Mise à jour sur les feux de forêt le jeudi 11 août

first_img -30- Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le jeudi 11 août à 20 h. Les équipes ont fait des progrès considérables aujourd’hui. Le feu de forêt de Ten Mile Lake, dans le comté de Queens, est maintenant circonscrit dans une proportion de 100 p. 100. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, est maintenant circonscrit dans une proportion de 45 p. 100. Tous les autres feux sont entièrement circonscrits. Des patrouilles ont encore lieu à certains endroits en raison de la sécheresse. La route 8 demeure fermée en raison de l’arrosage aérien dans la région. Toute activité et tout déplacement dans les régions boisées sont toujours interdits. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité, et l’interdiction de brûlage demeure en vigueur. Pour de plus amples renseignements : http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr/faq.asplast_img read more

New poll suggests onethird dont want politicians to wear religious symbols

first_imgOTTAWA — While most Canadians firmly back the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and strongly support the idea of diversity, a new poll suggests a third of Canadians would ban their elected officials from wearing religious symbols.A majority of Quebecers canvassed in the survey agreed that federal, provincial and local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job.Nationally, 49 per cent of respondents said they would not favour such a ban, but 37 per cent said they would support it.The Leger Marketing poll was done to gauge public sentiment in light of a proposed secularism law in Quebec that would ban public servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols.The proposed law would not extend to elected officials, but a question about whether it should was included among questions about how Canadians in different provinces feel about religions and religious signs.Jack Jedwab, president of the Association for Canadian Studies, which commissioned the survey, says a deeper dive into the numbers shows the strongest supporters of such a ban for politicians are those more likely to feel threatened by religious minorities. They also expressed negative feelings toward Islam, Muslims and react negatively to hijabs.Respondents who said they interact more with and are comfortable around religious minorities are less likely to support banning religious symbols for elected officials, the data suggests.Meanwhile, more than 80 per cent of all of those surveyed said they have positive views of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and also said they favour multiculturalism.The results indicate what Jedwab calls a “striking paradox” among Canadians.“(People) express broad appreciation of diversity and say that our society is tolerant and accepting of religious-minority customs and traditions, yet at the same time … we, to a significant degree, don’t like the idea of politicians wearing religious symbols or signs.”The results of this survey suggest federal leaders will have to approach issues of religious symbolism carefully in seat-rich Quebec as the province moves to enact its secularism law while federal parties gear up for a fall federal election.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, a practising Sikh who sports a brightly coloured turban, will have an especially challenging time in Quebec, Jedwab says.“He’s going to probably encounter some challenges that people probably will not express publicly, but that they feel privately,” he said.“Those feelings are out there … Is it going to affect his chances of getting elected? It’s difficult to say. It creates a new layer that is out there.”During the last federal election campaign, religious symbolism became a flashpoint after the Federal Court of Canada upheld a lower court’s decision to strike down the former Conservative government’s ban on wearing niqabs at citizenship ceremonies.Former NDP leader Tom Mulcair took a firm stance against the ban — a move he later said he believes cost him the election, as support for the ban was strong in Quebec, where his party base was strongest.Jedwab says he believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau successfully skirted backlash on the niqab issue in 2015 because Mulcair took the brunt of Quebecers’ concerns.This time, Trudeau — who has spoken against the secularism bill and who has taken a strong stance in favour of welcoming immigrants and minorities — could have a more turbulent ride.“It’s going to be challenging for him because he needs to build and/or strengthen his base in Quebec. The challenge will be that there is a lot of support for these types of restrictions,” Jedwab said.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will also have to walk a fine line on issues of religious symbolism and immigration, Jedwab added.“The polling numbers in this poll nationally suggest (Scheer) may be able to find a line through this thing where he says, ‘We understand people’s fears and insecurities, but we need to respect the Charter of Rights.’ I don’t think Mr. Trudeau will be saying he understands people’s fears and insecurities, because that will validate them,” Jedwab said.This survey of respondents drawn from an online panel canvassed the opinions of 2,215 adults between May 3 and 7.—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Luck Mervil sobs at sentencing hearing for sexually exploiting a minor

