Province Opens New Affordable Housing in Chester

first_imgSeniors in Chester will soon have a new place to call home with the opening of four new affordable housing units. Premier Darrell Dexter, along with Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse and Senator Gerald Comeau, on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, officially opened the new units today, July 4, on Highway No. 3. The $685,000 project was jointly funded by the province and federal government, through the Economic Stimulus Program. “Families, seniors and persons with disabilities deserve affordable, accessible homes, like the units opening today,” said Premier Dexter. “For the residents who are about to move in, these units will allow them to stay in their communities and live independently, longer. Affordable housing isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and the province will continue to work with its partners to ensure affordable housing is available to those who need it most.” The barrier-free units are designed to accommodate seniors and persons with disabilities and include energy-efficient features, easier maintenance and outdoor storage space. The units are also designed to meet or exceed the LEED Silver standard for energy and water. “On top of significant investment in affordable housing across the province, the province has taken a number of steps to make life better for Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “The province has introduced and increased the Poverty Reduction Credit and Affordable Living Tax Credit, removed the provincial portion of the HST from home heating and other family necessities, increased and the Nova Scotia Child Benefit for the second year in a row, and returned provincial income tax to 17,000 seniors.” More than $145 million has been invested in affordable housing in Nova Scotia since 2009. “The government of Canada is proud to contribute more than $340,000 in funding for this project,” said Senator Comeau. “These new units will provide quality, affordable housing and benefit the economic and social well-being of the entire community.” The federal and provincial governments contribute equally to an overall investment of $96 million under the amended Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Program Agreement. More than 1,900 affordable housing units have been created or preserved in Nova Scotia under the program. For more information on these projects, visit www.gov.ns.ca/coms/affordablehousing .last_img read more

Meryl Streep And Seth Meyers To Be Honored At 2017 HRC Greater

first_imgReminder: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, will honor the groundbreaking film Moonlight, as well as actress Meryl Streep and comedian Seth Meyers at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.Moonlight, which tells the story of a young black gay man, is inspired by the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who will accept the award on behalf of the film. HRC recently sat down with the film’s writer and director, Barry Jenkins, as well as McCraney, to discuss the groundbreaking film and the issues of bullying and masculinity. Richard Brody of The New Yorker said, “Blasting aside conventions, archetypes, and stereotypes, Jenkins conjures the birth of an individual’s consciousness, the forging of a complex and multifaceted identity; he restores complexity to the very idea of identity, of the multiplicity as well as the singularity of being oneself — and he conveys his own primordial sense of wonder that art itself can conjure it.” Moonlight is the winner of the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama.Seth Meyers will be honored with the HRC Equality Award. Using his perfectly-timed wit and off-the-cuff satire, Meyers has helped to draw attention to discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people across the country, including North Carolina’s deeply discriminatory House Bill 2.LGBTQ-icon Meryl Streep will be honored at the event with the National Ally for Equality Award. For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television. An outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality, Streep credits childhood music teachers for helping to open her eyes to LGBTQ acceptance, including her gay piano teacher and his partner, and another transgender music teacher. “I just can’t remember when LGBT people were not in my life,” Streep said an in interview.The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most prestigious events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community. To purchase tickets for the #HRCGreaterNY gala, learn more about the event, ways to volunteer, and more, please visit www.HRCGreaterNY.org.last_img read more

Sabha car The Convergence between the Militia of Polisario and Terrorist

Rabat – How can the militia of Polisario gather all these contradictions at the same time? This is the most urgent question that occupies the minds of researchers, from kidnapping, human trafficking, drugs, embezzlement of financial allocations and humanitarian aid to detainees held in the camps of Tindouf in Algeria and selling them in the black market in a number of Sahelo-Saharan countries, according to the a report of from the European Office for Fraud.In these endless contradictions, these actions clearly revealed the real face of the militia of polisario in terms of the dangerous convergence of the group with terrorist organizations, which together constitute the great security threat in the Sahel and Sahara. This is reinforced by the retention of the polisario all horizons closed to the detainees and the desperation and lack of hope in front of them, which makes them vulnerable to extremism and the need to engage in the terrorist organizations. which makes them more prone to extremism and the need to engage in the terrorist organizations. “Polisario”, fertile ground for “Da’esh”Ultimately, the militia of Polisario stands helpless in the face of its latest setbacks by the signing of the European Union the fishing agreement with Morocco. Thus it has destabilized the militia and uprooted its calculations and pushed its members to coordinate with the terrorist organizations, especially the Sahel and Sahara. This collusion is a danger that calls for vigilance and caution, where peace and security in the region and the interests of a number of States have become the main target.In this context, the suicide car bomb attack in the Libyan city of Sabha by a fighter belonging to “Da’esh” from the Tindouf camps in Algeria, was a dangerous precedent and an immediate danger to the alliances that have become the main targets of these militias with their alliances with the terrorist organizations in the region. They do not hesitate to harm the peace and safety of the countries of the region and the interests of other countries. The suicide car bomber in Sabha in Libya was an active element in the ranks of “ISISDa’ash in Libya as well as an extremist group known as the Emirate of Grand Sahara, a branch led by former Polisario militia member Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi. The hostage situation in Ain Aminas, Algeria, revealed the inner conflicts of decision-making in Algeria, the easy way to recruit elements of “Polisario”, who participated side by side with the fighters of the organization “blood signatories”  ‘Al Mouaqeoun bi dam’led by Mukhtar Balmokhtar a close friend with the former security director of the Polisario militia.The International Center for Terrorism Studies in Washington has highlighted the links and rapprochement between terrorist groups active in North Africa and the Sahel with Polisario militias, stressing the urgent need to address this growing threat in the Tindouf camps to avoid the great danger posed by the terrorist activities of the Polisario militia.As a reminder of the terrorist threat posed by the polisario, the Central Bureau of Judicial Invistigation BCIJ  has dismantled terrorist cells linked to the organization of the Islamic State, which was active in the town of Samara, the Belfaa and Ait Amira regions, where its members planned to join the ranks of Daesh in Libya through Mauritania. In addition their preparation of a traditional bomb device for use in terrorist operations aimed at public places and vital in the Kingdom of Morocco.Morocco: The only credible interlocutor What distinguishes one state from another is the maturity of its constitutional institutions. In order to achieve this maturity, an accumulation of expertise and professionalism with respect to the human rights enabled Morocco to gain a credibility in the international community in various issues, including the security aspect related to the fight against terrorism and migration. These accumulations have made neighboring countries, both in the Northern Mediterranean and Africa, consider Morocco the sole and reliable interlocutor within the African region. The article of the Spanish newspaper El Pais on the Director General of both directorates the National Security and Territory Security is evidence of what is going on in the behind the scenes of  European security decision officials, of the importance of cooperation with the Moroccan security and counterterrorism agencies.The Sabha Libyan suicide bomber by a member of the Polisario militia has brought us to a whole new stage in dealing with the terrorist threat in the Sahara and Sahel region The international community must understand the important role that Morocco plays individually in confronting the coordination of Polisario militias and terrorist organizations in the region Neighboring countries are absent, and even deliberately, lack of security cooperation between their neighbors. read more

