first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO  — Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao has signed a deal with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city’s sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will be held.Pezao on Monday hailed the deal as a “very important step” toward the long-promised cleanup, which has dragged on for more than 20 years with little progress.As part of Brazil’s Olympic project, authorities pledged to drastically cut the amount of raw human sewage in the bay before the 2016 games.But an Associated Press investigation published last week revealed high counts of disease-causing viruses directly linked to human sewage in Olympic waters.Seven universities, as well as several research institutes will develop the new cleanup plan.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgWendie Renard scored two headers as France opened the Women’s World Cup with a one-sided 4-0 defeat of South Korea.Eugenie Le Sommer’s 11th goal in her last 11 appearances for France in all competitions gave the tournament hosts an early lead in Paris.Before half-time a pair of towering Renard headers made it 3-0 to Corinne Diacre’s side, who are among the favourites to win the tournament, allowing them to ease off after the interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But with six minutes to go France wrapped things up in superb style, Amandine Henry scoring from outside the penalty area to send a strong message to their World Cup rivals.fans filled the stadium tonight! #FRAKOR | #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/dIuafasTHz— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 7, 2019France opened the scoring in just the ninth minute at a packed Parc des Princes.A composed attack led to Henry squaring a low cross for Le Sommer to steer a first-time finish past helpless Korea goalkeeper Kim Minjung.France seemed to have doubled their lead in stunning fashion in the 26th minute, Griedge Mbock Bathy swivelling to volley home a headed pass from Renard, but the goal was ruled out for offside following a VAR check.More goals duly arrived before the break as Gaetane Thiney’s corner was powered home by Renard before the defender’s aerial power told again, this time from Amel Majri’s set piece.Wendie Renard, loving life #FRAKOR | #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/RLttRHTzV9— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 7, 2019Korea’s comparative lack of physicality continued to give France a major advantage but Henry’s effort from the edge of the penalty area was easily gathered by goalkeeper Kim.Substitute Kang Chaerim went close to scoring a spectacular consolation for Korea, with their first shot in the 69th minute, but her rising drive narrowly cleared the France crossbar.France got sloppy in the closing stages and a rare Renard mistake allowed Lee Mina to run through on Sarah Bouhaddi’s goal, but composure deserted the forward and she fired wide of the target.But Les Bleues were able to sign off the tournament opener with a fourth goal in the 84th minute, Henry whipping a sensational strike across Kim from 25 yards out.Key Opta Facts- France’s 4-0 win over Korea Republic in this match was the biggest win by a host nation in their opening game of a FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament since China PR defeated Norway 0-4 in 1991. In that year, Norway went on to reach the final before losing to the United States.- France’s victory means that seven of the eight host nations of a FIFA Women’s World Cup have won their opening game of that tournament, including the last six in a row. The only host nation not to win their opening match at a Women’s World Cup tournament was Sweden in 1995 (0-1 vs Brazil).- Le Sommer’s goal was her 75th for France in all competitions; the only female with more is Marinette Pichon (81 goals).- Ten of Renard’s last 11 goals for France have come from headers and this was her first international goal since March 2017 vs England.- Renard scored twice in an international match for France for the first time since November 2013 vs Bulgaria – 2017 days ago. read morelast_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – As her ailing husband looked on Friday, Theresa Zukauskas combatively sliced the air with her hand and made a blunt request of Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.“Find me a doctor,” she said.Zukauskas told a news conference Friday at her Halifax apartment that her 75-year-old husband has Parkinson’s disease that muddles his thoughts and exhausts his body.Three times in the past five years, Zukauskas has had to call around and visit clinics to ensure that Walter — a retired astronomer — has the necessary primary care.Then, last month, the retired school teacher received word that the couple’s current family physician is departing her practice in Halifax in early November.In a province with thousands on waiting lists for a physician, losing your family doctor is worrying news, especially for families caring for someone with chronic illness.As of Sept. 1, 35,777 people — about four per cent of the population — have registered online or by phone with the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Need a Family Practice registry, indicating they do not have a primary care provider.Zukauskas told the news conference her husband needs care from a physician who has ongoing knowledge of his illness and treatment.When Walter’s blood pressure plummets or his bowels are blocked, a call to the family doctor was the lifeline to permit a visiting nurse to carry out a procedure, or to provide instructions to administer medicine.Yet, when Theresa called the province’s 811 telecare service, she says she was told there’s no definite time she can get a doctor again, and she was directed to use walk-in clinics in Halifax.That infuriated her.