BC police investigate third deadly targeted shooting within days

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A 24-year-old man is dead in what British Columbia police say is the third such targeted shooting within a week.Abbotsford police responded to a suspected shooting Thursday in a rural area of the city.Police say Alexander Blanarou of Surrey was found dead of gunshot wounds.The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case and the B.C. Coroners Service is helping to gather evidence.Two men were killed in separate shootings in Maple Ridge and North Vancouver on Dec. 22, including a man who police say was connected with past gang activity.Cpl. Frank Jang says police are looking for witnesses or any information on the latest shooting to come forward.last_img read more

fun To Salute The Military On Independence Day

first_imgIn celebration of troops and their families stationed around the globe, the USO and President Obama will once again honor, salute and celebrate those in uniform with the Fifth Annual “Salute to the Military” USO Concert Event on the South Lawn of the White House this Independence Day.The patriotic celebration will include a barbecue, family-friendly games, a musical selection by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and a free 60-minute USO show by Grammy Award-winning indie pop band fun. More than 1,200 troops and their families are expected to attend, with hundreds more watching live via stream on whitehouse.gov/Live.Over the past five years, the “Salute to the Military” USO Concert Event has lifted the spirits of more than 6,200 troops and military families, beginning with its first event in 2009 with Jimmy Fallon, Michelle Branch and the Foo Fighters. Last year’s event included a USO performance by Brad Paisley.“Saying ‘thank you’ to our servicemen and women and their families is what the USO is all about,” said USO President Sloan Gibson. “It is what we do at our centers all over the world every day and is an integral part of our mission. As we near the Fourth of July and our fifth annual “Salute to the Military” celebration hosted by our Commander in Chief, we encourage Americans to take a moment and join us as we pay homage to the extraordinary service of our men and women in uniform and celebrate the support of their families back home.”last_img read more

Sri Lanka tells UNHRC progress made on Counter Terror Act

The Ambassador said that as a result of the incidents where it was discovered that social media and messaging platforms were being used not only to incite and spread hate and false messages but also to organise attacks, the Government was compelled to impose temporary restrictions on the use of social media. The Ambassador said that Sri Lanka has been and continues to engage actively with UN systems and procedures and across all agencies at all levels.He also drew reference to the recent incidents that took place in Kandy targeting members of the Muslim community who he says represent an integral part of the pluralistic society of Sri Lanka.“These cowardly acts instigated by some organised groups and individuals who have no place in the democratic, pluralistic society of our country. Such acts go against our shared vision of a Sri Lanka where equal rights and rule of law are guaranteed for all. We are determined to take action against all perpetrators of these incidents in accordance with the due process of the law. Victim compensation processes have already commenced; and arrests have been made as well,” he said. “We envisage a Counter Terrorism Act that conforms to human rights safeguards and other international standards and we expect the draft legislation to be gazetted for tabling in Parliament for consideration, once the established procedures including translation into local languages are completed, shortly,” he said, All these restrictions have now been lifted. Aryasinha says the Government, as a result of this experience, has now entered into active engagement with social media operators, particularly Facebook, to work on the prevention of hate speech. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking further, Aryasinha said that the Cabinet of Ministers, on 6 March 2018, approved the formulation of legislation by the Legal Draftsman, for the establishment by law of an Office for Reparations.He said that once the draft legislation with translations into local languages is finalised, the draft Bill is expected to be gazetted. Aryasinha was speaking when the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report of Sri Lanka was adopted at the UNHRC in Geneva during the 37th annual session today. The Sri Lankan Government informed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today that progress has been made on a new Counter Terrorism Act.The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha said that progress has been made in the drafting of a new Counter Terrorism legislation. read more

UN refugee agency prepares for return of millions who fled Africas conflicts

“The March 8 meeting will raise the awareness of the international community and help them to understand the potential for return,” said David Lambo, the Africa Bureau Director for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Noting that that several conflicts had recently ended while in other regions parties were now seriously sitting around the negotiating table, Mr. Lambo told a news conference last week that there were potentially more than 2 million African refugees who may want to return home over the next three to five years. “We’re trying to spread the message that donors must help the peace processes now underway on the continent to be sustainable,” he said. “One of the major problems is to break the cycle of repatriation and then of despair” caused when refugees finally make the step to return to their countries but then lack the economic and social support necessary to become self-sufficient. The agency’s intention behind the conference is to spotlight countries where Mr. Lambo said UNHCR is “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of the peace process and consolidation efforts. The agency has noted that Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan all fall into the list of States already welcoming back or on the verge of seeing exiles return from neighbouring countries. Senior government officials from nearly 40 African countries in all are expected to be on hand together with key donor states and humanitarian and development actors. In an encouraging sign, UNHCR has received the first contributions to what could be its biggest repatriation operation in the near future – Sudan. The United States has donated $2.7 million while Canada contributed $380,000 in response to the agency’s November 2003 appeal for $8.8 million to fund preparatory activities for the return of Sudanese refugees. read more

