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Minister Joly Appoints Acting Chair of the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission

first_imgAdvertisement GATINEAU, QC, June 19, 2017 – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the appointment of Judith A. Larocque as acting chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The Governor in Council approved the interim appointment for a term of four months, effective June 18, 2017. Ms. Larocque previously served as acting vice-chair of the CRTC (November 2016 to May 2017).A dedicated public servant, Ms. Larocque has extensive experience in the broadcasting field. This interim appointment will ensure the continuous and efficient operation of the CRTC.Selection processes at the CRTC, including for the position of chair, were launched on January 23, 2017, and are open, transparent and merit-based. They are ongoing. Appointments will be announced in due course. Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission We would like to thank Mr. Blais for his five years of service and his commitment to the CRTC.Quotes“In our changing world, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission works to ensure that all Canadians have access to a world-class communication system. It’s a challenging task, and I would like to thank Ms. Larocque for agreeing to stay on the CRTC team as acting chair.”— The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian HeritageQuick FactsIn 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach that requires a selection process for full- and part-time positions.All appointment opportunities for the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted as they become available on the Governor in Council Appointments website.Associated Links Advertisement Advertisement http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/home-accueil.htm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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BJJ World Champion Despite Lack of Support I Want to Raise

Rabat – He started with shot-put and hammer throw, moving on to rugby and judo before finding his calling just six years ago: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).With his imposing physique and a hunger for success, the 28-year-old Moroccan athlete Seif-Eddine Hoummine has managed to rise to the top of the game, gaining two world titles.In conversation with Morocco World News interview, the Oujda native, now living in France, talks about his career, his dreams, and why he chose to represent Morocco. During the World Games in Wroclow, Poland, you the 94+ kg gold. This is your second gold medal in a major tournament after Abu Dhabi World in 2014. What does feel like to be a world champion for the second time?Honestly, it was a very special feeling to win the World Games which are organized by the Olympic Committee every four years and are similar to the Olympic Games. My dream was to make the national anthem resonate for the first time in this sport, knowing that I’m only Moroccan to have participated.You chose to represent Morocco in BJJ tournaments even though you could have represented France. Why did you made this choice?Honestly, France is a country that welcomed me with open arms. I benefited from its facilities for my trainings, where I train with French coaches and athletes. My choice to represent Morocco is innate. I love my country despite the obstacles [I encounter] and the lack of moral and financial support.The desire to represent the Moroccan flag has been engrained in me. I have had offers to play for other countries but [no], not without my Morocco. Only true Moroccans feel this. Despite difficulties, [I believe] I made the right choice.Still, it remains a hard choice. Several media outlets reported that you receive no support from Moroccan sports authorities. Is this true?It is a hard choice because France provides its athletes with trainings at INSEP (Institut national du sport, de l’expertise et de la performance), bonuses, the necessary equipment, and allowances, whereas [in Morocco] I find myself alwaysbattling with the Royal Federation of Judo to finance one tournament per year with a budget that does not exceed EUR1200. Everytime I have to contact the Ministry of Sports to intervene. With my participations in other tournaments, I finance them by myself.During the World Games,July 20 to30, I found myself alone, with no coach or official and [no] allowance from Morocco.Don’t you feel disheartened by all this? Doesn’t it make regret your choice?On the contrary. I strongly believe in change. One day or the other, things will change. I remain positive. We are forging the path for our children. If everybody does the same, people who misappropriate money destined to sports and sports men will be obliged to resign and vacate their places to true citizens who love their country.How much time and money is needed to prepare for a major tournament such as the World Games or Abu Dhabi World?For Abu Dhabi, I needed to go Rio de Janeiro for a month and a half to train with the best world [BJJ professionals]. You need four months of full preparation and a minimum budget of EUR6000 and juggle work and sports because one can’t make a living from this sport.What do you do to find both the necessary money and the will to keep up your sports career?I came to an understanding with my employer to work three days out of seven to be able to train. For money, one has to tighten his belt. As for the will, [I find it in the desire] to become the first Moroccan athlete to raise the Moroccan flag in this sport in order to motivate future generation to invest in sports despite financial difficulties.Talking about the future, what are Seif Eddine Houmine’s other ambitions? I want to continue my sports career till the end, win more world title and the World Games Beach. In the end, I want to found a club or severalin Morocco and teach [BJJ]. read more

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Libya UN welcomes adoption of electoral laws

Media reports indicate that Libyan authorities yesterday finalized the laws, which set out details on the holding of elections later this year to choose a national assembly, which will have the task of drawing up a new constitution.In a statement released in Tripoli, the capital, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) underlined that the electoral process, including the drafting of the new laws, is Libyan-led. The mission has provided technical assistance to the National Transitional Council (NTC) and is ready to assist the newly created Higher National Electoral Commission.“The first free election for over four decades will provide an opportunity for Libyans to exercise their democratic rights to participate in a process which will shape the future of their country,” the statement noted.“UNSMIL remains committed, as mandated by the UN Security Council, to assist and support Libyan national efforts to undertake political dialogue, promote national reconciliation and embark upon the electoral process.”UNSMIL’s head, Ian Martin, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, travelled to the coastal city of Sirte yesterday to meet with representatives of the local council, the military council and civil society. Sirte was one of the cities hit hardest during the fighting last year.“I wanted to see for myself the extent of destruction this city suffered as a result of the war,” he said. “Amid this destruction, I was deeply impressed by the efforts of the people who have already done much to bring life back to the city, with as yet little support.”Local council members said their biggest concerns now include education, health care, reconstruction, mine action, clarifying the fate of those still missing since the conflict ended, and the situation facing internally displaced persons (IDPs).Mr. Martin said UN staff will return to Sirte in the coming days to discuss further how the world body can assist in the reconstruction and recovery of the city. 9 February 2012The United Nations political mission in Libya today welcomed the North African country’s adoption of new electoral laws, calling the move “an important step in Libya’s transition to democracy.” read more