“My response is that he’s in a wheelchair, I can’t go there. They’re dirty and understaffed and the doctors don’t have a commitment to the people because they’re not with them all the time. Who is going to follow through consistently in Walter’s case?”However, creating a plan to address Nova Scotia’s doctor shortage is proving to be an uphill struggle for health administrators in a region with one of the country’s oldest and sickest populations.The health authority says in an email that about 1,700 people on the agency’s registry have been accepted by family practices and over 4,400 individuals who have added their names to the registry have had their names forwarded to practices.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada figures from last year suggest the total number of citizens without a doctor is over 100,000, if you include those who haven’t signed up on the registry.Kevin Chapman, a spokesman for Doctors Nova Scotia, estimates a current shortfall of 65 family doctors, and his organization is calling for the recruiting of about 500 more primary care physicians over the coming decade.The numbers of the waiting list, particularly chronic patients like Walter Zukauskas, are concerning, said Chapman.“That’s a huge number … You’re talking about 25 family physicians needed just with that pool (waiting list) alone,” he said.Chapman said the problem is partly about an outdated compensation model, along with the need for a more flexible system.For example, he suggests the province could set up more part-time jobs that don’t require younger physicians to take over entire practices with crushing workloads.He also said the existing fee-for-service model for family physicians poses problems in an aging province where patients like Zukauskas are increasingly ill.Each year, doctors are seeing fewer patients daily as they cope with the needs of sicker patients that require more time, he said. Under the existing structure, that means less pay.Tricia Cochrane, vice-president of primary care at the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said the waiting list is not currently set up to sort out which patients are in the gravest need of a family doctor.She said for the time being people awaiting family doctors will have to use telemedicine services, or go to either emergency or a walk-in clinic.“None of us are supportive that this is ideal, but our focus needs to be on getting enough providers and improving access through that route,” said Cochrane in a telephone interview.McNeil said this week the government planned a series of “strategic investments” in Tuesday’s provincial budget, although he cautioned that there are no short-term fixes when it comes to doctor shortages.In the legislature Friday, NDP Leader Gary Burrill asked the premier whether the plight of families like Zukauskas’s who have demonstrated “significant medical need,” constitutes a crisis in the province’s health care system.“There are families across the province who are looking for and require a health care team,” replied McNeil.“We know the anxiety that families feel when they do not have access to that primary care. That is why we are continuing to work with our partners very hard to ensure that we have in place the appropriate health care teams to be able to provide care to those families.”Theresa Zukauskas, meanwhile, said she’s looking for a solution before Walter’s physician departs.“We are not the only people in this situation. We are the tip of the iceberg,” she said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Zukauskas in the first two uses.last_img read more

first_imgJust in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the biggest shopping days of the year, pop sensation Sia has teamed up with PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” — for a riveting computer-generated parody of a fashion show, which shows viewers what it would be like to trade places with the animals who are electrocuted and bludgeoned to death to make coats and other garments.Set to Sia’s song “Free the Animal,” the public service announcement (PSA), available here, features a seal designer and fox models draped in human flesh and urges, “Take off your skins. Put on your humanity.”“Cruelty-free vegan fashion is more popular than ever and reflects changing attitudes over killing animals for their skins,” says Sia. “I was happy to lend my song ‘Free the Animal’ to PETA for use in this important PSA.”Every year, humans cage and kill millions of animals for fashion. Foxes on fur farms in China are kept in tiny cages before being clubbed to death and even skinned alive. Geese have the feathers yanked out of their bodies for down, and cows slated be killed for leather endure extreme crowding and confinement as well as castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning — all without painkillers.The PSA was produced by top ad agency Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing for free for PETA Asia.last_img read more

