Duncan Cran Elementary to receive funding for playground equipment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Duncan Cran Elementary School will be receiving $105,000 for a new accessible playground.This funding is part of a program from the Provincial Government that aims to deliver healthier, more accessible learning environments for kids while reducing pressure on parents to fundraise.Duncan Cran Principal, Griff Peet, says he is excited about what this announcement means for students at the school. “I think this is a great opportunity for full inclusion of our students at Duncan Cran School.”The Playground Equipment Program invested $5 million in 50 new playgrounds in 34 School Districts around B.C., including 30 universally accessible playgrounds.According to the Government, the playgrounds will be built over the next six months and are expected to be ready for kids to play on in fall 2019.last_img read more

S Korean business owners call for boycott of Japanese goods

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Dozens of South Korean small-business owners have rallied in South Korea’s capital calling for boycotts of Japanese consumer goods to protest Tokyo’s move to tighten high-tech exports to its neighbour.During Monday’s protest, Kim Sung-min, president of the Korea Mart Association, urged shop owners to boycott the distribution of Japanese products until Tokyo apologizes over the trade curbs and withdraws them.South Korea is concerned that the strengthened Japanese export controls of photoresists and other sensitive materials that are mainly used for manufacturing semiconductors and display screens could potentially hurt its export-dependent economy.Japan’s measure has stoked public anger in South Korea, where many believe Japan still hasn’t fully acknowledged responsibility for atrocities committed during its colonial occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945.The Associated Press read more

Library to install recording studio

The Simcoe branch of the Norfolk County Public Library will soon be home to a recording studio.The sound studio will be an expansion to their already existing film studio. It will be equipped with an iMac for editing, professional microphones, and a keyboard piano.The space will be available for recording podcasts, music, vlogs, video calls, or any other personal recording use.“People can use it to record whatever they choose to,” said Beverley Slater, the library’s programming and communications manager. “It will be a smaller space than average, so getting multiple musicians into the space may be problematic.”Funding for the studio came from placing second in the Larry Moore Challenge. The challenge was part of the Southern Ontario Library Superconference, held annually in February.The NCPL sent two staff members to the competition to make a five-minute pitch about why they deserve the funding for the studio, and they placed second. The pitch had to be focused around an innovative use of technology in a rural library system.Construction for the space is expected to commence in July, and plans are for the space to be open by the fall. The space is able to be rented out to anyone with a library card.The library also plans to use the space to create podcasts about the libraries and the county.“We are looking for volunteers to help us with our podcasts,” said Slater. “If this is a field that you think you would like to break into please contact me at the Norfolk Library.”There will be a series of seminars on how to use the space for people that may not know how to use recording equipment but are interested in learning.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Amid growing food insecurity in Mali UN agency boosts support

A spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), Elisabeth Byrs, told reporters in Geneva that the UN agency had already reached more than one million people in the Sahelian country despite its volatile political and security situation. Ms. Byrs’ announcement comes against the backdrop of a high-level meeting held today in Mali’s capital, Bamako, where an African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and United Nations Meeting of the Support and Follow-up Group on Mali discussed how to address the security, political and humanitarian problems facing the country since the start of the year, when fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in the country’s north. Since then, radical Islamists have seized control of the north, where they have imposed an extremist version of Muslim Sharia law as well as restrictions that target women in particular.The instability and insecurity resulting from renewed clashes, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March, have led over 250,000 Malians to flee to neighbouring countries, with 174,000 Malians estimated to be internally displaced.Ms. Byrs reported that preliminary findings from a joint WFP/Early Warning System survey conducted this month confirmed the deterioration of living conditions in the north of the country. She added that overall, 4.6 million people across Mali remained at risk of food insecurity and 560,000 children under the age of five were at risk of acute malnutrition. In addition to its free targeted food distribution centres, which she said had helped more than 250,000 people in the month of October, the WFP spokesperson further noted that the agency was implementing long-term empowerment strategies through capacity building initiatives, such as reforestation, rehabilitation, prevention of soil erosion, building classrooms and roads and well as creating accessible water sources. Ms. Byrs also said that WFP was preparing its Emergency School Feeding programme, targeting 290 schools in southern Mali, where children will receive a WFP ration of ‘Supercereal’ – a highly nutritious product which will enable them to concentrate on class work.Also on Friday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that a joint mission with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) completed a two-day visit to Mali.The aim of the visit was also to better understand the current humanitarian situation in Mali, assess the assistance already provided, and discuss the challenges faced by the Government and humanitarian actors. “The visit of the joint mission has allowed us to present the complexity of the humanitarian situation to the international community,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator for Mali, Aurélien Agbénonci, in a joint news release. “It is urgent to strengthen humanitarian assistance to save lives while respecting human dignity and preventing an increase of humanitarian needs in countries neighbouring Mali,” he added. “Interventions can no longer wait because humanitarian needs are becoming bigger day by day while available resources are still insufficient.” During its visit, the joint mission’s participants discussed the humanitarian crisis in the country with the Government and the diplomatic corps, as well as the humanitarian community and civil society organizations. They also visited a nutritional centre in the district of Kangaba, in the region of Koulikoro in the country’s west.In the joint press release, OCHA and OIC noted that more than five million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance in Mali, representing about one third of the estimated population of 15.8 million. read more

