received cheers throughout the afternoon from the crowd at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. ¡Nuestros porteros comienzan el calentamiento! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Vo3YrFF9yL— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) May 19, 2019But he could do little as Real Betis carved through Real Madrid’s defense for a pair of second-half goals, ending his club’s season on a sour note and 19 points behind La Liga winner Barcelona.Though the club has not officially announced any moves, Navas has reportedly been informed he is not in Real Madrid’s plans after this season.Navas will leave Madrid with three Champions Leagues and three European Super Cups, among other accolades that include winning the UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season for 2017-18.Sunday’s loss likely wasn’t a goodbye for Navas alone. Manager Zinedine Zidane has promised change, which could mean the departures of Gareth Bale, Nacho, Sergio Reguilon, Isco and Marcos Llorente. Facebook Comments Related posts:With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie Reports: Keylor Navas signs extension with Real Madrid Zidane: No debate between Courtois and Navas next season Costa Rica announces provisional 40-man roster for Gold Cuplast_img read more