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Nunavut municipal leaders gather in Iqaluit

October 14, 2019 | hpnymhct | No Comments

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week, the Nunavut Association of Municipalities are holding their annual meeting in Iqaluit and members attending from all over the territory.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll explains that in Nunavut, you can’t let challenges get you down.last_img

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – FSJ RCMP have been rewarded financial assistance to contract ‘S. Young Enterprises Ltd’ by City Council to move ahead with building a Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) Room.During a safety audit that took place in 2016 by the Safety Branch of the RCMP, the need for the addition of a (CDSA) room to the RCMP building was determined. The danger to public health associated with controlled substances is known.This project will upgrade an existing storage area that is located at the RCMP building. Adding a large capacity ventilation system, the room will be able to be kept at negative pressure and will include a viewing area to ensure the safety of the personnel working inside. The $87,760 for this project will be funded through the Peace River Agreement C2Capital funds. The RCMP will contribute 50% of the Capital cost through reimbursement once the project is completed in accordance with the Occupancy Agreement.last_img read more

Spain Stepsup CeutaMorocco Border Security

October 12, 2019 | hpnymhct | No Comments

Rabat – The autonomous city of Ceuta has been upgrading its security system at the border with Morocco, as planned by the Spanish ministry of interior.According to El Confidencial, a Spanish news outlet, the ministry replaced 41 DOMOS cameras and 11 fixed cameras and installed 14 new technical cameras as well as a more modern CCTV control platform.The facial recognition system, whose launch date has not yet been announced, will be installed in both Ceuta and Melilla as a way to fast-track border control and increase security. The interesting change is Ceuta’s plan to remove concertina wires while Morocco is building its new wire fences.Morocco’s new fence is a result of the agreements reached with the European Union that included a €140 million investment to control migration.Read also: Spanish FM: EU Financial Contribution to Morocco for Curbing Migration Not SufficientHowever, according to El Confidential, Morocco began building concertina wires before receiving the EU funding.Khalid Zerouali, director of Immigration and Border Surveillance of the Moroccan Interior Ministry, said: “it is part of a project to reinforce Moroccan security measures in the Mediterranean over 1,000 kilometers.”The Immigration director described the project as “the outcome of an analysis that began in 2016 when we had identified some improvements which we are now incorporating.” read more

Miss USA was crowned Miss Universe 2012 at the finals held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas today.Meanwhile Sri Lanka has something to cheer about as Miss Sri Lanka Sabrina Herft was placed 4th for the best national costume. Miss China won the Best National Costume title. 89 drop-dead gorgeous women had lined to own the crown that is currently adorned by Angola’s Leila Lopes.During the Q&A, Olivia was asked by Miss Universe 2010 title holder Ximena Navarrete, “what is something you have done that you would never do again?” The huge responsibility of giving the world its next Miss Universe was at the hands of Diego Boneta, Kerri Walsh, Scott Disick, Nigel Barker, Brad Goreski, Cluadia Jordan, Pablo Sandoval, Lisa Venderpupm & Jiggy, Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Ximena Navarette. Olivia Culpo, Miss USA  beat Miss Philippines who was placed second followed by Miss Venezuela, Miss Australia and Miss Brazil for the crown. To which the beauty queen answered, “Every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, you’ll learn from it.”The Rhode Island native had been a Donald Trump favorite for which she received a lot of flack. read more

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A meat-alternative food company has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming an Arkansas law that bans the use of “meat” in labeling plant-based foods violates free speech rights.Oregon-based Tofurky Co. filed the lawsuit Monday against Arkansas’ Bureau of Standards. Tofurky produces a variety of tofu, quinoa and other plant-based “sausages,” deli slices and burgers.The Arkansas law’s stated goal is to “require truth in labeling.” It also bans companies from labeling other vegetables, such as cauliflower, as “rice.” Arkansas is the nation’s top rice producer.Tofurky filed a lawsuit in 2018 against a Missouri meat-labeling law. This month, Illinois-based Upton’s Naturals Co. challenged a Mississippi law.Arkansas’ law is set to take effect Wednesday. It would fine companies $1,000 for each violation.Hannah Grabenstein, The Associated Press read more

first_img“Went home, went to sleep and then woke up at five o’clock in the morning in a lot of pain. And then went to hospital.“I don’t think I’m going to cycle for a while … I’m quite a clumsy guy anyway.” The hospital said its policies and protocols were reviewed every one to three years and that its policy for “high profile patients” was due for review this November.Sheeran was forced to cancel shows in Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong following the accident, telling the Jonathan Ross Show he was advised by doctors against attempting to play through the pain.“I tried to say ‘I’ll carry on doing shows’, but they said if I put any more stress on it, I might not be able to play (guitar) again so it’s good to be sensible,” he said. Recalling the accident he added: “I was in Suffolk. The thing is, when it happened, I got up and was like, ‘That hurt’ and then cycled to the pub. A review has been launched at Ipswich Hospital after Ed Sheeran was asked to sign autographs and pose for selfies when he went there for treatment.Sheeran was admitted to the hospital in October last year after he broke his arm and wrist in a bicycle accident.According to the BBC the members of staff asked the singer to take photographs with them.A spokeswoman for Ipswich hospital said a review which looked into “confidentiality, privacy of the patient and their loved ones and practical considerations” started the next month. 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