Commercial vehicle recovery continues with July registrations up 30

Total20,6813.0%172,81121.4%287,77821.6% July% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change Van and truck registrations up 3.0% to 20,681 in July, rolling year up 21.6% to 287,778.Truck registrations up 27.5% to 3,519 in July, rolling year up 21.6% to 39,042.Van registrations down -0.8% to 17,162 in July; rolling year up 21.6% to 248,641.UK van and truck registrations: 2011 and % change on 2010 Trucks3,51927.5%22,41125.7%39,04221.6% Vans17,162-0.8%150,40020.7%248,73621.6% “July saw the first drop in the volume of vans registered following 17 consecutive monthly increases, reflecting a more uncertain period for the economy,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Truck figures rose by 27.5%, the tenth successive monthly rise and while industry remains cautious, expectations for the remainder of 2011 are optimistic, with van and truck figures looking set to reach 300,000 units by year-end.”Commercial vehicle market overviewVan registrations grew strongly from the end of the recession in 2009/early 2010. July’s market saw this trend change as the recovery phase of the cycle subsides.Underlying annual van registration volume is back to near 250,000 units – a significant recovery given the 190,000 unit benchmark typical at the bottom of the recent recession.Over the past 10 months artics have led the rebound in truck demand; in contrast, recovery in the rigid sectors below 16TGVW has been weak, delayed and subdued.For the truck sector >6T GVW total registration volume is up by a cumulative 5,761 units for the seven months to July 2011 on the same period in 2010 – 81% of that is due to growth in artics.For the second half of 2011, the outlook is for more weak GDP growth and high inflation, which may inhibit sustainable growth in van and truck registrations. Volumes should hold above current levels of annual registration volumes, but the outlook is both challenging and uncertain.Click through to download the full July 2011 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables, which includes a more detailed analysis of the figures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