New Brunswicks fracking moratorium will only be lifted once 5 conditions met

FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick government is introducing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that the premier says won’t be lifted until five conditions are met.Those conditions include a process to consult with First Nations, a plan for wastewater disposal and credible information about the impacts fracking has on health, water and the environment, Brian Gallant said Thursday.“We have been clear from Day One that we will impose a moratorium until risks to the environment, health and water are understood,” Gallant told a news conference in Fredericton.“We believe these conditions to be very reasonable.Gallant said he also wants the development of a royalty structure and a “social licence” ensuring that the public accepts fracking before the moratorium would be removed, though he acknowledged that has yet to be defined.Energy East refinery’s benefits questioned in new reportHe said his government supports job creation but added that it needs to be done in a diversified and sustainable way.“We’re not interested in putting all of our eggs in a single basket,” he said.A number of companies are currently exploring for shale gas in the province and Corridor Resources recently fracked wells in the Penobsquis area that are used to supply gas to the nearby Potash Corp. mine.Gallant said such operations would be allowed to continue under the legislation, as long as they don’t rely on fracking.“We’ll certainly also always listen to businesses that may have concerns and try to mitigate some of the impacts if they believe (them) to be negative on their operations,” he said.Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador have also passed moratoriums on fracking, though they vary in scope. read more

BC premier tells real estate industry to act on allegations facing some

Premier Christy Clark says she expects British Columbia’s real estate industry to act on allegations that some agents are exploiting a clause that allows a contract to be resold multiple times before a property deal closes, driving up prices and commissions.“We’re giving them the chance to fix it. if they don’t, we’re going to fix it for them,” she told reporters Tuesday in Victoria. “I don’t have a lot of patience on this issue.”Some Metro Vancouver real estate agents have allegedly been involved in “shadow flipping,” or selling a property multiple times before a closing date. As a result, the final price rises by hundreds of thousands and the agent collects commission on each sale.Only the final buyer pays the property transfer tax, meaning B.C. is potentially losing out on millions in tax revenue.The allegations, which first emerged in media reports and from Opposition politicians, cast new scrutiny on the self-policing real estate industry.Finance Minister Mike de Jong said he is writing to Real Estate Council of B.C. and the superintendent of real estate to ensure that professional conduct requirements are being followed.“Realtors are privileged to be part of a self-regulated profession. That is a privilege,” he said in Victoria. “Our expectation is that they will govern themselves and conduct themselves in a way that is respectful of that.”Asked what the province will do to prevent the practice, de Jong said the “real potential sin” is real estate agents who are not protecting the interests of their clients. It’s up to the real estate council to take action, he added.“It’s why the council exists. If they’re not up to the job, then we’ll make some further decisions.”Council spokeswoman Marilee Peters said she agrees that self-regulation is a privilege and the regulatory framework in B.C. is one of the oldest and best-established in the country.The council had received a few complaints about misuse of the so-called assignment clauses in contracts over the past year and had launched investigations, Peters said.“I think what the recent reports have made clear is that there may be a greater incidence of flipping than we know from the complaints that we receive,” she said in an interview.The council is appointing an independent advisory group to probe the allegations and announced Tuesday it will be chaired by the superintendent of real estate, Carolyn Rogers.Rogers said that like the council, her role is to ensure the public interest is protected and confidence in the real estate sector is maintained.“I look forward to working with the members of the advisory group on this important assignment and responding in a manner that assures the public that they can have full confidence in the integrity of the sector,” she said in a statement.The advisory group will include representatives from the legal profession, academia, and the business community. An interim deadline of April 8 has been set for initial recommendations.David Eby, housing critic for the Opposition New Democrats, said the superintendent and council have failed in their responsibility to oversee the industry and should not be involved in the probe.“Here you have two bodies that are clearly part of the issue leading the investigation into themselves, and that is not an adequate response,” he said.But Darcy McLeod, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, said the council’s role is to protect the interests of the public, not its members.“We have a lot of faith in their ability to make good decisions and to investigate in a fashion that is going to serve the public.”— With files from Dirk Meissner in Victoria by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2016 11:53 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. premier tells real estate industry to act on allegations facing some agents read more

