Google parent chair says company owes Canada worried about USCanada relations

first_imgTORONTO – The head of Google’s parent company contrasted divisive U.S. politics against Canada’s innovation and immigration-friendly policies Thursday, adding his company owes this country a favour — one the Prime Minister said he’d be sure to call in.Alphabet Inc. chairman Eric Schmidt said during an onstage chat with Justin Trudeau in Toronto that his company is “enormously thankful to Canadians” for the country’s artificial intelligence innovations.“We now use it throughout our entire business and it’s a major driver of our corporate success,” he said at Google’s Go North conference. “So we owe you, right. And we remember.”Trudeau replied that Canada would make sure to hold him to it, now that it was “on record.”“We’ll make sure that works out,” the prime minister quipped.Google is among the backers of the Vector Institute, a Toronto-based artificial intelligence research lab which is part of Ottawa’s strategy to drive innovation in Canada. Ottawa is putting up to $50 million into the institute, Ontario is investing $50 million and more than 30 private-sector companies are set to invest $80 million.That’s in addition to Google’s AI lab in Montreal, which the tech giant launched in November 2016.But as Google’s relationship with Canada becomes increasingly cozy, relations between the U.S. and its northern neighbour have come under pressure.The U.S., Canada and Mexico have been in prolonged negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, a deal Schmidt said has been “enormously successful.”Schmidt added that he was worried about the impact that U.S. identity politics under Donald Trump — in contrast to Canada’s focus on inclusivity and diversity — would have on the countries’ dealings.Schmidt noted that the U.S. is “critically dependent” on supply chains from Canada, “including the back and forth that we have in the tech industry.”“I’m concerned that the politics in the United States are going to drive various wedges between the excellent historical relations between Canada and the United States,” said Schmidt, who wore socks were emblazoned with the Canadian flag.The former Google CEO added that the North American Free Trade Agreement has been very successful and asked the Prime Minister about a timeline for when the negotiations will be complete.Trudeau said Canada is “carefully evaluating everything they put forward” and warned of dire consequences if the deal collapses.“As soon as you thicken that border, or shut things down, there are going to be negative impacts on the American economy, on American workers,” he said.“Of course there can be way more impacts on Canada because we are much smaller and more dependent on the U.S. But, at the same time, it’s gonna hurt if we fail to move forward with NAFTA.”He also noted Canada recently signed a trade deal with Europe and said the country is engaging with Asia as it looks to “diversify a certain bit.”Meanwhile, Trudeau said there is a “unity of approach and purpose on this” across the political spectrum in Canada, which is an “advantage.”“We are not going to be pushed into accepting something that is bad for Canada.”last_img read more

NewsAlert Under fire Morneau says his assets will be in blind trust

OTTAWA — Embattled Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he has put his substantial personal assets in a blind trust, an effort to tamp down an escalating controversy over conflict of interest allegations that have threatened to undermine the federal Liberal government.Morneau also says he plans to sell off all of his and his family’s assets in Morneau Shepell, the human resources firm that bears his name.The former businessman has insisted he made sure to disclose all his assets to the federal ethics watchdog when he came into office, and he that he followed her recommendations very carefully to avoid any conflicts of interest.However, today’s move — designed to silence Morneau’s increasingly vocal critics — could also be considered a tacit acknowledgment that the rules themselves are in need of an update, something the ethics commissioner herself has suggested in the past.Commissioner Mary Dawson said this week she told Morneau a blind trust wouldn’t be necessary, since his shares were indirectly held through private companies and were therefore not considered a “controlled asset” under the Conflict of Interest Act.However, Dawson urged the previous Conservative government in 2013 to amend the law to require blind trusts for personal assets owned by public office holders, regardless of whether they were directly or indirectly owned — a change that was never made.More Coming read more

Journalists allegedly threatened by Parliament employee

Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena raised the matter with the Speaker today and the Speaker said he will look into it.The Speaker however said that there are more important things taking place in the country and the incident involving the use of his chair is not important. (Colombo Gazette) At least two journalists have allegedly been threatened by a Parliament employee, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was informed today.The journalists had allegedly been threatened for reporting in an incident where the Parliament employee had used the chair of the Speaker.