first_imgToronto native Larysa Kondracki was hesitant to bring the classic novel to TV. (MATT DOYLE / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Australia really wanted to make a splash and make an international show,” says Kondracki. “They just didn’t necessarily have the budget of something like American Gods or Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead.”Kondracki’s challenge was to make the miniseries special and stylistic on a tight budget. “That really came down to just a lot of creativity and an unbelievable work ethic on behalf of the cast and crew.” She singles out Dormer as “a class act” who “set the tone for all the young actors. She came in and was such a force.”The director encouraged everyone to pitch ideas that could be used in the miniseries. Any idea that made it to the screen would win whoever suggested it a bottle of wine.Soon, ideas were flowing from every direction. Kondracki says she gave away a lot of liquid bonuses, including a bottle of gin to a costume designer who didn’t drink wine.The reward was part of an overall plan to create a positive work environment. “You’re supposed to be having fun,” she says. “When you’re growing up as a kid, pretending to do movies, this is what you wanted to do.”Kondracki has always been interested in directing. At McGill University in Montreal she threw herself into what she describes as “a phenomenal theatre program.” Later, she earned a MFA in film directing at Columbia University in New York.She found early success as a director on The Whistleblower, a drama starring Rachel Weisz. The searing depiction of sex trafficking in war-torn Bosnia earned Kondracki a Genie Award for Best Director in 2011. Her subsequent TV credits read like a critic’s Top 10 list, including episodes of The Americans, Better Call Saul, Legion and The Walking Dead. This has put her in business with today’s top showrunners, including Vince Gilligan and Noah Hawley.Picnic at Hanging Rock is also her first project as showrunner. That’s a career direction she intends to pursue, although closer to home. After years of living in New York and Los Angeles, Kondracki has returned to her Toronto roots.“This is a very interesting city to try and do this from,” she says. “The talent is here and we have a very robust industry.“Truth be told,” she adds, “I’m the mother of a 2-year-old son. That’s a challenge; how do you figure out how to be a human being and an artist? Hopefully, if you do figure it out, you become a better parent.”By BILL BRIOUX | The Canadian Press “Then it was framed to me as an absolute reimagining of the original book,” says Kondracki, who started reading the 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay. It only took a few pages before the Canadian realized this was more than a mystery novel about the disappearance of several Australian school girls on Valentine’s Day, 1900. “It became a much darker and deeper, and sadly relevant, exploration of all these different girls,” she says. “Creatively it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.”Kondracki and the cast and crew — including Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as the no-nonsense headmistress of an all-girls school — shot the six-episode miniseries early in 2017 in Australia. Episode 3, which is directed by Kondracki, as were the first two, airs this coming Sunday in Canada on Bravo. (Amazon Prime Video streams the series in other parts of the world.)center_img Advertisement At first, Larysa Kondracki didn’t think directing a TV miniseries based on the novel Picnic at Hanging Rock was going to be much of a picnic.“When the idea first came up I said, ‘Absolutely not, that’s a classic,’” Kondracki recalls.The Toronto native had seen the 1975 film directed by Peter Weir and was reticent about following in the Australian’s footsteps. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Federal court began to hear arguments on whether a ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal should be overturned.At issue is a discrimination case against the federal government for underfunding First Nations child welfare agencies.The complaint was dismissed by the tribunal. APTN National News reporter Annette Francis explains why lawyers want the case back at the tribunal.last_img

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – RCMP responded to a Motor Vehicle Crash East of Chetwynd on Hwy 97 S. On Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 5:05 AM.According to the RCMP, when the police arrived, the driver of the vehicle had left the scene. After a thorough investigation police discover that the vehicle involved had been reported stolen out of Mackenzie BC.With help from members of the community, Chetwynd RCMP was able to track down the driver of the vehicle. The driver, who is well known to police, is a prolific offender from Prince George, the Peace Laird Area and into Alberta. The suspect remains in police custody, pending a future court date and could face charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Break and Enter Tools, and leaving the scene of an accident.The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information on this matter to call the Chetwynd RCMP at 250 778 9221 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477last_img read more