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: He said some news reports referred to allegations made during his preliminary inquiry that turned out to be unfounded and based on comments made “out of context.”On Monday, Mervil pleaded guilty to having sexually exploited a minor in 1996. An accusation that he sexually assaulted the same victim was dropped.The victim was 17 at the time. Mervil was 28 and the leader of RudeLuck, a band that was gaining popularity. A publication ban prohibits revealing details on how Mervil and the victim knew each other.However, by pleading guilty to sexual exploitation, Mervil admitted he had authority over her. She had known Mervil and his family for years. According to a statement of facts entered into the court record, she was proud to know Mervil while his star was rising but she did not find him attractive.The two had sex on several occasions. She decided to report what happened years later, and Mervil was charged in 2014.His first lawyer, Loris Cavaliere, was arrested a year later in a crackdown on organized crime. On Friday, Mervil said that development dragged his case out for much longer than he had expected.“Above all I want to say I am sorry” to the victim, Mervil said Friday, seconds after the victim exited the courtroom, apparently unable to withstand hearing what he had to say.The victim also made a statement, breaking down and crying while trying to get through it.‎She said her experience with Mervil turned her into a bitter and angry person. She became aggressive with her loved ones, in particular with her sister. She estimated she has spent $15,000 on therapy.“I burned bridges with my friends,” she said, and lost contact with family members for years. “I lost my sense of myself.”She said she fears Mervil will seek revenge for ‎having filed a complaint against him.“I think he will manipulate people he knows into hating me,” said the woman, who now lives in Europe.“When I come back to Montreal those fears grow,” she said. “That is why I don’t come back to Montreal.”Mervil said he could not comprehend why the woman would feel that he would seek revenge.“I don’t see how she could think I would seek reprisals,” he said. “You won’t find one person who can say that I had a violent thought toward her.”His lawyer, Philippe Larochelle, deposited media articles into evidence that reported Mervil had sexually assaulted the victim when that is not the crime he admitted to.Prosecutor Anne Gauvin presented the joint recommendation that Mervil receive a six-month term that can be served in the community. The first three months would involve house arrest and the following three months would involve a curfew.“We left nothing aside,” Gauvin said of the negotiations that produced the recommendation.Hébert said she will make a decision on the sentence next week.by Paul Cherry | Montreal Gazette Twitter “Above all I want to say I am sorry,” the Quebec singer says after the victim exits the courtroom.Luck Mervil, the popular singer who pleaded guilty this week to having sexually exploited a minor many years ago, broke down and cried while making a statement during his sentence hearing on Friday.A sobbing Mervil told Quebec Court Judge Mélanie Hébert about a phone call he received after he pleaded guilty on Monday. He said the principal of the school his young son attends suggested he might have to “put up a security perimeter” around the boy.Mervil said he has considered hiring bodyguards as a result of what’s been said in the news media as well as on social media. Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Quebec singer Luck Mervil, who has pleaded guilty to sex-related charges involving a minor, arrives at the courthouse for the sentencing arguments Friday, May 18, 2018 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson ORG XMIT: pch102 Advertisementlast_img read more

Morocco Turns to China Russia Markets to Boost Tourism Industry

London –  The Moroccan National Tourism Office (ONMT) seeks to increase the number of Chinese and Russians tourists visiting Morocco in order to boost the country’s tourism industry. Morocco is turning to new markets like Russia and China to support the country’s large tourism industry following a decline in visitors from traditional source markets, said Oxford Business Group (OBG).Diversification will be key to meeting the goals of Morocco’s Vision 2020, the country’s tourism development plan, which ambitiously aims to attract 20 million visitors and boost tourism revenues to MAD 140 billion (€12.8 billion) by the end of the decade, said OBG in its latest analysis. Last year revenues from tourism decreased 1.4% year-on-year to MAD 58.6 billion (€5.4 billion), with the country welcoming just over 10 million visitors, indicating the magnitude of the task ahead, the same source added.Russian tourists spent only MAD 28 million (€2.6 million) in Morocco last year, but the Ministry of Tourism is increasingly looking to Russia as a priority market, said OBG’s experts.In 2015 there were approximately 40,000 visitors from Russia, well behind the 3.3 million from France, 2.1 million from Spain and 615,000 from Germany, but the ONMT aims to increase that figure to 800,000 by 2020.To support the Ministry’s effort, the country’s national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, which launched direct flights between Moscow and Casablanca in 2011, began service from the Russian capital to the southern resort town of Agadir in the second quarter of this year, said the OBG.It added that the carrier is also in talks to establish direct flights from Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, to both Agadir and Marrakech.Morocco has also embarked on aggressive marketing campaigns, the OBG noted, adding that earlier this year Moroccan tourism authorities hosted representatives of 30 Russian news outlets and 400 Russian travel agencies in Agadir, Marrakech and Casablanca to promote and increase the visibility of the kingdom’s tourist offerings.In recent years, Morocco has launched an ambitious program to attract tourists from other countries, particularly Brazil, China and Russia, Scandinavian countries, Turkey and Germany.During a meeting of the Moroccan National Tourist Office Board of Directors last December, outgoing Minister of Tourism, Lahcen Haddad said that Morocco seeks “to attract 800,000 tourists from the Scandinavian, Turkish, German and Russian markets by 2020.”Haddad went on to add that his Ministry seeks to attract more than 120,000 Chinese and 200,000 Russian tourists by 2020 and turn Morocco into one of the 20 largest tourist destinations in the world. read more

Kosovars displaced by war face reintegration obstacles says UN rights expert

“All persons who were internally displaced from or within Kosovo have the right to return but are also entitled to integrate wherever they currently are,” said Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), after wrapping up a week-long trip which took him to Belgrade, Pristina and other cities.His mission to the region, he stressed, was in line with Security Council resolution 1244, which reaffirms Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and also gave the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) administrative authority. Further, he underscored that any reference to Kosovo – whether to its territory, institutions or population – is to be understood to be in accordance with the UN’s position of strict neutrality on its status.While welcoming authorities’ expressed commitment to help IDPs, regardless of their ethnicity, return, Mr. Kälin saw entrenched patterns of discrimination, lack of access to employment, few schools for minorities and difficulties in repossessing property, among other obstacles to return.Nearly 800 IDP families have registered to return to or within Kosovo this year, marking “an important test case,” he said, with the programme’s outcome showing whether authorities are willing to accept and facilitate returns.Since his last visit to the then Serbia and Montenegro in 2005, he said that he has seen marked improvements in the local integration of the displaced. For example, in a “positive” and “clear step forward,” the Serbian Commissioner for Refugees and others have helped IDPs leave “dreadful” collective centres and move into their own homes, the Representative said.But he cautioned that bureaucratic barriers could impede the access of IDPs – the vast majority of whom are of Serb ethnicity – to public services.“If you want to give internally displaced persons a realistic chance to return one day, you have to first allow them to re-establish a normal life,” he emphasized.Mr. Kälin in also voiced his concern over the situation of IDPs of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian ethnicity, who have “been living on the margins of society even before they were displaced.”Many of their children do not attend schools and they also cannot access housing, social and health state benefits because they lack recognized addresses, he said, calling on authorities to treat them as any other IDPs.He said he was alarmed that hundreds of Roma IDPs are still living in Cesmin Lug Camp, where they had been placed by the UN one decade ago, and the adjacent Osterode barracks in Mitrovica.“These people live in the immediate vicinity of toxic waste that poisons their blood with lead,” especially the children, the expert said. “This is a humanitarian emergency and a very serious human rights issue. The lives and health of these sick children must not be abused for political purposes.” 7 July 2009More than one decade after the Balkan wars concluded, Kosovars uprooted by fighting then continue to face serious challenges in returning home and local integration, a United Nations human rights expert said today. read more

