first_imgOTTAWA – A man accused of holding Amanda Lindhout hostage in Somalia says he was threatened with death if he didn’t help the gang that seized her nine years ago.Testifying Monday in Ontario Superior Court, Ali Omar Ader said he had no role in the plan to kidnap Lindhout, who was working as a journalist near Mogadishu in August 2008.Under questioning from one of his lawyers, Ader told the court he was sitting in a market when he was suddenly approached by men who fired bullets near his feet and demanded he stand up.“They told me if you don’t come with us you are going to die,” Ader told the court in the Somali language through a translator.Ader said he was bundled into a vehicle and driven for more than an hour to a house outside the city where Lindhout, of Red Deer, Alta., and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were being held.Ader, a 40-year-old Somalian national who speaks rudimentary English, has pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of hostage-taking for his alleged role as a negotiator and translator.Lindhout and Brennan were abducted by armed men while working on a story, the beginning of 15 months in captivity. Both were freed in November 2009 upon payment of a ransom.The Crown has introduced a secretly recorded video of Ader telling two undercover RCMP officers he received US$10,000 for his role in the kidnapping.In his testimony, Ader portrayed himself as a victim who was coerced into assisting three gang leaders and a bunch of gun-toting youths over several months through threats, a beating and an attack on his family.Ader said the group made him question the hostages shortly after their capture, as well as place a call to Lindhout’s mother, Lorinda Stewart, in Canada.Recordings played in court have shown Ader spoke with Stewart frequently in the ensuing months, telling her the group wanted no less than $2 million for the release of Lindhout and Brennan.“I did not do it willingly, but there was no place to run to,” Ader told the court Monday.“I had to make a call when I was ordered.”Ader said he was beaten with a cane and fired at with a bullet that grazed his arm.He managed “to escape” at one point, fleeing to his sister’s place and returning home to see his wife and children.He told the court the abductors tried to take his son, stabbing his wife with a bayonet in the melee.One of the gang leaders warned him “something worse than that would happen” if he did not follow orders, Ader said.The Crown wrapped its arguments earlier in the day after playing the last portion of the surreptitiously recorded sting video.An undercover Mountie posing as a media mogul dangled the prospect of a lucrative film documentary about the hostage-taking in order to elicit details from Ader.The officer floats the idea with a proviso that Ader must divulge fresh information concerning the kidnapping.The pitch comes toward the end of a lengthy June 2015 meeting at an Ottawa hotel in which Ader had already signed a contract to write a book about Somalia, part of an elaborate RCMP ruse to obtain a recorded confession.During the book contract negotiations, captured on the secret video, Ader says he received $10,000 in ransom money.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe power went out shortly after 6 a.m. Monday and is affecting over 8,000 customers.We are monitoring power outages throughout the region. More info to come shortly on status of individual schools. #yxj #fortstjohn #sd60— School District 60 (@sd60) October 7, 2019Have an update on this post?  Email UPDATE as of 8:40am – Alwin Holland will open without power as there is adequate daylight in the building. Duncan Cran will be closed until power comes back on as there is inadequate light in the building. The window shutters make the building pitch black in the classrooms. Please check the school Facebook pages for more information. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 says the power outages are only affecting Alwin Holland, Duncan Cran, Upper Pine and Clearview.Buses will not be picking up students for Upper Pine and Clearview this morning as it is uncertain if they will have power and water.Buses will run to pick up in-town transfer students from those areas provided road conditions are safe.The bus for Upper Halfway will wait until the power comes back on up to 9:30am. If the power is not back on by 9:30 am the school will close for the day.Afternoon buses will run to return in-town transfer students.In Fort St John, we are monitoring power outages at Alwin Holland and Duncan Cran. Alwin Holland posted the following on their Facebook page:last_img read more