Football JT Barrett named Big Ten Quarterback of the Year

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks to throw a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn J.T. Barrett’s final season at Ohio State, the redshirt senior added yet another title to his cluttered resume Thursday when the Big Ten announced he had been named the Big Ten Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year.It is the third time in Barrett’s four-year career that he was honored with the recognition. He won the award last season and in his redshirt freshman season at quarterback during the 2014 campaign. Barrett is the first three-time captain in program history, and is the holder of 24 Ohio State and Big Ten records.This season, Barrett has enjoyed another strong campaign, completing 217-of-328 passes (66.2 percent) for 2,728 yards. He also has 33 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions. The dual-threat quarterback has also continued to show his mobility this season, rushing 130 times for 672 yards and scoring nine times. read more

Charities may lose money as Comic Relief drops white saviour celebrity campaigns

first_imgJoe Wicks speaking to mother and child both suffering from malaria. “Is Comic Relief really saying white people have nothing to say or contribute in providing a focus on these very real issues?”Another charity, the Disasters Emergency Committee, said it was considering changing its approach in its own videos after it was also criticised.Two of its videos, which involved actors Tom Hardy and Eddie Redmayne appealing for donations to help with the Yemen crisis and East Africa famine appeal, were also nominated for the award, known as the “Rusty Radiator”, last year. Nicola Peckett, its communications director, told the Daily Telegraph: “We did take the feedback from the Rusty Radiator nominations very seriously and we are talking to our broadcast partners about how we could do things differently in the future.”She said the organisation’s videos were made on a very short timeframe of 72 hours by news teams at the BBC and ITN, and it made efforts to choose celebrities who were connected in some way to the subject matter of the appeal.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  “You can very often see the celebrities coming face-to-face with problems that they hadn’t experienced before and the visceral impact of the kind of suffering that development charities deal with around the world has a very marked effect on those celebrities and one can feel, ‘yes that is the way I would react'”. He added: “Celebrities very much help to reach audiences that normally wouldn’t be reached. They can be very effective in that they have a huge amount of people who follow them on social media.”They don’t all have to be white celebrities, they can be celebrities of any sort.”He said the move would be positively received by a “sophisticated, educated audience, that might look a bit askance at anything that smacks of imperialism”. A Charity Commission spokesman said that it could not comment on the plans by Comic Relief saying that “it’s not a regulatory matter.”A source at the regulator added: “It’s up to charity trustees to make decisions about how best to run their charity which includes decisions on fundraising”. Celebrities very much help to reach audiences that normally wouldn’t be reached. They can be very effective in that they have a huge amount of people who follow them on social media. Joe Wicks is another celebrity who has appeared in the charity’s videos Credit:Olivia Acland /Comic Relief Ltd  “Whilst I am no fan of the celebrity culture that has developed, I do recognise the impact they can have in helping to connect with the public in the UK – whatever their colour. “Lenny Henry has done an outstanding job over many years fronting Comic Relief in the UK.  “Of course our biggest celebrities are the Royals and Prince Harry in particular has done an enormous amount to help charities operating in Africa,” he said. The head of Comic Relief admits charities may lose money as a result of its move to stop celebrities fronting fundraising campaigns, amid concerns about white saviour stereotypes. Liz Warner, a former TV commissioning editor and executive who received awards for her commitment to diversity in the industry, said the change was in response to criticism over its fundraising videos.Last year one video starring singer Ed Sheeran was described as “literally poverty tourism” and was named “most offensive” campaign by an organisation which highlights cliched and stereotypical charity campaigns. Labour MP David Lammy also criticised Red Nose Day for being “tired and patronising to Africans”.In an interview with the Guardian, Ms Warner admitted that the new strategy was a risk as celebrity-fronted campaigns were a tried-and-tested way of raising funds. Former charities minister Rob Wilson called the change “very disappointing”.  Experts said celebrities were traditionally used by charities to reach out to lay audiences about emotive issues. John Baguley, chair of the international fundraising consultancy, which advises charities on how best to fundraise, said using “the right kind of celebrities” could raise more money than using “the most popular celebrities available”. last_img read more