UN predicts world food import bill to fall to fiveyear low amid

Source: FAO Food Outlook – Biannual report on global food marketsDespite a slight reduction in global harvests expected this year – with a 1.5 per cent decline in cereal production from last year’s record output – “exceptionally high” levels of existing stocks will offset the pressure, according to the FAO’s report. The reduction in cereal production remains nearly five per cent above the average of the past five years.Dairy prices fell the most, buoying imports in Africa, while the abolition of the European Union’s (EU) milk quota system was also one of the main drivers of the 6.7 percent monthly drop. Sugar, cereals and vegetable oils prices also declined. By contrast, meat values rose in April, which was their first increase since August 2014.Food Outlook also includes a special feature focusing on price volatility, highlighting a need to investigate whether volatility has returned to normal or not. Food price index | Food commodity price indices “The world food import bill is forecast to reach a five-year low in 2015,” says Food Outlook, a biannual publication by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focusing on developments affecting global food and feed markets. “Currency movements and macroeconomic developments may have important implications for markets again in 2015-16.”The Food Price Index, a trade-weighted database that tracks and aggregates on a monthly basis the prices of cereals, meat, dairy products, vegetable oils and sugar on international markets, reflected that decline, with a 1.2 per cent overall drop in April from March. The index reached 171 points, its lowest level since June 2010 and 19.2 per cent less than a year ago.Food Outlook says international food prices are likely to stay under downward pressure due to large supplies, low freight rates and a strong US dollar, with import volumes of the five commodities little changed or even rising. The reduction in import bills is likely to benefit low income countries. read more

Situation in Kosovo more stable but underlying tensions remain – UN envoy

He added that Prime Minister Vucic, recently, told him that too much time was being lost, and that more serious, sustained and committed work on the Dialogue is needed from all stakeholders, including the international community. “The EU-led High-Level Dialogue remains a cornerstone in the road toward reconciliation. It is the EU perspective in the region that continues to be a main driver of reform, particularly in the vital areas of governance, rule of law, and human rights,” he said.Since his last briefing to the council, Mr. Tanin reported that progress continues to be made in some areas, including the start of the refurbishment of the Mitrovica Main Bridge, as well as the narrowing of differences on the telecommunications issue.However, he added that more focussed work is clearly needed regarding other agreements, such as the Community/Association of Serb-majority Municipalities.Assisting the communities affected by the conflictMr. Tanin further told the Security Council that focus should be brought back on addressing the issues of the communities affected by the conflict. “Around 16,000 persons remain displaced within Kosovo, with many more outside. With the elapse of time, many have by now built new lives in their places of displacement,” he noted. “Yet the voluntary, safe and dignified return of displaced persons is a fundamental right [and] to achieve returns, constructive engagement is needed with returnees and receiving communities, which must be matched by political commitment, but even more importantly, by the commitment of resources,” he added.The UN envoy said though many people have registered to return, for the return itself to take place, realistic commitments must be demonstrated in allocating the requisite resources and ensuring that the proper conditions are present.Victims of intimidation have a different perspective than those who haven’t experienced itHe further noted that despite no large-scale inter-ethnic disturbances or any significant attacks against cultural sites in the last three months, vulnerable groups, in particular among non-majority communities, are subject to higher rates of intimidation.According to UNMIK, on average around 25 ‘potentially ethnically motivated’ crimes are recorded every month in Kosovo. The primary motives behind such crimes are frequently found to be non-political. “[However] victims of intimidation always have a different perspective from those who have not experienced it. More sensitivity to this essential truth is needed by authorities from all sides, as well as from ourselves,” Mr. Tanin underlined.Commending recent steps initiatives of President Thaçi which included visiting and paying respects at a memorial commemorating the killing of Kosovo Serb civilians, he said: “These visits remind us also of the fact that all leaders share a solemn responsibility to do more to help resolve the cases of persons missing from the time of the conflict,” Stressing that even 17 years after the end of the conflict, over 1,600 persons still remain missing, he said: “The issue of the missing should not be allowed to slip from the political agenda. The missing will only be found and their fates determined if there is fundamental and sustained commitment by all, including [UNMIK].”Challenge of violent extremismNoting that violent extremism is a major global challenge and that radical Islamist elements and organisers are present in Kosovo, the UN envoy said that despite measures taken by local authorities to mitigate the threat, it is important that everyone is vigilant and aware. “Kosovo authorities have implemented a strong law enforcement approach concerning those who advocate violence and those who facilitate volunteer fighters,” he said, adding that they have acknowledged that, “this can only work when it goes hand in hand with a developmental approach which effectively targets the specific socio-economic drivers of extremism in Kosovo.”Mr. Tanin stressed that there is an important role to be played by the international community through well-coordinated assistance, including from the UN.Concluding his briefing, the UNMIK chief said the constructive engagement with Kosovo leaders has been significantly strengthened and that constructive engagement with Belgrade leaders remain essential for the balanced and objective role of the Mission, within the framework of regional interaction, and toward the full realization of its mandate. Wide view of the Security Council during its meeting on Kosovo. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine “From my recent talks with top leaders in Kosovo, I have the impression that [they] understand the need to place realism and practicality higher on their political agenda,” said Mr. Tanin in his regular briefing to the Council. “Many have their eyes upon emerging wider trends, and the opportunity these trends offer to seize levers of opportunity, and remove old obstacles, in order to achieve faster progress,” he added.He recalled his meetings with local officials and communities where he heard their concerns related to employment, public services, and confidence in governing institutions, and in particular, their desire for improved relations and more confidence between ethnic communities, the UN envoy highlighted that it was clear that economic, educational and healthcare issues, as well as the rule of law and combatting corruption, and not interethnic politics are the main concerns of people.Noting that many among the immediate post-conflict generation in the region have known little of public life apart from divisive post-conflict rhetoric, Mr. Tanin, also the head of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) underscored: “If stability and prosperity are to be achieved, the post-conflict generation is in need of clearer directions, and better opportunities, as inhabitants of modern Europe, and as world citizens.”Importance of regional cooperationThe UN envoy further said that there is a strong emphasis from top Kosovo leaders on regional cooperation, better understanding of the positions of other sides and, especially, the need for the European Union-led Dialogue to be successful. read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #REHAB: The delay in releasing details of Rehab’s CEO has been criticised by the Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Jerry Buttimer.2. #TALKS: The first full day of peace talks are taking place between Syrian officials and rebels in Geneva today.3. #RTE: RTE aims to save over €100,000 a year by suspending the supply of free RTE Guides to retired staff, reports The Cork Evening Echo.4. #TOM O’GORMAN: The family of Tom O’Gorman have asked for privacy at the funeral which takes place today.5. #REAL PHILOMENA: The real-life woman behind, ‘Philomena’, the Oscar-nominated film, is in Dublin today urging the Irish government to release adoption records.6. #AOSDÁNA: An arts organisation set up by the Arts Council has called for the immediate release on compassionate grounds of jailed campaigner Margaretta D’Arcy, reports The Irish Independent.7.#BONDHOLDERS: The Irish Times reports that Germany’s Central Bank backed Ireland’s move to burn bondholders back in 2010.8. #BOMB: A large truck has exploded outside Egyptian police headquarters in Cairo this morning, killing at least four people and injuring 76, reports The Guardian.9. #OLIVE BRANCH: North Korea has sent an open letter to the South calling for reconciliation and an end to “hostile military acts” reports the BBC.last_img read more