Former Navy spokesman DKP Dassanayake, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the disappearance of 11 youth, was ordered to be further remanded till October 20 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate today.The youth had been reported missing between 2008 and 2009. In 2015 the CID had questioned Dassanayake over allegations that some officers in the Navy were involved in the disappearance of several youth.Last year, former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda also appeared before the CID to make a statement over the disappearance of the youth. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Aruba Simplifies IoT Adoption with ML Infusion Zeus Kerravala April 03, 2019 New Wi-Fi 6 access points and machine learning-powered device management capabilities to create more manageable and secure deployments. The variety of endpoints will vary by industry and application. No two will be alike. Therefore, no single network design will support all the various endpoints. All Sorts of EndpointsIn manufacturing, IoT employs industrial and machine controls. Fleet managers look for a very different type of sensor information, while health care organizations worry about safety, security, speed of delivery, and information accuracy. For digital signage, the endpoint can be pretty “dumb.” Some sensors and endpoints will be highly interactive, while others will be passive, only delivering measurements. Even within one company, many different IoT endpoints will be employed to support various departmental missions. See All in Internet of Things » Network ChallengesIoT devices aren’t monolithic. The demands on the network will be far more varied than what IP network designers have encountered in the past, including for voice and video over IP. Bandwidth delivery will be difficult to manage, especially when the network is congested. One of the benefits expected with 5G networks is the ability to deliver very low delay for IoT. IoT devices that can work with longer delays may be better suited for wired connections. Continuous flowPolling for data collectionPeriodic data with automatic deliveryInteractive communications to IoT devices with actuatorsSensor data from passive devicesDelay tolerance is the amount of time a data transfer takes to reach a destination. When IP networks transfer data, delays of hundreds of milliseconds is acceptable. For VoIP and video over IP, 150ms is the upper delay acceptable. Delay tolerance for IoT depends on the application. If you’re measuring the volume of propane or oil in a fuel tank, seconds of delay is tolerable. But if you’re dealing with safety data or manufacturing systems, then 100ms delay may be too long. Mobile Operators Building a New Channel for IoT Michael Finneran January 28, 2019 Mobile operators are positioning themselves as the one-stop-shop for “packaged” IoT solutions. Do Your IoT Efforts Match Up to Successful Initiatives? Gary Audin July 26, 2019 A focus on corporate buy-in and enterprise vision, rather than technology only, is a key success factor. Most IoT endpoints comprise sensors, processors, network software, and applications from disparate vendors. In some cases, the endpoints are controlled by a gateway also composed of products from multiple vendors. Endpoints are designed to deliver specific functions, and they produce distinct types of traffic. Log in or register to post comments Nyansa Delivers IoT Operational Assurance Zeus Kerravala April 15, 2019 The IoT era is here and it’s going to take cybersecurity complexity to an entirely new level. Various Traffic Types & CharacteristicsThe traffic created by IoT devices varies considerably. For example, traffic varies by whether or not it passes through a processing gateway, how much intelligence it contains, and what applications are running on the gateway. Smart gateway intelligence can respond locally to sensors and process most of the data generated in the gateway. Dumb devices require more interaction over the network with the data center or cloud service. When network designers first encountered VoIP, network performance, especially delay and packet jitter, had to be improved. The improvements also benefited video over IP. IoT devices will challenge network designers and those that operate the networks. The tools to monitor the network will have to be improved as well so they can report the performance by IoT device types and applications.Tags:News & Views5GIoT networkInternet of ThingsAI & AutomationEndpointsNews & Views Articles You Might Like Traffic characteristics can include: Five-nines availability becomes a high priority in the network design. The use of the IoT endpoints further integrates the network into the success or failure of the organization. Deploying gateways can offer sensor support even when the network connection fails. Wired gateway connections can be automatically routed through wireless networks when the wired connections fail. Prioritizing traffic will be problematic. Voice and video traffic is usually given higher priority than data traffic. Some IoT devices may demand priority transfers that will need higher QoS than voice and video. SD-WAN and MPLS may be required for some of the IoT traffic, while more tolerant IoT traffic may be transferred with lower priorities. You originally designed your network to connect workstations and for data communications. Next came VoIP, which changed some of the network characteristics by demands to reduce delay and jitter, and then video, with higher bandwidth requirements and streaming. Now you have to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), in all its myriad forms. Data intensity, which is the amount of data created by a sensor, can vary considerably. Very-low-bandwidth usage will occur when devices such as locks, doors, and light switches report their status. When gateways are used, then large volumes of data may be transferred. Video HD cameras and some industrial machinery also require a large amount of bandwidth. IoT.png Talking IoT Standards With the Open Connectivity Foundation Gary Audin September 06, 2019 Without standards, interoperability among vendor products and services can limit IoT’s growth. The network designer may want to influence the gateway design by requesting that more work be performed at the edge. This can reduce the demands for short delays and high bandwidth. With edge processing, a gateway at the network edge can help reduce delay and bandwidth demands on the network. Gateway-resident applications are typically specific to a particular function rather than a generic application. read more