We Timed Every Game World Cup Stoppage Time Is Wildly Inaccurate

HomeAwayMinutes ball in playExpectedActualDiff.* PortugalSpain57:23––14:0805:51-8.3 GermanySweden61:08––08:5609:06+0.2 Altercations30 UruguaySaudi Arabia58:49––08:2406:02-2.4 For the first 32 matches of the 2018 World Cup. PolandSenegal56:21––11:5706:33-5.4 * Difference in minutesFor the first 32 matches of the 2018 World Cup. FranceAustralia55:24––11:2506:30-4.9 ColombiaJapan58:58––11:2706:14-5.2 Goal kick6.2–06:03 Corner kicks45 BrazilSwitzerland59:30––15:3208:52-6.7 Costa RicaSerbia57:02––12:3509:36-3.0 PortugalMorocco52:02––10:1508:07-2.1 RussiaSaudi Arabia55:27––10:2706:45-3.7 Stoppage typeShare of all playAvg. min. per match Goal celebration3.0–02:55 Arguing with referee30 PeruDenmark51:41––13:3908:03-5.6 RussiaEgypt53:25––08:0704:10-4.0 Nobody gets enough extra timeMinutes with ball in play for each World Cup match and difference between expected and actual stoppage time added Dissent0.6–00:36 GermanyMexico58:41––08:5504:06-4.8 SerbiaSwitzerland56:31––10:2607:57-2.5 TunisiaEngland48:26––17:3707:11-10.4 ArgentinaCroatia51:56––16:2406:13-10.2 Free kick60 BrazilCosta Rica62:31––15:2709:12-6.3 Penalty kick60 S. KoreaMexico53:37––12:2906:46-5.7 Injury4.3–04:10 IcelandNigeria51:19––15:4108:37-7.1 Throw-in8.1–07:50 PolandColombia56:16––18:3709:08-9.5 Unfortunately, these calculations are not as simple as pausing the stopwatch every time the ball goes out of bounds. The rules leave plenty to the discretion of each referee, but they do lay out some concrete guidelines regarding allowance for time lost. According to FIFA’s official rules, the following occurrences are to be factored into time lost: substitutions, “assessment and/or removal of injured players,” disciplinary sanctions, hydration breaks, and “any other cause, including any significant delay to a restart (e.g. goal celebrations).”For our purposes, these were the easiest chunks of dead-ball time to tally. This number gave us a base stoppage. And it’s worth noting that these actions alone averaged almost five minutes more than the average added time allotted. But the FIFA rules are more cryptic for routine stops such as throw-ins, goal kicks, free kicks and corners. To be included in added time, these types of stoppages need to be considered “excessive” and not a “natural” part of the game. For this, we developed thresholds for the routine activities to determine excessive stoppages. Goal kicks30 DenmarkAustralia60:11––10:0805:07-5.0 MoroccoIran44:36––18:4908:00-10.8 Throw-ins20 These thresholds, which are based on how long the event usually takes on average, were intended to allow for a generous length of time before considering a stoppage excessive. For example, if a keeper spent 41 seconds to take a goal kick, 30 of those seconds were considered natural, but the last 11 seconds were considered excessive and added to the “excessive stoppages” total. Anyone who has watched a team try to burn clock at the end of the game knows that players will really milk routine throws and set pieces for precious seconds off the clock.By adding base stoppage time to excessive stoppage time, we reached the estimated amount of ideal stoppage time for each game. The second half of Iran-Morocco wasn’t even the most egregious example in one half. That honor belongs to the first half of the England-Panama match, which underestimated stoppage time by 10:49 . Across a full game, Belgium-Tunisia was the biggest offender: By our count there should have been more than 20 minutes of stoppage time and there was actually just a shade more than seven minutes (although Tunisia was probably not that upset over this).Some of the referees’ estimates for added time look even worse when broken up by half. For example, the first half of the Colombia-Japan game featured two goals, a substitution and a red card, which added up to 5 minutes and 53 seconds of stoppage time by our count. But somehow referee Damir Skomina of Slovenia decided to add only one extra minute. FIFA rules say that the length of the second half must not be changed to compensate for timekeeping errors in the first half so it may have just been luck that led Skomina to overestimate second-half stoppages by 37 seconds, which kept the overall discrepancy more in line with others.There was only one match that actually had more time added than our stoppage time estimate called for: Sweden vs. Germany. Our calculation estimated 8:56 as an accurate amount of added time, but referee Szymon Marciniak allowed the teams to play 17 seconds more than that. The game was also the closest any referee came to matching our estimated figure.Regardless of how accurate stoppage time is, the sheer amount of time the ball was out of play is also interesting. By our calculations, the average game lasted 97 minutes and the ball was in play for only 55 minutes on average, meaning 43 percent of the game is lost to dead ball time. Many of the stoppages can feel like action hasn’t stopped (e.g. a quickly taken throw-in or free kick), but even if we throw out any stoppage of 17 seconds or less, the average match has contained 75 separate stoppages in play.This statistic is also a good snapshot of the pace of the game. The highest percentage of action in a single match was Egypt vs. Uruguay, where the ball was in play for 63 of the 97 minutes played (65 percent). Meanwhile, the struggle that was Iran vs. Morocco clocked in with under 45 minutes of action and over 53 minutes of stoppages (46 percent action).So where exactly is all that time going? The chart below breaks down each type of break from action based on our classifications. JapanSenegal51:51––15:0204:59-10.1 The second half of Iran and Morocco’s tightly contested group match contained nothing too out of the ordinary by World Cup standards. Each side used all three substitutes; there was only one booking; no goals were scored. In a group with Spain and Portugal, both teams presumably were eager to steal a crucial three points and break the 0-0 tie. When the game reached the 90-minute mark, the fourth official raised the electronic board to indicate six minutes of added time.It should have read 14 minutes.It’s no secret that the stoppage time in soccer is often inaccurate, but it’s not easy to know exactly how inaccurate. This is unique to soccer — particularly when held against other major sports. In basketball, tenths of seconds can be decisive and are often exhaustively reviewed for accuracy. In football, pundits and fans measure coaches by the nuances of their clock management. But without an official clock in view of spectators and no dedicated timekeeper, the duration of each soccer game is solely up to the discretion of the referee. This, in turn, affects strategy as players and teams that are eager for a game to end find ways to stall.With this in mind, we decided to test the accuracy, or lack thereof, of the referees’ stoppage time decision made at each half. Using a stopwatch and a team of patient timekeepers, FiveThirtyEight meticulously tracked and categorized every stoppage during the first 32 games played of the World Cup — a total of 3194 stoppages in all, or one every 58 seconds.Our findings confirmed what avid fans already know: Actual stoppage time is a wildly inaccurate measure of how long the game was actually stopped. The average added time flashed on the board for these 32 games was 6:59, which includes both halves. By our calculations — which adhered to FIFA’s rules on the matter — the time that should have been added to each game was 13:10. This means stoppage time was roughly half of what it should have been for most games. EnglandPanama53:25––19:0107:22-11.7 FrancePeru55:12––11:3406:30-5.1 BelgiumPanama52:44––14:1906:08-8.2 Substitution3.1–03:03 Booking0.9–00:55 *Anything over is counted towards expected stoppage time estimates Stoppage time What slows matches down the mostHow much time each type of stoppage has taken up per World Cup match, on average IranSpain53:46––15:3307:15-8.3 EventSeconds BelgiumTunisia50:58––20:5807:14-13.7 Penalty kick0.6–00:33 Corner kick4.4–04:14 Free kick10.8%–10:29 ArgentinaIceland60:03––08:4406:09-2.6 Warnings30 Yes, almost eight minutes of each game is waiting for the ball to be thrown inbounds while an additional six minutes per game is spent waiting for the keeper to take his goal kicks. (Interestingly, the much ballyhooed Video Assistant Referee barely made a dent in the overall stoppages.)In some respects, the referee deserves a pass for not getting the extra-time number exactly right (or remotely right). Putting more than 10 minutes on the board would represent such a break from tradition that it might incite a riot — the highest actual number allotted in any of the 64 halves we watched was six minutes1The longest time played in a half was actually 8:06 in the Brazil-Costa Rica match but only six minutes was initially posted.. Also, the referee must manage play across roughly 7,700 square yards while running up to 12 miles per game. This is perhaps why he may turn to his assistants for help with the clock.“The referee has the ultimate responsibility as timekeeper for the game,” said Alan Black manager of senior referees at Professional Referee Organization, which sent two of its members to the World Cup as referees. According to Black, referees will often ask “their assistant referees and fourth official to keep a mental note of the stoppage time that is lost and the referee will also do the same.” The referee then consults with the other officials, usually with about five minutes left in the half, and informs the fourth official how much time is to be added.That referees are awarding an average of six minutes less than what should be included in added time is substantial. These are often the most valuable minutes in a game. Through Tuesday, 16 goals were scored in added time of either half, or 15 percent of all goals. In fact, the only goal in that Morocco vs. Iran game came in the 95th minute.But the bigger issue to many fans is the time-wasting behavior that underestimating stoppage time rewards. There’s a reason that players feign injuries when leading or dig the ball out of the net and run to midfield after scoring a goal while trailing. Their perception is that not enough stoppage time is added. So far this World Cup, their perception has proven to be reality.Jacoba Gundle, Andrez Guerrero, Angel Gutierrez, Dan McDowell, Rick Dunning and Wade Starnes contributed to this article. Warning0.3–00:17 How long routine soccer events should take SwedenS. Korea51:21––14:5806:19-8.7 Video review0.5–00:31 Altercation0.1–00:05 EgyptUruguay63:02––09:2507:15-2.2 CroatiaNigeria54:57––10:0805:58-4.2 read more