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Latest on Alaska marijuana regulators (all times local):3:20 p.m.Alaska marijuana regulators will take public comment on proposed tweaks to first-in-the-nation statewide rules for allowing onsite use of marijuana at authorized stores.The proposed changes would allow stores not in freestanding buildings to have onsite consumption of edibles only. They also clarify that special ventilation systems would be required only for onsite use areas allowing smoking.The Marijuana Control Board voted Wednesday 2-1 to seek public comment on revisions to rules that took effect last month. One board member was absent and one seat is vacant.Board Chairman Mark Springer had said that all three members present would have to agree to approve something. But he was corrected at the conclusion of Wednesday’s vote that the motion did pass.___12:35 p.m.Alaska marijuana regulators expressed frustration with the limited co-operation they say they’re receiving with investigations from the state Department of Public Safety.The dispute dates to November, when an acting director of the Alaska State Troopers notified the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office its investigators would no longer have access to certain databases.Office Director Erika McConnell says access to the databases is based on one of two qualifications: being a criminal justice agency or peace officers.She says “for decades” the state considered investigators related to the office’s work peace officers. She says she’s not clear on what changed.A message seeking comment was sent to a public safety spokeswoman.McConnell says she expects a request to be made to the attorney general for an opinion on the interpretation.The Associated Press read more

EDMONTON — British Columbia Environment Minister Terry Lake sat in personally on hearings Thursday for the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, saying he wants to send a message that if there’s a catastrophe, B.C. residents will not be left holding the bag.“Our questions will focus around liability insurance coverage, corporate structure and ensuring British Columbians wouldn’t be left holding any kind of bill if in fact there was an adverse event,” Lake told reporters.Lake was joined at the hearings by former provincial attorney general Geoff Plant.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Earlier Thursday, in a news conference held at the Vancouver Airport, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced Plant had been hired to oversee the questions the province will ask Northern Gateway president John Carruthers and six Enbridge economists at the hearings.“He’s going to be making sure that we get the answers to the questions that we need,” said Clark.“(He) is one of the finest legal minds in our country. He understands the environment, he understands the government, he understands politics, and our coastline. And the protection of our land base here in British Columbia is deeply important to Geoff.”The team was expected to began questioning the Enbridge experts late Thursday and continue Friday morning.The three-member joint review panel is in the Alberta capital this week to oversee interveners, including the B.C. government, ask questions of Enbridge on the data it is using to make the case for the $6-billion pipeline.Enbridge is looking for federal approval to construct a 1,170-km dual pipeline to ship oilsands crude from the Edmonton area to a marine terminal on the B.C. coast at Kitimat, where it would then be shipped by tanker to emerging markets in Asia.[np-related]The panel has been holding hearings in B.C. and Alberta throughout the year. Critics, including environmentalists and some First Nations, say that given the line will cross wilderness area and almost a thousand waterways, the risk is too high at any price.The Edmonton hearings are focusing on the economics and Plant said the corporate structure is of particular interest, given that Calgary-based Enbridge has created a separate entity to deal with the pipeline.“I’m not worried that they’re creating a shell (entity), but I don’t want them to create a shell, and the people of British Columbia don’t want to face the prospect of someone building a pipeline that isn’t in a position where they can be held directly accountable for some harm caused.”Plant said he also wants to know more about the insurance.