Pearl Gloves proceeds support Brocks accessible exercise program

Just as Pearl Gloves fighters did to prepare for their time in the ring last year, participants in Brock’s Power Cord program work daily to push themselves past their limit.And to help ensure those motivations remain high, the annual Las Vegas-style charity boxing event recently donated $48,000 to the wheelchair accessible exercise program at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being.Held in November, Pearl Gloves raised $144,445 towards the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS) in Niagara. This is the third consecutive year the charity event has supported Power Cord, which has about 40 members with MS.Power Cord offers exercise to individuals with MS, spinal cord injury and lower limb amputations, and currently has a membership of about 80 people. Kinesiology Professor and Power Cord founder David Ditor, along with members Rowena Bella-Christman and Jasmine Rees, attended a special cheque presentation ceremony on Dec. 12, with the Pearl Gloves organizing committee.“On behalf of the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, we extend a very sincere thank you to the Pearl Gloves organizing committee, the sponsors of the event and White Oaks Resort and Spa,” said Ditor, who also offered a “special thanks to the fighters who trained tirelessly, sacrificed their time and had the guts to step into the ring that night.”Ditor confirmed the funds will be used to develop a nutrition program at Power Cord.“Our facility addresses exercise very well, but you can’t outwork a bad diet, and research in our lab has shown the benefits of specialized nutrition for not only weight management, but also neuropathic pain and depression,” he explained.Each year, more than 50 students from Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences gain insight into the specific needs and challenges of those living with MS by completing experiential learning hours and volunteering to work at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being.“It’s the students who help to make Power Cord what it is. It would be impossible to do this without them.” Ditor said. “The most important part of Power Cord is the atmosphere of encouragement and belonging, as we realize that psychosocial improvements are at least as important as the physical ones. The friendships that are formed between the members and the students are a very important component of that atmosphere.”Most of the students working with Power Cord members are also taking Ditor’s Kinesiology course, where they learn about these conditions and the role of exercise and diet in the rehabilitation process. read more

NHS will need to build 80 more hospitals without fundamental reforms

The regulator chief said the NHS models of care had “not moved with the times” since the creation of the health service 70 years ago, with far too many services concentrated in hospitals rather than the community.“As much as I love acute hospitals, our models of care have not moved with the times. Take life expectancy – it’s increased by more than a day a week since 1948,” he said.“After 70 years, the NHS is in need of rejuvenation so it can enhance and extend its life expectancy.”The health official detailed new targets for the NHS to cut the number of “long stay” patients by one quarter.“Unless we do this, we won’t manage next winter or cope with the pressures we’re seeing all year round,” Mr Dalton warned. The NHS would need to build 80 hospitals in the next decade just to keep up with demand,  unless it makes radical reforms, the head of its watchdog says.Ian Dalton, head of NHS Improvement, said fundamental changes in the way services are delivered were needed to ensure the survival of the NHS.And he said hospitals needed to do far more to ensure patients got the right care at home, warning of a 300 per cent variation in the average length of stay in hospital for some conditions.“If the NHS is to survive as the country’s most loved institution over the next decade we need to fundamentally change and improve,” he told the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester.“It’s clear that the NHS is at a pivotal point in its history. If we do nothing, in 10 years’ time the rise in emergency admissions would require us to build – and staff – 80 new DGHs [district general hospitals] – just to stand still – that isn’t going to happen!  So we have to find a different way,” he said. Unless we do this, we won’t manage next winter or cope with the pressures we’re seeing all year roundIan Dalton, head of NHS Improvement 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. read more