by Brett Zongker, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2013 2:54 am MDT Government’s 1st measure of creative economy finds arts, culture add $500 billion to GDP WASHINGTON – Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 per cent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts will release the first-ever estimates of the creative sector’s contributions to U.S. gross domestic product based on 2011 data, the most recent figures available. GDP measures the nation’s production of goods and services.Sunil Iyengar, the endowment’s research director, said the yardstick devised in partnership with the Bureau of Economic Analysis drew on figures from Hollywood, the advertising industry, cable TV production, broadcasting, publishing, performing arts and other areas. Now the nation’s creative sector will be measured annually, much as statisticians calculate the contribution of tourism, health care and other sectors to the nation’s economy.“One of the challenges that’s always been there for economists and even lay people and certainly policy makers is to understand what is the arts’ value,” Ilyengar said. “Here’s a measurable, legitimate, rigorous way of tracking the contributions of the creative economy in the country.”Analysts said they used preliminary numbers from 2011 and dating back to 1998, including both for-profit and non-profit industries in the arts and culture sector.By comparison, the arts and culture sector outpaced the U.S. travel and tourism industry, which was 2.8 per cent of GDP in 2011, based on the federal estimate. That finding surprised even the researchers.“Art and culture is a significant part of the U.S. economy — not just its contributions of ideas and creativity to the innovation economy but also as an important part of the labour force and our country’s GDP,” NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa said in a statement.Hollywood movies and video services, the advertising industry and cable TV production were leading contributors to GDP in the creative sector, the researchers found, followed by broadcasting, publishing and the performing arts. On their own, the movie and video industries contributed $47 billion in value-added to the economy in 2011.The total output from arts and cultural production, another measure of economic activity, was $916 billion in 2011, analysts found. That includes $200 billion from creative development in advertising, $104 billion from arts education including college art departments, $100 billion from cable TV and $83 billion from movies and video services.In the workforce, Hollywood and the video industry employed the most people, totalling 310,000 workers and $25 billion in compensation, according to the data. Museums and performing arts industries each employed about 100,000 people. In total, 2 million people worked in creative industries.Researchers also analyzed the creative sector’s exports and the effect of the recession. Since 2007, the sector’s economic impact slumped and had not rebounded by 2011. Between 1998 and 2006, its share of GDP ranged from 3.5 to 3.7 per cent, but researchers found the arts suffered more than the overall economy during the Great Recession.Exports of arts and culture have rebounded, though. A 10-year trend of deficits was reversed beginning in 2008, and by 2011, the U.S. exported $10.4 billion more arts and cultural commodities than it imported. Jewelry, silverware, movies and video services were the biggest exports. The country as a whole, though, has been running a trade deficit.Analysts defined arts and cultural output based on creative artistic activity and the goods and services produced by it or used to support it. They also included the construction of buildings to house creative industries. Beyond entertainment and advertising, the analysis included independent artists, broadcasting, publishing of books, magazines and newspapers and design and architectural services.The analysis will be updated each year, next in fall 2014 to include 2012 data.___National Endowment for the Arts: Bureau of Economic Analysis: Brett Zongker on Twitter at . AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Special Adviser Jamal Benomar said Yemen continues to stand as the only example in the region of a peaceful negotiated transition that is based on a comprehensive roadmap and a genuine national dialogue. “The National Dialogue Conference has opened a new chapter in the transition for which Yemenis are now writing their own pages… They are now deciding their own future,” he told reporters in New York after briefing the Security Council in a closed-door session.He said the opening on 18 March of the conference – which will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections in 2014 – was “an historic moment” for Yemen, which has been undergoing a democratic transition led by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi.“Groups, which only a year ago were engaged in armed clashes, are now gathering in the same hall discussing a common future for their country,” he noted, adding that this is in marked contrast to the tragic events of two years ago, when 45 peaceful demonstrators were killed and 200 were injured on 18 March 2011.At the same time, Mr. Benomar noted that “serious” challenges remain, including unrest in the south of the country, where a civil disobedience movement is now attracting large numbers to the streets. “The calls for secession have grown. After nearly two decades of discrimination, repression, and unaddressed legitimate grievances, the people in the south are weary and sceptical of promises of reform.“Many Yemenis agree that the resolution to the ‘Southern question’ holds the key to the success of Yemen’s transition,” he added. Mr. Benomar has been reaching out to leaders in the south and has consistently conveyed the message that the only means to a resolution is through dialogue. “I am pleased to report that many have reaffirmed to me their rejection of violence and their commitment to dialogue,” he said. “The Yemeni Government will need to undertake immediate confidence-building measures in the south to address the long-standing grievances of southerners over unlawful or illegitimate seizure of property and unjust dismissals from military and civil service,” he added. Another challenge for the country is the ongoing humanitarian crisis, marked by lack of basic services, as well as alarming rates of food insecurity and malnutrition, especially among children.According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), more than 10 million people – almost half the country’s population – are estimated to need food assistance. In addition, child malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world with close to half of Yemen’s children under five years – two million children – stunted and one million acutely malnourished.Mr. Benomar appealed to donors to fulfil their pledges to the 2013 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which requires $716 million to provide emergency and early recovery assistance to 7.7 million of the country’s most vulnerable. So far, the plan is only 22 per cent funded.He also said that attacks on infrastructure intensified during the first week of the national dialogue, with nine attacks reported on electricity transmission lines and five on fuel pipelines. There have been several assassination attempts in Sana’a targeting Government officials and, in one case, a delegate to the conference. In addition, the transition timeline remains a serious challenge, with less than a year remaining to hold the conference, and conduct the constitution-making process, including the referendum, electoral reforms, and the general elections. Reforms to restructure and unify the armed forces have been announced, but are still to be implemented, Mr. Benomar added. read more

UK new car market declines by moderate -3.5% to 234,945 registrations.Strong growth for petrols and plug-ins can’t offset heavy diesel declines, with demand down -28.2% as buyers hesitate.Year-to-date market falls -6.3%, with 1.3 million new cars joining UK roads in first six months.SMMT calls for technology neutral strategy giving motorists confidence to buy right car and right technology for their needs.SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATAThe UK new car market declined moderately in June, with year-on-year demand falling by -3.5%, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 234,945 new cars joined British roads in the month as the market continues to stabilise following turbulence over the past year or so.Demand from larger fleets fell -6.4%, but business buyers with fewer than 25 vehicles on their books returned to showrooms, registering an 11.3% uplift in demand after an 11-month long hiatus. Private demand was largely flat, at -0.6%.Smaller cars remained most popular, with Supermini and Lower Medium vehicles taking a combined 57.4% market share. However, Dual Purpose was the fastest growing segment, with demand up by some 16.4% – 6,710 more than in the same month last year. Dual Purpose, Executive (+4.3%) and Luxury Saloon (+1.3%) were the only segments to register growth in June.There was good news for the alternatively fuelled vehicle sector, with a 45.0% increase in plug-in and hybrid registrations as consumers responded to a growing range of models. Petrol cars also attracted more buyers, with demand up 12.3%. However, this growth was not enough to offset continuing decline in diesel registrations, with a -28.2% fall a result of continuing consumer uncertainty over future policy towards this technology.June capped off a turbulent first half of the year, distorted by the previous year’s VED hikes, with the market experiencing a severe double-digit decline in March followed by a stronger April and May, when year on year demand grew. Year-to-date, overall demand remains down, by some -6.3% to 1,313,994 units.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Despite a rocky first six months for the new car market, it’s great to see demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles continue to rise. Given these cars still represent only one in 20 registrations, however, they cannot yet have the impact in driving down overall emissions that conventional vehicles, including diesels, continue to deliver. Recent government statements acknowledging the importance of petrol and diesel are encouraging. However, we now need a strategy that supports industry investment into next generation technologies and puts motorists back in the driving seat, encouraged to buy the car that best suits their needs – whatever its fuel type.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Well Never Know Whether Stephen Curry Deserved To Be MVP And Thats