Coolest thing you will see today Theo Jansens kinetic sculpture the Strandbeest

first_imgAnything with the word “sculpture” in it is going to immediately cause some people to zone out, but trust me, you want to watch this video. It’s a “kinetic sculpture” known as the Strandbeest. The contraption, what seems to be what I would call an analog robot, walks along the beach powered by the wind. It’s constructed of pumps, plastic tubes, and some sheets to catch the wind.Jansen has been making these for some time so if you look around you’ll find multiple iterations, as well as clever takes on the Strandbeest (like this hamster-powered one). The devices are simple in their concept but obviously quite complex in their implementation and they walk along the beach with an eerie machine beauty.Jansen describes them as “skeletons that are able to walk on wind” living their own lives on the beaches. No matter what you call them, they exist at a wonderful crossroads of art and engineering, and strike an incredible image as they crawl down the beach, propelled by the wind and Jansen’s ingenuity.More in this video:One last thing: Why was I not informed earlier about Mr. Jansen and his work? If you all knew about it, feel free to say as much in the comments.Learn more at Strandbeest, via The Atlanticlast_img read more

ATT releases VoIP app for expensive international calls

first_imgAT&T has released a new app called Call International, which allows users to place VoIP calls over the network. While this can certainly be less expensive than standard international calling rates, it’s basically a ripoff that preys on the average customer’s lack of knowledge about VoIP.Though AT&T doesn’t explicitly describe this as a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) app, that’s exactly what it is. After installing the app, you create an account and provide your credit card info. Then you can sign in, and dial a number or select an existing contact’s number. AT&T will then route your call over the network to an “AT&T gateway” using a routing number. The gateway will then connect you to the person you were trying to call.The problem, though, is that AT&T Call International costs much more than other VoIP service, with no added benefits. They presumably avoid describing it as VoIP so as not to alert customers to the fact that they’re overpaying for something they could do just as well on Skype, Sipgate, etc. For example, a call from the US to a UK mobile costs 2.3¢ per minute on Skype, but that same call will be 27¢ per minute on AT&T Call International.Calling from abroad back to the US doesn’t change anything either. Say you’re visiting London and hop on a coffee shop’s WiFi network to call your parents in New York. Skype will charge you the same 2.3¢ per minute, but here AT&T will ring you up for 10¢ a minute.So what we have here is a service that exists primarily to dupe customers who aren’t particularly knowledgable about VoIP into paying more to AT&T instead of less to Skype or another competitor. Android, iOS, and Blackberry users can download the app now, but we’d advise you to stay far away from this one.via 9to5Maclast_img read more