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Corruption an insidious menace to economic and social development Annan

“[Corruption] debases democracy, undermines the rule of law, distorts markets, stifles economic growth, and denies many their rightful share of economic resources or life-saving aid,” Mr. Annan said yesterday in a message to mark the beginning of The Executive Programme on Corruption Control and Organizational Integrity co-founded by the UN and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.The UN is in the frontline in the fight against corruption, Mr. Annan noted, adding that such efforts must however begin at home, and hence the need to join hands with Harvard to strengthen the training required to take “a closer look at our internal governance and professional ethics.” “A major step forward is expected later this year when Member States gather in Mexico City to sign a United Nations Convention Against Corruption,” the Secretary-General said. The Convention would ensure the criminalization of diverse forms of corruption and oblige Member States to take effective preventive measures to protect the dignity of their institutions and procedures.”By contributing to poverty and a sense of hopelessness, corruption can be a midwife of terrorism, trafficking in people, and other threats to human security,” Mr. Annan warned. The message was delivered by Dileep Nair, Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services. read more

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Removing deadly mines means new horizons and hope clears a path to

“All people have the right to live in security, and not fear their next step”, António Guterres spelled out in his message, lauding mine action, which “clears paths and creates safe ground on which homes can be built or rebuilt” and “changes mindsets so that people know how to protect themselves”.Moreover, the UN chief described it as “giving people and communities new horizons and hope”.Let us reaffirm our commitment to eradicating the horrendous damage caused by landmines – UN chiefFor more than 20 years, the United Nations has helped States free themselves from the threat of mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices.This year, the Organization has launched “Safe Ground”, a new strategy and campaign to “ensure that no one, no State, and no war zone is left behind”.The campaign links mine action, sport and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by showing how clearing minefields, brings communities together and raises awareness about mine victims, and survivors of armed conflict.“With this global campaign, our aim is to turn minefields into playing fields, and to raise resources for victims and survivors of armed conflict”, Mr. Guterres asserted.The Secretary-General called on all States to “provide political and financial support for mine action” and urged all that have not yet acceded to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and associated Protocols, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions, to “do so without delay”.“For prevention, protection, and lasting peace, universalization of these treaties is essential and strict compliance with International Humanitarian Law is a must”, he stated.[Somalia] UNMAS identified 37 locations contaminated by explosive hazards and destroyed 3,219 explosive remnants of war in 2018. Clearance activities save lives and free land from explosives. #SafeGround #IMAD2019 pic.twitter.com/c0u745gT0y— UNMAS (@UNMAS) April 4, 2019 He paid tribute to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and to the “women and men who show extraordinary bravery in advancing this vital work, literally step-by-step”.  “On this International Day for Mine Awareness, let us reaffirm our commitment to eradicating the horrendous damage caused by landmines and assisting those who have been harmed by their use”, concluded the Secretary-General.  In the fieldPainfully aware of the mine risks in Syria, the UN office there said in a statement that “providing explosive hazard risk education, clearance, and victim assistance is one of the main humanitarian priorities in the country”.They do this through awareness raising, survey and clearance, and by addressing the needs of survivors and those affected.The Senior UNMAS Programme Manager in South Sudan, another key nation for their work, said this week that demining “is doable” in that country.“We are into the endgame now, and we need support to see this one through”, Richard Boulter elaborated. “It is a three to five-year problem, and then this goes away.”He continued, saying that “if the powers that be don’t want to see a particular area cleared of dangers, there are still other places where we can go to work…when peace comes to town – when sanity comes to town – we can go back and do our job there.”Seeing is believingIn marking the Day, “Safe Ground” events have been held around the world, such as a football tournament in Gaza and road races in Iraq, Lebanon and Colombia.In New York, a hands-on workshop allowed ordinary people to participate in mock-demining activities.One of the “guys in the bomb suits”, UNMAS Threat Mitigation Advisor Will Meurer. walked UN News through a de-mining demonstration, explaining that “mine awareness is a very large component in improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which so many people now have to deal with”.He exhibited IEDs that, once used by “the good guys”, have been repurposed with explosives and attached to drones for targeting; others that are “victim operated”, which buried in the ground, are set off when stepped on or driven over; and those on a timer or detonated on command, suicide vests fell into this category.Mr. Meurer underscored that IEDs are increasingly impacting the UN across all its mission areas – from humanitarian responses to development. read more

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Ohio State running game looks to establish fresh identity