Up until his Golden State Warriors failed to mount a second-half comeback against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, it had been a great week for Stephen Curry. Late Sunday, word leaked out that the Warriors’ guard would be named MVP for the 2014-15 NBA season, and Curry accepted the hardware Monday.Curry’s chief rival for the award, Houston’s James Harden, was reportedly disappointed over the outcome of the voting. It’s a completely understandable reaction: The best advanced metrics had Curry and Harden neck-and-neck in the MVP race for most of the season, so Curry’s big edge in first-place votes likely owes more to the Warriors’ incredible team record than any real difference between the two players. In fact, according to our wins above replacement (WAR) metric, Harden slightly edged Curry in value, 16.8 to 16.6.The truth is, we’ll never know which player really deserved the award … in part because a phrase like “most valuable” is very hard to quantify. Metrics are imperfect, probably to a much greater degree than any stathead would like to think. But one thing we can do to combat a false sense of certainty is assign probabilities to each player’s case for adding the most value. Along the way, we can also compare the results to past MVP races — for instance, how did Curry-over-Harden compare to other MVP decisions in history?To measure the uncertainty between a player’s measured WAR and his actual “talent” — that is, the number of WAR he would earn if we were omniscient and knew the exact contributions of every NBA player — we can look at the confidence interval around a player’s measured value.1In this case, since we need to use Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM) for historical seasons, I looked at the standard error between a player’s multi-year projected SPM talent and his Real Plus/Minus (RPM), a new metric that melds a player’s boxscore stats with his on-court influence over the team’s scoring margin. I then combined that with the standard error between RPM and “true talent” to estimate the probability that any given player had the league’s true best WAR in a given season. In turn, those confidence intervals can tell us the probability that a player was truly the most valuable (by WAR) in a given season.This year, Harden was the most likely “true” WAR leader — but with a mere 22 percent probability of being the best. In the past 37 NBA seasons,2The 1978-79 season is the earliest for which this calculation can be run. this year is the seventh most uncertain in terms of whether a WAR leader was actually the league’s true most valuable player. Meanwhile, Curry came in third this season with a 12 percent probability of being the true best player in the league (the Clippers’ Chris Paul was sandwiched between Harden and Curry at 19 percent).In some ways, 12 percent is very low probability. Since 1978-79, only 12 players have won the award with less certainty that they actually produced the league’s greatest value. But the 2014-15 season also featured an unusually wide-open MVP race. Kevin Durant, last year’s winner and the presumptive favorite going into this season, missed 55 games with injuries and only recorded 4.5 WAR. And LeBron James, who’d been projected as the league’s best player on a per-minute basis every season between 2005-06 and 2013-14, produced his lowest WAR (13.1) since his rookie season — yet still had a 9 percent probability of being the true best player in the NBA. And that’s without even getting into the cases to be made for Russell Westbrook (9 percent probability of being the best) or Anthony Davis (4 percent).On the other hand, the gap between Harden and Curry’s odds of being the best player was just 10 percentage points. Excluding the 17 seasons since 1978-79 in which the most likely true WAR leader was also named MVP, that’s the sixth-smallest gap between any MVP and that season’s leader in “true best player” probability:By that standard, Curry’s win was a far cry from past miscarriages of MVP justice, such as Michael Jordan losing out to Magic Johnson in 1988-89 despite Jordan having a 55 percent probability of being the league’s true best player — the second-highest “best player” certainty of any season since 1978-79, trailing only James’s 66 percent mark in 2009-10.Conversely, there was no such certainty in a season like 2014-15, where several of the usual MVP suspects were absent from the front of the race. In such a situation, you can’t really go wrong (or, perhaps, you can’t really go right) no matter which MVP you choose. read more

← Previous Story Norwegian vice-champions Byasen waiting call for Women’s EHF CL! Next Story → POLISH PROBLEM: Lijewski and Jaszka still questionable for Magdeburg handball transfersJoan CanellasTHW Kiel Spanish star Joan Canellas has signed three years contract with THW Kiel as wrote the first two weeks ago. HSV left back left the team who lost DKB Bundesliga license a week ago due huge financial problems after president and the biggest sponsor Rudolph decided to stay out of handball.– I follow development of Joan Canellas for a long time. He is player with excelent skills. We will have more possibilities in backline in the future with him – said THW’s coach Alfred Gislason.Joan Canellas was happy to sign contract with the German champion:– I wanted to continue to play in the strongest league in the world. It makes me proud to be a part of great THW Kiel. I will do my best in order to help continue of successful history of the club – concluded Canellas. read more

first_imgA HOSTAGE-TAKER WHO barricaded himself inside a Portuguese restaurant, setting off explosives and shooting dead a police officer, was himself killed in a gunfight, according to local authorities.Six others including four police were injured by the blasts in the seven-hour ordeal in the restaurant, gendarmerie spokesman Jorge Goulao said.The man, described as of eastern European origin, had entered the restaurant in Pinhal Novo to eat, but then pulled out a gun and threatened customers demanding money.Most of the customers at “The Refuge” eatery were able to flee and alert the police. The others were kept hostage.When officers arrived, the gunman fired a shot that hit a 27-year-old gendarme in the head, killing him.In the ensuing gun battle, the hostage-taker was killed.One of the officers was hospitalised from the explosions, while the two civilians suffered minor injuries.Portugal’s RTP state television network said the gunman was a Moldovan who had lived in Portugal for several years, working in the construction sector.He reportedly became unemployed a few months ago and was living in a car in the region after losing his house.The network said the man had been carrying four grenades and a gun.- © AFP, 2013Read: Security concerns delay search of Riga store wreckagelast_img read more