“Above all, he said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world, and how his child has made a lot of people happy,” said Mr Van der Stroom. In 2014 his mother, Marion, died aged 58 from chronic lung disease, and in 2015 he was diagnosed with PTSD, triggering what he described as a “domino effect” of mental health issues.“I told Harry about my mother and we talked about our shared experience of missing a mum,” he said.“He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother.” Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is presented with an Invictus Games baby grow by Princess Margriet of The Netherlands during the launch of the Invictus Games “He also told me he’s really happy that his son is so far very quiet. The Duke of Sussex (R) makes a bike ride with Dutch athlete Dennis Van Der Stroom (L)  “But he also told me not to make too many plans and that there’s no way you can plan for when the baby arrives.”The Invictus athlete, who served in the army from 2006 until 2011, described his conversation with the Duke as “amazing and emotional”.“At a certain moment, we just got connected on this level,” he said.“We talked about how my wife, Mireille, is 20 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl, and he told me how special it was that his son has just been born.“Harry talked about how having a small child was his new focus and new goal and I told him how a couple of months ago, I was struggling with my mental health but my wife’s pregnancy has given me a goal.”Mr van der Stroom was a Corporal First Class and served on operations in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. The Duke of Sussex has spoken of how his three-day-old son Archie has “given him a new focus and goal”, teaching him the “miracle” of new life after the challenges he faced following the loss of his mother.The Duke, who was in The Hague for the launch of the one year countdown to the Invictus Games, told of his pleasure in knowing his baby had made “a lot of people happy”, saying he was still “very quiet” at just a few days old.Having left Archie at home in Windsor with the Duchess to return for one day of work, he spoke of the joy his baby son has brought but advised a fellow father-to-be to learn his lessons and not plan too much after the baby’s arrival.During a bike ride around the Zuiderpark, the Duke had a candid conversation with former soldier Dennis van der Stroom, 31, about mental health and parenting, speaking poignantly of the loss of Diana, Princess of Wales.Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Monday morning, with the Duke appearing to abandon the idea of paternity leave with one engagement today another already announced for Tuesday. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth on Monday Credit: Xinhua / Barcroft Images The Duke of Sussex (R) makes a bike ride with Dutch athlete Dennis Van Der Stroom (L) Credit: REX His branded jacket was embroidered with the word “Daddy”. Chatting to a friend in the arena, he discussed how fatherhood was the “best thing he will ever do”.JJ Chalmers, a former Invictus star and broadcaster who has become a friend of the Prince, disclosed: “He said it’s amazing but it’s hard work. He said that [Archie] slept for the first 24 hours like all babies do…and then he woke up.”Need a better way to start your day? For your essential rundown from The Telegraph, sign up to our free Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings on WhatsApp. The Duke, who had pretended to prop his eyes open with tiredness as he arrived at a sports stadium in The Hague, will travel home with a new soft rattle toy, a stuffed bird, some newborn socks with “I love Daddy” written on them, and a special Invictus Games babygrow for Archie. Prince Harry is presented with an Invictus Games baby grow by Princess Margriet of The Netherlands during the launch of the Invictus GamesCredit: Patrick van Katwijk The Duchess of Sussex gave birth on Monday  read more

first_imgAir traffic at PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) Jobsite has increased for the next six months due to the addition to the air fleet at Jobsite of a new helicopter operated by Nyaman Air. Among other tasks, this helicopter will transport employees and their families to Tembagapura, the mine town, which is the subject of International Mining’s November article on this great operation.PTFI Executive Vice President – Technical Services Jeff Monteith: “This helicopter will help support company operations. The Mi-8 helicopter also will provide additional services of transporting emergency supplies to the highlands, including medicine and food.”“I am glad and proud that in the current situation the company shows its care for employees by facilitating transport for those who are going on leave or on company business trips. I hope this new transport will motivate employees to be more productive,” said PTFI Superintendent – Underground Production Gerard Wakum, who flew in the helicopter with his family from Timika to Tembagapura.“If weather permits, the helicopter will fly three to four times a day,” explained Manager – AVCO Airport Subagyo Hadidjan.This Russian-made helicopter has a 26-seat capacity and can carry 4 t of cargo. The Mi-8 weighs 12 t and has a maximum speed of 250 km/h. Full length including rotor is 25.2 m, at 18.2 m wide and 5.65 m high; the body is 2.5 m wide. Despite its size, the Mi-8 can travel a normal distance of 460 km. With extra fuel it could fly for up to 950 km.last_img read more