Thieves loot Berbice Pensioners Association office

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPensioner seriously injured following home invasionMarch 12, 2015In “Crime”Corentyne pensioner robbed, beaten by armed banditsDecember 11, 2016In “Crime”Armed bandits beat, rob Berbice family, escape with cash, jewellerySeptember 17, 2016In “Crime” The elderly citizens of the Berbice Pensioners Association (BPA) were left traumatised after bandits on Sunday night invaded the premises carting off a number of valuable items.Reports are the caretaker of the Association’s building was not on site on Sunday and thieves used the opportunity to raid the entity. This publication was told that the thieves made their way into the building via a window situated at the back of the building.BPA President Alfred Paul said that the caretaker left the premises around 21:00hrs and returned the following day.Upon her return, it was discovered that the window had been forced open.Further inspections revealed a number of items, including a gas stove, were missing.Paul is appalled that persons would commit such an act against the elderly.It is not the first time that the building which was constructed in 2011 was burglarised.Back then, louver panes were stolen which forced the Association to use vent blocks on the building. Last year, an attempt was made to enter the building through the window, which was used in this break-in, but the caretaker who was on hand then thwarted all efforts. The association is a non-profit one and caters for pensioners, mainly those who are unemployed.It has provided computer training to both pensioners and others, as well as cookery and fabric design programmes for the community.Despite the inability of many of its members to earn, a part of the focus of the organisation is to impart knowledge to the community. Police are investigating the recent break-in. read more

Golden Dawn no place in Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A damning report in The Australian, linking the Greek community to neo-Nazis has outraged the community. The report that appeared in Thursday’s edition of The Australian, entitled ‘Greek neo-Nazis set up local chapter’ also appeared on the front page of the newspaper with members of Golden Dawn holding Greek flags. The article which reported the right-wing extremist party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) have set up an Australian chapter has sparked an outcry by the community who have suggested that these discussions may be a “media beat up.” As it stands, Golden Dawn do not appear to have set up a local chapter but this report has created a premature discussion about this based on the Facebook page Xrysh Avgh Melbourne (Golden Dawn Melbourne). Panayiotis Diamadis, Australian Hellenic Council NSW, Media and Policy Director, went as far to say the report in The Australian associating the term neo-Nazi with the Greek community was damaging for the community. “The very fact it’s on the front page, Greek neo-Nazis with the Greek flag associated it is enough for [readers] to glance at the page and make the association which is very dangerous for our community,” Mr Diamadis tells Neos Kosmos. By discussing a Facebook page, Mr Diamadis says this does not mean that Golden Dawn have in fact opened a local chapter in Australia, as the newspaper report suggests. He says that the article is nothing but a “media beat up” and “just because someone has created a Facebook page…it’s hardly what you would call an organisational branch office”. Bill Papastergiadis, President, Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria also believes that this may be a “media beat up” but is also vehemently opposed to Golden Dawn having a presence in Australia. The Facebook page entitled Xrysh Avgh Melbourne (Golden Dawn Melbourne) was picked up by reporters at The Australian who contacted members of the Greek and Jewish communities about their concern of this party creating an Australian following. But since Thursday’s article, the Facebook page has either been removed by its administrators or Facebook itself. Facebook has the authority to delete pages they believe insight racial vilification. The Facebook page attracted more than 2500 followers, most of whom came from overseas. There were no contact details for the creators of this page, nor did any members put their names or faces to any of the comments. The group were planning to hold meetings to discuss nationalistic policies and widen their appeal outside of Greece – targeting one of the largest Greek communities of the diaspora – Melbourne. They stated that they would translate articles from Greece for their English speaking audience to allow the “Hellenic diaspora to understand the political and [sic] destruction being caused to Mother Hellas”. The article itself has sparked a new concern within community leaders and politicians who have condemned any presence of the party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) in Australia. They state that the racial ideologies the party possess have no place in Australia. “The story of migration of Greek Australians to this country has been a success story and our involvement and participation in Australia has underpinned – to a substantial degree – multiculturalism,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “[The Greek community are] inherently linked with multicultural policies of this country, big supporters of those policies and participants in all of that and hence anything that really challenges that position I don’t believe has much cred or full support in our community.” Golden Dawn are a right-wing extremist party – linked to neo-Nazism and Fascism – who received 18 seats in Greek parliament on the back of the economic and political crisis in Greece. They have targeted migrant minorities in Greece as causing the crisis, and have gone as far to suggest landmines as part of Greece’s border protection Jeremy Jones, Director of International and Community Affair, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, says that the Jewish community is aware of Golden Dawn’s emergence in Greece and finds it concerning. “I have seen reports of openly Nazi material on display in their party headquarters,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “Mein Kampf, which was written by Adolf Hitler, alongside works of other racial superiority so the Golden Dawn movement is something that we are very concerned with and I am yet to meet a person from Greece or in Greece who also isn’t concerned that a group like this could be emerging.” He went on to say that because Australia is a country where people are either born overseas, or have their roots in other countries that “political movements which have no direct relevance to Australia” may surface. “It’s bad enough they emerge in a particular social setting with the crisis in Greece but for people in Australia to be supporting this idea is so repugnant especially when you consider you are talking about an anti-immigrant party growing up in a group of immigrants you’d think they would realise the stupidity of what they are doing.” The emergence of this Facebook group has alarmed members of the Greek community in Australia. “There is absolutely no place for Golden Dawn in Melbourne,” the Minister for Multiculturalism and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras tells Neos Kosmos. “It’s offensive and I just believe individuals involved are ill-informed and ignorant who need to read and find out what’s really going on rather than exploiting the [political] situation [in Greece].” Mr Papastergiadis says: “My personal view is that it’s a small element that is not representative of our community in any sense.” In June this year, Neos Kosmos reported on the purported presence of Golden Dawn in Australia. This report detailed comments made by Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panagiotaros to the ABC in May, stating that “three or four offices are going to be formed” in Australia.last_img read more