“This project has to be supported by insurance. What is Enbridge doing to test that market? What kind of coverage, what liability limits are available? What do we know about that now and can we get some comfort from that, or does it leave us with more questions?” he said.Enbridge estimates that reaching markets in Asia via Northern Gateway would boost Canada’s GDP by $312 billion over 25 years — about $9 billion a year — and bring in $98 billion in government revenue.A study commissioned by British Columbia estimates $81 billion in tax revenue will be accrued by the pipeline over 30 years, with $36 billion going to the federal government, $32 billion to Alberta and just $6 billion to B.C.The project has sparked numerous demonstrations and heated debate in B.C.Clark has said B.C. wants a greater share of the profits and wants hard answers on safety and accident preparedness before her government will consider signing off on the project.She has not said where those profits should come from, but Alberta Premier Alison Redford has said B.C. won’t get a share of Alberta’s oil royalties.Redford said such a revenue sharing deal would effectively rewrite the rules of Confederation.Lake said when the hearings move into B.C. next month, the province will focus more on emergency spill preparedness and other core environmental and safety issues.The joint-panel must submit its final report to the federal government by the end of 2013.Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is endorsing the need for infrastructure to get oil to the growing Asian market, but has said the Northern Gateway decision will be based on science, not politics— With files from James Keller in Vancouver read more

first_imgFLSmidth’s global product division, Mine Shaft Systems (MSS), formed in mid-2012 to align and focus efforts in this form for material handling, has now been awarded the supply of the core element in the transport of materials and resources in an underground mine in Zambia. The MSS unit of the Material Handling division has been awarded a contract for four Blair Multi Rope (BMR) hoists from Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines in Zambia, one of the biggest miners and exporters of copper and cobalt in the world.There are only about 50 Blair Multi Rope hoists installed around the world. The order consists of two single drum BMR’s (single 8 MW motor and drive) and two double drums BMR’s (twin 8 MW and drives). The electrical scope is supplied directly to the client by Actom in conjunction with GE. The drum diameter is 5.7 m by 1.8 m wide, all six drums are identical and the hoists will be delivered in late 2015.The achievement, FLSmidth says in “gaining this contract is the result of strong global efforts across the MSS unit and dedication of the individuals involved in the global FLSmidth organisation.”The Lusaka Times reported last October that Mopani was “on course to commission its $323 million deep mine copper project by the second quarter of 2015.“It said in a statement that the deep shaft has reached a depth of 1,000 m and there is only another 277 m to go to reach the final depth.The shaft will enable the mining firm to access to some 115 Mt of ore. Mopani said its Synclinorium Shaft is designed to extend the lifespan of its Nkana copper mine in Kitwe by 25 to 30 years and safeguard up to 3,000 jobs.”last_img read more

You can buy the ORLEN Arena – we will get back to Blaszak Arena (the previous hall)…”Highlight of the last weekend was new championship trophy for Vive Targi Kielce and “fight” between two coaches… You can make your dreams come true by hiring 32-old players – we will play our rookies Another “shocking” news for the Orlen Wisla Plock fans is transfer of one of the best Wisla’s players this season – Mariusz Jurkiewicz to the biggest rival KS Vive Targi Kielce. The big boss of the Polish champions, Bertus Servaas made possible that former BM Atletico Madrid member work again with the coach from Spanish days – Talant Dujshebaev.Even more interesting that contract is signed from 2015, so Jurkiewicz has to stay one more season in Wisla, before the start of contract which will keep him until 2018 in Kielce.That is the “second attack” on the relation Kielce – Plock this season. The first one was transfer of Croatian goalkeeper Marin Sego, who will also play in yellow jersey from the next season.It is not the first year that players going into one direction from Plock. Right back Paczkowski and left back Chrapkowski were also “Oilers” before transfers to Kielce.Anger among Wisla’s fans is even bigger with the name of maybe the best Polish player in this moment. One status on the official Wisla Plock page on Facebook, message choosen among many comments of Wisla fans, speaking a lot about their emotions:“You can buy half of our team – we will use our second team players You can have each of our hireling – we will use plock youngsters Mariusz Jurkiewicz ← Previous Story Xavi Pascual and Barcelona – two more years of cooperation! Next Story → VELUX EHF CL F4: WHO? read more

Denmark VS Sweden (Saturday, 17.30) and Germany against Spain (20) will be the crucial matches in the final stage of the Men’s U20 EURO 2014 in Austria. Four semi-finalists secured their places in the medal battles. The toughest job had Spain, who again put Serbia out of the semi-final as year before at Youth WCh in Hungary. Serbs had attack for a victory and semi-final, but they didn’t score…Group 1:Serbia – Spain 20:20Denmark – France 31:28STANDING:Denmark 6Spain 3Serbia 3France 0Group 2:Slovenia – Germany 25:28Sweden – Austria 34:30STANDING:Germany 6Sweden 4Slovenia 2Austria 0MORE INFORMATION ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE ← Previous Story Drago Vukovic to become “Fox” in 2015! Next Story → NEW TEAM – SAME AMBITIONS: Wisla Plock starts preparation for upcoming season austria 2014 read more