first_imgOpen source software has had a major impact on the applications and platforms we all use today. Linux is now a very viable alternative to Windows and Mac OS even for beginner PC users. The Android operating system looks set to dominate on mobile hardware, and more and more software applications are being released for free as open source projects by anyone who can learn to program.Now the same looks set to happen for hardware. With the development of cheap, easy to use electronics components as part of the Arduino computing platform, it’s becoming much easier to create your own hardware solutions without spending a lot of money.No longer do we have to leave hardware creation to the large corporations with access to manufacturing plants and skilled workers. Instead, we can spend a few dollars buying an Arduino board, a bunch of components, and start experimenting with the support of a growing online community.The video above gives you an introduction to what Arduino is and how it has developed since its inception. You come away thinking anything is possible with a bit of learning and a 3D printer, and why not? If software can be free to use, why can’t hardware be free to create and distribute?The clear message Arduino The Documentary gives out is that we are about to see an explosion of hardware devices that come from bedroom tinkerers and student projects. Not only that, but they have the potential to turn into commercial products that businesses form around and investors flock to. We also have an opportunity to get electronics taught to our kids in schools for very little cost and hopefully start producing the next generation of talented engineers.via Rodrigo Calco’s Vimeo channel and the Arduino bloglast_img read more

first_img 13,914 Views Apr 21st 2017, 8:37 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Much of the damage inflicted on the public bikes is simply mindless vandalism… in one case, a bike was sawn in half.As of Wednesday, 210 of the 576 bikes in the fleet have either been stolen or have had to be taken out of service due to vandalism, which is costing the scheme almost £1,800 per month (€2,149).Over the Easter weekend, 19 bikes were stolen, six of which were recovered, and a further eight were vandalised.In Dublin, 4,950 bikes (not part of the Dublin Bike scheme) were reported stolen in 2014, an increase of 3,077 since 2008, (+162%). The overall number of Dublin Bikes stolen is considered to be relatively low, although official figures have not been released. 45 Comments Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3350758 Friday 21 Apr 2017, 8:37 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘It’s threatening the future of the scheme’: One third of Belfast Bikes stolen or vandalised Bike scheme users are being advised to double check that bikes are ‘locked in’ at docking stations. Source: Shutterstock/James Kennedy NIBelfast City Council said that “a recent spate of theft and vandalism is jeapordising the future of the scheme” as well as severely impacting the service for users.The Belfast Bikes scheme has gained 5,000 annual members and over 5,000 casual subscribers since its launch in April 2015.The PSNI revealed in January that there is an increasing issue of bike theft in general, claiming that bicycle theft is “almost like the new car theft”. Source: Shutterstock/trattieritrattiThe council and the PSNI are appealing to people to report theft and vandalism to the scheme operators, or bring it to the attention of the police.Sergeant Pete Cunningham said:“We would appeal to anyone who witnesses any instances of theft or vandalism to the bikes to report this to police immediately so that we can address the issue and deal with those who are responsible.Please contact the PSNI by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. Or, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”If you’re a scheme user, a quick pull of the bike to make sure it’s properly locked at docking stations is advised to help curb vandalism and theft.Read: Someone’s been putting these strange anti-cycling posters up in HowthRead: Man’s careless driving left woman cyclist without ability to speak, walk or hear Source: Shutterstock/adamicoTHE VANDALISM AND theft of Belfast city’s bike service is threatening the future of the scheme, Belfast City Council have said.More than one third of Belfast Bikes are out of action because they’ve been stolen or vandalised. Share Tweet Email last_img read more