Strike against new teachers superunion as merger leads to bitter row

It was meant to bring together the two of the largest teachers’ organisations to form a “super-union” that “politicians will have to listen to”.But the merger of the “radical” National Union of Teacher (NUT) with the more moderate Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has led to a bitter row, culminating in employees going on strike against their own union.The strike has been described as “highly embarrassing” for the newly formed National Education Union (NEU).”Intra-union strikes are very rare, it is almost unheard of for a union to organise a strike against another union. It it’s the worst possible start for the new union,” a source familiar with the dispute told The Sunday Telegraph.”Some ATL staff are concerned about the direction of the new union. Historically the ATL has always been very moderate. The National Union of Teachers, whose members were pictured here marching in April 2008, merged with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers Credit:ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP PHOTO ATL staff, many of whom are members of the GMB union, have complained that their pay and conditions will be  worsened by the merger. A second motion signalled concern about the reputation of the new union as an “apolitical” group, and asked for guidelines to be produced on platform-sharing and affiliations with other organisations.A spokesperson for the National Education Union said: “There have been no resignations from the ATL section executive in protest at the amalgamation. “The number of individual member resignations from the ATL section has reduced significantly since the amalgamation.”There are always HR issues that arise with amalgamations as no organisation will have the exact terms and conditions of the other.”As a good employer, we are working very hard with the recognised unions to ensure the best possible outcomes for staff in the new union and discussions are continuing.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The National Union of Teachers, whose members were pictured here marching in April 2008, merged with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers  They voted nine to one in favour of strike action to take place at any point or continuously between this Thursday and December 31.Some staff have also launched a formal collective grievance against management over their handling of appeals.  “It is very rich for a trade union to behave this way when it lectures everyone else about how to treat staff”,  the source said.“The NUT staff are largely unaffected as this ‘merger’ is essentially a takeover.”Signs of inter-union strife were apparent at the ATL’s most recent annual conference, where members expressed their concern about the radical Left-wing causes that their NUT colleagues have long been associated with.One motion called for the new union to draw up “guidelines on funding and support for activities not directly related to education” and warned against engaging in activities “where the name and reputation of the union can be bought into questions”.It went on: “Many of the rallies, demonstrations and festivals supported by other unions may be close to the hearts and minds of a small proportion of our members without being something that a majority of the members would support or want their name or the name of the union attached to.” “There is quite a lot of disquiet as their members don’t want to be dragged into the militancy that has characterised the NUT. They fear that the hard Left will see the new union as a way in.”There was a strong element within NUT that was very engaged in anti-Israel stuff and my impression was that a lot of ATL feel uncomfortable about this.”The NUT has long exercised a formal boycott of Israel, and has previously been accused of “spreading political propaganda” in classrooms by teaching children and “extremist agenda” and promoting Palestinian “resistance”. read more

Crushing loading and downthehole technologies at Bauma

first_imgNominated for an innovation award in the machinery component category, Bauer Maschinen’s down-the-hole (DTH) flushing head for dry drilling rods will be on show at Bauma. TABE will show off its new hydraulic breaker and crushing bucket, whilst SBM Mineral Processing will exhibit its redesigned universal crushing series. Dana’s drivetrain solution for front-end loaders, Hazemag’s new wobbler feeder and underground loader, and a selection of Siemens’ products will also be displayed.Bauer’s DTH innovation has been successfully trialled in Finland (May 2009) and, since then in Vladivostok, Russia. Upon reaching the rock layer, the flushing head can be used – together with the subjacent roller bit full section drilling head, or roller bit core barrel – coupled to the Kelly bar. An air supply hose, which is coiled outside the borehole, is connected to the flushing head. Air flushing is conducted by the rotor via a pneumatic multiport swivel. This drives the flushing by risers in the tool, with the rock chippings permanently transported to a tank in the upper part.Spanish company, TABE’s AGB-40 hydraulic breaker was the first of its heavy duty products to undergo a series of tests carried out by the company in conjunction with the Aragón Technology Institute. It can be used with machines between 45 and 70 t and has a service weight of 4,850 kg. The crushing bucket comes in two models: the GT-25 V2 and the GT-35 V2, of 2,650 kg and 3,900 kg weight respectively. Both are designed to turn waste into gravel or crushed stone.SBM has redesigned its universal crusher series and brought them together in the new Series 13. The 13/16/4 RHSMK-3 impact crusher has a fully hydraulic impact apron. This model combines mechanical and hydraulic adjustment and guarantees good protection when foreign bodies enter the crushing chamber.Hazemag’s VARIOwobbler® wobbler feeder can be used in pre-screening operations in crushing plants and allows easy adjustment of screening parameters when needed. The feeder can be designed as single or multi-stage machines, with the latter helping separate fines from the coarse material. The EL160 loader’s compact design enables its use in narrow spaces in underground operations. At the show, it will present the newly developed version with a gun-mount for blast hole and anchor bore hole drillings.Dana’s drivetrain solution for 16 t front-end loader applications is through a system that includes a Spicer® 319 summing motor, two Spicer Model 114 planetary drive axles, and the Spicer Compact Series Model 2035 driveshaft. The Spicer 319 summing motor transfer case provides tractive performance and high efficiency. For applications requiring 104 to 164 kW, it employs two hydrostatic motors, each with optimised gear ratios. At higher vehicle speeds, a clutch automatically disconnects the low-speed, high-gear-ratio motor, allowing the high-speed motor to function alone.Siemens’ displays will be focusing on drive solutions for conveyor systems and mobile mining equipment, such as trucks, including truck trolley systems, shovels and draglines. Furthermore, solutions and systems for fleet management, automation and wireless LAN-based solutions for control and communications systems based on rugged components – used for data transmission throughout the entire mining site – will be presented.last_img read more

Champions League M Kielce Kiel Kobenhavn with the wins

← Previous Story Champions League (M): Barcelona, Metalurg and Zagreb win Next Story → World Championship (W): Montenegro back on track Sunday brought us six champions league matches, and gave us some answers as to whom will most likely be seen in the TOP 16. With THW Kiel winning in Montpellier 34:31 and Ademar Leon winning in Belgrade 27:24 it now seems impossible not to see THW Kiel and Ademar Leon in the TOP16, as the probability for a surprise is very small. In the same group, Group D, AG Kobenhavn beat Szeged, and is only in theory not qualified. In Group B, as expected, Veszprem beat Bjerringbro away with 25:19, but now the group seems pretty open as Vive Kielce beat Fuchse Berlin at home with 32:29, and these means that three teams will likely fight for two places left for the TOP16 phase, and these are Chekhovski Medvedi, Fuchse Berlin with 7 points and Vive Kielce with 6 points, with 3 games left til the end of the group phase.In Group A, Savehof made things harder for Chambery, as the Swedish team won with32:31, and this leaves everything open, with Savehof, Kadetten and Chambery will have to fight for the two remaining places to TOP16, as Barcelona and Zagreb are already qualified.photo: vivetargi.pl read more