Hamilton carding policy

The police practice of carding, where an officer randomly stops an individual to collect information, has recently been under fire by the public. Following new provincial laws to change how the practice should be conducted, Hamilton Police are asking the community for their thoughts.Some Hamiltonians who are part of visual minorities have become all too familiar with random police carding, but public backlash over the practice has seen Hamilton Police carding numbers plummet from over 1400 in 2013 down to 30 in 2015.In accordance to a new provincial law that aims to improve public trust in police, the Hamilton Police board released a 6 page draft outlining the force’s new regulations to street checks. The policy starts by pledging that checks won’t be random or racially based. Police will be expected to hand citizens a receipt that includes their name, badge number and contact information. Lastly, an annual report will detail who exactly was questioned. The chair of the Community Coalition Against Racism, Ken Stone, says this is a step forward.Stone added that he’d also like to see a citizen group release their own yearly report as well. He also thinks there are still some concerns with the new policies citing that there are ‘about 6 loopholes in the document’. In it, police don’t have to explain why they stopped someone if: it compromises an active investigation or puts someone’s safety at risk.If that doesn’t sit well, police want your feedback. read more

If you want to protect your image protect children Ban tells debate

The annexes list parties committing violations against children in situations of armed conflict. Mr. Ban said that he held talks with Saudi Arabia at the highest level possible and that he has since received information on measures taken by the coalition to prevent and end grave violations against children. “But I still have very strong concerns about the protection of Yemeni children,” he said.The UN will continue its engagement to ensure that concrete measures to protect children are implemented. “If you want to protect your image, protect children,” he said, urging every Member State and every party to conflict to protect children.Noting that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, he acknowledged the work done by incumbent Leila Zerrougui and her predecessors.In 2015, more than 8,000 child soldiers were released, and many countries have also passed laws to add new safeguards for children against recruitment, Mr. Ban said, emphasizing that the ultimate goal of ending these grave violations against children demands ending conflicts and establishing peace.Ms. Zerrougui noted that the Secretary-General’s report documented over 2,000 attacks on schools and hospitals documented in 19 out of 20 situations. In addition, abduction remained a widespread concern, exceeding 4,000 incidents in 2015. “Conflict also impacts children in ways that are not captured by the report’s statistics,” she said, noting that youngsters lose their parents, are disabled due to easily curable illnesses and suffer long-term psychological trauma.Since the Secretary-General’s first report to the Council, more than 115,000 children associated with parties to conflict have been released as a result of dialogue and Action Plans. To date, 25 Action Plans have been signed with parties to conflict. Nine parties in Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Uganda have fully complied and were delisted.The ‘Children, Not Soldiers’ campaign has since its launch led to a significant reduction in verified cases of recruitment and use of children by national security forces, especially in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Myanmar, she said. The UN is also engaged in dialogue with listed armed groups in the Central African Republic, Mali, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sudan and South Sudan. Years of work with Governments to improve legislative frameworks, to build institutional capacity, and to address challenges such as birth registrations are bearing fruit, she added.We cannot make up for the lack of political willDespite successes over the years, Ms. Zerrougui went on, “there is no denying that the overall picture of violations in situations of armed conflict is extremely worrisome.” Concerned Governments bear the primary responsibility for the protection of civilians, and the UN stands ready to support them. But “we cannot make up for the lack of political will,” she stressed.Ms. Zerrougui called for greater efforts to prioritize conflict prevention and support peace processes, and seek accountability, emphasizing the role of the Council in ending impunity. “This mandate, and the action it continues to generate, represents a beacon of hope for millions of children affected by war,” she concluded.Mr. Lake, the UNICEF chief, said that nearly 250 million children are living in countries and areas affected by war, with over 30 million displaced by conflict. “These numbers alone, and the many others outlined in the Secretary General’s report, paint a devastating picture,” he said.He highlighted the usefulness of the UN’s Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism on grave violations against children in armed conflict, which helps define the full scale of the crisis.The information provided by the mechanism points to focused action in three key areas, he said.The use of explosive weapons accounted for almost 44,000 deaths and injuries last year alone. When used in densely populated areas, nine out of 10 victims were civilians. All parties to conflict must commit to protecting children by changing the way they wage their wars, including a ban on using explosive weapons in densely populated areas.Attacks against health workers and facilities have far-reaching consequences for children and their communities, he noted. All parties to conflict must protect, and allow for the safe delivery of health care to these children and their families, he said.The ‘Education Cannot Wait’ fund, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in May, aims to reach those millions of young people whose education has been disrupted by crises, including by attacks on schools. “Education improves their futures, and, thus, the futures of their communities and societies,” he said. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict addresses the Security Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias “In places such as Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, children suffer through a living hell,” the UN chief said as he opened the Security Council’s debate on children and armed conflict.According to a concept note issued by Malaysia, which holds the Council’s presidency for August, the open debate is intended to provide a platform for Member States to discuss, among other issues, the Secretary-General’s latest report on children and armed conflict, and chart the progress that has been made throughout 2015 in combating grave violations against children in armed conflict.Also addressing the Council today were Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, and Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Mr. Ban said that more than half of the world’s refugees are also children, underscoring the need to urgently address the root causes of displacement while at the same time tackle the crisis.The Secretary-General drew attention to a UN summit on refugees and migrants set for 19 September, urging all governments to bring ideas and commitments – with a special focus on protecting children.Mr. Ban noted that children are victimized in counterterrorism operations and aerial bombardments.Even wars have rules. Hospitals and schools should be protected. Civilians should be spared. Children should not be used to fight “Even wars have rules. Hospitals and schools should be protected. Civilians should be spared. Children should not be used to fight,” he said.Turning to his annual report on children and armed conflict, he said that once again this year, objections to the annual report forced him to make a difficult decision. After “very careful consideration,” the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen was removed from the report’s annexes, pending the conclusions of a review, the UN chief said, reiterating however that “the content of the report stands.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) greets Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, prior to the Security Council debate on children and armed conflict. UN Photo/Manuel Elias read more