first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. The counts go on…and on. We now have 915 councillors elected – so just another 34 to go before the counters can wrap up.In Europe, Dublin is awaiting an Eamon Ryan-requested recount, while counts in Ireland South and Midlands North West will continue into tomorrow.Daragh Brophy is keeping us up-to-date on our liveblog, while Nicky Ryan is letting us know who’s been elected here.Meanwhile, former Green Party leader John Gormley had some advice for Labour. Labour to renegotiate the PfG. Now where did I hear that one before? Take it from me, guys, it won’t work. It’s just going to get worse.— John Gormley (@JohnGormley) May 24, 2014 2. Tragic news broke in Donegal this morning after the body of a 21-year-old man was discovered in the village of St Johnston. He had been out to celebrate a 21st birthday with friends, four of whom have been hospitalised. Gardaí are investigating a possible drugs link. Source: John Gormley/Twitter 3. Ireland’s unemployment rate has dropped to 12%, according to the latest figures from the CSO. An extra 42,700 people were employed in the first three months of this year, compared with 2013.4. AIB has taken on one of Ireland’s most famous businessmen, Tony O’Reilly, pursuing him in the High Court for debts totalling €45 million.Here he is, in easier times, reciting some poetry. Source: alien/YouTube5. The families of the so-called Peru 2 – Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly – are worried today as news of their daughters’ transfer to a desert prison emerged today. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCatch up on the rest of today’s stories>last_img read more

first_imgIf you’ve never been to New York City and are thinking about a visit, this time-lapse video from Vimeo user Mindrelic will surely have you wearing an “I Heart NY” shirt in no time. His video, Manhattan in Motion, shows the city of New York over the course of about a month and a half.From March 12th to April 29th, photographer Josh Owens stayed in hotels all over Manhattan shooting thousands of images of the Big Apple. Owens managed to stay in 11 different hotels around the city in all the major areas, including Midtown East, Times Square, Midtown West, the Upper West Side, Herald Square, and the Garment District. He managed to edit the plethora of images down to about an hour’s worth of time-lapse footage. The 4-minute-long video below was edited together out of the best bits.AdChoices广告Owens used a Dynamic Perception dolly rig, one Canon 5D Mark II, and two Canon 7Ds. He also used the Little Bramper, an $82 “bulb-ramping intervalometer” which provides smooth exposure control for Canon DSLRs.Manhattan in Motion is a unique city time-lapse video. Usually, most city time-lapses just show people walking really fast and lights from cars streaking the screen. This video has that, but also shows glimpses of people in offices, people spinning the interactive Astor Place Cube sculpture, a ride in a taxi, many sunrises and sunsets, and more. It was done with a very artistic eye and top-notch photography.This video starkly contrasts with Owens’ last time-lapse which showed the beautiful lands of Death Valley, Owens Valley, Bristlecone Forest, and Mono Lake in California, leaving the bright lights of New York City behind. We’re looking forward to seeing what Owens does next!More at Mindrelic.comlast_img read more

first_imgPortable speakers have come a long way since they were invented. They are no longer something for just having at home, you can take them everywhere. For example the Turtle Shell speaker is so rugged, you can strap it to your bike and take it with you. But up until now, there’s never been a portable speaker that you can strap to your shoes.It looks like something from the future but the Sneaker Speaker is in fact a portable, wireless speaker you can strap over any pair of shoes. Developed by New York studio, Ray Kingston Inc., these battery powered speakers are held in place on your foot using either one or two straps that can be placed around your ankle. They can be adjusted in a number of ways for optimum comfort and to make sure they don’t fall off. The speaker can be paired using Bluetooth with your cell phone or MP3 player. When you’re not wearing it there’s also an AC input so you can connect it to a stereo jack if you so wish.The Sneaker Speaker is the first project from Ray Kingston Inc., founded by concept designer Ray Kingston. He says this speaker is a “must have for urban artists who believes in the inspirational power of music”. We agree that the Sneaker Speaker is a “futuristic alternative” for the conventional ways of listening to music but unfortunately the only things it will inspire is angry looks and comments on the subway.If you do want to share your music with the world using your feet, there’s currently no release date on this product or price just yet. It’s also not made clear how rugged this speaker is can it withstand water and shock? It would need to or it could get easily damaged every time you run or go for a walk in the rain.More at Dezeen, via Wiredlast_img read more