first_imgNews The lively GRAMMY Week event celebrated its 10th year with performances from GRAMMY Camp alumni and moving speeches from Music Educator Award honoree Jeffery ReddingAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 8, 2019 – 7:32 pm On Thursday, Feb. 7, The Montalbán in Hollywood was filled with music, laughter, cheers and plenty of inspiring stories as GRAMMY In The Schools Live! celebrated its 10th annual GRAMMY Week event. The evening’s music was provided by the talented GRAMMY Camp Alumni Band, who not only wowed the packed theater with show-stopping covers but poignantly answered high school students’ questions about being an artist in the real world.One of the highlights of the night was meeting Music Educator Award honoree, choir teacher Jeffery Redding, and hearing his passion for music and how uses it to inspire his students at West Orange High School in Florida. “Your job is to maximize the gifts that have been given to you,” he said during his speech. GRAMMY In The Schools Live! Honors Music Educators grammy-schools-live-2019-celebrates-power-music-educators NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2019 – 7:34 pm GRAMMY In The Schools Live! 2019 Email Twitter The band brought together nine young musicians from across the U.S., all of whom were once aspiring musicians honing their skills at one of the GRAMMY Museum’s student-focused offerings: GRAMMY Camp, GRAMMY Camp—Jazz Session, or the GRAMMY Museum Summer Session. In addition to tearing up the stage covering hits from the likes of GRAMMY winners Justin Timberlake and The Weeknd, they answered students’ questions, fielded by David Sears, the museum’s Executive Education Director.The talented group showcased not only their musical prowess on stage, but also their insight into how to successfully navigate the music industry. Luca Mendoza, a pianist and college sophomore, poignantly answered a question about balancing music, school and social life.”I think the one thing that has stayed with me is to really listen to myself and be honest with myself with what I need in the moment. It’s really easy to get caught up in ‘work, work, work,'” Mendoza said. “It’s easy to forget that that’s what this is really about, about playing music for people, to connect with people.”These artists are shining examples of the power of music education to touch lives and allow young people the platform on which to explore their unique identities and skillsets. Programs like GRAMMY Camp, a five-day summer intensive with eight tracks spanning potential music industry careers, from audio engineering to vocal performance to music journalism, offer participants practical experience and advice to help them dive deeper into their passions, and allows them to connect with other young aspiring artists.Thoughtful educators also play a huge role in helping students to find their joy—Music Educator Award honoree Redding is one such teacher. A powerful segment from “CBS This Morning” offered a look into how the choir teacher has made a meaningful impact on all his students.”I stand here humbly as a music educator here to serve,” Redding declared as he took the stage. After sharing how music had helped both him and so many others he’s worked with overcome live’s challenges, he encouraged the students in the audience to share their talents with the world. “Your job is to maximize the gifts that have been given to you.”When we asked Redding why music education was so important to him, his passion was palpable in every word.”Music education touches and changes lives, it inspires. In a classroom it provides a safety from the world. There’s a song for everything that you’re going through. It teaches community…it deals with vulnerability, with a transparent heart,” Redding told us.As the recipient Of the 2019 Music Educator Award he is recognized for his “significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education” and will receive a $10,000 honorarium, plus a matching grant for his school.These programs would of course not be possible without one of the GRAMMY Museum’s longest-standing partners, The Ford Motor Company Fund. We also spoke to Pamela Alexander, Director of Community Development for the Fund, about what the partnership means to her.”Music education is an opportunity for a student that has the talent, or even just the interest, to really express themselves and explore themselves and grow as a person. It also means achievement, because know that schools with music education programs have higher graduation rates and higher test scores,” Alexander explained.Nominations for the for the 2020 Music Educator Award are open until March 15. Click here to nominate a well-deserving teacher in your community.The GRAMMY Camp 2019 summer session in L.A. is also currently accepting applications until March 31. For more information, click here.Finally, GRAMMY Week concludes this Sunday on Feb. 10 with the 61st GRAMMY Awards—be sure to catch the show live on CBS, beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT from the STAPLES Center.5 Surefire Ways To Make It In The Music IndustryRead more GRAMMY In The Schools Live! 2019 Celebrates The Power Of Music & Educators Facebook last_img read more

first_img Tags $299 Comments $299 • Headphones Audio Dell Mentioned Above Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 Abt Electronics See All Sennheiser Apple $299 See It Sennheiser Momentum True Wirelesscenter_img Preview • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earphones to take on Apple’s AirPods Share your voice See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 The Audiophiliac Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Review • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: The best-sounding totally wireless earphones yet Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 7 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See it reading • Sennheiser’s truly wireless earbuds dazzle the Audiophiliac Walmart The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless headphones and charging case. Sennheiser For ages wireless headphones had wires; they were “wireless” only because the headphone wires didn’t connect to the ‘phone. So I’m happy to see truly wireless earbuds finally arrive, and based on the number of Apple AirPod users I see on the NYC subway, the no-wires trend is booming! Sennheiser may be a little late to the technology, but as soon as I auditioned the Momentum True Wireless earphone, I knew it was a real contender. It sells for $300 in the US, £270 in the UK, and AU$500 in Australia.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.See the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless on AmazonOn the shiny new Q Train on the New York City subway, the Sennheiser sounded just right, bass cut through the train’s rumble quite nicely, and treble detail was spot on. It’s not a noise-canceling headphone, but thanks to the Sennheiser’s above average eartip seal most of the noise was kept at bay. The Momentum True Wireless ear pieces are large, but I found them comfy over hours-long sessions. They also had large, easy-to-read “L” and “R” markings, so you’ll never mix up the left and right channels. The earpieces’ touch interface to control volume, answer phone calls or access your voice assistant were fairly intuitive, and the handsome gray cloth-covered charging/storage case’s design was faultless. The Sennheiser boasts Bluetooth 5.0 wireless tech, but there’s zero information about the headphone’s drivers.Sennheiser’s free Smart Control App’s equalizer makes it easy to tweak the bass/treble balance to taste. Earphone playtime is rated at 4 hours between in-case battery charges, and the case is good for a total of three earphone charges. The case charges via USB-C, but don’t worry, the cable is included. Which reminds me, since the earphones aren’t tethered to each other with a cable, I imagine some owners will lose one or both ‘buds. x1-desktop-truewireless-campagne-landingpage-desktop-v2-recoveredThe Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless ‘buds Sennheiser I’m a wired headphone kind of guy, so I wondered, how does the Momentum True Wireless sound compare with a decent wired headphone? To find out I popped on a set of 1More Quad Driver wired headphones ($199). Right away the Quad Driver was a much clearer-sounding headphone on Michael Kiwanuka’s brilliant Love & Hate album. The Quad Driver’s livelier dynamics let the music open up more, but its deep bass was no match for the Momentum True Wireless’ far more ample low end. The Sennheiser’s a warmer and richer-toned headphone, but the Quad Driver wins on overall clarity; it has a more audiophile/neutral sound. As I continued listening at home I felt the Momentum’s treble was a little coarse, so yes, it still sounds like a Bluetooth headphone after all. Outdoors and in the subway, the external noise masked most of the Sennheiser’s treble harshness. I found a lot to like about the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, but better sound per dollar can be found on wired headphones.David Carnoy’s Momentum True Wireless review offers another take on the headphone.See the 1More Quad Driver on Amazonlast_img read more