Tablets You Can Actually Buy for the Holidays

first_imgApple iPad, $499-$899This is the one to beat, of course. Apple completely reinvented the space, and proved once and for all that the tablet could be more than just a niche product for a set number of industries. Steve Jobs and Co. took everything that worked about the iPhone and transferred it to a beautiful 9.7-inch multi-touch screen. Add Apple’s knack for software design, and access to the company’s extensive App Store catalog, and you’ve got the holiday’s hottest gift. Apple calls their device “magical,” and it seems that the public agrees. Samsung Galaxy Tab, $399-$649Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is the first consumer tablet on the market that actually seems equipped to take on Apple’s iPad. The company is offering the device through all the major carriers, with T-Mobile and Sprint offering the device for $399 with a two-year 3G data plan. You can also get it unlocked for $599 to $629 through Verizon and AT&T. The device features hardware, runs Android, and, unlike the iPad, supports Flash. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Tab has a long ways to go when it comes to creating great software for the thing.HP Slate 500, $799When the HP tablet hit store shelves on October 22, 2010, it proved a truly rare and seemingly mythical beast: a Windows 7 tablet that can actually be purchased. This business-minded gadget features an 8.9-inch display, two cameras, an Intel Atom Z540, HDMI out, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of built-in memory. Best of all, since it’s built on Win 7, you can run all manner of PC software on the thing.Archos 7 Home, $199Archos has a ton of tablets — a ton. And best of all, they’re actually available for purchase. The biggest thing this Android tablet has going for it is price. The Archos 7 Home will run you just $199. It features a built-in kickstand, a seven inch screen, HD video, and access to Android’s various free apps. The interface and the touchscreen leave a lot to be desired, however. Cherrypal CherryPad, $188At $188, the CherryPad manages to undercut even the Archos Home in terms of price. Unfortunately, that’s about all this Android tablet has going for it. It’s lacking features, it’s rough to type on, and, as PCMag puts it, the “company’s reputation is questionable.” And that just seems to be the beginning with this thing. Besides, who trusts a computer company named after a type of fruit?Dell Streak, $550Where to start with this one? Let’s begin with the obvious question: is the Dell Streak a tablet? Dell says yes. Most everyone else disagrees. Why? Well, the Streak can make calls and it has a 5-inch screen. That sounds an awful lot like the makings of a smartphone to most of us. How about availability? You can get the Streak in some major retailers, but which ones and where is kind of a crapshoot. Dell apparently didn’t manufacture a ton of these, owing, perhaps, to the fact that the device got some pretty lackluster reviews ahead of its release.ICAN! Tablet PC, $399-$499There’s not a heck of a let to say about this thing at present. These seven- and 10-inch tablets are the first products from ICAN, LLC to actually hit the market–and they were really just officially unveiled today. Both models run Android OS 2.1, feature a 1GHz processor, and have built-in speaker, a microSD slot, and two USB ports. They run $399 and $499 for the seven- and 10-inch models, respectively. Says the company: You can go with the crowd and say ‘iPad’…or you can get the first tablet PC that lets you say, ‘ICAN! and live your e-life with no limits!” I’ll say this about it: it’s the only tablet on the market I know of with an exclamation mark in its product name. That’s got to account for something, right? After Apple launched the iPad, it seemed like every tech company — large, small, and seemingly otherwise — in existence was readying its own consumer tablet. We hear tell of all manner of Android and Windows 7 tablets. Now that the holiday season has rolled around, many, if not most, tablets have proven completely M.I.A.So, what can you, the consumer, actually buy a loved one in time for the holidays? We’ve rounded up seven tablets that actually, you know, exist. After the jump, here are the good, the bad, and the still slightly mysterious.last_img read more

Une nouvelle espèce de lézard aux couleurs changeantes découverte au Vietnam

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de lézard aux couleurs changeantes découverte au VietnamPubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Zootaxa, des chercheurs allemands et russes ont établi génétiquement l’existence, dans le sud du Vietnam, d’une nouvelle espèce de lézard, longtemps assimilée à une autre espèce, très ressemblante.”Ces lézards étaient bien connus par les Vietnamiens et aussi par les scientifiques, mais jusqu’à présent ils étaient confondus avec une autre espèce de lézard bleu déjà connue du Myanmar et de la Thaïlande”, explique Timo Hartmann, du Département d’herpétologie du Muséum Koenig (Bonn, Allemagne), auteur principal de l’étude. C’est ainsi en comparant les génomes des deux espèces que l’équipe de recherche germano-russe a révélé leur différence : “ces lézards vietnamiens constituent une nouvelle espèce, distincte”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Atteignant 10 cm de longueur, Calotes bachae possède des épines sur le dos. Durant la saison des amours, les mâles, très colorés, arborent le jour des têtes d’un bleu azur brillant. La nuit, en revanche, il calme le jeu puisqu’ils redeviennent d’un brun sombre. “Ces lézards semblent s’être bien arrangés avec les humains, et dans le centre même de la métropole d’Ho Chi Minh-Ville, on peut les trouver dans les parcs et les parterres de fleurs”, explique Peter Geissler, co-auteur de l’étude cité par Sci-News.”Notre conclusion met en lumière l’importance d’utiliser de nouvelles méthodes comme le ‘code-barres ADN’ dans la science d’aujourd’hui”, souligne le Dr Nikolay Poyarkov, du Département de zoologie des vertébrés à l’Université Lomonossov (Moscou, Russie), membre de l’équipe. Et comme le suggère la découverte de nombreuses nouvelles espèces chaque année, “la richesse totale en espèces de notre planète est loin d’être encore recensée”, conclut le Dr Dennis Rödder, Chef du Département d’Herpétologie du Muséum Koenig.(crédits photo : Peter Geissler) Le 17 janvier 2013 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Quand le grand requin blanc se prépare à migrer