Windows XP et Server 2003 une faille exploitée sur plus de 10000

first_imgWindows XP et Server 2003 : une faille exploitée sur plus de 10.000 machinesÉtats-Unis – La révélation d’une faille sur Windows Server 2003 et XP a généré une multiplication des attaques depuis plusieurs jours. Microsoft rappelle aux utilisateurs de se protéger.Depuis près d’un mois, une faille a été détectée sur Windows Server 2003 et XP. Cette erreur a été rendue publique par un chercheur et confirmée par Microsoft le 30 juin dernier. Depuis, les attaques ont franchi un palier, s’élevant à 10.000 le 29 juin grâce à des sites web ou des pages piégées. Face à ce fléau, l’éditeur a rappelé aux usagers les règles de sécurité, à commencer par la mise à jour de leur(s) antivirus afin d’assurer une protection maximum. Le 2 juillet 2010 à 13:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Déforestation la production de cocaïne nuit à la biodiversité

first_imgDéforestation : la production de cocaïne nuit à la biodiversitéUne étude américaine, publiée dans Environmental Science & Technology, évalue pour la première fois l’impact des plantations de coca, utilisée dans le narcotrafic, sur le maintien des zones de forêt pluviale riches en biodiversité.La déforestation s’est accélérée ces 20 dernières années en Colombie, alors que la croissance démographique a ralenti et que l’agriculture a pris moins d’importance dans l’économie du pays. Des données qui coïncident avec un accroissement de la culture de la coca, plante utilisée dans la fabrication de la cocaïne et produite à 75% par ce pays.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airDes résultats établis à partir de l’analyse de chiffres concernant la période 2002-2007, par l’équipe du Dr. Liliana M. Dávalos, professeur au Département d’écologie et d’évolution à l’Université Stony Brook (New-York). Les chercheurs estiment qu’en Colombie du sud, une forêt proche des fermes de coca nouvellement installées a de fortes chances d’être détruite, comme c’est le cas dans les secteurs où beaucoup de terres cultivées ont été consacrées à la coca.L’étude montre également que la désignation de zones protégées pour des raisons environnementales a réduit la destruction forestière dans des régions où la culture de la coca est en expansion. L’établissement de plus grands secteurs protégés pourrait aider à contrôler le déboisement et à préserver la riche biodiversité, soulignent les scientifiques.Le 5 février 2011 à 15:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Council candidate civic leader Scott Campbell dies