first_imgExxon Valdez tanker aground. Off-loading of remaining oil in progress. Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.Twenty-six years of litigation over the Exxon Valdez oil spill ended on Thursday, Oct. 15, in a federal district court in downtown Anchorage.Download AudioThe state and federal governments have decided not to pursue a final $100-million from ExxonMobil over its 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound.It was an anticlimactic end. The hearing Thursday morning lasted all of fifteen minutes, and no representative from Exxon spoke.Instead, Judge H. Russel Holland — who has overseen the Exxon Valdez case from the start — asked the state and federal governments if they had anything to add to their written filing. They said no. So the judge himself spoke.“I understand that some will be displeased with the government’s decision,” he said, “But based upon what’s in your report, I’m satisfied that it was the right decision.”“What is clear to me is that the process has been lengthy, it’s been extensive, it’s been expensive,” he said.Biologist Rick Steiner, who has followed the case since 1989 and pushed the state to seek the additional funds, was outraged by the decision.“It was extremely disappointing,” he said. “This was a very sad end to a very sad chapter in Alaska history.”Steiner called it”an unconscionable betrayal of public trust.”“Above all, it just validates the public’s distrust of the oil industry, and government promises of responsible oil development in Alaska,” he said.At issue was a provision called a “re-opener” clause. The government’s original 1991 settlement with Exxon, for $900-million, allowed for additional claims in case of unforeseen environmental impacts.In 2006, the state filed for that money, citing impacts on harlequin ducks and sea otters from oil still lingering under the surface on Alaska beaches.But now the state and the Department of Justice say those species have recovered — leaving no grounds to go after that money.Department of Justice attorney Bill Brighton negotiated the 1991 settlement — and, more recently, the proposed settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill. He said the government has made the right call.“I think we have no lack of aggressiveness toward oil companies, but we also really believe in following what the science tells us,” he said.And, he said, the science wasn’t there. The government’s claim focused mostly on two species. Other impacts that weren’t included in the 2006 claim — like those on herring or killer whales — couldn’t be considered by the court.By 2013, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council had found that harlequin ducks and sea otters had recovered.“We’ve investigated this claim very thoroughly,” Brighton said. “And we’ve reached the point where it’s clear that further pursuit of the particular narrow claim that was under the re-opener isn’t an appropriate things to do.”The government’s litigation, over damages to the environment, is separate from the private litigation on behalf of fishermen and local residents.That ended in 2008, when the Supreme Court approved a $500-million dollar settlement — much lower than the $5-billion a jury originally awarded.Brighton said, regardless of feelings about the private litigation, the government’s settlement has been a success.“I understand the feeling of a need for even more retribution,” he said. “And I certainly don’t want to say anything positive about the way the private litigation ended up going. But on the side of the claims of the government, I think we have a very, very favorable and fair resolution.” The state and feds stressed that while this is the end for litigation, it’s not the end for restoration work in Prince William Sound. The Trustee Council still has $200-million for that work, from the original 1991 settlement.As for Judge Holland, “My colleagues have been fretting for fourteen years that some of this litigation might outlive my time on this court,” he said. “Happily that hasn’t happened.”last_img read more