11 martial arts masters with unexplained powers

first_img Ho Eng Hui1/11One of the most common martial arts ability is the “hand of stone,” the ability to harden a specific part of your body to break boards, cinderblocks, et cetera. Malaysian martial artist Ho Eng Hui has taken this discipline to a whole new level. All of his bodily power is focused in the index finger on his right hand, and that gnarled digit is so mighty that Hui can jam it right through the shell of a coconut. Have you ever tried to crack open a coconut? You need a ball-peen hammer for that. This guy, though, can do it with a single finger. If you want to see him do it, Hui sells medicinal oils in the Jonker Walk Night Market on Friday and Saturday nights.<><> I took a year or so of karate when I was a kid, but let’s be honest: the amazing martial arts feats you see in the movies just aren’t possible by mortal men. Or are they? The human body has been proven capable of some truly astonishing feats if you treat it right.Let’s put that theory to the test, shall we? In the slideshow below, we’ll share with you eleven men and women from all over the globe (or at least Asia) who have pursued the martial arts to a degree that many would consider insane. Not only could they kick your ass in a fight, but they’re doing stuff that could land them in the Guinness Book.You’ll see the usual feats of strength and durability here, but it’s the unusual stuff that really has me scratching my head. It makes sense that if you kick things enough you get really good at kicking, but what kind of training lets you start fires inside your mouth or put animals to sleep with your mind? You don’t get that at the strip mall storefront dojo, that’s for sure.last_img read more

Fords NoiseCancelling Kennel Aimed at Distressed Dogs

first_img Say Goodnight to Restless Slumber with Bose Noise-Masking SleepbudsOversized Helmet Eliminates Noise, Dignity Stay on target The boisterous soundtrack to many national holidays—often filled with the crackle and pop of fireworks—can be agonizing to pets and distressing to their owners.Fortunately, Ford has come up with a solution.Yes, that Ford.The automaker this week introduced a prototype noise-cancelling kennel. Using the same technology found in cars and headphones, the doghouse can protect sensitive canine ears during loud pyrotechnic displays.Once internal microphones detect the sound of fireworks, a built-in audio system kicks in, emitting opposing frequencies that cancel out—or at least significantly reduce—the offending noise.The idea was inspired by the noise-cancelling technology in Ford’s Edge SUV (via Ford Europe)“Many animals find fireworks scary—and compared to people, dogs can hear things that are four times further away, and access a much wider range of frequencies,” according to Graeme “The Dogfather” Hall, a UK-based dog trainer and behaviorist.The concept was inspired by noise-cancelling tech introduced to the new Ford Edge SUV: The din of an engine or transmission is counteracted with opposing sound waves from the car’s audio system.“We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could help people in other situations,” Lyn West, brand content manager for Ford of Europe, said in a statement.Upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations provide the perfect opportunity for the company to test its Active Noise Control system in kennel models, embedded with high-density cork for added sound proofing.“We have a few more ideas in progress as to how our everyday lives might benefit from a little Ford know-how,” West added.Still in the prototype phase, the noise-cancelling doghouse is the first in Ford’s series of initiatives—so-called “Interventions”—that apply automotive expertise to solve everyday problems.There is no word on future availability or pricing. And it is unclear whether this technology also works to negate other sounds, like thunder and heavy rain, which can leave some animals anxious and scared.More on Geek.com:Ford Wants to Remove New Car Odors by ‘Heating Up’ VehiclesMove Over, Pavlov: Dogs Can Understand (Some) Human WordsOversized Helmet Eliminates Noise, Dignitylast_img read more

Hodgson admits defeats against Chelsea

first_imgThe Crystal Palace manager says the Blues were the better side today and deserved the 1-0 victory at Selhurst ParkA lonely goal by N’Golo Kante gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace today in the English Premier League.And for Palace coach Roy Hodgson, that victory was well-deserved for his rivals.“I thought we worked as hard as we could work and we were playing a very good team who made it difficult for us to disturb their passing rhythm,” he explained on Sky Sports.“I thought they were very good on the ball, but I thought our discipline, particularly in the first half, was very good.”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.“We kept them in front of us, they had a lot of the ball but they weren’t creating chances,” he explained.“But when they score the goal, everything changes.”“We’ve then got two options – fly at it like we did in the final 15 minutes, and run the risk of conceding two, three or four, or to keep it tight for a little bit longer in the hope that you’ll then create something, or the ball will fall your way and you would get what would have been an undeserved point,” he added.“So I don’t know if we could have done much more in terms of our approach to the game. We played against a very good side and they were much better than we were.”last_img read more

Chelsea interested in signing Eriksen

first_imgChelsea are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur.The Blues manager Maurizio Sarri wants to find a playmaker to help bolster the team’s midfield while also splashing the cash on a proven creative player in case Eden Hazard leaves the club for Real Madrid.A report in the Express says Eriksen fits the bill on both counts. Chelsea would are expected to receive top dollar for Hazard, even if he were to run down his contract into his final year, and Tottenham CEO Daniel Levy is expected to demand a huge fee from the West London club.It is believed that Eriksen would cost around £100million. The Denmark international is not the only playmaker to be linked with Chelsea of late either.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.Real Madrid’s Isco and Barcelona’s playmaker Philippe Coutinho have also been mentioned as Chelsea look to prepare for a summer of spree.Meanwhile, Chelsea defender David Luiz is closing in on a new contract with the club.Luiz’s current deal with the Blues expires at the end of the current season, and reports suggest he’s closing in on a new one-year deal.last_img read more