first_imgCHRISTMAS TELLY HAS never been the same since The Den Christmas Special went the way of the dodo.Here’s what’s (not) on the box, courtesy of Not The RTÉ Guide.06:00, RTÉ Two: WAAAGGGHHH: Hector shouts and jumps around and whips your children into a frenzy for two solid hours featuring perfomances from One Direction, Justin Bieber, and The West Cork Puppy Revue. Plus, Hector will send a big bag of sugar directly to the house of one lucky family. 08:00, RTÉ Two: The Last Chance Saloon: Inexplicably Wild West-themed show where bold children plead their case to a clearly hungover and biscuit-filled Santa10:00, TG4: Jingle Brels: Jack L performs festive versions of his favourite Jacques Brel tunes11:00: Mass: Fr. Moloney regrets his decision to make the children leave their dolls and action figures around the altar as it makes the mass look like a serial killer’s tea party13:00, RTÉ One: Cribs: Priests from around the country show off their massive cribs. “This is where the magic happened”, says a priest from Ennis pointing at a creepily realistic Baby Jesus with blinking eyes. 14:00, RTÉ Two: The Newlywed Game: Couples celebrating their first Christmas together do blind taste tests of stuffing and gravy in order to figure out whose family they’re going to have Christmas dinner with. Source: YouTube 15:00, RTÉ One: Dinner With The Prez: Michael D. Higgins invites a camera crew into the Aras so that everybody in Ireland can have Christmas dinner with the president.15:40, RTÉ One: Washing Up With The Prez: Michael D. Higgins forgets that it’s his year to do the washing up and invites a camera crew into the kitchen to dry a few plates while they’re there.16:00, RTÉ One: The Big Christmas Movie: Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac18:00, RTÉ One: The Angelus:BONG.Your grandmother looks up. Everyone else is chatting, eating, or dozing.BONG.Now she’s looking around angrily. Everyone is chatting, eating, or dozing.BONG.Everyone has noticed that she’s glaring.BONG.Everyone is looking up.18:01, RTÉ One: Six One News: If you see Bryan Dobson or Sharon Ní Bheolain today then something terrible has happened and Christmas is ruined. Source: YouTube19:00, TV3: The Top 50 Days Of 2013: Featuring days such as April 16th, February 2nd, and September 22nd but has October 28th made the cut? Tune in to find out.20:00, RTÉ Two: HD Reindeer Games Opening Ceremony: LIVE coverage of the official opening of the 152nd annual Reindeer Games culminating in the traditional burning of Rudolph in effigy. Directed by Danny Boyle.21:30, RTÉ One: Primetime Christmas Special: David McCullagh and Miriam O’Callaghan try to get an argument about wind farms going but you can tell that nobody’s heart is really in it.22:00, TV3: Ireland’s Biggest Backsliders: Documentary about children who committed major crimes immediately after confirming that Santa had delivered their presents. 23:00, TV3: Sherry Recriminations With Vincent & Glenda: Vincent Browne and Glenda Gilson finish off the last of the sherry and tell us what they really think of Ireland’s biggest celebrities, media figures, and politicians.9 Irish Christmas ads that will hit you right in the feelings>Watch as unbelievable winds blow Christmas shoppers off their feet>last_img read more

first_img[Image: Eamon Ward]Read: Don’t bottle your recycling this ChristmasRead: Irish homes have an average of 110 batteries lying around IT ARRIVED IN the living room with much ceremony three or four weeks ago — but now, after all the drama of festive period, it’s time to tear down those decorations, pack up the lights, and find a way to get rid of that old Christmas Tree. Because there’s nothing more depressing than having to hurry past a dishevelled, needle-shedding, once-proud pine on your way to work on a freezing and overcast January morning.So what are the most convenient (and most environmentally friendly) ways to dispose of your tree? takes a look:DUBLINIn Dublin, the City Council has opened ten sites for tree recycling — at locations ranging from Fairview in Dublin 3 to Rathmines on the southside and Crumlin in the west of the city. Full details of locations can be found at the council’s website.Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown also have seven centres open between 9.30am and 3.30pm until this Sunday. There are four sites in Fingal, and a further nine in the South Dublin area.CORKCork County Council is waiving its usual €3 fee for tree recycling at its 11 civic amenity sites throughout the county. In the City Council area, there are sites available on the Kinsale Road, Ballinlough Park, Clashduv Park in Togher, Montenotte, and at the Sam Allen Sports Complex in Gurranabraher — all centres are accepting trees until the 31 January.LIMERICKIn Limerick, you can wave goodbye to that tree at the city council bring banks at Kileely, Moyross or at Rhebogue.What not to do: A Christmas Tree dumped in the streets on London [Image: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment]GALWAYRecycling your tree will set you back €2 in Galway — but you have the option of taking home a free bag of compost for your trouble. There are two recycling sites — on Barna Road and at the Merling Park Depot.WATERFORDIn Waterford City, you can use the Civic Amenity Site at Kilbarry to get rid of your tree. The cost here is also €2 (though there’s no mention of any free bags of compost). In the county, trees can be disposed of at the centre in Ballinamuck, Dungarvan.REST OF COUNTRYIf you’re living outside of the main urban areas, there are still plenty of centres where you can bring your tree. Check out this handy ‘finder’ from Repak to locate a site in your area.TREE THROWINGAround 100 people turned out in Ennis, Co Clare, yesterday for the third annual Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship. The event, which is aimed at raising funds for charity and raising awareness of the importance of recycling, saw members of the public compete to determine the Irish distance record for throwing a standard 1.5 metre tree.Gary O’Growney (pictured below)  originally from Dublin but now living in Kilfenora, won the Championship by equalling the Irish Record of 10.2 metres set at last year’s event.last_img read more