Storm Gareth Met Office names third storm of 2019 as Britain braces

If a storm is the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane that has moved across the Atlantic, the already established method of referring to it as, for example “Ex-hurricane X”, will continue. What are the storm names for 2019?In September, the Met Office and Met Éireann revealed the list of storm names for the coming season. Announcing the storm names back in September, Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Éireann, said: “The last 12 months have seen some extreme weather around the Globe as well as here at home.”While it is too early to say whether the coming winter will be a stormy one or a quiet one we are prepared with a whole new set of 21 names for whatever nature may throw at us. A yellow severe weather warning for #wind has been updated: https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/X1rr4vWGnK— Met Office (@metoffice) March 11, 2019 Storm names for 2018/19 Why do storms need names?There’s nothing British people enjoy more than talking about the weather and in 2015, they were given the chance to develop an even closer connection by giving names to major weather systems affecting the UK and Ireland.In September 2016, the Met Office invited members of the public to submit names for storms for autumn/winter 2015/16 by social media. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. #StormGareth has been named by @MetEireann and is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the UK later on Tuesday and into Wednesday #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/sdpxvNNWy1— Met Office (@metoffice) March 11, 2019 Storm names for 2018/19Credit:Met Office The storm with no nameOn March 9, 2016 there was heavy rainfall across south Wales and southwest England and widespread northwesterly gales.There were gusts of wind up to 70mph and rainfall totals were around 20-30mm.Many were confused as to why the winds were not given the name Storm Katie, the next name on the Met Office list after Storm Jake.Storms are named by the Met Office when medium or high impacts are forecast as a result of high winds.As the weather system on March 9 was expected to have a low impact, it did not meet the criteria for naming a storm and was therefore not named. What to expect: There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties and there is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris. There is also a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofsThere is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affect. There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could closeThere is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, some of which have already hit parts of the south east, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverageFlooding of a few homes and businesses is likely In Britain, we also hear about a number of ex-hurricanes that arrive at our shores from across the Atlantic.Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. These lists are maintained and updated every year by the international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. There are six lists that are used in rotation.As with the US system, the new naming system in Britain runs through the alphabet with alternate male and female names.There are no storms that begin with the less common letters Q, U, X, Y or Z.The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is particularly deadly or costly, such as Hurricane Katrina, which claimed nearly 2,000 lives in the United States and caused more than £65 billion in damage. Attaching a name to a weather event has been found to help people track its progress, to allow people to prepare for and avoid danger and to make it easier to reference on social media.Didn’t we already give names to storms?Before the new system was introduced, naming was random, with the same storm sometimes being referred to by several different names.The St Jude’s Storm of October 2013, which led to the deaths of four people, was so-called because it was due to arrive on St Jude’s Day. The idea behind the pilot project was to help raise awareness of severe weather before it strikes and to ensure greater safety of the public. First introduced in 2015, this is the fourth year the Met Office and Met Éireann (the meteorological service in the Republic of Ireland) have jointly run the ‘Name our Storms’ scheme, aimed at raising awareness of severe weather before it hits.This first storm, which was “male” and named