first_imgDes dents fossiles de marsupiaux dévoile l’écosystème de l’ancienne faune australiennePubliée le 12 juin sur PLoS ONE, une étude américaine montre, à partir de l’analyse isotopique de dents de marsupiaux du Miocène, que ces animaux dans le nord-est de l’Australie vivaient dans un milieu bien plus riche et plus humide que ceux d’aujourd’hui.Shaena Montanari, du Muséum américain d’histoire naturelle, et ses collègues de différentes institutions ont analysé les proportions des différents isotopes de carbone dans l’émail des dents fossilisées d’un kangourou archaïque et d’autres marsupiaux vieux de 2,5 à 5 milliards d’années, provenant du sud-est du Queensland (nord-est de l’Australie). Une étude dont les résultats permettent aujourd’hui de se faire une idée du biotope où vivaient ces animaux.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces indices chimiques révèlent en effet que ce kangourou mangeait des plantes similaires à celles consommés par les kangourous actuels des régions tempérées et tropicales, plutôt que des plantes comme celles poussant actuellement au Queensland. D’une manière générale, les résultats obtenues suggèrent que cette faune ancienne exploitait des niches alimentaires assez diversifiées.Une source pour éclairer l’histoire “Cette période, le Pliocène, est essentielle pour comprendre les origines et l’évolution des animaux actuels (et uniques) de l’Australie. C’est à cette époque que la faune australienne a commencé à prendre son apparence et son caractère distinctif actuels, beaucoup de marsupiaux modernes, comme le wallaby Macropus gracilis, apparaissant en premier lieu dans les dépôts de fossiles du Pliocène”, expliquent les chercheurs. Aussi, “il est vital pour nous de comprendre dans quels types d’environnements la mégafaune australienne a prospéré au cours du Pliocène. La production de registres environnementaux détaillés à partir de cette époque peut nous aider à trouver les causes des extinctions ultérieures de bon nombre de ces grands marsupiaux”, conclut ainsi Shaena Montanari.Le 16 juin 2013 à 09:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img It seems like we’re living in an age where something leaks every single day, or at least it feels that way. An Amazon server with about a gigabyte of different credentials that belong to Viacom employees was actually found online without being secured, according to a security firm called UpGuard in California. It’s apparently been in the wild since last month at the very least, without any sort of password protection or security keeping anyone from digging into it.Viacom is home to some extremely powerful media companies, including names like Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, and hundreds of additional digital properties whose sensitive data could now be compromised. Luckily for people like me, a customer who pays for access to several of the channels Viacom owns, no customer or employee information was located on the server. But if credentials like these somehow floated into the wrong individual’s password manager, they could have done a world of damage, either to Viacom’s internal structure with its Amazon Web Services accounts and various other pieces of communication that absolutely shouldn’t be shared online without any sort of protection.UpGuard researcher Chris Vickery went to notify Viacom of the security issues on August 31, explaining the severity of the situation and the company worked quickly to resolve the issue, but it took several hours to secure the server before the problem was patched to satisfaction.But even though the problem has been resolved, it’s unclear if anyone was able to obtain the data or use it for malicious purposes while it was available during that time. When it comes to security breaches, a month may as well be a year, and there’s always some sort of implication when these things do end up happening. While Viacom hasn’t come forward with any information about whether or not the intrusion did indeed end up affecting anyone, it certainly hasn’t come forward with any information about what could have happened. IIt’s just another case of digital security flaws that this mammoth company should have taken more steps to intervene on. Though it didn’t appear to affect any customer-facing information, it’s always a good idea to be cognizant of what information you put out there and change your passwords every so often, just in case. This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker CommandsHackers Had More Than 1,000 DNA Test Kits Mailed to Random People Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgBy António Guterres, UN Secretary-General“The recent resolution of the political crisis in the Gambia once again demonstrated the power of African leadership and unity to overcome governance challenges and uphold democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”   Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems.  When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential. I am committed to building on those strengths and establishing a higher platform of cooperation between the United Nations and the leaders and people of Africa.  