first_imgQuand le grand requin blanc se prépare à migrerA la manière des oiseaux, qui entreprennent chaque année d’importants voyages, le requin se prépare également à migrer. Une étude concentrée sur sa flottabilité a permis de découvrir que le squale sait gérer ses stocks d’énergie en vue de son long voyage.  Si le grand requin blanc est réputé pour ses capacités de redoutable prédateur, on connait moins sa facette de grand migrateur. Et pourtant, à l’instar des oiseaux notamment, le squale parcourt de très longues distances dans l’océan à certaines périodes de l’année. Et pour cela, le poisson passe par une remarquable préparation. C’est ce qu’ont découvert des chercheurs de l’université de Stanford grâce à une étude tout juste publiée dans la revue Proceedings B de la Royal Society Britannique.Concrètement, les scientifiques dirigés par Gen Del Raye ont constaté que le Carcharodon carcharias était capable de gérer le stockage des graisses dans son organisme et d’y puiser son énergie si nécessaire. C’est en étudiant les données recueillies chez des requins blancs de l’océan Pacifique oriental que les chercheurs ont mis en évidence cette capacité. L’objectif était alors d’observer la flottabilité de l’animal durant une migration sur une longue distance de plus de 4.000 kilomètresTout est dans le foieContrairement à la plupart des poissons, les requins ne possèdent pas de vessie natatoire, l’organe qui détermine à quelle profondeur les autres poissons flottent dans l’eau. Chez les squales, c’est donc le foie qui intervient dans la flottabilité : l’organe représente 28% du poids de l’animal et constitue une énorme réserve d’énergie, conditionnée par le rapport entre le poids d’un objet dans l’eau et son volume. Un foie de 456 kg pour exemple, contenant 400 litres d’huile apporte une poussée de 50 kg au requin, assez pour annihiler le poids de celui-ci dans l’eau. Partis de là, Gen Del Raye et ses collègues ont émis l’hypothèse que le métabolisme des réserves lipidiques du foie lors d’une migration prolongée peut être détectable dans les changements de flottabilité de l’animal. Autrement dit, la consommation ou le stockage des lipides aurait un impact sur la flottabilité. Une flottabilité qui diminue au fil du voyagePour savoir ce qu’il en était, les chercheurs ont mené des analyses grâce à des capteurs électroniques qui ont évalué la flottabilité en mesurant le changement de vitesse de plongée du poisson. Ceci a alors permis d’observer qu’au début du voyage, les réserves de lipides fournissent l’énergie nécessaire mais que par la suite, celles-ci se réduisant, la flottabilité est progressivement perdue. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Ces résultats constituent la première évaluation du stockage de l’énergie des requins migrateurs”, ont annoncé les scientifiques. Reste que face à certaines performances, ce système apparait remarquablement efficace pour des animaux pouvant mesurer jusqu’à 6 mètres et peser plus de 1,3 tonne et qui représentent les plus gros poissons prédateurs de la planète.En effet, en 2005, une équipe internationale avait raconté dans Science l’épopée de “Nicole”, une femelle grand requin blanc ayant réalisé un aller-retour dans l’Océan Indien de 20.000 kilomètres, en seulement 9 mois, un temps record. Le 20 juillet 2013 à 11:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Raheem Sterling issues statement after racial abuse by a Chelsea fan

first_imgManchester City striker Raheem Sterling has issued a statement after being racially abused during Saturday’s encounter with Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge.Although Chelsea claims to have launched an official investigation, the striker seems to have condemned the action of the fan and the impact on football.Sterling wrote in a post on Instagram: “Good morning I just want to say, I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to heard I will speak up.“Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing.“Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white payer.“I think this in unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light.“Which helps fuel racism an aggressive behaviour, so for all the newspapers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an give all players an equal chance.”last_img read more