first_imgTHIRTY-FIVE YEARS ago, funeral directors in Delaware struggled to quickly bury and cremate the remains of more than 900 people who died in a suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, many of them Peoples Temple followers who drank cyanide-laced punch.Some bodies that arrived back in the US at Dover Air Force Base in 1978 were claimed by families. Some were cremated. Others were buried in a mass grave in California.Yesterday, officials revealed that not all had been brought to a final resting place. The cremated remains of nine Jonestown victims were discovered in a decrepit, now-shuttered funeral home in Dover, officials said. The discovery reopened wounds.“All the survivors in touch with me are traumatized because that door had been closed,” said Jonestown survivor Laura Johnston Kohl, now a retired teacher from San Diego.“Whatever journey the ashes took in the US is secondary. The first issue is how do we settle it to make sure the ashes are where they belong … at Evergreen where everybody is,” she said, referring to the cemetery that is the site of the mass grave. This 1978 file photo of the aftermath of the Jonestown tragedy shows some of the more than 900 victims. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHundreds of children and a US congressman died at Jonestown, and 911 decomposing bodies were brought to Dover Air Force Base, home to the U.S. military’s largest mortuary. The base has handled mass casualties of both military personnel and civilians from wars, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and the NASA Challenger and Columbia space shuttle missions.As the bodies were identified, the military asked about a half-dozen local funeral homes to help the families make arrangements.Last week, though, the ashes of nine victims were found neatly packaged and clearly marked, with the names of the deceased and place of their death included on accompanying death certificates, the Delaware Division of Forensic Science said Thursday. No names were released publicly because relatives hadn’t been notified. The scene at Jonestown, Guayana following the People’s Temple deaths in 1978. Source: AP/Press Association Images“It’s just so sad, for me as a survivor,” said Yulanda Williams, 58, now a sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department. Williams spent a decade with the Peoples Temple, including three months in Jonestown, named after the group’s founder, Jim Jones. She left with her 8-month-old daughter before the massacre.“You consistently wind up finding yourself trying to heal but having your wounds opened up again when new information is given,” she said.“We would do what they wanted, either cremation or send the bodies back home. Most of them were sent back home,” said funeral director William Torbert Sr, 79.IdentificationFuneral directors say it is not uncommon for family members to never retrieve cremated remains.The Jonestown remains were found at the former Minus Funeral Home after the property’s current owner, a bank, called, according to Dover police and public records. They also found 24 other containers of marked, identified remains, and five containers of remains they could not immediately identify, said Kimberly Chandler, spokeswoman for the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. Bottles of poison which belonged to members of the People’s Temple cult at Jonestown, Guayana. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe dilapidated former funeral home in Dover had a padlock on the double front doors. The building showed few signs of its former use, although a floral design was etched in glass panes at the entrance. Dead vines hung from the building’s white plaster walls, and cracked windows were repaired with blue tape.Jones ran the Peoples Temple in San Francisco in the early 1970s. He founded a free health clinic and a drug rehabilitation program, emerging as a political force. But allegations of wrongdoing mounted, and Jones moved the settlement to Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America. Hundreds of followers moved.On November 18, 1978, on a remote jungle airstrip, gunmen from the group ambushed and killed US Rep. Leo Ryan of California, three newsmen and a defector from the group. All were visiting Jonestown on a fact-finding mission to investigate reports of abuses of members. Some of the victims of the Jonestown tragedy, November 1978. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesJones then orchestrated a ritual of mass murder and suicide at the group’s nearby agricultural commune, ordering followers to drink cyanide-laced grape punch. Most complied, although survivors described some people being shot, injected with poison, or forced to drink the deadly beverage when they tried to resist.Many of the bodies were decomposed and could not be identified. Several cemeteries refused to take them until the Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, California, stepped forward in 1979 and accepted 409 bodies.The remaining victims were cremated or buried in family cemeteries over the period of several months following the massacre.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Traditional Greek music has a long and proud tradition among Greek Australians, and now Apodimi Compania has been recognized in the National Film and Sound Archive’s (NFSA) annual “Sounds of Australia” list. Rebetika Songs, Apodimi Compania’s first album, was recorded at Brunswick Records in 1987, and is listed among the 14 on the 2010 list.NFSA Sound archivist Graham McDonald said the band, a group of young second and third generation Greeks who were living in Melbourne in the 1980s, deserved to make the cut.“Here are these recordings – whether it be Greek music, Eagle Rock, a political speech or someone recording a bird song,” he said.“It’s important to Australia’s social, cultural, historical and technical significance.” The “Sounds of Australia” list also includes recordings of Daddy Cool’s Eagle Rock, Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech and John Curtin’s announcement of war with Japan. Apodimi Compania was influenced by the revival of traditional Rebetika music in Greece in the 1980s.“They listened to all this remastered stuff from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, and off they went, they learned a whole bunch of old songs and started playing,” Mr McDonald said.“Then they started touring and eventually they moved to Greece, and they’re actually really successful.”But, apart from the national significance of Apodimi Compania, Mr. McDonald said he’s a fan of the band’s music.He saw them in Canberra when they toured Australia earlier this year.“It was half an hour of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard,” he said. John McAuslan was in charge of Brunswick Records, who recorded three of the band’s early albums.“My first association with the band was in 1986,” he said. “I used to go up to the old Retreat Hotel and see them on a Sunday night, so when Brunswick Records kicked off they were an obvious choice to record,” he said. He said he’s not surprised they’re being formally recognized.“Apart from the fact that they’re maestros of their instruments, their enthusiasm for the old Rebetika style and the research they put into it was an amazing work,” he said.“They weren’t just musicians; they immersed themselves in the style.”He said he maintains a personal friendship with the band members, although he said they haven’t yet signed any contracts with the NFSA.“I’m sure the boys will be rather chuffed, as it is quite an honour,” he said.last_img read more