This is essential to advancing inclusive and sustainable development and deepening cooperation for peace and security.That is the message I carried to the recent African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — my first major mission as United Nations Secretary-General.Above all, I came in a spirit of profound solidarity and respect.  I am convinced that the world has much to gain from African wisdom, ideas and solutions.I also brought with me a deep sense of gratitude.  Africa provides the majority of United Nations peacekeepers around the world.  African nations are among the world’s largest and most generous hosts of refugees.  Africa includes some of the world’s fastest growing economies.The recent resolution of the political crisis in the Gambia once again demonstrated the power of African leadership and unity to overcome governance challenges and uphold democracy, human rights and the rule of law.I left the Summit more convinced than ever that all of humanity will benefit by listening, learning and working with the people of Africa.We have the plans in place to build a better future.  The international community has entered the second year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an all-out effort to tackle global poverty, inequality, instability and injustice.  Africa has adopted its own complementary and ambitious plan: Agenda 2063.For the people of Africa to fully benefit from these important efforts, these two agendas need to be strategically aligned.It starts with prevention.  Our world needs to move from managing crises to preventing them in the first place.  We need to break the cycle of responding too late and too little.Most of today’s conflicts are internal, triggered by competition for power and resources, inequality, marginalization and sectarian divides.  Often, they are inflamed by violent extremism or provide the fuel for it.The United Nations is committed to working hand-in-hand with partners wherever conflict or the threat of conflict endangers stability and well-being.But prevention goes far beyond focusing solely on conflict.  The best means of prevention and the surest path to durable peace is inclusive and sustainable development.We can speed progress by doing more to provide opportunities and hope to young people.  More than three out of five Africans are under 35 years of age.  Making the most of this tremendous asset means more investment in education, training, decent work, and engaging young people in shaping their future.We must also do our utmost to empower women so they can play a full role in sustainable development and sustainable peace.  I am pleased that the African Union has consistently placed a special focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment.I have seen it again and again:  When we empower women, we empower the world.I travelled to Africa as a partner, friend and committed advocate for changing the narrative about this diverse and vital continent.  Crises represent at best a partial view.  But from a higher platform of cooperation, we can see the whole picture – one that spotlights the enormous potential and remarkable success stories in every corner of the African continent.With that perspective, I have no doubt we can win the battle for sustainable and inclusive development which are also the best weapons to prevent conflict and suffering, allowing Africa to shine even more vibrantly and inspire the world.last_img read more

first_imgFleet Science Center opens new interactive exhibit Pause-Play KUSI Newsroom, February 15, 2019 Posted: February 15, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Fleet Science Center has opened a new innovative exhibit called “pause-play”. It allows the young and young at heart to pause from their phones and other technological gadgets to actually play.KUSI’s Allie Wagner got a chance to experience what the new exhibit has to offer. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgGary Boggs was remembered Saturday as a coach and teacher who helped youngsters achieve more than they thought they ever could.Boggs, who coached football at Fort Vancouver High School for 34 years, died April 14 from cancer-related causes. He was honored by teaching colleagues, fellow members of the local coaching fraternity and lots of Trappers.H.D. Weddel (Class of ’75) presided over the event and invited all of Boggs’ former athletes to stand; they ranged from gray-haired baby boomers to 20-something guys who wouldn’t look out of place at a school prom.It was a pretty disparate group, which is to be expected from people who represent parts of five different decades of graduating classes at Fort. What all of them had in common was Boggs.“He was the most inspirational guy you’ve ever met,” said Del Brown, Class of ’78.Boggs’ players were known for getting the most out of their abilities, and “I could not have made one more tackle,” Brown said, recalling his Trapper career. “In high school, it was the only place where I gave 100 percent.”The Trapper gym was an appropriate memorial setting, for reasons both professional and personal.“I met Gary in this gym,” said Ellen Boggs, who started teaching at Fort in 1973. “We were married in 1976.”Mark Young, a member of the Class of 1972, remembered when that gathering space wasn’t even a gym. Back then, Fort Vancouver was the new school in town.last_img read more