Thieves steal packages from North Miami womans front porch

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A North Miami woman said a package delivered to her home, Thursday, was stolen, and it’s not the first time.The woman said deliveries are left at the front door of her home, on the 1200 Block of Northeast 13th Avenue, and before she can retrieve them, someone comes and swipes them from her porch.The victim, who didn’t want to be identified, said a package was stolen over Memorial Day weekend, then again Thursday. She has video surveillance footage of the thefts, but she’s not sure if it’s the same person each time.“This time, the person delivered, and somebody was waiting, and they took the package again,” she said.She said, after the first theft, she posted a sign informing delivery drivers of the crimes, telling them to take the packages to an authorized location if no one answers the door. The delivery diver didn’t follow the instructions.“Obviously, it is happening mid-morning in broad daylight, early mid-morning,” she said. “It’s not safe, and I don’t feel comfortable.”Now, the victim is worried that the thefts could be the start of something worse. “Statistics say people start stealing, and they might go up and become killers,” she said.The victim said the items stolen weren’t particularly valuable or expensive, but she’s being robbed of her sense of security.“General stuff for my foot,” she said. “This time batteries and water bottles I ordered. Items can be replaced, but I don’t have money to throw away, and they were ours. Why would they take them?”She said she hopes the public can help identify the thieves.“Channel 7 has so many viewers, amazing viewers that help and give tips,” she said. “I hope everyone can see and recognize this person and give the tip that can catch them.”If you have any information on these thefts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Village Voice Ends Print Edition Goes DigitalOnly

first_imgCall it a sign of the times.After 61 years as New York’s alternative weekly of record, The Village Voice revealed today that it is forgoing its print edition and going digital-only.Founded by Ed Fancher, Dan Wolf, and Norman Mailer in 1955, the Voice spent the next six decades establishing itself as the archetype for alt-weeklies in cities across the country, picking up a trio of Pulitzer Prizes along the way. In 1996, the Voice shifted from a paid-subscription format to free distribution supported by advertising — chiefly, ads for escort services and massage parlors — but has struggled in recent years to reconcile that model with a changing, increasingly digital media environment.The Voice most recently changed hands in 2015, when it was purchased by Reading Eagle CEO Peter Barbey, who then increased print distribution by 50 percent to 120,000, according to parent company Village Voice Media.“When The Village Voice was converted into a free weekly in an effort to boost circulation back in 1996, it was at a time when Craigslist was in its infancy, Google and Facebook weren’t yet glimmers in the eyes of their founders, and alternative weeklies — and newspapers everywhere — were still packed with classified advertising,” said Barbey in a statement. “Clearly a lot has changed since then. That business has moved online—and so has the Voice’s audience.”The statement notes that The Village Voice‘s web traffic was up 47 percent month-over-month in July.Asked when the change is effective, a spokesperson responded, “The Village Voice is weighing a number of scenarios with a firm timeline to be released in due time.”This is a developing story.last_img read more

Landlord Giving Tenants Six Days To Evacuate Houstons Apartments

first_img– / 8For the past two months tenants at the Legacy Apartments in northeast Houston have been dealing with, and living in, Hurricane Harvey‘s destruction. After paying rent in September and October to live in apartments without walls, functioning kitchens, and some without a shower or bath tub, first floor residents were told on October 25, that they have to be out of their apartment by November 1.“Uh, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m just here, like they said, until we get it from the peoples, we don’t have to go nowhere,” said Joyce Powell who’s also dealing with a bedridden husband she believes is sick from living in their apartment. The “people” she’s referring to our city officials. Houston building inspectors have left three notices of deficiency on the complex office’s front door.City Building Inspector notices on office door at Legacy ApartmentsWith no alternative, many of the renters would prefer to live in moldy apartments without walls, then end up on the street.Powell hopes the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund can help. TOP Ed arrived two weeks ago to provide assistance. Thursday evening they are hosting a housing fare to make others aware of the problems these tenants face.A spokesman for the non-profit said the Texas General Land Office, FEMA, the Department of Housing, Department of Health, BakerRipley, Lone Star Legal Aid, West Street Recovery and Northeast NextDoor Redevelopment Council will be in attendance.Mary Moreno works with TOP Ed and said they’re putting pressure on the General Land Office in Austin to apply FEMA funds to help the tenants find a temporary solution. “How do relocate 40 families? That’s why we need more like help from FEMA as far as like maybe bringing in trailers, mobile homes,” she said.Neither the apartment manager, nor what tenants called one of the owners of the complex, would discuss the issues with Houston Public Media, and so far contractors are only working on basic structural supports in the apartments.Map of Legacy Apartments in northeast Houston Sharelast_img read more

Chinas iQIYI in Talks for Indonesia Expansion

first_img Fremantle Sets up Scripted TV deal With Indonesia’s Wahana Related The MNC statement described a joint venture in which it would own 51% and the Chinese firm 49%. Operations are to start in the fourth quarter, MNC said.The business model would provide free (AVOD) and paid-for (SVOD) tiers, though no pricing structure or billing system was disclosed. MNC said that the pair would pool their content libraries and that the joint venture company would additionally produce its own content.“iQIYI will support the JV with their technology and its future development while MNC will be responsible for marketing and promotion as well as regulatory issues,” MNC said in its statement. “MNC has decided to choose iQIYI as a partner in the JV because of its advanced technology, quality Asian/Chinese content and [because it is] part of Baidu, which is the largest search-engine company in China.”Earlier this week, NASDAQ-listed iQIYI published its second quarter results, which showed it losing a net $339m million (RMB2.3 billion) on revenues of $1.01 billion (RMB7.1 billion) in the three months from April through June. It also confirmed that subscriptions narrowly topped 100 million at the end of June.The Indonesian OTT industry “is nascent and started developing only in 2016 as numerous players launched. Online piracy is high while the propensity to pay for content online is low. ” consultancy Media Partners Asia said. But the upside is large with 218 million people in Indonesia already using online video, and video advertising growing. Chinese Streamer iQIYI Squeezed by Changing Content Context ×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 Chinese streaming firm iQIYI is in negotiations to expand further into Southeast Asia through a venture with Indonesia’s Media Nusantara Citra.iQIYI announced its first step outside Chinese-majority territories in June, when it revealed a linkup in Malaysia with pay-TV leader Astro. It also operates in Taiwan.In April, the company said that it planned to make its app immediately available in 10 countries and territories in Southeast Asia, and then systematically build up local operations.Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, where Chinese rival Tencent Video has already launched, are regarded as prime areas for entertainment growth as their large populations become increasingly affluent.The arrangement in Indonesia was announced as a done deal by MNC chairman Hary Tanoesoedibjo. But in a statement emailed to Variety, iQIYI said: “We are still in preliminary discussions and have yet to reach a final agreement.” Popular on Variety last_img read more