Two bridges named after fallen Interior State Troopers

first_imgTwo Interior Alaska State Troopers killed in the line of duty are having bridges named after them. The bridges on the Alaska and Steese Highways are being named for Sergeant Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich, who were shot to death while on a call in the village of Tanana on May 1, 2014. Legislation dedicating the bridges was signed into law by Governor Dunleavy Friday in Fairbanks. The other bill names the Steese Highway mile 39 bridge over the Chatanika River for Trooper Rich. Gabe Rich’s dad, Dave Rich, says they made regular trips up the Steese to visit friends and family in Central, and Gabe always made note of the bridge. ”He and I floated the Tok River as young adults hunting moose and for about the last 18 years, we crossed the Tok River going to and from Eagle, Alaska the hunting camp,” Johnson said. “It just seems fitting to rename the bridge after my best friend Scott.” ”And when we used to go up there and hunt and four-wheel and hike and do all those things, when we would cross the Chatanika River, he would always say, ‘OK. There’s no turning back. We’re headed for Central.’ It was just a really special place for him,” Dave Rich said.center_img One bill names an Alaska Highway bridge at milepost 1,309 over the Tok River for Sergeant Johnson. Johnson grew up in Tok, and his widow Brandy Johnson says the bridge and river have special meaning. Rich says his son’s connection with area residents was evident when a petition supporting the bridge naming was quickly filled with signatures. Trooper Rich and Sergeant Johnson were also among fallen officers honored Friday at an annual National Police Memorial Day ceremony in Fairbanks.last_img read more

Dhaka1 BNP candidate too detained

first_imgKhondokar Abu AshfaqOpposition BNP’s candidate for Dhaka-1 constituency Khondokar Abu Ashfaq was detained on Wednesday while campaigning for upcoming parliamentary elections.With this, at least four candidates of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been confined by the law enforcement.BNP leaders and activists said the candidate was campaigning in Bashtala intersection, Karam Ali intersection and Jaypara intersection areas of Dohar upazila, which along with Nawabhanj comprises Dhaka-1 constituency.A team of Dohar police station picked up him around 5:00pm.Officer in charge of Dohar police Md Sazzad Hossain confirmed the detention of Ashfaq and said he was detained ‘on security ground’.“He was taken to the police station as there was a possibility of clash between the BNP and Awami League activists,” said Sazzad.Asked if he would be released soon, the OC could not say anything.General secretary of Nawabganj upazila BNP Khondokar Kalam insisted that the police detained Ashfaq from a peaceful campaign rallyDohar upazila BNP’s president Md Shahabuddin alleged that the ruling AL activists are carrying out campaign in full swing while the BNP men are not given any space to campaign.Detectives earlier in the day detained BNP organising secretary and the party’s aspirant from Natore-2 Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu from his Gulshan residence in Dhaka in connection with a case.On 29 November, BNP senior joint secretary general and the party’s candidate for Narsingdi-1 constituency, Khairul Kabir Khokon, was arrested in connection with two cases.BNP Chattogram city president Shahadat Hossain who is contesting the elections from Chittagong-9 was detained on 7 November and is now in jail.last_img read more