OSU sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAs new players sift in and out of a college football program, the identity of the team ebbs and flows. At Ohio State, that’s especially pronounced when it comes to the running game.After finishing fifth nationally in rushing yards per game last season, the Buckeyes are ranked 81st two weeks into 2014. In OSU’s most recent game — a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech under the Ohio Stadium lights on Saturday — the team managed a measly 108 yards on the ground.Of those 108 yards, just 58 came from players listed as running backs on the depth chart. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for 70 yards, while taking 24 of the team’s 40 total carries in the game. Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson had negative five yards on two carries, while the team was credited with negative 15 yards.While Barrett spent much of the game running for his life as the pocket broke down around him, the Hokies succeeded in keeping Buckeyes’ playbook largely closed. Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said after the loss the running game is important when it comes to setting up the rest of the offense, but the Buckeyes have not been able to establish their ground game so far this season.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “You start play action and drop back passes they (the opposition) are not ready for. It really just opens up everything and we just weren’t able to get it started.”While the Buckeyes tried to use the passing game to open up the running game against Virginia Tech — Barrett had 29 pass attempts compared to just 15 in week one against Navy — Barrett’s nine completions didn’t cut it as the Hokies kept the pressure on Barrett throughout the game.Two games into the season, OSU coach Urban Meyer said this year’s Buckeyes want to emulate the 2013 team’s offensive identity — albeit with more focus on the passing game — but didn’t have a chance to do it against the Midshipmen or the Hokies.“Our offensive identity would be last year with a little more balance and throwing the ball is who we’d like to be,” Meyer said Monday. “That’s kind of what we’re built for schematically.”Meyer went on to say that the running game this season should feature more of a perimeter attack — partially because of the absence of former Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde — but the Hokies’ defense negated that.With the running game stalled, the team turned to the air, which OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said made it difficult to get rolling on offense.“Any time you feel one-dimensional in a game like that, it’s very frustrating,” Drayton said Monday. “Doesn’t mean the game is going to stop because you’re frustrated, we’ve just got to find the rhythm against a defense like that.”Meyer said he doesn’t expect to see another defense like Virginia Tech — except, perhaps, against Michigan State — but Drayton said the Buckeyes’ offense should “absolutely” have the ability to attack any defense. He added that in order to do that, the team has to keep Barrett out of pressure.“We have to do a better job of protecting our quarterback, a young quarterback who’s experiencing some things for the first time,” Drayton said. “We’ve got to make him feel confident in the people around him.”Out of last year’s offensive line — which was successful in protecting the quarterback — four have moved on to the NFL while the fifth, junior Taylor Decker, slid over to left tackle. Along with those four linemen, the loss of Hyde has forced OSU to try to re-imagine the running game.Drayton said losing Hyde isn’t necessarily good or bad, but simply forces OSU to change its style.Hyde now plays for the San Francisco 49ers and tallied 50 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in his NFL debut Sunday.Through two games, OSU’s new production hasn’t materialized as the best rushing output from a running back was freshman Curtis Samuel’s 45 yards against Navy.While Samuel’s debut was promising as he averaged 6.4 yards per carry, he was handed the ball just five times against the Hokies, totaling 26 yards. He has been the most efficient running back in the offense, but sophomore Ezekiel Elliott has had the most carries at 20, and redshirt-senior Rod Smith — who was listed as a co-starter with Elliott and Samuel — has totaled just two carries, both against Navy, so far this season.“We have a lot of things different right now,” Drayton said. “Offensively we have to fit our skill set, and what they (the running backs) bring to the table is a lot different than what (Hyde) was able to bring to the table last year.”The Buckeyes’ running game is set for another chance to establish an identity on Saturday. OSU is scheduled to take on Kent State at noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Youth football coach was on straight road when he crashed into tree

A former youth football coach and scout whose car crashed into a tree on a straight road the day he was due to go on trial on historical sex abuse charges died of a traumatic brain injury, an inquest has heard.Michael “Kit” Carson, 75, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.The allegations involved 11 boys under the age of 16, between 1978 and 2009.Carson’s trial was listed to begin at Peterborough Crown Court on January 7, but he died in a single-vehicle crash that morning.Cambridgeshire’s senior coroner, David Heming, opening and adjourning an inquest in Huntingdon on Tuesday, said Carson was the driver of a Mazda 3 car which crashed off the A1303 at Bottisham, around seven miles east of Cambridge.”The circumstances as presently known are that the vehicle left the carriageway on to a wide grass verge and collided with a tree,” said Mr Heming.”Mr Carson suffered fatal injuries.”The cause of death provided by the post-mortem examination is a traumatic brain injury.”Carson died at the scene, with no other vehicles or people involved.The section of rural single-carriageway road where the collision took place is straight and has a 60mph speed limit. 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. “It’s clear that there are further investigations to be done by Cambridgeshire Police concerning the circumstances of the accident,” Mr Heming said.”In addition, it’s routine in these types of investigations for samples to be sent for toxicological analysis and results of these specialist examinations of blood normally take approximately six weeks.”I would like to express my condolences and sympathy to the wife of the deceased.”Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, had worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.He was on bail at the time of his death.The hearing was adjourned until June 18 for a full inquest. read more

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New Epiroc Marketplace site offers quality used mining machinery

first_imgEpiroc has announced its new Epiroc Marketplace website which will simplify the process of searching for and purchasing used mining and construction equipment. Featuring a robust selection of quality pre-owned machines along with finance options, the site onnects customers with solutions such as drill rigs, loaders and trucks, rock drilling tools and hydraulic attachments to help supplement their equipment lineup.The Epiroc Marketplace site houses used equipment available at Epiroc stores and dealers across the US. Buyers can search for used equipment by product category and specific product. Each pre-owned product profile includes a photo, make, model and condition information, specifications, and the option to request a quote.Used products available through the frequently updated site include:Drill rigsExcavator attachmentsLoaders and trucksMechanical rock excavation equipmentRaise boring equipmentRock reinforcement equipmentRock drilling toolsVentilation systems.“Epiroc is committed to being a true partner with our customers,” said Mila Armer, Marketing Communications Manager at Epiroc. “The Epiroc Marketplace website helps our customers extend their fleet with quality, affordable used equipment that delivers safety, high productivity and peace of mind.”Epiroc Marketplace makes financing mining and construction equipment customisable to individual customer requirements and projections through Epiroc Customer Finance. Customers can work with Epiroc representatives to develop financing options that will help them acquire equipment without impacting other lines of credit. Epiroc offers leasing, hire-purchase, supplier credits and other types of financing.Support for Epiroc equipment and quality spare parts are accessible through the parts and services area of the website.Buyers can locate nearby Epiroc dealers with the Marketplace dealer locator tool.last_img read more