62 complete Linden STEM Robotics Workshop

First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger poses with Facilitators from STEM Guyana, Head Mistress of Harmony Secondary School, and the students who participated in the first STEM Robotics Workshop in Linden, Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region Ten)First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger, on Thursday, encouraged 62 graduates of the first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Robotics Workshop to be held in Linden, Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region Ten) to remain engaged and use every opportunity to increase their knowledge on the topic.The First Lady made these remarks at the closing ceremony of the workshop, which was conducted for the students of Harmony Secondary School in Wismar.“The beauty of robotics and technology is that it doesn’t sit still. You could never be bored with it. Something is always happening… So I believe you will be constantly entertained, constantly educated… This is where the jobs are going to be… This is for you, young people… You have to get with the technology. You have to get with the robotics,” she said.The First Lady also encouraged the graduates to stay dedicated to STEM for a chance to represent Guyana internationally at the Global Robotic Olympics.“Think about the possibilities. We had a team that… just knew robotics [for] less than a year and went to compete with people who had been working in robotics for years and years and we still beat 155 of [the] countries… I know that you could do it. I know that you could compete with the best of them,” she said.Computer Science Teacher, Ms Juanelle Marks said that workshops like these help students engage in technology rather than merely consuming it. “In Guyana, in Region Ten, at Harmony [Secondary School], we’re accustomed to consuming technology… but this week you learned that you don’t have to just consume. You can also play a role in creating technology… So, you don’t have to wait for somebody out there, maybe in a first world country, to  build something… you can build it yourself… and share what you built with others… Our young people must know that [the] power to create, to innovate locally is in their hands,” she said.Workshop participant, Bonita Viverios was happy for the opportunity to explore robotics. “As a female student, I was hesitant to be here because I have no prior knowledge of computer programming, but I’m glad I chose to be here… I can assure you that the knowledge I have gained here… will be utilised since I will be a part of our school’s robotic club,” she said.Thirty-five girls and 27 boys completed the two workshops held this week. The workshop was facilitated by Horace Mosely, Collin Sawh, and Ms Aisha Peters of STEM Guyana, who collaborated with the Office of the First Lady to conduct this workshop.Member of Parliament for Region Ten, Jermaine Figuera and Regional Party Chairman of the People’s National Congress,  Deram Adams also attended the event. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘Robotics and computer science are the future of education’- First LadyAugust 4, 2018In “latest news”First Lady urges youths to embrace technology at robotics exhibitionJuly 8, 2018In “latest news”First Lady takes ICT training to Bina Hill InstituteApril 24, 2019In “latest news” read more

Infographic charts the evolution of the mobile phone

first_imgLook at your phone. Chances are if you’re reading this article on this website, you’ve either got an Android handset or an iPhone. You’ve probably owned a clamshell phone at some point, but that’s a long time ago. Product Development Technologies came up with this nifty infographic to show the slow and steady evolution of your beloved smartphone.The mobile phone revolution got its start in 1973 with Martin Cooper’s invention of the mobile phone. It was a hulking device that was able to call people and simultaneously give them a concussion if used incorrectly. Fast forward to 1983, Saved by the Bell’s Zack Morris uses the Motorola Dynatac 8000x which retailed for $4,000 and could also double as a weapon.The first clamshell phone came to market in 1996. The Motorola StarTAC brought a smaller form factor and more space in your bag. The first Blackberry entered the fray in 1999, and the industry standard Motorola Razr stole the show in 2004. Apple broke all the rules with the iPhone in 2007, and Android began its ascent in 2008.The history of the mobile phone is both an interesting and confusing one. The earliest phones were hulking pieces of machinery that steadily developed into smaller and smaller form factors. The iPhone opened the floodgates by making the phone’s screen the only focus. Since that point, phones have grown in size again toaccomodate larger displays.I own a Droid X. Whenever my sister sees me using it, she always asks why I need a phone that big. “For Netflix!” I say, “And various other applications that perform better on a larger screen.” Of course, she could have a point. The Razr was my phone of choice for two years until it went all wonky on me.What’s your favorite device from the mobile phone’s 40 year history?More at PDT, via ReadWriteWeblast_img read more

They made me realise that Im not worth nothing The positive effects

first_img Mar 30th 2017, 1:54 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald 11,294 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 1:54 PM ‘They made me realise that… I’m not worth nothing’: The positive effects of mentoring at-risk youths A new report found mentoring can significantly reduce the risk of a youth reoffending. Share83 Tweet Email3 center_img Source: Shutterstock/Sabphoto http://jrnl.ie/3315078 Short URL “[They] made me realise that I’m worth something, I’m not worth nothing… [My mentor] told me not to be throwing my life away, that I was worth something at the end of the day… I just thought there was nothing in life for me.” – Youth mentee of the Le Chéile serviceA VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY mentoring service can help reduce the risk of young people who have committed a crime from re-offending, a new report had found.A report published on the services of the Le Chéile charity also found that for every €1 spent in the service there is a return of over €4.Le Chéile is a community-based volunteer mentoring and family support service. It works with young people involved in or at risk of offending.The charity works by way of referrals by the courts to the probation service. The charity then supplies the at-risk young person – aged between 12 and 21 – with a voluntary mentor in their community who works and meets with them.Le Chéile describes the mentoring as “a one-to-one relationship-based support which provides a positive role model to a young person”. The objective of the service is for the young person to reduce their offending and grow as a person.The voluntary mentor is given training and support by Le Chéile throughout the process.The report on the youth mentoring service – titled Reducing Crime in Ireland – was carried out by Dr Kieran O’Dwyer of KC Consulting.It had a number of key findings, including stating that the Le Chéile service should continue to be funded and expanded throughout the country.Le Chéile is funded by the Irish Youth Justice Service through the Probation Service. Its funding comes from both the Irish Government and the EU.Findings The report monitored Le Chéile services over the course of two years, from 2013 to 2015.It found that over this time a reduction in offending behaviour of the youths in the programme of 28% (with about half of this numbers attributed directly to the mentoring)The reduction also found reductions in alcohol and drug use among the people in the programme. Meanwhile, there were increases in self-confidence, hopefulness and happiness in youths involved with Le Chéile.The report also found improvements in engagement with activities and communication skills.From a financial standpoint, it found that Le Chéile’s mentoring service cost a total of €1,093,647 in 2015. It calculated that the value of the service in that time was €4,755,614, giving it a cost/value ratio of 1:4.Speaking at the launch of the report today, Le Chéile CEO Anne Conroy said it was a “very significant evaluation of the service”. Conroy thanked the volunteer mentors and appealed for others to come forward to give their time.Children’s Court judge John O’Connor was also present at the launch and commended the work done by the service.Le Chéile was established in 2005 in Coolock in Dublin. It also offers a family support service and parent mentoring service. The charity also operates a restorative justice service in Limerick.Read: More parents are using children to shoplift for them, according to retailersRead: Child offenders will no longer be detained in adult prisons 8 Comments last_img read more