Godzillas Essential Foes

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’Toy Tuesday: The Best Funko Pops In the most recent Godzilla movie, Shin Godzilla, the monster is a moving force of destruction that humans have to stop. In the most recent American Godzilla movie, the big guy had to fight two “Mutos,” or monsters that were trying to reproduce radioactively. Even though Godzilla began as a solo monster attacking Tokyo the idea of the kaiju battle film quickly followed the monster’s popularity with the sequel to Gojira, Godzilla Raids Again, introducing another giant monster for Godzilla to fight. Since Godzilla has fought against (and with) over a dozen different monster or contraptions created by humans to destroy the King of the Monsters. Below is a quick primer on the greatest and most notable of Godzilla’s on-screen foes.King GhidorahBy far Godzilla’s most noteworthy repeat foe is King Ghidorah, a golden dragon with three heads, no arms, and giant wings. First appearing in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster in 1964, the bug guy makes an additional six appearances in the Godzilla franchise making his something like Godzilla’s arch-enemy. When he originally appears, he’s in a meteorite egg, but Ghidorah’s various entrances and origins are variations on a theme. Even if he’s being summoned into battle by fire or traveling back through time, Ghidorah usually appears in “final form” and ready to rumble against at least one other monster besides Godzilla. The exception would be 1991’s Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah where Ghidorah is a mutant hybrid of three smaller genetically engineered pets from the future and takes on Godzilla one-on-one. That 1991 movie also includes MechaGhidorah, a cyborg version of the monster that was built in the future and sent back in time to battle Godzilla. MechaGhidorah’s cyborg head actually becomes the MechaGodzilla head in the following MechaGodzilla movie. Oh yeah, spoiler: Ghidorah never wins.MothraThough Mothra usually shows up as a friend to all of humanity and a protector of the Earth, that still puts the giant moth monster in conflict with Godzilla more often than not. Even the 1992 movie Godzilla Vs. Mothra, it’s not really Godzilla fighting Mothra at the start, it’s Mothra against an evil “black Mothra” named Battera and Godzilla. In the end, the two moths have to put aside their differences and team up to defeat Godzilla. Mothra most often shows up on Infant Island as an egg protected by two tiny fairies that speak in unison and have the power to communicate with the various Mothra stages. Yes, there are several Mothra, and sometimes the caterpillar that appears doesn’t even make it past the larvae stage into a full-flying Mothra. Mothra ended up being the most popular kaiju besides Godzilla that Toho ever created and probably the most beneficial one since every time she appears, even in her own trilogy of films from 1996-1998, she’s defending her home island, Japan or the planet.RodanEven though this giant pterodactyl started off as a solo giant monster in a Toho 1956 B-movie, he quickly transitioned into the Godzilla franchise where he appeared in eight films. Outside of his debut movie, Rodan was never elevated to the status of the title character in a Godzilla movie, when he does show up, it’s usually as an additional monster to some other fight (just by the numbers, it’s safe to bet Rodan/Godzilla/Ghidorah). While Mothra in her flying form is just a puppet, Rodan can actually stand erect as well as flying, which sometimes looks goofy, but does provide more options for battle. In Godzilla: Final Wars, the Xillian aliens set Rodan loose on New York City, which he destroys with his sonic boom wing powers. It’s pretty cool.AnguirusGodzilla’s first foe also became one of his closest allies while the Godzilla franchise went into it’s campy 1970s period. In Godzilla Vs. Gigan, Anguirus – sort of a giant spiky ankylosaurus – teams up with Godzilla to defeat Gigan and King Ghidorah after having actual conversations about having to team up (in the dubbed version of the movie, they are given actual voices). Godzilla and Anguirus were introduced in the second Godzilla film, Godzilla Raids Again, and it was explained that they were ancient dinosaur-like creatures who naturally hate each other. Sure, twenty years later they end up being friends, but almost fifty years later in Godzilla: Final Wars, Anguirus shows up again and is aided by modern special effects advances. Suddenly, the guy can attack like a spike Sonic the Hedgehog and you realize that Anguirus has been cool since the 1950s, it was just hard to show why.HedorahWhen Hedorah’s debut Godzilla film was released in the United States, the title was changed to Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster because Hedorah is a new species that feeds off of human pollution and attacks used smog, sludge, and a red energy beam. Hedorah can fly as a disk of trash with eyes or transform into a monster battle mode that looks like Cousin It from the Addam’s Family, except instead of hair he is covered in oiled seaweed. Hedorah only shows up in two Godzilla movies and his appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars is really more of a cameo, but the bizarre part of Godzilla Vs. Hedorah where he smothers Godzilla in what looks like excrement cements Hedorah as one of Godzilla’s most memorable heroic battles.MechaGodzillaThe idea of a MechaGodzilla seems like such a simple one in retrospect, but the two 1970s movies that feature the original monster signaled the end of Godzilla’s first series of films. The 1972 Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla introduced the machine as a Godzilla-in-disguise who has his metal skin revealed through battle damage like the Terminator. The original machine was controlled by aliens and had the power to spin his head around to create a force field capable of deflecting Godzilla’s atomic breath. The second version of MechaGodzilla was rebooted in 1993 as a man-made machine built by reverse-engineering King Ghidorah tech from the future. This version didn’t have to do much more than stand opposite Godzilla and fire a bunch of lasers and tasers. It apparently killed Godzilla for a few minutes before he was revived. The third MechaGodzilla was introduced in 2002 and was constructed around the bones of the original 1954 Godzilla, which meant he’d occasionally have DNA-memory and go bezerk. That is until his human pilot bonds with the machine on an emotional level. Point being, of all the machines that try to take out Godzilla, MechaGodzilla is the most formidable.King KongThe most-attended Godzilla movie in Japan in the last century was King Kong Vs. Godzilla – the first color movie for Godzilla to appear and the beginning of the true “monster brawl” period of Toho films. Even though King Kong and Godzilla have only faced off once (for now, there is a future American crossover on the horizon), it remains one of Godzilla’s greatest battles and one that he lost. Despite rumors that the Japanese cut had a different ending where Godzilla won, both versions of the film have Kong emerging victorious and Godzilla’s fate uncertain. If that isn’t enough, Kong rips a tree out of the ground and tries to stuff it down Godzilla’s throat in one of the greatest moments of monster-battling to ever be put to b-movie screens. Kong gets powered by electricity (in the original script for the film, King Kong’s part was meant for Frankenstein’s Monster) and develops a “shocking grip” that adds an extra layer to the final battle at Mount Fuji. And again – Kong won and never had to come back to defend his title. He isn’t “King” for nothin’Super X/Super X2Don’t count the humans out entirely just because conventional weaponry has no effect on the big guy. The sequels to Godzilla 1985 all take place in the same continuity, so unlike a lot of the later films and the first half-dozen movies, the humans actually learn and adapt to Godzilla. In the reboot of the franchise, the Japanese government had a flying weapon called the Super X that was developed as an anti-nuclear vehicle to defend Japan should America or Russia start a nuclear war (this was Cold War Godzilla). Godzilla wrecked it, so in Godzilla Vs. Biollante, the humans, reboot it as Super X2 with an artificial diamond weapon that absorbs Godzilla’s atomic breath ray, amplifies it, and shoots it back at him. Godzilla eventually melts the artificial diamond and damages the X2’s best weapon, but as far as human foes of Godzilla go, the X/X2 and their crews represent the best pre-mecha effort of the humans against the monster.DestroyahDestroyah only appears in one movie, and it’s the one where Godzilla dies which makes the creature notable right off the bat. Additionally, it ended the in-continuity Godzilla series, which had meandered to focus on a child Godzilla, called “Baby” “Little One” and “Godzilla Junior” in different movies. Destroyah murders that child, which actually ends up being a cathartic moment for the audience more than a punch in the feels. Destroyah is an “Oxygen Destroyer” that was evolved and mutated when the oxygen bomb was detonated at the end of the 1954 Godzilla. Scientists experimenting on soil samples from that undersea site reactivate the microscopic Destroyah who quickly multiplies and mutates into several different forms. Meanwhile, Godzilla is having a nuclear meltdown that is going to set the atmosphere on fire and destroy(ah) all life on Earth. The humans actually want Destroyah and Godzilla to fight at the end so Destroyah can anti-oxygen and weaken the melting-down Godzilla. It’s a cool monster in it’s own right and deserves a look for the multiple forms and for killing Godzilla Junior.GiganGigan is an alien cyborg kaiju that doesn’t show up until 1972 when he instantly is elevated to the title monster of Godzilla Vs. Gigan even though King Ghidorah is an equal alien threat and Anguirus shows up to help Godzilla out. Gigan is some sort of bird-like lizard with a cylon eye and a buzz-saw in his chest. Usually, he has hooks for hands, except when he is modified for his second battle in Godzilla: Final Wars where he gets twin chainsaws…on each arm. Gigan showed up twice in the 70s, popping up in Godzilla Vs. Megalon to fight against Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. In both his initial appearances, Gigan attempts to retreat from battle once things stops going his team’s way. That means he technically survives both his showdowns. Not so much in Godzilla: Final Wars, but then again, no one makes it out of Godzilla: Final Wars that isn’t Godzilla. As far as space dinosaurs transformed into cyborgs by the M Space Hunter Nebula aliens go, Gigan is tops. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Dealer of explosive material arrested