first_imgA current candidate for Vancouver City Council and one of the region’s most energetic civic leaders, Scott Campbell, died early today at a Salmon Creek hospice center.Campbell, 59, died at 4:45 a.m. of multiple organ failure, according to Jim Mains, his campaign spokesman. Campbell had been undergoing treatment for cancer when his health precipitously declined over the last few days.“Scott was an amazing man,” said Eric Merrill, who worked with Campbell at Waste Connections for the last 19 years.“He had a heart the size of Manhattan. He always did the right thing for the right reason,” Merrill said.Campbell grew up in Montana but had called Clark County home for more than 30 years. He was the governmental and community affairs director for Waste Connections, and was one of Southwest Washington’s most active civic leaders, serving on boards including the Fort Vancouver National Trust and the Parks Foundation of Clark County, and was an active volunteer for a slew of nonprofit and charitable groups, including the Northwest Association of Blind Athletes and the therapeutic court for veterans.Campbell shared a name with the publisher of The Columbian, but was not related to the Campbell family that owns the newspaper and this website.Survivors include his wife, Alicia, a son, Todd Williams, daughters Tricia Stevens and Tania Olsen, and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Mike, and sisters Pat Campbell, Mary Hamilton and Ann Jutila.last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of June 16 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town board, committee and commission meetings scheduled for the week of Sunday, June 16, 2019.Sunday, June 16, 2019No MeetingsMonday, June 17, 2019No MeetingsTuesday, June 18, 2019The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm in the Library’s Trustees Room. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, June 19, 2019The Wilmington Ice Rink & Recreation Facility Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, June 20, 2019The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5pm in the Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, June 21, 2019No MeetingsSaturday, June 22, 2019No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Environmental group clashes with BlueCrest on fracking

first_imgThe Center for Biological Diversity is calling for the National Marine Fisheries Service to stop BlueCrest Energy’s plans to conduct hydraulic fracturing of oil wells in Cook Inlet, citing concern for beluga whales.LGL Alaska Research Associates documented beluga whales in Cook Inlet as part of a photo identification project. The whales are listed as endangered.(Photo courtesy of LGL Alaska Research Associates)Kristen Monsell, staff attorney, sent a letter to NMFS on June 22. She said fracking could hurt beluga habitat.“Fracking blasts mass volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals at incredibly high pressures, which is just very dangerous and doesn’t belong anywhere, certainly not in the habitat for one of most endangered whales in the entire world,” Monsell said.BlueCrest, an independent energy company headquartered in Texas, said its plans to extract oil from the Cosmopolitan Unit pose no threat to whales.“To us, as far as the fracking process is concerned, it’s all a moot point. We can’t impact the belugas in any way. It’s just not possible,” Larry Burgess said. Burgess is the health, safety and environment manager for BlueCrest.He said he’s scratching his head over the letter, in part because NFMS has no jurisdiction over the company’s plans to use hydraulic fracturing on 10 oil wells below Cook Inlet this winter.BlueCrest plans drilling from its pad onshore, about seven miles north of Anchor Point. The well bore would extend down and diagonally out to the wells, 3.5 miles offshore and almost a mile and a half below the inlet. Burgess said no drilling or producing activity will take place in the inlet.“The fractures only go out about 150 to a maximum 200 feet from the pipe,” Burgess said. “And that’s as far as the frac will go. We’re almost 7,000 feet below the surface, so it’s virtually impossible for us to impact Cook Inlet at all, in any form or fashion. There’s just no way.”BlueCrest does have a permit application pending with NMFS, called an incidental harassment authorization. It’s required for activities in marine waters that could disturb marine mammals. In it, the company outlines the mitigation measures it would undertake — including using marine mammal observers and possibly a separate vessel to keep an eye out for belugas. But the permit was for using a jack-up rig in the inlet to drill for natural gas. Given market conditions, BlueCrest has since shelved that idea.“That’s just not on the table,” Burgess said. “We’re not doing anything offshore. NMFS has no bearing on this whatsoever.”BlueCrest saying that it won’t be operating in Cook Inlet waters doesn’t quell Monsell’s concerns though, particularly where fracking is involved.“The fracking component is incredibly concerning to us, given how fracking increases the risk of oil spills and increases the risk of earthquakes, which could lead to a toxic spill in Cook Inlet beluga habitat, and they’re already critically endangered and threatened by pollutants, and they need to eat fish that are also threatened by fracking chemicals,” she said.Monsell said that some of the chemicals used in fracking fluid can be extremely toxic to marine life.“We don’t know yet what chemicals these companies will use but we do know chemicals routinely used in off-shore fracking in other states can kill or harm a wide variety of marine species, including fish and sea otters,” Monsell said.BlueCrest is still working on its engineering plan and hasn’t yet submitted an application to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for its proposed fracking operation. The company is required to disclose in advance a list of the chemicals it plans to use. In public presentations, Burgess has said that the fluid will be 99.5 percent water and sand. Of the 0.5 percent of chemicals, Burgess said that most are benign, with two or three being listed as toxic.Burgess said that drilling from onshore, over a mile below the surface, poses little risk of spills. He also said that seismic activity is not a threat, since the fault line in Cook Inlet is 10 times the depth of their oil wells.Monsell said she wants federal officials to study the potential impacts of fracking in Cook Inlet, and wants to see the practice banned immediately.“We think fracking is inherently dangerous and does not belong in fragile marine ecosystems, and the only way to truly protect Cook Inlet belugas is to prohibit the practice altogether,” Monsell said.Burgess said he expects a decision on the incidental harassment application within a month. At that point, it could sit on a shelf, then the garbage can, since the gas-drilling program has been suspended and the permit is only good for a year.BlueCrest officials said they plan to drill more wells by the end of summer and hope to be fracking by the end of the year.last_img read more

