AIRDRIE, Alta. – Alberta RCMP have added a feather to their cap by coming to the rescue of a great horned owl entangled in a school soccer net.Mounties in Airdrie, just north of Calgary, were waved down Monday morning after students and staff at an elementary school found the owl.RCMP said the owl, which is Alberta’s provincial bird, was conscious and breathing but upset with its predicament.A former wildlife conservation officer joined the rescue and helped RCMP calm the owl.It was removed from the netting and taken to a veterinarian.RCMP say the owl is expected to make a full recovery.
Thomas MIddleditch – Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin Instead of starting his career here and then moving to the U.S., the Nelson, B.C., native went south first about a decade ago and is finally finding his footing on this side of the border with the new Canadian film “Entanglement.” TORONTO — Emmy-nominated “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch has taken the opposite career path of many Canadian actors. “But I’ll never stop doing comedy, I’ll never stop performing live.” Opening Friday in select Cineplex theatres, the drama stars Middleditch as a divorcee who’s lifted out of his depression after a chance encounter with an adventurous woman, played by Jess Weixler. Twitter “But I think this season has been great and the writers are very good writers and they have figured out a way to deal with the Erlich plotline and fill in its absence. I think we’ve done a really good job.” “I do love me a little quality time with the old Sir P. Stew.” “Certainly when people feel like they need to move on, it’s best that they do and we all wish him the best,” Middleditch said. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It was just one of these scripts that caught me by surprise,” Middleditch said. Indeed, the film includes some fantastical elements as it touches on the theme of how one’s choices in life lead to a tapestry of connections with others. “Believe it or not, that’s the first thing I’ve ever shot in Canada,” Middleditch said in a recent phone interview. Login/Register With: “I don’t really get too many opportunities to do A: dramas, or B: films that feel ethereal or trippy or experimental. Those are things that are on my watch list and if they start to fit, then I would like to be a part of them.” Middleditch said he’s hoping to do more dramas like “Entanglement.” Facebook “He and I just got along really well, so we’ve hung out from time to time and despite the age gap and despite him spending a lot of time in England, we’re good friends,” Middleditch said. Middleditch is soaking wet in a number of scenes, which were shot in a river in November in Vancouver. “It was very, very, very cold, but you can’t get me out of the water,” he said. “I’m from Nelson, man, where it’s lakes and rivers. I’m a water rat. I was a lake kid.” Through his work at The Improvised Shakespeare Company in Chicago, he’s also become good friends with veteran actor Patrick Stewart. “I’m kind of like, ‘Canada, why won’t you cast me? I’ve got to come down to the United States to work. I’ve got to steal these people’s jobs over the border.’” “Even though every single time I do them I’m like, ‘Why am I doing this? I want to do comedy, I want to make people laugh,’” Middleditch said. Advertisement Advertisement “I auditioned for Second City in Toronto and was not accepted,” he said. “Silicon Valley” returns for its fifth season on March 25 without cast member T.J. Miller, who played entrepreneur Erlich and left the show after last season. Vancouver-based Jason James directs “Entanglement,” which was written by Jason Filiatrault of Calgary. Advertisement “After a year and a half of doing the indie sketch-comedy world in Toronto, I was like, ‘You know what? I think they were wrong. I’m going to try (Second City) Chicago,’ and I was right.”His Second City Chicago stint was followed by a slew of film and TV comedy roles, most notably as a software designer in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” for which he was nominated for a best actor Emmy. As Middleditch explains, it was out of necessity that he had to look to American projects for onscreen work.
WASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost?Amazon’s decision will bring to Arlington, Virginia, and the Long Island City section of New York a combined 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment over the next two decades. But the influx is sure to swell already-high home prices and apartment rents and could overwhelm public transportation systems. And the two areas combined are providing over $2 billion in subsidies to one of the world’s richest companies — a bounty that many analysts say probably wasn’t necessary to sway Amazon.The decision to bring those jobs, which Amazon says will pay an average of $150,000 a year, to the New York and Washington areas will also exacerbate U.S. regional inequalities, economists say. Such Midwestern cities as Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, which made Amazon’s short list, would have helped spread the tech industry’s high-skilled, high-paying jobs more broadly.“It’s ambiguous for the winners, not good for the ‘losers’ and not good at all for the nation,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.Still, on the surface, the deal appears to be better than most. Amazon says it’s receiving $1.525 billion in incentives and subsidies from New York state and $573 million from Virginia and Arlington County. That works out to $61,000 in incentives provided to Amazon for each job in Long Island City and roughly $23,000 for each job in Arlington.That compares with a much larger average figure of $658,000 per job for other large deals, said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, a nonpartisan watchdog group. Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, for example, received $4.8 billion in subsidies for a plant in Wisconsin on which it broke ground this year. That deal is expected to bring just 13,000 jobs.Still, Amazon’s total subsidies will likely end up much higher, LeRoy said. Amazon said it will also apply for existing incentive programs that could add nearly $1 billion to the subsidies from New York.And Amazon’s final selections suggest that all the subsidies and giveaways probably weren’t needed, other economists said. Other state and local governments offered a lot more, including at least $8.5 billion on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland, and $7 billion for Newark, New Jersey.“If Amazon was pursuing subsidies, it made the wrong decision,” said Michael Ferren, a research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “Even the biggest subsidies you can imagine really don’t sway these kinds of decisions.”Rather, Amazon’s top priority was having access to a sizable pool of highly skilled employees, Ferren said, and it likely would have chosen the same two locations even without the subsidies.“The only things they’re useful for are the companies that get them and the politicians who get the credit,” he said.Indeed, Jay Carney, an Amazon senior vice-president, acknowledged in an interview on CNN that the company had chosen two locations that offered less in subsidies than others had.“That reflects that talent was really the driving factor for us,” Carney said.Some experts in regional economics suggested that the payoff for the selected cities would go well beyond Amazon’s initial investment. Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University, estimates that the new headquarters in Arlington would generate roughly $1.3 billion in spending each year after the initial construction is complete. That would support nearly 50,000 jobs in the state, Fuller said, in addition to those at Amazon.“It’s really a no-brainer,” Fuller said. “They’re going to pay an enormous amount in real estate taxes and sales taxes.”Fuller also argues that the region is large enough to absorb the influx of new workers.“The region adds 50,000 jobs every year, and no one complains about that,” Fuller said. “They’re not all coming at one time; they’re coming over 15-20 years. It isn’t as overwhelming as people think it’s going to be.”At the same time, Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute, cautioned that with unemployment so low in both cities, many of the jobs Amazon will bring will likely go to people who don’t now live in either Arlington or New York. The inflow of those workers could burden schools and transportation systems.A coalition of non-profit groups warned that Amazon’s arrival will likely worsen housing affordability for many lower-income workers in the two cities. Roughly one-third of residents in Washington, D.C., and 40 per cent in New York pay more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, the groups, which include LeRoy’s Good Jobs First, pointed out. The typical rent in Queens, which includes Long Island City, is already $3,000 a month.Some analysts had thought Amazon might follow a trend that other companies have set and add jobs in cities where salaries and housing were often cheaper. A few Wall Street banks, for example, have sent many of their back-office jobs to states far from New York. The auto factories that once filled the Midwest have migrated to the South, where labour unions have held less sway.Instead, Amazon chose to expand its footprint to two places where salaries and home prices are relatively close to those of Seattle, its current sole headquarters city, said Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at the real estate firm Zillow.“These two markets definitely can absorb this kind of employment shock — and they have some time to prepare for it,” he said.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
“We do not know a planet like this,” wrote meteorologist Eric Holthaus on Twitter on May 13, 2019 while announcing that the atmospheric concentration of deadly carbon dioxide (CO2) had, for the first time, breached 415 parts per million (ppm). What he didn’t say was that the current levels are inevitable and that the concentration levels will scale further. The world first breached the safe levels of 350 ppm in May 1986, according to US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In May 1992, when the Earth Summit saw the formation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the CO2 level was 359.99 ppm. During the summit, 178 member nations set a target to bring CO2 emissions to 1990 levels by 2000. But the levels reached 371.82 ppm in April 2000. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn 2014, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 reached 401.78 ppm, breaching the 400 mark — which is 50 ppm more than the safe limit. And last year, the highest levels were recorded in May at 411.24 ppm. The CO2 concentration levels have increased every year since 1986 despite repeated commitments and UNFCCC meets where almost every member nation pledges to cut their emissions. The recent reading on May 12, 2019 found the concentration levels to be at 415 PPM at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. This shows that the levels are “far higher than at any point in the last 800,000 years, since before the evolution of homo sapiens”. Also Read – The future is here! Unprecedented impact High concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere — primarily caused by humans who continue to burn fossil fuels and chop forests that act as carbon sinks — disrupts the Earth’s natural cooling cycle, trapping heat near the surface and causing global warming. In fact, the world is already 1oCelsius warmer than the pre-industrial levels and breaching 1.5oC limit will have devastating effects. The global consumption of fossil fuels has gone up by 78 per cent in three decades — between 1986 and 2017. India is already 2oC warmer than the pre-industrial levels and the impact of this is clearly felt across the country. India recorded eight major extreme weather events in 1992 which went up to 13 by 2016. In 2018, there were 15 major extreme weather events that killed 1,428 people. Even the recent Fani cyclone in Odisha, which is being compared to the 1999 Super Cyclone, became unpredictable because of climate change. The India Meteorological Department had to revise its prediction nine times. This was primarily due to changing wind systems that are influenced by warming oceans. Since 1970, sea surface temperatures worldwide have gone up by about an average of 0.1°C per decade.(The views expressed are of Down To Earth)