Suspect shot by soldiers after explosion at Brussels train station

first_img 45,593 Views Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 10:30 PM Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo Short URL Source: PolBru/Twitter Source: PolBru/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/3455082 Jun 20th 2017, 10:30 PM By AFP An eyewitness told AFP that a trolley was blown up by the suspect.“I went down the mezzanine level, someone was shouting. Then he cried ‘Allahu Akbar’, and he blew up a trolley,” Nicolas Van Herrewegen, a railway sorting agent, told reporters.I was behind a wall when it exploded. I went down and alerted my colleagues to evacuate everyone. He (the suspect) was still around but after that we didn’t see him. Updated 10.30pmSOLDIERS SHOT A suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station this evening.A bomb squad performed a controlled explosion of a bomb belt the suspect had at the Central Station and was checking to see if there more hazards, VTM network reported.Authorities set up a wide perimeter around the station, located near the city’s famed Grand Place square.It appeared no one else was injured besides the suspect and the damage from the explosion was limited, Brussels prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Ine Van Wymersch told VRT. It was not clear if the suspect survived.Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.“This is considered as a terrorist attack,” federal prosecutor’s office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference outside Brussels Gare Centrale station.He added: “The suspect has been neutralised by the military that were present at the scene immediately after the explosion. ”center_img Van Herrewegen added: “It wasn’t exactly a big explosion but the impact was pretty big. People were running away.”He described the suspect as well-built and tanned with short hair, wearing a white shirt and jeans.“A crowd panicked in the station and ran for the tracks after an incident,” said Arnaud Reyman, spokesman for Infrabel, the Belgian railway operator.Broadcaster RTL quoted Fires Services spokesman Pierre Meys confirming that some kind of an explosion had happened in the city’s Central station. Meys could not say what had caused the blast.He could only confirm that firefighters were at the scene. Soldiers outside the station Source: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association ImagesThe Belgian capital’s Grand Place, a major tourist site, was evacuated along with the station about 200 meters away.Police said that they were attending the scene at Brussels Central, adding that the situation was “under control” but urged people to follow instructions given in the area. Military has neutralized an individual in #Brussels Central Station. Situation is under control. Follow our instructions & @CrisiscenterBE— PolBru (@zpz_polbru) June 20, 2017 Incident avec un particulier à la gare #BruxellesCentral #BruxellesSituation sous contrôle mais veuillez suivre les instructions @SNCB https://t.co/QAHdzh9oGO— PolBru (@zpz_polbru) June 20, 2017 218 Comments Share269 Tweet Email1 Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people on the Brussels subway and at an airport in March 2016.There have been incidents involving extremists in Paris and London in recent days, including the attack by a van driver who tried to run down worshippers outside a London mosque.With reporting from the Associated Press- © AFP 2017Read: Constable charged with having indecent images of children is dismissed from Met PoliceRead: Prime Minister demands ‘immediate answers’ as forest fires continue to rage in Portugal Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo Suspect shot by soldiers after explosion at Brussels train station An eyewitness told reporters that the attacker exploded a trolley in the station. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Arrestation en Thaïlande de lun des plus gros trafiquants de varans

first_imgArrestation en Thaïlande de l’un des plus gros trafiquants de varansL’un des plus gros trafiquants de varans de Thaïlande a été arrêté hier, alors qu’il était en possession de plus de 200 de ces impressionnants lézards particulièrement appréciés dans la cuisine chinoise. Les dizaines de varans ont été découverts dans un entrepôt de la province de Ang Thong, dans le centre de la Thaïlande, rapporte le site de la fondation Ushuaïa. Le trafiquant arrêté comptait exporter les animaux en Chine, en passant par le Laos, a indiqué la police, précisant qu’il risquait quatre ans de prison et 40.000 bahts d’amende, soit 1.000 euros environ. L’homme est “l’un des principaux braconniers” de varans en Thaïlande, pays où ces lézards géants sont protégés.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosLes varans sont très appréciés en Chine, mais aussi au Vietnam, où ils sont mangés. En outre, l’Asie du Sud-Est est l’une des régions où le trafic d’animaux sauvages est le plus important. Il y a quelques jours en Thaïlande, des centaines de tortues, d’araignées et de serpents ont ainsi été découverts dans les valises d’un Indonésien qui les avaient achetés sur le célèbre marché de Chatuchak, à Bangkok. L’arrestation du trafiquant de varans a été permise grâce à une vaste opération menée fin 2010 contre les braconniers de lézards en Thaïlande, a expliqué l’association Freeland, qui lutte contre les trafics d’animaux.Le 18 février 2011 à 17:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Buy This Comic Batwoman Rebirth 1