Ali, hit on September 19 last year. The second was “female” and named Bronagh and hit Britain a day later, lasting until September 21. The system follows the alternating male/female pattern established by the US National Hurricane Center in the 1970s.Storm Callum and Storm Deirdre have both come and gone before the new year, Storm Erik was 2019’s first on February 8 and 9 followed by Storm Freya was the year’s second on March 3 and 4. Here are the rest of the storm names for this season, after Storm Gareth was named as March’s second and 2019’s third: “As before, Met Éireann forecasters will work in close co-operation with our colleagues from the  Met Office in the UK to keep all the peoples of these islands warned of impending severe weather.”This season’s names have once again been compiled from a list of suggestions submitted by the public, choosing some of the most popular names but also selecting names that reflect the nations, culture and diversity of Britain and Ireland. As in previous years, Q, U, X, Y and Z will not be used, to comply with the international storm naming conventions.When does a storm get named? A storm will be named on the basis of ‘medium’ or ‘high’ potential impacts from wind but also include the potential impacts of rain and snow.So storms will be named for weather systems which is expected to result in the Met Office issuing an amber or red warning. These two warnings carry a potential risk to life.  The Met Office has named its third storm of the year which will bring winds of up to 80mph to parts of Britain over the coming days. Various yellow weather warnings for wind and rain for Storm Gareth are in place from Tuesday through to Friday. From 3pm on Tuesday, Northern Ireland will be subject to the first warning for wind, stretching all the way through to midday on Wednesday.All of England and Wales south of York will bear the brunt of the storm from 9pm on Tuesday through to 3pm on Wednesday. After a weekend of strong winds which was enough to fell trees and partly-demolish buildings, there will be no let up as more strong winds will batter the country for almost two days. On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, there is a separate yellow weather warning for rain in the north west of England, which threatens to flood homes and businesses in the area. Up to 40mm is expected to fall in less than a day in parts of Lancashire. The average monthly rainfall for the UK in March is 95mm.  read more

Caterpillar builds on BucyrusDBT plow success in China with new order

first_imgCaterpillar is building on its Bucyrus acquisition with the recent signing of another contract to deliver an automated longwall plow system to Chinese company Gasification Co, part of Lvliang Dongyi Group. The system marks the 11th plow system from DBT/Bucyrus/Caterpillar for delivery to Chinese mines. The system will be delivered in the first quarter of 2013 and will go to work in the Xinyan mine in Shanxi province. The system will mine a metallurgical coal seam with a height of 1 to 1.2 m (39 to 47 in), and the face length will be 240 m.The Cat GH800 plow will be paired with a Cat armored face conveyor using PF3 line pans, and the Cat PMC-R roof support control system will manage roof support advance. Automation enhances safety, as there is no need for an operator to be at the coal face during operation. In China, automated plow longwall faces from the Caterpillar predecessors, DBT and Bucyrus, hold all of the production records for seams of less than 2 m thickness. Tiefa Coal Mining Group, with a 50% share in the joint venture project with Dongyi, owns four such systems already and has publicly indicated that the plow systems enable them to profitably mine thin seam reserves that otherwise would be uneconomic. As an example of the robust design and power of Cat plow systems, the gliding plow guide is welded to the face side of the armoured face conveyor. Plow chains up to 42 mm can be used, allowing power installations up to 2 x 800 kW. On older-style systems, the cutting depth was typically controlled by adjusting the shield advancing ram pressure. As a result, cutting depths varied with coal hardness. A modern Cat plow system can cut a precisely defined depth, regardless of coal hardness and seam structure. Cat plows offer a unique horizon control system and incremental plowing that allow the plow angle to change to follow the seam and to easily traverse geological faults. They also offer overload protection and load sharing to maximise efficiency.last_img read more