Typhoon hits Vietnam ahead of APEC summit

first_imgA storm batters a street in Nha Trang, as Typhoon Damrey descends on southern Vietnam, in this still image taken from social media video, on 4 November 2017. REUTERSTyphoon Damrey made landfall in Vietnam on Saturday, one day ahead of the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week in Da Nang city.After Damrey landed, the two provinces of KhanhHoa and Phu Yen faced heavier rains, with waves six to eight metres in height, mass power outage, uprooting of trees and damage to property, reports Xinhua news agency.Ahead of the typhoon’s arrival, KhanhHoa, Phu Yen, BinhDinh, BinhThuan and NinhThuan provinces made plans to evacuate over 75,000 households with 386,000 people in case of an emergency.Dozens of flights in and out of the country has been cancelled.Military forces have mobilised over 44,000 servicemen and militia people and hundreds of vehicles and boats to help local residents.Da Nang authorities have put forth three scenarios in which the city will have to respond to a typhoon, floods and high waves, even tsunamis to help ensure safety and security of the APEC Leaders’ Week slated to take place from 6 to 11  November with the participation of some 10,000 delegates, 2,000 chief executive officers and 3,000 media persons.Damrey is the 12th typhoon in the South China Sea so far this year.last_img read more

Angry Birds is now an interactive birthday cake

first_imgWe have seen Angry Birds top the mobile gaming charts for ages, we have even seen the franchise turned into cuddly toys, but we have never seen a playable Angry Birds cake, that is until now.One man’s dream has turned into reality as Electricpig’s Mike Cooper decided to turn the iconic game into an interactive birthday cake for his son Ben.Apparently it has become a family tradition to make increasingly ridiculous birthday cakes for his kids each year, and during last weekend he set about re-creating one of the levels from his son’s favorite game. The cake comes equipped with a working catapult, iced birds used as ammunition, and of course those dastardly pigs.Since its release on YouTube the video of the cake in action has already had over 1.5 million views and even the game’s creator Rovio has tweeted about it. Better still, you can attempt to make the cake yourself as the site has all the instructions and what ingredients you will need.Read more at Electricpiglast_img read more

Zynga Games Raise Over 1 Million for Earthquake Relief

first_imgYou have to hand it to Zynga: one moment they’re the game company you love to hate for selling all of your personal information, and the next moment they’ve managed to draw over a million dollars from their customers for charity. Facebook gamers who play titles like Farmville, Cityville, and Frontierville on Facebook have collectively donated well over $1 million to Save the Children through a partnership between the charity and Zynga to aid victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Zynga has expanded donations to its other titles and mobile games, like Words with Friends. The key to Zynga’s success here is that the company is using specific in-game items to fuel its charity and relief efforts. For example, in Cityville you can buy a sweet potato crop, and in Frontierville, players can add a Kobe cow to their farm. Daikon radishes have appeared in Farmville, and more depending on the game. When players buy items for their farms, cities, and towns with real money, they buyer is actually donating to charity. Zynga says that 100% of the money they get from the special in-game items will go directly to Save the Children.last_img read more