first_imgToday is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that comic is Batwoman Rebirth #1 from DC Comics, by writers Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV, with artist Steve Epting.Batwoman Rebirth #1(W) Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (A) Steve EptingThe newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she’s going, in this one-shot prologue to the first big Batwoman epic, “The Many Arms Of Death”! When DC initially launched their Rebirth line, it was a course correction from the failed New 52 reboot that launched in 2011. Rebirth began with a series of one-shots featuring the core characters of the DC Universe, all of which spun out into their own series. Recently, a similar approach has been used for lesser known characters as a means of introducing them into the new, Rebirth-ed universe, such as the JLA Rebirth one-shots that served as introductions for the new Justice League of America. Batwoman is the character to most recently receive this treatment, spinning out of her role in Detective Comics, which is also written by Tynion IV, and into her own series.Writer Marguerite Bennett seems to be at the forefront of this newest ongoing, with Tynion IV along to help transition the character out of the team dynamic and back into a solo-series. The last two series to star Kate Kane were by all-star creative teams, with writer Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams III creating the character in the pages of the pre-New 52 Detective Comics, before she received her own series written and drawn by Williams III in the New 52. Bennett, Tynion IV, and Epting have big shoes to fill, but there is no one else better suited for this character. Bennett has been a refreshing voice in recent years, with her Josie and the Pussycats and DC Comics Bombshells being some of my favorite series.Artist Steve Epting is best known for his work with writer Ed Brubaker, especially their run on Captain America and their espionage series Velvet at Image Comics. While Williams III was a major powerhouse on the original series, bringing something ethereal and eerie that had not been seen in superhero comics before, that doesn’t mean that it is the only way to draw a Batwoman book. Epting has worked on countless series at the Big Two in recent years, always bringing a gravitas that many artists cannot capture in a superhero series. All of this lends itself well to Batwoman, utilizing the nitty gritty spy elements, while also being bombastic and enjoyable. This first issue is setting up Batwoman to be one of the best Rebirth series so far. The first issue is available in stores and online today at Comixology.com.2/15/2017 Releases – In addition to Batwoman Rebirth #1, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading if you are not already.Sex Criminals #16 from Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky, and Image Comics. Issue #16 will be the first issue since the series went on hiatus last April, which was almost a year ago. While the wait may have been long, this issue does not disappoint!Star-Lord #3 from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Kris Anka, and Marvel Comics. Daredevil guest stars!God Country #2 from writer Donny Cates, artist Geoff Shaw, and Image Comics. The first issue of God Country was one of my favorite first issues from Image Comics, and issue two keeps on delivering!last_img read more

Hunters Catch Monster 13Foot Alligator in Mississippi River

first_img Two Mississippi hunters recently caught an enormous, 13-foot male alligator that may break a state record.Jarrod Davis and Derrick Saucier were enjoying the opening day of alligator season in Mary Walker Bayou, a river located in Gautier, Mississippi, on August 30, the Clarion Ledger reported. At approximately 11:57 a.m. local time, the pair noticed the massive alligator swimming in the water. According to Saucier, the giant reptile was well known by locals in the area. Stay on target Georgia Man Catches Gigantic 14-Foot AlligatorEnormous 360-Pound Alligator Captured After Chasing Kayaker center_img “He was a nuisance. He’d eaten a few pets,” Saucier said. “One of the trappers hooked him a month ago. I could still see the scar on him where the hook came out. People had been chasing him for years.”At around 12 p.m. CDT, Davis and Saucier hooked the big animal and spent a hour and a half trying to capture it. According to Davis, the alligator dragged them across the river back and forth and almost jerked him out of the boat three times. The hunters were having trouble getting the reptile in their boat and had to tow it to a nearby boat launch to get help.“We tried to get him in the boat with four men and couldn’t do it,” Davis explained. “Finally we gave up and decided to pull him on the bank. It took six men.”The alligator, which measured 13-feet, 6-inches long with a 72-inch girth and a 48-inch tail base, could break a state record for the heaviest male alligator taken in Mississippi’s public waters. The current state record is 822 pounds for a previously captured alligator that was about 13-feet-long and had a 65-inch girth and a 48-inch tail base.More on Geek.com:Enormous 360-Pound Alligator Captured After Chasing KayakerWatch: 7-Foot Alligator Struts Across Green Near Golfer in FloridaAlligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Floridalast_img read more

Green Awards recognize Clark County businesses

first_imgClark County honored a half-dozen local businesses and residents last week at the third annual Green Awards ceremony, aimed at promoting sustainability and environmentally friendly practices.The awards are intended to recognize achievements from participants in each of the county’s four primary environmental outreach programs: Green Neighbors, Green Business, Green Schools and Master Composter Recycler.The winners were announced at a March 20 ceremony at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver. The awards were created by Clark County artist Denise Bergman using repurposed metal.“Each year, I’m inspired by our community members’ efforts to reduce waste and protect the environment,” said Sally Fisher, environmental outreach programs coordinator.This year’s event included a new addition: a performance from improv comedians from the Curious Comedy Theater who conducted late night TV-style interviews with each of the award winners.last_img read more

Disney unveils Millennium Falcon at upcoming Star Wars land

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WSVN) — Get excited, Star Wars fans! Disney has released its first official photo of the Millennium Falcon in the hotly-anticipated Star Wars Land.The 14-acre land will be called Galaxy’s Edge, set on a new planet called Batuu on the outer rim of the galaxy, Disney Imagineers said. It is set to be Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion.Galaxy’s Edge focuses on two major rides allowing guests to lead their own adventures. The first allows riders to take control of the iconic starship in an attraction called Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Cove, which “puts guests behind the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy in one of three unique flight crew roles.” The second ride, called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is what Disney calls an “epic battle” between the Resistance and the First Order.The new land will first open at Disneyland in California next summer, followed shortly by a second, identical location at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World in the fall of 2019.—-Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