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China eases its onechild policy and abolishes labour camps

first_imgCHINA’S TOP LEGISLATIVE committee formally approved a loosening of the country’s hugely controversial one-child policy today.It also abolished “re-education through labour” camps, state media reported.The decisions were taken by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, at the conclusion of a six-day meeting, according to Xinhua news agency.Reforms to the one-child policy will allow couples where either parent has no siblings to have two children, easing the strict family planning policy imposed more than three decades ago to prevent overpopulation in the world’s most populous nation.LaojiaoThe abolition of re-education through labour, known as “laojiao”, will see existing inmates freed, Xinhua reported.“Their remaining terms will not be enforced any more,” it quoted the NPC resolution as saying.China argues its one-child limit kept population growth in check and supported the country’s rapid development that has seen it soar from mass poverty to become the world’s second-largest economy.Until now, the law has prohibited couples from having more than one child, although exceptions already existed for couples where both spouses were only children, as well as for ethnic minorities and rural couples whose first child was a girl.But enforcement of the policy has at times been excessive. The public was outraged last year when photos circulated online of a woman forced to abort her baby seven months into her pregnancy.Now China faces looming demographic challenges, including a rapidly increasing elderly population, a shrinking labour force and male-female imbalances.More boys than girls China’s sex ratio has risen to 115 boys for every 100 girls, while the working population began to drop last year, Xinhua said earlier.The birth rate has fallen to about 1.5 since the 1990s, well below the replacement rate, it added.While the easing of the one-child policy – estimated to apply to around 10 million couples – has been welcomed, critics say that the state has retained the principle of deciding itself how many children people should have.A dark chapter of China’s recent historyProvincial congresses and their standing committees will decide on implementing the new policy “based on evaluation of local demographic situation and in line with the law on population and family planning as well as this resolution,” Xinhua said, citing the resolution document.The one-child policy reforms are expected to come into force in the first quarter of 2014, according to a senior official from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.The approval to end the labour camps, introduced more than half a century ago, closes the curtain on a dark aspect of the country’s modern history long criticised by human rights groups and which Chinese authorities admit is no longer viable.China began re-education through labour in 1957 as a speedy way to handle petty offenders. But the system – which allows a police panel to issue sentences of up to four years without trial – soon became rife with abuse.State media have cited the development of China’s legal system as making the camps “superfluous”, with their “historical mission” having come to an end.A UN report published in 2009 estimated that 190,000 people were held in the camps.But campaigners have questioned whether the move to shutter the camps is simply a cosmetic change and are closely watching whether they are substituted with new forms of control.The decisions came just days after the standing committee had expressed support for them and following promises by the ruling Communist Party at its Third Plenum meeting last month. Legislative approval was formally required to put them into effect.The Third Plenum meeting has historically been an occasion for the ruling party to expand reforms, and was the first such gathering since Xi Jinping took over as head of the party in November last year as part of a once-a-decade change in power.The party also pledged at the meeting to reduce the scope of the death penalty “step by step” – China is the world’s biggest judicial executioner – accelerate reforms to the household registration system and loosen controls on the economy by giving markets a “decisive” role in the allocation of resources.- © AFP 2013More: China gives Japan ‘severe reprimand’ over PM’s war shrine visitInterview: ‘I didn’t see any signs of fear,’- The man who oversaw Saddam’s execution speakslast_img read more

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Microsoft Chief of Research Doubts Tablet Popularity

first_imgMicrosoft thinks tablets are just a phase, or at least the head of research for Microsoft thinks so. Craig Mundie told the Sydney Morning Herald,I think there’s an important distinction – and frankly one we did not jump on at Microsoft fast enough – between mobile and portable. Mobile is something that you want to use while you are moving, and portable is something that you move and then use. These are going to bump into one another a little bit and so today you can see tablets and pads and other things that are starting to live in the space in between. Personally I don’t know whether that space will be a persistent one or not. […] I don’t know whether the big screen tablet pad category is going to remain with us or not This is a huge change from Microsoft, the company was behind a prior attempt to push tablets to consumers. Micosoft slowed down that push the mid 2000s. AdChoices广告Via Xbit Labslast_img read more