Apple employee says iPhone 5 will have NFC

first_imgiPad 2 is out, iPhone 4 in white is confirmed, so our attention has to turn to iPhone 5 and what it will include on release later this year. So far we’ve heard it will push the screen size up to 4-inches, replace the glass back with aluminum and get a new antenna placement, and that it definitely won’t have Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities. Or will it?According to Forbes’ Elaine Wong, the news of iPhone 5 without NFC may be completely false. She has spoken with an entrepreneur working on an NFC project who has a friend working at Apple. Yes, this does sound like a bit of he said, she said, but according to them NFC will be a feature on iPhone 5.With Apple introducing a larger display in order to compete with the larger Android handsets it makes sense they’d also want to compete with the NFC-enabled Nexus S. The original reason Apple had given for not including it is a lack a clear standard, but that hasn’t stopped Google starting to test an Android NFC payment system in New York and San Francisco.An iPhone 5 announcement is expected as early as June, at which point Apple will either make a big fuss about NFC in the device or won’t even mention it. Until then, we can all keep speculating about it.Read more at ForbesMatthew’s OpinionApple choosing to include a new technology in the iPhone is usually a bigger question than “do we have space in the case?”. Apple like to have a service or a need to fill rather than just offering up another bullet point on the feature list.So if NFC makes it into iPhone 5 I’d expect Apple to link it with something. For example, some way of using your iPhone 5 to pay for iTunes purchases more securely. That would also allow Apple to sell a payment peripheral to plug into your Mac or iPad. NFC in iPhone would also come with a guarantee of some partnership that makes it instantly useful at retail or with your mobile network.Regardless of how widespread NFC use is today, remember that iPhone 5 will be on the market as Apple’s flagship smartphone for at least a year. In 2012 NFC payments will be much more widespread than they are today suggesting Apple really does need to support it.last_img read more

Watch Dogs no longer launch game delayed until spring 2014

first_imgOne of the first next-gen games revealed to the world (sorry, Wii U) was Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs. When the game was first shown back at E3 2012, the gaming press immediately got the impression that the open-world-hack-em-up couldn’t possibly achieve its visuals and complexity on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. We soon learned that Watch Dogs was indeed a next-gen title, and would be appearing on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Now, however, Ubisoft will be pushing the game back to sometime in spring 2014.As is generally the case with high-profile games, Ubisoft has stated that the reason for the delay is to “deliver the best experience possible,” which tends to mean that the game wasn’t as optimized as the developer hoped. A few months isn’t that big of a delay for an unproven entity (in this case, a new IP) in the grand scheme of gaming, as there are a multitude of other titles you should probably catch up on.Where the delay really hits home, though, are the PS4 and Xbox One launch bundles. Amazon quickly stated that it’s honoring the PS4 bundle pre-orders, but the PS4 would ship without the game. Amazon didn’t make clear how it would handle the extra money spent on the game — either through a refund, or simply shipping Watch Dogs when it finally releases next year. GameStop will also be honoring the bundle pre-orders, and said that customers can either choose a different bundle, or receive the console now and Watch Dogs sometime later when it releases.Game delays are always a bummer, but what’s worse is when a game releases unfinished or without polish. Ubisoft’s delay is preventing the latter, so try not to be too upset.last_img read more