TOKYO — Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is asking for release on bail from two months detention in Japan, promising he will report to prosecutors daily and wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet.He made his statement Monday. It was shared with The Associated Press by a representative of Ghosn and his family.Ghosn has been in custody since his Nov. 19 arrest. His bail request was denied last week. His latest request includes a lease for a Tokyo apartment.In Japan, suspects are often detained until trials start, especially those who assert innocence. No trial date has been set. Ghosn also promises to give up his passport and hire security guards acceptable to prosecutors that he would pay for.Ghosn is charged with falsifying financial reports and breach of trust.The Associated Press
6 May 2011The United Nations agency tasked with promoting universal access to education today signed an agreement with Nigeria to revitalize adult and youth literacy in a country where an estimated 50 million adults cannot read and write and nearly 9 million children are out of school. The United Nations agency tasked with promoting universal access to education today signed an agreement with Nigeria to revitalize adult and youth literacy in a country where an estimated 50 million adults cannot read and write and nearly 9 million children are out of school.Under the agreement with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Nigerian Government will finance a project managed by the agency to strengthen capacities for designing, delivering and monitoring quality literacy programmes at a cost of $6 million.“The importance and enormous benefits of literacy both for individual empowerment and national development are well known and documented,” said UNESCO Executive Director Irina Bokova, who signed the agreement at the agency’s headquarters in Paris with Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Education Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i.“As the UN specialised agency for education, UNESCO has at its disposal a huge reservoir of expertise and experience. Every effort will be made to mobilize and effectively deploy these resources for the benefit of Nigeria,” said Ms. Bokova.Ms. Rufa’i said: “It is our hope that Nigeria’s successful implementation of this programme will serve as a model, not only for the E-9 countries, but also those in the Africa region and elsewhere, facing the literacy challenge.”Ms. Rufa’i is the current chair of the E-9 countries, a forum for nine high-population countries – Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan – to discuss their experiences in education, exchange best practices and monitor progress on achieving education for all.The project in Nigerian will be implemented by UNESCO’s office in the federal capital, Abuja, over a 42-month period, in close cooperation with the relevant authorities.
Former Somali refugee to receive prestigious UN awardThe United Nations refugee agency today announced it is awarding the prestigious 2012 Nansen Refugee Award to Hawa Aden Mohamed for her humanitarian work helping Somalia’s refugee girls and women under extremely challenging circumstances in a country battered by decades of violence, conflict and human rights abuses. “When Hawa Aden Mohamed rescues a displaced girl, a life is turned around,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “Today, we are saluting her for her work to save, nurture and educate hundreds of women and girls, many victims of the worst kind of violence.” Somalia has been struck by conflict for more than two decades, which has forced more than two million people to seek safety and shelter either elsewhere inside the country or beyond its borders. This was exacerbated by last year’s drought and ensuing famine, which uprooted an additional half million people. Ms. Aden Mohamed is a former refugee herself, who chose to return to her war-torn homeland in 1995 and launched an education programme to assist those uprooted by conflict and recurring droughts. “Her visionary work has transformed the lives of thousands of displaced women and girls, who are among the most vulnerable members of Somali society and in many cases are grappling with the trauma of marginalization, abuse and sexual violence, including rape,” UNHCR said in a news release. The agency highlighted Ms. Aden Mohamed’s “exceptional, tireless and inspiring humanitarian work” through the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development in Puntland, north-eastern Somalia, of which she is founder and director. The Centre, which has reached more than 215,000 people, provides secondary education as well as vocational training so that women and girls can make a living on their own, and influence their future and their own role in Somali society. “I think not having education is a kind of disease,” said Ms. Aden Mohamed, who is also known as “Mama Hawa” in Galkayo. “Without education, you are unaware of so many things. Without education you do not exist much – physically yes, but mentally and emotionally, you do not exist.” Ms. Aden Mohamed is also a vocal campaigner for women’s rights, particularly opposing female genital mutilation (FGM), with her sister having died from an infection after she was circumcised at about the age of seven. The Galkayo Education Centre also provides counselling for circumcised women and girls and survivors of gender-based violence. “It’s time for the culture to change,” she said. “We need to keep the good and let go of the bad. And the good is to empower the girl.” The Centre also provides vocational training in carpentry and welding to help keep displaced young boys off the streets and prevent them from falling into the clutches of criminal or armed groups in Somalia. “Madam Hawa Aden Mohamed is a woman of courage,” said UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, congratulating her on her award. “A former refugee herself, Madam Hawa demonstrates the strength that refugees bring to society. Despite more than two decades of conflict which has ripped apart Somali society, forcing more than two million Somalis to flee their homes, Madam Hawa has proven that, even in the most difficult circumstances, every child can and should have a chance to learn.” Created in 1954 in honour of Fridtjof Nansen – the Norwegian explorer, scientist and the first League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – the annual award is given to an individual or organization for outstanding work on behalf of refugees. This year’s award ceremony will take place on 1 October in Geneva.