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RIM présente deux nouveaux BlackBerry

first_imgRIM présente deux nouveaux BlackBerryRIM vient de dévoiler deux nouveaux BlackBerry, le Bold 9790 et le Curve 9380. Deux smartphones qui fonctionnent avec la version 7 de l’OS de la firme canadienne, et qui seront lancés sur le marché dans les semaines à venir.RIM s’apprête à enrichir sa gamme de smartphones sous BlackBerry OS 7 de deux nouveaux modèles, les Bold 9790 et Curve 9380. S’ils sont tous les deux tactiles, ces smartphones différent sur de nombreux points.À lire aussiBlackBerry 10 : le smartphone de développement en image ?Le Curve 9380 est le premier smartphone d’entrée de gamme tout tactile de RIM. Doté d’un écran de 3,2 pouces avec une résolution de 480 x 360 pixels, il est équipé d’un capteur photo de 5 mégapixels et offre 1 GB de mémoire de stockage extensible avec une carte microSD. Le BlackBerry Bold 9790 embarque quant à lui un écran 2,45 pouces (640 x 480 pixels), et un processeur 1 GHz. Doté d’un clavier en façade, il dispose de 768 Mo de mémoire vive et 8 GB de mémoire interne extensible.Pour l’heure, RIM n’a pas encore précisé le prix de ses deux nouveaux BlackBerry, ni même leur date de lancement. Ils seront dans un premier temps commercialisés en Indonésie, puis seront lancés dans le reste du monde avant la fin de l’année.Le 18 novembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Storage unit catches fire in Woodland

first_imgA fire in a storage unit at U-Store Self Storage, 620 Mitchell Ave. in Woodland, was quickly contained on Saturday morning.Crews from Clark County Fire & Rescue, Clark County Fire District 6, the Cowlitz Fire District in Kalama and the Vancouver Fire Department all responded to a 911 call at 11:22 a.m.They found one storage unit completely on fire — and heard what sounded like stored ammunition exploding inside, according to division chief Tim Dawdy. “They knew it was a serious fire,” he said. (Dawdy added that ammunition stored properly may burst open in a fire, but if the ammunition is stored inside a weapon, it may behave like a projectile. That’s another excellent reason never to keep guns loaded, he said.)Fortunately, Dawdy said, one wall of the unit was a firewall, so the fire couldn’t spread in that direction. Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading in the other direction and there was only minor smoke damage to two adjacent units, Dawdy said. No one was injured.last_img read more

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Application Deadline for Conservation Legacy Awards Extended to Aug 20

first_imgDon’t miss out on the opportunity to show that conservation is important to you.2014 National and Midwest Region Winner David Ausberger and wife LeAnna, of Jefferson, Iowa, (center) accept their award from ASA President Ray Gaesser (right) and Monsanto’s Mindy Whittle (left), at the 2014 Commodity Classic.Tell the story of how conservation is a part of your farm operation and you could be one of the next regional winners of a Conservation Legacy Award. The application deadline is extended to Aug. 20, 2014. The awards recognize U.S. soybean farmers who distinguish themselves through outstanding environmental and conservation practices while farming profitably. To find more information and access the online application, click here. All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to submit an application for the Conservation Legacy Awards. Winners from three regions (Midwest, Northeast and South) each receive an expense-paid trip for two to the Commodity Classic conference and trade show, Feb. 26-28, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. A National Conservation Legacy Award winner is chosen from the three regional winners. In addition, the regional winners are featured in video stories and a special insert in Corn & Soybean Digest.Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management.See videos featuring recent winners and how conservation plays a role on their land by clicking here.The Conservation Legacy Awards program is sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Corn & Soybean Digest.last_img read more

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VR at Tribeca Film Fest On the hunt for the perfect hook