Nintendo orders 10 million NX consoles

first_img Nintendo needs its NX console/handheld/we don’t know exactly what it is yet to be a major hit from launch. Remember the Wii? That had lifetime sales of 101.63 million units. Its successor the Wii U? 13 million. That’s just over 10% of the previous generation, which is terrible. But the need for sales of the NX may be even more intense if Nintendo is in fact replacing both the Wii U and the 3DS with its next device. The 3DS has sold close to 60 million units.With that in mind, Nintendo has setup production contracts with three manufacturers: the well-known Foxconn, as well as Japan-based Misumi Electronics and Hosiden. Between them, the initial estimate for production is 10 million units in the first year.That order is sure to change soon after launch, and Nintendo will be hoping they have every reason to increase it. 10 million should be the absolutely minimum if the NX turns out to be a hit. The Wii U only managed to sell 5 million units during its first year, so Nintendo is clearly planning to double that, but I imagine reaching 10 million sales between March and December 2017 will be an internal target. Managing to outsell (or not) the PS4 and Xbox One month-to-month will also be a good gauge of success.We expected Nintendo to start talking about the NX at Tokyo Game Show last week, but Pokemon seems to have put a stop to that. The popularity of Pokemon Go over the summer combined with the imminent release of new Pokemon titles for the 3DS has seen hardware sales spike. So why mess with a good thing? We may even be left waiting until January to see what the NX looks like. NX Revealed as the Nintendo SwitchNintendo NX launches December 31 for $450 according to UK retailer Stay on targetlast_img read more

Get This Bundle of 15 Arduino eBooks for Over 90 Percent Off

first_img Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Stay on target All electronic innovations start with a prototype design. Got an idea for the next big thing but don’t know how to get it started? Find out with The Make: Arduino Hacker eBook Bundle, offered to readers of Geek for just $19.99 — a savings of over 90% off the regular price.Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform. Designed specifically for beginners, it lets virtually anyone create a wide range of electronics projects at home easily from scratch. You don’t require any prior experience or training to get started, either. Just have an idea, tinker with components, and learn as you go.The Make: Arduino Hacker eBook Bundle offers access to 15 titles, published by the leading authority in DIY electronics, that cover everything you need to know about Arduino. They introduce you to the many components, explain the basics of electronics design, and even show you how to assemble and program a wide range of devices.This bundle represents an investment in future learning. If you have a love of electronics, purchase The Make: Arduino Hacker eBook Bundle now for just $19.99 and save over $250. Want your products featured in the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online! The Make: Arduino Hacker eBook Bundle – $19.99See Deallast_img read more

Hurricane center monitors system as it nears Gulf of Mexico

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane center forecasters are keeping an eye on an area of disturbed weather that should move into the Gulf of Mexico this coming week and has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next five days.In its Friday morning advisory, the National Hurricane Center said showers and thunderstorms with the weather system near Nicaragua and Honduras have become more concentrated in the past several hours.“Although strong winds aloft are located just to the north of this system, the upper-level environment is expected to be conducive enough to allow slow development, and a tropical depression could form by late this weekend or early next week over the northwestern Caribbean Sea or southern Gulf of Mexico while the system moves slowly northwestward,” forecasters said.The system has a 30 percent — or low — chance of tropical formation in the next 48 hours, but the odds increase to 60 percent — or medium — in the next five days.“Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, this disturbance will continue to bring torrential rains primarily to portions of Central America and the Yucatan peninsula during the next few days,” the hurricane center said.last_img read more

Video Generating power from pollock

first_imgHoisted up from the Bering Sea, Alaska pollock finds its way into products that are distributed around the world. Sometimes, part of the fish doesn’t make it that far. Mark Hoffman, supervisor at the UniSea power plant, explains how the company uses some of its leftover fish oil.last_img