Cheng Luo of the Confucius Institute helps Brock student Sam Olson ready for the Chinese Bridge competition in Toronto last month. It takes a special set of vocal chords to sing opera.Singing opera in Mandarin Chinese, though? That might have even thrown Luciano Pavarotti for a loop.But not Sam Olson, who showed off his pipes and his ability to speak Mandarin Chinese at the same time during the recent Chinese Bridge competition at the Chinese Consulate in Toronto.The first year tourism and environment student sang his way to a second-place finish by performing a Peking opera number for judges of the Chinese Bridge contest, open to university students who’ve learned Chinese as a second language.Not only is Mandarin not his mother tongue, singing opera isn’t something Olson makes a habit of doing.But the idea struck a chord when Cheng Luo at the Confucius Institute suggested Olson try it. Luo began mentoring Olson after Reading Week in February to ready him for the contest, which also required he give a speech.Peking opera is typically sung one to two octaves higher than one’s vocal range, and its performance requires hand movements timed to the music. Luo and Olson met weekly to practise, which helped the student hit high notes above his usual range.“This was my first time singing Peking opera,” Olson said. “Although Luo’s training was excellent, I still couldn’t get up an octave higher, but it was high enough so it didn’t sound so bad.”While second place is nothing short of impressive, he admits he felt a little disappointed with the results.Olson, who just completed his first year of studies, began teaching himself Mandarin when he was in Grade 8. A trip to China a year later caused him to fall hard for the culture and people, and compelled him to stick with his language training.But without anyone to practise with, perfecting his speech and writing skills was a challenge.“It was hard at first but anyone can learn Mandarin. You just have to be persistent and work hard at it.”Olson chose to participate in Chinese Bridge to keep his skills “fresh” – necessary for someone with ambitions of studying and working in China after he graduates in 2018, the same year the country is predicted to have one of the largest tourism industries in the world, and the environmental issues that go along with it. Olson plans to do his MBA or a master’s degree in international politics at Nankai University in Tianjin. In the meantime, he has big plans for next year’s Chinese Bridge competition.“Hopefully, I’ll come in first.”
Thompson Pump & Manufacturing, held its 21st annual Pumpology® School April 27-29, at the corporate facilities in Port Orange, Florida. Water is a critical component of all mining operations and its management and delivery will be examined in International Mining’s July issue. We all know what a complex issue water is today, how much more it is becoming a very precious commodity. Only the other week Peter Brabeck, chairman of the world’s largest food group, Nestle, talked about the possibility of trading water on exchanges like other commodities. At this latest Pumpology, Thompson Pump hosted more than 45 attendees from 16 American states and two foreign countries. The three-day workshop included training sessions for sales and service-oriented professionals on pumping fundamentals, dewatering and bypass applications, selecting the correct pumping equipment, designing, installing and maintaining pumping systems, troubleshooting, pump maintenance, and more.Pumpology School offers hands-on demonstrations and classroom training from industry experts. Upon completion of training and successfully passing a comprehensive examination, attendees are recognised as certified Pumpologists at an awards ceremony.“Pumpology School serves as a launching pad to help us form and continually develop lasting relationships with individuals and companies involved in a common industry,” said Bill Thompson, Thompson Pump President. “We enjoy bringing people together and furthering proactive education with the Thompson Pump team’s combined knowledge and experience in pumping systems throughout multiple applications, markets, and territories. Our education provides students the tools to synthesize concepts into everyday functionality, integrating pumping fundamentals as a guideline for further expansion and elaboration of not only themselves but their company.”