Jack Grealish reacts to failed Spurs move

first_imgJack Grealish is ready to put the disappointment of failing to move to Tottenham behind him and “get to work” at Aston Villa for this seasonThe English midfielder had attempted to engineer a move away from the Championship side over the past few days that remained of the summer transfer window with Tottenham having had a strong interest in signing him.Although the probability of Grealish making the move to North London appeared to be unlikely following his appearance in Villa’s 3-1 win over Hull City in the Championship opener on Monday night.But new investors at Villa meant that they were no longer under pressure to sell the 22-year-old, who has now broken his silence on social media.“Let’s get back to work,” he wrote.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Villa will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins in the Championship this weekend when they host Wigan Athletic.Let’s get to work. #AVFC ❤️?⚽️— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) August 9, 2018last_img read more

TCSPCA to host its annual dog show

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurtle Cove marina will this Saturday literally go to the dogs as the TCSPCA will host its annual dog show and the public is welcomed to attend the event which has free admission.  Even your pets can attend, but they must be on a leash.It is one of the biggest fundraisers for the organization and the Fun Dog Show goes from 1 to 4pm.  Executive Director of the TCSPCA, Susan Blehr says they anticipate some 200 people to attend and she is excited about naming the canine ranked ‘Best in Show’.Funds support the Spay and Neuter program of the Turks and Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Plastic surgery patients asking to look like filtered selfies

first_imgPlastic surgery patients asking to look like filtered selfies Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 8, 2018 Posted: August 8, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Filters on social media apps like Snapchat or Instagram have now lead to people requesting plastic surgery to look like their filtered selves.Plastic surgeons are concerned because they’ve seen a rise in people nationwide asking to look like the filtered selfies of themselves that are created through social media apps, like Snapchat and Instagram.One click and, just like that, you have smoother skin, fuller lips, whiter teeth, bigger eyes. You can cover up any flaws in just a matter of seconds.“It makes it fun to take pictures because you have a dog face,” said Hailey Justice, Snapchat User from Alpine.“The filters definitely make you look better,” said Jake Kemper, Snapchat User from San Diego. “Sometimes it’s nice to look at Snapchat filters now and then and I don’t have acne anymore.”The filters in apps like Snapchat and Instagram, which give you instant perfection, are leaving some with the need for perfection in real life.“People want that faster, quicker, turnaround,” said Dr. Vincent Marin, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.Plastic surgeons have seen a trend that’s called Snapchat Dysmorphia. Instead of people coming in asking to look like their favorite movie stars, they’re asking to look like the filtered, airbrushed, Snapchat version of themselves.“It’s a lot easier to do on pixels than on human DNA,” said Dr. Marin.Dr. Marin told KUSI just because it’s something you can do on your phone, doesn’t mean it’s something you can request from a plastic surgeon.“The biggest challenge with these filters is that they don’t just change one thing,” said Dr. Marin. “They make the nose smaller, the eyes bigger, the chin smaller, the skin smoother. There’s a lot of things that go into making the face look better.”In his words, that’s dangerous, unrealistic and costly.Nabil El-Ghoroury, the Executive Director of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, echoed that thought.“For some people, it can really trigger some feelings of real dissatisfaction with their body,” said El-Ghoroury.He said it’s kind of like body dysmorphia where people don’t see themselves as they are and want to enhance themselves.“It could be that they feel pressure form other people posting,” said El-Ghoroury. “It could be that they hear thoughts about themselves that they are not pretty, that they are not attractive or not attractive enough.”Too often these days, social media is pushing the feeling of inadequacy, in parents and teens alike.“I think people just need to be confident in who they are and it’s just a way of escaping how they are and I’m not a fan of that,” said Kayden Kropf.  “They should really be who God created them to be,” said Maureen Degan, Parent from Alpine. “There’s no reason to change anything on them for any reason, at all.”Dr. Marin also said some of the requests aren’t even possible, and to even get close to the Snapchat version of themselves, most people would need a complete reconstruction. That could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most importantly, it’s dangerous. The lesson here is to embrace our imperfections. center_img , KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:53 PM , KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Elderly man critical after West Miami home catches fire

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly man was rescued and rushed to the hospital after his West Miami home went up in flames. Thankfully, his wife was able to escape just in time.According to officials, when fire rescue crews arrived to the home, located along Southwest 12th Street, early Friday morning, there were heavy flames and smoke spewing from the house.“I lose everything,” said homeowner Adeline Collazo.Adeline was the first person to smell smoke and was able to run outside. “I see the smoke, and I wake up, and I go out of the room, and I open the door and get out,” she said.However, her 88-year-old husband, Julio, was stuck inside. “I couldn’t get out again, because [there was] so much smoke,” said Collazo. “My husband was inside, and he’s at the hospital, but he’s in very bad shape.”First responders said they tried to break into the back of the house to get to the victim inside, but it was too hot. That’s when they decided to rush to the front of the house, where they found him lying on the floor about 10 feet from the front door.“Immediately right in 10 feet of the front door, they pulled the victim, took him out,” said Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay. Her husband is now in critical condition at a nearby hospital.As investigators worked through the remains of the house, family members arrived on the scene.The family has lived inside the home for 54 years. They told 7News they don’t have homeowner’s insurance.Investigators have classified the home as a total loss due to the gravity of the fire.Family members told 7News that cats were inside the house. One was found, and according to family, one did not survive.Crews were on the scene throughout the afternoon to investigate what caused the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