Illeffects of child marriage stressed in Hanamkonda

first_imgHanamkonda: There is an imperative need for the officials concerned and NGOs to be well versed with anti-trafficking and child marriage acts, Warangal Rural district welfare officer P Sridevi said. Speaking at an awareness programme on Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (ITPA), and Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 1956, jointly organised by Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) and FMM Social Service Society, she said people in general need to gird up their loins to prevent human trafficking and child marriages. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us “Child marriages remain deeply rooted despite the law,” she said expressing concern over the ill-effects of the malady. Eradicating child marriages is a social responsibility, she said, stating that onus is on government wings concerned and NGOs to bring awareness among the masses. “Children would be deprived of not only education but also their health,” Sridevi said, stressing the need to sensitise the people. CWC chairperson M Parashuramulu, members Balaraju, Manjula and AHTU inspector Nageshwar Rao were among others present.last_img read more

Veteran leader Sheila Dikshit passes away

first_imgMs Dikshit’s family has confirmed that the leader has passed away at 3.30 PM this evening. She was working as the Delhi Congress chief since January this year. “We regret to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong congresswoman and as three time CM of Delhi she transformed the face of Delhi. Our condolences to her family and friends. Hope they find strength in this time of grief,” the Congress tweeted. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 20, 2019I express my profound sorrow and grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit today. She was a good administrator. #SheilaDikshit pic.twitter.com/uusV7uIi9q— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) July 20, 2019 Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/jERrvJlQ4X— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2019I’m devastated to hear about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 20, 2019 Advertise With Us Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 20, 2019CM Pinarayi Vijayan has condoled the passing away of Sheila Dikshit. The veteran leader had served as Delhi’s chief minister for three terms. She had also served as Governor of our State. pic.twitter.com/5ECMa2DDpo— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) July 20, 2019Deeply grieved by the sad demise of Smt. #SheilaDikshit, who had won people’s hearts with her endearing personality & strong administrative capability, during her tenure as Chief Minister, Delhi &as Governor, Kerala.Heartfelt condolence to her family. May her soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/a78y26jv5p— Kerala Governor (@KeralaGovernor) July 20, 2019last_img read more

PLA official calls war with US practical reality

first_imgA Chinese military official has said that war with the US is a practical reality, signalling Beijing’s preparedness for a possible military conflict with Washington.In a commentary on the official website of People’s Liberation Army, the official at the national defence mobilisation department in the Central Military Commission has said that US rebalancing its strategy in Asia, military deployments in the East and South China Seas and the instillation of a missile defence system in South Korea were hot spots getting closer to ignition.”A war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality,” South China Morning Post quoted the article.The official People’s Daily said in another commentary on Sunday that China’s military would conduct exercises on the high seas regardless of foreign provocations.China’s sole aircraft carrier Liaoning passed through the narrow Taiwan Strait last month.The tensions between the two countries have been on constant rise after Donald Trump’s election as the US president. He has infuriated China by challenging on the issues of Taiwan and South China Sea.The real estate mogul has contested “One China Policy,” which considers Taiwan as part of mainland. No US government has done that in the last four decades.Trump has openly challenged Beijing’s sovereignty over the energy-rich South China Sea while his predecessor Barack Obama maintained neutrality over the dispute. However, he did send the US warships to the contested waters, citing the freedom of navigation.The commentary referred to remarks by the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson hopeful that the US should stop China’s access to artificial islands it has built in disputed areas of the South China Sea.New White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a press conference that the US would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea.last_img read more

Partnership With Microsoft To Bring Houston Into The Cloud

first_img Listen Florian MartinMayor Sylvester Turner along with city council members and representatives from Microsoft announce the Internet of Things alliance at City Hall on Friday, May 4, 2018The City of Houston has entered into an alliance with Microsoft to bring the Internet of Things, or IoT, to the city.It’s a broad concept and basically means the connection of the digital with the physical world. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Cameron Carr, director of IoT Solutions at Microsoft, said they want to make Houston a connected city.“We have sensors, artificial intelligence, cloud that’s connecting various parts of the city and making it all work together in unison,” he said.One field where this could be used is public transportation.“Connecting the buses, understanding how drivers are doing at any given time, reducing the cost of gas; that also reduces emissions,” Carr said.Data security and privacy will be a big part of it as well.Houston is the first city for such a partnership with Microsoft.It follows a number of announcements over the past months to move Houston closer to being an innovation hub. Share 00:00 /00:44last_img read more