Learning to speak and write in a foreign language is still a big part of schooling today. But in the future it might actually come into question the benefits of continuing to teach other languages. The reason? One of the future technologies promised by Star Trek is taking its first steps to becoming a reality.Japanese mobile company NTT Docomo will next week introduce a new service to its mobile network that offers to translate call conversations. The service was first announced back in February and is called Hanashite Hon’yaku, which basically means “speaker translation.”Hanashite Hon’yaku is capable of translating Japanese to English, Chinese, or Korean. It does this by processing the voice audio in the cloud and then transmitting the translated audio (or text) to the other person after a slight delay. It’s by no means perfect and will struggle with anything other than basic conversation, but this is just the first iteration of the service and it is bound to improve with use and further development. It’s also not limited to calls and can be used for an in-person chat, too.To compliment Hanashite Hon’yaku, NTT Docomo has also launched Utsushite Hon’yaku, which is a service that translates text using the camera on your phone. Using augmented reality it is possible to point your phone camera at a piece of text (e.g. a menu or road sign) and have it appear on screen in your chosen language.In order for both services to work you need to be using a phone running Android 2.2 or higher and have the relevant free apps installed. It’s also limited to phones hooked up to the Docomo network as it requires both a voice and data connection to function. This also means using either service incurs a data charge as well as a voice call charge if using Hanashite Hon’yaku on a call.NTT Docomo isn’t the only company working on a universal translator. Google has been developing an instant speech translation system for phones since 2010, Samsung Mobile has its own system in the works, and I’d be surprised if Apple’s Siri didn’t eventually start doing translations.Read more at NTT Docomo
Discovery de nouveau prête à partirLa Nasa a indiqué que la navette spatiale Discovery avait rejoint son pas de tir en Floride. Son dernier lancement, prévu pour le 24 février, aura été reporté à plusieurs reprises depuis le 5 novembre dernier.Trois mois après l’échec du départ de la navette Discovery, celle-ci devrait cette fois être prête à partir. Emportant à son bord six astronautes pour son dernier voyage, elle doit rallier l’ISS (la Station spatiale internationale). Son départ est programmé le 24 février à 21h50 GMT. Par ailleurs, dans l’intervalle, un des astronautes a eu un accident de vélo et a dû être remplacé par un collègue devenu spécialiste de mission, rapporte LeMonde.fr.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEnfin, le commandant de bord Mark Kelly a dû provisoirement s’absenter pour être au chevet de sa femme, une parlementaire américaine, blessée au cours d’une fusillade dans l’Arizona. S’il n’est pas de retour à temps, son remplaçant sera, lui, prêt à prendre son poste.Les trois mois de retard ont permis aux ingénieurs de la Nasa de comprendre l’origine des fissures qui avaient entraîné l’annulation du départ, initialement prévu le 5 novembre 2010, et de les réparer. Pour éviter un autre problème similaire, l’agence spatiale avait préféré procéder à de nouvelles vérifications en scannant les réservoirs qui fuyaient.Quant à Atlantis, elle pourrait effectuer son dernier vol, le 135e, le 28 juin prochain si le Congrès américain accepte de verser des fonds à l’agence spatiale. Dans le cas contraire, ce sera la navette Endeavour qui effectuera, le 28 juin, le dernier vol de ces trois navettes ayant toutes trente ans.Le 2 février 2011 à 20:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook accueillera Angry Birds pour la St ValentinLe fameux jeu à succès Angry Birds manquait à l’appel sur le réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg. Le tir sera rectifié dès la Saint Valentin à venir.Vous faites certainement partie des millions de joueurs d’Angry Birds, ce jeu au concept tellement simple mais prenant, où vous devez balancer vos oiseaux sur des cochons et des décors pour scorer un maximum. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Exploité sur à peu près tout les supports mobiles (smartphones ou encore tablettes Android, BB, iOs…) et même sur Chrome de Google ainsi que son réseau social Google+, bizarrement, Angry Birds ne figurait toujours pas sur le populaire Facebook. Rovio, qui gère le jeu en question, vient d’annoncer que son titre phare sera bel et bien accueillit sur le réseau social en grande pompe et ce, le 14 février prochain.Regardez la bande-annonce ici.Le 26 janvier 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambert
“She would like to play with me all the time,” said Michaela’s older sister as she fought back tears.As of Friday night, the girl’s condition was unknown.Back at the scene, cameras captured Michaela’s mother, visibly distraught as she spoke with police officers outside of the complex. Meanwhile, the victim’s younger siblings were seen sitting in the back of a police cruiser.It remains unclear whether anyone will face any charges.“Right now it’s too soon to determine any type of charges, but [the Florida Department of Children and Families] will be notified,” said Santiago.As police continue their investigation, Michaela’s older sister is praying for the girl’s recovery.“That my sister come back and make her alive,” she said. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A 5-year-old girl is recovering at the hospital after she fell from the balcony of her fourth floor apartment unit in Lauderhill.Lauderhill Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along the 1900 block of Northwest 46th Avenue, just after 4:30 p.m., Friday.Officials said the victim, identified as Michaela, and her two younger siblings were being supervised by their 17-year-old sister inside the unit.“There was a 17-year-old family member inside the house with three other juveniles: a 1-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old,” said Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Santiago. “At some point, the 5-year-old somehow got onto the balcony, and there is some furniture on the balcony, and it appears the child just fell off the balcony.”Police said Michaela somehow went over the railing and fell four flights onto the pavement below.Paramedics transported the child to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries. Officials said she was breathing but not talking.7News cameras captured paramedics as they took the victim out of the ambulance and into the hospital. She was seen wearing a head and neck brace.