TEN Releases Revamped Motor Trend OnDemand Streaming Video Service

first_img For a promotional price of $4.99/month or $49.99/year, automotive enthusiasts can now stream all 1,500 hours of on-demand video, plus live events, on redesigned apps for iOS and Android devices, as well as on Apple TV and Roku. TEN teamed up with agency Mind Over Eye to produce a month-long multimedia campaign promoting the service, including 15- and 30-second digital video units running across YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as programmatic channels. The campaign involves homepage takeovers on several TEN-owned websites and print placements in the June issues of a number of the company’s publications. Today, the automotive video destination moves one step closer to realizing that potential with a revamped mobile app, expanded content library, new exclusive distribution agreements, and the platform’s first multimedia marketing campaign. Motor Trend also announced today that it has acquired the rights to over 20 years of FIA Formula 1 archival footage, on top of existing exlcusive North American distribution deals with events like the Pirelli World Challenge and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo. A TEN spokesperson tells Folio: that the brand plans to host more than 150 live races on the platform this year alone. Original programming, including new series Roadkill Garage and Head2Head Drag Race, will also have a home on Motor Trend OnDemand, which is available on desktop as well as mobile and streaming devices. Back in February, about three months after the beta-stage launch of a fully-functional but yet-widely unpromoted version of the new Motor Trend OnDemand streaming video service, Scott Dickey, CEO of TEN: The Enthusiast Network, told Folio:, “We essentially have created Netflix for gearheads, and we’re pretty bullish on our potential.”center_img “With the new and improved MotorTrend OnDemand app, we are hoping to reach even more of our most loyal auto enthusiasts,” said Dickey in a statement. “Motor Trend OnDemand is the only video destination to ‘bring the action’ in the way that auto enthusiasts demand, 24/7/365, live and on demand, on the devices they own and use.” “We wanted gearheads to know, ‘Can’t go to see F1 in Monaco? Can’t hit the track in the latest Supercar? Motor Trend OnDemand can take you there,'” said TEN CMO, Jonathan Anastas. In the never-ending search for diversified revenues, especially in enthusiast media, capitalizing on existing success with video content and attempting to convert those viewers into paying subscribers, as well as creating a new opportunity to upsell to existing subscribers, makes perfect sense for Motor Trend. The brand’s YouTube channel caters to over four million subscribers—just behind National Geographic, Comedy Central, and Top Gear and just ahead of Lil Wayne, GoPro, and One Direction. Earlier this month, a Facebook Live broadcast featuring an exclusive photoshoot of Tesla’s new Model 3 car at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory garnered hundreds of thousands of views and more than 10,000 comments, likes, and shares.last_img read more

first_img Space Solar eclipse 2017: Here’s what people saw 0 Tags 32 amazing photos of solar eclipses (pictures) On May 29, 1919, Eddington managed to image a few of the stars nearest the darkened sun. After much calculating, the positions of these stars in the sky, as captured that day from the island of Principe, would show that Einstein’s theory passed the test. When the results were announced later that year, it catapulted Einstein to a level of stardom that has persisted to this day. “A century ago astronomers confirmed the general theory of relativity – in the process transforming our understanding of the Universe for ever,” Mike Cruise, president of the Royal Astronomical Society, said in a statement. “The work of Einstein and Eddington is an amazing example of international collaboration in the aftermath of the first world war, and a visible demonstration of how science can overcome barriers in these turbulent times.”  It is our understanding of relativity, verified first by the 1919 eclipse experiment, that allows global positioning systems to be accurate down to the centimeter, enabling a wide array of uses from navigation to weather forecasting. “The observation of this one eclipse by a few astronomers from Britain and Ireland … may well have been the most important scientific experiment of the entire twentieth century,” writes Daniel Kennefick in his book No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Enlarge ImageA half-tone reproduction of one of the images taken of the eclipse. Royal Astronomical Society Over the ensuing decades, other experiments have continued to prove Einstein correct. The discovery of gravitational waves and the recent first-ever direct image of a black hole both served as further evidence that gravity seems to behave as Einstein predicted throughout the universe. Before the eclipse of 1919, Einstein’s ideas were considered too radical and difficult to understand, let alone verify, to be widely accepted. When the results were published some controversy persisted, as cosmologist Peter Coles has written. But with each passing decade relativity seems more clearly to be settled science and the importance of that long-ago eclipse has become clear. The introduction to the version of the paper published in Science in 1920 might have said it best:”An eclipse of the sun has become of profound interest also to the physicist, to the mathematician, and to the philosopher, in general.”And in case you’re wondering, the next total solar eclipse is just a few weeks away. It will be visible from parts of South America and the South Pacific on July 2.  Share your voice 33 Photos Post a comment But rather than geopolitics, the disagreement at hand had to do with gravity and light. According to Newton’s conception of physics, light has no mass and therefore cannot be affected by gravity, so it should always move in a straight line. While Einstein’s 1915 theory of general relativity does not directly quibble with Newton, it adds the notion that gravity can actually warp the fabric of space-time. He hypothesized that this effect could even be visible with a massive enough object, like the sun, because it possesses enough space-time-warping gravity to make particles of light effectively curve around it.This means the position of distant stars would actually appear to shift a tiny amount when their light passes near the sun. Of course, it’s very difficult to see any stars right next to the sun’s bright light, so Eddington set out to test Einstein’s theory by observing stars during the eclipse. As anyone who saw the great American total solar eclipse of 2017 can attest, during the few minutes of totality, stars briefly re-emerge as the shadow of the moon blots out the sun’s intense light. 21 Photos A century ago, on a small island off the coast of West Africa, a few adventurous astronomers led by Arthur Eddington pointed their telescopes at the sun as it went dark. Their goal was to measure distant stars during what would become one of the most famous total solar eclipses, but in the process they created a whole new kind of star: Albert Einstein.We owe our understanding of modern physics and astronomy — and technology like GPS that helps us navigate our daily lives — to this landmark scientific experiment, which tested Einstein’s theory of general relativity 100 years ago.What was at stake was the scientific equivalent of settling a bet about how the universe works. On one side of the bet was German-born Einstein, and on the other was the British father of modern science, Isaac Newton. At the time, Germany and Britain had just been on opposite ends of bloodiest war either side had ever seen — World War I.  Sci-Techlast_img read more