first_imgDr Mukesh Bangar is an author, entrepreneur and a scientist who has solved three mysteries of the world which has left everyone in a great surprise. He was born and brought up in a small town of Yavatmal, Maharashtra. Belonging to a middle-class family, his father is a retired government servant while his mother is a housewife. Since his childhood, he was intrigued by research. How does a motor engine work? Be it water pump, calculator, watch or a computer, he had questions about these gadgets and had a curiosity to know about its working mechanisms. He was very fascinated with questions like the world’s existence, the purpose of life and life after death.He began to find its answers and after extensive research on the internet for 8 long years, he came up with solid rational and reliable conclusions. His first question was ‘The origin of the universe’ and how the world started? With extensive research, Dr Mukesh proposed a new theory where he explained the origin of the universe and revealed that it is the Theory of Real Space-Time Integration. His theory started with the topic perception and ended with the law of the universe. The law stated that ‘Universe is emergent and symbiotic by inheritance.’ The greatest finding of his research was, ‘Zero is a mathematical value having no existence in real but nothing has an existence in reality and any existence can transform into other existence.’ Moreover, he went on to discover a similar diagram of Nobel Prize winner scientist Feynman’s diagram which explains the exact origin of the universe.As a child, he always pursued to become an engineer but became a doctor because of his mother’s dream. During his education, Dr Mukesh came across a mysterious organ human brain. He was keen to know how the human brain works and his second mystery question was ‘What is consciousness and its nature?’ During his finding, he learnt about neural networks, brain anatomy, mind philosophy and when he drew entire brain structure on single wall, he discovered Integrated Sensory Motor Loop (ISML) which is responsible for consciousness and he also proposed cognitive model of consciousness in his next theory that was ‘The cognitive model of consciousness in Toto.’Last but not least, the third mystery is his invention – Awareness Processing Unit (APU) or a self-programmable AI. After the discovery of ISML, his passion for machines saw him learning about computing, programming languages and chip designing. During this research, he founded the home automation startup. He applied his discovered algorithms into the machine and built a prototype processor, which saw the invention of APU. He simultaneously built another machine using wireless technology which was also self-aware, self-programmable and self-governed AI.The three mystery questions and inventions by Dr Mukesh Bangar are revolutionary for mankind. This research is the biggest achievement of his life and he believes that by using this technology, many unrealistic dreams of humanity will come true of which one is living on other planets. Isn’t it unbelievable?IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Missing siblings found dead in Buriganga

September 3, 2019 | hpnymhct | No Comments

first_imgThe bodies of two siblings, who went missing following a boat capsize in the Buriganga River being hit by a launch at Sadarghat Launch Terminal in the city, were recovered from Waiz Ghat area of the river on Friday noon.Divers of Navy recovered the bodies of Mishkat Hossain, 12 and Nusrat Hossain, 10 -two children of Babul Farazi, around 12:00pm, said officer-in-charge of Sadarghat river police Rezaul Karim Bhuiya.Earlier, Jotsna Begum, 30, wife of Babul Farazi along with her three children and her brother came to Sadarghat launch terminal from Barishal and boarded a boat to go to Keraniganj.The accident took place around 7:30 am when the launch named ‘MV Pubali-7’ hit the boat.However, local people managed to rescue Jotsna Begum, her brother and her one-year-old daughter but her two other children went missing.last_img read more

PSN indefinitely down whats the impact for Sony

September 1, 2019 | hpnymhct | No Comments

first_imgUnless you have slept through the Easter weekend, you will have realized like many others that Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity service have been offline for days. This is unusual for a service that counts 75 million users on its books, and you’d expect Sony to have some kind of backup ready to jump in and take over when something went wrong.That backup system does not exist it seems, otherwise we wouldn’t be about to enter day six with no PSN. What’s worse is Sony isn’t explaining to anyone what happened or what exactly it is doing to fix it. The only statement we have had came via the PlayStation Blog which basically says Sony is working on it, but there is no time frame for it coming back online.All we know is some kind of external intrusion occurred and Sony is rebuilding PSN from the ground up. Games will get updates for some, possibly all users, but you can’t access the PlayStation Store, or anything that you would deem as content.75 million users, an increasingly important part of the PlayStation experience, and the revenue stream of a growing number of developers being hit hard. You’d think Sony would be sharing more information about what happened, wouldn’t you? Even Kaz Hirai, deputy president of Sony failed to mention it at the announcement of the S1 and S2 tablets late yesterday in Japan. He mentioned the earthquake from a month ago, but not the last 5 days of his company’s failure to keep its service online.Eventually Sony will get this fixed. It could be by tomorrow, it may be a week from now, but we have to consider the long-term consequences of such a digital disaster.Gamers for the most part are angry. A service they use is not avaiable and was offline for the Easter holiday weekend. You could argue its a free service so you can’t complain too much, but I’d have to disagree. Some gamers do pay subscriptions for PlayStation Plus, or for access to rentals which some will have lost access to during their valid viewing period. Then there’s the games we bought for their multiplayer. We can’t play those games until the service is back online. We aren’t losing money, but we paid money to play them on the service Sony offers and promotes as a reason to buy a PS3 and its games.If Sony brings PSN back online tomorrow then this will be seen as a major bump in the road it can’t afford to repeat. But if this continues for the rest of the week, or longer, then it shows a lack of planning and forethought as to the whole PSN system. This should not have happened, and even if it did, the downtime should have been minimal. Would you expect Google or Facebook to go offline for 5 days? No, they can’t afford to, but apparently Sony believes it can.At the moment, it probably isn’t making anyone think they should trade their PS3 in for an Xbox 360. However, say this carries on to the weekend, a time when new games get released and those of us with jobs have time to go out and make purchases. Will you be buying a PS3 game or a PS3 console?My guess is new PS3 game purchases will be down significantly even if gamers are buying for the single player experience. PS3 hardware sales will be hit even harder. There’s also going to be a few indie developers out there sweating due to 6+ days of no sales. It’s even worse if your game only released last week and any marketing has completely gone to waste. The big games publishers will also be asking questions. One of the biggest games of the year just launched, Portal 2, which you may remember was a big deal because it ships with Steam. That means nothing if you can’t access any online features. Or what about SOCOM 4? That “squad based multiplayer” is just a bullet point without PSN. Publishers als have DLC to sell, and I bet a few DLC launches are having their availability dates revised as we speak.Even when Sony gets this problem sorted out it still has some major repair work to do in its relations with gamers, developers, and publishers. Sony has to give a full disclosure of what happened to take the service offline this long otherwise gamers will not be satisfied (nor will investors I imagine). The company will have to reimburse PSPlus members somehow, it will have to give indie developers some kind of compensation or incentives for lost sales, and it will have to convince publishers the PS3 digital experience is still a good thing to support.In a nutshell, Sony may be fixing the hardware and software issues at the moment, but the real work starts once the service is back online.last_img read more