Share your voice 32 Photos 2 Mars One Project = Interplanetary Fyre Festival. pic.twitter.com/bkmjYW1SBV— Matthew Inman (@Oatmeal) February 11, 2019 Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet An artist’s visualization of the Mars One base on the Red Planet. Mars One The greatest journey in human history won’t be financed by the most ambitious reality show ever. That’s because the for-profit arm of the audacious venture known as Mars One has been dissolved by a civil court in Switzerland.The brain child of Dutch engineer and entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, Mars One initially hoped to send test missions to Mars in 2018 to pave the way for human visitors in 2025. The whole adventure was to involve volunteer astronauts selected from the public via an “American Idol”-style public elimination process. The project’s ever-growing mix of funding sources included advertising from the television show that would follow the process, crowdfunding and more traditional investments.Almost from the start, Mars One struggled to raise funds and astronaut candidates reported the selection process was anything but rigorous.The craziest part of the plan was that selected Mars colonists would have no way of returning home. Mars One astronauts would be explicitly agreeing to live out their remaining days on Mars. And according to some students at MIT who took a close, critical look at the venture’s mission plans, Mars One volunteers would be lucky to make it more than two months once they arrived. Sci-Tech NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Tags Lansdorp and Mars One refuted the criticism, but over the past four and a half years the initiative seemed to flail, making no visible progress toward a test mission of any kind. The bankruptcy ruling came on Jan. 15, according to a Swiss commercial register entry spotted by a Redditor. However, the social media accounts for Mars One remain active and Lansdorp told Engadget the non-profit Mars One Foundation remains open but in need of funds and he is working “to find a solution.”Mars One and Lansdorp did not immediately respond to requests for further comment.Meanwhile, Mars One looks to be the first official casualty of the mid-2010s craze to get to the Red Planet, which Elon Musk and NASA, among others, are still pursuing in earnest.Cartoonist Matthew Inman summed up the scheme’s demise best with the apt and timely comparison on Twitter that “Mars One Project = Interplanetary Fyre Festival.” Comments Space
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COPY LINKAD Loading … Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skills Close Shortly after announcing Huawei’s 2019 flagships at an event in Paris, the Chinese smartphone maker has launched the P30 Pro in India. But Indians were in for a treat as Huawei also unveiled P30 Lite in India, targeting budget-conscious shoppers of the country. Both phones are priced in such a way that they not only impress buyers but also strike serious competition against rivals.Huawei P30 Pro has impressed critics with its excellent camera capabilities, but there’s more to the phone than meets the eye. The amount of features in the P30 Pro demonstrates the sheer amount of dedication from Huawei to impress consumers and set higher standards for flagships in India. Above all, the pricing makes an even more powerful impact.Huawei confirmed that the P30 Pro will be available in India via Amazon.in for Rs 71,990. Amazon Prime early access sale commences on April 15. There are some attractive launch offers with the P30 Pro such as no cost EMI for 9 months, 6-month free screen protection plan, and exchange offer that makes it harder for consumers to turn down the deal. The newly-launched Huawei Watch GT worth Rs 15,990 can be bought with the P30 Pro just by paying Rs 2,000, which is quite a deal. Huawei P30 Pro is in itself a staggering selling package. There’s a stunning camera, elegant design, excellent performance and battery and a lot more features that consumers can think of. Even when the P30 Pro is pitted against rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S10-series and the iPhone XS-series, the Huawei flagship is likely to emerge a winner. Huawei P30 Pro launched in IndiaAmazon.inHere’s a look at why that’s more likely:Huawei P30 Pro features a beautiful glass body at the back and a premium curved 6.47-inch OLED Full HD+ display with a tiny notch up top. The overall design of the phone will easily make you overlook the notch, especially the Breathing Crystal colour, but some might find it bothersome while comparing against Samsung flagships. But Huawei makes up for that tiny bit of inconvenience with abundant features.Let’s address the elephant in the room. Huawei’s Leica-branded quad-camera setup is the best the industry has ever seen. A combination of 40MP f/1.8 wide-angle sensor, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens, an 8MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom and a ToF lens delivers results like you’ve never seen before. You’ll have to see it to believe it.The P30 Pro is capable of 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom. In addition, the smartphone can handle low-light photos like it is shot in the day and getting super close to the subject for incredible macro photography is not a problem with the P30 Pro. For camera lovers, look no further than Huawei P30 Pro. In some cases, the P30 Pro puts Samsung Galaxy S10+, iPhone XS Max and Google Pixel 3 XL to shame. Huawei P30 Pro cameraIBTimes India/Sami KhanOn