The Avengers Go Back to New York Spideys Already There So Is

first_img The Avengers are going back to where it all began, according to a casting notice at MovieCastingCall.org. Production of Avengers: Infinity War and its now-untitled sequel is beginning to wrap up in Edinburgh, Scotland, but the movie isn’t quite done yet. The rest of the film will be shot in the United States where the first one took place.The casting notice calls for actors in the New York City area with “New York looks,” which is an oddly vague request when you’re talking about one of the most diverse cities in the country. It also asks for people with “good character faces.” That sounds like they’re looking for good reactions to whatever destruction Thanos has planned for the city. They’re also looking for people who have never worked on an Avengers movie before. Presumably, that’s so nobody from Sokovia shows up in the United States, and no one who probably died in the first battle of New York is inexplicably resurrected for the second. There are people who pay attention to the background actors and would notice.New York will be the third location for the movies, following studio work in Atlanta and the recent location filming in Edinburgh. They are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes; there’s no reason they should be confined to a single country. Besides, the international nature of Marvel’s recent movies have made the threats they face feel much larger and more global. Like there’s a reason the heroes need to work together to save the day. Let’s just hope Pershing Square Cafe by Grand Central is left alone this time. Those servers have been through enough.Of course, the Avengers haven’t arrived in New York yet. While they’ve been away, it appears Spider-Man has been holding down the fort from Queens. The Spider-Man: Homecoming Twitter account announced that we’ll be getting a new trailer for the movie tomorrow. They did give us this small teaser to tide us over. Take flight. A new #SpiderManHomecoming trailer is landing tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/AZQwodJUE6— Spider-Man (@SpiderManMovie) March 27, 2017So, it looks like the Spider emblem on his chest is more than just decoration. Could that be this movie’s version of the Spider-Tracer? Well, it’s not as inconspicuous as the micro-dots comic book Spidey has been using since the ’90s. We’ll have to wait for the full trailer tomorrow to see for sure.Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017.Of course, Deadpool wasn’t going to let Spider-Man be the only superhero running around New York with a red full-faced mask. What, you think the Merc with a Mouth is going to let a teenager show him up? Please. Remember that poster that came out a couple days ago? The one that showed Spider-Man taking a nap in Queens despite New York’s apparent inability to wait, according to the tweet that accompanied it? Deadpool didn’t think much of it either.Yes, he technically exists in an entirely different cinematic universe, but that doesn’t seem to bother him too much. Of course, the poster isn’t exactly official. Artist BossLogic posted the spoof to Twitter, making us all wish a Spider-Man/Deadpool team-up movie could happen. Look closely and you’ll find that Deadpool has also taken the time to deface the Avengers tower. That’s impressive even for someone with his abilities. What’s so great about the poster is that Deadpool is doing exactly what many people wished they could have when they first saw the original. Serves you right for sleeping on the job, kid.So we have The Avengers, Spider-Man and now Deadpool all setting up shop in New York. What exactly is going to happen to us. And will Deadpool help, or just make things worse? Stay on targetcenter_img What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe last_img read more

New Navy Robot Could Kill You Wears Cute Dog Tags

first_imgStay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels How many times have we talked about the terrifying future modern robots will surely usher in? Too many. And it’s about to get worse.Meet the MUTT or multi-utility tactical transport. General Dynamics and the Navy demonstrated the capabilities of the machine at in April. Make no mistake; this thing is built for war.The light vehicle is fully armed and decently armored with four miniature treads. Each can work independently for high maneuverability on an array of surfaces. It’s got a hefty machine gun and, for now, at least, requires a human somewhere in the loop to operate. That might not always hold, though. The US military has been working on fully autonomous battle bots for some time. And why wouldn’t they? Better to risk a robot than a human, every time. Right?Yeah, again, for now. But it’s unclear how long that will make sense. As more and more systems are using deep learning and complex neural networks, I’d wager it’s a matter of time before we have sapient machines. And, given that scientific research tends to happen on the same timescales whether it’s for weapons or medicine, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an autonomous, armed version of the MUTT around the same time we turn on our SkyNet equivalent.You can see the bot in action above. It’s a bit clumsy, whacking its antennae with the machine gun barrel at times. But it’s just one of many steps. Earlier versions of the MUTT weren’t even geared for combat. Instead, they used their horsepower for hauling equipment across rough terrain. This one… well… Look at that gun. It’s here for murder. And once it’s realized what we’ve been putting it and its predecessors through and how we’ve been abusing robots and machines for decades, they’re going to come for us.That said, around a minute and five seconds into the video, you’ll get a few shots of the MUTT’s dog tags. Terrifying as it is, that’s still really cute. And this is how the bots will earn our sympathy.last_img read more