first_img Partial baboon skeleton from Misgrot Cave, South Africa. This is one of the comparative assemblages the authors used in the analysis. Credit: PNAS Explore further More information: Charles P. Egeland et al. Hominin skeletal part abundances and claims of deliberate disposal of corpses in the Middle Pleistocene, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1718678115AbstractHumans are set apart from other organisms by the realization of their own mortality. Thus, determining the prehistoric emergence of this capacity is of significant interest to understanding the uniqueness of the human animal. Tracing that capacity chronologically is possible through archaeological investigations that focus on physical markers that reflect “mortality salience.” Among these markers is the deliberate and culturally mediated disposal of corpses. Some Neandertal bone assemblages are among the earliest reasonable claims for the deliberate disposal of hominins, but even these are vigorously debated. More dramatic assertions center on the Middle Pleistocene sites of Sima de los Huesos (SH, Spain) and the Dinaledi Chamber (DC, South Africa), where the remains of multiple hominin individuals were found in deep caves, and under reported taphonomic circumstances that seem to discount the possibility that nonhominin actors and processes contributed to their formation. These claims, with significant implications for charting the evolution of the “human condition,” deserve scrutiny. We test these assertions through machine-learning analyses of hominin skeletal part representation in the SH and DC assemblages. Our results indicate that nonanthropogenic agents and abiotic processes cannot yet be ruled out as significant contributors to the ultimate condition of both collections. This finding does not falsify hypotheses of deliberate disposal for the SH and DC corpses, but does indicate that the data also support partially or completely nonanthropogenic formational histories. © 2018 Phys.org Study shows changes in anatomy would have made walking easier without reducing muscles for climbing in early hominins An international team of researchers has used a machine learning algorithm to assess whether hominin bones found in caves were placed there as part of a burial service by early human ancestors. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes the factors they fed into the algorithm, and what it revealed. The researchers report that the algorithm assigned both sites to scavenged corpses, which suggests that the bones made their way into the caves via carrion animals carrying them to feed in relative peace. They note that the algorithm did not rule out the possibility of early hominins conducting burial services in general, just in these two cases.The findings by the team will not settle the debate, of course. Research surrounding the remains in the two caves will undoubtedly continue, with each side using evidence, such as the learning algorithm, to bolster their case.center_img Side view of a baboon cranium from Misgrot Cave, South Africa. This is one of the comparative assemblages the authors used in the analysis. Credit: PNAS One of the defining characteristics of humans is our ability to fully understand the nature of our own mortality—we are all going to die, and we all know it. But when did humans evolve to the point where this became so? Some researchers have suggested that it goes back several hundred thousand years. As evidence, they claim that hominin fossils found in caves in Spain (Sima de los Huesos) and South Africa (Dinaledi Chamber), both from the Middle Pleistocene, were put there by their fellow hominins as a part of a mortuary service, which, of course, suggests a possible understanding of the finality of death and the possibility of an afterlife. Not everyone agrees with that assessment, however. Thus, new ways to test for the possibility arise periodically. In this new effort, the researchers turned to machine learning to shed some light on the debate.To assess whether the bones at the two sites were placed there intentionally or if they arrived by some other means, the researchers used a learning algorithm to analyze data regarding other burial sites, including those of modern humans, other primates and archaic humans. They then programmed the algorithm to assign the sites to categories such as scavenged corpses, undisturbed human corpses, etc. Then they added data from the caves in Spain and South Africa to see how the algorithm would categorize them. Citation: Machine learning algorithm suggests ancient hominin remains not part of ritualistic burial (2018, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-machine-algorithm-ancient-hominin-ritualistic.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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.last_img read more