What Will It Be 1600 Or 3000 Permanent Fund Dividend

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House approved a $1,605 Permanent Fund dividend on Friday, now House Bill 2003 will go to the Senate. The House voted 22-12 for a dividend almost half of what Governor Mike Dunleavy has proposed. The House on Monday will hold a third and final vote on legislation funding the capital budget. The vote on Senate Bill 2002 is scheduled to occur two days before a key July 31 deadline. Members of the House minority again pushed for a full $3,000 dividend through an amendment to the bill. The amendment vote failed on Thursday along caucus lines 10-20. The House majority has called a $1,605 dividend a “compromise” figure between a $3,000 dividend and accepting some of the governor’s vetoes. The governor has remained firm that the state pay a dividend that aligns with a statutory formula, or about $3,000. Governor Dunleavy: “It’s difficult for me to negotiate on the law and the constitution, and that seems to be a part of the law. I think it’s important for Alaskans that their lawmakers follow the law and the constitution.” last_img read more

Rodins FZed track day special is part Lotus part Formula 1

first_img Performance Cars Sports Cars Car Culture 2019 McLaren Senna: A 789-horsepower race car for the road Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Lotus Evija hypercar is an electric rebirth for the British… 0 2020 Lotus Evora GT first drive: A reminder to drive Many car enthusiasts dream of someday getting to drive a single-seat race car, be it an F1 car or one of the lesser formulas. The truth is that even though those vehicles are available on the used market, getting them running and maintaining them can be a nightmare.Lotus tried to solve that problem back in 2010 with its T125 program, but eventually, Lotus being Lotus, it ran out of money and bailed on the project. Fast forward nine years and a small company from New Zealand bought all the leftovers from that Lotus project and has actually built its own 675-horsepower version, Pistonheads reports.Rodin’s FZed track day car uses — in addition to the chassis bits mostly finished by Lotus — a 3.8-liter GPV8 engine from Cosworth. Sure, the motor makes plenty of power, but that’s not the headline figure here. Nor is the claimed weight of just 1,299 pounds, and I bet that’s got you thinking (Get it? Rodin? Thinking? … Bueller?).See, the problem with most racing-car engines is that they aren’t designed with cost or ease of maintenance in mind. So while an engine teardown and rebuild between races wouldn’t be the end of the world for the likes of Williams or Red Bull, to even your average rich guy, that’s a tough pill to swallow. That’s why the GPV8 is rev-limited to 10,500 rpm and thanks to its larger displacement, it’s less stressed than an actual race motor. Rodin says the engine is good for up to 3,000 miles between rebuilds. Those of us who deal mostly with road cars may be shocked at that figure, but that’s a massive distance for something that’s only used on-track — for some context, that’s the same as 232.55 laps around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.The rest of the package is a pretty good value for the money too, with a full-Öhlins suspension, a six-speed sequential gearbox by Ricardo (not of Beverly Hills), carbon-ceramic brakes and OZ racing wheels wrapped in slick tires by Avon. We’re not sure what kind of spares package or mechanical support is available with the FZed, though we’ve reached out to the company for comment.How much will all this (relatively) reliable and wicked-fast fun cost you? Well, good news if you’re a multimillionaire — it’s just $615,000 before taxes. That’s not bad when you consider what it would cost to buy something with a vaguely similar power-to-weight ratio like an Aston Martin Valkyrie or a Lotus Evija — both of which would sit comfortably in the millions of dollars.center_img Post a comment Lotus 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 81 Photos Tags 23:22 More From Roadshowlast_img read more

BlueCrest is latest company to stop work citing states defunct cashforcredits scheme

first_imgBlueCrest Energy Inc.’s operation in southern Cook Inlet. The company announced that it will be putting a temporary hold on drilling new wells while it seeks financing. It says the state owes the company more than $75 million in unpaid tax credits. (Photo Courtesy Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority)Earlier this month, BlueCrest Energy Inc. announced that it is going to pause its drilling operation in Cook Inlet. The company blamed Alaska’s controversial cashable tax credit program, saying the state still owes them nearly $100 million. Without that money, BlueCrest said it cannot afford to keep drilling.Listen nowAlaska has a nearly $1 billion bill hanging over its head. The tab comes from a program that the state used to entice smaller, independent companies to explore new fields and, hopefully, develop them into producing oil and gas.But when oil prices crashed, first the governor, then the legislature said that the state could no longer afford the program. And so in this year’s marathon budget negotiations, it got cut.Companies waiting to get reimbursed for cash credits they’d already earned — they’re going to be waiting for awhile. Larry Persily is a longtime oil and gas analyst and Kenai Peninsula Borough Chief of Staff“The state’s reluctance, failure, to confront the hundreds of millions of dollars it owes, I think it has done more to freeze investment by the smaller companies in Alaska than any debate over the actual tax rate itself,” Persily said.Now as lawmakers struggle to balance the budget, Persily said the state has left a “Dear John” letter of sorts to its small and independent companies.“Gee, I’m sorry we can’t pay you,” Persily said. “I understand you can’t keep working if you don’t get paid. Hopefully we can figure this out soon. Let’s keep in touch.”In response companies have one-by-one announced that work has to slow.First, Caelus Energy, an independent North Slope operator, cut about a quarter of its workforce in 2016. Then, the company announced that it wouldn’t drill an appraisal well at a potentially massive new find at Smith Bay.Cook Inlet Energy also delayed drilling a well in West Cook Inlet in 2017. The company said it wouldn’t make the investment citing uncertainty with the state’s tax credit system.BlueCrest is the latest of these smaller companies to fall victim to the now-defunct cashable credit program. It announced on August 1 that it couldn’t afford to keep drilling on the Kenai Peninsula and that it would be laying off about 150 people.The Texas-based company has been developing the Cosmopolitan field in Cook Inlet since 2012.Its founder and CEO Benjamin “Benji” Johnson said he chose to do business in Alaska in part because the state’s tax regime was friendly and offered an irresistible lure for the risk of exploration and development — cash.“Now what those credits were was basically a co-investment with the independent companies,” Johnson said.And with the state as an investment partner of sorts, Johnson said BlueCrest calculated that it could spend about $525 million to develop the Cosmopolitan Unit, drill several wells and produce thousands of barrels of oil a day.Johnson said the company expected $125 million in cash rebates from the state and raised the other $400 million it needed. Then, it spent that money.But now, Johnson said the state’s paid back just $27 million and owes the company another $75 million.And so far, state records show the company is only producing about 200 barrels of oil a day: not nearly enough to cover its operating costs, much less pay for new drilling.Johnson said they have two more wells to bring online; those should start producing in September. But after that?“We can’t continue spending the enormous amounts to drill new wells right now,” Johnson said.Johnson said the company is actively seeking out investors to raise the money it needs to keep drilling.But while it searches, the slowdown is resonating in other parts of the economy.Jimmy Doyle, Vice President of Weaver Brothers Inc., said BlueCrest’s decision to stop drilling is a kick to the already struggling oil and gas economy on the Kenai Peninsula.When business is booming, the company’s cornflower blue rigs haul everything from oilfield construction equipment to petroleum products to asphalt throughout the Interior and Southcentral Alaska.But when oil prices fell and the economy contracted, Weaver had to let a few people go to help cope with the loss of business. He said it still hasn’t fully recovered.“Not to as busy as we were from, you know, 2012 – 2014 as far as having the amount of manpower dedicated to that piece of the business, we haven’t recovered,” Weaver said.And the layoffs will have a ripple effect.“One company hires 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 10 or 20 or 30 people and then that causes other businesses to hire people to supply them. So the trickle-down effect is huge and especially at a time when, because of the oil prices, other companies are already pulling in their horns a little bit,” Doyle said.Doyle understands the argument that the state can’t afford to pay subsidies to oil companies like it did in the past. But, he doesn’t think that program or others like it are going to substantially change the state’s economy.Doyle said that all depends on the price of oil.last_img read more