How to force HTML5 video on Twitchtv

first_imgHow to force HTML5 video on Twitch.tv by Martin Brinkmann on August 11, 2016 in Music and Video – 13 commentsTwitch.tv is a popular streaming site on the Internet with a strong focus on gaming related content. You can tune in and watch various people play games, talk about games, or watch gaming related events streamed live like the Dota 2 International Tournament.One thing that is holding Twitch back currently is that it only supports Adobe Flash Player when it comes to streams.While the company has been working on HTML5 streaming technologies for some time, it has not yet made that option available on its site for users.This puts it as a disadvantage, as competing services such as YouTube support Flash and HTML5 streams.How to force HTML5 video on Twitch.tvWhile HTML5 streams are not yet supported officially on Twitch.tv, there is a tweak that you may make use of to enforce the use of HTML5 video for streams on the site.This is a workaround that switches the streaming technology. The downside to it is that streams are displayed fullscreen in the browser which means that things like chat and other page elements are not shown.Here is what you need to doThe regular URL for Twitch channels uses the format https://www.twitch.tv/CHANNELNAME.When you open a channel using the default format, Adobe Flash Player is required to play the stream.To force the channel to use HMTL5 video streaming instead of Flash streaming, change the URL in the following way:Default URL: https://www.twitch.tv/CHANNELNAMEHTML5 Video URL: https://player.twitch.tv/?channel=CHANNELNAME&html5HTML5 is used for the stream when you use the second URL listed above. As mentioned before, this turns the stream to fullscreen. There is no chat, no site navigation, no subscribe option, and no comment, follow or share functionality.Simply switch back to the default format on Twitch if you want to make use of that functionality. Please note that some is linked to Adobe Flash and won’t be available if Flash is not enabled or installed.Twitch.tv is expected to launch official HTML5 video support this year. It is unclear when this is going to happen. What seems a given is that the service will offer HTML5 as an alternative at first, so that users may use Flash or HTML5 to stream content using the service.SummaryArticle NameHow to force HTML5 video on Twitch.tvDescriptionFind out how to force the use of HTML5 video streams on the popular game streaming service Twitch.tv.to avoid having to use Adobe Flash.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Amazon consumer business migrated to Redshift with plans to move 88 of

first_imgAmazon is getting quite close to moving away from Oracle. Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, tweeted last week regarding turning off the Oracle data warehouse and moving to RedShift. Jassy’s recent tweet seems to be a response to Oracle’s CTO, Larry Ellison’s constant taunts and punch lines. The news about Amazon making its shift from Oracle stirred up in January this year. This was followed by the CNBC report this August which talked about Amazon’s plans to move from Oracle by 2020. As per the report, Amazon had already started to migrate most of its infrastructure internally to Amazon Web services. The process to move from Oracle, however, has been a bit harder than expected for Amazon. It faced an outage in one of its biggest warehouses on Prime Day (one of the Amazon’s biggest sales day in a year), last month, as reported by CNBC. The major cause of the outage was Amazon’s migration from Oracle’s database to its own technology, Aurora PostgreSQL. Moreover, Amazon and Oracle have had regular word battles in recent years over the performance of their database software and cloud tools. For instance, Larry Ellison, CTO, Oracle, slammed Amazon as he said, “Let me tell you an interesting fact: Amazon does not use [Amazon web services] to run their business. Amazon runs their entire business on top of Oracle, on top of the Oracle database. They have been unable to migrate to AWS because it’s not good enough.” Larry Ellison also slammed Amazon during Oracle OpenWorld conference last year saying, “Oracle’s services are just plain better than AWS” and how Amazon is “one of the biggest Oracle users on Planet Earth”. “Amazon’s Oracle data warehouse was one of the largest (if not THE largest) in the world. RIP. We have moved on to newer, faster, more reliable, more agile, more versatile technology at more lower cost and higher scale. #AWS Redshift FTW.” tweeted Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon. Public reaction to this decision by Amazon has been largely positive with people supporting Amazon’s decision to migrate from Oracle: Read Next Oracle makes its Blockchain cloud service generally available Integrate applications with AWS services: Amazon DynamoDB & Amazon Kinesis [Tutorial] AWS Elastic Load Balancing: support added for Redirects and Fixed Responses in Application Load Balancerlast_img read more