Crack Open the Piggy Banks Blue Origin to Charge 200K For Space

first_imgStay on target Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter You can do anything you put your mind to. Except afford a trip to space on Jeff Bezos’s rocket.Blue Origin will reportedly charge passengers $200,000 to $300,000 for a seat on one of its first cosmic forays next year.As outrageous as that price tag sounds (especially to a lowly journalist like me), it’s about par for the spaceflight course, according to Reuters. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is charging $250,000 per voyage ticket—of which about 650 have already been sold.Today’s reveal, courtesy of “two people familiar with [Blue Origin’s] plans,” comes after founder Bezos in May said ticket prices had not yet been decided.After more than a decade of quiet ambition, Blue Origin hit the ground running in 2015 by testing its suborbital crewed vehicle, New Shepard. In April, the company successfully completed the eighth launch of its reusable rocket.The New Shepard (named after Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space) is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles above Earth, into suborbital space.Unlike rival SpaceX—which Elon Musk intends to eventually carry customers to Mars—Bezos’s private space firm is currently focused blasting folks out of the atmosphere for a weightless romp, before returning to Earth.Executives at the company, started by Amazon founder Bezos in 2000, recently announced plans for upcoming passenger test flights on the New Shepard; Blue Origin hopes to start selling tickets in 2019.The orbital-class New Glenn rocket is expected to launch by 2020.The Washington-based aerospace manufacturer did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.The sky is the limit for Bezos, who has set his sights beyond Earth’s orbit and onto the Moon.Ideally, he would strike public-private partnerships with the likes of NASA and the European Space Agency. But failing that, Bezos will “do what needs to be done to make it so,” he told GeekWire in May.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Cold and wet weather for Ladysmith

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Weather Service in South Africa has warned of wet and cold weather for this week in KwaZulu-Natal.This includes heavy rainfall and flash flooding.Also read: Bad road conditions surrounding LadysmithAlso read: Is Dineo to blame?Motorists are advised to reduce their speed and increase their following distance to be safe on the roads. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img

People Three new appointments for Celestyal including Eastern Canada BDM

first_img PIRAEUS, GREECE — Celestyal Cruises has welcomed three new members to its team, all of whom will begin their new roles this month.Roger Poulard has been announced as the company’s new Business Development Manager, Northeast USA + Eastern Canada, while Maria Moreau will step in as the new Brand Marketing and Social Media Executive, North America.Kelly Predmesky has also been announced as Business Development Manager, Southeast USA + Caribbean.Poulard brings with him more than 14 years’ experience in the cruise and travel industries. He has been tasked with introducing the Celestyal Cruises brand to the travel agent community in the Northeast USA and Eastern Canada, and will be based in Newark, NJ. Prior to joining Celestyal, Poulard served as BDM, New York for MSC Cruises USA.Moreau is considered a marketing professional and social media strategist, with more than seven years’ experience in the Travel Retail and Food & Beverage industries. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she will be responsible for developing and executing the brand marketing and social media plan for North America, while also providing cooperative marketing support to travel trade partners.Predmesky will be responsible for introducing the Celestyal Cruises product to the agent community in Southeast USA and Caribbean, and will be based in West Palm Beach, FL. She boasts over 12 years’ experience, with previous roles at MEDJI Tours, Contiki and STA Travel.Poulard and Predmesky will soon commence a wave of business development, which will include training webinars and roadshows.“We have hit the ground running and with the addition of Ms. Moreau, Mr. Poulard and Ms. Predmesky to our team, we are on track to implement our strategic development plans in North America,” said Leslie Peden, President, Celestyal Cruises. “Our goal is to educate the travel trade about Celestyal Cruises’ incomparable all-inclusive, Premium-Value Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean cruises. Ms. Moreau, Mr. Poulard and Ms. Predmesky bring immeasurable enthusiasm to their new positions, and I’m thrilled to have them onboard.” Share Tags: Celestyal Cruises, People [People] Three new appointments for Celestyal, including Eastern Canada BDM Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Thursday, March 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more