first_img Baobab’s “smart” animation gets into your head Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment On Thursday evening, famed video game creator Hideo Kojima will pull back the curtain (I mean, he will, right?) on his mysterious project Death Stranding. During a talk with game star and The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, the pair are set to discuss the highly anticipated PlayStation 4 game and talk about “pushing the boundaries of the video game medium and…how their relationship has established over working on the title together.” The game, which was first announced way back in 2016, features a disturbed, naked Reedus.The Tribeca Film Festival, of course, has a long list of talks with big names in film. The geekiest among them: director Guillermo del Toro, who “will discuss his prolific career turning horror, fairy tales, and the supernatural into world-class filmmaking.”Films and TVLike most festivals over the last five years, movies and series from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon are increasing their presence at screenings. This year, Tribeca will screen the premiere episode of Amazon’s The Boys, its superhero satire that proposes what happens when superpowers are abused rather than channeled for good. Amazon is also bringing One Child Nation, its documentary film about China’s national family planning program. Netflix is screening American Factory, a documentary about a Chinese billionaire opening a factory in Ohio, and Hulu has brought yet another documentary — Ask Dr. Ruth, about the celebrity sex therapist’s journey from Holocaust survivor to household name. Highlights among geeky and techy titles: Only is a “dreamy” apocalyptic sci-fi love story starring Hamilton vet Leslie Odom Jr., and See You Yesterday brings Spike Lee’s spin to a time-travel comedy. For documentary fans, Picture Character dives into the world of emojis, and I Am Human explains an experimental brain interface treatment.  “The real power of immersion in VR is to allow you to connect with a character — for a character to acknowledge you exist in their world and that you matter to them,” Eric Darnell, Baobab’s chief creative officer, said in an interview when Tribeca’s Immersive program slate was announced in March. “You can make choices that may push them away or bring the characters close to you.”Enlarge ImageBaobab’s Bonfire makes you the leading character on an unfamiliar planet.  Baobab In Baobab’s case, Bonfire is the studio’s “most aggressive foray into interactivity” yet, Baobab CEO Maureen Fan said. Hunting for a new home for the human race, you crash-land on in unknown planet 300 light years from Earth. With a makeshift fire as your only light source and a robot sidekick (voiced by comedian and actress Ali Wong), you come into contact with the inhabitants of this unfamiliar place and decide how you want to interact with them. Hammonds noted other trends among the pieces selected for 2019’s Immersive program. Some lean heavily into what’s known as location-based entertainment, or site-specific performances that mean “you have to be there to truly experience it,” he said.cave-01-pr-hr-ubg-rgbTechnology for Cave was developed at New York University. Tribeca Film Festival He highlighted projects like A Drop in the Ocean, a social experience that shrinks you and three other participants to a microbial level as you walk underneath a “massive and gorgeous jellyfish prop,” according to Hammonds. War Remains, a piece that collaborates with Hardcore History podcast’s Dan Carlin, creates a free-roaming experience on a set with haptic-like wind and rumbling floors. And Traitor is an adaption of immersive theater pieces, creating a thriller around a missing girl in which one participant wears a headset and another does not. Social interaction is also a recurrent theme in Tribeca Immersive selections. Hammonds called out one titled Cave, which uses a new technology called Parallux developed in New York University’s Future Reality Lab. It allows 10 people to sit in a space and share a holographic VR experience, with Hammonds calling it both theatrical and social. Other experiences, like Bonfire, are pushing toward more creative storytelling unique to VR. Tribeca’s program will include the second installment of Wolves in the Walls, a project that first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. A reimagination of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s illustrated children’s book, the project introduced an improvisational, reactive character in its first installment. The second chapter at Tribeca will expand the story and take you to different places with Lucy, the protagonist. And then there are the ones who are using new technologies as storytelling tools. Stealing Ur Feelings uses augmented reality, which overlays digital images on the physical world around you, as well as artificial intelligence and facial recognition to gauge your emotions, to describe how corporations are doing already this on the sly. Into the Light is something of an audio scavenger hunt. The Tribeca Film Festival’s headquarters will be peppered with tableaus that you discover with tech like bone-conduction glasses or headphones aided by handheld devices that navigate you around various floors of the building. ayahuasca-thomas-eid-2-wb-lr-ubgA shaman greets you when you enter Ayahuasca.  Tribeca Film Festival And the team behind Ayahuasca created new kinds of digital resolution and shaders to make their approximation of a spiritual ayahuasca trip feel psychedelically real. According to Hammonds, you won’t want to go in it if you have a fear of snakes or spiders.”When you watch a piece, you wonder, ‘Could this have been done as a film? Could this have been a cartoon?  Could this have been a documentary?’ And the answer should be no, if you’re working in this medium,” Hammonds said. “A lot of creators are continuing and making strides in establishing ways to really, really distinguish this form of storytelling from others.TalksSome talks at the Tribeca Film Fest give geeky film, TV and gaming fans a chance to revel in old favorites and new mysteries. The early word is that some of these conversations will be posted online for anyone to see — a few days after they happen. For one, Tribeca is throwing a birthday bash for The Simpsons on Sunday. At a 30th anniversary screening and panel discussion, the fest is showing two episodes — 1993’s Marge vs the Monorail and 2012’s The Day the Earth Stood Cool — before the creative team of The Simpsons comes onstage to discuss the program’s legacy as the longest-running animated series in television history. Also Sunday, the fest is also celebrating to another geeky show with a somewhat shorter track record: The fourth and final season of Mr. Robot is expected sometime later this year, and Tribeca is bringing key cast members to look back on the first three. Actors Rami Malek, Christian Slater and Carly Chaikin joins series creator Sam Esmail to discuss what to expect when the show returns.  So you couldn’t care less about virtual reality? No problem. The creators in the Tribeca Film Festival’s Immersive program are hacking together new ways to make you care about something. “A lot of creators are making strides in establishing ways to really, really distinguish this form of storytelling from others,” Loren Hammonds, the senior programmer for the Immersive program at Tribeca, said in an interview.The Tribeca Film Festival, which kicked off in New York on Wednesday night, unveils its VR-heavy Immersive program to the public Friday. It’s the center of all things tech at Tribeca, which will also grabble with tech on panel discussions and TV and film screenings. VR needs something to bring people closer. Years after virtual reality re-emerged as one of tech buzziest trends, even its most ardent advocates now concede VR’s hype failed to materialize in broad consumer interest. With the masses averse to the unfamiliar format that straps awkward headsets to your face, immersive storytellers have been shifting their focus on new tactics and formats that may pave the way to popular appeal. “Because the headsets haven’t necessarily been adopted as we’ve hoped, everything having to do with location-based entertainment has really started to level up,” Hammonds said. “This is making the creators think in a different way about some of their work and how they’re interested in exhibiting it.”Virtual threadsWhether it’s amped-up interactivity in VR that makes you a central character, or site-specific experiences with social elements threaded through them — or even new immersive tech with no headset required — many of the pieces selected for this year’s immersive program at Tribeca aim to ratchet up your personal stake in the story. If past experiences experimenting in this concept are any guide, Tribeca Immersive may nudge you to consider how your virtual choices could reflect who you really are, more so than a film might. Baobab Studios — a VR animation studio that is a veteran of the Tribeca Film Festival — heightens the pressure on you by making you the lead actor in its most interactive experience yet, called Bonfire. Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:center_img Sundance Festival Virtual Reality Augmented reality (AR) 3:32 E3 2018: Lengthy Death Stranding preview revealed 4:18 0 TV and Movies Wearable Techlast_img read more