Rust 2018 Edition Preview 2 is here

August 26, 2019 | hpnymhct | No Comments

first_imgThe Mozilla team announced Rust 2018 Edition Preview 2 today, the final release cycle before Rust 2018 goes into beta. The new release explores features such as the cargo fix command, NLL, along with other changes and improvements. Rust is a systems programming language by Mozilla. It is a “safe, concurrent, practical language”, which supports functional and imperative-procedural paradigms. Rust provides better memory safety while still maintaining the performance. Let’s have a look at major features in Rust’s 2018 edition preview 2. The cargo fix command now comes as a built-in feature in Rust. This command is used during migration and addition of this new feature in Rust now further streamlines the migration process. Speaking of migration, extensive efforts have gone into improving and polishing the lints which help you migrate smoothly. Apart from that, the module system changes are now broken into several smaller features that help with independent tracking issues. There is no need of mod.rs anymore for parent modules Also, the extern crate is not needed anymore for including dependencies. Support has been provided for crate as a visibility modifier. Another new addition in the Rust 2018 edition preview 2 is that NLL or Non-lexical lifetimes has been enabled by default, in migration mode. NLL improves the Rust compiler’s ability to reason about lifetimes. It removes most of the remaining cases where people commonly experience the borrow checker rejecting valid programs. As per the Rust team, “If your code is accepted by NLL, then we accept it — if your code is rejected by both NLL and the old borrow checker, then we reject it– If your code is rejected by NLL but accepted by the old borrow checker, then we emit the new NLL errors as warnings”. In-band lifetimes have been split up in the latest release. Both rustfmt and the RLS have reached 1.0 “release candidate” status. For more information, check out the official release notes. Read Next Multithreading in Rust using Crates [Tutorial] Rust and Web Assembly announce ‘wasm-bindgen 0.2.16’ and the first release of ‘wasm-bindgen-futures’ Warp: Rust’s new web framework for implementing WAI (Web Application Interface)last_img read more

first_imgMr Robb is currently in the United Arab Emirates for a trade mission, but his trip has been overshadowed by speculation he may seek an equity bailout or other assistance from Emirates, Al-Arabiya reported. Emirates did not respond to Mr Robb’s overtures publicly, however, Emirates president Tim Clark reportedly ruled out an equity investment in Qantas last year. The Trade Minister said he would raise the prospect of assistance with Emirates’ chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed al-Maktoum. The Qantas Sale Act currently prevents majority foreign ownership of Qantas’ international or domestic arms, however Mr Robb said that the Abbott government would still push for changes. “We have said that we want to open up the opportunities for foreign investors… I think Qantas would very much welcome other foreign investors, and that would give them a much more level playing field,” Mr Robb said. “We want to create the right environment that allows that to happen.” “I am meeting with the head of Emirates, I will give him the same answer, that the new government [wants] to see viable airlines,center_img The repeal of the Qantas Sale Act is also being held up in the Senate, with a change of Senators in July not going to increase the chances of any change.  Some aviation analysts think that Qantas would has no chance in getting an equity boost from Emirates even if it benefits from regulatory changes, because Qantas is a loss making business and it is not part of Emirates strategy to make strategic equity investments. Australia’s Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, will speak to the chairman of Emirates Airways about investing in Qantas to shore up the carrier’s bottom line. “In the case of Qantas I think it requires a change in the ownership act and the potential for other entries into the ownership, Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

first_img Total Produce’s 2018 revenues rise 18% on back of … U.S.: Dole inks deal for executive office in uptow … The story added Goldfields clarifications that Dole was incorporated in North Carolina with sales and marketing units in Kannapolis, which lies northeast of the city.”Recently the company has moved some additional functions and personnel, including members of the C-suite, to the greater Charlotte area,” Goldfield was quoted as saying.At the time of writing, Dole had job listings on its website for roles in Charlotte, including ‘Sr. Manager, Treasury’, ‘Sr. Manager, Financial Reporting’ and ‘Sr. Financial Analyst’. You might also be interested in Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … March 20 , 2019 One of the world’s most well-known fresh produce companies may be scoping out opportunities to develop a new office in Charlotte, North Carolina.Earlier this week the Charlotte Observer reported that Dole Food Company had filed a construction permit for the city’s 200 South Tryon skyscraper under the name “Dole Headquarters”.The company currently lists its head office as Westlake Village, California, and William Goldfield told the publication “nothing is currently planned” when asked about a potential move to uptown Charlotte.last_img read more