the front notch, there’s a 32MP selfie camera with exceptional portrait capabilities and AI HDR+.Huawei P30 Pro is not just about the camera. There’s a powerful Kirin 980 chipset paired with 8GB RAM and a massive 4,200mAh battery. The 40W SuperCharge technology is a lifesaver on this phone as it can power up the phone within minutes. The P30 Pro also features an in-display fingerprint sensor, reverse wireless charging support, EMUI 9.1 interface, dual SIM dual VoLTE support and SuperCool thermal cooling technology.Surprise, surprise!Huawei P30 Lite was a surprise announcement in India – something we did not see happen in Paris. But it is a just move considering the type of audience Huawei is targeting with its budget-friendly P30 Lite.Huawei P30 Lite comes in two variants, 4GB+128GB and 6GB+128GB, priced at Rs 19,990 and Rs 22,990, respectively. While they only cost a fraction of P30 Pro, the features are suitably adjusted.Huawei P30 Lite gets a 3D curved design, triple rear camera combining 24MP+8MP+2MP sensors, a 32MP front snapper, face unlock support and Kirin 710 chipset. There’s a 6.15-inch Full HD+ LCD display, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a 3,340mAh battery with 18W fast charging support and EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie. The features justify the price tag well and consumers finally have a suitable alternative for handsets like Vivo V15 Pro and Oppo F11 Pro.
Khaleda Zia. File PhotoThe Supreme Court will hear on 9 July a review petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia against its order that asked the High Court to dispose of her appeal by 31 July challenging the lower court verdict sentencing her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division justice Hasan Foez Siddique fixed the date on Thursday and sent the petition to the full bench to hearing, reports UNB.AJ Mohammad Ali, Zainul Abedin and Kaiser Kamal stood for Khaleda while attorney general Mahbubey Alam represented the state and Khurshid Alam Khan argued for the Anti-Corruption Commission.Earlier on 16 May, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The SC also issued an order to dispose of Khaleda’s appeal petition challenging the lower court’s verdict in the case by 31 July.Later, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a petition on 25 June seeking review of the order.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.The BNP chief secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on 12 March.
Phoenix-area passengers can travel in style—and safety—with Waymo’s first fully autonomous vehicles.More than eight years in the making, the development firm is testing it’s self-driving technology on Arizona public roads—without anyone in the driver’s seat.“We prepared for this next phase by putting our vehicles through the world’s longest and toughest ongoing driving test,” the Waymo team wrote in a blog post.The Google spin-off has driven more than 3.5 million autonomous miles across 20 U.S. cities, and practiced some 20,000 “rare and unusual cases” at its private track.“We’re building our vehicles to be the most experienced driver on the road,” the company said, boasting safety features like backup steering, braking, computer, and power.For the last year, Waymo has offered free taxi rides to folks near Chandler, Ariz., shuttling people like Candace, Ted, and their four kids to work, school, soccer practice, and choir rehearsal in its fleet of autonomous vehicles.The modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans, however, always had a human employee behind the wheel, ready to take over in case of emergency. Until now.Confident in its technology, the enterprise has ditched its safety driver, and invites brave travelers in the Phoenix area to enjoy a quiet ride, free of inevitable cabbie small talk.Initially, passengers will have to contend with an employee observing from the back, there to press the “pull over” button if the car malfunctions, Ars Technica reported.Eventually, Waymo will expand its commercial driverless taxi service to more people and places. The idea is that a fleet of vehicles—rather than a personal ownership model—will allow more passengers to experience autonomous technology, sooner.“With Waymo in the driver’s seat, we can reimagine many different types of transportation, from ride-hailing and logistics, to public transport and personal vehicles, too,” the blog announcement said. “We’ve been exploring each of these areas, with a focus on shared mobility.”Parent company Google in 2015 successfully completed its first fully self-driving trip, when one of its prototype vehicles chauffeured Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, through Austin.“When fully self-driving vehicles become part of people’s everyday routine, we can move closer to our goal of making transportation safe and easy for everyone,” Waymo said. Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The newly elected members of Costa Rica’s 2018-2022 Legislative Assembly began work Tuesday with a clear initial priority: achieving fiscal reform so the country can deal with its massive deficit. The Assembly also elected its six-person legislative directorate, with five women and one man selected for the leadership roles.In their first session, legislators chose Carolina Hidalgo, from the governing Citizen Action Party (PAC, center left), as president of the assembly. The 35-year-old lawyer is the first woman to preside over the Congress since 2000 and emphasized the importance that the fiscal agenda will have under her management.She will be joined by legislative vice president María Inés Solís (Social Christian Unity Party, or PUSC), first sectretary Luis Fernando Chacón (National Liberation Party, or PLN), second secretary Ivonne Acuña (National Restoration Party, or PRN), with Yorleny León (PLN) and Shirley Díaz (PUSC) as assistant secretaries.Hidalgo said that she plans to “listen to all the sectors of the civil society and build a consensus to move the fiscal reform forward, which is a priority for the country.” Carolina Hidalgo is a 35-year-old lawyer from Alajuela. Legislative Assembly via FacebookCosta Rica has a deficit of 6.2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). The last four legislatures failed to approve a fiscal reform to address the deficit.Meanwhile, thousands of workers from the public sector marched on May 1 in opposition to tax reform, which, according to unions, threatens their labor stability.“Today, May 1, we say no to the fiscal combo,” read one of the posters during the march rejecting the packet of four projects in discussion to reduce public spending, reducing government hiring and raise taxes.The new assembly is historic in several ways. It has 14 evangelical legislators among its 57 members, unprecedented in this Catholic country; it has the most women in any congress in the country’s history, with 26 out of 57 members; and now, it has five women on its leadership team.The evangelical legislators represent the National Restoration Party (PRN), a group that increased its presence in the legislature thanks to the support that evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado’s presidential candidature garnered, although he ultimately lost to the PAC’s Carlos Alvarado. During the election of the new legislative directorate, PRN legislators refused to join a multiparty agreement behind Hidalgo. Instead, the PRN legislators pushed for their founder, Carlos Avendaño, to run the assembly. Facebook Comments Related posts:Why May 1 is much more than Labor Day for Costa Rica’s government All together, boys A helping hand in La Cruz, Guanacaste How Costa Rica’s 2018 elections moved from street to screen
The new itinerary will offer six different roundtrip cruises from Sydney including two circumnavigations of Australia, a cruise to Tasmania, a five day break to Melbourne and its first roundtrip to New Zealand, catering to the ever increasing popularity for Princess Cruises in the Australian market. “With Aussie cruisers now spending more nights on the cruise line’s ships around the world than on any other cruise line, the new roundtrip itineraries will see the ship carry more Australians than ever before, with a capacity increase of 64 per cent compared to the summer season just been and really affirm its position as the cruise line’s premier homeported ship,” Princess Cruises vice president Australia and New Zealand Stuart Allison said. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich Princess Cruises held an exclusive lunch at Sydney’s Rockpool Bar and Grill this week, thanking the industry for their ongoing support and making a few announcements along the way. This new development will follow a AUD $30 million refurbishment which will include special Japanese themed additions such as a new sushi restaurant, Japanese garden and the biggest Japanese bath house at sea, perfectly matched to Princess Cruise’s new branding campaign titled “Come back new”. Aussies never ending love affair with cruise combined with a particular soft spot for Princess Cruises, will see one of the cruise line’s premier ships move into Sydney Harbour next summer Diamond Princess will be calling Sydney home next summer, as she embarks on her first ever series of roundtrip cruises from the city, joining Sun Princess in November to make it the cruise line’s biggest Sydney season.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo might be the most glamorous hotel destination in Japan. The first of this brand in the nation, the hotel stands out from Japan’s traditionally minimalist hospitality designs. The bold statement created by HBA’s design is well suited for an international city like Tokyo. According to HBA’s lead project designer, Naoko Horii, the design is “attractive to both international guests as well as local visitors who rarely see this style of opulence in Japan.” As with its legendary Himalayan namesake, Shangri-La, Tokyo is an oasis in the clouds.Shangri-La, Tokyo’s use of space is unexpected and refreshing. The hotel occupies the top 11 floors of the 37-storey Marunouchi Trust Tower, which is adjacent to Tokyo Station. From the bustling street level, guests are whisked 26 floors in a 3.5-meter-high elevator to the lobby, where they are greeted by a 180-degree view of the Tokyo skyline. Here, a 10-meter long crystal chandelier illuminates the grand, curving staircase, drawing the eye up the hotel’s three public levels, where lighting effects accentuate the feeling of unending space. Shangri-La Tokyo’s impression of expansiveness extends to the 202 guestrooms, where ultra spacious baths–including an oversized rain shower and bathtub–are opened with picture windows.Featuring over 2,000 pieces of artwork and scores of crystal chandeliers by world-renowned Lasvit, the design creates a glamorous harmony of earth, air, fire and water. The onyx bar, the soaring spaces, the bespoke lighting, the elegant glasswork, and the Nicolai Bergmann floral arrangements blend European and Japanese tradition into a fresh, contemporary, tranquility that transcends boundaries.www.shangrila.com