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Arvind Kejriwal offers school initiatives to Nepal

first_imgNew Delhi : Nepal’s envoy to India Nilambar Acharya on Wednesday called on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who offered to share his government’s initiatives with the neighbouring country for its schools, according to a statement. The chief minister shared with the ambassador, the keen interest shown by many private schools in Nepal in the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ in Delhi government schools, it stated. The curriculum was launched last year. Acharya greeted Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia on the eve of India’s Independence Day and extended best wishes on behalf of the Nepalese government. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “People of Nepal are deeply attached with Delhi physically and emotionally, since a large number of Nepalese people live and work in India’s national capital,” the statement quoted the envoy as saying in the meeting. On his part, Kejriwal said the Delhi government will be happy to share its initiative with the Nepal government for its schools. The Nepalese government has appreciated the work of the Delhi government in fields of education and health, and has also remarked that the successful management of electricity in a big city like Delhi is remarkable, according the statement. Sisodia has invited Nepal’s envoy to visit Delhi government mohalla clinics and schools.last_img read more

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Square Enix creates its very own profitkilling Summer 2016 JRPG battle

first_imgUpdate: Post updated to reflect fact Atlus is both developing and publishing Persona 5.Square Enix seems to have got itself into a bit of a fix. The Japanese publisher/developer is well known for releasing massing RPGs, which you can easily lose over a hundred hours playing. What you really don’t want to happen when releasing such a game is for another massive RPG to also release at the same time. Ultimately, gamers end up having to choose one or the other, and that hurts profits.So what has Square Enix done? Scheduled one of its most popular JRPG franchises to release a new game at roughly the same time as another popular JRPG franchise. Those games are Persona 5 and Final Fantasy XV. Right now, Persona 5 is listed by publisher/developer Atlus as releasing in ‘Summer 2016’ where as Final Fantasy XV is just ‘2016.’ But I’m pretty sure FFXV is also not going to be ready until the summer months because Square Enix has posted a 50 question survey for Japanese gamers. Question 47 asks the following:Here’s a question for those considering to purchase both Persona 5 and Final Fantasy XV: If both titles were released at roughly the same time, which one would you prioritize (buying)?Persona 5Final Fantasy XVI’ll buy bothSquare Enix wouldn’t be asking that question unless they have realized there’s going to be a launch clash, or at the very least both games launching within a few weeks of each other. How they react to this will come down to the responses to this question. I’d imagine if the majority of people respond with “I’ll buy both” then no date changes will be made, but it’s going to have to be high (70% or more I’d say).If answer 3 is not the majority of responses, then one of those games is going to have to suffer a launch delay. As Atlus publishes Persona 5 and already has a summer date planned, it’s going to have to be Final Fantasy XV that moves, unless of course Square has a chat with Atlus and they come to some arrangement. After all, neither company benefits from launching so close to the their rival’s game. So the most likely outcome is FFXV will get pushed back to September-October time.H/T to Reddit for Persona 5 image.last_img read more

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Google bans Chrome cryptocurrency mining extensions