Intel Windows Modern Drivers for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019

first_imgIntel Windows Modern Drivers for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 by Martin Brinkmann on November 29, 2018 in Hardware – Last Update: November 29, 2018 – 18 commentsIntel switched the type of driver package that it provides for Intel hardware running on Windows 10 or Windows Server 2019 in November 2018.The new driver package, called Modern Windows Drivers (MWD), is supported by Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019, and later, only.Intel notes that the following Intel graphics controllers will receive the update to Modern Windows Drivers:Intel UHD Graphics 620/630 (formerly codenamed Coffee Lake)Intel Iris™ Plus Graphics 655 (formerly codenamed Coffee Lake)Intel UHD Graphics 600/605 (formerly codenamed Gemini Lake)Intel HD Graphics 620/630 (formerly codenamed Kaby Lake)Intel Iris® Plus Graphics 640/650 (formerly codenamed Kaby Lake)Intel HD Graphics 610/615 (formerly codenamed Gemini Lake)Intel HD Graphics 500/505 (formerly codenamed Apollo Lake)Intel HD Graphics 510/515/520/530 (formerly codenamed Skylake)Intel Iris™ Pro Graphics 580 (formerly codenamed Skylake)Intel Iris™ Graphics 540 (formerly codenamed Skylake)The new drivers are available already on Intel’s Download Center website and the company’s Intel Driver & Support Assistant software.Functionality changesThe change should not affect functionality according to Intel provided that system administrators use the provided .exe installer. Intel notes that failure to do so, e.g. by installing using an .inf file, may ” result in minor to catastrophic issues or system instability”. Downgrading, the process of installing an older driver version, is not recommended either according to Intel as it may also “result in system instability”.The Windows Modern Driver requires “an Internet connection for Windows to automatically download the Intel Graphics Control Panel from the Microsoft Store” according to the release notes.Tip: Create a backup of the system before you install the Modern Windows Driver for Intel graphics controllers on machines that support the new type of drivers. If you need to roll back, you may restore the backup that you created to do so. Use a free backup software such as Macrium Reflect, Paragon Backup & Recovery, or Veeam Endpoint Backup.Windows admins should look at the installed driver version to find out if a Windows Modern Driver or a legacy driver is installed on the system for Intel graphics controllers according to Intel.Here is how you can do that:Open the Device Manager on the Windows PC, e.g. by using Windows-X to display the Power Menu and selecting Device Manager or running devmgmt.msc directly.Expand the Display adapters section in the Device Manager.Right-click on the listed Intel graphics controller and select Properties from the context menu.Switch to the Driver tab and note the driver date and version.If the driver data is not November 2018 or later, a legacy driver is installed.If the driver version is 25.20.100.6444 or later, a Windows Modern Driver is installed.Closing WordsUnless you need support for a newly added game, I suggest you wait with the installation of the new driver to find out if the transition is as fluent as Intel says it is or if administrators and users report issues with the driver.Now You: What is your take on the new format? Do you update drivers regularly? (via Deskmodder)SummaryArticle NameIntel Windows Modern Drivers for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019DescriptionIntel switched the type of driver package that it provides for Intel hardware running on Windows 10 or Windows Server 2019 in November 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Job cuts as Air NZ profits fall

first_imgAir New Zealand has announced it will axe up to 441 roles before the end of 2012 to counter a 71 percent decline in normalized earnings before taxation for the final six months of 2011 compared to the same period the prior year.Announced this morning the airline’s chief executive Rob Fyfe acknowledged the carrier’s performance as “disappointing” with net profit after taxation falling from $98 million in the six months ending 31 December 2010 to $38 million during the same period last year.Despite carrying 0.4 percent more domestic passengers, the carrier’s long haul passenger count fell 7.7 percent from 876,000 to 808,000.Hoping to counter any future losses, Fyfe said up to 441 positions would be cut with the carrier, with 266 of the positions to be removed from non replacement roles or non renewal of contracts while the remaining 175 roles will be redundancies announced to affected staff this morning.He explained the company would organize cost cuts, improve efficiencies and focus on revenue growth to improve the carrier’s profitability by more than $195 million by 2015.Other initiatives to build its business include growing its international network with a charter flight into South America.Targeting soccer fans, the carrier said tickets for the charter flight will go on sale over the coming weeks and would fly into Buenos Aires in time for first game against Argentina. The carrier’s head also noted that the airline has increased its Boeing 787-9 order up to ten, claiming that despite delays on the aircraft’s delivery it is “the right aircraft for Air New Zealand and worth the wait”.Looking cautiously ahead, the carrier expects the full financial year 2012 to challenging with continued high fuel prices and a tough economic environment.For the year the carrier is predicting its normalized earnings before taxation to be down by $79 million while net profit after taxation is expected to fall $60 million. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more