Cashcrunched Jet airways to raise 800 mn from sale and leaseback of

first_imgReutersCash-crunched Jet Airways is looking for the sale and leaseback (SLB) of 16 of its jets in order to raise $800 million. They are currently looking for sellers, according to a source privy to this development.The airline company, which has been in financial trouble for the past few months, currently owns 16 aircrafts, out of the 124 in its fleet, reports Live Mint.”Jet Airways should get about $800 million from the sale and leaseback of 16 aircraft, depending on the condition of the aircraft, engines and hours clocked by these planes,” Mark Martin, the founder and chief executive officer of Dubai-based Martin Consulting LLC, was quoted as saying by Live Mint. Amit Agarwal, chief financial officer of Jet Airways, had already said in August that they were planning on going ahead with the SLB of their aircrafts.The report stated that some of the reasons for Jet Airways’ financial trouble were the rising fuel price and the weak rupee.Along with the sale of the aircrafts, as a cost-cutting method, up to 30 flights will be cancelled in the winter schedule. This will begin from October end. This is in addition to the cancelling of flights on a daily basis from big cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad, reports Times of India.Meanwhile, the private carrier added that pilots and engineers along with the senior management will get 25 percent of their September salary on October 25. “We would like to inform you that the first tranche (25 per cent) of September salary will be remitted on the forthcoming week of October 25,” Jet Airways Chief People Officer Rahul Taneja was quoted as saying by Hindu Business Line.last_img read more

Whats Next for Magic Leap Two Controllers CityWide AR Layers and a

first_img CREDIT: Janko Roettgers / Variety Popular on Variety Magic Leap’s software roadmap.The company wants to start supporting iris biometric login sometime early next year, and is looking to launch support for a set of Javascript development tools called Magicscript — something that got a lot of applause from the developers in the room. Furthermore, the company is working on its very own AI assistant, which is code-named Mica and is supposed to have “human-like qualities,” thanks to gaze tracking and more.Abovitz also shared a bit of more left-field news, musing that the company may launch its very own version of Burning Man as a multi-day event for developers, complete with spirit journeys. “We probably need a kind of Burning Man in the desert,” he said.Magic Leap and its partners also used the L.E.A.P. conference to announce, preview, and in some cases launch a number of games and experiences for the headset. These include Weta Workshop’s “Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders,”  “Seedling,” an AR experience from Insomniac Games, and ILMxLAB’s “Star Wars: Project Prog.” CREDIT: Janko Roettgers / Varietycenter_img Augmented reality (AR) startup Magic Leap used the opening keynote of its L.E.A.P. developer conference in Los Angeles Wednesday to preview its plans for the future. These include not only software updates for its recently launched Magic Leap One headset as well as an ambitious plan for city-wide AR information layers, but also a possible Burning Man-style gathering of developers in the desert.Some of the biggest changes coming to the headset include the ability to use two controllers, something the company is promising to launch early next year. The Magic Leap One headset currently only works with one controller, which can be tracked with 6 degrees-of-freedom through a 3D space. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Magic Leap chief content officer Rio Caraeff also had some more immediate news to share: The company is expanding delivery of its Magic Leap One headset to five cities across the U.S. Previously, the headset was only for sale in a handful of cities, where the company has been delivering it with a kind of concierge service that includes personal fitting as well as some instructions to get started.Magic Leap will also launch Avatar chat, a multi-user chat room with personalizable avatars, in November. Other announcements included a bug bounty program. Magic Leap will award $200,000 to developers reporting bugs to the company.Executives like Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz also used the event to give some clues about the company’s farther-reaching plans. One of the more notable tidbits was that Magic Leap wants to build city-wide AR information layers. “Think of the city having a form of sentience and awareness,” Abovitz said. Apparently, some of that work has already begun behind closed doors. “There are actually city-scale projects that we are engaged in as a company,” he said.last_img read more