first_imgGoogle bans Chrome cryptocurrency mining extensions by Martin Brinkmann on April 03, 2018 in Google Chrome – 6 commentsJames Wagner, Google Chrome Extensions Platform Product Manager, announced yesterday that Google decided to ban cryptocurrency mining extensions in the company’s Chrome Web Store.Cryptocurrency mining in the browser context is a relatively new phenomenon but one that is on the rise. One has to distinguish between mining scripts that run as scripts on websites and mining extensions that get installed in the browser by users or malicious actors.Website mining scripts make up the bulk of mining activity of browsers. Website mining happens automatically in the background provided that the mining script or connection to mining servers is not blocked.You have to distinguish between user installed mining extensions that were installed for the purpose, and extensions that were installed by third-parties or downloaded mining components after user installation.The former type is installed with user approval, the latter without.Google allowed mining extensions in the Chrome Web Store provided that mining was “the extension’s single purpose” and that the user was “adequately informed” about the mining nature of the extension.About 90% of all mining extensions uploaded to the Chrome Store did not meet Google’s policies in regards to mining extensions. The extensions were either rejected outright or removed from Store after the fact.The decision was made to ban cryptocurrency mining extensions from the Chrome Web Store because of that. Chrome’s Web Store won’t accept extensions anymore that mine cryptocurrency in the web browser. Extensions that are listed in the Chrome Web Store currently will be removed by Google in the coming months (late June).The change won’t affect non-mining extensions that deal with blockchain or mining related topics such as cryptocurrency exchange rates or news.Closing WordsJames Wanger, on behalf of Google, failed to disclose how the company wants to ensure that mining extensions won’t find their way into the Store anymore. The Store has a track record of being abused by malicious actors, often in form of browser extensions that downloaded additional modules when run by users.Google’s Web Store uses algorithms to check and verify uploaded extensions. Threat actors managed to bypass the automatic checks time and time again; the situation got worse in recent time with the rise of cryptomining extensions and Google promised recently that it would do something about that.It remains to be seen how well Google’s algorithm is at detecting cryptomining extensions. While it will block the bulk of extensions I would not hold by breath that it will have a 100% detection track record.Now You: have you encountered mining extensions or sites?Related articlesChrome: Failed – Virus Detected troubleshootingGoogle promises better protection against deceptive Chrome inline installationsHow to undo the removal of downloads in ChromeVerify Google Chrome extensions before you install themSummaryArticle NameGoogle bans Chrome cryptocurrency mining extensionsDescriptionJames Wagner, Google Chrome Extensions Platform Product Manager, announced yesterday that Google decided to ban cryptocurrency mining extensions in the company’s Chrome Web Store.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bullfights punk bands and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgMusic: Christmas ConcertsThe National Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Chorus perform favorite holiday standards in venues from Alajuela to Cartago. This is the perfect chance to see some of Costa Rica’s finest musicians and singers for free.Conciertos Navideños take place Dec. 8-12 in various locations. Free. Info: RedCultura.Music: Placeholder, Monte, Las RobertasMoody Pennsylvanian rockers Placeholder share the stage with Costa Rican groups Monte and Las Robertas at AmonSolar.Concert takes place Dec. 5 at AmonSolar, Barrio Amón. 9 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: AmonSolar website. Related posts:Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica Flamenco superstars, Soda Stereo tribute, and other happenings around Costa Rica Cowboys, coffee, and other happenings around Costa Rica Chicharrón FairPrepare yourself for pork rinds – and arguably the best in the country. Chicharrón is a favorite Costa Rican food that is made almost everywhere, but the town of Puriscal is especially famous for their cuts of deep-fried pork. Savor this delicacy with thousands of like-minded folks, then enjoy music, games, dancing, a horse parade, and even some good old-fashioned bullfights. Cradled in the hills west of San José, Puriscal is the perfect place to enjoy some campesino living.La Feria del Chicharron Purisceño takes place Feb. 5-14 at the Puriscal fairgrounds. Info: SiCultura.Holiday Shopping: Tropical MarketStock up on holiday gifts at this four-day arts and crafts market in the Antigua Aduana. Stock up on everything from jewelry to gourmet coffee.Mercado Tropical takes place Dec. 11-14 at Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. Thu.-Sun., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Free. Info: Event Facebook page.Dance: “The Nutcracker”See Tchaikovsky’s Christmas masterpiece come alive on the National Theater’s refurbished new stage.“El Cascanueces” will be performed Dec. 5-14 at The National Theater, downtown San José. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 11 & 5 p.m. ₡16,000-32,000 ($32-64). Info: National Theater website.center_img Film: “Rosado Furia”This disorienting film follows the story of a troubled young Asian woman. Filmed in Singapore and performed in English, Costa Rican director Nicolás Pacheco’s “Rosado” wowed audiences at the Costa Rican International Film Festival, winning this year’s award for Best Film.“Rosado Furia” screens Dec. 5-8 at Cine Magaly, Barrio California. Fri., 3 & 8:40 p.m.; Sat., 3:45 & 7:45 p.m.; Sun., 8:30 p.m.; Mon., 5:10 p.m. Theater: “A Christmas Carol”“Un Cuento de Navidad” receives its annual production at Teatro Espressivo, thanks to a stage adaptation by Paul Stebbings.“Un Cuento de Navidad” continues through Dec. 21 at Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7 p.m. ₡7,000-10,000 ($14-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website. Courtesy David Boddiger & The TheoryMusic: Emma Brott, Matthew Seth Bertucci, David Boddiger & The TheoryIf you love independent singer-songwriters, get ready for a full lineup at Hoxton.Concert takes place Dec. 11 at Hoxton, Los Yoses. 9 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: Event Facebook page.Theater: “The Abominable Snowman”What do Santa Claus, a magic clock, a monstrous Yeti, and a “Labyrinth of Solitude” have in common? They are all part of “El Ogro de las Nieves,” a whimsical family comedy at Teatro Triciclo.Dec. 7 & 14 at Teatro Triciclo, Avenida Escazú. Sundays, 11 a.m. ₡4,000 ($8). Info: Teatro Triciclo website.Theater: “Three”Little Theater Group presents its English-language premiere of the Juan Carlos Rubio comedy at Triciclo Theater.“Three” continues through Dec. 11 at Triciclo Theater Company, Avenida Escazú. Thursdays, 8 p.m. ₡7,000 ($14). Info: Little Theatre Group Facebook page.Art: “A Chronicle of Interventions”Learn about U.S. incursions in Central America, thanks to this provocative group show co-produced with London’s revered Tate Gallery.“Una Crónica de Intervenciones” displays at TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.Art: 75 Years of PhotosBrowse decades of photojournalism at this striking exhibit, thanks to Spain’s Agencia EFE – the fourth-largest wire service in the world.“EFE: 75 Años de Fotos” continues through Dec. 7 at the National Museum, San José. Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ₡1,500 ($3). Info: Museum website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Few cantons will enforce Costa Ricas dry law during the municipal elections

first_imgRelated posts:Former San José mayor Johnny Araya confident he will win his job back in Sunday’s election Costa Rica ‘victim’ of US-Cuban immigration laws, says President Solís Most Costa Ricans don’t vote in municipal elections. Will this year be different? Why are Costa Ricans voting? Because they can Of a total of 81 cantons in Costa Rica, only six will enforce a ban on alcohol sales during upcoming municipal elections on Sunday, according to the National Union of Local Governments (UNGL). That’s just over 7 percent.Three of the cantons are located in the capital: Acosta, Alajuelita and Montes de Oca. In the rest of the country, the dry cantons are Belén (Heredia), Atenas (Alajuela) and Cañas (Guanacaste).Costa Rica’s Liquor Law, updated in 2012, allows municipalities to choose whether or not to enforce a ban on liquor sales during public events such as elections, Easter Holy Week and Independence Day, among others. If municipal councils do not decide, the law defaults to allowing liquor sales.Prior to 2012, the dry law was mandatory. It was amended following complaints from several business owners and chambers, particularly in cantons where the tourism industry is the main economic activity. Owners argued that the dry law was bad for business, particularly for those that depend on foreign tourists. But few Ticos complained when the law was changed to allow liquor sales.UNGL Executive Director Karen Porras said the recent change to the law “reinforces the autonomy of local governments, allowing them to decide on what’s best for their communities” based on the priorities and traditions of each canton.The law allows municipalities to ban consumption of alcohol on public roads and in specific areas of the canton. Facebook Commentslast_img read more