first_imgKolkata: Officers of Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police have arrested another person in connection with the explosive seized from the Tala bridge area on Friday.According to sources, on Saturday night, STF sleuths raided a house at Barasat in North 24-Parganas and arrested one Rabiul Islam. During interrogation sleuths came up with a person’s name, who is a well-known explosive dealer, from East Midnapore district. Later, police also came to know that Islam has a business of firecrackers which was intended to hide his actual business of explosive materials. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSources informed that the materials such as potassium nitrate to manufacture explosives were being supplied from Odisha to Islam. Later using these materials Islam used to manufacture explosives which were being circulated later during the night. To hide his illegal business Islam used to run his firecracker business. After getting the information, STF sleuths informed the East Midnapore police about it. East Midnapore police are trying t nab the person who used to supply raw materials for explosive from Odisha. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police recovered 1000 kg of explosive from a matador that was intercepted at the northern slope of Tala Bridge on BT Road under Chitpore police station area on Friday night. The driver and the helper of the vehicle were arrested who were coming from Balasore in Odisha and was headed towards North 24-Parganas. The raid was carried out around 12.20 am. The arrested duo has been identified as Indrajit Bhui of Melak village and Padmolochon Dey of village Mathani under Basta police station in Balasore, Odisha.last_img read more

Instagram has a new feature that adds recommended posts to your

first_imgIt’s not like they haven’t been putting ads all over my feed or recommended users to follow anyway. Nothing new— Darth (@darthbatman00) December 27, 2017 No Instagram I don’t want “recommended posts” on my feed. I follow the accounts I follow for a reason. CyA.— Bella (@bellaabrookss) December 27, 2017 It’s not the only new feature Instagram has been subtly rolling out. In December alone, the platform allowed you to follow hashtags like a regular account, and added a new commenting feature that is only unlocked if you look at a post for over five seconds. What are your friends liking on Instagram? Whatever it is, it’s about to land in your feed.Instagram is quietly rolling out a new feature that will recommend posts for you based on the activity of the accounts you follow. “Recommended for You” posts will sit in their own section, accessible through a thumbnail above your main feed, according to TechCrunch.So, how does Instagram determine which posts will appear in the Recommended for You section? According to Instagram’s help section, the posts are suggested according to content liked by the accounts you follow. If you see something you don’t like, you can temporarily hide “Recommended for You” posts by tapping the camera icon above the post and selecting “Hide.”It seems pretty similar to both the “Following” section, which shows what posts your friends are liking, and the “Search and Explore” section, where you can find photos and videos that you might like from accounts you don’t yet follow. Instagram told TechCrunch the “Recommended for You” section won’t replace or get in the way of the accounts you explicitly follow, and will instead appear after you’ve seen all posts in your feed.Some folks are indifferent to the new feature, while others aren’t having a bar of it:center_img @instagram is forcing more of this crap on us, but all we really want is the ability to switch “chronological order” off/on!— Chip Hoosier (@chiphoosier) December 27, 2017 Image: lili sams/mashableBy Shannon Connellan2017-12-28 00:40:15 UTClast_img read more

LRES Names New VP National Sales Manager

first_img LRES, a national firm specializing in residential and commercial valuations and asset management services, announced that Candice Merriweather has joined the team as VP and national sales manager.Merriweather joins LRES from StreetLinks Lender Solutions, where she served as national sales director. Under her guidance, the company increased sales and implemented new strategies by focusing on relationships with C-level executives in the lending space.Her 20-year career also includes leadership positions at Service 1st Valuation and Title, Kirchmeyer & Associates, and the Property Source, among others.At LRES, Merriweather’s responsibilities focus on recruiting and training sales associates, meeting sales goals of profitable revenue, and developing and cultivating client relationships.”Candice’s vast experience in executive-level sales positions at respectable financial institutions across the country will greatly benefit our sales force as we continue to grow our national presence to better serve our valued clients,” said Roger Beane, LRES founder and CEO. January 7, 2015 448 Views LRES Movers & Shakers 2015-01-07 Tory Barringer in Headlines, Newscenter_img Share LRES Names New VP, National Sales Managerlast_img read more